Yesterday, forces from the Gertronic Consortium violated the ‘Safe Traders Act’ by engaging and destroying the NNJ Battleship ‘DayBreaker’ that was resupplying at an IDDC Trade outpost.
When asked for comment, the Gertronic Council had this to say in its defense:
The Gertronic Council was conflicted on ordering a preemptive strike near a trader outpost. NNJ Founder DamarGarak was a known Consortium enemy with an active KOS order still hanging over him.
Captain Valykry was not previously known to the Consortium but was a senior officer in the ranks of NNJ.
Consortium scout vessels, investigating anomalies revealed by Expanse long-range sensors, saw that Captain Valkare was nearing completion of a massive battleship. Given DamarGaraks history with The Consortium and given the risk of him accessing that sort of power; a vote to attack was held and passed despite a few dissenting opinions.
The Daybreaker was forced outside the outposts shields and then destroyed by Consortium warships. The IDDC outpost has been compensated for its loss of business.
It should be noted, that even though it was only partially operational, the battleship did critical damage to the attacking ships. An attack frigate was so badly damaged it needed to be scuttled and the command frigate needed almost all of its major systems rebuilt. If that battleship had been allowed to become fully operational it may have been unstoppable by conventional weapons.
We accept the risk of retaliation, it was judged to be better than the alternative.
As a token of good faith, a package of Gertronic Consortium brand Space Weed is being delivered via intermediaries to Captain Valykry free of charge. We realize this is not compensation for a battleship, it is simply a very small olive branch.
The Consortium stands ready to defend against any retaliation.
Captain Valykry, after accepting the package, had this to say:
Know this: there will be retaliation. However I shall enact it solely against the two members whom attacked me and anyone in the future who approaches me with hostility.’
As far as we know, he is still a senior officer of NNJ and the two factions are still hostile to one another.