It is with some sadness that I come here today to talk about recent events within the Diaspora Industrial Freeport in Intaki.
A Station which was initially created to aid Intaki not native to our home-world of Intaki Prime to get closer and better interact with their brother and sisters on the surface. It has in recent times started to be seen as a safe haven for those fleeing the surface.
Since the actions of President Celes Aguard in YC124-11-08 we have seen many changes within the Intaki system from a welcome stamping down of crime to harshly enforced curfews and massive military deployments.
Far be it to point fingers and blame whole heartedly one action it would be foolish to disregard that though some of Intaki’s populace feel safer in the increased Gallente military presence others clearly do not. We have seen a massive influx of citizens leaving Intaki Prime for multitudes of varied reasons.
Anecdotally numerous contacts and old colleagues of mine whom have been living on the surface have recently sited Federal Intelligence Office “Witch Hunts” and aggressive over policing as reasons to leave the surface. To pay for this increased policing some area’s have seen massive tax increases which have endangered some small businesses and forced citizens to seek new lives elsewhere.
Such turmoil has increased the numbers of Intaki fleeing the home-world itself and attempting to bore out an existence in the Diaspora Industrial Freeport, which though does have facilities to maintain a population, has never yet been as tested as it is now.
I know some will claim that those fleeing the surface in increased numbers are probably criminals trying to avoid the heel of the Federation but I would urge against such sweeping generalisations. It would be true to say that station authorities have apprehended more criminals then usual in the past month. Evidence has also been gathered that some gangs affiliated with the Aenebra Cult have been both recruiting and making contact with already devout followers among the refugees. However I feel it is unsurprising that groups such as these and the Minuka Buffaloes a gang working out of Habitat 8 (where many of the new refuges are being processed and housed) are expanding as this is a clear reaction to the current situation.
I cannot at this time propose a solution on this matter however at the very least I would request that my fellow capsuleers give this the thought it requires and be ready to lend support if required.
Intaki Liberation Front
The Intaki-Business Logistics Union stands ready to provide any support required to our friends in the Intaki Prosperity Initiative.
Your report confirms what I have been hearing, from Navyi Akat’s Minuka Quarter in particular. I understand that the Achaert Foundation Hospital there has been raided in a manner that has reawakened memories of the Raavi Festival Protest.
Some of these refugees may be comforted to learn that the longstanding restrictions on planetary colonization in the Syndicate appear to be loosening. Options may become available. I will consult and update you as soon as possible.
I have listened with disappointment to the late news from Intaki. I cannot say I am surprised.
The reports which disturb me the most concern refugees who are former contractors of Caldari corporations or affiliates. These Intaki shared in our prosperity before the invasion. Now, in the wake of the Federal occupation, their prospects are limited and they suffer suspicion and reproach. We Caldari have a duty to offer these unemployed workers a measure of assistance.
I will be reaching out to my executives concerning what might be done. Of course, I expect the problem is far too large to be solved by any one organization acting alone.
Yesterday the Federal Navy announced restrictions on anchoring new Upwell facilities in the Intaki system. This willingness to infringe the SCC’s jusrisdiction over capsuleer-operated structures under the Non-Sovereign Starbase Charter and the Yulai Convention, calls into question the security of those living and working in those structures in Federation space. While this development may alarm those concerned about capsuleers’ legal rights generally, more immediately, it brings increased urgency to the desire of the refugees that have gathered in Diaspora Industrial Freeport to leave Federation territory. With this in mind, Chatelain Auxiliary Response has taken steps to evacuate these civilians and would like to update IGS readers on how they may be able to help.
First, 15 to 20% of those gathered at the Diaspora Industrial Freeport have expressed a wish to resettle in the new territory of the Caldari State, DS-M4Q. @Henrik_Suzaku has kindly agreed to coordinate this operation, on which I will gratefully defer to him.
Second, the remainder would prefer to resettle in territory controlled by the Intaki Syndicate. As noted above, development of planetary colonies in Syndicate space is accelerating. Two potential host colonies have been identified on XS-XAY IV and U4-Q2V III, on which more details will follow in due course. Meanwhile, a generous sponsor has been found to house these refugees temporarily at the Kandashi Station in M2-CF1, while long term arrangements are finalised. Chatelain Auxiliary has listed a number of contracts to move small groups of these people from the Diaspora Industrial Freeport in Intaki to the Kandashi Station in M2-CF1. These contracts are intended to be performed separately to reduce the risk of transporting so many people through potentially dangerous space and are designed to be conducted with a cruiser class vessel or larger.
- Approximately 65 contracts are being listed.
- Each shipment will require 400m3 of cargo space.
- If any of the contracts remain outstanding after 14 days, a larger fleet operation will be organised to transport any remaining refugees under armed escort.
I would encourage anyone interested in helping to undertake one or more of these contracts and to feel free to contact me with any questions.
When posting the appeal above, I did not hold out much hope for a positive response and was concerned about the obvious risk management issues. I am pleased to report that my scepticism was misplaced and my concern appears (largely) unfounded.
58 shipments of people have been successfully delivered (without losses) in just five days.
10 shipments remain listed and outstanding.
5 shipments have been accepted but not delivered by a single pilot.
I would like to thank all those pilots who have gone out of their way to help these people. For confidentiality reasons, I have redacted their names but they know who they are and I will be in touch to thank them personally.
I would like to encourage any interested pilots who have not yet participated to take on the remaining 10 contracts in good faith.
I urge the pilot with custody over the missing five shipments to deliver them safely and as soon as possible.
A small body of people remain in Habitat 8 and will be moved as part of a fleet operation in due course.
I must finished, for now, by reflecting gratefully on how the extraordinary speed with which this operation has progressed and the large number of pilots from such diverse backgrounds involved highlights the degree of sympathy held by much of the capsuleer community for the plight of the people of Intaki Prime.
In recent weeks I have been both saddened by the continued news from the surface and overjoyed by the outreach work done by some brave capsuleers.
The road ahead is a tumultuous one and in all my lives it seems like I have the hardest choice in front of me, dying on Intaki fighting for freedom does beckon to me as a noble choice however I am a capsuleer and I wonder if my efforts and influence will be best served elsewhere but the time for my decision does draw near.
These actions by the Federation exist purely to intimidate Intaki citizens whom they consider to be disloyal.
Auriga, the work you have been doing for the people of Intaki has not gone unnoticed. You are an exemplar of humanity. I will keep my eyes peeled for any further contracts or ways I can assist.
I’m sorry to say that MR-TI just did not have the resources to aid with this project as we lack the experienced capsuleer pilots for such an endeavour.
I really would say your efforts are a true inspiration to our people. If you would be interested in attending one of our company meditations to speak on what this endeavour required and the thought processes that lead to it we would be most honoured.
I apologise for asking in such a public forum Sri Menkali but did you feel this work was a step on your path, I of course apologise profusely for my presumption if you do not practise the Ida.
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