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Freelance Report: Debate over Federal Intervention Continues

04 JUL 3302

As the debate rages over the presence of the Federal battle cruiser Thanatos at Merope 2 A, public opinion has reached a crescendo. Commanders throughout the galaxy are weighing in. Is the Federal presence warranted?

While some Commanders applaud the Federation for its efforts to conserve the barnacles, just as many condemn the action.

One pilot, who wishes to remain anonymous but who supports the Federation, said: "Whether or not you believe the barnacles are sentient, they're currently our only known source of meta-alloys. That in itself should warrant renewable harvesting techniques, rather than the vicious exploitation that has taken place so far."

Others are just as adamant that everyone should be allowed to access the barnacles, and that the Federation has no right to place restrictions on valuable resources.

Another Commander said: "Typical Feds, sticking their nose into something that has nothing to do with them."

Commander BluWolve

Galactic News: Weekly Economic Report

04 JUL 3302

This report presents the latest data on the economic health of the galaxy's minor factions.

Here are the latest factions to experience an economic boom:

Luyten 674-15 Industries

Independents of Lalande 18115

Kikians Purple Vision PLC

Future of LTT 700

LTT 14019 Public Group Alliance

Argen Crimson State Partners

Chick Ek Purple Raiders

LTT 3981 Purple Legal Limited

CD-70 19 Public Incorporated

Raiders of LHS 2370

Boom is usually the result of consistent trade profit and completed trade contracts. When a faction experiences a boom, the wealth of the system it controls temporarily increases and trade missions completed in the system have double the effect on influence. The faction's influence may also increase. Booms typically last until they naturally expire.

Here are the latest factions to experience an economic bust:

Progressive Party of LHS 142

63 G. Capricorni Independents

Manah Interstellar

Nobles of Fujin

Sun Chuen General Ltd

Bunuson Empire League

Constitution Party of Koshans

Tojo Industries

Sirius Corporation

HK Aquarii Industry

When a faction experiences a bust, the wealth of the system it controls is temporarily reduced and the faction's influence is temporarily diminished. Trade actions do not contribute to boom while a bust is active. A bust typically has to run its course before ending.