SNN Special Report – Martian Dome Independence

SNN is closely following the situation on Mars, where one city dome has voted to break free from the central Martian government. The journalists of SNN will collect reports of trusted sources to keep all readers up-to-date about this unprecedented event.

January 21, 2181
May O’Neal – 6-News

This is May O’Neal, from 6-news, with an update on the situation developing on Mars. Following the independence vote on New Cromer, similar citizen referenda have been held all over Mars, with many either firmly in favor, or firmly against independence from the central government.

The Catalunya, Nova Roma, New Derbyshire, Cymru Uchod and Bilbao domes have voted to leave the Mars Union and are rumored to be in mutual talks to form a provisional government. Representatives from the separatist domes could not be reached for comment.

Similar votes held in Novaya Rodina, New New York, Sharon-Meir, Brandenburgkuppel, Luna Secunda and Carmack domes have ended firmly pro-Union, pledging to support the Central Computer, though some citizens admit that instructions have been somewhat unclear as of late. They place blame firmly on the Interpreters, who should have spoken less arbitrarily.

The Union has announced that any open rebellion against the government will be met harshly, but no outward signs of such measures have been seen.

This has been May O’Neal, we will keep you updated as the situation develops.

Breaking news: Alpha Centauri station Customs-Three severely damaged! (January 24, 2181)

– from our Alpha Centauri correspondent Maya Tamar

Following the calamity at Kordoss, word has reached us of another tragic incident. 

Vessels travelling to the Solar system have reported that Customs-Three, the main customs station at the Alpha Centauri gateway entrance, has apparently suffered significant damage as a result of either a severe accidentcollision, or an attack by unknown forces. Search and rescue is slow to mobilize due to the Kordoss situation taking up most available resources. Customs three also serves as the main point of contact with SevCol for the inhabitants of the Alpha Centauri system, and so far we have not received any word about the whereabouts of any of the SevCol personnel.

When asked to comment, Analisa Holstein, lieutenant in the Worlds of Light search-and-rescue said the following: “The population of Customs-Three is minimal, while the situation on Kordoss is placing millions of civilians in direct danger. We are doing the best we can, but when we have to choose between thousands of civilians with no other hope of rescue, or trained spacers with suits and escape pods, we have to prioritize based on the greatest need” 

It is currently unknown whether the Customs-three situation bears any relation to the Kordoss Calamity. Sources note it is unlikely any debris from the Kordoss space elevator would have reached Customs-Three at this point. 

Breaking news: Kordoss Space Elevator destroyed!

Around 16:00 on January 24nd, a heavy cargo delivery was launched from the Kordoss Cargo Railgun (KCR), veered off course, and hit the Kordoss space elevator. This caused great devastation, disabling the space elevator immediately, and setting the Herbert Hoover Station slowly adrift.

Subsequently, many parts of the space elevator cable came raining down upon the surface of Kordoss. As objects were falling from the sky, the general meteor alarm went off, and everyone headed for the shelters. As the first debris hitting the surface came from not that high up, the shelters were sufficient. But more debris was coming from higher up, carrying far more kinetic energy. As such, the general evacuation order was given for all regions on the planet within 500 kilometers of the equator.

Unfortunately, many were not able to get away from the equator or into space fast enough. Many of the shelters seemed to have suffered from unexpected equipment malfunctions, with failing communicators, bad door-locking mechanisms, and several other equipment malfunctions found by rescue workers. As of right now, several hundred corpses have been retrieved and are awaiting identification, and tens of thousands of people are still unaccounted for.

One of the reasons for the devastation is a very high failure rate in the safety systems of the space elevator. This certified six-sigma safety system (CSSSS) has seen a roughly 10% failure rate. So far, no explanation for this extremely high failure rate has been forthcoming.

On the bright side, representatives from both the miner’s workers union and UAC have called for cooperation in these hard times, and have made a joint statement about the recent pre-elevator riots and problems on Kordoss. They have concluded that there must be some other party responsible, but the representative of the miners, Evan Chandra (taken over after the recent unfortunate demise of Janey Hoffa), has let it be known that UAC does not seem to be behind the problems leading up to the demonstrations.

Investigations into what or who did lead to this situation are ongoing. The space elevator problems can only be called highly suspicious in their timing in light of this political news.

Rescue operations are ongoing, and most hospitals are filled to the brink. All atmosphere capable crafts in the area are busy ferrying people from shelters to the poles, and many examples of camaraderie and friendship are seen throughout the planet as people on Kordoss come together in this time of crisis. We will, of course, keep you informed of any more news.

Breaking News! Protestors Occupy UAC office

This is Meros Dragovich reporting for SCNN with an update on the Kordoss Riots.

After the presence of armed UAC personnel was confirmed at the site of the recent Mining-claim Massacre, riots have consumed not only Kordoss, but its orbital infrastructure as well. Despite all evidence, Union Aerospace Corporation has denied all involvement.

UAC representative Brent Spar: “We have no interest in instigating hostilities with the local mining consortiums, their employees or their holdings. UAC is a family-centered corporation and we hold the safety of everyone in the highest regard”.

Rioting has spread from the mines to the cities, causing widespread civil disruption and casualties. The Saturn Refugee Movement has reportedly started handing out emergency rations, air filtration units and battery-powered heaters to alleviate the worst of the suffering caused by damage to the fragile life support systems in smaller settlements. Despite their best efforts, widespread injuries and deaths have been reported.

Among the casualties is Janey Hoffah, former spokesperson for the Kordoss independent miners. Her death while trying to address a crowd of protesters occupying a UAC satellite office on Herbert Hoover Station seems to have inflamed the protests. Several witnesses report miss Hoffah being shot by UAC personnel, while others say she was trampled when the crowd tried to flee after gunshots were heard.

Breaking News: Kordoss miners killed

Breaking news on the Kordoss Crisis!

Recently news has reached this news station of a deadly incident at one of the mining-claims in the disputed regions on Kordoss. Details are scarce at this time, but eye-witness reports speak out dozens of casualties.

Janey Hoffah, current spokesperson for the independent miners is placing the blame with the UAC corporation. “These people don’t know when to stop grabbing more and more, and they don’t care who gets hurt!” says Janey Hoffah.

UAC’s Kordoss Office representative Brent Spar could not be reached at this time. His office let us know that UAC would never be involved in any attacks or actions against existing claims or against the independent miners of Kordoss.

More information will be published as it becomes available.

To the citizens of Luna

We of the SevCol News Network have recently published a message addressed to the citizens of Luna by the former Minister of Education, Micah Al-Sahaf.

Earlier today we broadcast a message we received from the SCSS Celestra which seemed to discredit the message and intentions of Micah Al-Sahaf.
For the sake of unbiased journalism we will publish the response of Micah Al-Sahaf to SCSS Celestra’s message fully.

Dear citizens of Luna,

Recently, this network has published a statement by an unnamed Martian priest.
He calls for cooperation and a peaceful solution, which I obviously agree with.
But, he goes on to suggest we should work together with outside influences like SevCol. The help that SevCol is currently sending is appreciated to help us through the current crisis, the material help that is. However, the forces that they have sent are merely adding to the chaos.

We, as Lunar citizens, should come together and overthrow the outside influences. This will allow us to form a new government. I certainly plan to lend my expertise to this new government, but I absolutely do not plan on ‘ruling with an iron fist’. Mostly, I plan on leading an interim government, until calm and peace has been restored. At that time, elections will be held.

The allegations that I would work with DeFans of Luna are simply absurd. I have joined their (open) group on SevBook, to keep an eye on their activity, as any decently competent politician would have done.
So to all Luna Citizens, I say this: continue with your resistance, keep yourself safe, and work for the Luna as we all know and love. And don’t give in to the fearmongering and chaos spread by the many forces trying to influence the path that Luna should follow.