Lina Ambre [7/27/2021 2:44:12 PM]
SCC Security Breach Leads to Financial Chaos and Epic Bank Heist by Guristas Pirate Raiders
Yulai, Genesis – Secure Commerce Commission facilities across New Eden have been breached by the Guristas, leading to followup raids on SCC Encounter Surveillance System reserve banks by the infamous pirate group. Chaotic scenes are reported at SCC facilities with security wide open as secure data and even ISK accounts have been exposed to attack by hackers and criminal gangs.
CONCORD's Inner Circle has demanded an investigation into these events just as an agreed reduction in funding for the New Eden Defense Fund, and consequent SCC tax and brokerage reductions have come into force. The locations of many SCC secure facilities have been exposed by the data leaks and CONCORD has rushed additional security forces and defense systems to these sites. While the additional defenses will deter many, the allure of the vast quanities of ISK still remaining in ESS reserve banks across New Eden is likely to prove irresistible for hardened criminals and capsuleer pirates.
Above: SCC Encounter Surveillance System in 9F-7PZ, Branch region
The Guristas raids on SCC secure key storage and ESS vaults are believed to have made off with trillions in ISK, valuable financial data, and security access codes. Security analysts are speculating that a series of recent raids by the Guristas have been a prelude to this "grand heist", allowing them to assemble a picture of certain locations, procedures and vital protocols ahead of the massive raids.
Just this last weekend a Guristas force raided a number of facilities in Autaris system, ostensibly to gain access to Caldari House of Records archives. However, in light of the massive multi-location heist of SCC facilities, the House of Records infiltration may itself have been misdirection as a number of CONCORD stations are located in Autaris.
Financial markets across New Eden are reeling at the news of the heists, just as SCC tax and brokerage changes come online. Such is the disruption to the systems that a significant quantity of ISK has been routed through tax rebate and claims systems, with huge numbers of citizens claiming this unexpected and unauthorized largesse. CONCORD and empire law-enforcement believe the rebate claims system has itself been hacked and activated en masse as a means for the Guristas to steal yet more ISK, with the side effect that it is leading to large payouts for all manner of citizens probably viewed as "a joke or useful public image propaganda by the Guristas."
In response to questions as he left an SCC briefing, Captain Marshal Sirdan xer Qosh, Amarr Delegate to the Inner Circle, commented, "These events only underline the correctness of the Imperial Court's view that CONCORD and EDENCOM have both been guilty of dreadful mismanagement of the interstellar financial and security systems." Ambassador Devan Malate of the Gallente Federation added, "While I often disagree with Captain Marshal xer Qosh, it must be said that in this case he has put his finger on the essence of the problem: CONCORD's bureaucracy is often as complacent as it is arrogant."
In Other News
- Kimotoro Stock Exchange Suspends Trading as Banks Freeze Accounts on News of SCC Security Breaches
- Federal Stock Exchange, Tribal Securities Exchange, and Imperial Trade Registry Also Closed
- Firefight Between Spacelane Patrol and Guristas Pirates Reported in Vuorrassi System
- Crowds Gather in Landfall Park on New Caldari Prime as Financial Disruption Blamed on Guristas
- Lai Dai Megacorporation Condemns Guristas as "Common Thieves, Liars, and Swindlers"
- Upwell Consortium's Department of Friendship and Mutual Assistance Reports "Limited Exposure to Breaches"
- DERAIL Seizures in Eugales System Rumored to Include "Ancient Technology" and "Illegal Precursor Artefacts"
- Republic Security Services Suggests Guristas "Possibly Used Triglavian Technology Provided by Collaborators"
- FIO Task Force Investigating Assassinations and Attempted Killings Across Placid, Solitude and Syndicate Regions
- Mixed Views on Federal Marines Deployment on Intaki Prime; Intaki Assembly Confirms Consultation by Federal Admininstration
- Amarr Court Chamberlain's Office Condemns Republic Amnesties as an "Outright Admission of State-Sponsored Terrorism"
- Gallente Police Directorate Requests Radical Amarr "Sedevacantist" Cult be Outlawed as a "Terror Organization Similar to the EOM"
Ret Gloriaxx [7/26/2021 9:25:00 AM]
Galactic Hour News Roundup: Inner Circle Security Summit Reduces EDENCOM Funding
The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster as CONCORD's Inner Circle slashes the income of the New Eden Defense Fund and deadlocks over militia warzone peacekeeping, while tensions escalate in occupied territories.
Above: CONCORD HQ, Yulai System
Inner Circle Security Summit Reduces New Eden Defense Fund Income
Yulai, Genesis – CONCORD's Inner Circle has agreed to a provisional reduction in the funding provided to the New Eden Defense Fund via general taxation across the "Big 4" core empires and associated territories. Despite a strong appeal to maintain centralized funding levels from EDENCOM's Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir, delegates from the empires were insistent on the changes in an unusual show of unanimity.
Reports from sources close to the negotiations suggest that the consensus for reducing New Eden Defense Fund income is a case of disparate state interests aligning behind a particular measure, rather than an example of warming interstellar relations. In particular, the Amarr Empire and Gallente Federation have both shown signs of increasing impatience with the large burden placed on their economies by the New Eden Defense Fund and the New Eden Common Defense Initiative (EDENCOM).
Domestic outlays on infrastructure and military spending have increased considerably in recent months for the two largest star empires. The Gallente Federation has been embarked on a large program of public works focused on its periphery districts, while also accelerating military recruitment and rebuilding as the need to address more traditional threats reasserts itself in the aftermath of the Triglavian invasions. The Amarr Empire has also been spending vast sums on its own military rebuilding program, while pursuing a major security crackdown on heretics and dissidents.
For their own part, both the Caldari State and Minmatar Republic have been strong critics of the way in which the New Eden Defense Fund and EDENCOM have been administered, particularly in terms of the balance of fortifications along empire borders. The Minmatar Republic has previously stated its concern that EDENCOM has become a means for "aggressive state actors to advance their military objectives and consolidate gains contrary to the Yulai Accords," in a formula that is understood by all as an accusation of EDENCOM partiality for the Amarr Empire.
The Caldari State has chafed under the funding agreement since the Triglavian invasions resulted in a disastrous loss of systems, and EDENCOM policy has come in for heavy criticism from megacorporations keen to offer disgruntled Caldari citizens an alternative target for their outrage. EDENCOM's fortification and defense operations have also done little to address heavy disruption of Caldari space by Triglavian raiders, prompting Acting CEP Chair Akimaka Saraki to personally instruct the Caldari delegation to vote for the funding reductions.
Above: FDU Station in orbit of Intaki II
Diplomatic Wrangling Resumes as Militia Warzones Dominated by Amarr and Caldari Paramilitaries
Yulai, Genesis – Against a background of Amarr and Caldari paramilitary offensives, ongoing discussions at the Inner Circle on the status of the militia warzones continue to be fractious, despite the functional consensus achieved on the New Eden Defense Fund. CONCORD proposals for EDENCOM to carry out a "peacekeeping function" in the CONCORD Emergency Militia War Powers zones were dismissed, while a Gallente proposal to demilitarize temperate warzone planets and place their defenses under local control is considered "unworkable" by many observers.
Capsuleer militia forces aligned with the 24th Imperial Crusade recently achieved complete control of the Amarr-Minmatar warzone for several days, and continue to overwhelmingly dominate the zone. Similarly, Caldari State Protectorate militia forces have captured the vast majority of systems in the Caldari-Gallente warzone. Offensives by the Amarr and Caldari militias over the last 3 months have prompted militant factions within the Amarr Empire and Caldari State to advocate for renegotiation of the fundamental territorial agreements established by the Yulai Accords, alarming CONCORD diplomats and conflict monitors.
Federal Defense Union and Tribal Liberation Force militias have commenced their own counter-offensives, notably liberating the Intaki system after nearly two weeks of Caldari occupation, and pushing the 24th Imperial Crusade out of Helgatild. Caldari State megacorporations have been playing up militia gains as a sign of restored military fortunes, hoping to reduce unrest among worker populations as restrictions on assembly and movement continue to be lifted. Recruitment campaigns for Black Rise colonial developments and megacorporation "asset reclamation operations" in the occupied systems have also increased.
The Amarr Empire's House Sarum has continued to expand and heavily fortify its bases in the Eugides constellation of Metropolis, bordering the Bleak Lands. However, Amarr pressure is also being exerted in the Angils constellation, with reports from the long-occupied and well-populated Klogori system indicating Sarum-aligned forces based on the fourth planet have landed recon forces on the second, third and fifth planets. In a shift from its own more defense-oriented policies, House Ardishapur is also reported to have deployed its recon and survey forces to the occupied Hed constellation in Heimatar region using carriers based out of the heavily-fortified Ammatar Mandate system of Jark.
Above: Karin Midular, Ray of Matar monument in orbit of planet Matar
Amnesties Announced after Official Inauguration of Ray of Matar Memorial
Pator, Heimatar – Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor presided over last night's ceremonies to officially inaugurate the memorial statue of the late Chief Karin Midular, the Ray of Matar, in the Orbital Caravanserai of the Tribal Council. In a speech marking the life and achievements of the Ray of Matar, Sanmatar Shakor hailed the late Sebiestor Chief as "a visionary who saw that the Minmatar people are fully capable of once more fluorishing and surpassing the heights of our ancient forebears, and who worked tirelessly towards the day when we would do so in peace and prosperity."
The Sanmatar expressed his deep regret that Midular's commitment to peace had "not borne fruit in her lifetime" but noted that "this was not for want in her inestimable character nor lack of desire in our people for peace, rather war has always been thrust upon us by the violence and rapacity of Karin Midular's greatest foe in the quest for peace: the Amarr Empire!"
Following the official ceremonies, Sanmatar Shakor announced wide-ranging amnesties for "those who many years ago chose to fight for the freedom of the Minmatar by means that necessitated breaking the laws of the Republic and Tribes." The amnesties cover and exhaust all political and terrorist crimes committed by members of specified organizations more than five years ago. Organizations the amnesties apply to include the Bloody Hands of Matar and the Defiants, both organizations officially outlawed under successive Minmatar governments. Blanket proscription of membership of these organizations and several minor groups has also been lifted by order of the Tribal Council.
Above: House of Records Information Center, Autaris system
News in Brief
Guristas Pirates Implicated in Raid on House of Records Archives
Autaris, The Forge – Caldari authorities have alleged that the Guristas Pirates were behind a weekend raid on the House of Records Information Center in Autaris system. The raid is believed to have penetrated several secure datavaults in the facility. CONCORD sources have confirmed that a number of disruptive raids were also mounted on several CONCORD stations in the system. DED invesigators are reported to view the raids on the CONCORD stations as a distraction mounted while "the main Guristas infiltration force quietly penetrated the House of Records vaults."
While the Caldari Chief Executive Panel has ordered a full inventory of the data held at the Autaris House of Records archives, there has been no comment from the organization itself. Informed sources have claimed that staff from "Archive K" have arrived in Autaris to oversee the House of Records investigation. Archive K has long been rumored to be a secret intelligence and security branch of the House of Records.
DERAIL Forces Arrest Hundreds on Charges of "Conspiracy to Develop Illegal AIs"
Eugales, Placid – CONCORD's Department for Enforcement of Restrictions on Artificial Intelligence and Life (DERAIL) has reported the arrest of "several hundred conspirators" in an alleged plot to "develop illegal AIs" in raids across the Eugales system. The majority of arrests were apparently carried out aboard the Ezochi Okami, a mobile submarine colony platform operating in the shallows of the Eugales VI storm planet's oceans. Raids were also carried out elsewhere on Eugales VI, and other planets and stations of the Eugales system.
In related news, the Lai Dai Protection Service's 203rd Combined Asset Protection Regiment has arrived in Eugales to carry out "asset reclamation operations" while the system is under Caldari militia occupation. Reports indicate the 203rd has landed a team on the first moon of Eugales V, having filed a notice with the Caldari Business Tribunal that it will carry out "research and survey of anomalies in Eugales system."
Quafe Corporation Agrees Lease Extension and Export Tariffs in Bosboger
Bosboger, Heimatar - In a rare deal concerning Minmatar Republic and Amarr Empire interests, the Quafe Corporation has agreed a lease extension on its raw material harvesting colonies on Bosboger I with the Minmatar Republic, while also agreeing a regime of export tariffs from the planet with the Amarr Empire. The agreements are understood to guarantee the security of Quafe colonies and convoys in the militia warzone system, an important source of materials for Quafe manufacturing installations across the Huvilma constellation.
A Quafe spokesperson said, "We've noticed a significant increase in conflict in the area, and took steps to secure our business interests with our partners in both the Empire and Republic. Bosboger I is an important source of organic materials used by our factories and we expect an increased harvest this year. With transport links secured by these agreements, we are also considering an adventure tourism program as there has been a noticeable increase in the intensity and variety of planetary aurora activity recently."
In Other News
- Amarr Blockade of Floseswin IV Shoots Down Minmatar Stealth Transport as Counter-Cloaking Satellites Ring Planet
- Federal Marines Deploy Fresh Troops and Planetary Defense Materiel to Intaki Prime Following FDU Liberation of System
- Republic Justice Department Reports Elimination of Equilibrium of Mankind Cell on Kulheim to Tribal Council
- Order of St. Tetrimon Captures EOM Cult Leader on Rasile VII; Holder Rank Cultist Handed Over to Ardishapur Royal Guards
- Foiritan Investigative Commission into Election Attacks Downplays FIO Theory of EOM Involvement in YC122 Terrorist Outrage
- Intriguerre Spokesman Seriatim Foucault Broadcasts Message Dismissing Claims of Coercion in Vale System as "EDENCOM Propaganda"
- Huge Underwater Explosions Reported on Skarkon II; Vast Quantities of Debris and Clouds of Ash-like Substances Blanket Coasts
- Military Governor on Ennur VI Requests Increased Forces from Tribal Council as Deaths Mount in Angel Cartel-Krullefor Gang War
Lina Ambre [7/10/2021 12:48:00 PM]
Minmatar Republic Celebrates Liberation Day YC123
Matar, Pator – Vast numbers of Minmatar across the Republic are celebrating the 143rd anniversary of the start of the Great Rebellion in BYC20. The festivities are being accompanied by nearly two weeks of celebratory Liberation Games, in which the seven tribes' capsuleers will compete for the honor of determining which tribe will control a new station in orbit of Matar for the first year of operations. The Tribal Council has determined that the new station to mark Minmatar liberation will have its administration determined each year in the games..
Above: Liberation Day Holovisual Broadcast by Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor
The Tribal Council has also ordered the broadcast of an address by Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor including a holovisual reproduction of scenes from the old Minmatar Empire, Amarr invasion and occupation, and the Great Rebellion. Minmatar archaeologists, historians, and cultural experts were heavily involved in the creation of the holovid by the Republic's top cinematics circle, the Grar'Olro Lightpainters. As so often in the past, Minmatar capsuleers are holding their own celebratory events today, beginning in the Pator system at 17.30 New Eden standard time.
As with previous Liberation Day celebrations, a number of fleets representing the Seven Tribes of Matar have assembled in parade formation across Minmatar space. Participants in the festivities are free to visit these fleets and celebrate with fireworks. The Liberation Games themselves also include a tour of key sites in the history of the Great Rebellion and the Minmatar Republic, including the Eternal Flame and the site of the final victory at the Battle of Fort Kavad.
The Tribal Council's new Orbital Caravanserai has also been completed, with a memorial statue to the late Ray of Matar, Prime Minister and Sebiestor Chief Karin Midular under construction. The Brutor Tribe have also sponsored and begun construction of a statue of the late Captain Karishal Muritor, former Republic Fleet commander and leader of the Defiants freedom fighter group.
Above: RFS Jormal Kehok parade fleet in Altrinur – Thukker Mix station in background
Liberation Games events include special semi-holographic environments and combat drones designed to re-enact key battles from the Great Rebellion, the Battle of Auner and the Mahti Jailbreak. Participants in these sites will play the part of the Minmatar rebels, and other sites celebrate the efforts of Minmatar resistance fighters to gain essential intelligence on Amarr operations during the rebellion.
In addition, the Tribal Council intends to authorize those who have completed the tour of Minmatar history to enter the Abyssal Proving Grounds as part of the Liberation Games. Sources close to Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor suggest that tenuous and erratic diplomatic contact with the Triglavian Collective has been attempted, and led to an "opportunity to show the Triglavians what the best Minmatar capsuleer fighters can do." The Scope's sources indicate that an Abyssal Proving Ground using Rifter-class frigates in a "glorification proving" will open on July 16th.
Members of the Minmatar military circles who sent troops and pilots to support EDENCOM efforts during the invasion are reported to have reacted to this development with "mixed views." In one bizarre incident following the news, a Khumaak displaying a holographic image of the EDENCOM logo was planted in the grounds of the Great Caravanserai with a message in Kul-Brutor script tied to the haft reading: "We have already shown the Trigs what we can do!"
Above: Tribal Council Orbital Caravanserai in orbit of Matar – Karin Midular memorial under construction
Occupation and Border Tensions in Amarr-Minmatar Warzone
Despite the ongoing occupation of numerous Minmatar systems in the militia warzone by Amarr forces, with fresh gains recently scored by the 24th Imperial Crusade, the Tribal Council's order to reinforce key planets and bases is being carried out as best it can by stealth and with light squadrons of ships. The role of the Thukker Tribe in delivering essential supplies via wormhole and drop to Floseswin IV has been noted in particular. Operations on Floseswin IV itself continue as remaining Amarr forces continue a guerilla action, supported by drops from the Imperial Navy and occasional bombing operations.
Above: Minmatar defensive positions in Audesder system – tensions high along border with Mandate
The besieged planet of Floseswin IV remains a matter of serious concern to the Republic's military planners as intelligence indicates continuing rebuilding of Amarr fleets and their deployment to positions along the border. Republic Fleet forces are themselves building up at the Amo-Hror and Abudban-Odatrik defense zones. Tensions also remain high at the border with the Ammatar Mandate, with the highly militarized Audesder and Kenobanala systems reinforced by the Minmatar Republic and Amarr Empire respectively.
Amarr conduct over Floseswin IV continues to divide military experts, with outside observers unclear on the driving force behind continued interest in the planet. The opaque politics of the Imperial Court have become even more difficult to analyse as the ongoing hunt for heretics and subversives occupies the ruling nobility. House Sarum and House Ardishapur have notably increased their military forces and established a number of new bases, with co-operation at an all time high between two powers that have often been rivals for influence over militant and traditionalist factions within the Amarr Empire.
Above: Komo IX Under Perun Clade Occupation – Caldari Resistance Continues
In Other News
- Royal Heirs of Kador and Kor-Azor Families Order Review of Security and Trade Between House Territories
- Queen Zidarez Khanid Arrives at Parses RKN Base to Oversee Royal Duchy of Fekhoya
- House Tash-Murkon Launches Stain Region Surveying Program in Partnership with Paladin Survey Force PMC
- Acting CEP Chair Akimaka Saraki Calls for End to Emergency Restrictions on Caldari Citizens
- Caldari Executive Panel to Meet to Discuss Security and Armed Forces Reforms
- Hyasyoda and Wiyrkomi Megacorporations Join Ishukone in Lifting All Emergency Restrictions on Assembly
- Senator Bellaron Files Case at Supreme Court After Documents Leak Supporting Veto of Capital Punishment Abolition Bill
- Kabar (Mannar VIII) Terraforming Project Reports Accelerated Timetable Possible Thanks to Capsuleer Resource Harvesting
- Trade Between Solitude and Other Gallente Regions Up by 17% Following Opening of Eggheron to Kenninck Stargate
- Republic Security Services Object to Demands from EDENCOM to "Share Contact Intelligence on Triglavians"
- Republic Justice Department Raid Terrorist Cell in Matar City; Sources Indicate Cell "EOM Affiliated"
- Seykal Clan Troop Transports Spotted Arriving "In Force" on Ennur VI as Krullefor-Angel Cartel Gang War Continues
- Intara Direct Action Reports Raid on Oijanen Guristas Base; Claims Evidence of "Insorum Smuggling and Human Trafficking"
- Intaki Space Police Thwart Plot to Assassinate Felice en Kishari, Head of EZA-FM Station Co-Operative; Serpentis Deny Involvement
- Pro-Triglavian Capsuleers Continue to Fight for Clades in Pochven Following "Scorched Earth" Policy on Structures
- Head of Federal Marines Intelligence Testifies to Senate on Triglavian Subversion in Serthoulde: "Amevync and Pegeler Under Threat"
- Testimony on Vale: "Widespread Use of Coercive Psychological Techniques by Veles Clade Despite Collaboration by Planetary Governments"
- DERAIL Extreme Environment Commandos to Conduct Counter-Subversion Actions in "All Colonies of Eugales Storm Planets III, IV and VI"
- Caldari Resistance on Planets of Komo and Sakenta Reported Launching Simultaneous Operations Against Perun Clade Bioadaptation Centers
Ret Gloriaxx [6/9/2021 9:32:00 PM]
Galactic Hour News Roundup: New Stargates Open as Empires Focus on Security and Rebuilding
The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster as new routes between the stars open across New Eden, and the core empires continue to focus on security and rebuilding.
Newly Constructed Stargates Come Online and Open for Traffic Across New Eden Empires
Yulai, Genesis – New stargate routes were opened by each of the core empires yesterday, following final assembly work facilitated by the operations of each empire's logistics service and capsuleers participating in resource gathering operations. The activation of the new routes took place simultaneously as agreed under the Stargates Enabling Treaty (SCC Oversight, Navigation & Funding) YC123 signed by the CONCORD powers.
The newly established routes link the following systems:
- Saminer (Tash-Murkon) to F7-ICZ (Stain), constructed and operated by the Amarr Empire
- Hykkota (The Forge) to Ahbazon (Genesis), constructed and operated by the Caldari State
- Kenninck (Placid) to Eggheron (Solitude), constructed and operated by the Gallente Federation
- Irgrus (Metropolis) to Pakhshi (Genesis), constructed and operated by the Minmatar Republic
Activation of the new gates was achieved without major incident, although localized space-time topology effects inhibited the use of microwarpdrive engines for some hours following the establishment of the gate links. Some have speculated that the simultaneous activation of four gate pairs combined with the disruption to New Eden's background space-time topology caused by Triglavian stellar manipulation could have caused such unforeseen effects. Gate crews reported normal operations of the gates themselves and so far there have been no reports of abnormal Triglavian activity in the gate systems.
Above: New Caldari stargate with rings of Abhazon VIII in background
Chief Executive Panel Agree to Appoint Akimaka Saraki Acting Chairperson
New Caldari Prime – Deadlock on the Caldari State's Chief Executive Panel was broken this morning with the appointment of Akimaka Saraki as acting Chairperson of the CEP. The ruling council of Caldari State megacorporations has been without a chairperson since CEP Chair Puok Kossinen was injured in the bombing of the CEP Spire in Landfall City on New Caldari Prime.
The appointment of acting Chair Saraki is a coup for the Ocean Faction of Hyasyoda, Ishukone and Wiyrkomi corporations, representing a deal that saw the Mountain Faction of Kaalakiota and Sukuuvestaa agree to back an appointee from the Wiyrkomi megacorporation. Most recently serving as Caldari State delegate to the CONCORD Inner Circle, Saraki was notable in helping avert a major conflict due to the Equilibrium of Mankind crisis. His service during the Triglavian Invasions is also held to be a distinct advantage, with his role overseeing the fortification of Wiyrkomi holdings in the Samanuni system and personal command of the planetary defense of the sixth planet contributing to the successful repulsion of Triglavian forces.
Akimaka Saraki is also the son-in-law of Akari Seituoda, retired CEO of Wiyrkomi-Seituoda Heavy Industries and a member of the dynasty that controls the Wiyrkomi megacorporation. Akari Seituoda has been outspoken in his acknowledgement of the basis for worker grievances during the recent unrest in the State, and Saraki is known to be sympathetic to those outraged by the failings of the military and corporate security forces.
The appointment of Saraki as acting CEP Chair may indicate that the Ocean Faction has persuaded the stability- and security-oriented Mountain Faction to take a path of reform and reconciliation with aggrieved worker populations. Regardless of whether that is so, the Forest Faction of CBD, Lai Dai and NOH has undoubtedly been dealt a blow, and may have to tread carefully to avoid the Ocean-Mountain axis solidifying into a permanent alliance.
Above: New Gallente stargate in Eggheron patrolled by Federation Customs
Federation Senate Passes New Appropriations Bill to Fund Aguard Infrastructure Ambitions
Villore, Essence – The Gallente Federation Senate has pass a new bill enhancing the federal infrastructure budget and making new appropriations specifically for security projects aimed at fulfilling the promises of President Celes Aguard to "unify periphery and core of the Federation through concrete action."
The passage of the bill is believed to have been contingent on the backing of powerful blocs emphasizing the independence of planetary states and nations within the Federation. There are rumors that President Aguard has agreed to veto the so-called "Bellaron Bill" to abolish and outlaw capital punishment as a concession to these political forces.
Senator Suvio Bellaron's capital punishment abolition bill passed the full senate before the election of President Aguard, becoming an election issue when President Jacus Roden opted to leave the decision of enactment or veto to his successor. Since President Aguard's election the bill has been the subject of a study into the "feasibility of implementation in consideration of the social, cultural and political independence of member states" at the President's request. Senate procedure committees have regularly voted to keep the bill "active" to avoid it falling into abeyance for lack of enactment.
President Celes Aguard may have been able to parlay her promises for infrastructure and security investment to some of the more liberal senate blocs into their acquiescence on the capital punishment matter. Senator Bellaron appears to have lost the argument with his political allies from Intaki and greater Placid, together with some of the Labor-Populist bloc. Seen to vote for the abolition bill procedurally, these groups were evidently unwilling to hold up the infrastructure bill, effectively freeing President Aguard to veto the capital punishment measures.
Above: New Minmatar stargate Pakhshi system, tenth planet in background
Tribal Council Votes to Increase Anti-Warclone Measures, Fund Clandestine Units, and Raise Volunteer Armies
Matar, Pator – Minmatar Republic security dominated the latest meeting of the Tribal Council with measures to combat renegade warclones, fund more clandestine operations, and raise new volunteer armies for the defense of Floseswin IV, and liberation of Skarkon and Krirald. Despite a lengthy session that observers described as "heated at times" the package of measures gained the consent of the entire Tribal Council.
Chief Acassa Midular of the Sebiestor Tribe expressed her concerns at an "ever-expanding security state that imperils the freedoms and rights of our clans and tribes", and was joined in many of her objections to several initial proposals by Chief Eleca Valkanir of the Nefantar, Chief Jeoran Setul of the Starkmanir, and Chief Isardsund Urbral of the Vherokior. The Brutor Tribe's Chief Wkumi Pol also objected specifically to CONCORD agencies being given increased powers within tribal territories.
Rejection of sweeping rights for CONCORD's SARO "Red Troop" Anti-Warclone and DERAIL Anti-AI units to enter tribal and clan territories "under Republic Security Services supervision" was inevitable with five tribes objecting to such measures. However, Chief Tenerhaddi Dykon of the Krusual and Chief Einar Aeboul of the Thukker were able to win the day on enhanced investigatory powers for the RSS Anti-Warclone units. The Brutor and Starkmanir Tribes were persuaded of this need by the rise in renegade warclones "associating with Amarr and Triglavian slavers and invaders".
Funding for clandestine units able to operate against increasing pirate and illegal slaver operations, as well as infiltrate occupied territories in Pochven and the militia warzones, was less controversial. The Council also passed funding and enabling measures to provide for raising further volunteer armies for the defense of Floseswin IV, liberation of Skarkon and Krirald, and support of militia and liberation operations generally.
Above: New Amarr stargate in F7-ICZ system
News in Brief
Amarr Campaign Against Heresy Continues as Holders Fervently Declare Faith and Loyalty
Amarr Prime – Despite limited external comment and numerous key cities remaining closed to outsiders, it is clear that the Amarr Empire's campaign against internal dissent and heresy continues unabated. The Scope's own sources suggest that the work of the Ministry of Internal Order, Theology Council, and Order of St. Tetrimon is actually increasing in intensity. The Royal Houses of Amarr and all Major Houses are prosecuting their own vigorous campaigns, while the Minor Holder Houses are allegedly "competing with one another to profess their faith and total loyalty to the Throne of Holy Amarr."
The signs are that the ongoing campaign is the largest and most intense hunt for heretics and purge of disloyal elements within the Amarr Empire since the military action against the so-called "Refusards", during the reign of Empress Jamyl I. The MIO, Theology Council and, extraordinarily, the Order of St. Tetrimon have been given powers to draw forces from local militias and significant authority over Major House troops. They are also empowered to request Royal House and Imperial Guard forces be deployed. Leaving no stone unturned, the various ministries, councils and orders have also been given authority to investigate one another under supervision of the Privy Council. This last measure is perhaps the clearest signal of how seriously the Amarr Empire is taking the hunt in the aftermath of the EOM crisis and following years of heretic outrages seeming to go unchecked.
Intaki Assembly, Senate Subcommittee, and Security Council Meetings Scheduled
Intaki, Placid – The Intaki Assembly has agreed a schedule for meetings with the Senate Subcommitte on Shipping & Security Franchising and the Federal Security Council. The series of meetings are intended to resolve outstanding issues with the proposal from the Intaki Assembly to allocate the Intaki star system Shipping & Security Franchise to a group including the Intaki Space Police and Intaki Commerce corporations.
President Celes Aguard is understood to have made it a priority to arrive at an agreement that "respects the rights and privileges of the Intaki Assembly while protecting the security of the Federation," according to a source close to the talks. Another source has indicated to the Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx that Intaki senate support for the President's infrastructure bill was a "factor that helped break the deadlock."
Above: Skarkon II under Triglavian occupation
Inter-Clade War on Skarkon II Rages as Capsuleers Struggle for Supremacy in Pochven
Skarkon, Pochven – Triglavian inter-clade warfare between the Svarog and Veles Clades has been reported once more to have increased in intensity and expanded across the ravaged planet. Reports from observers on Skarkon suggest the latest phase of conflict between the warring clades has literally spilled over into the seas of Skarkon II. Littoral zones and the continental shelf waters of the major seas have been the scenes of furious Svarog Clade activity in response to large numbers of "drops" of unknown cargo into the sea by Veles Clade ships. A degree of retreat from previous land zones overrun by the Svarog has ensued as the occupation force has redistributed forces to deal with the new aquatic front.
Relatively untouched population centers in the hinterlands of the primary landmass are reported to be using the unexpected breathing space to continue evacuation where possible and fortification underground where impractical. The original major cities of the Skarkon II urban-industrial district of Skardisaad are largely abandoned by civilians but continue to be the scene of fierce fighting between the Skarkon Tribal Resistance Army, renegade warclones, and significant numbers of Svarog war machines overseen by "Siege Elites", a term that has come to be universally applied to Svarog's mechanized and heavy infantry troikas.
As Skarkon II continues to live up to its long reputation as the "Snake Pit of New Eden", capsuleers are on the move across Pochven with self-styled "kybernaut" supporters of the Triglavians in conflict with empire and EDENCOM loyalist forces. Independent capsuleer corporations and alliances are also increasingly struggling for some degree of supremacy in the Triglavian region since "ideological proving" lock outs on most conduit gates were lifted. Increasing conflict between the Triglavian Clades has been speculated to have led the Convocation of Triglav to dispense with the lock outs on all but the "home systems" of each clade. Others claim AEGIS information warfare commandos sabotaged the lock out systems but have no explanation for why the Triglavians have not seen fit to restore them.
Khanid Purges Continue as Royalist Troops Deployed Across Kingdom
Parses, Khanid – While participating in the general Amarr Empire purge of heresy, the Khanid Kingdom continues to take the opportunity to clamp down in territories seen as less than loyal to the authority of King Farokh Khanid III and his vassal nobles. Large numbers of the feared Chesm Khan secret police and their powerful security troop divisions have been deployed across the Kingdom, backed by detachments of the King's own Royal Guard in several instances. Particularly problematic holdouts of "disloyalty and impiety against the order of things" have seen landings of the even more feared Asbara Cyber Knights, military units renowned for dispassionate brutality across the Kingdom. The notorious 7th Asbara Cyber Knights under Sardar Marshal Soshan Fayez are reported to have landed in force on Bashyam IV in the Royal Duchy of Fekhoya to "crush all rebellion be it in action, word or symbol."
Fekhoya is a direct holding of the Royal House of Khanid but is reported to be a center for so-called "One Crown Unificationists", a movement backing claimants of Holder authority said to flow directly from the Emperor Family and Throne of Amarr. Such politics are highly incendiary within the Kingdom but have been growing in the years since the Khanid state rejoined Amarr as a "Kingdom of the Empire". Ironically, the theological and political basis of the One Crown movement is reportedly in conflict with the doctrines of Royal Demesnes and the Privy Council within the Imperial Rite. The Khanid House has thus used the current atmosphere within the Amarr Empire to purge its disaffected elements.
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- Torrinos Spacelane Patrol Seize Smuggled Guristas Holoreels Hidden Aboard Mining Transports
- Customs Source: "The Spacelaners Expected Anti-Corporate Agitprop and Just Found Some Weird Porn"
- Amarr Heretical Cult Continues to Provoke Violence and Legal Protests in Federation System of Lamadent
- Purity of Throne Fanatics Pursued by Imperial Guard After Cell Uncovered by House Qosh Forces on Oris
- Theology Council Considers Status of Tarot of St. Jamyl Following Crackdown on Extreme Jamylite Cultists
- RJD Joins Interstellar Anti-EOM Joint Taskforce After MIO "Escaped Slave Hunter" Replaced as Head of Amarr Delegation
- SARO Command Recommends CONCORD Assembly Act to "Restrict and Disrupt Independent Warclone Organizations"
- Colonel Oveg Drust Submits Report "Detailing Numerous Incidents of Warclone Pro-Triglavian Activies and Treachery"
- CONCORD's DERAIL Given Authority to Launch Investigation into Use of Illegal AI by Capsuleers and Warclones in Eugales
Ret Gloriaxx [5/27/2021 4:51:00 PM]
Galactic Hour News Roundup: New Stargate Construction Underway as EOM Mopping Up Continues
The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster as the CONCORD powers begin new stargate construction projects, while mopping up of the Equilibrium of Mankind terrorist cult continues in the core empires.
Above: Stargate construction site in Eggheron system, Solitude region
New Stargates Under Construction Following Treaty Signed by CONCORD Empires in Yulai
Yulai, Genesis – New stargate construction efforts are underway in locations across New Eden following the signing of a new treaty between the CONCORD powers providing for funding, navigation rights and trade agreements relevant to the new links. Negotiations between the four core empires and CONCORD are understood to have been carried out in some secrecy over the last few months owing to the political situation in several of the empires being "fraught", as one source close to the process put it.
The Gallente Federation was the only empire to have openly signalled its intent to build a new stargate as a direct connection between the Solitude region and the main contiguous territory of the Federation. As a longstanding campaign promise of President Celes Aguard, the Federation had been clear that it would proceed with what amounts to an internal territorial link, and observe the provisions of the Yulai Accords and Convention in doing so. Its planned link will establish paired stargates in Kenninck, Placid and Eggheron, Solitude. From the Federation's point of view the effect of such a gate connection will be to bypass the nullsec Intaki Syndicate, and offer an alternative to the lengthy route via Genesis and Aridia.
The other core empires had been known to be at least exploring various mooted stargate projects, with the most anticipated being the restoration of a direct civilian stargate link between the Amarr Empire and the Caldari State. With the loss of the Amarr system of Niarja to the Triglavian Collective, the previous link had been severed and a new program of surveying for viable new links has evidently been carried out by both the Empire and State. It is reported that many previously viable connections from the Caldari State to Amarr Empire have become "dangerously unstable", apparently an effect of the large number of systems in Caldari territory affected by Triglavian stellar manipulation. A link between Hykotta in the Forge and Ahbazon in Genesis had been established as the best candidate, and work is now underway in both systems.
Above: Ruins of the Traumark Installation, Saminer System, Tash-Murkon region
As well as strongly backing politically and in some measure financially assisting the Caldari State's stargate project, the Amarr Empire has chosen to expand its options at its periphery with a construction program that will connect Saminer, Tash-Murkon with F7-ICZ, Stain. Personally ordered by Empress Catiz I, the connection will open the way from the territory of House Tash-Murkon to yet more outer regions. Observers of Imperial court politics have noted that Empress Catiz has positioned the Royal House of her birth at the leading edge of future Amarr expansion through its control of rights over the Providence region and the new stargate project to the Stain region. Saminer system itself holds particular significance for the Tash-Murkon Family as the site of the ruined Traumark Installation that served as a guardian fortress on the edges of their territory before it was destroyed by Sansha's Nation.
The Minmatar stargate project has perhaps been the greatest surprise to observers of interstellar relations, with the construction of a stargate from Irgrus in Metropolis to Pakhshi in Genesis set to establish a direct route from the Minmatar Republic to the CONCORD-administered Sanctum constellation. While memories of the "Elder Fleet" assault on the CONCORD headquarters in YC110 are still strong for many, the last decade of Minmatar diplomacy has largely been supportive of CONCORD. While CONCORD is viewed with suspicion by large numbers of Minmatar, as many others appear to consider it a broadly positive force by the evidence of opinion polling. This balanced view is in contrast with a growing belief among the Minmatar public that EDENCOM is an "Amarr conspiracy" ultimately aimed at seizing Minmatar territories.
Above: Minmatar stargate construction site in Irgrus system
The particular choice of a Minmatar stargate link from Irgrus to Pakhshi appears to have been pushed by the powerful Sebiestor Tribe with the support of the Vherokior Tribe and Republic Justice Department. The diplomatically-minded Sebiestor and Vherokior have often emphasized the benefits of closer co-operation with CONCORD. The Republic Justice Department is also known to be keen to counter-balance the growing influence of clandestine and militarist elements in the Republic by promoting a law-enforcement and counter-terrorism approach to the problem of slave trading and raiding. Reports from sources in the Tribal Council indicate that the Sebiestor Tribe has won the right to establish a "circle" organization drawn from Sebiestor clans to operate the new stargates.
Sources with knowledge of the CONCORD Inner Circle negotiations on the "Stargates Enabling Treaty (SCC Oversight, Navigation & Funding) YC123" have confirmed that the Gallente Federation strongly backed the use of the New Eden Defense Fund as a source of general financing for the SCC elements of the project, and for a large grant to the Minmatar Republic. The Amarr Empire conditioned its support for that measure on the alleviation of existing sanctions on all traffic using the new Hykkota to Ahbazon link in their journeys regardless of their origins and endpoints. The Federation is understood to have conceded this point following the agreement of lucrative concessions for the politically influential TransStellar Shipping corporation with respect to all new stargate links. The Caldari State agreed on the condition of a similar grant for its own stargate project. While registering a formal objection to the sanctions loophole, the Minmatar Republic did not attempt to block the treaty, no doubt due to the huge financing boost its project will receive from the New Eden Defense Fund.
Above: EOM Avatar-class Titan fires doomsday weapon against Kahah III
DED Reports Equilibrium of Mankind Fleets "Completely Degraded" as Anti-EOM Operations Redoubled on Planets
Yulai, Genesis – Despite the focus on the new stargates treaty, anti-EOM mopping up operations were also discussed at the CONCORD Inner Circle's latest meeting, with it being reported to the council that the DED has assessed the Equilibrium of Mankind's capital fleet and construction capability as "completely degraded beyond practical operational capabilities." The DED's Star Marshal Kjersidur Elladall also emphasized that extensive EOM infrastructure seizure operations conducted in conjunction with independent capsuleers and local navies had recovered "considerable quantities of technical data, equipment, and intelligence."
As Marshal Elladall further reported, CONCORD has extensively shared its analysis of recovered technology and data with the empires, "in compliance with the Yulai Accords and most importantly to facilitate development of counter-measures and security advancements for the cynosural navigation and counter-cynosural defense nets of the CONCORD signatory states." The DED Star Marshal also commented on the status of Kahah III, the Khanid Kingdom planet struck by multiple directed-energy doomsday blasts from an EOM Avatar-class Titan. "DED and other CONCORD agencies naturally offered all assistance to Khanid authorities but security forces there opted to close the planet and decline this offer. We understand that the planet's climate is well on the way to stabilizing but it is clear that widespread devastation was caused by the weapon strikes themselves, together with multiple powerful supercell storms induced by the massive localized energies introduced to the planetary atmosphere."
With the destruction of the main force and capability of the EOM terror fleets, the primary focus of the empires has been on operations to counter the ongoing threat of infiltrators and terrorist cells. The Gallente Federation's FIO is engaged in an extensive effort with other federal and member state security forces to determine the extent of EOM infiltration. While much media attention has been focused on the possibility that the EOM were responsible for the YC122 election attacks, that has been downplayed by the investigative commission chaired by former president Souro Foiritan. For his own part, Chief Director Mentas Blaque of the FIO has issued no comment while General Thoun Gaterou of the Special Department of Internal Investigations continues the hunt for EOM operatives.
The Amarr Empire has been characteristically silent as to the internal security measures it is taking but reports from across its vast territories indicate a massive "righteous purge of abominable heresy" being orchestrated by multiple agencies, including the Imperial Guard, Theology Council, Ministry of Internal Order, and the Order of St. Tetrimon. Unconfirmed reports claim the entire establishment and estates of the Fraternity of St. Venefice have been seized. Many previously tolerated "heterodox" cults, orders and societies have also been subjected to various levels of investigation, seizure and suppression. The police and militias of the Royal and Major Holder Houses of Amarr are also carrying out extensive hunts for EOM infiltration. The hunt to capture or establish the fate of infamous Khanid warlord and EOM agent Alar Chakaid is also believed to be a top priority for multiple agencies of the Amarr Empire.
The Minmatar Republic continues to focus its efforts on the "Black Dagger" murders and terrorist outrages it believes to be linked to the EOM's campaign to destabilize the cluster and pitch it into war. The RJD, RSS and all individual tribes' marshal and police organizations have been directed by the Tribal Council to fully co-operate on the investigation and hunt for EOM terrorists. Caldari State investigations have been disrupted by considerable administrative chaos and a distinct lack of co-operation between megacorporations as a factional struggle for power in the State appears to be heating up. Throughout the crisis and aftermath, CONCORD agencies have been notably present across all the empires in "co-operative and liaison roles" with the increased presence of such notorious security forces as SARO and DERAIL seemingly tolerated alongside AEGIS and the traditional DED police missions.
Above: Battle to Stop EOM Terror Attack Over Kahah III
News in Brief
Caldari State Megacorporations Maintain State of Emergency as CEP Remains Deadlocked
New Caldari Prime – The Caldari State's emergency measures in the wake of the New Caldari Prime CEP spire bombing continue to be in effect as the aftermath of the terrorist attack remains unresolved. Despite having multiple offsite and offworld clone backups, CEP Chair Puok Kossinen has not returned to his post due to the recovery of his living body in the wreckage of CEP Spire. In an apparent fluke, the CEP Chairperson survived the bombing but is reportedly in "a deep coma with indications of significant brain trauma." While Kossinen is reported as likely to recover after extensive therapy, the irony of his survival preventing a backup clone activation has had real effects on the Caldari State's crisis wracked politics.
The "Big 8" megacorporations are reported to be in "deadlock" as to a way forward for the CEP, with the powerful "Mountain Faction" of Kaalakiota and Sukuuvestaa apparently undecided between themselves as to which candidate to back for a provisional or even new permanent CEP Chairperson. The diametrically opposed "Ocean" (Ishukone, Hyasyoda, and Wiyrkomi) and "Forest" (CBD, Lai Dai, and NOH) factions lack the votes to push their own favored candidates. Reports of incidents involving "rioter vandalism" or "corporate security abuses" continue to be exchanged by worker and executive groups on various Caldari State communications channels despite the state of emergency, adding to a widespread sense that the "Big 8" have lost control.
Inter-Clade Warfare Rages on Skarkon II as Svarog Scour Planet for Minmatar General Kril Efrit
Skarkon, Pochven – War-torn Skarkon II continues to suffer the ravages of high-intensity warfare as the Triglavian Veles and Svarog Clades continue to wage apparently unrestrained war against one another for control of the planet. The reason that Veles Clade places such importance on contesting control of regions of a planet that lies outside its "Krai Veles" zone within Pochven, and firmly within "Krai Svarog", remains a mystery but their forces continue to assault Svarog positions despite a relatively limited presence.
Svarog Clade has apparently poured sufficient forces into Skarkon II's warzone to counter Veles Clade while pursuing an increasingly determined hunt for Skarkon Tribal Resistance Army commander Kril Efrit. Independent analysis of intercepted Svarog communications traffic has suggested the Clade is "obsessed" with Efrit. Other interpretations variously claim "admiration", "detestation", or "critically engaged evaluation" of Valklear General Efrit. Despite Svarog Clade recently "levelling a mountain with antimatter weapons" in an attempt to destroy the STRA and eliminate Efrit, sporadic reports have indicated the general survived and continues to lead significant elements of the Minmatar resistance.
In Other News
- Khanid Kingdom Carries Out Open Purge of Royal Uhlans and Navy in Wake of "Chakaid Treachery"
- Chesm Khan Secret Police Arrest Thousands of Military Personnel and Minor Nobility Linked to Chakaid
- Khanid Royal Guard and Chesm Khan Operation "Eliminates Ducal Pretender Supporters" in Royal Duchy of Fekhoya
- Theology Council Reportedly "Cleared Khanid Sardar Marshal Soshan Fayez After Evidence from Queen Zidarez Khanid"
- Guristas Claim Responsibility for Delivering 20 EOM Operatives "Trussed Up Like Chickens" to DED Facility in Obe
- Workers Organizations in Caldari State Accused of "Receiving Stolen Scrip from Guristas" by Lai Dai Corporation
- Analysis of Anin V "Yanala Day Massacre" Visual Data Broadcase by Guristas "Classified" by House of Records
- Angel Cartel Assassinates Krullefor Organization's "Top Underboss in Ennur system" at Meeting with "Thukker Clanners"
- Thukker Tribe's Seykal Clan Vows to Avenge Killing in "Violation of Codes of Clan Hospitality"
- Rise in Serpentis Smuggling "Causally Linked to Rise in Gang Violence Across New Eden" – GPD and RJD Joint Task Force
- Serious Threats from Blood Raider Covenant and Sansha's Nation "Too Often Ignored" claims DED Whistleblower
Documents Leaked by Whistleblower Suggest "Appalling DED Complacency in the Face of Active Terrorist Evil" – House Ardishapur
Lina Ambre [5/5/2021 9:06:43 PM]
BREAKING: EOM Avatar and Revelations Fleet Destroyed Following Superweapon Bombardment of Kahah III
Kahah, Khanid – Equilibrium of Mankind capital ships subjecting the planet of Kahah III to railgun and superweapon bombardment have been destroyed in battle with capsuleers and Royal Khanid Navy forces. In a serious blow to the EOM, an Avatar-class titan piloted by the notorious Khanid Warlord Alar Chakaid was destroyed as it rained fire down on the planet. The supporting fleet of EOM Revelation-class dreadnoughts were also destroyed by forces responding to the devastation of Kahah III.
The Amarr Empire and Khanid Kingdom have condemned Alar Chakaid as a heretic and repudiated his actions as "grossest heresy, terrorism, and crimes against creation." At present it is unclear if Alar Chakaid has escaped once more. Orders to hunt down and eliminate the EOM cult conspirators have been issued by Empress Catiz I to all houses, ministries and branches of the Amarr military. Royal Khanid Navy units are conducting search and rescue operations across Kahah III but there are reports of considerable destruction in the agricultural centers hit by the superweapon blasts and accompanying railgun fire.
Above: Broadcast purported to be from EOM leader "Ocilan Ardishapur"
CONCORD's Inner Circle is meeting to consider this latest attack and review all available evidence and intelligence gathered from previous attacks, particularly in the light of this event, and the new information and evidence it provides. A broadcast on selected GalNet channels has also been made by a figure that is purported to be Ocilan Ardishapur, the founder and leader of the EOM. Amarr authorities have considered Ocilan Ardishapur dead for at least a thousand years but it is known that captured EOM cultists claim he lives and still leads the organization.
Lina Ambre [5/5/2021 7:58:42 PM]
BREAKING: EOM Capital Fleet Sighted Above Kahah III With Reports of Superweapon Being Fired
Kahah, Khanid – An EOM capital fleet, reportedly consisting of several dreadnoughts and a titan, has been sighted in orbit of Kahah III. There are unconfirmed reports of a superweapon being fired at a target on the planet.
Kahah III is a holding in the Khanid Kingdom dedicated principally to food production and has a large population of commoners and slaves. A major slave rebellion flared up on Kahah III two and a half years ago, following a series of terrorist attacks using a weaponized version of the "Deathglow" narcotic. The rebellion was put down brutally by Khanid Kingdom forces including troops under the command of the notorious Khanid Warlord Alar Chakaid.
A recent Brutor Vanguard attack on the Inis-Ilix Theology Council station is believed to have removed Chakaid and his associate Orlon Zashev from prison cells where they were awaiting trial for war crimes by the Amarr authorities. This incident was overshadowed by the recent series of attacks on planets by mercenary dreadnought squadrons but some observers have connected it to these events. If a major attack against Kahah III is underway such speculations may well be vindicated.
Ret Gloriaxx [5/5/2021 6:54:00 PM]
Minmatar Republic Presents Inner Circle Evidence EOM Doomsday Cult Behind Dreadnought Attacks
Above: Renegade dreadnoughts in battle over Tierijev IV
Yulai, Genesis – The Minmatar Republic's Ambassador Keitan Yun has presented evidence to CONCORD's Inner Circle indicating that the Equilibrium of Mankind cult is behind several recent dreadnought attacks on planets. Ambassador Yun was accompanied by Hetman General Kanth Filmir, the latter testifying that the evidence was assembled with the co-operation of "loyal Minmatar and allied Gallente capsuleers."
The evidence presented paints a picture of EOM infiltrators in a number of mercenary companies mounting the attacks in Tanoo, Girani-Fa and Tierijev. General Filmir confirmed that the Republic Security Services had managed to penetrate the encryption of a number of logs and encoded data fragments. While in each case the contents of these logs "indicated the mercenaries in question were operating under the orders of national governments" it was determined that the signatures of known EOM encryption and forging methods were in evidence in the recovered materials.
"We strongly believe that the Amarr doomsday cult known as 'the Equilibrium of Mankind' is behind these attacks and is attempting to foment a wider war between the CONCORD powers," stated Ambassador Yun. The Gallente Federation's Ambassador Devan Malate confirmed that the Federal Intelligence Office was analyzing material it had received and that the Federation shared the conclusions of the Minmatar Republic.
Responding for the Amarr Empire, Captain Marshal Sirdan xer Qosh noted that "loyal Amarr capsuleers" had provided evidence from Tanoo that corroborated the indications of EOM involvement after deep analysis by "Amarr inquisitorial authorities." Questioned by Ambassador Yun over "reports of evidence gathered in Floseswin by Amarr paramilitaries", Marshal xer Qosh responded that "such materials have been classified secret due to ongoing military operations in the militia warzone."
The Caldari State's Delegate Akimaka Saraki stated that the position of the Caldari State is that the evidence "shows a clear trail to the Equilibrium of Mankind cult, and our own investigators are pursuing the theory of cult terrorist infiltration into the Expert Intervention mercenary company."
The Equilibrium of Mankind are a doomsday cult of Amarr origin that was founded roughly 1,500 years ago by Ocilan Ardishapur, a relative both of the Amarr Emperor of the time and of the head of the Ardishapur Family. The cult is centered around the corrupted teachings of Aramon Khalid, believing that those who do not follow the Equilibrium's way should be exterminated in order to bring about paradise.
Following their distorted beliefs, the EOM have committed several atrocities throughout their history, with the last known major incident thought to be the destruction of Reschard V's biosphere by an EOM Avatar-class titan.
Above: Suspected EOM-infiltrated renegade dreadnought explodes in Tierijev
Caldari State Corporate Territories Under Heavy Security Lockdown After New Caldari Prime Attack
New Caldari Prime – The Caldari State remains under a widespread and severe security lockdown of corporate territories following the attack on the Chief Executive Panel Administrative Spire that destroyed the top seven upper levels of the building. CEP Chairperson Puok Kossinen is still missing and believed to be among the thousands of casualties inflicted at the bustling HQ of the Caldari State's governing body.
Caldari State Peacekeepers and megacorporation security forces have been carrying our extensive security sweeps and a large number of locations across corporate territories have been raided. The ruling "Big 8" megacorps have continued to hold emergency meetings of the CEP over remote holographic links and Caldari naval forces are on high alert. Worker protest groups have mostly complied with the current state of emergency but a few have protested allegedly "heavy-handed" and "brutal" security actions by the NOH's Internal Security and Lai Dai Protection Services.
- Federal Intelligence Office "Exploring Possible EOM Links to Federal Election Attacks"
- Investigation into "Black Dagger Killings" in Minmatar Republic "Ruling Out Nothing" - RJD
- Floseswin IV Situation "Unclear" as Planetary Defenses Ward Off Surveys - CONCORD Conflict Monitors
- Republic Command Claims Defenses of Major Cities on Floseswin IV "Intact" Despite Orbital Attack
- Reports from Jolan Kraal Outskirts Indicate Widespread Destruction and "Raiding by Amarr Guerillas"
- House Sarum and Imperial Navy Refusing to Comment on Floseswin IV Conflict Despite Reports of Fighting
Lina Ambre [5/3/2021 8:48:00 PM]
BREAKING: Caldari Dreadnoughts Destroyed Over Tierijev IV in Battle to Stop Bombardment
Tierijev, Verge Vendor – The squadron of Phoenix-class dreadnoughts bombarding the planet Tierijev IV are reported to have been destroyed by a Federation Navy fleet, EDENCOM's AEGIS units and capsuleer forces in another pitched battle in orbit of a world threatened by mass destruction from space.
Reports indicate that the dreadnoughts were carrying the indentifiers of the Expert Intervention mercenary corporation, a PMC with links to the Nugoeihuvi megacorporation and its Internal Security corporate military. Damage reports are unclear but the Federation defense complex on the surface of Tirerijev IV is believed to have raised its defenses rapidly and warded off most missiles. Others have struck randomly in the surrounding region, with an unconfirmed report claiming an automated mega-plantation dedicated to high-yield wheat crops has been hit by at least one warhead.
The news from New Caldari Prime has been dominated by the destruction of the tip of the CEP's primary spire in Landfall City. CEP Chairperson Puok Kossinen remains unaccounted for but the 'Big 8' megacorporation CEOs have been stated to be "safe, secure and holding a CEP meeting by remote holographic comms." The Caldari State's Inner Circle Delegate, Akimaka Saraki, has requested a full meeting of the Inner Circle after his own conference with several of the Big 8 CEOs. The Federation's Ambassador Devan Malate has joined the call for a meeting, and the Amarr Empire and Minmatar Republic delegates are understood to be enroute after reporting to their own governments over the weekend.
Lina Ambre [5/3/2021 7:55:17 PM]
BREAKING: Caldari Dreadnoughts Launch Missile Bombardment of Tierijev IV Gallente Defense Complex
Tierijev, Verge Vendor – A squadron of Phoenix-class dreadnoughts has reportedly begun a bombardment of the fourth planet of the Tierijev system. The apparent strike across the Gallente Federation's Verge Vendor border with the Citadel region in the Caldari State comes soon after a report of a major explosion at the Caldari CEP's primary Spire in Landfall City on New Caldari Prime.
The status of the Tierijev border system was disputed by the Caldari and Gallente governments for many decades after the end of the Caldari-Gallente War. Although the system was determined to be Gallente territory under the Yulai Accords, it remains a sore point of contention for Caldari nationalists. The Gallente Federation maintains an extensive defense complex on Tierijev IV, and there are a variety of settlements and industrial colonies on the planet.
Reports from both New Caldari Prime and Tierijev are confused but the Caldari Navy has declared the "orbital defenses and security of New Caldari Prime intact". The Federation Navy is reported to be scrambling fleet units to support Tierijev as the bombardment by Caldari dreadnoughts continues. AEGIS defense units in the system are also reported to be responding.
Lina Ambre [5/3/2021 7:09:00 PM]
BREAKING: Explosion Reported at CEP Spire in Landfall City on New Caldari Prime
New Caldari Prime – Eyewitnesses have reported a large explosion in the upper levels of the Chief Executive Panel Administrative Spire on New Caldari Prime. Unconfirmed reports suggest that several of the upper levels of the corporate spire have been severely damaged, possibly entirely destroyed. Debris is reported to be raining into the surrounding plaza and nearby Landfall Park.
Communications with New Caldari Prime remain open but heavily congested. There are no reports of hostile space vessels in orbit of New Caldari Prime. It is unclear if the CEP was in session but the locations of several "Big 8" megacorp CEOs were last reported to be at their corporate HQ spires or offworld.
LATE BREAKING: CEP Chairperson Puok Kossinen is reported to be missing as sources indicate the CEP were meeting in "remote holographic conference". State Peacekeepers are locking down Landfall City as Caldari Navy and corporate security forces raise defense alerts. Planetary defenses, and city and arcology shields are also reported to have been activated across Caldari State territory.
Lina Ambre [5/1/2021 8:39:16 PM]
BREAKING: Amarr Dreadnoughts Destroyed in Pitched Amarr-Minmatar Battle over Floseswin IV
Floseswin, Metropolis – Orbital bombardment dreadnoughts affiliated to the Amarr Empire have been destroyed in yet another highly-destructive battle over the fate of a planet.
Dreadnoughts bearing the identifiers of the Shining Flame mercenary company carried out a siege laser strike on the surface of Floseswin IV, apparently inflicting significant damage in the vicinity of the wartorn city of Jolan Kraal. Reports have indicated that surface forces presumed to be remnants of Amarr troops on the planet also carried out their own attack, even guiding weapons fire onto Jolan Kraal using surface-to-orbit targeting lasers. The assault was curtailed abruptly by the appearance of several capsuleer pirate supercarriers that proceeded to engage and destroy the dreadnoughts before retreating from a Shining Flame battleship fleet and Amarr loyalist counter-attack.
Minmatar Republic Fleet and Brutor Vanguard forces have been fighting to relieve the planet and the Republic Command's Floseswin IV Liberation Army has activated all reserve defense units. Planetary defense batteries at a number of locations on the surface have been firing on any vessel attempting to breach atmosphere. Republic Command aerospace fighter wings have been fully-scrambled and have engaged a number of targets in low orbit and the upper atmosphere.
Reports of attempted landings are unconfirmed. Reports of launches from locations deep in the southern ocean are also unconfirmed. Long-range scans of Floseswin IV suggest high-yield detonations on the southern continent. The long range of these scans and severe interference from atmospheric disturbances have made it difficult for independent confirmation of any details. Closer approaches are extremely dangerous and several Scope News Conflict Reporting Drones have been destroyed by Republic fighter craft and anti-aircraft fire.
CONCORD has issued an urgent appeal for calm and for the first time mobilized the DED reserves to "peacekeeping intervention status", known to be a euphemism for preparations to launch counter-invasion operations in the event one or more sides launches attacks beyond the militia warzones. Ambassador Keitan Yun and Captain Marshal Sirdan xer Qosh have reportedly been recalled by their governments. The CONCORD Inner Circle has emphasized that "diplomacy continues through every possible channel".
The Gallente President and the Caldari Chief Executive Panel have issued their own calls for restraint, pointing to the fact that the incident took place "within the bounds of a designated militia warzone within the terms of the CONCORD Emergency Militia War Powers Act." While this is arguably a strained reading of the CEMWPA laws alongside the terms of the Yulai Accords and Convention, the possibility that such an argument may prevent a descent into total war cannot be dismissed.
Lina Ambre [5/1/2021 7:54:51 PM]
BREAKING: Amarr Dreadnoughts Fire on Floseswin IV with Siege Lasers
Floseswin, Metropolis – Reports from the war-torn Floseswin system state that multiple Revelation-class dreadnoughts have made orbit around Floseswin IV and have opened fire on surface targets with siege lasers. This assault on a Minmatar-controlled and -populated planet is particularly alarming for its potential to push the two empires into open warfare across New Eden.
Floseswin system, and the fourth planet in particular, has been a flashpoint in the Amarr-Minmatar militia warzone for nearly 18 months since the Amarr Royal House of Sarum launched a major offensive aimed at "reclaiming the planet and population" for the Amarr Empire. While fortunes have ebbed and flowed for both sides in the ensuing conflict, the Minmatar armed forces managed to retake and hold the major cities and secure most territories on the planet as system control fluctuated back and forth between capsuleer militias.
With the system now under Amarr militia space control, despite occasional strikes by Minmatar militia forces seizing temporary system control, there has been much speculation that a renewed ground offensive is being prepared by Sarum forces building up bases in Floseswin and nearby long-held systems. Reports are unclear as to the identity of the attacking forces but large numbers of Amarr Navy and Republic Fleet vessels are known to be in the area, raising fears of invasion and counter-invasion.
Ret Gloriaxx [4/30/2021 6:14:00 PM]
Galactic Hour News Roundup: Fragile Peace Holding Despite High Tensions Across New Eden
The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster as the fragile peace of New Eden is threatened by escalations in the aftermath of the Tanoo and Girani-Fa attacks.
Above: Crux Special Tasks Group Dreadnought During Battle Over Girani-Fa III
Feverish Diplomacy Between Empires Slows Rush to War as Tensions and Risks Remain High
Yulai, Genesis – Interstellar diplomacy at the CONCORD Inner Circle and in direct communications between the core empires is reported to have been conducted at a "feverish, non-stop pace" as efforts to avoid a new cluster-wide war continue. The risk of the fallout from the Tanoo and Girani-Fa attacks sparking a conflict between two or more of the major powers is reckoned to be "extraordinarily high" as fleets continue to be mobilized and move around the borders and key systems of the empires.
It is reported that personal contact between Empress Catiz I and President Celes Aguard was initiated soon after the assault on Girani-Fa III by Crux Special Tasks Group dreadnoughts. Federation Navy forces remain on high alert but continue to limit deployments to staging areas and military defense zones short of any presence on border stargates. The Amarr forces deployed to stargates bordering the Gallente Federation have been reported as withdrawing to similar staging bases within Amarr territory in an agreed de-escalation.
President Celes Aguard has pledged a "full investigation of Crux Special Tasks Group" and invited the Amarr Empire to send intelligence officers to the Federation for purposes of "sharing any and all evidence uncovered by the FIO, Federation Naval Intelligence and Gallente Police Directorate."
The situation on the border between the Minmatar Republic and Amarr Empire remains more fluid and continues to be "extremely dangerous" according to CONCORD conflict monitors. Amarr and Republic fleets have moved back and forth, with patrols and stargate security operations carried out at varying times. Despite reports of an open channel between the Imperial Privy Council and Minmatar Tribal Council, mutual distrust remains high. The Caldari State's Akimaka Seraki, on Amarr Prime for a side summit with the Privy Council, is reportedly leading efforts to mediate between the Empire and Republic.
Mystery continues to surround the "illegal cynosural beacon technology" that allowed a supposedly high-sec authorized cyno beacon to be lit in both Tanoo and Girani-Fa. Core empire and CONCORD intelligence agencies are all reported to be seeking further data on the technology, and on the operational methods of the Minmatar and Gallente mercenary units seen using the beacons to guide the assault dreadnoughts into high-sec systems. Efforts to secure the cyno-jamming and beacon networks of the core empires are reported to be the "top priority" of the 'Big 4' interstellar powers alongside avoiding open war.
Above: Crux Special Tasks Group Kronos Deploys "Illegal Cynosural Beacon Technology" in Girani-Fa
Caldari State Megacorporations Impose Security Lockdowns During "Clusterwide Emergency"
New Caldari Prime – The Caldari State's Chief Executive Panel has issued orders imposing lockdowns across all "State and Corporate territories" with the effect of restricting assembly and travel within and between corporate territories.
The vast majority of corporate citizens are believed to be complying with the orders given the alarming escalation in tensions between the core empires in recent days. However, some worker protests have continued with a number of activists pointing out that the promised reforms and refits of the Caldari Navy are proceeding slowly. Fears of the Caldari State being overwhelmed in the event of a wider war are "very real" according to sources within the executive tiers of some megacorporation security forces.
Protests have also focused on the claims of the Guristas Pirates that senior executives of the CBD, Lai Dai and NOH megacorporations have benefited from "undisclosed payments varying from confidential corporate bonuses, skimming contracts, shares of smuggling profits, and outright bribery." The Guristas have released a raft of financial records that purport to come from a variety of megacorporate and subsidiary sources. A few records indicate relationships with criminal gangs and even the Guristas Pirates, particularly in the case of executives alleged to have "ordered security operations against worker protests."
The PKN Interstellar consortium of CBD, Lai Dai and NOH has strenuously denied the records are authentic, accusing the Guristas of perpetrating "a vast fraud and massive forgery aimed at destabilizing the State and destroying the prosperity of all Caldari workers." NOH's Internal Security corporation is reported to have carried out raids against a number of corporate barracks alleged to be "centers for the distribution of faked reports", and security forces of CBD and Lai Dai are believed to have begun their own "information terrorism investigations".
Above: Jita 4-4 DCM Moon Elevator and Mining Colony Reported Under Heavy Security Lockdown
New Spate of Black Dagger Killings Leaves Twelve Dead, Three Suspects "Neutralized"
Matar, Pator – Twelve more notable or wealthy tribal citizens from various clans have been killed in a spate of mass killings involving the now notorious signature of ceremonial black daggers.
The most shocking attack was a "gun and grenade" attack that killed six in a mining works at the head of the Tronhadar Valley. A Krusual Tribe mining magnate on an inspection tour was among the dead. Two suspects were "deceased on arrival" at the local police barracks but were later found to be carrying black daggers of ornate design.
Three officials of the Brutor Tribe and a Starkmanir clan elder were killed during a public meeting in the city of Kulburis before the knife- and gun-wielding assailant was "neutralized" by members of the public. Two members of the Vherokior Tribe, including the matriarch of the wealthy Akovhiora family, were killed by an unknown assassin in the port district of Matar City.
In closely related news, the holoblimp explosion disaster on Huggar has been reported as having a final confirmed death toll of 213, with over 600 injured. In a bizarre development confirming its connection to the other killings, the shrapnel payload of the explosive devices fitted to the holoblimp has been confirmed as consisting of "dagger-like shards of black iron and obsidian". Reports suggest that at least 3,000 such shards were packed into the modified holoblimp.
In Other News
- Amarr and Minmatar Fleets Maintaining Standoffs on Ardar-Floseswin militia warzone front and Audesder-Kenobanala border flashpoint
- EDENCOM Refuses to Comment on Reports of Several Outbreaks of Fighting Between Amarr and Minmatar Troops Seconded to Fortress Duties
- Serpentis "Making Vast Profits from Illegal Boosters" and "Funding Terror Crimes by Aenebra Cult Murderers" - Gallente Police Directorate
- Angel Cartel and Krullefor Organization Continue to Trade "Gang War Assassinations and Bombings on Ennur VI" - Republic Justice Department
- Smuggling Pipeline from Edges of Molden Heath to the Fringes of Placid "Top Item" on Agenda of GPD and RJD Security Summit on Colelie X
- Reports that "Massive" Svarog Clade Assault on Abandoned Mining Complex on Skarkon II "Obliterated Side of Mountain with AM Munitions"
- Former CBD Mining Complex Previously Reported to be Among Locations Used by Skarkon Tribal Resistance Army Commander Kril Efrit
- Veles Clade Frigates Sighted "Bombing Rear of Svarog Assault Column"; Svarog "Responding with Graviton Pulse Weapons in Atmosphere"
- Antimatter Detonations and Graviton Pulse Weapons "Causing Superstorms Threatening Cities Not Yet Totally Abandoned by Civilians"
- Perun and Veles Clade "Bioadapted and Drone Armies Clashing on Vale II" in Bizarre "Battle on Gigantic Ocean Biomatter Raft" - Reports Claim
Lina Ambre [4/29/2021 10:10:22 PM]
BREAKING: Empire and Republic Face Off on Borders as Inner Circle Meets
Yulai, Genesis – Republic Fleet battlegroups have been deployed to multiple border and key stargates across Minmatar space as Amarr fleets gather on gates bordering the Republic and Federation. The Inner Circle is in emergency session as a dangerous escalation of forces across New Eden is in progress following the bombardment attacks in Tanoo and Girani-Fa.
The Minmatar Republic has reacted to the large mobilization of Amarr forces with their own deployments of fleet groups to key locations. Border systems with the Ammatar Mandate have been reinforced with substantial battlegroups. Additionally, various systems that serve as fallback positions in the militia warzones of Heimatar and Metropolis have been reinforced with large fleet presences. In one notable hotspot, large fleets are facing off across the Ardar-Floseswin stargate link.
There are no reports of contact between the opposing forces but the possibility for accidental escalation to outright war is alarming citizens across New Eden. With large numbers of vessels still mobilized on EDENCOM duty the combined deployments are approaching the vast numbers of battle fleets and capital ships mobilized at the height of the Triglavian invasions.
Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor is reported to be in conference with the Tribal Council and military advisors, including Hetman General Kanth Filmir and Liberator General Nola Ashok. The Tribal Council is believed to be considering a call up of reservists from the Territorial Defense Guards and Tribal Militias. An order placing all active Republic Fleet and Republic Command troops on wartime alert has already been issued.
The Caldari State has reacted cautiously but there are reports of megacorporation security fleets, including capital ships, moving to positions close to the borders with the Federation and Republic. The Caldari State's delegate to the Inner Circle is currently on Amarr Prime for a summit with the Imperial Privy Council. The Amarr Empire has continued to activate planetary defenses, and raise militia and police forces to war footing.
The Gallente Federation continues to adopt a posture aimed at de-escalation and has kept its mobilized forces away from stargates. The powerful Luminaire Defense Fleet has been fully mobilized and its squadrons spread among staging locations throughout the Crux constellation.
Lina Ambre [4/29/2021 8:32:51 PM]
BREAKING NEWS: Dreadnoughts Attacking Girani-Fa III Destroyed in Orbital Battle
Girani-Fa, Genesis - The squadron of Moros-class dreadnoughts that launched an orbital strike on the planet of Girani-Fa III has been destroyed by the combined forces of the Amarr Imperial Navy and loyalist capsuleers responding to the emergency.
Girani-Fa III is under enhanced security lockdown with no communications possible with the surface through civilian channels. Scans of the planet are reportedly showing a number of subsurface energy readings suggesting the activation of underground shielding, and possibly surface-to-orbit weapons and active defenses.
President Celes Aguard has personally issued a statement disavowing the involvement of her government in the incident and ordered a full investigation into the activities of the Crux Special Tasks Group by the Federal Intelligence Office. Federal Navy units are reported to have raised their alert status but have been ordered to maintain ready status only.
Authorities across the Amarr Empire are invoking security lockdowns and a number of Royal and Major Houses have invoked wartime status for their fief troops. Reports from several heavily-populated Amarr planets indicate slave districts are being sealed and police troops rushed to key positions to forestall the threat of rebellion.
BREAKING! BREAKING! BREAKING!
- BREAKING: Amarr Imperial Guard Seal City of Dam-Torsad and Invoke Emergency Wartime Defense Protocols for Amarr Prime and System
- BREAKING: House Kador Mobilizes Fifteen Legions of Royal Lifeguards; Carrier Group and Planetary Assault Dreadnoughts Sighted Leaving Dock
- BREAKING: House Ardishapur to Deploy Multiple Carrier Groups and Heavy Battleship Wings to Kenobanala; Border Fortifications Placed on Alert
- BREAKING: Khanid Kingdom Mobilizes Twenty Regiments of Royal Uhlans; RKN Fleet Buildup in Aridia Border Zones
- BREAKING: House Sarum Mobilizes Family Reserves and Subsidiary Fief Troops as Massive Military Transport Movements Reported
- BREAKING: House Tash-Murkon Merchant Fleet Activates Wartime Protocols and Family Guard Regiments Mobilize
- BREAKING: House Kor-Azor Defense Fleets Move to Positions on Amarr Borders with Gallente Federation
- BREAKING: Imperial Navy Genesis Fleet Deploys at Defense Positions in Ekrin, Fabas, Mih and Ubar Constellations
- BREAKING: Amarr Delegate Captain Marshal Sirdan xer Qosh Summons Emergency Meeting of CONCORD Inner Circle
Lina Ambre [4/29/2021 7:45:25 PM]
BREAKING NEWS: Gallente Dreadnought Fleet Reported Assaulting Girani-Fa III
Girani-Fa, Genesis – Multiple Moros-class dreadnoughts of the Crux Special Tasks Group are reported to have arrived in orbit of Girani-Fa III and to have commenced an orbital bombardment of the planet.
Girani-Fa is noted as a border system that has been the subject of past dispute between the Amarr Empire and Gallente Federation, though the issue of the system's sovereignty has long been considered settled. Girani-Fa III is a fortified and industrialized barren planet believed to have several underground defense complexes and a number of industrial facilities. Ducia Foundry and Imperial Armaments maintain publicly-registered mining, processing and assembly colonies on the planet under contract with the Imperial Navy.
The Gallente Federation-aligned Crux Special Tasks Group is known to carry out operations in conjunction with the Federal military and the Scope is urgently seeking comment from the Federal government.This reported assault comes at a time the Amarr Empire is on alert due to the Tanoo II bombardment incident two days ago. The means by which a dreadnought assault group could penetrate deep into Girani-Fa is unknown but the use of novel cynosural technology was observed during the Tanoo incident.
The Scope will continue to report on this developing story.
Ret Gloriaxx [4/28/2021 8:19:00 PM]
Galactic Hour News Roundup: Assault Aftermath, State Diplomacy and Federal Infrastructure
The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster as the aftermath of the Tanoo II attack continues to reverberate through New Eden; the Caldari State courts its ally; and the Gallente President presses forward with redevelopment plans.
Above: Naglfar-class Dreadnoughts Under Attack During Attempted Bombardment of Tanoo II
Aftermath of Tanoo II Attack Remains Confused as Calls for Restraint Collide with Accusations
Yulai, Genesis – CONCORD's Inner Circle has commended the Amarr Empire and Minmatar Republic for the "restraint and spirit of co-operation displayed" in the aftermath of yesterday's dreadnought assault on the capital planet of the Ammatar Mandate, Tanoo II. Inner Circle President Seri Okonaya conveyed her personal assurance of full support from CONCORD to Captain Marshal Sirdan xer Qosh, Imperial Delegate to the Inner Circle.
Delegates Keitan Yun of the Republic and Devan Malate of the Federation added their own voices to the call for continued restraint, while expressing their "firm, shared belief that this incident was carried out by rogue elements that may even be loyal to powers opposed to civilization and human freedom." Caldari Substitute Delegate Akimaka Saraki, stopping in Yulai enroute to Amarr Prime, responded to the Minmatar and Gallente representatives' remarks by emphasizing that "minds should remain open, both as to the truth of this matter, and the validity of the forms of government cultures outside the Gallente-Minmatar bloc choose to maintain."
The Amarr Empire's higher authorities have continued to maintain a pronounced silence over the affair, described by one seasoned observer of Imperial diplomacy as "a classic mask of inscrutability barely concealing extreme rage and a determination to exact vengeance." The news from Tanoo itself has been limited since the attack was defeated, due to a continuing security lockdown and the presence of large numbers of troops from the Ardishapur Royal Guards, Ministry of Internal Order and the Order of St. Tetrimon.
The damage to the environs of the planetary capital city of Tor-Ammat continues to be reported as "limited and light" by the ACN. This is despite the evidence from independent orbital overflights that a large new feature, resembling an impact crater, has obliterated an outlying peninsula used as a docks by aquacultural industries based at the coastal city. One military expert hired by the Scope to analyse the images remarked that the damage was "probably a deflection or guidance failure, as it's unlikely the attackers were after the local fishing fleet."
Even so, the main government, military, industrial, and residential districts of Tor-Ammat do appear to have weathered the attack unscathed under the protection of shields and counter-ballistic defenses. Given the formidable fortifications of Tor-Ammat, and Tanoo II in general, many have wondered at the goals of a small flight of dreadnoughts attempting to bombard such a strongpoint. One unconfirmed report from a correspondent in the city has claimed that a ground to orbit laser was being fired from close to the Order of St. Tetrimon Chapterhouse at the edge of the military district. Witnesses of the space battle have also noted that high-power targeting lasers were being used by the dreadnoughts, a common feature on vessels modified for orbital bombardment operations.
For their part, the Minmatar Republic, Brutor Tribe and Brutor Vanguard have all announced an investigation into the individuals identified as the leaders of the attack.
Above: Dreadnought Attacking Tanoo II Destroyed as Ammatar Fleet and Loyalist Capsuleers Respond
Caldari State Delegation Invited to Satellite Summit at Imperial Privy Council
Dam-Torsad, Amarr Prime – The Imperial Chamberlain's Office has confirmed that the Caldari State has been invited to send a delegation to a "satellite summit" to be held in parallel with the meeting of the full Imperial Privy Council summoned by Empress Catiz I. While unusual, such summits between the Empire and State allies at the Imperial Court are sometimes held to discuss matters of critical importance to both polities.
The Caldari State has confirmed that Senior Executive Director Akimaka Saraki of the Wiyrkomi Corporation will lead the delegation in his capacity as official substitute for the CEO of Wiyrkomi as current Caldari Inner Circle delegate. Executives of the CBD and Sukuuvestaa megacorporations are also attending with all three major factions of the "Big 8" thus represented at talks expected to be focused on common defense, infrastructure and trade issues.
The importance the Caldari State's CEP places on these talks can be gauged by the determination to press ahead with the summit during the Imperial Privy Council despite the continuing and growing protests by workers and middle-tier executives across the corporate territories of the ruling Big 8 megacorps.
Above: Trace Cosmos studied by Duvolle Gravitational Wave Observatory in Gererique
President Celes Aguard Announces Major Federal Infrastructure and Redevelopment Program
Gallente Prime, Luminaire – President Celes Aguard has delivered remarks announcing a "major new federal infrastructure and redevelopment program focused on the periphery of our great Federation", during a holocast open meeting between the President and the Senate Federal Works Committee. President Aguard ran for office on a program that emphasized the need for the Federation to invest in the security and infrastructure of the periphery systems and appears determined to make good on her campaign promises.
President Aguard confirmed that she recently authorized the Federation Navy's Stellar Survey Corps to carry out new surveys in the Solitude, Placid and Verge Vendor regions with a view to determining the best locations for a mooted direct stargate connection between Solitude and the other regions of the Gallente Federation. At present, stargate traffic must take a dangerous route through the Syndicate region or a longer and barely safer route through Genesis and Aridia. The President made the construction of a new stargate to Solitude a campaign promise emblematic of her commitment to the periphery of the Federation.
The President also pointed to federal support for the newly-established Duvolle Gravitational Wave Observatory studying the "Trace Cosmos" phenomenon in the Gererique system in Solitude. Additionally, President Aguard confirmed that federal funds would be made available for the next phase of the long-term project to restore or "remedially terraform" Mannar VIII. The original home world of the Mannar people, the planet was rendered barren and the surface uninhabitable after an ecological disaster nearly 150 years ago.
Above: Minmatar Alliance Barracks in Audesder system
DEVELOPING: Minmatar Republic's Audesder System "Raided" by Ardishapur Mercenaries
Audesder, Molden Heath – Several squadrons of Red and Silver Hand combat vessels have been reported carrying out "raids" in the system of Audesder on the border of the Minmatar Republic with the Ammatar Mandate. The Red and Silver Hand are a mercenary company known to be sponsored by the Ardishapur family, the ruling house of the Derelik region.
Audesder is a heavily-fortified system that serves as the headquarters of the Minmatar Alliance Defense Brigade, a combined force comprising elements of the Republic Fleet and allied Federation Navy forces. This alliance defense nexus commands the route to the Kenobanala system, itself a heavily-fortified base and location of the notorious Fort Kumar, headquarters of the allied forces of the Imperial Navy, Caldari Navy, Ammatar Fleet and Royal Khanid Navy.
The two alliance garrisons have maintained an uneasy peace on the Republic-Mandate border for decades, with relations even easing in recent years as diplomacy and trade prevailed on the Derelik-Molden Heath routes. The reported new incursion on this fragile border, even by mercenaries, comes at the worst possible time as tensions are at breaking point over the Tanoo II attack. There has been no comment from the Republic, Mandate or Empire so far.
In Other News
- Holoblimp Explosion at Huggar Gravball Match Kills 200 Spectators, Injures Over 500 More
- Guristas Pirates Release Financial Records Showing Undisclosed Payments to CBD, Lai Dai and NOH Executives
- Caldari Business Tribunal Declines to Comment on Claims PKN Interstellar "Overcharged" for Jita 4-4 Project
- Caldari Navy Veterans Society Breaks Silence to Express "Outrage at Misdirection of Funds from Defense of State"
- FIO Denies Intaki Star Press Report that "Black Eagles Surveilled Intaki Assembly" During Security Franchise Talks
- Intaki Prime Security Gendarmes Enter Assembly and Government Buildings with "High-Tech Equipment" - Witness Reports
- Material Acquisition Hails Successful Test of "Novel Ore Refining Process" at Cat VII M4 Research Facility
- Order of St. Tetrimon Given Title to Fortress in House Sarum Lands on Dihra VI; New Chapter to be Founded
- Holder of Oris, Lord Aslan Ul-Qosh Orders Military Census of Subordinate Fiefs After Return from Imperial Tour of Mandate
- BREAKING: Governor of Huggar Brutor Tribal Lands Among Those Killed by Explosion at Gravball Match
- BREAKING: Huggar Gravball Match Explosion Linked to "Black Dagger Killings" by Republic Security Services
- BREAKING: Holoblimp "Deliberately Rigged to Explode" and "Contained Anti-Personnel Shrapnel Dispersal Devices"
- BREAKING: Republic Fleet Bolsters Audesder Defenses Following Red and Silver Hand Mercenary Incursion
- BREAKING: House Ardishapur Denies Authorizing Cross-Border Operations for "Any Unit Under Our Command"
Lina Ambre [4/27/2021 8:30:24 PM]
BREAKING NEWS: Minmatar Dreadnoughts Attempting Assault on Tanoo II Destroyed
Tanoo, Derelik – The squadron of Brutor Vanguard dreadnoughts that attempted an orbital bombardment of targets on Tanoo II have been destroyed by Ammatar Fleet forces aided by loyalist capsuleers according to reports from the Amarr Certified News. Ammatar Mandate authorities are maintaining a state of emergency across Tanoo II but report only minor damage to the periphery of the planetary capital of Tor-Ammat.
The Minmatar Republic has issued a firm disavowal of the actions of the Brutor Vanguard forces involved in the attack on Tanoo II and an earlier raid on the Inis-Ilix Theology Council station. The Brutor Tribe council and Vanguard command have also disavowed involvement in the attacks. Imperial authorities are remaining tight-lipped in the immediate aftermath but these incidents are sure to feature in the deliberations of the upcoming Privy Council meeting on Amarr Prime.
Amarr and Minmatar fleets are both on high alert following the incident but are clearly exercising restraint until the confused circumstances of these attacks are clarified. CONCORD has offered its assistance to the Amarr Empire's investigation and urged continued restraint on all parties.
Lina Ambre [4/27/2021 7:45:10 PM]
BREAKING NEWS: Minmatar Dreadnoughts Launch Orbital Bombardment of Tanoo II
Tanoo, Derelik – Naglfar-class dreadnoughts of the Minmatar Republic's Brutor Vanguard have been reported carrying out an orbital bombardment of targets on Tanoo II, the capital planet of the Ammatar Mandate and Ardishapur-controlled Derelik Region.
Multiple dreadnoughts are reportedly in low orbit of Tanoo II and are attempting to strike at locations in the vicinity of planetary capital Tor-Ammat, threatening the Consular Palace, capital spaceport and numerous vital installations.
Communications with Tanoo II are confused but planetary defenses are said to be holding with installation shields and counter-ballistic weapons disrupting incoming fire. Ammatar Fleet units are scrambling to respond to an attack that appears to have bypassed system defenses and achieved total surprise.
This attack follows an earlier raid on the Inis-Ilix Theology Council station that appears to have been aimed at seizing the Khanid warlord Alar Chakaid and notorious slaver Orlon Zashev from Theology Council custody. The Scope will continue to report on this developing story.