|General||Influence gains boost for Imperial minor factions, reduced for Federation.|
Weapon: Prismatic Shield Generator [Provides strong shields]
|Controlled systems||+10% High value goods payment|
Increase in the High value goods consumption & production
|Empire systems||Increase in High value goods consumption & production|
|Federation systems||Increase in High value goods consumption & production|
|Independent systems||Increase in High value goods consumption & production|
|Alliance systems||Increase in High value goods consumption & production|
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|Ariku||Yan Musu||Ariku Labour Union||37.5%||4 days ago|
|Dasar||LTT 1289||Worker's Party of Dasar||35.8%||1 day ago|
|Frentani||Hotototo||Achan One||53.6%||57 minutes ago|
|Kolandira||Gally Bese||Partnership of Gero Kiaku||26.0%||3 days ago|
|Kunaheo||Runapa||Kunaheo Revolutionary Party||25.2%||9 days ago|
|Langoromes||Jaaka||Langoromes Confederacy||15.7%||2 days ago|
|LTT 9577||LHS 4031||Raba Co-operative||62.5%||4 hours ago|
|Luphis||Wababa||Blue Angels||47.0%||6 hours ago|
|Oicornga||Mehnemind||Oicornga Unionists||13.3%||1 day ago|
|Ponchi||Tumuzgo||Ponchi People's Co-operative||22.6%||19 hours ago|
|Tahuara||Kurichime||Tahuara Stakeholders||49.6%||1 hour ago|
|Venexo||Gally Bese||Knights of the Empire||33.4%||1 hour ago|
|Viroman||Zhao||Viroman Left Party||24.9%||17 hours ago|
|Yarram||HIP 97196||Yarram Allied||26.6%||19 hours ago|
|Qi Yun Cech||Extraction/Industrial||Patronage||---|
|Star system||Opposing power||Allegiance||Economy||Government||Dist|
|HIP 12766||Arissa Lavigny-Duval||Empire||Refinery/Military||Patronage||---|
|Huai Hait||Arissa Lavigny-Duval||Empire||Extraction/Refinery||Patronage||---|
|Psi Octantis||Zemina Torval||Empire||High Tech||Corporate||---|
The famous actor Tomas Turai, husband of Jupiter Rochester, has been revealed to be having an extramarital affair with an Olympian athlete.
An article in The Mars Tribune stated:
“For the last three years, Tomas Turai has conducted a secret relationship with Reagan Lord, who has won several Olympic gold medals for the Altair system. Their romantic liaison took place without the knowledge of Turei’s husband, Jupiter Rochester, or their two children.”
There has been no response from Jupiter Rochester. The Rochester family is currently in a media lockdown following the cancelled wedding of Ambassador Jordan Rochester and Princess Aisling Duval.
But Tomas Turai and August Lord, husband of Reagan Lord, have both announced their intention to sue The Mars Tribune for defamation. The publication’s owner, billionaire Kingsley Cordova, has confirmed that he will personally cover all legal costs in contesting both civil actions.
Lana Sigrid, chief editor of The Mars Tribune, published this comment:
“We have an obligation to publish the truth wherever we find it. The detailed evidence we’ve obtained about Tomas Turai’s behaviour is beyond dispute. We employ the finest journalists in the Federation, and our soaring subscription figures prove we’ve earned the public’s trust.”
Here are this week’s major stories.
Independent pilots have engaged a previously unseen type of Thargoid vessel in both the Pleiades Nebula and the core systems. Admiral Aden Tanner, Aegis’s chief military liaison, confirmed that the new ship – classified as the Hydra – is a variant of the Thargoid Interceptor.
Federal President Zachary Hudson has announced that Aegis Core is to relocate from Socho to the Federal home system of Sol. The move is a response to the criminal occupation of the Socho system, which led to the temporary immobilisation of Aegis’s Eagle Eye network, a system of orbital installations designed to determine potential Thargoid attack sites.
Engineer Ram Tah has detected unusual energy signatures in the NGC 2451A sector, the IC 2391 sector and the Synuefe EN-H region. While the precise nature of the signals is unclear, Ram Tah has encouraged independent pilots to investigate.
In other news, the Colonia Council has announced that four engineers have established bases in the Colonia region, to provide services to independent pilots. According to a statement, the Council consulted with engineers in the core systems to identify individuals who could offer similar services in Colonia.
The date of Princess Aisling Duval’s wedding to Federal Ambassador Jordan Rochester has passed without comment from either party. While Emperor Arissa and President Hudson are thought to be pleased with the cancellation of the wedding, the silence from Aisling Duval and Jordan Rochester leaves questions about the legitimacy of their relationship unanswered.
Maddox Hurd, owner of Herculean Machines, has publicly dismissed the efforts of rival company Supratech. Mr Hurd denounced the idea of wearable devices as ridiculous, prompting Supratech CEO Scorpio DeVorrow to describe him as a man of “limited imagination”.
Meanwhile, Alliance President Gibson Kincaid has begun lobbying to invest the position of president with executive powers. He has also said that the incumbent should remain in office for six years, instead of a maximum of two one-year terms. Prime Minister Edmund Mahon has voiced his opposition to the proposal.
Juanita Bishop, a leading campaigner against the Far God cult, has announced that she is running for Federal Congress. Mrs Bishop’s vocal condemnation of Thargoid worship has gained her a strong following in many Federal systems. She is now campaigning to be elected to Congress as an independent candidate.
In related news, the Far God sect has issued a public request for Thargoid materials. It is understood that the objects will be revered as objects of worship, and will not be used in any xenobiological experiments.
Finally, authorities in the Betel system have confirmed that the conflict between Betel Free and the Silver Creative Network has come to an end. Both factions received support from independent combat pilots, to whom generous rewards were promised, but ultimately there could be only one victor. It is hoped that the cessation of hostilities will preface a period of peace.
And those are the main stories this week.
The date of Princess Aisling Duval’s wedding to Federal Ambassador Jordan Rochester has passed without comment from either party.
Entertainment journalist Solomon Helios discussed the situation:
“Public reaction to the cancelled wedding has ranged from outrage to delight. Jasmina Halsey expressed regret at a ‘lost opportunity for long-term peace’, while Senator Zemina Torval called it ‘the mercy killing of a catastrophically bad idea’.”
“With no word from the Imperial Palace or the White House, it’s easy to imagine both Emperor Arissa and President Hudson breathing sighs of relief. But the silence from Aisling Duval and Jordan Rochester rings loudest. What might they be feeling? Was their relationship terminated against their wishes? Did it ever really exist?”
“Naturally I invited the princess to tell her story, but her previous openness is apparently a thing of the past. The Rochester family is also shying away from the media. Jarl Toredo, whose alleged affair with Aisling apparently derailed the marriage, has vanished from public sight.”
“Was this a tragic love triangle, or just a political chess game? We may never know. But what’s certain is that, before long, Aisling Duval will put these failures behind her and be back in the spotlight where she belongs.”