This post is in response to the events surrounding the current shadow war as reported on by The SCOPE. ARC is saddened to see how these events are fracturing the cooperation between the Empires even further. Especially considering there are common threats to all the Empires that are best dealt with by working together.
ARC has been trying to investigate the reported mercenary forces that are attacking the Empires Research Nodes, Couriers and Research Laboratories that are working on Stellar Transmuter and Transport Relay technologies. Unfortunately the investigation on the mercenary forces have yielded next to no results. It has been noted however that there are simularities to previous events surrounding The Deathless. ARC therefore assumes that the mercenary forces are associated with The Deathless. Because of this, I have been authorized to organise and run data recovery fleets to limit the amount of data and materials that these mercenary forces can steal.
Due to the sensitive legal nature of the current situation, the data recovery fleets limit themselves in scope to the attacked Couriers. While it is impossible to prevent the Couriers of being attacked and destroyed, it is possible to attack and drive off the mercenary forces in order to recover what remains inside the wrecks of the destroyed Courier ships.
It is impossible for ARC to deploy in support of all the Empires. It has therefore been decided that, considering the historical ties that ARC has with Ishukone Corporation, ARC will focus on The Caldari State and its Transport Relay research.
ARC has and will continue to regularly deploy and respond to the attacks on the Caldari State Couriers. It will recover as many materials as possible and assemble Transport Relay Datacores in order to return them to the Caldari State. At the time of writing, ARC has been able to recover enough materials to assemble 275 Transport Relay Datacores. While this isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, ARC has at least been able to deny these materials and datacores to the mercenaries.
While it is possible to buy the required materials from market and escrow, ARC refuses to do this on a large scale as it could result in a incentive to attack the Research Nodes, Couriers and Research Laboratories. As such, ARC will not be offering any bounties or compensation for these datacore related materials. ARC is willing however to coordinate the return of recovered research materials to each of the Empires.
That is all for now.
(ARC Fleet Commander)