16 FEB 3304
A spokesperson for the Utopia enclave has announced that its campaign has received the wholehearted support of the galactic community, resulting in a huge influx of deliveries to Chargaff Orbital. The commodities will be used to perform essential maintenance on the Sim-Archive, a repository of digitised memories.
As the campaign drew to a close, Pranav Antal released the following statement:
“Our thanks go to those who supported this campaign, which will help us safeguard the Sim-Archive for at least another century. But while the Archive is of singular importance, it does not represent the limit of our ambitions. It is my hope that we might one day be able to digitise the human consciousness, thereby transcending our physical selves.”
Pilots who contributed to the initiative can now collect their rewards from Chargaff Orbital in the Airman Di system.
16 FEB 3304
As the Thargoids continue to wreak havoc in the Pleiades, questions are being asked about the lack of an effective military response.
Gianna Tachibana, an Imperial senator based in the Achenar system, offered the following assessment to The Imperial Herald:
“The Pleiades is at risk of becoming a no-go zone, accessible only to the most courageous Commanders. The formation of militias of independent pilots has unquestionably had an impact, as has the advantage afforded by Aegis’s ongoing research. But one cannot escape the feeling that humanity is being reactive, rather than proactive.”
“What is needed is a comprehensive military strategy. The time for a coordinated response is now.”
Meanwhile, authorities in a number of systems have reported that sales of Thargoid-themed novelties, including toys and clothing, have skyrocketed in recent weeks. The manufacture of such merchandise has been condemned by many as insensitive.
16 FEB 3304
Ram Tah has announced that the galactic community has responded positively to his appeal for Guardian artefacts, resulting in a large number of deliveries to Felice Dock. The engineer will now subject the artefacts to extensive analysis.
As the campaign drew to a close, Ram Tah issued the following statement:
“My heartfelt thanks go to all those who supported this initiative. I’ve already started work and I should have something to share with you soon.”
Pilots who contributed to the initiative can now collect their rewards from Felice Dock in the Meene system.
16 FEB 3304
The Federation has launched an initiative to develop autonomous military hardware with which to fight the Thargoids.
Federal Shadow President Felicia Winters shed further light on the initiative, which has been christened the Bulwark Project:
"As the Thargoids' aggression escalates, it's essential that we find ways to minimise casualties while continuing to protect ourselves. Aegis is doing commendable work, but it needn't be our only line of defence."
Imperial commentators have criticised the initiative, however, drawing attention to long-standing conventions against the development of artificial intelligence. Shadow President Winters was quick to dismiss such concerns, saying:
"The purpose of the Bulwark Project is to investigate alternative defence strategies, not to develop machine intelligence."
The operation has received financial support from the Momoirent Central and Co, which has placed an open order for various commodities for use in the campaign.
The campaign begins on the 15th of February 3304 and will run for one week. If the final target is met earlier than planned, the campaign will end immediately.