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Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 131-1116
Archduke Dulinor Astrin Ilethian was killed today when his personal gig was destroyed in a massive explosion of unknown origin. The gig was inbound to the palace from Dulinor's flagship, the cruiser Sargon, when it failed to change course in response to traffic control instructions, and then vanished in a massive fireball while in deep space.
Craft were immediately dispatched from Sargon to search for survivors, and were soon joined by vessels of the Imperial Navy. Search and rescue operations continue, but searchers acknowledge that the extremely violent nature of the explosion make the possibility of any survivors increasingly small.
The archduke was en route to an audience with the Emperor, the subject of which was not available at press time. Emperor Strephon has ordered the Imperial Navy to take charge of a full investigation of the explosion in cooperation with other authorities, and has ordered Sargon and her crew into quarantine at the Imperial Naval base at Capital for the duration of the investigation. Naval vessels are in the process of tracking down any and all vessels that were in the area and have ordered tapes of all communications to and from the gig subjected to the most rigorous analysis.
The Emperor expressed his deep sadness at the news, and has sent a formal proclamation of his condolences to the people of the Domain of Ilelish and a private letter to Dulinor's wife and daughter. Funeral arrangements for the Archduke have not been announced.
Also killed in the blast were the Archduke's Naval aide Volante Imprey, the crew of the gig, and a number of other individuals. A full list of victims is not available at this time.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 132-1116
In a tersely-worded press release issued today, General Mueni Arap Rutan, commanding officer of the Imperial Guard, announced that Colonel Hiroshi Enera, commander of the Ilelish Regiment of the Imperial Guard, and three other officers of the same regiment have submitted their resignations to the Emperor, effective immediately.
None of the officers could be reached for comment, and General Rutan refused to comment further except to say that the officers involved had all cited personal reasons for their resignations.
The Ilelish Regiment was serving its normal month-long period as honor guards in the Imperial palace when the resignations occurred, and continues to serve in that position. No replacements have been appointed to the vacancies thus created - the regiment is currently the personal command of General Rutan. A political motivation for the resignations is suspected, but no comments from anyone involved have been forthcoming.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 137-1116
Informed sources at the palace say that Emperor Strephon will appoint two new Archdukes in the coming year: Lady Isis Arepo Ilethian will be appointed archduchess of Ilelish, succeeding her father, the late Archduke Dulinor. Duke Norris Aella Alledon will be appointed the first Archduke of Deneb.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 137-1116
Prince Varian Paulo Alkhalikoi, nephew of the Emperor Strephon, announced today that he has decided to leave Capital on an extended vacation from the Imperial court.
"Life at the Imperial Court is a wondrous experience," said the prince, "however, I feel that I am missing an even more wondrous and varied experience to be had by getting away from the pressures of the palace and seeing more of the various societies and cultures that make up the Imperium. I hope to spend some time getting to know a few of the 11,000 worlds a little better." Varian announced no itinerary, but said he plans to try to travel incognito to the greatest extent possible.
The Emperor has not commented officially on his nephew's announcement, but indicated privately that he feels that travel cannot but help to improve anyone's character. Varian's brother Lucan has chosen to remain at court, and refused to comment on his brother's announcement, other than to wish him a safe journey.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 140-1116
In separate proclamations issued today, the Emperor appointed Lady Isis Arepo Ilethian of Dlan as Archduchess of Ilelish, and Duke Norris Aella Alledon of Regina as Archduke of Deneb. Formal investiture will take place at the palace on 001-1117. Both candidates will be present, and the Emperor will personally invest them with the regalia of their office, an unusual occurrence in view of the vast distances involved. Special task forces of the Imperial Navy have been dispatched to Dlan and Regina to escort the candidates to Capital.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 145-1116
Admiral Jori Mallory hault-Viswanath of the Imperial Navy's public relations branch announced today that the Navy was pursuing a number of lines of investigation into the explosion that killed Archduke Dulinor Astrin Ilethian fourteen days ago. "In cooperation with other agencies, we are concentrating massive resources on the investigation of the incident. We have recovered fragments amounting to over three-quarters of the gig (the largest massing over 8500 kilos, the smallest less than 200 grams) and are subjecting them to the most rigorous possible forensic examination. The gig's maintenance records have been fully examined, and every member of the crew of Dulinor's flagship Sargon has been interrogated. We have tracked down every craft that was in the near vicinity for twelve hours before and after the explosion. We are still not certain whether we are investigating an act of terrorism, a multiple homicide, or a freak accident."
Asked about the possibility that the explosion was an assassination, Admiral hault-Viswanath remarked that while that possibility cannot be eliminated, there is no direct evidence of any assassination plot. "That is one of several lines of investigation being actively pursued." he said, "We have orders from the highest level to investigate every possibility, no matter how remote."
Asked if remains of any of the victims of the massive explosion had been recovered, Admiral hault-Viswanath stated that while fragmentary remains had been found, none had been positively identified as those of the Archduke. Asked if this was unusual, other sources responded that in explosions of this size and power, it is unusual to find any remains at all, let alone anything substantial.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 152-1116
The monthly changing of the guard at the Imperial Palace took place today, but palace watchers say the ceremony is a little late. Imperial guard uniforms all look pretty much alike, especially to those unfamiliar with them, but a local military enthusiast whose hobby is Imperial uniforms says the differences are like night and day, and to her trained eyes, the Antares guard has been on duty for almost three weeks.
"It is fairly easy to pick out the Aslan, " says Minaro hault-Yunami, author of Uniforms and Equipment of the Imperial Guard, 1080-1110, " and the Marines are in maroon, so they stick out too. But the difference between Antares and Ilelish is in certain details of the collar tabs and shoulder boards, which are pretty hard to pick out on the video screen." How does Minaro, who has access only to the same videos of the court as the rest of us ordinary citizens, know the difference?
"Every day when the Emperor enters the Long Hall on his way to the Iridium throne, he is preceded by an honor party of the guard. On the first day of the week, the honor party always wears battle dress instead of the normal full dress uniform. The Ilelish Guard's battle dress has a black stripe outlining their right plastron - the Antares Guard is blank. It's a subtle difference, but it's there for anyone with halfway decent eyes."
What does it all mean? "It's a speculation, but I think the Ilelish Guard were pulled from duty so they could mourn their Archduke. It's highly unusual, but it's not completely unknown. The last time something like this happened was in the reign of Arbellatra in 632."
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 212-1116
In-system space ship traffic was snarled today when the arrival of an unexpected Naval courier vessel was vectored to Capital ahead of all other incoming vessels, causing considerable dislocation in orbital traffic control.
A spokesman for System Port Authority refused comment other than to state that the vessel had the highest military priority, and its commander insisted on being cleared for approach immediately. TNS reporters managed to locate the shift supervisor at Capital Far Orbit Control, who was somewhat more talkative on receiving assurances of anonymity.
"The transponder indicated that it was an Imperial Navy vessel," the supervisor said, but when the neutrino signature analysis came through, I recognized it as an Imperiallines TI-class. Now, a Tango Ida with a Navy squawker, is a little unusual. I've worked this duty eight years, and I've only seen that twice...we have a lot of TI-class ships in and out of system, but normally they have civilian transponders. This one demanded clearance straight through to the Naval Base, and we had to give it to them on account of the transponder priority code, even though it meant I had to spend the next three hours unsnarling everything." When asked what he thought it all meant, the supervisor winked at this reporter, and said: "Somebody had something they wanted to get dirtside real fast, and they couldn't wait for the Xboat. Maybe Prince Lucan ordered some extra Tokay escenzia for one of his little parties."
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 215-1116
Archduke Dulinor Astrin Ilethian will be honored at a memorial service to be held in the Hall of Nobles beneath the Moot Spire on 230-1116. Because Dulinor's body has still not been found, mourners may view a holographic representation of the Archduke, which will lie in state in the Hall for 10 days prior to the ceremony.
Emperor Strephon will deliver the main eulogy. The memorial service itself will incorporate aspects of the Dlani Virasan religion, but will not be a Virasan funeral service, as that will be held on Dlan, Dulinor's homeworld. Although not a follower of the Virasan faith, Dulinor was said to be deeply interested in its tenets, which state (among other things) that true believers must die a non-violent death on Dlan to attain true enlightenment.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 230-1116
A memorial service for Archduke Dulinor Astrin Ilethian was held in the Hall of Nobles beneath the Moot Spire today. Emperor Strephon, his wife Iolanthe, his daughter Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia, and the emperor's nephew Prince Lucan were present. The Emperor delivered the eulogy, of which the following are selected excerpts:
Dulinor was my friend. And Dulinor was a madman.
Harsh words? No. Rather, a tribute.
Great spirits are not normal, they are abnormal. In their ceaseless questing for a world which has not yet been but which they seek to bring about they show their alienation from the world around them. These aliens are those whom we call leaders, visionaries, prophets, poets, artists - madmen. Dulinor was one of them, and he stood at their head.
What does it take to see the universe as it is and say it is not enough? To say that it can be another way that it has never been before? These are not the thoughts of a contented man, one who is well-adjusted to the world as he finds it. Well-adjusted is a compliment we throw around easily, but it is not a compliment that applies to a leader. Because leaders are never well-adjusted; they are always discontent, they always seek a universe that does not exist, and they strive to make that universe a reality. This striving is the opposite of being well-adjusted, it is madness.
In all the years I knew him, Dulinor never ceased striving, and I loved him for it.
Talent, we are reminded by the ancient philosopher, is the capacity for opposites. If so, then Dulinor was perhaps the most talented of us all. Cloaked in contradictions, like the black garb he wore, imposed upon him by a faith he did not embrace, he serv ed and defied, agreed and challenged. He was unpopular, and indispensable. He went to his death believing in the course of his life, and not caring if others understood. His life and death are perhaps a warning to those of talent who would follow after hi m, that the candle that burns brightest burns briefest. Let all talented madmen remember that the life of service comes at great cost, but let them never shrink from it.
Dulinor died in the blackness that he wore in life, and as in that life, never being fully of it, but also not rejecting it.
We will not see his like again.
Dlan/Ilelish (1021 A8D1ADE-G) 244-1116
Sector Admiral Hutara Astrin Ilethian, brother of the late Archduke Dulinor of Ilelish, has announced that he is resigning his commission, effective immediately. In a short press release read by the admiral's newly-appointed aide, Lieutenant Tadashi Conacht hault-Musillo, the admiral stated that he is resigning in order to devote his full attention to the management of the family lands and business interests now that his niece has been appointed Archduchess in her father's place.
The admiral stated that his niece would now be busy with government duties, and would no longer be able to devote the time necessary to keep the various Ilethian family interests running properly.
Asked why the admiral had not made the announcement himself, the lieutenant stated that the admiral has been ill the last few days, and while he was well on his way to recovery, his doctors felt the added strain of a public appearance might delay his recovery.
Dlan/Ilelish (1021 A8D1ADE-G) 245-1116
Puzzled citizens of Dlan who wondered why every entertainment channel was airing re-runs during prime-time last night now have an answer. An unknown agency reserved two hours of air time last night and cancelled a week or so ago, without telling anyone what the reservation was for.
The Dlan Minister of Communication's office had no formal comment, but a high official in that office stated "Somebody's out several mega-credits. They reserved the time almost a year ago, and paid by a bank draft from a numbered account, then last week we got a message that cancelled the reservation and told us to run whatever we wanted. It was too late to try to sell the time elsewhere, of course, so we let individual regional managers decide."
Speculation is rampant in the local entertainment industry, and guesses range from a new holofilm technique that didn't pan out to a massive (and very costly) practical joke. One rumor was a news flash of great importance, but no one can agree on what that might have been.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 262-1116
After months of intensive investigation, the Imperial board of inquiry into the explosion of Archduke Dulinor's personal gig on 131-1116 is unable to physically confirm that Dulinor died in the explosion, or that he was even aboard the gig when it was destroyed. Officially, he is still listed as "missing, presumed dead." They have been able to confirm that the explosion was no accident. So far, this has been their only conclusion.
"We have testimony from Sargon's crew that the archduke and his staff boarded the gig," said an unnamed source close to the investigation, "but we haven't been able to find a trace of remains - well, not his remains, anyway." According to testimony of several of the crew, Dulinor's flagship, the cruiser Sargon, launched the gig with the normal crew of two plus a port guide from customs, Archduke Dulinor and fourteen members of his personal staff, and three bodyguards plus assorted baggage for the party. The explosion was so powerful that not a single complete body has been recovered, although DNA and other evidence has accounted for sixteen of the nineteen passengers.
"The pattern of the wreckage indicated three separate, simultaneous explosions, calculated to pulverize the entire passenger compartment," the unnamed source continued. "The explosions all originated in the compartments where baggage would ordinarily b e stored." Dulinor's own standing orders, however, provide for constant supervision of the loading process by his bodyguards, and further require that the security staff who guard and oversee loading of the gig must accompany it when it departs. If these requirements were followed, it would seem that at least one of the perpetrators was killed along with the intended victim.
The unnamed source emphasized that investigators are still not convinced that Dulinor was the target of the explosion, although "At this point . . . that's the way to bet."
Dlan/Ilelish (1021 A8D1ADE-G) 265-1116
What started as a minor protest rally at the government center on Dlan escalated into a major civil confrontation between police and local citizens. A large crowd protesting what they called the Imperial Navy's cover-up of events surrounding Archduke Dulinor's death assembled without a permit and became hostile when ordered to disperse.
More than 600 rioters ransacked offices of the Imperial Navy, the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service and the Office of Calendar Compliance, all located in the downtown Imperial office building. Local police and constabulary forces dispersed the crowds within a few minutes, using non-lethal crowd-control devices. Sixteen people, none of them police, were treated and released at local medical centers.
The destruction apparently was haphazard. The Naval office, which suffered the heaviest damage, was primarily a public-relations and recruiting center. At the time of the riots, only civilian employees were present.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 270-1116
Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi, nephew of the Emperor Strephon, announced today that he will imitate his brother Varian and take an extended tour of the Imperium.
"My brother and I often discussed taking a grand tour of the Imperium together," said the prince, "but we could never agree on the specifics, and when he departed earlier this year on his own, I felt compelled to remain at Capital for personal reasons. I have recently decided however, that I, too, must become more familiar with the Imperium, although I intend to do it in a different way than my brother."
Prince Lucan went on to say that he has not yet completed plans for his trip, and that his itinerary remains open. He did confirm that he will delay his departure until after the archducal investiture ceremony on 000-1117, so that he may attend on behalf of his branch of the Imperial family.
The Emperor had no official comment on his nephew's decision, but sources at the palace indicate he approves.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 282-1116
Commo Tech First Class Gani Riisha is having trouble getting his possessions back from the Imperial Navy. Gani Riisha was one of the crewmembers of Archduke Dulinor's flagship Sargon, and his possessions are, for some reason, relevant to the investigation into the explosion that killed the Archduke and several others on 131-1116.
"They questioned me quite intensively," Riisha said, "because I was on duty on the bridge when the gig blew up. I expected them to want my signal logs and everything official, but why do they need my uniforms and my personal kit? They released me from custody after a few days, and they've been very generous in supplying me with replacement clothing and such, but there are a number of items of a personal nature I'd like to get back. They can't even tell me when I can expect to see them."
Gani is not alone. While most of Sargon's crew members (and their possessions) have been released from custody, the Imperial Navy still retains the flagship itself, some of the crew's personal gear, and three members of the crew itself under tight security.
The Imperial Navy Public Relations Office refuses to comment, other than to say that the personnel and items are necessary to the ongoing investigation, and that the crewmembers are not suspects at this time.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 289-1116
The Imperial Navy has released several transcripts relating to the death of Archduke Dulinor in an explosion on 131-1116. The transcripts describe communications between the gig and inner-system traffic control, but also include selections from the gig 's flight-data recorder.
The gig's last response to traffic control was at 13:22:34-131-1116, when the gig's pilot acknowledged and carried out an instruction to alter course. A short time later (13:39:48-131-1116), traffic control issued a course correction instruction, but the gig did not acknowledge. The gig's navigational transponder ceased broadcasting at 13:41:06-131-1116, which is within seconds of the time the gig's flight-data recorder lost contact with all instruments, and approximately the time several other ships i n the area reported a bright flash from the gig's coordinates.
All in all, the data released confirms the Navy's contention that several near simultaneous explosions destroyed the gig, killing all aboard instantly. When asked about the gig's cockpit voice recorder, Navy spokesmen responded that the instrument was severely damaged in the blast, and that it was still undergoing reconstructive analysis.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 289-1116
The gas-giant planet Plistii, in the Lunion subsector of the Spinward Marches, underwent a violent shudder beginning on 341-1115, causing some small concern for the inhabitants of Quiru, one of Plistii's satellites (Quiru/Lunion 2321). A panic among the world's 3,200 citizens was averted by quick-thinking MainLines Shipping officials, who were able to gain a few hours advance notice of the disturbance and stage an evacuation drill while the event took place.
"We got everybody in one place, within sight of the emergency evacuation vessels, and then told them what was going on," said a company spokesman. "We gave everybody the day off with pay, and started playing dance music and serving food. It turned into a holiday, and had things turned sour w e could have had everybody on the evac ships and out of there in a couple of hours."
Details are still sparse, but the event appears to have been either a massive storm front in the gas giant, or else some kind of "gasquake" deep in the giant's liquid-hydrogen core. Company officials are monitoring the gas giant for further events, but so far nothing other than a few minor aftershocks has been detected.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 292-1116
TNS sources learned today that Imperial Navy intelligence operatives may have foiled a plot to assassinate Lady Isis Arepo Illethian. Confidential sources suggest that a series of arrests on Capital and elsewhere in the sector were a result of a long-term undercover operation combating terrorist activity in Core sector. According to the sources, the purpose of the assassination was to galvanize anti-Imperial feelings in the Domain of Ilelish and spark a revolt there by blaming the assassination on Emperor Strephon.
A spokesman for the Imperial Navy refused to comment on TNS reports about a plot, and would neither confirm nor deny the existence of any undercover operations in Core sector or elsewhere. The spokesman did state that both Lady Isis and Archduke Norri s were traveling to Capital under a Naval escort, and that their precise schedules and itineraries were classified.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 354-1116
The ships carrying Lady Isis Arepo Illethian and Duke Norris of Regina arrived in system today. TNS has learned that the fleets, which merged at some unspecified point along their respective paths, actually arrived in Core sector some time ago, and have spent the intervening period in security isolation at an unspecified location.
A press conference is scheduled for next week, shortly before the ceremonies that will confirm Lady Isis as Archduchess of Ilelish and Duke Norris as Archduke of Deneb.
Capital/Core (2118 A586A98-F) 356-1116
The Imperial Navy has issued a report on its investigation of Archduke Dulinor's death, ending several months of speculation. The report concludes that Dulinor was killed on 131-1116 when the gig on which he was a passenger vanished in a massive explosion. The report further states that, in the opinion of the investigators, the explosion was intentional, and represents an act of assassination by a party or parties unknown.
Investigators could not find any remains, but DNA extracted from tissues recovered from the wreckage was conclusively identified as being Dulinor's. The report also concludes that one or more of Dulinor's assassins also perished in the explosion, but is unable to reach any conclusion on whether this was a deliberate act of suicide.
Unofficial sources close to the investigation state that there was considerable controversy among investigators as to whether the DNA finally confirmed as Dulinor's came from his body or from medical stockpiles carried as part of his luggage (many nobles travel with medical supplies cloned and cultured from their own tissues, but it is not known for certain whether Dulinor followed this practice).
The complete text of the report was delivered to the Emperor yesterday, and will be released to the press after a copy has been delivered to Lady Isis, the archduke's daughter and heir.
Lanth/Spinward Marches (1719 A879533-B) 365-1116
An Imperial board of inquiry has declared the 10,000-dton passenger liner S.S. Sundance lost with all hands. The Sundance, one of Al Morai's Sunfarer class of luxury express liners, has been missing since she failed to make her scheduled planetfall at Lanth on 118-1114, en route from Regina to Mora. She was carrying 3,084 passengers (2,054 in cold sleep), 577 crew, and 419 dtons of cargo when she left Ghandi/Spinward Marches (1815-B211455-A) on 110-1114. The loss is officially listed as "cause unknown; presumed misadventure."
This ruling paves the way for the settlement of claims brought by Sundance's shippers and passengers' next of kin. Al Morai officials steadfastly deny allegations of improper maintenance or use of unrefined fuel as possible explanations for the ship's disappearance, citing their excellent operational record and impeccable safety rating from the Imperial Grand Survey.
Aristotle/Solomani Rim (1740 A269985-E) 360-1116
The Confederation Navy today announced the conclusion of their quadrennial SWIFT RETRIBUTION XXIV readiness exercise. "Civilian traffic in the Gemini Subsector may safely return to normal operations," said Commissioner Ignacy Aszykkrol , public affairs spokesman for Doan Naval Base. "We are aware of the inconvenience these maneuvers cause," he continued, "but the price of freedom is eternal vigilance." Commissioner Aszykkrol refused to comment on the nature of the exercise or the elements involved, saying only that the event had been "entirely satisfactory, good training and a complete success."
Later, Lloyd's of London and the Traveller's Aid Society issued a joint bulletin rescinding the subsector-wide Amber travel advisory posted for Gemini Subsector on 060-1116.
Jewell/Spinward Marches (1106 A777999-C) 158-1116
After months of investigation, the Office of the Judge Advocate General for the Imperial Navy has dismissed charges of war profiteering brought against Gishan Ryan Khaasira. A spokesperson for the JAG Office stated that "we have found no evidence to support the accusations made by certain individuals concerning the activities of former Lt. Khaasira during the Fifth Frontier War. As such, our investigation has ended and we consider the matter closed."
Gishan Khaasira is a former Naval intelligence officer who transferred to Supply after the ship on which he served, the Agidda, suffered heavy damage from a Zhodani attack. Khaasira then spent the remainder of the war working as an aide to the Quartermaster-General, Admiral Rafael Sukhamaran. It is because of the mysterious disappearance of several shipments of supplies during his tenure there that unnamed sources pointed the finger at him.
While the JAG Office has now officially cleared Lt. Khaasira of all wrongdoing, he has elected to resign his commission from the Navy. Khaasira cited the deaths of his sister during the war and of his father recently as the reasons for his resignation. He intends to return home and use his skills to rebuild his family's merchant business after years of hard times.
Sacnoth/Spinward Marches 244-1116
The University of Sacnoth today launched an appeal for funds to purchase rare Aslan artifacts. Professor Elke Ragnarsdottir, leading the appeal, said: "Unfortunately, neither the University nor the government are willing to provide funding, so we must appeal directly to the public."
She continued, "These pieces are important because they may prove that Aslan ranged as far coreward as Mithril, centuries before they were thought to have reached the Marches. This is a golden opportunity to learn more about them, but they need to be studied scientifically, and the best chance of that is for the University to acquire them."
The artifacts were found on Mithril in 1106, and have since been in the hands of a private collector, who is now selling them to raise money for other projects.
Other bidders are likely to include the Darrian government and Aslan traders. The Darrian Embassy declined to comment on why their government might want to buy the pieces.
If she fails to acquire the pieces, Professor Ragnarsdottir plans to use whatever money is raised to mount an expedition to Mithril in the hopes of discovering more items at the original site.
Rhylanor/Spinward Marches 324-1116
Subsector law enforcement agencies and the general public were today warned by the Imperial Navy to be on the lookout for Miguel Casimir, also known as Casimir Clarke or Miguel Clarke, who is wanted for a variety of crimes including impersonating an Imperial officer, theft of Imperial property, piracy and murder.
Commander Miles Cullan of the Imperial Navy said, "Casimir -- or whatever name he is now using -- recently escaped from a maximum security prison at a classified location, killing two guards in the process. We believe that he will attempt to dupe loyal citizens into hiding him by claiming to be the victim of a government cover-up. Do not be deceived, this man is a vicious animal. "
Commander Cullan explained that because of the charges of piracy, the Navy has been asked to lead the investigation. He went on to say that the fugitive has escaped before, and on that occasion claimed to be a member of an Imperial Research Station, and that Imperial and megacorporate interests were pursuing him to suppress a radical new power generation technology he had developed after examination of Ancient artifacts. "Casimir may use this story again," said Cullan, "and let's be completely clear: There is absolutely no truth in it."
Roget/Spinward Marches 231-1116
Mercenary and former member of an elite Darrian unit Htarlehtoir was today invested as ko (clan chief) of the Feiftiusaea Clan, one of four which jointly control Roget.
This is an unusual clan in that it has both Aslan and human prides; Htarlehtoir is the first human to act as ko for any of the four clans.
Romarr/Spinward Marches 331-1116
The ruling council of Romarr today authorized Spinward Spice & Spirits, LIC, to export 250 tons of dust-spice without paying the normal duties and tariffs.
This measure, which will allow SSS to undersell its competitors, is likely to save the troubled company from bankruptcy.
A company representative, Captain Mark Spencer, denied charges of corruption or nepotism, stating the a business case for deferred payment of duty had been presented to the Council and accepted by them.
When asked whether he thought the shipments were at risk from ihatei marauders, Captain Spencer replied that SSS would be hiring additional security staff.
At the request of the Marquis of Nusku, the planetary Duma today ordered military protection for an archaeological dig on New Kodiak Island. Civilians with no connection with the scientific team have been barred from approaching or landing on the island.
Duma spokesman Ian Direma stated that the Marquis had gathered information suggesting that the dig site was the focus of a conspiracy to loot archaeological relics. When pressed for details, Direma referred the journalists conducting the interview to Marquis Yushchenko's office. The Marquis could not be reached for comment.
New Kodiak Island is known to have been the location of a minor command center for Terran forces during the Interstellar Wars period. The Reinhardt Foundation has been excavating the site for three years, thus far without any results of interest to the general public.
Informed sources within the Imperial Ministry of Justice today confirmed that the formal search for the assassin or assassins of Archduke Dulinor will be conducted by a special team formed from members of the Imperial Navy, the Scout Service, and the Ministry of Justice, among others.
No details as to membership were made available, but the sources indicated that the team will have nearly unprecedented investigative powers and will consist of top investigators from several agencies other than those named above.
The team will report directly to the Emperor, and has already begun operations based on the Imperial Navy's investigation into the explosion of 131-1116, which killed the Archduke and the crew of his personal gig.
The Imperial Navy has finally returned the personal possessions it impounded from Commo Tech First Class Gani Riishao earlier this year. Riisha was on duty on Sargon's bridge on 131-1116, when the gig containing Archduke Dulinor exploded, killing all aboard.
Gani received no explanation from the Navy, other than a short letter apologizing for any inconvenience he may have suffered, and inventorying his possessions.
"Nothing seems to be missing," Gani said, "But they still haven't told me why the kept everything for so long. I'm more than a little curious."
Despite the Imperial Navy's conclusions to the contrary, a small number of people believe that Archduke Dulinor is still alive. Almost from the start, according to sources in the Ministry of Justice, reports of the Archduke's survival were received, although the vast majority of them could be dismissed by investigators after minimal investigation
An anonymous source reveals that almost a thousand separate reports of "Dulinor sightings" were filed with the Imperial Navy, and that more than two dozen investigators were assigned to follow them up. Every report was found to be without factual basis , but this has not prevented the growth of persistent rumors that Dulinor either survived the explosion of Sargon's gig or was never aboard the vessel to begin with.
"A lot of people see someone they think resembles the late Archduke," our source said, "and let their imaginations run away with them." Evidently, many of the "sightings" occurred almost simultaneously in locations separated by several parsecs. Even the most outrageous reports were completely investigated, our source assured us, and all of them proved to be ". . . a waste of time and resources."
Jesedipere/Spinward Marches 365-1116
A cell of the anti-Vargr group Superioriti has sprung up on this backwater world of the Spinward Marches. For the past ten years, Jesedipere has been home to an increasing number of Vargr refugees fleeing the depredations of the Kforuz eng corsair band. Because of the world's lack of a central government, clashes between its original human inhabitants and the Vargr newcomers are common. The rise of Superioriti will only exacerbate the situation.
The commander of the local Scout base, Nanda Theiss, has attempted to act as a mediator between the groups, but to little avail. She stated that "the situation is worsening and I fully expect larger-scale violence to erupt if something is not done."
In a joint press conference at the archducal station of Cerise, Archduke Brzk and Adkhar Shirushi, head of the sector's Church of the Stellar Divinity, announced that the Star of Jyestha will be sent on tour throughout the Imperium. The Star is a religious artifact believed to have belonged to Jyestha Yerubid, the founder of the Church during the days of the First Imperium. As there are many autonomous churches of this faith throughout the Imperium, this gesture on the part of the Antarean church is of considerable importance.
An itinerary and timetable for the Star's journey has yet to be completed, but both Archduke Brzk and Shirushi agreed that it would be present on Capital in time for the festivities surrounding the emperor's Golden Jubilee.
In a short press release issued today, Prince Lucan, nephew of Emperor Strephon, announced that he has changed his mind about embarking on a tour of the Imperium.
"My application to the Imperial Naval Academy has been accepted," said the prince, "and I will serve a term as an officer upon my graduation." Lucan explained that he had been too hasty in announcing his intention to embark on a grand tour, and decided , after considerable thought, that he did not want to imitate his brother Varian too closely. "I have always been taught that each of us must chart his own course." Lucan said, "and I finally concluded that I had been too hasty in my earlier decision."
Emperor Strephon had no comment on his nephew's decision, except to state that he would support Lucan's decision.
General Mueni Arap Rutan, commanding officer of the Imperial Guard, announced the appointment of Colonel Murnas De’Angelo as commander of the Ilelish Regiment of the Imperial Guard. The appointment of Colonel De’Angelo, former executive officer of the Antares Regiment of the Imperial Guard, finally fills the vacancy created with the retirement of Colonel Hiroshi Enera earlier this year. The regiment spent the intervening time under the personal command of General Rutan.
There remain three other vacancies in the Ilelish Regiment, also created by unexpected retirements earlier in the year, but neither General Rutan nor Colonel De’Angelo would comment on how soon those positions would be filled.
Former Imperial Army Intelligence officer Colonel Ruys de Bessier alleged today that the Zhodani Consulate continues to hold POW's captured during the Fourth and Fifth Frontier Wars. Colonel de Bessier recently resigned from the Imperial Army citing "matters of conscience."
During a hastily-organized press conference today, Colonel de Bessier presented what he described as "overwhelming evidence that many of our comrades continue to languish in Zhodani prisons. This is a travesty of civilized behavior, and I, for one , refuse to keep silent any longer."
Colonel de Bessier maintains that from 2,000 to as many as 10,000 Imperial personnel are held at a number of locations within the Zhodani Consulate, and that seven of these locations have been "positively identified." Colonel de Bessier refused to disclose by what means these identifications were made.
Imperial Military sources declined to comment on these allegations.
A spokesperson for the Zhodani Consulate described the allegations as "laughable and lamentable" and "yet another impediment to lasting peace" but refused further comment.
Speaking on condition that he not be quoted, a retired officer of the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service confirms that there may be a kernel of truth behind Colonel Ruys de Bessier's allegations that Imperial POWs are still within the Zhodani Consulate but that they are there of their own volition.
"I won't even begin to summarize the reasons, but in almost every war a certain number of people perform what might be considered questionable acts and are hesitant about returning home . . . some of them take advantage of the chaos of war to assume new identities, others simply take a liking to their new home and decide not to leave." The officer stopped short of saying any Imperials were guilty of treason, but offered the following: "Imperial intelligence knows that a number of serving members of the Imperial military during the Fifth Frontier War were Zho sympathizers. I think that is pretty much what we have here."
The officer concluded: "It doesn't make sense anyway . . . why would the Zhos keep POWs this long after the war? You can spin all sorts of crackpot conspiracy/espionage scenarios, but most of these are fodder for cheap action/adventure holos."
In a ceremony held under the Moot Spire today, the Emperor Strephon confirmed two new archdukes of the Third Imperium: Lady Isis Arepo Ilethian was confirmed as Archduchess of Ilelish, and Duke Norris of Regina was confirmed as Archduke of Deneb. The ceremony proceeded according to established traditions, with the candidates receiving their circlets of office from the hand of the emperor.
The ceremony was attended by the Emperor, the Empress, Princess Ciencia Iphegenia (a lifelong friend of the archduchess), and other members of the Imperial family, as well as other nobles and the quorum of the Moot.
Aquitaine/Solomani Rim 001-1117
The following was received today from Aquitaine in the Solomani Rim sector, dated 244-1116.
The Royal Ministry of Information today announced the betrothal of Queen Marie III to Ian Kellerman, one of the five Ephors of nearby Polyphemus. In a touching note, royal spokesman Jean d'Alembert stated that the Queen was "hopelessly in love" and was looking forward to the marriage. A date and venue for the ceremony have not yet been fixed. Spokesman d'Alembert declined to comment on the political implications of the match.
Composer Dame Julye Lasczult-Sharama, whose Orchestral Suite #6 was performed at the archducal investiture today, has requested that the name of the composition be formally changed to Investuture Suite -- Holiday 1117 in honor of the occasion of its first public performance. Dame Julye reports that she was so moved by the ceremonies earlier today that she wants the composition to be forever associated with them.
Dame Julye has created numerous compositions at the request of the Imperial family, and is currently reported to be working on a symphony honoring Emperor Strephon's upcoming golden jubilee.
Selections from Emperor Strephon’s words at the investiture ceremonies on Holiday, 1117:
To Lady Isis:
”You and my daughter were born on the same day, and since that time you have grown up together, here on this Capital of the Third Imperium, the greatest interstellar state seen by history. As young girls you were able to play and laugh, carefree thanks to the strength of its armed forces and the devotion to duty of its leaders.
In a moment you will become one of those leaders, and cease to be the girl I knew. Looking at you, and back over the years, it seems as if my own daughter were becoming Archduchess, although I know an even more stern duty awaits her. And thinking of th is, Isis Arepo, I realize that with my immense pride is mingled sadness.
Pride that you will be strong, as your father, my friend, Dulinor was.
Pride that you will carry on his mission to lead his people, now your people, to a better future.
Sadness that you will never again be that laughing girl.
Isis Arepo, you will make decisions on which hang the lives and deaths of your people.
Isis Arepo, your name will induce fear in our enemies, respect in our allies, and admiration in your subjects. But it will not induce love, as fathers love their daughters.
Isis Arepo, you will die in the performance of your duty if the time comes, as your father died before you.
In my hands I hold the circlet of your office, of your father's office: the Archduchy of the Domain of Ilelish. Once it touches your brow you will never be the same.
Now, one last time, you are a daughter who can be loved by a father. Remember him, remember me, remember the sun-swept afternoons with Ciencia on the plains of Arbellatra.
And now . . . “
Here the Emperor placed the circlet upon Lady Isis’ brow.
”Now you are no one's daughter, and never will be again.
I present Her Grace Isis Arepo Ilethian, Archduchess of Ilelish, the second of her line. Look upon her with admiration, pride, devotion, respect, and, if necessary, fear.”
To Duke Norris:
”Norris Aella Aledon, Defender of the Imperium. "Defender of the Marches," I have heard them say, here at the the Capital, secure behind the walls of starships, ranks upon ranks of subsectors. "Defender of the Imperium," I say, and they will all learn it.
What other duke in living memory has defended the Imperium from invasion by hostile empires? What other frontier has been fought over so many times in that same memory?
Surely none of our nobles have ever done better by the tradition that we serve. Whatever else may be said of me, it is to my credit to have had your service, and you have my deepest gratitude, and the gratitude of 11,000 worlds, defended by the bulwark you have created and continue to man.
The Imperium owes a debt to Your Grace, and to the strong, resourceful citizens you so ably lead. And the Imperium intends to pay that debt today, not by giving more to you, but by asking more from you.
Rise to the leadership of a new Domain, young, vibrant, and strong.
Rise to a greater level of service for which you have proven so prepared.
Rise each day with the strength to carry the burden we place upon you with such faith, represented by this circlet of office I place on your brow . . .”
Here the Emperor placed the circlet upon Duke Norris’ brow.
”Rise, Your Grace, Norris Aella Aledon, Archduke of Deneb, the first of your line.
Rise with us to defend this crown of stars, this Imperium, in peace as well as in war. Keep the flame for us in the Marches, keep it burning brightly for all of our children, and our children's children.”
Saxe/Solomani Rim 003-1117
The following was received today from Saxe/Solomani Rim, dated 254-1116.
A hostile takeover of Saxe Transport appears to be an accomplished fact today, after the New Bavarian High Court refused to hear a legal challenge against the stock buyout engineered by Lysander Production, Incorporated. LPI spokesmen filed a press release today, assuring all interested parties that despite the buyout, Saxe Transport would continue to operate autonomously for the immediate future.
Kukulcan/Solomani Rim 006-1117
After several days of planet-wide rioting, a press conference was held today by General Anton Marques, military chief of staff to the President of Kukulcan.
He announced that President Orinda was in seclusion, recovering from injuries suffered when "insurgents" stormed the Presidential Palace late last night. General Marques further announced the suspension of civilian government proclaimed martial law in the areas most affected by rioting, and promised that order would be restored quickly. He vowed that the planet would get through these "difficult times," and that the armed forces stood ready to defend the people against "all enemies, foreign or domestic ."
Fenris/Solomani Rim 019-1117
The following was received today from Fenris/Solomani Rim, dated 284-1116.
The starship which arrived unexpectedly in-system today has been identified as the Crown Lines passenger liner Haven Princess, registered on Thetis in the Solomani Confederation. Imperial Navy spokesman Lieutenant Alexandra Inshar revealed that the ship had misjumped far from its normal route due to unspecified drive damage.
Passengers and crew have been detained by Navy authorities, but will soon be returned to Confederation space. Lieutenant Inshar did not respond to questions seeking to confirm that the liner's damage was the result of hostile fire.
Archduke Norris of Deneb is rumored to be considering an investigation into recent allegations made by retired Colonel Ruys de Bessier that members of the Imperial military are still being held prisoner within the Zhodani Consulate. Neither the Archduke nor his seneschal could be reached for comment, but a spokesman for the Archduke agreed to comment on the rumors without attribution.
While Archduke Norris is reported to be concerned at the possibility that Imperials are still held by Zhodani, he feels that Colonel de Bessiier was premature in releasing his suspicions to the press, and does not believe there is enough evidence to warrant an official investigation
Colonel Murnas De'Angelo, commander of the Ilelish Regiment of the Imperial Guard, announced today that the remaining three vacancies in the officer corps of the Ilelish Regiment (created by the resignation of a number of officers last year), have been filled by transfers from other units and promotions from within.
Colonel De'Angelo made no further comment, but in response to a question said that the names of the officers involved are a matter of public record and " . . . any interested citizen can find them in the usual data banks."
The following was just received from Medurma/Sapphyre (Dagudashaag 2124) dated 240-1116:
The body of Hiroshi Enera, former commander of the Ilelish Regiment of the Imperial Guard, was found in a highport hotel room earlier today, dead of a single pistol shot to the head.
Colonel Enera and several other officers of the Ilelish Guard resigned under mysterious circumstances last year. Enera had spent a few weeks in Capital after his resignation and then booked a passage to his home on Dlan. Local authorities were unable t o comment on the death, except to say that they are investigating it as a possible homicide, but that suicide cannot be eliminated as a cause.
Vantage/Solomani Rim 042-1117
Speaker Willem Sandoval, representing Sequoyah to the Bootean League, today accused the government of Polyphemus of violating four sections of the League charter. "If the League fails to enforce its own rules in this matter, then Sequoyah will have no choice but to act in support of its own interests," he concluded.
Aramis/Spinward Marches 056-1117
Anti-Vargr sentiment has now spread to this subsector capital. Only a small minority of the world's 620,000 inhabitants are Vargr -- most of them Imperial citizens -- but that hasn't stopped the hate group Superioriti from setting up an office in the underground city of Leedor. "We are not a hate group." Jesse Mathanaskan stated. "We are simply alarmed by the way the Imperium has begun to forget its historical role as a defender of Humaniti against aliens. We can't forget that the Vargr helped to bring down the First Imperium as surely as the Terran Confederation's wars. We don't want to see a repeat of that here."
Nevertheless, some commentators, like Professor Austin Laskaris of St. Regina University, dismissed Superioriti as being insignificant. "Paying attention to these half wits is just what they want. They crave attention more than anything. My recommendation is to give them little heed and watch their support shrivel and die."
The following was just received from Medurma/Sapphyre (Dagudashaag 2124) dated 260-1116:
Police officials investigating into the death of Colonel Hiroshi Enera, former commander of the Ilelish Regiment of the Imperial Guard, have uncovered evidence eliminating any possibility that the retired officer's death was suicide.
"Forensic analysis of the hotel room where Enera's body was discovered showed that at least two other individuals were present at the time of the death," a police spokesman stated. "We have evidence that Enera's fatal wound was not self-inflicted, evidence we are not yet ready to completely reveal as it will prove vitally important in the ultimate identification of those responsible." Officials have not yet revealed whether or not they have determined a motive for the Colonel's murder, and have cautioned against uninformed speculation.
Karin/Spinward Marches 072-1117
Low-level rioting has erupted on this frontier world, after a political rally turned violent. Karin has been under military rule since the Fourth Frontier War and many of its inhabitants resent the policies of their Naval governor. The rally, organized by a coalition of local pressure groups, was intended to draw the eyes of the Spinward Marches to Karin's plight. "We do not condone violence." spokesman Shannash DeFreitas explained. "Our goal was only education. The military's to blame for this latest incident."
Reports of the incident are contradictory. What is certain is that Imperial troops opened fire on a crowd of protesters outside the Naval governor's office, wounding several. The soldiers insist they retaliated only after they were fired upon. The protesters deny having initiated the violence, declaring the soldiers attacked them during a peaceful demonstration. Shortly thereafter, the soldiers rounded up those suspected of involvement in the incident and dispersed the crowd. No one was killed in the fighting, but eleven men and women were treated for injuries.
Despite this recent clash, TAS has no intention of re-classifying Karin an Amber Zone at the present time. Travellers are nevertheless warned to beware of similar situations in the future.
Mithras/Spinward Marches 078-1117
The Domain of Deneb's Office of Corrections administrative board today decided to continue its experimental treatment of criminals on the world of Mithras. Founded shortly after the Fourth Frontier War, Mithras is a prison world on which prisoners must cooperate to survive its harsh conditions.
"We really are proud of what we've accomplished here." Warden Pavel Renko declared. "These prisoners learn to cooperate with one another and develop skills usable in the outside world. You wouldn't believe how many of these people go on to work for the Colonial Office in setting up new colonies."
The prison on Mithras isn't without its critics, however. Some, like board member Edward Regis, see Mithras as nothing more than an "easy way to avoid the real roots of crime in the Imperium. Instead of shipping these people off to some world for 'treatment,' we should be looking at why they offend in the first place."
Spokesman for the Imperial palace today revealed that Archduchess Isis of Ilelish and Archduke Norris of Deneb have both departed Capital for their respective homes at some unspecified time over the last few weeks. Both nobles left on Imperial Naval vessels, and the strictest security measures were implemented.
"In view of the plot to assassinate Lady Isis uncovered last year by Naval intelligence," the palace press release stated, "the Imperial Navy convinced the Emperor that Isis and Norris should conceal the time of their departure and their intended route ." Officials refused to comment on the question of whether decoy vessels were used.
Terra/Solomani Rim 080-1117
Imperial naval spokesmen confirmed today that major fleet maneuvers appear to be occurring within the Solomani Confederation. Imperial forces have been placed in a heightened state of readiness, but there appears to be no immediate cause for concern.
Imperial Fleet Admiral Janos Fiorello appeared briefly before the press to quell any rumors. "If the Solomani come, we are ready for them. They know that. That's why I don't think they'll come." Admiral Fiorello declined to comment on the purpose for the maneuvers.
A press release from the Imperial Palace today confirmed that Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia left Capital with Archduchess Isis Arepo Ilethian at an unspecified time within the last month. "The Grand Princess and Archduchess are life long friends," the press release "and wished to spend a little more time together."
The precise date of the pair's departure, the mode of their transport, and their exact itinerary remain a secret, for security purposes.
Scandia/Solomani Rim 119-1117
A cross-border courier arrived today with word of a major development within the Solomani Confederation. The planet Kukulcan has declared itself a sovereign and independent world, severing all ties with the Solomani central government. The Confederation's response is unknown at this time.
The Imperial Navy has no reason to believe that the political situation within the Solomani Confederation is deteriorating, according to a tersely-worded press release distributed today. This in spite of the news (received yesterday) that the planet Kukulcan has severed all connections with the Solomani Confederation.
"We will continue to observe events in the region," the anonymous press release stated, "and will go to a heightened state of readiness if events make it necessary. We do not anticipate any repercussions for imperial citizens at this time, except for any who might be in the system involved.
The Imperial palace today announced that Prince Lucan has asked to attend the Imperial Naval Academy under a pseudonym, and that his unusual request has been granted. Prince Lucan was unavailable for comment, but a spokesman at the palace indicated that the prince was sincere in his wish to avoid any hint of favoritism, even to the extent of dispensing with any security arrangements other than those given any member of a noble family entering into the Imperial Navy.
Laputa/Solomani Rim 137-1117
Official Release: Civilian traffic is hereby forbidden to enter the Kukulcan system (Solomani Rim 2835) until further notice. All such traffic is advised to detour via Goliad (Solomani Rim 2834) or Cyprian (Solomani Rim 2836) if they must traverse the region. All civilian vessels are required to obey the directives of Confederation naval traffic control.
No ship of Imperial registry may enter Kukulcan subsector while this order is in effect. Imperial ships violating this order and the territorial sovereignty of the Solomani Confederation are subject to being fired upon without notice.
Long live the Cause.
By order Brendan Grant, Fleet Admiral
Imperial reaction to the news (received yesterday) that the Solomani Confederation has declared the entire Kulkulcan subsector off-limits to vessels of Imperial registry has been subdued. Emperor Strephon has not commented so far, although sources at the palace report that he has received several briefings on the matter. A Naval spokesman declined to comment other than to state that the Navy will follow the situation as it develops.
Unofficial sources indicate that the Solomani may have quite a problem dealing with Kulkulcan's recent declaration of independence.
"The Confederation cannot allow the declaration to stand -- they have to do something." Remarked an unidentified source, "On the other hand, Kulkulcan is a populous and highly productive industrial world . . . it could prove a tough nut to crack. The Confederation probably can't get together the resources for a direct assault -- not without taking resources from other hotspots. Sustaining a blockade will be enough of a strain."
The source indicated Imperial policy will probably be to watch and wait, at least for the immediate future.
In a report received from Dlan today, Imperial offices of all sorts report an increase in acts of petty vandalism since the anti-Imperial riots last year (265-1116), but since that time there have been no major violent outbreaks. A small number of Dlan's citizens feel that Imperial officials have not revealed the full details of the death of Archduke Dulinor, and speculation is rampant in some circles that Dulinor was assassinated. An alternate theory, which has numerous adherents here on Dlan, holds that Dulinor's death was an accidental result of the assassination of another passenger on the Archduke's gig.
Security officers arrested a man outside the main offices of the Travellers' Aid Society who claimed he was Dulinor Astrin Ilethian, and demanded admission to the TAS Lounge so he could issue a press release denying he died last year in an explosion. He turned violent when refused admission, and law enforcement officers were summoned.
Arresting officers held the man for a few hours before transferring him to a psychiatric facility. TNS reporter Nirka Kinshasha-Kinmon witnessed the arrest and reports "The man was clearly deranged. I interviewed Dulinor a few years ago, and this man does not resemble him in the slightest. Dulinor was taller, had all of his hair, and maintained a much higher level of personal hygiene."
The man's name and the exact location of the facility where the man is being held has not been revealed to anyone other than Kinshasha-Kinmon, who will be allowed to interview the "Archduke" after his condition has been assessed.
Received 189-1117 from Scandia/Solomani Rim:
Rumors of fleet action within the Solomani Confederation were apparently confirmed today. Captain Renna Tallgreen of the subsidized liner Polaris was interviewed by a TNS reporter regarding her expulsion from Solomani territory ten days ago. "We were just dropping off passengers at Ochre when the Solly Navy turned up and ordered us to refuel and head back for the border. Escorted us all the way to the jump point, too. They were very polite, but their turrets were trained on us the whole way."
Imperial Navy spokesmen refused to comment on Captain Tallgreen's story.
Over a year after the death of Archduke Dulinor, the Navy team charged with locating the party or parties responsible is unable to even name a suspect.
Speaking unofficially, a member of the investigative team told TNS that while several leads are still being investigated, there is very little in the way of physical evidence because of the size and power of the explosion that destroyed the gig in which Dulinor was riding. Very little of the "black box" data survived, which caused, our source reports, some officials to speculate that the explosion had been carefully designed to destroy as much of the evidence as possible.
Received from Ugarup/Solomani Rim 249-1117
A tense standoff at Ugarup Down starport was resolved after a series of negotiations between the Duke of Ultima and Lt. Colonel Aram MacKenzie of the Michigan Rifles. Through an intermediary, Duke Huang assured the mercenaries that he will make a public statement in their favor, regarding their dispute with the planetary government of Ugarup. With this guarantee, the Rifles stood down and began a peaceful evacuation of the planet. The Duke's huscarles immediately moved to secure the starport and critical locations within the Human Enclave.
Received from Boqueron/Solomani Rim 221-1117
First Citizen Etyenn III announced that his government has reached an historic agreement with the Boqueron Belt's three main rebel factions. A government of national reconciliation is to be formed within six weeks, beginning a process of popular reforms. Reaction in the belt's main habitats has been muted, as the citizens wait to see what substantive changes might follow the announcement.
Received from Quaver/Solomani Rim on 263-1117
Director Mikal Kamsash resigned his office today, following weeks of widespread strikes and civil disobedience. He named no successor, and indeed most of the ruling High Council seems to have gone into hiding or exile. Members of the world's dissident Citizen's Committees have claimed control of the government, sparking celebration in several major habitat domes around the world.
Received from Gampin/Deneb, 267-1117
Archaeologists from the Imperial University of Alpha Cygni excitedly announced what they called "a major find" on this world at the spinward edge of Deneb sector. Evidence of human habitation from the Second Imperium was discovered in the Hanisan Canyon region of Gampin.
According to Professor Eirik Lehoff, "The site is possibly the remains of a military encampment from around -1800 or so. We've found a number of artifacts -- weapons and vacc suits mostly -- that support this hypothesis. What's truly remarkable about it is that this supports the theory that exploration was ongoing even in the dying days of the Rule of Man."
Received from Pretoria/Deneb, 280-1117
Admiral Sir Gerald NicDhiarmida, military governor of Pretoria, quashed rumors of a return to civilian rule for the subsector's capital. Pretoria has been under military jurisdiction since the Rachelean Revolts in 1010. Since then, there have been frequent calls for the establishment of a non-military government. Ronita Principe, spokesperson for Admiral NicDhiarmida, explained, "The situation is still unstable on Pretoria. Even now, over a century after the Revolts, there is substantial evidence that there remains a sizable minority who support the Rachele Society and its Vilani supremacist beliefs."
Not surprisingly, this view is not widely held by Pretoria's populace. Armand Mitchel, a member of a pro-civilian pressure group found the Admiral's contention laughable. "The Rachele Society and its racist agenda are history. No one takes them seriously on Pretoria."
Received from Warinir/Daibei, 297-1117.
Calim Yei-jei, the director of the Ministry of Justice's Daibei Sector office, today announced that the entire group of saboteurs responsible for the the so-called Ulane hoax had been caught and arrested yesterday.
On 091-1108 unknown perpetrators on Warinir penetrated the security of the Xboat system and introduced a number of unauthorized updates and additions.
Although some people were inclined to regard the act, which became known as the Ulane hoax as a prank, authorities took the affair most seriously and instituted a criminal investigation that culminated yesterday after almost a decade. "This was no prank," Calin Yei-jei stated. "Such wanton acts of disruption strike at the very roots of the Imperium and must be dealt with accordingly."
Observers of Imperial haute couture have seen the star of Vilani designer Eneri Makhiiruu rise in recent months, as increasing numbers of nobles wearing attire created by him are seen at various functions. Although no member of the Imperial family or its retinue has yet worn a Makhiiruu design, there are rumors that Empress Iolanthe thinks highly of him.
For his part, Makhiiruu plays down these rumors. "I can't deny I’d be pleased to be patronized by the Imperial family, but it's more important to me that I have an outlet for my creative expression -– wherever that may be." Makhiiruu’s designs are heavily influenced by ancient Vilani styles of dress, some of them going back to the days before the Interstellar Wars when the Ziru Sirka was at its height. This has led some to predict a "Vilani renaissance" throughout the Imperium, as long-forgotten arts and designs find their way into popular culture. Whether such a prediction is true remains to be seen.
The office of Archduke Brzk confirmed that Sir Morteza Sengupta, poet laureate of the Domain of Antares, had passed away at the age of 141 after a prolonged illness. Sengupta is best known for his epic poem, the Buehneriad, in which he eulogizes the Sylean explorer Philip Buehner, remembered for his recontact of many worlds in Antares sector before and during the reign of Cleon I.
A memorial service for Sengupta will be held on his homeworld of Sarar. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, one of whom, Sapna, is a talented poet as well.
Spokespeople for the household of Duke Alesksandr Lagaashiga today announced that the duke’s eldest son, Commander Justin Lagaashiga, would wed Countess Marie-Sophie Clivio of Usani. This announcement came after weeks of speculation that Commander Lagaashiga, a well-regarded officer of the Imperial Navy, would indeed formalize his long-standing association with Countess Marie-Sophie, whom he has known since they were both children. More importantly, the engagement will mark the beginning of an alliance of two powerful Denebian noble families, a fact not overlooked by commentators.
As Professor Shannash Bamiidshaa of the Imperial University of Alpha Cygni explained it, “This marriage will be the culmination of decades of association between the Lagaashiga and Clivio families. How will it affect sector politics? Who can say? Yet, there’s no denying this is a major event, not only for Deneb sector but for the entire Domain.”
No date has yet been set for the wedding, although it is widely believed it will take place in the middle of next year on Deneb where the head of the local branch of the Church of the Stellar Divinity will officiate, as is a common practice among many Denebian noble families.
Protests rocked Chanad's capital city of Unwalla today, resulting in ten deaths and dozens of lesser injuries. The protests were sparked by an unusual uprising of Irhadre jak'ut, members of the servant caste of the Irhadre minor human race native to Chanad. Uprisings like this are exceedingly rare on Chanad, a world renowned for its peculiar practices, including a form of ritual servitude known locally as the jak'aat mihal.
"We do not believe this was a spontaneous uprising. The jak'ut are not "slaves" as many offworlders assume and they accept their status as necessary to the survival of the Irhadre people," explained Hagelaar Adalat, a spokesperson for Chanad's Ministry of the Interior. "The jak'ut caste makes up the bulk of the planetary bureaucracy and fills many other key positions on the planet. They would not involve themselves in violence unless influenced by offworlders, who do not understand our ways."
Gam D'Aoust, local representative of The Warrant, a Lishun-wide group opposed to the jak'aat mihal, denied these allegations. "We're here to educate, not spark riots. If the Irhadre slaves -- and that's what they are -- finally saw fit to strike back at their oppressors, we can't be held responsible."
A government investigation into the cause of the rioting continues.
Talks between the Ryanar Pact and Avenel Alliance broke down after weeks of failed attempts to jumpstart them. The two "nations" of this heavily populated balkanized world are, in fact, confederations of arcologies, each one self-governing. Unsurprisingly, coming to any agreement between these two confederations is a slow and time-consuming task, one that has tested the considerable skills of Imperial mediator Shan Pavan.
"It's extremely frustrating." Pavan explained. "Although each confederation is united by a common ideology and mistrust of its opposite numbers, there's actually great diversity of opinion among the arcologies that make them up. Trying to sort through them to satisfaction of everyone is enough to test anyone's patience - even someone who's been a diplomat most of their lives, as I have."
The conflict between the Ryanar Pact and Avenel Alliance stems from a dispute over resources on this mineral-rich world. Because of Urnas' small size and high population, land is highly valued, especially land rich in industrial crystals and lanthanum.
"Nevertheless, I have faith these issues can be resolved." Pavan added. "Things may look bad now, but I don't think either side is ready to go to war over this. I think we'll see them back at the bargaining table within days."
Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia has returned from her trip to accompany Archduchess Isis Ilethian part of the way back to Dlan. The details of the pair's itinerary remain classified, because of recent threats against the Archduchess' life. The Grand Princess' seneschal issued a statement for the press giving such details of the trip as security considerations allow, but the trip was uneventful, and the Princess declined to discuss specifics. Security considerations prevent revelation of the number and type of vessels included in the escort.
The Imperial Navy has been especially conscious of security for the Imperial family since the assassination of Archduke Dulinor last year.
Alphanor/Solomani Rim 322-1117
Count Hernando Gabriel de Castaneda y Orleans made a rare public announcement in which he condemned the growth of anti-Vegan violence on the nearby world of Esperance. "I cannot emphasize enough," he said, "how deeply disturbed I am to learn that any humans would believe violence is a legitimate means of political discourse. The Vegans of Esperance are Imperial subjects, and I will not tolerate the efforts of anyone to suggest otherwise."
Esperance is a balkanized world inhabited by humans and Vegans. Many of the world's human states have pro-Solomani leanings, creating an air of uncertainty on this high population world. This statement by Count Hernando suggests that the instability of Esperance has not gone unnoticed. Whether it will boil over into full-scale violence remains to be seen.
The Terran government has denied a travel visa to a Solomani diplomat, preventing her from attending an upcoming diplomatic conference of rimward states, Terran officials recently admitted. The diplomat denied the visa, Madeline Hefernin, explained that she had submitted an application several months ago and did not expect this turn of events. Hefernin accused the Terran government of “capitulating to irrational Imperial demands.” Representatives from the Imperium, the Solomani Confederation, and the Aslan Hierate are expected to send delegations to the conference, as well as many smaller states rimward of the Imperium. The visa was denied under a post Solomani Rim War Imperial proclamation that authorizes denying entry to an Imperial world if the visit is considered contrary to Imperial interests, Terran officials explained. Hefernin's personal assistant, Marcus Vezina, also was denied a visa.
Observers of Imperial-Solomani relations suspect that Hefernin was denied a visa because of recent statements at a regional Solomani Party caucus in which she likened the Imperial nobility to “leeches” and called for support of pro-democracy movements within the Imperium. Terran officials refused to comment on these allegations, saying only that the order to deny Hefernin a visa had come through appropriate channels and was not as unusual as many have alleged.
Ministry of Justice officials today revealed they have captured Roderick Panay, alleged leader of Black Lightning, a violent pro-Julian terrorist group. Panay and his accomplices were apprehended while attempting to plant an explosive device at the Badmarash Interstellar Starport. According to the Ministry, Panay’s goal was to "draw attention to the growing Imperial encroachment upon the autonomy of the League of Antares." The League of Antares is a small collection of semi-autonomous worlds within the sector. They gained their special status as a concession to the Julian Protectorate, who managed to seize the worlds during the Julian War. Since the War, the Imperium has vouchsafed the League’s autonomy.
Nevertheless, pro-Julian terrorist groups have bedeviled Antarean officials for centuries. Black Lightning is only the latest -– and boldest –- to appear on the scene. Its members are humans and Vargr from the League who served in the Imperial military. While the Julian Protectorate has repeatedly denounced the actions of Black Lightning, some analysts suspect they may be receiving covert support from a faction within the Protectorate government. Whether true or not, the capture of Panay is a remarkable coup for the Ministry of Justice and certain to hamper Black Lightning’s operations in Antares.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice denied rumors that the recent capture of Roderick Panay was accomplished by a "mole" inside the Black Lightning terrorist organization. Panay was captured, according to the spokesman, "By good, old-fashioned investigative work, which included the use of surveillance devices of various sorts, as well as several covert operations which must remain classified, as the agents involved are still in the field, and still in some danger."
In addition to MoJ agents, the spokesman said, officers of local law enforcement agencies were involved, as well as operatives from Imperial Navy intelligence. "The operation was a sterling example of good police work and counter-terrorist technique."
Imperial Naval headquarters at Dingir today announced that Admiral Dame Maria Magdalena de Castaneda y Orleans, daughter of Count Hernando of Alphanor, had been appointed commander of the 1291st Colonial Fleet, attached to Esperance.
"Dame Maria is well-known as a hardliner against the Solomani," explained Professor Giuseppe Scherloski of the University of Alphanor's political science department, "She's devoted to equitable relations between humans and aliens. Some people will see this as a message from the Imperium that mistreatment of its Vegan population will not be tolerated."
Esperance is a high population balkanized world with both human and Vegan nations. Many of the human-dominated nations show pro-Solomani sympathies. Those sympathies have kept Esperance on the brink of world war for several years now, a situation that has worsened in recent months.
A former investigator for the Imperial Ministry of Justice's Daibei Sector office today stated that at least one of the saboteurs responsible for the so-called Ulane hoax has eluded capture. Uhura Jai-Kiirumim, who resigned from the Ministry last year, believes that officials have been too hasty in dismantling the search for the data saboteurs.
On 091-1108 unknown perpetrators on Warinir penetrated the security of the Xboat system and introduced a number of unauthorized updates and additions.
In a statement to the press today, Jai-Kiirumim said, "I believe political expediency is overwhelming good investigative technique. The officials in charge of the investigation have ignored evidence indicating that at least one other person was involved."
Officials for the ministry refused to comment on Jai-Kiirumim's allegations
Terra/Solomani Rim 348-1117
The Terran government reports that it has issued a limited visa to Solomani diplomat Madeline Hefernin, who was previously denied admission to the Imperium a few weeks ago. The visa will enable Hefernin to attend an upcoming diplomatic conference of rimward states.
The details of the agreement are confidential, Terran officials say, but the government has agreed to allow both Hefernin and her personal assistant, Marcus Vezina to attend the conference provided they make no public statements while inside the Imperium and agree to limit their movements within the Imperium to such travel as is necessary to get them to and from the conference (which is to be held on Terra early next year).
Hindahl/Old Expanses 350-1117
A coalition of the local nobility, headed by Duke Quentin Antosz, released their annual year-end report, in which they revealed that the Old Expanses sector has seen a record increase in trade and productivity over the past year. "Per Capita GSP has climbed to Cr 9,430 -- a 5% increase over last year." explained ducal spokesperson Orlando Bilaagan.
The report also indicated that the sector's political situation was equally stable, with record declines in terrorism and anti-alien violence. The report suggested this was due to a successful education campaign that targeted the more radical factions of the Solomani Movement in Old Expanses.
Given these successes, the report recommended that no changes in local government policies be contemplated. Although dismissed by critics as "self-congratulatory," the report was hailed by Duke Antosz as proof that "the Imperium works."
One of the Imperium's most treasured artistic resources, choreographer Sir Ganaarre Rudel died today, aged 146, after a long illness. Rudel founded the style of dance named after him almost 85 years ago, fusing moves from his native Nulinad (Empty Quarter) with traditional Vilani and Solomani dances.
Rudel had suffered from a number of ailments which prevented him from working since 1112, when his daughter Romura took over administration of the Rudel Dance Troupe, but she could not prevent him from attending every opening.
Rudel was knighted for his artistic efforts in 1098 by the Archduke of Gateway, and was honored with a knighthood in the order of the Emperor's Guard in 1107, in honor of his many contributions to the arts.
Sources close to the Archduke of Deneb today confirmed that before Norris left to return to his Domain he conferred with the appropriate authorities to establish a new order of knighthood, the Order of Deneb. Archduke Norris will create the first knights of Deneb with his Holiday proclamation from Mora on 001-1118, and the Emperor will simultaneously issue the formal announcement of the order's establishment from Capital.
It is not known who the first knights of the new order will be, but if custom holds, the emperor will be the second (Archduke Norris himself will be the first knight of the order, again, if custom is followed). Our sources declined to comment further, saying that full details will be announced in a few days.
Terra/Solomani Rim 358-1117
Relatives and friends of Jeffrey Long, former reporter for the Phoenix Sun news organization, today presented another petition for his release to the local offices of Archduke Adair.
Mr. Long achieved fame several years ago for a series of articles looking into rumors of a condition known as 'hyperspace sickness," evidence for which Long alleges has been suppressed by a military and industrial cabal. Long is currently in protective custody in the prison ward of Phoenix Down Mental Hospital, and his family has long petitioned for his release into private care
In a year that's already seen the rise and fall of numerous fads among the children of the Imperial nobility, yet another has taken hold: "ethnic" styles of dress. Many of these styles derive from cultures that have suffered serious declines over the centuries, such as the Darmine and the Rudukk. Does their return to prominence -- even if only in the annals of youthful fashion -- suggest a renaissance for cultures long submerged in the Imperial mainstream?
"That's one interpretation" explained Professor Edvard Syrin, a historian at the Imperial Cleon Museum, "and it does have some plausibility. After all, Archduke Dulinor was a staunch advocate of local cultures within the Domain of Ilelish. He even worked to revivify Suerrat culture after centuries of disregard. Of course, such cultural renaissances occur for less political reasons too. We need only look at the recent popularity of Vilani fashion among the more outre members of the Imperial court. In the end, it's hard to assign a definitive answer to this question -- at least until we see if this proves to be more than another passing fad."
Is Archduke Dulinor alive? Stories of "Dulinor sightings" are common on numerous worlds throughout the Imperium, despite the conclusion of the Imperial Navy that the former Archduke of Ilelish died in an explosion last year, a victim of murder by parties unknown. The stories lack any specific details in common -- sometimes Dulinor is said to appear before a small group and make a brief speech, sometimes he is a passenger aboard a small starship, sometimes a patient in a hospital ward. In every case, primary witnesses to the event cannot be found.
"Everyone seems to hear these things second- or third-hand," says Doctor Simone Minori-Maasaaru, a retired professor of folklore at the University of Sylea at Capital. "Stories like this circulate after the death of many public figures, and my feeling is that they represent a form of wish-fulfillment among those who spread them -- people just don't want to admit that a popular figure is gone." Doctor Minori-Maasaaru is studying how the stories spread, and intends to publish her findings as a chapter in an upcoming book.
Sources at the Archduke of Deneb's office on Capital confirmed today that the Archduke will announce the first knights of the Order of Deneb on 001-1118. The list of initial knighthoods will include Duchess Delphine of Mora, and will be announced at Mora, in the Spinward Marches.
No other names were released, although the source indicated that they include notables from the Domain of Deneb, and will total several dozen.
Professor Dympna Ehara-Wilkinson has been appointed to head the Department of Vilani Literature at the University of Sylea. Professor Ehara-Wilkinson has been on the faculty of the university for nearly a decade, and her appointment marks the first appointment of a non-Vilani to the position is well over four hundred years. The appointment is not without controversy among the more conservative members of the university faculty, who feel that a non-Vilani cannot properly appreciate the nuances of the literary tradition of Vland. The president of the university, however, feels the board of governors has chosen the best candidate for the job.
"Dympna was the protege of the previous department head, retiring Professor Lishenni Ishuggi -- a member of one of the most oldest and most respected Vilani families, and no one who knows her can doubt her devotion to her field."
Informed sources today confirmed that the Imperial mint on Dlan will issue a commemorative credit coin in honor of the late Archduke of Ilelish, Dulinor Astrin Ilethian. The obverse will bear the Archduke's portrait, the reverse a stylized representation of the great reft, which dominates the night sky on Dlan. The design was personally chosen by Dulinor's daughter, Archduchess Isis Arepo Ilethian, and the dies were executed by artisans at the mint before her departure.
The Archduchess has requested that several million of the coins be issued and released into circulation throughout the domain of Ilelish, in addition to the normal minting of specially polished and packaged coins intended solely for coin collectors. "My father was a man of the people," the Archduchess said, "and he would want all of the people if the domain to see and hold this coin, not just a privileged few."
The Archduchess took the dies back with her when she returned earlier this year, and minting of the coin will commence on Dlan on 001-1118.
The personal assistant for renowned sculptor Trow Shadii-Eriskany refused to confirm or deny that the controversial artist has received a commission to create a work celebrating the late Archduke Dulinor, killed last year in an explosion that investigators labeled "Murder by person or persons unknown."
Shadii-Eriskany is widely known for her anti-Imperial treatment of her subjects, and her controversial approach to her art.
The emperor issued his annual Holiday message today, wishing all citizens of the Imperium luck, prosperity, and health in the upcoming 1118th year of the Third Imperium, and in years to come.
Terra/Solomani Rim 007-1118
A spokesman for Archduke Adair announced today that the Archduke has granted the appeal of relatives of Jeffrey Long to release the former reporter from the prison ward of the mental hospital where he has been held for several years into private care.
Long, formerly a reporter for the Phoenix Sun news organization, is the author of a series of articles looking into rumors of a condition known as 'hyperspace sickness," evidence for which Long alleges has been suppressed by a military and industrial cabal.
The archduke declined to release details of where Mr. Long will be transferred or when the release will take place, citing privacy concerns. Mr. Long believes he is in considerable personal danger from those who seek to silence him.
Elements of the fleets of Dagudashaag and Core Sectors are will engage in a series of combined maneuvers over the next few months. The fleets will divide into two teams, and simulate an invasion of Dagudashaag by a hostile invading force -- Core's fleet will simulate the invaders, Dagudashaag's fleet will defend.
Shululsish/Solomani Rim 022-1118
The Office of the Duke announced today that Iwohlarko, Duke of Alderamin, would be spending several days at Aggarish Naval Hospital for a physical examination and treatment.
Sir Rickard Tallyns, the Duke's personal spokesman, issued the following statement: "The Duke's health is as sound as that of any Aslan male of his age. His condition is not life-threatening and his physicians expect a full recovery within a few days."
Details of the Duke's medical condition were not available to the press.
With much fanfare, the leaders of the Virasan faith opened the 457th meeting of the Khanu, or Supreme Synod, in the holy city of Rimblan. By tradition, the Khanu meets at least once a decade to discuss matters of import to Virasins. Often, these matters are worldly concerns, such as the reorganization of administrative boundaries or the assessment of candidates for the dilanu. However, the 457th Khanu seems likely to be a major theological synod. In contention is a central issue of the faith, namely whether Virasin that die non-violent deaths while not on Dlan may attain full revelation in the afterlife.
This issue pits the faith's conservative and liberal wings against one another. Conservatives believe that there is neither scriptural nor traditional justification for this change in doctrine. Reform clergymen argue that the stricture against dying offworld is simply a holdover from the early days of the faith and more a statement of Dlani nationalism than religious truth. It promises to be a heated debate.
Ludmilla/Solomani Rim 040-1118
The Ludmillan government has released a statement denouncing "terrorist violence" in the nearby Boskone system. "Pirate forces have struck at fueling stations operated by Tukera Lines and Sharurshid. We call on the sponsor of these attacks to stand down, or face dire consequences."
Ludmillan planetary naval forces are reportedly planning an extended patrol in Boskone system, which is nominally under Ludmillan sovereignty. The system is currently the focus of a prolonged dispute over transit and refueling rights, involving the Ludmillan government, several Imperial merchant carriers, and the Vegan tuhuir Ewm Shao Gwi.
Terra/Solomani Rim 045-1118
A spokesman for the family of Jeffrey Long announced today that Mr. Long has been admitted to a private mental care facility in Imperial territory, somewhere in the Solomani Rim.
Long, formerly a reporter for the Phoenix Sun news organization, is the author of a series of articles looking into rumors of a condition known as 'hyperspace sickness," evidence for which Long alleges has been suppressed by a military and industrial cabal.
Mr. Long believes he is in considerable personal danger from those who seek to silence him, and because of this his location remains a secret known only to close family members and his legal representatives.
Famed comedian Anton Wilson Peale announced today that he will commence a grand tour of the Imperium, in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Emperor Strephon.
I'm going to start a couple of years ahead of the Emperor, because Strephon is a bigger draw than me," Peale remarked to reporters, "We won't be in the same place at the same time, and I'm going to a few worlds he won't see, but other than that, think of me as his opening act
Peale told reporters he will announce a precise schedule for the three year Jubilee Tour in a few weeks, but that he intends to depart on 909-1118, well in advance of the Imperial family's departure.
A spokesman for the Imperial family announced today that Prince Lucan is adjusting to his new life as a Naval Cadet very well. The Prince enrolled in the Imperial Naval Academy last year after his twin brother Varian departed on a grand tour of the Imperium, and has been assigned to a special group of cadets aboard the flagship of the Dagudashaag fleet, the battleship Smilodon.
Terra/Solomani Rim 062-1118
Jeffrey Long (the former Terran reporter who until recently was held Imperial custody) believes someone is trying to kill him. An anonymous source states that Long, a patient at a private sanitarium in the Solomani Rim, has asked to be moved to a different institution. The source states that Long believes that his food is being drugged, and fears that one of his fellow patients is a hired assassin.
The source states that the family will accede to Long's wishes, and will arrange for him to be transferred to a new facility under an assumed name.
Long believes that a mysterious cabal of industrialists and the military seek to silence him because of his researches into "hyperspace sickness," the disease which Long claims is the subject of a massive cover-up.
Admiral Sir Nigel Rudel, Baron of Ynsulmaar, announced he will retire as of 120 of this year. "I have served the Emperor for many years," the Admiral said in a tersely worded press release, "and I've decided I'd prefer to spend some time with my grandchildren while I'm young enough to enjoy it.
Almost the entire staff of the Capital branch of the Traveller News Service has come down with a non-fatal but highly debilitating virus. Classified variously as "a bug," "that thing that's going around," and "some kind of flu," the disease manifests itself as a fever, headache, and general malaise lasting several days, settling first in the nasal passages, moving to the throat, and then on to the bronchi of it's victims. At least one editor was also afflicted with watering of the eyes so bad as to interfere with vision for hours at a time.
This plague is expected to run it's course within 10-14 days, and everything will be back to normal, but it has caused considerable discomfort here at TNS/Capital.
Reports of a toxic chemical leak caused officials at Twunchel Highport to order portions of the orbital facility evacuated today. While in the process of unloading a freighter, an inexperienced grav loader operator bumped against a discharge hose, fracturing a fitting and causing a leak of potentially toxic hydrocarbons.
At first it was believed that the chemicals had leaked into the ventilation system, causing starport officials to order the evacuation of several loading bays as a precautionary measure, but the spill remained isolated to a single ship loading bay, and was quickly cleaned up by starport Hazmat personnel.
A spokesman for the port director revealed that there were no fatalities, although several starport personnel had to undergo decontamination and were being held in the port's medical facility for observation.
A spokesman for the University of Sylea announced that Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr has been appointed to the Banasdan Chair of Comparative Sophontology at that institution. Doctor Simalr, son of the Duke of Ushra, was attached to the IISS Contact and Liaison Branch as a consultant for the university.
Doctor Hasni Shukov, chairman of the Department of Sophontology, was quoted as saying: "It is a little unusual for someone so young as Gani to be appointed to such a high position -- those familiar with his work, however, were not at all surprised." Doctor Simalr will begin his duties on 120-1118.
Pirate attacks on shipping in the Monmouth system have risen sharply in the past three months, Imperium officials confirmed today. Most of the attacks have focused on capturing the cargo of trading vessels entering the system, though three ships have also been hijacked. Crew members of the ships say that the pirates seemed very well organized. Descriptions of the ships and perpetrators suggest that the pirates are members of the Fallani Syndicate, a criminal organization whose operations throughout the Fornast, Old Expanses, and Delphi sectors seem to be on the rise. The Fallani Syndicate is suspected to have headquarters on Granicus, in the Glimmerdrift Reaches sector. Imperial Navy officials would not comment on the matter, except to say that it is under investigation.
The imperial family will attend the first performance of a new symphony by Terran composer Alar Falco, titled Reflections. The performance marks the opening of the 1118-1119 concert season for the Sylean Philharmonic Orchestra, and it is unusual for the entire imperial family to attend, but both Strephon and Ciencia Iphegenia are said to be interested in the compositions of Dr. Falco.
The opening performance will be 130-1118, at Artemsus Concert Hall on the campus of Sylean University.
Sources at the Imperial Palace today revealed that Emperor Strephon has almost settled on the artists who will be commissioned to create the official Imperial portraits for his upcoming Golden Jubilee.
The Emperor will choose one artist for each of several forms, including two and three dimensional photographs, several sculptures, and a formal painting showing the Emperor in the traditional pose on the Iridium throne. Strephon has narrowed the list for each type of art to less than four names, but the source declined to reveal the artists under consideration.
Dr. Enil Shugishviilii, a hematologist in private practice, has petitioned the Imperial Navy to be allowed to examine the tissue samples recovered from the wreckage Archduke Dulinor's gig two years ago. Dr. Shugishviilii believes that the Navy was too hasty in its conclusion that the tissues indicated that the Archduke was present on the gig when it exploded.
"The Archduke, like many wealthy people, traveled with quantities of blood and other medical supplies in case of an emergency," the Doctor's petition reasons, "It is my contention that the Navy identified these as coming from Dulinor's body. While this does not prove he wasn't killed in the explosion, it casts doubt on that conclusion."
Navy spokesmen had no comment on Shugishviilii's remarks.
A spokesman for the port director at Twunchel Highport reported today that it now believes that the chemical spill reported a few weeks ago may not have been an accident, as was initially reported. Investigators for the SPA have uncovered evidence that the grav loader operator responsible for the spill may have intentionally caused the spill.
"We think he may have been trying to create a diversion in order to cover a theft from the bonded warehouse section, but that his confederates were not able to penetrate highport security, and abandoned the operation." The official declined to give specific details. "We have a member of the gang in custody, and we are hoping to use his testimony to help apprehend her partners in crime.
There were no fatalities in the spill, although several starport personnel had to undergo decontamination and were being held in the port's medical facility for observation.
The Historical Preservation Bureau of Vland has caused quite a stir by denying an archaeological permit to Professor Enli Dahtha of the University of Ot Zell. Dahtha, best known for a recent article in the sophontological studies journal Lurashu Garshanri, in which he identifies the Ancients with the mysterious shiimsarnii of Vilani legend, wished to visit the Kunashaakri region to test gather evidence in support of his theories. However, the Preservation Bureau believes the ruins in the region would not withstand the in-depth examination Professor Dahtha intends to pursue.
"This is outrageous," Dahtha explained. "My examination will be no more intrusive or destructive than any other that's been to the site -- possibly even less so. I have access to state of the art densitometer and equipment that will allow my party to gather the information from a hovering air/raft. We have guaranteed the Bureau that not a speck of dust will be disturbed. I contend the Preservation Bureau has something to hide."
The spokesperson for the Bureau declined to comment, but that didn't prevent academics from across the Domain of Vland from doing so. "Professor Dahtha sees conspiracies everywhere." explained Dr. Kevin Ikira, a noted archeologist and expert on ancient Vilani sites. "The fact is he's advancing a very dubious claim, namely that Vilani religion owes its origin to encounters with the Ancients millennia ago. That theory's been discounted for centuries. Dahtha's just trying to give himself some notoriety in order to boost the sales of his next book."
An Imperial Navy crewman was killed and three more were seriously injured during a training exercise in the outer Kurae system when a cargo shuttle crashed while attempting to dock with the Imperial dreadnought Smilodon. Details are being withheld pending an inquiry, but it appears that human error on the part of the shuttle's pilot may have been responsible
In a prepared statement, the press secretary for Duke Craig Horvath announced that the Duke will not attend the beginning of this year's fleet maneuvers in the Warinir system, for what the secretary described "personal reasons."
"His grace likes to oversee training maneuvers personally, but this year he has chosen to spend the time with family," said press secretary Aella Lavosier. "He will resume normal activities with 10 days, and will be able to oversee the final stages of the exercises shortly thereafter."
Sources inside the imperial palace have indicated that Emperor Strephon will reward Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr with a knighthood in the prestigious Order of the Arrow, the order devoted to those who have achieved distinction in interstellar study. Doctor Simalr, son of the Duke of Ushra, was attached to the IISS Contact and Liaison Branch for several years (as a consultant from the university), where he made a name for himself in the field of comparative sophontology.
Dr. Simalr was appointed to the Banasdan Chair of Comparative Sophontology at the University of Sylea on 120-1118. The formal announcement will be made with the publication of the Birthday List later this year. Dr. Simalr will be knighted in a formal ceremony at some unspecified time soon thereafter -- the palace sources did not reveal when this would be.
Banasdan/Solomani Rim 169-1118
A humorous incident occurred today as highport workers tried to sort out why the wrong cuisine was delivered to a passenger liner earlier today. "I took delivery on three month's supplies, just like I ordered," said chief steward Hanford Falco of the passenger liner Majorca, "The only thing wrong was that they were for Hivers. We found out because one of the cooks wanted to make baklava for the crew before we loaded passengers and started poking around among the containers. Well, you don't have to crack many packages of Hiver fungus to realize that somebody's made a serious error."
Highport officials blame an inexperienced clerk for the error, which sent the supplies for the recently-arrived Hiver embassy ship to the passenger liner, and vice versa. A spokesman for the Hiver ship said no apology was necessary, "We often consume supplies intended for other races -- sometimes by design and sometimes by accident. It is one of the great pleasures of travel."
Demonstrations erupted outside the Government House in Ilelish's capital city of Anitarra. The demonstrators belong to a group of Suerrat preservationists appalled at what they see as the "encroachment" of Imperial culture on their homeworld, especially the growing use of Galanglic as a first language among the youth of Ilelish.
"This is nothing less than cultural genocide," explained Sen-vat ma-Happat, a spokesperson for the demonstrators. "Archduke Dulinor understood our concerns and was preparing to take action to preserve our way of life, but has his daughter followed through with his plans? Has the Imperium done anything to help us stave off the loss of our native ways? We will not sit idly by and watch ourselves be subsumed into a bland Imperial culture that does not recognize our uniqueness."
There was no official comment from Archduchess Isis, but a source at the Government House, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said "This is nothing new. Radical Suerrat groups have been blackmailing the Imperium for generations. The late Archduke believed he could avoid such confrontations by co-opting them into his efforts to renew the Imperium. We can see now the folly of such an approach."
A spokesman for the IISS announced today that Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr, newly appointed Banasdan Professor of Comparative Sophontology at the University of Sylea has been asked to deliver an address before a special committee of the Moot on preserving cultural and ethnic diversity within the Imperium.
Unusually, the Emperor Strephon (in his capacity as Archduke of Sylea) will attend the meeting, and Princess Ciencia Iphegenia has been invited because of her great personal interest in the subject matter.
Doctor Simalr, son of the Duke of Ushra, was attached to the IISS Contact and Liaison Branch for several years (as a consultant from the university), where he made a name for himself in the field of comparative sophontology. He is due to be honored with a knighthood in the prestigious Order of the Arrow on the next Birthday List.
A mysterious fire in the downport offices of the Planetary Transit Office has been ruled accidental after 10 day's investigation by local police and fire officials.
"We suspected arson initially because of the presence of certain accelerants," a spokesman said, "but subsequent investigation revealed that the fire was started by an aromatic incense burner, sometimes used by office workers during their breaks, left unattended overnight. The aromatic oil used in the burner was the cause of the rapid spread of the flames, and the reason we initially suspected arson."
"The responsible parties have been disciplined."
Calim Yei-jei, the director of the Ministry of Justice's Daibei Sector office, today announced that he will resign at the end of his current term. "I've had a great career," Yei-jei stated, "and I want to retire while I'm on a high note, and do nothing but write and watch my grandchildren grow up."
Calim Yei-jei achieved fame last year as the prosecutor who finally ran to ground the saboteurs responsible for the so-called Ulane Hoax. This is considered to be the high point of Yei-jei's career, even though some members of the MoJ believe that at least one of the perpetrators remain at large.
Hortelez et Cie Divisional Director Jurgen Iwagami-Laragii issued a press release today announcing that investigators for the megacorporation's loss prevention division had uncovered a barratry scheme involving a number of starship captains and lower-level corporate officers. Undercover operatives infiltrated the organization, with the help of one of the conspirators, who received immunity from prosecution in return for information on the perpetrators.
Iwagami-Laragii announced that all key participants in the plot had been apprehended by corporate security and will be turned over to the Ministry of Justice office on Dlan for prosecution.
An anonymous source inside the Imperial Ministry of Justice admitted today that a key witness against a barratry ring is no longer in their custody. The unidentified witness escaped MoJ protective custody on Dlan last week, and is believed by MoJ officials to be trying to settle his personal affairs.
"This could be a serious mistake," the source commented, "Trying to contact any friend or acquaintance could subject the man to grave danger from unapprehended members of the conspiracy who want to prevent him from testifying -- all of his known associates will probably be under observation by those who wish him harm. We'll do what we can to find him before they do, but in these situations, who knows what can happen?"
The witness had previously received immunity from prosecution in return for information on the perpetrators in a massive barratry scheme involving a number of starship captains and lower-level corporate officers at Hortelez et Cie.
A major accident was avoided today by the skillful actions of Arlen Uantil, a shuttle pilot employed by the SPA at Hamilcar Starport. Uantil was a passenger on the inbound shuttle to Hamilcar highport from the outer system when Khugi Munioz, the pilot of the 95-ton shuttle suffered a seizure. Uantil, who happened to be on the flight deck at the time, administered first aid (saving Munioz’ life) and made an emergency landing of the full-loaded shuttle in a freight bay. No injuries resulted, and Munioz is currently in good condition at the highport SPA medical facility.
Medical personal are somewhat at a loss to explain Munioz’ attack. “Her medical records indicate she was in perfect health,” said the SPA’s medical director, “She’d just had her annual physical recently, and there was nothing to indicate anything amiss.”
The unidentified witness against a barratry ring who escaped from MoJ protective custody on Dlan nearly 14 days ago has been found. Anonymous sources inside the Imperial Ministry of Justice confirmed today that the mysterious witness had been located and is once again under Imperial protection.
The witness had previously received immunity from prosecution in return for information on the perpetrators in a massive barratry scheme involving a number of starship captains and lower-level corporate officers at Hortelez et Cie.
The seneschal for Hutara Astrin Ilethian, uncle of Archduchess Isis of Ilelish, confirmed that the former sector admiral suffered a minor stroke last week, and will spend the next few weeks in the care of his personal physician on the family estates.
Ilethian retired when his niece became Archduchess over two years ago in order to devote his full attention to the management of the family lands and business interests. "He's been driving himself pretty hard since that time," said Tadashi Conacht hault-Musillo (Ilethian's seneschal), "and his health has suffered. The rest of his staff and I have been unable to get him to take any kind of a break, and this is simply the inevitable result of overwork,
Archduchess Isis expressed concern for her uncle's health, and will visit him as soon as her duties permit.
At a short press conference today, General Mueni Arap Rutan, commanding officer of the Imperial Guard, announced that Colonel Murnas De'Angelo, commander of the Ilelish Regiment of the Imperial Guard, will be promoted to the rank of brigadier and transferred to a field command as of 275-1118. The current executive officer of the Ilelish Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony hault-Khemiris, will be promoted to the rank of Colonel and assume command of the regiment.
Archduchess Isis of Ilelish, in a press release issued today, announced that her uncle, Hutara Astrin Ilethian, is recovering from the minor stroke he suffered a few weeks ago.
"My uncle is a determined man," the Archduchess said, "and is already chafing under the restrictions of his therapy. He is expected to make a full recovery, but I will insist that he get himself some help in managing our family's affairs.
Ilethian retired from the Imperial Navy when his niece became Archduchess over two years ago in order to devote his full attention to the management of the family lands and business interests.
Opening arguments from the prosecution began today in the trial of seven Suerrat activists arrested earlier this year for inciting a riot during demonstrations outside the Government House in Ilelish's capital city of Anitarra. The Suerrat, appalled at what they believe to be a deliberate attempt by the Imperium to absorb and weaken the unique culture of their homeworld, accused the Imperium and the Archduchess of Ilelish of “Cultural Genocide” were demonstrating against the growing use of Galanglic as a first language among the youth of their homeworld.
Imperial prosecutors are expected to accuse the Suerrat of conspiracy, and attempt to prove that the violence was carefully orchestrated. The Suerrat intend to offer evidence that police overreacted to a peaceful demonstration.
Archduchess Isis Arepo Ilethian today confirmed that she has requested the Imperial mint on Dlan to continue striking the commemorative credit coin, issued on 001-1118 in honor of the late Archduke of Ilelish, Dulinor Astrin Ilethian.
The coin, which bears the Archduke's portrait and a stylized representation of the great reft (which dominates the night sky on Dlan), has proven immensely popular, and despite the fact that the mint has produced the coin continuously since Holiday, demand continues to exceed the supply.
The Archduchess' requested that the mint continue to strike the coin until demand ceases
Archduchess Isis Arepo Ilethian today formally requested that Harlan Sandoval Akis, her uncle's seneschal, assume control of Hutara Astrin Ilethian's affairs until her uncle is capable of resuming his duties or until further notice. Hutara Astrin Ilethian, the archduchess' uncle, is recovering from a stroke he suffered approximately 245-1118, but the archduchess' request indicates that his recovery is not proceeding as well as was originally hoped.
The presiding justices today ordered the courtroom sealed in the trial of seven Suerrat activists arrested earlier this year for inciting a riot. The trial has been continually interrupted by demonstrations both for and against the defendants, and after considerable deliberation, the tribunal of judges decided to ban all non-participants from the courtroom. The public may view the trial live via closed circuit holovision, but the judges will not allow any non-essential personnel into the courtroom.
The Suerrat, appalled at what they believe to be a deliberate attempt by the Imperium to absorb and weaken the unique culture of their homeworld, accused the Imperium and the Archduchess of Ilelish of "Cultural Genocide" were demonstrating against the growing use of Galanglic as a first language among the youth of their homeworld.
The 457th meeting of the Khanu, the supreme synod of the Virasin faith concluded today, with the usually ceremony blessing all who participated and wishing them a safe journey home. The meeting had promised to be a major theological event, debating a central issue of the Virasin faith, namely whether Virasin that die non-violent deaths while not on Dlan may attain full revelation in the afterlife. The issue has been proposed for the agenda several times in the past, but has never been debated before the full Khanu.
In what commentators are calling a major anticlimax, however, the highly contentious issue was tabled until the next meeting, which will be in two years.
Baron Sir Nigel Rudel of Ynsulmaar, today announced that he will accept an offer from the University of Sylea Press to edit the university's upcoming History of the Fourth Frontier War.
"The Baron retired from the Imperial Navy on 120-1118, after a long and distinguished career," university spokesman Ramsey Khan Oberta said, "and has written several monographs on the war. He is a former instructor on fleet operations for the Imperial Navy, and will enhance the prestige of the work immensely."
An Imperial Navy board of inquiry has ruled that the death of an Imperial Navy shuttle pilot was due to pilot error.
Ensign Jargas Hanuman was killed on 138-1118 during a training exercise in the outer Kurae system when a cargo shuttle crashed while attempting to dock with the Imperial dreadnought Smilodon. Three other personnel were seriously injured during the incident, but are expected to recover.
The board found that Hanuman overcorrected and lost control of the shuttle at a critical moment in the docking maneuver, and collided with a structural support inside Smilodon's docking bay. The shuttle was severely damaged during the crash, and Smilodon sustained minor damage to the particular docking bay involved.
An anonymous source in the Ministry of Justice revealed today that investigators from the Imperial Navy felt there might be a connection between the murder of Colonel Hiroshi Enera in 1117 and the murder of Archduke Dulinor. Enera, former commander of the Ilelish Regiment of the Imperial Guard, resigned shortly after Dulinor's death, and was found dead in a hotel room here on 240-1116, while en route to his native world of Dlan.
The MoJ source revealed that two officers from the special group investigating Dulinor's murder were assigned to monitor local authorities involved in the investigation of Enera's murder (which remains unsolved) early in 1117. The officers were recently reassigned, and our source speculates it is because no link between the two deaths could be found. Local police and the Imperial Navy refused to comment on either case, claiming that the investigations were on-going.
Sources at the Imperial Palace today revealed that Emperor Strephon has chosen one of the 12 artists to create the official Imperial portraits for his upcoming Golden Jubilee.
The Emperor will choose one artist for each of several forms, including two and three dimensional photographs, several sculptures, and a formal painting showing the Emperor in the traditional pose on the Iridium throne. Strephon has chosen Solomani painter Mobi Branjan Ibn-Daud, to create the formal two-dimensional portrait in the traditional oil on canvas technique.
Ibn-Daud, whose parents are from Vanefa in the Solomani Rim, came to Capital to study art at the University of Sylea nearly 11 years ago, and since that time has acquired a great reputation. Ibn-Daud works in a variety of media, and is well-known for his work in traditional oil as well as more modern media.
The trial of seven Suerrat activists on incitement to riot charges ended today. The presiding justices have sequestered themselves to consider the evidence presented, and will render a verdict within a few days.
The Suerrat were arrested earlier this year for inciting a riot during demonstrations outside the Government House in Ilelish's capital city of Anitarra. The Suerrat were demonstrating against the growing use of Galanglic as a first language among the youth of their homeworld, when the crowd erupted into violence. The defense alleged that the police overreacted to a peaceful demonstration, and attacked the crowd without provocation.
Prince Varian (Emperor Strephon's nephew) arrived at Mora (Spinward Marches 3124) with his entourage aboard the luxury liner Dumaani as part of the prince's Imperium-wide grand tour. The prince requested that no formal celebration of his presence take place, and stayed only long enough to pay courtesy visits to Archduke Norris and Duchess Delphine, announcing himself as merely as "Duke of Sanches," and thus not requiring honors and salutes as a Prince of the Imperial family.
By traveling as a Duke instead of a Prince, Varian may have provoked a minor incident that could have proven highly embarrassing. The Prince's liner was halted for three hours while SPA officers boarded the liner to serve notice of a violation of customs regulations and conduct a search. The Prince cooperated completely with starport officials, and after the search was completed (nothing illegal was found), the Dumaani was granted clearance to leave system.
The Prince declined to comment on the search. SPA officials and Duchess Delphine's seneschal also declined to comment, although the SPA said they had received information indicating one of the crew was involved in illegal activities. Archduke Norris' office said merely that it would look into the affair to make sure no laws (Imperial or local) were violated. An official in the Archduke's office remarked that Varian, as an Imperial Prince, could have invoked the privileges of his rank and refused the search, but then he would have been honor-bound to remain on Mora until he could receive the ceremonies due him.
Excalibur/Sword Worlds 319-1118
Rumors of a major archeological find on the third moon of this world were confirmed today, when sources with the IISS, speaking under conditions of anonymity, revealed that they have evidence that ruins of a previously unknown type have been discovered. Although poorly preserved, first reports indicate that they are not of Ancient origin, but they seem to have been created by a non-human sophont species previously unknown to the IISS.
Our sources indicated that the IISS has not yet been formally called in, as the political situation on the Imperial client world is sensitive.
Excalibur/Sword Worlds 334-1118
More details came to light regarding the archeological find on the third moon of this Imperial client world. Sources within the IISS leaked part of an excavator's report indicating that the ruins do not appear to have been created by Humaniti, and show no characteristics of the Ancients. While the report does not include the section dealing with chronology and dating of the ruins, our sources state that dating indicates the ruins are less than 20,000 years old, and are clearly artificial constructs by at least one and possibly two species of sophonts not native to the Excalibur system.
A tribunal of justices today found seven Suerrat activists guilty of disorderly conduct and refusing to obey an order to disperse in connection with a demonstration that took place in front of the Government House in Ilelish's capital city of Anitarra on 173-1118. The justices (in accordance with local regulations on Ilelish) reduced the charges brought against the Suerrat, indicating they felt that the accused were less culpable in the incident than the government charges indicated.
The Suerrat were arrested earlier this year for inciting a riot during demonstrations outside the Government House in Ilelish's capital city of Anitarra. The Suerrat were demonstrating against the growing use of Galanglic as a first language among the youth of their homeworld, when the crowd erupted into violence.
Excalibur/Sword Worlds 345-1118
Sources within the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service have formally confirmed the discovery of non-Human ruins on the third moon of Excalibur, and announced that the client government on Excalibur has requested the IISS to assign an investigative team to oversee local scientists in the study of the ruins.
No further information is available, but the IISS indicated they will issue a full report as soon as the preliminary investigation is concluded.
In the publication of the Holiday List of the Imperial nobility today, the name of Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr, Banasdan Professor of Comparative Sophontology at the University of Sylea, was added to the list of Fraters of the Order of the Arrow (the knightly order reserved for honoring members and honorary members of the IISS). Rumors last year said that the Doctor's knighthood was to be announced with the last Birthday list, but that did not occur.
With the addition of Doctor Simalr's name to the Holiday List, a short statement followed that he was knighted by the Emperor in an informal ceremony earlier in the day, and would be formally received by the order at its next official meeting, on 010-1119
No one at the Imperial Palace would comment on the delay in knighting the Doctor.
Informed sources in the Imperial Navy believe that the Solomani central government plans an extensive reorganization of its naval forces in the wake of the Confederation navy's inability to deal with the crisis in Kulkulcan sector. "Disloyal elements" will be purged, according to the source, and "politically unreliable" officers will be demoted or cashiered.
the public relations office of the Imperial Navy had no comment on the situation, other to say that Imperial Naval Intelligence is studying the situation.
The provost of the University of Sylea today specifically denied rumors that Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr, Banasdan Professor of Comparative Sophontology at the University will head a special team sent to study the recently discovered non-Human ruins on the third moon of Excalibur (in the Sword Worlds subsector of the Spinward Marches).
The provost's statement said, in part: "Doctor Simalr . . . excuse me, Doctor Frater Simalr . . . has not been invited to join any expedition to Excalibur -- the IISS has not told us what their plans are towards the findings there, but it has to be assumed that they have teams of their own much closer to the site. As far as I know, the IISS has not invited any faculty member of this university to travel to Excalibur, and the university has no intention of sending a team of our own."
Speculation continues among military observers on the extent of the crisis facing the Solomani Confederation Navy in the wake of the problems in Kulkulcan sector. Rumors abound of Solomani deserters from the officer corps, fleeing an impending purge of "Disloyal elements" and seeking asylum in the Imperium and other polities
Although no verifiable Solomani officer has been located, officials with the Imperial Navy have declined to deny that they are sheltering one or more Solomani deserters and their families in the border areas of the Solomani Rim.
In a press release dated 286-1118, Imperial Navy Public relations officer Lieutenant Luis Hutara announced that the Fleet Exercises in Zarushagar will commence next week, and conclude with a mock invasion of this system on 332-1118
Baron Sir Nigel Rudel of Ynsulmaar (Admiral, Imperial Navy retired) has arrived at the campus of the University of Sylea, where he will begin work on the multi-volume History of the Fourth Frontier War
The Baron retired from the Imperial Navy on 120-1118, after a long and distinguished career, including several years as an instructor on fleet operations for the Imperial Navy.
Persistent rumors of unprecedented desertions from the Solomani Navy were unofficially confirmed today when sources within the Imperial Navy's highest circles confirmed that the Imperial Navy is sheltering an unspecified number of Solomani Naval officers in the Imperial portions of the Solomani Rim Sector.
The Solomani Naval officers have reportedly fled to the Imperium in the wake of the failure of the Solomani Navy to contain the crisis in Kulkulcan sector. These officers are said to be fleeing an impending purge of "disloyal elements" by Solomani Security, and in many cases, are bring their families with them.
Professor Julian Trane, distinguished interstellar historian, has accepted an offer to conduct a special series of advanced seminars at the University of Sylea. "Professor Trane is taking a 5 year sabbatical to conduct research in the university's archives," a university press release announced today, "and we wanted to take advantage of his presence on Capital." The university did not announce when the seminars would begin, merely that the professor was expected to arrive within a few weeks.
The university spokesman could not identify the nature of Professor Trane's researches, but his seminars will deal with the cyclical nature of historical events.
Lawyers for the seven Suerrat protesters recently jailed on Ilelish's capital city of Anitarra have filed a formal appeal of that conviction. The Seven Suerrat were found guilty of disorderly conduct and refusing to obey an order to disperse in connection with a demonstration that took place in front of the Government House (173-1118), and that conviction has been appealed to the High Court on Ilelish, the highest judicial review body on that world.
A spokesman for the seven convicted Suerrat has based the appeal on alleged procedural irregularities during the trial, and has asked the five justices of Ilelish's highest tribunal to review their allegations and overturn the conviction.
Lana Shashiig, personal assistant for Sir Aella Wendemere, announced today that the famed poet and novelist has decided to retire from his literary efforts and spend his remaining days in his home on Dlan.
" Sir Aella's health has been failing for several years," Shashiig explained, "and while he could continue for a few more years, he wants to retire and spend his remaining days working in his garden. "What use are laurels,' he told me 'If you can't rest on them.'"
Sir Aella is best known for The Benasi Papers, a nineteen book series chronicling the adventures of a Terran family in the early years of the Second Imperium, but he also produced dozens of small books of poetry and a translation of Shakespeare into Vilani.
Sources at the Imperial Palace today revealed that Emperor Strephon has chosen another of the 12 artists to create the official Imperial portraits for his upcoming Golden Jubilee.
The Emperor will choose one artist for each of several forms, including two and three dimensional photographs, several sculptures, and a formal painting showing the Emperor in the traditional pose on the Iridium throne. Strephon has chosen sculptor Enliis Okanta-Koroma, to create a lifesize bust in in bronze.
Okanta-Korom is most famous for her abstract sculptures in fiberglass and other media, but has executed portrait busts and full-figure monumental statues for patrons throughout the Imperium. She will create the original using a lost wax technique, and it will be scanned and duplicated in a variety of substances for sale to the public.
Arkiirkii/Solomani Rim 078-1119
Imperial Navy and Marine forces have been placed on high alert throughout Harlequin subsector, by order of Duke hault-Fionbrea. Navy spokesmen have issued terse statements regarding an upcoming deployment, but all questions regarding details have been referred to the Office of the Duke.
Shululsish/Solomani Rim 085-1119
The Office of the Duke has issued a public statement regarding ongoing rumors of health problems suffered by Duke Iwoahlarko. "The Duke is in fine health for an Aslan of his advanced age," said ducal spokesman Royston Ishaagima. "Clearly we cannot expect his benevolent presence in Imperial affairs for many more years, but at present he is fully capable of attending to his duties."
Spokesman Ishaagima deflected all questions regarding the ducal succession. Duke Iwoahlarko has no acknowledged heirs of his own body, so his duchy is likely to escheat to the Emperor upon his death, who will no doubt chose a replacement rather than allow the title to become extinct.
Muan Gwi/Solomani Rim 095-1119
Alexander Spyridion, formerly a senior officer in the Solomani Confederation Navy, held a press conference to announce his plans for a speaking tour covering several subsectors. A recent defector, he intends to visit over twenty Imperial worlds in the next year, raising support for dissident factions within the Confederation.
"I am no traitor to the Solomani people," he declared. "I remain as committed to their Cause as ever. What I have betrayed, quite willingly, is the corrupt regime of Solomani Party and SolSec. This regime has done far more than any external aggression to crush the spirit out of my beloved Solomani race."
Alexander Spyridion made no announcements regarding his itinerary, although unconfirmed reports claim that his first major engagement will be on Dingir. Imperial officials familiar with his case offered no comment, although one source indicated that within reason, he is free to move about Imperial space and speak publicly wherever he wishes.
Terra/Solomani Rim 098-1119
Jeffrey Long has vanished from the private sanitarium in the Solomani Rim where he was a patient. Long, formerly a reporter for the Phoenix Sun news organization, is the author of a series of articles looking into rumors of a condition known as 'hyperspace sickness," evidence for which Long alleges has been suppressed by a military and industrial cabal. No information is available regarding the location of the sanitarium, the details of his stay there, or when it was discovered he was missing.
Long had been admitted to the facility under an assumed name in order to receive treatment for an unspecified mental disease, but was recently transferred to another facility because he believed that one of his fellow patients was a hired assassin. A spokesman for the family of Mr. Long said that a private investigation was underway, and that in deference to the family's wishes police and other authorities have not yet been brought into the case.
Muan Gwi/Solomani Rim 114-1119
A spokesman for the Imperial Navy announced today that Imperial Navy Intelligence operatives had thwarted an assassination attempt again s former Solomani Confederation Naval officer Alexander Spyridion. Spyridion recently announced that he would undertake a series of speaking engagements dealing with conditions in the Confederation Navy.
The Imperial spokesman had no details on the nature of the plot, and would neither confirm or deny that INI believes Solomani Confederation to be responsible. An unnamed official speculated that it could as easily be Solomani disgusted with Spyridion acting on their own as an officially sanctioned assassination.
Spyridion was not available for comment.
Prometheus/Solomani Rim 121-1119
A body at first believed to be that of Jeffrey Long was discovered in a little used-storage room in a cheap hostel on the outskirts of the downport today. Documents found with the body, which was in an advanced state of decomposition, led investigators to believe the body was that of Jeffrey Long, the former reporter missing from a private sanitarium from which he escaped recently. A more detailed investigation of the crime revealed that the body was not Long's, but that of Fustin Hanover, a local minor criminal wanted by police for a number of minor burglaries in and around the startown.
Police theorize Hanover may have robbed Long or burgled the reporter's quarters acquired the documents in that way. Officials are still investigating the circumstances Hanover's death, but have no reason to suspect Long is involved other than as one of Hanover's victims.
Terra/Solomani Rim 128-1119
Officials at Terra announced today that the freighter Alcibiades is reported overdue at Barnard Highport, and is now officially considered missing. The J-2 capable vessel, leased by Tukera lines to Lambeth Factors, LIC, of Terra, left Terra over a month ago, bound for Barnard en route to Nuska, and did not exit jump when scheduled. Alcibiades transmitted the normal messages before entering jump, and reported all systems working perfectly upon arrival at the jump point. Analysis of the jump signature on departure indicated nothing unusual.
A search of expected arrival points Barnard system revealed no recent debris, and no distress calls or other messages have been received. All systems within 36 parsecs are on alert for a possible misjump. The official announcement indicated there is no evidence of hijacking or sabotage, but these and other possibilities cannot be discounted until more evidence comes to light.
Prometheus/Solomani Rim 136-1119
The chief of police at Prometheus Downport has announced that his agency is formally seeking Jeffrey Long for questioning in the death of Fustin Hanover, a local criminal found dead a few days ago. Investigators stress that Long is not a suspect in the death of Hanover, but now believe the former reporter was present when Hanover was killed, and seek answers to a number of questions.
Long, a former reporter for the Phoenix Sun news organization on Terra, is missing from a private sanitarium after being admitted under an assumed name in order to receive treatment for an unspecified mental disorder.
Official confirmation received today from the Confederation government confirms what Imperial sources have known for some time -- SolSec Coordinator Marya Kibaki was assassinated on 001-1119, by party or parties unknown. Imperial intelligence will not speculate on the perpetrators, but the Solomani believe it was a cabal former Solomani Naval officers cashiered during the recent purges.
Kibaki was succeeded as SolSec Coordinator by Elias Treleven (although again, this seems to be a secret only from official government spokesmen).
Kilennur/Solomani Rim 142-1119
For Immediate Release
By order of Fleet Admiral Vander Gukarishim, Baron Usharki, commanding the 293rd Imperial Fleet:
The Kilennur star system is hereby placed under interdiction immediately and until further notice. No civilian traffic may enter the system except by express permission of the Imperial Navy. All ships entering the system are directed to heave to for inspection, search and possible seizure.
The Travellers' Aid Society has declared the system a Red travel zone, in accordance with the admiral's directive.
Mirabilis/Solomani Rim 151-1119
In a rare visit to the border zone, SolSec Coordinator Elias Treleven visited the local offices of Solomani Security today. Afterward, he attended a reception at the Prime Minister's residence, conversing affably with local Solomani Party officials and Imperial representatives alike.
This is Coordinator Treleven's first visit to the border zone since rising rather abruptly to his current position early this year.
Spokesmen with the Ministry of Justice report that Archduke Adair and the Emperor have both received formal requests from the Solomani Confederation requesting extradition of Alexander Spyridion, and several other former officers in the Solomani Confederation Navy. The document states that Spyridion and the other former officers are being sought in connection with the assassination of Solomani Security Coordinator Marya Kibaki earlier in the year.
Spyridion and other officers have requested political asylum in the Imperium, claiming they were being unfairly persecuted in the Confederation The document does not directly accuse the defectors of Kibaki's murder, but indicates they are wanted for concealing evidence and obstruction of the investigative process.
A representative of Archduke Adair accompanied the Solomani diplomats on their mission to the Imperial palace, and is said to have conferred with Emperor Strephon at great length.
Barnard's Star/Solomani Rim 162-1119
Officials at Barnard Highport today reported that a yacht owned by a local businessman is four weeks overdue out of Agidda. Selene Malek, owner of Malek Trading, LIC, announced that her son Iye Malek left Nuska six weeks ago, bound for the Barnard system in Malek’s Destiny, a company-owned J-2 capable Lady of Shallot-class yacht. Malek’s Destiny arrived in Agidda on schedule, where it spent six days refueling. Malek’s Destiny left Agidda four weeks ago, and did not exit jump when scheduled.
The freighter Alcibiades was also reported missing several weeks ago when jumping from Terra to the Barnard system, but officials at Barnard Highport have no reason to believe the two cases are connected.
Terra/Solomani Rim 164-1119
The Imperial Ministry of Justice declined a request from the Solomani Confederation for the extradition of Alexander Spyridion and other former officers in the Solomani Confederation Navy. Spyridion and the other former officers are being sought in connection with the assassination of Solomani Security Coordinator Marya Kibaki earlier in the year.
Spyridion and other officers have requested political asylum in the Imperium, claiming they were being unfairly persecuted in the Confederation.
Spokesmen for Archduchess Isis Arepo Ilethian today confirmed that the Archduchesses’ uncle, Hutara Astrin Ilethia recently suffered a second stroke that will necessitate his complete retirement from the stresses of public life.
The archduchess' uncle had not completely recovered from a stroke he suffered approximately 245-1118, and his seneschal had taken over administration of the family estates and industrial interests shortly after that time. The archduchess’ statement did not indicate if any changes were planned in the administration of these holdings.
Writer Elil Jornada, who specializes in Solomani political affairs, believes that newly appointed Coordinator of Solomani Security (SolSec) Elias Treleven is attempting to exploit the wholesale purges of Solomani Naval personnel.
Jornada, in a newly published book on Solomani politics, expresses the belief that Treleven hopes to use recent disorganization within the Solomani Navy and the former's inability to deal with the situation on Kilenur to increase SolSec's influence within the Solomani Confederation at the expense of the Solomani military.
The book, SolSec Rising, goes on sale on 180-1119.
Muan Gwi/Solomani Rim 184-1119
A spokesman for Alexander Spyridion, formerly a senior officer in the Solomani Confederation Navy, announced today that Spyridion has temporarily suspended plans for a speaking tour covering several Imperial subsectors. Spyridion's spokesman said that until the legal status of her client can be settled, he has chosen to adopt a low profile for the moment
The Solomani Confederation has formally requested the extradition of Spyridion and other former Solomani Naval officers in connection with the assassination of Solomani Security Coordinator Marya Kibaki earlier in the year. Spyridion and his fellow officers have requested political asylum within the Imperium, which is still pending.
Krypton/Solomani Rim 189-1119
Local Solomani officials today denied that SolSec Coordinator Elias Treleven changed his plans to visit the system because of suspicions he would be the subject of an assassination.
"We were on the Coordinator's schedule, to be sure," announced a Solomani Naval spokesman, "but we received word several weeks ago that his itinerary had changed, and we would be visited by a lesser official instead. There is no evidence of any plot against him or any other SolSec official."
"We were told the reason for the change in the Coordinator’s plans, and while we cannot reveal them for security reasons, we wish to quash the idle speculation that has been endemic in the system recently."
Inidu/Solomani Rim 193-1119
SuSAG's Inidu public relations office announced today that a high official of the company's Inidu operations will be relieved of responsibilities and placed under arrest pending investigation of the executive's involvement in a scheme to smuggle psi drugs from extra-Imperial SuSAG factories into the Imperium. Imperial law prohibits possession, use, manufacture, or sale of psi enhancing drugs, but SuSAG operates facilities outside of the Imperium where these drugs are legal. SuSAG formally declined to comment further on the allegations, other than to say that the megacorporation is cooperating "fully and completely" with the Imperial investigation.
The public relations office of the Ministry of Justice had no comment, but confirmed that an investigation was on-going.
Inidu/Solomani Rim 197-1119
Only days after being questioned by investigators for the Imperial Ministry of Justice, SuSAG's Assistant to the Inidu Division Manager, Gwenj Bondi-Lamotrek, has disappeared. Bondi-Lamotrek was questioned as part of an investigation into a psi drug smuggling operation involving a high executive of SuSAG, although the MoJ announced that she was not a suspect in the crimes herself, but was an important witness in the investigation.
In the absence of evidence of foul play, Gwenj Bondi-Lamotrek is now being sought as a material witness in the investigation, but the MoJ spokesman declined to answer if she is being sought outside of the Inidu system.
Hanna Wendemere, daughter of Sir Aella Wendemere, announced today that she plans to take over her father's The Benasi Papers a series of novels chronicling the adventures of a Terran family in the early years of the Second Imperium) by creating a series of "prequel" novels covering the Benasi family during the Interstellar wars period.
Ms. Wendemere, a graduate student in sociology at the University of Sylea, says her father approves of her intentions, and has sent her his extensive library of Solomani and Vilani history, although his priceless collection of Terran artifacts will remain with him on Dlan.
Inidu/Solomani Rim 221-1119
Evidently fearing for her life, a SuSAG executive has voluntarily placed herself under the protection of MoJ official, according to a press release issued today by the Inidu office of the Ministry of Justice. Assistant to the Inidu Division Manager, Gwenj Bondi-Lamotrek has been sought by officials for questioning in an investigation of drug smuggling involving SuSAG-manufactured psi drugs being brought into the Imperium. The MoJ has yet to formally charge anyone, but sources close to the investigation indicate that the MegaCorporation is probably not officially involved, although some local executives might be. No one involved with the case would say who Ms. Bondi-Lamotrek was seeking protection from.
The SuSAG public relations office issued a statement affirming the MegaCorporation's commitment to comply with all Imperial drug regulations, and offering to assist with the investigation, but otherwise had no comment on the investigation.
One of the semifinalists in the Core Sector Chess Association championships has lodged a protest against the Association. Sir Lenos Hendri-Masterson, one of four master players to make it to the final series of games for this year objects to the fact that the Association will not allow him to use a personal psi-shield helmet during the contests. Association rules prohibit the use of any personal psi equipment of any sort (use of psionic powers during championship games is against Imperial law as well as Association rules) -- players who request them are allowed to wear psi-shield helmets issued by the Association, but any other equipment is prohibited.
"We have to be able to insure the equipment is properly functional," said Janis Kalkhan Meyers, chairman of the CSCA's rules committee, "and we have found it easier over the years to have our engineers issue the devices at random before each game. Sir Lenos must abide by the same rules as anyone else."
A spokesman for Sir Lenos states that the champion is distracted by any helmet other than his own, and that use of a "foreign device" will throw off his game.
Following the death of his father, Grand Prince John Petrov has been crowned Emperor John III in a lavish ceremony at the Imperial Palace. As is traditional, the new Emperor confirmed all members of the Imperial Moot in their offices, promised to hold timely elections for the House of Commons, and reiterated his family's claim to the throne of the Third Imperium.
"The Alkhalikoi usurpers have held sway over the Imperium for far too long," said the new Emperor in a holocast address to the Maravan population. "It's long past time for a Solomani Emperor, who will be ready to implement Solomani ideals of democracy, free competition, and Human rights."
Petrov has made few public statements since being named Grand Prince over 30 years ago, so his political leanings are unknown. He is believed to be a moderate, likely to oppose Solomani Security and the most radical factions of the Solomani Party.
Imperial officials have made no comment, except to deny that Petrov or his family have any legitimate claim to the Iridium Throne. The Imperium does not recognize any titles of nobility granted by the Maravan government, which traces its origins to the Barracks Empress Marava.
A near tragedy was averted today, when quick thinking on the part of a sport rentry diver prevented the death of a companion.
Davros Janni Gannisibek, a member of the Karbiili School's Atmospheric reentry diving team, experienced an equipment malfunction during a practice jump yesterday, when his retro pack malfunctioned and fired prematurely, placing Gannisibek on the wrong course for reentry. Team member Karen Selkirk Kabinda risked death herself to match course with Gannisibek, use her own retro pack to correct her teammate's vector, and then moved far enough away for both divers' ablative reentry shields to deploy without entangling each other.
"We ended up about 20 klicks from where we were supposed to land." said Kabinda in an interview after both divers landed safely, "I didn't have the fuel to correct our courses to bring us both down in the right spot, and we almost landed in Zhukov Memorial Park Lake."
Both divers were planning on going up again at the next opportunity. "You can't dwell too much on the risks," said Gannisibek, "otherwise nobody would ever go rock-climbing, or enter jump in a starship." No explanation has be brought forward for the malfunction, but the school and local law enforcement officials are investigating.
Shululsish/Solomani Rim 254-1119
Iwoahlarko, Duke of Alderamin, announced that he would soon be leaving Shululsish for an extended voyage to his homeworld of Sarmaty. In his absence, he requested and required all members of the duchy’s nobility to continue in their duties with honor and diligence.
The Office of the Duke issued a brief statement denying that the Duke’s health had anything to do with this decision.
Paul Knox, a prominent member of the planetary Parliament, has been found dead in his own home. Police officials reported that the death was "suspicious," but refused to release details.
Knox was a leading member of the local Humanist faction of the Solomani Party. News of his death has provoked speculation regarding his possible role in Solomani Security. Knox has long been suspected of acting as a covert monitor for SolSec, and possibly of using this position to discredit political rivals.
Sarmaty/Solomani Rim 273-1119
Accompanied by a number of aides and retainers, Duke Iwoahlarko has arrived on Sarmaty. After greeting planetary officials, he immediately traveled to his clan lands in the nation of Aorhtoi. Human representatives of the press were excluded from his audience with clan leaders, which lasted until well past local midnight.
Vantage/Solomani Rim 281-1119
A political crisis in the Bootean League has been averted, after the delegation from Polyphemus failed to carry a vote of no confidence in the League Council. Several delegates who had been expected to support the vote changed their positions at the last minute, remaining in support of the League's current leadership.
Speaking to the press, Speaker Willem Sandoval, delegate from Sequoyah, called the vote an unambiguous victory for moderate elements within the Bootean League. "The Polyphemians have been trying for years to pull the League into line with their own militant policies," said Sandoval. "This vote tells us that most of the Cluster's people remain committed to the democratic values that shaped our civilization."
Dingir/Solomani Rim 288-1119
Former Solomani Confederation naval officer Alexander Spyridion appeared on Dingir today, beginning a long-delayed speaking tour covering several worlds in the Imperial portion of the sector. Spyridion plans to address audiences regarding political and military trends in the Confederation.
Spyridion is a defector from the Confederation, and according to Solomani officials is under suspicion of being involved in the assassination of former SolSec Chairman Marya Kibaki. Imperial officials have denied several requests from the Solomani for Spyridion's extradition.
During his speaking tour, Spyridion will be accompanied by a number of Imperial citizens who support his efforts to rouse sentiment against the current Solomani regime.
Hayt/Solomani Rim 295-1119
Planet-wide rioting continues against the government of General Shamash Kanten. Although military and Guardian forces have been successful in putting down riots in many areas, civil order remains elusive. The General and his civilian staff promised to take ruthless action to restore order, "putting down these criminals before they attack vital environmental and industrial facilities."
Professor Julian Trane, distinguished interstellar historian, arrived in system today. Professor Trane has accepted an offer to conduct a special series of advanced seminars at the University of Sylea, to be delivered over the next five years. The Professor's arrival was delayed from earlier in the year, for reasons which the professor's private secretary described as "personal."
Professor Trane's researches deal with the cyclical nature of historical trends and their predictability in broad terms. His visit to Capital is to conduct a detailed study of the Imperial archives.
An official of the Euxene planetary government has taken the unusual step of criticizing Solomani Security for its handling of political dissent cases.
"We've long suspected that SolSec agents are interfering with the government's investigation of anarchist cells," claimed Minister of Truth Kelvan Tommsen. "We didn't want to believe it. Why would any agency of the Confederation hinder our pursuit of these anti-Solomani terrorists? Even so, I have unequivocal proof that SolSec has helped three major figures of the anarchist underground escape arrest in the past year alone."
Tommsen demanded that SolSec cease any support it may be providing to local anarchists, and called for it to immediately open its records to government inspection. Thus far, planetary SolSec officials have issued no public response.
Terra/Solomani Rim 313-1119
An unusual historical conference convened at the University of Terra today, and will remain in session through 340-1119.
The colloquium is entitled "The Genesis of Solomani Ideology: A Hemimillennial Perspective on the Srys Conference." The title refers to a meeting of academics, military leaders, and nobles which took place on Srys/Old Expanses in 619. The Srys Conference, which took place at the height of the Civil War, is widely regarded by historians as one of the pivotal moments in the formation of the so-called "Solomani Cause" ideology.
Today's conference has attracted historians from across the Imperium and beyond. The attendance list includes a substantial contingent of academics from the Solomani Confederation, permitted to travel to Terra under a cross-border cultural exchange program.
Imperial officials are said to be watching the meeting closely. There has been no public comment regarding the security arrangements for the conference, although both Terran police and Imperial security forces have been placed on moderate alert until the closing sessions.
A prominent delegate to the Secretariat has been missing for almost six days, according to senior Solomani Party officials.
Jan Malikov has not been seen since attending a society dinner on 310-1119. Malikov and his security escort left the home of a senior Transstar executive just after midnight local time, but they do not appear to have arrived back at his residence. His disappearance was first reported by his office staff at the Secretariat.
Malikov is a prominent member of the Nationalist wing of the Solomani Party. He has been openly critical of current government policies, notably Solomani Security's purge of the Confederation Navy's officer corps. SolSec officials deny having anything to do with Malikov's disappearance.
Dingir/Solomani Rim 320-1119
Robert, Marquis of Beaudoin and once Duke of Dingir, emerged from seclusion today to announce a Grand Conclave of the sector’s nobility. The meeting is to take place on Dingir from 045-1120 through 050-1120. "I cordially invite all of my friends and kinsmen to join us for several days of talk and revelry," he said. "We have much to discuss regarding the future of our beloved Imperium, and in any case it has been far too long since many of us have seen one another in person."
The marquis’ daughter, Duchess Erika haut-Beaudoin, was not present at the announcement. Her office made no formal comment, although her seneschal stated informally that "the marquis is fully capable of making his own social arrangements without our assistance or advice."
Esperance/Solomani Rim 338-1119
A reconnaissance drone has crossed the border of Waothan, only to be promptly brought down by Waothani air-defense forces. The Vegan state's government made no accusations as to who had launched the drone, but spokesman Eran Wen Tonshaon stated flatly that “Waothan stands ready to defend itself against all enemies.” The incident seemed likely to exacerbate rapidly-rising tensions between Waothan and its Human rival states on Esperance.
Shululsish/Solomani Rim 344-1119
The Office of the Duke today announced that a message had been received from the Emperor, confirming Lord Carl Gyldenskjold in his honors as Count of Shululsish and Marquis Gyldenskjold. The count is currently touring his off-world estates, but his office announced that he will be informed by courier.
Gashidda/Solomani Rim 346-1119
Planetary security forces have made an extensive arrest sweep during a crackdown on anti-Imperial protests in the Capital District. The protests began peacefully several days ago, but have since degenerated into mob violence. Armed dissidents have engaged in several pitched battles with security forces, causing dozens of casualties and millions of credits in economic damage.
In related news, security has been tightened on the entourage of former Solomani Confederation naval officer Alexander Spyridion, who has been pursuing local speaking engagements for some time. Spyridion's representatives confirm that they have received death threats from radical Solomani groups on Gashidda.
Sarmaty/Solomani Rim 355-1119
Taehtaukhakhtko, chief-paramount of the Aslan clans of Aorhtoi, announced today that Duke Iwoahlarko has died of natural causes. "My friend is gone, my honor-brother is gone," stated the ko, who was reportedly present at the Duke’s deathbed. "His last words were of his clan and his demesne. Let all who respected him hold silence. Let all who would dishonor his memory beware."
Renaud, Baron Argentueil, read the Duke’s personal legacy aloud. In it, he left the choice of a new Duke to his superiors in the Imperial aristocracy, trusting in the wisdom of the Archduke and Emperor. The Duke’s position as ko of the Iwoahlar clan is currently in abeyance, and will be awarded to a clan elder after a brief period of mourning in accordance with clan custom.
Sarpedon/Solomani Rim 364-1119
Imperial Navy spokesman Lieutenant Gaamagin Cho has announced the defeat of a band of pirates on the outskirts of the Sarpedon system.
According to Lieutenant Cho, the liner Pleiades came under attack while approaching Laodemeia, the Sarpedon system's only gas giant. Fortunately a Navy escort squadron was performing readiness drills in Laodemeia space, and was able to respond to the liner's distress signal. Lieutenant Cho did not give specifics of the engagement, and refused to speculate on the identity of the pirates involved. She stressed that there were no casualties to Navy personnel, or to crew and passengers aboard the Pleiades.
The Pleiades is a 600-dton subsidized liner registered to the merchant line Silk Road Factors. Silk Road Factors is known to specialize in cross-border trade into the Solomani Confederation.
Muan Gwi/Solomani Rim 001-1120
Archduke Adair announced today the Empress Iolanthe is due to visit the Solomani Rim during the upcoming Jubilee Year. Her itinerary has not yet been announced, but the Archduke confirmed that the Empress would visit Muan Gwi, Shulgiasu, Shululsish and Terra at some point during her tour.
Vantage/Solomani Rim 010-1120
Jan Malikov, prominent Nationalist delegate to the Secretariat, has resurfaced in dramatic fashion. Appearing before the Council of the Bootean League, he announced his intention to stand for election to the office of Secretary-General of the Solomani Confederation at this year's General Congress of the Solomani Party.
"The Confederation is facing a crisis of confidence," stated Malikov. "With all due respect to the current administration, we badly need leadership of a kind that has not been in evidence for many years. The Solomani people deserve no less."
After the meeting of the League Council, Malikov took questions from members of the press. He continued his civil but vigorous attack against the Solomani government's current policies. He made no comment when asked about his location or activities since disappearing from Home/Aldebaran on 311-1119.
Mora/Spinward Marches 012-1120
The normally reclusive Sylean community of Wavecrest City has become a center of attention, with the approach of the traditional "Feast of the Ancestors." Well-wishers and tourists alike are thronging the walkways of the Sylean quarter, anticipating the nine-day celebration.
In anticipation of Emperor Strephon's upcoming Jubilee Year, festival organizers plan a celebration of particular magnificence. Starburst banners are appearing everywhere in the city. On the first day of the festival, there will be a large procession led by a massive effigy of Cleon I. Afterward, several hundred members of the sector's elite will attend a traditional feast on the grounds of the Sylean University of Mora.
The nation-state of Bremagne has withdrawn from the planetary League of States, leaving the stability of this balkanized world in question.
Bremagnians have long objected to the procedures for selecting Heimdall's delegate to the Secretariat. These procedures were laid down in the League's charter over 200 years ago. They strongly favor nations which were predominant at the time, but which have long since been overshadowed by growing Bremagnian influence. The dispute has become heated in recent years, and now appears likely to cause the breakdown of the League of States.
In a statement, Prime Minister Alois Perrault said that "Bremagne will use every available means to secure its right to representation in the Confederation government. We will challenge any delegate that is named to go to Home without recognition of our legitimate concerns."
Fenris/Solomani Rim 024-1120
Anti-Imperial sentiments have boiled over in a number of cities, as members of conservative Lodges took to the streets in violent protest. Businesses were looted, vehicles were wrecked, and offworlders and pro-Imperial citizens were mobbed. Rioters engaged in dozens of pitched battles with police, fading away only when Imperial troops arrived on the scene. Casualties have been light, almost entirely limited to unarmed civilians caught in the crossfire.
Imperial Army spokesmen dismissed today’s protests as an expected surge in mob violence. "On the Solomani calendar, today was the 7th of May," explained Major Eneri Enleshkaadshar during a press conference. "That's the anniversary of the final surrender of Terra during the Rim War. We see some unrest every year about this time. The Governor's staff is confident that these malcontents will crawl back into their holes soon enough. I also guarantee that they will do more damage to fellow citizens of Fenris than they will to the Imperium."
Ludmilla/Solomani Rim 035-1120
Representatives of the Vegan minority have attempted to present a list of grievances to the central government, but were unable to speak to any official of senior grade. When the Vegans attempted to peacefully block entrances to government buildings, police forces in riot gear attacked and drove the dissidents off. Several hundred Vegans and Human sympathizers were arrested, many of them badly beaten or subjected to repeated doses of riot gas before being taken into custody.
During a routine press conference today, Duchess Margaret announced that she is pregnant, confirming rumors of the past several weeks. Margaret went on to say that she is carrying a single child, which her physicians have declared to be in perfect health. Her husband, Count Blaine Tukera, is said to be looking forward to being a father again.
Dingir/Solomani Rim 048-1120
Duchess Erika haut-Beaudoin of Dingir made a brief appearance at her father's Grand Conclave, lending considerable luster to this otherwise-dull gathering of conservative aristocrats. Despite rumors of strain between the Duchess and her father, the Marquis appeared at her side throughout the evening, and the two conversed before his guests with every evidence of warmth. Marquis Beaudoin was particularly careful to introduce his daughter to several of the younger men present, and looked on with approval as the Duchess enjoyed several minuets on the dance floor.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 049-1120
Air and interface forces of Waothan and Nueva Argentina have clashed over the neutral airspace of the city-state Todos Santos. Three aircraft were shot down, two Human and one Vegan, before the opposing forces could disengage. Both major states (and Todos Santos) are now engaged in a vicious name-calling contest in the Assembly of Nations, although other powers are attempting to mediate the dispute.
The pleasant island resort of White Kyros was attacked before dawn this morning by an armed party of unknown origin. Over a dozen cottages were destroyed before the attackers withdrew. Although no specific report has been released to the media, casualties among both security staff and vacationers were apparently high.
The authorities are treating the incident as an unusually bloody terrorist attack, but have made no public statement as to the identity of the terrorists.
Terrorism and political violence are rare, but not unknown, on Daedalus. The White Kyros resort is quite exclusive, and is known to cater to Solomani Party leaders as well as the occasional Imperial aristocrat on a tour of the Solomani Confederation.
Hoatzin/Solomani Rim 071-1120
The Gran Hoatzin Consortium has announced that it will seek bankruptcy protection under Imperial commerce laws. The consortium began three years ago with an ambitious plan to decentralize planetside industrial production, setting up dozens of small robotic factories in the oldest settled regions on Hoatzin. The plan was supported by the planetary government and the office of Countess Muuadin, but strongly opposed by Solomani industrialists in the planet’s New Cities. A series of cost overruns and marketing failures has plagued the consortium since its foundation.
Gran Hoatzin Consortium securities were trading at 7.4 Cr/share on the Hoatzin Exchange at closing, down from 68.5 at their height on 048-1120.
The 104th General Congress of the Solomani Party opened today, beginning many days of intense political activity at the Solomani capital. Secretary-General Lin Peres presided over the opening ceremonies, calling for all Party delegates to be "mindful of the heavy responsibility inherent in making decisions that affect all the Solomani people."
As Secretary-General Peres is not expected to win re-election, much attention fell on the Party leaders considered most likely to succeed her. Jan Malikov, a prominent Nationalist delegate to the Secretariat from Vantage/Solomani Rim, is considered the favorite in the upcoming voting. He spoke during several formal gatherings today, and appeared relaxed and confident.
This relatively isolated world's starport has been raided by an unusually powerful (or unusually bold) corsair band.
"Whoever they were, they came out of nowhere," reported Ibrahim Tall, captain of the free trader Nureddin's Fortune. "Half my crew was in the settlement on liberty. We had no warning, no time to lift off. They didn't pay any attention to us, though. Apparently they only raided the repair yard and then left."
From eyewitness accounts, the corsairs used one very large vessel, roughly equivalent to a large escort or a destroyer. A wild rumor claims that the corsair was a Confederation Navy warship, but this has not been confirmed and seems very unlikely in any case.
Hofud/Spinward Marches 089-1120
Fragmentary reports out of Ny Vanaas, an isolated industrial city, are claiming that the town has been overrun by forces of the Hofud People's Army. A communique from the HPA appeared to confirm this, as the insurgents declared the city "Provisional Capital of the Republic of Hofud."
Hofud's Imperial Liaison, Sir Jonas Arikar, was quoted as saying "The rebels' statement is just propaganda. This is only a raid, albeit quite a large one. Once Hofud's planetary authorities appear in force, they'll fade back into the wilderness as they always have." He had no comment when asked why the HPA had pressed their attack home against a large city for the first time.
Hayt/Solomani Rim 099-1120
A dramatic reversal has taken place in this world's ongoing political crisis. The First Guardians Regiment was sent to the Legislative Assembly building to arrest rebel senators, who had barricaded themselves inside the building in protest against General Shamash Kanten's rule. After several hours of tense standoff, Senator Peresh Bedandii emerged to confront the Guardian unit. With him was Carl Gyldenskjold, Count of Shululsish.
Not wishing to fire upon the count, the Guardians allowed Senator Bedandii to approach, and negotiated with him for several hours. They then redeployed to protect the Assembly hall rather than threaten it. This setback for the dictatorship was widely broadcast over planetary media, just before they were shut down by government censors.
Count Gyldenskjold was not previously known to be on Hayt, and there is no information as to how he came to be in the presence of the rebel senators.
Vantage/Solomani Rim 105-1120
An important political scandal broke today, as Vantage government officials announced criminal charges against a prominent Solomani Party statesman.
Jan Malikov stands accused of having accepted bribes from the Imperial megacorporation SuSAG while serving as the planet's Minister of the Environment almost 15 years ago. Officials announced today that a courier ship has been dispatched to Home, with orders to bring Malikov back for arraignment and trial.
At the same press conference, officials deflected questions about the Imperial far trader Four Kings, whose captain and crew have been in detention for several days. Local press reports speculate that the Imperial merchants are somehow connected to accusations against Malikov, but the details remain unknown.
Sacnoth/Spinward Marches 106-1120
The Investigative Branch of the Ministry for Security announced today that politician Karl-Hedin Gudmunsson has been arrested. Gudmunsson, Assistant Minister of the Economy on Sacnoth, was charged with ten counts of bribery, fraud, and speculation.
In a remarkable turn of events, a petition censuring the arrest is being circulated by opposition politicians. It notes Gudmunsson's interest in investigating the role of various large corporations during the past war against the Imperium, and questions the motives for the arrest. However, the government refused to support the statement, citing classified evidence given to them by MinSec.
Hayt/Solomani Rim 119-1120
The badly-burned body of General Shamash Kanten, long-time dictator of Hayt, was found in a wrecked grav car near the starport today. The General's remaining troops retain control of several critical points in the capital city, but by all accounts they are wavering and ready to surrender to rebel forces.
Senator Peresh Bedandii has appeared in public for the first time since his dramatic confrontation with Guardian units at the Legislative Assembly building several local days ago. He has called for all citizens to remain calm and prepare to participate in the construction of a new government.
Stralsund/Solomani Rim 125-1120
After several weeks of negotiations sponsored by the Countess of Hoatzin, the Paramount of Stralsund has agreed to lay down his office and go into "honorable retirement" elsewhere in the sector.
A ruling council is to be formed within 30 days to oversee the transition of the Stralsund Belt to a new form of government. The Countess, who has gained widespread respect for her actions as arbitrator, has agreed to preside over this council and appoint three out of the six other members. The remaining members are to be appointed by the three largest belt-habitats in the system.
Julian Trane, distinguished professor of interstellar history, has just published an epic analysis of Imperial history titled The Inevitability of Night.
The new work hypothesizes that interstellar civilization progresses through a continuing cycle of expansion and regression, driven by factors which cannot be avoided by any culture. In public interviews, Trane has carefully avoided making any predictions about the future of the Imperium.
"I am no oracle," Trane said in an appearance on the Knabbib world-news net. "I can't project how Imperial history will proceed over the next week, much less the next thousand years. My work suggests that another Long Night must someday come. It doesn't give us a timetable."
Imperial officials refused comment.
The General Congress of the Solomani Party has been disrupted by the arrest of a prominent member.
Agents of the Vantage government entered the Congress chambers to arrest the de facto leader of the Nationalist caucus, Jan Malikov, on charges of bribery and malfeasance. Malikov stands accused of criminal misconduct during his service as a Vantage planetary official in the mid-1100s.
Malikov has refused to invoke delegate's privilege, and vows to return to Vantage to face the charges. It is unclear how his absence, even if temporary, will affect the ongoing campaign for the office of Secretary-General.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 147-1120
Count Willem Salacrou has arrived on Esperance to begin a round of mediation involving both Imperial and local officials.
"This is shuttle diplomacy," the Count said during a press conference at the starport. "War on Esperance would benefit no one, not the Imperium and not the Human or Vegan citizens of the planet. If I can help defuse the situation, all the better."
Dimmurak/Solomani Rim 150-1120
Planetary elections have yielded a razor-thin majority for the pro-Imperial Iishadun Party, along with a great deal of election-day violence and widespread accusations of vote fraud.
Cheng Golok of the Interstellar Brotherhood of Labor stated that "if the Iishadun and their megacorporate sponsors think that they can steal this election, they are sadly mistaken. Under the Dimmurak constitution, the IBL and the People's Party demand a recount, to be monitored by neutral observers."
Late this evening, the Citizen’s Advisory Council issued a statement agreeing to the IBL demand, announcing that officials of the Imperial Ministry of Justice would be invited to oversee a recount and (if need be) a run-off election.
Mora/Spinward Marches 160-1120
The office of Duchess Delphine, in conjunction with Archduke Norris and the Ministry of Colonization, announced today that Bronze (1627 Spinward Marches) would be placed under interdiction for the next 270 days. At the end of that period, the planet will be opened to any and all persons or corporations for claim-staking and exploitation.
Results of the IISS survey of the planet were released simultaneously, and the intent of the Red Zone is to allow all competitors to plan on equal footing for operations beginning next year.
Dimmurak/Solomani Rim 168-1120
Three days before planetary elections, a bomb blast in the capital city claimed the life of seven citizens and an undetermined number of offworld observers. Notable among the casualties was Cheng Golok, leader of the Interstellar Brotherhood of Labor and a prominent figure in the pro-democracy movement here. It is unknown whether Golok was killed or merely wounded, as IBL officials quickly moved him to a secure location.
"The knife at the throat of our enemies has been taken away," said Eneri Shirika, so-called Speaker for the People’s Party. "A great man has fallen, and we cannot know if he will return. Yet if our enemies hoped to silence him, they will be disappointed. They will find him returning as a thousand knives wielded by free, unafraid people."
Public reaction to the bombing has been one of shock and anger. The effect on the upcoming elections is as yet undetermined.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 173-1120
Peace talks between the Vegan and Human blocs on Esperance have broken down, after a series of shouted exchanges between principal negotiators. Count Willem Salacrou, the lead Imperial negotiator, was seen to be pale and drawn as he left the conference room. To the press, he stated that: "I've never seen anything like this. As long as both sides were engaged in lower-level discussions, everything seemed to go well. The minute the principals got into that room together, it all fell apart. If I was a superstitious man I'd say that there were evil spirits plaguing us."
Both negotiation teams have left the neutral city of Todos Santos for their respective capitals. Forces on both sides of the contested borders are said to be on high alert.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 177-1120
War began today, as Waothani air and grav-armor forces crashed across the border into territory of the Human Bloc. The city-state of Todos Santos was quickly surrounded by Vegan forces, and declared itself an open city to avoid attack. Imperial observers quickly set up residence in the city and began monitoring the battle. In accordance with international law, the commanders of all significant system-defense squadrons have delivered their commands to the Imperial Navy for sequestration.
During closing proceedings of the Solomani Party Congress, the Secretariat has elected a new Secretary-General.
The new chief executive of the Solomani Confederation is Marc Chissano. Chissano is a member of the ruling family of Twilight/Aldebaran and has served as his homeworld's delegate to the Secretariat since 1113. He has also held a series of posts in the Solomani bureaucracy, most recently serving as Deputy Minister of Information. His politics are believed to be firmly radical - he has consistently supported strict racial-purity laws and an anti-Imperial foreign policy.
As usual, the Secretariat held its elections behind closed doors, so details of Chissano's election are unclear. Several delegates have stated to the press that Chissano was a "compromise candidate," nominated only after several more prominent delegates were unable to break a deadlock.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 201-1120
Nueva Argentina claimed that its forces had halted and smashed a Waothani advance near the city of Guevara today, inflicting massive casualties on the invading Vegan forces. Waothani defense spokesmen dismissed these reports, but admitted that the advance into Human Bloc territory "has not entirely met expectations."
Gram/Spinward Marches 202-1120
A protest was jointly lodged with Confederation House by the Border Worlds Authority and the Imperium early this morning. Both states are objecting to the recent reconstruction work on Bryn Avgrunn Base, between the planets Orcrist and Enos.
A spokesman for the Confederation rejected the protest. "We admit that the previous base at that location was intended to threaten Caladbolg, yet it also bridged the four parsec gap to our most outlying world. After its destruction in the last war, Enos was cut off, and that needs to be remedied. We are willing to allow Imperial inspectors on the station, but rebuilding will be going ahead in light of recent obstruction of traffic through along the alternative J-2 route through Border Worlds space."
Enos/Spinward Marches 208-1120
The planet Enos is in shock today after a statement released by the Regent of Enos, Hamund Nafnisen Riseger. "Queen Ros has suffered a severe horse-riding accident, and is now at Hardenberg Castle," it said. "While the queen will recover, our top medical specialists are indicating that it will take several months or more before she will be well enough to resume her duties. Until that time, she will be withdrawing from public life. We ask that your thoughts be with her in this difficult time, and express our hopes that her health returns quickly."
Esperance/Solomani Rim 225-1120
After a brief cease-fire, fighting resumed today in the region of the city of Guevara between troops of Waothan and its human rivals. Waothani mechanized infantry and grav armor resumed their advance into territory claimed by Nueva Argentina.
In response to the renewed fighting, Imperial Naval spokesmen announced that Esperance would soon be subject to a full blockade, enforced by elements of the 1291st and 1295th Colonial Fleets already in system.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 234-1120
Sporadic reports of combat in the deep Esperance system were confirmed by a spokesman for the 1291st Colonial Fleet. "A number of Esperancian SDB squadrons with human crews have broken the Treaty of Milagro and taken up arms on behalf of the Human Bloc," said Lieutenant Fielle Wilson-MacCraig, IN. "As this is also constitutes treason against the Imperium, our forces have responded decisively. I am happy to inform you that the rebel SDBs have been smashed by elements of the 1291st Colonial Fleet, and the few survivors have scattered into deep system space."
In other news, Lieutenant Wilson-MacCraig denied rumors of tension between senior IN commanders on the scene in Esperance. "All naval commanders involved in the observation and blockade of the planet are fully aware of their obligation to follow the chain of command," he said before ending the press conference.
Ludmilla/Solomani Rim 238-1120
The Vegan tuhuir Ewm Shao Gwi has called for outside arbitration in its ongoing legal dispute with the human-supremacist government of Ludmilla. A commission composed of Imperial officials is expected to arrive on-planet within two weeks. Highly-placed sources in the subsector government have expressed concern that the Human-Vegan conflict raging on nearby Esperance is in danger of spreading to nearby worlds.
Sacnoth/Spinward Marches 245-1120
Sir Adrian Montrose, prominent official in the Imperial Border Office, was found dead today in his suite at the Ambassador's Hostel in Foerstaborg. Although Imperial and Border Worlds security forces are investigating the death as suspicious, there was apparently no sign of foul play.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 250-1120
A particularly vicious outbreak of the Vegan catarrh has taken place in regions already affected by the ongoing war here. The disease has little effect on Humans, who may suffer no more than mild upper-respiratory discomfort, but it is often very debilitating or even fatal to Vegans. Perhaps as a result, the Vegan advance into Human Bloc territory has slowed dramatically in the last few days.
Violent riots have erupted in several major population centers here, apparently leading to a full-scale popular revolt against the dictatorial Europan regime. A number of Home Guard units have apparently declared for the insurrection and are now fighting the regime's Republican Guard troops.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 265-1120
Full-scale Imperial intervention began today on this war-torn world. Admiral Sir Kristian Sandkvist, commanding the 1295th Colonial Fleet in system, announced that his office had uncovered credible evidence of biological warfare against the forces of Waothan, using a genetically engineered virus. "This constitutes the use of a weapon of mass destruction, which is a clear violation of the Imperial Rules of War. I am therefore ordering the immediate investment of Esperance. As soon as planetary space has been secured, forces of the Imperial Army and Marines will land and begin the task of separating the combatants and degrading the ability of the so-called Human Bloc to continue fighting."
Forces of Nueva Argentina and its Human ally nations are apparently in full retreat, as the Imperial Navy bombards their forward positions and logistics areas. Off-world, the Imperial 226th and 310th Field Armies (based on Yrsai), the 311th Field Army (based on Glaucas) and the 634th Field Army (based on Upirzanu) are all preparing to land once the way has been opened for them. The 1105th Lift Infantry Corps, already based on Esperance, has made a lightning strike to occupy the city of Todos Santos. Imperial forces are opening a command-and-control center there to oversee occupation of the disputed territories.
Shululsish/Solomani Rim 267-1120
The Office of the Duke reports that Archduke Adair will arrive on Shululsish on or about day 320, to preside over a four-day session of the duchy's Senate.
The most pressing order of business is likely to be the selection of a candidate for the vacant position of Duke of Alderamin. The current situation is complicated by the lack of any other Imperial duke associated with either of the subsectors of the duchy. By the Archduke's decree, Imperial counts holding demesnes in the Duchy of Alderamin will be eligible for election to the duchy.
Although the choice of the Senate is not binding on the Emperor, he is considered unlikely to overrule it so long as Archduke Adair gives the result his own concurrence.
Ludmilla/Solomani Rim 275-1120
After several rounds of talks, a legal agreement has been reached involving the government of Ludmilla, the Vegan tuhuir Ewm Shao Gwi, and the Imperium. The Ludmillan government will take no further steps to nationalize Vegan business interests on Ludmilla, and will provide the same protection and service to Vegan ships as to any others transiting the critical Boskone system. Any concessions made by Ewm Shao Gwi are unknown at this time.
Human supremacists within the Ludmillan public are mounting a vocal protest against the agreement, but a surprisingly large number of Human citizens are remaining silent or voicing support. Apparently a large segment of the Human populace is significantly less committed to anti-Vegan policies than most outside observers had suspected.
Duchess Margaret Alkhalikoi Tukera gave birth to a single child today, sparking an air of celebration around the world.
The child was a girl, named Julia Iphegenia Cassir Alkhalikoi-Tukera.
Both mother and child are reported to be in good health.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 293-1120
After several days of fierce fighting, the Imperial 310th Field Army has entered Ciudad de las Estrellas, the Neuva Argentinean capital city. The Nueva Argentinean government has already fled to a redoubt in an unknown location, but Army spokesmen confirmed that its representatives are already attempting to negotiate a surrender to Imperial authorities. While guerilla action remains a possibility, the Esperance War appears to be over.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 300-1120
Escorted by a powerful Imperial naval detachment, Archduke Adair arrived in-system to perform a brief inspection of colonial forces occupying Esperance. After receiving a briefing on the situation, the Archduke appeared in public to praise the Imperial soldiers and spacemen involved in bringing the Esperance War to a speedy conclusion. "With malice toward none, with mercy to all, we intend to bring a new era of peace and reconciliation to this troubled world."
The Archduke had particular praise for the Imperial commanders on the scene. For his actions as overall commander during the Esperance War, the Archduke announced that he was granting a baronetcy to Admiral Sir Kristian Sandkvist, commander of the 1295th Colonial Fleet, effective immediately.
In other news, the Vegans of Waothan have taken the unusual step of agreeing to all terms of the Imperial peace accord before those terms could be announced. "We are confident that the Imperium will protect our rights," said Raeb Alaok, advisor and spokesman for the Waothani central government. Raeb Alaok declined to address rumors of recent shuffling of administrative positions within the Waothani government.
Hoatzin/Solomani Rim 310-1120
Archduke Adair appeared in public with Countess Aurelie Muuadin of Hoatzin today, presiding over a gathering of Hoatzin's foremost industrial and business leaders. The Archduke praised the Countess for her management of her domain, particularly with regard to the recently negotiated end to the Stralsund dictatorship and the financial bailout of the Gran Hoatzin Consortium. Afterward, gossip columnists speculated about whether the Countess had attracted the Archduke's eye, but there seemed no visible evidence of any personal connection between the two.
Shululsish/Solomani Rim 320-1120
Archduke Adair has arrived on Shululsish to preside over the upcoming meeting of the ducal senate. He has taken up residence on the estate of Count Gyldenskjold, sharing those quarters with such worthies as the Countess of Hoatzin and the Aslan leader Teahtaukhakhtko. Late this evening he appeared at a grand ball held in the Ducal Palace, accepting the homage of the assembled peers.
It appears that a clear majority of the duchy's peerage has arrived on Shululsish for the convocation. A clear quorum of the electors seems almost certain. The highest-ranking peer not in attendance is the Count of Dimmurak, who sent his regrets (and his proxies, held by the Marquis of Boqueron). Many other prominent figures of the Alderamin region are also present, including representatives from all major Imperial corporations and several delegates from the Vegan Autonomous Region.
One delegation of particular interest is that of Teahtaukhakhtko. The Aslan chief is naturally accompanied by his son and heir Staiyoea, but also by two young Aslan not formerly seen in his retinue. Aslan-watchers on Shululsish have spent much time speculating about the identities of these new followers, whom the ko is apparently treating with great honor.
Security in the starport area and throughout the capital is very tight, with Imperial and planetary forces all involved and on high alert. There has been no trouble, although a minor incident occurred early this morning when a passenger off the Dingir Star was arrested by the planetary constabulary. The passenger's identity is still being held in confidence, but he is reported to be a former employee of Tukera Lines presently traveling on a Cuchulain passport. Constabulary spokesmen announced that he was being held on suspicion of involvement in assault and extortion charges, dating back to 1116.
Shululsish/Solomani Rim 322-1120
Today's debate in the ducal senate involved the identity of the next Duke of Alderamin. Post-session interviews revealed several surprises. Count Carl Gyldenskjold of Shululsish was mentioned by a number of the barons as the leader in the day's discussion, winning a substantial plurality of the votes. Other candidates receiving significant vote blocs included Count Willem Salacrou of Cuchulain and Countess Aurelie Muuadin of Hoatzin.
The biggest surprise of the day involved the Aslan chief-paramount, Teahtaukhakhtko. Apparently at one point in the day's discussions he was nominated for the duchy, and during the balloting he received a small bloc of votes. However, the ko himself refused to be held in consideration for the office, and quite visibly instructed all Aslan members of the senate to abstain from voting. Thus the ko received votes only from non-Aslan senators, and clearly did not vote for himself. No explanation has been forthcoming for this maneuver.
A small bloc of pro-Solomani peers registered a protest vote by nominating and supporting the ancient Solomani cultural icon, Mickey Mouse. Archduke Adair was said to be noticeably irritated, and ruled the nomination out of order.
The day's proceedings were apparently orderly, although Baron William Royce of Hoatzin was ejected from the convocation about midday. The palace's Sergeant of Arms refused to comment on the reason for the ejection, other than to note that it was ordered by Archduke Adair. Baron Royce was seen departing the senate building wearing an unusual piece of costumery: two large black discs affixed to the sides of his head.
Shululsish/Solomani Rim 323-1120
On the final day of the senate convocation, the electors continued to cast their ballots in order to select a candidate for the Duchy of Alderamin. Unofficial sources indicate that there was considerable back-room negotiation, both overnight and between today's rounds of balloting. On the 14th ballot, Count Carl Gyldenskjold of Shululsish won a clear majority of the electorate and was declared the choice of the convocation by Archduke Adair. The Archduke immediately decreed his concurrence with the selection, and announced that Count Gyldenskjold will immediately assume the position of Duke of Alderamin, subject to confirmation by the Emperor.
When the news reached planetary networks, Shululsish erupted into impromptu celebration. Count Gyldenskjold is quite popular here on his homeworld, and many citizens were quite open in their wish that he be promoted to the duchy.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 341-1120
Nueva Argentina signed the Imperium-brokered peace accords today, although leaders of the former Human Bloc of nations expressed resentment at the terms of the agreement. "This treaty places Esperance in the effective control of Waothan and its Vegan-irredentist government," said President Miguel de la Pena of Gran Colombia. "No matter what the fortunes of war, the Human citizens of Esperance have rights as well, and will one day cast off this fascist regime."
Speaker Raeb Alaok of the Waothani government rejected these veiled threats. "Waothan has no interest in violating the rights of Human citizens of Esperance. Indeed, Waothan has many Human citizens of its own who are valued members of society. Still, the so-called Human Bloc has several times committed treason against the Imperium, violated the Rules of War, and trampled on the civil rights of Vegans everywhere on this planet. They can hardly claim to be the victims at this point."
Secretary-General Marc Chissano has accepted the resignations of three members of the High Council: Grand Admiral Georgi Asatiani of the Combined Fleets, Minister of Justice Rabindranath Chan, and Minister of Economics Joshua Dahvin.
Although the membership of the High Council changes occasionally as a matter of course, it has been over a century since as many as three members have left the Council simultaneously. Political analysts believe that the current changes indicate a significant shift in factional power at the highest levels of the Solomani government.
The Imperial Guard has declined to release the names of three persons arrested on the Palace grounds yesterday, pending further investigation.
"The culprits were apparently simple journalists, seeking out advance information on the upcoming Holiday celebrations," stated Sir Ioan Khatena, spokesman for the Imperial Guard. "We have no information thus far to indicate a more sinister purpose. Still, this is unlikely to make any difference in our treatment of the situation. Break into the Palace to steal a currant bun from the kitchen, and the Guard will treat you exactly as if you had planned mayhem on an Imperial minister."
Preparations for the upcoming Holiday have been carried out under a great deal of secrecy. Imperial spokesmen promise only that there will be a celebration of unparalleled magnificence.
Emperor Strephon formally opened the Holiday season today, presiding over a traditional Alkhalikoi family ceremony at the tomb of the Empress Arbellatra. In a departure from usual practice, the Emperor invited the news media to record the ceremony from a discreet distance.
The Emperor was assisted during the ceremony by his daughter, Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia. The rest of the Imperial family was absent, most of them already on their way to distant regions of the Imperium in order to preside over local celebrations of Strephon's jubilee year.
Duke Ian Ashran of Cemplas also played an important role in the observance. The Duke was accompanied by his wife and a number of her Tukera kinsmen. The Duke's ancestor, Sergey Torgyan Ashran, was Arbellatra's consort and is also interred in her tomb. The Ashran family has the right to participate in the annual ceremony, although they decline the honor in most years.
After completing the ceremony, the Emperor departed the scene without making any official statement.
On the eve of his jubilee-year Holiday, Emperor Strephon has announced the engagement of his daughter, Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia.
The Grand Princess' intended consort is Doctor Frater Ganidiirsi Ling Simalr, F.O.A., heir-designate to the Duchy of Ushra in the Dagudashaag sector. He is a tenured professor at the University of Sylea, and holds the Banasdan Chair of Comparative Sophontology there. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential young scientists in the Third Imperium, and is believed to be an unofficial advisor to the Emperor.
The Grand Princess and her intended will depart Capital after the opening celebrations of the Emperor's jubilee, sharing a Grand Tour in the Dagudashaag and Gushemege sectors. The wedding will take place on Sir Ganidiirsi's homeworld of Ushra late in 1121.
Strephon's jubilee year has begun, with Holiday celebrations in and around the Imperial Palace.
The first order of business was the announcement of the day's Honors list. Today's list was of unusual length, but held few surprises. In a solemn ceremony, the Emperor presided from the Iridium Throne over the conferment of honors on several dozen new knights and peers. Afterward he issued his annual Address from the Throne, making no major new policy announcements.
Holiday festivities began after the morning's ceremonial. The celebrations were of special magnificence, involving public appearances by over twenty dukes and three Imperial archdukes as well as the Imperial family.
Grand Princess Ciencia appeared at several functions with her consort-designate, Doctor Frater Ganidiirsi Simalr, F.O.A., of Ushra. The couple received congratulations from many of the Imperium's notables as well as representatives of the public.
Notable for her presence was Duchess Margaret Yetrina Alkhalikoi Tukera of Anaxias and Delphi, making an unusual appearance in Capital society. The duchess emerged from the Palace at the beginning of the day's events, with no previous public announcement of her arrival on Capital. She and her family spent most of the day with the Emperor, taking part in several ceremonies and social events.
Shululsish/Solomani Rim 011-1121
The planetary corporation Shululsish Internetworking LIC has announced a very large joint venture with Anaun Twoyen and other members of the Ewm Shao Gwi tuhuir. The Vegan consortium has signed an agreement to purchase several trillion credits of Shululsish-built computers, networking devices and robots over the next ten years. In return, SI will act as Ewm Shao Gwi's partner in marketing Vegan consumer goods and light-industrial equipment on Shululsish. A new corporation, Alderamin Holdings, will be established to coordinate the activities of the partnership.
At a press conference, Anaun Twoyen stated that "This partnership represents a new era of prosperity for the Alderamin Trade Zone. Naturally, we are pleased at the prospect of opening new markets in this region to Vegan goods and services."
Ludmilla/Solomani Rim 030-1121
"Cheng Golok lives!"
A senior leader of the Interstellar Brotherhood of Labor addressed a crowd of Human and Vegan workers outside the Asterion Sports Facility in the capital. The speaker called for "eternal resistance to the forces that would divide us along lines of species or profession," and named the Human-supremacist faction in the government as "enemies of the people."
"It was a typical Cheng Golok occasion, and the speaker could not have been anyone else," said one commentator after the speech ended. "His face was slightly different, but his gestures, his choice of words, even his choice of venue - all vintage Cheng Golok. He's alive, and he's apparently declared war on the government of Ludmilla and its off-world sponsors."
IBL officials could not be reached for comment.
Rhylanor/Spinward Marches 038-1121
A prominent member of the local nobility has announced that she is about to submit an extensive legal case against Archduke Norris.
Baroness Jynel haut-Kurshar appeared in public today to make the preliminary announcement. "My colleagues and I have been working for years to assemble this case. We have investigated the archduke's doings over a long period, stretching back before the opening of the Fifth Frontier War. We have uncovered clear evidence of the then-duke's questionable actions, and look forward to bringing the case before an Imperial court."
The baroness refused to go into details, saying that she did not wish to reveal any details prematurely.
"Be sure of it, though. We have the goods on Norris."
The Imperial Mint has officially begun the issue of a commemorative coin marking Emperor Strephon's Jubilee.
The coin is being issued in both 5-credit and 500-credit denominations, the latter made from an iridium alloy in 125,000,000 copies. On the obverse of the coins will be a portrait of Emperor Strephon in profile. On the reverse will be an Imperial Sunburst.
The actual minting of the 500-credit coin has been spread out among the sector treasuries in proportion to the population of each sector. The coin is expected to quickly become a prize for many collectors.
Terra/Solomani Rim 050-1121
Imperial Navy spokesmen have confirmed reports of unusual movement of the Solomani Confederation Navy just across the armistice border. Solomani forces are apparently mounting maneuvers of unusual intensity in the Gemini and Kukulcan subsectors, and may be preparing for a renewal of open hostilities against the rebellious Solomani world of Kukulcan (2835 Solomani Rim).
Imperial citizens planning travel across the armistice border are advised to exercise caution. Imperial merchant vessels have already been excluded from the Kukulcan subsector for several years by order of the Confederation Navy. As of 050-1121, the Travellers' Aid Society is issuing a temporary Amber Zone alert covering the entirety of the two border subsectors.
Vantage/Solomani Rim 060-1121
A prominent Solomani Party official has been cleared of all criminal charges against him.
Jan Malikov, an influential leader of the Nationalist faction, was charged with criminal corruption and anti-Solomani activities last year. His arrest on the floor of the General Congress of the Solomani Party disrupted that convocation and may have affected the elections for Secretary-General that were underway at the time.
Malikov mounted a stubborn defense against the charges before the Vantage planetary courts. That effort has apparently paid off, with a finding that the evidence was insufficient to convict him of any charge.
Malikov has made no public statement yet as to his future plans, political or otherwise.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 065-1121
Imperial military police, aided by officials of the Waothani government, have located and arrested Paolo Muriz, the former President of Nueva Argentina. Ex-President Muriz was taken in the company of several other members of the former government, all carrying weapons and apparently engaged in guerilla resistance against Imperial forces. He and his compatriots are presently being held in an undisclosed location, and will be tried for war crimes at the earliest opportunity.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 072-1121
Violent protests swept several cities today, as citizens railed against the arrest of Nueva Argentinean leaders. In one instance, a running gun battle erupted between local insurgents and Imperial soldiers, in which three Imperials were wounded. Imperial military police were able to contain the violence after several hours and the liberal application of riot gas.
Mora/Spinward Marches 080-1121
The office of Duchess Delphine of Mora has confirmed the whereabouts of Dame Elane Shankarr Muudashir, the Duchess' grandniece and heir. Dame Elane is present on Mora, having cut short her planned Grand Tour of the Imperium. She is currently housed in the Matriarch's Palace and is making no public appearances.
The Office of the Duchess has declined to answer questions from the press regarding the reason for Dame Elane's change in plans.
Saxe/Solomani Rim 088-1121
A comprehensive peace accord has been signed involving several nations on Saxe, apparently ending a series of conflicts that has been causing turmoil on this balkanized world for over a decade.
Speaker Willem Sandoval, representative to the Bootean League from Sequoyah, was on hand to witness the signing. Afterward he observed that the event "was a victory for moderation and the rule of law within the Solomani Confederation."
Several Sequoyan Warrior Societies have been involved in the fighting on Saxe for years, helping to support pro-Sequoyan governments. They have often been opposed by troops in the pay of nearby Polyphemus.
The Europan government has made a formal petition for the intervention of Confederation peace-enforcement troops in its ongoing civil rebellion.
The petition represents a reversal in state policy - only a few weeks ago the planetary government was publicly refusing to consider intervention. The level of urban violence has not increased recently, but the government is feeling greater pressure from local corporate interests to resolve the situation quickly.
Mora/Spinward Marches 105-1121
Delphine Adorania Muudashir, Matriarch and Duchess of Mora, Sector Duchess of the Spinward Marches, has died of natural causes in her palatial residence on Mora.
Duchess Delphine was born on 021-979, the eldest child of Duchess Lutetia Ammon Muudashir of Mora and Lord Eneri Truell Adorania. She ascended to the matriarchy and Duchy of Mora when her mother abdicated in her favor on 001-1014. She therefore served in high office on her homeworld and in the Imperium for over a century.
For many years, the Matriarch was one of the oldest high nobles in the Third Imperium. She was also one of the most senior Knights of the Order of Starship and Crown – Emperor Gavin, the current monarch's grandfather, knighted her in 1018.
Archduke Norris made a public appearance this morning to announce the Matriarch's death. Appearing unusually subdued, he made a brief statement, concluding with: "Although the Duchess and I often disagreed, we never forgot the common service that we owed to the Imperium and its peoples. Few individuals have served with such distinction for so very long. Her presence will be deeply missed."
The Duchess' heir is her grandniece Elane Shankarr Muudashir, C.E.G. Dame Elane will take up her duties as Matriarch and Duchess as soon as an extended period of mourning, called for by Moran custom, is completed. In the interim, the Office of the Duchess will continue to carry out required administrative duties with Dame Elane's approval.
After a series of contentious floor debates, over 50 liberal members of the Secretariat have staged a walkout.
The Liberal wing of the Solomani Party has spent much of the current session of the Secretariat pressing for a less restrictive definition of the term "Solomani."
The original definition of the term covered only Humans born on Terra. Current Solomani law uses the term to cover all members of the "Solomani race," meaning Humans of predominantly Terran descent. Simple genetic tests are available which can confirm Solomani status.
The Liberal members of the Secretariat have recently agreed to cooperate in order to pass a less restrictive definition into law. Their proposed bill would permit all Humans to be eligible for membership in the Solomani Party. Despite their newfound cooperation, they have had only limited success in bringing the issue before the Secretariat.
Although the Racial Affairs Committee has heard several days of testimony, it remains deadlocked on the issue. Meanwhile, with the support of Secretary-General Marc Chissano, radical Party factions have passed several procedural measures which may make a redefinition bill almost impossible to pass even if it escapes the committee.
The current walkout of Liberal delegates is intended to protest continued radical intransigence. How long the walkout will last, and what strategy the Liberals will try when they return, is unclear.
A sudden popular uprising has - much to everyone's surprise - managed to depose the dictatorial government of this Solomani world.
Within the past ten days, a wave of general strikes has paralyzed major population centers across Twilight. When the planetary government attempted to crack down, Home Guard units went over to the strikers and attacked government secret-police troops. As of today, rebels appear to be in control of the capital city and have announced the capture or exile of the former government's top officials.
Twilight has long been ruled by the autocratic Chissano family. Since the outbreak of the revolt, few members of the clan have been accounted for, but most appear to have fled off-world. The most prominent member of the family is Marc Chissano, who currently holds the office of Secretary-General of the Solomani Confederation.
A rebel junta appears to have taken effective control of this Solomani world, despite a few pockets of resistance by Interior Ministry troops loyal to the dictatorial Chissano regime.
Representatives of the junta issued a statement declaring the establishment of "a republican government which will rule in accordance with the expressed wishes of the people." The statement promised "free and fair elections, as soon as the security of such elections can be guaranteed."
The junta also issued an official order for the recall of Twilight's delegate to the Secretariat of the Solomani Confederation.
The Secretary-General of the Solomani Confederation has taken the unusual step of ordering Solomani Navy forces to intervene directly in the ongoing civil unrest on his home world.
Rebel forces have recently seized control of most centers of government on Chissano's home world of Twilight (0912 Aldebaran). Claiming to be the legitimate government of the world, they have issued a recall order for Twilight's delegate to the Secretariat. Since that delegate is none other than Secretary-General Chissano, their order - if legitimate - could bring an abrupt end to the current government of the entire Solomani Confederation.
The result could be a constitutional crisis. Although it has always been theoretically possible for a Secretary-General's home world to recall him, the situation has never before arisen in the 250 years since the establishment of the Confederation's current constitution.
Secretary-General Chissano has made no public statement on the subject, and appears to be prepared to continue his legislative program without interruption. However, Solomani Navy forces in Aldebaran and Star Bridge subsectors have been placed on high alert, and a naval task force will depart for Twilight within a few days.
Mora/Spinward Marches 138-1121
Baroness Jynel-haut Kurshar's allegations of criminal activity against Archduke Norris have been making news here for some time. Today, while making a number of other announcements, a spokesman for the Archduke has issued the first official comment on these allegations.
"The Archduke has been briefed on Baroness Jynel's activities," said Sir Clement Eshgaani. "I wasn't present at the time, but I understand he was . . . amused."
Sir Clement continued, "Archduke Norris is quite willing to justify his actions before any tribunal competent to judge them. In fact, he has such a tribunal in mind, and is willing to pay the Baroness' expenses if she wishes to put her case before it. After all, a trip to Capital is expensive. So is the process of winning a private audience with the Emperor. Of course, the Baroness will doubtless be away from her estates for several years, but the Archduke is sure that she will be willing to make that sacrifice in pursuit of her quest for justice."
Nationalist politician Jan Malikov has returned to Home, in order to take up his seat representing the Bootean League in the Secretariat.
Malikov has not yet made any public statement regarding the current set of crises afflicting the Solomani Confederation's central governing body. However, he has already scheduled several meetings with other influential members of the Secretariat, including leaders of the Liberal and Radical blocs. Political observers speculate that he may be trying to smooth over recent disputes between the two opposed factions of the Solomani Party.
Secretary-General Marc Chissano has issued a public refusal to relinquish his seat in the Secretariat or his position as Secretary-General.
Nationalist leader Jan Malikov, himself a candidate for the office of Secretary-General in the most recent elections, responded today with a vehement speech on the floor of the Secretariat. "The ability of any member world's government to recall its delegates to the Secretariat is a fundamental part of the Confederation Charter. To flout that provision is to undermine the most basic principles of Solomani government: planetary independence, democratic procedure, and the rule of law. I call on Marc Chissano to step down now, before any further damage can be done to the foundations of our society."
Meanwhile, Confederation Navy forces continue to gather at Home in preparation for a peace-enforcement mission on Marc Chissano's home world of Twilight. The effort has been hampered by the abrupt resignation of several senior Navy officers, possibly due to adverse Solomani Security activities within the task force.
Sarmaty/Solomani Rim 156-1121
Imperial fleet maneuvers in the Sarmaty system have apparently resulted in disaster, as the 10,000-ton cargo carrier Pride of Kha'urru came under fire from elements of the 1291st Colonial Fleet. The cargo carrier suffered serious casualties to the crew and losses to cargo, and may itself be a total loss.
According to Navy spokesman Lieutenant Fielle Wilson-MacCraig, "The cargo ship failed to heed navigation warnings and proceeded into the midst of a live-fire zone. At this time, the Navy does not believe the carrier's crew was negligent, as there is evidence that its comms and sensor systems were malfunctioning. Unfortunately before a warning could be delivered, gunnery officers on three ships participating in an exercise mistook the cargo carrier for a target buoy. The results were inevitable. The exercise was immediately halted and all hands mobilized for rescue and salvage operations. Naturally, the Navy will cover the cost of indemnities for the lost crew and cargo."
Naval operations in the Sarmaty system have been halted until further notice, pending a full investigation of the incident. The Pride of Kha'urru was a carrier registered within the nation of Aorhtoi on Sarmaty, of Aslan crew and ownership.
The Secretariat of the Solomani Confederation saw an open break in protocol today, as a prominent delegate denounced the Secretary-General from the floor.
Jan Malikov called Marc Chissano's occupancy of the Secretary-General's office "immoral, illegal, and unconstitutional," and called on Chissano to obey the recall order which has been issued by the current government of his homeworld. "Chissano has lost any legitimacy his government might have held. He has only two choices at this point. He can step down and permit this body to elect a new Secretary-General who can wield power within the Charter. Or he can rule as a dictator. May our posterity judge him mercifully if he chooses the latter course."
Malikov's sudden denunciation comes after several days of quiet negotiation between his Nationalist faction and other factions within the Solomani Party. Observers have speculated that Malikov has been trying to resolve differences with the Secretary-General's Radical faction. If true, then any hope for such a conciliation now appears doomed.
The Secretary-General's office has issued a statement calling Malikov's speech "criminally irresponsible." Secretary-General Chissano thus far claims that the government of his homeworld Twilight is a mere "rebel junta," without the authority to issue a legal recall order.
The Secretariat of the Solomani Confederation is in chaos, following the departure of over two hundred delegates. Members of the Liberal and Nationalist factions have staged a large-scale walkout, in protest against delegate Marc Chissano's continued presence in the office of Secretary-General.
"The current government of the Solomani Confederation is unconstitutional," said Jan Malikov, prominent Nationalist delegate and apparent leader of the walkout movement. "Until new elections have been held to fill the office of Secretary-General, we refuse to lend this illegitimate regime our tacit support."
Unconfirmed rumor has it that Solomani Security is placing some of the protesting delegates under arrest. Although some of the "walkout delegates" are so far remaining on Home to watch further events, dozens have already been spotted in the starports, taking measures to flee the capital.
Unofficial delegate counts indicate that the Secretariat can still muster a quorum, although the margin appears to be very thin.
Shululsish/Solomani Rim 190-1121
Professor Ililek Kuligaan of Dlan University is in the Solomani Rim on extended sabbatical, largely to study the recently-concluded succession conflict within the Duchy of Alderamin. When interviewed on Shulusish, he observed that "These things follow a Darwinian process. Everyone starts out by trying to gain the support of the marginal worlds, where a noble can get his name out on the news early. Once that's done, the ones who were successful go for the more important worlds to try to clinch the deal. Of course, there aren't as many of those worlds, so that's usually when the quarrel gets nasty."
When asked about similar situations in other parts of the Imperium, Professor Kuligaan was vague, but stated that "This kind of struggle is actually endemic to the Imperial system, I'm afraid. Whenever the man on top vanishes without a clear heir, all the usual ties of loyalty start pulling people in a hundred different directions. We're fortunate that the usual rules of succession don't allow for these events very often."
Aosta/Solomani Rim 192-1121
Celebrations were riotous as the ISS Lioness arrived in Aosta system, part of the Imperial naval detachment escorting the Empress Iolanthe on her historic visit to the Solomani Rim. The Empress touched down on this world, known as "the Gateway to the Rim," in early evening (planetary standard time). She was greeted by planetary officials, by the Duke of Harlequin, and by representatives of Archduke Adair. After a short but gracious speech, the Empress was escorted to the estates of the Marquis of Aosta, who will be her host for the few days of her stay here.
Shululsish/Solomani Rim 200-1121
The rollout of Adiishamer Six, a long-awaited redesign of the Shululsish planetary information web, has failed dismally. In a grand ceremony attended by Naasirka Director Shannash Li, the first demonstration network was established early this morning (planetary standard time). Within a few hours, the entire network had been brought down three times by concerted network attacks. By early evening, Director Li ordered the network taken offline for a thorough investigation.
Ewm Shao Gwi official Anaun Twoyen held a press conference to ridicule Naasirka's foray into planetary network engineering. "We repudiate the vandals and pranksters who attacked the Naasirka demonstration, but even so we find that their own demonstration was quite compelling. The citizens of Shululsish cannot afford to hand over the vital functions of their society to an infrastructure which is this vulnerable to attack."
At the close, Shululsish Internetworking LIC stock was trading at 33.5 credits per share, up from its low of 8.3 credits/share on 194-1121. Shululsish Internetworking is a consortium of several Shululsish-based computer-technology firms with the Ewm Shao Gwi tuhuir.
Yrsai/Solomani Rim 211-1121
Reactionary "death squad" vigilantes have been unusually active recently, targeting pro-labor and pro-democracy organizations worldwide. Today's plasma-bombing of an Interstellar Brotherhood of Labor office in the planetary capital seems to indicate an escalation of the violence to new levels.
An anonymous call to the TNS field office on Yrsai claimed responsibility for the Scarlet Fraternity, a vigilante group widely believed to be an unofficial "action arm" answering to the Count of Yrsai. The Count's spokesmen vehemently deny any involvement in the Fraternity's activities.
Officials of the Imperial 109th Fleet have been taken by surprise by the sudden appearance of a small Aslan ihatei flotilla. The Aslan, making up the equivalent of a light cruiser wing, powered down all weapons and opened communications with the Navy freely. They have expressed a desire to immigrate into the Imperium, and have apparently produced documents claiming the sponsorship of senior Imperial officials.
Muan Gwi/Solomani Rim 260-1121
Fresh from her triumphant visit to Shulgiasu, the ancient Vilani capital of the Rim Province, Empress Iolanthe has arrived on Muan Gwi to a tumultuous welcome. This first visit of a member of the Imperial house to the Vegan homeworld has moved even the staid Vegans to enthusiastic celebration. Members of the Guardian tuhuir greeted the Empress with the Opening of the Gates ceremony, a rite of great antiquity involving almost six hours of intricate dance and pageantry. Historians report that the Opening of the Gates has not been performed in its entirety in almost 2,000 years, and until now has never been recorded by a Human audience.
Following the ceremony, the Empress was taken to the estates of Archduke Adair, who will spend the next three days escorting his distinguished visitor on a grand tour of the Vegan homeworld. A series of official meetings between the Empress and the Viceroy will follow.
Vantage/Solomani Rim 265-1121
Jan Malikov, a prominent Nationalist leader of the Solomani Party, has returned to Vantage after walking out of the Secretariat earlier this year. Today he announced that a Solomani Party caucus would be held on Vantage within a few weeks, "as soon as delegates can gather from all the worlds of the Near Bootes Cluster." The subject of the caucus was not announced.
Scandia/Solomani Rim 268-1121
Silk Road Factors captain Barnard O'Neill has given a series of high-profile interviews to the planetary media. These interviews have drawn public attention to the fact that Imperial free traders and small shippers have been operating across the Solomani border, in the ostensibly-interdicted Kukulcan subsector, for several months.
"The Solomani Navy isn't even pretending to enforce the interdiction any more," said Captain O'Neill. "In fact, I'm not sure they could even if they wanted to. There have been battles, and I personally saw evidence that the Solomani naval base on Ochre was in a shambles. I don't think Kukulcan is the only world in revolt in there."
When asked about the besieged world of Kukulcan, Captain O'Neill denied having been there since before the secession crisis began in 1117. However, without giving the identities of the ships involved, he hinted that several Imperial free traders had successfully traded there in recent months.
Esperance/Solomani Rim 288-1121
The Interstellar Brotherhood of Labor has produced evidence of shipments of arms being received by Human Bloc rebels, from an unknown offworld source. In protest, the IBL has called for a complete work stoppage at all starport and offworld shipping facilities on Esperance.
Terra/Solomani Rim 293-1116
The Empress Iolanthe has arrived on Terra, accompanied by the Archduke of Sol and their respective entourages. A substantial portion of the Imperial sector navy has also arrived as part of the Imperial escort, including elements of the 79th, 97th, 115th, 116th, 293rd and 294th Fleets.
In her first public statement, given from the Imperial Lounge at Starport Lagrange, the Empress announced that she carried an Imperial Warrant from her husband, and had been charged with implementing a number of changes of policy with respect to Terra and the rest of the Rim during her visit. She gave no details, but expressed the opinion that "all Imperial citizens of good will should have cause to approve of the prominent status of Terra and her children within the Imperium."
In a separate statement, Archduke Adair made mention of the apparent disorders going on within Solomani space. "Neither the Iridium Throne nor the Archduchy of Sol has any opinion on the political institutions of Solomani worlds which fall outside space claimed by the Imperium. The so-called Solomani Confederation must resolve its own internal disputes. It would be neither prudent nor justifiable for us to interfere in that process."
As is usual for high-level Imperial officials, the Archduke carefully left open the question as to which Solomani worlds might be claimed by the Imperium.
Sarmaty/Solomani Rim 295-1121
The mysterious "embassy fleet" of Aslan ihatei has arrived in Sarmaty orbit, escorted by a detachment from the 109th Imperial Fleet. Leaders of the ihatei immediately proceeded to the estates of Taehtaukhakhtko, chief-paramount of the Aslan clans of Sarmaty, for private consultations. Thus far the ihatei have observed strict discipline, making no attempt to land upon Sarmaty in significant numbers.
Grand Princess Ciencia Iphigenia married her consort-designate today, in the midst of grand ceremony and public spectacle.
The Grand Princess was resplendent in a blazing white gown of Ushran shimmersilk, crowned with a diamond tiara. Doctor Frater Ganidiirsi Ling Simalr wore the full formal robes of a tenured professor of the University of Sylea, subdued in a deep blue that contrasted well with the brilliance of his bride's gown.
The ceremony was organized along traditional Solomani lines, in deference to the customs of House Alkhalikoi. Emperor Strephon gave away the bride. To the surprise of many onlookers, Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi also appeared at the ceremony, looking unusually fit and handsome in the full dress uniform of an Imperial Navy ensign. Also present in the bridal party was the Grand Princess' childhood friend, now Archduchess Isis of Ilelish.
The groom's father, Duke Khugi Laragii Simalr of Ushra, served in the traditional role of "best man." Many other members of the Simalr clan were present, to round out the groom's party and wish the newlyweds well.
After the wedding, Emperor Strephon presided over the coronation of Doctor Simalr as a new Prince of the Imperium. During the following state dinner, the Emperor spoke of his new son-in-law with unusual warmth.
"We are fortunate to welcome such a scholar, such a man, into our family," the Emperor said. "Prince Ganidiirsi will doubtless serve our Imperium with distinction, as a leader in the sciences, as a representative of our many diverse peoples, one day as Prince Consort. For my part, I count myself doubly fortunate. To trillions of Imperial citizens, Ciencia Iphigenia is the Grand Princess, the heir who will one day take up the Imperial throne and mandate. To me, she is also my daughter, a young woman I love dearly. I'm therefore pleased that she has wed a man worthy not only of the highest estate, but also of her profound and lasting affection."
In a rare public appearance, Confederation Secretary-General Marc Chissano today announced the establishment of a new arm of the Solomani Party: the Solomani Defense Council.
"The Council will be specifically charged with the enforcement of laws banning the operation of non-Solomani political organizations within the Solomani Confederation," said the Secretary-General. "It will have full access to Solomani Security's files, and will have all the authority it needs to deal with such illegal activities."
The Solomani Defense Council was apparently established in a closed session of the Secretariat several weeks ago. According to Solomani officials speaking off the record, it is already being organized and may go into full operation at any time.
Terra/Solomani Rim 308-1121
The Office of the Archduke of Sol has confirmed that Empress Iolanthe will be extending her stay on Terra for some time.
"At present the Empress has cancelled the rest of her itinerary through the Solomani Rim sector," said a spokesman. "We can't say what her long-range plans might be, although of course we are happy to enjoy her continued presence here on the rimward fringe of the Imperium."
The Empress herself has made no comment on the subject, despite recent public appearances in the Gizeh Plateau monument district and at a performance of ancient light operetta in London.
Ludmilla/Solomani Rim 320-1121
A general strike and associated pro-democracy protests on Ludmilla have apparently led to a collapse of the local ManFirst government. Several Cabinet officials belonging to the ManFirst Party have resigned, and President Valleterre has gone into seclusion. This leaves the planetary government in the hands of the moderate Vice President Iole Shirika. She has announced the formation of a provisional government to hold power until open elections can be held. The Interstellar Brotherhood of Labor and the Ewm Shao Gwi tuhuir have both been called on to provide representatives for the provisional Cabinet.
Dzim Zhia Gwi/Solomani Rim 332-1121
Officials of the Ewm Shao Gwi tuhuir have voiced approval of the IBL-led provisional government on Ludmilla. "We reject any allegations against the Brotherhood that may suggest anti-Vegan racism," stated tuhuir spokesman Tyarr Elnak. "Such racism is a feature of the former ManFirst government, not of the Interstellar Brotherhood of Labor. Our tuhuir has no quarrel with IBL positions regarding interspecies relations or trade unionization. IBL opinions on human politics are not otherwise our concern."
Meanwhile, Joaquin Valleterre, formerly President of the Ludmilla Republic, appeared on Esperance today to deliver a fiery public statement denouncing the pro-labor movement on his homeworld. "These so-called labor leaders are nothing but jackbooted thugs, subverting the normal mechanisms of democratic government in order to impose their own views on everyone. The ManFirst party is the true expression of the will of the Ludmillan people, and we will not be denied our place."
Several senior officers of the Ludmillan planetary fleet have apparently mutinied against the authority of the provisional government, taking their commands out of port and into deep system space without orders. Tukera Lines freighter captain Qing Xiao-wen stated to TNS reporters that while his ship made its way toward the planet, it detected multiple outbound jumps in the vicinity of the system's largest gas giant.
Emperor Strephon returned to Capital today, concluding his year-long Jubilee tour of the Imperium. With him were Grand Princess Iphigenia and her consort, Prince Ganidiirsi.
With Strephon's return, the core of the Imperial family is once again represented on Capital for the first time in many days. Empress Iolanthe remains on tour in the rimward provinces, and is not expected to return until late in 1122. Prince Lucan has returned to duty in the Imperial Navy, and Imperial spokesmen report that he plans to serve at least one full term as a commissioned officer.
Observers at Capital are mystified by the continued absence of Prince Varian, who has not been heard from in over a year. At last report, the Prince had been in the Spinward Marches for some time, and was planning an excursion into the Jewell subsector.
Vantage/Solomani Rim 360-1121
After meeting in closed session, a Solomani Party caucus has released a manifesto calling for extensive reforms within the Solomani Confederation.
Meeting here on Vantage in closed session, the caucus is largely composed of representatives from the worlds of the Near Bootes Cluster. Many of them are members of the Secretariat who abandoned that body earlier in the year, protesting the "illegitimate" government of current Secretary-General Marc Chissano.
Caucus spokesman Jan Malikov announced the existence of the manifesto today. "For over a century, we Solomani have been living in a prison of their own devising. In the name of our racial destiny, we have denied ourselves the freedom that was once considered our birthright. For fear of our foreign enemies, we have done ourselves far greater harm than those enemies could ever have done. No more!"
Malikov distributed copies of the so-called Vantage Manifesto to members of the press. Among other reforms, it apparently calls for an end to the Solomani Party's monopoly on legal political activity, several reforms to the Confederation military command structure, and the abolition of SolSec's "monitor" program.
When asked about the consequences of the manifesto for members of the Party caucus, Malikov observed, "Manifesto or not, we're all dead men if the Chissano regime lays hands on us. We may as well make a stand for what's best for the Solomani people."
Dzim Zhia Gwi/Solomani Rim 001-1122
The megafreighter Tyaran Starburst, belonging to the Ewm Shao Gwi tuhuir, was attacked several days ago while approaching a refueling station in the outer Boskone system. Long-range missile fire raked the ship from bow to stern, wrecking its maneuver and jump drives, ruining much of the ship's cargo, and killing several crew members.
Ewm Shao Gwi officials claim that the attack was an unprovoked ambush, and can offer no information regarding its source. "The attackers used military-grade weapons and sensor systems," stated ESG spokesman Tyarr Elnak. "Our tuhuir-brethren had no chance to resist or escape."
Esperance/Solomani Rim 030-1122
Imperial Navy spokesmen have announced the arrest of several Vegans for violation of Imperial interdiction laws. The identities of the arrested Vegans are under seal, but the Navy has announced that all of them are members of the secretive Tunshaon Gwi tuhuir.
Terra/Solomani Rim 036-1122
A substantial portion of the Solomani border fleet has apparently declared its support for the so-called "Vantage Manifesto," opposing the Solomani central government.
A cabal of senior Solomani Navy officers, led by Fleet Admiral Michael Leonov, has declared the Near Bootes Cluster to be free space. Fleet Admiral Leonov has disavowed any intention to move against Home. However, he has committed forces under his command to defend the Cluster against any attack, "whether from the Imperium or from the lackeys of the illegitimate Chissano regime."
Admiral Leonov is being advised by Captain Alexander Spyridion, a former defector to the Imperium who is apparently in the good graces of the resistance movement. Spyridion is acting as liaison to the civilian authorities, currently operating under the command of prominent rebel leader Jan Malikov. The position of SolSec political officers formerly posted to Leonov's fleet is unclear.
Unconfirmed rumors indicate that the Near Bootes Cluster is not entirely unified behind the Vantage Manifesto. Forces under Leonov's command have apparently fought minor engagements with Home Guard units based on the Cluster worlds Aquitaine and Polyphemus.
Muan Gwi/Solomani Rim 044-1122
A minor nobleman has been ejected from the court of Archduke Adair after his involvement in several duels.
Sir Mutava Tabari, a native of Concord subsector, has been on Muan Gwi for over a year. During that time he has been involved in three affairs of honor, the most recent ending in the death of the Marquis of Tisiphone.
Although local law does not forbid duelling among visiting Imperial nobles, Archduke Adair is known to disapprove of the practice, and his involvement in Sir Mutava's expulsion is considered likely.
Heya/Spinward Marches 060-1122
In the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster, inhabitants of this agricultural world are seeking answers as to how the blow could have been permitted to fall.
Heya was struck by a Class 5 meteoric impactor three days ago. The impactor, a chunk of asteroidal rock and iron perhaps 300 meters in diameter, struck in the western Circle Sea region. Massive tsunami have devastated coastal regions everywhere on the planet, and the sudden displacement of megatons of water vapor into the upper atmosphere has caused planetwide cloud cover and storms. Casualties are already in the millions and climbing.
Imperial and local authorities are scrambling to provide disaster relief, but the event's sheer magnitude is swamping local resources. The Count of Heya has asked mercantile leaders throughout the coreward half of the subsector to assist by providing transportation and relief supplies.
Local officials have been quick to express gratitude for Imperial assistance in the crisis, but some have privately asked how the disaster could have been permitted to occur in the first place. "It's not like asteroids appear out of nowhere," said one official. "How is it that the Navy or the Scout Service didn't have the orbit of this object properly plotted?"
Terra/Solomani Rim 065-1122
Invoking her Imperial Warrant, the Empress Iolanthe has confirmed Count Carl Gyldenskjold of Shululsish as the new Duke of Alderamin.
Under the wording of her Warrant, the Empress acts with the Emperor's full authority in matters regulating the Imperial aristocracy in the Domain of Sol. Her action thus brings to a close the long succession crisis in the Duchy of Alderamin, which began when Duke Iwoahlarko died without a clear heir over two years ago.
Sarpedon/Solomani Rim 070-1122
Imperial officials have detained several members of the New Bavarian Freikorps, charging them with technical violations of an Imperial edict.
The Freikorps landed on Sarpedon just over a week ago, and has clearly been making preparations to take on a new ticket in an unknown location. The Imperial action has removed several members of the mercenary unit's command cadre, and may put the unit out of action for an indefinite period.
The Office of the Palace has confirmed that Grand Princess Ciencia Iphenegia Guuilbataashullibaa Alkhalikoi is expecting a child, who will be born late this year. Medical examination reveals that the developing fetus is male and appears to be healthy.
The news has provoked widespread celebration on Capital, as it represents the first potential addition to the Imperial line of succession since 1088.
Some habitual Throne-watchers have remarked on the speed with which the Grand Princess has acted to secure the succession. "Of course, you have to consider the alternative," said Countess Vienna Amalfi Zirunkaar of Quildhac, a frequent commentator on Capital society. "If the line doesn't continue through the Grand Princess, eventually one of Duke Dresden's boys will be Emperor. Perish the thought!"
The Office of the Palace responded to Countess Vienna's impolitic remarks with a mild rebuke.
Terra/Solomani Rim 093-1122
Alessandra da Silva, Marchioness of Terra, has retired from office effective immediately. In a brief ceremony presided over by Empress Iolanthe, the Marchioness abdicated in favor of her grandson Tomas Costa da Silva, and returned to private life. The Empress praised da Silva for her long and faithful service to the Terran people and to the Imperium.
The former Marchioness has expressed a desire to travel in her remaining years. "I think I'll see for myself what's been happening in all the years that I've been busy at home," she remarked. "I may even go incognito. It would be fun to see how the galaxy treats an ordinary old lady whom no one knows."
Kidashi/Solomani Rim 100-1122
Imperial authorities have broken up a local sabotage-and-sedition ring with ties to the Solomani Confederation. Although the details are still held under an Official Secrets ordinance, authorities have revealed that the investigation leading up to the arrests was carried out by an independent group, which included several citizens of Kidashi.
"It's a very encouraging sign," said Navy spokesman Captain Sir Valentin Krasnov. "As the disasters of the Rim War fade into history, growing numbers of Kadashii have come to accept the Imperial presence here, to the extent that they are willing to take independent action to expel the disruptive elements in their own society. This may indicate that the Imperium can one day afford to permit Kidashi home rule."
Members of the so-called "Free Kidashi" movement spoke out against Captain Krasnov's remarks, calling them "a typical example of Imperial paternalism and high-handedness."
In a possibly related development, the consul to Kidashi from the Solomani Confederation has been declared persona non grata and expelled from Imperial space.
Enos/Spinward Marches 106-1122
A brief popular revolution on this isolated member of the Sword Worlds Confederation appears to have ended with the return of Queen Ros to power.
The Enos monarchy has been in turmoil ever since the death of King Odinkar VI in 1108. The king's only heir, Princess Ros, was a small child at the time, so government was placed in the hands of a series of regents. The revolution, which began last year, was aimed at deposing the most recent regent, Hamund Nafnisen Riseger, a distant cousin of the royal house.
The young Queen Ros has made no policy decrees as yet, except to thank the people of Enos for their loyal support against "the usurper."
Although Enos is a member of the Sword Worlds Confederation, its internal economy and off-world trade are dominated by the Imperial megacorporations Hortelez et Cie and Ling-Standard Products. It is unclear whether the restoration of Queen Ros is likely to have any effect on the growing Imperialization of this world.
Vantage/Solomani Rim 120-1122
Insurgent elements of the Solomani Navy, under the command of Fleet Admiral Michael Leonov, have withdrawn from the Vantage system for an unknown destination.
The news, revealed by spokesmen for the so-called "Vantage Assembly," has set off a minor panic among the local population. Berths on outgoing passenger starships are apparently solidly booked, and unscrupulous cargo carriers are reported to be offering passage in "steerage" at premium prices.
Kurland/Solomani Rim 142-1122
Imperial Navy forces based in this system have taken over system-wide traffic control and are aggressively challenging every ship to arrive or leave.
The action began several days ago, after a group of warships jumped into Kurland system from an unknown location. Imperial forces quickly engaged and captured the intruders, who seem to have put up minimal resistance. The intruder ships were directed to the Imperial reservation around the Kurland system's second gas giant, and civilian traffic has been directed to avoid the region.
Navy spokesmen have stated that the aggressive "stop and board" stance will be rescinded within a few days. Questions about the nature of the intruder flotilla have been halted by invocation of the Official Secrets laws.
Vantage/Solomani Rim 156-1122
The planetary government of Vantage has declared the world a free port, neutral in the dispute between Nationalist and Radical factions in the Solomani Confederation.
"The civilian population of our world is uniquely vulnerable to attack," noted government spokesperson Astarte Voss. "We ask the leaders of both sides in the current conflict to avoid any course that might lead to widespread destruction. Only the enemies of the Solomani people would benefit from any failure of restraint."
Vantage/Solomani Rim 170-1122
Official Release: All traffic is hereby forbidden to enter the Vantage system (Solomani Rim 1538) until further notice. All civilian vessels are required to obey the directives of Confederation naval traffic control.
The Vantage star system is under martial law as of 0200 standard system time this date. All ships of Vantage registry, military or civilian, are hereby impounded. Officials of the so-called "Vantage Provisional Government" are advised to report to Confederation Naval authorities within three standard days or be considered outlaw.
The "free port" declaration issued by the Vantage Provisional Government as of 16 September 5642 is hereby declared null and void. The Provisional Government has played host to traitors and saboteurs, and has forfeited any protection of Confederation law.
Long live the Cause.
By order Nahali al-Tabari, Fleet Admiral, Bootes Cluster Enforcement Task Force
Kurland/Solomani Rim 172-1122
Imperial Navy spokesmen have confirmed that the warships interned here earlier this year are, in fact, Solomani Confederation Navy vessels.
"This was the losing side in a battle in the course of the faction fighting that's been going on inside the Confederation," said a Navy spokesman during today's press conference. "We've been interrogating as many of the interned officers as possible, to discover what has been happening in the Kukulcan subsector across the armistice line. Most of what we've learned is still classified. I can tell you that the detachment that came here was desperate."
Despite repeated questions, Navy spokesmen refused to reveal which Solomani faction the interned ships represented.
Sequoyah/Solomani Rim 195-1122
A refugee ship has arrived in Sequoyah space from nearby Vantage, bringing news of massacre among that world's floating "sky cities."
The transport St. Louis limped into port, heavily damaged and overcrowded, carrying civilian refugees from Vantage. Before reaching port, the ship made a lengthy transmission to system traffic control, which immediately copied the content onto the public data web. The transmission included evidence that Vantage has come under planetary bombardment, and that at least some of its urban centers have been destroyed.
Vantage's population is uniquely vulnerable to orbital bombardment, said military analyst Steven Tallman. "The planet's population is 100% core-urban, living as it does in those high-atmosphere gravitic structures. On most worlds, a city's population is spread out, and can flee into the hinterland if it comes under attack. Not on Vantage, where there's nowhere for the population to go. At least the sky-cities are mobile, and can try to hide in the planet's cloud belts, but that won't work for long against a determined attacker."
This analysis seems to be supported by the content of the refugee transmission, which includes long-range footage of sky-cities being torn apart by meson explosions and deadfall ordnance.
"They're killing us," said one refugee who provided commentary during the transmission.
"All of us."
Terra/Solomani Rim 220-1122
A well-placed source within the aristocracy has revealed that high-level contacts may be taking place between the Imperium and Nationalist leaders within the Solomani Confederation. Although the source provided few details, it is claimed that the Empress herself is involved in the talks.
Rumors of these contacts have provoked a great deal of controversy here on Terra, with both pro-Imperial and pro-Solomani factions expressing disapproval. Surprisingly, the most public anger has been sparked by an unsubstantiated report that the Imperium is considering returning Terra to Solomani control. A news-media poll has revealed that only 23% of the Terran populace would favor such a move.
Responding to today's reports in the media, spokesmen for the Empress and the Ministry of State have denied any significant contact with insurgent Solomani. A statement issued today said that: "The Imperial policy of non-interference across the armistice line is firm, and has been stated in unequivocal terms by the Empress herself. To speculate or spread rumors to the contrary is not only foolish, it is criminally irresponsible."
Feri/Spinward Marches 228-1122
Baron Marc hault-Oberlindes, titular head of Oberlindes Lines, died today after a brief illness. He had just celebrated his 95th birthday.
Baron Marc was born a commoner on Regina in 1027. He spent much of his life building a major merchant line, which today serves several subsectors in the Spinward Marches and is beginning to build trade links outside the sector. His often-colorful career spanned the Fourth and Fifth Frontier Wars, as well as a major trade war with Tukera Lines.
Marc's son, Sergei hault-Oberlindes, has been recognized in his father's baronial rank by Count Evan Gerasimov of Roup. Confirmation of the inheritance will require several months, but is not expected to encounter any difficulty at Archduke Norris' court. Baron Sergei has already completed his assumption of control over Oberlindes Lines, and has announced a continuation of his father's policies.
Sequoyah/Solomani Rim 238-1122
Nationalist leader Jan Malikov has appeared on Sequoyah, escorted by at least part of the Nationalist faction's fleet.
In a public statement, Malikov announced that the Nationalists intend to make a stand on Sequoyah. "With the support of the Sequoyan government, here we will wait for the Radical regime's lackeys. Here we will fight them. Here we will defeat them. Never again will we leave a world such as Vantage to the tender mercies of Radical justice."
"Here we stand. Nothing else is possible."
Sarpedon/Solomani Rim 240-1122
Imperial authorities have arrested almost a dozen operatives of Solomani Security on this border world. The SolSec ring was apparently in place to search for and assassinate Solomani defectors on Sarpedon. The arrests came after an unknown informant gave Naval Intelligence the crucial tip, enabling Intelligence operatives to trace and round up the entire ring at once.
Imperial authorities have refused to divulge the nature of the tip or of the informant, citing the need to maintain security for ongoing operations.
Vantage/Solomani Rim 248-1122
Official Release: Civilian traffic is hereby forbidden to enter the Sequoyah system (Solomani Rim 1337) until further notice. All such traffic is advised to detour via Teucer (Solomani Rim 1435) and Luuru (Solomani Rim 1234) if it must traverse the region. All civilian vessels are required to obey the directives of Confederation naval traffic control.
No ship of Imperial registry may enter Capella or Gemini subsectors while this order is in effect. Imperial ships violating this order and the territorial sovereignty of the Solomani Confederation are subject to being fired upon without notice.
By decree of the Secretariat, all personnel and resources of Solomani Security within the Capella and Gemini subsectors are to be immediately placed at the disposal of the Confederation Navy. SolSec officers aboard Navy vessels are hereby placed under the direct authority of ship's captains and the naval hierarchy. Failure to comply with this directive will be met with immediate and harsh retaliation.
Long live the Cause.
By order Nahali al-Tabari, Fleet Admiral, Bootes Cluster Enforcement Task Force
Vyborg/Solomani Rim 255-1122
A coup has displaced the weak Radical government of this agricultural world, replacing it with officials from the Nationalist wing of the Solomani Party. The coup is known to have involved Home Guard officers of Nationalist sympathies. Rumors of Solomani Security involvement in support of the Nationalists have not yet been confirmed.
Sequoyah/Solomani Rim 265-1122
A main-fleet engagement has been fought between Nationalist and Loyalist forces in the Sequoyah system. TNS observers have been unable to determine the outcome of the battle, but Sequoyah itself has not yet been invested by Loyalist forces, and it is presumed that the Nationalist fleet has won at least a tactical victory. Further news will be reported as soon as possible.
Sequoyah/Solomani Rim 269-1122
Political leader Jan Malikov has announced the complete victory of Nationalist allied forces over the Radical faction, during the recent main-fleet engagement in this system.
"Aided by an expeditionary force from the Free Republic of Kukulcan, our forces have trapped and destroyed the Radical regime's so-called Bootes Cluster Enforcement Task Force. At last report, the task force flagship was fleeing into jump with a few remnants. The Sequoyah system is secure from Radical invasion for the foreseeable future."
Malikov departed aboard the Nationalist flagship Sadao Kanzaki immediately after making his announcement. TNS reporters have been unable to determine the destination of the Nationalist fleet, although a substantial detachment has remained behind in order to garrison the Sequoyah system.
Planetwide celebrations have been ongoing on Sequoyah since the first announcement of the space battle's outcome.
Aquitaine/Solomani Rim 280-1122
Queen Marie III of Aquitaine was killed today in what appears to have been a botched palace coup. Members of the planetary armed forces, with the support of unnamed cabinet officials, attempted to seize the royal palace and secure the persons of the royal family. The Royals Own Guard regiment successfully repelled the attack, but Queen Marie was hit by crossfire and quickly died of her wounds.
Palace spokesmen have announced that Princess Eleanor, the former Queen's only child, has assumed the throne of Aquitaine as Eleanor IX. The new Queen is said to be safely in the custody of the Royals Own, reinforced by several crack Action Teams on detached duty from Solomani Security. Senior officials are reported to be "rounding up the nest of traitors" who mounted the abortive coup.
Since the new Queen is still a minor, a regency council will be appointed as soon as possible, according to the existing laws of succession. The former Queen's husband, Prince Consort Ian Kellerman of Polyphemus, is currently engaged in matters of state on his home world. It is unclear what role he might have to play in the new government.
After a brief confinement, Grand Princess Ciencia Iphigenia Alkhalikoi has produced an heir. Imperial physicians have announced that the birth was without complications and that the Grand Princess and her son are both in perfect health.
The Office of the Palace has issued a formal announcement of the child's birth, incorporating an Imperial proclamation of his name and his legitimate status within House Alkhalikoi. The new member of the Imperial family is Casimir Khugi Simalr Alkhalikoi, the third living Prince of the Imperium. He is apparently named after Count Casimir Aella, one of his maternal ancestors, and after Duke Khugi Laragii Simalr of Ushra, his paternal grandfather.
A major fleet engagement is currently being fought in the vicinity of this star system's primary gas giant, according to Solomani observers reporting to TNS. The identities of the warring fleets are not known at this time. The fact of a battle in the Monterey star system is significant because of its proximity to the Solomani capital of Home.
Traveller News Service correspondents posted to the Home system have reported signs of a massive naval engagement, centered on the jump approaches to the Solomani capital planet.
Even while engaged, the intruder fleet has made a number of radio broadcasts on civilian channels, apparently pre-recorded to be sent as soon as the fleet emerged from jump. In these broadcasts, the Nationalist political leader Jan Malikov calls on "all loyal Solomani citizens," demanding direct action against "the unconstitutional and illegal regime of the renegade Marc Chissano."
It is as yet unclear how much response Malikov's appeal has evoked among the population of Home. There are reports of explosions and scattered weapons fire in the capital and other major cities, but ordinary citizens are largely remaining off the streets even on the planet's day side.
Secretary-General Chissano has not been seen in almost 52 hours, although his staff have released statements claiming that he is overseeing planetary defense from an undisclosed location. The most prominent Confederation official has been Minister of Justice Catherine Lesalle, who has held a press conference promising the decisive defeat of "traitors to the Solomani people." Solomani Security Coordinator Elias Treleven has also made a rare appearance in the media, urging citizens to remain calm and stay in their homes until the crisis can be resolved.
In the aftermath of a naval engagement in near-Home space, there has apparently been a coup d'etat involving the highest levels of the Solomani government.
According to Traveller News Service correspondents, every senior official of Secretary-General Marc Chissano's government has vanished from the planetary communications net. The Secretary-General himself has not made an appearance in over eight local days. The last to disappear was Minister of Justice Catherine Lesalle, whose final text-only press releases appeared about 52 hours ago.
Major cities and other critical points are currently occupied by a mix of Home Guard militia, Solomani Security troops, and Marines from the orbiting task force. Outbreaks of violence continue, although they appear to be diminishing as supporters of the Chissano government choose to surrender rather than fight on. The occupation forces have so far been careful to avoid confrontation with the bulk of the citizen population.
Nationalist leader Jan Malikov has made a public appearance outside the Secretariat Building in the capital, reading a brief prepared statement. He announced the formation of a provisional government, and called on all the worlds of the Confederation to hold special elections for a new Secretariat.
"Now the hard work begins," he observed before departing in the company of several senior Navy and Solomani Security officers.
Terra/Solomani Rim 350-1122
The Empress Iolanthe departed Terra for the last time today, her personal liner escorted by Imperial Navy elements as it proceeded to the coreward jump points.
Before departing, the Empress released a statement thanking the population of Terra for its generous hospitality during her extended stay. "Just over a year is far from long enough to exhaust the possibilities of the Human homeworld," the Empress remarked, "but it's high time I returned to where I belong - at my husband's side."
In other news, the Morgan-West polling service announced its discovery that the Empress is currently "the most popular Vilani in Terran history." Independent analysts dispute the objective basis of this conclusion, but agree that the Empress has become widely popular among the people of Terra.
Emperor Strephon delivered his Holiday address from the Iridium Throne today, emphasizing the renewed strength of the Third Imperium.
"Ten years ago, I resolved to take decisive steps to pull our Imperium together, giving it new strength and a new sense of purpose. Even in my position, one always risks error when one tries to chart trends affecting so many worlds at once. Yet I believe there has been considerable success.
"Some measure of that success can be seen in the relatively quiet times we enjoy. Few people notice the crisis that fails to happen. Yet I can point to at least four events in the last decade which might have shocked our Imperium to its foundations had they gone differently. That they failed to do so is due to the dedicated effort of billions of Imperial citizens, from the highest to the lowest rank.
"Specific thanks are due to our Archdukes, notably Isis of Ilelish, Norris of Deneb, and Adair of Sol. Each of these has worked tirelessly and with glorious success to defend our Imperium and keep it strong.
"Yet my family and the Archdukes could never hold the Imperium together alone. Often, when a crime is committed or the first signs of crisis appear, the man on the scene is an ordinary citizen, a being who seeks nothing more than to survive and prosper as an individual. Yet the actions of these ordinary citizens, these voyagers on the starlanes, more often than not hold chaos at bay. Our Imperial ideals of loyalty, integrity, and initiative continue to bear fruit among the trillions of Imperial citizens.
"With such examples before us, we will continue. We will continue with confidence and resolve, knowing that our Imperium is a durable institution. We will continue, maintaining both our talent for innovation and our great respect for tradition. We will continue into the future, that undiscovered country to which no man can avoid travelling in the fullness of time."
It was learned today that Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr resigned his membership in the Tuday Club, effective the day before his wedding to Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia. Membership in the highly exclusive society is limited to 144 "sophonts of the highest scientific or artistic achievement," and is by invitation only.
Meeting every other Tuday for dinner and a lecture by one of the members, the society is most famous for it's annual Holiday Fete (held on 123 of each year, for reasons which remain a secret), during which prominent members of Imperial society and government are lampooned in a short musical revue written and performed by members. No official comment has been issued, merely the statement by Doctor Simalr's seneschal that the Doctor had not taken an active role in society meetings or (or the Fete) for many years, and felt his new schedule would not have time for such frivolities.
Controversial author Jamison Melendez-Kyzl claims he has evidence in the disappearance of Jeffrey Long. Long, a former reporter for the Phoenix Sun news organization (headquartered on Terra/Solomani Rim), is the author of a series of articles on a condition known as 'hyperspace sickness," evidence for which Long alleges has been suppressed by a military and industrial cabal. In 1118, Long vanished from a private mental health facility where he had been undergoing treatment for an unspecified mental disorder.
Melendez-Kyzl claims to have discovered evidence that Long's disappearance is the result of a plot by an Imperium-wide cabal of government and industrial officials to discredit the reporter, and reveals this evidence in his latest book Manufactured Madness, to be released later this month.
The first major social event of the year will be the 110th birthday celebration of Countess Vienna Amalfi Zirunkaar of Quildhac, to be held at Matuschanski Memorial Hall on the campus of the Karbiili School on 027-1123. The Countess is a former instructor at the school, and is being feted by the Karbiili Alumni Association, a group whose membership roster represents a surprising number of the movers and shakers in the Imperial peerage, including such luminaries as Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia and Duchess Isis of Ilelish. While over 2,000 are expected at the grand ball in her honor, the Countess has requested that the guest list for the dinner party earlier in the evening be limited to 180, and this has caused invitations to the dinner to be the most highly sought after commodity on Capital.
The countess is most famous for her outspoken commentary on Imperial society and government, and is widely known as a source of inside information on the highest noble families, the Imperial family included.
"I had a special sofa made many years ago," she once said, "with two spaces – one embroidered with the family crest for me. The other spot is embroidered with the legend "If you have nothing good to say, come and sit by me."
Professor Julian Trane, distinguished interstellar historian, announced today that he will extend his stay on Capital, both because of the popularity of his advanced seminars at the University of Sylea, and because his studies in the Imperial archives have taken longer than he originally anticipated.
Professor Trane's researches deal with the cyclical nature of historical trends, and his researches have proven especially fruitful. According to a press release issued today by the professor, "I have uncovered historical trends from the Civil War Era that have relevance to today's Imperium." Professor Trane refused to elaborate, and declined to answer if his researches are related in any way to Emperor Strephon's Holiday address and it's references to recent events. "Everything will become clear when I publish," he said.
The last of seven Suerrat protesters convicted of disorderly conduct and incitement to riot in 1119 were released after serving their terms in the Anitarra Penitentiary. The seven exhausted their appeals in 1120, and began serving their terms after the highest judicial review of their case refused to overturn their convictions, and confirmed the convictions and the sentences.
The Seven Suerrat were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and refusing to obey an order to disperse in connection with a demonstration that took place in front of Anitarra's Government House on 173-1118. The Suerrat, appalled at what they believe to be a deliberate attempt by the Imperium to absorb and weaken the unique culture of their homeworld, accused the Imperium and the Archduchess of Ilelish of "Cultural Genocide" were demonstrating against the growing use of Galanglic as a first language among the youth of their homeworld.
Sandoval Akis, seneschal for Hutara Astrin Ilethian reported that the ex-admiral died after a lengthy hospitalization for the stroke he suffered on 245-1118.
Ilethian is the uncle of Isis Arepo Ilethian, Archduchess of Ilelish, and Akis indicated that he will continue to run the Ilethian family businesses until the Archduchess chooses differently.
Isis Arepo Ilethian, Archduchess of Ilelish, delivered the eulogy at her uncle's funeral in a private family ceremony held today. In accordance with the late Admiral's wishes, his remains were cremated and will be scattered in deep space at an undisclosed location.
Investigators for the Imperial Ministry of Justice reported today that a number of individuals on Dlan and elsewhere were arrested for plotting to assassinate the Archduchess of Ilelish. Officials acted before the plan could be put into operation, moving on information from agents inside the alleged conspiracy, and made the arrests on Dlan and other worlds. The MoJ spokesman had no details, other than to say that at least one of the arrestees was a Suerrat.
The archduchess would not comment on the arrests, other than to say that the MoJ had kept her and her security staff completely informed at every stage.
The Imperial Ministry of Justice reported today that although seven of the nine individuals arrested for plotting the assassination of the Archduchess of Ilelish were ethnic Suerrat, there is no evidence that the plotters were pursuing any formal Suerrat political agenda.
"We feel that their ethnicity is coincidental to the plot," MoJ spokesman stated in a press release earlier this morning. "We are unable to state with any certainty why they wished to kill the Archduchess, but we are continuing to investigate the matter."
The office of the Archduchess declined to comment, saying that it would be premature to make any statement while the investigation is still in its preliminary stages.
In a press release datelined 268-1122, Imperial Navy Public relations officer Lieutenant Hollis haut-Melisande announced that the Fleet Exercises in Zarushagar will commence next week, and conclude with a mock invasion of this system on 360-1122.
Boskone/Solomani Rim 072-1123
Sources in Boskone announced that a vessel passing through the system discovered the abandoned far trader Helena Concorda, a Marava-class Far Trader reported overdue in 1059 after departing Huy Braseal/Solomani Rim.
No further details are available at this time, but the vessel is presumed to have misjumped into the Boskone system and remained undiscovered there for over six decades.
Boskone officials investigating the evident misjump of the far trader Helena Concorda, reported that a salvage party discovered no one on board. The vessel had no damage, and jump and maneuver drives were intact. Fuel tanks were empty, consistent with the consumption of fuel accompanying a full jump. Food and consumables stocks aboard were slightly depleted, but not below emergency levels. The low berths were found to be fully functional, but empty.
Officials have sent to Huy Braseal/Solomani Rim in an effort to uncover more details about the ship's flight plan and manifest.
Kana Wendemere, daughter of Sir Aella Wendemere, announced today that she will be continuing The Benasi Papers, Sir Aella's nineteen book series chronicling the adventures of a Terran family in the early years of the Second Imperium.
Terra/Solomani Rim 112-1123
News arrived today that a civic group on Terra has allocated funds to commission a statue to honor the Empress Iolanthe, in response to a groundswell of popular affection generated during Iolanthe's visit.
Excalibur/Sword Worlds 125-1123
The Imperial Interstellar Scout Service and the government of Excalibur announced today that rumors of the discovery of Ancient artifacts on the third moon of Excalibur are completely false. "There are some fascinating finds here, which we will report on in good time," said Baron Arvin Hault-Devros, IISS liaison to Excalibur's government, "but there are no Ancient artifacts here."
"Treasure hunters from all over the sector are flocking to the system," Hault-Devros continued, "and Excalibur's security forces are strained to their limits dealing with these unwelcome visitors. This has got to stop."
In an anonymous letter to the Dlan offices of the TNS, Archduchess Isis of Ilelish was accused of the murder of her uncle, Hutara Astrin Ilethian. Ilethian, an ex-admiral of the Imperial Navy, died after a lengthy hospitalization for a stroke he suffered on 245-1118, but the letter claims that he was drugged on orders of the Archduchess.
The archduchess' seneschal would say only that the letter is so ludicrous as to deserve no response.
One of the first actions of the provisional government of Jan Malikov was the expulsion of TNS correspondents from the Solomani capital. Since that time, reliable news has been hard to come by, but rumors persist that various members of Secretary-General Marc Chissano's government have been sighted either on Home or on a nearby world.
One of the more persistent rumors is that Chissano himself is being held incommunicado by Malikov's security forces, and will soon be charged with war crimes.
Excalibur/Sword Worlds 165-1123
Treasure hunters in the Excalibur system have come to blows, according to the government of Excalibur. Two teams, hunting for Ancient artifacts on the third moon of Excalibur in defiance of the Red Zone interdiction of the moon by the government of Excalibur and the IISS, allegedly engaged in a firefight with each other.
Baron Arvin Hault-Devros, IISS liaison to Excalibur's government, declined to give details, except to say that the surviving members of both parties were in government custody.
Mora/Spinward Marches 175-1123
Elane Shankarr Muudashir, Matriarch and Duchess of Mora, was formally confirmed as Sector Duchess of the Spinward Marches in a conclave of the sector's electors. There were rumors that one of the subsector dukes in the Spinward Marches would call for a vote of no confidence, but this did not materialize, and Duchess Elane's election was achieved after a single ballot, according to a joint press release issued by the members of the conclave.
The office of Archduke Norris immediately issued a statement of congratulations to the young duchess, and quoted Norris as saying that "We have no reason to think that the Emperor will fail to confirm this election, and look forward to working with Dame Elane for many years to come."
Mora/Spinward Marches 179-1123
A few days after the confirmation of Duchess Elane Shankarr Muudashir of Mora as sector Duke of the Spinward Marches, the office of Archduke Norris of Deneb announced that Duchess Elane had been inducted into the Order of Deneb as a Companion. The rank in the order held by her aunt, the late Duchess Delphine of Mora, was Knight of the Order, a rank reserved for senior members of the order.
The archduke's staff refused to comment when asked why Duchess Elane had not been given the same rank as her aunt, but a local expert in such things postulated that Delphine was given the higher standing because of her age and seniority in the sector, and was not a reflection on the new Duchess.
Terra/Solomani Rim 192-1123
In a press release issued today, Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra announced she has agreed to be the chairwoman of the search committee to choose a sculptor for a commemorative statue to honor the Empress Iolanthe. Terra's premier artists are expected to submit designs for the work, which will be housed in a special memorial garden located on land donated by the SPA of Phoenix Downport.
Unofficial word reached Capital today that Duchess Margaret of Delphi and her husband Count Blaine Trulla Tukera of Alekvadin are expecting their first child. The time delay from Delphi Sector is such that the Duchess has undoubtedly given birth by this time, but the news has not had time to arrive here at Capital.
In a proclamation issued today, the Emperor formally confirmed the election of Elane Shankarr Muudashir, Matriarch and Duchess of Mora as Sector Duchess of the Spinward Marches.
Terra/Solomani Rim 219-1123
Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra announced, through her seneschal, that her search committee has chosen a sculptor for a commemorative statue to honor the Empress Iolanthe. The winning design was submitted by Alexander Liu Pratt, of Cairo, who plans to execute the work in bronze using classical techniques.
Marchioness Alessandra announced she will invite the Empress to return to Terra to unveil the finished work.
Dimmurak/Solomani Rim 221-1123
Police today discovered an undetonated bomb is a secure warehouse facility at Shadulammur Downport. The weapon was defused and removed by EOD units without casualties or property damage, but a spokesman for the government said that "It was a close run thing – tragedy was narrowly averted by the heroic action of our Colonel Wu-Lan Jarvis and his EOD team. The weapon contained enough explosive material to severely damage the highport, and the loss of life had it been detonated would have been catastrophic."
No word is available who assembled the bomb or what purpose it was to have served. Ine Givar involvement is suspected because of evidence discovered at the scene, but the police on Dimmurak believe this may have been planted to mislead investigators.
A body found in suspicious circumstances three days ago has been identified through DNA as that of Colonel Hiroshi Enera, which presents a problem for law enforcement officials both on Dlan and on Medurma/Sapphyre. Medurman police reported that Colonel Enera was allegedly murdered in a Medurman hotel on 240-1117.
Enera, former commander of the Ilelish Regiment of the Imperial Guard, resigned shortly after Archduke Dulinor 's death in 1116 and was en route to his native world of Dlan. It is believed by some that the Ministry of Justice and the Imperial Navy felt there might be a connection between the murder of Colonel Enera in 1117 and the murder of Archduke Dulinor, but nothing came of the investigation, and it was dropped some time ago. The recent discovery calls the Medurman investigation into question, and a re-evaluation of the evidence in both cases will no doubt be undertaken.
Duchess Margaret of Delphi has given birth to a daughter, Ardythe Margaret Alkhalikoi Tukera, named after the duchess' mother, and her husband's grandmother, Ardythe Fratelli Tukera. The child is Emperor Strephon's distant relative (Duchess Margaret is his cousin), and the Emperor is expected to send a personal message of congratulations within a few days.
High society in Capital is abuzz with the rumor that Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi, currently on duty as a junior lieutenant with the staff of Zarushagar Fleet, is engaged to be married to a fellow officer. The Imperial Palace refuses to confirm or deny the rumors, and would not comment on any of the several names for the alleged-bride-to-be.
Prince Lucan has been on active service for several years, and by all reports plans to make the Navy his career.
The mystery of the far trader Helena Concorda continues to confound investigators in both Boskone/Solomani Rim and Huy Braseal/Solomani Rim systems. The abandoned far trader was reported overdue in 1059 after departing Huy Braseal, and was discovered drifting in Boskone's belt by a transient vessel.
After an investigation lasting several weeks, including examination of the ship's flight plan and manifest, no further light was shed on the ship's evident misjump.
Ministry of Justice investigators believe that the body discovered in a Medurman hotel on 240-1117 was not that of Colonel Hiroshi Enera, former commander of the Ilelish Regiment of the Imperial Guard, resigned in 1116, shortly after Archduke Dulinor's death.
MoJ officials believe that medical records were altered to substitute false data for the real DNA of Colonel Enera, possibly to allow Enera to disappear and assume another identity.
Investigators with the MoJ and IN felt there might be a connection between the murder of Colonel Enera in 1117 and the murder of Archduke Dulinor, but nothing came of the investigation, and it was dropped some time ago. An MoJ spokesman said the recent discoveries have caused the original investigation of a possible connection between the Enera and Dulinor murders to be re-opened.
The Imperial Palace has finally issued a press release formally announcing the engagement Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi, to junior lieutenant Tabitha Alonithen hault-Bennas, a staff officer of the Zarushagar Fleet.
No date has been announced for the wedding, but highly-placed sources in the palace indicated that there will probably not be time for the couple to return to Capital in time for a Holiday wedding.
Reliable news from the Solomani capital continues to be scarce, but TNS reporters on other worlds have pieced together reports that former Secretary-General Marc Chissano either escaped or eluded capture by the provisional government of Jan Malikov earlier this year.
Malikov's government has never commented on Chissano one way or the other, but has unofficially "leaked" that Chissano is in custody on Home, and that he will be eventually be tried as a war criminal.
The new information that Chissano is at large brings up the possibility that the unrest in the Solomani Rim may continue.
The Imperial Palace announced today that the wedding of Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi, to junior lieutenant Tabitha Alonithen hault-Bennas will be held on the INS Thylaciness, flagship of the Zarushagar Fleet, on 120-1124.
The wedding will be a non-sectarian ceremony, and will be performed by Fleet Admiral Sir Jopeth Hrothgar hault-Kurshar, C.R.A., commander of the Zarushagar Fleet.
Mora/Spinward Marches 269-1123
Political observers in the Marches are speculating about a recent proclamation issued by Duchess Elane Shankarr Muudashir of Mora. The proclamation itself is less important than is the duchess' signature, however. In it, she includes "Companion of the Order of Deneb" in the list of formal titles granted to her, something her aunt, the late Duchess Delphine of Mora, never did.
Observers wonder if this minor action might indicate a thawing in the decidedly chilly relationship between the Duchy of Mora and the Archduchy of Deneb. Archduke Norris and the late Duchess Delphine had a rivalry that lasted nearly a decade, from the time of the Fifth Frontier War to the latter's death. Duchess Elane's use of the title granted her by Norris indicates she might be attempting to patch things up.
It was learned today that the membership in the organization known as the Tuday Club vacated by the resignation of Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr was filled almost immediately by a "very high-ranking noble" whose identity remains a closely-guarded secret.
Meeting every other Tuday for dinner and a lecture by one of the members, the society is most famous for it's annual Holiday Fete (held on 123 of each year, for reasons which remain a secret), during which prominent members of Imperial society and government are lampooned in a short musical revue written and performed by members. Membership in the highly exclusive society is limited to 144 "sophonts of the highest scientific or artistic achievement," and is by invitation only.
A private G-Carrier today crashed near the archducal compound on Dlan, in what is thought to be a deliberate assassination attempt on the dowager archduchess, who was present in the compound. The vehicle was traveling in defiance of instructions from the local traffic control computer, and departed from controlled flight after a series of radical course alterations, finally striking a ridgeline about 15 kilometers from the compound in property owned by the Ilethian family. Two passengers were killed in the crash.
Ownership of the G-Carrier has not been traced, and the two passengers have not yet been identified.
Investigators have released more details about the private G-Carrier that crashed near the archducal compound on Dlan a few days ago. The vehicle's two passengers were killed instantly – their identities have yet to be released pending the conclusion of further investigation into their motives.
Investigators on Dlan revealed that the crashed G-carrier was packed with explosives, which did not detonate when the vehicle impacted the ground near the Ilethian family compound.
Several Suerrat political groups are under investigation as sponsoring the alleged assassination attempt, but all of them have denied any connection with the crash.
Investigation into the alleged misjump of the Far Trader Helena Concorda has discovered what appears to be a flaw in the ship's navigation programming that appears to have caused the misjump.
A board of experts from the Imperial Navy and the Scout Service finished a detailed examination of the ship last week, and discovered certain anomalous features in the ship's navigation program. The investigators have pointedly refused to state whether or not the features were deliberately introduced to sabotage the ship or were an accidental result of the ship's crew attempting to modify their navigation programs.
Persistent rumors indicate that the membership in the Tuday Club vacated by the resignation of Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr was filled by Archduke Tranian of Gateway. According to one rumor, the Archduke was inducted into the organization at the societies' annual Holiday Fete on 123-1123. Membership in the highly exclusive society is limited to 144 "sophonts of the highest scientific or artistic achievement," and is by invitation only. If the rumors are correct, Tranian would be the first Tuday Club member of Archducal rank in the history of the organization.
The office of Archduke Tranian could not be reached for comment. The Tuday Club's public relations Office declined to comment, as they always do when requested to confirm or deny the identity of any of their members.
Dimmurak/Solomani Rim 291-1123
Dimmurak police investigators today announced that arrests have been made in connection with the undetonated bomb discovered earlier this year at Shadulammur Downport. The names of the arrestees are being withheld for the time being.
Although Ine Givar involvement was suspected at first, but investigators soon found evidence of the group's involvement was a false lead.
In a proclamation issued today, Emperor Strephon has inducted his nephew, Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi, into the Honorable order of the Emperor's Guard, as a companion of the order. Lucan's fiancée Tabitha Alonithen hault-Bennas was inducted into the Ancient and Preeminent Order of Sylea in the same proclamation. In an informal address at this morning's Imperial court, Strephon remarked that the knighthoods were awarded in honor of the Prince's upcoming marriage, and were an early wedding present to the couple.
It was further announced that a limited Imperial Warrant has been dispatched by jump-6 courier, to allow Fleet Admiral Sir Jopeth Hrothgar hault-Kurshar, commander of the Zarushagar Fleet, to knight Lucan and his fiancée as part of the wedding ceremony.
Ganesh/Solomani Rim 296-1123
Operatives of the Ministry of Justice and the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service have uncovered an organization dedicated to smuggling weapons, money, and equipment from inside the Imperium to supporters of deposed Solomani Secretary-General Marc Chissano. In a series of arrests on Ganesh and nearby worlds, the MoJ and IISS have taken into custody more than three hundred individuals connected with the plot, and have confiscated several small mercantile spacecraft. In addition, documents recovered as part of the arrests indicate that fund-raising for the group may have been undertaken as deep into the Imperium as Terra/Sol.
Chissano himself is rumored to be held incommunicado by security forces of the provisional Solomani government of Jan Malikov. A spokesman for the MoJ stated "It is not known whether the plotters intended to try to rescue Chissano, but that would not be out of the question."
The office of Archduke Tranian of Gateway today announced that the Archduke has respectfully declined the offer of membership in the Tuday Club made to him earlier in the year. "The Archduke was honored to be considered a sophont 'of the highest scientific or artistic achievement,'" the statement read, "but he does not have the free time to do justice to the organization."
This is the first confirmation of the rumors that the highly secretive organization had actually invited the archduke to join their number, which is limited to a total of 144 at any given time.
Mora/Spinward Marches 314-1123
Political observers noted today that Duchess Elane Shankarr Muudashir of Mora held court today, and included among her Ducal regalia the sash and medallion of a knight companion of the Order of Deneb.
Political observers in the Marches believe that Duchess Elane's use of the regalia (and the title in official proclamations) is further evidence that she does not intend to continue the rivalry between her late aunt (Duchess Delphine of Mora) and Archduke Norris of Deneb. This is a major change in the political climate of the Marches.
The Imperial palace today announced that Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi has declared his intention to return to Sanches and take up his position as Duke. The duchy has been under the administration of a seneschal since the death of Varian's father, Duke Dresden Paulo Alkhalikoi of Sanches. Varian has issued no statement himself – indeed, his precise whereabouts were not part of the press release, and are currently unknown – and the reasons for this abrupt change in lifestyle remain a matter for speculation.
Terra/Solomani Rim 324-1123
In a press release dated today, the seneschal of Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra announced that officers of the Ministry of Justice and the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service, in cooperation with local police and military agencies, have arrested an unspecified number of individuals on a variety of charges, including money-laundering and illegal fund-raising. These individuals are associated with the organization recently uncovered on Ganesh in the Banasdan subsector of the Solomani Rim, dedicated to smuggling weapons, money, and equipment from inside the Imperium to supporters of deposed Solomani Secretary-General Marc Chissano.
Officials declined to release names of the arrestees or other details, but did say that only a small proportion were Imperial citizens, but declined to say how many were citizens of the Solomani Confederation.
Mora/Spinward Marches 344-1123
Duchess Elane Shankarr Muudashir of Mora has called for a formal conclave of the subsector dukes of the Spinward Marches, to take place on Holiday of 1124. The announcement noted that the invitation specifically listed each sector duke and that the list included Archduke Norris of Deneb, in his capacity as Duke of Regina. Political observers in the Marches believe this is the signal to date that Duchess Elane intends to patch up the political rift between her aunt (the former Duchess of Mora) and Duke Norris, begun before the start of the Fifth Frontier War.
Emperor Strephon delivered his annual Holiday message from the Iridium Throne today, focusing again on his message of recent years: the relative peace and tranquility that has characterized the Imperium in the last decade.
"We have kept to a consistent and coherent path, both domestically, and externally, and the result has been that historians see the Fifth Frontier War as the last major event worthy of their pens –– an event whose 25th anniversary approaches. Babies born in an era of total Imperial peace are now adults, and raise children of their own, in every hope and expectation that that same peace will continue."
"My own family continues to grow, and the line of Imperial succession is insured for decades to come. I hold my grandson in my arms, and my heart almost bursts with pride each time I think that someday he will take up the burdens I now endure."
Popular rumor in recent months is that Archduke Tranian of Gateway intends to marry, although no two rumors can agree on the name of his intended. The office of the Archduke declined to comment on the veracity of the rumors.
In a proclamation issued today, Emperor Strephon has inducted his nephew, Prince Varian Alkhalikoi, into the Honorable order of the Emperor's Guard, as a companion of the order. During a press conference at the conclusion of the day's business, the Emperor remarked that it was only fitting that his nephew receive the honor, in consideration of his newly-shouldered responsibilities.
Late last year, Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi declared his intention to return to Sanches and take up his position as Duke, which became his upon the death of his father, Duke Dresden Paulo Alkhalikoi of Sanches. To date, the Duchy has been governed through a seneschal.
The public relations office of KamsiiCo announced today the temporary closing of Droyne Land, one of the resort world's most popular attractions. "We regret the necessity of closing so popular an exhibit, but the board felt it was in the best interests of the Droyne community on Kamsii," a spokesman said earlier today. "Droyne Land was intended to be a representative community of Droyne, but the board and the leaders of the oytrip both agreed that the community on Kamsii was a typical Droyne community or representative of Droyne society. We have closed the attraction, and will not re-open it until we can create a truly representative Droyne settlement on Kamsii."
For the present, the Droyne on Kamsii will remain on the world, but will no longer receive guided tours. The KamsiiCo spokesman hastened to add that Hiver Land (operated with the full cooperation of the Sociology Club of Kamsii) remains as popular as ever, and will continue to operate.
Empress Iolanthe today departed Core en route to Terra/Solomani Rim to dedicate a statue of herself on that world. The artwork was commissioned by a Terran civic group to honor the Empress Iolanthe, in response to a groundswell of popular affection generated during her visit to the world as part of the Emperor's golden jubilee. An informal poll conducted among citizens of Terra shortly before the Empress departed that world in 1122 voted her "the most popular Vilani in history."
Space for the statue has been allocated in a special memorial garden located on land donated by the SPA of Phoenix Downport, and the finishing touched on the statue itself as well as the memorial pavilion constructed to house it are reported to be nearing completion.
The details of the route to be taken by the Imperial yacht and it's Naval escort fleet are classified, but the Palace confirmed that Iolanthe will visit the Vegan Autonomous District either en route to Terra or during her return trip.
Excalibur/Sword Worlds 041-1124
Despite the Red Zone interdiction of the third moon of Excalibur, rumors persist that Ancient artifacts from the moon have turn up on the black market in the Spinward Marches. The interdiction was imposed on the moon by the government of Excalibur and the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service, to end the fighting between rival teams of treasure hunters in response to rumors that there are Ancient sites on the moon, a fact hotly denied by both the local government and the IISS. Baron Arvin Hault-Devros, IISS liaison to Excalibur's government, says that the alleged artifacts are clearly fakes, intended to take advantage of the publicity accompanying the arrest of treasure hunters on Excalibur.
A spokesman for the Hortalez Family Trust announced today that Harlan Aella Hortelez has died at the age of 101. Hortalez is the former chairman of the board and chief administrator of the Hortalez Family trust, which controls the operations of Hortalez et Cie, and has lived since 1108 in his apartments in the Hortalez arcology on Capital.
Hortalez died of a stroke, and had been in a coma for the last three months, the spokesman said. His nephew, David Hutara Hortalez, currently chairman of the board and chief administrator of the Hortalez Family Trust (who took over upon his uncle's retirement in 1108), announced that the body will be cremated after a private service, at which Emperor Strephon, who is a distant relative, has agreed to give the eulogy.
Fake Ancient artifacts from Excalibur in the Spinward Marches have been discovered for sale as far from the Marches as Core sectors, a representative of the Ministry of Justice announced today. Collectors of Ancient artifacts persist, despite Imperial laws against the practice – the only legal buyer for Ancient artifacts is the Imperial government. The spokesman emphasized that dealers in counterfeit artifacts are guilty of fraud, although collectors who buy fakes are not breaking the law.
Archeologists investigating a site on a planetoid in the Nusku system have discovered remains of a crashed Imperial courier ship dating from the period of the Solomani Rim War (990-1002). The ship shows signs of having been damaged in action, but investigators believe that the crash was controlled enough for hull integrity to have remained intact. No trace of the three crewmembers was found, but their possessions and effects were all present, and wonderfully preserved.
The most severe damage to the 100-ton vessel was to the boat dock. Investigators were unable to determine if the vessel's lifeboat had been launched or was knocked loose during the crash. Investigation of the crash site continues, and includes examination of the wreckage looking for clues to the ship's name and unit.
Archeologists have released more information about the crashed Imperial Courier found on a planetoid in the Nusku system a few days ago.
The vessel was INS Tungus, and was listed as missing in action in the closing days of the Solomani Rim War (990-1002). The remains found on site indicate a that Tungus had sustained battle damage, but had still managed to retain enough control on landing for most of the hull to remain intact.
Naval officers involved in the investigation believe that the vessel's lifeboat was launched before the crash, and that two of the vessel's three crewmembers abandoned ship before the crash. Evidence on the crash site indicates that the last crewmember survived the crash and was rescued by the lifeboat, but investigators are unable to explain why the crew left their personal effects on the ship.
The Imperial Palace today announced that the Emperor has received a letter from his nephew, Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi , announcing that he has arrived at Sanches and has begun what he describes as a "training period" before he takes over the formal administration of the Duchy of Sanches. The duchy has been under the administration of a seneschal since the death of Varian's father, Duke Dresden Paulo Alkhalikoi of Sanches.
News has arrived from Sanches that Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi has announced his engagement to Lady Helena Kelvin, granddaughter of Baron Burnabus Kelvin of Chandos. Chandos has acted as seneschal of the Duchy of Sanches since the death of Varian's father, Duke Dresden Paulo Alkhalikoi of Sanches.
No further details were forthcoming.
Lady Lynette Hutara Murdoch formally surrendered her powers of regency today, and her son, Axel Aella Murdoch is thus formally confirmed as Marquis of Haley, pending the approval of the Emperor. Axel Murdoch is a direct descendant of the original Axel Murdoch, founder of the megacorporation Instellarms, and has been privately educated at the Murdoch palace on Capital.
Emperor Strephon is expected to invest the new Marquis with his office personally, but no date of the ceremony has been announced.
Duke Pellinor Esfahan Muendor of Lode, is pleased to announce that his daughter, Lady Elia Hortelez Muendor of Lode, is engaged to marry Sir Etian Delgado Osmanlia, C.A.S., Baron of Mys. Mys is one of several landless fiefs in Core sector, and consists mostly of holdings in the stock of several megacorporations.
Lady Elia attended the Karbilii school and Wingate College on Capital. Sir Etian is an official with the Imperial Ministry of Justice on Capital.
In a ceremony at the Imperial Palace today, Emperor Strephon officially invested Axel Aella Murdoch as Marquis of Haley, presenting him with the regalia of his seat. At the same time, the Emperor knighted the new Marquis as a Companion of the Ancient and Preeminent Order of Sylea.
Murdoch achieved his majority recently, when his mother formally surrendered her powers as regent, taken on at the death of his father, the previous Marquis.
Terra/Solomani Rim 126-1124
In a press release dated today, the seneschal of Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra announced that a diary has been uncovered in the archives of the old Terran Confederation dating from the period of the Regency of Arbellatra, covering the years 618 to 632.
The diary, kept by Janos Liu-Matuschanka, a junior officer in the Imperial Navy and a member of Arbellatra's staff, provides a unique view of one of the most important periods of Imperial history. The original document will be presented to the Empress for transport to the Imperial Museum of History, as part of the celebrations surrounding the dedication of the statue of the Empress on Terra.
The Imperial palace announced today that Emperor Strephon will host the wedding of Lady Elia Hortelez Muendor of Lode and Sir Etian Delgado Osmanlia, C.A.S., Baron of Mys. It is unusual for the Imperial Palace to be used for weddings of individuals not in the Imperial bloodline, but the announcement stated that Strephon had come to know the bride to be when she was involved with Princes Lucan and Varian, and made the offer out of personal sentiment. The prospective bride and groom are said to be honored and have accepted.
No date for the services has been announced, but the wedding itself will be performed in the throne room of the palace by the Lord High Chamberlain, and will be a civil ceremony.
Naval investigators today announced that they have concluded their investigations into the evident misjump of the far trader Helena Concorda, which departed Huy Braseal/Solomani Rim in 1059, and was discovered drifting in Boskone's belt in 1123.
Investigators have now concluded that the merchant ship's crew were attempting to modify their ships navigation programs and faulty programming caused the navigational error that precipitated the misjump.
The twentieth book in the incredibly popular series The Benasi Papers, begun by Sir Aella Wendemere and continued by his daughter Kana Wendemere, has been published and initial sales exceeded the Wendemere family's wildest expectations.
The series chronicles the adventures of a Terran family in the early years of the Second Imperium, and it's fans are rumored to include members of the Imperial family.
The wedding of Lady Elia Hortelez Muendor of Lode and Sir Etian Delgado Osmanlia, C.A.S., Baron of Mys was performed today at the Imperial palace.
The civil ceremony was performed in the throne room of the palace by the Lord High Chamberlain, with the Emperor as the most important guest.
Sources close to the family have confirmed rumors that Lady Lynette Hutara Murdoch has departed Capital on what the family describes as "the Grand Tour she never had." The former regent for the Marquisate of Haley has departed on a five year tour of the Imperium, with the blessing of her son, Marquis Axel Aella Murdoch of Haley. Lady Murdoch, accompanied by a few close family retainers, took one of the Murdoch family yachts on an undisclosed itinerary.
A collection of authenticist organizations has decided to recreate the experience of living on a generation ship, not by actually traveling from one star to another, but by crossing a single star system. INS Prometheus will be constructed in orbit around Terra, and then accelerated from Earth orbit to Mars and back again.
Passengers will take on the role of the first interstellar travelers, at least for the 22 months the ship will spend in transit. The ship will maintain radio silence (except for emergencies) and try to simulate an interstellar voyage as closely as possible. Passengers will first take on the role of the initial passengers, but in mid journey will switch personas and become the final generation of colonists. If the trip is successful, it may become a cyclical event.
Baron Burnabus Kelvin of Chandos is pleased to announce that a date has been set for the wedding of his daughter, Lady Helena Kelvin, to Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi, Duke of Sanches. The pair will marry on Holiday of 1125, in a ceremony at the Ducal Palace on Sanches.
Mora/Spinward Marches 174-1124
Duchess Elane Shankarr Muudashir of Mora today dedicated a memorial to her deceased aunt, the former Duchess Delphine of Mora.
The memorial is on the public park grounds adjacent to the Ducal Palace on Mora, and consists of 0.1 hectare of ornamental gardens centered around a statue of the late duchess.
Professor Julian Trane, distinguished interstellar historian, announced today that he has finally concluded his research at the Imperial Archives, and will return home to complete his next manuscript. Trane declined to give details, but it is known that his researches deal with the cyclical nature of historical trends. Trane has previously claimed to have discovered historical trends from as far back as the era of the Imperial Civil War that have relevance to today's Imperium. Professor Trane declined to speculate when his latest work would be available for publication.
The Imperial Palace announced today that the wedding of Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi to junior lieutenant Tabitha Alonithen hault-Bennas took place on the INS Thylaciness, flagship of the Zarushagar Fleet, on 120-1124. The ceremony was performed by Fleet Admiral Sir Jopeth Hrothgar hault-Kurshar, C.R.A., commander of the Zarushagar Fleet and included a ceremony to knight both Lucan and his fiancée.
Terra/Solomani Rim 196-1124
The seneschal of Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra announced today that after an extensive investigation further arrests have been made in connection with a plot to raise money and smuggle weapons, money, and equipment from inside the Imperium to supporters of deposed Solomani Secretary-General Marc Chissano in the Solomani Confederation.
Officials declined to release names of the arrestees or other details.
A supply cache belonging to the anti-Imperial Solomani insurgency on this world has been discovered in a cave in a rural area near Brogan's Down Starport, an MoJ official announced today. The cache contained weapons, explosives, money, food, and other supplies of use to an insurgent organization.
"The cache had been abandoned for many years, and many of the supplies had deteriorated," the official said, "We believe the cache dates from more than 17 years ago, during the period when the insurgents lost popular support on this world. We do not believe it indicates the continued existence of any anti-government organization."
The official confirmed that the cache has been carried off by local law enforcement, the weapons and explosives destroyed by local bomb disposal units.
Within a very short time of the announcement of an old supply cache for the now defunct anti-Imperial insurgency on this world, two more caches of equal vintage have been discovered, one by the son of one of the insurgents.
Burl LeChance's father, Mechal LeChance, died fourteen years ago, but left a cryptic entry in his personal diary that led the younger LeChance to approach the Imperial Ministry of Justice. LeChance senior was one of a cell of insurgents tasked with maintaining the cache until its contents were needed.
"I had skimmed through the diary after Father died," said the younger LeChance, "But most of it had been written in a personal shorthand that only he understood. The police managed to decode it, however, and located the cache."
LeCance's cache contained no explosives, or weapons – only food, clothing, and printing supplies – leading authorities to the conclusion that LeChance's cell was a propaganda unit.
The seneschal to Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu announced today that the Baron's son, Matimuu ap-Natas, has been arrested and charged with possession of Denuli gems by the Ministry of Justice, after a five year investigation by agents of the MoJ and the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service.
Denuli gems are the eggs of an intelligent species (from the Spinward Marches), and their possession or sale an Imperial felony.
High society was left wondering at the news that Emperor Strephon would not be attending the party in honor of the 119th birthday of Lady Musush Igsiirdi Tauribi, mother of Archduke Ishuggi Tauribi. A place on the guest list to the private celebration in the Tauribi family arcology is one of the most sought after invitations in the empire. No formal explanation has been made by either the Emperor or Lady Musush, and this has left the matter open for speculation.
Empress Iolanthe paused in her journey to the Solomani Rim to inspect the Imperial Naval Base in the Ganad system. The Imperial party was greeted by Admiral Lord Kulakh hault-Gionetti, commander of the Ganad base, entertained by a banquet and a tour of the facilities, including a demonstration of precision flying by fighters from the fleet carrier Margareta and a simulated jump assault by the carrier's Imperial Marine contingent.
Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu is reported to have written a letter to the emperor in which he asks that his son, Matimuu ap-Natas, be tried before the Emperor.Matimuu ap-Natas has been charged with possession of Denuli gems by the Ministry of Justice, a felony violation of Imperial law.
The Emperor's seneschal had no comment other to confirm that a letter from the baron has been received.
The Imperial palace announced today that Emperor Strephon has agreed to serve as chief judge in the case of Matimuu ap-Natas, son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu.
No date has been set for commencement of the trial, nor has a venue been set.
The yacht carrying Lady Lynette Hutara Murdoch arrived in this system broadcasting a distress call, to which the local authorities responded. The yacht, one of several owned by the Murdoch family (which controls the megacorporation Instellarms) had sustained damage to its maneuver drives while in transit, and had to be towed to Lygia Starport by emergency vessels.
No further details are available, but the report stated there were no casualties or injuries sustained by crew or passengers of the yacht.
Further details were received regarding the emergency involving Lady Lynette Hutara Murdoch's yacht. The vessel arrived in-system on 224-1124 but had to be towed to Lygia Starport by emergency vessels. The yacht's maneuver drive had developed problems during jump, which the crew was unable to repair, but which did not affect the jump itself. The problem, in the M-drive's power plant, was described as unusual, but easily repairable by the starport's repair facilities.
The Emperor's seneschal announced today that Grand Princess CienciaIphegenia will represent the Imperial family at the party in honor of the119th birthday of Lady Musush Igsiirdi Tauribi, mother of Archduke IshuggiTauribi. Emperor Strephon himself normally attends the fete, but hedeclined the invitation on 210-1124, without explanation. Lady Musush'sseneschal refused to comment, except to say that she has been informed ofthe Emperor's reasons, and accepts them completely, and that she will behappy to receive the Grand Princess in his stead.
The Imperial palace announced today that the trial of Matimuu ap-Natas, son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu will commence on 360-1124, the earliest it could be worked into the Imperial schedule. It is not known when ap-Natas will arrive in Capital.
Terra/Solomani Rim 239-1124
The seneschal of Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra announced today that Jonas Kzil, Marcus Adelbert Liu, Juliana Messier, and Louis Xavier Hault-Ehara would be tried for conspiracy in connection with the plot to raise money and smuggle weapons, money, and equipment from inside the Imperium to supporters of deposed Solomani Secretary-General Marc Chissano in the Solomani Confederation.
Kzil, Liu, Messier, and Hault-Ehara were the only Imperial citizens arrested last year in connection with the plot, and will be tried before a tribunal headed by Marchioness Da Silva. No date for the trial has been announced.
The public relations office of KamsiiCo today issued a press release stating that they will soon have a replacement for the popular DroyneLand attraction which was closed on 020-1124.
The statement did not give any particulars, but rumors state that the exhibit will recreate an authentic settlement of Ael Yael in their pre-contact state.
Terra/Solomani Rim 246-1124
It was learned through unofficial sources today that Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra hopes to complete the trail of Jonas Kzil, Marcus Adelbert Liu, Juliana Messier, and Louis Xavier Hault-Ehara before the arrival of Empress Iolanthe in order to avoid any bad press during the latter's visit.
Kzil, Liu, Messier, and Hault-Ehara were the only Imperial citizens arrested last year in connection with the plot to raise money and smuggle weapons, money, and equipment from inside the Imperium to supporters of deposed Solomani Secretary-General Marc Chissano in the Solomani Confederation.
Dimmurak/Solomani Rim 248-1124
A bomb exploded today in a secure warehouse facility at Shadulammur Downport, but fortunately there were no fatalities, although several members of the downport security forces were severely injured and two were hospitalized. The bomb was in a sealed cargo container scheduled to be transferred to the highport facility earlier in the day, but it was delayed due to irregularities in the container's papers discovered by Malawabab Lalabuaam, a Bwap working for the local customs authorities.
Details are unavailable at this time, but authorities did say that there had been significant damage to other cargos in the same warehouse.
The Ministry of Justice announced today that Matimuu ap-Natas, son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu, has arrived at Capital, where his trial will commence on 360-1124. Ap-Natas is accused of possession of Denuli gems, a felony under imperial law. Until his trial, ap-Natas will be held at an undisclosed location under MoJ custody.
Emperor Strephon has agreed to preside over Ap-Natas' trial, at the request of Baron Argiluu.
Dimmurak/Solomani Rim 257-1124
Arrests have been made in connection with the bomb that exploded in a secure warehouse facility at Shadulammur Downport a few days ago. Officials have not released the names of the arrestees, but did confirm that the arrest was made possible due to leads provided by Malawabab Lalabuaam, a Bwap working for the local customs authorities.
"He noticed a number of minor errors in the customs paperwork," remarked Adnan Harrapan, of the local MoJ office, "and connected them with similar mistakes he had noticed in other documents." MoJ agents traced the documents and were able to track down several suspects in the explosion.
Dimmurak/Solomani Rim 268-1124
Officials at Shadulammur Downport released more details in the recent arrests in connection with a bombing at a secure warehouse facility in the downport. Further investigation has revealed a connection between the arrestees and plot to smuggle weapons, money, and equipment from inside the Imperium to supporters of deposed Solomani Secretary-General Marc Chissano in the Solomani Confederation. This would be the first evidence of the plot so far removed from the Imperial/Solomani Border.
Rumors are circulating that Matimuu ap-Natas, son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu, is being held at the headquarters building of the Order of Sylea until 360-1124, when his trial will begin. Ap-Natas is reported to be under guard by special agents of the Order and of the Ministry of Justice, and confined to his quarters in the visitor's wing.
Ap-Natas is accused of possession of Denuli gems, a felony under imperial law, and is scheduled to be tried before Emperor Strephon.
Solomani painter Mobi Branjan Ibn-Daud announced today, through his seneschal, that he has been commissioned to create a formal portrait of Archduchess Isis of Ilelish. Ibn-Daud will leave for Dlan within a few days, and will carry out the commission at the Ducal Palace.
Ibn-Daud, whose parents are from Vanefa in the Solomani Rim, came to Capital to study art at the University of Sylea, and since that time has acquired a great reputation. Ibn-Daud works in a variety of media, and is well-known for his work in traditional oil as well as more modern media.
The Dlan office of the Imperial Ministry of Justice announced today that it is ready to begin the trial of the nine individuals arrested for plotting the assassination of the Archduchess of Ilelish in 1123.
"We remain in the dark as to the reason the accused wished to kill the Archduchess," an MoJ spokesman stated in a press release earlier today, "but we believe that the evidence is sufficient for their conviction in the absence of a specific motive."
Excalibur/Sword Worlds 302-1124
A spokesman for the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service reported today that another group has been apprehended for hunting Ancient artifacts on the third moon of Excalibur in defiance of the Red Zone interdiction of the moon by the government of Excalibur and the IISS.
The Imperial Interstellar Scout Service and the government of Excalibur have previously announced today that rumors of the discovery of Ancient artifacts on the third moon of Excalibur are completely false. Despite this, treasure hunters from all over the sector have continued to flock to the system, and Excalibur's security forces are strained to their limits dealing with these unwelcome visitors.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice announced today that the trial of Matimuu ap-Natas, son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu, will be held in the main courtroom of the Ministry enclave. Ap-Natas is accused of possession of Denuli gems, a felony under imperial law, and is scheduled to be tried before Emperor Strephon, beginning on 360-1124.
The Imperial Palace today announced that the Emperor announced that his nephew, Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi, has formally taken over administration of the Duchy of Sanches. Varian undertook a voluntary "training period" before assuming the full duties of the duke, but feels that he is now capable of the job. The duchy had been under the administration of a seneschal since the death of Varian's father, Duke Dresden Paulo Alkhalikoi of Sanches.
The trial of Matimuu ap-Natas, son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu, has been underway for more than 10 days, and a news blackout continues. Ap-Natas is accused of possession of Denuli gems, a felony under imperial law, and is being tried before Emperor Strephon.
Because of the presence of Emperor Strephon, the facilities of the Ministry of Justice are under special security of the Imperial Guard, currently by members of the Aslan Guard Regiment. The duty will be divided among the Guard regiments according to the normal rotation.
The seneschal for Lady Jessica Arepo Ilethian announced today that Lady Jessica suffered a minor stroke while walking in the gardens of the archducal compound on Dlan. Lady Jessica is the mother of Archduchess Isis of Ilelish, and widow of the deceased Archduke Dulinor of Ilelish.
The Ilethian family's personal physician was summoned and arrived within minutes, and managed to stabilize Lady Jessica, who is expected to make a complete recovery. Archduchess Isis flew to the compound immediately, and intends to spend the next few days with her mother, according to a press release issued the next day.
The twenty-first book in the incredibly popular series The Benasi Papers, begun by Sir Aella Wendemere and continued by his daughter Kana Wendemere, was published last week to immense critical acclaim, but initial sales have been slow.
The series chronicles the adventures of a Terran family in the early years of the Second Imperium, and it's fans are rumored to include members of the Imperial family.
The seneschal for Lady Jessica Arepo Ilethian announced today that Lady Jessica is expected to make a full recovery from her minor stroke of a few days ago. The mother of Archduchess Isis of Ilelish, Lady Jessica is reported to be out of bed and increasingly impatient with the restrictions placed on her by her physicians. Reportedly, only her daughter's insistence has kept her from resuming her full daily schedule.
In a press release datelined 248-1124, Imperial Navy Public relations officer Lieutenant Hollis haut-Melisande announced that the Fleet Exercises in Zarushagar will commence next week, and conclude with a mock invasion of this system on 340-1124.
The Ministry of Justice announced that the trial of Matimuu ap-Natas, son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu, has ended. Ap-Natas has been found guilty of possession of Denuli gems, a felony under imperial law. Emperor Strephon was the chief justice of the court, and is reported to be considering Ap-Natas' sentence.
Reliable news reports from Home are scarce because of the expulsion of TNS reporters in 1123, but TNS reporters on other worlds are in contact with unnamed sources on the Solomani capital have continued to assemble information on former Secretary-General Marc Chissano. The provisional government of Jan Malikov continues to refuse comment on Chissano's whereabouts or status, refusing to confirm or deny reports that Chissano is in custody, or even if he is dead or alive.
Previously, Malikov's government has unofficially "leaked" information that Chissano is in custody awaiting trial for treason, but those sources have dried up in recent months. Some Imperial authorities still believe that Chissano is at large in the Solomani Sphere, plotting the downfall of the Malikov government.
In a proclamation issued today, Emperor Strephon has elevated Tabitha Bennas Alkhalikoi to the rank of princess of the Imperium, in honor of her marriage to Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi. In the same proclamation, the Emperor elevated Duchess Helena Kelvin Alkhalikoi to the rank of princess of the Imperium, in honor of her marriage to Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi, Duke of Sanches.
The Ministry of Justice announced that Emperor Strephon decided on the sentence for Matimuu ap-Natas, son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu. Ap-Natas, found guilty of possession of Denuli gems, a felony under imperial law, has been sentenced to 75 years at the Imperial prison at Fornol/Core. In addition, Ap-Natas is forbidden to hold any title within the Imperium, and thus cannot inherit his father's title.
The Office of the Palace has released tri-D videos of the second birthday of Prince Casimir, grandson of the Emperor. The festivities were held in the Imperial Palace on 306-1124 but were not released until today.
The young Prince is shown taking a few steps using his father's hand for balance, demolishing his share of the official birthday cake, opening some of his presents, and playing with several of the young guests, children of local nobles.
The seneschal for Lady Jessica Arepo Ilethian announced today that Lady Jessica has resumed a limited version of her ordinary daily schedule suffering a minor stroke earlier. The mother of Archduchess Isis of Ilelish, Lady Jessica is reported to be following her doctor's instructions closely, and talking with her daughter each day.
Empress Iolanthe arrived at the Khavle Naval Base today en route to Terra. The Imperial party was greeted by Admiral Lord Brisbain hault-Falke, base commander, entertained by a banquet and a tour of the facilities.
Sacnoth/Spinward Marches 096-1125
The University of Sacnoth today issued a press release announcing that Professor Elke Ragnarsdottir has finally received permission to travel to Mithril to search for artifacts demonstrating that the Aslan reached that world centuries before they were thought to have reached the Marches. Professor Ragnarsdottir has been hoping to mount an expedition to Mithril for more than a decade. "Aslan artifacts were found on Mithril in 1106," she said, "but they remained in private hands, and have never been properly examined."
The professor hopes to find the original site and carry out a proper investigation, saying "My career has been devoted to the study of the Aslan in the Spinward Marches, and this would be its culmination."
Under guard by agents of the Ministry of Justice, Matimuu ap-Natas, son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu, departed for the Imperial prison at Fornol/Core on the MoJ ship Black. Ap-Natas, found guilty of possession of Denuli gems, a felony under imperial law, will serve a sentence of 75 years after his conviction of possession of Denuli gems, which are the eggs of a sophont species, and a violation of Imperial law.
Emperor Strephon received a rare gift today, from Count Adelbert Godwin-Cramer, a noted plant breeder: an orchid (Vanda acetabulum) colored pure pink, without streaks, spots, or imperfections of any kind. The count forward seven specimens to the Imperial palace, where they will be on display in the main entry hall for several weeks before being transferred to the Imperial botanical gardens.
The display of several specimens of a rare orchid in the main entry hall of the Imperial Palace has drawn an unprecedented number of visitors, and the large numbers have caused the palace to transfer the rare flowers to another venue better suited to handling the crowds. The specimens of Vanda acetabulum) notable for their especially consistent pure pink color, have been moved to the main exhibit hall of the Imperial Museum of Natural History, where they will remain until further notice.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice announced today that the trial of four individuals accused of planting a bomb in a secure warehouse facility in Shadulammur Downport has begun after considerable delays caused by pre-trial legal maneuvers on the part of the defense.
Further investigation has revealed a connection between the arrestees and plot to smuggle weapons, money, and equipment from inside the Imperium to supporters of deposed Solomani Secretary-General Marc Chissano in the Solomani Confederation.
Excalibur/Sword Worlds 124-1125
After over a year's worth of evaluation, the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service and the government of Excalibur announced the preliminary findings of the excavations on the third moon of Excalibur. Baron Arvin Hault-Devros, IISS liaison to Excalibur's government was quoted in a press release accompanying the publication of the first report on the excavation: "The excavations have revealed evidence of an interstellar intelligence in the sector, predating the arrival of Humaniti. Their physical remains indicate that they were unrelated to any known sophonts in the region, but their technology was barely capable of interplanetary travel – they do not appear to have developed the jump drive in any form."
"We are not sure how they came to be in the Excalibur system, " Hault-Devros continued, "but the remains excavated so far do not preclude a sublight colony ship of some sort."
Hault-Devros re-emphasized that no Ancient artifacts have been located at the site.
Arkiirkii/Solomani Rim 138-1125
Empress Iolanthe arrived at the Capital of the Harlequin subsector today en route to Terra. The Imperial party was met by Duke Gavin Bar-El of Arkiirkii, other local nobles, and a representative of the Vegan polity, who will accompany the imperial party to Muan Gwi.
The empress and the remainder of her party will spend a few days as the duke's guests before proceeding to Terra.
Arkiirkii/Solomani Rim 146-1125
Empress Iolanthe's party departed Arkiirkii today en route to Terra. The Imperial party will be accompanied by Duke Gavin Bar-El of Arkiirkii, who will escort them to the borders of the subsector.
The government of Solomani Nationalist Jan Malikov announced today that it will be necessary to postpone elections indefinitely in most regions of the Solomani Confederation.
No further information is available at this time
Terra/Solomani Rim 160-1125
A representative of the Ministry of Justice announced today that seven members of a secret society devoted to the study of a Terran mystic known as Saint-Germain were arrested for attempting an illegal excavation at the Bruton Parish Church in the historical district known as Williamsburg Virginia. Members of the organization claim that a secret vault beneath the ruins of the original church contains documents and artifacts of tremendous historical significance.
Muan Gwi/Solomani Rim 167-1125
Empress Iolanthe arrived at Muan Gwi today, and was welcomed by representatives of the major social and governmental Tuhuirs.
The Imperial party will remain in the Vegan capital for several days, where they will be feted by the government of the Vegan Autonomous District before going on to Terra.
Muan Gwi/Solomani Rim 174-1125
Empress Iolanthe continued her visit to the Muan Gwi system this week. The Imperial party toured sites of historical and sociological interest, and met with local nobles and government officials.
The seneschal for Lady Jessica Arepo Ilethian announced today that Lady Jessica has recovered from the minor stroke she suffered earlier this year. The mother of Archduchess Isis of Ilelish, Lady Jessica has resumed her regular daily schedule.
The Imperial Palace announced today that Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi will be transferred to the Admiralty staff as a full lieutenant. Unofficial sources indicated that his wife, Junior Lieutenant Tabitha Bennas Alkhalikoi, will also be transferred to an unspecified position with the Imperial Navy somewhere on Capital
Mithril/Spinward Marches 202-1125
Professor Elke Ragnarsdottir's expedition representing the University of Sacnoth arrived at Mithril this week, and began the initial survey of sites preparatory to beginning her excavations.
Professor Ragnarsdottir has been hoping to mount an expedition to Mithril for more than a decade, and has only recently overcome the last hurdles of government and politics. She hopes to discover artifacts demonstrating that the Aslan reached that world centuries before they were thought to have reached the Marches.
Muan Gwi/Solomani Rim 207-1125
Empress Iolanthe departed Muan Gwi today, bound for Terra. The precise path taken is classified, but the Imperial party is expected to arrive in a few weeks.
The Imperial Palace announced today that Princess Tabitha Bennas Alkhalikoi, wife of Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi, is two months pregnant.
The Princess, who is a junior Lieutenant in the Imperial Navy, will continue to serve until the birth, when she will take a short parental leave.
Terra/Solomani Rim 229-1125
Empress Iolanthe and her party arrived in the Terra system today, and was received by Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra and other dignitaries.
The Imperial party will rest for a few days as a guest of the Marchioness before proceeding to Phoenix SPA for the dedication ceremony of the Empress's statue.
The Imperial Palace announced today that Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi arrived on Capital to take up his appointment with the Admiralty staff. The Prince was accompanied by his wife, Tabitha Bennas Alkhalikoi, who has been transferred to an unspecified position with the Imperial Navy in the Capital system. The Prince and his wife, as previously announced, are expecting their first child.
Terra/Solomani Rim 242-1125
Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra today presided over the three day celebration welcoming Empress Iolanthe to Terra and dedicating the statue erected in her honor by the citizens of Terra.
The Marchioness spoke for two hours in praise of the Empress and of the groundswell of popular affection the citizens of Terra showed for her during her last visit.
Terra/Solomani Rim 248-1125
The trespassing trial of several members of a Terran secret society has taken a rather interesting turn. The judges granted the defendant's petition for a survey of the site of the Bruton Parish Church in the historical district known as Williamsburg Virginia. A gravitometric survey of the site revealed an underground chamber, previously unknown to the keepers of the historical district.
The seven defendants are members of a secret society devoted to the study of a Terran mystic known as Saint-Germain, and were arrested for attempting an illegal excavation. Members of the organization claim that a secret vault beneath the ruins of the original church contains documents and artifacts of tremendous historical significance.
Technicians hired by the court are of the opinion that the chamber is less than one third meter in its greatest dimension, and is unlikely to contain anything significant, as it appears to be filled with water.
Investigators in this system believe they have found evidence that a body, recently discovered in the foundation of a startown building under renovation, may be that of Jeffrey Long. Long, a former reporter for the Phoenix Sun news organization (headquartered on Terra/Solomani Rim), is the author of a series of articles on a condition known as 'hyperspace sickness," evidence for which Long alleges has been suppressed by a military and industrial cabal. In 1118, Long vanished from a private mental health facility where he had been undergoing treatment for an unspecified mental disorder.
Some believe that Long's disappearance is the result of a plot by an Imperium-wide cabal of government and industrial officials to discredit the reporter.
Muan Gwi/Solomani Rim 260-1125
Lady Lynette Hutara Murdoch (former regent for the Marquisate of Haley) has arrived in the capital of the Vegan Autonomous District as part of her five year tour of the Imperium, with the blessing of her son, Marquis Axel Aella Murdoch of Haley.
She will tour the system and depart in 5-10 days.
Further investigation has demonstrated that the body recently discovered in in the foundation of a startown building under renovation is not that of Jeffrey Long, but a close relative, possibly a cousin.
Long, a former reporter for the Phoenix Sun news organization, is the author of a series of articles on a condition known as 'hyperspace sickness," evidence for which Long alleges has been suppressed by a military and industrial cabal. In 1118, Long vanished from a private mental health facility where he had been undergoing treatment for an unspecified mental disorder.
Some believe that Long's disappearance is the result of a plot by an Imperium-wide cabal of government and industrial officials to discredit the reporter.
Terra/Solomani Rim 279-1125
Empress Iolanthe departed Terra today, concluding her tour of the system. The Imperial yacht, accompanied by a Navy task force, will stop briefly in the Ember system, to visit Imperial facilities there.
Terra/Solomani Rim 286-1125
Lady Lynette Hutara Murdoch (former regent for the Marquisate of Haley) has arrived in the Sol system as part of her five year tour of the Imperium. Lady Murdoch was received by Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra, and plans to remain in the system for several weeks, as a guest of the Marchioness.
The imperial palace announced today that it has received news that Duchess Helena Kelvin Alkhalikoi, wife of Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi, Duke of Sanches, is pregnant. No further details were available at this time.
Hathor/Solomani Rim 285-1125
Empress Iolanthe, aboard the Imperial yacht and accompanied by a Navy task force, refueled in-system. The Empress is returning to Capital after a state visit to Terra.
Mora/Spinward Marches 290-1125
Duchess Elane Shankarr Muudashir of Mora held court today, and afterward entertained Archduke Norris of Deneb and members of his staff in the ducal palace at Mora. Political observers take this as further proof that the Duchess is attempting to mend fences between her followers and those of the Archduke, after the long-standing feud between her late aunt (Duchess Delpine of Mora) and Archduke Norris.
Ganesh/Solomani Rim 292-1125
Empress Iolanthe, aboard the Imperial yacht and accompanied by a Navy task force, refueled in-system and was then feted by the local nobility.
Jardin/Solomani Rim 298-1125
Former Secretary Marc Chissano is rumored to have been sighted in the downport of this system, but local officials have been unable to verify the reports. If true, these reports would contradict reports leaked by the Provisional Solomani government that Chissano is being held prior to his war crimes trial.
Mandrake/Solomani Rim 301-1152
The Imperial yacht arrived in system today, accompanied by the Imperial Naval escort. Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party will be escorted on a tour of the Naval Base in system by Baron Karl Ulias haute-Mandeville, Baron of Mandrake.
Mandrake/Solomani Rim 309-1125
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party have decided to remain in the Mandrake system for a few more days, continuing as guests of Baron Karl Ulias haute-Mandeville, Baron of Mandrake.
Jardin/Solomani Rim 314-1125
Local officials in the Jardin system today denied rumors that the Imperial government is sheltering former Solomani Secretary-General Marc Chissano.
The Imperial Palace announced today that medical tests have determined that the pregnancy of Tabitha Bennas Alkhalikoi (wife of Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi) is normal in all respects. The couple chose to reveal that the child is a daughter, but have yet to choose a name.
Nisinasha/Solomani Rim 329-1125
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled at the IISS base in-system, and remained for a few orbits of the unusual water world before proceeding on their way.
Mora/Spinward Marches 335-1125
Archduke Norris of Deneb and Duchess Elane Shankarr Muudashir of Mora have concluded arrangements whereby one of the ducal palaces on Mora will be deeded to the Archduke for use as the Archducal Palace on Mora. The press release did not specify what the Duchy of Mora received in return.
Huy Braseal/ Solomani Rim 347-1125
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled at the Imperial Naval base in system and were entertained by the base commander, Baron Esteban hault-Giancana.
Mithril/Spinward Marches 359-1125
Professor Elke Ragnarsdottir, of the University of Sacnoth, has concluded the first season of her excavation on Mithril. Professor Ragnarsdottir has been searching for artifacts demonstrating that the Aslan reached that world centuries before they were thought to have reached the Marches, The first season has resulted in a few interesting discoveries, the professor reports, but nothing substantive has been discovered to date. The professor has closed the site for local winter, and will continue her search when the weather improves.
Beatus/Solomani Rim 362-1125
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled at the starport in-system, and will remain a few days before proceeding.
Terra/Solomani Rim 365-1125
Lady Lynette Hutara Murdoch (former regent for the Marquisate of Haley) has departed Sol system, where she has been a guest of Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra for several weeks.
Kana Wendemere, daughter of Sir Aella Wendemere, announced today that she has begun writing a novelization of the disappearance of the far trader Helena Concorda, which vanished from Huy Braseal/Solomani Rim in 1123. Ms Wendemere says she will propose a fictional resolution of the ship's last moments that will prove entertaining to her fans.
Gunashnan/Solomani Rim 022-1126
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled at the Naval Base in-system, where they were entertained by the admiral commanding. The fleet entertained the Imperial party with a mock bombardment of a remote planetoid.
In a surprise visit, Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi, Duke of Sanches and his wife, Duchess Helena Kelvin Alkhalikoi arrived in Capital today. The pair were received at the Imperial Palace in a private ceremony before appearing at today's afternoon court. No reason was given for the visit.
Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi, Duke of Sanches and his wife, Duchess Helena Kelvin Alkhalikoi, departed Capital today. The reason for the surprise visit by the Emperor's nephew and his wife remains a mystery, as is the reason that the pair departed again after only a few days.
Mora/Spinward Marches 045-1126
The office of Archduke Norris of Deneb announced that Duchess Elane Shankarr Muudashir of Mora has been promoted to the rank of Knight of the Order of Deneb, with seniority dating from Holiday (001) of 1125.
The archduke's staff refused to comment when asked why Duchess Elane received the promotion normally reserved for the more senior members of the order, but a local expert in such things postulated that recent events in the Domain of Deneb (such as the reservation of land on Mora for use as the Domain Capital) may be the cause.
Sulieman/Solomani Rim 051-1126
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled at the Naval base in-system. The party plans on spending a few days waiting the arrival of additional Naval vessels to relieve several of the ships of the escort.
Axel Aella Murdoch, Marquis of Haley, today announced his engagement to Baroness Hannah Shiishuginsa Zeira. Baroness Zeira an official with the Imperial Ministry of Commerce. The two became acquainted while attending the Karbiili School on Capital.
The Baroness' parents died several years ago, and she has no close relatives on Capital, so the Marquis has asked Emperor Strephon if he will give the bride away. The Imperial Palace has not indicated whether or not the Emperor will accept the invitation.
The Imperial Palace announced today that Princess Tabitha Bennas Alkhalikoi, wife of Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi, has given birth to the couple's first child, a daughter. The baby has been named Lydia Bennas Alkhalikoi.
The Princess, who is a junior Lieutenant in the Imperial Navy, and her husband will take a short parental leave.
The Imperial palace has today announced that Emperor Strephon has agreed to give away the bride at the wedding of Axel Aella Murdoch, Marquis of Haley to Baroness Hannah Shiishuginsa Zeira. The Baroness' parents died several years ago, and she has no close relatives on Capital. No date has been announced for the wedding, as it must be worked into the Imperial schedule.
Investigators for the IISS announced that a press release by the local Starport Authority (issued 10 days ago) is mistaken in several particulars. The SPA release indicated that IMS Revelation a Marava-class Far Trader inbound from Khalu arrived in system with the crew entirely missing.
A more detailed IISS investigation revealed that an attempted hijacking went badly awry. Evidently, all souls aboard were placed in the cargo hold along with the hijackers, who seem to have accidentally vented the hold to space while the ship was in jump.
The Imperial Palace today released the first official images of the daughter of Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi and Princess Tabitha Bennas Alkhalikoi, Lydia Bennas Alkhalikoi. The collection included still and video images, in both flat and tridee, showing the family group in various formal and candid poses.
The Imperial palace has today announced that the wedding of Axel Aella Murdoch, Marquis of Haley to Baroness Hannah Shiishuginsa Zeira will be held at the Imperial Palace on 120-1126. Emperor Strephon has agreed to give away the bride at the ceremony, since she has no close relatives on Capital.
The public relations office of KamsiiCo today issued a press release stating that their new Ael Yael attraction, to be called Yael-Land, will recreate a pre-contact village of the Ael Yael, where members of the non-Human species will recreate their culture and society for the benefit of the tourists on Kamsii.
Yael-Land replaces the Droyne exhibit, which closed in 1124.
The wedding of Axel Aella Murdoch, Marquis of Haley to Baroness Hannah Shiishuginsa Zeira took place in the main reception hall of the Imperial palace today. Emperor Strephon give the bride away at the ceremony, since she has no close relatives on Capital. Services were performed by the Murdoch family chaplain.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled in-system, and jumped with minimal turnaround.
The authenticist vessel INS Prometheus, has arrived at Mars, and the passengers, acting as the first generation of colonists on their "new" world, will land near Olympus Mons tomorrow and end their voyage. Built by collection of authenticist organizations to recreate the experience of living on a generation ship, Prometheus was constructed in orbit around Terra, and then accelerated from there to Mars. The ship maintained radio silence for the 22 month journey in order to simulate the interstellar voyage as closely as possible. Passengers took on the role of the initial generation for the first half of the trip, then switched personas and become the final generation of colonists.
The trip generated such notoriety that Prometheus will take on a new load of "colonists" and return to Terra in what promises to be a regular series of such voyages.
Rumors have been circulating in the palace that the Imperial Navy has made a major breakthrough in the investigation of the murder of Archduke Dulinor. Unofficial sources indicate that the breakthrough involves the discovery that a person once believed to have been a passenger on the Archduke's gig during the vessel's last fatal voyage was actually not aboard, and has been living under an assumed identity since the explosion.
Officials with the Imperial Palace, the Imperial Navy, and the Ministry of Justice all refuse to discuss the question, saying only that the case is still under investigation and it would be premature to release details, especially if they would help the guilty parties escape.
The Imperial Palace announced today that Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia and her husband Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr are expecting their second child. No further information is available, but the child will be third in line for the throne, and the Emperor's second grandchild.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled in-system and will be feted by the local nobility for several days. Her highness attended school with Baron Hugo Soo-Mancke of Durgaarurkim, and wished to take the opportunity to renew old friendships.
One of the Imperium's most beloved children's authors died in his home yesterday, after a lingering illness. Otis Jimenez-Synodinos, more widely known by his pen name "Uncle Jemmy," was the author of hundreds of titles over the last forty years, including the best selling Eneri of the IISS action adventure series and dozens of books in the Pendragan Poni series.
Few people know that "Uncle Jemmy" was a destroyer commander during the Fourth Frontier War (1082-1084) who served with distinction at the Battle of the Twin Suns.
The authenticist vessel INS Prometheus, has taken on a new load of "colonists" and departed on its return trip to Terra.
Built by collection of authenticist organizations to recreate the experience of living on a generation ship, Prometheus was constructed in orbit around Terra, and then accelerated from there to Mars. Passengers took on the role of the initial passengers for the first half of the trip, then switched personas and become the final generation of colonists.
The trip generated such notoriety that Prometheus will make a regular series of such voyages.
According to a press release issued today by the Ministry of Justice, , Matimuu ap-Natas, son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu, has escaped from custody at the Imperial prison in this system.
Ap-Natas, found guilty of possession of Denuli gems, a felony under imperial law, was serving a sentence of 75 years after his conviction of possession of Denuli gems, which are the eggs of a sophont species, and a violation of Imperial law.
Prison officials are unable at this time to ascertain how it was ap-Natas managed to escape, but an investigation is under way.
In a press release datelined 299-1125, Imperial Navy Public relations officer Lieutenant Hollis haut-Melisande announced that the Fleet Exercises in Zarushagar will commence next week, and conclude with a mock invasion of this system eight weeks later.
An investigation by the Ministry of Justice has determined that the recent escape of Matimuu ap-Natas (son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu), was achieved by bribery of several guards, who have disappeared from the system. One of the guards involved agreed to testify against the others involved in return for undisclosed considerations.
Officials of Koben Highport report that a body found yesterday in an empty warehouse has been positively identified as that of Matimuu ap-Natas (son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu). Investigating officers of the starport security service believe that Ap Natas committed suicide by drug overdose within the last few days.
Ap-Natas escaped from custody at the Imperial prison in the Fornol system, and is believed to have traveled to this system with the aid of parties unknown.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled in-system and attended a celebration at Malawi Highport held in her honor by Dame Alanni hault-Bennes, Baroness Amdani.
The investigation into the death of Matimuu ap-Natas (son of Lord Harlin ap-Natas, Baron of Argiluu) has been taken over by special officers of the Ministry of Justice. A spokesman for the MoJ said that there are special considerations in the case that cannot be disclosed at this time.
Mithril/Spinward Marches 232-1126
Professor Elke Ragnarsdottir, of the University of Sacnoth, has issued a report covering the first part of her expedition's second season excavating on Mithril. Professor Ragnarsdottir has been searching for artifacts demonstrating that the Aslan reached the world centuries before they were thought to have reached the Marches.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled in-system. The Empress diverted her course slightly in order to be able to attend a celebration of the 102nd birthday of Sir Humperdin hault-Klanna, Baron Iinen.
Mora/Spinward Marches 247-1126
Archduke Norris of Deneb and Duchess Elane Shankarr Muudashir today presided over the formal ceremonies opening the Archducal Palace on Mora. The palace will serve as the headquarters of the Archduchy of Deneb. The building was slightly rebuilt to incorporate emblems of Deneb, and to equip it as the center of the Domain government.
Controversial author Jamison Melendez-Kyzl has issued a press release promoting the upcoming release of his second book about the disappearance of Jeffrey Long. Long, a former reporter for the Phoenix Sun news organization (headquartered on Terra/Solomani Rim), is the author of a series of articles on a condition known as 'hyperspace sickness," evidence for which Long alleges has been suppressed by a military and industrial cabal. In 1118, Long vanished from a private mental health facility where he had been undergoing treatment for an unspecified mental disorder. Melendez-Kyzl's previous book on the subject, Manufactured Madness, was released three years ago, and claims that Long's disappearance is the result of a plot to discredit the reporter.
According to the release, Melendez-Kyzl's new book, Continuing Madness, will collect together information on the controversy that has come to light in the last three years.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled in-system, and took on two new escorting vessels.
The Imperial Palace refused to comment on a rumor that Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia's child will be a girl. Rumors have been rampant since the announcement of the royal couple's second pregnancy.
The Seneschal for Axel Aella Murdoch, Marquis of Haley announced today that the Marquis' wife, Hannah Zeira Murdoch, is pregnant with the couple's first child, and that Emperor Strephon has agreed that he and the Empress will act as the child's godparents.
The Imperial Palace announced in a press release issued today that the Emperor, his daughter, and his son-in-law will eat the first meal cooked in the kitchen of Alois', a new restaurant opening on Capital later in the week. The restaurant is operated by Alois Guste-Alciatoire Guilbert, a relative of the famous Guste-Alciatoire family of Terra. Guilbert moved to Capital from Terra a few years ago, and was persuaded to open the restaurant after a few members of the court tasted his cooking.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled in-system. They were given a tour of the desert world's most striking canyon, the Valles Optimus Maximus by Admiral Sir Eric Sahuc-Bigler, commander of the naval base in system.
Famed composer Jynel Loyola-Guirard announced today that her new opera, Margaret, will have it's opening performance at the Zhakirov amphitheater on 320-1126. The opera, in five acts, deals with the regency of Empress Margaret I, and her tempestuous coming of age in 702.
The Imperial Seneschal has confirmed that Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia and her husband Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr will be guests of honor on opening night.
The Seneschal for Axel Aella Murdoch, Marquis of Haley announced today that the Marquis has ordered him to announce that the Marquis' wife, Lady Hannah Zeira Murdoch, will give birth to twins, a boy and a girl.
Lady Lynette Hutara Murdoch (former regent for the Marquisate of Haley) has arrived in system as part of her five year tour of the Imperium. She will spend the next few weeks as a guest of Baron Charles Adelbert of Kline and his family.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled in-system, where they were joined by the INS Pantera, which will remain as part of the escort back to Capital.
Emperor Strephon, in a proclamation issued today, announced that Alois Guste-Alciatoire Guilbert will henceforth be allowed to designate his new restaurant "By Special Appointment to The Emperor" in honor of its fine cuisine.
The public relations office of KamsiiCo today issued a press release announcing the formal opening of their new attraction, Yael-Land, which recreates a pre-contact village of the Ael Yael, where members of the non-Human species will recreate their culture and society for the benefit of the tourists on Kamsii.
Yael-Land replaces the Droyne exhibit, which closed in 1124.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled in-system, where they were given an informal tour of the Scout Base and entertained at dinner aboard the IISS Cruiser Tuscarora
Jynel Loyola-Guirard's new opera, Margaret, opened tonight at the Zhakirov amphitheater. The opera, in five acts, deals with the regency of Empress Margaret I, and her tempestuous coming of age in 702. Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia and her husband Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr attended the opening gala and the first performance as guests of honor.
Lady Lynette Hutara Murdoch (former regent for the Marquisate of Haley) has arrived in system as part of her five-year tour of the Imperium.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled in system, and were feted by Baron Sir Vasili Havasu hault-Jung of Keshi before proceeding along their way.
The Archducal yacht of Ilelish arrived, carrying Archduchess Lady Isis Arepo Illethian and her mother, Lady Jessica Arepo Ilethian, arrived today for an extended visit with the Imperial family. The Archduchess has expressed an interest in attending Jynel Loyola-Guirard's new opera, Margaret.
Although the Imperial Palace would not confirm or deny it, a rumor persists that Alois Guste-Alciatoire Guilbert, owner of the new restaurant Alois', was requested to prepare a meal for the imperial family a few days ago, at the palace. Archduchess Lady Isis Arepo Illethian and her mother, Lady Jessica Arepo Ilethian were also guests, and all are reported to have enjoyed the meal immensely, although the regular cooking staff was somewhat annoyed at the intrusion.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled in system. The Empress visited an old friend of her father, Sir Simon Bono-De Lambre, second in command at the local Scout base.
Jynel Loyola-Guirard's opera, Margaret, will conduct its final performance at the Zhakirov amphitheater on 032-1127, and move to the slightly smaller Antiama theater
The opera, in five acts, deals with the regency of Empress Margaret I, and her tempestuous coming of age in 702.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party refueled in system, where the Empress was conducted on a guided tour of the Imperial Naval Base by Admiral Sir Vasili Ming-Milos.
The Imperial Palace today released video footage of the first birthday party of Ardyth Kelvin Alkhalikoi, daughter of Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi and Princess Helena Kelvin Alkhalikoi. The party was held on 178-1126 at the Ducal Palace on Sanches.
Empress Iolanthe and the Imperial party arrived in system, returning from their trip to Sol/Solomani Rim. The Imperial family plans a quiet evening at home and a welcoming feast tomorrow night.
Empress Iolanthe appeared at court for the first time since her return from her trip to Sol/Solomani Rim. Grand Princess Ciencia Iphegenia, her husband Doctor Ganidiirsi Simalr, and Archduchess Isis Arepo Ilethian, of Ilelish were also present.
In a formal presentation at the Imperial Palace today, a representative of Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra presented the Emperor with an enormous white diamond, (cut weight 442.67 karats), one of the largest cut stones in the Imperium, and the second largest cut stone ever discovered on Terra. With the consent of the Imperial couple, the stone was named Empress Iolanthe, and received into the Imperial collection. It will be on display in the main reception room at the Moot Spire for the next 90 days.
Archduchess Lady Isis Arepo Illethian and her mother, Lady Jessica Arepo Ilethian, departed unexpectedly today, cutting short what was to be an extended visit with the Imperial family. No one at the Palace or with the Archduchess' party would comment on the reason for the early departure, other than to say that it was for personal reasons.
The Imperial Palace was the site of a celebration in honor of the first birthday of Lydia Bennas Alkhalikoi, daughter of Princess Tabitha Bennas Alkhalikoi and Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi. Also attending were the Emperor and Empress, the Grand Princess and her husband, Prince Ganidiirsi Simalr and their son, Prince Casimir.
Rumors of an assassination attempt against Secretary General Jan Malikov have just reached Capital, but no details are available because TNS correspondents were expelled from the Solomani capital four years ago. All we know is that Solomani spokesmen say that Malikov's security forces foiled the attempt, and all assassins were killed or captured. Malikov himself was not harmed, but two members of his bodyguard were wounded.
The Emperor's seneschal has released photographs and live Tri-D images of the recent birthday party for Lydia Bennas Alkhalikoi, daughter of Princess Tabitha Bennas Alkhalikoi and Prince Lucan Alkhalikoi, held at the imperial palace a few days ago.
Rumors continue to circulate that Secretary General Jan Malikov was severely wounded, if not killed, in the recent assassination attempt. Solomani officials continue to deny that Malikov was harmed in any way, but do acknowledge that one of Malikov's bodyguards was killed, contradicting the press release of a few days ago.
Professor Julian Trane, distinguished interstellar historian and visiting professor at the University of Sylea, announced today that he will finally leave Capital, after an extended stay, to take up a position as head of the Department of History at Mendes University on Agidda (in the Solomani Rim). Professor Trane's advanced seminars at the University of Sylea have been immensely popular with students, and his presentations at public meeting halls have been equally well-attended.
Professor Trane's researches deal with the cyclical nature of historical trends.
Professor Julian Trane announced today that he will delay his departure from Capital for a few days, at the personal request of the Emperor. Professor Trane, who specialty concerns the cyclical nature of historical trends, has been asked to meet with the Emperor in a closed session at the Imperial departure.
Neither the professor nor the Imperial palace would comment on the nature of this meeting.
Dimmurak/Solomani Rim 102-1127
Local patrols have found a severely damaged freighter in the outer reaches of the system, drifting under minimal power. The freighter, identified as IMS Hammond, a Marava-class far trader, had evidently been the subject of a hijacking attempt, but no other details are available at the present time.
Secretary General Jan Malikov appeared in public today for the first time since the assassination attempt several weeks ago. Although he did not appear injured, Malikov seemed unnaturally stiff and spoke for only a few minutes, reading a short statement for members of the local press. Secretary General Malikov refused to answer any questions.
An aide to Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra arrived today, bearing a gift for the Imperial family: a copy in miniature of the commemorative statue to honor the Empress Iolanthe erected on Terra. The copy was executed and autographed by the sculptor, Alexander Liu Pratt.
Excalibur/Sword Worlds 120-1127
After over three year's worth of evaluation, the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service and the government of Excalibur issued their final report on the excavations on the third moon of Excalibur. Baron Arvin Hault-Devros, IISS liaison to Excalibur's government was quoted in a press release accompanying the publication of the report: "The excavations have revealed evidence of an interstellar intelligence in the sector, predating the arrival of Humaniti. Their physical remains indicate that they were unrelated to any known sophonts in the region, but their technology was barely capable of interplanetary travel – they do not appear to have developed the jump drive in any form.We have found remains that are consistent with a sublight colony ship of unknown design."
Hault-Devros re-emphasized that no Ancient artifacts have been located at the site.
Jynel Loyola-Guirard's opera, Margaret, will close its run tonight in a final performance at the Antiama amphitheater. The opera, in five acts, was very popular during its run, a number of touring companies will begin playing various other venues on Capital and elsewhere in the Imperium.
Secretary General Jan Malikov collapsed during a public appearance today, and Solomani officials were forced to admit that he had been seriously wounded during the assassination attempt several weeks ago. Malikov was addressing a small group of government officials (the speech was outdoors and televised live) when he began to wobble and his speech became slurred. He fell into the arms of one of his aides, and was taken indoors immediately.
A statement issued later admitted that Malikov was wounded during the attempt on his life, but did not want to worry the public with reports of his condition. A few hours after his collapse, he was shown awake in his hospital bed, but he did not speak.
The miniature of the commemorative statue to honor the Empress Iolanthe erected on Terra in 1125 was placed on display for the general public in the main entry hall of the Imperial palace. The miniature is a copy of the larger statue, executed by the sculptor, Alexander Liu Pratt brought to Capital as a gift from Marchioness Alessandra Da Silva of Terra.
In a press release datelined 279-1126, Imperial Navy Public relations officer Lieutenant Kevin Bensen-Honydeau announced that the Fleet Exercises in Zarushagar will commence next week, and conclude with a mock invasion of this system eight weeks later.
Local authorities have penetrated what they believe to be a station on a smugglers' route to bring Solomani dissidents into the Imperium, provide them with documentation and backgrounds, and take them deep into the Imperium. Several arrests were made, but no word is available as to the names of those involved, or their position with government, local or Imperial.
The condition of Secretary General Jan Malikov, wounded during the assassination attempt several weeks ago, remains a matter for speculation. Solomani officials continue to report improvements in his health, but his public appearances have been short and infrequent since his recent collapse. Malikov is always shown seated, and sometimes reads a short statement, but any improvements in his health appear to be slight.
Alois Guste-Alciatoire Guilbert, owner of the new restaurant Alois', announced today that his restaurant has become so popular that he has decided to move to larger quarters. “Many people in my position,” he said, “Would keep the same building and simply turn customers away. But I feel that good food should be made available to everyone who wants it.”
Excalibur/Sword Worlds 178-1127
Genetic material from the excavations on the third moon of Excalibur is being sent to several universities throughout the Imperium, including the University of Sylea. A representative of the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service made the announcement, saying that the samples would be carried by special Scout couriers because of the importance of the findings. "It is to be hoped," said a representative of the IISS, "that the samples will confirm the discovery of a previously unknown sophont race."
In a press release issued today, the University of Sylea announced that Doctor Otis Adelbert Molitor, professor emeritus of the Department of Imperial History he has completed the final volume in his three part history of the Third Frontier War (979-986). Titled Lost Throne, the book covers the final 2 years of the war and the events leading to the Abdication of Emperor Styryx (ruled 945-989) in 986.
The Imperial Palace today released video footage of the third birthday party of Ardyth Kelvin Alkhalikoi, daughter of Prince Varian Alkhalikoi Alkhalikoi and Princess Helena Kelvin Alkhalikoi. The party was held on 178-1128 at the Ducal Palace on Sanches.
Regina/Spinward Marches 318-1128
Promoters have confirmed that the noted Vargr rock band Gverkz would be touring the subsector in the near future. It is expected that this, their first performances in the Imperium, will be a sell out.
Fans are already speculating as to likely dates and venues.
Dingir/Solomani Rim 323-1128
System defence forces were scrambled today at the emergence of an unidentified vessel from jump. The vessel was later identified as the Terran Confederation battlecruiser Ark Royal, lost over 3,000 years ago. Officials later issued a brief statement that ship was in naval hands and an investigation was underway.
Mora/Spinward Marches 003-1129
Archduke Norris Aella Aledon of Deneb and Duchess Elane Shankarr Muudashir of Mora attended the final performance of the visiting Zhodani theater troupe Shenjiaj Izhietl as guests of Ambassador Zhonashiashav. The troupe performed Briola Dloqrkleplie, a classic of pre-spaceflight Zhodani drama. The piece is widely regarded as one of the earliest surviving examples of Zhodani romantic comedy.
His Grace was quoted as saying that he greatly enjoyed the performance and hoped such cultural exchanges would continue in the future as they could only help to increase mutual understanding between the Consulate and Imperium. It believed that Ambassador Zhonashiashav has extended an invitation for the Archducal Company of Players to tour her native Chronor subsector in the near future.
Prometheus/Solomani Rim 014-1129
The body of well known mountaineer and explorer Sir Enli Lubakir was recovered today from Mount Joberg. Sir Enli had been attempting a free ascent of the notoriously difficult eastern face when caught by an unexpected storm and apparently perished due to exposure. A spokesperson for his publisher, Nelson House, said that his passing was a great loss, but he had died in the mountains he loved. Baron Arthur Moadele of Prometheus issued a statement that he was saddened by Sir Enli's tragic death, but his life should serve as an inspiration for all those who love the wild places of the sector. The Baron is believed to have approached the guardians of the mountain as to the possibility of Sir Enli's remains being interred on the mountain's slopes.
In a nail biting final, captain Shamaglii led the Sylean Tigers to an upset win over archrivals, the Knabbib Kudbecks, to take the Paulo I Shield. Former Ankod Whipscorps' striker Sir Anthony Mgamil, calling the game for CSBN, called it the finest game of Base-Ball game he'd seen in over ten years. The match was attended by over 98,000 spectators including Prince Lucan (an avid Base-Ball fan) and his wife Princess Tabitha who took the Imperial salute in the stead of the Emperor and Empress.
The Kudbecks played their usual aggressive running game and dominated possession during the first half, leading 44 for the loss of three Bases to the Tigers 33 for four at the break. However the match turned when Kudbecks' captain Zhoka was sent off for an accidental high tackle on keeper Igashii, allowing the Tigers to rally and regain the initiative. Eventually the game came down to the final whistle as striker Molotnikov toppled a Base in injury time to give the Tigers a 68 for six to 86 for eight win.
Representatives from Hortalez et Cie have announced that insurance premiums for all ships operating in the Antares, Empty Quarter and coreward portions of Lishun sectors will rise by 10%; immediately. Speaking for the company, Sir Iver Langfors said that the increases, though regrettable, were necessary due to a sustained rise in losses due to corsairs and piracy over the past two years. Inquiries with other major insurers confirmed that all are likely to be making similar increases in the very near future.
President of the Antares Shipping Association, Lady Sharik Ghagashiisk, stated that increases were disappointing, as the rise in costs would undoubtedly be passed on to consumers. She went on to say that while the raiders and corsairs were endemic to any region bordering Vargr territory, the problem also tended to be cyclical in nature. Therefore she was hopeful that the need for increases would be short lived.
Count Kamees Fierana Minomoru of Daramm today formally took over the post of vice-chair of the Luriani Cultural Association from retiring vice-chair Dame Diasisa Asreg Aishuraes. With fifty-one years tenure in the post, Dame Diasisa has been the longest serving vice-chair in the LCA's history. In her valedictory address, Dame Diasisa said it had been a privilege to serve the Luriani people and her Archduke for so long and though her time with the LCA had begun with crisis, Luriani culture remained strong and their commitment to the Imperium unwavering. Count Kamees answered Dame Diasisa, thanking her for her long years of service and wishing her an equally long and happy retirement. He also presented her with letters patent from Emperor Strephon conferring on her the title Baroness of Verasryn.
Famed TriDee director Kvokz Fragkh's latest work premiered last night to a packed audience of invited guests. The production is a remake of the pre-stellar Terran 2D film Spartacus, telling the story of a slave rebellion in an ancient pre-industrial Terran empire. When question about her decision to cast the well known Vargr actor Bzovok in the lead role, Fragkh replied “When you look at this story, it's a perfect Vargr tale. You've got action, adventure, romance and a hero with so much charisma his followers will still die for him even after utter defeat. The role was made for a Vargr.” Critics are already hailing the work, comparing it to her previous classics Vez Kav Brazz (Seven Angry Warriors) and Marakkz Me Vanaiz Dourr (The Unforgiving Vacuum of Space). In a break from her previous works, the dialog was entirely in archaic Anglic with Ovaghoun restricted to subtitles.
Dingir/Solomani Rim 120-1129
It has been confirmed that the TCS Ark Royal which mysteriously arrived in system late last year has been moved to a secure location in the Dingir naval base and a placed in the hands of Naval Intelligence. Lieutenant Daniella McNabb of the naval public relations office stated that a board of inquiry had been convened and that an interim report would be issued in the near future, but in the mean time all access and information regarding the vessel was restricted.
Dingir/Solomani Rim 142-1129
Archduke Kieran Langos Adair arrived in system yesterday to personally inspect the TCS Ark Royal which mysteriously arrived in system late last year. Speaking at a press conference later, His Grace's aide-de-camp, Lieutenant-Commander Daniella McNabb, said the ship was being held in a secure area of the naval base and that Professor Aryn Kadash of the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, best known for his work in quantum mechanics and temporal physics, had been appointed as lead scientific adviser to the board of inquiry.When questioned regarding Archduke Adair's inspection of the vessel, Commander McNabb stated that "His Grace is aware of the immense value, both scientific and historical, of the Ark Royal and has taken a personal interest in the investigation. He personally recommended the appointment of one of the Imperium's leading physicists to the board. It is his intention to keep fully abreast of the progress of the inquiry."
News was received today of the passing of Lady Imelda Fierana of Gateway, mother of Archduke Tranian Fierana Minomoru. An official statement released by the Office of the Archduke said that Lady Imelda had passed quietly in her sleep attended by her daughter. The statement went on that The Archduke will be leaving Capital tomorrow to attend a memorial service on Daramm. The Emperor and Empress are believed to have visited the Archduke to offer their personal condolences. The Office of the Emperor has confirmed that Lady Imelda's title of Baroness of Secord will pass to the Archduke's younger sister, Lady Afira Fierana Minomoru, in accordance with Baroness Imelda's wishes.
Regina/Spinward Marches 255-1129
Baronet Sir Lauritz Olghar, director of the Archducal Company of Players has announced that the troupe will be touring the Zhodani Consulate shortly. The tour, believed to be reciprocation for the visit of Shenjiaj Izhietl last year, would be the Company's first to the Consulate. Baronet Lauritz said that the company was excited about the tour, and looking forward to the opportunity to bring the best of Imperial culture to a new audience. The company will be performing Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Shamaamap's Ishunugii kagi emkaan nadiishu and Molendinarius' The Marriage of Antiama; all regarded as some of the finest examples of Imperial theater.
The Imperial Navy announced today that the private cruiser Sargon, formerly the private transport of the deceased Archduke Dulinor, will be returned to Archduchess Isis, his daughter and heir. Dulinor was killed in 1116 while shuttling to the surface of Capital in one of Sargon's small craft, which exploded while entering far orbit. The cruiser has been in Imperial custody since the day of the assassination, under guard at an undisclosed Imperial Naval facility, but was recently released back to the Archduke's family, as the Naval investigators feels no further evidence in the crime will be forthcoming. Archduchess Isis is not in system at the present, but her office issued a press release announcing that a crew will be provided to return the vessel to Ilelish, but gave no further details.