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Naplians

Yahn Wodenzoon's Treatise on Naplians and Neo-Naplians:

Many of you are aware of the history book definition we have learned in school:
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Originally, the DNA was a collective for a group of natives or alien sentient species spread across the entire regions of space.



Naplian and native populations, of course, have been spread out over large parts of the galaxy. They live under different aff system claims and are more or less integrated in their host aff. Some are fully integrated communities, some are second rate citizens in ghettos. Naplian is essentially nothing more than a catchy term to say: hominid sentient of a non dominant race, A cultural trait that these diverse native and naplian populations have in common is that they had come in contact with vastly superior peoples with space-faring technology at a very early stage of their development.

The diversity of these traditional communities is important to stress. Any naplian population that finds itself within the borders of a large well established aff will be heavily influenced by it. Historically, there has been no single unified naplian identity. It was a creole type identity that grew out of necessity.

Rather than expound on how these communities were affected by those affs, though, i would like to focus on what we call the free naplians.

Many people are aware of the controversial NLF, i would assume. The Naplian Liberation Front that has had a long history of resistance against the human empire. In imperial circles they are deemed a terrorist organisation. By their own accounts they are freedom fighters. Here at the DNA we show respect to our naplian cousins even though we don't approve of their methods. We provide peaceful diplomatic solutions and options for free naplian and neo-naplian peoples ourselves.

Before i get into neo-naplianism, though, i should mention the last major faction of the free naplians: IND Venasporia (200). We are extremely pleased to be working with them to develop their independent system.

Neo-Naplians. Now here we get into a more homogeneous culture, sort of. Anyone can be a neo-naplian. I'm a neo-naplian human myself (i also consider myself an alien human, but that is a discussion for another time).

The Neo-Naplian culture was pre-dated by a fringe cultural phenomenon referred to as Space Brat culture. On the freighters and far away outposts in the dark peripheries, away from the large cultural centres, small groups of different sentient species were assigned to work together. The first cultural bond was the ship or outpost, species and aff flag were abstract concepts to the youngsters that grew up in this environment. It all started with the kids of people of different species to create a bond that would prove enduring. These brats got involved in political action, like the Free Falconia rallies, Peace Parties, and the DPP political movement.

It is fitting that the Space Brat culture that came out of the Transpiral is now returning to support the naplians of Venaspria. There is a sense of having come full circle, and a cultural uplifting is taking place. Neo-Naplianism.

The neo-naplian community at Naplia Junction in Aladdin is very different from the one at Lothario's Palace in Yank, or those of Mei Mei Mei for instance. What neo-naplianism has in common is that that they are culturally blended communities. They are métis, in a sense. What were once primitive pre-spacefaring peoples, they have now learned and adapted to modern technology. Coupled with that is a spiritual revival. Shamanism, the idea of local Shinto spirits, there is a blending of the spiritual and material. In that sense it is a revival of the native ways and values. These are some generalisations we can make.

There are numerous plant shrines, even tiny little bonsai plants stuck in a cubbyhole in the bulkhead of a small ship. They are loved and revered by many. There is a sense of the revival of archaic cultural traits and styles, and a penchant for steampunk décor in the more international parts of the culture. Neo-Naplian style, the mixing culture. The individual sub cultures and styles are unique one from the other. Everything depends on the makeup of the local community. There is a strong sense of local community and personal freedoms. Going Local is a concept deep ingrained in both naplian and neo-naplian cultures.

 
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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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