In the Gallente Federation, Intaki Senator Suvio Bellaron proposed a ban on public executions following the Eturrer execution. Senator Bellaron condemned the execution as “a shameful and barbaric spectacle” when introducing his bill. Others criticized Bellaron and noted the scale of Eturrer’s treason. The bill was effectively killed through procedural devices. …
111.03.10 – The Seyllin Disaster and Emergence of unstable wormholes
Evidence of Wider Events
Late in the morning by standard time, more evidence of the wider and more profound nature of the events of the day came to light as an Intaki Syndicate Bureau station orbiting at 16AUs from the sun of the 35-RK9 system was struck by a radiological pulse. This was the third confirmed solar event of the type to occur that morning. Fortunately, the considerable distance of the station from the sun appeared to result in the pulse hitting the station much less strongly and the shields were reported to have held, despite many electrical and electronic systems being knocked out. As this news was being digested, the Scope broke a story that CONCORD probes investigating the Seyllin sun had disappeared and had apparently been destroyed on approach to the star. The DED was reported as having detained the journalist breaking the story and CONCORD itself refused to discuss the story or confirm the detention of the reporter.
The Fall of Intaki
The ongoing war between the Caldari State and the Gallente Federation in the Black Rise region and surrounding areas continued despite the tragedy of Seyllin. The Caldari State Protectorate militia had made advances in the Placid region and soon threatened to occupy the Intaki system. The Federal Navy called on the Gallente Federal Defence Union militia to make incursions into the Inolari constellation in Black Rise as part of “Operation Justice’s Reach”, an apparent effort to recover military equipment suspected to have been stolen by Caldari forces in a raid on shipping in Caslemon. The Caldari Navy dismissed this campaign as a “smokescreen” and indeed neither FDU nor State Protectorate forces seemed inclined to take much note of the call, preferring to concentrate on the offensive underway in Placid.
Whether due to the Federation Navy’s lack of focus, the FDU’s disorganization or the State Protectorate’s single-minded efforts, the Intaki system duly fell under Caldari occupation. With a major Federation race’s home system now under the control of the Caldari State, a significant blow had been dealt to the Gallente. The occupation of the system by Caldari forces led to much disruption on Intaki Prime, with outbreaks of violence reported on the planet as pro-Federation, pro-State and Intaki secessionist demonstrators took to the streets. The ensuing clashes led to over a dozen deaths and hundreds injured. While Intaki Prime remained under the control of its planetary government, considerable confusion as to the intentions of the Caldari manifested itself in concerns that a blockade, extended siege or even a full-scale invasion might take place. The Intaki government made appeals for calm and the well-respected Sadereron Idama, an Intaki spiritual leader, urged Intaki citizens to keep to their homes.
While a major Federation system fell under Caldari occupation, the Federal Intelligence Office internal security and counter-espionage division known as the “Black Eagles“ raided the offices of the Renyn Relief charity, based in the Essence region system of Renyn. With the raids taking in the charity’s offices in war-torn Placid and the charity having been founded by a Caldari prospector, Gaido Noreitta, with links to Outer Ring Excavations, it seemed to some that the Federation’s internal security force was placing organizations run by expatriates under special scrutiny.
Caldari and Intaki
… The effects of the Caldari occupation of the Intaki system continued to be felt on Intaki Prime, as shortages of some high-end goods began to be experienced on the planet. Public concern at the occupation among the Intaki population was intensified by these shortages and the consequent breakdowns and maintenance delays seen in the communications and transportation infrastructure of the planet. While the planet was not experiencing the food and essentials shortages seen in Verge Vendor region, fear at the possible fate of the planet under Caldari occupation remained high. Many wondered if the grim tales of the occupation on Caldari Prime would be realized on Intaki Prime. Others suggested that the Caldari would be hard-pressed to invade another heavily-populated planet, with considerable planetary defense force presence, given the ongoing occupation of Caldari Prime.
Caldari Memorandum and Gallente Crisis
The turmoil in the Federation Senate was totally overshadowed by a leaked memorandum from the Caldari Providence Directorate to the Caldari corporations offering ‘development and exploration rights’ in Federation systems occupied by the Caldari for auction to the highest bidders. The memorandum was dated mid-July and the hitherto secret auction was to end on 111.08.21. The startling revelation that the Caldari State had gone so far as to begin selling development rights in the occupied systems caused a sharp drop on the Gallente stock market, with corporations located or heavily-invested in the occupied areas suffering very large losses of share price.
If the Gallente markets reacted adversely to new of the rights auction, the Federation government, and President Souro Foiritan in particular, reacted forcefully by issuing an executive mandate nationalizing Gallente arms manufacturers under the Hueromont Act, a measure dating from the First Gallente-Caldari War and not invoked since. This caused immediate outrage in the Senate with the act decried as an ‘impeachable offense’, and Senators convening an emergency session to respond to the decree. With the Hueromont Act giving the President powers to by-pass the Senate and directly control the armaments industry of the Federation regardless of corporate law, it had always been regarded as an emergency measure to be used in extraordinary circumstances. Its invocation therefore suggested that the Federation itself was in a state of emergency.
Meanwhile, on Intaki Prime the already deeply concerned citizenry were thrown into a state of panic at news of the Provist memorandum. Intaki police and planetary defense troops were deployed in large numbers to keep the peace and prevent new eruptions of rioting between pro-Federation and pro-State protestors. The Intaki Assembly went so far as to promise to make any ‘transition as smooth as possible’, a declaration that appeared to represent a total surrender to the Caldari occupation and resignation to the prospect of Intaki being sold to the highest bidder. The status and possible fate of the many Federation troops stationed on the planet was perhaps the most worrying issue, with some noting the heavy bombardment of Federation military bases that had taken place on Caldari Prime. …
The Fall of Souro Foiritan
The swift collapse of the Foiritan administration’s nationalization policy, and the impending impeachment hearings, evidently crystallized the issue of his authority as Federation President for Souro Foiritan. Within two days it was being widely reported that he was to resign and call for fresh elections. Sure enough, President Foiritan addressed the Gallente Federation and formally announced his resignation. Calling for elections to be held in November, Foiritan’s statement included an admission that his decision to invoke the Hueromont Act was ‘wrong’ but taken by him in good faith as a response to the situation in the Caldari-occupied systems. He had retracted the order and would continue to operate the government at full capacity until the newly-elected president took office.
Observers took the view that the failure of the Federation Navy and FDU to oppose the Caldari offensive, combined with the earlier betrayals of Admiral Alexander Noir and Grand Admiral Anvent Eturrer, would mark the Foiritain presidency as one in which the Gallente armed forces declined and even lost overall control of the security of the Federation. For his part, Jacus Roden declared his candidacy for the presidency within days of Foiritan’s resignation announcement. The reclusive capsuleer industrialist, founder of Roden Shipyards and leader of the corporate rebellion against the Hueromont Act, ranked as one of the richest individuals in the Federation and his role in Foiritan’s fall seemed likely to stand him in good stead on the campaign trail.
The Fate of Intaki Prime
The tensions on Intaki Prime were graphically illustrated when a farming community on the planet became embroiled in an armed confrontation with Intaki police forces. Concerned at rumors that the Provist auction memorandum indicated that their lands would be seized and sold off to Caldari megacorps, the Intaki farmers had acquired large numbers of weapons and explosives and sealed off their town, intending to ‘stand against the invasion’. Intaki police forces were called out to deal with the situation and relieve the farmers of their weapons, many of which seemed to be illegal or stolen.
As the stand-off teetered perilously on the brink of violence, news emerged that the Intaki system development rights being auctioned by the Caldari Providence Directorate had been acquired by Ishukone Corporation. Unusually, it was reported that Intaki was the only occupied system for which Ishukone had acquired such rights. Whether this news had any impact on the farmers or not is unclear but within hours the stand-off had ended peacefully with the weapons given up but their homes and farmland remaining in their possession for the time being.
By the end of the month, the Caldari Providence Directorate had released the official list of systems in the auction and the corporations winning the development rights in each system. The sheer wealth and reach of the Big Eight megacorporations drove even relatively wealthy sub-megacorp entities, such as Ytiri, out of the running and all of the Big Eight had at least one successful bid. The powerful Sukuuvestaa Corporation claimed fourteen systems in the auction while it was confirmed that Ishukone had indeed bid for and acquired rights only in the Intaki system. The long-term consequences of the development rights auction remained unclear, but the involved corporations were noted to already be moving assets into place to commence exploitation of their new acquisitions.
Gallente Election Gears Up
The Gallente Federation’s presidential campaign overshadowed all other news in the sprawling interstellar democracy and a new candidate emerged in mid-November. Retired Federation Navy Rear Admiral Daren Fasio announced his candidacy for the Gallente presidency and quickly garnered the support of serving military personnel who held a pro-Fasio rally in their off-duty time. However, only days later, the Gallente Senate passed the highly-controversial ‘No Vote’ bill denying the right to vote in federal elections to citizens living in Federation territory occupied by a foreign power.
The ‘No Vote’ bill’s immediate effect was to disenfranchise all those Federation citizens living in Gallente systems occupied by the Caldari State, including the Intaki system. While that caused outrage, and played somewhat into the hands of Intaki secessionists and pro-Caldari elements, it was clear that the decision would stand and impact the presidential election. While presidential candidate Governor Celes Aguard drew record numbers to a holovisual debate she participated in, analysts seriously questioned whether she would be able to achieve the necessary votes to win with the occupied systems, a center of support for the Governor, denied the vote.
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