0132-3,0141,0185,0189,0192,214-6 – Various Tourist Beacons – Ackwada

In 2865, a request from the Rockforth Corporation reached the Emperor for assistance in the Ackwada system against the Federation. At the promise of substantial financial reward a battlegroup was assembled to respond. / Officially, the appointed leader of this flotilla, one Samuel Lanner, was an independent trader and privateer. / The clash between the Federation and Lanner’s forces remained limited and the Federal fleet withdrew to Laveack. The Rockforth Corporation paid up as promised and signed a contract with Lanner’s privateers to guarantee the defence of the system.
Seven years later, in 2872 the fleet returned. A clash with Lanner’s forces resulted in a stalemate. Using Anaconda transports and Cobra Mark I’s, Lanner was able to outmanoeuvre the larger Federal battle group, forcing another retreat. In 2873, Lanner was summoned back to Achenar, Records indicate he departed from Ackwada, but he was never heard from again. A memorial stone was erected in the Hall of Martyrs in his honour.
In 2974, the Federation pushed further. Another invasion began in the Ackwada system. This time, instead of sending a ‘privateer’ battlegroup, the Empire supllied ships and equipment directly to the system’s residents. The ‘Yorkville Partriots’ rose up and defeated the Federation fleet six weeks after they arrived.
In 2862, the Presidential election was won by Isaach Gellan, whose administration marked a new turn for the Federation in interstellar politics. Within months, agents of the Gellan administration were sent to the Ackwada system to repay substantial unofficial (and illegal) loans made to the presidential campaign. The main creditor was the Rockforth Corporation, who refused a negotiated settlement, holding out for precisely the deal agreed in the election race. In 2864, Gellan and his advisers appeared to have withdrawn from these negotiations, because, instead of agreeing the terms, the Federal Navy was mobilised to invade the system on an unrelated pretext.
In 2872, now out of Federal prison and with the numerous enquiries that followed the incidents over, Gellan, still a wealthy man, attempted to resolve the matter with the Rockforth Corporation, this time using a mercenary fleet. However, Lanner had remained on retainer and his forces were modern and well equipped. Using Anaconda transports and Cobra Mark I’s, Lanner was able to outmanoeuvre Gellan’s battle group, forcing another retreat. This second humiliating defeat cost Gellan dearly.
The election of Grant Keller in 2976 saw a change to Federal policy. Under Keller’s administration, corporate investment and involvement in all aspects of Federation society increased dramatically. Recognising the need to restore the financial reserves to the administration which had been utterly exhausted by the previous military expenditures of the last century. / Keller’s tenure came to and end in 2984 and Federal policy returned to previous ways. A Federally-supported coup in the Ackwada system was ruthlessly suppressed by the Imperial fifth fleet in 2986.

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