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Oria Hegemony

Dated: Thursday March 12th, 2220, 9:22 p.m. COS science talk

Headline:COS Michelle Faro addressed a few important science items with Reporter Stacia Bevins today. Among these was the exciting news that her approval was finally given to market up to five day fusion reactor replacement cores. "A vast amount of testing had to be done before I could sign off on this project. Fusion reactors seem to be working well but their are always risks, due to the heat needed to maintain it."Faro, who suggested I please call her Michelle, further explained the fusion process. "Fusion is created when two atoms are combined to make a workable energy. This process essentially creates an explosion. It is the job of the reactor to contain said explosion. Technology hasn't afforded us the opportunity to contain such an explosion that exceeds temperatures of 170 million degrees Fahrenheit for a lengthy amount of time.""deuterium is the isotope for this particular reactor. It is a hydrogen isotope consisting of one proton, one neutron and one electron. It is collected from oceans, and even stars. The issue with collecting it from the stars is that the deuterium is destroyed so fast." Michelle continued to explain. "We hope to find a way to extract the deuterium from the stars soon. Which will give us more chances to create better reactors."Michelle then went on to mention concerns over the ships which have Nuclear Energy Phase Drives installed being cleared to land on Oria. "Nuclear energy can be very dangerous," said Faro. "We've taken every precaution we can to ensure the safety of our citizens. For example, we must be launched in space to instal our replacement reactor cores. The extreme heat the reactors produce and most pilots who will need to replace the cores are not trained engineers but they do have the necessary equipment on their ships to keep them as safe as possible."In regards to an unrelated item, Michelle said, "We are advising everyone to be very careful in sector 4. Our plans for using comets to terraform the moon are nearing fruition. Things could get dangerous out there."Michelle declined to comment on deputy chief Amanda Steven's statement warning entrepreneurs to not build shops on Kizak Island. She would only state, "The atmosphere is safe but we do need to do further land based testing." She also did not add anything to the more firm warning not to build yet from a representative of dictator Faro's office.In 2199, Michelle Faro played a huge part in the discovery of Riphenol at the young age of sixteen. She tested well and went into specific science studies at the age of twelve with proud parents supporting her all the way. Furthermore, she became the youngest ever chief of science in 2204. She has had a hand in many projects, always with safety in mind, and is well-liked by the citizens of Oria and the caverns.It is widely known that if not for her and fellow scientist Amanda Stevens, humans would not have been able to surface safely. In fact, resentment throughout the science community is on the rise that dictator Larkra Faro lavishes in taking all the credit. Michelle declined comment on this.Lastly, when I asked Michelle of her blue eyes, she just smiled.

Dated: Saturday May 2nd, 2220, 4:46 p.m. Chrylia Expands

Headline:Chrylia, the mineral rich planet which is mostly uninhabitable, built a new wing to their station after many years of operation. "The population under the dome is growing, industry and trade are growing," said Mayor Slade Faro. "It was time.""Families of the minors union couldn't be more pleased because this could mean living quarters expansions," said Minor's union president Tom Blake.

Dated: Saturday October 3rd, 2220, 4:51 p.m. Gonrah deal revealed

Headline:The peacekeepers association, founded in 2209, begins to thrive, after striking a deal with the OH to have their own planet. Gonrah, discovered by Michelle Faro and Austin Turner in 2219, was awarded to the association earlier this year on the heels of lengthy discussions."We wished to have a place for peace loving civilians and pilots to go," Said Ned Faro, current head of the PKA."We have just completed work on an expansive hospital and the OH has rights to use it in exchange for allowing us to be in the FBN," Ned went on to explain. "We also agreed to pay back the $400,000,000,000 loan the OH graciously provided us to help with our upstart cost.""We also agreed to pay the OH $45,000,000,000 per year for full defense of our sector," pilot Tim Collins added. "While we are peacekeepers, in that we take no part in unnecessary battles, we understand the need for invasion protection and have decided to allow members of the PKA to assist in said invasions. However, we must not own any combat ships nor initiate any combat battles. It is our belief that putting forth the olive branch will be the best way to gain peace moving forward.""Pilot members of the PKA went far and wide to enlist help from Farolds living abroad with this planet. The interest in more Farolds willingness to call a peacekeeping planet home rather than their ships, was a big factor in the dictator agreeing to this plan. A more extensive trade agreement will be hashed out in the future," a spokesperson for the dictator's office informed. "While this planet is not a member of the OH, it will help strengthen the notion that Farolds can work together and do support peace."Gonrah is a planet with a circumference of 7100 KMs (4400 miles), located a short distance west of the unclaimed Kizak Island. "Most of the northern hemisphere is barren rock, however, we did discover that a third of the planet has a wealth of trees, fertile land, and vegetation." COS Michelle Faro explained. "We were able to determine that this area would be suitable for beginning settlements without much work."

Dated: Friday October 16th, 2220, 8:37 p.m. Starships get safer!

Headline:Amidst growing concerns of pilot death due to being ill prepared with an adequate amount of oxygen, an announcement was made earlier today from FSI industries. "Over the last decade we've lost a dozen Farolds and at least three hundred humans due to lack of oxygen during space walks. Head of engineering, Berry Weis, traveled to the cavern to work with a human engineering student, Daniel Patel. They have invented a system that is being installed in every starship," engineer Berry Weis announced.He went on to explain that this computer and salvaging upgrade will snatch a person from the jaws of death if a sensor on the helmet calls the ship. While excitement is in the air, any sane person should know that equipment can malfunction. We were promised that this is one of the best tertiary upgrades since the emergency life support generator.

Dated: Saturday October 24th, 2220, 11:57 a.m. Charge Boosters!

Headline:New Netherlands to the rescue. "We've got five minute charge boosters at the ready in our reactor store on New Netherlands," said engineer Wilhelm Freegenhauf.

Dated: Saturday October 24th, 2220, 8:50 p.m. science student dead

Headline:The farold defense department has informed us that science student, Nancy Carette's remains were found near the foliage in the jungle.The fuzzy ant is still out there. It was advised for pilots working within the jungle to be careful and take a weapon.COS Michelle Faro informed us that human pilot Sasha Redfern appeared to be physically fine when she left. Mister Redfern was attacked by the ant and ended up with a nasty leg injury. "He was a bit shaken up," Faro concluded.She gave no comment on the rusty box retrieved by the pilots in the area.

Dated: Sunday October 25th, 2220, 8:36 a.m. Price gouging?

Headline:Treasure Terry Faro finally blew a gasket over the general communications channel this morning when a pilot used the words "slave drivers," in response to a heated discussion about price gouging.Prior to the big blow up, he tried to inform the public of what is all done for them. The facts show themselves. From May 2219, to May of 2220 alone, the Oria Hegemony spent $165,375,345,000 to help care for the people in the caverns and got nothing in return.Cavern leaders from Sector A have reported that they are appalled at the actions of people complaining about price gouging. While leaders from Sector C applaud them.Dictator Faro said this, "Everyone has the right to their opinion. It is when the verbal sparring gets nasty that it can get rough." He has placed treasurer Faro on a ten day leave of absence.Psychologist Tina Faro added, "Part of the issue here is that these people are coming from those caverns and not understanding how the real world works. The Farolds have given tons of money to help humans over the years. But, the farolds are into making money and nobody can fault them for that. If you earn $50,000 in two hours, why are you really complaining? Even in sector A, nobody earned a tenth of that in two hours.

Dated: Tuesday October 27th, 2220, 8:47 p.m. Drake gone mad!

Headline:Business entrepreneur Natasha Drake has taken up the gauntlet to try out being a pilot. Her family is one of the most influential human families above ground. "I have discovered there is not a pilot in the Drake family. This issue must be remedied, said Drake.Natasha went a step further. "I have donated all my savings to the HPA so that we can begin to teach those in the caverns how to behave once they exit better than they are doing. I will be donating my shopping center funds to children's schools above ground so that they can have the best opportunities possible."Though most think Natasha a snob, she can do something good once in awhile. It remains to be seen if she can fly a ship though.

Dated: Saturday October 31st, 2220, 12:16 p.m. Not so lazy

Headline:Outrage among the piloting community, by Stacia Bevins.Earlier today, it became clear that a ground invasion is threatening the City of Oria. In order to prepare the Civilian Pilots for the combat they may face, The Farold Defense Office and Chief of Science Michelle Faro decided to give out ammunition clips to pilots who desired it. As they all set out to meet in the town square of Oria, some food and drink was also brought along. One of my colleagues chose to write a, in my humble opinion, quite condescending article about the goings on in the square, which made many of the pilots present quite unhappy.Since I had been fortunate to speak with COS Faro earlier this year, she asked me whether I wrote this, or whether I knew who wrote this. This seemed a good opportunity to investigate the matter myself.As I joined the pilots gathered in the square, I was greeted warmly, although I could feel some tension. I spoke with several pilots, although it was too chaotic and busy to take a good quality interview. This I deem understandable, as we soon learned from a Farold Defense Officer that the enemy has been able to make tunnels using mining equipment to force their way into the city.First and foremost, the pilots I saw in the square looked ready for combat. I heard from many that their goal is not to be lazy, but to organize themselves for what is to come. Sasha Redfern, a pilot who was already preparing to write about this publicly, confirmed the following: "My issue with the article was the implication we're having a party here, no, we came here to get our ammunition and we are absolutely not letting our guard down. We're all together so we can defend the square easier than if we were more spread out."Several pilots mentioned that it was good to eat well before combat, and that it in fact had been COS Michelle Faro who had suggested someone would bring something good to eat and drink. This had been done by several willing pilots, including someone by the name of Lexie. She however was so disheartened by the article, and one pilot Dave as he was called by someone, who defended it, that she decided to take the food away. She did tell me though: "I did bring the snack bin, yes. I went to buy it specifically because Dorian was hungry, and I thought others might be too."It was mentioned that no one would leave their equipment lying around and keep hanging out once the city was attacked, a very reassuring thought.I spoke with Dorian Leroux, a gentleman with a lovely French accent, who told me: "Believe that was poorly represented. Was not great party. Was gathering in central location where was best to spread out from. Officers offering ammunition and kind pilots decided to provide food and drink. Is best to fight on full stomach rather than fight on empty stomach and worry about hunger as well as fight. Pilot Dave is one who thrives from chaos. Think that was just enjoying causing discord and nearly succeeded."Pilot Dave, as he was called, chose not to comment on this. It is unclear whether he was against the party, or just felt that the writer of previously mentioned article was right in calling the gathering a party. But in my brief interaction with the pilots, he and Mr. Dorian got into a heated argument which unfortunately threatened to become violent.In conclusion, I saw a group of pilots trying to make the best of this situation, taking care of themselves and each other, trying to organize themselves and also having a good time while being at it, and I see nothing wrong with that at all. I thank the pilots, some who remain unnamed, for speaking with me.I wish to end by saying that while I was in the city, I saw no threats, and a Farold Defense officer made it clear over the Tactical Channel that it might take a while yet for enemies to get into Oria. Although being alert is never bad, I urge citizens and pilots alike to stay calm and keep it cool.

Dated: Saturday October 31st, 2220, 3:20 p.m. Zombie Attack

Headline:The City of Oria is under attack from zombies, so warns Security Chief JaJa Faro. He urges that all citizens who are without weapons stay safe somewhere. Further advice, in part handed out by the piloting community, is to not travel the streets alone.

Dated: Saturday October 31st, 2220, 3:29 p.m. Screams of terror

Headline:Screams of terror were heard as visitors and employees of the Camp Ground try to defend themselves from a zombie attack with fingernails, tent poles and whatever else they have at hand.

Dated: Saturday October 31st, 2220, 4:18 p.m. Injuries

Headline:As Civilian Pilots and defense personnel fight off a massive zombie attack all over Oria and its surroundings, the first serious injuries have been reported. At least one Civilian Pilot and 6 Defense Officers were brought into the hospital on Gonrah in the last hour. Nurses and medics express concern of what may happen as the fighting continues.

Dated: Saturday October 31st, 2220, 9:35 p.m. Injury Issues

Headline:A group of brave pilots along with COS Michelle Faro dragged three badly injured pilots from the zombie battle. They took them to Gonra only to be denied entry because the unconscious victims had weapons on them. Finally, a nurse and some guards rudely dragged the injured pilots into the hospital wing.

Dated: Sunday November 1st, 2220, 2:10 p.m. Farolds Award Pilots

Headline:Earlier today in the Oria town square, COS Michelle Faro and HOS JaJa Faro joined a group of pilots. Several medals were handed out to recognize those who displayed exemplary skills. It was pointed out that every pilot who participated, including the 28 who got a zombie kill, were appreciated immensely."The threat has been stopped and more arrests will be made soon," a law enforcement officer said.

Dated: Monday November 2nd, 2220, 8:45 a.m. Drake Family Suing

Headline:A spokesperson for the renowned Drake family has announced that they will be filing suit against the FDD Ground Forces division. "Damion Drake was not part of a defense team and should never have been in the depths of the caverns," their attorney stated.JaJa Faro, head of the defense department had this to say. "We would like to extend our condolences to the Drake family. What happened with their son was tragic. However, 10/31/2220 was one of the most chaotic days in history. Our brave ground forces were set on defending nearly two million people in those caverns. Mistakes are bound to happen. It is unfortunate that this one turned so tragic."Damion Drake was 23-years-old and had begun working to expand the Drake business holdings before his death. Witnesses say that he attempted to hold off half a dozen zombies from entering a childcare center. Thus, he died a hero.

Dated: Friday November 6th, 2220, 8:57 a.m. FDD Neutrality

Headline:A spokesperson for the FDD says that they will remain neutral with any protests against Gonrah's weapons policies. They will not hand out fines, but will not step in if Gonrah does.They gave no official comment as to their stance on the matter.

Dated: Friday November 6th, 2220, 10:16 a.m. OH weapon threats

Headline:The Oh dictator's office has issued a stern warning to the leaders of Gonrah. "Make readily available a clearance for injured persons to leave your hospital if they have weapons. Not complying with this will cause us to rescind the FBN for use of hospital deal. This means that you will have to pay the high price for being in the network."Gonrah has not yet responded but it is likely the compliance will be met due to their economic situation.

Dated: Friday November 6th, 2220, 11:10 a.m. Gonrah Caves

Headline:Gonrah leadership has conceded to the demands of the OH and will allow people to leave the hospital with weapons since they were likely brought in with them by the medical transport ship.If you are trying to assist an unconscious person who has weapons on them, it is best to let the medical ship pick them up. You will not be able to enter otherwise.Furthermore, if you go astray after leaving the hospital, you could end up unable to leave and need to get assistance. It is advised that you stay on the path.

Dated: Monday November 9th, 2220, 3:36 p.m. Oria Hospital?

Headline:It is rumored that pilots are making ready a way to build a hospital in the city of Oria.Sources say that COS Michelle Faro supports this petition which was circulated on a voyager class starship.What the proposal details has not been disclosed but the questions remain. Where does the money come from? Is this a shot at Gonrah to force more compliance with the OH?

Dated: Tuesday November 10th, 2220, 6:20 p.m. Turner Children

Headline:Mark and Angie Turner have finally made a statement regarding these so-called issues with Austin and Maggie Turner. "Dad loves mom, he bought her that diner and always tries to take her wherever he goes, minus combat situations." Mark Turner said."Mom has classic symptoms of don't look at that female jealousy. Dad cuts up and jokes but he worships the ground mom walks on. He worked his entire life so that everyone here could have a good life above ground. I love mom but she needs to get it together." Said Angie Turner.

Dated: Wednesday November 11th, 2220, 2:19 p.m. Austin prevails

Headline:Austin Turner held court in Maggie's diner this afternoon where he tried to give assistance to pilots wishing to further their personal projects. Yet again, he provided a hand to the new pilots and praised his wife. This is in sharp contrast to the nay saying pilots who, according to pilot Sandy Lake, spoke badly of him while sifting. "I adore Austin and Maggie. She really needs to stop fretting over silly things. I've known them for seven years and he does nothing but praise her."Those in the inner circle hope this will put an end to the silly uproar over personal lives. "None of this had any business in the news," Lake went on to say.For those who aren't in the know, Austin, his wife Maggie and their children, Mark and Angie, were the first humans to set foot above ground in nearly 200 years. Since then, Austin has worked tirelessly to make a good home for humanity.

Dated: Thursday November 12th, 2220, 8:39 a.m. Judge's Fury

Headline:Judge Kensington filed papers to slap a $200,000 fine on Miles Night. She had begun to work out the miss understanding with some pilots and Maggie Turner, who cleared the air about Austin when she admitted these issues were her own and Austin was good to her. Said pilot smirked at her, and after a warning, put his hands on her in a flirtatious way. Anyone who has any knowledge of Miah knows that she is an upstanding judge who will not take crap lightly. Lesson learned for this young pilot.

Dated: Friday November 13th, 2220, 3:20 p.m. Kensington moves on

Headline:Apparently Judge Kensington has moved on with an investigation that she hoped to avoid. Sources say that she is pulling records of a supposed discussion that began regarding coffee and beer. Austin Turner says that he barely recalls this discussion but is very disheartened it took such an ugly turn. His wife, Maggie turner has told judge Kensington that she will fully back her husband in this ridiculous investigation. "I am so sorry that I helped cause such venom towards my husband. He is a wonderful man and this madness needs to end," said Maggie Turner.

Dated: Monday November 16th, 2220, 5:42 p.m. COS CREW

Headline:COS Michelle Faro has selected her crew for the little science jaunt, which is to depart on November 22 at around 3PM. This trip will be doing some final testing before putting the island into the FBN network. Rumor has it that some places of business have already set up shop, against the wishes of the dictator's office. If anyone is not ready to go at the time of departure, they will be left behind as Faro had to go through a lot of red tape to get the dictator's office to allow her to take more than four pilots. Austin Turner has chose five pilots to go with him to provide possible combat backup.COS crew: Dorian Leroux, Dunnel McKinnin, Alexis Stanton, Kaylenne Buchanan, Luna Brown, Dorothy Borden, and Cataleya Sandes.HPA Turner's Crew: Kairi Kaeling, Jonathan brown, Giovanni Darkenum, Lucas Rain, and Daniel Patel.

Dated: Friday November 20th, 2220, 4:45 p.m. debris wars

Headline:Members of the OH have been complaining to the dictator's office. They say that they are not getting possible resources for recycling purposes because sector six is charging a higher payout. Among the complainants are the OH science department and New Netherlands recycling center.

Dated: Saturday November 21st, 2220, 6:34 a.m. Petty cash?

Headline:The Treasury department has reported a petty cash discrepancy of $65,225,300. An investigation is underway but the initial trail leads to unknown government officials using it to assist shop keepers who moved to Kizak Island prior to the Treasury secretary and/or the dictator giving the go ahead."While it is protocol to assist shops like this with our petty cash funds," treasurer Terry Faro said, "it is not common to do it without proper procedures. This matter will be handled swiftly."

Dated: Sunday November 22nd, 2220, 12:09 a.m. pilot admits to using firearms

Headline:Pilot Lucas rain admitted over the general phone channel that he fired upon and shot pilot Kyle Reynolds. Pilot Reynolds was engaging in a verbal spar with prominent cavern children educator, Dorothy Borden. From what records say, her profession was being called into doubt by Mr. Reynolds. There was also some slanderous remarks against women that were later called jokes.Mister Rain, took the defense of women into his own hands and shot Reynolds five or six times. Rain says he is willing to pay his fine or do jail time.

Dated: Sunday November 22nd, 2220, 6:16 p.m. Disaster on Kizak

Headline:Disaster struck on Kizak Island today: by Stacia BevinsAround 2:30 PM today, a group of pilots under the leadership of COS Michelle Faro and HPA Chair Austin Turner left for Kizak Island, a planet that has been discovered in more recent times. Rumors had already been spread that shops may have already opened on the Island, and this final mission was to perform a final check before the Island could become part of the FBN Network. To this end, the crew was divided over two ships, COS Faro took SHQ Voyages, and HPA Chair Turner flew his extended frigate Turner's Dream. Of note is that shortly before departure, Maggie Turner also joined the group, claiming to be ready for anything.About half an hour later, a scream was heard over the Tactical Channel, Kizak Island had been invaded by the Kiohn. As COS Michelle Faro and her pilots arrived, they decided to spread out and deal with the ground forces. Soon after, ships also appeared in orbit, the invasion was complete. It did not take long for the ground forces to report that casualties had been located, making it clear that things had gone very badly on the island. The fighting continued for quite some time, and reports came in of one group being surrounded and out of ammunition, fighting hand to hand. A few serious injuries were also reported, but ultimately the combined force of the pilots, COS Faro and Maggie Turner was enough to take the scouts down.As HPA Chair Turner landed on Kizak to buy new reactors for his ship, he was shocked to learn he could not launch, indicating that the Kiohns had successfully hacked the Farold Computers. Fortunately, COS Faro was able to remedy this problem and the enemy vessels in orbit were dispatched with due haste.Unfortunately, the real question remains, who allowed the shopkeepers to relocate to Kizak Island while it was not yet secure, and who helped them get set up? Dictator Larkra Faro soon announced that he would find the ones responsible. A possible lead came from a baker, who asked over the General Channel whether anyone had seen her daughter. The woman, recognized by COS Faro as Nancy, received the bad news that her daughter was deceased. She was unable to speak coherently, but she did offer the first useful information, someone from the security department had told the shopkeepers it was safe. With this revealed, Dictator Larkra Faro immediately replaced Security Chief JaJa Faro and made Austin Turner the new head of security. to this day, JaJa Faro claims not to be responsible for these tragic, and potentially criminal events.Unfortunately, this is not where these sad events ended. Search parties located another casualty, and after a moment of research, Austin Turner announced the tragic news to Dictator Larkra Faro that his son, Phillip Faro, has passed away.The dictator announced grimly that he would take revenge on whoever was responsible for the death of his boy, and if former Chief of Security JaJa Faro had anything to do with it, he and his family would know the Dictator's pain. Reports say that a total of seven shopkeepers or their family members lost their lives today, and several other injuries were also reported. This puts a shadow over the island, that really was meant to be a paradise. Many pilots, as well as COS Faro, Austin and his wife Maggie turner have expressed their unhappiness and anger about these turns of events, and the Dictator's office has announced officially that tomorrow will be a day of mourning for those who lost their lives today. It has also been announced that the Delta309 star, which Kizak Island orbits, will be renamed to the Phillip Star, in loving memory of Phillip Faro. As a final word, I grieve for those who have lost loved ones today, and hope that the culprit will be brought to justice.

Dated: Sunday November 22nd, 2220, 8:06 p.m. day of mourning rescheduled

Headline:Philip Faro, age 30, will be at the new hope cathedral this coming Wednesday from 2 to 5 PM. November 25, 2220 will be considered a day of mourning for those who were slain by the Kiohn scouts on November 22.Dictator Faro has said that accommodations will be made at the cathedral for others who fell with his son.Philip Faro had a night out with friends and sneaked out to Kizak to see what was going on over there. He was in line to become the next dictator of Oria.Some of the pilots had stated that they would like to help pay for those who died to be laid to rest.

Dated: Monday November 23rd, 2220, 11:48 p.m. HPA Applicants

Headline:Judge Miah Kensington announced that HPA chairperson applicants should send their letters to her by December 1, 2220.On that date, she and new Security chief Austin Turner will hand pick the first HPA chairperson to come from the first fleet.The officeholder will keep this job for three months and then an election will be held. If nobody else wants the office, the current standing HPA chairperson will keep the job unless he or she writes the judge to inform that they do not want it.This job is an important one because you may have to do briefings with the security office, the judge, and even the dictator's office. Your job will be to oversee the human pilots association, including possible projects you want to attempt. Even laws you would like to see passed. Your job would be to discuss these things with the first fleet and get signatures of approval or disapproval.The pay for this job isn't much but that too could be negotiated once you've gained a good standing within the farold government. It is $100,000 per month.

Dated: Monday November 30th, 2220, 8:07 a.m. chipper-clubbers raise concern

Headline:COS Michelle Faro has raised concerns that the chipper clubber's seem to be overtaking the jungle. Not really, but they have swarmed the place pretty heavily."These clubbers are hard to destroy. We advise you not kill them alone but also don't allow them to grow so thick because of avoidance."Faro spoke to us after she and Rayford Billings went out on a clubber hunt.

Dated: Thursday December 3rd, 2220, 2:56 a.m. JaJa's finances

Headline:A leak from the bank has reported that the salary for the security chief is $1.5 million per year. Jaja's finances show transfers higher than those numbers. Among these was a transfer from the phaser shop owner, Byron Edwards.Edwards was called in to speak with judge Kensington at 6 PM last night. Reports say that they did not leave the chambers until nearing 1 this morning. A reporter of the courts informed that Edwards admitted to paying the security chief 3.5 million dollars to make sure that the phasers were all transferred safely. He was taken to prison immediately. No word on what will become of the security chief who apparently has broken a few major laws here. One being taking personal pay offs from shop owners.Judge Kensington will be holding a private session in her chambers later today with three other people that are marked as questionable on Jaja's records. Jaja's lawyer claims that the money paid to Jaja was to facilitate testing of experimental phasers.

Dated: Thursday December 3rd, 2220, 8:10 p.m. JaJa's on the run!

Headline:After lengthy court hearings today, the evidence was closing in against former security chief JaJa Faro. About a half hour ago, he and three men overpowered a few security guards, broke into the science department's voyager and headed into phase space.He got a good head start but the chase is on according to current security chief, Austin Turner.

Dated: Saturday December 5th, 2220, 1:22 a.m. Medical Facility Donations

Headline:In just over two days of the donation terminal for the Oria Emergency Medical Facility being put in the courtyard, located off the landing zone in Oria, those who pledged early have kept their word. Added in the mix are a few donations from pilots and they have raised over $28,000,000.

Dated: Saturday December 5th, 2220, 7:19 p.m. Kizak's population explodes

Headline:Kizak Island has begun to make preparations for a university as it's population explodes over the last few days. Farolds and a few humans have decided to help spread the OH far and wide when near 310,000 of them began plans to move to the smaller planet. This is proving to be quite the headache for developers as the residents of Oria seem pleased that they now will have more space.

Dated: Monday December 7th, 2220, 5:05 a.m. Stevens Comments on OH points

Headline:During a luncheon on Saturday, deputy science chief Amanda Stevens was overheard commenting on the points handed out by the OH involving atmospheric testing."I am seeking council with the OH pilot regulations department to have this changed," Said Stevens at Larry's Chicken Palace. "I think it's a science activity yet is being used as another productivity giant by those who want more industrial progress."

Dated: Wednesday December 9th, 2220, 12:22 p.m. NEW HPA chair finally announced

Headline:Despite concerns from judge Miah Kensington, Lucas Rain is the first HPA since the post was created and Austin Turner took the office.Due to Austin's absence because he is working on the JaJa Faro hunt, COS Michelle Faro has offered to help the pilots during this transition.

Dated: Friday December 11th, 2220, 11:06 a.m. Ground Mission Disagreements

Headline:Xenobiologist Bryon Faro exploded over the general channel earlier today due to the number of creatures being overpowered by these weird looking clubber creatures. He, and his colleagues, say it's because a few pilots are taking the easy road and destroying things while leaving the tougher creatures alone.COS Faro ordered that the remaining rabbits be captured and taken to a safe location for attempts to keep the species from dying out.After Bryon Faro pointed out what was going on, pilots began to organize the death of the clubbers, possibly those involved in the easy kills? Judge Kensington received papers to examine the status of ground missions and the need to give pilots high-powered ground weapon equipment if they are going to just run around and destroy all the little creatures.We have had no comment from the judge on this matter.

Dated: Sunday December 13th, 2220, 8:19 a.m. The Clubber saga continues

Headline:Early this morning, Judge Kensington issued temporary measures for the jungle.1. The mission payout for killing clubbers is to be increased.2. Mission regulations of two people for the baby jungle are to be kept.3. Pilots doing solo missions are not to destroy clubbers alone, unless they have armor and a higher-end weapon.4. The group ground mission creature kill requirement is to be slightly lowered, with a small bump to the bonus award.5. The number of missions will be put back up to three per day.The judge stated that these measures may be temporary, as she has had further discussions with the ground combat faction of the FDD. She further explained that the six-legged rabbits are in a safe location and in a proper habitat. It may take Bryon Faro and his team some time to keep the species from dying out but he is hopeful. She added that the requirements put in place may take up to 24 hours to be put in place.Lastly, she put a stern warning to the pilots. "If you want to continue doing missions and receiving better weapons, do the work. The easy road is not always the best road. If the Farolds had taken the easy road, humanity would have been extinct."

Dated: Monday December 14th, 2220, 3:48 p.m. HPA reversal and fund opening

Headline:Today in the town square judge Kensington unveiled the Dorothy Borden educational fund, which was started amidst some courtroom drama.Furthermore, the decision was put to the pilots as to the possible reversal of the HPA officeholder. While nobody seemed upset with Lucas Rain, they all seemed to want an HPA chair who was not absent. Thus, the pilots got to make their first big decision and voted Dorothy Borden into the office.It was a nice little pilot gathering, with some even doing the custom salute to leadership.

Dated: Tuesday December 15th, 2220, 2:15 p.m. Report on JaJa Faro

Headline:We received a report an hour ago that Faro has aligned himself with a nefarious group we know of some 200 light-years from OH space. They had set up shop on an asteroid just five light-years from sector 5.He agreed to speak with an occupant of The Rookie Special. Only when Blazer exited the ship, she was sprayed with a substance that catches fire when it hits your skin. A crew member got her back into the ship and she is currently on Gonrah, undergoing emergency treatment, which may be extensive and time consuming. During the rescue efforts of Blazer, the voyager escaped. Reports say that Austin Turner and crew are back on the trail.

Dated: Friday January 15th, 2221, 3:51 a.m. Drake hotel price drop

Headline:The Drake family has lowered the prices of their second floor hotel rooms, and more significantly, the top floor. The price has gone down from 18,000 per night, to 13,000 per night. This is a price drop of near $152,500 per month. This was done to counteract the luxury bungalow prices on Kizak and pilots rushing out to purchase homes. A spokesperson noted that while pilots don't seem to understand the full scope of economy above ground, we have come up with these numbers to better compete. "Taxes are high up here, in part, because of the high prices pilots are paid to work. They don't realize how much the government has to put out for them," the spokesperson continued.From what this reporter has seen, the spokesperson is correct. "This will not affect the wing set aside for lower income people," said the spokesperson.

Dated: Friday January 22nd, 2221, 2:51 p.m. first fleet pilot flees

Headline:Pilot Dunnel McKinnin has become the first HPA first fleet pilot to exit the association and become a member of the up and coming peace keepers association. The PKA currently owns the planet of Gonrah. Head of the PKA Ned Faro said, "We are working on building up a good framework for the pilot aspect of our association. We welcome Mister McKinnin and all who will wish to join us."

Dated: Sunday January 24th, 2221, 1:02 p.m. Turner lost?

Headline:A notification was just sent over tactical in regard's to the FDD having lost communication with its security chief, Austin Turner's ship. The turner family have been duly notified and pilots have been asked to keep eyes and ears open and the FDD is hard at work trying to reestablish communications.Turner's crew went out after fugitive JaJa Faro some weeks ago.Stay tuned for further information as we receive it.

Dated: Sunday January 31st, 2221, 10:16 a.m. Disaster Turner and crew

Headline:Yesterday the news reached us that Austin Turner and his crew came under attack by Jaja Faro and his gang while they were visiting a small rest station. Very little is known at this time, as the messenger was aboard a trade ship and had only few details. It is clear that one Human member of the crew survived an explosion that took place when Jaja and his people attempted to force their way aboard the FDD ship. The Farold Leadership of the Rest Station decided to imprison Jaja Faro in order for the OH to retrieve the criminal, but security on the station is poor and medical facilities for the surviving Human are limited. The crew consisted of 3 Farold Men and 3 Human men, including current Security Chief Austin Turner and head FSI engineer Berry Weis, who joined the mission to assist with some necessary Nep Drive work. The Dictator and his staff are tight lipped about their plans, saying they do not wish to comment, but we know a meeting of civilian pilots was held and that some kind of plan is being worked on. High Judge Miah Kensington was overheard saying to her bailiff: Yeah, there was some progress, but it was the most chaotic meeting I have ever attended. HPA Chair Dorothy Borden asked whether the person the Dictator assigns to the mission actually has some skills that might be useful. Have you ever heard such a question? Our sources tell us that she was rep remanded by a representative of the dictators office. However, there are quite a few younger members of the FDD who are in agreement with Miss Borden, saying that someone without skills should not take up a seat on an already over full ship, notably Blazer Faro who was discussing the matter in Larry's Chicken palace.

Dated: Friday February 12th, 2221, 5:16 p.m. Pilot under investigation

Headline:An FDD officer issued a public statement earlier. "I wish to sincerely apologize to all pilots who had to hear the discussion between myself and the pilot that I was questioning about his starship. Mister Brown answered my question concerning his (unique) setup with a frigate in such a way that I will be investigating the matter. I was simply attempting to find out why one ship was used over another," said the officer. "He then tried to accuse me of getting onto him for using said ship. His actions just give me that weird feeling and now that I have permission, the investigation will go forward."There was no further comment from the FDD on this matter.

Dated: Monday February 15th, 2221, 9:48 p.m. Riphenol needed

Headline:A short time ago COS Michelle Faro announced that supplies of riphenol were very short above-ground. "We just sent our last 90,000 tablets to the cavern," she said.Michelle, members of the science department and some pilots, even those with sector A style, raced to help.

Dated: Tuesday April 20th, 2221, 1:21 p.m. Enough Is Enough!

Headline:Opinion: Do reporters go to far to chase stories?We have all heard of reporters going to extraordinary lengths to get a story, both in personal risk, and at the risk of others. At what point, however, is it a reporter's duty to acknowledge that reporting will cause more harm than good? Like many other professions, ethics and standards is of vital importance for journalists to cultivate in order to promote integrity and trust.Journalists throughout time have been in war zones, peeking through bedroom curtains, and pushing and shoving to be the first to publish a story. What separates a journalist from a gossip are ethics and standards, a few of which are honesty, transparency, and non-judgment. A journalist should never seek stories in order to cause harm, both physical or emotional to someone else. It is true that reporting a story may end up in causing harm, corruption being exposed, the truth being revealed, etc, but the intent should never be to cause pain to someone else. To that end, journalists, need to act more than most, with a professional demeanor, being non-judgmental of people, customs, and ideas they don't understand or don't agree with. Journalists must uphold these standards and ethics when speaking over public mediums as they are often a trusted source for a population, and often seen as an arbiter of information. Opinions, therefore, should be minimized, and clearly stated as personal preferences or provided with some other clarification. An example might be, if a journalist says that most people don't speak Faroldian, so those who do should not speak it, even if that is all they know because it is difficult to understand, instead could be rephrased more along the lines of, "As Humans and Farolds continue to expand into the stars, diversity is becoming more and more a part of everyday life. Embracing this diversity may seem challenging. Here are the potential benefits and downsides," then back both sides up with thoroughly researched cases.It is vital that the ODN uphold their journalists to high standards, promote ethical journalism, and provide a source for facts. It is not the job of a reporter to make up someone else's mind, and the absolute impartiality of a reporter is vital for cultivating trust among readers. Providing professional demeanor, in interviews and public forums is a continuation of the job since as public figures they are seen, rightly or wrongly, as arbiters of truth and fact. It is difficult, and nobody is perfect, but the effort should be made, and errors quickly acknowledged, retraced and corrected.

Dated: Tuesday April 27th, 2221, 10:08 p.m. Pearl Trader Dymus must be back in town

Headline:Once every few years, a pearl trader comes to town. As he did in 2117, retired banker, overseer of Kizak, Cam Anderson hit the bank running.He collected 54 pearls, paying the pilots handsomely for them, at around 7.02 million bucks. He also donated the sum of $550,000 to the HPA.Pilot Cat Sandes took in 9 pearls pay and was the leader. But, Cam was likely the real winner if he was paid anything near what he got a few years ago, which was $400,000 per rare pearl, or $20,000,000.

Dated: Friday May 7th, 2221, 8:44 p.m. Android signs on Kizak

Headline:Security chief Austin Turner issued a brief statement today. "We've seen signs that androids used to reside on Kizak. We cannot go into details and don't have much information beyond what I am sharing. Stay tuned for further updates."

Dated: Sunday May 16th, 2221, 7:03 a.m. Hegemony's Net worth dips again

Headline:On par with last year, the release of this year's OH treasury report shows a deficit of 2 trillion dollars for the year. Luckily, there were funds to cover it."We're doing a lot of research, ship building, and establishing moons," said treasurer Terry Faro. "We understand the deficit looks large and our finances have dipped to under 9 trillion dollars. Rest assured that spending is being closely monitored."Unrest is vastly growing among the civilian population, particularly the outlying cities that don't have anything to do with the space program. "The current regime is behaving as though ships and pilots are our only important need. It's not fair that all our hard earned tax dollars are funding this," an Idaband council member stated.

Dated: Sunday May 16th, 2221, 12:47 p.m. Exploration

Headline:fun, exciting or even dangerous?Exploration; fun, exciting or even dangerous?By Stacia BevinsAlthough Farolds and Humans alike are known to travel, actual exploration is a very new concept. Only recently, the technology to scan and survey planets and other interesting phenomenon out in space has been released. Civilian explorers, such as PKA Representative Dunnel McKinnin and former entrepreneur Natasha Drake quickly got their ships outfitted and invited willing participants to join their crews. McKinnin's crew returned in April, and Drake's crew only returned a few days ago. But many readers, as well as myself wonder, what's it like?Drake and her crew, consisting of Hector Barclay, Shealia Evans, Hunter Trask, Railey O'Shei, Elena Ramirez, Dayna Bell, Scott Northrop, Alexander Willowcroft and Zachary Hendrix departed on Friday, April 30th, and returned on May 14th. This morning, I spoke over the General channel with Natasha Drake, Shealia Evans, Dayna Bell and Elena Ramirez about their experiences. Drake stated: "The trip was fine, we got around 860 light-years out." Ramirez went on to say: "I loved it. I had a lot of fun on the trip and it was quite profitable," with Drake adding: "My favorite things were visiting Zion station and finding icy planets." My investigation has turned up that Drake's crew were the first of the entire combined Oria Hegemony and Peacekeepers Association to find and survey icy planets. McKinnin's crew holds the honor of the first crew ever to find and survey planets. Both are quite remarkable achievements. Next, I asked the travelers how they rated their experience. Ramirez stated that she would rate the experience as 8 out of 10. Evans rated it as 5 stars across the board, adding: "I am so ready to do it again. Well maybe after a nap." Bell gave the experience a 9, and her Captain a 10. Drake rated her experience as a 10, saying: It was wonderful getting to travel and exciting to find things." Drake, as Captain of the expedition was given high praise for her leadership, so I asked for more details. Ramirez had this to say: "I felt that at all times our captain had the best interest of the crew at heart. I felt that at times she had to do things that some did not agree with but she was doing the best she could out in deep space and she was acting on behalf of all of us." Bell added: "The captain's professionalism met expectations, if not more. She was patient and allowed us to learn with patience." Drake showed her humor as she joked about her partner steeling the covers, as well as saying: "They are giving me a ten because I bought a RoboChef." I take this as healthy camaraderie and a sign of friendship among the crew. We also talked about the visit to Zion Trading Post. Everyone was very excited about this station. Ramirez said: "They had a beautiful garden. I went out for a walk after midnight in the garden. It was amazing, very peaceful and beautiful with strawberries you could pick. And they really like tigers there. I was going to buy a tiger painting and a tiger pendant, but ran out of funds." Drake added: "It's a beautiful station, they have a real garden, animals, it's just great." Bell expressed her disappointment at not having visited the garden. This resulted in various pilots wishing to return to the station as soon as possible. Drake concluded this topic with: "It's a real honest to goodness garden. Oh, there are humans there too. One, Verity Greenwood is head of the gardens." I have done some digging, and there is indeed a Verity Greenwood in the records who left Kapteynia Beta some 10 years ago on a Zion ship.Zion had more to offer than gardens and lush sceneries. Drake informed me: "Oh oh, Zach is a wonderful young man. We had a trade deal going on Zion and getting items was going to be tight for some at the time. So, he purchased the mini motorcycles with coins and is allowing pilots to pay him. Dayna and I were able to make our own deals though so he did not have to cough up coins for us." Bell added: "Yes, the guy who was trading for it even customized mine. It has pink on it!" Ramirez stated: "The trader selling us the motorbikes was Biker Dude's dad. Didn't he even accept a piece of his son's work for a trade?"Miss Bell was so gracious to let me take pictures of her motorcycle, which she has dubbed Bess.Here, a picture of a mini motorcycle is included in the article. This classy and very light weight mini motorcycle has a shiny black plush leather seat, gleaming gold handlebars and bright reflector lights. It is unusually smaller than its typical model, however its roaring motor sounds equivalent to the classic beasts from centuries ago. Though its physical attributes are reminiscent of its ancient origins, it pleasantly runs by battery power alone. Its glossy pink painted rims give this cycle a femininely chic look. The initials DB have been etched into the metal in bubbly girlish script. It stands in a lush meadow clearing. But it can't all be smiles and good times? Being stuck in one ship with 10 people for 2 weeks takes its tow on people, nerves getting frayed? When I asked about this, Ramirez said: "I wasn't around for some of the issues. The main issue I had was that one of the pilots, when I asked him to teach me something he thought I should already know, was a little bit of a prick about teaching me. Others had issue with him as well." "I had a disagreement with one of my crew mates, but it's okay, I chucked a pillow at his head and we made up," was the response I received from Bell on that question. Drake explained: "I had to make a decision on how to deal with a pilot who kept nodding off with my dataslate, which had important crew information on it. I chose a method that I heard about from the FDD. This was to, hopefully, teach him to be more careful for the future. There was no ill-will and said pilot even signed my report in support of the decision myself and two other crew mates made. Yes, we took great care to constantly monitor his health and I had a healer tank along which was used to fix him up." At this, an unnamed FDD Officer informed us: "Lucky pilot, I didn't get patched up when I... never mind." Drake remarked: "Mind you, the decision was only made after several times of this happening and trying to talk to said pilot nicely." I did notice that pilots were generally unwilling to give names and particulars about various incidents, however one name was dropped. Drake made one remark about Mr. Hector Barclay, who was in the news some time ago. "I will say about Hector, he and I butted heads a lot before we left as most may know. But he was a very responsible crew member, looking after things, as were most." Ramirez added to this: "He really was. I mean despite the fact I felt he wasn't a patient teacher, he was willing, before I asked him to teach me, to fly me around artifacting and let me do most of the collecting. I owe him that much."In direct response to how people got along while spending extended time in close quarters, Drake said: "Most of the pilots were involved and eager to learn. Hunter and I had combat ships docked since the carrier has no weapons. Ramirez stated: "I got on extremely well with my roommate, and I don't feel like I butted heads with many despite the close quarters." Bell pointed out: "I chucked pillows, and planted beef and fruit in people's hands who slept out in the open." All in all, the interview was very informative. I knew from McKinnin and his crew that exploring was a lot of fun, very enjoyable and profitable, but it was good to hear more details from crew members. Still, my sixth sense told me that there was a lot more to be said. Unfortunately, this turned out to be correct sometime after the interview.It started when Pilot Gemma Holmes mentioned on General Communication that a pilot on the trip had told her about the sighting of some kind of a magical tree, and other unusual phenomenon, in an effort to learn more. Barclay was the first to admit that he had seen something, very briefly. This got a response from an unnamed FDD officer, who wondered what was up. Apparently, said tree also gave Drake's ship a boost on the way home, and offered to do some healing. Drake acted as if she would rather not admit to it and tried to explain it as a dream. COS Faro, when asked by an FDD Officer, said she had no clue. However, it soon became clear that more was beneath the surface, and Dictator Larkra Faro demanded answers. As we have now learned, something similar happened on McKinnin's crew as well, a fact that had remained unknown until this point. Daniel Patel explained his point of view in great detail after some point. As a result, Dictator Larkra Faro has decided that Natasha Drake is grounded until further notice. COS Michelle Faro has been relieved of duty until she has undergone a thorough psych evaluation, her fate after this is yet unclear. Now that the cat was out of the bag, so to speak, several pilots, along with Rayford Billings, and Human Rights Activist Maggie Turner have expressed that the response had gone too far, but to this point, the Dictator's orders stand. Several fines were also handed out to individuals who spoke up in a rude and disrespectful manner. One of these was Rayford Billings, who offered his station to pilots who wished a refuge to speak freely. He also called the Dictator a Dick, possibly putting his loan and station at risk. It also came out that Ned Faro, leader of the PKA, had already heard about this occurrence from Dunnel McKinnin. His rather relaxed and cavalier response to the matter was not appreciated by several pilots. During all of this, Dictator's assistant Gabrielle Faro did ask the Dictator for a private meeting, but whether the matter was related is not entirely clear. Drake has already announced that she will investigate her legal options. In addition, approximately 50 percent of all Science HQ personnel has by now stated they will not return to work until this travesty has been ended. In a show of solidarity with her friend and Mentor Michelle Faro, Amanda Stevens has refused to take the position of interim Chief Of Science.The most recent update shows that High Judge Miah Kensington has begun an in-depth investigation into this matter, so all we can do now is wait.The question that remains is, however, have pilots collectively lost their marbles, have there been adverse effects of the NEP Drive, or is there more here than meets the eye? Many questions remain, and answers are few and far between.

Dated: Sunday May 16th, 2221, 8:26 p.m. Protests have begun

Headline:Nearly a thousand humans are gathered along the walkways of the Beta Landing zone to protest the treatment of Natasha Drake and Michelle Faro. Security has warned of safety and flight control are taking extra precautions when calculating trajectory landing paths. A spokesperson for the OH warned, "We will not be held responsible for injuries or worse if they do not vacate the landing zone."

Dated: Sunday May 16th, 2221, 9:27 p.m. peaceful protests continue

Headline:The protesting appears to be continuing through the night. Combat director Cat Sandes and pilots Elena Ramirez and Zachery Hendrix joined the group. Also of note security chief Austin Turner and FDD officer Blazer Faro joined along with uncle Ed and deputy chief of science, Amanda Stevens.While peaceful, a child had to be snagged up from the crowd at pilots urging to keep her from possible harms way.

Dated: Tuesday May 18th, 2221, 11:44 a.m. issues at a stand still

Headline:While the protests continue, a leak from the dictators office indicates that they are pleased to see little kick back from the HPA pilots over matters. Further punishments are expected to come within the next twenty-four hours.

Dated: Tuesday May 18th, 2221, 3:00 p.m. Stand off Coming to an end?

Headline:Judge Miah Kensington issued the following statement just a few moments ago."I have just come from a meeting with dictator Faro. In this meeting we were able to agree on a few things. Among these is that HPA pilots who need to report anything to do with exploration trips will do so to the HPA chair. The chair will then handle things from there as he or she is supposed to do."She went on to add, "I give my utmost apologies to the HPA pilots who were at the receiving end of Larkra's mistrust of our equipment. I hope the proper steps have been taken by HPA chair Borden, Natasha Drakes legal team, and myself to prevent issues such as this from happening again."After a lengthy pause the esteemed judge continued. "Further more, protesters, thank you for remaining peaceful through this ordeal. Sadly I cannot do anything about Michelle's status but pilot Natasha Drake has her wings back as it were.""All fines have also been revoked and for those interested in our efforts, HPA pilots may speak to Dorothy or the up coming chair as the document is in their office. Being that this is an HPA matter, it needs to stay as such when viewing our documents."While she didn't state this, rumor has it that the judge, with cooperation of the other department heads, including HPA Borden, had to peg him to the wall with his own laws to end the pilot end of this issue.

Dated: Wednesday May 19th, 2221, 7:54 p.m. It's Chocolate!

Headline:Studies conducted by the HPA and PKA scientists have concluded that there is nothing strange in the chocolate. However, they have yet to match the recipe to those of confectioners in Hegemony or PKA space. There was also nothing unusual in the box.The chief of science has been reinstated to her post.While this mess appears to be over, the high judge's ire at those who started this mess, whomever they are, has not gone unnoticed. She reiterated today that gossip ruins lives, maybe people will learn from this ordeal.

Dated: Friday May 21st, 2221, 2:25 p.m. Trade talks begin with Fontarsi

Headline:A fledgling station just over 300 light-years distance from Oria was awaiting trade from Oria that may have never happened. "I am not sure where the communications lapsed between the pilots and my office, but I never received a possible trade deal from this station," said head of OH Trade Tara Faro."This is unacceptable but no punishments will be dealt this time. If this continues, we may have to revoke the HPA's ability to trade on the OH's behalf. It's not something I truly want to see happen because this helps everyone, if done right," Faro went on to say.In conclusion, she added the following. "Nobody is to blame here but paper pushing did not get where it needed to go. I am not certain why the PKA didn't try to get more involved in this deal but we will take it. From my understanding, this station could use a lot of help thus I may send an envoy to better access the situation prior to finalizing deals. We of the Hegemony are all about helping others as best we can. Work will continue on this front with the HPA chair and other individuals who are interested in this line of work in the coming weeks.

Dated: Tuesday May 25th, 2221, 2:23 p.m. Statement of Authority Issued

Headline:The below statement was rushed to the daily news earlier today, with the order that it be copied as written. Statement of Authority It has become clear that more precise instruction needs to be explained to the general populous about certain individual's authority. This document has been created to explain these laws. There is a command structure in the government of the Oria Hegemony, from here on to be referred to as the OH. It is not a democracy. Specifically, it is a dictatorship. The following paragraphs will define a position and what authority it has in the OH. If for whatever reason a question should arise as to who has more authority in a given situation, that will be determined by a person holding office in a higher position, up to but excluding the Dictator.Dictator: The person in this position is the ruler of the OH. At the time of this writing the current dictator is Larkra Faro. They have ultimate authority. What they say, goes. Should you find the need to question the individual in this position, it is highly suggested that you do it with the absolute utmost respect and for good reason.Department Heads: These are individuals appointed by the dictator to certain key positions in the government. They have the most authority under circumstances that are in their field of expertise. They are more approachable than the dictator, but should never be disrespected. If they give an order to a subordinate and that person follows those orders, then it is just as though the department head is talking. As of this writing the following department heads are as follows.Austin Turner, SecurityMichelle Faro, ScienceMiah Kensington, LegalBlazer Faro, NPA New Pilot AssistanceTerry Faro, FinanceTara Faro, TradeBryck Faro, FDD Terrestrial CombatDarren Faro, Foreign Relations The HPA Chairperson should be treated with the same regard as any department head when acting in their authority. While they are elected by the HPA members and not appointed by the dictator, the position is equivalent to a department head. The HPA Chairperson has near supreme authority over HPA pilots. This includes, but is not limited to, how rules and restrictions are formed and enforced, mandating how HPA funds are spent, When and where HPA members can go, and creating new positions to assist in HPA development. They decide how they will run the HPA while they are in the office. They cannot however override or supersede the authority of other department heads practicing their authority in their field. Unlike appointed positions, the HPA Chairperson can be removed from their position, either through an impeachment process or through a mandate from the dictator. The latter can be done for any reason. When a department head or a subordinate following the orders of a department head says or does something they should be treated with respect. It is fine to ask questions most of the time, but do so in a polite and respectful manner. You should not contradict or disparage the individual or the office they are representing while they are performing their allotted duties. This is applicable to any individual that has been given orders, be they straight from the dictator's office, head of finance, or the HPA Chairperson's subordinate.Set forth by HPA Chair Dorothy Borden and NPA Blazer Faro.Signature of approval was given on 05/23/2221 by dictator Larkra Faro and high judge Miah Kensington.

Dated: Tuesday June 1st, 2221, 2:42 p.m. FSI concerns over FBN Drive cost

Headline:As things are currently, repair prices are quite low because the OH pays for most of it for us. Due to some budget cuts, see the current treasury report, changes are being made.The cost to replace fully destroyed items is quite high, especially the FBN drive. "We just don't fix them because we know we can land and get them repaired easily," chief of security Austin Turner freely commented.The FSI has put a proposal on the table which would drastically higher the replacement cost of these drives. "We simply can't carry the pilot combatants forever," a spokesman said.

Dated: Friday June 25th, 2221, 6:56 a.m. First HPA Trade and Boars for Slaughter?

Headline:On June 20, a trade trip to Zion, organized by pilot Hunter Trask, and captained by pilot Natasha Drake, returned home."All trades were successful and the pilots pay was properly sorted," HPA trade commissioner Tara Faro said. "This was the first HPA facilitated trip and we are very pleased with their work."In other news, A large pasture is being worked on in New Netherlands. "This will be a place to corral and do away with the wild creatures that have been destroying farms, killing other animals, and in some cases, badly injuring both humans and farolds." A council member stated this morning.There is a large contingency of persons who are outraged by this animal slaughter but it has cost the OH a lot of money, creature lives, and food supplies.

Dated: Sunday June 27th, 2221, 11:16 a.m. Revised Article: Rayford's Abode

Headline:Revised Article: Attack on Rayford's Abode By Stacia BevinsOn the evening of June 24, Rayford's station was hit on the ground. Thankfully an FDD patrol unit was near and able to assist."There were several injuries and two casualties," Oh security chief Austin Turner said. "The station is in heavy disarray but residents along with pilot Tara Miller are working to fix it."Thus far, several other pilots have arrived at the station to salvage for Rayford. These include Lukas Jonad, Hector Barclay, Natasha Drake, Michael Grey, Railey O'Shei, Natalie Scott, HPA combat director Cat Sandes, and Gemma Holmes. "I am thankful for those pilots who were able to take time out of their busy schedules to assist us," Rayford Billings said. "Also, thanks to those who cannot be here but are sending us good vibes."Pilot Lukas Jonad had this to say: As a pilot, I believe there is a duty to help most people if we can. I know when I got the message from Rayford, I was in a little shock and was about to head out for some sifting at the stream. I immediately came back and offered to help with salvaging, as did many others and we went over there. It was my pleasure to help out and I hope that this doesn't happen again. Though with the threat of the Kiohn all too real, you never know, at least the station is back up and running now."I also spoke briefly with Emma Billings, who said: "When we were invaded, I thought that was it, we were done for. Fortunately, an FDD Patrol was near, and they came to help us out. I shudder to think what might have happened without their assistance, and I too wish to express my sincere gratitude to all who came to support us during and after the attack."It is encouraging to see that the FDD was available to respond in time, and how many pilots rushed to assist Rayford and Emma Billing's in their hour of need. At the same time, this sadly and gravely drives home the point how much stations out there are at risk, and how thinly spread the FDD is in an effort to defend outposts spread far and wide against this ruthless enemy.

Dated: Saturday July 17th, 2221, 6:31 p.m. Statement From HPA Chair Natasha Drake

Headline:HPA chair Natasha Drake has been very busy of late. She has facilitated and helped to organize a pilot salvage trip to Zion which will help that fine trading post and strengthen relations between its citizenry and the OH. Pilot Dunnel McKinnin will assist in hauling freighters to the station and pilot Railey O'Shei assisted Natasha in organizing the trip. She requested that the following statement, regarding other matters, be quoted verbatim."There have been some statements of concern made in recent days which have caused pilot Gemma Holmes to get herself in hot water. The most important of these was one in which she used the phrase, "my pilots." This apparently caused slavery gossip to begin. I handled the situation swiftly, calling for her to be placed on probation for sixty days. She is also to issue a public apology in short order."Drake continued, "In another matter, I dealt with a matter concerning pilots ignoring one of the HPA pilots who was calling out for assistance to vacate the jungle. If this type of thing continues happening when there are pilots around who could assist, I am going to push for a heavy fine system to be put in place. We all came up here to make a better life and cannot do this by ignoring someone that may not be our buddy if they are in need of help."Chair Drake also handed us a direct quote from dictator Larkra Faro concerning the Holmes issue. "While pilot Holmes seems to stick her foot in mouth by times, rest assured nobody of importance in my office linked this last incident with slavery. While I cannot confirm gossip with secretaries and the like, we do not believe that slavery conspiracies are at hand with the human pilots nor other citizens of our great nation. I will find the source of this gossip and it will be remedied. We also stand by chair Drake's swift action to end these matters as said pilot does need to be careful how she speaks."

Dated: Wednesday July 21st, 2221, 5:29 a.m. Holme's Issues an Apology

Headline:The daily news received a letter of apology from pilot Gemma Holmes this morning. This letter is concerning the media frenzy she got herself involved in recently. We are posting her statement in its entirety.My name is Gemma Holmes. A few days ago, I made a few statements on the general channel without thinking them clearly through, not realizing how wrong they could have been taken. I would very much like to apologize for these statements. The first was about something being a man thing. There is no excuse for this, it was a stupid and thoughtless remark I regretted as soon as I said it. The other involved my statement of the pilots of the HPA to be my pilots. I very much regret that I lead people to believe that I meant to possess pilots, this never was what I meant to convey. I merely meant my fellow pilots, as I have the sense that pilots often form a group that works together. I feel connected to these people, and I would assist and help them in any way I can. I regret that this remark led anyone to believe that I would like to re-institute slavery, nor do I know any Humans who would like to re-institute such a thing. I very much see everyone as equals and would not like it to be any other way. Once again, I sincerely apologize for my miscommunication in this matter.

Dated: Saturday July 24th, 2221, 11:09 p.m. Pilots Given Crafting Options!

Headline:Michelle Faro stood in the town square last evening and made a very important announcement. This has many pilots who did not go on the salvage trip speculating and excited."In late 2217, engineer Berry Weis came to me with the idea of putting some crafting work in the hands of the pilots. He wanted to use 3D printers. Being uncertain of how I could help with this, I was on board."After a pause, Michelle continued. "Thanks to the hard work of his team of engineers and myself with working on the printer, his dream is coming to fruition very soon. We had to obtain several licenses from the FSI and set up many safety regulations but I believe that the pilots are going to love it."Her usual smile plastered on her face, Michelle added, "The reason I decided to get more hands on involved in this is that it is my goal to help humanity all that I can. While fees will be a mandated requirement of using the printer, most are relatively small. This is to offset the licensing costs from manufacturers of a few things that some products will lend a fantastic hand to."Her face turning sad, Michelle added, "I only wish Berry were here to see this come to light. I just hope you pilots will be as pleased to see what we have brought to you as I was to assist with the products."While Michelle and the computer technology person who was with her did not give a date for this to be unveiled, rumor has it that it will be by early August, if not before.

Dated: Monday July 26th, 2221, 2:48 p.m. Crafting has been released to pilots

Headline:The daily news received word just a few moments ago that crafting is ready to go. Supply carts and the printers are on the research center."I am so happy that Berry's dream was kept alive. I just hope that he will be found alive to see how well it works and has been received by crafters," biologist Bryan Faro said of his engineer partner.Berry Weis has been a great asset to the Hegemony, assisting COS Michelle Faro with the NEP drive and now this. "This is a huge score for humanity," continued Bryan Faro.

Dated: Saturday July 31st, 2221, 12:30 p.m. Ludwig who?

Headline:Ludwig Wrothchild came up from the cavern in 2204. He moved to New Netherlands and established himself as some sort of self proclaimed royalty. After the council had told him not to build a palace, nothing else was heard about it, until now. Dictator Larkra Faro ordered security chief, Austin Turner to investigate this matter claiming that Ludwig was involved in some crazy underground operation."We located an entrance and I took Rayford Billings and inactive HPA chair Zachery Hendrix along," said Turner. "The problem was, once we gained entry, an explosion occurred and tossed Hendrix down the mountain side. We had yelled for him to run but I think he froze due to an incident he had down in the cavern.""Rayford chased after me and grabbed hold or I don't know what would have happened," said Hendricks.Turner's report to the dictator's office concluded that this place appeared to be an opulent palace with no underground military activity. The palace is not yet open to the public but Ludwig promises good things with it soon.

Dated: Wednesday August 4th, 2221, 5:10 a.m. Beheading Drawing Near

Headline:JaJa Faro is a criminal ex security chief of the Hegemony. Among others, he murdered dictator Larkra Faro's son, Philip. This took place during the bloody battle that occurred when Kizak Island was opened to the public on November 22, 2220. Pilot Cat Sandes was among those who were clinging to life by the end of the blood bath.Dictator Faro soon ordered that JaJa Faro would be beheaded in the town square for his crimes and he would do it personally. This prompted a chase and the loss of several more lives, including the torture of current security chief Austin Turner.While a date has not been given, we have received a few details on this punishment.Dictator Faro has ordered that it will be set up as a big celebration, "A strong message needs sent and we shall have a feast to honor just punishment being dealt," said the dictator. "Citizens seen trying to usurp authority and not attending will be in subordination of the highest form. We must show unity, thus it is a mandate to attend." The dictator further laid out the plans.He further stated that new pilot liaison and FDD member, Blazer Faro, has been ordered to perform the beheading while the masses watch. Blazer has not commented officially on this matter but rumor has it that she is none to pleased to be carrying out this ancient method of punishing a criminal. In fact, while many are pleased to have this event growing near, many are not. Very small, scattered protests are being held. "He needs punished but does it have to be like this?" A now ex prison guard was heard stating shortly prior to his being fired. He now works as a bouncer at Foxy's Games on Rayford's station.

Dated: Friday August 13th, 2221, 12:18 p.m. Rayford's Trader Hub falls short

Headline:Rayford Billings had applied to have a trader hub built in Sector 3. "Our offer included 25% of the cash earned to go to the Hegemony as payment for the FBN Network use," said Billings's spokesman, Louis Manning. "We just want to get in on the up and coming pilot trading. It will help us and the pilots earn some money," he continued.Dictator Larkra Faro denied the proposal this morning. "There is some weird static there that's unknown," deputy scientist Amanda Stevens said.A spokesperson for the dictator's office added, "Mister Billings could easily solve the matter by becoming a member of the Hegemony and we would then set him up for FBN travel."

Dated: Sunday August 22nd, 2221, 7:12 p.m. Space Leeches?

Headline:As Dunnel McKinnin's carrier was returning home from an artifacting trip, reports began to filter in that they had giant leeches attached to the hull. Reports state that the ship was nearly lost a couple of times but the crew were able to keep things together.In the midst of a rather snarky discussion over tactical, Deputy COS Amanda Stevens was able to throw together a hopeful combatant spray. Between she and COS Michelle Faro's ideas, it worked. There was a contamination scare for a few crewmembers but all are well.We have no further information on these leeches nor how they travel. In a quick phone conversation COS Faro said, "They literally look like giant leeches. They destroy ship components while sucking charge. They are ugly and have antenna looking eyes. Further testing will be done this week on the spray and leech chunk that we were able to obtain."

Dated: Monday August 30th, 2221, 2:52 a.m. COS Faro Explains NEP

Headline:COS Michelle Faro decided to sit down with me and expound a little on how the NEP drive finds objects."The NEP detection array consists of a multitude of small panels placed on the hull of the ship when the NEP drive is installed. While in NEP space these panels unfold into larger passive collection cones. They intake neutrinos the entire time you are in NEP space. When neutrinos with certain configurations are encountered the scanner goes active. Once the active scanners are initiated they begin emitting a faster than light form of energy called Vekla, which is highly classified. The communications are based off of This energy which goes out and reflects off of objects in space. The problem is since you are in NEP space the signaps are indistinct hence why they can only show you distance, direction, and a general idea of what it is you are looking at." I was thoroughly confused after this but maybe more scientific minds will understand her statement.The following was based on a Q & A format.Q, If it is based on the communications technology then why can we only detect things up to about 5 light-years away?a, There are many factors that answer this question. one, you are in NEP space. It phases you out of alignment with real space, folding it up in a sense. So it has to cross over that border not once, but twice. Second, The energy the detection array is sending out is reflecting, not being collected and sent in another direction. Third, the communications network has redundancies and repeaters, which insure a clear signal most of the time. The asteroid you are sending the same energy at, doesn't. We do have higher end detection, up to 15 light-years.q, If we spend so much time approaching the target, why does the information never get any better?a, The Vekla energy emitted by the ship in NEP space requires a lot of processing power to interpret. In order for the detection array to make out more information than is currently provided would require a complete redesign of the ships we've manage to design to have the option of the drive. It would also cost about 500% of the original cost, or more.q, Why don't stations and the like show up. I know they are there, so why don't they show up?a, Well, this is a question with many answers. It depends on what you are talking about. Stations specifically are built to contain pressure in a zero pressure environment so they are thick skinned to begin with. On top of that even the oldest stations use a form of the energy we use for their own communications arrays, so when you send out your energy pulses they simply absorb them and there is no reflection. For example Kapteynia Beta would show on NEP scan because it is a planet and the energy pulses wouldn't all get absorbed and so some get reflected, where as sector 7 with only a space station in it would receive all the pulses and recognize them as a registered FSI ship, thus sending a manufactured reflection back, Zion wouldn't have the registry, so would send no ping and is small enough that the entire pulse would get swallowed.q, On another topic, what is this turbulence we keep hitting in NEP space?a, There is a lot we do not yet know about NEP space but the general consensus is that it is created due to how NEP space is out of alignment with real space when the ship travels.q, Why does the NEP drive keep stalling out?a, It's a safety net due to the heat from the reactor. When it stalls, coolant kicks into high gear. You are safe to quickly restart it again. If ever it won't start back up right away, just give it a moment and you will be good to go.Submitted by reporter Stacia Bevins

Dated: Thursday October 7th, 2221, 6:37 p.m. Beheading protests lead to arrests

Headline:Nearly two hundred citizens and some pilots at large gathered in front of the government center to protest the beheading that is scheduled for 10/22/2221. This caused near fifty citizens who are in favor of the beheading to come on the scene. Words got heated from both sides and police were called in.Most citizens scattered when the law showed up but seven were arrested. These included a human doctor, two farold and one human pilot at large, as well as others.The arrests were only handed down to those opposing the beheading. A representative of the dictator's office stated that the protesters were arrested to send out a message. "All are required to attend the beheading at the town square," said the spokesperson.Stacia Bevins

Dated: Wednesday October 13th, 2221, 9:13 a.m. Natasha Drake Out Of Office

Headline:Natasha Drake removed from officeBy Stacia Bevins: Earlier today, Dictator Larkra Faro announced over the Tactical Channel that Natasha Drake has been removed from her position as HPA Chair and that High Judge Miah Kensington is in charge of the HPA until a new chair can be found. The justification for this decision is a news article that came out several days ago, that suggests that Drake might switch careers to become a prostitute. Although most view said article as pure entertainment value and little else, the Dictator views this as undesirable publicity for the Oria Hegemony. Except for a few individuals speaking up, the tactical channel stayed relatively quiet. Miss Drake and Hector Barclay both expressed disbelief with regards to this decision. Drake said that the news article in question reflects her words poorly, and that the Dictator can check this information easily. Barclay stated that said news article should be taken as seriously as the slaver news was a few months ago. The dictator saw this response as questioning of his authority. In response, he issued a firm warning to Barclay not to question him again. For Drake he promptly issued an arrest order, stating: "Natasha, I've been waiting to repay you for that tree mess. Security will be to pick you up. I advise that you do not run." Soon after, Rayford Billings announced over the tactical channel that Drake was on his station in order to go artifact hunting. He added: "While I will not allow her to artifact, I will not send her back home nor allow your security team to pick her up until it goes through judge Kensington because that's all proper like." This, Billings said, was pay for not letting him have a trading post in the FBN network. In response to this, Dictator Larkra stated that Billings had 30 days to pay off his loan to the OH in full. Given the size of this loan, it is highly improbable that Billings can pay it off in his lifetime, much less in 30 days. The dictator refused to answer Barclay's question as to what it would mean for pilots if Billings failed to pay off the loan at the end of 30 days, but pilot Scott Northrop stated in response: "I however, will answer that question, based on logical thinking. If he has to pay his lone in full, and is unable to. The government might attempt collection efforts. If, however they didn't, and he had to cut services, the research department might lose access to incoming finds from that region, unless pilots that have the ability to go out further, lead expeditions on their own merits. Other than that, I can't think of any other immediate impact that pilots themselves would face, other than the inconvenience of being able to get out there." Billings made it clear that he will not let this situation go by without a fight. "Implications be damned, stand up for what I think is right is what I do. Removing this woman's post over a news item that we all know is incorrect is wrong. Besides, if he does that, I'll go far and wide telling everyone how the Hegemony reneges on their financial deals unless you always agree with them."This shocking and unexpected news comes at a time of great turmoil over the upcoming public beheading. It is yet another example of the apparent need to take revenge. Personally, I ask myself what else is going on behind the scenes, as responding so severely to entertainment news seems out of character for Dictator Larkra.

Dated: Thursday October 21st, 2221, 9:18 a.m. Protests Intensify

Headline:Protests across Oria and in the town square intensify as the day of the beheading draws near. Groups in favor and against the beheading clash all the time, and innocent bystanders have frequently ended up in the middle.The Human Rights activists are also present, and Maggie Turner, The HRA Chairperson had this to say: "There is no Denying that Jaja Faro is a criminal, who deserves to be punished for his actions. Yes, I know that he is responsible for The deaths of several FDD officers, and for gravely injuring Blazer Faro and my husband Austin turner. I am not saying he deserves leniency, and I personally will never forgive him for what he has done to me and my family. But if this beheading is allowed to happen, I fear we become as bad as he is. I therefore respectfully request that The Dictator reviews this decision before it is too late. Please, give a sign of justice, and let High Judge Kensington handle things."In other news, earlier today it was announced that FDD Officers have taken Natasha Drake and Rayford Billings into custody. Rayford's Abode is on lock down, while an investigation is ongoing. Dictator Larkra Faro had this to say: "We have done what is necessary to bring in a fugitive and the one hiding her. No damage was done to the station or its occupants, minus the two who resisted."

Dated: Friday October 22nd, 2221, 9:13 a.m. Spiraling out of control

Headline:Spiraling out of controlBy Gabrielle Faro It has been a while since I have written a news article, but then I always was a reporter at heart. Life however took me in a different direction, and I ended up as Dictator Larkra Faro's personal assistant. As you all know, The FDD invaded Rayford's Abode, a sovereign station under Rayford Billing's jurisdiction by written agreement, in order to arrest Rayford for protecting Natasha Drake. Natasha herself was arrested as well, which was ultimately The goal of this operation. Rayford Billings, in his effort to protect his Guest Natasha Drake as well as his home, was badly beaten into unconsciousness and then roughly dragged off in The way one would drag a dead animal. Also miss Drake took several injuries that, to my knowledge, have still not been tended to. The Dictator maintains that The FDD officers he sent only did what was necessary, and that no one else was injured, but this is not true. Although not severely, several inhabitants of Rayford's Abode who happened to get in The way also took several injuries. Rayford's office and home were also ransacked. It is not clear what The FDD was looking for, nor whether anything of relevance was found.Natasha Drake's arrest was an action of revenge, as has already become clear from an article by Stacia Bevins. The truth is, Dictator Larkra Faro has never forgiven Miss Drake and others involved in the situation with the tree, that according to reports visited at least two exploration crews. For writing this article, Stacia Bevins was arrested, and her status is unknown.I think that you, the reader, should be aware of these events. I do not agree with these actions, but for so much as saying this, I could get in serious trouble. I therefore will go into hiding as soon as I drop this article off at the Oh Daily News. Due to his recent actions, I fear my life is in jeopardy.Thank you for reading!

Dated: Saturday October 23rd, 2221, 10:40 a.m. Coup d'etat successful

Headline:Coup d'etat successfulBy Stacia BevinsLast night at 6 PM, many Citizens of Oria gathered as ordered on the Oria Town Square to witness the public beheading of Jaja Faro. Jaja has been responsible for several deaths and severe injuries on Kizak Island. While he fled from justice, he also killed several FDD Officers and gravely injured Chief of Security Austin Turner and former New Pilot Liaison Blazer Faro. Although unable to attend in person, I watched the proceedings from my prison cell. Shortly past 6 PM, Prisoner Jaja Faro was escorted onto a busy square, where protests were still ongoing. It was also clearly visible that a contingent of HPA Pilots had gathered near Blazer Faro. The atmosphere was tense, and FDD Officers had their hands full keeping the peace. Several people were arrested, and a few bystanders were knocked over as they got in the way of fleeing protesters.At 6.15 PM, Dictator Larkra Faro was escorted into the square by guards, as all rose and saluted him. After a brief moment of observing the square, the Dictator began his speech. Faro spoke about the events on Kizak Island and the death of his son Phillip Faro. He also touched up on Jaja's escape and how FDD officers were sent to apprehend him and his associates. Although Larkra expressed his upset over the death of several FDD Officers and the severe injuries of Austin Turner, he failed to mention that Blazer Faro had also been gravely injured and nearly killed by the accused. Engineer Berry Weiss did get a mention, as his fate is still unknown, and it is generally assumed that Jaja Faro was involved in this as well.Then Faro went on to speak about his authority, that had been questioned far too often in recent times. He said: "A clear example, that without doubt, makes it known. Go against my authority, and the authority of the Oria Hegemony, and there will be consequences." Given the recent events, it would not have been very hard to imagine what consequences were implied here.In between Larkra Faro speaking, Jaja Faro frequently spoke up as well. He claimed that he had been ordered to kill Phillip Faro and was now being made the scape goat. According to one of my sources, he also made this claim earlier over the general channel. However, even if he had been given those orders, what happened after he ran was entirely his doing, and he did not show any remorse for his actions.Jaja also gave Blazer Faro some dirty looks. In turn, during the exchange, Blazer slapped Jaja, and she kept stroking her sword. It is not entirely clear how she was really feeling about the beheading and this entire situation. Was she really against it, or would part of her have loved to pay him back for nearly killing her? We may never know.Finally, Larkra Faro turned his attention to the accused, Jaja Faro directly. Jaja Faro was formally accused of murder, misconduct in office and the death of Phillip Faro. He was sentenced to death by beheading, to be carried out immediately. Larkra pointed at Blazer Faro, called her a rookie, and ordered her to step forth and do her duty. This was when Blazer Faro, while casting a brief glance at HPA Pilots Dorothy Borden and Blaine Argon, raised her sword. From here, everything went very differently from what most people had surely expected. Argon seemed to retrieve some kind of object that mostly resembled some kind of trash can, that turned out to be a highly effective tasering riot shield. Bordon said to one pilot in particular: "Now Iyana, on the opposite side of that coin, Larkra is a dick who's got his own crimes to pay for. That's one reason we're gathered here today. To show him that flagrant abuse of his position won't be tolerated."At this point, the Oria Town Square erupted into total chaos. Rebels and HPA pilots clashed head on with Larkra Faro and his guards who loyally attempted to protect him. PKA representative Dunnel McKinnin quickly took action to insure Jaja Faro could not escape. Argon bravely protected members of the underground initiative using his shield, frequently ending up in the firing line. Before long, both Larkra Faro and Jaja Faro were in pretty bad shape. It did not take very long for Argon to successfully pin Larkra Faro under his tasering riot shield. Then, Argon and Emily Hernandez, who was carrying a needle with some kind of substance, dragged Larkra away from the square. Around the same time, Borden dragged Jaja away. The battle on the ground against the loyalist guards took somewhat longer, but fortunately no one involved with the underground initiative got severely injured. I am also grateful to write that none of the guards were killed, they were all allowed to leave the square once no longer able to fight.While the battle was ongoing, Loan Officer Randy Keller was seen attacking guards with his stilletoed heal. Many present fled the scene, others observed the goings on, and HPA Pilot Amanda Welington was seen hiding behind a large trash can looking on in fear. With the ground battle over, Blazer Faro, who had a big part in organizing this takeover, was declared the new OH Dictator. She was cheered on by those who were still in attendance, however, there were still a few battles to be fought.Dictator Blazer Faro immediately issued the order that Larkra Faro and Jaja Faro be taken into custody. Railey O'Shei and Dorothy Borden led crews into battle against a fleet of ships flown by FDD members still loyal to Larkra. Dunnel McKinnin and Amber Knightsbridge took the initiative to head to the Research Station, in order to be at hand in case Natasha Drake and Rayford Billings happened to be on one of those ships. We soon learned from Billings, who spoke on the Tactical Channel, that he was nowhere near Kapteynia Beta. He announced that his guards were now following Dictator Blazer Faro's orders and had turned back. They unfortunately were 12 hours out from Kapteynia Beta, and Billings said that he was in poor shape. He added: "If I don't make it, tell Emma I love her." The battle in space was fierce and went on for quite some time. Unfortunately, Railey O'Shei's ship was destroyed. The dictator immediately promised to pay for this, which according to one of my sources has also happened. Eventually, all ships crewed by Larkra's loyalists were destroyed, and their crews were arrested as soon as they landed on the research station. With this, the coup d'etat was complete.Dictator Blazer Faro immediately made use of her new position to issue some new rules. These can be found in the legal section of your dataslate, and go as follows: Individuals who display flagrant and habitual insubordination as determined by the high judge will be fined no less than $100,000, no matter their net worth. The judge will have the right to forego the fine in favor of a jail sentence for no less than thirty days. This is not to say one cannot freely speak, but there is a distinct difference between the two.Any individual working for the OH government who defies their direct superior officer will first meet a fine of $500,000. If it happens again, once proven, they will be dismissed from their duties without further compensation.HPA pilots who are in direct insubordination to the chair, may be fined such an amount that the chair sees fit. This fine will be directly paid to the HPA fund.Larkra is being charged with embezzlement of several hundred million dollars taken from NEP drive funds. He is also charged with leading a conspiracy to have his own son murdered on Kizak, and nearly getting pilots killed there. Other charges may be pending.The Dictator has invited all to gather in The Oria Town Square this Sunday, October 24th at 2 PM. She has also ordered that all who were wrongly arrested in recent weeks, including anyone who protested peacefully, are to be released immediately. This order was followed without question, and so I am happy to report I am no longer in jail.Although the takeover is complete and has been accepted by most, some remain loyal to Larkra Faro. FDD Officers have made several arrests. Only recently, Dictator Blazer Faro's main squad was held up on Willow Lane. Five people were arrested, and heavy explosives were found. While this was happening, Blazer was attacked in the garage on Kapteynia Beta, several pilots kept her safe in a ship until the situation was brought under control. They then safely escorted her to the Government Center. Although those who fought bravely on the ground and in space to make this all possible are well known by now, several people who have played important roles have mostly done so from the shadows. I would like to mention Daniel Patel and COS Michelle Faro, who took control of the Dictator's Office in the Government Center. From here, they were able to disable various systems and take control of the tactical channel. This prevented Larkra from summoning backup, insuring this victory. At the same time, Security Chief Austin Turner made sure that the Defense Outpost was secure. All individuals who were involved with this underground initiative took great risks, as it became obvious early on what would happen to anyone who defied Larkra. Natasha Drake is currently safely tucked away, healing from her injuries and the trauma she went through these last few days. Rayford Billings has been rushed to hospital where he is being treated. His condition is grave, and without Drake's actions, he may not have survived. I have been told that his wife, Emma Billings, is by his side. It is still unclear how many others ended up in harms way because they dared to speak up against the beheading. Many arrests were made without justification. Others were threatened with imprisonment or worse simply for requesting that the beheading would not proceed. I have no doubt that, if this takeover had failed, all involved would have met similar fates.This concludes my report, and I personally wish to take this opportunity to thank all who made this takeover possible and congratulate Blazer Faro on her new position as Dictator.

Dated: Monday October 25th, 2221, 1:36 p.m. Dictator Blazer's initial plans revealed

Headline:On October 24 2221 the Oria town square began filling up with large numbers of OH and PKA citizens. They were there to witness the changing of the guard as it were. Along with a lot of substance, Blazer had just enough mentions of her grandmother, LeeLee Faro, to appease the masses who love her dearly. The speech was well done, especially seeing as she wrote it herself. That is yet another similarity to LeeLee, a good writing style. LeeLee was a people person, one that we have not seen the likes of since her time in office. Many believe we are seeing it again now.Pilot Natasha Drake was among the first to enter the square, behaving in a very nervous and out of sorts fashion. Pilots and guards quickly took up duties of sheltering her, as she did not seem to want people touching her.Soon to be appointed Defense minister Austin Turner had a little fun with the pilots, getting them to stand and sit at his will. This went on until COS Michelle Faro told him to stop, clearly Austin still needs some polish as she told him, "You need to learn these salute rules."As Blazer entered the square, the crowds seemed pleased and officials such as Ludwig Wrothchild quickly learned that standing before him was not the fun loving rule breaking Blazer Faro we have all come to know and love. He was quickly admonished for not saluting in such a tone that indicated he may not keep his post that she would later bestow upon him.Blazer began her presentation by showing everyone a letter and her birth certificates. Yes, two of them. One was clearly fake and the real one, was indeed signed by Larkra. The accompanying letter detailed threats to her mother, Anna, if she told anyone he was Blazer's father.As Blazer unveiled her initial plans, cheers erupted on Chrylia for non pilot career minors were getting a long overdo pay increase. She later revealed to me that extra money would be set aside so that the transportation department could order all new mining shuttles to be built.Much work was also going to be done in the cavern, dictator Faro revealed. This includes giving above ground farmers incentives to provide extra food for the cavern, "Hunger in sector C must stop," said Blazer, who appointed pilot Dorothy Borden as administrator for human children. At the time of this writing, several farmers were trying to stall this process for more money than she offered. Upon failed talks with the newly appointed OH treasurer, she mandated it be done without any incentives and left the meeting.We have not received word from cavern leadership as pertains to her stern warning to them that the farolds will take over the cavern if they do not comply with her liaison's, investigation and having a farold take over the riot police. High judge Miah Kensington was put in the liaison investigation post.At the same time, Blazer appointed Amber Knightsbridge to be the new pilot liaison, and stated that pilots had one week to sort out who the new HPA chair would be, or forever lose the right to vote on said position, since Natasha is in no fit state to continue.Furthermore, former pilot Kaylenne Buchanan's true job was revealed. She came up as a spy for the underground initiative and now is palace seneschal to Ludwig Wrothchild, who controls local matters on New Netherlands. Ludwig's leadership role is probationary now due to his no salute action yesterday. We are also informed that deputy chief scientist, Amanda Stevens, is also on a probationary period for her flagrant disregard of Michelle Faro's authority.Pilots Cat Sandes and Natasha Drake had requested affordable housing for people coming up from the caverns who are not pilots. The sum of $25,000,000 was given to this project by Blazer. Details on how it will work out are not clear but it is believed they will have a 90 day grace period before having to pay rent or purchase, if below a set income.Pilots abroad were overjoyed to learn that the NEP drive prices would be reduced by $5,000,000, and probably not so overjoyed when she gave a stern admonishment to them for their flagrant disregard to authority figures, in particular the HPA chair. The happiness was reinstated though when she handed out trophies to those pilots who assisted her in the underground initiative. This was topped off with a very generous work gift.In similar fashion as she did in New Netherlands, Blazer appointed a human government to run local matters on Luna. While the OH has spent several billion dollars for Luna's restoration, including building the mall, allowing humans to run the moon has been seen as a wonderful gesture by most. It seemed that pilot Dunnel McKinnin had questions regarding this, but that may or may not unfold at a later date.The five guard salute was carried out as they fired their weapons three times. This practice adds a guard as a new member of LeeLee's family takes power. Thus LeeLee received one guard and the next dictator, if a family member of LeeLee's, will receive six guards. Farold onlookers really seemed to enjoy this bit of tradition.After Blazer set aside 2 billion dollars for the defense department, Austin Turner was able to make an announcement once she completed her speech. This involves freeing up more FDD ships to assist in larger invasions. He told me afterword though, "This could include sector clean up for smaller invasions when combat oriented pilots are not around too."During the presentation, Blazer also informed us that Larkra and JaJa Faro would remain in prison for the rest of their days. This was good news to all but scant numbers of Larkra supporters who remain scattered throughout the OH. In fact, during a conversation on the general channel this morning, one of his supporters was quickly arrested after mouthing off to the dictator. This is yet another showing of authority rather than friendship to all.Along with clearing Rayford Billings of his vast debt to the OH, Blazer also mandated that asteroid tugger fuel prices be reduced this morning. This took place after a discussion with pilot Scott Northrop.

Dated: Tuesday October 26th, 2221, 9:00 p.m. Shooting at Maggie's Diner

Headline:HPA pilots convened at near 6 PM to discuss the next HPA chair. All was going well until a hooded figure raced in and fired a shot. Chaos ensued with people screaming, Natasha Drake got down fast and began to sob. The dictator raced in with gun in hand. She went into the kitchen and raced back out with an injured Chef Patel. This is the second time he was injured in nearly a year's time.Security complained to the dictator, telling her to stop running off. "The pilots acted fast and helped to control the situation," a waitress said. "Namely, Dorothy Borden and Iyana Cunningham, they showed good leadership," she continued. Railey O'Shei, the meeting organizer, Amanda Welington, and Cat Sandes did their part to help as well. Daniel Patel, surely worried sick over his father, stood his ground with weapon in hand.The shooter was caught on Swan street as he was about to go into the footwear store. It is believed that Maggie Turner was the target and she now has security round the clock.

Dated: Friday October 29th, 2221, 8:26 a.m. Costly Transit System Approved

Headline:Transportation commissioner, Tatiana Faro announced this morning that a super express personal transit system was approved by dictator Blazer Faro."The dictator's guide line was that a new platform be installed at the cavern and it be free of charge," Said Faro.She continued to elaborate. "Wealthier members of the OH have been complaining for years that the trains are slow, sometimes crash, and just not comfortable. While this system likely won't take the place of trains, it will be in place for convenience."With convenience and luxury comes a high dollar value unfortunately. "Most of these trips won't be cheap so we advise they not be overly used unless you enjoy spending lots of money to move about quickly," Continued Faro."Upon their release however, we will allow the coin dealer to sell multi trip tokens which would save cash at the end of the day," Said Faro.It is unclear how fast these transit vehicles will be and how much a trip will cost but if we are talking rare coins in the mix, it will not be cheap to have to pay cash for a single trip."These vehicles take a lot of power to run. I would estimate the start up cost at 140 billion dollars, someone has to help us regain funds," said treasurer Brandon Faro. "While the Oh enjoys helping others, it simply cannot just give things for free. Personally, I see this mode of transportation as more of an I need to get home fast, or for emergency purposes."No set release date of these fancy vehicles for the wealthy has been released.Stacia Bevins

Dated: Sunday October 31st, 2221, 2:10 p.m. Zombies hit Beta Again

Headline:The zombies attacked Kapteynia again this morning. Pilot Scott Northrop was the first to attempt battle and got sent to the hospital. While things were being discussed on tactical, Blazer chastised PKA president Ned Faro over not having the PKA stunners available yet. She also began to make preparations to go arrest the Larkra sympathizers who were in the jungle.This prompted pilot Dorothy Borden to issue the order of, "Sit your ass down!" Blazer's response to this was firm and quick, "Never, ever talk to me like that again!"It left many at the chicken palace wondering what type of dictator we have? Larkra would have never allowed someone to speak to him in that way. While we applaud the fact that our dictator doesn't mind free speech, will this be okay? Others in the palace did state it was a tense situation and Dorothy likely was trying to protect the dictator. Most of us are quickly learning, she is a hands on dictator who is unwilling to hide away while everyone else is in danger.Pilots Dorothy Borden, Daniel Patel, and Hector Barclay were first on the scene to provide assistance to Northrop. As the battle continued, pilot Cat Sandes began her battle with no clothes on. This one left many onlookers whistling.The dictator informed us that the cavern battle was ongoing. FDD troops were sent down there to secure the safety of those who live down there.The dictator eventually joined a small crew of pilots with lower end weapons. "I told them I will not just sit by and let them be in danger," stated Faro. "These lower end weapons cannot withstand the giant zombies with no healer tank. Thus, I will assist them until someone with a proper weapon or tank can help."While the battles continue, an investigation is underway to determine how these creatures were kept secret for another year, to be unleashed again.

Dated: Sunday November 7th, 2221, 9:49 a.m. More travel options from the Jungle.

Headline:A spokesperson from the Transportation Department informed us earlier today that the STN will now take travelers from the Jungle to Bad Abbach on New Netherlands as well as Gonrah. They had this to say: "Pilot Emily Hernandez contacted us with a request to allow Space Train travel from New Netherlands to the Jungle and back. STN travel is not cheap, and so, after careful consideration, we decided to meet her request half-way. Any interested travelers may now travel from the Jungle to the town of Bad Abbach on New Netherlands at a somewhat increased cost, but a trip the other way will not be offered. In addition, we have taken the initiative to offer travel from the Jungle to Gonrah, to facilitate easier travel to the hospital there."

Dated: Tuesday November 9th, 2221, 3:48 p.m. JaJa Faro found dead

Headline:Reports state that JaJa Faro was found dead in his new prison home moments before this press release. The only information we have obtained is that it looked like a blood bath in his room.

Dated: Wednesday November 10th, 2221, 2:21 p.m. JaJa Supporters Storm the stream

Headline:Today a few pilots went to the jungle to Aid pilot Dimitri Stevens and the dictator. Several shots were fired, with minor injuries to Stevens and pilot Michael Roberts. Word has it that they, along with NPA Amber Knightsbridge fought off the supporters as more assistance was sent in by the FDD ground troops leader, Bryck Faro.This brief battle was preceded by a Small verbal altercation in which the life of Roberts was threatened over general.Dictator Faro was not given any back talk when it was discovered she went to the jungle on her own, again. It would appear as though everyone is figuring out who the boss really is now.

Dated: Monday November 15th, 2221, 8:28 p.m. HPA Holds Government Position

Headline:Iyana Cunningham, has won the office of the chair. If she is able to put forth some of her plans, this will help secure the HPA's government position. Below is a direct quote from dictator Blazer Faro."The HPA First fleet was beginning to look more like the HPA general pilot section of the association. This election had the most votes on record since these elections were put in place. I am pretty sure it was because of my promise to withdraw the voting option if I didn't see some changes. This is still in place. While it may sound harsh, my point stands. If humanity wants to stand on their own two feet, its leaders, the HPA first fleet must become good leaders. If they cannot, nor have a true desire to become that, humanity's position will simply stagnate."Blazer continued, "I want the best that life has to offer for both farolds and humans. Thus my advice is this. Those who have the mindset for it, become good leaders in politics. Those who do not, find your place that you can best serve the goals of humanity. I will do my utmost to assist you, and this does not include paying you for jobs that there is no interest in. Best of luck to the new chair, she's got spunk. Hopefully it can put some life back into the office."

Dated: Saturday November 20th, 2221, 8:33 a.m. Kizak Resort remains closed

Headline:Days after dictator Blazer Faro opted to shut down the resort, it still remains closed. This came on the heels of growing frustrations by the average citizens over pilot complaints of price gouging in many areas. "They can make more than $50,000 per hour and want to complain about a high price," said one human sanitation department worker.While her majesty is waiting for reports from the Chrylia mining commission as to why she should turn this area over to them for mining, we have uncovered the following.The resort is open to members of the cathedral, government officials, the FDD, right down to the sanitation department workers. It is indeed only closed to the pilots.This has raised questions of what Blazer will do next, it is apparent that while fair, she is not just going to uproot everything and change at the snap of a pilot finger. "This makes us happy because we matter too," stated a farold street sweeper.

Dated: Tuesday November 30th, 2221, 4:01 a.m. Dictator Rules on HPA finances

Headline:The dictator sent in a statement to the daily news just after midnight. It will be quoted here verbatim."I have evaluated a long standing request for more funds to be put into the HPA funds by the farold government. Currently we give them $2,000,000 per year. This request has been denied for the following reasons.""The we pilots pay high taxes argument does not wash and here is why. We pay pilots heavily marked up prices to help them have the expensive things they need to main this career and a more luxurious lifestyle. Thus, if I did all the math, we are actually losing money. This is especially true if we add in the lower ship cost that the pilots pay.""If we continue paying all these office holders wages, this marks up to well over $2,000,000 cost alone. Therefore, the $2,000,000 that we give to the HPA has been rescinded unless it is determined that all these posts may not be needed after all.""Finally, we want to help humanity and also are taking a huge loss on cavern finances per year. The line of give and take has to be drawn somewhere."The dictator also indicated that she would hear any arguments on her ruling after the new year.

Dated: Thursday December 30th, 2221, 5:02 p.m. 9 feet tall android at Kizak

Headline:A large android with some heavy power behind it tried to reek havoc on Kizak Island earlier today.Pilots Amber Knightsbridge, Dunnel McKinnin, Cat Sandes, and Giovanni Darkenum joined her majesty Blazer Faro in an attempt to take it down. "They were fighting hard," said a resident. "We've got a wonderful dictator, she still stands by the pilots to defend us rather than hiding.""These Androids aren't to be taken lightly. Hopefully, once we get some more pilots with higher end fire power, the struggle won't be so hard," said ground troop leader Bryck Faro.The dictator said this before going off to bed. "I will never be one who sits around while others get hurt. If they need assistance, I will give it."Little is known about these Androids as they have not been seen since pilots Natasha Drake, Hector Barclay, and Hunter Trask tangled with them. They did not have to go at it with the big gun though and almost did not succeed. If you are not in a crew with decent firepower, don't attempt fighting the overlord.

Dated: Sunday January 9th, 2222, 5:59 a.m. Pilots take down a band of enemy humans

Headline:It was around 5 PM when COS Michelle Faro began to explain why she went missing not so long ago. She told reporters and pilots about a corruption ring that extends from the cavern to above ground.The theory is that one arm of this organization will be sporting a tattoo. This was confirmed by a guard who aided in apprehending ten humans last evening.During Michelle's speech, dictator Blazer Faro went down to protect Michelle, who was the would be target of an attack. Elite guard Chance Faro lost his life attempting to protect them both. The dictator's injuries were severe but she is okay. She is purportedly taking some time to spend with her guard's family.Several pilots rushed to the aid of the dictator and COS, battling their fellow humans until each were captured. Against advisement, Natasha Drake battled on with severe injuries, and pilot Dorothy Borden went down having to be rushed to the hospital. A pilot who has recently arrived from the cavern, Anamaria Iglesias, went down early. She reportedly fought valiantly, with hands and feet against axes. She was taken to the hospital by fellow Aaron Hatfield and Khalil Ahmed. Iglesias is reportedly resting and doing well.One guard said, "We've got a few real fine looking new pilots. Lucy Bates proved to be very useful with her healing spray. Pilots Alexis Jenson and Ash Layman wield those dart blasters quite nicely. One thing I do recall though, a few had issues realizing that, in a combat situation, when present, the director of defense and HPA chair are in charge. This may have delayed pilot Aaron Hatfield in his duty to get Iglesias to the hospital quickly."Hegemony NPA Amber Knightsbridge and pilots Cat Sandes with Giovanni Darkenum also joined the fray to take down their fellow humans. "I am quite sure that this had to be hard for them," the dictator stated. "The human race is struggling to not die out and this had to happen."Even with two healing tanks, the sector C men with axes were nearly too much for the combat crew but they prevailed in the end. A woman from sector B, who came up from the cavern five years ago as a bank teller was in charge of this group. She was last to go down as Borden was knocked out and her fiance, pilot engineer Daniel Patel rushed her to the hospital.A reporter has gained information as to the investigation Michelle made brief mention of during her speech. It is rumored that pilots Amber Knightsbridge and Dr. Dimitri Stevens were involved.

Dated: Monday January 17th, 2222, 5:56 p.m. Nightmarish Plasma Drainers Discovered!

Headline:In a recent press release, the dictator's press secretary sent this reporter the following exclusive report. Dramatic interpretation has been applied.Dunnel McKinnin and crew set off on January 9, 2222 on an exploration voyage galactic south of A-11 Trading Post. After several days of travel they began to encounter unknown objects floating in space. They eventually found a space station which on the surface seemed both harmless and forgotten, since it was surrounded by a huge debris cloud. Upon docking with the station Dunnel was abducted as they explored the area. Inside was a creature to cause nightmares. Enormously tall, slimy, and grotesque it seemed to have been in the process of purging various people of their plasma for a food supply. Pilots Dunnel McKinnin, Giovanni Darkenum, Ash Layman, and Railey O'Shei did battle with this fearsome creature in an effort to save the unexpectedly alive, Berry Weis, who was found chained to one of the creatures machines in preparation for whatever process the other prisoners were already going through. After a heroic battle with the creature the group was able to run it off and were locked in the chamber with a seriously ill Berry. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of the team, they were able to free him, as well as some other prisoners and get them back to the ship.Other members of the crew that stayed behind on the ship also encountered a creature, presumably of the same race, with far different results. This creature seemed polite, yet cryptic, and offered them a stay at the resort for rest and sustenance, or perhaps to rest as sustenance. Given everything we know so far, I'm betting on the latter. These pilots Tatianna Stewart and Lyra Smith were not fooled and decided to keep their distance and retreat back into the ship, where they found they were unable to launch. Why would they leave their friends and colleagues behind you must be wondering. Well, it seems that they were instructed to do so, if the rest of the crew were not heard from in half an hour. I leave it to your interpretation of events to decide if this was a wise choice, a fortuitous circumstance, or what. On the journey home, the crew started to show signs of illness that could at first not be explained. They took steps while on the journey to mitigate whatever was causing the issue, and some went to extremes to attempt to prevent themselves from catching whatever it was. It seems however all their attempts were futile as they were immediately directed to quarantine on The Research Center upon reaching communications range and their initial report over the tactical channel. They had all been contaminated with something from the alien station. How, what, and who these aliens with a desire for such a specific diet are still unknown at this time.This reporter is heartened that all made it home safely, and that one of our lost brothers was brought back after the year of mourning we have done. Sadly, some losses have occurred, regardless of the heroism the crew performed, but let us hope that others are now warned, and that this new threat can be dealt with.

Dated: Sunday January 30th, 2222, 3:13 a.m. Kiohn Kappa gain Immobilizing Technology

Headline:Pilot Lucy Bates sent in the below tip which we will release verbatim.This evening a small fleet of kiohn kappa's has jumped into sector 2. Dr. Dimitri Stevens has quickly went to fend off the enemies accompanied by Lucy Bates.It was noticed that something odd was happening, a kiohn ship was firing some kind of energy source like a wave of shock. After this has happened, our fighters movement has ceased, and we couldn't move for about 40 seconds for we had been immobilized, thus giving the enemy a better chance to get to us.HPA combat directorate of defense, Natasha Drake, informed us that she put up a warning. Also adding that the Kappa ships don't hit hard but this could prove to be very dangerous for those in slower ships and new pilots who try to go into a larger invasion.

Dated: Saturday February 26th, 2222, 2:59 p.m. Crimson dagger strikes again.

Headline:Post some infractions after the big battle on the riding trail, members of the Crimson Dagger have struck twice in as many days. This name is not official but what many guards and others seem to be calling these people. They sport tattoos of crimson daggers on their person. It is believed that the placement of the tattoo depends on what sector you hail from.A spokesperson for the dictator said, "While still an occurrence, the frequency tends to be on the decline. The dictator is not going to heighten security beyond the current level. She does warn for everyone to keep their eyes open and try to stay safe. The guards stationed in the jungle have been increased."The spokesperson continued on to say, "We have also began beefing up security checks for those exiting the cavern. On top of this, our ground troops are spread thin as we still have an upgraded defense in the cavern and around other Hegemony owned areas as well as PKA owned hot spots."A guard said this, "Some pilots do their best to keep people informed while most don't seem to. While it is nobody's job to constantly sit and remind others of things, it is evident that a little more action needs taken in the reminder category."

Dated: Monday February 28th, 2222, 2:07 p.m. Disturbance at Uncle Ed's

Headline:Late Friday evening an incident occurred at Uncle Ed's Fried Fixings. Noises of some sort of outburst were heard followed by a thud. Patrons of the establishment then saw a young woman running out of the kitchen and out the door. A couple security cameras out back caught two hooded people enter in through the back and come out about ten minutes later.Witnesses to the event said that the woman looked pale, as if something frightened her, several lamenting her departure as she was a popular server for many of them. We tracked down the woman, but she refused to comment, and asked to keep her identity secret.This morning, Uncle Ed, showing several bruises, commented that, "Someone is trying to extort me and my business. I don't know if it's personal or something a bit more organized, but I'm not having it. I'm already livid they cost me one of my best employees."When asked why he didn't come forward sooner and let people know he said, "look, I didn't come forward sooner because I have to make sure my employees are safe. Those who needed to know soonest know, and we will be doing business as usual."We asked other business owners in that area if they had received similar visits, but so far only two have responded with, "No comment." We will continue to monitor this situation for any future developments.

Dated: Saturday March 12th, 2222, 4:54 p.m. Dictator pleased

Headline:Today, 3 ships that were not fully upgraded beat down a large fleet totaling 56 Kiohn ships. Granted they weren't the largest ships in the Kiohn fleet but they were many."The battle took a few hours," said one excited tactical officer."Kiohn made the wrong choice here. Humans are scrappers, you might get them down but they won't give up. It's why I relate to them so well," said the dictator. "I am proud to call this group from the first fleet my pilots. I was with many of them for over a year. Many were with me during the coup. Pat yourselves on the backs. You eight scrappers did a fine job. Yes, as your directorate says, organization is key."The dictator gave this brief statement as she was readying to enter the government center, having returned from patrols.

Dated: Wednesday March 16th, 2222, 5:26 p.m. Are bows being made in Sector B?

Headline:The dictator has headed below, Leaving Austin Turner in charge after she spoke with Ash Laymen, Rex Galvion, Lily Sunshine, and Tatianna Stewart, who revealed to her that bows were being manufactured in sector B. This came after a college student was attacked by an as yet unnamed man who left Maggies Diner with a bow. The group of pilots shortly exited, and began to attempt to understand what had happened. They got into quite significant detail on the different types and effectiveness of bows, leading a guard to inform the dictator.Once there, it was explained to her that many there had not only read about bows, but used them. That was when she made the the decision to go into the caverns. "I intend to shut down those damn weapon factories until I know what the hell is going on. I will not be coming back until the criminals are caught.", She told us as she rushed past."This is extremely worrying," an unnamed security officer said. "It's getting to the point where we don't even know what they're making down there!"For now, the question remains. Who is involved, and how far up does this go?

Dated: Tuesday April 19th, 2222, 9:54 a.m. Expensive starship weapon work complete

Headline:The following statement was issued by dictator Blazer Faro."We have finally finished an extensive weapons project. This project includes strengthening the hull of our heavy fighter. While all weapons received some work, railguns were a focal point. This project was in the price range of 7.3 billion dollars. It has been in the works since November of 2221. We hope this will aid us in our defensive operations as we work to secure the safety of both Hegemony citizens, and friends abroad."

Dated: Monday April 25th, 2222, 5:18 p.m. Dictator lacks in formal behavior

Headline:Dictator Blazer Faro joined Automn Rose's crew and they returned home with the new Zion dictator. Many officials are shaking their heads because our own dictator did not, "give us time to set up a state dinner for the dignitary.No comment from the dictator was given.

Dated: Thursday April 28th, 2222, 2:34 p.m. Breaking, former dictator dead

Headline:Former dictator Larkra Faro was found shot to death in his prison bunk. No further news is known.He was overthrown on October 22, 2221 by Blazer and her band of pilots.

Dated: Sunday May 1st, 2222, 10:15 a.m. OH still losing money, but not as fast!

Headline:The new fiscal year treasury report for the hegemony has been released. The outlook is beginning to look promising. While the income increased, the expenditures decreased. However, the increase mostly rests on the defense department."Our expenditures were higher in two areas, defense and assisting humanity. These were the main reasons I overthrew the previous dictator. While this trend may hold for the next few years as we work to correct things, it should not be a lasting trend," stated the dictator.The outlook is positive, especially with Luna not costing so much this year. "Our initial scientific research is complete, now just to work on stability," said COS Michelle Faro. "Our main concern is Arvion. If we don't get that going soon, the dictator may pull the plug on its full colonization efforts.""Budget cuts have to come from somewhere, stalled projects is a good place," said the dictator.

Dated: Sunday May 1st, 2222, 6:04 p.m. Dictator unprofessional

Headline:Today, 2 Kiohn Kozarki ships invaded sector 1. A crew was formed and attempted to deal with them, but soon Eva Faro, the visiting dictator of Ziohn, offered to help, as did Dictator Blazer Faro.At the point the 2 ships, 1 extended frigate and 1 heavy fighter, launched into space, the 2 dictators engaged in what could only be described as unprofessional conduct, locking on and firing at each other's ships in the middle of a Kiohn battle. Many comments were made over tactical, including one from Blazer Faro, saying "I'll hit you next time." and another from Eva Faro, exclaiming "Not if I tap that first!".One has to wonder, do these 2 dictators really take the war as seriously as they say?

Dated: Saturday June 4th, 2222, 2:42 p.m. Wrothchild Palace Debuts its New Puppet?

Headline:Rumors have been swirling around the palace grounds as claims that His Royal Highness is bowing down to his loyal subjects takes all by surprise.Earlier this week, a palace guard was overheard remarking to his fellow squadron that their newest palace member was the one calling the shots. Reporters learned that he was indirectly speaking of Seneschal Buchanan, who joined His Royal Highness's staff late last year. "Everything's been running too smoothly for it to be the King's commands," another guard added. When approached by reporters, staff were quick to dismiss any notion that they had heard anything. However, dear readers, as you will know, I am always hot on the case. It only took coaxing the right people to hear the full story.A palace maid, who wishes to rename nameless, spoke to me fervently, noting that, "Seneschal Buchanan has been making significant changes around here. It has been running smoothly, but it's too smooth for these changes to be coming from the king himself." When pressed further, she admitted to seeing Buchanan entering many 'secretive' meetings with the King. "He's been more lax, lately. I think he's passed over the reins to this new woman in favor for his leisurely activities."Neither Buchanan nor any palace representative was available for comment. But this does leave me to wonder, readers. Is the palace being run by someone not qualified for the throne? Is His Royal Highness really just a royal puppet? What other changes is Buchanan willing to push? Is it really all for the best?

Dated: Thursday June 23rd, 2222, 2:23 p.m. Blazer Faro announces more cash rewards.

Headline:Earlier today, the dictator called a press conference. While she refused to answer any questions about tabloid news reports of late, she made this announcement."As many of you know, mining and asteroid tugging help keep our planets rich with minerals that they may lack. We have also entered into a large, lucrative trade deal with a group of farolds that are stationed a fair distance from us." The dictator paused to read notes and then continued."Being as we need minerals and elements the same as everyone else, I have decided the following course of action.""I have instructed the Chrylia asteroid reserve fund manager to set bonus points up. For example, once you reach a hundred asteroids collected, you will gain $50,000. That may not sound like much, but the bonus goes up periodically as your numbers go up. Milestone bonuses, with larger chunks of pay have been included in this deal."The hegemony is tight lipped about where this group of farolds are and how much revenue this will bring for two reasons, said the dictator. "They do not want to be found out and attacked. Also, because the government simply does not have to disclose every deal it makes down to the letter."With that, Blazer gave us her usual charming smile and exited the conference.

Dated: Wednesday June 29th, 2222, 9:58 a.m. Zion Restored To Its Citizenry

Headline:I was sent the following statement by our dictator. This concerns the rumored, and now confirmed, downfall of an evil dictator abroad."On June 27, several humans and a hybrid along with the palace Seneschal, a PKA reform team member, and the defense minister freed Zion from a short-lived evil tyranny. They had to muster a lot of courage and determination to do what needed done so that Eva Faro and her group of followers could not harm the citizens of Zion or its visitors again.""Tatianna Stewart, Dimitri Stevens, Aurelia Montrose, Amanda Welington, Dunnel McKinnin, Alexis Jenson, Vergil Stone, Kaylenne Buchanan, Piper Bellamy, and Austin Turner are heroic in the eyes of the citizens of Zion. For they freed them from unjust murders among other atrocities. However these ladies and gentlemen had to endure a band of fools that would not surrender nor give up in the face of defeat. I am quite sure this group do not feel like heroes at this time. But as those with me did back in October, they have freed a people from injustice that they will never forget. They have shown their grit and determination and I thank them dearly for it.""Myself and pilot Jodelle Love stayed to guard the ship during this battle, which was not an unimportant task given the nature of the situation. Ash Layman and Cataleya Sandes were involved in other aspects of our task. Everyone did their part to see that freedom was upheld to a wonderful, peaceful group of people."Blazer also informed us that a Zion Farold will be taking on former human pilot Louy Winzlo as her co leader of Zion. She said that their head gardener, whose name escapes her, will have some importance there too. Thus, this is a good day for humanity. "So say we all," said Blazer, is a wonderful phrase that fits these valiant efforts as we move forward as one.A Farold generation ship was also on the hunt for Eva Faro. The dictator did not go into details because, "we simply don't have that information. However, they are satisfied to learn that Eva has been swiftly tried in the court of the Hegemony."A spokesperson from a trade ship who entered communication range a short time ago said this. "It was madness, those citizens were celebrating well into the next day. They were so happy for the assistance provided to them. You've got a wonderful dictator and fantastic group of pilots here. Keep up the work for good over crazy!"

Dated: Monday July 4th, 2222, 8:49 p.m. Humanity day is official!

Headline:Thousands of human and farold hegemony citizens thronged the courtyard and landing zone to celebrate humanity day. "The show was spectacular. I especially liked the leadership recognition fireworks," said several spectators.Unity was abound on this day as the dictator works to continue showing the humans that they are not, "vassals," but citizens of the hegemony. "I think humans read too many old books," said one farold spectator. "We just don't treat people like that."Pilots who gathered seemed to be enjoying the show. One third fleet pilot said, "just wow, I have never seen anything like this."Pilots who gathered seemed to be enjoying the show. One third fleet pilot said, "just wow, I have never seen anything like this. I finally feel like this is truly my home too."The dictator has granted this day for humans to celebrate their bravery, perseverance and release from the cavern.

Dated: Sunday July 10th, 2222, 1:45 a.m. Zion Trading Post Forms A diarchy

Headline:Former Hegemony pilot Louy winzlo sent a statement to the hegemony via special transport ship."We of the Zion Trading post thank you so much for delivering us from the hands of evildoers. We have discussed how to install our current leadership and have chosen the diarchy path."A diarchy is simply a government in which power is vested in two rulers or authorities rather than one."We wanted to make assurances that this evil road did not happen to us again. We feared that we were not strong enough to have one ruler, as the hegemony does.""We do plan on running our station as well as Blazer runs the hegemony. With my gentle ways, and Sandra Faro's experience, we believe we can get this done in time.""We toyed with a more democratic method but that never got humans anywhere. The gentler leadership ways of the Farolds has taught me to respect what they do. Thus, I will do my best to emulate them as we go forward."

Dated: Sunday August 7th, 2222, 7:44 p.m. STN Grounded Pending Crash

Headline:The SPN has been grounded galaxy wide on Sunday, August 7th 2222, pending a crash on Chrylia.Dimitri Stevens along with others were on this train when it crashed. A number of pilots, and dictator are on location now. We will keep you posted.

Dated: Friday September 16th, 2222, 7:43 a.m. Kiohn captain goads human pilot

Headline:Last evening a Kiohn captain, presumably the one involved in the death of pilot Lucy bates, got into a posturing match with pilot Kanji Shiryo. Kanji appeared to be interested in what makes them tick and was not opposed to meeting the captain.The dictator was eager to put a stop to this, making her disdain for the captain known.Things took a turn when the captain offered to trade a human for former PKA president Ned Faro."Dictator Faro has increased security on Gonrah and the observatory," said reform team member Brent Faro. "We of the PKA are grateful that she opted to lend a hand rather than throw this in our laps alone."Brent went on to explain, "We are taking steps to assure the safety of our citizens by checking every security measure we have at our disposal. While we rather not have Ned in the custody of the Kiohn, it is believed that he has given them every bit of information he knows, thankfully he knows nothing of our new security workings.""We are not willing to possibly sacrifice another human pilot for the rescue of this criminal. The only good to us he would have been at this point would have been to regain the billions of dollars he took upon fleeing. Other than that, he would be sitting in a jail cell eating free food for the rest of his life.""I can say that team member McKinnin is in contact with the hegemony dictator to see what can possibly be done. I hope our citizens realize she has to do nothing here. Ned is nothing to the hegemony. But she is trying to do something and that should go a long way for our relations." With that mister Faro closed the small press conference.The mayhem only got worse when two Kiohn scouts attacked the dictator on the landing pad. Security guard Vergil Stone was first on the scene to lend assistance. Cat Sandes swooped in and quickly took over the situation as the dictator went down on the landing zone.Dunnel McKinnin rushed in to provide healing along with Kanji.Once the scouts were compromised, the dictator was rushed to the hospital and is reportedly doing fine.

Dated: Wednesday December 7th, 2222, 2:10 p.m. Body parts in the icy cavern?

Headline:A deuterium worker has informed the daily news that a hand dropped from a crack in the ice. A nurse came in and spoke with a few pilots, ignoring the rest of us and exited with the body part.

Dated: Wednesday December 21st, 2222, 7:31 a.m. Rogue ships doing battle

Headline:Earlier this morning, a dozen rogue ships invaded sector 1. These were FDD ships masked as Kiohn ships. We don't have much details but believe this may have something to do with the dictator's absence.The FDD is very tight lipped and most pilots seem to be working hard to fill in with securing themselves.There were two pilots injured, "Cat and Genna something or other," a Gonrah hospital worker said. "The pilots were really upset and talking in hushed tones a lot."

Dated: Saturday January 7th, 2223, 10:39 a.m. The dictator's new fleet.

Headline:On January first 2223 at about 2 in the afternoon, A meeting was held between dictator Blazer Faro, Minister Of Defense Austin Turner and HPA members which lasted for about an hour.HPA Chair Automn Rose, NPA Jodelle Love, security guard Vergil Stone, Assistant Combat Directorate Rex Galvion, and Directorate Of Defense Natasha Drake were among the attendees in order to discuss a few topics of which the new FDD fleet of pilots which will open its doors in a few days.The dictator started the meeting with this statement: "First and foremost, most hegemony farolds consider you all citizens of the hegemony the same as they are. They have no issuesHowever, as many of us saw the last couple weeks, a faction do have issues and I was nearly killed because they think I favor you pilots. I have been trying to show that I do not, that everyone is equal and I am glad most realize this. The difference is, I work closely with you all because one of my objectives is to help humanity and you pilots are key to humanity prospering. As you know, some pilots have security jobs with me. Some have other positions within the government. Like the chair, NPA and so on.. So, Larkra had a fleet, His own personal peopleThus, several of you will become my fleet. We don't have time to run you through the entire FDD training. As myself, Austin, or Joey could tell you, it takes years. But you will take some more training courses to become members of the first squadron. This is my personal fleet. You will in a way, be members of the FDD but cannot join any other FDD fleet due to lack of training for it. This does not mean every pilot will become a security guard so they can lay claim to being in the FDD, sorry."The meeting went on to talk about how the fleet will work and a bit of details. "So, the combat directorate and his or her assistant will continue the duties of leading the pilots but will be the head of my fleet. Any security guards will be the in my security fleet." The dictator said before talking about The fleet requirements and get any questions.When Her Majesty was asked about the required skills, Her Majesty replied: "You'll be asked questions and go through some training. Like have to run all the way up and down that Netherlands mountain with me about 20 times. Maybe see if you can do some basic combat or recon things.".The meeting Continued after to discuss A few things which relates to the Community. The dictator asked the HPA Chair to set up a Q and A every a few months so that everyone can feel that they are heard and asked that parties get organized regularly as they help pilots to feel that they are in a team and unify them.Lastly, I have a word for you, dear readers: We are not here to hurt anyone or cause trouble. Sure, while some people seem to be trouble makers, That doesn't mean that we are all trouble makers. Every place has good things and bad things and no one is better than the other. That applies to everything not just pilots and piloting.This is Michael Roberts. Until I see you later, Keep safe.The above report was sent to the OH daily news by aspiring reporter, HPA pilot Michael Roberts.We have gathered further information that current farold hegemony members will continue to perform their elite guard duties, unless the dictator fires them. "I don't see that happening. This also will not diminish the importance of the FDD ground squad. They are military and trained for specific things," said defense minister Austin Turner.

Dated: Monday January 16th, 2223, 12:51 p.m. press release from the Dictator

Headline:New secretary of the dictator, Gennah White, issued the following statement earlier today.On January 14, 2223, Blazer Faro held a meeting with the applicants for the new defense fleet (DF). The offices and responsibilities are outlined below as well as the current office holders. Please support these pilots as they do their jobs. Allow them to perform their assigned tasks, but if you feel a pilot is neglecting his or her duties, or is overstepping his or her office, please alert Blazer. DF Commander: Natasha Drake. Her responsibilities include managing combat both in space and on ground. DF Space Captain: Rex Galvian. His responsibilities are to respond if there is a space invasion and fly if asked to do so by the commander or when the commander is not alert. DF Ground Captain: Joey Silkwood. His responsibilities are to respond to ground invasions and to lead the fight against ground enemies if asked to do so by the commander or if the commander is not alert. DF Security Captain: Vergil Stone. His responsibilities are to maintain security for the Dictator and others she designates. BFI Officer, Ash Layman. This is a member of the Bureau of Farold Investigations, which is all that can be disclosed at this time. DF Officer: Dr. Jodelle Love and Jerry Hawkins. The officer works where he or she is needed.Other leadership Chair: Automn Rose. Her responsibilities are to look out for the piloting community and to keep peace among us. Report strange events or unusual circumstances to her. New Pilot Assistant: Dr. Jodelle Love. Her responsibilities are to help new pilots adjust to life above ground. Dictator's Secretary: Gennah White. Her responsibilities are to represent the Dictator when designated and to speak for her as requested by her on official channels, to write communications when requested, and generally assist as needed.The Defense Fleet opened in operation shortly after the meeting on Saturday, January 14, 2223. Blazer wants this fleet to work, and has stated other officers may be added in the near future. Changes will be made as Blazer feels they are needed or as the Fleet Commander finds they may be necessary. Please be safe, alert, and supportive of your fellow pilots as we all adapt to life above ground and the leadership in place to help keep us all safe.

Dated: Thursday January 19th, 2223, 4:16 p.m. Official Press Release re: PKA

Headline:The dictator's secretary filed the below official statement just a few minutes ago. This is in regards to the swift end of the PKA. Rumor has it that Biker Dude had assistance from the scientist that he kept on. Grant Faro had been still peaceful but leaning towards a more centered view of it since the Gonrah invasion which he assisted the dictator with on the ground.After Terrence Faro, also known as Biker Dude, acquired Gonrah, negotiations have begun to ensure a smooth transition for former PKA members. Former members will no longer get salvaging bonuses for transferring debris at Gonrah, and the observatory will no longer accept artifacts for research. PKA stunners will no longer be sold. An important piece of the agreement with the hegemony is that repair and combat sales will not be affected. There are now requirements in place for the ground repair and engine shops on Gonrah. A pilot must have below 350 ground points to shop at the ground repair shop or below 475 battle points to shop at the engine shop. Currently, the GSI carrier will remain a weapons free ship, and negotiations between the GSI and FSI are ongoing about the freighters. Let's remember that each of us has something important for the community, and regardless of your desire to participate in combat, we all have something to give to make our community thrive. Let's stay supportive of each other and work together to be the best we can be!.

Dated: Tuesday January 24th, 2223, 11:11 a.m. fleet bashing

Headline:Today in the Icy caverns, one of our reporters overheard a conversation between the newly appointed ground captain of the dictator's fleet, Joey Silkwood, and HPA first fleet pilot Jerry Hawkins. At first, the conversation seemed Innocent enough, Jerry asking about challenges later.Very quickly however, that would change. Jerry stated, "I'd like to gun a challenge with someone other than Rex flying", and continued with, "that's not a slam against him, but different people have different ways of flying, ya know?"The ground captain agreed, saying "and I fully understand." He continued, "Rex could use a little training in eng. I think he has focused on flying so much, he forgot about the other positions."Jerry then expressed interest in engineering for Joey, to which the ground captain responded, "it's not really difficult. It's more about common sense."Jerry once again agreed, stating rather matter of factly "well, wait wait, you expected....Rex, to have, common sense?"The ground captain wasn't finished however, continuing to say, "And as for Rex having common sense. Even a Dop can be taught tricks, but you can't fix stupid, we just give it a facelift."The conversation then continued as though none of these defamatory remarks had been said, talking about ice gathering and how many cans each had left.We reached out to some OH officials for comment, "That's unacceptable behavior," said an unnamed member of the caught. "I thought Joey was a military man, what kind of officer trashes their fellows publicly?""As for Jerry," an off duty fdd officer told us, "Rex is his Superior officer. Had I done that, I would not even like to imagine would would happen to me."As far as we are aware, neither fleet commander Drake, or madam dictator Blazer Faro are aware of these goings on. What will they have to say? Are both ground captain Joey Silkwood and officer Jerry Hawkins gunning for the space captain position? Perhaps captain bashing is not the way to go about such a thing.

Dated: Saturday January 28th, 2223, 6:33 p.m. HPA approved to aid in uncharted defense

Headline:Last week, after a strange occurrence where one ship after another kept popping into sector 1 and 443 FDD members were lost, the dictator approved a measure to allow human pilots to assist in trying to cull the number of ships attempting to invade our home sectors."We got to work right away," said defense minister Austin Turner. "I wanted the commander to pick a crew and help get an idea of how pilots could handle this. So far, so good.""I will do what is needed to defend the hegemony," said the dictator. "I will also be helping to train new farold members of the FDD so that other members who were training can move out on longer distance patrols. We all have to pitch in where we can. I just hope these pilots don't make me regret this decision."The dictator spoke candidly, with a sad look in her eyes. She has been dealing with a lot of issues of late. Final note, the hegemony will provide pay to those families who have lost income and a large service is being planned at the cathedral.

Dated: Monday January 30th, 2223, 1:39 p.m. Pilots unhappy with bike deal

Headline:Word from the icy cavern indicates that some pilots, including a DF officer, are not happy with the current bike deal. They want 72 hour wait times or maybe bike parking areas for a small fee.I contacted the dictator who responded with this."The deal is finalized. Pick up your bike and put it somewhere safe if you have to run home. We are not babysitters nor in the habit of spending millions of dollars more for pilot bike parks."

Dated: Friday February 24th, 2223, 7:37 a.m. We all heard the whisper.

Headline:Earlier this month, a new ship by the name the one-person whisperer was launched by the GSI on gonrah. Thanks to Zachery Hendrix, who was 1 of the first buyers, I, DF commander Natasha drake, DF Space Captain Rex Galvion and Greg White were granted the permission to be the first few people who were able to take a look at the new ship.Indeed, The ship is like any other ship meant for a new pilot, even though It isn't meant for new pilots. The ship has an airlock which leads to a control room and a cargo bay east of it. Its requirements are $3700000, 1200 productivity points and 500 science points. As I began watching the ship and its system reports, Everything seemed normal except 2 things which made this ship extremely unique: The engine and the sizeIts engine, which is named as capsule engine, is a specialty engine which we don't have access to for any of our ships. The engine can move a ship an entire sector in 48 seconds, unlike the ultimate engine which can move the ship an entire sector in 1 minute and 40 seconds.The size, according to DF Space Captain Rex Galvion, is smaller than a fighter and I guess It is the smallest ship which we have as it stands, though don't quote me on that.And now for the final remarks, The ship is indeed a superior ship for what its worth, talks were here and there about using it for artifacting close to locals, too. Though since most people prefer artifacting with a group and because this ship is designed for a single person, I feel It will be more useful for traveling and this is at least how i intend to use it as it will be quicker than using, say, a light freighter, taking it from a positive side, a ship like this can be use as an aid in invasions due to its speed and its ability to navigate between ships without being hit to, say, deliver supplies or troops when that is necessary.Lastly, I recommend buying this ship as It will save so much time and hope that the capsule engine becomes accessible to pilots in the near future.Until I see you later, stay safe and have a great day!Michael Roberts

Dated: Thursday March 9th, 2223, 9:49 p.m. Investors Pull Out of Community Center Project

Headline:After months of negotiations and planning, investors have decided to pull out of a deal to construct a new community center on Kizak Island. The decision comes after concerns were raised about the feasibility and sustainability of the project.The community center was supposed to be a new hub for social activities, movie watching, and cultural events. It was expected to serve the needs of local residents and bring new business opportunities to the area. However, investors found that the cost of construction and ongoing maintenance were too high, and the projected returns on investment were not as promising as initially hoped.According to sources close to the project, several key investors expressed disappointment with the lack of clarity and transparency about the project's finances and management. They also expressed concern about the potential for delays and cost overruns that could further erode their returns.As a result, investors have decided to pull out of the project, leaving its future in limbo. To move forward, pilots will have to step in and front the money required to complete construction and bring the community center to fruition.The news of investors pulling out of the project has disappointed many local residents who were looking forward to having a new space for community events and activities. Some expressed frustration with the lack of progress and transparency around the project, while others remain hopeful that new investors will come forward to ensure the project's success.For now, the project remains on hold until new investors can be found. The fate of the project will depend on the willingness of the piloting community to step forward and support the community's vision for a new social and cultural hub.

Dated: Tuesday April 4th, 2223, 7:52 p.m. Gis Fontarsi outreach finally provided!

Headline:There has been a lot of excitement in the piloting community as of late. Voyage Captain DF Commander Natasha Drake commented, "I am very happy to see this long needed assistance come to pass. It was hard work but everyone can be pleased that they have helped these people receive the help they badly needed. More is needed to help them thrive and have a lasting future though. Several of us have pledged to continue assisting."On March 13, a group of pilots left traveling to Gis Fontarsi to repair the station hull, bring the struggling citizenry much needed medical supplies and gift them with approximately 1000 chickens. When the pilots arrived, they were met with hostilities and discovered that a rogue contingent of the 65th fleet was present. After convincing Nikka Faro that this fleet was not acting under Blazer's orders, the pilots were able to begin work repairing relations with Gis Fontarsi and repairing the station hull. The pilots have been working for about three weeks to finish their tasks, and work on the station was completed on April 2. The pilots are returning home and hope to be able to help the station more in the future. Blazer Faro had this comment to share with the piloting community."I am happy to see this long awaited project finally come to fruition. My only disappointment is that it took over two years to complete. This group of humans had the tenacity to see it through. They worked hard, had some issues but overcame them in the end. I thank everyone who went on this trip and began to provide badly needed help to the citizens of Gis Fontarsi. We are going ahead and sending a crew out to meet Nikka's request of a repair facility. We will also provide a fleet of twelve FDD officers to reside out there for a time. Finally, we will send along more food, medical supplies and basic necessities. The final total of this project thus far comes to $401,500,000. It is a very lot of money to put into a station that does not belong to us but if we are to have an alliance of sorts, it behooves us to strengthen it both with supplies and people. Finally, it is my understanding that another trip will be planned by the humans to check up on the station before we provide full time combat assistance."Sources say that the pilots were worn out and the residents of Fontarsi were very happy.Sources also say that this relief was only provided after failed attempts over the last two years due to pilot issues.

Dated: Thursday April 6th, 2223, 8:22 a.m. Statement From Judge Kensington

Headline:In front of the government center building, Judge Kensington spoke to the press."I have just a few comments to make and there will be no questions," said Kensington."The chair was replaced due to, what I believe is too much stress. She can resume any office duties at such a time she sees fit. My appointment of the new chair was approved by the dictator," continued the judge."Aurelia Montrose has had some struggles in her life, but who of us have not. During the proceeding yesterday, she displayed exemplary communication skills when things were getting rough between the pilots. She spoke the truth in no uncertain terms. This is one reason she was chosen.""I had to make some hard decisions during the course of this case, for several reasons. Among these were that I did not want to soil the wonderful progress the pilots made when they restored the integrity of Gis Fontarsi.""Another reason was that I did not want to cause more chaos than was necessary. However, let me be very, very clear. I did not lie nor bring up any false charges. I warned pilots not to push me and I meant this. Rather than finger pointing, arguing, and being angry, they need to learn from their mistakes and start behaving like most of them have during the course of this three week long ordeal. This is to say, behave as adults should. It is the only way we will help humanity prosper. This is my main goal because I am one of you, not against you."The judge finished with this. "It is my sincere hope that people can move on from this mess and heal. If it continues, I will be forced to disclose more than most want me to disclose. No, that is not a threat, but a promise. Now, let us all work together to heal, to continue good works for humanity and those abroad. Let us get rid of the sores, they fester and cause unnecessary wounds that will never heal if you do not mend them."

Dated: Sunday May 21st, 2223, 7:06 a.m. It is a lemon!

Headline:In the Oria Hegemony, lemon lovers are feeling the squeeze as a shortage of the citrus fruit hits the region. The shortage has been caused by unfavorable weather conditions.Despite the challenges they face, farmers remain optimistic about the future of lemon production in the Oria Hegemony and are working with grocery chains and the dictator's council to ensure that despite the shortage that lemons do not disappear from the shelves completely. The shortage, however, has led to an increased cost to the customer for the tart citrus fruit. Fruit farmers in the Hegemony are working hard to address the issue and ensure that the lemon shortage does not continue for too long. They are hoping to curtail the problem during the upcoming winter lemon season, which typically runs from November to February.One farmer and local newcomer, Oliver Jackson, was quoted by this reporter while visiting his farm with the following comments. "While I only recently purchased this here farm from its previous owner, it is clear through conversatin' with the previous owner that colder than normal conditions impacted the growth of fruit. Hopefully, this winter is the mild winter we need to fix this current problem." He also reminded this reporter that lemon trees suffer damage at 26-28 degrees Fahrenheit which is what Oria hit for about four weeks last winter.In the interim, consumers are encouraged to consider alternative sources of vitamin C. Oranges, grapefruits, and limes are all great substitutes for lemons and can be used in many of the same ways. Additionally, other fruits such as strawberries, kiwis, and papayas are also excellent sources of vitamin C and can be incorporated into a balanced diet.

Dated: Thursday May 25th, 2223, 4:03 p.m. Hegemony's net worth takes a nose dive!

Headline:The treasury report was released today and can be viewed in the treasurer's office. The hegemony took a huge hit financially, putting net worth well under 5 trillion dollars. The bulk of this ever-growing deficit is being blamed on the science and defense departments respectively."The large rise in defense spending is to keep us all safe, and do so with confidence," said the dictator. "We have had some large losses of lives this year and simply cannot afford to have subpar equipment. I anticipate that next year's cost will go back down due to the fact that much of the work to better our weapons and upgrade those ships with them has been done. Sadly, we may have to readjust the prices of ships for the outreach program and discounted prices for pilots if spending doesn't reduce the amount that the defense minister and treasurer believes it will."COS Michelle Faro said this. "A large sum of money was spent on securing the department from secrets being sold which nearly killed a few pilots. In addition, we're constantly having to monitor Zarkla for the safety of us all. Thus, some of our own expenses are also tied into the defense of the hegemony nation. I will find budget cuts somewhere, but they will not be to the detriment of our safety."

Dated: Sunday June 18th, 2223, 8:36 p.m. Human astrobiologist makes blue goo link

Headline:The blue goo that has been studied for quite some time now has been linked to the armored goblins that dwell in the bowels of the jungle. A spokesperson for the hegemony science department says, "Dr. Jodelle Love made this discovery while working to thwart an invasion on June 17th. Earlier today, she contacted chief Michelle to share her finds. We don't yet have further information on this goo, nor the depth of the effects on humans other than the theory of making them ill and even lost time."COS Michelle Faro said, "There is more to this goo obtained from a deceased criminal but it is not fully conclusive. If ingested, Dr. Esther Atkinson and I believe that this goo will do irreparable damage, even maybe death to humans."

Dated: Wednesday June 21st, 2223, 6:45 p.m. From Faint to Ain't

Headline:One step forward, three Steps BackBy Arabelle Coppernicus, real ReporterI am writing this from Larry's Chicken Palace, where the only thing hotter than the grease is the gossip. This reporter was fortunate to not only get herself a good amount of delicious cooking, but also take a big bite out of the happenings being discussed.According to an anonymous source, a pilot by the name of Michael Roberts was brought to the hospital in what was allegedly a health concern. The medical sanctuary soon turned in to a circus show as members of the "press' converged, showing a lack of journalistic integrity which thereby called their credentials in to question.*Photo: A pilot who can be identified as Michael Roberts, lies on a stretcher as a nurse assists him.As the alleged press converged, violence broke out when a person claiming to be an alleged reporter struck a member of the dictator's fleet as well as a member of the medical staff, who is not an employee of the hospital. This likely brings up a great deal of complicated issues of jurisdiction, extradition, and diplomacy between the Conglomerate and the Hegemony, as well as the security of the hospital in general.It is reported the dictator is very upset over the events leading up to, during, and after Michael Roberts alleged health crisis.When reaching out to the director of the hospital, I received the following statement. "Michael Roberts health is not declining, nor are his symptoms detrimental to his mortality. Our staff worked on him as carefully as we would work on anyone."When asked about the fact that some people who have been grievously injured have been allowed to leave, the director had no comment.I want to take a moment to talk about journalistic integrity. As a journalist, I believe in the power of the press. History has shown us time and again that knowledge is power. We are tasked with telling the truth, even if the truth is not popular. Our articles will not make everyone happy, but a journalist will do our due diligence and ask questions as we research. At the end of the day, our job boils down to asking questions and often posing them to our readers as we explore the answers together. Often, we are the ones who have been attacked. We don't do the attacking.Which is why it will not come as a surprise that these so-called reporters or journalists have no credentials, no experience, and are not what they claim.The dictator believes these people were possibly hired by Michael Roberts, for what, we are uncertain. Perhaps Mr. Roberts has become bored in his piloting career. Perhaps being reprimanded has caused him to go to great lengths to attempt to make a mockery of pilots, medical personnel, the Hegemony, and the Conglomerate.Speculation continues to run as rampant as the pilots currently discussing it at Larry's, for which I am grateful.Mark Hamlin, professor of law at Wyatt Memorial University, says the legal ramifications could be staggering if the allegations of Roberts hiring people to pose as reporters and breach a medical establishment is true.Finally, there is some concern the dictator's fleet is showing signs of in-fighting. Officers arguing amongst themselves and one in particular asking if he could stab Michael Roberts was called out. Questions and concerns about excessive force has been asked, although some have assured me it was simply trash talk.Time will tell what the results of today's events will be, but the galaxy is watching. The people are *always* watching.

Dated: Thursday June 22nd, 2223, 3:41 a.m. The puzzle falls apart

Headline:Dictator Blazer Faro Reinforces Security Amidst Pilot-Related ConcernsHeightened Military Presence in OriaDictator Blazer Faro has taken significant steps to bolster her personal security in response to a series of issues involving pilots, leading to an increase in security measures and a noticeable surge in military presence on the streets of Oria. These recent developments have sparked concerns among the public and signaled a notable departure from the previously relaxed atmosphere that defined Dictator Faro's rule.In response to the pilot-related challenges, Dictator Faro has implemented enhanced security protocols. The FDD has deployed ground troops, who can now be seen marching through the streets of Oria. Their presence serves as a visible reminder of the regime's commitment to maintaining stability and a firm grip on power in the face of mounting challenges.Furthermore, reports have emerged of an advanced android surveilling ships, equipped with sophisticated scanning capabilities to provide constant monitoring of the surrounding area. During a recent meeting with pilots, Dictator Faro was accompanied by a dedicated team of guards, forming a protective cordon around her. This prominent display of security highlights the increased emphasis on her safety and the necessity to shield her from potential threats.In a statement that underscores her evolving approach, Dictator Faro voiced her concerns, saying, "Pilots expect me to take off my dictator hat when they decide to tell me things, backstab each other, and bicker among themselves. It is not happening. My job is to lead humanity forward, and I will put my duties before all else."Dictator Faro has also taken measures to secure her communication channels. She has changed her phone numbers, disposing of her previous device, and now restricts communication to a select group of trusted officeholders via text or call. This selective approach aims to restrict access to her personal conversations and prevent any pilot from contacting her outside of an official capacity. In a symbolic gesture, Dictator Faro has expressed her intention to revise her clothing choices. Previously known for her relaxed attire, she now intends to adopt a more formal and authoritative wardrobe, aligning her appearance with the demands and expectations of her role as a leader.The heightened security measures and increased military presence have generated mixed reactions among the public. While some perceive these actions as necessary precautions in the face of pilot mess ups, others voice concerns about potential erosion of the relaxed atmosphere that characterized Dictator Faro's earlier tenure.As Oria adjusts to the evolving security climate, its citizens grapple with a new reality under Dictator Faro's leadership. The regime's efforts to ensure stability and protect the leader reflect a significant departure from the previous relaxed environment, prompting contemplation regarding the implications for the hegimony's future.Will the pilots be able to salvage this fractured relationship? Can they prove that they as a whole can do better by each other and serve as an example of what the future should be? Dear readers, I sincerely hope so. Until next time, this is Daysha Holliman, an actual reporter.

Dated: Thursday July 13th, 2223, 7:37 a.m. Pilots Fight Impossible Battle yet Persevere

Headline:Fighting the Tide: Pilots Pushing back Against Monumental OddsBy Arabelle CopernicusOver the past few months, a frightening increase in ground and space invasions have kept pilots busily defending various planets and sectors with unwavering dedication. The bravery and courage exhibited has been tremendous, leaving many baffled as to why a large group left on an expedition trip while leaving very few to defend home space when there has been no relief in sight.On the evening of July tenth, armored goblins made their way to Kapteynia, wreaking havoc in their wake. A small group of pilots, knowing that they would be both outgunned and outmanned, came forward to act as a barrier between the goblins and civilians. This group consisted of Natasha Drake, Aurelia Montrose, Cataleya Sandes, Kendra Wellington, and Greg White.Sources say the commander knew this would be a painful, if not impossible task they may not be successful in winning, but the group decided to move forward anyhow.*Photo: A group of four people in various armor attack an armored goblin as people all around them are in mid-run. The caption below reads, 'Success may not be certain, however bravery is a mainstay.'Not all members of the FDD were present, but those who were assisted the pilots when they were too injured to continue. The battle was long and grueling, and certainly not without injury.Unfortunately, the general store, realtor's office, and the cathedral were targeted by the goblins as the strike team fought elsewhere. Nine people were injured, including three children.I am grateful to report that all injured will make a full recovery. Alicia Sandoval, mother to a toddler injured by one of the goblins, recalls the frightening incident as she wiped tears from her eyes. "My daughter finished her art project and was asking me for ice cream. And then this goblin came out of nowhere, snatching her up. We used everything we had on hand to throw or hit it with and then it dropped her. I've never been so frightened. I'm so thankful she will recover. This could have easily not been the case."*Photos: A still shot of each building is side by side. The before pictures show broken glass, overturned shelves, and localized destruction. The other pictures show the three buildings boarded up as people of all walks of life stand with hands on tools, or assisting to clean. The caption reads: 'Communities work together to shore up the defenses of the buildings.'While this was an unfortunate situation, it could have been much worse. Thanks to the small contingent of pilots, the FDD, medical personnel, and members of the community, this was a tragedy averted by bravery and diminished by the unflinching power of hope.

Dated: Saturday July 29th, 2223, 2:42 p.m. Op-Ed: Kiohn attempt to Break Spirit of Hegemony

Headline:Daring to Exist: a Day of Tragedy and Triumphby Arabella CopernicusIt has taken me some time to consider how I wish to broach the topic of the Kiohn attack which resulted in the kidnapping of the chair and a harrowing rescue. I'd considered the standard report, asking the questions of who, what, when, where, and why. Yet, some of those answers simply make no sense, particularly the why.Today's article will be a mixture of what you've gotten used to from regular articles, but also with an editorial slant.Warning: This article goes in to detail about very disturbing events, including photographs. Reader discretion is advised.On Saturday, July 15, Kapteynia Beta was invaded by Kiohn scouts. I whipped out my dataslate, jotting down notes while visiting Sam's general store as I waited for sub sandwiches to be loaded up. I was not afraid. After all, these were just scouts and those are usually cleared up within an hour if not less. Little did I or anyone else realize just how this invasion would soon turn in to a full-fledged rescue mission.*Photo: The picture is of Sam's General Store, a small building nestled amidst the fruit trees. The afternoon sun contrasts with the blue-green grass of the planet.Shortly before the sandwiches were wrapped came the voice of the dictator calling the name of Aurelia Montrose, the HPA Chair with no answer. Sources tell me the Chair Montrose was in the government building during the time of the invasion, but soon was unable to be found.Kiohn scouts abducted her, critically injuring two FDD guards and tragically killing the third, sending shock waves through the entire Hegemony.Shortly after this, a bubble was spotted, holding the chair imprisoned with no easy or accessible way out or in.The first pilot encounter happened on March 7, 2222. Pilot Lucy bates was salvaging in sector 6 when her ship was boarded. Pilots and the dictator frantically tried to help but there was no time. The Kiohn soldiers spaced Bates quickly. It was revealed that Bates was not just a pilot, but a top spy for the dictator and her last work included providing information that would inevitably take down human pilot Dimitri Stevens for his insane criminal acts against the human race.*Photo: The bubble ship with air tight locking mechanisms and the thick, soupy atmosphere the Kiohn thrive in can be seen. The ship is clearly on the ground and is empty of any beings.While the fight was still happening on the ground, pilots assembled for the rescue. While I am aware of some of the details, I hesitate in writing about them for the sake of security. What I will say is that newer pilots stepped up to the plate, and they, along with the commander, pulled off a daring rescue, while medical personnel were on standby to immediately whisk the chair to safety.Ellis Faro, professor of sciences at Wyatt Memorial University had the following to say: "We do not know much about the Kiohn atmosphere and the toll it takes upon the human body. What we do know is the thickness of it along with its myriad chemicals would make life intolerable. I cannot see, in any circumstance, how anyone could endure even a short amount of exposure unscathed."*Photo: This picture has been taken from a far angle, only showing a stretcher and pilots in mid-run through a crowd of onlookers.Only two days after the first rescue, the Kiohn returned, issuing ultimatums and demanding an exchange for the return of the chair. The same chair pilots rescued under their noses. There were multiple invasions with assurances that those who wish humanity to become extinct would be willing to negotiate some sort of truce. Dictator Blazer Faro and newer pilots Ania Suarez and Moradim Starfire issued sarcastic remarks in return, informing the Kiohn exactly what they thought about those demands, before Starfire ruthlessly delivered the coup de grace of the chair no longer being in their clutches. The pressure of multiple invasions squeezed tighter as a Kiohn officer flew in to what I can only describe as an apoplectic rage.*Photo: This shot is a dangerous close-up with the camera zoomed in on what pilots will recognize as an elite soldier standing on Willow. The Drake hotel is in the background. A few glider bikes have been turned over as the enraged creature is caught in mid-step, enraged eyes looking directly in to the camera. Its telltale blue hair, translucent armor, and pink leathery skin is in full, stark view. A respirator apparatus is affixed firmly to its face.What does the aftermath look like for now? Family, friends, and colleagues mourn decorated FDD officer Edmund Faro. The chair slowly heals. The piloting community continues to move forward. And I, along with what I suspect are many others, learn that perhaps none of us come out of this unscathed.

Dated: Friday August 25th, 2223, 12:38 a.m. Tragedy Strikes the HPA Yet Again

Headline:On August 24th, 2223, a tragedy unfolded in the Tamre Jungle. The dragon was spotted, as it normally is sometime during the night or day. It flew over the Jungle and a pilot was caught in its crosshairs as she was attempting to get back inside the hut.*photo: A hazy picture of Marguerite Almres and Linda Cavot as they attempt to make their way through foliage*"I ushered Ms. Almras to the hut and told her to stay put," Cavot later said. "I went back out to look for stragglers and she followed me back out." Linda attempted to tell Marguerite to get inside the hut, but it was too late. The young pilot tripped and discharged her dart blaster, causing a dart to fly up into the air, further aggravating the beast.*photo: This one is shot from above depicting Marguerite tripping, firing a dart from her firearm as the dragon flies from above, red scales glistening in the scant moon light*The dragon accepted this as a challenge and flew down onto the hapless woman. The dragon snatched her before anything could be done.*photo: Linda Cavot shooting her firearm at the dragon, hitting one of its well armored scales before it flies out of sight with the woman in its maw*She was a friend, an ally. She was part of the outreach program and a close friend to several pilots in the community. Her presence will be missed.*Photo: Marguerite Almras, Cataleya Sandes, Olivia Casolona, Gwen Mercer, Aaron Hadfield, Blazer Faro,Aurelia Montrose, Elizabeth Graham, Derek Chaufer, Gennah White, and freya Jackson sitting on a bench during a rowdy party on the landing zone of Kapteynia Beta*This photo was taken at a party that the pilots had after an unfortunate incident deep in the jungle involving Dr. Jodelle Love.Almres was very kind and compassionate, and her loss will be felt throughout the galaxy as a bright star amongst the fathomless depths.While the ordeal was going on in the jungle, the Dictator was gathering a group to go out, including Gennah White, Gwen Mercer, Mikey Hayze and Michael Roberts. They made it to the train station, before a scream was heard over communication devices followed by silence. They were unable to get there in time before the dragon had the woman in its clutches. it is unlikely they could have gotten there in time because the big red dragon acted swiftly."Pilots need to take heed," said General Anton Faro. "The loss of life is sad but learn from this I beg of you. Run from that roar in the jungle."Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Ms. Almres. Life is too short. Appreciate those around us. This is Thomas Faro. Be well.

Dated: Tuesday October 24th, 2223, 1:20 p.m. Kizak resort under price gouging fire again!

Headline:Pilot Aaron Hatfield advised the Kizak resort to lower prices and they could talk about rentals. This issue comes up once a week, give or take, over the channels.The average cost for a pilot to rent a resort bungalow for a month is $197,078. Having this knowledge, the dictator finally exploded again. "People want to gain millions and have prices be what they were 200 years ago for cheap hotels," she said.She further added, "How would you like it if I lowered your pay for the job that you do to save your own people. Go figure, the hegemony pays you to bring your own people up."She concluded by apologizing to those who were not involved in this latest price gouging issue for her outburst. She did also point out that HPA pilots only have to pay 25% of their ship cost. Asking, "What more do you want, me to work for free and let you all split my pay?"Pilots have the potential to earn well over a million dollars per week, though the average is significantly lower for those who opt not to be workaholics. Nevertheless, the price of the resort and most other things is easily affordable."It is this type of attitude that causes separation between us normal citizens and the pilots," said a human resort employee.Thomas Faro

Dated: Sunday February 4th, 2224, 7:49 a.m. Tribunal in place for pilots?

Headline:Discussions are buzzing this morning about the new tribunal dictator Blazer Faro and her elite guard, Linda Cavot, have set in place."It is about time they hold each other accountable," one shop owner stated.The commander, the chairs, along with Kaylenne Buchanan, Arnold Aradi and Bianca Adare will make up the panel who will police the pilot community.Commander Natasha Drake voiced her displeasure about this set up on the general channel and many of the citizenry at large are waiting to see what good things, or chaos, this will bring forth.Thomas Faro

Dated: Tuesday February 20th, 2224, 7:12 p.m. Invasion goes horribly wrong.

Headline:On the early evening of February 7, a large number of pilots took to the streets to defend against Kiohn ground troops. After a couple of crew lead changes, and several injuries, the worst happened.*Several pilots are seen on the landing zone yelling at another pilot.* Information confirms that they were yelling for Cheyenne to pick up the tank, or store the tank.*The next photo shows a healer tank resting on the landing zone as Aaron and his crew march back into battle.**The third photo shows Blazer Faro's eyes go wide as she raises her hands to her face. Alyona Morozova is shown shooting her this help me look as the tank explodes. Elite guard Linda Cavot and several others are shown hitting the ground as chemicals spray and debris flies about the fiery landing zone.**The last photo shows Aaron Hatfield rushing to the fire while wearing an oxygen tank. His face goes blank as another explosion happens.*The three burn victims are said to be in poor shape, physically and mentally.*The last two photos show the dictator with badly burned hands and face outside the Gonrah hospital. Then there is the photo of Alyona Morozova who certainly took a major hit to the face thanks to the exploding tank.*Thomas Faro

Dated: Thursday February 22nd, 2224, 3:29 a.m. Pilots quitting over hurt feelings?

Headline:It seems as though pilots can never be satisfied. Either they want the dictator to do as they wish, or they cry when she does give them a little slap on the hand. "I have seen Blazer evolve," said one government worker. "Gone is the young care free person we all know and loved, and trying to please the pilots has brought forth a more hardened dictator. It is sad really. But every time one gets upset, they are ready to lash out at each other or to quit doing the things they love. Maybe one day she will smarten up and give up on them."The dictator could not be reached for comment. The speculation is that maybe her injuries are too grave or that she is embroiled in personal life issues with the chair and new, person.Thomas Faro

Dated: Monday February 26th, 2224, 4:37 a.m. New Medical Center Opens On Farold Research Center

Headline:Joyous cheers abound as the long awaited Michelle Faro medical center finally opens its doors to the public.Located in sector 6, in Oria's very own research station, it is the Hegemony's answer to the Gonra hospital, providing state of the art medical care to pilots and citizens alike. That's right folks, the little guys do get some attention sometimes.*A photo of the medical center as seen from the outside. Throngs of people stand by docked ships, attention riveted by the looming entrance. Blazer Faro is seen taking a step towards it.The pilots will still have to go to Gonra for combat injuries, however. You can't win em all.The center's namesake, Chief of Science Michelle Faro, has expressed some hangups about her name being on the building. Many are amused! Parents are terrified! Despite paying half the bill, our dictator has seen it fit to immortalize her patronage by knowingly putting her initials front and center. We'll let you readers figure that one out.Give up? In blazer's own words, "It means motherfucker." Naturally, this prompted some of the children to copy our dictator. Shouts of "Motherfucker!" could be heard echoing down the hall, to the dismay of their bedraggled parents. At the very least, the ongoing rumor that Blazer is teaching bad habits to children, a popular one as of late, has gained some credibility. When asked, a mother that has requested to remain anonymous told reporters, "She can't be saying that stuff in front of my kids. We're a respectful family. We teach respect in our house. But ever since we got home, my little Cody has been bugging me and bugging me. Mom? What does fucker mean? Those pilots of hers are a bad influence. I want all my fellow concerned mommies and daddies to know that. Bad influence."This humble reporter has chosen to remain neutral.For breaking (and not so breaking) news, stay tuned.Susie DeSousa

Dated: Thursday February 29th, 2224, 10:39 p.m. Curtain call?

Headline:Has troubled pilot Zachery Hendrix finally cracked?Hendrix was one of the leaders of the UI but earlier this evening, he apparently snapped. Pilots were gathered on the landing zone with the dictator, and Austin Turner. Tears were abound as the below photo was shot.*A photo of the teary-eyed dictator lifting Hendrix up into her arms and walking up the avenue. In the background, pilots are on the landing zone, many shedding tears.*The story is that the commander is in jail and her lover snapped. We don't yet have full details but believe that he has finally committed a fiery crime that he cannot come back from.Thomas Faro

Dated: Tuesday March 12th, 2224, 10:28 a.m. Worst invasion to hit the hegemony home planets!

Headline:On the heels of a jungle bell bug attack, in which scientist Molly Chandler, pilot William Ashford, and pilot Adeline Branwyn, were injured in typical jingle bell fashion, came a nasty invasion.First, sector 9 was hit with over 20 ships, of which four were the larger warships. Then the real trouble came when sector 11 was invaded with 50 Kavorcheng. Former ground combat captain Olivia Casolona led officer Greg White and Moradim Starfire in securing a defense perimeter around the landing zone, with White in the war room for much of it. Reported mobster Vincenzo Darnelli, brought in his suited men and women to help with ground patrols.While crazy scientist Bryon Faro sat to protect former HPA chair Aurelia Montrose, the makeshift ground patrol squad fought off a Kiohn General's special force group. There were 3 farold and 2 human casualties, along with over 50 injured persons, but this clearly could have gone far worse.This group was assisted by rookie tactical officer Nathan Faro. At the age of 17, this was his first rodeo.The dictator also was alert and providing what assistance she could from an unknown location. The kiohn general tried to make a trade offer to pull back his forces if the dictator would hand over Aurelia Montrose. A verbal sparring match was had between the dictator and the Kiohn General over the general channel, with Olivia Casolona happily chiming in, as the pair denounced this trade offer.Finally, this morning, Bryon Faro pushed a button from within the communication office which initiated emergency 7. This was after he and pilot William Ashford tried to figure out how to operate the controls.The dictator then showed up on tactical, clearly trying to keep whomever was with her at her location abreast of happenings. She approved a low level nuke which destroyed the 50 Kavorcheng vessels in mere seconds.As this is being written, pilots are transporting humans from Kizak until Michelle Faro gives the all clear. The dictator described what happened as follows."In the face of losing 24 large defense ships, and most of our crews away from home, Bryon Faro initiated Nuclear emergency 7. This is a lower level nuclear attack. All farolds are still safe to travel on Kizak, but humans are not. Neucs are the last thing we want to have to deal with, but I accepted the emergency because this was real bad gang."Blazer then provided me with the following statement. "The tragedy of this entire nightmare only solidifies the fact that humans are in grave danger. It is up to me, and my brave farold citizenry to carry the mantel, to help preserve safety, protection, and unity with our human citizenry. We must not let our guards down, else the race be lost."Thomas Faro

Dated: Thursday March 14th, 2224, 5:16 a.m. Final pardon rulings.

Headline:Yesterday the dictator issued a full pardon to Bianca Adare for wrong doings. She then allowed pilots to cough up one person each for the consideration to be pardoned. This list included troubled pilot Michael Roberts, Bethany Arkana, Alyona Morozova and then Aaron Hatfield and Greg White were given partial record clean up, some issues needing to be earned.There was some discrepancy among pilots, who didn't feel that some people should be pardoned. Blazer's personal councilor pardoned her as she had taken upon punishments for a MIA ex pilot. This was done by messenger Linda Cavot.To demonstrate her fairness, the dictator pardoned ten farolds, including the former treasurer who worked for Larkra Faro, the hegemony's former dictator.Upon further consideration, this story was given an update because the dictator denied the pardons of Ash Layman and Zachery Hendrix. Her reasoning was that both men crossed a line that others did not. These men need help and they will get it one way or the other. "It is my final ruling that Hendrix will never again be a pilot. It is also my ruling that Ash Layman is done working for me. I adore them both but this running a muck and hurting people cannot be tolerated. If the time comes that she so desires, Taela is welcome to return to piloting. For several reasons, she was correct about Layman. She was fighting to remain calm with things. People cannot change over night and I could have explained what I really meant better. Was she wrong, sure, but so was I. Two wrongs don't make a right, in fact, they become explosive."I was provided the following statement in writing from the dictator."Over the preceding year, the HPA pilots have found themselves besieged by a deluge of tumultuous occurrences, affording scant respite for contemplation. While much of this turbulence stemmed from within their own ranks, a notion crystallized within me: a singular act of absolution, a grand exoneration, to cleanse the slate and set a course towards renewal, anchored firmly in the realm of healing.Furthermore, I extended this clemency to ten individuals from the farold echelons of our Hegemony, recognizing the profound potential for redemption that lies within. Though some wounds may prove arduous to mend, whether they be of the heart, intellect, or otherwise, I fervently aspire that this gesture serves as a catalyst for a transformative journey for those within my Hegemony in dire need of a more auspicious trajectory.Let it be reiterated, this magnanimous act stands as a one-time concession, sanctioned by the high adjudicator. This blanket absolution also encompasses the fallen pilot, Joey Silkwood, now granted reprieve to return to the fold of the FDD.Imperfect as I am, I implore each and every one of you to strive for lives imbued with contentment and purpose, irrespective of the vicissitudes of my own path. To any tribulations I may have unwittingly engendered, I extend my sincerest contrition.May safety, felicity, and unity reign supreme amongst us.-------------Brief editorial from the author.I have watched my friend struggle with happiness since she was seven and I was nine. I thought she had it this time. Please don't forget like she believes you will. She is our dictator, but she is a person the same as we are. She has pain, makes mistakes, has heartaches and feels grief the same way that we do. She deserves love, happiness, relaxation with friends the same as we do. Please, I beg of you all, don't let her sit up there in that office and drown in her sorrows.Thomas Faro

Dated: Sunday March 17th, 2224, 9:46 a.m. Farold Insurance services under new Ownership

Headline:New Players Swim in the Financial Watersby Arabella CopernicusIn a move that has business owners and financial advisors reeling, Farold Insurance Services, the top purveyor of insurance for the Hegemony, has been purchased and rebranded. It is now owned by the financial group, Trilby, Banks, and associates.During a by invitation only dinner, Braxton Faro, the former CEO, spoke and thanked his employees. "I need to take some time for myself." The former CEO said as he sipped a glass of Moretti Vineyards sauvignon blanc. "I have a family, and while I thoroughly enjoyed the work that FIS has been able to accomplish and have been honored to be at its helm for the past twenty years, it is time for me to prioritize. I don't know where I'll find myself next, but I will take time to rejuvenate and relax with my loved ones."New CEO Vanessa Trilby stood with Kaleb Faro as they addressed the crowd."This is now a new era in terms of insurance. We are giving the people more choices, more options, and putting the power of safety in their hands." Vanessa smiled.Kaleb Faro then spoke up as he continued. "All current employees have received generous raises and a full expansion of benefits. In order to do that, however, we also have had to take a look at current policies to see what we can offer, and what needs to be revamped. One contract that we have had to go over extensively is the joint deal between what was formally known as FIS and the HPA. After all, pilots can often be reckless with their ships, as the majority of requests we receive are due to ships being destroyed in challenges rather than invasions."Vanessa Trilby cut in smoothly as she added, "The pilots keep us safe from the persistent Kiohn threats that loom over us, and it is not something we take lightly. A letter has been sent to the current chair, Blazer Faro, outlining the policies and the new price. We look forward to hearing back from them. Of course, if they do not find it amenable, new avenues of cost coverage will need to be pursued. Unfortunately, it will not be through us."The celebratory business dinner ended with the name reveal. "Welcome to Safe Harbor Insurance. Protecting your tomorrow today."**The picture shows Braxton Faro standing between Vanessa Trilby and Kaleb Faro, all three holding glasses of wine in a toast. Vanessa and Kaleb are smiling. There is a tightness around braxton's mouth, but he, too, is smiling brightly. All three are very well-dressed, with Braxton and Kaleb wearing very expensive-looking black suits, while Vanessa is in a deep blue cocktail dress and gleaming diamond necklace.**

Dated: Monday March 18th, 2224, 10:05 a.m. Announcement of Security options for Business and Home Owners

Headline:Insurance and Security Options Concern CitizensBy Arabella CopernicusVanessa Trilby, of safe Harbor insurance, released a statement this morning addressing business and home owners based on a meeting held last night that she coined 'an Hour of Power.' The statement matched what was mentioned at the gala-style event where affluent home owners and business personnel were invited."We want to be at the forefront of protecting your tomorrow today by recognizing that some of the greatest investments one can make is in their home and their business. To that end, we have many comprehensive services that we are offering to those who have decided to take on the mantle of ownership."Trilby discussed areas that are considered risky investitures, but made assurances that this would not mean their businesses and homes lacked coverage.Trilby introduced long-time security expert Sergio Parisi, owner of the new Oria Defense Solutions Network. This company works with businesses and home owners, offering consultation and implementation of security protocols. They also offer personal protection services at a fee, according to Parisi, that is just "A fraction" of what the competition offers."While you cannot help where you may live," Trilby stated. "There are protocols and safety measures that can be utilized to be certain you are investing carefully in your home or place of business. Such protections show insurance agents that you are doing everything possible to continue to mitigate risks.The meeting ended with Trilby stating how honored she is to be CEO and how she wants to make the program work for everyone.There were concerns from business and home owners alike, expressing frustration and worries that this might be a way to fleece them out of their hard-earned money. The concerns were met with polite refusals and Trilby's willingness to speak with prospective clients one on one.The same meeting held an outcry that homes were being swept up incredibly fast and that certain businesses were paid sums of money to relocate, although this reporter cannot substantiate these claims.**A picture of Vanessa Trilby shows a diamond bracelet around a slender wrist that gleams as she holds up a wine glass. Her chestnut brown hair ha been swept in to an elegant twist, and her smile is pleasant. She wears a burgundy gown that is cut low in the front, with the emblem of famous fashion designer Yara Faro showing prominently.**Sergio Parisi is pictured standing alone. He has short black hair, green eyes, and a clean-shaven face. He is tall and the picture shows off his muscle definition. He wears a dark suit, jacket slightly open. The outline of a weapon can be seen beneath the jacket.**

Dated: Tuesday March 19th, 2224, 11:28 a.m. Oria Defense Solutions becomes established

Headline:Sweeping changes happening in West OriaBy Arabella CopernicusOria Defense Solutions, the security company headed by Sergio Parisi, has begun a number of community-centered events.Fliers were found on the doors of homes located to the west of LeeLee, talking about rampant crime concerns and what is being done to help mitigate them. A hotline has been set up for people to text or call any time if they have any concerns. It promises a swift response.The flier also states that if someone has insurance through Safe Harbor, this information can be found in their newest pamphlet.The changes, home and business owners say, has been incredible. "I can walk my son home from school without worrying about all the dealers out there." Says one young mom. "I don't have to worry. When I got scared, I texted O.D.S., and one of their community representatives came out right away to talk to me."A senior citizen also spoke to me. "I go to the church there for a daily meal and I got mugged a couple months back. Now, I just have to text O.D.S. And one of their nice folks comes out to help me. I don't get around much any more. But He went and got my meal, paid for my groceries, and sat with me while I told him stories about my daughter who was killed in an invasion a few years back. It's so nice to feel protected."Sergio Parisi, enigmatic head of Oria Defense Solutions simply said in a statement, "The day for criminals running rampant is over. We want to provide peaceful solutions and will work within the auspices of law-enforcement. The most important thing to remember now is that we're a community. We need each other. My 89-year-old Great aunt Gertrude should be able to do her shopping in without being disturbed. If you see something, say something."As the streets continue to be cleaned up, there is other activity happening west of Randre. Houses in that area have been swept up, and some business owners are concerned about their shops. Moving vehicles have most of the area blocked off as construction continues, but some say that the streets are being called "Little Italy"'Could this mean that the criminals are being put on notice? What will this do to the housing market? Only time will tell.

Dated: Thursday March 21st, 2224, 4:02 p.m. Vandals target college Eatery

Headline:Popular College Eatery VandalizedBy Arabella CopernicusRusty's, a hole-in-the-wall establishment located on Randre Drive, has been a place for drinks, laughs, and some of the best buffalo chicken wontons on the west side of Oria. It has been here for the past ten years and run by Naomi Creswell. The restaurant is named after her husband who died four years ago due to a long-term illness.The restaurant hosts a bevy of activities, from trivia nights to naked bingo and is frequented by college students.During the early morning of March 21, the restaurant was vandalized, with all of the money stolen. Food, appliances, and furniture, and even the family photo of Naomi with her husband was torn to shreds."I just can't believe this happened." Naomi said as she held up the scraps of his picture. "This is even worse than when I lost him. Because now, there is nothing left. I have nothing left but my memories."Oria Defense Solutions owner, Sergio Parisi stated that he would have people come and assist Naomi with the clean-up. "A staple of our community is gone, and that is a shame. We will work with law-enforcement to not only help catch the perpetrators, but to also rebuild so that this place can once again be a mainstay for members of the community.""I don't know that it can be rebuilt." Naomi said as her eyes filled with tears. "I just don't know. I feel like I've lost everything."A community fund has been set up for donations to help Naomi, as this was her main source of income."I want people to remember him. All of the food cooked here were recipes we came up with together." Naomi said. "He wanted a place where people could laugh, dance, eat, and be safe while doing so."**a photo shows Naomi Cresswell, a middle-aged woman with braided blond hair, with tears in her eyes. She is holding up the pieces of the destroyed photo of her husband, Rusty.

Dated: Wednesday March 27th, 2224, 8:30 p.m. Ships Crawling with Bugs

Headline:All Abuzz about the BugsBy Arabella CopernicusTuesday marked a victory in the ongoing war against the Kiohn, but it could have turned out quite differently.Early Tuesday morning, according to sources, it was announced that a bug was found on the ship of former chair, Aurelia Montrose. After some time, it was discovered the bug in question, had markings to suggest they were from the Kiohn.As the day progressed, the dictator's fleet, along with elite guards searched vessels in both the garage and landing zone of Kapteynia Beta. Vinny Darnelli, owner of Darnelli Industries, offered to assist in searching vehicles of civilians.Many ships were planted with bugs. Whether they produced audio or visual output is not something which has been confirmed, although there is a lot of buzz concerning privacy and security.**Photo: The landing pad is full of people and open ships.Sergio Parisi, owner of Oria defense Solutions, was called upon by businesses and citizens to search. It was announced that bugs were found in vehicles of not only his company, but also several others.**a close-up shot of a small, round piece of electronics with intricate markings along the side.**The situation became more intense when the entity identified as a Kiohn general turned the public's attention toward what he deemed as an experiment. A large cloud loomed over Satra village 27.**photo: Dictator Blazer Faro and Elite Guard Kaylenne Buchanan stand alone on the landing zone. Their weapons are out and both are wearing gas masks. There are no others around them**While citizens were ushered to safety, the general demanded the return of Aurelia Montrose, the former HPA chair who was injured when captured last summer. Defense Minister Austin Turner offered another trade, instead.Zachery Hendrix, convicted for attempted murder and now serving a long-term sentence in the psychiatric ward of the Michelle Faro Medical Center, was offered to the Kiohn. He was praised for knowing the ins and outs of the HPA and would, as Minister Turner put it, be useful to them.This caused an uproar in the piloting community, and the general decided to take the prime minister up on the trade.In return, the general remotely disarmed the cloud over Satra 27. We do not know the damage this cloud would have done, but can only speculate that many lives were on the line.While I do not know the fate of the general, we also have not heard anything from him over the general channel, much to the collective relief of many. I have also heard from my sources that zachery Hendrix is alive and well.There has also been some talk, between pilots, that border patrols have been met with little to no resistance, and that challenges are being met with no more than three ships.Many consider this news to be good and believe the Kiohn have been beaten back now that the fate of one of their greatest assets remains unknown.What do you think, readers?

Dated: Saturday March 30th, 2224, 10:02 a.m. Humans continue to destroy our race.

Headline:This morning, the dictator's mother received the 7th head. This was the second human, added in are 1 farold and 4 Kiohn.Upon the latest victim's mother breaking down over general, after the dictator performed the DF fleet job and questioned her, we found out the following information.The new Kiohn general is taking down those who she sees as disloyal by getting humans to help. Sarah Hembry informed everyone that she was supposed to assist and her family would not be harmed. Well, wrong.This reporter is utterly shocked and disgusted to see that humans will do the worst things to our own race. I'll also give a shout out to those working hard to investigate matters.I for one think now is the time to support one another as we await general Virshralin's next move. She was referred to as the scythe and Hembry said everyone was scared of her.Let us hope that we can withstand this mess as one.Thomas Faro

Dated: Friday April 5th, 2224, 8:45 a.m. The fight for Randre park.

Headline:At around 10 PM last evening, Randre Drive gang leader, Dave Barker, better known as Skull Daddy, went over the general channel. He announced that, "the doors of the church of randre park are open." He was incensed over the murder of Timmy Manning, and threats against his sister.The dictator knew what this statement meant, as did I. We both grew up on Randre, and knew the war was on. This war was against the O.D.S. and rival gangs, "the alliance is over," said Barker.Fleet officers Michael Roberts, Gwen Mercer, and Aaron Hatfield joined the dictator in Randre Park. "We're going to make a compromise," said Blazer. She then began to determine where the members of the royal bastards gang, ran by Dickie Faro, aka King, another school mate of myself and the dictator.Dickie's gang is among the worst in town with their treatment of the workers in the den and women in general. Therefore, the dictator decided to drag the worst of them in to help end this stand off. Her officers, in tandem with the FDD on scene, followed her directive and began firing upon the Royal Bastards gang, who retaliated.*A photo of Blazer Faro waving and providing cover fire for Gwen Mercer, who is picking up a grappling gun. Dave Barker also appears to be providing cover.**A photo of Michael Roberts moving swiftly around and firing, while shouting.**A photo of Aaron Hatfield trying to gently move a would be attacker child out of the way.**Caption, "Mercer catches the king fish." The photo shows the grapple hitting its mark, which is Dickie AKA King.**Another photo shows the DF fleet members on scene literally dragging King across the park for his arrest.*To end this mess, the dictator told the O.D.S. to back off, everyone has to live somewhere. Arrests were made, the injured taken to the hospital and the park returned to its normal hot bed of love, and debauchery.Thomas Faro

Dated: Tuesday April 9th, 2224, 2:35 p.m. A Harrowing Rescue and Fragile Welcome

Headline:A Most Miraculous WelcomeBy Arabella CopernicusI have asked myself a hundred times what would be the best way to begin this article, and I have come up with well over a hundred different answers--none of which seem impactful or catchy enough. None of which describe the sheer emotions many have felt over the weekend. It was not so very long ago when the announcement was made that humanity is on the verge of extinction. And somehow, amidst all of the loss, we have gained two new women amongst us.On Saturday evening, Savannah Gentry, a fairly new Hegemony pilot and aspiring pastry chef, was salvaging in sector 9 when she pulled in two unknown objects. She asked if this had ever happened to anyone before. All seemed relatively normal until she checked the cargo hold to find two hibernation chambers.She took her ship to the research station and pilots hurried to see what was found. The chambers contained tubes going in to a block of ice. No one knew what was inside, although speculation was rampant.Each hibernation chamber was placed in a different recovery room with pilots watching over them for the next 24 hours. As time ticked by, the ice began to melt and revealed the faces of the women.As the night wore on, radiation began leaking from one of the chambers. Pilots described beeping sounds and struggled to figure out the written text on the chamber. Pilot and scientist Daimon Saul instructed individuals to wear space suits while in the recovery areas for protection and to take a Riphenol tablet to keep contamination low.The ice continued to melt as pilots scrambled to figure out what to do and how to help these women out of the pods. Should they try to open the chambers immediately? Do they wait? It felt as though anyone involved or who had access to the secure tactical channel all held a collective breath.Sunday became a more harrowing event as Will Ashford attempted to decode the wording on the chamber by using his extensive computer skills. Bryon Faro, relieving Michelle Faro who'd been up all night searching for information about the cryopods, also let us know the catastrophic events that could take place, including skin breakdown, cryogenic burns, hot burns, oxygen depletion, radiation exposure, atrophy of muscles, and frostbite.I spent quite some time doing research in various archival symptoms for this report. In the year of 2018, 200000 individuals volunteered to be placed in cryogenic chambers. They were split equally amongst men and women, and were to be slowly matriculated in to the population over the next thirty years.A research paper, written by Dr. Elyse Dufresne, a physician who spent the majority of her medical work attending to those who are coming out of cryogenic chambers strongly asserts that patients should be given constant medical vigilance and be in the hospital for no less than a week. A mixture of human and Faroldian medications and techniques were administered, but monitoring was key. Of the two-hundred thousand cryopods sent in to space, only eighty-five percent would survive.In her 2055 paper, Dr. Dufresne said, "Of the eighty-five percent who survived, twenty percent experienced long-term physical and mental conditions, many of which did not abate. For the fifteen percent who did not survive, we did all we could to make them comfortable. It was difficult, heartbreaking work. And while we have had success, the thread of humanity is frayed." Seventy-five percent of those who survived were people who did not know each other and had no ties to anyone. "It was my life's work," Dr. Dufresne wrote. "But constantly bearing witness to those who did not survive due to suffocation or organ degradation took a toll. And yet, LeeLee's plan worked. We held hope and despair in our hands in equal measure."As the ice continued to melt, worries continued to rise. What would happen to these ladies? Would they make it out? Would we witness something miraculous or tragic?Cathedral Overseer Derek Chaufer, along with several business leaders and pilots, held a vigil for the ladies. Tarot decks, rosaries, religious texts, crystals, different altars, and meditation mats could be seen in the hospital's lobby as many came together in hopes of these women surviving.I was not in the room when the contaminated chamber was open, but I heard fear from the pilots in a way that I have never heard before. Helpless worry consumed me, and I was not even there. I can only imagine what it felt like for the pilots, the medical professionals, and most importantly, Melinda Michaels.It is not my place to pry in to the medical story of another, but from the research I have conducted and the conversations over tactical, I gather her introduction to 2224 was difficult and frightening.The situation in the other recovery room was worrisome. Seneca Morris was pulled from the pod. There was a collective sigh of relief, knowing that both women were at least out, while doctors like Dr. Michelle Faro and Dr. Gennah White worked to make certain they were in stable condition.I know there has been an introduction to the Hegemony and these women are learning about who we are. I also know that there are many questions so many have due to a desperation, and perhaps borderline obsession to the things of the past.I took some time to speak with Melinda while she was still in the hospital, being guarded by a member of the fleet and another pilot. It was important to me to get her experiences in her own words.Melinda Michaels has an openness to her, and even when sitting in the hospital bed, still managed to be taller than me. I will put her statements here, on their own, without too much commentary for me.Beginning of different statements"What kinda statement do you want? I went to sleep and woke up with no family, no loved ones but Seneca. I don't really know what I am doing or where I am. I get told earth is gone but can't really conceive it. I am 231 years old. How am I supposed tuh help society? Just go shoot things? Ain't nobody gonna date an ancient person. They just want to tell jokes about me being ancient. Grandpa swiped a chamber and tossed me in it illegally. Somehow, here I am 200 years later."I was unable to reach Seneca Morris for her statement.Miss Michaels' words led me down a different path with this article entirely. I am a journalist. Asking questions is how most of these articles gets written. Being annoying, I prefer to call it persistent, is how I work toward excellence. I found I did not wish to pepper the ladies with endless questions about a planet they no longer are able to inhabit. So I asked something different. What could we as humanity, and as a Hegemony as a whole provide for our newest citizens, rather than expect?"on a basic level,," Amber Knightsbridge answered, "someone to be there to talk and answer their questions is important.""There is a lot to offer for the new universe these women are going to be introduced to." Giovanni Darkenum answered. "Things are not what they know, but there is beauty in irregularity. what we can bring these women is simple. a sense of belonging, a greater good and open arms--basic necessities for any living creature."Bryon Faro gave the following statement that I will leave in its entirety. "I just want to say that these women should be treated the same as the rest of us. Their physical age maybe a couple centuries but their bodies are not. They are young vibrant women and should be treated as such. Not reminded that they are ancient. This is very sad to be witnessing. If Berry's age were ancient, I would still hug him, hold him and let him bake cookies for me."As I thought about my own answer, what is that I can give personally and what we can give as a collective, there are three things. A voice, agency, and autonomy.These women are not walking encyclopedias of Earths facts, for us to collectively dip our fingers in the hat and demand their answers for our constant edification. We should allow them to have the voice to tell us their needs, the autonomy to follow those dreams, and the agency or freedom to allow them to come to fruition.What I am able to offer personally is to assist them in telling their story, if, and only if they wish it. Just as they have the voice, autonomy, and agency to tell me no. And they have the voice, autonomy, and agency to live their lives as they see fit. Not for our reminiscence of Earth, but for the future they left Earth to have that is now theirs, with all of the pain and hope it may entail.Welcome to the Hegemony.

Dated: Saturday April 13th, 2224, 8:47 p.m. Former ground captain falls from favor.

Headline:Just a few minutes ago, the dictator was in an angered state when she knocked former ground captain, and frequent security person, Olivia Casolona on her rear. She yelled, "damn pilots, I am glad you are out of the fleet," and down the former ground captain went.We suspect this started over a mis handling of the combat crew. Maybe our beloved Blazer will return someday, but that is clearly not this day.

Dated: Thursday May 9th, 2224, 10:30 a.m. The Sound of Glory

Headline:Glory Glory war: From terror to Trembling PeaceContributorsCameron Faro, Tanisha Cordero, and Graham Buckner**The picture shows Bethany Arcana, current personal counselor to the dictator, standing with her back to the camera. She is engaged in a speech to a group of pilots sitting on the bench. Among them is elite guard Linda Cavot, sitting with a neutral expression.*The afternoon was a riot of fear as Bethany Arcana delivered an impassioned speech to members of the HPA in the town square. Arcana, who currently serves as personal counselor to dictator Blazer Faro, imparted a message of hope, endurance, and strength. The subject of the speech? What to do if the dictator fell.Pilots gathered at 2 PM at the town square to hear the message. Communication is key. Stop faltering in your communication and let those who need to know, well, know.But the focus of Arcana's speech centered around the pilots rallying around the judge should the reign of dictator Blazer Faro fall.*pictured are members of the HPA, including Tyler Lambert, Kerri Moon, Melinda Michaels, Adeline Branwyn, Will Ashford, Amber Knightsbridge, Bianca Adare, Aurora Taylor, Gwen Mercer, Freya Arati, and Olivia Casalona. Several are looking off-screen towards the government building, while others have their hands on their weapons.*Arcana is quoted as saying, "... It is imperative that our actions are swift and decisive. The High Judge, a pillar of justice and wisdom, would guide us through the transition. Those humans who can must rally around the High Judge, securing not just the legacy of our current path but also the promise of our collective future. This strategy is designed not out of fear, but from a responsibility to maintain order and continuity."When it was time to take questions, Melinda Michaels, a recently freed person from approximately 200 years of cryostasis, asked the big ticket question. "Y'all who are left are sposed ta do what the judge says if she goes down. Where? Is there a bunker plan?" Several pilots immediately looked uncomfortable. Amber Knightsbridge, captain of the DF fleet, shifted about. Seasoned war vet Michaels squinted, along with veterinarian Adeline Branwyn. Medic Aurora Taylor was among those frowning.The response from Arcana? "Run like fuck." Murmurs of descent fell upon the crowd until Captain Knightsbridge raised her hand and stated the following, "Blazer also said that if it all goes horribly, tell Drake to ring the bell. She didn't say if that was before or after the judge goes down."Then the whispers started. "What's the bell? Is that code? Asked one elderly woman. "Drake like that Natasha girl that was Commander? What does she know that we don't?" Came the next. "I bet it's a bomb," gossiped one college girl among her friends. I could not help but have the same question, readers.New pilot Kerri Moon had this to ask, "...since the dictator is well, and has been speaking with people today, why isn't she the one delivering this message, even if it's from a distance? Maybe it's a protocol thing I'm not understanding?" This question stirred the masses once more, as they, too, wondered what protocol was being followed ... or not. Arcana claimed responsibility, stating, "I thought of it this morning that a lot of the newer people wouldn't know. So I thought to correct that." Whether this conversation was green lit by the dictator or not is unknown. But if it was, surely the dictator would have warned against frightening the masses. For that's exactly what this managed to do.Speculation and consideration began to breed panic in the citizens. Many flocked to the cathedral not only for solace, but to ask questions that Cathedral Overseer Derek Chaufer promised he would bring to the pilots.Derek communicated back information he received from the pilots, namely that there would be ships which could land all over the planet. Hundreds of barges would be available to take humanity and Farolds to places unknown.another part of the plan mentioned and communicated is that there are evacuation plans, where everyone could report to a section leader for more information. Kara Stone, president of her local PTA of Twinkle Blossom Elementary, and Leslie Vergara, Secretary of the PTA at LeeLee Elementary, both volunteered to be section leaders. The way to do this has not yet been explained, but there has been interest from many.While this conversation took place, people took to the streets in a panic. Citizens were scared, angry, sad, and frightened. The FDD and members of O. D. S. tried to calm the raging panic, but it simply continued.The tide began to turn when the dictator rushed out on to the landing zone, hugging people and letting them know things would be alright.*A photo of Blazer Faro, with pilots Bianca Adare, Olivia Casalona, and Paulie Kavelli flanking her. The caption reads, "Dictator Blazer Faro begins to calm down the frightened masses."In the meantime, many people flocked to government square, many bewildered, frightened, some with their belongings or children in tow.Vincenzo Darnelli suggested people begin singing a song. a child suggested a song he'd learned from his grandfather, who'd learned it from his grandfather before him. While he did not remember all of the words, the prominent lyrics are as follows:Glory glory, hallelujah.Glory, glory hallelujah.Glory, Glory hallelujahBlazer will lead us on.After speaking to the child's parents, they said the end of the line is actually 'his truth is marching on', but that their son had changed the words to Blazer will lead us on. As the child said, 'It just felt right.'. His parents tell me the song is called the Battle Hymn of the Republic. And while I do not know what a republic is, I know the fear began to ease.*A photo of a large crowd in government square, holding lit candles and lighters to the sky. many men in suits stand alongside the FDD, as well as a group of women on motorcycles. The women wear black jackets with various patches on them.The song began to spread, many singing it over the general network, including Bryon Faro, business owners, the drake hotel staff, members of the cathedral, and many others.This countered the divisive words of the Kiohn general, to whom we will give no power to in this article. Words meant to seed fear and doubt were overpowered by the melody of hope and the harmony of truth. It was a clarion call for all of us to answer with faith and determination. And that, dear reader, is the bell that truly sounded.

Dated: Thursday May 9th, 2224, 5:21 p.m. The Sound Not so Silent

Headline:Stop, Children, What's That SoundBy Arabella CopernicusThis article has been a long time in coming, mainly because it has taken me quite some time to recover from the sonic sound heard round the planet.Any of us who were in Oria or within close vicinity on Friday, May 3rd, may recall a sound that was faint to the ear but disorienting in scope. It was quiet enough to make us wonder if it was there at all, and when it all fell silent, it was almost as though the world stopped. Then, we were all assailed by the sound being so loud, it made it very difficult if not impossible to function.The noise caused injuries, confusion, and disorientation, affecting some individuals more than others.Later, we learned this was a coordinated attack from the Kiohn. How they managed this noise, I do not know. But the aftermath were hospitals filled to capacity, animals crying out and screaming or hiding, and children experiencing some of the worst of it.But today, I want you to hear from those most impacted. I reached out to school principals, teachers, and parent groups, asking if they might have children write about their experiences. I received permission from guardians and parents, and below, you will read the story from those who often do not get heard but who were most affected---our children. None of their words were edited."I was in the park when I heard the noise. It sounded like a thousand screams. I reached up and touched my noise, and it was bleeding and I couldn't see for a bit because I was so sick to my tummy." Petrov, age 7The next block of writing has obviously been written by hand. There are little squiggles and doodles between the lines. "I remember when daddy made cookies and I got one out of the pan and it burned my hand. It felt like that. Like my ear reached for the cookie, but the pan got inside my ear and I couldn't get it out. Then it stopped and I was okay. Then it got real loud, like the pan was back in my ear and on fire and on ice and on fire again. I looked up and saw my daddy running to me. I couldn't hear anything. He scooped me up and hugged me real tight and there was lots of water coming out of his eyes. It's the first time I've ever seen my daddy cry. I still can't hear, and daddy still cries, but I know we'll be okay. It was cool I got to go in a space ship, though. I wanna fly one. I wonder if I can sometime? At least I can still play Fantasy Portal redux, and daddy and I are learning how to talk with our hands, and I understand the language of hugs just fine." Malena, age 8"Big sissy was watching me and then she felled and bumped up her head and I put peanut butter all over our sandwiches. My head hurt a whole bunch and I reached down and she wouldn't move. Then she started spewing stuff and I tried to run to the neighbor but I fell too. Then Mister Vinny came running through the door and they picked us both up and I went blech all over his suit and cried. He covered my ears and runned me to a doctor. The bigger sound made us both falled over but he catched me and made sure my head didn't get bumped. Sissy said it was the mean people who want to kill us. She's better, by the way. Never got to eat my sandwich." After the text is finished, several frowning faces are drawn. Genevra, age 5"Those blue fucks did some real bullshit to us that I didn't appreciate and a bunch of us kids got stupid sick. People took us to a hospital in space. I didn't want to go, because fuck hospitals. But I didn't want to look like a chicken either for not going. So I went. This nice pilot put some drops in my ears while the doctor and others saw to my friends. Thanks. Glad people are okay. The second noise was such bullshit. If I knew where that blue general fuck was, I would have stuck them good because that's bullshit. Doing something that hurts people, especially babies like Baby Laurel? Fuck you, you piece of shit. But I'm glad my peeps are okay." After the words, there is an incredibly accurate picture of a kiohn, but it's lying prone with x's marked out over the face, an a bubble above its head reading 'haha, dead'. Kara, age 10"I thought they finally were coming, and it was the end of the world, like my grandpa always warned me will happen. We tried to run in to the bunker, but he was really sick and I couldn't think. The only thing going through my head was 'did they get us this time?'. Sometimes, I wonder what the point of it all is. If one day, they'll just get us and we won't be able to stop it. I have nightmares all the time. But then I remember that there are people fighting. We all have to fight somehow. And I remember the dictator, talking back, standing up, moving out. Her pilots standing tall, helping, caring enough to move people to hospitals. To check and see if we were okay. And I tell my Grandpa that maybe the apocalypse won't come. Not yet." Charlton, aged 12"I was walking my dop Poppy around the neighborhood because she wouldn't go poop. So annoying. When the noise happened, she started to cry and lunged. I couldn't keep ahold of her leash and she ran. I couldn't run after her because there was blood in my eyes. The second noise had me passing out. I woke up in someone's house. They put ice on my face, helped me get cleaned up, and helped me to one of the clinics. I've been looking everywhere and I still can't find Poppy. If anyone sees her, please let me know? There is a photo beneath the text of a meticulously groomed dop with burgundy fur and a long, swishy tail. Its horn gleams and one paw is on a ball. Sarisa, age 11"I don't know what to write, but I will say the noise scared me. I wasn't one of the ones who got sick, but it did make my head hurt. I was with my five younger siblings because we're home schooled while mom and dad try to get us used to not being in the caverns any more. We'd just come out the night before and have been staying with my aunt who runs a hair salon. Shout out to Beck's Braids and Bangs. She's cool. Anyway, my siblings all got sick and we didn't know what was happening. It was just so confusing and scary. I tried to hold all of them. My mom got really sick, and my dad was at the soap factory working. Is it always going to be like this? Were we safer inside the cavern? It's scary, but I hope it won't always be this way. It seems unfair that the first full day of seeing the sky, I became very much acquainted to the ground. Is it worth being up top? I guess we'll find out." Vartan, aged 12Wherever we all were when the sound was heard, we will never forget how it affected us. But we will also never forget how communities rallied around each other, not just for their own members, but for anyone who struggled. Whether people helped the elderly, children, babies, dops, faroia, peers, colleagues, strangers, or friends, hope is the thread from which a strong tapestry is woven.My deepest and heartfelt gratitude to the many letters, essays, drawings, and journal entries sent to us by these brave, beautiful souls. Thank you for pouring out your heart to us. May we always listen with open hearts and minds. May each of you affected by what happened find both healing and peace.

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