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OPS Accused Of Slavery

Falconian News Networks are carrying the following story:

"A House Magpie Patrol was sent to attack OPS warships above the orbit of the major slave base Harvester Hive. The 8 Warships encountered a force of 10 200NH OPS warships and an imbedded 300HH HLQ ship (a different one to that reported before). In the first days battle the FCN ships damaged many of the enemy but lost a 100HH ship. In the second days action the FCN forces withdrew but not before destroying a 200NH OPS ship. The quad was reinforced by large numbers of additional FLZ, OPS and HLQ leaving other areas vulnerable."

There are rumoured to be over 10,000 slaves at the base, though with the propaganda machines on both sides of the war working overtime, the OPS remain silent on the matter.

It is however not the first time the OPS have been accused of slavery, and it remains to be seen how much longer these accusations will hang around before a third party starts to take an interest, particularly after Emperor Lysander was heard to remark about what was this business he heard, of this Hive race that was capturing human slaves.

Aladdin System

The time period for registration of assets in the Aladdin system has now passed. All positions discovered from now on will be considered illegal.


Rumours are circulating throughout the Halo periphery that clandestine Stellar Cartography research has revealed a new system full of Architect planets. And that this is where the HBO have obtained their high technology warships.


A pirate scouting party has been destroyed in orbit of the Yank wormhole by the unlikely combination of Imperial forces and Krell warships.

We don't know what the universe is coming to, IMP and KRL living together in perfect harmony. It just don't seem natural.

Declassified entries by Star Admiral E. Janus of the A'Kla B'Kla and C'Kla- 7th release

Document Status: Declassified
Translation Process: Complete

Entry 39
I've been to busy to work on my journal. Constant warfare, leaves no time to develop what should be developed. As a result thousands of civilians continue to suffer as ever more resources are consumed by the defence budget. We owe it to them to make every "stellar" count. At least the war has been marked by almost perfect victories, but fortunes in war are forever shifting.

Entry 40
The alien spy has been captured, but I have no doubts that others exist. Area 15 has been created to counter this kind of infiltration.

Entry 41
The enemy persists, so we must make amends to recover from the lost time. I have authorized the execution of "Operation Silverware". The threat posed by the SMS fleet must be cancelled out. Tomorrow we'll see if our naval superiority will still ensure our victory, or if the enemy will be able finally counter our strategic and tactical superiority. One must always prepare for the worst.

Entry 42
Another battle, another success. Despite the sterling performance one must strive not to become complacent.
In daring strike upon the Consortium stronghold, we were able to destroy 12 100HH, including 11 SMS Nemesis and Nebulon Class warships. Sadly the warship XSW-XK Dragonfly 5, a 60NH support vessel was lost with all hands Despite the loss of life a record of 1200 HH : 60 NH can only be see as positive to the Flagritz Imperial Navy

Entry 43
I was busy, now I'm considering buying a clone. Having failed to achieve the victories they wanted and needed, the enemy has invaded Twilight. I've been asked to assist in the catalogue of the enemy forces and to provide strategic and tactical plans for the Twilight Campaign.

Entry 44
A new year starts and *Classified*

Entry 45

Entry 46
The enemy is now actively trying to evade us. In order to get some kills, ones must lay carefully laid traps and even then the pickings are slim. I've just been informed however that one 25NH and a 75NH scouts have been trapped and destroyed.

Entry 47
A nice surprise. After weeks of being the hunter, the enemy tried to turn the table on us, however we were on a high state of alert and their ill considered efforts resulted in the loss of 9 enemy warships, while we took no losses.
Our tally has now been increased by a further 6 150HH, 1 150NH and 1 Lion Class 200HH. Despite the standing orders to avoid firing upon civilian targets, a Pioneer Class 100LH was also destroyed when it blundered into the site of the battle.

Entry 48
The situation in Twilight looks bleak, but I know my strategy will pay off. Twilight command is very professional and is far more capable than the divided Consortium command. I have every confidence we'll overcome the threat using only a part of our resources there. As in the Home Periphery it always pays off to conceal your true strength. As always my dictum is use only sufficient forces to achieve your clearly defined goals. Don't overreach and don't become predictable to your enemy.

Entry 49
I've been asked by Twilight Command to *Classified*

Entry 50
The enemy has repaired some of their surviving warships. The prey is vulnerable and I have little doubt that my commanders would achieve another victory. I'm perplexed at the enemy fixation on support warships. Badly outclassed by the concentrated attentions of the enemy warships, another 60NH is lost. The enemy however has lost another three 150HH, 1 150NH and 2 100HH. The enemy growing concern is evident when they now send 3 25NH gunboats against our warships. Needless to say they are dispatched with ease. Once again the enemy send freighters into a war zone. I'm sure they're trying to get some sympathy, but this time we're ready for the ploy and the 50LH Barge is boarded and taken to a safe location. I half expect to be called a pirate for having taken the freighter right from the orbit of their system stronghold.

The return of the Hive (HVE) - Part 1 (The Villain)
- by nadja

The aroma of Mohache coffee fills the room as Dr. Faraday enters the lab. He seems particular happy today as he takes a sip of his much-loved tribal blend coffee. He looks over the result from yesterdays' experiments but suddenly freezes in his tracks and looses grip of his coffee and the cup falls to the floor. It's alive! It worked, it's alive! He falls to his knees yelling out loudly, "Take that Brother Vineyard, you son of a Flagritz! Praise the Architects".

With great anticipation he rushes over to the monitoring station to view first hand as Hive workers hatched weeks ago start treating his pheromone mutated alien Jellyblob as it were a real Hive queen. His facial expression turns from disbelief to a big smile, "Finally".

Dr. Faraday had come a long way since he was dishonourably discharged from the Imperial Academy on grounds of his unorthodox teachings and malpractice. Being a disciple of the Church of the Architects had put him in bad standing with the Brotherhood of the True One who is the most widespread religion of the Empire. In fact, the Brotherhood views the Architect church as an abomination, a cult that needs to be eradicated. In their eyes the dark disciples are heretics; consequently they are often referred to as the Heretics of the Damned.

Priests in the Church of the Architects are mostly men of science. Architect priests portrait the Brotherhood worshippers as brainwashed fools who follows a phantom God - the False One. They will only accept things that can be proven through science and they worship the Architects (ARC) because of their truly amazing technology. They believe that true salvation will only come through science. There is no afterlife, there is no soul, when you die you will be gone forever. Only technology can save you.


Periphery Classifieds

Ships For Sale

The Krell have a few privately (ooc player) owned ships for sale, first come first served.... I do not keep track of the buyer and I will deliver anywhere that I am allowed to go.

6 normal hulled no armor scouts: $ 5,000 ea ( 3 of these ships available with more built to order in 2 weeks)

30 normal hulled ablative armor $ 15,000 (1 available)

50 light hulled ore transporters with quantum drive 9,000mu ore capacity $ 30,000 (3 available)

20 normal hulled no armor couriers with quantum jump drives $10,000ea (4 available)


Tentative Steps


In order to help facilitate the efficient settlement and further industrialisation of the Halo, a base supplies market has now been established at Tentative Steps. To this end, a range of complex modules and a number of Mk2 RDBs have been added to the market.

We hope Halo governors will find this a convenient location to source their various base supplies, and welcome suggestions for other outpost and starbase necessities.

Speaks in Tongues.

Ship Building

I need more heavy hulls and armor.....

I will build one player owned broadsword for anyone who delivers me enough heavy hulls and armor to build 2 broadswords.... No questions asked. I will never disclose the "barterer". I can have the ship done within 5 weeks of the delivery (assuming it gets to my base by tuesday of the starting week).

I can build up to 8 broadswords at any given time.

Send me PMs to get the jobs started. First come first served.

I am flexible about refitting the ships before delivery too.



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House LiQuan

The Baron Liquan has released the following terse statement to the press:

"Due to the growing rift between the Imperial block and House Liquan we have ended are alliance with all the Imperial affiliations. Thank you for your time."

When bombarded with questions on what exactly this meant, the good baron was kind enough to elaborate further:

"I have a few messages about what has happened between the Imperial block and HLQ. So I don't have to answer these individually I will explain HLQ's point of view here.

A number of months ago HLQ contacted the members of the Imperial and confederate block to see if they would ratify my title, in doing so it will remove the "Exile" from my title. Being allies I thought this would be a mere formality but unfortunately this was far from the case. I will not go into details but basically certain members of the IMP, GTT and FET would not agree. For different reasons but basically boiling down they did not trust HLQ and thought we had motives on their positions in the systems involved.

In light of this and actions by the FET I thought it wise to remove myself from them. Their actions are not what I would have expected from so called allies.

To prove my point a few days after I informed the Imperial block of our new status, the viceroy informed me I have to shut down/transfer all fixed positions in Imperial space. His reason, "because we are not allied".

I explained one of the O/P's was removing the flagritz population from Fork to enable me to remove the Wimble population from Doubt in twilight. With the full support of the Emperor but this fell on deaf ears. His reply was "the clock is ticking". I have informed him HLQ will comply with his demands and have stated that Imperial block positions are now not welcome in HLQ bases. From there it just went downhill.

I hope that keeps you in the picture of how HLQ stands at this time."

Breaking News!

From the Imperial News Wire:

Showdown at House Liquan....breaking news from the Capellan Periphery Times....Suzy Soo reporting.....

We have new footage in that we have gotten past the censors at House Liquan....check this out....

<scene from helmet vid> Veteran Imperial marines are seen hoisting a civilian truck onto its side in an attempt to make a barricade around their enclave. Full battle armor and what appear to be nasty looking blaster rifles are aimed outward

<vid pans to wide view outside barricades> Security forces in the livery of House Liquan are seen taking up positions in a 360 degree circle around the Imperial Enclave. Several tanks are seen moving into position safety caps are removed from their cannon.

It is not known which of the Imperial Court members are being held inside this enclave, but our sources tell us that Viceroy Ike Krieger's personal yacht is landed nearby and he has not been seen in court for several days. Is he trapped inside or is he already a prisoner of the dastardly Liquan? Will this spell an end to nearly three years of peace or is it all some kind of weird drill?

When I know more, you'll know more....Suzy Soo reporting....


A small disaster at an out of the way FET research facility has occurred:

AI Lab attempted to usurp control of the base and had to be destroyed. AI Lab
disaster caused 2440 (2440) damage.
Damage Report:
2 Domes (1007)
1 Ground Fighter (816)
1 Research (1005)
2 Robotic Defence Bunker mkIIs (841)
1 Starbase Shield (1026)

According to a FET spokesman the facility has been running for years, producing dozens of principles and techs with no hint of trouble. Luckily there was no reported loss of life, despite rumours circulating that the AI lab abducted a number of scientists and was conducting obscene experiments on them before FET security forces stormed the facility and pulled the plug.

The same FET spokesman has stated that the facility employees mentioned something about the lab going skynet and FET have decided to stop using AI labs forthwith as being way too dangerous.


Flagritz navies are into their third day of a concerted naval and ground assault against the FEL holdings on the planet Foothold in the Crusade system.

A reinforced regiment of FLZ troopers backed up with assault tanks is fighting hard to capture the outlying outpost of Foothold Support 1, while nova cannon fire is being directed at the Starbase itself, seeking to punch through the Starbase shields and wreak havoc amongst the ground installations.

SMS cruisers sheltering on the landing docks are understood to have broken up under the bombardment.

Inner Empire

Reports indicate that the Dread Mohache are on the verge of successfully demanding access to the Inner Empire from those notorious cheese-eating surrender monkeys the Commonwealth.

Hail the Mohache Overlords! Glory to the Cake!

Commonwealth Diplomats would however like to take this opportunity to remind all sentients that access to the Inner Empire is strictly controlled, and any party seeking to gain access to that area of space should open diplomatic negotiations with the Commonwealth Council. Any attempt to gain access through back channels will be met with appropriate responses.


The Flagritz have defeated another Felini force in the Cluster. FLZ Imperial scouts located a numerically superior Felini force and the following day warships jumped in to engage the Felini. The Felini lost a Cheetah Defender, a Lynx Maverick, a Sabre Tooth Pounce and a Lion Snarl (200HH). Whilst the Empire lost one 100HH Battleship.


The old noble houses, led by Baron-in-exile Aldahan LiQuan continue to insist on the restoration of their old titles. The Emperor has seen fit not to approve these re-instatements for whatever reason he may have. Aldahan has claimed this is due to the refusal of some in the IMP block to accept this, which clearly cannot be true. The Emperor has granted titles to people in the IMP and CNF blocks without consulting anyone, so it is obvious the old noble houses remain in exile because that is the will of the Emperor. Perhaps this refusal of the old noble houses to accept the will of the Emperor is the forerunner of yet another civil war as they strive for long lost glory no matter the threat to peace in the Empire. Those who support these Houses should be aware that support for this is a refusal to accept the Emperor's word as final. Nor could all of the old noble houses muster the firepower to win, only to cause yet more death and destruction to innocent civilians who wish only to live their lives in a peaceful Empire.


The FEL platform Insignificance incarnate has intercepted and destroyed the FLZ warship GR PALATINI M2, a 200 hulled Ba'cl-fsen Class Capital Ship.


Rumours are reaching our newsroom that there has been some significant stellar engineering alterations to the Dyson wormhole. Who conducted these alterations is unknown.

Roaming Anonymous Pirate Report

As as beins a days o boardins, innen Dolphinus thes Great Fortune dos tooks twos HLQ Caravels wi ease, nos cargos fer thes sellin thos.

Innen Trinity thes Anthracite dos jumps on ins an mes boys as theys selfs as plays wi thes crew o an IMP Ore Caravel, shes onlys defendeds bys a 200HH IMP ship o war as dids gives me Anthracite as bein a broadside, mes boys theys weathers thats broadside, cursin theys IMP n laughin - four rounds o mk4 photon battrys. Shes as dos somes damayge tos mes boarder n Is as as lost a few boys, buts mes boys as done mes prouds. Theys tooks thats Caravel an Is gettin a cargo o Korondite n Rare elements fer mes pryze

Nows Is bin steerin clears o theys ships o war aloaded wis bloody bigs photon battrys, buts Is sitten ere sippen mes rum n tokin mes pipes o Moachee finest, n Is lookin oer thes damayge reports, n its aynts as bads as as Id pondereds its wud bes. Nuthin thats cants bes fyxed wi a week oer twos innen mes yards, n thes Anthracite aynts nothin specyals, just a Broadsword mes boys as tooks froms theys SMS.
Sos Is as as ponderin Is myghts puts theys big ships o war on mes lysts fer aven mes boys trys fer, theysd maykes as beins a myghty pryze. An one o theys IMP 200HHs wud as maykes fer a myghty boarder.

Thes Couryer CIA New Ship dos bes boardeds easys enuffs innen Kastor, buts thens as blows itselfs ups. Startin Couryer, Is as as ponderins fer thes crews, news froms theys trainin, Is as ad thoughts its bes a news CIA builds.

Thes Ravager dos as jumps on ins to Tycoon, n thes boys as dos ave theyselves as bein a bits o roufgh plays wi thes Mohache 50LH OOC Deekat, taynt lastin longs theys five Hive marines aboards gos aboves ans beyonds, buts oerwhelmin numbres bes oerwhelmin numbres an Is as as gots 2400mu o ablative armour plate fer sales n as beins a Wormyhole navygators too boots.

Innen Agripeta mes Ground Partie Rogue bes blasted, buts Is aynts nowin bys wats. N a trys fer a DTR Caravel bes a fayles.

Thes boys o thes Vasco de Gama gets theyselfs to Agripeta fer a plays wi a GTT 20NH, thes GTT Wren (712) Class Explorer, no bigs battles, easys enuffs, n Is aven meselfs anuthers lil ships fer errans n thes lykes.

Innen Adventure thes Black Pig boys as dos ave a gos ats a DTR Couryer thes Guppy. Theys tooks its affer three rouns buts its as beins as starter n shes blowed erselfs ups. Is asven nos lykens fer thes appenins, buts Is as as aven a needs fer lil ships.

Mes groun party Rogue Troopers as dos took n IMP OP innen Blue, easys stuffs, undreds o employees n no troops tos saves em. Blue Rook falls easys gots mes and on Jacium, Strion n sum 8000mu o trade goods alls fer sales iffen mes boys cans gets theys outs fast enuf. Seems as thos many o theys IMP employees nots thats clevers, oer 100 o em tooks exseption an lefts, mes boys as dids poynts outs theres as as beins no air other sides o thes domes buts theys lefts anyways.

Theys Wimblys as dos blasts a seconds o mes scouts, nows Is as as ponderin theys as as not noticin Is aynts tooks nones o theys ships, an as as nots ponders thats Is mosly leavs thes lil affs alones, sos Is ponderins theys as as needins as beins a lessons tos learn ems tos leaves mes boys bes.

Is as as ads as beins a loss thes days, as ad mes Brigand trys fer a GTT Sensors ships, onlys shes aven more o em abouts thans mes scouts as ad scans, n theys gives enuffs o a broadside to brakes er open. Stills shes as wer a mk1 Broadswords n ardly a match fer so manys photon cannon innen a broadside.

Innen Dolphinus Is as ad mes Great Fortune trys fer a CNF 100LH, thes Darkfold Runaround 12, shes as beins tooks easys n tho theys no cargo aboards, shes as fitteds win wormyole navigaytors n such thatsll sells wells

IMP stills tryins fer theys Outpost, don nows wats taken em sos longs, mes boys lefts days agos.

Thes IMP finallys tooks theys op backs, a week to taykes an op wi no defences, theys maykes mes smyle.

Innen Pegasus thes Lady Susan, as beins gifteds tos mes bys the genryous ole barone Likywan, dos trys fer as beins an SMS Broadsword. Is as trys summin news, n its as tooks more thans ones trys fer er tos bes tooks. Shes givens a few rounds o broadside, buts the boys o thes Lady Susan as no minds fer its, n is got meselfs another boarder as can replace thes Brigand wi a lil refitten, thos Is aven other ponderins fer er.


A pirate scout has been spotted in the Solo system. All travellers are warned to be on alert.

A pirate scout has also been spotted in the Skord system.

Further, a GTT vessel has recently been captured by pirates in the Ross system.

OPS In Hot Water

Reports are circulating that an unnamed major power is beginning to make accusations of Slavery against the OPS, prompting the Flagritz Empire to release the following statement:


In light of the formal claiming of Day by the Empire and the accusations brought by the FCN against the OPS about slaves being detected within Harvester Hive the Empire will conduct an investigation to ascertain the origin of these wretches. Any that are found to be held contrary to the dictates of the Empire will be released.

We will post our findings in due course.

Ambassador H'minee


A House magpie patrol blundered into the heavily defended D12 quad above OPS Harvester Hive. 3 large FCN ships were pinned for battle and destroyed by the slave bases defenders which comprised 7 OPS ships and 20 HLQ ships.

Krell Press Release

It is with great joy that the Krell people have recieved the news that the FCN have transfered several critical outposts on Inversion to the KRL.

Before Skaven took a leave of absence last year, the Falconians and the GTT made promises to the Krell regarding fixed assets in Storm and political agreements regarding the claim on Storm.

Yesterday, the Falconians met every promise made both in spirit and in fact. The KRL recieved important outposts critical to KRL industrial development. In return for this honorable act, the KRL recognizes any remaining FCN outposts in Storm as friends and perminent residents.

Over the course of the last few months, several affiliations have quietly helped the Krell get back on their feet. Most of those affiliations prefer to help quietly and for the satisfaction of helping a downtrodden world gain some decent standard of living. Those affiliations know who they are and they should know that even though they prefer to help annonymously, we will never forget what they did.

Sadly, some of the biggest and wealthiest affiliations have not only turned their backs on the Krell people but have not even held to previous commitments..... They also know who they are.

The Krell are rebuilding Inversion at an impressive rate but we couldn't have done nearly as much without our friends..... Thanks!!!!


Periphery Classifieds

Bases For Sale

The Falconian republic is pleased to announce that a number of surplus bases in Yank are being offered for sale. Offers by PM will be considered.

Eagles Eyrie - A base on Chickamauga with nearly 600 complexes including 160 merchandising likely to produce an income of over 30000st per week. Located on an excellent metals deposit and with additional security features.

Mobile Bay Consulate - Over 100 complexes and a collection point for Kastorian colonists. On an excellent metals deposit and also a good hydrocarbon source. Would suit an Affiliation interested in colonisation.

Owls nest - On Lunk with over 400 complexes including 120 merchandising. Likely income in excess of 40000st. On a decent hydrocarbon source and has a number of other generic resources to exploit.

We also have many mining outposts on planets in Yank are also surplus to requirements if anyone has mineral shortfalls in the region.

From The Nexus

Discussion on new research table:

Message From The Editor

Apologies for missing last weeks edition, I have been away from any computers from most of the last 9 or 10 days. (Bad withdrawal, seriously.) This week should have all the catch-up news.

But it is very possible I have missed something because I have a huge email and messages backlog. Please send me a reminder if there is something pressing I've not paid attention to.

And on a personal note, I shall endeavour to get back to everybody who is waiting for a response from me this weekend.



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***** 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

***** 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


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