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Archive for March, 2008

Quorum of 12 Representative Liana Inshan Missing

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 31, 2008

The following report was turned into authorities today, and this reporter was able to see a copy of it.

I was scheduled to meet with Representative Inshan in her quarters on the Virgon Rising to discuss her proposals related to food distributions on 03292008 at 0900SLT. When I went to her room, the door was unlocked. I went in and found the room was in disarray and Liana was not there. Her identity cards and personal items were still in the room.

Contact was made with the Captain who checked the ship log and told me that there was no departure record. She should still have been aboard. The Captain asked the crew members to look for her but were unable to locate her anywhere on the ship.

I thought maybe she had just been called away until I heard of the attack on Vice President Vielle. When I heard of this I realized there could be more to it and that this needed to be reported.

Casiopeia Catteneo
Representative of Canceron

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Representative Inshan, please contact Captain Serapis immediately.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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President Offers to Meet Hand of Apollo

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 30, 2008

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 30, 2008

In a move shunned by advisors, President Halberd has penned an open letter to so-called “Hand of Apollo” members, offering to meet them and hear their demands while assuring their safety.

Hand of Apollo Members,

In the interests of compromise and mutual understanding, I am willing to meet with you or your representatives to hear what your issues are. Your safety will be guaranteed by me.

You may respond with comments in the news, if you wish.

This offer will only be extended once.

Tanya Halberd
President

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Assassination Attempt on Vice Presidents Life!

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 30, 2008

Saturday, a day of mourning for our recently lost Pacifica hero, Heidi Stiglitz, was marred by violence by a lone assassin against the the Vice President of the Colonial Fleet, Vicky Vielle.

What started out as a fitting time of tribute and  heartfelt words about the recently lost pillar of the fleet, turned into violence and mayhem.
As the last few eulogizers were speaking, shots rang out and the Vice President dropped. On lookers were confused as to what had just occurred, looking at each other in silence momentarily until  the realization set in. Weapons we drawn by all the warriors in attendance. Quick orders to seal the Dome were to late, as it appeared that the perpetrator was later reported as being observed running from the scene.

All fleet officers were quickly surround by body guards and sequestered. Many individuals were rounded up and questioned. At this time, an individual is in custody. The suspect’s name has not been released.

The group calling themselves the Hand of Apollo has taken responsiblity. Before the shots were fired, someone yelled, “You have broken and betrayed the Truce and the Covenent now you have been Judged now feel the wrath of the Hand of Apollo”.

This reporter is still shaken by the events. I will follow with more updates as the investigation continues.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Wake for Major Stiglitz Planned, Saturday, 3/29 at 2pm SLT

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 28, 2008

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 28, 2008

Please join us as we honor our fallen CAG, Major Heidi Stiglitz, who died as she lived, in honor and dignity in the battle against our enemies.

We will gather at 2pm, SLT Saturday, March 29, 2008 in the dome in 7th Heaven.

Please attend if you can. Please bring pictures of the Major if you can.

Thanks.

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Poseidon Abandoned, CAG Stiglitz is MIA

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 27, 2008

This is without a doubt the saddest report I have ever written for the News.

In a surprisingly vicious attack that included at least 3 basestars, Cylons returned to retake the planet Poseidon with a vengeance. Pilots and Marines fought valiantly to hold our position, but the planet was not worth additional casualties and Admiral Nephilim ordered an FTL to remove the fleet from danger.

A tragic loss was revealed by President Halberd, who told me haltingly, with tears rolling down her face, that Major Heidi Stiglitz is missing in action. The President explained that the CAG was engaged by Cylons while flying the Stealth Star and went down over the planet. Rescuers determined that her beacon was not active or had been destroyed in the crash, and orders were given from Pacifica to abandon the search. “I consider her one of my dearest friends. We will do everything we can to go back and find her,” President Halberd said. “I cannot accept that one of the most heroic women who ever lived is missing.”

Admiral Nephilim, who is also one of Major Stiglitz’ closest friends, was forced to order the FTL jump away from the area. She is in seclusion and has issued no statements.

Major Stiglitz is a proud citizen of Aerelon. She lost her husband Hannes and daughters Thea and Tessa in a vicious slaughter of their family farm just days before a mission from Pacifica arrived to retrieve them.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Vice Presidential Invitational

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 25, 2008

Vice Presidential Invitational

As part of the continuing efforts to represent the needs of the fleet, Vice President Vicky Vielle cordially invites all colonials to an informal party at Afterburners on Thursday 4pm SLT.

All branches of the government will be represented there: Executive, Judicial, and Legislative. So this will be a ‘getting to know you’ session so that Colonials can talk directly to those in government and in return they can hear directly the concerns and needs of those living in the Fleet.

So come along and mix in, we alll just want to do the best for the fleet. And of course have some fun.

So Say We All!

Vicky Vielle
Vice President of the Twelve Colonies

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Hand Of Apollo?

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 19, 2008

This letter was just dropped to Fleet News offices this afternoon

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Press Release: President Names Additional Cabinet Members, Staff

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 18, 2008

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 18, 2008

President Tanya Halberd today named two new Cabinet members and two new staff members to her administration, selecting a Secretary of Agro & Hydro and an Assistant Press Secretary as well as an Aide and a Presidential Security agent.

The appointees are:

Presidential Cabinet:
Kazrak Dryke, Secretary of Agro & Hydro
Taylor Peralta, Assistant Press Secretary

Presidential Staff:
Antonia Waco, Presidential Aide
hehe “Tom” Papp, Presidential Security

Including new selections, the full membership of the Executive Branch is listed below.

President Tanya Halberd
Vice President Vickie Vielle

Press Secretary – Kiltcheck Douglas
Secretary of Science – Doctor Jiminy
Secretary of Health and Human Services – Stacia Zabeleta
Secretary of Education – Leandrah Whiteberry
Attorney General – Derin Swenson
Secretary of Commerce – Owen Papp
Secretary of Agro & Hydro – Kazrak Dryke

Assistant Press Secretary – Taylor Peralta
Assistant Secretary of Education – Jayce Raymaker

Aide to the President – Antonia Waco
Presidential Security – hehe “Tom” Papp

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Fleet Military Defends Poseidon, Tylium Flows

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 17, 2008

The fierce defense of the planet called Poseidon continues. The Cylons have fought bitterly to retake the planet, but brave pilots and marines have held the planet in spite of fiersome odds.

There have been some setbacks and some tense moments, and several times the Cylons have forced retreats back to the fleet. Under the command of Major Onyx Syakumi, Colonials have retaken the planet several times. There have been many casualties, but the need for tylium is worth the risk, Admiral Nephilim is reported as saying.

Meanwhile, no word yet on the on-going investigation into the gruesome murder of the Jonah Whelan family. Authorities thus far are refusing to comment.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Probable Assassination of Miners on Poseidon

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 13, 2008

The tragic murders of the Whelans appears to have been an assassination and a powerplay by a new power broker who has made their move within the Syndicate.  We expect more on this developing story soon.

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Head of the Miners Guild Found Dead

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 10, 2008

Early this morning, miners reporting for the early shift on the planet Poseidon they found what can only be defined as a macabre scene. The body of one Jonah Whelan, who was at one time the head of the mining Guild on the Tylium Queen, was found badly tortured and mutilated, crucified on one of the tylium mining machine’s cross braces in the depths of the mine.

A second body, identified by friends as his wife, Elia Whelan was found lying face down in the pool in 7th Heaven. She was killed by a single shot to the back of her head. OPSEC and Security from 7th Heaven and Tylium Queen were called to the two grisly scenes. Both bodies were transported to the morgue for autopsy.
Fleet records show that the couple had a son. A search was initiated but investigations have concluded him missing and presumed dead.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Quorum of 12 Meets, Discusses Critical Issues

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 8, 2008

In a productive meeting today in the Quorum Room on 7th Heaven, Representatives discussed a number of issues ranging from mining on Poseidon to selection of a replacement for recently deceased Quorum Representive Conell Dagger.

Colony Representative Attended
Aerelon Paxan Freck Yes
Aquaria Dollwife Pink Yes
Canceron Casiopeia Catteneo Yes
Caprica Bigggy Smalls No
Gemenon Erianthe Elvehjem No
Leonis Ronon Maximus Yes
Libris Cathiee McMillan Yes
Picon Conell Dagger Deceased
Sagittaron Gibley Goldblatt Yes
Scorpia Saamia Mahana No
Tauron Eyea Aya Yes
Virgon Liana Inshan Yes

Also in attendance were President Halberd, Vice President Vicky Vielle, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Stacia Zabeleta.

The meeting began by appointing the senior member, Gibley Goldblatt of Sagittaron, as the moderator. Following that, a long list of issues was raised by the recently ill and still recovering Virgon Representative Liana Inshan, who spoke from a wheelchair.

The first issue raised by Representative Inshan was whether to send 3 Quorum of 12 Representatives to the planet Poseidon to visit with citizens and assess the situation. The motion passed.

The second issue was concern for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among civilians, and the matter was deferred to Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Zabeleta. Likewise, the third issue of adult education to promote skills of civilians was also referred to the Executive Branch and Secretary of Education Andi Whiteberry.

The fourth issue raised by Virgon Representative Inshan concerned prisoner’s rights. This is a concern of hers since she has personally experienced a run-in with the judicial system recently. President Halberd briefly described the circumstances of the arrest, as related here in the news, stating that charges were dropped since the problem was related to a medical condition. The President also referred to legislation from the previous session of the Quorum to protect citizen’s rights. Other representatives did not share Representative Inshan’s concerns and the matter was dropped.

The fifth issue raised by Representative Inshan was whether for the good of the fleet people should be encouraged to have children. The discussion was found to be rather divisive and was deferred to a later date.

Issue six was the proposal to create emergency bulkheads to protect shuttle bays during an attack. This was determined to be a military matter and out of scope for a Quorum discussion.

Issue seven suggested that there is a shortage of civilian medical personnel and resources, and that an office be created to manage the situation. A motion carried to ask for the Cabinet to establish a medical control and training center.

At this point a brief discussion came up of what to do about the Picon seat in the Quorum of 12 vacated by the death of Conell Dagger. It was decided that the citizens of Picon would be encouraged to find another representative.

After this the meeting was adjourned, with participants thanking those who helped with the meeting.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Fleet Sweep for Transponders Detects 7 So Far

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 5, 2008

Secretary of Science Doctor Jiminy developed a detector for Cylon transponders with the help of one of the Cylon defectors. Using the device, Tylum Queen, Celestra and 7th Heaven were swept and two transponders per ship were located for a total of six. In a very troubling development, a seventh transponder was found on Pacifica, too.

Even though Pacifica was not occupied by Cylons during the fleet separation of recent weeks, a sweep made of the battlestar revealed one transponder. When asked how a transponder could have been planted on Pacifica, Admiral Nephilim replied, “no comment.”

“This is both very troubling and very reassuring,” said President Halberd. “We found the devices and disabled them. I am anxious to finish the sweep of the rest of the fleet before we have to jump again. We need to be alert.”

Cabinet Member Jiminy has agreed to distribute the new transponder detectors to Marine and OPSEC units.

Doctor Jiminy shows a Cylon transponder

The transponders are described as white ovals about the size of your hand. If you see one, please contact the bomb squad on Pacifica immediately, and do not touch or move the devices.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Quorum Representative Liana Inshan Arrested, Then Released

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 4, 2008

In a bizarre incident in Pacifica Sick Bay, Quorum of 12 Representative Liana Inshan began acting very strangely. Several military officers attempted to restrain her, and she attacked one in the process. She was promptly taken to the brig on Pacifica.

Admiral Nephilim, President Halberd, and Captain Serapis were summoned to the brig, where they listened to the descriptions of the situation, and also some confusing reports about Ms. Inshan’s medical condition. President Halberd decided to move her to River Delta because it was a civilian judicial matter, and to have the charges reviewed by Attorney General Derin Swenson.

Mr. Swenson decided to drop the charges when Dr. Felicia Huygens explained that a brain tumor was causing Representative Inshan’s behavior. Ms. Inshan was immediately released and sent to the clinic on 7th Heaven for surgery, where the tumor was removed.

We all hope that Ms. Inshan recovers quickly!

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Captain LizzyD Vendetta Dead?

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 3, 2008

I was quite happy to meet up with Captain Serapis today in the landing bay of the Celesta…he was looking well after his ordeal aboard the Cylon Basestar.  I commented how nice and happy we were all to have him home safe….especially with Cpt. Weiland wounded and Cpt. Vendetta missing.  It was then that his face turned white and his eyes clouded as if recalling an image.  I asked if things were ok….

“LizzyD..oh no…no…  She was on the base star.   I was in my cell.  I heard her voice.”

Captain Serapis was obviously distraut by the sudden realization.  I pressed him and he seemed to calm down, “She was there? She was a prisoner?”  He looked at me and said, “Yes. I was in my cell. Alone. I had been interrogated..I think .. drugged..I heard shouting down the hall. The voice…I knew it..couldn’t place it. Paxan wasn’t in her cell…thought it must be her.”  Two Centurions were dragging her and she was resisting.  It was hard to see but it must have been her.  She looked injured.  I couldn’t place the voice. It was so far away.  But now I know. It was Captain Vendetta.  The frackers killed her”.

I asked him where they were taking her…”I don’t know.I only saw her her fighting with them.  She was yelling too.  Something about never telling them where they are and that the people will get thier payback….I figure she was talking either about the children or the weapons.  Well actually she must have been talking abut the weapons.”

“What did they do with her?”, I asked him.  His expression turned solomn, “I don’t know. I blacked out.  Drugs.  I thought it was a nightmare. The drugs.  It didn’t seem real.  I never saw her again. Lizzy….”

Captain Vendetta was not rescued and is not anywhere in the fleet…we can only assume she was one of many who lost thier lives to the Cylons in these last few horrific weeks.  Our prayers to the Lords of Kobol go out to them all and the ones close them.

In a related note…Cobb Comption the 7th Heaven Security Officer was promoted to Executive Officer and Makal Krogstad is the new Captain of the Tylium Queen.  Note Cpt. Krogstad was assigned the position before this news of Cpt. Vendetta came to light.

Ms. Pink
The News-Review

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Pacifica Returns, Routes Cylons, Saves Fleet!

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 2, 2008

Pacifica and River Delta made a bold return, attacking and destroying the Cylon Basestar just as citizens on TQ were afraid they would not be able to hold out against more Cylon assaults.

The fleet was liberated from captivity by our brave military pilots, infantry and OPSEC teams, who triumphantly returned to drive away the monsters.

In a huge battle that integrated all of our forces from Marines, OPSEC, Viper pilots and Raptor pilots, Cylons were at last driven back. There were many casualties, and reports are not yet available, but rumor has it that Pacifica Sick Bay is full of wounded fighters.

After the Basestar was neutralized, OPSEC teams swept the fleet for Cylons, freeing civilians and accepting the tearful gratitude of people who had feared for their lives daily for far too long.

When the fleet was separated several weeks ago, civilians were captured and rounded up by the Cylons on 7th Heaven. The desperate citizens managed to secure some weapons and escape to the Tylium Queen. There, led by Cobb Compton and Ensign Serp Auer, brave citizens who were unfamiliar with weaponry or explosives managed to hold the Cylons off for nearly a week. Many died in the siege.

Fierce resistance was encountered on the Conneva, where a large number of Centurians made a stand in the engine room. An entire team of our people was lost in the sweep of the ship, and Pacifica fired on the ship to eliminate the threat, then sent a second team to search for survivors. None of the 18 registered residents of Conneva were found, and only 3 bodies were recovered. The ship was scuttled. It is presumed that the Centurions had killed all citizens before Pacifica arrived.

Admiral Angelica Nephilim, known for being a soldier of few words, was reached while still coordinating the aftermath of the attack. “It was a hard fought battle, but failure was not in our lexicon. I am proud of the fighting soldiers of Pacifica,” she said before turning away to speak to members of her command.

Colonial President Tanya Halberd expressed great sadness when told of the many civilian deaths, including Quorum Representative Conell Dagger, who died with many others defending the families on the Tylium Queen. President Halberd spoke haltingly over the wireless, expressing both joy and grief as she explained that every single member of the Pacifica crew was single-mindedly gutwrenched trying ready the Pacifica to return as soon as possible. She said she would never be able to fully express the relief she felt when OPSEC teams reported that the civilian ships were secured, one by one. She said she wanted to personally thank every one in the fleet who risked their lives to drive out the menace.

Work commenced immediately to repair the sabotaged FTL drives on the civilian fleet ships. It was the failure of those drives that caused the fleet to get separated initially. Captain Starbuckk Serapis coordinated the effort, called on all available engineers to assist, and was able to get the whole fleet to jump away from the cursed place in a fairly short time.

Many tears of joy and sadness will be shared tonight. So say we all!!!

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Broadcast Believed Received from Pacifica

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 1, 2008

Ensign Serp Auer made contact with a Raptor from Pacifica today. I interviewed him and transcribed his remarkable account of the event.

Sable Babii: What made you try to reach the Pacifica by wireless?
Serp Auer: It was something I had to try and do. Luckily there was someone out there to listen. Honestly the message was over-due in attempt but this as my first chance to try and remodulate comms gear.
Sable Babii: Had you tried before or did you get a response your first time?
Serp Auer: The only attempt I made today was the lucky one. I wasnt to sure if the transmitter would work it was so badly shotup when I cobbled it back together.
Sable Babii: That’s amazing. What did you tell Pacifica, and what response did you get back?
Serp Auer: I told them of our situation and that we will hold out no matter what.
Sable Babii: Good. What did they say?
Serp Auer: Since they didn’t know if it was fully secure the raptor pilot only clicked their wireless on and off several times to indicate that they had recieved my transmission. I caught sight of the bird and to say this it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen as of late before it FTL’ed out
Sable Babii: Incredible. Thanks for relaying that. Please keep us posted if you have any more contact, ok?
Serp Auer: Of course.

There you have it, folks. Ensign Auer spotted a recon raptor from Pacifica. Thank the gods this all may soon be over! Don’t tell the Cylons!

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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