Intercepted dispatch from AEGIS Provost Marshal Colonel Kasiha Valkanir to Inner Circle Headquarters, Yulai
Capsuleers in null security space have long been considered beneficial to our operations. A misguided fraction of them have aligned with the Concord-hostile factions, but this has always been outweighed by those that have chosen to align themselves with us and fight against the pirate influences. Due to the fundamental mercenary nature of these stateless capsuleer-entrepreneurs, Concord has a long-standing bounty system to encourage them to point their guns at our desired targets.
Research over the past two years has been focused on modelling pirate proliferation in the systems that are colloquially referred to as “sovereign null.” Since these areas are devoid of permanent infrastructure related to hostile pirate factions, we had considered them to be areas of low pirate activity. The immense bounty payouts coming from some of these systems has long been a mystery to us.
We have studied several regions and our results are difficult to believe – but the data is conclusive. We have been providing capsuleers with security-status benefits and generous rewards. These same capsuleers have developed technology to allow Concord-hostile factions to proliferate indefinitely, by reconfiguring their infrastructure hubs. The capsuleers then attack the ships and structures that their hubs attracted. It is akin to raising livestock for them – all to collect the bounties that Concord offers, and sometimes to pick over the scrap left on the battlefield.
I urge the central office to consider restructuring our nullsec bounty payouts, where this shocking industry is taking place. The effect of the modified hubs is system-specific, so perhaps bounty payouts could be scaled accordingly.