It is my distinct pleasure to announce to one and all that economic prosperity and unfettered trade are now finally a reality in one of the most notoriously under-developed systems in all of New Eden - Intaki.
Before I elaborate on the scope of the project and the travail associated with realizing this noble endeavor, let me take a moment to introduce myself, and the organization through which my vision for a prosperous Intaki, and greater Placid region are becoming a reality. Sunshine Bear Crack Factory, and the several pilots who fly alongside us in the greater Mining is Funn alliance, have always been dedicated to the idea of freedom. Freedom of operations, freedom of thought, freedom to pursue happiness and profit, and of course, freedom of engagement. We stand firmly opposed to those that seek to conform the human spirit to partisan and ethnic lines or squash it beneath the boot of distant, centralized states - and confront the lackeys of such persons be they capsuleer or baseliner with equal ferocity.
Long have we dreamt of the Placid region being freed of strong-arm thugs, fanatical terrorists, and gleeful opportunists, and establishing a wide and far-reaching Prosperity Sphere in which the market can flourish unfettered and free: an abundance of commodity where every consumer can find all that his or her heart desires or needs.
Two weeks ago, we took the first steps to making that tree of dreams bear fruit with the symbolic anchoring of a Raitaru-class Engineering Citadel in geo-synchronous orbit above the Intaki homeworld. We chose this location for reasons two-fold: to demonstrate to New Eden at large our dedication to the project by beginning with a system well-known for cultural and political strife, and to show the Intaki people directly the future they can invest in. As we speak, hundreds of thousands of manufacturing positions ill-suited to synthetics or robotics are filled with the people of Intaki V on a voluntary, at-will basis, and more are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks and months, to speak nothing of the raw goods and services soon to be made available to them.
In close succession thereafter, we anchored an even larger, more extensive Refinery complex above the star, at great expense and engineering difficulty. Once our contractors had identified an ideal spot for solar orbit placed in a zone of low magnetic and emissive turbulence, we hastened to open its markets and commercial spaces for immediate speculation and purchase. Unrestrained by the innovation-stifling fear of regulation or taxation, our facilities have been made available to all, and have already begun to produce a wide variety of reactants, materials, chemicals and agents heretofore banned or restricted in Federation space in abundance.
The results speak for themselves. In less than a standard week’s time, our fledgling investors and industrialists had reported profits in excess of 1 billion ISK, and have continued to steadily climb in the interim. Healthy competition has driven the prices of common modules and ship hulls below that of the artificially inflated prices of the V-5 Astral Mining station, and has made several rare and unusual commodities available to the baseline citizens of the Intaki worlds that they did not have ready access to until now except at great cost.
Attached is an archived wallet log from capsuleer Kelvin Iraneus, CEO of Horizon Engineering, one of the first enterprising businessmen to rent office space in the Freeport. It was provided to us in good will to demonstrate his own gross earnings over the first five day period. We are told that his profits continue to increase and his corporation is actually struggling to meet the demand for deep-space ice products and standard ship rigs.
There have been, of course, some issues. Great success inspires jealousy and fear in competitors and gives rise to underhanded tactics and even outright hostilities. Our project has not been immune to attack - on several occasions, capsuleer pilots of the Intaki Liberation Front brazenly trespassed into the industrial exclusion zones of our Raitaru Engineering Complex, and attacked the structure during vulnerable refueling and recalibration periods. It should come as no surprise that these paid actors, enforcers for a kingpin so insidious as to establish a mercantilist, coffer-feeding racket on her own homeworld under the guise of supporting local culture and industry by excluding outside market forces, should immediately seek to destroy a bastion of the free market. It is perhaps the cluster’s least well-kept secret that the Suresha embezzles funds from the ‘Prosperity Initiative’ to buy herself capital ships and paid vacations to ‘retreats’ on the homeworld, all at the expense of the very people she claims to fight for!
Once, naively, I had the same wool pulled over my eyes - I thought that by merely standing in opposition to the Gallente Federation’s warped idea of what freedom entails, all could be excused. But it cannot! Terrorists, and gangsters, snake-oil salesmen and traitors! That is what the so-called Liberation Front is. It is perhaps a small mercy, then, that the armed might of 4FUNN, and its independent security contractors, are more than a match for these ill-led ruffians. Likewise, operations against the elements of the Serpentis Corporation, who are known for enslaving the minds and wallets of the weak-willed with drugs by not providing services for recovery, were also considered. Fortunately, these men proved to be far more reasonable, and after some negotiation, they too have conceded to market their combat boosters and recreational drugs at competitive prices and with the full access of those that partake to (privately owned, of course) medical services on-site should they be needed.
In resolute conclusion, I wish to reiterate my joy in the growing success of this endeavor, and firmly declare that I, and those in my employ and camaraderie, will defend it against both governmental jackboots and deluded, self-contradicting shysters whose only desire is the chaining of man to the engines of disembodied bodies politic. Let this Tatara and Raitaru stand as the cornerstones of a greater Placid Prosperity Sphere in which trade and free exchange of goods and ideas may flourish. May its solar parks and lit boulevards thrive with the same vibrancy as its nightclubs, stock exchanges, and thrumming manufactories!
- Yumiko Euna Hikare
Director of Prosperity, 4FUNN