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Subspace Static - 208.36  [Recruit]

Architects

In other non-pirate related news throughout the Peripheries this week, there was a shock when the mysterious ARC apparently initiated the first phase of their plan. We have received the following firsthand witness report of the Architects actions from the Mohache vessel that was on scene:
“It was stardate 208.32.2 as the captains pulled into a loose orbit around the Kasmer stargate point.
The food was almost ready as they put the ships onto autopilot waiting for the gate keys to build charge before diving into the gate-point.
As the captains did the final checks of the systems, the rudementry sensor system started flashing, "Unknown Orbital Object Detected!"
It takes a lot for MOH captains to be late for dinner, but this was serious, the sensor systems weren't the best, but if they signalled a warning it had to be looked into.
Looking at the sensor logs it soon became apparent what had trigged the warning, the huge mass on the opposite orbit of the wormhole entrance...

Code:

ARC SHIP FOUNDATION (36163) - {400 Heavy Hulls}
Arc Adult Class Capital Ship {Advanced Heavy Armour}


The captains checked with each other for confirmation... this was bad, they knew this ship had been stirring up trouble in other systems, and it was HERE.
What to do? The ISR engines didn't have the charge to jump from the system; The stargate keys didn't have the charge to activate the stargate...
There was really no choice... they would have to wait it out... it might not cause any trouble after all...
Now on to more important things..... DINNER!”

*******
Star Date 208.32.4
So good so far...
Swarms of Imperial Force ships had been showing up for the last few days. It didn't seem as if anything had kicked off yet, but this really wasn't a place to be hanging around at for long.

The Green Light
The keys had finally built charge.
The word spread throughout the ships, a short dash now to the wormhole entrance and they would finally be leaving this increasingly uncomfortable situation.
The signal was given and the squadron broke orbit, beginning the spiral in to the spacepoint of the stargate...
5.
4.
3.
2.
1.
>activate stargate keys<
A brief hum, but the view screen showed no stargate portal opening... in fact it showed nothing... the gate hadn't opened!
Alarm spread throughout the crew, what had happened, or rather, what hadn't happened...
Checking the system logs...
Code:
Enter Stargate {xxx} {0}
Error - The stargate has been deactivated.

This was not good.... Who... What... How....
The captains could only guess, but that was for later, for now an alternative exit would have to be found!”

With details of what happened unclear and conflicting, we at the IGN thank a member of the Imperial Services who kindly provided a copy of his after-action report, providing unparalleled details into this mysterious sequence of events.

***
The Battle of Kasmer Stargate

Background:
Stardate 208.28
ARC positions strike at an AFT and IMP position, the later of which has previously been un-reported.
Stardate 209.29
ARC Ship Foundation is observed in Kasmer, the very same ship that attached the AFT in solo, later moving to the stargate at Delta 7, where is seems to remain. IMP Platform Commander Marshall Law issues the following SA.
The officer of the IMP platform Cape Horn Orbital II transmits an opening communication to the ARC ship that is currently in close proximity to the stargate. The message extends a hand of friendship to the vessel and attempt to understand what if any grievance it has with humanity in an effort to re-establish harmonious relations.
The vessel however simply does not respond. It does even acknowledge receiving the message.
It appears to be scanning the region of space linked to the stargate. It is moving sequentially though various energies and frequencies. The stargate however does not appear to respond to anything so far. Judging by the rate, it is probably going to be here for some months but as to why it is doing this, the team have no idea.
Stardate 208.29
Using a pre-established ARC contact route a secondary Imperial position tries to make contact with the ARC. This special action has been edited to protect information of a sensitive nature.
The ARC are contacted by the IMP captain.
They are questioned as to why the ARC ship attacked a peaceful AFT and IMP position.
Absolutely no communication is forthcoming.
The officer then stresses the impact of soured relationships and the possible need for retaliatory action should further attacks occur.
Again the ARC are completely silent. This is very unusual as they have invariably replied in the past even if their answers have been somewhat vague.
Stardate 208.29
An imperial science team is quickly established to analysis the actions of the ARC ship in Kasmer
Investigation/ARC Stargate Activity/Analysis of Recorded Transmissions/208.29
The research team are taken of their current projects for a short while in order to determine what the ARC ship in close proximity to the Kasmer stargate is up to.
There is a lot of head scratching but the theory is that it is using the recorded signals merely as a carrier wave for a subspace transmission. It is probably doing something to the stargate - what though is a mystery. There is so much to stargates that is simply not understood..
The best minds in Imperial space are then quickly rushed into the direct proximity of the ship and the Kasmer Stargate.
Stardate 208.32
Imperial team consider the implication of a gate closure and current hostile nature of the ARC, conclusion is drawn to disrupt activities whilst the transmission analysis continues.
Special Action/Stargate/Disrupt ARC Ship Foundation's Scanning/208.323
A broad beam transmission is aimed at the local region of space in order to disrupt the ARC ship's presumably careful scanning of the stargate.
As the platform only has a small number of jammers to use as the basis for this project it is unlikely to be overly successful.
The team however have noticed that there was a spike energy beam from the ship on 208.32.1 and output from the ship has increased moderately. They therefore wonder if their actions will have an effect as the ship does not react at this time. Maybe some more jammers will do the trick.
Update 208.32
Having increased the jammers the broadcast output is boosted.
The ARC ship ceases its scanning. A single message is recieved, "Cease".
At this point, an FET position reported that the Kasmer Stargate had been closed, via means unknown, though likely due to the signal being sent by the IMP triggering an ARC response. IMP Platform Cape Horn Orbital II, elected to ignore the first response received from the ARC, chartered affiliation warships vectoring in on the location.
ARC SHIP FOUNDATION (36163) - {400 Heavy Hulls} - Attacking us.
Update 208.32.5
Having had all his teeth loosened by the barrage from the first Mature ARC ship ever engaged, the officer decides it is best to cease transmitting the interference.

Battle Day 1
A few IMP and a good number of GTT warships, the first to respond made the gate orbit in the day between the request to cease and the attack, though IMP warships defending the Platform were the first to fire. The battle summary has been edited to protect armour and other information etc.
---------------------------------Battle Summary---------------------------------

ARC Foundation (36163) - Ship
Arc Adult Class Capital Ship {Advanced Heavy Armour}
Targeted by IMP Cape Horn Orbital II (30219)
Targeted by IMP Peaceforcer (26209)
Targeted by IMP Midway (21951)
Targeted by IMP Peacetaker (84113)
Targeted by IMP Peacemaker (1919)
Targeted by IMP Peacegranter (14781)
Targeted by GTT LRG fleet 10 (92719)
Targeted by GTT LRG fleet 14 (69894)
Targeted by GTT LRG fleet 3 (77559)
Destroyed GTT LRG fleet 21 (44702) -
Targeted by GTT LRG fleet 17 (53973)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 31 (13827)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 15 (69091)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 18 (65994)
Targeted by GTT LRG fleet 7 (9521)
Targeted by GTT Battleship 8 (76289)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 16 (66873)
Targeted by GTT LRG fleet 11 (75809)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 12 (75043)
Targeted by GTT Battleship 4 (94010)
Targeted by GTT Battleship 5 (86233)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 11 (77356)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 17 (67025)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 10 (78512)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 21 (58771)
Targeted by GTT LRG fleet 8 (97637)
Targeted by GTT LRG fleet 20 (51257)
Destroyed GTT LRG fleet 18 (52082)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 30 (13710)
Destroyed GTT LRG fleet 2 (76462)
Targeted by GTT LRG fleet 9 (91786)
Targeted by GTT LRG fleet 4 (66668)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 14 (68773)
Destroyed GTT LRG fleet 12 (72327)
Targeted by GTT Battleship 3 (60410)
Targeted by GTT LRG fleet 19 (52479)
Targeted by GTT Light Cruiser 1 (91938)

The ARC ship exhibited excellent defensive systems and withstood the 4 rounds of attack, including fire from a 1400 Hull platform, which suffered slightly more that Ľ damage in return. 4 GTT Gun Boats were also destroyed.
Battle Day 2 – The fleet arrive.
Signalling the end for the ARC, a small number of the combined IMP, GTT and FET battle fleets arrived to finish the job, in the region of 200 in all. Due to a targeting computer malfunction 3 IND freighters, trying to use the gate, were caught up in a friendly fire incident and utterly destroyed, 3 IMP Capital ships were also destroyed in the encounter.
---------------------------------Battle Summary---------------------------------

IND ZZ Innocence (68622) - Ship
Retreated from battle
IND ZZ Seraphim (74789) - Ship
Tempest Class Freighter {No Armour}
BLOWN UP!
IND ZZ Charity (15721) - Ship
Tempest Class Freighter {No Armour}
BLOWN UP!
IND ZZ Chaste (16832) - Ship
Tempest Class Freighter {No Armour}
BLOWN UP!
ARC Foundation (36163) - Ship
Arc Adult Class Capital Ship {Advanced Heavy Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
Attacking IMP Frampton Fen (96864)
Destroyed IMP LBG Horatio Nelson (49603)
Destroyed IMP cramwell (92733)
Attacking IMP Peacegranter (14781)
Destroyed IMP Sacred Cow (1608)
BLOWN UP!
IMP Cape Horn Orbital II (30219) - Platform
IMP Peaceforcer (26209) - Ship
IMP Midway (21951) - Ship
IMP Peacetaker (84113) - Ship
IMP Peacemaker (1919) - Ship
IMP Peacegranter (14781) - Ship
Destroyed ARC Foundation (36163) - 24831 [24000] Damage
IMP Grantham (748) - Ship
IMP Falkirk (497) - Ship
IMP Stirling Bridge (1232) - Ship
IMP Dunbar (1368) - Ship
IMP Vanquished Viper (1426) - Ship
IMP Sacred Cow (1608) - Ship
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris
IMP Bannockburn (1726) - Ship
IMP Lance (1753) - Ship
IMP Dupplin Moor (2077) - Ship
IMP Waddington (56605) - Ship
IMP Sneezy (2412) - Ship
IMP New Bolingbroke (8157) - Ship
IMP Loudon Hill (3007) - Ship
IMP Halton Holegate (56604) - Ship

IMP Tattershall (72528) - Ship
IMP Ruskington (96932) - Ship
IMP Mons Graupius (4560) - Ship
IMP Skien (4561) - Ship
IMP Mareham Fen (65141) - Ship
IMP Smarg (4857) - Ship
IMP Break And Enter (36578) - Ship
IMP Cow Bridge (79515) - Ship
IMP Bourne (81267) - Ship
IMP Gedney Drove End (96519) - Ship
IMP Keal Hill (32045) - Ship
IMP Waddington (72367) - Ship
IMP cramwell (92733) - Ship
Destroyed ARC Foundation (36163)
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris
IMP Largs (64301) - Ship
IMP Arkinholm (50560) - Ship
IMP Hand of Fate (47581) - Ship
IMP Nechtansmere (39846) - Ship
IMP Carham (40199) - Ship
IMP Old Leake (25863) - Ship
IMP Carrington (38718) - Ship
IMP Amberhill (11031) - Ship
IMP Sutterton (20010) - Ship
IMP Dadalus (90527) - Ship
IMP Serborous (64230) - Ship
IMP The Monolith (44231) - Ship
IMP North Shore (25196) - Ship
IMP Aftermath (23322) - Ship
IMP Deaths' Apprentice (23516) - Ship
IMP Ingoldmells (78541) - Ship
IMP Humber (5042) - Ship
IMP Thors' Hammer (55690) - Ship
IMP Full Throttle (43974) - Ship
IMP Skendleby (33841) - Ship
IMP Partney (26939) - Ship
IMP Barton (86988) - Ship
IMP Corby (84325) - Ship
IMP LB Enforcer (48814) - Ship
IMP Methven (80759) - Ship
IMP LB Durham (60014) - Ship
IMP Flodden (43840) - Ship
IMP Market Rasen (46195) - Ship
IMP Frampton Fen (96864) - Ship
Destroyed ARC Foundation (36163)
IMP Little Hale (82003) - Ship
IMP Wales (61350) - Ship
IMP Beverley (60347) - Ship
IMP Frampton Marsh (41960) - Ship
IMP glasby (63550) - Ship
IMP Scunthorpe (90894) - Ship
IMP Spital (29932) - Ship
IMP Remonstrator (3162) - Ship
IMP Beatty (75642) - Ship
IMP Enphili (51879) - Ship
IMP Wingate (91851) - Ship
IMP Montgomery (22848) - Ship
IMP Oudh (83261) - Ship
IMP Kastellan (27359) - Ship
IMP Golden Eagle (69915) - Ship
IMP Reprisal (6754) - Ship
IMP Hesperus (39011) - Ship
IMP Jellicoe (41535) - Ship
IMP Hamburg (10243) - Ship
IMP Hardy (36213) - Ship
IMP Paris (81628) - Ship
IMP Athens (30824) - Ship
IMP Sea Eagle (75520) - Ship
IMP LBG Balarion (64670) - Ship
IMP LBG Francis Drake (61555) - Ship
IMP LBG White Squall (14436) - Ship
IMP LBG Blenheim (234) - Ship
IMP LBG Jellicoe (84427) - Ship
IMP LBG Genghis Khan (85770) - Ship
IMP LBG U.S. Grant (2025) - Ship
IMP LBG Hannibal Barca (38885) - Ship
IMP LBG Gaius Marius (78758) - Ship
IMP LBG Marcus Agrippa (32244) - Ship
IMP LBG Horatio Nelson (49603) - Ship
Destroyed ARC Foundation (36163)
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris
IMP Portes D'Enfer (38724) - Ship
IMP Formidable (58448) - Ship
IMP Vandal Hearts (743) - Ship
IMP Finality (1620) - Ship
IMP Violent Disposition (1789) - Ship
IMP Botany Bay (18093) - Ship
IMP Fall of Man (3946) - Ship
IMP Killin' Time (4873) - Ship
IMP Totally Judgemental (23169) - Ship
IMP Indomitable (66494) - Ship
IMP Agamemnon (27314) - Ship
IMP Odysseus (31732) - Ship
IMP Explicit Lyrics (27346) - Ship
IMP Lord and Master (67307) - Ship
IMP Bloodlust (14972) - Ship
IMP Game Over (337) - Ship
IMP Great Godess (365) - Ship
IMP Toxic Playground (528) - Ship
IMP Red October (90155) - Ship
IMP Empress Sarah (979) - Ship
IMP Princess Royal (1052) - Ship
IMP Sans Pareil (1103) - Ship
IMP End of Days (2068) - Ship
IMP The Blacksmith (3379) - Ship
IMP Heroic Endeavour (3873) - Ship
IMP Dire Consequence (4760) - Ship
IMP Red Mist (23011) - Ship
IMP Cardigan Bay (42310) - Ship
IMP Lightning Strikes (97257) - Ship
IMP Illustrious (47544) - Ship
IMP Retired Pirate (39494) - Ship
IMP The Guardian (31507) - Ship
IMP The Sentinel (13169) - Ship
IMP Deliberate Show (16203) - Ship
IMP Messenger God (14162) - Ship
IMP Tactical Grace (13401) - Ship
IMP Prince Consort (57496) - Ship
IMP Vision Express (77754) - Ship
IMP Eternal Silence (9262) - Ship
IMP Immortal Law (17109) - Ship
IMP Furious (21075) - Ship
IMP Morpheus (58972) - Ship
IMP Archer God (15285) - Ship
IMP Cypress Hill (70671) - Ship
IMP Brawn (62574) - Ship
IMP Sun Tzu (34338) - Ship
IMP Black Earl (7101) - Ship
IMP Kohr-Ah (75694) - Ship
IMP Magnificent (21448) - Ship
IMP Black Prince (92904) - Ship
IMP Raging Seas (3579) - Ship
IMP Pegasus (32412) - Ship
IMP Watching Brief (13938) - Ship
GTT Lighting Force 3 (8372) - Ship
GTT LRG fleet 17 (53973) - Ship
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris
GTT Arbritrator (18551) - Ship
GTT Imperial 23 (62747) - Ship
GTT Imperial 1 (84853) - Ship
GTT Imperial 12 (653) - Ship
GTT Imperial 14 (34069) - Ship
GTT Pikeman 2 (19890) - Ship
GTT DHP defender 4 (21747) - Ship
GTT Imperial 18 (5999) - Ship
GTT DHP defender 6 (49556) - Ship
GTT Imperial 11 (19597) - Ship
GTT Imperial 16 (57804) - Ship
GTT Imperial 15 (69280) - Ship
GTT Pocket Battleship 9 (25725) - Ship
GTT Escorter 1 (20058) - Ship
GTT DHP defender 17 (88283) - Ship
GTT Pikeman 4 (89536) - Ship
GTT Fast Destroyer 1 (65569) - Ship
GTT Voodo's Revenge (32844) - Ship
GTT Warship1 (52419) - Ship
GTT DHP defender 20 (89807) - Ship
GTT Imperial 20 (83321) - Ship
GTT Imperial 24 (69619) - Ship
GTT Mick 6 (48571) - Ship
GTT Gothic BB 13 (29632) - Ship
GTT SlayerM1 (41089) - Ship
GTT Capital Destroyer 6 (45648) - Ship
GTT Mick 3 (59744) - Ship
GTT Destroyer 1 (76964) - Ship
FET Screaming Death (955) - Ship
FET Zakhara (1133) - Ship
FET Starblade (2313) - Ship
FET Sorrowful Death (18063) - Ship
FET Bokrug (21555) - Ship
FET Tyr (28326) - Ship
FET Nyarlathotep (34443) - Ship
FET Carrier Alpha (34660) - Ship
FET Crystal Dragon (36023) - Ship
FET Nazco (37547) - Ship
FET Carrier Beta (38924) - Ship
FET Earth Dragon (39491) - Ship
FET Iron Dragon (41433) - Ship
FET Dark Young (41546) - Ship
FET Nightgaunt II (42674) - Ship
FET Painful Death (48583) - Ship
FET Sigyn (49329) - Ship
FET Sif (50024) - Ship
FET Darkness (54678) - Ship
FET Starspawn II (54947) - Ship
FET Hastur II (55895) - Ship
FET Loki (60286) - Ship
FET Winter Dragon (61594) - Ship
FET Baldur (71233) - Ship
FET Fafnir (78534) - Ship
FET Stardart (83477) - Ship
FET Odin (84341) - Ship
FET Catch Up (85014) - Ship
FET Valhalla Calling (86906) - Ship
FET Thor (94362) - Ship

***

We here at the IGN would like to thank the IMP for this rare and valuable insight.

Kasmer Stargate
With the Stargate closed to all traffic following the ARC interferance, it is understood the re-opening of the gate became a priority.
Fortunately it seems as if re-initialising the gate was a relatively simple procedure, and the Imperial Services are reporting that the gate has re-opened, and normal service has been resumed for all wishing to transit.

ARC Menace
With the ARC Ship Foundation destroyed in battle by the combined IMP/FET/GTT navies, there are increasing rumblings throughout known space. Our newsroom has received dozens of reports of transient sightings of further giant ARC ships prowling the dark outer reaches of systems throughout the Inner and Outer Capellan peripheries, including a sighting in Capella itself.
Whatever they were trying to do to the stargate network remains a mystery, but one thing is for certain, the Architects plans will not be foiled by the destruction of one vessel.

Subspace Static - 208.37  [Recruit]


No issue for this week.

Subspace Static - 208.38  [Recruit]


No issue for this week.

Subspace Static - 208.39  [Recruit]

Lord Goth Surrenders

Following his outspoken condemnation of pirates and those who support them, the pirate mercenary company Wolfpack promptly made it their business to inflict maximum hurt upon GTT holdings.
In a day of action Wolfpack forces captured 9 GTT outposts, mostly in the Wastelands system, and a further 3 more destroyed by orbital bombardment. We have received partial details of the targets:

GTT OUTPOST SARAH FIB (24328)
1 Hiport (1016)
7 Mine (1002)
GTT OUTPOST MISA041 (89682)
1 Command Centre (1000)
1 Domes (1007)
2 Hiport (1016)
6 Mine (1002)
1 Teleporter (1022)
GTT OUTPOST INFLAN1 (43928)
1 Command Centre (1000)
3 Domes (1007)
1 Hiport (1016)
4 Mine (1002)
3 Orbital Dock (1008)
GTT OUTPOST WASGID 1 (6900)
2 Cave (1021)
1 Command Centre (1000)
1 Hiport (1016)
1 Mine (1002)
1 Teleporter (1022)
GTT OUTPOST WASSAH2 (82828)
1 Command Centre (1000)
1 Factory (1001)
4 Mine (1002)

The Wolfpack mercs then demanded an apology and climb down from Lord Goth, or they would destroy the outposts and scrap all of the materiel collected at them.
Following a tense standoff Lord Goth bowed to the pressure from the Wolfpack mercs, a humiliation that seemed to satisfy the Wolfpack, as they agreed to call off their vendetta against the GTT.

Pirate Large
It is understood a Falconian freighter has fallen to Pirate Large

Compensation
The GTT have indicated that they have paid full and generous reparations to the owner of the IND vessels that were destroyed during the recent battle with the ARC at the Kasmer Stargate.
While unhappy with the loss of his vessels, the IND trader in question is understood to be happy with this settlement, and the statement from the leader of the GTT that his organisation takes their responsibilities to offer such compensation very seriously indeed.

Gandolph On The Run
The ex-Patrol Commissioner who was recently unveiled as Pirate Large remains on the run this week, following his escape from what many are now calling the criminally incompetent Imperial Security Services.
It is still unclear exactly how much in the way of men vessels and material he was able to abscond with, but what is certain is that Pirate Large remains a major threat to the security of the Peripheries.

Pressure Mounts On Viceroy
Our newsroom continues to be contacted by large numbers of civilians throughout the Peripheries asking why the Imperial Viceroy is yet to offer any compensation to the victims of pirate Large, when it is apparent that Large had the backing of the Imperial Services.
We would ask the Viceroy for his opinion on this, but we think he probably doesn’t want to see IGN reporters at the moment.

Pirate Large
The one-time Imperial Patrol Commissioner and now renegade Pirate Large has been in operation this week striking against a GTT target.
Large has reported the action as follows:

“Ahhargghhh me hearties........... It be aye............... Pirate Large................

I as been tolds that the censorin will get better on ere likes an to keep posting me stuff, so ill give it a go, if it dun work out then fu..........ooo nearly slipped up there.
anyways me an me boys as been on a well earned holiday aye we as, we wen [censored], drinkin, gamblin, etc etc.
now we be back at works aye an we started off as befores, an we be, well, [censored], drinkin, gamblin etc etc
well we looked at this ere Goff bloke, all gob likes he is, an i thought id tickle the GTT a bit, i carn believe he as been bought out already an duns a deal wiv other pirates to lay off em, seems a poof to me but there yee goes.
me boys readied thee weapons for a fire fight an wen up against the large GTT outpost, GTT OUTPOST XXXXX (88267) - {1-4} 466 kMus (info removed fer tacti reasons)
a very easy battle it be an we tooks it.
out of the employees nearly 700 there be, quite a few of em were keen on Gofs attitude, so i showed em the error o their ways aye an took me pound o flesh out of em.
[censored]
i as left now an decommissoned the place, so it be nice doin business wivs yer. although i will have to admit this not be my types o business, no profit in it fer me, an unusual thing fer me to say i knows, but it was more fer a bit o revenge likes, i doubts this will be me motive long term, ill be back in me usual full blown ways aye.
i is also gettin me ships out there more, i is watchin yee now a bit more, so keeps yer eyes peeled.
any ways im sure you will hear more from the Glorious Adventures of the
pirate ship Large(and friends).............aahaaarrgh”

FLZ Press Release
The Flagritz Empire have released the following press release regarding the recent increase in their trading activities:
“The FLZ welcomes recent trade efforts of certain affiliations selling their goods at our starbase "_Cliriq Lijori" (2875) located in Solo easily accessible to all affiliations thanks to the AFT free trade policy.
We welcome the set up of any trade route with all affiliations. We have a strong morale code. A fine example of how races can live trade and work together in harmony.”

GTT Pirates?
Some curious action was fought this week when a number of pirate vessels bearing imitation GTT flags launched an attack against a RIP outpost.
It is thought the pirates painted the GTT markings on the sides of their ships as a means towards insulting Lord Goth, whose recent actions have earnt him the attentions of pirates throughout the Peripheries.

Yet More Pirates
The Detinus Republic news agencies are reporting a pirate scout attack against the primary DTR trading base of New Darien in the Venice system.
The pirate ground party, calling itself ‘Pirate 23’, was destroyed in short order.

Architects
Our newsroom has received reports of increased sightings of a new ARC vessel moving within the Peripheries. It is understood the vessel carries the slightly ominous sounding name of Delegation.

Tyranny Mourns In Remembrance
The Prides of the Tyranny have been in mourning this week, remembering the anniversary of the 'Trophy Massacre' the single greatest loss of Felini life since the assault on our homeworld. when the psychotic ( by Flagritz standards) Emperor Eatzbaybees has tens of thousands of Felini prisoners of war executed before publicly gloating and offering to sell the remains as trophies to any race that wanted them.

Phoenix SSS: 207 week 32 day 5

Quote:

Underlings,
As many of you may know, we recently exterminated many tens of
thousands feline prisoners. The resulting pile of bones and charred furry
bits has left us with an opportunity for trade. Once we remove the felines
from battlefield and so can move our cargos to market, we will be
selling Feline trophy bones (**) at reasonable rates.
Mass orders can be made in advance. This is a very sustainable
resource there are lots of trophies to go round.


Pirate Sighting
Pirate vessels have been spotted in the lawless Storm system, leading to worries that an attack might be imminent.

Pirate Sighting
A pirate vessel named the Ears Of Large has been sighted in the Acropolis system.

** Periphery Classifieds **

Contact
The COH are requested to contact the FLZ Empire immediately.

FEL Ship Darxia
Date 36.4: FEL SHIP Darxia (19857) docked.
The following ship is docked at a secure IMPerial Facility. You have one day to leave or you will be boarded.
Message Repeats.......
Date 36.4: FEL SHIP Darxia (19857) docked.

The following ship is docked at a secure IMPerial Facility. You have one day to leave or you will be boarded.
Message Repeats.......

Attention Bounty Hunters
The following ships, believed owned by Pirate Large, are on the IMP posted list:-
|-Posted List------------------------------------------------------------------|
| |
| IND SHIP Union (16075) - 5000 stellar bounty |
| IND SHIP Krabs (22752) - 5000 stellar bounty |
| IND SHIP TS Romeo II (24451) - 5000 stellar bounty |
| IND SHIP Krabs (40997) - 5000 stellar bounty |
| IND SHIP Krabs (52578) - 5000 stellar bounty |
| IND SHIP Krabs (71487) - 5000 stellar bounty |
| IND SHIP small ore fetcher (90273) - 5000 stellar bounty |
Catch them and the stellars are yours.

Contact Request
OPS Contact FLZ immediately.
****
Contacts:
Editor: Simon Field - sss [dot] editor [at] googlemail [replacetoavoidspamdot] com

Subspace Static - 208.40  [Recruit]

Lord Goth Assassinated

The Wolfpack Mercenary company have broken news of the shock assassination of the GTT security director Lord Goth, with the following simple communication to our newsroom:
“Today Lord Goth was terminated by one of my operatives. Please put it in the SSS.
Not often we have a major political assassinated.
Assassinate {40161}
Starbase detected our actions.
Lord Goth (40161) was successfully eliminated.
Total TU cost for this action is 50
This action cost you 10000 stellars

The security director of the GTT is dead.

Wolfgang,
Wolfpack Squadron.”

Following some initial and hardly surprising confusion, we have indeed been able to confirm that Lord Goth has perished.
There has as yet been no official GTT response, though the office of the late Lord Goth has indicated they have several strong leads on who might have been behind the attack, and who the backers of the Wolfpack Mercs is.
We expect there to be more news on this over the coming weeks and months.

RIP Under Attack
Everybody’s favourite innocents the RIP have come under attack in one of their secure systems this week by a number of pirate ground parties.
Despite suggestions that this was some sort of stunt to try and demonstrate that the RIP were no friends of pirates, and the RIPs refusal to accept the military support offered by the Detinus Republic (which admittedly would have included a massively over the top orbital bombardment), it seems clear that the RIP have indeed suffered once again at the hands of the Imperial Services, uh, we mean, pirates.
Allegedly.
Okay, we’re sure it had nothing to do with the IMP.
Will that satisfy our lawyers?

Imperial Forces Publicly Declare Support For Pirate Large
There have been shocking scenes this week that were brought to our attention by a concerned reader, when the newly promoted Imperial Patrol Commissioner General Ike Kreiger was heard to say, and we quote:
"Pirate Large ... I know you only want to help, really that's the kind
of guy you are" - General Ike Krieger

As one reader puts it: “I am concerned at the level of respect the commissioner is showing towards one of the more notorious pirates. Has the level of corrupting within the Imperial Services reached such a level that scant weeks after taking on the position the commissioner is favouring such scum?”

Pirate Destroyed
The AFT and SMS destroyed a pirate Ambush Class Destroyer in Solo this week when it entered orbit of SMS Fortress.
The Ambush Class Destroyer is an ex-DNA design, a number of which defected to the Flagritz to continue their war of attrition against the Consortium, which has sparked speculation that the FLZ may have been behind this attack. Though it is unclear as to why they might have felt the need to re-flag their vessel as a pirate before launching the strike.

Pirate Destroyed
The pirate vessel Eyes Of Large has been destroyed in the inner reaches of the Tycoon system when two IMP and SMS patrols happened to intercept it. A GTT warship was also involved in the action, which saw the small pirate scout thoroughly blasted into pieces.

Action In Skye
A small pirate ground party has tickled the defences of the Felini Starbase Arrakeen on the planet Squamata. It is thought this scouting party was intended to uncover the strength of the FEL defenders, perhaps in preparation for some larger action.

Black Dog
Strange rumours are circulating that the pirate Black Dog might be intending to go straight, though honestly we gave up trying to decipher his poorly spelt and grammatically apocalyptic transmissions, seriously, can NOBODY in the pirating fraternity afford a spellchecker?

Architects
As reported a few weeks ago, it has now been confirmed due to observations of the movements of ARC vessels, that they do indeed possess some sort of super-fast transit system between Periphery systems. Speculation is rife that there may be a hidden network of Architect wormholes that they utilise, or perhaps some form of super-efficient jump drive along the lines of the Hyper Drive system, but even better.

Helping Hand
The Flagritz Emperor has surprisingly offered his assistance to Felini ships, with the following communication:
“Does the Felini need maintenance in Crusade?
We would be pleased to offer a maintenance facility for you, if you
would like to detail ships needing maintenance.
Location:
Crusade (47) - {Gamma,4}
FEL CF Atlaua (19531) - Ship
Lynx Jester Class Heavy Cruiser {Medium Ablative Armour}
Armour: 59.8 Scints: 6.5
Hull Damage: 28.0%
INTEGRITY BREAKDOWN - Ship reduced to debris
From
Baw Xok (43450) FLZ (Cliriq)
Emperor - Flagritz Empire”

ARC
The Architect vessel ‘Delegation’ has been spotted at the Twinkle stargate, where it too seems to be engaged in some sort of mysterious communication with the stargate network.
Investigations by several periphery powers are underway, but nobody has as yet cared to air an opinion as to what the ARC might be up to.

Falconian Empire
In other major news this week, it seems as if the Falconian Empire has been overthrown. The office of Darius Shirazi has issued the following press release:
“Citizens, Friends and Other Interested Parties:
I would like to announce that as of today, I have seized control of
the Empire in a bloodless coup. My first priority will be to bring
order to the Empire and establish diplomatic relations with all
parties especially our allies in the Consortium and our friends and
trading parties elsewhere.
Please be advised whilst I will endeavour to maintain business as usual
in matters of trade and wish to fulfil any existing treaty
obligations, it would be in everybody's interest if you get in touch
to discuss these matters.
Finally, the old Emperor is presumed alive and well and will be given
a generous pension and a size-able position in running our interests
in Yank and Storm once he returns to public life. For the moment, all
your inquiries can be handled by my office.
Peace Be Upon You,
Darius Shirazi”

IGN reporters stationed at our Falencia offices are reporting that Darius Shirazi gathered representatives of the civilian government, military officers, House leaders and other notable Falconians together to tell them that the time for Emperors was over and the Falconians will enter a new age of democracy.
There are rumours that significant gifts were given to the Falconian hierarchy in order to encourage their co-operation, but this rumour has been neither confirmed nor denied by any of the parties involved.
Further it is apparent that many of the heads and nobles declined the offer and a few did not even bother to respond. Many civilian officials also gave excuses.
To understand why is to view the history of the Empire. The world itself is dominated by noble houses and their interest is their own territory. The first Emperor was an outsider not belonging to any one noble house and to his banner flocked other Falconians that either wanted to leave the planet or had been exiled from their factions. This is why the Empire might control other planets, but is little more than a guest on its homeworld.
Humans have compared Falconia to Ancient Rome where they controlled cities and lands beyond the gates and these were defended by armies but within the walls of Rome itself, there were no police or armies.
According to a straw poll taken by our reporters in the aeries of the Falconian capital, the general consensus of opinion is that if the current Emperor wishes to rename the Empire a Republic, he is more than capable; for the majority of the populace, they really don't give a damn what is happening off-world and continue their perpetual squabbles.
Several IGN reporters suffered severe pecking injuries during their research for this story.

Falconians Celebrate Birth Of Democracy
Celebrations have been held to mark the birth of the Falconian Republic, with
50,000 Moh Prize Cattle being given to the civilians of Falencia in an effort to ease them into the new dawn of democracy.
While it is safe to say that many civilians do not care whether the current emperor declares his faction an empire or a republic, they are not stupid enough to miss out on a free party and the region around Falencia has been thronged with civilians for days.
IGN reporters were on hand to witness the 50,000 cattle being swooped on and shredded in an orgy of blood and guts while the walls (and it has to be said, IGN reporters) were hung with tatters of bloody fur for kilometres around.
In related news, the IGN is looking to recruit new reporters for a number of exciting job opportunities that have opened up in the Falconian Republic.

Piracy
The SMS vessel EI-T Blois has fallen to the pirate vessel Quatre Bras.
The Quatre Bras has been confirmed as an ex-DTR Broadsword class Heavy Cruiser that was captured by Pirate Large during the operation at the pirate asteroid base Treasure Chest.

**Special Report**
In Pursuit Of The ARC
The Inter-Galactic Newsroom has received the following special report from the Imperial Services regarding their ongoing altercations with the Architects. Again we would like to thank the Imperial Services for their contribution to the press.
The following information is being provided under the authority of the Imperial Council, some details have been removed in the compilation on this report to protect information of a sensitive nature.

Background
Following the attack on Imperial forces at the Kasmer stargate, a pair of ARC ships, an adult and a youngster were spotted, grounded, in an Imperial system. Following the previous naval engagement, the decision was taken to send in the ground pounders and see if the ships could not be captured, General Duke Krieger lead the forces to storm the grounded vessels.
Star Date 208.35.4
Boarding Action for the Control of ARC Nymph (64208) – Arc Adult
Sensored
ARC Nymph (64208) has fallen to the attackers.

The youngster (Hulk Class Destroyer) was also captured following a similar raid, by a crack squad of 500 army rangers and supporting units.
The dual attacks which occurred simultaneously, lead to the capture of the entire list of ARC installed tech, including the fearsome weapon arrays and the ARC mind, which appeared to be dormant and did not respond to attack. Theories were considered as the nature of the relationship of the two ships and lack of response, perhaps an exhausting experience?, mother and child?, no firm conclusions were drawn.
Imperial ships where vectored to support and blockade, whilst extraction was conducted, and in preparation of a retaliatory strike from the ARC, that response happened the day following when the ARC SHIP MOTIVATION (21465) arrived, before complete mobilisation or the IMP and allied GTT/FET forces had been completed, the orbital bombardment that was then delivered was of such magnitude, both the captured hulk and adult where utterly destroyed along with all installed technology, the surviving marines, counted many dead in their number from splash damage, only their extensive training prevented further losses, the speed of the response was un-thinkable, for a ship thought to be nowhere near this location.
The following day the dispatched allied fleet arrived, and made good orbit to engage the ARC ship, it however made it escapes (under the leave combat flag) and then smashed through a small blockade of cruisers already in attendance, sustaining heavy damage in so doing. The Imperial fleet gave chase, tracking the wounded vessel to another allied system, there it was again found to be landed, no doubt licking its wounds.
The Imperial response on this occasion, left nothing to chance, covering both ground and naval options, the forces of General Krieger were again dispatched, and a complete blockade established, the general on this occasion was not in attendance, many have theorised the consequences of his absence in the results that now follow.
Star Date 208.37.5 – Round 1
Attempting to board ARC SHIP Motivation (21465).
Boarding Action for the Control of ARC Motivation (21465)
---------------------------------------------------------
Sensored
Boarding Failed.

Star Date 208.38.1 – Round 2
Attempting to board ARC SHIP Motivation (21465).
Boarding Action for the Control of ARC Motivation (21465)
Sensored
Boarding Failed.

Star Date 208.38.2 – Round 3
Attempting to board ARC SHIP Motivation (21465).
Boarding Action for the Control of ARC Motivation (21465)
Sensored
Boarding Failed.
The following broken transmissions were taken from the intercom of private Hudson who survived the attempts to storm the ARC ship, and is now rumoured to be peeling potatoes at Fort Krieger:
“It cut the power”. “What do you mean, "*it* cut the power"? How could it cut the power, man? It’s an animal man!”
“I got signals. I got readings, in front and behind.”
“Look, I'm telling ya, there's somethin' movin' and it ain't us! Tracker's off scale, man. They're all around us, man. Jesus!”
“Oh dear Lord Jesus, this ain't happening, man... This can't be happening, man! This isn't happening!”
“It’s coming outta the walls. It’s coming outta the goddamn walls. Let's book!”
“Hey, maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!”
“Let's just bug out and call it even, OK? What are we talking about this for?”
“That's it man, game over man, game over! What the f**k are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?”
-------------------------
A further drop was made as the troops prepared for the 4th round, clearly the ARC mind in this case was ready for attack following the capture of the Nymph in the weeks previous, but the ARC ship Motivation had clearly had it fill of the sustained ground attacks, and decided to take its chances with the waiting naval forces in Blockade of the planetary body, a poor choice as it turns out, 1 cruiser, 1 carrier and 3 capital ships were lost in the fire fight.
Star Date 208.38.2
ARC Motivation (21465) - Ship
Arc Adult Class Capital Ship {Advanced Heavy Armour}
Armour: Sensored Scints: Sensored
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP
Targeted by IMP Foxy Lady
Targeted by IMP Vandal Hearts
Targeted by IMP Finality
Targeted by IMP KONIG
Targeted by IMP Violent Disposition
Targeted by IMP Peacemaker
Targeted by IMP STAHLBERG
Targeted by IMP Fall of Man
Targeted by IMP Frampton Fen
Targeted by IMP HESSEN
Targeted by IMP Killin' Time
Targeted by IMP Caligular
Targeted by IMP Wave Runner
Targeted by IMP Friskney
Targeted by IMP Lincoln
Targeted by IMP SKAGERRAK
Targeted by IMP Deeping St James
Targeted by IMP SIEGFRIED
Targeted by IMP Botany Bay
Targeted by IMP Scunthorpe
Targeted by IMP Branston
Targeted by IMP Deeping St Nicholas
Targeted by IMP Midway
Targeted by IMP Totally Judgemental
Targeted by IMP BBG Eviscerator
Targeted by IMP Victoria
Targeted by IMP BBG Pummeler
Targeted by IMP Peaceforcer
Targeted by IMP Celestrial III
Targeted by IMP Agamemnon
Targeted by IMP Explicit Lyrics
Targeted by IMP Hull
Targeted by IMP SCHARNHORST
Targeted by IMP Fishtoft
Targeted by IMP Odysseus
Targeted by IMP Fold Hill
Targeted by IMP BBG Extinguisher
Targeted by IMP Celestrial I
Targeted by IMP Scampton
Targeted by IMP Portes D'Enfer
Targeted by IMP AX-1
Targeted by IMP Partney
Targeted by IMP Denton
Targeted by IMP Barbaric Voice
Targeted by IMP Swineshead
Targeted by IMP Octavian
Targeted by IMP Sutton on Sea
Targeted by IMP Market Deeping
Targeted by IMP Hooligan
Targeted by IMP BBG Annihilator
Targeted by IMP Woodhall Spa
Targeted by IMP Marianne
Targeted by IMP BBG Reluctant Strike
Targeted by IMP BBG Devastator
Targeted by IMP Marcus Aurelius
Targeted by IMP Repercussion
Targeted by IMP Indomitable
Targeted by IMP Grantham
Targeted by IMP Rauceby
Targeted by IMP GOEBEN
Targeted by IMP Carrington
Targeted by IMP Burtoft
Targeted by IMP Grantham
Targeted by IMP Freiston
Targeted by IMP KRONPRINZ
Targeted by IMP EISENBERG
Targeted by IMP WESTFALEN
Targeted by IMP Injustice
Targeted by IMP LUTZOW
Targeted by IMP cainby corner
Targeted by IMP BBG Imperious Excogitate
Targeted by IMP Holbeach
Targeted by IMP AX-12
Targeted by IMP Butterwick
Targeted by IMP Fishtoft
Targeted by IMP Peacetaker
Targeted by IMP Ramification
Targeted by IMP Hadrian
Targeted by IMP Frampton Fen
Targeted by IMP THURINGEN
Targeted by IMP DEUTSCHLAND
Targeted by IMP Celestrial IV
Targeted by IMP Great Hale
Targeted by GTT Temujin III
Targeted by GTT Dart I
Targeted by GTT Dart II
Targeted by GTT Temujin IV
Targeted by GTT WR Milford
Destroyed GTT WR Rose
Targeted by GTT WR Delicia
Targeted by FET Quagmire
Targeted by FET Dorset
Targeted by FET Radial
Targeted by FET Oakville
Targeted by FET Phonak
Targeted by FET Morfoam
Targeted by FET Sackville
Targeted by FET Makkovik
Targeted by FET Dividends
Targeted by FET Morflex
Targeted by FET Terror
Targeted by FET Printex
Targeted by FET Blacksmith
Targeted by FET Pasadena
Targeted by IMP Gedney Drove
Destroyed IMP SCHEER
Destroyed IMP Caister
Destroyed IMP Margot
Destroyed IMP Formidable

Star Date......................
Arc Ship Delegation spotted at Kasmer Stargate, moving to Twinkle..............the saga continues .......
Imperial Service Announcement
The Imperial services would like to extend their thanks to the allied affiliations for their continued support in this matter.

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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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