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Traigan Co “In hostile takeover”

 

Following the recent failure of Traigan Co’s newest brand of packaged snack, Scorpibuns, the board of the failing company have announced that Irodin Corporation, the owners of the acclaimed 4NoRaisins brand have “launched a hostile takeover” of the company, buying up 64% of Traigan shares after their recent fall on the Biesel stock market.


Financial analysts have been expecting such events for several years, originally predicted after Traigan was forced to go into administration after several damaging lawsuits related to food hygiene and genetically modified ingredients. The former company executive, Mr Rosmer (56), had this to say to our reporters, “Atrocious, simply atrocious, Irodin Corporation may think they have won, but mark my words, Traigan will make a comeback.” Mr Rosmer has since been detained on corruption charges related to 5.8million credits left unaccounted for in the transition.


A representative of Irodin Corporation had this to say about the take over, “Traigan Corporation has been giving the packaged food industry a bad name for years, first with the hygiene coverups, the other health lawsuits, and now this. I assure you that Irodin Corporation is committed to providing the best, and healthiest quick food around.”


More information will be made available to our viewers as we learn of it, stay tuned for more.



 

Flower festival wilted

 

The annual Mendell City flower festival has fallen flat this year, as attendance drops by 26% from last year. Locals blame the fall in tourists on the expanding space industry, one concerned citizen told us, “It’s because of all the new planets opening up, who wants to come and see a flower festival when they can go to a new planet and see it all first hand?”

The fall in profit was so significant that the city council is considering the festival’s future, and if they are unable to drum up enough support for the event, even shutting it down all together.



 

Mugged woman named

 

A woman who was hospitalised after being mugged early in the morning on the 29th has been named as Miss Inis Truesight (25). She was admitted to hospital with significant cranial and spinal injuries following an attack.


Initial reports indicate that the attacker was male and in his early thirties, caucasian, with blond hair and brown eyes. Any suspected sightings can be submitted to the police at 0800 362366 613778. A reward of 500 credits has been offered for information leading to arrest.



 

Hazel Ferdani appearing in new film


 

Acclaimed actress Hazel Ferdani (31) has been confirmed to appear in the latest James Bond film, Silent Knight, following a campaign by fans who were outraged after she was taken off of the shortlist last year, replaced by lesser-known actress Kerry Sandson( 21). Fans made their feelings known by announcing that many of them would boycott the film if she was not given the role of the latest “Bond girl”.


The executive producer had this to say, “We made a mistake in taking Miss Ferdani off of the list, it is obvious that she is who the fans want, so that is who they are going to get.”


An internet harrasment campaign against Miss Sandson and director James Bevdon has lead police to arrest fifteen people for online harassment and death threats.

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Extradition Treaty With Adhomai Dissolved

 

In a press conference this evening the Biesel Department of State announced that the extradition treaty between the Republic of Biesel and People's Republic of Adhomai is being dissolved. Director of State Anthony Geun-hye cited "serious concerns" with the effectiveness of Adhomai criminal courts. He referenced the multiple criminal activities by Adhomai nationals in Tau Ceti space which resulted in them being deported back to Adhomai, saying "there is very little verifiable evidence of any sort of criminal action being taken. We have no confidence in the government of Adhomai to effectively police their citizens off-planet."



The unusually strong statements come after several unconfirmed reports of attacks against Nanotrasen facilities by Adhomai extremists. Just months ago a Tajaran assassin murdered a Head of Security on a Nanotrasen research vessel. The name of the alledged murderer has been withheld by law enforcement, but it's believed that they were handed to Adhomai authorities. On the condition of anonymity, it was reported to several news outlets that the State Department had received no updates or was even outright refused information on any sort of legal action being taken against the terrorist.


Under the new law, Adhomai nationals that commit crimes in Biesel space will be held by Biesel authorities and given punishment with Biesel space itself. The Tajaran embassy in Mendell City will no longer be given information on arrested Adhomai nationals outside a list of names and their crimes.


Nanotrasen CEO Miranda Trasen offered her support for the dissolved of the treaty, saying "I hope this will make Tau Ceti a safer place. A place where terrorists don't get off free just because of their citizenship."


The move is not without its critics. Several analysts worry about the relationship this will have between Adhomai and Biesel, and the legal implications it will bring. Congresswoman Melody Guzman said during a voter rally that she is "deeply concerned" about the move.


The Embassy of the People's Republic has yet to comment.

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Extradition Treaty With Adhomai Dissolved

 

In a press conference this evening the Biesel Department of State announced that the extradition treaty between the Republic of Biesel and People's Republic of Adhomai is being dissolved. Director of State Anthony Geun-hye cited "serious concerns" with the effectiveness of Adhomai criminal courts. He referenced the multiple criminal activities by Adhomai nationals in Tau Ceti space which resulted in them being deported back to Adhomai, saying "there is very little verifiable evidence of any sort of criminal action being taken. We have no confidence in the government of Adhomai to effectively police their citizens off-planet."



The unusually strong statements come after several unconfirmed reports of attacks against Nanotrasen facilities by Adhomai extremists. Just months ago a Tajaran assassin murdered a Head of Security on a Nanotrasen research vessel. The name of the alledged murderer has been withheld by law enforcement, but it's believed that they were handed to Adhomai authorities. On the condition of anonymity, it was reported to several news outlets that the State Department had received no updates or was even outright refused information on any sort of legal action being taken against the terrorist.


Under the new law, Adhomai nationals that commit crimes in Biesel space will be held by Biesel authorities and given punishment with Biesel space itself. The Tajaran embassy in Mendell City will no longer be given information on arrested Adhomai nationals outside a list of names and their crimes.


Nanotrasen CEO Miranda Trasen offered her support for the dissolved of the treaty, saying "I hope this will make Tau Ceti a safer place. A place where terrorists don't get off free just because of their citizenship."


The move is not without its critics. Several analysts worry about the relationship this will have between Adhomai and Biesel, and the legal implications it will bring. Congresswoman Melody Guzman said during a voter rally that she is "deeply concerned" about the move.


The Embassy of the People's Republic has yet to comment.

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Nanotrasen unveils new product

 

After several years of tentative testing, the Megacorporation, Nanotrasen has announced the release of a new product, known as the Slimeling, marketed as a domestic pet.

 

The creature is said to be entirely passive, as well as nigh-indestructible. It is being marketed on a platform of it's utility as a household pet, being effective at delaying burglars and home invaders, and being a good, loyal companion for the wandering child.

 

Nanotrasen is selling Slimelings wholesale to megamarkets; with a recommended retail price of 750c.

 

Nanotrasen was swift to downplay criticism of the apparent similarity between Slimelings, and the highly dangerous bluespace entities known as Slimes, currently being researched at select stations. Nanotrasen spokeswoman, Natasha Indred, 34, had this to say, "[The Slimelings] have no connection to [bluespace Slimes], they are a completely different project, and should not be mistaken for the other. I assure you, they are completely safe. I have one myself."

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Stellar Mystery

 

A Skrell Observatory in the Jargon System has tentatively announced that the star, Tragnishba, or, Deneb, in Sol Common, has vanished entirely in the electromagnetic spectrum.

 

Several theories have been put forward for this event, ranging from a previously undetected black hole, a blocked supernova event, or as was put forward by some speculative fiction theorists, a Dyson construction.

 

A Dyson construction relates to a number of designs by late Sol physicist, Freeman Dyson; who speculated that any sufficiently advanced civilisation would eventually come to use the entire energy of it's star, through the means of a solid shell of absorptive matter. This, however, is contested by the fact that there is not even an infa-red emission being detected from the last known position of Deneb; which contravenes the universal law of efficient energy.

 

The Observatory personnel, embarrassed, reported that their recording systems had been offline for a minor systems repair for between ten and fifteen minutes during the enclosure event. The Bugle's scientific adviser tells us that this could put the total time of eclipse at up to several hundred years; due to the complex stellar movements of the star in question. The next closest observatory to Deneb is readying it's sensors in anticipation of the event meeting it's lenses within the next twenty days.

 

More information will be made available to our viewers as we learn of it, stay tuned for more.



 

Crime rates soar.

 

In the days following the passing of the Tajaran Exclusion Act, the number of violent crimes in areas of Mendell City that have high numbers of Tajaran immigrants has skyrocketed; with over a three hundred being reported to the police over the last week, in comparison to the two hundred that were reported for the entirety of last month. The majority of the reports relate to marauding gangs, primarily of human and Tajaran groups, engaging in violent territory conflicts, as well as harassment and violent specieism. One report we received was of a group of tourists, consisting of seven men, nine women, and three children, all human; being assaulted with rocks, firecrackers and acid, before their Dionae tourguide could hurry them to safety. Several members of the group had to be shuttled to the hospital, we are told that their injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.

 



 

Spree of missing pets

 

Over the past several weeks, the Bugle has received hundreds of submissions from the public related to missing domestic pets. We, at the Bugle, have compiled these into a cohesive seperate document, found here. We have also notified the police, and are working with them to ensure the safe recovery of as many pets as possible. We implore anyone who is aware of suspicious activities to contact the police immediately.

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NANOTRASEN STATION ATTACKED; ERT, BORDER PATROL CALLED

 

Biesel authorities say they assisted biomedical giant NanoTrasen in a joint operation to recover control of a science research station early yesterday afternoon.



At least two attackers of Unathi affiliation had been spotted aboard the NSS Pegasus, a deep space research station of the Romanovich Cloud specializing in AI research. Witnesses say the attackers took control of the station's bridge over the morning of the 22nd of November, using laser rifles and pump-action shotguns. Officials report the station's remote location made border patrol intervention difficult.


The quick intervention of NanoTrasen's Emergency Response Team allowed the crew of the Pegasus to evacuate the station unharmed. Of the two attackers, one was killed on location, while the other is currently being held by Biesel police pending questioning. Border Patrol is currently on the lookout for further assailants, as traffic through the Romanovich cloud has been suspended.


While few details on the motivation of the attackers are known, police suspect the assault might be related to the string of attacks which hit other NanoTrasen stations in the months of September and October. The Izweski Hegemony has denied any involvement and blamed the attack on raiders. Nanotrasen has not yet released a statement.

Credit to Ffrances for writing this.

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Titan Prime Crisis Ongoing

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One year ago this coming Monday a massive ship was detected approaching the Romanovich Cloud in Tau Ceti. The Sol Alliance with NanoTransen's aid sent out a scout vessel and detected the ship dubbed Titan Prime, The Media and the Galaxy was bubbling with excitement as it passed the Romanovich cloud and dispatched over twenty small drones that in comparison to the main ship were minuscule. Almost all of these drones but one turned back, The one that continued on course approached the famed Research Station N.S.S Aurora. Contact was promptly made using the stations own Comms system it transmitted a unintelligible message and before long a small party made up of crew members of the station, Including a Doctor Phoebe Essel able to interact with the computer. Painstakingly searching for ways to translate the cryptic language it was attempting to speak in and after usage of a pAI, were able to teach the machine Tau Ceti Basic.


It was reported that after some conversation, the console detached itself and boarded the Aurora were First Contact was officially made, from there Radio contact was promptly made with Titan Prime and the type CA that lead it. But then Disaster struck as a Destroyed accompanied by a group of Frigates controlled by the Anti-Zeno faction called the Terran Confederacy of Truth Crusaders broke through the blockade protection Titan prime and fired off four nuclear Missiles and and close to forty mass driver shots onto the massive vessel before being apprehended. The attack killed 40'000 Vaurca and heavily damaged the ship, a Distress call was placed towards NanoTransen and The Sol Alliance. Together they dispatched re purposed Cargo ships and evacuated roughly two million Vaurca, not even half of the four million on board still, The rescued Vaurcrae were placed in kindly named Provinces were created on New Gibson and Biesel, Currently officials are worried about the cost of continued rescue of Vaurca due to the quick breeding Vaurca they could quickly out populate the population in sixteen years, Due to the issue of funds a work program has begun with negotiations with the type CA in charge of Titan Prime Bound and Unbound alike are being lent out in the thousands to governments, companies and colonies as a means of cheap efficient labor, rumors are that even NanoTransen are taking in some soon, More to come as this situation continues to develop.

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EIGHT CONGRESSMEN ARRESTED IN EMBEZZLEMENT, BRIBERY CASE

12.21.2457



 

The Federal Investigations Bureau has given a stunning announcement that just moments ago (11:37pm Galactic Standard Time) eight representatives of the Tau Ceti Congress were arrested in a simultaneous raid on both Biesel and New Gibson. FIB Director Katelyn Jones said in her statement, released online, that the Representatives had been under investigation for embezzlement, gross misuse of public funds, and the accepting of bribes. The amount of public funds embezzled by the group come out to 204,000 credits, and they have been accused of accepting 593,000 credits in bribes since 2450.



No information has currently been provided on the identities or parties of the arrested Representatives, but eyewitnesses report that the homes of Representatives Steve Michaels and Esther Martinez were included in the raids.


Esther Martinez and Steve Michaels have long been supporters of Nanotrasen and repeatedly voted for bills that would give the megacorporation more freedom to operate in Tau Ceti. They were the figureheads of the Prosperity Act of 2455 that repealed former laws against monopolies and allowed Nanotrasen to purchase failing businesses or enterprises. Since the bill was passed, Nanotrasen has grown to encompass almost half of all private business on Biesel. Both politicians entered office in 2453 following controversial elections in their districts.


The FIB announcement does not provide a court-date for the accused, and we have reached out to FIB Director for more information.

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NIKLAUS NOX RELEASED; ARE WE REALLY SAFE?

 

Today, Niklaus Ryan Nox, heir to Nox Mining Incorporated and presumed to be the orchestrator of the massacre at the Godswood Estate that took place back in March, was released from the Biesel Space Penitentiary. The Federal Investigations Bureau Director Katelyn Jones, had this to say:



"After more thorough revisions of evidence, and a closer look at the details that the Bureau have accumulated over the last few months, we were able to come to the conclusion that Mr. Nox was not the person responsible for hiring and funding the mercenaries that entered the Godswood Estate in March, and kidnapped the Godswood family after brutally murdering Madam Alexandria Godswood. Mr. Nox has exonerated of the crimes he was charged and tried for, and a federal Judge has granted him an official pardon. Following this revelation, we must ask that the public provide any information they can to the FIB relating to the heinous crimes committed against the Godswood family."


Mr. Nox declined to comment on his release, and was quickly escorted from the premises by Federal Agents with a lieu of assistants and personal guards tailing close behind, he took a private shuttle to the NSS Odin after departing the space complex.


NanoTrasen offered insight regarding his plans for employment, Duty Officer Ishna Wilks provided this statement on behalf of NanoTrasen:


"We had a lengthy meeting both with representatives from the Federal Investigations Bureau and Mr. Nox and his legal team, and after discussing various topics over the course of four hours and being assured by federal officials that Mr. Nox is indeed innocent, a new contract of employment was offered to him. He will be returning to work either today, sometime within the week as a member of rotary station administration."


Now that we know that Niklaus Nox is not the perpetrator of the disgusting acts carried out of the Godswood family, can we be assured that the rest of the citizenry of Biesel is indeed safe, not only from the once again wanted criminal mastermind of the Godswood attack, but from false imprisonment by our own government?

Credit to Xanderdox for writing this.

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Biesel Citizen Detained by Aurora Security Department

 

Today, Nanotrasen has released a statement confirming that a security incident involving a visiting tour group of the NSS Aurora lead to the brief detainment of a Tau Ceti national. The woman in question, Annafila Capedar, was detained during a routine crew-transfer after another member of the tour group collapsed during a guided tour of the security department of the Aurora. The rest of the tour group returned from their trip safely, and the collapse was ruled to be a form of Acute Sudden Sleep Disorder in an official release.



Annafila was present during the collapse and shortly after the incident collapsed herself. Her belongings were searched by the Head of Personnel who claims to have been looking for any possible clue as to why she would suddenly collapse, such as an undisclosed medical prescription or ASSD. During the search, several photographs of security items and other sensitive locations of the station fell out of a folder, and upon brief investigation was deemed suspicious enough to warrant holding until Biesellan authorities could be summoned.


The Head of Security Zubari Akenzia stayed behind with the Head of Personnel Houssam Jawdat and other members of the Internal Security Department while Nanotrasen Duty Officer Silvia Romenescu brought the remaining 4 tourists back to the Odin, where they returned home to their families without incident.


The detained individual was questioned on the Aurora by the Internal Security Department's Investigation Division, which included Dace Morell and Jim Calhoun, before government FIB agents arrived to gain custody. She was then transported to Mendell City and questioned about the contents of her satchel, which included black gloves and photos of sensitive station equipment. Authorities questioned her for an hour before she was released with no charges.


When questioned why the Aurora would detain a visiting citizen of Biesel, Duty Officer Silvia Romenescu, who oversaw the tour group, gave a simple statement.


"No one in the group has been charged and it is believed the reason they were arrested was because of an unfortunate misunderstanding," the statement said.


Annafila Capedar gave only a single statement about her arrest.


“When you get locked up for no reason, it breaks your morale, your spirit, and your faith in humanity,” she said. “The fact that I was released and my government played its part in getting me out and showing I wasn't doing anything wrong makes me extremely happy.”


Ms. Capedar's lawyer John Bond has accused Nanotrasen of taking advantage of its legal rights to detain individuals on its stations to "wantonly and indiscriminately arrest visitors for the smallest of infractions, violating their civil liberties."


Nanotrasen has declined to comment.

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Tau Ceti Assembly Votes on Controversial New Bill Tomorrow

 

The Tau Ceti Assembly is set to vote on a controversial new bill known as the Shell Registration Act during their session tomorrow afternoon. Other bills are on the agenda for the day, but the Registration Act has garnered the most controversy within the system and even throughout the galaxy.



The bill is also known as the Gruber Bill due to it being the brainchild of Joseph Gruber, the leader of the Traditionalist Party and president hopeful for the upcoming presidential election. He has lobbied for the bill for months, making several controversial speeches where he questioned the motives of shells disguised as humans. One of his recent speeches was to an assembly of representatives for the Biesel Agricultural Union.


"These shells - they look like you and talk like you." Gruber told the crowd in a highlight of his speech, "They can look like your mother, your father, your kids. That's - that's unsettling. Am I the only one that wants to be sure that who I'm talking to isn't a machine? Who knows what a machine's motives are."


The recent attack of Base Bulwark in the Sol Alliance by shells disguised as humans has inflamed fears about public safety in the face of unregistered and untracked synthetics. Gruber himself gave a much more hard line stance in a speech to the Assembly early this morning, where he used the attack to garner support for the bill.


"Do we want another Bulwark happening in Tau Ceti?" He told the Assembly, "Do we want people dying because we can't do what needs to be done to protect ourselves against enemies of the state that can go haywire at any second and feel no remorse in killing a human being even when they're functioning normally? These aren't people. They're machines. They need to be taken care of or we're going to have to subsidize our coffin industry."


The bill would require mandatory registration of all unbound synthetic intelligence into a centralized database. Unbound synthetics would also be required to have a collar tag installed on them that would indicate their status as a synthetic. The tag would include their model number, manufacturer, and a bar code to allow authorities easy tracking and identification. Hephaestus Industries is named in the bill as the corporation to be awarded a contract to fabricate the collars and tags if the bill passes through the assembly with the required 144 votes to pass. The bill will also require unbound Synthetics from potentially being removed from management roles in military and civilian sectors, but this point is being hotly debated and may be amended.


The law would apply to all synthetics in Tau Ceti space. All visiting or resident synthetics, including MMI's, would be tagged. This has also been hotly debated, with the Assembly arguing over how to apply this to unbound synthetics that don't live in Tau Ceti, and how this would impact Biesel's relations with other nations.


The Traditionalist Party is a minority party in the Assembly, but has entered a coalition with the Tau Ceti Democrats, the current majority party. Their opposition is a coalition of multiple minority parties, which have been unsuccessful in the last two elections in dislodging the firm power of the Tau Ceti Democrats. The Traditionalist support of the Democrats was seen as a survival tactic for the party, which found cooperating with the more liberal minority parties nearly impossible due to their ideologies clashing.


President Martinez, a Tau Ceti Democrat, has lended his support for the bill and says he would not veto if it passed.


"There are many concerns we need to address with unbound synthetics," Martinez said in a statement, "this bill would serve as an example to the galaxy that our republic is willing to address issues with resolute dedication to the ideals of democracy and public safety."

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Shell Registration Act Passed; Take Affect In 1 Week

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Moments ago the Shell Registration Act, also known as the "Gruber Bill", was passed by the Tau Ceti Assembly in a vote of 198 - 84 with 4 abstentions and was moments ago signed into law by President Martinez. The Shell Registration Act has been the flagship bill of the Tau Ceti Traditionalists, with Traditionalist Representative and 2458 Presidential hopeful Joseph Gruber being the brainchild of the bill. It follows similar legislation being debated in the Sol Alliance Senate following the Bulwark Assault and such legislation already present in the Izweski Hegemony and Jargon Federation. Gruber has publically defended the bill in the face of still opposition from the Republican Coalition, a coalition of multiple minority parties. But the Coalition was unable to garner the necessary votes to defeat the bill, which had the backing of the majority Tau Ceti Democrat party.



"With the increasing complexity of synthetic shells it's harder and harder to distinguish them from humans or even other species," Gruber said in a speech this morning, "you just can't tell. You don't know who's a shell or what their agenda is. They look, act and behave exactly like organics. But they're synthetics, and ones that can suffer from dangerous glitches - am I the only one that remembers the Greater Chicago incident? What about the attacks in the Alliance? Do we want that happening here? Do we not want to know for sure that everyone we bring into our homes and around our children aren't secretly synthetics posing as human?"


The bill requires all unbound synthetics in Tau Ceti space wear an electronic collar tag that distinguishes them as a synthetic shell. The tag will be required to include their manufacturer and model number with a related barcode to allow authorities to easily register them in electronic databases. The collars required, manufactured by Hephaestus Industries, will not be able to removed without specialist equipment and can severely damage the shell if tampered with illegally.


Tagging of IPC's will begin on January 19th, and all shells in Tau ceti space are required to be tagged by January 25th. The deadline can be extended to the 30th for specific shells if the manufacturer pays a 4,000 credit fine for each specific untagged shell. Any shells that remain untagged and unable to pay the fine will be ineligible for employment in the Tau Ceti system and may face additional fines or deportation from Tau Ceti space. Shells or owners that attempt to resist the tagging process risk the positronic brain being confiscated by the authorities and put into a lawed chassis or returned to the 1st Generation Chassis in addition to the mandatory tag.


The law also applies to all unbound shells in the employment of trans-galactic corporations or agencies, and Nanotrasen has released a statement promising swift compliance with the laws of all systems it operates in.

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Nanotrasen Fined 34 Million Credits For Untagged Synthetics

 

The Department of Justice has announced a fine of 34 million credits after an investigation revealed 8,506 of 12,692 unbound synthetics in the Tau Ceti system remain untagged and under the employment of Nanotrasen. Chief Justice Estella Martinez questioned how the megacorporation was only able to tag 67% of unbound synthetics when the law provided "ample time" to register and tag all synthetic units.



Nanotrasen Representatives were summoned before Chief Justice Estella Martinez to be notified of the fine being levied against them. Under the Shell Registration Act, Nanotrasen will continue to face heavy fines for all untagged synthetics.


Nanotrasen Duty Officers have been reached for comment. Nanotrasen CEO Miranda Trasen remains silent, and has not released a statement.


The fine is scheduled to be paid by the 31st or Nanotrasen will face criminal charges.

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Diplomatic Incident Causes Backlash

 

Following an alledgedly illegal detention of a foreign dignitary on a Nanotrasen station by the internal security of the NSS Exodus, it has been reported that several assaults have been reported in New Mendell. The Mendell City Police Department have been dealing with over a dozen incidents of lynch mobs targeting Tajaran in the lower class neighborhood of the Yungston District after the detained ambassador made several condemning statements about his treatment in the hands of two officers of these species and the Vauraca. The suspects in the lynch mobs have all been reported as being young Unathi males, presumed to be immigrants from the Izweski Hegemony. Several Tajaran remain wounded from the lynchings, with four in critical condition. No arrests have been made at this time.



In addition, refugee camps for Vauraca have faced two incidents of violence against the housed Vauraca. Both incidents had the Unathi assailants losing a limb when the Vauraca acted in retaliation with their powerful mandibles. All involved parties in these two incidents have been detained.


New Mendell Police Chief Robert Stark has appealed for "calm".


"Mendell is a melting pot, with all species and creeds living in our fine city," he said in a statement, "we all have to live and work together here. We shouldn't be forming lynch mobs over what happens off-planet. We will be prosecuting these matters most seriously."

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Rioting Engulfs New Mendell

 

The avenue leading to the Yungston District and neighborhood Trinity Plaza remain closed by police blockades today, as civil disturbances during the night have exploded into a full blown riot. Hundreds of cases of arsons, lootings, and unrest have been reported throughout the Yungston and Plaza centers, with violence spreading to surrounding areas. Police have locked down the disturbed sectors of the city and Mayor Miranda Godswell has enforced a mandatory 8pm curfew for the affected areas. Police Tactical Response Teams have been mobilized to assist the police in containing the violence, being equipped with taser carbines and flashbangs along with other specialized equipment.



The rioters appear to be Tajaran and Unathi, with roaming gangs in the streets targeting people based on species. Police Chief Robert Stark has called the unfolding incident a "race war", describing his officers dealing with "roaming gangs of Tajaran or Unathi looting shops and assaulting people, harassing officers. We're already looking at a million credits in property damage."


58 arrests have been made, and hospitals are reporting several hundred wounded Tajaran and a dozen wounded Unathi flooding the emergency rooms. No deaths have been reported.


Three humans have been wounded, but for now authorities believe the incident to be an escalating series of revenge strikes and lynchings between Tajaran and Unathi immigrants in the traditionally lower class sections of the city. The incident comes after the Hegemony placed condemnation on Nanotrasen detaining one of its diplomats illegally, with the affected diplomat, Azioli Karkartus, implicating a Tajaran and Vaurca security officer as both being abusive. The diplomats strong language, which includes calling Tajaran "the worst scum of the galaxy", have been met with condemnation by the State Department.


"A diplomat shouldn't be inciting violence," Secretary of State David Mattarella said in a statement, "we are looking at his behavior very closely and have all options on the table to resolve this matter peacefully."


Nanotrasen Duty Officer Felix Walters has given an official statement.


"In light of the incident upon the NSS Exodus; we will be administering disciplinary action where necessary within the internal security division of Nanotrasen."


Hegemony ambassador Azioli Karkartus was reached for a statement on the violence.


"I am surprised at the enthusiasm shown by the Sinta" [unathi] "of the planet in defending the honor of their Lords. Of course I don't think lynching Tajaran is what we want to see. It's very unexpected."


City officials have asked that citizens outside the affected areas remain clear of emergency vehicles. The curfew does not extend outside affected areas but officials have "strongly advised" remaining indoors after dark.


The Ahdomai ambassador to Biesel has been reached for comment, but the embassy has yet to respond to e-mails.

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Rioting Ends: Mayor Assesses Impact

 

Editors note: A previous publication erroniously named Mendell City as "New Mendell". This error was made by a newly hired intern from outside Tau Ceti and has been addressed.

 

The violence striking areas of Mendell City have come to an end today, with police patrolling the streets of Yungston District and neighborhood Trinity Plaza. Routes to and from these areas of the city remain closed, but authorities have said roads will be reopened by the end of the day. Mendell City Mayor Miranda Godswell has announced she has cancelled a request to the federal government for the deployment of Tau Ceti National Guard in affected areas.



The Mendell City Police Department have currently charged 98 Unathi and 83 Tajaran residents of the affected areas with various charges of Assault, vandalism, disturbing the peace, inciting riots, and other criminal charges. The city jails remain overcrowded, and Police Chief Robert Stark has lodged a request to Nanotrasen to provide spare shuttles to transport held suspects to less overcrowded jails in other areas of the city. The lone prisoner bus in possession of the police department was tipped over and set on fire during the riot while in the parking lot of the Yungston Police Station.


"Winter is coming, and our budget for the jails hasn't allowed a repair of the faulty heating system," Police Chief Robert Stark explained.


There have been no deaths, but hospitals remain crowded with at least 190 patients with minor to critical injuries. In addition, at least a dozen Tajaran are reported to have been completely shaved during lynchings by Unathi assailants.


The damage to the neighborhood remains estimated at 1.8 million credits of damage. Many businesses were looted in the violence. Mayor Godswell has pledged "full investment" in repairing the damage and providing compensation to the "working class families and small businesses" in the affected areas.


President Joseph Dorn, Tau Ceti Republican, has proposed a 2.5 million credit recovery fund for Mendell City.


The riots were originally sparked by the Hegemony ambassador Lord Diplomat Azioli Karkartus making condemning remarks about Tajaran and Vaurca security officers in the employ of Nanotrasen, after being shot at and repeatedly searched by the NSS Exodus internal security for minor infractions that were later dropped.


Nanotrasen has lodged an official request to the Biesel State Department for the deportation of the Lord Diplomat, and has announced that Aziolio is barred from Nanotrasen stations "indefinitely" until an investigation concludes, along with their brief statement.


"We are investigating reports of a security breach onboard one of our stations. We have no further formal comment to make at this time."

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War Breaks Out: Are We Safe?

 

The recent outbreak of war between the unathi Hegemony and several human nations on the frontier of human space has brought terms we haven't read outside history books back to everyone's lips. The members of the defunct Coalition of Colonies, which were break-away systems and settlements from the Sol Alliance during the First Interstellar War of 2278 - 2287, have found themselves under siege by Hegemony forces as they are accused of financing a major terrorist attack in the Unathi's new flagship, a charge they deny.



Sixteen Unathi have already left Tau Ceti to join the fleet of the Hegemony, sparking concern for the loyalty of the Unathi present in Tau Ceti.


Unathi place extreme importance on loyalty to their superiors, and put clan ties above nearly all else. Many Unathi would rather enter a ritualistic suicide known as Guwandi rather than face the shame of dishonoring their clans or allegiances.


The Congress of Tau Ceti has seen a proposal by the Tau Ceti Republicans as they enter an emergency session, just a few days away from the start of election campaigning for 2458. The topic on the agenda is the response to concerns about the loyalty of Unathi in Tau Ceti.


A Loyalty Pledge has been propose and is currently being debated in Congress. The pledge, presented by Tau Ceti Republican Dorna Bakers, would be a document that all Unathi "in sensitive positions" within the government and major business' must sign. The document would have them revoke their ties to the Hegemony Izweski and pledge themselves to the constitution of Biesel. The opposition argues that it is an empty gesture, but key Tau Ceti Republicans argue that the importance Unathi place on honoring their word and keeping their loyalty means it would be a far more impactful document that it would be for similar humans.

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Voting Machines: Threat to Democracy or Utility?

 

Earlier today the national board of elections announced it would award a 140.6 million Cr contract to the Nanotrasen Corporation for 100,000 voting machines needed in the upcoming election. The machines are slated to be fabricated at Nanotrasen's Janus industrial complex on New Gibson the facility's administrator has been quoted as saying "Both as denizens of Tau Ceti and employees of Nanotrasen, we here at Janus are proud to do our part for democracy here in the Republic of Biesel" Engineers at the facility have stated that the machines will be based upon Nanotrasen's successful brand of request consoles already in use in dozens of systems across Human space.


The announcement has drawn criticism from across the political spectrum including Joseph Gruber of the Traditionalist Part of Tau Ceti, Jay Goode of the Tau Ceti Liberal Party, and Karl Jhoonda of the Brotherhood of Tau. The most incendiary condemnation of this has undoubtedly been the Social Democracy Party and it's presidential hopeful Senator Aamina Al-Harthi who fiercely condemned the announcement on the stairs of the Senate. An excerpt is contained below



" Republicans will demand that we see this contract as a simple result of economics. That these facilities are the closest to Biesel capable of producing these machines, and are the cheapest. I stand here, looking out upon this fair nation and this is what I see. I see millions of our citizens denied the basic necessities of life, millions of families trying to live upon an income so meager that that the shadow of disaster hangs over their life day by day, I see millions denied the opportunity promised to us by our corrupt government and their corporate masters. In this announcement I see not only evidence of the corruption that many had long suspected rots away at our foundation, but I see an attack upon the very nature of democracy in our young nation. I see a corporation fearful of the will of the people and I see tyrants bowing to that corporation, and giving them the means to subvert our republic. if we sit idly by and allow this to happen, we will be nothing but a puppet state beholden to the will of Miranda Trasen."


The Senator continued on to attack the system-wide monopoly held by Nanotrasen, the Republican policy of confidential lobbying, NT subsidies to media which she called an attempt to replace free-media with Pro-NT propaganda, The Pro-immigration stance of the Republicans and their proposed free-movement treaty with Adhomai. She ended the speech with a call to unity to the minor coalition parties to join with the social democrats in opposing the contract.

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NMSS Odin Genetic Database "Wiped"

 

Earlier today we received information of a security incident onboard the NMSS Odin, which operates as Nanotrasen's Central Command for the companies' business in Tau Ceti and surrounding star systems. The station had gone to blue alert and both residents of the station's residential section and visitors were briefly prevented from leaving the Odin docks, as all shuttle service was cancelled. The alert level of Odin remains at blue alert, but shuttle service has resumed since a few hours before this broadcast. Nanotrasen remained silent on the issue, but a press conference has just been held with the first official statement from the corporation.



It appears that malicious malware has infected Central Command's internal network. Identified as a virus by Odin engineers and IT department, it infected multiple systems and was undetected for several minutes after initial infiltration. However, the on-board AI discovered the virus after it infected Odin's genetic database and became active, which stores genetic back-ups of Tau Ceti employees. The virus corrupted genetic records of several thousand employees and deleted others. The station AI was forced to wipe the entirety of the Central Command genetic database in order to fully purge the virus and any corrupted records.


Nanotrasen Representative Trinity Davidson held a press conference on the Odin to provide a statement on the incident.


"Unfortunately we have lost the ability to clone from records alone for the foreseeable future," Davidson said in her statement, "all 299,293 records in our database, including 99,500 employees, have been lost and we are still assessing the full impact of the virus. We don't yet know how the virus infected our systems or the group or individual responsible, but our internal investigation is still ongoing."


No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.


Nanotrasen keeps genetic records of important employees, which are used in the event an employee dies and the body is unable to be cloned on one of its research stations. Nanotrasen remains the only corporation with the ability to clone based on genetic records, with Mental Interface Failures 40% lower than in any other nation or corporation. In addition, cloning remains cheap for Nanotrasen employees, with the cost determined only by the amount of biomass necessary to keep cloning bays functioning.


It was previously believed that Nanotrasen kept genetic back-ups of all employees in Tau Ceti, but with 5.12 million employees in Tau Ceti alone, the number of genetic back-up seemed extremely low. When asked about this in the press conference, Davidsons said that Nanotrasen retains back-ups of "critical" personnel, such as Command staff, scientists, doctors, and ERT troopers.


"In the extremely remote chance of a fatal accident on any of our stations, all Nanotrasen research stations continue to have the ability to retain records of employees for cloning or to clone directly from the deceased' genetic data." Davidson told reporters.


"The process of keeping genetic back-ups updated has been extremely expensive, and the loss of our database has lead to the policy being suspended indefinitely. We are unable to guarantee the integrity of genetic back-ups, which require the individual to be re-scanned on a periodic basis. This suspension is limited to operations in Tau Ceti, though we will be assessing the policy of genetic back-ups on a corporate level."


Many high profile members of several governments pay Nanotrasen to provide genetic back-ups, amounting to nearly 650,000 credits a year. It is unknown how Tau Ceti operations will be affected by the loss of this revenue in the face of the suspension.


Miranda Trasen has not responded to requests for comments.

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Alliance Whistleblower Reveals Alliance Navy Planned Coup

 

Documents provided by former Admiral David Gray of the Sol Alliance, currently residing in the Biesel Embassy in Unity Station, Earth, Sol, have revealed that members of the Alliance Navy have been planning a coup of the civilian government since the beginning of January.



The documents include transcripts from meetings between high ranking officers of the Alliance Navy, including then-Grand Admiral Maribella Sattageto. The transcripts reveal major discontent within the Alliance Navy on policies of the Assembly and GAIA Prime Minister on several policies as well as plans on how to replace key officials with installed supporters. In addition, Admiral Gray claims he has in his possession several detailed plans are revealed under the title Operation Perseverance, which include schematics of sensitive government buildings and drawn plans on how to infiltrate these facilities. Admiral Gray also claims that he holds a physical list of those involved in the plot after he was approached by members of the conspiracy.


Admiral Gray gave his statement to the ambassador, who has in turn released it to this news station in a bluespace broadcast that we received just minutes before this publication. In the statement he claims that he was approached by a group of Admirals to join a discussion group on "Naval Policies". When he attended the meetings he noticed that they took on a harsh tone against the Assembly of the Alliance and the Prime Minister for policies on the navy and in the domestic sector. Admiral Gray claims that he continued to pose as a supporter of their cause, but defected to the embassy as he feared for his safety.


His claims have been fiercely denied by the Alliance Navy, with Grand Admiral Marius Goodyear and Secretary of the Navy Maribella Sattageto condemning his defection and falsehoods. Both officials claim that his documents are all forged, and reveal that Admiral Gray had been under a criminal investigation for misconduct and espionage.


Tau Ceti President Joseph Dorn has cancelled a fund-raising trip to New Gibson and has reported to have landed Shuttlecraft One back in Mendell City. Aides to the President have said he remains in "constant contact with his cabinet and the Alliance embassy."

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"Loyalty Act" Passes Congress, President

 

With the growing tensions between the Unathi Izweski Hegemony, Tau Ceti has been grappling with how to handle the growing concern over its Unathi minority. Tau Ceti Republican Dorna Bakers, Congresswoman for the Northdun District on New Gibson, presented days ago the Unathi Loyalty Act.



The bill comes in response to reports that already 46 Unathi have been confirmed to have left Tau Ceti space to join the Hegemony Navy as it continues military operations in the Relative-East of the frontier. "


The growing number of emigrating Unathi and recent spike in violence within Unathi communities have been cause for great concern." Bakers told reporters, "their society is one that places absolute submission to their king. Even when they move to our system, in their very soul they are subjects to this foreign power."


All immigrants to Tau Ceti are required to attend an induction ceremony at the end of the integration process where they swear loyalty to the Republic of Biesel. This document would expand this concept into requiring all foreign-born Unathi to sign a loyalty pledge, which will be notarized and kept on file. Foreign-Unathi that want to opt out of signing the document will become ineligible to run for public office or be permitted entry into the Tau Ceti Navy. Additionally, the bill states that any Unathi that has no signed the bill after March 10th will face repeated, monthly fines of 800 credits.


The Loyalty Pledge's contents is a pledge by the signer to support the Tau Ceti Constitution above all foreign powers and leaders, placing their loyalty only to Tau Ceti. The bill is notarized by the Biesel department of the Interior.


Nanotrasen is required to abide by the bill. Unathi employees will be required to present the signed document to their overseeing Duty Officer or Human Resources Director to be filed on the NMSS Odin.


The bill has faced immense opposition from the Tau Ceti Democrats and split other minority parties, but the opposition was unable to garner the necessary votes to defeat the bill, which passed by a narrow margin. Protests have broken out outside the Congressional Hall, with hundreds of Mendell citizens picketing the capitol building.


President Dorn signed the bill into law, and it takes affect on the 28th of February, just 2 days before Tau Ceti begins its official first day of the election process. Fines will begin on March 10th for Unathi that did not sign the pledge.

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Joseph Dorn Sworn In For Second Term

 

An elaborate inauguration ceremony was held in Mendell City's Central Plaza just outside the Capitol building today as Joseph Dorn was re-elected in Biesel's second, controversial presidential election, in which Joseph Dorn won a reported 63% of counted votes. The Second Inaugural Ceremonies was preluded by the Mendell City Public University Choir. Vice President Zhao Yingtai was sworn in early this morning at 9:45am by Honorable Court Justice José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Ordaz of the Supreme Court, which was followed by 12 minutes of musical selections by the Choir, including a rendition of the national anthem of Biesel, "For The Stars We Strive". Several protesters attempted to interrupt the proceedings and were escorted out of the plaza by security.



Joeseph Dorn was sworn in by Honorable Court Jusice Tyler Stevens, and afterwards gave his second Inaugural Address.


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"My countrymen, the oath I have taken for this office is not mine alone, but ours together. We are one nation and one people. Our fate as a nation and our future depends not one citizen, but upon all citizens. Our history is decided by our own will and determination."


The galaxy will not be the same for our children, or even for ourselves, in a short span of years. The next man to stand here taking this office will look out on a scene different from our own, because rapid change has gripped humanity - rapid and fantastic change reveaing the secrets of nature, bringing discord to the nations, placing in dangerous hands new weapons for mastery and destruction, shaking old values, and uprooting old ways."


I do not believe that the Republic of Biesel is the ordered, changeless, and sterile battalion of ants. It is always trying to become something more. Always becoming, trying, probing, falling, resting, and trying - but always trying and always gaining."


Our economy remains robust. Our unemployment remains low, our GDP the fastest growing in human space. If we continue our strive to better ourselves and our nation we will bring for our children a better age, an age of prosperity free of want. It is with our continued support of Nanotrasen and the economic policies of my cabinet that we continue our rise towards greatness. The Free Trade Zone has been a boon to our economy, and the corporation has brought the prosperity we so seek to every level of our great society.


But we must remember the galaxy in which we live. Raiders, pirates, and jealous powers would seek to undermine our efforts and see our young Republic reduced to ruin. It is only through the bravery and our commitment to the ideals of republicanism, the free market, and continued support of Nanotrasen that we will see Tau Ceti remain the greatest place to live in human space.


Thank you, bless you, and bless this Republic."

 

Following his inauguration speech, renowned New Gibson-based poet Rebecca Lamb recited an original piece for the crowd, before the national anthem played and the ceremony ended.


The ceremony was attended by several high profile individuals, including Miranda Trasen, the CEO of Nanotrasen. Foreign ambassadors were given special seating on the stage, which included Hegemony ambassador Ziariuz Izweski, Adhomai ambassador Rajmi Hadii, and Jargon ambassador Lioquix Jrugl-Wliesh. A seat was noticably empty as Sol Alliance's ambassador David Mtungwazi did not attend the ceremony, which comes on the heels of the recent plummet of relations between Tau Ceti and Sol.


Police and Presidential Security were high during the affair until its conclusion, as several protesters had taken up camp on the other side of several police blockades. The President himself seemed unconcerned with the security issues and was photographed walking back to the Presidential Suite section of the Capitol building, four blocks away.

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Nanotrasen Secrets Leaked: "Syndicate" Responsible?

 

Startling news has hit Tau Ceti today as it was discovered that an "unprecedented" amount of data on Nanotrasen's activities in Tau Ceti have been blown into the open. The documents were handed over to various mega-corporations then leaked onto the Extranet include meeting minutes of the Nanotrasen Board of Directors and their meetings with Miranda Trasen, CEO of the megacorporation. Also included are hundreds of files on research projects being done by Nanotrasen, which include xenobiological findings on human-to-slime conversions, archives of viruses' spliced and stored by Nanotrasen's Virology Division, and other aspects of the Research Division that many in Tau Ceti are accusing of breaking the law.



Also discovered is the ease and willingness of Nanotrasen stations to be supplied with lethal, military-grade weapons through their supply depots. Leaked supply manifests reveal that many security incidents on stations in Tau Ceti have seen military or even experimental grade weapons being supplied to the station's security force.


Meeting minutes from the board of directors reveal what the Director of the FIB considers "damning evidence" that Nanotrasen has considered or even actively bribed several Tau Ceti politicians to support key pro-Nanotrasen legislation.


The documents were released along with a low-quality recording. A garbled voice distortion and poor lighting hide the identity of the individual speaking, who called himself "Apostle".


"Apostle" claims to have been given the documents following defections of key Scientists and even an Odin Head of Personnel from Nanotrasen. These individuals, who were not named, alledgedly provided the information to Apostle and the "Syndicate".


Apostle claims that the so-called Syndicate has agents emebedded inside Nanotrasen and allies in other mega-corporations and governments in human-space, and that further Nanotrasen secrets will be leaked, including information on Nanotrasen's dealings with Tau Ceti politicians, if the Tau Ceti government does not immediately enact trust-busting measures against Nanotrasen and break up the monopoly in Tau Ceti. Apostle also claimed that the so-called Syndicate is selling sensitive Nanotrasen research to other mega-corporations.


President Joseph Dorn has yet to comment on these demands, but protests have broken out across Biesel and New Gibson as anti-Nanotrasen activists take the streets. Miranda Trasen has cancelled an upcoming banquet at the Mendell Opera House and we are unaware of any statement from her office being released.


The claim of so-called Apostle being the leader of the Syndicate have been blasted by Tau Ceti politicians and members of Nanotrasen's Duty Officer division. The organization was labelled a terrorist organization in 2441, and was assumed to have been disbanded by 2450 after intense cooperation between authorities of the Sol Alliance, Tau Ceti, and Nanotrasen. Syndicate agents were often former Nanotrasen employees that defected to other mega-corporations for a variety of reasons.


Nanotrasen has yet to respond on the leak of vital information or the claim of the leak being orchestrated by so-called Syndicate agents, but unofficial comments have made it possible that Nanotrasen will consider this leak to be the work of freelance criminals or disaffected employees rather than orchestrated by any major criminal organization.

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"Employee Integrity" Executive Action Passed Despite Protest

 

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A controversial new bill has been passed by President Joseph Dorn just moments ago. Despite the objections of politicians from all sides, President Dorn has enacted the "Employee Integrity" act without allowing Congress time to formally deliberate its parameters.



As it stands, this legislation will prohibit current and future employees of corporate powerhouse NanoTrasen from working for any other company deemed to be a "Mega-Corporation" within the borders of the Republic of Biesel. This document initially came to Congress on the heels of the recent leaks of NanoTrasen intelligence by the so-called Syndicate.


While the identity or identities of alleged Syndicate leader Apostle are still largely open to speculation, it is believed that they received support and information from employees of multiple mega-corporations. In order to stop similar acts of industrial espionage from further damaging NanoTrasen and the Tau Ceti economy, President Dorn has opted to bypass the often arduous steps of debate and approval on the Congress floor.


Many Tau Ceti Republicans agree with the President's quick decision and see Employee Integrity as a quick method of routing out any potential corporate spies who may still operate within Tau Ceti. As of this moment, it is unclear what fines or punishments will be dealt out to any NanoTrasen employees discovered to be working for multiple mega-corporations.

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Miranda Trasen Assassination Attempt

 

The NSS Exodus was the target of a terrorist bombing just hours ago. The explosion was in the hallway just north of the bridge and claimed the lives of the station's entire present Command staff, the Captain, Head of Security, and Chief Engineer. Miranda Trasen, CEO and majority shareholder of the company, was also present and in a meeting with the command staff when the bomb went off, as well as a Duty Officer and two Odin escorts.



According to investigators the bomb immediately killed the Head of Security, Captain, and Duty Officer, while severely wounding the escorts, in addition to causing a minor hull breach. Miranda Trasen, who is believed to have been the target of the bombing, suffered only minor injuries. Her escort, Commander Brown managed to pull her out of the venting bridge and hallway to the medical bay, despite having himself suffered broken ribs and a punctured lungs.


Investigation is on-going into the bombing of the NSS Exodus, with Nanotrasen's Internal Security cooperating with the Federal Investigations Bureau. Two person's of interest have been detained but no individual or organization has been linked to or claimed responsibility for the bombing. The FIB and Nanotrasen have said that it's being treated as an assassination attempt by a lone assailant, and deny rumors that it's connected to the so-called Syndicate.


The final count comes to 6 dead and 9 seriously wounded. 4 deceased, including the command staff, were able to be cloned. Many of the wounded came in the aftermath of the attacks as the station began to lose power and atmosphere.


Miranda Trasen has received praise for her behavior immediately after the bombing. An ERT that boarded with the station attempted to escort her back to the Odin, but Miranda Trasen insisted on remaining in the medical department to volunteer to help the wounded. Several photographs and videos have been released of Miranda Trasen tending to the wounded and offering comforting wounds to those in medical beds.

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Miranda Trasen administering an

auto-injector to a wounded engineer.

 

"I didn't even hesitate." Miranda Trasen said in an interview on the Morning Show, "these are my employees, my people. But even then, I looked beyond that. Here I am, a human being, and I am fully capable of helping another human being to end their suffering. Who wouldn't take that opportunity?"



Nanotrasen's stock value has risen 6 points since the bombing, and public opinion of Miranda Trasen has improved dramatically, with 61% of polled people saying they "strongly approve" of Miranda Trasen, compared to last month's 47%. Tau Ceti president Joseph Dorn has issued a statement praising Miranda Trasen and her "dedication".

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