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Following the press release of the Zhellic Ecclisiarchy, massive public protests have arisen in the Krath Empire, the protests primarily calling for the religious sect of the government to declare the Ecclesiarchy as heretics and to eliminate them as the great Krath demands of all heretics. As protests reached the capital world of Shesharile 3, officials within the government began to make statements in regards to the protests and the general upheaval caused by both Sanctuary Prime and the Zhellic Ecclesiarchy, sparking rumors that the Emperor himself was seen consulting with none other than Grand Master Tapar Craken, the Chosen One of Krath. Rumor has also been abound of Emperor Kasra making additional moves to return The Krath Empire to the old ways, a movement largely started by former Emperor Kell with the withdrawal from the Galactic Alliance. While many of the protests have gotten heated, local law enforcement responding did little more than monitor the situation, prompting the protests to grow not only in size, but also in fervor. Government officials have been quoted saying that law enforcement is only in place to make sure no one is hurt, but that so far the protests have not broken any laws and are instead seen as patriotic in nature.
On the note of the protests, some more recent protests have seen the presence of Order clerics coming out to show their support, some going so far as to write various scriptures from the apparent Zhellic religion and then burn the material. One such writing was briefly captured by a KrathNet reporter before being burned and stated that it said “The Thirteen are known by many names, yet no matter which of them you were raised uttering, know that They are your Gods as much as they are ours.” The particular cleric who wrote and subsequently burned this piece of heretical scripture stated that “These [Zhellic] heretics who dare to spread this filth should all be gathered up and sacrificed to Krath, just as the Great God demands! They claim that their gods are not only the only gods, but that all others are simply mirrors of their own!” This statement seemed to drive that particular protest to an even greater height, with some calling out to the highest branches of the Church and Government to do or say something.
On the morning of D 264, the protests ground to a halt as all across the Krath Empire a holotransmission was broadcast as part of a state address, overriding all previous scheduled viewing. It depicted Emperor Kasra himself, who then made a statement on the protests and the Ecclesiarchy matter.
“People of the Krath, I appear before you today to acknowledge your words and your patriotism. After extensive thought on the matter and consulting with the clergy of Krath, I have decided that we will hereby be going to war with the heretics that wear the face of an ancient enemy. They wear the face of the ancient Zhell, the predecessors to Coruscanti Humans who long ago attempted to exterminate the Taung and drove them off the planet in search of a new home. The Taung, the ancient founders of the Mandalorian culture who waged war with the Zhell for hundreds of years before finally succumbing to the inflicted wounds and fled, lest they be wholly destroyed. The Zhells who worship their false gods and declare unholy crusades. The Zhells who will today know fear as the united Krath and Mandalorian assembly of Krath join together to stop their hypocrisy and paint their homes red with blood, as the Gods of Chaos and Destruction demand! Today the Legions march to war, tomorrow the Zhells march to death! We will not allow them to continue with their heresy or their hypocrisy! Their genocide to those who had shown them mercy has not been forgotten and Krath will ensure that they are not able to continue that tradition any longer!”
Following the address, the Department of War reported a steep increase in recruitment rates from among the populace, showing that the protestors had turned their attention away from public demonstrations and instead to public service in an effort to smite the heretics. One military official, Praetorian Raidan Spike spoke on the matter “As a very wise man once said, ‘Faith without works is dead.’ Well, the men and women of Krath have shown today their fervor is not restricted to platitudes. It is most pleasing to see holy zeal being expressed not only in service to Krath and the Empire but also in devotion to our gracious Emperor in answering his call.” Praetorian Spike, noted to have spent significant time working closely with the Emperor, is rumored to be potentially taking on a larger role within the Empire, rumors that have so far received positive feedback according to a recent poll. One such person who was polled, Decurion Zilak Pindall of the Ori’Ramikade stated that “I like easy wars, they keep discipline on point and they are good practice for new officers. But this is deeper than that, the Ecclesiarchy has offended us both as Krath believers and followers of the Resol’nare. All service to the state, according to Krath religion is a service done for Krath herself, but that has never been more clear to us than now.”
KrathNet also endeavored to speak with a representative of the Order of Krath and First Paladin Calgor Grim stated that “The words of the Zhellic Ecclesiarchy are nothing but extremist propaganda. Their very doctrine, if it can even be called such a thing, is nothing but a recipe for anarchy with the supposed thirteen representing, among other facets, the concept of genocide and destruction, instability and insurrection, even feudal beliefs such as the symbols of basic elements. These are not people with whom you should place your faith. These people represent barbarism, fanaticism, archaic and backward traditions and quite simply disorder and chaos. Krath brings us wisdom, brings us understanding, knowledge but also brings us unity and we must unite in these times to stand true against these heretical outcries from these people who would do us ill and we must be strong for Krath guides us always.”
The Krath State Department was keen to point out that, while not addressed, the Throne is content to leave Sanctuary Prime to their devices so long as they do not bring their genocide to Krath territory or otherwise threaten Krath interests.
Massive nation-wide celebrations across the Krath Empire concluded today with the coronation of the former Lord Imperator, Talak Kasra. In a grand ceremony attended by all the key representatives of the government, the first Emperor of Krath, Lazarus Kell, has anointed Kasra his successor. The transition was received positively across the vast majority of the Empire.
Lazarus Kell, once again resuming his title of Krath Lord, is widely viewed to have skillfully led the Krath through one of its most difficult periods. Among his most significant legacies have been the reviving of the Krath Empire of old and the progression of the Krath from the Galactic Alliance into the neutral sphere, opening many doors of opportunity for alliance and trade. Despite assaults from multiple quarters during his reign, the state has emerged unbroken and full of energy for a new era.
Earlier this week, Kell issued a public broadcast scheduling the appointment of his successor. Lord Imperator Kasra, one of the most prominent Krath figures and commander of the Krath Legions was to assume the operational duties of Emperor on Day 210 of Galactic Year 20. In addition to the proclamation, the Emperor decreed a temporary national holiday to allow citizens to prepare for the event. Across the vast expanse of Krath sectors, gatherings were organized both to celebrate and condone the decision. With work hours cut, every citizen had the opportunity to voice their opinion and, despite several minor protests, the general mood of the public was more than amicable towards their new Hapan overlord.
Around midday on Day 218, the celebrations culminated when Emperor Kell invited Kasra to the Shesharile Palace in order to formally cede the reins of power. Upon arrival, Kasra was greeted by an honor guard consisting of five hundred Mandalorian warriors from his clan, Aliit Ar’Klim, as well as the apex of Krath’s religious and worldly hierarchy. Following a final ceremonial greeting of Emperor Kell, Kasra was coronated as the new Emperor, with his predecessor kneeling in turn to recognize his newfound authority over Krath citizens. In turn, he was promised by Kasra to build upon the foundation of the ‘Golden Age’ and offered an advisory position, which he accepted.
With the coronation done and dealt with, the high priests of Krath blessed the new Emperor with Krath’s divine favor and sacrificed twelve thousand nerfs to invoke Krath to guide Emperor Kasra’s steps, shield him from danger, and smite his enemies.
Talak Kasra has had a long history with the Krath dating back to his years of service in Mandalore until his clan left to join the Krath under the leadership of the renowned Grevendar Togl. Talak’s mentor played a major role in building the Krath military and left a tremendous burden of responsibility to Kasra upon his departure. Most political pundits agree the Mandalorian’s tireless efforts to build the Empire’s influence and maintain its status despite overwhelming setbacks and inconveniences has been the key to the recognition he received today. The executives of Krathfeed concur and offer their deepest congratulations to the Emperor on receiving this highest and most well-deserved honor.
Crown of the Krath Emperor
Later in a public broadcast, Emperor Kasra stated that “while Krath had taken some major turns in their path, [Emperor Kasra] would endeavor to bring Krath to the great heights was meant to be in.” The media and the public eagerly await the next chapter in Krath’s glorious history.
Krath to leave in less than 24 hours, Emperor Kell says
Several hours ago, Emperor Lazarus Kell and his Imperial Council had reached a decision that will undoubtedly affect Krath space for years to come. After calling in an emergency session of the Council earlier this week, Emperor Kell had issued a public proclamation to every Krath household. In case you missed it or were not tuned to the Krath state channel at the time of the broadcast, we provide a direct transcript below:
“It is with a heavy heart that I must on this day announce the withdrawal of The Krath from the Galactic Alliance. For many years we have seen members come and go from the Alliance, in all that time under my leadership as well as under previous leaders of Krath we have worked towards supporting our friends in the Galactic Alliance to the best of our abilities. In recent times, however, we have witnessed the slow degradation of what once made the Alliance strong. Instead of focusing on our roots of military cooperation we have been consistently caught up in political posturing and bickering over cultural differences. With that in mind and after extensive discussions in the highest councils of Krath, we have decided it would be for the best to take our leave from the Alliance and adopt a neutral stance in the galactic conflict. To our former allies I would say we bear no grudges and for those who would still call us friends we would do the same.”
The statement came as a surprise to many, albeit the message it contained was hardly unexpected. Although the official stance of the church and state has always favored the GA in the Galactic Civil War, the cultural divide between Krath and other member states was obvious at a glance. Even though public figures often emphasized the importance of a unified military resistance against the Galactic Empire and its puppet states, it would seem the constant pressure on Krath to fall within the cultural norm has finally taken its toll. Citizens of Krath will undoubtedly remember the time we were lambasted over the state’s decision to make an example of the most notorious criminal our Empire had ever seen: Varro Belle.
Shortly after the execution, tensions flared between the Krath and the New Republic on the justification of the extreme punishment. The fallout resulted in a diplomatic crisis that caused the abrupt career decline of the then contemporaneous Secretary General of the Galactic Alliance (Natalis Oro, New Republic). This led to her spearheading an extremely caustic anti-Krath smear campaign amongst the Republic’s citizens. From that point on, the communications between the Republic and the Krath began deteriorating. Slowly but steadily, this divide increased in size, eventually becoming a full-on communications breakdown. This was only one of many policies and actions that would be taken to threaten Krath sovereignty from the Alliance as a whole.
With the newly-imposed trade embargo on Krath by the Republic, coming in the late days of this year, it would seem that Emperor Kell and the Imperial Council had had enough. Calling an emergency session, he’d decided that if Krath had to choose between two evils, it would not choose at all. With other states already announcing their departure from the Alliance as well, it is clear that we can expect major political shifts in the months to come.
One thing remains certain though, the Imperial Treasury has sarcastically assured all citizens of the galaxy that the Nova Crystal remains stable and is still backed by the Krath government.