Galactic News

  • 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."

  • February 10, 3303
  • Galactic News: Intriguing Expedition Record Surfaces

    A curious record has surfaced, detailing an apparently clandestine expedition to find relics from the lost civilisation known as the Guardians.

    The record, which takes the form of a series of personal logs, indicates that the expedition was led by one Professor Melville, an authority on xeno-biology who disappeared a few months ago.

    The record has attracted a considerable amount of attention, and is reprinted in full below.

    13th January 3303

    "I'm not just going to sit here while that jumped-up mechanic Ram Tah spoon-feeds us information."

    That's what Professor Melville said. He wanted to know more about the Guardians – maybe even figure out where they came from. So off we went, with little to go on beyond the professor's belief that there were more ruins out there.

    He claims to have information that will help us find more sites, but he's keeping it close to his chest. Only he and the pilot know where we're going. It's like he's afraid someone will take credit for his discovery. We've been scanning lifeless planetoids for days, eyeballing the ground for locations.

    He keeps reciting the same little speech: "Xeno-achaeology has moved on. The days of exploring the outer reaches, only occasionally finding something of value, are behind us. I have found the key."

    But I'm not an archaeologist. Professor Melville is just a means to an end. I signed up for the money.

    24th January 3303

    We received an update today – apparently Ram Tah has found some new sites. Melville scoffed when he heard the news. "Scraps from an amateur," he said. "We'll find the real secrets. Trust me."

    Trust. That's an interesting thing. Why should we trust someone who doesn't trust us? Well, maybe he has reason not to: I took a look at his records while he was talking to the pilot. I don't like being kept in the dark.

    Melville thinks there could be hundreds of sites out there. His hypothesis is that the Guardians occupied an area of space similar in size to that currently inhabited by humans, but that for some reason they were forced to migrate. He believes he can find that region of space and the Guardians' point of origin.

    The Guardians could well have had a huge civilisation, with hundreds of sites – maybe thousands – in this part of space. The similarities across different sites are comparable to the way we reuse certain structures. After all, how many Coriolis stations are there in the galaxy?

    2nd February 3303

    Melville thinks the Synuefe XR-H D11-102 system represents some kind of end point or 'last colony'. Beyond that, the sites appear in clusters, with the number of sites in each cluster getting increasingly larger. We discovered a cluster of sites only a few days ago before finding a location with an entirely unique layout. So far we've found three sites in each of the following systems: Synuefe LY-I b42-2, Synuefe NL-N c23-4 and Synuefe TP-F b44-0.

    There are basically three different types of site, most of which have a different codex layout. Melville thinks that each type of site fulfilled a different function. He also thinks the Guardians were the dominant species in this region of space. But he's not content with this discovery. He wants to keep going.

    Are we ever going back to turn back?

    8th February 3303

    This isn't a research vessel anymore – it's a prison. All means of communicating with the rest of the galaxy have been disabled. Melville has taken control of ship. His obsession has doomed us all.

    I'm transmitting these records in the hope that someone finds them and comes to our rescue. But the chances of that are slim.

  • December 7, 3303
  • 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:

    League of Villae

    Ruchbah Industry

    Wolf 359 Blue Travel Commodities

    Union of Wolf 359 Labour

    LHS 3479 Interstellar

    Natural Toolfa Nationalists

    Luyten 674-15 Industries

    United Chimba League

    Allied Ualapalor League

    Liaedin Electronics PLC

    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:

    Colanja Gold Power Services

    G 41-14 Purple Travel Solutions

    Kokary Holdings

    Limapa Blue State Commodities

    Zelano Systems

    Kokary Liberals

    Coquim Industry

    Chamunda Crimson Gang

    GCRV 4654 State Interstellar

    Ololos Drug Empire

    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.