The Imperial Federation
"Forged in Unity, Strengthened through Diversity, Wielded by Democracy"
Head of State: Imperial Princess Aisling Duval
Federal President: Alberto Dervishi
Seat: Eggen / Otohime
Affiliations: Member of the Dervishi family, previous governor of Otohime
Personality: Introverted, Spontanous, Temperamental
Imperial Chancellor: Hank Summers
Seat: Goonan Base / Papako
Affiliations: Chancellor of Papako (previous), Freedom Fighter (resting)
Personality: Intuitive, Organized, Assertive
Federal High Admiral: Madyson Whitaker
Seat: Ore Installation / HIP 11886
Affiliations: Otohime Imperial Society (Patron), Representative for Otohime in the Parliament
The Imperial Parliament
Federal Union of Papako (Federation)
Sphere: 8 Systems, 4 Embassies, 2 Candidates, 2 Expeditionary Force
Chancellor: Mercedes Lancaster
Governor/Imperial Client: Alberto Dervishi
Papako - Full Member (2/1/4) of (2/1/4) / Allies: Papako One
---Imperial Military Port (Papako Crimson Federal & Co)
Bugaguti - Full Member (1/1) of (1/0/1) / Allies: Bugaguti People's Co-Operative
Edinura - Autonomous Member (1/0/0/1) of (2/2/3/2) / Allies: Integrated Edinura
Estarna - Full Member (1/1) of (1/1/0) / Allies: Union of HIP 3488
Hermoricaur - Full Member (1/1) of (1/0/1) / Allies: Hermoricaur Shared
HIP 1419 - Semi-Autonomous Member (1/2/2/2/0) of (1/2/2/6/3) / Allies: Revolutionary Party of HIP 1419 (0/0/0/4/3)
HIP 1536 - Semi-Autonomous Member (1/1/2/3/0) of (1/2/2/5/3) / Allies: HIP 1536 Labour (0/0/0/1/1), HIP 117114 Democrats
---Lichfield (Illegal Installation)
HIP 494 - Semi-Autonomous Member (1/1/1) of (2/1/2/0) / Allies: Integrated Samo, Integrated Edinura (0/0/1)
Atjil - Admission Candidate (0/0/1) of (2/1/2)
HIP 3488 - Admission Candidate (1/2/3) of (2/2/4) / Allies: Union of HIP 3488 (0/0/1)
Sotiate - Expeditionary Fleet (0/0/1/0/0) of (1/2/1/4/3)
Sokaram - Anti-Piracy Operation
Ghylder - AU Embassy
---Imperial-Federal Yakovlev Embassy (1)
Ten Mayan - AU Embassy
Waimile - AU Embassy
Wuninka - Laka Embassy
Socialist Union of Otohime (Communism)
Sphere: 1 Systems, 2 Colonies, 10 Embassies
Spokeswoman: Aubrie Mayr
Governor/Imperial Client: Alberto Dervishi
Otohime - Presidential Control (2/1/2/1) / Allies: Otohime Imperial Society (2/1/2/1) / Lemon Drop
HIP 10137 - Full Authority (1/2) of (0/1/2) / Allies: Otohime Imperial Society
HIP 11886 - Full Authority (2/2) of (0/2/2) / Allies: Otohime Imperial Society / Workers of Negri Free
Negri - Protectorate Fleet / Allies: Workers of Negri Free (1/2/2/2/2)
Liberal Union of Edensu (Full Military Support / Embassies)
Coelachi - Embassy
Fuambe - Embassy
HIP 14521 - DDT Embassy
Gurojas - Observer Mission
Liberal Union of Edensu
Sphere: 3 Systems, 2 Colony, 1 Embassy
Progenitor: Merida Carr
Governor/Imperial Client: Elmo Auer (Muthia)
Edensu - Full Member (2/2) of (2/0/2) / Allies: Socialist Union of Otohime
Khemaraui - Full Member (2/1/2) of (2/1/2) / Allies: Socialist Union of Otohime
Muthia - Full Member (1/1) of (1/0/1) / Allies: Socialist Union of Otohime
Synuefe KY-H C26-4 - Full Member (1) of (0/0/1/0/0) / Allies: Socialist Union of Otohime
Synuefe KY-H C26-5 - Full Member (1/1) of (0/0/1/1) / Allies: Socialist Union of Otohime
Otohime - Embassy
Democratic Star Alliance
Members: Angardh, Negri, Shamaphan
Current Leader: Angardh
Governor/Imperial Client: Alyssa Ellison
Socialist Union of Laka (out of date)
Sphere: 10 Systems, 2 Colony, 3 Outposts
Spokeswoman: Karli McDowell
Governor/Imperial Client: Gen. Zayla Hofer
Laka - Coalition Control (2/0/1/3/0) of (2/0/3/4/2) / Allies: Off World Corp (0/0/1/1/2)
-Imperial Military Port
Labour Union of Auso (Communism)
Spokeswoman: Robyn Hudson
Governor/Imperial Client: -
Auso - Full Authority (1/1/2) of (1/1/0/0/2)
HIP 6369 Revolutionary Party (Communism)
Homesystem: HIP 6369
Spokeswoman: Mackenzie Herman
Governor/Imperial Client: Blair Salas
HIP 6369 - Full Authority (1/1) of (1/1/0/0)
Auso Crimson Major Industries - Support of Piracy, Human Trafficking - Disowned and Dishonored
Boman Co - Ousted from Lower Synuefe's Political Control
Dark Armada - Declaration of War on Federal Member Otohime / Smuggling
Chaos Syndicate - [Resting]
Resolve - Smuggling, Murder, Sabotage
Sidewinder Syndicate - [Resting]
Liberal Union of Gamma-3 Octantis (Cooperative)
Progenitor: Aislin Conrad
Long before the fourth millenia, there was a time when many inside the Empire saw the Tucanae and the Synuefe sector as their future homes, and much more saw an opportunity to expand the imperial influence. Blessed with several new earths and dozens of terraformable worlds, sometimes in just one system, many believed the region could become a new powerhouse to support the Empire with taxes and levies for its economy, soldiers in times of war or to serve as an industrial megacentre. To speed this process up, the whole area was highly advertised.
Soon the clamor for land begun, as several imperial corporations vied for ownership over virginal pristine asteroid belts and the best central systems to establish high-profit tradehubs. Many succeeded, cutting out a piece of their own with several other positions lend to loyal and highly decorated – if lesser - families of the empire to make a name for themselves.
The newly founded Selkadiae Energy Limited would soon become the epicenter of the region, supplying high-tech products and establishing a major shipyard inside of their jurisdiction with the nearby Crimson Major Industries of Auso supplying the main resources for them and the hungry mining colonies all around. Only the families of Alourovices were still able to challenge them openly for market control.
At the beginning all went well. Several temporary moon colonies were established throughout the sectors to prepare for greater endeavours; to supply the local industries, man the new refineries or to just help in the nearby terraforming of the new worlds. The decline came sooner than most expected.
It was the beginning of a new era inside the Empire when the isolationist policies took hold which finally put the lid on the booming borderworlds and the future of Tucanae and Synuefe. At first the financial support stopped, forcing the cutting-edge and riskier enterprises of lesser profit to close down in favor of the stable, yet unmoving bigger competitors. Then the military support was cut, forcing the weaker corporations to give in to piracy or forcing them to employ militia to fight on their side. Slowly, this unchanging stagnate situation began to turn to rot and corruption and abraded the future the region once held day by day.
In the end many lesser corporations were overthrown by their militias, now ruling in their stead and keeping the Empire at bay by swearing loyalty to them. To pay for the needed levies and taxes, they exploited their systems, ruining the economy and robbing the freedom of the once proud colonists. Piracy sprung up again and took some minor systems no one even cared for anymore. Now all that was left were the silent giants that slowly sucked the lifeblood out of the innovation in nearby systems, only administrating the local exploitation. In despair, even some of the good-hearted families turned to cruel measures to pay for safety or to keep up their prestige inside imperial circles. Life at the border became bleak and many saw an exodus of the still free people back to the core worlds of the Empire. In their wake they left once again unpopulated new earths no one was willing to live on anymore. Not under these conditions.
The Fall of the Dervishi
Hence it came as no surprise when another one of the last proud families that held on against piracy, enforced exploitation and corruption declared to step down from rule in the early summer of 3302.
The imperial family of Dervishi was proud enough to never let anyone walk over it. It enforced security in Otohime and even managed to use its assets to found a new colony to extract water in HIP 10137 under Alberto's father Enrico Dervishi. His son however seemed to only have gotten the temperament of his father, not his foresight and perseverance. Instead of projecting order, he tried new way of governance. Instead of keeping close ties to nearby rulers, he engaged in new friendships. Instead of keeping face with the imperial society, he fraternized with comminers. Most of this he did to protect his families assets, which included to hire a neutral nearby militia to fight for him instead of the more expensive navy his father had operated.
Like many before, they turned on the Dervishi and stole the colony of HIP 10137, before they declared themselves the new rulers of the region. This posse didn't stop there. As they also attacked his homesystem of Otohime, the Dervishi employed the costly help of the nearby autocrats. Sworn to the empire they had to heed the call, but made the Dervishi pay in kind for supplies, weapons and service, bleeding the already strained finances of the honorable family. In the end all he got was a dangerous stalemate between the Dervishi, the supporting autocrats and the posse. It was at that time that he turned to the people for help, using his shy but strong ties to the population in Eggen to rally them to his cause. And the people answered.
It was Aubrie Mayr that heeded his call, together with the socialist union she had built in Eggen under the more liberal agenda of Alberto. Just like him she wasn't the most forthcoming person, but unlike him she wasn't as temperamental and didn't decide on a whim. When she spoke, she spoke with clarity. When she had a vision, it was bare of empty ideology or dreams. She was grounded in reality and had given more than three thoughts to the prospects of an endeavour. Her whole life she had fought for her ideals. Now she made Alberto an offer.
Her tight-knit group of brothers and sisters would serve as his shield. All he had to do was give them the mothballed fleet of his father and supply them instead of the autocrats. There would be no excessive payment for their service, no promises of land. They would fight to defend their home and their future. Together they would fight back the posse and reclaim Otohime. All they asked for in return was a democratic election about the future of Otohime in the aftermath. To decide for themselves how they wanted to proceed in this dark time, the Dervishi and their people. Alberto agreed.
Hope is a powerful force to steer a person's heart, as for many is personal gain or safety. On that day the Union of Otohime was indirectly promised all at once. They didn't ask for it, but Alberto was immediately willing to keep Eggen in democratic hands even if the people would be willing to let him rule Otohime as his family did in the past. They would keep the fleet, they would even keep their newly appointed titles. But for Aubrey and her official secretary Abbigail Conrad, this was about Otohime's future. Once they for once could shape themselves.
The Revitalization of Otohime
It took two weeks and several hundred deaths, but in the end the posse was beaten back to HIP 10137 in a decisive battle where they now licked their wounds. Finally the proud Dervishi fleet guarded the skies once again, if with a slightly different paintjob as of then. The upcoming elections about the future status of Otohime had a participation rate of 94% and made the democratic proposal of the Union of Otohime win in a landslide of 92%.
Alberto had already prepared to keep watch over his families' legacy from the shadows. He hated the spotlight he had for a long time and this loss of political power was welcome to him. Yet, Aubrie Mayr had different plans for him. She needed his families' influence for the next step in her plan. With Otohime's resources at her disposal, she would be able to revive the colonial ruin that was Tucanae and promote freedom and democracy around them. The real problem was the Empire. Her government lacked legitimation and would be seen as the aggressor. Thus, she devised a three step plan.
First Alberto Dervishi had to speak up for them in the Imperial Court to prove their legitimation. To this end she appointed him for the newly created Imperial Office of Otohime. All future dealings with the Imperial Court would be solely based on the Dervishi. All imperial requests, all imperial levies and all imperial demands... and in return they would be heard.
As much as Alberto hated the idea of a new spotlight, he saw the prospect of the situation and decided to accept this new position after a long debate with Secretary Conrad. This marked the formation of the Democratic Alliance between the Empire and Otohime. This aggressive plan was no coincidence. Aubrie knew that the Tucanae and Synuefe sector had become the jurisdiction of the Empress' niece Aisling Duval after the 'unfortunate' assasination of the last Emperor. She was known to not only accept but actually promote universal suffrage among her subjects, making the legitimation of Otohime in her realm possible at all.
Carefully the Union build up the navy again. It would never reach the height of Alberto's father, but the refinery system of Otohime struck favorable deals with the families of Alourovices with Alberto's help and turned the tide on the failing economy. With new assets under them, the Union spread their influence to nearby systems, promoting the already ongoing insurrections in Gamma-3 Octantis under the secretaries niece Aislin Conrad and the democratic movement in Papako with financial support.
While the newly elected Chancellor Hank Summers of Papako was able to overturn the local corporation by the will of the people of Papako alone, the Gamma-3 Cooperative needed the military backing of a nearby power to stand up to the local militia. With the threat of Otohime's and the Dervishi's involvement, the local colonel decided to step down peacefully and handed the rulership of the people in Gamma-3 Octantis to Abbigail's niece, Aislin.
Hank Summers managed to use the local corruption and piracy in his favor, leading the local militia in his early days. While slow, he managed to drive back the Dragon Syndicate that terrorized most of the backwaters in Papako. Over time this support came with a price for the corporation. And once it was unwilling to pay for the safety, Summer enforced democratic elections in his 'territory', winning by a landslide each time. Unable to stand up to the pirates, the corporation didn't oppose them either and soon nearly the whole system aside of the operative headquarters were in their hands. It only took a last universal election and a letter of Alberto Dervishi to the Imperial Court to appoint him as the official new regent of Papako. The era of exploitation and corruption was over when he took up his new office on the 10th of August 3302.
Meanwhile the Union of Otohime liberated the colony of HIP 10137 and freed its citizens from the posse, already undermining the oppression of the nearby autocracy of Muthnir.
The Imperial Federation
In the midst of the great revolution inside the Tucanae and Synuefe sectors, several leaders had come to Gamma-3 Octantis aboard the Bruck Platform to discuss the future of the dead colonies. For the local cooperative spoke Aislin Conrad, for the Union of Otohime Aubrie Mayr and for the Federation of Papako Hank Summers. Several minor factions like Auso's Labour Union and Ngaun's Cooperative send representatives to the meeting, but for now only as witnesses to the decisions that were to be made. Meanwhile Alberto Dervishi presided over this meeting in the name of the Empire. After three long fought days of debate and two exhausting nights of diplomacy, a final treaty was ratified between the four parties.
A loose confederation between the three democratic parties would be formed which will be based on federal legislation and based in the Goonan Base of Papako, which will also serve as its military headquarter for now. All will rule independantly inside their respective spheres, but will unite their assets and abilities for their common ideals and goals. Inside the new Imperial Parliament all would be represented equally, but in matters of personal concern a member could ask for a majority vote of all the members' populations. This can be done by representation or universal suffrage. All decisions of the Imperial Parliament would henceforth become law in all jurisdictions and its directions are to be followed. Despite that, neither decision would be allowed to influence the government of any member state. The Dervishi family would have the permanent seat of presidency, serving as the official ambassador for the Empire, with the imperial chancellor elected from among the member states. The official head of state would be her highness Aisling Duval, to whose vice-royalty the Imperial Federation subordinates itself in personal union. Yet even her decisions would not be allowed to influence any local government.
Further the members declare the universal legal force of the following eight statements:
No citizen without fault is allowed to lack basic nutrition, education or freedom against their will inside any member's jurisdiction.
No member state is justified in aggressions against an outside force without an unanimous vote of the parliament or by command of her highness Aisling Duval, unless to support the local will of the people.
All citizens of the Imperial Federation shall henceforth be accepted in all jurisdictions to chose their place of residence and work to find their true home among the stars.
All economic matters lie solely within the local governments jurisdiction if it regards the safety of its citizens, but have to adhere to the rule of free trade otherwise.
All systems without a permanent residence and local authority are declared free and no claim of ownership of either party, member state or foreign power, will be accepted.
All members of the Federation declare their resolution for a call to arms in defense of either member state, no matter the cost.
All member system has the right of self-government if it adheres to democratic procedures. The will of the people can not be denied.
The rejuvenation and terraforming of the Tucanae and Synuefe sector for the people of the Empire is paramount and a universally financed fund will support colonies and projects aimed at the improvement of the borderlands.
The Chaos War
Early in the history of the new supranational union, the so-called "Free Systems of Vesuvit" had incited conflict over a proposed border treaty, as the Imperial Federation sought to curb their aggressive expansion into upper Tucanae. Known to if not support then to at least condone slavery and violence, the suppressive regime had started a series of terrorists attacks along the border of Auso and Papako. With a quick response, the Imperial Federation assembled the Anti-Piracy Fleet, their main navy, to strike back against these aggressions, with a full blown war starting shortly after to push the rotten syndicate back to whence it came.
In a matter of months, the once feared might of the Chaos Syndicate fell to a series of uncontested victories ranging from HIP 6369 all the way to Shorodo, a once proud legacy of theirs crushed under the heel of reality. As other disgruntled subjects and foes later joined the Tucanae Alliance in the war against the syndicate, by then known as the Anti-Chaos Coalition, their entire resistance crumbled and even their holy grail and founding system Vesuvit was taken hostage.
It was only when their last stronghold was in danger, Synuefe GU-D D13-78, that the syndicate resorted to its only left option. They chose to leave the honorable battlefield they had lost on each time and resorted to mass murder of slaves by simply dumping them into the surrounding systems to terrorize the populace, combined with support for local crime syndicates with arms and resources in an attempt of petty revenge.
Papako rallied behind the liberal leader Jarod Donovan of Papako One in absence of their chancellor who was fighting the syndicate personally to weather the storm of these taxing days of murder and cowardice. His idea was to increase autonomy and freedom for Anotchi and HIP 1536 to combat the local problems swift and efficiently. Meanwhile Auso decided to retreat its forces from the war entirely, saving hundred thousands of people by willingly leaving Kureserians in a painful declaration of neutrality.
With no hostile presence left, the Chaos Syndicate's terror campaign subsided, as the syndicate decided to retreat and regroup, to reclaim some of the systems that still entered open revolt against the alleged 'Freedom' they brought; a freedom in none but name for those too weak to protect or steal for themselves.
All that remained was the legacy of a war in which the syndicate had lost every battle, shown the total lack of morals and no honor. But in its dishonor and desperation, it survived! In the end all that their deeds accomplished was to ruin and tarnish their reputation, which was build on long and by now wasted propaganda. No one still believed in their 'honorable' motives.
And so the Chaos Syndicate never dared to challenge upper Tucanae again, resolving itself to govern their own little sphere below with their imperialistic tendencies crushed. But the continuous hostage situation and the ongoing freedom fight of Kureserian's citizens are an ever growing concern for lasting peace, as the wounds of war begin to heal on both sides.
The inofficial ceasefire can't last forever, especially since no treaty was ever signed... and certainly not as long as the people of Kureserians are held at gun point and threat of life. They didn't chose to live under the syndicate and neither Auso nor its people will forever stay quiet about the people's rightful claim of self-governance and freedom. They had just thrown of the yoke of the patronage, but not to be subdued by another syndicate forever.
Rise of Papako
The Borderlands Campaign was announced by a popular vote of Gamma-3 Octantis and under support of Otohime inside the Imperial Federation. As mismanagement and chaos after the war still griped the borderlands of the two major powers in the region, Papako had failed to pacify the region under their new Chancellor Jarod Donavan. Finally done with bureaucracy and down to her calling, the Anti-Piracy Fleet dispatched into the borderlands and dispatched of the dangers to their newfound ally Laka in form of the Blue Family and destroyed the local gangs around Papako. With the last outpost between the three united powers falling in HIP 3488, Kartamoan and Gendi, and further pirate bases being destroyed, the situation had not only been resolved, but improved for all upstanding citizens in Synuefe and Tucanae. With the return of Kureserians by the renegades of the Chaos Syndicate to Auso, even the cold war finally ended.
With the return of Federal Chancellor Hank Summers from war and the formal election of his former vice Mercedes Lancaster to Chancellor of Papako proper, the era of decline for the confederation had ended. Following the impeachment of Jarod Donavan, the support of the APF saw the downfall of all major pirate syndicates behind the HIP-HIP demarkation and the void that opened up had to be filled. Papako stepped up to bring order to the chaos and lead the fragmented democrats into a loose confederacy.
With a reworked vision of his former agenda of protectorates during the Chaos War - now focused on full representation instead - first HIP 1536 rejoined, then their old ally Hermoricaur and finally the democrats of HIP 1419 joined the new confederation. Their quick diplomatic success saw the liberal party take to the forefront of politics. Now Papako had become the Imperial Federation's biggest member. While it didn't control huge sways of systems like the other two, or wielded the military might of shipyards and influence like Gamma-3 Octantis, it still had considerable democratic influence due to its 22 million inhabitants.
Otohime was happy with its found role as the federation's colonial and civil aid arm. Gamma-3 Octantis had by now completely grown into the federation's official military and Papako would soon become its representative. Yet, the future was still unwritten.
The Boman Claim
The year passed and all seemed well. The Chaos War ceasefire slowly became a stable occurence, mostly considered a silent but permanent agreement from the union. Here and then fleets patrolled through allied territory along the border but nothing happened. With the local pirates defeated, the army slowly disbanded and went home to their families. Everyone was back to consider their own safety. Costs were cut wherever possible and the system security was the only concern in Tucanae. Laka, the grain system of the region, blossomed in this climate, but not the union.
In war the supranational union had forged many ties and found strength within and without. After the war it had used those assets to pacify the region. Now those assets were unnecessary and fully dismantled. In peace it finally found dishonesty and deceit. With all major outside enemies beaten, what were their ties actually worth?
Otohime was always focused on autarchy and itself, keeping careful watch over the few human colonies of Outer Synuefe it kept safe from exploitation after it finally claimed Negri's freedom. Meanwhile Gamma-3 Octantis continued to build up its massive armada to finally challenge the local behemoth Andriani in the cold war over local superiority. Papako didn't care. Election after election since Anotchi joined the Adamantine Union went their way and no one doubted their influence in the supranational union.
Finally the greatest coup of the Imperial Chancellor Hank Summers was revealed, an official recognition by the Empire. With the help of the Dervishi family a contract was forged to become a military outpost. As the leader of the union by population, it easily fell on Papako to become the first major military port in the region. The Empire also decided to expand on it, not only building a military shipyard under supervision of the Crimson Federal & Co in Papako, but also in Anotchi under the Adamantine Union, a long cherished project of Princess Aisling Duval. With this military power in Tucanae, the claim of the empire to the region was made clear. Even if the Empires main armada and focus was directed to the actual cold war with the Federation it would stake its claim for Tucanae.
The 'honor' and recognition of the matter didn't pass by Gamma-3 Octantis. The military arm of the Imperial Federation felt betrayed, as it should have been given the honor of being the ambassador to the imperial military. Their general loose alliance with the local forces in the local power struggle did little to resolve the matter. For weeks this hurt pride of the temparamental leader of Gamma-3 Octantis paralyzed the parliament. Anything that went past local matters needed their consent and their consent did rely on any concession towards their ego as reparation. At first it ignored the call for help from nearby systems when a new syndicate arose in Upper Synuefe. Then it let Sokaram fall into piracy and finally Gamma-3 Octantis didn't show up to the meeting at all. Otohime and Papako had little choice as to go on without Gamma-3 Octantis. What both didn't rely on was that they were sold out by their former ally.
The Boman Co, a long standing powerful corporation known to exploit the Edensu cluster had massive success in recent years. It had expanded its sphere, acquiring mining rights and ownership for several systems in Upper Synuefe. It didn't take long after the protection of the patron of Negri had faded and the militia of Khemaraui disbanded to lay eyes on the area below them. While Otohime was powerful inside the Imperial Federation, it did rely on Gamma-3 Octantis to turn the tides when it was in dire straits. This time their rising opponent was a corporation on the same level as the former Selkadiae Ltd. but not as reliant on one asset as they were.
With no 'imperial' house aside of Dervishi 'owning' the region, Boman Co petitioned the imperial parliament for the right to exploit the Khemaraui cluster. Gamma-3 Octantis vouched for them and renounced Otohime's claim to the region as it itself held military power in them. Since the Dervishi family had no stake in Negri and it was liberated in a worker revolution, it was declared unlawful and the nearby cluster of Khemaraui was also put on the market for mining rights again. With a sudden charge for reparations by the Otohime Exchange as well, the young socialist republic of Otohime faced the lack of a military ally, a legal claim to the region by a major corporation and the new ties with the Empire at stake that Papako had build. First they conceded Negri and called upon the workers to take over the government of HIP 11886 in their exile. All the while the Boman Co private military entered Khemaraui and forced the Otohime fleet to retreat. They couldn't stand against this giant unprepared. And so two colonies fell back into a dark age they sought to have left. Boman had conquered Outer Synuefe with little more than a claim and no ally to come to Otohime's aid. Papako was still exhausted from the many wars of its past.
The Sokaram War
The fall of a major industrial system of Upper Tucanae into anarchy was a catastrophy! Yet Otohime, Papako's loyal ally, was gutted by the Empire under loyalists of Lady Torval and their only way to protect the people left through the backdoor. It was apparent that Gamma-3 Octantis had gained a 'fair' compensation for their neutraity, no, support of the move of the Boman Co. Their shipyards ran all day and night and the Andriani war was about to commence. All of their ships had left the remaining Imperial Federal space and their ally Auso came under assault from official charges for reparation by the Auso Crimson Major Industries. The Auso Union was ready, it wanted to fight this, but they needed help. Once again neither Otohime nor Papako could answer. Otohime had lost its new homeport in Negri and had to consolidate its current assets they had left and Papako just entered a new pirate war. While the weakened Auso Union had no chance against the Boman Co supported reacquisition of its system, Papako once again went aflame.
The new Posse of Sokaram had supplied the local pirates in a bid to punish those that had destroyed their former legacy in the region. All their old enemies came out of their holes, the Dragons, the Clans, the bloodhounds willing to fight for a few credits and some fun. And all had to settle a score. At this point the news of Gamma-3 Octantis resignation had made the rounds. This war was one Papako had to fight alone. It couldn't burden Otohime with this and the recreation of a new Anti-Piracy Fleet could take months. First they lost control of space around HIP 1419 and Hermoricaur, then Papako itself. Only HIP 1536 managed to keep its skies clean and punished the local Purple Gang at every corner. With its massive power base in Anderson, the enemy was dealt hard blows and all local militias and the corporation were on their side. No one wanted to see those b-astards back in control after the Chaos War and they had to retreat to their mobile pirate base of Lichfield. It was from here the siege would finally be broken as the pirate alliance made one crucial mistake, they attacked Anotchi.
Rallied under a united cause, Anderson worked tirelessly to build new ships and the corporations helped fund mercenaries and bounty hunters. In less than a month the situation had turned around. The skies over Papako had been cleared, the Dragons been devastated. It didn't hurt that the Empire send out some minor ships to deal with the threat to their personel shipyards, especially after the pirate war spilled into Anotchi itself, risking two shipyards altogether. With Papako's and Anotchi's safety now guaranteed by imperial peace, the confederacy was free to purge the skies of Hermoricaur and was ready for the final push on HIP 1419 and Sokaram. Since there could be no peace with Sokaram supplying the local pirates, Papako decided to strike there first and hard. It was just in time. The local patronage had held out but was about to lose their last ground. With the relief forces of the confederacy, the united front pushed back against the Posse and secured a draw, slowly resupplying the imperial forces there and pushing back half a month later. Sokaram was finally liberated! Yet, Sokaram was not pacified. It would take a prolonged purge to end any hope and tendency of the Posse to come back to power. All the while the war for HIP 1419 entered its final phase and in a lone corner of the Khemaraui cluster a new revolution was about to start.