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SSS - 208.46  [Recruit]

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FET Demand
There has been a surprise demand levelled by the FET this week against the Children Of Hexos for the return of the Starbase Ves Ghorman. The FET CEO released the following statement:

From:Zuvoro Norozov FET CEO
To:Emperor Hexos
Subject:Request concerning the legal ownership of Ves Ghorman.

It is my sad duty to inform you that you are currently illegally in possession of a FET facility, namely the base you call Ves Ghorman(previously known as FET Yokosuka).Below you will find extracts from historical documents concerning the capture and subsequent illegal sale of said base.
Although 10 years have passed the base is legally FET property and we formally request that you return it to us forthwith.
The FET Board of Directors realise that the current COH leadership probably has no knowledge of the history of this base and do not hold you personally responsible for the actions of your predecessors. In light of that FET are willing to let you remove all the Principles,Techniques,Blueprints and Ground Troops that may be located at the base, if you return Yokosuka to us.
But, if you decide not to return it to it’s rightful owners FET will have to take a more direct approach to recover our property. This would start with a blockade of the planet.
With Respect.
Zuvoro Norozov

A number of eyebrows have been raised around the Peripheries regarding this demand, particularly given the 10 years that have passed since the Starbase was taken by the CIA and sold on, which has raised some interesting possibilities about other starbases whose return might next be demanded.
The COH agreed to return the base, and it is understood the arrangement was made as amicably as one could imagine possible. The FET have given the COH a generous amount of time to evacuate their technology and holdings from the base before its return.

FLZ Nuclear Weapons Story Develops
The story of the FLZ vessel that deployed nuclear missiles and had slaves on-board has taken a very interesting twist this week, as the FLZ authorities have spoken to our reporters, and issued the following statement:

”The FLZ is proud to announce that the Consortium warship we captured intact as detailed by the Felini, and subject to their botched FEL boarding attempt, is now safe and very well. The now FLZ warship reacted to the boarding action with extreme prejudice, dispatching the designated FEL boarder, a 150 hull ship without suffering any damage or casualties. The FLZ warship then left the area and engaged many chasing FEL ships at long range successfully. We are currently downloading activities of this ships log and interrogating the Felini that remain after our seizure of this CONSORTIUM Class ship. The smear campaign launched by the Felini to discredit our capture is frankly pathetic."
It will no doubt be impossible to tell which side is telling the truth in the murky world of the FLZ/FEL conflict, but with the Flagritz now claiming that the nuclear armed ship was originally a Felini vessel, and consistent with several previously observed Consortium ship designs, there is now a question mark hanging over the whole affair.

The AFT outpost captured by pirates last week has seen a lot of action, with a strong AFT and SMS strike fleet dropping into orbit to bombard both the pirates at the outpost, and those still on the ground.
It is understood the orbital bombardment took the pirates completely by surprise, and a large number of pirate troops and tanks were annihilated in the open, with the defenders at the outpost also taking a pounding as over half the outpost was reduced to rubble.
An AFT assault force then moved in on the ground to successfully recapture the outpost, taking minimal casualties, after only one or two false starts.
Minimal that is until a GTT strike fleet arrived unannounced in orbit and opened fire on the recently recaptured outpost, which was unfortunately still flying pirate flags, resulting in moderate loss of life amongst the victorious AFT attackers.

Pirate Large
Everybody’s favourite mass murdering psychopath has been rather quiet lately, but Pirate Large has issued the following transmission regarding a success of a couple of weeks ago that had not previously been brought to light:

Ahhharrgghhh me hearties…………..
It be aye……………..
Pirate Large…………….
It be a week or 2 ago when I tooks a ship, an I cannee belive I didn tell yee abouts it.
Then again I as been busy, an me regular visits to the Jiggly room is taking me time and me money, but hey what a joint it be.
The FEL ship EF CROWN OF RA-HERU (69608)be a 50 hulled warship aye she be, not a match for thee.
One o me new purpose built boarders be in action, the Deathly Hallows, tooled up for the job, lined up again the ship in the capellan system and dodged the incoming fire.
100 victims on board thar be, all Felini, an me boys gets all excited when I says this ship be full, but they be slightly depressed when they gets on board aye, well expect fer pervy pete, he be inte anything.
Anyways as yee can guess the ship be a taken and all wen well.
[Filthy joke censored]
any ways im sure you will hear more from the Glorious Adventures of the
pirate ship Large(and friends).............aahaaarrgh

Pirate Destroyed
The Imperial services have destroyed the pirate ship Ghost of Tychoon in orbit of Baruch.

Mos Eisley
Reports are reaching our newsroom of a navigational error caused by there being two facilities in the Peripheries named Mos Eisley. The EEM have yet to update their navigational records, resulting in a tailback in several systems.
Travellers are advised to check their maps before departure.

Pirate Destroyed
The pirate ship Eyes Of Large, another small scout vessel, has been destroyed by an Imperial trip-wire platform in the Starling system.

Skirmish in Yank
A Falconian warship has accidentally fired on a Flagritz freighter in the Yank system.
The Falconian Government were quick to offer a full apology and to pay reparations for the unfortunate incident – just the latest in a long line of inadvertent battles triggered in the Yank system by various parties over the years.

Pirate Destroyed
DTR Patrol forces have intercepted and destroyed the pirate ship Nose Of Large – yet another small scout/spy vessel – in the Venice system.

IND destroyed
The IND Vessel Eyes Of Calypso has been destroyed whilst attempting to enter a DTR restricted zone.
Yet again all IND vessels are reminded they have to register with the DTR authorities before attempting to transit DTR space, lest they get blasted into atoms.

The Wolfpack pirates have successfully captured a FCN freighter in the Titan system. Whereupon all manner of weirdness that frankly we here at the IGN newsroom can’t even begin to understand took place.
It was probably all the fault of the CIA though.

Sinister Goings On
The FLZ have been implicated in absolutely nothing at all this week as a suspicious looking FLZ freighter was scanned and found to be carrying nothing more sinister than some wheat. An un-named source has been quoted as saying, “Curse those vile Flagritz for being up to absolutely nothing at all apart from some innocent trading!”

QNG Scientists Discover Selves
In a breakthrough for QNG science, a group of dedicated scientists have announced that they have successfully discovered themselves.
We can only speculate where this sort of daring cutting edge stuff might lead.

Editor: Simon Field - sss [dot] editor [at] googlemail [replacetoavoidspamdot] com

Subspace Static - 208.47  [Recruit]

No issue for this week.

SSS - 208.48  [Recruit]

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Doubt Cast On FET Claim
The FET claim on the COH Starbase Ves Ghorman was cast into serious doubt this week as several sources were able to come forward with information that proved beyond shadow of a doubt that they FET claim was in error, and they did in fact have no valid legal basis on which to demand the return of Ves Ghorman.
The FET director was quick to withdraw his claim, and apologise for having made the mistake, but the Peripheries are asking – did the FET make a genuine mistake, or were they trying to pull a fast one over the newly arrived COH leadership?
Have the FET been taking lessons from the RIP in dodgy dealings?
Only time will tell.

Our elite investigative reporters are able to reveal that the dread Wimble/Mohache alliance has done absolutely nothing sinister this week.
Suspicious isn’t it?

DTR Under Attack
Pirates have struck in the Venice system, prompting Michelle Diaz, the one time glorious leader of the DTR, to appear in front of cameras to deliver the following statement. It should be noted that Ms Diaz was wearing a charcoal grey Kartier And Sachs designer outfit, and shoes encrusted with River Diamonds and what appeared to be the beautiful glinting souls of innocent children.
“Last Friday Pirate scum launched 2 attacks on DTR Outposts in the Venice system. Clearly PIRATE Blackpool Weekender 01 (24395) thought that they were going to have a big party but after 2 short rounds the only thing left of the 160 human soldiers were bits of blood and entrails.
PIRATE GROUND PARTY Blackpool Weekender 02 (33619) had a bit more success capturing an outpost consisting of a single Hiport and nothing else since there was nothing there worth arsing over. These twats must be truly sad if they think partying on an airless barren rock is fun. At least DTR guns will relieve the hangover in the morning.
Maybe the pirates should come up with a new motto. How about 'Join the sad wanker crew, party with a rock and die in the morning'. Sounds sad enough to fit a pirates life.”

Wolfpack Demand Headline Billing
Feeling very pleased with themselves this week, the Wolfpack pirates have captured two warships. Both broadsword class heavy cruisers, one from the SMS and the other from the FET. Unfortunately headline billing this week has already been filled, so the Wolfpack are once again relegated to the middle-pages.
It is a worrying development however that warship marine compliments can no longer hold off a determined pirate, but it is understood that in both cases the Wolfpack attacked with almost an entire battalion of troops – enough to see off most warships crews.
The Wolfpack issued the following transmission with more details of one of the actions:
“One of my scouts doing a scan picked up an SMS broadsword in Titan.
No other ships in orbit so the local Wolfpack ship went in.....
SMS SHIP EI-E COLWYN BAY (2976) - {75 Heavy Hulls}
Broadsword Class Heavy Cruiser {Heavy Armour}
Plenty of defensive fire and mkIII missiles.
After taking minor damage the hatch to the Colwyn Bay was blown open and the marines swarmed in.
Boarding Action for the Control of SMS EI-E Colwyn Bay (2976)
Round 1: Battle is 47: 6 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 15.39% control [84.61%]
0.36% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 49: 6 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 17% control [67.62%]
3.4% chance of losing control
Round 3: Battle is 43: 5 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 20.49% control [47.13%]
14.78% chance of losing control

SMS EI-E Colwyn Bay (2976) has fallen to the attackers.
They fought well but the yellow streak showed through in the end.
Another prisoner. Running out of cells now so starting to charge rent.
Yvette Delorean (#1) {SMS Prisoner}
No prisoners released until cell rent paid in full.
Going to use rent money to put up a new officers hotel when they come to visit at the Wolf-Lair.

Thats 2 broadswords in one week thanks to the SMS and FET.
This was HHmkIII. Nice bonus!”

The Adamski system has been returned to the IMP in accordance with the terms of the peace treaty between the IMP and the DTR.
The handover was marked by a speech from the DTR foreign Minister Cassius Jerusalem in which he praised the new found era of peace and co-operation, stating how happy he and his government are to work together with the Imperial services.

Pirate Large
The foul and repellant, loathsome stained rugose and squamous pirate Large has been boasting of his victories once again:
“Ahharrgghhh me hearties……………… It be Aye…………… Pirate Large………………..
Me boys be loiterin in the yank system an spotted the FLZ ship X-QNGFLZShipbuilder-38 (12258), now it be an unusual name to say the least, a 100 light huller she be, ready fer takin by thee.
The Blue Tit be sent to take her on, an succeed she did, 50 Hive marines be on board, but me boys did the job an anuuver ship be a taken.
I thought the name be a bit funny as were the cargo, a do it your self outpost setup kit and ship supplies??
5 Basic Module mkII (411)
30 Heavy Organic Hull (88) - 100 mus
5 Industrial Module (400) - 40 mus
5 Military Module mkII (406) - 30 mus
5 Structural Module (420) - 40 mus
5 Transport Module (415) - 40 mus

Anyways suffice to say I manages to get the ship away and jobs a good en.
any ways im sure you will hear more from the Glorious Adventures of the
pirate ship Large(and friends).............aahaaarrgh”

Imperial Trade Statement
“The Imperial Services are pleased to be able to announce the future restoration of the markets at Cape Riva (1166), on booker in the Audrey system. As governor of this facility I am pleased to again open the market on the famous booker steaks, with 40K being added each Friday, which along with a number of other items will shortly go on sale on the public markets. Now comes my dilemma, what to buy or at least offer to buy to make the market a 2 way sales agreement.
So this is where you come in, I had gotten to the letter 'c' in my known item list and largely lost the will to live, in an attempt to create a market that sell's as well as buys I am looking to you help me out with items that you might like to sell, obviously I am interested in anything 0.8+ source value, on which I would think prices of up to x15+ source can be offered. This said I am also willing to look at just about anything else with prices reflecting the best I can obtain from systems within the empire.
Two way markets are hard to find in this age, your help is required to make it viable and economically sound, please contact me with anything you think might be of interest, there is much more profit to be made than selling locally to your own markets.
As always, but on this occasion to a more general audience, I trust this finds you well.”

COH Join Consortium
The following press release has been issued:
Greetings Peripheries!
It is my privilege to announce the COH has been accepted into the Consortium. While many are pondering why we did this let me explain. In the past the COH has been known for evil acts throughout known space. Without a doubt our past history is one which is dark. But since I have taken over the COH as Emperor, I feel that it is in our best interests to observe democracy as our closest allies the FCN have done. I feel that the COH can learn from those affiliations that put people first. We can end slavery throughout the galaxy and bring peace to nations torn with strife. I pledge my support to the Consortium and all that we can offer. We will root out tyrants throughout the galaxy and liberate those peoples who are oppressed. Together we CAN make a difference. So I ask the people throughout the peripheries, will you stand up and fight for freedom or lay down and die at the hands of your enemies!
As a race not being bound by a hive collective our members can chose their destiny and the people have spoken. From this day forward a new dawn has emerged. I would like to thank all those who were and weren't involved in my decision. A toast to a New Beginning! A toast to Freedom! A toast to our new Democracy and friendship with the FCN!
I will be releasing those who have been promoted to the senate within the COH to the news media soon. Our offices are still working this out and will have an update next week.
Emperor Hexos.

The Flagritz have issued the following statement regarding recent pirate activity:

“A second attack from the Pirates was similarly crushed this week by the FLZ in the orbit of the stargate.
401 x Human Veteran Soldiers were crushed under foot by FLZ superior technology and Hive eating habits.
WOLFPACK WINS EVERY TIME (8363) ........failed to win this time.
3 hive marines were reported missing with stomach ache, apparently humans don't taste as good as Falconians.
Rumours of a lost freighter in Yank are confirmed although ... the Battle report was not forthcoming...”

The AFT outpost that was taken by pirates a few weeks ago and subsequently recaptured, has seen a few unfortunate blue-on-blue friendly fire incidents. Or in other words, it got recaptured and then blown to crap by all manner of over-enthusiastic ship captains.
It is at this point questionable how much of the outpost remains. However, at least all of the attacking pirates were killed, one way or another.

Pirate Destroyed
The pirate scout Ghost Of Adamski has been destroyed by DTR defensive fire in, you guessed it, the Adamski system.

Pirate Victory
A pirate ground force has successfully captured a couple of small Falconian mining outposts in the Storm system.

Pirate Destroyed
The DTR are reporting the destruction of the pirate ship Ghost Of Arachnid, by defensive platforms in orbit of Agelenidea.

Pirate Destroyed
A busy week for the DTR as they chalk up yet another pirate kill, this time the scout ship ghost of Ruin in the, wait, you figure out which system it was destroyed in. Go on. We know you can do it.

Pirate Large
Rumours are circulating that pirate Large may be present in the Starling system, looking for potential targets. All travellers are advised to take care.

**Periphery Classifieds**

Would the owner of CIA Shadowland (4748) please make contact.
In Harvest & Trade!
Sees with Knowledge - MOH

Hey You!
Could the governors of the following starbases please contact me by PM to discuss trade opportunties:
Consul Darius

COH Origins
The COH (hexamon) were not created by the ARC, nor were they modified, they came from Mnemosyne in the Titan system.
The ARC instructed the TCA to remove the COH (Hexamon) from the planet as the star was dying.
The TCA did this but could not jump out due to the breakdown of the ISR field. So had to go slow boat.
They ended up in the DEN systems 400 years later or so where the 3 D alliance trashed them.
The COH have never had to used queens to produced they had a birthrate in BSE.
They do not have a Hive mind so to speak but have free will.
They can use hive queens to produce eggs, which in BSE times you could create workers/soldiers etc.
Hope this clears a few things up

Blackthorne Shipping
Now serving the IMP, GTT and FET.
Kyle Blackthorne at your service! Need that little something moved from point A to point B and can't spare your own ships? PM me and I'm sure we can work something out. "Sensitive" items most welcome.

Editor: Simon Field - sss [dot] editor [at] googlemail [replacetoavoidspamdot] com

Subspace Static - 208.49  [Recruit]

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Subspace Static - 208.50  [Recruit]

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SSS - 208.51  [Recruit]

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Warfare Erupts In Flagritz Space
Reports are reaching the newsroom of a major Flagritz offensive carried out against Consortium targets.
The FLZ war-room released the initial following statement:
“Currently there is a limited black out on all information relating to FLZ Naval Victories within the FHP.
The FLZ high command can report that the "Cuss'arge" has started and the enemy are suffering.
SMS and FEL combined fleet forces have been engaged by one squadron of the FLZ Empire. Many of their ships exploded and lie severely damaged.”
Inter-Galactic News reporters embedded with the SMS fleet were able to witness first hand the destruction of a large number of SMS and FEL warships when a fleet of around 60 FLZ battleships entered orbit and opened fire with massed ranks of Missile and Torpedo fire.
12 SMS Ship Of The Line Class 100 HH warships were destroyed, along with three Felini 125 HH Sabretooth Snarl class Capital Ships.
The second day of the battle saw the FLZ vessels apparently attempting to disengage, as most of them had exhausted their ammunition, at which point Consortium reinforcements arrived and were able to start inflicting some damage on the FLZ. Several FCN vessels launched successful boarding attempts, capturing four FLZ ships before the Flagritz strike fleet were able to withdraw in good order having lost four 200 NH carriers and eight 60NH support vessels in total, which cast a slight pall over what was otherwise a significant Flagritz naval victory. Several more heavily damaged SMS and FEL warships were finished off as the FLZ departed the battle.
Early reports indicate that there are many survivors amongst the wrecked ships, and SMS admirals are reporting they hope to recover most of their people. Reports also indicate a surprising amount of salvage has been left behind following this space battle.
There are many stories of individual bravery, but a nod of respect has to go to the SMS captain who managed to hold his ship together despite it having taken something in the region of 80-90% damage.

SMS Bombardment Success
An SMS battlefleet is currently bombarding a large pile of ore. And has been for some weeks now. But they did take a brief break to bombard one of their own ships.
We could explain more, but frankly the story is funnier this way.

Pirates Defeated
The FLZ have released the following report:
”400 x Pirate Human Veteran Soldiers (PIRATE Wolfpack returns (80341)) attempted to board the platform late this week.
They bounced off the platform landing onto the Outpost. They were met by forces loyal to the FLZ Empire.
In one days firefight, 178 Pirate human veterans were exterminated and added to the growing bone pile.
The Hive forces were kept behind the lines to prevent choking hazards, leaving the advance force of new naplians and humans to try their hand.
The enemy managed to find a way through one tank's armour somehow to a cartridge which blew up the tank and a few soldiers nearby. The local FLZ commander has been called in to explain why not all 400 veterans were not exterminated in one day. "Apparently he said many landed on top of our tanks in disorder and we could not shoot them all Sir !"

The FLZ force suffered the loss of:
1 Battle Tank mkII (826)
2 Human Marines (506)
2 Naplian Marines (554)
2 Naplian Soldiers (555)”

With the Wolfpack pirate group continuing to deny involvement, it seems as if somebody is persisting in their impersonation efforts, as they launch yet another unsuccessful strike against the FLZ.

DIE Attack
A new group of pirates, calling themselves the DIE, have launched a number of raids against the Falconian Empire recently. Reports indicate they have successfully captured a couple of mining outposts that were subsequently destroyed by orbital bombardment.

Fireworks Over Capella
The Imperial News Wire has been carrying the following story:
“Recently a battle report was generated over Capella when ground forces in Fort Krieger destroyed a PIRate GP that was hidden inside the hulls of a captured PIRate ship, Wrath of Large. The CAPtured Wrath of Large was docked at Fort Krieger and the PIRate GP was forcibly expelled from inside the ship and refused all orders to drop weapons. Maintainence workers are now spreading sand over the blood stains as that is all that was left.”
Speculation is rife as to why a pirate ground party might have been hiding away inside the ship.

FET Implicated In Piracy
Hot on the heels of their recent embarrassment having attempted to claim a COH Starbase, the FET have found themselves embroiled in another controversial story when the Falconian Empire implicated one of the FET members of involvement in pirate activities.
It seems a FET surveillance vessel has been a regular visitor to a number of locations shortly before they have been attacked by the DIE group of pirates, leading to speculation that the FET ship in question has been passing intel to the pirates.
The FET Director reacted angrily to this allegation, and promptly took the matter public to make his denial, even going so far as to raise the spectre of war – an eventuality that the FCN were quick to deny they were pursuing.

Wolfpack News
The Wolfpack pirates are reporting a new success:
“Wolfpack 005 was cruising through Kasmer and spotted a nice little FET freighter.
The next day it pulls up alongside and several hundred marines charge in.
All the FET crew die immediately, with the exception of John "Big Balls" Astor the FET officer who single-handedly defends the ship for half a day before the weight of numbers overpowers him.

Boarding Action for the Control of FET Beaver03 (72212)
Round 1: Battle is 2400:7 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.75% control [75.25%]
1.52% chance of losing control
Round 2: Battle is 480:1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.78% control [50.47%]
12.15% chance of losing control
Round 3: Battle is 480:1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.92% control [25.56%]
41.25% chance of losing control
Round 4: Battle is 480:1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.88% control [0.68%]
97.98% chance of losing control

FET Beaver03 (72212) has fallen to the attackers.
Incoming Fire from PIRATE Beaver03 (72212)
Round 1: 4 Human Crew - 1 [4] damage, 1 Officer - 0 [10] damage
Round 2: 1 Officer - 0 [10] damage
Round 3: 1 Officer - 0 [10] damage

Having survived the encounter, and as the Wolfpack did not lose a single man during the operation, John "Big Balls" Astor is enroute to the Wolf-Lair with the penthouse of the officer hostage hotel reserved for him. We do admire bravery.
He will be released to the FET should they want him back, as all officers will be for a small charge.”
We here at the IGN newsroom congratulate the Wolfpack for their spelling abilities, if not their pirate activities.

Something confusing but important has happened in the Varitang system, but our elite team of crack reporters aren’t quite sure what happened, and why, and how it all wound up in the end.
If somebody involved would like to write up a press release or a summary of the story, we’d be ever so grateful.

CIA Denials
The CIA have denied involvement when a top secret object recently disappeared from a high security GTT facility.
The GTT did not respond kindly when one of our reporters asked if they had looked down the back of the sofa.
In related news, the CIA have made no comment when asked about their latest Sofa Camouflage Tactics.

A number of pirate ground parties have been tickling the defences of SMS Pompeii… Surely they do not intend to re-capture the facility?

Pirate Destroyed
A small pirate scout ship, the Eyes Of Large, has been destroyed by the SMS.

GTT Pranged
A GTT freighter en-route to Scuba Station has been shot up by a small DTR deep space platform.
Whilst recuperating from a bout of dreaded lurgy, the DTR Foreign minister Cassius Jerusalem denied that this had anything to do with a change in DTR foreign policy, and was more that the small number of crew onboard the platform had just apparently not received any updated orders since the peace treaty was signed. Leading to questions regarding just how long the DTR keep crewmembers stationed on deep space platforms without any leave or R&R.

Breaking News! Flagritz Atrocities Discovered
The Falconian Empire have just issued the following press release:

Sentients of the Peripheries,
It is with a sad heart that I must break news of a mass grave discovered on an asteroid in the outer reaches of the Acropolis system where our survey team found the evil wrought by the Flagritz upon a large number of Falconian prisoners, who were enslaved, then mutilated before being frozen in the asteroid's icy surface.
Besides illustrating their complete disregard for life and the rules of war, they have shown a complete disregard for Commonwealth system laws in transporting these slaves to Acropolis for their ignoble death.
If this is a message from the Flagritz then it is well heeded: We shall avenge every last Falconian and we will free all those who suffer under the yoke of the Flagritz Empire still.
Today we mourn those already lost and give our dead a proper burial. Tomorrow justice will be served.
Consul Darius Shirazi
Falconian Republic

Low Pass Scan/XXXX
The surface of the asteroid appears to be fairly typical ice bound rock except for one small region.
The optical sensors pick out shapes that appear to be humanoid. There are a few thousand of them and they are arrayed over a square kilometre.
They are obviously dead and may have been there some time.

Surface Exploration/XXXX/Ice
The region is little more than ice and rock. The former is mainly water though patches of carbon dioxide powder also exist as snow drifts.
The team however pick up an anomaly - they find organic readings just below the surface.
Brushing away the ice crystals at the surface reveals ice graves. This is where the surface ice has been temporarily liquefied with an airlock and a body has been placed into the shallow pool before exposing to vacuum and refreezing. There are quite a lot of these scattered over wide area.

Once of the bodies and surrounding ice is excavated, moved to a bay and allowed to melt.
Soon the team are able to see the corpse of a Falconian. He has been plucked and mutilated.
There are clear signs that he was either a prisoner or a slave - possibly one then the other.
The rictus of fear on his face and position of limbs however indicates that he was alive at the time of being dropped into the pool of water.
Due to the temperature it is unclear how long the person has been present, but the team doubt it could be more than a few years as there are Flagritz brand marks on the body.

**Periphery Classifieds **
Contact Request
Would the owner of the Starbase Sin City (209) be so kind as to contact me please.
Zachariah Zupkern and Uncles third cousin
Fully Independent and Trustworthy.
My Word is My Bond
Traders to the Universe.

I'm in need of 15 Battle Bridges. Anyone willing to sell them can contact me privately. I can arrange transport.
Evan Merrick, AFT

Civilians Wanted
Greeting all
Has you may or may not be aware but the Inner Confederacy is quite anti Non Human.
This is due to a number of reasons which I will not go into here.
The Baron thinks that controlled contact with a small number of non human civilians will
bring a greater understanding of there ways and cultures.
To this end he would like to transport a 100 of each racial type to Masada in Fortress.
This will not be without some risk due to "first contact" and the nature of the population,
but HLQ will take every step to ensure there safety. Secure dwellings, personal security etc and as natural surrounding
as possible to try and recreate there homeworld liviling conditions.
This is of course not for the normal settle but the adventurous type who through there own actions could change
the perspective of a whole Inner Confederacy.
To this end we would like the following to be delivered to how base in Yank Kastorian (82722) on Mobile Bay
100 of each of the following racial types.
Kastorian are covered.

Due to the circumstances we will pay 50 stellars for each civilan to cover all costs.
Please contact the Baron if you can help with this great step forward in Human Non human relationship.
Baron LiQuan

**Message From The Editor **
Thank you all for your patience during my extended period of illness, and for the messages of support on the Nexus.
I’m feeling a little recovered from the pneumonia now, but still not 100%, so contact with me might still be a little random until I’ve recuperated fully.
Reporting inaccuracies can be attributed to lingering lurgy. It’s very likely I’ve missed some stuff, so if anybody has a story they particularly wanted reporting on, drop me a line.
Oh yes, and welcome to the world Jasper Niven Books 6lbs 14oz and Anson Gene Books 6lbs 1.5oz.

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Season of Goodwill brings WAR
The House LiQuan have declared war against the Association of Free traders over their ongoing disagreements in the Vehrenberg system.
In order to explain why they have taken the step of declaring war, the Baron LiQuan has issued the following statement to the press:
"Vehrenberg and the system of Varitang are under the administration of the Noble house Vehrenberg. This was given by the Emperor and never removed. In the year 201 the GCS took power in a civil war and ousted the Emperor, until he was returned to power in the peace accord.
With ref to the free elections under Imperial law the planet/system are not allowed to cede from the empire. To quote Emperor Lysander "To cede from the Empire under any circumstance is an act of treason"
That was basically the background to the claim. The VSC agreed to the demands and have now formed the HVB.
Has the Emperor/commonwealths representive.
The AFT by the definition of the peace accord are not allowed in the Inner Empire.
We required they hand over the platform in the Varitang wormhole.
They recognise HVB as the Emperors/commonwealth representatives in Varitang. (they have done)
They apply to the council for formal recognition of there status in the Inner Empire.(they have done)
With ref the platform this was not transferred, HLQ agreed to a weeks extension so the issue could be sorted, here are the PM's

Greetings Baron LiQuan,
I apologize for the situation with the Varitang wormhole platform. If you will give me until next week I will attempt to remove the crew and marines and you can board. If that is not acceptable you may board at your convenience.

My reply was
Greeting Cirdan
Under the present conditions thats is acceptable. we will wait a week then board.
However what about the public statement and applying to the council to sort out your
access to the Inner Empire.
On Monday a ship was sent to board the platform as agreed and was destroyed with all hands see battle report

TU 200: Board Position {33219}
Attempting to board AFT PLATFORM Wormhole Defender (33219).
Approaching target:

Incoming Fire from AFT Wormhole Defender (33219)
Round 1: 300 Light Photon Guns
- 300 hits - 8823 [15000] damage - 100%
18 Photon Cannons
- 18 hits - 1905 [3240] damage - 100%
300 Tractor Beams
- 300 hits - 0 [0] damage - 100%
- Tractor beams reduced positions speed by 83.33%
54 Missile Launchers (Kinetic Missile)
- 54 hits - 5244 [6480] damage - 100%
Round 2: 300 Light Photon Guns
- 300 hits - 8823 [15000] damage - 100%
18 Photon Cannons
- 18 hits - 1905 [3240] damage - 100%
300 Tractor Beams
- 300 hits - 0 [0] damage - 100%
- Tractor beams had no effect, target stationary.
Round 3: 300 Light Photon Guns
- 300 hits - 8823 [15000] damage - 100%
18 Photon Cannons
- 18 hits - 1905 [3240] damage - 100%
300 Tractor Beams
- 300 hits - 0 [0] damage - 100%
- Tractor beams had no effect, target stationary.
Round 4: 300 Light Photon Guns
- 300 hits - 8823 [15000] damage - 100%
18 Photon Cannons
- 18 hits - 1905 [3240] damage - 100%
300 Tractor Beams
- 300 hits - 0 [0] damage - 100%
- Tractor beams had no effect, target stationary.

Post Battle Summary
Ship exploded on round 0
Naval Damage: 1 Sensor mkII (104)
Military Damage: 10 Human Veteran Crew (511)
1 Officer (733)
Civilian Damage: 2 AI Navigators (915)
1 Bridge (100)
7 Bunks (98)
26 Cargo Holds (180)
5 ISR Type 3 Engines (150)
1 Jump Drive - Quantum (178)
30 Thrust Engine mkIIs (161)
Ship hulls have taken 5000 damage (100%)
Total TU cost for this action is 10

A later public statement by Cirdan said he could not remove the personnel from the platform as he had no ships in range and not sure of authorisation.
So why make the statement he would attempt to remove crew and marines.
Why not communicate the fact to me that the boarding would be resisted so steps could be taken.
Now the aft councillor who could not be contacted suddenly comes on line the day they blow a HLQ ship up and we declare war on them.

HLQ now seeks the removal of the AFT from the Varitang system(either by transfer to me or by force there choice)
HLQ has asked the CNFPD to remove all there rights from Confederate space.
To Sum up the AFT can not be trusted they have blatantly not done what they said they would try to do. The AFT have let the Confederates down before when the failed to intervene when the GTT attacked.
The AFT failed to act when the DTR where attacked in Solo.
We have had enough of the promises and wish nothing more to with them.
Baron LiQuan."

With the AFT clearly in shock that war has been declared so readily over what they describe as an unfortunate accident, it was left to Nurgle from the Falconians to sum up the viewpoint set against that of Baron LiQuan: "You have a very simple problem: Large juicy assets with no reasonable defences.... You didn't DO anything wrong and I doubt you can pull off the stunts it would take to save the AFT. You are a victim and about to become an example of what happens to anyone trusting to morality for their peace. Guns not butter bring peace. I do not condone or like the idea of what is about to happen to you. It is a lesson to everyone else though."
It seems certain now that the HLQ are about to move in strength against the AFT, and with long-standing hostilities still lingering amongst the Confederacy towards the Free Traders, it is possible the conflict could escalate to include the Darkfold. And with the AFT politically isolated, it is difficult to see who might be able to come to their aid.

AFT Offer Their Side Of The Story
Aubrey Firesong of the AFT has contacted the news-room to offer this personal perspective on the Vehrenberg crisis:
"I write to follow up on your request for more clarity regarding issues between the AFT and House LiQuan.

Baron Liquan's headline of "AFT at WAR with HLQ" is incorrect. The AFT has not declared war against anybody, and has no intention of doing so. The HLQ made a series of unreasonable demands at the start of this month regarding AFT attitudes and assets in the Varitang system. Despite this, the AFT complied with all the demands. However, the Master Trader was not able to contact the commander of the wormhole platform to request its handover to the HLQ (OOC: because I have been inactive for a few months, and the platform in question is personally owned by me). On Monday of this week (stardate 208.52.5), without seeking any assurances from the AFT that appropriate orders had been made, received and acted upon, the HLQ sent a ship to attempt to board the platform. The platform commander responded in the same way as any platform commander would to an attempted boarding, resulting in the rapid destruction of the HLQ vessel.
Despite the prompt apology of the local governor on public channels, Baron Liquan chose to declare war on the AFT. The Master Trader has repeatedly made clear the AFT's desire to keep the peace, but the Baron is rebuffing all such advances. Given the nature of his demands, the timeframes he offered and his unwillingness to engage in diplomacy, I can only assume that the Baron's intention all along was to use the incident as cover for an unprovoked attack on the Association of Free Traders.
Audrey Firesong
PS. Please note that this message expresses personal opinions, and is NOT on behalf of the AFT."

Markets Crash In Yank
Starbases across Mobile Bay in Yank are reporting that Father Christmas has been a little too generous this year, as a glut of goods has caused the market for off-world goods to almost completely dry up.
Angry Starbase governors are trying to find out who is behind the over-selling, and whether or not it has been done deliberately, though the chances are it was simply somebody who didn't realise there was a weekly maximum limit. Though the Imperial services are already threatening a travel ban on the responsible party.
The Kastorian military Junta themselves are unlikely to care too much. Unless Father Christmas violated their airspace, in which case they'll be looking for somebody to slowly torture to death.
Even now all elf-like creatures throughout Yank are going into hiding just in case.

Mohache Fail to Find Reindeer
A senior Mohache political has this week attempted to send two squadrons of 5 "Okume" class 50 Light Organic Hulled vessels through the sensor-obscuring nebula known as "Feminine Charms" in an unnamed system. This navigational hazard is known for its tricky ways, and the space-time curves and other... distractions can unfortunately cause mishaps.
On this particular occasion, "Feminine Charms" claimed a large harvest. One vessel of the ten made it through the associated asteroid belt, and the two squadron 'lead ships' failed to report in at all - they are currently presumed lost with all hands.

MOH SHIP Occ Docc (79070)
|-Asteroid Belt
Asteroid Damage:
1 AI Navigator (915)
2 Cargo Holds (180)
36 Light Organic Hulls (64)
1 Thrust Engine (160)
10 Industrial Modules (400)
Damage Report:
14 Light Organic Hulls (64)
An asteroid impact has destroyed the ship.

MOH SHIP Occ Ippital (50496)
|-Asteroid Belt
Asteroid Damage:
2 Cargo Holds (180)
50 Light Organic Hulls (64)
15 Industrial Modules (400)
An asteroid impact has destroyed the ship.

MOH SHIP Occ Ludde (34308)
|-Asteroid Belt
Asteroid Damage:
1 AI Navigator (915)
4 Cargo Holds (180)
50 Light Organic Hulls (64)
16 Industrial Modules (400)
An asteroid impact has destroyed the ship.

MOH SHIP Occ Upationnal (77029)
|-Asteroid Belt
Asteroid Damage:
2 Cargo Holds (180)
50 Light Organic Hulls (64)
16 Industrial Modules (400)
An asteroid impact has destroyed the ship.

MOH SHIP Occ Newssa (87062)
|-Asteroid Belt
Asteroid Damage:
2 Cargo Holds (180)
30 Light Organic Hulls (64)
7 Basic Modules (410)
Damage Report:
20 Light Organic Hulls (64)
An asteroid impact has destroyed the ship.

MOH SHIP Occ Scciso (45447)
|-Asteroid Belt
Asteroid Damage:
3 Cargo Holds (180)
43 Light Organic Hulls (64)
12 Basic Modules (410)
Damage Report:
7 Light Organic Hulls (64)
An asteroid impact has destroyed the ship.

MOH SHIP Occ Tumuus (1614)
|-Asteroid Belt
Asteroid Damage:
2 Cargo Holds (180)
38 Light Organic Hulls (64)
11 Basic Modules (410)
Damage Report:
12 Light Organic Hulls (64)
An asteroid impact has destroyed the ship.

This has been reported as the greatest shipping disaster to ever befall the Mohache people.

GTT Bring Festive Cheer
The GTT have unleashed a two day barrage of fire against a DTR outpost involving ground based silos, orbital platforms and warships. Reports indicate the defenceless DTR outpost has taken heavy damage from a veritable storm of incoming fire.
The GTT have indicated that the battle was caused by a vessel returning to base from a long duty in deep space, which had not had its enemy lists reset, and they have offered to pay full reparations to the DTR.

Christmas Present From The Mohache
The MOH have endangered all known civilisation as we know it this Christmas, as they appear to have unleashed a force of what many reporters are hysterically calling 'ULTIMATE EVIL!' that threatens us all.
The story goes that the Mohache Exploration corps have stumbled across a very interesting asteroid in an outlying system. The following footage has been released on Periphery comms channels:

Using the Exploration Module MK4, Sensor MK4, and any custom-built probes as necessary, attempt to determine the nature of the dampening field at the core of the asteroid. Is this some form of exotic matter (and if so what?) or some form of artificially generated field, and if the latter what can be used to disable/destabilise it?
Investigation /Dust/Subsurface Scan/Central Core
Powerful scanners are used on the core of the asteroid after the discovery that something appears to be quite odd. The next discovery however arrives before the full calibration is completed. It would appear that the inner layers of dust are artificial; at least there are strong indications that they have been produced through artificial means, not unlike very low grade but very thick ablative armour.
The team are now uncertain about hammering the inner shell with a highly penetrating sensor beam. While it seems unlikely that anything alive is within, there might still be automated systems on reserve power - presuming that somebody or something hasn't just gone to a lot of trouble to foam spray a large ball of rock. This might be the equivalent to poking a sleeping tiger.

While gnawing on a particularly tasty piece of Ant Larvae, Scout Kkkclkf'fflld's ungainly mandibles brush against the Exploration Mk4 module's button that says 'engage prospecting drill'. This would be a mere inconvenience if the ship wasn't at the bottom of the deepest blast crater in the asteroidal body's armour braced against the thinnest area sensors were able to locate, in preparation to perform some more gentle sensor sweeps. The Hive equivalent of 'Ooops' isn't often heard in the peripheries.
Special Action/Rho CXVIII/'Accidents' Will Happen/208.49
The experienced officer somehow manages to engage the drilling rig while being in close proximity to the inner wall of the unknown object at the heart of the asteroid.
He is soon able to turn it off but not before there is a neat hole down through the ablative coating.
A collective sigh of relief is given by the attending crew as nothing happens in response.
A few hours later however the sensors pick up a 0.01C rise in temperature of the shell. This is outside any reasonable natural fluctuation.
Oh Crap!

Reports are in that since this incident, the surface temperature of the asteroid has risen geometrically week-on-week. It is anticipated to hit the melting point of water around week 6.209.
The Mohache exploration vessel responsible is expected to be somewhere on the other side of the peripheries when it does.

FLZ Enter Christmas Spirit
The Flagritz Empire have attempted to embrace the festive season, though unfortunately it seems as if they have somewhat gotten the wrong end of the stick, as they have released video footage of the one-time Falconian leader Osidiradadumpf engaged in what appears to be a Mosley-esque sex party, involving a few scantily dressed Falconian employees, a fair amount of alcohol and drugs, and a black latex perch.
The full video has not been released, though one of our reporters was invited to watch the whole tape at the Flagritz embassy here in Yank, and we can report that our dashing reporter is still feeling very queasy, and has requested extra holiday time and a large supply of brain bleach.
Our reporters last words before running out of the IGN headquarters were 'NO! NOT THE BAUBLES! OH GOD NOT THE BAUBLES!'
Frankly we don't want to know what he meant.

Flagritz Attack In Storm
We are getting confirmations that a Flagritz Wolfpack of stealth-based raiders has successfully engaged and destroyed a Falconian troop transport.
The transport is understood to have been carrying two full battalions of FCN troops who were en route to engage pirate positions on Inversion. FCN news agencies are reporting the loss of all hands.
The Flagritz raiders tangled briefly with a Broadsword escort, before disengaging as two dozen FCN warships turned up to seek their revenge.
The Flagritz have released the following statement to the press regarding the incident:

"FCN press statements are incorrect about damaged sustained, FLZ ships have proved again to be superior and able to cut, and surgically remove any target of our choice, deep in enemy territory, right next to their fleet.
The heroic U4 PACK LEADER (18764) continued on it's movement commanded by Capt. Maur. This was the only ship whose received damage to some internals. His report now we can publish.
" Lead us in, we shall draw their fire. Wolfpack de-cloak and engage the Troop transport as a priority, ignore the warship - fire all weapons ! Torpedo 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Klossss... Torpedoes on track. Tracking target, 5 seconds to impact. Point defence launched, warship closing Sir, boom, troop transport hit transport trying to evade launching it's own point defence. Pursue the troop ship, another round Torpedo 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Klossss...
U ships closing in hitting troop ship target, I see life forms blown out into space, booom, she is history round too complete. ... sucking....
Fire at the warship as we disengage the whole squadron.
In bound missiles MKIII kinetic - launch point defence start evasive manoeuvres. Launch decoys.
Large number of FCN warships coming on sensors attacking the whole squadron, incoming fire damage to one hull, internal damage to quarters, we have damage - continue on silent running, all ships evasion actions, we will touch up the paintwork later.
Ground party attempting to board a U ship , it failed, laughing, lets head on continue movement.
All ships clear of danger - damage report, get it fixed and prepare for our next targets in Storm "

The Editor would like to apologise for the lack of any sort of Christmas reference in the reporting of this story.

In news that is frankly almost impossible to believe, we have been asked by the Felini to point out that we made an error in reporting their Sabretooth class capital ships as being 125 hulls in size, when they are in fact 150 hulls.
We have had the guilty reporter responsible for this error dragged out behind our offices and beaten soundly, and he promises not to do it again.

Another Correction
Further embarrassment for our staff here at the IGN Newsroom, as the Falconian Republic have reminded us that they are no longer an Empire run by an Emperor, but a democratic Republic.
Old habits die hard. But in the name of progress, we randomly beat another reporter. And then hung some tinsel on him.

FCN Ground Party destroyed
A Falconian ground party was engaged by QNG defence troops as it attempted to move close to a QNG installation on Hurricane in Storm.
The incident has been described as an unfortunate mistake on the part of the FCN ground party, whose navigational GPS system appeared to malfunction, leading them to the wrong destination.
It is rumoured that the Flagritz may have sabotaged certain key Falconian navigational computers.

Pirate Large
That scourge of the spaceways, pirate Large has been reporting yet more success this week:
"Ahharrgghhhh me hearties.. It be aye. Pirate Large..
It be a bit steady goin aye it has, I as responded to quite a few sightings but me victims ad moved on by the times I gets there in most cases.
Except 2 unlucky beggars who feels me length over the last week aye they as.
Me first victim be the QNG Iron Junebug, a 75 huller she be, wiv an escort who tooks a few shots at me on the ole boarding approach. But me boys be up fer the task an attacks the 30 defenders on board the ship. The battle be quick an the crew decided to take it like a man an gives up. An by eck did they takes it like a man over the next day er 2 aye they did.
Me second victim be yesterday aye, the BHD 100 light huller Beast of Burden be spotted in open space an me boys on the "Golden Doubloon" went inte action, as did I on board her. The ship ad 91 crewman on board who put up some resistance, but this be one o those religious ships, they don't clean or anything an I got an infection off one of the hatches on getting in. Anyways suffice to say we tooks the ship, cargo an all, and also another hyperdrive to me uses aye thar be.

A clean one fer yer at this ere Christmas time likes it be. An on that note may yee have a good en, ill be keeping me eyes peeled fer some of yer so don't gos drinkin an drivin and leaving yer ship out there unmanned, yee knows what could appen aye..
I as now boarded a differen ship aye so to keeps yer guessing.
any ways im sure you will hear more from the Glorious Adventures of the
pirate Large(and friends).............aahaaarrgh."

Outposts Recovered
The Imperial News Wire is carrying the following story:
Two outposts captured by the PIR in the Tycoon system, which had been engaged from orbit by COH and QNG forces for some time, were re-captured by Imperial ground forces this week. Both outposts had been seriously damaged by the orbital bombardments prior to the ground attacks, which had been delayed due to the Immediate Reaction Startrooper Battalion being deployed elsewhere. The outposts are to be returned to their original owners.

Fearsome Bombardment
The SMS have continued their awe-inspiring rain of death against a pirate outpost as reported last week, with the exciting news that yet more rubble has been blasted into smaller chunks of rubble, as reports indicate that the lone surviving pirate has long since gone quite insane from the constant explosions.
The office book is currently betting that maybe at current rates, the SMS will finally wipe out the outpost sometime around next Christmas.

Flagritz Raider Destroyed, or Was It?
A brief exchange of fire has occurred in the Storm system, as a Consortium patrol fired off some speculative volleys at a long-distance sensor contact that appeared to be a Flagritz raider.
Reports indicate that they hit and destroyed something. But in worrying news elsewhere, santas elves are reporting the destruction of both sled and reindeer.
Have the Consortium ruined Christmas by brutally murdering Santa Clause? Only time will tell!

Old News
This one slipped by us a few weeks ago, but we felt we should report the successful capture of a 900 hull FLZ platform by just 7 FCN crewmembers. 7 FLZ freighters narrowly escaped being captured during the same operation, but fled into a waiting consortium fleet and were destroyed.

More Old News
And we're even less sure how this one slipped past us, but the Falconian Republic has reported the successful assassination of the leader of the Ulian Stellar Nation!
"Falconian Republic Intelligence Services have located and terminated the USN Leader, Tarras. Let this be a lesson to warmongers everywhere.

Starting Location:
Docked at USN STARBASE Monist Baatar (32804) - Ulian System (87)
>TU 300: Assassinate {41570}
Starbase detected our actions.
Tarras (41570) was successfully eliminated.
Total TU cost for this action is 50
This action cost you 10000 stellars"
This makes the second high profile assassination in recent months.
We have no news on how the assassination has affected the Ulians, as they still have no official lines of communication with the Peripheries as a whole.

Even More Old News
Bloody hell, he's a clone. Crikey, who saw that coming eh?

**Festive Carols From Around The Peripheries**
It's that time of year, and we at the SSS/IGN enjoy bringing our viewers multi-cultural treats.
In an effort to get along with humanity, the QNG have been embracing the custom of 'Christmas Carols', and turned up en-masse at our offices in Yank to deliver the following rendition:

"On the first day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me, a Falconian in a Dew Tree
On the second day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me, two Gasup Birds and a Falconian in a Dew Tree.
On the third day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me, three hairy cows, two Gasup Birds and a Falconian in a Dew Tree.
On the fourth day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me, Four Pigmy rats, three hairy cows, two Gasup Birds and a Falconian in a Dew Tree.
On the fifth day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me, FIVE WMD's. Four Pigmy rats, three hairy cows, two Gasup Birds and a Falconian in a Dew Tree.
On the sixth day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me, six wimbles wailing, FIVE WMD's. Four Pigmy rats, three hairy cows, two Gasup Birds and a Falconian in a Dew Tree.
On the seventh day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me,seven Meklan maurading, six wimbles wailing, FIVE WMD's. Four Pigmy rats, three hairy cows, two Gasup Birds and a Falconian in a Dew Tree.
On the eighth day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me, eight Dewiek prisoners, seven Meklan maurading, six wimbles wailing, FIVE WMD's. Four Pigmy rats, three hairy cows, two Gasup Birds and a Falconian in a Dew Tree.
On the ninth day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me, Nine pirates raiding, eight Dewiek prisoners, seven Meklan maurading, six Wimbles wailing, FIVE WMD's. Four Pigmy rats, three hairy cows, two Gasup Birds and a Falconian in a Dew Tree.
On the tenth day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me, Ten Felini Fleeing, Nine pirates raiding, eight Dewiek prisoners, seven Meklan maurading, six Wimbles wailing, FIVE WMD's. Four Pigmy rats, three hairy cows, two Gasup Birds and a Falconian in a Dew Tree.
On the eleventh day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me, Eleven Hive Queens laying, Ten Felini Fleeing, Nine pirates raiding, eight Dewiek prisoners, seven Meklan maurading, six Wimbles wailing, FIVE WMD's. Four Pigmy rats, three hairy cows, two Gasup Birds and a Falconian in a Dew Tree.
On the twelfth day of Bug-mas, the Flagritz gave to me, TWELVE Human slaves, Eleven Hive Queens laying, Ten Felini Fleeing, Nine pirates raiding, eight Dewiek prisoners, seven Meklan maurading, six Wimbles wailing, FIVE WMD's. Four Pigmy rats, three hairy cows, two Gasup Birds and a Falconian in a Dew Tree."

They then deposited a large mountain of presents down our chimney.
Fortunately there were only seven marauding Meklan, and we were able to chase them out by throwing back-issues of the SSS at them.

**Special Report - New Pirate Group**
Calypso Awakens
It was a dull morning, but then morning's here were more often than not dull, the light from the dominant system star just did enough to take the edge off the night, creating a state of perpetual twilight during the daylight hours.
Calypso stirred, slowly at first, but then with more purpose as her weary body gradually began to wake, she slowly and deliberately propped herself up in her bed, and took in the scene, the room was a mess, the DTR captain, a prisoner for many years, was still tied to the bed post's exactly where she left him when she was finished with him last night, her head was pounding, no doubt the resultant effect of the cocktail of drugs and alcohol used to induce last night's slumber, her appetite called to her.
She summoned her chamber guards, who with ruthless efficiency dragged the poor captain back to his cell, his condition was poor, but then she had grown tired of him and he would recover; since the recent prisoner executions she was growing short of things to play with, there is after all only so much fun a girl can have with a Falconian or Mohache and the less said about the hostage Wimble the happier she would remain, she had on many occasions considered firing the little fur ball out of the hiport, but then he still got a slight draw from the locals in the bar, who would often feed him tip bits, when they grew tired of the acts of torture.
Her mind wandered, back to her calling, there was always the FET captain, who should have recovered well by now, he might do for a while, or the two from the CIA, though they were probably still to drained from the last time she had them, it is a shame the CIA battleship was so narrowly missed those weeks back, claiming the ship that made the attempt, her crew would have been well received. Then the dull profiteer from the GTT, who had never really taken her fancy, ice was the water that ran in those veins, the wimble would be more entertaining she thought, but needs must and there was a debt of service to be paid.
Calypso herself had often been told she were both gifted and blessed, and she mused over her voluptuous figure, even if her pleasures often deviated from the normally accepted practices of most, the prisoners in many respects could have had it worse from another's hand, she thought of the dread pirate large, who was noticeable only by his extended absence, of all the captains and crews she welcomed into her fold, his were the most giving and most generous with the information her scouts ships gathered, the trade off suited her nicely, she provided the information, running only a fleet of scouts and the men did their work, she received her toys, her objects of pleasure in return, all chained up and terrified, thus the barter was complete and Calypso would be happy.
Though it was enough of such thoughts for now, Calypso had a bar to open and business to run, there would be customers waiting.
The rest of the morning passed slowly, the odd ship put in for maintenance from time to time, with one whose crew stopped briefly for some R&R and worked over a few of the pleasure slaves, before rushing to their ship in pursuit of prey, but all in all it was a tiresome morning, as was often the case with her lot as manageress of the Sanctuary. Calypso hungered for the night to come.
The Sanctuary itself she inherited many years back, and had worked hard to make it a neutral place to feed her hunger, a place for the tired and weary traveller or those of a particular political orientation, to stop, rest and repair before moving on. On occasion there would be one she would tempt to stay; men she found would easily be lead to her chamber, often with nothing more than the promise of the night, a wink or flutter of the long lashes that covered her pit less brown eyes. The evening would surely bring her more in the way of pleasure, when the boys returned from their days hunting.
The evening drew in; night was her awakening, 6 ships made port this night and the crews descended. Disappointment hung in the air, it would seem the freighter chased made a narrow escape, there would be no new souls on which she could unleash her hunger, her mind drifted back to the imprisoned FET captain, her hatred would be satisfied, her lust fulfilled, she smiled to herself, licking her lips and running her tongue delicately down her pronounced incisors, Calypso was awake, galvanised and alive, yearning for the fullness of night yet to come and the feast of pain she would make them endure, perhaps tomorrow would bring her some new souls, the scouts would report in soon, perhaps, perhaps, but for now she would feed, a man would scream, beg and bend to her every whim, she would have her way, her pleasure, he might even enjoy some of it. Calypso would be satisfied the balance of things temporarily restored.

**Out Of Character Special Report - DTR history***
Following a PM from monkeyx, I'll try to explain the OOC history of the game to show how the current situation came about. He asked me

1) How are the IMP different today than before?
2) How does the DTR envisage a Republic taking hold without rebelling against the Empire?

and my answer became so long that I decided to put it on the forum as a history lesson, and for other old players to chime in and point out any mistakes and errors.
Note that when I write IMP, this also includes corporations with an IMP charter, namely GTT and FET.

Look at the initial setup of BSE, back in 1990 or so when it started: All affiliations available to players were part of the human Empire. You had
- FET (dodgy dealers, aff ability: Cloaking & specialized explorer ship), competitors/enemies of AFT
- AFT (honourable traders; aff ability: good first contact abilities with aliens & cargo ship with faster jump-capability), competitors/enemies of FET
- GTT (techno-corporation to exploit planets, aff ability: Improved production & very large cargo ships), competitors/enemies of SMS
- SMS (mining and terraforming corporation to develop planets, aff ability: Increased mine output & specialized ships: One for better GPIing, one super-large ore hauler), competitors/enemies of GTT
- IMP (Government/police, aff ability: Combat bonus & specialized ships: Designated warships). Enemies of the DTR.
- DTR (set up as general antagonists to everybody, sometimes I wonder if DTR wasn't meant to mean Deutsches Reich. Aff ability: Combat bonus & Warships). Enemies of the IMP.

As you can see, all players were initially IMP citizens save the DTR, who were already settled in the periphery when the Empire and its corporations expanded in that area and came across their old enemies.
The RIP came somewhat later, but I don't know when exactly. They were the pirates and everybody's enemy, a role nowadays taken by PIR.
Similarly, the SSL (Stellar Spices & Liquors, a mafia front for drug smuggling worse than the FET with similar abilities) were introduced at some point.

I joined the game in 1994 so the story up until then, is hearsay:
Players explored and colonied the Capellan periphery up to Yank (not sure when Solo came in).
FET was the strongest affiliation, DTR also strong - 20 warships was a huge warfleet in these days!
The proverbial alien invasion came in form of the Flagritz with their frighteningly huge baseships and humanity (i.e. DTR and IMP, with the
corporations sworn to follow the IMP lead) agreed that they needed to join forces against the FGZ. On the eve of the agreement, fighting broke out between the FET and DTR (something to do with allegations that the DTR was preparing an assault on the FET and secretly stockpiled weapons at a SSL base, I've been unable to clear up what really happened) and the DTR lost
three starbases to FET assaults. They felt backstabbed by the Empire.
Subsequently, the DTR provided the FGZ with information on the location of various Imperial bases hoping that the FGZ would wipe them out. The FGZ launched only a half-hearted offensive, then withdrew, and the anti-FGZ coalition turned against the DTR who were essentially wiped out. The DTR crown colony, Tate, was besieged but could not be taken. This deadlock was broken through the EEM who agreed to auction off the DTR base to the highest Imperial bidder, and what remained of the DTR was allowed to withdraw
through the blockade. The GTT won the auction and merged the DTR assets into their base, HQ. For the next ten or so years their power base largely came from having almost doubled their own colony base early on in the game, in conjunction with their production bonus.
The DTR at that time was regarded as a dead affiliation, and only one or two players remained (Nik Kelly and perhaps another).

From a GM point of view, this left a gap in the setup of the game - the IMP had no antagonist. So the GM created an anti-empire that mirrored the IMP (to a degree). This was the CNF, with the CIA (FET counterpart), BHD and the now-defunct DIE. They were set up in the Darkfold periphery that connected to the rest of the game via the Yank system.
At some point during this time, the AFT renounced their imperial charter to become totally independent traders.
The DTR remained as a minor power, and received a modest new base in CNF territory. The backstory was that, fleeing from the IMP after the Flagritz war, the DTR had made contact with the CNF, another human faction who had separated from the IMP in a civil war but then been cut off by a vital transit system star going nova. This put the DTR in the CNF camp by GM decree, though you could say it was against the DTR profile. Then again, you could also say that the DTR had totally lost a big war and was eating humble
pie in the CNF camp to simply survive.

The CNF then took over the role of general enemy to the IMP and both sides conducted the mutual raiding that kept the conflict alive in the game. The DTR was recuperating slowly and had only little part in this, fighting in support of the CNF occasionally.
It was during this time that the homepage was written and the aforementioned text created.

In 1994, an unexpected influx of new players (myself and a couple of friends who almost all chose the DTR) unexpectedly brought the starving DTR back onto the stage and out of the CNF's shadow. The Arachnid and Titan systems were newly discovered shortly afterwards, and before long the DTR was preparing to leave CNF territory and set up shop in Arachnid, to regain
Totally unrelated events (the chance discovery of an alien bunker beneath a DTR base in a CNF system) caused tensions; the DTR player involved and the CNF PD at the time were soon butting heads and the planned DTR exodus from CNF territory turned into a conflict on razor's edge from an all-out shooting war when the CNF refused to cede Arachnid to the DTR.
In this situation, the DTR discovered (were given by the GM, OOC) Venice and T.tauri and moved all of their assets into these systems. Relations with the CNF remained tense and the DTR was looking for new allies to deter depredations by either the CNF or IMP, both of whom were considered enemies at the time.

It would be the DEN and DOM who became the DTR's new allies, and formed the famous DD&D (or 3D) Alliance. Combined, we had a very strong and active player base, and made excellent use of each affiliation's special abilities.
Within weeks of forming the Alliance the DEN found themselves in a war with the HXM over the possession of the Acrux sytem. Depending on how you look at it the war was either a draw or lost by the Alliance, but the lesson was well learnt and within less than a year the DD&D Alliance was the ultimate powerhouse of the game that galvanized political powers for years to come in the game.
Intensely active in joint projects with their new allies, the DTR increasingly operated across all peripheries and systems and our focus
slowly turned away from the IMP.

It was only shortly before conversion from BSE to Phoenix that the CNF discovered a way back to the Inner Empire of humanity, some time after they had proved the current Emperor was a clone and thus not a legitimate heir of the Throne. This brought the attention of the DTR back to humanity in general and especially their enmity with the Empire, and the DTR forged an alliance with the CNF to return to the Inner Empire, remove the Empire and jointly set up the Inner Republic there, imagined as a Commonwealth. (We felt this was totally our obligation according to the DTR profile.)
The DD&D Alliance had, at this point, already been weakened from within as the DOM felt constrained by the high ethic demands of the DTR and the DEN leadership changed to a more protectionist one who would prefer less DTR presence in their home systems. The DEN and DOM had also had recent military conflicts with the CNF, and so were unhappy with the DTR/CNF alliance. The DD&D Alliance continued on paper only.

The joint DTR/CNF thrust into the Inner Empire bogged down quickly, however, after initial fighting in some border systems. The Empire was always a step ahead of the DTR, and by the time we managed to insert our own operatives the GTT and their Inner Empire mother-corporation GCS were already embroiled in a civil war; the Inner Empire had crumbled and mass destruction devastated entire worlds.

At around this time, the DOM and DEN secretly conspired with the IMP against the DTR and launched a massive assault. The fighting was short but extremely brutal. As a result, the Alliance was no more and the DTR lost some valuable assets in DEN territory, but outside of DEN space the DTR defences held firm. Before long, all sides retreated to lick their wounds.

The (periphery) IMP were one of the last chances for order in the Inner Empire, and in the face of the humanitarian catastrophe taking place the DTR even set aside our differences with the GTT and gave them concessions to ship food from a DTR world to the starving Inner Empire population. The relationship between the DTR, IMP and CNF was redefined on the background of the civil war. The IMP are no longer synonymous with the Empire, and the sheer extent of damage done requires better solutions than military conquest.

While the setup in 1990 was pretty straightforward, the situation as it has unfolded is very complex and has lots of grey area. The entire game has changed a lot, and while the DTR is still trying to bring light into the darkness, Mica is a very devious GM!
That is why I would not say we U-turned. The situation has evolved far beyond the setup, and Mica's storyline is incredibly more complex than anything BSE had in its early days.


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Welcome to the latest version of ESNN, giving the news and views from the ESNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe from our new home in the Heartland,

And so with the news from the last few weeks,
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  • DEN assault FEL base and get wiped out
  • CIA Trade fleet caught and destroyed by the DEN
  • Krell denounce worship of the True One

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    Huge fleet skirmish at the London/Crossley wormhole

    A large fleet of over 700 DEN warships responded to the EMP action in Crossley, where a 4000 hull DEN platform was destroyed. Reports show the DEN ships caught a group of CIA ships napping and inflicted significant losses on the humans. IMP and GTT fleets moved to assist the CIA, matching DEN fleet numbers, but the arrival of over 1200 Hexamon ships seems to have tipped the battle in favour of the DEN-HEX alliance.

    The combined DEN-HEX force pushed through the wormhole into the Heartland area of human space and retaliated, attacking several CIA platforms in response. The outnumbered Empire fleets abandoned the area and fled, they are currently waiting for the larger alien force to make their next move from their hiding places.
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    Admiral Lord Simms killed after a long and distinguished service to the Empire.

    The Imperial Services have intercepted and serious damaged several DEN ships on the way to the Empire’s home systems. Unfortunately during the action Admiral Lord Simms was injured and reports from the Viceroy indicate he has passed away, fighting the enemies of the Empire like any true Imperial Officer.

    The Viceroy has stated that the officers and crew of the DEN ships have been captured and are now awaiting trial at a secret IMP base.

    DEN continue to strike at the Empire

    Reports are coming in of multiple engagements between the Empire and the Dewiek Elder Nation over the last week. With several battles taking out Empire ships in the Heartland of the CIA.

    AFT turn to piracy

    The Association of Free Traders have, after a long history of neutrality, turned to piracy this week. AFT Drake boarded an IND ship in the Halo periphery, killing several of the crew in the process.
    Independent trader Jarlebanke Langhofdi immediately took to the public communication channel demanding an answer to why supposedly peaceful traders had killed his crew and taken his ship.

    The AFT remain silent over the attack.
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    Combat Special Edition

    Since the DEN started shooting at those lovable FEL fluffballs things have certainly been heating up. So we through it would be prudent to bring you, gentle beings of the peripheries, a special edition in order to keep you updated with all the latest action in regards to who the DEN are shooting and who is shooting them.

    Felini strike back at Dewiek

    Reports have come in of the FEL striking back at the DEN in the Kallisan system. A huge FEL force supported by the IMP and CIA assaulted DEN positions taking both the platform and base called Lucien. There was much rejoicing in the FEL camp as the Felini proved they were not such lovable fluffballs after all!

    GTT get sucked into the war

    A passing fleet of GTT warships got caught in the fighting and this saw the GTT enter the war. When asked about this CEO Fox pointed out they are not warships at all, they are trade defence ships. So how they came to be in the DEN system of Kallisan is a mystery to us. But the GTT CEO was clear that they only engaged using support and defend orders to protect allies. Needless to say, the CEO commented “We found ourselves on the Dewiek Nation’s enemy lists pretty soon after.”

    Dewiek Nation attacks GTT positions in Orion Spur, breaking DOM system rules

    A fleet of DEN warships has engaged and destroyed a significant number of GTT cargo ships and escorts in the DOM system Monument. The GTT immediately took to the public channels to ask why the DOM were not doing something. In reply the DOM issued a statement to stop, which the DEN ignored.

    The DEN newssheet "The HOWL" published a completely unbiased review of the attack shortly after.

    DOM make a choice

    After the above incident and then further raiding by the DEN, taking out a few GTT cargo ships in the DOM system of Coptuv, the DOM seemed to have been faced with a choice of stopping drinking their tea and doing something or just hoping it would go away. Instead they seem to have decided to abandon the whole idea of being an active affiliation and we have since folded. The lengths some people will go to not to have their elevenses disturbed is truly staggering. We asked the DOM for a statement on their new system rules to share with our readers but have received no replies.

    DOM positions share out

    Just as we were going to press news has come in of various DOM assets being given to other affiliations or sold. Hopefully we will have more on this story in the next issue of your favorite factual newsheet. Yes, that's us at the SSS.

    *** Affiliations ***

    AFT Association of Free Traders (54) - Marion Tweedy
    CIA Combined Intelligence Agency (64) - Laton CIA
    DNA Displaced Natives Asylum (66) - DNA people
    DTR Detinus Republic (58) - Morley Decker
    DEN Dewiek Elder Nation (67) - Urd
    DOM Dominion (57) – we believe the DOM are now inactive
    FCN Falconian Republic (70) - Bacran
    FEL Felini Tyranny (49) - Juris
    FLZ Flagritz Republic (47) - Kayxaer
    FET Frontier Exploration & Trade (56) - Cu Chulainn
    GRC Gracians (13) - HG1
    GTT Galactic Trade & Transport (52) - Xavier Fox
    GCE Garcia Enterprises (4) - Neil
    HEX Hexamon (23) - Ando
    IMP Imperial Services (51) - Jack Jones
    KRL Krell (30) - Namica
    KRT Krell of the Reverence Temple (37) - Kal Torak
    KST Kastor Kastorians (12) - Kastor
    MZC Mizuchi Combine (86) - Mizuchi
    MOH Mohache (73) - Listens
    MIC Mohache Independent Commune (76) - Sleeps with Dragons
    NLF Naplian Liberation Front (38) - NLFHQ
    RIP Regularly Involved in Piracy - Githyanki
    RRH Roy Robert Holdings (39) - Roy Roberts
    SMS Stellar Mining and Smelting (53) - MikhailM
    USN Ulian Stellar Nation (34) - Oeipus Prime
    WMB Wimble Nations (25) - zz

    * Leader MAY be inactive, affiliation may be active
    ** Affiliation has no leader but this is the only known contact


    Inactive: ANT, BHD, COD, HVE, IDC, RIP, RCF, SKW, TAG

    Deceased: CAL

    *** Submission ***

    By private message to The Editor or via Mica if you prefer to remain anonymous.
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    New pirate threat rocks Corward Arm.

    Several large pirate ships have been spotted in outer rings of Corward systems. Reports forwarded to us at the SSS allow us to exclusively tell readers that traders should keep their wits about them when moving through these areas.

    No existing pirate menace has yet claimed ownership.

    In a possibly unrelated event one of the FET cartel members claimed nothing was happening in the outer ring of Coptov shortly afterwards. But it could be that they are still trying to catch Empire backed pirates and have nothing to do with the new sightings.
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    DEN continue to shoot innocents

    The Dewiek have made themselves busy shooting at the peaceful and innocent traders of the SSL. Leader of Solar Spices and Liquors Mr TOAD has been vocal pointing out that the Beast-DEN are being totally unfair. News of a go-fund-me appeal are yet to surface though.

    This office is sure that it must have provided the DEN light relief after picking on the equally defenceless Felini. Word is that the DEN faced such an uphill struggle in these recent actions they had to take up Felini inter-breeding to provide some entertainment as the battle reports were rather boring.
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    Return of the LiQuans

    A close associate of the Baron LiQuan has been haunting the Corewards periphery and like the old Baron it is said he has a meklan connection. It's unclear whether he obtained his meklan nanites via the CIA but there are rumours that the DEN may be helping the Liquan relative in a bid to sow discontent in the Stellar Empire. Exactly why they would start in Corewards is unclear although with DEN allies, the DOM, having strong positions both in the Sol system and the old Harcorp systems of Harlong and Coptuv they may be the linking factor.

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    Meklan Unleashed on Mobile Bay

    Mad Dewiek scientist Dr Kala released a number of Meklan on the busy world of Mobile Bay in the Yank system. Thousands of civilians have been killed in what is treated by DEN warlords as an amusing practical joke. Rather than take any responsibility for their affiliation’s reckless behaviour, a DEN lord rumoured to be half-meklan himself quipped he would nuke the planet whilst another merely saw it as an opportunity to test some of his greener troops in combat. Surprisingly, the KAS planetary defence force was up to the job of repelling the insidious incursion. Questions remain whether further meklan are stored elsewhere on the planet and whether anybody will challenge the Dewiek’s lack of care for the lives of innocents. Probably not, given how even the mighty IMP are now cowering from a fight with the DEN (see inside this edition).


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