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 on: 04 December 2023, 22:47:14 
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Archer Outlines Shadow Presidency Future

Vice President Jerome Archer has discussed the recent Federal presidential election and other topics during an interview with The Federal Times.

On the victory of President-elect Felicia Winters:

"Winters fought a clean campaign based on issues, as I did, so one cannot fault her for that. But I think the harsh realities of governance will quickly overwhelm her liberal idealism. Hudson, whatever his critics may think of him, was never afraid to take decisive action. We'll see if Winters can do the same."

On Archer's electoral policies:

"I maintain that a security-first approach is the correct one, given the many threats facing the Federation. The Thargoids are not the only enemy of our people. Dismantling the Proactive Detection Bureau, as Winters has threatened to do, will be an act of self-sabotage for our entire society."

On his relationship with outgoing President Zachary Hudson:

"It's been an honour to support President Hudson, from whom I have learned a great deal about the political arena. Both of us are genuine patriots with similar viewpoints. I know he will continue to serve the Federation in his own way."

On his future political career:

"As shadow president, it will be my duty to not only scrutinise Winters's administration, but also restore electoral faith in the Republican Party. I'm confident that the citizens will be fully on board with our policies by the next election, if not sooner."

In response to this interview, an editorial in the Federal Free Press said:

"Jerome Archer's priority now is to gather Hudson loyalists under his banner, and position himself as a worthy successor. But this tactic of talking about all subjects except his own lack of responsibility for the election loss will not fool voters. Once the PDB is gone, and we see the improvements wrought by a Liberal Party administration, Archer faces a considerable challenge to avoid becoming a footnote in the Federation's history."
Source: Archer Outlines Shadow Presidency Future

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 on: 01 December 2023, 17:45:56 
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Titan Taranis Surrounded

The star system Hyades Sector FB-N B7-6, which contains Thargoid Titan Taranis, has been surrounded by human forces.

Aden Tanner, special advisor to Aegis, provided the following update:

"Our pilots appear to have pushed Thargoids out of all systems in Titan Taranis's area of control. It's taken a huge effort, one which should rightly be recognised as outstanding.  We don't know for certain what will happen next. But for now, the region is back in humanity's control."

"I strongly urge pilots to keep fighting the Thargoid fleet wherever it is encountered. We must not become complacent - the Thargoids have surprised us before, and have demonstrated the ability to respond when defeat seems inevitable. Those who fought in the HIP 22460 campaign and witnessed the Proteus Wave event will testify to the dangers of assuming the war is won."

Systems in the immediate vicinity, such as Hupang, Swahku and HR1737, have initiated repairs to starports which have been abandoned since November 3308. Titan Taranis itself remains largely resistant to conventional assault, and Hyades Sector FB-N B7-6 is still considered a Thargoid stronghold.
Source: Titan Taranis Surrounded

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 on: 30 November 2023, 20:45:59 
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Kaine Launches Alliance Resource Drive

*Pilots' Federation ALERT*

Councillor Nakato Kaine has requested deliveries to the Tionisla system in protest against the anti-xeno defence pact.

Pilots are asked to deliver shipments of hazardous environment suits, micro controllers and titanium to Brett High. The Alliance Rapid-reaction Corps, which is hosting the initiative, will protect participants by redeeming bounty vouchers for the destruction of any wanted ships.

The campaign was personally arranged by Councillor Nakato Kaine, the representative for Tionisla in the Alliance Assembly. Speaking to the Old Worlds Gazette, Kaine stated:

"I aim to prove that the Alliance's military fleet is not as dependent upon Sirius Corporation as many believe. This campaign demonstrates our capability to stockpile vital resources for the Alliance Defence Force. And we have plenty of researchers, mechanics and manufacturers ready to develop our own defences against the Thargoids."

"It's clear to me that Li Yong-Rui never intended to honour his anti-xeno commitments. I've seen evidence of Sirius negotiating favourable contracts with Allied tech and military corporations. Their special access to the Alliance's markets, plus the endorsement of our prime minister, have provided them with unfair leverage. The true cost of the pact has yet to be revealed, but you can bet that Allied citizens will pay the price while Sirius's profits soar."

Prime Minister Edmund Mahon has not commented on the Tionisla campaign, other than to confirm: "A formal inquiry into the strategic defence pact is ongoing, and the Assembly will study its findings carefully."
Source: Kaine Launches Alliance Resource Drive

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 on: 28 November 2023, 19:45:58 
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Thargoid War Update: November 3309

Renowned war correspondent Jade Sanderlyn provides her regular summary of the latest news regarding the Thargoid conflict.

"It is now a whole year since the Thargoid Titans arrived and unleashed their fleets upon us. It's pleasing to report that humanity's resistance remains strong. New invasions are rare, and Thargoid vessels are being driven out of occupied systems. Nobody is under any illusions that this war might end soon, and it remains to be seen how the Thargoids adapt to the current situation. But among independent pilots and anti-xeno squadrons, morale is high – as it absolutely deserves to be."

"The Thargoid spire sites have also brought cause for cautious optimism. Having received huge volumes of samples for testing, Ishmael Palin proved that spire compounds and Titan hull fragments share genetic commonalities. Whatever these eerie alien growths are, evidence is growing that their industrial processes are related to the Thargoid motherships in some way."

"Professor Palin has now concocted a biological impurity, which should disrupt the spires' biochemistry when inserted into their processing chain. Many pilots are signing up to undertake missions to deliver this contaminant, despite the inevitability that some volunteers will not return. It's too soon to determine whether or not this will impact the Thargoid war machine, but hopes are high."

"Meanwhile, the many thousands of people rescued from captivity within the Titans remain in strict quarantine. Debate continues over how quickly they should be returned to society, but so far nobody seems to be taking any chances."

"That could change following Felicia Winters' victory in the Federal presidential election. Via my political colleagues, I've heard that the president-elect plans to send home all returnees with Federation citizenship when her term of office begins next year. So we might soon score the greatest of victories: allowing those who were so cruelly abducted to return to their normal lives."

"This is Jade Sanderlyn reporting for Vox Galactica. Stay safe out there."
Source: Thargoid War Update: November 3309

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 on: 24 November 2023, 17:45:57 
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Azimuth Biotech: 'We Can Serve Alliance'

Azimuth Biotech has suggested that it can replace Sirius Corporation as the Alliance's anti-xeno military partner.

The move follows the Alliance Assembly's decision to reevaluate its strategic xeno defence pact with Sirius, amid concerns that the megacorp has not sufficiently protected Allied systems from the Thargoids.

CEO Torben Rademaker offered the following statement during a recent shareholder presentation:

"Azimuth Biotech is – and always has been – the only corporation to specialise in anti-xeno weapons tech. Sirius Corporation, once the trend-setter in so many fields, has become complacent and is now best described as a household goods manufacturer with delusions of grandeur. Aegis is a loosely connected gang of publicity-seekers playing war games with technology developed by uncredited researchers. But Azimuth specialists have been diligently researching the Thargoid species ever since we made first contact with them two centuries ago."

"We can supply the Alliance Defence Force with weaponry and defensive technology guaranteed to be a match for anything in the Thargoids' arsenal. I'm prepared to meet with Prime Minister Mahon personally to work out the details of our proposal."

The Alliance Assembly has not yet formally responded, but Councillor Hildegard Dressler said: "Our vulnerability to Thargoid attacks means Azimuth should be seriously considered to reinforce our security." Councillor Ainsley Niven took the opposite view: "There will be mass uprisings if we collaborate with the most notoriously immoral company in history, one soaked in the blood that Salvation spilled in his pursuit of greatness."

Leon Banerjee, science correspondent for Vox Galactica, observed:

"It's worth noting what Azimuth is not offering the Alliance: the anti-xeno superweapons that once cleared entire systems of Thargoids. Resurrecting Proteus Wave technology after HIP 22460 would cause a public outcry, but that wouldn't greatly concern Rademaker. Therefore, we can deduce that Azimuth's ability to weaponise Guardian artefacts died along with Salvation, leaving the corporation struggling for relevancy following his death."
Source: Azimuth Biotech: 'We Can Serve Alliance'

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 on: 23 November 2023, 13:45:59 
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Mining Campaign in LHS 3872 Concludes

*Pilots' Federation ALERT*

Torval Mining Ltd has announced that sufficient quantities of mined resources were delivered to its subsidiary faction.

The Aristocrats of Cuacocha, who control the LHS 3872 system, received the shipments of mined lithium hydroxide, painite, praseodymium and tritium. They have confirmed that all participating pilots can now collect their rewards at Curbeam Hub.

Constantia Torval, the corporation's recently appointed CEO, gave a statement:

"With this successful event, Torval Mining Ltd advances toward even greater prestige and profitability. I offer sincere thanks to our partners and contributors."

The campaign's background was discussed by Gwendolyn Nash, Empire correspondent for Vox Galactica:

"Senator Zemina Torval handing Torval Mining Ltd to her oldest daughter is the latest of several curious developments in recent years. She established the company by branching out from Mastopolos Mining, severing connections with more distant family members. She also transferred many investments to her other daughter Petra Torval, who is also a senator, and grandson Titus Torval, an Imperial Intelligence captain."

"Coupled with the fact that she has missed several Senate meetings recently, speculation is rife that the 132-year-old has entered the twilight of her corporate and political careers. But as even her sternest opponents would attest, it is never wise to underestimate Zemina Torval's willpower."
Source: Mining Campaign in LHS 3872 Concludes

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 on: 20 November 2023, 22:46:03 
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Alliance Reviews Sirius Defence Pact

The Alliance Assembly has approved a formal evaluation of its strategic defence pact with Sirius Corporation.

The vote to launch an independent inquiry was led by Councillor Nakato Kaine, who summarised:

"This partnership has been in effect for nearly two years. What tangible military support have we seen? Sirius Corporation has done little to protect Allied populations from attack or abduction. The capital ships promised to the Alliance Defence Force remain on the drawing board. The Sirius Navy isn't even engaging the Thargoid fleets on the front line of this war. How much longer must we endure Li Yong-Rui's empty promises?"

Admiral Nikolas Glass, the megacorp's representative on the Council of Admirals, disputed these claims:

"In truth, an enormous amount of work is taking place behind the scenes. Sirius technicians have retrofitted many ageing ADF ships with modern weaponry and internal systems. We've invested significantly in new AX modules, such as the anti-xeno missile rack and pre-engineered heatsink. And our blueprints formed the basis for Aegis's sub-surface extraction missile, which has helped rescue so many from the Titans."

An editorial piece in the Old Worlds Gazette speculated:

"The strategic defence pact has led to some successes, such as the Operation Tyndareus taskforce that repulsed a Thargoid incursion in Allied territory. But that was over a year ago, and the vision of a Sirius-backed Alliance Navy to rival the Empire or Federation has not materialised."

"As displeasure grows in the Assembly, the option to renegotiate the pact has been raised alongside Councillor Kaine's proposal to terminate it entirely. Prime Minister Mahon faces political pressure to abandon his commitment to Sirius Corporation, especially now that a reformed Aegis is leading anti-xeno technology development."
Source: Alliance Reviews Sirius Defence Pact

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 on: 20 November 2023, 08:45:57 
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Rasputin

Was £32.99, Now £20.00Rasputin is a two to four player game that plays in forty-five to seventy-five minutes. Although all players share the same target, this is not a cooperative game and your opponents will prove to be an even greater threat than Rasputin's personal guards.Each player starts with a matching deck of fifty cards from which he must choose the twenty-five cards he will use in the game. Your cards determine which abilities you have available to you at any given moment, as well as your strength in individual combat against Rasputin and other players. Success in the game relies on your ability to balance the cards in your hand versus the board positions of yourself, your opponents, the guards and Rasputin.Includes:4 x 50 Card Player Decks1 x 34 Card Fate Deck1 Full Colour Game BoardFull-Colour Laser Cut Assassins, Guards, Rasputin & TokensRulesStart Player Token
Source: Rasputin

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 on: 18 November 2023, 21:45:56 
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Planescape: Adventures in the Multiverse

Sold out to pre-order.
Source: Planescape: Adventures in the Multiverse

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 on: 16 November 2023, 20:45:55 
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Torval Mining Campaign Marks Ownership Change

*Pilots' Federation ALERT*

A mining initiative is being held in the LHS 3872 system, as Torval Mining Ltd welcomes its new CEO.

Senator Zemina Torval, owner of the Imperial company until recently, has formally transferred her controlling shares to her eldest daughter. Constantia Torval was already director of operations, but will now oversee all corporate decision making from the highest chair.

From the press suite on Curbeam Hub starport, Ms Torval gave an announcement from the megaship Zetian's Recall:

"My mother's tireless efforts to build a corporation worthy of our family name have brought enormous success and esteem to the Torval portfolio. It is my honour to continue supplying vital resources to the great industries that drive our Empire."

"To mark the occasion, Torval Mining Ltd offers generous payments for newly mined quantities of lithium hydroxide, painite, praseodymium and tritium. The campaign is being managed by the Aristocrats of Cuacocha, who will receive shipments at Curbeam Hub in LHS 3872. This follows my new policy to subcontract mining operations to other Imperial factions, in order to meet expanded resource extraction quotas."

"A Torval Mining Ltd mining laser will also be awarded to those pilots who make a concerted effort to support our endeavours."

Anton Lagorio, business correspondent for The Imperial Herald, reported:

"This announcement confirms rumours that Constantia Torval had been allowed to take the reins in managing the family company. Under her guidance, Torval Mining Ltd has expanded its sphere of operations and obtained many lucrative new contracts. Whereas Zemina Torval's policy was to manage as much as possible in-house, her daughter seems keen to build corporate relationships with subsidiaries within the Empire."
Source: Torval Mining Campaign Marks Ownership Change

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