Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 097-1105
Officials of the General Shipyards on Regina announced that it has
completed negotiations with Tukera Lines to locally manufacture L-Hyd drop
tanks for use on high-capacity commercial vessels. General will assemble
components at its more modern facilities on Pixie (0303-A1001030-D). The first
production examples are expected to be available within six months, at which
time Tukera Lines will begin high capacity service from the interior. Component
assembly will be carried out at General's more modern facilities on Pixie
L-Hyd drop ships have only been in service for the last dozen years in
the interior, being made possible by recent advances in the field of capacitor
engineering, a joint press release explained. Commercial vessels equipped with
the new generation of long-storage jump capacitors carry jump fuel in specially
designed L-Hyd drop tanks in excess of their rated tonnage. Upon conversion of
the fuel to the massive energy required for jump, the drop tanks are
explosively jettisoned through the use of break-away connections and explosive
bolts. Jump is executed when the remains of the tanks are a safe distance from
A spokesman for General Shipyards explained that local yards are not yet
capable of manufacturing the long-storage capacitors required for the process,
but that production of the drop tanks is possible, thus allowing the high
capacity starships of the Tukera Lines to begin service to the Regina subsector.
L-Hyd tanks are not reusable, and thus increase the absolute cost per
jump. However, experience has shown that the increase in cargo tonnage
resulting from the elimination of internal J-fuel storage more than makes up
for this, the press release explained.
The joint press release concluded by stating that local manufacture of
L-Hyd drop tanks marks the dawn of a new era of commerce and prosperity in the Regina subsector. Following the announcement, common stock in Oberlindes Lines plummeted 27
points on the Regina exchange before trading was suspended. Officials of
Oberlindes Lines were not available for comment.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 101-1105
Close on the heels of the joint announcement by General Shipyards and
Tukera Lines that L-Hyd drop tanks would soon be manufactured in the Regina subsector, came word by express boat from the Imperial core that a decision has been
made to deploy Jump-6 L-Hyd drop tank express boats on all major express
routes. Initial feasibility studies indicate that such a system could average
jump-5.5 per week by executing maximum jumps, and leaving current xboats to
disseminate information between the new major relay points. The system is
expected to cut communication time to the Imperial hub to under 25 weeks. The
Initial System Deployment Schedule indicates that the Regina subsector can
expect to be fully integrated into the network within a decade.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 201-1105
Last night a series of explosions ripped through Vehicle Assembly
Building № 3 of the General Shipyards facility on Pixie. Both company and
military investigators on the scene report that the damage was almost certainly
the work of saboteurs.
General Shipyard's Vehicle Assembly Building № 3 housed the main
assembly line for the production of L-Hyd drop tanks. The L-Hyd drop tank
project, undertaken in conjunction with the Tukera Line (of Vland/Vland), is
expected to open up the Regina subsector to high capacity commercial access
from the interior. A spokesperson for the company reported that the explosions
probably set the project back by at least three months.
Imperial Navy Commander Lobeck hault-Donosev, the naval system liaison officer
on the L-Hyd project, high General Shipyards press secretary Harcord Haveln
discounted any political motives for the sabotage. "There are commercial
concerns in the subsector", he said, "who place their own
self-interest above that of the population as a whole." When pressed to
explain, he refused to elaborate. The naval liaison officer to the L-Hyd
project, announced that Naval Counter-Intelligence was exploring the
possibility that the sabotage was the work of Ine Givar terrorists. Ine Givar
activity in the Regina subsector has thus far been limited to scattered and
ineffective strikes on Efate and Feri, but that this incident "definitely
bore their signature," he explained.
The public affairs officer of the Pixie office for Naval
Counter-Intelligence refused an interview later in the day, but issued a press
release disavowing any responsibility for the remarks of Commander
hault-Donosev and stating that the NCI had no evidence whatsoever of Ine Givar
activity on Efate, Feri, or Forboldn.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 224-1105
General Shipyards has reported 276 confirmed break-ins of its scrapyard
at Regina during the last six months and is considering instituting a
"take a number" system.
Pixie/Regina (0303 A100103-D) 241-1105
The joint investigative commission released the findings of its
investigation into the mysterious series of explosions that ripped through
General Shipyards' Vehicle Assembly Building № 3 three months ago today. The
two page report concluded, contrary to initial statements, that there was no
evidence of sabotage and that the explosion appeared to be due to equipment
failure resulting in simultaneous discharge of liquid hydrogen and oxygen,
which was detonated by sparks from a short circuit in a flux welding unit which
had been inadvertently left on at the end of the evening work shift.
Public attention had been riveted on the investigation since it was
revealed that the explosions had seriously set back the production of L-hyd
drop tanks, equipment necessary to the opening of the high-capacity commercial
service between Regina subsector and the Interior.
An initial public statement by Naval Commander Lobeck hault-Donosev, the
former project-liaison officer, had suggested Ine Givar terrorist involvement
in the incident, and had mentioned Ine Givar activity on both Efate (Regina 0105) and Feri (Regina 0405). A subsequent Naval Counter-Intelligence press release
denied any Ine Givar activity on Efate, Feri, or Forboldn (Regina 0208).
When the Naval Counter-Intelligence representative on the joint
commission, Lieutenant Artura Gramlyn, was questioned about the inclusion of
the planet Forboldn in the denial statement, he replied "Well, there isn't
any Ine Givar activity on Forboldn. There isn't any Ine Givar anywhere in the
Subsector. We are familiar with all Ine Givar activity, and there isn't
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 274-1105
The Traveller's Aid Society regrets to announce the indefinite closing
of its class A facility on Efate (Regina 0105-A646930-D) and the posting of
that world as an amber travel zone. Gutted during a recent firefight in the
administrative capital, there are no immediate plans to repair the facility
until civil order has been restored on Efate.
In the event that travel to Efate is necessary, a society travel agent
remains on duty and can be reached through the offices of the Oberlindes lines
at Down-Franklin Starport. Travellers are advised however, to avoid travel to
this world if at all possible.
Dentus/Regina (0601 C979500-A) 361-1105
Word was received today that two weeks ago the Imperial Battle cruiser
Adamdun mistakenly engaged and destroyed the merchant craft Bloodwell of the
Oberlindes Line. The Bloodwell, according to the crew of the battle cruiser,
was not showing its ID transponder signal and would not answer broad-beam
hails. The Bloodwell was under full acceleration, and after it refused to
change vector in response to laser warning fire, it was engaged by high-G
missile fire and destroyed. A subsequent (and unsuccessful) search for
survivors resulted in the identification of the ship.
Oberlindes Lines officials called the story "an obvious cover-up of
a tragic display of incompetence." and claimed that the Bloodwell's ID
transponder had just undergone its annual maintenance check, and could not have
failed to function. As in all commercial vessels, the ID transponder was
supposedly tamper-proof, and are could not have been turned off by the crew.
Legal action is expected.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 004-1106
The Traveller's Aid Society has obtained an exclusive interview with
Major Windan Lorimer, Imperial Marines (ret.), recently returned from six
months of duty as a captain of auxiliaries engaged in counter-insurgency
actions on Efate (Regina 0105-A646930-D).
In the interview, Major Lorimer revealed that four months ago his
battalion became engaged in a firefight and subsequently captured twenty
insurgents, two of which were officers. Subsequent medical examination revealed
that one of the two was actually a Zhodani officer serving as an advisor to the
Ine Givar cadres.
In response to queries concerning Major Lorimer's claims, Rear Admiral
Lord Santanocheev, CINCNINT/RS (Commander-in-Chief, Naval Intelligence, Regina
Subsector) today held a press conference during which he claimed that Naval
Intelligence was convinced that there was neither Zhodani or Ine Givar
involvement in the Efate disturbances.
"What we have on Efate is a local, very minor situation. We're
handling it with local forces and a few mercenary contingents. If it were
serious, we could commit army or marine assets. We have some very potent assets
in this subsector, but we haven't felt the need to commit them. This is not a
serious situation,", he reported.
When asked about the report of a Zhodani officer, Lord Santanocheev
replied, "Naval Intelligence has this man in custody, and I can assure you
that he is not a Zhodani officer, or a Zhodani anything. I fought the Zhodani
twenty years ago in this subsector. I know the Zhodani, and this man is not a
When contacted afterwards, Major Lorimer refused to comment on the
Admiral's remarks, beyond insisting that his original reports had been
Efate/Regina (0105 A646930-D) 148-1106
Reliable sources in the defense establishment have admitted in private
that the Imperial Army's 1197th Separate Light Infantry Brigade has been
engaged in counter-insurgency operations in the Vandere district of Kormoron (Efate's northern continent) for the last eight months. When asked to comment on
Rear-Admiral Lord Santanocheev's recent claim that no Imperial army or marine
units had been committed, they declined.
One official did explain, however, that the brigade was only employed in
mopping up operations and had been inserted only to allow rotation of
indigenous troops out of combat. "Once all the local units in Vandere have
had a spell in the rear, the 1197th will be pulled out," he said.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 186-1106
A spokesman for Tukera Lines announced indefinite suspension of high
capacity commercial service to the Regina subsector pending outcome of the
official investigation of the Trimkhana-Brilliance tragedy.
Less than a month ago, the 800-ton liner Trimkhana-Brilliance was lost
with 217 lives due to a jump capacitor discharge immediately prior to jump.
While all four survivors of the disaster are still under intensive medical
care, interviews with the one surviving crew member indicate that the capacitor
discharge may have been due to a delay in jump after full charging due to a
failure of the port inboard L-Hyd drop tank to separate completely.
A Tukera Lines press release stated that a team of company engineers
would be "taking a long hard look at General Shipyards' quality control
In the wake of the announcement of high-capacity service suspension,
General Shipyards common stock fell 34 points in the Regina exchange before exchange
officials suspended trade. Oberlindes Lines stock closed up 5 ⅜.
Ruie/Regina (C776977-7) 003-1107
Military authorities in the Jingarlu army on this non-Imperial frontier
world are apparently encountering difficulty hiring mercenary striker units for
use along the Jingarlu-Nebelthorn border. For over a year, border tensions
between the two nations have been increasing, and numerous incidents have
caused the normally stormy relations between the two governments to break down
Jingarlu has often hired mercenary units from the Spinward Marches of
the Imperium to beef up its border constabulary in times of tension, but such
units are largely unavailable at the moment. Jingarlu authorities speculate
that large scale Imperial Army hirings in the Regina subsector for use on Efate may be the cause of the shortage, but reliable Imperial sources deny that hirings
have been higher than normal.
Deneb/Deneb (A000895-E) 021-1107
A message boat, two months out of date, has arrived from the Old Islands subsector with word of extensive fighting in that remote, non-Imperial region. Old Islands subsector, due to its astrographic location, has never been integrated into the
Imperium. The combination of fairly uniform tech levels, aggressive trade
policies, and numerous autonomous governments have traditionally made it an
area of continuing instability. It now appears that the instability has erupted
into open warfare.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 054-1107
Reports over the course of the last several weeks of a marked increase
in piracy in the coreward reaches of the subsector have been substantiated by
Navy officials in a routine press release. In today's weekly press briefing, a
naval spokesman confirmed that an unusually large amount of shipping had failed
to make scheduled planet-fall and that no communications from the Kinorb
Cluster had been received for over two months.
When questioned further, Public Relations Officer Lieutenant Commander
Vanderheydt hault-Josephson pointed out that fewer than ten ships had been
scheduled to make the little-used Kinorb-Pixie run in that period, and
difficulties at Riesling Down Starport on Kinorb could easily explain the
situation. However, hault-Josephson added that the Navy had not ruled out the
possibility that piracy from "a source or sources unknown" could be
In response to the situation, hault-Josephson announced that the battle
cruiser Agidda, until yesterday under order to join the squadron at Efate, was
instead being routed to join her sister ship Adamdun in the Kinorb Cluster and
report back on the situation. The dispatch of Agidda was further described as
Efate/Regina (0105 A646930-D) 078-1107
The small brushfire war that has sputtered off and on for several years
on this frontier world has, within the last week, came suddenly alive. New
ships are arriving in orbit daily, and Down Franklin Starport, for many months
nearly empty, is now choked with a steady flow of marines and army troopers disgorged
from busy fleet shuttles.
Yesterday Colonel Eitan Rahbaan, public relations officer for the newly
formed Forty-Third (Provisional) Frontier Army explained in a press conference
the reason for the sudden build-up and the general plan of action. The
continuing protracted nature of the insurgency action on Efate had been a
mounting drain on manpower resources, and had begun to sap the morale of
indigenous troops. As a result, the decision was made to concentrate maximum
effort to end the conflict in the shortest possible time.
Maximum effort is the only way to describe the amazing build-up that has
taken place literally overnight. Already official circulars list eleven
brigade-sized Imperial formations deployed on-planet, in addition to four
brigades that apparently were here previously. Even now, large transports are
off-loading the heavy vehicles of the well-equipped and hard-hitting 317
Air-Mechanized Brigade, and rumor has it that the build-up is still not
This reporter admits to being overwhelmed by this truly impressive show
of force. One can only wonder how long the stubborn but indifferently equipped
insurgents on this world can hold out against the ultra-modern juggernaught
Army Vice-Marshal Lord Calavan, commander of the 43rd Provisional Army, is
preparing to unleash on it? Days? Hours?
Scaramouche/Harlequin (A7C6503-9) 088-1107
As the Solomani-inspired insurgency on this rim world has gradually
lost popular support and has clearly been beaten militarily, the
Imperial travel interdict has been lifted and Scaramouche has now
been upgraded to travel zone Amber from Red. Order has been restored
in all the major population centers and the Travellers' Aid Society
is pleased to announce the re-opening of its class A facilities at
Brogan's Down Starport. Travellers are advised to exercise caution,
however, when travelling to this world as sporadic fighting still
continues in rural areas and local curfew regulations are strictly
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 157-1107
The war scare in the Marches has provided an unexpected bonus for the
local electronics firm of Currothers-Aljein. Psionic shields have become a
Psionic shield helmets have been on the market for centuries, reported
Auges Currothers, senior partner of the firm. "They were popular for a
brief time during the psionic suppressions back in the 800s, but they were
considered to be something of an embarrassment after that," Currothers
said. "Pretty soon, nobody wore them, even during the Third and Fourth
Frontier Wars, but for some reason we can't keep them in stock now."
Local Imperial authorities are pleased with the trend, and suggest that
it reflects a patriotic response to the threat posed by mind-reading enemy
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 186-1107
The Admiralty was electrified by the reported appearance of a
substantial Zhodani war fleet at Ruie (Regina 0209 C776977-7), scarcely a
parsec from the sector capital. The report was carried by the detached
scout/courier Wayward Dream. The crew of the Wayward Dream were quickly
cloistered by Imperial Naval Intelligence and the ship placed under heavy guard
in a sealed hangar bay at Luck Gibson starport. Ground crews at the starport,
however, reported that the vessel showed some evidence of battle damage.
While all naval personnel at Regina Naval Base were put on full
readiness, all ten heavy SDBs were launched and are rumored to be vectored
toward Prometheus, the large gas giant would be a first priority target of a
Representatives of the diplomatic ministry have pressured the Zhodani
embassy for an explanation, but thus far Ambassador Shterbifriashav has been
unavailable for comment. Although Ruie is not an Imperial world, a Zhodani
fleet almost certainly have had to have violated the demilitarized zone.
established after the Fourth Frontier War. Grave diplomatic repercussions are
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Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 187-1107
The Duke of Regina, speaking through his seneschal, announced in an
emergency press conference that as of 12:01 A.M. this date a formal state of
war has existed between the Imperium and the Zhodani Consulate. The seneschal
explained that the declaration of war was handed to him by Ambassador
Shterbifriashav late last night. The seneschal declined to answer questions,
stating that no further information was available at that time.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 201-1107
Word has today been received by fleet courier of the invasion of Regina, the capital of the Spinward Marches. Naval spokesmen of the 212th Fleet declined to
comment publicly, but in private one naval officer expressed the opinion that
prolonged resistance on the world was unlikely in the event of a serious Zhodani
Coming only days after receipt of the news of the outbreak of the war,
news of Regina's invasion is a heavy blow to hopes of an early victory over the
Zhodani. The fall of Regina could sever the main communications artery to the
Jewell subsector, and seriously hinder communication with fleet elements
presumed to be fighting there.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 204-1107
Army Vice-Marshal Adam Lord Bryor today announced that a presumed state
of war now exists between the Imperium and the Sword Worlds, following receipt
of word that Lanth (Lanth 0109 A879533-B) was under attack by fleet and ground
elements of that state. Characterizing the Sword Worlds' action as "a
perfidious betrayal", Bryor dismissed any suggestion that Rhylanor was
vulnerable to a Sword Worlds attack.
"In addition to the Imperial Marines on-planet, Rhylanor has 25
active divisions equipped to Imperial standards", Bryor explained.
"Even if a Sword Worlds squadron could fight its way through Rhylanor's
boats, there's no conceivable way a Sword Worlds army could gain a foothold
on-planet. Since Rhylanor is one of the foci for naval reinforcement from Deneb
sector, a Sword Worlds fleet would be courting disaster to strike here."
When questioned as to possible plans to retake Lanth, 212th Fleet
spokesmen suggested that no such operation was likely to be undertaken in the
near future, as most naval assets would probably be concentrated for an attempt
to relieve the 43rd Provisional Army along with its supporting naval squadron,
at Efate (Regina 0105-A646930-D).
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 204-1107
The Travellers' Aid Society issued a travellers' advisory, declaring the
entire Spinward Marches sector an amber zone until further notice.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 206-1107
The local branch of the IISS Detached Duty Office issued orders
requiring all detached scout personnel in the Spinward Marches and Corridor
subsectors controlling surplus scout vessels and all other retired scout
personnel under the age of 66 to report to the nearest scout base for
All scout vessels will be armed and re-fitted for service in scout
squadrons attached to the Navy. All retired personnel in suitable physical
condition will be inducted into service for the duration of the emergency in
accordance with established procedures.
Failure to report for examination during a state of emergency is
treason, and a maximum sentence of death may be exacted upon conviction.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 210-1107
The Travellers Aid Society announced today that, contrary to rumor, all
representatives of the Regina branch of the Journal of the Travellers' Aid
Society are safe.
"All but a skeleton news-gathering staff has been withdrawn from
the system as a safety measure," a society spokesperson said, "but we
will continue full coverage of the war as it develops."
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 212-1107
The office of the Duke announced that his Grace Norris, Duke of Regina,
has been stricken with a variant form of pneumonic virus and has transferred
the routine functions of state to a nominee pending his recovery. The brief
statement by the Duke's seneschal was made during the regularly scheduled news
conference, and no questions were permitted.
Speculation that the Duke has been deposed by rival power factions
within the Navy is reported unfounded.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 214-1107
Strong Zhodani advances on Louzy and Efate are reported to have been
beaten back by Imperial forces late last month. Conflicting reports have
prompted the Admiralty to institute a policy of monitoring news releases and
rating their accuracy. The ratings for these reports was termed excellent.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 243-1107
Long quiescent, the Ine Givar terrorist organization seems to be taking
advantage of the dislocation caused by the current war to increase their
activities. In addition to reports of activity throughout the war zone, in
recent months the Ine Givar have been implicated in numerous acts of
destruction and sabotage, including (most recently) the disappearance of the
merchant ship Harun-al-Rashid, now six weeks overdue from Equus (Lanth 0807),
an explosion and fire in scout base facilities at Meleto (Mora 0407), and the
release of a deadly viral toxin into the water supply of the Imperial Naval
installation at Bendor (Glisten 0706).
Spokesmen for Naval Intelligence refused to comment on speculation that
the Ine Givar might be receiving support from the Zhodani or their allies. A
high-placed source, however, said that the possibility of Zhodani or Sword
World financial support cannot be discounted.
The most famous pre-war act of terrorism attributed to the Ine Givar
took place on Efate (Regina) early in 1105. Until now, no acts have taken place
which could be directly attributed to the Ine Givar with the possible exception
of the explosion in General Shipyard's Pixie Facility (Regina 0303) later in
that same year.
Turedad/Lanth (0804 C465540-9) 251-1107
Authorities on this agricultural world have announced the discovery and
arrest of a number of "sleeper" agents in high places in the
planetary government. A press release issued by Naval Intelligence did not
reveal names, but said that the agents were citizens of the Sword Worlds,
disguised as locals, who had apparently spent years (in one case decades)
working their way unobtrusively into the highest councils of the planetary
According to the press release, the agents were to break the vital
jump-1 route to Regina and the war zone by turning the world against the
Imperium, and destroying or impounding supply vessels on their way to the
No information is available on how the "sleepers" were
discovered. The press release explains that Naval Intelligence does not wish to
compromise Imperial agents in Zhodani or Sword Worlds territory.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 268-1107
OFFICIAL RELEASE 46-268-1107: Notwithstanding current military
conditions, landing operations or other activity not specifically sanctioned by
the Imperial Naval Department will not be tolerated at the following worlds:
Pscias (Regina 0506), Shionthy (Regina 0706)), Algine (Regina 0708), Victoria
(Lanth 0207), Ylaven (Lanth 0306), Sonthert(Lanth 0308), Djinni (Lanth 0501),
and Grant (Jewell 0807).
Subordinate authority for such landings or operations is delegated to
fleet commanders when there is incontrovertible evidence that enemy forces have
landed on such worlds or intend to do so.
Violations of this directive will be severely dealt with.
By order Santanocheev, Sector Admiral.
Regina/Regina (0306 A788889-A) 302-1107
The office of the Duke denied reports that His Grace Norris, Duke of
Regina, had died of a rare form of lung infection. Although declining to answer
questions on the Duke's condition, or to reveal the Duke's whereabouts, a
spokesman for the Duke's seneschal stated that His Grace was in a safe
location, and was recovering rapidly.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 362-1107
Unconfirmed reports of the fall of Kinorb (Regina 0602) and Yorbund (Regina 0703) systems to Vargr forces allied with the Zhodani were received today.
The office of Army Vice-Marshal Adam Lord Bryor declined to comment on
these reports other than to say that fighting in these two systems continues.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 014-1108
In a press release made available today, the Admiralty has classified
the following systems as combat zones:
Dentus (Regina 0601), Kinorb (Regina 0602), Yorbund (Regina 0703), Yres
(Regina 0202), Pixie (Regina 0303), Boughene (Regina 0304)), Uakye (Regina
0205), Whanga (Regina 0206), Knorbes (Regina 0207), Forboldn (Regina 0208),
Hefry (Regina 0309), Ruie (Regina 0209), Regina (Regina 0310), Jenghe (Regina
0210), Extolay (Lanth 0101), Lanth (Lanth 0109), D'Ganzio (Lanth 0310), Phlume
(Vilis 0801), Denotam (Vilis 0603), Edinina (Vilis 0403), 728-907 (Vilis 0404),
Frenzie (Vilis 0306), Saurus (Vilis 0510), Asgard (Vilis 0709)), and Tavonni
The Admiralty declined comment at this time on the progress of the war,
or to issue any reports of losses.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 035-1108
In a recorded statement to the press today, Admiral Santanocheev
announced that Yorbund (Regina 0703) has fallen to Vargr forces after a long,
hard-fought battle. Most Imperial and colonial forces were successfully
withdrawn from the system.
Admiral Santanocheev's statement went on to announce the fall of Ruby
(Jewell 0205), Emerald (Jewell 0206), and Lysen (Jewell 0507)) to Zhodani
forces, but added that fighting continues on Jewell and other worlds of the
subsector, as well as on Kinorb (Regina 0602).
A representative of the Imperial Navy declined to comment when asked if
this fighting involved regular fleet or ground forces. Observers have
speculated that some Imperial units have been badly mauled in the Jewell
subsector, and their remnants have joined with local forces to fight a guerilla
war in that subsector.
Aramis/Aramis (0710 A6B0556-B) 122-1108
Equipment, records, and personnel of Imperial Research Station Beta are
reported by unofficial sources to have been evacuated from Yori (Regina 0510), and are now said to be under heavy guard somewhere in the Aramis system. The
station will almost certainly be reopened, but it is not known where the
station will be relocated, or when it will resume operations.
No information is available on the fate of Imperial Research Station
Delta, located on Retinae (Querion 0406). While the exact nature of station
Delta's research is classified, the information in such stations is in the
forefront of Imperial technology, and thus is extremely interesting to other
Equus/Lanth (0807-B55A858-B S) 204-1108
Equus authorities have learned that the disappearance of the merchant
vessel Harun-al-Rashid was due to barratry, not terrorism as had been
originally suspected. Testifying in admiralty court today, in return for
immunity from prosecution, the navigator of the vessel stated that he, along
with the captain and engineer, wrecked the ship after surreptitiously selling
its ship's cargo. The crew, transferred off the vessel before it was set on a
collision course with an outsystem planetoid, were offered a cut of the profits
to keep quiet.
The two officers were convicted on the basis of the navigator's
testimony, and were each sentenced to 25 years on Equus' penal island. Charges
against the ship's navigator were dropped.
Bendor/Glisten (0706 A756656-C) 228-1108
An Imperial Naval Intelligence spokesman, in a press release issued
today, announced the interception and arrest of an Ine Givar cash courier. The
courier was transporting an undisclosed amount of money in the form of precious
stones. Intended to finance local terrorist activities, the stones are rumored
to be worth in excess of cr25,000,000.
The release stated that the stones were of Sword Worlds origin, although
no definite proof of the culpability of the Confederation government was
discovered. The Sword Worlds government has been suspected of financing Ine
Givar activity for many years.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 338-1108
The TNS has just reports that Heya (Regina 0802) and Beck's World (Regina 0604) have fallen to Vargr forces. This information was obtained from an anonymous,
The Office of Naval Intelligence declined to comment, and Army
Vice-Marshal Adam Lord Bryor could not be reached.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 362-1108
The office of Admiral Santanocheev announced to the press that Mirriam
(Vilis 0505) and Calit (Vilis 0705) have fallen to overwhelming Zhodani forces.
It was further announced that communications with the naval bases at Denotam
(Vilis 0603) and Frenzie (Vilis 0306) have been cut off due to fighting in
The officer reading the announcement declined to comment further, or to
answer any questions on the progress of the war.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 021-1109
In a recorded message to the press, the office of Admiral Lord
Santanocheev announced that the Naval Base at Ghandi (Lanth 0205) is under
attack by Zhodani naval and ground forces, including several units of the elite
Zhodani Consular Guard. The statement indicated that the garrison at Ghandi had
recently been reinforced because of the Zhodani presence at Calit (Vilis 0705).
This announcement has fuelled speculation that a major Zhodani push is
underway, with Rhylanor as its most likely target. If Ghandi falls, it will be
a major blow to the Imperial war effort, possibly a fatal one.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 029-1109
Operation Iedshrpr, several months in secret preparation, was launched
by elements of the Imperial Navy's Corridor Fleet in a drive to break the siege
of Efate and force back the Zhodani forces currently operating in Regina subsector.
Commander Aia Resortin, fleet press officer, stated, "Admiral
Santanocheev has planned a brilliant campaign for the relief of Efate. Denial of Efate to the Zhodani means denial of the whole subsector. This operation
is the turning point of the war."
Regrettably, the meeting was cut short by a Zhodani hit-and-run raid,
which partially damaged some buildings, but had no other effect.
Inthe/Regina (0810 B575776-9) 059-1109
A ship from Imperial Scout Squadron 497 (recently based at Jewell)
arrived at Inthe after successfully running the Zhodani blockade. Military
security would not permit interviews with its crew, but a statement was later
issued that Jewell has not fallen, and continues to defend against Zhodani
Kinorb/Regina (0602 A663659-5) 083-1109
Operations against the Vargr force invading Yorbund and Heya achieved a
considerable success recently. It was announced today that Battle Squadron 203
and several cruiser squadrons, under Vice-Admiral Elphinstone, were able to
destroy a Vargr battle squadron after a prolonged engagement.
Having regained orbital supremacy of the world, the Imperial 85th
Infantry Field Army was moved in to secure the surface of Heya.
Lanth/Lanth (0109 A879533-B) 096-1108
Only days after the Imperial 193 Fleet left Lanth for a reported
assembly of Sword World forces at Tavonni, the Sword Worlders appeared in the
Lanth system and immediately began landing forces. Local resistance was fierce,
The return of the Imperial fleet after failing to find the enemy at
Tavonni, however, caught the Sword Worlders by surprise, and resulted in severe
losses to the enemy. Imperial forces continue to mop up in the Lanth system.
Lanth/Lanth (0109 A879533-B) 096-1109
Only days after the Imperial 193rd fleet left Lanth for a reported
assembly of Sword World forces at Tavonni the Sword Worlders appeared in the
Lanth system and immediately began landing forces. Local resistance was fierce,
The return of the Imperial fleet after failing to find the enemy in
Tavinni, however, caught the Sworld Worlders by surprise, and resulted in
severe losses to the enemy. Imperial forces continue to mop up in the Lanth
Beck's World/Regina (0604 B883349-D) 122-1109
The last remnants of the Vargr battle fleet from Yorbund were run down
and destroyed in the Beck's World system today. Although all enemy forces are
not yet accounted for, Vice-Admiral Elphinstone's staff was optimistic that the
threat from the Vargr forces has been countered.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 128-1109
Dispatches received from Regina indicate that a major Imperial raid
against Zhodani military and industrial installations at Ninjar (Chronor 0608)
has been accomplished by means of secret caches at the old Imperial naval base
in the Quar system (Chronor 0808).
No further details are available at this time.
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Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 132-1109
In a terse communiqué, his Grace the Duke of Regina announced that
Admiral Lord Santanocheev has been relieved of command immediately. Acting with
the authority of an Imperial Warrant, the Duke has taken personal command of
the 1st Provisional Fleet.
Members of the Duke's staff declined to comment further other than to
confirm that the change of command has taken place. Nothing is known as to the
reasons for Santanocheev's relief, or his present whereabouts.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 147-1109(DELAYED)
Imperial naval forces and attached army and marine units have retaken
Calit (Vilis 0705), according to a highly placed source at the Admiralty. News
of the victory was delayed because the local commander did not feel he could
spare any vessels to carry the news out of system until recently.
No reports of the battle, or of any casualties among the forces involved
Lanth/Lanth (0109 A879533-B) 241-1109
The commander of the Imperial 193 Fleet has officially declared the
mopping up of Sword World forces in the Lanth system to be complete, after
months of heavy fighting.
"Reports of atrocities against the civilian populace are
unfounded," the fleet public relations officer declared in a press
release, "The enemy forces were too heavily involved in fighting us to be
able to have committed any crimes against the locals." The officer went on
to note that rumors of atrocities are common after any battle, because of the
high degree of emotion generated.
No information is available on casualties, either military or civilian,
but a highly placed source indicated that 193 Fleet has requested large numbers
of ground reinforcements, indicating heavy casualties, at least in its ground
Porozlo/Rhylanor (0305 A867A74-A) 231-1109
According to unofficial reports, a major battle is taking place at
Rhylanor, involving both fleet and planetary elements of Imperial and colonial
Porozlo/Rhylanor (0305 A867A74-A) 239-1109
Informed sources have revealed that major fleet and ground forces
arrived in this system last night, and are presently refueling and refitting
for immediate transfer to Rhylanor, to reinforce Imperial forces there.
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Kinorb/Regina (0602 A663659-5) 252-1109
All Vargr forces allied with the Outworld Coalition have been instructed
by their supreme commander to cease hostilities and surrender to the Imperial
military or present themselves to a neutral power for internment. Unconfirmed
rumor states the Vargr forces have withdrawn from the Coalition, and are now
negotiating a separate peace agreement.
Speculation is rampant in all governmental circles as to the
ramifications of this action, both with regard to the war and with regard to
post-war policies in the Vargr Extents.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 310-1109
Rumors continue to circulate concerning a major assault by Imperial
forces in the near future. No single objective is noted in any of these rumors,
and official sources have refused to comment on any of the rumors, but experts
believe that an attempted relief of Jewell is in the offing.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 312-1109
The battles for Rhylanor are over. In an official press release dated
today, the Imperial Navy announced that enemy action in-system had ceased, with
the exception of minor engagements in the outer fringes.
"Mopping up of these forces is proceeding apace," one official
stated off the record.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 348-1109
A major Zhodani task force was badly mauled in the attempt to retake the
Calit system (which was liberated by Imperial forces earlier this year.) Enemy
forces were "dealt a serious blow" in the words of one officer.
Imperial and Colonial forces in the Calit system were evidently heavily
reinforced after the battle to retake the system.
No information is available concerning the battle or any casualties
among the forces involved.
Arden/Vilis (0201 C5549CB-8) 004-1110
A short and bloodless coup on Arden has replaced the local pro-Zhodani
government with a pro-Imperial coalition representing commercial interests both
on and off-world. Unofficial sources indicate that the coup was because of the
war's detrimental effects on trade in the region.
No further information is available at this time.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 010-1110
Admiral Lord Santanocheev, former commander of Imperial forces during
the current hostilities, is reported by unofficial sources to have requested a
formal board of inquiry into the reasons for his recent relief.
The details of the Admiral's relief from command remain unknown, as does
the exact whereabouts of the Admiral himself.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 023-1110
After months of speculation by informed sources, the Admiralty revealed
that a major operation to relieve Jewell has been undertaken by combined
Imperial and Colonial forces.
No further data is available.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306 A434934-F) 039-1110
The public relations office of the Imperial Navy refused to deny or to
confirm rumors of Zhodani atrocities against the citizens of Ruby and Emerald
during the recent occupation of those worlds.
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Quar/Chronor (0808-B532720-B) 099-1110
In a joint press release, the Zhodani Consulate and the Imperial
Admiralty announced that an armistice is in effect as of 120-1110
Imperial reckoning. All hostilities are to cease, and all belligerents
are to remain in their positions as of the above date.
The press release went on to announce that negotiations for the
cessation of hostilities have begun on Quar. Imperial officials
declined to comment further on the announcement.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306-A434934-F) 143-1110
Despite a few minor incidents, the armistice between Zhodani and
Imperial forces is holding, and negotiations are proceeding. All
reporters have been excluded from the negotiations, at the request of
the chief Zhodani negotiator.
No further information is available.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306-A434934-F) 146-1110
Admiral Lord Santanocheev, who has been out of sight since for several
months after his relief from command, made a brief appearance today at
an Admiralty news conference to announce that regardless of the
outcome of the inquiry into his conduct of the war he intends to
retire at the end of the year.
The Admiral declined to answer questions at the end of his short
announcement, which was quite unexpected. This is the Admiral's first
public appearance since his relief from command.
Rhylanor/Rhylanor (0306-A434934-F) 160-1110
Rumors persist of Zhodani atrocities against citizens of Ruby and
Emerald during the recent occupation of those worlds. No first hand
accounts of the occupation have been made available, as access to
these worlds (indeed, to all worlds occupied during the recent
hostilities) is restricted.
Dentus/Regina (0601-C979500-A) 166-1110
A small force of Vargr raiders today struck an outlying outpost in
this system, killing three and wounding another seven. It is believed
that the raiders are the remnants of a former military unit, now
renegades, since the primary purpose of the raid seemed to be to
acquire supplies and spare parts for starships.
A spokesman for the Admiralty stated that such raids are to be
expected since a number of Vargr units refused to surrender, and
evidently intend to continue hostilities. Forces from Vice-Admiral
Elphinstone's command have been detached to run down and destroy the
Quar/Chronor (0808-B532720-B) 360-1110
In separate announcements issued today, the Imperium and the Zhodani
Consulate announced the cessation of hostilities between all
belligerents, to begin on 001-1111. Borders will be returned to the
status quo ante bellum, and all military forces have begun their
withdrawal from opposing territories.
Despite the fact that neither side achieved territorial gains, both
the Imperium and the Zhodani Consulate are claiming victory in their
announcements. The Fifth Frontier War is over.
Dentus/Regina (0601-C979500-A) 362-1110
A spokesman for the naval forces under command of Vice-Admiral
Elphinstone stated today that a number of Vargr renegades are still at
large in the Spinward Marches, despite the best efforts of the Navy to
hunt down and destroy them. These renegades are remnants of military
units which did refused to surrender upon the withdrawal of the Vargr
from the war.
A spokesman reports that 90% of the Vargr forces have been dealt with,
but admits that a small core remains to threaten shipping in the
Lanth/Lanth (0109 A879533-B) 004-1111
Usually reliable sources in the Imperial government made available a
report revealing that, in the last weeks before the signing of a separate peace
between the Imperium and the Sword Worlds, several deep-penetration raids
severely damaged major naval installations and manufacturing capacity on the
industrial worlds of Gram and Sacnoth.
The Imperial government reportedly rejected requests from Sword World
negotiators for financial and technical assistance in rebuilding the ruined
Dentus/Regina (0601 C979500-A) 032-1111
Vice-Admiral Elphinstone's staff announced that the last members of a
small group of Vargr renegades remain at large in the Spinward Marches.
Approximately 20 Vargr and two starships escaped capture and eluded pursuing
forces after the destruction of a hidden resupply base, located on a small
planetoid in the outer orbit of the Heya system (Regina 0802).
"The vessels were unarmed transports," reported Captain
Bolinghurst of the Admiral's staff, "and pose no serious threat to
shipping. Despite this, the Regina subsector remains under martial law until we
can kill or capture the last of these criminals."
Quar/Chronor (0808 B532720-B) 092-1111
Imperium and Zhodani Consulate emissaries formally closed their
conference today, after having overseen the administration of the cessation of
hostilities between all belligerents which began 001-1111.
All military forces have been withdrawn to behind their respective
pre-war borders. All colonial forces have returned to their home worlds.
Selected Imperial military forces will remain active to deal with various
renegade military personnel.
"This is not uncommon after a war," a spokesman for the
Admiralty stated. "Some personality types get so keyed up that it takes
them time to settle down again. Anyway, a lot of these people were criminals
before the war, and are simply returning to their old occupation with some new
The Imperial government has declared Regina, Jewell, and Lanth
subsectors to be amber travel zones. All other Imperial territories in the
Spinward Marches revert to their pre-war travel classifications.
Dentus/Regina (0601 C979500-A) 263-1111
A group of renegade Vargr operating as freebooters in the Spinward
Marches continues to elude capture. Despite reassurances by Naval spokesmen
that they pose no serious threat to shipping in the region, insurance rates for
vessels operating in the sector remain at war levels.
A representative of Hortalez et Cie (which underwrites a major fraction
of mercantile security policies in the sector) agreed to comment briefly when
questioned about this. Although no ships have been lost to the renegades since
the destruction of their supply base in the Heya system, Hortalez feels that
"a number of unexplained or incompletely explained disappearances have
given us cause for some concern."
Asked if they felt the Imperial Navy was not doing its job properly, the
Hortalez spokesman responded: "We believe that the navy is doing all that
can be reasonably expected under the circumstances. We are merely exercising
caution until it is verified that the renegades have been dealt with. This action
is not a reflection on the Navy. We are merely acting in the best interests of
our stockholders by keeping our risks at a minimum."
Dentus/Regina (0601 C979500-A) 063-1112
Informed sources leaked information indicating that the group of
renegade Vargr has probably fled the Spinward Marches for parts unknown.
Several alleged members of the group were captured late last year when they
tried to hijack a merchant ship near here. They have been held incommunicado
Admiralty public relations officer Captain Gaviin Ammern refused to
comment on why the capture of some of the renegades has been kept secret for so
Quar/Chronor (0808 B532720-B) 092-1112
In an official announcement issued today, the Imperial government
formally declared all worlds in the Regina, Jewell, and Lanth subsectors to
have reverted to their pre-war travel classifications.
With this proclamation, the last of the emergency proclamations
promulgated during the recent war are withdrawn, and life in the Marches returns to normal.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 102-1112
A dispatch from Terra/Sol (0207-A867A69-F) dated 121-1111 reads:
"The first known victim known to survive direct exposure to
hyperspace arrived at Terra today, suffering from what medical experts
are calling 'Hyperspace sickness'. Naval Commander Ansel Churner, an
engineering officer on his way to retirement on Prometheus, is being
held in strict quarantine until specialists can determine the specific
effects the exposure will have. Doctors working on the case are quoted
as saying that preliminary tests indicate that Cdr. Churner is in
good condition, but is not mobile."
"Three members of the engineering department on the Tyrol,
a Rome, Inc. luxury liner, were killed. Circumstances of their deaths
have not been released at this time."
Admiralty spokesmen at Regina refused to comment on the dispatch.
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 140-1112
A dispatch from Terra/Sol (0207-A867A69-F) dated 130-1111 reads:
"The Starship Accident Inspection Team (SAIT) of Australia Down
Starport has been officially relieved of its duties in the inspection
of the Tyrol, a Rome, Inc. luxury liner which suffered mysterious
damage while in hyperspace en route to this world. The Naval Attache
to Terra, Captain Winston of Duncanhood, Earl of Lardher, officially
relieved the SAIT and replaced them with his own team of specialists,
including a number of civilian representatives from the Beta Draconis
Industries. Heavy security measures, including marine guards, have
been implemented, and all access to the Tyrol has been cut off to
"Meanwhile, medical specialists at the Demosthenes Naval Hospital
have confirmed the gradual recovery of Commander Churner from the
almost total loss of equilibrium he suffered as a result of exposure
Regina/Regina (0310 A788899-A) 142-1112
A dispatch from Terra/Sol (0207-A867A69-F) dated 142-1112 reads:
"The remains of three engineering crew who were killed in the
mysterious mishap on board the Tyrol were identified as First
Mate Jerrence Willan of Hell/Sol, Second Mate Elizabeth Maeer of
Prometheus, and Cargo Specialist Albaret Michaelsson of Terra/Sol.
Their remains are being held pending the conclusion of medical
investigation, after which they will be released to their