(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.
(Solrain Core) As pilots squabble over Antiflux inventories, the prices at public stations have continued to climb to record levels – selling for approximately 250% more than they were just two weeks ago.
“Markets panic, that’s just what they do,” said Ferrix Charyb, the STCC Minister of Trade. “We’ve seen some people grabbing for these rare ECMs, and today, as I look at the market, it appears that the ones that disappeared from Hyperial a few days ago have now re-appeared at Solrain Core – clearly at a very significant profit. Continue reading →
(Hyperial) Hyperial authorities reported that the small supply of rare Antiflux ECMs they had provided at Hyperial Station were taken on 117.11.1. The news triggered a pricing panic with very few Antiflux left. Prices were nearing 500,000 credits by the end of the day.
TRI-SEC indicated that they had an idea who had purchased the Antiflux, and that they planned on questioning the pilot. “We have the purchase data from Hyperial and are going to be talking to the pilot — primarily for his own safety,” said TRI officer Layton ‘Scorch’ Morrison.” Technically, nothing illegal has happened since the Antiflux were purchased at the market price. But pilots tend to react rather emotionally when it comes to hoarding of rare goods. This guy needs to understand what he’s setting himself up for.”
(Solrain Core) TRI Corporation today announced several organizational changes within its TRI Industries Division.
“In order to better align with our new strategic initiatives, we have decided to make a few changes to the Leadership Team in TRI Industries,” said TRI Corp. CEO Garth Taren. “Effective immediately, Dorakk Thol is taking over the reins of the TRI Industries, reporting directly to me. Alwyn Pinguar has elected to take early retirement, and we wish him well with his new life.
“Sagrith Hubri who has spent many years as one of Dorakk’s key advisors, will be stepping up as Director of the Manufacturing, Mercantile and Economics Group.
“We have also elected to make changes within the Station Systems and Maintenance Group where Yelda Mossad will take over as Director. Yelda joins us from Aristio Conglomerated, where she successfully led the Propulsion Systems Division for 12 years. As a result, Director Silvaar Ivyx will be leaving TRI Corp after 22 years. We thank him for his many years of dedicated service.”
Although not noted in the TRI announcement, it is clear that the shakeup is a direct result of the ongoing launch-systems debacle that has shut down all traffic to and from all stations. Economic impact from this has been estimated in the tens of millions — and counting, since there is still no word when systems will be restored.
(Corridor Station) A recently-decrypted DSS has turned out to be an internal Venurian Prospecting memo that outlines it’s “Project Exodus” – a plans to relocate its headquarters and major production and R&D facilities from Quantar Corridor Station to GBS sector.
The DSS containing this information was discovered in Hook of Roh by pilot Hammer-BS; data was recovered by pilot Jalil; and the recovered data was decrypted by pilot Hammer-BS. The full decrypted text of the memo follows:
M E M O R A N D U M
Distribution: Select Board Members; General Partners
Investigations are under way to move manufacturing of advanced mining products from Corridor station to GBS Sector where we plan on building a brand new production facility. The new facility will initially be producing an improved ML-Amp. We are hoping to begin the mission to move all required construction components to GBS Station by Q0.12.1.
Although the initial moving and launching costs will be high, we foresee significant long-term tax savings and much wider distribution opportunity. Additionally, by having an operation outside Quantar purview, we create an opportunity to pursue more aggressive and unfettered R&D.
Although we know the sitting members of the Fa’hil Memta will strongly oppose this move, we have a highly placed, powerful ally within Quantar, and our ally has approached QSSP, one of the largest, most influential squads and hopes to gain their support for our effort in exchange for our support of their new base of operations in GBS.
We will keep you fully apprised as Phase I efforts continue.
While the memo has a date of October 7, the year is missing. The memo does mention that squad QSSP has a “new base of operations in GBS” and QSSP has been largely inactive for quite some time.
Requests for an interview at Venurian Prospecting have gone unanswered. Anyone with information regarding roughly when QSSP was basing its operation at GBS should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Quantar Core) Duelists have disappeared from all stations and it is just now being noticed. It is clear that this is a specific coordinated effort. The questions are “who” and “why.” After a small effort was undertaken to get Duelists producing again last evening, someone stripped the produced Duelists – as well as all of the commodities needed to produce them – from Great Pillars Station.
Typically, the reasons for Duelist stripping are related either to economic greed (i.e. cornering the market and charging outrageous prices for an item at private markets), or to weaken an opponent’s ability fight. In this case, there is a POS in Dark Gateway called Port Royal-apcehan that is charging exorbitant prices – which would appear to support the “greed motive.” It is believed that this station belongs to the squad Ka3aKN which frequently flies under pirate tags. They appear to be pirating from stations rather than from individual pilots.
In any case, space is a more dangerous place now because of this activity and pilots should take immediate action both to ensure Duelist supplies are available when needed, and to ensure the commodities needed to make Duelists – including “down the line base commods” – are available.