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BREAKING NEWS: THORKATLAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE ANNIHILATED After several weeks of skirmishing between the Highbeam Fleet and the Legitimate Corporate Government of Thorkatla, a decisive and some-say horrifying blow was struck. The President of Thorkatla, Jebediah Salt, is dead, along with his family, cabinet and much of the governing body of the planet. In an assault by the Highbeam Fleet, the Presidential Palace was destroyed, leaving hundreds dead. It is believed that the attack is a retaliation by the fleet for Salt’s “Sector-Wide Anti-Piracy Hoo-Haw” bill, which some called an “attempt to end the pirate menace”. Salt was President for just under six weeks.
The planet is currently without leadership, and it is expected that Sunbeam Omnistellar, the parent of the Legitimate Corporate Government of Thorkatla, will make a statement soon.
MINISTER LEDUC TO ANDONI: WE WILL NOT ABANDON YOU As the Armed Forces Remnant falls to infighting and internal discord, the Republic of Cabral’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Henri Leduc, issued a statement offering aid and support to those who still live on the surface of that beleaguered planet. In the wake of the orbital bombardment that rendered the planet the ruin it is today, the Armed Forces Remnant attempted to regain control but was disbanded as a result of internecine politics. As a response, Leduc stated that “The people of Andoni have suffered long, and God is a merciful force. We will reach out and do what we can to protect and to rebuild this noble planet.”
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PFOTENHAUER ON THE MOVE All across Asgard Sigma the flag of the Pfotenhauer Society is flying proudly. Her sigil can be seen on ships from Vahdat to Varvaressos, and in the wake of their victory on Onintza it seems there’s no stopping the might of the Pfotenhauer, who appear to be searching for the next great conflict.
Mr.Sicarian, hero of the Society who recently returned from years in exile to lead Pfotenhauer, could not be reached for comment, but it is this reporter’s opinion that if Pfotenhauer is looking for a fight, they need look no further than the dozens of planets suffering under the yoke of piracy.
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NEW PROPHET INFLUENCE A “CRUEL JOKE” SAYS ALLIANCE TO FREE STROPHIOS Concerned citizens spoke out at a rally on Strophios today, in the Garden of Eternal Light, against the “crushing and inhumane” conditions imposed by the months-long lockdown of Strophios’ space.
A statement from Abdul Hassan, one of the protestors: “We are starving! We are dying and the New Prophet speaks only of enlightenment. Our souls are as important as anything to us, but we are dying here, now. What good is heaven if we must watch our children starve in the streets before we reach it.”
The Church of the New Prophet would not reply to our requests for a statement, saying only that “a period of intense meditation” was being undertaken by the leadership, who were not available.
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PRESIDENT-ELECT SALT PROMISES INDUSTRIAL GROWTH “Well, golly. I’m just tickled pink.” began President-Elect of Thorkatla, Jebediah Salt, in his speech to the people of Thorkatla. Salt, elected this month in the planetary elections, is an historical President, having come to the planet only months ago and representing a third party. “I promise to make this planet a technological powerhouse, just you see. We’re gonna eat metal and spit spaceships.” Already, Salt’s government has changed, overturned or revamped over one hundred different industrial protocols of the planet. Despite continued harassment in the sector by Highbeam pirates, Sunbeam stocks continue to rise.
UNUSUAL SATELLITES SPOTTED OVER SIGRID For you astronomy buffs out there, several strange satellites have been spotted in the skies of Sigrid, especially visible from the northern areas of the planet. Corresponding with the appearance of these satellites are an increased number of reports of meteor impacts in that region. Keep your eyes on the skies, Sigrid!
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STROPHIOS DEBATES REACH FEVER PITCH Another fiery speech by the leader of the New Prophet movement, this time on the anniversary of the Discovery of the Scroll (a sacred day for New Prophet followers), decried the “illegal, immoral and imperialistic” presence of forces of the Caliphate before triggering several days of violent protest in the streets. The once-peaceful planet of Strophios now seems locked in the middle of a religious conflict that threatens lives and stability. At its core, the conflict is about ownership of the so-called “Holy Land” of Strophios, claimed as a place of pilgrimage by the New Prophet Church.
In a final declaration, the New Prophet has officially banned all space traffic bearing the designations of the Caliphate of Hoveyda from entering Strophian space. What this will mean for businesses reliant on transport of Hoveydan goods will remain unseen. Growing predictions are that this conflict may grow from a war of ideology to a violent conflict within the month.
FATE TO HIGHBEAM FLEET: “CHECK OUT THESE GUNS” The people of Onintza breathed a collective sigh of relief this month when the Pfotenhauer Construction Corps declare the completion of Project Safe Skies. Safe Skies is a joint Pfotenhauer-Purity Initiative project resulting in the completion of a series of mountain-based defense cannons and orbital weapons platforms designed to “completely encase [Onintza] in a web of perfect anti-assault measures”. After the the necessary defense of the planet by Fate’s Rangers earlier this, the Pfotenhauer Society doubled their commitment to Onintza. “We’re here to stay, EXPLETIVE DELETED” said Fate, early this week, at the unveiling ceremony. “Let’s see those pirate EXPLETIVE DELETED put their EXPLETIVE DELETED hand up my dress now.”
MUTINY IN THE 321ST Rumors of a coup among the military junta of Andoni were verified today as eyewitness reports of executions and a subsequent riot reached this network. At the time of last contact with Andoni, the 321st Infantry Division had executed a number of officers before dissolving into chaos. Satellite imagery provided by Richardson Scientific shows a number of key military locations either destroyed or heavily damaged. The 321st was the sole remaining unit of the AAFR still in operation, leaving the junta’s leadership exposed.
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TOP STORY: ONINTZAN CIVIL WAR IS OVER! In our top news story today, after more than a year of bloody fighting both on-planet and above, the Onintzan Civil War is over. Representatives from the Onintza Libre! movement met with Purity Initiative officials this month to discuss terms of surrender. OL! liason Ramon Manuel Gutierrez gave an impassioned speech before thousands in the capital, declaring “Too much blood has been spilled on Onintzan soil. It it time to lay down our swords and take up the white flag of peace. We hope to move forward into the rest of this new year with our brothers and sisters of the Purity Initiative, hand-in-hand not as enemies, but as Onintzans.”
In response, the Pfotenhauer Society has dissolved its contract with the Purity Initiative, having competed their pacification of the rebel forces. Under the leadership of Mr. Sicarian, who until recently was thought dead, the Pfotenhauer Society has begun contstruction of a local base of operations, to help stabilize the war-torn planet in coming months. Sicarian himself is Onintzan-born and fought in the First Civil Conflict of Onintza several years ago.
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THORKATLAN ELECTION SEASON BEGINS On Thorkatla, February marks the beginning of Election Season, a time of celebration of the democratic process. While traditionally, a two-party system manages the local government, this year, in a bold move. Sunbeam Omnistellar has announced the formation of a third party alternative - the Sunbeam Corporate Conservative Party. This new political entity has thrown its ten-gallon hat in the ring and stands behind one Jebediah Salt, former CFO of Sunbeam and now presidential hopeful. When asked what he hopes to accomplish if he becomes President of Thorkatla, Salt replied with a terse “I don’t rightly know, but I promise you it’ll be a hoot.”
PFOTENHAUER REPORTS HIGHBEAM PIRATES CONTINUE TO “SUCK HARD” In another scathing press release, Ms. Fate, leader of the astronomically successful mercenary unit “Fate’s Rangers” personally calls out the leadership of the Highbeam Fleet. Her release, a several-pages-long obscenity-filled diatrabe comes on the eve of victory against an attack on the Pfotenhauer Supply fleet arriving on Onintza. Fate’s Rangers, in a classic show of bravado and force, eliminated the entire orbital force from the surface of the planet. Her release can be found on NEWSNET PLUS.
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IDEOLOGICAL CLASH ON STROPHIOS Old grudges die hard on the borders of the Hoveydan Caliphate. Election season has been delayed on the planet Strophios this month as the Hoveydan Embassy held protests, sit-ins and a number of aggressive political rallies accusing the New Prophet Church of rigging the elections. After information revealing several ballot-tampering schemes was revealed by sources inside the Embassy, the people of Strophios took to the streets, and burning effigies of the Prophet himself were seen in many domes across the planet.
In addition, protests against the system blockade have reached an all-time high as the number of suffering and starving people on the planet increases. Several domes have gone into emergency stand-by mode and have been under power-rationing for weeks.
This message came directly from the office of Supreme-Regent Maryam umm-Caliph bint Ayyub al-Dwairani on behalf of Caliph as part of a larger release calling for peace and for the Prophet to return to Hoveyda for judgement: “The people of Strophios deserve better than to suffer in this way. Allah watches over all His children, and if only this ‘Prophet’ would return to His light, I am sure that we could forgive him as well.”
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BLUE FEVER CATCHING ON CABRAL A Richardson Scientific study released this month shows starling increases in the numbers of Blue Fever overdoses on Cabral this month, climbing from only a dozen incidents in December of 3200 to over a thousand in February. Richardson analysts have classified Blue Fever as a Type F substance, which generally results in sector-wide adoption of illegality.
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ANDONI: JUNTA DESTABILIZED A series of reports this month have called the stability of the Andonian Armed Forces into question. Reliable sources indicate that the military government has been suffering destabilizing internal politics and that all signs point to the interference of an outside source. No direct contact could be made with the AAF but we’ll keep on this story as it progresses. Richardson Scientific, in related news, has promised the use of their planetary surveyor corps, a team of analysts and geologists who will be performing intensive scans of the planet throughout 3201 in hopes of uncovering potable water and fuel supplies under the planet’s surface. Our hopes go with you, Andoni.
MS FATE TO HIGHBEAM - “PIRATES AIN’T SH*T” “They’re like [REDACTED] vultures, you know? Mother[REDACTED] cowards don’t know when to back the [REDACTED] off! FATE’S RANGERS, [REDACTED].” This from an interview with the famed Ranger herself, Ms. Fate. Fate’s Rangers fought off an orbital bombardment this month by pirates looking to capitalize on the weakened state of Onintzan defenses. Fate herself led the counterattack, which destroyed the pirate vessels despite the overwhelming advantage posed by attacking from low orbit. When asked how she felt to be returning to her unit, Ms. Fate was not able to give us a printable response. (WATCH THE WHOLE INTERVIEW HERE - 18+ ONLY)
PFOTENHAUER ASCENDANT In other Pfotenhauer news, a predominant member of the ruling council of that organization has been killed in the Forrughi system. Mr. Titan, a polarizing figure, was killed in a duel on Bazignos in accordance with the Society’s laws. Mr. Sicarian, a man believed long-dead, is named as his killer and successor to the council. In response, ships and troops have been emerging from hiding in support. We spoke to one such supporter, a member of Sicarian’s newly-formed commando unit, who told us; “This is a new day for our company. This is a new and bloody dawn and all our enemies will know fear before the sun sets again.” Bold words from the society. This reporter hopes that this means a return to order in the sector, and that the pirates of Asgard Sigma will soon know what it means to be accountable for their bloodshed.
BLOODY CONFLICTS ON MAJID Skirmishes in Hotan province between Majidi PMC troops and terrorists claiming to operate in the name of the Purity Initiative have caused billions of credits in damage to a number of important mining facilities. The Purity Initiative issued this statement regarding the attacks; “Majid is the heart of filth that pollutes this beautiful sector. The Mandarins are slavers, drug peddlers and are the whore that lies at the feet of the Madari Syndicate. If we cut the heart out, the body will die, but a pure corpse is better than a corrupted body.” The Mandarinate was unwilling to make an official statement, but assures the people of Majid that this kind of terrorism will not stand.
SUNBEAM SOUTH ANNOUNCED In corporate news, Sunbeam Omnistellar announced today the opening of “Sunbeam South” on the planet Thorkatla. Given their expansion in recent months and the aquisition of Ximinez Shipyards, this is believed to come at a perfect time for the biggest ship producer in the sector. Rumors of industrial sabotage and pirate-related corruption on their homeworld of Asa are flying, though Sunbeam assures its stakeholders that these are “stuff and nonsense”. An official NEWSNET POPULACE POLL of Sunbeam employees reveal that 92% believe that the move is beneficial for the corporation at large, but in the words of one employee, Thorkatla is “cold as a witch’s [REDACTED].”
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RICHARDSON SCIENTIFIC ANNOUNCES BANNER YEAR In financial news, Richardson Scientific announced that, at the closing of 3200, they’ve had their most fiscally successful year since 2992. Richardson attributes their breakthroughs in gas mining and fuel refinement, as well as a number of strategic partnerships with independent research and development teams throughout the system. Particularly, their work with the Astronautics division of Anaximander University, which led to a significant breakthrough in processing fuel, resulted in a several-points jump in stock on the Exchange. Richardson assures the sector that their humanitarian efforts on Andoni will continue, and that this profitable year will only serve to “enhance the lives of all those who live in the sector”.
MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSION ON MAJID The Majidi government is on the lookout for a “terrorist cell” this month, following what appears to be a targeted bombing on a Majidi fuel-processing plant in the northern hemisphere. These terrorists have been linked to the murder of several Majidi citizens in a local hotel, and appear to be involved in the attempted kidnapping of Nika Starlight earlier this year. If you have any information on these or other terrorist activities, the Mandarinate is offering a cash reward for tips that lead to the arrest of these individuals. [CLICK HERE TO CONTACT A MANDARINATE PEACEKEEPING AGENT]
“ILLEGAL PIRATICAL ACTIVITY” CLAIMS PFOTENHAUER LEGAL TEAM A suit has been filed on Pelasgon against an individual known as “Crosseye Jack” by the Legal Team of Koenig, Koenig and Hoch claiming “Illegal Piratical Activity” and demanding action be taken by the local government. This is the first such case, and may not be the last, as instances of piracy have swept the sector. The NewsNet Legal Correspondence Team doesn’t have high hopes for the outcome, as Crosseye Jack is not a known Pelasian, and precedent does lean in favour of extradition. We’ll report more as more is available. [CLICK HERE FOR A HISTORY OF PIRATE ACTIVITY IN ASGARD SIGMA]
ANDONIAN CITIZENS FLOCK TO ARMED FORCES JOBS “The Andonian Armed Forces is not merely about rebuilding our planet. We do not wish to recreate what was lost, but build anew, with what we have. We know that the people of Andoni are suffering. We have food, we have water and we have work for them to do. All we ask is that they come to us and ask for it.” A call to the people of Andoni from Legate Antonius Chau this week, as numbers swell in the Armed Forces ranks. People are joining Armed Forces jobs in record numbers this month, and with environmental conditions worsening as a long and harsh winter sets in on much of the populated continent, many are simply seeking a roof over their heads, even if it means putting a gun in their hands.
#NIKAGATE UPDATE: STARLIGHT OBSERVES RELIGIOUS RITUAL Sources indicate that Nika Starlight will remain on Strophios to observe the Excess Mass, a night dedicated to an ancient ritual of gift-giving, feasting and quiet religious celebration. We have all indications that Nika is safe and happy, and that this is a choice that reflects a new, more peaceful Nika. What does this mean for her musical career? Only time can tell. We’re rooting for you, Nika!
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#NIKAGATE UPDAGE: NIKA FREED! Our top story comes to us from Strophios this month - famed singer, songwriter and sector-beloved celebrity Nika Starlight has been released after 26 days in a New Prophet detainment facility. In a statement from the Church of the New Prophet’s Public Relations division, Newsnet has learned that Starlight has received a pardon directly from the Prophet himself.
“To err is human, to forgive is divine. This poor wayward creature has suffered enough from her awful upbringing and has redeemed herself through hard work and admission of her guilt. We have seen tears and suffering from this brave, brave girl and we believe that she has been purged of her blaspheming ways. The Prophet seeks to raise all those throughout the sector closer to the divine and this shows that even the most wayward sheep might find her way back to the flock.”
Reports indicate Nika will be returning to Majid to be with her family. She has released no statement.
PIRACY PLAGUE SPREADS THROUGHOUT THE SECTOR The sector is abuzz with reports that pirate activity, centering around the organization calling itself “Highbeam”. Private traffic, corporate traffic and military targets have all been attacked in the last thirty days, resulting in a high but as-yet-unknown death and damage toll. These pirates seem to be attacking primarily armed targets, but those carrying valuable cargo have also come under fire. Captains, be wary out there!
CLAN HEADS FORM ALLIANCE Our sources close to the so-called Madari Syndicate have reported that two major heads of the clans that make up that organization have struck an alliance. Mustafa Li and Kalaya Bia, two major movers in the Syndicate world, have rallied their clans towards some unknown goal. The Syndicate is best known for their introduction of Blue Fever, a narcotic inhalant that has swept the sector, affecting principally those worlds with a majority low-income, unskilled working populace. Li and Bia both have several unresolved warrants on a number of populated worlds for crimes running the gamut from human trafficking to conspiracy.
HOTLINE ANDONI: CHAOS IN THE RANKS Intelligence mishaps and a schism in the ranks of the Andonian Armed Forces have resulted in what appears to be the dissolution of the former army. After a disastrous attack on a Richardson Scientific Planetology Facility, reports indicate that factionalism led to infighting and casualties. At this time, no-one from the AAF can be reached for comment, but Richardson Scientific VP Cleveland Xu was happy to reach out with the following statement;
“What happened on Andoni this past week was a tragedy - it appears that bad intelligence led the AAF to assault one of our Planetology Facilities. Now, we defended what’s ours and we regret the loss of life, but what had to be done was done. I hope this shows the sector what we at Richardson have always believed. Science will always triumph over war. Always.”
WAR CRIMES ON ONINTZA? Reports are coming in that Pfotenhauer Mercenaries have been attacking civilian targets - burning farms, using mortar weaponry on villages and committing a long list of other crimes against non-combatant targets on Onintza. This reporter reached out to Fate’s Rangers’ own commander, Ms. Fate for comment.
“Listen, those [redacted] peasants had guns, alright? You show me a single [redacted] planet on which it’s illegal to defend yourself against [redacted] dirt farmers with [redacted] weapons and I’ve got some beach-front property on Andoni I can sell you. No, for real. Plus, get out of here. What’re you gonna do? Try me in front of a tribunal? Last I checked, what’s illegal is up to the people with the biggest guns. So suck it, media boy.”
Harsh words from the celebrity mercenary.
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ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION TRIGGERS TRANSIT SHUTDOWN In response to an attempt on the life of the Prophet, the Strophios government has declared a complete transit shutdown on the planet. No traffic is allowed on or off-planet without special permissions direct from the Office of the Minister of Security. Details on the attack are still surfacing, but it appears from insider reports that the Prophet was targeted specifically by a squadron of assassins. No-one has stepped forward to take responsibility but reliable sources indicate that this may be the spark that ignites the long-cold war between the New Prophet and his enemies in the Mandarinate of Majid. Newsnet could not reach any officials of either the Church of the New Prophet or the People’s Theocratic Republic of Strophios. It is unclear when the shutdown will be lifted, but we will report as news becomes available.
THIS WAR IS THE PEOPLE’S WAR The Pfotenhauer Society unit known as “Fate's Rangers” broadcast a recent win in the ongoing battle for control over the planet Onintza. More bloodshed in an already-bloody conflict that has seen the destruction of the former government and the loss of thousands of lives. In response, a signal broadcast from an unknown location on the planet has been repeating the following message:
“All loyal children of Onintza! All sons and daughters of our homeland! We have seen the foreign government toppled, only to be replaced with the black shadow of the mercenary marauders who kill our children and burn our villages. Rise up! Rise up and fight! This war is the people’s war. For freedom! For Onintza! Forever!”
When asked about their involvement in the conflict, the recently-elected Purity Government had no comment. We asked Ms. Fate about the moral implications of an extended war with a local populace but, unfortunately, due to language suitability standards, are not able to repeat her response here.
SUNBEAM REVEALS “FREEDOM EAGLE” Sunbeam Omnistellar Limited rolled a brand new fighter model off the factory floor and into the showroom on Asa this month. The “Freedom Eagle” is the first model to feature designs including both from Sunbeam’s own research labs and the cooperation of newly-employed former Ximinez aeronautics engineers. The 3201 “Freedom Eagle” is available for preorder direct from SOL and features “a gosh-darn whiz-bang” selection of features, customizable weapons and hardpoints for that DIY space fighter pilot. Test drive one today!
SATRAPY CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY The Office of Supreme-Regent Maryam umm-Caliph bint Ayyub al-Dwairani of Hoveyda celebrates the 145th anniversary of the creation of the glorious Satrapy of Al-dwairan and congratulates all her people for their continued loyalty to the Caliphate. Local celebrations will include a visit from several Caliphate officials, a celebration of the life of the Caliph and readings from the Qu’ran. From the Office; “The Supreme-Regent invites all citizens to attend during the Week of Celebration, and hopes that outsiders will visit as well, with a happy spirit and open mind for the future of the Satrapy, the Caliphate and for the Sector at large.”
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RICHARDSON PITCHING IN On Andoni, Richardson Scientific is doubling-down on their promises to make Andoni a better place. The Professor Vitus Andonius Memorial Research Facility opens this month - a new Richardson facility dedicated to “researching local conditions and creating solutions for a better Andoni”. Cleveland Xu, now Vice President of Andonian Operations for Richardson, will be operating full-time from the new facility and assures the public that “despite the dangers inherent in this kind of thing, Richardson is in it for the long haul. Richardson believes in Andoni.”
A RALLYING CRY FOR FREEDOM On Onintza, this local-month marks the anniversary of the death of Ramon Luis Zabala, legendary guerilla and original member of the Onintza Eleven, who would become the founding mothers and fathers of the Onintza Libre movement. Spurred by this event, the local militia forces unified to push back against Pfotenhauer troops. While the Pfotenhauer Society reports no casualties in the fighting, when this agency attempted to reach Ms. Fate for details on the battle, she was unavailable for comment. More on the Onintza situation as it comes.
PIRACY ON THE RISE In a new report by Sunbeam Omnistellar Limited’s “Anti-Piracy Investigation and Strike Force” illustrates a stark reality for Asgard Sigma - pirate attacks are at an all-time high. Reports of stolen vehicles, kidnapped crew and attacks on vessels bearing all sorts of cargo are on a steep and dramatic increase month-over-month. Organized strikes by armed vessels, particularly in sector-north have become more and more common. Sunbeam recommends “a good gun under your pillow and a vigilant eye, both brought to you by Sunbeam Omnistellar Limited.”
NIKA STARLIGHT ARRESTED, SENTENCED FOR EXECUTION Nika Starlight was arrested on Strophios earlier this month and sentenced for execution for “blasphemies against god and the prophet”. The pop star has been on a tour of the sector for the past few months, but recently clashed with supporters of the Church of the New Prophet. While the Church has been especially aggressive with their detractors, many fans and human rights experts in the sector believe this to be an unwarranted use of force - particularly considering the age of the accused. The trial was short and private, and it is believed that Starlight is incarcerated in a secret prison facility in the planet’s main habitation - the Dome of Revelations. Starlight’s Agency, the Ratterman Group, assures fans that “every possible avenue is being explored to free Nika from this tragic capture.”
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A new flag flies over the former Royal Palace of Onintza. After a weeks-long purge of the government by The Purity Initiative, the Royal Family is no more. Popular support for the Initiative has been building among the city-dwelling urban citizens of the planet for several months, and with the seizure of the senate by a Purity majority, some say the events of this month have been long overdue. Culminating in what citizens are calling “The Purity Purges” mercenary troops captured important loyalist civic and military targets, bringing dozens of lesser Daimyo and Shogunate cabinet members into custody. Immediately following the armed action, a group of Purity militants calling themselves the “Fire of Los Carreras” took responsibility for the bombing of a major transit hub and the destruction of several private residences. In a statement, the Fire claims “blood must be spilled for this planet to survive, we will see all foreign invaders sent back into the void”. Trials are concluding for the remaining members of the loyalist faction, and there are some in Asgard Sigma who have claimed that the trials are for show and an independent agency should get involved.
In other Onintzan news, Fate's Rangers have issued an update on their struggle on the planet, stating that “the rebels are dead and now we just need to clean up the mess”. Harsh words from the elite Pfotenhauer unit. Their leader, Ms. Fate, could not be reached for comment.
The fate of the former Empress of Onintza and her mother have not yet been ascertained.
RICHARDSON HUMANITARIAN EFFORT PRAISED High praise from sector humanitarian agencies this month for the actions of Richardson Scientific in light of the tragedy on Andoni. Supplies and security personnel have been sent to aid the fledgeling government of the damaged world. In an interview with Richardson’s head of Public Relations, Cleveland Xu, newsnet learned that they are “working directly with members of the Legions, in an attempt to help best wherever they can.” For now, this seems to be primarily about reducing ecological damage to “sensitive sites”. When asked about these sites, Xu refused to provide further detail, stating only “we are doing what we can, with the skills we have”.
DEMAGOGUE DECRIES MUSICIAN After last month’s chaotic rumor mill surrounding the past and present of Nika Starlight, Majidi pop superstar, the Demagogue of the Church of the New Prophet made a rare public statement on the planet Strophios.
“I beseech you, people of Strophious, to look with open eyes at the harlot in our midst. Remember the teachings of Zebediah at Agon VII! These painted women and their lies cannot be abided. WE MUST STAND TOGETHER and say NO to Starlight and her filth. Stand with me, my people!”
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In response, all future dates of the Starlight tour have been cancelled, and reports have been made that Nika herself has gone into hiding.
Fans throughout the sector are in shock, with emotions running high from anger to fear to sorrow - Starlight’s spacebook profile page has a record 2.6 billion “likes” in support.
SUNBEAM / XIMINEZ TO MERGE A release issued by the office of Jebediah Salt stated this month that Ximinez Shipyards and Sunbeam Multistellar would be merging. The remaining assets of Ximinez will be absorbed into the Sunbeam fleet.
“Well, shucks, it ain’t honorable to kick a dog when he’s down, even if that dog’s been nipping at your heels. We jes wanted to extend the olive branch of peace to those poor fellers and hey, what do you know, they took it. Time to start a new life together, cowboys and indians working together, don’t you know. It’s a sweet new day in the sector.”
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BREAKING: ANDONIAN “NIGHT OF FIRE” Reports are flooding the Newsnet desk of a disaster of unknown origin on the planet of Andoni. While Cultural Protectorate Communications Bureau feeds have been silent, some limited communication seems to be getting off-world. Early reports indicate massive planet-wide bombardment and significant damage to both the infrastructure and ecology of this small-but-prosperous world. Here at Newsnet, our hearts go out to the people of Andoni, more as this story develops. (CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE “WE SUPPORT ANDONI” NEWSNET USER BADGE - SOME PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY)
UPDATE: Speaking with Sunbeam Multistellar Arms Division Vice President Emmanuel Ezekiah Flint, our correspondents have learned that the attack on Andoni is believed to have been an attack by orbital bombardment weaponry. “I’ve seen this kind of thing before - there’s only one kind of weapon that could do that kind of damage and if the initial reports are accurate, there are maybe three or four military forces in the sector that could implement planet-scale destructive capability. What we’re looking at here is a concentrated attack. This is no disaster, this is an atrocity.”
Anaximander University’s Human Rights Board has begun collecting funds for an Andonian Relief mission, and has been attempting to contact whatever might remain of the Cultural Protectorate, though with little success. Across the sector, religious vigils held by the Church of the New Prophet have been held, and a spokesman for that organization has said “The Prophet’s heart is full of sadness tonight, sadness for the people of Andoni, who, like Kelen at the House of the Quantum Chime, suffer their own Night of Fire.”
A TURNING TIDE On Onintza, local government-in-exile, Onintza Libre! has struck a blow for the independence of their world. Local Pfotenhauer troops have seemingly gone into hiding as the guerillas destroy landing equipment and infrastructure. On the mind of many still loyal to the Royal Family - “where is Ms. Fate when we need her?” A recent poll indicated that numbers in support of Onintza Libre! are growing, up 12% from last month.
Damage to a harvesting facility on the western coast has meant access to food supplies has become limited. Local farms are working hard to make up for the damage and Onintza Libre! has promised troops and manpower to help rebuild. “We believe in Onintza.” says a statement released by the organization this week. (WOULD YOU LIKE TO READ MORE?)
REPORTS OF SCANDAL “MISINFORMED AND DANGEROUS” On Strophios, during the first week of her tour, Nika Starlight came under fire as reports were released to the local media tying her directly to an illegal slave labour market on Majid. The reports indicated connections between Nika Starlight’s manager, Oren Yu and known Mandarinate government officials who have been under scrutiny on that planet. Starlight’s fans rallied around her, fervently denying the rumors, and her record sales and concert attendance numbers were at a record high this month. Yu, when reached for a comment, stated that “This is the price of fame. Our sector is a dangerous place and the jealous and pitiable will always find a way to try and bring down those who burn so bright and beautiful. Nika is a jewel. A treasure. Her fans know this and will remember that these kinds of misinformed, dangerous rumors can only burn away in the brilliant fire of her light.”
Yu indicated that Nika would be staying on Strophios for an extended arm of her tour, adding six more dates to major cities across the planet, as well as organizing an aid concert to help those who have suffered in the Night of Fire.
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STROPHIOS LOVES STARLIGHT Nika Starlight arrived on Strophios today to hordes of her adoring fans. Starlight’s first stop after her homeworld of Majid has brought out folks of all ages, her six scheduled shows drawing record numbers for public events on the otherwise quiet world. Rumor has it that Nika will be performing at least one secret show for VIPs only while she’s on the planet. Tune in to Cowboy John in the Morning for a chance to win tickets to one of Nika’s shows when she lands on YOUR planet.
“WE ARE NO CARTEL” SAYS LOS MAYAS MAYOR The town of Los Mayas (formerly Kiyokawa) on Onintza was the site of a scandal this month. Purity Initiative investigators tore apart the village, announcing that the recent attacks on her cane fields were merely a cover-up for a larger drug-smuggling operation. Purity Initiative operatives caused several hundred thousand credits worth of damage to facilities and homes in their search, which ultimately turned up no evidence of drugs or connections to Onintza Libre! rebels. We spoke to Los Mayas mayor, Naoko Muniz.
“The Purity Initiative are fanatics, plain and simple. This planet is being torn apart by conflict and they’re attacking us, their life blood. I lost my sister fighting those communist rebels just last month, and now this? When will it end?”
In related news, Onintza Libre! rebels have been seen bolstering their forces in the mountain provinces of the southern continent. A recent scuffle there with Pfotenhauer Forces cost several members of Fate's Rangers their lives. When reached for comment, Ms. Fate declined.
RICHARDSON STOCK FALLS Following the opening of Richardson Hydro-Fuel, stock prices fell when it was revealed that several proprietary technologies in the refinement process were more costly and less effective than first advertised. Exchange Stock Market tipster Brand Whittaker has more to say on the matter in his most recent cast. DOWNLOAD NOW.
SABERS RATTLING The conflict between Ximinez Shipyards and Sunbeam Multistellar continues to heat up. Reports from Asa have indicated that despite massive trouble at home with religious riots and general unease, Sunbeam has relocated the vast majority of its space fleet. In a recent NewsNet poll, citizens of Asa agreed nearly-unanimously that their faith in the local starship technology giant is flagging, with satisfaction levels at an all-time low.
Seemingly in response, the Ximinez Main Fleet has left orbit around Andoni and is headed towards Asa. More on this as news comes in.
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XIMINEZ TO SUNBEAM: THIS MEANS WAR Acting on evidence that recent pirate activities in the Gunnhild system were the result of direct orders by Sunbeam Multistellar agents, Ximinez Shipyards has announced today that they will brook no futher hostility and, in fact, that they plan to counter with “great vengeance” any effort to violently stand in the way of their profits. Big statements from the sector’s second-largest shipyard. When asked for comment, Sunbeam Multistellar spokesperson Jebediah Salt said only “bring it, cowboy”. Chilling words. Stocks for both companies skyrocketed in the Exchange, trading at record highs.
SPOTLIGHT: ONINTZA - REGIME CHANGE “The Royal Family no longer represents the will of the people of Onintza. We no longer wish to be ruled over by such incompetent, self-involved sentients. The time for true revolution has come.” These words begin the Manifesto of Glorious Light, a document released today by The Purity Initiative, who have taken control of the Senate of Onintza, effectively ousting the Royal Family from governmental agency. The Royals, fearing reprise, have disappeared, the Empress, her daughters and the Royal Consort have all been rumored to have left the capital under the protection of Yoshikage Minamoto, Yojimbo to the Empress, and his warriors. Their whereabouts are unknown.
Meanwhile, fighting intensity has increased in the hinterlands, with Fate's Rangers driving the Onintza Libre! forces back, dealing them a powerful blow. With a death toll in the thousands, the violence shows no sign of stopping.
The Exchange has issued a level 4 travel warning and does not recommend visiting Onintza during this time.
GOT GAS? New fuel refinement techniques have allowed the Richardson Scientific Society to open a new sub-branch in the Gunnhild system. This month marks the official business opening of Richardson Hydro-Fuel, promising cleaner, more efficient starship fuel.
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NIKA STARLIGHT ANNOUNCES SECTOR TOUR Majidi singer Nika Starlight announced this month that she would be going on a six-month sector spanning tour, with dates in several worlds and ending at the Ancient Terra Music Festival on Hoveyda. Nika’s tour begins with a sold-out concert on Majid, with the next stop on Strophios. Stay tuned for more dates and a chance to win tickets to a future Nika Starlight tour!
UNION CRACKDOWN Intensive labour disputes on Asa have pitted the Starship Manufacturer’s Union Local 322 against the Sunbeam Multistellar Corporation. During Sunbeam’s recent “work hard, play hard” campaign, workers were forced to undergo intensive and dangerous work constructing a fleet of war-ships for the Corporation. In protest, the Union staged a violent riot at several starship factories. After a number of fatalities resulted, the Union backed down, and workers were returned to their work with no scheduling changes.
Insiders claim that the Union was agitated by forces operating off-world, with fingers being pointed at the Madari Syndicate or the New Prophet Movement as the puppeteers behind the violence. More on this as it develops.
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“The cowardly bandits who attacked our fleet have been rooted out and destroyed. We hope that this will act as a trumpet call to all those who would prey on the good works of the Cultural Protectorate. Piracy is met with force. Retaliation is our watchword.”
A THOUSAND YEARS OF PROSPERITY PROMISED At the memorial of the 97th anniversary of the assassination of President Akwa Obolo, a delegate for the Andonian Cultural Protectorate delivered a powerful speech, detailing not only the increase in overall rise in health, education and employment but announcing that this was only the beginning, promising “a thousand years of prosperity for Andoni”. President Obolo was known for his fierce anti-immigration policies, and for the founding of the Andoni First party - a political organization that served as home to many of the ACP’s current leadership board. To learn more about the Andonian Civil Wars, please consult our archives.
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BLUE FEVER SEIZED A ship was impounded and its contents seized by the Hoveydan Customs after a routine inspection discovered several hundred kilos of “Blue Fever”. This is the first sighting of this substance on the planet, though it has been spotted on smaller worlds for the past few months. Effects of Blue Fever can include a sense of dissociation and the drug has been linked to several suicides, including one of a high-ranking Pfotenhauer official.
ASSEMBLY MEMBERS ARRESTED, FATE IN THE FIGHT In related news, six members of the Onintzan Royal Assembly have been arrested on charges of smuggling, conspiracy and trafficking in illegal substances. Their homes were raided on details provided by “confidential sources” though this news organization has received information that the Purity Initiative may have been involved.
This shift comes at a dangerous time, as the Royal Family is struggling to maintain control under constant offence by the Onintza Libre rebel organization. In areas of unrest, the Royal Family has pinpointed a number of businesses suspected of connection to Onintza Libre and shut them down. In addition, the high-profile mercenary company, Fate's Rangers, has been hired by the Royal Family to deal with what is now being called “The Edo-Prime Incident”. Fighting has heated up in that region and martial law is now in effect.
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SABOTEURS ROOTED OUT, TERRORIST PLOT PREVENTED? An Onintza Libre terrorist cell was shut down this month and its assets seized thanks to tips from some savvy citizens. Information provided to the Royal Family by the Purity Initiative led to the discovery of and arrest of a group of saboteurs who, it is believed, intended to set off an explosive device in a Sapporo City mining facility. According to a manifesto released recently, the Purity Initiative promises “...eternal vigilance and ruthless vengeance for those found to be working with the enemies of the Onintzan People.”
XIMINEZ SUPPLY SHIPS ATTACKED Unidentified pirate vessels attacked the Andonian Protection Fleet, destroying several ships and stealing cargo headed for the planet’s surface. We spoke with Captain Hugo Montez about the incident.
“While these attacks were cowardly and sudden, they were not unexpected. What the government of Andoni is doing for its people was destined to come under assault. The bounty and prosperity the planet is currently experiencing is a matter of some envy to those who are afraid of a hard day’s work. We will find these pirates. We will destroy them. That is all that matters.”
When asked what the pirates took, Captain Montez declined to comment.
BLOOD IN THE FIELDS An agrodome facility near the city of Edo-Prime was attacked by rebels in what might be the most flagrant assault by the so-called Onintza Libre faction on the well-being of the people of Onintza in the conflict so-far. A local police unit was able to drive the rebels back and capture a number of those involved in the assault. Death toll from the battle is still unknown but Yamada Salazar, Police Chief of Edo-Prime, has indicated that he believes combatants still remain in the area:
“This is not the last we’ll see of these bloodthirsty terrorists. I ask all citizens of Edo-Prime to remain vigilant and to report strangers to Security Forces. This is especially important for citizens in rural areas.”
Martial law has not yet been declared, but sources indicate that if the fighting doesn’t cease soon, a curfew may be put in place.
FATE’S RANGERS ON THE MOVE Completing a term of service on the planet Majid, the Pfotenhauer mercenary company has transported the fabled “Fate's Rangers” to Onintza. The Rangers are led by Ms. Fate, the so-called Hero of Hlif (for her contribution to the quelling of the Psi-Riots of Dotta). We asked Ms. Fate about the future of her Rangers.
“We go where the action is. The Mandarins of Majid have stabilized their economy and don’t need the kind of force we can provide. If there’s ever trouble, we left our number, but there are other systems out there with chaos to be dealt with, and honey, I love chaos.”
For a full profile on Fate’s Rangers and their part in historical Psi-Riots, see our full expose in the June, 3195 feed.
HOLY FACILITY OPENS IN ORESTES DOME In the Varvaressos system, a new church complex has been erected by the Church of the New Prophet in the Orestes Dome on Strophios. The facility promises to house, feed and educate “several thousand” members of Orestes’ citizens. This is the first such facility to open on Strophios.
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PROTECTORATE A-OK: Recent system-wide polls show the Andonian Cultural Protectorate at an all-time level of public approval. 95% of those polled “Strongly Approved” of recent government actions, with many citing an increase in employment and the ready availability of food and clean water for all citizens. While the Protectorate has recently come under some criticism for their aggressively xenophobic immigration policies, the locals all agree: the Protectorate is creating an Andoni for Andonians.
PIRATE ATTACKS IN ASTEROID MINES: Further news from the Vafa'i System, it seems that pirate attacks are on the rise. Reports of destroyed facilities come to us from a source inside the Drill-X corporation of pirate raids, theft and destruction in the system. A Drill-X memo warns subsidiary managers to “improve defenses” against this increasing threat.
TERROR ATTACKS ON ONINTZA: Conflicts are heating up over the planet of Onintza, in the Vafa’i sector. This week, an attack on an Onintzan Royal Army facility by the rebel faction resulted in 112 deaths and destruction of a nearly 2-million credit facility. The Royal Family has issued no official statement, but the following was transmitted to our Onintza desk from The Purity Initiative, a non-governmental anti-drug agency:
“Onintza will not tolerate the use of violence against its people, neither through the hellish attacks these rebels propagate nor through the violence they bring in the form of Blue Fever. There is another war on Onintza, a shadow war! The people must be vigilant.”
Despite this, in smaller towns and cities on the planet, the flag of the so-called Onintza Libre! faction has been seen flying from home windows and from vehicles. Does this mean a shift in power? Only time will tell.
MADARI TRIBAL ELDERS MEET: On Vinaya, the Council of Elders of the 36 Madari Tribes met this month to elect new leadership. Among the newly elected is one Kalaya Bia, a young member of the tribal organization with suspected ties to organized crime. When interviewed, Bia commented “The Madari are a self-governed organization. We believe only in what is best for our people, for the tribes. While we respect the laws of the systems we inhabit, we do not allow them to dictate our behaviour, moral or otherwise. We answer to a higher power.” The office of Ms. Bia could not be reached for further comment.
MANDARINATE SAYS NO TO RELIGIOUS PRESSURE: Benjamin Ts’ao, Cultural Liason of the Majid Mandarinate issued a press release today regarding the Mandarinate’s mandate to “fight ignorance” on their planet. Attacking the New Prophet Organization by name, Ts’ao declared that the Mandarinate intends to “keep clear the minds of the people of Majid” and that henceforth, religious articles are banned from the planet on penalty of fine or imprisonment. Human rights activists throughout the system have cried foul, and protests on Hoveyda and at the University of Anaximander have risen in response.
| EXCHANGE NEWSNET: JANUARY 3200
HOTLINE: ONINTZA - Despite the pitched battles on the street, the Royal Family of Onintza wishes to make clear to the various governments of the sector that they are, in fact, in control and that economy and agriculture remain their absolute priority. “We have recently purchased an entirely new set of harvesters, to make sure that all Onintzans, Loyalists or Dissenters, are fed.” said Kael Kawayama, Onintzan Minister of Finance. “We know this fighting will pass soon, and we only want to be sure that our people do not starve in whatever comes after.”
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SCIENTISTS WITH GUNS? An unnamed source in the Richardson Scientific Society explained to NEWSNET reporters today that “defenses are being expanded” in the Gunnhild system. Due to recent political unrest in the system, particularly in the Andoni system, these scientists believe it necessary to arm and defend themselves. Who would shoot a scientist? “We’re doing important research, here.” says our source “That’s always at risk.”
NEW PROFITS? The New Prophet Christian Movement has expanded its investments on the planet Majid. Several mining operations have been purchased and amalgamated, much to the chagrin of the Mandarinate (who would not respond to our requests for an interview). When asked, the New Prophet Public Relations Department replied “Money is the root of all evil, but the Prophet recognizes that one must fight fire with fire.” Strange words from this mysterious figure!