The events of Escape from Grace were certainly reported and generated reactions within Collective space. The destruction of a joint Human-Mauraug colonial settlement and the theft of a salvage ship required some sort of response. But who receives those reports? Who decides what reactions are required? And most importantly: who must take responsibility for these tragedies?
Those questions can be answered by one Human: Hori Jeetah, Assistant Secretary of Settlement for the Collective. Pay attention. He's a very busy sapient and the time spent on this interview was a generous favor.
You might not realize just how complex and dangerous bureaucracy can be. Compared to exploration, law enforcement, or especially piracy, you might consider office work boring and safe. You'd be wrong. Listen closely and thrill to a tale of high stakes and low cunning, of dastardly villains and noble clerks.
Author: Nathan Large