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  1. THE BORDERLANDS — An outbreak of food poisoning resulted in over 300 hospitalizations on Deep Space 224 last week, prompting station officials to order the temporary closure of all restaurants in the station’s commercial sector. Security and medical personnel investigating the incident identified Subway Sam’s, a popular soup-and-sandwich establishment on the upper promenade, as the source. The outbreak began just after midday last Monday, when multiple patients arrived at sickbay in close succession, complaining of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. “We quickly realized we were dealing with a food-borne pathogen. A bacterium, to be specific,” said Lieutenant Simons, Chief Medical Officer. “We reported this to security immediately so they could investigate.” At 2100 hours, as cases continued to rise, station commander Captain Cascadia Rainier ordered all restaurants in the commercial sector to close for two days. Rainier also authorized station security to clear the promenade and establish a cordon sanitaire. By 2300 hours, Sickbay reported that 353 people were hospitalized, with nearly 50 of them in serious condition. The outbreak’s rapid spread placed a significant strain on the station’s medical facilities and personnel. “It didn’t take long for us to find the common denominator,” said Simons. “Everyone treated for this illness had reported eating at Subway Sam’s within 12 hours before the onset of symptoms.” After medical staff had identified the culprit of the food poisoning, security officers began investigating the specific cause. “Many of the restaurants in the commercial sector replicate their ingredients,” said security officer Ensign Burkell. “But because Subway Sam’s specializes in selections from across the galaxy, they import most theirs.” The station’s import register shows that Subway Sam’s received a shipment of biodynamic Antarean spinach on Sunday, the day before the outbreak. Records show it is the first time the restaurant bought the vegetable, and the staff followed all import procedures. Medical officers detected strains of bacteria on specimens of the spinach matching those found during a similar outbreak on Beta Antares IV last year. Animal waste used as fertilizer and irrigation water are common causes of biodynamic produce contamination. “Cargo transporters routinely screen incoming bio-matter and filter out known contaminants,” said Burkell. “But because station regulations exempt biodynamic produce from transport, import office personnel delivered the cargo containers to the restaurant on an anti-grav sled.” The food-borne illness affected individuals of all species, with Humans, Bajorans, and Betazoids experiencing the most severe symptoms. Fortunately, there were no fatalities associated with the outbreak. By 0800 hours on Thursday, all other restaurants in the commercial sector had reopened, and sickbay had discharged all remaining patients by midday. Subway Sam’s remains closed while the investigation is ongoing, and while criminal charges are unlikely, the reputational damage and potential decline in patronage may be just as serious. “I have never been so violently ill in my life,” said Jane van Klaveren, a human Starfleet engineer. “I honestly thought I was going to die. I survived Operation Bright Star, but a sandwich almost killed me. I don’t think I’ll eat there again.” Subway Sam’s proprietor, who likewise goes by the name Subway Sam, could also face the revocation of his business license and expulsion from the Commercial Sector Merchants’ Association, the advisory body and advocacy group of business owners on the station. “What happened last week was unacceptable, and I intend to campaign vociferously for Subway Sam’s expulsion,” said Ples, proprietor of Burger Nagus, a competing dining establishment that recently opened on the promenade. “All of Subway Sam’s former customers are more than welcome to come to Burger Nagus for their dining needs. No one has ever got sick from our food yet. Think of the children!” At press time, Subway Sam had not responded to requests for an interview. The post Food poisoning outbreak connected to popular starbase sandwich shop appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  2. ASHALLA, BAJOR — Iba Sizo, owner of the popular Bajoran-Terran restaurant chain The Orb of Taste, stands accused of collaborating with the Cardassian occupational government. Late last year, the Bajoran Central Archives unsealed an enormous cache of Cardassian records, which made known the fates of hundreds of Bajorans who disappeared during the last months of the Occupation. Historians have spent months analysing the records, comprising kiloquads of data, before the Archive makes them publicly accessible next year. One record concerns Iba Sizo, then a refugee from Ilvia and a member of the Bajoran Resistance. Having lost his entire family during the Occupation, Iba immigrated to Betazed in 2369. He studied culinary arts and worked in some Alpha Quadrant’s finest restaurants before opening The Orb of Taste on Earth in 2390. Iba’s unique Bajoran fusion cuisine proved popular on Earth and elsewhere, and franchises have since opened on Terra Nova, Risa, and most recently, Trill. In 2395, Iba published a memoir and embarked on a series of motivational lecture tours based on his life story. Last year, the city of Tallinn, home to the first Orb of Taste location, honoured him with a Distinguished Citizen Award. Historians working with the Archive have discovered that Cardassian recorded Iba Sizo’s death at the Elemspur Detention Centre, in 2368, just weeks before the Cardassians withdrew from Bajor, at 40. “The records suggest that the individual currently known as Iba Sizo is actually the Bajoran Enji Tebrey from Hedrikspool,” said a historian with the Central Archives on condition of anonymity, as they do not allow her to speak on its behalf to the media. “Enji worked for ten years as a senior-level bureaucrat in the Cardassian occupation government.” Bajoran records show Enji vanished from his home in the Bajoran capital Ashalla, the same week that Iba died at Elemspur. “So many collaborators simply escaped to Cardassia during that tumultuous period,” said the source in the Central Archives. “But they gave some identities of deceased Bajorans to avoid capture. We always presumed that Enji was a case of the former, but these new records suggest the latter.” Enji Tebrey was, according to the source who examined the records, surgically altered to resemble Iba Sizo. It is unknown whether Iba was killed intentionally for his identity, or if the timing of the events was coincidental. Cosmetic alteration and identity replacement were well-documented Cardassian practices of the time, particularly within the Obsidian Order, the Union’s former intelligence agency. After the Cardassians withdrew from Bajor in 2369, the Provisional Government named Enji Tebrey, among hundreds of other Bajorans, in the Ilvian Proclamation (2370), which sentenced all Bajorans who held positions in the occupational government to exile. The Cardassians kept meticulous records of the identities, whereabouts, and actions of Bajorans during the six decades of occupation, but destroyed many of these records just prior to their withdrawal. Since then, the Central Archive has had the painstaking task of reconstructing them as part of the planet’s recovery and to help the Bajorans reconcile a dark chapter in their history. A significant fraction of reactions were denouncing this nameless historian for perpetuating the hunt for collaborators. “The Cardassian Occupation ended 29 years ago,” said Vedek Elian Kastion in a prepared statement. “We must start healing and stop looking for ghosts under our bed. And I think that attacking successful Bajorans just damages us all, rather than finds closure.” The post Unsealed Cardassian records implicate restaurateur in collaborator controversy appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  3. DEEP SPACE 224 — Expanding enterprises across the galaxy, Burger Nagus launches yet another franchise; it’s first in the Borderlands, aboard the space station. Burger Nagus is a Ferengi-run franchise that offers unhealthy, disreputable food at dirt cheap prices. Previously only on the species’ homeworld, Ferenginar, and on Iana Station, the company has branched out, with a new outpost on Deep Space 224. It joins such estimable companies as Twilight’s Edge, and Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, both of which are on different levels of the Promenade. “Despite the instant nature of replicated food these days, we find there’s still an enormous market for the greasiest, most indulgent burgers you could want. With a giant cup of Slug-o-cola to wash it down with,” said the latest franchisee of Burger Nagus, a diminutive Ferengi named Ples. “We get hundreds of customers a day. Yes, they’re mostly Ferengis, why?” The origins of the food served in a Burger Nagus are a closely guarded secret, and when this reporter contacted their Head Office, a spokesperson told us not to ask questions we didn’t want the answers to. Saying that, however, we treated ourselves to the Nagus Deluxe, and soon wished we hadn’t. Next door to the House of Commerce, the new shop is a perfect spot for a Ferengi-orientated food business, and this reporter predicts they will be incredibly successful. Certainly, when we were there, we counted no less than thirty Ferengi ordering their burgers at the counter, and one very confused looking Lurian. The post Burger Nagus Expands As It Opens Another Franchise appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  4. ALPHA QUADRANT — A missing transfer scow carrying highly valuable Trellium-D has thrown local sector markets and larger trading into flux. The independent haulier, The Fair Winds, was due in port nearly a week ago. Trellium-D, a key component in the insulation of starships, is a challenging mineral to process and rare to find in the raw ore state. As word of the missing Trellium reached miners, ship-builders, unions, mineral dealers, and various other markets playing tradesfolk throughout the Quadrant, Galactic Markets reacted in kind. Prices for still available Trellium-D, and the market price for usually lower-valued Trellium-A, jumped instantly nearly 20 Latintum bars per cubic meter, taking the accepted trading price up from the already steep 15 per cubic meter to triple the amount. As the shipment continues to be unaccounted for, traders warn that more rises are expected. “What is it you hoo-mons say, you have to ‘buy shortly and sell length-wise’?” Trader Abslom Pask said when asked about the immediate forecast for the markets in the coming weeks. “Those who find themselves suddenly wealthy — thanks to some older CURRENT stocks — might want to investigate how they can make these longer odds work for them across an extended span of time once those stocks dwindle, you see.” Details continue to emerge as both A and D futures again surged even today, but we will bring you more on this story as it develops. The post Trellium Futures Skyrocket After Major Shipment Goes Missing in Alpha Quadrant appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  5. SKRAL RIVER, QO’NOS — Celebrated for their bloodwine and chech’tluth, a new beverage is taking the Klingon market by storm and filtering into Federation bars. Blended and single malt whiskeys derived at the craft distillery in Skral River are highly sought already. Consumers are cautioned, however, that like most Klingon brewed beverages, qul bIQ, as it has been dubbed by the distillers, is much stronger that whiskey distilled on Earth and elsewhere because of the more hardy Klingon grains and hops that grow in the Skral River Valley on the Klingon homeworld, which gives it a deeper hue than most whiskeys in the galaxy. Tumek, head brewmaster of the distillery, was proud of his brew. “It is a proud day for the house of Toloth. This warrior’s drink will be consumed during many tales of honor and glorious battle for generations to come.” One establishment on Lightside Station in the Aavaro Wilds saw orders skyrocket when first started serving the Klingon spirit, constantly running out of it. Sean O’Callahan of O’Callahan’s Pub on Lightside Station in the Aavaro Wilds had this to say about the newest member of the whiskey family. “Aye, ‘tis strong all right.” The Irish owner of the establishment said in an interview for “Galactic Spirits: magazine. “Can’t tell ya how many bar donnybrooks have been foiled because of it. And tha people can’t seem ta get enough.” Importers, especially the Ferengi, are already clamoring for exclusive contracts with the Klingon High Council for the widely sought after spirit. The Federation Medical Council is still analyzing the ingredients for its effect on non-Klingon species for compatibility. The post Klingon Whiskey Distillery To Begin Distribution To The Wider Federation appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  6. ZENBRE, ATREA IV — Blessings of Zenbre, Atrea IV. Stocks continued the long rally today on reports from the shipbuilding industry. The ZSAQ on Atrea IV closed 1250 points higher, or 4.5%, at 27,778. Novan Standard Ratings closed 450 points higher, or 5.5%, at 8182. This rally started with the quarterly report by Eskellion Shipyards, one of the leading commercial shipyard producers, and continued with more reports from the shipbuilding sector of the economy, and continued with several merchant-guilds releasing guidance intimating they expected higher profits in Q3. With the recent increase in production of the class HKM heavily armed merchant ship, and recovery of several merchant lines operating in the Federation’s verge, and continuing action by Starfleet in Operation Safe Harbor, the markets have seen a rally for the last quarter. “Armed merchant ships capable of recovering the carrying capacity of the Federation means we can get the goods our citizens need and want where and when they want,” read a spokesentient for Eskellion. Guidance for Q3 of 2397 projects that the growth of privately armed companies will make it one of the fastest-growth sectors. However, a developing trend in the Assembly may cut into growth as increasingly, planets are apprehensive about the possibility of turning to mercenary work, leading to neutral outlooks on those stocks. In the meantime, continued political unrest in the Shoals leads to stocks for dilithium and benamite mining companies to fall and increased calls for more action by Federation authorities from the mining lobby. “Mining in the Shoals is becoming increasingly more dangerous with local regulation choking profits and pirate forces increasing their depredations.”, Acin Smith, CEO of Ragnar’s Mining Operations, stated in an announcement to the press. “We are advocating for more Akira and Defiant classes to be issued to the Federation’s Nineteenth Fleet, and especially in the Shoals. We are grateful for what Starfleet has done, but we call for more action.” The post Markets on Atrea IV surge as Eskellion Shipyards Lead Rally appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  7. DIALRAN SYSTEM, AAVARO WILDS — Sources inside Lightside Station Security say the recent discovery of a pair of Nivean Rings, and the debris field that surrounds their space, have led to a brand new black market to emerge. Mere weeks after the contact of Federation starship USS Eagle (NCC-74659) and the Nivean Rings, a rapidly booming junk and antiquities racket has sprouted in the aftermath. Using a seemingly vast network of independently contracted trawlers and salvage operations, supported by a large word-of-mouth marketing system, dealers have started to flood into the Lightside Station market district, selling their wares in the secret swap meets and quiet backroom dealings much to the chagrin of station staff. Though most of the pieces so far have been largely innocuous, ranging from workable ship parts to high-end scrap samples, authorities fear that is only a matter of time before more dangerous salvage is gathered. Without the proper checks and clearances afforded to more legitimate hauls, they also fear the station’s populace could be exposed to harmful materials or worse, another explosion like the one that rocked the station barely a year ago. “This isn’t us trying to crack down on businesses,” says an unnamed source in the Lightside Security Staff. “It isn’t even us trying to discourage the sale of salvage on The Spike. It is simply us trying to keep the residents and shop owners of the station as safe as possible.” Most shop owners declined to comment on the sale and off-loading of the Nivean scrap, but the few who did speak to press expressed an interest in using the scrap and detritus in aid to the ongoing repair effort of Lightside Station. No word as of yet if Station Staff have considered the possibility or even viability of such a task. More on this story as it develops. The post Discovery of Nivean Rings Sparks New Black Market appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  8. FERENGINAR — Under the rain-soaked atmosphere of the Ferengi homeworld, a notorious animal trafficker has succumbed to a fatal poisoning after receiving mortal injuries from Vulcan Le-matya beasts smuggled to Ferenginar. Over sixty Le-matya beasts were discovered yesterday on an agricultural property in the region of Gonahl alongside poisoned Ferengi business owner Girrot, who was known within the local area as an entrepreneur and more widely as a trafficking smuggler. The casualty was transported to the medical facility in the capital city of Fereng, where it is reported he died shortly after from a combination of the wounds and the inability to pay for the antidote. Believed to be purchased recently and smuggled from Vulcan, the beasts in question are considered to be in good condition, despite their issues with the wet Ferenginar environment and change in climate to their dry and warm requirements. Although it is still unclear as to how the logistics of the trafficking occurred, authorities have confirmed several small craft vessels under the ownership of Girrot were seized alongside the animals and are enduring a careful investigation into other perpetrators that may have collaborated with the Ferengi. Anyone who may be in possession of information pertaining to the crime, or others, may report it to the proper authorities. “It is a regrettable situation that the beasts were transported from our homeworld,” explained Federation zoologist T’Pasik, who possesses an extended career in studying the Le-matya. “However, the recovery of the animals is expected within the month, and Vulcan acknowledges the agreeable return.” Approached for observation, the Ferengi Commerce Authority declined to provide commentary on the situation and insisted all regulatory information be procured from the local authorities on Ferenginar. The post Ferenginar trafficker poisoned by Vulcan Le-matya beasts appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  9. BOLARUS IX — A Federation mining team has unearthed a massive thallium deposit on the Bolian homeworld. Multiple inquiries, over a period of two years, were made to investigate possible mining prospects into the relatively empty east continent on Bolarus IX. The inhabitants of Bolarus IX, mostly Bolians, made apparent their problems with natural resources on their world some time ago. They had therefore begun an investigation into the metallic mountains on their continents. The depletion of multiple copper mines near the capital in the last year have led to increasing dependence upon Federation cargo shipments. “The vast distance from other Federation colonies makes it difficult for long-range supply vessels to reach the homeworld,” said Federation Trade Secretary O’Stell. “It would help in their self-preservation if the people of Bolarus IX could harvest many rare metals from their own system.” Apart from the discovery of multiple dilithium deposits and a large titanium deposit, the biggest discovery was a thallium mine found by Dr. T’Vrell, a renowned Bolian geologist who served as Chief Science officer on the USS Halibut. She led efforts into the search for metal-rich deposits on Bolarus IX. Thallium has multiple purposes but is mostly used for multiple sensors in tricorders, mostly for detecting electromagnetic signals ranging from infrared to gamma rays. However, raw thallium is known to interfere with Starfleet astrometric sensors. As such, the mining of the material is a dangerous endeavor. “Thallium is a highly volatile material,” explained Dr. T’Vrell as she answered queries from multiple mining companies. “It will require some heavy mining tools not easily accessible from the Federation market. Also, the thallium must be extracted from its naturally occurring minerals, crookesite and hutchinsonite. This makes the production of this metal a long process.” Several Bolian companies have already offered contracts to build and operate the mining systems for the thallium mine. However, the Federation has also expressed interest in the thallium deposit, in order to use it to construct tricorder equipment. They also wanted to use the thallium ore to research the influence it has on sensor and deflector technology. Dr. Robert Langley, a former pupil of renowned Dr. Brody, has expressed specific interest in securing several thallium shipments. “Thallium has troubled Starfleet vessels who’ve come upon contact with it. It seriously disrupts sensors and deflector shields on vessels, and there are multiple accounts of Starfleet crew encountering interference from thallium asteroids,” said Dr. Langley. “The research into the detection and alleviating of these side-effects of raw thallium will help in the prevention of further dangers that might occur.” The thallium mines are also a significant boost for the Bolian people, according to Secretary O’Stell. Unemployment has seen a slight increase of the last years, and despite increasing recruitment from Starfleet, many lower-educated Bolians lack a fulfilling job. Many are welcoming a change to work in the mines or the refineries, even if the jobs are somewhat unhealthy and hazardous. The post Federation mining team discovers large thallium-filled deposits appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  10. PAR’THA EXPANSE — The high demand for durasteel has led to black market sales and other struggles for the industry. A highly prized metal compound, used for building everything from homes to starships, ultralightweight and long-lasting, durasteel is the hot new commodity in high demand across the Federation, outside of the Par’tha Expanse. But getting it to buyers can be a dangerous game as Expanse entities try to circumnavigate stringent tariffs and regulations set by the Freeworlds Region. Commissioner Farl Ma’larth of Jenatris Heads Count, a political and social justice campaign group, says this affects not just the prices for the metal compound. “Real people are mining this stuff, smelting and molding it, creating parts and raw materials for sale,” said Ma’larth. “The bottleneck into the Federation means they work less and make less.” And that’s not all. The high demand can mean high prices, although the people in the middle class “don’t see an ounce more in their income.” “The Freeworlds, the mining companies, and the other sectors keep that extra cashflow,” added Ma’larth. As one might expect, some workers are forced to turn to black market sales and less-than-savory means of supplementing their income. The situation is not all bad though, as slowly the extra returns on the durasteel-grab trickle downstream in the markets and more established systems. Some people make a decent wage if they have the drive and seniority within their workplaces. And they and others in the Expanse are encouraged by this gradual change. The hope is that the throttle will be opened slowly, all the while keeping the demand high. But it makes one wonder – surely others in the galaxy struggle the same as in the Par’tha Expanse? The post Durasteel producers experience growing pains on the Federation marketplace appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article This article was written by Ensign Valoru of the USS Veritas! Submit your own story to the FNS at fednewsservice.com !
  11. FERENGINAR – Executives of the Slug-o-Cola company announced this morning a surprise merger agreement with upstart competitor Lappa IV Beverages. The long-standing conglomerate Slug-o-Cola has fought a bitter war over the production of soft drinks in recent decades with both Eelwasser as a primary competitor and the newly formed Lappa IV Beverages in the last few years. While some prefer the slimy texture and sweet flavour of the Slug-o-Cola signature brand, the soured grittiness of the Lappa IV Lap-It-Up, made from the Zan Periculi flower native to the planet, has appealed to a select group of drinkers and has taken the galactic market by storm. The sharp rivalry escalated recently over the Lappa IV Beverages challenge “Lap Around Lappa IV,” in which contestants were encouraged to perform loops of the planet in private vessels. “Never allow family to stand in the way of opportunity!” said the challenge’s winner Ubonk, son of Slug-o-Cola’s chairman Commissioner Nilva. “Right, father?” The challenge courted controversy on social media, with calls for a reassessment of the race following Ubonk’s surprise victory. The Ferengi Commerce Authority was prompted to investigate the alleged breach of the terms and conditions stipulated by Lappa IV and determined the rules were not breached; however, Commissioner Nilva has declined to comment further. The merger of both companies is a combining of efforts and recipes to secure the Slug-o-Cola brand and Lappa IV Beverages names into household history books for centuries to come. Market experts were astounded that a merger had been negotiated, yet there were many hopes for a bright future. Profit seemed to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds as the market leaders met today for a final discussion on the particulars of the asset consolidation. “Sales have already increased; our stock prices have soared,” said Leralis, stock leader at Slug-o-Cola, while sipping down a hearty Lappa IV Lap-It-Up soft drink. “You know that old Ferengi rule 45: Expand or die!” This article was written by Lieutenant Jocelyn Marshall of the USS Gorkon. The post Merger in the Ferengi beverage industry surprises market experts appeared first on Federation News Service. View the full article
  12. MUGAR MUGA, FERENGINAR — A new report published by the Divine Treasury warns that the status of global economic inequality is far more dire than predicted, with most Ferengi failing to exploit the citizens of galactic neighbors to the extent possible since the introduction of warp travel to Ferengi society. The report, titled Does Anyone Remember the Rules of Acquisition? estimates that just eight Ferengi share the same level of personal wealth as half of the population of 24.8 billion Ferengi who make up the “temporarily embarrassed non-wealthy” class. Read the rest of the article "Ferenginar’s 8 richest hold as much wealth as bottom half of all Ferengi" on the Federation News Service. This article was written by Fleet Admiral Tristan Wolf.
  13. OASIS STATION, MAR ALPHERIS — Thanks to the introduction of quantum slipstream-capable freighters, the outer colonies of the Federation are receiving regular supplies, but not all colonies are accessible with the new technology. As more shipping companies introduce quantum slipstream freighters into their fleets, many worlds that were weeks away from the Federation core are now less than two hours away, meaning that these members and colonies can receive proper and regular supplies. “Like many colonists, I am relieved that the Federation has taken our concerns seriously and has deemed us a priority for the use of their slipstream freighters,” said Magistrate Benjamin Raynor of Mar Alpheris. Read the rest of the article on the FNS. This article was written by Zhaiyt Graves of the USS Athena. Submit your own stories or join the FNS team!
  14. TRINITY SECTOR — Following the successful clean-up operation of a derelict area of StarBase 118, the Federation have entered an unusual external regeneration contract for the popular frontier station with the Lurtz Corporation. Until recently, an area of StarBase 118 known as “The Below” had been little more than a rumour, with tales of shady deals and a darkened past with all access officially sealed off and classified. However, recent criminal activity pushed the area back into the light of day following a brief and extremely successful raid by a combination of the 292nd Marine Regiment and local law enforcement officers. With the area now devoid of criminality, it seems that the Federation have decided to take a new approach when it comes to deciding what to do with the ill-fated area by reaching out to an external investor and contractor. Madame Lurtz, the Kobheerian who lists highly on the richest investors and traders of the quadrant, has won a tender to develop the large area of the station as prime real estate, promising a transformation into a “Venice of ancient Earth”-like area replete with canals and “traditional” architecture. View the full article
  15. PARIS, EARTH — Following a diplomatic failure to secure mining rights from the Sarshayet, the strained dilithium market has begun taking its toll on trade and starship production across the Federation. The reclusive Sarshayet in Nebula KR27-B were open to becoming members of the Federation as well as offering rights to mine their nebula for much needed dilithium, but negotiations fell apart after Federation representatives missed the summit due to malfunctions aboard the USS Apollo-A, which suffered issues with her quantum slipstream drive. View the full article This article was written by Cmdr David Cody of the USS Doyle-A. Submit your own story to the FNS!
  16. NAGIL IV — The Federation’s strained dilithium market was hit hard by the loss of yet another key source of the precious mineral, following a core meltdown at a processing center. As the mining strike continues on Verona III, confirmed reports show overproduction at a mid-sized production facility on Nagil IV led to a core meltdown from equipment which had, over several decades, developed tiny microscopic fissures. These fissures caused the plant’s generator core to fail, leaving a crater where the plant’s power core once stood. View the full article
  17. TILANNA V – After battling against corruption and terrorism, investors are now turning their eyes once more to the former mining planet. The popular planet, which rests just beyond the outer edge of Federation space, has long been a regular stop for merchants dealing in goods from across the quadrant. However, in recent years it has been dogged by accusations of corruption at the highest levels of society. View the full article
  18. SAPPORA VII — Hoping to stave off a deepening economic depression, the New Sydney Parliamentary Assembly passed a resolution this week approving the planet’s application for Federation membership. Chief Minister Jola Nuziar is expected to submit the application next week. “We must look beyond ourselves to find solutions,” said the Chief Minister in a press conference yesterday. “And by partnering with the Federation, we can get New Sydney back to work.” View the full article
  19. CORIDAN The Galactic Exchange has been left reeling at the shortage of dilthium prompted by industrial action on Verona III. Already, the sudden loss of a key dilithium supplier has caused the trade value of the scarce resource to increase dramatically across the Federation as major shipyards seek to secure their dwindling stockpiles. The Merchant Marines have voiced concern at the strict controls on civilian distribution of the mineral, which is critical to sustaining conventional warp drive. "How are we supposed to make a living?" asked one freighter owner, Captain Threll. "If [the Federation] end up rationing, then you just know Starfleet will take the lions share." View the full article. This article was written by Daniel, the writer for Tatash. Submit your own news story to the FNS today!
  20. VERONA III - The small border mining colony world of Verona III has officially halted its mining operations after workers went on strike. “We will no longer tolerate being exposed to toxic elements due to broken and malfunctioning equipment the Veronans hand us,” declared Verona Mining Union (VMU) President Jerdax Aeunu. “We will no longer tolerate their imperialism and totalitarian clamp, as the Veronans dictate where, when, and who benefits from our hard labor on the production of dilithium, making cuts to our standard of living!” View the full article
  21. PARIS, EARTH - The Federation News Service has named veteran journalist Li Xinmin as its new editor-in-chief. A graduate of the Pennington School, Li began his career as a journalist for the Shanghai Free Press before joining the staff of the Eastern Morning Post, where he was eventually named editor for foreign affairs after his reporting from the front lines during the Dominion War was recognized by the Federation Journalists Association. He was later named the Eastern Morning Post‘s editor-in-chief in 2380 and served as a debate moderator for the 2384 Federation presidential election. View the full article
  22. STARBASE 118 — The annual Tribble Fanciers Association convention is in turmoil following the onstage collapse of their keynote speaker. What was meant to be an enjoyable family event has rapidly become the talk of one of the Federation’s most populous starbases. During the opening gala of the convention, the keynote speaker, Ms. Anseidora Dorfmann, collapsed dramatically onstage, requiring emergency medical attention. Continue reading the rest of the article at http://fns.news This article was written by the writer for Tatash. Submit your own story to the FNS! FNS Home FNS Data Feed FNS on FB
  23. Demand exceeds supply of 'finest' bloodwine vintage in 83 years By Nash Blaxland Stardate 239208.23 'ej HumtaH 'ej DechtaH 'Iw. Sales of the 2392 vintage have exceeded expectations. QO’NOS — The bloodwine vintage coming from the Klingon homeworld this year may be remembered as the vintage of a lifetime. Favorable environmental conditions and an abundance of high-quality blood contributed to the 2392 haul being hailed as the Empire’s finest since the acclaimed vintage of 2309. As a result, the price of 2392 Qo’noS bloodwine has soared in currency-based economies, as demand far outpaces supply. Sources on the Klingon homeworld say the scarcity is artificial in nature, and that most of the vintage has been placed in reserve on the direct order of the Chancellor. “The Chancellor will drink himself to death,” said K’mpok, son of Torak, commander of the bird-of-prey IKS Ratanog, “and the only blood we will taste will come from our parched, cracked lips.” At press time, the Chancellor had not responded to our request for comment. Some analysts have linked the bloodwine situation to the ongoing buildup of military forces within the Empire, as Klingon attack ships often carry large stockpiles of the beverage to celebrate victories. The vintage has been so universally lauded that sales of non-Qo’noS bloodwine have plummeted almost to zero, and many alien merchants have all but given up on selling off their inferior stocks. “I’ve got a cargo hold full of a product nobody wants anymore,” said Hetman Diwa of the Xepolite freighter Skrul. Patrol ships have been on alert to catch traders illegally dumping bloodwine in Federation space, a violation of environmental regulations. A solution may be in sight, however. As of last week, a Ferengi consortium has been established to purchase off-world bloodwine at a discount, in the hope its value will re-appreciate as supplies of Qo’noS bloodwine dwindle. The spike in bloodwine sales has had a quadrant-wide ripple effect on the demand of other Klingon delicacies. Last month saw a 51% increase in the export of Bithool gagh, both with and without feet. A’Eleq, daughter of Thopok, a spokeswoman for the High Council, was not surprised: “Nothing goes better with bloodwine than gagh!”
  24. President Bacco announces deal to end Transport Union strike By Reza Kardgar Stardate 239208.15 Federation President Nan Bacco's deal with the Federation Transport Union calls for increased security for transport convoys, with private contractors supplementing Starfleet's anti-piracy efforts. PARIS, EARTH — As she promised at her State of the Federation address, President Bacco and the Federation Transport Union have come to an agreement, bringing an end to the strike that began nearly eight months ago. "This is a day of celebration across the Federation and beyond," said Bacco from her office at the Palais de la Concorde in Paris, Earth, as Transport Union leaders stood next to her, along with business tycoon Tyson Holt. Holt, CEO of Holt New Alliance, whom insiders have said was crucial in swaying the Transport Union to agree to the deal, made some additional remarks. "Thanks to the President's leadership, today marks the moment when the Federation economy returns to warp speed," he said. "I know I for one am looking forward to getting my convoys running again." Transport Union official Akilah Kalu agreed, thanking both Bacco and Holt. "This has always been about saving lives," she said. "Our members want to get back to work, but they want to know they'll come home to see their families. That they don't have to worry about piracy and other attacks on their livelihood." New Arrangement The agreement marks an experiment in Federation policy as it calls for private contractors such as New Alliance Defense, a division of Holt New Alliance, to supplement existing Starfleet efforts that provide protection along trade routes such as Operation Safe Harbor, an anti-piracy effort begun by Starfleet last year. New Alliance Defense will be providing security for transport convoys along major routes as a deterrent against attacks. Joining Bacco at the announcement was Holt New Alliance CEO Tyson Holt, whose company will be among the private contractors escorting the convoys. However, some have expressed doubts about the new plan, including those in the Colonial Coalition that have been most affected by both increased piracy and the Transport Union strike. "I'll believe it when I see it," said Yaline Troa, a shopkeeper on a trade station near Avaris IV. "We've heard these kind of promises from Bacco and the Federation Council before. Just look at Operation Safe Harbor. I certainly don't feel any safer." Contentious Vote Ahead The deal still must be voted on by the Federation Council, and though President Bacco has many allies on the council, other council members have expressed their concerns, including Terra Novan councilman and presidential candidate Kevin Steiner. "The key to a strong defense is not outsourcing our obligations but on rebuilding a stronger Starfleet," said Steiner to cheers from his supporters while making a campaign stop on Trillius Prime. "Don't be fooled by this president's love for theatrics. This is nothing more than a band aid for a crisis her policies have brought us." Terra Novan Councilor Kevin Steiner continued his criticism of the president's foreign policy, stating that it was Bacco's lack of renewal in an expanded Starfleet that has led to the brazen attacks on freighters in recent years. Another member of the Federation Council was concerned about oversight for New Alliance Defense and other private contractors. "Starfleet operations are strictly governed by protocols set forth by this council," said Antasa Dros of Peliar Zel II. "Furthermore, Starfleet officers undergo rigorous training to become the professionals they are. Will these private operators be following a similar structure? I'd like to think so, but I don't know because the president hasn't given any specifics." FNS commentator Lixa Dansha, who has called for convoys to answer the threat of piracy, echoed those concerns. "While I am relieved to see Starfleet Command and the Federation take this seriously, I hope the oversight is robust," he said. Still, most political analysts expect the vote to pass given the devastating effect the Transport Union strike has had on the economies of many council members' worlds. For those hit hardest by the strike, the news of the agreement was met if not with cheers then at least sighs of relief. "Finally, something's being done," said Jaev'i, a farmer on Niwa IV whose farm had been shut down by the Niwa Department of Agriculture since stardate 239202. "First the strike, then the drought. It's been a tough year for us." He sighed, looking at his fields for a moment. "I want to work." HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you support Bacco's deal to end the Transport Union strike? Reporting for the Federation News Service from the FNS Paris Bureau, with additional reporting from Sol Sector FNS correspondent T'Vas. FNS Home • FNS Data Feed • FNS on FB • FNS Team
  25. HAVE YOUR SAY: Bacco's Deal to End the Transport Union Strike The Issue The Federation Transport Union, citing continued Nausicaan pirate attacks and Klingon raids that have killed dozens of transport crews, has been on strike for nearly eight months, with all shipping and transit runs suspended, including those of 812 major shipping carriers. The strike has been an economic crisis throughout the Federation and beyond, devastating the economies of numerous member and allied worlds. The agreement announced by President Bacco calls for existing Starfleet anti-piracy operations—stretched thin and cited by many colonists to be ineffective—to be supplemented by private contractors who will escort transport convoys along major trade routes to provide additional protection against pirates and raiders. Read more about the strike, piracy, and the agreement: President Bacco announces deal to end Transport Union strikeEditorial: Pirates: A Persistent ThreatEditorial: Maronida Shiir gives her take on Transport Union strikePresident Nan Bacco assures colonists relief aid as Transport Union strike continuesAs with all FNS stories, your comments on the current situation are welcome below. FNS Home • FNS Data Feed • FNS on FB
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