Otto al-Kara (formally: Ottoman Karainagar Rangpur Dravidia Ertuğrul Kara) is an anti-Imperial terrorist, and a member of the Rangpuri Diaspora. He has vowed to cause havoc for the Imperial government as vengeance for the Empire's refusal to allow Rangpur to secede from the Empire, and for the genocidal warcrime of Operation Quell, which destroyed every planet in the Rangpur system.
al-Kara employs guerrilla warfare tactics with a clear intent of damaging Imperial infrastructure, stealing Imperial funds, ruining Imperial galactic trade networks, and shaming or otherwise demeaning the Imperial Government. al-Kara is notedly against violence and the attacking innocents, stating after a recent attack, "If I said that I hate the Empire before turning around and shooting Imperials, I wouldn't be doing a favour to any Rangpuris. I don't want to hurt people. I want to hurt the government." He went on to state, "Anybody who stands between me and the Empire will take a bullet. If you're deluded enough to protect the people who would kill you without a second thought, you don't deserve a high life-expectancy."
Born to Ertuğrul and Khaima Kara, Otto spent his childhood in Rangpur space. He enlisted in the Imperial Army to help pay for university, and spent his time as a shock trooper fighting outlaws in various outlying areas of Empire space.
al-Kara's second tour kept him along the Eelami-Dravidian DMZ, where he spent most of his downtime studying Galactic history, particularly involving the Principality of Eelam and their relations with the Empire. He began a public lifelog on the Stream to show the day in the life of a soldier on the DMZ, and although it received little attention overall (only 1-3 million views on average), he garnered many sympathizers and friends through his public persona.
Involvement in the Republic of Rangpur
Upon his return to Rangpur after his second tour, al-Kara reunited with his family and personal friends as he began to attend a university in Rangpur's capital. When Otto left Rangpur, the Imperial Intellgentsia was preparing to send their proposition for succession; the eight years that al-Kara was away shackled the Rangpur system into martial law. al-Kara returned to his home with soldiers in the streets, under constant scrutiny for his nationality.
al-Kara went to a pro-secession protest at his university, as the group demanded an end to martial law. The group was quelled by shock troopers. On a local news report, al-Kara stated, "I could not believe it. We were a peaceful protest. We were a legal protest. I am a veteran of the Imperial Army and was shot at by my fellow soldiers. Where is the justice? This is not freedom."
After seeing the extent of Imperial control of Rangpur, al-Kara committed himself to the Republic of Rangpur, helping to form militia units and train soldiers with his knowledge of Imperial military tactics. He was quickly promoted to the Congress that was due to take over upon succession, and was given the ability to influence governmental decisions.
With great knowledge about the Eelami-Dravidian split, he suggested that the best transition the a new government was swift and sudden: to establish an immediate blockade around the border of the Rangpur solar system and destroy or capture critical infrastructure to Imperial military and communications operations. Furthermore, al-Kara insisted on as little violence as possible, which was largely unpopular among his peers. He argued that to resort to violence will immediately ruin the Republic's reputation, and they would be demonized as evil separatists - especially since there were many Rangpuris in the army - rather than freedom fighters. It was begrudgingly agreed that infrastructure targets must have very little collateral damage and casualties, and any prisoners captured must be given the option of integration into the Rangpur National Guard; if integration was refused, prisoners would be deported instead of held.
On the night of the rebellion, al-Kara served in a critical mission to sabotage the central relay station in the capital of Rangpur III. The plan was to destroy the tower at the same time as the other towers in the system in a simultaneous operation, essentially removing Rangpur's communication capabilities from Imperial space. During the mission, after locking down the facility, al-Kara found a transmission of naval troop movement of a large fleet of battleships moving into the system.
Against orders, he took part of his unit and left the planet, quickly intercepting the Imperial navy ships under false pretense of an inspection from the capital. They apprehended the bridge of the flagship - the battleship - as the relay stations were taken offline, and demanded the other ships surrender or be fired upon. A small conflict ensued, but the resolution was swift with few casualties. This action gained the Republic a large additional fleet of ships to form the blockade, and al-Kara was hailed as a hero, being made commander of the fleet he captured.
The Quell and the Diaspora
Like many in the Republic, Otto al-Kara was unprepared for the blitz of the Empire. He was on shore-leave, planetside with his wife in the capital, when the call came in that the blockade was being destroyed, and a massive ship was destroying outlying planets. He hurried to organize his men. His fleet was already completely destroyed, and many of the soldiers in his command were out of communication, either from desertion, due to combat, or already dead.
al-Kara placed a full retreat to his soldiers and the Congress. He gathered his family along with his wife's and sought passage from the capital on an interstellar vessel. During the boarding process, planetary bombardment began. Their transport vessel took severe damage before take-off, and out of atmosphere, the hull was breeched, and al-Kara's wife and family were lost to space. He was able to reach a life-raft before the engines went critical; al-Kara boarded a new vessel, and was able to escape as the Caustos destroyed the capital. He relocated to the outlying territories of Imperial space as part of the Rangpuri Diaspora, and kept a low profile until the Commonwealth's war with the Empire.
Otto al-Kara is presently on the run from the Imperial government as a criminal, and has vowed vengeance for the Empire's actions in Rangpur. While not officially aligned with the Commonwealth, most of his actions benefit them, and he has received support, weapons, and intel in his efforts against the Empire.
Otto al-Kara was last seen in the Nanda system, a region that was handed back to the Empire as part of the treaty to end the war. al-Kara seeks to liberate these people to the Commonwealth by destroying critical infrastructure in the solar system with a small group of insurgents. He currently has a 50bil paiza reward on him, dead or alive.
- Najima Dezetoiles