11/22/3063 Location – UCM Building, New Avalon City, New Avalon
CB – "Greetings everyone welcome to Eyes on the Sphere I am Corrine Belame, with me today I have Divya Sahni, Sasha Malair, and Diana Allegin.
We also have a special guest Archon-Princess Katherine Morgan Steiner-Davion, Your Serene Highness it is a pleasure to have you with us today"
KSD – “Thank you I am pleased to be here as well, you may call me Katrina if you’d prefer no need to stand on ceremony.”
CB – “Now Katrina we have had your sister Yvonne on a long time ago before she left New Avalon. What did you want to speak with us about today?”
KSD – "Thank you Corrine, well I wanted to talk about a new set of programs I am working on, The Next Generation Initiative. Now this initiative will be a fundamental shift in how the Commonwealth will be ruled.
I have proposed to be more inclusive with the Inner Sphere and Near Periphery. As you know previous generations have long neglected education and jobs training while looking down on our neighbors. To that end I intend to adjust the military-industrial complex of the Commonwealth states and move funds into development of the Spinward and Anti-Spinward Regions."
SM – “Your critics have accused you of collusion with Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao and Coordinator Theodore Kurita on things that have destablized the Cappellan and Draconis Marches. The Brotherhood of Cincinnatus, Wolves-in-Exile, Kell Hounds, and Free Skye have increased their activities grabbing headlines along the way and the Trinity Alliance has strengthened the Confederation after decades of decline. Why would you draw down the Commonwealth militaries in an increasingly dangerous Sphere?”
KSD – "I would like to correct you on that, the Inner Sphere has always been a dangerous place. I mean Luthien Armor Works has been partially idle for most of the year with no end in sight while they deal with internal troubles. The Combine just fought off an attack from Clan Ghost Bear and an illegal invasion from the Draconis March. The Coordinator’s daughter was assassinated by the same terrorists that killed my brother Arthur. The Free Worlds League has shown no aggression since Guerrero the fault of an ill-advised action made by my brother Victor despite a recent row with my great-aunt and the death of the Captain-General’s sister.
Now the Combine annexed the Lyons Thumb after a Skye force attacked them. I have lodged a complaint with the Coordinator over that and I’m sure we will talk about it on Marik during the Whittling Conference.
To the critics its not like the military budget of the Commonwealth states has shrunk dramatically most of it will be invested in better aerospace assets, the Mjolnir and Avalon class Warships have been coming on-line breathing new life into our stagnant aerospace forces. We already have so many mechs in the hands of noble armies and federal military forces and more tanks than we can count. The people of the Federation and Alliance have never been safer despite a looming clan threat, a threat that will be dealt with by the Second Star League in unison."
SB – “Onto a different topic, your rule has not been without controversy the executions of Eric Dresari and Thomas Bradford and multiple invocations of Noble Laws to cast down their peers have chilled your relationship with many planetary rules. You have had strained relationships bordering on rebellion with Dukes Tancred Sandoval, Robert Kelswa-Steiner, and George Hasek. Why do you keep looking for trouble?”
KSD – "Oh I like interesting challenges really. Each of them is a challenge; like most men in power they don’t like being told what to do. It was tragic what happened to Dresari and Bradford but I cannot have nobles taking up arms against the AFFS or LAAF without penalty. That is no way to rule an interstellar empire.
James Sandoval the former Duke of Robinson launched an invasion into the Combine out of the blue, Duke Tancred was empowered to deal with the fallout, I didn’t tell him what to do besides rein his father in, I think the lingering effects will be minimal
Duke Hasek was sponsoring terrorists and hiring mercenaries through shell companies to fight the CCAF. His private forces took up arms against the federal forces I sent into the Cappellan March to secure strategic assets there, I don’t want to fight him but I won’t be undermined by a March Lord with an axe to grind,
Duke Kelswa-Steiner was stirring up seperatist elements in Skye the same ones that forced my brother Peter into exile and provided reason for SLDF peacekeepers to be deployed to the Lyons Thumb. His imprisonment was the least punishment for such actions.
Opinion polls have shown that my actions against the more abusive nobles in the periphery and the expansion of the Federation Marshal Service and Alliance Border Guard to deal with the bandits there has been a popular move, Filtvelt, Alarion, Timbuktu, and Woodbine all stand to benefit greatly from that expansion. The Federation and Alliance require checks and balances to ensure peace and prosperity."
DA – “Now excuse me you don’t have to answer this if it is to difficult but you have lost two brothers while one is missing somewhere in the Sphere. How are you and Yvonne dealing with it?”
KSD – “Well I can’t speak for Yvonne but I am dealing with it as best a possible, Victor’s loss was terrible I felt awful for months but he died heroically while defeating the Smoke Jaguars and liberating their occupation zone. Arthur was worse though it brought back so many terrible memories of my mother’s death, it was even on a live feed. I had nightmares.”
DA – “Is there anything you would like to say to Peter?”
KSD- “Peter I’m sorry that you felt you had to leave, but it is just us now, Victor and Arthur are gone. You don’t have to hide we can make things better between us.”
CB – "Heartfelt, I am sorry you had to relive some of those terrible memories. We just have a couple more points of discussion more in keeping with this program.
In a rather unorthodox approach you have publicly stated that you have a cordial relationship with Magestrix Emma Centrella despite her alliance with the Confederation and her daughter’s relationship with Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao."
KSD – "I have; it amazes me that having a friendly relationship with another state is considered unorthodox. How far have we fallen that we don’t even bother to talk to one another.
I have great respect for her, she has done astounding things. She even sent me a Daimar Majoris dancing horse, most people don’t know this but I have hobbies like any other person. I love equestrian sports and Nolan, the horse, has performed magnificently.
Now I have to think of something she might like, perhaps we will speak on it during one of the side-bars on Marik."