The research arm of The Stratus Firm recently published an article entitled ‘A Broken Nation’, referring not to the Protectorate that lost its Enclave but the Commerce Republic that hosted it It was presented as a factual evaluation, backed by purported exclusive Protectorate sources, of the deeply troubling events that recently shook Vision and claimed some twenty-seven thousand human lives from three nations. As always, our staff strives to offer a more comprehensive and enlightening perspective on global events, and unfortunately as a result we have no choice but to condemn this article, its authors, the Firm, and whatever other parties may have been responsible for its release. Inspire strives for impartiality above all else, and recognizes that unreliable information is every bit as dangerous as a reliable weapon, and far harder to control.
The victims of the attack in Vision deserve the sympathy of all peoples. Of this there is no doubt. But the Firm’s assertion that Serica’s internal econopolitical divisions, immigration policies, and multicultural tolerance hold a significant measure of responsibility for the catastrophe both exacerbates tension and diverts attention from a number of compromising facts that display a more complicated image.
Purportedly leaked Protectorate communications assign planning responsibility for the attack to an individual named Samuel Hunter, a mysterious figure Protectorate intelligence services also apparently suspect for the recent incident on former Serican President Michael Keyman‘s estate. However, publicly available Worldbridge Global archives show that Mr. Hunter is more likely a purchase alias used by a number of unrelated small time criminal operations, the most recent of which was forcefully disbanded in a small naval engagement in the Serican interior involving Valkore and other supercorporate assets. It is true that the Local Council inquiry into the explosion on President Keyman’s estate has yet to release official findings, but it is reasonable to believe there would be some sign of action if terrorism was suspected. Since there has been none, the most logical conclusion available is that the original ISIS findings consistent with a tragic accident are correct. In turn, this would imply that there is no Samuel Hunter, and the Protectorate’s apparent fascination with him is simply misdirection to mask other avenues of inquiry.
One such avenue is the curious decision to, until recently, report the recent large scale web update outage affecting Lisan as a technical difficulty, and not the deliberate attack they have now claimed it to be. While any number of cases can be made and supported regarding internal friction and even violence in Serican affairs, it hardly seems reasonable to assign blame when your own state is still reeling from a devastating attack on its soil. Less so when you take into account that at least two Protectorate Chancellors have had their terms cut short by assassination since the War alone.
Finally, there is the matter of the Protectorate’s actions during and immediately after the destruction of their Enclave. An official investigation has been launched into the death of a number of ISIS and first responder personnel near the scene, though a number of publicly available videos appear to show close-range air engagements between them and unidentified aircraft appearing to incorporate Protectorate technology and design elements. The matter is complicated by an apparent Protectorate raid on a moored private contractor vessel before the dust cloud from the collapsing enclave had even reached its apex, an interesting course of action in the midst of an emergency situation. Public emergency broadcasts indicate the raid was linked to the harbor shutdown that persisted for almost half a decycle after the incident, only ending after a small ESIS/ISIS task force returned to the ship. Once again, leaked Protectorate web traffic indicates that ‘Samuel Hunter’ was somehow in control of the vessel, though widely available Worldbridge records show the ship linked to a team of private contractors that has served a number of interests in Serica and likely abroad.
A team whose previous ship was destroyed in an engagement with Apex Tactical and Valkore contractors suspected of attacking Protectorate infrastructure and personnel. What they were doing in close proximity to the Enclave when it fell, and why the Protectorate saw fit to retaliate with lethal force, is unclear.
A ‘Broken Nation’, indeed.
These are simply the facts. Unlike the Stratus Firm and any number of others, we will not hold any particular party responsible when there is simply not sufficient evidence to do so. We ask only that you keep an open mind, and encourage all responding to the incident, both personally and professionally, to act on the truths available, however frightening, disturbing, or inconvenient, rather than feelings based on falsehood.
Please keep the families of those lost in your hearts and the lessons they taught in mind.
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