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Stardate Important Events
202 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 Inner Empire.
201 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.
200 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.
199 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.
198 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.
197 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.
196 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.
195 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.
194 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.
193 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 Flagritz.
192 First contact with the alien race the Flagritz is made in Inferno system. They warn explorers off, but do not fire.
175-180 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.
175 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 Peripheries.
165 SMS 'officially' discover Capellan Periphery and encounter various sentient alien species. Encounter with Falconian Empire leads to the death of all hands.
158-163 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.
158-170 Years of recovery. In the year 162 a ban on any faction carrying weaponry within the Empire is established.
155-158 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.
153-155 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 Merchant Corporations.
152 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.
137 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.
132-136 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.
131-136 Trouble brewing as a number of faction led by the Detinus Republic start talk of rebellion.
0-180 Human Terran Empire founded. Slowly expands through space colonising a number of stars, which later becomes the Inner Empire.
Pre Empire
240 Titan Supernova - Hive faction splintered. Hive found Fake. Hexamon takes slow boats with TCA faction of sentient ships.
265 Civil war on Kastor. Splintering of Kastorian race. Kastor left radioactive waste - population enter cryogenic sleep. Yank founded by Kastorians - terraforming of Yank worlds.
270-300 Dewiek declare war on Architects. Dominion faction arrives in the Peripheries. Invasion of Darkfold periphery by Meklan and TCA.
900 Dyson Sphere started.
2,000 Ringworld of Acrux Built.
2,000-15,000 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.
Unkown Aliens build the Stargates.


Early History  [Recruit]



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.



What happened 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.



Stargates

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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Fox Effects Fantastic Turnaround

With his feet barely under the table, Xavier Fox has managed to dramatically turn things around at the GTT. With year-on-year sales figures up by 23%, manufacturing up 42% and ship production increased by 36%, the megacorporation is running at full steam with noticeable impact on local economies across the Stellar Empire. Political analysts also note that after a period of retrenchment following the disastrous leadership of Ike Krieger, investment in defence is at a five-year high. After such bullish growth, the trick will be for Mr. Fox to recruit C-level executives fast enough to match his ambitions. It is notable in temperament, the current crop of GTT politicals do not exhibit the monomaniacal xenophobia of their predecessors and have resisted repeated provocations by the DEN to enter a pointless spar before they have re-established superiority against the foolhardy aliens.


 
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Felini flounder in Winter against superior Dewiek forces

The FEL have managed to get their asses kicked by the DEN yet again after provoking the definitely “not cute or cuddly” Dewiek in the Crossley system. The furry punching bags had bought a civilian flagged outpost in the system, without permission or under certain conditions depending on who you ask, and then had the gall to reinforce this error by positioning warships in orbit. The famously patient warlord Halvor did not buy the story these heavy hull armed ships were merely transports and sent a pack to clear the orbit. The mouthy yet green Felini fleet commander Pr'prz fancied his chances against what looked like a light complement of DEN warships and ordered his own warships to engage in the neighbouring Winter system. The result was predictably a wipe out of the FEL forces consisting of forty-seven capital warships at no loss to the DEN. Once again, a series of calamitous decision making resulted in Felini lives being wasted by a leadership barely fit to clean a litter tray. The otherwise untested Halvor can now claim some victory ale although with his penchant for picking on creatures as weak as Gracians, it’s not exactly clear how much glory this new breed of Dewiek warrior can claim against the legends of old.


 
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Dastardly Dewiek Disregard Yank Neutrality

The governor of a MRC outpost in the Yank system reports that a 400-hull DEN warship called Grey Hunter Axiom entered orbit of Spritzer and opened fire with weapons of mass destruction (WoMD) against a platform, outpost, ground party and ship. Reports indicate significant casualties to Kastorian personnel both in space and on the ground. The KAS Junta is gruffly warning, with a slightly indifferent air, that everybody better stay out of the sector of the outpost for their own health. It is unclear what measures the KAS have or will take against the DEN on this matter. Such a breach of Yank neutrality has in the past caused the Dewiek to froth at the bit against the Empire for their disregard of ‘civilised’ norms. Their current silence on this matter speaks volumes.


 
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Yenni-bodies Pirates?

A PIR outpost was miraculously discovered by an IMP freighter, of all things, in the Yanni system with several Javelin class warships in orbit. After noticing the IMP freighter and seeing the public post by Jack Jones on subspace, the PIR decided to flee and leave a combined force of IMP and FET forces to capture the outpost. A brain damaged three-year old commentator who still believed in the goodness of people and Santa Claus was quick to commend the IMP on their good work, dismissing those who thought it no more than a convenient clearing up operation signifying* completion of operations in the nearby FET claimed systems of Graydown, Canth and Onissian by IMP puppet Edward Lowe. Meanwhile, the Wolf Lord Lyceum summed up the view of many when he screamed, “What is this amateur b*llshit?” into an uncaring universe.


 
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Crowe Coups Self

The IMP Viceroy Tiberius Crowe has finally achieved something in his unremarkable tenure by relinquishing even the semblance of wearing big boy pants and instead, appointed Jack Jones as Patrol Commissioner, salty spokesperson and policy maker for the Empire. Crowe will now join CIA Director Laton in riding the special bus to work where the two of them will enjoy long pleasant afternoons sipping cups of tea. Actually, just tepid fruit-scented water as neither of them can be fully trusted with a hot kettle. Occasionally, they might be visited by equally dynamic war “veteran” Admiral Bridge to enjoy mimes presenting the latest comics from the Howl. Meanwhile, Jones is putting pressure on the FET and will soon no doubt find a pretext to deploy his vast mercenary forces against anyone else who is seen working too closely with his most hated of enemies, the HEX.


 
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Highlord Aadolf Loses Control As Dewiek Break Peace Treaty

Around one hundred DEN warships have launched an attack on a small GTT destroyer squadron of forty ships in the Daggern system. Two GTT ships were destroyed and another fifteen suffered noticeable damage. CEO Xavier Fox issued a restrained but angry statement demanding the DEN explain themselves. Highlord Aadolf’s buffoon-like response amounted to “Dewiek be Dewiek, let’s drink and forget about it.” Cold comfort for the dead crew onboard the GTT ships and their families. Especially, as seems likely at this time, the Empire will settle for some bloody money instead of retribution.


 
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The Worm Turns

The FET have reduced relations with the IMP to neutral. Sneezy boss Cu Chulainn took the bold step of putting 1 and 1 together by linking recent mercenary attacks in their systems with the IMP scouts seen loitering for some time and refusing to move. Even bolder, hints that they believe “a certain Imperial citizen” is responsible for Edward Lowe’s entire underhand operation were voiced loudly enough that the handsome but hard of hearing Tiberius Crowe had to take note. He was seen grappling in trademark fashion with his skin tight jacket, pulling it down over his partially concealed middle-aged girth, as he sat to issue a terse public statement. Exactly who this citizen may be was left unnamed and no news channel subject to Imperial laws would dare unmask the villain. Luckily dear readers, we are not subject to phony Imperial laws. It’s Jack Jones everybody. Jack Jones, butcher of Naplians and fancier of silver long johns.


 
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”Necessity hath no law”

Lord Cromwell of the DOM slapped a fleet of privateers, on charges of "knavery", "bad manners" and "poor sportsmanship." Such offences carry the death sentence in the Dominion, a nebulous territory neither part of the Empire nor apart from it. At least thirteen Armadillo class ships, typically sold by the DOM, were destroyed at a location Cromwell was unwilling to disclose publicly. Bloodthirsty Dewiek as well as "prince of peace" Yahn Wodenzoon were quick to congratulate the DOM for their merciless carnage. It seems the consensus in the galaxy’s ruling class is that not presenting valid identification is a crime worthy of the murder of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of unfortunate crewmen. This is all just another indicator that the political elite are far removed from the lives of ordinary people who are seen as little more than meat inventory. It is telling so-called “man of the people and the downtrodden” Wodenzoon so readily aligns himself with this grisly concord. Meanwhile, the archaic elocutionist Cromwell further establishes the recent trend of mild exertions of power by the cold-blooded DOM.


 
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Return of the Fox

The galaxy is still digesting news of the return of Xavier Fox to the boardroom of the GTT. The ailing corporation's share price began a sharp rally after a six month downward spiral under Ike Krieger, credited with being the worst CEO in the megacorporation's history. The only surviving board member from Fox's initial tenure as CEO, and perhaps across the entire GTT board, is Antt Tilton the Research Director. The reclusive Tilton is the brains behind the ascension of GTT technology, particularly in the field of antimatter weapons and super-heavy dreadnought size ships, Tilton offers a small measure of continuity during this tumultuous time. Mr. Fox has therefore resorted to a broad appeal for new blood to join the ailing firm. So far, the result has been a number of two-dimensional "Yes" persons being promoted to the C-suite. Still, key stakeholders were upbeat with one commenting, "Fox is the man to turn this bloody disaster around. He knows how to put a great team together and where to bury the bodies of the non-performers."


 

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