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Hive

The first stage of a hive life cycle is as an egg. For the purposes of the game this also accounts for the larvae stage that has very limited intelligence but is learning through pheromones and tactile contact with other hive.

This stage can last indefinitely and eggs/larvae have been known to be stockpiled for decades with no obvious long-term repercussions.

At some point the larvae pupate the triggering mechanism is generally the seeding of eggs onto a world. At this point civilian hive become part of the collective that may have a few or many millions of members and here they will generally remain, performing the same task until they die. During pupation, they transform into any one of many different adult forms in order to suit the environment they will be working in and the demands of the hive unit they will become part off.
This hive unit will either be dominated by a single queen or by a collective breeder/drone faction.
While they remain part of the hive, they are swamped in pheromones and consume chemically laced food provided by other hive and have little in the way of free will by other sentient life forms reckoning. They do however seem to thrive in this environment and seem a lot more content than other species with substantially more free will.
The amount of independence shown by a member of the unit is often related to the job they perform. Those that deal with aliens and/or are required to act without consultation show greater degrees of self-awareness and it is generally through these that hive are able to coexist on worlds with other sentient races. Without them, it is likely that a bloodbath would quickly occur as harvesting hive view any none-hive as an acceptable source of food.
Severing members from the hive unit is possible through recruitment complexes. These accept members of the hive that have unusual behaviour characteristics such as a greater degree of free will like any large social group there are always those that are outside the norm. The recruitment programme removes their dependency on communal pheromones and the chemically laced food and promotes a greater degree of self awareness and self reliance.
Once removed though there is no return and for this reason, only eggs can be seeded onto a world in order to create a new population or add to the existing one.

Hive Queens  [Recruit]

The Queen has an independent intelligence that cannot be considered to be truly sentient. She is a creature of instinct, seeking a cave or some other structure that she can make into a brood chamber.
This is where a remarkable transformation occurs. Once established, she will produce eggs.
These will hatch and bond with the queen. This bonding is important as it allows the queen to expand her cognitive powers. A queen only needs a few hive to achieve sentience and quickly plateaus as more and more efforts are required to control the hive collective.
As the hive collective grows, the chamber will be expanded and the queen will produce more eggs to accommodate natural attrition.
During normal development, isolated from external interference, the hive will simply spread over the surface of the world, colonising sectors and producing more queens that are subject to the primary queen. Eventually, when the primary queen dies, one of these subjects will become the new queen.
Within this society, there is little free will shown by members of the collective and for this reason, civilians are little more than automatons.
There are however misfits that are not fully connected to the collective these individuals show considerable free will. These are the ones that volunteer to become employees, mercenaries and troops. Normally, a civilian when ripped from the collective will simply stop functioning unless forced to do something (enslaved), there is simply no appealing to them as civilians.
People have found a means of exploiting this alien society by keeping the Queen in a permanent animal state. This is achieved by simply removing the hive eggs from her brood chamber before they hatch. This prevents the queen from bonding and also allows manipulation of the eggs generally for seeding onto worlds into a growing hive community.
As the eggs are removed from the chamber, the queens reproductive instincts force her into producing more at a much faster pace than in nature. Normally she might initially produce a few, then when they have hatched and bonded, reduced the rate to a few a month, with a slow growth in line with colonisation of the surrounding sector. When the eggs are continually removed, she will produce at much higher rates. It has also been discovered that increasing the brood chamber and nutrient supplies can further encourage the Queen to swell, increasing the rate further.
The Hive have been using this technique on subject queens for centuries in order to rapidly colonise worlds.

 
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Fox Effects Fantastic Turnaround

With his feet barely under the table, Xavier Fox has managed to dramatically turn things around at the GTT. With year-on-year sales figures up by 23%, manufacturing up 42% and ship production increased by 36%, the megacorporation is running at full steam with noticeable impact on local economies across the Stellar Empire. Political analysts also note that after a period of retrenchment following the disastrous leadership of Ike Krieger, investment in defence is at a five-year high. After such bullish growth, the trick will be for Mr. Fox to recruit C-level executives fast enough to match his ambitions. It is notable in temperament, the current crop of GTT politicals do not exhibit the monomaniacal xenophobia of their predecessors and have resisted repeated provocations by the DEN to enter a pointless spar before they have re-established superiority against the foolhardy aliens.


 
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Felini flounder in Winter against superior Dewiek forces

The FEL have managed to get their asses kicked by the DEN yet again after provoking the definitely “not cute or cuddly” Dewiek in the Crossley system. The furry punching bags had bought a civilian flagged outpost in the system, without permission or under certain conditions depending on who you ask, and then had the gall to reinforce this error by positioning warships in orbit. The famously patient warlord Halvor did not buy the story these heavy hull armed ships were merely transports and sent a pack to clear the orbit. The mouthy yet green Felini fleet commander Pr'prz fancied his chances against what looked like a light complement of DEN warships and ordered his own warships to engage in the neighbouring Winter system. The result was predictably a wipe out of the FEL forces consisting of forty-seven capital warships at no loss to the DEN. Once again, a series of calamitous decision making resulted in Felini lives being wasted by a leadership barely fit to clean a litter tray. The otherwise untested Halvor can now claim some victory ale although with his penchant for picking on creatures as weak as Gracians, it’s not exactly clear how much glory this new breed of Dewiek warrior can claim against the legends of old.


 
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Dastardly Dewiek Disregard Yank Neutrality

The governor of a MRC outpost in the Yank system reports that a 400-hull DEN warship called Grey Hunter Axiom entered orbit of Spritzer and opened fire with weapons of mass destruction (WoMD) against a platform, outpost, ground party and ship. Reports indicate significant casualties to Kastorian personnel both in space and on the ground. The KAS Junta is gruffly warning, with a slightly indifferent air, that everybody better stay out of the sector of the outpost for their own health. It is unclear what measures the KAS have or will take against the DEN on this matter. Such a breach of Yank neutrality has in the past caused the Dewiek to froth at the bit against the Empire for their disregard of ‘civilised’ norms. Their current silence on this matter speaks volumes.


 
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Yenni-bodies Pirates?

A PIR outpost was miraculously discovered by an IMP freighter, of all things, in the Yanni system with several Javelin class warships in orbit. After noticing the IMP freighter and seeing the public post by Jack Jones on subspace, the PIR decided to flee and leave a combined force of IMP and FET forces to capture the outpost. A brain damaged three-year old commentator who still believed in the goodness of people and Santa Claus was quick to commend the IMP on their good work, dismissing those who thought it no more than a convenient clearing up operation signifying* completion of operations in the nearby FET claimed systems of Graydown, Canth and Onissian by IMP puppet Edward Lowe. Meanwhile, the Wolf Lord Lyceum summed up the view of many when he screamed, “What is this amateur b*llshit?” into an uncaring universe.


 
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Crowe Coups Self

The IMP Viceroy Tiberius Crowe has finally achieved something in his unremarkable tenure by relinquishing even the semblance of wearing big boy pants and instead, appointed Jack Jones as Patrol Commissioner, salty spokesperson and policy maker for the Empire. Crowe will now join CIA Director Laton in riding the special bus to work where the two of them will enjoy long pleasant afternoons sipping cups of tea. Actually, just tepid fruit-scented water as neither of them can be fully trusted with a hot kettle. Occasionally, they might be visited by equally dynamic war “veteran” Admiral Bridge to enjoy mimes presenting the latest comics from the Howl. Meanwhile, Jones is putting pressure on the FET and will soon no doubt find a pretext to deploy his vast mercenary forces against anyone else who is seen working too closely with his most hated of enemies, the HEX.


 
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Highlord Aadolf Loses Control As Dewiek Break Peace Treaty

Around one hundred DEN warships have launched an attack on a small GTT destroyer squadron of forty ships in the Daggern system. Two GTT ships were destroyed and another fifteen suffered noticeable damage. CEO Xavier Fox issued a restrained but angry statement demanding the DEN explain themselves. Highlord Aadolf’s buffoon-like response amounted to “Dewiek be Dewiek, let’s drink and forget about it.” Cold comfort for the dead crew onboard the GTT ships and their families. Especially, as seems likely at this time, the Empire will settle for some bloody money instead of retribution.


 
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The Worm Turns

The FET have reduced relations with the IMP to neutral. Sneezy boss Cu Chulainn took the bold step of putting 1 and 1 together by linking recent mercenary attacks in their systems with the IMP scouts seen loitering for some time and refusing to move. Even bolder, hints that they believe “a certain Imperial citizen” is responsible for Edward Lowe’s entire underhand operation were voiced loudly enough that the handsome but hard of hearing Tiberius Crowe had to take note. He was seen grappling in trademark fashion with his skin tight jacket, pulling it down over his partially concealed middle-aged girth, as he sat to issue a terse public statement. Exactly who this citizen may be was left unnamed and no news channel subject to Imperial laws would dare unmask the villain. Luckily dear readers, we are not subject to phony Imperial laws. It’s Jack Jones everybody. Jack Jones, butcher of Naplians and fancier of silver long johns.


 
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”Necessity hath no law”

Lord Cromwell of the DOM slapped a fleet of privateers, on charges of "knavery", "bad manners" and "poor sportsmanship." Such offences carry the death sentence in the Dominion, a nebulous territory neither part of the Empire nor apart from it. At least thirteen Armadillo class ships, typically sold by the DOM, were destroyed at a location Cromwell was unwilling to disclose publicly. Bloodthirsty Dewiek as well as "prince of peace" Yahn Wodenzoon were quick to congratulate the DOM for their merciless carnage. It seems the consensus in the galaxy’s ruling class is that not presenting valid identification is a crime worthy of the murder of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of unfortunate crewmen. This is all just another indicator that the political elite are far removed from the lives of ordinary people who are seen as little more than meat inventory. It is telling so-called “man of the people and the downtrodden” Wodenzoon so readily aligns himself with this grisly concord. Meanwhile, the archaic elocutionist Cromwell further establishes the recent trend of mild exertions of power by the cold-blooded DOM.


 
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Return of the Fox

The galaxy is still digesting news of the return of Xavier Fox to the boardroom of the GTT. The ailing corporation's share price began a sharp rally after a six month downward spiral under Ike Krieger, credited with being the worst CEO in the megacorporation's history. The only surviving board member from Fox's initial tenure as CEO, and perhaps across the entire GTT board, is Antt Tilton the Research Director. The reclusive Tilton is the brains behind the ascension of GTT technology, particularly in the field of antimatter weapons and super-heavy dreadnought size ships, Tilton offers a small measure of continuity during this tumultuous time. Mr. Fox has therefore resorted to a broad appeal for new blood to join the ailing firm. So far, the result has been a number of two-dimensional "Yes" persons being promoted to the C-suite. Still, key stakeholders were upbeat with one commenting, "Fox is the man to turn this bloody disaster around. He knows how to put a great team together and where to bury the bodies of the non-performers."


 

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