In what has quickly bypassed satire and become routine, another Kenshin director has defected, taking with him billions in capital ships and blueprints, and transferring Athanors that may comprise the entirety of Kenshin’s moon operations. The heist took place at around 2300 Eve on May 16. In addition to theft of materiel, the defector, jakamo, also turned over director level logs wherein Kenshin leadership planned for the return of recently dismissed directors involved in April’s doxxing controversy.
The high-level defection and theft began, as is becoming standard, with the transfer of structures from Kenshin to one of many Imperium corporations – this time the West Bistot Baptist Church, executor of the Young Miners’ Christian Association, a charitable Imperium alt corporation which, at least now, takes care of new Imperium mining and refinery operations in Deklein. Following the transfer of at least nine structures to the YMCA, the director went on to steal countless capital ship and structure blueprints. Corporate hangars were also emptied, including several capital ships, three jump freighters, a supercarrier, and a titan.
Though the theft pales in comparison to the April heist, in which a high-level defector stole an unanchored Keepstar, it is notable as the first theft of supercapitals from the corporation, as well as for the director level chatlogs. These are purported to show the Kenshin CEO and directors discussing plans for the imminent return of several former directors who had been kicked for their part in the doxxing controversy which arose in the wake of the April defection. Hoping to avoid a rekindling of the controversy, Darkness alliance executor Sort Dragon posted his own logs, wherein former Kenshin CEO Vlade Randal described Kenshin’s plans to bring the former directors back. To his credit, the logs show Sort Dragon firmly and emphatically refuted these plans, declaring that the former directors would never again be welcome in the alliance.
At this point, it’s unknown if jakamo’s motivations were related to the contents of the controversial logs or to more general complaints. Line members in the Guardians of the Galaxy are reportedly frustrated both by the continued harassment faced by Imperium forces operating in the region as well as by GotG’s inability to respond on its own. As GotG depends on other coalitions to defend its members, discontent is growing, reflected in the steady trickle of defections.
Since the April theft, Kenshin has been “on probation” within Darkness, disallowed from possessing keepstars or other high level strategic assets due to risk of theft. Whether or not this most recent theft will encourage Darkness to take further action is yet to be seen. While Kenshin provided a large amount of GotG’s Australian timezone representation, the recent entrance of the Chinese alliance Ranger Regiment into the coalition limits Kenshin’s continued utility. More details will surely be revealed during the next routine Kenshin defection.