|Author||Jason M. Hardy|
|First published||21 December 2007|
|Era||Star League era|
|Timeline||24 June 2763|
Self Defense is a short story by Jason M. Hardy that was published online on BattleCorps on 21 December 2007. It was also published in print in the fourth BattleCorps anthology, Fire for Effect, in 2013.
|“||The taxman cometh to the Magistry of Canopus. Mr. Ekkers is a dedicated man representing the Star Leagues interests in ensuring it gets its fair cut of the Canopian pie. But what happens when the Canopian's tell him he can't have seconds?||”|
Star League Regional Deputy Consul Ronald Ekkers is blackmailed with pictures from last night at the Loon Lake resort on Canopus IV "before we send them on to your family". Intent on not only brushing the attempted blackmail aside but also deliver a strong message, Ekkers lobbies his weak-willed superior into escalating the conflict. He commandeers an armed Cormorant WiGE for an attack on the treacherous resort.
However, unmarked mercenary airplanes intercept the Cormorant on its way and shoot it down when it attacks the resort. As it turns out, the Magistracy had informed the resort who also happened to cater to elite mercenaries, and had allowed the resort to use these mercenaries for self defense without any ties to the Magistracy government to get rid of Ekkers.