18 FEB 3302
The Earth Defence Fleet has announced that its initiative to develop the economy of the Okinura system has been a resounding success. The organisation devised a two-pronged strategy in support of its goal – placing an open order for polymers with which to upgrade Fisher Terminal, and setting aside privateer bonds for combat pilots who help to eliminate agitators operating in Okinura. It seems that both operations were enthusiastically received by the galactic community.
As the campaign drew to a close, Shadow President Felicia Winters released a statement to the media:
"I wish to extend my gratitude to the men and women of the Earth Defence Fleet, and to the many independent pilots who supported this initiative. Let this achievement herald the beginning of a new era of prosperity for the people of Okinura."
The process of upgrading Fisher Terminal is expected to begin soon.
18 FEB 3302
Federal President Zachary Hudson has confirmed that the remains of Starship One were among the wreckage recently delivered to Leoniceno Orbital. The search for the missing presidential vessel began two weeks ago, resulting in the accumulation of thousands of tonnes of wreckage, which was then subjected to rigorous analysis by Federal scientists. The analysis confirmed that the remains of Starship One had been located, prompting President Hudson to release a statement to the media:
"The loss of Starship One remains a tragedy, but I must admit to feeling a sense of relief at finally knowing what happened to the presidential ship."
President Hudson followed his statement with a surprising announcement:
"Our researchers have surmised that the destruction of Starship One was not instantaneous, and that the front of the ship may have suffered less damage than the rest of the vessel. This means there is a very small chance – and I must stress that this is remote – that some of the crew might have been able to reach escape pods. That's why I'm calling on the galactic community to support a second search – a search for survivors."
"Pilots who want to contribute to the search should concentrate their efforts in the Lyncis Sector, and in particular on the ON-T B3-1, ON-T B3-2, ON-T B3-3, ON-T B3-4 and ST-R B4-3 1 systems, where we believe further wreckage from the ship may be found."
The search is expected to begin immediately.
18 FEB 3302
Princess Aisling Duval has announced the creation of new a colony for former slaves in the Uibuth system. According to a statement from the princess' press liaison, all slaves admitted to the colony will be liberated and re-educated, and offered the protection of forces loyal to Her Royal Highness.
A spokesperson for the Prismatic Imperium, which is overseeing the initiative, revealed more about the historic campaign:
"This morning our most noble lady Princess Aisling Duval returned from Achenar to Cubeo III. Upon arrival she immediately requested a private meeting with the leadership of the Prismatic Imperium. During the meeting, the princess emphasised her enduring wish to bring an end to slavery within the empire."
"To this end, Princess Duval instructed Lord Corwin Ryan Head of the Prismatic Imperium and Count Vickershaft of the Navigators Guild to make preparations for the founding of a new colony, where freed slaves could live in comfort and safety. With the support of independent factions at D'Arrest Station in the Uibuth system, the colony was duly established."
The spokesperson went on to outline how the galactic community could support the new colony:
"At the behest of the Princess, the Prismatic Imperium is asking pilots to transport slaves of all types to the new colony, where they will be emancipated and re-educated. Significant rewards have been promised to pilots who contribute to the initiative."
The initiative begins on the 18th of February 3302 and is expected to run for one week.
18 FEB 3302
This weekly roundup highlights some of the minor factions pursuing the dream of democratic freedom by holding elections.
Here are 10 of the 2,545 minor factions holding elections:
Yab Yum Purple Allied Industry
BD+75 58 Regulatory State
People's HIP 47328 Progressive Party
Dukes of HIP 7018
Yab Yum Inc
BD+24 1451 Major Corporation
Partnership of Menes
LTT 17102 Industries
Wongkho Jet Electronics Industry
Elections occur when two minor factions of a similar political structure resolve a conflict over ownership and influence within a system.
Data is correct at time of publishing.