Economy ruined for the sake of science
Kachflough Prime, Kachflough, Stellar Expand
Diplomats from the newly formed fungoid Stellar Expand have negotiated a 20 year research agreement with their technologically advanced avian neighbours, the Oy'Rhii Technocracy.
Details surrounding the trade deal are highly classified, but most galactic economists suspect the Stellar Expand will be paying a significant sum in energy credits and minerals for rights to Oy'Rhii technology, perhaps many times in excess of their base value.
The shrewd avians are notorious for enticing fledgling civilisations with a lure of seemingly advanced technology like 'Fusion Missiles' for what initially appears to be a reasonable price, but later becomes economically stifiling if the junior partner's expansion is limited.
Lead negotiator for the Stellar Expand, governor Ryshië conceded that he realised "all too late" the empire's economy had been "completely neglected" in the pursuit of knowledge, but stressed "it will be totally worth it when we research solar panels three months ahead of time."
The Oy'Rhii ambassador, Flappmungus, refused to be drawn into specifics, stating:
"We have to fund our wonderful science academies and pensions somehow. Of course it might be a rough few years for them. They might have to shut down a few hydroponic farms, sell their planetary defense systems and disband some fleets making that tasty tropical world ripe for the taking in about 50 years. But just think of the things they'll learn, not just about science, but about diplomacy and subterfuge!"
Egalitarians on Kachflough Prime have protested the trade deal, concerned about the heavy economic burden. Governor Ryshië is reportedly considering selling these pops to a nearby xenophilic Fallen Empire's nature reserve to raise extra government funds.
> More accurate reporting from Heuknaize could not be possible.