It seems the Federation military has finally dispensed with all pretence in Intaki.
It is well known that a minimal Federation Navy presence in Intaki was a stipulation of membership of the Federation. Of course it is also an unspoken truth in Intaki that this has almost always been ignored.
Despite famously and publically being turned back at the Intaki stargate in Agoze in YC112, the Federation Navy has long taken advantage of the ambiguity that exists within the CEWMPA conflict, deploying small patrols that operate under the auspices of the Federal Defense Union.
In more recent years however, the Federation appears to have taken to more overt deployments, not only into the Intaki system, but going so far as to land marines on the surface of Intaki Prime itself!
In the aftermath of the Intaki Crisis of YC121, almost a month after Lai Dai signed a ceasefire agreement with the Intaki Assembly, and two days after Mordu’s Legion has confirmed the complete withdrawal of Onikanabo Brigade forces from Intaki Prime, Federal Marines deployed in force, supported by elements of the Federal Defense Union.
And other than contravening Navy limitations within the Intaki system, it’s unclear what they have been doing ever since.
Today however, The Scope has reported that Federal Marines have made further deployments to Intaki Prime.
This begs the question, why? Of course it’s extremely unlikely that the public would be told, with enquiries rebuffed with excuses of strategic confidentiality or the like.
With no clear defined threat present in Intaki, over and above the usual security risks that come with daily life in Viriette, there is already speculation from some quarters that the Federation may be preparing to override the Intaki Assembly, should they decide to appoint the Intaki Space Police as the legitimate system security franchisee. Potentially by force.
And that is something that should concern us all.