Fifth Anniversary of The Catastrophe

UUNN Newswire

This Sunday, 117.4.30, is the fifth anniversary of The Catastrophe when an energy pulse — hypothesized to be dark-matter lensing — swepth through space, shutting down critical systems and severely damaging all of the jumpgates.

As with every year, this anniversary overlaps with the Solrain Alkotó/Founder’s Day holiday although Solrain has planned no space-based celebrations this year.

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Sarath V – Commemoration of The Catastrophe

UUNN Newswire

The following is a recorded statement made by Sarath V, the former Fifth Prime of The Reconstruction.  Sarath V led TRI before its privatization — when it was a quasi-governmental entity, leading the efforts of The Reconstruction.  Sarath V, now age 89, is rarely seen in public, but still resides on Solrain Core station.

Scientists say Dark Matter Effects may have triggered “The Catastrophe”

By Thane Carios

(Barnard, Hypsos) Nearly a year after the three-day symposium held to discuss the event that has come to be known as The Catastrophe, there is still no consensus about its cause.  But several Hyperial physicists lead by Dr. Veron Ni’bur, the Astrophysics Chair at Barnard University, have drafted a report speculating that dark matter may have played a role.  Dr. Ni’bur agreed to release some of the report findings to UUNN because so little progress has been made, and no consensus has been reached, by the research community at-large

“We know that The Great Collapse, 2100-plus years ago, was like a huge galactic earthquake with tremendous amounts of gravitic, electromagnetic and kinetic energy,” said Ni’bur.  “It resulted in widespread and catastrophic death and destruction, and as we know, a thousand-year dark age for our peoples.  We still don’t know its cause, but we are pretty certain of its nature.”

“But The Catastrophe on 114.4.30 was very different,” continued Ni’bur.  “It was more like a huge lightning bolt – an electromagnetic event with as much as 10e26 GJ (gigajoules) of energy!  This resulted in huge disruptions, by effectively frying all varieties of electronics – which, of course, permeate everything.”

The Ni’bur report hypothesizes that the huge energy release was caused by dark-matter lensing of energy released by an undetermined quantum event.  The focused energy somehow propagated through the TRI Corporation jumpgate network – eventually burning it out, but taking approximately forty-two hours to do so.

With all instruments disrupted and recorded data destroyed or badly corrupted, all of the scientists and engineers working on this mystery have struggled to explain the event or its effects.  It does appear that the energy fluctuated significantly throughout the event and then cut off abruptly.  The initial waves were not the strongest, allowing the lifepod systems to continue to operate, and return many pilots to safety before the collapse of the jumpgate network.

“The biggest question we have right now,” said Dr. Ni’bur, “is why all of the jumpgates seemed to instantaneously propagate the event, rather than occurring as a chain-reaction event  — which  might have helped us identify the source.  There was some tiny variation in gate damage, and a very small number of gates in fringe sectors actually remained functioning – though with TRI systems completely destroyed that did little good.”

None of the factional governments, including Hyperial, have yet endorsed the work of Ni’bur and his team.  “Ni’bur uses too much voodoo-physics and allows for a gazillion amazing coincidences in his equations,” said one un-named Hyperial official, who added: “He seems to want to avoid the real possibility that this was an intentional attack.”

The Ni’bur report remains a draft and will not be released.  No timetable has been set for a final report.

Scientists Debate Causes of The Catastrophe

by Thane Carios

(Argolis, Hellion) A three-day Symposium was held this week at Samons University in Argolis to discuss the event back on 112.4.30 that resulted in the period of nearly two years that has come to be known as “The Darkness.” The attendees discussed possible causes and planning how to protect against further such events. More than 200 scientists and engineers from Octavius, Quantar and Solrain gathered at the university, along with a small delegation of political observers from Hyperial (who attended via vidconference), to share and analyze data they had collected.

Opinions differed on whether the causes of the Great Collapse and The Catastrophe were the same – or even related. “The Great Collapse was a huge, cataclysmic event that wiped out just about everything,” said Kinn Torsky, the Director of R&D for T&P Systems. “I believe it was probably gravitic in nature – but it was thousands of years ago, so that’s hard to ascertain. But the recent event was more like a massive pulse that disabled and damaged jumpgates, and wiped out power generation and information systems. It was very different from The Great Collapse – and certainly much easier to recover from.”

Two groups have been formed in the wake of the Symposium:

– The Engineering Group will focus on best-solutions to protect against future events – such as EMP and EMI filters and optical backup systems.

– The Event Analysis Group will focus on identifying the nature and source of the event as well, possible methods for early warning.

When one of the Hyperial political observers was asked to comment on the symposium and its outcomes, she answered, “Hyperial had absolutely nothing to do with The Event. Anyone suggesting otherwise is just spreading rumours and looking to smear the good-name of Hyperial. They have no facts or evidence.”