31 MAR 3303
Recent reports indicate that the Empire has expanded into the Pleiades star cluster, having established a number of outposts in the HR 1185 system.
Katherine Ryder, a freelance journalist and seasoned war correspondent, commented on the development:
"Things might have been quiet recently, but that doesn't mean the situation with the Empire and the Federation has improved. This is a cold war, after all."
"Regardless of claims to the contrary, this conflict is about one thing: meta-alloys. Both sides want Maia and Merope because of the barnacles they contain, and both sides will keep pushing into those systems."
"Eventually, one of two things will happen: one side will withdraw...or neither side will. In the latter scenario, war seems inevitable."
Politicians on both sides of the divide have urged the superpowers to engage in amicable talks and establish some kind of agreement over the meta-alloys, but such entreaties have so far fallen on deaf ears.
31 MAR 3303
This report presents the latest data on conflict among the galaxy's minor factions.
Here are the latest factions to experience a civil war:
New 31 Aquilae Green Party
Ross 754 Universal and Co
Fusang Fortune Commodities
Green Party of HIP 103138
LHS 3479 Interstellar
Eravate Life Services
Eranin Peoples Party
United Hatmehit Revolutionary Party
Alpha Centauri Gold Brotherhood
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:
Colanja Gold Power Services
Ross 754 Labour
G 41-14 Purple Travel Solutions
Limapa Blue State Commodities
HIP 8593 Empire League
United LHS 3479 Green Party
Chamunda Crimson Gang
Labour of Ethgreze
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.