A public relations officer for the independent mercenary contracting corporation, which was drafted in to provide security for the contested planet after it was declared a DMZ in April YC115 stated that “Mr Okuuda was found at approximately 13:00 hours this afternoon, seated at a public rest area beside Lake Osara in Kairiola Park. This is a beauty spot often frequented by tourists and local residents, and there was no evidence of foul play. His death is not being treated as suspicious, and the delay in any announcement is due to our insistence on first making contact with Mr Okuuda’s family given the sensitive nature of the matter.”
Several witnesses have reported to the press that 56-year-old Okuuda, a former Navy veteran with a twenty-year service record, was seen in the park earlier in the day, and was found alone in a seating area at the waterside in full military dress, with a small flask at his side.
When contacted at their home on New Caldari Prime, the Okuuda family declined to comment regarding events prior to the discovery. However, when approached while on deployment for the Lai Dai Protection Service in Nonni, Lonetrek, Okuuda’s eldest son appeared to brush off questions, stating that “my father died in service of the State during the battle in Luminaire last March. The man you speak of obviously did what he felt was appropriate to preserve the honor of his family’s name.”
The Caldari Navy declined to comment upon request for a response to the discovery.]]>
Publicly, it appears that all those involved were relieved of command under the umbrella charge of “actions performed against the best interest of the Caldari State and People”. Sources within the Caldari Navy, meanwhile, claim that actual charges range from dereliction of duty, to gross insubordination, incompetence of command, and operations in breach of the Yulai Convention.
While the Caldari Navy have refused to release any further details regarding the fate of those who were discharged, rumours have begun to circulate regarding a number of former officers who have been sentenced to long term incarceration.
Former 37th Squadron Wing Commander Sami Okuuda is confirmed to be among those who were discharged, and was sighted leaving Perimeter on a civilian transport bound for New Caldari.
Speaking from corporate headquarters after the press statement, Admiral Mininela Erinen, Executive officer of the Caldari Navy, responded to questions about further action, stating that “these proceedings are now closed, along with an era in the Caldari Navy’s history during which those who should have been in a position to command had their hands bound by an administration that should never have been permitted to dictate our military objectives or projection of force.”
The Admiral closed the session by reiterating that “with this final action, the Caldari Navy’s focus returns to its core purpose; protecting and preserving the interests of the Caldari State and its people.”]]>
Placed on administrative leave after the failure of Operation Spectre in November YC115, in which hundreds of Caldari loyal capsuleers suffered extensive combat losses, Okuuda was also involved in the failed defence of the Leviathan-class titan CN Shiigeru, which was destroyed in March last year during Operation Highlander.
At the same time, the Caldari Navy also confirmed the arrest and replacement of all eight of the 37th “Octopus” Squadron’s non-commissioned officers, and that court-martials for a total of more than fifty senior service personnel would be forthcoming within seven days. These are in relation to failures of command during the administration of the Caldari Providence Directorate, and both Operation Highlander and Operation Spectre.
A well-known State Patriot and active supporter of the Caldari Providence Directorate, Wing Commander Okuuda was second-in-command during Operation Highlander, the battle that resulted in the largest and most expensive defeat the Caldari armed forces have faced in over a century.
Several members of the interstellar press were reported to have been forcibly removed from the Okuuda family’s estate on New Caldari Prime by the Lai Dai Protection Service, following the refusal of Okuuda’s son, an officer with the security megacorporation, to comment on his father’s arrest.
The Caldari Navy also declined to comment further when asked to confirm rumours that Okuuda may face charges relating to the death of former Caldari Navy Admiral Visera Yanala.]]>
The lengthy document, which gives a detailed report on the environmental impact of the event and covers the current conditions in the 1.2 million square kilometre debris field, contains proposals approved by Material Acquisition, Ishukone and the Gallente Senate. They would see much of the wreckage salvaged and recycled before being put to use in the reconstruction of Qaiian Tower, the regional headquarters of the Nugoeihuvi Corporation, which was heavily damaged during the vessel’s atmospheric entry.
In a follow up announcement, a Material Acquisition spokeswoman confirmed that “although the area lies within a district under Federal administration, we will be working hand in hand with the Ishukone Corporation due to both the sensitive nature of the operation, and the extremely important historical and cultural relevance of the Kaalakiota mountains to the Caldari people. We intend to ensure that operations in both the affected area, and the city of Arcurio, are conducted with the highest level of respect.”
A little over an hour after the announcement, several media outlets reported sightings of a number of Ishukone Corporation salvage platforms being towed into low orbit of Caldari Prime.]]>
Umokka, The Forge
While the 5th annual New Years' Fireworks Celebration might not have had the attendance it enjoyed in previous years, the attendees certainly did not lack for enthusiasm.
The pre-show started at around 23:00 and was quite impressive, with lasers, missiles and even fireworks lighting up the darkness around the station. Local was filled with happy chatter as the capsuleers awaited midnight.
On a slightly less cheerful note, one capsuleer set up a memorial for his lost dog Kira, who passed away only seven days before the new year, according to the description on the secure container.
According to the event's organiser Daggaroth, the event had a peak attendance of roughly 250 which, while not a patch on previous years' numbers, was still enough for quite the show.
The raffle was, of course, quite popular, with prizes including a Thanatos, two Plexes and a Navy Apocalypse in adddition to the four carriers that had been announced previously. Nearly 800 tickets were purchased in all.
The winners of the carriers were Doran Padecain, Foomanshu, Madd Katello and Zerotar, while Chaz OnZo and NANVEL took home a PLEX each and BLOODGRIM1 became the lucky new owner of the Apocalypse Navy Issue.
Mad Katello, one of the carrier winners, was ecstatic to have won his prize, as he has only been a capsuleer for two months. He's since converted his prize into ISK in order to buy slightly more experience-appropriate ships. Dorran Padecain, also the proud new owner of a carrier, is also not yet able to fly it. He's saving it for when his skills allow for capital ships. Chaz OnZo, who won a PLEX, said that he'd invite his whole corporation along to the next such event.
The organizers stated that they were quite pleased with the turnout given events in New Eden shortly before the event.
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The station, which was partially destroyed by the impact of FNS Wandering Saint during a Caldari-Gallente economic summit on May 15 YC110, has remained the operational headquarters of Ishukone for the past six years despite being in a severe state of disrepair due to the corporation’s precarious financial situation.
Over the course of the last twenty four hours, the entire structure has been swarmed by support drones and construction personnel. Vessels from Caldari Steel and Caldari Constructions were also sighted delivering shipments of hull components and construction materials yesterday. Work continued through the night in a flurry of activity, before crews retreated to within the station this afternoon.
Reppola gave a charged and emotional statement from on-board the station, claiming that “the Ishukone corporation is beginning to emerge from the darkest years of our history after not only the loss of a great leader, but also financial issues caused by the steel fist of the Caldari Providence Directorate when we wouldn't change our core values at the whim of a madman.”
As more vessels from a number of construction contractors began to arrive, Reppola pledged to continue the re-development of the corporation’s infrastructure, stating that “our headquarters has remained a scarred tribute to the resolve and determination of every Ishukone employee for over half a decade, but from here forward, this changes.
As we usher in a new era for Ishukone, and begin to pen the next chapter of our corporation’s legacy, we will continue to embrace the core values that made Otro Gariushi endeared by us all.”
The conclusion of the address was met with a roar of applause from Ishukone workers as Reppola, who had soared to popularity after releasing almost two thirds of board-controlled shares for purchase by workers after his appointment as CEO in April YC111, stepped back from the podium.
At the close of trading today, the Secure Commerce Commission reported that Ishukone stocks continued a steady but slow increase in value after the announcement, as the recovering corporation continues to keep focus on encouraging employee investment and stock ownership]]>
Within Imperial borders, the markets continue to remain relatively stable, with most corporations posting financial reports that fall within expected ranges. Heavy industry in the Empire has seen a small slump in profit, however, particularly in the operating income for both HZO Refinery and Ducia foundry, who attributed their downturn to “the increasing presence of independently-organized capsuleer strip mining operations in the border regions.”
The Federal economy performed as expected throughout YC115, despite conflict in Luminaire at the end of quarter one and a moderate downturn in tourism-generated revenue in the months following Operation Highlander. Duvolle Laboratories attributed a marginal rise in net income to the success of several of its latest small arms models that have proved popular in private military contracting circles, while Material Acquisition topped the Federal growth tables for its successful administration of Gallente districts on Caldari Prime.
Boundless Creation also posted a marginal revenue rise in the Republic, along with figures indicating further investment in both research and development and starship technologies. The continued sense of Tribal unity within Matari borders after the conclusion of the Tribal Assembly in December has spurred the economy into a slow rate of growth, after four years of remaining relatively dormant.
In the State, several corporations revealed a return to stability, including Kaalakiota under the leadership of temporarily reinstated Chief Executive Haatakan Oiritsuu. The most notable figures were submitted by the Ishukone Corporation who, similarly to Material Acquisition but on a larger scale, have benefitted immensely from their administration of the Caldari districts on Caldari Prime.
Attribting their significant increase in revenue to “the goodwill of both the Caldari and Gallente populations of Caldari Prime”, significant investment in research and development through their partner corporation Zainou Biotech, and “an increasingly profitable and amicable administrative relationship with Material Acquisition”, Ishukone representatives were congratulated by delegates from the Gallente corporation on the start of what appears to be a financial turnaround, after a number of years close to default.]]>
The questions center on kill reports that show the destruction of a group of Rattlesnake-class battleships at the hand of a capsuleer force, which included two dreadnoughts and a rare Mimir-class heavy assault ship.
Colonel Gaterau explained that the Federal Intelligence Office “believe that Guristas forces breached the Caldari border into Lonetrek via M-OEE8 in Tribute, before passing through The Citadel , then Black Rise, and into Placid via Aldranette in pursuit of an unidentified vessel.”
Speaking in front of the assembled Interstellar Press on board Federal Intelligence Office headquarters in Renyn, Gaterau continued by noting that the FIO “are confident this was a typical raid, and that it formed either part of a Guristas training exercise, or a manhunt for one of their own whose intention was to defect from their organization.”
When questioned regarding the rumors an unidentified vessel, Gaterau, expressed that “the FIO have uncovered no evidence to suggest that prototype or otherwise unconventional vessels were a part of this raid” and dispelled hearsay by confirming that “Federation Navy Tripwire forces did register a series of frigate grade warp signatures, which closely match the profile of a Malediction-class interceptor.”
The Federal Intelligence Office closed the press conference by revealing that “the case file relating to this incident has now been closed and archived, and the FIO believes this to have been an isolated raid that fell afoul of capsuleer forces.”
When approached, the Caldari Navy declined to comment on the incident.]]>
Among other matters that will be keenly noted by observers of the Republic, is the attention paid to delineating the powers and responsibilities of the Sanmatar. During the recent interim period, Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor has acted as the visible head of government and state for the Republic. Some critics within the Republic have even gone so far as to label Sanmatar Shakor as a 'dictator'. The Tribal Assembly would appear to have curtailed the formal powers of the office of Sanmatar. In particular, while the Sanmatar will serve as presiding officer of the Tribal Council he will have no vote in its meetings – voting rights being reserved solely for the tribal chiefs. The Sanmatar's ceremonial role as representative head of state where necessary will continue, and the Sanmatar will retain the power to declare a state of emergency.
The Tribal Assembly's other notable changes include formally separating the office of Prime Minister of the Republic from the office of Sanmatar. The Prime Minister will now be appointed from the Republic Parliament by the Tribal Council and have observer status at meetings of the Council. The Republic Parliament itself is reduced to a 35-seat house with five seats allocated to each tribe. These seats are filled at the discretion of the tribes and this provision officially brings an end to Republic-wide democracy in the style of the Gallente Federation.
Professor Gilles Horolosios of Caille University echoed the views of many Gallente political commentators, saying "The Tribal Assembly has switched off the life-support machine that was keeping the dying body of democracy in the Minmatar Republic alive." The long-serving Krusual parliamentarian Tobias Efrit, tipped as a certain re-appointment to the new parliament, responded, "The effete academics of the Federation can whine all they like about their so-called 'democracy'. This day has brought the tribes back to power and I rejoice. I just rejoice." Public opinion polls would appear to show that Tobias Efrit's view is largely shared by the majority of Minmatar in the Republic.]]>
Broadcast across the Federation, Senator Gardieu was inaugurated by Chief Justice Broyal Alserette, leader of the Supreme Court, and was noted to be bright eyed and visibly smiling as she rested her right palm on the folded Federal banner and recited her oath to the Gallente people with several trillion viewers watching on.
Public response to her election within the Federation has been extremely positive, with many citizens hailing the election of a woman who has been a strong voice for both gender and racial equality and educational reform for the last two decades.]]>
Umokka, The Forge
Attention capsuleers! It’s that time of year again! The 5th annual New Years’ Eve Celebration hosted by capsuleer Daggaroth is to be held on December 31 at 23:00 EVE Time
The event will take place at Umokka X, Moon 4, outside the Caldari Navy Testing Facilities. All capsuleers are invited to bring ships equipped with lasers, fireworks or missiles to light up the night around the station.
Music will be provided by New Eden Radio, and there will be a raffle held again this year. This year’s prizes will include a Chimera carrier, as well as a carrier-of-choice, the latter to be built once the winner has decided which carrier he or she would like to receive.
Last year’s event had roughly 900 capsuleers attending, and event organiser Daggaroth is hopeful that they can top the number this year.
New Eden Radio will be providing music for the event as well as running the raffle.
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Stepping up from her position as leader of the Senate’s Domestic Security Council, Senator Andon Gardieu will assume the role of Head Senator, formally known as ‘Speaker of the Chamber’, this evening when she is sworn in during a special ceremony by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Broyal Alserette.
The announcement has so far been met with extremely positive public sentiment, with this being the first time in almost a century that a female Head Senator has been elected. Speaking to the press from her family residence on Villore IV, the 67 year old former servicewoman, who spent 26 years with the Federation Navy, expressed her delight at the result and offered her most “sincere gratitude for the support shown by the people of the Federation”.
Her inauguration ceremony this evening is expected to be attended by President Jacus Roden, Black Eagles Director Mentas Blaque, and Senator Gardieu’s former commanding officer with the Federation Navy, Admiral Auvier Bauvon.
It was also announced in the same press release that Gilles Ranchel, nephew of the Federation Navy’s Grand Admiral will assume Senator Gardieu’s position as leader of the Senate’s Domestic Security Council.]]>
Chief Acassa Midular's speech has been highly anticipated since it became clear that it would not be a pro forma declaration confirming the position laid out in the chief's declaration made by Chief Karin Midular, before her assassination by the Gallente terrorist Gerne Broteau. Touching on the assassination and its aftermath, Acassa Midular said, "When any member of a tribe is murdered, never mind a revered chief or elder, it is the responsibility of that tribe to seek and obtain justice. In this respect it was incorrect, in my view, for elements of the Republic Fleet to take security actions aimed at apprehending the assassin Broteau. Some will say that the Ray of Matar was for all Minmatar but I say that the Ray was not only a daughter of our tribe, not only our chief but was above all else acting as our chief when she was slain."
Chief Midular went on to say, "The responsibility of seeking justice was ours and should properly have been left to the Sebiestor. If we had required assistance in this matter, we would have asked for it. If we had determined the necessity of direct action in this case, we would have taken it. Just as we took the proper action when the assassin was delivered into our hands. We must not again have an instance of tribal autonomy being so flagrantly disregarded or we shall not be able to say that this is a true tribal republic. Let us make the legacy of this tribal assembly, and the life and death of Karin Midular, one where the autonomy of the tribes is held paramount in this republic."
Chief Midular's remarks were preceded by a brief introduction from Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor in which he expressed his "pleasure at the prospect of working with Chief Acassa Midular in the cause of building and strengthening the tribal republic." Sanmatar Shakor's office has made no comment in response to questions about Chief Midular's speech. The Republic Fleet reiterated its stance that the "Colelie Incident is a matter of republic security under the jurisdiction of the Tribal Council".]]>
In the statement, Grand Admiral Anteson Ranchel confirmed that “a number of missions were planned and executed outside the Federation Navy’s usual sphere of operations between these dates. All action was solely for intelligence gathering purposes, and all operations were both passive and observatory in nature, with no offensive orders issued to the personnel deployed.”
The Office of the President also added that “these operations were vital to Federal security in the wake of Caldari aggression during the YC110 invasion of Luminaire, and the subsequent invasion of Ratillose by forces under the command of Amarrian heir Uriam Kador.” The Navy release reiterated that “the Federation Navy and Federal Intelligence Office will continue to take every action within its power to keep its borders secure from breach by hostile military forces, and will continue to work with the Directive Enforcement Department to halt in its tracks any threat to the people of the Gallente Federation and their homes. We now consider this matter closed, and have no further comment to make.”
Less than thirty minutes after its release, the statement was met with a charged response from Odo Hakaalen, Corporate Relations Director for the Chief Executive Panel, who reiterated that “any potential intelligence gathered by these unlawful border breaches has no tangible use for tactical advantage, and was accrued during the years that the Caldari State was under Provist administration”. Continuing, he also stated that the Caldari Navy “would like to make our position expressly clear for reasons of transparency and offer caution that any further unauthorized breach of the Caldari border will be met with the use of full lethal force.”
Despite being mentioned in the initial statement from the Federal administration, sources within the Amarr Empire appeared to brush aside requests for comment.]]>
Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor’s office has confirmed that Chief Midular will be given the opportunity to make a chief’s declaration before the assembly in her own right, despite her predecessor Chief Karin Midular's pre-existing declaration for the Sebiestor Tribe. The chief’s declaration is a formal speech setting out a tribe’s basic position on the business of the assembly. As the Sebiestor tradition does not consider new chiefs to be bound by the decisions of their predecessors, it is necessary for a new declaration to be made in order to complete the tribe’s participation in the assembly.
Acassa Midular’s circle has indicated that the declaration will be a full speech, rather than a merely formal confirmation of the Sebiestor Tribe’s stated position. Sanmatar Shakor’s office would not comment on the form of Chief Midular’s speech, other than to note that the words of a chief’s declaration are “a matter for the tribal chief in question”.]]>
His resignation comes three days after further leaks from the missing Operation Highlander dossier to major news outlets across the cluster, where sensitive information regarding the Caldari Navy’s military capability was revealed. The released information also contained details on a number of border breaches into the state by Federal forces, which have now been determined to have been made in violation of Article 6 of the Yulai Convention.
Meis was publicly named as head Senator on April 19, YC112. A graduate of both the University of Caille and Hedion, he was drafted to head the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as replacement for Mentas Blaque, who transferred to the Federal Intelligence office in order to lead the newly formed Special Department of Internal Investigations and Federal Security, more commonly known as the Black Eagles.
After announcing his resignation to the house, Meis declared, in a statement read in front of the closed doors of the Senate chamber, that his sanctioning of the illegal border crossings had been “intended solely to protect and preserve the safety and liberty of the Gallente Federation and its people” and was “necessary to ensure that the Federation was adequately protected against further aggression from the Caldari Providence Directorate”. He concluded by reiterating that he would continue to serve the Federation by any means at his disposal, and would be returning to a position within the Senate Security Council, which he held before moving to the Foreign Relations Committee in August YC106.
In a follow-up statement, with Black Eagles leader Mentas Blaque at his side, President Jacus Roden reaffirmed the commitment of both the Senate and Federal Intelligence Office to “the safety and security of the Gallente Federation, and her people”, and also indicated that the Supreme Court and Federal Intelligence Office would remain in contact with the Inner Circle.
Shortly after the President made his closing remarks, Aulmont Meis and his personal assistant Harelle Jovingeur, who was also dismissed from her position for her involvement in the scandal, were seen leaving Senate grounds under secure escort, bypassing a crowd of photographers and press.]]>
Acassa Midular served as clan chief for the Midular for 12 years and is known to have been a sharp critic of both the old parliamentary system and the transitional regime of Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor. Chief Midular is well-known as an advocate of achieving overwhelming technological superiority to ensure the security of the Minmatar people. A strong proponent of decentralized government and tribal practices, Acassa Midular is seen as a logical choice of chief for a tribe that has long valued its independence of action and the diversity of its clans. It has also been suggested by sources close to the council that some tribal elders felt that the murder of Karin Midular was an affront to which the selection of another member of her clan would be a suitable answer.
Since the assassination of Karin Midular in May, the Sebiestor Tribe has been concerned to honor the life of the Ray of Matar with a dignified process of succession. In deference to the wishes of the Sebiestor, the work of the Tribal Assembly has been suspended while the clans and elders of the tribe have been meeting. While the Tribal Assembly has agreed on all the salient points of the new political order in the Minmatar Republic, the suspension has led to a further delay in transferring political control in the Republic more fully to the seven tribes. Observers of the Tribal Assembly process believe that Acassa Midular can do little to materially change the outcome of its deliberations, but her speech will be keenly awaited for clues as to the post-Assembly political dynamic in the Republic.]]>
The release of this information appears to confirm that over the course of approximately four years, between the dates of October 6, YC110 and March 10, YC115, the Senate authorized more than three hundred illegal border crossings into the State for intelligence gathering purposes. It would appear after initial investigation that under legislation passed with the CONCORD Emergency Militia War Powers Act many of these breaches of the Caldari border may be in violation of the Yulai Convention.
Additionally, the leaked pages from the document, which were transmitted to The Scope early yesterday afternoon, also contain sensitive intelligence that assess the capability of the Caldari Navy’s core “Kimotoro” fleet, as well as forces patrolling the Caldari Border Zone, Lonetrek’s border with Pure Blind, and the often volatile Mito constellation.
Odo Hakaalen, Corporate Relations Director for the Chief Executive Panel, was quick to dispel the intelligence as “outdated, three year old data with no tangible use for tactical advantage” during a statement made from CEP headquarters in New Caldari. The statement also highlighted the CEP’s concern with regard to “continued increase in belligerent behavior on the part of the Federal Administration”, and confirmed that the Caldari State Ambassador to the CONCORD Assembly has been instructed to present CEP concerns to the Inner Circle.
While the Senate has not yet commented, Keraimo Hakanuro, Chief Investigating Officer for the Inner Circle confirmed this morning that “the Inner Circle has been in contact with the State’s Ambassador to the Assembly, and we are currently in talks with both the Chief Executive Panel and the Gallente Senate regarding the situation.”]]>
The disturbances seem to have originated with exchanges of insults between Caldari and Gallente and escalated from there. Individuals or small groups soon swelled to small mobs on both sides. It remains uncertain which side initiated the violence, but both sides are reported to have engaged in crossing of borders to attack members of the opposite side.
Mordu's Legion, the neutral police force agreed upon by both the Caldari and Gallente governments, stepped in on each occasion to put a halt to the violence shortly after it began. The Legion deployed non-lethal riot suppression weaponry to disperse the crowds and arrested several individuals in connection with the violence.
According to official reports, all injuries have been minor, including a broken wrist of a Mannar man who resisted arrest and a Civire woman who broke her hand striking a Mordu's Legion officer in a dropsuit.
Administrative officials for the districts were quick to praise Mordu's Legion for their handling of the situation, saying, “This had the potential to grow much larger, but the professional and even-handed intervention of Mordu's Legion seems to have averted that.”]]>