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Stargates

Stargates

The mistaken concept of a stargate is that it is a big annulus structure somewhere in a bunker that rotates and opens a wormhole between itself and another stargate, probably in a desert... This could not be further from the truth.

The thing about stargates is that they rely on Interspatial Resonance. This is such a weak field that the noise of a pin hitting the ground would drown out any instrument capable of detecting the signal from another stargate and as for pumping out a signal that is louder than the combined emissions of the planets own fields and the populations technology... The difficulty isolating individual resonances from background noise is why ships have to fly out beyond Uranus before they can even begin to probe for the subtle subspace resonances from a nearby star.

A stargate has to achieve a number of things it has to be able to detect the emissions from other stargates; to communicate with them across light years of space; account for subspace drift over time; it also needs a source of energy to do this. The final fundamental thing needed is that it needs to be able to transfer matter from one gate to another.


The means by which matter is transferred from one gate to anther differs fundamentally from wormholes. In the case of a wormhole, the two regions of space have the same resonances resulting in entanglement. This allows a ship to navigate a path into the region of entanglement and out the other side not unlike going through a maze. Stargates on the other hand work in tandem to create a jump field around the object to be transported. The field is powered by the stargates and is generated external to the jump sphere (unlike the field generated by a jump drive). As the resonance of the jump sphere changes, the sphere drops out of real space and re-emerges at the location of the other stargate. Unlike a wormhole, there is no apparent movement through space and the actual transition is instantaneous (though the procedure itself is slow). Another fundamental difference is the use of keys though to understand this, some speculated history on their creation is necessary.

Alien Creation
As humanity ventured beyond the Stellar Empire it encountered space faring aliens that told of mythical organic ships that had meddled in their histories for enigmatic purposes. For this they were called the Architects. When they were finally encountered, meeting one or two that had been around (if they were to be believed) for millennia, it was presumed that they were the builders of the stargates. This however seems not to be the case. Though clearly capable of demolishing a star system and putting it back together, even for them, the construction of a gate seems a little beyond their abilities.

From what can be fathomed a gate is a vast mass of degenerate matter that has been partially exploded at the point a jump field has been created around it. As this happened the mass expands beyond the limits of the jump sphere, extending it into subspace and effectively pinning it beyond realspace. Within realspace, the point where the large mass existed becomes little more than a cold region of space. Detonating nuclear weapons in the vicinity does nothing to them.


Defining Stargate Nature
It is not a quantum black hole as some have described it because the energy output and gravitational field are insignificant, though it does share a lot of the math with respect to general relativity. A note about the energy is important as at first they appear to be entropic anomalies. The regions of space they occupy are almost at absolute zero. They actively absorb virtually all long wavelength emf. They do however emit high energy particles and emf including gamma rays and cosmic rays. They therefore convert some high entropy energy into low entropy energy and cause energy to disappear. This may be an application of an inverse ISR field*.

While this at first appears to break fundamental laws of physics, it is explained by the formation of the stargate. It has been presumed that the sheer mass of degenerate matter is the source of the low entropy emissions. It is also presumed that some of the energy being absorbed is actually stabilising the degenerate matter forming the stargate. In other words, the degenerate matter is reverting to normal matter. From calculations, a typical gas giant converted into degenerate matter would have sufficient energy to power around twenty thousand transitions (or three billion years) before stabilising sufficiently to emerge from subspace probably as a very powerful explosion.

There is one final piece to stargates they are programmable and can be controlled remotely. They can even be switched off. As has been pointed out they actively absorb low energy emf. If this energy happens to contain signal patterns such as those transmitted by stargates keys, the gates respond by forming the jump sphere around the signalling object and the ship. Unlike wormholes, stargates are not linked to a single specific destination. Providing that the gate has been programmed with the details (addresses) of other stargates, they can form a connection. A group of stargates connecting to each other is known as a ring. From all accounts there is no distance limit (unlike natural wormholes). Theoretically, two gates at different ends of the universe could be connected. The problem however is that for this to happen, somebody needs to program into the gates the addresses of the gates they will be connected to. This means studying both gates and transmitting their respective addresses from nearby. This is the fundamental flaw in their design (degenerating an entire gas giant aside). A gate cannot be connected to an unknown gate. Even if a gate is known, building another at the far end of the universe to connect to it still requires going back to the original gate with the address of the new gate. If that can be done in a reasonable amount of time, why bother with a gate? This presumably is why those that created the original gates both stopped building them and are no longer around. The universe is vast and they have simply left this region of space, never to return. Others suspect that the Architects have done a very nice job of cleaning up all the evidence they can bar the stargates.



Alien Interests
Here is one worrying fact recently a few TCA ships (organic ships maybe related in some way to the Architects) were spotted seemingly interacting with stargates. They didnt seem to do anything and in at least one case was destroyed mid-scan. As stated earlier physicists have calculated the theoretical amount of transitions a gate can perform before stabilisation. Were they simply taking a meter reading? Alternatively, had these ships come from a distant system with a gate address and were attempting to program a link? Were they successful?


*Nuclear-damping technology works by inducing ISR fields around a world. These cause high energy particles and emf to pass into subspace (bleeding back into realspace over a sphere a few light seconds radius) thereby dissipating the explosion. The field is weak and works on resonance, meaning that the entire world is used as the emitter. This does mean that high energy devices need to be protected from this field. Nuclear reactors for example would simply stop working on a world with an ISR field.
Even though a nuclear device could be shielded from the planetary ISR field, allowing for detonation, the detonation would destroy the Inverse ISR field, and the explosion would end. This also explains why most naval weaponry is not overly powerful. Weapon systems have to use low energy (high entropy) methods of passing under the ISR threshold while still delivering a punch.




 
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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

 
***** 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

 
***** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Breaking News: Caliph Samuel Assassinated ***

The nominal head of the Caliphate, Samuel has been murdered in broad daylight at the starbase CAL Sidon in the Fortress system. The allegedly mad zealot was on his way to meet representatives of various civilian factions when a shadowy figure *cough*CIA agent*cough* shot him dead.

The CIA issued the following statement to the SSS with a customary nudge and a wink: "In these difficult times, as we come to terms with the loss of Samuel, we are taking things one day at a time.

"Samuel was not only our Caliph, but our leader during the Second Civil War which laid the foundations for the Confederacy after he left the Human Empire and settled in the Darkfold. It is truly a sad day and one that will be marked in history as one of many great leaders who were cut down in their prime.

"We will strive now to look to the future, whilst remembering our past”

Speculation is rife that this is the first step towards a unification of the two-halves of the Stellar Empire. Others are more hopeful this is a return to the Confederacy or the mark of greater separation with the Imperial bloc. Time will tell what nebulous motives the shadowy puppet-master Laton turned out to have had and which alien faction will be blamed for the Caliph’s murder.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * HEX / FET Invade Sargasso * Magnus v Nevets Fight! * Dewiek Black Hole Disaster * FLZ Correction * &etc

 

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