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Species Upgrade

Why should an aquatic sentient species value forests and grasslands? The krell are known for being highly tolerant of toxic atmospheres it makes no sense for them to suffer the same penalties as humans.
With this in mind racial templates have been developed for each of the major species in the Phoenix universe. These are applied to the world, modifying infrastructure and life demand multipliers and determine the relative worth of each type of sectors.
The knock-on effect of this is that where previously worlds were classed as breathable or un-breathable irrespective of species it is now the case worlds may be suitable for some species but inhospitable to others. As such the world is now termed Terrestrial or Divergent.

Terrestrial versus Divergent
A terrestrial world means that the environment is suitable for the majority species. It presumes that within the integrated infrastructure there is sufficient allowance to cope with lack of terrestrial conditions for minority populations.

For example while humans would find a high carbon dioxide percentage of an atmosphere toxic, if they are a minority species on a world dominated by a dewiek population it is a given that there will be areas where the humans can live without making special allowances for them. If however the population changes such that the dewiek are no longer the dominant species then the world will stop being classed as terrestrial.

A dominant race requires greater than 60% of a single species to be present in the population. A world without a dominant species will be classed as Default and be subjected to the default racial infrastructure values.

A terrestrial world is defined as one where bases do not require domes. This makes for a simple mechanic even though it may not be logical in all cases. You can benefit for not needing domes on a world populated by aquaphids even though your entire workforce is krell. If however the population increases and becomes divergent, the base must build domes to avoid getting the efficiency penalty. A divergent world is one where any single infrastructure penalty is greater than 20%, the total infrastructure penalty is greater than 50% or there are atmospheric components that generate a life demand multiplier penalty greater than 1 i.e. a toxic atmosphere.

Colonising New Worlds
Worlds without a population are classified as default and use the default parameters. For species that are quite different from default this can lead to expensive infrastructure costs for colonisation. The simplest method of dealing with this is to first seed a few civilians of the appropriate species in order to create the desired population before attempting to integrate any techs. If the seeding base is looking to conceal their infrastructure improvement plans they can integrate items and techs but not complete them then when they are ready, seed the population quickly followed by integrating the techs.

Below is a short comment on the dominant species found within the Peripheries:

Sentient
Worlds suitable for sentients are similar to Earth-like worlds but if anything are more constrained. The reason for this is that the mix of species is more likely to result in one or more of the minority species being incompatible with the environment.

Humans
A world suitable for humans is Earth-like - not really anything more to add to this.

Aquaphid
The aquatic species holds little regard for atmospheres providing that there is oxygen present (and as a consequence oxygen in the water). Certain atmospheric gases however will contaminate the seas where they live. As such they suffer quite lightly from atmospheres that would make colonisation problematic for other species.
As the vast majority of their civilisation lies within water they have little use for land except where it is accessible by rivers and lakes.

Krell
Maybe years of civil war has made this species adept at eking out sustenance seemingly from barren rock. The same reasoning is also behind their lack of enthusiasm for vegetation. Maybe they see lush jungles as tomorrow's forest fire. This also explains their seeming delight in colonising ruins. While other species would seek to either repair or demolish ruins, the krell see them as pre-fabs.
They prefer living in large groups and urban sectors are always packed.
That the species also spends a long time underground and living in dense reprocessed air has given them a surprising tolerance for extreme atmospheres. They can happily breath air that is utterly toxic to humans. This is the sort of species that can be relegated to second class planets considered unfit for colonisation.

Dewiek
While knowledge of their exact homeworld is either lost of a well-kept secret it is clear that the shaggy humanoids prefer rough living in cool climates. When off-duty they prefer nothing more than getting out of the urban environments and losing themselves in forests and mountains, joining their packmates in their enclaves to drink and fight.
They are adapted to dense atmospheres but with a lower oxygen content easily processed by their prodigious lungs.
Their muscle and bone structure is dense and they prefer higher gravities as lower gravities tends to cause muscle and bone atrophy in the long term leading to more injuries during their favourite pastimes.



Felini
All ancient felini literature contain copious prose about the savannah of Pride, the vast steppes and endless plains. That the felini have dozens of words for basking and a narrow band of temperatures all of which humans would find uncomfortably hot.
Oceans are considered pointless and at best they tolerate large lakes providing they have rivers.
While felini are adapted to high gravities their natural athleticism means that they enjoy lower gravities and make good use of them, often simply omitting steps much to the annoyance of other species.

Hive
Hive infrastructure has a high threshold for extremes in gravity and temperature. Even tectonic levels other species consider an issue proves little problem to them as they seek out active volcanic sites (hive also have a near complete lack of health and safety protocols). For this species rock is prized along with vegetation as a world suitable for colonisation.
Hive urban sectors are little more than a mass of tunnels extending above and below ground, taking advantage of natural features such as mountains. They are always heaving with hive and rarely lit except in the locations where they deal with other sentients or as a result of industry being carried out.
While not as tolerant as the krell with respect to atmospheres, modest levels of carbon dioxide give them little discomfort.

Flagritz
The lack of an internal skeleton means that this species prefers lower gravity to the point where they will lose more than 40cm in height when in they move from an optimal 0.7 to a 1g environment unless they are readily strapped up, something they find somewhat limiting. High temperature is also a major annoyance to Flagritz as it causes them to dehydrate, losing vital liquids. They prefer a temperature only slightly above freezing, though being highly saline this causes them no problems.

Falconians
Falconians prefer forests, jungles and shorelines where they form their large congregation points. It also makes taking to the air convenient as even the most graceful falconian can look somewhat ungainly as they leap skywards from the ground. This also explains their interest in low gravity worlds with high optical depths (associated with dense atmospheres). Anything to make flying easier.


 
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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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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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