Drama Builds in the Aftermath of RB-2 Facility Attack

by Thane Carios

(Quantar Core) A Quantar-sponsored mission to rebuild the RB-2 facility began unexpectedly this morning:

The Tahirs have called for an emergency mission to rebuild the RB-2 factory that was destroyed by Hyperial terrorists. Please be aware that members of Edwin Reece Industries are Hyperialist terrorists and should be considered enemies of all.

The rebuilding effort is expected to take quite a while given the few number of active pilots these days and the complexities of the construction.

Although Quantar has laid the blame squarely on Edgar Reece Industries, E.R.I. has gg inquisitionsuggested that the attack was the coordinated work of a rogue employee and a member of Quantar squad The Brotherhood, releasing the following interrogation transcript.

Sources have also indicated that Solrain Premier Demeter Garreth and E.R.I. foundar Edgar Reece will be meeting on Cornea Station on 120.7.21 sometime around 20:00 UTC.

Hyperial was asked for a statement regarding the attack on Quantar.  They declined to make a formal statement and simply replied: “It’s such a shame.”

 

Solrain Hall of Fame Inductee Chosen

UUNN Newswire

(UUNN HQ)  The voting for this year’s Solrain Hall of Fame ended up in a dead heat Solrain Hall of Famebetween GrimGriz and Jump (aka JumpDemon) — which was ionic since both parties profess loyalty to Hyperial.

The consulting firm of Lunkwill and Fook (L&F) was hired by the STCC to verify that there was no tampering by Hyperial.  Once that was ruled-out, L&F created a random selection algorithm — which chose GrimGriz as the inductee for 120 AT.

Because of GrimGriz‘s Hyperial allegiance, several members of the STCC called for the selection to be voided, but they were unable to garner enough votes to do so.

The Curious Case of the “Gents”

by Ares Kiden

(Octavius Core Station) Two days ago there was some strange news that came out of Hasdrubar Carto’s Office on Octavius Core. They were calling for the pilot Gent to turn himself in, but they never indicated why. Not even a trumped-up fake-news kind of charge. He had a -6 PR with Oct, but we’ve all been there at some point.  Didn’t seem to be worth all of the fuss.

Then yesterday, this same pilot started broadcasting gibberish on F5:

gent-f5 120.4.23

Some suggested that these are some kind of distress calls and I don’t think they’re wrong.  I contacted the Security Office on Oct Core to ask whether he had turned himself in yet, but they did not respond. Continue reading

Serus Calls-Out Octavius on Prosthetics

UUNN Newswire

(UUNN HQ)  Dominic Serus, TRI Corporation’s Vice President of Defense and Security (TRI-DEF), today called out Octavius on its lax attitudes toward Prosthetics trade.  “We didn’t make up the rules here,” said Serus.  “Octavius, Quantar and Solrain all agreed to outlaw Prosthetics trade.  We patrol, we scan, we arrest … and Octavius just lets the stuff sit on its Market floor.”

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“It’s bad enough we had an Emperor [Atticus Septus] who was using the stuff,” continued Serus who is Octavius by birth.  “If the factions are not all together on this, I think we need to re-evaluate our role.”

Prosthetics exports from Hyperial were outlawed by the Factions in 107.2 after testing indicated that they included organic tissue of questionable origin.

 

Jammer Prices Crash

by Thane Carios

(Solrain Core Station)  In the wake of yesterdays accusations by STCC Speaker, Arbin Mallow, Jammer prices have crashed, falling over 80%, and and production was temporarily shut down.

Lexxor Intelligence released the following statement from its CEO, Dr. Danson Da’Mayo:

In the wake of yesterday’s allegations, Lexxor decided to immediately shut down production of the Jammer ECM.  We are in the business of marketing excellent Jammertechnology and would not want our reputation or our products reputations marred by criminal misuse.

While we have once again opened the production facilities, we are carefully evaluating the future of the Jammer — especially now that its prices has fallen to levels where we would lose money on each item produced.

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Mallow Calls Jammer Glut a “Racket”

UUNN Newswire

(Halicon, Soria)  Arbin Mallow, the Speaker for Soria has called for an investigation into the recent surge in Jammer production and distribution.  His his address to the STCC suggested possible illegal activity.

“Just four months ago, almost all Jammers were suddenly recalled by Lexxor.  There were almost none on the market. But now, Hyperial has been cranking them out continuously and market across space are absolutely full.

“No one uses these things anymore.  So why the production flurry?

“Well I think it’s a massive money-laundering scheme sponsored by Hyperial, and someone needs to take a hard look at what’s going on!  Some of my colleagues tell me it’s just free trade and that STCC should support all free trade.  But I think we need to shine a very bright light on this thing.  At the very least, it’s as massive waste of Electronics, Molybdenum and RF Transceivers.”

Hyperial officials did not respond to our requests for a comment, but Lexxor spokesperson Mnr Ojazar said, “We were as surprised at the sudden demand for Jammers as Mr. Mallow, but we’ve just been responding to that demand.  Nothing more or less.”

 

Equipment Ejected from Station

by Yaz Shanndar

(Hyperial Station) If you happened to be in Hyperial station sector early this morning, you may have seen some shields, power plants, guns and other equipment floating around in space.

“It’s all Quant stuff,” said Renn Torrey, the station’s Dockmaster.  “I got the word from up top — ‘dump the stuff.’  Most of it’s crap anyway.  Pretty tired of Quantar’s pompous oppression, so . . . out it goes.”

Torrey said that the only Quantar Equipment left on the station was mining equipment — which would be ‘tolerated’ in limited quantities.

“Tell all the pilots . . . don’t be wastin time haulin in no more Quant stuff,” said Torrey.  “I’ll just dump it out the back door with the rest of the trash.”

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 4 – by Ares Kiden

Well there has not been a ton of news since the last Update, but wanted to keep things rolling anyway.

Election Adventures

Not going to re-hash everything that has been published, but this has been a little raucous.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything but after-the-fact news about Hyperial elections, but this one has kept the popcorn popping.  Guy appears out of nowhere to become a candidate and starts broadcasting dirty laundry.  Ok, not really dirty — just slightly sweaty maybe.  Then an alleged supporter gets arrested for hauling contraband . . . but maybe he’s not really a supporter.  And now the dark-horse candidate has clammed-up with the election a few days away.  But we did learn what a wonderful place Barnard is.

Smuggling Upsurge

So what’s going on with Prosthetics?  We had not heard a word about them for years and now we’ve seen them in the news for the second time, and it’s pretty clear that TRI-SEC is on the lookout for more.  I assume they’re still coming from Hyperial, so stemming the tide should be fairly easy.  But why is there even a market for them?  Have to look into this some more, I think.

 

. . . like I said, not a lot of news.

 

Prosthetics Smuggler Apprehended

by Thane Carios

(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 hasProsthetics 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.

Hyperial Antiflux Supplies Disappear

UUNN Newswire

(Hyperial) Hyperial authorities reported that the small supply of rare Antiflux ECMs antifluxthey 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.”