The Procyon Insurgency

                                          

GTVA Political Database
Procyon Confederal Autonomy - a brief overview (updated December 20, 2368)

During the last two years, ever since the fleet of Shivan Sathanas juggernauts created a violent subspace disturbance around Capella and caused the star to collapse, the Galactic Terran-Vasudan Alliance has been occupied with rebuilding its damaged military forces and the funds available have been primarily delegated to military spending. Although no evidence exists for another encounter with the Shivans, the events of the last fifty years made many prominent political leaders feel that it was well to be prepared for any situation and that such preparation be completed as soon as possible.

In June 2367, the GTVA General Assembly unveiled its now famous Strategic Defense Endeavor (SDE), an ambitious ten-year plan that would radically increase spending on military manufacturing and research. It would also give the administration in Beta Aquilae several new powers during this period, most notably the authority to overrule any regional government directive. The GTVA would thus be able to channel all its resources to the rapid reconstruction and expansion of the numerous Alliance fleets that lay in ruins after the recent wars with the Neo-Terran Front and the Shivans. Most battle groups were to be increased in size by 50 percent and the highly successful Deimos and Sobek corvettes would become the staple warships of the new navy.

The tradeoff has been that tax rates have nearly doubled due to the need for additional military funding and many government welfare programs involving aid packages and relief funds to war-torn systems have indefinitely been put on hold. Although the General Assembly was divided over this new focus on the military, the highly influential Emperor Khonsu II was a staunch supporter and considered a powerful, centralized militia to be "essential to the very existence of our interstellar society." Over time, this may have contributed to the gradual social and economic meltdown in these already ravaged systems. In the border systems such as Procyon and the nearby Adhara, contemporary GTVA society could be seen at its worst, with disintegrated regional economies, soaring crime rates and regular politically motivated killings. Although subsidiaries of the GTVA, the local administrations in these systems had gradually turned autonomous, with several opportunists and criminal organizations making a grab for power through disreputable means.

On November 6, 2367, Hiruk S. Dasmar, the elected Vasudan president of the Procyon government and one who was thought to be fully loyal to the Alliance, suddenly began pursuing a new political agenda with a radical, anti-Alliance focus during the regional presidential elections (see relevant data on Dasmar below). The target of his campaign was the SDE, which many in these systems had come to see as a political tool of Beta Aquilae. By means of shrewd political scheming, he was able to turn the locals' despair at their daily misfortunes into hatred of the GTVA. With the desire for breaking away from the Alliance gaining rapid momentum, the governments of Procyon and Adhara both formally declared secession on January 18. On January 25, Dasmar announced a new regime, the Procyon Confederal Autonomy (PCA), as the supreme authority in the Procyon system. The local government of Adhara, the 11th Fleet and the 7th Battle Group all vowed allegiance to the PCA only two days later, giving the PCA a powerful military arm. The situation in these systems quickly stabilized thereafter, with Dasmar using his military connections to stamp out his political enemies and bring about some semblance of law and order.

The emblem of the PCA, the five-sided blue star, ostensibly symbolizes independence from the GTVA and the importance of civil equality. Dasmar, who apparently came up with the figure, says "We see in it the importance of the common man in comparison to the central government, with the brightest areas at the edges of the figure. One side of each of the five black triangles points toward another triangle, which symbolizes the close unity which brings us together. As we continue to observe the star, we see that its edges point outward. We are surrounded by the oppression of the Alliance, but as the star shows us, the Legions of Independence will repel these despots in every direction. Terrans and Vasudans of the Procyon Confederal Autonomy, with this star to guide us and our unbendable wills, we shall soon stand invincible!"

The PCA regime is run as a quasi-communist congress by 80 "elected" Representatives of the People (40 of each species) and is presided over by the Supreme Admiral (Dasmar), although the Representatives are cleverly handpicked by Dasmar and his men and then boosted up to their positions. Under the PCA system, all industrial and commercial production is run directly by the government. Every citizen receives free medical care and individual salaries and benefits, although very meager at best, are equal for everyone.

Dasmar has said that "The PCA has one objective. One goal. One purpose for existence. It is the complete liberation of the GTVA-held systems and their people from decades of tyrannical rule, in order to uphold every Terran's and Vasudan's right to life throughout the galaxy." In spite of these statements, many members of the GTVA General Assembly had continued to hold hopes of negotiations with Dasmar. However, on December 17 there was an unexpected incursion by PCA military forces into Epsilon Pegasi and heavy fighting has taken place ever since. Large portions of this system's vast population and of the GTVA 6th Terran Fleet have grown sympathetic to the PCA and are now siding with the insurgents, so the PCA may well have enough power to annex the system altogether.

Secession from the Alliance is among the highest forms of treason and justifies an Allied military response. As the loss of the major Epsilon Pegasi system becomes a distinct possibility, highly placed sources within the GTVA Security Council have indicated that an all-out assault on the PCA is imminent.

 

GTVA Personnel Database
File 0728158 - Hiruk S. Dasmar (updated October 27, 2368)

Hiruk Dasmar was born on August 14, 2311 in the capital city of Procyon V, a newly-formed Vasudan mining colony at the time. After completing the local education program, he joined the Vasudan navy at the age of 20 and fought under the PVN for four years in the Terran-Vasudan war. He proved to be a skilled interceptor pilot during the Great War shortly thereafter and was responsible for the destruction of scores of Shivan bombers. After the SD Lucifer was destroyed, he spent several years with the special operations division of Vasudan Tactical Command (an arm of the PVN at the time), flying deep into Shivan-controlled territory for reconnaissance objectives. With the formation of the GTVA in 2345, he was reassigned to the 7th Vasudan Battle Group in Adhara. Over the years, he advanced through the ranks very quickly and at the age of 41, he became one of the youngest Admirals ever to serve the Alliance. The 7th was placed under his command after the previous fleet commander retired and he appeared to be heading for a very bright future.

In 2365, Dasmar suddenly resigned from his post to the surprise of many, and went into local politics in his home system of Procyon. After a year, he won the local elections and became the president of the regional Procyon government, but as his administration collapsed in late 2367, he struggled to distinguish himself to the public from his more radical competitors. However, an event followed that suddenly increased his popularity exponentially, and many historians say that this was what led Dasmar's name to become a household word in Procyon. There was a failed assassination attempt on Dasmar in October that year, when he was attacked by two of his armed Vasudan guards in his office. He single-handedly killed both by beating them with nearby objects before others arrived, showing that he still retained the vigor from his days as a PVN fighter pilot. The motives of the assailants were never discovered, although it is safe to assume that the assault was directed by one of Dasmar's many political rivals.

This occurrence became widely publicized in Procyon and Dasmar was able to use it to jumpstart a new, anti-GTVA political agenda, billing himself as the perfect combination of a strong-willed activist and an experienced military campaigner. Dasmar formed the PCA in early 2368 alongside a few other prominent politicians, and due to his great political and military influence, he had no trouble getting the entire 11th Terran Fleet under his command and garnering the support of almost all of the system's large population. During his frequent public speeches and assemblies, Dasmar is a textbook example of a true demagogue, using a clever combination of calm oratory and feigned outbursts to stir up anger in his audience and channel their emotions towards his purposes. He speaks of moral ideals such as "the inherent right of every Terran and Vasudan to a prosperous life" as well as the PCA's mission of "toppling the heart of oppression in Beta Aquilae." The speeches are in one of the more widespread Vasudan dialects, although language translator units, now sold under a number of different brands, allow Terrans to understand him very clearly as well.

Dasmar currently serves as both the military and political head of the PCA. Although his official title is Supreme Admiral, his followers refer to him as simply "The Leader."