An Interstellar incident was touched off when the private yacht Daddy’s Pride strayed off course into Mauryan Empire space and is now being held by Mauryan authorities under espionage charges. The yacht reportedly only had two passengers: Myron George, CEO of Apollo AeroSpace, one of the largest shipbuilders in Terran Space, and a second individual who remains unidentified as of this report.
This is only the latest round of saber rattling by the Empire. Two months ago an Empire patrol attacked and destroyed a system defense boat in the Anroy system well within Terran Union Space.
Despite deep philosophical differences the Oster Republic has repeatedly defended the Mauryan Empire even threatening military action if the Terran Union should use force to respond to Mauryan encroachments. The Empire has been accused of gross human rights abuses by the Terrans which has led to the current state of tension and occasional raiding along the two nation’s common border. The Oster Republic has supported the Mauryan position that Terran accusations amount to interference in Mauryan internal politics. Off the record several Terran diplomats accuse the Oster Republic of cynicism stating “the only common ground the two nations possess is their opposition to anything Terran.” Mauryan Empire, Galactic News Service, 3/3/2991
Joint Mission Announced
A joint mission between the Orion Confederation, Terran Union and the Union of United Planets will attempt to look back in time to determine the origins of Terra/Sol. The project, announced on Earth will send a mobile observatory to a position far enough distant from the Terra/Sol system to detect light emitted by the star at least 1,000 years ago. This is expected to take the mission far into unexplored space.
Estimated cost for the mission is 1.68 trillion credits. The mission will
involve the use of at least one Dreadnought, The President James which will be provided by the UUP. The Dreadnought will depart UUP space directly opposite Terra/Sol and continue into unknown space. Earth, Terran Union, Galactic News Service, 5/14/2991
Gas Skimmer Feared Lost
A gas skimmer the Newport Collector, operated by Seti-Tallos is overdue and feared lost after a skimming run in Moira’s upper atmosphere. Skimming industry insiders speculate that ship may have used a too steep trajectory and was pulled in the planet’s massive gravity well. Moria, Terra/Sol, Star of the Plains, 5/23/2991