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Former Admiral Frost Escapes Jail! A Dozen Conspirators Arrested As Police On High Alert

10.11.2460

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Police are scrambling across Unity Station and locking down shuttle service across the major Sol sector after an announcement that Michael Frost has escaped from the Unity Station Jailhouse late last night.


The echoes from a dozen distant police sirens could be heard when the jailhouse Warden briefed the press on the steps of the courthouse.

 

“A cabal of conspirators managed to smuggle Frost out of the jailhouse. Two guards put him in a maintenance technician jumpsuit and walked him through a security checkpoint where another conspirator allowed him through. After escaping via maintenance tunnels to the outside delivery area he was put inside an unmarked van and driven off out of range of our cameras. Security teams soon discovered the breach and Unity Station Police were summoned and all six conspirators were arrested.”

 

A spokesman of the USPD described the chase for Frost outside of the jail.

 

“Officers found the van inside an abandoned warehouse but we believe Frost changed vehicles at a rendezvous. All shuttleports leading out of this station have been put on high alert. We have officers at every street corner. Rest assured, we are going to capture this fugitive.”

 

Hundreds of passenger shuttles leave Unity Station every day alongside almost over five hundred cargo shuttles. Apprehending Frost may prove difficult for the police department which is spread thin. Military police have been summoned to assist in the combing of Unity Station for the fugitive.


The escape has been seized upon by the GAIA elements of SolGov. GAIA remains feverently dedicated to seeing Frost tried for treason and other high crimes. Leading GAIA senator David Gerold, Venus, gave a fiery condemnation.

 

“This is a clear act of desperation by a coward. If Mr. Frost insisted he was innocent of any wrongdoing then why did he not prove it before a court? This is a nation of laws and due process. Clearly Frost has no faith in the government that he claims to love so much.”

 

This rhetoric is being countered by ATLAS’s Michael Watkins, who has lambasted GAIA’s eagerness to see Frost “thrown to the wolves”.

 

“Admiral Frost walked into that cell willingly after rescuing hundreds of people from a terrible fate. He has been thrown to the wolves and turned into a scapegoat. You’ve all been tearing into him like rabid animals! All this huffing and puffing is being used to mask the fear within certain minds that Frost is innocent of the crimes he is being accused of. Frost’s so-called treason has been proven to be direct orders from our beloved Prime Minister. Chater already made the Frost Letter disappear - and if Chater is willing to burn incriminating evidence then how could Frost see a proper trial? Chater would see a hero burnt at the stake to save his own career!”

 

As the capital roils in the bitterness within the leading ATLAS-GAIA coalition, social media has seen Frosts’ popularity drop sharply. Many people are asking why he escaped from jail, while others are upset with the behavior of the government towards the crisis.


One of the guards in on the conspiracy, Miranda Terry, was quoted as she was pulled out of the jailhouse by arresting officers. As she was escorted to a police van reporters were shouted at her, asking why she did it. She is heard shouting at the crowd,

 

“Frost saved my dad. He’s not a criminal!”

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Admiral Frost Returns With More Rescued Captives: Repercussions Rewrite Entire Alliance Political Landscape As GAIA Faces Defections To Growing ATLAS

10.19.2460

Michael Frost has returned to the Sol System a hero despite being thrown into prison yet again, and plunging the Alliance into crisis.


After having escaped from the Unity Station jailhouse, Frost managed to flee the Sol System with the help of unknown conspirators. According to the rescued captives that he returned to Sol with, Frost had managed to return to the remnants of his former fleet and, coordinating with the the Artemis Initiative, organized a new rescue operation. They attacked a raider enclave in the New Zunibal system and were able to rescue the hundreds of people being held captive for auction.


After the successful mission ATLAS Senators, the Artemis Initiative allegedly contacted Michael Watkins, leader of ATLAS, about the successful mission. Watkins and aides quietly contacted the families of the liberated Solarians and arranged to have them all meet at the Anthony-Terrace Shuttleport in orbit of Saturn, telling the families that they would receive news about the fate of their lost relatives.


Border patrols did not know the inbound shuttle coming through the system’s bluespace gate was anything more than a cargo shipment, so shuttleport authorities were shocked when, after docking, Michael Frost himself emerged from the shuttle onto the tarmac. Following him from the shuttle airlocks were the hundreds of rescued captives flooding into the terminal.The waiting families expressed shock and exuberance and swarmed past the checkpoint to the arrivals area. Journalists there by invitation from ATLAS were also surprised but reported tearful reunions. Many of these families have not heard from their lost relatives for years.


In the crowd Frost was being praised by the liberated Solarians and their families. At this point the authorities had been notified and law enforcement began to bee-line to the location. Armed security emerged from the terminal and began to force their way through the crowd. Tensions were exacerbated as police used pepperspray and handheld flashes to subdue people as they moved to arrest Frost.


Frost ended up willingly surrendering to police, and he was pulled away by a dozen officers as the crowd around them began to shout at police and in some cases chucking litter at the officers. He has been moved to a maximum security prison beneath the surface of Venus. The hellish landscape that scours the surface means only one shuttle can arrive and depart from the facility every seven days.


But as commentators note, even though Frost is almost literally buried in a hellish vault, his impact on the greater Alliance is nothing short of spectacular.


Opinion polls on Frost have reversed course sharply. After Frost’s initial escape polls stabilized with 38% of Solarians saying they believed Frost is not a traitor. The polls have now spiked with 50% of resident Solarians believing that Frost is not a traitor.


The primary fallout from Frost’s return are the accusations from lawmakers that ATLAS aided and abetted a fugitive of the law for political gain. Prime Minister Chater told the press such in a dramatic news conference on Unity Station.

 

“Michael Watkins is an accessory to an act of treason. He used a paramilitary force as a political tool. As Prime Minister and the leader of GAIA I cannot, in good conscience, support acts that violate the law of the Alliance. It is with this reason that I am ending GAIA’s relationship with ATLAS and will cooperate with law enforcement agencies on seeking appropriate charges for Watkins.”

 

This is a sharp turn of course from Miles Theodore-Chater. Since his election following the Unathi Crisis of 2457 has been embittered trying to keep the leading ATLAS-GAIA coalition together. But this action has backfired spectacularly, as many formerly GAIA politicians have declared they would be ignoring Chater’s announcement, or defecting to ATLAS entirely.


Only an hour after Chater’s announcement yesterday, Reynold Mathews, GAIA representative for the United Americas, held a press conference.

 

“We find it irresponsible to effectively dissolve the government over our disagreement on the Frost Question. GAIA and ATLAS have much in common and it would be a waste to throw out all of our accomplishments. I’ve been in constant contact with my friends on both sides of the aisle and many of us have to disagree with the Prime Minister’s decision. For this reason we are working with registrars to adjust our party membership to ensure the technicalities of parliamentary majorities allow us to continue functioning effectively without requiring a coalition to lead the government.”

 

Already we are seeing a rout from the GAIA party into ATLAS, whose ranks are being swelled within parliament. Over a dozen members of the Senate and Parliament have already defected, citing the wishes of their constituents and a desire to keep the government functioning.


The survivors within GAIA have reacted quickly to stem the bleeding. Senator Duncan Thorne, the leader of the Martian “Red Front” bloc within GAIA, held a grueling 4 hour meeting in the Pohl Arcology on Mars with leading senators and members of parliament from the far left Utopian Front and Worker’s Party. After the nonstop, closed door meeting, all three parties announced that they would be merging into a reformed GAIA party. Senator Thorne announced a new era for the party in a controversial speech that included some personal attacks on defecting GAIA politicians.

“We don’t think it’s right that a jackass like Mathews gets to talk all tough about what GAIA stands for. I didn’t make peace with GAIA to see it fall into the hands of totalitarians. So I’ve got a message to our former friends leaving to hold hands with ATLAS: We ain’t gunna associate with you, we ain’t gunna tolerate you, and we ain’t gunna see you around for much longer.”

 

Senator Thorne has seen fame and infamy in the past for orchestrating the reassertion of Mars in Alliance politics and seeing an end to the Treaty of Olympia.


After the defections to ATLAS and the unification of three parties on the side of GAIA, the proportional seats in both houses have changed drastically.


ATLAS now makes up 40% of the seats in the Senate from 32%. They also now make up 49% of seats on Parliament, up from 29%.


The new GAIA front has retained a majority in both houses only thanks to their unification with other parties. GAIA now has 42% of seats in the Senate from 33%. They also have 51% of seats in Parliament, up from 44%.


Due to Alliance law, the Prime Minister will remain in his post unless a vote of no confidence is triggered.


Politicians from the Worker’s Party and Utopian Front who refused to join the coalition have defected and retain their remaining seats in both houses.


Within just a few days, the political reality of the Alliance has been completely rewritten. Already analysts are pointing out that this sort of momentous event has only happened a handful of times in the history of the entire Alliance, and has always preceded monumental societal change.


At large, the public is responding with growing radicalization. In the more urban inner colonies and core worlds there are protests and counter-protestors taking to the streets. Martian arcologies and urban areas all over Earth are seeing hundreds of thousands of demonstrators blasting ATLAS. But at the same time the more rural outer colonies and frontier worlds are turning increasingly to ATLAS.


With both parties now diametrically opposed to one another the functions of government are slowly starting to shut down from the sudden rise in political partisanship, turning even more people against either party.


As the chorus of shouting echoes through the streets of every major city in the Alliance, Michael Frost remains in his cell in Venus, completely isolated from the galaxy at large.

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Mass Demonstrations and Civil Unrest For Frost As GAIA Politicians “Fear For Our Lives”

11.1.2460

Popular support for Michael Frost has peaked all across the Alliance, and a growing discontent for Chater’s government has resulted in escalating violence across the Inner Colonies. What started as peaceful protests have exploded into riots and mass civil unrest. This wave of partisan violence is spreading out from the Sol system like a wildfire and politicians in other star systems across the Alliance are reporting civil insurrection.


On Earth itself several major cities are being described as “ungovernable” by local authorities. The governors of the United Americas, China, Sydney, the Soviet Union, Gran Colombia, and a dozen others have declared a state of emergency in response to the rising violence.


The riots have erupted in response to SolGov’s continued refusal to release Michael Frost from the Supermax prison on Venus. Frost’s support has peaked with Alliance citizens. Formerly a disgraced enemy of the state, Frost managed to capture the hearts and imaginations of the Alliance by performing feats to rescue thousands of slaves against seemingly impossible odds. In addition the entire reason for his fall from grace, the invasion of Tau Ceti which was deemed illegal and resulted in him being branded a rogue warlord, was allegedly secretly authorized by Prime Minister Chater. Chater denies these claims, but the conspiracy theory has struck the embattered Prime Minister in his political achilles heel.


Even Unity Station has been paralyzed by violent demonstrations, with sections of the station being effectively under mob rule.


The violence has caused over two dozen GAIA senators and politicians to resign. Many of them described threats against their lives or a fear that the authorities would be unable to protect them from the growing violence.


In one incident the GAIA supporting Governor of Mesoamerica, Santiago Luis, was rushed on stage in Havana by three assailants while giving a speech condemning Frost. The three assailants were subdued before reaching him and he was escorted out by his security detail.


Another GAIA senator was fired upon by four gunmen from a warehouse window while being driven to the shuttleport to attend an upcoming vote on Unity Station. The senator was unharmed but remains in hiding.


Several shuttleports that charter flights to Unity Station have been shut down by mobs swarming the facilities and holding sit-ins to prevent GAIA senators from boarding their flights whilst others remain open thanks to Eridanian private security units.


The net result of the intimidation and attacks upon GAIA politicians has resulted in over a third of GAIA senators missing from the capital during voting due to being physically stopped or choosing to remain home in fear for their lives. This has left the close tie on the Senate and Parliament floors to be rendered negligible, with ATLAS now given a de facto majority in both houses. Only two ATLAS politicians were unable to attend the last two sessions of parliament.


Prime Minister Chater has not made a public appearance since the start of the violence, but spokesmen for the Prime Minister has urged for calm and rationality to return to the public discourse.


ATLAS spokesmen have torn into Chater for his failure to respond to the violence as well as failing to deliver justice by freeing Michael Frost.


“Our society is beginning to break down,” Michael Watkins told reporters while on Unity Station, “New Delhi is burning. Entire cities are being turned into cinders and ash. The Sol Alliance is going to cease to exist if we continue to allow the ship of state to be piloted by that foolish liar Chater. I don’t think we can tolerate this incompetence for much longer.”


Despite sharp and intense criticism by other parties, ATLAS has begun taking advantage of their de facto majority to implement sweeping reforms that have the potential for far-reaching consequences. Currently the bills being forced through committee to reach the floor for votes are as far ranging as redistricting the regions of Earth, and a controversial “Motion To Compel” which allows Parliament to, with a simple two-thirds majority vote, allow Parliament to “perform [an action] deemed entirely necessary for the security of the Alliance.” These motions carry supreme executive authority and cannot be vetoed. Motions to Compel have been rare occurrences and reserved for the most dire situations in the history of the Alliance.


The Motion to Compel, forwarded by Michael Watkins, would grand a full pardon to Michael Frost.


Currently only three more GAIA senators would need to flip to ATLAS or be absent during quorum in order for the threshold of two-thirds to be met.

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Prime Minister Forced To Grant Pardon To Frost Following Unprecedented Use Of Powerful Senate Motion

11.12.2460

As of 12:83 pm GST, Admiral Frost is a free man and private citizen once again. On Unity Station, the Senate voted 55-28 to trigger a “Motion to Compel” to pardon Frost. The motion is a legal mechanism that the Senate exclusively holds that does not need to come from the lower Parliament and cannot be vetoed by the Prime Minister. With a simple two-thirds majority, the Senate can “compel any action deemed absolutely necessary for the security of the Alliance.”


The vote was forced and passed despite the absence of 41 senators from GAIA, the Utopian Front, and the Worker’s Party. Many of these senators were targeted by extremist groups or demonstrators and expressed a fear or unwillingness to attend the vote. Prime Minister Chater was notably present during the session to vote against the measure and looked disgusted when the move passed.


This would be the third time that a Motion to Compel has passed within the Alliances’ history, with the last one being in 2278 with the Senate breaking a political deadlock to authorize military force against the breakaway Coalition of Colonies, with the first in similar circumstances.


In a ceremonial move the Senate Sergeant at Arms, with the Motion to Compel signed by all 55 supporting ATLAS senators, traveled with it to the Supermax prison on Venus and presented it to the Warden. Admiral Frost was then released from his cell and escorted back to a shuttle to bring him to Earth.


Admiral Frost disembarked from his shuttle in Villebleue, Europe, where he was greeted by thousands of cheering supporters. Within an hour Frost entered the New Kabul Symphony Hall where he gave a live speech on galactic television. Outside the symphony hall were thousands of additional counter-demonstrators behind held back by Villebleue police.


“My fellow Solarians. This nation faces a crisis like no other in its history. The lights across our great civilization continue to dim in the darkness of an uncertain future that is descending down on us. Our people live with the specter of raiders and slavers abducting them from even our capital. Our nation is throttled by corrupt politicians and selfish corporate interests. Our people are openly attacked in the streets of foreign cities for their belief in the greatness of the Alliance. Our ability to hold respect with our neighbors has been tarnished by the weak leadership of an incompetent government which invites humiliation after humiliation.


Together we will warm our children in the dawn of a new day. We will not let 400 years of this Republic dissolve into anarchy and despair. Let us not forget the words that lead humanity through another great challenge. ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself’. We will endure. We will stop the descent of darkness. We will emerge from this crisis more powerful than ever before. ”


Later in his speech Frost announced he would be running for Senator of Earth in 2460. Once the speech ended Frost had already begun to travel to the United America’s to declare his intent to run.


The shock of these developments has caused both pro- and anti- Frosts demonstrators to fill the streets of nearly every major city within Sol and across the Alliance. ATLAS continues to hold a de-facto chokehold on the legislative branch of government, and Prime Minister Chater remains under siege by scathing critics as he struggles to hold GAIA together.


When trying to give a speech in comment to the Frost developments in Unity Station, Chater’s speech was interrupted before it even began by a crowd of protestors suddenly rising from the crowd and chanting “You are a liar!” The chamber erupted into chaos, with Chater cancelling the rest of his speech.

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