|Visigoth - Adeptus Munitorum Reports||
Thought for the day: We will decide the guilty..
cross ref. The Galaxy:
Imperium File 784
034.567.47 ref. 159.54 ref. Xeno-Folders, Arbites-Folders, Administratum-Folders
Tithe Grade: Decuma Patricular-Exactis Extremis
Aestimare: B60 - D300
The crime level on the planet Visigoth is within acceptable ranges. The main source of antagonism and violence within the hives, as is common amongst such structures, are the underhive gangs. These gangs govern the rampant black market activity and are responsible for numerous acts of vandalism and outright violence amongst the hab levels of the lowest areas of the hive. For the most part the gangs keep the majority of their outright conflicts far away from populated areas where there is an Arbitrator presence. There are few in the underhive that are not guilty of some crime.
The illicit trade of stims and stums among the residents of the underhive is governed several of the larger gangs, enforcing their own rule of the trade over the weaker gangs to keep the drug trafficking out of the spotlight and beyond closed doors. Those caught dealing in these illegal substances are punished to the full extent of the Law, resulting in mandatory execution. This has not dettered the gangs from becoming involved in the distribution of these narcotics. We have, however, extended the rule of that Law to include users of the substances and this been implemented with a reasonable amount of success, resulting in a drop of chronic abusers as they are the ones caught most easily, however the amount of casual users remains at a steady level.
The most common punishment is life-time servetitude in the mines beneath Lenux or Majere hives. These convicts scour previously excevated and subsequently abandoned mines for the last few ores left in an effort to maximise output. The Manufacturer Generals excourage the deportation of prisoners to these penal mining operations rather than risk the more valuable machinery and trained personnel in the acquisition of the last few measly morsels of ore that can be found within the older tunnels. In many cases the Manufacturer Generals have objected to arbitrary executions in substance abuse/trafficking cases in order to bolster the number of expendable workers. We, however, have remained inflexible in regards to these offenders as they are a parasite on the resources of the Imperium.
Currently, there has been a significant change in disturbance patterns. Gangs have become more bold, perpetrating violent acts in areas known to contain a significant Arbites presence. In the most severe of these cases there was an incident in Lannark hive that resulted in the deaths of thirty seven Arbitrators and two hundred and twelve civilians. Over one hundred and fifty dissidents were arrested, tried, and convicted of crimes against the Emperor and the deaths of His entrusted servants. Summary executions followed with the usual objections from the Manufacturer Generals and from the Planetary Governor, himself. The Law in this matter, however, is absolutely clear and non-negotiable. The murder of one of the Emperor's own authorized representatives results in only punishment: death.
Following the Lannark uprising there were subsequent similiar occurences in the Four Sisters. The first occured in the Oceaus hive, a minor scuffle resulting in a significant amount of vandalized property but little to no collateral damage to personnel. The other hives did not, however, escape harm so fortunately. With munitions borrowed from the Planetary Defence Force the uprisings were quelled. The theory has been put forth and investigated by my officers and those of the Planetary Governor and Manufaturer Generals, that the uprising may be interconnected and somehow coordinated by a singel individual or group. These theory has removed unproved and considered by many to be impossible. The Planetary Governor has insisted that we continue to investigate until we can conclusively conclude that this cannot, within all probability, be the situation. I tend to agree with that.
The idea that a single individual can coordinate rival groups that have conducted internecine warfare between themselves for centuries can somehow put all past differences aside and work towards some possible goal. A goal that would be only temporary considering the might the Imperium can bring to bear in such circumstances, let alone the significant presence maintained by the Arbites and the Planetary Defence Force. Furthermore, a single individual, or even a group of like-minded individuals, would not be able to travel between the hives so effectively without arousing significant suspicion and drawing attention to themselves. The idea is both ludicrous and laughable.
I have ordered the resources of the Precincts turned away from this investigation as it is a waste of manpower and resources that can be effectively used elsewhere to keep the peace of the Emperor intact.