Elite Dangerous Galnet NewsElite Dangerous Galnet News Feedhttps://www.elitedangerous.com/galnet-rssen59e723ce8d602d41747ba39cGalactic News: Further INRA Bases Discovered Records from the sites have shed additional light on the INRA’s activities, and indicate that the mycoid fungus, which was instrumental in countering the Thargoid incursions of the 3100s, was an unplanned by-product of the organisation’s research.
The records also indicate that the INRA tested the mycoid on living Thargoid specimens – a revelation that has already prompted censure from ethical groups.
The following text is taken directly from one of the INRA logs:
“I know there are some who will condemn me for my part in this project. Let them. I harbour no remorse. The Thargoids understand only one thing: destruction. They will not stop until every last one of us has been reduced to dust. We have created a weapon that can prevent such a catastrophe. We have a moral obligation to use it.”
Others employed by the organisation, including the researcher whose work led to the development of the mycoid, took a different view:
“To the public, the INRA is a symbol of all that is possible when superpowers set aside their differences and work together. Well, it might have started off like that, but it’s something very different now. Progress at any cost, might makes right – all our worst impulses channelled into an unaccountable organisation focused solely on making bigger and more powerful weapons.”
Response to the accounts has been mixed. Some commentators have suggested that the INRA’s actions were unethical, while others have opined that it took appropriate measures to defend humanity.
Nestor Cartesius, an Imperial Senator, said:
“It is true that the INRA operated covertly, but there is nothing in the organisation’s past of which we need feel ashamed, and I see no reason for its work to remain secret. The INRA achieved the objectives it was created to fulfil – very successfully, I might add. The pertinent question is if its work can be of value to us now, in the wake of the Thargoids’ return.”]]>
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59e6221f23c9962eb13f8412Galactic News: Starport Status Update The following starports are currently closed:
Fadlan Gateway, Scylla
Meanwhile, the following starports are on the brink of closure:
Ackerman Market, Eravate]]>
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59e0c4b16fc1d540d8703341Galactic News: Speculation over Thargoid Ship Images of the crashed vessel reveal that it is structurally distinct from the Thargoid Interceptor, while sharing many superficial similarities. The ship has been classified as a ‘Thargoid Scout’ by the Pilots Federation for the purposes of identification and differentiation.
Discussing the discovery on the ‘Galaxy Now’ programme, Admiral Aden Tanner, Aegis’s chief military liaison, said:
“There are clear similarities between this ship and the Interceptor, both of which appear to be made from a quasi-organic material. It would be logical to extrapolate from the ship’s profile that it would be faster and perhaps more manoeuvrable than the Interceptor, but I’d be reluctant to speculate further.”
Speaking on the same programme, Professor Alba Tesreau, also of Aegis, commented:
“Recent analysis of the Thargoid shipwreck in the Pleiades Sector AB-W B2-4 system indicates that it is a little over 100 years old, despite being extremely similar, if not identical, to the currently active Thargoid Interceptor. This suggests that Thargoid ship design does not change particularly rapidly, and also that the shipwreck in HIP 17125 could be equally old.”]]>
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59df892030484d21ea3c3ec5Galactic News: Thargoids Continuing to Adapt An Aegis spokesperson summarised the latest intelligence:
“Our initial encounters with the Thargoids indicated a certain lack of strategic awareness on their part, but they have clearly been watching, and learning. The latest reports indicate that they’re already operating more tactically, suggesting that their earlier lack of insight was due to unfamiliarity with our ships and weapons.”
“As noted before, we are clearly dealing with a highly responsive enemy, and we underestimate them at our peril.”]]>
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59df882d30f3c36bae5657e2Community Goal: Remembrance Week Following the event's popularity, the Labour Union of Kauruk has announced the first annual Remembrance Week. The event will give the public an opportunity to remember absent friends and departed loved ones.
As preparations begin, the organisation has placed an open order for a range of commodities and materials, and has promised to reward pilots who deliver these commodities to Moore Terminal in the Kauruk system.
A spokesperson for the organisation released the following statement:
"Most of us have something we want to honour, celebrate, or remember. This event will give the galactic community a chance to do just that, in an atmosphere of mutual support."
"I believe this is something the galaxy needs – now more than ever."
The campaign begins on 12th of October 3303 and will run for one week. If the final target is met earlier than planned, the campaign will end immediately. ]]>
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59df85b530484d0cbf06d019Galactic News: Kuun-Lan Campaign Concludes A spokesperson for the group released the following statement:
“We are overjoyed that the galactic community has rallied to our cause, and we are immensely grateful to all those who participated.”
Pilots who contributed to the initiative can now collect their rewards from Lomonosov City in the HIP 104292 system.]]>
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59df83cd4a28b447ad01f965Galactic News: Third Aegis Campaign Concludes As the campaign drew to a close, Aegis’s Head of Research, Professor Alba Tesreau, released the following statement:
“I would like to extend my gratitude to all those who supported this initiative. The materials you delivered are already on their way to our engineering contractor, and the resultant device should be available soon.”
Pilots who contributed to the initiative can now collect their rewards from Vonarburg Co-operative in the Wyrd system.]]>
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:26:45 +0100
59df84eb30484d0ceb60fd3dGalactic News: Secret Billionaires’ Campaign Concludes Commander Ranger-One, a member of the Secret Billionaires, issued the following statement:
“We would like to thank the galactic community for cleaning up our system. The people of I Carinae can now look forward to a period of peace and stability.”
Pilots who contributed to the initiative can now collect their rewards from Somerset Station in the I Carinae system.]]>
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59df87195b858d077d52858bCommunity Goal: Fourth Aegis Initiative As the campaign began, The Federal Times spoke to Elvira Martuuk, one of many independent engineers contracted by Aegis, who is overseeing this stage of the campaign. Martuuk said:
"The Thargoids' ability to disable our ships is one of their most formidable weapons. For the past few weeks I've been working on a device that I hope will protect human vessels from the Thargoids' immobilising field."
The Khun Independent Governance has promised to reward pilots who deliver Thargoid Cyclops Tissue Samples, Coltan and Beryllium to Cremona Prospect in the Khun system.
The campaign begins on the 12th of October 3303 and will run for one week. If the final target is met earlier than planned, the campaign will end immediately.]]>
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59ddfbc6122be924b4645a7dGalactic News: Empire Pulls Out of Pleiades The inter-superpower conflict began with the deployment of a Federal fleet to the Merope system, shortly followed by the positioning of several Majestic-class Interdictors. It was evident to observers that these manoeuvres were intended to control the region’s meta-alloys.
A number of proxy conflicts took place over the following months, but it quickly became clear that the superpowers were locked in a stalemate, with neither side willing to either up the ante or withdraw.
As the conflict wore on, public opinion was perhaps best expressed by The Imperial Herald’s political correspondent Daxton Sung, who noted that:
“Neither the Empire nor the Federation has demonstrated it can prevent the other from extracting meta-alloys, which is supposedly what this conflict is all about. Frankly, the situation is farcical.”
The catalyst for the Federal withdrawal appears to have been the rising Thargoid threat, coupled with creation of the tri-superpower organisation Aegis.
Neither the Empire nor the Federation has commented on the withdrawal of its fleets.]]>
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59ddfb8df9f5e847c400744fGalactic News: Abandoned INRA Outpost Discovered The reports, together with images captured by independent pilots, indicate that the outpost was controlled by the Intergalactic Naval Reserve Arm (INRA), a joint Federal-Imperial initiative established in the 3100s.
Very little is known about the INRA, but reports from the time assert that it was established to address Thargoid incursions into human space, and that it developed a chemical weapon designed to target Thargoid technology.
Reports that the site contains logs describing INRA research are currently being corroborated.]]>
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:26:45 +0100
59dcecba23317c7ae27db99eGalactic News: Starport Status Update The following starports are currently closed:
Eyharts Terminal, Carmenta
Fanning Vision, 9 Ceti
Joliot-Curie Gateway, Wailaroju
Matthews Station, Othiti
Skvortsov Orbital, 63 G. Capricorni
Meanwhile, the following starports are on the brink of closure:
Darlton Orbital, Phra Mool
Fadlan Gateway, Scylla]]>
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59d7526d8101dd5da464f2faGalactic News: Federation Withdraws from Pleiades The Federation first deployed ships to the Pleiades over two years ago, in a move that was widely interpreted as an attempt to control the region’s meta-alloys. The Empire responded by positioning several Majestic-class Interdictors in the Pleiades. A period of hostility ensued, with both superpowers engaging in a number of proxy conflicts.
The Imperial Herald’s political correspondent, Daxton Sung, who has repeatedly written about the conflict, said:
“There’s little doubt in my mind that the formation of Aegis served as a catalyst for this development, but the current wave of Thargoid hostility was probably the main cause. President Hudson is keenly aware that to continue to oppose the Empire, when humanity is faced with an alien threat, would do him no favours politically. So I’m not surprised by this development, although I will admit that I didn’t expect the Federation to make the first move.”
Neither the Federation nor the Empire has commented on the issue, but it is expected that the Empire will also withdraw its ships from the Pleiades soon.
Daxton Sung commented:
“I don’t care how cynical Hudson’s motives are – this is good news. And we could certainly use some right about now.”]]>
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59d7523d7f2d0f16da5fbf78Galactic News: Thargoid Threat Continues to Escalate As Aegis continues to analyse the results of these encounters, the organisation’s military liaison, Aden Tanner, released the following statement:
“We are aware that the Interceptors have started capturing escape pods, although we currently have no way of knowing if this is a deliberate strategy or simply a symptom of curiosity. That is not to suggest, of course, that the Thargoids’ motives are benign, as it is clear they are not.”
“Furthermore, the ships we have designated ‘Interceptors’ have started deploying clusters of attack drones, which swarm enemy ships while the Interceptor attacks from range. This significantly enhances the risk presented by the Thargoids, and I urge all pilots operating in the Pleiades to exercise caution.”
“The question is: What is the Thargoids’ objective? All available resources will be directed to answering this question.”]]>
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:26:45 +0100
59d648e7ba3fd25a6a00b485Galactic News: Candy Crew Campaign Concludes The Candy Crew Guild has extended its gratitude to those who supported the campaign.
“We are extremely happy to announce that our plans have succeeded. Work on the Dan Gurney Drive Yards and the Cave Johnson Memorial Science Lab has begun, and these facilities will soon be fully operational. Thank you to all those who supported this initiative.”
Pilots who contributed to the campaign can now collect their rewards from Bella Port in the Irusan system.]]>
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