The most committed ten contractors involved in the effort against the Serpentis Corporation will be rewarded with special capital ship blueprint copies at the conclusion of the campaign against the pirate menace. The announced reserve of five single-run Vendetta BPCs and five single-run Vanquisher BPCs will be awarded to those capsuleers that have earned the most points from Scope Network contracts as they aid the empires and fight against the Serpentis threat.
At this point in time, the current listing of top capsuleer contractors as of 118-08-05 is as follows:
The leading ten participants in the efforts against the Serpentis crime organization will be rewarded with special awards of Serpentis capital ship blueprint copies when the campaign concludes. The announced reserve of five single-run Vendetta BPCs and five single-run Vanquisher BPCs will be awarded to those capsuleers that have earned the most points from Scope Network contracts as they aid the empires and fight against the Serpentis threat
The listing of the top capsuleer contractors as of noon standard time YC118-07-20 follows:
The Scope Network's current round of contracts will run for several weeks to come and the top ten participants will be rewarded with additional BPCs upon its conclusion. Five single-run Vendetta BPCs and five single-run Vanquisher BPCs will be available to those who have aided the empires the most and have earned the most points from Scope Network contracts.
As CONCORD re-evaluates the threat level from various organizations and entities across New Eden, it is clear that the usefulness of the service the Scope Network offers is factoring into their calculations. Sources within the DED and the Scope Network have both confirmed that talks between FTL comms giant Semiotique Superluminal, the majority shareholder in the Scope Network, CONCORD and the Gallente Federation are continuing with a view to defining more clearly the operations of the Scope Network.]]>
The address to the interstellar press began as an update on the DED's assessment of the Serpentis Corporation's military capability, after the revelation that the pirate organization has been secretly working on its own breed of capital class vessels in recent months. During the statement, DED Brigadier General Odo Korachi, commander of CONCORD's Genesis Fleet, referred to the Serpentis Corporation's capital ship development program as "a clear and present danger to interstellar security" and "a significant risk to both the Federation and Republic's established and recognized borders".
The statement, which came after the General concluded a briefing with CONCORD's Inner Circle, confirmed rumors that the Serpentis Corporation and Angel Cartel's threat assessment rating has been upgraded to "Significant", one threat level below that of Sansha's Nation. The move comes after the gathering of intelligence which has now confirmed sightings of several capital class vessels bearing the colors of the Serpentis Corporation.
When questioned about capsuleer involvement in attacks on Serpentis Corporation installations, General Korachi, who is considered by many to have a dislike of independent capsuleers after placing bounties on several individuals last year, responded with praise, saying that "capsuleers across the cluster have proven their effectiveness in assisting with the reduction of threat over the course of the last few weeks" before adding that "the DED offer our most sincere thanks to all capsuleers who have contributed to this effort through contracts brokered by the Scope Network, and we hope to see more of the same from independent pilots who wish to assist."
After being further questioned on the nature of the rewards that will be issued to capsuleers who do assist, General Korachi indicated that "compensation for efforts to eradicate or disable Serpentis Corporation assets are a matter that should be discussed between the Scope Network and those who accept contracts" and confirmed that "the DED offers no guidance or regulation on the issue of rewards outside standard legal restrictions."
It is expected that the continued increase in private military contracting will continue in the coming weeks as more independent capsuleers flock to earn sizeable rewards from the Scope Network.]]>
The Scope Network intend to run this initial service for another 4 weeks and to further reward capsuleers taking part in this trial, will reward the top ten participants with additional BPCs. Five single-run Vendetta BPCs and five single-run Vanquisher BPCs will be available to those who have aided the empires the most and have earned the most points from Scope Network contracts.
With full Directive Enforcement Department approval, the Scope Network’s new brokering system has become incredibly popular among independent capsuleers, with tens of thousands utilizing the system to earn rewards based on everything from gathering industrial and manufacturing resources, through to direct mercenary contracts against local pirate elements.
Currently the capsuleers who have earned the most points via this new venture are:
An unprecedented move and the first of its kind after the Scope Network was granted its independent broadcasting license several weeks ago, the revelation has seen independent capsuleers across the cluster flock to earn the rewards currently placed on offer by the Scope, which include seized Serpentis assets that are now being used to rally pilots against the pirate organization.
As the Scope Network’s newest broadcasting channel came online at 11:14 NEST today, transmitting to every capsuleer’s Neocom, CONCORD reiterated its stance on assets, blueprints and equipment recovered from destroyed Serpentis installations, declaring them free salvage to the first pilot who stakes their claim.
Brigadier General Odo Korachi, commanding officer of the DED’s Genesis Fleet, also confirmed during the statement that “all standard CONCORD legislation surrounding capsuleer pilot versus pilot combat is still applicable within these designated locations. This is not a free for all, this is a controlled disposal of illegal installations belonging to an organization deemed as outlaw by the CONCORD assembly.
“We are aware of a significant number of Serpentis Corporation vessels gathered at some of these locations and the Directive Enforcement Department recommends caution in the vicinity of any of these installations.”
General Korachi closed his address by deferring to the Scope regarding rewards to be issued for the destruction of designated targets, formally absolving the DED of any responsibility for the issue of rewards, stating that “the issue of any reward for destruction of hostile assets lies with the Scope Network as a private, independent organization issuing private military contracts in accordance with the Yulai Convention.”
At this stage, more than ten thousand capsuleers are rumored to have already taken private military contracts with the Scope Network.]]>
The deal is believed to have been reached after an extraordinary intervention by the Scope's founder, FTL communications trillionaire Lous Chavol, and a major Scope Network stockholder, Cestelle Ambre. It is understood that Upwell Chairman Yani Sar Arteu and Upwell Security Chief Lars en Ramon met with members of the CONCORD Inner Circle, including the SoCT's Matshi Raish and the Gallente Federation's Devan Malate, at the Scope Development Studio orbiting Orvolle VI's first moon.
This deal comes after the extraordinary grant of an independent galnet broadcasting license to the Scope Network and places the media giant in the position of operating as an information, operations and technology broker between New Eden's empires, megacorporations and independent capsuleers.
Not seen in public for many years, the reclusive Lous Chavol is the owner of a major Gallente FTL communications backbone provider, Semiotique Superluminal, and has continued to hold the controlling interest in the Scope Network since he founded it. Cestelle Ambre is a noted high-tech and media sectors investment guru and it is believed that she has taken a close interest in the development of the Scope media empire. Perhaps related to this is that the Scope's Lina Ambre is the niece of Cestelle Ambre.
Brief statements from CONCORD and the Upwell Consortium have confirmed the outline terms of the arrangment and it is believed the Scope Network will quickly begin its brokerage operations using its access to the galnet FTL communciation system.]]>
During this morning’s hearing following the open Inner Circle session hosted on Tuesday, Federal Intelligence Office Director Mentas Blaque spoke before the group of delegates, affirming the Federation’s position that “the Serpentis Corporation and their Cartel allies pose the most significant security threat to both the security of the Gallente Federation, and our allies in the Republic”.
Director Blaque then elaborated on Federal support for proposed economic sanctions by CONCORD against the Upwell Consortium and its member corporations, stating that “the safety and security of Gallente citizens is of paramount importance and the Federal government takes matters of interstellar security incredibly seriously. We will not stand by and watch a for-profit consortium of corporations toy with the safety of the Gallente people by holding back intelligence on enemy capability that could be vital to bolstering the security of Federal borders against potential attack.”
Girn Egnai, Republic Security Services Director of Operations for the Metropolis region offered further support, speaking after Director Blaque to clarify the Republic’s position that “the Republic Fleet and Republic Security Services are engaged in open and ongoing conflict with the Angel Cartel, and by extension their allies in the Serpentis Corporation. A privately owned, for profit consortium should not be in a position where it is permitted to hold back intelligence that poses a risk to the security of any sovereign state in the cluster.”
At the conclusion of Director Engai’s statement, Director Blaque struck his fist on the table in agreement, before confirming that the Federal Senate was willing to consider sanctions within the Federation against Gallente member corporations of the Upwell Consortium, as well as against business conducted inside its borders by non-Gallente Upwell members.
The State and Empire delegates to the Inner Circle once against offered their acknowledgement and agreement, but as of yet have not formally offered support for any potential sanctions against the Upwell Consortium or its members.
At this stage, the Upwell Consortium has offered no comment when approached by the Scope Network regarding ongoing discussions.]]>
The final holdouts of the Amarr militia fell on YC118.06.19, with the four systems of Gebuladi, Raa, Sirekur and Vimeini changing hands in the culmination of a lightning offensive by TLF forces that claimed some 30 systems in the space of a week.
In a special ceremony at the Grand Caravanserai on Matar, Sanmatar Shakor invoked the once more the struggle for the liberation of enslaved Minmatar everywhere and poured praise on the militia fighters for their efforts in achieving complete domination over the contested zone spanning border constellations in the Bleak Lands, Devoid, Heimatar and Metropolis regions.
Standing before the Chiefs of the Republic's Tribal Council, the Sanmatar read aloud the citation of the Stripes of Fury medal:
"How many times must they try to place our people in chains before they will learn? We do not falter. We do not run. We always rise up and take back what is ours and scream the war cry of freedom! For their foolish oppression of our people, the Tribal Liberation Force has brought them to their knees! On behalf of the seven tribes and the Minmatar Republic, I hereby award you the Stripes of Fury."
While this is the first occasion on which the Minmatar forces have managed to claim the entire warzone, it remains to be seen if their grip will endure for very long. Past experience has shown that the limited warfare envisaged by the CONCORD Emergency War Powers Act will go back and forth according to the fortunes of the empires contending in what some capsuleers refer to as "Pendulum Wars".]]>
Speaking on behalf of the Society of Conscious Thought, as the Jove Empire delegate to the CONCORD Assembly, Elder Mentor Matshi Raish questioned the motives of the Upwell Consortium after it was revealed that the organization acquired a significant number of blueprints, research components and construction components from raids on several Serpentis Corporation installations over the course of the last few days.
Believed to have been carried out by Intara Direct Action and the Ostrakon Agency, these raids have primarily focused on Serpentis shipyards that were rumored to be constructing a new breed of capital ships bearing similarities to Gallente designed vessels of the same classes.
In a hard hitting statement from Raish, which drew agreement from the other four empire delegates to the Inner Circle, he encouraged Upwell to hand over all materials that have been recovered from the raids to the Directive Enforcement Department, before alluding to the fact that he may push for economic sanctions against the consortium and its member corporations should they fail to comply with the request.
When approached for comment after the conclusion of the session, Elder Mentor Raish declined to comment further, referring the press to his earlier statements during the Inner Circle session. All four other delegates similarly declined to comment outside the Inner Circle chamber.]]>
FOUNTAIN – The Scope is now able to confirm earlier rumors of an attack on a Guardian Angel capital shipyard in low orbit of Serpentis Prime VII.
Initial reports of the strike surfaced several hours ago after a number of distress calls were intercepted and recorded by a Federation Navy Tripwire border posts in the Elerelle constellation of Solitude, however the situation remained unclear until footage of the aftermath began to arrive at the Scope less than an hour ago.
Initial holoreel recordings handed to the Scope clearly show a plume of debris burning up as it entered the atmosphere of what has now been confirmed to be Serpentis Prime VII. The Scope has also been able to confirm that the facility attacked was a low orbit shipyard constructing prototype capital class vessels for the Serpentis Corporation.
Reports indicate that an unidentified strike force was able to covertly penetrate the Serpentis Corporation’s home system and launch an assault on the shipyard with a number of boarding parties, before crippling the facility with a sizeable explosion, destabilizing its orbit and causing it to burn up as it entered the planet’s atmosphere.
There have been no reports of debris reaching the surface of Serpentis Prime VII, however intercepted and decoded communications from the attackers has revealed that a sizeable amount of equipment and blueprints were stolen during the attack, including one set of blueprints referred to only as “Vehement”.
Both the Directive Enforcement Department and the Federal Intelligence Office have declined to comment on the situation after a number of vessels bearing the markings of Intara Direct Action were spotted in Solitude earlier today.]]>
A source within the DED has informed the Scope they are aggressively pursuing the investigation but despite increased patrols across the cluster they are yet to encounter any evidence of so-called “supercapital” tech being operated by the Serpentis.
The Scope approached the DED’s Brigadier General Odo Korachi for a statement earlier this morning and he issued a brief response. While he would neither confirm nor deny sightings of the tech, he has urged capsuleers not to take matters into their own hands and instead report any unusual activity to the DED.
The unusual statement from General Korachi follows unconfirmed reports of a stolen copy of the FIO dossier on the Serpentis military buildup making its way into the hands of an entity known only as “The Deathless”. While being confused as to the exact status of “The Deathless”, these reports allege this identifier was recently used in the hiring of several mercenary corporations previously active on the planet Chandeille. When questioned on this matter, Korachi refused to comment.]]>
"We're concerned, no doubt about it," said Chemal Tech CEO Boselena Enault in response to questions during an open session at TechUpCon 118. "The Serpentis Corporation is a very capable rogue actor with access to vast resources and some of the most twisted scientific minds in New Eden. Add to that the military capability of the Angel Cartel and the fact that those organizations have had years to hybridize and improve capsuleer level miltech and we certainly have a problem as a civilization. I would wish that CONCORD could openly acknowledge this but they seemingly don't want to as yet. It may be that the private sector will have to take steps to fill the gap."
The Upwell Consortium's security has been in the public eye for many months, with the capsuleer community in particular pressing Upwell for assurances of adequate safeguards with regard to Citadel technology. Director Lars en Ramon of Upwell's Department of Friendship and Mutual Assistance, responsible for security policy and support between consortium members, has just returned from a tour of Upwell installations in the outer regions. Although present at closed sessions of TechUpCon 118, Director en Ramon was not available for comment.
Regarding other news, Rhoun Ysatault, CEO of Upwell member and entertainment behemoth Impetus, was upbeat when questioned about the recent announcement of the Scope Galactic News Network's award of the first independent broadcasting license for GalNet operations. "I welcome it. Impetus considers the Scope a partner and we expect that the mutual benefits we have long enjoyed from our commercial relationship will continue in the future."]]>
Speaking on behalf of the Secure Commerce Commission from the Headquarters of the news organization, SCC Operations Director Ryde Froyer congratulated the Scope Galactic News Network on its recognition as the first truly independent news and current affairs broadcasting network in the cluster.
Remarking on the network’s huge growth in popularity among capsuleers and planetary citizens alike, Director Froyer commended the network’s “flawless journalistic integrity, outstanding service to news outlets across the cluster and incredible diversity in both broadcasting and programming.”
Attending the celebrations together were the two journalists who have shot to interstellar fame over the course of the last year as the Scope’s broadcast anchors, Lina Ambre and Alton Haveri. Both were decorated with CONCORD’s highest civilian award, the Platinum Star, for ‘outstanding and impartial service to journalism in the field, and in the newsroom’, after having spent almost two decades and thirty five years with the Scope respectively.
After becoming household names across the cluster, when asked for comment Ambre remarked that “the whole thing is absolutely incredible and I’m unbelievably proud of my co-anchor, Alton, and the tens of thousands of staff who work so hard to ensure that the Scope remains the premier source for news and current events in the cluster.”
Haveri appeared to be similarly elated, spending much of his time speaking with fellow journalists, while commenting that “the issue of the independent license is a fantastic leap forward for the Scope” and that he “couldn’t be more proud of the team at the Scope, and more blessed to have such a fantastic co-anchor, after such an incredible year of broadcasting.”
This new recognition for the Scope has led many to speculate that the network may choose to further loosen its ties with the Gallente Federation and its media industry, and could possibly look to branch out in future as an entirely independent broadcasting body.]]>
While the equatorial conflict has waxed and waned over the decades, the last few years have seen particularly intense fighting as interstellar mercenary corporations offered their services to various Sang Do overlords contending over resource extraction rights along the rich central belt of the planet. An additional factor that may have helped in reaching ceasefire terms was the sudden withdrawal of several notable mercenary corporations from the conflict. Private military forces from Intara Direct Action, the Ostrakon Agency, and the Seykal Expeditionary Group have disengaged in the last week, citing the presence of Federation covert and special forces as cause for activating "sovereign non-compete" clauses in their contracts.
The Federal Intelligence Office has denied all claims of involvement in the civil conflict, noting that the internal security situation of Chandeille is a matter for the Jin-Mei authorities and planetary assembly. In practice, this is a formula that hands all power to the Sang Do overlord caste as the Chandeille planetary assembly has no real enforcement powers. The Federation military has suggested that the remaining mercenary corporations, notably the Kang Lo Directorate and Namtar Elite, were in fact making headway on behalf of the "Consolidation" faction of equatorial overlords against the "Prosperity Drive" faction that were employing the notoriously brutal mercenaries of Intara, Ostrakon and Seykal.
However it has come about, the ceasefire is sure to bring great relief to a population that has suffered much in casualties, destruction and displacement during the past few years of the equatorial zone conflict on Chandeille.]]>
4C-B7X – Director Lars en Ramon, head of the Upwell Consortium's Department of Friendship and Mutual Assistance (DEFMA), is on a high profile tour of Upwell Consortium member installations in the Outer Ring and Syndicate regions, following further calls for assurances that Upwell security is sufficient in the face of threats from Serpentis Corporation and renegade capsuleers operating in the outer regions.
The inspection tour by Director en Ramon is the first real look that press and other observers have had at the Upwell security chief. DEFMA's director has a relatively brief public résumé, consisting of a period as a "Project Lead" with the Crux Special Tasks Group, preceded by service as an officer in the Federal Navy after a tour with the Federal Marines.
The appointment of Lars en Ramon as the head of Upwell's security apparatus caused some comment in Federation political circles given the history of antagonism between ORE and the Federation, even before the period of Serpentis control that came to an end with Upwell's seizure operations in Outer Ring. One source close to the Defence and Intelligence Committee of the Federal Senate has suggested to the Scope that en Ramon was a renegade officer who was quietly dismissed from service before his entry into the private sector. The Scope has not been able to substantiate this claim and his Federal service record remains confidential.
Concerns as to Upwell's security arrangements have come to the fore once more in light of what appears to be a major buildup and mobilization of capital ship forces by outer region outlaw groups such as the Angel Cartel and Serpentis Corporation, as reported in the Scope's last special report.]]>
Most concerning of all, are credible reports of the development of a heavily armed and armoured variant of the Federation's Erebus-class Titan, following a rogue broadcast by the Serpentis Corporation during the ceremonies of the Amarr Succession Trials. The FIO believe that the Serpentis Corporation and Angel Cartel have collaborated in the development of a ship designated as a "Vanquisher-class Titan". The report is understood to confirm deployment of Serpentis designed capital vessels and warns of the impending deployment of so-called "supercapital" designs.
The Scope's sources have expressed their disquiet at "institutional complacency within CONCORD" as regards to the threat of pirate and outlaw organizations operating in the outer regions of New Eden. Although requests for comment were made by the Scope, none was forthcoming from CONCORD administration or DED command.]]>
Upwell formally announced yesterday that all capsuleers would receive an Upwell themed SKIN for their capsule, as well as festival launchers and pyrotechnics, all of which have now been delivered in one of the largest logistical operations undertaken by the Consortium this year.
While the Upwell Consortium remains under fire from critics surrounding alleged misrepresentation of its product lineup and its decision to forego warnings regarding the dangers of colonizing unregulated space, celebrations have already begun across the cluster as capsuleer pilots take to the space lanes with vessels loaded with celebratory pyrotechnics.]]>
During the press conference, Yani Sar Arteu, Chief Executive of Outer Ring Excavations, praised “the commitment, industrial might and tenacity of Hard Knocks Citizens, who have been confirmed to be the first to erect a Fortizar class Citadel.”
Continuing the briefing, the recently reinstated leader of ORE and now Chairman of the Upwell Consortium confirmed that the organization would be honoring all capsuleers with the gift of an Upwell themed SKIN for every active pilot’s capsule, plus the issue of festival launchers and pyrotechnics to aid in this coming weekend’s celebrations, starting May 6th.
Friday, May 6th marks the thirteenth anniversary of the day on which the first commercial capsuleer licenses were authorized and issued, allowing independent capsuleer pilots to take to the skies.
It is expected that this weekend will see celebrations across the cluster to mark the occasion, with the Upwell Consortium reiterating that rapid advancements in both colonization and modular construction technology herald the dawn of a new age for the growth of capsuleer infrastructure.]]>
Dam-Torsad, Amarr Prime – The Amarr Empire's Imperial Succession Committee has announced that the coronation of Empress Catiz I will be take place on September 27th YC118. Court Chamberlain Pomik Haromi, speaking on behalf of the Succession Committee said, "The course of Holy Amarr has been set with the triumph of Her Majesty Catiz I in the trials. The coronation of the Empress will be carried out in the normal manner with all due rites and before the assembled faithful of Amarr. Preparations have begun and we look forward to the great moment when the ascension of our Empress will be sanctified for all to witness."
The Order of St. Tetrimon continues to watch over the outgoing Royal Heirs of Houses Ardishapur, Kador, Khanid, Kor-Azor and Sarum. Following the established traditions of the Rite of Shathol'Syn, the Heirs will fulfil their final oaths of faith on the order of the newly crowned Empress.
Reactions to the victory of Her Majesty Catiz I have been uniformly joyful across the length and breadth of Holy Amarr. Celebration holidays are still in effect in many domains and the banners of the Emperor Family and House Tash-Murkon fly alongside one another across the Empire. The Royal Heirs-elect pledged their fealty at the ceremonies of the Succession Trials and now begin the process of taking full control of their House domains, before renewing their pledges as full Heirs of the Royal Houses of Amarr following the coronation of Empress Catiz I.
Interstellar reactions among the CONCORD powers have been much as expected. Chairman Puok Kossinen of the Chief Executive Panel of the Caldari State welcomed the news of the Empress's triumph. "The Caldari State expects to maintain its productive and mutually respectful relationship with the great Amarr Empire. We particularly welcome and look forward to the opportunity to work with a leader of such acumen and foresight as Empress Catiz."
President Jacus Roden had been quick to express his appreciation of Her Majesty's victory during his visit to Dam-Torsad for the final trials, while reflecting on the immeasurable loss of Empress Jamyl I. "It has been my sad duty to attend the funeral of one empress and I am pleased to be able to say that I look forward to the duty of witnessing another empress take up the reins of leadership at Catiz Tash-Murkon's coronation. Our great nations often disagree but I believe we have a shared interest in stability and security during these turbulent times."
The Minmatar Republic restricted itself to reiterating its current stance towards the Amarr Empire, as a representative of the Republic Parliament stated, "The Tribal Republic's policy towards the Empire remains unchanged by this development. If the new Empress declares a policy of total manumission of all slaves in the Empire, we would then have a basis for establishing positive relations. Until then, we remain unimpressed." Scenes on the streets of Minmatar cities were characterized by barbaric acts of burning effigies and bizarre pantomiming of lewd acts.
The Society of Conscious Thought has made no comment despite its claim to equivalent status as a CONCORD power.]]>