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COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/KRUYTER, KRUYTER (0735/AUBAINE, B000312-B), 20/III/1201 KEYWORDS: CAPTURE, HORNET, MARATHON VICTRIX, SMUGGLERS
reported by Derek Stanley

Following a protracted game of cat-and-mouse the vessels RCS Marathon Victrix, and RCS Hornet managed to out fox a crew of slow witted smugglers late yesterday afternoon.

The engagement began several days earlier when Marathon Victrix and a pair of Kruytercorp SDBs had picked up a pair of unidentified vessels several days earlier. Failing to respond to the SDB hails the two vessels attempted to make a run for it. After a brief engagement which left little more than smoldering wreckage of one of the vessels the second attempted to hide out in the rings of Sonnamen, Kruyter's largest gas giant.

The search for the second over the next two days and would likely have continued for several more had it not been for the timely arrival of the Hornet. A heavily modified Jayhawk-class far-trader, the Hornet is an experimental vessel operating under the joint auspices of Hiver Tech and RCES. Using one of Hornet's missiles as a decoy, the ad-hoc task-force was able to flush the smugglers out and swiftly disable their vessel. Initial reports indicate that prisoners from the smugglers craft were brought to Kreuzung Asteroid for interrogation.

The smugglers ships have been tentatively identified as Nimble Dancer, a 600 displacement-ton Stellar-class subsidized liner, destroyed in the initial engagement, and Ellen Arc, a modified 400 ton Petty-class subsidized merchant.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE STANDARD ASTROTRONICS ORBITAL YARDS, AUBAINE (0736/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 26/III/1201 KEYWORDS: ACCIDENT, CONSTRUCTION, FUSILIER, STANDARD ASTROTRONICS
reported by Derek Stanley

What began as a morning filled with promise ended in tragedy today as one of the main plasma conduits feeding the HEPlaR chambers aboard the RCS Fusilier ruptured during a test firing flooding the ships engineering compartment with the superheated gas. Initial reports indicate that while the automated iris valves kept the plasma leak contained to the third and forth decks five Standard Astrotronics engineers are still listed as missing and unaccounted for.

Coalition Secretary General Lon Maggart has appointed a special task force to look into the causes of this disaster.


RC MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: REDFLASH, AUTHORITY CIN/RA SEABRIDGE NEST, RA (0931/ORIFLAMME, E68559A-6), 07/IV/1201 KEYWORDS: HIVER, PLAGUE, RA, SEABRIDGE NEST
reported by Derek Stanley

Coalition sources on Ra have announce the appearance of a mysterious plague affecting the Hiver population of Ra's Seabridge nest. While details on this illness remain sketchy what is known paints a grim picture of the future for Hivers throughout the Coalition. The disease appears to home in on a number of amino acid chains produced within the Hivers digestive area re-sequencing these complex proteins into a new and more lethal substance which immediately begins breaking down the Hivers body from the inside out. With a mortality rate in excess of ninety percent beyond the first two weeks Seabridge Nest's chances for survival are bleak.

While there have been no cases of this disease crossing over to Humans, officials on Ra are taking no chances and have quarantined more than five-thousand square kilometers around the isolated nest. Only specially authorized Coalition representatives are being allowed in or out of the nest site.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/FIJA WASSERHAVEN, FIJA (0434/AUBAINE, D553754-A), 16/IV/1201 KEYWORDS: LORANGE SYNDICATE, MURDER, ORGANIZED CRIME, SMOKING MIRROR CLUB
reported by Derek Stanley

After a lull of nearly a dozen years the war between rival crime syndicates on Fija appears to be heating up once again as a series of explosions ripped through the upper levels of Wasserhaven's trendy Smoking Mirror Club. Though police remain tight lipped about last nights incident, sources close to the mayor's office have disclosed that a number of high ranking members of the Lorange Syndicate are believed to have been in the building at the time including Marie Benevold and Kugan Illkura.

Early estimates place between 300 and 400 people in the buildings at the time of the blast with a confirmed 78 people killed and 226 seriously injured. After more than fifteen hours of intensive searching Police are holding out little hope of finding more survivors in the rubble.

Last nights explosion was explosion powerful enough to blow out windows across town and register on the seismic sensors at Fushal University more than 400 kilometers away.


RC MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY KUNARA DOWNPORT, SPIRES (0936/ORIFLAMME, E894789-2), 15/V/1201 KEYWORDS: DERELICT, LIFEBOATS, SOLOMANI, SPIRES
reported by Derek Stanley

For the forth time in as many months a train of derelict lifeboats has drifted into the Spires system from deep space. "At first we weren't terribly alarmed, said Coalition Navel Commander Thomas Tom-Cat Caledon, "These things [lifeboats] drift in to every system from time to time, it's really not all that uncommon given the magnitude of the final war, but over the last fifteen weeks we've recovered more than seventy-five lifeboats from an unidentified Solomani vessel." Though there have been no survivors recovered to this date we remain optimistic that survivors will be recovered.

Though Commander Caledon refused to speculate on the exact nature of the vessel he did release the following information. "Given the painted over markings present on all the lifeboats we've recovered to this date we know that she was originally an Imperial vessel and given the time and date references we've recovered, 254/1130, we feel that there is a very strong possibility for viral infection on this vessel."

When asked if he felt that this vessel presented an imminent danger to the people of the Spires and the Coalition at large Caledon replied, "Each one of those lifeboats holds twelve people in emergency lowberths and we're recovering more every day, you do the math Sunshine."


RC MIL TRAFFIC, CLASS: TECHNICAL BULLETIN, DISTRIBUTION: MANDTY, AUTHORITY RCES OFFICE OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION, RCES HQ, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 28/VI/1202 KEYWORDS: VIRUS, GRAV-PONG, COLD RECOVERY, GRAV BELT

TECHNICAL BULLETIN TO ALL RC PERSONNEL
reported by TravelrTNE

Boarding a Virus-controlled ship or installation is currently against Reformation Coalition Policy, but in certain situations, primarily Cold Recoveries, the Viral status may not be known.

The RCES Office of Technical Information has concluded testing confirming the utility of personal Contra Grav equipment in situations of Virus-controlled gravity manipulation. Note that it remains the official policy of the Reformation Coalition to not enter a known Virus-controlled ship or installation.

GRAV-BELT. The floor ceiling grav ratio in most Imperial era ships is likely to be 2G to 3 G max. Grav belts can eliminate 99% of gravity and the floor to ceiling fall ratio would be 0.27m/s2, nothing that will disable a flip over and reorientation to the new gravity.

Now back to front on a TL15 ship would allow for a maximum of 6G's compensation. This would give a fall rate of 0.54m/s2 assuming a grav-belt is utilized.

A 100 kilo person in a grav belt counteracting 6G's of gravity would only weigh 6 kilo's.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NOTICE TO STARFARERS, DISTRIBUTION: MANDTY, AUTHORITY RCSA PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE, RCSA COMPOUND, VRASSTADT, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C),10/I/1203 KEYWORDS: INTERSTELLAR TRADE, SCHOTZ, STARPORT, HIVE FEDERATION, SITAH
reported by TravelrTNE

RCSA is pleased to announce the opening of diplomatic relations with the planet Schotz (1937/So Skire/Old Expanses). Though the world remains very reclusive and restricts foreign contact, the Hive Federation has been allowed to establish a Temporary Base in the outer system, that will enable the refueling of ships and provide a firm Jump 3 link connecting the Reformation Coalition and the Hiver client-state in Sitah subsector (Subsector P/Old Expanses).

Travel to the planet and use of it's class C starport will be restricted until negotiations can be completed, though the use of the Hiver Temp Base (and all such bases on the Jump 3 link) has been extended to all Coalition vessels, as well as independent merchants. Some Assembly representatives have expressed concern over the reclusive nature of the world and it's government. RCES confirms that the world is not ruled by a Technologically Elevated Dictatorship, just extremely high levels of xenophobia.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE RCES YARD AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 11/II/1203 KEYWORDS: HIVE FEDERATION, TRADE ROUTE, SO SKIRE SUBSECTOR, SITAH, STEPPING STONE
reported by TravelrTNE

The Hive Federation Ambassador to the Reformation Coalition announced that, in conjunction with approval by an Assembly subcommittee, that the Hive Federation is establishing a permanent J3 trade route connecting the Reformation Coalition with what has become known as the Sitah "stepping stone" connecting the Reformation Coalition with the Hiver Federation. Not truly organized on an interstellar level, the subsector has benefited from Hiver technology and uplift efforts and the worlds of region trade amongst themselves.

The subsector (Subsector P of Old Expanses Sector) has long experienced Hiver efforts and is the site for many so called Hiver "Temporary" Bases. Hiver J3 merchant ships have previously visited the Reformation in semi-regular convoys, under protection of ships of the Federation Navy.

In an effort to encourage participation on the trade route by the Reformation Coalition, the Federation Ambassador announced that the Hive Federation would subsidize Jump 3 merchant designs by Aubaine's Standard Astrotronics and KeeEEka Strongwall shipyards.

A junior Oriflammen Assembly representative has derided the offer as being "useless to Oriflamme" and "another manipulation to keep Aubaine in ascendance in their Client State."


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: BUS/POL, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE RC ASSEMBLY HALL, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 15/II/1203 KEYWORDS: TRADE BILL, TRADE ROUTE, SO SKIRE SUBSECTOR, SITAH, BACK FACE
reported by TravelrTNE

A bill has just been introduced that would fund and authorize contact and diplomacy missions into So Skire Subsector that would facilitate official relations with the Reformation Coalition and facilitate official Reformation Coalition endorsement of the Hive Federation's recently established J3 trade route connecting the Reformation Coalition with the Sitah (Subsector P/Old Expanses) region.

Initial commentary has been very muted, but it is expected that Oriflammen representatives will oppose the measure, as they have a number of operations ongoing in the "Back Face" of the Coalition, that could be endangered by official Coalition activity. Other Centrist and Pro-Consolidation representatives are expected to favor the measure, and Federalist sentiments are divided. Many Aubani representatives wish to see the Oriflammen "conquest" of the Back Face thwarted, but are dubious in encouraging the increasing power of the Coalition's central government, particularly in issues of interstellar trade.

Other debate has circulated around revising the Primary Area of Operations to allow full operations in this and other subsectors, but the issue is expected to be blocked by both Centrist and Federalist leadership, who are protecting the compromise agreed upon with the founding of the Coalition.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/SHENANDOAH, SHENANDOAH (1139/ORIFLAMME, C585423-6), 20/I/1202 KEYWORDS: FIRE VALLEY, FIRE SWORDS, TOURISM
reported by Lewis Roberts

Normally the Fire Valley, located in northern Quiern Province is a barren volcanic wasteland, but once every 20 years the Fire Swords bloom giving the valley its name. The Fire Swords are a stalky plant about half a meter tall. While dormant the plant has no leaves and looks for all intensive purposes looks to be dead. This all changes once the plant begins to bloom. The plant is then covered with dozens of vibrant orange and red flowers.

All the plants in the valley will bloom at once, carpeting the valley with fiery blossoms, which gave the valley its name. The blossoms release a fragrance which humans find very pleasant. The site is reported to be one of the most beautiful areas in the sector.

The plants then release seeds that sprout and grow into the next generation of plants. The flowers remain for about 5 weeks, then the plant dies. The seedlings grow for about three months before entering their period of dormancy. Botanists do not fully understand the strange biology of the plant, undoubtedly because an individual researcher will only be able to study two or three flowerings in a lifetime.

Fire Swords are only found in the Fire Valley on Shenadoah. The Fire Valley is located near the summit of Mt. Kilaeoan, an extinct volcano in the northern highlands. The Fire Valley is at a height of 3km. There is very little vegetation other than the Fire Swords and the only animal life are a few species of birds which nest at the summit.

Biologists have recently seen the first signs of life returning to the Fire Swords and expect that the valley will be in full bloom within three weeks. They are expecting a influx of tourists, as these blooms have not been seen by offworlders in 80 years. Prospective tourists are reminded that Fire Valley is a protected area and the introduction of foreign species is prohibited. The Fire Swords are also protected and picking or otherwise damaging the plants is punishable by fines and imprisonment.


COALINFONET, CLASS: PRESS RELEASE, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/FIJA, FIJA (0434/AUBAINE D553754-A), 21/VI/1202 KEYWORDS: TRANSSTAR, DAWN CLIPPERS.
reported by Lewis Roberts

Today Transstar announced the naming of their next two Dawn Clippers. These two vessels will join the Kether Friedman in the Transstar fleet, greatly expanding the fleet's ability to transport goods between the worlds of the Coalition. Chairman of the Board Ann Stewart-Ventress made the announcement at Transstar's corporate headquarters on Fija. In her own words,"Today we name the second and third of our new ships. These ships are the arteries that will carry the trade that is lifeblood of our Coalition. They will make it possible for ravished economies and infrastructure to rebuild, so once again our children can reach for the stars. It is only fitting that we name them for individuals who are the heart of the Conation and sacrificed so much for us all.

The first vessel is named for Sgt. Emilo Trask, who served aboard the DLS Apollo. When the dictator of Montazuma betrayed those who had come in friendship and peace, Sgt Trask and several other crew members sacrificed their lives while trying to hold off the enemy while the rest of the crew tried to escape. The Emilo Trask will be christened early next year by Colonel Wilhelm Tanner of the Assembly of Worlds who was Trask's commanding officer on the Apollo.

The third vessel will be christened the Flint Morn. Captain Flint "Deadeye" Morn was captain of the RC Eos, which was lost with all hands earlier this year when a Vampire ship attacked Nike Nimbus. Without Captain Morn's quick actions the loss of life would have undoubtable been much more than it was. Captain Morn made the sacrifice that all too many of young people are being asked to make, so save us from the ravishes of Virus. We must do our utmost to see that these sacrifices are not if vain. The ship will be christened by Captain Trask's sister."

After the press conference, Transstar released images of the ships' logo and announced a 500,000Cr donation to the Reformation Coalition Children's Fund. The Fund provides scholarships to the children of those who die in the service of the Coalition.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CIN/ORIFLAMME (ORIFLAMME/ORIFLAMME, 1235/B846857-9) 29/XI/1202 KEYWORDS: THORELLIANS, MYSTERY, MISSISINEWA, CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDY
reported by Lewis Roberts

Since the early days of the Third Imperium the Imperial Scout Service had maintained a Red Zone around Thorell to protect the fragile early tech level civilization from exploitation by Imperial citizens. In 1066 under a new policy of public outreach they released a holovideo showing highlights of the Thorellian culture. Many of these pictures were taken by small robotic cameras, so as not to disturb the Thorellians. This video showed the Thorellians to be well adapted to its near-vacuum world, although archaeologists and geologists maintain the atmosphere was thicker at one time. Thorellians are a burrowing race, built long and low, with six limbs. They can see the electromagnetic spectrum from green through microwaves.

Many interconnecting burrows make up a city, which is synonymous with a Thorellian nation. there are at least 300 such nations plus smaller groupings and loners on the planet. Territorial disputes are common but usually non-violent.

During the early days of the Reformation Coalition, the Missisinewa was sent to contact the Thorellians, and invite them to join the Coalition. The Missisinewa was unable to find any traces of the Thorellians. There were no huge burrow cities or anything else to say the Thorellians ever existed. The crew of the Missisinewa spent two weeks in a fruitless search and finally returned home disappointed.

When the news was released to the general public, speculation to the fate of the Thorellians was rampant and still is to this day. Speculation has ranged from the exotic to the ridiculous Suggestions have been made that the Thorellians were exterminated and their civilization wiped out by one of the sides in the Revolution. They might have been a high tech race which had evolved beyond the desire for the display of Technology, and lived at a much more humble level. During the Collapse they might have been endangered and fled to safer territory. Lucan's Imperium was often in search of Ancient artifacts to further his war, he might have been convinced that the Thorellians had some secret weapon, and De-populated the planet in an effort to acquire it. A mad Vampire may have stolen the population and forced them to be its slaves, the Vampire would of the used its robot minions to destroy the products of the Thorellian culture.

None of these explanations are really satisfying. They all require stretching the facts and there is no evidence for any of these. In fact the only evidence for anything, is that the Thorellians are gone.

The Center for Advanced Study on Oriflamme is planning a scientific expedition Thorell. They are currently seeking funding for a six month archaeological investigation of the planet. Dr Janowsky says "This is one of the great mysteries of the Collapse,and needs investigation. If something can make an entire species disappear, it may be a threat to us also."


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION UNLTD, AUTHORITY CIN/LANCER PORT MONCTON, LANCER (0738/AUBAINE, D78A884-C), 02/IX/1202, KEYWORDS: LANCER, ALLIANCE, PORT MONCTON
reported by Kyle Platte

Officials announced today that the government of Lancer has signed a treaty of alliance with the Coalition. The treaty provides for streamlined trade and the development of an Auction under Coalition guidelines. The Coalition will be given priority in purchasing lots, although Lancer retains the right to appropriate cargo for national development. The treaty also allows for limited Coalition aid in restructuring Lancer's infrastructure and military aid.

Although Coalition officials had hoped to encourage Lancer to petition for membership in the Reform Coalition, Lancerian officials have remained cool to the idea. Said one official, "We are comfortable with our independence and not yet prepared to shoulder the burdens that the Coalition has taken upon itself. However, we have every intention of retaining close ties with our Coalition neighbors."

Some Coalition officials privately admitted dismay at the degree of corruption in the Lancer government, which was a major stumbling block in determining levels of cooperation and integration. Political divisions within the RC Assembly have also hampered the Coalition's ability to implement an admission policy -- something that the Lancer government admits had an impact on heir decision.

In related news, The Lancer government also announced that improvements to the starport have raised its quality to D and captains should alter their charts accordingly. Port Moncton's starport has undergone an economic boom in the past six months, acting as a Free Trader port-of-call, base of operations for three major salvage companies as well as the rapidly growing RCES scout base. The Port Authority has set aside land to triple the starport's area with plans for more, if needed. A comprehensive development plan for the starport has not yet been forthcoming, though.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE RC ASSEMBLY HALL, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 15/X/1202 KEYWORDS: ADMISSION BILL, RC ASSEMBLY, RC POLITICS, LON MAGGART
reported by Kyle Platte

After a brief debate over colonial rights, the Assembly overwhelmingly passed the Admission Bill. The bill, introduced just over a month ago, has undergone several revisions and additions, becoming a framework for the enlargement of the Coalition and the gradual inclusion of nearby worlds. SG Lon Maggart praised the event, proclaiming, "I have waited a long time for this to happen. This is a shining example of Coalition unity that we can work out our lesser differences to promote the greater good. It reinforces my belief that we can finish the great undertaking we have begun."

Until last month, political bickering and party schisms prevented a consensus on the admission of new worlds to the Coalition. However, a lengthy closed-door session with senior officials produced the first working copy that could be agreed upon by nearly everyone. The bill has since been enlarged into a comprehensive plan for the expansion of the Coalition. The bill mandates that only worlds or sovereign nations upon them can apply for and receive member status. Applicants who are approved by vote of the Assembly will gain "Associate" membership. Associate status allows new worlds to be integrated into Coalition politics and culture over a two-year period. At the end of that period, the polity can then apply for full membership or maintain Associate status. Associates would have only observer (non-voting) status in the Assembly but would have access to Coalition bootstrap and infrastructure development programs. A greater percentage of their taxes would go back into their development. This "apprenticeship" period would be mandatory for all new worlds, unless overruled through a 75% approval vote of the Assembly.

The bill also allows for the addition of uninhabited systems through a process of annexation. Any world without population or proof of ownership can be annexed by the Coalition with a simple majority vote of the Assembly. These planets will be administered by the Coalition through the newly-formed Department of Coalition Resources. This addition sent federalists screaming about "excessive Coalition control" and nearly scuttled the bill until it's authority over annexed worlds was loosened. Currently, the administered territories are considered "Universal Resources" that can be used by any Coalition members or businesses. Once the planet is colonized to certain population and infrastructure minimums, the populace could then apply to the Coalition as an inhabited world.

Several worlds have contacted the RC about membership, but only two worlds have been added since the Coalition was formed Vezina (Aubaine/0437, D344687-7) and the boneyard of Adrian (Aubaine/0402, D426112-9).


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE RC ASSEMBLY HALL, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 21/X/1202 KEYWORDS: ADMISSION BILL, RC ASSEMBLY, RC POLITICS, MIRAN HUTTER, NEX
reported by Kyle Platte

Colonel Miran Hutter, representative of the planet Nex, stood before the Assembly today and petitioned for membership on behalf of General Haim Laszczansk, the ruler of Nex. "We have reached a point where we can't afford to stay isolated from our neighbors. I am here to solve that, so Nex can once again rejoin the interstellar community." Colonel Hutter also presented a plan for the gradual alteration of his planet's government to one more agreeable to the Coalition and the education of Nex's populace with Coalition aid. Oriflamme has already vouched to assist Laszczansk's reforms, regardless of the Coalition's decision. The plan would alter Nex into a feudal technocracy over the next two years, allowing it to enter the Coalition as a full member.

This announcement comes less than a week after the Assembly passed the Admission Bill. Sources admit that Nex has desired to join the Coalition for some time but delayed their petition until the Admission Bill was in place.

Nex has drawn criticism from federalists as a repressive TED that gives it's people little opportunity for self-determination, although they admit that the leadership is less oppressive than most. Nex has enjoyed cordial relations with Oriflamme, who has already developed trade and bootstrapping agreements with the planet.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE RC ASSEMBLY HALL, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 01/XI/1202 KEYWORDS: ADMISSION BILL, LON MAGGART, TELDORA, NEX, COALITION MEMBERSHIP
reported by Kyle Platte

Surrounded by an electrified crowd of reporters and government officials, SG Lon Maggart announced that both Nex and Teldora had been admitted as Associate members to the Reform Coalition. "It gives me great pleasure to welcome these two worlds into the fold and I look forward to travelling to Teldora and Nex for their official ceremonies."

Both planets are on the antispinward edge of the Coalition and have been the center of contention for admission requirements of new worlds to the Coalition. The recent Admission Bill has changed all of that and their requests were quickly put before the Assembly and approved. Helios sponsored Teldora's membership over five months ago but internal debate over admission policies prevented the Coalition from responding effectively. This was also hampered by Teldora's military aid to guerrillas fighting Oriflammen troops on Spencer, which caused mistrust among members of the Assembly, particularly the Oriflammen delegates. Nex has also caused some controversy with Federalists and liberals who feel the current TED is unacceptable as a form of government in the Coalition.

In addition, the assembly heard proposals to annex the worlds of Buhule (Aubaine/0304, X510000-0), Seliga (Aubaine/0610, X532000-0), Conner (Aubaine/0810, X310000-0), Bestor (Oriflamme/0301, X110000-0), Corrig (Oriflamme/0501X622000-0), Sand (Oriflamme/0702, X000000-0), and L'Steich (Oriflamme/0503X9A4000-0). All of these worlds are boneyards neighboring the Coalition. Discussion of the merits of these worlds is expected to continue for the next few weeks before any final vote is taken.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE RC ASSEMBLY HALL, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 07/XI/1202 KEYWORDS: ADMISSION BILL, ANNEXATION, BUHULE, COALITION MEMBERSHIP
reported by Kyle Platte

The Assembly voted today to annex the Buhule system (Aubaine/0304, X510000-0).

Several other worlds are also under consideration for annexation, but a consensus was reached with little opposition on Buhule. According to Fijan Assemblyperson Erin Ishidar, "We have a vested interest in Buhule there is already a strong Coalition presence in the system. Annexing the world is merely acknowledging our presence there." The Lacroix& Davenport salvage company has been working the Buhule system for over two years and has a permanent staff of over 75 people there. In the past few months, several other salvage teams have added their presence. Transstar has also made a presence there, providing supplies and transportation to the salvage operations.

The addition of Buhule brings the total number of Coalition worlds to [22?].


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY CIN/AUBAINE RC ASSEMBLY HALL, AUBAINE (0738/AUBAINE, A78A884-C), 10/XII/1202 KEYWORDS: ADMISSION BILL, ANNEXATION, COALITION MEMBERSHIP
reported by Kyle Platte

The Assembly voted today on the annexation of six boneyards into the Coalition: Seliga (Aubaine/0610, X532000-0), Conner (Aubaine/0810, X310000-0), Bestor (Oriflamme/0301, X110000-0), Corrig (Oriflamme/0501X622000-0), Sand (Oriflamme/0702, X000000-0), and L'Steich (Oriflamme/0503X9A4000-0). The Assembly approved the annexation of all of these planets.

These worlds will be administered territories of the Coalition. Resources on these planets are available to anybody under the Coalition salvage code. The Department of Coalition Resources says it expects to have navigational beacons placed in these systems within the next couple of months. No other infrastructure is planned at this time.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: PUSH, AUTHORITY CMDR JAY HAYS RC NAVAL TRAINING FACILITY, KRUYTER (AUBAINE/0705, B000312-B), 13/XII/1202 KEYWORDS: RCN, BRILLIANT LANCES, KRUYTER
reported by Kyle Platte

Yesterday, in a small press conference on Kruyter Starport, Commander Jay Hayes announced that Project Brilliant Lances was well behind its original schedule due to numerous labor and supply shortages. Commander Hayes admitted it was "highly unlikely" that they would be able to meet their planned completion date of 01/II/1203. "We have nearly everything in place now: it's only a matter of putting on a few final touches and calibrating the systems." The facility's opening date has been pushed back to 10/III/1203.

Today, a handful of government officials and reporters toured the new facility on the third moon of Kruyter's far gas giant, Sonnamen. The facility appeared functional but there were unpainted rooms and hallways and unsecured wiring through much of the facility. The base has been inhabited by technical crews for several weeks as they finish assembling the computers and related systems. Commander Hays gave a brief demonstration of the sensor network and ran a mock duel with five simulated starships around the gas giant.

The Brilliant Lances Training Facility has become increasingly important in the Navy's mind as large-scale conflict with the Soleean Empire grows ever more likely. It will also be used to train Coalition allies and freelancers to work closely with Coalition forces.


COALINFONET, CLASS: NEWSREPORT, DISTRIBUTION: UNLTD, AUTHORITY TNN/TELDORA, IISHURISH, TELDORA (Oriflamme/0607, D5548AC-9), 19/XII/1202 KEYWORDS: TELDORA, COALITION MEMBERS, LON MAGGART
reported by Kyle Platte

Standing before an estimated crowd of over 90,000 people, SG Lon Maggart addressed the citizens of Teldora and thanked them for the wisdom of their decision. Speaking of unity and a bright future, the SG said, "You are the first, the heralds of tomorrow and your choice is the highest praise the Coalition can receive. I work towards the goal that we will live up to the faith you have put in us."

The people in the crown were mainly positive, voicing the opinion that the Coalition was the best chance for short-term safety and long-term prosperity. Many also spoke of the energetic charisma of the SG. This was summed up in a statement heard in the crowd, to hell with the Coalition, I'm following' THAT man!" There was an undertone of negativism as well. Some citizens see Teldora's admission as the easiest way to thwart Oriflammen aggression in the area, which the planet is ill-prepared to handle. A woman interviewed after the speech said, "I don't want to be in the Coalition: I don't want to waste my tax money killing people on other planets. We have plenty of problems rebuilding here. But I don't want to look over my shoulder every day for the Flamer dropships, either. This is a compromise I guess I have to live with."

Teldora is the first inhabited world to be admitted to the Coalition and is popularly seen as the end of a major stumbling block in Coalition politics: the admission of new worlds. Nex is the next world to be admitted and sources on Aubaine say there are others being considered. The Coalition has already begun setting up offices and preparing to integrate Teldora into Coalition society. Teldora will be an Associate member of the Coalition for the next two years, with greater autonomy and moderated interaction with Coalition government. Although they will not have a vote in Assembly decisions, they are allowed to observe and take part in the discussions. After the two year period has expired, the Coalition Assembly will vote to allow Teldora member status, continue Associate status, or expel them from the Coalition.

SG Lon Maggart is expected to stay here several days, touring the planet and meeting with various officials. Advance teams are already examining the existing infrastructure so that a comprehensive plan for rebuilding and integration can be developed. After his stay, the SG will take the Fairfax to Nex for their admission ceremonies, to be held in three weeks.


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