RECALL FROM TERRA MATER

After what was a turbulent and politically charged assignment, all vessels belonging to the 8th Dragon Squadron of Patocuda have now departed the conflict ravaged system of Terra Mater.  Since the signing of their well publicized agreement to support the Brotherhood of Terra Mater in a full scale takeover of their home system, the contract mercs faced a campaign fraught with issues as many powerful and equally well organised factions were staunchly focused on keeping the Terra Mater system under Justice Party control.

During the operation, Dragon pilots reported swift and deadly resistance from local parties and – rather unexpectedly – followers of the Guardians of Harmony; a group known to hold strong ties with Utopian cult leader, Pranav Antal. Several coordinated attacks were made on 8th Dragon controlled systems by the GoH following the invasion of Terra Mater – suggesting an attempt to shift the mercenary group’s attention from their target system to the defending of their home territories.

After talks with rival faction ambassadors and peacekeepers, the Dragon Squadron publicly agreed to pull out of Terra Mater leaving the Brotherhood to their own fate – a move that surpris...

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DIRTY DEEDS

For some time now, the actions of the 8th Dragon Squadron mercenary group have been erratic to say the least. Offering their services to the highest bidder with a complete disregard of any consequences has led to some unprecedented shifts in power throughout the galaxy.

From Eta Draconis to 49 Arietis, the mercenary group has run over thirteen successful campaigns and extended its influence over multiple systems around their home base of Patocuda. Using every tool at their disposal to complete their contracts, the 8th Dragon Squadron are seen as a ruthless bunch with little to no moral standards. Multiple reports of their affiliated commanders being drunk, brawling, serving jail time, using narcotics, flying without permit, and fornicating with high ranked Imperial nobles haven’t prevented the group taking on new contracts over the years.

On the contrary, their actions seem to have kindled the interest of many desperate governmental administrations and corporations looking to deal with problems no one else could handle.

It’s no wonder that the latest rumours about their next contract point to a deal with the infamous Brotherhood of Terra Mater...

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A NEW DAWN FOR DISCOVERY

The Militia for Independent Research along with their partners, Wayfarer Industries have succeeded in their pledge to make the 49 Arietis system a hub for privately funded and co-operative studies into alien research. As one of the closest systems to the Pleiades Sector, without Federal or Imperial presence, the once lawless and poorly patrolled system has seen an increase in security formed by the new government.  War broke out last week in zones across the system including main starport Gaiman Dock, home to the 49 Arietis Gold Council headquarters who have been in control of the sector for some time.

The poorly maintained Gold Council defence force were quickly routed by combat vessels belonging to both Wayfarer Industries and the MIR but reports suggest that many ships bearing the 8th Dragon insignia were also present.

Wayfarer Industries spokesperson, Raquel Verte said, “We are pleased that the combined forces involved in what was an unavoidable military confrontation managed to keep casualties to a minimum. The Gold Council would never have listened to reason and found themselves overwhelmed by our brave pilots...

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THE CULLING

Rumors are coming in from Patocuda, home of the 8th Dragon Squadron, about the recent investigation launched on their civilian government. Our source tells us that as a result, a fair number of commanders and political assets have been found guilty of corruption while some have defected the mercenary group for reasons unknown. Details are still to be revealed but we’ve been able to contact one of the men in charge of the investigation, Cmdr Mohizz, and here’s what he had to say:

“Over the last year, some of our commanders and civilian assets have been turned and blinded by the appeal of easy money. Omni-Wide Corp. a well known company, has tried to take advantage of our mercenary brotherhood to achieve their own agenda and take over the 8th Dragon Squadron civilian government. We cannot go into details at the moment but we’ve already started to clean up our ranks. Commanders implicated in any way with Omni-Wide corp. have been dismissed and we’re hunting down the last OWMC civilian assets as we speak. Rest assured that we will get to the bottom of this. In the meantime, Patocuda civilian population has nothing to be worried about, this won’t change anything for them.”

This politica...

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ATTACK ON MILITARY BASE IN THE 49 ARIETIS SYSTEM

An attack on a military base was today condemned by the 49 Arietis Defence Force as “completely unacceptable.”

Many perimeter security ships and automated defence installations were destroyed or damaged as they clashed with several air and ground based attackers during the incident at Stevens Reach. Millions of credits worth of damage to the base has been reported and sources suggest that the attack was planned by a rival faction based within 49 Arietis itself.

Speaking live on Galnet, Chief of Security Harlan Rhyne of the 49 Arietis Defence Force  said: “The violence was completely unacceptable. This base and all our other operational centres are highly important to what limited security we can offer in this hell hole of a system.  We have always worked very co-operatively with the current government and we deem this act to have been a political statement borne from as yet unknown sources. We have our suspicions regarding the party behind the assault and we will not rest until this issue has been resolved.”

Security protocols around all Defence Force bases have been raised as a result.

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