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Ialandians On Verge Of Famous Victory

The mad tide of cannibals lead by the bloodthirsty figure Necros, is reportedly on the verge of victory against the Imperial garrison on their home planet.
The following communications have been made by Necros:
“Against all odds, my ground forces travelled the entire north/south range of our planet to arrive just in time for dinner at the IMP's pub on our world.
Although the IMPs were incredibly lax and slow in taking any action to stop our ground forces, they were kind enough to stock their base with a variety of delicacies from all over the peripheries. There are sentients that can swim, walk, run and fly...some that can slither like an octopus out of water. As our forces just breached the front gate, we haven't had the time for a taste test yet but we do promise to publish the results along with any brand new recipes we come up with over the next week or so.
We thank the decoy units of civilian convoy that happily laid down their lives under the photon cannons/batteries, missiles and torpedoes of the joint IMP/GTT death squads (their sacrifices are not in vain, nor will their meat be wasted).

Though many more hundreds of thousands of our people must die, we will rid our world of this imperial blight that has marred the beauty of our irradiated planet.
This time, it is not just Ialandians that will die.”
“Necros listened to the static filled battle report and smiled....
His troopers busted through the outer defences of the IMP base and are already in control of 20% of the IMP base. Thousands of enemy troops are dead and thousands of their tanks and heavy weapons lay in ruins...their industrial buildings are burning and their employees are begging for their lives.
He issues one demand: Find Gregor!!!
Necros knows the human claimed that he was fighting beside his men but knew that Gregor had probably fled (or never really set his cowardly foot planetside).

Necros asked the field commander if ANY Ialandians had joined up with the imperials and got the answer he expected: NOT ONE.
Necros laughed, so much for these humans' sensibilities.... They had the nerve to claim they were liberating my people from ME and yet not one of my people joined their side. They are liars and thieves. Soon, they will just be dinner......”
There are scattered reports of panic amongst the Imperial defenders, as they find themselves overwhelmed by a never-ending horde of primitives armed with nothing more than pointy sticks and a desire to eat the off-worlders.
It is likely the cannibals victory may be short lived however, as there are reports that the Imperial Services will not take this defeat lightly.

RIP In Hot Water
The RIP have found themselves embroiled even deeper in the Wolfpack controversy this week following the capture of a RIP officer from a pirate vessel.
It is understood that the RIP leader has issued an arrest warrant for the RIP member known as Spacemerc, who is wanted for questioning over his role in running and supporting pirate operations.
At time of press it is unknown if Spacemerc has been successfully apprehended, or if he’s managed to do a runner like Roland and Pirate Large.
Rumours indicate the Detinus Republic are preparing a prison cell, in order to hold Spacemerc in order to give him a fair trial.

Flagritz Fleet Attacks!
A sizeable detachment of the Flagritz fleet has launched a strike against the Consortium positions blockading the planet Zephyr.
Almost 100 vessels, including vast baseships, escorted by swift destroyers and a heavy fighter screen courtesy of several attached fleet carriers, closed with a smaller FEL and FCN fleet.
Seven FEL Sabre Tooth class capital ships were destroyed in heavy fighting, along with a further two Smilodon Class capitals. Falconian losses were equally heavy, with a dozen heavy capitals also being destroyed. Though they did manage to inflict some damage on the attacking FLZ fleet, concentrating fire on what were suspected to be two of the Flagritz flagships, both of which were destroyed.
Having launched their initial strike, the FLZ then withdrew, as Consortium reinforcements rushed in to take potshots at their retreating vessels. News agencies report a single Flagritz broadsword class heavy cruiser was destroyed in the outer reaches of the system.
The FLZ are claiming a significant military victory. Though the blockade of Zephyr remains intact.
It should be noted that the FLZ have since denied they are attempting to lift the blockade.

Denials!
Independent Roland, ex leader of the GTT, has angrily refuted claims that he is Wolfpack, offering a point-by-point denial of the Falconian evidence set against him.
As Roland continues to explore means by which to clear his name, it seems likely this story is going to take many more twists and turns before it is resolved.

Working Group
A multi-affiliation group has been established to share information on and investigate the ongoing activities of the ARC and TCA.
The words ‘shadowy’ and ‘secretive’ spring to mind.

Pirates
A pirate ground force has captured a small outpost in Imperial space. The outpost reportedly had just been established, and contained little of value. It is not known why the pirates chose to target it.

Pirate Destroyed
A lone Imperial destroyer has destroyed a pirate yacht in the Aladdin system.

FCN Trade Announcement
Greetings,
Due to upcoming changes in trade and political uncertainty concerning some of our long-term trading partners, the Falconian Republic's trade centres will be undergoing review.
As a temporary measure, we shall be initially ceasing standing orders for sales and buys both private and public.
We shall then review both items produced and bought in partnership with traders everywhere. I personally would like to allow every honest trader access to a slice of Falconia's rich markets.
At this time I would also welcome enquiries and suggestions from traders and Starbase governors looking for imports and exports.
Please PM myself or Aedile Armand.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Darius Shirazi.

Flagritz Fleet Announcement
Translation:
”Today we unveil new FLZ warships in Twilight. These huge beasts mass some 300 heavy hulls.
Military Manoeuvres in Twilight have began:
Mission "Giatok" is now enforce. Training exercise only.”
This announcement was preceded by the usual villainous rantings from everybody’s favourite tentacled overthings.

AFT Press Release
Would anyone with bases or outposts in St. Dismas please contact me.
There AFT has an extremely liberal basing policy. If a base or OP is not acknowledged by the holder of Dinas Dawr (that would be me) it will be assumed to be pirate support.
Any future construction which is not authorized will also be assumed to be supporting pirates.
Obligatory Disclaimer: There is one affiliation exempt from this. You know who you are, you do not need to send an ambassador. DD is still making payments on the food from the last entourage and I suspect it wasn't official but just a vacation.
Cirdan
Cirdan
AFT Dinas Dawr
AFT Eclypse
AFT Blackbird's Nest
AFT Senior Councilor

Bombardment Continues
The Siege Of Xenos Zephyr continues for yet another week, as the Falconian orbital platform keeps up a heavy rain of fire on the FLZ defenders. Intelligence from inside the base reports that at least half of it now lies in ruins, though the defenders are understood to still be dug in amongst the rubble in strength.

Pirate Defeated
A DTR Freighter in the Yank system was boarded by pirates this week. However unfortunately for the 375 attacking pirates, there was a regiment of DTR marines onboard the freighter, who fought off the pirates inflicting over 250 casualties for the loss of 13.

Pirate Base Destroyed
Falconian forces have located a pirate outpost in the Storm system. After a heavy orbital bombardment, during which a docked pirate Broadsword took damage, Falconian troops then stormed the base. At time of press we do not yet have word of their victory, but it seems inevitable.
It is suspected to have been a waystation for the Wolfpack mercenaries. Though this has not yet been confirmed either.

Political Incident
It seems as if the Flagritz have made a failed attempt to board an SMS Orehunter class Sensor Ship in the Avalon system.
This however being an Imperial claimed system, the Flagritz may well find themselves in hot water having violated Imperial law by engaging in hostilities without permission.
The SMS are understood to have lodged an appeal with the Imperial command council.

**Periphery Classifieds**

Contact
Would a senior representative of the hive races contact me about a delicate mater
Duke Githyanki
Imperial Command Council
Trade & Commerce Minister

**From The Nexus**
A poll on the issue of being able to stand down troops in order to save stellars:
www.kjcgames.co.uk/phoenix/nexus/index.php?a=posts&tid=14362&page=0

A discussion on the building of ships over 200 hulls in size:
www.kjcgames.co.uk/phoenix/nexus/index.php?a=posts&tid=14243&page=0

**Message From The Editor**

There is a new Phoenix chatroom. Connect to:
irc://chat.freenode.net/kjc-phoenix
Using either the Chatzilla add-on for firefox, available at:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/16

Or mIRC (standalone).
Details have been updated below. I recommend Chatzilla. Then you just have to click on the irc link as you would a normal link in Firefox, and it just all opens up for you. Even a klutz like me managed it.

Simon.
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Meklan On the Rampage!

Reports are reaching our newsroom of panic throughout the Dewiek Home Periphery, as a series of Meklan attacks are pushing back Imperial and Dewiek defenders with heavy casualties.
The Meklan, an engineered race of cybernetic super-soldiers, are usually deployed by either the ARC or TCA, but they have not been seen in such great numbers for many years. If indeed ever. And while we have no eyewitness reports yet, the IGN newsroom understands that many tens of thousands of Meklan may be in the field.
Worst still is the news that low-orbital fly-overs are discovering that many small towns and villages have been stripped of all sentient population, raising the hideous possibility that the Meklan are collecting civilians in order to carry them away to hidden Meklanisation factories, so that they can be converted into yet more cybernetic super-soldiers.
A massed evacuation of civilians is being planned by the Dewiek authorities, with several affiliations offering life-transport assistance.

Commission Reports Findings
The commission run by the Baron Vehrenberg has reported in this week regarding the matter of the Wolfpack pirates, Roland, and the Falconians. They have provided the following statement to news agencies:
“An Extremely Short Precis of an Extremely Long and Boring Report.
The statements taken from both Wolfgang and Darius were exact copies from their statements in the SSS.
So I contacted an extremely trustworthy source, who was able to confirm that Wolfgang spread in a roundabout way the rumour that Roland was building ships for the Wolfpack.
So it looks extremely likely that Darius offered to pay the Wolfpack to attack GTT positions and most certainly offered to pay to have Roland removed.
The Wolfpack complaint was the fact Darius would not pay up 1 million for the removal of Roland.
My own speculation here but if Roland was Wolfgang, it would not be worth it to sell Roland up for only 1 million.
I have also been in contact with Roland who denies being involved in hiring the Wolfpack to attack Falconia.
I also believe that, really , the only crime Darius has committed is the worst, being caught. So I will recommend he is allowed to return to Falconia.
I have copied this to Jackson of the CNF to pass on to the Commonwealth leadership.
I have copied to a couple of trusted witnesses the information sent to me from the extremely trustworthy source. So they can confirm the source.
The Baron Vehrenberg.”

With rumours circulating that Roland might be approaching the DTR to hand himself in and seek a fair trail, it may well be possible that Roland might clear his name of being Wolfpack-in-disguise yet.
And with Baron Vehrenbergs report concluding that the Falconians were indeed trying to make a deal with the pirates, there might be fresh political waves on the horizon.

Flagritz Correct IGN Counting Errors
Proving once again that tentacles are superior to fingers, the FLZ have recently been kind enough to contact our newsroom to correct an error in the recent reporting of their military victory over the Consortium.
“Contrary to what has been stated on the SSS, the FLZ naval detachment that attacked Zephyr stationed Consortium forces destroyed not 9 150HH warships but:

150HH: 8, including a FCN Dominator Class Capital Ship, that the Consortium not so long ago said it didn't employ.
100HH: 12
75NH: 3
60HH:1.”

They also contest the claim that 3 Baseships were destroyed, suggesting instead the number might have been closer to 1. But that the one baseship so destroyed was the first of its line.
The Dominator class, it should be noted, was recently implicated in having been equipped for WoMD deployment. Though there are no suggestions that the Consortium is standing on the verge of nuking Xenos Zephyr. And we condemn any scurrilous rumour mongers who might suggest such a thing.
In related news, fallout shelters are being built across Zephyr.

Black Dog
The pirate Black Dog has contacted our newsroom to provide the following report of one of his recent defeats.
“Though vastley out numbersd, some 'ow this morrning the fet adddapted and overcummed a huge pirate flleet. FET promooted 450 fel soldiers to vet (we 'erd). here be the battle report an we may never recovers from it.

Phoenix Battle: PIRATE F Troop (15145) [1886]
Design: Yacht (760) Class Explorer |
Hulls: 10 (Heavy Hull)

Move to Beta 3
|-Stargate (7230)
Scanned:
FET SHIP FPG-SIF (50024) - {100 Heavy Hulls} - Attacking us.
Sol Missile Ship Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
FET SHIP FPG-FAFNIR (78534) - {100 Heavy Hulls}
Warspite Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
FCN SHIP OWL LOGISTICS 1 (81791) - {100 Light Hulls}
Eagle Class Fast Freighter {Light Armour}
>Turn Stopped:
For battle.
Total TU cost for this action is 6
---------------------------------BATTLE REPORT----------------------------------
Position was destroyed before it could report on the battle.

we has our women (an yores) and you has your grate navel victorys . It be all good.
good shootin mate....”

Ulian Stellar Nation
According to Detinus news agencies, the USN have recently destroyed a DTR vessel that was on a friendly mission to make contact.
There were reportedly no warnings before the USN opened fire.
There has been no comment from the Detinus Senate.

Pirate Captured
In an unusual turn of events, the Falconians are reporting the successful boarding and capture of a pirate Broadsword class heavy cruiser. The second pirate vessel to have fallen to the FCN in recent weeks.
Interestingly it is also the second pirate vessel they have captured, which had a reportedly disgruntled ex-RIP captain in charge of. Strengthening yet again the rumours that the RIP are up to something very dodgy.
… Okay, something dodgier than their usual dodgy dealings.

DTR Troops Mobilising
Reports have reached our newsroom that DTR ground forces stationed in the Acrux system have cancelled all leave and are mobilising for rapid deployment. The deployment is understood to be in response to recent Meklan activities, and it seems likely that in an unusual twist, the DTR are on the verge of coming to the aid of their one-time allies the Dewiek.

Bombardment Continues
The Consortium bombardment of Xenos Zephyr continues for yet another week, although reports now indicate that the FLZ defenders have managed to turn the tide in terms of the amount of damage they are receiving, as their base shields slowly start to come back online and more shields and generators are delivered.
It is also understood a detachment of FLZ marines have arrived at the base to further bolster defences.
With this, and the recent FLZ attack against the blockading naval forces, could the tide be about to turn in this battle against the Consortium?

Avalon Incident Correction
Mr Editor,
May I quickly correct the report in todays issue of the SSS.
The Avalon system is actually still under FEL control whilst negotiations
proceed to pass control to the IMP.
The FEL have current "ownership" due to an arrangement with the DOM which I
understand, the IMP as the defacto owner of DOM assets are now seeking to
normalise. I had, given the speed with which the GTT established bases
within the system, assumed that negotiations had completed, however, I have
been informed that such still continue.
Regards,
Mikhail Morgan, SMS

Wolfpack reports Success
A good day for Wolfpack
Two easy to sell ships one with cool cargo
first the target for Wolfpack 005

Board Position {65777}
Scanned:
FCN SHIP PEACOCK BARGE 1 (65777) - {50 Light Hulls}
Barge Class Freighter {No Armour}

Boarding Action for the Control of FCN Peacock Barge 1 (65777)
Round 1: Battle is 101:8 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 17.27% control [82.73%]
0.51% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 41:3 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 19.62% control [63.12%]
5.02% chance of losing control
Round 3: Battle is 16:1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 22.45% control [40.67%]
20.89% chance of losing control
Round 4: Battle is 20:1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 22.51% control [18.15%]
54.83% chance of losing control

FCN Peacock Barge 1 (65777) has fallen to the attackers.

then Wolfpack 003

Board Position {41257}
Scanned:
FET SHIP DARK RUNNER (41257) - {75 Light Hulls}
Caravel Class Fast Freighter {No Armour}

Boarding Action for the Control of FET Dark runner (41257)
Round 1: Battle is 883:9 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 23.75% control [76.25%]
1.34% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 305:2 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.39% control [51.87%]
11.15% chance of losing control
Round 3: Battle is 1296:7 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.75% control [27.12%]
38.71% chance of losing control

FET Dark runner (41257) has fallen to the attackers.

cool cargo
LIFEFORMS
1 Keith Juette (#1) {ICE Prisoner} - 1 mus 1
CARGO
1 Battle Axe (26183) - 100 mus 100
31 Bunks (98) - 10 mus 310
84 Magazine (135) - 25 mus 2100
1 Patch mkIII (10047) - 100 mus 100
Cargo: 2610/3200

parts an bps for me shipyards cheers FET

Pirates Destroyed
The GTT are reporting the destruction of 4 pirate scout ships in the space of 2 days, signifying a possible increase in pirate interest in GTT positions.

More Pirates Destroyed
The QNG are reporting the destruction of two ‘Wrath Of Large’ pirate scouts in the Yank system. They were both Scuttle class vessels.
During the operation it seems as if a number of pirate ground parties were created on Spritzer, some of which scouted FCN Prodis.
There are further rumours of IND involvement in this pirate operation.

Yet Another Pirate Destroyed
A pirate yacht class sensor ship has been intercepted and destroyed by a FET patrol in the Dryad system. Thus confirming that ‘crew of scout vessel’ must surely be the crappiest job in pirating.

Lemar H Swift
Captive of pirates, Lemar H Swift has been returned to safety in the Yank system following the payment of his ransom by the Baron LiQuan.

Lemar continues to voice his anger towards the GTT management who refused to pay the ransom in the grounds that such an action only encourages and rewards piracy.

**Periphery Classifieds**

Ships For Sale
Greetings,
The FCN are offering sales of Barges to all interested parties:
Standard 2400mu cargo $25000
Life Cargo 1100mu $35000
Quantum Jump Engines installed $5000 extra
Discounts of up to 100% available for traders making regular sales to Falconian markets.
Please PM to order your ship today.
Darius

Maintenance Facilities Open
Greetings,
The Falconian Republic is offering ship maintenance and repair facilities to all at Commercial Shipyard and Maintenance (65261) in orbit of Spritzer in the Yank system. Recreation and officer training also available.
Patch price is set at $200.
Darius

Market Re-Opens
Hello fellow Humans & Trans-gendered Aliens,
I am please to announce the addition of two new trade items to CIA Montbello's thriving market.
The new trade items are:
Freya Newt (31218)
Hexabull Meat (31212)
Amounts for trade of all items will be displayed on the Market Report in the next couple of days. In the interest of open trade, private deals concerning the trade goods specified will not be entertained.
Due to recent nefarious actions by a small minority, Only registered IND positions will be allowed to trade with this Starbase. Non-registered IND positions will be engaged on sight. Please check in advance to make sure you have registered status within the Confederacy,
prior to trading with this base.
Also, Please restrict all movement to the OQ 10 in all quadrants and to the orbit of Frey only, for purposes of trade and transit. Positions that are found in orbits other than Frey shall be posted.
Regards,
Laton - CIA Operations Director

**From The Nexus**
There has been a significant and exciting development in the game this week, as each system claim held now has a chance of generating stellars for the affiliation that holds it. Details can be found in this thread:
www.kjcgames.co.uk/phoenix/nexus/index.php?a=posts&tid=14503&page=0
Place your bets now as to how long some affiliations continue to hold the systems they are holding.

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No issue for this week.

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Al Bundy Declares Victory Versus The GTT!

In a shocking turn of events this week, Al Bundy has announced his spectacular victory over the GTT. Al spoke to one of our reporters, and said: “I've been sitting here on my butt for the last three weeks waiting for the GTT to storm the Jiggly Room. Their big excuse: Why would we try to start a war with the R.I.P.? Good question. Answer: What the hell have they got to do with it. I'm the pain in the GTT's ass, not the RIP.”

Al continued: “Well, Roland has gone, Necrus is kicking butt down in Lalandium and Mike Storm hasn't been heard from in a couple weeks. The GTT are slowly invading Wastelands against an innocent GCE affiliation. To protect them from Pirates. I want to hear Storm admit he needs the GTT to protect him from one or two lousy pirates. And I want to hear the GTT deny that Al Bundy whipped their ass while sitting on his ass doing nothing but making fools of their asses. And not a shot was fired.”

With the GTT now humbled, it is understood Al is looking to expand his series of conquests to a new set of targets. We hear on the grapevine that the Imperial Viceroy soiled himself when it was suggested to him that Al might be after the IMP next. And some reports indicate that the entire Detinus Senate started to cry like little babies at the mere thought of Al Bundy unleashing the full extent of his fury against them.

Topless Assassins!

A series of personal photographs showing many well known Periphery political figures was slipped under our office door late last night inside a brown envelope. The photographs appear to have been taken without the knowledge of the subjects, and have been signed ‘The Friendly Topless Assassins Guild’. The package included a post-it note that stated that the Friendly Assasins Guild was in position to kill several political figures at a number of bases that are said to have shockingly low security levels.

Unfortunately none of the political figures featured could be remotely described as attractive, so we probably won’t be running the images. And to be honest we now know more about the leadership of the FET than we ever really wanted to know.

Astonishing Krell News!

The new leader of the Krell people, Sinclair, has announced he is to run a talent show, Krells Come Dancing On The Ice Of Nuclear Winter, to cheer up his people after a long and difficult period in their history.

Our newsroom has obtained some footage of the initial auditions, and it sure ain’t pretty.

Wolfpack Revelations!

Maintaining our fine tradition here at the IGN for cutting edge investigative journalism, we have launched a major effort to find out who is Wolfpack.

Our offices contacted Cassius Jerusalem who has denied he is the wolf pack. Our office then contacted Xok baw who denied he is the wolf pack. When contacted, Necros denied being the Wolf Pack but asked if we would like to stay for dinner. Al Bundy denied being the wolfpack but went off on another drunken rage about how his wife probably is.

We then pidgeon-holed the entire Detinus Senate on their way home late Friday night and questioned them at length as to whether or not any of them were Wolfpack, and frankly we think their angry denials are more than a little suspicious.

We tried to question the Imperial Viceroy, but his secretary told us to piss off.

We then tried to contact Mike Storm, but for some reason he is still ex-directory.

Darius Shirazi denied being the Wolfpack. Our teaboy denied being the Wolfpack. And a number of our office doors also denied being the Wolfpack.

We feel at this rate it is only a matter of time until we expose the truth!

Falconians Go Commando

Our newsroom has received reports of a dashing commando raid by Falconian special forces against the entrenched Flagritz defenders of Zenos Xephyr. Their target is understood to have been the newly constructed FLZ shield complexes. We look forward to cutting this footage into a slow motion montage featuring lots of explosions set to a thumping soundtrack.

Or in other words the siege of Zenos Xephyr continues for yet another week, and frankly we need to jazz it up a little.

Our newsroom suggested to the Falconian authorities that they might want to settle it the old fashioned mud wrestling way, but they have yet to respond to our probing questions.

EEM Embroiled In Scandal

Stock markets around the Peripheries are braced for revelations this week, as the extent to which the EEM has invested in so-called Sub-Prime Outposts will be uncovered in their annual statements.

With the EEM having allegedly bankrolled the construction of outposts on metals deposits as low as 40, it seems that all of their recent profits might be an illusion, and markets are expecting severe corrections to have to be introduced into the system.

EEM Fund Managers in the meantime are reported to be ‘rolling in stellars’ and having a good old laugh at the rest of us.

In related news, Commonwealth Military Forces are rumoured to be preparing to launch a series of systematic strikes against all EEM facilities.

Peace And Prosperity

The DTR Party For Peace And Prosperity have allegedly been filing a large number of memos this week all of which contain the word ‘War!’ repeated, over and over.

It has been attributed to a printing error.

Pirate Large

Rumours circulating the bars and back-alley dives of Yank are starting to suggest that Pirate large may have started taking dancing lessons, and he intends to enter the Krell Dancing On Ice competition.

Bookmakers have him running as a rank outsider.

Which is sort of appropriate really, as he is both rank, and an outsider.

Simms Denies Involvement!

In something!

**Message From The Editor**

Apologies for there being no edition last week, I’ve been back and forth to hospital a bit recently, and just not had the time to sit down at the computer.

Which is why this weeks edition is a little… lighter on real news than normal…

Simon.

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Falconian Consul Resigns

The FCN leader Darius Shirazi has resigned this week following political fallout regarding his involvement in allegedly having made some sort of a deal with the Wolfpack pirates. And while the case was considered not proven by many, the mud had stuck, and Consol Shirazi felt his position was no longer tenable.

He gave the following emotional speech, and our reporters were there to capture it:
“My dear Falconians,

Today, I resign my position of Consul and hand over the administration of the Republic to the other houses whilst fresh elections are held to decide the new Consul. I can hear you clucking so I won't bore you with a long list of reasons or recite my many accomplishments as Consul.

I will leave you with the legacy of the Republic, the fine balancing act between your impulses to seek new worlds to spread your wings, your crafty mercantilism and your hunger for the blood of those who threaten to cage your proud people. I hope I have shown you both the value of words and their limits.

Do not forget my lessons on the value of knowledge, of justice and the balance of power between the Houses. Do not ever underestimate the greed of humanity, its occasional lapse into corruption and its intent to rule all the galaxy.

Yet remember, amongst them you will find friends of freedom, those whose belief of the sanctity of life is no less for aliens than humans and even those who acknowledge the inevitable rise of your people and will work with you rather than against you. And for the rest: prepare your beaks and your claws and let no man or other intruder disturb the paradise of Falconia.

Fight for freedom my friends, speak for justice and forever stand tall with wings spread in the face of evil.

Farewell and Peace Be Upon You All.”

The FCN have announced that in the meantime Armand will be taking on the mantle of Consul following the resignation of Darius. This will be until democratic elections can be held. Consul Armand has been quoted praising his predecessor, “The Republic will always be grateful to its first consul who took control of a failing empire at a difficult time and has managed to leave a stable and greatly expanded republic.”

Ialandians

There has been no official word yet, but rumours indicate that the Ialandian cannibals lead by Lord Necros have indeed successfully captured the Imperial Starbase on their homeworld.

Sadly no other information has been released to the press, so we are only able to bring this rumour.

GTT Fired Upon

A GTT freighter trading innocently with a CIA Starbase has been fired upon and destroyed by apparently rather trigger-happy CIA weapons control officers, highlighting what appears to be a systemic failure within the CIA fire-control standing orders. Unhappy GTT board members have pointed out that this is the third GTT freighter to have been destroyed by the CIA in recent months.

With heavy loss of life reported, the CIA have agreed to replace the vessel, and they have offered an apology.

In the meantime GTT captains are understandably anxious about approaching CIA facilities in the future.

Rumblings In Madonna

An OPS outpost in the Madonna system has been the centre of some discussions between the Obsidian Predator Swarm, the RIP, and the Imperial Services this week. The parties concerned seem unwilling to discuss openly the significance of the outpost, but the attention it has generated seems to suggest that there is something of interest going on.

Pirate Destroyed

APTF forces have destroyed another pirate scout vessel, this time in the Curly system.

A further pirate scout has been destroyed by a GTT patrol in the Lewis system.

Mohache Ship Sales

There has been a run on recently announced Mohache vessels offered for sale to the Peripheries, with over 40 ships sold in the space of just a few hours, indicating the demand for Mohache vessels is at an all time high.

Either that or they were offered at a bargain basement price.

Falconian Press Release

Fellow members of the peripheries,

As many of you will be aware, our Consul Darius has left his role as consul to the Falconians to deal with some personal matters. As a result of his departure, there have been a number of changes to the house ownership of some of our bases. As such 3 of our bases in Acropolis are being renamed tomorrow by their respective governors.

We would like to advise that there will be no changes to base operations and existing agreements/access rights will remain, as will the markets.

The Changes:

Peacocks Throne (3921) in Acropolis will henceforth be known as Hyberion, run by House Hawk
Parliament Of The Owls (47132) in Yank will henceforth be known as Owls Nest, run by House Owl
Prodis (4124) in Yank will henceforth be known as Parliament Of The Owls, becoming the new home of House Owl

In addition, in light of recent events, the new Parliament Of The Owls will be undergoing a full security assessment to establish what base defences are needed. Any changes will be communicated in due course

With respect

Aedile Qilark
House Owl

FET Freighter Destroyed

A FET vessel has been destroyed when it flew over the restricted airspace of a Falconian Starbase in Yank this week, prompting a serious diplomatic incident as furious FET board members demanded satisfaction, while the Falconians responded with the observation that the FET ship had no business violating their airspace.

The Kastorian Military Junta have ruled that their laws are somewhat fuzzy in this regard, as one does not often see vessels transiting a planets surface like this. The rest of the KAS ruling reads as follows:

“While in the past it has been allowable for bases to defend their ports from hostiles, the KAS take something of a dim view of this action. A base should have sufficient security to prevent an agent or operative from causing any significant damage to a base as such the open attack on a vessel simply for landing in a starport can be considered a hostile act by the base, especially if it cannot show any obvious malign intent by the captain of a the vessel.

While the governor has not strictly broken any laws, should this become a regular occurrence, the Junta may have to remove concessions if there are complaints.

The vessel should therefore be replaced or compensation paid as a gesture of goodwill and the governor should consider whether they should update their security policy in future.”

The FCN have agreed to abide by the Kastorian ruling, and the matter has been settled.

Evacuation Continues

The Meklan rampage on Acrux is continuing, as civilians flee to an evacuation point that has been set up on the planet surface. Multiple ships are waiting in orbit to pick them up, but in the face of aggressive Meklan patrols, civilians seem unwilling to take the risk of making a run for safety.

Reports indicate that a Meklan ground party was staging to launch an assault against the evacuation point, but that it was detected and destroyed by ground based artillery fire before it could close the distance.

Further rumours suggest that Meklan parties may well be hiding in and around the evacuation point in order to abduct civilians as they wander in. Which suggests that greater ground forces may need to be committed to the operation.

The problem is as each week passes, the Meklan are creating more of their own number out of the civilians, growing stronger and stronger…

Comms Blackout Hits Peripheries

The traditional Easter flare-up of interference across the Sub Space Static has hit again this year, paralysing all ships and starbases for a number of days. Unusually however our newsroom has not received reports of a single pirate ground assault, which means that nobody has sought to take advantage for the first time in years!

GTT Press Release

Press Release
From the offices of Sebastian Blodstark
Star Date 209.14.3

The GTT (Galactic Trade & Transport) has acquired from the GCE (Garcia Enterprises) a Starbase located on Kalahari (185), Wastelands System (175). The colony is now called Port Scheherazade, and Sebastian Blodstark, Director of Exploration of the GTT, is the new governor. Markets are currently being redesigned for better service, and an announcement will be made when they reopen for business. Private deals are still being conducted, and merchants should direct offers and inquiries through direct correspondence to the governor's offices.

It’s Official!

The GTT are fab!

Please note, other affiliations are equally fab*, and by stating this, the Inter Galactic News is neither endorsing nor showing favouritism to anybody.

* Except for the IMP of course.

Krell Leader

The Krell have released the following statement:

“The Krell have a new Political Director who has taken the reigns of the KRL (30) affiliation. Sinclair.

Though the Krell past has not been anything to be proud of, we hope that we can become good galactic neighbours and traders.

Based on the condition of our homeworld and assets of our affiliation, we will be needing a great number of various mods and products. We will also need help gaining basic tech. We do have some stellars so we are not reaching out with only our hats in our hands. We do need help though.

We would like to know if our ships have travel and trade rights everywhere. Please let us know if we are excluded from your airspace.”

It may be too early to speculate, but with fresh leadership the Krell might just manage to stop slaughtering each other for more than five minutes.

Travel Advisory

The CIA have issued the following emergency travel advisory:

All shipping is advised to stay out of Delta, 5 Francoise and all planetary orbits in said orbital quadrant until at least 209.40 for their own safety.

Speculation is mounting that this announcement may in some way have ARC or TCA involvement.

RIP Vessel Destroyed

A RIP vessel controlled by Spacemerc has been destroyed by the CIA in orbit of an asteroid somewhere within Confederate space.

While Spacemerc claimed the vessel was simply recharging its jump engines, the CIA maintain that it had no business recharging in such a location, and that the vessel was in violation of the Confederate space access protocols, and that it was entirely legal for them to destroy it. And as such no reparations will be offered.

GTT Pound DTR Installation

The DTR outpost T4 in the Adamski system has been subjected to a significant bombardment by GTT forces recently. A GTT platform and 20 Cruisers opened fire with missile and torpedo fire, and promptly reduced the DTR base to smoking rubble.

Initial confused reports suggested this might have been the opening salvo of a co-ordinated military strike, but as the smoke settled it seems the battle may have been caused by a single GTT deep space scout ship entering orbit with incorrect enemy lists.

Pirate Destroyed

The pirate vessel Stand And Deliver has been destroyed in Yank this week. What is unusual is that the Stand And Deliver was a 50 hull light cruiser, and not as one might expect a small scout ship.

It is possible the pirate cloaking device had failed to activate, resulting in its detection and destruction.

Pirate Destroyed

The pirate vessel Jagdhound, a 20 hull troop transport, has been destroyed by an SMS patrol in the Pegasus system.

**From The Nexus**

This may be of interest to our American players, a link to the history of US BSE:

www.kjcgames.co.uk/phoenix/nexus/index.php?a=posts&tid=15583&lr=on#post_tag

The history of the American game is of course quite different to the UK version. But it’s a pretty impressive document. Somebody has clearly put a lot of time into that.

Now if only somebody would produce a similarly detailed document for the UK BSE/Phoenix.

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*** 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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