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REGINA REGINA(0310-A788899-A Date:004-1106

The Travellers’ Aid Society has obtained an exclusive interview with Major Windan Lorimer, Imperial Marines (ret), recently returned from six months of duty as a captain of auxiliaries engaged in counter-insurgency actions on the planet Efate (Regina0105-A64930-D).In the interview, Major Lorimer revealed that four months ago his battalion became engaged in a firefight and subsequently captured twenty insurgents, two of which were officers. Subsequent medical examination revealed that one of the two was actually a Zhodani officer serving as an advisor t o the Ine Givar cadres.

In response to queries concerning Major Lorimer’s claims, Rear Admiral Lord Santanocheev, CINCNINTIRS today held a press conference during which he claimed that Naval Intelligence was convinced that there was neither Zhodani nor Ine Givar involve- ment in the Efate disturbances.

“What we have on Efate is a local, very minor situation. We’re handling it with local forces and a few mercenary contingents. If it were serious, we could commit army or marine assets. We have some very potent assets in this subsector, but we haven’t felt the need to commit them. This is not a serious situation,” he reported. When asked about the report of a Zhodani officer, Lord Santanocheev replied, “Naval Intelligence has this man in custody, and I can assure you that he is not a Zhodani officer, or a Zhodani anything. I fought the Zhodani twenty years ago in this subsector. I know the Zhodani, and this man is not a Zhodani.”When contacted afterwards, Major Lorimer refused to comment on the admiral’s remarks, beyond insisting that his original reports had been accurate.

DENTUSI REGINA (0601-C979500-A S) Date: 361-1105
Word was received today that two weeks ago the Imperial Battle Cruiser Adamdun mistakenly engaged and destroyed the merchant craft Bloodwell of the Oberlindes Line. The Bloodwell, according to the crew of the battle cruiser, was not showing its ID transponder signal and would not answer broad-beamhails. The ship was under full acceleration, and after it refused to change vector in response to laser warning fire, was engaged by high-G missile fire and destroyed. A subsequent (and unsuccessful) search for survivors resulted in the identification of the ship. Oberlindes Line officials called the story “an obvious cover-up of a tragic display of incompetence” and claimed that the Bloodwell’s ID transponder had just undergone its annual maintenance check and could not have failed to function. As in all commercial vessels, the ID transponder was supposedly tamper-proof, and could not have been turned off by the crew. Legal action is expected.

REGINA REGlNA (0310-A788899-A) Date:186-1106
A spokesman for Tukera Lines today announced indefinite suspension of high capacity commercial service to the Regina subsector pending outcome of the official investigation of the Trimlchana-Brilliance tragedy. Less than a month ago, the 800 ton liner Trimkhana-Brilliancewas lost with
217 lives due a jump capacitor discharge immediately prior to jump. While all four survivors of the disaster are still under intensive medical care, interviews with the one surviving crew member indicate that the capacitor discharge may have been due to a delay in jump after full charging due to a failure of the port inboard L-hyd drop tank to separate completely.

A Tukera Lines official press release stated that a team of company engineers would be “taking a long hard look at General Shipyards quality control standards.”
( In the wake of the announcement of high-capacity service suspension, General Shipyards common stock fell 34 points in the Regina exchange before exchange officials suspended trade.Oberlindes Lines stock closed up53/8.

EFATE REGINA (0105-A64930-D) Date: 148-1106

Reliable sources in the defense establishment have admitted in private that the Imperial Armys’ 1197th Separate Light Infantry Brigade has been engaged in counter-insurgency operations in the Vandere district of Kormoran (Efate’s northern continent) for the last eight months. When asked to comment on Rear-Admiral Lord Santanocheev’s recent claim that no Imperial army or marine units had been committed, they declined. One official did explain, however, that the brigade was only employed in mopping up operations and had been inserted only to allow rota- tion of indigenoustroops out of combat. “Once all of the local units in the Vandere have had a spell in the rear, the 1197th will be pulled out,” he said.

Twophur The Narrows (2908-B653797-7) Date: 130-1106

The mid season 1105, convoy through Corridor to the Core, was delayed two weeks by intense Varga raids. The corsairs struck from the Double Sun system through to Voegrr. Admiral Alfred Likens stated these were the strongest most coordinated raids he has seen since he took over at Convoy Command. “We lost several warships and about 28,000,000 tons of civil tonnage during these raids.” An officer for the Narrows subsector speaking on the condition of anonymity said all systems have put their defense on full alert for the 1106 return convoy to the Deneb and beyond. She continued “Another convoy season like that could cripple the Sectors behind the Claw for weeks.”

Mora Mora (3124-AA98AC7-F) Date: 135-1106

An out take of a recent interview with the Zhodana Ambassador on Mora. “Many people are fearing that the situation in Regina is prelude to an invasion. I can say unequivocally to everyone in the subsector Indeed the Sector as a whole that there are no plans to attack the Imperuim.” The ambassador further pointed out that trade relationships between Zhodana and Imperuim merchants of the Jewell subsector have grown in recents months. “Its a sure sign that the relationship is stabilizing between our two people. Humans are Humans we should never forget that!”

Karin Five Sisters (0534-A767768-C) Date: 143-1106

Rumors abound that a new sentient race was discovered on Wonderay (769-422 Five Sisters 0240). Dr. Hilda Tidewater director of the Five Sisters ISS appeared skeptical in an interview. In the twenty years I have been exploring the Five Sisters and the ten that I have been director of the subsector ISS the only alien life discovered were Darrains and the Droyne. “I have doubts and we are low on resources. I ll send expedition team there to verify this rumor when I have free resources.”

Iderati Five Sisters (0732-A887798-C) World News

The Mewey ambassador announced that they are declaring that the rimworld system of 975-452 is now a military colony of the Mewey Kingdom. Its new name Letech will remain a military colony and proving grown till they can arrange a civilian colony. They have placed the system off limits to any non-authorized ships.

Aulryakh (Aslan Hierate 0507-A242AA4-E) Science and Technology

Rift Span Reaches sector Hie 3216 and Kithtyeoh 3217 Feeifahol Hlakhoi
It has been verified by the Aslan Hierate General Consulate of Archeology that the twin astroid systems of Hie and Kithyeoh both have Ancient sites with identical spacial coordinates within their systems. Illisha coordinator of the Consulate’s activities in Hlakhoi says, “We are now trying to get to know more about the sites. Their unusual situation obviously were obviously built for a purpose and it is our scientific obligation to find out what it was!” She went on to explain the difficulty of astroid archeology her specialty for a dozen years.

Iderati Five Sisters (0732-A887798-C) Business

The regional space liner business Trexalon announced they have entered a formal agreement with the old colony of New Istanbul on 875-496 Five Sisters to finish their space port. Emir Von Kurtish of the Trexalon Acquisition Division pointed out that the port opens up a new jump 3 route all around District 268 and Five Sisters boarder. Trade will flourish as the District becomes a formal part of the Imperuim. Trexalon liners want to insure they are at the cross roads of the new trade routs.

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