"There is unrest in the EU. Several thousand regional principalities have declared their intentions to leave their respective nation-states.
This separatist movement, under the leadership of the mysterious Chris Daniels, has made it difficult for the limited number of armies to maintain peace and order in the galaxy."
Chris Daniels, had forseen the rise of the Catalonian Republic, and sought to bring order and Morality unto the decaying West.
2 days before the critical vote, Chris had established a London-based hedge fund, by the name of Franco & Companys. This hedge-fund had the sole purpose of diverting any investments to the Catalonian cause. Secretly, /ourChris/ wanted to reignite the civil war that led to WWII, and commence the civil war that would lead to WWIII. With WWIII, his desire to spur the governments of the world to finalise work on the top-secret Ion Engine, hence bringing one thousand years of scientific progression!