Hamal II, Hamal System, Hamal Unified Territories
A new study published by the University of Hamal School of Orbital Harm (UH-OH) has determined that nearly 30 billion xenos have perished due to the recent epidemic of careless spaceport de-orbiting.
In recent weeks, all interstellar empires in the galaxy have simultaneously destroyed active spaceports, frontier outposts and defence platforms to free up resources for the construction of starbases.
Starbases are interstellar structures that orbit stars, not planets or moons, and allow empires to settle a system, project military power, promote research, encourage artistic expression, conduct espionage, or any of several other imperial activities.
Their inception follows in the wake of the Galactic UN's Cherryh Act (also known as the 'Apocalypse Act') which overhauled regulation on space construction. In a press statement several weeks ago the Galactic UN stated it had decided to merge spaceports, frontier outposts and defence platforms into starbases for "reasons."
The UH-OH study was prompted by the de-orbiting and destruction of the spaceport orbiting Hamal University's planet, Hamal II. Due to a miscalculation of aerodynamics, the 5000-ton structure impacted a local metropolis with over 2 billion residents. Nearly half were killed instantly, and the majority of xenos who remained were either crushed under fallen structures, burned alive, or trapped without sustenance.
Similarly tragic miscalculations and mistakes have claimed billions of other lives throughout the galaxy, yet practically no interstellar governments have made any statements on the matter. Some even deny that any disaster occurred at all, despite considerable evidence to the contrary.
The leader of the study, Dr. Natasha Volon, defended the study before a mixed audience of press and colleagues on Tuesday. In particular, she warned that “further inaction will necessarily result in further needless death.” She urged all assembled and watching elsewhere to “call upon your representatives and plead with your dictators to prevent any more blood- or spore-shed.”