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The Flagritz are strange aliens with a tri-part brain. One segment is responsible for biofeedback and other biophysical aspects; one segment is responsible for language, communication and high functions, while the third function is responsible for race survival. Depending on which segment is dominant will determine the personality of the Flagritz in question.
This feature of the Flagritz has given rise to a structured society based on the brain function.

Biofeedback Dominance - Xenophobic, Isolationist Party
The 'sect' is clearly only interested in getting whatever it needs and really has no interest in the outside universe as long as it does not interfere with the Flagritz. At times this party will side with either party, but generally never initiates any actions of its own.
Goals - To have a universe free of all other races, or such a strong defence that they cannot be threatened by any other species.

Communication Dominance - Peaceful Integration
This party has a ravenous need to understand the universe and all things in it. It is this party that has propelled the Empire into the peripheries. This is also the most naive of the parties, in that it is quite often abused by the other two parties to achieve ends that are not within its peaceful doctrine. It would like nothing more than the other two parties to go to war and annihilate each other. This though is impossible as there is no way of determining which brain part is dominant until final brain growth occurring at full maturity.
Goals - To have trade and communications with all other races in all parts of the universe. To explore everywhere and compile data files on everything.

Survival Dominance - Party for War
Considered by humans to be bundles of Id and Ego, these Flagritz want almost everything and will attempt to devise ways of achieving this end. Their only stumbling block is their shear arrogance. Their belief in self immortality despite infinite evidence to the contrary. They hate the other two parties for their self preoccupation yet fail to see they are identical, just with a different obsession. While they delight in making war, they want nothing less than total personal honour. This has led to the creation of the Baseship, such that it can be captained by the greatest of the Flagritz for personal victory. It is this party that would rather commit suicide than allow anybody to believe that their victory was not completely theirs. In their history there have been occasions when allied generals warred amongst themselves after winning a war to determine who was the greatest general. It is no surprise then that this is the smallest party, many dying in personal duels shortly after reaching adulthood.
Goals - To die a glorious death against a worthy adversary. This is further enhanced if it ensures the continued survival of other FGZ.

Both the Xenophobic and the War parties have identified humans as the greatest threat to the Flagritz Empire. Whether this is justified is impossible to say. They want nothing better than to remove the human presence from the Peripheries. If they ever see an opportunity to open fire then they will, attempting to bend the Tau Ceti agreement as much as possible claiming mistaken identity in the heat of battle. For this reason most humans will stay clear of a battle zone involving the FGZ as they might well open fire of stray human ships (possibly even if the war was with another alien faction such is their delight in inflicting damage on humans).
It is believed that the FGZ have some sort of religion/quasi mysticism embodying the tenets of the three factions, but nothing is ever revealed outside of their own. It is certain that this religion is personal and never used as a driving motivation.

Such is the rivalry between the factions and their arrogance that even if they ever achieve a mutual support/defence with another nation, it is argued that if it appears as though it might be a walk over for the FGZ, then the FGZ will open fire on their would be allies either during the fight or at the end of the fight depending on the amount of forces they would have to fight. This really does make then dubious allies, but also makes them cautious.
The Felinis is another issue that could prove interesting. It is known that the CLN also didn't originate within the confines of the Cluster.
It is also known that the CLN did have dealings with the Architects, the nemesis of the Dewiek. It is also rumoured that Photon guns were found in the Acrux periphery. Could these facts be linked? Are the CLN descendants of an ancient race that were opposed to the FGZ, if so there is certainly no indication that the FGZ or the CLN within the peripheries hold a grudge.
It seems at present that the name Felenis is only coincidental. Should a link ever be proved, or connection to the FGZ home system be made and as a consequence confirmation of the CLN/Felinis connection then it might well spark a war that leaves the current war with the Empire standing.
Maybe it was just as well that the Cluster periphery was discovered long after the sealing of the stargate to the FGZ home system.

History  [Recruit]

The Flagritz came to the periphery by accident. A large Fleet manoeuvre, intended to crush the last spark of resistance from their long time foe the Felenis dropped through a star gate into the Inferno System. A large number of the ships involved were equipped with colony gear, as the intention was to inhabit the Felenis home world.

As a military operation the fleet remained under military control and its commander set about the pacification of the locals. He failed, really, not banking on how firmly entrenched the humans were.

Fathoming the operation of the gate that brought them to Inferno the FGZ returned and built up a single colony. The operation stayed under navy command, though many objected to this.

The FGZ are ruled by democracy. It was only a matter of time before the periphery became a political point and, after much wrangling, the FGZ declared a new republic and sent some of its bright hopefuls off to start a new FGZ Empire.

Worried about the strength of the humans they sealed the stargate. The new republic would have to look after itself.

The Factions are :

  • The Party for Aggressive Expansionism : This party wishes to conquer and rule. It is bloodthirsty, violent and aggressive. Also known as the War Party.
  • Trade and Co-Existence : This group want to trade with the rest of the races as much as possible. This party was outlawed in the early years of the Invasion and its participants stranded on a planet that now holds their colony. Also known as the Peace Party.
  • Xenophobic Frenzy : The party that keeps itself to itself. It wants to expand, preferably without interference from anyone else. Also known as the Xenophobic Party.

Recent Developments  [Recruit]

The war with the Felini went badly and the Empire was thrown back into a Dark Age and contact with the Democracy was severed. Things for the new Democracy also proved to be significantly tougher than expected.
While the details are not clear, it is known that somehow the Democracy once again established contact with the Empire and sought about restoring order. This merger improved both factions and once again the Empire is establishing itself.

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”Necessity hath no law”

Lord Cromwell of the DOM slapped a fleet of privateers, on charges of "knavery", "bad manners" and "poor sportsmanship." Such offences carry the death sentence in the Dominion, a nebulous territory neither part of the Empire nor apart from it. At least thirteen Armadillo class ships, typically sold by the DOM, were destroyed at a location Cromwell was unwilling to disclose publicly. Bloodthirsty Dewiek as well as "prince of peace" Yahn Wodenzoon were quick to congratulate the DOM for their merciless carnage. It seems the consensus in the galaxy’s ruling class is that not presenting valid identification is a crime worthy of the murder of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of unfortunate crewmen. This is all just another indicator that the political elite are far removed from the lives of ordinary people who are seen as little more than meat inventory. It is telling so-called “man of the people and the downtrodden” Wodenzoon so readily aligns himself with this grisly concord. Meanwhile, the archaic elocutionist Cromwell further establishes the recent trend of mild exertions of power by the cold-blooded DOM.

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Return of the Fox

The galaxy is still digesting news of the return of Xavier Fox to the boardroom of the GTT. The ailing corporation's share price began a sharp rally after a six month downward spiral under Ike Krieger, credited with being the worst CEO in the megacorporation's history. The only surviving board member from Fox's initial tenure as CEO, and perhaps across the entire GTT board, is Antt Tilton the Research Director. The reclusive Tilton is the brains behind the ascension of GTT technology, particularly in the field of antimatter weapons and super-heavy dreadnought size ships, Tilton offers a small measure of continuity during this tumultuous time. Mr. Fox has therefore resorted to a broad appeal for new blood to join the ailing firm. So far, the result has been a number of two-dimensional "Yes" persons being promoted to the C-suite. Still, key stakeholders were upbeat with one commenting, "Fox is the man to turn this bloody disaster around. He knows how to put a great team together and where to bury the bodies of the non-performers."

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A Detinus expeditionary force is being assembled to liberate slaves in the Twilight Periphery. Stung by the wit of the Wimble Dinash, Admiral Bridge is leading a personal and sizeable force against the newly constituted Flagritz Republic.

The Wimble Bake Off has new competition with the Dominion instituting a Master Chef competition in the Orion Spur. This is all said to be a cover for further land grabs and in preparation for a move against the Hive and Dewiek, tipping the balance further in the Stellar Empire’s favour.

Meanwhile, the Wimbles struck off a number of hapless Wimbles under their new rules. To cement their plan to align themselves with the Stellar Empire, they have offered the services of their new masters to the Emperor.

Several hundred thousand slaves have been released by the Flagritz Republic but the terms of their manumission are unclear. Millions more await their emancipation. Many have refused to accept freedom without transit home, especially those brought in from outside peripheries. Many reportedly were captured by the Stellar Empire from the Detinus Republic and then sold on to the Flagritz.

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The ship PRV HarCop Omega has been reported both in Orion and Corewards. This was the flagship of the former League Chairman, sacked from the role when the League went into administration and quietly disappearing beyond the edge of known space. It is thought that his return may have been for a clandestine meeting with his former contacts in Harlong and Coptuv. If so then he clearly has an agenda.

Unconfirmed stories that the Pirate King of The Pirate Holes and Million Islands is near completing research on the various larger ships his pirates have successfully captured over the past few years (big thanks to all the affiliations that participated in 'donating' ships). If the rumours are true it is likely a new armada of pirate ships using more advanced technology will be found in Corewards in the near future.

An supernova has been detected originating from just beyond the Transpiral Periphery. The rare event has created ripples in the subspace of the nearby stars. Nobody has reported any tangible ramifications but this is the first supernova in the current age of the Peripheries so esoteric scientists are excited by the prospect of grants to study the relatively nearby phenomena.
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*** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***

The Wimble Crisis of 217 has come to an end with the human Baron making way to the wimble Grandfather Paden Mastaak. Celebrations were held in Wimbledon upon the news with crack teams of Wimble security staff guarding all the pies.

It’s unclear how long the Wimbles will enjoy this new era of peace and self-determination.

Vocal Wimble Dinasha, one of Paden’s early backers, has chosen this precarious moment to bait Dewiek, Flagritz and humans who were initially disposed to be friendly to the new administration. Whilst the Wimbles' history with the former-slave-loving Flagritz could be understood, their animosity towards the Dewiek and humans was more mysterious. One insider alluded to a rise in the number of cases of foot-and-mouth across the herd as being a likely cause.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Storm in a Teacup *** Yahn Bares All * &etc


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