The Horathian Empire had been beaten back to it's outer reaches but is not defeated. The Federation has momentarily exhausted it's resources to get to this point. Now, they must hold what they've got and rebuild while preparing for another attack.
Admiral Irons had to rein in his people while moving forward with his own plans. The Federation was ever expanding and resources and people were beginning to become available. Given enough time they would forge a fleet as strong as the pirate's. It would also allow ONI and the resistance cells they were forging time to gather information and to errode support in the pirates.
But, Admiral White has other ideas. He knows deep down what Napoleon most feared, giving an enemy time. Time to get their own reinforcements in. Time to dig in. Time to go on the offensive once more.
Time also meant changes in the Horathian Empire, the Federation, and elsewhere. For Admiral White it just meant they had to do something, to move but not to go off half cocked has he had before. It was time for...
Liberty or Death!