Admiral Hall Interview

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Admiral Hall Interview

Postby sithspit » Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:35 am

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Good evening, Pilot Citizens.

This afternoon I participated in an opportunity few in the Apollo Cluster would get to partake in: An intimate Q&A with UNCA Admiral G.A. Hall.

Only it wasn't.

While there was (technically) a Q&A, it was certainly anything but intimate, or even personal. In point of fact, it more resembled what one might come to expect from a military personage charged with keeping humanity alive and surviving in the most trying times of our species...sterile, distant, though informative and to the point. One gets the idea that the term "brief" isn't only a term for a meeting where information is shared, it is also meant to be descriptive...the facts, just the facts, and only the facts.

I sent the Admiral a list of questions, ostensibly for review and approval--a standard practice in many cases, for parties to agree on the topics of discussion--and instead got back the answers to them, along with a terse, "Thank you for your time."

Well, ok then.

So, without further ado, here's what I sent to the good Admiral, and her replies to the same:

GNN Reporter: Admiral Hall, there are numerous calls for additional transparency from various sector officials, such as the Senator of Ortus, regarding the acquisition and use of technology widely regarded as alien in origin, such as the terraforming devices used at Carbonite, Runt, and Seguno, among others. IS this technology actually alien in origin, and does it represent the fruits of ongoing, hidden trade, or the scavenged remains of a dead civilization?

Admiral G.A. Hall: The technology provided was Alien in origin - non human technology. Some of the components used to make, for example, the Geoeningeering devices, are now exhausted. We have none left and no prospect of obtaining more.

COMMENTARY: So it seems apparent that humanity is certainly not alone in the deep black after all. Based on Hall's statement, while not impossible to obtain more, there isn't currently a supply of more of the technology. She was not forthcoming as to HOW the technology came to be in UNCA hands, though, so one could surmise that in a galaxy as large as ours it isn't necessarily impossible we may come across more at some point...and we can only hope if the owners are present, they're friendly.

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GNN Reporter: Tied in directly with these concerns seems to be a fair amount of trepidation, and perhaps even fear, that the military is hiding information in a game of misdirection; one expressed concern is that the alleged "alien tech" indicates the presence of beings, obviously intelligent and technologically advanced, that represent a concern, and possibly a clear and present danger, to colonists and merchants necessary to rebuild our people. Why the recent promise by President Prolapser to request UNCA Dreadnoughts deployed at gated systems? Are they a deterrent to alien invasion, piracy protection, or as perceived by the Senator from Sodom, a bid by the military to exercise more control?

Admiral G.A. Hall: UNCA, or more specifically Task Force 63 under my command, is not interested in exerting government control over civilian lives. We are willing to enforce non-violence to an extent, but (we are) not willing to form whole or part of a government. We do not believe it is appropriate for the military to form whole or part of a government. If control is exerted between a civilian government and the military, it should be one way - civilian over military, and never the other way around. We are not, and cannot ever be, representative.

When you encounter non-human entities in deep space in the future, we advise you very strongly neither to assume that they are hostile, nor that they are benign.

COMMENTARY: While it is a tremendous relief to at least hear these words, especially the assurances of military non-involvement in day to day governance, it is also chilling to parse the end of that paragraph...note the Admiral didn't say "IF", but "WHEN" we encounter non-humans in the future, giving further insight to the first response in this piece: We are not alone.

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GNN Reporter: There's a concern for the gates outside of the Inner 9, such as Haven System, as end points to the Pilot Citizen supply chains; what sort of military presence do you have allotted to protect these gates, as they represent the farthest reaching access points into the Inner 9, and back out to new colonies?

Admiral G.A. Hall: At present we have a single capital ship and a small contingent of scouts and escorts deployed in Prime, as well as one Destroyer posted to Janus A. We have a series of very significant forces nearby in deep space, ready to respond to any threat to the Apollo Sector itself. We are open to deploying more to Colonial systems if it's desired by colonial civilian governments. Our own analysis points to a steadily increasing trend of pirate activity, as more and more economic activity moves out from the Apollo sector. You now have huge fleets of Non-Pilot Citizens out there, flying slowly, unescorted, and with holds crammed with valuable cargo. Some kind of security response makes sense to us, but we aren't willing to provide security where the relevant colonial governments aren't interested.

COMMENTARY: Admiral Hall is consistent. In keeping with the "hands-off" stance previously stated, UNCA, specifically her Task Force 63 (TF-63), is aware of ongoing issues and is not only prepared to do significantly more as needed AND REQUESTED, but also has made strategic decisions for interdiction in ways to not overstep into local governmental sovereignty. It is also interesting to note that she stressed "if it's desired by colonial civilian governments", indicating a willingness to act, but only if requested.

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GNN Reporter: What is the UNCA position on Pilot Citizen commanded security fleets? Also as a follow-up, what kind of protocols are in place to prevent "friendly fire" incidents, mistaking them for organized pirates, or to coordinate against pirates with them?

Admiral G.A. Hall: We encourage Pilot Citizens to arm yourselves and your fleets. Our strategic aims for Project Apollo are the continued survival of our species and our civilisation, or what's left of it, and to an extent this is best served by arming colonial governments.

The military targeting systems we provide should make it very easy for you to avoid targeting another Pilot Citizen, at least outside the Red Zone.

At present there are few mechanisms for organising Pilot Citizen military actions against pirates, and this is an area we're willing to work with you in the near future.

COMMENTARY: It is clear that Admiral Hall is more than happy to allow their "hands-off" stance to apply equally to system defense if the colonial governments and Pilot Citizens so desire; however, whether this is due to UNCA resources stretched to the breaking point or simply sensible recognition of and taking advantage of an available pool of manpower and technology is unclear and bears further investigation. While she assured me that TF-63 is willing to work with civilian forces, her lack of response to the issue of potential "friendly fire" due to mistaking a local civilian force for pirates is notable in its absence. Caution would seem to be indicated.

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GNN Reporter: We've all heard how thin UNCA is stretched for resources, with this cited as the reason for the lack of available ships for patrols, escorts, and pirate suppression; with the exploding growth of Pilot Citizens, some of which have revenue approaching or exceeding government GCP (Gross Colonial Product), what sort of planning is UNCA doing to capitalize on the newly available resources and commodities?

Admiral G.A. Hall: Since the collapse of civilian government, up until TF-63 founded the UNCA bank system, the surviving military continued on a strictly volunteer basis. Fighting and dying, trying to restore order, without even being paid for our efforts.

I think most Pilot Citizens are not aware - I arrived in the Apollo Sector right after the first of you began flying, in response to a distress beacon activated at Deep Six. Without that beacon, I might never have known that Project Apollo was still active.

I have spent my time since activating TF-63 assets and moving our deep space heavy industry. We are now actually quite well established in your region. However, I think it's critical we continue to arm you. We are at an unprecedented crossroads in our civilisation's history; your civilian governments aren't yet capable of operating the Inner 9 heavily populated planets, let alone operating as a civilian government for TF-63, let alone any other UNCA faction. It's vital you establish more, larger, and more credible Colonial governments, including a military arm of your own, before we are willing to discuss civilian control over the military.

It would be good, however, to begin handing over more of the non-military functions as well. For example, the banking system is run by a small group of military analysts right now. You will note we have discussed changes to pirate bounties and exploration bounties with you in the past. I'm told the analysts are concerned with the balance of goods at present and are interested in making changes to the way Credits are supplied for goods in the inner nine (systems), however this may be an area we can move to a civilian government already, since it is particularly relevant to Pilot Citizens and the Colonial agri-industrial base.

COMMENTARY: The message heard here is "Step up and take the reins of your own future". The question this raises, however, is why? Is it due to an inability to maintain the current pace of operations, a need for power to move into the hands that should be holding it, both, or neither?

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GNN Reporter: As a follow on question to Question #5, a growing concern is the appearance of the civilian government as puppet regime; some have expressed fears of a stronger, more mobile military "running the show" behind the scenes. What would you say to allay these concerns and bolster the position of the duly elected President as the TRUE Executive head? EDIT: It's obvious this question has been adequately addressed in previous answers...however, Admiral Hall elaborated further, beyond the questions's scope.

Admiral G.A. Hall: I don't think I can, really. I think that those that assume the worst will continue to do so no matter what I do or say. It's not possible to disprove any of these theories, and I must admit I don't spend a lot of time thinking about it. All I can say is, in your position I might feel the same. You don't trust the military? Well, we don't really trust civilian governments either - given what happened last time we answered to one.

COMMENTARY: With that final, sobering line, the Admiral gives us food for thought. Will our paranoia as a species lead us right back to the same issues that led us here in the first place, and is she right to be suspicious, or at least uneasy, with a new civilian government that is both untested and relatively new in style? Yet, in spite of that unease, it can be argued, soundly, that UNCA has worked hard and with great sacrifice to get us to where we are today, and is still willing to continue working and sacrificing as need be.

So, there you have it. Direct, to the point, lean and without exposition. In spite of the spare use of words, it is possible to argue the point that words are not really necessary to explain her positions and goals...

Just look outside at any space port, ISB, or OSB to the bustling traffic, the dwindling number of station bound refugees, and growing number of colonies.
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Re: Admiral Hall Interview

Postby davh62 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:25 am

Great Interview.


If our Non-pilot citizens were able to use combat ships with a few basic commands, we would certainly be able to provide our own security outside the inners.

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Re: Admiral Hall Interview

Postby BoshingTong » Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:55 am

I am open to taking up the banking end of this. By allowing Non-pilot citizens the chance to buy sell , trade in the inner 9 they could have a stronger flow of goods and the needs of many to be filled.
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Re: Admiral Hall Interview

Postby Prolapser » Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:10 pm

Thank you very much Sithspit for taking the time to develop this information and perspective.

As I expected, the UNCA has also given you resistance to our inquiries. Your journalistic perspective has open doors to other possibilities of which I will work to develop and to construct an understanding of UNCA's objectives.

Well done.
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Re: Admiral Hall Interview

Postby rmartz » Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:23 pm

I would like to thank Admiral Hall and Sithspit for their work. Some of these are the answers I have been looking for. Yes, there are still many unknowns, but this does help us with focus and "clarify" direction somewhat.

I think it is time for us to rebuild some of our history to help guide us in our future. Knowledge was lost and this is what we need to work on rebuilding.

My upbringing was different from many of you. One of the things I was taught was a statement made by one of the ancient Earth leaders. I think it still rings true.

"Those who do not remember their past are doomed to repeat it." ~Author Unknown

Since we have a task force available and assisting, I think our task is to rebuild our libraries and past as best we can. We need to know what structures were in place that created the fall so we can avoid them or repair them in the future. To this I will start directing my energies and resources. Yet, we also must remember that it is not knowledge that will save us, but wisdom. Let us move forward with a sincere desire to grow in wisdom as we increase our knowledge.
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Re: Admiral Hall Interview

Postby sithspit » Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:33 pm

Prolapser wrote:Thank you very much Sithspit for taking the time to develop this information and perspective.

As I expected, the UNCA has also given you resistance to our inquiries. Your journalistic perspective has open doors to other possibilities of which I will work to develop and to construct an understanding of UNCA's objectives.

Well done.


You are most welcome, Mr. President. I look forward to making myself available as needed to serve the colonies in the future, FOR our future.
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Re: Admiral Hall Interview

Postby Agamemnon » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:19 pm

GNN Reporter: What is the UNCA position on Pilot Citizen commanded security fleets? Also as a follow-up, what kind of protocols are in place to prevent "friendly fire" incidents, mistaking them for organized pirates, or to coordinate against pirates with them?

Admiral G.A. Hall: We encourage Pilot Citizens to arm yourselves and your fleets. Our strategic aims for Project Apollo are the continued survival of our species and our civilisation, or what's left of it, and to an extent this is best served by arming colonial governments.

The military targeting systems we provide should make it very easy for you to avoid targeting another Pilot Citizen, at least outside the Red Zone.

At present there are few mechanisms for organising Pilot Citizen military actions against pirates, and this is an area we're willing to work with you in the near future.

COMMENTARY: It is clear that Admiral Hall is more than happy to allow their "hands-off" stance to apply equally to system defense if the colonial governments and Pilot Citizens so desire; however, whether this is due to UNCA resources stretched to the breaking point or simply sensible recognition of and taking advantage of an available pool of manpower and technology is unclear and bears further investigation. While she assured me that TF-63 is willing to work with civilian forces, her lack of response to the issue of potential "friendly fire" due to mistaking a local civilian force for pirates is notable in its absence. Caution would seem to be indicated.


As the comments above clearly states, UNCA is supporting the colonies rights to bear arms and create defensive fleets. We hope in the near future, that can be extended to include other UNCA-Limited-Use only technologies, such as automated defensive drones, satellite technology and the expansion of our Defense forces with larger class vessels and through both recruitment campaigns for pilots to contracting out of resources for hire such as with the Honorable Gentleman from the Fighter's Guild proposed above. The Sodom Protectorate, awaits further updates in this area. Congratulations to the reporter and President Prolapser on this information campaign.
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Re: Admiral Hall Interview

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Re: Admiral Hall Interview

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