The vessels, which all carry SoCT markings and identification transponders, appear to have commenced the deployment of an Upwell Consortium designed construction scaffold, with numerous jump freighter class vessels arriving to deliver materials and personnel to the site which is within visual distance of the Kyonoke contaminated facility.
Both the Society of Conscious Thought and the press office for the Upwell Consortium, as well as the Federal administration, who would need to approve any construction project in their sovereign territory, have declined to comment on this new development, or what the intention of the construction project may be.]]>
This new revelation, which was made by Field Administrator Abja Etbald of the RSS, accompanied an announcement that the detached orbital platform of the space elevator has been towed to a concealed location in high orbit by Republic Fleet vessels, in order to further distance it from the densely populated planet below.
During the press conference, Administrator Etbald commented that "despite the fact that we have almost a million people currently detained within the quarantine cordon, the RSS believes that the people of Muttokon II have been incredibly fortunate that the fast actions of Freedom Extension prevented the pathogen from reaching the surface" before continuing to elaborate on the decision to tow the platform into high orbit, saying that "should the platform suffer any form of critical systems failure, or detachment from its positioning array, its location in high orbit will allow the Republic Military more time to react, preventing further complications to an already treacherous situation.
Critics of the Shakor administration have been outspoken about his heavy handed approach to problem solving and diplomacy in the past, referencing both the Colelie incident in the wake of Karin Midular's assassination and the Sanmatar's visit to the Amarr Empire last year for the coronation of Empress Catiz I.
A number of opponents have pointed out that the relocation of the platform into high orbit may be a contingency plan to allow its safe destruction, should the situation be unable to be resolved.
This announcement by the RSS brings the total number of sites where Kyonoke has been detected to four, with the Society of Conscious Thought confirming that representatives have reached out to the Tribal Council, with a view to information sharing and assisting with the increasingly dire situation.]]>
In a press conference hosted from on board the station, SoCT Elder Mentor Matshi Raish confirmed the presence of the Kyonoke Plague on all nine decks that have been sealed off, remarking that the action was "absolutely necessary to prevent further spread of the contagion".
Speaking on behalf of both Genolution and the Society, Elder Raish confirmed that "the Society of Conscious Thought has reached out to contacts in the locations affected in order to offer assistance with the current situation, and will work actively with all authorities across the cluster, as well as the CONCORD Assembly, to ensure that the crisis is brought to an acceptable and controlled resolution as soon as possible."
When questioned regarding the number of individuals who may have been exposed, Elder Raish seemed open to revealing more details, explaining that "the station security count places exactly seven hundred and twenty-nine thousand, one hundred and twelve individuals within the cordon at the time it was established. We believe at this stage that we have lost around sixty five thousand to early onset of the plague and that most, if not all of those still alive within the cordon have been exposed."
Urging calm after the press responded with a barrage of questions, Elder Raish continued, informing the press that "every possible avenue to resolve the situation and save as many lives as possible is being explored, and Genolution is working closely with the Imperial authorities to ensure that the issue is addressed quickly to minimize further loss of life.
"However, the Kyonoke Plague is an extremely voracious pathogen with a one hundred percent fatality rate, that spreads incredibly easily and can only be contained or destroyed via incredibly extreme methods. The only known methods of destroying the pathogen at this stage are exposure to extreme heat, or absolute zero in vacuum. We would like to avoid exposing those within the cordon to either."
Despite additional questions, Elder Raish called a close to the press conference after approximately thirty minutes, before appearing to return to the crisis center that has been set up on board the station.]]>
The memo, which appears to have been written to Mentas Blaque, Director of the FIO's Special Department of Internal Investigations - more commonly known as the Black Eagles - details suspicions from the unnamed author that the events in Oijanen and Postouvin may be linked, and that an outbreak of the Kyonoke plague may be to blame for the loss of communication with the Hemorphite processing facility in orbit of the system's fourth planet.
While the memo was heavily censored, removing any specific names, the date on which it was filed - February 13th - appears to have been deliberately retained in the leaked copy, the same day that contact was lost with the RP4 facility.
Critics of President Roden's administration have been swift to remark on the withholding of information that was contained in the memo, with some suggesting that the Federal Intelligence Office could be blamed for any loss of life that occurs on board the RP4 installation.
The President's Office of Press has declined to comment on the contents of the memo, however the Senate has confirmed that secure channels of communication with RP4 have been re-established, and that while the installation remains isolated from the outside world, testing has confirmed the presence of the Kyonoke Plague among the general population of eight million who were sealed inside after the lockdown.
In the last half hour, Astral Mining has released a statement in response to words from the Senate via Commander Audere Esmoreures, Regional Security Chief for Solitude that confirms "Astral Mining continues to put the safety and wellbeing of its employees above all else, and is co-operating with the Federal Government to ensure that the situation remains under control."
As a closing remark, Commander Esmoreures noted that a full quarantine cordon has been issued for the RP4 facility, and that the Federal Marines and Federation Navy have deployed to ensure the location remains secure.]]>
In a statement delivered by General Varanori Ruukin, commanding officer of the State Peacekeepers, the interstellar press were notified that "an operation concluded approximately one hour ago with no loss of life, that was intended to confirm the integrity of the quarantine cordon around the Kyonoke Pit in the system of Taisy."
General Ruukin continued, explaining that "after the team's arrival it became clear that an undetected breach has occurred, most likely within the last two weeks. The time frame can be gauged with reasonable accuracy due to the discovery of the fresh remains of an unidentified male individual which were present on site. The State Peacekeepers are working in conjunction with several other divisions of the State Armed Forces to investigate the situation and ascertain whether this breach is linked to the events on Oijanen II."
After a flurry of questions, General Ruukin appealed for calm among the press, before addressing a number of points, including that "the breach is believed to have occurred within the last two weeks, and current intelligence would indicate that the remains of the individual found on site are in no way linked to a failed attempt at breaching the quarantine cordon which was reported by a Federal news network several weeks ago.
"At this time, we have nothing further to add, other than to reinforce the commitment of the State Armed Forces to re-securing the Kyonoke Pit and increasing security on the quarantine cordon for the foreseeable future."
When questioned regarding the ongoing efforts to contain the outbreak on Oijanen II, General Ruukin declined to comment, diverting all queries to the Chief Executive Panel's press office, which has remained silent on the situation.]]>
After preliminary investigation, the team released a statement to Zainou's security division, which has now been forwarded as a "Top Secret" grade classified document to the Chief Executive Panel for review.
The Scope can confirm that contained within the statement, was the digital transmission of a full report on the pathogen, which is believed to have infected as many as two million inside the quarantine cordon at this stage.
The report apparently indicates that while the pathogen has been positively identified as the Kyonoke virus, it would appear that the current outbreak is of a newly identified strain which attacks its host in a different manner, and has been described by sources within Zainou's security division as "in most cases slower acting, but far more voracious and destructive" than the original strain located in Taisy.
Academics and and scientific professionals across the cluster have called on the State to release further details of their findings, after it was widely agreed that Caldari researchers are several steps ahead of those in other areas of the cluster, given that they have had decades to study and catalog the original strain of plague.
Zainou's Research and Development division have remained silent on any findings thus far, and the Corporate Relations Director for the Chief Executive Panel has so far declined to comment on the alleged contents of the report.]]>
The demand for an emergency session mandates the immediate return of the big eight mega corporate CEOs to New Caldari, and comes after extensive testing this week has lead to the confirmation of an outbreak of the Kyonoke Plague in the densely populated city of Myrskaa on Oijanen II.
The State Armed Forces have moved quickly to bolster security around the full closure quarantine cordon that was put in place four days ago, with all access to the city suspended and the site now declared to be under martial law.
In a statement released by Odo Hakaalen, Corporate Relations Director for the Chief Executive Panel, the declaration of a state of emergency was confirmed, along with "the allocation of additional Home Guard and State Peacekeeper troops who are provided to ensure that the quarantine cordon remains in place until such time as the situation is resolved."
Following up on requests for further information on the extent of the outbreak, Director Hakaalen confirmed that "at this point in time, we are still in the process of confirming the exact numbers, however preliminary estimates indicate that there may be as many as one point two million confirmed cases of Kyonoke within the quarantine zone."
When questioned regarding contact with the city, Haakalen confirmed that "The Chief Executive Panel, along with the leadership of the State Armed Forces and all other appropriate divisions of the administration have secure communications access with the relevant authorities and law enforcement divisions inside the zone.
At this time, for reasons of operational security, a full communications blackout has been initiated, and will remain in place across all non-military channels to maintain the integrity of the quarantine zone."
After being pressed for further information regarding the condition and status of Oijanen II, Haakalen concluded his press conference by stating that "the customs office in orbit of Oijanen II is at appropriate distance from the city for it to remain open, and any capsuleers or corporate entities who maintain installations on the surface will still be permitted access to their facilities at this time.
There may however be delays during the import and export process, with additional security and HAZMAT screening in place to ensure proper security."
It is expected that the Chief Executive Panel will meet in the coming hours, after the short notice return of Ishukone CEO Mens Reppola from an inspection visit on Caldari Prime, in the Federal system of Luminaire.]]>
The intelligence, which includes the locations of thousands of smuggling and distribution sites across the cluster, was subsequently released to capsuleers by the DED this morning, exposing a "significant proportion" of the distribution network used by the two outlaw corporations to supply narcotics and black market weapons.
Brigadier General Odo Korachi of the DED's Genesis Fleet released a statement alongside the information, effectively declaring open season on the sites for registered capsuleer pilots, and indicating that any equipment or salvage recovered from indicated locations that is not considered contraband will be classed as "free salvage" under interstellar law.
Soon after the announcement, traffic reports from a number of high population regions across the cluster indicated a rapid increase in vessel movement, with independent capsuleer pilots and law enforcement personnel alike apparently looking to take advantage of the free salvage declaration.]]>
The corporation has confirmed that the facility, which specializes in high value Nocxium extraction and refining, initially issued a distress call to its headquarters at around 08:00 NEST, reporting details of widespread disruption and rioting. The distress call was silenced and reported as a hoax around fifteen minutes later, before the facility went completely dark less than an hour later.
Commander Audere Esmoreures, the corporation's Regional Security Director for Solitude, released a statement approximately an hour ago appealing for calm among the interstellar press and the families of more than eight million believed to still be on board, before pledging to deliver further information as soon as more is known about the situation.
In the statement, Esmoreures elaborated on the purpose of the facility, stating that "the RP4 extraction and refining facility was set up almost fifty years ago, after Astral Mining discovered a small but dense asteroid field trapped in orbit of Postouvin IV that was found to be rich in Nocxium deposits."
Commenting further on the installation's safety record, he said "RP4 has one of the best safety records of any of our larger class extraction and refining facilities, with no major accidents reported since YC117. It refines and processes Radiant Hemorphite, which is considered a relatively stable and safe to handle raw material."
Closing his statement to the interstellar press from on board the Astral Mining mineral reserve in Heluene, he confirmed that "a security task force has been dispatched to RP4 in order to ascertain the nature of the communications blackout" and that "the families of those on board will be notified as soon as we have further information, and a statement to the press will be forthcoming."
When questioned regarding the sudden nature of the blackout, and the fact that images of the facility have circulated in the press with all docking bays sealed and lit up with no access beacons, Director Esmoreures declined to comment further, repeating previous statements that the situation on board was "still completely unknown".]]>
According to eyewitnesses, the quarantine cordon was rapidly established after a visitor to the station became unwell on the platform of a privately leased hangar, before being taken into care at one of the station's fifty six medical centers.
The cordon was initiated approximately four hours later, after several medical staff reported feeling unwell.
While the station still remains open to the public, the cordon extends across nine decks of the Genolution owned structure, including one of the two research and development centers on board.
The lockdown also includes a number of public and corporate owned hangars, with sources on board delivering unconfirmed reports that a number of airlocks and ventilation ducts have been sealed with fusion welding.
When approached for comment, Genolution were open to contact with the press, explaining that "a communicable infection that poses a risk to public health aboard the facility was identified this afternoon" and that "the closure of the research and development center, along with several of our medical facilities and a number of hangars is temporary. The closure of facilities in no way compromises the safety or operational output of the installation, and we hope to re-open the closed decks in the coming days."
After being questioned on possible links to the quarantine situations in Oijanen and Muttokon, a spokesman responded that "at this stage, Genolution has no reason to believe that the situation on board our facility is in any way linked to events in the Republic or State" and that the corporation is "actively working with the relevant authorities to ensure that all proper precautions are taken."
Genolution closed the press conference shortly afterward, with no further information released on the status of those contained within the quarantine zone.]]>
An exclusive design has been drafted for the Raven class battleship, which will be available only to those participating in the Championship itself, whilst three further nanocoatings have been designed for the Cormorant, Caracal and Drake to celebrate the competition.These will be available from retailers in the coming weeks.
The Championship itself has already begun, with several minor league matches having already been fought. Those who wish to watch the remaining fights can tune in for live holofeeds of the event with expert analysis from seasoned combat veteran capsuleers over the course of the next several weeks. The full schedule for the event is listed below this news bulletin with all times in NEST (New Eden Standard Time).
Commenting on the sponsorship deal during the press conference that announced the partnership, EVE NT founder Nashh Kadavr praised the Independent Gaming Commission saying that "we have a hell of a team over at EVE NT, and this partnership further expands our broadcasting reach into the homes of trillions across the cluster, utilizing the IGC's broadcasting network. It's my hope that this is the start of a long standing and mutually beneficial partnership between the IGC and EVE NT."
Closing out the press conference, a statement from Khumat Mebroh, Chief Executive of the Independent Gaming Commission, lauded the efforts of EVE NT and their drive to create "unique, gripping entertainment with incredible broadcasting quality" before he echoed the sentiments of EVE NT's founder, in hopes for a long standing, profitable partnership.
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Our news team in the area has also broadcast unconfirmed reports that a large detachment of State Peacekeepers have arrived on the scene, along with significant Home Guard and Caldari Navy assets.
In an unprecedented move, the Caldari Navy has ordered the entire city to be placed under a quarantine nanoshield dome, which comes just forty eight hours after a cordon was placed around the Zainou owned Myrskaa District 36 South Medical Center, on the south side of the city.
Its is believed that the majority of Myrskaa's thirty six million inhabitants are being held within the cordon of the city, beneath the quarantine nanoshield dome which is in the final stages of deployment.
Further details of State Armed Forces operations on the planet have remained classified, with both Caldari Navy Command and the Chief Executive Panel offering no public information on the reasoning for the quarantine initiative at this stage.
The situation has been further exacerbated by unconfirmed reports of equipment confiscation, along with the arrests of a number of members of the interstellar press.]]>
Sources within the corporation have confirmed that the order was issued to the Molden Heath Regional Director of Operations for Freedom Extension by Valkear General Heder Elislar of the Republic Fleet’s Pator Command early this morning.
The low orbit platform, which serves as both a shipping platform for freight, and as a transit hub for traffic to the surface, is believed to still be populated by more than nine hundred thousand people who have been placed in “indefinite quarantine” by the Republic Security Services.
The Matari administration has remained silent on the reasoning for the detainment of almost a million individuals who range from maintenance personnel, to transport pilots, tourists and commuters, however the Republic Security Services released a confirmation earlier today that the severity of the situation has been upgraded from a “Class D Localized Containment Event” to a “Class A Full Closure Quarantine Operation”.
Sources within Freedom Extension have confirmed that the platform’s services have been cut off from the surface, and that emergency separation charges were fired roughly two hours ago to sever the physical connection with the elevator’s base station, leaving it drifting in orbit.]]>
Sources within Federation Customs indicate that the raid is the culmination of a three-year long investigation into narcotics and human trafficking along the Federal border between Solitude and the nullsec region of Syndicate.
The action, which was undertaken in complete secrecy by Federation Customs with forces supplemented by vessels and troops from the Federal Marines, Federal Defense Union and Federation Navy, is believed to have also revealed significant intelligence on the operations of both the Guardian Angels and the Serpentis Corporation, including details of a number of their logistics facilities and portions of their distribution network.
In response to requests for comment from Nugoeihuvi News, a statement was released by Commander Veyn Vares, a capsuleer handling agent based in Octanneve that praised the “unbelievable professionalism, and unprecedented collaboration between all branches of FEDCAF during this incredibly challenging operation”.
News of the raid and the sheer value of the confiscated narcotics has already ignited fierce debate in the Senate today regarding the status of Solitude, which is the only region of the Federation not connected to the Caldari State via direct shipping routes. A number of senators have openly expressed concerns over Solitude's soaring crime rates and significant infrastructure issues during the course of senate sessions today.]]>
At this stage, the reason for the shutdown of the Myrskaa District 36 South Medical Center is unknown, with local health officials and law enforcement remaining silent on the security cordon that has been put in place.
Rumors also continue to circulate locally that link the shutdown of the medical facility with reports of a crash landing in the early hours of this morning.
While local news outlets began reporting on the atmospheric entry of a frigate class vessel and its subsequent ditching beyond city limits on the south side, further details of the situation, along with the condition of the pilot and any passengers who may have been on board has not been released after the arrival of a detachment of State Peacekeepers soon after the incident occurred.
Scope News has however been able to confirm from local sources that at least one individual from the crash landing was taken to the District 36 South Medical Center several hours before the facility was sealed off.
At this time, no further information on the cause of the shutdown has been provided by Zainou or the local State authorities, which has caused all subsequent emergency calls to be diverted to other south-side medical facilities.]]>
The platform, which is owned by Freedom Extension, is currently utilized to deliver construction supplies to the planet for both Urban Management and Six Kin Development, who are working in partnership to redevelop commercial districts in several cities on the planet.
While it is not yet known the nature of the incident that caused what has been referred to by the Republic Security Services as a “Class D Localized Containment Event”, the Scope can confirm from a source within the corporation that a total of sixty-seven members of Freedom Extension staff have been placed in full quarantine, along with an additional twelve individuals who were passing through the facility in transit.
At this stage, both the Republic Security Services and Freedom Extension have remained silent on the exact nature of the containment and what kind of outbreak may have triggered such a direct and rapid response, however it has been noted that over the course of the last two hours that a number of medical vessels belonging to the Republic Military have arrived on the scene in low orbit of the planet.
While the space elevator continues to operate at this stage with a heavy security cordon that prevents any access by press or visitors, reports indicate that the medical facility on board the orbital platform as well as several service decks have been completely sealed off.]]>
The Scope's Alton Haveri has reported in depth on last week's developments, including the adoption of Alpha Clone technology, the Drifter attacks and the warnings of the "Pharos of Thera" group apparently led by former Sanctuary scientist Taya Akira.
While the Drifters appear to have committed significant assets to their strikes against the empires, including using an unknown technique to establish their automated Hives in the heart of New Eden, the repeated assaults are being beaten back with the assistance of newly recruited capsuleers.
Reports from CONCORD's DED taskforce on Anoikis and the intelligence arms of the major empires are said to indicate a continuing escalation of Drifter activity. Naval forces are on continuing high alert while the situation develops.]]>
The apparently widespread Drifter assaults come against a background of the new "Alpha" cloning technology having been rolled out to general availability, as per the terms of the Yulai Convention's technology sharing provisions and agreements on spaceship captain access to cloning.
Following their recent acquisition of "Alpha" cloning from the SOE, the CONCORD powers have been engaged in intense military development of the technologies, establishing the ability to set capsuleer clones to an "Alpha" or "Omega" state according to available resources. The recent Blood Raider Covenant "Crimson Harvest" attacks were a significant challenge to that development but were ultimately defeated with the assistance of independent capsuleers.
If the Drifters have now responded in their own way to the emergence of new cloning technology, it seems likely that capsuleers will again be crucial to repulsing the new threat.]]>
Former Sanctuary School scientist Taya Akira, the figurehead of the Pharos group, has told the Scope that her sources have "seen a subtle but steady shifting of Drifter activity in Anoikis reflecting a possible expansion of their K-space operations beyond the well-established pattern of surveillance and scavenging."
Taya Akira went on, "We believe that Drifter military forces are preparing to escalate from response actions supporting their Seeker drones. At present we can't anticipate what that escalation might be but we have seen the Drifters respond militarily and in great force to technological developments within the empires before."
The Scope reached out to a number of sources in the interstellar diplomatic and military communities in light of the extraordinary nature of recent claims made by the Pharos of Thera group. A high-level source within the Thukker Tribe has confirmed that their Anoikis surveillance and reconnaissance groups have observed unusual and "anomalous" behavior in and around major centers of Drifter activity in the W-space regions.
CONCORD has responded to requests for comment by noting that its DED taskforce on Anoikis is “monitoring developments and is analyzing recently acquired data with a view to assessing the present threat level”.]]>
Director Blaque testified that, "The new cloning technology we have acquired has been rapidly developed into a viable pathway for our military and intelligence services' cloning programs. We consider it essential to maintain technological parity with our interstellar partners, competitors and adversaries. I believe that the Yulai Convention envisioned this as being necessary to the maintenance of a balance of peace in New Eden. It does not seem to me or, I believe I can say, to the Federal executive administration that fulfilling the spirit of the Yulai Accords and subsequent convention necessarily means complying with every detail of regulation or bureaucratic practice."
Pressed on the impact of the recent Blood Raider attacks, Director Blaque confirmed that the FIO, and Black Eagles in particular, "Will be conducting a multi-strand investigation into the Blood Raider Covenant covert strikes, subsequent open assaults and the involvement, if any, of Sani Sabik cults extant in the territory of the Gallente Federation. The military application of the new cloning technology is first and foremost to increase our viable recruitment pool for capsuleers combined with accelerating the adaptation of such recruits to the capsule. The Blood Raider attacks were an assault on the security of the Federation. Anyone who is found guilty of aiding and abetting those attacks will be treated accordingly."]]>