Lyria, Argea System, Lyrian Polity
Diplomats from the Lyrian Polity (LP) have issued a cease-and-desist order to 18 neighbouring spacenations in a bid to quell what they describe as a “tidal wave” of trade requests for Terraforming Liquids.
Following a chance discovery of resource-rich frozen planets last month, the LP has become the galaxy’s largest producer of the rare resource, which is highly valued for its eponymous role in terraforming.
As the LP’s mines are publicly owned, the government retains all access right to the massive stockpile of three Terraforming Liquids. Due to this, the LP’s Department of Intergalactic Trade (DIT) has been fielding an increasing number of trade enquiries. Zorgen Florgen, deputy trade minister, told our newsteam;
“Honestly gaining this strategic resource has been an absolute curse. We don't have the energy credits yet to start terraforming so we have to just sit on it - which means everyone else thinks we're not using it. I mean come on, we picked World Shapers as an ascendancy perk for Worm's sake!
Not only that but the trade deals offered are downright offensive. The other day I got a request for a 10 year lease on our Terraforming Liquids in exchange for 200 minerals and star charts. STAR CHARTS. Seriously. Does anyone even know how much 10-year access to Terraforming liquids is worth? Why is someone offering us minerals we can mine in a day?"
Interns at the DIT are reportedly spending up to 17 hours a day declining trade deals. One insider, who wished to remain anonymous, told us:
“I don’t even read incoming trade proposals anymore. I’ve just set all new requests to auto-decline after a few weeks of sitting on my desk."
Trade is a particularly sensitive issue for the Lyrian government, following the leak of a recent internal report which confirmed the DIT had issued a number of trade deals to the same empire which cancelled each other out. Florgen refused to comment on this, but our anonymous source continued:
“Oh, yeah we were idiots on this one. So basically we were trading 10 minerals per month to Sentinel Systems, our neighbours, for 10 energy credits per month. Standard 10 year deal. But somewhere along the line we accidentally made another deal and traded 10 energy credits per month for 10 minerals per month, for 10 years. So… we’re effectively not trading at all.”
Materialists from across the galaxy have been calling on the Galactic UN to overhaul trade laws, to include more flexible trade agreements, an index of all available resources, and minimum pricing tariffs for strategic resources.
The Galactic UN responded, stating it was aware of the issue but its priority at present remains on legalizing the construction of planet-destroying superweapons.
Florgen, on hearing this news, told us:
“I now finally understand how fanatical purifiers come about…”
> More accurate reporting from Ashley Easterbrook could not be possible.