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RIP Go Boom

Details on the ground are scarce, but stories reaching our news-room suggest that the days of the RIP may be numbered, as the Imperial-Bloc has launched a series of direct military strikes against multiple RIP targets.

We have reports of a substantial ground assault going in against RIP Freedom City, which might or might not have run into heavier than expected resistence from RIP defenders.

The main RIP outpost on Gorgon has reportedly fallen to the IMP.

IMP Fleet Support vessels have been spotted mustering in the Masters system.

IMP Cruisers and Strike Cruisers are reported to be gathering in the Lewis system.

We have also received word that has been confirmed from multiple sources that the GTT have moved in on the RIP in the Demon system. By the sounds of it they don't have anything more than heavy cruisers and destroyers and some limited numbers of ground forces.

Sources report that the GTT involvement sounds a bit rushed and poorly thought through in contrast to the IMP actions, which seem to have been planned for some time now.

Speculation is mounting that the Imperial action is in response to the long-standing rumours of RIP support for the Wolfpack pirates.

Mohache Go Boom

A MOH freighter in the Venice system has run afoul of one of the DTRs restricted access zones. The Deearu Accol, a Yew class transport, was engaged and destroyed by the Gamma 9 defence grid.

When asked why a friendly vessel had been destroyed, a Detinus commander remarked that all vessels, be they friend or foe, would be fired upon if they attempted to transit the G-9 orbital quadrant as this is the location of DTR Fleet Command.

Skirmishing In Yank

Imperial forces in the Yank system have recently destroyed a Real-Confederacy warship. While the legality of taking military action in the neutral Yank system is questionable, the IMP probably didnt do themselves any favours by firing upon a Pirate Bane class cruiser that the RCF have claimed was en-route to intercept a pirate scout ship.

There has been no comment from the Kastorian military Junta, but were guessing the IMP have probably had to pay reparations.

Skirmishing In Solo

Imperial forces have fired upon and destroyed an Independent freighter in the Solo system, prompting condemnation from various sources including the Detinus Republic who have stated that the Solo system is a Free Trade Zone, and that INDs have every right to transit and trade there.

The Imperial forces for their part maintain that the IND in question was up to no good, and that all INDs are viewed with the deepest suspicion and should steer well clear of IMP facilities for their own safety.

The AFT, the current system holders for the Solo system, have yet to make a statement. Though with their military forces still smarting from their short sharp war with the GTT, it seems difficult to know how they will continue to maintain their system claim on Solo for much longer. Rumours indicate several other neutral powers may be waiting in the wings to take the system over, including the dread Mohache/Wimble alliance, the Krell, and the ARC.

Consortium In Action

The season of goodwill continues as the Consortium launch a massive series of operations against the Flagritz Empire.

A significant FEL/FCN/SMS fleet moved against the Inferno stargate, and began transitting through it to the Twilight Periphery. A FLZ platform in the Inferno system appears to have attempted to engage the fleet, causing the Falconian elements to peel off and cover the rest of the squadrons as they began jumping through the gate, though given the FLZ platform appears to have been armed with the massively outdated Pulse weapons, very little damage was done, and a number of FLZ freighters and light cruisers were destroyed.

Meanwhile the Consortium fleet on exiting the stargate in the Twilight system was engaged by a far larger FLZ platform, which had a significant supporting fleet of Base Ships and cruisers in attendance, along with a picket force of OPS vessels, which initially came to their overlords support.

A fierce space battle then erupted with heavy damage being inflicted to vessels on both sides. The Consortium forces appear to have taken the worst of it, as they were undermanned as the FLZ platform on the other side of the Stargate held up the rest of their forces for 24 hours. Falconian forces are understood to have taken particularly heavy casualties. At time of press the tide of battle seems to be turning in their favour however, as more and more Consortium reinforcements pour through the Stargate.

The question will no doubt be settled by how many reinforcements the Flagritz can bring to bare.

It is still not known if this is a raid in force by the Consortium, or a dedicated attempt to wrest control of the entrance to the Twilight Periphery, in order to expand their war against the FLZ into a whole new region of space.

FLZ Condemn Consortium Actions

Lord Sektor of the FLZ has appeared giving the following statement:

It seems the Consortium, even the Falconian, who had sued for peace,
and keep on sueing for peace, for we have kept our promise to return
some prisioners, have attacked our installations at Inferno, thus
breaking the non aggression pact within IMP held territory.

I'll be very disapointed if the Commonwealth Emperor does not condemn
this action.

The Commonwealth Triumverate itself has stated that actions in the Inferno system are nothing to do with the Commonwealth, as that system is claimed by and for the IMP.

The Imperial viceroy is understood to have asked the Consortium for an explanation of their actions.

Ship Destroyed

A Flagritz scout ship has been destroyed by Felini positions in the Crusade system.

Empress Sarah

There was some brief confusion this week as an IMP vessel bearing the famous name Empress Sarah was spotted in the Madonna system. After checking with the EEM however, this turned out not to be the real Empress Sarah, but an imposter.

It is unknown why the IMP should have commissioned a look-a-like for the Empress Sarah.

Halo System

Our news-room has begun receiving the first reports from the newly opened Halo Periphery:

System Agripeta (198) [HBO]:
Periphery: Halo
Jump Ring: 10
Radiation: 0
Celestial Bodies:

WormholeYank Express (9890){Gamma,1}
PlanetPrimus Adventor (1484){Alpha,3}
MoonPrimus Serviendus (8463){Alpha,3}
PlanetAn Aurum Concursus (4985){Gamma,6}
PlanetMei Mei Mei (2752){Beta,7}
Gas GiantLeonis Pars (3943){Alpha,10}
MoonOmnia Nitida (8754){Alpha,10}

System Message:
Halo Charter
Access is granted to the External zone of Halo to all parties by the Halo Benevolent Oligarchy (HBO).


The Halo Oligarchy will police within the bounds of the Halo Periphery and only within the bounds of the Halo Periphery. Only crimes committed within the Halo Periphery will be punished by the Oligarchy and then as the Oligarchy deems appropriate or convenient.

1st Laws:

No faction may conduct stellar cartography within the Halo Periphery. Any faction discovered undertaking Stellar Cartography will suffer reparation by the Oligarch Execution Fleet.

Only signatories of the Charter (referred to as Clients) may construct bases and otherwise colonise celestial bodies.

All bases must contribute to the HBO system claim. Failure to do so either through lack of troops or desire will be investigated by the Oligarch Execution Fleet at the Oligarch's pleasure.

Ships greater than 20,000mu are banned.

Warfleets greater than 20 are banned - this applies to fleets formed from multiple factions.

2nd Laws:

Any client agrees to construct no more than two bases on any single world. There are no limits to the size of base or platforms constructed. Platforms are limited to one per starbase. Action should be taken to reduce bases down to two and the appropriate quantity of platforms following any event where more come under the control of a single faction. A grace period will be given based on the events and a successful petition to the Oligarchy.

No faction may monopolize any world and permanent exclusion zones are prohibited. The Halo Oligarchy will decide when it considers a temporary defensive measure to have become a permanent exclusion zone by notifying the Oligarch Execution Fleet of the offense.

Conflict is permitted so long as the 1st Laws are not violated.

3rd Law:

Any client is permitted to enforce their own laws within the Halo Periphery as they see fit except where it violates either the client charter or the 1st or 2nd laws.

**Message From The Editor**

Welcome to the first of what will probably be several catch-up editions. The next should be a Christmas Special.

If anybody has any Christmas themed news stories theyd like to share, please send them along to me for inclusion over the next couple of days.



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

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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……..

*** 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 ***

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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I’ve played on and off for approximately 10 years, over a 20 year spell. After some interesting debate on the in-game forum, I did wonder what, exactly, has kept drawing me back to the game, when for so many others I’ve generally lost interest after a few months.

Ultimately, I think it is a combination of automation (that allows the game to handle thousands of positions to interact on a daily basis) coupled with Special Actions (that allow the story arc to develop in a way that could not be catered for by a set of predefined list of available orders).