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*********Subspace Static Week 1 Year 197 - 2nd January 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Other News*********

SMS Mines - New Colony Order
When sending these to outposts substitute TS for TO. The Tech Manuel has been appropriately updated.

Arcologies - New Colony Complex
These can only be built by class 9 colonies and above. Their purpose is to produce goods and generate wealth for the colony. The maximum number that can be built is equal to the colony starport class. They require 50 Industrial Construction Modules to build each but prove to be a sound investment.

*********Subspace Static Week 2 Year 197 - 9th January 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

A squadron of the Imperial War Fleet was attacked this week, although attacked is a poor account, a more appropriate description of the encounter would have been, a squadron of the IMP War Fleet did a little target practice. The victim was a lone RIP surveyor on a pleasure cruise though the orbits of various worlds.


********Other News*********

Message from the DTR concerning colonies in the Darkfold Periphery.
Unless your affiliation has home base status, then under Confederate Law all colonies MUST be registered with the Confederacy. Failure to have a colony licence will result in your colony being posted and attacked. Licenses can be obtained from the Prelate; further details in the following IGN.


*********Subspace Static Week 3 Year 197 - 16th January 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Other News*********

Land Battles
The question was raised regarding Startroopers and jump training. The issue is whether Startroopers (144) need Battle Armour (115) in order to attack using jump training. The conclusion drawn is that they do not as their power armour is designed for just such a purpose, hence is not lost during the action. Another question raised is that if a ground party attacked by orbital assault (i.e. the party has full jump training and only contains troops and Battle Armour) would there still be the Air Combat, Anti-aircraft and Bombing phases of the battle. The sensible answer would have to be no. The first round would be Long Range Fire then the combat would continue as normal. I will be carrying out extensive play testing and program modifications in order to make sure this works and before it becomes a part of the game and will keep you informed as to the updated program.

*********Subspace Static Week 4 Year 197 - 23th January 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

The Mailed Fist of the Emperor Strikes Deep into Darkfold

Deep into Confederate space a lone cruiser carrying out 'routine planetary surveys' was waylaid by the Brotherhood. Sending a distress signal to the Empire explaining how he had cleverly discovered the location of the BHD Battleship Infrared, the IMP Patrol Commissioner rerouted a task force bolstered by the FET's Rapid Response Wing. Meanwhile back in Darkfold, the CNF also passed though the area and spotted the IMP Fak Dara and as always responded with what could only be described as deadly force. It is assumed that they expected the Empire to escalate the situation. The assumption was correct only the expectation was far below the reality. Over a dozen Ship o' the Lines descended outgunning and outnumbering the Confederate force. The first engagement proved too much for many of the ships and some fled before firing a single shot including the only representatives of the FET corporate group Falcon (who apparently have just been voted to take control of the FET Affiliation!). The victory went to the Imperials but the day was not without its mourning as it is believed that Rear Admiral Sir Henry Morgan fell. The rebels put up a valiant show of defiance led by Rear Admiral Chleomedes Herroni who fell in the final stand. Both will be surely missed.

Confederate Reinforce Border Policy

Having fled the larger conflict detailed above, the CNF Enforcer carried out her secondary mission of routine border patrol during which the scattered remains of the task force saw to the destruction of the SMS Indiaman Harlequin II. Leaks from the SMS Company Commander's office rumour that the vessel was on a mercy mission delivering much needed supplies to the Brotherhood, but then they would say that?

*********Land Battle*********

Dewiek Elder Nation Retreat

Having suffered defeat against an unknown enemy the assault squad retreated to lick their wounds and discuss the terrible damage inflicted by the enemy as the sides closed in for the melee. As has been the case in the past the enemy has not passed any comments.

*********Subspace Static Week 5 Year 197 - 30th January 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Boarding Action*********

Rebel Revenge
Following on from last week, the Imperial Task force that rescued the Fal Dara performed a tactical withdrawal in good time to avoid the massed fleet of the Confederacy comprising of the feared Battleship and the yet to be tested in combat DTR Nebulon (better luck next time guys). The IMP Lysander, the vessel commanded by the late Sir Henry Morgan was abandoned after rescue attempts proved futile in the face of the enemy. It has since fallen into the hands of the psychotic Brotherhood (amen to that).

********Space Battle*********

Skirmish within the Cluster
A Clan ship ran afoul of humans suffering multiple strikes to the engines. Singed fur all around. it is believed that the captain has lived and is requesting aid.

*********Boarding Action*********

Yet another human vessel falls to the Hive. These aliens are not messing around.

*********Land Battle*********

Having identified an IND colony as RIP controlled, the DTR moved in and took possession without suffering any losses.

********Other News*********

Orbital Assaults
The consensus is that orbital assaults should be able to skip all the rounds of combat preceding short range. This makes startroopers excellent as shock forces. The land battle program has been upgraded to take this into account.

Affiliation Booklet
Surprisingly enough, I am actually up to date with the progress of this useful journal. I am now waiting for the recruitment letters for some affiliations. If you send them in on a PC disk (just in text form), it will make my job a lot easier and faster.

Colony Masses
In the past there has been a small discrepancy between the size of a colony as confirmed by the weekly maintenenance and the colony printout. The weekly maintenance being much more accurate on account of produced goods. This has lead to the collapse of hiports or the temporary closure of shipyards which in turn has baffled players. I will alter the print routine and the layout of the colony printout to read "Colony Manufactured Mass" This being much more useful as all those thousands of mu's of power does nothing for the size of the colony anyway.

*********Subspace Static Week 6 Year 197 - 6th February 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

Clan Retaliation
With the odd reported at three to one, including a Grizzly, the surprising outcome of the vengeance strike against the humans that attacked their exploration craft resulted in nobody being derelicted.

*********Land Battle*********

Dewiek Assault
This week sees the start of what appears to be a bombing campaign against their as yet unknown enemies. Once again the victims are remaining quiet.

********Other News*********

FET Embarrassment
A controversial decision has been made by the Space Defence commissioner for the FET, to place the representatives of the Falcon Corporation during the recent Francoise Incident on probation. The charge is incompetence in the line of duty, and possible cowardice. The head of the Falcon Corporation, recently appointed Executive PD of the FET has as yet not made an official statement. It is refreshing to see that they stick to the policy "No Free Ride"

*********Subspace Static Week 7 Year 197 - 13th February 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

Arachnid Awakens
Confirmation that the DTR fled angered aliens after a failed bid to win friendship. Luckily only there pride was damaged. This follows a series of events in which they lost captains to lumps of goo and recon parties to planetary defences. Despite this they continue, resolute that the mysteries of the history of Darkfold are there to those who know where to look.

Death Sentence
Does the Imperial service consider it illegal for a chartered affiliation to order it's troops to commit suicide? This tragic turn of events occurred when the FET commanded the loyal crew of a surveying ship to engage the Hive head quarters. Does the Viceroy frown on the waste of human life?

*********Land Battle*********

Dewiek Bombing Campaign
Further casualties continue to roll in as the assault reaches it's third week with no end in sight. The size of the force facing the Dewiek is unknown but losses on both side appear to be equal. Once again the enemy has made no statement.

********Other News*********

The Affiliation Book
Please keep those discs and information sheets on your affiliations rolling in. If your affiliation has designed a logo please include a .bmp or something of it as this could be used as a back print.
Thanks.

*********Subspace Static Week 8 Year 197 - 20th February 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

CNF Assault
Following an orbital bombardment, minimal ground forces deployed by the CNF established control of a RIP colony deep within the Darkfold periphery.

*********Land Battle*********

Numerous minor scuffles are breaking out though the peripheries mostly for violation of territory. These have accounted for only a trivial number of deaths. The ramifications of these events may prove of more interest in the future.

********Other News*********

Late Turns
As some of you may be aware, the GM received a good kicking by the flu virus... and combined with the email problems, some turns may have been delayed. It should now be business as usual though. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thrust movement
When moving around a star system, please, take time to look at the system map. There has been a growing number of turns that run movement directly into stars of into space squares that do not exist. Remember that any space square that has a star or nebula in any part of it can not be traversed. Up till now I have been lenient and have attempted to manoeuvre the ship around it, but as the numbers are increasing I will have to start charging the official 10 TU's as it means looking up the system and working out the movement. 30 seconds extra designing your orders can save as much as 20 TU's (more if you miss that jump).

*********Subspace Static Week 9 Year 197 - 27th February 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

Pirate assault
The RIP are showing a great interest in the Arachnid system with yet another attack on the BHD this week. Could it be that weakly armed exploration ships are more than a little tempting? The skirmish left nobody with the upper hand so it is likely that next week will prove critical.

Flagritz Strike Back
The FGZ brought the combined fire power of three base ships and a colony to bear on a CNF vessel. The battle was close, with the CNF Yacht Venture lasting 0.0000025 seconds before being blasted into a billion atoms. Let that be a lesson to the Confederacy, all yachts will be treated in like fashion if they stray into Flagritz territory.

Hostile Natives
News is out that the DTR suffered the loss of yet another vessel to hostile aliens in the Arachnid system.

*********Land Battle*********

The bombing campaign took a turn this week, with a full scale commitment by the Dewiek against their unknown enemies. It is believed that it was a staggering success resulting in the rout of the foe. The enemy is no longer around for comment.

********Other News*********

Message from the Confederate Consul With Effect from Week 10
The Dominion is denied access to the Darkfold periphery under threat of posting.
The Falconians are granted access to the Darkfold periphery for use of the wormhole only.
Due to foreign policy, the FET are denied access to the Wormhole at the London side.
The CNF has opened the Darkfold periphery to the Clans for peaceful trading.

A more detailed account of these statements will appear in the IGN but if these new policies will adversely effect you then for more information, contact the Confederate Consul or your Supervisor.
GM Note - The original treaties were created by players not the GM, therefore the changes reflect the continuing progression of the game and are not the result of GM intervention.

*********Subspace Static Week 10 Year 197 - 6th March 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

The war over Arachnid continues, with the Brotherhood going to their usual fanatical extremes (a God given right they hold and swear by), driving the RIP pirates before them like chaff. the rout of the pirates from this location though may have may have been more of a tactical withdrawal, as they retaliated two precision strikes, one in another location within Arachnid, the second deep within the Darkfold periphery. They chose their targets well, managing to capture three ships in total without suffering a single hit!!! this can only mean attacks along a trade route. A lesson for all. the affiliation that suffered the most were the Detinus republic. Among their casualties were two Tempest class ships, the unfortunately named Lady Luck and the mis named Bellicose both of which were subsequently boarded. A third ship was destroyed after multiple volleys of photon fire. within the Arachnid system, the AFT lost the Free Trader Elysian Gull, but not without a bloody struggle in the final boarding. It is believed that the captain Commodore Krin Nostrin of AFT was captured and is at present unharmed being held prisoner on the RIP vessel.

********Other News*********

System Sensor Arrays
They have been programmed, but opinions will determine if they are to be included in the game.

What are they?
They are colony complexes that scan ALL ships when they enter the system and when they leave the system by detecting the subspace disturbance generated by the jump engines, the opening of a wormhole or the activation of a stargate, but can not differentiate between these. The information available will be the ship name, affiliation, position number, space square of entry or exit, whether it entered or left the system and the week in which the event occurred.

when do they generate the report?
The report is generated for all sensors arrays bi-weekly with all reports being printed at the same time.

What are the benefits?
From conversations with players, all have stated that the arrays allow governors to see patterns forming showing trade routes and potential places for trouble as well as keeping an eye on the system preventing long term build up of forces. security of a system is tenuous at best, but now this allows a governor to maintain just a little more certainty that the ravening hoards are not amassing a stones throw away. A more subtle benefit is when a number of systems have one and the governors are in communication, as this may show movements of fleets or the gathering of forces over extended periods of time, or if you know where a fleet is, you also know where a fleet isn't. Lastly, posting ships becomes a dame site easier.

What are the drawbacks?
Building and running them as well as misinformation. A colony needs a hiport before construction of a system array can go ahead. To build one requires 100 ICM's. In order to power up the sensor array requires 3000 power (this is removed at the time of printing for convenience). Also as this is not tied to the print out frequency of the colony a nominal fee of one English pound has had to be imposed (charged at time of printing) but the governor has the option of switching the sensor array on or off at their convenience. Loss of the hiport for any reason will result in the destruction of sensor array (obviously, if your colony has built two hiports, both will have to be destroyed first). If the idea proves popular with players, then I will publish the complex construction order and the activation order.

*********Subspace Static Week 11 Year 197 - 13th March 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

A suprising turn of events this week. The launch of the AFT warfleet proved its worth, disabling two RIP ships during its maiden voyage. To all appearances the AFT have begun to safe guard trade routes to danger zones.

*********Land Battle*********

In recent weeks, escalation of Hive activity activity appears to have turned the Empire's head. Luckily for the FET, a convoy carrying ground forces to reach the surface of the Hive home world after it successfully evaded Hive forces blockading the planet. Minimal damage to the cargo meant that vital supplies reached their destination enabling the Hive land forces to be successfully repelled.

********Other News*********

Email
Problems with the email has led to a few turns being run late. Sorry for the inconvenience. The matter has now been resolved.

*********Subspace Static Week 12 Year 197 - 20th March 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

Little can beat the splendour of a massed battle fleet going to war, except possibly the same fleet returning intact. This week the combined powers of the Imperial Services and the Frontier Patrol Group of the FET waged war on the Hive Home World. Three wings, two small groups led by the FET Vice Admiral Harcourt and the IMP Rear Admiral Cezton met up with the main task force commanded by IMP Vice Admiral Lord Roderick Blaine of the MacArther after destroying signal ships on the fringes of the system. The main task force punched a hole though the minimal space defences and led the attack on the home world. The delay in making it to orbit meant that the smaller FET colony on the planet was destroyed before any aid could reach it. The combined fire power of the force was in excess of 280,000 destroying much of the resistance in the opening barrage.

*********Land Battle*********

Not everything went smooth for the ground pounders though as battalions of Hive soldiers left the Hive colony in order to harry the FET landing parties. A diversionary tactic was set up in which attempted boarding action was prevented by the aid of the FET ground party Ahad's Angels. Unfortunately while this battle was being waged, another of the FET troop carriers was successfully boarded. As the Hive cannot fly such craft, it is assumed they intend to do irreparable damage to it before it can be recaptured.

*********Boarding Action*********

After the dereliction of a pirate ship last week, the AFT successfully boarded it this week with only the loss of a few soldiers during the offensive. They are now the proud owners of a predator.

********Space Battle*********

Pirate forces made forages into both Capellan and the Darkfold peripheries. On the Darkfold side a war band of half a dozen fighting ships attacked the Brotherhood Battleship Allonan (built exclusively by the CNF). The battle raged for some time with both sides taking damage but the final outcome left the Allonan without crew and the Pirate boarding successfully captured her. The IMP were luckier in that only a single vessel assaulted Courier caspian Sea. the result here were a stand off.

********Other News*********

System Sensor arrays - typo
There has been much discussion on the nature of these devices, but before I write a synopsis of the current feelings I have to admit of a mistake that I made during the original description of them. I wrote that they require 100 ICM's to build. This is wrong, in fact they need 500, a staggering 20,000mu's worth, making the hubble space telescope look like a pair of opera glasses. This may or may not have altered some peoples views of the complex so I will hold before writing further on peoples' opinions.

*********Subspace Static Week 13 Year 197 - 27th March 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

The Imperial forces consisting of the IMP and the FET continued the bombardment of the Hive Home World during this week. the minimal defence put forward by the Hive was swept away in a hail of photon fire . Down on the ground, task forces controlled by the FET daringly recaptured the Tsushima, this being the ship that was boarded by the Hive last week. On top of this they also captured one of the Hive vessels using a similar tactic to the one that went against them last week, this being the drawing off of the defence using a large ground force while smaller skirmish groups assaulted the ships. the leading party, ahad's Angels proved victorious in the land struggle.

********Space Battle*********

During the RIP foray into Confederate space last week, the pirates captured a Brotherhood Battleship. This obviously hellish act forced prompt action by the BHD. launching small vessels and stationing them in strategic locations around the site of the battle, they hoped to stall the fleet as it fled the scene of conflict. The chances of pulling off such a stunt was one in thousands, but surprisingly enough it actually worked. They really must have prayed hard because this can only really be attributed to the hand of the True One (and maybe a little planning, credit where credit is due). Later that week a task force was sent around the location of the outrunning ships. This force was augmented by the Detinus republic (ever outspoken against the crimes perpetrated by the pirates) and together they gave the RIP a toughly good thrashing even turning their guns on a pirate ship that turned up to derelict and capture the sentry that waylaid the Battleship in the first place. This means that the BHD stand a good chance of rescuing the Battleship that they lost in the first place.

********Other News*********

System Sensor Arrays
The debate continues with very reasonable arguments for and against them being voiced by all parties. these cover the wide range of topics such as preventing covert operations and extended manoeuvres within enemy territory to at least giving some security to those frontier colonies as well as keeping an eye on enemy as well as friendly movement. The jury are still out I'm afraid. I purpose this, I will let each affiliation run one System Sensor Array in a suitable colony of their chose, except for colonies in the Yank, Capella and Darkfold systems, for the month of May (two printouts). There will be no construction cost, nor power cost, nor charge. At the end of the period the complexes will be removed and this will give the Affiliations a first hand view of what is recited and the value of it. In case anyone is wondering, the Darkfold, Capella and Yank systems have been exempted from this trial just in case it is decided that the Arrays are no to be included in the game.

*********Subspace Static Week 14 Year 197 - 3rd April 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

The combined forces of the Frontier Exploration and Trade and the Imperial Services struck again at the Hive Home World pounding the colony in an attempt to make them submit. This was not achieved and in a daring move the Flagritz answered their pleas of assistance and accepted custody of the colony and the wrath of the Empire that went with it. This move may prove either a faux pas of unparalleled poor judgement or spell doom for the Empires hold on the Capellan Periphery, only time will tell.

*********Boarding Action*********

The Brotherhood successfully boarded the Allonen previously mentioned in subspace. The capture and successful boarding of a ship recently attacked by pirates is possibly a precedent. A testimony to swift and skilled action.

Not far away from this, a Dewiek ship was also successfully boarded after illegally landing in a Brotherhood colony. As to the intentions of the captain, it may have been nothing more than not noticing the hiport to a desperate attempt to set up an agent. The truth may never be known. A lesson, find out whether the colony you want to trade with has a hiport before trying to land there. This will prevent the onerous task of asking for your ship back should the colony board her.

*********Subspace Static Week 15 Year 197 - 10th April 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle and Ground Battle*********

Recent events have caused a big split within the Imperial power block. Having signed a treaty with the Flagritz, the Hive have become part of the Flagritz nation. The view of the Imperial services regarding the presence of a Flagritz colony inside Imperial boarders without authorisation and also also aiding the enemy the Hive is straight forward, they will not tolerate it. The FET is now turning both ways, half the original strike force supported the IMP in this week's barrage while other held back. There is definitely profit to be made here, it is more a question of aided which side to gain the most. Are the FET walking a tightrope? Should the FET withdraw their support of the IMP, the GTT may step into breach their lack of love for the FGZ is famous. This could prove very interesting.

********Space Battle*********

And the True One spake unto the Sect Leader of the Brotherhood and he sayeth, my children are wayward and run amok and no longer follow the reaching of the book. I charge you with the task of disciplining my children and showing all the path of favour and the lesson of virtue. Thence forth the wrath of the Sect Leader was known to true and valiant disciples and forth they set with the task of Holy Justice and found the dark seed and smote it till it was dust among the stars. There the foul stench of corruption was cleansed. Let it be known that mercy will never be shown to traitors.

*********Subspace Static Week 16 Year 197 - 17th April 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

While patrolling the inner systems of the Darkfold periphery the CNF cloud encountered a posted colony. While attempting to withdraw the colony opened fire resulting in 38 direct hits with plasma projectors. The damage sustained was enough to destroy the craft before a safe distance was achieved.

********Other News*********

The war between the Hive and the Humans may now be over. Despite being under the protective control of the Flagritz the Empire has continued to bombard the Hive home world. This appears to have convinced the Flagritz that the Empire means business. A cease fire is now in operation while talks and negotiations continue.

*********Subspace Static Week 17 Year 197 - 24th April 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

While scouting the Capellan Periphery, the RIP Viper of Eden ran across an SMS Free Trader. The RIP struck with a frenzy running circles around the ship, hammering photon fire into the main. Luckily for the SMS no vital equipment was damaged by the end of the battle and the RIP was forced to disengage. The cargo being carried by the Free Trader was completely destroyed during the assault.

********Other News*********

Official statements from the FGZ/FET/IMP report that a cease fire is now in effect with the Hive following the amalgamation of the Hive with the FGZ. Treaties are being signed and peaceful trade may begin. An extended comment will be published in the IGN.

*********Subspace Static Week 19 Year 197 - 8th May 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

IMP and AFT forces converged on the site of last week's pirate attack. The majority of the RIP had fled to safety with most of the booty. A lone RIP surveyor though was caught and quickly destroyed. Nice shooting but no replacement for the captured Behemoth.

********Other News*********

Announcement from the GTT
A bounty of ? million stellars is offered for the destruction of the Vital Spark (2616). This is the afore mentioned Behemoth recently pirated by the RIP.

*********Subspace Static Week 18 Year 197 - 1st May 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

From out of the blue two RIP ships attacked a Ship of the Line, these were a Frigate and a Predator. During the opening engagement, the Predator Viper of Eden launched a blistering assault into the command section of the FET Ship of the Line Hawkmoon. The return volley from the Hawkmoon crippled the RIP Viper forcing it to disengage. Meanwhile the RIP Frigate Feeding Frenzy fired volleys into the main section. With the swifter Predator out of the running Hawkmoon fled still burning from the final impact from the Frigate's weapons. It was very lucky.

The GTT were not so lucky though as a Behemoth was jumped by three other RIP ship. Damage was immediately inflicted to the engines and main while it twisted and turned attempting to flee. The final blow came from a devastatingly accurate blast to the command section killing all aboard. The capture of the ship was then certain.

*********Land Battle*********

CNF Ground forces marched on an illegally sited colony. The minimal forces met vastly colony defences and were destroyed, only a few injured crawled out.

*********Subspace Static Week 20 Year 197 - 15th May 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

Confederate Enforce Policy
Never one to make statements they are not willing to back with force, the CNF successfully derelicted a Dewiek ship found lurking around around the wormhole. Critical strikes to the command section of the ship ensures the ship was never leaving.

Kastor takes no prisoners
Not far away from the CNF skirmish, KST Drougal carried out her threat to destroy over-inquisitive vessels. The IND Star Deamon received over 150,000 points of damage in the very first round!!! Needless to say there wasn't much left.

Brotherhood survey vessel falls
Within Skord the planet Kindom is strictly out of bounds on account of strange substances. For this reason the Kastorians have placed the planet completely of limits. Unfortunately such information arrived just a little to late for the BHD Taliesin which was caught in deadly fire while investigating. For further information regarding this subject contact the governor of Rubis.

Independent starcaptain caught without a license.
As clearly stated when first entering the Darkfold periphery the penalty for Independent traders within the Darkfold periphery without a licence is posting. This and the subsequent dereliction occurred to the IND Paladin spotted investigating near the borders.

*********Subspace Static Week 21 Year 197 - 22nd May 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

The second Brotherhood ship to violate Kastorian orbits was fired upon this week. realising the odds, the captain ordered retreat but not before heavy damage was sustained to the main section of the ship. The ship managed to escape without blowing up.

*********Land Battle*********

The CNF backed by a task force of the Brotherhood assaulted an illegally placed colony deep within the Darkfold periphery. Ariel bombardment of the colony's defence swiftly reduced them to rubble. The colony will almost certainly fall when the final assault into the starport comes.

*********Boarding Action*********

Last week the CNF successfully derelicted a Dewiek vessel illegally using the wormhole. This week the same vessel was successfully boarded. The CNF may not be able to use the ship itself, but as they cunningly only used ion cannons there may have been some valuable cargo, only the DEN and the CNF know for certain.

*********Subspace Static Week 22 Year 197 - 29th May 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

A Lone Survey Cruiser, the Scavenger was completely destroyed during an attempt to flee from the DTR Nebulon Warship White Star. Such is the price for lingering in enemy territory.

********Other News*********

Message from the Kastorians
From week 23 all BHD positions are banned from any space square in Yank and Skord containing a planetary body. This will continue until such time as the BHD can obey KAS directives at all times. Any position scanning a BHD position violating this is to report it to the governor of Rubis so action can be taken.
T.D Broud Commercial Head of the Kastorians

It's a Cat eat Dog World
Video footage of a ghastly scene was broadcast this week containing graphic scenes of the Clan killing and eating Dewiek civilians. The Clan members appeared to be badly beaten and acting under duress. Also the source of transmission appeared to be Solo.

*********Subspace Static Week 23 Year 197 - 5th June 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Other News*********

Near Miss
Only swift communication between the higher officers saved an independent trader from becoming space debris orbiting Pang in the Darkfold system. It seems someone has a guardian angel.

FET When in Rome......
After long weeks of negotiation, the Clan finally concluded a deal to sell a human Frigate to the AFT. Unfortunately for the AFT, when they turned up to pick it up, they found it had already been taken, apparently by the FET, right from under the Clan's noses (or is that whiskers?)., deep in the heart of Clan territory. An official response from the FET is still pending an investigation (rumours of rapid promotion for initiative and enterprise have been flatly denied).

*********Subspace Static Week 24 Year 197 - 12th June 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

Lone Wolf or Lost Sheep?
FET Lone Wolf out on patrol was attacked deep in Imperial Boarders by two RIP vessels. Despite attempts to flee the ship was raked with ion fire killing all aboard. This typical scenario ended with the successful boarding of the ship.

Flagritz test defences
The FGZ Cliriq Tor entered orbit of a world containing a GTT colony. The golden opportunity to shoot up an enemy was not wasted by the GTT and a full salvo was launched. the GTT were supported by an AFT colony. Surprisingly enough the FET colony also on the planet wanted to defend the FGZ. This potentially disastrous faux pas was disallowed on account of the "196 Plague Adjudication" when profile enforcement meant that no human affiliation may support or defend the FGZ and vice versa due to inherent hostility and general xenophobia.

*********Subspace Static Week 25 Year 197 - 17th June 1997*********  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

The RIP launched numerous assaults thoughtout the peripheries this week with mixed results. Luck and a fair amount of skill was with them in the Capellan periphery with a concerted attack on the AFT Ship of the Line Elyssian Gul. This recently upgraded ship was involved in fights with the RIP only a short while ago; ironic that it is now one of them following a successful boarding action. The IMP picket ship Almagest was destroyed in the opening volleys without delivering a single hit.

Deeper in Imperial space and during a sweep though a system by two RIP Predator an FET Deep Explorer and an IMP Indiaman were successfully engaged and boarded during two separate battles. In the second encounter the IMP Survey Cruiser located with the Indiaman fled at the sight of the RIP ships but is believed to have suffered severe damage to the engine section.

Within the Darkfold periphery, the tables were turned. A lone CNF ship out on routine patrols ran across the RIP Tempest Bellicose as it was transporting Mines. Using ion cannons, the CNF Dwight D. Eisenhower sterilised the ship leaving all sections intact. Very luckily for the CNF no other RIP vessels were in the same location.

Another incident with the CNF and a RIP ship left both vessels licking their wounds, while at the other end of the periphery rapid reinforcements by the AFT drove off a pair of over ambitious RIP Predators.

This series of attacks come after a lull in RIP activities, a lull in which affiliations started to become blase, and as a result, many prices were paid. The RIP now have their first Ship of the Line to complement their battleships. There may be hell to pay in certain Head Quarters and quite rightly.

The FGZ responded to the attack on their ship by moving two Baseships tooled up war into a strategic location in order to intercept GTT vessels. This proved successful as the GTT Indiaman Destroyer was smashed into a billion smouldering fragments during the opening volley. There is little that can stand in the way of angered Baseship captains that are out for blood. Is this the start of escalation in an otherwise virtually peaceful war that has been running for almost three years between the GTT and the FGZ, a war that will only be settled by the the back down by the GTT or the payment of reparations for the destruction of the GTT colony in what is now the Flagritz Empire. The next question is what is the Imperial standing point on armed alien warships entering Imperial space in order to attack the Emperor's own trading fleet? It seems unlikely that they will gain any support from the FET without paying for it (although the handing out of conquered Flagritz colonies might be just the ticket).

********Other News*********

GM Holidays
Yep, that's right, a little break to recharge the batteries and dream up new scenarios (or just drink lot's of beer). from the 30th June till the 7th July (only one week), I will not be around so if you could save your special actions for a short while, I will get back to them.

Message from the Detinus Republic
It is with the greatest of pleasure that I, Abraham I. Crowthorne on behalf of the Detinus republic, lay claim to the T-Tauri, Venice and all adjacent systems. These systems, henceforth known as the Detinus Periphery, are now administered under the Constitution and Laws of the DTR. Unauthorised shipping within the periphery will be posted and destroyed. Applications for permits should be directed to the Speaker of the House.
Long Live the Republic.

First Class 18 is now out, so grab your copy ASAP as these little beauties are selling at the bargain price of two pounds each. There is also an article on Beyond the Stellar Empire. Unfortunately this is a little dated, but might inspire some of you to show your talents by producing something for the next issue.

*********Subspace Static Week 26 Year 197 - 27th June 1997  [Recruit]

********Space Battle*********

GTT/FGZ war Escalates
With the score standing at one ship destroyed apiece, neither side was willing to back down . Reinforcements of the strategic location continued throughout this week. By the end four Flagritz Baseships were ready and waiting for the armada of GTT vessels that arrived. Tactical errors on behalf of the GTT proved just as damaging to the GTT fleet as the numerous photon guns fired by the Flagritz. As the sides withdrew at the end of the battle, the Flagritz had only one Baseship derelicted while the losses on the GTT side were one derelict and four vessels completely destroyed. The GTT Ship of the Line Agincount was notable for its swift retreat in the first round having not even fired a weapon. Still no official response from the Imperial services despite a strike so close to the IMP headquarters Jax.

IMP Fail to catch the RIP so vent Frustration on the CIA
After the attack on Empire shipping last week, the RIP fled with all the goodies. Just to make sure ships from a number of Imperial chartered affiliations arrived to make sure. Surprisingly enough, a CIA ship turned up as well, probably scouting for the Confederate task force rumoured to be standing at alert status within striking distance of the Empire. maybe it scanned nothing worth attacking, or maybe the information arrived too late at Confederate battle command, as at the end of the week, it was destroyed with no sign of the cavalry.

Confederate Retrieve Derelict
Within the Darkfold periphery, the RIP Tempest, Bellicose, derelicted by the CNF was successfully boarded this week.

RIP Attack
A single RIP vessel successfully managed to derelict a DTR Deep Explorer. The lack of defence made this all too easy.

*********Subspace Static Week 32 Year 197 - 7th August 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

Once again the Confederacy appear to be the aggressors although this time only their scout ship was caught by FET as it ventured a little too close to a well protected world. Needless to say this was the last tour of duty for CNF Ranger 2. The CIA are getting in on the act, as this week one of their vessels was destroyed when entering an Imperial guarded orbit.

*********Subspace Static Week 33 Year 197 - 14th August 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

The Flagritz are once again on the war path. A calculated strike following tactics pioneered by the Confederacy led to the annihilation of the GTT patrol cruiser Executer while suffering no damage themselves.

*********Other News*********

IMP Blast Innocents
Last week an Imperial colony opened fire on a CIA ship as stated in subspace static. Following the attack an investigation revealed that the attack was illegal. It is clearly stated in the rules that affiliations can in general, only be added to an enemy list during war situations. All other times the posting rules must be used. This has been mentioned in subspace static before. Check your positions, they are your responsibility and your PD might get very upset if accidents happen.

Slow turn around on turns
Some of you might have been experiencing a delay between the time you expect your turn and the actual arrival. This is caused by the computer network, As you might be aware, we have recently upgraded the system and the new one should be much faster, but nothing is ever straight forward and the whole system appears to be crawling. Having exhausted all the checks we are capable of doing, we are having to send for the big boys with the High Tech Doo Dams and Thingimy Bobs to rip it all to bits and sort it out.

*********Subspace Static Week 34 Year 197 - 22nd August 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

RIP Deviant was completely destroyed while scouting an ART colony in Imperial space.
A lone CNF Battleship penetrated Imperial space in order to attack one of the IMP survey ships. Luckily for the IMP the survey vessel was faster and managed to flee at the first sign of trouble, although it suffered extensive damage to the main section.

*********Subspace Static Week 35 Year 197 - 28th August 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

The Confederate war fleet made another dramatic attack into the Capellan Periphery striking with absolute destruction against two FET vessels. The FET vessels destroyed were a Ship of the Line and a Patrol Cruiser. Once again it is proved that defence of the Capellan Periphery is more tenuous than moon mist.
The only bright speck in otherwise bleak news for the FET was the Confederate scout ship whose mission it was to discover viable targets accidentally wandered into a small fleet of ships and was torn apart.
In another part of the galaxy, an SMS Belter class was waylaid twice by RIP ships during the same week but despite this the ship managed to pull though relatively intact. Some captains have all the luck.

*********Other News*********

GM Annual Holiday
Two weeks of freedom covering weeks 37 and 38 (8th - 19th September) means that the game might be a little chaotic and special actions that need the referee's attention should be avoided if possible.

*********Subspace Static Week 36 Year 197 - 5th September 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

Despite numerous tactical manoeuvres this week by no less than the RIP, the CIA and the SMS, only one small skirmish involving a RIP yacht occurred. It appears that the lessons of recent weeks have finally been learnt and affiliations have taken a tighter control of stray ships of more likely one fleet was chasing another only to find it too had gone in search of victims.

*********Other News*********

Even as I speak, work is being done drilling and laying new cabling for the network. this will mean that when I return from my holiday, the current rise in inputting errors will be a thing of the past (well...wishful thinking). Current delays, sometimes up to minutes for order processing can lead to re-inputting of the same order, skipping orders, or skipping part of orders mainly due to concentration loss.

In order to help me, I will give a short list of the top five mistakes players make. most of these are trivial and are generally spotted, but these can mean orders fail if not used.

Thrust Movement - there are lots of stars out there, please try to avoid them. Check if you are going though multiple systems that will not take you into one. It's your TU's your wasting.

Correct Locations - make sure you give the right location for the planet you are heading for, the sector you are trying to land in etc. Check that the system actually contains the world you want.

Leaving and Entering orbits - I know that there are a few that neglect this order on a regular basis either as they don't think it's important, just forget, or to make room for other orders. Please include it as it really stuffs the inputting when forgotten. There is actually a fixed penalty of 5TU's even though I don't use it.

Position Numbers - don't forget to include them on any transfer order as well as any PA wherever appropriate. If you do not have the PA code or an authorisation, then your turn should be aborted there and then.

Clearly written orders - this can make the difference between straight forward inputting and a complete disaster. Even emails are not free from this as carriage returns appear to be arbitrary in some cases leading to a block of confusing text and numbers.

*********Subspace Static Week 37 Year 197 - 12th September 1997*********  [Recruit]


KJC error resulted in no sss

*********Subspace Static Week 38 Year 197 - 19th September 1997*********  [Recruit]


KJC error resulted in no sss


*********Subspace Static Week 39 Year 197 - 23rd September 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

Confederates Raise Stakes
The Confederacy managed to pull off a potentially disastrous mission this week. The war fleet entered orbit of a world containing a FET colony with an active posted list. The colony opened fire on the fleet but the return fire was devastating cutting the colony defences to ribbons almost immediately. The lack of FET friendly ships in the orbit meant that the entire fleet could devote all their attention and fire power to the colony whilst suffering only one dereliction.

*********Other News*********

I have returned from holiday to discover that week 37 has been stolen. How this happened is uncertain, but the boss assures me that it has been taken care off and there should be no in-game ramifications as nobody gained an extra turn. Apart from that everything should be back to normal....

*********Subspace Static Week 40 Year 197 - 26st September 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

A minor skirmish in the Darkfold periphery resulted in the loss of a couple of small trading ships. The attacking pirates had hoped for something a little more substantial. At the other end of the peripheries part of the IMP warfleet successfully destroyed a CNF scout ship. This time reinforcements failed to show, probably due to the lack of communication time.

*********Land Battle*********

The FET colony that got caught up in a space battle with the Confederacy last week was captured by the RIP as a result of an anonymous tip-off. At the same time, the CNF Battleship derelicted in orbit last week was successfully boarded by the GTT.

*********Other News*********

Order In Council
By order of the Imperial Viceroy and in light of the discovery of a ground party, Spitfire (818), on the surface of the planet Winward in the Blagard (172) system, comprising a real present danger to IMP St. Petersburg (2853), the Imperial forces will adopt a shoot on sight policy towards all and any CIA positions found to be in the said system until such time as all CIA ground forces have surrendered or the colony has been destroyed.
Witness this my hand and seal - Admiral Lord Simms, KSG, Imperial Viceroy, Capellan Periphery

Pirate Election
The unofficial opening of a new sausage factory on Tyburn by the former Pirate King has prompted the ascension of a new ruler.
Long live the King.

Ultimatum from the CIA
In response to the unjustified attack on a CIA trading vessel by the IMP, the CIA demand 750,000 stellars and 2 SOL's as compensation or there will be a reprisal against an as yet unspecified IMP colony. While this might seem steep, the CIA PD wishes it to be known that it is only for the complete lack of any sort of public apology, hence clear promotion of piratical acts.

*********Subspace Static Week 41 Year 197 - 2nd October 1997*********  [Recruit]


No sss.




*********Subspace Static Week 42 Year 197 - 9th October 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

Kastorian Relief
Having suffered major casualties, the Kastorians issued a plea to allies to come to their aid. The turnout was surprising considering the lack of preperation time with a show of force from both humans and aliens, effectively blockading the planet of last week's vicious attack by the Brotherhood. Unfortunately as fast as the response was, almost all of the Armada had already vacated and only a couple of vessels ran into the blockade, these having been damages in their last battle. Needles to say there were no survivors.

Confederate Housecleaning
Having discovered a small RIP warfleet in the Darkfold periphery the AFT alerted all the Confederate Factions of their presence. Seeking revenge for past atrocities warships were sent from the AFT, BHD, CIA, and the DTR. Even a FET ship got caught up in the excitement although it didnt hang around. This would almost certainly have been a decisive victory but the RIP, rather than bolstering their fleet, fled before the end of the week, leaving only a scuppered yacht.

Other Battles
Across the Darkfold periphery there were numourus other fights involving the dereliction of two FET ships (not the one in the above space battle though). Why one was landed in a Brotherhood colony is anybody's guess.

*********Other News*********


Press Release from IMP
The Imperial Services do not consider the words "Ultimatum" and "Demand" to have any place in the diplomatic lexicon but discussion of the implications of the CIA statement and a formal reply will be submitted by the end of week 44. Further negotiations will be conducted.

Message from the Kastorians
All BHD merchant and exploration vessels are allowed in KAS soace as of now, but there is still a ban on Warships. The KAS also give the BHD a four week period to remove the ground party from the planet Kingdom in the Skord system.

*********Subspace Static Week 43 Year 197 - 16th October 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

The RIP vessel badly damaged in last week's confrontation with the CNF was this week finally derelicted after the CNF brought in reinforcements.

*********Land Battle*********

At the other end of the peripheries, the RIP and the FET clashed over the recently captured FET colony. Both sides disengaged after a short skirmish. The FET most definately gained the upper hand in this round managing to capture some of the spoils that the RIP were removing from the colony, The Brotherhood launched the final and futile assault against the KAS. All the Brotherhood forces were either destroyed or injured during the fight.

*********Subspace Static Week 44 Year 197 - 23rd October 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battles & Boarding*********

A CIA Runner fell prey to the RIP on their tour de Darkfold. Leaving ships in the middle of nowhere is asking for trouble.
Having missed the earlier assault on the KAS colony a few weeks back a couple of Brotherhood warships decided to check on the rebuilding work in progress. That they were both destroyed indicates that it is presumably on schedule.
The Brotherhood were feeling rather pleased with them selves for derelicting an FET Supra Freighter last week. This week had loaded up a ship ready for the boarding action. Unfortunately for them, the RIP had other plans, and having discovered the location of last week's battle turned up in force destroying the Brotherhood boarding vessel and stealing the Supra freighter.
The CNF were luckier in their boarding action carried out on the RIP ship derelicted last week. The boarding action was a mere formality.
A rouge Dewiek ground party in a colony successfully boarded a KAS ship that had landed in the starport. The colony not having the KAS on the defend list was unable to prevent the proceedings.

*********Other News*********

Colony Assaults & Starport Battles
A colony will use it's security complexes to launch attacks and defend other positions. This is a starport battle. In these cases a colony will never be captured. This is the definition of a starport battle.
If the colony is defending itself, it will use the entirety of it's military wing and may be captured as a result. This is the definition of a colony assault.
The question arises is should the attacker have to enter the starport to capture it if the battle was won in the colony sector? If it does, it means it will generally have to fight defenders in the starport making colonies almost invulnerable. If it does not, it would entice people to keep more military hardware in the military wing rather than using it to form a ground party in the starport. Your opinions would be appreciated, but please keep them very brief, hi-lighting your choice.

IMP Claims Debt
It has been concluded that a CIA COG was destroyed as a result of a breach of Inter Affiliation Rules of Engagement at IMP Colony St. Petersburg. Pecuniary compensation is therefore available at the standard rates.
Hulls at replacement cost (Cog @ 8/60/15) = 197000
Engines at replacement cost = 11000
1280mu of unspecified cargo @ 100/mu = 128000
Ship Total = 336000 stellars
To families of lost crew, assumed to be 8, 20 years pay based on a 40 week maintenance Cycle @ 5 stellars per maintenance = 1040 stellars
Cargo & Fittings can be adjusted to replacement cost on provision of a certified ship's manifest. Alternatively pecuniary compensation set by an independent party (EEM/IND Thorne) will be considered.

*********Subspace Static Week 45 Year 197 - 30th October 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

Yet another CNF scout ship fell to an IMP patrol while wandering though the Capellan Periphery.

*********Other News*********

Message from the KAS
The moon Kindom in the Skord system is now open for exploration.
Due to constant harassment of the KAS colony Jadis situated on Kindom, the Brotherhood are banned from both the world and orbit of Kindom and will be posted for being in either.

Good News
Finally one of the problems listed some time ago for colonies has been fixed. This being the between turn scans for colonies. Now you will receive as part of the sensor report for colonies a list of all positions that scanned your colony in the same way a ship does. Ship scans have also been upgraded to ignore subsequently deleted positions.

*********Subspace Static Week 46 Year 197 - 6th November 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

After a long period of inactivity, the Clan have once again initiated hostilities towards the DOG, striking a group of five ships. The Clan seemed to gain the advantage despite being outnumbered and managed to derelict the DOG vessels.
Within the Capellan periphery an SMS vessel happened to run across a RIP ship, quickly derelict it then carry on it's journey. Very efficient.

*********Other News*********

Response to Imperial offer of compensation for the illegal attack in the Blagard system
Due to the nature of the events leading to this issue, the CIA will not accept any offer other than the one requested by the CIA membership. This non-negotiable step is taken due to the ineptitude and lack of forward planning by the Imperial services.

*********Subspace Static Week 47 Year 197 - 13th November 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

While on route to a colony, the AFT Carrier Persian Star II was blasted by the RIP with Ion Cannons killing all crew and passengers.
Possibly the last fleet of the DOG was completely derelicted by the Clan during a drawn out battle, although from the start it was clear that although the Clan only just outnumbered the DOG, they seriously out gunned them.
A desperate attempt by the RIP to inflict damage on the saviours of Yokusoka ended in total defeat for the RIP. Mayby there will now be a return to peace.
CIA Bombers rolled in on an Imperial colony in a hit and run attempt. Extensive damage was delivered as the whole region shook from the assault.
The CIA run in with hostile natives on an unnamed planet ended in a similar way. No survivors.
Deep in Imperial territory, a CNF scout was spotted by an Imperial Patrol Cruiser who having no weapons had to let it go as no aid arrived.

*********Other News*********


Winward Blockade
From week 48 the emergency blockade of the planet Winward will be lifted, now that sufficient time has passed to bolster the defences of the colony on this world.

The Leader of the FET has a new address

*********Subspace Static Week 48 Year 197 - 20th November 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

A break down in communication was the undoing of the RIP, as events started to turn horribly pear shaped. In two separate incidents an early movement led other affiliations to discover where marauding with enough time to send for backup. A third event, also connected, was that one RIP ship attacked an FET ship of the Line with no other support. Needless to say, it received a thoroughly good hiding and fled with it's tail between it's legs. As the smoke cleared, the Brotherhood had notched up three kills while the combined efforts of the SMS and AFT had derelicted another.
Another Confederate scout ship bit the dust in the continuing efforts to discover viable Imperial targets and strategic information.

*********Land Battle*********

The assault on St. Petersburg continued this week, but help was at hand. Two Imperial task forces that had been tracking the CIA across the planet gave up the goose chase and decided to head home. Luckily for them, they arrived just in time to see the CIA bombing the colony. Rushing to the rescue, their combined forces were able to inflict massive damage on the CIA, but at great expense to themselves. The matter has by no means been resolved.
A daring display of ingenuity allowed the CNF to capture an IMP ship. By landing a ground party on a world and boarding the ship, they were able to capture her with little effort and no chance of the ship escaping.

*********Other News*********

Ex FET ships on the CNF posted list
The CNF has noted the change in ownership of a number of FET vessels currently on the CNF posted list. It is believed they have been acquired for resale to a third party.
Warning - any affiliation contemplating the purchase of Deep Explorers Protector (2106) or Mutsu (2964) take note that these positions will NOT be removed from the CNF posted list. Buy and operate these positions at your own risk - they will remain legitimate targets for the Confederate "Rolling Thunder" Strike Force!

Colony Assaults
After a number of justified points (and not too few unjustified ones), I have drawn the conclusion that attacking ground parties need not enter the starport to capture the colony. The reasons are as follows:-
1. The straport is not an intimate part of a colony in the same way that Heathrow is not the centre of London, also explaining why it takes half a day to pick up 1mu of goods!
2. Most assaulting forces are not surface capable, therefore must move into the colony sector before entering the colony. If someone is willing to go to the extra expense of incorporating shuttles, they should gain an advantage.
The ongoing problem of protecting the military wing (a feature present since the conversion to computer 15 years ago), is being considered. So far there is a split exactly down the middle with the sides taking the stance that the proposed solutions are either woefully inadequate or make the colony completely invulnerable, obviously both can't be right? I think a few tests may have to be done.

*********Subspace Static Week 49 Year 197 - 27th November 1997*********  [Recruit]

*********Space Battle*********

RIP (Really Independent Pirates?)
In an unprecedented move the RIP broke the treaty of non-aggression with the Kastorians in order to capture two SMS merchant vessels while completely avoiding a fight with a lone CNF battleship situated in the same location. While the CNF can't be blamed for the RIP's choice of targets, questions are being asked.
The Brotherhood would gladly have traded places with the CNF as all they managed to destroy were a couple of RIP yachts that had been strategically placed to allow the remnants of last week's fiasco to escape.
If this was not as productive as hoped, a lone BHD Tempest was caught by a RIP fleet and captured, although the primary target was an AFT ship of the line which was also boarded. The RIP seem to be doing very well preying on ships in the Darkfold periphery.

Meanwhile back in the Capellan periphery, the IMP, FET and SMS were about to throw a party for a RIP ship when Rolling Thunder, the CNF war fleet gate crashed. The results were cataclysmic, annihilating the FET and one of the IMP ship of the Lines while the other IMP vessel crawled away with barely enough life supports. Needless to say, the CNF didn't engage the RIP and vice versa, leaving the SMS to deal with them.

*********Boarding Action*********

Having learnt the location of a Brotherhood survey ship, a RIP vessel landed next to it and sent out a boarding team. Fighting was fierce as the Brotherhood ship was not without defences, but the pirates had the advantage and the ship finally fell.
In the Capellan periphery the AFT boarded the derelict paddington Bear, the RIP ship engaged last week.

*********Other News*********

After realising the futility of continued aggression, the Kastorians and the Brotherhood have vowed to become allies. With the breaking of the agreement with RIP and the danger the RIP now pose in Kastorian space, is a timely event.

IMP reply to latest CIA demand for compensation.
In light of the fact that the CIA have declined to accept our most generous offer of compensation for the loss of their cog in the orbit of Winward and have also indicated that they are not prepared to negotiate a reasonable settlement, the offer is withdrawn forthwith. On consideration, the Viceroy has awarded the Governor of St. Perersburg the stellar order of Merit for destroying the gun running rebel ship.

Website
As we are currently working on the website for KJC games, would anyone object to posting the battle reports for all to view Thursday/Friday so that mail delays do not hinder game play.

Reprints
Due to the tireless work or the programmer (bless him), BSE will soon be saved to file rather than direct printing, this will mean that reprints will be available. This is the first step towards returning via email which we hope to have running by the new year.

*********Subspace Static Week 50 Year 197 - 4th December 1997*********  [Recruit]

The week drew to a close with the destruction of a RIP scout ship by the Brotherhood. It is likely they were hoping that the RIP were going to send reinforcements.

*********Other News*********

Due to a number of anonymous phone calls that may be related to the game, Dave Smith has been left no option but to step down from controlling the Kastorians. Unlikely as it may seem, should anyone know anything relating to this, I would be grateful if they would either contact the police or myself. This leaves Kastorian space under the direct control of the GM, which means that as I cannot spend the time negotiating with the various factions to the same degree Dave did, I have little option than to reinstate the Kastorian system ship programme (basically speaking, zero tolerance, with as many ships as are needed to completely and utterly destroy any and all aggressors in the Kastorian space, the moment they arrive).
For the same reason, the RIP can no longer jump into Kastorian space.

Emails
The first step has been completed today with the successful sending of a system map via email. The rest is soon to follow.

Websites
As expected, there was a fierce outcry regarding the posting of battle reports on the website, although all have shown interest in posting subspace static instead. There shouldn't be any problem with this.

*********Subspace Static Week 51 Year 197 - 11th December 1997*********  [Recruit]

Message from the CIA 'Battle Fleet' to the Imperial Services
"We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new Hiport."

New Rulebook and Email
Both of these projects are coming along nicely, with the cover art now being finished and the programs having reached the debugging stage for both ship and ground parties.

GM's Holiday
In order to avoid the cold and wet and relax in front of a fire drinking,I will be away from the office from the 20th December until the 5th January. Due to the 'lost' week around the 37th, week 52 will last for two weeks. I strongly recommend that you avoid the chaos that usually accompanies Christmas mail, actions are kept to budget profile with little need for deadlines.

*********Subspace Static Week 52 Year 197 - 18th December 1997*********  [Recruit]

Good News
Ships and ground parties can now be returned via email. Please specify which positions you want emailed, that is a list of positions, writing "ALL" will be ignored as it means searching though 5000 positions just to find them! These positions will then always be emailed until otherwise ordered.
Colonies and Political's are to follow shortly.

Merry christmas and a Happy New Year and thanks for the cards.

*** End of week 52****

As Mica is off on his holidays for two weeks, and as far as I am aware, nothing has been said about when week 52 should end, I have called it for 3pm Tuesday 30th December. I will then try to get the colonys out before the New Year holidays. Week 1 of the new year will end on Tuesday 8th as normal. Mica is back into work on the 5th so you will be able to send special actions for week 1.

All the best for Christmas and New Year, and I hope I don't make too many mistakes with your turns! It has been a while since I last processed BSE. Kevin

 
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*** Norozov, No More ***

Kantner: No more do I see the starlight caress your cyclops eye
No more feel the tender kisses we used to share
I close my fists and clearly my heart remembers
A thousand goodbyes could never put out the embers

Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

Chulainn: Oh all the Stellars mine now!

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Kantner: No more do I feel the touch of your hand on mine
No more see the love-light making your dark eyes shine
Oh, how I wish I never had caused you sorrow
But don't ever say for us there is no tomorrow

Chulainn: Oh all the ladies mine now!

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Chorus: The power is in the eye!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

Chorus: The power is in the eye!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before.

Lanner: So, old cyclops has finally met his comeuppance
Maybe its time for a comeback

Chorus: No, no one wants you back!

Lanner: I always did like that chair of his…

Chorus: The power is in the eye!
The power is in the eye!
The power is in the eye!

Continued in this special edition of the SSS...

 
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*** ALIEN CRIMINALS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE ***

FILTHY AND DISHONOURABLE Dewiek mercenaries have dared to attack HONEST AND HARDWORKING GTT warships in the Coptuv system.

THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

The Dewiek commander’s lengthy response was appreciated by xenophile and philanthropist HQ Manager Tom Krieger but this does not change the facts.

FURTHER JUSTICE IS EXPECTED AT THE EMPEROR’S PLEASURE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

Inside this issue of the SSS: * SEDITIOUS FET CHARGED * LIES OF THE FAILED REBELLION * TERRORIST PLOTS FOILED * ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE CRITICISED * &etc

 
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*** Voice of the Naplian Liberation Front ***

We are the Naplian Liberation Front. We have commandeered this station to bring you important and vital deprogramming. You are a slave of the Galactic Trouser and Tussles Imperium of Unspecified Services! We have witnessed the press ganged upon by Imperial thugs. Rounding up reporters by the thousands and throwing them in weasel dens. Mocking the Great Uncle of the Flagritz. Manufacturing consent out of a lust for imports of wheat cereals! We poor Naplians(*) are given no training and substandard equipment when preparing your nutritious breakfasts. We are sent forward by the Imperial snack commissioners with threats of triple-filing tax returns on unreasonable deadlines! Death would be preferable. We are allegedly paid a wage but have you ever tried to buy anything with just $1? Strangely none of those politicals earning $10,000 or more a week seem to care about our plight. Not to mention that the Imperials throw perfectly good meat into the grinder instead of slow cooking it in black bean sauce. They have no respect for a classic burrito! We are left grieving for young families who have never tasted quality ranch sauce. You don’t need to be a dead Naplian to know the value of a good guacamole.

* No actual Naplians included.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT vs USN * GTT vs NLF * GTT vs IND * GTT vs KAS * GTT vs FET * GTT vs SSS * &etc

 
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*** Stellar Empire On Warpath ***

The newly re-united Stellar Empire continued to wage war against the Flagritz Empire to bring about galactic peace and freedom for all. The latest system to fall to the inevitable tide of history was Morroglyph in the Coreward Arm. Dewiek intransigence reached fever pitch as the FLZ facilities changed to DEN paws and subsequently became targets of Imperial truth and justice. Despite putting themselves between the past and the future, the DEN seemed to lack much will for an actual fight with Dewiek military commanders adopting “meh” as their watchword.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT smacks NLF * DEN whack MRC * Slaves Liberated * FLZ Retreat * ARC in Orion Spur * &etc

 
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*** Stellar Empire Re-United ***

Celebrations were held across the vast territories of the Stellar Empire as the two-halves represented by the governments of the Imperials and Caliphate determined to unite. This followed almost inevitably from the assassination of the Caliph, a crime that has gone mysteriously unresolved. The old Caliphate ministers were ‘retired’ and at first it seemed the Imperials had managed what had alluded them for decades.

However, just as orders to claim systems for the IMP went in some places, conflicting orders to claim for the CIA came from Laton. In other systems, it seems overwhelming civilian support lies with the defunct CAL government and there are a number of CIV and CAL bases that seem to have not heeded the CIA nor IMP orders. With all the Caliphate's armaments now in the CIA’s hand and no political leadership in the old government, it seems inevitable that the civilians will be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

A muted and cautious response from the rest of the galaxy was only to be expected given the formation of a new unrivalled superpower. The chilling effect on public discourse as the Imperial war machine taps into the substantial, if stunted, economies of the former Caliphate will surely be felt for years to come. Does this mark the 'end of history' as we know it?

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * KAS v IMP/GTT v FLZ * DEN v MRC * FOCed by IMP * BHD v DEN * &etc

 
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*** Imperials Declare War Against Flagritz ***

A declaration of war came last week after an unsatisfactory reply to Imperial ultimatums that the FLZ accept resolution of the previous war. J. Jones issued the following proclamation, "We hope this reminder will prompt them to rethink the status they removed them selves from and come back to more peaceful co-existence.” Doublegood, Viceroy, doublegood!

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * Species Guide * FEL Barter With GIants * High Times &etc

 
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*** Orion Spur Special Edition ***

Explorers of the galaxy rejoiced as knowledge of a new periphery became common knowledge, revealing charts to forty star systems. The Orion Spur is connected to the massive Coreward Arm with rumours that the locals of the Monument system at the heart of this new periphery may have been responsible for the collapse of the HarCorp civilisation.

We have in-depth analysis and information about the new periphery inside this special issue of the SSS.

Also inside this issue of the SSS: * Naplian Liberation Front Reality Show * FLZ v FEL * Mercs in Graydown * DOM Scare Stories * &etc

 
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*** Hoedown in Graydown ***

Wimbles in the Graydown system have come under repeated attacks by mercenaries. The Wimbles having already lost two outposts have had their ships come under attack by boarders. The Wimbles are pointing a hairy finger at the GTT whilst the DEN are itching to get their paws in.

Pleasantly rotund Wolf Lord Lyceum reported the destruction of one mercenary ship, a Corsair class explorer called "Eye of the Chosen" which had earlier dropped off ground forces flying the banner of "God Hates Wimbles.” Which God and why he or she hates Wimbles has yet to be revealed. We suspect its corporation-loving Mammon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Sargasso Update * Wakerians * Naplian Liberation Front * &etc

 

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