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Solar Assembly votes overwhelming to ban "Stardust"
New substance outlawed in SolGov space, rated amongst "most dangerous" drugs
Reporter: Cecilia Fischer
23rd October 2562
The drug known colloquially as "Stardust" has been classified as Class A controlled substance after a vote in the assemblies today. Effective midnight on the first day of November, any person caught in possession of the substance faces extended jail time. A statement on behalf of Senator Xian Yi, the sponsor of the vote, of the OSN said the vote rose quickly to the top of the Assembly's priority list.
"After inital reports and exploratory hearings," the statement said, "It became clear we needed to move on this issue as fast as possible. Stardust poses an immense danger to the whole of SCG space, from the smallest communities to the largest hubs, and allowing it to go through the standard legislative process would put hundreds of lives at risk."
This emergency vote follows a spate of deaths related to users of the substance. Users are said to experience a euphoric high, followed by a diluting of the reason centre in the brain. OCIE Agent Robin Hall, head of a special task force gather infomation on the drug, testified at the hearing describing the drug as not only a danger to its user but also to those around them. A case in Phobos last week saw six dead after a suspected user of the drug entered a violent rage before been killed by local police.
"The exact effect of the drug is still under debate, as we've been unable to conduct proper testing. Evidence gathered from a series of local law enforcement agencies however paint a dangerous and leathal picture."
The exact origin of the drug remains unknown, but rumours persist that it has been introduced into Sol space by Terran agents as a destabilizing element.
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Contact Lost with Gamma Geminorum
All contact lost with frontier space stations around Gamma Geminorum
Reporter: Song Xino
19th November 2562
Early this morning a spokesman for the Cresno Corporation announced an unexpected break in communications with their far frontier space station, the CSS New Dawn.
All contact was lost with the New Dawn during routine check-ins by the station directors when communications were cut off. The exact details have yet to be disclosed.
Vowing to find out the exact cause for the blackout, Cresno has hired several freelancer spacers to investigate. This second announcement has done little to prevent the plummeting share prices for the Corporation, whose promising place as the first in lucrative frontier resource exploitation has taken a significant hit.
The CSS New Dawn is crewed by 120 personnel and sits around Gamma Geminorum, roughly 109 ly from Sol.
Terrans Claim A.Hercules for exploitation.
Terran Confederation imperialism resurfacing?
Reporter: Thomas Park
23rd November 2562
Today sources have informed our Gilgamesh office of bold new claims by the Terran Colonial Confederation, which has staked a claim to the A.Herculis system.
A.Herculis, long ignored by Sol because of its long distance from inhabited systems and its lack of strategic value, was claimed in a surprise move by the Terran government, represented in this matter by the so called Pioneering Corps.
The Pioneering Corps, established in 2551 by the Terran Government ostensibly with the mission to chart systems and conduct mineral surveys to help stimulate Terra's recovery following the war and is often viewed by SCG parties as a competitor of the Expeditionary Corps that has been set up to piggyback on its reputation and successes, has established a small, semi-permanent colony on the systems only suitable planet, A.Herculis II, named Quinoa by the TCC.
Controversy abounds over the announcement, with representative Margaret Hollisworth, a veteran of the Altair campaign of 2548, claimed the move to be little more than an attempt to extend the Confederations Border as far as possible and 'brazen colonialism.' A small protest has formed outside the Terran Embassy in Olympus this morning, reputedly organised by the representative.
However, Professor B.H. MacKenzie of the EcoTrust, a Martian think-tank established following the conclusion of the Gaia conflict to explore new economic incursions and possibilities, has publicly stated that they are of the opinion that 'the Terrans simply require additional mineral resources to keep up with their massive industrial output, many are quick to assume, but much of Terra's post-war economy is heavily reliant on the production of consumer and industrial goods for export and trade, all of which require massive amounts of mineral resources, this claim is simply the Terrans trying to stay on their feet, and should be nothing to worry about.' The Professor has since been branded a 'shill' by the Souls of Gaia, a non-profit organisation that seeks to have Sol cut off all ties with the TCC.
Opinion is strongly divided, both professionally and personally on the issue, and there is a great deal of uncertainty as to how it will progress.
Investigation Underway into New Dawn Disaster
Freelancers arrive in Gemma Geminorum to behin investigation into loss of CSS New Dawn
Reporter: Song Xino
25th November 2562
Following the loss of communication with the CSS New Dawn, Cresno Corporation's hired Freelancers finally arrives at the station this morning, with the Azure Rogue being the first to arrive. The transmission was received back at the corporation's Martian headquaters confirming that all 122 souls who manned the station remain to be found, although the station itself remained intact and undamaged.
Further communications from the Azure Rogue confirmed that all station systems were in working order, and reported that the crew seemed to have just vanished while operating the station as expected. The whole sector remains on high alert following the incident, with several Cresno waystations along the route taking on additional security personnel. With the situation showing no resolution favourable to the Corporation so far, stock prices in Cresno remain at a seven-year low.
ICCG Using Penal Labour For Expansionism?
Gilgamesh Confederation continues to exploit distant systems.
Reporter: Thomas Park
7th December, 2562
Further developments have transpired in relation to the ICCG colony on A. Herculis II as sources have informed our tireless journalists of developments in the system. Reports from credible sources have demonstrated that the so-called colony is little more than a penal site, using penal labour for mining purposes. Sources show that the 'Pioneer Corps' has taken over administration of the colony from the Terran Navy, who has since left the system following a lack of strategic interest in holding it. The venture has been widely regarded as a resources grab by the confederacy government.
Condemnation has been widespread from across Sol space, with a number of prisoners rights organisations, anti-war groups and politicians alike expressing outrage at the brazen exploitation of distant stars and prison labour in order to engage in petty brinkmanship with the SCG. Senator Miles McAvoy of the Committee for economic development today issued the following statement; "The rising threat of expansionism from the confederacy is once again rearing its ugly head, and it is up to us, proud citizens of Sol, to meet it at any crossing. Should we not, developments like the one in A. Herculis will continue across known space, until slowly, assuredly, we are surrounded on all sides by this insidious menace."
Despite the numerous vocal protestations no official, overt action has been taken by the government, though it is rumoured that representatives in the committee for diplomatic affairs have been in contact with their counterparts in Ameranthe. We at the Olympian will continue to keep our readers informed of the situation as it develops.
Expeditionary Corps to Track St Nicholas
SCGEC to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve
Reporter: Cecilia Fischer
24th December 2562
The Expeditionary Corps is set to track the passage of Father Christmas through space, using the powerful radio telescopes at the Observatory (SCGECO), near Mars
Expectant children will be able to track his progress through public feeds.
The Corps has issued a statement that they hope to learn from Saint Nick's mastery of "Red Space", theorised to be the source of Santa's ability to travel across space and time. The statement went on to say that top scientists at the SCGECO believe it has something to do with his mysterious red suit, capable of withstanding even the harshest of summers and winters.
Despite the crushing heat of Eos, and the endlessly deep oceans of Kingston, Santa has proven to be an unstoppable force of nature for the past millennia. Although much of Sol Central is tucking into bed on Christmas Eve, Santa is quoted as saying, "Christmas is all in your heart", in response to questions about Confederate Christmas being two weeks later in early January
Commandant of the Expeditionary Corps Sebastian Kalister issued a further statement, declaring that he hoped that by bringing the everyday work of the Expeditionary Corps to the lives of so many, he might inspire a future generation of interstellar explorers.
Initial Cresno Corp Investigation Leaks
"All hands missing, presumed dead"
Reporter: Song Xino
9th June 2307
Confidential files belonging from a freelance investigation team tasked to the Gemma Geminorum system have been leaked to the press by a confidential source.
The communiques by the Azure Rogue confirm that all 126 personnel who manned the station have gone missing, while also revealing that the stations systems remain undamaged.
The Captain of the Azure Rogue, known only as “Brayko” goes on the speculate that the crew were removed from the station “in seconds, simultaneously and tracelessly” due to “No mechanical fault in the telecoms systems, yet no log of any boarding or plan to abandon the station.” They go on to theorize such an accomplishment would ever be a “glitch in bluespace or someone with technology far beyond any known species.”
Last year's communication breakdown of Cresno Corp's lead frontier station, the New Dawn, saw a plummet in the company's share prices. While the stock was brought up by notable Jimmy Gideon V, the company was on the verge of collapse for some time.
Public Outcry As Whistleblowers Reveal Government Coverup
Missing science vessel SEV Magnus destroyed by hostile aliens; reports suppressed; Skrellian forces involved.
Reporter: Trevor Dougle
14th July 2307
Shocking revelations have rocked the Solar Assembly this week as numerous anonymous sources, some highly placed within the defense forces, have released sensitive documents relating to the disappearance of the SEV Magnus. The Magnus, an exploratory science vessel, was lost with all hands earlier in the year, with subsequent investigations revealing nothing of note about the disaster other than radiation traces at the site and a single empty escape pod.
The documents, reputedly penned by high-ranking officials, paint a very different story. The last communications from the Magnus were received from the bridge of the ship, and contained desperate but fragmentary accounts of an assault by a heavily armed, highly advanced, otherwise unknown alien race. Following the assault, with the apparent involvement of Skrellian special forces, the Magnus was scuttled by the on-board nuclear charges, killing most of the crew as well as the hostile boarders. A single shuttle-craft managed to escape the blast thanks to the heroic sacrifice of the security crew and the Commanding Officer, and was later collected in the initial investigation into the Magnus' disappearance.
Personal and inter-departmental communications leaked by the whistleblowers indicate that the SCG undertook an immediate and frantic cover-up operation, suppressing and squashing all reports of the incident, out of fear of both a potential public panic, and due to pressure from outside forces, reputedly the Skrell. The nature of the Skrellian interest in the matter, and the immediacy of the cover-up, have not been commented upon by SCG officials. Skrellian officials have confirmed that these aliens are likely called 'The Ascent', but have refused to offer further information, citing a need for their high command to discuss the matter privately.
The Olympian wishes to advise that the video footage of the Ascent attack contains scenes of violence and bloodshed and is not suitable for children or those of a weak constitution. Analysis of the footage has indicated that the attackers were large, mantis-like creatures using purple and grey armoured exosuits, as well as powerful particle weaponry and small flying drones for support. The motivation for the attack remains unclear.
SCG officials have announced that they will be making a more detailed information release later in the month. They have appealed for calm in a difficult time. In the meantime, the families of the lost crew, as well as numerous other groups within the SCG, have undertaken protests across Olympus and throughout the colonies, demanding justice against the alien aggressors, the release of the Magnus survivors, and an increase in governmental transparency.
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