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A Bloody Interesting Coup

A Bloody Interesting Coup

For the shortest of periods, life settled down in the IMP, the new viceroy was establishing himself in office, research was commissioned, the Patrol Commissioner was not winning any popularity competitions and there was even the odd rumour of some trading, and whilst this went on Githyanki started plotting.

First as foremost he needed a vacancy, then some internal support and a pre-determined outcome. Stage one, kill or remove the viceroy, stage two isolate the command council most likely to support Githyanki’s bid and thus secure the result, straight forward enough. In a peculiar twist of fate, Githyanki had mentored Viceroy Blackthorn as he rose in the imperial ranks, schooling him on many aspect of Imperial politics including fleet combat tactics, and as such the man had spent a great deal of time in Githyanki’s fleet HQ Cape Horn in Kasmer, maintaining a property in the bases luxury district, and visiting frequently.

It was on one such occasion, after an especially tiresome conference session of the command council that Githyanki took his opportunity, the viceroy had entered his chambers late, he was known to take a brandy or two before retiring and he had only the one personal guard in such secure surroundings, Githyanki had selected the rest of his protection detail personally. Githyanki approached the viceroys house in the haunted hours of early morning with his own bodyguard, a creature without physical equal, he was granted access into the viceroys chambers by his own guard. The viceroys own man might have set off the alarm as Githyanki approached, had his head not been swiftly removed just as it registered a thought of panic, replacing the initial shock, Githyanki’s bodyguard towering over his lifeless corpse removing his teeth from his severed head.

Githyanki drew his sidearm, gave the viceroy a swift kick, and as he went for his own pistols shot him in the face. “Viceroy he mused, I have a proposal for you” The viceroy’s body along with the whole security detail and a medical officer were quickly ushered onto a waiting Stealth Silence class warship which quickly departed, the viceroy having lost a few teeth in the process. Githyanki set himself to the task of setting the charges as he dispatched his body guard to acquire the dancing girl.

Imperial news networks would later report the tragic demise the viceroy, following a huge antimatter explosion which did extensive damage to the local area, all that remained were a few teeth, the body of the viceroy’s evening entertainment, and evidence that pointed to her having taken the contract to kill the viceroy from a source within the republic and foolishly miscalulating the extent of the explosives force.

Later in the evening, just prior to the emergency session of the imperial council, Githyanki presided over a meeting between Gregor Konstantin and General Kreiger.

Githyanki “So our fears have been realised gentlemen they press us from the shadows, it is time for the strong leadership we have the discussed and to take the fight back to our true foe.

Kreiger “Give me a war and you shall have my support”

Konstantin “You already know my mind, if the situation can be brought to head then more the better, and between us we have the weight to carry the vote, with Simms, Ravenstone and likely Space all voting against you”

Githyanki “So we are set, who shall make the nomination?”

Konstantin “I shall”

The council session adjourned as the council considered the vote, Githyanki had been nominated as planned by Duke Konstantin, Blake Ravenstone had been nominated by Admiral Space. Ravenstone would have to be dealt with at a later point Githyanki mused, but now his attention returned to the viceroy, and taking advantage of the session break boarded his personal ship and headed to his hidden ice base.

Githyanki entered the medical facility glancing briefly at the prone figure of the viceroy on the operating table, he addressed the medical officer.

“The preparations are made?”

“Yes sir, the stun effects will wear off in the hour, by which time we shall have him put under and begin the process of his reconstruction”

“And he shall remember nothing?

“nothing sir, his memories shall be erased, his features completely altered, we shall have to build him a new memory of course but the basic framework of an imperial upbrining is easy enough, records tell more of a story than people and if we add in factors like a family lost in childhood, few friends, and last survivor of the academy class that will be tragically lost next week, it should not return to haunt you”

“Good and you and the men?”


“We are all here sir, families and stories are in order, you have provided everything we asked for, to the man we all know we can never leave this place, I shall turn him over to your bodyguard as requested for insertion into the accident site, when the process is complete. Sir, one last thing, what should he be called”

“He was a fan of old earth westerns I believe, call him Wild Bill.”

A week later the vote was passed as had been suspected, Githyanki was named viceroy and sworn into office, Ravenstone had not taken losing well and continued to pursue the investigation and Githyanki set about plotting his immediate downfall.

 
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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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*** Inter Galactic News ***
  • 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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