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Balâdemnic (TNN) - The Krath Dynasty is reeling today after a covert Imperial Union mission was successful in the arrest of a number of Krath Dynasty officials, as well as the seizure of over 2,500 ships and a plethora of vehicles and weapons. Confirmation of the decisive Imperial Union action was announced by King Jude Vatz moments ago in a press conference at the Kalaayan Palace. Calling a special news conference a few hours ago, the Tresarian leader broke the official silence surrounding OPERATION TOTAL RECALL, and outlined the events that led to todayâs outcome.
OPERATION TOTAL RECALL was a Tresarian led Imperial Union operation against the criminal organization known as the Krath Dynasty. I am relieved to say that this operation was carried out successfully without the loss of a single person. I am convinced our success is attributable to the bravery, cunning, and loyalty we so often see in our members. Todayâs success will be recorded as one of the most devastating blows against the Krath Dynasty, with the seizure and impounding of large numbers of restricted technology entrusted to the Krath by the New Republic. With thousands of A, B, and X-Wing craft along with hundreds of Saber tanks and a stockpile of weapons now under Tresarian lock and key, this represents a huge reduction in the Krathâs ability to threaten peace and order throughout the galaxy.
The loss of large stockpiles of restricted military-grade technology comes hot on the heels of Krathâs recent suspension from the technology sharing arrangements with the New Republic. It was reported last week that the New Republic had formally informed the Krath leadership that a suspension was being imposed whilst the New Republic investigated serious allegations of illegal and unsanctioned trade of the restricted Republic technology. Krath Dynasty leadership did not react publically to the suspension, with their government spokesman refusing to be drawn into questions on the matter for the past week.
The loss of a large portion of their military strength was not the only accomplishment of the operation however. It was also announced that a number of key and promising Krath personnel were arrested by Imperial Union forces. King Vatz stated that the Tresario Bureau of Intelligence had been able to arrest ten Krath staff during the storming of a number of Krath ships. Amongst those captured were Ruling Council member and former leader of Krath, Lazarus Kell, also former Lord Archon and current Krath Lord Xel Novastar and senior military officer Marakk Sagesse.
Explaining the drivers for the operation, King Vatz elucidated: Just under six months ago, the pompous and bombastic Lord Commander Togl challenged the Imperial Union across the galaxyâs news networks. Preaching a level of zealotry rarely seen outside of mental asylums, the delusional little man is obsessed with the supposed glory of firefights and minor infantry skirmishes on one small world. Today the galaxy can see what the Imperial Union will do to those criminals and despots that seek to keep the galaxy in a state of turmoil. While the battle-obsessed Rift Alliance have been busy issuing personal challenges and throwing out childish taunts, the Imperial Union has been hard at work to undercut and paralyse the larger and more relevant capability of the Krathâs military.
As the Krath Dynasty scrambles to take stock of their losses of military hardware and personnel, Imperial Union staff are celebrating the victory and heroism shown by Tresarian operatives involved in the mission and Varro Belle in particular, who spent years undercover for both the Tresarian Bureau and Imperial Intelligence. With mounting pressure from the New Republic regarding the Krathâs lax security and their history of ignoring the trade restrictions on Republic technology, many political pundits are predicting further strains on the already stretched patience of the Galactic Alliance. The question remains just how much of the Krathâs incompetence the Galactic Alliance is willing to contend with, simply to bolster their military forces against the combined might of the Imperial Union.
Amidst the furious lights of a media frenzy, the New Republic Chief of State stands on the podium, evidently at ease with the responsibility his office brings him. Chief Kassan is more serious than usual, waiting for the gathered press to notice he is ready to speak.
"Good Evening, Citizens of the Galaxy.
You have, by now, heard that our Allies, the members of the Krath Dynasty have been suffering profoundly over the last standard day", the cameras continue to flash and record, giving an almost macabre sensibility to the proceedings.
"We wish them to know, chiefly, that we stand at their side as friends and allies and that if there is anything we can do to assist in the strengthening of their Government, we will gladly do so."
This instantly causes a murmur to arise from the reporters who vie for the Chief's attention.
"Sir.. if I may." A polite young Twi'lek stood to gain attention as she glanced quickly at her datapad for reference. "What are your thoughts on the real and tangible help that the New Republic can offer the Krath Dynasty?"
Since the stolen ships are now sealed and not under TSKâs control they are useless to them. As for the weapons they seized, considering the recent skirmishes between TSK and the GA I believe they can cause no harm to our own forces, given the hands they are in.
"Sir.. Sir.." yells one reporter, the rest growing reasonably silent. "Isn't it a fact that this whole operation came about by the current technology discussions that began with the New Republic?".
A lone eyebrow rising, Endaro Kassan leans against the lectern with interest "How so?"
"Well, the technology discussions may have pointed to a serious flaw in the current Krath command of the war machines that ..." the murmurs grew louder, some indignant at the suggestions as the reporter had to raise his voice. "COULD HAVE BEEN EXPLOITED".
The Chief of State's brow creased into fine lines as he waited for those present to grow quiet again before choosing to answer.
"I think you mistake what these discussions were about.
The current talks between the New Republic and the Krath Dynasty were not about security issues, but about the usage and sharing of the technology in regards to the regulations both Governments decided upon.
The current attack on the other hand was perpetrated by an insider who betrayed his own government and coworkers, his comrades. This happens often and everywhere and canât really be prevented if it is not your purpose to shut yourself off from the rest of the galaxy.
As soon as you put your trust into someone you create a vulnerability. All you need is a malignant sentient to take advantage of it."
"Chief of State, how, after these tech talks, can you say that you are on the Krath Dynastyâs side? After all, the New Republic Government stopped all trade with their Allies", continued the reporter.
"That is fundamentally incorrect. The NR decided to halt further production requests from the Krath Dynasty for only certain technology until the aforementioned talks have concluded and the issues have been resolved. The New Republic and the Krath Dynasty are both highly interested to preserve our good relations and continue our cooperation within and outside of the GA.
Now, we have time for a final question..."
A myriad of hands rose, voices as well vying for attention.
"Sir! It has been said that the TSK leader, Jude Vatz, has intimated that the sacking of the Krath is in part revenge on the NR for failing to protect TSK during the ancient split from the Falleen Federation when they were part of the Galactic Alliance... what are your thoughts on this?"
"The historic split is hardly the cause of the recent events. I don't think it's the right time to discuss it much further, but I'd like to remind King Vatz that we upheld all our treaties with TSK, even when they already had broken away from the GA, until they unexpectedly decided to betray their allies and change sides in the Galactic War.
If you don't mind Iâd like to quote a high ranking TSK member, Michael MaCleod, towards a Krath member on the situation:
âWe were alot closer then anyone from GE, plus he (Varro Belle, red.) knew we were unhappy with your little band of terrorists you fund to harrass us.â âHell I was in hyper thinking this was all a scam until we got confirmationâ
As you see, this raid wasnât even initiated by TSK and is hardly connected to the incidents between TSK and the GA all those years ago. The willingness of TSK to participate in Mr. Belle's betrayel was more likely in revenge for the multiple military reverses caused lately by the Rift Alliance under the command of Krath member Grevendar Togl. Our sources report that he was a major target for TSK during the operation.
As Endaro Kassan, the twelfth Chief of State of the New Republic steps down from the podium, a young Rodian steps into your view.
"And that was the New Republic's press conference on the recent state of events with our Allies, the Krath Dynasty.
Earlier this morning, we had a chance to ask the Secretary General of the Galactic Alliance, Jake Azzameen about his views concerning the horrendous events that led to the capture of 9 Innocent Sentients from the Krath Dynasty:
"In the late hours of 17-262, only minutes after I returned from an exploration and research mission into Deep Space, several diplomatic and intelligence organs briefed me on an attempted coup d'Ã©tat and/or looting of the Krath Dynasty, facilitated by the preferred method of criminals and terrorists alike: plain treason. Initial reports indicated extensive, but easily replaceable loss of equipment and several Krath Officers missing, taken hostage or killed in action. At the current moment, the Dynasty is actively restoring and securing its sovereignty, with Members of the Galactic Alliance standing by to assist Krath and all its true and loyal citizens. We hope that each and every one of them returns home alive and in safety."
"Within a day, the Galactic Alliance has rallied itself around the Krath Dynasty in these, their darkest hours.
We will bring you more coverage as events unfold."
It is with sad news that I, Ellias Aubec, the current Grand Seneschal of The Krath Dynasty come before you. Around a day ago, the Krath were heinously betrayed by one of our own. Varro Belle, who has worked within the Krath for many years, decided to throw that all away for the chance at notoriety and possibly a quick payday. Through the actions of several Tresario Star Kingdom officers who snuck into our system under a blackout imposed by Varro several thousand fighters were stolen from their docks and shipped on board one of TSK's ships. Vehicles, droids and items were also taken and sequestered.
Of most concern to us however was the capture of several Krath, including high ranking Lazarus Kell who was awaiting Varro in order to test him to se if he was able to use the Force. This cowardly strike shows how low TSK and their sympathisers will go in order to strike at anyone that shakes their worldview. Our thoughts go out to these lost few and we wish them the best should their captors be cruel and unmerciful and execute them with no negotiation for their release. Although with rumors that they are already on their way to being shipped to the Galactic Empire, these hopes may be without substance.
It goes to show that in this galaxy it seems you cannot trust many people. At least we can console ourselves that the ships and vehicles and droids these criminals did manage to steal had their security codes wiped and they will be inaccessible to the thieves as it will take years if not longer to break through and gain access to the on board computers and put them to use. However, we continue and strive ever forwards. Our allies have already sent their well wishes and offers of aid. Those who consider The Krath Dynasty and the Galactic Alliance we are a member of as evil, take note - our enemies are captured in battle, not through backstabbing and kidnappings in the dark. If you cannot operate in the light, should you operate at all?
TFNN - Kuna's Tail IV, Moddell Sector Y17.230 marked a momentous day for the future of House ExHilo, as a deal was struck between House Leader Lord Zao Nephalem and Trade Federation Viceroy Jacob Jansen for transferring control of the Kuna's Tail system to the Federation for an undisclosed sum. Sources close to the negotiations report that many of the privately-owned homes and businesses will not be nationalized by the Federation, instead remaining in private hands - much to the relief of the several hundred million residents of the system. Kuna's Tail has long been the home to members of House ExHilo, dating back to the beginnings of the House eight years ago. Palaces, athletics facilities, and martial arts training centers dot the landscape on nearly every planet. According to statistics experts from Sarafur Polytechnic University, Kuna's Tail has the most dojos per capita of any system in Known Space and secondary schools from throughout the system routinely win at sector-wide sporting events. House ExHilo and Kuna's Tail itself have also always held a close relationship with The Wraiths, as Lord Nephalem and many others are members of both groups. In recent years, however, the closeness of the system, the House, and The Wraiths has led to House ExHilo members being able to spend less time in their homes in Kuna's Tail as their Wraiths mercenary contracts and other activities take up more precious free time. As a result, Lord Nephalem and the House came to a grave decision: the system needed to go to a group that could properly protect and develop it, and the Trade Federation was deemed the best choice.
Due to the nature of the merger between the Avance Coalition and the Trade Federation in Year 16, Federation space already encompassed the surrounding systems. Trade is brisk between Kuna's Tail and the nearly one trillion other residents of the Moddell sector and the Federation's mighty Second Fleet already conducts patrols in the area. Polls conducted among Kuna's Tail residents were generally very much in favor of being brought into the Federation in a formal capacity even though most respondents expressed a measure of wistfulness for their years under House ExHilo. One area man commented, saying "Seeing the system leaving the steady control that The Wraiths have provided for many years could have been worrisome. But knowing it'll be in the safe hands of the Trade Federation means there should be no loss of security or political stability."
The House will not be resting on its laurels, however, as crews are working around the clock to create a new base of operations for themselves in the Zaddja system in the Trilon sector. This new home will allow the symbiotic relationship between House ExHilo and The Wraiths to continue to grow into the future.