Sightseeing in the Cluster

Governor’s Audience Chamber

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The audience chamber complex. The main hearing hall can be seen in the background.

Someone once said that the only certainties in life were death and taxes. Though I agree with the general idea, I’d have to add one more thing to that list: bureaucracy. Be it CONCORD, Gallente, Caldari, Minmatar, or Amarr, bureaucracy is a constant in life that you just can’t get around. Maybe Scottie needs to push that extra paperwork to ensure docking clearance, or maybe the Customs office needs a few more seconds to ensure that your export from your planet is approved, regardless of anything you do in New Eden, red tape and paperwork is bound to follow. Suitably, the Amarr Empire is renowned for its bureaucracy, almost as much as the State is. The lack of elected leaders helps to ensure the need for bureaucracy, I think, since its impossible for them to rule otherwise. This is why I was surprised that I didn’t need to fill out anything in triplicate just to have the opportunity to visit the Governor’s Audience Chamber in Chanoun.

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Legacy banks on approach to the governor's chamber

It was my understanding that the governor in Chanoun, who had authority over the entire constellation, was a bit unique in setting up this facility. Most constellation governors in the Empire didn’t bother setting up a formal meeting ground to discuss grievances or constellation matters. If commoners were allowed to meet with them, which was by no means a certainty in much of the Empire, they typically took place in the many planet-based palaces around the Empire. But the Araz governors, a line of them from the Kador house, seems to have split off from their Amarr brethren in this regard and established a place for all people in the constellation to come together. From the official site on GalNet:

governors3Governor Manel Kador the fourth can be reached here during specific hours to discuss provincial matters. This mainly pertains to residents of the Araz constellation, nobles arguing amongst themselves, or commoners complaining about the landlord etc. The Audience Chamber itself is built inside a massive Amarrian cathedral. Close by is an asteroid colony erected for weary travelers who have requested an audience with Lord Manel.

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One of the Kador family battleships on patrol near the complimentary repair facility

The site itself is surprisingly extensive. Beyond the formal reception chambers of Governor- excuse me, Lord Manel, the site provided extensive facilities for those making the trek to see him. The complimentary facilities included a repair facility, a small asteroid-based hotel/inn for travelers to stay, as well as a number of patrol ships ensuring the safety of not just the visitors, but the Governor himself. Strangely, there seemed to be a number of auxiliary power sources for the site, including auxiliary power cores as well as solar harvesters pointed perpendicular to the sun because of what I’m sure is state of the art Amarr scientific reasoning (Granted, Amarr science seems to never let “facts” get in the way of reality, but that’s a discussion for another time).

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Rest stop for travelers to see the Governor

The Chamber itself seemed to be of standard Amarr design, with a few additions. Surrounding the “base” of the structure (as much as something in space can have a base) there were a number of additional docking structures and quarters, apparently for the officers protecting the complex. And there was certainly a sizable showing of military force, with a number of Kador-aligned battleships and cruisers patrolling the area. I tried to see if I could dock and see the governor myself, but I was quickly told that there was a three month waiting period, and that I needed to fill out a request form in triplicate… curse that bureaucracy striking again.

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One of the many auxiliary power cores for the site

Seeing as how I wasn’t going to have the chance to see the Governor anytime soon, I took that as my cue to take off. I myself had some paperwork I needed to fill out for crew payment on both Legacy and my planetary colonies. You know, to ensure that the Empire can collect its taxes. Yes, bureaucracy is a constant in life. No matter where you turn, there’s paperwork to fill out. But I had to give Lord Manel credit for attempting to make himself more open to the people of the Constellation, even if that in and of itself required yet more of that accursed “B” word.

Basic Information:

  • Attraction: Governor’s Audience Chamber
  • System: Chanoun
  • Security Rating: 0.5
  • Region: Kador
  • Potential Hazards: If you’re below a -4.5 in security status, or -5 standing with the Amarr, you’ll have to deal with some rather unpleasant policemen.
  • Additional Notes: This also serves as an Amarr COSMOS site.
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