(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
(Octavius Outpost) In a very unusual move, an additional medal has been added to the list of Festival awards. The awards committee has decided to posthumously award the Sarath’s Rage Medal to pilot Wilson. Sources who declined to be named indicated that the award was hotly debated — primarily because of Wilson’s squad (The Gang) and it’s predilection to collect certain fees from unwilling pilots.
“With him it was always about the orphans of Octavius,” said long-time friend and colleague, Liet, struggling to contain his emotions.
The Sarath’s Rage medal is awarded to “individuals who have had a long career as a combat ace.” Along with being posted to Wilson’s pilot record, the medal will also be presented to his wife, Mrs. Wilson, with the sincere condolences of the entire pilot community.
(Solrain Core) Awards for the Festival! 117 have been released — with a couple that were unexpected. “Festival! is the biggest holiday of the year,” said Garth Taren, President & CEO of TRI Corporation. “TRI Corporation works very hard and very closely with Solrain, Quantar and Octavius to sponsor a diverse series of holiday events that are available to a broad array of pilots of all levels. This year we had races, contests, missions, trivia — and even a Haiku-writing contest.”
Taren went on to say that the Festival! holiday provides a perfect platfor for special recognitions: “Festival! gets everyone’s attention in a unique way because it’s roots come from ALL of the factions. This year, we are pleased to introduce a new, very prestigious award called ‘Sarath’s Orb,’ and along with that, we are absolutely thrilled that we will be able to announce two Pilots Choice Awards because there is nothing better than being recognized by your peers.” Continue reading →
(UUNN HQ) The following events have been announced for the upcoming Festival! holiday.
THURSDAY – 117.11.23
BEER FEST FMs Every party needs beer, so pilots will have a number of “beer-sharing” missions to take on. Watch the Faction Mission board on Thursday for details.
Complete a mission – ANY mission from 00:01 UTC on Thursday to 24:00 UTC on Saturday. The pilots with the MOST completed missions will win the following awards:
First-place winner will get the Cesium Medal and an AB-4;
Second place, Platinum Medal and an AB-3;
Third place, Antimony Medal and an EB-3.
All others with more than 10 missions completed will receive a Captain’s Commendation.
FRIDAY – 117.11.24
TRI TRIVIA CONTEST A series of trivia questions will be release on UUNN (jgnewsnet.wordpress.com) by 10:00 UTC. Answers must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight (24:00) UTC.
The awards are as follows:
All five answers correct:Seeker of Knowledge medal and 1 million credits
1 to 4 answers correct: Keval’s Thanks medal and 500k credits
0 for 5: Captain’s Commendation
SATURDAY – 117.11.25
THE FESTIVAL! PUB CRAWL – 15:00 UTC Sponsored by The SpaceBar Pub on GBS Station, you’ll need to equip a Tow and visit ALL of the Pubs around space. The Crawl starts at The SpaceBar on GBS, where Proprietor/Bartender Torn Danton will start the race. At each of the other Pubs there will be a Guest Bartender who will give pilots a task to complete. The race will proceed from GBS to …