As the ACA report (published last week- see attached copy below) pointed out, the organization dubbed “the Smugglers” are trying to set the pace for their attrition style of warfare. As part of this strategy, it seems that they intend using the Oratan as pawns by inciting them to attack Firebases all over Sentosa. Many of you will know this as you took part in the defensive actions last weekend. What is curious though, is at the same time the Smuggler attacks seem to have almost completely stopped. Why this is the case, we do not know. However, before the attacks took place, one of the IFN's scout troops came across a Smuggler being chased by an Oratan Axe (picture attached below). Unfortunately, the scout was not able to get any further intel as he had go to ground to avoid detection by additional Smuggler force. Regardless of additional intel, this categorically proves that the Smugglers are manipulating the Oratan into doing the work for them. View attachment 9984 The ACA wants to remind you all of the important information that was made public last week, therefore to reiterate: Spoiler: ACA Report on "the Smugglers" ACA REPORT ON THE CURRENT SITUATION REGARDING THE ARKADIAN UNDERGROUND Loyal Arkadians, After a long period of intel gathering, the ACA can finally announce its analysis of the situation in the Underground, and speculate on how the situation might continue to develop. The current analysis and conclusion is based on several facts: Though it has been hard to estimate the correct number of members in the Smuggler organization, the ACA suggests that they may be in the region of 900 to 1100; in military terms, that is about battalion strength. Consultation with the IFN has suggested that the Smuggler ranks may be made up of a percentage of former soldiers and officers from the IFN, ordinary colonists from Arkadia and a significant number of unregistered people from other planets, including Earth. Reports from loyal colonists suggest that the Smugglers have a separate (or parallel) Revival Network to that of the official colony. The Smugglers organization has been able to field an enormous amount of resources in the form of combat droids and state of the art armor and armaments. This fact, together with Point 2 above, supports a conclusion that the Smugglers are backed up financially by an organization comparable to a small old-earth sized country or large corporation. Observations Why the organization, dubbed “The Smugglers”, have such a great interest in occupying the Underground is still unknown. Initial thoughts were that they simply wished to claim dominion over the abundant resource deposits found there. However, following subsequent reports from the field, we now know that they seem very determined to holding certain key landmarks under their control, such as the ancient Arkadian vault at Cathedral Pass. Additionally, a great number of Badger_710R robots have been taken off-line, though we are currently at a loss as to why this might be the case. Conclusion Since the Smugglers do not seem to bother with casualties or loss of resources, the ACA has concluded that their strategy and tactics are based on an attrition style of warfare. This leaves the ACA, and the Arkadian colony at large, with 2 choices: A) give up the fight against the Smugglers and lose influence over the Underground and its resources, or B) be prepared to tie up significant and additional colonial resources and time in order to fight these aggressive criminal elements. The ACA wish that the circumstances looked differently, and we do feel for our fellow colonists of Arkadia, but happy thoughts alone cannot change the reality of the standing situation. It is, therefore, the recommendation of this office that we neither concede defeat nor give concession to the demands of the criminal organization dubbed “The Smugglers”, nor any other organization with equal lack of recognition of Imperial Federal Law. With the aid of the IFN, the ACA will continue to stand with every able colonist on Arkadia, in resisting the tyranny of these criminals and whatever despots support them. Lastly, we advise that further attacks, like those we have seen previously, are likely imminent and can be considered ongoing. On duty, Director Edward Bishop This week it looks like the Smugglers intend to return to their pattern of random attacks and guerrilla warfare, so let’s show them that we won’t accept their presence or their claims on the Underground. Operations will commence this Friday, 22nd of August at 19:00.