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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.

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"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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  Star Date: 221.22.5

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RAGNAROK BECKONS

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Assault on End Game

The ancient Architects have declared war on the Dewiek Elder Nation. The first sign of the conflict was subspace transmissions in a remote system in the Pocket Periphery. This followed reports that the ancient Ragnarok shipyards on Beacon were malfunctioning. In response, the Wolf Mother sent urgent orders to several Dewiek scout ships to patrol the End Game system.

The Konungr Smidamadr was the first to encounter the gigantic, “Planet Killer” class ARC ships. Measuring in at thirty-two hundred heavy hulls and armed with a hundred ARC plasma weapons, the ship was more like a mobile armed platform. It is certainly the largest vessel ever recorded. The scout ship was vaporised instantly.

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ARC Planet Killer dwarves largest DEN warships

 
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  Star Date: 221.11.4

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Caste Apart

The Flagritz Republic is (very nearly) no more. In its place, a single Hexamon and Flagritz power has arisen. The new Collective has absorbed much of the Flagritz holdings with only a handful of Clique-caste Flagritz systems choosing instead to align with the other Elder species, the Dewiek.

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Flagritz and Hexamon Hybrids - A hope for the Future?

 
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  Star Date: 221.3.3

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Meklanmania

Meklan scout ships continue to be seen around the Orion Spur periphery. These cyborg creatures in service of hidden ancient masters appear to be terrorising the Wimble Nation in particular. Despite public lamentations against the hardship of defending themselves, the Wimble leadership have not yet responded to our request for comment.

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Artist's impression of a Meklanised Wimble

However, Xavier Fox, CEO of Galactic Transport and Trade, did give us the following statement:

“We have engaged several Meklan ships, although currently the source has not been identified. GTT Directors have been running patrols and have engaged and destroyed numerous ships that have attacked outlying outposts belonging to different affiliations. The pattern of ships encountered leads us to believe there is a central source, but until that is found we would suggest any affiliation with assets in the area provide adequate defences.”

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Doomsday On Pause

At the site of the Thete anomaly, the Dewiek Nation has sent media sensation Sharon Aleman to the scene. Aleman, whose cybernetic enhancements allow her to directly interface with her ship’s sensor array, led her hardened crew into a dive of the outermost “edge” of the anomaly. After spending several days collecting and analysing data (mere minutes to the rest of us outside the anomaly), Aleman reported her shocking discoveries.

 
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  Star Date: 220.50.5

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Veil Lifted on Flagritz Home Space

As the Hellcadium ISR field continues to fluctuate, one of the newly exposed systems is Junista inside the previously hidden and inaccessible home periphery of the Flagritz Republic.

Over the past few weeks Flagritz Republic patrols and platforms have dealt with a number of scout ships from the Human Empire as the IMP wasted no time in exploiting this opportunity to poke around in their old enemy’s backyard. It is understood that at least one of these unarmed scouts was destroyed with no one willing to estimate how many more might be buzzing around.

Coincidentally, suspected IMP lackey, SSL TOAD, has also been overheard showing an obsessive interest in the Flagritz periphery. However, we have received no reports of this being anything other than his usual drug-fueled, barely decipherable mutterings at this stage.

Either way, this sudden, uninvited interest in the Flagritz Periphery has left the FLZ leadership muttering darkly about appropriate measures being taken. Defensive fleets and supporting structures are being deployed in the Junista system and beyond in expectation of further uninvited guests.

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When You stare into the Flagritz Periphery...

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Thete's Timey-Wimey Tease

Investigation into the Thete anomaly continued in the Dewiek Pocket Periphery. The anomaly was scanned from all angles by a number of the Dewiek Nation’s best sensor ships and officers. The data, collected over several weeks, was sent to one of the DEN’s most advanced scientific laboratories for analysis.

What they found will shock you!

 
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  Star Date: 220.45.1

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Perfidion Reached

Long speculated by theoretical Stellar Cartographers, Perfidion Reach finally opened in the last few weeks. Immediately, the Detinus Republic boldly staked a claim on the first accessible system, Hellcadium. Only time will tell the true value of this strategic move but their much-taunted bureaucracy may have finally proved its worth.

Early reports from scans of the system reveal a wildly fluctuating ISR field. Rumours suggest that at least one ship was destroyed as it was forced into an asteroid belt chasing a stable jump field attempting to exit the system. Casual travellers are warned away from the system at this time for their own safety. Leave it to skilled explorers and navigation officers.

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Mathematical model of Hellcadium ISR Field.

We spoke to Captain Zakiyah Ummahi via subspace link. Zakiyah led the first DEN expedition into the Perfidion Reach. "Spirits remain high but this is largely down to the extended R&R we were all forced to take immediately prior to jumping into this hole. Initial scouting reports show at least one planet with plenty of forests and grasslands which might help if we're going to be stuck here for Folkvar knows how long waiting for this damned ISR field to stabilise."

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Valhalla Stargate Reopens

Dewiek engineers and scientists have finally managed to re-enable Stargate Valgrind this week and the protective Exclusion Zone is to be lifted. If DEN investigators discovered who caused the gate to malfunction, or why, they were not willing to share it with us. Military sources, however, have announced a project to provide a significant boost to the already formidable defence platform in the stargate’s orbit.

 
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*** Inter Galactic News ***

Empire - DEN action grinds to a halt

After months of tension relations between the Empire and the Dewiek Nation, which rose to several large scale fleet actions ending in the DEN losing over 60 Direwolf warships in Solo, things appear to have moved from antagonistic to unfriendly. With the Solo system being a particular issue an agreement has been reached between the Wolf Mother of the DEN and Xavier Fox of the GTT. Since this things have become very quiet, not just because the shooting has stopped, but also because my reporters have been on their summer holidays.
 
News For Discerning Naplians!
---- Special Galactic Edition ----



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Host: Naambta!
Good Greetings, and welcome to the show.

This is News for Discerning Naplians, and i’m sure you are all showing much impatience to see this week’s Panel Discussion. We will be discussing religion with the Lady Ghadir of the Temple of Ya Zoon, renowned neo-naplian spiritualist Chairman TonTon, and a very special guest from our imperial neighbours, Bishop Samantha Porteus of the Brotherhood. But before we get to that...

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... it is time for a word from our sponsor.
 
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Welcome to the latest version of ESNN, giving the news and views from the ESNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe from our new home in the Heartland,

And so with the news from the last few weeks,
 
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*** Inter Galactic News ***
  • DEN assault FEL base and get wiped out
  • CIA Trade fleet caught and destroyed by the DEN
  • Krell denounce worship of the True One

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    Huge fleet skirmish at the London/Crossley wormhole

    A large fleet of over 700 DEN warships responded to the EMP action in Crossley, where a 4000 hull DEN platform was destroyed. Reports show the DEN ships caught a group of CIA ships napping and inflicted significant losses on the humans. IMP and GTT fleets moved to assist the CIA, matching DEN fleet numbers, but the arrival of over 1200 Hexamon ships seems to have tipped the battle in favour of the DEN-HEX alliance.

    The combined DEN-HEX force pushed through the wormhole into the Heartland area of human space and retaliated, attacking several CIA platforms in response. The outnumbered Empire fleets abandoned the area and fled, they are currently waiting for the larger alien force to make their next move from their hiding places.
     

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