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Flagritz

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.

Discussion
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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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

NPC / FoC: ARC, CIV, CGT, FRE, HBO, HEF, IND, ISP, JCN, MEK, MRC, PIR, PRV, TCA, TRN, KAS

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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Who is behind the AFA?

Following the large scale holiday attack by the AFA against the FET the question of who is behind the attacks has been raised once again. What is clear is that the AFA is using ships that were transferred from the GTT to the IMP. The organisation and expertise of the operation also reduces the pool of potential candidates. Few can go from commanding a handful of broadswords to half a thousand warships and significant army logistics without a long stint in one of the more combative affiliations. With the DEN’s allies the HEX in close relations with the FET and no recent history of animosity between the aliens and FET, at least since the departure of former one-eye big-bun Norozov, it would be a bizarre turn of events if they were behind these attacks. Frankly, there’s no point dancing around it. The IMP are clearly behind the AFA. The question is what can anybody do about this move of significant Imperial resources to a black-flag agency?


 
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Fox Effects Fantastic Turnaround

With his feet barely under the table, Xavier Fox has managed to dramatically turn things around at the GTT. With year-on-year sales figures up by 23%, manufacturing up 42% and ship production increased by 36%, the megacorporation is running at full steam with noticeable impact on local economies across the Stellar Empire. Political analysts also note that after a period of retrenchment following the disastrous leadership of Ike Krieger, investment in defence is at a five-year high. After such bullish growth, the trick will be for Mr. Fox to recruit C-level executives fast enough to match his ambitions. It is notable in temperament, the current crop of GTT politicals do not exhibit the monomaniacal xenophobia of their predecessors and have resisted repeated provocations by the DEN to enter a pointless spar before they have re-established superiority against the foolhardy aliens.


 

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