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Wormholes

Wormholes

Hypothetical traversable wormholes may be possible according to solutions for the equations describing general relativity within the real universe. This is if they can be stabilised through negative-energy density exotic matter (Casimir effect constraints and all that). There are even solutions in which natural wormholes can exist and have done since the early universe, being held open by negative mass cosmic strings.

In Phoenix we use Inter-spatial Resonance (ISR) as a base mechanic. While not Newtonian in terms of absolute location, it does define all parts of the universe as having a definite resonance. This resonance is not well understood, at least not by anyone other than a few boffins deep in research labs and the occasional exotic alien species who are even more inscrutable. Most bandy the word subspace and shrug.
There are two things that are commonly known by star captains, this is that there are epiphenomenon called subspace drift and subspace oscillation.

The former is believed to be related to the expansion of the universe it seems that the decoupling of energy and mass in the early universe may be just one decoupling of exotic states. The decoupling of space and subspace (all those little dimensions curled up on themselves) meant that given a period of time the constants used to determine jump parameters will change and in unpredictable ways. Professors of esoteric subjects say it is due to cosmic strings and point apologetically at superclusters and the general clumpiness of the universe. They may even dumb it down and say it is not unlike the ripples in sand left behind by the tide. The changes to the constants are analogous to the seawater in contact with the seabed moving over these ripples but also reforming them. Then again they will say anything to ensure their tenure.

The phenomena of subspace oscillation is however a much more extreme version of subspace drift, changing the localised resonance of a region of space by huge amounts. There is some support for these natural wormholes to be from the dawn of time for two good reasons first, they do not have a shell of exotic matter associated with their openings and secondly there is evidence for them also exhibiting subspace drift. There are rumours (of closely guarded research by certain affiliations) that point towards wormholes naturally changing which systems they connect to.

There are some indications that cosmic strings with 'loose ends' may be responsible for the vast majority of natural wormholes. This would explain why one end of the wormhole is constrained within a region of space though the other end appears to move between systems. It is of course more complicated than that and it may well be proved that in fact it is one of the higher dimension knots described in m-theory that accounts for the localised changes in resonance. Suffice to say, most wormholes have one end that changes its resonance. Each resonance point matches that of another region of space, resulting in the wormhole leading to a new region of space. The two ends are therefore referred to as origin and end-point. The end-point being the side of the wormhole that 'leaps around the universe'.

As natural wormholes are linked to ISR to some degree, it explains why wormholes appear to have a limit on the distance they can span. This is somewhere in the region of a few hundred light years. It is almost certainly a function of the upper limit of the negative-mass cosmic strings generated by the Big Bang.


Of Wormhole Anchors
While natural wormholes are an accepted part of the Phoenix universe, there are those that have found it horribly inconvenient that they tend to undergo subspace oscillation, connecting with multiple locations. Efforts have therefore been made to anchor a wormhole between two regions of space. This would not have been possible without the discovery of gravitron. Gravitron is a peculiar mineral that under normal circumstances is nothing more than dull grey rock. If however it is subjected to certain fields it will induce a negative gravity field. There are even rumours of a world where both gravitron and these fields exist simultaneously resulting in large floating islands.
While gravitron has positive mass, its ability to generate a negative gravity field can be used to approximate to negative-energy when cleverly applied to a natural wormhole. When done so in sufficient amounts it stops the wormhole cycling. There are two leading theories on this the first is that it absorbs energy from the wormhole, preventing this from leading to instabilities that eventually cause it to jump its resonance cycle. The other is that it establishes an exotic matter sphere at the opening in order to generate a new Lorentzian wormhole within the existing one. Either way it seems to work.

Closed Wormholes
Even though a wormhole is only ever traversable between two points, there are indications that it is still connected to all the points (largely in agreement with m-theory). It is possible to pick-up energy fields in proximity of the closed end. These readings are so weak that unless the region of space has already been identified, such as when the wormhole's endpoint connects there, that they would not be discovered without a lot of research into local stellar cartography. There are some that even speculate that this might be used to send energy through a closed wormhole.

WoMD and Wormholes
There comes a time when an open wormhole is an open invitation to be invaded. The solution wing a few nukes down the wormhole and blow it up. Unfortunately, something forged in the early universe and enduring for billions of years is not so easy to destroy. It can however be done through the timely and careful detonation of a few nukes while within the wormhole. There are so many critical parameters that simply firing a salvo into a wormhole will not work. For a start, entering a wormhole requires the negotiation of the entrance this needing the full guidance system of a starship. There are also a lot of complicated mechanics involved in the launch something only an officer with quite a lot of skill can achieve.
In other words it is final trip of a dedicated crew captained by an exemplary officer.
Finally, it is only a temporary solution. The maths indicate that there is also increasing resistance to sequential attempts. The first successful closure is believed to have lasted a year, but following suicide runs proved significantly less impressive. At best it is a sacrifice to buy time to meet the invasion through construction or diplomacy.


Other Wormholes
There are other types of wormhole on Phoenix referred to as artificial or induced. The artificial wormhole of Dyson is similar to a Schwarzchild wormhole though the mechanics of its formation and manipulation are a well-kept secret (either that or the people responsible for its use haven't a clue and use the controls created by the Architects). Threats to open the wormhole directly on a world have so far failed to come to pass. It seems unlikely that a wormhole could be opened on a world with a stable ISR field. There is even some speculation that attempting it would cause a feedback loop capable of destroying the entire Sphere.
There are induced wormholes, spontaneously created through the collapse of a gas giant that exhibits peculiar phenomena. There is debate as to whether this is not in fact a natural wormhole that is actually closed. The reason for its closure could be that subspace drift caused either the origin or one of the endpoints to align with a large gravitational well such as a giant. This would in theory cause energy and mass bleed into the wormhole each time it attempted to open, causing disruption. If a method could be determined to hold the opening open or lower local energy, the wormhole could be induced to expand, either swallowing the giant whole or destroying it utterly.


 
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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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Felini flounder in Winter against superior Dewiek forces

The FEL have managed to get their asses kicked by the DEN yet again after provoking the definitely “not cute or cuddly” Dewiek in the Crossley system. The furry punching bags had bought a civilian flagged outpost in the system, without permission or under certain conditions depending on who you ask, and then had the gall to reinforce this error by positioning warships in orbit. The famously patient warlord Halvor did not buy the story these heavy hull armed ships were merely transports and sent a pack to clear the orbit. The mouthy yet green Felini fleet commander Pr'prz fancied his chances against what looked like a light complement of DEN warships and ordered his own warships to engage in the neighbouring Winter system. The result was predictably a wipe out of the FEL forces consisting of forty-seven capital warships at no loss to the DEN. Once again, a series of calamitous decision making resulted in Felini lives being wasted by a leadership barely fit to clean a litter tray. The otherwise untested Halvor can now claim some victory ale although with his penchant for picking on creatures as weak as Gracians, it’s not exactly clear how much glory this new breed of Dewiek warrior can claim against the legends of old.


 
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Dastardly Dewiek Disregard Yank Neutrality

The governor of a MRC outpost in the Yank system reports that a 400-hull DEN warship called Grey Hunter Axiom entered orbit of Spritzer and opened fire with weapons of mass destruction (WoMD) against a platform, outpost, ground party and ship. Reports indicate significant casualties to Kastorian personnel both in space and on the ground. The KAS Junta is gruffly warning, with a slightly indifferent air, that everybody better stay out of the sector of the outpost for their own health. It is unclear what measures the KAS have or will take against the DEN on this matter. Such a breach of Yank neutrality has in the past caused the Dewiek to froth at the bit against the Empire for their disregard of ‘civilised’ norms. Their current silence on this matter speaks volumes.


 
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Yenni-bodies Pirates?

A PIR outpost was miraculously discovered by an IMP freighter, of all things, in the Yanni system with several Javelin class warships in orbit. After noticing the IMP freighter and seeing the public post by Jack Jones on subspace, the PIR decided to flee and leave a combined force of IMP and FET forces to capture the outpost. A brain damaged three-year old commentator who still believed in the goodness of people and Santa Claus was quick to commend the IMP on their good work, dismissing those who thought it no more than a convenient clearing up operation signifying* completion of operations in the nearby FET claimed systems of Graydown, Canth and Onissian by IMP puppet Edward Lowe. Meanwhile, the Wolf Lord Lyceum summed up the view of many when he screamed, “What is this amateur b*llshit?” into an uncaring universe.


 
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Crowe Coups Self

The IMP Viceroy Tiberius Crowe has finally achieved something in his unremarkable tenure by relinquishing even the semblance of wearing big boy pants and instead, appointed Jack Jones as Patrol Commissioner, salty spokesperson and policy maker for the Empire. Crowe will now join CIA Director Laton in riding the special bus to work where the two of them will enjoy long pleasant afternoons sipping cups of tea. Actually, just tepid fruit-scented water as neither of them can be fully trusted with a hot kettle. Occasionally, they might be visited by equally dynamic war “veteran” Admiral Bridge to enjoy mimes presenting the latest comics from the Howl. Meanwhile, Jones is putting pressure on the FET and will soon no doubt find a pretext to deploy his vast mercenary forces against anyone else who is seen working too closely with his most hated of enemies, the HEX.


 
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Highlord Aadolf Loses Control As Dewiek Break Peace Treaty

Around one hundred DEN warships have launched an attack on a small GTT destroyer squadron of forty ships in the Daggern system. Two GTT ships were destroyed and another fifteen suffered noticeable damage. CEO Xavier Fox issued a restrained but angry statement demanding the DEN explain themselves. Highlord Aadolf’s buffoon-like response amounted to “Dewiek be Dewiek, let’s drink and forget about it.” Cold comfort for the dead crew onboard the GTT ships and their families. Especially, as seems likely at this time, the Empire will settle for some bloody money instead of retribution.


 
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The Worm Turns

The FET have reduced relations with the IMP to neutral. Sneezy boss Cu Chulainn took the bold step of putting 1 and 1 together by linking recent mercenary attacks in their systems with the IMP scouts seen loitering for some time and refusing to move. Even bolder, hints that they believe “a certain Imperial citizen” is responsible for Edward Lowe’s entire underhand operation were voiced loudly enough that the handsome but hard of hearing Tiberius Crowe had to take note. He was seen grappling in trademark fashion with his skin tight jacket, pulling it down over his partially concealed middle-aged girth, as he sat to issue a terse public statement. Exactly who this citizen may be was left unnamed and no news channel subject to Imperial laws would dare unmask the villain. Luckily dear readers, we are not subject to phony Imperial laws. It’s Jack Jones everybody. Jack Jones, butcher of Naplians and fancier of silver long johns.


 
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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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