(Solrain Core) According to sources within the STCC, 10-term Speaker Demeter Garreth will be moving her office “down the hall” as she takes over her new role as Premier of the STCC effective 118.5.1.
Garreth’s selection has been speculated-upon for the last week — with many wondering if she was even interested in the job. Until the upcoming election on 7.1, the role of Speaker for Soria will be temporarily filled by Garreth’s First Assistant, Aeolsah Radic.
An official release from the STCC is expected shortly.
This time, instead of doing The (Unregulated) Update, I decided to interview the pilot RazorsKiss — who made news recently by destroying an automated TRI transport ship in unregulated space. I thought it might be interesting to get an idea of his motivations.
This interview was conducted before TRI Corporation decided to place a bounty on him. Continue reading →
(UUNN HQ) TRI Corporation announced today that it is taking the unprecedented step of placing a bounty on pilot RazorsKiss.
Since the Factions have elected to either ignore the severity of this situation or hide behind perceived administrative roadblocks, we believe we have no choice other than to find a way to create appropriate consequences ourselves.
Therefore, effective immediately and for the next 30 days, we have placed a 2 million credit bounty on the criminal RazorsKiss. We will pay the bounty for each verified destruction of his ship. In order to collect the bounty, pilots should submit a full, unedited screen shot taken at the time of the “kill” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only one bounty will be paid per pilot.
While factions have place bounties on pilots for many years, this appears to be the first time a corporation has taken such a step.
(UUNN HQ) Sources within the STCC have indicated that Demeter Garreth has been the leading candidate to replace the retiring Cristofore Parce as Premier. Garreth has served as the Speaker for Soria for 10 terms and would be up for re-election in two months.
It is not known whether Garreth actually wants the position, since in some ways, the Speaker holds more political power. The Council will need to finalize its decision soon, as Parce leaves office in just 11 days.
(Solrain Core) After a pilot claimed responsibility for destroying a crippled automated transport ship owned by TRI Corporation, TRI called on the factions to punish the pilot. The Solrain Traders and Citizens Council (STCC) provided the first, and most comprehensive response:
Clearly this was a capricious act by a plot more concerned with his own agendas and vendettas than the welfare of all. We very much understand the position of TRI Corporation in trying to ensure there are consequences. But while we abhor the waste of such precious cargo, we feel that the long-standing rights of salvage are clear here. The ship was in unregulated space. There was no living person aboard. The ship was clearly not under any kind of powered control.
So, while we feel that the general nature of this detestable act merits punishment, we do not believe there is any legal precedent to do so. If any additional facts arise that change the legal circumstances , we are ready to reconsider this position.
(GBS Station) After TRI Corp. initially announced that it believed its TRI-TRAN-1 automated transport ship had probably been destroyed by storms or Conflux, pilot RazorsKisspublicly claimed that he had destroyed the ship and its cargo — as revenge for an alleged “hit” put on him by TRI Asst. Director of Conflux Studies (TRI-DEF-CSD), Carlo Adiar.
“This pilot needs to be punished — severely,” said TRI Corporation CEO, Garth Taren. “First of all, his rationale is ridiculous. It’s either a lie or a delusion. I’d love to see the ‘intelligence’ produced that implicates Mr. Adiar.”
“I have no idea what the real motivation was here, but the load of gold and platinum lost,while very valuable, was not the real loss here. We lost 25 antiflux that we had been able to retrieve from the old Conflux Containment Center (CCC) facility in Inner Aman. They were destined for public markets to help alleviate the shortage. And the most tragic loss was a data disk containing invaluable, irreplaceable conflux data — which we also recovered from the CCC facility.”
“We have contacted Solrain, Octavius and Quantar to discuss possible political implications, since the actions of this pilot have broad cross-factional impacts.”
(UUNN HQ) TRI Corporation officials have said that the Mayday telemetry from the lost transport ship has stopped.
“We believe the ship has been destroyed either by storms or by Conflux — perhaps both,” said Sagrith Hubri, TRI’s Director of Manufacturing, Mercantile & Economics. “It’s a huge loss. The financial part is insured, but some of the other cargo was irreplaceable.”
Sources indicate that the cargo value was in excess of 30 million credits.
(Solrain Core) TRI Corporation announced today that it will offer a 3 million credit reward for the location of the missing transport ship (TRI-TRAN-1) with its cargo intact.
“We realize now that we need more help with this,” said Solder Ronin, Commandant of TRI Security. “Our searches have turned up nothing. As far as we can determine the ship should be somewhere between Inner Gyre and Light Lost — so that’s a lot of space to cover.
“The big concern is that shield and armor storms that frequent this area will destroy the ship before we can get to it, so time is critical.”
Ronin said that the ship is a standard remote-piloted Solrain tow with 500u of cargo. He indicated that if the cargo was not intact, TRI Corp will pay a reward equal to 10% of the value of the remaining cargo. If the ship is empty, it will pay 250,000 credits.
(Great Pillars Station) In an unexpected move, Emperor Atticus Septus of Martius today named Atticus Aqilus as the new Supreme Military Strategist for Octavius. Aqilus will replace Petillius Lucanus who has held the post since 107, when he was appointed by Clements IV. Many were surprised when Septus retained Lucanus in 114 when authority over the Ministry of War shifted from Ares Prime to Martius.
Atticus Aqilus is the nephew of Emperor Septus and many believe he will be named Heir to the Empire at some point, since Septus has no children of his own.
Authority over the three primary Octavius Ministries — Culture, Trade and War — rotates every seven years. The next rotation will take place in 121.