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Wylde Carrd, Saviour?

Wylde Carrd, Saviour?

The Dominion were one of the first and certainly the most prolific colonisers of the Coreward Arm, taking advantage of the legacy of the HarCop League of Traders.

HarCop had been peacefully exploring and establishing colonies throughout the region of space for some decades. The lack of aggressive aliens of a contemporary level of technology meant that beyond a few disgruntled former ship captains turned pirate there was no holding the HarCop League back. This allowed expansion to happen without the need for navies and vast standing armies. Absence of constraint proved the downfall of the League. In their rush to colonise, investment became overstretched and when the colonies failed or simply refused to repay what they owed (often with high rates of interest) the result was an economic collapse beyond compare taking with it the HarCop League.

Into this economic vacuum the Dominion was quick to monopolise entire star systems for considerable time before the stragglers and general riffraff of the rest of the Peripheries turned up. As opportunities started to dry up their attention turned to the Orion Spur.



Unlike the recovering economy of the Coreward Arm they found the civilisation of the star system Monument to be stable, advanced and mature but curiously again without attributable defences. Oddly, the people of Monument were almost too quick to welcome Dominion presence and even pushed for others to establish trading and defensive positions on their world. The reason proved to be quite sinister. They did indeed have something of an armada, they were quite proud of it, it was however missing in action out beyond Stars End.

The government’s evasion on the topic proved frustrating to say the least. Public opinion was that the shipbuilding facilities were relocated due to the extreme distance to an ongoing conflict but the lack of reports and even shipping from the front had not gone unnoticed.

The recent arrival of the former head of HarCop in the Orion Spur galvanised Wylde Carrd, Overlord of the Dominion into renewing pressure on the government to reveal the truth.

When they did, this proved worse than could have been imagined – meklan!

Everybody has heard of meklan, cyberized sentients that can take over an entire world if they get a foothold. Thankfully though they are prevented from doing so due to their lack of space faring capability. It appeared that they have evolved, throwing of their dependence on the TCA and miscreant factions looking to stir trouble. The meklan do not evolved so how did this happen after so many centuries?

The former head of HarCop was tracked down and questioned at length. The answer was Baron LiQuan!

Somehow, he managed to prevent the meklanisation process from completely subsuming him into the group mind of the meklan and even impose his will over them. While it is presumed that he died on the assault on the Stellar Empire, the old rascal’s legacy lives on.

When presented with this new information the government of Herrixal in Monument finally came clean. They discovered the meklan beyond a wormhole in a region of space with a few semi-advanced species but didn’t know the meklan for what they were. The meklan had already conquered one small world and were in the process of building ships. While the option was suggested to leave the region of space to their fate, retreat through the wormhole and nuke it from the other side the decision was taken to try to counter the threat to stop it spreading. To this end, efforts were indeed made to relocate ship building facilities beyond the wormhole and things were going well until the wormhole unexpectedly closed – that was about seven years ago – coincidently the same time that Baron LiQuan was killed.

Nothing had been heard since. Secrecy was imposed while the continued story of a strong armada expected to return anytime soon was rolled out time and again if only to keep visitors in check.

Having obtained the location of the wormhole the Dominion investigated and discovered it was open but unguarded. The other side contained debris of a huge naval battle. Probing the system found a world cloaked in radioactive fog.




Being the Dominion, the decision was taken to return and nuke the wormhole closed (‘it’s the only way to be sure’). It failed; the wormhole was anchored. Worse, the attempt alerted the meklan and a few ships arrived on the Orion Spur side. These proved far superior to anything that the Domion had encountered but thankfully few.
At that point realising what was potentially at stake the Domion made the decision to attempt to do what the people of Orion Spur failed, not just contain the meklan threat but eliminate it. To this end all Dominion assets that could be, were quietly liquidated. Advanced technologies were relocated and the entire shipping capability of the Dominion was given one task, form an armada of troops, modules, technologies and ordnance.

Curiously, like the former armada of sent in half a decade ago, the wormhole closed shortly after the Domion forces completed the crossing.

This is of course the official version and like all official versions is full of holes.

Was Wylde Carrd really in the dark about this threat until the return of the former HarCop CEO – highly doubtful.
What of the rumour that the former head of HarCop was none other than Baron Vehrenberg according to Cromwell?

How long had he been lurking in the Peripheries?

How many of these meklan ships have come through the wormhole?

How many meklan could possibly fit in an augmented 400 hull ship?

Isn’t it odd that House LiQuan has recently been re-established – purely coincidence?

It is well known than Emperor Lysander was engaged to Laura Vehrenberg before Isabella Secudus became Empress.

How is it that the Empress has suddenly gone missing?

Why didn’t Wilde Carrd reach out to the rest of the Peripheries if the threat was so real? That at least is answerable – no faction (except maybe the DTR) could be trusted not to try and turn the situation to their advantage.

Has Wylde Carrd ever been known to be a benevolent saviour? If not, what is the bastard really up to?



 
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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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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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