Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Emperor Heinrich X Warns Martians....

Emperor Heinrich X Warns Martians in the Jovian Trojans

Emperor Heinrich X
August 5, 3033. Jovian Emperor Heinrich X made a bold announcement today that Martian presence and influence will no longer be tolerated in either the Greek or Trojan camp of the Jovian Trojan asteroids.  

The Greek camp of the Jovian Trojan asteroids have been contested by Mars and the Empire since the formation of the Empire.  Although a Terran Federation blockade has kept large scale military vessels out of the region since the end of the First System War conflict has continued to plague the region.  
Imperial Legionnaires assault MacIntyre Station on 2895 Memnon March 18th, 3033

The Trojan camp has always been considered sovereign Jovian territory but earlier this year Communist insurgents began an open rebellion in several of the larger settlements.  The Emperor ordered members of his own Imperial Legion to put down the rebellion on 2895 Memnon in March.  Several insurgent leaders were killed at MacIntyre Station and since then the rebellion has died down.  Rumors persist that the movement is still alive and gaining traction again. 

Emperor Heinrich X addresses Imperial Legionnaires on Ganymede

Speaking to an assembly of Imperial troops on Ganymede the Emperor said:

“We can no longer allow the Martian threat to continue in our Trojan territories and we can no longer wait for the Imperial parliament to approve measures to combat this threat.  The Greek camp is sovereign Jovian territory and we will not allow the Martians one more ton of resources from them.

 Further, agents of the Martian government have been caught inciting rebellion in the Trojan camp.  Last March I was forced to send troops from my personal Legions to capture the ring leaders of this uprising.  Those leaders confessed to direct support from the Martian government and military.  This is clearly an act of War!"  

So I will tell the Martians this.  Leave our territories immediately.  Withdraw your troops and agents and cease your attacks on honest Jovian citizens or I, as Emperor, will be forced to protect my people.”

Martian government officials have not release an official statement in regards to this threat.  SNN contacted Siegfried Ragnarson the prime minister of the Jovian Empire and he had only this to say.

“The Jovian Empire is not declaring war on the Martian Soviet Socialist Republic at this time.  It is the Emperor’s right to protect Jovian citizens and Jovian territories however the Emperor’s Legion consist of only a token honor guard and he has no power to command actual Jovian forces or declare war.  This power remains in the hand of parliament and I can assure you that we have no intention of exercising it any time soon.”     

When ask why the Emperor would make such threats without the approval of parliament Ragnarson replied that the matter was under discussion and a more official statement would be issued in the coming days.

Roberto Vance reporting for the System News Network.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Breaking News: Hell Knights attack civilians on Venus!

 July 26th 3033, Venus:  Members of the Hell Knights Mercenary company were seen attacking civilians on Venus just two days ago.  An individual who identified himself only as "Casper" released these images to us showing the mercenaries engaged violent attacks.

 "Casper" informed SNN that the Hell Knights were there attempting to capture the hacker known as Starfire who escaped from Titania last April and was believed to be working on evidence implicating the Smith and Wilson agricultural company and numerous members of the Titania government in a conspiracy to illegally seize properties that led to the conflict in the Station 42 region that has lasted almost three years.

 We have no information as to how the mercenaries managed to land on Venus, one of the most secure planets in the Solar System, at this time.

 The Hell knights were involved in at least two attacks one on a civilian research station several kilometers from any settlements or resorts.

Although several civilians were injured or killed at the research station we were told that Starfire again escaped capture with the assistance of who we believe are the same individuals who helped her escape on Titania.

We will update you when we have more information on this story and on anything that sheds more light on the Titania conflict.

This is Alphonso Marks reporting for SNN.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Notorious hacker "Starfire" escapes the Titania War Zone!

This images is believed to be the hacker known as "Starfire".  Under the name Lindsey Morgan she allegedly modeled for the famous design company "Alejandro of Titan".  No one knows her true identity.
April 13th 3033, Titania:  The notorious hacker known as "Starfire" has escaped from the war zone on Titania with the aide of the Titania militia and a team of unknown agents believed to be smugglers.  

A militia leader known as Jim Dutton sent us these images taken by his security drones and information about the conflict that happened late last night.  Members of the Hell Knight mercenary company tracked the mysterious agents to this compound several kilometers Southeast of Station 42.  The mercenaries attacked the compound without warning but were defeated by milita members and the team of agents.

 Later that day Dutton gathered his forces and was joined by another militia leader known as Rosie who piloted a Cyclopes class medium mech.  Rosie also brought 20 robotic troopers to aid Dutton and the agents.  When they arrived at the agents landing site the Hell Knights had a force at the location already.  The mercenary force consisted of about a platoon of armored infantry escorted by a light tank and an Incubus class light mech.
 At first it seemed as if the mercenaries were going to make easy work of the Titania forces.  The Hell Knights met the Militia advance destroying several improvised technical vehicles and robotic troopers.

 Rosie and Dutton responded by making a direct attack on the mercenaries stationed around the agent's ship where they killed several Hell Knights and destroyed a light transport.

 As the battle raged around the agent's ship a blue hatch back approached the ship at high speed behind the militia trucks.  The two mechs exchanged heavy fire and were both severely damaged.

 The agents left their vehicle and made a run for their ship but came under fire from a mercenary transport and a lone trooper armed with a grenade launcher.  Several of the agents were wounded in the exchange including Starfire herself who was seen being carried into the ship by the agent.

Rosie's mech was destroyed in the fighting but Dutton reported that she managed to eject and get to safety.  Dutton also managed to escape although most of his militia members were killed or wounded in the fight.  The agent's ship managed to escape and Dutton claims that Starfire was in fact badly wounded but in stable condition.
When asked why Dutton and other militia members risked so much to help Starfire escape Titania he only replied: "She has information that will bust this whole fiasco wide open".

Roberto Vance reporting for the System News Network.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dareing Escape on Titania!

Unknown smuggling ship on Titania.
Just minutes ago a confrontation took place on Titania, a moon of Uranus, between local militia forces and the Hell Knights mercenary company involving this unknown ship.  The ship is believed to belong to a group of smugglers who escaped from the occupied zone near Station 42.
We will have more on this battle as the information comes in.

Roberto Vance reporting for the System News Network.

Monday, March 31, 2014

"Bloody March" on Titania! The conflict in the Station 42 region heats up.

Titania Militia units and their allies the Wolfhound Freikorps attack Boon's Outpost defended by Hell Knight mercenaries
 March 3033 Titania, Titania City region:  The Month of March has seen the bloodiest fighting so far in the conflict on Titania that has come to be known as the Station 42 War.  Various properties around a spaceport known as Station 42, 10 kilometers south of Titania City, have been contested by the Hell Knight Mercenary company working for Smith and Wilson Agriculture and a local insurgency of property owners.  
On March 2nd the Hell Knights mercenary company defeated a large force of renegade Titania Planetary Guard at the Battle of Rattrap Road.  During that battle the mercenaries managed to capture General Drake the leader of the renegade Titanians.
March 8th saw another battle between Martian forces stationed on Titania with allied militia  and the Hell Knights at Bunker 1138 where the mercenaries were routed by the pro Titania force.
On March 19th the Wolfhound Friekorps and Titania militia pressed their attack against the Hell Knights at Boon's Outpost in a large scale engagement.  Both sides fielded around a platoon of men as well as several armored units and mecha.
Wolfhound Jager troopers hold a rocky outcropping in the middle of the outpost.  The bodies of the Hell Knights armored assault squad can be seen behind a sandbag wall.  The veteran squad was wiped out to the man in the fighting.
 Casualties mounted quickly in the intense battle.  The Hell Knights used their hover tanks to easily avoid terrain and although they pressed the pro Titania forces the Wolfhounds and militia units held their ground.

A Wolfhound APC is destroyed by a "Laird" heavy hover tank.
 The Wolfhounds fielded two "Liger" super heavy tanks of Jovian design as well as a tracked armored personnel carrier.  The Hell Knights poured fire into the Wolfhound armored units who proved very difficult to take out.
The final Wolfhound Liger faces a barrage of fire before being destroyed.
 Both sides took heavy casualties during the battle and lost several armored units worth millions of credits.  The Hell Knights lost an Incubus light mech as well as a Landshark AFV and at least one LAGAREV transport along with most of their infantry forces.  The Wolfhounds lost both Liger super heavy tanks and their APC.  At the end of the fighting the Hell Knights withdrew and the pro Titania forces secured the outpost pushing deeper into Hell Knight territory.
Martian and Hell Knight patrols engage each other just a few kilometers east of the Hell Knight base.
 March 22nd saw an engagement between M.S.S.R. forces and the Hell Knights just a few kilometers east of the Hell Knights base which lies west of Station 42.  Both forces were small consisting of a few infantry units and battlesuits.  The Hell Knights also had a light and medium hover tank in their force.

Martian battlesuits engage a Hell Knight "Douglas" medium hover tank tat point blank range.
 Most of the fighting took place between the more heavily armored units.  Infantry forces stayed at range and engaged enemy armored units rather than each other.

A Martian battlesuit scores several casualties against a unit of Hell Knight scouts.
 Although slower than the Hell Knight tanks the deadly Martian battlesuits nearly wiped out all of the Hell Knight infantry.
Hell Knight scouts and a mercenary Battlesuit destroy a Martian battlesuit.
 Although the Martians lost a couple of their battlesuits and a few Infantry the Hell Knights took even heavier casualties and were forced to withdraw towards their base.

A Wolfhound APC advanced into the crossroads at Rattrap Junction.
 March 30th saw two skirmished in the conflict.  Wolfhound Freikorps and Boon's Irregulars Titania militia attacked Rattrap Junction.  The Hell Knights rushed a light force to the Junction to engage them consisting mostly of a couple of scout units and some light vehicles.
The Wolfhound APC is destroyed by combined fire from a LAGAREV and Captian Grant Martian in his Marksman battlesuit.
 Although the Wolfhounds lost their APC early in the fighting they continued to fight with the aid of the militia killing a mercenary sniper and a unit of scouts early on.

Boon's Militia destroy a Hell Knight light transport.
 The pro Titania forces took out the Hell Knights light transports fairly easily with small arms fire but the mercenary battlesuit proved more difficult.

Carson Boon the Leader of Boon's militia is wounded by Hell Knight Scouts.
 Both sides took several casualties.  Carson Boon was severely wounded in the fighting and it is believed that Captain Grant Martin was killed when he battlesuit was destroyed by Wofhoud Veterans.  Again the Hell Knights withdrew from the field leaving the station in the hands of the pro Titania forces.  The Wolfhounds seem to have proven quite effective against the Hell Knight forces.

Renegade supplies burn as the Hell Knights advance.
 Another engagement on the 30th saw a Hell Knight raid against a renegade Titania Planetary Guard supply depo.  The Hell knights seemed to be intent to destroy the renegade's supplies after defeating the earlier in the month.  The supply depo was located just two kilometers north of the Old Mining Town.

A mercenary Landshark AFV destroys supplies and troopers at close quarters.
 With the capture of their leader General Drake earlier in the month the renegade Titania Planetary Guard have not attempted to engage the mercenary forces.

Two Hell Knight veterans are killed by a high explosive missile.
 The Hell Knights suffered only two infantry casualties and the loss of a LAGAREV light transport while destroying at least half the Titania supplies.

Soundly defeated the pro Titania forces withdraw.
The renegade Guard units lost 14 members and a sniper to the deadly shooting of the mercenary veteran units.  The pro Titania units were forced to flee and abandon their remaining supplies.  Although they have proven effective against the Hell Knights throughout the conflict the renegade Titania Planetary Guard force seems to be at a loss without their leader.

Earlier in the Year it we believed that the conflict on Titania was drawing to a close but after the bloody month of March 3033 it seems as it the conflict has indeed escalated with the involvement of the Martian garrison and Wofhound Freikorps.  We will continue to keep you updated on this conflict as details unfold.

This has been Benjamin Woodsworth for the System News Network.