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***FROM: COMMANDER MEKOIDES, EXTERRA COMMAND***
***TO: INITIATIVE COUNCILORS AND ROYALTY, TOLMEKIA PRIME***
***SUBJECT: QUARTERLY REPORT, APRIL 01, 2228***
We've had a busy quarter, councilors. There's a lot of material to review, so we'll be moving quickly. The sheer amount of data we have coming in will soon make complete or even comprehensive presentations too cumbersome. You'll simply be presented with what we've determined to be the most important information. As always, don't hesitate to ask if there's something else you'd like to know.
We continue to make progress by all measures. Four more worlds have been claimed for the Initiative, including the PQ 17 planet in the Dark Sol system. Our research program has taken off, with two stunning breakthroughs this quarter. We were able to conduct favorable technology exchanges with the Thalan Empire and the newly contacted Dominion of Korx. Using our newly researched and acquired technologies enabled us to boost our economy, accelerate population growth, increase the happiness of our people, increase research and production, and upgrade our ships - all while managing to slash our deficit. We began work on two major projects, the Restaurant of Eternity and the Galactic Bazaar, and are preparing to upgrade our production facilities to speed construction. Amongst all this, Royal Captain Solon has returned even more valuable material (+250bc, +100bc, +1bc, +4hp) and has turned north to explore outlying systems.
Enough introduction, let's move on to the display.
Our analysts continue to rank us low among the powers we've contacted so far. Minister Sune will have more information on our relative capabilites.
The current galactic map. Our borders are well established at this point. Besides solidifying our claim to the local systems, the only way for us to go is north. We're in a race with the Thalans, though. They're churning out colony ships and grabbing up worlds. You'll see more detail on their movements. The Korx are expanding, having just claimed that one outlying system directly north of our space, while the Drath seem to be static for now. Even the Sakkra have claimed two additional worlds, pressing us to expand east from Fortuna.
Our eastern border. The Drath have made no moves, but the Sakkra claimed first Rhea Prime, then Gimble IV. As you can see, they grabbed the lower quality planets. We've claimed Gimble II and are on course to claim the PQ6 world in the Eridani system.
You may notice that Fortuna is producing a Sooner class colony ship. It is upgraded with dual ion engines for increased speed and is named after an ancient Earth legend about a great race to claim land.
Our race against the Thalans for the Sauron system. We won by one week, and the Thalan ship was last spotted heading south - presumably on course to claim a PQ4 planet in the Reaper system, not labeled on this map. They should reach it in a week or two if that's really where they're going.
A current image showing a Thalan colony ship en route to the northeastern-most corridor system. We can only presume they are bound for a planet currently unexplored by us. These images should illustrate the threat of Thalan expansion into the unclaimed systems north of their space. We are, unfortunately, poorly situated to compete with them given the distance of our shipyards from this front. With a more stable economy, we could perhaps establish Sauron as a shipyard.
A faint hope is that the apparently open space is home to a high number of native races that can act as a check to Thalan expansion should we fall behind in this race.
I'll leave the overview at that and turn it over to the staff before returning with a summary.
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