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COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE RC ASSEMBLY HALL, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 02/V/1202 KEYWORDS: DESTROYERS, FRIGATES, NAVAL NOMENCLATURE, RCN
reported by Eric Bould

Following a brief debate this morning, the RC Assembly overwhelmingly voted to redesignate the RCN's currently building Lancer and Fusilier-class warships as "frigates." The reason for the change was largely a desire on part of the majority of Assembly delegates to make a clean break with Last Imperium traditions, and has been highlighted over the last few weeks in the atmosphere of probably hostilities between the RC and the still-mysterious Empire of Solee. Opposition to the change in nomenclature was restricted to a few scattered delegates, most of whom were former serving navy personnel who felt such a change to be, in the words of Aubani senior delegate Calvan Broadus, "silly, inconsequential, and unconstructive in the face of present realities." The new frigates will be sleek TL-12 warships in the 4000 displacement-ton range, and will be armed with a powerful suite of offensive and defensive systems; as the Coalition's first purpose-built fighting craft, they will constitute a completely new design, although some observers have noted that their overall visual configuration bears certain similarities to Imperial era battle riders of the Gallant-class. The first two vessels of their classes, Fusilier and Lancer, are expected to be released to the RCN for shakedown sometime later this month.


RCES MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: PUBINFO, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY CDORE S. LATHROP RCES HEADQUARTERS, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 15/V/1202 KEYWORDS: RCES, MISSING SHIP, VIRUS, VAMPIRE FLEET
reported by Eric Bould

The Commodore, Reformation Coalition Exploratory Service, regrets to annouce that Reformation Coalition Ship Thomas Paine (TailNo 10054) is missing and presumed lost in routine operations within Aubaine subsector. Thomas Paine is a Scout Courier of the Carson-Class, displacing 100tons, and carrying a crew of five. She was refitted at Aubaine, and was engaged in recovery operations along the spinward frontier at the time of her loss. RCES has been unable to confirm the reason for this ship's disappearance, although some observers within the Service speculate taht the vessel may have run afoul of Vampire encroachment off the Khulam Main. Search and rescue operations aimed at recovering the vessel's crew are currently underway.


COALINFONET, CLASS:NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN AUBAINE NEW ANTIPODE, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 19/V/1202
KEYWORDS: ANSLEM ADAIR, COURT-MARTIAL, ESCAPE, RCES, TRIGGER INCIDENT
reported by Eric Bould

RC Space Forces and the Aubani Navy have been put on alert following this morning's dramatic escape from Aubaine's Anchordrift Detention Barracks. Guards escorting former RCES Captain Anselm "Viper" Adair were overpowered and stunned by masked and heavily-armed assailants during a routine prisoner transfer between buildings of the mammoth prison facility. Moments later, the prison parimeter was penetrated by an armed G-Carrier that landed to spirit the escaping party away. Attempts at pursuit by local law enforcement were frustrated when New Antipode Police G-Cars came under anti-aircraft missile fire from unknown positions in the neighborhood around the prison. Although no casualties have been reported, two police G-Cars were heavilly damaged, and damages to the prison and surrounding neighborhood have been estimated at Cr300,000.

Adair is the former captian of the RCS Trigger, and was sentenced to fifteen years of imprisonment for his role in the so-called "Trigger Incident" following his court-martial in Aries. Adair, who remained unrepentant throughout his trial, claimed at his sentencing to have been made into a "scapegoat" by "weak-kneed and weak-willed federalist Boy Scouts," and vowed revenge on the court as "an instrument of cowardice."

The military precision and abundant weaponry displayed by Adair's rescuers has law enforcement officials targeting their investigation on certain independent relic salvagers and mercenaries resident on Aubaine. As Trigger's captain, Adair had extensive contacts among the Free Lancer community, many members of which regarded his conviction as a travesty of justice. It is thought that Adair may attempt to unobtrusively slip off-planet aboard one of the many loosely-regulated tramp starships attending Auction. In the meantime, descriptions of Adair have been circulated to all relevant law enforcement and military authorities, as well as all RC member worlds.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/HELIOS MONT ST. LUC, HELIOS, (1234/ORIFLAMME, E648243-4)25/V/1202
KEYWORDS: ADMISSION BILL, ORIFLAMME, RC ASSEMBLY, TELDORA
reported by Eric Bould

In a move bound to irritate Oriflammen sensibilities, and generate further controversy, the local officials of the Government of Helios today held a joint press conference with members of a delegation from the planet Teldora in which it was announced that Helios would openly sponsor that planet's bid for full Coalition membership. Rumors of such a move have been floating about RC political circles for several months, but today's announcement seems to have taken both centerists and federalists alike completely by surprise.

The process of admission for new Coalition member worlds has become mired in controversy over the last six months. Attempts by leading delegates from both federalist and centerist camps to introduce an "Admission Bill" have bogged down in violently partisan arguments over the criterion for membership. Federalists have argued for a poliicy of "quick and easy" admission, while centerists have proposed a more complicated scheme based on economic and societal compatability; furthermore, Oriflamme has proposed allowing certian "moderate" Technically Elevated Dictatorships as new members, provided such regimes make efforts to reform their governments along feudal technocratic lines under RC supervision. This prospect is extremely distasteful to most federalists, and had drawn critism fomr certian members of the centerist camp, notably Baldur and Fija.

At the heart of any argument over admission standards lies the issue of current federalist-centerist balance-of-power. Politicians from both camps fear that adoption of proposals generated from the other side will lead to a decisive shift in the current power arrangement, leading to dominance of one side or another, perhaps with fatal results for the Coalition's fragile unity. Opposition to this "Machiavellian" view of Coalition politics had come loudest from RC Secretary General Lon Maggart, and senior Nimban delegate Ged Eflin, both of whom have made repeated and strenuous calls for a "higher unity" in the face of greater threats to the Coalition as a whole.

It is thought by independent observers of RC politics that Helios' advocacy of Teldora will function as a "throwing of the gauntlet" into the face of the majority of delegates who have preferred to postpone engaging the issue. Speculations that Oriflamme would offer a quid pro quo of Coalition membership for Teldora in exchange for the admission of Nex must now be put on hold; it was thought that such a deal would be worked out between Aubaine and Oriflamme as leading champions of their respective blocs, particularly after Teldoran and Nexian officials were observed attending a meeting on Lucifer with high-ranking Aubani and Oriflammen politicians last Capricorn. Privately, local Aubani and Oriflammen representatives on this least-populated world of the Coalition have been reported as "seething."

Teldora and Nex are both independent worlds situated on the back face of Oriflammen subsector. Nex (1431/Oriflamme, X55476A-6) is a moderately advanced agricultural planet located 4 parsecs from the Coalition border. The planet is currently ruled by a TED, albeit not a very harsh and repressive one, Military Governor Haim Laszczansk. Laszczansk has made friendly overtures to the Coalition, and has proposed intergration into the RC, provided he is given suitable technical and educational assistance to uplift his highly xenophobic and technophobic population.

Teldora (1437/Oriflamme, D5548AC-9, managed to survive the collapse unusually well, mainly thanks to its strong native culture and indepented spirit. Its Civil Service Bureaucracy cooperated with early Hiver recontact efforts within the Old Expances during the early 1190's, but refused to join the Dawn League or Reformation Coalition out of fear of losing it's planet's independence. After Oriflamme's invasion of Spencer, Teldora provided arms and training to Spencerian insurgents in an attempt to curb what it saw as Oriflammen "Imperialism;" this has caused a great deal of mistrust and tension to grow up between Teldora and the rest of the RC, a situation which the Government of Teldora is anxious to bring to an end.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CAPTIAN WERNER LANE IN ORBIT, TEQUILA (1328/SHENK, X371675-7), 07/VI/1202
KEYWORDS: RCN, SOLEE, SHENK, TEQUILA, TASK GROUP 17
reported by Eric Bould.

RCN forces, under the command of Captain Werner Lane, and designated as Task Group 17, have advanced to this remote desert world of the Shenk Rimward Main in preperation for as yet undisclosed operation against the Soleean Empire.

The Coalition thust into the Main comes at a time when numerous reports, mostly second-hand accounts from the Free Trader Network, have come pouring into RC Intelligence organizations regarding Soleean activity to Coreward of this region. Most suggest that the Soleeans are engaged in a large-scale intelligence blitz attempting to locate the Coalition homeworlds. Although this has raised some alarm among the naval planning staff, unofficial sources within RC Intelligence have termed these activities as "amateurish and heavy-handed," and contemptuously describe the Soleean technique as the "Have you seen Baggins?" method.

Tequila has been chosen for a staging area due to its centeral location and status as a strong, if somewhat unusual, Coalition ally within the Main. Negotiations between the task force commander and planetary oficials regarding Coalition presence within the system are currently underway, but are expected to be resolved within the next few days.

Tequila is ruled by the Archangel Hoshophet, a remnant Imperial who emerged from cryogenic suspension to find himself acclaimed as a demi-god by the planetary inhabitants. Forced by circumstances to play out the role of Messiah, and unwilling to allow the planet to revert to the chaos and anarchy that prceded his "miraculous resurrection," the Archangel decided to quietly steer his people towards a more progressive social order. Although expected to live and rule from an ostentatious Archangel's Palace, Hoshophet wielded his authority to promote educational, industrial, and social reform as integral to his "new order." Finally unmasked as a fake by an RCES undercover team last year, Hoshophet decided to go into exile in the Coalition, but found his people unwilling to part with him. He currently retains both his postion and his title, although local religious scriptures ahve been reinterpreted somewhat to account for his mortality.


RCES MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: NOTICE TO STARFARERS, DISTRIBUTION: MANDTY, AUTHORITY CMDR EMMA PEEL RCES BASE BALDUR (1032/ORIFLAMME, CAA756-9), 10/VI/1202
KEYWORDS: SHENK, SOLEEN EMPIRE, STARFARING ORGANIZATIONS
reported by Eric Bould

NOTICE TO STARFARERS

RC Space Forces have issued a Notice To Starfarers for the entire Shenk Rimward Main.

Until further notice, all systems comprising the Shenk Rimward Main are to be considered as a potential war zone due to pending hostilities between the Reformation Coalition and the Empire of Solee.

Starships travelling in this region of space are urged to operate at the highest level of readiness during their transit of the Main. Private exploration of this region is not advised.

Further information regarding these matters will be released as necessary by the Admiralty and relevant RC planetary authorities.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/SHENANDOAH KARLSHAFEN DOWNPORT, SHENANDOAH (1139/ORIFLAMME, C585423-6), 20/VI/1202
KEYWORDS: COLONIZATION, EUGENE ENGILI, EXILE, GARVEY SOCIETY, SS MINNOW,
reported by Eric Bould

Following a somber farewell ceremony consisting mostly of members of the press and a few visibly uncomfortable planetary officials, nearly three hundred Garvey Society colonists boarded the freelance transport SS Minnow for the first stage of their journey to an as yet undisclosed colony location somewhere beyond Coalition Space. The ceremony which was held in a starport hanger amid downpouring rain, lasted a bare ten minutes, and consisted mainly of a long diatribe against Reformation Coalition society punctuate by a few cryptic announcements regarding the movement's plans.

As far as could be determined from the gist of spokesman Eugene Engili's remarks, the colony is to be located somewhere Rimward of Coalition Space, probably in the Alpha Leonis sector. A suitable terrestrial world possibly populated by non-human sentients, referred to Enligi as "worth, but undeveloped natives," had been located, and a prospective colony site surveyed and cleared for arrival. In related remarks, Engili announced that he had been nominated as First Adminisrator and colony leader.

Outside observers of the Garvey Society have been unable to explain the unexpected resources of this marginal fringe group, and their apparent success in organizing such a lavishly equipped mission in such a short time. Examination by reporters of the ship's hold revealed a wealth of expensive high-tech survival equipment and relic Imperial automated fabrication units. Interviews with departing colonists indicated an enormous pride and satisfaction among the group in having procured these relic devices through their own efforts; inquiries as to how the colonial survey and transport were funded tended to receive more ambiguous answers.

"Perhaps it's just someone willing to spend good money to get rid of a few nuts," sighed Shenandoah Rural Police Commissioner Angela Ling, as the glow of Minnow's engine exhaust faded into the Shenandoahan night.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/LUCIFER ARMINIAS, LUCIFER (1039/ORIFLAMME, D474784-B), 04/VIII/1202
KEYWORDS: BODYSLEEVES, FASHION, SERGE, UNIFORM CHANGES
reported by Eric Bould

Condemning RC service dress as "pedestrian, depressing and hopelessly butch," noted Luhtalan fashion designer Serge today announced that he would be submitting a series of new uniform changes to the Reformation Coalition Assembly for ratification sometime shortly before the end of the year.

"We may be attempting to win back the universe on a shoestring," noted the controversial designer, "but we don't have to loose our good taste."

Proposed uniform changes include a shift away from the standard black, blue, or green color schemes to soft pastels and what Serge called "a deliciously decadent paisley pattern." Additional proposals include the creation of tartan fatigues for the Reformation Coalition Marine Corps, new headgear, and what Serge termed as "accessories, accessories, accessories!"

The only current item of RC issue gear not on Serge's chopping block consisted of the RCES black bodysleeve, which Serge referred to as "a camp masterpiece," and a "provocatively, subersively, erotic." The designer added, however, "that it might perhap look a bit better with a cowl."


RCMC MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: PUBINFO, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY MGEN WARREN T. HALE, DEVIL'S THRONE, ORIFLAMME (1235/ORIFLAMME, B846857-9), 08/VIII/1202
KEYWORDS: HOSTILITIES, RCMC, SPEARHEAD BRIDAGE, SOLEE
reported by Eric Bould

ANNOUNCEMENT

As per instructions issued to the Cheif of Operations, Oriflammen Subsector, by the Commander-in-Chief on 01/VIII/1202, it his herby announced that the Spearhead Brigade, RCMC, will be deploying off-planet immediately in support of RC Space Forces currently engaged in operations within the Shenk Remward Main.

Godspeed to you all.

Further information regarding this matter will be issued to relevant personnel and the media as necessary.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/ORIFLAMME DEVIL'S THRONE, ORIFLAMME (1235/ORIFLAMME, B846857-9), 08/VIII/1202
KEYWORDS: DEPLOYMENT, HOSTILITIES, RCMC, SPEARHEAD BRIGADE, SOLEE
reported by Eric Bould

Following today's sudden announcement of their deployment, members of the Spearhead Brigade began moving from their base at Devil's Throne to an undisclosed location somewhere on Oriflamme, presumably to board starships enroute to the Shenk Rimward Main. The speed and organization of the brigade's departure suggests the previous existence of a well thought-out plan of deployment and many be connected to a series of mysterious drills conducted by the brigade over the past two months.

Unconfirmed reports by planetary officials suggest that a large number of starships are already in orbit and are standing by as a part of the operation. These unofficial sources were unable to confirm whether these starships consist of transports, or are part of a larger combined civilian-military fleet, but stated that "all vessels should be in jump within a few days."


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION UNLTD, AUTHORITY COL. DIANE CHERRYH, AZURA DOWNPORT, MARAX (0726/THOEZENNT, D57356D-6), 12/VIII/1202
KEYWORDS: BOOTSTRAP, DLS HORUS, MARAX, RCES, SOLEE
reported by Eric Bould

Nearly six months after the successful DLS Horus rescue mission, RCES has begun a series of large scale bootstrap operations on this world at the edge of the AO. These operations are aimed at both improving the living conditions of the local populace and providing a safe port for forward RC operations in both the Thoezennt and Shenk subsectors.

Given the growing hostilities between the Coalition and Solee, Marax is seen as being ideally situated to provide a Coreward point of entry to the Shenk Subsector. Work is currently underway to upgrade Marax's starport from its current D rating to the more capable C rating Coalition Warships may require for in-field repairs during the up coming Soleean Conflict.

With the death of Marax's ruler, Ushugaam II, and the destruction of most of the planets political and military leadership during the rescue mission, members of local resistance organizations together with a number of covert RC operatives quickly seized control of key installations and set up a provisional government to deal with the crisis situation. This newly formed government expressed an immediate desire to enter into negotiations with the RC for technical assistance and eventual admission into the Coalition. Though it took more than three months for a Coalition Contact Team to arrive on Marax they were sufficiently impressed with the level of social reforms instituted by the new government to endorse Marax's application for technical assistance in exchange for Coalition control of Azura Downport for the duration of Soleean hostilities.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CMDR P. RITTER IN ORBIT, EGG (2631/KHULAM, X000000-0), 16/VIII/1202
KEYWORDS: MERCANTILE GUILD, RCS THUNDERCHILD, RAID, SECRET BASE
reported by Eric Bould

Coalition forces are preparing to depart Egg following their successful raid on the secret Guild base located in the remote fringes of the system's asteroid belt. The operation, code-named Operation Tart, was initiated several weeks ago following the receipt of intelligence by RC Space Forces describing the Guild base and providing detailed information on its location and defensive systems. The hastily formed Task Force Tart, was dispatched from Trybec under the command of Commander Pat "Who Me?" Ritter, and consisted of RCS Thunderchild, RCS Ridgerunner, and RCS Tetley.

"It was Dog-pile on the Guild Day," commented Commander Ritter, the task force CO.

Coalition forces used the system's dense asteroid field as cover to close into visual distance of the modified Imperial-era space station used by the Guild as a repair and fueling depot. A close assault by RC Marines on the station itself was timed with a simultaneous strike by the task force's lasers that downed the station's life support system, and sent panicked Guildsmen scrambling into vac suits as Coalition assault troops blasted their way into the station's interior. A Guild patrol cruiser that attempted to detach itself from the station and leave the area was summarily blasted by the task force, leaving it little more than a smoldering hulk adrift in space.

Coalition spokesmen have been extremely cagey regarding exactly what was recovered from the station, but unofficial interviews with Coalition Marines involved in the assault indicate that a large number of prisoners were taken and that the station's command center was captured intact. In addition, an unusually high number of Hiver and Schalli computer specialists assigned to the mission suggests that the Admiralty expects a large intelligence payoff from the mission. Privately, intelligence officers attached to the task force are ecstatic, and one characterized the raid as "the beginning of the end for the Guild as we know it."

The destruction of the Guild station at Egg is believed to be a serious blow to Mercantile Guild operations within Khulam subsecter and further Trailward. Deprived of a safe haven to rest and refit, it is thought that the Guild will have to scale back its current activities within the region, perhaps pulling back to as-yet unknown facilities to Spinward. Although currently enmeshed in a potentially explosive situation vis--vis Soleean expansion in Shenk subsector, military observers predict that a major Coalition campaign against the Guild in Diaspora is only a matter of time.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE RCES YARD, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 10/IX/1202
KEYWORDS: DIASPORAN STAR EMPIRE, ELINORE BONATIATES, LEFIGUURA, MERCANTILE GUILD, MISSING SHIP, NICOSIA, RCS SULEIMAN VICTRIX, RCS THOMAS PAINE
reported by Eric Bould

In what RCES spokesmen have privately described as a "miracle," RCS Suleiman Victrix arrived last night at RCES Yard Aubaine carrying survivors of the missing Coalition starship Thomas Paine. Current reports are still sketchy, and all personnel involved are still being held for extensive debriefing, but unofficial RCES sources have disclosed rough details of what appears to have been an extraordinary odyssey on the part of the missing crew.

Thomas Paine apparently fell victim to a PDM on Nicosia and was forced to make an emergency landing in an outback region near the Northern terminus of the Australian Empire. Though their ship was destroyed in the decent the crew of the Thomas Paine managed to escape relatively unscathed, and after going-to-ground for a few weeks they began gathering intelligence on the operations, organization and general sophistication of the Australian Empire's military forces.

After several weeks of intelligence gathering the crew was hunted down and eventually captured by forces loyal to the Australian Emperor, Nicholas Rufin. In exchange for technical assistance Rufin turned the crew over to the Mercantile Guild at-which-time they were to be transported to an unknown Guild base. This Guild vessel was subsequently overwhelmed by forces belonging to Arturo I in the Lefiguura system. In need of fuel and repairs the DSE vessels including the captured Guild vessel put down on Lefiguura when the Coalition prisoners quickly escaped.

The crew of the Thomas Paine their numbers reduced by the treatment they had suffered at the hands of the Guild once again went-to-ground and quickly became embroiled in local Lefiguuran politics. After a number of weeks worth of cloak-and-dagger maneuverings reached they eventually came to an amicable settlement with local ruler Elinore Bonatiates. The crew eventually made their way to the Lefiguuran mainland where a number of weeks later they managed to link up with a passing Free Trader, who returned them to Coalition Space.

The survivors include Kayla "Voodoo" Shadow-walker, Dr. Tavril "Grumble" Habeus, and Hive Federation Advisor Elvis. All three are decorated and experienced RCES veterans. The other two Thomas Paine crewmembers, Grell "Stonewall" Charest and Noble "Birdman" Ortiz, are reported to have been killed in action.


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