(Outpost Station) A lone gunman killed at least 12 and injured dozens more today at the Octave Propulsion capacitor factory on Outpost Station. Although the alleged attacker has not been officially identified, sources indicate that he was one of those impacted by the massive layoff announced by OPL on 117.12.15.
The manufacturing facility has been shut down pending completion of an investigation.
(Quantar Corridor)Cromforge Enterprises (TRISE:CROM) announced today that is is planning to scrap thousands of units of it massive equipment inventory on all Quantar Stations. “When inventory does not move, it not only has to be stored — it also has to be maintained,” said Cromforge spokesperson Cila Rotup’uh. “It is a huge expense, and one we can no longer sustain. The fact is that we have sold exactly ten Harvesters in the last six months. We have an inventory of more than 1,700. And that’s just a single example.”
The inventory reduction is not expected to have any immediate impact on pilots. It will be reported as a one-time expense in Cromforge’s Quarterly Results, which were already expected to be poor, resulting in a net-profit decline in each of the last six quarters.
(Solrain Core) Changes in Conflux spawn patterns has begun to raise concerns among pilots. There have been confirmed changes in spawn behaviors in a number of sectors — in some instances, the spawn strength has decreased, but in the majority of cases, pilots have been seeing higher-level Conflux drones appearing.
“This is nothing to worry about,” said Carlo Adiar, Asst. Director of Conflux Studies at TRI Corporation. “We have seen Conflux patterns change periodically and see no particular threat-pattern here.” Continue reading →
(Solrain Wake Station) A smuggler flying a Phaeton was apprehended yesterday in Bronci Rift by TRI Security for allegedly having Prosthetics in-hold, a commodity that has been outlawed for many years. The pilot’s name has not been release pilot pending an official arraignment.
There has, as yet, been no speculation regarding the smuggler’s planned destination or destinations.
After years of lobbying and protests — primarily by Quantar — Prosthetics exports from Hyperial were outlawed by TRI after evidence was unearthed that the Prosthetics included organic tissue of questionable origin. Hyperial was thought to have stopped all Prosthetics production in 107.
(Quantar Core) Cromforge Enterprises (TRISE:CROM) announced today that its President, Quelo Zu’nan, died early this morning. Zu’nan had led Cromforge for over 12 years, but had come under fire recently as the Quantar corporate giant’s results continued to falter.
No specifics surrounding Zu’nan’s death have been announced. He leaves behind a wife and one son.
(Great Pillars Station) In a statement released by OPL Spokesperson Kaeso Cosmas, the Octavius manufacturing giant said it was laying off more than 3,000 workers from its facilities on Outpost and Octavius Core station.
Due to an increasingly difficult economic situation and huge inventories, we are forced to reduce expenses. It is not something that we do lightly. Our workers are our lifeblood and if there was any other reasonable option, we would have taken it.
We sincerely hope that the situation will change and that we are able to hire back these loyal members of our OPL family. But without a lot more pilots using up the equipment we produce, there is just nothing else we can do.
In addition to these layoff, we will be closing and dismantling the Duelist facility in Quantar space in the very near future.
There were no specifics provided regarding how the layoff would impact production and availability of OPL products, which include the popular Guzzler and Impeler engines, and the Makk shields — in addition to Duelists.
(Danubia, Martius) For the first time in 50 years, the war helmet of Emperor Atticus VI will be made available for public display.
“The last time it was displayed was for the 100th anniversary of his death,” said Anto Islin, Legate for Danubia Province. “Emperor Septus felt it appropriate to made it available to the public again on the 150th anniversary of his death.”
The public display at the Imperial Heritage Museum in Danubia will begin tomorrow, 117.12.2 — the anniversary of Atticus’ death — and will continue until the end of the year.
Atticus VI (85 BT – 33 BT) is best known as the last Emperor of a unified Octavius. Atticus VI took that throne in 45.8 BT after the culmination of the Unification Wars. Atticus VI held the throne for just 12 years, dying at age 52