Intaki System Liberated by Caldari Forces


At 1630 EVT today, State Protectorate forces, led by the Fourth District and supported by elements of the 22nd Black Rise and PERVS, crushed the last organized resistance by the Federal Defense Union in Intaki, paving the way for Caldari forces to secure the system. At last report, FDU troops are in retreat and State Protectorate forces are engaging in mop-up operations.

The Fourth District began Operation Liberation on 16 February in an effort to secure the Intaki system from both Federation interference and pirate predation. The Intaki people have long been allies of the Caldari State; three years ago, under the auspices of the Kimotoro Directive, the Reserve spent several months in the Placid region in an attempt to help the Intaki secure their home region. This operation was an extension of that one, and our hope is that it puts the Intaki one step closer to true self-determination.

Our intent was not to dominate the Intaki militarily but to establish security for their home regions and allow them to flourish on their own terms. Since Caldari independence from the Federation, we have watched as a corrupt government continued to force the Intaki to heel by making the Intaki dependent on Gallente assistance and leaving their systems open to pirate attack and criminal exploitation. With Federation control of Placid slowly slipping away, we hope that the Intaki will be able build a prosperous nation for themselves, without the Federation's taxation and out-of-control welfare state weighing them down.

The Fourth District looks forward to continued operations in support of local Intaki forces as the conflict with both the FDU and local criminal syndicates continues.

Fourth District Reaches Elimination Round in Alliance Tournament VI

(reprinted from the Caldari Navy Times newsfax)
(KINAKKA) - Caldari paramilitary alliance The Fourth District was defeated in a hard-fought match against Ev0ke in the first elimination round of Alliance Tournament VI this weekend. This marks the second time the Fourth District has been defeated by Ev0ke in such a manner, but alliance leaders remain upbeat about their performance. "Considering that Ev0ke is a former champion and reached the semifinals this year, and we had perhaps the closest loss to them of any of their opponents, we are convinced that we will continue to be a strong performer in future tournaments," said Fourth District spokeswoman CAPT Svetlana Scarlet.
The alliance began the tournament two weeks ago with a strong victory over tournament newcomers Veni Vidi Vici. A combination of strong piloting and significant electronic warfare superiority allowed the Fourth District team to clear the field of their opposition, with the loss of only two Blackbird-class EW cruisers and a single Ishtar-class heavy assault cruiser. CAPT Scarlet attributed the victory to a last minute change by team captain LCDR Trony. "Trony ordered a the Ishtar pilots to switch in sensor dampeners at the last minute, which, combined with our ECM, really kept the Veni Vidi Vici team locked down tight. Without that, we probably would have been hammered with missles from the Ravens once the Blackbirds went down."

The victory over Veni Vidi Vici put the Fourth District in 8th place overall, which meant the next battle would be against eventual champions Pandemic Legion. "We knew Pandemic Legion would probably be one of our toughest opponents in the tournament, even if we made it into the finals. We fought a lot of the pilots in the alliance during our time in Pure Blind and when many of them were on the Triumvirate. team during Alliance Tournament V," explained CAPT Scarlet. "Even a good showing that ended in defeat would make us happy."

Unfortunately for the Fourth District team, that's just what they got. Though initially looking strong, they were ultimately defeated by a combination of mass light drones, which sawed through the Fourth District assault frigates, and Drakes fielding electronic warfare that blunted the damage of their Abaddon battleships. Without the assault frigates to hold down the Pandemic Legion Ishtars, the Fourth District team's ability to inflict damage was greatly reduced. Eventually, the Abaddons were worn down and destroyed, but not before the Fourth District destroyed three Ishtars and two Vigils, giving them enough points to go through to the elimination round in 23rd place.

That meant a match Saturday against Ev0ke, who defeated the District in their first match of the elimination round during the last tournament before going on to take the championship. Five Ev0ke Dominix-class battleships and two Vigil-class frigates went up against a Fourth District Nighthawk, Drake, seven Caldari Navy Caracals, and a standard Caracal in what most observers are calling the most exciting of Saturday's matches. The Fourth District started out strong, hammering the Ev0ke team with heavy missiles, but as their microwarp drives began to use up all their capacitor, the Fourth District Caracals began dropping to the Dominix's sentry drones. By the end of the match, only a single Ev0ke ship, a Dominix, remained on the field -- a costly victory for the previous champions, the closest of any of their matches to that point.

CAPT Scarlet was quick to point out that the Fourth District had one of the toughest schedules of any of the tournament competitors. "Pandemic Legion and Ev0ke were both favorites going into the tournament; the fact that we had such a strong showing against them both, despite the gulf in resources and manpower, says a lot about our pilots," defended Scarlet. "Pound for pound, we have no doubt that the Fourth District was among the best of the tournament competitors, and we're looking forward to proving ourselves against the field in the next tournament."

Caldari Naval Forces Holonet will be replaying all of the past three weeks' tournament coverage over the next two weeks, courtesy of the Nugoeihuvi Corporation and CONCORD's Interstellar Services Division. Splinterz fans are already calling this the best tournament yet thanks to many of the rules changes. "There's just one word to describe the action we've seen today," said Echelon Entertainment sportscaster Ona Kamizaki after the final matches. "Epic. This weekend's finals shouldn't be missed by anyone."

Fourth District, Reserve Celebrate Anniversaries


Pilots of the Fourth District celebrated the first anniversary of the alliance in typically subdued fashion today, taking a brief moment to celebrate the milestone between combat sorties on the front lines of Black Rise. "In what has been a tumultuous year for the Caldari State, we have remained steady in the face of great opposition, a stalwart defender of the citizens and property of our nation," said Reserve Chief of Diplomatic Staff, CAPT Svetlana Scarlet, at the short celebration.

Though the alliance has technically been in a suspended state while its member corporations are enlisted as part of the Caldari militia, the alliance command structure has been maintained in order to coordinate operations; COLD-Wing pilots were also on hand for the celebration. Neco Furyan of CROW said "I didn't realize it'd been a year. It seems like much longer."

FADM Ladel Teravada had this to say about the occasion: "To have joined CAIN as a lowly midshipman and climbed the ranks for the last three years, to have seen us go from strength to strength, to where we now can claim respect from friends and enemies alike, has been an utmost pleasure for me. To have the rest of the Fourth District by our side this last year has only sweetened the deal."

"The Fourth District will continue our fight," said CAPT Scarlet as the pilots returned to their ships following the gathering. "And I hope that this next year sees more loyal citizens flocking to our banner. It is only by working together that we can stem the tide of the Gallente aggression that now barks at our doorstep. I encourage other loyal Caldari to speak to us about membership, either in the Fourth District or in one of our member corporations."

Caldari pilots interested in joining the Reserve or the Fourth District can inquire with alliance diplomatic staff in the NeoCom channel CAINCOM.