Apologies for the new thread! However, after consultation with legal and with the consortium coordination group, we believe a period of public comment is necessary to ensure that the situation is resolved conclusively and with as much transparency as is reasonable.
First, a brief recapitulation. As you all surely know, a recent broadcast revealed an active humanitarian crisis on Lirsautton VI, where Jin-Mei exiles had been sent. While treating Lirsautton VI as a penal colony, the Sang Do ruling caste had made no effort to provide for infrastructure or care, and so the exiles were suffering from deadly but eminently treatable illnesses. The United Neopian Front and the Arataka Research Consortium, independently, both responded rapidly to the crisis, and numerous independent capsuleers and corporations have provided assistance in the form of medical and food aid, personnel, facilities, and so on. UNF-A has largely been the primary on this, and ARC deferred, resulting in the transfer of some resources to UNF-A. Our strategies subsequently diverged when the Sang Do threatened legal action. An intervention by the esteemed Garouni royals has since borne fruit.
At this point, we have three paths laid before us.
Capsuleers desist, allowing the exiles on the surface of Lirsautton VI to die from preventable diseases, malnourishment, etc. I think it’s fair to say at present that this is not on the table.
Capsuleers insist, provoking legal action from the Sang Do. The Jin-Mei have long used their opt-out option under the Federal charter, and so have been independent of many of the legal strictures that guide other Federal member states. Between this and the sovereignty issue involved with providing aid to those under criminal penalty, the Sang Do would engage in litigation against the capsuleer organizations. There are outstanding questions concerning the Jin-Mei opt-out and constitutional obligations to those Jin-Mei exiled on Lirsautton VI, which would ultimately be the matter brought to the court. While ARC is confident of success, it isn’t certain due to Sang Do domination of the constellation district court, and the decentralization of the Federal system on these matters.
Capsuleers accept the negotiated settlement provided by the Ensî Beatrice Batteuse and Ensîl Consort Jeras Alaila. With this, UNF-A and ARC evacuate the exiles in question to the Luminaire system, where they will be provided humanitarian aid by the Ensînate of Central Garoun on Gallente Prime. In a very real and complete way, this ensures humanitarian relief for the existing population of exiles. On the other hand, this fails to address the constitutional issue surrounding the exile population, potentially complicating future interventions should this crisis recur. It is our belief at present that systemic issues almost guarantee that this crisis will recur.
So, those are the paths laid before us.
Thoughts? The comment period will, unless there’s vigorous and productive debate that necessitates its extension, be concluded by 0300 on the 27th.