Capon / Lunion / Spinward Marches
Archduke Exonerates Akim's Army
Archduke Norris has announced that he has met with representatives of both
the government and terrorist group Akim's Army with a view to restoring civil
order to the system. The announcement was timed to coincide with his
departure from the starport on his way to Adabicci (1824 Spinward Marches; A57189B-B);
this presumably was calculated to ensure no possibility of questions or interviews.
The Archduke said that Akim's Army had valid concerns about the possibility
of there being a conspiracy to prevent the publication of late author Akim
Gavrolovitch's latest book, The Arden Gambit. He added that
he had directed the government to launch an independent inquiry into the
affair, and that the conduct of the investigation would be closely supervised
by Imperial authorities.
In perhaps his most significant comment, the Archduke stated that he is completely
satisfied that Akim's Army did not in fact set the fire that destroyed Gavrolovitch's
publishing house. The arson, he said, was definitely perpetrated by
persons not connected with the terrorist organization. He even conceded
that the fire may perhaps have been set to destroy the sole manuscript of
The Arden Gambit, but added that he did not wish to speculate at this
The Archduke did not make any statement concerning the disputed death --
or otherwise -- of Akim Gavrolovitch, nor has he ordered any investigation
into the circumstances concerning his death. He did say that he had
read an advance copy of the novel, which is to be published on 315-1121,
and that he had thoroughly enjoyed it.