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Due to certain terms of the Skinnende Bakke Accords holding little consideration to actual rebel input, what happened afterwards led to eleven years of pandemonium among the pro-human’s post-colonial independence movement. The most problematic of its terms were the redrawing of territorial borders. Without consulting the rebel leadership – some of whom did not even want firm borders set – before Tir-Torzor was to be returned to the Humans upon the truce’s approval, the task of drawing up each territory became the sole responsibility of the Overlord Council. They divided the former districts and reservations mostly by visual aesthetics. The results had ancestral lands under the governance of people not native to them, rivals sharing rule over the same territory, vital resources outside of the borders of those who needed them, uninhabitable or difficult to reach regions, and areas that happened to leave a bunch of the population centers the Apiary still controlled untouched.

Adding to the ever-precarious situation was the fact that the readily stocked resources, stored information, and their means of procurement, intended for the bolstering of community building, were owned by top-level subjects and collaborators. When ordered to evacuate, they either had these needed equipment and reserves transferred to District 8 or destroyed. The abeyance of things like food and medical supplies, led to burgeoning black markets and renewed civil disturbances. In combination with the border issues convoluting the post-colonial push out from under alien hegemony, ultimately began plunging the independence movement into internal and inter-territorial conflicts.

There were varying degrees of contention between the movement’s allies, but a grand majority of these communities had alternatives already in operation to – at least somewhat – fulfill now absent well-established systems of support and production. Many were still trying to work together and explore different methods around their quandaries, which kept the conflagration not as violent nor widespread. However, there were others who saw this disarray as an opportunity to take advantage of the growing rifts appearing in the pro-human movement’s stressed rapport among one another.

Often, these other people wanted the return of Apiary rule, a close approximate to it, or something completely divorced from both pro-human and pro-Apiary ideologies. Campaigns were launched within the territories, using the local discontented and reactionary segments of the populace to take control either by election or violent action. Those who resisted these campaigns faced acts of terrorism, which drove others to submit or flee. At times, these new regimes that took power would then declare war against neighbors and violate their sovereignty.

Another section of the accords compounding problems, subsisted a stipulation where any domestic foreign that swears allegiance the Apiary gains status of ‘assimilated domestic foreign.’ Not originally in this stipulation but made to compliment it, Eas-Enerang included that any that already retained the status of ‘assimilated domestic foreign’ prior to the Skinnende Bakke Accords, or born to an assimilated domestic foreign, will automatically gain subject status to the Apiary. The duress from ongoing warfare, the scarcity of needed sustenance and materials, and the disenchantment of the vision for a better future without the old system, drove numbers of refugees to District 8 with the promise of possible social progress. Once there, the refugees were made to live in ramshackle and poorly managed camps, where they would wait for up to months before being forced to provide hard-to-secure documentation, to take a test to swear allegiance to the Apiary if they pass.

There have been further allegations against the Apiary in its role of handicapping the post-colonial movement’s aspirations for independence. Most surround questions related to, how many were originally disaffected pro-humans or deserted collaborators, how many were inexorably linked to the Apiary, and what amount of direct support did the Apiary devote to them. Finding out might have revealed how much of the opposition were able to attain the backing resources for their causes. In the meantime, the magnitude of Apiary’s active involvement in such can only be defined as “plausible,” since the information needed to validate a vast bulk of claims, are not available for access in the Memory Trace Libraries once again.

Regardless of the extent, the Apiary’s motivation for not wanting human independence was clear. Almost every community not aligned with pro-Apiary sentiments, constructed, or were attempting to construct industrial scrubbers to clean pollutants from the air, or provide essential support for the projects. The industrial scrubber projects had the chance to undo the Apiary’s terraforming, so they did what they could to stymie plans of pro-human self-determination. Territories and communities that yielded to pro-Apiary forces closest to the colony’s functional remnants, were annexed back under colony control either as, part of an existing district formed out of the population centers still possessed by the Apiary, or as a new district themselves. Those considered to be too far away from the colony’s orbit gained the status of protectorates, which were granted autonomy but continued existing in abject reliance to the Apiary. Regions still not under pro-Apiary influence were dealt with in one of two ways depending on their relations with the pro-humans. The places generally unfriendly to both pro-Apiary and pro-human were propped up as a buffer, whether that populace was aware of being used in this manner or not. The ones unfriendly only to the Apiary on the other hand, faced sanctions, embargoes, conspiracies, and were objects of propaganda campaigns for local and planetary consumption.

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