Secrets of the City
Diplomatic arm of California Free
Unlike with Twoshadow, the military and diplomatic responsibilities of California are split between two people. Hammond is satisfied to go easily into his retirement with a job well done and no real fuss, but newly assigned ambassador Gibson is determined to use his new position to make a name for himself by unlocking the secrets of the Black Box, and he has not been working very hard to hide it. Or he has, but he has been doing so incompetently. He very badly wants the military behind his back, and has been making motions to get someone close to him in to replace Hammond once the time comes.