Olga passed a flask of Jägermeister to Nick before trying to figure out if she could hook the mixer into the ship's sound system rather than the pocket amp. The lounge's A/V system was normally tuned to a round-the-clock news station—the spread of humanity throughout the galaxy had finally resulted in enough news to properly fill the time—and she was proving to have a hard time figuring out how to switch the inputs in her tipsy state. Meanwhile, the reporter droned on:
The CLA announced earlier today that it had seized another shipment of what it styled as "black-market weapons" from Marshall-4. However, the Marshall government has no weapons restrictions or bans, calling the "black-market" designation into question. The seized shipment was being transported on a Megaira-registered ship, and coordinated diplomatic protests accusing the New Kara government of violating colonial sovereignty have been issued by the governments of Marshall, Megaira, and Megaira's close allies Alekto and Tisiphone.
The New Kara government responded in a press conference by stating that the ship was docked for refueling at a space station maintained by the New Kara government, putting it within New Kara jurisdiction and making it searchable for contraband and cargo posing a danger to the station. They further claimed that New Kara had a moral duty to restrict belligerent colonies' access to weapons, referring to a number of aggressive moved made by Alekto over the past year.
During the exchange of press conferences, Tisiphone's Foreign Minister also repeated the claim that the CLA itself was originally a client of Marshall's weapons programs when the CLA was a rebel group and Marshall's programs were considered illegal by the UNG, making the seizure hypocritical. The CLA again denied that this had ever been the case.
Equity shares in the privately-listed Gateway Investors Alliance, generally seen as a proxy for confidence in the Marshall government, dropped 2.4% in the hours following the announcement.
Olga thankfully managed to get the system switched over to playing their music over the lounge speakers before the stock report began. Less helpfully, she decided to sing if she could remember the words to "Dynamite Explosion."
She couldn't, but she started singing it anyway.