Zhujiangjin, What Happened?

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Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 05:00
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 February 2014 20:33
Published on Thursday, 14 November 2013 05:00
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TIMESTAMP: [2653.16.05 19:32:24]
Jane Li


Tonight’s Top Story: Zhujiangjin, What Happened?
Sources closest to the area have reported the incident as an act of Shohan aggression, which has lead to reports of the death of the famous retired Commodore Guo. A Fourth Fleet spokesman confirmed that Shohan vessels made starfall at the system some 36 hours ago and engaged the Zhujiangjin defense force who were subsequently defeated. The Shohan then moved to establish a blockade around the system similar the one reported to be in place around Minerva.

Meanwhile, debate continued in the Senate today over the developing situation with the Shohan. The debate centered over the diplomatic mission being assembled to approach the Shohan, and whether, in light of the new attacks against Zhujiangjin, the mission should continue. Many in the Senate feel that the effort would be ineffective now that the Shohan have committed to more aggressive action against our worlds. A second faction however continues to hold out hope that the situation may be contained before further casualties occur.

Unspoken in many of these debates in the Senate is the fate of the Chiron during their own confrontation with the Shohan. The Great Humiliation, as the Chiron call it, was a series of border conflicts between the Imperial Chiron Star League and Shohan Assembly almost a generation ago. The Imperial Navy suffered a series of disastrous engagements against the Shohan fleet, leaving many of their ships destroyed, but thanks to the efforts of the Shohan at the time, only minimal casualties. Unlike that situation however, the Shohan had spent several months prior to the conflict attempting to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels. Their sudden aggressive behavior in the present circumstances stands in stark contrast to their prior conflict with the Chirons.

One of the loudest voices for the diplomatic mission comes from Senator Karsalia of Artemis III. He recently had the following to say about the situation, “The Shohan Assembly’s newly aggressive stance towards our worlds is deeply troubling. The Great Humiliation happened with Chiron terraforming efforts, not with a standing colony! Zhujiangjin was an established world, and was well away from the known border with the Shohan Assembly, why would they suddenly claim it? The fact that Ambassador Davies has disappeared seems to be an ominous sign, but we need to send an official inquiry to Minerva, as well as a diplomatic envoy to the Assembly itself. We have a right to know why they are attempting to claim our worlds, and what has happened to Commodore Guo and the other colonists of Zhujiangjin.”

Senator Kelley of Hawking’s World offerred the following, “It is important to remember that a lot of news travels to us from remote colonies like Zhujiangjin through many channels, and between multiple relays. Remember how ‘whisper down the lane’ works? Think about that, but at an interstellar level. Commodore Guo was likely moved somewhere by the Shohan, like they did with Chiron forces and personnel during the unfortunate incidents between the those two races. While my esteemed colleague from the colony of Artemis may be for sending an envoy, I don’t think the Sphere as a whole needs to worry about a simple border dispute. These things tend to sort themselves out quietly and quickly.”

Senators Kelley and Karsalia were reportedly involved in a heated discussion on the floor of the Senate, and neither side has yet softened in their respective stances. Admiral Laurentson of the First Fleet has warned against overreaction to this situation, but did offer his heartfelt condolences to the family of Commodore Guo, with whom he had served against the Kriak on multiple occasions, “Commodore Guo was one of the finest officers I’ve ever had under my command. There wasn’t a thing he couldn’t do, or an order he couldn’t carry out, and he taught the ‘Crocs to fear First Fleet. He will be missed.”

In a reflection of the Senate, a HAN snap poll reveals the Terran Sphere to be deeply divided about the Shohan attack. While many are outraged by the apparently unprovoked attack against the Terran Sphere, an almost equal number, 43 to 41%, want to see a peaceful resolution to the current crisis and are concerned that the situation will escalate. The demographics are equally divided between core and colonial worlds. The data reveals the confused response in the Terran Sphere to the shocking turn by the formerly peaceful Shohan.

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