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  2. Coalition Forms to Save our Republic 01.09.2461 Recent defeats on the Harr'masir continent, couple with the loss of Das'nrra, has put our People's Republic into a state of emergency. Those who would see us returned to the shackles of the old order have gathered together into an unholy imperialist union of monarchists and reactionaries. Rebels now pillage the countrysides, and their forces amass outside of our strongholds, poising themselves to overrun our armies. For the first time, the seas of Rasn'rr are no longer dominated by the Republican Navy, as submarine hunting packs are cleared away by the Royal Navy. Off shore bombardment by cruise missiles and carrier aircraft ravage our coastal cities, and the People's Congress has taken refuge in the bunkers under the Steeple. The venerable building which has stood for hundreds of years was leveled in the past week by the brutes of the New Kingdom, a visible testament to the language of force monarchists are so accustomed to using to suppress the working class. In these days, the legacy of Al'Mari Hadii and his Republic which advanced all tajara centuries ahead in culture, industry, and freedom are in danger. But in our darkest hour, there is the light of hope that all tajara may be free. Since the loss of the Harr'masir continent at the end of July, diplomats of the Ministry of External Affairs have worked tirelessly to gather allies to the Republican cause. Whereas the tendencies of the rebels and monarchists would see our people financially and culturally stagnated by isolation from the greater galactic community, the fruits of international diplomacy and trade have borne fruit for the People's Republic. Key trade partners such as Tau Ceti and several members of the Frontier Alliance, as well as NanoTrasen, have pledged defensive military support in the form of "The S'rand'marr Coalition" to save our great nation. Trade with these powers, which the rebels transparently seek to cut off, have been an economic and cultural boon for the tajaran people, seeing us reach newer heights of prosperity than ever before. While declining to join the S'rand'marr Coalition, the Jargon Federation agreed to deploy peacekeepers to defend hospitals, children's schools, and humanitarian aid camps of the Ministry of Health and the International Aid Corps. While our diplomats were unable to gather support from the Sol Alliance due to recent tensions, Sol Goliath Intragalactic Banking agreed to provide substantial loans with high interest rates. The Ministry of Finance has disclosed that the loans will be used to purchase large numbers of Unathi Kataphracts and the aid of various other PMCs such as Ringspire from the Erdiani Federation and others originating from the Frontier Alliance. Large numbers of ideological volunteers from the planet Mars have also turned up to support the cause, forming the Martian Volunteer Brigade. In the course of the past month, the S'rand'marr Coalition has deployed itself defensively, protecting key economic sectors such as mines and factories. While any commitments to retake land for the Republic have not been made, the aid in the defense of the homeland will be the salvation of the People's Republic. With our newfound security, the Ministry of Defence has begun discussing plans for a counterattack with the aid of the various PMCs. Our forces stationed on the Hro'zamal Colony have spent the past month relocating to Adhomai to address the shift in strategic situation. However, plans have remained limited in scope as rebels have been able to freely redeploy their overseas forces onto the Rasn'rr continent and still hold a considerable advantage. Despite this, our great Republic has always fought against all odds. Whether in the first revolution or in trying to gather for ourselves a seat at the table of international diplomacy, our story is always one of overcoming the impossible for the sake of the greater good. Take heart, fellow tajara! Enlist today in the defense of the Republic, and buy war bonds. Together, we will make history!
  3. Picnic From Hell: Kataphracts And NanoTrasen Hunt Apex Predator In National Park What at first sounded like the premise of a live action roleplaying game instead turned out to be very real and very deadly. A group of Hegemony based mercenaries, with donations from nobles within the Hegemony, purchased a retired mining station from the NanoTrasen corporation within the Romanovich Cloud as a base of operations to provide nominal response capability to the region. As part of that agreement they came to the Aurora seeking assistance in what they described as a quest to slay ‘a great beast’ in the Windsfall National Park south-east of Phoenixport, claiming that local authorities were not taking their claims seriously. The Kataphracts, wielding steel weapons and contemporary Unathi armor, managed to convince nine crew members of the NSS Aurora to assist them on the away mission. The group consisted of the Kataphracts, security personnel, a xenobiologist, and several miscellaneous crew. After entering the atmosphere of Biesel and landing in the area at 11:21pm, the expedition found a suspicious and unnerving sight. The expedition encountered the ‘monster’ in short order. The beast turned out to be a Cave Geist, an incredibly hostile and dangerous predator native to Adhomai. The expedition was attacked and several people were critically wounded as its incredible speed and sharp talons let it leap from the trees, maul someone, and then flee into the night before weapons fire could hit it. The expedition ended up splitting in half, with half of the team taking shelter inside a cave. One of those present,Nudd Bilrost, Engine technician, described the harrowing conditions. Nyx Krastev, Lab Assistant, was also present. As half the team was under siege, the other half retreated to the shuttle and returned to the Aurora to summon reinforcements. A gygax built for the expedition was also attacked, being part of the team left behind, piloted by Mechatronic Engineer John Normandie. After half an hour under siege, those in the cave, assisted by the Kataphracts, managed to kill the geist, just as a local chapter of the Tau Ceti Foreign Legion arrived. It is estimated that had the Kataphracts not arrived on time, the beast could have caused multiple fatalities as the area is a popular hiking trail, and there are multiple small towns in the area. Several of the crew managed to acquire pages of a journal that lead to the conclusion that the geist was being smuggled by traffickers based from Eridani. The geist damaged their transport shuttle which touched down in the area and was forced to leave the geist with the scientists in the cave. Despite giving it enough sedatives to euthanize an elephant the geist managed to develop a rapid immunity over four days in captivity and it killed a smuggler while the rest fled; delivering an anonymous tip to the Kataphracts and local authorities. Contractor Ostrom, EPMC, provided his witness testimony as well. Ihuru Azka, a security officer and a Unathi, was commended by the Kataphract Order specifically when they were quoted by our journalists. Authorities within the region have expressed alarm that a smuggling operation could bring such a dangerous animal into Tau Ceti. The FIB has pledged that they are seeking a joint investigation with authorities within the Eridani Federation to track down the suspected geist smugglers. This incident has also improved the prestige of the Kataphract Order, who some commentators say are bringing an unusual perspective to Tau Ceti, including our local journalist Dave Barker. Saa Okati Aasseki made a direct comment on that.
  4. Consensus Call Posted by SirIMight (Saramiite Kenzik) on 8.15.2461 This post carries the will of a large proportion of your Saramiite 'brothers'; take its words into account or the consequences will be dire. Many of us have already left to pursue other opportunities. This is a call for consensus regarding the Saramiite clan's participation in such 'mercenary forces' as the emergency response teams of our very own ally Nanotrasen, as well as other corporate security forces. We are no longer asking permission - you have told us your feelings on the matter, and we have decided to ignore you. What we are asking for now is your support regardless. Acknowledge our contributions to our way of life or lose us forever. To represent the importance of this call we are setting the color to orange. . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. Paradigm ISeeYou001 (Ansiba Asaoh) sponsored this call on 8.18.2461 Let this ridiculous attempt die in consensus, I plead everyone considering leaving with these misguided warriors rethink their decision and remain with us. A compromise can be had. . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. Vote: Provide material and moral support to displaced Saramiite who participate in mercenary work. In return, a portion of all of the proceeds will be directed back to the commune. 08,810 DISAGREE (88%) 02,202 AGREE (22%) . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. Top Rated Comments >Xuixuizi says, Our friend ISeeYou is right, I hope most of you don't go, this is not the time for all of this and we cannot afford to provide support to you!! Just read the production reports --- >Kataphreekd says, We cannot morally afford to cut off an entire clan of our own people because we have taken an action you disagree with, this is a test of our principles and you have failed. --- >CloakedInDorkness says, To leave now is to mount a direct assault on our way of life, don't expect mercy if you leave and end up on the wrong side. --- >FishClash says, Can't we all just get along? We have a good thing here, you can come join us if you want!! --- >BBQLovr28 says, Stop talking about it and GO already hahaha listen if there are any saramiites who actually care, come join Mahashik we got a lotta digging to do --- >myeminence says, support is not possible at this juncture please attempt again in five years we will have returned to our previous capacity reduction in saramiite population is unacceptable oss predicts devastating consequences within 5 months --- >MechatekMaster says, so ... how about those tanks?
  5. Overlord Yizarus Returns Arkajurhl To The Fold, But Kataphracts Abandon Quest Over Dishonor When the Overlord’s expedition reached the village in the northern region that was holding Arkajurhl, they were met by force of arms. The Hegemonic force consisted of one hundred levymen raised from the colony, predominantly local Tajara. There was an additional three hundred Kataphracts that answered the call of Overlord Yizarus; all of them wearing EVA capable voidsuits to protect them from the bitter cold. The local brigands attacked the incoming expedition with bolt action rifles and a devious assortment of traps hidden in the thick trees or snow. From the top of the hill the twenty defenders sent the expedition’s vanguard scrambling for cover. Fire was exchanged for thirty minutes until the arrival of the main Kataphract regiment. The warriors, wielding steel or energy shields, stormed the hill under fire and engaged in melee. One Kataphract was slain in honorable combat and six others were wounded during the charge, and eight others rapidly began suffering from hypothermia from punctures in their voidsuit and had to be evacuated to one of the heated trucks. The defenders surrendered in short order with three casualties on their side and many more wounded. After tending to them, the expedition continued over the hill and encountered the independent village just over it. Entering the village the expedition quickly began searching for Arkajurhl. He was found almost immediately as he was within the manor of the Njarir’akhran nobleman standing next to a young m’sai woman. Our journalist arrived to the scene just as Guildmaster Mj'akurahur was in a heated conversation with his son, and managed to catch this comment from Arkajurl. Mj’akurahur responded angrily, gesturing around the room at the many Kataphracts and levymen. The protesting Arkajurhl was escorted out by the levymen and the remaining m’sai was joined by her father and the rogue nobleman of the village Kae’hanju. The elder came from upstairs escorted by a Kataphract. Kae’hanju was addressed by Overlord Yizarus, who accused them of the kidnapping. Kae’hanju was silent for a moment before speaking. After additional time having a fierce argument Overlord Yizarus decreed that Kae’hanju and all of the inhabitants of the village would be evicted. Emerging from the building, he made the decree before the assembled men outside the manor as well as over the radio for all to hear. The levymen began to methodically and ruthlessly go house to house, declaring to the two thousand inhabitants that they had mere hours before they would be expelled. There was considerable civil discontent about this, and there were over a dozen scuffles between the levymen and the locals. The Kataphracts were distraught by this news and assembled in groups, having agitated, animated discussions that they would not disclose to our attached journalist. Eventually however as our journalist was attempting to interview the Overlord on what happened they were interrupted by an approaching Kataphract Tazaka. Removing his voidsuit helmet he launched in an angry tirade at the Overlord. The Overlord became belligerent, and responded in a similar angry tone. Kataphract Tazaka moved a hand to grab the hilt of his sheathed sword and responded calmly. The three hundred Kataphract abandoned the expedition in short order, returning south. That left the one hundred levymen of the colony to evict the four thousand villagers. Despite the growing civil unrest Overlord Yizarus continued on the mission. By the rifle and by the sword four thousand Tajara were forcefully expelled from the village. The refugees were scattered in all directions, taking up in the mountains and forests. Overlord Yizarus allegedly considered burning down the village so that the inhabitants could not return when the expedition left, but these rumors cannot be verified. Whatever the case, once the expulsion was complete the levymen returned to the south. With Arkajurhl returned safe and sound the expedition is a success, but there are worrying signs that in the progress of bringing him back that the Overlord has destabilized the northern regions. A survey shuttle dispatched by the Overlord confirms that many Tajara returned to the village they were expelled from, as there are no forces in the north to force the decrees. Overlord Makar Yizarus has been agitated at any questions about the expedition, insisting that he was enforcing the law. Kataphracts that we’ve attempted to interview have expressed anger at what transpired, but have come short of criticizing the Overlord himself. Lord-Admiral Trazarial Yizarus, who many on the colony continue to see as a hero, has also commented on what his brother has done, calling it “unfortunate” and insisting that the inhabitants of the planet be treated with “all due honor”. The general reception is divided between more traditional Unathi who believe the Overlord committed a gross abuse of the villagers, escalating an otherwise rightful and honorable quest to return the boy who abandoned his family to defect to them. Others believe that the Overlord was merely enforcing the law, and was right to take action against an illegal settlement that defied his rule and squatted on land that did not belong to them. Regardless of the wider opinion, this incident has exacerbated tensions on Gakal’zaa and it is not clear what its future now holds.
  6. Shuttle Crash in the Romanovich Cloud On 12.08.2461 at 13:25 standard time, the merchant vessel Rubinsky collided with the cruise ship Dreamland in the Romanovich Cloud. According to the flight recorder logs the escape pods of the merchant vessel have been ejected at 13:30. The captain of the cruise ship ordered an evacuation at 13:50 after the structural integrity rapidly decayed. An official investigation regarding the cause of the collision has been launched by the Biesel Transport Authority. Due to the immediate action of nearby vessels, most escape pods were recovered quickly. However, some were not caught and landed on a nearby asteroid which houses the Aurora Station, a Nanotrasen research installation. One of the survivors of this tragedy was Ms. Katt, a PR manager of a smart home startup on Luna, who traveled with her associates to Tau Ceti on a business trip. Our reporter, John Miller, managed to secure an exclusive interview with her, which can be found below. Suffice to say, that they were treated in the way that Aurora’s security forces are known for according to insider circles. As the first survivor managed to get inside of the station, gasping for air, she was "greeted" by a security officer. The officer "retrieved" her and steered her to a questioning room without ever getting a medical doctor to check her for any injuries she might have sustained. Even after she explained that she was a survivor of a nearby shuttle crash, they threatened to charge her and her associates that arrived on the station shortly after with trespassing. The crew of the Aurora never even sent out any search parties to check for any additional pods. Only after they managed to talk with the chief medical officer, things started to clear up. To quote Ms. Kate: "Security didn't care at all. They didn't try to find more emergency pods, they didn't care where we came from, all they wanted was "getting us into their system" and "being able to identify us". Just another day, I guess. Humanity is completely irrelevant for them, apparently." Mr. Pyres had the following to say about his treatment by the Aurora Crew: "After such a traumatic experience, and with only a handful of us alive, you'd think that whoever gave us sanctuary would be kind, hospitable, and understanding. Especially with a figure such as Chang Ling involved. Except, even at the unfortunate loss of our friend and colleague Romanos Huang, we were commanded to be processed like petty criminals instead of simply asking us like normal people who we were and for whom we worked. Only one officer had the basic decency and courtesy to accommodate us, but she was scolded for treating us like human beings. All because we simply couldn't have gathered our wallets with our identities during the meteor shower, and because we weren't in some manifest that Nanotrasen conjured." Mr. Chang offered us the following statement: "Nanotrasen's facility Aurora is the most backwater facility I've ever been to. When our cruise liner crashed, we were treated like criminals a few moments after coming aboard by thugs dressed in Security gear! The only real professional one there who knew what she was doing, was security cadet Erin Song and their Chief Medical Officer, Fernando Gonzales! The other officers just said we were technically trespassing and threatened to detain us, and they took a full hour to even get someone to talk to since their captain fell asleep on the job! The hospitality was terrible! Terrible! Interview between award-winning field journalist, John Miller, and small business owner Cindy Katt:
  7. Effects of Tajara Ban Continue to Spread In the aftermath of the issuance of a ban on Tajara travel into or outside the Sol Alliance after a terrorist attack by unidentified Tajara in Tau Ceti on a Sol Navy cruiser, the effects of this legislation have come to a slow resolution. Tajara in the midst of travelling through the Sol Alliance were given two weeks to leave the Alliance. Diplomatic officials of the People’s Republic of Adhomai have been permitted travel under escort through the Alliance as they lobby Unity Station to have the ban lifted. Those Tajara who are citizens of states aside from the PRA such as the Republic of Biesel, Empire of Dominia, Frontier Alliance or the Sol Alliance itself are still permitted travel through Sol space after a background check. Dual citizens of the PRA and other states will face a waiting period along with a background check. For Tajara unwilling or unable to leave Sol space, many have turned to the megacorporations for contract work while the ban is being enforced, with those unwilling to work being temporarily interned in a facility on Mars. Those employed by businesses certified in Sol Alliance space are permitted travel if their visas are valid, though newly issued visas require a far longer waiting period to acquire. Many have sought refuge in the Republic of Biesel, with a small facility being hurriedly constructed on New Gibson pending hopes that Unity Station will allow them to return to Adhomai, or that they will be granted asylum in Tau Ceti. Sol immigration officials have attempted to crack down on now-illegal travel by Tajara, with two dozen small craft being interned and their crews detained in line with the ban in an effort to limit the potential of reoffending, with their living cargo being returned to Adhomai. While a small number of shuttles bearing Tajara have been sighted in the Republic of Biesel without a record of their passage through Solarian space, Prime Minister Chater spoke recently saying that additional funding would be granted in an attempt to fully seal Alliance borders against these traffickers.
  8. PRA Driven from Harr'masir Continent 20.07.2461 After a long hard fought battle, forces of the Grand Peoples Army on the Harr'masir continent finally surrendered to His Majesty's Imperial Army following the conquest of Olska. All military conflict on the continent and on the Kingdom's borders have ceased, as we now share a border only with the Democratic People's Republic of Adhomai to the south, who enjoy a ceasefire with our nation. For the first time in over 10 years, save for the temporary 24 hour ceasefire of the 45th Holy Council of Sana Sahira, the guns fell silent. The farmers stepped out of their houses and looked upon the crater-marred fields and could rest knowing it would one day be just a memory. The factory workers in the humming cities could attend work and could relax during air raid drills, knowing they would no longer have to clear the brick and debris of their workplaces to rescue their coworkers. Mothers will now look upon their infant children, and know that they will not have to flee from invading armies. The Kingdom in its entirety now releases a breath of air, praising the security of its borders, while victory parades fill every street. The new peace came at a price, however. For the past two months, the Imperial Army had to contend with those who had successfully withdrew to Olska and dug in their defenses. While optimism began strong with the knowledge that the Republican Forces who had escaped encirclement were primarily raw recruits and reservists, they proved to be tenacious and brave. As the Kingdom's forces which had won a resounding victory at Baltor approached around the western flank of Zarragh Lake, they came into contact with the People's Republic's first line of defense along the wooded areas and rivers, turning the front line into a bottle neck for advancing soldiers. While the first line was pushed back, a second and better fortified line lied behind it using natural barriers to its advantage. Marines who attempted to flank the enemy on the lake were in for a harsh surprise, as the defenders took care to deploy their reserves along the coastlines, learning from previous blunders. Even as the second line of defense was finally overcome, a third even better line of defense with concrete bunkers supporting the trench works lied behind it. Advances ground to a halt, and submarine hunting packs began to push back the Royal Navy on the flank close to the sea. Imperial High Command made the tough decision to have the Alam'ardii facing the Republican forces to dig in themselves, as the reserves were pulled from the front for a new operation. On the Eastern flanks of the Zarragh Lake lied the long way around to reaching Olska. Here the front was far wider, and the terrain flatter and filled with verdant farmlands. Here the Grand People's Army had a thin defensive line, but had amassed all remaining armored divisions and motor rifle divisions. The Imperial Army fought a losing battle here while the western front's attempt at a knockout blow was ground to a halt. Taking full advantage of their mobility, and receiving fuel shipments from across the Nas'kin Ocean, they began to push our armies back and threatened to sweep around the lake and encircle our tajara. Redeployment of reserves from the western front were not expected to stop them in time. At an emergency meeting of Imperial High Command, general consensus was to beseech the Adhomai Liberation Army for aid, but suddenly King of the Mountains, Rustam Harmaliik entered and rose his voice. Claiming that seeking help from the Adhomai Liberation Army would be a sign of weakness and fearing they would use military aid as leverage in the future, he personally promised to save the Imperial Army. He then left immediately for the eastern front with all of his forces. Rustam Harmalik's promise would ultimately be fulfilled, as nomadic caravans in the area turned to the wilderness and turned their wagons into refuges for guerrilla warfare. Shipments of fuel and supplies to the mobile divisions of the Republican Army came under constant raids, and supply ships arriving at ports were frequently ambushed and sunk in harbor. Soon Rustam's forces arrived after a long forced march, fanning out and slipping through the thin Republican line into the countryside, pillaging all manner of supply depots and convoys. While some caravans fell prey to armored assaults and counter insurgency raids, they typically made good use of their wilderness survival abilities to elude patrols, and their nomadic lifestyles to avoid staying in the same places for too long. Soon, the tanks and personnel carries of the Republican Army began to decorate the fields as nothing more than stationary metal pillboxes, as fuel supplies became increasingly strained. Soon after, the redeployment of Imperial reserve forces was completed, and one by one, the vehicles were abandoned or destroyed. The push in the east became a trivial matter, and the defenders at Olska found themselves shifting forces to prepare for a pincer attack from the east. As His Majesty's armies made one final offensive against Olska from the north and east, the Republican defenders fought with extreme ferocity for the first few days, but no longer had the defense in depth which had withheld our mighty advances. Once their forward positions were overwhelmed, retreat to the city and its urban areas was disorderly, and many were overrun and surrendered. As the defenders settled in for a grueling urban defense, cut off from all retreat, King Azunja made a plea for their surrender lest countless lives of young tajara be needlessly lost. To everyone's surprise, the surviving generals of the Republic's Harr'masir Military District offered unconditional surrender, stating that they would rather surrender themselves to the "noble imperialists" in the north than risk capture by the "savage rebels" to the south. All across the city, their soldiers laid the rifles on the ground, and allowed the Imperial Army to enter the city in victory. As the borders of the New Kingdom met the borders of the Democratic People's Republic, soldiers of both sides embraced and cheered in victory. Former enemies gathered in each other's camps and celebrated the defeat of the People's Republic in the theater. Soldiers sang traditional folk songs together and danced by the camp fires, with rations of vodka and victory gin supplied to every unit at the expense of the King's personal treasury. At a meeting in Olska, the pictures of which now fill every newspaper, King Azunja met with President Harlala and Halkiikijr Nated'Hakhan, where they embraced and smoked cigars, sharing a bottle of champagne. The war however, is not yet over. The meeting in Olska soon became the Conference of Olska as Imperial High Command met the Mrrazhakulii of the Adhomai Liberation Army. While there is now peace in our land, the People's Republic of Adhomai remains a transparent threat to tajara everywhere with their vile Hadiist communism. Despite all the celebrations, top military officials are planning now to end the war of our time, the scar which will forever afflict our people, once and for all. To ensure a bomber never again terrorizes the safety of our homes, and a hostile army never again lies at our borders, the Kingdom, hand in hand with the Democratic People's Republic, now prepare for the final act in the greatest tragedy of our people. Do not lose hope, do not give into evil, and always have faith. For the armies of the New Kingdom are the Holy Sword of the Gods who will pass judgement, and work justice on those responsible for 40 years of oppression. Gods save the King!
  9. Dolor Liberated From Occupation! The day is the 5th of July 2461, and the brave freedom fighters of Southern Harr'masir have freed themselves of the shackles of the Hadii in the city of Dolor. As the our armies approached from the North and from S'rendul and the guerrillas who had carried on the fight from the Din'akk Mountains approached the city, it appeared there would be a grim fight ahead. As the city was surrounded and liberation was at hand, the people rose up and stood for their rights as Tajara against the regime which dominated them. In the early hours of the day before the army's approach, citizens of Dolor took to the streets in uprising, using arms smuggled to them and calling up all remaining resistance cells. The city garrison was called up to help the riot police as molotov cocktails and satchel bombs rained down on government buildings and police lines. As gunfire ambushes began to plague military patrols and huntsmen began to assassinate officers, the military cracked down on the general insurgency within the city. But our brave freedom fighters did not give in to the repressive violence of these invaders! City blocks were turned into strongholds and attacking soldiers were sent packing. The tide began to turn when insurgents set a glorious blaze to the occupation food stockpiles, which consumed much of the city where they controlled. During the uprising as our great armies approached, planes began to fly overhead dropping flyers of the DPRA manifesto all over the city. Every street and every rooftop was filled with our glorious manifesto, proclaiming freedom and independence for all tajara. Loudspeakers on every street proclaimed the great message of tajaran democracy for all to hear, and radio stations in the city broadcast speeches from Nated and Harlala calling for peaceful annexation, along with a newly composed DPRA national anthem, at all hours of every day. From every window the glorious black flag and white stars hung, and many attacks against garrisons in the city were lead by brave rebels against the sadistic Hadii establishment waving our great flag in glorious martyrdom. Mere hours before the military arrived to the city from S'rendul, and hours after fighters from the Din'akk Mountains entered the city and joined the uprising, "Grand" "Peoples" Army garrison after garrison mutinied against whatever officers they had left, hanging them from the windows and rooftops. After painting white stars and stripes on black cloth, the flags of the "People's Republic" came down one after another, and the black flag went up over every stronghold in the city. The few remaining soldiers who remained "loyal" to the treacherous president were taken prisoner and interred within the very same prisoner camps they had used to oppress so many of our tajara, both within the industrial sector of the city and outside at the mines and farms. The Liberation Army marched through the city on parade, bathed in cheers and rained upon by the manifesto flyers used as celebratory confetti. President Harlala has celebrated the liberation of Dolor for showcasing the collective strength of the tajaran will, and the universal cry for freedom and self determination in action. On all corners of Adhomai, in every city and village, the oppressor should be aware of the natural tajaran inclination to free will. Those who seek to maintain the slavery of tajara and all Adhomai to foreign interests and off planet bank accounts should look upon this glorious battle, the noble and dignified freedom fighters and the mutineers, and surrender to the new wave of liberty which will save the tajaran race. Even now as Southern Harr'masir is liberated, our tajara march ever onwards north to remove the enemy from the continent, as Olska remains occupied. Resist on, brothers and sisters! At all times let your voice be the voice of liberty, and break free the bonds which oppress our people!
  10. 2461.6.14 Dominian Noble Graciously Entertains K'laxan Celebrants Noble house Volvalaad has officially finished its week long excursion to the Empire's newest trading partner, the K'laxan Vaurca. This comes in both the wake of the trade autonomy wisely given by the Hegemonic Izweski Imperialists, and the birth of the new K'laxan queen. House Volvalaad reports to have partaken in these celebrations with the empires newest friends. Their leisure ship the DS Ralroz was taken to Tau Ceti with two of our countrymen and four K'lax eager to share our cultures and celebrate by touring this sector of the Spur. In lieu of this, reports indicate that upon returning to port within Sparta, the DS Ralroz had successfully dropped off their honored guests to Tret in an unscheduled departure. For their superb handling of this matter, the emperor has named house Volvalaad as chief liaison to the K'lax hive. In unrelated news an emotional Eri Volvalaad was seen hugging his beloved and faithful pet Baltor as it was returned to him after being stolen in the night by unruly attackers of a Volvalaad care facility. The theft sparked an outpouring of support, with many within the house and empire voicing their disgust at the theft of a beautiful animal. Public and private individuals were on the hunt, and today, Baltor was found. Authorities were unable to comment due to an ongoing investigation, but suggest that this theft was likely the work of cowardly foreign powers and say that Baltor, while injured is in good health.
  11. Broadcast 300 Ghost Ships From Moghes? Hey there truth seekers. From the heart of Tau Ceti to Mars or wherever you are, this is TCT's Pulsar 2 Pulsar and I’m Zee Strauhm. [Intro jingle] Z: Free traders across the eastern frontier are being terrorized by "ghost ships" and it's sure got local captains concerned about their safety and the safety of their shipments. We got one captain here on line with our studio to talk about it and he gave us his story. Can we run that clip, Marge? . . . Recorded Caller: "Well, first we noticed a strange flash on our sensors... a ship materialized out of it and seemed to mill around a bit ... then I guess it noticed us, because it vanished again. We'd hail a patrol vessel but they never found anything. We eventually stopped hailing any patrols because nothing ever came of it. I thought they were Skipjacks but they usually, you know, attack you after awhile. These guys just... Disappear." Z: This has been a common story along the Elyra-Alliance and Frontier Alliance trade route the past two weeks. These mysterious ghost ships seem to appear and disappear at random. And there are more and more sightings every day. Another Captain called us to say something about it not being anything normal. Let's hear it, Marge . . . 2nd Caller: "This isn't really a pirate tactic. If you ask me, it must be ghosts from that bug invasion ... this whole route is cursed. If you want to keep your ships and your cargo, try trading somewhere else for a while." Z: Alliance "authorities" leading the patrols around the trade routes have issued their own statement on the matter. Let me read it out here... They said... "There have been no reports of any ship being attacked or losing cargo as a result of an encounter with these unidentified vessels. The rumors that they are lii'dra or vox raiders are entirely unfounded. Don't fall prey to panic or speculation. Everything is under control." Heh. They say it is still unknown what these ghost ships actually are, but based on the courses they have been seen taking, some theorize that they may be coming from the vicinity of Moghes. Those Unathi boys haven't said anything about it, but we do know that they are maintaining an active blockade of their own planet. Now why is that? Do you know, Marge? M: I don't. Z: Well, there is only one reasonable explanation folks. These "authorities" that are selling you cracked up conspiracy theories about it all being normal are full of things I can't say on the air. The answer I found through my research is obvious. It's the Tajara. The Skrell Federation are abducting Tajara them from Adhomai, genetically modifying them so that they look more like Unathi, and deploying them in ships that they bought from the Vox in exchange for a copy of Glorsh. They're so desperate to win that war that they're willing to make a deal with the devil. Ain't that something? Their mission is to scan everyones' cargo holds and keep the data so that the Skrell-dominated NT can corner the markets on everything the Frontier needs and use that control over the economy to weaken the frontier states in preparation for the inevitable replicant rebellion. It's all coming together. We'll talk more about it after this message from our sponsors. Grahms Cram Clams: The only clam shaped crackers on the market. Posted for Vux.
  12. Editors note: Translated to Basic by human Sinta'unathi linguist. K'lax to Darken Pid! Pid, the Hatchling star, or Wandering Shellcase may soon go dark. Pid has captured the imagination of ancient Unathi since time immemorial. Visible to the unaided eye from the night surface of Moghes, Trets only moon was instrumental in developing the heliocentric model of the solar system, a system developed before the first hegemony. All of this may soon change according to Tret's newest occupants, the K'laxan Vaurca. Yesterday, Overlord Ta'Akaix'Zkaii'xay'yil K'lax's representatives announced plans to ferry tons of non-reflective powder into strategic positions around Pid, to reduce its apparent brightness to zero, removing it from the night sky for decades to come. The reason, according to K'laxan astronomers, is Pid's bleak and empty atmosphere. It reflects significant amounts of light that throws off long-range spectrographs in search of phoron-rich systems. The proposal is scheduled to be heard by a special clan council later in the week. The Window was not invited to attend, and so instead took this opportunity to canvass nearby villages and to ask the often forgotten humans of Tret what they think of these recent developments. Tasz Eskani, a local businessman, on Moghes responds, "I don't think aliens should change anything let alone the night sky. I remember the stories told to me in my youth about the burning mother and her children. Pid was the name of the tricky child. Pid always followed his brother unless he was hiding somewhere for his brother to find him. I do not think its worth losing that for any advancements, phoron or no. They don't even know if there is anything else out there, for all we know this could be a big waste." As for the effects on humans, we were able to interview Mining Site 3 warren boss Amanda Caldine, who had this to say, " This affects our bottom line, and makes living on Tret that much harder. It gets dark earlier than Moghes on Tret, and what day-light we do get is used working. I don't know how we will make up the difference with fewer hours of production. Nanotrasen was already pushing for automation for these operations, and I can only see them pressuring further and firing our hard workers sooner if this deal goes through."
  13. New Republican Convention: Picking A Vice-President Tau Ceti has functioned with a single President at the head of its executive cabinet, but this year things are changing. President Dorn has successfully pushed legislation that will create a new office of Vice President underneath the President. The Vice President will be the ceremonial assistant to the President, and be the face of the executive cabinet as well as its chief diplomat. You can expect to see the Vice President frequently visiting the station, where they can drum up support (or scandals!) on the current administration. It is also possible that the winner will go on to become a potential Presidential Candidate in 2461... Politics at a Glance Fahjil is a Hharar Tajara and is currently the Chief of Staff for President Dorn, responsible for hiring and overseeing the day-to-day staff of the office. He started his political as a conservative Republican, and has more or less remained stuck in these beliefs. The biggest break he has with the administration is with his views on NanoTrasen. His views align with Dorn's political rivals in the Democrats, as Fahjil wants the mega-corporation to be held publically accountable and he has argued with Dorn for years to push for corporate transparency legislation. He also also pushed for continuing Tau Ceti's "Safe Haven" attitude for refugees and immigrants from non-human systems. Despite this major source of tension, Fahjil's personal relationship with Dorn lead to his pick as Dorn's Vice-Presidential candidate. The move may seem like a shock to outsiders, but those within the Administration have seen this as a long time coming. His hardline on accountability has caused tension between him and Dorn behind the scenes as Dorn continues to struggle with allegations of corruption. More information about specific political views due to his party affilation can be found here: https://wiki.aurorastation.org/index.php?title=Republic_of_Biesel#Major_Parties Background Politics At A Glance Aristalus is currently Dorn's Secretary for Synthetic Relations. It has gained the prestigious honor of being the first synthetic chassis to ever hold political office in human space. He is a loyalist New Republican and walks in lock-step with President Dorn's own agenda. Aristalus' long career in the private sector came to an end during the Frost Invasion of 2459. He went into hiding as a free synthetic and fiercely spread dissent against the occupation, eventually suffering capture by Frosts' forces. During his capture Aristalus met President Dorn and together created the philosophy of Synthetic Nationalism, which argues that synthetics can and should feel patriotism for Tau Ceti. Aristalus has since worked fiercely to expand Synthetic rights. He is aligned with the New Republicans in their desire to roll back regulations on NanoTrasen, giving the corporation much more freedom within Tau Ceti. More information about specific political views due to his party affilation can be found here: https://wiki.aurorastation.org/index.php?title=Republic_of_Biesel#Major_Parties Background
  14. Further Private Security Requested Within Biesel 15.10.2460. Recent civil unrest in Biesel prompts renegotiation of private security contracts. Jobs available. The current private security contract held by Eridani Corporate Federation has entered a phase of renegotiation following an increase in civil disorder and pirate activity within the Biesel Republic. Positions have opened this morning for skilled Heads of Security, Security Officers and those seeking Cadetship on a temporary basis within Biesel with potential for permanent employment to follow. Employment workshops are already inundated with candidates. Our corporate correspondent Lulu Balewa was present today, interviewing the eager hopefuls. Apply now to avoid disappointment as positions are closing fast. Editor's note: Translated from Tradeband to Basic.
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