Galactic News

  • June 18, 3307
  • Guardian-Thargoid Battlefield Discovered

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    An Anaconda from the Hesperus megaship has been found at a historical battlefield on the moon Trapezium Sector YU-X c1-2 1a.

    The discovery was made by pilots who tracked down a series of signal beacons, following instructions provided by the anonymous ‘Salvation’. The beacons were deployed by the Hesperus during its voyage nearly 200 years ago.

    The Anaconda, named Proteus, was one of the megaship’s secondary vessels and had been outfitted for long-range exploration. It was used by an Azimuth Biochemicals science team to flee the Hesperus after the megaship was overtaken by saboteurs from rival company Pharmasapien.

    Upon landing, the Proteus was converted into a research facility to study the ancient structures and wreckage on the moon. The proximity of both Guardian and Thargoid technology suggests this was the site of a battle fought by the two civilisations over a million years ago, although in 3113 neither species had yet been identified.

    Professor Alba Tesreau of Aegis Research gave this statement:

    “This is a significant xenoarchaeological find – physical evidence of the war between the Guardians and the Thargoids. Our advance teams are conducting preliminary surveys, and a megaship is being prepared. Following the Alexandria’s tragic disappearance, we hope this may serve as a fresh source of Guardian artefacts for our anti-xeno research programme.”

  • December 17, 3306
  • Rackham’s Peak Outpost Marks Galactic Zenith

    Pilots Federation ALERT

    Multi-billionaire Zachary Rackham’s new orbital outpost at the galactic zenith is now operational.

    Rackham’s Peak is situated in the HIP 58832 system, one of the highest practical locations above the galactic plane. Its construction was funded by Rackham Capital Investments, in conjunction with Universal Cartographics and other scientific research companies.

    Traders have been welcomed, although the increased distances between stars at the galaxy’s fringes mean that vessels with a high jump range are recommended. Rackham’s Peak is currently offering high prices for deliveries of beer, liquor, wine, Bast Snake Gin, Centauri Mega Gin, Chateau De Aegaeon, Eranin Pearl Whisky, Gerasian Gueuze Beer, Harma Silver Sea Rum, Indi Bourbon, Kongga Ale, Lavian Brandy, Leestian Evil Juice, Saxon Wine, Thrutis Cream and Wuthielo Ku Froth.

    Mr Rackham officiated at the outpost’s opening ceremony, which was followed by an extravagant press party for media representatives and attending celebrities. He gave this statement:

    “The top of the galaxy is now open for business! Rackham’s Peak is a free port where everyone is welcome, a place where explorers and entrepreneurs can enjoy drinks while overlooking the entire Milky Way. Aim high, Commanders!”

    In related news, Rackham Capital Investments has agreed to pay a repairs bill from Universal Cartographics for the outpost’s sensor array control systems, which suffered fluid-related damage during the party.

  • August 26, 3303
  • Galactic News: The Thargoid Situation

    Although the first hints of the Thargoid presence began with the discovery of Unknown Artefacts in 3301, the current chapter in the Thargoid story started last year with the discovery of alien shipwrecks in the Pleiades Nebula. A few months later, in January 3303, the first interdiction from a Thargoid ship was reported.

    In May, accounts surfaced of attacks in the Maia system against Federal vessels. Eyewitnesses claimed to have seen Thargoid ships at the sites, but the Federation refused to comment on the possibility of Thargoid involvement.

    A key discovery was made a few weeks later, when massive Thargoid structures were found in a number of systems. Several of these structures were discovered to contain functional Thargoid technology.

    With events unfolding at such a rapid pace, the superpowers have struggled to formulate appropriate responses. But the creation of Aegis, a joint-superpower initiative designed to coordinate research into the Thargoids, suggests that the galaxy’s leaders are now taking steps to address the situation.

    Professor Cora Shaw, director of the Palin Institute, offered the following assessment:

    “We are faced with a number of pressing questions. Why have the Thargoids entered human space? Can we communicate with them? Are they hostile? Hopefully Aegis can provide us with some answers.”

    Meanwhile, in an article for the Imperial Herald, journalist Kelvin Masters gave a more frank analysis:

    “The barnacles seem to indicate that the Thargoids were in Maia and Merope long before we were. For all we know, humanity has expanded into what the Thargoids see as their territory. I have no interest in scaremongering, but my belief is that a Thargoid attack could be imminent – their behaviour certainly seems to suggest they are probing us for weaknesses.”

  • August 25, 3303
  • Galactic News: The Thargoid Situation

    Although the first hints of the Thargoid presence began with the discovery of Unknown Artefacts in 3301, the current chapter in the Thargoid story started last year with the discovery of alien shipwrecks in the Pleiades Nebula. A few months later, in January 3303, the first interdiction from a Thargoid ship was reported.

    In May, accounts surfaced of attacks in the Maia system against Federal vessels. Eyewitnesses claimed to have seen Thargoid ships at the sites, but the Federation refused to comment on the possibility of Thargoid involvement.

    A key discovery was made a few weeks later, when massive Thargoid structures were found in a number of systems. Several of these structures were discovered to contain functional Thargoid technology.

    With events unfolding at such a rapid pace, the superpowers have struggled to formulate appropriate responses. But the creation of Aegis, a joint-superpower initiative designed to coordinate research into the Thargoids, suggests that the galaxy’s leaders are now taking steps to address the situation.

    Professor Cora Shaw, director of the Palin Institute, offered the following assessment:

    “We are faced with a number of pressing questions. Why have the Thargoids entered human space? Can we communicate with them? Are they hostile? Hopefully Aegis can provide us with some answers.”

    Meanwhile, in an article for the Imperial Herald, journalist Kelvin Masters gave a more frank analysis:

    “The barnacles seem to indicate that the Thargoids were in Maia and Merope long before we were. For all we know, humanity has expanded into what the Thargoids see as their territory. I have no interest in scaremongering, but my belief is that a Thargoid attack could be imminent – their behaviour certainly seems to suggest they are probing us for weaknesses.”

  • July 15, 3303
  • Galactic News: New Research Centre at Thargoid Site

    As the number of newly discovered Thargoid structures continues to grow, reports from the Pleiades Sector IR-W D1-55 indicate that the Oracle, an Ocellus starport, has relocated to the system in order to study the region’s Thargoid structure.

    Governor Ahmed, the starport’s principal administrator, released the following statement:

    “The Oracle has long been a hub for scientific research, and in recent years many of our researchers have started focusing on Unknown Artefacts and Probes. The Thargoid structures are ripe for further study, and I therefore believe it is essential that we have a dedicated research centre at one of these sites.”

    “We need to know more about the Thargoids – what they want, why they’re here and ideally how to communicate with them. My hope is that the Oracle will help us answer some of these questions.”

    The Oracle is expected to arrive in the Pleiades Sector IR-W D1-55 within the next few days.

  • July 14, 3303
  • Galactic News: New Research Centre at Thargoid Site

    As the number of newly discovered Thargoid structures continues to grow, reports from the Pleiades Sector IR-W D1-55 indicate that the Oracle, an Ocellus starport, has relocated to the system in order to study the region’s Thargoid structure.

    Governor Ahmed, the starport’s principal administrator, released the following statement:

    “The Oracle has long been a hub for scientific research, and in recent years many of our researchers have started focusing on Unknown Artefacts and Probes. The Thargoid structures are ripe for further study, and I therefore believe it is essential that we have a dedicated research centre at one of these sites.”

    “We need to know more about the Thargoids – what they want, why they’re here and ideally how to communicate with them. My hope is that the Oracle will help us answer some of these questions.”

    The Oracle is expected to arrive in the Pleiades Sector IR-W D1-55 within the next few days.

  • July 6, 3303
  • Galactic News: Specialists Respond to Latest Findings

    Professor Ishmael Palin, leading authority on xeno-biological research, has commented on the discovery of functional technology at the Thargoid structures.

    “This revelation is significant not only because it gives us an insight into Thargoid technology, but because it confirms the long-posited connection between the Thargoids and the Unknown Artefacts and Probes. Unfortunately, we still do not know the exact purpose of these pieces of technology. Reconnaissance, surveillance, cartography? The specifics elude us, even while fresh discoveries are made.”

    Meanwhile, Ram Tah, the engineer leading research into the lost civilisation known as the Guardians, has commented on reports of interaction between Guardian and Thargoid technology:

    “The fact that Guardian artefacts react to the Thargoid device certainly seems to suggest some kind of prior contact, and although we know very little about Thargoid history, interaction between the two races is entirely possible. But the negative nature of the reaction could be a sign that the relationship was not entirely peaceful.”

  • July 5, 3303
  • Galactic News: Specialists Respond to Latest Findings

    Professor Ishmael Palin, leading authority on xeno-biological research, has commented on the discovery of functional technology at the Thargoid structures.

    “This revelation is significant not only because it gives us an insight into Thargoid technology, but because it confirms the long-posited connection between the Thargoids and the Unknown Artefacts and Probes. Unfortunately, we still do not know the exact purpose of these pieces of technology. Reconnaissance, surveillance, cartography? The specifics elude us, even while fresh discoveries are made.”

    Meanwhile, Ram Tah, the engineer leading research into the lost civilisation known as the Guardians, has commented on reports of interaction between Guardian and Thargoid technology:

    “The fact that Guardian artefacts react to the Thargoid device certainly seems to suggest some kind of prior contact, and although we know very little about Thargoid history, interaction between the two races is entirely possible. But the negative nature of the reaction could be a sign that the relationship was not entirely peaceful.”

  • June 30, 3303
  • 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:

    Laedla and Co

    Junga Interstellar

    Groombridge 1618 Inc

    Eranin Peoples Party

    Revolutionary Party of Nuenets

    Cuicatec Gold Power Co

    V886 Centauri Future

    Allied Ualapalor League

    Autocracy of Phi Gruis

    Velingai Comms Corporation

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

  • June 29, 3303
  • 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:

    Laedla and Co

    Junga Interstellar

    Groombridge 1618 Inc

    Eranin Peoples Party

    Revolutionary Party of Nuenets

    Cuicatec Gold Power Co

    V886 Centauri Future

    Allied Ualapalor League

    Autocracy of Phi Gruis

    Velingai Comms Corporation

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

  • June 21, 3303
  • Freelance Report: Canonn Responds to Thargoid Revelation

    Doctor Arcanonn of the Canonn Interstellar Research Group has issued a statement from the Gnosis concerning the recent discovery that the so-called Unknown Ships are in fact of Thargoid origin.

    “Finally, the Thargoids have revealed themselves, moving from the shadows into the starlight. We cannot predict where this road will lead, but surely there is no way back. We stand at a precipice, staring into the abyss...yet we can take some comfort from the fact that humanity has faced this threat before and prevailed.”

    “The first reports of Unknown Artefacts – riddles in space – now seem so long ago. How could we have known it would come to this?”

    “Rest assured that should the worst happen, should governments fall and our civilisation be shaken to its very foundations, Canonn will stand against the darkness.”

    Starbeaver

  • June 20, 3303
  • Freelance Report: Canonn Responds to Thargoid Revelation

    Doctor Arcanonn of the Canonn Interstellar Research Group has issued a statement from the Gnosis concerning the recent discovery that the so-called Unknown Ships are in fact of Thargoid origin.

    “Finally, the Thargoids have revealed themselves, moving from the shadows into the starlight. We cannot predict where this road will lead, but surely there is no way back. We stand at a precipice, staring into the abyss...yet we can take some comfort from the fact that humanity has faced this threat before and prevailed.”

    “The first reports of Unknown Artefacts – riddles in space – now seem so long ago. How could we have known it would come to this?”

    “Rest assured that should the worst happen, should governments fall and our civilisation be shaken to its very foundations, Canonn will stand against the darkness.”

    Starbeaver

  • June 15, 3303
  • 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:

    Siluruba Purple Transport Ltd

    Official Darkates Freedom Party

    Kvenland Services

    HIP 10570 Constitution Party

    HR 3954 Crew

    Cuicatec Gold Power Co

    Aonghus Co

    Hajon Industries

    HIP 9741 Incorporated

    HIP 15545 Public Network

    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:

    Siluruba Purple Transport Ltd

    Kvenland Services

    Ruchbah Industry

    Social Zaragas Independents

    Uszaa Society

    Allied Ualapalor League

    Hand Gang of Taunitoq

    Traditional Auste Dominion

    Gold Travel Ltd

    Nun Purple Mafia

    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.

  • June 14, 3303
  • 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:

    Siluruba Purple Transport Ltd

    Official Darkates Freedom Party

    Kvenland Services

    HIP 10570 Constitution Party

    HR 3954 Crew

    Cuicatec Gold Power Co

    Aonghus Co

    Hajon Industries

    HIP 9741 Incorporated

    HIP 15545 Public Network

    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:

    Siluruba Purple Transport Ltd

    Kvenland Services

    Ruchbah Industry

    Social Zaragas Independents

    Uszaa Society

    Allied Ualapalor League

    Hand Gang of Taunitoq

    Traditional Auste Dominion

    Gold Travel Ltd

    Nun Purple Mafia

    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.

  • June 2, 3303
  • 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:

    Kokary Liberals

    Groombridge 1618 Inc

    Mother Gaia

    Allied Ualapalor League

    V886 Centauri Corporation

    Nuenets Corp.

    Bureau of HIP 1914 Focus

    HIP 1914 Purple Universal Inc

    LP 811-17 Gold Energy Partners

    Natural LP 811-17 Conservatives

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

  • June 1, 3303
  • 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:

    Kokary Liberals

    Groombridge 1618 Inc

    Mother Gaia

    Allied Ualapalor League

    V886 Centauri Corporation

    Nuenets Corp.

    Bureau of HIP 1914 Focus

    HIP 1914 Purple Universal Inc

    LP 811-17 Gold Energy Partners

    Natural LP 811-17 Conservatives

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

  • April 20, 3303
  • 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:

    Kvenland Services

    HIP 5712 State Corp.

    HIP 32350 Industries

    Jamatia Central Corp.

    Hand Gang of Taunitoq

    Independents of Jura Lungs

    New Zeta Tucanae Free

    Traditional Siluruba Autocracy

    HIP 14759 Guardians of Tradition

    HIP 115314 aristocrats

    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:

    Kvenland Services

    Liberty Party of Zeessze

    Ololos Drug Empire

    HR 3954 Crew

    Leaders of BD-08 2963

    HIP 5183 Emperor's Grace

    Allied Ualapalor League

    HIP 9610 Jet Legal Systems

    Conservatives of HIP 41984

    Auste Gold Ring

    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.

  • April 19, 3303
  • 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:

    Kvenland Services

    HIP 5712 State Corp.

    HIP 32350 Industries

    Jamatia Central Corp.

    Hand Gang of Taunitoq

    Independents of Jura Lungs

    New Zeta Tucanae Free

    Traditional Siluruba Autocracy

    HIP 14759 Guardians of Tradition

    HIP 115314 aristocrats

    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:

    Kvenland Services

    Liberty Party of Zeessze

    Ololos Drug Empire

    HR 3954 Crew

    Leaders of BD-08 2963

    HIP 5183 Emperor's Grace

    Allied Ualapalor League

    HIP 9610 Jet Legal Systems

    Conservatives of HIP 41984

    Auste Gold Ring

    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.

  • February 25, 3303
  • Galactic News: Asteroid Destroyed in HIP 16497

    Earlier this week, automated stellar probes in the HIP 16497 system picked up an unusual heat signature. Local explorers promptly launched an investigation, only to discover that an asteroid had inexplicably disappeared from the system.

    "It's most peculiar," said Kate Panamen of the Mars High Astrocartography Institute. "Given the asteroid's orbit, it shouldn't have come into contact with anything in the system for aeons. Nevertheless, the investigators found an expanding cloud of dust in the asteroid's supposed location. We're at a loss to explain how it could have been destroyed."

    Both Federal and Imperial sources denied rumours that the destruction of the asteroid was a result of experimental weapon testing.

  • February 13, 3303
  • Galactic News: Ram Tah Makes Breakthrough

    Since the Synuefe ruins were discovered in October, hundreds of explorers, archaeologists and relic hunters have scoured the site for information about the race that created it. When engineer Ram Tah started researching the ruins, hundreds more joined the search, motivated either by a thirst for knowledge or by the promise of reward.

    Now, Ram Tah claims to have made a significant breakthrough. In a statement, he said:

    "Thanks to the hard work of many dedicated pilots – and in particular Commander Noodlz05 and his wingmates – I have isolated a signal in the Guardians' monolith network that will allow scanners to identify sites within 1,000 light seconds. This should make finding further Guardian ruins considerably easier."

    "I would like to thank all those involved for their help. This was not an easy task, but together we have learned a great deal about the Guardians' fascinating culture."