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GALAXY SAVED – AT THE COST OF ROMULUS

Spock and Senate feared dead on suicide mission to prevent armageddon

For the first time in weeks, a feeling of relief has washed across the Federation at warp speed. However, all it has given the Empire is time to grieve those billions lost.

The Hobus supernova has been contained by an artifical singularity. The gravity of the black hole is drawing the subspace shockwave into it, and will end its momentum in the Romulus sector as the largest such black star known this side of the Great Barrier.


HOBUS STAR GOES NOVA

++Breaking news: only 10% of Romulus evacuated so far++

Reports from early listening probes indicate that Hobus has gone nova, and will strike the Romulan home system faster than expected: in the next week, worse than many scientists had feared. The Federation Council has confirmed a vessel of classified specification has been sent to attempt to create a black hole and absorb the shockwave. However, it is believed that no vessel will make the journey in time to prevent the destruction of Romulus.

The location of the Senate and Romulan leadership is unknown at this time.

Federation-wide reports are expected to be interrupted by the subspace effects of the explosion. Please keep connected to your local planetary news service for possible evacuation orders.


ROMULUS AND GALAXY UNDER THREAT

Hobus star will go nova “at any moment” – Romulus to be evacuated

The sum of all fears has come to pass: a supernova in local space. The star Hobus, for centuries of recorded history, was a typical mainsequence star in Romulan space, with planets used only for mining. However, in the last few months, the star has transformed, through some unknown process, into the most dangerous object in known space, fuelling fear across the Empire and beyond.


SPOCK ADDRESSES SENATE

Controversy during landmark breakthrough with the Federation’s oldest enemy

Today, the hand of history is upon us. Astride the famous marble map of the Neutral Zone, Ambassador Spock, the Federation’s highest representative on Romulus, addressed the Senate of the Romulan Star Empire. This is the latest step in the decade-long journey of glasnost between the two stellar powers that began with alliance in the Dominion War, slowly overturning over two centuries of cold war, tension and emnity with the UFP. However, it appears not all the ghosts of past events have been laid to rest.

Spock, after a brilliant Starfleet career, has been a long-time resident on Romulus, working peacefully for the reunification of Romulus and Vulcan. In the past 40 years, he has been fostering like-minded dissidents in the Romulan underground and drew the ire of the old guard, making today’s address all the more remarkable.

His journey into the heart of the Empire mirrors the course of Federation-Empire relations in the past 20 years. Detente first truly began with the alliance secured in the Dominion War, where the three great powers of the Alpha and Beta quadrants undertook the greatest interstellar military co-operation seen since the foundation of the Federation itself. Tensions remained high in the aftermath of war, as peacekeeping in the former Cardassian Union began to give way to territorial disputes. However, relations were strengthened by events of the Reman coup d’etat. In the years that followed, the Romulan military became ever more unpopular for backing the renegade Shinzon as Praetor, at once both a Reman and a Terran with a megalomaniacal complex. He was quickly defeated by a joint Romulan-Federation task force. As the old aristocratic families had been decimated by a massacre by Shinzon in the Romulan Senate, popular elections followed for the vacant seats, left without heirs, and a fresh wave of democracy coursed through the veins of Romulan government.

While the Neutral Zone is still very much a reality, the release of a reformed, post-feudal Romulus into the galactic economy has fostered increasing ties, and a tolerance of the reunification movement on Romulus. In this light, Spock was appointed Ambassador, to the chagrin of the remaining old guard.

In an curious turn of events, Spock in his capacity as a noted scientist, used this maiden speech to warn of the imminent supernova of the Hobus star, in close proximity to the Romulus and Romii star systems. Unusual stellar activity has been detected from the star, however the Romulan Senate decided along with the weight of galactic scientific opinion, that such a star cannot degenerate into a nova so quickly. Spock was accused by isolationist senators of being behind a Vulcan plot, as Spock’s suggested solution could only be performed using Vulcan technology on preciously-rare Romulan ores. These accusations garnered angry protests from a collection of miners in the gallery, who are believed to be the crew that first alerted the Senate to the danger. Proceedings were drawn to a close soon after, after the Praetor restored order and attention returned to the more mundane business of the Empire.


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