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, the...

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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, Raque...

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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...

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In 3301, mercenary group, the 8th Dragon Squadron, settled into Patocuda with the intention of using the system as their base of operations. With much zeal, many local high fliers quickly saw the opportunity to forward their own personal goals, leading to an influx of private financial investors and local corporations seeking to exploit and profit from the system’s new administration.

From shrewd business types to wily politicians, many have jostled to take their place among the many appointed civilian positions required in organizing, maintaining and ruling an interplanetary government. Patocuda has since flourished, seeing new trade routes and other business opportunities opening far beyond system borders and many frontline industries have already expanded their own operations into other neighbouring star systems throughout the sector.

Galnet has reported new...

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