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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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A Detinus expeditionary force is being assembled to liberate slaves in the Twilight Periphery. Stung by the wit of the Wimble Dinash, Admiral Bridge is leading a personal and sizeable force against the newly constituted Flagritz Republic.

The Wimble Bake Off has new competition with the Dominion instituting a Master Chef competition in the Orion Spur. This is all said to be a cover for further land grabs and in preparation for a move against the Hive and Dewiek, tipping the balance further in the Stellar Empire’s favour.

Meanwhile, the Wimbles struck off a number of hapless Wimbles under their new rules. To cement their plan to align themselves with the Stellar Empire, they have offered the services of their new masters to the Emperor.

Several hundred thousand slaves have been released by the Flagritz Republic but the terms of their manumission are unclear. Millions more await their emancipation. Many have refused to accept freedom without transit home, especially those brought in from outside peripheries. Many reportedly were captured by the Stellar Empire from the Detinus Republic and then sold on to the Flagritz.

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The ship PRV HarCop Omega has been reported both in Orion and Corewards. This was the flagship of the former League Chairman, sacked from the role when the League went into administration and quietly disappearing beyond the edge of known space. It is thought that his return may have been for a clandestine meeting with his former contacts in Harlong and Coptuv. If so then he clearly has an agenda.

Unconfirmed stories that the Pirate King of The Pirate Holes and Million Islands is near completing research on the various larger ships his pirates have successfully captured over the past few years (big thanks to all the affiliations that participated in 'donating' ships). If the rumours are true it is likely a new armada of pirate ships using more advanced technology will be found in Corewards in the near future.

An supernova has been detected originating from just beyond the Transpiral Periphery. The rare event has created ripples in the subspace of the nearby stars. Nobody has reported any tangible ramifications but this is the first supernova in the current age of the Peripheries so esoteric scientists are excited by the prospect of grants to study the relatively nearby phenomena.
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*** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***

The Wimble Crisis of 217 has come to an end with the human Baron making way to the wimble Grandfather Paden Mastaak. Celebrations were held in Wimbledon upon the news with crack teams of Wimble security staff guarding all the pies.

It’s unclear how long the Wimbles will enjoy this new era of peace and self-determination.

Vocal Wimble Dinasha, one of Paden’s early backers, has chosen this precarious moment to bait Dewiek, Flagritz and humans who were initially disposed to be friendly to the new administration. Whilst the Wimbles' history with the former-slave-loving Flagritz could be understood, their animosity towards the Dewiek and humans was more mysterious. One insider alluded to a rise in the number of cases of foot-and-mouth across the herd as being a likely cause.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Storm in a Teacup *** Yahn Bares All * &etc

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*** Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door ***

The stargates are closed! Reports from multiple sources indicate at least three of the stargates, all within Dewiek controlled systems, have been closed.

Two different sources have indicated that the TCA have been spotted recently in a number of systems and may be behind this turn of events. A scan sent to the SSS indicated eight TCA ships were recently spotted first in the Faery system and later near the Kasmer stargate.

Another source, suspiciously put the blame on the ARC, suggesting the ARC and DEN were working together because they “need to trap [the TCA] and try and finish them off after the DEN bodged their operation to protect the ARC while they incinerated the MEK homeworld, which ended up with several ARC ships being destroyed and the job only being half done."

However, with no public statement from the Dewiek themselves, its hard to know whether these rumours are reliable.

Lord Igor of the Dominion and Erasmus Andersen of the Garcia Family both offered public apologies at the delay in meeting their trade commitments because of the recent closures. The not-so-subtle subtext being that someone will pay with blood for this interference in their business. Or at least with a stealthy price rise.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Wimble Civil Strife * Who Sniffs the Sniffers? * Largin’ It * &etc

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*** 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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