Year 4 Day 135
Address of the Recent Affairs
Tuesday, April 15
@ 19:44:46 PDT
In the past few days, great changes have taken place in the Combine.
It is my personal feeling that many of these set (arguably, they repeat)
an abominably bad precedent of interference, a feeling that is mirrored several
times over by many of those I have had the privilege of playing with here.
Out of Character interference with In Character situations has long been
a sore point for me, hearkening back many, many years and through a great
many fiascos of dubious intent and poor implementation. I will not belabor
those points or provide examples; doing so, however passionately or however
reasonably, does not produce results reflective of sensibility or reasonability.
But then, such a stance can hardly be unexpected from me. Or from any player
in comparable circumstances.
I have been asked by many what I shall do, now that I have been cast
out of my IC position by Veynom. I have been in the Combine for a very long
time. Over the years, I have been able to do an amazing number of things,
In Character and Out of Character – experience that is rich, rewarding, and
priceless beyond measure. I have met a great many people, players, characters,
and in the end, that is what I have treasured most – the community. I have
never stayed out of a love for the Combine Commander, ICIS, Holocom, or even
the repeated assurances of a coming Darkness – the soul of any communal game
will never be found in its mechanics, but in its people. And I have stayed
because of the people – from Aintab to Zeblork, and with dozens between that
A and Z going unnamed here, but who I have felt, friend or enemy, have contributed
vastly to the pleasures we found in this game.
Despite this love for the community, I have chosen to leave the Combine.
There are those who will view this statement with contempt, snidely
remarking that I am merely sulking over a purely personal frustration of
personal ambition or arrogance. I would challenge those to remove their heads
from their asses.
I know there are more who know the truth of my actions and motivation,
without having ever spoken to me or having any real knowledge of the situations
the group I have been a part of has faced through the rivalries of Veynom
and Connel, to the Core Schism, to the sanction of the “Dark Empire” and
its later claimed “confusion”, to the forced merger, to the most recent indignity.
They see it, day by day, in the Combine – there are examples enough.
Bluntly, I have no faith in the Combine, particularly in its so-called
Administration. Time and again I have seen reason and accountability ignored,
inane and inexplicable decisions made – and when “explained”, they still
dumbfound. Arbitrary, biased, capricious – the A-B-C’s of the Combine… Were
it not so insulting to the efforts of so many, to the sensibilities of so
many, it might be pitiable.
The Combine is unsatisfying on a great many levels, and I do not find
the atmosphere created by the interference and bias of a self-involved Administration
to be the sort of environment that I wish to involve myself in as a player.
I am showing my refusal of such by my departure – I am “voting with my feet”.
I have chosen to leave the Combine, but my deep affection for community remains.
In that spirit, I will be closing my server, www.SWCEmpire.com, to Combine
traffic. Instead, I will be gladly providing alternative role-playing forums,
tournament opportunities, activities, and a positive environment there, irrespective
of “political affiliation” – in fact, welcoming of all.
Without clients, without red scenarios, we will continue our love for
Star Wars gaming. Message board role-playing is not for all. We are well
aware of that and it has been a long, long tradition to innovate, to lead
to new vistas. Teams lead efforts, diligently, organizing tournaments for
platform games and our own tactical gaming models.
More than anything, we wish to bring a sense of true ownership to players.
To allow them to feel as though they have a real, tangible stake in what
happens by allowing them to once again have control of their own destinies.
The dynamics and themes of Star Wars are simple -- controlling Empire
takes over galaxy; Rebels, people who still support the old government, try
to stop them and resist. There should not be any more interference from the
game designers than setting that into motion. Where the game goes, even if
it deviates from the "canon", should be the choice of players. Of their imaginations.
We are not storming off like a toddler because we are not getting our way.
Our choice is to leave a system that does not fit us, and in order to form
a better one. One that is enjoyable, rewarding, and, simply, fun.
We do not have malicious intents. We just want there to be another option.
I have faith in the people I have been working with, in the prospects
before us. I have faith, here, in them, when I have none for the Combine.
I have hope.
That is something I want to share.
Year 4 Day 117
Saturday, March 29
@ 14:40:53 PST
Congratulations to Flight Sergeant Han Vogel, this winner of the 13th
Tactical Essay Contest! His essay has been uploaded to the TEC database and he is hereby awarded with the [TEC] ribbon.
Finally, I wish to announce that the search for another Assistant Administrator
has been delayed indefinitely due to a number of difficulties encountered
along the way. I have posted some information on this in the News thread
of the Tactical Essay Contest forum for those interested. My apologies to
the applicants. Your submissions are being kept on hand nonetheless for the
Captain Syn Becket
Year 4 Day 106
Warning to the Galaxy
Tuesday, March 18
@ 05:40:34 PST
Authority: IIHC - Office of the Director
Subject: Warning to the Galaxy
Sentient beings of the galaxy, you are all aware of the history of the
forming of the Empire, so I need not restate it. You all know of the Empire's
goal of bringing Order to the chaos of the Galaxy, so I need not restate
What I will state however, is that Imperial Intelligence is under new
leadership. I as the Director of Imperial Intelligence will make life for
those opposing the Empire, disconsolate. You will not know where we strike
next, how we will strike, and whom we will strike. You will live your life,
constantly looking over your shoulder, and double checking that shadowy corner
in every bar you walk into. I'm not here to play politics, I'm here to aid
in the destruction of those opposing the Emperor's legitimate claim, as the
ruler of the Galaxy.
The juxtaposition of our enemies will be shattered. The uncouth policies
and strategies of the antagonist Rebel Alliance will become all too evident.
My tactics are ruthless, my capabilities unimaginable, and my threats do
carry weight. You will come to know that my bite is worse than my bark. Be
wary, the enemies of the Emperor; for I shall strike fear into your hearts.
For the ignorant that know not fear; your deaths will be the examples to
Year 4 Day 105
Tactical Essay Contest - Voting
Monday, March 17
@ 15:56:49 PST
All Tactical Essay Contest submissions for the 13th TEC have been received,
and now it is time for voting. The poll, along with links to each of the
entries, can be found at http://www.swcempire.com/icc4/mb/viewtopic.php?t=489 in the Tactical Essay Contest forum of the ICC. All Imperials are encouraged to place their vote for the best entry.
Voting will end on Friday, March 28th. Any questions pertaining to the voting can be posted as a reply in the poll thread.
Captain Syn Becket
Year 4 Day 63
Advance of Command
Deputy Director Skywise
Monday, February 03
@ 08:58:05 PST
//Subject// Advance of Command
In a small and dark office on the planet of Coruscant, Deputy Director
of Imperial Intelligence, Apollo Skywise takes a seat behind his desk and
begins to speak.
"Citizens of the Empire, I greet you today with news that will influence
the future of Imperial policy. Today I announce that Mr. Seele will serve
the Empire as it's new Director of Intelligence. It is not often that news
of our operations are released into the public eye. Many of our finest moments
will never see the light of day, nor should they. Every moment of peace and
tranquility on every Imperial planet is a small sign of our success. Director
Seele now has the unique opportunity to place his signature on the peace
that every one of you enjoys." Deputy Skywise settles back into his chair
and continues with his speech. "I will remain as Deputy Director and loyal
servant to the Director and the Throne, by order of the Emperor. The Ubiqtorate,
strengthened by this move, shall press ever forward as the tip of the spear.
Many may wonder after Director Seele’s appearance, but this moment, this
appointment, was planted long before he late left the safety and comfort
of our high towers on Coruscant. His return marks a new chapter for Imperial
//ClearedBy// Skywise, Apollo DDII; *
Year 4 Day 58
Wednesday, January 29
@ 12:59:04 PST
Imperial Center, Sesswenna Sector D. Sephiroth
Greetings fellow Imperials from around the galaxy!
Many of you have surely noticed the fact that the Chronicle has been a bit
forgotten during these hard times of constant terrorist attacks from the
enemies of the Empire. However today I am proud to announce a new issue which
should contain everything you need to know about what happens inside and
outside the Empire. It is a new version under Editor C. Slayden, and the
Chronicle team has changed a bit, however we will always provide you with
the latest news, to make sure all Imperials are informed as they should be.
For access, use the menu on the left when you log into your IDN account,
under "Imperial Chronicle." Also, as a finishing note, I’d like to add that
a new issue is due out soon, as well, so stay tuned.
Year 4 Day 51
Moff Kirov Quel Droma
Tuesday, January 21
@ 16:53:59 PST
A priority transmission interrupts all public and military communications- and holochannels, throughout the Sesswana Sector.
The Imperial Seal is displayed, replaced after a few seconds with the seal of the Imperial Sesswana Sector Government.
After a few seconds more, the impressive image of Moff Kirov Quel Droma fills
the screen, his rugged face showing a stern expression.
Despite all efforts so far, the system and orbit
of the Throne World, already buzzing with traffic, has been clogged by unregistered
foreigners and squatting rabble.
My administration, with the acknowledgement of his Imperial Majesty himself,
now has decided to clean up this mess once and for all.
Therefore the system of Coruscant is off limits for all non-imperial traffic until further notice.
Furthermore, unregistered foreigners that are found in Coruscani space have
a final chance to do so within the next 48 hours, starting now. Ships entering
OR leaving without permission from the Imperial Navy will be disabled, boarded
and impounded, their owners and pilots arrested.
Ship masters with ships at Coruscant may contact the offices of the First
Imperial Sector Fleet (Mandrake@swcempire.com) to register and then leave
the system if required to.
Imperial citizens, allies and neutrals with legal business at Coruscant will
be allowed to enter and leave the system normally after the interdiction
Have a pleasant and productive day.
With a slight nod the Moff ends the transmission.
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|·|| Positions Open |
|Friday, January 17|
|·|| Naval Headquarters, Kuat, Kuat Sector |
|·|| From Politics Today...|
|·|| Imperial Academy Leadership Returns|
|·|| Deputy Minister Announced|
|Tuesday, January 14|
|·|| Alderaan Governor Feali victim of SKTF terrorist attack! |
|Thursday, January 09|
|·|| Taanab Cure |
|Wednesday, January 01|
|·|| Tactical Essay Contest Notice |
|·|| Changing of the Guard|
|Tuesday, December 31|
|·|| Announced |
|·|| Special Recognition|
|Sunday, December 22|
|·|| Imperial News Publications |
|Monday, December 16|
|·|| Taanab Quarantined |
|Sunday, December 15|
|·|| Awarding a NCO |
|Saturday, December 14|
|·|| Tactical Essay Contest |
|Thursday, December 12|
|·|| A Soldier's Death |
|Wednesday, December 04|
|·|| New Director of Finance Named |
|Thursday, November 28|
|·|| Tactical Essay Contest |
|Saturday, November 23|
|·|| The Commission |
|Wednesday, November 13|
|·|| Tactical Essay Contest |
|Tuesday, November 12|
|·|| Imperial Monthly Chat |
|Monday, November 11|
|·|| Governor Appointment - Farfin |
|Sunday, November 10|
|·|| Warden-General Arrives on Kessel |
|Monday, November 04|
|·|| Imperial News Grid, version Four |