The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster, as Skarkon falls to the Triglavian invaders and EDENCOM issues an urgent evacuation warning to all residents of conquered systems.
Above: Triglavian Transmuter begins operation in Skarkon amidst wreckage field from intense battle
Skarkon Falls as Triglavians Conquer First Minmatar Republic System
Skarkon, Molden Heath – Despite very heavy resistance from EDENCOM forces, Republic Fleet elements and loyal capsuleers, the system of Skarkon in the Minmatar Republic's Molden Heath region has fallen to the Triglavian invaders and their capsuleer allies. Intense fighting between capsuleers loyal to EDENCOM and capsuleers supporting the invaders took place over two days, including a number of capital ship engagements.
EDENCOM regulars and the Republic Fleet offered fierce resistance to the Triglavian assault across the system, with particularly heavy fighting over the establishment of the Triglavians' "Dazh Porevitium Transmuter" structure, known to many as a "star harvester". Operations by the Republic Fleet to thwart the Triglavians suffered from the remoteness of Skarkon from the heart of the Republic's territory. Relatively few capital ship wings limited the Skarkon Territorial Guards and Republic Fleet's largest vessels to operations supporting the desperate efforts to fortify Skarkon II while evacuating as many as possible.
Triglavian forces are reported to be concentrating on establishing the full operational status of their transmuter and the typical ancillary infrastructure established in a system under "Final Liminality", following a particularly intensive campaign in system. Mining and industrial processing colonies on the outer planet of Skarkon V have reported sporadic sensor readings indicating Triglavian flights but evacuations of the planet's colonies are proceeding unhindered.
Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor and the Tribal Council have issued an order for all possible evacuations to be supported by the entire Molden Heath Territorial Guards and all Republic Fleet units that can be spared from counter-invasion duties in the region. The Tribal Council has also authorized the system government of Khumatar Kril Efrit to institute a wartime state of emergency across all planetary and orbital territories. Sanmatar Shakor has authorized EDENCOM to support efforts to fortify Skarkon II and respond to Triglavian incursions.
Above: Republic Fleet forces in combat with Triglavian forces above Skarkon II
EDENCOM Urgently Advises Evacuations from Conquered Planets as Scientists Study Captured Triglavian Transmuter
Arshat, Domain – EDENCOM Command has issued an "Urgent Evacuation Advisory" to residents of "all orbital bodies, colonies, stations and structures" in systems under total occupation by the Triglavian Collective, the so-called "Final Liminality" systems. This latest notice increases the advisory level from "strong" to "urgent" and now encompasses all space-industrial infrastructure.
Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir is understood to have authorized increasing the level of the advisory and expanding its scope following a meeting with scientists analyzing the captured "Dazh Porevitium Transmuter" in the Arshat system. A multi-empire taskforce of scientists has been working out of a heavily-guarded Imperial Stellar Observatory and aboard the captured transmuter to assess the impact of its operation.
The Arshat transmuter is apparently running at its lowest possible power level. Scientists have refrained from cutting off the "stellar manipulator beam" both to study it and out of "an abundance of caution". The research team claims the low-power beam is having a "minimal effect" on the Arshat star and "the lack of an extensive array of zero-point mass-energy entanglers constrains the transmuter's operations."
The briefing with Marshal Valkanir was classified and no details have been released. However, EDENCOM and CONCORD sources indicate a markedly increased level of concern at the ultimate fate of the systems surrounding the stars under the full influence of Triglavian transmuters.
Above: Imperial Stellar Observatory overlooks low power operation of captured Transmuter in Arshat
Situation on Skarkon II "Total Chaos" as Final Liminality Threatens Planetary Invasion
Skarkon, Molden Heath – Correspondents on Skarkon II describe the situation on the planet as one of "total chaos" despite the efforts of the Minmatar Republic and the Khumatariat government in system. Relatively well-populated for a remote border world, Skarkon II has numerous urban population centers and large industrial colonies scattered across the planet. A planetary conflict has also been ongoing for more than a year, since a turf war between the Angel Cartel and Krullefor Organization crime syndicates escalated to a major guerilla war. Interests ranging from Caldari megacorporations, interstellar mercenary groups, capsuleers and warclone groups have been locked in a complex war over the destiny of the planet.
Khumatar Kril Efrit was assigned as System Governor of Skarkon to bring his "expertise in overseeing counter-subversion and counter-terrorist operations" to a situation where planetary authorities on Skarkon II were regarded by the Tribal Council as "hopelessly corrupt". Khumatar Efrit has initiated a number of measures, including co-opting Krullefor and Seykal Clan mercenary units as members of the "Unified Tribal Security Forces" on Skarkon II. A large contingent of Seykal Expeditionary Force troops was recently landed to further bolster the Skarkon Territorial Guards, RSS special forces and existing Republic-aligned PMC forces.
Independent warclone and capsuleer groups claim that their campaign on Skarkon II is aimed at fighting against an alleged conspiracy between the Republic Security Services, Thukker organized crime clans, and Caldari megacorps aligned with the PKN Interstellar consortium to control Skarkon. The presumed goal of this conspiracy is to use Skarkon as a base from which to exert domination over Molden Heath's lucrative trade and smuggling routes.
The system government of Khumatar Kril Efrit has dismissed such conspiracy theories as "ludicrous on their face" and pointed to documented cases of independent warclone co-operation with the Angel Cartel and Amarr Empire-aligned capsuleers. Khumatar Efrit has also released intercepts purporting to show warclone co-operation with pro-Triglavian terrorist cells and capsuleers fighting to conquer Skarkon.
"It is clear that the agenda of the so-called 'independent warclones' has always been to work with anyone who will satisfy their lust to dominate the people of Skarkon, and how banal, how fitting, that ultimately these twisted transhumanist butchers should throw in their lot with the Triglavian invaders," said Khumatar Kril Efrit. "These warclones can either leave, taking only their own worthless hides off our planet, or they can die. Any attempt at moving any Skarkon civilians off-planet by these invaders will be considered slaving under cover of war."
Khumatar Efrit's remarks were made following a briefing on his authorization of AEGIS commandos and SARO's "Red Troop" anti-warclone units to operate freely on Skarkon II. As all those on Skarkon II await the inevitable Triglavian landings, Republic evacuation flights continue even while thousands of troops prepare for the coming battle to control the planet.
Above: Zorya Triglav, Spokesperson for Triglavian Collective in "Totality Approaches" Broadcast
BREAKING NEWS: Zorya Triglav Broadcasts Message to Kybernauts via Triglavian Semiosis Consoles
Skarkon, Molden Heath – According to multiple capsuleer sources, a message from Triglavian Collective spokesperson Zorya Triglav, claiming "Totality Approaches", has been broadcast via Triglavian "Semiosis Consoles." The message available widely on GalNet has been interpreted by many capsuleers as indicating the Triglavian invasion is approaching its ultimate goal. EDENCOM Intelligence for its part is reported to be deeply concerned by the broadcast, and the subsequent multiple and uncontrolled uploads of the data to GalNet and other communications networks.
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The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster, as efforts by the Caldari State and its megacorporations to use the weekend of Workers Union Day to celebrate and encourage patriotism run into growing unrest among ordinary citizens over the calamitous invasion losses suffered by their nation.
Above: POUS Tuviio Kishbin and battlegroup in parade formation over Moon 20, Saisio VIII
Caldari State Megacorporations Project Power in Corporate HQs Over Weekend of Workers Union Day
New Caldari Prime – Large Caldari megacorporation security force fleets have been deployed to key systems in parade formation over the weekend of Caldari State Workers Union Day. Leviathan-class Titan battlegroups from each of the corporate security forces of the ruling "Big 8" megacorps are positioned in corporate headquarters systems with their presence broadcast prominently on holonets across Caldari territories.
Projection of power by the ruling megacorporations of the Caldari State has often been a notable feature of the State Workers Union Day celebrations. Traditionally extending over a weekend period, the Chief Executive Panel's megacorporations have often used the occasion to hold summits on economic planning and trade agreements. This year an extended summit on the Caldari State's security situation as a consequence of the Triglavian Invasions is dominating all agendas.
Separately, the Big 8's corporate security forces have participated in the annual Haadoken Summit and Security Training Games. The combined security forces of the ruling megacorps are continuing to push for wholesale reform of the Caldari Navy and other state military organizations under direct corporate security oversight and command. The Security Training Games did not attract record viewing numbers on the holonets this year, but the rankings were topped by Lai Dai Protection Service, with the participation of many seasoned veterans from their far-flung operations.
While patriotism and corporate loyalty are always themes of State Workers Union Day celebrations, the CEP and Big 8 megacorps have been at pains this year to emphasize the necessity of "sacrifice and service" to the Caldari State and "Mother Megacorp". Despite the best efforts of Caldari State and megacorporate authorities, the usual festival air accompanying Workers Union Day celebrations has been distinctly muted.
Above: Kaalakiota's Home Guard forces engage Triglavian vessels in Nonni system in support of HGS Matias Sobaseki battlegroup
Protests and Unrest Grow as Caldari State Loses Yet More Systems to the Triglavian Collective
New Caldari Prime – Large-scale protests and political demonstrations continue across the Caldari State as more and more Caldari star systems fall to the Triglavian invaders. With Kaunokka, Komo, Nani, Urhinichi and Wirashoda adding to the considerable tally conquered by the Triglavians, there are now 16 Caldari systems fully-occupied by the Triglavian Collective.
Many Caldari citizens have expressed shock and horror at the number of temperate planets and colonized oceanic and barren worlds the last wave of conquests have brought under Triglavian control. Fears that the Triglavians intend to "harvest" more than just the stars of the systems they conquer are sweeping the Caldari State, with protests consequently becoming progressively more vigorous and in some cases openly violent.
Caldari State security forces and the corporate police of the megacorps have shown uncharacteristic restraint in most instances, clearly under the strictest orders from the CEP and their corporate leadership. However, a number of incidents have spiralled out of control.
The deployment of "parahaze" gas on thousands of protestors in the park surrounding the Nugoeihuvi Corporation's headquarters spire on New Caldari Prime caused seven deaths and a number of injuries. Spacelane Patrol troops freshly deployed to CBD holdings on Muvolailen VIII used sonic "crowd dispersal" weapons resulting in the hospitalization of several hundred protestors. The CEP has condemned "anti-corporate agitators" for "initiating violence against corporate security forces and property".
For their part, millions of corporate citizens of every worker and executive classification short of the top echelons of megacorporation leadership have voiced some level of open disquiet and dismay at the performance of the Caldari Navy in the face of the Triglavian invaders. The protests have even gained the support of a member of the powerful Seituoda family.
Akari Seituoda, former CEO of Wiyrkomi-Seituoda Heavy Industries, spoke from retirement on New Caldari Prime saying, "The Caldari people are right to expect the State and Corporations to provide for effective defense of the Caldari way of life. To protest in the face of evident and criminal incompetence is not only understandable it is, to me, required as a citizen's duty within our way of life."
Above: ISS Istria Josameto and battlegroup in parade formation over Josameto VIII
Minmatar Republic Government of Skarkon Asserts "Total and Enduring Sovereignty of Seven Tribes"
Skarkon, Molden Heath – Khumatar Kril Efrit has asserted the Minmatar Republic's government in Skarkon system will "never consent to any diminution of the total and enduring sovereignty of the Seven Tribes of Matar in Skarkon." The Skarkon system governor's remarks were made in response to fresh capsuleer and warclone conflict with Republic-affiliated forces over Skarkon II.
Reports from independent observers in Skarkon system have confirmed that a number of capsuleers were engaged in efforts to "resupply" ground forces on Skarkon II this last Saturday. To that end, these capsuleers appeared to use the planetary customs office and a Bowhead-class freighter operating in low orbit. Conflict in orbit of Skarkon II erupted shortly after a large fleet of Seykal Expeditionary Force ships deployed over the planet, escorting their own flights of Bowhead-class vessels into low orbit of the planet.
A battle between capsuleer forces and the combined Seykal-Krullefor fleet broke out when a Naglfar-class Dreadnought opened fire. The capital ship was reportedly piloted by a capsuleer affiliated to self-styled anti-Krullefor warclone forces engaged in a conflict with Krullefor, Seykal and other forces on the surface of Skarkon II. The Khumatariat government has declared these warclone units "outsider terrorists" and claims an alliance with the Angel Cartel is among the alleged crimes of the warclones. The orbital battle ended following the destruction of this dreadnought and several Seykal battleships.
Witnesses and publicly available telemetry also confirmed that Krullefor Organization frigates were also in evidence as the Seykal ensured that three flights of Bowheads were able to reach the planet safely. The Bowhead-class is a flexible transport platform that a number of mercenary and corporate security forces have found useful as a troop and planetary operations materiel transport. The Scope's military experts estimate that the Seykal Expeditionary Force may have landed as many as 90,000 troops fully equipped and supplied for extended "urban pacification operations."
Khumatar Kril Efrit was himself very clear on the position of the Republic's system government: "We have always maintained that the outsider warclones are renegades and terrorists in league with the Angel Cartel, a criminal organization well known for spreading terror with slave raids on the outer colonies of our people. We now have unequivocal evidence that these outsiders are also in league with Amarr paramilitaries following their brazen assault on a legitimate security contractor's personnel transports alongside known Amarr loyalists. We also see that certain 'Matari' organizations have allowed the Amarr to burrow deep within their ranks and we have taken careful note of this. A popular slogan says 'All Invaders Must Die' and we might extend that to their collaborators."
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The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster, with the fall of Niarja severing the vital direct stargate link between the Amarr Empire and Caldari State, as continued losses of systems in the Caldari State stoke protests.
Fall of Niarja a "Strategic Catastrophe" for Amarr Empire and Caldari State
Amarr Prime – The conquest of Niarja by the Triglavian Collective has been described as a "strategic catastrophe" for the Amarr Empire and Caldari State by diplomatic sources, despite praise from EDENCOM and CONCORD officials for the "valiant efforts" of capsuleer defenders, EDENCOM forces and the Amarr Navy. The occupation of Niarja by the Triglavian Collective effectively severs the direct trade link between the Amarr Empire and Caldari State, though it is still possible for heavily protected and escorted traffic to continue using the stargates.
As a system in itself Niarja has always been of secondary importance to its neighbor, the heavily-populated and well-developed Bahromab system, but as a site suitable for a long-range stargate to the Caldari system of Kaaputenen, it has been a key strategic location for decades. The importance of Niarja to interstellar trade is underlined by the presence of a number of Gallente and Minmatar stations in the Yekti-Hoosa Development Zone overseen by House Sarum. Large mining and industrial concerns have found the Niarja-Kaaputenen link highly useful for shipping via the Caldari State to the Gallente Federation and even on to the Minmatar Republic.
Militarily and diplomatically, the route has been a useful high traffic and single jump route between the Amarr Empire and Caldari State. While military and diplomatic traffic is also able to use various jump-drive routes together with Empire and State cyno beacons, jump bridges and conduit gates, it remains a severe blow to the two allied powers. CONCORD conflict monitors have sounded a note of alarm that the Amarr Empire may view it as necessary to redouble its efforts in the Amarr-Minmatar militia warzone.
A number of systems considered Minmatar under the Yulai Accords and Convention have become longstanding Amarr strongholds due to the efforts of the 24th Imperial Crusade, House Sarum and a sustained, high-intensity campaign by Amarr capsuleer militias. Strategic eyes have turned to a number of Metropolis systems as potentially providing bridging routes for Amarr and Caldari forces to use.
While observers of Imperial Court politics believe the loss of Niarja is a blow to the prestige of House Sarum, this may be considerably tempered by House Sarum's sponsorship of aggressive operations in the Metropolis warzone. House Sarum allies among the Major and Minor Houses have begun praising the "farsighted" policies of Lord Arrach Sarum in this regard. Partisans of other Royal Houses have responded to this line with "polite but ill-concealed scorn" according to our Imperial Court correspondents.
Above: EDENCOM facility wreckage burns after destruction by Triglavian and allied capsuleer forces.
Battle of Niarja Scene of High-Intensity Capsuleer Combat on All Sides
Niarja, Domain – The Battle of Niarja represented the most high-intensity struggle between EDENCOM loyalists and pro-Triglavian capsuleers during the invasions, with preliminary estimates indicating total capsuleer presence in Niarja above 600 pilots during key engagements and sustaining system populations of over 500 capsuleers locked in combat for many hours.
With EDENCOM and Imperial forces stretched thinly across New Eden, the balance of power in systems invaded by Triglavian forces has usually been swayed by capsuleers fighting for one side or the other. The day-and-a-half Battle of Niarja is estimated to have involved the loss of over 40,000 vessels with perhaps as much as 10% of that total being accounted for by capsuleer losses on all sides.
EDENCOM Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir has thanked EDENCOM-aligned capsuleers for their "valiant efforts to secure this strategically vital system" and has promised that "despite this setback the forces of civilization shall prevail and ultimately defeat the Triglavian menace." Amarr Inner Circle delegate Captain Marshal Sirdan xer Qosh also praised "loyalist capsuleers and the forces of the Imperial Navy for their unstinting efforts." Ambassadors Keitan Yun and Devan Malate, respectively of the Minmatar Republic and Gallente Federation, have jointly expressed their "deep regrets at the loss of Niarja" and urged the Amarr Empire to "end all operations that threaten the EDENCOM alliance."
A particularly notable element of the capsuleer side of the Battle of Niarja was the presence of nullsec coalitions fighting on both sides of the struggle. The Legacy Coalition chose to support EDENCOM efforts to defend the system, and preserve a secure and direct route beween the heartlands of the Amarr Empire and Caldari State.
The response to this decision by the Imperium, Legacy Coalition's opponents in a major Outer Regions war, was to support Collective and pro-Triglavian capsuleer efforts. Claims and counter-claims have flown between the nullsec powers, and established pro-EDENCOM and pro-Triglavian capsuleer forces, but the overall balance of power was tilted decisively to the invaders' favor by the combined efforts of ideological "Kybernauts" and the Imperium.
Above: Triglavian conduit gate established during heavy combat operations
Caldari State Worker Protests Grow in Frequency and Number after Tunudan and Ahtila Lost
New Caldari Prime – The Caldari State's loss of Tunudan system, during the Battle of Niarja, and the subsequent loss of the Ahtila system, have caused further uproar and unrest in the Caldari State. With the direct trading link to the Amarr Empire effectively cut, mid-tier executive classes and workers alike are expressing fears of the economic consequences as well as reacting to the seeming collapse of Caldari State military fortunes in the war itself.
Several megacorporation spires and arcologies on New Caldari Prime have seen their parks and market squares inundated with worker protests, with corporate security forces limiting themselves to blocking access to upper tier zones and vital infrastructure. While the protests erupting on New Caldari Prime itself are a mark of the anger and confusion amongst workers on the capital planet, there have been uncounted incidents of protest and unrest across the Caldari State.
Protests are particularly lively in corporate territories controlled by the Hyasyoda, Ishukone, Kaalakiota, Sukuuvestaa and Wiyrkomi megacorporations, with it being clear that their corporate security and military forces are under orders to act with extreme restraint. However, even territories controlled by CBD, Lai Dai and Nugoeihuvi are seeing protests despite the reputation for harsh responses from the security forces of those megacorps.
The Chief Executive Panel has been in emergency session for two days and it is rumored that a universal state of emergency will be declared amidst talk that the leadership of the Caldari Navy and other branches of the State Armed Forces are under house arrest. Corporate security force officers from all of the "Big 8" private militaries have reportedly been organized into a "Transitional General Staff of the Corporate State of the Caldari People" under the direct authority of the CEP.
While corporate security forces have shown exceptional restraint in the face of worker protests, it has been reported there have been raids against underworld groups and clashes with alleged Templis Dragonaur cells, Guristas Pirate affiliates, and even gangs loyal to the Angel Cartel. While there has been silence from the upper echelons of the Caldari Navy, senior field officers have criticized the planning and execution of the recent refit of units seconded to EDENCOM service. Some line officers have also spoken of sabotage and subversion by Provists attempting to "undermine the order of our Corporate State."
External observers of Caldari State politics, particularly in the Gallente and Minmatar media, are even speculating that a long-burning "corporate shadow war" is about to break out into open conflict. Advocates of this theory point to a number of incidents in the last five years and more indicating corporate conflict and re-alignment of interests within the State.
Above: Caldari Navy Station at Jita Planet 4, Moon 4
BREAKING: Scientists Warn of "Highly Unusual Space-Time Anomalies" in Null Security Systems
Yulai, Genesis – Scientists have warned of "highly Unusual and localized space-time anomalies", with preliminary findings confirmed by the Exoplanets Research Division of CONCORD's Project Discovery. The detail of the report indicates that the star systems of KBP7-G, PF-346, M-OEE8, and R3-K7K are exhibiting "signs of localized deformation of the space-time topology with characteristics sharing similarities with both unstable wormhole formation and space-time conduits as formed by Triglavian technology."
Obervations by a number of scientists in the Gallente Federation and Minmatar Republic have been the result of an ongoing research project into the disruption of space-time topology in the New Eden cluster, an effort sponsored jointly by the University of Caille and the Republic University. The University of Caille's Department of Astrometrics and Cosmography has been working in close collaboration with the Inter-Tribal Circle of Cosmology based at the Republic University's Illuin School of Astrophysics.
A minority of scientists across New Eden have developed a view that the space-time "fabric" local to the New Eden "hyper-density formation" star cluster has been severely disrupted in recent years. The theory holds that this disruption has accumulated due to incidents such as the unstable wormhole emergence event, popularly identified with the "Seyllin Catastrophe", and the so-called "superluminal stellar event" at W477-P, popularly known as "Caroline's Star." Leading theorists do accept that the superluminal aspects of the Caroline's Star incident is most readily explained by the formation of vast numbers of nanoscale wormholes through which photonic energy from the supernova was scattered across New Eden.
While many mainstream scientists view the more radical interpretations of such recent events as "bizarre hokum" and "not even wrong", the leading academics of the joint project between UoC and RU are known to believe all avenues must be explored in explaining what is happening in New Eden. The Triglavian invasion, in their view, fits into the pattern as a third major event with the manipulation of multiple stars by the Triglavians "almost certainly disrupting the local cluster's topology yet further."
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The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster, as the Triglavian Collective invades the vital Niarja system, the key link between the Amarr Empire and the Caldari State.
Niarja Invaded as Major Triglavian Offensive Strikes at Amarr-Caldari Border
Niarja, Domain – Triglavian Collective forces have mounted an invasion of the Niarja system in the next step of their renewed offensive to conquer New Eden systems across the cluster. EDENCOM's Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir has designated the defense of Niarja "the top priority of EDENCOM forces" and CONCORD's Inner Circle has declared it vital to the interests of "New Eden Civilization" that the key trade link between the Amarr Empire and Caldari State be maintained.
Triglavian forces began the invasion of Niarja in the early hours of YC122.08.17, with this strike at the sole Amarr Empire system bordering the Caldari State a clear threat to the two allied powers. Caldari State forces are current embroiled in a struggle to turn back Triglavian invaders in the Tunudan system but response forces are being redeployed to the Kaaputenen system bordering Niarja.
On the primary trade route between the Amarr and Jita systems, Niarja's importance as the single Amarr system directly connected to the Caldari State across the primary stargate network cannot be overstated. Disruption of this vital link between the two traditional allies would have severe repercussions for the economic health of both the Amarr Empire and the Caldari State. In the context of the war with the Triglavian invaders and the EDENCOM alliance, even the Gallente Federation and Minmatar Republic view the defense of Niarja as a strategic priority.
In terms of Amarr internal politics, the loss of Niarja would be yet another blow for House Sarum, following the loss of Raravoss and Harva, not to mention its withdrawal from planetary operations on Floseswin IV. House Sarum forces have been particularly taxed by the need to defend the vast territories of Upper Domain, Devoid and the Bleak Lands, together with its ongoing operations in the Amarr-Minmatar militia warzone. Sarum forces have not been without victories and the fresh defense and fortification of Khopa system, together with other successes, has served to reinforce the traditionally militant House's standing.
For their part, EDENCOM and CONCORD remain firm that all New Eden systems must be defended for the sake of "human civilization as a whole", even in the face of an evidently renewed and substantially enhanced offensive by the Triglavian Collective. Despite this public face, sources within the DED and EDENCOM's ranks have privately expressed disquiet at the scale of the new Triglavian offensive. Some sources have even questioned the almost universal adoption of "fleet in being" strategic doctrines to defend the core worlds of the "Big Four" empires.
Above: Heavy traffic through the vital Niarja-Kaaputenen stargate as fighting continues during Triglavian invasion of Niarja
Arshat System Fully Fortified After EDENCOM Capsuleer Coalition Pushed Back Invasion Forces
Arshat, Domain – EDENCOM forces bolstered by an interstellar coalition of capsuleers "loyal to civilization" have successfully aided the Amarr Empire's defense of the Arshat system in the Nashar constellation of Domain. Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir has hailed the effort in particular for its "heroic and monumental achievement in pushing Triglavian forces back from their so-called 'First Liminality' and ultimately out of the system."
The Arshat campaign represents the first occasion on which an established Triglavian invasion force has lost its 'liminality' hold on a system. EDENCOM forces were able to press this advantage and successively secure and fortify the system as an EDENCOM Fortress. Royal Heir Arim Ardishapur also praised the efforts of "those capsuleers loyal to civilization who have been able to set aside petty differences of ideology in order to defend against the inhuman threat of the Triglavian monsters."
As a holding within the "Lower Domain" subregion, Arshat comes under the authority of the Ardishapur Military Circuit, with this successful defense sure to enhance the military prestige of House Ardishapur even further. The robust defense of Derelik region from repeated assault by Triglavian invaders over the last year had already alerted many observers of Imperial politics to the increased military power of a House that appears for many Amarr a beacon of faith, order and stability within the Empire.
Anbald System Secured by EDENCOM and Minmatar Forces as Republic Continues to Rebuff Invasions
Anbald, Metropolis – The successful defense of the Anbald system by Minmatar, EDENCOM and allied capsuleer forces has been followed by its establishment as an EDENCOM Fortress system. This is the fourth Minmatar system to be fortified to the fullest extent by EDENCOM, together with three other systems designated as EDENCOM victories and several others where Triglavian invasions have been stopped.
So far, the Triglavian invaders have only succeeded in establishing space control presence in three "minor victory" systems in Minmatar Republic space. The overall impact of the invasion on the Minmatar Republic has been relatively low with this appearing to be a function of the much smaller size of Minmatar territory relative to the Amarr Empire and Gallente Federation.
Minmatar Republic forces have also pursued an effective doctrine of rapid response to Triglavian invasions. Military experts have noted that strategies and deployments prepared in anticipation of invasion appear to be "very well rehearsed relative to other interstellar powers and particularly suited to repelling a force reliant on directed energy weapons and heavy armor".
Despite the continuing good fortune and above average performance of the Republic in the face of the invasion, there has been much discussion of the role of EDENCOM and its administration of the "Fortress Systems" established under its mandate. The mutual defense pact upon which the New Eden Common Defense Initiative is based allows for and indeed promotes the fortificiation of systems by EDENCOM. However, the prominent role of a number of Amarr and Caldari military and intelligence figures in EDENCOM has caused much concern.
Claims that Fortress systems are "invasion by other means by the Amarr and their Caldari allies", as the Karhak Circle of Tribal Defense put it in a recent bulletin, are increasingly common currency in Minmatar political discourse. The Tribal Council of Chiefs and Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor have not commented on these allegations directly but continue collectively to support and promote co-operation with EDENCOM. However, the Republic Justice Department in particular is known to harbor deep reservations about EDENCOM and its increasing presence across the Minmatar Republic. This view is more clearly on display through politically allied entities such as the Karhak Circle and a number of anti-slavery and liberation networks.
Caldari State in Turmoil Following String of Systems Lost to Triglavian Invasion
New Caldari Prime – Caldari State markets continue to tumble following a series of disastrous losses to the Triglavian Collective, with the invasion of Niarja halting and reversing a rally led by stocks in the Caldari military-industrial sector. Executive classes in most megacorporations are now openly criticizing Caldari Navy leadership and urging the Chief Executive Panel to take further action to reform the Navy, or even place it completely under control of officers drawn from corporate security forces.
Citizens and workers in general are also continuing to agitate and protest on message channels, holonet rooms, and increasingly in workplaces and on the streets. While the most recently lost systems of Kino, Otela, Otanuomi and now Konola are primarily mining and industrial systems, lacking the huge populations of core corporate worlds, the economic and political impacts have been huge. While some systems have seen major efforts to evacuate non-combatants, particularly during windows provided by the repulsion by capsuleers of a Triglavian World Arks, the losses of resources and valuable colonial holdings are immense blows.
Even with limited populations and successful evacuations, billions have been severely affected and the psychological impact on the Caldari population at large has been enormous. The mood against the Triglavian threat remains one of resolute defiance overall but an undertone of questioning, centering particularly on the mistakes of upper executive classes has begun to dominate. Open talk of executive corruption, including protests against it, has increased. Corporate security forces are stretched thin due to the war and appear to be almost universally under orders to show restraint, emboldening the mood of open dissent among Caldari citizens.
Caldari State efforts are currently focused on defending Ahtila system and trying to prevent the fall of Tunudan in an atmosphere where yet another loss could lead to serious unrest within the State.
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The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster, with the fall of the Gallente Federation's Angymonne and Archee systems marking another victory for the Triglavian invaders despite the valiant efforts of EDENCOM capsuleers. Elsewere, amidst the chaos of the war with the Triglavians, the Amarr Empire celebrates the Foundation of the Grand Basilica of St. Gheinok the First Prophet
Federation's Angymonne System Falls to Triglavians Despite Capsuleer Assault on World Ark
Angymonne, Everyshore – EDENCOM Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir reported to the Inner Circle on the fall of Angymonne over the weekend, stating that the fall of the system was attributable to heavy concentrations of Triglavian invasion groups and considerable support from "terrorists and traitors" in the ranks of the so-called "Kybernaut Clade", pro-Triglavian capsuleers from across New Eden. Despite the best efforts of EDENCOM and its allied capsuleers, organizing under the EDENCOM Defense Initiative banner, the system fell to Triglavian control a little over a week ago.
Marshal Valkanir singled out for praise the efforts of capsuleers in assaulting a Triglavian Xordazh-class World Ark as the invasion reached its climax. While the system fell to Triglavian invaders in the end, the World Ark was repelled giving a window in which Federation Navy and EDENCOM forces were able to evacuate a large number of civilians from the industrial colonies of Angymonne. Although the system's ice belts have been an important resource for the Federation, planetary mining operations in Angymonne have been in decline for some years due to surpluses in the heavily-industrialized Elalan constellation.
A Caldari Business Tribunal trading station in the system has been receiving refugees since the invasion of Anymonne began and most were able to depart the system before Triglavian World Arks returned to the system to finalize their conquest and continue their stellar harvesting operations.
Tenth System Lost to Invaders as Conquest of Archee Brings A0 Star Under Triglavian Control
Archee, Sinq Laison – Triglavian invasion forces succeeded in conquering the Gallente system of Archee yesterday, delivering a second blow in succession to the Federation and bringing the total of New Eden systems seized by the Collective to ten. The Triglavian victory has also brought a system with a central A0 class star under control of the Collective, believed by analysts of Triglavian communications to be a priority for the invaders.
Long a relatively lawless backwater of the Wyllequet constellation, Archee has nevertheless been exploited for its ice fields and numerous moons by tramp miners and hardscrabble mining outposts. The sparsely populated system fell swiftly but it is expected that civilian casualties will be relatively light and escaping shuttles and civilian transport flights continue to trickle out of the system.
The loss of two Federation systems in rapid succession has prompted further protests from citizens across Gallente territories with Senate delegations from all regions joining those from Essence, Everyshore and Sinq Laison in pressing President Celes Aguard to take more action to bolster the Federation Navy and EDENCOM. All Federal reserves have been activated for the duration of the emergency and steps are being taken to step up essential industrial production. Constituent state and polity militias and security forces are being trained and armed for a variety of duties normally undertaken by the Federal military in order to release more units for counter-invasion duty.
Above: TES Jamyl the Liberator in "Imperial Seal" Parade Formation in Amarr Prime
Amarr Empire Marks Foundation Day as Empress Issues New Decrees on War Against Triglavians
Amarr Prime, Domain – Celebrations marking the Foundation of the Grand Basilica of St. Gheinok the First Prophet have begun across the Amarr Empire, with Avatar-class Titan battlegroups in parade formation in Amarr Prime and the capital systems of the six Royal Houses of the Empire. Imperial and religious authorities across Amarr are strongly emphasizing that observance of the Imperial Rite's requirements must continue despite the "test of faith" represented by the Triglavian invasions.
While even those forms of dissent permitted within the Amarr Empire have been muted since a crackdown on theologians questioning Empress Catiz I's "Two Swords Doctrine", there has been growing disquiet among the Holder classes at the degree to which the Amarr Navy and House Fleets have been overstretched in defense of the vast territories of the Amarr Empire. The rate of casualties and materiel losses has been such that the Empress recently decreed the re-activation of all of the Empire's so-called "Mausoleum Fleets", a vast number of ships from various periods of the Empire's history placed in storage under the care of a number of religious orders dedicated to preserving these ancient reserves.
The work of refitting these ships has been accelerated but it is expected that overall performance of Amarr forces will inevitably degrade as older technology is pressed into service on the front lines. In order to better orchestrate the disposition of Amarr forces, Empress Catiz I has decreed that the Ministry of War shall have paramount authority for determining which units are seconded to service under EDENCOM command authority. This order has given a renewed purpose to a ministry that the late Imperial Chancellor Aritcio Kor-Azor once described as "a vast moribund bureaucracy of theorists and accountants routinely ignored by the Imperial Navy and Royal Heirs".
While the authority of overall command within the Imperial Military Circuits remains with the Royal Heirs, in their capacity as Sword Marshals of the Empire, the power of the Ministry of War to divert units to EDENCOM duty represents a significant check and a reminder that ultimate authority rests with the Imperial Throne.
Minmatar Republic Control of Floseswin IV "Secure but at Risk" According to CONCORD Conflict Monitors
Floseswin, Metropolis – CONCORD conflict monitors have assessed that Minmatar Republic control of the liberated planet of Floseswin IV is "secure but at risk" due to the dominating position of the 24th Imperial Crusade in the Metropolis warzone. Floseswin IV has been heavily fortified by Minmatar forces under the command of Hetman General Kanth Filmir during the course of a brutal planetary campaign, with several army groups from Republic Command supplemented by a large force from the Brutor Vanguard. Floseswin IV resistance units have also been forged into a major fighting force by Republic Justice Department advisors under the command of Liberator General Nola Ashok.
While the fortified cities of the Northern continental mass are reckoned to be close to "impregnable", the liberated cities of the Southern continent remain a matter of concern as Republic Command engineers and units of Sebiestor Field Sappers repair and upgrade defenses. Units of the Republic Security Services are also reported to be working alongside the Krusual Covert Operators in hunting down and eliminating hold out units of Amarr forces in the cities. For their part, CONCORD monitors report that the majority of Amarr forces that were not evacuated have dispersed to the jungles and mountains of the region.
Although House Sarum's forces show no sign of renewing major operations on Floseswin IV so far, the dominant position of Amarr militia forces in the region has provided cover for significant restoration of Amarr supply bases. In particular, the Amarr stronghold of Aset has been quietly built up with a number of planetary fortresses established in system, an effort being replicated in several other long-held systems in the Eugidi constellation.
Overall space superiority has also permitted a number of Imperial Navy "search and destroy" operations, with several Brutor Vanguard capital ships reported destroyed in Floseswin as Amarr forces dismantled Minmatar cynosural beacon networks in the system. Amarr diplomats have protested the use of orbital bombardment to reduce the defenses of Sarum-occupied Port Kul during the final Minmatar offensive and Amarr fleets have refrained from retaliating in kind. Despite this apparent attempt to occupy a moral high ground against the background of Triglavian use of orbital bombardment with impunity, Amarr special forces are reported to be operating across Floseswin IV and gaps in aerospace-orbital defense nets are being exploited to drop supplies to remaining Amarr forces.
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The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster, as the Minmatar Republic marks Liberation Day amidst news the Floseswin IV offensive has driven Amarr forces from the planet, and the Caldari State reckons with the loss of Ichoriya to the Triglavian Collective.
Liberation Day Celebrations Boosted by Collapse and Retreat of Amarr Forces from Floseswin IV
Matar, Pator – News of the retreat of Amarr forces from Floseswin IV has lent a carnival atmosphere to many of the Liberation Day celebrations across the Minmatar Republic and wider Matari diaspora, today. Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor struck a triumphant note amidst the remembrance of those still enslaved during his speech from the Great Caravansarai on Matar. Republic Fleet Ragnarok-class Titan battlegroups are also in parade formation at key locations across the Republic to mark Liberation Day.
"Today, we celebrate the 142nd anniversary of the Great Rebellion and the liberation of the Matari spirit and people. Even still, we must never forget those who never saw the light of freedom in their lifetimes and we can never cease our efforts to liberate those who remain in bondage across New Eden. Let us also hail the liberators of Floseswin IV who have swept the Amarr invaders of that world before them and back into space! Floseswin's people are and shall remain Matari and free!"
Above: RFS Oskla Shakim in parade formation in Hek as Liberation Day celebrations ensue
In Floseswin itself, the recent acquisition of system control by forces of the 24th Imperial Crusade did not translate into altered fortunes for House Sarum and allied forces on Floseswin IV in the last two weeks. The Minmatar Republic's Southern Floseswin IV Army, under the command of Hetman General Kanth Filmir, had been able to keep up pressure on the beleaguered Amarr forces trapped in two pockets centered on the cities of Port Kul and Jolan Kraal.
Reports from Jolan Kraal indicate a major uprising took place last night with heavy fighting taking place around key infrastructure. Forces under the command of the Khanid warlord Alar Chakaid were evidently unable to maintain control of the city's shield generators as the defenses fell later this morning. The SFIVA's 2nd Army Group subsequently broke through and, although confused reports indicate continuing Amarr resistance, the liberation of Jolan Kraal is certain.
At Port Kul, House Sarum forces under Colonel General Vikhtor Mazari appear to have taken the decision to evacuate amidst a major uprising in that city and shortly after the situation in Jolan Kraal became clearly untenable. Reports indicate that House Sarum forces and allies from House Ardishapur used Redeemer-class battleships to establish an evacuation jump link to Arzad while Port Kul's orbital defense batteries provided covering fire. An unknown number of troops and support personnel were evacuated before Port Kul's defense batteries were destroyed by Brutor Vanguard Skalmöld-variant planetary assault dreadnoughts.
Large numbers of House Sarum troops remain in Port Kul and General Mazari is reported to be directing the rearguard action. The status of Duke Alar Chakaid is unknown at this time. Hetman General Kanth Filmir has broadcast a general communique calling on all Amarr forces to surrender or face certain death at the hands of the combined SFIVA/Resistance forces.
The situation on Floseswin IV has been keenly followed by Minmatar capsuleers, with their repeated efforts to support the SFIVA and resistance cited by both Sanmatar Shakor and General Filmir. As well as visiting parade formations of Republic Fleet ships throughout key Minmatar systems, Minmatar capsuleers will be marking the Liberation Day celebrations with their own Tribal Tournament events in the Dal system.
Above: Entropic Disintegrator Werposts Enforce Triglavian Control Over Ichoriya System
Recriminations as Fall of Ichoriya Increases Caldari State Losses to Four Systems
New Caldari Prime – The fall of the Ichoriya system to Triglavian invaders, despite very heavy fighting and a strong resistance effort by EDENCOM capsuleers, has led to serious recriminations among the Caldari executive classes and an increase in protests by workers across the Caldari State. The loss of Ichoriya, a key and formerly secure system in Black Rise, has put in jeopardy Caldari Navy and Kaalakiota Corporation logistics operations vital to Caldari militia efforts in the contested systems of the region.
While Ichoriya has a low population, with efforts primarily geared towards extraction of resources from the gas giants and moons of the system, the fall of a fourth Caldari system is a serious blow to the State. Caldari Navy tactics and equipment used in the fight against the Triglavian invaders have come in for severe criticism from pro-EDENCOM and Caldari capsuleers alike. Questions have been raised as to the state of Caldari Navy leadership and training, with some noting that Caldari corporate forces have done much better when involved in engagements with Triglavian fleets.
In the meantime, very heavy fighting continues in Nalvula, with Caldari corporate security forces attempting to repel Triglavian ground forces. The response from Triglavian Collective invasion units has reportedly included frequent use of orbital bombardment, and heavy suborbital and surface weapons. Broadcasts from Nalvula's planets are severely disrupted and becoming harder to maintain as invasion forces expand their footholds on the surface.
In Sakenta, the heavily-industrialized barren planets have apparently been invaded very rapidly by Triglavian forces. Contact with underground colonies has been lost and surface facilities are reporting heavy Triglavian activity. Caldari Navy and State Peacekeepers have mounted a resistance campaign on the temperate planets but Triglavian war machines and drones are steadily eroding their defenses.
Arvasaras, the third system lost by the Caldari State, is noted for the industrial exploitation of its valuable primordial worlds, known colloquially as "lava planets". Other planets have small populations in colonies mostly concerned with scientific and surveying operations. Communications are so far intact and reports indicate some Triglavian landings with no direct contact so far.
Observers of the Triglavian invasion strategy have suggested that their doctrine adopts a "total war" stance when they are challenged by serious opposition. Total eradication of armed resistance has been noted many times over on different planets, particularly on Caldari worlds where active defense has been attempted in the face of overwhelming Triglavian forces. The Triglavian strategy may be aimed at encouraging settlements on future conquered planets to surrender without resistance but it is unclear that this is the reason for their violent response to armed resistance.
In the State, protests have been increasing in number and crowd size as Caldari losses mount. Workers express anger and frustration at the failures of Caldari Navy forces openly and even the cities of New Caldari Prime have seen huge protests despite heavy corporate police presence. Mid-tier executive class chatrooms and holobars are said to be hosting heated discussions and a rising tide of dissent at the course of Caldari State management of the war so far. Criticism of EDENCOM's alleged favoritism towards the Amarr Empire is also on the rise, in an unusual departure from executive class practice of making no adverse comment on their allied empire.
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The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster, as the Gallente Federation celebrates the Federation Day weekend amid high security and in defiance of the ongoing invasions by the Triglavian Collective.
President Celes Aguard Issues Call for Citizens to Volunteer for Service as Federation Day Celebrations Begin
Gallente Prime, Luminaire – Federation Day weekend celebrations have begun across all Gallente regions with the Federation Navy showing the flag in key locations with Erebus-class battlegroups from the elite Garoun Lunaries Fleet in parade formation. President Celes Aguard has issued a call for all Federation citizens to "consider what they may do in service of our great Federation and to protect the liberties we all hold so dear."
President Aguard has personally insisted that the celebrations go forward to demonstrate the unity and resolve of the Federation in the face of the Triglavian invasions. This decision has not been without its detractors, with many pointing to the Triglavian occupation of Vale and the potentially devastating consequences for billions of federal citizens.
Senator Filidor Cassiete of Eustron district has been particularly vocal in his criticism of the withdrawal of EDENCOM and the Federation Navy from Vale: "After the abandonment of our citizens to a fate that may well be worse than death, this extravagance and military posturing is nothing less than grotesque. Celes Aguard's election talk of unity and security for all systems stands revealed as repugnantly disingenuous." Senator Cassiete is a prominent member of the New Sociocrats political bloc which opposed President Aguard's candidacy in favor of Mentas Blaque.
Federation Day celebrations are traditionally held on a Saturday close to the 21st June, other Federal calendar events and circumstances permitting. As a result, Saturday 20th this year marks the primary celebration of the 237th anniversary of the foundation of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime in 23121AD (BYC115).
Above: FNS Ingenomine in Parade Formation Above Gallente Prime
Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor Hails Minmatar Military Gains on Floseswin IV as a "Liberation Offensive"
Matar, Pator – Successful Minmatar military operations carried at on Floseswin IV were hailed by Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor as a "Liberation Offensive that shall push the slaver occupiers off our planet and into oblivion" at a press conference held at the Matar HQ of the Central Military Staff Circle, today. The "Liberation Offensive" on the Southern Continent of Floseswin IV has so far pushed Amarr forces out of dozens of towns and many hundreds of settlements, forcing a general retreat behind the protection of heavy shields covering occupied major cities.
Additionally, reports of a general uprising within the occupied cities have emerged, with CONCORD monitors indicating fighting has taken place in all five occupied cities. Sporadic reporting from journalists and communications received from resistance groups indicate that only in Port Kul and Jolan Kraal have the Amarr forces successfully suppressed the uprisings.
In the coastal cities of Oshiak and Uinar Landing, whole sections of the two cities are understood to be under the control of guerilla fighters backed by special forces units. The latter are believed to be warclones from the Brutor Vanguard and Krusual Covert Operators mercenary corporations. In the heavy industrial settlement of Korax City, in the Korax River Valley of Southern Floseswin, many of the factory complexes are reportedly occupied by armed local workers operating under the command of RJD Liberator General Nola Ashok's "liberation detachments".
The Sarum grip on its Port Kul HQ appears firm, following an attempted uprising put down by a swift response from Colonel General Vikhtor Mazari's forces. CONCORD monitors in the city have reported that casualties were relatively low, with House Sarum troops focusing their heaviest firepower on armed "rebels", while using field-effect weapons to stun civilian crowds and pacify entire city blocks. Military experts have noted these techniques are a staple of Amarr slave-taking operations.
With no monitors or journalists freely operating in the city of Jolan Kraal, news from the occupation directed by notorious Khanid Warlord Alar Chakaid is scarce. Minmatar commanders allege several massacres have taken place ever since the city fell under Chakaid's command, following its isolation from the main Sarum occupation zones. Chakaid has dismissed these reports as "crude subhuman propaganda" but continues to broadcast "sermons" promising various apocalyptic scenarios should "Minmatar savagery damn Floseswin IV for all time".
Supreme Commander of the Southern Flosewin IV Army, Hetman General Kanth Filmir has called on Amarr forces to lay down their arms and surrender, offering terms including evacuation for "professional soldiers who have committed no crimes" in exchange for the "full return of all Floseswin citizens to the Minmatar Republic, wherever they may be at the present time." At least 150,000 were taken off-world by House Sarum in the initial stages of the invasion. The RJD believes up to 150,000 more were taken during periods of Amarr system control, according with CONCORD estimates that House Sarum is keeping a quarter of a million prisoners as a "hostage reserve" in secure locations within the Sarum-controlled Bleak Lands and Devoid regions.
Above: Nalvula IV, Ground Combat Between Triglavians and Caldari Corporate Forces Reported
Intense Ground Combat Reported in Nalvula and Sakenta as Caldari State Mobilizes Corporate Citizens
New Caldari Prime – Caldari State military officials have confirmed reports of multiple clashes between State and megacorp security forces on several planets in both the Nalvula and Sakenta systems. The Caldari State is rapidly mobilizing its entire corporate citizenry to "war service" status and has switched a number of its industrial centers over to military and logistical efforts.
Nalvula's fourth planet is relatively well populated for a low-security corporate colonial world, and Triglavian landings on the planet have been met with heavy resistance from the planetary defense forces. The CBD megacorp's Spacelane Patrol and SuVee's Peace and Order Unit have a considerable presence on the planet, with it being reported that mobile anti-orbital and ballistic launchers are in the arsenal of the heavily-armed security troops. Triglavian forces attempting to seize industrial facilities, such as mines and processing plants, are also being attacked on sight with anti-materiel railguns. The response from Triglavian forces has been described as "swift and ruthless" with heavy use of orbital and aerospace support. Triglavian ground assault vehicles are reported to be in evidence but there have been few reports of drones.
In Sakenta, the most intense ground combat is reported to have taken place on the heavily-industrialized worlds of Sakenta IV and VI, with Triglavian forces again taking steps to seize mining, reprocessing and manufacturing facilities. Caldari Navy and State Peacekeeper troops are prominent in the defense of Sakenta planets due to the general importance of the system and the strong presence of all "Big 8" megacorps on its planets. The heavily populated worlds of Sakenta III and V have also been the scene of Triglavian landings, though reports claim that large numbers of drones, strongly resembling rogue drones, are apparently engaged in extensive surveying efforts and responding to Caldari resistance with "only small escalations in counter-force".
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The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster, as the Triglavian Collective invasion campaign conquests mount despite EDENCOM success in establishing fortress systems across New Eden.
Above: Sakenta star under intense Triglavian manipulation.
EDENCOM Under Fire Following Conquest of Four Systems by Triglavians
Yulai, Genesis – EDENCOM's conduct of defensive operations against the Triglavian invasion forces has come under heavy criticism across the CONCORD empires and associated territories, following the conquest of four systems by the Collective. The fall of Sakenta and Nalvula in the course of days, combined with the conquest of Raravoss and Vale has called the entire EDENCOM strategy into question as fear grips populations in throughout New Eden.
The official stance of the core empires remains one of full support for EDENCOM, with the CONCORD Inner Circle reaffirming the command of the New Eden Common Defense Initiative remains in the hands of Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir. EDENCOM points to the establishment of 16 fortress systems and the defense of a dozen more as evidence that the strategy of fortification and defense in depth has been highly successful despite all out assaults by the Triglavian Collective.
Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir has reiterated her personal thanks to "those capsuleers who have remained loyal to the civilization of New Eden and greatly contributed to the defense of dozens of our star systems and uncounted billions of our citizens." Marshal Valkanir had harsher words for "the traitors amongst us who have been swayed by the honeyed words and poisonous lies of a ruthless foe." CONCORD and EDENCOM have issued directives against collaboration and support for the Triglavians by populations living in colonies and space infrastructure covered by the Yulai Accords and Convention.
The fraught issue of "traitor capsuleers" remains a major point of contention with efforts to suppress pro-Triglavian capsuleers hampered by decades of regulations and infrastructure ensuring strong anonymized, encrypted and open access to FTL comms and transportation networks. Independent capsuleer infrastructure has added hugely to the problem, together with reported disputes between factions of the Inner Circle, SCC and DED over the limits of the CONCORD mandate.
Above: Nalvula IV in reduced light of its sun
Caldari State Left Reeling as Sakenta and Nalvula Fall to Triglavian Invaders
New Caldari Prime – The Caldari Chief Executive Panel is meeting in emergency session as the Caldari State absorbs the shocking news of the fall of the Sakenta and Nalvula systems, today. Despite the best efforts of Caldari State forces, EDENCOM and allied capsuleers, the Triglavian Collective's assaults on the two star systems resulted in the total conquest of both, throwing the Caldari State into some disarray as highly disturbed citizenry have protested across Caldari territories.
With the loss of Sakenta, a relatively quiet system in The Forge region lying close to the centers of Caldari power, the State has been deprived of a system focused on planetary resource extraction, manufacturing and support for State military. The many barren planets of Sakenta are the site of thousands of mining, manufacturing and assembly colonies, settlements and transhipment nodes. The two temperate planets of Sakenta III and V have long functioned as population centers supporting megacorp activities in the system.
The proximity to New Caldari and the resource rich nature of the system has led to it being a location of interest to all of the "Big 8" megacorps. The fall of Sakenta, with its State War Academy station and large recruitment and training operations, prompted the summoning of the CEP to its emegency session. However, the fall of Nalvula, a system in the notorious Mito constellation under development by the CBD and Sukuuvestaa Corporations has only heightened the sense of urgency.
With the support of its Jastokuaskaanonen Saikkan Luovhaikya (Storm Peaks Policy Trust) ally, Kaalakiota Corporation, SuVee has demanded the CEP issue a general order for mobilization of the Caldari State's corporate citizenry to war service status. The CBD Corporation and its PKN Interstellar allies, Lai Dai and NOH, are reportedly supportive of this extraordinary measure. Observers believe the large interests of the Ishukone Corporation in Mito will also sway it to support the measures and persuade its more conservative Hyasyoda and Wiyrkomi allies to accept it.
Above: City lights of Vale II as planet falls into shadow of the Triglavian invasion
Continuing Panic in Vale as Trickle of Evacuations Leave Billions Stranded
Vale, Essence – The heavily populated planets of Vale are experiencing widespread disruption and panic as the Triglavian conquest of the system makes itself increasingly felt. The normally bright yellow star of Vale has dimmed significantly as Triglavian stellar manipulation continues and fears of crop failures, famine and permanent winters are sweeping the system's temperate planets.
A rich system, self-sufficient in agriculture and most types of planetary industry, Vale's multi-billions population could not be evacuated during the collapse of the defense. Some few millions were lifted off from Vale II and VI with the support of the Material Acquisition and Chemal Tech corporations' space infrastructure, but a bare trickle of ships escaped from Vale IV and V before Triglavian interdiction made the efforts too dangerous.
FTL communications with the populated planets and other colonial sites in Vale have been maintained, with the Triglavian approach to utilization and administration of the system appearing to differ from that seen in Raravoss. Triglavian forces have certainly landed on the four temperate planets but have made no aggressive moves or threatened the major population centers. However, a Federal Marines base on Vale II was obliterated from orbit by a Zirnitra-class Dreadnought after it opened fire on Triglavian overflights in its territorial zone.
Vale local authorities have issued orders for planetary defense to stand down and take "no aggressive or precipitate action against Triglavian forces." Unnamed Federal Navy sources have condemned the Vale planetary administrations as "cowardly collaborators." Senator Filidor Cassiete of Eustron district rejected this saying, "The people in Vale have been abandoned by EDENCOM and the Navy, what do people expect them to do? Fight dreadnoughts with last decade's hover tanks and militia rifles? It's a disgrace that serving military have called them cowards in anonymous briefings to journalists."
Above: Final Evacuations from Port Sarum, Raravoss III
Silence from Raravoss Colonies as Triglavian Grip on Planets Tightens
Raravoss, Domain – In stark constrast to the contact maintained with the Vale system, a complete silence has fallen over the first system to fall to the Triglavian invaders: Raravoss in the Domain region. A largely industrial system with most settlements underground on its mineral rich barren planets, Raravoss authorities were able to evacuate several million through the transhipment facilities on the planets Raravoss I, II, III and IV before the Triglavian takeover was completed. Nothing at all has been heard from the hardscrabble colonies on Raravoss IX and the House Sarum ice-mining facilities on Raravoss VIII.
Before communications were lost with Raravoss III, the most heavily-exploited and colonized planet of the system, several reports indicated Triglavian forces landing and moving to directly seize and occupy its underground facilities. One report has claimed that the transhipment node of Port Sarum, scene of desperate evacuation efforts, was destroyed by orbital bombardment. A conflicting later communique broadcast on a House Sarum military channel stated, "Port Sarum, Raravoss III orbital defenses neutralized, enemy landing in force, orbital launch facility lost."
Imperial Navy and House Sarum forces have taken up positions in the Zemoth and Vaarma constellations with a view to repelling possible Triglavian expansion out of Raravoss. EDENCOM has refused to comment on reports that AEGIS special forces remain in Raravoss. The Upwell Consortium has also refused requests for the clarification of the role Arkombine and Mordu's Legion mercenary clone units reported to be active in Raravoss.
Above: Raravoss star undergoes radical change as Triglavian transmuter continues to manipulate it
CONCORD's Project Discovery Launches Flow Cytometry Citizen Science Program
Yulai, Genesis – CONCORD's Project Discovery division has announced and launched a new citizen science program focusing on flow cytometry analysis aimed at providing insights into the novel coronavirus afflicting space industrial facilities and some colonies across New Eden. Responding to media inquiries, CONCORD officials have stated categorically that the pathogen and disease it causes are completely unrelated to the Kyonoke Plague and the bizarre pathogen first encountered in Taisy, and later responsible for the Kyonoke Crisis of YC119.
According to preliminary analysis, CONCORD Biosecurity Treams and Project Discovery scientists have determined that the relatively widespread and rapidly-moving new virus appears to have emerged several months ago. The working theory on the rapid spread of the virus is that the massive movements of people and materials involved in the construction of system and planetary defenses over the last year are primarily responsible. The source location for this particular novel coronavirus has not yet been ascertained but it bears a close resemblance to numerous viruses long present in human populations across New Eden.
A Project Discovery spokesperson said, "Our presumption is that this virus has emerged in an outlying planetary settlement and was able to spread when a large influx of workers went in and out of the location during a defense construction program. That said, our project is not concerned with that and is rather focusing on the application of citizen science to flow cytometry analysis of cell populations. We hope to support the efforts of scientists from the University of Caille, Hedion University, Sisters of EVE and the Society of Conscious Thought."
CONCORD is especially concerned to rapidly address this novel virus due to the threat it poses to the war effort against the Triglavians due to its spread through space industrial installations and associated colonies. Some have suggested the spread of this virus is a remarkable coincidence that may indicate a sinister source, reports Ret Gloriaxx of the Scope's Galactic Hour. For their part, CONCORD scientists have noted that the pathogen, while of great concern, would be considered "suboptimal to say the least as a military biowarfare asset, and shows absolutely none of the hallmarks of Triglavian bioengineering encountered so far."
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Caille, Gallente Prime – President Celes Aguard has formally assumed leadership of the Gallente Federation following her inauguration today in Caille, the traditional capital of the Federation Union of Gallente Prime. Under heavy security, outgoing President Jacus Roden administered the oath of office to President Aguard on the Dais of the Four Freedoms in Liberty Square, Central Caille.
Despite the unusually high security measures, a consequence of the February Election Attacks, large crowds thronged Liberty Square, Crystal Boulevard and many streets of Central Caille. With so many from the diverse communities of Caille on the streets, and with many interstellar visitors, a carnival atmosphere was achieved, despite the ubiquity of Caille Gendarmes and Federal Police.
After administering the Presidential Oath to Celes Aguard, Jacus Roden made a short valedictory address in which he pledged to "continue to serve the peoples of the Gallente Federation in any and every way that I can." Jacus Roden's plans for private life are not known and he has made himself available to the Aguard administration's transition team in the short term.
Above: President Celes Aguard
Making her inaugural address, President Celes Aguard thanked Jacus Roden for his presidential service and for "resolutely and loyally ensuring a peaceful transfer of power in the democratic tradition of our great Federation, despite grave and vicious attacks on our way of life."
"Our Federation is a shining beacon of liberty in this universe, providing a realm for all the people to pursue their prosperity, with all their vital diversity, and in unity with their fellow citizens. As it has been, so it shall be under my administration and this Gallente Federation will be for all the peoples who live within it, no matter where they live. Whether it be Luminaire or Reblier, Crux or Beyt, Essence or Solitude, all the territories of the Federation will receive the support and security they are due under my administration.
"Nor shall my administration seek to impose a central vision on the many and varied cultures of our diverse and far-flung Federation. The principles of autonomous democracy, local sovereignty and co-operative federation will be upheld and strengthened by my federal administration. Equally, the unity and prosperity of our great Federation is threatened by interstellar war and internal threats alike. My administration places the highest importance on achieving peaceful co-existence with our neighbors, and total and implacable resistance to those who would destroy our way of life, whether that be by invasion, terrorism or subversion.
"My fellow citizens of the Federation Union, you have placed the highest trust in me and I am deeply humbled by it. I shall serve you and the principles of our great Gallente Federation until my dying breath. Peace, prosperity and liberty to all!"
Representatives of the other major empires were present at the inauguration and are understood to have had meetings with President Aguard. From the Caldari State, Hyasyoda CEO Ahtonen Osmon, Lai Dai CEO Alakoni Ishanoya, and Sukuuvestaa CEO Kuikiainen Onita represented the Chief Executive Panel.
Leading the Minmatar Republic delegation, Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor chose to personally attend, underlining the importance the Tribal Council places on close relations with the Gallente Federation. Chiefs Acassa Midular and Einnar Aeboul, of the Sebiestor and Thukker Tribes respectively, were also present.
For the Amarr Empire, Lady Ersilia Kor-Azor and Lord Tunir Tash-Murkon headed a delegation keen to establish improved diplomatic and trading relations with the new Gallente administration. Lord Governor Ekroz Salaf of the Ammatar Mandate was also in attendance, while the Khanid Kingdom was represented solely by its ambassador to the Federation.
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Luminaire, Essence – The third time of trying brought good fortune at last for Governor Celes Aguard, as final totalizations in the Gallente Presidential Election narrowly gave the win to her after a hard-fought campaign in which Shaileen Ramnev's strong showing put the result in doubt until all results were in. Governor Aguard's victory will make her the first female President of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime with Jin-Mei heritage.
Former Arcurio Mayor Shaileen Ramnev has conceded and congratulated Governor Aguard in a personal holocall. Senator Suvio Bellaron has issued a statement of congratulations, as have Councillor Wayaki Kayara and Senator Kelen Ontbad. There has been no word as yet from the camp of Mentas Blaque. Outgoing President Jacus Roden issued a statement of congratulations alongside the certification of results made by the Federal Elections Commission.
With all totalizations and adjustments made, the federal districts totals stood at 31 for Celes Aguard, 23 for Shaileen Ramnev, 4 for Suvio Bellaron, 3 for Mentas Blaque, and 1 for Kelen Ontbad. Sub-district totals were 427 for Aguard, 382 for Ramnev, 47 for Bellaron, 32 for Blaque, and 15 for Ontbad. Popular vote totals stand at 46.37% for Aguard, 42.32% for Ramnev, 5.25% for Bellaron, 4.13% for Blaque, and 1.41% for Ontbad.
Governor Aguard's victory represents solid backing for her "unity, security, diversity" message and program across the entire Gallente Federation. However, the appeal and political impact of Shaileen Ramnev's platform of reconciliation and strong self-governance is clear from her emergence as a very strong challenger out of a field of well-known, experienced and popular politicians. The result perhaps represents the least clear endorsement for a presidential winner in the last two decades but the presidential mandate of Governor Aguard is beyond doubt when considering all metrics.
Of the clear losers, Senator Suvio Bellaron will be pleased to have finished substantially ahead of Mentas Blaque, and his position as a leading liberal voice in the Senate will likely not be damaged. The future of the as-yet-unsigned "Bellaron Bill" to outlaw capital punishment does, however, seem in doubt given the support that Governor Aguard drew from Jin-Mei and Mannar communities sceptical of central-interventionist measures such as the bill.
While Senator Kelen Ontbad clearly anticipated a trailing performance, coming last among the established contenders will be a blow. Yet it may be that being knocked into fourth place is a bigger humiliation for career politician, administrator and FIO Head Mentas Blaque.
Governor Celes Aguard's campaign was clearly given a notable boost by the endorsement of Mannar politician Wayaki Kayara, but her long record on frontier security, emphasis on unity of the Federation across all regions, and her status as a capable governor of a major Gallente system were critical. With the Gallente Federation continuing to deal with the aftermath of the February Election Attacks, the ongoing threat of the Triglavian invasions, and the instability of the miltia warzones, Governor Aguard's third run evidently captured the moment for many people.
President-elect Celes Aguard will be inaugurated as President of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime on Friday May 15th.
The Scope Election HQ Team: Lina Ambre, The Scope; Ret Gloriaxx, The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx; Kavash Timuryi, Leremblopes Sentinel; Oskar Illutain, Villore Guardian; Sashara Qistan, Luminaire Star Herald
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Luminaire, Essence – Trillions have been voting throughout the Gallente Federation, following the opening of Federal Presidential and Senate Election polls across all districts at 00:00 8th May New Eden time. Outgoing President Jacus Roden has ordered the highest level of civilian and military security at vital infrastructure across New Eden, vowing that there will be "no repeat of the February Election Attacks."
While all eyes are on the race for the Presidency of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime, a fifth of the 903 Federal Senate seats are up for election in this year's cycle, with 181 sub-districts also voting for their Senate representatives. Early indications are that voting participation numbers are very high, with Federal elections and communications authorities reporting high usage of secure voting channels in all sub-districts.
Following latest pre-election polling, The Scope's Election HQ team has assessed the race for the Presidency as a contest between two strong runners: Mies Governor Celes Aguard and former Arcurio Mayor Shaileen Ramnev. Senator Suvio Bellaron of Intaki may still have a path to victory but his chances are hurt by weakness outside the Placid and Essence regions. Ramnev's reconciliation message has resonated with many voters but the popularity of Aguard's "unity, security, diversity" message has proved enduring. Aguard's pledge to link Solitude directly to the main Federation gate network has particularly energized voters in that region.
Mentas Blaque, former Senate Head and Chief of the Federal Intelligence Office, has performed relatively poorly in polling despite his aggressive attempts to project himself as the face of Gallente "prosperity with security." Our analysis team suggest much of his appeal has been undercut by the strong security record of Governor Aguard and the insurgent campaign of Federal Defense Union General Julianus Soter. While the latter is trailing among the most prominent candidates, voters inclined to back hawkish views have been split across three campaigns with Blaque's spotted record as FIO head hurting him.
Senator Kelen Ontbad of Colelie has seen his presidential hopes collapse as polls over the last month have indicated clearly his appeal amongst dovish and reconciliation-minded voters has drained away in favor of Shaileen Ramnev's campaign. Ramnev's campaign has been boosted significantly by a number of endorsements from senators of the Labor-Populist Alliance and other key figures in the "Doves" bloc. Analysts speculate that aggressive anti-reconciliation campaigning against Ramnev served mainly to highlight her as the leading champion of such positions.
Political and Ethnic Attitudes
The role of political parties and ethnic groups has been felt keenly in the Senate races but has also had significant influence over the Presidential campaign. Suvio Bellaron has strong support among backers of the Federalist-Liberal Party, but equally is opposed by many among the Jin-Mei and Mannar communities for his central-interventionist views. Observers have also noted that Mannar voters have swung decisively behind Governor Celes Aguard since fellow candidate and Mannar Councillor Wayaki Kayara ended his campaign in favor of the governor's. Kelen Ontbad's hopes were perhaps most heavily hit by the defection of many among the Matari diaspora to the cause of Shaileen Ramnev.
The issue of Senator Bellaron's capital punishment abolition bill, passed by the Senate and awaiting approval or veto by the next president, has also been polarizing across political party and ethnic lines. Both the New Sociocrats, largely backing Mentas Blaque, and the Progressive Union, strong supporters of Celes Aguard, have outright condemned the bill and called for it to be vetoed by the next president. The Jin-Mei bloc continues to rail against the measure, while the Intaki diaspora strongly supports it.
Gallente supporters of the Labor-Populists and Federalist-Liberals have tended to back a ban on capital punishment. Analysts believe the Soter campaign's backing for a capital punishment ban, despite his overall hawkish positions, has reduced further his somewhat limited appeal outside Gallente and Intaki communities.
Weekend Polling Ends Sunday
For his part, two-term President Jacus Roden has stayed above the political fray, notably declining to endorse former political ally Mentas Blaque, and has indicated he intends to be a "neutral guarantor of the peaceful transfer of government according to the democratic will of the peoples of the Federated Union". The election weekend polling will end at midnight New Eden time on Sunday, with final results expected to be declared late on Monday. The inauguration of the next President of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime is scheduled for Friday 15th May.
The Scope Election HQ Team: Lina Ambre, The Scope; Ret Gloriaxx, The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx; Oskar Illutain, Villore Guardian; Sashara Qistan, Luminaire Star Herald; Kavash Timuryi, Leremblompes Sentinel; and Olivera en Zakali, Placid GalNetNews
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Yulai, Genesis – Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir of CONCORD's AEGIS division formally announced the formation of the New Eden Common Defense Initiative (EDENCOM) in a press conference at DED headquarters in Yulai, today. The presser follows a wave of attacks by Triglavian Collective forces against EDENCOM production facilities involved in distributing materiel to capsuleers in conjunction with the Society of Conscious Thought's celebration of Capsuleer Day YC122.
Capsuleers have been urged by CONCORD to repel the Triglavian assault forces, and retrieve any technology and materiel taken from the previously hidden EDENCOM facilities. Marshal Valkanir expressed disappointment that "our counter-intelligence efforts have so far not prevailed against Triglavian subversion" but railed against "those who would support the Triglavians and their invasion of New Eden."
"While preparations for a change in defensive strategy have been advanced for some time, it is clear to the CONCORD Inner Circle and core empires that now is the time to formalize a dedicated common defense pact across the cluster. The New Eden Common Defense Initiative is that pact and my own AEGIS division will operate as the central co-ordinating organization within EDENCOM. The focus of EDENCOM will be on accelerating the fortification of New Eden's star systems, supporting the member states of CONCORD in their defense efforts, and working as closely as possible with capsuleers loyal to the cause of our common civilization."
Present at the briefing alongside Marshal Valkanir were Inner Circle President Seri Okonaya and DED Star Marshal Kjersidur Elladall. While EDENCOM will take the lead in the new strategy of defense in depth and accelerated fortification, Marshal Elladall's DED forces will continue to engage in counter-Triglavian operations together with their many other duties in New Eden.
However, it is understood that the Inner Circle's empire delegates had insisted on the establishment of a dedicated command organization more closely aligned with the interests of the core empires. The Amarr Empire and Gallente Federation had taken a particular lead in promoting this change as their expansive territories have borne the brunt of Triglavian invasion efforts. President Jacus Roden and Empress Catiz I have personally co-ordinated on this matter, with their respective allies and satellite states falling in line with the new plan.
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DED and AEGIS forces have confirmed that Triglavian forces continue to carry out extensive experimental operations on planetary surfaces across New Eden. Over the past month, systems across New Eden have seen populations seized and transferred to various environments. Triglavian experimental environments in Fliet, Dakba, Notoras, Oppold and Palmon have been assaulted and populations recovered by AEGIS forces, in some cases allegedly working with Arkombine mercenaries in the pay of the Upwell Consortium.
Even today, Triglavian scout forces have been sighted in Geztic, Gultratren, Nani, and Passari following a pattern indicative of support for Triglavian surface operations. Reports of collaboration and subversive support for the Triglavian Collective are also on the rise across New Eden, with analysts speculating that Triglavian memetic propaganda is responsible for a number of recent incidents.
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Saisio, The Forge – This afternoon, a seemingly undamaged Raven-class battleship bearing the Lai Dai logo emerged from a wormhole in Saisio near the Sukuuvestaa Corporation station in orbit of Moon 20, Saisio VIII. According to sources aboard the Sukuuvestaa HQ, station security personally led by Kauliken Uusazoken took the derelict ship into custody and towed it to the station after it failed to respond to repeated communication attempts. Reports indicate that the ship appeared to be adrift without power.
Lai Dai CEO Alakoni Ishanoy released a statement calling for SuVee to return the battleship and any crew to Lai Dai's possession. "If witness reports are accurate, the Raven matches the description of LDSS Airkio's Promise, flagship of our wormhole expedition which went missing nearly a decade ago. A single Raven retrofitted to function as a laboratory hardly constitutes a threat, even to the Peace and Order Unit." Among the missing were nearly six thousand employees on the research vessel and its escorts.
While SuVee has declined to release details about the ship or potential presence of crew, they did release a brief statement reading in part, "As the vessel in question qualifies as salvage under applicable State law, Sukuuvestaa Corporation will retain custody of the vessel and maintain a primary interest in its disposition."
In a move emphasizing ongoing political realignments in the State, Kaalakiota Corporation, nominally Lai Dai's fellow "Patriot Bloc" member, quickly released a statement in support of SuVee's position. The move by KK suggests Lai Dai would have no easy time of it should they choose to escalate the dispute to the Caldari Business Tribunal or Chief Executive Panel.
Additionally, the current summit meeting of the CEP is considering the critical issues of megacorporation territorial concessions, corporate security force jurisdiction, and the current status of Inner Circle negotiations on the Emergency War Powers Act YC110. In this context, Lai Dai making too much of a relatively minor salvage suit would risk losing face before the other megacorps.
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Luminaire, Essence – The Gallente Federal Elections Commission has set the date of the new Presidential and Senate elections for the weekend starting 8th May this year. Results will be declared the following Monday and President Jacus Roden has declared his intention to transfer power at a presidential inauguration on 15th May.
While holding the re-scheduled election of a new Federation President and the fifth of the Senate up for election this year has been a priority for the Roden administration, there have been delays in the drive for "normalization". Reports of erratic network connections have flared up again in outlying regions and districts of the Federation. In addition, several members of the Federal Elections Commission were in attendance at the Festival of Chareté hosted by Ensî Beatrice Batteuse in Central Garoun on 28th March.
Some Gallente media have lambasted Federal Elections Commissioners for putting a "Royalist Drinking and Sex Festival" above the request from President Roden to set a date by 28th March. Other outlets have sided with the Commissioners and Ensî Beatrice Batteuse for observing the traditions of the Garouni fertility and abundance rites despite all. The Scope's Ret Gloriaxx was in attendance at the festival but we take no particular editorial line on the matter.
In closely related news, President Roden has appointed his predecesor, President Souro Foiritan, as head of the Federal Investigative Commission into the attacks on the federal elections and communication networks. President Foiritan has been charged with assembling an "independent and determined body of investigators and assessors" as swiftly as possible.
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The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings an exclusive account of a Triglavian mystery in Sinq Laison, news of political strife in the Republic, and our usual summary of other news from around New Eden.
Exclusive: Authorities Mystified as Population of Esmes III Town Discovered in Triglavian "Environmental Facility" on Goinard II
Goinard, Sinq Laison – The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx can exclusively reveal that the population of the town of New Concept on Esmes III are alive and apparently reasonably well. After detecting strange signals emanating from the storm world of Goinard II, CONCORD's AEGIS division discovered a bizarre environment maintained on the rocky surface of that inhospitable planet. Within the heavily protected environment were the population of New Concept colony, so recently believed to have been reduced to their constituent molecules by a Triglavian raid on 8th March.
While intrepid reporter Ret Gloriaxx, of the Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx, was unable to gain access to the strange environment or interview the fortunate survivors of New Concept, it was possible to secure an exclusive interview with AEGIS Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir. It should be noted that this interview was only granted after Marshal Valkanir had assured herself that the situation in Goinard system was secure, following unusual Triglavian activity in space and on the surface of Goinard II.
"I am afraid that operational secrecy requirements mean that I cannot reveal too much to you, Sieur Gloriaxx, but I can say that all inhabitants of New Concept, Esmes III, that are in the records available to us were found in the Triglavian facility on the surface of Goinard II. The nature of that facility? Clearly some form of experimental environment. The structure itself was considerably hardened against the storms of Goinard II and guarded by Triglavian combat drones. More than that I cannot say at this time. Our operation to secure the facility and the inhabitants of New Concept was a complete success. They are now safe in AEGIS custody."
"Motivations of the Triglavians? It's not my role to speculate, Sieur Gloriaxx. I'm a soldier charged with organizing major elements of the defense of New Eden. Our forces responded to a threat and by good grace were able to save lives thought lost. Are they all completely unharmed? I can't say that, I'm afraid, and I'm unwilling to discuss individual cases. Suffice to say that Triglavian methods of intelligence gathering can be taxing to the subject. We've seen this sort of thing before, on a smaller scale. Yes, I'd say the Triglavians are adapting their approach as the invasion campaign continues. They remain a dire threat to New Eden. Thank you, Sieur Gloriaxx, that will have to be enough."
The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx wishes to note that a combined force of capsuleers cleared the Goinard system of a substantial Triglavian scouting force during the time AEGIS and CONCORD forces were apparently carrying out operations on Goinard II. Other sources available to investigative reporter Ret Gloriaxx have suggested that AEGIS has secured a number of similar facilities elsewhere in New Eden. The Scope has also been told that captured civilians and military are almost certainly being tested in various ways by the Triglavians. One source has claimed that Triglavians are "biologically adapting" some prisoners to various environments.
The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx will continue to pursue the truth and publish it for all citizens of New Eden!
Minmatar Tribal Council Passes New Internal Security Measures Amidst Heated Debate
Matar, Pator System – There were heated scenes at the Tribal Council, this morning, as proposals for a "Sanmatar's Circle for Security Co-ordination" were passed by the votes of the Brutor, Krusual, Starkmanir and Thukker Chiefs. Chief Acassa Midular of the Sebiestor Tribe vigorously opposed the measure, while the Nefantar and Vherokior Chiefs chose to abstain.
The debate on the controversial proposals was held in open session at the insistence of the Sebiestor and Vherokior Chiefs, under the rule that any two tribes of the Republic may call for and be granted an open council. Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor did not exercise his option to speak in the discussion and under the rules of the Tribal Councli he has no vote on decisions.
A particularly robust exchange of views was had between Sebiestor Chief Acassa Midular on one side, and Chiefs Tenerhaddi Dykon of the Krusual Tribe and Einnar Aeboul of the Thukker Tribe on the other. Chief Midular raised the issue of "vast financial and resource appropriations for mysterious purposes that my own forensic accountants have traced to the Krusual Covert Operators, Tronhadar Free Guard and Trust Partners."
Chief Dykon asserted that matter was "not remotely germane to the proposals before us and the raising of it demonstrates a reckless disregard for proper order that has come to be the hallmark of certain Sebiestor clans and their representatives." Chief Aeboul described the evidence brought up by Chief Midular as "barely worth the notice of the council," but added "I shall be sure to have an aide make a note to look into it further."
Starkmanir Chief Jeoran Setul brought the debate to a close, moving the proposals to a formal vote that passed by four to one, with two abstaining. The new Sanmatar's Circle for Security Co-ordination will have broad powers of investigation, evidence gathering, witness summons, arrest of suspects and appropriation of material vital to the security of the Tribal Republic.
The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx hopes and trusts these measures will be temporary and not overlong impinge on the liberties of the Minmatar people!
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Yulai, Genesis – CONCORD's Inner Circle Summit on the militia warzones crisis has made a diplomatic breakthrough on the rules for strategic operations and system control as laid out in the Emergency Militia War Powers Act YC110 (EMWPA). The so-called "YC122 Revision 1" to the EMWPA will also provide a framework for future revisions dealing with the status of orbital bodies in militia warzone systems.
CONCORD's executive and directive council, made up of Empire Delegates and CONCORD's Presidium, the Inner Circle has been deadlocked for months over the breakdown in norms and conventions concerning the conduct of warfare and administration of occupations in the two militia warzones that straddle the Amarr-Minmatar and Caldari-Gallente borders, respectively. While high-intensity talks continue on the status of planetary and other orbital bodies, the newly-agreed EMWPA YC122 Revision 1 measures are coming into force across the warzones by Inner Circle directive.
In a major concession to the Amarr Empire's delegate, Captain Marshal Sirdan xer Qosh, the influence of special interests groups and agents operating from militia stations will be heavily curtailed. The Minmatar Republic's Keitan Yun was for his part keen to see that "outside parties be properly designated as valid combat targets when intruding on militia operations." It is believed that the Federation's Devan Malate continues to back the Republic's position. The State's Alakoni Ishanoya was apparently in support of all these measures while promoting revisions aimed at enhancing the role of battleships and other heavy vessels produced by Caldari megacorporations.
Diplomatic sources have indicated that the breakthrough is in large part due to the intervention of the Society of Conscious Thought's Elder Mentor Matshi Raish. Considerable pressure on forging a solution has also been brought to bear by Federation President Jacus Roden and the Chief Executive Panel of the Caldari State. CONCORD's Presidium, together with the DED and AEGIS, has additionally been highly concerned that escalating warfare between the empires could render New Eden highly vulnerable to Triglavian invasions, Drifter subversion efforts or the depredations of Sansha's Nation and the Blood Raider Covenant.
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President Jacus Roden Sets March 28th Date for "Normalization of Gallente Federation Politics and Society"
Luminaire, Essence – Responding to growing public and political pressure, President Jacus Roden has announced that he intends all branches of the Federal Administration to work towards "the normalization of Gallente Federation politics and society by March 28th." The President outlined his instruction that staged easing of the Federal State of Emergency should complete on the specified date, as well as his request to the Federal Elections Commission to be in a position to announce on that day the date of the Federal Presidential and Senate Elections.
The Federal Senate has been requested by President Roden to prepare proposals for the establishment of an Independent Commission of Investigation into the Election Attacks. The Federal Security Council has been directed to reduce all restrictive measures to the necessary minimum and terminate them entirely on March 28th. The Federal Intelligence Office has been tasked to work on evidence-gathering at the express direction of the Senate Security Intelligence Committee.
While protests against emergency provisions that are increasingly seen as unnecessary have continued, a number of civil society organizations have expressed satisfaction at the President's commitment to normalize Federation political and social freedoms by the end of the month. Planetary authorities across the Gallente Federation are calling on protestors to cease actions such as blockades and occupations, while congratulating their citizens for reasserting their freedoms.
Inner Circle Recalls All Empire Delegates to Yulai for Renewed Negotiations as Conflict Monitors Warn of "Catastrophic Scenario" on Floseswin IV
Yulai, Genesis – The CONCORD Inner Circle has urgently recalled all Empire Delegates to Yulai for renewed negotiations over the crisis over the administration of militia warzones. CONCORD conflict monitor warnings of a potentially "catastropic scenario" unfolding on Floseswin IV have put new urgency into the call for resumption of negotiations.
The Inner Circle's CONCORD delegates aim at steering the "Big 4" empires towards a new settlement reconciling the Yulai Accords and Convention with the Emergency Militia War Powers Act of YC110. The previous rounds of negotiation have always foundered on deep disagreements between the Amarr Empire and the united front of the Gallente Federation and Minmatar Republic as to the legal status and scope of Federation/Republic trade sanctions against the Empire. The Caldari State has generally adopted a flexible attitude but has maintained its support for the basic Amarr argument that any renegotiation of the Yulai Accords and Convention should include the sanctions issue.
A series of planetary conflicts involving apparent acts of aggression by each of the "Big 4" over the last year or so have highlighted the unworkability of the confused legal situation going forward. While the Caldari State and Gallente Federation have variously drawn back from the relatively minor incursions perpetrated by forces loyal to their empires, the conflict between the Amarr Empire and Minmatar Republic has erupted from bitter border fighting to a situation perilously close to open war beyond the militia conflict zones. In particular, the fighting since the House Sarum invasion of Floseswin IV has brought the sides to the brink of mutual annihilation on the planetary surface.
The Inner Circle will embark on a high-intensity summit meeting in a last ditch effort to hammer out a compromise over the next few days.
Cardinal Duke Alar Chakaid Openly Threatens to "Unleash Ninety-Three Thousand Black Daggers Across Rebel Provinces" in Campaign of Terror
Floseswin, Metropolis – The notorious Khanid warlord and religious leader Cardinal Duke Alar Chakaid has broadcast messages across Floseswin IV threatening a campaign of terror across the Minmatar Republic. In the broadcasts, Chakaid promises to "unleash ninety-three thousand Black Daggers across the Rebel Provinces where they shall surely seek the dark hearts of the Minmatar blood beasts." The references to "Black Daggers" and "Rebel Provinces" denote Amarr ceremonial weapons and the Minmatar Republic respectively. Students of Amarr sacred mythology suggest the number ninety-three thousand to have some special significance within Khanid cult practices, though this is unclear.
Chakaid's broadcasts from his base in the occupied city of Jolan Kraal have been a notable element of Amarr propaganda on Floseswin IV since his arrival on the planet. The Chakaid propaganda is particularly detested by Minmatar fighters for its religious and ecstatic nature. The Cardinal Duke's unwavering habit of opening and closing his broadcasts with devotional chants and ululations of exhortation is reportedly also disliked by several Amarr field commanders.
On condition of anonymity, one source at the Amarr Imperial Court spoke to the Scope about this extraordinary development: "While many nobles consider the Cardinal Duke of Fabai 'out of control', as the direct vassal of King Khanid and a Theology Council Cardinal, Chakaid is undoubtedly considered one of the most dangerous men in the Amarr Empire. Even so, many are asking themselves how he can keep getting away with his outrages. It is whispered that Privy Council measures have been taken to limit his scope but, in the context of what is increasingly seen as a holy war, this latest action does no more than skirt the limits of the law."
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Protests Outside New Riennes FIO Building Flare into Violence as State of Emergency Comes Under Continuing Fire
New Riennes, Mies IV – A seventh day of protests outside the New Riennes FIO Building turned violent this morning, with several injured as growing crowds reacted to the attempts of FIO security guards to clear a path for a vehicle convoy.
Chaotic scenes ensued outside New Riennes FIO as a crowd of several thousand surged around the front and sides of the building, blocking the path of road vehicles. The FIO's uniformed security guards attempted to clear the crowds from a side entrance as an incoming convoy approached but tempers flared into a series of running battles between protestors, security guards and New Riennes city police. A number of people were hospitalized but no serious injuries have been reported.
The latest incident comes as political and civil pressure builds up for President Jacus Roden to end the Federal State of Emergency and establish an independent commission of investigation into the election terror attacks.
Lord Arrach Sarum Declares Floseswin IV "Land of Devotion or Damnation"; Escalates Planetary Conflict to Total War
Sarum Prime, Domain – Royal Heir Arrach Sarum has issued a declaration in religious terms that amounts to a formal escalation of the Floseswin IV conflict to a state of total war.
"As Royal Heir and Sword Marshal of House Sarum, I declare that Floseswin IV is a land of blazing devotion and blackest damnation, where only martyrs or apostates can possibly remain. The Holy Light of Amarr spread itself over that world, in generosity and charity, and even still apostasy reared its head. Floseswin IV is a world now where only holy swords and divine flames can answer the evil shadows lingering there. Martyrdom in this blessed struggle brings life eternal and glorious to the faithful. Persistence in sin and blasphemy shall bring only the final death."
The Scope's correspondents in the Amarr Empire and at the CONCORD Assembly in Yulai understand that the speech amounts to designating the entire planet of Floseswin IV a warzone in which all present are formally considered combatants under Amarr laws of war. While such a declaration would previously have been the exclusive preserve of the Imperial Throne, the ancient office of Sword Marshal, now revived by Empress Catiz I, retains the religious privilege to make such rulings.
Valklear General Kanth Filmir, commanding Minmatar forces on Floseswin IV, expressed contempt for Lord Sarum's declaration. "This has always been a total war for us. It was a total war the day the cursed Amarr arrived in Pator. It will be a total war until the day the last brother or sister is returned to us. Everything else the slavers say is their usual brand of hypocrisy and self-deception in service of vast evil. Needless to say, the liberation of Floseswin IV continues."
Matar Planetary Security and Republic Security Services Back Tribal Proposals for "Sanmatar's Circle for Security Co-ordination"
Matar, Pator System – Proposals for a "Sanmatar's Circle for Security Co-ordination", laid before the Tribal Council by the Brutor, Krusual and Starkmanir Tribal Chiefs yesterday, have received the backing of Khumatar Allek Berialsh of Matar Planetary Security and Chief Director Kril Efrit of Republic Security Services. In a joint statement, Khumatar Berialsh and Chief Director Efrit lauded "these commendable proposals by the chiefs of several of our great tribes and we feel sure the other chiefs will recognise the sagacity of the idea, joining all the Seven Tribes in pursuit of public safety and tribal security."
Recent developments in the militia conflict in Metropolis region, increased Angel Cartel activity and "violent outback guerilla campaigns against Matari security forces" have reportedly cemented thinking in Republic security circles along hardline proposals evocative of "Rebellion Era necessities." Tensions between a number of tribes with counter-posed views on Minmatar security and survival have been rising since the Mikramurka Coast attacks by the Blood Raider Covenant.
So far, comment on the new proposals has not been forthcoming from the chiefs of the Nefantar, Sebiestor, Thukker or Vherokior Tribes.
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