23.07.88. AFP Dispatches.
The Sisca System has been closed to all traffic and is under a communication blackout, Union Military sources have said.
Rumours of a Wun’Tux raid on the newly opened Rimward Stock Exchange are rife amid the blackout, with several unnamed American sources confirming that this is an alien incident and independent merchant captains talking of narrow escapes from the Wun’Tux before they could attack.
The main colony of Sisca VII was established 40 years ago and hosts a variety of corporate manufacturing and research centres. There is no formal military presence but the colony does fall within the remit of the Union Navy who have so far refused to comment beyond the communication blackout.
Wun’Tux raiding parties rarely venture past the Rimward colonies and, if confirmed, this attack could mark a worrying development in their tactics. Why ships were able to make their way so far into human territory without detection is not yet known. A USN spokesman told our agency: “We will investigate any incident within the border and act, even if the correct government won’t, against alien aggression,”
Sisca VII is home to 41,000 men, women and children and is a stop on several trade routes.
30.7.88. AFP Dispatches.
Authorities are still assessing the damage to Sisca VII following the surprise attack from the Wun’Tux last week. A thousand people are confirmed dead, with over five thousand presumed dead or taken as slaves.
The European Union Navy (EUN) are also counting their losses; the EUS Ajax took heavy damage and is trapped in orbit until it can be fully repaired, whilst corvettes and fighters were lost fighting the Wun’Tux rear guard.
Terrence Jardine, CEO of Blackmane Industries, survived the assault. At a recent press conference, he praised his corporate security forces: “Without these brave men and women, the damage to the city could’ve been much worse. The important work of the Stock Exchange will not be stopped by these cowardly strikes at the heart of our interests,”.
There is still no explanation how such a large enemy force struck a colony deemed as ‘safe’ undetected. The European Union Navy has been quick to downplay the idea that new technology playing a role, but unnamed British sources have not ruled out the possibility.
The UN Refugee Agency is appealing to any ships able to volunteer time and cargo room to help with relief efforts. Several prominent businesses plan to withdraw to the Core Worlds and workers and their families may follow suite.