| Dateline 3207.399 - Sol
news is coming in of the arrest and removal from office of First Minister
Lee Zhang of the Earth Empire.
In a packed press conference Senator Hilmi Ozkok, Minister of External
Affairs made a statement -
"Lee Zhang, his wife and one of their domestic servants were
arrested at his home earlier today as part of an on-going in depth
joint Imperial Security / Imperial Audit Investigation. I cannot,
at this stage, discuss the details of this investigation, but the
charges against Lee are very serious indeed and relate to breaches
of Imperial Secrets legislation and espionage. Under the circumstances,
the First Citizen has, relutantly, removed him from office, and
in the interim I will be taking on the duties as caretaker First
Minister while a replacement is elected."
Press speculation on Earth is rife - with explanations ranging
from a hostile intelligence 'sting', through bribery and corruption
and an AI-controlled plot to alien-inspired conspiracy theories.
What is clear, however, is that Lee Zhang's new wife and their gardener
are involved, and that spme sort of major security leak has occured.
This comes at a time of considerable difficulty for Lee Zhang, his
political capital had fallen somewhat after the attack on Shi'ar
and the on-going Amoss crisis - and conservatives (including the
influential Neo-pope) have been gunning for him over his policy
of raprochment with the Venerian Republic. He was also being accused
of going soft on the Mars issue. Whilst his record on the economy
had been good - the loosening of imperial ties to the Homeworlds
was also a source of annoyance for traditionalists.
Whether this has been engineered by his opponents, or is genuninely
a matter of espionage will no doubt unfold as there will inevitably
be a long trial. The mere fact that the authorities on Earth have
imprisoned Lee without bail indicates that they may very well have
some pretty strong evidence against him.
Whatever the outcome, the conservative factions on Earth will be
taking this opportunity to retrench - there being every chance of
a new, less amenable, First Minister taking charge in the wake of
Speaking in the Senate the Former first Space Lord, Senator Danso
Tupac Ashanti today said:
"The allegations against Senator Lee Zhang are of the most
serious nature and if proved are totally unacceptable. If we cannot
trust those in the highest positions of power then we are doomed
to repeat the mistakes that the republic has made in the past.
Now is a time for strong leadership rather than inter-necine strife.
Earth is the home of humanity and we are the leaders of humanity.
We need to rally around and choose one of our number that will provide
strong purpose and direction for us all. There are numerous threats
out their to the very existence of Earth and it is up to us to ensure
that they are all effectively and promptly dealt with.
Lee Zhang's record in office is not all bad, although it remains
to be seen whether history shall remember him as a traitor of the
worst sort, or as a reformer of the economy who brought economic
prosperity. We need to maintain economic prosperity while ensuring
our own security and safety from all those who would do us harm."
Dateline 3208.018 Binni, Q0
The government of the Free Republic of Binni, an independent enclave
on the Martian colony of Binni, Q0, has condemned what it calls
'destabilisation' of the Republic by the neighbouring Martian planetary
administration. A number of rebel guerilla movements have sprung
up across the continent which is home to the FRB in the recent octants
and the FRB government has found itself losing control of remote
areas. The FRB claims that these groups are backed by the MAFC
with the aim of overthrowing the democratically elected FRB government,
formed from members of the previous Ancongo regime which was toppled
in an Earther military operation in 3203. The MAFC, however, points
to the crackdown by the FRB on opposition movements in the wake
of their election win three years ago as the more likely source
Dateline 3207.391 Ivanova Q3
Pro-government supporters of Ivanovan Prime Minister Rupert Tagupa
continue to arrive in the capital, New Kiev, for mass protests against
President Mendoza Lilianas decision to dissolve parliament
and call new elections. Nearly 5,000 additional pro-government supporters
traveled by bus and train from Eastern Province to boost pro-government
forces already massed outside parliament. Inside, pro-government
coalition deputies continue to meet, in direct defiance of President
Lilianas decree dissolving parliament and calling new elections
in early 3208. He took the step after accusing Tagupa of illegally
expanding his power. Prime Minister Tagupa told lawmakers, today,
all matters concerning preparations for early parliament elections
will be made only after Ivanovas Constitutional Court issues
a ruling on the validity of the presidents decree. But a senior
official with Lilianas government says territorial election
commissions in the planets 20-plus regions have already begun
preparations. President Liliana has instructed the Colonial Security
Council to provide funding for the elections.
There have been no reports of violence, so far, and opposition
protesters appear to be largely staying away from the streets. Polls
suggest, if an election were held today on Ivanova, President Lilianas
Our Ivanova Party would place a distant third behind Kandi Ignelzis
Unity Coalition Bloc and Prime Minister Tagupa's Regions Party.
|. Dateline 3207.378, Bettah Q5
Local militia forces led by offworld mercenaries have forcibly ended
a 300-day armed standoff at the compound of Christian fundamentalist
group the Whip of God. The group, denounced as "terrorists"
by the Bettah authorities, have been engaged in increasingly tense
confrontations with what they describe as a "Satanically-inspired"
government. The Bettah
government has tried to keep a close lid on news around the siege,
and has denied both that government troops took heavy casualties in
an initial attempt to storm the compound, and that members of the
militia took revenge after storming the compound by massacreing prisoners.
Dateline 3208.031 Jabneh
The Government of Jabneh has been accused by concerned citizens
of using legal reforms to protect itself from a compensation claim
that alleges it failed to allocate enough police to investigate
child sexual abuse in the mid-3190s.
The Opposition claimed the Government was hiding behind law reform
to deflect a claim brought by a former police chief inspector over
the drop in the number of police investigating child sexual abuse
to as low as 30. Former chief detective inspector Mac Jaeschke is
suing the colonial government for contributing to his stress-related
resignation by understaffing the police Child Protection Enforcement
Agency. His case was dealt a major blow when the Office of the Regulator
ruled that the colonial government was immune from damages claims
arising from the allocation of resources.
An opposition legal affairs spokesperson said it was now "simply
impossible to sue the Government for its own negligence". Inspector
Jaeschke claims child sex investigations were delayed or suspended
when the number of officers fell from 50 to less than 30 while he
had more than 40 strike forces under his command. By contrast, 180
officers are now devoted to the child protection and sex crimes
unit, with plans to expand to 220.
Two days after his ruling against Inspector Ball, judge David Ipp
told a conference he was obliged by law to do it, even though it
was unfair. Mr Ball's lawyers are considering whether to seek leave
to appeal to the Central Office of the Regulaor on Centaur. With
the credibility of tort reform at stake, the Law Council ofJabneh
said the time had come for an objective assessment of the restrictions
on compensation payments. The Civil Liability Act was introduced
by Jabneh's Landise government in 3202 to stem the rise of compensation
claims in court.
New Venus, Q0 3208.001
A vote in the Republican Representative Council (Rep2Con) has confirmed
the Republican Executive Committee (RExCom) decision to select former
Vice President Andrei Kudriavy as President of the Republic of New
Venus. In an unusual move which illustrates some of the behind the
scenes manoeuvering, Admiral Erica Von Daniken, at one time tipped
for the top spot herself, has resigned from the Defence Ministry
and transferred to the Foreign Ministry, and has been confirmed
by Rep2Con as the new Foreign Minister.
RExXom has also appointed her as the new Vice President, and the
new Defence Minister, Pyotr Romanenko, is a veteran of the Venerian
Revolt and a known supporter of Von Daniken. "RExComologists"
say that this is an indication of the extent to which conservatives
have been able to regain the initiative in the Committee following
the disappearance of the
modernising president Heinlein. Nevertheless, the succession of
his deputy, Kudriavy, shows that for now the Heinleinist modernisers
still have the upper hand.
Nikolai Stoliarova, firebrand RExCom representative for Quadrant
4 and rumoured to have been Kudriavy and Von Daniken's defeated
opponent, has controversially resigned his post on the Committee
and returned home.
Quad4RepCon will now vote for a new RExCom representative.
Dateline 3208.013, Lardec
Governor Evans of Earther colonies in Quadrant 3 has accused the
MAFC of supporting a rebel colony on Lardec against the Imperial
authorities. Evans has recently taken a robust line against the
Hopeful Arrival colony on Lardec, throwing the full weight of Earther
military resources behind the rival Regeneration Creek colonists,
supported by Earther megacorp Lifetree, in an ongoing confict on
However, during the two-year lull since the last bout of fighting,
Hopeful Arrival has built up a considerable arsenal of equipment
via the colony's sister planet of Norma, also settled by the two
Lardec colonies, where Martian forces intervened to end fighting
in 3204. The Martians are accused of being partial towards the Hopeful
Arrival colonists, both on
Norma and Lardec, of arming the Hopeful Arrivers, and of helping
to stir unrest on a strife-torn Earther world. MAFC Supreme Councillor
Lowell counters that Evans is merely attempting to justify the violent,
one-sided settlement of a disupte to which there are two sides,
and that Mars has had no involvement with or interest in actions
Dateline 3207.386 Lon Chaney Q1
An attack against the Right First Time Colony (RFTC) on Lon Chaney
by its neighbour the Democratic Colony of Lon Chaney (DCLC) has
been repelled with orbital and ground force assistance from an expeditionary
force sent by the Seven Worlds Alliance. Pacifier strikes from the
CVI 'Starbuck' - the flagship of the
Seven Worlds Fleet - disabled DCLC missile batteries and armoured
and motorised columns, while a Guard Company from Pratt landed under
fire to secure red mercury mines from an DCLC pincer movement in
a disputed mountain region. High Admiral Xen of the Alliance said
that the DCLC attack had been "unprovoked" and "opportunistic"
and that the Alliance
fleet - coincidentally in-system on an anti-piracy sweep, was merely
being a "good neighbour".
Dateline Asvina Q5 3207.392
The touring Wolfer Royal Ultracricket team was rocked by the sudden
death of chief coach Albertha Espenlaub. Asvinan police are treating
the death as suspicious, but despite the shock, the Wolf team had
to go on and play the Q5 home team in the planned test match. The
upset damaged the away team's confidence and as a result they only
just managed to win - the Asvinan Eleven conceding on the 9th day
of the match, with a final score of 345 for 7 casualties the Wolfer
Test team winning by 3 casualties. This is the closest match in
A spokesperson for the WUCC said "This really isn't cricket
y' know - everyone knows that despite the rough nature of the sport,
off the pitch we are all just jolly good chums. I do hope Espenlaub
wasn't done in." Fans of the Asvinan Eleven expressed their
sadness for the death by leaving items of cricket equipment and
memorabilia on the steps of the visiting team's hotel.
3207.358 Veta Q3
The Vetan Senate was rocked by controversy as opponants of a new
law on religions took to the streets in vocal demonstration outside
the Senate building. The local Vetan Righteous Democracy Party -
currently in the majority in the planetary government, forced through
legislation outlawing 'profane and insulting materials' - being
interpreted as meaning anything that was critical of the Christianist
beliefs of the RDP. RDP run local councils have already been accused
of refusing planning permission to non-christianist places of worship,
and the leader of the RDP, President Suzy Windmeyer has been reported
as saying that she thinks that all non-believers are fundamentally
evil. The President's office has forcefully refuted this, saying
that the President has been taken out of context and in any case
she was not speaking in her official capacity - and she was speaking
in private and off the record.
Dateline 3207.361Carsh Q7
Shock rocker Bluejack Solido trashed his hotel room and dressing
room during a tour stop on Carsh. Solido and his band members reportedly
set fire to a T-shirt and carpeting and smashed expensive lighting
equipment in their dressing room at the Carsh City Civic Center
before their Saturday night show. The fire was out by the time firefighters
reached the arena, but officials warned the band that their concert
would be canceled if they were called in again.
After the show, the group destroyed four rooms in the Carsh City
Sheraton, burning carpets and staining sinks with hair dye, said
Mohamed Federowicz, the hotel general manager. Federowicz said Solido
immediately took responsibility for the hotel damage and offered
to pay for all of it. Interdimensional Records, the band's label,
has not commented. Solido is currently in New Mald City, part of
his tour of the album "Mechanical Annihilation." The rocker
has caused controversy with his dark music and explicit lyrics about
berserkers, suicide and sex.
Dateline 3207.382 T21 Q1
Herd Operative grade 3, Chana Alires, was on a routine trip to check
on the Fort Ranch breeder herd, when he spotted something in the
long grass near the trail. On closer investigation it turned out
to be a damaged container of great age - thought to have been jettisoned
by a passing shuttle or ship. The container, which was badly scortched
and corroded probably dates backover a century to the formation
period of the colony, according to Professor Duane Connell of the
T21 College's Museum of Planetary History. "It is a remarkable
find because it adds a lot to our knowledge of earlier, failed,
colonies on this world". More remarkable still were the contents,
which were very largely intact - these consisted of a collection
of valuable jewels, religious icons and credit chips, valued at
over 1 million credits. Under local laws, finds of this sort can
be retained by the finder as legitimate salvage, provided the owner
is unable to be identified within 4 octants. Local rumours that
the canister might also have contained forerunner artifacts have
been strenuously denied by the local government and scientific community.
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Adherents of the Church of the Latter Day Mukuls are being blamed
for the huge explosion at the Rossum Universal Robot factory on
the outskirts of Gates City. The factory, which employed some 250
citizens, exploded during the early hours of the morning. Security
police report that three improvised explosive devices detonated
with a few minutes of each other, causing major structural damage
and causing the collapse of the main assembly building. 17 employees
perished in the explosion. A spokesperson for the tiny Mukulist
communicty on Microsoft said "This is nothing to do with us.
We blame the AI-Robotic Conspiracy which is trying to discret us
and your completely reasonable beliefs. We have always been persecuted
here on Microsoft, and this is being used as an excuse to persecute
us further". Sirian Security Police have made 87 arrests of
known Mukulist sympathisers, and expect further arrests to follow.
3208.025 Lotus Q0
The Port Authority Main Reactor in Brahma City on Lotus suffered
a catastrophic containment failure, causing widespread damage and
around 200 fatalities. The reactor, which provided supplies for
the cities spaceport has an unblemished safety record going back
over 50 years. Local security services have ruled out criminal or
terrorist actions - according to a spokesperson for the operating
company, Energen, "We are greatly distressed. Such accidents
are very very rare - and our condolences and sympathy go out to
the families that have suffered berevement as a result of this event".
Industry sources suggest that Energen will be compensating the victims'
families with 'a substantial but undisclosed sum'.
Dateline 3208.009 Barba
An unlawful and potentially riotous protest was brought under control
in Stabilotown on Barba by rapid deployment of the Wolfer Police's
elite anti-riot teams, according to a recent press relase by the
Barban Police Department. An approved political demonstration for
universal suffrage, organised by a pressure group known as 'The
Free Wolves', was licensed for 300 participants, but exceeded the
limit, thus coming under the illegal assembly regulations. According
to government sources on Barba, the police acted swiftly before
the additional numbers caused a breach of the peace. Independent
observers question the police account of events, saying the limit
on protesters was not exceeded and the police acted with undue enthusiasm.
35 arrests were made, mainly for public order offences. One police
officer was slightly injured.