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Jasmina Halsey
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StatusAlive
GenderFemale
AllegianceAlliance vector Alliance
OccupationAdvisor to Edmund Mahon
Peace activist
President of the Federation (formerly)
RelationsAzalea Halsey (sister)

Starship One's destruction transformed Halsey – something that she herself could not possibly have planned. Her subsequent 'visions' made her politically toxic, at least as far as the Federation was concerned, allowing her to simply walk away from presidential life. In that escape pod, she escaped from more than an exploding ship – she escaped her previous self. Halsey made extraordinary claims of encountering super-intelligent beings and seeing paradise. Whether she is a visionary, a lunatic or a brilliant political manipulator remains to be seen.

— Chukwuma Grant, independent journalist[1]

Jasmina Halsey served as the President of the Federation from 3300 until June 2, 3301, when she lost a vote of no-confidence that was called after she went missing with the disappearance of Starship One.[2] Presumed dead for months, she was found alive in her escape pod after her successor, Zachary Hudson, organized a public search.[3] Halsey announced plans to relocate to Alliance space in July 3302,[4] and by April 3304, she had left Federal politics behind and was working as a peace activist and advisor to Alliance Prime Minister Edmund Mahon.[1]

BiographyEdit

I know what they're saying. They're picking my story to pieces. Some of the criticism is rational - the lack of corroborative evidence, for example. I don't mind that. I'm telling the truth, after all, and a rational approach can't hurt the truth. But when they say that what I experienced is an archetypal conversion story, and that makes it suspect? If what I saw reminds people of historical accounts, doesn't that say something about those experiences?

— Jasmina Halsey, Federal Times interview, 3302[5]

Jasmina Halsey was a Federal politician and member of the Liberal Party who was elected President of the Federation in 3300. She appointed Nigel Smeaton as her Vice-President, and Felicia Winters as her Secretary of State. The Halsey administration did not take long to stumble, as multiple burdensome tax increases and military interventions that were perceived as heavy-handed by Federal citizens caused a steady drop in Halsey's popularity. Senior Federal military leaders were also disappointed with Halsey's missteps and the loss of several Federal systems, and realigned themselves with then-Shadow President Zachary Hudson of the Republican Party.[5] On January 12, 3301, Vice-President Smeaton died under suspicious circumstances and was replaced the following month by Congressman Ethan Naylor of the frontier system of Siren, a controversial move which many saw as an clumsy attempt by Halsey to address criticism that her administration was too Sol-centric.

Disappearance Edit

On April 28, Halsey announced a goodwill tour of Federal frontier systems in an effort to address their concerns and strengthen their ties to the Federation. The tour would prove to be Halsey's last act as Federal President. On May 26, 3301, shortly after Starship One began its journey with President Halsey and Vice-President Naylor on board, the vessel was reported missing and Felicia Winters was sworn-in as Acting Federal President. Despite a frantic search by Federal authorities, Halsey was not located, and in light of her absence preventing her from being able to fulfill her duties, a vote of no confidence in her administration was held on June 2. Federal Congress overwhelmingly voted to remove Halsey from office and approved Zachary Hudson's bid to assume the presidency.[5]

For months, Jasmina Halsey's disappearance remained a mystery, with few holding out any hope that Starship One would be found. Surprisingly, on January 28, 3302, President Hudson announced plans to resume the search for Starship One with the help of the galactic community and requested salvaged ship debris from along Halsey's tour route for analysis. Some of the debris was confirmed to have come from Starship One, spurring Hudson to launch a second public campaign for salvaged escape pods. On February 26, Hudson revealed that Halsey's escape pod had been found mostly intact, and the former president was in an induced coma while she recovered from her injuries.

A New Path Edit

In March 3302, Jasmina Halsey was brought out of her coma, but sparked concern from relatives and observers when she began explaining her experiences. On April 4, when asked by the media about what it was like to be adrift in space for so long, she stated, "It was wonderful. Amazing. I saw the universe, and our galaxy within it, as I'd never seen it before, and I felt the presence of the real caretakers of our galaxy. The paradox of their existence – tiny yet gargantuan, fleeting yet eternal. They spoke to me as I drifted in the void. It was amazing. I must share their message." She later issued a public request for exploration data from across the galaxy to substantiate her claims of meeting "the true architects of creation" and being shown "the infinities of the cosmos", data which later resulted in the discovery of the ruins of the lost Guardian civilization.[6]

Although Halsey's return brought speculation that she could be reinstated as Federal President, her unpopularity endured and the idea received little support. Halsey herself expressed no interest in returning to Federal politics, and became involved in peace activism and decided to relocate to the Alliance. Meanwhile, her account of her experiences was widely accepted by the galactic community, though some questions remained unanswered, such as how Starship One was destroyed, and some suspected that not all the details had been disclosed. Halsey's strongest critics accused her of treason and deliberately orchestrating her disappearance so that she could more easily defect to the Alliance with vital Federal intelligence, as she had become an advisor to Alliance Prime Minister Edmund Mahon by April 3304. Halsey has dismissed such claims as being too obviously out of character for her, citing her efforts on behalf of conflict refugees and her condemnation of the Federal-Imperial cold war in the Pleiades Nebula.[5]

TimelineEdit

29 AUG 3304

  • As the date of Princess Aisling Duval's cancelled wedding to Federal Ambassador Jordan Rochester passed without comment from either party, Jasmina Halsey remarked that the collapse of their engagement was a "lost opportunity for long-term peace".[7]

13 JUL 3304

  • Following the announcement of the date of the wedding of Princess Aisling Duval and Federal Ambassador Jordan Rochester, Jasmina Halsey stated: "I am very enthusiastic about the opportunities for peace that this marriage will bring. This relationship symbolises a new era of amity that will benefit all of humanity."[8]

19 APR 3304

  • Independent journalist Chukwuma Grant profiles Jasmina Halsey, who has become an advisor to Alliance Prime Minister Edmund Mahon.[1]

27 OCT 3303

  • Halsey commented on the withdrawal of Federal and Imperial forces from the Pleiades:[9]

I would like to believe that the Federation and Empire have learned from this experience, but I suspect they have not. But I promise you that I will continue to help those affected by such conflicts, for as long as I am able.

— Source

20 SEP 3302

  • Breaking her silence, Halsey described a vision she experienced:

I saw a place of extraordinary beauty. A paradise. It was truly wonderful. This was no dream – it was a glimpse of something very real. We must find this place. It could be our future.

— Source

  • The peculiar nature of her "vision" caused some to question if she had fully recovered.[10]

29 JUL 3302

  • Halsey made her first public appearance since her discharge from the Clearwater Clinic psychiatric facility. When asked what her plans were for the future, she stated:

I know that many of you have been perplexed by my recent statements, but having reflected on my experiences, I have accepted that what I saw might not have been literally real. I do believe, however, that the message contained in those experiences is valid, and that I have a duty to share that message. As a species we have learned nothing from our history. We plundered the Earth for its treasures, treating it with callous indifference, and now we stumble blindly into space in pursuit of wealth and glory. And all the while we are heedless of the damage we cause. We remain a violent species, unable to cooperate, and we are therefore deprived of the prosperity that true peace would bring.

— Source

  • Halsey further surprised reporters by stating that she had recently met with Alliance Prime Minster Edmund Mahon, and that she would soon be relocating to a system within Alliance space.[4]

15 JUL 3302

  • Halsey was discharged from the Clearwater psychiatric centre, giving the following quote:

I would like to thank the staff of this fine institution for helping me during this troubled time. It's fair to say I haven't quite been myself recently, and I apologise wholeheartedly for any distress I might have caused.

— Source

[11] 28 APR 3302

  • Halsey issued appeals for exploration data to substantiate claims of super-intelligent beings that she encountered while drifting through space:

They are out there. I have seen them. We must put aside our petty differences and work together to establish contact. There is so much we could learn from them.

— Source

[12] 23 MAR 3302

  • Halsey was revived from an induced coma[13].

26 FEB 3302

  • Following a search effort for wreckage and escape pods from Starship One, Halsey's pod was among those recovered.

When we started searching for the remains of Starship One it was with the aim of discovering what happened to the ship. I never imagined we would find survivors, and certainly not that one of them would be Jasmina Halsey... The medical team at Leoniceno has described Halsey's condition as critical but stable. It appears her escape pod was damaged and she sustained some injuries, so she's being kept in an induced coma until her wounds have healed. This is likely to take weeks. If her condition changes I will be immediately notified.

— Zachary Hudson, President of the Federation[3]

02 JUN 3301

  • Following a vote of no confidence, the missing Jasmina Halsey lost the presidential title. Zachary Hudson became the new President of the Federation.[2]

26 MAY 3301

  • Spaceflight One, which President Halsey and Vice President Naylor were on board, went missing after entering hyperspace. Secretary of State Felicia Winters became Acting President.[14]

28 APR 3301

  • In an attempt to 'build stronger links' with Federal frontier systems, Halsey announced that she would be undertaking a Presidential tour where she would meet with their leaders and discuss what Sol can do to better support them. Oddly, 78 Ursae Majoris was included in the tour plan, despite it having voted to leave the Federation over a month ago.[15]

25 MAR 3301

  • Congress decided to withdraw the Federal Navy from Lugh.[16]

24 MAR 3301

  • The Crimson State Group took control of Hartsfield Market in Lugh, the station with the master controls of Lugh’s military defence network. In a debate in Federal Congress, Halsey faced difficult questions from members of both parties over her mishandling of the Federation’s interests such as the ban on onionhead, the loss of frontier systems, and the Lugh war.[17]

23 MAR 3301

  • The Federation received false intelligence that Éamonn Uí Laoghire, leader of the Crimson State Group, was aboard an unarmed refugee convoy near Lugh 6. Halsey ordered Federal pilots to attack the convoy. An estimated 9,322 innocent Federal civilians died in the attack. Halsey's approval rating fell to 26% and Shadow President Hudson swore there would be an investigation into the attack.[18]

20 MAR 3301

  • Halsey Honours Heroes. Despite the actions of undercover operatives acting on behalf of the Crimson State Group aboard Hartsfield Market, the Federation continues to dominate the skies of Lugh. Today President Halsey honours those heroes who have made the greatest contribution to the war effort. Among them: Lugh’s top gun, Commander Nightwulf, who has managed to singlehandedly remove almost 14,000 enemy combatants from the field of battle. Khaka’s top logistics officer, Commander Darius Torkalar, who has personally shipped in 3000 tonnes of weapons into the area.[19]

19 MAR 3301

  • A major blow to Halsey's plan to suppress the rebellion in Lugh came when Core Dynamics further postponed the maiden flight of the FNS Nevermore following an embarrassing systems failure. During a weapons test, its systems opened fire on Hudson Dock instead of the target drone ship. This caused the station to automatically fire back. The result was dozens of deaths and hundreds of millions of credits worth of damage to both structures.[20]

13 MAR 3301

04 FEB 3301

  • The Federation withdrew all forces from Kappa Fornacis, after an aid operation. Georgio Algeria was defiant, saying their aid efforts were "just window dressing. They bully us, they burn us, now they try to buy us. Well we ain’t scared and we ain’t for sale. We say what happens on Panem, and we say Onionhead will live on!" [22]

11 JAN 3301

  • To quell calls for her resignation, Halsey gave a carefully worded speech designed to soften the rift between her and Admiral Vincent of the Federal Navy, a friend of Shadow President Hudson.[23]

10 JAN 3301

  • Bombing of Panem in the Kappa Fornacis system resumed. Unlike the firebombs of the first Fedaral Navy attack, which caused controversial collateral damage, this attack utilised genetically engineered biocides targeted specifically to destroy the onionhead crop.[24]

06 JAN 3301

  • Sales and prices of onionhead reached an all time high. Congressmen were angry at the publicity the drug had received from Halsey's announcements. 'Oniongate' protests continued.[25]

16 DEC 3300

  • Halsey declared that the "Onionhead" narcotic would be illegal in Federation space due to her concern about its effect on the Federation's youth.[26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 GalNet: Peace in Her Time: A Profile of Jasmina Halsey
  2. 2.0 2.1 Zachary Hudson Becomes the New President of the Federation
  3. 3.0 3.1 Community Goal: The Search for Starship One
  4. 4.0 4.1 Galactic News: Jasmina Halsey Returns to Public Life
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Elite Dangerous Knowledge Base > Individuals > Jasmina Halsey
  6. Elite Dangerous Knowledge Base > The Guardians
  7. GalNet: The Silence of Aisling Duval
  8. GalNet: Details of Aisling Duval's Wedding Announced
  9. Galactic News: Halsey Comments on End of Cold War
  10. Galactic News: Halsey Shares Her Vision
  11. Galactic News: Jasmina Halsey Discharged
  12. Community Goal: Jasmina Halsey Appeals for Exploration Data
  13. Galactic News: Jasmina Halsey to be Revived
  14. Galnet reports from the day Spaceflight One went missing
  15. President Halsey Announces Tour of Frontier Systems Tour of Frontier Systems Set to Begin Shortly
  16. Navy Withdraws from Lugh – Fighting Continues
  17. Galnet reports from the day Hartsfield Market fell
  18. Galnet reports from the day of the strike on the Federal Refugees
  19. Halsey Honours Heroes, 20 March 3301
  20. The Nevermore Not Ready for Duty
  21. Galnet reports from the day Halsey declared war on the Crimson State Group
  22. Federation Withdraws from Panem
  23. Federal President Clarifies Approach to Onionhead
  24. Bombing of Panem Resumes
  25. Secret Federal Anger now Onionhead Sales at all Time High
  26. Federal President Declares Plant an Illegal Narcotic
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Eventually Antonia Madison President of the Federation Zachary Hudson