"Prisoners are housed in underground cell complexes, and set to work in the mine. Visitors are allowed, but an entry permit must first be obtained. There is reputed to be a seedier side to the colony whereby lonely visitors may enter without a permit while the guards turn a blind eye for a fee, but this is always denied."
Ross 128 is a permit system requiring the Federal Naval rank of Ensign to enter that used to be run as a maximum security prison system by the Federation, specifically Warren Prison Mine. After its liberation by the Alliance Elite Diplomatic Corps for the Alliance, it is now a museum.
The lore on Ross 128 as prison system goes back centuries, starting in 2905, when the Federation answered a plea to restore order in Ross 128. Maurice Grant, the would-be leader of the colony there, had been assassinated in 2903. A Federal task force took charge of the colony and rest of the system, then enforced a new colonial charter on its citizens, re-classifying it as a penal and correction facility.
The brutal conditions in the maximum security prison are described in these entries from the FFE Journals:
GRANT'S CLAIM REACHES OVER-FLOW
The Prison colony on Grant's Claim (Ross 128), otherwise known as 'The Warren', has reached its maximum overflow limit following a sudden rise in the rate of personal assaults in a number of Inner Core systems. The opening of the INRA files has revealed that large numbers of previously trusted personnel were, in fact, in the pay of the INRA Internal Surveillance Units and had been spying on their contemporaries and colleagues for decades.
A close reading of the files has revealed that a number of unexplained deaths in the past were the result of INRA-inspired assassinations. Consequently, many of the alleged informants have been the subject of revenge attacks, some of them fatal, by bereaved relatives and friends of those assassinated. The FSS and the Imperial Guard have drafted in extra support on some worlds and are offering round-the -clock police protection to some of the better-known informants.
The Courts have been saturated and are handing down custodial sentences with an alacrity that some Existential Rights lawyers find extremely disturbing, particularly now that 'The Warren' is full and there is a suggestion that a re-introduction of capital punishment would help solve the problem. Alternative suggestions include the sale of detainees to the aliens as research specimens or the creation of new prison colonies on some of the radio-active moons previously used as nuclear decontamination units.
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT - THE ANSWER TO TRAFFIC OFFENCES
We have the answer. It was obvious all along. There are way too many folks languishing in 'The Warren', using up Federal funding and doing nothing more useful with their lives except experiencing hell, regretting their past and planning ways to break out (only a stab in the dark, that last one, they might be planning on staying inside - you never know).
So - too many people, too little credit, not enough space. Is the answer to stop sending perfectly harmless humanoids to prison?? Of course not. We should top the lot and bury them in a nuclear fuel dump where they won't be in anybody else's way. Obvious. Why on earth we didn't think of it before is a mystery. Our ancestors did it and nobody complained too much. They spent years voting it out of the legislation and then even more years voting it back on when their penal system proved to be a dismal failure.
Of course there were the odd feeble minds who thought that society was the problem and that shooting individuals wouldn't help but they were first against the wall so they didn't bother anybody much. So - we propose the same now.
Bring back the chair for everything from speeding upwards and see what happens to our overstocked prisons.On the 29th of July 3303, LHS 2541 Alliance Combine, which had expanded into the system on the 7th earlier that month, took control of the system, and closed the notorious prison. An article in the Wolf 406 Journal describes the situation well:
Ross 128 Compromised - The Truth behind the permit
In an unexpected turn of events, the LHS 2541 Alliance Combine party has seized control of Ross 128. A system home to one of the most high security penal facilities of the Federation, where access is locked through permit only available to higher Federal Navy personnel.
Since the founding of the Alliance of Independent Systems and up to this day, there has been speculation of the Federation detaining officials and civilians without due process within such facilities. For almost a year, Commodore Helena Stone has pursued the validity of such claims, pressing for an entry permit and inspection rights within Ross 128. It remains a mystery how, but Alliance Combine was granted access and permission to conduct an investigation within the system.
Within very little time of the faction setting office, its personnel swiftly acquired the means and local support to instigate a coup for control. Initial rumour indicates that the Alliance Elite Diplomatic Corps acquired access to the system through the investigative procedures and initiated operations towards its takeover. The final result only creates more questions regarding the details of how access was granted or by whom, since the Alliance Commodore has been regularly outspoken about her distrust towards the Federation and has often been credited of having close ties with the shadow diplomats.
Following the conclusion of the war, Miss Stone followed through her tradition of organising a public appearance and providing a detailed breakdown of the system's economic status and her plans moving forward its liberation. In particular, the system will prioritise civil development and growth instead of feeding in the incarceration establishment which the population previously had to financially sustain.
In order to cement a form of trust and clarity with the population, the report also included a complete disclosure of the prisoner files previously out of public reach and of confidential status. The majority of prisoners were pilots and statesmen captured during conflict, for whom a dedicated team is to be established for their rapid repatriation. Non-Alliance citizens will also be provided an integration program as an alternative, whereas Federal Officials will be transported to Sol. The facilities themselves are planned to be repurposed as a museum, exhibiting the Federation's covert practices, including document and video logs salvaged from the prison's data banks.
Most controversially, however, the lists also included names of Alliance officials previously considered missing due to unknown reasons, confirming the rumours circulating within the Alliance. The logs indicate no trial prior to their imprisonment and often mandate the extraction of information through any means necessary.
"This campaign has often been described as a warmonger's cause. I'd like the same individuals to repeat that assertion to the civilians returning home. It has become clear, the Federation has no plans of allowing our unity to thrive, nor ever did. Judging from the state of the systems liberated over this past year, I've also come to realise they have no such plans for their own citizens either. My place remains in the front line, alongside the pilots and troops willing to fight for the prosperity of the common man." -Commodore Helena Stone
Buck Diamond, Wolf 406 Journal
The first Federation attack in an effort to reclaim the system came the next day, but didn't really get going until August 2nd. From that moment, the conflict quickly escalated across the territories of LHS 2541 Alliance Combine and Wolf 406 Transport & Co, both factions supported by the Alliance Elite Diplomatic Corps. After three weeks of defensive actions, the Alliance mounted a simultaneous counter-attack against Earth Defense Fleet, the faction taking the lead for the Federation. The war raged for three months during which LHS 2541 Alliance Combine captured Galton Hangar, the outpost that had harbored remnants of the Federation hold-outs after the liberation, until finally an armistice was signed on October 23, 3303 that left Ross 128 in Alliance hands.
LHS 2541 Alliance Combine remains in control of Ross 128.
- G 99-49 Life Industry
- LHS 2541 Alliance Combine
- Ross 128 Group
- Ross 128 Silver Society
- Social Ross 128 Coalition
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ikxvy3EinM The complete video contains a wealth of information on 'The Warren' and Ross 128
- ↑ https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/367903-Ross-128-Compromised-The-Truth-behind-the-permit