NoSecrets strikes gold again folks!
This time picking up a mass mail from Philip Reynolds, the Varati Blue Public’s VP of Operations, to Ursula (Varati Ring), Arthur (VIU) and Simmons Hamilton of the Labour of Varati.
It’s a great read
==+ NoSecrets v2.0.1 Log. License expires 17th Feb 3303. UPDATE AVAILABLE +== ==+  > Packet snoop established. P2P GUDP Packet identified. +== ==+  > qTLS Tap OK, Auth: Mutual. Eve (v1.2.7619) is in the house +== From: [VP (Operations) Philip Reynolds (Varati Blue Public)|Kagan Vision|COL 285 SECTOR IX-T D3-43] CC: [CSO Ursula Le Clarke (Varati Ring)|Lerner Beacon|COL 285 SECTOR IX-T D3-43] CC: [CSO Arthur Guin (Varati Independent Union)|Napier Depot|Varati] CC: [Secretary of State Simmons Hamilton (Labour of Varati)|Keyes Landing|Varati] Subject: Never mix religion and business
Gentlemen, lady - greetings. I'm sure I'm not the only one of us to have read with curiosity the recent news from the Canonn, which identified a group known as the 'Penitents of Remor Veld' as having a hand in steering our recent campaign against them. Were any of you aware of this? Ursula? Arthur? I mean, I know the contact wanted to remain anonymous, but I'm starting to feel a bit edgy right now - as is the rest of the board of VBPu. Sure, they were offering considerable rewards to us all for our help, but I'm starting to wonder if it was worth it. I have interests to take care of here - a wife and 3 kids to support - and if VBPu suffers then I suffer. I don't know about you, but any group describing themselves as 'Penitents' conjures up ideas of all manner of crazy religious fanatics, and religious fanatics make terrible business partners. The other day I read a report by one of our shipping subsidiaries about a delivery of 750t of synthetic meat which had been hauled 150Ly into the bubble. Upon arrival at the station, owned by a Theocracy, our pilot sat and waited for someone to come and authorise the offloading of the shipment. No-one came, so he made enquiries and was told that the synthetic meat would be staying on his ship because the customer had failed to secure authorisation from their God for the cargo handlers to touch ersatz animal products - an item specifically forbidden by their ideology. Also, union rules prevented anyone but official cargo handlers from operating around the landing pads, so basically there was no way to get the cargo off. To make matters worse, it turns out this God of theirs was just some guy who started a cult that eventually became the Theocracy. He's some farmer type who took exception to the manufacturing companies muscling in on his meat business a few years back. At the time, he was actually on holiday in Lave on a brandy binge, and nobody could get hold of him. Anyway, the cargo was close to spoiling, and by the time we'd secured an alternate delivery point for the cargo on another station - 150kls out from the pilot's current point - the meat had turned into toxic biowaste, so he was forced to sell it at a massive loss. To complete the farce, when we contacted our insurer to claim against the loss of the contract and loss of profit on the meat, we were told that they wouldn't pay out as the loss was caused by 'force majeure' - an act of God - and so we just had to take it on the chin! When the MD read about this he was so incensed he spaced not only the computer on which he read the report - but also the poor intern who forwarded it on to him! So, basically - if our mysterious benefactors do turn out to be a bunch of religious nuts then I'm going to have to say "I'm out". The Canonn have a clean sweep of Varati, and the demand for their Hi-Tech, scientific approach to governance is clearly enormous. I think only your guys, Arthur, still have any real presence there on Remec Point. Are you so sure you can hang on to it? I guess it doesn't matter to you, since you've been banished out to Napier Depot after your swift exit from Forsskal, but you might well be in the best place, as our strategists reckon the Canonn will be coming for you again there - because rumour has it that the populace are keen to join the rest of the system under the Canonn banner. They could also be heading here to IX-T D3-43, though - so, Ursula, you might want to get your bags packed, because our forecasts also show a good chance that the people of Lerner Beacon will be the first to welcome them. For our part, we're looking at the possibility of trade deals involving Meta Alloys to Bond Hub and much more besides. In short, the board here at VBPu are starting to think there's a lot of money to be made, and that we should be making it even if the Canonn are 'alien-lovers'. I say we need to know about the Penitents of Remor Veld and if they really are as nutty as I think, we should spill the beans to the Canonn's CSO Nelson and Prof D Luffy and try to make peace. If we help them, perhaps the people of Varati and IX-T D3-43 will be happier to stay under our control in the places where we still actually have some control! Regards, Philip Reynolds, VP (Operations), Varati Blue Public *** This message is intended only for the recipients listed in the message header. If you are not one of those people, please cease reading the message immediately and dispose of it. Any personal views expressed by the sender do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Varati Blue Public nor any of its employees. By reading this message you agree to our terms and conditions, which are available on the big sign in the foyer of our HQ in COL 285 SECTOR IX-T D3-43 ***
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Sad story about the synthetic meat eh? My heart bleeds for them!
Our demolition of the VIU and the continued security operations you guys are carrying out in Varati really is putting the cat amongst the pigeons.
As Philip says, many analysts are suggesting that the VIU are losing the confidence of the people of Remec Point, but equally that the Ring are very precarious in Lerner Beacon in IX-T D3-43.
So where will we go next?
One thing’s for sure: onwards and upwards!