It has now been over a year since the vile attacks perpetrated against the Presidential candidates in YC122. It was an attack against one of the founding principles of our Federation: that of our rights as citizens to exercise our sacred rights to choose our leaders in free and fair elections without fear of intimidation or violence. An attack against those that stood for election to the highest office in the Federation, those that would seek to embrace the mantle of responsibility in service to us all. And not to mention the mass disruption and severing of the communications networks, leading to regions such as Solitude being ‘cut off’ from the rest of the Federation.
It was not only an assault on our democracy, but also on our interstellar society.
Combined with the Triglavian Invasion, YC122 has been nothing but a calamitous year for the Federation. It is only natural that the attacks would be overshadowed by the loss of multiple star systems to the Collective. It is more than understandable that demands for answers have given way to the plight of thousands of millions of our fellow Federal citizens held at the Collective’s mercy. Priorities shifted to ensure that the promises we make to one another are kept, chief amongst them the promise of collective security and the protection of life.
Nevertheless, that does not mean the citizens of the Federation have forgotten.
An official investigation has been underway into the attacks since the end of March, headed by none other than former-President Souro Foiritan, and yet we have not heard a fig of information as to the identities of the perpetrators or the motives behind their actions. All the information and resources that the investigation could possibly have access to, and still, nothing. For an individual that recognised the importance of engaging with the electorate and did so with great enthusiasm when he held the Presidential office, Monsieur Foiritan has been uncharacteristically mute, as have the others involved in the investigation. Neither the President, nor the Senate, has raised questions as to why there has been such a delay. It is nothing short of disgraceful and falls far short of what we should expect from our interstellar leadership.
Where are our answers? What assurances do we have that the FTL Communication Networks will be strengthened to mitigate the chances of a similar attack? And most importantly, when will justice be dispensed for those that were harmed and those that perished on that fateful day?