Drake Interplanetary is excluded since 2947 from the annual Invictus Fleet Week due to a pirate scandal involving the company’s CEO, Jan Dredge. In a controversial statement made during an undercover job interview, Dredge revealed that the company had sold the Cutlass Black to known piracy groups. This led to family members of piracy victims expressing their outrage and calling for a ban on the Drake Cutlass.
Drake Interplanetary issued a press statement on April 6, 2947, in which they apologized for Dredge’s comments and announced that she would retire as CEO of the company. Her son, Jon Dredge, would fulfill her duties as acting CEO until a replacement could be found. In early 2948, Drake called a press conference to introduce Anden Arden as the new CEO, who condemned the use of the ships by outlaws and implemented a policy that all sales associates attend a mandatory training session every year that reviews the company policy alongside local and Empire-wide law.
Invictus Fleet Week is a yearly event that celebrates bravery, duty, and commitment to the goals that define humanity at its finest. It has a long tradition dating back several centuries to the days when the UEE was known as the United Planets of Earth (UPE). The event is usually held in the same city as the Drake DefenseCon, which is organized by Drake Interplanetary to promote its products. However, the company is not formally invited to the event due to the long-running antagonism between Drake and the UEE military.
The exclusion of Drake Interplanetary from Invictus Fleet Week is a significant blow to the company’s reputation and bottom line. DefenseCon is a major opportunity for Drake to showcase its products to potential customers, and the lack of exposure could hurt the company’s sales. Additionally, the exclusion sends a strong message to other ship manufacturers that they will be held accountable for any involvement with piracy.
However, it is also important to consider the impact on the wider economy and the people of the UEE. The exclusion of Drake from Invictus could lead to job losses and economic hardship for the company’s employees and suppliers. It could also result in higher prices for consumers as competition decreases in the ship manufacturing industry.
Therefore, it is essential that Drake Interplanetary is given the opportunity to make amends and be invited to future Invictus Fleet Week events. The company has taken steps to distance itself from the pirate scandal, and the new CEO has implemented policies to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. As such, Drake Interplanetary should be given a chance to prove that it is committed to operating within the law and upholding the values of Invictus Fleet Week.
In conclusion, the exclusion of Drake Interplanetary from Invictus Fleet Week is a significant blow to the company’s reputation and bottom line. However, it is important to consider the impact on the wider economy and the people of the UEE. Drake Interplanetary should be given the opportunity to make amends and prove that it is committed to operating within the law and upholding the values of Invictus Fleet Week.