30 JUL 3302
Alliance Prime Minister Edmund Mahon has offered a critical appraisal of the ongoing antagonism between the Empire and the Federation. His comments, delivering during a recent ministerial address, concern the conflict over the organic structures known as barnacles, and the meta-alloys they produce.
The pertinent part of his address is reprinted below:
"Our history contains no shortage of bloodshed. Territory, resources – we have gone to war over these things far too often."
"We have expanded into the cosmos, made a home among the stars, created a civilisation spanning thousands of light years. Have we left our pettiness and greed behind, or have we brought them with us? I believe we are capable of working together to create a truly unified society. But the Empire and the Federation do not appear to share this view."
"I implore my friends in the Empire and the Federation to look beyond their immediate concerns and consider the ramifications of their actions. The organic structures may well be the product of a non-human civilisation. They, and the meta-alloys, should be afforded our protection."
"We could be on the brink of a new era of discovery. This is no time for military posturing."
30 JUL 3302
This report presents the latest data on expansion and withdrawal among the galaxy's minor factions.
Here are the latest factions to have expanded into new systems:
LP 510-10 Solutions
Holiacan Dynamic Company
Confederacy of Pan
LHS 221 Vision Systems
Black Hand of Jaaka
Kamocadroa Purple Comms Systems
Friends of Concateneg
Tsanla Empire Party
Expansions occur when a minor faction reaches a sufficient level of influence and there is a populated system within striking distance. Expansion is costly, so when a faction expands, the wealth and development level of the system it controls are temporarily reduced.
Here are the latest factions in withdrawal:
La Rochelle Blue Netcoms Co
Official Bragpura Defence Party
Ninmah and Co
HR 4734 Progressive Party
Yen Di Travel Inc
Grovichun Gold Netcoms Inc
Social Akbulun for Equality
LHS 1918 Major Exchange
Factions are considered to be in withdrawal if their level of influence within a system drops below a certain level. If the faction's influence remains low for a total of five days, the faction must leave the system entirely. If the faction manages to increase its level of influence, it remains in the system.