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A Bloody Interesting Coup

A Bloody Interesting Coup

For the shortest of periods, life settled down in the IMP, the new viceroy was establishing himself in office, research was commissioned, the Patrol Commissioner was not winning any popularity competitions and there was even the odd rumour of some trading, and whilst this went on Githyanki started plotting.

First as foremost he needed a vacancy, then some internal support and a pre-determined outcome. Stage one, kill or remove the viceroy, stage two isolate the command council most likely to support Githyankis bid and thus secure the result, straight forward enough. In a peculiar twist of fate, Githyanki had mentored Viceroy Blackthorn as he rose in the imperial ranks, schooling him on many aspect of Imperial politics including fleet combat tactics, and as such the man had spent a great deal of time in Githyankis fleet HQ Cape Horn in Kasmer, maintaining a property in the bases luxury district, and visiting frequently.

It was on one such occasion, after an especially tiresome conference session of the command council that Githyanki took his opportunity, the viceroy had entered his chambers late, he was known to take a brandy or two before retiring and he had only the one personal guard in such secure surroundings, Githyanki had selected the rest of his protection detail personally. Githyanki approached the viceroys house in the haunted hours of early morning with his own bodyguard, a creature without physical equal, he was granted access into the viceroys chambers by his own guard. The viceroys own man might have set off the alarm as Githyanki approached, had his head not been swiftly removed just as it registered a thought of panic, replacing the initial shock, Githyankis bodyguard towering over his lifeless corpse removing his teeth from his severed head.

Githyanki drew his sidearm, gave the viceroy a swift kick, and as he went for his own pistols shot him in the face. Viceroy he mused, I have a proposal for you The viceroys body along with the whole security detail and a medical officer were quickly ushered onto a waiting Stealth Silence class warship which quickly departed, the viceroy having lost a few teeth in the process. Githyanki set himself to the task of setting the charges as he dispatched his body guard to acquire the dancing girl.

Imperial news networks would later report the tragic demise the viceroy, following a huge antimatter explosion which did extensive damage to the local area, all that remained were a few teeth, the body of the viceroys evening entertainment, and evidence that pointed to her having taken the contract to kill the viceroy from a source within the republic and foolishly miscalulating the extent of the explosives force.

Later in the evening, just prior to the emergency session of the imperial council, Githyanki presided over a meeting between Gregor Konstantin and General Kreiger.

Githyanki So our fears have been realised gentlemen they press us from the shadows, it is time for the strong leadership we have the discussed and to take the fight back to our true foe.

Kreiger Give me a war and you shall have my support

Konstantin You already know my mind, if the situation can be brought to head then more the better, and between us we have the weight to carry the vote, with Simms, Ravenstone and likely Space all voting against you

Githyanki So we are set, who shall make the nomination?

Konstantin I shall

The council session adjourned as the council considered the vote, Githyanki had been nominated as planned by Duke Konstantin, Blake Ravenstone had been nominated by Admiral Space. Ravenstone would have to be dealt with at a later point Githyanki mused, but now his attention returned to the viceroy, and taking advantage of the session break boarded his personal ship and headed to his hidden ice base.

Githyanki entered the medical facility glancing briefly at the prone figure of the viceroy on the operating table, he addressed the medical officer.

The preparations are made?

Yes sir, the stun effects will wear off in the hour, by which time we shall have him put under and begin the process of his reconstruction

And he shall remember nothing?

nothing sir, his memories shall be erased, his features completely altered, we shall have to build him a new memory of course but the basic framework of an imperial upbrining is easy enough, records tell more of a story than people and if we add in factors like a family lost in childhood, few friends, and last survivor of the academy class that will be tragically lost next week, it should not return to haunt you

Good and you and the men?


We are all here sir, families and stories are in order, you have provided everything we asked for, to the man we all know we can never leave this place, I shall turn him over to your bodyguard as requested for insertion into the accident site, when the process is complete. Sir, one last thing, what should he be called

He was a fan of old earth westerns I believe, call him Wild Bill.

A week later the vote was passed as had been suspected, Githyanki was named viceroy and sworn into office, Ravenstone had not taken losing well and continued to pursue the investigation and Githyanki set about plotting his immediate downfall.

 
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***** 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

 
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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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** 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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