||Pope Mark Eaton rises to
power, supplanting High Lord Samual as head of the Inner Confederacy.
Jordan Roswell, Patriarch of the Brotherhood, in turn murders him. Confederate
forces ally with House LiQuan and storm the Inner Brotherhood capturing
Aquae Fortis in New Sol. Detinus Republic side with the reformed Confederacy
in order to assault Imperial positions on the border of the civil-war-torn
||Body of deceased emperor
Paul located in the Capellan periphery leading to a skirmish between the
IMP and the CNF. Analysis of the body reveals a number of surprising finds. Discovery
that both Jasil and Samual are clones. Jasil abdicates and the corporations
see their chance to push for power. After a bloody civil war Prince Lysander
with the remnant of the Imperial Stellar Patrol flees Inner Empire to
an unknown location. Inner Confederacy in turmoil but heavily influenced
by actions of the CIA and Brotherhood.
||Krell with the aid of the
Falconian Empire declare Inversion sovereign world and are attacked by
the Empire. Rout is total and the Falconians retreat to Acropolis leaving
the Krell to the Empire.
||War between the Flagritz
and the Empire erupts again. This time the Dominion aids the Empire. The
conflict proves mostly decisive and the Flagritz are forced from the Capellan
Periphery and into Twilight, beyond the stargate.
||Hexamon with the aid of
the TCA arrives in the Acrux system and wage war on the Dewiek for control
of the Noctollis Periphery. They are defeated and what few remain colonise
scattered planets throughout the Peripheries.
||Rift in the Confederacy due
to opposing views regarding slavery leads to the Detinus Republic seeking
a new home. The Venice system becomes their latest capital. The Detinus
Republic, Dewiek Elder Nation and the Dominion sign the 3D Alliance. This
shapes the future of the Peripheries for the next few years.
||Skord is given to the KAS
in a treaty signed by the Empire and the Kastorian Military Junta. Clans
attack the Dominion forcing their retreat from the Cluster into newly
discovered Dewiek territory.
||War over the ancient artefact in
Skord is fought between the Empire and the Confederacy. Both sides lose
most of their fleets. The Cluster is discovered along with the alien races
Clans (feline), Dewiek and the Dominion (humans - barely). Initial skirmishes
between the Clans and the Empire determine borders.
||Detinus Republic betrays
humanity and sides with Flagritz in a war against the Empire. War ends in
stalemate. Detinus Republic flees the Capellan Periphery and encounters
the faction of the Confederacy, currently colonising the Darkfold Periphery.
A truce is called.
||The FET colony Port Royale
launches a missile strike against SSL colony Pitstop. The FET claims that
the SSL were going to let the DTR use the colony as a base for an offensive
against them. The Emperor decries the act and the SSL colony is evacuated. The
DTR declares war on the FET over anti DTR propaganda they claim was spread
by the FET. A Flagritz scout ship is seen in the Blagard system. Some ships
are destroyed by baseships in the further reaches of the periphery. In
the face of the Flagritz threat the DTR and FET reach an amicable agreement,
the war ends. The affiliations start to look at the threat posed by the
||First contact with the alien
race the Flagritz is made in Inferno system. They warn explorers off,
but do not fire.
||Settling of Capellan System
encounters the Detinus Republic, now having been isolated for four decades. Aliens
such as the Naplians and Kastorians are encountered by humans.
||Great Expansion. Emperor Jasil
pushes new expansion into Capellan Periphery. Following the confirmed discovery
of sentient aliens, Jasil establishes a large blockade in the naturally
restricted region of space leading to the Capellan Periphery. This region
of mines and platforms effectively seals the Inner Empire off from the
||SMS 'officially' discover
Capellan Periphery and encounter various sentient alien species. Encounter
with Falconian Empire leads to the death of all hands.
||Confederacy is established
in a set of systems on the far side of a system containing a star rapidly
approaching RR-Lyrae phase in its evolution. Civilians and disgruntled
nobles increase its population until the star effectively closes the door
forever. More than 20 million have made the journey.
||Years of recovery. In the
year 162 a ban on any faction carrying weaponry within the Empire is established.
||The Brotherhood, backed by
certain Noble Houses is defeated. In light of the nuclear devastation
that has swept many worlds, the Tau Ceti Convention banning chemical,
biological and nuclear warfare is signed. Following this Samual and his
host flee the Empire. The remaining New Harmony Church is reduced in both
power and status.
||Samual's first edicts is
to free the church from tax and impose heavy levies on the merchant corporations.
Hostility breaks out and civil war erupts. Samual and Jasil, sons of Emperor
Paul vie for control of Empire. Samual backed by Church, Jasil backed by
||Samual not killed but actually
taken and raised by power seeking New Harmony Church faction. New Harmony
Church faction, known as the Brotherhood declare Samual the Prophet of
the True One and reintroduce him to society where he is recognized as
first born by Emperor Paul on his death bed and therefore next in line
to the throne.
||Detinus Republic cedes away
from the Empire and is attacked. Those that can, flee beyond the Empire. Emperor
Justin dies, Prince Paul coroneted Emperor at age of 76.
||Prince Paul, son of Emperor
Justin secretly known to be barren approaches New Harmony Church for aid. Paul
has secret son Samual - Accident kills Samual and mother. Paul has second
son Jasil - becomes heir apparent.
||Trouble brewing as a number
of faction led by the Detinus Republic start talk of rebellion.
||Human Terran Empire founded.
Slowly expands through space colonising a number of stars, which later
becomes the Inner Empire.
||Titan Supernova - Hive faction
splintered. Hive found Fake. Hexamon takes slow boats with TCA faction
of sentient ships.
||Civil war on Kastor. Splintering
of Kastorian race. Kastor left radioactive waste - population enter cryogenic
sleep. Yank founded by Kastorians - terraforming of Yank worlds.
||Dewiek declare war on Architects. Dominion faction arrives in the Peripheries. Invasion of Darkfold periphery by Meklan and TCA.
||Dyson Sphere started.
||Ringworld of Acrux Built.
||Architects enter the Peripheries,
seed races. These include the Clans (Felini). They are also believed to
tamper with genetic code of various evolved but low intelligence species.
||Aliens build the Stargates.
This atttempts to try and piece together the fragments which form the history of the Peripheries. In collating these fragments it was found that more questions were raised than answered and in some cases evidence for mutually exclusive events have been unearthed. Maybe with greater digging somebody will be able to solve the mystery although I suspect that in decades to come xeno-archeologists will be as baffled as myself.
Of Architects and Dewiek
It is commonly accepted that the biggest influence on the development of the Peripheries has been the enigmatic race known only as the Architects. What is commonly known about them is that they are some form of sentient species capable of moving through space. This has placed them in the category of sentient ship although this is presumably a misnomer or ambiguous at best.
The greatest source of information regarding the Architects comes from the Dewiek accounts detailing the war between these two races. As such it is almost certain that some form of bias will exist regarding the description of the Architects as little more than domineering planet killers intent on the eradication of the Dewiek and its great nation.
The facts are that the Architects did indeed unleash some plague at the height of the Dewiek power, reducing them to a few isolated star systems on the edge of the Peripheries for more than half a millennia. It is also known that they systematically wiped out the remains of the Dewiek warfleet, leaving hulks drifting in space or broken on the ice fields of airless moons.
Yet despite being capable of near total genocide, the Architects have left some of the greatest feats of civil engineering known. The ringworld of Acrux was truly a marvel; at least it was according to salvaged works of the Dewiek prior to its fragmentation during the war. Now sections of the ring are slowly drifting apart and at least one section is close to falling into the star.
Dyson, is still pretty much off limits to explorers but if rumours of naked singularities and artificial wormholes are to be believed leaves Acrux as a poor forerunner.
So why did the Architects, a race of space dwelling sentient starships build worlds? What possible use could they have?
Then there is the question of Janth, reputedly the centre of the Dewiek nation of old. This world is populated by many different species. Even today radiation levels are such that the civilisation present on the world is a poor second to that which once existed.
The presence of so many species is curious. It appears reasonable that they are the descendents of those brought to the world by the Dewiek during their days are great explorers. Yet despite this, very few worlds with indigenous populations have any technology utilised by the Dewiek. This hints at darker designs for the sentient life taken to the central worlds of the nation. Were they willing colonists or could they have in fact been slaves to the single dominant star system spanning species. Could this have been the ground for the war between the Architects and the Dewiek? This would certainly seem to cast a very different image to the Architects than that ascribed to them by the Dewiek.
to the Architects?
The rediscovery of the Dewiek Home Periphery, the origin of their species shattered the illusion that the Dewiek suffered a Pyrrhic victory over the Architects, destroying them as they themselves succumbed to the disease. They were in fact almost entirely wiped out and only the closing of the stargate into the Pocket Periphery prevented their total destruction.
This raises the question as to whatever happened to the Architects. Rumours persist that they are still wandering through the outer edges of systems in the cold darks of space beyond the stable range of ISR fields around stars.
While there are hints of truly ancient works and artefacts such as the artificial mind spanning the space between worlds, having listened to echoes on the ether for millions of years, or the sentient ocean capable of replicating objects, the oldest confirmed and commonly used artefacts are the stargates.
These are now believed to have been built by a species that existed even before the Architects although there is no forthcoming indication as to whom they may have been.
Maybe at one time there were more stargates, maybe all connected to each other, maybe there are still some out there waiting to be discovered. If this is the case maybe all it requires is knowledge of a specific system and it is possible to visit original system of the creators of the stargate. Who could imagine what wonders lay in wait?
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|******Empire Syndicated News Network (ESNN) ******
Welcome to the latest version of ESNN, giving the news and views from the ESNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe from our new home in the Heartland,
And so with the news from the last few weeks,
*** Inter Galactic News ***
DEN assault FEL base and get wiped out
CIA Trade fleet caught and destroyed by the DEN
Krell denounce worship of the True One
***** Inter Galactic News *****
Huge fleet skirmish at the London/Crossley wormhole
A large fleet of over 700 DEN warships responded to the EMP action in Crossley, where a 4000 hull DEN platform was destroyed. Reports show the DEN ships caught a group of CIA ships napping and inflicted significant losses on the humans. IMP and GTT fleets moved to assist the CIA, matching DEN fleet numbers, but the arrival of over 1200 Hexamon ships seems to have tipped the battle in favour of the DEN-HEX alliance.
The combined DEN-HEX force pushed through the wormhole into the Heartland area of human space and retaliated, attacking several CIA platforms in response. The outnumbered Empire fleets abandoned the area and fled, they are currently waiting for the larger alien force to make their next move from their hiding places.
***** Inter Galactic News *****
Admiral Lord Simms killed after a long and distinguished service to the Empire.
The Imperial Services have intercepted and serious damaged several DEN ships on the way to the Empire’s home systems. Unfortunately during the action Admiral Lord Simms was injured and reports from the Viceroy indicate he has passed away, fighting the enemies of the Empire like any true Imperial Officer.
The Viceroy has stated that the officers and crew of the DEN ships have been captured and are now awaiting trial at a secret IMP base.
DEN continue to strike at the Empire
Reports are coming in of multiple engagements between the Empire and the Dewiek Elder Nation over the last week. With several battles taking out Empire ships in the Heartland of the CIA.
AFT turn to piracy
The Association of Free Traders have, after a long history of neutrality, turned to piracy this week. AFT Drake boarded an IND ship in the Halo periphery, killing several of the crew in the process.
Independent trader Jarlebanke Langhofdi immediately took to the public communication channel demanding an answer to why supposedly peaceful traders had killed his crew and taken his ship.
The AFT remain silent over the attack.
***** Inter Galactic News *****
Combat Special Edition
Since the DEN started shooting at those lovable FEL fluffballs things have certainly been heating up. So we through it would be prudent to bring you, gentle beings of the peripheries, a special edition in order to keep you updated with all the latest action in regards to who the DEN are shooting and who is shooting them.
Felini strike back at Dewiek
Reports have come in of the FEL striking back at the DEN in the Kallisan system. A huge FEL force supported by the IMP and CIA assaulted DEN positions taking both the platform and base called Lucien. There was much rejoicing in the FEL camp as the Felini proved they were not such lovable fluffballs after all!
GTT get sucked into the war
A passing fleet of GTT warships got caught in the fighting and this saw the GTT enter the war. When asked about this CEO Fox pointed out they are not warships at all, they are trade defence ships. So how they came to be in the DEN system of Kallisan is a mystery to us. But the GTT CEO was clear that they only engaged using support and defend orders to protect allies. Needless to say, the CEO commented “We found ourselves on the Dewiek Nation’s enemy lists pretty soon after.”
Dewiek Nation attacks GTT positions in Orion Spur, breaking DOM system rules
A fleet of DEN warships has engaged and destroyed a significant number of GTT cargo ships and escorts in the DOM system Monument. The GTT immediately took to the public channels to ask why the DOM were not doing something. In reply the DOM issued a statement to stop, which the DEN ignored.
The DEN newssheet "The HOWL" published a completely unbiased review of the attack shortly after.
DOM make a choice
After the above incident and then further raiding by the DEN, taking out a few GTT cargo ships in the DOM system of Coptuv, the DOM seemed to have been faced with a choice of stopping drinking their tea and doing something or just hoping it would go away. Instead they seem to have decided to abandon the whole idea of being an active affiliation and we have since folded. The lengths some people will go to not to have their elevenses disturbed is truly staggering. We asked the DOM for a statement on their new system rules to share with our readers but have received no replies.
DOM positions share out
Just as we were going to press news has come in of various DOM assets being given to other affiliations or sold. Hopefully we will have more on this story in the next issue of your favorite factual newsheet. Yes, that's us at the SSS.
*** Affiliations ***
AFT Association of Free Traders (54) - Marion Tweedy
CIA Combined Intelligence Agency (64) - Laton CIA
DNA Displaced Natives Asylum (66) - DNA people
DTR Detinus Republic (58) - Morley Decker
DEN Dewiek Elder Nation (67) - Urd
DOM Dominion (57) – we believe the DOM are now inactive
FCN Falconian Republic (70) - Bacran
FEL Felini Tyranny (49) - Juris
FLZ Flagritz Republic (47) - Kayxaer
FET Frontier Exploration & Trade (56) - Cu Chulainn
GRC Gracians (13) - HG1
GTT Galactic Trade & Transport (52) - Xavier Fox
GCE Garcia Enterprises (4) - Neil
HEX Hexamon (23) - Ando
IMP Imperial Services (51) - Jack Jones
KRL Krell (30) - Namica
KRT Krell of the Reverence Temple (37) - Kal Torak
KST Kastor Kastorians (12) - Kastor
MZC Mizuchi Combine (86) - Mizuchi
MOH Mohache (73) - Listens
MIC Mohache Independent Commune (76) - Sleeps with Dragons
NLF Naplian Liberation Front (38) - NLFHQ
RIP Regularly Involved in Piracy - Githyanki
RRH Roy Robert Holdings (39) - Roy Roberts
SMS Stellar Mining and Smelting (53) - MikhailM
USN Ulian Stellar Nation (34) - Oeipus Prime
WMB Wimble Nations (25) - zz
* Leader MAY be inactive, affiliation may be active
** Affiliation has no leader but this is the only known contact
NPC / FoC: ARC, CIV, CGT, FRE, HBO, HEF, IND, ISP, JCN, MEK, MRC, PIR, PRV, TCA, TRN, KAS
Inactive: ANT, BHD, COD, HVE, IDC, RIP, RCF, SKW, TAG
*** Submission ***
By private message to The Editor or via Mica if you prefer to remain anonymous.
***** Inter Galactic News *****
New pirate threat rocks Corward Arm.
Several large pirate ships have been spotted in outer rings of Corward systems. Reports forwarded to us at the SSS allow us to exclusively tell readers that traders should keep their wits about them when moving through these areas.
No existing pirate menace has yet claimed ownership.
In a possibly unrelated event one of the FET cartel members claimed nothing was happening in the outer ring of Coptov shortly afterwards. But it could be that they are still trying to catch Empire backed pirates and have nothing to do with the new sightings.
***** Inter Galactic News *****
DEN continue to shoot innocents
The Dewiek have made themselves busy shooting at the peaceful and innocent traders of the SSL. Leader of Solar Spices and Liquors Mr TOAD has been vocal pointing out that the Beast-DEN are being totally unfair. News of a go-fund-me appeal are yet to surface though.
This office is sure that it must have provided the DEN light relief after picking on the equally defenceless Felini. Word is that the DEN faced such an uphill struggle in these recent actions they had to take up Felini inter-breeding to provide some entertainment as the battle reports were rather boring.
***** Inter Galactic News *****
Return of the LiQuans
A close associate of the Baron LiQuan has been haunting the Corewards periphery and like the old Baron it is said he has a meklan connection. It's unclear whether he obtained his meklan nanites via the CIA but there are rumours that the DEN may be helping the Liquan relative in a bid to sow discontent in the Stellar Empire. Exactly why they would start in Corewards is unclear although with DEN allies, the DOM, having strong positions both in the Sol system and the old Harcorp systems of Harlong and Coptuv they may be the linking factor.
***** Inter Galactic News *****
Meklan Unleashed on Mobile Bay
Mad Dewiek scientist Dr Kala released a number of Meklan on the busy world of Mobile Bay in the Yank system. Thousands of civilians have been killed in what is treated by DEN warlords as an amusing practical joke. Rather than take any responsibility for their affiliation’s reckless behaviour, a DEN lord rumoured to be half-meklan himself quipped he would nuke the planet whilst another merely saw it as an opportunity to test some of his greener troops in combat. Surprisingly, the KAS planetary defence force was up to the job of repelling the insidious incursion. Questions remain whether further meklan are stored elsewhere on the planet and whether anybody will challenge the Dewiek’s lack of care for the lives of innocents. Probably not, given how even the mighty IMP are now cowering from a fight with the DEN (see inside this edition).