Unauthorized Industry Shut Down, Controversy Ensues
by Mira Ming Wei
Foundation, Renaissance – An unauthorized industrial operation has been uncovered in Origin. Unaffiliated capsuleer, Dabes was found to have illegally landed industrial facilities on Gypsy, Eureka, Crucifix, Eidolon, and Serendipity. As the pilot was using Alexylva Paradox customs offices, his access to the system was able to be locked out by resetting neutral access to 100% tax rate, thus denying pilots and organisations unaffiliated with the corporation planetary access.
Shortly after, enforcement agents entered the facilities and took the personnel operating it into custody. The capsuleer has since fled the system, turning down an offer to negotiate for the release of the personnel and resources held in custody.
Although seemingly an open and shut case, the decision to deny planetary access to neutral groups has created something of a furore, and has proven to be a very polarizing issue. Milokeras Nikolelen, speaking on behalf of the Foundation Commerce union called the decision ‘economically ruinous’ in an address to the Origin Colonial Authority today.
“We cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend the entire rest of the universe is out to get us. We must be willing to trade and work with other people and governments, and failing to do so will leave us economically crippled and artificially hinder our commercial and industrial development.” Nikolelen said in his address to the committee on system taxes.
Conversely, some industrialists in Origin are seeing this as a great opportunity. “Why should we settle for working for some company from somewhere else? We should own our industries, our factories, our laboratories. Us, not some megacorp or some random capsuleer.” Nigel Isaacs said in a presentation given at the newly completed Foundation University Commons building.
The final decision regarding the customs tax rate is expected to be made by the Origin Colonial Authority before the end of the month. We’re here to keep you up to date on all the latest news from Origin. I’m Mira Ming Wei, and you’re reading Transhumanity Today.