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PROVIDER: OUTBLACK ENTERTAINMENT
PROGRAM: STARBURST!
TIMESTAMP: [2655.08.13 01.00.54]
Amanda Kally

 

 Good.. and bad... time to be a freighter jock these days. Lots of families and whole communities looking to get out of dodge. On a personal note, having met some of these people... Try not to gouge them on the prices, please? They’ve been through a lot already. If you’re going to help them, help them, don’t make it worse. Fleet’s still offering solid contract rates on parts, supplies and labour, and most of it is running out of the yards here at Zanzibar... So this is where the work’s at! Second fleet needs help with the evacuees, people!

 

As for traffic, He Fei and Pulau Merah have both been confirmed by Second Fleet as Shohan attacks. Sectors 3963 and 3863 are at a class 3 advisory... But personally, I’d say just don’t go there. I can’t give specifics, but I’ve seen what Shohan ships can do to non-military craft. S’all I’m saying.

 

But, on a kind of related note... In an effort to boost recruiting amongst seasoned spacers, any of you that have outstanding warrants on you for info or livestock smuggling or somesuch? Admiral Karik’s office has announced that they’re officially willing to void warrants for certain minor criminal violations in exchange for active duty service. Admiral Hall isn’t making the same offer, however, so make sure you’re applying at

 

Second Fleet offices, here on Dock B, and not at Third’s on Dock A. Trust me, there’s big signs, you’ll be able to tell the difference pretty easily. And by minor, well, the list is posted.

 

I’m Amanda Kally, and this is your officially pardoned starburst for tonight.

 

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Fight... Or Flight?

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PROVIDER: HUOXING ANSICAST NEWS
PROGRAM: THE SPHERE TONIGHT WITH JANE LI
TIMESTAMP: [2655.04.02 22.40.17]
Jane Li

 

What can only be described as... an Exodus appears to be happening throughout the Sphere. Another Shohan attack has occurred at the colony of He Fei, and a panic has resulted, causing multitudes of colonists and islanders to flock away from the invasion zone. Some are even going so far as to attempt to leave the protection of the Sphere entirely. The Senate is urging people to remain calm, and not to act hastily in these trying times. Squadrons from Second and Third fleets are already working tirelessly in attempts to anticipate where the Shohan may attack next, and, if necessary, evacuate the colonies that are deemed at risk. Senator Kelley’s office offered the following comments, “We face a grave threat from a terrible enemy, I admit. But it is in times of great adversity that we humans band together, and show our greatness! Show our strength! It is when we stand together that we will be triumphant in this great war! We’ve shown this to the Kriak more than once, now we must show the Shohan!”

In a shocking development, broadcasts have recently started surfacing through back channels that claim to originate from Artemis III. The identity of the alleged broadcaster is that of a local tabloid artist, who had specialized in the fields of programming and technological development. These broadcasts make reference to a resistance force on Artemis III, fighting back against the occupying Shohan, but specifics are not given, citing that tangle for this “black link” is scarce. Fleet Intelligence at Trafalgar remains skeptical, believing this could be some sort of false-intelligence plan being perpetrated by the Shohan. Senator Karsalia however, has vouched for the identity of the voice of these broadcasts, citing that he does not believe the Shohan would be able to simulate this man’s personal idiosyncrasies, as he put it. Some of the content of these transmissions is too coarse for air, however.

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The Absence Of...

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PROVIDER: HUOXING ANSICAST NEWS
PROGRAM: WAR FONTS
TIMESTAMP: [2655.01.25 15.07.42]
Gunther Frei

Facts.  They’re what I’m supposed to be reporting, what the news is all about.  But facts are scarce right now.  Here are the few I’ve managed to find; He Fei has gone silent, as has Pulau Merah.  Given their locations, we may assume enemy involvement.  Shohan scouts have been spotted in a few systems, where they have fled in the face of any opposition.  The facts, such as they are, don’t make for much news.  So now we turn to speculation.  

The Shohan advance has almost stopped after Artemis III.  They send out scouts, conquer small colonies to consolidate their invasion corridor, and nothing else.  Are the Shohan limited by some factor as yet unseen?  Is there a logistics tail that we can attack?  Are the manpower requirements of planetary occupation forces straining their military?  Do we dare hope that the Shohan count Artemis III a Pyrrhic victory, one that they will not soon recover from?  It seems that the sacrifice of Fourth Fleet is still buying us time.  I pray we make good use of it. 

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Ansible Free Artemis

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PROVIDER: [UNKNOWN]
PROGRAM: A3
TIMESTAMP: [2654.09.13 02.47.29]
[UNKNOWN] - "Naveen Maneesh"

 

Naveen Maneesh here, broadcasting to you black-link-style from what’s left of Free Artemis III. It took a while to get access to a working relay that the tech-creeps hadn’t either taken or shot up. I’m hanging with the Resistance now, hittin’ ‘em where it hurts, and still getting the word out. If the government couldn’t censor me, I’m sure not gonna let these assholes do it! Can’t say where or how, and tangle’s scarce, so I gotta keep it quick, but I’m letting all you core slugs out there know, we’re still here, and we’re fighting back! They can’t keep a good planet down!

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Off of the Races

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PROVIDER: OUTBLACK ENTERTAINMENT
PROGRAM: STARBURST!
TIMESTAMP: [2654.08.02 06.14.31]
Amanda Kally

Good evening spacers... The racing circuit as a whole is having a bit of a down year. A lot of the usual contenders are either enlisting, or helping ferry islanders and frightened colonists out of the sectors neighboring what Admiral Hall has dubbed “the Invasion Corridor”. While it’s been pretty quiet on the Shohan front since Artemis, there’s been all kinds of activity here, as I watch from my brand new offices across the stardock from the old ones. Instead of all that busy construction work, as you can see, I’ve got a great view of one of the nearby asteroid belts from here. Major construction going down here, though that’s about all I’m allowed to say about it for now. Lots of the engineers are talking about new plans, but specifics are understandably kept under wraps.

But, as for the space lanes... Jammed, is the word. Lots of people want to get out of dodge before the Shohan show up, and can we blame them? Admiral Hall’s office is bustling around the clock with people from all over the place, scraping up anything that might qualify as Intel, so, if you’re trying to bug out of the corridor, don’t be surprised if Third Fleet asks to have a chat with you. If you’ve seen anything Shohan-like, they’re definitely going to want to talk to you. So, stop on by! Heat exchange stations are packed around here, but prices are kept nice and low for anyone who’s helping the TSN with info, or with getting civilians out, so, still business to be done, folks! Let’s help keep some people safe, there’s too many refugees here who have no real plans, and just want to be safe somewhere.

I’m Amanda Kally and this is your displaced starburst for tonight.

 

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