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Galactic News: Exploration or Surveillance?

07 OCT 3302

A spokesperson for the Sirius Corporation has revealed that the mega-corporation has deployed hundreds of deep-space probes and signalling technologies throughout the galaxy.

The spokesperson said: "Sending pilots into the void is fraught with danger. These probes can go further and faster than a human pilot, at much reduced cost and with, I daresay, more reliability. We've been working closely with the Mars High Astrocartography department on the probes' design."

"Human pilots are interested in sightseeing, chasing myths and 'making their mark' on the galactic stage. They get sidetracked. Our probes are immune to such distractions. At present, galactic exploration is conducted in a sporadic and improvisational way. Soon we will have far better coverage of the galaxy."

One independent pilot, who opted to remain anonymous, said: "There's something odd about this. I'd hazard a guess these probes have self-defence capabilities. I'll be giving them a wide berth."

Galactic News: Weekly Conflict Report

07 OCT 3302

This report presents the latest data on conflict among the galaxy's minor factions.

Here are the latest factions to experience a civil war:

Xib Cail Co-op

United Blanquichu Confederation

Traditional Scylla League

LTT 15461 Defence Force

Union of LTT 15461 Liberals

Matres Nobles

NLTT 9949 Blue Partnership

NLTT 9949 Dynasty

Grabi Power Group

HR 7756 People's Co-operative

Civil wars occur when minor factions compete for control of major assets such as starports. When a faction is involved in a civil war, the standard of living, development level and security level in the system it controls are temporarily reduced. Combat activities can bring a civil war to an end.

Here are the latest factions to experience war:

LHS 3437 Coalition

LHS 293 Corp.

LHS 1393 Services

Workers of Nebtete Resistance

Yawa Commodities

Partnership of Li Cha

Pleiades Resource Enterprise

Independents of Lie Yupik

Black Omega

Kacomam Empire Group

Wars occur when a minor faction invades a star system controlled by another minor faction. For the duration of the war, the standard of living, wealth level and security level in the disputed system are reduced. Combat activity between the two warring factions determines the outcome of the conflict. If neither faction succeeds in dominating the other, the war ends in a ceasefire.