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A Bloody Interesting Coup

A Bloody Interesting Coup

For the shortest of periods, life settled down in the IMP, the new viceroy was establishing himself in office, research was commissioned, the Patrol Commissioner was not winning any popularity competitions and there was even the odd rumour of some trading, and whilst this went on Githyanki started plotting.

First as foremost he needed a vacancy, then some internal support and a pre-determined outcome. Stage one, kill or remove the viceroy, stage two isolate the command council most likely to support Githyankis bid and thus secure the result, straight forward enough. In a peculiar twist of fate, Githyanki had mentored Viceroy Blackthorn as he rose in the imperial ranks, schooling him on many aspect of Imperial politics including fleet combat tactics, and as such the man had spent a great deal of time in Githyankis fleet HQ Cape Horn in Kasmer, maintaining a property in the bases luxury district, and visiting frequently.

It was on one such occasion, after an especially tiresome conference session of the command council that Githyanki took his opportunity, the viceroy had entered his chambers late, he was known to take a brandy or two before retiring and he had only the one personal guard in such secure surroundings, Githyanki had selected the rest of his protection detail personally. Githyanki approached the viceroys house in the haunted hours of early morning with his own bodyguard, a creature without physical equal, he was granted access into the viceroys chambers by his own guard. The viceroys own man might have set off the alarm as Githyanki approached, had his head not been swiftly removed just as it registered a thought of panic, replacing the initial shock, Githyankis bodyguard towering over his lifeless corpse removing his teeth from his severed head.

Githyanki drew his sidearm, gave the viceroy a swift kick, and as he went for his own pistols shot him in the face. Viceroy he mused, I have a proposal for you The viceroys body along with the whole security detail and a medical officer were quickly ushered onto a waiting Stealth Silence class warship which quickly departed, the viceroy having lost a few teeth in the process. Githyanki set himself to the task of setting the charges as he dispatched his body guard to acquire the dancing girl.

Imperial news networks would later report the tragic demise the viceroy, following a huge antimatter explosion which did extensive damage to the local area, all that remained were a few teeth, the body of the viceroys evening entertainment, and evidence that pointed to her having taken the contract to kill the viceroy from a source within the republic and foolishly miscalulating the extent of the explosives force.

Later in the evening, just prior to the emergency session of the imperial council, Githyanki presided over a meeting between Gregor Konstantin and General Kreiger.

Githyanki So our fears have been realised gentlemen they press us from the shadows, it is time for the strong leadership we have the discussed and to take the fight back to our true foe.

Kreiger Give me a war and you shall have my support

Konstantin You already know my mind, if the situation can be brought to head then more the better, and between us we have the weight to carry the vote, with Simms, Ravenstone and likely Space all voting against you

Githyanki So we are set, who shall make the nomination?

Konstantin I shall

The council session adjourned as the council considered the vote, Githyanki had been nominated as planned by Duke Konstantin, Blake Ravenstone had been nominated by Admiral Space. Ravenstone would have to be dealt with at a later point Githyanki mused, but now his attention returned to the viceroy, and taking advantage of the session break boarded his personal ship and headed to his hidden ice base.

Githyanki entered the medical facility glancing briefly at the prone figure of the viceroy on the operating table, he addressed the medical officer.

The preparations are made?

Yes sir, the stun effects will wear off in the hour, by which time we shall have him put under and begin the process of his reconstruction

And he shall remember nothing?

nothing sir, his memories shall be erased, his features completely altered, we shall have to build him a new memory of course but the basic framework of an imperial upbrining is easy enough, records tell more of a story than people and if we add in factors like a family lost in childhood, few friends, and last survivor of the academy class that will be tragically lost next week, it should not return to haunt you

Good and you and the men?


We are all here sir, families and stories are in order, you have provided everything we asked for, to the man we all know we can never leave this place, I shall turn him over to your bodyguard as requested for insertion into the accident site, when the process is complete. Sir, one last thing, what should he be called

He was a fan of old earth westerns I believe, call him Wild Bill.

A week later the vote was passed as had been suspected, Githyanki was named viceroy and sworn into office, Ravenstone had not taken losing well and continued to pursue the investigation and Githyanki set about plotting his immediate downfall.

 
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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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