Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pandemonium on Ryloth; Empire Did Not Want to Govern It Anyway

Insurgent Cham Syndulla of Ryloth

DALCHON SYSTEM - Ryloth descended further into anarchy today, as rival rebel factions struggled for power in the renegade, Twi'lek-dominated system. Imperial forces decided that the system has proven ungovernable, with local population incapable of achieving requisite levels of civilization.

Arriving in the system in order to re-establish a minimal level of peace and security in the far, Outer-Rim end of the Corellian Run, Imperial Forces encountered a pandemonium in orbit around the Ryloth system's three planets. Intelligence analysts aboard the vessels of the Imperial navy group sent to pacify Ryloth assessed that rival rebellious factions were striving for local supremacy.

Terrorists like Cham Syndulla, who even during the days of the Republic was a guerilla activist against the republican government of Ryloth, are considered to simply make ryloth ungovernable without thorough re-education of the local population.

As a result, Imperial forces largely withdrew, allowing the disparate Rebel factions to quarrel among themselves.

Critics argued that the Emperor had ordered Ryloth's autonomy rescinded, demanding to know why the Navy was unable to deliver.

"Just because the Empire does not recognize Ryloth's autonomy," Mr. Prop Agandist of the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order (COMPNOR) told HNN, "does not mean that the Empire must spend the blood and treasure to bring Imperial governance to this anarchic corner of the galaxy."

Senior Outer-Rim Analyst Benn Gleck explains the inherent problems of the Ryloth system and the Outer Rim.

HNN Outer-Rim analyst Benn Gleck explained the inherent problems of bringing Imperial civilization to the far-flung reaches of the Outer Rim.

"Aliens," Gleck said.

Galactic civilization was created and maintained by humans of Core Worlds. Only they have created the integral institutions which can maintain an interplanetary society worthy of the label 'civilization'. Aliens can mimick what humans do, which is why so many aliens in the Core Worlds are able to live within Imperial society. However, on the Outer Rim, human influence is not sufficiently established to gain an adequate foothold.

"Left to themselves, aliens will quarrel and struggle for meager resources, and for each minor warlord to be the hegemon of his own fiefdom," Gleck argued.

"It's best that they are left to do the bloodletting themselves," Gleck advised. "Perhaps when enough of them have died they will realize the bounty of Imperial governance.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Vader in Corellian Sector; Finding New Ways to Motivate Fleet Commanders

Lord Darth Vader after meeting with fleet admirals

CORELLIA SYSTEM - Lord Darth Vader has arrived in the Corellian sector to provide the officers and crewers of the Corellian Sector Group with much-needed inspiration and morale.

After a series of momentary tactical setbacks in dealing with sundry Rebel fleet formations in the Corellian Sector, the Emperor's right-hand man has arrived to 'buck up' the officers and crewers of the sector's fleets.

Vader has also instituted a singular change of command over the Sector Group's second fleet, the Outer Sector Patrol. While the precise identity of the new fleet commander remains unknown, HNN has learned of rumors that the newly-minted commodore has extensive wing-command experience with the squadron-level of combat.

The prior commander of the second fleet offered Vader his apologies for a recent setback at Drall in the Corellian system. The second fleet had been ambushed by Rebel squadrons, while investigating probe-droid reports of Rebel activity in orbit of the planet.

Lord Vader is said to have accepted the commander's apologies.

With Darth Vader, whose reputation as being even more forgiving than even Emperor Palpatine Himself, in the sector, the officers and crewers of the sector group shall doubtless have ever more motivation to destroy the Rebel presence and protect the Emperor's loyal subjects from Rebel atrocities.

Moff Mikael Hasselstein has assured both Lord Vader and the sector's citizens that efforts shall be 'redoubled'.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Empire to Rescind Autonomy Ryloth

Tann Province on Ryloth; haven for Rebels and criminals

IMPERIAL CENTER (CORUSCANT) - After disappointing developments on Ryloth, and elsehere in the Gaulus sector, the Emperor has decided to rescind the autonomy of the Ryloth system.

The decision to rescind autonomy comes after nearly a month of mismanagement and continued insurrection in the far southeastern arm of the galaxy, at the end of the Corellian Run hyperlane.

Advocates for autonomy argued that self-governance would pacify the denizens of the planet. The Twi'lek people have not, however, proven to be content with self-governance, regrettably proving to be an ingrate people, like so many alien inhabitants of the Outer Rim.

Ryloth and Dalchon systems along Corellian Run

In order to put a solid grip on the Ryloth system, the Imperial Navy Admiralty aims to secure both the Ryloth system proper, including its three orbits, as well as the Dalchon system. The Dalchon system lies coreward from Ryloth along the Corellian Run. With hyperspace interdiction at these locations, the Imperial Navy will be able to enact a blockade, forcing the Twi'leks to surrender their autonomy.

The Ryloth system consists of the following planets:

  • Mon Bala
  • Ryloth
  • Or Tuma

It is believed that the Rebellion will further incite the Twi'leks, and their terrorist ringleader Cham Syndulla, by opposing the efforts of the Imperial Navy. The Gaulus sector around Ryloth is infamous for its Rebel gangs and criminal cartels.

The admiralty has warned that any interference with the pacification of the Twi'leks by the Rebellion is likely to result in the orbital bombardment of the main planet.

"In order to save the planet, we may have to bombard the planet," a spokesman for the Imperial Navy told HNN.

Imperial Navy Saves Planet Vagran From Rebel Incursion; Other Rebel Formations Detected

Damaged but victorious, Relentless arrives in orbit Corellia for repairs

CORELLIA SYSTEM - Moff Mikael Hasselstein saved Vagran from an attacking Rebel fleet, while other Imperial Navy lines have detected Rebel formations in orbit of Drall and in the Sacorria system.

Anticipating a Rebel attack in the Vagran System, Moff Hasselstein's fleet awaited the arrival of the Rebel formation near the system's single sun. Once Vagran's alert's sounded, the fleet executed a micro-jump to intercept the Rebel marauders.

Once the battle was closed, with the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Relentless in the vanguard, the strategic analysts aboard Moff Hasselstein's flagship Interdictor discovered that they had encountered the fleet of Canth Walden.

Canth Walden is the war criminal responsible for the destruction of the Golan III defense station at Selonia - with all personnel on board - after its unconditional surrender.

Moff Hasselstein revenged those brutally murdered by the criminal Walden, as two of his vessels - Liberty and Walden's flagship Phoenix Home - were disabled, barely able to escape with their backup hyperdrives.

Relentless was grievously damaged, but was able to return to port at Corellia in order to undergo repairs.

Meanwhile, other Rebel formations were detected in the Sacorria system, but even in the Corellian system itself, at Drall, where a Rebel outpost was discovered. At Sacorria, the Rebels were discovered erecting a jamming barrier in order to prevent their and atrocities from being broadcast to the civilized galaxy.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cornered, Rebel Fugitives Take and Murder Hostages

An elite stormtrooper stands dejected, having failed to save the life of a hostage, a mere child whose sole comfort in her last moments was a stormtrooper doll

ITHOR, OTTEGA SYSTEM - Fugitive Rebels were tracked to Ithor by law-enforcement investigators dispatched by Imperial Intelligence. Cornered, the Rebels took hostages, whom they slaughtered, rather than surrender to the legitimate Imperial authorities.

A ruthless band of Rebel fugitives, last detected in the Ryloth system, were traced to a hideout on Ithor, in the Ottega system, yesterday. When confronted by Imperial Intelligence officers, including a special security assistant to the Emperor, the Rebel fugitives took local hostages. Before the Imperial officers could mount a rescue operation, the Rebels executed the hostages without remorse. While caring for the slain civilians, the special stormtrooper squad was unable to capture the Rebel terrorists.

The Rebels, led by a Twi'lek Jedi cultist identified as one Diala Passil, are believed to have been on Ithor to abduct an Ithorian child for indoctrination into their leader's fanatical cult.

Twi'lek cultist, Diala Passil, murdering Ithorian hostage.

Normally a docile and obedient species, Ithorians are considered peaceful gardeners by much of the galaxy's civilized beings. Clearly, the Rebellion considers them little more than nerf herds to be slaughtered to mask their escape.

Twi'leks, by contrast, have in recent years, proven to be ruthless murderers. Notorious terrorists, like Cham and Hera Syndulla, have been a scourge on the peace-loving Imperial galaxy, and now other members of their species prove to be similarly reprehensible.

Coupling Twi'lek native ferocity, with the Jedi cult's fanaticism, has proven to be a combination shocking to civilized sensibility. However, Passil was far from alone in her depredations. Others in her band of criminal insurgents also involve another cultist - an Ithorian named Murne Rin, incomprehensibly betraying her own kind for her misbegotten religion.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Rebellion Attacks Selonia: Destroys Space Station, All On Board

Exploding space station over Selonia

CORELLIA SYSTEM - The Rebellion attacked populous and peaceful Selonia yesterday. Accepts unconditional surrender of space station, before destroying it with all hands on board.

Shocking the civilized beings of the galaxy, the Rebellion attacked the planet Selonia in the Corellian system yesterday, using a refitted Calamari cruise liner and two medical frigates as their agents of destruction. After the withdrawal of Imperial Navy forces, the space station in orbit of Selonia surrendered itself peacefully and unconditionally, but was unable to save itself from the Rebels' barbarity.

The Imperial Navy learned a hard lesson against not targeting non-combatant vessels, yesterday, as its officers were hesitant to fire on the seemingly civilian and humanitarian targets of a cruise liner and medical vessels. Their hesitation cost them dearly, as the Rebels on board these covertly combat-refitted ships had no such humanitarian reservations. Not only did they fire at the Imperial Navy unprovoked, their true cruelty was only evident after the withdrawal of the Imperial vessels and the surrender of the space station.

Rescued hologram footage, sent by Lt. Commander Avery Andal minutes before the station's destruction, show Andal surrendering the station to the leader of the Rebel force. The Rebel leader was identified as Canth Walden, a disgraced former intelligence specialist. On the footage, Walden is heard promising to spare the lives of the Imperial personnel on board the station. The station was, however, destroyed mere moments after Walden returned to his command ship, not leaving any time or warning for the station's crew and civilian service personnel to disembark.

On Corellia, Moff Mikael Hasselstein expressed his shock to the HNN correspondent.

"I can't believe they would do this!" he said. "This atrocity is beyond any reasonable act of armed conflict."

"The rumors that Admiral Theia is commanding the Rebel campaign must be true."

"Only she would be so dastardly as to bring her Outer-Rim style of bloodlust to this civilized part of the galaxy. She has clearly surrounded herself with similar war criminals, such as this Walden. These ruthless monsters make the likes of Saw Gerrera and Cham Syndulla look downright moderate by comparison."

Hasselstein vowed not to allow the Rebellion to continue their scourge of terror in the Corellian sector, promising to redouble the Naval Group's efforts to bring the Rebellion to a halt.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rebel Commander Bætti Represents Rebel Lust for Corrupt Republican Past

Rebel Commander Kiza Bætti on home world of Pantora

CORELLIA SYSTEM - Imperial Intelligence analysts have identified the leader of the Rebel fleet which carried out an unprovoked attack on a routine Imperial patrol in the Nubian sytem earlier this week. Commander Kiza Bætti, a Pantoran, represents the Rebellion's undelying cause.

According to reports made available to HNN by Imperial intelligence, the Rebel fleet discovered in orbit over Nubia recently was commanded by a Pantoran identified as Commander Kiza Bætti. Agents from the Imperial Security Bureau have been sent to Pantora to question Bætti family and friends on the Rebel's motivations.

Pantoran senator engaged in back-room dealmaking and nerf-barrel legislation

Pantora is a decadently democratic society of the Sujimis sector in the far Outer Rim. Most Imperial citizens have never heard of this world, for its lack of contributions to galactic civilization.

The Pantoran people, under the Old Republic, subsisted on undeserved handouts from Core-Worlds taxpayers. During the Clone War, the Republic was further called upon to safeguard Pantora from the threat of separatist blockade. Pantorans, in turn, did not provide troops or naval assets for collective security, as the Pantorans refused to enlist in the service of the Republic or later the Empire.

It is believed that Bætti has joined the Rebellion - the so-called 'Alliance to Restore the Republic' - in the hopes of returning galactic politics to one of heavy taxes on hard-working Core-World citizens to fund entitlements for shiftless alien societies.

Fortunately, the Imperial Army, Navy, and Stormtrooper Corps exist to protect the Imperial citizenry from the return of such a corrupt Republic, with mynock-like societies leeching off the good will of Core-World humanity.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Imperial Navy Thwarts Rebel Assault on Corellia

Ion cannon Coronet City, Corellia fends off Rebel assault.

CORELLIA SYSTEM - The Imperial Navy fought off a Rebel attempt to spread their terror to Corellia, while also discovering the location of a Rebel base in the Nubian system.

Taking command of the defense of Corellia, Moff Mikael Hasselstein faced down the infamous Admiral Theia, suspected to be the theater commander for the Corellian sector.

Key to the Imperial victory was leading the Rebel fleet into the field of fire from Coronet City's planetary ion cannon. The ion cannon installation crippled a number of Rebel corvettes, including the fleet's flagship carrying Admiral Theia herself.

The citizens of Coronet City and elsewhere on the planet rejoiced as the Navy protected them from the cruel barbarity for which Theia has become renowned.

Patrol of light cruisers over Nubia.

Meanwhile, the Imperial Navy scored another victory when a naval patrol uncovered a Rebel base on Nubia, in the Nubian system. The patrol, made up of a line of light cruisers, faced a number of large Rebel vessels. These had been found skulking in the Nubia system, doubtlessly attempting to protect the Rebel base.

The discovery of the Nubia base makes destruction of the Rebellion in the Corellian sector inevitable. Not only will the Imperial Navy aim to soon dispose of the Rebel presence on that world, but Nubia's own citizens are certain to reject the presence of these vile insurgents in their midst.

News of Corellia and Nubia further coincided with reports of a Rebel naval presence in the space near Selonia, the Corellian system's fourth world. The hope is that the Navy's fledgling commander will be able to hold off the Rebel incursion there.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Autonomous Ryloth Descending into Crime and Corruption

Lessu, capital city of Ryloth

LESSU, RYLOTH - Having been granted autonomy from the Empire, Ryloth demonstrates weakening rule of law as thieves and smugglers fail at attempt to steal 'cash' from departing Imperial constabulary.

Yesterday, Imperial stormtroopers thwarted looters from stealing impounded cash, which had been confiscated from a spice trafficker, known as 'Tagg Ronin'. The attempted looting took place at an Imperial impound station, which was on the verge of being dismantled in the process of autonomizing Ryloth.

The attempted looting comes in the background of weakening governing institutions on Ryloth as the Empire hesitantly granted autonomy to Ryloth. Imperial withdrawal began after the Twi'lek people, the denizens of this alien world, voted for autonomy from the Empire, electing the Coruscant real-estate developer Donalo Fortuna planetary governor. Donalo Fortuna, whose brother Bib Fortuna is employed by the Outer Rim crime lord Jabba the Hutt, is considered to be heavily involved with corrupt governance practices.

Under the autonomous governance arrangement, the newly installed Twi'lek legislature voted to dismantle anti-corruption institutions set up by the Empire, signalling that Fortuna's new regime aims to make the most of local autonomy for himself and various cronies.

The Empire is said to be respecting the will of the Twi'lek electorate, but there are worries that criminal cartels, such as that of Jabba the Hutt, and insurrectionist militants led by Cham Syndulla may gain in influence in the Ryloth system and surrounding Gaulus sector. The Lessu looters attempting to steal the contraband were said to have followed Ronin from nearby Tatooine - home of the crime syndicate led by Jabba the Hutt - suggesting a tie to Bib Fortuna.

COMPNOR spokesman Agandist

Prop Agandist, spokesman for the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order (COMPNOR) told HNN reporters that the TWi'lek referendum was regrettable, but the Outer Rim cannot be governed against local sentiment.

"Hopefully, when the Twi'lek people realize that they do not have the capacity for self-governance, they will realize the blessings of Imperial administration. In the meantime, loyal subjects of the Empire in the Core Worlds, such as Corustant, Corellia, and Hosnian Prime continue to enjoy the fruits of good Imperial governance, and impulses to separatism and rebellion are non-existant."

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Mikael Hasselstein Appointed Moff of Corellian Sector

Mikael Hasselstein, newly-appointed Moff of the Corellian sector

CORELLIAN SYSTEM - Mikael Hasselstein has been appointed Moff of the Corellian sector, charged with maintaining regional peace, security, and prosperity.

Owing to his successful management of the HoloNet News Group and high political connections, Hasselstein was awarded the Moffship in the trust that he could boost loyalty and productivity among the sector's many industrial worlds.

Certain malcontents and naysayers doubt Hasselstein's capacity to command the sector's military forces, citing the newly-minted Moff's limited military experience. The Moff has a large array of medals and badges, though critics claim that these were mostly won in training exercises or contests where the opposition had limited combat experience, so as to bolster Hasselstein's resume.

While said malcontents and naysayers can look forward to fruitful careers in the spice mines of Kessel, sources close to Moff Hasselstein scoff at the criticism.

"While the Corellian sector is certainly known for spiritedness, we're still talking about core worlds," one confidant of the Moff told HNN. "Piracy and rebellion are Outer Rim ailments, not something that the hard-working and decent peoples of the Corellian sector need worry about."

Hasselstein's supporters assert that the Moff's public-relations experience, as well as the Emperor's confidence, will be more than ample qualifications for the task of governing the Core Worlds sector at the confluence of the Corellian Run and Corellian Trade Spine.

"There are no Rebels in the Corellian sector," an official spokesman said.