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."]]>
Captain Marshal Sirdan xer Qosh, Imperial Delegate to the CONCORD Inner Circle and Commander of Anti-Covenant Joint Operations, declared his "total satisfaction that the threat from the Blood Raider cultists has been stamped out". CONCORD Inner Circle President Seri Okonaya expressed her "gratitude for the tremendous assistance of the independent capsuleer community in the fight against these renegades".
CONCORD's DED has confirmed that an investigation has been opened into the interest of the Blood Raider Covenant in new cloning technology and will be pursuing all avenues, including any leading to "those who may have collaborated with these terrorists".]]>
As the Scope has reported, Blood Raider forces have switched from covert operations using their "Cold Iron" strike forces to brazen assaults in full force, utilizing their newest capital ship designs. Omir Sarikusa, leader of the Blood Raider Covenant, has continued to call on Sani Sabik cultists to rise up and has claimed that "all will become one with [him] in a Red Reclaiming". Analysts are divided as to whether his latest broadcasts represent Blood Raider beliefs or are intended as disruptive propaganda.
CONCORD and allied operations continue in space, while the sporadic planetary uprisings of Sani Sabik cultists in the Amarr Empire and Minmatar Republic appear to have been put down. The Federation has reported no significant instances of cult violence from Sani Sabik groups on its planetary holdings, while the Caldari State has confined itself to reporting that corporate security forces have "eliminated terrorists threats as they have arisen within State and corporation territories".
CONCORD's Directive Enforcement Department has co-ordinated with the commands of the core empire navies and they have joined with the DED in urging a major offensive "to push the Blooder Raider threat back".]]>
Speaking exclusively to the Scope, from a secure location in the Aring system, Taya Akira warned that the Sanctuary's research in Thera included exploration of "profoundly dangerous remnants of technologies touching on neurocybernetic adaptation and artificial intelligence". Akira, now the leader of an SOE splinter faction calling itself "Pharos of Thera", went on to explain that she and her group had been monitoring the SOE's Project Discovery, and believed it to be aimed at "a complete understanding of Drifter, which is to say Jove, biology whether natural, adapted or profoundly altered by integration with artificial life systems".
Taya Akira's starkest warning came with her claim that "the combination of Thera research with Project Discovery findings is dangerous in its own right, but my sources within the Sanctuary have told me that a new technique has been added to the mix and that this has unlocked the new cloning technology the Sisters have given to the core empires". Asked to explain the danger, Akira would only say, "Anoikis, Thera and the Drifters are dangerous beyond any threat you can imagine. All of humanity must beware of the danger and not blindly fall into a trap of our own making."
The Sanctuary and the Sisters of EVE leadership issued a brief comment on the claims when approached: "Our former Sister Taya Akira was a brilliant scientist but the tragic events that took place in Thera during YC116 took a great toll on her, physically and we feel sure emotionally. We would willingly welcome her back and help her to recover from that terrible experience. Nevertheless, with all respect for Taya, we must reject the claims of danger involving our hugely successful Project Discovery efforts and most certainly with regard to the new cloning technology that is vital to the ongoing defense of humanity during the Drifter Crisis."
Credit: Morwen Lagann
In illustration of the importance of capsuleer efforts against the Drifters, the DED's Genesis Fleet command has commended the efforts of such capsuleer groups as the Arataka Research Consortium (ARC) and the Special Empire Response for the Assault and Penetration of Hives (SERAPH). A recent engagement between capsuleers associated with SERAPH and a combined Circadian Seeker and Drifter tactical group resulted in the destruction of more than 20 Seekers and 50 Drifter vessels in the Sazre system.
SERAPH associate Morwen Lagann had some days earlier placed an Astrahus-class citadel in close proximity to the Jove Observatory in Sazre, to observe Seeker and Drifter activity. Imagery supplied by Lagann indicates Seeker investigation and engagement with the citadel. SERAPH commander Alizabeth Vea has suggested that Drifter activity in the system is a direct response to the citadel's proximity to the observatory, although this has not been confirmed by DED intelligence's Drifter analysis group.]]>
Usually positioned as great rivals in the complex corporate politics of the Caldari State, the Kaalakiota and Sukuuvestaa megacorps are generally considered to be the most powerful players in their respective corporate factions: the Patriots and the Practicals. While the attention of the so-called Liberals bloc, led by the Ishukone megacorp, has been focused on the redevelopment of Caldari Prime and expanding interstellar trade, the megacorps of the Patriots and Practicals have been engaged in considerable efforts to diversify and develop their interests within the Caldari State.
Some observers of Caldari State politics believe that a nascent corporate war is "bubbling under the surface", as Iesa Murikomo, host of popular Caldari news show This Is The State, puts it. The last 12 months have seen a noticeable increase in acts of sabotage, piracy and sanctioned, while limited, corporate warfare within the State's borders and involving its extraterritorial interests.
For their part, the Kaalakiota and Sukuuvestaa megacorps have stated their "total commitment to supporting the institutions of the State and the vibrant competitiveness of corporate life, the very foundation of our people's prosperity". The Caldari Navy has confirmed its "close co-operation with the respected and vital Kaalakiota and Sukuuvestaa Corporations" and expressed "deep support" for the leading role all Caldari megacorps are taking in "enhancing the security of the State through their corporate security forces' cloning programs".]]>
The Tribal Council has recently been meeting more frequently and regularly than usual in closed session to "discuss matters of interstellar security and current challenges facing the Minmatar people". Matters for discussion are believed to include the so-called "Drifter Crisis", the recent spate of attacks by Blood Raider Convenant and Sani Sabik cultist forces, and the continuing issues of the border war and "slaver crimes" relating to the Amarr Empire.
In other Minmatar news, there are reports that some adherents of the pantheistic hybrid of Amarr religion and Minmatar spiritualism have adopted something known as "The Way of Ephesianos", apparently based on the writings of a capsuleer member of the noted Minmatar freedom fighter alliance, Ushra'Khan.
The news comes at a time of increased non-tribal cult activity on Matar and other Minmatar planets, involving Sani Sabik sects, Salvation Church of Blessed Servitude branches and various “fusion faiths”, apparently in response to recent interstellar events.]]>
Early reports suggest that a large-scale operation against all four empires was carried out overnight by covert raiding parties making use of specialized stealth nanocoatings. One report intercepted by the Scope's sources indicates that Blood Raiders operating under the designation "Cold Iron" used the nanocoatings to defeat military early-warning systems. These raids are believed to have taken place as Blood Raider leader Omir Sarikusa issued calls for Sani Sabik cults to "rise up".
CONCORD has confirmed that Blood Raider Covenant forces have been engaged in military operations against members of the CONCORD Assembly and has issued a call to all independent capsuleers to assist the DED and the empires in striking back. The DED's General Odo Korachi has authorized the release of updated intelligence on Blood Raider Covenant bases, together with issuing an emergency update to scanning algorithms making it possible for sensor systems to penetrate the Cold Iron nanocoating.
For his part, the Blood Raider Covenant's Omir Sarikusa has continued to make open calls on Sani Sabik cultists to rise up and seize "pure flesh and blood in a new crimson harvest" from military cloning facilities. Scattered reports indicate that commercial cloning facilities have been caught up in apparent Sani Sabik attacks. A source within the Minmatar Republic has told the Scope that a military cloning facility in the Northern Mikramurka Steppes has been attacked by "Blood cult terrorists" but the report is unconfirmed.
The DED continues to urge capsuleers to destroy Blood Raiders wherever they can be found.]]>
The Scope's GalNet and FTL comms monitoring service picked up the open and unencrypted call by Omir Sarikusa early this morning. In remarks laden with Blood Raider and Sani Sabik imagery, Sarikusa calls for "the faithful of our covenant of blood to rise up and reclaim the purest flesh before it is sullied by the witches and the four beasts of the system".
The references to "witches" and "four beasts of the system" appear to refer to the Sisters of EVE and the "Big Four" CONCORD powers: the Amarr Empire, Caldari State, Gallente Federation and Minmatar Republic. The Blood Raider Covenant maintains its own large force of raiding vessels, operating in widely dispersed "hunting parties" and has rarely called so openly on Sani Sabik cultists to take up arms.
The Blood Raider Covenant is an extreme and highly dangerous branch of the Sani Sabik sects that broke with the Amarr Empire many centuries ago. The extreme theology of the Covenant is not shared by all Sani Sabik cults, though some have rivalled it for ruthless and sadistic violence.
Isolated incidents within major cities of the four empires have been reported but it is not known if there have been actual raids on military facilities in response to Sarikusa's call. The military and internal security forces of the core empires are reported as being on full alert.]]>
The Scope understands that the Inner Circle convened the meeting at a secure location on Yulai IX, at the request of the Interstellar Technology Audit and Inspection Office. This request was made under the Yulai Convention's technology sharing provisions, known as "Directive Alpha Gamma 12". Sources within the Amarr and Gallente delegations have confirmed that the special session was presented with evidence, by the Inspector General of Interstellar Technology, to the effect that the Amarr Imperial Navy and the Gallente Federation Navy had developed or acquired new cloning technology with a view to militarizing it.
The Assembly's proceedings were thrown into confusion when Special Representative Keitan Yun of the Minmatar Republic presented a declaration that the Republic Fleet are also in possession of the technology. The Caldari State delegation subsequently confirmed that the State's navy and megacorporation security forces are also well along in their development of military applications for the new technology.
In a turn of events that one source described as "satisfyingly embarrassing for the Inspector General", each delegation confirmed that they had been supplied the basic specifications of the technology by the SOE.
The official communique notes the "development of novel techniques in cloning and personality transfer technology", affirms the "legality of its use for military purposes by signatories to the Yulai Convention" and "regrets that the Sisters of EVE have seen fit to bypass CONCORD treaties and the proper procedures for the transfer and sharing of technology within the interstellar community".
The Sisters of EVE were approached by the Scope but declined to comment on the communique.]]>
While the subject of this special session is unknown, sources within the Secure Commerce Commission have told the Scope of much increased activity within the Interstellar Technology Sharing Audit and Inspection Office of the SCC. Known informally as the "AG12 Office", this is the SCC sub-agency responsible for the legal and commercial aspects of interstellar technology sharing under "Directive Alpha Gamma 12" of the Yulai Accords.
Controversially agreed late in the negotiations at the Yulai Accords, and codified in one of the many appendices to the legislation of the Yulai Convention, the AG12 directive on technology sharing has been an essential tool for CONCORD in its role of maintaining the interstellar balance of power. The Inspector General of Interstellar Technology Sharing is an almost unique instance of a post that controls sub-agencies of both the SCC and the DED.
Under the authority of Directive Alpha Gamma 12, the DED provides a standing "Warranted Regulation of Interstellar Technology Sharing" taskforce that has been the subject of more formal complaints to the Inner Circle by CONCORD Assembly delegates than any other DED agency, including the notorious SARO special forces unit. Sources at the SCC have claimed that officers of the WRITS taskforce have been present at discussions held by the AG12 Office at the SCC Depository orbiting Tar III.
Requests for clarification of the nature of the CONCORD Assembly special session, or comment on the increased activity by SCC and DED agencies, have been declined by the press offices of the CONCORD Assembly, Inner Circle, DED and SCC.]]>
The status of cloned human beings in general, most notably including Amarr military and loyalist capsuleers, has long been a confused issue within Amarr theology with no single source of authority adopting a distinct position on the matter. Much theological discussion on the matter has been drawn from the very specific prohibition against cloning members of the Amarr Royal Houses, a scriptural ban known as the "Sacred Flesh Doctrine". The question of whether a living clone can be in communion with the Imperial Rite, the Amarr state religion, has been left relatively open. Various of the other orthodox Amarr sects take differing but definite positions on the matter.
The Supreme Sobor's judgment has laid out an argument that cloned humans should be accepted as "embodying souls in communion with the Imperial Rite as the flesh of their birth would speak to us", a formula that suggests capsuleers should not be treated any differently to non-capsuleers for religious purposes.
The Theology Council's top scholars have supported their judgment by analogy with the highly unusual cases of Empress Jamyl I and Lord Aritcio Kor-Azor. In regard to the former case they noted the "miraculous presence" of the Empress's soul in both the body of her birth and the body "given her by divine providence after her first death", while in the case of the late Lord Kor-Azor they noted that his cell regeneration was a religiously mandated use of technology to "renew his soul by providing a new body". The scholars also noted the induction by two different Emperors of several capsuleers into the Order of the Sacred Throne, a military religious order.
The Theology Council also noted and reaffirmed that the Yulai Convention's prohibition on simultaneous instantiations of a single personality in multiple clones is in accord with Amarr scripture. The exhortation is sure to provoke much debate within the Amarr faith, however it is believed that the Empress and Privy Council will now consider the text of the judgment and issue a definitive ruling that will settle the matter in terms of the Imperial Rite.
In a related matter, the Privy Council has released notice of numerous minor matters and responses to petitions, while it continues to deliberate on "the primary issues of state and church in the New Era". Amongst the notifications issued was a response to the Order of St. Tetrimon's petition against Lysus, the House Champion of Kor-Azor in the Imperial Succession Trials.
The response declares that: "The sustained public outburst of impiety and prideful defiance of the Imperial will during the inspection of the Imperial Guard by Her Imperial Majesty Empress Catiz I suffices as evidence to convict Lysus on the charges of both blasphemy and heresy. He is therefore stripped of all status within the Holy Amarr Empire. The Holder's title and fief conferred on him by the noble and lamented Lord Aritcio Kor-Azor is revoked and confiscated, to revert to the Royal House of Kor-Azor."]]>
AMARR PRIME – Empress Catiz I has convened inaugural meetings of the Privy and Theology Councils under her reign, moving quickly to act on the vision she laid out in her public address to the Imperial Guard following her coronation last week.
Formally opening a full session of the Theology Council in Dam-Torsad's Hall of Divine Truth and Justice, Empress Catiz I asked the several thousand assembled deacons and justices of the council to carefully consider how "faith may truly be reconciled with prosperity and power in the New Era." Following her remarks the full session was adjourned and the sixty-strong Supreme Sobor of Theology began a closed door meeting.
After opening the assembly of the Theology Council, Empress Catiz returned to the Imperial Palace and convened a meeting of the Privy Council. It is understood that this first meeting was limited to the so-called "Closed Council", an exclusive gathering of Empress, Court Chamberlain and the six Royal Heirs. Matters for discussion are said to include appointments to various positions in the administration of the Amarr Empire. Not least among such offices is the post of Imperial Chancellor, left vacant by the late Lord Aritcio Kor-Azor.
The Privy Council will also hear various petitions, including the charge of blasphemy brought by the Grand Master of the Order of St. Tetrimon against the Kor-Azor Succession Trials Champion, Lysus, for his sustained public outburst during the Empress's inspection of the Imperial Guard.
In related news, Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor appeared at the Grand Caravanserai on Matar, today, apparently to report to the Tribal Council in closed session on his surprise visit to Amarr Prime to attend the coronation and festivities of that week. Although the Sanmatar's close associate, former Ambassador Keitan Yun, accompanied him during the trip, the Scope has not been able to determine his present whereabouts.
Sanmatar Shakor briefly spoke to reporters at the Grand Caravanserai, saying, “It was my pleasure to attend the coronation of the new Empress, and I must say that I found the whole affair most interesting and satisfying. As you know, the Amarr have a surprising capacity for entertaining spectacles and for my own part I greatly enjoyed the fireworks.”
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AMARR PRIME – In the final phase of the most sacred rituals of the Amarr Empire, the noble Royal Heirs of the Imperial Houses of Amarr, who served during the reign of Her Imperial Majesty Jamyl I, surrendered their lives in the Rite of Shathol’Syn tonight.
All of Holy Amarr remembers the faith and service of the late noble sovereigns of the Houses of the Privy Council:
His Royal Highness Yonis Ardishapur, Holder of Derelik and the Demesne of Ardishapur
His Royal Highness Uriam Kador, Holder of Kador
His Royal Majesty Garkeh Khanid, King Khanid II of the Khanid Kingdom and Lord of the Marches
His Royal Highness Aritcio Kor-Azor, Holder of Kor-Azor and Imperial Chancellor
His Royal Highness Merimeth Sarum, Holder of the Demesne of Sarum
With the deaths of their noble predecessors, and the ascension of Her Imperial Majesty Catiz I, the Houses of the Privy Council are now led by the newly confirmed sovereign lords of their family domains:
His Royal Highness Arim Ardishapur, Holder of Derelik and the Demesne of Ardishapur
Her Royal Highness Hamideh Kador, Holder of Kador
His Royal Majesty Farokh Khanid, King Khanid III of the Khanid Kingdom and Lord of the Marches
Her Royal Highness Ersilia Kor-Azor, Holder of Kor-Azor
His Royal Highness Arrach Sarum, Holder of the Demesne of Sarum
His Royal Highness Tunir Tash-Murkon, Holder of Tash-Murkon
By Order of the Privy and Theology Councils.]]>
Speaking publicly for the first time as head of state on board the Avatar class titan TES Purity, flagship for the Imperial Guard’s Throne Worlds Fleet, Empress Catiz spoke of a new era for the Amarr Empire under her rule, with focus on bolstering the strength of the Imperial economy, rejuvenating the Imperial Armed Forces to combat ongoing threats to the Amarr people, and renewed foreign policy that will see the Empire more open to foreign trade than ever before.
Empress Catiz also took time to offer her thanks to independent capsuleers for assistance rendered to IAF in combatting the extremist group “Purity of the Throne”, who have been forced into full retreat after a relentless series of raids by capsuleer groups across the cluster. She further emphasized that loyalist capsuleer forces have a larger than ever role to play in protecting the safety and security of the Empire, announcing a grand expansion of capsuleer military training that will begin in quarter four of YC118.
Speaking before an almost three thousand strong audience of capsuleers in orbit of Amarr Prime, as well as senior officers of the Imperial Guard, the Empress was only briefly interrupted as two pilots from Rote Works, a rumored subsiduary of the notorious alliance Rote Kapelle, attempted to halt the celebration by detonating two Providence class freighters packed with explosives alongside TES Purity. The resulting explosion did significant damage to the vessel's starboard side flank, blasting away her outer armor and shell plating, which caused a series of structural fires. These appeared to be extingushed over the course of the subeequent half hour as the newly crowned Empress continued her address, seemingly unaffected.
The Imperial Guard has already responded to press requests for further information regarding the damage sustained by TES Purity, confirming that the vessel will return to Safizon, where she will remain gravdocked for eight weeks whilst repairs and a full reactor and propusion inspection are carried out. Details of any casualties on board TES Purity were however withheld by the Ministry of War.
A spokesperson also confirmed the Imperial Guard's authorization for the destruction of a Paladin class Marauder piloted by Lysus, Champion to Aritcio Kor-Azor in the YC118 Succession Trials, after blasphemous behavior during the address. The execution was carried out by independent Amarr Loyalists on order of Khemon Dulsur an-Tetrimon, Grand Master of the Order of St. Tetrimon.
Despite her rousing words and revelations of plans for a more progressive Empire, the address made by the Empress has been somewhat overshadowed in the media by an unprecedented meeting between herself and Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor, leader of the Minmatar Republic, following her coronation this afternoon. Onlookers commented that both parties seemed in good spirits, sharing what appeared to be jovial conversation over the course of almost a half hour in the banquet hall of the Imperial Palace in Dam-Torsad.
Sanmatar Shakor made headlines earlier today with his surprise arrival in the Imperial Capital, throwing the Amarr and Matari press into disarray, before causing even more controversy with his choice of guest for the coronation ceremony as he arrived at the Basilica of St. Gheinok the First Prophet with Keitan Yun, former Matari Ambassador to the CONCORD assembly, as his guest.
Official images of the coronation and the subsequent reception released by Amarr Certified News show Sanmatar Shakor sporting traditional black Brutor Tribe robes, his ornate Khumaak strapped across his broad shoulders. Many of the images show the leader of the Tribal Council conversing with Empress Catiz whilst she is still dressed in full coronation regalia, the golden crown of Holy Amarr perched on top of her intricately braided hair.
With official affairs now winding down after a momentous day in the Amarr capital, the spotlight now turns on the city of Dam-Torsad itself as elaborate pyrotechnic displays light up the skies, and citizens of the Empire prepare for a week of celebrations to mark this auspicious event which will culminate on Friday evening with the ceremony of Shathol'Syn.]]>
An unprecedented and completely unexpected turn of events, the confirmation of the Sanmatar’s crossing from Heimatar into the Imperial region of Devoid via the Ammatar Mandate has left both the Amarr and Matari media in a state of utter confusion, as analysts on both sides of the border attempt to theorize on the outcome of what could become the first face to face meeting of the Amarr and Matari heads of state since the formation of the Minmatar Republic.
While the Empire traditionally offers an invitation for the Matari head of state to attend events of interstellar significance that are hosted within Imperial borders as a courtesy, this astonishing turn of events marks the first time ever that the leader of the Minmatar Republic will have accepted an invitation of this nature, and will also be the first time in the history of the Republic that the Matari head of state has set foot on Amarr Prime.
It is reported at this stage that after almost twenty minutes of confusion at the Ammatar Border, a Republic Fleet convoy of approximately thirty vessels, including a Tempest Tribal Issue carrying Sanmatar Shakor, was granted passage through three Ammatar systems in Derelik before being met in the system of Lisudeh by an Imperial Guard escort.
In what appears to be the extension of an olive branch from the Imperial Armed Forces to the Republic Military, the Republic Fleet convoy was permitted to cross the border into Amarr sovereign space, and Sanmatar Shakor is currently under joint Imperial Guard and Republic Fleet escort to the Imperial Capital.]]>
Set to occur at 14:00 NEST tomorrow in the Basilica of St. Gheinok the First Prophet, the ceremony which is expected to be the most lavish coronation in memory has attracted heads of state, political figures and senior military personnel from across the cluster.
With security activity in the Imperial capital at record levels and the entire Imperial Guard on standby, thousands of foreign dignitaries await the crowning of the next leader of the Amarr Empire, including Gallente President Jacus Roden, FIO Director Mentas Blaque, and more than fifty members of the Gallente Senate.
Dignitaries from various megacorporations are also present, given the strong business relations that Empress Catiz enjoys with the Caldari State. Representatives from the big eight, including the entire Chief Executive Panel have been sighted and rumors are that a number of high profile military figures from the Caldari Navy and State Protectorate are reported to have also been invited to the celebration, along with members of the Inner Circle and leaders of the Directive Enforcement Department.
With Purity of the Throne extremists in full retreat after the relentless efforts of independent capsuleers to stamp their activity out, the coronation is set to go ahead as planned, and it is rumored that Empress Catiz herself will make a public appearance at around 20:00 NEST tomorrow in order to inspect the IAF Honor Guard in orbit of Amarr Prime and address capsuleers from across the cluster.
At this stage, there is no word on attendance from the Minmatar Republic, with the office of Press for the Tribal Council declining to comment on the fanfare across the border.]]>
Speaking during a short break after an inspection tour of shipbuilding facilities in orbit of Diaderi II, Admiral Karetta expressed his “utter delight” at the news that Capsuleers have taken up arms against Purity of the Throne Insurgents, branding the organization targeting the Imperial Guard as “an utter embarrassment to all those of Amarr heritage” and a “significant threat to the sanctity and security of the Amarr Empire.”
The forty-five-year veteran of the Amarr Navy further praised capsuleer efforts, stating that “while some may fear Empyreans, and hold a reserved and guarded view of those who operate as independent capsuleers, it cannot be ignored that they are a force to be reckoned with, and when harnessed correctly, can be an incredibly valuable ally.”
When questioned regarding the short notice inspection of facilities in Diaderi, Admiral Karetta appeared to be keen to assuage concerns regarding security, saying that “on my return from business in Yulai, where coincidentally, I had the pleasure to speak with several members of the Council of Stellar Management this week, I felt it prudent to take a short detour in order to inspect the progress on several dozen vessels of the Third Fleet that are currently gravdocked here. Routine refitting inspection, that’s all.”
In his closing remarks, Admiral Karetta lauded the incredibly efficiency of capsuleers in assisting to deal with the Purity of the Throne, before quipping “perhaps we’ll nano-coat the refitted vessels in white for a while, in celebration of the ascension of Empress Catiz.
The Amarr Navy highly encourages capsuleers who have taken up arms against Purity of the Throne to wear their colors in defiance of such unclean goals, and as a symbol of unity, celebration, and support for Empress Catiz.”
Initial reports indicate that Purity of the Throne continue to operate in various locations across the cluster, with the Amarr Navy issuing frequent telemetry updates on known locations.]]>