Founded: February of 3302
The Federal Privateers was first thought up by a Commander named Camandcorp (aka Grim Guardian). His vision was to create a Federal aligned player minor faction with the goal of becoming a major faction in the future. As many people know, starting a minor faction means you must first be recognized as a player group before becoming a minor faction. That brings us to finding people that you can trust and build strong relationships with to help build something from the ground up.
So with this in mind Commander Grim Guardian set out to find people that would be interested in forming a group. After spending some time out in space and randomly bumping into people he managed to bring together the first members of the Federal Privateers. They were Commanders Gizmofox, TheArturoBird, Cosmic S926 SII and Echo Wake.
Together they spent hours figuring out how to set up the group and what home system we should strive for. This is where Echo gets the idea to start a forum as a place for people to meet and share useful information. Echo had run forums before so he thought it shouldn't be too difficult to do again. Over about a week he had the forums up and running, not the most amazing thing in the world but helped to start organizing the group.
The Tote System:
After spending some time together we decided that the Tote system would be our home. And with this came a few challenges we were not expecting. Most of us still new to the game with only about a month worth of playing we were challenged by another group whom had also laid claim to the Tote system.
After numerous altercations it was decided that only the two leaders of the groups would fight in a dual. We had our suspicions that something would go wrong… and it did. Now I don’t know who fired first but it turned out into a small scale battle for the control Tote and we had inevitably lost because we were out matched. They had bigger ships with better weapons, armor, and shields, though I we did give them a run for their money.
After leaving Tote we found ourselves as a flotilla moving from system to system. And we had our ups and downs. By now TheArturoBird had already left us and the Gizmofox was seemed to never be present. But we did run into many new members and started to reach our goal of 60 members that was required to become a minor faction.
This is where we met Commander Matt Clem who is an interesting character. He believes himself to be an ancient Egyptian god that can never die. But back to the point at hand, Matt was great at leading the front for Zachary Hudson in the galactic power struggle and we gained a lot merit within the Federal Command. At least once in our history of power play our commanders alone could pull in 60% of the merits we needed to undermine an enemy system, but it was not uncommon to see us pull in over 30% on a regular basis.
We also met Commander Dr Yayomaister. Doc was trader and probably the best one we had the time, and for that matter probably still the best trader in the Privateers. He was good organizing people, though leadership tended to dismiss some of the suggestions he had would eventually and up harming the group.
Then there was Commander Ritmoon (aka Azazul). Azazul was placed into the leadership role of the Civilian Fleet which oversees Trading, Mining, and Exploration. He himself was our most notable explorer. But do to a break down in communications with leadership he resigned his commission and started his own faction called the Explorers Consortium.
At this time there was a significant break down with leadership the Privateers members. And so Cosmic left us with a few of his friends and they started a second group the Nova Elite.
In this time Echo was introduced to Commander JamiDj. Jami had better experience in web design and coding then Echo and so he was granted powers to help Echo run and maintain the forums. Echo felt a little unsure about this but he needed the help.
After the group had been in turmoil for a few months, many of the members left or never bothered to show up at any group functions. So what our numbers that had ranged to about 60 dropped to only about 8 active members.
We should have acted sooner but we in the Privateers did nothing to stop the collapse. It was then decided to try and re structure the group, adjust command and improve communications to our members. However with little to no active members the changes fell on deaf ears.
Then there came an internal time bomb that no one in leadership saw coming… We had used the forums to post things that would help the new players, such as links to various sites and tips and tricks with ships. We also had fellow commanders snapping pictures of their travels and writing stories of their travels. The forum was a way to organize the group, but on June 7th 3302 Jami had gone in and deleted everything. All of the pictures, stories, and help files where permanently deleted. Jami had placed a significant blow to the Privateers. That being said he really only effected about 7 other people, but since that day a kill-on-sight order was issued.
After the betrayal of Jami, and lack of interest the Federal Privateers was officially disbanded a month later. Most members that were left and those we could get a hold of went to either the Nova Elite or the Explorers Consortium. It was here that all hope for the Federal Privateers had faded.
Only one week after we disbanded we received a message from Commander Ayatollah, a former member of the Federal Privateers. In this message he included a picture of a pilot flying under the flag of the Federal Privateers.
With this news a few members of leadership who were still in contact quickly went to check out this news. Grim had finally gotten what he had been working for, for months, only now the Privateers were officially gone. So with the help of Echo, we managed to bring back Matt Clem, and Dr Yayo. Together we recreated the Privateers and started to pull back in members like Fautpassenfaire (aka Martin), SparklyC4 (who helped Echo recover lost information on the forums), and many others.
From this point on we had a place to call home. LHS 215.
It has been a about a month since we gained a foothold LHS 215 and in that time we have managed to pull together new commanders as well as bring in former commanders whom had left when the group when it had disbanded.
It’s great to see everyone coming in and finding a place in our fleets. Matt is currently running the Navy and Dr Yayo is in charge of the Civilian Fleet. Grim has resumed command of the Federal Privateers and Echo was nominated to lead the Academy in which he accepted.
After spending time to regroup and collect our thoughts we began to gain influence in LHS 215 and we are currently finding ourselves on the brink of civil war with the “Independent LHS 140 Values Party”. Should we win this war we will attain control of Diesel Orbital, our first controlled station in LHS 215. Below is a news transcript from the Galnet News:
“Diesel Orbital News
Riots rage in the halls of Diesel Orbital
Broken bones and perforated promises filled the halls of Diesel Orbital this week as members of rival organizations sought to exert their dominance over the system.
Sector Security Services stepped in to stop the ongoing conflict, but failed as it became apparent that members of the security team were being swayed to fight for one side or the other.
At the time of writing the fighting rages on and The Diesel Orbital News strongly suggests that anyone not involved in the conflict should avoid landing at Diesel Orbital unless absolutely necessary.”
It would seem as though the people there are not happy with their current state of affairs, but we hope the Federal Privateers can bring in some stability.
After about a month or two of efforts to take Diesel we have failed. It would seem that every time we come close to going to war with the faction that controls it, we are pushed into conflict with another faction. Thus we have decided to ignore Diesel and we are now going to be making a push to obtain Spring Gateway.
Though the influence changes seems to be a daunting task. But with some effort and some luck I think we could take Spring by Christmas this year.
<More to come>
---Wing commander: Dr Omnimon XMembers:
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