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2258.08.16 - Zot Cluster, Xana

After ten years, order has finally been restored on the former Xanyr slavers capital. The Xana crime syndicates have been dismantled, substance abuse has dramatically decreased, planetary production deficit has been corrected, and martial law has been lifted.

It is a new era of harmony for our Arthropoid citizens, who have abandoned their obsolete and harmful power structures to fully embrace the Zotialith egalitarian values.

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2259.11.28 - Zot Cluster, Inegore

A large group of criminals, presumably former slavers and Xana crime lords, are attacking trade routes in the systems we've liberated from Xanyr influence.

They call themselves the Ghost Flotilla and have gained control of the Inegore outpost. We're sending the Scarred Stratum fleet to deal with them. Space pirates won't be tolerated under Zotialith rule.

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2260.08.02 - Eruxo Enterprises, Eruxo Prime

The ideologies of our old rivals have shifted. Under the pressure of an internal faction called the Committee of Scientific Ascendancy, Eruxo Enterprises have become slightly less xenophobic and more outwardly materialist.

We probably won’t avoid war in the future, but this might ease diplomatic frictions, since our Communal Parity also value materialism, though only in moderate proportions.

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2261.01.13 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We've sent massive amounts of organic food to the Xanyr Planetary Administration and signed a non-aggression pact with them. Being lenient to slavers isn't our style, but we've decided to try a peaceful solution to end to their reign.

Their territory has shrunk dramatically and they're on the verge of collapse. If we could gain the trust of their more open-minded citizens, annexing and absorbing them could be done without bloodshed.

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2262.05.24 - 2259.11.28 - Zot Cluster, Inegore

Admiral Nock-Sheen has jokingly confirmed that the Ghost Flotilla is now made of actual ghosts. To prevent future piracy threats, we've started to build defense platforms in all high-risk systems.

Meanwhile, we've been contacted by the Hydari Confederation, a theocratic republic. Surprisingly, while spiritual, they're not fanatic, and even value equality. We could get along... Too bad they're located on the other side of the galaxy.

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2263.02.05 - Zot Cluster, Strategic Command

Our allies from Djomar want our help for a pincer attack on the Prikkiki-Ti. These xenocidal reptiles are a major threat to the galaxy and must be dealt with quickly. But we have a logistical problem.

We can’t access Prikkiki-Ti territory. The ruthless Eruxo megacorp controls the former Prime Animus hyperlanes that would lead us there. Worse: if the Animus gets involved, we won’t be able to defend their systems without attacking Eruxo first.

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2264.01.10 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Our scientists hesitate between two research domains. While not mutually exclusive, they might change our whole society.

Gene tailoring would allow us to make our own bodies more adaptive and efficient, and able to grow and learn as fast as carbon-based life forms.

Robotic engineering would let us build synthetic citizens to perfectly suit our needs, but with potentiality even more ethical and societal issues to deal with.

What should we focus on?

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2266.03.30 - Zot Cluster, Strategic Command

Djomar United Colonies have declared war on the Prikkiki-Ti Purifiers without us. Our main fleet is on the way to claim the hyperlanes blocked by Eruxo, but even if we manage to quickly secure these systems, we will need years to reach Prikkiki-Ti territory. We can still help Djomar economically, but they must fight the crazed lizards alone.

Meanwhile, Yssravannar and Hydari are sending us gifts. It seems our friendship has become quite valuable...

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2268.01.27 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Our eminent socio-engineer Jhagg Dock-Naest, who contributed to countless societal improvements since the beginning of Space Age, has died suddenly of a strontium stroke, at the age of 141.

It is a time of mourning, but also of celebration: Igvi-Azut, a promising young technologist from the Xana forge world, will replace them. He is a former Xanyr slave, and will be the first non-Lithoid citizen to join the Zotialith scientific committee.

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2269.07.07 - Zot Cluster, Eye of Bal

Gleem Staneef, our lead engineering scientist, has died in odd circumstances at only 146 year old. The investigation isn’t complete, but some evidence hints at Eruxo Enterprises. This direct threat didn’t stop our attack on the hyperlanes they’re monopolizing: we’re reached our objectives.

In dire need of a quick replacement, we turned to the Curators from the Eye of Bal blackhole, and hired a brilliant Molluscoid scholar simply known as The Mentat.

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2274.02.13 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The Djomar United Colonies and the Prikkiki-Ti have agreed on a status quo settlement to end the war. It seems that Djomar did well without us. They've managed to reconquer a couple of their reptile-occupied systems. Djomar also founded a federation called the Grand Alliance, which the Prime Animus and Yssravannar have joined.

Power is shifting. We'd better get an invite soon.

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2275.05.01 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Our bizarre war against Eruxo Enterprises has finally come to an end. Despite scouting through a dozen of their systems, we haven't encountered a single Eruxo ship. Only empty outposts that offered little resistance... Did they just go bankrupt?

We've only claimed the three hyperlanes we needed to move freely towards the Prikkiki-Ti, but maybe it's time to launch a major offensive and crush Eruxo's devious ultracapitalist ideology once and for all.

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2277.01.01 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The People of Maz have been invited to join the Grand Alliance at last... but not as full members. Instead, we’re mere "federation associates". Other empires fear our military power even more than our strong egalitarian values, and want to keep us on their side.

In any case, we need to be cautious. We've learned to trust the robotic mind of the Prime Animus over the years, but Djomar United Colonies don't hide their appetite for conquest and domination.

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2280.08.23 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The Xanyr Planetary Administration has agreed to become our vassals. Over time, we know that we will replace their archaic slaver mindset with true communist values.

They also warned us that beyond Eruxo Enterprises lies Ganvus, a small but immensely powerful empire, founded eons ago by a species far more advanced than anyone we've met. Hopefully, the Ganvus Ancients are only watching us, and don't take part in the galactic turmoil... yet.

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2283.07.11 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

In order to keep up with the massive structural improvement programs we’ve launched on all our colonies, we had to double mineral extraction. The means of production have been delegated to an assembly of self-administered mining cooperatives.

We've also dedicated huge efforts towards our military fleet reorganization, meaning our naval capacity and command chain have improved drastically. Better safe than sorry...

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2286.05.03 - Star Charts

The war between the Grand Alliance and Eruxo Enterprises has ended, and borders have shifted. Djomar United Colonies have expanded a lot, including through a couple of wormholes, allowing them to spread into distant systems.

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2289.05.11 - Zot Cluster, Hesstamur II

After more than fifty years, our subtle indoctrination program designed to enhance the primitive Qlorvinserian society is finally bearing its fruits. Their brutal despotism has evolved towards a more democratic and egalitarian system.

It will still take a few more decades before we can safely attempt first contact, and then decide if we can offer them the keys to Space Age.

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2291.05.08 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We've begun to incorporate our Xanyr vassals into the Cluster. In a few years, The old slaver empire will be no more, and its inhabitants will become full Zotialith citizens.

But outside our borders, as Djomar keeps expanding through the Grand Alliance, the future is unpredictable. Maybe we should free Eruxo or Prikkiki-Ti systems before they claim them... Even if we're on the same side for now, their greed could destroy the delicate balance of power.

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2292.01.07 - Zot Cluster, Scorpio Prime

An excavation on Scorpio Prime revealed an extinct species which was tightly monitored and ruled by an omniscient supercomputer. Out of curiosity, we've reactivated the "Oracle"... It could apparently predict the future with 75% accuracy.

While potentially dangerous, it would also be extremely useful in helping us govern our expanding empire. An AI envoy could provide insight on Mazov Central, or the Oracle could automate our administrative network.

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2292.06.10 - Zot Cluster, Scorpio Prime

We’ve decided to accept the Oracle’s envoy, but a bizarre hyperspace glitch has duplicated them. So far, the two copies seem absolutely identical, and extremely efficient in enforcing stability and unity, thanks to their crime prediction algorithms.

We will probably assign one of them to the governance of the Xana sector, where riots and other issues are to be expected once our Xanyr vassals will be fully absorbed into the Zot Cluster.

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2292.09.08 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Our Presiding Speaker Rinnid Petron has died of natural causes at the age of 150. New elections will be held in three months. While crime is almost nonexistent in the Cluster, many citizens are already seeing the Oracle as a potential candidate.

One of her avatars has joined the Free Thought Foundation, our major party, and has become a prominent member. Current polls show 42% voting intention for the Oracle, which is more than for any former candidate.

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2292.12.06 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The Oracle has been elected Presiding Speaker of the Zot Cluster. We've become the first nation led by someone different from our founding species, not to mention an artificial, millennia old entity, brought back to life thanks to the wonders of science and archeology.

Despite her creators being long extinct, the Oracle has adapted very quickly to our own needs and values. Some say the cost of knowing the future is the future itself, but we shall see...

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2293.08.04 - Zot Cluster, Xana

Our vassals from the Xanyr Interplanetary Administration have been officially integrated into the Cluster. Through the combined work of the Oracle and the Xana governor, the power transition has been very peaceful.

To stay on par with the dynamism of our new Arthropoid citizens, we've launched a global genetic enhancement program that will soften our strong sedentary tendencies. Mineral lifeforms are not known for their mobility, but we intend to change this.

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2298.07.15 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We had to declare a new war upon Eruxo Enterprises. They couldn’t stop contesting our borders over the hyperlanes we had previously secured, and kept displaying an increasingly menacing stance. Coincidentally, Djomar has started a new war against the Prikkiki-Ti.

We’re also saddened to announce the death of Governor Unyoff Petron, who was managing the Mazov Central sector since almost a century. He's been replaced with the second avatar of the Oracle.

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2299.01.20 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

A new political faction calling themselves the Zotialith Preservation Vanguard is pushing hard to assert the primacy of our Lithoid citizens.

While this could be explained in the wake of the Oracle becoming our Presiding Speaker, this is also a worrying source of dissension that could damage the very foundation of our Communal Parity.

But we value democracy. What should we do with these supremacists?

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2300.06.23 - Eruxo Enterprises, Jarad

Our scouts have discovered a natural wormhole in Jarad, a system we're about to free from Eruxo's influence. With a little luck, we could use it as a conduit through subspace, and get access to a friendlier sector of the galaxy.

We've also met the Numistic Order. They belong to an organization of nomadic merchants and seem to be specialized in rare and ancient devices. Our scientists have shown a lot of interested in acquiring a few of their artifacts.

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2300.07.02 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Once their puny fleets took a beating, Eruxo Enterprises admitted defeat faster than expected. But before we could notice anything, they played a dirty bureaucratic trick to keep the Jarad system out of our peace agreement.

It was the only system we were actually interested in because of its natural wormhole. Needless to say, after the mandatory 10 year truce between our two empires, we may show a bit of animosity.

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2302.05.04 - Uncharted Space, Mihil

Thanks to the recovery and study of many alien artifacts over the last century, and to our recent acquisitions from the Numistic Order, we've finally been able to locate a new hyperlane.

It should lead us to the home system of a very ancient species we’ve dubbed as the Precursors. Their world lies at the periphery of the galaxy but within our borders, in Mihil, a system we couldn’t detect until now.

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2303.03.06 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Much to the surprise of our people, after our new presidential elections, Ockten Staneef has replaced the winning Oracle as Presiding Speaker.

Instead of a second mandate, the Oracle has chosen to swap her seat with her opponent and become the new Governor of the Hoshfir Prime sector instead. No doubt her predicting algorithms have played their part in this strange decision.

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2303.08.07 - Zot Cluster, Yuhthaan Majoris

Our archeological efforts on the Precursors homeworld have revealed lots of historical data. It seems that after two millions years, desperately looking for intelligent alien life, they met a younger species, and ironically, their own doom. They panicked, tried to eradicate them, and lost the war.

We've also found an ancient Cryo Core that could drastically reduce our fleets' energy consumption, and fabulous quantities of minerals and rare gases.

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2304.02.20 - Zot Cluster, Hoshfir Prime

In an unexpected turn of events, we had to welcome a whole flotilla of Prikki refugees fleeing Djomar's forces. The reptiles were wandering helplessly from system to system in hope of settling somewhere before running out of supplies.

They look a lot less aggressive than their crazy leaders, and more grateful than genocidal. Maybe we should, as comrade @rezmason suggested, offer them to sunbath on top of our Lithoid citizens to make them feel at home.

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2305.06.23 - Zot Cluster, Ishtrum

The People of Maz are partying like there’s no tomorrow. Our adopted space amoeba and interstellar mascot, the glorious Fluffy, has reached her hundredth birthday. Far from suffering from old age, she's grown to titanic proportions and has become a giant living weapon, more powerful than any known battleship.

She’s currently celebrating by devouring a few dozens of pirate spaceships in our peripheral systems.

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2311.11.16 - Zot Cluster, Brallix

Some suspicious friends of the Numistic Order have left a derelict ship orbiting around the sun of the Brallix system. While we will indeed fine them for polluting our space, we’ve also sent a recycling team aboard the wreckage.

They’ve managed to recover partial references to unknown alien technologies, and we now have enough data to build our own droids. Scientists are excited. Should we proceed?

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2313.06.06 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The Oracle has been reelected as Presiding Speaker of the Zot Cluster. Her first decision was to enhance the genes of our Prikki refugees to make them more sociable and productive.

In their decadent society, they were part of a highly inefficient system. Delegating as many tasks as possible to anyone belonging to a lower caste was the norm. They're now happily extracting minerals, with an expertise barely rivaled by our best miners.

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2319.08.22 - Uncharted Space, Iswyria

We've met a new bunch of murderous lunatics: the Kodranites. Nomadic warriors and mercenaries clans, known for their constant infighting and raiding against their neigbours.

Hopefully, for now, Eruxo Enterprises stand between us, even if their territory is shrinking. We’ve started one more war with these feral ultracapitalists, and the Prime Animus has seized the opportunity to invade them.

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2321.06.15 - Djomar United Clonies, Eadominar

Our scientists are proud to announce that their new experimental subspace navigation engine is a success. The Solid Silicate Flood, led by the Arthropoid Obt-Thy, has crossed half the galaxy without using any hyperlane. After a five year long jump, it’s now emerging into Djomar territory, close to the Kodranite systems.

Sadly, this experimental technology isn’t stable enough to be used with our whole fleet yet, but the result is astounding.

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2327.03.18 - Eruxo Enterprises, Oprimax

We've smashed the defenses of Eruxo's capital. But while our forces did all the work, the Prime Animus stealthily landed armies on the planet and is now occupying it. There has been growing tension on our mutual borders over the last decades, and this is really not helping...

Needless to say, they'd better hand us Oprimax at the end of the war, or we might enter a global conflict against them and the Grand Alliance. Was it their plan all along?

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2327.12.08 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We've received an insulting message from the government of Veldon, the last Prikkiki-Ti bastion. They say we're an affront to nature. Do they hate us for welcoming their own people, who fled the armies of Djomar? Or are they just being utterly xenophobic, as usual?

Our scientists can’t tell if it’s an automated broadcast from a dead planet or a simple display of genuine Prikki stubbornness.

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2235.05.30 - Zot Cluster, Boggor

Despite having conquered half of Eruxo's territory — thanks to our own fleets — the Prime Animus has annexed only one system: Jarad, and its natural wormhole. Occupying the capital was a ploy... We won't forget this.

As a result of their simultaneous offensive, we also had to welcome a massive influx of Eruxo and Hydari refugees in the Boggor and Arcturus systems. We have no doubt they will enjoy being treated as equals.

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2236.02.03 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The war against the megacorp has ended, and its territory has been split in two. There was little resistance: 99% of our new Molluscoid citizens have happily left capitalism and are celebrating our egalitarian values.

Between refugees, immigrants and former slaves, five different species now live in the Cluster, not to mention synthetics, space amoeba, tourists, and pre-space primitives. It seems communism is getting popular in the galaxy.

2236.02.05 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The People of Maz traditionally show little interest in spiritual matters, but our numerous new citizens have brought their beliefs with them.

As a result, one more faction has emerged in the political landscape: the Church of Metaphysical Cleansing, which aims at developing our spiritual side, and is led by... the Oracle.

It seems even machines need gods, after all.

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2236.03.07 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We've received strange reports of ancient deep-space drones roaming a few of our systems. They were apparently built eons ago for mining operations, but we have no idea who created them.

Their actual purpose is unknown. We've decided to establish a listening post on Mazov Central to keep them under close watch. We can’t entirely dismiss the possibility of a machine empire older than our civilization suddenly invading the Cluster.

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2339.06.08 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Our scientists have been arguing over a couple of research fields that look increasingly promising, but equally dangerous.

Sapient AIs could drastically enhance our tactical and strategic prowess, but at the price of their possible independence.

Jump drives would allow us to bypass hyperlanes and move instantly from one system to another, but they could damage the very fabric of reality itself.

Should we let them experiment?

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