Overheard in the halls of Cruciamentum's Parliament:
Man #1 (presumed to be Roger Stockholm): "Are these new designs operational. I mean, if we were to build it, would it work?"
Man #2: "Yes. I presume so. He was very confident..."
Roger Stockholm: "Well...Yes, I'll channel funds into this right away. But I don't want this to end up like the Dragonius 2. This-The prototype had better be the finished product. I don't want this to become a failure because of numerous revisions. Get this working ASAP."
Man #2: "Yes. Again, Leroy was confident this would pan out like you wanted it too. His confidence is usually our success."
Roger Stockholm: "Yes, now...huh...This is interesting...Increased military activity in The Empire of Allied Intelligences?"
Man #2: "Yes, so it seems. we're looking into it, but haven't made any solid discoveries as to what he's doing."
Roger Stockholm: "I'm glad this came to my attention, Rupert....Keep close watch on The Empire of Allied Intelligences. This might have some correlation to the dispute between Erisus and the FPL Elitists. In the meantime, double our defenses, and increase the production of war material. Something is brewing, and I don't want to be caught off-guard when it's finally revealed as to what is happening."
Rupert: "Yes, sir. Now, the Federation of Nova Force Nova has sent an ambassador over...to talk with you about that very subject, sir."
Roger: "The storm approaches...Were is he?"
Rupert: "He's at the Circular Hall, sir. His name's...--"
Any further discussion had fallen out of earshot.
Research New Tank model: $5 Billion
Build New Tank Battalion: $40 billion
Build Troop battalions: $50 billion
Research Missile Defense Systems: $60 billion
Research New Rifle Design: $175 million
Build New Rifle Design: $1 billion
Note: I might Edit this to beef up the background storyline.