||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 new version of ESNN (formally CSNN), giving the news and views from the former CSNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe,
And so with the news,
|***** Inter Galactic News *****
A Detinus expeditionary force is being assembled to liberate slaves in the Twilight Periphery. Stung by the wit of the Wimble Dinash, Admiral Bridge is leading a personal and sizeable force against the newly constituted Flagritz Republic.
The Wimble Bake Off has new competition with the Dominion instituting a Master Chef competition in the Orion Spur. This is all said to be a cover for further land grabs and in preparation for a move against the Hive and Dewiek, tipping the balance further in the Stellar Empire’s favour.
Meanwhile, the Wimbles struck off a number of hapless Wimbles under their new rules. To cement their plan to align themselves with the Stellar Empire, they have offered the services of their new masters to the Emperor.
Several hundred thousand slaves have been released by the Flagritz Republic but the terms of their manumission are unclear. Millions more await their emancipation. Many have refused to accept freedom without transit home, especially those brought in from outside peripheries. Many reportedly were captured by the Stellar Empire from the Detinus Republic and then sold on to the Flagritz.
|***** Inter Galactic News *****
The ship PRV HarCop Omega has been reported both in Orion and Corewards. This was the flagship of the former League Chairman, sacked from the role when the League went into administration and quietly disappearing beyond the edge of known space. It is thought that his return may have been for a clandestine meeting with his former contacts in Harlong and Coptuv. If so then he clearly has an agenda.
Unconfirmed stories that the Pirate King of The Pirate Holes and Million Islands is near completing research on the various larger ships his pirates have successfully captured over the past few years (big thanks to all the affiliations that participated in 'donating' ships). If the rumours are true it is likely a new armada of pirate ships using more advanced technology will be found in Corewards in the near future.
An supernova has been detected originating from just beyond the Transpiral Periphery. The rare event has created ripples in the subspace of the nearby stars. Nobody has reported any tangible ramifications but this is the first supernova in the current age of the Peripheries so esoteric scientists are excited by the prospect of grants to study the relatively nearby phenomena.
|***** Inter Galactic News *****
*** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***
The Wimble Crisis of 217 has come to an end with the human Baron making way to the wimble Grandfather Paden Mastaak. Celebrations were held in Wimbledon upon the news with crack teams of Wimble security staff guarding all the pies.
It’s unclear how long the Wimbles will enjoy this new era of peace and self-determination.
Vocal Wimble Dinasha, one of Paden’s early backers, has chosen this precarious moment to bait Dewiek, Flagritz and humans who were initially disposed to be friendly to the new administration. Whilst the Wimbles' history with the former-slave-loving Flagritz could be understood, their animosity towards the Dewiek and humans was more mysterious. One insider alluded to a rise in the number of cases of foot-and-mouth across the herd as being a likely cause.
Inside this issue of the SSS: * Storm in a Teacup *** Yahn Bares All * &etc
|***** Inter Galactic News *****
*** Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door ***
The stargates are closed! Reports from multiple sources indicate at least three of the stargates, all within Dewiek controlled systems, have been closed.
Two different sources have indicated that the TCA have been spotted recently in a number of systems and may be behind this turn of events. A scan sent to the SSS indicated eight TCA ships were recently spotted first in the Faery system and later near the Kasmer stargate.
Another source, suspiciously put the blame on the ARC, suggesting the ARC and DEN were working together because they “need to trap [the TCA] and try and finish them off after the DEN bodged their operation to protect the ARC while they incinerated the MEK homeworld, which ended up with several ARC ships being destroyed and the job only being half done."
However, with no public statement from the Dewiek themselves, its hard to know whether these rumours are reliable.
Lord Igor of the Dominion and Erasmus Andersen of the Garcia Family both offered public apologies at the delay in meeting their trade commitments because of the recent closures. The not-so-subtle subtext being that someone will pay with blood for this interference in their business. Or at least with a stealthy price rise.
Inside this issue of the SSS: * Wimble Civil Strife * Who Sniffs the Sniffers? * Largin’ It * &etc
|***** Inter Galactic News *****
*** Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit? ***
The Flagritz Empire is no more! The Flagritz Republic is reborn! Quick on the heel of the collapse of the Empire, the Fessin caste declared a new era of foreign and economic policy with a rapid withdrawal behind the Black Gate.
The new ecologically-friendly Prime Minister Kayxaer, asked for patience as “economic” reforms were undertaken. It remains to be seen whether there will be any price to pay for the dramatic changes being made by the reclusive Flagritzi or whether it will all be sunshine and rainbows going forward.
Inside this issue of the SSS: * Large at Large * &etc