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Zhujiangjin, What Happened?

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PROVIDER: HUOXING ANSICAST NEWS
PROGRAM: THE SPHERE TONIGHT WITH JANE LI
TIMESTAMP: [2653.16.05 19:32:24]
Jane Li

 

Tonight’s Top Story: Zhujiangjin, What Happened?
Sources closest to the area have reported the incident as an act of Shohan aggression, which has lead to reports of the death of the famous retired Commodore Guo. A Fourth Fleet spokesman confirmed that Shohan vessels made starfall at the system some 36 hours ago and engaged the Zhujiangjin defense force who were subsequently defeated. The Shohan then moved to establish a blockade around the system similar the one reported to be in place around Minerva.

Meanwhile, debate continued in the Senate today over the developing situation with the Shohan. The debate centered over the diplomatic mission being assembled to approach the Shohan, and whether, in light of the new attacks against Zhujiangjin, the mission should continue. Many in the Senate feel that the effort would be ineffective now that the Shohan have committed to more aggressive action against our worlds. A second faction however continues to hold out hope that the situation may be contained before further casualties occur.

Unspoken in many of these debates in the Senate is the fate of the Chiron during their own confrontation with the Shohan. The Great Humiliation, as the Chiron call it, was a series of border conflicts between the Imperial Chiron Star League and Shohan Assembly almost a generation ago. The Imperial Navy suffered a series of disastrous engagements against the Shohan fleet, leaving many of their ships destroyed, but thanks to the efforts of the Shohan at the time, only minimal casualties. Unlike that situation however, the Shohan had spent several months prior to the conflict attempting to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels. Their sudden aggressive behavior in the present circumstances stands in stark contrast to their prior conflict with the Chirons.

One of the loudest voices for the diplomatic mission comes from Senator Karsalia of Artemis III. He recently had the following to say about the situation, “The Shohan Assembly’s newly aggressive stance towards our worlds is deeply troubling. The Great Humiliation happened with Chiron terraforming efforts, not with a standing colony! Zhujiangjin was an established world, and was well away from the known border with the Shohan Assembly, why would they suddenly claim it? The fact that Ambassador Davies has disappeared seems to be an ominous sign, but we need to send an official inquiry to Minerva, as well as a diplomatic envoy to the Assembly itself. We have a right to know why they are attempting to claim our worlds, and what has happened to Commodore Guo and the other colonists of Zhujiangjin.”

Senator Kelley of Hawking’s World offerred the following, “It is important to remember that a lot of news travels to us from remote colonies like Zhujiangjin through many channels, and between multiple relays. Remember how ‘whisper down the lane’ works? Think about that, but at an interstellar level. Commodore Guo was likely moved somewhere by the Shohan, like they did with Chiron forces and personnel during the unfortunate incidents between the those two races. While my esteemed colleague from the colony of Artemis may be for sending an envoy, I don’t think the Sphere as a whole needs to worry about a simple border dispute. These things tend to sort themselves out quietly and quickly.”

Senators Kelley and Karsalia were reportedly involved in a heated discussion on the floor of the Senate, and neither side has yet softened in their respective stances. Admiral Laurentson of the First Fleet has warned against overreaction to this situation, but did offer his heartfelt condolences to the family of Commodore Guo, with whom he had served against the Kriak on multiple occasions, “Commodore Guo was one of the finest officers I’ve ever had under my command. There wasn’t a thing he couldn’t do, or an order he couldn’t carry out, and he taught the ‘Crocs to fear First Fleet. He will be missed.”

In a reflection of the Senate, a HAN snap poll reveals the Terran Sphere to be deeply divided about the Shohan attack. While many are outraged by the apparently unprovoked attack against the Terran Sphere, an almost equal number, 43 to 41%, want to see a peaceful resolution to the current crisis and are concerned that the situation will escalate. The demographics are equally divided between core and colonial worlds. The data reveals the confused response in the Terran Sphere to the shocking turn by the formerly peaceful Shohan.

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Minerva Update

The Sphere Tonight SEGMENT TRANSCRIPT:
PROVIDER: HUOXING ANSICAST NEWS
PROGRAM: THE SPHERE TONIGHT WITH JANE LI
TIMESTAMP: [2653.13.03 18:32:15]
Jane Li

 

...In other news, all further attempts to contact the terraforming project on Minerva have been as yet unsuccessful. Debate raged in the Senate today, as the majority leaders still believe it is a problem with their ansible relay. Biogenesis Representative James Hargreaves, official Terra liaison for the Minerva project, offered the following, “With so many of our resources devoted to the terraforming project, the maintenance of the ansible relay probably just fell off of the priority list. There is nothing to worry about, the shake ‘n bakers can handle themselves, that’s why most of them volunteer for jobs like this. Last word I received was the Shohan were a great help in the terraforming process. This is likely either a maintenance issue, or they’re just too busy to notice the machine blinking.” When the Shohan Embassy on Unity was asked about the matter, it was revealed that Ambassador Davies was no longer present, nor any of his staff. No explanation has yet been given as to when they left, or why. The debate over whether or not to send an official inquiry to Minerva, however, was sidetracked on the Senate floor. The rapidly growing population of Artemis III has mandated new elections on the bustling colony, which now qualifies for additional representation in the Sphere’s governing body. As the population centres of that world are still highly localized to the city of Sopara, the issue over the delineation of the new senatorial districts is a hotly contested subject. The current Senator from the Jewel of the Reaches believes that this should be a local matter, but opposition groups within the Senate as a whole believe that giving over such powers to the locals may be a political move to try and strongarm the population into maintaining a consistent voice on the Senate, rather than risking the new Senator having a voice of their own.

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