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A message boat, two months out of date, has arrived
from the Old Islands subsector with word of extensive fighting in that
remote, non-Imperial region. Old Islands subsector, due to its astrographic
location, has never been integrated into the Imperium. The combination
of fairly uniform tech levels, aggressive trade policies, and numerous
autonomous governments have traditionally made it an area of continuing
instability. It now appears that the instability has erupted into open