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Subspace Static - 208.41.5  [Recruit]

Birth Of The Falconian Republic
The new leader of the Republic, Darius Shirazi, has appeared on Falconian news services giving the following statement, “By the decree of the Emperor I declare the name of the affiliation to be the Falconian Republic henceforth. I will organise the outcast affiliation politicals and the running of our bases on Republican principles not seen since the days of ancient Rome.”
The last Emperor has thus stepped down and a new enlightened era is announced for the affiliation as a Republic. This should give greater stability to the faction and dictates by power hungry Emperors will be a thing of the past.

Pirate Destroyed
A small pirate scout vessel nosing around the Venice system has been destroyed whilst attempting to enter orbit of Cyprus.

Falconian Press Release – War Declared!
“Despite repeated efforts to establish peaceful diplomatic relations with the Ulian Stellar Nation (34) the attack on our peaceful, unarmed research outpost has left us with no choice but to declare war. The Falconians will not rest until the Ulian people know freedom and peace.
Travellers are warned Ulian is a restricted system and any vessels not flagged FCN will be treated as hostile.”

Navigational Accident
Reports are reaching our newsroom that a patrol of Detinus Republic warships has run into difficulty.
In this case ‘difficulty’ being a bloody big asteroid.
Early reports indicate that as many as three main-line warships have been destroyed, though details of the incident are heavily classified, sparking speculation about how their captains couldn’t see an asteroid coming, and whether or not it wasn’t an asteroid they were attempting to intercept at all, but perhaps some sort of super railgun munition that had been fired by the ARC.

Scout Destroyed
An SMS Scouting party has been intercepted and destroyed by the Flagritz empire. It is thought the FLZ were able to triangulate on an unguarded transmission by the single Falconian crewmember that made up the scouting group.

Imperial Press Release
The KRT currently enjoy Transit and Trade privileges in and through systems claimed by and for the Imperial Services.
Two exploration ships, designated as scouts but I am keeping this message polite, have been spotted in Outer Capellan periphery systems during the last week or so. In the interests of retaining their current privileges in our systems the KRT are requested to remove these ships forthwith.
Exploration privileges in our systems have been withdrawn from all individuals and affiliations except the Chartered affiliations and Imperial Services for some time now, and they are unlikely to be re-issued.
There is full coverage of this subject in Imperial Law, Section 2, and I suggest that the KRT hierarchy re-acquaint themselves with this. A full copy of Imperial Law is available in the public domain at:-

Imperial Law

Goth Resigns
The newly appointed GTT security director, the heir to the recently deceased Lord Goth, has resigned his post within the GTT for reasons as yet unknown.
With mounting pressure from the Wolfpack Mercs, it is thought that Goth may have left the organisation in order to try and take some of the heat off.

Pirate Large
There have been two successes for Pirate Large this week, a CIA freighter and a DTR Caravel.
As a sidenote it is understood that the captain of the DTR Freighter was Peter ‘Plucker’ Daniels, whom long-time readers may remember was the DTR entrant into the Turkey Plucking Contest at the inaugural Mohache Games several years ago.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Plucker Pete.
Pirate Large has reported on these incidents in his own inimitable way:

“Ahharrgghhhh me hearties……………….
It be aye…………….
Pirate Large……………

Well me boys as been in business agen this ere week aye, after we spotted a CIA ship Last Caress (60117)in the Yank system.
Me boys moved into the area keeping an eye outs as usual an rushed alongside her ready to board.
50 Normal hulled ship she be, no match for thee…
26 crewman on board aye, a small contingent of em be vet marines, but me boys wen berserk an killed em all except 1, an by eck did she gets some action that night, all though in all fairness, so did some o the others aye, dirty beggars be on board my ship aye thar be.
Anyways another ship be a taken, wiv cargo onboard as well, which we got out and clear.
Garrr..... to cheer me self up I wen to a recent game of rugby aye, a big game it be, an I got 2 great seats on the try line of the final, however my other seat be empty aye.
This ere guy sittin next to me says “I am puzzled mate, a great seat like that, whys it empty”
Well I says to him, “these ere seats were a gift I won from the Jiggly room in a game of thwack your meat garr, 2 seats to this ere final for me an me girlfriend/wife, only she took one broadside in a boarding action aye she did like an died.
The guy sitting next to me gives me his apologies but he still cant get over the fact that the seat is empty, so he asks
“couldn’t you find anyone else to take this great seat at the try line at the final?? A friend or a relative??”
I smiled back at him an said “ No mate, they’re all at the funeral”

Ahharrgghhh me hearties…………
It be aye…………
Pirate Large………….

Garr, it be busy at the moments aye, me boys as been polishin their nobs like thar be out a fashion aye they be, as we spotted this ere DTR 75 light huller off thee starboard quarter.
Weapon n cutlass be ready an me boys lined up again the DTR ship Final Transaction (91228)
In the Acopolis system.
We forced our way inte the hulls o the ship an started to attack the marines who were defendin this ere ship.
A fair ship she be not a match fer thee…….
75% o the defenders be slaughtered in the attack, a few prisners be a taken aye an the ship be mine.
It as an unusual cargo on board this ere one, an fer a group that be at peace wiv everyones it be strange to see the cargo oldin GPs aye.

| 1 DTR GROUND PARTY Detinus 3rd Scouts (55184) - 350 mus 350 |
| 1 DTR GROUND PARTY Detinus 4th Scouts (58587) - 280 mus 280

Now this ere DTR may say aye, that they be pickin them up, but don you finds it funny that they be following numerically?? So are they pickin them up in the reverse order they dropped em off, or do yee reckons they is doin the dirty on them thar IMPs/GTT lot.
They be ready to join us ere pirates if they is, underhanded beggars.
Anyways I couldn take the risk that they gives away any info, so out the airlock the lot went. The ship be nice havin a hyperdrive on board as well, also unusual for a measley 75 huller aye.
Anyways a good day was ad……..

BREAKIN NEWS………..
Pirate Large investments hits the brown stuff as bank of Iceshave goes tits up, if only I invested me money wiv that Angela Merkel bird, she says one thing, goes home and screws everyone she just met, now that be the bird to old my loot aye.
Breakin News……….
It be reported me boys as been in action today, sounds like bad news fer one of me ships..more to follow
any ways im sure you will hear more from the Glorious Adventures of the
pirate ship Large(and friends).............aahaaarrgh

Wolfpack
With recent developments indicating that the Wolfpack mercenaries have now re-branded themselves as a pirate organisation, it seems nobody is now safe from their depredations. Particularly if they are flying GTT flags.
The Wolfpack are reporting two victories this week:
“I think the GTT need a new security director. GTT freighter taken from under the nose of 3 escorts and not a shot fired!

Scanned:
GTT SHIP LITTLE PIGGY G (8351) - {75 Light Hulls}
Indiaman Class Freighter {Light Ablative Armour}
GTT SHIP LIGHT CRUISER 34 (9902) - {50 Heavy Hulls}
Pig Sticker Class Heavy Cruiser {Heavy Ablative Armour}
GTT SHIP LIGHT CRUISER 8 (79542) - {50 Heavy Hulls}
Pig Sticker Class Heavy Cruiser {Heavy Ablative Armour}
GTT SHIP LIGHT CRUISER 7 (81621) - {50 Heavy Hulls}
Pig Sticker Class Heavy Cruiser {Heavy Ablative Armour}

Board Position {8351}
Scanned:
GTT SHIP LITTLE PIGGY G (8351) - {75 Light Hulls}
Indiaman Class Freighter {Light Ablative Armour}

Attempting to board GTT SHIP Little Piggy G (8351).

Boarding Action for the Control of GTT Little Piggy G (8351)
Round 1: Battle is 104: 1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.22% control [75.78%]
1.42% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 472: 3 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.34% control [51.44%]
11.45% chance of losing control
Round 3: Battle is 599: 3 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.72% control [26.72%]
39.35% chance of losing control
GTT Little Piggy G (8351) has fallen to the attackers.

That’s the 3rd taken in a week.
Anyone short of ships?”

“Another GTT ship taken. Come on Goth, where is the defence of GTT assets?

We moved into orbit and took it with no problems at all.
Boarding Action for the Control of GTT Sicklebill (69026)
Round 1: Battle is 260: 1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.65% control [75.35%]
1.5% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 520: 1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.8% control [50.55%]
12.09% chance of losing control
Round 3: Battle is 520: 1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.92% control [25.64%]
41.12% chance of losing control
Round 4: Battle is 520: 1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.91% control [0.72%]
97.85% chance of losing control

GTT Sicklebill (69026) has fallen to the attackers.

Another 75LH ship for sale.”

FCN Press Release
Greetings
The Falconian Republic has appointed me to the post of Aedile. I will be in charge of trading matters and contracts. I will be actively seeking trade goods and markets for our own renowned products.
Trade deals will continue as normal and I will review them on their completion. feel free to contact me regarding existing arrangements.

Aedile Armand
House Magpie

**Special Report – Ulian Stellar Nation**
A contact within the new Falconian government has been kind enough to provide IGN reporters with some further background information on the Ulians, and how this war appears to have started:

Report on First Contact by Falconians:
Having been instantly attacked during a survey of the system, the captain decides that remote contact is preferential to meeting the aliens face to face. Using a number of remote drones as relays in order to prevent the signal being traced back to this location a first contact communiqué is sent to the platforms.
The response is somewhat awkward. The Ulian Stellar Nation (34) considers the Falconians to be invaders and to have committed the first hostile act. They advise the captain that all planets in this system are the sovereign property of the Nation and any attempt to deploy or collect resources will be countered with extreme prejudice.
They also point out that they have launched scouts searching for the fleet and once found they will send their fleet to engage.

Report on attempt to open Contact with Ulain Stellar Nation from Fury:
The Falconians initiate contact with the Ulian Nation from the Fury system. Initially there is no reply, then the same belligerent spokesperson for the Ulians responds. "So near instantaneous interstellar travel is possible. The Ulian Stellar Nation is therefore prepared to end its war with the Falconian Empire under the following conditions; first and foremost, navigational charts to the nearest system to Ulian are to be transferred to the Ulian Stellar Nation.
Secondly, devices that allow this travel are to be handed over the Ulian Stellar Nation and finally, this nearest system is to be evacuated by the Falconian Empire. Only once this is completed will the Ulian Stellar Nation consider the Falconian Empire a possible candidate for trade."

Declassified report on USN Communications
While military communications are shielded and/or encrypted, some low level and civilian transmissions are easy to pick up and decode. These reveal a society that has been at war for centuries. This has pervaded society down to the most basic level. The planetary environments have been corrupted through the use of chemicals and weapons, the people are aggressive and paranoid and the government has a tight grip on virtually all aspects of life. Troublemakers are executed on live broadcasts - this is providing that they are not stoned to death by the masses before they are arrested. There are even death tallies for each day, which ensures that overcrowding is kept in check. The regime will happily exterminate a few thousand people in order to get one troublemaker. Currently the hot topic appears to be invaders from outer space. The Regime has stated that it is dedicated its research to conquering this new territory for the people.

**Periphery Classifieds**

Haulage Wanted
Greetings to one and all..
Would anybody interested in bringing 26000mu of non-life form goods from Hydrae to Pegasus/Dryad please contact this office with your costs.
Many thanks
Hucuron Baalazar - SMS

Contact
Would the Governor of DTR New Darien please contact us via PM? Thanks! K!! Master ib Kl'kkl'kk
For the Iron Breth'ren (QNG)
One for All, & All for a Profit!!

Haulage Request
Greetings,

I am looking for traders with access to the DEN periphery who can provide 20K Employees* and have 20K civilians shipped back to Falconia.
If you can help please contact my office by PM with an offer for this project.
Peace Be Upon You,
Darius Shirazi
FCN PD

Contact Request
Could someone connected with the Felini starbases in the Cluster, please get in touch with me regarding possible trading & commerce? Thanks! K!! Master ib Kl'kkl'kk
For the Iron Breth'ren (QNG)
One for All, & All for a Profit!!

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

Subspace Static - 208.42  [Recruit]


No issue for this week.

Subspace Static - 208.43  [Recruit]

Nuclear Weapons Deployed

Reports have reached our newsroom that the FLZ vessel CF-DOMINATOR 3, a Dominator Class Capital Ship has launched nuclear missiles.
SMS/FEL vessels spotted the Dominator 3 in the Vanus system who scanned it and were alarmed to discover the ship was carrying nuclear weapons and launch facilities, as well as a small number of Felini slaves.
An attempt was then made by the FEL to board the vessel, which resulted in a flurry of defensive fire that included several launched nuclear missiles, leading to the destruction of the attacking FEL boarder.

DTR Endorse New FCN Government
The DTR have released the following statement to the press:
“The Detinus Republic is happy to welcome to office our friend Darius Shirazi of the Falconian Republic.
The DTR are proud to see new races and peoples embracing the principles of the democratic republic, and the freedoms that the DTR hold dear, and we consider this a great step forward for the Falconian people under the brave and visionary leadership of Consul Shirazi.
The Detinus Republic is invested in protecting democracy throughout the Peripheries, and we are prepared to protect any emerging democracies in the face of unprovoked attacks.
Freedom will always prosper.

Signed by Cassius Jerusalem, Foreign Minister.
On behalf of the Detinus House Of Lords.

Pirate Scouts
A pirate ground party has been destroyed whilst attempting to scout the Felini Starbase Montahps Mission in the Inferno system.
Another pirate ground party was similarly destroyed whilst attacking the SMS Starbase of Rockall, also in Inferno.

FET Security Director wins 100,000 stellar bet against FET CEO
In the FET boardroom there was a debate, regarding warship designs.
Both the CEO Zuvoro Norozov and the Security Director Mike Storm had clear differences of opinion on the way forward.
As the FET CEO was intent on trying to control the Security Director's choices a live-fire exercise was planned. The Security Director refused to back down.
Using identical technology, two ships were built and staffed with new officers, to minimise the effect of any particular officer's skills.
Both ships were moved to an asteroid orbit, where the contest could take place away from prying eyes. 100,000 stellars was bet on the result, so sure were both FET members on their design.
Both ships looked evenly matched. Then the shooting started...
After four rounds the CEO's ship had taken just over twice as much damage as the Security Director's ship.

MIKE SHIP (76870) - Ship
Sol Missile Ship Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 99.8 Scints: 15.0
Hull Damage: 4.2%
Targeted by PIRATE Match - Zuvoro (17068) - 1465 [3080] Damage
Attacking PIRATE Match - Zuvoro (17068) - 2965 [5500] Damage

ZUVORO SHIP (17068) - Ship
Sol Missile Ship Class Capital Ship {Heavy Armour}
Armour: 100.0
Hull Damage: 9.3%
Targeted by GTT Match - Mike (76870) - 2965 [5500] Damage
Attacking GTT Match - Mike (76870) - 1465 [3080] Damage

The Security Director Mike Storm accepted his winnings, word is that there is only one way to be promoted above his role as Security Director, that being taking over the FET as CEO...

USN News
A number of rumours have reached our news-room regarding the activities of USN raiders which have allegedly on 3 occasions boarded and captured 3 100 heavy hulled FCN warships: USN SHIP TS CARTOGRAPHER 1 (XXXX) - {100 Heavy Hulls} , USN SHIP TS EXPLORER 1 (XXXXX) - {100 Heavy Hulls} , and USN SHIP PRIZE OF WAR (XXXXX) - {100 Heavy Hulls} ... all within the Ulian system.
USN forces are also alleged to have located and attacked a hidden FCN space station conducting system research.

GTT Ship Giveaway
Heralding the age of friendship, the GTT have been giving away some of their cutting edge warships to the DTR.
Admittedly the giveaway was rapidly followed by an ‘Oops can we have our ship back please?’ message. Though it is understood the DTR were happy to oblige, pausing only to rename the vessel ‘Viva Detinus’ before parking it back at GTT fleet headquarters.

Garcia Enterprises Press Release
(Message From The Editor: This might have been run already, I just found it in my personal messages, and couldn’t remember if it had been sent out already. But I shall send it again just in case.)
Garcia Enterprises, CEO Jose Garcia convened at a disclosed location earlier this week to discuss closing Wastelands and the Winter System to any more colonization, exploration, and outposting. The board of directors voted unanimously to the idea of shutting down all new colonization and outposting saying " all affiliations currently in Wastelands and Winter have two weeks to submit their outpost and Starbase locations to Garcia's Offices. Any information obtained will be held in a secure location and will not be released to anyone. Failure to comply with the newly established laws could result in those assets being fined or worst, confiscated."
With the recent pirate activity in Wastelands Executive Red Dorne has restricted Starbases, Outposts, and Ground Parties from landing on Kalahari. Affiliations that are already present in these systems will not be allowed to colonize the system any further without first contacting Garcia's office. Garcia's offices quoted further saying " affiliations that have assets in Wastelands and Winter will be allowed to stay as long as they follow up with our offices. Furthermore they will also have to contact our offices prior to setting down new assets, and affiliations have until next Friday to submit their data to our offices before fines begin to be imposed, we are truly sorry for inconvenience that may be caused by these measures. But it is the only way to keep our assets protected". IND ships are required to submit identification information before entering GCE claimed territories. Failure to do so will result in immediate boarding and confiscation of all vessels apprehended without compensation.

Garcia Enterprises

Pirate Attack
A COH outpost in Adamski has reportedly been captured and destroyed by an as yet unknown pirate group.

Wolfpack
The Wolfpack pirates are reporting more success:
“One of my scouts was passing through and spotted this little IMP sensor ship. Solo class ships are always popular on the second hand market, so one of the Wolfpack boarding ships went in to take it. The defenders gave in quickly and the ship was safely moved out the following day.

Board Position {26920}
Scanned:
IMP SHIP THE WATCHER II (26920) - {50 Normal Hulls} - Attacking us.
Solo Class Sensor Ship {Medium Armour}
Attempting to board IMP SHIP The Watcher II (26920).
Approaching target:
Boarding Action for the Control of IMP The Watcher II (26920)
Round 1: Battle is 625: 9 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 23.68% control [76.32%]
1.33% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 553: 6 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.14% control [52.18%]
10.94% chance of losing control

IMP The Watcher II (26920) has fallen to the attackers.

As I am not a bloodthirsty pirate I always offer to return the crew.
Not had many requests yet, so the number of prisoners is building up.
Terry Jones is waiting for your call.
Terry Jones (#1) {IMP Prisoner}”
The Wolfpack are also understood to have captured an IMP Caravel, and a very old and famous SMS exploration vessel.

Retirement
The DEN VPD Se7en has announced his retirement from public office.

Pirate Destroyed
Following Pirate Larges successful capture of a DTR caravel in the Acropolis system last week, the DTR System Patrol Squadrons gained some measure of revenge by hunting down and destroying the Pirate ship Ears Of Large, which was almost certainly responsible for spotting the DTR Caravel.
A FCN patrol squadron co-ordinated with the operation that saw the small pirate vessel destroyed in short order.

Pirate Destroyed
The DTR System Patrol Squadrons had further success this week, hunting down and destroying a small pirate Carny class scout in the outer reaches of the Acropolis system. It is understood the DTR warships were on their way home following the destruction of the Ears Of Large, when they ran into a second pirate vessel.

Narrow Escape
The pirate ship Ghost Of Arachnid, operated by the Wolfpack, had a close call this week when it had a run in with a patrol of DTR warships. Despite managing to lock on with several tractor beams, the DTR patrol lost contact with the pirate in the outer reaches of the Arachnid system.

**Periphery Classifieds**

Tech For sale
Check out the public market of FET Tortuga(4734)for cheap hi tech BPs at $40000 each.
FET CEO
Zuvoro Norozov

Ships For Sale
Greetings one and all!
After the initial success of my New and Used Ship Sales …
I am very pleased to announce the introduction of some fabulous new stock!
Visit www.rip17.com/info.php?key=Shipsales for full details…
And remember…
No reasonable offer refused!
RIP GT Spugman
GT Spugman
RIP vpd

FCN Market Announcement
Traders:
I would like to inform traders that our markets at Raven's Roost and Dark Sun City will be closed as of tomorrow.
But on the positive side, our market at Falencia (3351) will be buying and selling more items! If there is a trade good we're not buying and we should be, please let us know.
We shall also be expanding our public markets at Prodis (4124) in the Yank system to accomodate traders. Don't miss out on the large selection of modules when selling your trade goods.
Peace and Profits Be Upon You!

Wriggly Lifeforms Wanted
IF there are any life goods in the Peripheries anyone is selling we have some FLZ ships looking for 5000 mu cargo very shortly, any location a vitual possiblity. There does not seem to be much on the markets currently to buy apart from in Acropolis. If we were to rock up with a lot of cages I think the locals in Acropolis would get upset.
Given half a chance even perishable accepted. We like goods that wriggle.
Baw Xok – FLZ Imperator.

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

Subspace Static - 208.44  [Recruit]


No issue for this week.

Subspace Static - 208.45  [Recruit]

Pirates In Adamski

An as yet unknown pirate group has launched a series of daring attacks in the Adamski system this week, capturing a couple of COH facilities, and an AFT outpost.
The pirates numbers are understood to run into the several thousands, and they are well supported by assault tanks.

Wolfpack
The Wolfpack pirates have captured an Imperial patrol vessel in the Fortoon System.
The vessel is understood to have been on-station for years, before the Wolfpack pirates discovered and captured it. The Wolfpack then went on to taunt the Imperial Viceroy about what a difference it made for a pirate to be capturing Imperial ships for a change, after having had Pirate Large in their pocket for so long.

More Wolfpack Success
Another busy day for the Wolfpack pirates, as we were going to press they made the following transmission:
”First, an IMP scout taken as a starter.....
Boarding Action for the Control of IMP Lord Xerxes (81354)
Round 1: Battle is 69:7 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 16.02% control [83.98%]
0.41% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 59:6 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 17.01% control [66.97%]
3.6% chance of losing control
Round 3: Battle is 41:4 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 21.16% control [45.81%]
15.91% chance of losing control
Round 4: Battle is 41:4 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 20.54% control [25.27%]
41.73% chance of losing control

IMP Lord Xerxes (81354) has fallen to the attackers.

Then the main course. An IMP 100HH ship with five escorts.
Attempting to board IMP SHIP Rock Hunter II (98260).
Approaching target:
Incoming Fire from IMP Escort II (10462)
Incoming Fire from IMP Escort III (42652)
Incoming Fire from IMP Escort I (59227)
Incoming Fire from IMP Escort V (88156)
Incoming Fire from IMP Escort IV (93946)

Post Battle Summary
Ship hulls have taken 900 damage (9%)
Boarding Action for the Control of IMP Rock Hunter II (98260)
Round 1: Battle is 155:9 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 20.28% control [79.72%]
0.83% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 182:9 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 20.16% control [59.56%]
6.61% chance of losing control
Round 3: Battle is 196:9 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 23.04% control [36.52%]
25.58% chance of losing control
Round 4: Battle is 24:1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 22.98% control [13.55%]
64.62% chance of losing control

IMP Rock Hunter II (98260) has fallen to the attackers.

The IMP viceroy didn't miss the chance to mention how the ship he lost had been waiting around for ages, but that only highlighted the fact that he never really had to worry about pirates when they were working for him.”
The capture of an escorted 100HH warship comes as a shock, as questions begin to be asked about just how safe any vessel might be from boarding…

Wolfpack Again
Another reported success for the Wolfpack, as they rapidly challenge Large for the crown of most successful pirate…
“Word came in from one of my scouts. The FET had left an ore freighter exposed close to Mobile Bay in Yank. I was a bit dubious, seeing as it was in Gamma 13. But a Wolfpack boarding ship went in and took it with little difficulty.
Another Deep Explorer to add to the collection.
Once we got the ship clear the cargo was inspected. Not too bad, 6500mu of thorlium. An easy cargo to shift.
At least there was no officer to find a home for on this one.

Board Position {22342}
Scanned:
FET SHIP RODDICKTON (22342) - {75 Normal Hulls}
Deep Explorer Class Ore Freighter {Medium Armour}
Attempting to board FET SHIP Roddickton (22342).
Approaching target:
Boarding Action for the Control of FET Roddickton (22342)
Round 1: Battle is 260: 9 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 20.79% control [79.21%]
0.9% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 133: 4 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 22.4% control [56.81%]
8.05% chance of losing control
Round 3: Battle is 38: 1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 23.34% control [33.48%]
29.44% chance of losing control
Round 4: Battle is 161: 3 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.07% control [9.4%]
74.36% chance of losing control

FET Roddickton (22342) has fallen to the attackers.”

Pirate In Venice
GTT Broadcast.
Ships troops on board a GTT search and rescue vessel today repulsed a pirate attack in the Venice system
***
Scans
-----
Date 43.4: PIRATE SHIP THE BLACK SHIP (28512) - {50 Normal Hulls}
Starting Location:
Quadrant Alpha 2 - Venice System (124)
PIRATE SHIP The Black Ship (28512) is Boarding us:
Post Battle Summary
-------------------
Unlocking PIRATE The Black Ship (28512), could not target with any weapons.
Ship hulls are undamaged
***
All vessels in the area are warned to keep watch for the pirate vessel.

News That Isn’t About Pirates
Strange energy flashes are continuing to be observed emanating from the Gas Giant Brass in the Aladdin system, with travellers and traders around the starbases of FET New Hope, AFT Qnase and IND Amity all reporting an increasing sense of unease.
There are rumours that a number of mysterious and unknown transmissions have also been picked up. With speculation mounting that an ARC strike fleet might be gathering somewhere beyond the darkest reaches of the systems outer orbital quadrants.

DTR Announcement
From: The DTR Foreign Ministry.
To: Open Comms Channels.
Subject: Bugger off you horrible sods.
All Independent (IND) vessels are reminded that they must register with the DTR authorities before seeking to transit DTR space.
Failure to register might result in horrible burn-ey death.
Signed:
Cassius ‘Where’s my flamethrower’ Jerusalem. DTR Foreign Minister.

News From Earth
Details are sketchy, but reports indicate that running battles have broken out across the South China conurbation zone. Rumours of paramilitary with advanced weaponry and backing are seeking to destabilise the region.
Many of the weapons being used in the fighting appear to be of Periphery design and manufacture.

Vanus System
The Felini Tyranny have been kind enough to release some additional information to the media regarding the Vanus system:
Special Action/Vanus/System Scan
A scan of various spectra and emissions reveals that the planet Palus has a significant non-Flagritz population although they appear to be using Flagritz technology. Even a short examination of their commercial civilian transmissions indicates that they are hostile to the Flagritz and various other caricatures that could be the Felini and other aliens never encountered before.
Apart from this the system appears to be unpopulated and no other anomalies are detected.
Special Action/Vanus/System Scan/Felini Caricatures
After studies of the parodies and thrillers that the natives of Palus broadcast as entertainment for the civilian masses, it becomes clear that they hold the Felini in the same light as the Flagritz.
From interception of historical programs, shortly after the Flagritz Empire collapsed a series of pogroms and later ethnic cleansing occurred during which all non-native species were eradicated in truly barbaric fashions.
The purges were even expanded to include sympathisers though it is claimed that there were very few of these and they were deemed to be mutants or spies for the off-worlders.
There are estimates of more than ten million aliens were exterminated in the 'Great Liberation'. The last of the fires, in which more than eight thousand were torched, occurred only three years ago. This has become
something of an international holiday.
Hence our boarding attempt to try to find out what they were up to.

FLZ SHIP CF-DOMINATOR 3 (53293) - {150 Heavy Hulls}
Dominator Class Capital Ship {Advanced Heavy Armour}
Aff: Flagritz Empire (47)
LifeForms: 170
Class: Dominator
Hulls: 150 Heavy Organic Hulls (88)
Armour: 262 Armour Plate mkIIIs (452)
Hull Damage: None
Max Boarders: 1306
INSTALLED ITEMS
1 Aux Bridge (102)
1 Battle Bridge (101)
10 Battle Sensors (200)
34 Bunks (98)
14 Combat Engine mkII (165)
15 Fighter Bay (238)
45 Gatling Laser (215)
17 ISR Type 4 Engines (155)
1 Jump Drive (175)
1 Jump Drive - Backup (176)
19 Magazine (135)
15 Phalanx (211)
26 Scintillator (125)
10 Shield Generators (119)
20 Shields (115)
10 Targeting Computer (107)
14 Thrust Engine mkIII (162)
4 WoMD Launcher (2050)
CARGO
6 Feline Slave (534)
130 Flagritz Veteran Crew (607)
32 Hive Drone (569)
1 Hive Veteran Drone (575)
19 Nuclear Missile (2060)
245 Phalanx Missile (212)
30 Space Bomber (250)
Regards
Feline Tyranny

Complaint
The Office Of The Editor has received a complaint from a member of the QNG regarding our reporting of the Flagritz use of nuclear weapons in last weeks edition.
We have been asked to point out that the Vanus system is FLZ space, and there is no law regarding the use or mis-use of nuclear weapons, and that the FLZ technically didn’t break any law or treaty.
When asked to comment on the Flagritz use of slaves onboard their vessels, the QNG complainant made no comment.
We would like to offer an apology to all slavery loving weapons of mass destruction using evil alien overlords. Please don’t nuke us and enslave our children.
Nuke the RIP instead.
We hear they enjoy it.
The Editor.

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Contact Requests

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

*** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***

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

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

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

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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

.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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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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