Galnet news

26 May 3303
Galactic News: Weekly Conflict Report

This weekly transmission takes the latest GalNet data and lists some of the systems currently in conflict around the galaxy.
Here are minor factions involved in a civil war:Civil wars occur when minor factions compete for control of major assets such as starports. When a faction is involved in a civil war, the standard of living, development level and security level in the system it controls are temporarily reduced. Combat activities can bring a civil war to an end.

The following are minor factions at war:Wars occur when a minor faction invades a star system controlled by another minor faction. For the duration of the war, the standard of living, wealth level and security level in the disputed system are reduced. Combat activity between the two warring factions determines the outcome of the conflict. If neither faction succeeds in dominating the other, the war ends in a ceasefire.
NOTE: Data is correct at time of publishing.

25 May 3303
Community Goal: Superpower Expansion

In recent weeks, both the Empire and the Federation have accelerated their expansion plans in the Maia and Merope systems, deploying dozens of ships and establishing a number of outposts. The latest phase of these campaigns will see both superpowers constructing bases in the Pleiades region.

The Empire has authorised the Merope Expeditionary Fleet to coordinate its campaign, while the Pleiades Resource Enterprise has agreed to oversee the Federal appeal. Both organisations have placed open orders for construction materials, promising to reward pilots who deliver tantalum, building fabricators and thermal cooling units to their respective bases of operation – PRE Logistics Support Gamma for the Federal campaign and Moni's Hub for the Imperial initiative.

Both campaigns begin on the 25th of May and will run for one week. If either the Empire or the Federation meets its targets earlier than planned, its campaign will end immediately.

25 May 3303
Galactic News: Order Restored in Colonia

A spokesperson for the Colonia Council has announced that the agitators causing discord in the Eol Prou Lw-L C8-215 system have been eliminated. Hundreds of pilots supported the operation, taking to their ships to tackle the criminals that had taken root in system. The Junkyard Dogs have also confirmed that security personnel have been stationed at the agitators’ outposts to prevent reoccupation.

As the campaign drew to a close, a spokesperson for the Junkyard Dogs released a statement:

“Colonia is more than just a system – it is a symbol. It cannot be allowed to fall into a quagmire of criminality and corruption like so many of the core systems. It must be protected. The pilots who purged Eol Prou Lw-L C8-215 of the criminals infesting it have our everlasting gratitude.”

Pilots who contributed to the initiative can now collect their rewards from Tolagarf's Junkjard.

25 May 3303
Galactic News: Zeus Bureau Appeal Concludes

A spokesperson for the Zeus Bureau has announced that its appeal for luxury goods has reached a successful conclusion. Hundreds of tonnes of commodities were delivered to KatherineB over the week, following an enthusiastic response from the galactic community.

As the initiative drew to a close, the organisation released a statement:

“Every pilot who responded to our appeal has our sincerest gratitude. Thanks to you, the event was an unalloyed triumph.”

Reports indicate that the event’s success has already had a positive impact on the economy of Zeus, as evidenced by the fact that The Midas, a Wells-class carrier, has relocated to the system. It is hoped that the vessel will remain in the region to serve as a commercial hub.

Pilots who contributed to the initiative can now collect their rewards from KatherineB in the Zeus system.

Community goals

Imperial Appeal for Construction Materials (Trade)
25 May 3303

Maia [Moni's Hub]
Deliver Tantalum, Building Fabricators, and Thermal Cooling Units
Federal Appeal for Construction Materials (Trade)
25 May 3303

Pleiades Sector IH-V c2-5 [PRE Logistics Support Gamma]
Deliver Tantalum,Building Fabricators and Thermal Cooling Units
Colonia Migration Appeal, May 3303 (Rares, very long distance ...)
04 May 3303

Colonia [Jaques Station]
Deliver Galactic Travel Guides from Bluford Orbital in LHS 3447


Making Plans
Secrets and Lies Part IV
25 May 3303
Entry #015 - The Slow Cruise
John Mathurin
25 May 3303
The Sirius Job, Part 6
25 May 3303
Reiner Brent
25 May 3303
Finding The Endeavor
25 May 3303
DarkLight Expedition F
Commander Standford
24 May 3303
Standford's Diary: 5G-01; A Bright Start
James Strider
24 May 3303
Captain's Log - Entry: 24-5A 3303

From the past

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Banū Mūsā

The Banū Mūsā brothers ("Sons of Moses"), namely Abū Jaʿfar, Muḥammad ibn Mūsā ibn Shākir (before 803 – February 873), Abū al‐Qāsim, Aḥmad ibn Mūsā ibn Shākir (d. 9th century) and Al-Ḥasan ibn Mūsā ibn Shākir (d. 9th century), were three 9th-century scholars who lived and worked in Baghdad. They are known for their Book of Ingenious Devices on automata (automatic machines) and mechanical devices. Another important work of theirs is the Book on the Measurement of Plane and Spherical Figures, a foundational work on geometry that was frequently quoted by both Islamic and European mathematicians.

The Banu Musa worked in astronomical observatories established in Baghdad by the Abbasid Caliph al-Ma'mun as well as doing research in the House of Wisdom. They also participated in a 9th-century expedition to make geodesic measurements to determine the length of a degree.

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