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RIP Go Boom

Details on the ground are scarce, but stories reaching our news-room suggest that the days of the RIP may be numbered, as the Imperial-Bloc has launched a series of direct military strikes against multiple RIP targets.

We have reports of a substantial ground assault going in against RIP Freedom City, which might or might not have run into heavier than expected resistence from RIP defenders.

The main RIP outpost on Gorgon has reportedly fallen to the IMP.

IMP Fleet Support vessels have been spotted mustering in the Masters system.

IMP Cruisers and Strike Cruisers are reported to be gathering in the Lewis system.

We have also received word that has been confirmed from multiple sources that the GTT have moved in on the RIP in the Demon system. By the sounds of it they don't have anything more than heavy cruisers and destroyers and some limited numbers of ground forces.

Sources report that the GTT involvement sounds a bit rushed and poorly thought through in contrast to the IMP actions, which seem to have been planned for some time now.

Speculation is mounting that the Imperial action is in response to the long-standing rumours of RIP support for the Wolfpack pirates.


Mohache Go Boom

A MOH freighter in the Venice system has run afoul of one of the DTRs restricted access zones. The Deearu Accol, a Yew class transport, was engaged and destroyed by the Gamma 9 defence grid.

When asked why a friendly vessel had been destroyed, a Detinus commander remarked that all vessels, be they friend or foe, would be fired upon if they attempted to transit the G-9 orbital quadrant as this is the location of DTR Fleet Command.

Skirmishing In Yank

Imperial forces in the Yank system have recently destroyed a Real-Confederacy warship. While the legality of taking military action in the neutral Yank system is questionable, the IMP probably didnt do themselves any favours by firing upon a Pirate Bane class cruiser that the RCF have claimed was en-route to intercept a pirate scout ship.

There has been no comment from the Kastorian military Junta, but were guessing the IMP have probably had to pay reparations.


Skirmishing In Solo

Imperial forces have fired upon and destroyed an Independent freighter in the Solo system, prompting condemnation from various sources including the Detinus Republic who have stated that the Solo system is a Free Trade Zone, and that INDs have every right to transit and trade there.

The Imperial forces for their part maintain that the IND in question was up to no good, and that all INDs are viewed with the deepest suspicion and should steer well clear of IMP facilities for their own safety.

The AFT, the current system holders for the Solo system, have yet to make a statement. Though with their military forces still smarting from their short sharp war with the GTT, it seems difficult to know how they will continue to maintain their system claim on Solo for much longer. Rumours indicate several other neutral powers may be waiting in the wings to take the system over, including the dread Mohache/Wimble alliance, the Krell, and the ARC.


Consortium In Action

The season of goodwill continues as the Consortium launch a massive series of operations against the Flagritz Empire.

A significant FEL/FCN/SMS fleet moved against the Inferno stargate, and began transitting through it to the Twilight Periphery. A FLZ platform in the Inferno system appears to have attempted to engage the fleet, causing the Falconian elements to peel off and cover the rest of the squadrons as they began jumping through the gate, though given the FLZ platform appears to have been armed with the massively outdated Pulse weapons, very little damage was done, and a number of FLZ freighters and light cruisers were destroyed.

Meanwhile the Consortium fleet on exiting the stargate in the Twilight system was engaged by a far larger FLZ platform, which had a significant supporting fleet of Base Ships and cruisers in attendance, along with a picket force of OPS vessels, which initially came to their overlords support.

A fierce space battle then erupted with heavy damage being inflicted to vessels on both sides. The Consortium forces appear to have taken the worst of it, as they were undermanned as the FLZ platform on the other side of the Stargate held up the rest of their forces for 24 hours. Falconian forces are understood to have taken particularly heavy casualties. At time of press the tide of battle seems to be turning in their favour however, as more and more Consortium reinforcements pour through the Stargate.

The question will no doubt be settled by how many reinforcements the Flagritz can bring to bare.

It is still not known if this is a raid in force by the Consortium, or a dedicated attempt to wrest control of the entrance to the Twilight Periphery, in order to expand their war against the FLZ into a whole new region of space.



FLZ Condemn Consortium Actions

Lord Sektor of the FLZ has appeared giving the following statement:

It seems the Consortium, even the Falconian, who had sued for peace,
and keep on sueing for peace, for we have kept our promise to return
some prisioners, have attacked our installations at Inferno, thus
breaking the non aggression pact within IMP held territory.

I'll be very disapointed if the Commonwealth Emperor does not condemn
this action.

The Commonwealth Triumverate itself has stated that actions in the Inferno system are nothing to do with the Commonwealth, as that system is claimed by and for the IMP.

The Imperial viceroy is understood to have asked the Consortium for an explanation of their actions.


Ship Destroyed

A Flagritz scout ship has been destroyed by Felini positions in the Crusade system.


Empress Sarah

There was some brief confusion this week as an IMP vessel bearing the famous name Empress Sarah was spotted in the Madonna system. After checking with the EEM however, this turned out not to be the real Empress Sarah, but an imposter.

It is unknown why the IMP should have commissioned a look-a-like for the Empress Sarah.


Halo System

Our news-room has begun receiving the first reports from the newly opened Halo Periphery:

System Agripeta (198) [HBO]:
Periphery: Halo
Jump Ring: 10
Radiation: 0
Celestial Bodies:

WormholeYank Express (9890){Gamma,1}
PlanetPrimus Adventor (1484){Alpha,3}
MoonPrimus Serviendus (8463){Alpha,3}
PlanetAn Aurum Concursus (4985){Gamma,6}
PlanetMei Mei Mei (2752){Beta,7}
Gas GiantLeonis Pars (3943){Alpha,10}
MoonOmnia Nitida (8754){Alpha,10}


System Message:
Halo Charter
Access:
Access is granted to the External zone of Halo to all parties by the Halo Benevolent Oligarchy (HBO).

Policing:

The Halo Oligarchy will police within the bounds of the Halo Periphery and only within the bounds of the Halo Periphery. Only crimes committed within the Halo Periphery will be punished by the Oligarchy and then as the Oligarchy deems appropriate or convenient.

1st Laws:

No faction may conduct stellar cartography within the Halo Periphery. Any faction discovered undertaking Stellar Cartography will suffer reparation by the Oligarch Execution Fleet.

Only signatories of the Charter (referred to as Clients) may construct bases and otherwise colonise celestial bodies.

All bases must contribute to the HBO system claim. Failure to do so either through lack of troops or desire will be investigated by the Oligarch Execution Fleet at the Oligarch's pleasure.

Ships greater than 20,000mu are banned.

Warfleets greater than 20 are banned - this applies to fleets formed from multiple factions.

2nd Laws:

Any client agrees to construct no more than two bases on any single world. There are no limits to the size of base or platforms constructed. Platforms are limited to one per starbase. Action should be taken to reduce bases down to two and the appropriate quantity of platforms following any event where more come under the control of a single faction. A grace period will be given based on the events and a successful petition to the Oligarchy.

No faction may monopolize any world and permanent exclusion zones are prohibited. The Halo Oligarchy will decide when it considers a temporary defensive measure to have become a permanent exclusion zone by notifying the Oligarch Execution Fleet of the offense.

Conflict is permitted so long as the 1st Laws are not violated.

3rd Law:

Any client is permitted to enforce their own laws within the Halo Periphery as they see fit except where it violates either the client charter or the 1st or 2nd laws.


**Message From The Editor**

Welcome to the first of what will probably be several catch-up editions. The next should be a Christmas Special.

If anybody has any Christmas themed news stories theyd like to share, please send them along to me for inclusion over the next couple of days.

Simon.



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

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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

    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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