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[GMVA] The Ruins of Rilnais: Justice for the dead

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Julianus Soter
Moira.
Villore Accords
#1 - 2016-05-17 06:04:39 UTC  |  Edited by: Julianus Soter
Many have forgotten about this horrific event, four years ago, when the capital city of Evaulon was destroyed by Serpentis Corporation Moros-class dreadnaughts in orbit with no effective response by Gallente Federation officials. Indeed, the attack came only weeks after President Roden pledged to strengthen defenses against further attacks of this type. The souls lost in the destruction of Rilnais, must be avenged.

The Villore Accords has planned long and hard for this moment, when our vengeance may be made reality. With the liberation of Outer Ring Excavations from its Serpentis puppet-masters, and the development of Citadel-class station technology, the opportunity is now at hand. The Serpentis shall answer for their war crimes... as will the Coreli corporation, who participated in this barbaric act of planetary bombardment.

This is even more urgent now that the Serpentis are known to be developing Vanquisher-class Titans, capable of rivaling any force in the existence of New Eden, supported by Vehement-class Dreadnaughts and Vendetta-class supercarriers.

I call upon all loyal and willing pilots of the Gallente Federation to join the Villore Accords in this cause of ridding the New Eden Cluster of the Serpentis Corporation disease that has infected our democracy and killed our citizens, along with all organizations that support it. Evemail me if you wish to participate, there is much to plan, and much to do. The reward of our hard work will be a Free and Secure Federation; the penalty of our failure will be yet more deaths of Federal citizens, and more enslaved victims of Serpentis-supported criminality.

To put it simply, the goal of the Villore Accords is to root out the conspirators that supported the annihilation of Rilnais, wherever they may be, in lowsec or nullsec, and to send an unequivocal message to Salvador Sarpati that his efforts to undermine the Federation will not succeed. Every Serpentis and Serpentis-loyalist capsuleer that we find, we will destroy, and return promptly to their cloning bays, or die in the attempt.

Julianus Soter, Executor of the Villore Accords

Moira. Corporation CEO, Executor, Villore Accords, @Julianus_Soter https://zkillboard.com/alliance/99001634/

Veikitamo Gesakaarin
Black Advent
#2 - 2016-05-17 06:15:53 UTC
A respectful tip of my fedora to the dead at Rilnais.

May they be avenged by many brave warriors.

Kurilaivonen|Concern

Xun Yu
Sanxing
#3 - 2016-05-17 10:19:15 UTC
Luminaire General Julianus Soter, Executor of the Villore Accords,

The Jin-Mei people have always stood with the Federation proudly giving our soul and body in service to her ideals, honoured to stand beside our comrades in the Federation. As a capsuleer organisation dedicated to the peace and prosperity of the Jin-Mei people within the Federation; we recognise the enormous threat posed to not only our people, but also the Federation, by the continued unchecked growth of these organisations.

So for justice for the souls of the dead, and for peace for those souls as yet unborn, Sanxing will of course stand proudly with the Villore Accords in this matter.

Sang Do Xun Yu
Taishou of Sanxing

Sanxing - 'Three Stars' - Committed to the Jin-Mei and the Federation

Find us on your Neocom on the router: Sanxing

morion
Lighting Build
#4 - 2016-05-17 11:03:22 UTC
Xun Yu wrote:
Luminaire General Julianus Soter, Executor of the Villore Accords,

The Jin-Mei people have always stood with the Federation proudly giving our soul and body in service to her ideals, honoured to stand beside our comrades in the Federation. As a capsuleer organisation dedicated to the peace and prosperity of the Jin-Mei people within the Federation; we recognise the enormous threat posed to not only our people, but also the Federation, by the continued unchecked growth of these organisations.

So for justice for the souls of the dead, and for peace for those souls as yet unborn, Sanxing will of course stand proudly with the Villore Accords in this matter.

Sang Do Xun Yu
Taishou of Sanxing


don't forget your hat
Rook Moray
Aliastra
Gallente Federation
#5 - 2016-05-17 16:14:30 UTC  |  Edited by: Rook Moray
Normally, I don't give a flying **** about the FDU or Villore.

Law enforcement isn't in my skillset. Quite the opposite.

But I am an Intaki and we have a saying, "Learn to steal, learn to hang." It's a saying that I've passed around the Guristas and now the Horde. It basically means, "Don't crime if you can't afford the sentence," or in some ways, "Don't undock what you can't afford to lose." I guess no one bothered to give Serpentis the memo.

The Gahdinnal keep trying to operate up here in Fade, I got no problem teaching them this lesson on a daily basis. They keep being stupid and undocking battleships and dreadnoughts in my sky, I'll keep blowing them up.

“When you want to know how things really work, study them when they're coming apart.” -Guristas Proverb.

Aleria Angelis
The Sisters of EVE
#6 - 2016-05-17 18:12:30 UTC
Julianus, I've been away from my pod for some time, years in-fact, but I'm heartened to see a familiar face and find that your organization has gone from strength to strength.

Regarding your announcement... as any law abiding citizen would, I absolutely endorse any fight against piracy, particularly against those who dispense misery to our populations through addictive substances. However, in spite of recent events, I feel the Serpentis are no longer the number one threat to our cluster.

The emergent Drifters have shown a terrible propensity for violence amid their actions against Amarrian held space and considering their technology, they clearly have the ability to strike anywhere at anytime, even within the Federation.

Having said that, although we disagree with the Amarrian style of government, an Innocent Amarrian civilian life is no less worthy of protection than that of an Innocent Federation civilian.

I don't mean to criticize your initiative.

But I do feel the considerable resources and military might of GMVA could be better utilized by forgetting old vendettas and directing your attention towards universal threats to New Eden.
Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#7 - 2016-05-17 20:29:31 UTC  |  Edited by: Makoto Priano
Ms. Angelis;

On one hand, Soter's myopic Federation focus does both him and the cluster a disservice. After all, Capsuleers in recent days have witnessed capital ships in combat from the Blood Raiders, the Sansha, the Angels, and the Guristas, as well. The Serpentis have not been the sole party to deploy capital ships, despite their hacking a major comms feed during the Amarr succession trials.

On the other hand, he may consider the Drifters largely contained. With the withdrawal of the Drifters from known space, and the routine engagement of Drifters in their Hives, the perceived threat is reduced. Indeed, even the deployment of new, more difficult to destroy Drifters in core wormhole systems may seem distant, considering that we as yet have not seen these ships deployed to known space.

Ultimately, if you're concerned about the Drifters, I'd recommend joining the neocom channel Consortium Operations to join ARC's operations against the Drifters.

As for this, well, I wish Soter luck. I just suspect many of the cluster's pilots look at his myopic focus on the Federation and shrug.

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Julianus Soter
Moira.
Villore Accords
#8 - 2016-05-17 22:24:28 UTC
Aleria Angelis wrote:
Julianus, I've been away from my pod for some time, years in-fact, but I'm heartened to see a familiar face and find that your organization has gone from strength to strength.

Regarding your announcement... as any law abiding citizen would, I absolutely endorse any fight against piracy, particularly against those who dispense misery to our populations through addictive substances. However, in spite of recent events, I feel the Serpentis are no longer the number one threat to our cluster.

The emergent Drifters have shown a terrible propensity for violence amid their actions against Amarrian held space and considering their technology, they clearly have the ability to strike anywhere at anytime, even within the Federation.

Having said that, although we disagree with the Amarrian style of government, an Innocent Amarrian civilian life is no less worthy of protection than that of an Innocent Federation civilian.

I don't mean to criticize your initiative.

But I do feel the considerable resources and military might of GMVA could be better utilized by forgetting old vendettas and directing your attention towards universal threats to New Eden.


As anyone who has paid attention to my service record knows, I have indeed spoken about and fought against many different threats to the Federation and the greater New Eden cluster; and indeed, a threat to the Federation is a threat to the greater stability of New Eden. Sansha. Sleeper technology propagation. Caldari provist warmongers. Pirates of every stripe and color.

Many times I and others spoke during the various Seyllin Conferences about the disastrous possibilities of Sleeper retaliation against New Eden.

The Drifters may well pose an existential threat to Humankind and the Cluster. However, while this distant storm gathers, there are already barbarians at the gates, which are threatening the basic rules of human decency and dignity.

If Humanity cannot clean up its own filth and dispose of the garbage, so to speak, then how can we possibly deal with a millennia-old technologically advanced society that can break the fabric of space time to travel at will?

The Villore Accords was founded to defend the Federation and her citizens. For the time being the Drifters are on the horizon. We stand alert for any change in that situation. The Serpentis are near at hand and must be dealt a crippling blow, before they opportunistically attack while the Drifters conduct whatever plans they have for New Eden. Waiting is not an option. Now is the time to act. Join us.

Moira. Corporation CEO, Executor, Villore Accords, @Julianus_Soter https://zkillboard.com/alliance/99001634/

Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#9 - 2016-05-18 00:06:10 UTC
To be fair, Soter, I'd be a great deal more trusting of your claims of broad-mindedness if you'd been a member of the Synenose Accords for more than four months, and if you'd not draped every element of this call-to-arms in Federal imagery and associations.

As it stands, while there are rumors that the Serpentis capital development program is more advanced than those of other states, we've been seeing Sansha-developed supercarriers for years, and capsuleers across the cluster have sighted capital ships belonging to all the major non-signatory powers.

My concern is less the Serpentis, and more the need for more advanced capital ship designs from the CONCORD signatory states. While the development of specialized capital logistics in the form of Force Auxiliaries is a major step, I hope for more moving forward.

If it's possible, I'll push for ARC's work on that matter.

On this matter, I'm not completely sure what your plan is, or what your objective is: the destruction of Serpentis fleet yards in Fountain? A deployment to null security space to fight Serpentis capital ships being deployed?

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Ninavask
Alexylva Paradox
#10 - 2016-05-18 03:32:38 UTC
I hope the criminals that caused this destruction will be brought to justice. I was present during the devastation of Rilnais and I recall the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness as I watched capsuleers fight amongst themselves instead of coming to the aide of the defenseless citizens of Rilnais. Doing little and less to stop the Serpentis and Angel Cartel forces from claiming their objective on the surface, and then destroying what they didn't want.

If the Villore Accords members can find the culprits and bring them to justice, I for one will sleep a little more soundly at night knowing the terrorists were brought to justice. I wish your pilots the best of luck. May you find those who brought such vile acts of destruction on the innocent of Rilnais, and burn them from the cluster.

I am not much of a fighter. Maybe once upon a time I would have jumped at the opportunity to strike down these perpetrators. Now the best I can offer is the assistance of soldiers who experienced Rilnais first hand, and any information I may have in regards to the event.

Good luck, and may these criminals die screaming and in terror, so they might know even the smallest portion of the horror they caused the innocent of Rilnais.

Dr. Ninavask Revan

Colonist

Alexylva Paradox

The views above are the opinions and beliefs of Dr. Ninavask and do in no way reflect on his employeers or associates at the time of posting.

Akrasjel Lanate
Lanate Industries
#11 - 2016-05-18 13:23:09 UTC
Four years already, time flies.
Even after those events I have nothing personal against Serpentis, a lot of capsules commit war crimes, maybe even those you see when you look in the mirror.
About those new ships they have been developing you say "capable of rivaling any force in the existence of New Eden" isn't this an exaggeration especially when heavy industry isn't there main field of specialization.
Most, if not all of so called pirate factions lack the military/industrial potential of the empires.

CEO of Lanate Industries

Citizen of Solitude

Alain Colcer
Nadire Security Consultants
#12 - 2016-05-18 14:13:09 UTC
Monsieur Soter

Agiolet Security & logistics is willing to join in this effort, however our combat capabilities are limited, so we extend an offer to provide as much hauling and logistical capabilities as possible.

Regards
Alain Colcer
Director AG-SL
Sinjin Mokk
Ministry of War
Amarr Empire
#13 - 2016-05-18 14:32:51 UTC
How very noble.

I would mention to you Mr. Soter, and to you Ms. Priano, that you are engaging in an exercise of futility.

To be frank, you can make all the pretty speeches you want, but in the end, you will not effect our operations one bit. And at your core, you know this. Why? Because it's never worked before. Oh you might achieve the occasional short-term goal, or have some minor success here and there. But for everything you do, we create a workaround.

You're following the CONCORD doctrine of trying to contain what we do, when time and again you see how badly that works. And you know you can't eradicate us. Any government that tried would leave themselves too open to their other enemies. So truthfully? We're not impressed.

At the end of the day, those of us who operate under the banners of the various NullSec organizations do exactly the same thing you do. We are the same. We just don't hide behind pomp and circumstance and a hypocritical display of "morality." In a very real way, we're a lot more honest. We're bastards of the working day. We don't engage in atrocity and then use propaganda to keep the masses mollified. We're very up front about who we are and what we do and why we do it. You cannot say the same.

Mr. Soter, would you care to discuss why the Federation and Combined Harvest were pumping ISK and resources into the Rilnais economy in the first place? It wasn't because those Isirus poppies smell nice. And Ms. Priano, who was it who suggested that that a recent Guristas convoy deserved to die because they were stupid enough to get caught? Ah yes, the State. Should we say same the same about the people of Rilnais? And who do your governments turn to when they want to get something done, but don't want to get their hands dirty?

But I digress...

The Drifters and to a lesser extant, Sansha and the Rogue Drones represent a far greater (if currently existential) threat to Humanity as a whole; especially on a long enough timeline. Do try and keep the big picture in mind. Spend your resources trying to stop us, and you make yourself a very sweet little target for them. The Drifters have already shown the capacity and dedication to remove one Head of State. Maybe you should be worrying more about the life of your President and the sustainability of the Federation than the activities of organizations that may one day be needed to pull your collective nuts out of the fire.

It's a pretty little government you have there Soter. It would be a shame if something were to happen to it.



"Angels live, they never die, Apart from us, behind the sky. They're fading souls who've turned to ice, So ashen white in paradise."

Utari Onzo
Brave Newbies Inc.
Brave Collective
#14 - 2016-05-18 14:45:34 UTC
All I took from this thread was a whole lot of bluster and Mokk trying to sell some kind of protection insurance to the Federal Government like some kind of wise guy.

"Face the enemy as a solid wall For faith is your armor And through it, the enemy will find no breach Wrap your arms around the enemy For faith is your fire And with it, burn away his evil"

Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#15 - 2016-05-18 14:56:39 UTC
And Mokk appears to think I am invested in Soter's latest grand pronouncement, which is a gross misreading.

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Rinai Vero
Moira.
Villore Accords
#16 - 2016-05-18 17:34:26 UTC
I first joined Moira. Corp. during the opening days of the Sansha incursions. I don't think I'll ever forget my first sight of a Revenant-class Supercarrier as the multinational battlegroup we were a part of warped in. Those were dark days, and it seemed like rivalries and internal conflict were sometimes as much of a threat as the Sansha. Eventually, our unity held together enough to face the true threat and defeat it.

So, with that experience in mind, I'm not sure what purpose is served by belittling any concern related to the Federation as "myopic." Moira is now a part of the Villore Accords, and that organization is explicitly chartered to defend the Federation. Our loyalty is a defining characteristic of our identity. Just like so many other organizations have distinct identities, we have ours.

What "disservice" precisely does our focus on Federal affairs do the cluster? Are there not other loyalist corporations and alliances in the other Empires who focus their efforts on their own matters of concern?

To be frank, I find it... impolite to see anyone lecturing another capsuleer about how they focus their effort in New Eden. That said, however, I am willing to listen in the interest of comity and diplomatic courtesy to whatever specific suggestions there are for where GMVA should put its strategic focus.

If the cluster would truly be better served by a shift in our attention, I'd even be willing to personally undertake an observation mission.
Aleria Angelis
The Sisters of EVE
#17 - 2016-05-18 20:05:09 UTC
Julianus Soter wrote:


The Villore Accords was founded to defend the Federation and her citizens. For the time being the Drifters are on the horizon. We stand alert for any change in that situation. The Serpentis are near at hand and must be dealt a crippling blow, before they opportunistically attack while the Drifters conduct whatever plans they have for New Eden. Waiting is not an option. Now is the time to act. Join us.


I never thought I'd find myself undermining the threat Serpentis pose to the Federation, it's a sign of the great many dangers New Eden faces that we are even having this debate. I remember a time before Titans and Wormholes became common place, and our cluster was a much safer place, relatively speaking...

But which ever menace awaits to strike us next, it will always be the civilians and colonists which suffer the most, so you are right to remember the innocents that perished in this massacre. Im certain the relatives of those lost at Rilnais will applaud your initiative and know that they are not forgotten.

I wouldn't be much help on the battlefield, but I would like to add my own little voice to the chorus of supporters to this cause. In the interests of discouraging similar civilian attacks I hope GMVA is able to find those responsible for what transpired at Rilnais and set an example.

Makoto Priano wrote:


On the other hand, he may consider the Drifters largely contained. With the withdrawal of the Drifters from known space, and the routine engagement of Drifters in their Hives, the perceived threat is reduced. Indeed, even the deployment of new, more difficult to destroy Drifters in core wormhole systems may seem distant, considering that we as yet have not seen these ships deployed to known space.

Ultimately, if you're concerned about the Drifters, I'd recommend joining the neocom channel Consortium Operations to join ARC's operations against the Drifters.



Well I suspect the Drifters withdrawal is by their own volition rather than a response to any resistance they faced, I wouldn't call them "contained" but I do see your point... For now atleast, the Drifters have ceased their hostilities.

Thankyou for the invite, as you've probably guessed unknown space is an area of interest for me so you can be sure I will be along to introduce myself and find out a little more about your organization.

Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#18 - 2016-05-18 20:26:48 UTC  |  Edited by: Makoto Priano
Vero;

Ah! Yes. Multinational battlegroups and unity. What's interesting is that some of the rivalries and internal conflict you mention were in fact stoked by Soter himself, resulting in SYNE corporate members petitioning for him to withdraw his liaison from the CEO position.

What I call myopic is this: for all that he calls for a crusade to destroy the Serpentis to protect the Federation, his statements seem short-sighted or even senseless. How does the release of Citadel schematics relate in the slightest? Was there indication that ORE was in fact being used as a hostage, instead of merely as a revenue stream? Why hasn't he shown any concern about Blood Raider capital ships? Or Guristas? Or Angel? Or commented on the widespread deployment of Revenants in Sansha nullsec regions, when clearly he was once so very concerned about the Sansha?

Why now, instead of years ago? What does he plan to achieve with this push? The destruction of Serpentis SCAAs? A deployment into and occupation of Serpentis sovereignty? Why isn't he already hunting Serpentis capital ships? Is he hoping for a petition to Roden for formation of a committee to make a statement?

He's very good at posting petitions and more petitions and more petitions yet, after all. It must be a Gallente thing.

To what end is sometimes clear, though the efficacy of his methods is doubtful at best.

In the case of the Midular assassination, he's petitioning for transparency, to the point of leaking deployment plans of his own government, resulting in his being denounced by his own government's intelligence apparatus, a thing he holds as a badge of honor.

In the case of the Circadian Seekers, he seemed to be petitioning for action, even going so far as to saying that we should defeat them, but then backtracking to an ever-amorphous action when pilots indicated that the Seekers were not aggressive and that his call may precipitate the very conflict he feared. No action results, and Soter's statements or presence are not seen again in Drifter affairs, not even when the Vigilant Tyrannos assassinate Empress Jamyl I, or invade Amarr space.

In the case of the Akidagi engagement, he seemed to be petitioning for information from the Federal administration, despite having been roundly told off by his own government's intelligence apparatus as was indicated above. Naturally, the response comes from an officer of the Caldari Navy, who quite understandably mocks him.

Now, I will admit. I let my feelings get away from me in a rather shameful way in that exchange. It's just that he keeps doing this, and rests on old laurels because each call for attention doesn't seem to net him the accolades he wants.

It's beyond tiresome.

Still, Soter is free to do whatever he wills, just as I'm free to cast aspersions at his mincing about.

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Morwen Lagann
Tyrathlion Interstellar
#19 - 2016-05-18 22:35:34 UTC
Julianus is welcome to call for a banding-together of pilots to fight the Serpentis "menace" or what-have-you. Within reason, it's a free forum. I expect, however - or would hope, at least - that he accepts the reality that as a very loud Federation supporter, the results of such a call are not likely to be quite as diverse as he might desire, doubly-so given the identity and goals of the organization he is representing.

It doesn't diminish the potential need for pilots to work together, but it does hinder some parties' willingness to flock under the particular banner or behind the person holding it.

I think, without getting further mired in tweaking each others' noses, we can at the very least conclude the following:
  • In the meantime, ARC will continue its operations, investigating the Drifters and assessing their capabilities.
  • In the meantime, no doubt GMVA will continue its operations in the warzone.
  • If sufficient evidence of an immediate and credible threat posed by the Serpentis appears (because, let's face it, while Sarpati's little intrusion might have been cause for concern, we've no real indication that he, rather than any other group, has any serious capability to back up those words), then I doubt there will be difficulty persuading pilots - ARC or otherwise - to participate in dealing with it. Especially if it turns out there are shiny baubles up for grabs.

We all know how much capsuleers just love their shiny baubles.

Morwen Lagann

CEO, Tyrathlion Interstellar

Coordinator, Arataka Research Consortium

Owner, The Golden Masque

Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#20 - 2016-05-19 00:43:38 UTC
Apologies, Morwen. I tend to become a bit too animated on subjects such as this.

Coordinator Lagann's assessment is correct.

For the moment, ARC will continue operations in its area of interest; GMVA will continue operations in its. If and when the time comes to respond to Serpentis adventurism, we'll all take what steps are necessary.

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