The news reporters this issue were: William Knight, ANWTK@acad2.alaska.edu Mike Phillips, email@example.com JLOUD@GAMMA.IS.TCU.EDU Leonard Scott, LENSCOTT@AOL.COM
POLICE STRIKE ENTERS SECOND WEEK!
NEW NEURAL LINK MAKES SOLDIERS FASTER, BETTER!
Omni-Consumer Products, reeling from a terrorist bombing and
repeated problems managing Detroit's Police Department, has just
unveiled a new product targeted at the military market, literally.
This advanced neural enhancer, called a 'Gun-Target Link', allows the
properly-enhanced soldier to fire more rapidly and more accurately.
In trial runs, this was demonstrated to cut the civilian losses
(sometimes called collateral damage) almost to zero.
The Marine Corps and the Army immediately ordered more tests, supplying their own volunteers, despite objections from the ACLU. There are some concerns in the medical community as well, as the exact impact of that much intrusive surgery into the nervous system, despite decades of successful organ transplants, remains to be seen. The American Medical Association recommends caution and careful clinical testing.
[GM's note: this is the introduction of the first true 'cyberware' into this campaign, which has been deliberately kept very low-tech]
Mike Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org
United Terra : Acey-Two : New Dallas :
HELLISH HORNETS A CONTINUING PROBLEM?
After delivering their report to colonial leaders, the United Terra Reconnaissance and Peace-keeping Force (UTRPF) has released some information to the public. The new colony on the southern continent was destroyed by humongous hornets, said to span more than two-feet in length. UTRPF has promised to leave a garrison in New Austin, in case the Hell Hornets, as they have been named, are discovered on the northern continent.
Also in the information released was a description of a large, underground chamber which had held more than two hundred of the hornets in stasis. The power to the stasis chamber was failing as the UTRPF investigators approached it, although the troops were successful in eradicating the hornets.
Satellites are being placed in orbit to seek out energy emissions, in case there are more such buried chambers on Acey-Two. As New Austin mourns the loss of its sister city to the south, citizens can only look to the future and hope for the best.
A small parade and holiday was held to celebrate the return of the UTRPF troops from the southern continent. The mayor and his advisors presented the leader of the troops with an honorary key to the colony, and promised that they and their brethren would be welcome any time they chose to return. On behalf of the UTRPF, the Lieutenant in charge of the small force accepted and gave a brief speech.
Mike Phillips: email@example.com
New nation-state mini-bio's:
Current: Year /Month /Day 20,223 05 40
TRI-ALLIANCE DIPLOMAT KILLED BY EXTREMISTS IN FORIA
22,223 /02 /06 -Cinemay /Di Bhon
Gunmen killed the Tri-Alliance's naval attache to the Trium nation-state of Foria on a downtown street in Cinemay, and a previously unknown extremist group claimed responsibility say government officials.
A man and a woman grabbed Capt. Juan Larou one block away from the Tri-Alliance embassy, shooting and killing him, witnesses reported. A note was left at the scene and signed by the religious, Movement for Unification.
The CommonWealth embassy in Cinemay said they have no knowledge of prior activities by the group. ***
COMMONWEALTH IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL ARRESTED ON BRIBE CHARGE
22,223 /01 /17 -Taracot /New Haven
A CW immigration official has been arrested on charges of approving hundreds of fraudulent identity cards for workers seeking amnesty in exchange more than CR 250,000 in bribes, authorities said.
Joseph Vega, an adjudicator in the New Haven legalization office of the Ministry of Culture, accepted the money in exchange for processing 500 to 600 identity cards, according to records filed Monday in the Magistrates Office in Bankal-New Haven.
Mr. Vega is currently being held at the Provincial Guard Penal Station for extradition to the Leppord Province where he'll appear before the MOC's home office. ***
ARMS REDUCTION TALKS CALLED OFF
20,223 /04 /19 -Trancom /Goliath
In a surprise move, Supremacon diplomats called off further talks on arms reductions.
Confidential sources in the CommonWealth say this is just a ploy on the Supremacon's parts, to force the CommonWealth into making concessions to regain the Supremacon's presence at the negotiations table. ***
HORAUIS EXPLORER ATTRACTS STUDENTS WITH LIVE TRI-DEE
22,223 /04 /07 -/Reft Sector
"To educate, you have to entertain," says Dr. Cornis Balla, Historian at Reese Institution of Preservation and discoverer of the ruins of the derelict vessel Horauis.
The Horauis (Hore-ruse) was originally a colony world/ship lost during the second expansion era. Until Dr. Balla's discovery, it was believed that the Horauis had been destroyed in a nova.
Balla plans to send live transmissions of his party's exploration of the Horauis to classrooms and museums around the Tri-Alliance. ***
VALKYRIES GAIN TIE WITH JETS
20,223 /01 /10 -Nolan /Nifflehiem I /Svernia
Mar Bronsky and Ulh Svar scored minutes apart in the third period Sunday night to give the Valhalla Valkyries A 4-4 tie with the Eistar Jets in Nolan. ***
GRAV BALL GREAT, SZIN KCIRTAP, DIES AT 290
22,223 /05 /13 - Nclop /Fisher /Katherian Federation
League of Fame member Szin Kcirtap, the last player to score 1,000 in the Upper Division, died yesterday at the age of 290 of natural causes.
Szin was one of the original Katherians to start the Katherian Federation of Grav-Ball. ***
UNITED PLANETS ANNOUNCE WIDER RANGE OF COVERAGE FOR UPDATED GENERAL
22,223 /02 /11 -United Planets General Forum/ United Planets
In another bold move, the UP widened it's health coverage for all UP citizens. The new coverage will include some 25 new areas that had previously been in dispute. ***
William Knight: ANWTK@acad2.alaska.edu
The Milky Way galaxy is known as the Dark Glass.
In the Dark Glass universe, the far flung planets of the galaxy are accessible via hyperspacial rivers (complete with life forms, some dangerous to starcraft). The hyperspace routes have many tributaries, just enough to prevent any one power from dominating them. However, travel time is very slow and some places (planets, stations, stars) are off the hyperspacial routes.
Starcraft take several months to reach the larger empires. The closest to Earth (in the Fringe of the galaxy) is the Sadian Empire. The Sadians look like turtles. They have a program called First Contact which states that no civilization may be contacted until they have at least one other planet outside their own solar system.
Toward the galactic core and North-West of the Earth lies the Annowre Empire. They look like gazelle, only instead of hooves they have fingers on front and back legs (four-legged race). The Annowre are aware of Earth but consider it to fall under Sadian rule.
West of the Earth, toward the core, is the Thpooky Empire (the smallest -- only one other planet). They look like human-sized elephants with huge eyes and flexible trunks; they work in pairs and their trunks have thumbs . They require dark as their eyes are so big. Although the smallest empire, they are the most vocal in galactic politics. They are benevolent.
Farther West/Southwest is the Brendan Empire. They look like skunks; they are solitary, small, and like to keep neutral in galactic politics.
In the galactic core are the dreaded Srehcraeser; their mouths are nearly inflexible, and they hate nearly everybody. They are the largest, almost the most technologically advanced, and look like, uh... sort of like large tubar-shaped bodies with long flexible necks and at least six noodly legs. Really ugly.
The Sadian's have contacted us, forgoing their First Contact
plans; "An empire is a space faring civilization with more than one
planet outside it's solar system claimed by the empire and recognized
by the other space faring races," said Dracian, diplomat and
representative of the Sadian Empire (six outside planets).
The reason is that Srehcraeser have just released their improved terror weapon.
The mutnauq wave of positive Death is regarded as tested in the early Aidepolcycne Britannica by the Srehcreaser.
The Thpooky and the Sadia, unable to convince the Brendans to unite against this threat, have accelerated their program of first contact to counteract the threat.
FLASH -- STARCRAFT STOLEN
Six humans have stolen one of the Sadian starcraft and have disappeared into hyperspace.
The self-proclaimed Captain Cain said he would return the craft after he checked out the Sadian story. Strong protests were lodged by the Sadian's diplomat.
Since the hyperspacial rivers are slow to travel (from Earth to the Core of the galaxy where the Srehcreaser reside on Lack-Ox II is three to four months), we can only wait to see what happens.
The Sadians are offering their starcraft on a monthly leasing basis, but this does not condone the actions of Captain/pilot Cain.
With him are two other men and three women identified as: Captain/navigator Lorien (no other name given), technician/weapons-ops Jacob Cut, diplomat/explorer/trader Helen de Fise, Albert Wilde (no position given), and writer Pat Rich.
Spinward marches : Glisten : World of Caledonia :
MARCO SPOTTED, LOST -- THE SEARCH CONTINUES
Marco, the self-styled "pirate lord," who hijacked over 23 cargo ships along the Marastan - Bendor trade route was believed to have been spotted in the second largest city of Barberra by Imperial Intelligence agents, but was lost shortly thereafter among the crowd of the Barberra Municipal Railway Station. A detachment of the Intelligence agents are being sent to investigate. Some consider it ironic that he would be here, on a world run by the very companies he robbed. If caught, local laws would require his execution by flailing. The government is offering a reward of 300,00Cr for his capture.
Spinward marches : Lunion : World of Shirene :
TWENTY MISSING ON CIRCUMPOLAR EXPEDITION
Twenty men of the Mangotrate Nutrition Corporation who were on an expedition to discover new life forms in the Shirene Jungle on the northern continent were apparently attacked by something which destroyed their equipment and abducted them. Their last transmission to headquarters was of seeing movement beyond camp, and then the sound of gunfire. A rescue team found only the broken remains of the expeditionary force's equipment. No trace of the men was found and it is not known whether the men are dead.
The Mangotrate Nutrition Corp. has owned this world for over 17 years after an Imperial auction, and has over 250,000 employees living on-world. Company spokesperson, Wenda Tempton, says that nothing like this has ever happened before, and that a squad from their security division will look into the matter.
Leonard Scott: LENSCOTT@AOL.COM
Current: Year Month Day City Nation World 20,224/11/hh#15 Fairbanks/ Northland/ Erth(1) 3,000 troops from the 2nd, and 3rd King's Rifle Regiments plus elements from the 3rd Shock Guards Regiment seized the city of Fairbanks last week and continue to hold despite repeated counterattacks by Frigian forces. HUMINT (Human Intelligence) reports indicate that Frigian forces were taken by complete surprise and that the Ice Lords are hastily trying to put together a plan of action. It is expected that Northland colonists can move into the city within two months, if troops continue to advance at pre- calculated rates.
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OCEANIA/NORTHLAND FORMULATE TRADE PACT
Current: Year Month Day City Nation World 20,224/ 10/ 09 Pacifica/ Kinru Island/ Oceania/ ErthDiplomats from the Oceania Empire and the Northland Kingdom, signed an agreement yesterday in the Oceania city of Pacifica, to eliminate several tariffs and duties with the intent of increasing trade between the two nations. Labor leaders from Oceania remain skeptical, seeing the agreement as being "forced upon them" by Northland diplomats in an attempt to flood the Oceanianic market with inferior Northland goods. Oceania government officials claim that union leaders are disgruntled antagonists that do not represent any official agency.
SECOND GENERATION "HOG" ARMOR NOW AVAILABLE
Current: Year Month Day City Nation 20,224/ 10/ 20 Port Seetle/ the Free Lands(old Washington)Harley-Davidson Spokesperson, Ron Cwikle, announced that the company had perfected it's "HOG-2" power armor and that they are now accepting orders for the second generation models. The arrival of the new armor has been anticipated for some time in hopes that the problems that plagued the HOG-1 would be fixed. At the moment, Harley-Davidson hasn't stated what the HOG-2 armor will cost, but insiders indicate that it will be comparable to the HOG-1 (around 1 million Gold Eagles or New Dollars).
ROCKET BLASTS LIGHT UP SKY
Current: Year Month Day City Nation 20,224/ 10/ 29 the Cold Lands (north of Fairbanks)/ FrigiaFor the second time in a month, rockets have been launched from the Cold Lands within the realm of the Ice Lords of Frigia. Pillars of flame from the launches have been observed as far south as Anchorage. Informed sources within the High Command have stated that General Blue has sent elements of the 1st Special Forces Group to investigate. When questioned, officials within the High Command declined to confirm or deny this. Speculation about the rocket launches is that the Ice Lords might have discovered the pre-Rifts space center north of Fairbanks. What the Ice Lords of Frigia intend to do with the rockets is as yet, unanswered.
William Knight: ANWTK@acad2.alaska.edu