Galactic News

  • September 24, 3307
  • Progress Between Federation and Yuri Grom

    Negotiations between the Federation and self-styled dictator Yuri Grom are underway to determine the Delta Pavonis system’s allegiance.

    Political correspondent Conrad Sterling published an update for Vox Galactica:

    “In recent years, Yuri Grom has developed a degree of mystique. He was one of the few leaders not to attend the Galactic Summit, and news from within his dominion was scarce. But now he is visibly relishing the opportunity to confront Federal representatives under the protection of diplomatic immunity.”

    “Initial exchanges were belligerent as both sides argued over who would be the most beneficial partner. This was to be expected since Delta Pavonis is one of the Federation’s founding systems, and it would be a significant coup for EG Union to establish a presence so close to Sol.”

    “What was unexpected was the mutual respect that gradually developed between Yuri Grom and Ambassador Delphine Dumont. Her charming manner clearly appealed to the dictator, even bringing forth his thunderous laughter on occasion.”

    “A deal is now being discussed that would allow the Autocracy of Delta Pavonis to have trade and political ties with both parties while remaining independent. Perhaps the Federation has learned some lessons from the recent rebellion, and perhaps Yuri Grom’s hatred of the superpower he once served is finally abating.”

  • September 23, 3307
  • Saud Kruger Seeks New Holiday Worlds

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    An initiative to gather data on potential tourist destinations has been launched by shipbuilding corporation Saud Kruger.

    The luxury passenger ship manufacturer aims to identify new Earth-like planets that would be attractive to holidaymakers. These trips will be managed by its subsidiary, Astrogator Tours.

    CEO Stanislav Kruger announced the campaign to the press:

    “We are keen to acquire data on Earth-like worlds, to assess their suitability as destinations for future holidaymakers seeking the adventure of a lifetime. However, all exploration data is valuable and will earn generous payments.”

    “In addition, our marketing department is keen to receive images of eye-catching sights found within unpopulated systems containing Earth-like worlds, to spot the most potentially exciting additions to the Astrogator Tours catalogue.”

    Vistaenis Incorporated has agreed to organise the initiative on behalf of Saud Kruger. Contributing pilots are invited to deliver exploration data to Youll Port in the Vistaenis system. They can also submit their most compelling images by Thursday the 30th of September.

    By Thursday the 28th of October, the most suitable locations will receive tourist beacons and credit the Commander for their submission where appropriate.

    If successful, Saud Kruger’s Dolphin, Orca and Beluga Liner ships will be reduced in price for one week from Friday the 1st of October, with the percentage dependent on the volume of data received. There will also be a discount on the luxury-class cabins used by these crafts to transport VIP passengers.

  • September 20, 3307
  • Thargoids Vanish from Cornsar System

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The Thargoid vessels attacking the Cornsar system have unexpectedly departed from the region.

    For the last four days, independent pilots and local security forces have been in combat against the alien ships. Although some were destroyed in battle, the remainder have abruptly withdrawn back into hyperspace.

    The starports Chadwick Port and Ito Market sustained heavy damage during the assault, leaving thousands dead and wounded. Evacuation efforts are still underway to rescue the survivors from both stations.

    Marshal Noah Sharrow, the ruler of Cornsar, made this statement:

    “We cannot say why the Thargoids have gone, only that we are grateful they have. I thank all the brave pilots who fought valiantly to defend our people.”

    Sightings of crashed Thargoid vessels on planetary bodies in the Cornsar system have been confirmed by Aegis observation teams. As yet there are no official explanations.

  • September 17, 3307
  • Delta Pavonis Hosts Political Conference

    Delegations from the Federation and the dictator Yuri Grom are meeting to determine the Delta Pavonis system’s future.

    Both are on a diplomatic mission to convince its controlling faction to either swear allegiance to Yuri Grom or become a Federal member state. Delta Pavonis was one of the original signatories of the Federal Accord in 2242, but has recently been governed by an independent autocracy.

    Yuri Grom himself is present, having arrived on the megaship Indomitable. Grom was once a respected admiral in the Federal Navy, before defecting with huge numbers of ships and followers. They established the independent EG Union, which he presides over as a military dictatorship.

    The rival delegation is led by Ambassador Delphine Dumont of the Federal Diplomatic Corps. They were transported on the Freedom’s Foundation megaship courtesy of Delta Pavonis Galactic Interstellar, which formerly controlled the system. The ambassador invited newsfeeds to witness her initial introduction to Yuri Grom, who seemed slightly taken aback by her warm greeting.

    Grand Duke Simion Petrescu, ruler of the Autocracy of Delta Pavonis, told attending journalists:

    “The conference will take place in Kessler City on Reagan’s Legacy, where our distinguished guests will enjoy our famous hospitality. I look forward to learning more about their respective proposals.”

    This is the first time that the Federation has diplomatically engaged with Yuri Grom. Political observers noted that this tactful approach may be due to several Federal factions recently declaring independence.

  • September 16, 3307
  • Pharma Giant Victorious in the Haithis System

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The Haithis Purple Dynamic Group has fought off the Kumo Council assault, securing the completion of Neomedical Industries’ onionhead project.

    The pharmaceutical corporation had received deliveries to Haithis to begin producing onionhead gamma strain for medicinal purposes. In response, the Kumo Crew syndicate attacked Neomedical’s corporate partner but failed to achieve its objectives.

    Neomedical Industries confirmed that investment in its project to mass-produce onionhead gamma strain has increased following the conflict’s resolution. The news was eagerly received in many Alliance and independent systems, which have expressed interest in the new healthcare treatment.

    Olwyn Kendrick, CEO of Neomedical Industries, told the media:

    “We owe a huge debt to the galactic community for defending our operation. Large-scale manufacture of onionhead gamma strain can now commence. We will soon be able to improve the quality of life for millions of people.”

    The Haithis Purple Dynamic Group is offering rewards to its supporters from Crippen Port in the Haithis system.

  • Thargoid Strike Follows Salvation’s Prediction

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The Cornsar system has been attacked by Thargoid forces, causing severe damage to two starports.

    Direct assaults against Chadwick Port and Ito Market stations have resulted in over ten thousand casualties. Local reports state that Thargoid vessels have also appeared elsewhere throughout the system, placing millions more lives at risk.

    The anonymous figure known as Salvation recently warned that Cornsar was in imminent danger of being invaded, having been alerted by his new xeno-detection network. Aegis could not verify Salvation’s claim and saw no evidence of any Thargoid presence.

    The system’s ruler, Marshal Noah Sharrow of the Allied Cornsar Constitution Party, transmitted this message:

    “This is a call to any pilots in the vicinity of Cornsar. We urgently need ships to defend our people from the Thargoids, and to rescue civilians trapped within Chadwick Port and Ito Market. This is a grave emergency!”

    Aegis has released a brief statement:

    “We can confirm there is a Thargoid presence in the Cornsar system. Unfortunately most of our operations and personnel remain suspended due to the public inquiry, so we cannot contribute to any anti-xeno efforts.”

    There has been no further communication from Salvation, despite his accurate prediction of the attack.

  • September 13, 3307
  • Rebellion Spreads Through the Federation

    A further seven Federal factions have severed ties with the superpower in protest against government monitoring of communications.

    These latest secessions have been undertaken by minor factions that do not control any systems, including Unktock Free, United Posenoi League and Progressive Party of Inggale.

    Political journalist Sofia Trevino reported for The Federal Times:

    “Eight factions had previously declared independence from the Federation, and now an even greater number forms the third wave of rebellion. It’s clear that their populations feel empowered to take a stand against losing their constitutional rights of privacy.”

    “Vice President Archer shrugged off this latest development, maintaining that ‘the Proactive Detection Bureau performs a vital security role in these troubled times’. Since none of these latest factions currently govern a system, he may also believe that resistance to the PDB is on the wane.”

    “Although these events have only impacted a small part of Federal territory, they remain an embarrassment for President Hudson’s administration. Shadow President Winters continues to implore Congress to repeal the Domestic Counter-Terrorism Act, but she has also taken political criticism since many feel her rhetoric inspired these factions to secede.”

  • September 9, 3307
  • Neomedical Industries Onionhead Campaign Concludes

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The pharmaceutical megacorp has received sufficient materials to produce onionhead gamma strain as a medical treatment.

    Pilots delivered shipments of H.E. suits, polymers and robotics to Crippen Port in the Haithis system. Payment for these deliveries is now available at the starport from the pharma giant’s corporate partner, Haithis Purple Dynamic Group.

    Bounty vouchers were also offered for all wanted ships, in expectation of pirate attacks coordinated by the Kumo Crew syndicate. Their megaship remains in the Haithis system, which has raised concerns about further retaliation from Archon Delaine.

    An announcement was made by Olwyn Kendrick, CEO of Neomedical Industries:

    “Thanks to the sterling contributions, it looks like we are on track to roll out the medically certified strain of onionhead to approximately 15% of all independent systems and Alliance systems for the 17th of September 3307. It will soon be viewed as a vital healthcare product for millions of people rather than a notorious narcotic.”

    There has been some criticism of the Alliance, especially from Federal and Imperial quarters, for allowing the popular psychedelic drug to be sold legally. However, the Assembly reiterated that most Alliance trading laws are enforced on a system by system basis, and that the deal is only there because of the firm assurances and underwriting made by Neomedical Industries.

  • Archon Delaine Retaliates Against Pharma Giant

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The Kumo Council has declared war on the Haithis Purple Dynamic Group for the latter’s role in supporting Neomedical Industries.

    The pharmaceutical corporation’s recent campaign in the Haithis system enabled the mass production of onionhead gamma strain, scheduled to be available as a medicinal product from Alliance and independent markets. The drug is currently distributed in a handful of anarchy systems by the Kumo Crew syndicate.

    As hostilities erupted in the Haithis system, Archon Delaine broadcast a message for Neomedical Industries:

    “Did you truly believe you could steal from us and survive unscathed? Now your allies will pay for your greed with their blood.”

    In response, CEO Olwyn Kendrick broadcast a call for help:

    “This terrifying attack by the galaxy’s most vicious pirates may pressure investors to withdraw, causing the entire project to collapse. If so, the vital materials that pilots delivered will be wasted. To prevent this, we urgently require support for our corporate partners against these criminals.”

    The Haithis Purple Dynamic Group is offering rewards to pilots who help protect its ships against pirate assault. The Kumo Council has also offered to reimburse mercenaries who fight on their behalf.

  • September 3, 3307
  • Torval Orbital Established

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    A new starport has become operational in the LTT 198 system, following Senator Zemina Torval’s mining initiative.

    Torval Orbital will serve as the administrative headquarters for Torval-Mastopolos Mining. The company successfully competed against Wreaken Corporation to establish a presence within LTT 198.

    Marlon Royce, business analyst for Vox Galactica, observed:

    “Mastopolos Mining should be boasting about the positive start for its new subsidiary. Instead, its reaction has only confirmed the widening rift between the Mastopolos family and their corporation’s majority shareholder, Zemina Torval.”

    “CEO Gabriella Mastopolos officially distanced herself from the offshoot company, claiming it ‘hijacked our name with the intention of luring our clients’. And speaking to Imperial media, both Adrian and Elena Mastopolos criticised Constantia Torval’s suitability to act as operations director.”

    “Speculation persists as to why the families have become estranged. For now, Zemina Torval seems to be focusing solely on her direct descendants. With her youngest daughter Petra Torval becoming a fellow senator, and grandson Titus Torval promoted to a senior role in Imperial Intelligence, the future seems bright for the Torval dynasty.”

  • September 2, 3307
  • Pharma Giant Begins Onionhead Project

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    Neomedical Industries has requested deliveries to produce onionhead gamma strain for Alliance and independent systems.

    The new variant of the popular psychedelic drug is currently sold in a handful of independent systems by the Kumo Crew syndicate. The IHO has confirmed that the product does have many medical applications.

    Olwyn Kendrick, CEO of Neomedical Industries, outlined the initiative:

    “Our goal is to gather sufficient resources for the manufacture of onionhead gamma strain as a medicinal treatment. Target markets will include both independent and Alliance systems, should enough commodities be delivered.”

    “We request that pilots transport H.E. suits, polymers and robotics to Crippen Port in the Haithis system. Reimbursements will be arranged by our corporate partner, the Haithis Purple Dynamic Group.”

    The Kumo Council has despatched a megaship, the Mictlan, to the Haithis system. A message was broadcast by Archon Delaine, warlord of the Kumo Crew:

    “I’m prepared to give this greedy corporation time to reconsider stealing our commercial property. I’m also prepared to massacre everyone in the system. Your choice.”

    In response, the Haithis Purple Dynamic Group has agreed to offer bounty vouchers in order to protect ships from pirates and other wanted vessels.

  • September 1, 3307
  • Federation Criticised by Alliance and Empire

    Alliance and Imperial leaders have responded to the recent wave of Federal systems declaring independence.

    Eight factions have now severed ties with the Federation, in response to government surveillance of all private and public communications.

    In an interview with The Alliance Tribune, Deputy Prime Minister Angela Corcoran remarked:

    “The Proactive Detection Bureau’s intrusive nature has caused millions of people to rightfully demand self-rule. President Hudson should be fearful that history might view him as the Federation’s first dictator.”

    Senator Denton Patreus’s comments were featured by Eye on Achenar:

    “Of course the Federation’s factions are turning against it. The arrogance and corruption of its leaders will inevitably cause it to rot from within. We can expect to see it dissolve into chaos before long.”

    Federal newsfeed Sol Today published a response by Vice President Jerome Archer:

    “Both the Alliance and Empire have chosen a reactionary approach to terrorism, whereas the Federation has made great strides in intelligence-gathering and preventative action. I’m confident that the Proactive Detection Bureau will come to be accepted as one of the galaxy’s greatest innovations.”

  • August 31, 3307
  • Hyford’s Cache Reveals Mysterious Project

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    A data bank left by a crashed vessel on the moon Colonia 5 e a has reactivated, revealing clues as to its origin.

    The crash site was first discovered over four years ago via listening posts in the Colonia, Neche and Wasat systems. These posts held transmissions from the ship’s owner, Commander Hyford, discussing his attempts to avoid members of a private military outfit he had previously worked for.

    This latest development was discussed by Erik Gunnarson of the Wallglass Investigations Agency:

    “Commander Hyford spoke of making deliveries to a nameless organisation in the Pleiades, and left a data cache in the Colonia system that provided further details. Hyford’s Cache, as some investigators referred to it, had remained locked until a manually-set timer system finally expired last week. The information within has apparently directed pilots to investigate the HIP 26176 system.”

    “It’s possible that Kit Fowler’s recent theories regarding Black Flight – another old mystery – might prove relevant after all. But there are bigger questions that need answering. Who was Hyford working for? Were they responsible for causing his ship to crash? And if so, what secrets were they trying to keep?”

  • August 30, 3307
  • Corporation Plans Onionhead Medical Product

    The pharmaceutical giant Neomedical Industries aims to mass-produce onionhead gamma strain as a medicine.

    The announcement follows a report from the Interstellar Health Organisation, which details how the new onionhead variant is an effective treatment for many psychological and musculoskeletal conditions.

    Olwyn Kendrick, CEO of Neomedical Industries, told the media:

    “The IHO has confirmed the findings of our research of onionhead gamma strain’s use for specific medical purposes. Clinical trials prove that its psychedelic qualities are no more intense than the side effects of conventional neuroleptics.”

    “It is inappropriate that a crime syndicate should provide a product that can relieve the suffering of millions. Therefore, we aim to build our own stockpile to expedite its distribution to common markets.”

    This statement was viewed as controversial in some quarters, particularly within the Federation. However, there have been expressions of interest from many independent factions. The Kumo Crew syndicate, which manufactures and distributes onionhead gamma strain, has offered no response as yet.

    Neomedical Industries is one of the two largest pharmaceutical companies in the galaxy, alongside Vandermeer Corporation. It provides healthcare services and equipment exclusively to Alliance and independent systems.

  • August 26, 3307
  • Mining Campaign Success for Zemina Torval

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The Torval-Mastopolos Mining initiative in the LTT 198 system has outperformed Wreaken Construction’s rival campaign.

    Pilots delivered mined resources to the megaships Pride of Bitterwood and Tobias’s Gift to support the competing corporations. Ultimately, it was the new subsidiary of Mastopolos Mining that received the greatest quantities.

    Senator Zemina Torval provided a statement to Imperial media:

    “This is an auspicious beginning for my new enterprise. I am pleased to offer rewards to my supporters at the Pride of Bitterwood in the EGM 559 system.”

    In addition to credits, the top 75% of Torval’s supporters will be provided with an experimental mining laser and permanent permit access to LTT 198.

    Constantia Torval, one of the senator’s daughters, has assumed the role of director of operations with Torval-Mastopolos Mining. There has been no comment from the Mastopolos family regarding the subsidiary, which is being run autonomously by Zemina Torval.

    CEO Emmerich Koenig confirmed that Wreaken Construction will soon withdraw from LTT 198. Pilots who supported its efforts can now claim reimbursement from Tobias’s Gift in the EGM 559 system. The top 10% of Koenig’s supporters will receive an experimental abrasion blaster as well.

    LTT 198 State Ltd has reinstated permit control for entry to the LTT 198 system. A new starport will shortly be constructed and administered by Torval-Mastopolos Mining.

  • August 24, 3307
  • Onionhead’s Medical Benefits Verified

    The Interstellar Health Organisation has validated the Kumo Crew’s claim that onionhead gamma strain, also known as ‘helix’, has medicinal properties.

    Dr Nisha Devi, one of the IHO’s senior researchers, told the media:

    “We have analysed user data in the independent systems where onionhead gamma strain is on sale. Unexpectedly, the initial marketing claims that ‘helix’ can be used for medicinal purposes have been authenticated.”

    “A significant percentage of customers are believed to be using the drug for healthcare reasons rather than recreational use. Reports show that it is a successful treatment for many psychological disorders, bringing faster results than conventional neuroleptics. It may also provide effective symptomatic relief for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.”

    “Several research facilities are now running clinical trials on the viability of using onionhead gamma strain in medical practice. The IHO is monitoring these studies and will publish the results.”

    Vandermeer Corporation, the largest pharmaceutical company in the Federation, published a statement from its head of marketing Ronan Roscoe:

    “These conclusions are biased and informed by inaccurate data. We maintain that all forms of onionhead are dangerous narcotics with long-term detriments to health. Vandermeer’s antipsychotic treatments are effective without the side effects of mild psychedelic experiences.”

  • August 23, 3307
  • A Fractured Federation

    Shadow President Felicia Winters has claimed that further systems declaring independence could severely damage the Federation.

    Her statement was in response to the conflict in the Kuwembaa system, which resulted in more Federal factions seceding from the superpower. Dozens of others are now openly considering breaking away and becoming independent.

    Addressing Congress, Shadow President Winters said:

    “We now face the possibility of large-scale rebellion, as more citizens reject intrusion into their private lives. Unless these authoritarian surveillance laws are repealed, we risk many more factions and allies losing their trust in any Federal government.”

    Vice President Jerome Archer responded:

    “The Proactive Detection Bureau provides increased security and decreased crime levels for all Federal systems. I deeply regret that a few have rejected its benefits, but we must concentrate on the bigger picture.”

    The Sovereign newsfeed described how the newly seceded systems are celebrating freedom from government scrutiny. It claims that up to fifty other factions have expressed interest in becoming independent.

    However, The Federal Times reported that more pragmatic leaders have voiced concerns that they are now more vulnerable. There are particular fears of retaliation by pro-Federation groups or attacks from opportunistic hostile forces.

  • August 19, 3307
  • Les forces anti-ALNM gagnent la guerre civile marliniste

    Alerte du Cercle des pilotes

    Le conflit dans le système Hyades Sector RO-P b6-2 a été remporté par l'Exiled Marlinist Assembly of Baltah'Sine.

    Le soutien des pilotes indépendants a joué un rôle clé dans la défaite de la Marlinism Reformation Party. L'entière direction de la faction a été arrêtée, leurs remplaçants faisant le serment de la remodeler selon des lignes politiquement modérées.

    La ministre Octavia Volkov a fait une déclaration de victoire au parlement marliniste :

    « Les néo-marlinistes ont été écrasés et Aaron Whyte est décédé, une victime de la guerre que ses bailleurs de fonds terroristes ont commencée. Je regrette sincèrement que notre société ait souffert de cela, mais je n'ai pas de regrets à détruire la branche politique de l'ALNM une bonne fois pour toutes. »

    Le Premier consul Kayode Tau a assuré l'Alliance, l'Empire et la Fédération qu'ils devraient considérer cela comme « la confirmation que les colonies marlinistes sont leurs alliés indéfectibles dans la lutte contre l'ALNM ».

    L'UAA a mobilisé des ressources supplémentaires pour enquêter sur les liens entre la Marlinism Reformation Party et le Theta Group, les fabricants de bombes terroristes responsables des attaques de spatioport dévastatrices le mois dernier.

    La Première ministre Jenna Fairfax étant confirmée parmi les victimes, la Première ministre par intérim Amrita Ross a organisé des élections rapides pour élire démocratiquement un nouveau dirigeant pour les colonies marlinistes.

  • Anti-NMLA Forces Win Marlinist Civil War

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    The conflict in the Hyades Sector RO-P b6-2 system has been won by the Exiled Marlinist Assembly of Baltah'Sine.

    Support from independent pilots played a key role in defeating the Marlinism Reformation Party. The faction’s entire leadership has been arrested, with their replacements vowing to reshape it along politically moderate lines.

    Minister Octavia Volkov made a declaration of victory to the Marlinist Parliament:

    “The Neo-Marlinists have been crushed and Aaron Whyte is dead – a casualty of the war his terrorist paymasters began. I deeply regret that our society has suffered this, but have no regrets at destroying the NMLA’s political wing once and for all.”

    Prime Consul Kayode Tau sent assurances to the Alliance, Empire and Federation that they should view this as “confirmation that the Marlinist Colonies are your steadfast allies in the fight against the NMLA”.

    ACT has drafted in extra resources to investigate the Marlinism Reformation Party’s ties to Theta Group, the terrorist bomb-makers responsible for last month’s devastating starport attacks.

    With First Minister Jenna Fairfax confirmed as among the fatalities, Acting First Minister Amrita Ross has organised a snap election to democratically appoint a new leader for the Marlinist Colonies.

  • LTT 198 Hosts Competing Mining Campaigns

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    Torval-Mastopolos Mining and Wreaken Construction have requested deliveries of mined resources to the LTT 198 system.

    LTT 198 State Ltd, its controlling faction, will only allow one of the rival corporations to remain permanently. The company with the most successful campaign will establish a new starport in the permit-controlled system.

    Senator Zemina Torval, who has sole control of the Mastopolos Mining subsidiary, announced:

    “My company is working on an experimental mining laser with increased range. To achieve this, shipments of mined resources must be delivered in sufficient numbers to the Pride of Bitterwood megaship in LTT 198.”

    Emmerich Koenig, CEO of Wreaken Construction, outlined a counter-initiative:

    “We will pay handsomely for deliveries of mined resources to the megaship Tobias’s Gift in the LTT 198 system.”

    Both factions have requested units of coltan, gallite, praseodymium and silver.

    LTT 198 State Ltd will provide all contributors to these initiatives with temporary system permits lasting one week.