Maybe the tariff dispute on Planner's World could've have been
settled by arbitration, but when war broke out, the United Cities hired
the best mercenaries money could buy:
Lt. Arne Huber was old enough to be a veteran but still young enough
to have principles. He commanded a platoon of combat cars, leading from
the front because he was a Slammers officer and that's the only place
you can lead.
From Huber's first minutes on Plattner's World, he was in the middle
of hot, flaming war. He knew that wasn't going to change until the
Slammers either left the planet or his relatives back on Friesland got
a coffin with a warning to bury it unopened.