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Story - Tal's Arrival

Tal's Arrival

Tal sighed, he had been told that he would need to explain again to these people. They were responsible for all the major monetary transactions within this region of space. If he was going to be paid, they would be the ones paying. He took a deep breath and spoke into the real-time translator.
'Sirs, some of the details are beyond me though it has been explained that there was some sort of spatial rift in your region of space, caused I believe by the actions of a faction called the Detinus Republic. While I have no idea who they are or even how they did such a thing, there were repercussions in the Corewards Arm - the region of space from where I came. It was detected as a change in resonance across the public navigational frequencies. It was most strongest in the star system Discordia - so called because it has a reputation for peculiar subspace effects.


'During my investigations I was able to pick up what you refer to as subspace static and gain access to your public navigational protocols from which I was able to arrive in the star system Solo. '


'You tell us you represent a faction called the HarCop League of Merchants.' The interviewers looked concerned though eager. 'Who are they and how much territory do they claim? We need to determine if they are a threat.'



'Ah, no, they are not a threat, in fact officially they are no more. Yes I was one of their merchants, but now I am a Free Lancer. I will not bore you with the details as I am sure you have a greater understanding of galactic economics than a humble merchant captain. Suffice to say the League arose as two worlds separated by only a few light years discovered each other and helped each other's research until finally they could reach each other. The League was a privately sponsored enterprise with a monopoly on space travel. They traded between the two systems exchanging significant numbers of civilians then as investment swelled set out to discover new worlds to colonise.


'The premise was simple, borrow from investors to create a colony of civilians on a new world, provide them with the necessary infrastructure to start producing exports and then trade between the new colony and the home systems. It failed. They pushed too far too fast and eventually investors started to worry about repayments as the League had been far too optimistic on the cost and investment turnaround period. Recession swept the Arm and many small colonies declared independence while captains and crew, long without pay started to undertake private contracts - some somewhat nefarious - in their desperation.


'This sirs is why the Corewards Arm holds so much potential for you and the people you represent. We have many small isolated colonies in need of trade, we have too few ships to cope with demand. Yes I understand your fear about pirates but then your ships are vastly superior to anything that has been developed in our region of space. At worst they could prove a nuisance.


'So sirs are we agreed - you grant me the commerce protocols and the sum which I have calculated to be $1.5 million and I will transfer our public navigational protocols, giving you access to more than 30 star systems including our two Home Systems.'
'And the rest - what about the other systems you mentioned in the report?' queried on the interviewers.
'On the subject of the other systems, I cannot help you, I'm sorry. I was only a small cog in the League's engine and my knowledge extended only along the branch terminating in Discordia. Other members spoke of star systems along the other branches. I think that there may well be more than a hundred star systems - though even that number may be being a little conservative.'


Following the interview in the back rooms of Balmoral the two bankers reviewed the information. 'Well, it seems that we must pay the fellow - what choice do we have? War is raging through public space and though we keep hearing rumours of new frontiers the affiliations show little inclination to make them public. With new frontiers comes new markets and new markets means more wages and greater flow of stellars through the Extra-galactic Economic Monopoly. Even as we debate this there have been no less than three minor affiliations petitioning us for early access even though we have not officially confirmed the existence of this starcaptain from the Corewards Arm. Sanction the transfer and as soon as the navigational protocols have been confirmed, make them public then we can work on getting access to the others.'
'What about these other systems he referred to? How do we propose handling them?'




'We will send a delegation to their homeworld and whatever anyone else offers, we will more than match - think about it, if one faction has access we will be lucky to see a few stellars, if everybody has access, they will be falling over each other to ensure that they have troops on the ground and in orbital platforms - and every extra troop is another stellar passing through our commercial protocols. Cynical know, but it's what we do.'


'Agreed. It's looking promising. This year I intend to give myself a nice fat bonus. We might even take a trip to Hannahannas.'


'You'd take your wife to the Pleasure Pits?'


'As far as she is concerned I will be attending a rather dull meeting with the Kastorian Junta. I was referring to my new secretary.'


'Felini isn't she? Is it true, you know?'


'All of it...'



 
News
Is open for business...
 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** To Ur Is Dewiek ***

Dewiek forces had a hefty smackdown against the mysterious living ships known as the T’Cath (TCA). Seven adult TCA 400 hull capital ships, each firing eight of their notorious plasma cannons, were killed by a DEN and DOM fleet of some 700 ships.

Of the minimal losses suffered by the DEN / DOM, one-eyed Magnus and Nevets Motnhap of the FEL were amongst the dead.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Caribbean Congo Continues * Ur Witness Report * * Hive Briefing * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** The Long Quiet Season ***

Listen…
There’s no sound of anger or of annoyance,
There’re neither cruisers racing on the jump lanes
Nor there jump lanes for them to race on,
There’re neither monks chanting on the battlegrounds
Nor bells calling us to the True One.
There’s neither the lightning cracking of the sky
Nor the persistent Naplians pattering on my roof.
There’s no Dewiek arm in arm to admire the magnificent view
There’re no war drums to feed Human ears
Nor Hive sirens to steal the boredom away
There’s no unfamiliar wing creeping underneath the Falconian sun
Nor floods to enshroud the Aquaphid grounds
The land lies lonely out here
On this lazy summer’s day
There’s no pollution to poison the airs of Inversion
Nor forests to give them life
All I hear is the hushing sound of the wind
Assisting the sand to fall into beautiful undulations.

Whilst we’ve been away: * Operation Giantslayer * Naplian Liberation * Back in the DTTR * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Falconians Saved ***

The Imperials have cunningly saved the Falconian Republic from being consumed by the Dewiek Elder Nation and at no small cost to the DEN either. Whilst the new pro tem Consul crowed about the “victory”, all former FCN systems besides Acropolis have been taken over by the two warring Empires - Human and Flagritz.

Was it all worth it? For the IMP / GTT it clearly was, for the movement of a few hundred thousand troops is surely nothing to the cost they endured trying to and failing to knock the DEN out of Solo after the fact. The FCN now plucked off most of their navy and wider assets are a tiny nothing of their former self. The DEN may have resorted to some dirty namecalling but can the costs endured to save an enfeebled FCN have really been worth it? Time will tell.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * INDignation * FELicitous Caribbean * Nah Plan for Naplia * Mercs Trouble DEN * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Acropolis Now ***

The IMP and GTT have brought peace and stability to Acropolis.

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Goodbye Falconians ***

The galaxy bid farewell to the Falconian Republic as the Human Empire subsumed them into their expanding territories. This marks the second death of an alien civilisation at the hands of the IMP / GTT in recent years. Like the extinguishing of the nearby Ulians, no voices of opposition could be heard from other quarters. This marks a long-period of appeasement by the Detinus Republic and Dewiek Elder Nation.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * DOMination * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****



 
***** Inter Galactic News THE MUSICAL *****

*** 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...

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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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