We thank the Planetary Republic of Bacchus for its offer, and will soon be voting on the possibility of collaboration with your government, in a campaign against these criminals. The Solar Federation's concerns are noted by the government of the Interstellar Commonwealth, and your offers of support in our efforts of criminal suppression and eradication are appreciated. We will allow our member systems to choose whether or not they would General Announcement to Member Systems and States of the Interstellar Commonwealth In light of recent atrocities committed against the extrasolar systems of the Interstellar Commonwealth, it has become clear that our current fleet lacks the modernity and size required to maintain security throughout IC space. The Parliament in Brussels has approved a bill to dramatically upscale the Naval forces of the European Union and other IC member states. Precise details are currently being determined. We also wish to confirm that investigations are taking place into the origins of this recent upsurge in piracy, in order to improve what is currently only a reactive defense system.