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The Igor Basiltsky left the system after the skirmish with PAC ships, and flew back to the Galacian homeworld of Elkoss. an encrypted message to the Basiltsky from military channels had acknowledged it's return and requested that it come at once.
Starport 12, Antares City, Elkoss
20180916_001911 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
20180916_002142 by Dic Jacobus, on FlickrNovikov: Things have gone to hell! Remind me never to fly with Kazakov again!
Kazakov: It's not my fault!
Shulga: It is your fault!.. the only reason you still have a job is because apparently we're in some kind of war now... and there's currently no one to replace you.
A man in a suit runs up to them, Speaking rather nervously
Sirtash: Lord Shulga! It's really you!... It's great to see you alive!... but we really must go at once! your presence is required at the Rada!
Shulga: Uh.. Who's this? and the hell is the Rada?
Sirtash: You don't know who I am? I'm Viktor Sirtash, I'm the deputy minister of the Galacian Rada.. the Council.. the interim government that's kept things together in your absense, but now that you're back, we have to hold an emergency meeting! Get you up to speed
Shulga: I don't recall leaving any such plans in place..
20180916_002707 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
Shulga enters the Rada building, the new Civilian government's headquarters, he is about to enter the central chamber when he is stopped by one of his Military commanders
20180916_003317 by Dic Jacobus, on FlickrThunderova: Lord Shulga!... Long time no see
Shulga: Kat!.. You look.. different... What's this all about anyway? There were clear emergency protocols to follow in my absense..
Thunderova: Well. There was supposed to be a line of succesion.. except it turned out that the next two in line, were Zakharchuck and Kazakov... who were with you too.. so things got a little hairy. A few of the Kommissariat ended up trying to seize the position by force, and there was some brief fighting. In the meantime, Civilians started protesting and rioting, there had been a resurgence in rebel activity that followed it.. And the Kommisars who weren't fighting, agreed to form a Civilian led government to stop the bleeding..
Shulga: Interesting... Who started the fighting?
Thunderova: It was primarily between Voronin and Tachenko... a few took sides and a few tried to stop it..
Shulga: I'm assuming you're telling me this on the side because you tried to stop it?... and that's what everyone else will say?
Thunderova: ... I...I.... Yes.. I Was apart of the peace group, but I briefly assisted Tachenko's side.. but he was supportive of you! Voronin betrayed you! he wanted to take the throne for himself, and Tachenko held out that you were still alive!
Shulga: For fuck sake..... As long as it's over... I don't want to hear anymore..What a day we've come to where the leaders of an entire empire must be treated like kindergartners in lecture
He opens the door and she follows him in..
20180916_003352 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
Inside the Rada chamber, there's lots of folk from all walks of the Imperiya, businessmen, politicians, military elite. They all seem to be huddled in groups talking to one another.
20180916_003553 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
Then a group of politicians notice Shulga and panic
20180916_003752 by Dic Jacobus, on FlickrBureaucrat: Oh blyat it's him!
Several Kommisariat officers assemble and nod to him as he enters the room, a few are noticably absent , including Voronin and Tachenko, the two who were feuding.
20180916_004910 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
Vornin appears from the crowd.. and approaches Shulga.. then a bunch of others all approach him too, everyone is yelling and asking a hundred questions. The room starts to heat up and voices get louder and louder...
20180916_005213 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
All of a sudden as if on cue, fists start flying and a massive brawl breaks out in the Rada
20180916_005411 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
From the corner of the room, the towering Tachenko appears and charges into a crowd, raging.
20180916_005524 by Dic Jacobus, on FlickrTachenko: RRRAAAAHH!
A bunch of people are toppled like bowling pins
20180916_005706 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
Another Commander, Topolva, stands atop the table and screams
20180916_010258 by Dic Jacobus, on FlickrTopolva: ENOUGH!!!!!!
Shulga laughs to himself and walks to the center of the room
20180916_010507 by Dic Jacobus, on FlickrShulga: Quite the well oiled machine you've been maintaining here, I must say.. When I learned of Voronin trying to stab me in the back.. and Tachenko risking a civil war to deal with one man.. I though it couldn't get any worse. But I see now that the lot of you now, is this how you've been running the Imperiya in my absence? Is this why there's Peachenegs and god knows what else raiding in our territory while you fight here?
And furthermore... Kommisars... why are you here? I can understand that some of you started getting too big for your breeches and started fighting over who gets to be king shit of turd mountain... but why here? Why aren't you on Bakhacha station?
Rinne: Sir.... Bakhacha's been compromised, others know it's location now, it's not a safe place to hold meetings.
Kazakov and Novikov enter the room...
20180916_010514 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
A moustached man confronts Shulga angrily
20180916_010549 by Dic Jacobus, on FlickrSmirnoff: Do you think you can just waltz back in here after dissapearing for a year on some crusade against the PAC? we have a sustainable balanced government that elected representatives built with no help from you! and you would just come back in here and expect to sit your ass back in a seat and tell everyone to do your bidding again?
Shulga walks over to the chair
20180916_010701 by Dic Jacobus, on FlickrShulga: Well, clearly you were expecting me, you made me a chair afterall...
Smirnoff: That is not a throne! That's the Prime Minister's seat! That's MY seat!
He plomps his ass in the chair
20180916_012208 by Dic Jacobus, on FlickrShulga: Here's what's going to happen... I'm tired. both figuratively, and literally. What's been a year for you was a few days for me... and I've had a stressful couple of days.. I'm tired.... and I'm also tired of holding everyone's hand and having everyone running to me for my blessing on everything... here's the thing. I am your Emperor... your leader... but I don't rule alone, I don't want to rule alone... all of you do that for me, and for your people..
I didn't sanction this new Council, this new Rada.. But with a few tweaks.. I want to give it my Blessing.. The details will be sorted out later.. but I'm going to assign power of leadership of our Empire.. to this council, not to any one individual.. I'll simply maintain... veto power.. The civil councillors, you may elect your own members however you choose fit, Kommissariat, will be appointed by their rank.. and you'll both hold authority to screen your own members as well as the other side
DuGA will schedule meetings on a regular basis.. some for the Civil, some for the Military.. and some for both.. I may or may not be here.. Like I said, I'm taking a hands off approach. There will be no power grabs or plots to overthrow the system, the Bogatyr Guard will provide security as well as enforce the rules...
I want this council divided equally between the civil and the military... take your seats.
The members scurry around the room, the Military Kommisariat takes seats on one side of the room and the Civilian government grab the other side.. except the civil side has filled up, and a few have found themselves out of a chair, they move to the seats on the military side
20180916_012252 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
Smirnoff attempts to walk into the Military isle, but is confronted by the huge Tachenko, he stands in front of him and stares him down, making a savage growling noise
20180916_012424 by Dic Jacobus, on FlickrTachenko: Grrrr....
Topolva: Wrong side, asshead!
The three move to the other side and a councillor takes the last seat, leaning back in the chair stretching out, as if to brag about his triumph
20180916_012503 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
Smirnoff leans over the table and scolds one of the bureaucrats
Smirnoff: You backstabbing bastard! ! I gave you a job and this is how you repay me!
Zakharchuk: Oooooh no....Lose at musical chairs did you?
20180916_012837 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
By now, the rest of the Guard has entered the room
20180916_012953 by Dic Jacobus, on FlickrSmirnoff: This isn't fair! you said we'd all get a place, divided equally!
Shulga: *Laughs* Where did you learn to count... there's more of you, than the Kommisariat!.. There's no more seats, I don't even know you, and you pissed me off.... I don't need you, or your "deputy" in this council... the Doctor here... I don't need either... but he still serves a purpose at ZIT.. seems to me the only thing you're capable of doing is passing the buck and brown nosing. So.. byeee!!
The guard escorts Sirtash and Dr Radchenko out.. and drag Smirnoff out by the feet.. people on both sides laugh at him
20180916_013053 by Dic Jacobus, on Flickr
Shulga: Ok.. I know I said I'm going to be taking hands off.. but there's one thing that has to be addressed first.. it's this war we find ourselves in.. DuGA tells me that the PAC has attacked us in response to ... what turned out to be Kazakov's ship, breached their territory and we blew it up... Seems like what could have been avoided in an actual negotiation with them was taken to the wind in the chaos that's been going on here..
Rinne: The entire Sector's been preparing for another massive war with us.. Anti-Imperiya propaganda and sentiment has been flying around everywhere. Several of our neighbors including the Chernarusyns and Peachenegs have applied to join the RC alliance and bring them back to war with us... and the USA also has been building bases in Zagorian space after their war with Varyag
Shulga: Chernarusyns? Varyag?... who are they? what'd I miss
Thunderova: Cherhovna Bryhada? remember them?... they decided to found their own "State" Called Varyag in those shithole systems in the Mozorov region...
Shulga: Okay... and Chernarus?
Topolva: They're.... new...
Rinne: The Chernarusyns have a sizable star empire in the Zapad cluster.. they've been there for a long time and we never encountered them because of stellar nebulae blocking our scanners and ships...
Topolva: There's something else..
Shulga: Ok... what else?
Rinne: We think they're.. us. Not rebels but.. it's highly probable that the Chernarusyn Star Federation was founded by one of the early Elkossian seeder ships, Much like how Zagoria, Sturgia and the other pre-unification cultures started.. it wasn't known how many were launched.. but this power.. They speak Slavonik.. They're our people.
Thunderova: Clearly not our people when they're wanting to fight us!
Shulga: Ok... So you're saying that we're heading for a big war.. again... and everyone's allying-up... I don't care who they are, if they're not fighting with us and they'll actually entertain us.. send out envoys to all of the neutrals, We'll see if we can get some buffers out of this... Oh, leave Varyag out of it, I don't need those Fascist nutjobs sullying our reputation any more than it already has been by the AN.