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Felini Society

Felini Society


In the days before the arrival of the conquering Flagritz to their homeworld, the felini were primitive. Their technology was little better than Stone Age. Their culture was largely nomadic based on oral traditions though they did have a written language that they carved into rocks and trees. They built bridges, and erected seasonal settlements and occasionally feuded. Their legends were enacted in their operas. Though many non-felini can stand the long high-pitched wailing which account for the vast majority of the play the acrobatics in the final scenes are always spectacular and worth watching.

The invasion was fast and brutal. Claws and spears were no match to the advanced technology. Strafing of felini hunting parties from the air, destruction of their ancient sites and wholesale slaughter of the larger and more organised prides quickly brought the entire species to its knees.

It is estimated that more than five million felini were killed during the first year. As the apex predatory species on the world, their population was less than fifteen million at the time.


The entire species was enslaved but in order to make them useful to the Empire, they needed to work the imported machines and build the urban and industrial zones for the newly arriving Flagritz population. For this they needed educating.

As the felini became tech savvy they started underground movements, coordinated and discovered many things about the universe, especially the method by which the Flagritz arrived – a wormhole. This wormhole however opened and closed at six month intervals.

For years they prepared and millions more died at the hands of the Flagritz but eventually they were ready. When the wormhole closed, they attacked. The battle was hard won as the Flagritz used both biological agents and nuclear weapons in a desperate bit to turn the tide. In many places the felini refused to revolt. It is now thought that in these locations integrator caste/peace factions controlled the slave populations and as such the populations were better (if not well) treated despite being always under threat of what might happen. Even now there are many that believe that a peaceful liberation may have been possible and the ecological destruction of the world could have been averted.

By the time the wormhole was again open, the felini had control of starbases on the world and even a few outposts off-world. During the next few years the fighting was brutal though the felini gained the upper hand simply due to numbers and access to resources.

It is thought that the Flagritz attempted to open an artificial wormhole directly from their homeworld in order to bring in an armada and their vast army though something went wrong. Both the armada and army of Flagritz Empire was largely destroyed along with a fair chunk of the Flagritz homeworld.

After this the felini spent years rooting out and executing every last Flagritz from their home system.

Post Emancipation
While there were a few proponents of returning to the old culture it was never seriously going to happen on their homeworld or for that matter any other. Education and technology forced onto the felini had become a way of life. They could no longer return to their nomadic, hunter-gatherer life style. They relied on transport, industry, medicine and cultivation too heavily to give it up (also reflected in their increased longevity and birthrate). The world could no longer support their population. Most of the native fauna had been killed in the war and the world was a wasteland. The felini lived in urban environments, supplemented their previously meat diet with ever increasing amounts of vegetables and grains and alcohol consumption had for many become a way of life. For better or worse, the felini way of life was changed forever.

Matriarchy
Society is based on a dominant male and his extended harem. This may be because females outnumber males by around six to one by the time they reach adulthood, though in childhood they the ratio is closer to three to one. What happens to the males? Females live more than three times as long as males and can recover from damage that would permanently cripple a male. A crippled male will invariably undertake voluntary euthanasia. Females, though only taking one partner at a time and then generally until death, may well, over their lives produce cubs from three or more fathers.

Cubs are raised by the extended family though by the age of ten have largely reached maturity at which time they tend to move away to complete their education or learn a profession. It is around this time that males form their large groups and gang fights are quite common both within cities and out in the wilderness. This accounts for a lot of deaths amongst the male population. Living fast and dying young is a way of life for the felini. Few males live beyond thirty years and rarely ever enter academic professions. There have been historical exceptions with a few notable venerable professors. In these cases though it has been noted that they have been smaller than average and never established a harem.

Upon the death of the dominant male, the harem will generally split. Quite often there is a period of negotiation between the females of other harems as to where they go though new males will invariably make themselves known (sometimes even before the old male has died).

Opera
One of the few aspects of their ancient culture to survive the transition to their current way of life is their appetite for live drama in the form of operas. They have little time for media as entertainment, even media presented using cutting edge virtual reality. Only on distant worlds with small felini populations will a media substitute be tolerated.



The Clans
The operas combine oral tradition of storytelling though heavily embellished to the point determining the slither of truth from the fantasy is a practically impossible. There are long drawn-out acts where the prima donna (they are always full female cast) can take the stage for more than an hour. Highly edited versions can be found for aliens on multi-special worlds. These are rarely more than the acrobatic scenes and a few voice-over explanations as to how the plot arrived there. They rarely make a lot of sense to non-felini.

The first felini encountered by the rest of the Peripheries (with the exception of the Flagritz) were called the Clans. These were encountered in the Cluster Periphery. They were technologically advanced and had a history that revealed their ancestors had some centuries ago been removed from their primitive homeworld and uplifted. There are a few unsubstantiated stories relating to their use as troops for the uplifting alien abductors. The war that destroyed the Dewiek Nation is thought to be instrumental in their history, leading to their free will to determine their own fate.

The Clans and the Felini have differing cultures in many areas, though from an outsider’s perspective they can appear similar. The most notable distinction is the role of the male. Males within the Clans live on average more than a decade longer than those from the homeworld – something both cultures are proud of for very different reasons. The males in the Clans also play a greater role in civilian government and technology.




 
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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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