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Clone Brothers

Clone Brothers

Have you seen his latest meddling? Ethan Mordred didnt even bother knocking as he entered the Princes quarter, a sheet of smart paper in his hand.

Tea, councillor? Jasil asked, then as Mordred seemed disinclined to answer this seemingly trivial question, sighed, So, what has my brother done now? Requested that the mega-corps to pay their fair share of taxes to the Empire? That they abide by employment laws or maybe clean up their mess on xeno-worlds?
There is no need to be flippant. Mordred paused, waiting for the prince to focus, He is trying to pass a law that would give Brotherhood Inquisitors the powers of Imperium. If ratified by the lords, which must I remind you, he has been steadily supplanting with Brotherhood cronies, will grant them the power to seize all privately owned assets and arrest anyone they wish.

They took Baron Trafalgar last month for questioning the existence of the True One. They extracted a confession through excruciation. Thats their term for torture. Did you know the baron? I did. He was a good man. He didnt deserve this. Now he has apparently repented, signed all his family holdings over to the church and retired to a monastery, refusing to see anyone.



Morded continued along a similar theme, recounting a seemingly endless list of atrocities aimed at the mega-corps by the princes half-brother, though half-clone was nearer the mark. Both had been created by pioneering genetic splicing techniques courtesy of the Church due to their fathers infertility. Each were more than ninety percent their father, with only a few genetic defects replaced by donor material.

It was the change in tact that drew prince Jasil back to the conversation.

Your father was a good man, though desperate and the Brotherhood betrayed him. Do you think that Samuel would have turned out to be the puppet of the Brotherhood if he had been raised here in the palace? As your father said after Tate, the failure was to not listen to the people and not take action sooner. Jasil, you were raised as heir, your people need you. The mega-corps are close to open revolt. If you support them it will lend legitimacy to their cause. They will be able to strike against the Brotherhood. It will be a bloodless coup, I promise. Once we separate Samuel from the Brotherhood he will see reason. Then if you still feel strongly about Samuel ruling as the older brother, so be it. Mordred waited. Jasil gave the slightest nod of acknowledgement.
You will save billions, he continued, you will spare humanity another Dark Age. They will hail you the saviour of mankind.

Leave me, I need time to think? he ended the conversation.


Three weeks later Jasil accepted the position of major stockholder of Galactic Trade and Transport, the largest of the mega-corps. As Admiral of the Fleet of the Stellar Navy, this made him de facto most powerful person in the history of humanity.

The Earth had just crested the Lunar horizon, casting the unlit room in a blue glare. For once it was a clear day over the Pacific. The two brothers stood facing each other across the room, the only two people present. One was wearing robes more suited to medieval Euro-asia, an anachronism here in the head quarters of the Galactic Trade and Transport mega-corp. Samuel was biting back anger. His opposite, Jasil, was wearing naval uniform that befitted his rank and seemed more composed, holding a glass in one hand, the other resting unconsciously on his sidearm.

And the Lord said where is your brother? And he replied, Am I my brothers keeper? it was the first thing that Samuel had said since he entered the room minutes before, fresh from his arrival on a courier from Sparta.
Im sorry, brother, replied Jasil, you have me at a disadvantage. Is this some test?
You are bitter because I am the chosen of the True One, you seek to play the role of Cain!
The accusation put Jasil on the back foot for the second as he dredged his memory for the reference.
Ah, ancient myths, but if I recall, isnt it the older brother that slays the younger? Would that not make you Cain?
Careful brother, retorted Samuel, advancing a step, do not lecture me on religion. The words of the True One are clear in my mind. You would seek to depose me and return the Empire to the godless heathens to whore our people for baubles and worship false idols.

Jasil recoiled, the sudden outburst a far cry from their reunion at the deathbed of their father. There was a man weeping for lost time, swearing to do all that he could for the betterment of the Empire and its people. There was a man strong in conviction but humble in himself, a man Jasil felt proud to call brother and follow for the glory of the Empire. He did not recognize this snarling zealot before him. If previously he hoped that accepting the executive office with the GTT would temper his brothers fanaticism, giving him pause for thought, now he was certain it would do the opposite. His wavering was replaced by resolution.

Gods have had their day. The Brotherhood has had its day. Murdering and torture in the name of a god is still murder and torture. If you abdicate, I will see to it that you get the best treatment...
Heretic, interrupted Samuel his face contorted with rage. Throwing back his outer cowling, he jabbed his arm out, pointing accusingly. You are condemned by you own words. By the powers invested in me by The True One and the Empire, I strip you of all rank and sentence you to be executed after excruciation.
I think not, brother, replied Jasil, only just keeping his own anger in check. I command here, he drew his gun as a precaution, halting Samuels advance. Security, my brother is leaving, escort him back to his ship and see to it that he is off the station within the hour. The guards had entered the room seconds before at a sub-vocal request. They were wearing GTT insignias. While Jasil had little doubt that about the loyalty of his imperial bodyguard present at the base, it was always better to announce intent before testing it to such an extreme.


A month later, barons from the outer Empire, often at odds with the mega-corps had assembled on Tribune, barony of House Drake. For some from worlds with many monasteries and heavily influenced by the teachings of the True One, the words of Samuel were a panacea. For others the chance to remove one-sided concessions to the mega-corps was the only reason they had turned up. They figured that a bit of lip-service was worth it, especially Baron LiQuan. His shipyards would have surpassed those of Sparta if the contracts were awarded on an honest basis. With Jasil having been declared Emperor with the backing of the mega-corps, all his courting of Samuel had turned his plans to ashes. Still, ever the optimist, that Samuel had been deposed meant he was in need a fleet of his own and it just so happened that for the past three years LiQuan had not been idle at all.

Hear me and through me the words of the True One. The moneylenders, the merchants and those that would value material goods above their very souls have revealed themselves. We will now strike and cut the head from the snake. My holy warriors, today we sing the praises of the True One and tomorrow we march on Sparta, the heart of the Stellar Navy and Jasil, usurper, betrayer and the false messiah. We will raise it to the ground.
We will liberate humanity from the false prophets and bring us back into a Golden Age in the light of the True One.

From the back of the assembly, Baron LiQuan smiled.




 
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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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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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