Las Vegas – Walking into any room where a significant number of capsuleers have gathered is always interesting. Typically, the room darkens slightly, no matter how brightly lit the area is as the color of attire is predominantly grey and black. The second noticeable fact is that they are often loud. Laughing, cheering and jeering drowns out most other sounds. I know it is a generalization, but it seems that they love to be heard, if not necessarily seen. On one particular occasion, upon entering a large room something different caught my eye. In the sea of darkness that sprawled out before me, a lone table was ringed with red. Much like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to find out who these pilots were.
Basgerin Pirate [BP]. Low-Security space pirates. Unlike pilots who travel between high-sec and null-sec, or the uncharted regions of wormhole space, these pilots have made a commitment to never live in high-security space again. While CONCORD does not police low security space, there are consequences to every action. As a pilots’ security status is lowered by criminal acts, their ability to spend any length of time in high security space is lost.
In speaking with Rezell, the CEO of Basgerin Pirate, this is a big deal to some pilots. In fact, it is one of the major reasons pilots leave the corporation, “Involuntary attrition encompasses those who cannot [will not] endure flying with a -5.0 or less security status, or those who develop sympathy for our victims.”
As opposed to declaring war where there are defined targets, pirate groups tend to prey on targets of opportunity. They are nomadic, and will camp various gates in many systems waiting for their prey. To put this in perspective: A victim who is outnumbered always screams “Blob”. A victim who loses a ship in a mission, or travelling with an industrial always cries foul, “Sure! You won’t fight me in my combat ship!” Survival says that you kill when and what you can, and know enough to steer clear when the terms of engagement are uncertain.
As Demeter Corinth, one of the BP leaders, explains, “Understanding that most pilots will run when faced with a fight or flight situation, we must be very ‘sure’ about a target before we engage.” He continues, “Certain that we can lock it down and that it is not bait for a much larger entity.”
BP is not a larger corporation by any means, with a member base of 25 or so pilots. What they lack in numbers, they make up for in quality of pilot, teamwork, and decision making. Patience, scouting, and knowing your targets all come into play to make a successful life.
Demeter Corinth also explains that the common myth is that fewer members means less income, when in actuality it allows for a better distribution of acquired wealth. “Low-sec income is a large turnoff during recruitment.” Adds Eto Tekai. Income for pirate groups tends to be feast or famine, and many who live in high-sec supplement their income by running missions for agents of the mega-corps, which can be very lucrative. This is not an option for those who choose a pirate’s life. ISK can sometimes be as elusive as trust in New Eden.
“I think we are the only [true] pirates in [New Eden].” Rezell claims. When I asked further about this, he explained, “All other crews we have met are all about blue [standings] with anyone who can take them.” BP takes the position that they will not make ‘alliances’ or ‘coalitions’ with any other groups, making them truly a solo pirate corporation. Corinth adds to this, “There are those who claim to be solo pirate corps, but they will blue as needed to prevent ship loss.” He further emphasizes, “Making friends with pirates is like making friends with a piranha. Sooner or later, it will turn around and bite you. It’s not pessimism, its pragmatism.”
Agree or not, BP has been successful. Halfway through March, they were sitting at over 150 kills against 6 losses. Most of these have been in Seyllin, Essence. This system is the site of the shattered Seyllin I planet, and draws a bit of traffic from its high security space entrance. “It’s all about taking our targets”, Rezell concludes, “we care nothing for ISK or [killboards] any more.”]]>
By ISD Caiden S’or and ISD Lunaire Elois
Seyllin, Essence – On this fourth anniversary of the catastrophe which befell Seyllin I, ending countless lives on the planet and heralding the advent of seemingly random-appearing wormholes in known-space, the Seyllin Conference wrapped up its 4th annual event last weekend.
Since the first conference was held, the goal has been to evaluate what has been learned and share this knowledge with the rest of New Eden. The conference was headed up by newcomer Jennifer Starfall of Repracor Industries [RPCIN]. Her appearance on the scene has helped to jumpstart the activity behind the conference to bring the event to fruition this year. With her was a long time contributor, Morwen Lagann of Tyrathlion Interstellar [TYRIN], member of the Rote Kapell alliance. Lagann was with the Synenose Accord during the first Seyllin Conference. This year’s event was well attended and was broken up into lectures and Q&A sessions over a two day period.
The conference opened with an overview of the possible origins of the Sleepers and more recent evidence of conflicts between what appears to be several ancient races. There was much speculation about the origins of these races and how they may have affected the development of New Eden. Theories abounded about their presence among us now, and the threats that they pose to our way of life. Reinheart Novan of Societas Imperialis Sceptri Coronaeque [SFRIM] delivered this lecture and fielded many question regarding the subject. He was followed by Saede Riordan of Alexylva Paradox [ALXVP], who gave an overview on the known mechanics of the wormholes themselves.
Day One wrapped up with a disturbing lecture about the creation of wormholes. Kithrus of Tzedakah [TZED] in Aegis Militia Alliance, explained that although [he believes] it is commonly accepted that wormholes are a randomly occurring phenomena, new theories speculate that wormholes are being intentionally created. Kithrus asserts that the tragedy which has brought some of the brightest minds in New Eden together to work through these issues was no accident at all. Could Seyllin I have merely been a victim of circumstance as some alien cynosural-like field ripped it apart? These questions and more are being constantly researched and deliberated upon by conference participants.
Day Two opened with a lecture that built upon the ideas presented the day before. In his lecture, Ninavask from The Synenose Accord [SYNE] presented an abundance of capsuleer evidence and theories from which much can be inferred, though little actually proven. He states “These theories make it clear that there has been some evidence, however limited, in the past that some unknown entities have been taking an interest in the Empires. Be it Capsuleers or otherwise.” This brings us to the latest threat to New Eden since the Sleepers; the Drifters.
Drifter battleship-class vessels have been entering known space, and are equipped with a new super-weapon which appears to be very powerful, some say on a par with a Doomsday device. By some accounts, a single volley from this weapon killed a Vindicator-class battleship. Frenjo Borkstar of Lost Valkyries [FLOST] touched on these Drifters in his lecture, while they were covered in more detail by a capsuleer from the School of Applied Knowledge, Lisa Ouyano. Ms. Ouyano gave some very helpful information that many should heed before approaching these Drifters. She highlights that little is known about what triggers their aggression. What is known, is that when they are located near a wormhole, proximity to that wormhole appears to be (in all cases so far) a trigger. Some have recorded the “magic number” out to 50km from the wormhole. However, approaching their ships outside of the wormhole zone do not necessarily cause aggression. She states, “Physical proximity to the Drifters themselves does not seem to be a trigger, I spent several nights bumping them back and forth.” She continues, “On the other hand, I got a Caracal within 50 km of one of their wormholes, and they aggressed.” Other theories were talked about regarding the appearance of the Drifters, speculation of their origin, and interaction between Sleepers, Drifters, and Sansha’s Nation. While many feel that they are somehow linked, it is not known how.
There is much that we do not know about these beings, but capsuleers have gained some knowledge and made many advances through investigation and exploitation of sites that have been found in wormholes. It seems that every time something new is learned, however, it leads to more questions. There are few cold, hard facts about the mysterious appearance of the Sleepers, and now Drifters. More is being discovered all the time due to the tireless efforts and diligence of those involved with this and many lesser known conferences and gatherings. For a more detailed look at the lectures and discussions covered, transcripts of the Seyllin Conference 4 are available.
Transcripts of Fourth Seyllin Conference]]>
Impass - In the outlying regions of 0.0 capsuleers make a hobby of obtaining and flying the most valuable or 'shiny' ships they can possibly find. Among the vast archives of possible targets these pirates search for, none is more shiny then the Revenant-class Supercarrier, designed by Sansha's Nation to lead major incursions into Empire space. Before now it is believed that only two Capsuleer-piloted Revenants have ever been destroyed, until the recent loss of Ingeneer’s Revenant in Impass.
Ingeneer, the capsuleer piloting the Revenant, had an associate positioned on a Wormhole leading to Thera as bait for the battle-hungry wormhole residents. When the would-be marauders arrived on the other side expecting a simple Archon and a support fleet at best, they received a face full of assigned Einherji's. Normally this would mean that more than one carrier was in system assigning to the Archon, but while reviewing the killboards for that day, members of Pandemic Legion noticed that there was a Revenant appearing on a number of kills in one system. Over the course of the next two months they began planning the destruction of this rarest of motherships.
While scanning out a chain of Wormhole systems, a Pandemic Legion scout discovered the system the Revenant had been in. A few PL scouts spread out around the system, where they discovered the Archon sitting off a wormhole, but could not pin down the Revenant until a scout positioned on top of one of the towers in system saw the Revenant decloak and enter warp. Expecting the Revenant to return, PL began to theorize exactly what they would need to destroy the Supercarrier before it escaped.
While the Fleet Commanders went to work discussing the tactics of the trap, the fleet members mobilized Heavy Interdiction Cruisers, Interdictors and even Titans.
"We were timing this down to the milliseconds." stated CaptainNighthawk, a capsuleer piloting a Ragnarok-class Titan. "We had titans ready, fit for max locking."
Approximately half an hour after the Revenant’s partner Archon arrived, the call went out that the Revenant had returned from deadspace and was in warp back to its position outside the tower. While the Revenant was still in warp, PL called for their Heavy Interdiction Cruisers to return from deadspace as well. Cynosural fields went up where the Revenant would land and the Titans began to appear in the system, Doomsdays already warming up.
It took a mere 2 doomsday weapons to destroy the Revenant, which was fit entirely for damage output with its tank still in the cargo.
penifSMASH, the coordinator of this operation says "It was a great team effort. Everyone did their part perfectly, and im glad i had fellow nerds who were willing to stay up through the night waiting for him to [wake up]." The members of Pandemic Legion and Sniggwaffe who took part in what they called "Operation Mondodweeb" will be the capsuleers known to have destroyed the third recorded capsuleer piloted Revenant in New Eden's history to date.
Ingeneer, the Revenant pilot, told the IC he had a few beers and moved on from the loss.
“Respect to Pandemic Legion,” he said, “Good job!”]]>
ISSERAS – The Scope has confirmed in the last hour that prominent Caldari neuropsychological scientist Hilen Tukoss has been stripped of his Zainou Biotech corporate citizenship by parent corporation Ishukone.
Famed for his high profile defection to Eifyr & Co in August YC113, Tukoss made further waves by announcing the formation of the Arek'Jaalan Project shortly after his arrival in the Minmatar Republic, with the goal of establishing a research committee that would study, document and archive data on wormhole space and Sleeper technology. Heavily critical of Zainou Biotech’s focus on ‘applied science’, Tukoss was warmly welcomed into the Eram offices of Eifyr & Co, with many in the State calling for sanctions against the Matari corporation for harboring a fugitive.
While Ishukone and Zainou Biotech resisted demands from the former provist government to strip his citizenship and brand Tukoss an outlaw for a number of years, it seems that his sudden disappearance, then apparent resurfacing on the Intergalactic Summit over three years later has proved to be a cause for concern for both Zainou Biotech and its parent. The move to strip his corporate citizenship effectively makes Tukoss a “citizen of nowhere”, with no valid form of official identification and no official human rights.
Despite the publication of stories across both State and Republic media outlets, the Ishukone Corporation and Zainou Boitech have declined to comment further on the situation, with Eifyr & Co still maintaining that they have had no form of contact with Tukoss since his sudden disappearance several years ago.]]>
Lead by Head Senator Andon Gardieu and observed by the entire Senate, along with Broyal Alserette, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, President Roden re-affirmed his commitment to the office of President with the traditional Oath of Affirmation which was broadcast to an estimated 9 trillion across the Federation.
Flanked by Mentas Blaque, Director of the Black Eagles and Gilles Ranchel, head of the Senate Domestic Security Council, President Roden repeated Senator Gardieu’s words with his right hand placed on the Senate’s leather bound copy of the Federal Constitution to complete the ceremony, as she read the Oath of Affirmation to him:
“I, Jacus Roden, do solemnly swear before the Federal Senate and Federal Supreme Court, that I will faithfully and honorably execute the office of President of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime, and will, to the best of my ability, ensure that my actions in office protect, preserve and defend the values and principles of the people, as laid out in the Constitution of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime.”
Immediately after the ceremony, President Roden spoke with press to offer his thanks to the Gallente people for their support, before being quizzed on his administration’s security policies following the appearance of unidentified vessels and structures within Federal borders, confirming that “the Federal Intelligence Office and Federation Navy are in the midst of a joint investigation, with information from Tripwire Command. Until we have further data, the Federation Navy will remain in a state of high alert.”]]>
The Scope has learned that security efforts aboard the station have been heightened due to recent events, with extra cordons in place and the denial of access by press to the Senate chamber until Thursday, while preparation for the ceremony is underway.
In addition to security forces this morning, a Megathron Federate issue bearing the seal of the President of the Gallente Federation and a Senate call sign was seen arriving unannounced under a combined Federation Navy and Directive Enforcement Department escort shortly after noon today, which would indicate that President Roden has arrived in Villore and will remain until after the ceremony on Thursday.
With preparation now in full swing for Thursday’s ceremony, the Roden administration has already come under criticism regarding Federal security after the uncloaking of unidentified structures within Federal borders, and several breaches of the Tripwire border control system by the vessels accompanying them.
It is expected that the Federation Navy will remain on high alert until the ceremony is concluded and President Roden is re-inaugurated for his second term.]]>
Wormhole space continues to offer riches and dangers to capsuleers new and old. It is not uncommon for squabbles over these lucrative pockets to break out, and one such fight seems to be brewing between Hard Knocks Inc. (HK) and No Holes Barred (NOHO).
Wormhole space, or w-space, as it is known to many is largely unknown to many capsuleers. However there are large numbers of pilots who flock to the uncharted systems in search of wealth and fortune. Within the secluded systems ruled by ship-affecting anamolies and strange and powerful inhabitants, brave pilots look to seek out and bring back the technology found in the 'Sleeper' wrecks and abandoned stations. Many Corporations and even Alliances have made these systems their homes, taking control of these systems through force. This control can make some systems safer and some more dangerous to pilots passing through as they look to explore or find the wealth that lies within these systems.
The conflict between Hard Knocks and No Holes Barred has been going on for quite some time, but aggression has stepped up recently when Hard Knocks created an alliance dedicated to utilizing high class wormhole space for the purpose of making ISK salvaging sleeper wreckage. The members of this alliance are all close associates of HK members, and it is claimed that no rents are charged. The presumed transgression happened as Hard Knocks decided that they would have a bit of fun when designing their Alliance and made it out to look like a mock-renter empire, something which is greatly frowned upon in wormhole space
No Holes Barred took notice of their operations and has begun reinforcing and destroying towers belonging to Hard Knocks Citizens. Noobman, Director of Operations for Hard Knocks has stated that this is all because NOHO believes that Hard Knocks Citizens is a 'renter empire' and is therefore causing wormhole space to become less combative amongst capsuleer inhabitants.
When asked if HK's mock renter empire mattered to NOH0, the Head Diplomat of No Holes Barred stated simply "Not at all". The diplomat continues, "NOHO has no real beef with HK though, we just like our C6 systems to be filled with more [combat oriented pilots]." This, however, has not stopped growing concerns from the side of Hard Knocks, who has already lost several systems of which were their main means of income According to Noobman, a coalition has begun to form against HK consisting of several capsuleer corporations which all reside within Class 6 Wormhole space. This coalition, according to Noobman includes; NOHO, Exit Strategy, Dropbears Anonymous, The Dark Space Initiative and, The Last Chancers.
While this conflict is ongoing, it would seem to be natural that these conflicts would arise where power-blocks collide. The unwary traveler could very easily find themselves in space where the Sleepers are the least of their worries.]]>
As well as briefly outlining the SOE's conclusions regarding W477-P and the cataclysmic destruction in Thera, the statement asserted 'the Sisters of EVE organization is co-operating closely with CONCORD, particularly in the light of the emergence of new and as yet poorly understood threats such as the so-called "Drifters" and the apparently Jove structures that have appeared across New Eden'. Requests for further clarification of the SOE statement's contents have been refused.]]>
In the last few days there have been surprise decloakings of unidentified structures throughout New Eden. Along with the uncloaking of these structures there has been a sudden appearance of wormholes in some systems, with sleeper structures near the Unidentified Wormhole. But more importantly, there have been sightings of a new hostile force known as “The Drifters”. This new force wields terrible power but is not undefeatable as several brave capsuleers and their crews have now proven.
The recent loss of a carrier to a Drifter battleship has been circulating Capsuleer channels with many worried that this could spell the destruction of many regions of New Eden where capital and supercapital ships cannot enter for defense.
On February 17th a fleet warped onto a Drifter battleship, engaged and successfully destroyed it by “putting a lot of ECM on the Drifter battleship before shooting it” in the words of one pilot. Capsuleer Freelancer117 pointed out his main reason for joining the fleet was that he “was afraid his normal business in empire space was about to be disrupted again. Like Sansha Kuvakai had a few years ago.”
According to several capsuleers involved, confirmation of the kill by CONCORD was never received, sparking rumors and talks of a conspiracy.
Dr. Frenjo Borkstar mentioned that in an earlier engagement, his peaceful hails were ignored. The only reply was an unprovoked attack; he barely escaped after 5 volleys from the Drifter while he was attempting to warp out. He escaped with only 35% structural integrity.
In a prepared statement, Dr. Borkstar provided some more information; “At first, we managed to reduce the vessel's 'double shield' layer to standard shielding, but then, we were greeted with a far superior weapon There is no official name known for this, but we have named it 'Lux Destructum', or 'The Destroying Light', it is comparable to a modernday Titan's Doomsday Device, albeit battleship sized. A Hyperion battleship was destroyed in one volley from this weapon.”
It is important to note that the destruction of this new foe required significant firepower and coordination, with many brave souls putting the lives of their ships crew on the line in an attempt to combat this new threat, putting down their distrust and in some cases hatred of each other.]]>
In the course of the last 24 hours, the fleets of New Eden's big four powers have been at varying states of alert and readiness. From the Caldari State, the Scope has received reports of megacorporation security fleets mobilizing across Caldari regions, with the Caldari Navy taking up positions along the borders with the Gallente Federation and Minmatar Republic. Within the Gallente Federation, movements of Federation Navy ships have been observed, and there have been several reports that the Federation Intelligence Office has launched large numbers of surveillance drones across Gallente territory at the express order of President Jacus Roden.
By contrast, levels of fleet activity within the Minmatar Republic are apparently low, with a noticeable increase in the state of readiness of Republic Fleet forces but little overt action. The Amarr Empire's response to the emergence of the so-called 'Drifters' and the uncloaking of so many large structures within their territory has been muted. Imperial Navy and House fleets have been patrolling the Empire in significant numbers since the accession to the throne of Empress Jamyl Sarum, and the main change observed yesterday was the launch of several squadrons of the Imperial Navy's 1st Throne Worlds Fleet.
The most prominent activity and engagement with the Drifters seen in the last 24 hours has involved independent capsuleers, who have quickly moved to investigate the newly visible structures and the mysterious vessels that have appeared in proximity to many of them. Capsuleer pilots have reported significant wormhole activity associated with the Drifter vessels and have pointed out a clear link to both the Sleepers and the Jove race. While pointing out these aspects of the Drifters, capsuleers have carried a variety of experiments to test the limits of these entities. One pilot, Katsu Kho, has even established that the Drifters will use deadly force against the low-energy Zephyr-class exploration ship. As Sleepers are well-known to ignore these ships the implications of this behavior are troubling.]]>
Speaking from DED Headquarters, Vesren urged the press to remain calm as she explained that the entirety of the DED’s active fleet have been “placed on high alert as a precautionary measure, designed to improve response times in the event of incidents relating to newly appeared entities across the cluster.”
Continuing with her address to the assembled interstellar press, she explained that “while the structures that appear to have uncloaked are of unknown construction and are on a scale never before seen, they appear to be benign in nature, and at this point pose no active threat.” She did however continue by stating that “the vessels accompanying these structures do appear to be heavily armed with weapons of unknown capability, and may respond aggressively if threatened or disturbed in any way.”
Initial reports suggest that capsuleers across the cluster have already begun attempting to establish contact with the newly appeared vessels. One report has even indicated that the mysterious new threats are fully capable of destroying capital ships piloted by capsuleers.]]>
The issue of the decoration comes after the 24th Imperial Crusade succeeded in the capture of all contested systems between the Empire and Republic, which occurred on December 15, YC116 when the last Tribal Liberation Force stronghold fell in the conflict zone.
Speaking from the Royal Shipyard aboard Imperial Navy Headquarters, where the keels of vessels destined to become “Imperial Issue” designated hulls are laid down and blessed by the Empress herself, Grand Admiral Sundara noted that the 24th Imperial Crusade had “led us forward in victory over those who deny our might” and that the decoration, titled the Righteous Cross, has been awarded “for completing the Reclaiming of the entirety of the contested interstellar territories between the Empire and Republic”.
Admiral Sundara continued by thanking the 24th Imperial Crusade for their “service to God and Empire under the CONCORD Emergency Militia War Powers Act”, before joining Pomik Haromi, Court Chamberlain for the Amarr Empire during a ceremony to bless and name the keel of an Abaddon-class Imperial Issue battleship that has been given the call sign TES Righteous Cross, as a tribute to the efforts of the 24th Imperial Crusade. The vessel is expected to be ready for service trials in 30 days.
Rumors continue to circulate among the media relating to the wellbeing of Empress Jamyl I, after her abstinence from public appearances since September YC116, with Chamberlain Haromi attending public events in her absence. The long delay in the issue of this decoration, along with its presentation by Grand Admiral Sundara rather than the head of state, as is traditional in the Empire, has left a number of media outlets speculating on the Empress’ whereabouts and wellbeing.]]>
Confirmation of the president’s successful bid for a second term came in the form of a public address from on board Senate Headquarters in orbit of the sixth moon of Villore Seven. The results of the election were announced by Head Senator Andon Gardieu, in a broadcast to trillions across the Federation from the traditional location on the steps of the Senate Chamber.
President Roden’s victory appears to have surprised a number of independent political polling groups, who had published results just days ago to show that popular opinion appeared to favor Remnev in most of the densely populated core region of Essence, including the core constellations of Crux, Arand, Patrie and Thoulde.
It would appear however, that President Roden’s platform of continued increases in funding for defense and security, along with further investment in strengthening of the Tripwire Border Protection Program have swayed opinion significantly in continued times of conflict with the State, and strained relations with the Republic since the death of Karin Midular in May YC115.
Analysis from voting demographics indicates that his views on further bolstering of Federal security, as well as preservation of culturally and historically important sites within the Federation tipped the voting balance in the border regions of Solitude, Placid and Sinq Laison, with many political analysts believing this to be the key to his victory.
Roden secured a solid 54.2% of all votes cast, down 4.5% on his previous victory over Governer Celes Aguard in the YC111 election. Roden’s victory was followed closely by his closest challenger, Shaileen Ramnev, who collected 39.7% of all votes cast. Third in the running for election was Federation-born Vherokior artis Kelen Ontbad, who secured 5.1% of votes cast, with the remaining votes dispersed among other candidates.
When contacted for comment by The Scope, Shaileen Ramnev appeared in good spirits, unphased by election defeat and smiling as she offered her congratulations to President Roden, commenting that “while my bid for presidency wasn’t successful this time around, I’ll continue to do my part for the people of the Federation, and make every day count. There’s always YC122.”
Meanwhile in Villore, President Roden lauded his fellow candidates, paying particular attention to Ramnev, commenting that “while Miss Ramnev may not have succeeded in her bid for the presidency this time around, it will be a pleasure to work with her going forward, and my admiration for her unfaltering dedication to the Gallente people remains as strong as ever.”
He concluded his statement by condemning the bomb blast at the political rally of Eliaron Idama yesterday evening, and wishing Eliarion’s partner Onara Shiikeru, who was injured in the incident, his thoughts and well wishes for a speedy recovery.]]>
The names of the three killed in the explosion have not been released but it is believed they include members of the Viriette Legion. The wounded have been transferred from the concourse to the station's medical center to receive emergency care. Known to be among the wounded is Onara Shiikeru, assistant to the Arcurio administration on Caldari Prime and candidate Eliarion’s partner. Ms Shiikeru remains in critical condition.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Brigadier Tsuni Aina commanding the Viriette Legion commented, “Based on our initial analysis of the bomb site, it seems likely that Councilman Idama was the intended target.” The Viriette Legion, an organization of retired Federal Marines of Intaki ethnicity, was hired by Eliaron Idama as security for the rally.
The Scope has learned that a Corporal Sotken was responsible for the discovery of the explosive device. According to colleagues within the Legion, Sotken disobeyed orders from her commander to retreat to a safe distance, instead returning to the stage to retrieve Ms Shiikeru who had fallen behind. One source within the Legion revealed that, “Corporal Sotken retrieved Ms Shiikeru, and shielded her with her body, probably preventing fatal injuries to the Councilman's partner.”
Councilman Eliaron has since made himself available to the attendees of the rally following the brief chaos, joining them in the tertiary shuttle bay. “This is not the first time I have been between the crosshairs, and should think that it will not be the last,” the Councilman said to the crowd he sat with. “But this is the first time others have been caught in those crosshairs and for that I am deeply sorry.”
Despite the protests of Viriette Legion, the Councilman chose to stay with the attendees until the lockdown on internal station transit systems was lifted, joining them in prayer and leading discussions about recent developments in the Federation.
Eliaron Idama has often spoken out against organized crime and in particular groups such as the Aenebra death cult, notorious as enforcers for Serpentis-affiliated crime gangs in the Placid region and beyond. While there has been no claim as to responsibility, the Scope believes that the possibility that elements within the Gallente underworld are behind this outrage must be pursued.]]>
The Scope has not yet established the source of this leak, and initial investigations have confirmed the absence of fingerprints, DNA or other traces on the packages. It seems clear that whoever is behind the leaks was careful to take precautions against being identified. The use of an anonymous courier service to deliver physical packages and avoid electronic channels further suggests extreme care to avoid being traced. While the Scope's investigation continues, it is likely the originator of the leak will not be identified.
In the wake of the leak, and the rush to publication by the more intrusive outlets that received the material, speculation among those who support Nova’s candidacy is that this must be an attempt by another candidate to discredit her. Nova supporters have declared their unadulterated loyalty. One supporter, a gentleman of obvious means and professional bearing who wished to remain anonymous told us, "I feel what was done to meet the needs of the entertainment industry does not affect her abilities as a politician." More forthright supporters have claimed the incident has only strengthened their support, suggesting that it portrays Nova as “more human, with the same flaws we all share”.
Some have pointed out these documents may be counterfeit. Nevertheless several financial backers of the Nova campaign have withdrawn their public support and funding. We sought contact with notable corporate backer Egonics Inc. and have confirmed they are no longer backing Serena Nova's run for the presidency. The official position from Egonics Inc. was that, “they do not support and would not wish to promote an atmosphere in which artists feel forced to undergo such procedures; moreover the concealment of this type of modification raises questions as to the integrity of the candidate”.
We have contacted Serena Nova’s campaign office but were given no further comment other than, “there will be a public response to this situation soon”. Coming so near to the close of voting these revelations have the potential to swing many potential votes away from Nova and to any of the other candidates.]]>
Wrapped in a jet black Vallou Greatcoat to fend off the biting cold and snow of Arcurio’s harsh winter, President Roden gave a candid retrospective of his presidency since his convincing victory in the YC111 elections, citing the need for unity among the people of the Federation and a sense of continuity.
In the statement, which came after the official opening of a new line of Arcurio’s AKTA rapid transit system, which will serve the south side of District 24, the president stressed the need for continued vigilance against “elements both foreign and domestic which seek to destabilize the Federal administration.”
Speaking regarding his current term, Roden agreed with questioning from a Scope media representative, indicating that he felt that the Federation was “under the threat of imminent further attack by provist elements within the Caldari State” when he took office in early YC112.
When asked regarding his choice to push through Executive Order 81042 in August YC111 prior to his election, he once again reaffirmed his decision, stating that “while I admire President Foiritan’s dedication to the people of the Federation and our values, along with his continued service to the Gallente people post-presidency, the situation the administration was faced with at the time required rapid and decisive action to counter the imminent threat of provist attacks against Federal territory.
The administration in power at the time was unable to make such decisions, and while it was the most difficult call of my political career to date, it was made with the best interests and safety of the Gallente people at the forefront of my mind. This will always be the case.”
When quizzed on the current economic state of the Federation, the president appeared confident in his response that “the Federal economy is in the most stable position it has been for almost a decade” and confirmed that “both the Secure Commerce Commission and the Bank Of Luminaire are in agreement that we will see solid economic growth in the next two quarters, perhaps 2.5 to 2.7 percent.”
Following up on his statement, Roden offered a rare quip, remarking that “should I be ousted over the course of the coming weeks, I’m sure the Federation’s next president will not have too much work on her hands with regards to our economic state. Perhaps she’ll be able to devote some of that spare time to dazzling us further with her wonderful authoring skills.”
With many of the media amused, but immediately relating this remark to presidential candidate and Arcurio resident Shaileen Ramnev, who at this time remains a close second in the election race according to most opinion polls, the president was then bombarded with questions regarding her campaign.
In response to questioning, Roden remarked that “all friendly jokes aside, while I admire Miss Ramnev’s desire to serve the Gallente people and her idealistic approach to Federal politics, I believe that from both an economic and military standpoint, what the Federation needs more than ever before is a sense of continuity and solidarity, in order to continue to grow and prosper over the coming years.
We must remember that the Federation is still very much at war, and still faces significant threat from the armed forces of the Caldari State. Lest we forget, that a little under two years ago the very ground we stand on in the heart of the Federation was under provist occupancy. Thankfully, direct action from the Federal Combined Armed Forces changed that situation, and we were able to curb the bloodshed for both the Gallente and Caldari people with swift and decisive intervention from our military.
The Federation must maintain a vigilant but grounded approach to this conflict, and we must not let any form of ideal we may have cloud our judgement or falter our stance on this matter.”
At the conclusion of the address, which lasted roughly thirty minutes, the president was photographed laying a wreath of Black Tsuubaaki flowers, native only to the Kaalakiota peaks, on the plinth of the Highlander monument before departing for Villore.]]>
“I heard a calling that has being growing in intensity since I had the great honor to be a part of this magnificent structure’s grand opening,” he declared. “In the years since my work was chosen as the centerpiece of this building, I have been inspired by the fundamentals that motivate a political life and encouraged by the support of my people. I will take our aspirations and make them real.”
A celebrated artist and philosopher whose topical works made him a spokesperson for one of the largest districts in Colelie, Ontbad’s unique perspective on events and the popularity of his work has led to a groundswell of support. Political analysts have been quick to point out that a significant part of Ontbad’s appeal has been his ability to speak unguardedly, and sometimes controversially, about political events.
“While polls have always remained positive despite reception to some of his more controversial works, and he has been a charismatic speaker on media networks, Ontbad may find it hard to censure his tendency to speak from the heart rather than the head,” states University of Caille sociologist and political analyst, Dercel Ambrotte. “He’s characteristic of the sort of political figure that has emerged in the past couple of years. Ontbad is someone who has not been stymied by political decorum and, unfortunately, this will influence voter assessment of his ultimate suitability.”
Ambrotte commented further that Kelen’s heritage has played a significant role in his campaign. Ontbad’s recent speeches in favor of integration and reconciliation with expatriate Matari, following tensions in the region, have gained him considerable favor and financial support from citizens within his district.
“Gallente citizens have appreciated Ontbad’s efforts to promote community relations with the Minmatar population, particularly in the aftermath of Karin Midular’s assassination and the Colelie Incident,” Ambrotte noted. However many commentators are not confident that this support will be as strong outside the Algintal constellation or the Minmatar community.
In the course of his holorally speech, Kelen Ontbad also drew attention to his campaigning, which began in an earnest, if rather unconventional manner shortly after the official announcement of the election timetable. “As you all know, I've already had success speaking with the wider Gallente community in the Vormwire virtual world,” Ontbad pointed out. “This is an entertainment I have already enjoyed a great deal personally as an artist. I have always wanted to capitalize on the ability to address citizens across all regions, using virtual entertainment’s palette of tools to lend ideas and concepts a clearer expression.”
The ability of Ontbad to influence an audience beyond the worlds of virtual entertainment and digital art remains unclear in the run up to close of voting at midnight on Thursday 29th.]]>
Speaking to the Scope, Ramnev said, "These elections are the perfect platform to bring the voice and needs of Caldari Prime’s people to a wider spectrum of attention. The empires turned our home into a theater for war and conflict, resulting in millions of casualties and incalculable damage to our world and society. We won't allow this anymore, and the cluster must heed our arguments and hear our voices."
Shaileen Ramnev, a Gallente citizen born on Caldari Prime, is notably of both Gallente and Caldari origins, and a former member of the Joint Resistance Movement on Caldari Prime during the Provist occupation. Prior to the occupation, she was Mayor of Arcurio, resigning from that office after the declaration of martial law by Provist forces. Ramnev subsequently escaped the city to join the resistance.
Ramnev is well known for her defense of the interests and rights of the general population of Caldari Prime over the will of the empires, taking a line of promoting peace among citizens of both the State and Federation. She is considered the main advocate for the early resistance movements switching their focus from mounting general counter-offensives to defending people from reprisals during the occupation period. This shift of emphasis evolved the early Gallente resistance movements into the Joint Resistance Movement, composed of both Gallente and Caldari dissidents that opposed the Provist paramilitary government's conduct of the occupation.
Political commentators agree that her rise to popularity has enough momentum beyond Caldari Prime that she may have a strong impact on the Federation-wide election.
The Scope's election analyst, Renyart Colsten says, "Shaileen Ramnev has been a strong, initially unforeseen candidate. Caldari Prime is playing an important role in this election campaign and she has grounds to claim both political and moral superiority in any argument involving the planet. This is a strong asset for any candidate and may give her significant presence. That said, history tells us that the personalities with the most momentum, particularly on a single issue, are often those that falter and quickly ebb away in the final phase."
Some far-right and nationalist interests have expressed concern about Ramnev's close relationships with various Caldari figures, her origins as the daughter of a registered Ishukone citizen, and her involvement in the Joint Resistance Movement. Speaking yesterday, Ramnev dismissed such concerns as “racist babble”. She further declared that, “Anyone looking at my history will notice that I never let my relationships with Caldari or Gallente citizens, officers or institutions affect me when making the right choices for the community or my people”.]]>
Despite muted campaigning, amidst a near blackout on government communications with interstellar media organizations during this period, the issues of the campaign promise to be hotly contested during this vital period of the election. With President Jacus Roden standing for his second term under the so-called “Foiritan Amendment” to the federal constitution, the list of his challengers has grown to five additional candidates. These include previous presidential candidate Governor Celes Aguard, runner up to Jacus Roden in the YC111 election. The other candidates are retired military officer Eliaron Idama, the noted digital artist Kelen Ontbad, the actress Serena Nova, and the former mayor of Arcurio and Caldari Prime resistance fighter Shaileen Ramnev.
The Scope will be following the election closely in the run up to close of voting on January 29th.]]>
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