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Joshua Chamberlain to re-enter the Galactic Civil War; this time alongside the Galactic Alliance
Earlier this week, the Central Krath Recruitment Office had received a request of citizenship signed by one Joshua Chamberlain, the same man whose curriculum vitae contains such important terms as COMPNOR, Task Force Delta and the Kashyyk Massacre, making him one of the most prominent and controversial men in the Galaxy. Initially disregarding the application as a practical joke carried out by an anonymous individual, the CKRO soon discovered, that the man behind it and his intention were both genuine, and that Mr. Chamberlain was in fact interested in making his return to the frontlines. After receiving a response, Mr. Chamberlain was put through the motions of becoming a certified citizen of Krath, although with far more extensive background checks thanks to his past ties to the Empire.
A master tactician with a soft side
Indeed, Joshua Chamberlain’s life story would make for a very interesting read (although he isn’t planning on publishing an autobiography just yet). Born on Obroa-skai, he soon abandoned his academic pursuits thanks to his newfound passion for the military, eventually ending up as one of the many recruits of the Imperial Army. There he had shown his natural affinity for martial leadership, expressing great talent in tactics and operative problem solving, as well as a strong sense of humanity and compassion.
After the tumultuous events surrounding the death of Emperor Charon, the young officer was granted a commanding position, reaching the rank of Colonel quickly. He was soon reassigned to a brand new unit tasked with eliminating the enemies of the Empire, both internal and external: Task Force Delta. After Delta’s assimilation into the COMPNOR, Chamberlain was relieved of his leadership position, albeit temporarily. The fervor and skill exhibited by the officer eventually led to him being appointed as de facto commander of the Commission. It would seem that there was nothing that could stop Mr. Chamberlain’s meteoric rise in the ranks. But that was soon to change.
On Year 6 Day 356, Task Force Delta was ordered to carry out the most infamous operation in the Empire’s recent history: the Kashyyk Massacre. As effective commander of the Task Force, Chamberlain had to follow the orders set by Emperor Bonias, ordering the strike on the native Wookiee population to commence. Despite it being heralded as a victory for the Empire, Chamberlain couldn’t bring himself to celebrate alongside his peers. This later formed a rift between the esteemed Brigadier General and the Empire as a whole, leading to his resignation and departure from Imperial space.
Back into the fight
Mr. Chamberlain had gone under the wing of the Invid Order, a neutral group, in order to escape the spotlight that had been aimed at him for the better part of his life. However, after over a decade of political seclusion, he has decided to step into the fray once more, claiming that “… after a while that sort of space allows you to examine who you really are and what you really want. I knew I had to throw off neutrality and get back into the fight.”
When asked about his decision to join the Krath Empire specifically, he praised the state for “still having fire”, expressing his opinion that after a while, larger governments “get complacent.” He intends to put his extensive internal knowledge of Imperial structures forward and assist the Holy Krath Legion in matters advisory and, of course, martial. The Krath Imperial Council and Legion High Command have already applauded Mr. Chamberlain’s decision, offering him the position of Martial Consultant. Should he accept, he will report directly to Lord Imperator Kasra, who’d said his first order of priority would be using Mr. Chamberlain’s extensive knowledge of the Empire’s military to optimize the army structure and battle strategies. Lord Protector Kalzel Gryjiss, the commanding officer of the Qel-Droma United Assembly, also expressed his thrill at the opportunity to “learn how the Empire clicks from the insider’s perspective” and that Mr. Chamberlain’s offer of assistance in exchange for employment and citizenship was “the best deal in the history of deals, maybe ever.” Mr. Chamberlain’s entry into Krath politics has met with mostly positive responses from the public as well. His appearance is regarded to provide a welcome benefit in tandem with the large-scale reforms of the civilian sector, that are to be implemented in the early future, as issued by Emperor Kell and the Imperial Council.
The citizens of Koru Nemoidia were granted a spectacle in the form of yet another public execution of Death Watch operatives last week, this time led personally by the Lord Imperator Kasra himself. The group in question was exposed during an organized sweep on Antar performed by the Legion, promptly taken captive and moved to a secure location for questioning. During the interrogation, one of the prisoners revealed that the covert cell was harboring Elvette Rainmark, an adoptive child of Peter Max, the current leader of Death Watch and a sworn enemy of the Krath Empire. With this piece of information revealed, the entire group was transported to the Lord Imperator’s private estates on Koru Nemoidia, where their fate would be decided.
Lord Kasra had decided to judge their actions against Krath as a matter of dual offence, claiming that the issue was as much a dispute between the Empire and its enemies as it was a battle between Mandalorians and Dar’Manda. This would mean that they would be eligible to a broader scope of punishments, as the charges against them would be both based on law of Krath and law of Lord Kasra’s clan, the Ar’Klim. This gave Lord Imperator the judiciary freedom he needed to sentence the entirety of the cell to slavery and forced labor on the Lord Imperator’s numerous construction projects in Ar’Klim clan territories. As he would put it, “They would improve that, which they so foolishly attempted to destroy.” After well over ten standard months of indentured service, Lord Kasra declared their usefulness spent, scheduling their execution date in the process.
The event attracted a large crowd to the Palace Plaza in front of the Cebatr be Ar’Klim, the designated place of the execution. In the late afternoon, Lord Kasra himself had appeared on-stage with the soon-to-be Dead Watch members. After giving a short speech on the importance of upholding the Mandalorian standards (see: Resol’nare) across all clans and weeding out pretenders, he summarily executed all seventeen prisoners before him via beheading. While each individual death solicited a positive response from the crowd, the cheers were loudest during the demise of the aforementioned Elvette Rainmark and another Death Watch officer, Billy Freeform. When approached by KrathNet journalists to share his thoughts on the occasion, Lord Imperator commented: “It is a slow process, to clear one’s name. But in executing seventeen filthy Dar’manda, I certainly hope to have cleansed some of the stains from the name ‘Mandalorian.’ For that opportunity, I am filled with joy.”
In the late hours of D291, citizens of Krath and beyond enjoyed a hearty laugh thanks to the boastful, proud, yet mostly false report delivered by Black Sun on the apparent looting of the Minos-Mestra subgroup of Krath’s production sector. With the style ranging anywhere from bragging to gross overexagerration, the main premise of the news report revolves around a supposedly major blow to Krath’s primary arms and armor supplier, Minos-Mestra Munitions. However, the blow was nowhere as threatening as Black Sun implied.
While it is not denied that Ms. Yoi stole a portion of 3M assets, the most notable of which was arguably the moderate amount of Heavy Armor, it ought to be clarified that Ms. Yoi’s actions are far more akin to a slight issue, rather than a “crippling blow”, as the BSNN so eloquently put it. In fact, the Krath government had initially decided on not releasing an official statement, writing off Ms. Yoi’s actions as those of a fledgling thief not worthy of the Galactic spotlight. However, after witnessing Black Sun’s ego-boosting news piece, the information bureau felt it necessary to properly explain several key aspects of the situation, rather than to leave the Galaxy only with the contrived fabrications and propaganda both Black Sun and the Imperial Union as a whole are so well known for.
Upon running basic damage control protocols, the Krath census discovered that the assets stolen were mostly the proverbial breadcrumbs off the floor, raw materials, ships and items that were deemed second-rate, and therefore not subject to the full force of the Krath security systems BSNN claimed were so easily perforated. When KrathNet interviewers asked Lord Imperator Kasra about the damages inflicted by Ms. Yoi’s antics, he chuckled and referred to the stolen goods as ” [...] things that had been sitting in Minos-Mestra’s inventory for quite some time and were gathering dust. Trinkets, really.” He later admitted that, ” [...] The loss of the equipment, while regrettable, certainly wasn’t much more than a drop in the proverbial ocean.”
While the BSNN would like to have the whole Galaxy (themselves included) believe that they achieved a major victory against their enemies, they have instead exposed their delusional perception of the affair for everyone to see. Taking a page straight out of the Death Watch PR department manual, they had hoped that this somewhat noteworthy military accomplishment would reestablish their quickly fading relevance in the Galaxy, but have only managed to worsen their predicament in the process. Instead of striking fear and dissent into Krath and their allies, their attempt at causing considerable damage to the Galactic Alliance was met with bemused indifference more than anything else. As part of the official government statement, the Krath Empire gives them a C- for effort and heavily recommends that they reach out to their allies in Tresario and ask them how to properly loot somebody.
That being said, we would like to issue an apology to everyone wanting to purchase items from the Minos-Mestra public store, as well as any who are waiting on the completion of their order, since the unusual circumstances will likely result in a temporary freeze on all sales until the items in question are restocked.