Increasing Affiliations

aight, so i have a 2D affiliation with a Hammer crew for a GM PC. the story goes that the Psychologist Union, teamed with the forged lord (who has a 2D anvil, too) stole off with a captured Hammer fleet that had been retrofitted in a shipyard. now, the Hammer is larger. how would i go about justifying increasing that affiliation? circles tests to find hammer captains, plus resources tests to buy up the affiliation, plus instruction tests to train up the Hammer to Exponent 5?

is that justified or do i need downtime, too?

I think the Circles test and a Resources test is all you need to put this to bed. I wouldn’t worry about the Instruction test.