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Story - Tal's Arrival

Tal's Arrival

Tal sighed, he had been told that he would need to explain again to these people. They were responsible for all the major monetary transactions within this region of space. If he was going to be paid, they would be the ones paying. He took a deep breath and spoke into the real-time translator.
'Sirs, some of the details are beyond me though it has been explained that there was some sort of spatial rift in your region of space, caused I believe by the actions of a faction called the Detinus Republic. While I have no idea who they are or even how they did such a thing, there were repercussions in the Corewards Arm - the region of space from where I came. It was detected as a change in resonance across the public navigational frequencies. It was most strongest in the star system Discordia - so called because it has a reputation for peculiar subspace effects.

'During my investigations I was able to pick up what you refer to as subspace static and gain access to your public navigational protocols from which I was able to arrive in the star system Solo. '

'You tell us you represent a faction called the HarCop League of Merchants.' The interviewers looked concerned though eager. 'Who are they and how much territory do they claim? We need to determine if they are a threat.'

'Ah, no, they are not a threat, in fact officially they are no more. Yes I was one of their merchants, but now I am a Free Lancer. I will not bore you with the details as I am sure you have a greater understanding of galactic economics than a humble merchant captain. Suffice to say the League arose as two worlds separated by only a few light years discovered each other and helped each other's research until finally they could reach each other. The League was a privately sponsored enterprise with a monopoly on space travel. They traded between the two systems exchanging significant numbers of civilians then as investment swelled set out to discover new worlds to colonise.

'The premise was simple, borrow from investors to create a colony of civilians on a new world, provide them with the necessary infrastructure to start producing exports and then trade between the new colony and the home systems. It failed. They pushed too far too fast and eventually investors started to worry about repayments as the League had been far too optimistic on the cost and investment turnaround period. Recession swept the Arm and many small colonies declared independence while captains and crew, long without pay started to undertake private contracts - some somewhat nefarious - in their desperation.

'This sirs is why the Corewards Arm holds so much potential for you and the people you represent. We have many small isolated colonies in need of trade, we have too few ships to cope with demand. Yes I understand your fear about pirates but then your ships are vastly superior to anything that has been developed in our region of space. At worst they could prove a nuisance.

'So sirs are we agreed - you grant me the commerce protocols and the sum which I have calculated to be $1.5 million and I will transfer our public navigational protocols, giving you access to more than 30 star systems including our two Home Systems.'
'And the rest - what about the other systems you mentioned in the report?' queried on the interviewers.
'On the subject of the other systems, I cannot help you, I'm sorry. I was only a small cog in the League's engine and my knowledge extended only along the branch terminating in Discordia. Other members spoke of star systems along the other branches. I think that there may well be more than a hundred star systems - though even that number may be being a little conservative.'

Following the interview in the back rooms of Balmoral the two bankers reviewed the information. 'Well, it seems that we must pay the fellow - what choice do we have? War is raging through public space and though we keep hearing rumours of new frontiers the affiliations show little inclination to make them public. With new frontiers comes new markets and new markets means more wages and greater flow of stellars through the Extra-galactic Economic Monopoly. Even as we debate this there have been no less than three minor affiliations petitioning us for early access even though we have not officially confirmed the existence of this starcaptain from the Corewards Arm. Sanction the transfer and as soon as the navigational protocols have been confirmed, make them public then we can work on getting access to the others.'
'What about these other systems he referred to? How do we propose handling them?'

'We will send a delegation to their homeworld and whatever anyone else offers, we will more than match - think about it, if one faction has access we will be lucky to see a few stellars, if everybody has access, they will be falling over each other to ensure that they have troops on the ground and in orbital platforms - and every extra troop is another stellar passing through our commercial protocols. Cynical know, but it's what we do.'

'Agreed. It's looking promising. This year I intend to give myself a nice fat bonus. We might even take a trip to Hannahannas.'

'You'd take your wife to the Pleasure Pits?'

'As far as she is concerned I will be attending a rather dull meeting with the Kastorian Junta. I was referring to my new secretary.'

'Felini isn't she? Is it true, you know?'

'All of it...'

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Welcome to the new version of ESNN (formally CSNN), giving the news and views from the former CSNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe,

And so with the news,
***** Inter Galactic News *****

A Detinus expeditionary force is being assembled to liberate slaves in the Twilight Periphery. Stung by the wit of the Wimble Dinash, Admiral Bridge is leading a personal and sizeable force against the newly constituted Flagritz Republic.

The Wimble Bake Off has new competition with the Dominion instituting a Master Chef competition in the Orion Spur. This is all said to be a cover for further land grabs and in preparation for a move against the Hive and Dewiek, tipping the balance further in the Stellar Empire’s favour.

Meanwhile, the Wimbles struck off a number of hapless Wimbles under their new rules. To cement their plan to align themselves with the Stellar Empire, they have offered the services of their new masters to the Emperor.

Several hundred thousand slaves have been released by the Flagritz Republic but the terms of their manumission are unclear. Millions more await their emancipation. Many have refused to accept freedom without transit home, especially those brought in from outside peripheries. Many reportedly were captured by the Stellar Empire from the Detinus Republic and then sold on to the Flagritz.

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

The ship PRV HarCop Omega has been reported both in Orion and Corewards. This was the flagship of the former League Chairman, sacked from the role when the League went into administration and quietly disappearing beyond the edge of known space. It is thought that his return may have been for a clandestine meeting with his former contacts in Harlong and Coptuv. If so then he clearly has an agenda.

Unconfirmed stories that the Pirate King of The Pirate Holes and Million Islands is near completing research on the various larger ships his pirates have successfully captured over the past few years (big thanks to all the affiliations that participated in 'donating' ships). If the rumours are true it is likely a new armada of pirate ships using more advanced technology will be found in Corewards in the near future.

An supernova has been detected originating from just beyond the Transpiral Periphery. The rare event has created ripples in the subspace of the nearby stars. Nobody has reported any tangible ramifications but this is the first supernova in the current age of the Peripheries so esoteric scientists are excited by the prospect of grants to study the relatively nearby phenomena.
***** 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


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