Founded: February of 3302
-From the Privateers News Network-
The Federal Privateers was first thought up by a Commander named Camandcorp (aka Grim Guardian). His vision was to create a Federal aligned minor faction with the goal of becoming a major faction in the future. As many people know, starting a minor faction means you must first be recognized as a group before becoming a minor faction. That brings us to finding people that you can trust and build strong relationships with to help build something from the ground up.
So, Commander Grim Guardian set out to find people that would be interested in forming a group. After spending some time out in space and randomly bumping into people he managed to bring together the first members of the Federal Privateers. They were Commanders Gizmofox, TheArturoBird, Cosmic S926 SII and Echo Wake.
Together they spent hours figuring out how to set up the faction and what home system we should strive for. Here Echo gets the idea to start a forum as a place for people to meet and share useful information. Echo had run forums before so he thought it shouldn’t be too difficult to do again and over about a week he had the forums up and running. Not the most amazing thing in the world but helped with organizing the faction.
The Tote System:
After spending some time together, we decided that the Tote system would be our home. And with this came a few challenges that we were not expecting. Most of us still new Pilots Federation Commanders with only about a month worth of space flight under our belts when we were challenged by another group whom had also laid claim to the Tote system.
After numerous altercations, it was decided that only the two leaders of the groups would fight in a dual. We had our suspicions that something would go wrong… and it did. Now I don’t know who fired first but it turned out into a small-scale battle for the control Tote and we had inevitably lost because we were out matched. They had bigger ships with better weapons, armor, and shields, though I we did give them a run for their money.
Expanding and Set Backs:
After leaving the Tote system we acted like a flotilla moving from system to system. And we had our ups as well as our downs. By this time TheArturoBird had already left us and Gizmofox never seemed to be present. Despite this down trend, which left us questioning about whether or not to continue, we managed to run into many other new commanders and started pushing towards our goal to reach enough members in the faction to become recognized by the galactic community.
During this time we met Commander Matt Clem who is an interesting character. He believes himself to be an ancient Egyptian god that can never die. But back to the point at hand, Matt was great at leading the front for Zachary Hudson in the galactic power struggle and we gained a lot merit within the Federal Command now known as the Federal United Command (FUC). At least once in our history of power play our commanders alone could pull in 60% of the merits we needed to undermine an enemy system, but it was not uncommon to see us pull in over 30% on a regular basis.
We also met Commander Dr YayoMeister, now by the name of Dr. Omnimon or as most call him Doc. Doc was a trader and probably the best we had the time, and for that matter is probably still the best trader in the Privateers. He was good organizing people, though leadership tended to dismiss most of the suggestions he had, which in the end was detrimental to the faction.
Then there was Commander Ritmoon (aka Azazul). Azazul was placed into the leadership role of the Civilian Fleet which oversaw Trading, Mining, and Exploration. He himself was our most notable explorer often finding himself deep in the black of space. But do to a break down in communications with leadership he resigned his commission and started his own faction called the Explorers Consortium which turned out to be a very successful exploration based community.
Shortly after Azazul left there was a significant break down with leadership the Privateers, which resulted in Cosmic leaving us with a few of his friends and they started a second group the Nova Elite, which may or may not still exist.
It was at this time, Echo was introduced to Commander JamiDj. Jami had better experience in web design and coding then Echo and so he was granted powers to help Echo run and maintain the forums. Echo felt a little unsure about this but he needed the help if it was to entice new members to stick around.
The group had been in turmoil for a few months and many of its members decided to leave or just never bothered to participate in activities hosted by our own faction. Do to the lack of group cohesion we found ourselves with approximately eight active members. The leadership within the Privateers should have acted sooner but instead did nothing to stop and/or prevent the collapse.
It was now that they decided to restructure the faction, make adjustments to command and improve communications to its members. But it was too little too late as these changes fell on deaf ears. Then came an internal time bomb that now one was anticipating…
The forum which we used to help new commanders find others and get help was sabotaged and all information was destroyed. Information leading to better systems for mining and trading as well as information on good places to explore or bounty hunt where lost including tips and tricks from other more experienced commanders. Or members also had used it as a place to catalogue where they had been and share stories from their travels.
But on June 7th 3302 Jami had done the unthinkable. He had gone in and deleted everything. All the pictures, stories, and help files where permanently deleted. Jami had placed a significant blow to the already struggling Privateers. Tough his actions really only affected about seven commanders, it was a costly and immature thing to do. Echo had personally spent long hours to get things running and in one fell swoop Jami destroyed everything and to this day has given us no reason. This is why the Privateers have a “kill on sight” order against JamiDJ.
Disbanding and Resurrection:
About a month after Jami’s betrayal and with a lack of interest in the group, the Federal Privateers had disbanded. Most of our remaining members either went their own way or went over to the Explorers Consortium. It was during this time that all hopes for the Privateers had faded.
A week after the faction had disbanded we got a tip that there were some ships marked with the Federal Privateers insignia floating about in LHS 215. Apparently our request to join the galactic community had gone through, despite our internal problems. The commander that gave us this tip was Commander Ayatollah, a former member of the Privateers whom rejoined after he made this discovery.
Armed with this news the remaining leaderships quickly went to double check this information and to our surprise, there it was, the Federal Privateers where had made a name in LHS 215. Commander Grim Guardian had finally gotten what he had been working for, for months. Only now the Privateers were officially gone; so, with the help of Echo, we managed to bring back Matt Clem, and Doc.
Together we recreated the Privateers and pulled members back in like Fautpassenfaire (aka Martin), SparklyC4 (who helped Echo recover lost information on the forums), and many others.
Now that we have a place to call home, we will make it flourish and defend it from her enemies. After being in LHS 215 for several months we had managed to grab former members, whom had left when we disbanded, as well as new commanders to replenish our ranks.
We have Matt Clem who is overseeing our Navy Fleet while Doc is overseeing our Civilian Fleets. Grim had taken control of the group once again and Echo was nominated to run the Academy since he seemed to hold the most patience with new pilots.
The Privateers spent some time regrouping and collecting our thoughts. We had begun the long road of boosting our influence and control in LHS 215, with which we should be going into civil war soon. Below is a news transcript from the Galnet News:
From the Diesel Orbital News
Riots rage in the halls of Diesel Orbital!
“Broken bones and perforated promises filled the halls of Diesel Orbital this week as members of rival organizations sought to exert their dominance over the system.
Sector Security Services stepped in to stop the ongoing conflict, but failed as it became apparent that members of the security team were being swayed to fight for one side or the other.
At the time of writing the fighting rages on and The Diesel Orbital News strongly suggests that anyone not involved in the conflict should avoid landing at Diesel Orbital unless absolutely necessary.”
The general population at Diesel Orbital does not appear happy with the current state of affairs at the station and the Privateers are looking to restore peace and order to a tense situation and bring back a sense of stability.
A year after the founding of the Privateers, we needed to change the chemistry for the group. Many of the members had become busy with own lives and could not provide much assistance to the group, which also included much of the leadership. During this time Doc was given promoted to CEO of the faction. Grim had stepped down as well as Matt. Grim was searching for a new line of work and Matt decided to open a bar at Diesel Orbital. And in my opinion the best damn bar in the galaxy.
But with the reworking of the entire group, yet again, Doc is requesting anyone with suggestions to please step forward and present your ideas. After all we are all Federal Privateers and your opinion matters.
Taking Diesel Orbital proved to be one of the most difficult tasks the Privateers have undergone to date. It took us a few months of work and negotiations to finally get Diesel under our control. We were relieved to have finally achieved something in 215 and are now taking a break from anymore negotiations.
We now have our sights set on taking Spring Gateway and that will be no easy task as it is the largest starport in the system.
A Change of Influence:
We celebrated our victory at Diesel Orbital as it took us almost a full year of deciding where to call home, grab a foothold and proceed to work at increasing our influence in the system of LHS 215. For the first time in a long time we managed to see our influence spike to near the same levels as the controlling faction, Values Party of LHS 215.
However our victory was short lived as we began to notice our influence dropping. We were still doing what we could to keep it up but it was a very tough fight to maintain the steady decline of our influence and it was still downward trend. So we took a closer look at travelers passing through the system, and noticed an increase of commanders. So our conclusion was that they were inadvertently negatively affecting our influence. So we, like any reasonable group people would do, proceeded to ask them questions like; what’s your purpose in this system?
After some deliberation and doing some research we found out that it was another group who claimed to be working for the Federation called the Federal Navy Club (FNC). As a fellow member of the Federation we informed them about our presence in LHS 215 and that we did not care if they stuck around but that they’d have to obey our rules in the system. And since we were currently suspending all bounty hunting in 215 we asked them to please visit Ross 775, which was a comparable system not too far from LHS 215.
It was as if we had declared all-out war on FNC. They felt as if we had stolen LHS 215 away from the faction they were trying to start up. However, they were about 10-12 months too late. The Privateers did not steal LHS 215 from under their nose, as they were only recent inhabitants of LHS 215. The Privateers had been there at a minimum of 8-10 months before they showed up. But this increased the tensions between the two factions.
February 3303 – The Massacre of Spring Gateway (Part One)
Just so happens that I was outside of Spring Gateway when I noticed some fellow commanders that I did not recognize. So in typical Privateers fashion I began to question their intentions in the system but I was met with radio silence. As I was preparing to leave I here this over my communications system, Commander there seems to be a larger presence of commanders gathering outside the station. This comes from one of my fellow Privateers and indeed there was an increase of commanders sitting outside of Spring Gateway.
I pushed the issue a little further asking again what their intentions were in the system. By this time the Privateers were outnumbered as we only had about 4 ships at Spring Gateway and the other force was about 10 ships. I was messaged by one the ships… “We are tired of being harassed in this system. We are tired of questioned every time we dock at this station. We just want to be left alone.” I made an attempt to convey our intentions in the system and I was merely checking on what they were doing and possibly to recruit a new member for the Privateers. Little did I know this ship was already part of the FNC.
-CMDR Echo Wake
February 3303 – The Massacre of Spring Gateway (Part Two)
I proceeded to scan the other ships sitting outside Spring Gateway and happened to come across their Wing Commander. I made several attempts to make contact with their Wing Commander, Commander Smarterthanall. Just based on the name alone I had an uneasy feeling about this guy but I was willing to give him a chance even though he was ignoring all my attempts to reach him.
This is when I got a communication from our Lead Wing Commander Dr. AwmNawm. He was in contact with Commander Smarterthanall and made our case clear. We don’t mind their presence in LHS 215 as long as they followed our regulations. Commander Smarterthanall replied simply with, “We have hundreds of ships. We can go anywhere, do anything we want and there’s nothing you can do to stop us.”
With conflict unavoidable I proceeded to engage my thrusters and in the process rammed Commander Smarterthanall’s ship multiple times. I also told our men to hold their fire. For a few short seconds no one fired but then it happened… As Commander Smarterthanall’s ship was reduced to 50% hull his men opened fire on me and my fellow Privateers. This is what I was expecting and as such the station saw this as unwanted hostilities in the no fire zone and within a matter of about 20 seconds all their ships were destroyed but we did allow them escape in their escape pods. We also lost a few due to some overzealous members returning fire in the no fire zone. We promptly picked them up and returned them to the station.
This was the beginning of the war over Spring Gateway and LHS 215.
-CMDR Echo Wake
February 3303 – The Siege of Gamow Gateway
Over the next 24 hours we found ourselves in a heated conflict with the FNC. As conflict continued it became apparently clear that they lacked the experience or the know how to fight us and they quickly found themselves stuck at Gamow Gateway.
But the task of fighting another, supposed to be, friendly Federation group took us away from our standard duties to the Federation. As such we asked for a cease fire multiple times and their leader Commander Smarterthanall finally agreed to a meeting saying that he was only joining the peace talks because we were begging for it due to them supposedly wrecking us in combat.
I’d like to note that this comes after 24 hours of combat fighting with their group with them losing ships every time we sneezed and us taking only minimal loses.
-CMDR Echo Wake
February 3303 – The Un-peaceful Peace Talks (Part One)
We, the leaders of the Federal Privateers, invited Commander Smarterthanall and anyone he wanted to bring to the peace talks. As we initiated the talks we started with; “Okay we want to be as friendly as possible and we are willing to extend the utmost courtesy to you guys; all we ask you guys show the same level of courtesy and respect in return.”
First words out of Commander Smarterthanall’s mouth were, and I quote, “Shut the fuck up, I am not here to make friends. You wanted us here to talk about a cease fire, so let’s do that and move the fuck on.”
Clearly this was not going to be a very nice peace talk…
In the peace talks Commander Smarterthanall basically accused us for starting the war. Saying, “What the fuck did you think was going to happen? What did you think was going happen when your guy in a Corvette rammed my ship to 50% hull?” “Did you think that my guys would just let their President die?” He also claimed that we shot first, to which I quickly reminded him that no… It was me… in an Anaconda… that rammed his ship… Then your guys opened fire and died by Spring Gateway. So in my eye’s they opened fire first. I just merely hit him multiple times outside the station.
At one point during the talks, several other members of the Privateers leadership and myself were trying to explain things and this is Commander Smarterthanall’s response… Screaming across the room I might add, “SHUT THE FUCK UP YOUR, SUPERIORS ARE TALKING!!!” He very rarely gave up the “floor” for discussion except when one of his guys had something to say.
-CMDR Echo Wake
February 3303 – The Un-peaceful Peace Talks (Part Two)
So in a matter of a 20 minute conversation the leadership of the Federal Privateers were insulted and berated by leadership of the FNC. The level of disrespect shown, in my opinion, was second to none. We were literally moments away from having them escorted out of the conference room just minutes after Commander Smarterthanall started talking. Though as we were there to talk peace, we let them spew their hate so we could eventually work past it and come to some form of peace.
Commander Smarterthanall also said that they don’t care about any of the Federal coalitions, or any coalitions anywhere. He can be quoted as saying that he doesn’t have time for all the circle jerks or whatever we do at our stations. He does not care about the Federal United Command (FUC), who leads our efforts for the Federation. He has complete disregard as to what the FUC was trying to accomplish which is to unite the Federal forces.
It would appear that the only people that matter are those in the FNC.
They even went as far as to monitor our chat logs with which they could only derive the names of the people that were currently active at the time of day, and then proceeded to post bounties on those names… Our Communications AI even has a bounty placed on it along with several people that are not even a part of the Federal Privateers.
Clearly there was some error in their judgement as they can’t kill our AI and they managed to post bounties on leaders from other groups whom have no official ties to the Privateers other being in a coalition with us.
-CMDR Echo Wake