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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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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.
 
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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.
 
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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

Deceased: CAL

*** Submission ***

By private message to The Editor or via Mica if you prefer to remain anonymous.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.


 
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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).


 
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Who is behind the AFA?

Following the large scale holiday attack by the AFA against the FET the question of who is behind the attacks has been raised once again. What is clear is that the AFA is using ships that were transferred from the GTT to the IMP. The organisation and expertise of the operation also reduces the pool of potential candidates. Few can go from commanding a handful of broadswords to half a thousand warships and significant army logistics without a long stint in one of the more combative affiliations. With the DEN’s allies the HEX in close relations with the FET and no recent history of animosity between the aliens and FET, at least since the departure of former one-eye big-bun Norozov, it would be a bizarre turn of events if they were behind these attacks. Frankly, there’s no point dancing around it. The IMP are clearly behind the AFA. The question is what can anybody do about this move of significant Imperial resources to a black-flag agency?


 
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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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