No one wanted another war.
Thomas Theisman didn't. He had risked his life to restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution. The Prime Minister of Manticore didn't. He was perfectly happy to spin out negotiations while milking wartime tax measures for his own partisan projects. His Imperial Majesty Gustav didn't. Now that fighting had ended, the Andermani Emperor had his own plans for Silesia, and he was confident he could achieve them without a war of his own. Protector Benjamin of Grayson didn't. His people had made too deep a commitment to the Manticoran Alliance, in blood as well as treasure, for him to want to risk seeing it all thrown away.
And Honor Harrington certainly didn't. The "Salamander" had seen the inside of too many furnaces already, she knew too much about what war costs.
Unfortunately, what they wanted didn't matter…