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Stargates

Stargates

The mistaken concept of a stargate is that it is a big annulus structure somewhere in a bunker that rotates and opens a wormhole between itself and another stargate, probably in a desert... This could not be further from the truth.

The thing about stargates is that they rely on Interspatial Resonance. This is such a weak field that the noise of a pin hitting the ground would drown out any instrument capable of detecting the signal from another stargate and as for pumping out a signal that is louder than the combined emissions of the planets own fields and the populations technology... The difficulty isolating individual resonances from background noise is why ships have to fly out beyond Uranus before they can even begin to probe for the subtle subspace resonances from a nearby star.

A stargate has to achieve a number of things it has to be able to detect the emissions from other stargates; to communicate with them across light years of space; account for subspace drift over time; it also needs a source of energy to do this. The final fundamental thing needed is that it needs to be able to transfer matter from one gate to another.


The means by which matter is transferred from one gate to anther differs fundamentally from wormholes. In the case of a wormhole, the two regions of space have the same resonances resulting in entanglement. This allows a ship to navigate a path into the region of entanglement and out the other side not unlike going through a maze. Stargates on the other hand work in tandem to create a jump field around the object to be transported. The field is powered by the stargates and is generated external to the jump sphere (unlike the field generated by a jump drive). As the resonance of the jump sphere changes, the sphere drops out of real space and re-emerges at the location of the other stargate. Unlike a wormhole, there is no apparent movement through space and the actual transition is instantaneous (though the procedure itself is slow). Another fundamental difference is the use of keys though to understand this, some speculated history on their creation is necessary.

Alien Creation
As humanity ventured beyond the Stellar Empire it encountered space faring aliens that told of mythical organic ships that had meddled in their histories for enigmatic purposes. For this they were called the Architects. When they were finally encountered, meeting one or two that had been around (if they were to be believed) for millennia, it was presumed that they were the builders of the stargates. This however seems not to be the case. Though clearly capable of demolishing a star system and putting it back together, even for them, the construction of a gate seems a little beyond their abilities.

From what can be fathomed a gate is a vast mass of degenerate matter that has been partially exploded at the point a jump field has been created around it. As this happened the mass expands beyond the limits of the jump sphere, extending it into subspace and effectively pinning it beyond realspace. Within realspace, the point where the large mass existed becomes little more than a cold region of space. Detonating nuclear weapons in the vicinity does nothing to them.


Defining Stargate Nature
It is not a quantum black hole as some have described it because the energy output and gravitational field are insignificant, though it does share a lot of the math with respect to general relativity. A note about the energy is important as at first they appear to be entropic anomalies. The regions of space they occupy are almost at absolute zero. They actively absorb virtually all long wavelength emf. They do however emit high energy particles and emf including gamma rays and cosmic rays. They therefore convert some high entropy energy into low entropy energy and cause energy to disappear. This may be an application of an inverse ISR field*.

While this at first appears to break fundamental laws of physics, it is explained by the formation of the stargate. It has been presumed that the sheer mass of degenerate matter is the source of the low entropy emissions. It is also presumed that some of the energy being absorbed is actually stabilising the degenerate matter forming the stargate. In other words, the degenerate matter is reverting to normal matter. From calculations, a typical gas giant converted into degenerate matter would have sufficient energy to power around twenty thousand transitions (or three billion years) before stabilising sufficiently to emerge from subspace probably as a very powerful explosion.

There is one final piece to stargates they are programmable and can be controlled remotely. They can even be switched off. As has been pointed out they actively absorb low energy emf. If this energy happens to contain signal patterns such as those transmitted by stargates keys, the gates respond by forming the jump sphere around the signalling object and the ship. Unlike wormholes, stargates are not linked to a single specific destination. Providing that the gate has been programmed with the details (addresses) of other stargates, they can form a connection. A group of stargates connecting to each other is known as a ring. From all accounts there is no distance limit (unlike natural wormholes). Theoretically, two gates at different ends of the universe could be connected. The problem however is that for this to happen, somebody needs to program into the gates the addresses of the gates they will be connected to. This means studying both gates and transmitting their respective addresses from nearby. This is the fundamental flaw in their design (degenerating an entire gas giant aside). A gate cannot be connected to an unknown gate. Even if a gate is known, building another at the far end of the universe to connect to it still requires going back to the original gate with the address of the new gate. If that can be done in a reasonable amount of time, why bother with a gate? This presumably is why those that created the original gates both stopped building them and are no longer around. The universe is vast and they have simply left this region of space, never to return. Others suspect that the Architects have done a very nice job of cleaning up all the evidence they can bar the stargates.



Alien Interests
Here is one worrying fact recently a few TCA ships (organic ships maybe related in some way to the Architects) were spotted seemingly interacting with stargates. They didnt seem to do anything and in at least one case was destroyed mid-scan. As stated earlier physicists have calculated the theoretical amount of transitions a gate can perform before stabilisation. Were they simply taking a meter reading? Alternatively, had these ships come from a distant system with a gate address and were attempting to program a link? Were they successful?


*Nuclear-damping technology works by inducing ISR fields around a world. These cause high energy particles and emf to pass into subspace (bleeding back into realspace over a sphere a few light seconds radius) thereby dissipating the explosion. The field is weak and works on resonance, meaning that the entire world is used as the emitter. This does mean that high energy devices need to be protected from this field. Nuclear reactors for example would simply stop working on a world with an ISR field.
Even though a nuclear device could be shielded from the planetary ISR field, allowing for detonation, the detonation would destroy the Inverse ISR field, and the explosion would end. This also explains why most naval weaponry is not overly powerful. Weapon systems have to use low energy (high entropy) methods of passing under the ISR threshold while still delivering a punch.




 
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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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