As I am sure everyone is aware, innumerable numbers of baseliners have been stolen away from civilized space and forcibly placed under Triglavian rule. Despite that, there were also a significant amount of evacuations from said systems, as large amounts of civilians and other personnel from every system now in the Pochven region have been saved from the fate of bioadaptation and other such horrors. However, the evacuations have resulted in a housing crisis in certain systems, as many stations and habitation modules that were unprepared for liminality have been inundated with refugees. Many such refugees have been left with little to no opportunity, as their livelihoods depended on the infrastructure located in the captured systems. While the Empire, State, Federation and Republic have their own plans for eventually re-settling the displaced masses, it had become evident that doing so would be no small task, and assistance would be needed in order to carry out such an effort.
While I am not and do not claim to be a member of EDENCOM in any official capacity, I figured that my status as an EDENCOM-loyal capsuleer should be put to good use in an attempt to foster further goodwill between it and the four major empires. Therefore, I have taken upon the responsibility of finding some opportunities for the displaced who were not able to re-establish themselves, and whose lives remained in limbo in stations just a few jumps away from their former homes.
The initiative is intended to occur in three stages, each addressing the re-housing issue with the different empires. The first stage is currently underway, and as of right now, it involves the consolidation of Imperial citizens that I, through my discourse with agents in the Ministry of Assessment have been able to transport. The MoA, due to their operations in the Yekti and Kekah constellations in the Domain region, have taken on a sizeable number of refugees from the lost systems of Niarja and Harva, respectively.
(It was intimated to me by my MoA contacts that Imperial authorities wish to handle all evacuees from Raravoss on their own, so as a result, I was not cleared to transport any refugees from that system.)
Some of the refugees had ended up at the MoA stations in Bahromab and Charra, and it is these in particular that I have been tasked with moving around, which, moving them around is fine, but another aspect to the relocations has been finding somewhere where they would be able to work, live, and contribute to society at large. It had taken a significant amount of time to find an organization to take on such a massive influx of people, but thankfully, I found one that, because of recent events, has become very busy as of late.
Zoar and Sons, due to the recent scale of destruction of Upwell structures in Delve and other areas, has encountered a need for more workers on hand to assist with the demand placed on their factories. Their facilities in the Charak constellation in Genesis is such a place that had recently been inundated with demand for their products, and as the Habu system holds the majority of their infrastructure in the area, a deal had been made to take on the nearly 15,000 people that I had been cleared to transport.
The vessel being used to transport the refugees is an Iteron Mark V-class industrial ship named the Otanuomi, after one of my old haunts in the Forge that had unfortunately been lost to the Collective. Its interior has been redesigned specifically for comfortable passenger transport, and while it is not an Opux Yacht in terms of luxury, it is enough to get the job done. It fits up to 1,000 passengers, not counting the ship attendants, crew, and medical professionals equipped to handle complications from jump fatigue, as it is a fourteen-jump journey from Bahromab to Habu.
As it is the Empire, and as I could imagine this would come up at some point, none of the people being transported are slaves. My own origins in the Federation leave me with a distaste of the institution, and with that, a refusal to participate in its direct facilitation. Likewise, Imperial authorities most likely did not trust me to not just free any slaves given to me, so the transportation of them never factored in on either side. Most of the 15,000 being transported consist of factory workers, artisans, and former customs officials, the latter of which primarily served in Niarja. Workers and the security detail will most likely find work in their destination in the ZaS factory orbiting Habu IV, and the artisans are planned to relocate to the planet itself, as there are existent communities on the planet for them to join and contribute to.
While I’m just providing assistance to a select few that I’m being granted the privilege to, I appreciate the opportunity to help get folks back to work, and to strengthen everyone against the Triglavian menace, should they decide to rear their heads again.
As of this post going up, the last of the transfers from Charra to Bahromab will have been completed, and trips between Bahromab and Habu will commence. Plans are still being finalized for the other empires, but I am planning on offering similar services to the Mandate, Republic and Federation in Stage Two of our operation, and the State in Stage Three, all of which should occur in the near future.
I supposed that posting this here may be in the interest of the greater capsuleer community, as news agencies like the Scope seemed to often report on the fact that people were being evacuated from liminal systems, but never elaborated on just how the refugee situation in all four empires was being handled. Again, while NERI is unfortunately not able to impact the crisis as much as I would like it to, I’m of the belief that every little bit helps, and that all of us, as denizens of New Eden, need to stay strong and united against the cryptic, foreign agents in the Collective seeking to subvert the known with the unknown.