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Subspace Static - 208.21  [Recruit]

Pompeii

A number of small SMS ground parties have been destroyed by pirate Pompeii when the outpost they were forming up in came under artillery attack.
With the Starbase still in Pirate hands, questions are starting to be asked regarding just how much longer this large pirate Starbase will remain in Imperial space.

War of Words
A fresh war of words has erupted between the FLZ and FEL, with a number of hints being dropped as to a potential Felini intent to invade the Twilight peninsula. A plan that with all the scouting recently, surely comes as no surprise to the FLZ.

Prisoners
The Detinus Republic have announced they are nearing the completion of their prisoner repatriation scheme, with large numbers of captured Imperial-Bloc prisoners being safely returned to their homes and families.
A number of Flagritz and Dewiek prisoners are awaiting repatriation, and the FLZ and DEN authorities are requested to contact DTR Porta Capella to make arrangements for their safe return.
Dominion prisoners are being repatriated to civilian populations on Yank, since that organisation ceased to exist.
Sources within the DTR Foreign Ministry have denied that the Foreign Minister, Cassius Jerusalem has taken to referring to the repatriation scheme as ‘Project Airlock’.

AFT Losses
As reported last week the AFT have taken more damage at the hands of the Wolfpack mercs, with the following list of kills:

AFT Sodoff (26520) - Ship
Explorer Class Interceptor {No Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!

AFT Butterfly (49776) - Ship
Carrier Class Freighter {No Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!

AFT Scamp (29764) - Ship
Explorer Class Interceptor {No Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!

AFT Sikotic (78323) - Ship
Broadsword Class Sensor Ship {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 70.0
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!

AFT Mental (95968) - Ship
Caravel Class Fast Freighter {No Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!

AFT Freetrade II (64846) - Ship
Free Trader Gx Class Fast Freighter {No Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!

AFT Freetrade III (61653) - Ship
Free Trader Gx Class Fast Freighter {No Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!

AFT Skippy (88281) - Ship
Explorer Class Interceptor {No Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!

AFT - Outpost
Targeted by PIRATE Wolfpack (212) - 9186 [12000] Damage
AFT - Outpost
Targeted by PIRATE Wolfpack (44040) - 7182 [8400] Damage
AFT - Outpost
Targeted by PIRATE Wolfpack (1309) - 6631 [8400] Damage
AFT - Outpost
Targeted by PIRATE Wolfpack (58602) - 7804 [10200] Damage

AFT - Starbase
Scints: 17.6 Shields: 67733(12.4)
Targeted by PIRATE Wolfpack (65862) - 2731 [3600] Damage
Targeted by PIRATE Wolfpack (79910) - 1404 [1800] Damage
Targeted by PIRATE Wolfpack (83070) - 2119 [3000] Damage

Curiously nobody has yet stated where these attacks against AFT interests have been taking place, with the Wolfpack Mercs refusing to answer our questions. And indeed they censored the names of the outposts and Starbase that was attacked. This has lead to speculation that the attacks occurred in a restricted system somewhere, the name of which both the AFT and Wolfpack Mercs have an interest in keeping secret.
There has been no official comment from the AFT.

Piracy
The SMS Starbase Rockall in the Inferno system has been attacked by a pirate scouting party. Strategic analysts suggest the pirates might be scouting SMS bases looking to see if they might have stripped all of their defences from somewhere in order to attempt to recapture Pompeii.

Flagritz On the Move
A single Flagritz warship, HK-BSHC Bisark – a Broadsword Class heavy cruiser – has launched a daring one-ship strike against the Felini outpost Wytchwood, somewhere in the Battlefield system.
Despite apparently being in the notoriously inefficient default Broadsword configuration, the Bisark was able to launch a successful attack, doing heavy damage to the outpost. Unfortunately for the Flagritz, according to our IGN reporter stationed with the Felini authorities in-system, the attack only destroyed 5 empty caves, as the outpost was mostly empty at the time.
However, given the attack occurred during one of the periodic loss of communication blackouts that occur throughout the Peripheries on occasion, the Felini authorities are understood to be reconsidering their position with regards to not launching operations of their own during such blackouts.

Prisoner Of War
Confidential sources have confirmed that a major Falconian political figure has indeed been captured by the Flagritz Empire as rumoured a few weeks ago.

Allegiance
There has been a strange allegiance shift observed above SMS Whitegold this week, when a Flagritz Courier class freighter with a non-standard configuration and Falconian crew, started flying Imperial flags.
Anybody who can explain the story is invited to contact the IGN/SSS newsroom.

** Periphery Classifieds **

Wanted
19 Light Organic Hull mkII
QNG Big BUZZ
aka old.gandy
<law;-}

RIP Pirate Facilities Back In operation
It is with great pleasure that I announce this 'relaunch' of the RIP Prisoner Repatriation Service operated from RIP Quick Snack in Yank.
Though the service has never been officially unavailable... this relaunch gives me the opportunity to increase the renumeration available to you, the enlightened client.
Use the service, release those prisoners, feel better about life in general as you ensure that your duty has been done!
Obviously, while you are nearby... pop into the [CENSORED] Room for a lovely, refreshing, Iced Tea... they are two for the price of one!
RIP GT Spugman.
All Round Nice Guy.

Contact Requests
Could those who have not yet done so please contact the office of the FET Director, as his address book was wiped clean by an over-enthusiastic Naplian with a large magnet.

*****
Contacts:
Editor: Simon Field - sss [dot] editor [at] googlemail [replacetoavoidspamdot] com

Subspace Static - 208.22  [Recruit]

Wolfpack

More hurt for the AFT this week as a single Wolfpack barrage ship did heavy damage to one of their mining facilities.
The AFT outpost Sarillian, located in the Aladdin system, escaped destruction when the pirate vessel withdrew. Several other outposts and bases on the planet observed the attack, but were unable to open fire as the pirates launched their railgun barrage from over the horizon.

Wolfpack
Three further AFT outposts have fallen to the Wolfpack, this time to their ground assault troops. One of the outposts is understood to have been a highly valuable Collidium mine.
AFT forces responded and opened fire on the captured outposts, much to the glee of the Wolfpack mercs who considered this to be the AFT doing their job of destruction for them. Six AFT employees were killed in the strike, along with one pirate ground party of unknown size that was withdrawing from the scene of the crime.
The Wolfpack Mercs have refused to comment on the extent of their losses. Which leads us to conclude that the operation must have been a humiliating defeat for them.

Pirate Large Changes Career
Disturbing news this week as it seems Pirate Large might have launched a singing career. We can only hope this is not true. Hope and pray. And sacrifice to the gods themselves if need be.

Pirate Destroyed
The pirate vessel Ghost Of Pegasus, a Ghost Class Scout has been destroyed by the FET. The Ghost Of Rebellion was spotted at the same time, but managed to escape.

Piracy
Captain Blood, a new member of the pirating fraternity, is reporting his first success this week, having taken an Imperial freighter with his flagship the Bloody Mary.
Barely pausing for breath, Captain Blood promptly offered the ship for sale, much to the offence of the Imperial Services, who would like to remind everybody that dealing with pirates is an offence under Imperial Law.

Pompeii
No news this week from Pompeii, where the pirates continue to sit tight. Interestingly though the base is still operating as a Starbase, and our reporters suggest that the factories are operating at full capacity, churning out ever more re-enforcements for the pirate horde.

**Special Report – Rebirth**

The crusty pond surface rippled as a slimy tentacle emerged from the primordial sludge. The questing appendage tentatively probed the edge of the pond finally gripping a stone secure enough to use as a hold.
Slowly, the filthy pear-shaped monster dragged its bloated body through the slime and lay exhausted in the mud.
Something was wrong, terribly wrong and the monster began to regain its strength enough to skitter away from the disgusting pond. As it moved, it noticed a reflection near by and began moving toward it.
When the shine was a meter away, the monster realized it was clear water so it hurried forward for a drink....
In an odd flexing of the tentacle, it appeared from a distance that the creature was trying to "cup" its "hands". The horrifying screech that came from the monster's "mouth" was almost pitiful enough for a
Human bystander to feel sorry for the thing... Of course, there were no humans in this place...only monsters.
Lord Goth looked down at his reflection and nearly wept. Surely, he deserved punishment for some of the things he may have done in a previous life...but not this. Then, in his typical sour grapes mentality, Lord Goth decided that being Human was over rated and that maybe he was actually reborn to a higher life form!!! Hmmm, time to kick some Felini ass....

**Periphery Classifieds**

Troops Wanted
Greetings,
I am looking to purchase 2000 soldiers of any racial type. I can arrange transport. Anyone wishing to sell them to me can contact me
privately with a price.
Evan Merrick, AFT

We Don’t Want No Stinking Prisoners
Would Port Capella contact me and explain why I would want any Dewiek prisoners back?
DEN PD MaiChiKwai

Wanted
The Iron Breth'ern are interested in acquiring several cryo-interfaces, mk II, or even mk III, if such exist. Also would be interested is a whole bunch (say 120+) thrust engines, mk III. Would also consider buying a blueprint for the latter, iffen it's not too dear! Pleas pm us with details. Master ib Kl'kkl'kk

Contact Request
Could the Governor of SMS Whitegold please contact the Iron Breth'ren (QNG) privately. Email to Kantnerrocs @ webbwireless.com (no spaces), or on the Nexus forum under Master ib Kl'kkl'kk. Thanks!

Contact Request
Kourdda
Could the affiliation that now runs the base Ves Tumaan on Leffingwell in the Tycoon system please get in contact.
Many thanks
Listens to Voices
Mohache Nootka

DTR Home Systems Patrol Travel Advisory
Would the captain of the IMP vessel New Ship (23949) a 2 light-hulled Flea Class Sensor ship currently residing in quadrant Beta 15 of the Arachnid System please be informed that his lost car keys are probably in Delta 15.
DTR Home Systems Patrol: The Best Breakdown Service In The Peripheries.

Letter to the Editor
Sir,
I must protest at your unfair treatment of the RIP in the latest issue of your, usually excellent, publication.
Once again you have censored reports of the [censored] Room and it's special offer of two Iced Teas for the price of one...
However, this time you have taken a step further into editorial daliance by suggesting that the RIP are engaged in illegal Pirate activity!
The SSS and the IGN used to be bastions of truth and enlightenment... how the mighty have fallen!
RIP GT Spugman

Response From SSS/IGN Legal Department
From: The Legal Department
To: RIP GT Spugman.
CC: Public Comms Channels.
Sir,
As you correctly noticed, any mention of your Jiggly Iced Tea will be excluded from future publication in the SSS. We do not consider 'Jiggly Iced Tea 2 of 1' coupons to be legal tender for payment of your past advertising invoices in the SSS. Despite repeated requests for you to remit payment, you have ignored all attempts by our office to settle this debt. Until this debt is satisfied, no further advertising will be permitted. The current amount owed, with interest currently stands at 76231 Stellars. If we have to refer your account to collections, attorneys fees will be added. Please resolve this issue immediately by sending payment.
Thank you for your attention in this matter,
SSS Accounts Receivable

******
Contacts:
Editor: Simon Field - sss [dot] editor [at] googlemail [replacetoavoidspamdot] com

Subspace Static - 208.23  [Recruit]

Rockall

A major pirate assault was launched this week against the SMS Starbase Rockall in the Inferno system.
At first light of dawn 12,500 trained pirate troops, including nearly 8000 elite startroopers, stormed towards the Rockall defences under the Pirate Kaswolf banner. They were supported by upwards of 3500 light tanks, and 1 slightly confused looking Kastorian crewmember.
Stunned SMS defenders rallied quickly, manning their defensive gun emplacements, and inflicted a humiliating defeat upon the attacking pirates.
Initial reports indicate that before the pirates had even closed with the Starbase, withering defensive fire tore their assault formations apart, inflicting horrifying casualties. With the thought of what had recently happened in Pompeii clearly in their minds, the SMS troops continued firing long after the attacking pirates had been exterminated to a man.
Our reporters have viewed the battlefield littered with broken and twisted wreckage and blown apart pirates, and after having examined footage of the engagement, it is clear that the pirates were trained troops that had been provided by some major affiliation with a clear axe to grind against the SMS.
It is unknown if Pirate Large was behind this attack, but it certainly bares all of the hallmarks of his involvement. It is noteable that the troops involved in this attack were not the same as the 40,000 marines who took Pompeii, which brings estimates of the total trained military manpower Pirate Large can muster to over 100,000 troops.
Speculation is rife, as there are not exactly many Periphery powers that can deploy this sort of level of military power.

Wolfpack 72 : AFT 0

Another AFT outpost has been captured by the Wolfpack mercs. An undefended facility somewhere on Donna in the Lewis system fell when a pirate assault force of unknown size attacked. No report has been received from the 80 employees who worked there.
Reports are circulating that the outpost was retaken by elements from the Imperial I.R.F. but that on their arrival the pirates had stripped and dismantled the entire facility and mysteriously disappeared, along with the 80 employees.

Disease
Officers from the department of Communicable Diseases this week have been investigating claims that the infamous RIP Jiggly Room is at the centre of a massive outbreak of the dreaded Black Finger plague, victims of which die in horrible pain as their brains quite literally explode through their eye sockets.
The management of the Jiggly Room have made no comment to the press regarding this outbreak, but our reporters have seen with their own eyes many dripping body bags being quietly disposed of down the sewers round the back of the establishment.

FLZ Attack
The Flagritz Empire have launched a raid in the Skye system against Felini assets. According to reports from the Felini, the FLZ raiders split into two forces, the larger of which was engaged by FEL defensive platforms and system patrol forces, while the smaller went on to engage Felini targets across three planets.
Three vessels were destroyed during the initial skirmish, a FLZ Ti’cl-rana class destroyer and gun boat, and a FEL Jester Class Carrier.
Having moved into orbit the FLZ bombarded some FEL outposts, inflicting light to moderate damage, before withdrawing as FEL forces moved in to attempt a blockade.
It is understood a further FLZ vessel was destroyed during this phase of the battle, one of their ex-DNA Ambush Class destroyers.
Felini analysts have released data showing that hull losses were running almost 3 to 1 in their favour across the engagement, though they admit having taken undisclosed damage to outposts, ships and the platforms. It seems likely that this battle can be considered a draw, although Whitefang k’sshall of the Skye System Defence Forces has been quoted in the press as saying, 'Its true this new tactic of the FLZ of attacking targets capable of shooting back took some of the council by surprise, I understand they are unsure whether this marks a change of policy or merely a mistake on there part, for my self I was glad to finally make my weapons of use to the Tyranny'.
At the same time the Flagritz Empire has described their losses as ‘minor’.

Zephyr
Reports have reached our newsroom from the Flagritz Empire that they have liberated the Zephyr system from the Felini with the destruction of the FEL Zephyr Liberation Force.

Wolfpack
We have yet more Wolfpack activity to report on, and honestly our reporters here at the IGN news-rooms are having a hard time keeping up with it all. Yet another AFT outpost is understood to have been captured in the Aladdin system, reduced to rubble and evacuated before an IMP attack force arrived.
Further, an AFT troop transport was ambushed and destroyed by over 20 pirate vessels. It is feared an entire battalion of AFT troopers was on-board when it was hit.
This brings the running total of AFT vessels destroyed by the Wolfpack to 23 - a number that has some significance amongst numerologists.
And as a follow-up to last weeks story, we have learnt that 18 pirates were killed during the AFT bombardment of their ex-outposts, along with 140 ex-employees.

Yank
Something has happened somewhere in Yank, about which we have no clue, however, the Falconian Empire has released the following footage that goes some way to explain events:
A very tired and weary Falconian spokesbird comes out to the press conference and confirms that yes, some bird brain forgot to clear the enemy lists when leaving his combat station on (censored) and engaged a FLZ ship as he came into Prodis for his routine maintenance. This of course caused the cascade effect that resulted in a very dead courier.
The FCN wishes to contact the local FLZ representative on private to open discussions on its immediate replacement.
The FCN would also like to make contact with the current FLZ leadership to discuss higher level issues as well.

**Periphery Classifieds**

Bad Debtors
It is not the position of this publication to name names, but the RIP still have not paid up the money they owe for advertising. Until the RIP submit payment to our accounts department, a subtle campaign of retribution will be waged in as mature a manner as possible by this publication.

Wanted
Cure for nasty plague needed, please contact RIP leadership ASAP.

******
Contacts:
Editor: Simon Field - sss [dot] editor [at] googlemail [replacetoavoidspamdot] com

Subspace Static - 208.24  [Recruit]

Wolfpack

In a curious development one of our roving Inter-Galactic News reporters is now embedded with the Wolfpack mercenary company, and can provide first-hand reports of their encounters.
His first report details an encounter between an AFT patrol and the Wolfpack at an as yet undisclosed location. (Our reporter has not yet negotiated full and unfettered access to the Wolfpack command deck of the vessel he is onboard.)
22 Wolfpack warships engaged a heavy patrol of 16 AFT warships.
The combat looks to have gone strongly in favour of the mercenaries with only one Wolfpack ship being lost, a 75 heavy hull broadsword. AFT losses stand at four 100 heavy hull ships, two 100 normal hull ships and a 50 normal hull support ship. With the high production costs of heavy hulls this looks to be quite a step backwards for the AFT fleet.
The single Wolfpack ship destroyed was the one responsible for the AFT outpost attack in Lewis two weeks ago, a broadsword configured for orbital bombardments.
The Wolfpack are understood to have quickly departed from the scene of the battle with no further casualties on either side.
We have been provided with sensor results on the destroyed vessels:

AFT Miscreant (60632) - Ship {100 Normal Hulls}
Faluka Class Capital Ship {Medium Ablative Armour}
BLOWN UP!

AFT Custoza (18042) - Ship {100 Heavy Hulls}
Hlq Battleship Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris

AFT Running Dog (90854) - Ship {100 Heavy Hulls}
Hlq Battleship Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris

AFT Royal Fortune (36760) - Ship {100 Heavy Hulls}
Hlq Battleship Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris

AFT ASS Nemesis (22161) - Ship {100 Normal Hulls}
Faluka Class Capital Ship {Medium Ablative Armour}
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris

AFT Grenadier (50558) - Ship {100 Heavy Hulls}
Sol Quick Response Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
BLOWN UP!

AFT Trading Up (57196) - Ship {50 Normal Hulls}
Free Trader Gx Class Fast Freighter {No Armour}
BLOWN UP!

Wolfpack - Barrage 75 (1228) - Ship {75 Heavy Hulls}
Broadsword Class Heavy Cruiser {Heavy Armour}
BLOWN UP!

Independent strategic analysts suggest this may have been the pride of the AFT standing battlefleet that has been destroyed, making this encounter a significant victory for the Wolfpack mercs.

Rockall
Silence continues regarding the identity of the pirate force that was slaughtered during the attack on Rockall last week. Speculation mounts that pirate Large himself may have been killed whilst leading the attack.
And by ‘leading’ we mean, ‘following along behind looking for some victims to abuse’.

Courier Destroyed
A Courier class freighter has been destroyed by a company of the Detinus Republic marines when it landed at DTR New Darien to trade. The Detinus authorities have offered to replace the RIP freighter and provide $500 to the families of each crewmember killed in the unfortunate incident.
The DTR authorities have asked us to remind captains throughout the Peripheries that it is usually not necessary to dock with a Starbase to conduct trade, and that almost all starbases prefer transactions to be carried out via their hiports from orbit, and that most will attack and destroy anybody who attempts to land.
It has been a while since the last attempted attack on a Starbase via such unscrupulous means of landing a freighter packed with weapons of mass destruction at the starport, but that does not mean it will never happen again.

Debris
A number of small Flagritz scoutships have been spotted breaking apart into debris fields recently. Rumours are circulating of there being a major design flaw in the ship class.

Pompeii
The bombardment of the ruined SMS outposts on the surface of Andshout by the pirate artillery continues for yet another week. By this point all of the complexes have been destroyed and the pirates are just churning up the debris in search of the last few battered survivors.

**Message From The Editor**

The Editor wants YOU to submit for interview purposes!
Would any and all characters prepared to take part in a short interview for the Inter-Galactic News, please contact the news-room.
Interviews are a little time-consuming from my perspective, as I have to try and think of some relevant questions for each participant, however they would be handy to have for slow news weeks. So, yes, please drop me a line if you’d like to participate.
Also, if anybody has any interesting SA results that they don’t mind being de-classified and shared via the newsletter… Just thinks that might provide some interesting colour to the world.
Finally, would there be any interest in my trying to interest Mica and David in an interview for the newsletter? If so, any questions you’d particularly like to have them answer? Again, drop me a line.
Simon.

******
Contacts:
Editor: Simon Field - sss [dot] editor [at] googlemail [replacetoavoidspamdot] com

Subspace Static - 208.25  [Recruit]

Pirate Large

FET patrol forces and the Security Director Mike Storm detected a major pirate base this week. The PIR Treasure Chest, located on a hidden asteroid in the Erasure system, was quickly identified as the major operating base of Pirate Large.
Upon entering orbit the FET strike fleet engaged and destroyed several pirate vessels:

PIRATE Treasure Chest (97346) - Outpost
Scints: 0.5 Shields: 1835(3.6)
Targeted by FET REO-Spacewagon (73085) - 1030 [1380] Damage
Targeted by FET Random Thought (82179) - 0 [0] Damage
Targeted by FET SS1-Victorius Intention (7100) - 6080 [5940] Damage
Targeted by FET SS1-Black Magic (14893) - 4022 [4320] Damage
Targeted by FET SS1-Dark Hunter (25081) - 3806 [4140] Damage
Attacking FET SS1-Black Magic (14893) - 122 [975] Damage
Attacking FET Red Racoon (12340) - 9343 [15345] Damage
PIRATE Saviour (84410) - Ship
Barge Class Freighter {No Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!
PIRATE Star Dreams (83275) - Ship
Broadsword Class Heavy Cruiser {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 67.6
Hull Damage: 69.5%
Targeted by FET Mundo Ruxor (14539) - 152 [300] Damage
Destroyed FET Rising Tide (64194) - 8081 [25500] Damage
Targeted by FET SS1-Primal Scream (59417) - 3553 [5940] Damage
Targeted by FET SS1-Vlad the Impaler (87339) - 3694 [6120] Damage
Targeted by FET SS1-Pirates Bane (35600) - 2925 [4860] Damage
Targeted by FET Red Racoon (12340) - 5602 [17100] Damage
Attacking FET Mundo Ruxor (14539) - 0 [0] Damage
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris
PIRATE Scary Canary (1024) - Ship
Deep Explorer Class Interceptor {No Armour}
Shields: 831(20.3)
Hull Damage: 10.1%
Docked non-combatant
PIRATE Explorer (2010) - Ship
Belter Class Destroyer {Medium Ablative Armour}
Armour: 58.1
Hull Damage: 5.3%
Docked non-combatant
PIRATE Bradley Stoke (4853) - Ship
Free Trader Class Heavy Cruiser {Medium Ablative Armour}
Armour: 54.4
Hull Damage: 0.9%
Docked non-combatant
PIRATE Boobie Rag (9545) - Ship
Ti'cl-rani Class Destroyer {Medium Armour}
Armour: 39.1
Hull Damage: 30.0%
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris
Docked non-combatant
PIRATE Vandel Hearts (19111) - Ship
Solo Class Troop Transport {Light Armour}
Armour: 40.0
Hull Damage: 13.0%
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris
Docked non-combatant
PIRATE 54 (42930) - Ground party
Docked non-combatant
PIRATE 51 (44398) - Ground party
Docked non-combatant
PIRATE Steven Rhodes (47831) - Ship
Deep Explorer Class Heavy Cruiser {Medium Armour}
Armour: 39.9
Hull Damage: 12.4%
Docked non-combatant
PIRATE 60 (76632) - Ground party
Docked non-combatant
PIRATE Revenge (99971) - Ship
Ti'cl-rani Class Destroyer {Medium Armour}
Armour: 39.7
Hull Damage: 17.9%
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris
Docked non-combatant
FET Mundo Ruxor (14539) - Ship
Broadsword Class Sensor Ship {Advanced Heavy Armour}
Armour: 120.0
Destroyed PIRATE Star Dreams (83275) - 152 [300] Damage
FET Red Racoon (12340) - Ship
Hoplon Class Capital Ship {Medium Ablative Armour}
Armour: 50.4 Scints: 18.7
Hull Damage: 40.7%
Targeted by PIRATE Treasure Chest (97346) - 9343 [15345] Damage
Destroyed PIRATE Star Dreams (83275) - 5602 [17100] Damage
FET Rising Tide (64194) - Ship
Hoplon Class Capital Ship {Medium Ablative Armour}
Armour: 29.5 Scints: 6.5 Shields: 0(0.0)
Hull Damage: 100.0%
Destroyed PIRATE Star Dreams (83275) - 8081 [25500] Damage
BLOWN UP!
FET REO-Spacewagon (73085) - Ship
Hoplon Class Capital Ship {Medium Ablative Armour}
Armour: 60.0 Scints: 18.7
Attacking PIRATE Treasure Chest (97346) - 1030 [1380] Damage
FET Random Thought (82179) - Ship
Hoplon Class Capital Ship {Medium Ablative Armour}
Armour: 60.0 Scints: 18.7
Attacking PIRATE Treasure Chest (97346) - 0 [0] Damage
FET SS1-Black Magic (14893) - Ship
Repulse Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 100.0 Scints: 12.2
Hull Damage: 0.0%
Targeted by PIRATE Treasure Chest (97346) - 122 [975] Damage
Attacking PIRATE Treasure Chest (97346) - 4022 [4320] Damage
FET SS1-Pirates Bane (35600) - Ship
Repulse Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 100.0 Scints: 18.4
Destroyed PIRATE Star Dreams (83275) - 2925 [4860] Damage
FET SS1-Rolling Thunder (44922) - Ship
Repulse Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 100.0 Scints: 18.4
Retreated from battle
FET SS1-Primal Scream (59417) - Ship
Repulse Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 100.0 Scints: 18.4
Destroyed PIRATE Star Dreams (83275) - 3553 [5940] Damage
FET SS1-Dark Hunter (25081) - Ship
Repulse Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 100.0 Scints: 18.4
Attacking PIRATE Treasure Chest (97346) - 3806 [4140] Damage
FET SS1-Valour and Justice (70609) - Ship
Repulse Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 100.0 Scints: 12.2
Retreated from battle
FET Mundo Gorger (61542) - Ship
Broadsword Class Sensor Ship {Advanced Heavy Armour}
Armour: 120.0
Retreated from battle
FET SS1-Victorius Intention (7100) - Ship
Repulse Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 100.0 Scints: 18.4
Hull Damage: 0.1%
Attacking PIRATE Treasure Chest (97346) - 6080 [5940] Damage
FET SS1-Vlad the Impaler (87339) - Ship
Repulse Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 100.0 Scints: 18.4
Destroyed PIRATE Star Dreams (83275) - 3694 [6120] Damage

An appeal for immediate assistance triggered a response from APTF forces who rushed to the scene, with both DTR and GTT vessels dropping into orbit the next day to help out the heavily engaged FET.

Despite the GTT ships failing to open fire for some reason, the combined DTR and FET bombardment was sufficient to knock out the rest of the pirate bases offensive capacity. While more ships, including DTR/IMP and SMS forces arrived in the orbital quadrant to blockade the base while a ground assault was considered.

However, this response was not fast enough, as a single Pirate ship, the Scary Canary, was detected on the edge of sensor range sneaking away as fast as possible. Sources in the criminal underworld suggest that this might have been Pirate Large himself making a rapid escape along with 200 of his fiercest pirates.

All went quiet for a day or two, when suddenly the pirate base erupted with a massive barrage of missiles against the DTR and FET ships in orbit. Desperate Detinus captains tried to manoeuvre away and return fire, as the FET ships that had been given orders not to fire on the pirate base, were caught during an overflight of the base. With over 300 missile launchers firing at each ship, heavy damage was inflicted, with an entire patrol squadron of six DTR warships being destroyed, with similar losses amongst the FET contingent.

It is at this point unknown how Pirate Large managed to reinforce the base so heavily in order to deliver this retaliatory strike, but vessels with MkIV cloaking devices are expected to have helped, with support from Pirate Larges major affiliation backer.

At time of press, a major reinforcement operation is underway, with large numbers of IMP, DTR and GTT vessels entering orbit to silence the pirate guns once again. However, initial indications from the battle are suggesting a disaster on a truly epic scale, with the pirate base managing to avoid taking heavy damage, whilst blasting huge chunks out of the attacking fleet – most of which appears to have sat around and been blown up without even returning fire.

Against all the odds, it seems as if Pirate Large has managed to turn the detection of his hidden asteroid base into a major victory.

Pompeii
The ongoing artillery bombardments that have roared across the surface of Andshout since the capture of Pompeii have finally ended this week as the guns fell silent. The SMS are reporting the destruction of the last of their mining facilities on the planet, with only the small orbital defence platform still sending transmissions as it watches down on Pompeii.
Regarding the recapture of Pompeii, reports indicate that a small Detinus Republic scouting party was recently destroyed as it attempted to close with the Starbase, fuelling rumours that a major DTR operation may be underway, though sources within the Anti Piracy Taskforce report that they are still having trouble securing sufficient troop commitments to retake the base.
Further it seems as if the factories of Pompeii are working 24/7 to churn out yet more defences for the pirates.

Wolfpack
Following on from last weeks reported attack, the Wolfpack mercs were able to withdraw successfully from their ambush against AFT warships, just before reinforcements arrived.

Imperial Navigation Failure
Rumours are beginning to circulate regarding failures in the Imperial navigation systems, with the following transmission being picked up by our news affiliate in the Kasmer system:
-channel open
-begin transmission
Spelmyst :
"Captains, set your course for Mycenae Sound and dock when you get there, Move out"
Fleet Commander :
"Sir, how do we get there? We're currently in the Kasmer system. Sir"
Spelmyst :
"Commander, are you telling me that NO ONE on board EITHER of your ships is a navigator?"
Fleet Commander :
"Sir, we expect detailed instruction on how you want us to get there. Sir"
Spelmyst :
"ok, here are your details. JUMP TO YANK AND DOCK AT MYCENAE SOUND! NOW DUMBASS!"
Spelmyst :
"AND ... If your navigator can't figure out how to do it. Then toss their useless ass out the nearest airlock and have the helmsman do. Now, your asses had best be parked in Mycenae Sound by the morning. Spelmyst OUT!"
-end transmission
-channel closed

There has been no official response from the Imperial authorities.

Trade Minister
The Imperial news are reporting that Duke Duke Githyanki has accepted the appointment to the Imperial Command Council as Trade & Commerce Minister.

Pirate Large
Two transmissions from Pirate Large himself has been made regarding the recent engagement:
“It be aye................ Pirate Large....................
Well it be an unusual few weeks for me boys, success followed by bein found in one o me palaces.
it be where me ships be moffballed aye, an i keeps a few of the cappans i as captured over thee past couple o yars, suffice to say they is dead n ung out the main gates.
anyways Pompeii be goin well, me boys as sent me a postcard sayin they is havin a good time, shaggin the local birds, gettin into trouble. well i as a sort o military police in me pirate ranks to try an keeps me boys n gals in check aye, an suicide Joe he is reportin that he had to bring ins 2 of me boys an stick em in the stocks.
I said "What me boys done thar Joe"
He says "One were caught eatin gun powder an the other were eatin batteries"
I Says " What you do wiv em mate"
He Say " I charged one and let the other one off"
Ahahrrgghhhh...........................
anyways i isn prepared to tell yee too much at this stage, but bein found was definately a setback, but all i is prepared to say is operation "Iwo Jima" is in hand.
Pirate Large

Ahhargghh there Cappan Large...................
It be aye Slasher McGurk.............
I is glad to hear you escaped alrights on the Scary Canary from Treasure Chest aye, an i is delighted that your defence idea o "operation Iwo Jima" phase 1 wen well aye she did.
We waited fer the aptf to fink the area be secure, when we were in our dug outs in the asteroid. we moved out o the cave system and set off the charges aye as yee requests likes to destriy the unerground netwok, an moves all the weapons ready inte firin positions aye.
it be lovely to fink over the past monfs we as been shippin this stuff in from SMS Pompeii an i is reportin those MK IV Kinetics we nicked didn alf do the job well, it be a shames we didn bring all the mk iii as well, we would have ad a lovely bbq.
we is sittin tights an waitin what phase 2 brings...................
Slasher McGurk Signin out cappan.................

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***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***

The Wimble Crisis of 217 has come to an end with the human Baron making way to the wimble Grandfather Paden Mastaak. Celebrations were held in Wimbledon upon the news with crack teams of Wimble security staff guarding all the pies.

It’s unclear how long the Wimbles will enjoy this new era of peace and self-determination.

Vocal Wimble Dinasha, one of Paden’s early backers, has chosen this precarious moment to bait Dewiek, Flagritz and humans who were initially disposed to be friendly to the new administration. Whilst the Wimbles' history with the former-slave-loving Flagritz could be understood, their animosity towards the Dewiek and humans was more mysterious. One insider alluded to a rise in the number of cases of foot-and-mouth across the herd as being a likely cause.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Storm in a Teacup *** Yahn Bares All * &etc

 
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*** Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door ***

The stargates are closed! Reports from multiple sources indicate at least three of the stargates, all within Dewiek controlled systems, have been closed.

Two different sources have indicated that the TCA have been spotted recently in a number of systems and may be behind this turn of events. A scan sent to the SSS indicated eight TCA ships were recently spotted first in the Faery system and later near the Kasmer stargate.

Another source, suspiciously put the blame on the ARC, suggesting the ARC and DEN were working together because they “need to trap [the TCA] and try and finish them off after the DEN bodged their operation to protect the ARC while they incinerated the MEK homeworld, which ended up with several ARC ships being destroyed and the job only being half done."

However, with no public statement from the Dewiek themselves, its hard to know whether these rumours are reliable.

Lord Igor of the Dominion and Erasmus Andersen of the Garcia Family both offered public apologies at the delay in meeting their trade commitments because of the recent closures. The not-so-subtle subtext being that someone will pay with blood for this interference in their business. Or at least with a stealthy price rise.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Wimble Civil Strife * Who Sniffs the Sniffers? * Largin’ It * &etc

 
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*** Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit? ***

The Flagritz Empire is no more! The Flagritz Republic is reborn! Quick on the heel of the collapse of the Empire, the Fessin caste declared a new era of foreign and economic policy with a rapid withdrawal behind the Black Gate.

The new ecologically-friendly Prime Minister Kayxaer, asked for patience as “economic” reforms were undertaken. It remains to be seen whether there will be any price to pay for the dramatic changes being made by the reclusive Flagritzi or whether it will all be sunshine and rainbows going forward.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Large at Large * &etc

 
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*** Bravo for Freedom ***

Naplian Forces have attacked three human pirate outposts in the Morroglyph system. A spokesperson for Naplia HQ told the press that the plucky duct-tape loving free people would continue their war against slavers and pirates in their home periphery.

One salty Naplian libertarian told the SSS, “The people of the Naplian Home Periphery are sick and tired of human criminals coming here just because their homeworld is an overcrowded hell. It’s time for them to go back home.”

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Igor of Fang and Horns * Admiral Loves Dick Turpin * &etc

 
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.What is It?
..a wOrmhOle?.
…No.. worse..
….the KANG singularity!…
…..It pulls us IN…..
……lOOks sO familiar……
…….yet so strange…….
……..what is……..
………that?……..

*** Flagritz Liberalise Economy ***

In good news for all the galaxy the Flagritzi have vowed to liberate all slaves across their Empire. Furthermore, the hectapods have given up eating other sentient species; taking up a strict diet of veganism and soy chai lattes. Sales of turtle neck sweaters and Forbidden Fruit laptops have skyrocketed.

The news was cautiously welcomed by the benevolent Felini Tyranny who looked forward to reducing the War phase of their daily Nap-Lick-Nap-War-Nap-Eat-Sleep cycle to a perfunctory forty winks.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Baron Womble * A Short History of the DPP * &etc

 
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*** Empire Strikes: Solo ***

A massive fleet of some 1600 warships, including large numbers of super-heavy capital 300 and 400 hullers, attacked the DEN in the Solo system, catching them with their metaphorical pants down. The DEN gate platform and some two hundred DEN freighters were subject to antimatter missiles amongst other high tech ordinance.

Jack the lad, Viceroy of the Empire, claimed a victory for freedom and the Imperial (right of) way leaving the sullen Dewiek unusually unresponsive.

With DOM platforms firing on CIA ships, will the IMP now demand the DOM add them to the Do Not Fire lists as well? And what exactly is the nature of the DOM and DEN alliance in light of the sustained attack from the Empire? And will the DEN’s alien friends stand idly by as the Empire fleet camps in the vital gate system of Solo? How will the DEN retaliate for this action or are they ready to roll over and have their bellies rubbed?

All this remains unknown. All that is certain is the “feel good” factor across the DTR has increased, with citizens reassured that for some time yet, they may continue in their slumber with the easy assurance that their number is not coming up anytime soon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * New BHD Guy * DOM Statement * &etc

 
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*** To Ur Is Dewiek ***

Dewiek forces had a hefty smackdown against the mysterious living ships known as the T’Cath (TCA). Seven adult TCA 400 hull capital ships, each firing eight of their notorious plasma cannons, were killed by a DEN and DOM fleet of some 700 ships.

Of the minimal losses suffered by the DEN / DOM, one-eyed Magnus and Nevets Motnhap of the FEL were amongst the dead.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Caribbean Congo Continues * Ur Witness Report * * Hive Briefing * &etc

 
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*** The Long Quiet Season ***

Listen…
There’s no sound of anger or of annoyance,
There’re neither cruisers racing on the jump lanes
Nor there jump lanes for them to race on,
There’re neither monks chanting on the battlegrounds
Nor bells calling us to the True One.
There’s neither the lightning cracking of the sky
Nor the persistent Naplians pattering on my roof.
There’s no Dewiek arm in arm to admire the magnificent view
There’re no war drums to feed Human ears
Nor Hive sirens to steal the boredom away
There’s no unfamiliar wing creeping underneath the Falconian sun
Nor floods to enshroud the Aquaphid grounds
The land lies lonely out here
On this lazy summer’s day
There’s no pollution to poison the airs of Inversion
Nor forests to give them life
All I hear is the hushing sound of the wind
Assisting the sand to fall into beautiful undulations.

Whilst we’ve been away: * Operation Giantslayer * Naplian Liberation * Back in the DTTR * &etc

 
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*** Falconians Saved ***

The Imperials have cunningly saved the Falconian Republic from being consumed by the Dewiek Elder Nation and at no small cost to the DEN either. Whilst the new pro tem Consul crowed about the “victory”, all former FCN systems besides Acropolis have been taken over by the two warring Empires - Human and Flagritz.

Was it all worth it? For the IMP / GTT it clearly was, for the movement of a few hundred thousand troops is surely nothing to the cost they endured trying to and failing to knock the DEN out of Solo after the fact. The FCN now plucked off most of their navy and wider assets are a tiny nothing of their former self. The DEN may have resorted to some dirty namecalling but can the costs endured to save an enfeebled FCN have really been worth it? Time will tell.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * INDignation * FELicitous Caribbean * Nah Plan for Naplia * Mercs Trouble DEN * &etc

 

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