Dawn DeMarco was absolutely one of our secret weapons during the long Hyades Campaign. She devoted herself to winning hearts and minds one party at a time, and her parties were legendary. I don’t know how news traveled in the Hyades, but the locals somehow knew about those parties before we even arrived. We’d come in, we’d drive off the Chinese garrison, install a new government to start the rebuilding process, and when we asked if the locals had any questions the first question often was when Dawn was planning the liberation party. They asked about her by name. And they usually had liaisons ready to work with her when she arrived. It was amazing. They could give two hoots about who their new designated overlord was, but Dawn they welcomed like visiting royalty. And she had a way of treating with them exactly as they wanted to be treated. She was always amazing like that.