Prompted by the observations of noted capsuleer space photographer Caroline Grace, several capsuleers last night detected an apparent "new star" in the local star field and immediately began efforts to triangulate its location. It was quickly realized that the stellar anomaly was visible in multiple star systems across the New Eden cluster, regardless of the large distances in light years between them. As capsuleer reports mounted it became apparent that the phenomenon was visible in all local cluster systems and varied in its prominence according to distance from the far interstellar north-east.
As non-capsuleer scientists scrambled to catch up, the collective observations of many pilots across New Eden soon enabled independent stellar cartographers in the capsuleer community to locate the anomaly in the isolated UUA-F4 region, and later to pinpoint it in the close vicinity of the W477-P system. This system has been cautiously and provisionally confirmed as the most likely location of the anomaly by astronomers at Caille University, Republic University and the School of Applied Knowledge. The Faculty of Cosmology at Hedion University has so far declined to comment on the anomaly.
Asked to explain the superluminal effects of the phenomenon, Wolls Obraio, Professor of Astrophysics at Caille University said, "I'm frankly baffled. The information we've been able to gather from this anomaly is in some respects suggestive of a core collapse supernova but there is simply no way in which the light would be visible in every system of the cluster. It is there. It is manifesting faster than light. It should not be possible."
Doctor Niils Cassira of the School of Applied Knowledge was more willing to speculate, "We know space-time in the local area of this cluster is atypical. At least since the Seyllin Incident and the emergence of unstable wormholes it has been clear that a fundamental alteration of the local fabric has taken place. In my view, and this is speculative, it is entirely possible that the local area exists in a bubble of space-time in which certain non-standard possibilities may manifest. If that is true, well all bets are off for what may happen next."]]>
A number of independent security forces have reported that earlier this week a large scale incursion of Nation's True Power division emerged in the CZ-06R constellation. They further report that for some six days the incursion fleet has controlled the area with no contest from local capsuleer forces. Despite their overwhelming superiority in the constellation, observers reported that Nation forces abruptly began "evacuating star systems without using wormholes" at approximately 13:45 Eve Standard Time today.
After issuing the revised alert, Brigadier General Odo Korachi of the DED's Genesis Fleet assured the assembled press that "all avenues of investigation are being explored to ascertain the reason for the sudden disappearance of thousands of hostile True Power vessels." General Korachi added: "At this time, we are unsure if this change in the normal pattern of a Nation incursion is an attempt at luring curious pilots into the area in order to stage a large scale ambush, or if there are other reasons for the withdrawal of True Power forces from CZ-06R. We advise all pilots to remain clear of the area until a thorough investigation has been conducted."
Scope News has confirmed with CONCORD sources that substantiated reports from cargo runners and caravan pilots describe large numbers of Sansha's Nation vessels rapidly leaving the constellation using both the regional stargate network and off-grid deadspace stargates known to the local smuggler community. Several of these reports agree that the Nation fleets were heading out of Oasa and into the Cobalt Edge region.]]>
The announcement from the Federal Elections Commission follows a legislative request from the Federal Senate to regularize the timetable for federal elections. The extraordinary presidential election held in YC111, following the ouster of former President Souro Foiritain, was considered to have introduced an undesirable timetabling anomaly into the presidential and senate electoral cycle. Additionally, the Elections Commission has established a new five-year cycle of senate elections introducing a system whereby a fifth of all senators will be elected each year.
Federal election reform has been an ongoing source of contention within the political system since the highly controversial occupied territories 'No Vote' bill was passed in the run up to the presidential election of YC111. As well as providing for annual refreshment of the Senate's composition, the reforms package includes a new 'quadruple lock' on the right to vote in federal elections. The lock prevents disenfranchisement of federal territories without a two-thirds majority vote of the Federal Senate followed by the agreement of two-thirds of all System Governors, the Federal Military Commission, and the Federation President.
While some have expressed disquiet at a role for the military in federal election law, it is well-known that many high-ranking officers were outraged by the 'No Vote' bill and lobbied to have it overturned. The Federal Elections Commission has confirmed that all Federal Districts will be participating in the January election under the new arrangements.]]>
Tukoss was registered as a missing person with the Republic Security Services more than two years ago, after vanishing during the initial setup stages of the Arek’Jalaan project. Former Program Director at the Otosela Neuropsychology Center for Zainou Biotech, Tukoss defected to the Minmatar Republic in YC113 and claimed political asylum before joining Eifyr & Co.
Speaking on behalf of the corporation, and responding to public communications on GalNet by Tukoss in recent days, Public Relations Director Frelf Laer expressed her delight, saying, “The reappearance of Dr. Tukoss has allowed many of our staff to breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that he appears to be safe and well. At this time, Dr. Tukoss has not attempted to re-establish contact with Eifyr & Co, however, we warmly welcome him back, and hope that he will be in contact as soon as he has caught up on current affairs.”
Asked to comment on the unusual nature of the communciations, Director Laer would say only that "Eifyr specialists in encryption and expert systems are studying the material closely." When approached for comment, both the Republic Security Services and Zainou Biotech declined the opportunity to respond to the reports of Hilen Tukoss communicating with capsuleers.]]>
At this time, the intended outcome of the summit is still unknown, however a number of notable scientists in the field of Sleeper behavioral research and astrophysics from the Science and Trade Institute and Center for Advanced Studies have been seen arriving at Inner Circle headquarters. Representatives from Duvolle Laboratories, Zero G Research and Propel Dynamics are also apparently on route to join the summit, most likely to provide technical and engineering expertise.
In addition to this, renowned wormhole expert and DED Officer Vieve Creston, as well as Sister Anza Sagera of the Sisters of EVE and Matshi Raish of the Society of Conscious Thought have all been confirmed as arriving in Yulai within the last few hours.
When approached for further information, Public Relations and Press contacts for the CONCORD Assembly declined to comment on the current situation.]]>
A number of types of recovered components from wreckage of Sleeper vessels have been reclassified as potentially hazardous or dangerous, after discussion during a meeting of representatives from the Directive Enforcement Department and CONCORD’s Inner Circle earlier today.
During the release, Rayla Netho, Chief Financial Officer for the SCC, expanded on the reasoning for the reclassification, saying "we have been made aware that some of these components may contain potentially toxic or hazardous materials, and would prefer that they are sold to the proper authorities in order that they be disposed of correctly without posing a potential risk to the health or wellbeing of anyone who handles them. As such we will be offering premium prices, alongside licensed buyers, in order to reward those who bring hardware to authorized corporations for proper disposal."
In addition to this statement, Scope News was able to speak briefly with DED Director of Operations, Arve Vesren, who expanded further on the topic, claiming that "some of the hardware we have been able to analyze presents a potential safety risk to those who may handle or attempt to reverse engineer it. As such we advise against tampering with this equipment, and instead recommend handing to the proper authorities for correct disposal."
When asked for further information, Director Vesren declined to comment further. The Inner Circle was also unavailable for comment when contacted this afternoon.]]>
Speaking during a press conference from Imperial Navy headquarters, Admiral Ren Karetta declared that "assistance from a number of sources within the capsuleer loyalist bloc has allowed us to make further advancements in downsizing Sleeper derived technologies in order to apply them to a lighter hull than the strategic cruiser platforms."
Admiral Karetta elaborated further on the breakthrough, commenting that "as it stands, thanks to the diligence and support of capsuleer organizations loyal to the Empire, this breakthrough has shed light on potential applications for more compact tracking and hardpoint technologies that may be suitable for a new tactical destroyer class hull.
“With the assistance of those in service of the Amarr Empire, in particular Admiral Ascentior of Praetoria Imperialis Excubitoris [PIE] and his fellow pilots, our research and development staff are poised to make further breakthroughs in several fields in the coming weeks," continued Admiral Karetta.
After completing his address, Admiral Karetta handed the floor to Grand Admiral Kezti Sundara, Commander in Chief of the Imperial Navy, who reiterated the gratitude of the Navy, saying "today, the Empire shares with the rest of the cluster, its pride in the strength of those who choose to serve her cause, and the cause of God. It gives me immense pride to grant the honorary rank of Fabricator-General of the Imperial Navy to Admiral Ascentior of Praetoria Imperialis Excubitoris, for his diligence and devotion to duty as a subject of God and Empire."
In the wake of the announcement, the Scope Galactic News Network has received reports from several unconfirmed sources that a short notice meeting of the CONCORD Assembly's Inner Circle has been called, apparently to discuss the implications of further weaponization of Sleeper derived technologies.]]>
Speaking from Federation Navy headquarters in Algogille, Admiral Auver Bauvon of Tripwire Intelligence and Command expanded on the rumors, saying “the Federation Navy believes that this change in Sleeper activity presents an enormous opportunity for deeper research into their technology, which will hopefully yield more fruitful results than previous avenues of testing.”
Echoing the sentiments of Admiral Bauvon, Valklear General Heder Elislar of the Republic Fleet also stressed the importance of the change in activity, stating that “the Republic Fleet and Republic Security Services well be working around the clock with our best engineers and scientists to determine the best course of action to take advantage of this new data. This is very much a case of striking while the iron is hot, and ensuring we gather as much data as possible.”
Shortly after the statement issued by the Republic Fleet, representatives from the Imperial Navy and Caldari Navy stepped forward to further reinforce the viewpoint.
While at this time there still seems to be confusion over what this change in Sleeper activity could mean for the cluster, all four navies are requesting that capsuleers donate any spare salvage they may have to assist with research.
At present, the navies are looking to acquire the following:
This hardware can be delivered to the following navy representatives:
Speaking from the headquarters of The Sanctuary in a press conference that accompanied the release of the paper, Sister Anza Sagera of the Aulari Chapter expanded on the report’s findings, saying “while we remain unsure of the exact cause of the change in behavior, we are confident that we can accurately predict the new patterns of action that we are witnessing and do not believe that the changes in activity represent an elevated threat to any sovereign borders.”
After transmitting a detailed breakdown of the report to the Directive Enforcement Department this evening, The Sanctuary also confirmed that Arve Vesren, Director of Operations for the DED has called a meeting with the Inner Circle to discuss the findings further.
When approached for comment, Vesren offered only her assurance that “the DED and Inner Circle will be studying this report in great detail, before providing our recommendations to various law enforcement agencies and navies in the coming days.”]]>
The battle, which was triggered by Operation Highlander – the Federation Navy’s assault against the Caldari Navy’s Leviathan-class titan CN Shiigeru – brought an end to the five year siege of Caldari Prime, the historical capital of the Caldari State and home world of the Caldari people.
In a statement released by Muryia Mordu this afternoon, the decoration was noted as “a tribute to the actions of independent capsuleers and the noble sacrifice of countless crew in service of both the Gallente Federation and Caldari State, which was made to ensure that the turbulent situation on the planet was brought to an end”.
Mordu concluded the statement by expressing his personal gratitude to the recipients of the decoration – titled “Muryia’s Wings” – for their heroic efforts in bringing the conflict on Caldari Prime, which is now recognized across the cluster as a demilitarized zone under joint Caldari-Gallente administration, to an end.
Following the statement, Tsuni Aina, Strike Commander for Mordu’s Legion Command responded to questions relating to the timing of the decoration’s award by revealing that “the issue of this ribbon has been in dispute with the Directive Enforcement Department for over a year, after a number of Navy Personnel involved in the conflict regarded the decoration of capsuleers for their actions during Operation Highlander to be in poor taste.”
She continued, by expressing the opinion that “Mordu’s Legion Command believes that intervention by independent capsuleers provided the required firepower to bring the situation to a swift resolution, and prevented millions of deaths that would have been brought about by a more prolonged conflict and surface counter-invasion by the Caldari armed forces.”
Strike Commander Aina also confirmed that the decoration was issued to a total of 3,841 capsuleers, all of whom were registered with the Directive Enforcement Department as having been involved in the engagement in low orbit of Caldari Prime.]]>
The ceremony occurred in front of the Operation: Highlander memorial in District 24 of the city and was greeted with a roaring cheer from employees of both corporations as Mens Reppola and Ontre Ildrie shared a handshake after the official handover of the city. The agreement specifies that the city, which is still regarded as the historical and cultural capital of the Caldari State, is now formally placed under Ishukone administration with Mordu's Legion Command continuing to provide global security and policing for the planet.
In a press conference after the ceremony, Ontre Ildrie expressed his satisfaction with the smoothness of the transition, hailing Ishukone's "openness, professionalism and diligence in ensuring that the correct criteria for handover were met". Similarly, newly appointed Commanding Officer for Mordu's Legion Command's presence on the planet, Strike Commander Tsuni Aina, praised both corporations on their "incredibly professional approach to an extremely sensitive and important matter."
While small scale unrest in several of Arcurio's outlying districts has been reported by local news agencies, there have been no reports of injury or property damage, and Mordu's Legion Security Forces have been quick to quell any disturbances in the wake of the handover.
In a joint press conference today, Ishukone administrative personnel stood alongside those from Material Acquisition as details of the handover were announced. The agreement places the three most populous cities on the planet – Tovil, Arcurio and Pakuri – under the administration of Ishukone after the planet was declared a demilitarized zone in the wake of Operation Highlander in March YC 115.
Ishukone’s Administrative Director for Caldari Prime responded to the announcement during questions, saying “the city of Arcurio is the historical and cultural capital of the Caldari State. It holds a special place in the heart of every Caldari, and of course is where the Caldari and Gallente peoples first made contact. It should remain preserved and protected under Caldari administration, after the damage sustained during Operation Highlander is repaired.”
The comment was met with agreement from Senate representatives, before it was confirmed that Mordu’s Legion Command have extended their contract with the two administrative corporations to provide security personnel and policing for the planet for a further four years until YC 120.
When questioned regarding the involvement of other Caldari megacorporations in the administration of Caldari Prime, Ishukone responded, “we are aware that several other megacorporations within the State have differences of opinion with regard to how administration should be handled.”]]>
The announcement comes as the corporation increasingly appears to be positing itself, with its projected independence and strength, at the forefront of corporate messaging. CEO Mens Reppola was on hand to greet and address Ishukone workers who had arrived to witness the station’s six primary reactors be brought back online after laying dormant for over half a decade during the extensive repairs.
Speaking in front of an assembly of over one hundred thousand Ishukone employees, with his address broadcast across both the Nugoeihuvi and Scope news networks, Reppola hailed the moment as the birth of a new era in the legacy of Ishukone, but cautioned that the corporation would “continue to take its recovery in slow and well measured steps.”
Reppola closed the address by thanking “each and every Ishukone employee for their unswaying loyalty and dedication to their corporation” and assured the workforce that “the legacy of [his] predecessor will continue to ensure that Ishukone employees receive the finest support available.” Soon after his address concluded, hundreds of vessels were seen to be arriving in newly re-opened docking bays.]]>
“The Guristas have increasingly become a thorn in our side,” said Legion founder and CEO Muryia Mordu, “and in the side of everyone in the cluster, frankly. You might think more piracy means more work for us, but they’ve crossed too many lines. Hijacking our technology simply isn’t acceptable.”
The Legion has stated that the towers are located primarily in deadspace pockets within high- and low-security space and must be scanned down before they can be accessed. Once inside, capsuleers may hack the towers to retrieve the data sequences.
“These are largely automated towers,” Mordu said. “We do not expect them to be defended. This should allow any capsuleer to quickly find and retrieve the data for us. Once we get enough, we can use the information to track down where they’ve been keeping our things.”
In exchange for the data sequences, the Legion is offering blueprints of their newly-designed ships. The Legion says it will offer a single-run copy of the Garmur for 75, Orthrus for 200 sequences, and a Barghest for 700; all exchanges must be made at their station in 5ZXX-K. However, the data sequences can also be sold on the open market.]]>
Two bounties were unpaid, because the corpses of ringleader Kossen Jaikka and lieutenant Verkkomi Obanin were undelivered. Despite this, the Navy is confident the two were slain. “CONCORD records show that their capsules were destroyed and the two did not have known clone contracts,” said Wing Commander Hikemi Korrado. “Regardless, this operation has been a complete success. The entirety of the stolen capital ships have been destroyed and the leaders of the rogue squadron have been executed. We thank capsuleers for their assistance in the matter and have rewarded them appropriately.”
On the case of Pandemic Legion, which aided and abetted the Provists several times, Korrado said the Navy is still weighing its options. “Such dissent from capsuleers will not be tolerated,” she said. “However, we are still discussing how to best handle the situation with CONCORD. Having them declared pirates within Caldari space is not outside the realm of possibility.”
The Navy has released a list of all bounty claimants. It is as follows:
The battle seemed to favor the Provist forces at the beginning, as even several hundred capsuleers were unable to overwhelm the remote shield boosting capabilities of the capital ships. Numerous ships were lost to the drones and fighters deployed by the Provists. However, eventually capsuleer forces reached a critical mass where they were able to overwhelm even the repair capabilities of the carriers. One by one, the carriers began to fall, and as their remote assistance capabilities diminished, so too did the ability for the Provists to mount any sort of defense. Though stray ships continued to be picked off by drones and fighters, the Wyvern fell to sustained fire.
"The operation was a major success," said Wing Commander Hikemi Korrado. "Though we had issues with capsuleers defending the Provists in past engagements, in this one we were lucky... It seems their criminal allies in Pandemic Legion were unable to enter Usi in force due to CONCORD restrictions."
Despite Korrado's praise, a group of unaffiliated capsuleers calling themselves "Spectre Fleet" attempted to offer aide to the Provists, but it ultimately proved futile in the chaotic fighting.
The bounties will be paid out on the 23rd, pending final confirmation from Caldari Navy officials. Currently, the tally for this final engagement stands as follows:
Final Blow (ship): FallenTitan
Final Blow (pod): Konata' Izumi
Top Damage: Seliah Aldard
Top Battleship: Crynsos Cealion
Top Battlecruiser: Bussinka
Top Cruiser: Risus Sardonicus
Top Destroyer: Cthu Xadi
Top Frigate: Prohan
Final Blow (ship): Akrasjel Lanate
Final Blow (pod): Y'talana Ktra'a
Top Damage: Cultural Enrichment
Top Battleship: Thiiluna
Top Battlecruiser: Gorski Car
Top Cruiser: Alia Zarahatha
Top Destroyer: Aehrel Veelar
Top Frigate: Rainbow Dash
Final Blow (ship): Phoenus
Final Blow (pod): Krimsy
Top Damage: D'rall
Top Battleship: Phoenus
Top Battlecruiser: Isis Taint
Top Cruiser: Icaros Kalessin
Top Destroyer: Dust Angel
Top Frigate: Ylem
Final Blow (ship): Andre Crow
Final Blow (pod): Tristiana Egivand
Top Damage: Kazaric
Top Battleship: Jandice Ymladris
Top Battlecruiser: Isis Taint
Top Cruiser: Modie Elnath
Top Destroyer: Sam EDW
Top Frigate: Faby Rasputin
Final Blow (ship): Hermes Hestia
Final Blow (pod): Krimsy
Top Damage: Opmas
Top Battleship: Morpheus Bebblebrox
Top Battlecruiser: Myronik
Top Cruiser: Kaizen Aeos
Top Destroyer: ARMORED C0re
Top Frigate: jack1974
Final Blow (ship): Belinda HwaFang
Final Blow (pod): Muppet Beldruff
Top Damage: Aletheia Neo
Top Battleship: Dania Arneth
Top Battlecruiser: Loki Tengu
Top Cruiser: Khaprice
Top Destroyer: Chaotic Past
Top Frigate: Bobby Newmark
Final Blow (ship): JACKHARKNESS23
Final Blow (pod): snowman1
Top Damage: FallenTitan
Top Battleship: Ace Gunnery
Top Battlecruiser: Cannonfodder Ellecon
Top Cruiser: SeNCiNer
Top Destroyer: Bam Stroker
Top Frigate: Khoid
Final Blow (ship): Mikail Terona
Final Blow (pod): Krimsy
Top Damage: Agentkidsrule
Top Battleship: Cultural Enrichment
Top Battlecruiser: zerto Gardien
Top Cruiser: Terrestria Redsteel
Top Destroyer: Xenias Gigawatt
Top Frigate: Naverre
The Caldari Navy has characterized the escape as a major setback. "It had seemed that the prior operations had proven large capsuleer alliances could work alongside the empires when justice is on the line," said Wing Commander Hikemi Korrado. "Unfortunately, this event proves that they cannot all be trusted to act in the best interests of interstellar prosperity. Hopefully this is an isolated incident and not indicative of the future."
According to the Navy, the bounties remain on the heads of the three pilots. The nature of the Provist objective in Taisy is currently unknown.]]>
Despite the capsuleer losses, the Provist forces lost even more, as 4 stolen Raven Navy Issues were also destroyed by capsuleer forces. The Caldari Navy is calling the operation a victory, saying, "The mutinous 'Octopus' squadron defectors are learning the folly of their ways. Capsuleer forces stand behind the State, not the fallen regime of Tibus Heth."
Unijila's Phoenix was finished off by Stanton Warrior, while the top damage was dealt by Dania Arneth, and the pod destroyed by Krimsy. Top battleship damage was claimed by Memsi Craft, top battlecruiser damage was dealt by Bussinka, Xenias Gigawatt claimed top cruiser damage, Cthu Xadi dealt the most destroyer damage, and top frigate was KamchatkaALEX. Okonada's destruction was completed by Toxic Fallout, whiue Ybivashka claimed top damage, and the capsule was finished off by Rose Valora. Top battleship was Pure Alar, top battlecruiser was Roberts Ohioan, top cruiser was Super General, most damaging destroyer was Saltrock0000, and most damaging frigate was Rainbow Dash.]]>
The Caldari Navy is declaring the operation a complete success. "The rapid response of the capsuleers has been outstanding," said Wing Commander Hikemi Korrado. "They were able to coordinate well and, despite the presence of two carriers in a logistics chain, were able to neutralize the carriers' capacitor enough to quickly break their tanks."
Oittakko was finished off by IZWZI Krividus, with top damage being claimed by Maddord, and the capsule falling to Krimsy. Top battleship damage was claimed by Ckolonn, top battlecruiser damage was scored by Ylem, top cruiser damage was claimed by Terrestria Redsteel, top destroyer was Alyx Lightman, and top frigate was Rainbow Dash. Humo was destroyed by David Dangerfield, while Korthan dealt the most damage, and Mazica Airuta destroyed his pod. Top battleship damage was dealt by Dania Arneth, top battlecruiser damage was claimed by hunter1230, top cruiser damage was delivered by Sebastian Melmoth, top destroyer was Sienna Vanjarc, and top frigate was Ybivashka.]]>
With the losses, that brings four of the sixteen wanted mutineers to justice. The Caldari Navy was issued a statement thanking the capsuleers for their swift action, but urging them to "work together, not against each other" in the future. They emphasized "this is a manhunt to bring peace and justice to the cluster. The bounties are for services rendered, but violence over the final goal is counterproductive."
According to tallies, the final blow on Kokkara's Phoenix was recorded by Ikatara, while top damage was taken by ZehNarume, and the capsule was destroyed by Letmethinkaboutit. The top battleship damage went to iskmagnet, BobMcFing was top battlecruiser, top cruiser was Reverend Mitterak, top destroyer was Syl Kougai, and top frigate to Lejandra Sikestor. The final blow on Inikas's Chimera was Numator, top damage was DarklordKarn, and the capsule was destroyed by Lucas Raholan. 00tricky was the most damaging battleship, Riddik's was most damaging cruiser, Thomas Kaleto claimed top damage in a destroyer, and Xezox was most damaging frigate. No battlecruiser participated in the kill on the Chimera; navy officials have indicated they will transfer this bounty to Saara Humo for the top damaging battlecruiser.]]>