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Water-Filtration-and-Conservation-Act of 2298

First of September, 2298. The Government of Alpha-Centauri around Governor Ramsey have passed a bill to preserve and conserve water on Hesperus. The people of Hesperus shall be encouraged to decrease their water consumption by raising the average price per liter (taxes). Surplus money will be used to finance the new water filtration plant which makes use of the rocky properties of Hesperus. Used water will run through pipelines into a rocky deep basin filled with super-algae already employed on Starships to filtrate water. The water will be monitored for a while and is declared not drinkable, but it is definitely cleared for basic needs such as cooking, cleaning or personal hygiene. It is expected that these measures will significantly cut down required water imports. Should the experiment be deemed a success and the facilities be expanded, Hesperus might become independant from the galactic water exchange.

 


 

Business Incentives Act of 2298

First of September, 2298. Government speaker A. Lloyd has announced the Business Incentives Act. In order to incentivize major companies to settle on Hesperus, franchises that have openings for 300 or more people (regardless of those people being natives of Hesperus or not) will have a major tax return by the end of the year. It is expected that a headquarter of a major company could net a -50% tax decrease. Brunham, Voight & Gromann and Wyman Arms have been inofficially invited. Insider sources claim that officials with Voight & Gromann are investigating the conditions.

 

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Hesperus City Stock Exchange opening

Today, representatives of the Stratton Investment Group have opened the Hesperus City Stock Exchange (HCSE) to the civilians and citizens of Hesperus. Mainly featured are local companies of Hesperus such as The Hesperus Mining Association or the Hesperan Starship Manufactury. Also listed are the stocks of major companies such as The Morita Arms Corporation, FedCom, ECCO or the Castian Corporation. The price of orders depends on the bid or the amount of stocks purchased so that purchasing major amounts of shares of a company is more expensive than purchasing small amounts of smaller corporations. Orders are taxed and will go directly to the Government of Hesperus.

Good gambling!

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Voight & Gromann proclaim headquarters in Hesperus City

Following negotiations after the first-of-september-decree, Alpha Centauri officials have successfully convinced the V&G CEOs to relocate their headquarters to Hesperus. Initially situated on Earth, Voight & Gromann were without a corporate headquarter when Earth fell to the Progenitor forces, having resided in a major productions plant on Cassandra in the interim. With the stiff political situation on Cassandra, being so far away from the human centerpoint of the galaxy and the Federation having continuous suspicions about seditious behaviour, V&G have decided to move away from Cassandra. Hesperus City will house Voight & Gromann's official corporate headquarters. With the preparations ongoing since, V&G have just opened their headquarters on Hesperus today [21st of September]. Local entrepreneurs already call Hesperus the 'new Rhohan'. The people of Hesperus are eager to support V&G in their endeavours and work to overtake Rhohan and the Morita Arms Corporation. Voight & Gromann are a renowned manufacturer of advanced pyrotechnic weapons systems. Their most known products are the iconic TW-226-f ‘Hel’ and TW-221-f ‘Tinderbox’ flamer, aswell as the SW-219-f ‘Inferno’ Support Flamer or the SW-226-f ‘Fireball’.

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Planetary Defense Force to be expanded to defend Alpha Centauri space

"There simply is too much shit going on" The governor announced plans to further expand the Planetary Defense Force of Hesperus and Hod into space. "We're not contesting SICON authority over the Fleet or the galaxy", the governor argued, "We simply think that protection of our planets should start at the outer perimeter. This is a simple military concept, deep or elastic defence. They can't beat us in space, they won't ever reach the ground I vowed to govern and protect." Every day, highly valuable goods are being delivered from and to Hesperus and pirate crews in the surrounding systems are on the rise. With Voight & Gromman, renowned pyrotechnics producer, the trade flow is set to increase even further. With highly dangerous materials circulating around the V&G production site, Hesperus paints a huge target on the Alpha Centauri system. It is only logical for the population to increase security detail.

 

As it stands, there shall be a contingent of 675 Mobile Infantry Troopers, handpicked by the governor's staff, to be trained specifically for space combat. These Troopers who opted to go career will be trained to work and fight in zero gravity and close quarters environments. The Troopers will be specifically trained for an elastic defence on a starship. What this means is that they will learn about the starship's strong- and chokepoints and fall back to the next checkpoint should the enemy make a concentrated push. This tactic is not employed to repel the invaders but to actively seek to kill them.

Insider sources tell that the Governor has utilized his connections as a former Military Intelligence Colonel and OSW Captain so that these Mobile Infantry soldiers will host joint trainings with the 33rd Pathfinder platoon.

 

Additionally, these new units will receive a contingent of 10 reserve Fleet Officers to control a repurposed trade vessel. This vessel will act as a bait vessel and will be retrofitted at the Hesperus Shipyard to specifically counter the threat of a boarding enemy. The ship will receive additional bulkheads with multiple, failsafe locking mechanisms, which can also be used to trap people. Each section is set to have a seperate circuitry so that the Mobile Infantry can employ scorched earth tactics when falling back to the next checkpoint. Other mechanical defence mechanisms were not mentioned, but officials could not confirm or deny that there are more.

Electronically, the vessel will be linked to a control station on Hesperus. While being pilotted by members of the Fleet reserve, it was decided it was best to have a backup mechanism in case of human error. Lastly, the vessel is confirmed to have an automated manifest and IFF system. The vessel receives its data from the Hesperus Control Station, which in return writes data to the Alpha Centauri ship register. That means that this vessel may fly around with, amongst others, an Voight & Gromman IFF tag and have its manifest auto-generated with appealing products. The Governor is not concerned about revealing such information, as the fact that a ship may or may not be housed by vicious and stout defendes should be deterring enough to keep the system pirate-free.

 

Voight & Gromman have endorsed these endeavours and actively supported them. Along with supporting the project financially, they supplied the force with their latest weapon and defence system, aswell as environmental suits made specifically for space combat. When asked for a statement, CEO Hardmann only said "You don't save money on security - that's why we moved away from Cassandra."

 

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The new, yet to be named, defence force exercizing on the rocky surface of Hesperus in their V&G suits.

 

 


 

Voight & Gromman surveying Hesperus atmosphere

The news-stream around V&G just won't break up! Following their move to Hesperus City, Voight & Gromman Research & Development speakers have confirmed they are running tests on Hesperus' atmosphere. Early probes suggest that the corrosive gases in the atmosphere can be extracted and converted into chemicals that boost the overall output of V&G's pyrotechnical arsenal. If this is the case, V&G would not need to synthetically produce these flamer liquids and save money. Currently, models of this new fuel suggest that the flamer capacities will be increased by 16% while keeping the product essentially the same. However, it would require a new refinery to be build on Hesperus - though creating even more jobs than initially planned. The Governor fully supports this act as harvesting the corrosive atmosphere of Hesperus might open a path to terraforming the planet and abandoning the domed city eventually.

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