BLOOD ON THE SENATE FLOOR
Kaeso Mordanticus, the captured leader of isolationist group Nova Imperium, has been brought before the Imperial Senate, with unexpected results.
Political journalist Cassia Carvalho was at the scene:
“Imperator Mordanticus was led into Senate House in shackles but still defiant. All rose as Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval entered, attended by Senator Denton Patreus. The Emperor and Patreus approached Mordanticus silently, whereupon Patreus executed the Imperator with his personal sidearm.”
“Suddenly, the Imperial Guard opened fire, gunning down senators Pal Vespasian and Eloise Winterstone, and others who had supported the isolationist cause.”
“Once the initial shock had subsided, the Emperor stood over the Imperator’s body. In a clear voice she announced: ‘There is no Nova Imperium. There is only the Empire.’”
“I have since heard reports of mass arrests and further public executions across Capitol. The rumour is that Patreus placed agents among Nova Imperium strongholds, which are now being eliminated from within. This may be the start of an Empire-wide purge.”
I have only ever heard of "Nova Imperium" through the news, and that was only after my brief stop back home in the Empire before setting off for this expedition. I knew their fate as soon as I learned what they were up to though, and am satisfied to see that my predictions came true. I never perceived them as a threat, otherwise I would have delayed my journey to join the Imperial fleet's war against them. It should have been obvious before, but perhaps it is more apparent now: do not fuck with the Emperor
. Perhaps it helps to make an example out of a treasonous faction every few years to remind people of that. Not just in the Empire, but the Federation should take note as well. We all know that as soon as the Thargoid threat passes, they'll resume their aggression. Unless something bigger and badder comes along... Hmmm.
Tomorrow, we set off for... I honestly don't know. We're supposed to find out the next waypoint tomorrow. Galnet already leaked Waypoint 7, but that's over 20,000Ly away, so it'll be a while before we reach it. I for one am glad to finally leave this nebula... especially since a civil war has suddenly broken out between the only two factions dwelling here.