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CIN/Aurora, 1/X/1202: reported by Franklin Cain

An official spokesman from the Public Affairs Office of the RC Navy issued a press statement today announcing the establishment of four deep-space refueling stations within the RC borders. This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as the existence of these four d/s stations has been one of the worst-kept secrets in the history of the RC. The four stations are located at 0833/Aubaine, 0938/Oriflamme, 1034/Oriflamme, and 1137/Oriflamme. These stations are being supported by two squadrons of Oasis-class tankers (modified relic Xboat tenders). Sahara squadron is based out of Baldur and services the stations at 0833 and 1034. Gobi squadron is based out of Shenandoah and services the stations at 0938 and 1137.

These stations are open to the general starfaring public (in fact, these stations were supposedly established "to promote interstellar commerce within the RC"), but be advised that the stations themselves and the surrounding "airspace" within a radius of 300,000 kilometers are under martial law due to the hazardous environment. Be sure to follow *all* established protocols for these situations.

Also included in this press release was an announcement that the RCN is accepting bids from civilian enterprises to assume responsibility for maintaining these stations.


CIN/Aubaine, 1/IV, 1202: reported by Franklin Cain

McKenzie Holdings, a salvage company registered out of Aubaine, has formally established a legal claim to Adrian (0432/Aubaine; new UWP is D426112-9). The new starport is class D, and was expanded from a former class G spaceport. The new starport has a few repair bays capable of handling small ships (200 tons or less). Refined fuel is available at the starport, as well as lodging and food. Currently, about 30 sentients permanently live at McKenzie Station.

McKenzie Holdings has provided RCES with a small facility for use as a scout base, at no cost to RCES. They have also formally petitioned for status as a client-state of the RC.

McKenzie Holdings makes most of its money at Adrian by salvaging the relic TL-14 equipment. They also make some money servicing the ships going between Fija and Eos and Nike Nimbus (as the shortest route from Fija to either of these worlds is by way of Adrian).


CIN/Phoebus, 4/VII/1202: reported by Franklin Cain

A cometary body has been found in deep-space at astrographical coordinate 0636/Aubaine, and a fueling station will be established there by Singh, Singh, and Co., a recently formed corporation registered here in Phoebus. The comet was discovered by James (Jimmy) Singh, a belter originally from Aurora.

The rights to this comet were supposedly leased to the RC Navy at Aurora just a few weeks ago for an undislosed sum of money, but apparently there was a loophole written into the contract by his sister, Lilith (Lily) Singh. The contract forbid Mr. Singh from reselling these rights "to any party not mentioned in this contract." As Ms. Singh was listed in the contract as her brother's agent, he was legally able to sell mining rights to her even after leasing these rights to the RCN.

The fueling station being built by Singh, Singh, and Co. will supposedly be open to the general starfaring public and will have refined fuel available for the standard price.

There has been no offical comment by the Public Affairs Office of the RCN on this matter. An anonymous source is quoted as saying "I'm angrier at the [bureaucrat] who signed the contract than I am at [Ms. Singh]. [Laywers] can't help they way they are. It's genetic or something, like being a microbe."


CIN/Aurora, 27/VII/1202: reported by Franklin Cain

An official spokesman from the Public Affairs Office of the RC Navy issued a press statement today announcing that unlicensed, unregulated mining by the general starfaring public will be permitted at the deep-soace cometary body located at astrographical coordinate 0636/Aubaine. Thus, the crew of a ship jumping to this coordinate in deep-space will be able to refuel their ship at no cost (other than time). This is obviously in response to the action initiated by Singh, Singh, and Co. reported by CIN/Phoebus on 4/VII/1202.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/RCSA DIRECTOR'S OFFICE AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 15/III/1201 KEYWORDS: BARD, RCSA, LIBRARY DATA, MILLER PHILIBUS Reported by Paul Walker .

RCSA is pleased to announce that Captain (Ret.) Miller Philibus has been selected to head the newest addition to the RCSA: BARD - Bureau of Aggregate Reference Data. Director Philibus is well known for his services performed in the RCN before his accident in the wilds that left him without the use of his legs.

In a press conference this morning, Director Philibus expressed his enthusiasm about the future of the BARD project. "After seventy years of sitting dirtside, we have once again been given the stars, but even the best minds forget things in seventy years. This is where BARD comes in!!" According to Director Philibus the BARD files will be a collecting place for information that will help Coalition citizens learn more about this universe that we live in. The data will include everything from abstracts on jump drive systems to tourism info on the member worlds.


RC MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS:TOP SECRET, DISTRIBUTION: SECGEN-DIRECTORS RCN/RCES, AUTHORITY DIRECTOR RCSA AUBAINE(0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 15/III/1201 KEYWORDS: BARD, RCSA, MILLER PHILIBUS, LIBRARY INFO, INTELLIGENCE Reported Paul Walker.

Dear Sirs,
With the appointment of Captain Philibus to head the BARD program, we expect to have it operational as mentioned in our earlier estimates. As you know, Captain Philibus has numerous contacts throughout the wilds and the so-called "free-trader network."

We estimate that You will have access to the beginning of the intel data stored at the BARD site within three weeks. Of course, each of you will be issued a password to allow access to the information. Extra security precautions have been taken to prevent this information falling into the hands of the general public.

Thank you, gentlemen, for your continued cooperation with this project. All of the final reports will come directly from Captain Philibus.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: ENT/GEN, AUTHORITY CIN/FIJA YANKERMON SPORTSPLEX, YANKERMON, FIJA (0434/AUBAINE, D553754-A), 01/IX/1201
KEYWORDS: DULINOR THE BLACK, MUSICAL TRENDS, RAVE reported by Derek Stanley

Dulinor the Black, accompanied by his entourage, ascended the stage of the Yankermon Sportsplex to the cheers of a massed audience of over fifteen thousand screaming supporters. Sporting his customary tousled hairstyle, and clad in his ceremonial toga, Strephon's assassin haild the crowd as strains of "The Clarion," the Ilelish Federation anthem, thundered throughout the darkened arena. As he coolly surveyed the massed thousands below, the would-be Emperor has but one question to pose to his loyal followers arrayed below: "YANKERMON, ARE YOU READY TO RAVE?!"

No, it's not a nightmare returned from a dark and discredited era, it's Fija's newest pop sensation: Dulinor the Black and the Stormtroopers of Ilelish. Known mainly for it's frontman, Dulinor the Black (the former Ned Whiskus, who bears and uncanny resemblance to the former Imperial leader), the band claims preeminence as the leader of a new Fijan musical movement known as "Rave."

Rave, which centers on the unusual, the iconoclastic, and the outrageous, appears to have taken over Fijan youth culture almost overnight. "It's as if something was just waiting about in and embryonic stage," declared Dr. D.D. Demented, a prominent music critic and commentator of the Fijan cultural scene, "Poof! Just add water, and there it was."

If the ultimate aim of Rave is to shock, then last night's performance certainly acheived it. The set, which lasted approximately 90 minutes alternated between blasts of cacophonic music punctuated by chants from Dulinor of "Crash Lucan!" and "I did it for the Good of all Humanity!," and an elaborate tableau acted out by Dulinor and his bandmates. Giant screens placed strategically about the auditorium broadcast cleverly edited speeches by the real Dulinor, which often drowned out the ranting coming from the stage. Sound limits sampled from inside the building exceeded safety limits for human hearing at least twice, prompting Enos Weatherby, leader of the Parents' League for Fijan Decency to denounce the event as a, "dastardly sonic attack on our vulnerable youth!"
One concert-goer, interviewed after the event, summed up the music in this way; "It's a bit bland, but its got a good beat, and you can dance to it."


RCES MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS STRATEGIC BULLETIN, DISTRIBUTION: MANDTY, AUTHORITY CDORE S. LATHROP RCES HQ, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 10/IX/1201
KEYWORDS: CORSAIRS, FREE TRADER NETWORK, GUILD, HOSTILES, STARFARING ORGANIZATIONS reported by Derek Stanley

STRATEGIC BULLETIN TO ALL RCES PERSONNEL
Be advised that RC Space Forces have encountered elements of a potentially hostile starfaring organization referring to itself as the "Mercantile Guild." Current disposition, doctrine, and bases remain unknown, but "the Guild" appears to function as a loose confederation of ship captians and crews engaged in various commercial and piratical activities within a number of subsectors including the Primary Area of Operations.

Guild activity encompasses a wider range of both piratical and legitimate commercial activities including, but not limited to: interstellar trade, mercenary activity, relic salvage, slaving and outright piracy. In many instances, the activities constitute a direct threat to RC interests and long term goals. Guild involvement has been detected on several worlds within the Primary AO, almost always in opposition to RC activities; for example, in the instances of suspiciously high-tech anti-armor weapons, such as the infamous "Crunch Guns," found in the hands of various TEDs. Additional, more disturbing, evidence of Guild machinations has been uncovered, particularly in the strategic-diplomatic arena. Most notoriously, the Guild has been linked to the recent outbreak of Folgorex disease on Ra.

In the event of an encounter with Guild operations or individual Guildsmen, be aware that the bulk of Guild activity falls within the realm of legitimate commerce. In many instances, Guild presence has been countenanced by local planetary authorities. RCES personnel are authorized to act with discretion in the event of uncovering any wrongdoing by Guild members, but are not authorized to interfere with lawful trade unless specifically ordered to do so. As a matter of policy, all RCES personnel are requested to remit all details of Guild encounters to RC Intelligence for analysis upon return to Coalition Space.

Further information on Guild activities, doctrine, and tactics will be supplied to RCES personnel as it becomes available. For a cursory catalogue and description of typical Guild equipment and weaponry, refer to Reformation Coalition Manual 3: The Reformation Coalition Equipment Guide.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/ORIFLAMME DOBROYNE, ORIFLAMME (1235/ORIFLAMME, B846857-9), 16/IX/1201
KEYWORDS: DISMISSAL, ORIFLAMMEN MARINES, ORIFLAMMEN POLITICS, RESISTANCE, RAFAEL COHEN, TECHNARCHS reported by Derek Stanley

Following a highly unusual and unorthodox personal meeting between himself and Oriflamme's ruling Council of Technarch, Lt. General Rafael "Blackheart" Cohen emerge to announce his immediate dismissal as Commandant of Oriflamme's celebrated Corps of Marines. The announcement, which took local officials completely by surprise, comes hard on the heels of growing criticism of Lt. Gen. Cohen's tenure by elements of Oriflamme's centrist Right at home and in the Assembly.
Cohen, who appeared angry, but enormously controlled, at the time of the announcement, denied that his dismissal had anything to do with RC politics, and characterized the matter as "essentially, a question about justice." Sources close to Lt. Gen. Cohen report that he had been enraged by the harsh sentences given out to several dozen ex-Oriflammen Marines as purported "subversives," and came today to personally petition the Council of Technarchs for their release.

Cohen has had a long and distinguished career in Oriflamme's service, and has held several important staff and field postings. His chief claim to fame was as a field commander during the initial Oriflammen landing on Spencer, and his innovative approach to operatons there undoubtedly saved countless Marine and civilian lives. It is widely thought by independent military observers that Cohen stands among the front rank of Coalition military commanders, along with Commodore Sean "Hammer" Lathrop and Commander Pat "Who Me?" Ritter, although he has never entered official RC service.

Further interviews with Lt. Gen. Cohen were unobtainable, as it was announced after his press conference that he would be leaving the capital to vacation with his family at an undisclosed location somewhere on Oriflamme. Asked by a reporter as to whether this meant Cohen had been placed under arrest or detention, a ranking member of the Oriflammen Interior Ministry appeared startled, and hurriedly replied, "Oh, God, of course not. The General is quite free to go wherever he wishes. You just can't imagine how surprising this is to us."


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY VDAM EVGRAF RICE RC NAVY HEADQUARTERS, AURORA (0535/AUBAINE, B576646-B), 05/X/1201
KEYWORDS: BRILLIANT LANCES, KRUYTER, RCN reported by Derek Stanley.

Navel spokesmen today made the long-awaited announcement regarding the location of the site of the proposed Reformation Coalition Navel Warfare Training Center. According to Cmdr. Jay Hays, currently head of Project "Brilliant Lances," the installation will be located in the outer reaches of the Kruyter system and will be operational sometime in the beginning of 1203.

"Brilliant Lances" will consist of an enormous maneuver and testing range seeded with thousands of small sensor drones interlinked to the installation's main computer, and will enable RC Space Forces to hold enormous wargames and other operational simulations. The station has been termed "a first-class navel warfare school which will train following generations of RCN and RCES crews in the vital combat skills necessary in winning back the Wilds." In addition to training RC Space Forces, the installation will also be available to the navies of the various member worlds, as well as visiting Hive Federation and RC merchant ships.

The announcement represents somewhat of a major coup for the RCN leadership, as funding of the project has been held up in the Assembly pending passage of the so-called "Ship Bill." However, an impassioned speech by senior Nimban delegate Ged Eflin favoring the funding of the project tipped the Assembly to action, and the money was narrowly voted through.

In a related development, the price of Kruytercorp stock on the Auroran Exchange soared following the announcement. The company, which had been struggling to maintain its mining activities within the Kruyter system, is set to benefit from the inflow of capital in-system, and is well positioned to take advantage of the lucrative military contracts soon to ensue.


COALINFONET. CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/SHENANDOAH BRANDENHAUS, SHENANDOAH (1139/ORIFLAMME, C585423-6), 30/XI/1201
KEYWORDS: COLONIZATION, EUGENE ENGILI, GARVEY SOCIETY, IMPERIAL REMNANTS reported by Derek Stanley.

Citing "grossly incompatible cultural and political differences" between its membership and Reformation Coalition society, Garvey Society president Eugene Engili this afternoon announced that the organization would begin raising funds to set up a colony beyond Coalition Space.
The settlement, which would consist solely of remnant Imperials and their families, would be established somewhere "safely to rimward and beyond the boundaries of the so-called Primary Area of Operations fo the foreseeable future." In addition to providing what Engili termed as a "safe haven" for former Imperial and Solomani citizens, the colony would be outfitted as a model settlement equipped to TL-14 or TL-15, and provide "an alternative space for regeration of the Imperial ideal in an atmosphere free from private contempt and public persecution."

The Garvey Society, formed on Aubaine in 1197, consists mostly of former Imperials dissatisfied with Reformation Coalition society and their place within it. Estimates of hardcore membership fall between 200-300 persons. For all the Garvey Society's vociferousness, it remained weak and impoverished until 1199, when the late Augustus Paedersen, a reclusive and eccentric Aubani industrialist, left the group a sizable behest in his will. In late 1199, the headquarters of the society moved to Shenandoah, where a community was established in a remote region of the planet's North Continent to serve as what Society literature terms as a "refuge."

The Society was named in commemoration of Manwel Garvey, a remnant who resided on Trybec; Garvey, a noted poet and literary critic from pre-Collapse times, was stabbed to death outside his residence in 1196 by a gang of intoxicated youths in what police characterized as "a hate-related attack based solely on Garvey's status as a former Imperial."

Local members of the Reformation Coalitions Remnants' Association, the largest mainstream remnant organization, have denounced the initiativas "irresposible, regrettable, and unwise," and accused Engili and his group of promoting "an atmosphere of apartheid." Informed shortly thereafter of this statement, Engili snapped, "Apartheid we have already. We Imperials remain second-class citizens in every respect. However, given a choice between apartheid and exile, we'll take exile."


COALINFONET, CLASS NOTICE TO STARFARERS, DISTRIBUTION: MANDTY, AUTHORITY RCSA PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE RCSA COMPOUND, VRASSTADT, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 30/I/1202
KEYWORDS: INTERSTELLAR TRADE, LANCER, STARPORT reported by Derek Stanley.

NOTICE TO STARFARERS
RCSA is pleased to announce that final negotiations between the Reformation Coalition and the Government of Lancer have resulted in the opening up of that planet's starport for Coalition use.

The starport, Port Moncton, is an E-class facility located on the island of Tuamora. An RCES office will be located at Port Moncton to provide RCES vessels with fueling, berthing and local liaison services.


COALINFONET, CLASS NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/BALDUR, RCES BASE BALDUR (1032/ORIFLAMME, CAAA756-9), 04/II/1202
KEYWORDS: CLALLUM, DLS DAWN, RCES, RESCUE MISSION reported by Derek Stanley.

Amid and atmosphere of wild celebration, RCES spokesmen this morning announced the rescue of survivors from the missing Dawn League ship DLS Dawn from their imprisonment in the labor camps of the rulers of the planet Clallum (1427/Shenk/Old Expances, D78A889-8).

RCES learned of Dawn's fate two months ago though liason with anti-government rebels on Clallum and lanuched a lightening assault on the jungle compound where the surviving crew were being held. In addition to freeing the Dawn League prisoners, the raid also liberated several hundered imprisoned Clallumite dissidents, several of whom have returned wit hthe strike force to open up talks with Coalition leaders in the hope of aiding their movement.

The navel strike force consisted of RCS Mary Ellen Carter and RMS Harbinger; the ground assault was carried out by a combined RCES-RCMC team. Coalition losses during the operation have been classified as "mercifully light," although it is believed that seven members of the Dawn's crew died either of mistreatment of disease during their captivity on Clallum.

Asked during the press conference to give her take on the operation as a whole, strike force commander, Captain Senta "Boom Boom" Romero, replied: "We came, we saw, we kicked ass."

Dawn, on of the missing Twelve Traders, was declared overdue on 25/XI/1199.


RCES MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: TECHNICAL BULLETIN, DISTRIBUTION: MANDTY, AUTHORITY RCES OFFICE OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION, RCES HQ, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 02/IV/1202
KEYWORDS: BODYSLEEVE, PULL-TABS, MODIFICATIONS reported by Derek Stanley.

TECHNICAL BULLETIN TO ALL RCES PERSONNEL
All RCES personnel are hereby notified to exercise extreme caution regarding their use of the integral pull-tabs of their standard-issue bodysleeves. Improper use of pull-tabs can result in severe injury or death, and has been a factor in the needless deaths of of al least two individuals in the field.

All ship and sub-unit commanders are requested to revise and enforce pull-tab SOP's immediately, as all injuries resulting from pull-tab misuse have been traced to improper pull-tab procedure. Individual personnel in the field must be made aware that it is their responsibility to inform comrades of their pull-tab status.

As ships and sub-units return from the field, their bodysleeves will be retro-fitted with phosphorescent color-coded pull-tab indicators to avoid this problem. In the meantime, all personnel are instructed to be aware of this issue, and to pass on this information to all bodysleeve users.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION, ENT/GEN, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE, BRUSMAN, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 21/IV/1202 KEYWORDS: DULINOR THE BLACK, ITHKLUR MARINES, RAVE, RIOT reported by Derek Stanley.

Dulinor the Black and the Stormtroopers of Ilelish have canceled their "Genocide" Tour following a close encounter with a trio of off-duty Ithklur Marines at their debut concert last night in the Brusman's Lampton Civic Arena. Currently, both "Dulinor," and his bassist, "Margaret Lucan," are hiding somewhere in Brusman following the ruckus which resulted in severe damage to the auditorium, and necessitatied the deployment of the Brusman Port Authority Police SWAT team. Contact with the press was made by their manager, Barney Lkath, who refused to meet physically with reporters, and instead held the press conference via hololink from an undesclosed location.

The disturbance began approximately halfway through the band's opening number, "Annihilation," when three enraged Ithklur leapt onto the stage and attempted to seize Dulinor. A free-for-all melee ensued between the Ithklur and the rest of the band, which effectively ended the performance and sparked off a riot as dozens of angry fans began trashing the arena. Dulinor and Margaret Lucan, who managed to slip off the stage in the confusion soon found themselves hunted through the dark warren of service tunnels beneath the stage by two of the Ithklur, while the third grabbed a fire axe and began to methodically destroy the band's equipment.

The Ithklur pursuit of the controversial entertainers only ceased after a liason with members of the Brusman SWAT team, assured them that Dulinor would be apprehended and prosecuted posthaste. Interviewed shortly thereafter by reporters, the Ithklur explained that they had won tickets to the concert through a local radio promotion, and had been unaware as to the nature of the act before arriving at the arena. They also appeared puzzled as to why Coatlition society would tolerate an individual whom they termed as "a vile war criminal" making a living as a popular entertainer and media icon.

At present, Hive Federation officials have been unavailable for comment.


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