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    Old Expanses - Credits
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    This circa 1200 Old Expanses data, originally created by GDW, was
    previously published in the Traveller Navigator software put out
    by Planet III (which is currently available as freeware over the
    net, see http://www.davtechsys.com/ftp.htm, or if that doesn't
    work, see ftp://ftp.davtechsys.com). This data was converted to
    Galactic format by Lewis Roberts (lewis@chara.gsu.edu).
    
    


    Coalition News Service (1201)

    COALITION INFORMATION NETWORK
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AURORA RC
    GOVT HOUSE AURORA (O535/AUBAINE, 8576646-8), 01/V111/1201
    Coalition Secretary General Lon Maggart appeared today in a remembrance
    ceremony at the monument to the Twelve Traders, on the first anniversary of
    its dedication here at the Reformation Coalition Navy headquarters. Maggart
    cited the Coalition's detennination to spare no effort to recover or
    confirm the fates of all crews. He honored the crews by calling them "the
    first ripple of a wave of recovery and renewal that will sweep across human
    space, and which will know no shores. It was their willingness to face this
    danger that calls us to follow them, and it is they whowill someday be
    remembered as those who first painted a new dawn across human history.
    
    Insiders say that his remarks were timed to assist him in his struggle to
    pass the so-called "Ship Bill," intended to appropriate funds for two
    additional Aurora-class clippers for RCES forces. Citing budgetary limits,
    the Coalition Assembly has proposed deferring the purchase of the keels
    that will be laid down at Aubaine's Standard Astrotronics yard later this
    month. The options for these vessels would then be picked up by member
    worlds, presumably Oriflamme. That would make these the first Aurora-class
    clippers not directly controlled by RCES, a move which Maggart strongly
    opposes, and to which he alluded in his address today. "These traders did
    not go into the unknown piecemeal. They went out under one banner, and
    under one vision, and it is that same vision that calls us after them. Had
    they sailed away each for her own reason, or only for the benefit of an
    elite few, their loss would not move us,and their sacrifice would not unite
    us. History is made not by an aggregate of individuals, but by diverse
    people united by a vision that pares away their selfish appetites and calls
    them to actions beyond themselves, in the name of something greater than
    themselves.
    
    At the conclusion of his remarks, Maggart laid a wreath on the Trader
    monument To the Dawn," which was dedicated a year ago today. He departed
    immediately, as he is scheduled to preside one week from today over the
    Assembly on the first anniversary of its establishment.
    
    Among the assembled observers, Maggart's remarks were taken as criticism of
    recent unilateral operations undertaken by Oriflamme and other worlds on
    the trailing face. They were also clearly a response to the Centrist
    charges that Aubaine and its supporters are opposed to a Coalition
    Constitution, and seek, in the words of Count Bourgund of Oriflamme, "to
    preserve a flaccid assemblage of half-hearted govemments, devoid of
    structure, devoid of vision, devoid of a future."
    
    A Centrist-leaning dignitarypresent today was overheard to call Maggart's
    speech "more of that Aubanian pious preaching. This is real life, not
    Sunday school. The clipper ships at issue in the Assembly will be the
    eleventh and twelfth clipper hulls lad down.These two building ways will be
    available following the delivery of Thunderchild and ex-llilek Kuligoon to
    RCES.
    
    The 12 trading vessels honored were dispatched in 1199 from various worlds
    around the periphery of the then Dawn League, with hopes that they would
    open up new star faring contact in the Wilds of Diaspora. As the months
    went by without word from any of these ships, speculation grew increasingly
    strident, resulting in the dispatch of several armed rescue missions to
    recover the crews or to discover information about their fates. To date,
    portions of only three of the crews have been recovered, and five of the
    traders have never been accounted for.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE
    RC ASSEMBLY HALL, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 07/Vlll/l 201
    Ililek Kuligaan, renowned remnant, was called before the Assembly today to
    explain his refusal to have an RCES clipper named for him. His remarks, for
    which the press was allowed access to the hall, were characteristically
    blunt.
    
    'You can't name a ship after a living person, especially not me. You can
    say what you like about me after I'm dead, because I won't be around to
    make you a liar. But why make some poor kids wear my name on their sleever
    when I might still do something to make them ashamed? You're better off
    naming it aftersomeonewho is safely dead. Dead, packaged, and marketed, of
    course.
    
    "However, since you were so kind to name it after me, I claim the right to
    name it myself, and hereby change the name to Immanuel Kant That way you
    can keep the initials, and you don't have to worry about him embarrassing
    you. He was a finer man than me, and also unlike me, Kant was so reliable
    that people used to set their watches by him. Having his name around will
    remind people to think about some important things.
    
    "What things? Fortunately I have with me a quote from the good Herr Doktor.
    "It says, 'Act in such a way that you always treat humanity, whether in
    your own person or that of any other, never simply as a means, but also at
    the same time as an end.' What that means, for those of you who don't speak
    deathless prose, is: Give a damn about the people around you. We Imperials
    forgot that lesson once, and we continue on at our peril if we ever forget
    it again.
    
    "Thank you. I hope you people haven't blocked me in again."
    
    The clipper, the sixth of the class built, will be delivered from Standard
    Astrotronics' Aubaine yards this month. was named for Professor Kuligaan by
    a special motion in the Assembly earlier this year.
    
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    RCES MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: PUBINFO, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY LCDR LUCAS
    RCES HQ AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 12/V111/1201
    
    RCES has modified its deployment policy so that its Aurora-class clippers
    and their associated Manta-class fueler will no longer be considered
    indivisible tactical units. Each clipper constructed has been delivered
    with a Manta fuel which, until now, her deployed, trained, and operated
    exclusively with the clipper it was delivered with.
    
    Under the new policy, Mantas will be assigned to clippers on an
    as-available basis, to simplify maintenance, repair and deployment
    scheduling. This policy has come n response to the difficulty in getting
    Cull CTAILNO 20062F) repaired in time to deploy witl mothership Eos (TAILNO
    10062).
    
    Rather than delaying the departure of Eos on her coming cruise, it was
    decided to give her Eagle (TAILNO 20071 F) which had just returned with
    Aube (TAILNO 10071). New built Manta-class fuelers will be assigned tail
    numbers the main series, rather than in a subsidiary series, and existing
    Mantas will be redesignated as opportunity allows.
    
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    RCES MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: NOTICE TO STARFARERS, DISTRIBUTION: MANDTY,
    AUTHORITYCDORE MASSIE RCES BASE ORIFLAMME (1235/ORIFLAMME, B846857) NOTICE
    TO STARFARERS
    
    Hiver convoy is due to arrive Oriflamme within two week, of 16/IX/1201. ID
    callsign is CONDUIT PENNY 1-6. Authentication procedures are available to
    authorized craft.
    
    Unless authorized, stay well clear of convoy CONDUIT PENNY 1-6, as they
    will be travelling under Wilds rules of engagement
    
    See also RCES Report 3: Interstellar Rules of Engagement, available at all
    RC-affiliated starports.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE
    RCES YARD AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 20/V111/1201
    
    The Coalition cruiser Trigger arrived in port today following an expedition
    into Diaspora. Although the crew are still in debriefing and none have yet
    appeared in public, rumors are already circulating that Triggerhas had a
    very difficuIt cruise. Stories of high casualties among the crew and of a
    pitched battle are being heard. Notably, no lots of cargo have yet been
    downloaded from Trigger for Auction.
    
    RCES Headquarters has made no statement as yet.
    
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    RCES MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: PUBINFO, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY LCDR LUCAS
    Saosy AUBAINE (0738/AUBAlNE, A78A884-C), 25/V111/1 201
    
    The Reformation Coalition Exploratory Service, in conjunction with the
    Standard Astrotronics Orbital Shipyard, Aubaine, announces the sealing of
    RS Maggart, the first unit of the Croup IV Aurora-class clippers. RS
    Maggart was sealed on 25M11/1201 at the orbital building ways of Standard
    AstrotronicsAubaine yard.
    
    The ceremonial act of sealing a starship is the orbital construction
    equivalent of launching an ocean-going vessel or a spacecraft constructed
    on a planetary surface. Itis traditionally considered tobe one of the most
    significant milestones in the career of a spacecraft, as it is now capable
    of preserving life. It is at the sealing that spacecraft are traditionally
    christened with their /lames, following the obligatory pressure test. Once
    a ship is sealed, its interior spaces are no longer in vacuum, but are
    maintained by artificial life support, which allows the vessel's
    construction to proceed to completion in a "shirt sleeves" environment.
    
    RS Maggart is the first of a class of greatly modified Aurora-class
    clippers, called Group IV. The Group IV is also called the "Stretch" Aurora
    because of its greater overall length, allowing the clipping of more
    multimission modules to the ship's open spine. This greater carriage
    capacity also requires the Group IVs to have a new engineering section to
    allow maneuver and jump at the same performance as the earlier members of
    the class. RS Maggart is named for Burton L. Maggart (1110-1 1 95), First
    Minister of Aubaine and one of the founders of the intentellar accords that
    led to the League of the New Dawn, and ultimately, to the Reformation
    Coalition. Burt Maggart was also the father of the current Coalition
    Secretary Ceneral, Lon E. Maggart.
    
    RS Maggart was christened by Enlilli Maggart, wife of First Minister
    Maggart and mother of the Secretary General.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: BUS/POL, AUTHORITY
    CIN/AUBAINE RC ASSEMBLY HALL, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 17/X/1201
    KEYWORDS: CSAARC, AAS, FIJA
    
    Speaking against "the inefficiencies of Efficiency," junior Fijan delegate
    Catarrhina Mohler launched a campaign to rationalize I I the "pervasive"
    influence of the Committee for the Standardization of Armament and
    Ammunition in the Reformation Coalition, better known as CSAARC.
    
    "Although the Committee fulfills an important role in husbanding the scarce
    resources of this Coalition and should continue to do so, certain of its in
    itiatives come under the heading of micromanagement and actuaIly waste
    energy, rather than conserving it. Now is the time, while CSAARC is still a
    relatively new organization, that we establish guidelines to ensure that
    CSAARC's oversight is confined to the rational use of resources, rather
    than the worship of the least common denominator."
    
    Speaker Mohler introduced as evidence the Reformation Coalition Automatic
    Assault Shotgun (RCAAS), recently adopted by CSAARC as the standard combat
    shotgun of the RC forces. Mohler demonstrated that, although the weapon
    itself is manufactured at tech level 10, it is not completed until it is
    fitted with a laser sight manufactured on a tech 9 world. Because tech 10
    worlds are capable of manufacturing more compact laser sights, the
    installation of a TL-9 sight on the weapon results in a combat shotgun
    "which is 40% more expensive than it needs to be, and which is 7% heavier
    than it ought to be." Mohler also produced internal RCES reports which
    evaluate the weapon as overweight.
    
    "These are not the type of savings which we can afford. Rather than seeking
    to divide the production of each weapon across tech level 9 and 10 worlds,
    CSAARC's efforts would be better spent ensuring that each world's
    productive capacity was used to build complete systems. This would mean
    that Trybec and Fija would install locally built sights on locally built
    weapons, while worlds like Oriflamme, Baldur and Nike Nimbus were allowed
    to concentrate their full attention on building weapons from start to
    finish that are optimized for their technology."
    
    Mohler asked that the Assembly create a panel to evaluate, define and, if
    necessary, modify the mandate of CSAARC. Mohler's motion was tabled after
    minimal discussion. Delegates from Oriflamme, originally one of the
    staunchest opponents of the creation of CSAARC, provided the margin of
    defeat.
    
    CSAARC was established in 1200 to coordinate the design and production of
    weapons and ammunition by Coalition memberworlds. The Assembly sought to
    preserve the Coalition's limited manufacturing base by concentrating it on
    the production and support of standardized designs optimized for available
    technology, and based on common relic equipment. CSAARC has since expanded
    its mandate to include the creation of new designs unique to the Coalition,
    for example, the controversial 5.5mm assault rifle.
    
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    RCES MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: NOTICE TO STARFARERS, DISTRIBUTION: MANDTY,
    AUTHORITY COMMANDER, RCES DAWN BASE (TRYBEC/0336/AUBAI NE, B443610-A),
    26/X/1201 KEYWORDS: VIRUS, HAZARD TO TRAVEL, VAMPIRE
    
    RC space forces have issued a Notice to Starfarers for the Arvid
    (0131/Aubaine) and Mitchell (3034/Khulam/Diaspora) star systems. These
    systems appear to present an active Viral or vampire threat, and are to be
    avoided until more information becomes available.
    
    Arvid is thought to be connected to the disappearance of several vessels,
    including Dawn League Ships Reine Soleil and Elise, although it is not
    known by what mechanism these disappearances were caused, or even if they
    were the result of a single cause.
    
    Mitchell is believed to bethe base of an active and growing vampire fleet,
    and is probably connected to the loss of Dawn League Ship Hellos, missing
    since 19/X1/1199.
    
    RC space forces will attempt to evaluate and neutralize these threats.
    Private exploration is not advised. Exercise extreme caution when entering
    or passing nearthese systems, and if possible, avoid passing through them
    at all. Even gas giant refueling is considered to be hazardous in these
    systems.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: COV/MIL, AUTHORITY
    CIN/AUBAINE RCES HQ AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 21/X1/1201 KEYWORDS:
    COSMIC FIRE, DROYNE, PROTEST
    
    Reporter Cabrielle Diabla, twice winner of the Nimbus Palm for Excellence
    in journalism has filed a freedom of information demand with the RCES to
    gain access to orders and planning documents pertaining to "Operation
    Cosmic Fire."
    
    Diabla made a public statement to call attention to the demand which she
    was filing, and to explain the background of the demand. Diabla explained
    that Cosmic Fire took place on Daaliisa (2725/Promise/Diaspora) some two
    months ago, and that involved attacks on "apparently peaceful alien
    Droyne," and that for the operation the troops were obliged to remove
    insignia, and take steps that this operation would not be connected to the
    Reformation Coalition. "This operation was piratical in appearance, if not
    in fact," Diabla said.
    
    "I am not some fruit-loop peacenik who imagines evil motivations whenever a
    forceful act of will is committed. I am pursuing this story because I was
    aboard the ship when this operation was conducted, and I spoke to the
    troops when they left and hey returned. They were deeply disturbed by the
    operation. They felt they had done something wrong. I am not looking to
    blame these troops for carrying out a mission in good faith. What I am
    looking for is the reasons why the mission was ordered."
    
    Cabrielle Diabla is a well-known and experienced military reporter. She has
    accompanied and covered numerous operations under Dawn League and Coalition
    auspices for several years, including the famous annexation of Vezina.
    Diabla wrote a book on the Vezina operations, entitled, "Say Good Night,
    Hoss," which won her her second Nimbus Palm, in 1200.
    
    Diabla's demand for documentation is complicated by the fact that not all
    RC memberworlds recognize full information rights, which allows such worlds
    to deny access to commonly held RC documents in which they have a
    proprietary interest.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE
    RCES HQ AUBAINE (0738/AU BAINE, A78A884-C), 28/Xl/l 201 KEY1NIIRDS:
    TRIGGER. RCES, COURT MARTIAL, MASSACRE
    
    After months of speculation, the RCES has lifted the veil of secrecy that
    was wrapped around the most recent mission of RCS Trigger following her
    return from Diaspora in Scorpio. Trigger's captain and several ot her
    officers are to be tried for dereliction of duty in allowing the alleged
    massacre of civilians on Montezuma on her last cruise, RCES officials
    announced today.
    
    Details are still sketchy, but it appears that several of Trigger's ground
    troops were killed by unusually high technology weapons in the hands of
    unknown Montezuman troops over a period of several days, and an attempt to
    capture the assailants misfired and resulted in the death of as many as 500
    Montezuman civilians. Testimony gathered from Trigger's crew, and
    reportedly from Montezuman witnesses and undercover informants, indicates
    that the operation was poorly planned and degenerated into a vengeance
    mission.
    
    Anonymous sources report that the "Trigger Incident" is proof of the wisdom
    of the RCN's program to divest RC-contrdled vessels of all private
    ownership shares. Because of the rapidity with which the Dawn League (and
    later, the Coalition) had to assemble a space force, itwas often obliged to
    obtain starships by buying a bare majority of iharer of the vessel, leaving
    the remainder of the vessel's ownership in private hands. It has been
    argued that such private or speculative ownerrhip runs counter to the ideal
    of military order and discipline advocated by many RC leaders. In Assembly
    session, Senior Balduri Delegate has referred to speculative free-lance
    operations as "no better thah reckless privateering, one step away from
    piracy."
    
    CIN sources confirm that Trigger carried a 44% private ownership load, and
    that her crew contained a high proportion of free-lance personnel, both
    situations acknowledged by the RCN to contribute to "decreased mission
    reliability and performance standards."
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: COV/MIL, AUTHORITY COMMANDER,
    RCN/CIN AURORA RC NAVY HEADQUARTERS, AURORA (OS3S/AUBAINE, B576646-B),
    6/Xll/1 201 KEYWORDS: TENDER, BATTLE RIDER, CLIPPER, MANTICORE
    
    The Reformation Coalition Navy(RCN) has completed negotiations for the
    purchase of six Manticore-class system defense boats (SDBs) from the Aubani
    Navy, with an option for more to follow. These vessels are being purchased
    to give the RCN a battle rider capability when used with Aurora or
    Maggort-class clippers. These SDBs are modified versions of the standard
    Shukugon( Dragon) class TL-12 SDBs, manufactured for centuries in the Last
    Imperium. The Manticores are distinguished from the basic Dragons by the
    absence of the Drogon's missile barbettes and fuel purification plant.These
    are replaced by a spinal meson gun which gives the Manticore a powerful
    short-range punch, sufficient to disable much larger vessels.
    
    The Monticores, which have been used up to now in the system defense of
    Aubaine, will be used as "battle riders," carried into combat one or two at
    a time by RCN clippers configured as "tenders." The battle rider concept is
    an old one, and reflects a permanent principle of interstellar combat.
    Given the fact that interstellar jump driver and their supporting systems
    make significant demands on the mass and volume of a starship, two
    spacecraft of equal size, one equipped with jump drives, and one without,
    will demonstrate vastly differing utilizations of space. The ship without
    jump drive will have a great deal of additional space that can be allocated
    to weapons, armor, defensive screens, fire control, ammunition, greater
    maneuverability, and fuel, and will therefore be a better warship, albeit
    unable to travel between star systems on its own. In a confrontation
    between these two ships, the nonjump-capable vessel should beat the
    jump-capable starship every time. This fact is the basis of the system
    defense boat. By extending this concept to include large jump-capable ships
    which carry these nonjump capable warships from star to star, the battle
    rider concept is born.
    
    The jump-capable ships. called tenders, carry several nonjump-capable
    ships, called riders, or battle riders, into enemy star systems. The battle
    riders detach and engage the enemy, and are recovered by the tender
    following the battle. The drawback to the battle rider concept is the fact
    that a losing battle rider force has a very hard time withdrawing, as
    battle riders cannot simply jump out of the battle to a safe system. The
    requirement to rejoin the large, non-maneuverable, and poorly defended
    tender in order to escape creates a vulnerability that ensures that a
    defeated battle rider force is usually annihilated, whereas a defeated
    jump-capable force is usually much less severely mauled.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE
    RCES HQ AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 24/XII/1201 KEYWORDS: COSMIC
    FIRE, DROYNE, DAALIISA, RCES, INQUIRY
    
    RCES Headquarters announced today that a full inquiry would be convened to
    establish the particulars of the controversial Operation Cosmic Fire,
    conducted on the planet Daaliisa three months ago. It has been claimed that
    the operation was an unjustifiable use of Coalition military force, and by
    attacking the neutral native Droyne population, unnecessarily poisoned
    relations with the inhabitants of the world for the forseeable future.
    
    Witnesses are scheduled to include Commodore Sean Lathrop, RCES Chief of
    Operations, members of the RCES Long Range Planning Croup, Captain Cynta
    Lawter and other crewmembers of RCS Aube, and Gabrielle Diabla, the
    reporter who first brought the event to public attention.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/ORIFLAMME
    BOURGUND SHIPYARDS ORIFLAMME (1235/0RIFLAMME, 8846857-9), 24/X11/1201
    KEYWORDS: RESISTANCE, TERRORISM, ORIFLAMME, MAGGART
    
    The resistance movement on Oriflamme continuer to escalate, today with an
    apparent attempt to murder Technarch-Director Antonin Karlsruhe. Karlsruhe
    is the feudal holder of Bourgund Shipyards, which has been held by the
    Karlsruhe line since the Nemyer recovery began. At 0715 local time this
    morning, a bomb destroyed Karlsruhe's office at the Bourgund headquarters,
    injuring three Bourgund retainers. No one was killed by the blast, which
    did an estimated Cr 500,000 damage. Karlsruhe was not scheduled to arrive
    until 0830, so it is unknown if the the explosion was a mis-timed attempt
    to kill the technarch or a simple attempt to cause property damage.
    
    No group has claimed responsibility for this act, but investigations are
    under way.
    
    In a related story, anonymous threats have been reported against the life
    of Coalition Secretary General Maggart who is scheduled to visit Oriflamme
    in just over two months There is as yet no official confirmation of the
    seriousness of these threats, nor the identity of those making them.
    
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    Coalition News Service (1202)

    COALITION INFORMATION NETWORK
    
    COALINFONET, CLASS NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY BALDUR
    COLONIAL OFFICE NANNAGRAD BALDUR (1032/ORIFLAMME, CAAA756-9), 05/1/1202
    KEYWORDS: COLONY, BALDUR, ORIFLAMME, POYZEN
    
    The recently founded Baldur Colonial Office today announced the departure
    of its first colony mission to the uninhahited world of Poyzen (1736/50
    Skire X-787000-0). The colony, co-sponsored by Orlflamme, is intended to
    provide an additional source of raw materials for Baldur, and to expand
    trade and development along the so-called "Back Face of the Coalition.
    
    The colony is the first of what is expected to be a series of similar
    projects run directly by Baldur without Reformation Coalitiorn oversight.
    Dimitri Rostov, Senior Manager of the Colonial Office, takes great pains to
    explain that this is not a challenge to Coalition authority, but rather a
    recognition of the importance of such missions and the need for Baldur to
    establish itself as a strong partner within the RC,rather than a weak
    member, too dependent upon other worlds.
    
    Said Rostov, "We can't wait for Assembly consensus. Our future is too
    important to wait for some argumentative body to pencil us onto a schedule.
    Also, we are tired of being the 'sick man' of the backside. Baldur is more
    dependent upon technology imports than any other world of the Coalition,
    and we are eager to pull our own weight and offer something back to the
    Coalition. And if that gives us a stronger voice in the Assembly, so be
    it."
    
    The Baldur Colonial Office has an unusual feature: one of its senior
    managers is an Oriflammen, Stefan Burg, present to coordinate the
    Oriflammen contributions to the colonial projects. The Oriflammen
    cooperation with the venture stems from the fact that Baldur has no
    open-air agricultural population, and the farmers needed for any successful
    colonial venture must come from elsewhere. This contribution is being
    coordinated by the Oriflamme Bureau of Relocation. Burg appeared with
    Rostov in the joint announcement and proclaimed Oriflamme's support of the
    Balduri initiative.
    
    "Because the Coalition is currently committed to the coreward strategy as
    seen in the Title II mandate of official areas of operation, attempts to
    consolidate areas outside the AO, particularly along the trailing frontier,
    must be taken on by individual worlds. As the largest human population in
    theCoalition, Oriflamme is more than capable of taking on these duties
    herself without cutting back on her commitments to joint RC operations. No
    other world is able to say this, and we are proud to step forward and take
    responsibility."
    
    Poyzen, the colony site, is unusual in planetological terms, in that it
    originally had an atmosphere classified as tainted, due to volcanic
    pollutants in its atmosphere. However, the world's volcanism has passed
    into a dormant phase, and the planet's atmosphere has cleaned itself up to
    the point where it is no longer rated as tainted. The world is thought to
    be uninhabited, having only been the site of a LastImperium scout base
    destroyed in the Collapse.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY RCSA PAO RCSA
    COMPOUND, VRASSTADT, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 12/1/1202 KEYWORDS:
    BOOTSTRAP, S0 SKIRE, RCSA, RCES, SHIP BILL
    
    The Reformation Coalition Services Administration today announced the
    establishment of a new bootstrap project in the So Skire subsector, on the
    trailing face of the Coalition. This bootstrap operation is unusual in that
    it is being backed by joint RC resources, but is outside of the Primary
    Area of Operations mandated for such joint operations.
    
    The target world for the operation is So Skire (1732/So Skire X-667843-1),
    a cold world whose inhabitants live in several island chains along the
    world's equatorial belt. One of these island nations was determined by an
    earlier survey operation to be amenable to off-world contact, and will be
    the center of focus of the upcoming bootstrap operation.
    
    Bootstrap operations, unlike the more colorful "smash and grab" operations
    conducted by the RCES, are long-term projects intended to incorporate
    low-tech worlds and nations into the Coalition by gradually winning their
    loyalty via technical, medical, military, and social assistance. Because
    these operations are essentially intensive confidence-building projects,
    they are often referred to as "hearts and minds" operations within the RC
    bureaucracy. Bootstrap operations come under the purview of the RC Services
    Agency, which serves as the supervising body for the assembly of personnel,
    equipment, and support, but the bootstrap teams are naturally staffed by
    representatives of many RC organizations, including the RCES and RC Marine
    Corps. The coordinating officer for the So Skire operation, for example, is
    ]erszy Kaminski, seconded from RCES for this mission.
    
    Until this announcement, it had been understood that RC bootstrap policy
    was governed by Title II, the Assembly measure that codified the Primary
    Area of Operations in the wake of the coreward-consolidation debate. Title
    II mandates the confinement of joint RC-funded expansion operations to the
    AO, which does not extend to the trailing subsectors, in which So Skire is
    located. Inside sources report that this non-AO operation is a quid pro quo
    offered to the Orifiamme delegation to unblock the stalled Ship Bill
    legislation, which was finally passed last month. The Ship Bill provides
    funding to the RC to allow the purchase of new Aurora-class clippers under
    construction in the orbitaI yards of Aubaine. Had the RC been unable to
    come up with funds to purchase these vessels, it was understood that their
    options would be picked up by Orlflamme to equip its planetary navy. The
    RCN and RCES strongly opposed the diversion of these important vessels from
    RC service, and RCN and RCES positions are usually strongly supported by
    the Assembl)/s federalist voting block. However, on this issue, the
    federalist block was split because many federalist delegates fear that the
    measure will only further centralize power in RC hands, to which
    federalists are opposed.
    
    As if to underscore the urgency of resolving the Ship Bill controversy, the
    bootstrap team will be transported by RCS Immanuel Kant, newest of the RCN
    clippers, whose recent completion vacated one of the building slips which
    was promptly used to begin construction of another clipper.
    
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    COALINFONET EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH COALITION SECRETARY GENERAL LON E.
    MAGGART
    
    A dozen years ego, Lon E. Moggart burst upon the scene of reconstruction
    government with his characteristic vigor; Leaving his mark upon Aubani
    planetory defense, power distribution, and human-Scholli relations, among
    other areas. As a member( the first Coalition Assembly, he was elected its
    Secretary Ceneral by a wide margin, and has spent the 15 months since the
    defining the office, often colliding with the intended formal definition of
    his duties.
    
    Spending time with "the SG" as he is called by his staff is a vivid
    experience, and is more akin to spending time with a natural force than
    with an ordinary man. Maggart is almost constantly in motion, whether
    springing to a pile of reports to extract a significant document, hoisting
    his boots up onto the edge of a table to tip himself back in his chair, or
    grabbing on unusual large mug of coffee, slurping a mouthful of the
    scalding liquid, and then slamming the mug back down to slosh its contents
    onto the table. His informality is at once charming and disorienting, as
    one is not always sure how to behave around such a dynamic figure. At the
    some time, one is unaccustomed to finding that such an activefigure is also
    keenly intelligen thoughtful, and quite well-read. However, the SG is
    friendly and open, and one is rapidly drawn into the whirlwind arena of
    this active leader who does not have enough hours in a day.
    
    CIN is proud to present excerpts from this exclusive series of interviews
    with the Secretary General.
    
    IN: Your central message as Secretary General seems to be the importance of
    uncity. But your leading opponents in the Centrist movement condemn your
    policies and then themselves call for unity. What is going on here?
    
    SG: What you have to understand is that a lot of people are fighting over
    this concept of unity. Federalist unity, coordinated centrist unity, racial
    unity, economic unity. I don't care about all of that stuff.
    
    I'm trying to awaken people to a different kind of unity. We're already in
    this together, the whole Coalition, because we can still become like all
    those dead planets out there if we don't keep our noses clean. Unity is not
    a concept to argue over, it's a reality to accept, and then move on from
    there.
    
    I'm continuously surprised at how quick people are to split themselves into
    little groups as soon as they get their backs about a centimeter away from
    the wall, and I'm trying to get people to come to grips with the fact that
    we have no Ieeway to act like that. I want people to recognize the
    importance of this situation, and start coming up with some answers about
    how we're going to keep this crap from happening again. I'm just looking
    for an intellectual response here. Any intellectual response.
    
    CIN:And what kind of response have you been getting back?
    
    SG: Spotty.
    
    CIN: What of the reports that have been circulating that there will be
    attempts against your life on your upcoming Gemini tour of Oriflamme?
    
    SG: I try hard not to worry about stuff that I can't control. When I visit
    Oriflamme I will be making a lot of public appearances, so there are a lot
    of places where I could be vulnerable. But my job is not to protect myself,
    my job is to lead this Coalition, and to communicate some important
    messages to our people. Oriflamme is one of the crucial members of this
    organization, and deserves my undivided attention. So I am working on what
    I can control: preparing to communicate and listen to the people of
    Oriflamme, and not on what I can't control: making sure I stay alive. Now
    the chief of my security staff should be losing a lot of sleep, because it
    is his job to make sure that I don't get shot.
    
    CIN: These death threats could come from Oriflammen separatists, hard-core
    Centrists, feudalists, right-wing humanists, antisubinfeudationists, or
    even from the Oriflammen resistance in order to discredit their government.
    Who do you believe that it is behind these threats?
    
    SG: I don't care.
    
    CIN: But surely you--
    
    SG: I said I don't care, and I mean I don't care. And I'II tell you why. I
    know that those threats don't come from the people of Oriflamme. If the
    threats are real, they come from fringe elements who do not represent the
    people of Oriflamme, and I want to make it clear to you in the media, and
    to every Coalition citizen that these threats do not reflect on the people
    of Oriflamme, and I will not stand for any implication that they do. Do I
    make myself clear!
    
    CIN: Eminently, Mr. Secretary
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE RC
    NAVY HEADQUARTERS, AURORA (0535/AUBAINE, B576646-B), 8/11/1202 KEYWORDS:
    RCN, SHENK, STARFARING ORGANIZATIONS
    
    Unofficial RCN sources confirm rumors that there is a starfaring
    organization operating somewhere in the Shenk subsector, immediately to
    coreward of the Oriflamme subsector. Indications are that this organization
    is a human government rather than a vampire fleet, although such
    assessmentsare only tentative.
    
    Details of the size or extent of operations of this group are not
    available, but it is known that they operate in the Shenk Rimward Main, and
    have been observed to operate starships in the 30,000 displacement ton
    range, significantly larger than any starships apemted by the Reformabon
    Coalition. The operations that have been observed are not consistent with
    either Free Trader or Mercantile Guild activities as these new activities
    are much more extensive.
    
    It is not known at this time whether or not this organization presents a
    threat to the Coalition, although the characteristics of their shipping
    indicate that the potential is there.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: ENT/GEN, AUTHORITY
    CIN/AUBAINE BRUSMAN CULTURAL CENTER, BRUSMAN, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE,
    A78A884-C), 19/11/1202 KEYWORDS: ART, CATS (FELIS FAMILIARIS),
    INTER-SPECIES MORPHIC RESONANCE
    
    Today saw the long-awaited opening of the exhibition "Why Cats Paint: A
    theory of feline aesthetics" in the newly renovated Bridget Wing of the
    Brusman Cultural Center.
    
    "Why Cats Paint' is a lavish celebration of the largely unappreciated
    aesthetic sensibilities of cats, and is described by its organizers as also
    functioning as an experiment in inter-species morphic resonance and
    formative causation.
    
    In addition to paintings by acknowledged masters Tiger, Bootsie, Misty, Lu
    Lu and Wong Wong, the exhibition features works of sculpture and cat
    performance art, the first of its kind to see public exhibition. The
    centerpiece of the show is the magnificent Breakfast, commissioned
    specifically for this show from Tiger, leader of the spontaneous
    reductionist school.
    
    Show organizers Heather Bush and Burton Sliver were on hand for the gala
    reception, along with two of the featured artists, duo painters Lu Lu and
    Wong Wong.
    
    'Why Cats Paint: A theory of feline aesthetics" will remain open in the
    Brusman Cultural Center's Bridget Wing through the end of Capricorn.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CDORE S.
    LATHROP RCS THUNDERCHILD, IN ORBIT, MARAX (0726/THOEZENNT, D57366D-6),
    22/11/1202 KEYWORDS: MARAX, DLS HORUS, RESGUE MISSION, DECAPITATION STRIKE,
    RCMC
    
    A combined Reformation Coalition force under the command of Commodore Sean
    "Hammer'' Lathrop has chalked up another conspicuous success here on Marax,
    rescuing the 12 imprisoned crew of the Dawn League trader DLS Horus, held
    in captivity for more than a year by TED Ushugaam II. Horus was one of the
    original 12 ill-fated 'Trading scouts" dispatched in 1199 on exploration
    missions from which none of them would return. Horus was declared overdue
    on 3/XIV1199.
    
    RC intelligence services received infonnation from unspecified sources that
    the Horus crew, under Captain Julianne Einhatta, were being held by
    Ushugaam's forces in an underground stronghold in the "Cleft Bagvoot," a
    system of rift valleys in the high desert of Marax. The stronghold is the
    preCollapse headquarters of the Marax planetary defense system, and was
    heavily defended by batteries of TL10 planetary defense missiles. Due to
    the deep subterranean location of the Cleft Bagvoot stronghold, it could
    not be attacked directly from orbit, but could only be assaulted by troops
    on the ground in the valley itself.
    
    This required a daring assault spearheaded by drop troops who neutralized
    the missile batteries, paving the way for the landing of heavy
    reinforcements from orbit. The force included units from the Reformation
    Coalition Navy, Reformation Coalition Marine Corps, Oriflammen Marine
    Corps, Nimban Army, plus Freelancers and volunteers from Baldur, organized
    as Task Force Strike Marax.
    
    The task force consisted of three companies of troops plus an engineer
    platoon and RCN orbital support commanded from task force flagship
    Thunderchild, Captain Pat Ritter commanding.
    
    The RC forces were faced by elements of three battalions of Marax troops,
    equipped to tech level 9 or 10. The initial RC lodgement was seriously
    threatened by the arrival of relic heavy armored vehicles of the
    "Abomination" design. These fission powered behemoths were impervious to
    the drop troops' weaponry, and had eventually to be destroyed by orbital
    missile fire. The attack was ultimately successful, resulting in the
    clearing of the stronghold and the rescue of all 12 Horus crewmembers. The
    TED Ushugaam is also believed to have been killed in the action.
    
    The commanding officer of the System Naval Forces (COSYSNAVFOR) Captain Pat
    "Who Me?" Ritter, described it as, "a textbook operation. It's right there
    in the first chapter, under 'Goat Rodeos: How to Organize Them for Fun and
    Profit.""
    
    With the recovery of Horus' crew, nine of the 12 Dawn League traders are
    now thought to be accounted for. The fates of traders Damerlicht, Dawn and
    Reine Soleil are still unknown.
    
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    RCN MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: PUBINFO, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY COMMANDER,
    RCN RC NAVY HEADQUARTERS, AURORA (0535/AUBAINE, 8576646-8), 25/11/1202
    KEYWORDS: RCN, SHENK, STARFARING ORGANIZATIONS, MISSING SHIP
    
    The Commander, Reformation Coalition Navy regrets to announce that the
    Reformation Coalition Ship Marathon Victrix (TAILNO 10050) is missing and
    presumed lost in routine operations in the Shenk subsector. Marathon
    Victrix is a sloop of the Victrix class, displacing 400 tons and carrying a
    crew of 26. She was completed at Trybec and was employed primarily in
    frontier patrol duties.
    
    The navy is unable to confirm or deny whether the loss has any connection
    with the speculated existence of a foreign starfaring power operating in
    the Shenk subsector, but is undertaking an inquiry to establish the cause
    of the ship's disappearance. RCN and RCES vessels operating in the
    subsector have been ordered to operate at a higher level of vigilance for
    the duration of this inquiry.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AURORA
    CIN OFFICES, AURORA (0535/AUBAINE, 8576646-8), 25/11/1202 KEYWORDS: RCN,
    SHENK, MISSING SHIP, SHIP DEPLOYMENTS
    
    RCN forces are operating at a high level of readiness following the
    announcement earlier this afternoon of the loss of RCS Marathon Victrix in
    the Shenk subsector. All leaves have been cancelled for RCN ships in the
    Aurora system, and it is expected that all naval vessels present will put
    to space while they are fully crewed.
    
    Expected to depart are the sloops Coral Sea Victrix, Riggins Victrix,
    Kelley Victrix, and the clippers Aurora and Apollo. Their destination is
    presumed to be the Shenk Rimward Main, via Eos, Ra and Fisher's World.
    
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    RCN MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: PUBINFO, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY COMMANDER,
    RANAVACT RA NAVAL ACTIVITIES OFFICES, RA (0931/ORIFLAMME, E68659A-6),
    8/III/1202 KEYWORDS: RCN, SHENK, STARFARING ORGANIZATIONS, MISSING SHIP,
    SOLEE
    
    The following message was delivered to RCN forces operating in the Shenk
    subsector:
    "In the name of the Empress Solee, the Christen Overtak, Her Brilliant
    Majesty Gabriella Ramstatten, I, Amaraan Abas, The Voice of Solee, declare
    to you Her most grave displeasure at your activities in the territory of
    the Soleean Empire.
    "The surviving crew of your starcraft Marathon Victorious are being held
    for crimes against the interests of the Empress Solee, for which the
    penalties are death. However, it is Her Brilliant Majesty's pleasure to
    commute these sentences to life imprisonment at hard labor, pending the
    payment of reparations by your Reformed Coalition.
    "We expect the most rapid compliance with this generous offer."
    The message has been forwarded to the highest levels of the RC government.
    RCN throughout the Thoezennt, Shenk, Aubaine and Oriflamme subsectors are
    being placed on the highest level of alert.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE "
    RC NAVY HEADQUARTERS, AURORA (0535/AUBAINE, 8576646-8), 2/111/1202
    KEYWORDS: COSMIC FIRE, DAALIISA, DROYNE, CYNTA LAWTER, VIRUS
    
    Cynta "Sinner" Lawter, the youngest line captain in the Reformation
    Coalition Navy, today resigned her commission amid growing controversy
    surrounding the Daaliisa raid, code named Cosmic Fire. Lawter has come
    under increasing criticism for her handling of recent operations by RCS
    Aube into the Promise subsector. Charges by centrist Assembly
    representatives that Lawter flagrantly disregarded the limits of the
    Primary Area of Operation and exceeded her authority in planning and
    executing raids had been dismissed by senior federalist members of the
    Assembly. The recent disclosure of the violent and covert nature of the
    raid on the Droyne of Daaliisa, however, has caused federalist support for
    Lawter to crumble amid concern that the raid will alienate the Droyne both
    on Daaliisa and elsewhere. Delicate diplomatic negotiations with Droyne
    enclaves are reportedly in progress on several worlds.
    
    Lawter has refused to comment publicly on the controversial raid, except to
    say, "This is not about the Droyne; it is about Virus, and it's not going
    to just go away."
    
    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/ORIFLAMME
    DEVILS THRONE, ORIFLAMME (1235/ORIFLAMME, 8846857-9), 8/111/1202 KEYWORDS:
    ORIFLAMME, MAGGART, COALITION POLITICS, TERRORISM, RCMC, ORIFLAMME MARINE
    CORPS
    
    Bare-chested Secretary General Lon Maggart has completed his second day of
    goodwill tours on Oriflamme, following two full days of closed-door
    meetings with senior Oriflammen technarchs in Dobroye.Although experiencing
    a chilly yesterday, these tours are fast becoming a public relations
    spectacular. Each stop on the tour appears to be more enthusiastic than the
    one before, thanks to the Coalition leader's disarmingly vulnerable
    demeanor.
    
    The first of yesterday's appearances, in and around the capital of Dobroye,
    were subdued events. This was due in part to the pubic association of the
    Aubani Secretary General with its major Coalition rival, but was mostly the
    result of the heavy security evidence each of these events. Widesecurity
    zones and phalanxes of local police, soldiers or Marines served to distance
    the Secretary General from his audience. Clearly dissatisfied with these
    arrangements and the effects they werecausing, Maggart departed from his
    prepared remarks while attending a children's league sporting eventin a
    Dobroye suburb.
    
    "You can't tell from looking around here that I am your leader, can you, or
    that you are the people I have promised to serve. It doesn't look like we
    belong togethor at all." With this the Coalition Assembly leader stepped
    from his podium and pushed his way through the security cordon into the
    crowd, shaking hands and speaking with adults and children. When he
    returned to the podium he began unbuttoning his ceremonial burgundy tunic,
    explaining, "A boy in the rwod just asked me why everyone here is supposed
    to be afraid of me, and that made me think. And I decided that maybe it's
    because so many people tell me that I'm supposed to be afraid of you."
    Removing his tunic, Maggart exposed a bullet-proof ballistic garment, which
    he then removed, leaving himself exposed from the waist up. "Well, I guess
    that's pretty stupid, because there is not point in my being here if that's
    the only thing we have in common." Then the remarkably trim and muscular 47
    year old official threw the protective garment into the crowd to the sound
    of wild cheering and put his tunic back on.
    
    In the remainder of his speeches yesterday, and all of his appearances
    today, Magart laced his calls for unity and Coaltion common cause with
    references to his actions of the previous day, often in response to calls
    from or signs in the crowds gathered to greet him. Following his arrival at
    one of the construction bays of the Bourgund Shipyards, struck by a
    terrorist bomb just weeks ago, the assembledworkers remained on their feet,
    cheering, drowning out the attempts to introduce the SG. Finally Maggart
    stepped to the podium and drawled, "Well I guess by now you'll be wondering
    what the old man looks like," then opened his tunic to show the crowd he
    wore no armor.
    
    Maggart capped off this fourth day of his vist to Oriflamme by observing a
    live firepower demonstration by the Oriflamme Marine Corps and the
    "Spearhead" Brigade RCMC, at Devil's Throne Training Range. Maggart who is
    protected exclusively by Oriflammen Marines in the form of his Secretarial
    Guard, watched while the 4th "Dagger" Battalion, RCMC staged a meteoric
    assualt to seize a landing zone, defeated a simulated attack by grav tanks
    from the 1st Oriflamme Marine Division, and held the perimeter until
    reinforcing Intrepid grav tanks could be landed from orbit. Behind the
    cover of the fusion spitting tanks, the Marines then simulated a breakout
    from teh lodgment, to the approving applause of their Coalition
    commander-in-chief. While flames still lapped at the edges of fusion
    -blasted craters, Maggart and his party moved out onto the field to
    congratulate the young Marines and thank them for their performance.
    Members of the SG's official party refuse to comment officialy on his
    daring behavior of the past two days and all are visibly tense during his
    appearences. One remarked, "You could say he is crazy, or that he knows
    what he's doing, I guess we'll know for sure in a few more days."
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE RC
    ES HQ AU BAl N E (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 21/1 1 1/1 202 KEYWORDS:
    COVENANT OF SUFREN, DLS LADYELISE, MISSING SHIP, PROMISE, STARFARING
    ORGANIZATIONS
    
    The normally unflappable citizenry of Brusman were electrified by the twin
    announcement of the recovery of the survivors of the Dawn League ship Lady
    Elise and the opening of relations with the .Covenant of Sufren, a
    previously unknown starfaring civilization
    
    The announcement followed the successful return of a rescue mission
    dispatched to the planet Promise in the Promise subsector. Although
    returning personnel ware sequestered for debriefing, unofficial reports
    described a nightmare world inhabited by Virus-infected advanced technology
    robots.
    
    The Covenant of Sufren is apparently a small group of inhabited worlds to
    coreward of the Coalition, but with a governmental structure and social
    outlook similar to our own. Senior assembly representatives have expressed
    cautious optimism concerning the possibility of cooperation between the two
    governments.
    
    DLS Lady Elise was one of the first Dawn League warships outfitted to
    discover the fate of the original 12 diplomatic vessels. The vessel
    disappeared without a trace in 1200, and was long since thought to have
    been a victim of Vampire activity. Initial reports seem to confirm that
    theory.
    
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    Intelligence Directive RCES HQ Aubaine 3/III/1201 Attention All Crews
    
    RCES crews operating in Thoezennt Subsector are advised to be alert to any
    weapons or technologies which can be linked to the Mercantile Guild, and
    asociation of taders believed to be reponsible for distribution of
    weaponary to objective worlds throughout the Area of Operations. Human
    intelligence and concentration of low-tech weapons suggest thelocation of a
    local manufacturing center in Thoezennt of adjacent regions.
    
    Any intelligence relating to the specific location or locations should be
    forwarded immediately to RCES HQ on Aubaine.
    
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    RCES MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: NOTICE TO STARFARERS, DISTRIBUTION: MANDTY,
    AUTHORITY COMMANDER, RCES DAWN BASE (TRYBEC/0336/AUBAINE, B443610-A),
    12/IV/1202
    KEYWORDS: VIRUS, HAZARD TO TRAVEL, VAMPIRE
    
    RC space forces have issued a Notice to Starfarers for the entire Khulam
    Main, including all worlds connected by jump-1 routes from Montezuma
    (2836/Khulam/Diaspora) to Khesanadu (2731/Khulam/Diaspora) star systems.
    These systems appear to present an active Viral or vampire threat, and are
    to be avoided until more information becomes available. Recent reports
    indicate that at least two free traders have been lost in the Khulam Main
    to vampire activity in the last three months, and one RCES multi-mission
    scout was recently posted as past due and is now presumed to be lost.
    RC space forces will attempt to evaluate and neutralize these threats.
    Private exploration is not advised.
    Exercise extreme caution when entering or passing near these systems, and
    if possible, avoid passing through them at all. Even gas giant refueling is
    considered to be hazardous in these systems.
    
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    COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: REDFLASH, AUTHORITY CIN/NIKE
    NIMBUS RE NAVY ADVANCED HEADQUARTERS, NIKE NIMBUS (0732/AUBAINE,
    C447789-9), 18/IV/1202
    KEYWORDS: NIKE NIMBUS, RCS EOS, VAMPIRE FLEET, VIRUS
    
    After a protracted and costly battle in far planetary orbit, a large
    vampire ship was damaged and today withdrew from the Nike Nimbus system.
    The vampire vessel was believed to be a former Imperial destroyer of the
    Midu Agashaan class. Some surface bombardment of Nike Nimbus was carried
    out before the attack was broken off.
    Coalition casualties were heavy in the operation. A combined squadron of
    the RC Navy and Nimban Navy vessels engaged the vampire ship, and a number
    of vessels were badly damaged. RCS Eos is known to have been lost with all
    hands. Other ship losses, if any, are unknown at this time. RCS Eos, an
    Aurora-class clipper, is the first Coalition major naval combatant to be
    lost in combat.
    The death toll on the ground has already topped 30,000, and many others are
    still missing and feared dead, making this the worst disaster in the short
    history of the Coalition and Dawn League.
    Sources close to the regional naval staff report that the need to shift
    fleet assets coreward and trailing in response to the growing threat from
    the Soleean Empire has left the spinward frontier under-protected. The
    losses suffered here today can only mean that fleet assets will be
    stretched that much thinner.
    
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