The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings a roundup of the latest news as more Gallente Presidential election candidate declare and CONCORD intelligence identifies a new threat from the Templis Dragonaurs and Vimoksha Chorus terrorist organizations.

 

Templis Dragonaurs Pact With Vimoksha Chorus a "Clear Threat to New Eden" says CDIA

Yulai, Genesis – The CONCORD Intelligence Directive Agency has described a new pact between two terror and piracy groups as a "clear threat to the security of New Eden". The CDIA has confirmed reports that the Templis Dragonaurs, an ultranationalist Caldari terrorist organization, has been identified as working with the Vimoksha Chorus, a pirate group that is a splinter faction of Sansha's Nation.

The CDIA assesses that the two organizations are presently "engaged in an exchange of military technology and armaments, in an effort that can only make both these dangerous and unpredictable terror groups even more of a threat than they already represent." CONCORD's DED has responded by distributing all location and tracking data on the Templis Dragonaurs to the general security networks of the empires and encouraged capsuleers to join in fighting the new threat.

Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir of CONCORD's AEGIS division additionally commented, "We cannot afford to allow this nascent alliance between two dangerous but relatively minor threats to grow into a major new security crisis. The ongoing Triglavian invasions, the danger of Drifter attacks and incursions by Sansha's Nation itself could only be harder to counter with yet another such threat on the scene."

The Templis Dragonaurs are an ultra-nationalist Caldari organization considered terrorists by most governments of New Eden. Once associated with Tibus Heth's Provist government, they suffered a major blow when his regime fell in YC115. It is believed they maintain large numbers of infiltrators and agents throughout the Caldari State and its megacorps.

Led by a former Sansha's Nation warlord, Cornelius Sedek, the Vimoksha Chorus is understood to have survived the suppression of Sansha's Nation by a CONCORD-led coalition in YC37. The Vimoksha Chorus operated as a pirate group for many decades before its recent escalation to planetary raidng. It is believed to still be an independent splinter faction at odds with Sansha Kuvakei's Nation.

 

Governor Celes Aguard Formally Declares Candidacy for Gallente President at Rally on Mies IV

Mies, Essence – Addressing a capacity crowd at the New Riennes Stadium on Mies IV, Governor Celes Aguard formally declared her candidacy for President of the Gallente Federation in a speech that focused particular attention on the periphery of the Gallente territories. "My friends, I can confirm my campaign for the Presidency of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime is underway, here, tonight. I welcome you all and thank you for sharing in my vision of the future prosperity and security of this great, liberal and forward-looking federation of ours."

As Governor of Mies, Celes Aguard presides over the administration of one of the Federation's most prosperous core systems and has long been a driving force in the development of her system and the wider infrastructure of the Crux constellation and Essence region. Despite this, Governor Aguard has long been popular in the periphery of the Gallente Federation, with her support for the development and security of outlying systems and constellations a repeated theme of her political careers.

"My friends, my fellow citizens, we must never forget our families, friends and fellows who make their lives on the frontiers of this great federation. Never again can the threat of political abandonment and security apathy over the periphery be allowed to take root in the federal system. I pledge that no region, no constellation and no system will be left behind. The Gallente Federation is for all, not just the core systems. It gladdens my heart to see so many of you here, so many of you citizens of Mies, Luminaire and Crux, to support our cause of a Federation of peace, prosperity and security for all."

Despite two previous attempts that saw her fall short, Governor Aguard is considered a strong presidential candidate with name recognition and overall approval ratings that most other candidates struggle to match.

 

Councillor Wayaki Kayara Announces Run at Presidency on Return from Kabar to Mannar Seginde

Mannar, Everyshore – Councillor Wayaki Kayara of Mannar Seginde has announced his own run at the Gallente presidency, following his return to Mannar Seginde (Leremblompes II) after a visit to the former Mannar homeworld of Kabar (Mannar VIII). The Mannar Councillor of Diplomacy made his announcement from the steps of the Mannar Seginde Council of Notables building in Fou Mannai, "The people of the Federation know that we can only prevail and make progress by righting the wrongs of the past, and it is in that spirit that I announce my candidacy for President of the Gallente Federation."

"All of us have seen the devastation on our homeworld, the legacy of the Doa dea Kabar, and many of us have experienced that legacy first hand. I have just returned from Kabar and I bring a message of hope that an old wrong may be righted and our ancient home be restored to us. The initiative to restore Kabar has made such progress as you would not dare hope for. That I dared not hope for. Yet it requires more from us all and, I say, from this Federation that so long neglected Kabar and only rewarded the service of so many Mannar in its cause with limited aid to us here on Mannar Seginde."

"This is not just about us. We know how the Federation speaks of equality and justice for all yet seldom delivers it in full to those who maintain their own cultures. We have seen how the Intaki home system and Placid region have been treated. We have seen how the Minmatar diaspora has been marginalized. How the Federation has allowed war to continue across our own borders and those of our Republic allies. We have seen how our Deteis, Civire and Achura citizens have been affected by the ongoing conflicts. We must stop all this. Reconciliation beyond our borders, with the Intaki Syndicate and, yes, with the Caldari State is necessary. But so too is reconcilitation necessary within. With our Jin-Mei friends, with our Intaki brothers and sisters, and with us, the people of Mannar Seginde and Kabar."

Two former presidential candidates expressed mixed views on Kayara's platform. Long-time Federal-Populist and anti-war figure, Senator Vilard Garioss of Nexus said, "I sympathize with some of Councillor Kayara's positions, even support them, but his message seemed confused to me and I have a hard time believing it will resonate beyond his core following." Retired Admiral Daren Fasio, an ethnic Mannar himself, was more forthright in his assessment, "This was a blancmange of a speech. No doubt it will appeal to pacifists and fools. I doubt that the Mannar men and women I served with would find anything appealing in it, let alone the citizens of the Federation who understand that a strong defense requires us to confront our enemies, not 'reconcile' with them."

 

Mentas Blaque Comments on Roden Administration's Militia Warzone Diplomacy in Clear Appeal to Hawks

Renyn, Essence – In off the cuff remarks today, Federal Intelligence Office chief Mentas Blaque said, "The Federation cannot afford to take a weak position on the debate over our sanctions against the Amarr Empire and its satellite states." His comments, made to journalists at an FIO briefing on the Templis Dragonaurs and Vimoksha Chorus situation, continued: "I have advised against pursuing a strategy of legalistic debate with the Amarr. I know Sirdan xer Qosh well. He's a slippery fox who will tie up these negotiations in all sorts of arcane knots and twists."

While Blaque's comments included a criticism of Amarr Inner Circle Delegate Sirdan xer Qosh's assertion that Federation and Republic sanctions are a breach of the Yulai Accords and Convention provisions against a general trade blockade of a member state by other member states, most Gallente commentators see the remarks as a clear criticism of the Roden Administration's attempt to chart a diplomatic course through the militia warzone crisis.

"These remarks are on the edge of open criticism of President Roden's policy in this matter and given the looming election, I believe they are a clear appeal to hawkish political blocs and voter sentiments across the Federation," Senator Ulve Fabronne of Peccanouette told the Scope's Galactic Hour. "I think we will see Blaque declare very soon," Senator Fabronne added.

 

In Other News

  • CONCORD Conflict Monitors Report on Floseswin IV: "Tacit Ceasefire is in Effect; Sporadic Exchanges of Fire; Scattered Paramilitary Reprisals"
  • "The Peace of Kahah" Breaks Box Office Records in Khanid Prime; Duke Chakaid Hails "Masterpiece of Truth Illuminating the Victory of Faith"
  • PKN Interstellar Bid for Security and Shipping Franchise in Intaki System Described as "Bizarre and Insulting" by Intaki Assembly
  • Tribal Liberation Force Regains Initiative with Combined Fleet Actions and Guerilla Strikes; Kurniainen and Vimeini Fall
  • Kyonoke Inquest Organization Statement on Capsuleer Experiments: "Kyonoke Cure Remains Effective. Samples Secured Under HFA Act are Inert or Compromised."
  • Caldari-Gallente Militia Warzone Activity Increasing; Military Experts say Federal Election Season "Driving Renewed FDU Strategic Offensive"
  • Inner Circle Peace and Militia Reform Talks Remain Deadlocked on Trade Sanctions Issue; "Amarr Attempting to Distort Anti-Blockade Accords" says Keitan Yun
  • Federation Ambassador Devan Malate: "No Contradiction Between the Anti-Blockade Provisions of the Yulai Accords and Limited, Targeted Sanctions"
  • Caldari Mediation Continues: "We Share the Legal Interpretation of the Amarr Empire but Resist Accusations of 'Hypocrisy' on Either Side of this Contractual Dispute"
  • BREAKING: President Jacus Roden Announces Successful Rescue of Civilian Government of Vevelonel V by Federal Marines
  • BREAKING: Braille District Gendarmes Arrest Vevelonel V Colonial Militia Officers Following Daring Rescue Operation
  • BREAKING: President Roden also Signs Executive Order for Enhanced Disaster Relief and Resettlement Finance in Octanneve System

 

Shaileen Ramnev Announces Presidential Run and Major Campaign Theme from Hueromont on Caldari Prime

Luminaire, Essence – Former Arcurio Mayor, and runner-up in the YC117 Gallente presidential elections, Shaileen Ramnev appeared today at a press conference in Hueromont to announce her candidacy in this year's election and address the future of Caldari Prime as a major plank of her campaign.

"I can confirm that I am a candidate for the President of the Gallente Federation," announced Ramnev. "Standing here in Hueromont, and after my visit to dear Arcurio, I see clearly that this great Federation remains strong in its diversity, tolerance and resilience. The healing of this vital world has been nothing short of miraculous and I am proud to seek the highest office in a polity that can achieve this."

"Now, though, it is time that the destiny of Caldari Prime is put in the hands of those who call it home," Shaileen Ramnev continued. "Mordu's Legion involvement after Operation Highlander was a risky but necessary choice, which in the end played out well. Mordu's Legion Command lived up to its reputation, and I as a citizen of this planet am very grateful to them. But after the long years of recovery, I say that we, the people of Caldari Prime, should not be seen as a problem to solve, but as a valuable community that will contribute to Federation and interstellar prosperity. We also should not allow the relationship with our Caldari neighbors fester for lack of attention to a shared pain that requires a shared solution."

Ramnev has issued a campaign document detailing a long-term solution to the vacuum that will be left by the impending departure of Mordu's Legion, already reduced during the period of their contract's extension. She is proposing a "planetary oversight body" with officials elected by all permanent Caldari Prime citizens. Such planetary institutions, she says, would oversee matters of global security, and act as a neutral regulator of the legal and business interactions between Caldari and Gallente settlements, leaving full autonomy over internal matters to regional authorities.

"I have seen communities everywhere on our scarred home," continued Ramnev. "They are different. They are unique. They hold dear different things. But they also seek the same things every community does. Peace. Prosperity. Happiness. These are things that no one can reach if everyone seeks them only for themselves. Now is the time to search for them together. Our Federation is never at its best when it 'directs' the many peoples of our union. Rather it reaches its heights when it aids the people in their quest for liberty and self-determination of their home communities. Providing the aid that is needed without demands for political conformity shall be my guiding principle as President of the Gallente Federation."

The Scope's political analyst Renyart Colsten suggested that Ramnev's pitch is "a clever message that may well appeal to communities across the Federation, such as the Intaki homeworld and Jin-Mei autonomists, without seeming false or artificial given her history and the direct anchoring in the Caldari Prime situation. Once again, Shaileen Ramnev shows why she should be considered a strong contender in this election."

 

Senator Kelen Ontbad Visits Minmatar Militia Warzone Headquarters on "Fact-Finding Mission"

Amo, Metropolis – Gallente Senator Kelen Ontbad of Algintal visited the staff headquarters of Valklear General Kanth Filmir of the Republic's Territorial Defense Guards, last night, declaring his visit a "fact-finding mission" for the Senate Gallente-Minmatar Relations Committee. General Filmir is overall commander of the Minmatar Republic's military response to the invasion of Floseswin IV and received Senator Ontbad at his HQ on the Tribal Liberation Force station in Amo, giving the ethnic Vherokior politician a short tour of the strategic operations center before holding a joint press briefing.

Questioned on the criticisms of the Republic's diplomatic and military strategy from various quarters, General Filmir was unequivocal in his response:

"The wiseacres on Matar can hoot and holler about the Sanmatar's diplomatic strategy from the safety of their lodges but I for one support any moves that save Matari lives and hold open the door to the return of those captured by the Sarum forces. Likewise, I repudiate the blood-drunk braying from Minmatar capsuleers who have called my men and women 'layabouts' even as these fighters struggle to recover the cities and people of Floseswin IV. My focus is on the liberation of our people and rolling back the invaders and occupiers from our lands. Every politician or capsuleer who has aided that cause selflessly and without thought of personal glory, I commend. The rest are fit only to receive water and shelter so far as I am concerned."

Senator Ontbad brushed aside questions as to a possible run at the presidency and sought to underline the importance of diplomacy in his own remarks to the assembled press:

"In the course of my visit here in Amo, I have found Valklear General Filmir to be a man of strong passions justified by years of service in the cause of freedom for the Matari people, all Matari people. It is not my place to comment on the politics of the Republic itself but, in terms of the politics of our people as a whole, I appreciate deeply the need to balance military strength with diplomacy. The reality is that our people will not be returned through military adventurism or destabilizing terrorism but by means of maintaining the security of the Federation and Republic, while pursuing every political and diplomatic means to end the scourge of slavery."

One swift reaction to the comments of General Filmir and Senator Ontbad came from Tobias Efrit, a veteran Krusual parliamentarian influential in trade and security matters:

"Filmir may have been a Midularist once but he's always been a loyal warrior for the Matari people. I hear his views with the utmost respect. As for Ontbad, he's a fop and a dilettante, as his idiotic equation of our military and covert operations with 'adventurism and terrorism' demonstrates clearly. People who think it would be a good idea to have an itinerant artist turned professional weathervane as leader of our most important ally just because he's of the Tribes need their heads checking. That right there is just another version of Midularism's squishy soft notion that it doesn't matter who's in charge so long as it's a so-called 'democracy'. No, I say it would be best for the Federation to have a strong leader and one they pick without any nonsense emanating from our quarter."

In the Gallente Federation, the intervention of Senator Ontbad has gone down relatively well with academic and media commentators. However, it had a mixed reception in Minmatar communities and notably appears to have left the hawkish element of the so-called "Roden Coalition" cold.

 

In Other News

  • DED and AEGIS Assess Triglavian Invasion Defense Efforts as "Stable" in New Year Briefing
  • Independent Analysts Suggest Militia Warzone Crisis "Stalled Progress" of Counter-Triglavian Campaign
  • Wayaki Kayara Visits Mannar Homeworld Restoration Initiative; Urges Greater Investment in Project
  • Cardinal Sourem Itharen Transferred to Theology Council, Vacating Capsuleer Emissary Post
  • Vimoksha Chorus Raid Reportedly Strikes Esaeel VI Gas Mining Colony; Casualty Numbers Unknown
  • Angel Cartel Crime Boss Assassinated by "Seykal hit squad" on Hrober V; Locals Braced for Reprisals
  • Vherokior "Special Spicy Sauce" Sweeping Hyasyoda Middle Management Menus after Mistaken Delivery
  • Dispute Between Sebiestor Tribe and Matar Planetary Security Flares Up Again Over Dokvat Airport Jurisdiction
  • BREAKING: House Kador Emancipates and Transfers to Federation Surplus Workers Recently Moved from Aridia to Genesis
  • BREAKING: Officials on Both Sides Indicate the Transfer is Reparation for YC110 Kador Incursion into Ratillose system
     

 

Occupation of Floseswin IV Continues as Amarr Forces Regain Control in Key Systems

Floseswin, Metropolis – The Amarr military occupation of the southern continental zone of Floseswin IV continues amidst low-intensity fighting on the planet, as difficult weather conditions set in across the southern hemisphere. While Minmatar Republic Fleet space superiority has been regained and maintained due to the efforts of the Tribal Liberation Force and allied capsuleers, and the northern population centers have largely been liberated or secured, heavily dug in House Sarum troops have maintained their positions in the south.

Protected by heavy fortifications, surface-to-orbit defense systems and the onset of the southern rainy season, House Sarum forces exert control over all the major population centers of the southern regions, with some five to seven million Republic citizens reported to be held in the grip of the occupation forces. The Sarum expedition commander, Colonel General Vikhtor Mazari has also asserted that approximately 150,000 "criminals and prisoners of war" were transported offworld during the twenty days of Amarr control of the system following the invasion.

Rumors that the Amarr forces have brought weapons of mass destruction to Floseswin IV were played down by General Mazari at a press briefing held in the southern continental capital of Port Kul: "This talk of nuclear and chemical weapons is black propaganda put about by our enemies. Amash-Akura's laws of war forbid the use of weapons that poison the land so these claims are absurd on their face. Let us never forget that we saved the Minmatar from self-destruction in the fires of nuclear warfare they were on the brink of unleashing on themselves. Even today, they are the ones that use such weapons. We of Amarr cleanse the land with Holy Light, not poison it."

Challenged on the presence of Amarr antimatter reactors powering the formidable defenses of the occupation forces, General Mazari dismissed the suggestion that these may be overloaded to cause widespread destruction and casualties as "slanderous nonsense and defeatist thinking we would never contemplate for a moment." For their part, Minmatar ground commanders are understood to take seriously the risks of antimatter reactor breaches, whether deliberate or caused by combat operations, given the Amarr have reportedly placed such facilities at the center of the population zones they control.

Elsewhere in the Amarr-Minmatar milita warzone, the 24th Imperial Crusade has scored some victories and recovered ground in a number of systems. The House Sarum ordered recovery of control over Arzad system has been welcomed by Lord Olacar xer Sarum on behalf of Royal Heir Arrach Sarum. More significantly for the Floseswin situation, the Amarr militia has also restored space superiority in Kurniainen and Isbrabata, reversing Minmatar gains and increasing logistical flexibility for House Sarum forces. While major movements of troops, materiel and "prisoners" have been prevented by the Republic Fleet since achieving control of Floseswin space, the Amarr Empire's fortified supply bases in Aset, Uisper and Vimenini have continued to facilitate supply drops by Amarr blockade runners and other subcapital ships.

 

Inner Circle Peace Summit Focuses on Reform of Militia War Laws and Normalization of Trade

Yulai, Genesis – Peace talks between the major powers focused on recent flashpoints in the militia warzones, not least the Amarr invasion of Floseswin IV, resumed in the New Year with renewed focus on closing loopholes created by the interaction of the Yulai Accords, Yulai Convention and the CONCORD Emergency Militia War Powers Act YC110. Following high level meetings between President Jacus Roden and Lady Hamideh Kador, and separately Lord Arrach Sarum's talks with a Kaalakiota-Sukuuvestaa delegation, representative delegates at the CONCORD Inner Circle appear to have aligned on a framework for talks aimed at resolving the ongoing conflicts and preventing future escalations.

Captain Marshal Sirdan xer Qosh of the Amarr Empire has emphasized that interstellar trade must be "normalized and restored to the position agreed under the Yulai Accords and Convention that wisely forbade the unilateral and unrestricted imposition of sanctions against any member state of the CONCORD Assembly." Following the talks spearheaded by the Kador Royal Heir as personal representative of Empress Catiz I, the position of the Gallente Federation has perceptibly moved in favor of this approach in exchange for the "withdrawal of foreign troops of all kinds from orbital bodies on which they have no jurisdiction or right of claim under the Yulai Accords" as Gallente Delegate Devan Malate put it. Both the Gallente Federation and Minmatar Republic have maintained far-reaching trade and financial sanctions against the Empire since the suppression of the Kahah slave uprisings of late YC120.

Reports from the Caldari State also indicate that Empress Catiz I has agreed to extend bond repayment schedules for the Caldari-Amarr Economic Stimulus Agreement, permitting Caldari State corporations to redirect trillions of ISK that had been set aside to meet impending bond deadlines. Observers of the Amarr Imperial Court note that the SarumGlobal Bank and the House Tash-Murkon investment funds in particular would only have agreed to such rescheduling on the personal request of the Empress. Large reciprocal trade and investment agreements are expected to flow from a number of megacorps and the "trade for peace" proposals are being strongly supported by the entire Caldari State.

While some in the Minmatar Republic have accused Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor of allowing himself to be outmanoeuvred by Amarr diplomacy, the Republic's leadership has pointed out that the reported 150,000 Republic citizens captured on Floseswin IV continue to be held as "prisoners of war" without entering the Amarr Empire's slave system. Ambassador Keitan Yun claimed, "the suspension of so-called 'labor force processing' was a direct result of negotiations we took part in with the support of the Gallente Federation."

The Minmatar Delegate to the Inner Circle continued: "We are clear that the Minmatar Republic will maintain its rights under the Yulai Accords and Convention to lawfully impose specified sanctions on the Amarr Empire, and its client states, in response to illegal slaving and the brutal repression of civilians. There can be no disputing we are entitled to do this under provisions the Amarr themselves signed up to. On the other hand, we do not object to the Federation's efforts to secure sensible reforms and new protections for planetary populations in warzones."

Talks at the Inner Circle continue while CONCORD Conflict Monitors encourage stabilization of the situation on Floseswin IV pending the outcome and to facilitate humanitarian operations.

 

In Other News

  • Shaileen Ramnev Attendance at Arcurio New Year Festival Fuels Speculations as Election Registration Deadline Approaches
  • Insider Claims Meeting betweeen Jacus Roden and Mentas Blaque was "Stormy" as President Maintains Refusal to Endorse any Candidate
  • Caldari Navy Security Intelligence Reportedly Investigating Templis Dragonaurs Cells in Corporate Security Forces
  • Governor Celes Aguard to Hold Rally on Mies IV; Likely to Formally Declare Presidential Candidacy
  • SCC Raid of Guristas Finance Node in Pure Blind Fails as Billions in Corporate Scrip Datablocks are Transferred Out; Inside Tip-Off Suspected
  • Councillor Wayaki Kayara of Mannar Seginde Rebuffs Senator Kelen Ontbad as Both Position for Independent Runs at Presidency
  • Intaki Assembly Asserts Sovereignty within Intaki System under Federation Constitution and Rejects Federal Security Council Demands
  • Khumatar Allek Berialsh Designates Dokvat in Mikramurka Region as "Planetary Security Zone"; Orbital Defense Construction Begins
  • Federal Marines Deploy on Vevelonel V as President Roden Authorizes Intervention Against Colonial Militia Coup
  • Midna Lyre's "The Red Album" Sells Millions of Copies Over Festival Period; Critics Hail New Songs as a "New Peak for Sonik Sabik Genre"
  • Octanneve Authorities Struggling to Cope with Influx of Refugees from Vevelonel as New Storms Increase Displacement of Population on Octanneve V
  • Federation-CONCORD Joint Initiative on Kabar (Mannar VIII) Reports "Ecological Restoration Indicators Remain Positive" in End of Year Report

 

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from all across New Eden as the Yoiul Festival period witnesses accelerated trading and renewed efforts at peace as the start of YC122 approaches.

PKN Interstellar Declares Launch of HyperNet Relay "Successful Beyond All Projections"

Jita, The Forge – The PKN Interstellar consortium has issued a glowing report on the first 48 hours of market activity on their newly-launched HyperNet Relay trading and communciations network, hailing the launch as "successful beyond all projections." While detailed financials are not available, the consortium – led by the CBD, Lai Dai and NOH megacorporations – has confirmed that transactions on the new network are "well into the multiple trillions of ISK after only 48 hours of operation."

PKN Interstellar has also noted that the high activity has allowed it to accelerate its associated FTL communications operations as the influx of Quantum-Entangled 4-Helium HyperCores allows it to synchronize and encrypt vast numbers of QE 4-He pairs for distribution across the new communications network it is constructing.

In related news, the next phase of the Jita 4-4 Caldari Navy station redevelopment and expansion project is advancing on schedule, according to PKN Interstellar's latest updates to the Chief Executive Panel and Caldari Navy board. The project is now moving forward to prepare and lay down the foundation frameworks for construction of a communications and science hub that will eventually be a major element in PKN's FTL communications backbone. Deep Core Mining Incorporated has also begun to work on preparations for a mining operations center that will co-ordinate exploitation of the vast resources of the Jita 4-4 moon itself.


Above: Next Phase of Jita 4-4 Redevelopment and Expansion Underway

Inner Circle Starts Fourth Round of Peace Talks on New Protocols for Militia Warzone Planets and Orbitals

Yulai, Genesis – CONCORD's Inner Circle has formally begun a fourth round of peace talks aimed at resolving the recent escalations in militia warzone fighting and occupations on planetary and other orbital bodies. The urgency of the talks is due to the ongoing conflict in the Amarr-Minmatar militia warzone, particularly the House Sarum invasion of the Minmatar colony world of Floseswin IV.

However, a number of recent incidents on militia warzone planets, moons and other orbital bodies have exposed shortcomings in the interstellar legal framework and conflict resolution protocols. A number of loopholes and gaps, that were until recently covered by mutual understandings and informal pacts, have been torn open by incidents such as the FDU's pacification of riots by Caldari citizens in Iralaja system, Seykal Clan attacks on Huola VI, and notably the lengthy corporate warfare and asset removal operations carried out by Lai Dai Protection Services on Intaki V. The full-scale invasion and high-intensity warfare on Floseswin IV is the worst incident yet in terms of the level of interstellar conflict in the border zones and raised tensions between all the CONCORD powers.

Reports from Yulai suggest that the Inner Circle is establishing a framework that will provide time for a number of initiatives being promoted by the Gallente Federation and Caldari State to proceed while the CONCORD Assembly prepares draft protocols that may form the basis of addendums to the Yulai Convention and Accords, together with significant amendments to the Emergency Militia War Powers Act of YC110.


Above: Operational Meltwater-Snowball Exchanger

Citizens of New Eden Look Forward to Yoiul Festival Celebrations Despite Conflicts Across Cluster

Yulai, Genesis – Despite a year that has seen escalating invasions by the Triglavian Collective, and considerably heightened tensions along the border zones between the "Big Four" empires, the citizens of New Eden are apparently determined to make the best of the increasingly cosmopolitan and cluster-wide celebrations of the end-of-year Yoiul Festival.

As part of the festivities, a water reclamation project is encouraging capsuleers to turn in any stocks of meltwater they may have for processing, with a return of water ice "snowballs" for use in the traditional capsuleer activity of firing charges of compacted water ice crystals at one another in mock space combat. The Meltwater-Snowball Exchanger facilities can be found across New Eden's high-security zones at Yoiul Festival sites.

 

In Other News

  • Kaalakiota and Sukuuvestaa Delegation Meets with Lord Arrach Sarum to Discuss Militia Warzone Conflict
  • President Jacus Roden Rumored to be Attending Bilateral Talks at Habu VIII Sponsored by Quafe
  • Senator Kelen Ontbad Declares Sarum Invasion of Floseswin IV an "Affront To Civilization"
  • Mannar Seginde Councillor for Diplomacy Wayaki Kayara Cautions Against Undermining Roden Peace Initiative
  • Capsuleer Candidate General Julianus Soter Eligible for Presidential Election Fee Funds Under Federal Military Provisions
  • Minmatar Militia Gains in Warzone Mount Against Background of Sarum Occupation of Floseswin IV
  • Valklear General Kanth Filmir Hails Efforts of Minmatar Militia but Urges Swift Recapture of Floseswin System
  • House Sarum Forces Reported to be Fortifying Positions on Multiple Planets in Aset, Uisper And Vimeini Systems
  • Republic Fleet Operations in Heimatar Warzone May Indicate Preparations for Counter Invasion of Devoid
  • Kameiras Assault on Floseswin IV Leads to Capitulation Of Southern Continental Colonial Capital
  • Khanid Secret Police Execute New Sweeps Across Mishi IV as Theology Council Considers Evidence Against Holders
  • Vimoksha Chorus Assault on Chamume III Mining Colony: "Total Destruction of Settlement and Thousands Captured"

 

Floseswin, Metropolis – While the House Sarum campaign to "Reclaim" the planet of Floseswin IV continues, as Amarr control of the system is maintained, the fighting in other systems of the Metropolis region miltia warzone has resulted in a number of gains for the Minmatar Tribal Liberation Force.

CONCORD's CDIA Conflict Monitoring Section has previously indicated to the Scope that Amarr control of a number of systems in Metropolis was "facilitating" the House Sarum "Reclaiming Operations" in Floseswin. With a number of key systems on the periphery of the warzone changing hands, the Scope obtained an update from the Conflit Monitoring Section:

"As you suggest, in our previous assessment it was clear that Amarr control of a number of systems in the militia warzone was facilitating logistics operations and enabling the so-called 'Reclaiming' on Floseswin IV to proceed more readily. Given the long real space distances between the Floseswin system and House Sarum's staging bases in Myherra and Gammel, it was apparent that a corridor of way-station systems was being used to move materiel and military forces from the Sarum bases directly into the warzone."

"As you may be aware, Amarr logistical doctrine calls for movements of materiel and troops to proceed under heavy escort. The favored platform for the Empire remains the workhorse Archon-class carrier. Use of unescorted freighters by the Amarr is generally an emergency provision only, and their jump gate networks in the area are no better than the Republic's after years and years of warfare in the militia warzone. We would take the view, today, that the recent capture of Isbrabata and now Eszur by Minmatar militia forces has significantly reduced the options for House Sarum logistics, which clearly allows counter-operations to be better targeted by the Republic. The breaking up of control within the area surrounding Floseswin would also increase the risks associated with use of star gates by conventional drive ships, and further narrow the options for Sarum supply operations."

The Scope can also report that gains made by Minmatar forces in Metropolis have also led to the capture of the Ardar system adjacent to Floseswin, and lying on a route back to the Minmatar Republic's staging system of Amo. The CDIA also noted, "Evidently it is helpful for the Minmatar to have a system cleared of Amarr jamming installations to which the Republic forces massed at Amo can directly jump. Both the Republic and the Empire are engaged in constant efforts to rebuild their own beacons and establish new jamming nets. Regardless, House Sarum control of Floseswin continues to give them the ability to project forces direct to that system, albeit less easily with fewer way-stations available, and the political impact of system control remains the key enabling factor to their planetary operations."

The Scope will continue to cover this major border conflict between the Amarr Empire and Minmatar Republic.

In Other News

  • CONCORD Inner Circle Schedules Fourth Peace Talks Session for Yoiul Festival Period; Multilateral Diplomacy Continues
  • Eifyr & Co. Signs Deals to Supply Infantry Combat Boosters to Intara Direct Action and Seykal Expeditionary Group
  • Mentas Blaque Remains Tight-Lipped Amidst Rumors President Jacus Roden Will Decline to Endorse any Candidate as Successor
  • Kaalakiota and Sukuuvestaa Send Joint Delegation to Sarum Prime with Militia Warzone Ceasefire Negotiations on Agenda
  • Blood Raiders Mocked for "Cowardice" as Attacks on Amarr Loyalist Structures in Derelik "Evaporate" in Face of Defense Fleet
  • Shaileen Ramnev Schedules New Speaking Engagement in Arcurio Amidst Speculation of Renewed Presidential Candidacy
  • Ni-Kunni Holders "Put to the Question" by Cheshm Khan Reportedly Implicate Prominent Mishi IV True Amarr House
  • Senator Kelen Ontbad Visits Leremblompes; Itinerary Includes Talks with Mannar Seginde Politicians
  • Frostline Laboratories Rumored to be Developing "New Long-Range Exploration and Resource Extraction Technologies"
  • Duke Chakaid of Fabai Vows "Total Elimination of Ammatar Treachery and Collaboration with Terror in Khanid and Aridia"

 

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from all across New Eden as Zorya Triglav continues to broadcast propaganda and potential candidates for the highest office of the Gallente Federation manoeuvre for position.

Triglavian Strategic Shift Leads to Special Measures from CONCORD Inner Circle

Yulai, Genesis – As the invading forces of the Triglavian Collective continue their strategic shift of operations from the deployment of World Arks to increased activity focused on stars, CONCORD's Inner Circle has re-emphasized the importance of supporting DED and empire fleet operations against Triglavian Stellar Observatories and in defense of CONCORD installations. The Inner Circle authorized a release of Quantum Entangled 4-Helium from its war reserves this past weekend, matching this with a few days of tax relief to promote increased capsuleer industrial and market activity.

As the demands on the New Eden Defense Fund continue to be considerable, the tax relief measures ended Monday and CONCORD continues to deploy assets to monitor stellar activity, Triglavian operations and to defend member state systems, planets, and other orbital bodies and installations.

CONCORD's Special Affairs for Regulations and Order (SARO) division is believed to be monitoring the extent to which capsuleers are heeding the propaganda broadcasts of Zorya Triglav, while the CONCORD Defense Intelligence Agency is working with the Secure Commerce Commission and member state partners to attempt to put in place blocks against Triglavian autonomous information warfare agents.


Above: Zorya Triglav broadcast on space billboard

Capital Punishment Bill Passes; Roden Tables Approval Decision for New President

Libertopolis, Villore – After months of campaigning, debate, committee reviews, and numerous revisions to Senator Suvio Bellaron's original proposal, Head of Senate Aulmont Meis called a vote on the Federal Directive bill that would ban capital punishment at the Federal level and institute guidelines for its use at lower divisions of government. In the end, the vote was split 471-422 in favor, with 10 abstentions.

Responding to the news, outgoing President Jacus Roden issued a short statement: "As Federation President, I respect the decision of the Senate but I consider the issues raised by this Federal Directive too serious and far-reaching to be subject to an approval or veto process by myself as an outgoing, second-term president. I am therefore tabling this Federal Directive to Ban Federal Capital Punishment and Regulate Sub-Federal Punishment for the consideration of the next President of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime."

"We're unhappy with the Senate's decision, but we respect the outcome of the vote," Senator Faron Shu of Lirsautton commented. "We certainly support President Roden's wise decision to leave such a momentous and divisive issue to the president who will have to spend the next five years implementing this measure, if they agree it is actually needed. I cannot speak for the Sang Do council, but clearly a Supreme Court challenge is not necessary pending the decision of the new president."

Under the Federal Directive as passed, member states and districts can continue to use methods of capital punishment without rebuke, given that they satisfy a test of humane application and a delay period of a year between a guilty verdict and a penalty decision. The "humane application" stipulations would disbar further use of Lirsautton VI as a place of exile, as the Federal Administration considers such punishment an effective death sentence that would fail to satisfy the requirements, but would allow other forms like public executions. Previous drafts of the bill had called for condemnation of the latter. The bill stipulates a deadline of five years for member states and districts to implement legislation in the spirit of the guidelines.

Suvio Bellaron Declares Candidacy for Federation President

Reacting to President Roden's statement on the capital punishment bill, Senator Suvio Bellaron declared his intention to stand as a candidate for the presidency of the Gallente Federation: "As our understanding of intrinsic human rights evolves, our Federation is challenged to share that understanding and, at the same time, respect the developing understandings of our many cultures. I may have wished for more with this bill, but I appreciate the magnitude of our accomplishment. As President Roden has decided that the next president will take the decision on approval or veto of this Federal Directive, I am today announcing my candidacy for the highest office. This issue is vital to the future of law and peace in our Federation."

Notably, given Senator Bellaron's candidacy for the presidency, the Placid vote was largely in favor of the bill, but it did lack the support of Placid's Reborn Senators, who voted against. Senators representing sub-districts in Giatole and Marele more than made up for that, although some had thought they would largely vote against. "With years of hindsight, we've come to realize that we made poor decisions in the heat of the moment as citizens of the Federation. Maybe all of our decisions made in the heat of the moment are poor," a Mannar Senator said off-the-record on the matter of Anvent Eturrer. "I couldn't have supported the original draft even if I wanted to – my constituents would have recalled me on the spot – but the compromises reached in committee made it reasonable."

While some may have hoped for this hot button topic to be resolved before the Presidential and Senatorial Elections next February, the decision of President Roden has likely made this a major issue of the entire campaign. Though many had speculated that Senator Suvio Bellaron intended to make a run at the presidency, the delay in approval of his cherished capital punishment ban has given him a clear and distinct issue on which to base his campaign.

Governor Celes Aguard Opens Renuiphoria Festival on Gallente Prime

Caille, Gallente Prime – Governor Celes Aguard hosted the opening ceremony for the Renuiphoria this morning, sending regional political analysts into a frenzy of speculation that the governor of the Mies system, and former presidential candidate, is looking to another run at the leadership of the Federation in the coming election.

Governor Aguard's speech started with an overview of the feminine festival's history in Caille, then went on to lionize its inclusive nature and the appeal of its ideals across lines of identity. She compared her mixed Gallente/Jin-Mei heritage to the festival's cooperative spirit. At the end of her speech, the Governor started the celebration by tossing dried fruits and berries across the white brick streets.

The Renuiphoria originates from lunar festivals held during the Age of Rouvenor, which were used to place women with special skills together and allow them to find apprentices for their crafts. This especially applied to all arts from fine to sexual. In the post-industrial era, the Renuiphoria was the main route of distribution for new products such as birth control. According to myth, the Renuiphoria celebrates the days when the divine Chareté rescued her sister, Renuit, from her overly controlling husband, Tenaros. The trio are members of a local moon pantheon, though the modern festival is not religious, nor exclusive to women.

In the center of Caille, city artists of various levels put their best work on display. They will receive feedback from their peers and find patrons in the arts and academics community. Top advertising firms always make a point to send talent scouts to the festival. The festival is scheduled to last a week in Caille's City of Ancients. Attendance is free and open to all.

Scope political analyst Zalawi Marguva drew parallels between Governor Aguard's commencement speech and her campaign speeches. "If it sounds like a script you've heard before, that's because you have. The Governor wants to kindle voter interest. With the Federal Defense Union's re-established dominance in Verge Vendor and Intaki, she won't be robbed next time,” he said, referring to the controversial “No Vote” law that had put Aguard at a severe disadvantage in YC111. Others question the real potential of a third Aguard run at the presidency following her poor results in the YC117 election, with Shaileen Ramnev's creditable second-place performance attracting the bulk of the anti-Roden vote.

Many are waiting to see which candidates will seriously vie for the hawkish and business oriented voting blocs that underpinned Jacus Roden's successful campaigns and have been an enduring bulwark of his authority as Gallente President.

In Other News

  • Combat Operations on Floseswin IV Continue as House Sarum Forces Step Up Assaults on Minmatar Population Centers
  • Partial Capsuleer Blockade of Floseswin IV "Disrupting Offworld Transports" Report CONCORD Conflict Monitors
  • Amarr Control of Floseswin and Corridor to Bleak Lands "Facilitates Reclaiming and Logistical Support Operations"
  • Caldari State Delegation to Inner Circle Offers to Mediate over Floseswin as Third Peace Talks Session Breaks Up
  • Amarr Delegate Sirdan xer Qosh Welcomes Caldari Offer While Blasting Gallente FIO for "Interference and Destabilization Activities"
  • Templis Dragonaurs Cell Evades Arrest Following Robbery of Garoun Investment Bank Vaults in Hueromont
  • PKN Interstellar Registers PKN Cryptographic as Caldari State Corporation as Plans for HyperNet Relay Comms Network Proceed
  • Cheshm Khan Make Further Arrests on Mishi IV After Discovery of Large Caches of "Deathglow and Insorum" Hidden in Ni-Kunni Holder Estates
  • Federal Security Council Expresses "Grave Concerns" Over Reports Intaki Assembly Considering Syndicate Bid for Security Franchise

Breaking News

  • Multiple Deathglow Attacks Against Amarr Towns and Industrial Concerns with "Heavy Casualties" Reported on Huola VII
  • House Sarum Alleges Minmatar Terrorists Responsible After Ushra'Khan Operatives Captured on Huola VII
  • Kameira Lodge Confirms Services Retained by House Sarum as Assault Troops Reported to be Staging in Sahtogas

 

Yulai, Genesis – CONCORD has confirmed that it has begun major operations to counter the threats apparently posed by Triglavian "stellar observation and manipulation efforts" in multiple systems across New Eden. The primary co-ordinator of planetary and orbital defense against Triglavian invasions, Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir said, "I can confirm that CONCORD is co-ordinating closely with member states in a broad effort to thwart Triglavian attempts to manipulate star system environments across New Eden."

The Scope has established that flashpoints between Triglavian forces and CONCORD/local empire forces are scenes of fierce space combat in at least half a dozen star systems. Capsuleers have reported Triglavian stellar platforms and CONCORD observatories are the focus of fighting in Aedald, Agal, Furskeshin, Kihtaled, Oberen and Skarkon systems. Triglavian invasion forces are present in a number of systems surrounding the flashpoints.

Most disturbing of all are reports that capsuleers are fighting on the side of both CONCORD and Triglavian forces. The Scope has also learned that the Triglavian Collective has apparently aimed a message that may be a direct appeal for capsuleers to join their forces. Experts in Triglavian communication protocols have translated the "DIRECTIVE KYBERNAUT" message as follows:

GLORIFICATION AWAITS THOSE FIT TO JOIN THE FLOW OF VYRAJ
LIMINAL POTENTIAL IS DIVINED AMONG AUGMENTED NARODNYA
PROVING OF KYBERNAUTS IN THE ANCIENT DOMAINS IS INVOKED
GUIDE AND GROUND THE FLOW AND BE FIT FOR GLORIFICATION
OBSTRUCT AND MORTIFY THE FLOW AND YOU WILL BE EXTIRPATED

Analysts believe the Triglavian term "Kybernaut" refers specifically to capsuleers based on intercepts of Collective communications apparently discussing augmented pilot corpses recovered from the remains of "singleton command nucleus vessels".


Above: Battle Around CONCORD Observatory in Kihtaled System (courtesy ARC)

Provost Marshal Valkanir also commented on these reports: "CONCORD's Directive Intelligence Agency believes the Triglavians are attempting to entice independent capsuleers into renegade actions that would suit the interests of the invaders. The Triglavians pose an existential threat to all of New Eden. We trust that capsuleers will continue their efforts to combat the Triglavian menace and work with local defense forces to this end."

Questioned on the consequences of siding with the Triglavians, the head of AEGIS replied, "Any capsuleer siding with the Triglavian invaders is a traitor to civilization on a level with the dupes of Sansha's Nation and the murderous followers of the Blood Raiders. We condemn them utterly and warn them that they are playing with the very future and survival of New Eden."

CONCORD and core empire forces are co-operating broadly on many fronts with major investment in planetary defense, star system monitoring and invasion response fleets flowing from the New Eden Defense Fund. Large numbers of CONCORD personnel are also in combat daily with Triglavian forces and their drone auxiliaries. Provost Marshal Valkanir was able to confirm that SARO commandos had successfully boarded a Triglavian defense pylon recently "at great risk to their lives, preventing its self-destruct protocols from triggering and allowing us to analyze its technology."

 

In Other News

  • Arrests as Kingdom's Cheshm Khan Secret Police Uncover "Blood Cultist Network on Mishi IV"
  • Intaki Space Police Delegation Visits Navyii Akat for Talks with Intaki Assembly
  • Vimoksha Chorus Raiding Fleet "Destroyed by Triglavians" Claim Eyewitnesses on Dehrokh II
  • Govenor Celes Aguard to Open Renuiphoria Festival in Caille; Speculation Will Launch Presidential Campaign at Event
  • Standoff in Mikramurka Region of Matar as Sebiestor Tribal Marshals Refuse to Hand Over Evidence to RSS Agents
  • Chief Acassa Midular Blasts Khumatar Allek Berialsh for "Gross Disrespect" so Soon After Funerals of "Sundsele Six"
  • Capital Punishment Abolition Bill Sharply Divides Political Blocs as Final Vote in Gallente Federal Senate Looms
  • BREAKING: Order of St. Tetrimon Suicide Attacks Down Territorial Defense Guards Carriers in Floseswin system as Sarum Expeditionary Force Strikes
  • BREAKING: Landings of Shining Flame mercenaries on Floseswin IV encounter fierce resistance from Republic Command and Brutor Vanguard forces
  • BREAKING: Red and Silver Hand Company Excoriator and Auspex Class Slaver Ships Sighted Over Main Aquacultural Colony of Floseswin IV
  • BREAKING: CONCORD Inner Circle Summons Core Empire Delegates for Emergency Talks

 

Lord Ekroz Salaf of Jabruan Becomes First Ammatar Raised to Imperial Nobility

Tanoo, Derelik – Celebrations erupted throughout the Ammatar Mandate today, after Royal Heir Arim Ardishapur declared that Governor Ekroz Salaf has been given the Holding of Jabruan Province on Eshtah II. Lord Governor Salaf, an ethnic Nefantar, will be the first native Ammatar Holder in the history of the Empire, despite a long history of high-ranking Ammatar acting as a caste of "petty nobility" within the Ammatar Mandate.

Lord Ardishapur made his surprise announcement during a public address made at a ceremonial reception on Tanoo II, originally scheduled to mark the induction of Lord Salaf into the Cross of the Sacred Throne Order by Empress Catiz I. In attendance at the reception was Lord Arrach Sarum, visiting to hold summit talks with Lord Ardishapur on co-operation between their neighboring dominions and Imperial Military Circuits.

The Ammatar Mandate has been moving over to a system of Imperial Holdings since YC111, when the late Lord Yonis Ardishapur began a reorganization of the region following the so-called "Elder War". As the previously quasi-independent hierarchy of Amarr nobles mixed with Ammatar elites has been steadily supplanted, concerns have grown in the Mandate that the Nefantar who stayed loyal as Ammatar would be reduced entirely to a servile class.

The unstable position of Ammatar elites since the Elder War, which saw a large number of prominent Nefantar leaders rebel and defect to the Minmatar Republic, had been significantly shored up by the appointment of Ekroz Salaf to the governorship of the Mandate by Lord Yonis Ardishapur in late YC111. The establishment of a native Ammatar as the Mandate's governor assuaged concerns among the Ammatar petty nobility that their lands and slaves would be confiscated from them. However, fears that the Elder War defections forever jeopardized the chances for Amarr-loyal Nefantar to rise to prominence have remained high. The elevation of Lord Salaf of Jabruan to the Imperial nobility will have all but erased remaining fears and concerns, and hence has evoked widespread celebrations in the Mandate.

Following several recent slave rebellions across the Empire, such as in the Kahah, Alkabsi, and Thebeka systems, a number of "purist" Holder families, many from the Kador and Khanid territories, have been increasingly vociferous in claiming that lords who are not True Amarr are unproven in their lineage and faith, and that they are of "subversive character". One prominent critic, Duke Alar Chakaid of Fabai, King Khanid III's own Plenipotentiary Representative to the Imperial Court, has called the Ardishapur Family's handling of the Ammatar "grossly lenient" and warned that "lesser races" in positions of power threaten the future of Amarr.

Observers of Amarr politics believe that the decision to ennoble Lord Salaf is a pointed rejection of this attitude. One experienced diplomat called the Scope's attention to the presence of Lord Sarum at the ceremonial reception, indicating that this, together with the high mark of favor conferred on Ekroz Salaf by Empress Catiz I, would make it "unthinkable to publicly question the ennoblement of Salaf". Lord Ardishapur's staff have dismissed questions from reporters suggesting that the establishment of House Salaf may be intended as a concession following the recent slave rebellions.

 

Lords Arim Ardishapur and Arrach Sarum Discuss Security of Amarr Empire and Amarr-Minmatar Warzone Situation

Consular Palace, Tanoo II – Personally co-chairing the first "Sword Marshals Council" held between the Ardishapur and Sarum Military Circuits, Lords Arim Ardishapur and Arrach Sarum are understood to have discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to their respective and neighboring demesnes and military circuits. Most notably, under the terms of the territorial and military reorganization ordered by Empress Catiz I, in line with her newly promulgated Pax e Kilizhi Do doctrine, the Ardishapur and Sarum Houses share responsibility for the Amarr-Minmatar militia warzone.

While the Sarum Military Circuit covers the largest swathe of warzone systems by far, the Ardishapur hold responsibility for a key sector of the conflict zone in the Heimatar region. The strategic position of the Ardishapur-controlled Ammatar Mandate also underlines the importance of close co-operation of forces under the command of the two Royal Heirs. A number of Imperial Navy staff officers, 24th Imperial Crusade commodores and chartered mercenary commanders allied to Houses Ardishapur and Sarum were in attendance at the council. Co-ordination of responses to yesterday's Seykal Clan raid against a HZO Refinery colony on Huola VI was confirmed to be an urgent addition to the agenda.

The two Sword Marshals have also let it be known that they discussed matters of internal security and stability across their dominions and the Amarr Empire in general. Lord Sarum has been pressing for reform of the Ministry of Internal Order and was joined in this call by Lord Ardishapur in a joint royal memorandum on internal security. Additionally, the Order of St. Tetrimon has acceded to a request by Lord Ardishapur that it place its powerful counter-insurgency strike fleets at the disposal of both Houses Ardishapur and Sarum for "anti-cultist operations".

In a public briefing hosted by Lord Qatib Olacar xer Sarum and Lord Governor Ekroz Salaf, it was further announced that House Ardishapur has converted the 1st Mandate Redemptionist Brigade of penal troops into a regular military formation. The troops of the new 19th Ammatar Consular Brigade, consisting of the 33rd Tanoo Guards Regiment and 14th Sasta Sappers & Miners, have been formally emancipated from their penal service and entered into the Ammatar military as freemen with 6-year terms of regular service to fulfil.

Also announced was the transfer from House Sarum's custody to the Ammatar Mandate of a number of criminals wanted for atrocities carried out during the so-called "Vindication Wars" with the Minmatar Republic. The notorious slaver Orlon Zashev featured prominently at the head of the list of transfers, putting paid to rumors that House Sarum had placed the fugitive in charge of alleged slave-taking operations being planned for Floseswin IV. The Scope's correspondent noted that Lord Olacar xer Sarum responded with "cold contempt" to questions about those rumors.

"I find it incredible that any loyal Amarr would waste a moment's consideration on obvious black propaganda being spread by the enemies of the Empire," said Lord xer Sarum. "Nobody has anything to fear from a full and complete reclaiming of any planet by House Sarum. Contrary to the lies told about the Amarr Empire, we are interested in building and renewing societies, not destroying them. As for the traitor and criminal Zashev, he has broken many of our most ancient laws, including the codes of righteous warfare. It is only right that his first punishments be for his heinous atrocities against Imperial subjects and civilians in the Ammatar Mandate."

 

In Other News

  • Chief Acassa Midular Calls Meeting of Sebiestor Tribe's Mikramurka Region Clans as Tundra Killings Reports Stoke Tensions
  • Intaki Assembly Renews Astral Mining Inc's Intaki System Astromining Franchise; Awards Communications Franchise to Semiotique Superluminal
  • Sarum Police Guards Investigating Seykal Clan Finances and Links to Organized Crime, Hijacker Gangs and Kidnapping Rings
  • Senator Suvio Bellaron Welcomes Return of Capital Punishment Abolition Bill to Senate Floor After Lengthy Committee Delays
  • Hyasyoda, Ishukone and Wiyrkomi Negotiators Meet Sanmatar Shakor to Discuss Opening of Matari Commodities Markets to Combine TNR Traders
  • Ammatar Customs Bureau and Molden Heath Regional Militia Officials Exchange Intelligence on Piracy and Smuggling at Kenobanala Border Fortress
  • Caille University: "Mannar Veterans Will be a Major and Influential Constituency in Election Held Against Backdrop of Triglavian Invasions"
  • Kaalakiota and Sukuuvestaa Corporations Seal Multi-Trillion ISK Package of Contracts to Fortify, Equip and Arm Caldari State Colony Defense Forces

 

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from all across New Eden amidst continuing geopolitical wrangling over rights in the Caldari-Gallente and Amarr-Minmatar warzones.

Intaki Assembly "Considering All Options" as Ishukone and Mordu's Legion Formally Decline to Renew Shipping and Security Franchise

Intaki, Placid – After two weeks of relative peace on Intaki V, the Intaki Assembly has been meeting with representatives from the Gallente Federation, Ishukone Corporation and Mordu's Legion to discuss the tendering and transition period for the Intaki system's federal shipping and security franchise. While it has been much speculated on for months, Ishukone and the Legion have now formally given notice that they do not intend to seek renewal. The Intaki Assembly is understood to be be consulting with the Federal Administration over "stopgap measures" in the short term.

Ishukone Corporate Counsel Majima Umokka said, "The Ishukone Corporation has long regarded our involvement in the Intaki shipping and security franchise arrangements as a remnant of a period where many mistakes were made. Ishukone Corporation is proud to have worked with Mordu's Legion to shield the Intaki people from the excesses of the criminal Heth regime, and the brutal realities of warfare carried out by so-called 'emergency militias', but there comes a time for all enterprises to reach their natural conclusion. Now is that time for Ishukone, and our partners in Mordu's Legion, in the matter of the Intaki system S&S franchise."

This latest news has unsettled many on Intaki V, coming as it does so soon after an uneasy peace was established on the planet following the departure of an expeditionary force of mercenaries and corporate security troops led by Lai Dai Protection Service. There are many units belonging to various private military companies remaining on the surface, although most of these are allied to Ishukone, Mordu's Legion or the Intaki Assembly itself.

There is also a sizeable combined contingent of Federal Marines and Federal Defense Union troops present at the major cities of Lenoika and Navyii Akat. Additionally, talks are still ongoing between the Intaki Assembly, protest organizations and "rebel Intaki Militia" to achieve peaceful disarmament and political amnesty.

 

Amarr and Minmatar Authorities "Exercising Restraint and Caution" as More Troops Move to Staging Zones on Borders of Militia Warzone

Yulai, Genesis – CONCORD's Conflict Monitoring Secretariat has noted that both the Amarr Empire and the Minmatar Republic "are in actuality continuing to exercise restraint and considerable caution with respect to the Amarr-Minmatar CEMWPA Zone, contrary to the impression given by rhetoric on both sides." However, CONCORD monitors continue to be concerned by the steady build up of troops in key staging areas around the periphery of the Amarr-Minmatar warzone.

The Amarr Empire's House Sarum has reportedly moved large numbers of transport ships, troops and planetary operations materiel to bases in the Bleak Lands, with Gammel and Myyhera believed to be the main staging systems. Additionally, there are reports of significant military traffic and logistical operations being run out of the core House Sarum system of Alkabsi in the Domain region.

Sources on the Alkabsi V Sarum Family Logistic Support station have described significantly increased security measures and the imposition of "restricted zones" in normally low-security docks and cargo-handling facilities. One eye-witness has told the Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx that "huge numbers of Amarr mercenaries are staying in worker habitat units all over the station and there are slave-taker gangs sleeping on their ships in the restricted docks." Our source also repeated rumors that the infamous slaver Orlon Zashev has been commissioned by House Sarum to orchestrate the "Reclaiming of Floseswin IV."

Our exclusive source also revealed that: "The Shining Flame mercs are proper mentalists. This one time they held a 'naked bar' in the middle of Concourse Three, Blue Sector. You never seen anything like it, especially the business with the toilet paper!" Our source also commented that Order of St. Tetrimon troops are "big drinkers, proper tanks on them, but don't make trouble" and "the Red and Silver Hand's troops are very proper, very polite, but don't spend much, tight as a duck's arse, really."

The Minmatar Republic is also known to be moving significant special militia and ground-fighting troops into its own positions along the borders of the warzone, with Abudan and Amo serving as the focus of much of the open movements. It has also been reported that the Republic Command's Territorial Defense Guards, under Valklear General Kanth Filmir, have been working with the Republic Fleet and Tribal Liberation Force to support stabilization and security efforts in Minmatar-populated systems occupied by Amarr forces. Newly-appointed to his role as head of the Territorial Defense Guards, General Filmir is a veteran Minmatar warrior, formerly an admiral in the Republic Fleet and commandant of Molden Heath's regional defense militia.

 

In Other News

  • Inner Circle Remains Deadlocked on Yulai Convention and Accords "Loopholes" under Emergency Militia War Powers Act
  • Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir Briefing: "CONCORD Places a High Priority on Analyzing and Responding to Triglavian Stellar Manipulation"
  • Sebiestor Tribal Marshals Confirm Bodies Found in Remote Tundra of Mikramurka Region; Locals Claim "Six Corpses Found with Datapads"
  • Ammatar Governor Ekroz Salaf Awarded Cross of the Sacred Throne Order; Speculation that Imperial Favor Clears Way to Ennoblement
  • Potential Gallente Presidential Candidates Mulling Chances as Federal Elections Finance and Security Measures Pass in Senate
  • Lai Dai Corporation Announces Subcranial Nanocontroller Technology After Filing State Patents at Caldari Business Tribunal
  • Mind Clash Worlds Champion YC121 Nadia "Silver Bear" Tanaka Given Executive Reception at Hyasyoda Arcospire Pinnacle Suite
  • BREAKING: Minmatar Seykal Clan Forces Raid HZO Refinery Mineral Extraction and Processing Facility on Huola VI
  • BREAKING: Seykal Claim "Execution of Overseers, Recovery of Tribal Resources and Liberation of Slave Workers"
  • BREAKING: HZO Refinery Statement: "All Huola VI HZO Colony 3 Workers are Free Imperial Subjects from the Amarr Empire or Ammatar Mandate"
  • BREAKING: House Sarum Vows "Swift and Crushing Response to the Theft, Kidnappings and Murders of the Huola VI Outrage"

 

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from all across New Eden as flashpoints in the Caldari-Gallente and Amarr-Minmatar warzones are the scene of conflict and furious diplomatic activity.

Intaki Assembly Agrees to Unconditional Evacuation for Lai Dai Forces on Intaki V

Intaki, Placid – The Intaki Assembly has signed an agreement providing for the "unconditional and unrestricted evacuation of the LDPS 203rd Combined Asset Protection Regiment and allied forces from the Kainta Yavaat Transorbital Facility." The agreement comes against a background of continuing Federal Defense Union control of the Viriette constellation and the presence of a Federal Marine force on Intaki V itself.

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx has learned that the agreement between the Intaki Assembly and Lai Dai includes an undertaking to provide disarmament codes for an extensive array of "disposable autonomous defense, denial and interdiction" (DADDI) systems that have been seeded in a wide band of territory surrounding the transorbital facility. Reports from Intaki V have alleged that DADDI munitions and drones have been responsible for hundreds of deaths and injuries since the 203rd CAP Regiment retreated behind their fortifications at Kainta Yavaat. Lai Dai representatives have disavowed responsibility for the DADDI systems in the region and claim the codes were obtained through "intelligence operations against independent mercenary groups."

Despite the seemingly noble goal of ensuring the disarmament of countless deadly and indiscriminate weapons scattered across the exclusion zone, the Intaki Assembly has come under repeated fire from protestors, non-governmental organizations and radical political parties over alleged payments made to assembly members by Lai Dai. The Scope understands that LDPS evacuation flights have already begun and are being escorted by CONCORD conflict monitoring units.

 

House Sarum Orders Mobilization and "Reclaiming" in Reaction to Alleged "Militia Corruption"

Sarum Prime, Domain – House Sarum has signalled an escalation of military operations, following accusations of "militia corruption" in the Amarr-Minmatar warzone governed by the CONCORD Emergency Militia War Powers Act (CEMWPA) of YC110. In a response to allegations of collusion between Amarr and Minmatar militia groups, the Private Secretary of Royal Heir Arrach Sarum, Lord Qatib Olacar xer Sarum, relayed orders to "redouble efforts" in Devoid and the Bleak Lands, and specifically designated the Arzad system a "priority objective."

More controversially, the House Sarum representative also announced the commissioning of "labour acquisition expeditions" to the "Upper Rebel Provinces" and an order for the "full reclaiming" of Floseswin IV. According to the recent reorganization of territory in the Amarr Empire, the Upper Rebel Provinces refers to the Minmatar Republic's Metropolis region, though this is believed for practical purposes to be limited to operations in the militia warzone. Minmatar Republic officials have reacted with extreme hostility to the implication that "slave-taking contrary to CONCORD law and treaties between Republic and Empire" will be carried out in the Metropolis warzone systems.

In response to requests for clarification on its position, the Royal House of Ardishapur, which has notional territorial responsibility for the "Lower Rebel Provinces" or Heimatar and Molden Heath regions, has stated that it is "focused on the defense of Derelik from Triglavian and Blood Raider threats, while providing firm support to our loyal militias in the warzone." House Ardishapur has also stated that it is "far more concerned by allegations of corruption among 24th Imperial Crusade officials and has recommended the Ministry of Internal Order investigate irregular convoy activity and suspicious financial activities."

 

CONCORD Inner Circle Debates Legality of Occupied Warzone Planetary Operations

Yulai, Genesis – CONCORD's Inner Circle has convened a meeting to discuss the legal status of planetary operations in the occupied warzones of the CEMWPA administered systems along the Caldari-Gallente and Amarr-Minmatar borders. With recent activity by Caldari PMCs and megacorporate forces and the threat of increased operations by Amarr house forces and mercenary groups, the Inner Circle is reported to be concerned that resources needed to combat the threat from Triglavian, Drifter and terrorist pirate groups will be diverted into escalating border conflicts.

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx was able to ask Captain Marshal Sirdan xer Qosh, the Amarr delegate to the Inner Circle, to comment on recent developments before he went into the closed session of the Inner Circle: "The position of the Imperial Throne on so-called "extralegal planetary incursions" is considerably affected by the continuing extralegal, as one might say, sanctions unilaterally imposed on the Amarr Empire and its subjects by the Gallente Federation and Minmatar Republic. Perhaps, if they are so keen to see an end to "extralegality" in interstellar affairs, they will reflect on the destabilizing effects of their policy of economic blockade and sabotage."

Delegates Keitan Yun of the Minmatar Republic and Devan Malate of the Gallente Federation were not available for comment before the Inner Circle session began.

 

Hyasyoda, Ishukone and Wiyrkomi Megacorporations Form "Combine TNR" Corporate Alliance

New Caldari, Kimotoro – Caldari State megacorporations Hyasyoda, Ishukone and Wiyrkomi have announced that they are now aligning their operations in a new corporate alliance. While the three megas remain entirely independent of one another, they intend to co-ordinate their interstellar business interests through a new jointly-owned  trade and banking consortium called "Combine TNR".

The announcement follows a series of meetings between the three megacorps that culminated in a recent summit on the ocean world of Matigu in the New Caldari system. Hyasyoda, Ishukone and Wiyrkomi are now considered to be grouped into the Tiuunakama Nenkanavu Rymasaikkan, or "Ocean Winds Corporate Community", in a move that appears in large part to be a response to the recent formation of the PKN Interstellar consortium by the CBD, Nugoeihuvi and Lai Dai megacorporations.

Observers of Caldari corporate politics have noted that the recent formation of two major consortiums has effectively split the so-called "Patriot Faction" of Caldari megacorps and indicates a major realignment of the entire "Big 8" is ongoing. The prevailing assumption among analysts is that Kaalakiota and Suukuvestaa will soon declare their own corporate alliance.

 

Federal Elections Commission Sets Gallente Presidental Election Date

Villore, Essence – The Gallente Federal Elections Commission has announced that the Federation Presidential Election will be held over the 28th and 29th of February YC122. The inauguration of the Federation President will take place on the 20th of March. The Presidential Election will be held alongside voting for 180 Federal Senate seats as per the system of electing a fifth of senatorial seats each year on a five-year cycle.

The announcement of the date has come after consultations with the Federal Senate, System Governors, Federal Military Commission and President Jacus Roden, following the "quadruple lock" regulations to ensure all federal territories continue to have access to the franchise despite prevailing conditions of conflict or other political considerations. The ongoing conflict with the Triglavian Collective has been of some concern to many looking forward to electing a new Federation President, but outgoing two-term President Jacus Roden has been vocal in his insistence that all Federation citizens will have the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights.

Gallente news media have been speculating on who will be the leading candidates for several months and now expect a series of declarations to mark the beginning of the campaign period running up to the end of February election weekend.

 

In Other News

  • Governor Ekroz Salaf of the Ammatar Mandate Meets with Molden Heath Commandant Kanth Filmir
  • Kaalakiota and Suukuvestaa Hold New Round of Talks at Corporate Mountain Retreat on Achura
  • Matar Planetary Security Carry Out Security Sweeps after "Capsuleer Renegades Threaten Assassinations"
  • BREAKING: Rioting in Intaki V Cities of Lenoika and Navyii Akat; Intaki Assembly House Stormed
  • BREAKING: Intaki Militia Loyal to Assembly Reportedly Fighting with "Rebel Militia" Backing Protestors
  • BREAKING: Federal Marines Moving Back to Cities as CONCORD Conflict Monitors Oversee Lai Dai Evacuation

 

Dam-Torsad, Amarr Prime – In the course of a wide-ranging "Address to the Faithful" on the occasion of the third anniversary of her coronation, Empress Catiz I has declared an end to the so-called "Heideran Decree" and ordered a rearrangement of the "territorial and military fiefs overseen by the Royal Houses of the Privy Council".

The Heideran Decree was a ruling in YC105 by Emperor Heideran VII that limited military forces in space to the Imperial Navy. The effect of the Heideran Decree has varied considerably since its inception but was considerably diluted during the reign of Empress Jamyl I. The revocation of the decree restores the right of all Amarr Holders to raise and maintain military forces and permits their deployment in space. Though a major benefit for all houses, the revocation also eliminates the remaining limits on House Kador's fleet numbers due to the "Kador Incursion" incident of YC110.

However, the most sweeping announcements concerned the territorial and military organization of the Amarr Empire under the Imperial Throne and Royal Houses. Empress Catiz I has promulgated her full doctrine in a work entitled Pax e Kilizhi Do, or "Peace of the Two Swords", but her address picked out key elements of her vision for the future of the Amarr Empire.

The Amarr Empire has been divided into "Imperial Military Circuits" that are to be overseen by the Royal Houses of the Privy Council:

  • Throne Military Circuit: Throne Worlds and Norgoh Imperial Zone
  • Ardishapur Military Circuit: Lower Domain, Derelik and Lower Rebel Provinces
  • Kador Military Circuit: Kador and Upper Genesis
  • Khanid Military Circuit: Khanid and Aridia
  • Kor-Azor Military Circuit: Kor-Azor and Lower Genesis
  • Sarum Military Circuit: Upper Domain, Bleak Lands, Devoid and Upper Rebel Provinces
  • Tash-Murkon Military Circuit: Tash-Murkon, Jakemhih-Kashag Development Zone and Providence Marches

The six Royal Heirs are designated "Sword Marshals of the Imperial Military Circuits" and have been given "supreme command authority within their military circuits subject only to commands of the Imperial Throne". While the Empress is technically "Sword Marshal of the Throne Military Circuit", the command authority is likely to reside with the Court Chamberlain for practical purposes. The status of ancient fiefs and holdings within the Throne Worlds also remains unaltered where they are unconcerned with space defense.

As further outlined in the address by Empress Catiz, the Sword Marshals, that is the Royal Heirs, are expected to provide for the "defense of their territorial and military fiefs personally, and through their own vassals and subjects." The Holders of the territories falling under each of the new Imperial Military Circuits are instructed to "take all such steps as are necessary to secure adequate defense of their own holdings and comply with the lawful commands of their Sword Marshals and liege lords."

The overall import of the Pax e Kilizhi Do is a significant reorganization of territorial holdings across the Amarr Empire. A large number of systems with unclear lines of command and feudal responsibilities have been allocated so that all lines of feudal and military authority flow towards a single Royal House and through them to the Imperial Throne. As a result of reorganization and reallocation of the previously confused territories in Aridia, Bleak Lands, Devoid and Genesis, it would appear that Houses Kador, Khanid, Kor-Azor and Sarum are major beneficiaries of the shake-up.

However, House Ardishapur appears to have successfully resisted growing calls by some to break up its rule over the Ammatar Mandate and held onto its key Domain region holdings. It has been suggested that House Ardishapur's repeated successful defense of the Ammatar Mandate from Triglavian and Blood Raider assaults strengthened their position. The more mercantile oriented House Tash-Murkon has also acquired control over a small development zone in the prestigious Domain region. The main losers are a large number of minor houses who have been placed unambiguously under vassalage to one of the six Royal Houses where previously the position was unclear due to a webbing of pre-existing fiefs and feudal charters.

Imperial state and civil authority as manifested by the powerful ministries of the Amarr Empire appears to have been left relatively untouched by these developments, with the Empire-wide authority of such bodies as the Imperial Chancellory and the Ministry of Internal Order reaffirmed. The Ministry of War has been given direct authority to "inspect the adequacy of the defenses of Holy Amarr and report insufficiencies of provision to the Imperial Throne." The Imperial Navy is currently in the process of reorganizing its forces into Imperial Military Circuit fleets within the new territorial and military structure. The Order of St. Tetrimon has reportedly had its Empire-wide mandate to seek out heresy and rebellion among slave populations renewed at the recommendation of Lords Ardishapur and Sarum.

Observers of the Amarr Empire have been quick to speculate that the reorganization is in large part a response to the pressures and costs of the Triglavian Invasion, which has hit the sprawling Empire particularly hard. The Caldari State's Chief Executive Panel has issued a communique welcoming the reorganization as "sensible and measured given the ongoing requirements of the war against the Triglavian menace by all CONCORD member states."

The Minmatar Republic's Tribal Council has responded to the news by describing it as "a total victory for ultra-militant forces in the Amarr Empire" and has sent task forces to reinforce systems bordering the Amarr Empire and Ammatar Mandate. The Gallente Federation has not formally responded, and the Federal Navy is currently co-ordinating with Imperial authorities over a major Triglavian invasion group straddling the Amarr-Gallente border.

 

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from all across New Eden on the third anniversary of the Coronation of Empress Catiz I.

Coronation Anniversary Week Celebrations and Pilgrimages Limited by War Footing

Amarr, Domain – As the Amarr Empire celebrates the Third Coronation Jubilee of Empress Catiz I, the extent of the revels has been limited by the war footing on which the Empire has been since the Triglavian Invasion began. While Amarr Prime, and in particular the Imperial City of Dam-Torsad, has had its population swollen by large numbers of pilgrims, their numbers have been fewer than on previous celebrations of Empress Catiz's coronation.

Despite the lower numbers of pilgrims, military forces throughout the Amarr Empire have been on the highest alert for several days due to the large numbers of dignitaries travelling to Dam-Torsad. The Royal Heirs of the six houses of the Imperial Privy Council have been present on Amarr Prime for some weeks due to an extended series of meetings of the Amarr Empire's highest state council.

The Theology Council's various orders and committees have also been involved in a large number of meetings, not least concerning Empress Catiz's new doctrinal work Pax e Kilizhi Do, or "Peace of the Two Swords". Most observers of the Amarr Imperial Court are expecting significant announcements will be made shortly, particularly given the extensive meetings of the Privy and Theology Councils over the last weeks.

 

Triglavian Invasion Forces Strike at Multiple Amarr Regions; House Fleets Respond

Aridia, Genesis and Kor-Azor – While the Amarr authorities have prepared for the coronation anniversary, the Triglavian Invasion has continued to strike at various regions of the Empire. Invasion forces have been attacking Amarr systems in the regions of Aridia, Genesis and Kor-Azor, with multiples forces from the Imperial Navy, Royal Khanid Navy and fleets of Houses Kador and Kor-Azor responding.

Fresh from a successful defence of the Mishi system in Aridia, units of the Royal Khanid Navy have responded to the latest attack on the region by a Triglavian invasion group. Queen Zidarez Khanid herself has been escorted by her personal squadron to Amarr Prime in order to take part in the jubilee ceremonies. The Kador Family's fleets have been heavily involved with defence of Amarr holdings in the Genesis system, and were once again in action as an invasion force struck at the Genesis border between Amarr and Gallente space.

With a major Triglavian invasion force emerging in the Kor-Azor region, the ruling house's formidable fleet was naturally involved in operations to combat the invaders. The extensive domains of the Amarr Empire continue to be a major target for Triglavian invasion groups, with the new expansion of the Collective's war outwards into low-security space evidently leading to even more assaults against New Eden's largest empire.

 

In Other News

  • More Protests Erupt on Intaki V as Evidence of Lai Dai Payments to Assembly Members Emerges
  • CONCORD Conflict Monitors Advocate DMZ Between Kainta Yavaat and Lines Held by Federal Marines and Intaki Militia
  • Lai Dai Protection Service Denies Use of Area Denial Munitions on Intaki V; "Cannot Speak for Mercenary Units"
  • Matar Planetary Security Arrests "Armed Intruders in Dokvat Airport Investigation Offices"; Local Clans "Under Suspicion"
  • Khumatar Allek Berialsh Condemns "Inflammatory Rhetoric from Outlaws and Renegades Draping Themselves in Tribal Symbolism"
  • Jade Coast Hospitality and Gaming Association Reports "Drastic Fall in Tourist Numbers"; Casinos Record Lowest Earnings for a Decade
  • Kimotoro Eskeitan Overseeing Defence Operations in New Caldari Prime as Triglavian Invasion Touches State Capital System
  • Security High as Hyasyoda, Ishukone and Wiyrkomi Corporate Leadership Hold Summit at Matigu Resort
  • Nugoeihuvi Awards Quafe Exclusive License to Produce and Sell Starsi Brand Soft Drinks in State and Empire

 

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from all across New Eden as the Triglavian invasion's expansion into low-security space is accompanied by reports of new construction efforts in the depths of Abyssal Deadspace.

CONCORD Taps New Eden Defense Fund to Combat Triglavian Expansion into Low-Security Space

Yulai, Genesis – After a week of sustained conflict in multiple new war zones, the CONCORD Inner Circle has declared the expansion of Triglavian invasion operations into the low-security periphery "major new war fronts" and authorized the release of resources from the New Eden Defense Fund to enhance local defense capabilities in afflicted zones.

Speaking to the press at the DED's weekly war briefing, Star Marshal Kjersidur Elladall stressed the importance of local defense forces to the fight against the Triglavian invaders. "CONCORD forces are involved at every level of this war but we are ultimately limited by constraints on personnel, materiel and our many other responsibilities under CONCORD Assembly mandates. Speaking frankly, we are grateful that the large bulk of our personnel who are seconded from core empire militaries continue to be available to the DED under authorization of their national leaders. I can only welcome the Inner Circle's decision to release more resources from the New Eden Defense Fund to bolster local authorities in their defense planning and implementation."

Low-Security Invasion Zones See Heavy Fighting and Some Successes by Defenders

Khanid, Aridia and Molden Heath – News from the low-security fronts is mixed but overall reported to be stable. A serious Triglavian strike into the Khanid Kingdom's Seevadin constellation was successfuly repelled by the efforts of capsuleers and Royal Khanid Navy forces under the command of Royal Commodore Arraz Nomarya. "We are most grateful to loyalist and allied capsuleers for their contribution to the security of the Khanid Kingdom, particularly in the face of these demonic invaders from the abyss," said Commodore Nomarya from his Vezila system HQ.

In Aridia's Mayonhen constellation, the RKN taskforce personally commanded by Queen Zidarez Khanid, who continues to hold her rank of Grand Admiral, has met with stiff resistance from Triglavian forces. Reportedly, there has also been some interference by "outside agitators hindering the common defense of civilization", as the RKN press office put it. Reports that Sardar Marshal Soshan Fayez has led a landing of his 7th Asbara Cyber Knights in a southern region of Mishi IV are as yet unconfirmed. A wing of the Kador House fleet has also arrived to join in the defense of the constellation, having been released from the defense of Kihkounad constellation in Genesis.

On the other side of New Eden, a Triglavian incursion into the Almur constellation has been the scene of fierce fighting between the invaders and local defenders, including capsuleers and units of the Molden Heath Fleet Reserve under the command of Regional Commandant Kanth Filmir. A retired Republic Fleet Admiral, Commandant Filmir has been the head of the Molden Heath Fleet Reserve for eight years. Despite falling out of favor over a decade ago, and holding a reserve position focused on training and logistics, Commandant Filmir has been given overall command of the combined local militias and reservist forces in Molden Heath due to his extensive combat leadership experience during a long career in the Republic Fleet proper.

 


Above: New Triglavian Construction Array (Imaging Data Courtesy ARC)

New Triglavian Construction Platform Discoveries by Capsuleers Confirmed by CONCORD Intelligence

Yulai, Genesis – In a brief statement, the CONCORD Directive Intelligence Agency has confirmed that reports by capsuleer explorers of a new series of Triglavian construction platforms in Abyssal Deadspace are accurate and "certainly indicate ongoing efforts by the Triglavian Collective to enhance their military capabilities in the light of experience and intelligence they have gained during their operations in New Eden." Analysis of the construction arrays suggests a program of capital ship building has commenced but the CDIA considers this a "provisional assessment of the available intelligence".

The existence of Triglavian construction capacity in Abyssal Deadspace pockets has been the subject of considerable debate among military experts since the discovery of the Xordazh-class World Ark shipyards some six months ago. Controversy has raged over the nature of Triglavian civilization and the continuing search for their home bases in the Abyss. Analysts are sharply divided on the question of whether the Collective exists in a nomadic mode or if it in fact maintains major population centers deeper in the mysterious domains of Abyssal Deadspace. Capsuleer explorers and commentators are also hotly debating the issue with no clear consensus emerging as yet.

PKN Interstellar Consortium Meeting and Celebration Held on Jita 4-4 Trade Hub to Mark Expansion Project

Jita, The Forge – The PKN Interstellar consortium has held a combined summit meeting and celebration aboard the Jita 4-4 Caldari Navy station with early work on the group's trade hub expansion project underway. Founder corporations of PKN Interstellar are led by CBD, Lai Dai and Nugoeihuvi, the three megacorps comprising the Pikotsaunen Kaatso Nuijaa, or "Dark Forest Business Club". Other major corporations joining or investing in the consortium also have delegations in attendance with Quafe, Impro, Khanid Works and Tash-Murkon Investment Bank notably present.

Rumors that the Aliastra corporation was also joining PKN Interstellar have proven to be false but major FTL provider Semiotique Superluminal and the Thukker Tribe's Trust Partners have been confirmed as investors and have a presence at the summit. Accusations of "dark money" being funnelled to PKN Interstellar from the Serpentis Corporation via the Leisure Group have been robustly denied by PKN's public relations officers. The celebrations are formally being hosted by the Modern Finances bank and local sources have exclusively revealed to Ret Gloriaxx that large quantities of luxury canapés, using ingredients such as premium Hanging Long-limb roes and rare varieties of Lirsautton melons, have been ordered in from high-class Jita 4-4 restaurants. The Caldari Navy has referred all requests for comment to the CEP's press office.

 

In Other News

  • Major Protests in Intaki Cities at Assembly Deal with Lai Dai; Hundreds of Thousands March in Lenoika and Navyii Akat
  • Imperial Court Prepares for Coronation Anniversary as Rumors of Major Announcements Sweep Amarr Empire
  • Gallente Federal Elections Commission Meets to Consider Presidential Vote Timetable
  • Quafe Corporation Withdraws from Ishukone Case Against Onikanabo Brigade and Lai Dai Over Intaki V
  • Matar Planetary Security Issues Witness Summons to Survivors of Blood Raider Attacks
  • Attack on Seshi by Triglavian Forces "Could be Connected to Vimoksha Chorus Raids" Claims Source in AEGIS

Breaking News

  • BREAKING: Federal Marines Reported to be Landing on Intaki V Supported by Federal Defense Union
  • BREAKING: LDPS 203rd CAP Regiment Declares 1,000 KM Suborbital Exclusion Zone Around Kainta Yavaat
  • BREAKING: Colonel Aina Yuminoro Confirms Authorization to Enforce Exclusion Zone with AAS Missiles

Yulai, Genesis – The Secure Commerce Commission has confirmed that it is lifting bandwidth and usage limits on nullsec FTL communications via the New Eden fluid router network. The SCC states that they are doing so "due to restoration of affected FTL infrastructure and resumption of full supply of Quantum-Entangled 4-Helium across the network."

Despite the ongoing Triglavian Invasion, and its expansion into the low-security periphery, the decision to lift nullsec communications limits has been authorized by CONCORD's Inner Circle because QE 4-He production has exceeded pre-invasion levels. While Triglavian forces remain a serious threat to space commerce and logistics, the relatively low level of Drifter activity in nullsec has also permitted secure supply of QE 4-He, vital to FTL communications, to resume in full. Resources made available by the New Eden Defense Fund played a key role in the accelerated reconstruction of critical production and supply networks.

"CONCORD and the core empires have managed to overcome the loss of production facilities and stockpiles during the early stages of the invasion," one source at the SCC told the Scope. "Production of QE 4-He is now considerably greater than it was when the invasions began and strategic stockpiles of the material have been completely refilled and distributed widely. With the Drifters quiet once more, the logistics crews have managed to bring nullsec infrastructure back up to the point where it can go fully online again."

The SCC has cautioned that the restoration of full communications bandwidth is "contingent on strategic requirements as directed by the CONCORD Inner Circle and therefore service levels are subject to change, at short notice, according to circumstances."

In Other News

  • Survivors of Attacks on Matar's Mikramurka Coast Recovered from Blood Raider Installation
  • Lai Dai Negotiates Lease for Kainta Yavaat Transorbital Launch Facility with Intaki Assembly
  • Sansha's Nation Splinter Group "Vimoksha Chorus" Raid Seshi VII Colony; Repelled With Heavy Losses
  • Mordu's Legion Confirms Total Withdrawal of Onikanabo Brigade Forces from Intaki V
  • RKN Taskforce Commanded by Queen Zidarez Khanid Arrives in Mishi to Fight Triglavian Invaders
     

Jita, The Forge – A rumored scheme to expand the Caldari Navy's Jita 4-4 station was confirmed today, with the formal announcement by the Caldari State's Chief Executive Panel that it has approved plans and contracts for the project. The PKN Interstellar consortium, led by a group of three Caldari megacorporations, has won the bidding to renovate and significantly expand the most important station in the Caldari State, some would say in all of New Eden.

PKN Interstellar was founded by the so-called Pikotsaunen Kaatso Nuijaa, or "Dark Forest Business Club", a grouping of the CBD, Lai Dai and Nugoeihuvi megacorporations. The PKN grouping appears to represent a realignment of these Caldari megacorporations away from old factional dividing lines. PKN Interstellar is a consortium organized around the Modern Finances bank and has a number of associate members and investors from around New Eden.

Confirmed PKN Interstellar associate members include corporations such as Impro, Khanid Works, Tash-Murkon Family and Quafe. It is rumored that other associates and investors include Aliastra, Leisure Group, Semiotique Superluminal and Trust Partners.

The Jita 4-4 renovation and expansion project is understood to be intended to provide much needed additional space and specialist facilities for the many corporations that operate out of the station. Although the CEP and Caldari Navy have not commented on other bids, it is rumored that both the Upwell Consortium and a group led by the Ishukone megacorporation also submitted plans.

PKN Interstellar chair Alakoni Ishanoya expressed delight that her industrial consortium had won the day saying, "We at PKN Interstellar are certain that this decision will lead to the rejuvenation of the Jita 4-4 business ecosystem and considerably enhance prosperity for all involved." It is believed that initial construction work based on the ambitious plans will begin within weeks.

In Other News

  • Khumatar Allek Berialsh Commends Krusual Tribe for "Work to Enhance Matar Planetary Defense Facilities"
  • Triglavian Invasion Reconnaissance Forces "Pose Challenges but Have Not Penetrated Orbital Defenses" say AEGIS
  • CONCORD Directive Intelligence Agency Satisfied with Roll Out of Frigate Technical Readouts Program
  • Republic Justice Department Links "Sundsele Six" Transport Attack with Krullefor Organization in Mikramurka
  • Preparations for Third Anniversary of Coronation Begin as Imperial Officials Brace for Petitions to the Throne
  • Lai Dai Corporation Signs Ceasefire Agreement with Intaki Assembly; Onikanabo Brigade Withdrawing from Intaki V
  • Full Amarr Privy Council Meetings Held with Theology Council Delegates; Rumors of "Radical Restructuring" Emerge
  • Intaki Dissidents Allege Lai Dai "Being Allowed to Leave With Plunder"; Protesters Claim Ceasefire Deal a "Betrayal"

 

Yulai, Genesis – Project Discovery's network of deep space astrometric arrays has detected "an increase in spatio-temporal disturbances with a signature matching those emanating from unstable wormholes associated with Drifter Hive Systems," according to an advisory issued by the CONCORD Directive Intelligence Agency (CDIA).

The CDIA advisory notes that this "could indicate a spike in wormholes forming as connections to Drifter Hive systems" and adds that "multiple spatio-temporal signals resonating with these increased disturbances could be caused by additional wormholes forming between Drifter Hive systems and other systems in the Anoikis network."

The CDIA notice raises its advice on exercising caution when travelling near ruined Jove Observatories and unidentified wormholes to "avoid if possible, exercise extreme caution on encountering, and leave the vicinity immediately." The CDIA have also reiterated longstanding CONCORD advice that "exploration of Drifter Hive Systems should be avoided at all costs."

CDIA Capsuleer Support Project

In a related development, the CDIA has confirmed that is preparing a series of technical readout datafiles for the use of newly-qualified capsuleers and expects to make a more detailed announcement shortly. The project is believed to be part of CONCORD's continuing effort to build up capsuleer force capabilities during the Triglavian invasion crisis and is reportedly benefitting from resources provided by the New Eden Defense Fund.

In Other News

  • Security Situation on Intaki V "Static but Unstable" Say CONCORD Conflict Monitors; Opposing PMCs Maintaining Positions
  • Krullefor Organization Claims "Record Shipping Profits" as Capsuleer/Warclone Anti-Smuggling Group Forms in Molden Heath
  • Amarr Privy Council Meetings to Resume Following Week-Long Break to Mark Foundation of Basilica of St. Gheinok
  • Lai Dai Application to CBT for Exemption from State Economic Guidance on Toxic Waste Disposal Denied
  • No Results After Week-Long Search for "Sundsele Six"; Local Press Claims Eyniletti Rangers Assigned to Manhunt
  • Breaking: Lai Dai Corporation "Studying Options for Relocating Toxic Waste to Conflict Zone Sites"
  • Breaking: Recently Deceased Head of House Gallius "Assassinated by Poisoning" Claims Amarr MIO Source

 

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from all across New Eden as tax and brokerage rises come into effect across SCC regulated markets.

SCC Implements Tax and Brokerage Increases as NEDFA Comes into Force

Yulai, Genesis – Following the swift passage in the CONCORD Assembly of the New Eden Defense Fund Act YC121 (NEDFA), the Secure Commerce Commission has implemented the increases in transaction tax and brokerage fees called for by the funding provisions of the legislation. Base tax has increased from 2.00% to 5.00% on SCC market transactions, while the base brokerage fee has risen from 3.00% to 5.00%.


Above: holo-poster promoting New Eden Defense Fund Act – tax and fee details embedded

Improvements to the SCC tax code mean efficient accounting and brokerage negotiations will provide significant reductions in taxes and fees. However, minimum tax and brokerage fees will still be above levels currently achievable through skilled accountancy and good relations with market operators.

The DED's Star Marshal Kjersidur Elladall commented, "With the resources provided by the New Eden Defense Fund, the fight against the Triglavian invasion will be joined by renewed fleets and benefit from improved defenses across the cluster."

 

Standoff on Intaki Prime as Lai Dai Refuses to Withdraw Forces from Key Locations

Intaki, Placid – Despite protests from the Intaki Assembly, Federal Senate and Mordu's Legion, the Lai Dai Protection Service (LDPS) has refused to withdraw its forces from several locations on Intaki Prime. In legal filings at the Caldari Business Tribunal, Lai Dai representatives confirmed that the Onikanabo Brigade (OB) private military company is operating on the planet under contract with the megacorporation.

The fifth planet of the Intaki system, and ancestral homeworld of the large and influential Intaki diaspora, has been the scene of low-intensity conflict since the Onikanabo Brigade and LDPS began operations there almost two months ago. The threat of serious warfighting was at its highest levels when OB and LDPS forces broke out of fortified positions at the Kainta Yavaat Transorbital Launch Facility in the foothills of the Northern Akat Mountains. Their subsequent sweep through Ida monasteries and attached research centers in the region brought them into conflict with units of the Intaki Assembly's militia.

Serious fighting was avoided as the overmatched Intaki militia units were forced to retreat south to secured zones around the Intaki administrative capital of Navyii Akat. Units of the Condotta Rouvenor and Isuuaya Tactical PMCs are reported to have established a defensive line around Navyii Akat, while Mordu's Legion has confirmed it has deployed freshly-arrived troops at positions defending Lenoika, the largest city of Intaki Prime and the cultural capital of the planet.

Reports of heavily-defended LDPS convoys moving back and forth between Kainta Yavaat and a number of locations in the Northern Akat Mountains have been independently confirmed by CONCORD conflict monitors. Colonel Aina Yuminoro of the LDPS 203rd Combined Asset Protection Regiment issued a statement declaring her unit's operations to be "in accordance with Caldari State corporate law and principles of reclamation from conflict zones and territorial possessions of the Caldari people."

The LDPS appear to be anticipating a lengthy stay as Kainta Yavaat's defenses were reportedly augmented last night with detachments of LDC-ISU-8-118 "Orochi" self-propelled multiple rocket launchers and LDC-SOMA-303 "Itsumade" anti-aerospace missile batteries.

 

BREAKING: "Sundsele Six" Missing after Terrorist Attack on Sebiestor Tribal Marshals Convoy Leaves Three Dead

Matar, Pator — A "terrorist attack" on a Sebiestor Tribal Marshals convoy has killed three marshals and apparently resulted in the kidnapping, or escape from custody, of the so-called "Sundsele Six", a group of defense officials from the Mikramurka region under suspicion of negligence or sabotage following a recent Blood Raider attack on the Sundsele urban coastal zone of the Northern continent of Matar.

Although reports are confused, it appears that the Sebiestor marshals took charge of the Sundele Six this morning, following their arrival on a secure RSS flight into the Dokvat Airport south of Sundsele proper. A convoy of Tribal Marshals vehicles carrying the prisoners was apparently in transit along the stretch of the Snow-Eater Road between Dokvat and Sundsele when they were assaulted by a heavily-armed force.

One report has stated that the Snow-Eater Road was blocked by an overturned road-train, forcing the convoy to slow and attempt to pass by the highway's hard shoulder. The lead and rear vehicles of the convoy were disabled by rocket-propelled grenades while the prisoner transport was passing the road-train. An eye-witness has stated that masked "terrorists" then assaulted the transport and seized the six being held within. The three dead Sebiestor marshals are understood to have been killed in the RPG strikes on their vehicles. Several more marshals are seriously injured and a number of bystanders are suffering from light shrapnel wounds.

Responding to the news, Khumatar Allek Berialsh, Matar Planetary Security Co-ordinator, said, "This shocking attack clearly has the aim of thwarting the search for truth and justice over the Sundsele attack. Matar Planetary Security will be assisting the Sebiestor Tribe with every means at its disposal." Chief Acassa Midular of the Sebiestor Tribe said, "My thoughts are with the families of our dead and injured Tribal Marshals, and also with those of the six Mikramurka officials who remain innocent in the eyes of the tribe until otherwise shown to be guilty. Sebiestor security and investigative forces are hard at work on the Snow-Eater Road, in Dokvat and in Sundsele. Justice will be done for all those who have suffered from these vile terrorist attacks."

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Yulai, Genesis – Substantially increased tax and broker fees are to be levied on interstellar market transactions by the Secure Commerce Commission, following today's passage in the CONCORD Assembly of the "New Eden Defense Fund Act YC121" (NEDFA). SCC markets will see base transaction tax increase from 2.00% to 5.00%, while the base brokerage fee will rise from 3.00% to 5.00%.


Above: SCC poster promoting New Eden Defense Fund Act

While the core empires supported the New Eden Defense Fund Act's goals, they were keen to arrive at a means of raising the funds that would spread the load across the New Eden economy and focused on interstellar trade taxes as a means to achieve this. Welcoming the passage of the NEDFA legislation, the DED's Star Marshal Kjersidur Elladall was again keen to emphasize that funding for capsuleer loyalty programs and improved training will be maintained due to the contributions to New Eden's defense of capsuleer fighters.

Capsuleer efforts in the struggle against the Triglavians have been acknowledged with preferential tax and brokerage levels made possible through skilled accounting and the continuing benefit of collecting broker fees when operating Upwell structures. Improvements to the SCC tax code will allow efficient accounting and brokerage negotiations to gain improved savings relative to the increased base tax and fess. However, minimum tax and brokerage fees will still be above levels currently achievable through skilled accountancy and good relations with market operators.

Capsuleer news services have been extensively reporting on the Triglavian invasion and other emergent threats, and the ARC Studios-broadcast show The Discourse has reported on the New Eden Defense Fund Act and consequent tax measures.

The Scope understands that the SCC will run market stability simulations imminently and plans to implement the new tax and brokerage fee regime within days.

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Yulai, Genesis – Debate in the CONCORD Assembly of a proposed "New Eden Defense Fund" in a weekend-long special session has been marked by strong support for action to bolster New Eden defenses against the Triglavian invasion and other threats.

The New Eden Defense Fund proposals outline an extensive program of works to improve planetary and colony defenses, and enhance the defensive and offensive capabilities of vital installations. The CONCORD Inner Circle referred the defense fund proposals from the DED and AEGIS to the full assembly, with a recommendation to set up the fund, but left details of sourcing the necessary monies to representatives of all member states.

AEGIS Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir reiterated in her statements to the Assembly the importance of survival technology for military personnel, advocating augmentation and personality backup wherever feasible. The DED's Star Marshal Kjersidur Elladall emphasized the importance of continuing to support capsuleer efforts through loyalty programs and support for accelerated training for those combating threats such as the Triglavians and Drifters.

The Amarr Empire and Gallente Federation have been particularly strong supporters of the proposals, with their extensive territories coming under repeated attacks by the Triglavians. Though defending more compact empires, the Caldari State and Minmatar Republic have also lent support to the measures but criticized Amarr and Gallente suggestions that all four empires share the financial burdens equally.

The Assembly is currently in closed session but is reported to be "thrashing out details of a formula that will spread fundraising fairly across New Eden's economies."

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Yulai, Genesis – CONCORD's military leadership submitted proposals for the establishment of a "New Eden Defense Fund" at this morning's meeting of the Inner Circle's War Council. The DED's Star Marshal Kjersidur Elladall and AEGIS Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir jointly advocated the measure in response to mounting losses of personnel, materiel, and installations vital to the fight against the Triglavian invasion and other emergent threats to New Eden.

According to the plan outlined by Marshals Elladall and Valkanir, the New Eden Defense Fund would: pay for essential works to improve planetary and station defenses; provide resources for CONCORD defense fleet repairs, replacements and expansion; and fund research into anti-Triglavian and anti-Drifter countermeasures. Key elements of the plan also focus on recruitment drives to make up losses in personnel, a program of enhanced training and augmentation of troops, and funding for personal survival equipment – including highly expensive backup personality recording systems.

Inner Circle delegates received the DED proposals "in grim but attentive silence" according to one aide that spoke to the Scope. Just prior to the defense fund presentation, the meeting had reviewed a digest of losses incurred by CONCORD and core empire forces while fighting Triglavian invasion forces, as well as repelling Drifter, Sansha's Nation and Blood Raider attacks, over the last month.

CONCORD military and security budgets are additionally under great strain due to the costs of supporting capsuleer efforts to repel the Triglavian invasion with loyalty programs and training uptake support using SoCT technology. Star Marshal Elladall is said to have been persuaded of the importance of backing capsuleer defense operations by Provost Marshal Valkanir.

The Inner Circle subsequently voted unanimously to recommend the proposal to the full CONCORD Assembly, with a request that legislation be implemented to fully fund the measures. The CONCORD Assembly is set to begin a special session tonight, and remain in session over the weekend, to debate the options for funding the huge expansion in military spending advocated by the Inner Circle, DED and AEGIS.

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