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.]]>
"It is a moment of great justice for the Caldari State," said Wing Commander Hikemi Korrado. "We will not allow these perpetrators to go unpunished. Their executions will stand testament to the strength and unity of the Caldari people."
According to public kill records, IceGuerilla scored the final blow on the carrier, while Phoenus was responsible for dealing the most damage. Gorski Car claimed the kill on Uppas's pod. Don't Shootmeplz managed top battleship damage, Freakus was responsible for the top battlecruiser damage, BlakPhoenix took top cruiser, Saltrock0000 was most damaging destroyer, and Rainbow Dash was top frigate. The Navy is still awaiting delivery of the corpse of Uppas.]]>
CONCORD records show that 815 pilots were involved in the combat, which lasted just over an hour, though it is not clear if everyone was fighting against the Provists. Sources indicate at least some number of capsuleers assisted the Provists with remote repairing, though it is unclear if this was done with serious intent to save them.
The final blow on the carrier was recorded by DeviLee, Lejandra Sikestor dealt the most damage, and Gorski Car slew the capsule. The Caldari Navy is still awaiting retrieval of the corpse of Tagahaiken and an analysis of the kill reports to determine who will receive the remaining bounties.]]>
The announcement comes after the release of more information pertaining to the attack in the Mito constellation yesterday morning, during which a number of Caldari Navy capital class vessels were hijacked.
Korrado confirmed in the statement that those responsible for leading the attack have been positively identified as “a number of officers who were under the command of former 37th ‘Octopus’ Squadron leader Sami Okuuda” and went on to state that “these are all officers who were dishonorably discharged from Caldari Navy service in late February.”
The statement also clarified that the Caldari Navy would be seeking capsuleer assistance with bringing these former officers to justice, and would be offering paid bounties for proof of their execution in the form of Pilot License Extensions.
Following the press conference, Korrado released a list of identities with prices attached to their heads and last known locations, along with criteria for payment of bounties, declaring open season on former officers now branded “traitors to the Caldari State.”
Arve Vesren, Director of Operations for the Directive Enforcement Department, was swift to back up the release by stating that “any vessels piloted by these individuals will be marked either suspect or criminal depending on bounties issued by the Caldari Navy.”
Korrado declined to comment further, simply requesting that the list of fugitives be distributed by the interstellar press as widely as possible.
A copy of the bounty listing is transmitted below for convenience:
Note: Please see this thread for full details on the event, reward criteria, and prize breakdown.]]>
Korrado confirmed that “after a sustained firefight, a number of as yet unidentified assailants were able to commandeer over a dozen vessels, including one Wyvern-class supercarrier and a number of Chimera-class carriers”, before stating that “the fate of these vessels remains unknown after they were jumped from the facility into a system in lower Tribute.”
She elaborated further on the attack, claiming that “such swift action was only achieved after the assailants flooded the facility with non-lethal “TS-19” Zainou designed nerve gas usually used as a last resort in riot control.”
When pressed for comment regarding the number of vessels seized and potential motives for the action, Commander Korrado declined to comment further, simply stating that “investigations are ongoing at this moment in time, and the Caldari Navy has no further information to release at this point.”
It is believed that no fatalities were caused during the attack, however details of a number of minor injuries have surfaced as Zainou staff arrived on site with stockpiles of TS-19 antidote to treat the affected service personnel.]]>
The city, which was heavily damaged during the siege of Operation Highlander and the subsequent destruction of the Leviathan-class Titan CN Shiigeru, remains the only one of the three largest cities on Caldari Prime not under Caldari administration.
Allocated to Material Acquisition during the drafting of the Highlander agreement, Arcurio is home to some 97.3 million inhabitants and is still considered the cultural and historical capital of the Caldari State despite being deep within Gallente territory.
The announcement has been hailed across the State after several difficult weeks for Ishukone’s leadership under the scrutiny of the Chief Exectutive Panel. However, Ishukone administrators on Caldari Prime have played it down, explaining that “while the outlook is extremely positive, negotiations to finalize the arrangement are still very much underway. The intention was for the agreement to remain confidential until finalized, but the precipitate actions of the Chief Executive Panel and our competitors over the last several weeks have forced our hand in this delicate matter.”]]>
The demand, believed to be the first of its kind issued in over two decades, centers around allegations of corruption and inappropriate foreign relations which Ishukone’s leadership will answer to in front of the special CEP hearing.
Upon issuing the demand, Hein Karnuras, Director of Internal Security for the Chief Executive Panel briefed the assembled interstellar media by confirming that “these allegations are being treated with the utmost seriousness, and those citizens who are concerned with the actions of Ishukone over the last twelve months may rest assured that these concerns will be put to rest.”
Ishukone released a response to its employees this afternoon, ressuring their workforce that “these malicious and completely baseless accusations will be proven to be just that” and that “Ishukone’s legacy as a corporation that believes diplomacy is a more powerful tool than gunfire will continue to be forged.”
The corporation has remained tight-lipped in the face of questions from external press, other than a short statement from Chief Executive Mens Reppola, made while boarding a corporate transport bound for New Caldari. CEO Reppola offered his “regret that the CEP have chosen to escalate the situation” before concluding “ultimately, however, it will be they who regret this unseemly delving into Ishukone’s affairs.”]]>
The negotiations sparked outrage in the State two weeks ago, but were believed to have been concluded after the unveiling of a monument to lives lost during the conflict for control of the planet early last year.
In the wake of continued contact between the Caldari megacorporation and the Gallente Senate, Kaalakiota and Lai Dai renewed requests for the Chief Executive Panel to launch a full investigation into Ishukone’s foreign affairs this morning, citing concerns relating to the security of the Caldari State.
In the last hour, the Chief Executive Panel has confirmed that a full investigation into Ishukone’s dealings with the Federal government will be launched, and that “every effort will be undertaken to ensure that the security of the Caldari State remains intact, and any potentially illegal actions taken by Ishukone or indications of corruption within the corporation are dealt with appropriately.”
Upon request for comment, Ishukone CEO Mens Reppola branded the remarks regarding corruption as “completely ludicrous”, and closed his statement in response by saying “if the CEP wish to place roadblocks in the way of our diplomatic efforts to preserve what little cultural heritage remains of the Caldari on our homeworld, then they can take the responsibilty for the loss of thousands of years of history. Until they do take up that burden, we will stay the course the winds have set us on.”]]>
The corporation, best known for its risky and aggressive prospecting and resource harvesting strategies, has attributed this reduction in profit to both increased output from capsuleer-led industrial organization and higher levels of pirate activity Derelik and Aridia.
The corporation’s Mining Coordinator, Pani Mis, was among several executives who offered further explanation to Amarr Certified News after the release of the shareholder report, saying “the sheer output of some of these capsuleer harvesting outfits is astonishing. The market is flooded with raw minerals and or cheap equipment, which are then purchased, transported out to the border regions and cannibalised for raw materials. This can cause significant drops in the demand for our core products.”
When approached for comment, Ducia CEO Sasih Ghamak brushed off concerns that this downturn in revenue would continue further into the fiscal year, remarking that “the Imperial economy is as solid as a piece of Veldspar. This is simply an after effect of the conflict in B-R5RB, one of the largest capsuleer engagements the cluster has ever seen, and the subsequent arms race to rebuild fleet strength after such heavy losses.”
Market analysts remain skeptical of Ducia Foundry’s reaction to the reduction in profit, with many watching raw material supplies closely and stockpiling based on projected demand over the second quarter.]]>
The structure, a 120 meter long, 6 meter high section of titanium diborite armor plating from the hull of the Leviathan class titan CN Shiigeru, standing on a solid base carved from granite sourced from the Kaalakiota mountain range - resides in District 24 of the city, the area in which former Caldari Navy Admiral Visera Yanala was born and raised.
After the monument was unveiled, a number of political figures including Ishukone CEO Mens Reppola, Gallente President Jacus Roden, and Federation Navy Grand Admiral Anteson Ranchel, took to the podium to offer moving tributes for casualties in a conflict that saw the largest deployment of armed forces by the State and Federal militaries since the end of the Caldari-Gallente war in YC12.
The unveiling ceremony ended with a two minute silence, and was brought to a close by the voice of Reppola, reciting the simple dedication message inscribed alongside the service numbers of every known military casualty of Operation Highlander from both the Federal and State armed forces in traditional Raata script.
In remembrance of those who gave their lives to ensure the well-being of those they swore an oath to protect. The citizens of Arcurio remain eternally grateful for your sacrifice.
March 22, YC115]]>
Commander A9, in cooperation with New Eden Radio will be hosting a celebration commemorating the Battle of Caldari Prime on 22 March.
The battle, believed to be one of the largest in the history of New Eden, took place on 22 March, YC115. In Commander A9’s words, the celebration will 'recognize and honor the soldiers, pilots and citizens from all empires who participated in Operation Highlander.' Operation Highlander was the Gallente-led mission to destroy the Leviathan Shiigeru positioned over Luminaire VII.
Operation Highlander was the end result of months of tensions between the Gallente and Caldari empires over the deployment of the so-called 'clone soldiers' and the deployment of the Leviathan-class Titan Shiigeru in the skies above Luminaire VII. The battle began with a large capital ship fleet of Gallente ships, including capsuleer fleets from all reaches of New Eden. The battle culminated in the destruction of the Shiigeru and the entire Caldari defence fleet in the system.
Commander A9, a veteran of the engagement, said in an interview that he considers the Battle of Caldari Prime one of the most climactic events in New Eden’s history.
During the event on this 22 March, capsuleers are invited to bring any light-emitting modules such as lasers, shield and armor transfers, target painters, fireworks and snowballs, to create a spectacular lightshow. Prizes for the best displays will include PLEX, a Megathron, a Rokh (and, separately, a paint scheme for a Rokh), Marines, firearms and ‘orbital strike packages.'
DJ Daggaroth and other DJs from New Eden Radio will be providing music, and DJ Daggaroth will be raffling off a Chimera during the course of the event.
In honor of the fallen, there will also be a special Missing Man formation executed.
The event will start at 17:00 ECT, in Luminaire, at the Operation Highlander beacon.
Commander A9 had the following to say about the events of last year: "I remember the first time I saw the Shiigeru, the awe and fear I felt upon first seeing such a ship. I remember meeting pilots who would stage attacks on the Titan defense grid, while being amazed at their ability to survive. When I learned of the circumstances of the Titan's positioning over the planet, I resented its existence. I hated that it was holding the planet hostage, and I swore that one day, I would destroy it. On March 22, YC 115...I fulfilled my promise...and I lived to tell about it...so that everyone would learn, and remember, what happened here."
TL:DR – Event in Luminaire at 17:00 on the 22nd of March, bring lasers, fireworks and snowballs.
Caldari Prime DMZ
Admiral Yanala Executed
Caldari Offices Court-Martialed]]>