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A massive threat coming from Apam Napat

Posted 2019-05-03 13:54:40 by Noduran

While the Apam Napat Partners (ANP) were the original system founders, much has changed in the several hundred years since permanent habitation of the system. Originally set up as a small high tech research facility, over time ANP expanded into extraction and trade with other systems rather than pure research. At this time, they started to create strong connections with an emerging company, NMTC. The ANP managed to keep both the Empire and Federation at bay through being too small of an operation to attract too much attention but being large enough to pay for local system security. As the number of colonists grew, the small but functional station in orbit around Apam Napat 5 was deemed too small and several other outposts were constructed. It was during this new wave of colonization that the Empire began to gain a foothold in the system, with several affluent families exploring the rather promising terraforming potential of Apam Napat 5. Still, the ANP held sway over the system, partly due to the tech that they were researching and developing but also because they paid for system security. Though it wasn’t too long before ANP fell from grace.

A schism had been forming over the years between various board members of the ANP, one faction had put forward the idea that they should accept Empire patronage and allow imperial terraformers to proceed with the terraforming of Apam Napat 5, while the larger and more conservative wanted to remain independent of any Power’s control. It was thought that all things were settled when those pro imperialists went quiet for a year, but it was just the calm before the storm.

An extraordinary meeting was called for all board members, but once they turned up they found that their imperialist colleagues had taken control of the local security services and had formed a coalition with other heads of imperial families in the system. The remaining ANP members tried to take back control of the situation but the battle for the original outpost lasted days and was a one sided conflict.
The ANP was given a seat at the table, but for all intents and purposes had lost control of the system to the Imperial Coalition. Over time this coalition formed into an Assembly and ended up taking the name Apam Napat Empire Assembly (or just The Assembly for short). For the next fifty years Apam Napat grew in population and prospered, with both the terraforming of Apam Napat 5 (now called Grahame) and the completion of a Coriolis Station (Majida) in orbit around. The Assembly governed reasonably, and Imperial forces helped keep order around the local stations and outposts.

Around 3268 a young duke was promoted to governor of the system, and head of The Assembly. Duke Marcus Rallion was a promising officer of the Imperial Navy that had a few too many progressive ideas (i.e. wanted imperial slavery banned), so being sent to an outlier of an Imperial system allowed conservatives room to breathe. Unfortunately, he started his governance by asking back The ANP back into the board room by offering them a stake in control of the system (and of course they had to contribute to the finances). The Duke was seen as a liberal in many ways, scoffed at hunting, refused to allow Imperial Slaves in his residence (he hired them as live in servants rather than let them have the tag of slave associated with them) and even refused all the pomp that went with his title.

The Duke ushered in an era of prosperity that helped all who lived in Apam Napat for the next four decades. This all ended when the Duke’s ship had an unexplained FSD failure that left him adrift and without life support in the Isis system. Many mourned his death and talks about who would replace him gathered momentum. It was during the Duke’s funeral in 3299 that someone claimed his right, a young officer by the name of Arlan Rallion stepped forwards and declared that his “Uncle” had asked him to take over upon his death. Documentation was presented to argue the case, and Duke Arlan’s title of “nephew” was also dissected (the term nephew often refers to an elder sponsoring a non family member. Duke Marcus had never married and had no children so this in itself was not unusual).

In 3300 Duke Arlan was sworn in as governor and within months had upset many at the highest levels by removing all liberal leaning representatives of The Assembly and replacing them with his men/women and revoked The ANP’s seat. He also opening encouraged people to take on Imperial Slaves as their duty to the Empire. Within a few years, Duke Arlan had taken total control of Apam Napat, as well as partial control over several systems (including Tsim Binba). He was known to be a ruthless man both in the boardroom and in conflict zones, never giving an inch to anybody and always coming out on top. Yet the populace were content, even happy with their Duke. He could walk amongst his people without needing any bodyguard, as he had few enemies.

To many he was the perfect Duke.

The boom and prosperity of the systems The Assembly controlled, hid the actual realities of life under Arlan Law. Imperial Slaves were forcibly sterilized as a way to control destitution as were the many “concubines” of the Duke, those convicted of crimes against the Empire had brain limiters implanted while those with alternative lifestyles were given specialist therapy to return back to Imperial life. Every station had a cleansing team - people whose job was to cleanse the area of undesirables and miscreants.

Outspoken critics of the Duke found family members charged with deplorable crimes like pedophilia, while in extreme cases, execution due to treason. As Duke Arlan controlled the system media, and had influence in surrounding systems, nothing negative about him or the Assembly ever reached the ears of those that could do something.

Rumour has it that The Assembly is planning to expand into PalCon space. First, the empire signatures has significantly increased in the signals detected in Paladin space over the last weeks. The specialists of the Consortium have increased the threat level for a potential invasion. Second, the tyranny in place in Apam Napat cannot stay in place. One last provocation was for The Assembly to cut all access for NMTC in Apam Napat, and keeping some of their miners as Prisoners. For all those reasons, Paladin Consortium has declared war to the Assembly.

PalComm of the week: Cmdr Valorin

Posted 2019-03-19 11:22:11 by Noduran

This week, PalComm features cmdr Valorin, explorer of the consortium!

Q: Why did you engage yourself in the distant world 2 expedition?
A: Thousands of people banding together for a significant feat of exploration and science instead of conflict? That's something the human race doesn't do very often, so I wanted to be part of it.

Q: How does it feel to be so far away from home?
A: That's actually not an easy question given the recent news about Thargoid attacks doubling up. I worry for my home. Apart from that it sure feels like being cut off from the world, but it's also strange how the "void" isn't empty at all.

Q:How did you prepare your ship and crew for such expedition?
A: You mean, without boring you to death with technical details? Getting the Clairvoyance ready for the trip was a lot of work. I also called in a few favors to meet up with the top notch engineers for things like hardening shields and armor without adding too much mass. Apart from that there are the small things you don't want to fail in the middle of nowhere, like sanitary units... Witnessed that once as a passenger. Wasn't pretty.

Q: DW2 is quite an important fleet, do you often meet other crew?
A: Not as often as I thought I would actually. We met up a few times at the stations at Omega Sector and Explorer's Anchorage, and sometimes I join into survey missions and sightseeing, I mean, scientific recon endeavors. Also did some mining together to get the station up and running.

Q: For you, what is the real goal of DW2?
A: The real goal... Hm. I've been to Orion multiple times, regularly to the Pleiades and visited the Formidine Rift but I've never been to the Core or beyond. This was an opportunity I didn't want to miss.

What are we?

Posted 2019-03-19 11:17:32 by Noduran
Edited 2019-03-19 13:07:28 by Inyahin

Our galaxy has always been a very cold and dark existence for many commanders, especially those that are simply trying to make an honest living to support their families. Miners, trader, explorers... they wake up every day reassuring their wives, husbands, and children that they'll be home in time for supper, however knowing full well the risks and the dangers that await them the moment their ship leaves the star port. Time and time again you read the reports on Galnet of the senseless acts of violence against these hard working citizens. Some are pirated for their cargo and allowed to carry on their way, however most end up simply being murdered for the sick satisfaction of others. You hear the reports from the victim's families calling for revenge, begging for somebody to stand up and do something. Alas, the only responses heard are even more family members' pleas for justice. It wasn’t until the day Zerthena, the wife of my life long mentor, came to me with the news of his untimely demise at the hands of injustice. Word is he was able to take out 3 of the pirates before another full wing joined in to finish him off. Now I too, was finding myself wondering "Why isn't anybody doing anything?" Then it hit me. "What if every commander that has ever been bullied, tormented, and taunted... decided to all stand together united as one and say 'enough is enough'?

Of course these commanders would still need to make a living, but they would also spend time training in the art of combat. So when the time came, they would be able to come together in overwhelming numbers in support of each other no matter the obstacles placed in front of them. They would send wings of commanders to areas where the inexperienced fly to teach them basic survival skills, work with them so they understand how to make a decent living and hold true to that daily promise of being home by supper. Give them the necessary skills to not only defend themselves, but to hopefully one day be able to join the cause and stand up to injustice. Most importantly, show them how to fly with integrity... This simple idea was forged into the foundation of the Paladin Consortium, "Pilot Autonomy... Unified as One.

What is Paladin Consortium?

Posted 2019-03-19 11:16:31 by Noduran
Edited 2019-03-19 13:06:53 by Inyahin

The original Paladins traveled together from their home planet in the Sol system in search of a better life. When they arrived in the region of LFT 37 they began to settle, building a station (Roentgen Hub) orbiting what would become their home planet, LFT 37 1. Lit by their star Durandal, this planet provided food. The nearby LFT 37 2 provided resources, via the Onnes Gateway station. Once settled, a third station - Savinykh Hub - was built orbiting LFT 37 3 with a focus on trade.

In those early days, many of the convoy ships that followed the settlers decided to base themselves in nearby systems – attracted by the dominant characteristics of the societies already living in them-. These Paladins became known by the local inhabitants, and created the Houses of the Consortium.

The technologically advanced Andhrims; the artists of Kappa Phoenicia; the devout, law abiding Tavgans; the ethically flexible Qarats; the mysterious loners of Segovit; society’s devient’s and independents in Isis; the military focused Paladin Templar force in Nemet; and not forgetting the largest of all, a corporation that in the early days had become so economically and politically important it took its own system – the Nabatean Mining and Transportation Company

These systems had their own governments in which the Paladin participated. With the original leadership of the Paladin settled in LFT 37, and LFT37 considered the mother system, a Senate formed, with Senators drawn from each of the Houses. Thus the Consortium came to be. In many cases the Paladin Consortium came to run the systems – more by default than design - but, with the Consortium being democratically minded, the systems went through regular political upheaval. Over time, the lines between the settlers and the original inhabitants blurred and the Paladin Consortium became a melting pot – a group that shared a way of thinking, rather than a shared origin?