Galactic News

  • January 20, 3303
  • Galactic News: Clandestine Federal-Imperial Negotiations?

    Animosity between the Empire and the Federation has been growing for months, but leaked communications suggest that clandestine negotiations may be taking place between the two superpowers.

    Jason Nygaard, a reporter for The Federal Times, said:

    "We believe the Federation is meeting with Imperial dignities behind closed doors. The nature of these meetings isn't clear, but we have noted unusual ship movements around the historic Cambridge space port."

    Cambridge, once of the few ancient Earth cities preserved in its historic form, is notably free from surveillance. It has been associated with many remarkable events in its long history.

  • Galactic News: Sirius Corporation Campaign Ends

    A spokesperson for the Sirius Corporation has announced that its appeal for microresources has been enthusiastically received by the galactic community. Hundreds of pilots responded to the corporation's appeal by delivering Unknown Energy Source, Shield Density Reports and Shield Pattern Analysis to Cormack Hub in the Procyon system.

    As the campaign drew to a close, Li-Yong Rui, CEO of Sirius Gov, released a statement:

    "While irresponsible fortune hunters continue to destabilise the galaxy's starports by selling Unknown Artefacts on the black market, the galaxy's superpowers stand idly by, mired in bureaucracy and paralysed by indecision. Well we say: no more."

    "I will do everything in my power to put an end to the technological plague and restore the galaxy's starports to functionality. The effort to conquer this epidemic starts now."

    Pilots who contributed to the initiative can now collect their rewards from Cormack Hub in the Procyon system.

  • Galactic News: Weekly Conflict Report

    This report presents the latest data on conflict among the galaxy's minor factions.

    Here are the latest factions to experience a civil war:

    Kokary Holdings

    HIP 5712 State Corp.

    Green Party of HIP 103138

    Union of Wolf 359 Labour

    Potriti Gold Mafia

    AG+21 1754 Citizen Party

    Chet Crimson Society

    Chicoana Silver Travel Corp.

    Villae Cartel

    Gold Travel Ltd

    Civil wars occur when minor factions compete for control of major assets such as starports. When a faction is involved in a civil war, the standard of living, development level and security level in the system it controls are temporarily reduced. Combat activities can bring a civil war to an end.

    Here are the latest factions to experience war:

    Limapa Blue State Commodities

    Kokary Liberals

    Vanayequi Independents

    Chamunda Crimson Gang

    Kini Drug Empire

    Junga Patron's Principles

    Purungurawn Purple Society

    Zugen Incorporated

    Labour of Geras

    Mother Gaia

    Wars occur when a minor faction invades a star system controlled by another minor faction. For the duration of the war, the standard of living, wealth level and security level in the disputed system are reduced. Combat activity between the two warring factions determines the outcome of the conflict. If neither faction succeeds in dominating the other, the war ends in a ceasefire.

  • January 19, 3303
  • Galactic News: Laksmii Jet Power Industries Operation Thwarted

    Authorities in the Parun system have reported that the Laksmii Jet Power Industries plot against the Independents of Parun has been foiled. The operation centred on smuggling various items into Underwood Port so Imperial agents could use it to conduct guerrilla attacks against the Independents of Parun, the system's controlling faction.

    After learning of the plot, the Independents of Parun placed bounties on Laksmii Jet Power Industries ships operating in the Parun system. The strategy resulted in the destruction of hundreds of Laksmii Jet Power Industries vessels, severely undermining the organisation's plan.

    A spokesperson for the Independents of Parun thanked those who supported the operation.

    Pilots who contributed to the initiative can now collect their rewards from Underwood Port in the Parun system.

  • Community Goal: Sirius Corp. to Address Unknown-Artefact Issue

    It is widely understood that Unknown Artefacts have the ability to extract materials from their immediate environment as part of a complex self-repair process. Unfortunately, this can have disastrous effects on starships and other forms of machinery.

    Perhaps the worst affected by this phenomena have been the galaxy's starports, many of which have had to suspend services as a result of Unknown Artefact-related disruption. The high prices offered for Unknown Artefacts on the black market means many starports have been flooded with the mysterious objects. And although meta-alloys can be used to counter Unknown Artefact-related interference, the scarcity of the material means this potential salve has had little impact.

    But a recent announcement from the Sirius Corporation indicates that the company intends to tackle the issue by funding a major new research and development project. The purpose of the project is to make starports and other outposts more resistant to Unknown Artefact-related interference through the application of specific microresources.

    In support of this programme, the Sirius Corporation has placed an open order for unknown fragments, untypical shield scans and aberrant shield pattern analysis, and promised to reward pilots who deliver these materials to Cormack Hub in the Procyon system.

    The campaign begins on the 19th of January 3303 and will run for two weeks. If the final target is met earlier than planned, the campaign will end immediately.

  • Galactic News: Weekly Democracy Report

    This report presents the latest data on democratic activity among the galaxy's minor factions.

    Here are the latest factions to hold elections:

    HIP 8593 Empire League

    Order of Ethgreze

    Junga Interstellar

    Independents of Mildeptu

    Nuenets Corp.

    Jet Fortune Exchange

    Barnard's Star Alliance

    LHS 3384 Progressive Party

    LP 811-17 Gold Energy Partners

    Ross 490 Blue Public Corp.

    Elections occur when two minor factions with a similar political structure resolve a conflict over ownership and influence within a system.

  • January 18, 3303
  • Galactic News: Starport Status Update

    This report presents the latest data on starports experiencing technical issues as a result of Unknown-Artefact related interference.

    The following starports are currently closed:

    Birkhoff Station, Chnemine

    Bohr Prospect, Kisatsya

    Descartes Station, Neche

    Dogmaa, Wolfberg

    Frick Base, Naurung

    Frobisher Terminal, Yimakuapa

    Gaiman Dock, 49 Arietis

    Hahn Gateway, Nanomam

    Haisheng Orbital, HR 8474

    Maia Point, Maia

    Obsidian Orbital, Maia

    Onnes Gateway, LFT 37

    Phillips Terminal, CD-72 190

    Roentgen Hub, LFT 37

    Rutan Terminal, Scirtoq

    Solovyev Port, HIP 8865

    Tall Enterprise, Ngalia

    Tarelkin Dock, LP 462-19

    Williamson Hub, Kogich

    Wright City, Elli

    The following starports continue to experience technical issues:

    Alexander Freeport, HIP 18843

    Amnuel Dock, Kwiamoni

    Bloch Vision, Loperada

    Bondarek Orbital, Munfayl

    Carter Port, Rhea

    Cayley Landing, Atroan

    Donaldson Retreat, Rajuar

    Finney Dock, Eleu

    Gilmour Orbiter, Tau Ceti

    Gurragchaa Gateway, Warkushanui

    Haack Gateway, Halbangaay

    Hinz Hub, Ngobe

    Irens Dock, Manite

    Kooi Gateway, G 190-28

    Korolyov Hub, Arawere

    Li Qing Jao, Sol

    Liwei Gateway, 63 G. Capricorni

    Manakov Survey, Aeduci

    Melvin Hub, GD 1192

    Noctrach-Ihazevich Research Facility, Pleiades Sector AB-W b2-4

    Panshin Port, Heikegani

    Roberts Port, CD-52 9732

    Spring Gateway, LHS 215

    von Bellingshausen Port, Almar

    Weyn Dock, 64 Arietis

    Ackerman Market, Eravate

    Gentil Hub, Harm

    Elder Works, Ross 154

    Meanwhile, the following starports are on the brink of closure:

    Tiedemann Dock, Balones

  • Powerplay: Incoming Update

    At 7.00 am tomorrow morning (GMT), the monitoring of powers' activities will go offline for a short period while the latest data is assembled. Pilots who operate for one of the powers should deliver any cargo or vouchers before this time to ensure their activities are registered.

  • Galactic News: Weekly Health Report

    This report presents the latest data on health issues among the galaxy's minor factions.

    Here are the latest factions to experience famine:

    HR 3954 Crew

    Koleti Purple Dynamic Co

    LHS 3705 Dominion

    New Mutj Nationalists

    Cenni Corp.

    Sesmu Incorporated

    LPM 26 Pirates

    Workers of Jurokkju Democrats

    Laifang Silver Mob

    Social Hunahau Free

    When a faction is affected by famine the standard of living in the system it controls temporarily decreases. Combat activity has no effect on influence while a famine is active. Completing food-trade missions can bring a famine to an end.

    Here are the latest factions to experience an outbreak:

    HIP 105577 One

    League of Villae

    Delphin Blue Federal PLC

    Junga Interstellar

    Kvenland Services

    HIP 32350 Industries

    Anlave First

    Chicoana Silver Travel Corp.

    HIP 105639 Party

    HIP 9610 Jet Legal Systems

    When a faction is affected by an outbreak the standard of living in the system it controls temporarily decreases. Combat activity has no effect on influence while an outbreak is active. Completing medicine-supply missions can bring an outbreak to an end.

  • January 17, 3303
  • Galactic News: Weekly Security Report

    This report presents the latest data on the security status of the galaxy's minor factions.

    Here are the latest factions to experience a lockdown:

    Brotherhood of LP 98-132

    Wolf 359 Blue Travel Commodities

    Alpha Centauri Gold Brotherhood

    New CD-61 6801 Flag

    Democrats of BD-02 4304

    Bhotho Rats

    Njikan Jet Dynamic Industry

    Oho Bajo Public Holdings

    Confederation of Dahan

    Nationalists of Aulin

    When a faction experiences a lockdown, the security rating of the system it controls temporarily increases and the system's wealth temporarily decreases. Bounty hunting activity can shorten the lockdown period.

    Here are the latest factions to experience civil unrest:

    Brotherhood of LP 98-132

    Ngaliba Blue Camorra

    WISE 0855-0714 Gold Gang

    Partnership of LHS 2819

    i Bootis Central Limited

    Mictlan Empire Assembly

    Ovid Defence Force

    Lokitaka Mu Silver Universal Net

    Blue Major Exchange

    Values Party of Snotock Ek

    Civil unrest is the result of illegal activity. When a faction is affected by civil unrest, the standard of living in the system it controls temporarily decreases, as does the system's wealth. Combat missions and activities can bring civil unrest to an end.

  • January 16, 3303
  • Galactic News: Independent Scientists Comment on Sightings

    Professor Ishmael Palin, independent scientist and leading authority on xeno-biological research, has added his voice to the debate over sightings of mysterious spacecraft.

    In a statement, Professor Palin said:

    "I have no wish to be alarmist, and I can understand why the galactic superpowers have issued a somewhat noncommittal response. But suggesting that these craft may be of human origin, or the product of a hoax, rather stretches plausibility."

    "To my mind, there is a clear visual connection between these mysterious vessels, the shipwrecks found in HIP 17862 and the Pleiades, the Unknown Artefacts and the Unknown Probes. And I believe we can draw only one conclusion: we are sharing the galaxy with an intelligent non-human species. We therefore have an obligation to discover as much about this species, and its intentions, as possible."

    Independent engineer Ram Tah, who has been leading research into the Synuefe ruins, also commented:

    "I share Professor Palin's view that these reports are of great significance. But attempts to communicate with these vessels have proved fruitless, as have efforts to discern their point of origin. We must learn more about these ships and whoever – or whatever – is piloting them."

  • Galactic News: Weekly Economic Report

    This report presents the latest data on the economic health of the galaxy's minor factions.

    Here are the latest factions to experience an economic boom:

    Limapa Blue State Commodities

    Uru Federal Interstellar

    Union of Wolf 359 Labour

    Coalition of Ngaliba

    Lords of Ngaliba

    Cemiess Commodities

    Orrere Ring

    Eravate Network

    Eravate Life Services

    Brani Federal Holdings

    Boom is usually the result of consistent trade profit and completed trade contracts. When a faction experiences a boom, the wealth of the system it controls temporarily increases and trade missions completed in the system have double the effect on influence. The faction's influence may also increase. Booms typically last until they naturally expire.

    Here are the latest factions to experience an economic bust:

    HIP 111755 Gold Cartel

    Iapodes Purple Dynamic Holdings

    NLTT 6667 Republic Party

    Green Party of CD-54 4840

    Surya PLC

    Crimson Transport Ltd

    Future of Udegoci

    Carpaka Central Industry

    HIP 1419 Empire Consulate

    Union of Kappa Phoenicis Labour

    When a faction experiences a bust, the wealth of the system it controls is temporarily reduced and the faction's influence is temporarily diminished. Trade actions do not contribute to boom while a bust is active. A bust typically has to run its course before ending.

  • January 14, 3303
  • Galactic News: Weekly Expansion Report

    This report presents the latest data on expansion and withdrawal among the galaxy's minor factions.

    Here are the latest factions to have expanded into new systems:

    Kapurri Emperor's Grace

    Betel Free

    Ovid Democrats

    Leschanatya Future

    Dilga Empire Consulate

    HIP 111755 Commodities

    CD-54 9671 Empire Group

    Partnership of Bean

    HIP 117865 Empire Pact

    Tetek Patrons of Law

    Expansions occur when a minor faction reaches a sufficient level of influence and there is a populated system within striking distance. Expansion is costly, so when a faction expands, the wealth and development level of the system it controls are temporarily reduced.

    Here are the latest factions in withdrawal:

    Delphin Blue Federal PLC

    HIP 105577 Boys

    Kvenland Services

    HIP 10570 Constitution Party

    Junga Patron's Principles

    United Hatmehit Revolutionary Party

    HIP 15545 Public Network

    Chicoana Silver Travel Corp.

    Auste Gold Ring

    Hand Gang of Taunitoq

    Factions are considered to be in withdrawal if their level of influence within a system drops below a certain level. If the faction's influence remains low for a total of five days, the faction must leave the system entirely. If the faction manages to increase its level of influence, it remains in the system.

  • January 13, 3303
  • Galactic News: Superpowers Respond to Strange Sightings

    Following reports of mysterious spacecraft in human-inhabited space, the leaders of the galaxy's three superpowers have released official statements.

    Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval, currently undertaking a tour of Imperial systems, exhibited reservation:

    "To surmise that these encounters constitute proof of the existence of non-human intelligence would be rash in the extreme. We cannot rule out the possibility that these ships could be experimental human spacecraft, or even the product of an intricate hoax. I urge all Imperial citizens to remain calm, and not to leap to conclusions."

    Federal President Zachary Hudson, meanwhile, struck a characteristically strident tone:

    "I have reviewed the footage submitted by the galactic community. Granted, the evidence is not conclusive. But tell me this: Would you rather prepare for an attack that may not come, or be met by an attack you did not prepare for? We know nothing about the true nature or purpose of these vessels. It would be in our best interest to prepare for any eventuality."

    By contrast, Alliance Prime Minister Edmund Mahon was diplomatic:

    "Like the Emperor, I believe it would be premature to conclude that these are non-human spacecraft. But it is clear to me that these encounters warrant further investigation. We must gather further evidence, and keep an open mind. Knowledge, not ignorance. Proof, not speculation. That is the way forward."

  • Galactic News: Weekly Conflict Report

    This report presents the latest data on conflict among the galaxy's minor factions.

    Here are the latest factions to experience a civil war:

    HIP 5712 State Corp.

    Wolf 359 Blue Travel Commodities

    Union of Wolf 359 Labour

    Potriti Gold Mafia

    AG+21 1754 Citizen Party

    Eranin Peoples Party

    Chet Crimson Society

    Marquis du HIP 110867

    Villae Cartel

    Luyten's Star Co

    Civil wars occur when minor factions compete for control of major assets such as starports. When a faction is involved in a civil war, the standard of living, development level and security level in the system it controls are temporarily reduced. Combat activities can bring a civil war to an end.

    Here are the latest factions to experience war:

    Ross 754 Labour

    Cemiess Commodities

    Labour of Ethgreze

    Kokary Liberals

    United LHS 3479 Green Party

    Chamunda Crimson Gang

    The Pilots Federation

    Zugen Incorporated

    39 Tauri Interstellar

    Revolutionary Heheng Future

    Wars occur when a minor faction invades a star system controlled by another minor faction. For the duration of the war, the standard of living, wealth level and security level in the disputed system are reduced. Combat activity between the two warring factions determines the outcome of the conflict. If neither faction succeeds in dominating the other, the war ends in a ceasefire.

  • January 12, 3303
  • Galactic News: Appeal for Materials Concludes

    A spokesperson for Balones Gold Touch Systems has announced that its appeal for materials has been enthusiastically received by the galactic community, resulting in a massive influx of deliveries to Tiedemann Dock, the organisation's base of operations.

    A spokesperson for the organisation released the following statement:

    "Balones Gold Touch Systems extends its deepest gratitude to the galactic community for its support."

    "We know you have questions, but we make you no promises. It will take time to develop these devices. And even when the probes are despatched, we may find nothing. But anything we do discover, we will readily share with the galactic community."

    Pilots who contributed to the initiative are now free to collect their rewards from Tiedemann Dock in the Balones system.

  • Community Goal: Conflict in Parun

    It has been several weeks since conflict was reported between the Empire and the Federation, following months of hostility between the two superpowers. The last incident connected to the Empire-Federation rift was a clash between the Pleiades Resource Enterprise and the Ant Hill Mob in November. Since then, there have been no reports of conflict.

    But intelligence recovered from the Parun system indicates that Laksmii Jet Power Industries, an Empire-aligned organisation, has devised a plot to smuggle quantities of personal weapons, explosives and reactive armour into Underwood Port. It is understood that Imperial agents based in the system will use these items to conduct guerrilla attacks against the Independents of Parun, the system's controlling faction.

    Having received word of this plot, the Independents of Parun has placed bounties on all Laksmii Jet Power Industries ships operating in Parun in the hope of thwarting the operation. Both factions have appealed to the galactic community for support, promising to reward pilots who support their campaigns.

    The rival operations begin on the 12th of January 3303 and will run for one week. If either organisation achieves its aims earlier than planned, the operations will end immediately.

  • Freelance Report: Fuel Rats Complete 20,000th Rescue

    On the 7th of January 3303, the Fuel Rats successfully completed their 20,000th rescue since their foundation in June 3301. The milestone was reached during a busy weekend that saw the group complete a total of 230 rescues. Sources at Fuel Rats headquarters in the Fuelum system linked the spike in cases to curiosity surrounding reported sightings of non-human spacecraft.

    The Fuel Rats Mischief, an auxiliary wing of the Fuel Rats, revealed that the 20,000th rescue took place in the Alrai Sector, with Commanders Esxste, FightingCookie and Hillbillypolenta flying out to rescue the stranded pilot. The group also paid tribute to Commander Termite Altair, who has completed an unprecedented 750 successful rescues.

    When asked about reports of alien ships, a Fuel Rats spokesperson said the group would remain true to its policy of neutrality and give fuel to non-human vessels if requested.

    Tivec

  • Galactic News: Weekly Democracy Report

    This report presents the latest data on democratic activity among the galaxy's minor factions.

    Here are the latest factions to hold elections:

    Coquim Industry

    Green Party of HIP 103138

    GCRV 4654 State Interstellar

    Crimson State Group

    Apoyota Domain

    Modgud Commodities

    Blue Dynamic Group

    Gitxsan Limited

    Autocracy of Phi Gruis

    Social Bakaduninka Future

    Elections occur when two minor factions with a similar political structure resolve a conflict over ownership and influence within a system.

  • January 11, 3303
  • Galactic News: Engineers Reduce Requirements

    The galaxy's independent engineers have announced a joint accord designed to make enhancements for civilian spacecraft more affordable. A spokesperson confirmed the accord was intended to ensure the safety of independent pilots traversing the space lanes.

    As a consequence, independent engineers will no longer require commodities in order to upgrade modules and weapons – only materials will be needed.

    Meanwhile, in a fortunate turn of events, analysts have reported that the market value of a number of commodities has risen. Consequently, pilots seeking to offload commodities can do so profitably.