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by Alvin Plummer
Born and raised as one of two clones (his brother, four days earlier from the artifical womb, is also named Flott. The difference is in the emphasis of the "Fl" with our Flott, rather than the "ott" with his brother.)
The brothers were raised by professional parents, in a 'pod' of 10 (that is 5 cloned twins). They chose to give their Corporate Service in Provider Terraforming's corporate army. Afterwards, they were fortunate enough to continue their affiliation with Provider itself - rather than one of it's lesser subsidaries or subcontractors - as managers.
They did well in the Company - the elder Flott was promoted and transferred to corporate headquarters at Regina, the younger obtained a good-paying position in Transport at Asculi Station. However, someone at Head Office decided to sell Asculi Station to the station employees in 1195. They selected Mr. Trazyen to be their leader/spokesman, as well as Spaceport Administrator.
Asculi station was originally a corporate SDB base to protect Mallowan: it still acts a subcontractor of Provider to guard Vinorian's sole gas giant with 2 SDB's. More and more, however, it's acting as an unoffical "smuggler's cove" of in-system Provider merchantman acting as part-time smugglers, working to circumvent Vinorian's high tarrif walls. About 6 of Provider's 8 spaceship's are involved, and all make the Vinorian-Asculi run regularly. Also, 2-3 jumpships come here also, some on legitamate business, some not.
Mr. Trazyen is looking for anyone who can drum up more out-system business for his 'little operation'. More importantly, he's desperate for information concerning Provider's response - he *knows* that they know what's going on, but they do nothing at all. (Perhaps it's because they _can't_ do anything (every Provider ship is involved in some way, after all)? It's too minor to act against? Or are they quietly negotiating (sp!) with a starmerc? If bribery is doing the work, who's bribing who? (His little 'bargain' with the SDB captains is common knowledge outside of Vinorian itself)
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