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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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