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Things, it seems, are getting worse between the Caldari State and the Gallente Federation. Racially motivated violence has been erupting all over Caldari Prime (which I wasn’t aware is under Gallente control) between the native Caldari and the Gallente since the Malkalen incident earlier last month. In addition to that, Tibus Heth (effectively the new leader of the Caldari) has imposed a Gallente quarantine in all Caldari controlled space. Leading to most, if not all, Gallante expatriates being unlawfully incarcerated or exiled from Caldari space.
These expatriates were being forced to leave a “donation” as they leave Caldari space, leaving them with no possessions whatsoever.
Earlier today, Tibus Heth declared a national draft, citing the Malkalen incident as evidence of the need for the Caldari people to defend themselves. This declaration follows a threat of martial law on Caldari Prime, made by the Gallente President, Souro Foiritan, on behalf of the Gallente expatriates attempting to leave Caldrai space quickly and safely.
Unfortunately for the Caldari on Caldari Prime, this declaration forced President Foiritan’s hand and while I’ve been writing this post, martial law has been declared on Caldari Prime. You can find the news arcile quoted below.
Stating that “all other options have failed”, President Foiritan declared a state of martial law on Caldari Prime. The order sets an enforceable curfew on all Caldari expatriates, requiring them to stay in their homes within established “expatriate zones”. Reports from the surface indicate that Federation municipal police have resorted to deadly force in “numerous” incidents already, with casualty numbers estimated to be “in the hundreds”. Police are also actively blockading Caldari neighborhoods in the metropolis cities of Tovil and Arcurio, surrounding them with barriers and effectively isolating the entire Caldari population of the planet into segregated pockets.
“We have exhausted all other means of quelling the violence,” President Foiritan stated. “Martial law is a last resort to protect those who want nothing to do with the bigotry plaguing our nations. But it appears there are some individuals who are determined to spread as much mayhem as possible, and I hold Tibus Heth directly responsible for inciting it. We have repeatedly stated that the Malkalen disaster was a rogue act. And though we may never know the reasons for Admiral Noir’s actions, what we do now will define how our nations move forward. I implore all of you on Caldari Prime, and indeed everywhere in both nations, to reconsider any acts of aggression. Our wounds will heal, but it is going to take time.”
I’m loving how this is all playing out, but I almost wish that I didn’t already know what is going to happen. I guess that’s the only bad thing about storyline events leading up to an expansion pack that I already know about. It would be a lot more interesting if I didn’t know that there would be an all out war between the Gallente and Caldari empires, and the Amarr and Minmatar empires. Not that it’s not interesting now, because believe me, it is.
In case you’re wondering why I have some random links in this post, I’m trying out a Firefox extension called Zemanta. Which come in the form of a nifty little sidebar next to the post input box, suggesting pictures, articles, links and tags that it thinks might relate to your post. If you want to check it out, it’s available as Firefox and Internet Explorer extensions, and WordPress and MovableType plugins. So far, the extensions work on blogs hosted with WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal and Movable Type.
Fly safe. Or, you know, don’t. 😉