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Mysterious goings on at ISS HQ...

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The sounds of major construction work deep in the heart of ISS HQ have long since died down, but none of its members are any the wiser as to what has been built. Some have seen strange major shipments entering the construction zone but not coming out again. Colossal numbers of computer components, very unusual heating and cooling devices, and even containers holding organic matter have been reported. Rumours abound as to the nature of the great project. Is it to be some great codebreaking computer? A biological weapons research facility? A new form of interrogation centre?

"All will be revealed very soon", assures ISSÔÇÖs enigmatic fleet leader. "You will not be disappointed, I assure you."

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Nah, that'd be boring.

The construction area is cylindrical in shape, approximately 320 metres in diameter and 21 metres high, spread across the central section of 7 station decks (I assume each station deck is 3m high), so not that big compared to the amount of real estate in ISS HQ (according to the appendix it's 5km high and 24km in diameter, so this space could fit just about anywhere inside the station's superstructure without obstructing the normal flow of traffic within the station that much, and would comfortably fit inside the main central ÔÇÿspikeÔÇÖ column of ISS HQ, being a type 1 station, and be dwarfed by the central section of Guardstar Station in Junae, being a type 8.)

The grand unveiling will be in a couple of days, to build some interest. Anyone else is free to guess in the meantime, but those high up in ISS may already have some idea (but only if they've been paying very close attention )

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Nah, all wrong, it's a new form of power generation device, utilising the energy from a small singularity, generating massive amounts of power, making intergalatic hyperdrive possible.

The bio-neural conduits make sure that the containment field is ajusted withing nanoseconds if needed.

And to top things off, the core is build in a ship with the latest technologies available build into her, with all the power generated, her shield will be nearly invincible, and one blast from her guns will be enough to rip right through a station, with or without shields

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Your first guess was the closest so far...

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Okay, maybe it's like a Trojan horse ... to use against the Insurgents. Only, if you plan to slip into Chavik's group, it would be, maybe ... a gigantic Trojan tractor?

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That's zarking brilliant work Ben! What a fantastic idea! My hat's off to you, this is something that I think we'll benefit from.

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Well, Marv, if you go into the psi-deck and have a session on the Q setting, you can have the trout jump out of the water and smack your intended victim without lifting a finger .

As part of the launch ceremony, All galcom fleet staff and above have been given an executive all-inclusive pass to the plaza with 24 hours of credit (which normally costs 2000 galcreds), meaning you can go anywhere and try out anything in the Plaza for free (including sampling absolutely any of the menu items on offer, and accessing the executive ring). Using this pass you can visit the Plaza for free any number of times to use up your 24 hours of credit, e.g. 8 3-hour visits or 4 6-hour visits.

So, you can get your earthen-oven-baked mushroom and artichoke Calzone after all, and free to boot

In addition, all ISS non-staff members (those below level 5) have been given a non-executive all-inclusive pass with 24 hours of credit (which normally costs 1600 galcreds), giving them access to all facilities (including all items on the food and drink menu, but not including the executive rings) for 24 hours at no charge.

100-hour non-executive passes can be bought for 5000 galcreds (executive passes 6000), or can be awarded to ISS Fleet members for an admirable performance in the line of duty, along with the appropriate medal.

200-hour passes cost 9500 (executive 11500), and 500-hour passes cost 22000 (executive 26500).

Diplomatic passes work in the same way as executive passes and have no time limit attached to them (they are paid for out of the fleets diplomacy budget), but become invalid as soon as the official diplomatic visit is over.

If you are going to make a short one-off visit to the plaza, it is better to just pay individually for what you use.

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Ben, are you sure you don't work for EuroDisney?

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So, you can get your earthen-oven-baked mushroom and artichoke Calzone after all, and free to boot

Nice intel, there. And not a bad memory, either. Or is that in my ISS dossier?

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Your food orders were made on an unencrypted frequency. We have listening posts all over the place, you know

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