Location: Augustica Base
This is Professor Tremas Yana, Chief of Staff at Augustica Base.
I've been asked to take command of X-Com operations in order to deal with a newly-discovered Alien threat - and thus far, I am not pleased with what I see.
Augustica Base is, to put it mildly, a tactical nightmare◊
. I would have thought that the events of the First Alien War would have taught the construction crews a few things about proper base design, but they stubbornly insist on using the same initial layout as they did in the early days of the First Alien War - with the end result that there are not one, not two, but THREE separate points of entry scattered around the perimeter of the base, not including the main airlock itself!
In addition to this, they have failed to construct any meaningful defences around the perimeter as well!
In light of this staggering incompetence, I have had the current construction teams . . . redacted
from the X-Com payroll, and have hired replacements to correct their egregious mistakes.
It will take the better part of a month for these errors to be corrected◊
, but I do not expect an Alien incursion upon this facility as yet, so we should have sufficient time to complete the necessary work.
However, due to the fact that we will be fighting a mainly underwater battle against this alien menace, the equipment used by X-Com in the First Alien War is . . . unsuitable for the current conflict - and the only suitable equipment available at this time is, for the most part, inferior to even the basic equipment available at the outset of the First Alien War.
As such, I have disposed of all equipment that cannot be used both underwater and on land. While this deprives us of much of our arsenal of heavy weapons - most notably the Hydro-Jet Cannon and the Torpedo Launcher - it does permit our forces to assume a more flexible posture when dealing with the Alien threat.
I must also note that we have not, as yet, had any contact with Alien forces since the sinking of the Euro-Syndicate passenger vessel Hyperion
. However, I have no doubt that this will change in the near future.