I appreciate that many IGS readers take little or limited notice of events in Placid and Syndicate. Those for whom that applies may prefer to stop reading at this point but, while you are here, here is the short version:
- the Intaki Space Police (Syndicate’s primary security force), is negotiating a contract to provide security services to the Intaki Assembly (the government of the Intaki, one of the Federation’s founding members);
- the ISP is a controversial choice to some in the Federation due to its connection to Syndicate;
- the ISP winning the contract could be a big step towards normalising relations between the Federation and the Syndicate;
- this could, in turn, have a positive impact on the prosperity and security of the Federal regions bordering Syndicate (Placid, Solitude and Verge Vendor), areas that our new President Aguard has promised not to ignore.
I would encourage IGS readers with connections to any of the regions affected to consider publicly endorsing the appointment of the ISP and, to the extent relevant, contacting their Assembly representative.
The background to this contract is a story that goes back over ten years to the first conquest of Intaki by Caldari forces under Concord’s Emergency Militia War Powers Act (CEMWPA) and the subsequent auction in YC 111 by the Caldari Providence Directorate of ‘development and exploration rights’ in occupied Federation systems to State registered corporations. A consortium comprising Ishukone and Mordu’s Legion won the auction for Intaki with a knock out bid that surprised many given Ishukone’s fragile financial position at the time and has long been the subject of unsubstantiated speculation about third party financing.
The rights of Ishukone and Mordu’s Legion in Intaki were later converted into contracts with the Intaki Assembly that exist under the federally recognised franchise system. Since then, both have proved (with one disastrous exception) to be successful and committed franchisees who have contributed much to the prosperity and security of Intaki. However, when the franchises expired last year, both Ishukone and Mordu’s Legion served formal notice declining to renew the arrangements and the Intaki Assembly has since been trying to find replacements.
By the end of YC 121, the Intaki Assembly had renewed Astral Mining’s astromining franchise and awarded the communications franchise to Semiotique Superluminal but failed to settle the security and shipping franchise. Talks began with the ISP, despite objections from members of the Federal Security Council convened by then President Roden, but they were overtaken by the tumultuous events of YC 122, in particular the terror attacks on the Presidential Election and, of course, the invasion of the Triglavian Collective. Ironically, those events have actually seen the ISP working more closely with Federal authorities in relation to evacuation and resettlement efforts, for example. This warming of relations combined with the election of President Aguard places the resumption of negotiations between the Assembly and the ISP in a uniquely favourable political environment to succeed.
Why does the success of these negotiations matter so much? Having a Syndicate organisation responsible for the security of one of the founding members of the Federation could mark the beginning of a long overdue normalisation of relations between the Syndicate and the Federation. Easing existing barriers to finance and trade as well as increasing security cooperation would benefit the Federal regions bordering Syndicate, all of whom have been neglected too long and have much to gain from closer relations with a neighbour who has been even more marginalised.
I should declare an interest in the outcome. My employer is a contractor to the ISP, mostly in the area of immigration services. In the spirit of transparency, here is an overview of what Chatelain Auxiliary is doing to support its client in this matter.
- We are coordinating with the Intaki Prosperity Initiative and Ishuk-Raata Enforcement Directive to divert tax revenue from local capsuleer customs infrastructure to the Intaki Assembly to support the ongoing reconstruction costs it faces following last year’s incursion by Lai Dai.
- We are continuing to conduct ‘robust mining’ operations in Intaki, in coordination with the IPI and Nadire Security Consultants to support local industry;
- We are assisting ISP in its work relocating refugees from Ignebaener by transferring a number to our industrial facility orbiting Intaki V.
- Chatelain Biopharma is implementing an expansion of the Achaert Foundation’s medical facilities from Navyii Akat to Lenoika.