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.

 

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TRI-SEC Releases Statement on Prosthetics Smuggler

UUNN Newswire

(Solrain Core) TRI-SEC today released a statement from Commandant Solder Ronin on the recent apprehension of a Prosthetics smuggler:

On 118.3.23, a TRI Security officer on regular patrol stopped an scanned a pilot in Zealot’s Refuge.  The pilot, Garrod Kelton, was found to be carrying 30 units of Prosthetics.  He was immediately detained and his ship impounded.

During questioning, Mr. Kelton indicated that he had been contracted anonymously to move the Prosthetics from Klatsches Hold to Lothars Landing in exchange for for 11 units of platinum (about 500,000 credits).  He claims to have picked up the cargo from a storage container on Klatches Hold and did not know who would be receiving the contraband at Lothars.  He did indicated that when initially contracted, he was told that the significant proceeds of the transaction would be used to help fund the Rismore campaign in Hyperial, but we have been unable to ascertain any concrete ties to Mr. Rismore or anyone else in his campaign organization.

Mr. Kelton is a citizen of Solrain and is being turned over to the STCC for appropriate prosecution.  If we receive any other pertinent details that can be released under Solrain law, we will make them public.

We will continue out vigilant patrols in an attempt to disrupt all Prosthetics trade and request the cooperation of all law-abiding pilots.

Prosthetics Smuggler Tied to Rismore Campaign

UUNN Newswire

(UUNN HQ)  A pilot apprehended and detained today by TRI-SEC for having a number of Prosthetics in cargo, is rumored to have ties to Berl Rismore, a candidate in next week’s election for Hyperial’s Mayor of Barnard.  We have been unable to get formal statements from either TRI-SEC or the Rismore Campaign.

TRI-SEC has increased its “stop-and-scan” patrols recently due to an upsurge in Prosthetics trafficking.

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 1 – by Ares Kiden

After a rather lengthy hiatus, The “UU” is back!  But I won’t bore you with the details . . .

Flux-Hunt In-Progress
The Samwise Memorial Flux-Hunt is in-progress and has apparently gotten a number of veteran pilots to jump back into the cockpit, including Ambrosius, Audi, J_Prime, MadCat, Nammoc, Nessos, Noodles, Orome, Slopey and Yozho (to name a few I noticed).  Apologies to any I missed.  Kudos to RazorsKiss who organized the event, which will be running through 118.2.3.

Corporate Blues
First OPL announced layoffs on Outpost and Octavius Core stations … then Cromforge announces inventory and production cuts, and even more layoffs.  Things don’t sound good for either of those giants.  No peep yet from the Solrain mega-corp, Tens & Piney, but I’m sure investors are watching them closely.

New Flux Patterns
A few weeks ago, pilots began noticing some changes in the was Conflux have been spawning.  Changes have been noted in Aman Hook, Blasted Corner, Bronci Rift, Hyperion Gate, Inner Aman, Main Gate and The Stith (did I miss any?).  Pilot RazorsKiss (who seems to be one busy dude these days) has created an updated Conflux “threat map” and it can be found HERE.

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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.