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Felini Society

Felini Society


In the days before the arrival of the conquering Flagritz to their homeworld, the felini were primitive. Their technology was little better than Stone Age. Their culture was largely nomadic based on oral traditions though they did have a written language that they carved into rocks and trees. They built bridges, and erected seasonal settlements and occasionally feuded. Their legends were enacted in their operas. Though many non-felini can stand the long high-pitched wailing which account for the vast majority of the play the acrobatics in the final scenes are always spectacular and worth watching.

The invasion was fast and brutal. Claws and spears were no match to the advanced technology. Strafing of felini hunting parties from the air, destruction of their ancient sites and wholesale slaughter of the larger and more organised prides quickly brought the entire species to its knees.

It is estimated that more than five million felini were killed during the first year. As the apex predatory species on the world, their population was less than fifteen million at the time.


The entire species was enslaved but in order to make them useful to the Empire, they needed to work the imported machines and build the urban and industrial zones for the newly arriving Flagritz population. For this they needed educating.

As the felini became tech savvy they started underground movements, coordinated and discovered many things about the universe, especially the method by which the Flagritz arrived – a wormhole. This wormhole however opened and closed at six month intervals.

For years they prepared and millions more died at the hands of the Flagritz but eventually they were ready. When the wormhole closed, they attacked. The battle was hard won as the Flagritz used both biological agents and nuclear weapons in a desperate bit to turn the tide. In many places the felini refused to revolt. It is now thought that in these locations integrator caste/peace factions controlled the slave populations and as such the populations were better (if not well) treated despite being always under threat of what might happen. Even now there are many that believe that a peaceful liberation may have been possible and the ecological destruction of the world could have been averted.

By the time the wormhole was again open, the felini had control of starbases on the world and even a few outposts off-world. During the next few years the fighting was brutal though the felini gained the upper hand simply due to numbers and access to resources.

It is thought that the Flagritz attempted to open an artificial wormhole directly from their homeworld in order to bring in an armada and their vast army though something went wrong. Both the armada and army of Flagritz Empire was largely destroyed along with a fair chunk of the Flagritz homeworld.

After this the felini spent years rooting out and executing every last Flagritz from their home system.

Post Emancipation
While there were a few proponents of returning to the old culture it was never seriously going to happen on their homeworld or for that matter any other. Education and technology forced onto the felini had become a way of life. They could no longer return to their nomadic, hunter-gatherer life style. They relied on transport, industry, medicine and cultivation too heavily to give it up (also reflected in their increased longevity and birthrate). The world could no longer support their population. Most of the native fauna had been killed in the war and the world was a wasteland. The felini lived in urban environments, supplemented their previously meat diet with ever increasing amounts of vegetables and grains and alcohol consumption had for many become a way of life. For better or worse, the felini way of life was changed forever.

Matriarchy
Society is based on a dominant male and his extended harem. This may be because females outnumber males by around six to one by the time they reach adulthood, though in childhood they the ratio is closer to three to one. What happens to the males? Females live more than three times as long as males and can recover from damage that would permanently cripple a male. A crippled male will invariably undertake voluntary euthanasia. Females, though only taking one partner at a time and then generally until death, may well, over their lives produce cubs from three or more fathers.

Cubs are raised by the extended family though by the age of ten have largely reached maturity at which time they tend to move away to complete their education or learn a profession. It is around this time that males form their large groups and gang fights are quite common both within cities and out in the wilderness. This accounts for a lot of deaths amongst the male population. Living fast and dying young is a way of life for the felini. Few males live beyond thirty years and rarely ever enter academic professions. There have been historical exceptions with a few notable venerable professors. In these cases though it has been noted that they have been smaller than average and never established a harem.

Upon the death of the dominant male, the harem will generally split. Quite often there is a period of negotiation between the females of other harems as to where they go though new males will invariably make themselves known (sometimes even before the old male has died).

Opera
One of the few aspects of their ancient culture to survive the transition to their current way of life is their appetite for live drama in the form of operas. They have little time for media as entertainment, even media presented using cutting edge virtual reality. Only on distant worlds with small felini populations will a media substitute be tolerated.



The Clans
The operas combine oral tradition of storytelling though heavily embellished to the point determining the slither of truth from the fantasy is a practically impossible. There are long drawn-out acts where the prima donna (they are always full female cast) can take the stage for more than an hour. Highly edited versions can be found for aliens on multi-special worlds. These are rarely more than the acrobatic scenes and a few voice-over explanations as to how the plot arrived there. They rarely make a lot of sense to non-felini.

The first felini encountered by the rest of the Peripheries (with the exception of the Flagritz) were called the Clans. These were encountered in the Cluster Periphery. They were technologically advanced and had a history that revealed their ancestors had some centuries ago been removed from their primitive homeworld and uplifted. There are a few unsubstantiated stories relating to their use as troops for the uplifting alien abductors. The war that destroyed the Dewiek Nation is thought to be instrumental in their history, leading to their free will to determine their own fate.

The Clans and the Felini have differing cultures in many areas, though from an outsider’s perspective they can appear similar. The most notable distinction is the role of the male. Males within the Clans live on average more than a decade longer than those from the homeworld – something both cultures are proud of for very different reasons. The males in the Clans also play a greater role in civilian government and technology.




 
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***** 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

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** STOP PRESS: Felini Victory ***

In an unexpected development, the FEL have scored a decisive victory against the FLZ. Destroying or maiming some 20 Flagritz Baseships in the Onwards system.

What is more remarkable than the victory was there was no subsequent comment by Crazy Uncle Flagritz. We might need to have a lie down now.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * DEN and FEL * Valhalla Fighting Pits * RIP smacked * &etc


 
***** Christmas Special Edition *****

*** Ho Ho Ho ***

Welcome to the SSS Christmas Special Edition! We the Editors have put together a nostalgic pudding treat intended to delight and tickle even the scroogiest megacorp executive. So gather your cubs, squidlets and larvae for some silliness and song. Time to catch up with some classics from years gone by, raise your glasses and drink your gluttony and shame away!

Wishing you all a merry Christmas free from Krampus Jones's invading armies!

The Editors


 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Claws Out in Valhalla ***

In a bold rebuke of Crazy Uncle Flagritz’s attacks in the Avalon system, the cunning Felini Nevets ordered a hit on a FLZ outpost in the Valhalla system. Claiming miscommunication with his warships, the mischevious Avatar cocked a snook at the washed-out Dewiek warrior in charge of the system whilst claiming an important victory in the often one-sided conflict against the FLZ.

This isn’t the first time the foxy Feline has masked daring-do in the shroud of incompetence. It remains to be seen whether this turns out as disastrously as the time when the FEL had to pay the costs of a war started by Prince-turned-meklan LiQuan.

Meower-in-chief Chamiah apologised for the incident in a public address laced with snickering subtext and unconcealed laughter when she got to the bit about the unfortunate loss of “5 FLZ Warships in Onwards.”

A second incident in Valhalla was reported the next day with mardy Magnus complaining he wasn’t getting his claws in on the action. Could this be the pithy ploy that puts the cat on the mat?

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Merc-y Wimbles * Valhalla Fighting Pits Get Weird * Profile of Lyceum Amaguk * &etc


 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Nun on the Run ***

Alleged cosplayer Carmilla D’Morenta got the vicars in the Brotherhood all hot and bothered when she made a run for it. Possibly tired of being tied up by the reverends and denied the love that dare not howl its name. With a sizeable, almost unbelievable, bounty on her head, the barking sister took refuge with the Dewiek Elder Nation.

In possibly the shortest chase in history, the BHD managed to strike a blow for oppressed collars everywhere when they squared off with the naughty doggy-wannabe at the Valhalla stargate. The cheeky chaplains blew their hyperdrive at close range and both the BHD and DEN flagged ships were reported to be lost in space.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * DEN Ban BHD * Ulian * FLZ in Avalon * Valhalla Fighting Pits * Interview with Carmilla * And more


 

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