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We have portraits of all the other leaders to accompany the articles - only Grom remains. I have no idea what to expect. The man is more than half myth. Marcus and I sit in the lobby drinking tea that tastes vaguely of gunpowder and spices. The word comes through: Grom does not want to be photgraphed on the mocked-up throne we had in mind. He will stand in front of the station viewport, with EG Prime ganging in space behind him.
The cameras are ready. They have been ready for an hour. Without warning, Grom strides in. The makeup crew approach but he waves them away. He glances at their creams and paints. Then he's advancing on me, angry. "I do not hide these," he says, gesturing to the medals on his chest, "so why should I hide these?" He points to his scarred face.
I splutter something about not meaning to offend him, but he gives me a slap on the back that jostles my vertebrae, and lets out a laugh that could crack glass. I have never felt more out of my depth in my life.

— Carmine Renarde, GalNet News Agency photographer[1]

Yuri Grom is the self-proclaimed Dictator of the EG Pilots, an independent faction based out of Euryale that formed from breakaway elements of the Federation. Grom led the EG Pilots, then only a minor faction, to victory in the Dangerous Games of 3302, establishing himself as a major Power on the galactic stage.

Grom began his rise to prominence as an admiral in the Federal Navy, but retired after becoming disillusioned with the pervasive corruption with the Federation. His departure had coattails, as a number of Federal pilots fiercely loyal to him also resigned and helped him create the EG Pilots. As a result, many within Federation leadership continue to disparage him as a traitor.

Biography

Yuri Grom was born in 3256. He voluntarily cut short a promising career as a Federal admiral on the path to becoming an instructor and retired on ideological grounds in 3301; though he never discussed his decision, it is widely believed that he had become disgusted with apparent corruption prevalent in the upper echelons of the Federation. Some Federal pilots resigned alongside Grom in order to continue serving under him. Grom's retirement came as a shock to Federal command, and a complete account of his departure has never been publicly released.[1]

As the Dictator of the EG Pilots of Euryale, Grom has developed a reputation as shrewd conqueror and highly charismatic leader who inspires deep loyalty in his subjects. This has been attributed to his penchant for negotiation, as well as his strict adherence to tenets of honor and fair rules of war. Some say that Grom has persuaded entire settlements to surrender to him without any bloodshed.[1]

While Grom has gained a measure of respect among the Empire and the Alliance, he is publicly reviled by Federal President Zachary Hudson and Federal military leadership as a traitor and insurrectionist. The rank and file of the Federal military do not share these views, however, and although Grom's writings and broadcasts are banned, it is rumored that small groups of Grom followers persist.[1]

Timeline

26 JUL 3305

  • EG Pilots announced their separation from Yuri Grom as their Power[2] leaving his assets under management of the other members of the ZYADA paramilitary alliance. 

22 MAR 3304

  • Yuri Grom announces an initiative to construct a shipyard in the CPC 20 6743 system. The shipyard will provide new Farragut Battle Cruisers to bolster humanity's defenses against the Thargoids.[3]

27 OCT 3302

  • With the EG Pilots victorious in the Dangerous Games, Yuri Grom becomes the latest Power in the galaxy. Formerly an admiral in the Federation, Grom left the faction and later came into conflict with them at Euryale. He has since become dictator of the fiercely loyal EG Pilots.[4]

Quotes

Freedom among the Stars.

— Yuri Grom's personal slogan

To smuggle is to steal from your State, and thus from every law-abiding citizen, whose interests it protects.

— Yuri Grom - Dictator of Euryale

Freedom does not mean Anarchy. Unyielding, lawful rule is crucial to the principle that one man’s freedom ends where another man's freedom begins.

— Yuri Grom - Dictator of Euryale

Progress in mankind's development is inevitable, but it is imperative that we prevent the lust for innovation from jeopardizing the successes of our past.

— Yuri Grom - Dictator of Euryale

Though narcotics are an absolute evil, we should not fight them with prohibition, but by improving man’s quality of life. A contented, free citizen has no desire to indulge.

— Yuri Grom - Dictator of Euryale

Slavery, the violation of our most basic right to freedom, is unacceptable in modern society. However, Imperial slaving traditions are different – their citizens choose this fate, we should respect their customs.

— Yuri Grom - Dictator of Euryale

Trivia

  • Yuri Grom is the first player-created Power in Elite Dangerous.
  • Yuri Grom was named after legendary soviet cosmonaut and the first human in space - Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Elite Dangerous Knowledge Base > Individuals > Yuri Grom
  2. Frontier Forums: EGP
  3. GalNet: EG Union Campaign
  4. Galactic News: Yuri Grom Takes the Stage
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