As the Federal Grand Prix has come to an end on the 23rd of this month, I feel that this was an event which the Federation and its constituents should feel quite proud of for providing an environment for it to be hosted – as well as opening it up to the wider independent Empyrean community.
The Grand Prix enabled us to engage in healthy, respectable competition open to all, irrespective of their identity or nationality, with thousands from all corners of New Eden taking part in tour of New Eden’s historical landmarks. A further 669 engaged in the time trials competition, which saw them engage in tactical decision making and strategic planning to attain the swiftest completion time on the clock.
For those that sought it, the Grand Prix indulged our quest for knowledge. In our travels on the routes, the history of the landmarks was given to us in an impartial format, true to the spirit of education in the Federation. Monuments to New Eden’s successes, our co-operative endeavours, the perseverance of our countrymen and women, our hubris and yes, even our failures.
For others that had not ventured beyond the borders of their member state or national boundaries, it brought them to areas that they had never been to. I can only hope that it has acted as the kindling that will stoke the fire that ignites their passion to push their personal boundaries ever further.
Whilst I would be incorrect to say that the Prix has not been marred by violence from the Empyrean outlaws that plague the low-security and null-sectors, it was not at all an intentional part of the event by the organisers. This was an event that was purposely designed to be peaceful, to stimulate and encourage our ability to go faster and further beyond what we have known, not to destroy, but to create.
It gives me hope that our capabilities as Empyreans can be directed to more peaceful purposes in the Cluster, than merely instruments in the orchestra of warfare.
I would like to commend one of our more famous members here for achieving a spot within the Top Ten Racers – Congratulations to Captain Elsebeth Rhiannon for their sixth-place finish! Their name will be immortalised in emerald in the skies of Luminaire for many years to come, a fitting and worthy reward for her inexorable voyage across the stars.
For Liberty and Justice. Aionia Eleutheria.
Edward H. Adams
Nadire Security Consultants