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Stardate Important Events
202 Pope Mark Eaton rises to power, supplanting High Lord Samual as head of the Inner Confederacy. Jordan Roswell, Patriarch of the Brotherhood, in turn murders him. Confederate forces ally with House LiQuan and storm the Inner Brotherhood capturing Aquae Fortis in New Sol. Detinus Republic side with the reformed Confederacy in order to assault Imperial positions on the border of the civil-war-torn Inner Empire.
201 Body of deceased emperor Paul located in the Capellan periphery leading to a skirmish between the IMP and the CNF. Analysis of the body reveals a number of surprising finds. Discovery that both Jasil and Samual are clones. Jasil abdicates and the corporations see their chance to push for power. After a bloody civil war Prince Lysander with the remnant of the Imperial Stellar Patrol flees Inner Empire to an unknown location. Inner Confederacy in turmoil but heavily influenced by actions of the CIA and Brotherhood.
200 Krell with the aid of the Falconian Empire declare Inversion sovereign world and are attacked by the Empire. Rout is total and the Falconians retreat to Acropolis leaving the Krell to the Empire.
199 War between the Flagritz and the Empire erupts again. This time the Dominion aids the Empire. The conflict proves mostly decisive and the Flagritz are forced from the Capellan Periphery and into Twilight, beyond the stargate.
198 Hexamon with the aid of the TCA arrives in the Acrux system and wage war on the Dewiek for control of the Noctollis Periphery. They are defeated and what few remain colonise scattered planets throughout the Peripheries.
197 Rift in the Confederacy due to opposing views regarding slavery leads to the Detinus Republic seeking a new home. The Venice system becomes their latest capital. The Detinus Republic, Dewiek Elder Nation and the Dominion sign the 3D Alliance. This shapes the future of the Peripheries for the next few years.
196 Skord is given to the KAS in a treaty signed by the Empire and the Kastorian Military Junta. Clans attack the Dominion forcing their retreat from the Cluster into newly discovered Dewiek territory.
195 War over the ancient artefact in Skord is fought between the Empire and the Confederacy. Both sides lose most of their fleets. The Cluster is discovered along with the alien races Clans (feline), Dewiek and the Dominion (humans - barely). Initial skirmishes between the Clans and the Empire determine borders.
194 Detinus Republic betrays humanity and sides with Flagritz in a war against the Empire. War ends in stalemate. Detinus Republic flees the Capellan Periphery and encounters the faction of the Confederacy, currently colonising the Darkfold Periphery. A truce is called.
193 The FET colony Port Royale launches a missile strike against SSL colony Pitstop. The FET claims that the SSL were going to let the DTR use the colony as a base for an offensive against them. The Emperor decries the act and the SSL colony is evacuated. The DTR declares war on the FET over anti DTR propaganda they claim was spread by the FET. A Flagritz scout ship is seen in the Blagard system. Some ships are destroyed by baseships in the further reaches of the periphery. In the face of the Flagritz threat the DTR and FET reach an amicable agreement, the war ends. The affiliations start to look at the threat posed by the Flagritz.
192 First contact with the alien race the Flagritz is made in Inferno system. They warn explorers off, but do not fire.
175-180 Settling of Capellan System encounters the Detinus Republic, now having been isolated for four decades. Aliens such as the Naplians and Kastorians are encountered by humans.
175 Great Expansion. Emperor Jasil pushes new expansion into Capellan Periphery. Following the confirmed discovery of sentient aliens, Jasil establishes a large blockade in the naturally restricted region of space leading to the Capellan Periphery. This region of mines and platforms effectively seals the Inner Empire off from the Peripheries.
165 SMS 'officially' discover Capellan Periphery and encounter various sentient alien species. Encounter with Falconian Empire leads to the death of all hands.
158-163 Confederacy is established in a set of systems on the far side of a system containing a star rapidly approaching RR-Lyrae phase in its evolution. Civilians and disgruntled nobles increase its population until the star effectively closes the door forever. More than 20 million have made the journey.
158-170 Years of recovery. In the year 162 a ban on any faction carrying weaponry within the Empire is established.
155-158 The Brotherhood, backed by certain Noble Houses is defeated. In light of the nuclear devastation that has swept many worlds, the Tau Ceti Convention banning chemical, biological and nuclear warfare is signed. Following this Samual and his host flee the Empire. The remaining New Harmony Church is reduced in both power and status.
153-155 Samual's first edicts is to free the church from tax and impose heavy levies on the merchant corporations. Hostility breaks out and civil war erupts. Samual and Jasil, sons of Emperor Paul vie for control of Empire. Samual backed by Church, Jasil backed by Merchant Corporations.
152 Samual not killed but actually taken and raised by power seeking New Harmony Church faction. New Harmony Church faction, known as the Brotherhood declare Samual the Prophet of the True One and reintroduce him to society where he is recognized as first born by Emperor Paul on his death bed and therefore next in line to the throne.
137 Detinus Republic cedes away from the Empire and is attacked. Those that can, flee beyond the Empire. Emperor Justin dies, Prince Paul coroneted Emperor at age of 76.
132-136 Prince Paul, son of Emperor Justin secretly known to be barren approaches New Harmony Church for aid. Paul has secret son Samual - Accident kills Samual and mother. Paul has second son Jasil - becomes heir apparent.
131-136 Trouble brewing as a number of faction led by the Detinus Republic start talk of rebellion.
0-180 Human Terran Empire founded. Slowly expands through space colonising a number of stars, which later becomes the Inner Empire.
Pre Empire
240 Titan Supernova - Hive faction splintered. Hive found Fake. Hexamon takes slow boats with TCA faction of sentient ships.
265 Civil war on Kastor. Splintering of Kastorian race. Kastor left radioactive waste - population enter cryogenic sleep. Yank founded by Kastorians - terraforming of Yank worlds.
270-300 Dewiek declare war on Architects. Dominion faction arrives in the Peripheries. Invasion of Darkfold periphery by Meklan and TCA.
900 Dyson Sphere started.
2,000 Ringworld of Acrux Built.
2,000-15,000 Architects enter the Peripheries, seed races. These include the Clans (Felini). They are also believed to tamper with genetic code of various evolved but low intelligence species.
Unkown Aliens build the Stargates.


Early History  [Recruit]



This atttempts to try and piece together the fragments which form the history of the Peripheries. In collating these fragments it was found that more questions were raised than answered and in some cases evidence for mutually exclusive events have been unearthed. Maybe with greater digging somebody will be able to solve the mystery although I suspect that in decades to come xeno-archeologists will be as baffled as myself.



Of Architects and Dewiek

It is commonly accepted that the biggest influence on the development of the Peripheries has been the enigmatic race known only as the Architects. What is commonly known about them is that they are some form of sentient species capable of moving through space. This has placed them in the category of sentient ship although this is presumably a misnomer or ambiguous at best.

The greatest source of information regarding the Architects comes from the Dewiek accounts detailing the war between these two races. As such it is almost certain that some form of bias will exist regarding the description of the Architects as little more than domineering planet killers intent on the eradication of the Dewiek and its great nation.

The facts are that the Architects did indeed unleash some plague at the height of the Dewiek power, reducing them to a few isolated star systems on the edge of the Peripheries for more than half a millennia. It is also known that they systematically wiped out the remains of the Dewiek warfleet, leaving hulks drifting in space or broken on the ice fields of airless moons.

Yet despite being capable of near total genocide, the Architects have left some of the greatest feats of civil engineering known. The ringworld of Acrux was truly a marvel; at least it was according to salvaged works of the Dewiek prior to its fragmentation during the war. Now sections of the ring are slowly drifting apart and at least one section is close to falling into the star.

Dyson, is still pretty much off limits to explorers but if rumours of naked singularities and artificial wormholes are to be believed leaves Acrux as a poor forerunner.



So why did the Architects, a race of space dwelling sentient starships build worlds? What possible use could they have?

Then there is the question of Janth, reputedly the centre of the Dewiek nation of old. This world is populated by many different species. Even today radiation levels are such that the civilisation present on the world is a poor second to that which once existed.

The presence of so many species is curious. It appears reasonable that they are the descendents of those brought to the world by the Dewiek during their days are great explorers. Yet despite this, very few worlds with indigenous populations have any technology utilised by the Dewiek. This hints at darker designs for the sentient life taken to the central worlds of the nation. Were they willing colonists or could they have in fact been slaves to the single dominant star system spanning species. Could this have been the ground for the war between the Architects and the Dewiek? This would certainly seem to cast a very different image to the Architects than that ascribed to them by the Dewiek.



What happened to the Architects?

The rediscovery of the Dewiek Home Periphery, the origin of their species shattered the illusion that the Dewiek suffered a Pyrrhic victory over the Architects, destroying them as they themselves succumbed to the disease. They were in fact almost entirely wiped out and only the closing of the stargate into the Pocket Periphery prevented their total destruction.

This raises the question as to whatever happened to the Architects. Rumours persist that they are still wandering through the outer edges of systems in the cold darks of space beyond the stable range of ISR fields around stars.



Stargates

While there are hints of truly ancient works and artefacts such as the artificial mind spanning the space between worlds, having listened to echoes on the ether for millions of years, or the sentient ocean capable of replicating objects, the oldest confirmed and commonly used artefacts are the stargates.

These are now believed to have been built by a species that existed even before the Architects although there is no forthcoming indication as to whom they may have been.

Maybe at one time there were more stargates, maybe all connected to each other, maybe there are still some out there waiting to be discovered. If this is the case maybe all it requires is knowledge of a specific system and it is possible to visit original system of the creators of the stargate. Who could imagine what wonders lay in wait?



 
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  Star Date: 221.30.5

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RAGNAROK COMES

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A Forlorn Hope

The seat of Dewiek Government has fallen. What began as a small group of Architect ships picking up retreating DEN forces, amalgamated into a much larger force. The bombardment fleet comprised dozens of Adult ARC ships plus several Planet Killers. The force made short work of the impressive fortifications of the planetary orbit of Newstart. Multiple heavily armoured and maximised deflector shield platforms crumbled. They did so only after releasing their volleys of antimatter and nova weapon batteries. Any DEN warships that remained from earlier encounters also stood the line. But within the week, the last defence was gone.

Bombardment of Wolf Lair starbase proceeded without further resistance from the Dewiek. ARC Plasmas ripped through starbase shields. They demolished tens of thousands of factories and research facilities. The ARC demolished the huge military recruitment and training facilities on the planet. Over half a million trained troops evacuated from deep bunkers, leaving a token ground defence.

The ARC were not satisfied to burn the facilities and murder the workers. They deployed repeated salvos of their Virus Bombs on the wider population. Reports began to arrive of civilians of the world regressing. Leaving settlements and returning to nature. Much as the Dewiek found themselves some decades ago when they started to recover from the First Great ARC-DEN War. This time there was no High Lord Magnus willing to obliterate the world to save a remnant of the people. Newstart was already lost.

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Newstart is lost

 
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  Star Date: 221.27.2

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RAGNAROK APPROACHES

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End Game Lost

A short-lived period of peace followed the Dewiek Elder Nation’s historic and Saga-worthy defence against the Architect Planet Killers. A handful of the more typically encountered ARC ships were spotted picking off DEN support ships in Forlorn Hope before more than forty of them appeared back in End Game.

While the ARC “Adult” class ships, as the DEN had previously classified them, were eight times smaller than the “Planet Killers”, they were still as big as the largest ships any other species has managed to produce. Including the otherwise technologically advanced Dewiek.

Forty-four of these Plasma armed organic vessels smashed through the DEN forces left circling the orbit of Beacon, End Game. The mass of ARC weapons bombarded the DEN Shipyards at Ragnorak with their superheated ionized gas, razing the entire outpost to the ground.

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ARC Plasma weapons devastate End Game

 
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  Star Date: 221.22.5

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RAGNAROK BECKONS

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Assault on End Game

The ancient Architects have declared war on the Dewiek Elder Nation. The first sign of the conflict was subspace transmissions in a remote system in the Pocket Periphery. This followed reports that the ancient Ragnarok shipyards on Beacon were malfunctioning. In response, the Wolf Mother sent urgent orders to several Dewiek scout ships to patrol the End Game system.

The Konungr Smidamadr was the first to encounter the gigantic, “Planet Killer” class ARC ships. Measuring in at thirty-two hundred heavy hulls and armed with a hundred ARC plasma weapons, the ship was more like a mobile armed platform. It is certainly the largest vessel ever recorded. The scout ship was vaporised instantly.

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ARC Planet Killer dwarves largest DEN warships

 
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  Star Date: 221.11.4

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Caste Apart

The Flagritz Republic is (very nearly) no more. In its place, a single Hexamon and Flagritz power has arisen. The new Collective has absorbed much of the Flagritz holdings with only a handful of Clique-caste Flagritz systems choosing instead to align with the other Elder species, the Dewiek.

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Flagritz and Hexamon Hybrids - A hope for the Future?

 
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  Star Date: 221.3.3

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Meklanmania

Meklan scout ships continue to be seen around the Orion Spur periphery. These cyborg creatures in service of hidden ancient masters appear to be terrorising the Wimble Nation in particular. Despite public lamentations against the hardship of defending themselves, the Wimble leadership have not yet responded to our request for comment.

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Artist's impression of a Meklanised Wimble

However, Xavier Fox, CEO of Galactic Transport and Trade, did give us the following statement:

“We have engaged several Meklan ships, although currently the source has not been identified. GTT Directors have been running patrols and have engaged and destroyed numerous ships that have attacked outlying outposts belonging to different affiliations. The pattern of ships encountered leads us to believe there is a central source, but until that is found we would suggest any affiliation with assets in the area provide adequate defences.”

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Doomsday On Pause

At the site of the Thete anomaly, the Dewiek Nation has sent media sensation Sharon Aleman to the scene. Aleman, whose cybernetic enhancements allow her to directly interface with her ship’s sensor array, led her hardened crew into a dive of the outermost “edge” of the anomaly. After spending several days collecting and analysing data (mere minutes to the rest of us outside the anomaly), Aleman reported her shocking discoveries.

 
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  Star Date: 220.50.5

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Veil Lifted on Flagritz Home Space

As the Hellcadium ISR field continues to fluctuate, one of the newly exposed systems is Junista inside the previously hidden and inaccessible home periphery of the Flagritz Republic.

Over the past few weeks Flagritz Republic patrols and platforms have dealt with a number of scout ships from the Human Empire as the IMP wasted no time in exploiting this opportunity to poke around in their old enemy’s backyard. It is understood that at least one of these unarmed scouts was destroyed with no one willing to estimate how many more might be buzzing around.

Coincidentally, suspected IMP lackey, SSL TOAD, has also been overheard showing an obsessive interest in the Flagritz periphery. However, we have received no reports of this being anything other than his usual drug-fueled, barely decipherable mutterings at this stage.

Either way, this sudden, uninvited interest in the Flagritz Periphery has left the FLZ leadership muttering darkly about appropriate measures being taken. Defensive fleets and supporting structures are being deployed in the Junista system and beyond in expectation of further uninvited guests.

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When You stare into the Flagritz Periphery...

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Thete's Timey-Wimey Tease

Investigation into the Thete anomaly continued in the Dewiek Pocket Periphery. The anomaly was scanned from all angles by a number of the Dewiek Nation’s best sensor ships and officers. The data, collected over several weeks, was sent to one of the DEN’s most advanced scientific laboratories for analysis.

What they found will shock you!

 
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  Star Date: 220.45.1

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Perfidion Reached

Long speculated by theoretical Stellar Cartographers, Perfidion Reach finally opened in the last few weeks. Immediately, the Detinus Republic boldly staked a claim on the first accessible system, Hellcadium. Only time will tell the true value of this strategic move but their much-taunted bureaucracy may have finally proved its worth.

Early reports from scans of the system reveal a wildly fluctuating ISR field. Rumours suggest that at least one ship was destroyed as it was forced into an asteroid belt chasing a stable jump field attempting to exit the system. Casual travellers are warned away from the system at this time for their own safety. Leave it to skilled explorers and navigation officers.

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Mathematical model of Hellcadium ISR Field.

We spoke to Captain Zakiyah Ummahi via subspace link. Zakiyah led the first DEN expedition into the Perfidion Reach. "Spirits remain high but this is largely down to the extended R&R we were all forced to take immediately prior to jumping into this hole. Initial scouting reports show at least one planet with plenty of forests and grasslands which might help if we're going to be stuck here for Folkvar knows how long waiting for this damned ISR field to stabilise."

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Valhalla Stargate Reopens

Dewiek engineers and scientists have finally managed to re-enable Stargate Valgrind this week and the protective Exclusion Zone is to be lifted. If DEN investigators discovered who caused the gate to malfunction, or why, they were not willing to share it with us. Military sources, however, have announced a project to provide a significant boost to the already formidable defence platform in the stargate’s orbit.

 
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*** Inter Galactic News ***

Empire - DEN action grinds to a halt

After months of tension relations between the Empire and the Dewiek Nation, which rose to several large scale fleet actions ending in the DEN losing over 60 Direwolf warships in Solo, things appear to have moved from antagonistic to unfriendly. With the Solo system being a particular issue an agreement has been reached between the Wolf Mother of the DEN and Xavier Fox of the GTT. Since this things have become very quiet, not just because the shooting has stopped, but also because my reporters have been on their summer holidays.
 
News For Discerning Naplians!
---- Special Galactic Edition ----



(The Host sits at his desk as the studio lights dim, and a single spotlight bathes him in light. He looks straight into the camera and begins to speak: )

Host: Naambta!
Good Greetings, and welcome to the show.

This is News for Discerning Naplians, and i’m sure you are all showing much impatience to see this week’s Panel Discussion. We will be discussing religion with the Lady Ghadir of the Temple of Ya Zoon, renowned neo-naplian spiritualist Chairman TonTon, and a very special guest from our imperial neighbours, Bishop Samantha Porteus of the Brotherhood. But before we get to that...

(Looks demonstratively at his digital wrist watch. )

... it is time for a word from our sponsor.
 
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