Corps Run(down): Guns & Gastronomy

A number of corporations have risen to a degree of notoriety and acclaim since the Catastrophe, growing and stepping in to fill the void in needs and services created by the Catastrophe. Some are, perhaps inevitably, less reputable than others while others purport to having only humanity’s best interests at heart. In either case or anywhere in between, the current climate that puts survival of the species at the forefront of our list of priorities makes the perfect breeding ground for a handful of powerful organizations to end up with corporate control of various aspects of what is shaping into day to day life. 

Read on below and in future segments for our rundown of the major players out there!

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Galactic Destinations: Cape Verde Stronghold

Wherever humanity goes in this strange and wondrous galaxy, dear reader, Galactic Destinations goes too. But not always: not to Cape Verde Stronghold, in the so-called ‘Iron Quad’ system. On this occasion, our writer refused the trip and advises you do the same. But, for the fearless travelers who visit regardless, here are some essential survival tips:

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Galactic Destinations: Orwell Stronghold

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

Carl Sagan

Welcome Citizen, to Orwell Stronghold! Here, you will experience a shining bastion of science and truth, for this is one of the Waystations of Benevolent Dynamics! Ever committed to researching the knowledge and technology that will bring back humanity from the brink of extinction and propel us further into the future, Benevolent Dynamics runs a number of such facilities across the galaxy.

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Galactic Destinations: L 726-8 Jump Gate

What do mock penny loafers, shoulder-padded blouses, and a far-fetched theory about the Catastrophe all have in common? The answer, of course, is they’re all readily found on L 726-8 Jump Gate, where the bizarre ‘Roswell Division’ cult resides. Read on, dear reader, as we delve into this unusual place.

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Galactic Destinations: Spirit of New York City

This cycle’s dispatch orbits around the Spirit of New York City, a station within YZ Ceti and part of a group of stations colloquially referred to as the Iron Quad. Back in the Before, this station enjoyed some of the more relaxed and froody vibes of the galaxy. Mellow bars, dazzling art installations, and cafes galore adorned every corner of the the station that sought to emulate the spirit of its namesake.

Things have changed since the Catastrophe. Land on the Spirit of New York and join us as we saunter through its faux-cobble streets as we explore the reclusive and paranoid station that it is today.

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Cosmic Explorer: The Iron Quad

Hey there galaxy fans! Your old pal Jacqueline Valance here with the latest truths, both harsh and mellow, to shine light on the world they’re tryin’ to pull over your eyes!

It’s time to wake up and smell the war brewin’ in this corner of the galaxy. Y’all ever been to YZ Ceti? Don’t! Let me tell you right now, the Iron Quad ain’t no holiday destination!

What we’ve got here are three main stations plus the jump gate, all Consortium owned, all pretty vague in what they do. I mean, sure they disclose their ‘official capacity’ all proper like with all the bells and whistles, but what really goes on there?

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Galactic Destinations: Spirit of Tianjin

Today’s dispatch comes from the binary system of L 726-8, and one of the galaxy’s most controversial stations. Once dedicated to science, the Spirit of Tianjin is now famous for something far stranger: its unique ‘Carnival’, where nothing is forbidden to the wealthy Patrons. Debauchery is a luxury product here!

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Cosmic Explorer: System L 726-8

Today’s edition of Cosmic Explorer comes to you from L 726-8! This is a binary star system, home to two spectacular flare stars and the three stations originally built to study them. But that was long ago, pre-Catastrophe, when such research was still a Consortium priority. How things have changed since then!

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Benevolent Dynamics: Wishing you an Extraordinarily Pleasant Day

Initializing Omni-Reality Virtual Interface: Server neural access: BeDyne requesting CORETECHS synchronization parameters.

Parameters accepted. Thank you. Your Benevolent Dynamics Omni-Reality Journey is about to begin! Slice right to begin the guided experience.

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Galactic Destinations: Barnard’s Star Jump Gate

Bathed in the dim glare of its ancient star, this Consortium-run Jump Gate station welcomes visitors to Barnard’s Star. One of them is Chief Bakker, sent here to investigate the station’s curious Catastrophe experience. Below, we reveal a transcript of Bakker’s first dispatch to Consortium bosses, back on Tau.

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