09 SEP 3302
A pilot by the name of Commander Falchion has won the Melee Masters arena competition.
In a tense final bout, Commander Falchion appeared to give up right on the cusp of victory, but it was revealed to have been a ruse designed to bring his opponent into firing range.
A reporter from Sports Zeta Weekly commented: "I had no fingernails by the end of that one. The sheer moxie of Commander Falchion, to sucker in his opponent like that! Big risk, big payoff. The crowds loved it! A worthy winner."
Commander Falchion was not available for interview and appears to maintaining a cloak of anonymity, although it is known that he or she is from the Chi Orionis system.
09 SEP 3302
Otto Granger, the smuggler who involved the galactic community in an elaborate search for the mysterious debris in the Pleiades Nebula, has demanded that he receive credit for the discovery.
In an interview with The Federal Times, Granger made his feelings clear:
"Look, I admit it – when we found the wreck, we saw it as an opportunity to make some money. But we never planned to keep the discovery from the public."
"The point is that we found it – me and my friends. But now the discovery has been credited to someone else! It's outrageous!"
Commentators have been quick to point out that Granger's efforts to profit from the discovery, and his reluctance to share it with the galactic community in a spirit of altruism, are sufficient grounds to deny him credit.
09 SEP 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:
Liberty Party of Zeessze
86 Mu Herculis Commodities
Social Qa'wakana Revolutionary Party
HIP 78136 Republic Party
Gang of Kakmburu
Bida Gold Syndicate
Union of Lencali Independents
Lencali Freedom Party
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:
Ross 129 Liberals
Confederation of Julannsa
LHS 3677 Purple Transport Org
UGP 64 Jet Travel and Co
Independent FF Andromedae for Equality
Nuevo Orden de Comandantes Imperiales
United Li Tzicnii Democrats
Halai Republic Party
Union of LHS 3781 Future
Traditional Yamunab Yu Justice Party
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.