Frenzie / Vilis / Spinward Marches
Crisis In Arden?Imperial Navy officials have confirmed
that there have been substantial movements by the Federation of Arden Navy,
pulling out of border systems towards the capital at Arden (1011 Spinward Marches; C5549CB-8).
Apparently orders have been given to all Federation fleets to fall back to
the capital, leaving only a small garrison behind. No reason has been
given for the order. Speculation is that there is a coup in progress,
and that naval assets have been called back to support either the Arden Society
or the new regime. While there is concern that this could lead to a
period of civil war, such as occurred during in the Imperium under the Emperors
of the Flag (604 to 622), it is unlikely that such a conflict would spill
over the border into either the Imperium or the Zhodani Consulate.
Very few Imperial citizens are welcome within the Federation at present,
and thus it is unlikely that this unrest -- if in fact that is what is happening
-- will have much impact on the Imperium. Nevertheless, the Imperial
Navy has announced that it will be on increased alert until the reason for
these unexpected troop movements becomes apparent.