Jasmina Halsey

 

Synopsis:

Jasmina Halsey is the former President of the Galactic Federation, who went missing and presumed dead in MAY 3301 after her cruiser Starflight One, upon hyperspace entry,  suffered a catastrophic accident. She reappeared almost a year later after a month long search mission. She was subsequently treated both medically and psychologically on Mars and later withdrew from Federal politics. Rather, she began to hold public speeches with both esoteric and metaphorical notes, alluding to a super-intelligent species living in the depths of space. She also urged the galactic community to work together to shape a better future. As such, she sided with Alliance Prime Minister Edmund Mahon and began to build a network of refugees’ aid and relief bases in the Yum Kamcabi system. Her most notable public campaigns were a call for exploration data and some calls for medical and humanitarian supplies, all of which were received positively by the public. Halsey today is viewed as a vigorous advocate of peace and as very unlike the political leader she has been two years ago.

To summarize: After her presumed near death experience and the visions of a better future that came along with it she seems to have undergone a change from Saul to Paul both in body and spirit, very much like her Biblical counterpart.

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The stroy begins in DEC 3300. The last days of the year were marked by a stormy exchange of words and speeches as Shadow President Zachary Hudson made it clear that he disapproved of Halsey’s latest political moves. At that time both political parties were deeply entrenched and fighting over Congressal domination.

Hudson openly criticized the scheduled tax increases for the upcoming year which he labeled unnecessary and a failure to hit the mark. Instead, Hudson made appeals to cut welfare costs and implement a new military conscription model for the “lazy youth”. He also criticized Halsey’s inability to prevent several member worlds from seceding from the Federation and her diplomatic failures that eventually lead to the military intervention that became known as the War for Lugh. On a different political theater President Halsey declared Onionhead an illegal substance and sanctioned the bombing of a multitude of plantations in the Kappa Fornacis system, although there were also speculations that Fleet Admiral Vincent, a personal friend of Hudson, acted without her counsel or consent. Whatever the case, Hudson set the stage for his ambitions to drive Halsey from her office as he saw her as being unfit and not qualified to hold the job of Federation President. In JAN 3301 President Halsey tried to reconcile on the apparent rift between her and Admiral Vincent in an attempt to put the more vocal politicians at ease but she also publicly stated that he acted unilaterally in the bombing of Kappa Fornacis plantations, making him, Hudson’s personal friend, the scapegoat of the hour. Things got worse when Halsey’s Vice President Nigel Smeaton was discovered dead in his private home on Mars. Although the circumstances of his death remained obscure to the last, a number of seemingly coincidental events, shortcuts and system failures lead to the common belief he was actually killed by an organisation with the necessary access and resources to accomplish such a top level assassination. Some voiced were heard mentioning the “military industrial complex of old” but of course no evidence was ever found to point in such a direction.

Whatever the case, the sudden death robbed Jasmina Halsey of a staunch supporter and leader of the Liberal Party. In FEB 3301 Congressman Ethan Naylor was formally signed in as the Federal Vice President, a controversial choice by Halsey as this was the first time a member of the Federal Leadership was a Congressman from a frontier world. Naylor subsequently took up support for President Halsey in her aims to better integrate Frontier worlds’ politics and to find a amiable balance between them and Sol.

So in his next move on 30 MAR 3301, Shadow President Hudson finally made clear his intentions to run for the Presidency by ousting Jasmina Halsey from her office. The timing was ideal as Halsey’s popularity had taken some serious hits after the secessions and the Onionhead PR disaster. Only one month later, in APR 3301, Hudson executed multiple political schemes to increase the pressure on Halsey, including a meeting with Sam Reyan, CEO of Reyan BPS. By securing Reyan’s support Hudson was able to solidify his overall corporate support for his impending race for Presidency. On a side note, the proposed deals were worth trillions of credits to Reyan BPS, a corporation who has traditionally struggled to penetrate the congressional contracts market. April also saw the 153rd annual Exphiay Bankers’ Ball, where Hudson managed to rally more corporate and financial support to his side, namely Frank Hall, CEO of Gallant Investment, Paul Wiggins, CEO of Wiggins Development Trust, and Patricia Spellman, Vice President of Sirius Finance. President Halsey and VP Ethan Naylor did not attend the ball as they were not invited, as were a number of Liberal supporters from the corporate sector.

To counter Hudson’s political offensives President Halsey announced a tour of the Federal frontier systems in APR 3301. The purported aim of the trip was to build stronger links between Sol and its many offspring and to answer a number of complaints to provide adequate support for fledgling Federal colonies. Halsey also issued a statement that she would discuss politics with local leaders, an act that was seen as an attempt to rally support from the Frontier worlds.

Shadow President Hudson in turn challenged President Halsey to a public political debate on recent political decisions, thus forcing her to decide whether to accept the challenge and prepare for a lengthy debate or to carry through her plans with the trip of the Frontier worlds. In the end, she decided to decline the debate for the time being, postponing it to the time after her extensive journey. On 13 MAY 3301 the Farragut-class cruiser Starflight One took off from Mars with President Jasmina Halsey on board. Her trip to the Frontier worlds was not met wholly with positive reactions, some of the representatives of the Frontier worlds questioning recent political decisions in Congress and also the multitude of secessions that had occurred shortly before.

As a side note: In MAY 3301 the Federation also became the target of an accusation by the Canonn Group to withhold information about the recently discovered Alien Artefacts from the Pleiades sector. Although not personally related to Halsey as President it was criticised that the Federation didn’t comment on any of these accusations, further cementing public views that they were “hiding something”.

On 26 MAY 3301 news about the disappearance of Spaceflight One spread across the galactic community. On that day Maisy Stevenson, the leader of the Republic Party of the Saga system, informed Federal authorities that President Halsey had missed a scheduled meeting by 38 hours already and that patrol ships had been unable to locate Spaceflight One. At first it was leaked that Halsey had agreed to a last-minute detour but later that day at 15:00 hours universal galactic time, in a dramatic move Secretary of State Felicia Winters assumed the role of Acting President of the Federation in the wake of the disappearance of Spaceflight One and made the following statement:

“(…) I must come before you today to announce that contact with the President’s ship, Spaceflight One, has been lost. Two days ago, Navy Command received word that the President would be taking an unscheduled detour to Azaleach. Her reasons as to why remain classified. 12 hours ago, following entry into hyperspace, Spaceflight One went dark. All attempts by the President’s security team to trace the vessel have met with failure. Squadrons have been scrambled in an attempt to find President Halsey and Vice President Naylor, and I have faith that the Navy will do everything they can to bring them home. That said, in order to maintain a clear chain of command during this time of crisis, I will be assuming the role of Acting President of the Federation effective immediately. (…)”

At a later press conference Winters elaborated on the ship’s disappearance and linked it to the loss of the Highliner Antares way back in 3251. The Antares was lost on its maiden voyage after a sudden power surge in its supposedly revolutionary frame-shift drive and the resulting catastrophic explosion.

As can be guessed with such a tragic incident various sources claimed they had clues that the Starflight One accident was in fact sabotage and that high profile Federation officials were covering something up or that they at least doubted anything officially released to the press unless unshakable evidence was presented. While this may seem understandable or noble it did nothing to diminish Winters’ or Hudson’s credibility or popularity ratings.

Two days later, on 28 may 3301, Shadow President Hudson called an Emergency Session of Congress to address concerns surrounding Spaceflight One’s disappearance. In that session Hudson openly speculated about the cruiser having been sabotaged in what he guessed was a top tier assasination attempt. He didn’t even rule out the Empire being responsible. Under the shadow of “unseen forces” being capable of inflicting such damage to an interstellar government, he took his ambitions one step further and called for a vote of no confidence against the current Liberal government. Acting President Felicia Winters later agreed to the vote. Most likely she already knew she wouldn’t win.

On 1 JUN 3301 Members of Congress took part in the vote of no confidence. Shadow President Hudson pointed to the loss of dozens of member states to the Alliance, an increase in crime rates and what he called a “defanged Federal Navy” as some of the more devastating effects of Halsey’s time in office. Although Winters could also have been elected President the majority of the votes were ultimately cast in Hudson’s favor and on 2 JUN 3301 the results were finally made public and Hudson would be the new President of the Federation. He was sworn into office later.

30 JUL 3301 Excerpt: Meet the Powers – President Zachary Hudson

Republican President Zachary Hudson became President after the disappearance of President Halsey and a vote of no confidence in the Senate. He has always been supportive of the military, and has recently announced his support for CQC Championship as a training and recruitment tool for the Federal Navy. He is also approving additional funds to begin upgrading and expanding the fleet to counter the threats he sees beyond the Federation’s borders. In common with most of his party, Hudson believes it is the government’s duty to be as small a burden on the individual as possible. An extensive programme of tax reduction is already planned for most households within the Federation. This has proved popular, but not for those who relied on government support before his election.

29 JUL 3301 Excerpt: Meet the Powers – Felicia Winters

With the disappearance of President Halsey and the earlier murder of President Nigel Smeaton, Felicia Winters found herself thrust in charge of the Liberal Party. She inherited a political party in crisis and has had to work quickly to try and restore people’s faith in her party. Felicia Winters has already proved to be a versatile opponent, and in many opinion polls is running level with President Hudson. Many voters are growing concerned by the President’s aggressive rhethoric and are turning to the Liberal Party to counter what they see as a road to war.

The remaining year of 3301 saw no further actions to bring more light into the Starflight One incident and the fate of Jasmina Halsey, as the Federation accustomed to the new and more aggressive style of politics President Hudson brought into office. One event, however, stood out from others and may in fact have triggered what was later to be known as the search for Starflight One: The Sirius Corporation called the galaxy’s pilots to a search for the famed Highliner Antares, the prototype luxury liner (with a supposedly new generation of FSD technology) that had been lost nearly 50 years ago. The search ultimately proved successful and several pieces of wreckage were found and identified.

Now, in light of thet discovery of that starliner, on 28 JAN 3302 President Hudson ordered another search, now for the lost Starflight One, which had disappeared along with then President Jasmina Halsey on board on 26th May the year before. Despite heavy scepticism the search was concluded on 23 FEB 3302 and Hudson stated in a press release that the participating pilots managed to recover huge amounts of deep space debris and delivered it to a the Leoniceno Orbital Federal Outpost in the Azaleach system. He also emphasized that some of the parts were indeed from Starflight One, that several intact escape pods were recovered as well and that the analysis team was busily working to identify their occupants. Only three days later it was finally confirmed by that Jasmina Halsey was in one of the escape pods and that her condition was critical but stable. After a reasonable recovery, Halsey was brought out of her coma. Her sister Azalea Halsey later issued a small statement, which is recorded as follows: “Jasmina appears to be in good health, but she did seem rather distant. She said some things I didn’t understand – something about stars and…creation, I think – but given what she’s been through I thought she was remarkably lucid, most of the time. I’m sure she’ll be back to her old self soon.”

Perhaps unrelated to Jasmina Halsey’s personal fate various media outlets throughout inhabited space received an anonymous communiqué on 15 MAR 3302 stating that the galactic community was in peril. The transmission postulated amongst other things a connection between the Core Dynamics megacorp, the destruction of the Antares and Spaceflight One. It also claimed a connection between a series of deaths or disappearances of certain political and economical VIP’s, including Federal Vice-President Nigel Smeaton and Jasmina Halsey. The source of the transmission could not be traced or verified, it was speculated that it was launched by an organisation with certain reach and influence.

One day later, speculations on Jasmina Halsey’s possible return to the office of President of the Federation were put to rest with Federal legal advisors stating that Halsey faced a de facto vote of no confidence, and her presidency was officially terminated. On 4 APR 3302 Jasmina Halsey gave her first interview after having been brought out of her coma, during which she also made some statements about her memories of the Spaceflight One accident. She is remembered to have looked frail and distant, quite unlike the forceful ruler she was before the accident. Halsey said she remembered very little, especially about the catastrophe aboard the ship. Asked about her rather long stay in the escape pod however, she had a somewhat more distinct if somewhat esoteric experience to share with the public. She was quoted with the following words: “It was wonderful. Amazing. I saw the universe, and our galaxy within it, as I’d never seen it before, and I felt the presence of the real caretakers of our galaxy. The paradox of their existence – tiny yet gargantuan, fleeting yet eternal. They spoke to me as I drifted in the void. It was amazing. I must share their message.”

Shortly after that Halsey reiterated on her transcendent experiences she had while drifting through space and said she saw what she described as the “true architects of creation” and to have been shown “the infinities of the cosmos”. However esoteric that may be, Halsey also launched a program to gather exploration data from uncharted space in hopes to validate her claims. The program was backed financially by the otherwise little known Azaleach Partnership of the star system of the same name. Pilots from all over civilised space poured in vast amounts of data. But after (only) two days of analysis the program was declared unsuccessful, not in lack of raw exploration data but in proving the “super-intelligent beings” existence. Because of the lack of analysis time it also turned out more controversial than anticipated as representatives of the scientific community demanded the data to be released to the public in order to verify the results. It was generally criticized that for such amounts of data a mere two days were insufficient to jump to such absolute conclusions. As to date, none of that data seems to have been released.

After the program’s failure Jasmina Halsey agreed to attend to a secure psychiatric facility called the Clearwater Institute on Mars for extended care and review. Her rather esoteric search for the “Architects of Creation” in APR 3302 was widely met with scepticism, including Shadow President Felicia Winters, who urged the public not to encourage Halsey’s “visions” for the sake of her mental wellbeing. Naturally, there were also several conspiracy theories about aliens and government cover-ups. However, Cynthia Sideris, chair of Universal Cartographics, commented on the matter, stating that whether Halsey’s search was a success or not, she was certain that “non-human sentience exists in our galaxy”. In any case, a group of individuals calling themselves the “Hands of the Architects” were detained at Jaques Station later in MAY where they tried to deliberately force the station to mis-jump. Although the cult does not seem to be linked directly to Halsey as a person they seem to have grasped her vision of intelligent, non-human life and that these “Architects” can be reached by what may be called “mis-jump portals”. Nothing more of this group is known.

Later in MAY 3302 the public opinion on Jasmina Halsey’s abidence in the Clearwater psychiatric centre shifted as more and more serious and dubious representatives of the galactic community voiced their concerns about her being isolated for reasons that might not have been entirely motivated by psychological rehabilitation. Several scientific factions demanded access to her in a private audience or her personal logs from the Spaceflight One accident made available for scrutiny, both of which were rebuffed by Halsey’s personal staff. Needless to say, this only fueled the more radical fans of a galactic conspiracy. JUL 3302 then saw some dramatic developments concerning Halsey’s mental and political state. Her hospitalisation at the Clearwater psychiatric facilities on Mars was viewed with an ever increasing doubt that she stayed there on her own volition. This resulted in congregations and outright protests demanding her immediate release. The protests were eventually answered by Halsey’s own staff that the demands were unjustified and that Halsey’s own family petitioned for a psychiatric review at this very facility. However, it was also around this time that some details about her treatments were leaked to the public and that Halsey apparently insisted on having met what was described as “super-intelligent beings in the depths of space”. This of course lead to a multitude of conspiracy theories that even abound in present days.

Eventually, Jasmina Halsey left Clearwater in late JUL and made a short public statement apologizing for any distress her late behavior might have caused. Events culminated when Halsey made her first public appearance since she was discharged from Clearwater. She was described as being “dramatically different from the frail individual seen leaving the Clearwater Clinic” and it was also revealed that she had sought out Alliance Prime Minister Edmund Mahon and that she planned a relocation to Alliance space. Some witnesses of that event later commented that Halsey appeared even more confident than when she was in office. In a statement Halsey said she had reflected on her visions and while maybe not being literal, she wanted to convey that “as a species we have learned nothing from our history. We plundered the Earth for its treasures, treating it with callous indifference, and now we stumble blindly into space in pursuit of wealth and glory. And all the while we are heedless of the damage we cause. We remain a violent species, unable to cooperate, and we are therefore deprived of the prosperity that true peace would bring.”

Of course there were immediate speculations about Halsey returning to politics, which would have posed a problem for President Felicia Winters’ weak position as leader of the Liberal Party. However, for the time being, Halsey decided to abstain from any further public statements or political ambitions. Around this time, further reports of a religious sect calling themselves the “Hands of the Architects” appeared and they describe a small cult of devotees who had hopes Halsey might become a prophet or messiah for them and showed them the way to communing with the Architects, who can be most likely identified with Halsey’s “super-intelligent beings”.

In SEP 3302, two months after her release from the Clearwater psychiatric centre, Jasmina Halsey finally made a statement in Gotham Park station in the Alioth system about a vision she had while being in a state of hibernation. Voice records of her speech are as follows: “I saw a place of extraordinary beauty. A paradise. It was truly wonderful. This was no dream – it was a glimpse of something very real. We must find this place. It could be our future.” It was later speculated Halsey may not have had recovered completely from her traumatic experience after the Spaceflight One incident.

On 03 FEB 3303 Halsey, now a trusted advisor to Alliance Prime Minister Edmund Mahon, urged the Powers to work together in finding out more about the reported encounters with a previously unknown and alien type of spaceship. Where Duval cautioned her subjects to remain patient and Hudson spread fear about a superior menace, Halsey was quoted to say “Understanding. Cooperation. These must be our watchwords. We have to go beyond party politics and petty point scoring. Only by working together can we hope to avoid bloodshed.”

In FEB 3303 Halsey also decided to make public her plans to build a rehabilitation center for war victims, stating that “it is clear (…) that, in the current political climate, peace cannot be achieved without practical effort. It feels so good to do something that will have a measurable impact.” The campaign was later declared a success and Halsey was able to cement her newly adopted role of an advocate for peace. During her latest appearance in MAR 3303, Halsey once again requested relief aid from the galactic community in terms of medical and humanitarian supplies. At that time it also became evident that she chose the Dirichlet Orbital station in the Yum Kamcabi system as her base of operations.

For both campaigns Halsey won the financial support of the Yum Kamcabi Purple Life Industry, which basically compensated all pilots for delivering the necessary materials.

 

Sources and References

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GalNet Sources (condensed, where necessary)

30 MAR 3303 – Community Goal: Halsey Requests Relief

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09 FEB 3303 – Galactic News: Halsey’s Campaign Reaches Successful Conclusion

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03 FEB 3303 – Galactic News: Galactic Leaders Trade Blows

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02 FEB 3303 – Community Goal: Halsey to Build Refugee Centre

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20 SEP 3302 – Galactic News: Halsey Shares Her Vision

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29 JUL 3302 – Galactic News: Jasmina Halsey Returns to Public Life

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22 JUL 3302 – Freelance Report: Could Halsey Shake up Federal Politics?

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15 JUL 3302 – Galactic News: Jasmina Halsey Discharged

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08 JUL 3302 – Galactic News: Federal Citizens Call for Halsey’s Release

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27 MAY 3302 – Freelance Report: Sideris Remains Open Minded

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21 MAY 3302 – Freelance Report: Growing Demand for Halsey’s Exploration Data

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20 MAY 3302 – Freelance Report: Attempt to Sabotage Jaques Station Thwarted

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14 MAY 3302 – Galactic News: Felicia Winters Comments on Halsey’s Committal

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14 MAY 3302 – Freelance Report: Protesters Petition for Halsey’s Freedom

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13 MAY 3302 – Galactic News: Bentonio’s Request Rebuffed

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09 MAY 3302 – Freelance Report: Conspiracy Theorist Defends Halsey

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07 MAY 3302 – Galactic News: Jasmina Halsey to Undergo Psychiatric Review

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05 MAY 3302 – Galactic News: Exploration Data Appeal Reaches Conclusion

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28 APR 3302 – Community Goal: Jasmina Halsey Appeals for Exploration Data

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04 APR 3302 – Galactic News: Halsey Talks to the Media

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29 MAR 3302 – Galactic News: Jasmina Halsey Not yet at Full Health

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26 MAR 3302 – Galactic News: Jasmina Halsey Brought Out of Coma

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23 MAR 3302 – Galactic News: Jasmina Halsey to be Revived

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16 MAR 3302 – Galactic News: Could Jasmina Halsey be Reinstated?

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15 MAR 3302 – Freelance Report: Game of Shadows

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26 FEB 3302 – Galactic News: Former Federal President Found

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23 FEB 3302 – Galactic News: Remarkable Response to Federal Campaign

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28 JAN 3302 – Community Goal: The Search for Spaceflight One

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19 NOV 3301 – Faction Issues Appeal for Onionhead

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14 AUG 3301 – Aliens Kidnapped the President

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30 JUL 3301 – Meet the Powers – Zachary Hudson

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29 JUL 3301 – Meet the Powers – Felicia Winters

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14 JUN 3301 – For Some, President Halsey’s Disappearance Is Not “Case Closed”

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09 JUN 3301 – The Federation Unites in the Face of Tragedy

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02 JUN 3301 – Zachary Hudson Becomes the New President of the Federation

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01 JUN 3301 – Federal Congress Prepares for Vote

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31 MAY 3301 – 78 Ursae Majoris Celebrates Security with Shield Sale

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30 MAY 3301 – A Vote of Congressional Confidence

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29 MAY 3301 – Winters Willingly Agrees to Vote

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29 MAY 3301 – Hudson Calls for Vote of No Confidence

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28 MAY 3301 – Emergency Session of Congress

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27 MAY 3301 – Shades of the Antares Incident

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26 MAY 3301 – President Misses Meeting

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26 MAY 3301 – Federal State of Emergency: Winters Declared Acting President

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20 MAY 3301 – Anti-Federation Terrorists Linked to Artefact Research

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17 MAY 3301 – Federation Accused of Cover-up

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15 MAY 3301 – 78 Ursae Majoris Increases Security Ahead of Presidential Visit

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13 MAY 3301 – President Halsey Sets Out from Sol

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09 MAY 3301 – 78 Ursae Majoris Reacts to President’s Intended Visit

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09 MAY 3301 – President Halsey Refuses Shadow President’s Request

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08 MAY 3301 – Hudson Demands Debate

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07 MAY 3301 – Arcanonn Challenges Halsey

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28 APR 3301 – President Halsey Announces Tour of Frontier Systems

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27 APR 3301 – President Halsey Denounces Patron’s Principles

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25 APR 3301 – Hudson Praises Merchant Marines

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14 APR 3301 – President Under Pressure to Punish Panem

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14 APR 3301 – Hudson has Medical Meeting in Mongan

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12 APR 3301 – Public Polled on President

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10 APR 3301 – Exphiay Entertains Shadow President

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07 APR 3301 – President Halsey Addresses Accusations

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02 APR 3301 – Onionhead Sales Still Growing

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02 APR 3301 – Hudson Swears to Succeed Where Halsey Failed!

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1 MAR 3301 – Naylor Pledges Support of Halsey

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30 MAR 3301 – Hudson Attacks President’s History

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26 MAR 3301 – The War for Lugh: The Turning Point

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26 MAR 3301 – The War for Lugh: Federal Domination

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23 MAR 3301 – Faith in President Falling

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23 MAR 3301 – President Orders Strike on Federal Refugees

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20 MAR 3301 – Halsey Honours Heroes

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19 MAR 3301 – Onionhead Returns to Kappa Fornacis

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16 MAR 3301 – Hudson Questions Halsey’s Motives

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09 MAR 3301 – Federal Congress Calls Emergency Session

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20 FEB 3301 – President Orders Attack on Nijotec

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17 FEB 3301 – New VP Appointed

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27 JAN 3301 – Dulos Announces its Intention to Secede

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21 JAN 3301 – Embattled Federal President Asks Us to ‘Hold Firm’

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16 JAN 3301 – Investigation in to VP Death Inconclusive

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13 JAN 3301 – Suspicions raised over VP Death

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12 JAN 3301 – Federal Vice President Dies in Swimming Accident

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11 JAN 3301 – Federal President Clarifies Approach to Onionhead

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29 DEC 3300 – Federal President Announces Tax Rises in New Year

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27 DEC 3300 – Shadow President Hudson Supports Navy

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28 DEC 3300 – Federal Shadow President Demands Conscription

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27 DEC 3300 – Shadow President Hudson Supports Navy

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16 DEC 3300 – Federal President Declares Plant an Illegal Narcotic

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