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Fife and Drum

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HUOXING ANSICAST NEWS
PROGRAM: THE SPHERE TONIGHT WITH JANE LI
TIMESTAMP: [2653.08.20 18:23:36]
Jane Li

 

On the Senate floor, Senator Kelley continued lobbying for a formal war declaration against the Shohan Assembly. Support for the measure is on an upswing in the chamber with an increasingly vocal group of other senators showing their support for the declaration, but this group, while loud, has not yet reached a sufficient majority to actually pass the act. The main voice of opposition to the declaration, Senator Karsalia, while praising the fleet for its current, diligent preparations in the sector of his constituents, took to the podium to urge the rest of the Senate not to leap into an irrevocable action against the Assembly, “Our attempts at contact with the Shohan have so far been met with silence, but I feel that a declaration of war would be ill-advised at this time. We do not know their intent, and declaring war would likely provoke them into more acts of aggression.”
A rally was held today in London, in Trafalgar Square, in support of the Fleet’s current actions to maintain our defenses in the sectors currently under alleged Shohan threat. Many flags were waved, and many voices were heard, all declaring that the Sphere was behind its service men and women, and speakers at the event claimed that the Shohan had best not provoke the Fleet further, although many critics noted it is still unclear if Fleet weaponry is capable of damaging the Shohan, given the Chiron's experiences. Trafalgar Station itself, has still offered no official comment on the situation, but sent its heartfelt appreciation to the participants in the rally.
In sadder news tonight, the people of Terra have lost one of their greatest treasures this week. Famed recording artist and late-night holovision host Archibald Meter died last night at the age of 158. Many fans considered him like a treasured member of their own families, and feel the loss on an almost personal level. But, like the line in one of his most famous songs, Life is But a Dream, he reminds us that while “musicians may lose their lives, life never loses its music.”

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Know Thy Enemy

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PROVIDER: HUOXING ANSICAST NEWS
PROGRAM: WAR FONTS
TIMESTAMP: [2653.08.19 06:14:53]
Gunther Frei

 

Every good military operation requires intelligence, the more the better. It is to this end that Fourth Fleet has set into high gear, moving recon ships and drones about with such speed that I cannot follow them, even if I were able to report on the details such movements. These rapid movements gather ever more data on the Shohan fleet, while confusing the enemy as to our own disposition. That’s the official line, anyway. Make Starfall, appearing in a burst of radiation, scan, and disappear again before the Shohan can engage. Repeat. Repeat Again. And yet again; stopping only to refill fuel bunkers before heading out once more.
This harassment strategy may be running the Shohan ragged, but it’s not doing our own crews much good either. Eyes across the fleet can only turn in frustration to their status boards, where the ugly red icons marking the occupied worlds smolder. A campaign of harassment does not win a war, but buys time. Time, however, can only carry us so far. To be certain, a confrontation is coming though it may be postponed as long as diplomatic efforts are still on going. For the citizens of Zhujiangjin and Prospero, however, time is not a friend. Fleet Command at Trafalgar Station suggests that a major plan is underway. With the time they have bought, I hope it’s a good one. We need it.

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A League of Our Own...

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PROGRAM: A3
TIMESTAMP: [2653.08.14 22:48:37]
[UNKNOWN] - "Naveen Maneesh"

 

Buy now, tech fans! Big traffic coming down the beanstalk, and word is it’s fleet related. Travel advisory going down here, which means military market... Prices will be down for the government, but up for you and me! Get in now before the market adjusts, and don’t be sorry over your software upgrades later!
Just because the tournament’s cancelled, doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Titles for what would have been the main events are out on the waves, and under the counter, if you take my meaning. In reaction to the paranoid fear-mongering that got the tournament cancelled, word has it some of the organizers got together and made a pre-release party for all the hottest titles! Well, I guess it’s a release party now, isn’t it? Like I always say, info moves faster than light, don’t get caught redshifting. Doppler’s a bitch, after all.

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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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Wardrums beat on the Senate Floor

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HUOXING ANSICAST NEWS
PROGRAM: THE SPHERE TONIGHT WITH JANE LI
TIMESTAMP: [2653.07.30 07:18:83]
Jane Li

 

Outrage is filling the Senate floor this week, as the events on Prospero continue to come to light. Senator Kelley has begun to openly state the links between the attacks at Zhujiangjin, Prospero, We Made It! and even Minerva, and is pushing to have a re-vote on the Sphere budget for this year, particularly as it pertains to the funding of the Fleet. In light of recent events, he feels we need to revisit the proposed need for military funding this cycle, and quote, “...give our boys everything they need to kick those grey bastards right the Hell back to wherever they come from.” He further added that it is a continued insult to humanity, and the Sphere as a whole, that Ambassador Davies continues to be absent from his offices on Unity.     
Volunteer rates for the Terran Sphere Navy have reached reported new record highs. Even the Thral, whose usual bouts of claustrophobia lead to issues serving on naval vessels, have been enlisting in the TSN at noticeably increased rates. The events in Sector 4163 are becoming a rallying cry around the Core worlds, Commodore Guo’s name being mentioned in more than one instance fueling a spreading sense of nationalism, though Fleet Command at Trafalgar has been notably quiet on the phenomenon. We can safely assume that they are planning a response to the Shohan aggression, and are endeavoring to bring this misunderstanding to a swift and decisive end.
In lighter news, Reverend Samantha Turay, High Cantor of the Church of Humanity Ascendant, will be making a visit to the Sol system, making several stops on Terra, and here on Huoxing! She has said that the events in the Reaches are indeed unfortunate, and that those affected have the full support of the Church, and will be acknowledged in the scheduled concordances during her visits here. His Holiness, Pope Francis III, has expressed similar sentiments on behalf of the Vatican, and will be organizing prayer sessions for the victims.

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