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  2.  Lord-Regent To Heal Religious Rifts in Sinta Civilization Lord-Regent Not’zar Izweski has announced a convention of religious leaders from across Moghes to take place. Invitations have been dispatched to the most renown priests of the Sk’akh church, as well as prestigious shamans from Moghes as well as Ouerea. The Lord-Regent has introduced controversy by also issuing invitations to the doomsday prophet Si’akh and the profane constructs within the Aut’akh.The convention is set to take place in New Skalamar on Ouerea. Members of the foreign heresy known as the Tribunal were not invited. New Skalamar only a year ago was the site of a tense stand-off between Th’akh majority rebel forces and the then-Overlord Yizra. The ruling Elder-Chiefs have welcomed the convention, and have pledged that all representatives would be under their protection. The Lord-Regent gave his reason for the convention, declaring that he would mediate the disputes between the faiths. While the Lord-Regent seems to have high hopes for this convention, several stumbles have already occured. According to releases by Izweski family members orchestrating the convention, High Priest Unzi has snubbed the Lord-Regent by declining to attend. In addition, Si’akh has refused to arrive himself and is sending a representative to speak in his name. Several religious leaders have also condemned the attendance of any Aut’akh representatives and have threatened to join the boycott. Mizali Mortenga, a Clan-Mother of a leading Ouerean family and respected shaman of Kr’ath, was the most vocal in her insistence that it was the Sk’akh church that was forbidden from attending. The Lord-Regent is believed to be in continued negotiations with the different factions to find acceptable compromises to encourage as many as possible to attend.
  3. Solarian Navy Captain found deceased on-board crashed shuttle outside Nanotrasen facility The body recently of a Captain Feitzgerld Archibald aswell as a the famed oligarch who had been missing for two centuries, Feodor Mally has finally been found on a mining dig site in the territory of the NSS Aurora. Miner Dimitri Petrovitch stumbled upon the crashed shuttle carrying Archibald, a long missing war hero who served in the navy almost two centuries ago and was reported to of deserted the navy with a small crew at the time. Alongside Archibald was at the time mining oligarch Feodor Mally, a wealthy businessman who was said to of struck gold in finding these sites, his last words with his family was he was onto something with a plan for a rock query in the territory. The bodys were found alongside a drone that sent a distress signal after the crashed shuttle was disrupted by phoron mining, after being identified they were cremated and the ashs have been confirmed to been delivered to the Solarian Embassy who offered there many thanks, The Solarian Navy's military council today voting unanimously to remove the desertion charge from Captain Archibalds records and spread his ashs with full honors on his families estate this coming week, the family thanking Captain Alessandra de Cortez for returning the ash's home, aswell as Doctor and Adhomai war veteran Rocco DeFranco and Dimitri Petrovitch for there efforts in recovering the body. A Sargent Tim Patterson remains and dog tags were found, however due to a missing sample of there skull for dental records, they cannot be confirmed as his corpse.
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  5. 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!
  6. Public Announcement Posted by SirIMight (Saramiite Kenzik) on 6.5.2461 In the sight of Oss, and under the guidance of Sk'akh, we settled in Tau Ceti those four months ago hoping to find a new home where all could have a place, and could live without fear. What we found instead is a land infested with the unrestrained influence of demons, where our hands were bound against striking out against it, and one way to solve the problem. We of Saramiite formally request the support of the clans in aligning fully with our benefactors, the organization Nanotrasen, and joining their armed forces, the emergency response teams. We have chosen a color appropriate to the urgency of this vote -- orange. . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. Top Rated Comments >ISeeYou-001 says, This would be a perversion of our mission here and I cannot in good conscience support this decision VERY DISLIKED 4 THUMBS DOWN. --- >Kataphreekd says, so what, we can work for the benefit of our allies and offer them our expertise in all things but warfare? this is classic ansiba hypocrisy you should be ashamed. --- >ShadowHegemon says, Our ansiba friend is correct, although he does not go far enough, this is a perversion of all of our principles and to go through with this would be no less than a rejection of our entire way of life. --- >KethFresh says, I asked around and this doesn't really affect us at all, Kethresh have agreed to abstain --- >BBQ4Life says, Hahaha wow did you really expect us to support such an action?? we don't need you to fight anymore, why not just settle for real work?? --- >myeminence says, this proposal violates our prediction models cease immediately or the consequences could be dire. --- >MechatekMaster says, .....so..... you need any mechs or tanks?? ---
  7. 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.
  8. GHOST SHIPS REVEALED! Cybernetic emissaries arrive in Elyra and the Frontier Alliance. Over the past month, sightings of "ghost ships" have spread like wildfire along the frontier, in a circle expanding outward from Moghes. Rumors of Vox or Lii'dra involvement have been put to rest last week, as some of the "ghost ships" revealed themselves above Xanu and Perispolis, claiming to be an emissary from an Unathi religious organization. Frontier Alliance representatives were quoted as saying, It is unknown at this point just how the Unathi were able to avoid being detected while approaching some of the most well-guarded trade routes in the galaxy, and they are tight-lipped about why this may be. Elyran authorities had this to say, Despite their mixed reception, the message offered by the cybernetic 'Aut'akh' has been the same, Not enough information has come out to guess at where this will lead, but negotiations are in progress in both Elyra and the Frontier Alliance. Experts note that the Aut'akh have not reached out to the Sol Alliance, instead cozying up to Sol's rivals. Could they have chosen a side? Only time can tell.
  9. Republican Reserves Routed 26.05.2461 Nearly a month ago, the victorious offensive of the New Kingdom began, seeking finally to defeat the People's Republic of Adhomai. Many forces of the People's Republic Dymtris Front were shattered in combat, and forced to retreat. The opposition forces fell back to the southern end of the peninsula, regrouping with reserve forces from Baltor and Olska. Here, the Republican Army hoped to bottleneck and defeat our brave soldiers in this heavily wooded area, and here they were defeated. The battle began when the First Armored Alam'ard of the Imperial Army attempted to break through the western section of the enemy defenses, using the Royal Navy for artillery support. However this bold attack was blunted when Republican Airpower was brought to bear. Fierce Ha'rron fights erupted in the skies above as aircraft from the HMS Mata'ke sought air superiority. The First Armored Alam'ard was forced to retreat, along with several supporting infantry alam'ardii. Seeking to press their advantage, the communist forces began an armored counter attack. Massed artillery bombarded our forces on all sections of the front before multiple armored divisions supported by mechanized infantry smashed into our lines. Much of the combat became very close due to the density of tajara on the battlefield, with hand to hand combat in many areas as levies of the Imperial Army clambered onto the armored vehicles and sought to disable them however they could. Here the might of the Kingdom's Royal Grenadiers was apparent. Grenadiers threw their firebombs into the engine blocks of advancing armor, causing some to explode while others were merely turned into burning caskets. Despite these brave combatants, the Imperial Army was still ultimately being pushed back until a new development emerged. Only a handful of kilometers behind the front line, much of the Army's field guns and direct-fire canons had been arrayed in large batteries covered under trees. Armor piercing shells and high explosive rounds rained onto the communists, who were on open ground after much of the forest had been cleared by their own artillery and armored vehicles. The Imperial Army advanced once again. With the better trained portions of the Republican Army defeated and much of their offensive heavy equipment neutralized, the Imperial Army was able to effectively engage the undertrained reserve divisions who had spent most of the war stationed away from combat. As days went past, our brave tajara were able to breakthrough their defenses at the choke point and widen the front. Nighttime raids from the Imperial Dragoons harassed artillery positions, destroying large numbers of towed guns and stockpiles of shells. Large numbers of Tsarrayut’yan rifles were appropriated by our infantry, who were able to put them to better use with their superior experience. Limited numbers of Mata'ke Rafama Mk.II tanks which the communists had lost or abandoned during their armored assault also began to be repaired and repainted with the King's coat of arms. Among other armored support vehicles, these were brought into the First Armored Alam'ard as replacements for their own losses, and used to make multiple breakthroughs against the enemy. As it became clear the battle heavily favored our New Kingdom, the enemy began to pull back towards Baltor and Olska. However, communists seeking to retreat and take refuge in Baltor were in for a rude awakening. After the front had widened so that shore support was no longer helpful, the Royal Navy loaded a detachment of marines and set course for the naval base. The base was soon captured after expending much of the Kingdom's remaining cruise missile inventory and waging a costly air support action from the HMS Mata'ke. The HMS Dolor, a battlecruiser, was heavily damaged by submarine attacks but was able to dock at Baltor after marines seized the base. Republican forces heading to Baltor were then cutoff from those retreating to Olska by the Imperial Army, and slowly enveloped as they approached their base. The marine detachment, reinforced by arming the sailors of the HMS Dolor, made a heroic defense of the base as communist soldiers attempted to assault them. The attack proved the be coordinated as the Republican Navy clashed with the Royal Navy at sea, hoping to rescue their forces and re-establish the base as a vital artery in their supply lines for the Harr'masir theater. Although the fighting was hard won with many casualties, the armies attempting to retake Baltor were defeated and surrendered after the defenders narrowly held on while the Army pressed into their rear. With this major defeat of the Republican Army, morale is higher than ever both at home and in the trenches. Many critics of the war continue to point to the tajaran cost of war, using the high casualty operations of the initial retreat on the isthmus and the mass loss of life among the marines who held Baltor as a rallying cry for peace. These criticisms are now largely the minority opinion as anti-war protests briefly gave way to parades and celebrations in the streets of Kaltir, Dymtris, and Barj'ar. The king surprised everyone by tempering the enthusiasm, releasing a public statement which stated, "The siege of Olska will carry great loss of tajaran life." Warhawks in Parliament, while still the vast minority compared to those who now seek peace, were emboldened by the recent campaign. They shrugged off the King's statement, saying "Now all that remains in North Harr'masir are undertrained soldiers, with their major supply route cut off. Surely they will surrender, or else be crushed by the might of our armies." The Royal Telegraph Staff would like to encourage readers from abroad to purchase subscriptions to our news service. At this crucial moment, 75% of all funds raised by subscription fees will be dedicated to the medical costs of wounded veterans from the recent campaign.
  10. 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.
  11. First Space Battle for the Freedom of Tajara Among the Stars Defeats Imperialist Admiral Today the invading Alliance cruiser opened fire once again on our ships and our brave navy has engaged in a decisive battle with the imperialist human Admiral Yang. The battle has been declared a victory by Admiral Muhzuala. One of our journalists was present on the Admiral’s flagship, the new destroyer class Rredouane’s Gamble. The battle involved twelve naval ships and stretched across nearly the entire star system. Admiral Muhzuala warped next to the spaceport with six corvettes, four frigates, and his destroyer, surrounding the Cruiser in a classic Hotak’s Anvil. Admiral Muhzuala broadcasted an ultimatum, which was given to this station in advance. The Alliance Cruiser refused to respond to the hails and was seen raising its shields and entering into combat readiness. The fleet held its position and responded in kind. The Cruiser moved between our brave ships and the spaceport, and six minutes after the ultimatum was given it opened fire with mass driver rounds. All of the ships of the fleet scattered, moving at full speed in erratic formations. In a display of heroism, Captain Coman Yakub of the Icelance Corvette Suns Pentinant engaged the imperialists threatening the freedom of our system. The ship engaged full speed and warped parallel to the cruiser. It opened fire with its Icelance guns. The freeze ray targeted the gun batteries on the cruiser, and four of the twelve guns on that side of the ship were frozen by the beam that brought them down to near absolute zero. Captain Yakub’s vessel warped away after his strafe, and the other two Icelance corvettes repeated this process on either side of the cruiser, with follow up attacks from Headmaster frigates. The cruiser retaliated with intense missile barrages. At such close range, three missiles struck and destroyed the Icelance corvette Fury during a strafing run. At this moment Admiral Muhzuala warped his ship Rredouane’s Gamble closer to the cruiser, and the pinnacle of the People’s Republic’s innovative naval doctrine came into effect. The destroyer’s advanced electronic warfare systems were deployed and viciously attacked the cruiser’s computer systems. The destroyer hacked into the cruiser with abilities that remain classified. Electronic counter measures also caused the barrage of missiles fired from the cruiser to lose tracking abilities and fly wildly in all directions. Our reporter on the destroyer told the studio that during the battle he would look outside a small porthole and see a swarm of missiles heading their way suddenly swerve and veer into random directions around the ship, exploding on the other side. The cruiser’s engines and thruster systems were infected with a virus deployed by the destroyer and the cruiser began to engage full speed and full reverse at random intervals, lurching the ship back and forth. Its directional thrusters were also engaged at full power, sending the large vessel into a slow spin. The chaotic movements caused the cruiser to struggle to gain firing solutions and our brave vessels were able to land many hits with their freeze rays and mass drivers. After fifteen minutes of this the virus was purged from the cruiser and the vessels scattered again. Two more brave Tajara vessels were destroyed when the cruiser regained missile tracking abilities, cutting down many heroes of the Republic. Seeing the battle was turning away from our favor, the destroyer engaged electronic warfare again, hacking the navigation and fire control systems. The guns of the cruiser that were not frozen in place were suddenly missing wildly, unable to lock onto our vessels, and the missiles were jammed once more. This allowed further hit and run attacks on the formidable vessels to be done safely. The climax of the battle occured when the infiltration of the Alliances’ navigational systems caused it to spontaneously bluespace away from its location into the asteroid belt of the gas giant Krisha. The excess amounts of asteroids allowed our small vessels to gracefully race between them, opening fire from behind them and disappearing again. The cruiser had considerable trouble maneuvering, and more than once collided with an asteroid due to the havoc of their computer systems being compromised. One more corvette was struck by laser fire from the cruiser, with our journalist seeing the Charging Rafama sliced in half during a strafing run. The cruiser attempted to retreat at this time, engaging its bluespace drive. Malfunctions forced it to take small jumps towards the system’s bluespace gate. Each time it exited bluespace it was immediately attacked by our pursuing forces. At 10:40am, one hour after the battle started, the Alliance cruiser entered the bluespace gate and departed the system. The victorious Battle of Bras’njarr has cemented the Tajara as a sovereign naval power. Captain Coman Yakub is being given the Hero of the People’s Republic medal by President Hadii himself. In addition, his innovative battle strategy is being cemented in Republican doctrine as the Yakub Strafe. Celebrations also erupted across Adhomai for this victory against imperialism. With the despicable human Admiral repelled from our space, transport vessels are now safely moving under escort to the spaceport to relocate the human occupants back to Alliance space in accordance with our laws. Despite the victory, we must not forget that four of the twelve ships in the fleet were cut down in the line of duty, taking almost two hundred Tajara lives with another hundred wounded. President Hadii has signalled he is going to posthumously grant the fallen heros the Messa’s Virtue medal, which is given only to Tajara that give their lives upholding the highest form of valor in battle. President Hadii described the significance of this battle. It is believed that there is a high amount of communication between the People’s Republic and the Solarian government. The People’s Embassy attached to the human capital space station Unity Station has met with 12 Alliance senators in as many hours, and there are currently no expectations of escalation to be had, with the Alliance currently condemning the situation but taking no action at this time. Nevertheless Admiral Muhzuala has signalled that his fleet is still active.
  12. District 14, Scrapheap Revealed! The second part of a 15 part series, excerpts are made available for our readers. By Alastair Lindin Situated in the middle of the stadium was an army of creatures and critters of every shape. Miniaturized and exaggerated their features were, with too sharp edges, too colorful hides, too perfect spacing between them the only thing belying their mechanical nature. The dead-eyed creatures animated themselves as Zapashy led me in, becoming a sea of whirring faux animals as they undulated, shouldering a burden into view. “From the Frozen Tundras of Das'narra, where even the fastest beast can freeze to a standstill... Watch and be amazed as these frozen beasts come alive! He brings to you the Terrific Technomancer..... Slava Kantemirov!" proclaimed Zapashy enthusiastically. The whirring hoard parted as a costumed tajaran emerged from its recesses. Her dark blue tech suit caught an iridescent firelight. Her thin spider fingers began to glow as she cracked her knuckles in an odd fashion. Suddenly the mass lifted her, interlocking themselves to create a high platform far above us as she languidly eased her body to the edge of the summit. With a short bow, she fell, twisting in the air between, igniting an iridescence in her suit and fingers that reflected off the exposed metal of the mechanical mass that roiled all around her. Her suit alighted between them, dancing as a candle flame in gale wind. The woman beneath the flame was gone, leaving an ember of light that masked the cold visage of the creatures, softening their edges with the heat of living.- Lindin, A Journey through the District's Our Van plowed through the inter-district highway away from District 15. We became enshrouded in a yellow-grey pall that hung low in the air like a noxious miasma, choking the daylight overhead. Air quality warning signs lined the road as we went, signaling us to affix breath masks. Ochre-56A, our camera operator panned wide shots Across the industrial expanse, ensuring to get close up shots of District 14’s infamous junk piles. Little comes in the form of local regulation in the interstices between district 15 and 14. Here, expanses of land collect the trash of Mendell’s 18 million residents. When the city was built, its original planners had this district at its outermost edges. Networks of automation funneled the cities waste and recycling efforts here to keep its interior environs clean. This process still hasn’t changed, as every hour on the hour, automated trucks dump tons of waste into disorganized piles for kilometers in every direction around us. We exit off of the highway and into the well-worn streets of outer district 14. Our camera operator had told us of a place in the deeper scrap that acts as a haven of a sort for the districts synthetic populace. As we moved through, mounds of intermixed garbage gave way to corroded metal, its organic constituents having rotted long ago. The air took on a coppery perfume as we reached the area of town known locally as 99EST. All about us, the scrap piles receded into organized structures of rusted, corrugated metal and plastic. Painted signs adorned some of the buildings with the entire area festooned in archaic contraptions and automata of every kind. Among the community, hard at work robots create electrical contacts that make the street stink with ozone as the midmorning air burnt in the light of their many welding torches. We traveled along the center of 99EST, and some of the locals explained that places in their community are ordered by the age in years of the surrounding metal.They went on to tell us we had entered from 23EST, the superhighway exit. At the prompting of Ochre-56A, a friendly synthetic local named EE-DV119 showed us to another area of town they called the Oxidized Fanes. The driving was tough, and I could tell our unathi companion was on edge as we followed in the van through automated traffic. About an hour later, we finally were able to exit onto an empty road and into our secluded destination. I can write to you with honesty, that the Oxidized Fanes are worth the trouble. They are, quite simply, beautiful. A hidden treasure that I would have not seen prior to this journey. Here, it seems that the synthetic community has gone to great lengths to re-create famous temples of countless faiths, all arranged in such a way that they all take up an equal amount of space. Emblematic of styles upon ancient Earth, Adhomai and Qerrbalak, these recreated buildings would give Phoenixport a run for its money were they not made of mostly scrap metal. Congregants of these temples came and went, with some of the more recognizable robots going to multiple places of worship. EE-DV119 explained that these places give newer and older robots hope and support. That, some of the devout among the fanes search for broken and thrown away synthetics, giving them a chance at living a new life and to find meaning in that life by using the wisdom of their creators. Eager to see more, we visited one of the newer market sections of the scrapheap,2EST. I personally expected odd market niches to spring up around robotic communities and I was not disappointed. Robotics reign king here, with their trades meaning in basic parlance separated into four different sub-groups within district 14. They are commonly known as, harddocs, softdocs, wetdocs and drydocs. As some of the locals put it, knowing which is which, and which one would just steal your steel is important. We spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the synthetic communities of district 14. I saw a few organics in that time, but we did find a disturbing amount of robots that, for some reason or another tried to sell themselves to our crew. Ochre-56A explained this phenomenon as ‘servile programming’, likening it to one of the worst problems facing free synthetics today. Another problem we witnessed just before leaving was several synthetic businesses refusing G2 robots. It was then that I realized that any time we saw a G2 they were either heavily damaged, alone or with a human. From what our guide was willing to tell us, generation 2 synthetics are heavily discriminated against in some peoples of the district 14. Discrimination or not, we didn’t let that stop us. I quickly paid our guide in batteries, eager to be going on our way past the Scrapheap and into 14’s large industrial park.This sector of the district actually comprised most of its actual landmass, with the area itself situated upon a high artificial plateau, buttressed by plasteel about its perimeter. As we crested the top of the concrete hill overlooking Scrapheap, we saw ahead of us a forest of enormous fume stacks belching their contents into the upper sky. Eddying swirls of burning gases capped their apexes, intermixing into a sickly pallor that was the sky of District 14. The smells of garbage faded, replacing themselves with the tang of acidic chemicals. Ground autos choked the highway we traveled, itself parting the sea of pipes and stacks like a great metal ocean or asphalt blood vein that fed into the heart of the city. We saw factories of every kind, producing every product, mineral, or animal. Still more factories for every corporation, every chemical process and refinement scheme. Countless sieves that render the natural world to the machinations of our civilization, all concentrated here so that the rest of the city can insulate themselves from their existence. Shockingly, I saw several non-human organic workers parade around these mega-factories, some without safety equipment or air devices, exposing themselves to the wasting air for the prospect of a wage. The stories that could be told here lay behind barbed fences and security checkpoints. The security guards themselves recite boilerplate responses to our inquires, catechisms fed into them by better paid corporate lackeys. Taking notes and pictures, we left the industrial parks, making our way beyond district 14 borders. Ahead, the economic sector of the city and the greater economic part of the Orion Spur awaits us, District 13. Continued excerpts of this article will be made available to our readers in our next issue
  13. 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."
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. Trei’waq’li Wins Washa’ql’tup, System To the Federation After Re-Evaluation of Colony’s Status; Mad Scientists’ Lab Seized And Destroyed Editors note: Translated to Basic. An memo has been released by the office of the Grand Councillor confirming that a spontaneous Washa’ql’tup (ritual war) was conducted against the Trei’waq’li system by Admiral Huweshi'tup. The memo claims that Admiral Huweshi'tup was ‘zealous’ in demanding an immediate Washa’ql’tup with the rogue system and he provided the list of terms and conditions. Trei’waq’li had requested four additional days of preparation time as well as a re-negotiation of the terms of a Federation victory. Trei’waq’li was declined the additional preparation time as Admiral Huweshi'tup deployed half of his fleet, Sentinels of Starlight, to the predetermined staging areas and began the mock invasion of the system’s inhabited planet Aweis’huwishii. He began the match by firing upon the defenders with low intensity laser rounds, 'tagging' defending vessels. The smaller defending fleet in orbit of the planet were quick to return fire, engaging the attacking fleet and consenting to the original schedule of the Washa’ql’tup. The attacking Sentinels of Starlight conducted a Reglushi Encirclement but were countered by an unusual local doctrine. At the end of the ceremony the attackers had all of its ships ‘disabled’, bringing victory to the rogue system. After several hours of remaining in orbit of Aweis’huwishii and declining the system's polite but firm requests for his departure, Admiral Huweshi'tup’s fleet announced to the local system that legal scholars had discovered the colonies’ original colonization agreement from 2046 CE had granted the colony to the federal government “in perpetuity”. This clause had never been changed or challenged and remains a legally binding contract. Sentinels of Starlight activated their primary weapons systems and moved to occupy the system. "The local government has accepted the logic of following the letter of the law. They have acknowledged declining to follow the rule of law would render them a criminal entity and I would seek additional resources from the Grand Council for a more firm response. Local government understands a peaceful return to the Federation is the best for the prosperity of inhabitants. Transition to Federal control will be smooth." The local defense force were all carefully monitored by weapons control specialists until their older model of vessels were shut down and boarded by Tup Commandos. On the surface of Aweis’huwishii, military forces are now landing in transport shuttles to begin the process of formally re-integrating the planet’s government. Officials from the Federal government have been dispatched by the Grand Council to take over administration duties. Another statement from the office of the Grand Councillor has confirmed that authorities are continuing to search for the mad scientist Q’uarshin Q’qili and her illegal research. "Q’uarshin Q’qili has violated the law forbidding the research, construction, or possession of synthetic intelligence within the territory of the Jargon Federation. We are considering the crime to have taken place retroactively to our awareness of the violation, as we have deemed the star system to have always been Federation territory. Lab will be found and research destroyed." The public response has been overwhelmingly positive for the government's’ handling of the crisis. Social media has been abuzz about the shrewd legal knowledge of Admiral Huweshi'tup, who was able to find a legal method of winning the conflict with the local system despite having not been victorious in the formal ceremony.
  17. 08.01.2460 Remembering The Fallen: Bursa Memorial Expanded Following the ending of the state of emergency on the 5th of February of this year. Government agencies have begun the census, rebuilding and assistance efforts to all affected areas. The death toll in conjunction with the missing toll being officially released at “114,592” people, both civilians and servicemen. It has been reported that as soon as the emergency was over, construction efforts to the Bursa Memorial were being made to expand its premises and infrastructure, to host the names of all that have been lost. And as a result, all four sections have been expanded to accommodate. Prime Minister Tatenda in an address to people, following the reopening ceremony of the memorial, had this to say. “My fellow Elyrans. It is with a heavy heart that I stand with you today. Once more it is not easy to admit, but I feel devastated. Our loses in this tragedy, they are not just numbers and figures to me, it is something I feel to my core. We have lost many brothers and sisters today, and that is something I will think of for the rest of my life, especially as I continue to serve our Serene Republic. Yet again, as I stand before you, while we all mourn, I still see strength within you all. The fire of resilience, strength, of greatness. While we may have suffered, we still stand, our backs straight, our heads held high. At the face of adversity, at the face of the ultimate enemy, we stood. We stand here, again, stronger than we were before. Through the cooperative efforts of Elyrans, and those that came to our aid, we won. We reclaimed our people, we reclaimed our land. We cleansed it of their grotesque taint. Let no one doubt our will, our strength, the fire that burns with us, the light that shines around us. I can give you 114,592 stories of the Elyran spirit, and much more. We will push through this tragedy and rebuild, as we always have. May God be with you all. For Greatness, we strive!” The Prime Minister had also ordered the formation of “The Bursa Fund”, pooling government funds to assist the survivors and servicemen that suffered from this tragedy, along with urging Elyrans to assist with this fund, in order to assist those in need. The News service has compiled an album of pictures detaining the rebuilding efforts, before and after imagery of different areas. written by Aboshehab
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