04 APR 3302
Weeks after Dr Arcanonn shared Commander Engalo's report of a 'firefly fandango' between the Unknown Artefacts and meta-alloys, he has issued this update:
"After Engalo's research was published, our science teams set to work, trying to identify whether an interaction was indeed taking place. Soon after, many Commanders – including Locastan, Criosx and Engalo himself – came to the conclusion that what they were witnessing was most likely a product of the distortion field surrounding the Unknown Artefacts."
"The field seems to diffract light in the Artefacts' vicinity, causing objects around them to appear in duplicate. After close observation, it was concluded that what appeared to be pairs of dancing fireflies were actually duplicates of the same firefly."
"I commend the teams for their hard work, and am pleased to be able to cross this phenomenon off our list of investigations."
Commander Lord Zoltan
04 APR 3302
Former Federal president Jasmina Halsey spoke to select reporters at Leoniceno Orbital today, answering the questions many have wanted to ask since she was recovered from the wreckage of Starship One. When asked about Starship One's destruction, Halsey replied:
"I remember very little, really. A thunderous noise, then silence. Being thrown across the bridge in my chair, and then being unable to breathe. I remember one of my bodyguards getting me to the pod as things floated about silently, like a dream. The last thing I remember is a terrible pain in my ears and a very loud noise as the pod filled with what looked like steam."
The former president's voice was distant, and she seemed to drift off between sentences. She certainly did not sound like the forceful leader from last year.
A reporter from the Alliance Tribune asked President Halsey what it was like to drift through space for so long:
"It was wonderful. Amazing. I saw the universe, and our galaxy within it, as I'd never seen it before, and I felt the presence of the real caretakers of our galaxy. The paradox of their existence – tiny yet gargantuan, fleeting yet eternal. They spoke to me as I drifted in the void. It was amazing. I must share their message."
This unorthodox statement prompted a flurry of further questions, but Halsey's escorts promptly led her from the room.
04 APR 3302
This report presents the latest data on the security status of the galaxy's minor factions.
Here are the latest factions to experience a lockdown:
Revolutionary UGP 145 Free
Votadini Fortune Holdings
Dukes of Karsu
LHS 2637 Dominion
LTT 17149 Pro-Independent Party
Barnard's Star Advanced Corp.
Nationals of NLTT 897
FF Andromedae Jet Comms Holdings
LP 282-7 Gold Federal Corp.
When a faction experiences a lockdown, the security rating of the system it controls temporarily increases and the system's wealth temporarily decreases. Bounty hunting activity can shorten the lockdown period.
Here are the latest factions to experience civil unrest:
HIP 24597 Bridge PLC
HIP 10716 Vision PLC
Maridwyn Constitution Party
Ch'u Ti Co
Nan Sapwe Crew
Nationals of Algreit
Social Miola Coalition
Civil unrest is the result of illegal activity. When a faction is affected by civil unrest, the standard of living in the system it controls temporarily decreases, as does the system's wealth. Combat missions and activities can bring civil unrest to an end.