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.