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Flagritz Offensive

The Flagritz navy has launched a significant strike at Consortium defensive positions located in and around the Crusade wormhole terminus.

After sending in an initial scout that was destroyed, the FLZ then struck with overwhelming force. Astute SMS admirals promptly withdrew their squadron, which was then involved in several days of brisk and exciting skirmishes at it attempted to withdraw, while the main FLZ fleet pounded Consortium fixed positions.

The Flagritz press corp have released the following statement:

"Standard Terran Translation"

Operation Down the 'Ole was completed today. Sadly, no further kills were reported as the SMS squadron managed once again to flee from A'Kla and B'Kla forces.

The less mobile Consortium forces were however less fortunate and were "totally" destroyed. We use the totally liberally as civilian targets are by norm not targetted and because the Outpost did survive, not by much, but survived.

Todays scans at the Wormhole indicate cleansed sector

Scanned:
FCN OUTPOST CRUSADE WAYSTATION (11936) - {0-0} 4 kMus
FEL SHIP LEONIS HAULER (51961) - {25 Normal Hulls}
Cheetah Provider Class Freighter {Medium Ablative Armour}

So, the final tally of this operation was:
1 150HH
1 150NH
10 100HH
1 25NH
2 Platforms (437 and 50 Hulls)
Severe damage to an outpost (241kmu to 4kmu)
1 2kmu Ground Force

As previously stated, the proud SMS Iron task force, 17 ships strong, fled from battle scenes repeatedly. A rather poor show by the vaunted Nebulon and Nemesis class warships that make the most of that force.

Flagritz Imperial navy reports the loss of one scout ship, 1 75HH and 1 NH support vessel.

On aggregate, the latest combats in Zephyr and Crusade have cost the Consortium over 100 warships, mostly 150HH and 100HH.”

If the FLZ estimates of over 100 destroyed Consortium warships are to be believed, then surely this puts them now in the ascendancy in their conflict against their old enemies, having spent years on the receiving end. Though Consortium spokes-persons deny that their war efforts are in crisis.


Breaking News

Redd Harvest, our reporter embedded with the Wolfpack mercenaries before they began pirate boardings has been heard from. We thought she had been killed or worse. Moments ago our news room received a message from the pirate ship "Wolfpack - Rolands Revenge".

The Wolfpack have intercepted a GCE squadron with two new "Wolf Class" ships and have successfully boarded and captured two GCE warships. The ship "Rolands Revenge" and it's twin "Firesongs Vengence" were on manoeuvres together when the call came in from one of the scouts. Reacting instantly the two wolf class ships jumped to the target system and were able to board the two GCE warships before they had chance to react. Early reports indicate the pirate ships have taken no damage and overcame the GCE crews easily.

There are some rumours attached to this story that the GCE vessels may have been sold to the Wolfpack, and that they were deliberately parked in deep space with their location transmitters firing off at full power for a pre-arranged boarding exercise.


Saviour or Captor?

A diplomatic incident erupted this week when the QNG rescued some GTT crewmembers from a destroyed vessel. Alarmed that almost 100 GTT crew had been taken onboard a hive ship and relabelled ‘Prisoner/Food’, the GTT were quick to demand their return in no uncertain terms.

The QNG pointed out that they were simply rescuing the crewmembers from where they had been clinging to a few pieces of ship wreckage, and that they got there in the nick of time before the GTTs life support units failed, and that they in no way intended to eat them for lunch.

It is understood the crew will be safely repatriated soon.


More From The Wolfpack

It has been a busy week for the Wolfpack pirates, with their leader reporting yet more successes in one of his regular Transmissions Of Personal Awesomeness ™:

“First I be visitin the IMP again
nice caravel fer me to take, but well guarded
Me ship "Wolfpack - Archangels Hunter" though it be possible, so in she goes.....

Scanned:
IMP SHIP MARLEY DAUNTLESS (68638) - {75 Light Hulls}
Caravel Class Fast Freighter {No Armour}

Attempting to board IMP SHIP Marley Dauntless (68638).
Approaching target:

Incoming Fire from IMP Firedeath (6005)
Round 1: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 2: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 3: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 4: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)

Incoming Fire from IMP Firebug (20373)
Round 1: 54 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 2: 54 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 3: 54 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 4: 54 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)

Incoming Fire from IMP Fireking (20565)
Round 1: 53 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 2: 53 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 3: 53 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 4: 53 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)

Incoming Fire from IMP Firestarter (30848)
Round 1: 49 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
6 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 2: 49 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
6 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 3: 49 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
6 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 4: 49 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
6 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)

Incoming Fire from IMP Firewulfy (50675)
Round 1: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 2: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 3: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 4: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)

Incoming Fire from IMP Firedawg (66913)
Round 1: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile)
Round 2: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile)
Round 3: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile)
Round 4: 55 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile)

Incoming Fire from IMP Fireplug (85420)
Round 1: 47 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
8 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 2: 47 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
8 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 3: 47 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
8 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
Round 4: 47 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)
8 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkII)

Post Battle Summary
Me ship be lookin like swiss cheese or be just scratches in paint, but I aint tellin you all

Boarding Action for the Control of IMP Marley Dauntless (68638)
Round 1: Battle is 239:1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.52% control [75.48%]
1.47% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 1955:3 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.85% control [50.63%]
12.04% chance of losing control

IMP Marley Dauntless (68638) has fallen to the attackers.

Just a haul of 106 Basic Module mkII, nothin fancy but good fer me reserch on bio-chemical weapons for the FCN
11 prisoners too


Next up be AFT
Feels right to be using me ship "Wolfpack - Foxs Fright" on the AFT
Glad I be naming ships after GTT since I run out of AFT boys

Scanned:
AFT SHIP LIQUID ATTENTION (41381) - {50 Normal Hulls} - Attacking us.
Firebrand Class Destroyer {Medium Ablative Armour}

Attempting to board AFT SHIP Liquid Attention (41381).
Approaching target:

Incoming Fire from AFT Lancer (22276)
Round 1: 15 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Kinetic Missile)
Round 2: 15 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Kinetic Missile)
Round 3: 15 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Kinetic Missile)
Round 4: 15 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Kinetic Missile)

Incoming Fire from AFT Made in Heaven (24164)
Round 1: 8 Photon Cannons
Round 2: 8 Photon Cannons
Round 3: 8 Photon Cannons
Round 4: 8 Photon Cannons

Incoming Fire from AFT Halberdier (99980)
Round 1: 15 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Kinetic Missile)
Round 2: 15 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Kinetic Missile)
Round 3: 15 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Kinetic Missile)
Round 4: 15 Missile Launcher mkIIs (Kinetic Missile)

Incoming Fire from AFT Liquid Attention (41381)
Round 1: 2 Photon Cannons, 6 Photon Guns, 24 Tractor Beams
Round 2: 2 Photon Cannons, 6 Photon Guns, 24 Tractor Beams
Round 3: 2 Photon Cannons, 6 Photon Guns, 24 Tractor Beams
Round 4: 2 Photon Cannons, 6 Photon Guns, 24 Tractor Beams


Post Battle Summary
This time it be just a scratch, them AFT boys using the worst and most basic weapons I ever saw !!!!

Boarding Action for the Control of AFT Liquid Attention (41381)
Round 1: Battle is 177:4 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 22.65% control [77.35%]
1.16% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 358:7 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 22.41% control [54.94%]
9.15% chance of losing control
Round 3: Battle is 506:9 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.05% control [30.89%]
33.01% chance of losing control

AFT Liquid Attention (41381) has fallen to the attackers.

I bet Greta Grice (#1) {AFT Prisoner} be glad I aint Pirate Large.....

71 prisoners too


So that be a IMP caravel for sale an a AFT destroyer I be refittin for me own uses.”


Pirate Spotted

Heavy elements of the Wolfpack have been spotted in the Dryad system. Traders and ship captains are warned to be on alert.


RIP Press Release

Greetings,

The RIP are very pleased to announce the expansion of their Slave and Prisoner Repatriation services.

The unbounded success of both services are a testament to the good nature of all those who have used this method to release those previously held against their will.

From tomorrow ... both services will also be available at Freedom City in Madonna system.

The services will continue to be operated out of Quick Snack in Yank as they are now.

Please see the market pages for renumeration levels for all participants in these humanitarian* services.

Thank you.

GT Spugman.

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** or you can make up a new one... it's really up to you!


FLZ Press Release

* * * * STANDARD TERRAN TRANSLATION * * * *

The Party for Peaceful integration has now opened the market at Manifold Point to traders. All are welcome excepting Consortium members and ICE. Manifold Point is located in Confederate space and we will honour our terms of occupancy with the Confederate Naval Forces which includes our staying away from Consortium bases in their space and we have voluntarily extended this to the ICE following their recent aggression. We ask in return that they reciprocate and stay away from Manifold Point.

A wealth of life goods will be purchased at good prices.

We will pay in hard cash or in return trade goods via PM.

Existing private deals will be honoured and the future of these is not threatened by the opening of the public market.

The market message reads as follows:

MARKET MESSAGE
Welcome to Manifold Point. This starbase is operated by the Party for Peaceful Integration. Trade is welcomed. WARNING - DO NOT LAND. Any ship landing will be boarded, the crew imprisoned and all cargo confiscated.
REPEAT - DO NOT LAND.

I think this is crystal clear.

Ambassador H'minee
Party for Peaceful Integration


Internal Memo Leak

An anonymous source has provided our newsroom with a copy of an internal memo alleged to originate from somewhere within the GTT high command structure:


The following is a public service message for the GTT. We don't want them to have to be bothered with mangement duties, so we developed the following. This is the standard GTT form letter, just fill in the blanks:

“For too long the {insert name of affiliation to be squashed} freeloaded off the citizens of the Imperial Empire, while the GTT have always sought to defend and protect them.

For too long the {Insert name of any affiliation too weak to defend themselves} have showed no loyalty to the empire, while the GTT have invested heavily in its future at a cost to itself.

For too long the {insert name of affiliation who makes a stellar that we don't have} have had this unfair advantage, while the GTT spends fortunes to defend and maintain fleets to protect the citizens and the empire. The {repeat name of affiliation that we wish to show self righteous indignation against} have earned no right to the same terms in the empire.

Now this time is at an end.

The GTT is now entering a trade war with the {insert name of victim affiliation}.
This will continue until the {insert name of affiliation we're going to rape before we move on to the next victim} hands over its positions in IMP claimed systems to the GTT. They must be handed to the GTT. Then this trade war will stop.

We will give the {insert name of affiliation that we're already poised to attack but will give a brief period of time to grovel before we crush them under our boot heel} 24 hours to respond with a plan for these positions to be handed over.

We will be free of this unfair competition.

We will free the empire of these parasites.”


We here at the IGN newsroom suspect the GTT will deny this memo came from them…


Mission To Earth

Newly elected DTR Senator Cecil Rhodes has launched a mission to search for signs of the ship carrying his father Marcus Rhodes that was blown up in orbit of Earth 3 years ago.

However, three years after the event absolutely nothing remains of the debris that was one the ship carrying Marcus Rhodes.

This not expected as Earth has a thriving advanced culture and the orbit is littered with thousands of active satellites. The presence of debris in near orbit would be a serious threat and orbital brooms are in constant use to prevent collisions.

Debris intercepted by brooms is generally atomised or in the case of larger pieces, masked and directed towards the quiet parts of the ocean, though the objects invariably burn up on entry.

A few stray pieces of space ships are found in the less trafficked outer atmosphere. These may or may not be part of Marcus's ship but having nothing else, they are as good as. They have reportedly been collected, reduced to a fine powder and delivered in a box to Cecil Rhodes for later scattering in the seas of Detinus.

**Periphery Classifieds
Ships For Sale

All slightly roughed up by the KRL, but nothing a week in dock won't fix.
More info on demand.

6 150hh with nova cannon mkii

5 50hh scouts set as interceptors

Warlord Ferox.


Trade Mission

* * * * STANDARD TERRAN TRANSLATION * * * *

I have a legitimate small scale job for an interested trader.

Contact me via PM to express interest.

Ambassador H'minee

www.kjcgames.co.uk/phoenix/nexus/index.php?a=posts&tid=17697&lr=on#post_tag


Haulage Mission

Wanted: Haulage Contractor.

To move a big pile of stuff from Yank to IMP space, two jumps.

Contact by PM please.

www.kjcgames.co.uk/phoenix/nexus/index.php?a=posts&tid=17705&lr=on#post_tag


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Trade War

The GTT/AFT trade war has spread to the system of Caribbean, with an AFT Cheetah Class exploration vessel being destroyed by a small flotilla of GTT Trade Improvement Warships in orbit of the moon Saint Kitts.

Despite initial protests from the AFT that the GTT had violated the ceasefire, the GTT were quick to point out that the ceasefire only applied to the St. Dismas and Solo systems, and that they would if necessary continue to destroy AFT targets elsewhere.


Warlord

An IMP vessel has come under attack by a Wolfpack pirate boarder in the Warlord system – unusual because the Warlord system is fairly restricted in access – suggesting that the corruption within the IMP and GTT which lead to pirates Large and Wolfpack being so well equipped, has also seen the pirates supplied with a plentiful selection of stellar cartography too.


Wolfpack

Rumours are circulating that the leader of the Wolfpack mercenaries has begun eating the hearts of his prisoners.

Apparently all these pirates feel the need to compete in the ‘Who is most barbaric’ competition.


GTT

The GTT form letter as revealed in last weeks edition of the Inter-Galactic News has undergone an evolution as yet more un-named sources have worked hard to reveal the extent to which the GTT have automated their entire foreign affairs policy making division.

Readers are invited to draw their own conclusions here:

www.jumpmap.com/toys/gtt_form.html

In no way should the RIP be suspected of making trouble.


Zephyr System

The Falconians have issued a press release regarding their ongoing liberation/occupation of the planet Breeze in the Zephyr system:

“Greetings,

The FCN is happy to announce it has established a free society free of slavery on the planet Breeze in the Zephyr system. The local civilian population has now granted full rights to our embassy on the planet and the minority Flagritz population has being subdued, clearing the way for this system to be added to the growing list of those that enjoy freedom under the watchful eye of the Republic.

Falconian forces are entrenched on the planet and will remain as long as the civilian population wishes us to. The orbit is secure but Flagritz pirates are operating in the area. Order will be restored once local conditions are more favourable.

Flagritz prisoners and civilians were offered in exchange for our own but the Flagritz Ambassador has not finalized a deal, if one is to be had. Therefore, we reiterate publicly that civilians and prisoners will be treated fairly and are available for exchange for Consortiums prisoners or slaves.

Crusade, Zephyr... which system will be next in our march to free all sentients from the Flagritz oppression? Stay tuned and as always...

Good Hunting,

Goshawk.”


Prisoner Repatriation Service Expands

Greetings,

The RIP are very pleased to announce the expansion of their Slave and Prisoner Repatriation services.

The unbounded success of both services are a testament to the good nature of all those who have used this method to release those previously held against their will.

From tomorrow ... both services will also be available at Freedom City in Madonna system.

The services will continue to be operated out of Quick Snack in Yank as they are now.

Please see the market pages for renumeration levels for all participants in these humanitarian* services.

Thank you.

GT Spugman.

*please delete and insert the appropriate** term for your species.

** or you can make up a new one... it's really up to you!


Titan

The Martial Law in the Titan system has now been lifted, with the exception of quadrant D14 which remains a war zone. All those transitting the system are warned to avoid D14.


Gladstone

Renowned DTR loony Xavier Gladstone is reported to have returned to the Detinus capital of New Tate. A large number of diplomatic events have been cancelled until such time as the authorities can be certain that Xavier isn’t going to cause any more major diplomatic incidents, like that one time at band camp with the water peaches that nobody likes to talk about.


Diaz

More news from the Detinus Republic this week as ex-Glorious Leader Michelle Diaz has been facing questions regarding her recent orders that sent an entire squadron of vessels into a dangerous asteroid belt in a frontier system.

Five ships have been reported missing with heavy casualties.

When questioned, Diaz muttered a lot and glared at reporters, before saying the press never used to be this annoying back in her day.


**Periphery Classifieds


Cows Wanted

Please contact the IMP if you have any spare bovines.


Tech Wanted

Greetings Sentients,
I am looking to buy some scintillators mkII. Anyone interested in making a sale, please PM me.
Thank you,
Marion Tweedy


Employees For Sale

I have taken over RIP base Slachia in yank and have 3600 Kastorian Employee (629) spare if anyone wants to buy

offers or they go on the market later this week


Patches Wanted

Greetings,

I am looking to purchase patches (preferably mkII or higher) for delivery to a base in Outer Capellan. Please PM me with price and quantity available.

Goshawk


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Trade War
Indications are that the talks between the AFT and GTT have broken down again, and while they were never easy, the Imperial negotiator has spoken to reporters that he doesn’t see how there can be a negotiated settlement between the warring parties, with the GTT asking for too much, and the AFT offering too little.

GTT Claim St. Dismas
Following an accident on behalf of the AFT where they moved some troops and suddenly failed to have enough in place to hold the system claim, the GTT have recently announced that they have annexed St. Dismas. The GTT board of directors have issued the following set of laws for the system:

“Greetings all sentients.

The GTT have recently claimed the unclaimed system of St.Dismas in the Outer Capellan Periphery.

We would appreciate it if the GCE, MOH and WMB contact the GTT to let us know what fixed assets you have in St.Dismas, so we do not interfere with your continued presence.


Our rules are quite simple.
• No direct attacking of GTT positions or other legal positions. (fixed and mobile)
• No indirect attacking of GTT positions or other legal positions (fixed and mobile) through use of Support or Defend lists. Or transferring assets to another party to help them attack us.
• No trying to steal the system claim. This is an act of war. (such as through large numbers of troops)
• No operatives or agents in GTT bases. This is an act of war.
• No setting up fixed positions without first checking with the GTT CEO, giving details of location and resource(s). If passed they will be classed as legal positions and protected under the system law.
• No warships other than those belonging to the GTT, FET or IMP.
• APTF are welcome, by prior appointment. We welcome any attempts to catch pirates.
• No transferring or selling any assets (unregistered otherwise know as illegal, or legal) to other parties.
• Any assets belonging to any affiliation we are at war with will be deemed illegal and will be removed. (Voluntarily or by the use of force)
• No pirates. Obvious, but should be said.
• Slaves are illegal.

Please note, that for the duration of the current AFT-GTT war ALL warships not belonging to the GTT, FET and IMP are forbidden. (as above)
This may be relaxed once the war is over.

You don't need to move through St.Dismas. The only system beyond is Masters and you can navigate there from Aladdin in one jump.

All trade ships are advised not to trade at AFT bases. You could be an innocent victim due to a warship deciding that you are engaging in a 'combat transaction'.

AFT assets are under GTT rules illegal assets in the system. We are at war.
They are to be removed. Not sold, not transferred, removed.


Finally.
Please respect our system of St.Dimas. We will respect any system claims you have likewise.

Thank you for reading this St.Dismas Laws bulletin from GTT HQ.
Have a nice day.”


Clearly the implications for AFT positions within the St. Dismas system are dire.


AFT Violate No-Fire-Zone

Claims and counter-claims are flying between the GTT and AFT as it seems two AFT warships have attacked and destroyed a GTT freighter in the hotly contested system of St. Dismas.

What is known is that an AFT position did destroy a GTT freighter, though reports are that something extremely murky has happened, with one anonymous source even going so far as to say that the GTT were added to the enemy lists of the AFT position by some unknown spy, who, if this was true, was presumably attempting to spark the conflict into action in such a way that it made the AFT appear to be the guilty parties.


Terrorism In Darkfold

The FET are reporting both a terrorist attack against one of their installations on the planet Darkfold, and a series of attacks launched by AFT forces, they allege that the apparent close timing of these actions implicates the AFT in supporting terrorist activity.

The FET director has issued the following press release:

“Greetings all.

Today the manager of FET Starbase Charleston(140)located on the planet Darkfold reported that a small amount of damage was inflicted upon the base by a terrorist attack.

Also today the AFT used ground forces to attack and capture two small FET outposts located in the Warlord system.

Now I have no problem with the AFT conducting military operations against FET assets in light of our support of the GTT in St.Dismas against the AFT.

But it does strike me as more than a coincidence that a terrorist attack is launched against a FET base located in a system claimed by the CNF in the same week that AFT forces attack FET assets.

I could also go as far to say that the attack by Pirate Calypso on two of my ships also in the Darkfold system could be linked to this activity.

I have very strong suspicions that the AFT are hiring terrorists and pirates to conduct a dirty war. As I stated earlier attacks against FET assets were expected, but when I find evidence that the AFT are behind piracy and terrorism against FET assets within systems protected by Confederate law I will be requesting that the Supreme Commander of the CNF remove AFT assets from Confederate space, by force if necessary.”

Our newsroom has however received several anonymous reports that suggest the recent actions by the FET and GTT with regards to their trade war have earnt those two affiliations a great deal of animosity from many often quite unexpected quarters, so really the list of potential suspects for who might be promoting attacks against FET/GTT targets is pretty long.

Obviously nobody suspects the MOH or WMB.


The AFT have responded to the FET allegations with the following press release:

“The operations today in Warlord, Caribbean and St. Dismas were operated by security personnel of my own Astartia Enterprises. (Details to follow).

The AFT will abide by all system laws except the current joke issued by the pirates in St. Dismas.

The AFT have not and will not undertake any operations in the claimed systems, without the prior written consent of the claiming affiliations PD.

The AFT were not responsible for any alleged actions within confederate space. Nor will be.

No such activity has been perpetrated by allies of the AFT with AFT knowledge.

The AFT would welcome any investigation deemed necessary by the CNF in this matter.

I reiterate, the AFT will not be engaging in any unusual or combative activities in claimed systems, other than St. Dismas. Excepting any further claims for and by the GTT or FET.

Those that know the AFT, will know this to be true anyway.

Korpen Nygard
Councillor, Association of Free Traders.”


Pirates In Yank

Pirate ground parties have been spotted at several locations throughout the Yank system this week, prompting concerns that they might be scouting for poorly defended ground installations to assault.

Panicked civilians have been lodging demands with the Kastorian Military Junta for better protection, seeming to distrust many of the Periphery Powers capability to offset the pirate threat. Though a joint task force of SMS/GCE and FCN are reporting the successful kill of at least one of these scout ground parties.

The RIP have denied that the pirates have been visiting the Jiggly room, because as we all know, the RIP never do business with pirates.


DTR Asteroid Hunt Competition Continues

Reports are surfacing throughout the Detinus Republic that Surveyor captains are becoming increasingly concerned with orders that continue to send them and their vessels into disturbingly close encounters with asteroid fields.

With demands for danger money being made, several Detinus Senators have responded by launching major exploration efforts in systems with known navigational hazards.

Rumours circulate of incipient industrial action if the casualty rate remains high.


Everything Is Green!

Proud Detinus terraforming engineers have been showing off the vast strides in planetary ecology that have been made over recent years on the planet Venice in their home system.

Reporters have been shown large regions of sandy mudflats, where glacial till and boulder clay dominate the higher ground. These regions used to be desolate and lifeless until only a few years ago before planetary ecologists set to work, and now across the region there are small green shoots, though they are only visible en-masse when looking towards the horizon.


Calypso

The dread yet sexy pirate Calypso has captured one FET ship in the Darkfold system, but failed in a second attack. She is reported to be a little peeved.


Demons

Disturbing stories are beginning to circulate in bars and ports where spacers congregate, that strange dark vessels are beginning to roam the spaceways, crewed by vile alien creatures who have no interest in capturing or raiding freighters, and simply board ships in order to slaughter and devour the crews.

Unusual sensor readings are reported to serve as harbinger to an attack, with comms officers said to have begun screaming, with blood running from their ears and mouths, shortly before the demon-bearing vessels appear as if from nowhere.

There is a further rumour that a remote mining outpost has also been ransacked by these creatures, but that reports of what occurred there have been censored by the highest authorities, and the entire orbital quadrant declared off limits.


Masters System

The RIP have updated their laws for the Masters system.

Surprisingly these laws do not appear to mention the Jiggly room once.

“Masters System Mandates

System claims in favour of any affiliation other than RIP are considered an act of aggression.

We reserve the right to respond to this act of aggression as we see fit and without further warning / discussion or negotiation.

System claims reinforcing the existing RIP claim are actively encouraged.

This system is restricted space... Only the RIP and AFT are welcome here. All other parties should leave... Now!

Noting the above Mandates, you are free to leave this system by the quickest possible route.”


Inferno

The Wolfpack pirates are reported to be active in the Inferno system. All travellers are warned to be on alert.


Trade War

Small-scale skirmishing has broken out across various systems directed towards GTT and FET targets. Reports indicate that 6 small outposts (3 FET and 3 GTT) in the Warlord system have fallen to the assault forces of AFT Astartia Enterprises, along with one FET Courier class ship blown up. Further, a GTT ground party that was mustering to attack an AFT outpost in the Caribbean system has been pounded by AFT missiles.


Press Release: Market Announcement

Hello fellow humans and trans-gendered aliens,

Due to unforeseen market forces and the fact it's making a loss, the market at CIA Montbello will be closing on the first day, week 29.

No private deals will be entertained.

No PM's over this matter will be entertained.

Sorry for any inconvenience over this matter,

Regards,

Laton - CIA DCI


Press Release: New Management

I, Fredrico Garcia, am pleased to announce that the GCE Base of Pyran (6273) in Yank is now operation under
new management.

Our markets should open fuller at the beginning of next week and we do encourage
trade from all interested parties.
-- we can offer a deal you can't refuse...

Current major trading interests will be posted later as I finish my tour of the facilities:


Fredrico Garcia


Wolfpack News

Crotchety old gloryhound Wolfpack has been publicising his latest round of victories:


“IMP got lucky here only small boarder close by

Scanned:
IMP SHIP MARLEY RACER (9403) - {75 Light Hulls}
Caravel Class Fast Freighter {No Armour}

Attempting to board IMP SHIP Marley Racer (9403).
Approaching target:

Boarding Action for the Control of IMP Marley Racer (9403)
Round 1: Battle is 23:2 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 15.95% control [84.05%]
0.41% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 23:2 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 16.88% control [67.17%]
3.54% chance of losing control
Round 3: Battle is 123:10 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 21.62% control [45.56%]
16.14% chance of losing control
Round 4: Battle is 14:1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 21.92% control [23.64%]
44.53% chance of losing control

Boarding Failed.

Move to Beta 11
Scanned:
AFT SHIP EMBLAZE (93025) - {50 Normal Hulls} - Attacking us.
Firebrand Class Destroyer {Medium Ablative Armour}
You escaped an attempt to attack your position.
Move to Beta 12

SSS said warlord info restricted?
if IMP, SSS and AFT know it.............


After above with IMP one of me bigger "Wolf Class" ships went for FEL

Board Position {59628}
Scanned:
FEL SHIP CTE PRIDE OF TARSUS (59628) - {150 Normal Hulls}
Jaguar Class Passenger Liner {No Armour}

Attempting to board FEL SHIP CTE Pride of Tarsus (59628).
Approaching target:

Boarding Action for the Control of FEL CTE Pride of Tarsus (59628)
Round 1: Battle is 229:3 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 23.62% control [76.38%]
1.32% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 539:6 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 23.81% control [52.57%]
10.67% chance of losing control

FEL CTE Pride of Tarsus (59628) has fallen to the attackers.

Whata prize, you all be knowin how I loves them hypers!!!!
1 Jump Drive - Hyper (177) - 200 mus

FEL officer be enroute to Calypso if fluffy not wanted back
Be quick

1 Pallus (#1) {FEL Prisoner} - 1 mus
62 Feline Prisoner (535) - 1 mus.”



**Special Report – Declassified entries by Star Admiral E. Janus of the A'Kla**

Our newsroom has been fortunate enough to receive the 4th batch of declassified extracts from the journal of the Flagritz Star Admiral E. Janus:

Document Status: Declassified
Translation Process: Complete

Entry 15
As expected the Falconians precede their plan to use the platform to bombard our ever-emptier base. Falconian ships sporadically join the bombardment, but mostly stand guard at the orbit approaches.

Although claiming to be aiding the Felini, only a token force of Felini warships keep company to the Falconian warships.

Once again, the combined forces of A'Kla and B'Kla are to move to the planetary space quadrant and strike at all enemy warships present. Enemy numbers vary, but up to 44 enemy warships have been spotted, including up to 10 150HH and 28 100HH.

Entry 16

Success! Despite some losses, including the loss of the baseship, since this stage of the war begun, the Felini lose 7 150HH and 2 100HH, while the Falconians lose 1 150HH, 10 100HH, 3 75NH and 1 60NH. A grand total of 24 warships.

Our own losses can be considered light, though the loss of 1 baseship, the Overlord, the 1st ship of its class, casts some shadow over the end result. Another 2 captured 150HH are lost, as well as 2 support 75HH.

Entry 17

As expected the continual bombardment over these past months as turned our base on Breeze a charred remain. Thankfully, the Alpha site teleporters have enabled us to remove the most valuable equipment and some of our token troops. Even so it's time to deal a further blow upon the murderous Falconians.

Despite previous losses, the most recent scans still show the presence of 35 enemy contacts. The presence of 2 squadrons within 1 jump distance, make it imperative that we reduce the Zephyr squadron to debris. However this time round a more subtle approach will be required, as the Falconians are learning some new tricks, such as rotating more often their forces at the space squadron. This could force our forces to expend far too much force on the reduced patrols while letting the forces held in reserve, be used on 2nd and 3rd day of battle. We'll turn this against them and show them some new tricks are just for show.

Entry 18

This time roundm B'Kla and the light Vespidae attack squadron will assault the space quadrant without the benefit of the support of the heavy A'Kla Squadron. While mighty on it's own, B'Kla will still be outmatched if the Consortium use their reserves. This is the trap. The enemy will believe we attacked because we saw a much-reduced force at Delta 2, but that we didn't have the time to rearm the A'Kla, and thus they have good chance to ambush our Naval forces.
After placing picket ships on the more obvious approaches from Crusade, A'Kla is placed within striking range, but on a sector, known to be favoured by the Falconians.

Entry 19

Vespidae light ships cause severe damage, but as expected are overmatched by the enemy forces. After 1 day of combat at Delta 2, 4 60NH are lost. However, the enemy loses another Felini 150HH, and the Falconians 6 100HH and 3 60NH of their own.

Entry 20

Operation Birdcage enters its final stage, as A'Kla and B'Kla move to link up, the Falconians fly into their birdcage trap.
In 2 separate actions, B'Kla loses 3 further 60NH, however the enemy and their reinforcements lose a further 9 100HH, 6 75 NH, 3 60NH, 1 40HH and 1 50 LH freighter that wanders into the fray.

At the end of this week long operation, of deception, and utter slaughter, the Flagritz Imperial Navy loses 7 60NH support vessels, while the enemy loses 31 warships, most of them 100HH.

We are sad to realize that the 2 enemy squadrons stationed at Crusade, failed to take the bait. Nevertheless, the path to Crusade is open.

Entry 21

The enemy rejoice with the taking of an empty base. Took them half a year and most movable assets have been removed. This is good, the Falconian enemy is now forced to defend a fixed installation.

Entry 22

Albeit smaller after these naval battles, the enemy forces at Crusade can still pack an mean punch.
1 of the forces, the Felini one, defends Cause, the planet they managed to take years ago when their over 150 warship fleet managed to wipe out the 5 stranded and old ships that defended it. The location is suitably defended, but the ships placed there cannot easily support the 2nd squadron placed at the wormhole location.
Consortium SMS and FEL commanders are notoriously conservative, but even so we must guard ourselves from an attempt to join these 2 forces.

Key A'Kla and B'Kla forces are to force their way into the wormhole orbit, punching through off orbit defenders, while saving ammo for the tougher fight at the wormhole. Meanwhile picket ships are to be placed at all paths leading cause to the wormhole and thus block, for at least 1 day any reinforcements coming from Cause.

The Cause fleet can move 15 warships, of which 13 are 150HH, while at the wormhole 31 contacts are detected, including 3 150HH, 20 100HH and a potentially perilous platform.

Entry 23

Flagritz Imperial Navy forces infiltrate Crusade and initiate Operation Down the 'Ole. The plan survives 1st contact as the enemy pickets are overwhelmed even faster than anticipated.

1 Felini 150NH carrier and a misplaced 2kmu ground party spike up our bloodlust for the upcoming battle. Did the enemy really think these unit would be more than a speed bump?

Stage 2 will now begin...



**Special Report: From The Journal Of Joshua Davis**

Joshua stood on the bridge of his ship looking at his crew efficiently going about their tasks and reflected on how he had got here.

Inheriting the ship from his late uncle, who had let it slip into a state of disrepair, his first job had been getting it back in working order. This gave him a chance to learn the systems of the ship and meet the few loyal staff that his uncle had employed and he now felt obliged to keep on. Most of them had not long until they retired to some idyllic paradise that you saw on the brochures, well that was what they dreamed of but on the meagre wages they earn't he knew that was what they told themselves to keep going. He knew that soon, if he wanted to reach his goals, he would have to have the "chat" with most of them and let them go, but if he could earn enough he could maybe help them on their way and make the transition a little easier.

Rather than face the galaxy alone he had joined one of the larger affs, and was learning what he could from those with experience of bigger things, and he hoped that soon he could realise his goals. As a child, his father would fill his head with stories or strange worlds, space battles and voyages into the unknown. One day that would be his. Yes still young, and a lot to learn he knew that with a bit of hard work, he would one day have command of his on battleship and have a chance to make his mark in history.

An alarm sounding brought him out of his reminiscence.

"Josh..err Mr Davis...er sir", stuttered his first mate Pike.

"What is it", he replied, trying to shake the memories from his head and focus on the now.

"Something strange has appeared on the sensors. Ive not seen this before", replied Pike. This wasn't saying much though as from the logs that he had read, his uncle had been a man of habit, and stayed safe with guaranteed trade routes.

Moving over to the control panel displaying the extent of his meagre sensors, he felt a strange shiver down his spine. Is this what it feels like he thought, something new, something different. If so he liked it.

Returning to his chair, he sat and did what he had always dreamed of as a child.

"Lay in a course, maximum speed. Engage"

Into the unknown.....


**Periphery Classifieds


Tech Wanted

The GCE is interested in acquiring some techs and BP's. If you have any of these and are willing to sell to the GCE, please let me know through PM.

1. Organic Hulls Advanced (8556)
2. X-Light Structural Design (8007)
3. Light Structural Design (8008)
4. Merchant Hulls
5. Light Organic Hull Mk 2 (10065)
6. X-Light Organic Hull Mk 2 (10055)
7. Meta-Metallurgy (8020)
8. Any Organic Hulls BPs

Diana Lucia Garcia


Modules Wanted

Greeting All

We wish to purchase large amounts of modules delivered to an O/P
on Dogleg (208) in the Capellan System (1) .

Rough estimates would be
15000 IM
5000 BM
5000 TM
5000 MM
5000 SM

Prices are to include delivery to the said O/P.
Payment will be in Cash.
Quotes are to include
Delivery start
How many modules a week can be delivered.

Further orders might be forthcoming after this contract is completed.

Baron LiQuan


To The Viceroy, With love

I'm a Viceroy and I'm okay
I sleep all night and I work all day
He's a Viceroy and he's okay
He sleeps all night and he works all day

I shoot down pirates, I eat my lunch
I go to the lavat'ry
On Wednesdays I go shopping
And have buttered scones for tea
He shoots down pirates...
He's a Viceroy...

I shoot down pirates, I skip and jump
I love to press wild flow'rs
I put on women's clothing
And hang around in bars
He shoots down pirates...
He's a Viceroy...

I shoot down pirates, I wear high heels
Suspendies and a bra
I wish I'd been a girlie
Just like my dear papa
He shoots down pirates...
He's a Viceroy...



**Message From The Editor**

Best wishes to Kirk for a speedy recovery.

And apologies for there not being an edition of the SSS/IGN last week, I was a little under the weather. As you’ll notice it’s a double-length edition this w eek to catch up.

Simon.




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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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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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