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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...'



 
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***** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

.What is It?
..a wOrmhOle?.
…No.. worse..
….the KANG singularity!…
…..It pulls us IN…..
……lOOks sO familiar……
…….yet so strange…….
……..what is……..
………that?……..

*** Flagritz Liberalise Economy ***

In good news for all the galaxy the Flagritzi have vowed to liberate all slaves across their Empire. Furthermore, the hectapods have given up eating other sentient species; taking up a strict diet of veganism and soy chai lattes. Sales of turtle neck sweaters and Forbidden Fruit laptops have skyrocketed.

The news was cautiously welcomed by the benevolent Felini Tyranny who looked forward to reducing the War phase of their daily Nap-Lick-Nap-War-Nap-Eat-Sleep cycle to a perfunctory forty winks.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Baron Womble * A Short History of the DPP * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Empire Strikes: Solo ***

A massive fleet of some 1600 warships, including large numbers of super-heavy capital 300 and 400 hullers, attacked the DEN in the Solo system, catching them with their metaphorical pants down. The DEN gate platform and some two hundred DEN freighters were subject to antimatter missiles amongst other high tech ordinance.

Jack the lad, Viceroy of the Empire, claimed a victory for freedom and the Imperial (right of) way leaving the sullen Dewiek unusually unresponsive.

With DOM platforms firing on CIA ships, will the IMP now demand the DOM add them to the Do Not Fire lists as well? And what exactly is the nature of the DOM and DEN alliance in light of the sustained attack from the Empire? And will the DEN’s alien friends stand idly by as the Empire fleet camps in the vital gate system of Solo? How will the DEN retaliate for this action or are they ready to roll over and have their bellies rubbed?

All this remains unknown. All that is certain is the “feel good” factor across the DTR has increased, with citizens reassured that for some time yet, they may continue in their slumber with the easy assurance that their number is not coming up anytime soon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * New BHD Guy * DOM Statement * &etc

 
***** 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

 

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