Who will pay for the flood-gate maintenance and, Immac, what are the costs of this? And Tsedeq, this is a highly complicated process requiring centralised and careful management. Ultimately, it may not highly destructive for E2's economy for all the money earnt from the southern Authority fief to be exported for the defence against the Symbiots. Remember that the Authority was not making a huge profit and only just keeping financially afloat when put under strain. I theorise that the profits from the southern continent may all be needed to upkeep the dykes and levees. Eko: that isn't a leak; it's open for all to see, and I, IC, don't like how we're not being consulted about the general plans. This sort of cabalistic government is counterproductive and silly, especially as the impact of the matter in question concerns Minor Houses like the Quin more than anyone else. Besides, we have good ideas too and may well be able to add useful suggestions to your defence plans.