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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Day Against the Dove

This bit of News made it all the way out to Rens where I am currently docked.

27.02.2014 14:57 By CCP Falcon

PERIMETER – A spokesman for the Caldari Navy confirmed today that a total of fifty-seven officers have been dishonourably discharged from the Caldari Navy, after a week of legal proceedings that saw a number of arrests relating to incidents during the administration of the Caldari Providence Directorate.

Publicly, it appears that all those involved were relieved of command under the umbrella charge of “actions performed against the best interest of the Caldari State and People”. Sources within the Caldari Navy, meanwhile, claim that actual charges range from dereliction of duty, to gross insubordination, incompetence of command, and operations in breach of the Yulai Convention.

While the Caldari Navy have refused to release any further details regarding the fate of those who were discharged, rumours have begun to circulate regarding a number of former officers who have been sentenced to long term incarceration.

Former 37th Squadron Wing Commander Sami Okuuda is confirmed to be among those who were discharged, and was sighted leaving Perimeter on a civilian transport bound for New Caldari.

Speaking from corporate headquarters after the press statement, Admiral Mininela Erinen, Executive officer of the Caldari Navy, responded to questions about further action, stating that “these proceedings are now closed, along with an era in the Caldari Navy’s history during which those who should have been in a position to command had their hands bound by an administration that should never have been permitted to dictate our military objectives or projection of force.”

The Admiral closed the session by reiterating that “with this final action, the Caldari Navy’s focus returns to its core purpose; protecting and preserving the interests of the Caldari State and its people.”

You can find the original announcement here.

During my first four years or so playing EVE Online, I only paid the briefest attention to lore articles like this. After all, this is a game where players predominantly determine the direction of game play, not the developer. But with CPP Seagull's announced changes within New Eden, I've begun to pay more attention to changes in lore. It is there I think CCP will begin laying the groundwork for what is to come, and I am keen to know what that is much more specifically than is currently revealed. It's probably vain hope to believe I will learn anything consequential, but I'm as much optimist as cynic.

There are several things in this announcement, word usage things of course, that piqued my interest. The end of the second to last and last paragraph especially. It seems to me it implies the Caldari Navy has a desire to accomplish military objectives by projecting force with the purpose of protecting and preserving the interests of the Caldari State. We naturally don't know where they will aim such a projection of force. What is clear is they removed many officers who disagreed with that desire. Anyone out there care to hazard a guess what Caldari Naval Command is so interested in, or do I read this all wrong?

1 comment:

  1. This is a thought-provoking article Mabrick. I just finished reading The Burning Life and Templar One so the lore has become more interesting to me.

    In my one year of playing I ignored the lore / news reports since I thought it was totally disconnected from the game's development and was pretty much just content for role players. I hope I have been wrong and that it does actually tie into EVE's direction.

    To your question - my guess is that this was confined to the two player events referenced in the 20Feb14 "Octopus Squadron" announcement. In referencing "the failure of Operation Spectre in November YC115, in which hundreds of Caldari loyal capsuleers suffered extensive combat losses" CCP took the in-game result of the wholesale slaughter of EVE players in operation Spectre from last November and wrote it into the lore.

    Rather than hinting at future developments I read the news article as weaving some prior in-game events into the lore. Wouldn't it be great though if CCP did begin aligning the lore to future game development? Just imagine all the discussion and speculation it would lead to. It would do much to pull players deeper into the game and, I believe, lead to a much richer gaming experience for many.


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