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Subspace Static - Star Date 213.1  [Recruit]

No issue this week.

Subspace Static - Star Date 213.2.1  [Recruit]



***** Inter Galactic New Year News Catch Up Special *****


*** All Change ***

The savage winds of change are howling through the halls of the wolves this week with the shock departure of Magnus, leader of the Dewiek Nation.

The reasons for this departure are as yet still unclear, but what is certain is that the departure of the reigning High Lord of the Wolf Packs has created a power vacuum at the top of the DEN hierarchy, which will no doubt be filled in typical Dewiek fashion with copious quantities of booze and blood.

We here at the SSS headquarters salute you, our fuzzy faithful friends, and your psychotic alien ways.


*** Dark Rumours ***

Unsightly rumours have surfaced regarding some sort of ancient evil that has fallen into the hands of the Emperor’s Inquisition branch of the Brotherhood.

Some say this evil is a supernatural beast that has been held in suspended animation since the days of Old Earth. Conflicting reports suggest that it is actually the result of some sort of Architect inspired genetic experiment that has gone very badly wrong.

Others say that it is simply The Stig.


*** Why Can’t We All Be Friends? ***

Erstwhile businesswoman extraordinaire Mona Luvsitt has this week been holding a series of seminars on Where All The Love Is.

Perhaps surprisingly the answer did not in fact turn out to be ‘The Jiggly Room’.



*** Strange Transmission ***

The Inter-Galactic News-room has received an odd transmission this week:


***

G’loo slithered onto the captain’s chair and contemplated what had gone on before.

He/she/it could still feel the presence of The Exalted One; it felt like the aftermath of a star going nova. Half a cohort of the Immortals had perished in his divine anger at the loss of the Temple.

The keepers had prostrated themselves in front of the fiery presence in order to satisfy his hunger but to no avail. They perished as well.

Only when The Great Shepherd ritually severed a Great Sutak, did the rage of The Exalted One calm.

It likely saved the Gre’altuk from total destruction.

The Great Shepherd had then ordered a mobilization of the horde.

G’loo considered the opportunities this presented.

The Elevation to the height of Immortal, holy warrior and defender of the holy Temples hidden throughout the universe on different Altuks, was within reach.

The Horde was mobilizing faster than it had before. The anger of The Exalted One was motivation to get things done; even the Fel’Tuk mating was cancelled. A whole generation of Gre’ lost.

Old Gre’ were being put into service to fill the pods. Veterans of past wars, some missing lesser Sutaks blasted off by photon fire. Some have met the bipeds before and know of the fight they will experience once the horde is revealed.

The bipeds will all feed The Exalted One’s fury. There is no doubt of that but many Gre’ will perish.

Soon, the call will come soon.

The Temple had fallen to the bipeds of the Confederacy. Fleets of their ships had blasted the defense, the dishonor of the Immortals was clear as waves of their troops and robotics had invaded the holy place. The Temple had fallen quickly and precious knowledge had been lost.

Soon, the call will come soon.

***

Unfortunately the signal came in on an unknown carrier wave, and our crack teams of elite reporters have yet to ascertain the origin, however, reporters have been dispatched, and hopefully we will have more news soon.


*** Flagritz News Special ***

Our thanks to our be-tentacled colleagues of the Flagritz Universal News for a bumper crop of FUN Flagritz reporting this week:


The Empire reports that the Feral Felini have been rounded up within the Crusade system. The Empire will also question these beings as to the fate of the Millions of Flagritz that lived within this system before the attack.

A new world order is rolled out by the newly formed Flagritz government with a single-minded policy, this being the capture and enslavement of the feral felini for the good of the world economy and the empire.
While few of these natives will be of any use to a base, they will have use for their civilian overlords.

Update
Feral felini have been tracked down and while there have been fights and deaths, some were caught by civilian forces. A few have even been allocated for processing by the base.

Imperial Homeworld News

News to rise the Flagritz on the Homeworld this week as the first Felini of the thousands taken within the Battlefield system have been transported to Fornfell. Seen my many as they were moved in chains to an Imperial Holding centre, what goes on within this holding centre few know.

Breeze within the Zephyr system
Two large forces are heading to the last hold outs to restore order to this world.

Vanus system
The Empire has imposed order on this system

Investigation/Palus/Political Structure/FLZ Offer of Direct Aid/211.14
Having an experienced officer in the negotiations proves prudent as he points out that offering to directly attack opponents of the natives would be extreme folly. It is one thing to supply them with weaponry but as an alien species to enter the conflict, this would be seed and conquest and could in turn unify the rest of the world against the FLZ and their puppets.
Now that the natives are advancing the best option would be exhaust both Security and Government - thereby imparting both legitimacy and the means to enforce it.
Knowledge has been added to the information archive.

Update 212.33
Legitimacy to the cause of the faction supported by the Empire is achieved through the exhaustive use of Government and Security. Together these produce the first grounding for a stable government. One of the key policies of this government is the quiet removal of detractors and opponents to prisons.
The leaning of the Empire can expand this process to include minority groups and enemies and other undesirables for off-world transport as slaves to the Empire.

Investigation/Palus/Political Structure/FLZ Offer of Direct Aid/Government
The government is still very much fledgling and unstable as they wrangle over internal politics. They are however becoming something of a force to be reckoned with amongst the squabbling factions due to government and security techs.
The use of economics (8639) will establish the government faction as the primary financial centre of the world. Then three months later they should be in a position to trade with off-worlders. Note though that it is still likely that there will be acts of sabotage against any base on this world once it starts merchandising.

Update 212.39
Economics is exhausted in order to put in place the foundation of a fiscal structure spanning the world, replacing many localised currencies and exchange rates.
Over the coming year this will increase the government's control over the economy and therefore the population.


*** GCE Take A Clobbering ***

Date: 213.1.5

Location: An Aurum Concursus, Agripeta system, Halo periphery

Today a CNF battle fleet targeted all ships and positions in orbit of An Aurum Concursus.

A GCE squadron of 11 warships drew the totality of the CNF fire. GCE ships Metamorphosis (a 70HH carrier) and My Love My Life (a 75NH sensor ship) were destroyed, and several of the other warships were damaged.

This heroic action by the outnumbered and heavily outclassed GCE force allowed all the unarmed ships to escape damage, not to mention the various starbases and outposts on the planet's surface.

The CNF commander has already apologised for the human error that led to this tragedy, and reparations have been offered.


*** Registration Deadline Approaches ***

The deadline for registration of positions within Confederate space is this weekend, and all sentients are reminded that failure to register will almost certainly earn the fury of the entire bloc of Empire affiliations, rendering the guilty party with virtually no safe systems to exist in.

The news obviously has no vested interests in this, but we urge all who may be affected to register with the Confederate leader as soon as possible as the consequences will likely be unpleasant.


*** A Very Ulian Christmas ***

The Ulian Stellar Nation have been celebrating the Christmas period as only genocidal alien thugs can – by indulging in that favourite Krellish pastime – Smashing Krell Stuff To Bits.

The Ulian ground assault troops t hat have been in action against various Krell installations throughout the Storm system have continued offensive operations against a number of Krell outposts but ran into stiffer than expected resistence as the Krell dug in and fought back, necessitating the calling in of reinforcements from off-world.

The Krell outpost Mighty Cheese was the scene of particularly fierce fighting, as a days long battle was eventually concluded in favour of the Ulians.

We understand the Ulians then went on to celebrate their victory, but in the interests of everybodies sanity, we are not at liberty to disclose the details.



*** Coreward Arm ***

Some trading news has arrived from the newly discovered Coreward Periphery, where it appears as if the largely insular inhabitants are initially a little uncertain of all of these new strange sentients turning up in their space and offering to sell them the oddest selection of merchandise.

Prices are understood to be disappointing, although this will surely wear off as the inhabitants of these new systems discover just how much they need new footwear and strange Aquaphib tentacled rubber suits.


*** More Coreward News ***

The FET exploration corp are reporting that there is increasing competition throughout the Coreward Arm as speculators and miners are starting to flood in looking for rare ore deposits. Although they remain confident of reaching their own set targets for mineral exploitation.


*** FET News Release ***

DTR spy ship spotted over Joust in Fetlock.

This detailed scan of the ship was obtained.

DTR SHIP NEEDLE 21 (55031) - {2 Heavy Hulls}
Needle Class Explorer {Light Ablative Armour}
Aff: DTR
LifeForms: 5
Class: Needle
Hulls: 2 Heavy Hulls (80)
Armour: 15 Stealth Plates mkIIs (471)
Hull Damage: None
Max Boarders: 73

INSTALLED ITEMS
1 Bunks (98)
1 ISR Type 4 Engines (155)
1 Jump Drive - Backup (176)
1 Sensor mkIV (106)
1 Thrust Engine mkIV (163)

CARGO
3 Human Crew (505)
2 Human Veteran Crew (511)

One can only wonder if the DTR plan to open a new front in Fetlock in an attempt to disrupt FET trade.



***** Periphery Classifieds *****


*** For Sale ***

For sale ... but on the QT.

Keep this deal under yer hat.

Tell yer friends... but only those you trust... and I means trust properlies!

I've "acquired" two ...maybe three if yers lucky... hyperdrives and I wants to get rid sharpish.

$300,000 stellars each... Cash only.

If yer wanna make me a better offer to make sure you gets the prize ... then that's fine bys me.

If yer interested... replies to me message via this message and I'll get back to yer quick like.

Or see me at the bar o' the Jiggly Room.



"Honest" Ron.


*** Where Has All The Beef Gone? (Surprisingly, the answer is yet again, not ‘The Jiggly Room’ ***


Please note that general sales of Booker Steaks (30387) will cease at IMP Starbase Riva (1166) until further notice, with effect from Stardate 213.2.4


*** Looking For work ***

Private contracts required.

As long as the rewards are worth it anything will be considered.

Prince Of Thieves




***** Special Report – Gath-Edhoras's Blog - Magnus has gone *****

Gath strode purposefully through the Council Halls, Lorken stalked at his side. Gath was slightly impressed - he knew Lorken was notably unskilled at combat and you could normally tell but by a subtle puffing of cheeks and adjustment in stance he looked like a skilled combat bodyguard even if he was not. As it turned out his political advice was turning out to be very useful especially with the news or non-news concerning the Great Lord Magnus.

The council had been called at the Great Lords command and had gathered yet the Great Lord himself had disappeared his ship taken, destroyed, deliberately immobilised/ No one knew. All that was known was that the mental signature of Magnus and his crew was no longer accessible to the common mind and that had put the Dewiek amongst the Felini, so top speak, for the fur was flying.

Lorken mind nudged him subtly. Over the other end of the hall Folkvar had entered striding in without a bodyguard. Gath was impressed. Only someone with supreme confidence would take such a risk at such a time of tension.

"Folkvar is making a play for command of the Nation", Lorken muttered quietly," indications are that large sections of the fleet support him possibly with the Falconian contingent"

"Any Opposition?"

"There is always opposition and if none existed then it would be made. Some of the older clans are gathering behind Crokkar on a traditionalist line though more along the - pure Dewiek no new blood approach"

"Who has the advantage"

"Neither currently their forces are balanced"

"Hmm"

That night the clans of the nation were in open discussion, in a discussion which appeared to be going nowhere. Gath returned to his quarters mentally drained from the infighting and arguing. As he approached the council hall chambers he nodded politely to another council member waiting ahead

"Astrar, greetings"

"Greetings, tonight might be hard. I would like to recommend that we join contingents together to cope with any.. Eventualities"

Gath thought it over. Astar was a minor Lord but then again so was he. Over night power plays might be attempted and there was always safety in numbers. He nodded

Later that evening he looked over his clan quarters. It was completely heaving with bodies. Astrar and two other Lords had joined them with all their permitted contingent and the door was bolted and blocked. A knock was heard on the door. Gath moved to open only to be stopped by Lorken. The various bodyguards in the contingent started moving their principals back and one guard carefully approached the door, looked round at the busy room and put his hand on the door. At that moment the right hand wall exploded outwards showering the room with debris and knocking most of the occupants over in a heap. Through the gap swirled several armoured Dewiek in unmarked red combat armour. Firearms were not permitted when council was in session but as edged weapons were old style armours gained greater usage. Efficiently they charged forward obviously targeting the Lords. Gath signalled and led his own bodyguard into the defence of Lord Cristos who had been close to that wall and with most of his bodyguard dead or stunned was hard pressed.

The fight seemed interminable. The red armoured Dewiek fought silently and efficiently and it was only the numbers in the quarters that delayed them by preventing their own freedom of movement. After what appeared to be an eternity Gath and the other three Lords - one insensible all wounded and five or six bodyguards were left defending the safe room - a room with one exit and still the red hoard flowed in.

Gath had just garrotted one of their silent opponents and slipping on blood fallen beneath the raised knife of one of the assassins when suddenly shouts were heard from behind. Another force of Dewiek had entered from a different hall way. Dressed all in grey these had charged into the flank of the 'Reds' and they were soon fighting each other. Enough to allow the safe room to be cleared and its occupants to recover closing the door and then blocking it with bodies and any spare furniture.

Time passed and it all became silent. Eventually dawn arrived and with it a knock on the door.

Gath looked around at the others uncertain what to make of this, a voice verbally announced, "It is Dawn the council forbids further bloodshed. The Great Lords guard will enforce this." - a mental seal was sent to confirm the validity of this.

They slowly cleared the door and dragged it open to reveal a warzone. A Dewiek courtier stood gleamingly clean surrounded by the debris of a battlefield trying, and failing, not to stand on a corpse. No red or grey armoured bodies were left in the room and they had obviously been removed when the relevant side pulled out.

"Fighting of this nature is not permitted during council Lord", he stated sternly

Gath looked around, " What fighting, this was a drinking party". He grinned as the courtier scowled and stomped out of the door by the enormous hole in the wall.

"Shut the door! Were you raised in a barn!" Gath shouted at him. The courtier looked at the hole in the wall, then the door and slammed it. It fell off its hinges.

Later that day Gath re-entered the council chamber. Lorken, who appeared to lead a charmed life having been buried under some convenient corpses during the fight so had survived walked besides him

"Who is responsible?"

Lorken considered," My investigations show the red armoured Dewiek were using traditional armour. I would suspect warriors loyal to Folkvar - several Lords opposing him and un-committed Lords were targeted last night in the same fashion by the same equipped force. You all were unknowns so a potential threat"

"The grey armoured ones who saved us later"

"They were from Crokkar with probably the same task"

Gath laughed. Only a Dewiek election campaign would be so eventful and dangerous. Ahead Folkvar could be seen surrounded by his entourage. Gath waved Lorken back and approached on his own. Folkvar moved his own bodyguard back and stood calmly awaiting his arrival. Inwardly Gath though how much respect Folkvar was gaining from his composure as all present knew of his attack..

When within two paces and easily able to attack Gath stopped. Folkvar had not moved. He dropped on one knee and pledged the support and blood of his clan to Folkvar. At this the tension disappeared and several other junior Lords clustered round slapping Gath on the back.

Folkvar just nodded and carried on doing whatever he was doing. Gath moved away

Lorken re-joining him raised an eyebrow

Gath grinned," The Dewiek need strength, Folkvar has proved he has strength and the will to impose his will. For that he would be an excellent Great Lord. Crokkar," he turned and spat, " Crokkar is a pale shadow of the wolf. Plus if it pans out then our clan will gain new ships , new bases and new strength. "

They moved off.


***** Message From The Editor *****

Happy new year all. I’ve been away on holidays, so if I’ve missed anything, apologies. I think I’ve got it all into this extra-long catch-up edition though. But please just let me know if I’ve missed something particularly important.

The Editor.

Subspace Static - Star Date 213.3.1  [Recruit]



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


*** Halo ***

The usually quite quiet and peaceful Halo Periphery has sparked into conflict this week when Confederate ground forces launched a daring and unexpected attack against the DTR facility Opera Base on Mei Mei Mei. During this assault the Confederacy also deployed a brand new never seen before troop type – Human Assault Infantry

A force of several thousand Confederate troops moved in for the attack:

Round 1: 810 Human Assault Infantries - 78 [1620] damage
6 Human Crew - 0 [6] damage
192 Human Mercenaries - 10 [384] damage
321 Human Soldiers - 56 [1284] damage
4 Human Veteran Crew - 0 [8] damage
698 Human Veteran Mercenaries - 124 [2792] damage
171 Human Veteran Soldiers - 56 [1368] damage
17 Light Tank mkIIs - 39 [425] damage
1 Salyut 'sam' Houston - 0 [10] damage

Unfortunately for the Confederacy they ran into stiffer than expected resistance from the Detinus Republic, who wiped out the attacking force to a man before the sun had set on the battlefield.

Detinus casualties are reported to amount to 23 souls killed, and a loss of 21 light tanks.


*** Raiders ***

A squadron of GTT heavy cruisers has intercepted the DTR Freighter ‘Githy Is A Tool’ in the Badlands system this week.

The freighter was able to dump cargo and flee.


*** Outpost Busted ***

The busy DTR raiding squadrons have been in action again this week, wreaking destruction on the IMP mining outpost Peg Beta in the Pegasus system:

IMP Peg beta (50414) - Outpost
Targeted by DTR CL 28 BUNA (36247) - 18671 [22837] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 111 GREYHOUND (99015) - 12198 [15280] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 NEW BRITAIN (48165) - 14250 [18112] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 MILNE BAY (34640) - 21048 [26324] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 SALAMAUA (36908) - 19875 [24411] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 KIEV (50397) - 13692 [17067] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL xxx LAE II (54804) - 15606 [19348] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL xxx BOUGAINVILLE II (67548) - 16056 [19236] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 NEW GEORGIA (50338) - 17946 [22499] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 RENDOVA (30229) - 18419 [22836] Damage

It is not known how much of the outpost was left standing, but the report seems to indicate it likely suffered extensive damage.

Meanwhile 6 further Empire mining facilities in the same system have also come under heavy attack by the DTR.


*** More Outposts Busted ***

Two more Empire mining facilities have come under attack from DTR vessels:

GTT Harlequin Wag Mine P1 (87352) - Outpost
Scints: 35.8
Targeted by DTR CL 194 GRAYLING (5566) - 12809 [15974] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 RUNNER (52575) - 12173 [15975] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 SHARK (20730) - 6282 [7909] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 PICKEREL (38408) - 12624 [15749] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 TRITON (76620) - 10912 [14287] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 TULA II (59844) - 59945 [67760] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 CISCO (99636) - 11552 [14962] Damage
FET Harlequin Wag Mine S2 (7314) - Outpost
Scints: 35.8
Targeted by DTR CL 194 SMOLENSK II (34431) - 66281 [66000] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 WAHOO (89336) - 7312 [7312] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 GRUNION (30962) - 6974 [6974] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 YELNYA II (82279) - 10395 [10395] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 ARGONAUT (77575) - 4448 [4448] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 AMBERJACK (67003) - 5569 [5569] Damage


*** Raiders ***

GTT raiders have intercepted and destroyed a DTR freighter in the Venice system, close to the location of the recent major battle.


*** Diplomatic Hiccup ***

A recent DTR Senator’s use of the phrase ‘Death to Tyrants!’ has sparked a small diplomatic incident with the Felini this week, who were driven to enquire as to exactly why the Detinus Republic was proclaiming death for their leader.

For those who might be new to the Peripheries, the leader of the FEL is designated ‘Tyrant’.

DTR diplomatic staff were quick to launch a thorough committee hearing regarding defining precisely which ‘tyrants’ they were referring to, but wanted to make it clear they in no way intended to refer to the FEL Tyrant.


*** China ***

GTT strike forces have destroyed a small DTR platform located in deep space in the China system.


*** Battlefield ***

We have received the following report from Flagritz news sources.

Fighting broke out again this week within the Battlefield system when a large Felini ground force attacked on of the Imperial held outposts within the system taking around 10% of the outpost on the first day of combat. By the second day the attack was running out of steam as Imperial forces more or less stopped any further advances within the outpost on the second day. By the 3rd day it was clear that Imperial forces had mustered and in a counter attack pushed the Felini forces out of the outpost.

Leading the attack were 500 Feline Veteran Soldiers

After three days of fighting well over 1000 Felini were dead with the few survivors being left to die at the edge of the outpost. It is understood at time of press there are no survivors.


*** GTT Press Release ***

The GTT press office have issued the following statement:

The Board of Directors of the GTT have voted to elevate Salvatore Kong to
the position of Security Director. Mister Kong is the half brother of
General Koenig Kong the previous Security Director who perished under a
massive hail of Antimatter Missiles in the recent Battle of Venice.
Antimatter missiles are officially listed as WoMD and are banned under
interstellar treaties.

Newly minted Director Kong solemnly vowed to uphold the highest traditions of the GTT and to active pursue redress for his brother's death at the hands of WoMD wielding DTR.

The office of the CEO,

James Stryker


*** DTR Response To GTT Press Release ***

SSS reporters have contacted the office of the Detinus Republic Magistrate to seek clarification on allegations from the GTT that the DTR have violated Interstellar Treaties in their use of Anti-Matter.

The Magistrate clarified that according to the EEM the Tau Ceti convention outlaws the use of nuclear weapons, but that Anti-Matter is not itself a nuclear weapon, being that it is Anti-Matter, not Nuclear.

Further:

1) These Anti-Matter weapons were deployed in deep space very far away from where any civilians may have been harmed.

2) Their deployment was fully compliant with all DTR laws and regulations governing conduct in the Venice system.

3) Anti-Matter is not ‘officially listed’ on any interstellar treaty anywhere.

4) The DTR are not signatories to the Tau Ceti agreement anyway.

5) The Imperials were technically in violation of the Tau Ceti convention when it transpired their patrol commissioner was running a piracy operation.

6) The HLQ have admitted to using PIR positions to attack platforms in the past - also arguably in contravention of Tau Ceti convention.

7) The GTT PD Roland has also found to be supporting piracy - also a violation

8) The DTR position is that the HLQ useage of Meklanisation procedures violates the ‘acceptable treatment of civilians’.

9) Kanji - the ultimate rogue element - sourced his nuclear weapons from the FET. The FET were never willing to share details of what kind of stockpile Kanji had taken with him... the DTR consider this to be implicit support of rouge elements and feel the FET are possibly also in violation of the Convention.

10) The DTR are currently assessing the evidence for Norozov Holdings self-styled ‘cartel organisation’ to be classified as a rogue element.

11) The DTR are certain to send puppies and flowers the next time the Empire invades Venice, please come again.


*** Scout Destroyed ***

A lone DTR scout has been destroyed in orbit of Squamata in the Skye system by Confederate forces.


***** Special Report – FUN News *****

Our colleagues at the Flagritz Universal News service have a fresh news injection directly into our brains. Once again our thanks go out to the Flagritz for their wholesale evil alien overlord brutality contributions.

Breeze update

Control of the Southern Urban Continent now seems to be total
Special Action/Breeze/Distribute Civilian Weaponry/212.51
10kmu civilian weaponry are handed to coordinators amongst the newly appointed flagritz ad hoc government. These are be transferred to civilian militia and security forces in order to maintain flagritz control of the urban sectors following the removal of native resistance.

An Imperial force reached the Central Urban Continent
Special Action/Breeze/Enforce Imperial Will/Central Continent/213.1
The troops extend across the urban sector, destroying buildings, forcing possible rebels out into the surrounding urban sectors. The troops encounter points of resistance - these would have no doubt been used as staging points if left to fester.
All in all the back of resistance is quickly broken.

A Larger force is now close to the Northern Urban Continent.

Planet improvements Twilight systems

A number of Planets within the Twilight systems have been improved over the last few Months, these are the Planet Life in the Day system as well as the Planet Awakening within the Dawn system. Within the main Twilight system the Moon of R101 also has been Improved with new Hive and Flagritz being seeded onto the Moon.
a Number of Techs were exhausted.

Planet Improvements Core systems

The Planet Latebra within the Fosselika System has also seen the building of an urban sector and seeding of 150,000 Flagritz as well as a number of Techs being exhausted. This on top of the work being done to end the Ice Age within Animula and terraforming Maereo.

Maereo was a project started a long time ago but still has problems
Orbital Scan/Maereo
The orbit of the world contains the standard range of civilian satellites used for world communication. These are fairly old models and have been here for a long time. Some have shut down or are running well below standard operating parameters. It is clear that this is a backwaters planet that has been neglected long before the Empire collapsed.
The sensors also pick up a weak magnetosphere and a steady trickle of outgassing as the atmosphere steadily boils off into space.

Special Action/Maereo/Open Contact/Atmospheric Failure/206.3
Any terraformed atmosphere unless perfectly stable will require some sort of addressing and modifying over time, especially one that does not have a gravity well capable of keeping an oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere. On this world it was due some more plants and various other bacterial agents required for continued stability. These are not massive problems and regular trade would have invariably provided the necessary products but the lack of trade and native industry has meant that there has been a steady degradation. Fixing the atmosphere either requires the construction of terraforming complexes or some kind of terraforming plant.

Action:
Given the low number of flagritz (18000) here, the obvious difficulties in terraforming, speak with the locals about why the old empire did it - if this system was just a transit point, why was the trouble taken? There must be a reason for such an expense - especially if there is no bases here.
As a transit point, ask if there are any ships that were left stranded here in the collapse of the old empire?
Special Action/Maereo/Reason for Terraforming
Rumours of genocide against the first sentient species to rise up against the Empire are almost as old as the Empire itself. For those in this system the planet Letum is a constant reminder. This planet was terraformed after the Letum were first encountered. It was later used in order to ensure that interplanetary vessels could conduct their campaign against the Letum with impunity, wiping the entire species out and then rewriting the history books to remove all mention of them where possible. That was hundreds of years ago and even on this world there is little information remaining on the factual events.

Special Action/Maereo/Civilian Contact
The representative of the FLZ firmly commits the Empire to establishing a presence on the world and improving infrastructure and planetary environment. This said, should unforeseen circumstances manifest that means that the Empire cannot achieve these ends, then it is assured that the civilians of the world will be given passage (if desired) back to the populated realms closer to the home world.
This proves agreeable to at least two thirds (the isolationist xeno seem content to stay if not threatened).
As for where to place a base, they know of the vast metals deposit in sector {23,18}.
Action:
Speak with the flagritz government on Maero about what the empire used to previously terraform the planet and is any of it still left (either terraforming satellites, or if they know the source of any biological life that would help)
Investigation/Maereo/Previous Terraforming
According to the planetary ecologists, the planet was terraformed a long time ago through the use of various plants that were adapted to cold carbon dioxide atmosphere but produced large amounts of oxygen. Once the atmosphere reached specified oxygen and carbon dioxide levels the plants die off. As this was such a long time ago, there are no plants remaining.
They have no idea where the original plants came from as all this happened generations ago.

Action:
Study the planets eco-system and try to identify the plant spores used to terraform the planet (if they still exist in the atmosphere, then checking near the venting atmosphere is likely to show a concentration of them as they are sucked out). This is to id where they came from and how many, etc are needed to rebuild the atmosphere
Investigation/Maero/Atmosphere/Spores
Some samples are taken from the troposphere and checked for spores and pollen. There is very little present but from the samples analysed the team discover that these are associated with the swamp regions of the world. The plants are those that seem most resilient to low temperatures. It is likely that these are the species that have survived the longest or have adapted the most to the changing environment and therefore cultivation of the plants that currently exist is not likely to enact a change in the current atmosphere.
The team however are able to catalogue the spores and may be able to find out which species of presumably swamp flora they came from presuming they know of a planet within the Empire with swamps.

Action:
Continue to speak with the locals, telling them the empire is trying to rebuild the planet, but it looks like it will take time as the plant spores needed appear to be from swamps...yet no swamps exist in the empire (so far discovered). Do they know of any? being on the transit spot they must have picked up some gossip about other imperial planets?
Investigation/Maero/Atmosphere/Spores/Origin
The team, having collected a lot of spores from the atmosphere of the world, consult with the civilian authorities on the world explaining that saving the planet will take time and that any information regarding the plants would be useful.
In response an amateur botanist from the world first of all seems disappointed that the captain does not immediately know which world the plants may have originated on and secondly questions the validity of examining species that are still living on the world even though it is no longer breathable!
He suggests that with his guidance they should be able to collect some samples of spores and pollen from the flora that existed during the terraforming of the world. He will meet the team in crust sector {11,16} as this used to be covered in vegetation according to old planetary maps.

Investigation/Maero/Crust/Terraforming Plants
The team meet with the amateur botanist in what appears to be an endless expanse of frozen soil with black patches of dead vegetation.
The botanist explains that it has been like this for a few years now although even when the empire was active breathing out here was difficult, not unlike being up a very high mountain.
After some banter there is a short period where core samples are extracted from the ground, thawed and seed, spore and pollen samples are extracted and classified.
Analysis is undertaken in order to determine which were prolific at the time of the atmospheric changes bringing about a breathable atmosphere.
The flora has a great deal in common with vegetation found on Audentia in the Animula system. Both are adapted to a cold environment although there are obvious genetic differences.
It looks like strains of plants were adapted to grow here.



Investigation/Maereo/Crust/Terraforming Plants
729mu genetically modified plants from Audentia are seeded onto the surface of the world.
A free special action can be issued in 210.40 (once month after seeding) to determine initial progress and whether any further immediate action is required.
If this proves satisfactory, a second action can be issued in 211.36 to determine the planetary situation and progress of the modified plants.

Investigation/Maereo/Structures below Ice {27,23}/Late Terraforming
The temperature of the world continues to rise due to the seeding of the adapted plants, though it is unlikely that this region will be free of ice for some years. Even then it is probable that the remains that are trapped under the ice are badly damaged. There is also the risk that the rapidly melting ice will form lakes behind ice barriers. When the barriers eventually fail, the water will drain rapidly down these valleys, ripping away everything that exists here.
A civil engineering project to protect the site could be achieved through the use of 50 rock structure modules present in this sector. After this, an exhaustive archaeological survey (7040) could give a lot more details on what is present and salvageable.

done

Investigation/Maereo/Crust/Terraforming Plants
729mu genetically modified plants from Audentia are seeded onto the surface of the world.
A free special action can be issued in 210.4 (once month after seeding) to determine initial progress and whether any further immediate action is required.
If this proves satisfactory, a second action can be issued in 211.36 to determine the planetary situation and progress of the modified plants.

Update 211.45
The atmosphere has reached dynamic equilibrium and has become breathable, though the plants are slowly dying. Modifications to the planetary infrastructure have been made.
Total TU cost for this action is 75



Investigation/Maereo/Crust/Terraforming Plants/Long Term Prognosis /211.45.4

The plants are dying and it is expected that given a decade of so the temperature will have steadily dropped so that the planet starts to head once again back into an ice age. The reason for this is not clear but may be the reason why the previous attempt to terraform the world failed.
The use of synthetic greenhouse gases could boost the temperature and some efforts could be made to determine why the plants have failed (exhaustive use of terrestrial flora tech) and try to remedy it.
For the moment however there is the option of simply ignoring the issue.

Special Action/Maereo/Cultivate Sector {6,17}
100 structural modules, 1k alien plantlife, 5k civilians and 5k livestock are used to cultivate the sector.
Modifications to the planetary infrastructure have been made.

GM Note - plantlife is required to make it cultivatable but is not a life item and therefore does not contribute to the 10k requirement.

Special Action/Maero/Seed Civilians/212.24
8250 flagritz civilians are seeded onto the world. Along with them come 2500 of a lesser race who are quickly assigned jobs of a less salubrious nature. It is certain that within months most of these beings will have committed some sort of crime ensuring that they get long sentences of indenture (effectively enslaved).

Greenhouse gasses are being shipped in and the project is ongoing with plans to ship in terrestrial Flora tech in the next few weeks once a spare ship can be found.





***** Special Report – The Tau Ceti Agreement *****

Special Action/History of the Tau Ceti Convention
The original convention was written at the end of the Rebellion. Both sides
having reached a situation where the Confederacy could not win, while the
Empire were not in a position to push the advantage decided to call a truce.
The exact details cover removal of Confederacy forces and supporters from
the Empire, through the system of the expanding RR-Lyrae star into a group
of systems that eventually became the Inner Empire.
The convention banned the use of nuclear weapons. This covers all targets.
It also stated the illegality of supporting of rogue elements (termed
pirates).
There are also chapters covering the acceptable treatment of civilians.
All factions (military and civilian affiliations) signed the convention
within the Inner Empire and this policy was taken to the Peripheries where
it was introduced to new factions as and when they were met.
The convention has since gained a new chapter concerning the neutrality of
Kastorian space, but is otherwise fairly close to the original.

Officially, only the Empire and the Confederacy are signatories although
the code of conduct expressed within the convention is broadly accepted by
alien governments including the Detinus.


***** Special Report – What Is Anti-Matter? *****

Crack SSS/IGN reporters have obtained a tech manual for AM Missiles from a secret government research lab:

AM Missile (3000) - 1 mu

Antimatter is very explosive when it comes into contact with matter and
must be contained in magnetic bottles. An antimatter missile contains a
number of grains of the substance that react with matter when the
containment is broken.
If the target is not covered by an ISR field it will deliver 100 strikes at
500 damage instead of 1.

Subspace Static - Star Date 213.4.1  [Recruit]



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


*** Scandal As IMP Viceroy Implicated In Murder And Assassination ***

Shocking news has broken this week as the Imperial Viceroy Lord Githyanki has fled office in the wake of shocking reports regarding his collusion in alleged large-scale corruption, assassination and murder when he took control of the IMP some years ago.

The following press release has been issued:

News has reached our offices of a dispute at the most senior level of the Empire, with Viceroy Darth Githyanki having fallen from favour following the release of apparent sections of his memoirs, even though Githyanki has since claimed the work to be entirely one of fiction.

Emperor Lysander presided over a heated debate regarding alleged corruption infesting the very senior level of Imperial Office citing murder, sedition and interfering with the process of Viceroy selection. It is believed however, before any investigation could be instigated the Viceroy, who was described as being rather cross, threw down his Imperial Seal of office and stormed from the chambers with his entourage in tow. Whether this was an action designed to spare further shame for the empire is not clear, but what is clear is that the Imperial's seem to be absent a Viceroy.

Githyanki himself, last reported to be seeking the council of Duke Gregor Konstantin, was understood to have left on his personal Flagship with all haste, claiming that he had been set up, his present whereabouts remain unknown.

As to who released the alleged memoirs this is also unknown as is their intention in doing so, some have made the suggestion however that is was the settling of a long maintained grudge by a party on a personal crusade to rid the Imperial's of the stench of corruption of which Viceroy Githyanki was apparently at its heart.

More News as we receive it.



*** New IMP Viceroy Announced ***

Transmission from IMP Command

With Immediate effect, I, Jack Jones, have been promoted to Viceroy.

Any communications IMP related are to be forwarded to me, and not the member of the previous office.

If you had any agreements with the previous office, please forward these to me, and I will look into said agreements, before making a judgement.

Jack Jones


*** Flagritz News ***

This week saw the Homeworld of the Flagritz building 10 Cultivated sectors to help solve the food problems on this planet. A large number of ships are now being used to ship food from a number of nearby planets and systems.

Update
10 cultivated sectors established, converting underused urban sectors. Improvements to life demand have been made and due to increased internal food production, a further improvement to system claim support has been made.

Over 60,000 troops this week moved in to the Northern Continent on the Planet of Breeze. This was the muster point for the Army of Breeze before it was destroyed. Out of the 10 urban sectors in this belt 3 were destroyed. This now brings the total of urban sectors turned to ruin to 5, one in the Southern Belt, one in the Central belt and the three this week.
Special Action/Breeze/Enforce Imperial Will/Northern Continent/213.2
The troops extend across the urban sector, destroying buildings, forcing possible rebels out into the surrounding urban sectors. The troops encounter points of resistance - these would have no doubt been used as staging points if left to fester.
All in all the back of resistance is quickly broken and control of the world is now fully established.
Total TU cost for this action is 75

>TU 5: Damage (Troop) {10} {1500} {points of resistence}
points of resistence caused 5029 (9000) damage.
Damage Report:
1 Assault Tank (833)
748 Flagritz Mercenaries (600)
803 Flagritz Soldiers (603)
24 Light Tanks (821)
2 Light Tank mkIIs (822)

The Atrox system
Special Action/Atrox/Sentient Life
A quick scan of the system reveals emissions from Ftaghn, the moon of Atrox B within the thick asteroid belt.
The emissions are clearly Flagritz, old-empire though the noise from the belt and giants means that getting more than garbled signals is not possible.

Investigation/Atrox/Asteroid Belt/Safe Passage
As the belt and the giants orbit the primary star, they have different orbital periods. Atrox A for example orbits slower than the belt and the belt slower than Atrox B.
What this means is that the gravitational well of the giants on the belt effectively funnels the asteroids into their belt zone, but prevents them from accreting into a world.
The scan of the belt indicates that it appears to be fairly opaque throughout and quite dangerous (average damage about 1250).


Investigation/Atrox/Asteroid Belt/Evolution
From orbital data picked up a basic model is produced that shows the asteroid belt to be between sixty thousand a three million years old (very rough).
If the younger limit is used, then it is expected that with the current stellar output, it will start to collapse under radiative pressure such
that it should be a modest selection of large asteroids in around twenty-five thousand years. At this time, the belt will no longer pose a
navigational hazard.
Suffice to say, for the next few centuries, there will no significant change in the density profile of the belt.

Investigation/Atrox/Asteroid Belt/Communications
Scattering of emf as it passes through the asteroid belt means that observing through the belt is difficult on account of the noise.
Interference of this nature us not unusual, though the thickness of the belt in this case means that only simple data can be collected, such as planet maps and the certainty of a civilian population.
It is likely that an attempt to communicate with the population from the far side of the belt will prove fruitless.
From the planet, the belt probably looks like a thick star-field as it reflects the light from the systems sun.

Investigation/Atrox/Asteroid Belt/Safe Passage/Plot Course
The team study the paths taken by the recent ship and older ones by the
shuttles.
These are then correlated against the various rocks noted during the
passage through the belt.
They discover, as they had suspected that very few of the rocks are in the
same relative location to when they passages took place.
Rather than think of a belt as a single entity, think of it as millions of
individual rocks. Each has its own orbit and each orbital period is based
on its semi-major axis. Only when two semi-major axis are the same will the
two objects retain their relatively positions. For a belt therefore
everything is changing. The inner objects are rotating faster than the
outer objects. This means that gaps are always opening and closing. What
makes it even harder to calculate is that each of these rocks influences
nearby rocks as they pass by through their weak gravitational fields. This
means that even though the overall field will contain the majority of the
rocks, slowly accreting them over millions of years, they will also deflect
their paths so that they follow precessional oscillations.
All in all, only moving through incredibly slowly using reaction drives
rather than fairly random ISR drives is feasible.

Special Action/Ftaghn/FLZ Arrival/210.5
The captain and the crew are given a warm welcome by the official committee - such as it is. This though turns to speculation of more important visits in the future, once it is revealed that this is little more than an exploration vessel.
The issue with safe passage through the belt is brought up - something that they try to forget about, it now being some years ago.
Essentially though, the moved through very slowly using shuttles and taking many months per trip. Many thousands died, but they thought that all contact with the Empire had been lost and their old location was no longer viable.


*** Raiders Strike ***

Detinus Republic raiding squadrons have struck again against Empire assets, this time attacking three IMP/GTT outposts in the Misre system:

IMP Misre Bime I (25502) - Outpost
Scints: 2.4
Targeted by DTR CL 194 GRAYLING (5566) - 15797 [17661] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 SHARK (20730) - 7589 [8750] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 GRUNION (30962) - 15969 [18673] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 PICKEREL (38408) - 14311 [16199] Damage
IMP Misre Bime II (98649) - Outpost
Scints: 2.4
Targeted by DTR CL 194 ARGONAUT (77575) - 7358 [8339] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 WAHOO (89336) - 17466 [20362] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 RUNNER (52575) - 15655 [17887] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 TRITON (76620) - 16526 [18561] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 CISCO (99636) - 16237 [18899] Damage
GTT Misre Bime Mine T2 (40391) - Outpost
Scints: 2.4
Targeted by DTR CL 194 AMBERJACK (67003) - 3335 [4017] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 194 YELNYA II (82279) - 5547 [7560] Damage


*** Faery ***

Empire operations in the Faery system have continued as IMP scout forces located a small previously unknown DTR asteroid mining facility.

A force of 20,000 Imperial Naplian Mercenaries, clearly in no mood to run into unexpected trouble, mobbed the facility and captured it in short order.

It is understood a sizeable stockpile of Fibrillium was captured along with the base.


*** Clarification ***

The Editor would like to point out that a report in last weeks edition incorrectly cited the office of the DTR Magistrate as being the source of the Detinus Republic’s response to a GTT Press Release.

The statement did not come from the DTR Magistrates office, and instead came from an un-named DTR source.

We apologise for any confusion this error in our reporting may have caused.


*** Scout Destroyed ***

A lone GTT scout has been destroyed whilst entering orbit of DTR Scuba Station in Arachnid.


*** Raiders Strike ***

The busy DTR raiders have been in action again this week, hitting the orbit of Peeper in the Kasmer system:

IMP Kasmer Peeper I (6391) - Outpost
Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC UNUS ET VIGINTI (84266) - 13680 [13680]
Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 112 NYMPHE II (16173) - 21160 [21160] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 DRESDEN (25489) - 21375 [21375] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 112 EURYALUS II (91205) - 3520 [3520] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 112 GUERRIERE II (46550) - 18904 [18494] Damage
IMP Kasmer Peeper II (9337) - Outpost
Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC QUINDECIM (59000) - 15240 [14960] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 112 JUNO II (27377) - 18403 [17583] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 112 BOADICEA II (49721) - 17818 [17818] Damage
GTT KasPee Mo -e (13204) - Outpost
Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC TRES (66642) - 5677 [6640] Damage
GTT KasPee Mo -e (39408) - Outpost
Targeted by DTR CL 112 AMAZON II (62995) - 20039 [21970] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 112 NEREIDE (19814) - 20100 [22374] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 AUERSTADT (70147) - 12879 [14404] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 WAGRAM (97121) - 15418 [17161] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC SEDECIM (64880) - 14480 [15120] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 112 MAGICIENNE (91765) - 19657 [22071] Damage
GTT KasPee R (8243) - Outpost
Targeted by DTR CL 99 MARENGO (11975) - 15117 [15117] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 112 AMPHION II (60903) - 18730 [18730] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 BORODINO (21489) - 22837 [22837] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC SEX (41577) - 4240 [4240] Damage
GTT KasPee T -C -e (93697) - Outpost
Targeted by DTR CL 99 AUSTERLITZ (78792) - 20856 [24074] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 112 LOIRE II (93156) - 20844 [23489] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 112 NAIAD II (96489) - 19626 [23387] Damage

The DTR vessels are understood to have escaped without damage.


*** One More Raid ***

And as if three operations in one week wasn’t enough, the DTR raiders have struck again, this time in the Curly system:


IMP PC-23 (54338) - Outpost
> Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC QUINDECIM (59000) - 1485 [1920] Damage
> Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC SEDECIM (64880) - 1576 [1920] Damage
> Targeted by DTR CL 99 BORODINO (21489) - 24318 [27449] Damage
> Targeted by DTR CL 99 DRESDEN (25489) - 21342 [24186] Damage
> Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC SEX (41577) - 3750 [4460] Damage
> Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC TRES (66642) - 3905 [4440] Damage
> Targeted by DTR CL 99 MARENGO (11975) - 14912 [16916] Damage
> Targeted by DTR CL 99 AUERSTADT (70147) - 12878 [14651] Damage
> Targeted by DTR CL 99 AUSTERLITZ (78792) - 20283 [23175] Damage
> Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC UNUS ET VIGINTI (84266) - 3658 [4000]
> Damage



*** Another Correction ***

Last week we reported that Human Assault Infantry was a new type of infantry in the Peripheries, but thanks to an enlightening letter to the Editor, we have learnt that this type of infantry has been around for a while, just not widely deployed.

Human Assault Infantry (685)
Tech Manual Assault troops have much heavier armour than other troops. They are designed to be the first in or the last out. The added energy and requirements of this armour means sacrificing some of the heavier weapons enjoyed by soldiers.
Assault infantry are considered as soldiers for the purposes of promotion.
Security Factors 16

Our thanks go out to our knowledgeable readers.



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Fear the alien
Fear the unbeliever
Fear the heretic
Fear the idolator
Fear the traitor

Exaltation through bloodshed
Exaltation through mutilation
Exaltation through pain
Exaltation through suffering
Exaltation through purging

Cleanse the soul
Cleanse the individual
Cleanse the world
Cleanse the race
Cleanse the galaxy


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***** Special Report – Free Ships From The DTR! *****

Hail,

No obligation to sign up as a full member - The Detinus Republic (DTR) are offering free exploration ships and other bonuses for Star Captains who have completed their Halo training missions and are looking to explore the Coreward Arm.

Contact any member of the DTR via the Nexus for details.


For those Captains seeking a more permanent home then DTR recruitment offices are currently open for business.


Starcaptain, the Detinus Republic needs you!

Betrayed by our allies, beset on all sides by the jack-booted thugs of the alien-hating Empire and their brutal Emperor Lysander, the Detinus Republic is the last beacon of light shining against the oncoming storm of a new dark age.

Despite being heavily outnumbered, the DTR boasts the most advanced cutting edge armed forces in the Peripheries, and due to the skill of their captains and the bravery of their troops they hold out against impossible odds.

Do you wish to join the fight for freedom? To throw back tyranny? To stand for the rights of all sentient races?

The Detinus Republic can offer you the following roles:


1) Exploration - We have vast and complex new systems that have been recently discovered, virgin territories ripe for exploration, filled with strange alien races and mysterious ancient devices. We need somebody to follow the clues and eventually rise to the rank of Minister Of Exploration, with all of the duties and responsibility of guarding the ancient knowledge the DTR has accumulated over the last 20 years.

2) Director Of Coreward Interests - We seek to recruit a player to govern and direct the DTRs entire Coreward Arm project, seek out rare ores before the slavers of the Empire find them. Interact with the local aliens, found new worlds, brave this new frontier. To this end the DTR will be able to supply extensive quantities of ships and modules.

3) Raider Captain - Our busy and highly effective Admiral in charge of raiding operations needs capable Starcaptains to join the DTR Stellar Armada and take part in helping dismantle the Empires war machine from the ground up, uncover their secret mining camps, free the slaves, and flatten the sites from orbit. Starve the Imperial war machine of minerals and interdict their freighter traffic. Eventually you could prove yourself and rise through the ranks, perhaps even being promited to Defence Minister and be in charge of the largest single military organisation in the Peripheries.

4) Director Of Intelligence - We need to recruit somebody to run the DTR's intelligence organisation, become expert at the art of spying and sabotage, drop operatives from deep orbit to wreak havoc. And ultimately? Maybe even locate the hidden lair of the Emperor himself.

5) Starbase Governors - Fledgeling outposts in distant barely explored systems sit idle, simply needing the guiding touch of a deft Starbase
governor to develop them into massive ports and centers of commerce, extend the Republics influence into new systems, and govern for the freedom of the people. Join the Senate. Govern wisely and well.

6) Minister Of Trade - This senior position within the upper echelons of the Republics leadership requires somebody with a mind capable of handling the vast traffic of internal DTR trade - identify the most profitable shipping routes! Monetise the large stockpiles of trade goods sitting in forgotten caches! Count beans, maximise efficiency and help raise the stellars needed to pay for the continued expansion of the Republic.


Join the fight! Join the Detinus Republic!




***** Special Report – The Felini Language *****

Feline is the singular noun for a member of our race, Felini for two or more of us. The usage is irregular, however, depending on the nature of any term- 'Feline warriors' is correct, because a warrior is by tradition a single being, but also 'A Felini team', or 'A Felini Platoon/Army/strike-force/etc.' is proper usage, because each is by nature dealing with multiple beings. This can cause some confusion at times for younger pupils
Grammar for Cubs, 4th edition

Below some pointers to the feline language, both in it's own form and as translated into galactic standard.

Felini Linguistic History
The Felini drive to sentience came from the harsh demands of the hunt on the savannahs of Pride. Their Languages came from the same primordial roots, the hunting calls and dominance rites of their proto-felini ancestors.

The Felini language makes extensive use of body posture and to a limited extent pheromones as a supplement to move beyond conventional verbal communication. The body postures are the oldest part of the language, dealing primarily with emotion and social positioning. The spoken words add clarification and specific distinction to this. There is a delineation between 'Informal posture' which conveys the actual emotional state of the feline in question and 'Formal Posture' which is intended to add context to a spoken word. For example the posture {ready for hunt} combined with the word for Spacecraft indicates a warship while the posture {well fed and content} combined with spacecraft indicates a freighter.

'Posture' - Body Language
Formal communications using body language are sometimes known as 'high postures' as a speaker will usually only use abbreviated, upperbody movement in order to allow for rapid and precise communication. Informal postures are consequently known as 'low postures'. Since the lower half of the body - especially the Felini's expressive tail - will often convey the speaker's actual emotional state, regardless of his 'high posture'. To say that a feline has 'Mastered his tail' is to convey that he has a considerable degree of self control.

Some felines hold that Mrrshan's rapid rise in diplomatic circles comes in part from the loss of much of his tail in combat during The Scourging of Pride, thus making it easier for him to 'master his Tail'

'Evocation-Pheromones
Pheromones are used for particularly strong messages and emotions, or for emphasis of the long-lasting nature of the communication. Many are sexual or aggressive in nature, but others show surprising delicacy and nuance - for example one particular pheremone which makes many mohache sneeze indicates a desire for firm friendship, while also rejecting the possibility of mating. Words and postures can even play secondary roles, especially when the forms of diplomacy and Honour are being followed against the feline's best desires.

Written Language
Felini script is mixture of phonetics and determinative symbolic glyphs which represent postures and phereomones. While some attempt has been made to convert the former to galactic standard, much nuance is lost without the posture-signifiers. Attempts to use human-style accents as a substitute results in a visual mess, so most of the translated feline literature available is in a hybrid format with galactic standard on one line with feline posture-glyphs immediately below

Language families
At one point there were just over a dozen major and three or four dozen minor languages on Pride. Though both geography and the common roots of Now there is only 'Pride Standard'. Standard is an artificially derived language composed of elements from three of the most widespread and 'linguistically simple' languages. Surprisingly, this language originated prior to the Tyrannic revolution as an 'international language' for the purposes of diplomacy and co-ordination of military efforts between different prides.

After the Revolution it was made the official language of the Tyranny and made great inroads into supplanting its parent tongues. The other languages of the Felini were largely wiped out (along with their speakers) during the Scourging of Pride when the survivors from different prides were forced to intermix radically.

There are still many words in 'Standard' that are derived from other Felini languages, especially names. When a translation of a Felini name is rendered phonetically but untranslated into Galactic Standard Translation nexus, it means that name is derived from one of the 'dead' languages that was not used in standard ( For example Mrrowfel which meant 'welcome' in the birth tongue of Marshal (later Tyrant) Leonis). When a term is translated ( such as Pride Starhunter or Pride Heart-Resplendent) it means that the name derives from one of the three 'Key' language groups that went into making standard.

'Technical and Classical'
There are two 'dialects' of Pride Standard, Technical and Classical
The advent of long distance communication and recorded sound brought a major shift in Felini language. Postures could not be conveyed by such means, so vocalisations of the postures where developed, creating a version of the Felini language that was entirly audio. It found use especially in the military where unambiguous communication was greatly prized. In modern times it is this 'Technical' language that is used to communicate with Aliens who lack the upbringing, instinct (and often tail) to interpret Felini postures. It is also used in areas like engineering or research and any other occasion when unambiguous clarity is desired without the need for visual or olfactory cues. 'Classical' Pride Standard uses postures and pheromones with no particular emphasis on words.


A word on Bast
The language of the Bast Felini is different from Pride standard due in part to the mix of native tongues of those felines which were taken not matching the three key root languages perfectly, and in part to linguistic drift during the time that the two peoples were sundered. Fortunately the basic postures (which are routed in evolutionary psychology) remain the same which allowed baseline communication between Bast and Pride Felini even with no common phonetics

Words and concepts from Bast Felini have made large inroads in to Pride standard. The advanced state of Clan technology led to the wholesale adoption of large swaths of technology and scientific terminology. Bast art and literary structures are also popular. Going the other way, Pride Standard was designed to be easy to learn (for felines at least) and as such enjoys great popularity among the clans replacing a cluster of local dialects. Gradually the languages are hybridising into a distinct third language referred to by some as 'Felini Standard'. Interestingly, the Bast language in its pure form also has technical and classical dialects, although the verbal cues that replace posture and pheromones are incompatible

Subspace Static - Star Date 213.5.1  [Recruit]



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


*** Business As Usual ***

The hunt for Lord Githyanki, the now missing leader of the Imperial Services who was recently implicated in assassination and other crimes, appears to have been abandoned this week with the transition of power to the new Viceroy.

How dedicated the Empire will be towards hunting down such criminal elements is questionable, with the Emperor Lysander apparently quite happy to turn a blind eye during past similar historical abuses of power at the upper echelons of the Empire hierarchy – an organisation that has for some time now been dogged by scandal and criminal controversy.

There has been no official statement from the Imperial Court of Lysander.


*** Pirate Large ***

Having recently returned to the space lanes, Pirate Large (the one-time Imperial Patrol Commissioner) has begun wreaking havoc.

However, he has not had it all his own way with a reported attack against a Flagritz vessel in the Daggern system has proved:

PIR The Rancid Pig (78716)

Incoming Fire from PIR Boarding Party (78716)
---------------------------------------------
Round 1: 290 Warbot mkIVs - 0 [2320] damage
588 Human Marines - 0 [1176] damage
4 Human Veteran Marines - 0 [16] damage
Round 2: 227 Warbot mkIVs - 0 [1816] damage
446 Human Marines - 0 [892] damage
4 Human Veteran Marines - 0 [16] damage
Round 3: 158 Warbot mkIVs - 0 [1264] damage
305 Human Marines - 0 [610] damage
3 Human Veteran Marines - 0 [12] damage
Round 4: 99 Warbot mkIVs - 0 [792] damage
181 Human Marines - 0 [362] damage
3 Human Veteran Marines - 0 [12] damage

A second attack by the surviving pirates resulted in the entire pirate boarding party being wiped out by victorious Flagritz defenders, who were only disappointed not to have a few more prisoners to tickle in that loving Flagritz razor-sharp way.

The presence of large quantities of Mark IV Warbots has again raised eyebrows, as it appears Pirate Large continues to have access to high mark cutting edge equipment.


*** Missing Moon ***

Travellers are warned as to the possible occurrence of a missing moon somewhere in the Coreward periphery that ghosts in and out of existence on navigational computers.

Some claim the moon is simply an error in nav-coms computer code, others claim it actually does exist, and holds some clue to the lost abandoned ancient cities of the Architects.

We here at the Inter-Galactic News-room couldn’t possibly speculate.


*** Dewiek Press Release ***

In the past two moons DEN freighters visiting the Kastorian Free trade base Archipelago have been destroyed by hostile action.
Initially a 'lost' CNF fleet destroyed one of my freighters at date 51.1
DEN F Commercial (71620) - Ship
Barge Class Freighter {No Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!

Several days ago (4.3) two more freighters were destroyed in the same location by a Brotherhood fleet.

DEN Dewiek Nation Cargo Trader (68787) - Ship
Gothic Hauler Class Freighter {No Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!
DEN FF KGIV (90847) - Ship
Cheetah Hauler - 25lh Class Freighter {No Armour}
Hull Damage: 100.0%
BLOWN UP!

The Nation is not interested in hearing the latest excuse or accepting offers of compensation. We are interested in protecting our traders and dealing with aggressors as we see fit.


*** DTR Raiders Strike Again ***

In celebration of the new Viceroy, the Detinus Republic have continued their assault against the Imperial war machine with two more strikes against IMP mining facilities:

Location:
Curly (141) - {Alpha,11} - orbit of Pi XXVI (4479)

---------------------------------Battle Summary---------------------------------

IMP PC-23 (54338) - Outpost
Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC QUINDECIM (59000) - 1485 [1920] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC SEDECIM (64880) - 1576 [1920] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 BORODINO (21489) - 24318 [27449] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 DRESDEN (25489) - 21342 [24186] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC SEX (41577) - 3750 [4460] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC TRES (66642) - 3905 [4440] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 MARENGO (11975) - 14912 [16916] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 AUERSTADT (70147) - 12878 [14651] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 AUSTERLITZ (78792) - 20283 [23175] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 99 GLADIUS CC UNUS ET VIGINTI (84266) - 3658 [4000]
Damage


IMP Peg beta (50414) - Outpost
Targeted by DTR CL 28 BUNA (36247) - 18671 [22837] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 111 GREYHOUND (99015) - 12198 [15280] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 NEW BRITAIN (48165) - 14250 [18112] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 MILNE BAY (34640) - 21048 [26324] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 SALAMAUA (36908) - 19875 [24411] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 KIEV (50397) - 13692 [17067] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL xxx LAE II (54804) - 15606 [19348] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL xxx BOUGAINVILLE II (67548) - 16056 [19236] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 NEW GEORGIA (50338) - 17946 [22499] Damage
Targeted by DTR CL 28 RENDOVA (30229) - 18419 [22836] Damage



*** FET Exploration Press Release ***

We can confirm that the wormhole in Tramoss does exit to the Halo periphery.


*** Ancient Aliens On The Move ***

Rumours have surfaced that TCA ships have engaged and destroyed a Dewiek trader in the Dewiek Home Periphery - the HEX affiliation, whose system it is, has allegedly been having 'conversations' with them and the trader was unfortunate enough to be passing through at the time.



***** Special Report – FUN News *****

More from the Flagritz this week.

Major projects within the core systems of the Empire this week as Imperial planners put forward the longer term goals to move over 2 million lesser forms of life to suit the Empire. It does seem that these beings may not be fully on board with the plans but a aid to the Planning dept did say

"that is why we have the nukes in orbit"
Special Action/Breeze/Urban Ghetto
Establishing a ghetto for the native naplians in this urban sector will take take approximately two months after the exhaustive use of 100 structural modules, 50 military modules and security tech. This will keep the infrastructure such as food production facilities working despite the new restrictions on movement.
It is likely that the continued removal of civilians will increase civilian resistance.

It seems that the Empire has a number of planets within the core systems that lack the ready made labour force that the Empire likes to use.
Special Action/XXXXX/Needs
This is a backwater colony that has been wildly out of touch for a long time. They need media and education tech for a start.
After this, a few million slaves (or at least natives that they can enslave) would be satisfactory.
Some terraforming would also be useful in order to improve the life (infrastructure) demand.
After all that, then more civilians would be useful in driving up the trade demand.

A number of projects are ongoing within the core systems that have been reported within the last few weeks.

Establish a new labour force within a new system
Special Action/XXXX/Establish Slavery/213.2
10k civilian weaponry is passed out to the flagritz population and security is used to ensure that that the new regime is is established. This regime ensures that XXXX, especially the new ones are brought up in a life of slavery for the overlords of the world.
Resource ID: XXXXX
Product: XXXXXXXX
10 % Drop: 10 Complexes
Quantity: 500
Weekly Change: 50

Week after week the Empire moves closer to taking control of what Imperial planners consider an important system within the Core systems. A lot of work over the past two years seems about to pay off as the new Government seems tied to the Empire and willing to support the claim for system. Planners have been asked what if the new Government tried to bite the hand that feeds them
"that is why we have build the baseships"

Another group of planners put forward planners put forward plans for the Education of inferiors

Investigation/XXXX/Natives/Education
The civilians of XXXX are classed as natives. While they can use many
hi-tech objects such as tanks and various weapons that have been acquired
from the Flagritz, they simply do not as a species understand the
technology. If something stops working due to a fault, they have absolutely
no means or knowledge of repairing it. In many cases they cannot even make
the ordnance that is required for the object - their factories cannot
produce the required material quality or even forge the various alloys that
higher civilisations take for granted.
The slaves taken from the world often do not even recognize what common
everyday objects are and have difficulty with maths, programming,
co-ordinates and even fundamentals such as time and literacy.
Research into training is feasible, converting native slaves to sentient
slaves is feasible though few would consider it commercially viable and
many Flagritz would be opposed to the idea on moral grounds - 'educating
inferiors?'.

These planners have been moved to plan removing ore from a mine with a large pick and a whip at the back*
only joking FLZ lord over others to do the hard work, they do the paperwork within the mine


***** Periphery Classifieds *****


*** AFT Hyper Drive Sale ***


Greetings,

It has come to my attention that a member of my "staff" has been conducting themselves in an immoral and unfortunate manner. My security forces have been quick to detain, question and, after consideration, release "Honest" Ron without charge.

As it turns out... planning to steal Hyperdrives and sell them for personal gain is not, technically, illegal.

Many of you may have seen Honest Ron's fairly laughable attempts to sell 3 Hyperdrives on trade forums. He was never in possession of the drives and hadn't actually attempted to steal them... though I believe he would have done so if the opportunity arose.

The above facts aside ... this leaves me in a odd position of an AFT member company offering items for sale without the ability to conclude that sale. This is in direct violation of one article within The AFT Code of Conduct.

Therefore, to rectify this I will offer to sell Hyperdrives to any honest, law abiding person who wishes to purchase them. The price will be $200,000 stellars each.

There will be two for sale. If both of these sell a third will be offered on the same terms. Anyone interested in the Hyperdrives should contact me privately.

As there is no clause in the code of conduct stating that I cannot withdraw the items after a reasonable time ... I will set a time limit on the sale.

Sales will need to be agreed (though not necessarily completed) before end 213.8.5

Thank you for your kind attention.

Mona Luvsitt.

 
News
Is open for business...
 
***** 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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