To: Acassa Midular, Chief of the Sebiestor Tribe
From: Tarn Stjörnauga, Chieftain of Clan Stjörnauga
Subject: Genocide and International Law
It has come to my attention that on 2 April, YC 121, a structure began operation in orbit over Matar named “The Emergent Threat Case Red Gamma Citadel”. This Astrahus-class citadel was commissioned by a Khanid capsuleer operating under the CONCORD license ‘Nauplius’, in order to “exterminate the entire population of Pator IV”.
This ‘Nauplius’ undertook to commit this action as “a cold, calculating act of war”. The method of his choosing: one in which he had been instructed by reckless statements from CONCORD Captain Oveg Drust. Happily, this method has proven to be one which is completely without merit, and loyalist capsuleer forces quickly removed the offending structure from the Mother’s skies.
But their actions, however swift or decisive, do not address a simple, yet pervasive security concern: a capsuleer embarked on a course of attempted genocide, and the agency tasked with law enforcement among capsuleers did nothing.
My Chief, just over five years ago, I supported your selection to step into the void left by your aunt’s assassination. For years before that, you and I have known one another and worked together in the Council of Clan Chiefs. Often, we stood together, but even when we found ourselves on opposing sides of an issue, there was respect. You know that I am not a man given to frivolity, or prone to alarmism.
However, I believe that CONCORD is lax in their duties, and this incident is merely a songbird in the mines. If one capsuleer can attempt genocide without official repercussion, then what deters others? Our own Fleet and Security forces are bound by Treaty obligations to leave such Empyreans to CONCORD, so long as they have not engaged in a specific set of DED-defined activities. Somehow, the attempted murder—however inept that attempt—of billions of people is not among them.
Capsuleers enjoy an unprecedented level of individual power and agency. They often wield wealth beyond the most feverish imaginings of normal human beings, and travel freely through the cluster and beyond, at their convenience. With this in mind, it is of special importance to hold them to account.
I urge you to bring this matter to the Tribal Council. Convince them to direct our representative within CONCORD’s directorate to push for a change. Surely, all of our nations can agree that even the attempt to attack non-combatants with the intent to eradicate a civilian population is a heinous criminal act.
To that end, I am attaching a formal petition on behalf of Clan Stjörnauga for submission to the Tribal Council on this matter. I know that you have concerns and knowledge of these matters far beyond those of a single Clan Chief, and trust that you will, as you have always done, seek the path that best serves our Tribe and our people. Stars and spirits guide you, old friend.
Chieftain, Clan Stjörnauga