Galactic News

  • June 11, 3307
  • The Legacy of the Hesperus

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    Commanders in the Chukchan and Perseus Dark Region KC-V c2-2 systems have reported being contacted by ‘Salvation’.

    The anonymous individual is known to have an interest in the Adamastor and the Hesperus, the ‘ghost ships’ within those systems. Both of the derelict megaships were operated 200 years ago by Azimuth Biochemicals.

    Commander Tyler Thorsen told Vox Galactica:

    “I was taking some sightseers on a trip round the Hesperus, and getting as close as I dared to the Scriveners Clan dredger. I scanned the tourist beacon for them, and suddenly received a direct message from this ‘Salvation’ guy.”

    “He asked me to track down some old signal beacons, which are listening posts configured to retransmit long-range comms. Apparently these could help locate the survivors from the megaship. But the Hesperus is ancient history. Surely there can’t be anything or anyone left to find?”

    In April, ‘Salvation’ unofficially recruited independent pilots to locate the Hesperus, and to deliver its surviving logs to Taurus Mining Ventures.

    The Pilots Federation is running an inquiry into ‘Salvation’ and his associates. Commanders are being cautioned against undertaking tasks for what may be an illegal enterprise.

  • June 10, 3307
  • Core Dynamics Triumphs Against Jupiter Division

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The corporate faction Jupiter Division has been defeated by the Silver Legal Group in the Ts'ao Tach system.

    The breakaway faction from Core Dynamics was unable to resist efforts by its parent company to recover ships and resources. Jupiter Division will soon be subsumed by Core Enterprises, a subsidiary of Core Dynamics.

    Owen McKenna, the CEO of Core Dynamics, declared:

    “Thanks to the Silver Legal Group and other loyal allies of the Federation, we have finally crushed this criminal enterprise. Let this be an end to the delusions of Jupiter Rochester.”

    Many newsfeeds believe that Jupiter Division’s defeat will have a negative impact on the corporatist movement that has recently emerged within some Federal systems.

    Director Theodore Sullivan of the Silver Legal Group confirmed that those who fought on their side can now collect payments from the Iron Wings of Justice megaship in the Ts'ao Tach system.

  • June 3, 3307
  • Core Dynamics Engages Jupiter Division in Battle

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The corporate faction Jupiter Division is fighting for survival against the Silver Legal Group in the Ts'ao Tach system.

    Jupiter Division was formed by rogue Core Dynamics departments loyal to ex-CEO Jupiter Rochester. Although it was defeated in February, a growing corporatist movement within the Federation has helped rebuild its strength.

    A call to arms was made by Owen McKenna, the new CEO of Core Dynamics:

    “Rochester’s deranged cult must be wiped out once and for all. We are supporting our ally, the Silver Legal Group, to destroy Jupiter Division’s fleet and allow us to retake our stolen resources.”

    Vice-Executive Blanca Carbonell, a senior leader of Jupiter Division, broadcast this message:

    “To all those seeking a better Federation – stand up and make your voice heard! Only direct corporate rule can end government corruption. Jupiter Division must survive to lead that change!”

    Two megaships, Victory’s Forge and Iron Wings of Justice, are once again serving as the centres of operation for Jupiter Division and the Silver Legal Group.

    Political commentators believe that this second conflict will be a decisive one, determining whether or not Jupiter Division can survive without its founder.

  • Tritium Mining Campaign Boosts Alliance Expansion

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    Prime Minister Edmund Mahon’s request for mined tritium has concluded, paving the way for new Alliance starports.

    Large quantities of tritium were delivered, which will provide fuel for a civil infrastructure programme designed to increase the Alliance’s presence.

    As part of this expansion, new Alliance starports will be constructed in these systems by the 25th of June 3307:

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    Prime Minister Mahon, who was recently re-elected by the Assembly, told the media:

    “The economy of the Alliance will benefit greatly from investment in expansion. These new stations will provide more opportunities for individuals and corporations alike.”

    Pilots who mined and delivered tritium can now collect their rewards from Dublin Citadel in the Gateway system.

  • June 1, 3307
  • Jupiter Division Inspires Corporatist Movement

    The Core Dynamics breakaway faction created by ex-CEO Jupiter Rochester has survived, by gathering believers in the corporate rule of the Federation.

    Conrad Sterling, political journalist for Vox Galactica, published this report:

    “With its military forces defeated in February, and its leader found guilty of mass murder and imprisoned for life, Jupiter Division should now be a footnote in the Federation’s history.”

    “Yet in recent months it has steadily grown, retaking control of HIP 54530 and several neighbouring systems. Its megaship, Victory’s Forge, even managed to repel Federal troops and remains under Jupiter Division’s command.”

    “There is much speculation about the underlying reasons for this. Alongside general unrest with the Federation’s current policies, there is a rising interest in Rochester’s grand vision – replacing democracy with corporatocracy – among those wishing to see change. Many have flocked to Jupiter Division’s banner, preventing its collapse.”

    “Core Dynamics, its parent company, has also continued to see defections within its ranks. However, new CEO Owen McKenna has vowed to destroy his predecessor’s rogue department. It is possible that Jupiter Division’s survival was only a brief reprieve, unless the corporatists can gather in sufficient numbers to sustain it.”

  • Aegis Megaship Prepares to Escape Thargoids

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    All independent ships aboard the Alexandria in the HIP 16538 system will be undocked on Thursday the 3rd of June.

    The megaship triggered an invasion of Thargoid vessels when it arrived from the Delphi system. Aegis believes this was a reaction to the large quantities of Guardian artefacts being stored in its cargo holds.

    Captain Jacob Morales, commanding officer of the Alexandria, outlined the next steps:

    “On Thursday we will make a hyperspace jump to the HIP 30944 system. Since this has a small population, the risk of casualties will be low if the Thargoids continue to pursue us. Once there, we will arrange to offload our cargo and distribute it to multiple locations.”

    “As a precaution, shortly before the jump we will uncouple all independent ships and leave them in the HIP 16538 system. We advise all pilots currently docked with the Alexandria to depart as soon as possible.”

    The Alexandria was ordered not to enter any Federal systems, causing many newsfeeds to refer to it as a ‘plague ship’. There are widespread concerns that it will attract Thargoids to any system it travels to.

  • May 27, 3307
  • Tritium Mining Marks Alliance Election Day

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    As the Assembly votes for its new leader, Prime Minister Edmund Mahon has requested mined tritium to aid expansion.

    The new initiative follows on from his successful drive for industrial materials, which resulted in large amounts of ceramic composites, polymers and superconductors. Pilots who contributed to this can now collect their rewards from Dublin Citadel in the Gateway system.

    A competing community drive by Councillor Nakato Kaine, Mahon’s main rival in the election, brought deliveries of copper, micro-controllers and polymers.

    Prime Minister Mahon’s new tritium mining initiative aims to provide a stockpile of fuel to support the Alliance’s expansion programme. This will involve constructing up to five new starports, which are expected to be operational within a month.

    Mined deposits of tritium can be delivered to Dublin Citadel in the Gateway system.

    Members of the Alliance Assembly will gather today to cast their votes for a new prime minister. Opinion polls believe Mahon will comfortably win, although acknowledge that Kaine has broad support. The successful candidate will serve as the Alliance head of state for a six-year term.

  • May 24, 3307
  • Federation Refuses Entry to ‘Plague Ship’

    The Alexandria megaship has been warned that it faces destruction if it attempts to travel to any Federal system.

    The Aegis-owned vessel triggered a full-scale Thargoid incursion when it arrived in the HIP 16538 system. This seemed to be a reaction to the huge quantities of Guardian artefacts currently stored within its cargo holds.

    Captain Jacob Morales, the Alexandria’s commander, broadcast this message:

    “The Federal Navy has instructed us not to resume our scheduled journey to Sol or enter any system within the Federation. They’re treating us like a plague ship! I understand their concern that more Thargoids will follow us, but we have several thousand crewmembers who need to reach safe harbour.”

    A strategy was outlined by Admiral Aden Tanner, chief military liaison for Aegis:

    “We are attempting to clear the HIP 16538 system of Thargoid vessels, greatly aided by independent pilots and anti-xeno squadrons. The megaship will then jump to a system with a minimal population, where we will offload its cargo.”

    Aegis has reiterated that the option to jettison the Alexandria’s cargo is a last resort, since the Guardian artefacts are vital to its research programme and cost billions of credits to acquire.

  • May 21, 3307
  • Thargoids Pursue Aegis Megaship

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The Alexandria megaship has jumped from Delphi to the HIP 16538 system, triggering a Thargoid attack.

    The megaship is carrying large quantities of Guardian artefacts, which were delivered as part of a research programme by Aegis.

    Captain Jacob Morales, commanding officer of the Alexandria, has broadcast an SOS:

    “This is an emergency! We scheduled a stopover in HIP 16538 for tritium refuelling en route to the Sol system, but Thargoid interceptors came swarming in within minutes. We require immediate assistance!”

    Admiral Aden Tanner, chief military liaison for Aegis, announced:

    “We believe that the Thargoids are reacting to the concentrated presence of Guardian technology stored within the Alexandria’s cargo holds. Not only has the attack placed its crew and the population of this system in danger, but we risk losing these extremely valuable research materials.”

    “Aegis is asking anti-xeno squadrons and independent pilots to help destroy all Thargoid vessels within HIP 16538 and protect the Alexandria.”

  • Hadrian Duval Allegations Declared ‘Inconclusive’

    Evidence that Imperator Hadrian Augustus Duval masterminded the NMLA terror campaign cannot be authenticated, according to ACT.

    Inspector Mara Klatt, one of ACT’s joint leaders, delivered this report:

    “We have rigorously analysed data provided by the Landgrave of Mudhrid that contains detailed instructions from Hadrian Duval. The content undoubtedly arranges the starport bombings, but its source is inconclusive. It now seems highly plausible that his identity was faked by the NMLA.”

    Hadrian Duval made an announcement via the Paresa News Network:

    “There can no longer be any doubt that the NMLA planted a false trail in order to incriminate us. They aim to slay every Duval and demolish Imperial traditions, a goal that the Federation is clearly happy to support.”

    “Lady Astrid and I are deeply grateful to the Nova Navy, and all the other pilots who helped to defend our honour.”

    The Federal Diplomatic Corps confirmed that the League of Mandu, which was defeated by Nova Imperium, will withdraw from the Paresa system but made no reference to ACT’s report.

    Praetor Leo Magnus, head of security for Nova Imperium and a former IISS officer, has been seconded to ACT. He will serve as a replacement for the deceased Captain Niamh Seutonia.

  • May 20, 3307
  • Alliance Election Candidates Announce Community Drives

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    Prime Minister Edmund Mahon and Councillor Nakato Kaine have launched rival delivery initiatives in Alliance space.

    The two leading candidates for Alliance prime minister are attempting to gather public support, although the actual election will be determined by votes within the Assembly on the 27th of May.

    Every opinion poll suggests that Mahon’s victory is all but confirmed, which will grant him a second six-year term. However, the outcomes of these community drives will directly affect the successful candidate’s policies once in office.

    Prime Minister Mahon is focusing on increasing industrial materials to aid expansion. He has requested that shipments of ceramic composites, polymers and superconductors are delivered to Dublin Citadel in the Gateway system.

    Councillor Kaine aims to support local manufacturers in order to boost trade. She has asked for supplies of copper, micro-controllers and polymers to be delivered to Brett High in the Tionisla system.

    Whoever is most successful will run a second campaign the following week. Mahon will launch a tritium mining initiative, leading to the construction of new Alliance starports. Kaine will use void opal mining to help stimulate trade, increasing the availability of rare goods in Alliance-controlled systems.

  • May 14, 3307
  • Federal Citizens Approve Government Scrutiny

    The Proactive Detection Bureau, which monitors all civil communications in the Federation, has received a boost from the galactic community.

    President Hudson’s campaign for additional data proved so successful that the PDB has dramatically increased the range of its surveillance.

    Deputy Director Bethany Blake of the Federal Intelligence Agency announced:

    “We are now able to discreetly scan almost every private and public communications network used within Federal systems. As a result, arrest rates have soared and several organised crime rings have been dismantled.”

    Shadow President Winters’s efforts to distribute methods of blocking the PDB received considerable support, but failed to eclipse Hudson’s initiative. This was interpreted by the Federal government as a mandate from the citizens to continue its surveillance programme.

    Rhiannon Grady, director of the civil rights organisation Advocacy, told the media:

    “Since the vast majority of citizens will never receive a visit from the FIA for their activities, the public has no sense of what they have lost. But history teaches us how hard it is to regain freedoms once you’ve given them away. The Federation has taken a large step toward becoming an interstellar police state with little regard for the individual.”

  • May 13, 3307
  • Nova Imperium Triumphs Over Federation

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The conflict in the Paresa system has ended with Nova Imperium defeating the Federal-backed League of Mandu faction.

    Imperator Hadrian Augustus Duval had been targeted following accusations that he controlled the NMLA paramilitary group. He delivered a public address:

    “Our hard-earned victory brings great honour to all who fought against the Federation’s invasion. Their arrogance justifies our long-held belief that the Empire must stand apart from other superpowers, but Nova Imperium will continue to serve in the fight against terrorism. Memento Mordanticus!”

    Ambassador Catherine Carlisle of the Federal Diplomatic Corps made this statement:

    “Although we are grateful for their zeal in combatting the NMLA, our intermediaries at the League of Mandu have acted hastily and will soon depart from Imperial space.”

    Pilots who fought for Nova Imperium can now collect their rewards from Dyson City in the Paresa system.

    Pilots who fought for the League of Mandu can now collect their rewards from Harmony’s Shield in the Paresa system.

  • Mass Thargoid Strike – Emergency Declared

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    Thargoid forces have invaded the Delphi system and several systems in the California, Coalsack and Pleiades Nebulas.

    Huge numbers of Thargoid scouts and interceptors have appeared within multiple systems. Aegis has mobilised available defences, but also requested assistance from anti-xeno squadrons and independent pilots in combating the Thargoids.

    Shipments of Guardian artefacts were recently delivered to the Delphi system as part of an Aegis research programme. Professor Alba Tesreau has speculated that the Thargoids’ well-documented aversion to Guardian technology may be the reason why Delphi was targeted.

    Two starports recently constructed by the Kumo Crew syndicate – California Freeport in the HIP 18390 system and Fort Xeno in the HIP 62154 system – are among those seriously damaged by the assault. Archon Delaine, the syndicate’s warlord, announced:

    “I’m not going to let these filthy aliens tear down what we’ve only just built. We need to teach them a lesson that even they will understand!”

    All attacked stations have called upon the galactic community for help with rescuing their populations.

  • May 11, 3307
  • Paresa Conflict Risks War Between Superpowers

    There are widespread fears that current hostilities in the Paresa system may force the Empire and Federation to declare full-scale war.

    The situation has been covered by mainstream media.

    The Imperial Herald: “Hadrian might be the black sheep of the Duval family, but should he die by Federation hands, honour would demand retribution. Already the Imperial Navy is mobilising in anticipation of the Emperor’s reaction.”

    The Federal Times: “The evidence that Nova Imperium orchestrated the starport bombings is credible, but the possibility of subterfuge remains. Could the NMLA really fake so many orders from Hadrian Duval to such a believable standard?”

    Eye on Achenar: “An attack against a Duval is an attack against us all, even if he does turn out to be a terrorist. How dare those Fednecks try to judge our criminals for us!”

    Sol Today: “Hundreds of thousands dead, half a million wounded… our people deserve retribution. But as usual, all the Imposers care about is pandering to their monarchy.”

    Paresa News Network: “The death toll is soaring as full-blown battles rage through our system. Paresans are terrified at facing conquest by the Federation. Can we rely on the Empire to save us?”

  • May 7, 3307
  • The Voice of ‘Salvation’

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The enigmatic ‘Salvation’ has sent a message to the Commanders he recently recruited to discover the Hesperus megaship.

    The vessel was found in the Perseus Dark Region KC-V C2-2 system, after ‘Salvation’ provided an access key to read its automated SOS. Pilots were then encouraged to deliver any surviving logs to Taurus Mining Ventures at the Hind Mine asteroid base in the T Tauri system.

    Patience Middleton, a representative of the corporation, announced:

    “‘Salvation’ has authorised us to offer two million credits or ten units of void opals for delivering the Hesperus’s logs. This contract ends on the 21st of May 3307, after which payments will not be available.”

    “We have been asked to relay the message below.”

    “‘This is Salvation. I call myself this as I cannot yet reveal my identity, but my scientific breakthroughs will literally save all of humanity. The Adamastor and the Hesperus were just the beginning, as I have always known. For my intrepid agents, there will be further work to come.’”

    Little is known about Taurus Mining Ventures, and ‘Salvation’ remains anonymous. Commanders are therefore being cautioned against undertaking tasks for a potentially criminal organisation.

  • May 6, 3307
  • Federation Attacks Nova Imperium

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    Open warfare has begun in the Paresa system between Nova Imperium and the League of Mandu, a Federal faction.

    Imperator Hadrian Augustus Duval has been accused of masterminding the NMLA starport bombings, according to evidence provided to ACT.

    Admiral Natalia Lee, commanding the Harmony’s Shield megaship, declared:

    “The Empire refuses to arrest a Duval, even when he and his organisation are brutal terrorists. In the name of the hundreds of thousands of Federal citizens they murdered, we will enact justice.”

    Hadrian Duval made an announcement from Dyson City, the home station of Nova Imperium:

    “This invasion of Imperial space is based on false information. The Federation does not have the right to act as our judge, jury and executioner. I call upon the Empire to come to our defence, as stipulated in the Treaty of Paresa.”

    Nova Imperium is an isolationist group that believes in retaining Imperial traditions and severing all ties with other superpowers. Hadrian Duval is the illegitimate grandson of Emperor Hengist, whose heritage was officially acknowledged last November.

    ACT is currently working to verify claims that the Neo-Marlinist Order of Mudhrid aided the NMLA on Imperator Duval’s instructions.

  • Hudson Initiative Increases Federal Surveillance

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    President Zachary Hudson’s call for data deliveries has enhanced civilian surveillance within the Federation.

    His campaign received more data than a competing request from Shadow President Felicia Winters, which aimed to offer ways of protecting communications against interception by the Proactive Detection Bureau.

    For both initiatives, pilots delivered anomalous bulk scan data, exceptional scrambled emission data, specialised legacy firmware and unusual encrypted files.

    President Zachary Hudson hailed this show of public support for the Federal government:

    “Our citizens deserve security, and with their contributions to the PDB’s databases, we are now in a better position to protect them against terrorism.”

    Analysts predict that this outcome will boost security for systems that fall within Hudson’s personal sphere of influence. It is also expected that a loss of public support will reduce stability within systems where Winters has authority.

    Pilots who supported President Hudson can now collect their rewards from Gresley Dock in the Nanomam system.

    Pilots who supported Shadow President Winters can now collect their rewards from Ito Orbital in the Rhea system.

  • May 3, 3307
  • Nova Imperium Targeted by Superpowers

    The isolationist group faces attack by both Federal and Imperial factions, after accusations that Imperator Hadrian Duval is the NMLA mastermind.

    The League of Mandu arrived in the Paresa system last week and quickly established a foothold. Admiral Natalia Lee, commanding the Harmony’s Shield megaship, announced:

    “Our purpose is to eliminate the terrorists who slaughtered so many Federal citizens. We advise the Empire to stand aside and allow us to deliver justice.”

    Magister Julius Halstrom of the Peraesii Empire Consulate declared:

    “In the name of the Emperor, we stand ready to purge the NMLA from the Paresa system – and the Federation too, unless they withdraw.”

    Hadrian Duval has broadcast a message via Paresa News Network:

    “The NMLA faked my identity when dealing with the Neo-Marlinist Order of Mudhrid, knowing the superpowers would do their work for them by killing another Duval. Nova Imperium will defend itself if necessary, but we are not responsible for any terrorist attacks.”

    ACT is still attempting to corroborate evidence provided by the Landgrave of Mudhrid. Praetor Leo Magnus, Nova Imperium’s security chief, is reportedly aiding their enquiries.

    The Senate has urgently requested direction from the Emperor, but Chancellor Blaine declared “Her Majesty cannot pass judgement upon a live investigation.”

  • April 30, 3307
  • Kumo Crew Starports Open for Business

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    Five new starports constructed by Archon Delaine’s recent campaign have now become fully operational.

    The Orbis stations, which are run by the Kumo Council faction, are listed below:

    Kumo City in the Pegasi sector PN-T C3-14 system (Harma region)

    California Freeport in the HIP 18390 system (California Nebula)

    Crimson Exchange in the HIP 10792 system (Sothis region)

    Fort Xeno in the HIP 62154 system (Coalsack Nebula)

    Delaine Terminus in the Eol Prou PC-K c9-91 system (Colonia region)

    The starports will provide a full range of services, although their low populations bring concerns that they may be under-staffed. Additionally, security agencies in nearby systems expressed fears that since they are operated by the Kumo Crew syndicate, they are likely to harbour black markets and promote illegal activity.

    Arch-Corsair Kay Volantyne, a senior member of the Kumo Council, addressed this when she told The Pegasi Sentinel:

    “These starports exist solely to encourage trade, which is the lifeblood of our galaxy. Sometimes a little lifeblood can get spilled here and there, so I’m sure our new neighbours will welcome our protection, yes?”

    Other factions have appeared in the five systems, including subsidiaries of Sirius Corporation. Several newsfeeds have speculated about an ambiguous connection between the syndicate and the megacorp, whose financial support might explain how the Kumo Crew managed to extend so far beyond its territory.