GALILEO: Shipping insurance giant IC has once again raised premium on cargoes traveling through the Independent Worlds. Company executives claim that without additional military protection they can no longer assume the cost of lost cargo, given the current rate structure. They also specifically cited the inability of the Kusari military to properly secure the safety of vessels near the Shikoku Jump Gate. The Kusari government and Samura condemned the action, asserting that Liberty criminals inhabiting those areas were responsible for the bulk of the recent insured losses.

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