The return of the Monitor heralded the end of Coulomb’s long isolation. As a Crown Colony of the long-dead Leodal States, Coulomb belonged to the nation that had inherited most of the old States-Concord Prime. The largest of the three sectors donated to create the Concord, Prime includes most of the old Leodal States within its territory. It’s legally recognized as the successor state to the older nation, and now controls a handful of colonies such as Coulomb across known space.
The Ngongwes recognized that the arrival of the Concord could break their hold on Coulomb, and they immediately petitioned to secede, hoping to retain their independence. The Concord is intent on keeping its claim at Coulomb and cleaning up the corrupt Ngongwe government. However, Austrin-Ontis has taken up the banner of Coulombian independence. This is a very unusual development, since Austrin-Ontis was principally responsible for the defeat of the Leodal States in GW2. Same Verge locals suspect that Austrin-Ontis is looking to pick up spoils of war from its victory in the conflict, while others say that the stellar corporation is trying to get even with the Concord for its interference in the Algemron system. In any event, the Austrin-Ontis are watching carefully to make sure that the Concord plays by the rules in its dealings with Coulomb.
The Concord must deal with Lady Kfira Ngongwe (HI/ Coulomb/DFA-3) as an independent head of state, and Lady Kfira is doing everything she can to make the Concord leave her alone. Beneath the Ngongwe aristocracy, thousands of common Coulombians agitate vociferously for the end of the Ngongwe dynasty and reunification with the closest thing to their old patron stellar nation. The Coulombians are tired of pouring their money into Ngongwe’s coffers, and they’re convinced that they’d be better off without their current government. Meanwhile, Austrin-Ontis mercenaries are appearing on Ohmel, helping Lady Ngongwe to keep her increasingly restive population under control.