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Hope Betrayed - The Story of the Commonwealth

Hope Betrayed - The Story of the Commonwealth

Extracts compiled by Sarah Tenor from the Official Histories of the Detinus Republic

Dreams of Peace
Since its foundation in blood and fire, the Republic had never known peace except as a distant dream. The Empire’s aggression waxed and waned, as did the fortunes of the Republic, but for not a moment did the people dare hope to be able to ever relax their vigilance - until 207, when unprecedented rumours began to circulate that the Empire, the Confederacy and the Republic were in negotiations behind closed doors.

Among the Republican people, euphoria turned to a quiet but determined hope as the weeks went by; hope turned to cynicism as it became clear that - even if the rest of the Empire were serious about peace - Galactic Trade & Transport under Lord Goth were not about to let it happen. Attack after attack by the GTT on the Republic followed, until the Imperial Command Council bowed to the determination of their chartered corporation to continue hostilities.


It seemed the dream was dead - but there was a second dawn, with Goth’s departure from the GTT later that year. Another ceasefire, another proposed treaty; many were doubtful this one could last where so many others had failed. However, against all the odds, the Peace Accord - the agreement that has since become known as the Commonwealth Treaty - was finally signed and ratified early in 208.

Signed on Stardate 208.9.2:

Admiral Lord Simms, Imperial Viceroy, on behalf of the Imperial Services (IMP)

Lord Angus Sivar, Speaker of the House of Lords, on behalf of the the Detinus Republic (DTR)

Zuvoro Norozov, FET CEO, on behalf of the Frontier Exploration & Trade (FET)

Roland, Corporation CEO, on behalf of the Galactic Trade & Transport (GTT)

Samuel Toridan, Director of Confederate Intelligence, on behalf of the Confederate Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Thomas S Jackson, Supreme Commander, on behalf of the Confederate Forces (CNF)

Naz Kodrix, BHD Pontiff, on behalf of the Brotherhood (BHD)

Baron LiQuan on behalf of the House LiQuan (HLQ), the House Schwartz (HSZ) and the House Drake (HDK)


The Commonwealth
After such a long and bitter enmity, friendship and trust could not have been built overnight. The treaty reflected this by calling for a progressive implementation, beginning with a formal three month ceasefire.

The ceasefire held, despite several Imperial starship captains and base governors with “outdated orders” firing on Republican assets. Each incident was smoothed over with at least a public appearance of amicability. Whether the attacks were truly accidental or not, the Republican leadership wanted peace too much to let it slip away.

The Accord progressed to the next phase, with a show of trust in the mutual transfer of information on assets. Civilian governments across the Inner Empire and Inner Confederacy were asked to support the treaty and commit to a trade embargo of any signatory breaking it.

The formal ceasefire was followed by a year-long “Trust Period”. A Triumvirate Council was formed from the Imperial Viceroy, Confederate Supreme Commander and Republican Speaker to resolve disputes and agree on the implementation of the treaty.

It was agreed that all systems (known and undiscovered) within the Inner Empire and Inner Confederacy would form a Commonwealth governed according to the treaty, with the exception of Detinus and Wolf which remained in the hands of the Republic.

During the long war, the Republic had annexed the previously Imperial systems Straddle, Adamski and Stockton; it was agreed that Imperial claim - and Imperial law - would be supported within these systems, with the condition that the Republic would be granted permission for exploration, building and the exploitation of resources. The planet of Boomerang in Straddle remained a DTR enclave during this phase. The Imperials similarly agreed to claim Eden and Monk on behalf of various factions of the Confederacy.

The third and final phase of the treaty was the full Peace Accord - which somewhat optimistically “assumed that trust between both sides has grown to such an extent that conflict will not arise in the future … and the human populations across the Peripheries can look forward to a peaceful future across mankind”. That peaceful future continued for some years... but unfortunately not for ever.

Hope Betrayed
When the end came, it came quickly. In 211.16, hostility from the unstable Baron LiQuan was followed by attacks on Republican shipping in the Commonwealth system of Via. Protests were met with LiQuan unilaterally declaring the peace accord “dead” - a declaration supported by the Imperial Viceroy and, crucially, not repudiated by the Confederacy.

Within weeks, the declaration became fact as the Commonwealth collapsed. System after system switched its claim away from the Commonwealth to the Empire and Confederacy. The Imperial Viceroy “cease[d] to recognise [the treaty’s] existence, not sure that I ever have, hang onto them as dead institutions should you wish Commonwealth”.

The Confederacy remained largely silent through this period, allowing themselves to be led back into war by House LiQuan. At the same time, nominally “Independent” forces with links to the CNF began attacks on Republican assets.

Somewhat after the fact, the Confederate leadership justified their acts by putting forward claims of Republican support of dissident organisation RCF - “The Real Confederate Forces”. This purported casus belli did not stand up to scrutiny, resting as it did on the establishment of some very small RCF outposts in Republican space. This occurred with full knowledge of - and without protest from at the time - the Confederate Supreme Commander. It is clear this assertion was a fig leaf; perhaps for internal consumption, perhaps to muddy the waters for neutral parties.



In response to these events, the Republic switched their claim in Straddle away from the Empire. Despite their actions in ripping up the treaty, the Empire and House LiQuan made a series of protests against this move. It seems likely these protests were intended as a bid to sway third parties who had not been paying attention to events.

A final attempt was made by the Republic to revive the peace, with a representative sent to meet the Emperor Lysander in person. The talks were friendly, with personal gifts exchanged between the Imperial family and Speaker Diaz, and within weeks the formal Republican claim for Straddle had been dropped.

Sadly, this was not enough for the Empire, for LiQuan - or for the Confederates under their new Supreme Commander Duke West. Minor incidents of sabotage, Confederate-linked piracy and declarations of blockades were followed, early in 212, by a massive combined assault against Republican assets in Straddle and Adamski.

The dream died. Humanity was once again at war, and this time the Republic stood alone.

***

"After all, every sort of shouting is a transitory thing.
It is the grim silence of facts that remains."
-- Joseph Conrad, Ancient Terran Author




 
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***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit? ***

The Flagritz Empire is no more! The Flagritz Republic is reborn! Quick on the heel of the collapse of the Empire, the Fessin caste declared a new era of foreign and economic policy with a rapid withdrawal behind the Black Gate.

The new ecologically-friendly Prime Minister Kayxaer, asked for patience as “economic” reforms were undertaken. It remains to be seen whether there will be any price to pay for the dramatic changes being made by the reclusive Flagritzi or whether it will all be sunshine and rainbows going forward.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Large at Large * &etc

 
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*** Bravo for Freedom ***

Naplian Forces have attacked three human pirate outposts in the Morroglyph system. A spokesperson for Naplia HQ told the press that the plucky duct-tape loving free people would continue their war against slavers and pirates in their home periphery.

One salty Naplian libertarian told the SSS, “The people of the Naplian Home Periphery are sick and tired of human criminals coming here just because their homeworld is an overcrowded hell. It’s time for them to go back home.”

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Igor of Fang and Horns * Admiral Loves Dick Turpin * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

.What is It?
..a wOrmhOle?.
…No.. worse..
….the KANG singularity!…
…..It pulls us IN…..
……lOOks sO familiar……
…….yet so strange…….
……..what is……..
………that?……..

*** Flagritz Liberalise Economy ***

In good news for all the galaxy the Flagritzi have vowed to liberate all slaves across their Empire. Furthermore, the hectapods have given up eating other sentient species; taking up a strict diet of veganism and soy chai lattes. Sales of turtle neck sweaters and Forbidden Fruit laptops have skyrocketed.

The news was cautiously welcomed by the benevolent Felini Tyranny who looked forward to reducing the War phase of their daily Nap-Lick-Nap-War-Nap-Eat-Sleep cycle to a perfunctory forty winks.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Baron Womble * A Short History of the DPP * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Empire Strikes: Solo ***

A massive fleet of some 1600 warships, including large numbers of super-heavy capital 300 and 400 hullers, attacked the DEN in the Solo system, catching them with their metaphorical pants down. The DEN gate platform and some two hundred DEN freighters were subject to antimatter missiles amongst other high tech ordinance.

Jack the lad, Viceroy of the Empire, claimed a victory for freedom and the Imperial (right of) way leaving the sullen Dewiek unusually unresponsive.

With DOM platforms firing on CIA ships, will the IMP now demand the DOM add them to the Do Not Fire lists as well? And what exactly is the nature of the DOM and DEN alliance in light of the sustained attack from the Empire? And will the DEN’s alien friends stand idly by as the Empire fleet camps in the vital gate system of Solo? How will the DEN retaliate for this action or are they ready to roll over and have their bellies rubbed?

All this remains unknown. All that is certain is the “feel good” factor across the DTR has increased, with citizens reassured that for some time yet, they may continue in their slumber with the easy assurance that their number is not coming up anytime soon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * New BHD Guy * DOM Statement * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** To Ur Is Dewiek ***

Dewiek forces had a hefty smackdown against the mysterious living ships known as the T’Cath (TCA). Seven adult TCA 400 hull capital ships, each firing eight of their notorious plasma cannons, were killed by a DEN and DOM fleet of some 700 ships.

Of the minimal losses suffered by the DEN / DOM, one-eyed Magnus and Nevets Motnhap of the FEL were amongst the dead.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Caribbean Congo Continues * Ur Witness Report * * Hive Briefing * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** The Long Quiet Season ***

Listen…
There’s no sound of anger or of annoyance,
There’re neither cruisers racing on the jump lanes
Nor there jump lanes for them to race on,
There’re neither monks chanting on the battlegrounds
Nor bells calling us to the True One.
There’s neither the lightning cracking of the sky
Nor the persistent Naplians pattering on my roof.
There’s no Dewiek arm in arm to admire the magnificent view
There’re no war drums to feed Human ears
Nor Hive sirens to steal the boredom away
There’s no unfamiliar wing creeping underneath the Falconian sun
Nor floods to enshroud the Aquaphid grounds
The land lies lonely out here
On this lazy summer’s day
There’s no pollution to poison the airs of Inversion
Nor forests to give them life
All I hear is the hushing sound of the wind
Assisting the sand to fall into beautiful undulations.

Whilst we’ve been away: * Operation Giantslayer * Naplian Liberation * Back in the DTTR * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Falconians Saved ***

The Imperials have cunningly saved the Falconian Republic from being consumed by the Dewiek Elder Nation and at no small cost to the DEN either. Whilst the new pro tem Consul crowed about the “victory”, all former FCN systems besides Acropolis have been taken over by the two warring Empires - Human and Flagritz.

Was it all worth it? For the IMP / GTT it clearly was, for the movement of a few hundred thousand troops is surely nothing to the cost they endured trying to and failing to knock the DEN out of Solo after the fact. The FCN now plucked off most of their navy and wider assets are a tiny nothing of their former self. The DEN may have resorted to some dirty namecalling but can the costs endured to save an enfeebled FCN have really been worth it? Time will tell.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * INDignation * FELicitous Caribbean * Nah Plan for Naplia * Mercs Trouble DEN * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Acropolis Now ***

The IMP and GTT have brought peace and stability to Acropolis.

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Goodbye Falconians ***

The galaxy bid farewell to the Falconian Republic as the Human Empire subsumed them into their expanding territories. This marks the second death of an alien civilisation at the hands of the IMP / GTT in recent years. Like the extinguishing of the nearby Ulians, no voices of opposition could be heard from other quarters. This marks a long-period of appeasement by the Detinus Republic and Dewiek Elder Nation.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * DOMination * &etc

 

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