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Black Out

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PROVIDER: OUTBLACK ENTERTAINMENT
PROGRAM: STARBURST!
TIMESTAMP: [2653.08.21 23:57:02]
Amanda Kally

 

Attention spacers! The word of the week is.... Classified! I was going to talk about what’s going on at the docks I can see out my window here, but it’s classified! I’d like to tell you about the latest designs that people are speaking about in excited tones at the offices here, but they’re classified! Then, I was going to mention the new model of...[Nuh -uh] but, you guessed it! That’s classified, too! In related news, non-military offices that overlook the stardocks themselves, like, say, mine, are having a mandatory installation of shutters over all external viewports. When we asked Admiral Hall’s office why, guess what they told us. I’m betting you figured it out already.
In the non-classified sectors of spacer news this week... the “Race to the Gap” is still on, though the number of participants is expected to take a noticeable hit from last year’s record numbers. Between the allegations of speceism still pouring in from Abascia station, and growing nervousness from would-be colonists about what exactly is going on in Sectors 4163 and 4063 now - hint: it’s classified - a whole lot of spacers just aren’t up for the race, it seems. So... try it out. You might win. Because no one else might show up.
I’m Amanda Kally and that’s your non-classified starburst for tonight.

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Recruiting Drives

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PROVIDER: OUTBLACK ENTERTAINMENT
PROGRAM: STARBURST!
TIMESTAMP: [2653.08.12 12:05:19]
Amanda Kally

 

Captains and crewmen alike, if you’re listening, Admiral Hall’s office assures me: The TSN wants you! All able-bodied spacers are encouraged to sign on and fight the good fight, so we can put this border skirmish with the Shohan to rest, and move on with our collective lives. And I can assure you, being situated so close to the new headquarters of Third Fleet that the language used here has nothing to do with a p-word that rhymes with my name.
In other news, we’ve had four more previous “Race to the Gap” champions pull out of the race. Some are citing the new legislation and tariff situation surrounding the Gap as a reason, others are offering no comment at all on the matter. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be a diluted field! That means that this year is YOUR year to show the Sphere what you’ve got! Big prizes are still on the table, if undisclosed. Who knows? It could be one of the shiny new hulls being welded together on the docks behind me. Yes, of course you’ve got your own ship, that’s what you’ll be racing in, after all... But who doesn’t want a newer one? Sign ups are still open for the main event!
New travel advisory is also in effect. A Class 2 travel advisory has been announced for Sector 4063. No reports of Sh... Suspicious activity in that sector, the advisory has been listed as purely precautionary at this time. Just remember it’s in effect, though, and fly safe out there.
I’m Amanda Kally and that’s your starburst for tonight.

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Burning the Midnight Oil

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PROGRAM: STARBURST!
TIMESTAMP: [2653.07.26 02:46:01]
Amanda Kally

 

The shipyards are churning away here. All across the docks, heavy equipment is running, torches are welding, and workers are pulling double shifts to meet the increased demand. Ironically, the more demand increases, the less the Corporate Council is willing to disclose about who is specifically placing most of the orders. The secret’s not very well kept, though, as anyone with eyes out here on the docks can see the TSN logo emblazoned on most of the hulls. Most of the hulls that are taking shape are recognizable models, but rumors continue to persist of new projects in the works. Admiral Hall’s office and the Council, however, are making sure that such talk remains strictly rumor and conjecture.
Similarly, the rumored massed transfer orders to Fourth Fleet that seem to be getting processed through these docks are also being waved off as “nothing serious”. Despite the full restriction order recently placed on an entire sector - an act that has never yet been performed outside of a Kriak Crusade - Third Fleet offices are assuring the Corporate Council that the TSN has everything well in hand out in the Fringes. The restriction remains in full effect, so keep away, captains.
Those words hardly seem necessary, however, as freighters and transports continue to flow steadily out of the restricted sector, and are beginning to do so out of adjoining sectors, as well. The attack on Prospero has spooked the locals in more than a few places, and travel plans are definitely getting altered wholesale. Many heat exchange stations are already issuing red flags, saying they’ve got too many ships to keep up with the demand. Expect a spike in fuel prices once the market adjusts. In a related note, the Colonial Board is putting a moratorium on any current applications in or near the Inner Reaches, until the situation out there blows over.
I’m Amanda Kally and that’s your starburst for tonight.

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A Legend Withdraws

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PROGRAM: STARBURST!
TIMESTAMP: [2653.07.10 08:23:47]
Amanda Kally

 

Sad news, race fans. It appears that the Champ has changed his mind. Captain Z, as his fans all know him, has decided to bow out of this year’s race, citing the rising paranoia over gene mods in the area would, “make it a lot less fun this time around”. He is known to have several Abascians on his crew, and rumours are starting to circulate that he’s boycotting the race due to the recent tariff issues in the region. Many of the more high-profile participants are anticipated to follow suit, as a show of solidarity. WaveFire Interstellar has already reported that they are withdrawing their sponsorship from this year’s event due to the alleged speceism of the Sphere government near the Gap. That makes this the first time the defending champion has pulled out of the race, as well as the first time a sponsor has backed out.
This just in: The advisory in Sector 4163 has been upgraded to a ... Class 5? Repeat, Sector 4163 is now under a full military travel restriction, issued by the TSN earlier today. Details are restricted, but we got this directive straight from Admiral Hall’s offices ... here on station.
In other news, though, business seems to be booming at the yards here. Major orders are coming in, and the belt miners are doubling up on shifts to meet the extensive material demands for the influx of large-scale orders. The Corporate Council here isn’t releasing the source of most of these orders, but word on the grapevine is that the bulk of them are coming in from the TSN. Third Fleet’s presence in-system and in neighboring systems is visibly increasing, but the Admiral’s offices are assuring the locals that there is no cause for alarm. Crews and ships from Sixth and Seventh are also turning up. Officially, they’re here for some old-fashioned R&R. Word from the cantines around the docks, however, suggests that they’re bound for Fourth Fleet with transfer orders.
I’m Amanda Kally and that’s your starburst for tonight.

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Detours

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PROVIDER: OUTBLACK ENTERTAINMENT
PROGRAM: STARBURST!
TIMESTAMP: [2653.27.05 07:33:51]
Amanda Kally

We’ve got an urgent report coming in from Abascia station, captains! One of the checkpoints for “Race the Gap” has been changed! New coordinates are available in the data packets attached on this week’s report, so please update your plans accordingly! Admiral Monowai’s office offered no explanations on the sudden change, but has assured race participants that the newly revised course should be perfectly safe. Rumors are circulating of a sudden artifact discovery at the original location, but, of course, nothing confirmed. The usual crew of killjoys are buzzing about trying to limit these rumors, but you didn’t need me to tell you that.

In only potentially related news, tariff rates on “exotic” Abascian commodities are being “adjusted”. You all know the drill: some rich stiff’s kid got caught in the wrong crowd, so now all the popular gene mods are going to get hit because of one idiot. Details are sketchy at this point as to whose idiot kid it was this time, but you might want to steer around Seventh Fleet’s jurisdiction if you or any of your crew are... more obvious with the augments. The Ambassador from Abascia Station has leveled the usual accusations of speceism at the appropriate authorities. Personally, I’d say give it a few weeks to die down, these things happen every so often, usually doesn’t last more than a month or two, tops.

Oh, right, that Colonial Advisory is still in effect for Sector 4163. Traffic is starting to get heavier coming back from that way, rumors about what might be going on are still flying, but Admiral Hall’s office is disavowing or discrediting most of those reports. He assures travelers in the area that Admiral Perez and Fourth Fleet have a strong presence in the region, and there is no cause for undue alarm. The advisory remains a Code 2.

I’m Amanda Kally and that’s your starburst for tonight.

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