A report of this game has already been posted by Martin - link - but sadly it was less objective reportage and more imperialist propaganda. So I decided it was time to redress the balance and submit a completely unbiased report.
The top photo shows half of the Meacri Militia force - courageous freedom fighters defending their homes from outside aggression. The 2ic of this force was Jerry, and it's commander....well, modesty forbids....
The next photo shows the spaceport in all it's hi-tech wood and felt glory.
Briefing (thanks to John for his permission to reproduce this)
The Rainuk system, situated on the fringe of the Empire, has two habitable planets, Evki and Meacri.
For many centuries the system was part of the Empire. Evki and Meacri were originally ruled by separate governors, but about 60 years ago became a single colony administered from Evki. Whilst the population of Evki is homogeneous only about 25% of the population of Meacri are of Rainukian descent, the majority being from descended from immigrants from other parts of the Empire.
Some 23 years ago, during a period of political turmoil in the Empire, Rainuk declared independence following popular demonstrations on Evki. The former governor became the first president of the newly independent republic. The Empire recognised the independence of Rainuk in a treaty which gave the Empire rights to the existing strategically important base on Meacri.
Ten years ago the president announced that he would not stand for re-election. The election was narrowly won by his prime minister against an opposition candidate who wanted closer links with the Federation. Allegations of vote rigging and intimidation backed by largely peaceful popular protests on Evki resulted in the election result being overturned by the courts and the re-run election resulted in a win for the opposition. Relations between Rainuk and the Empire have since then been strained.
Three months ago the president refused to sign a trade agreement with the Federation and instead proposed a closer relationship with the Empire.
Popular demonstrations on Evki followed, which became more serious following the death of a number of protesters when riot troops were sent in to end the demonstrations in the last week. The president has left Evki and is believed to have travelled to Meacri. He is now thought to be either in the Empire base on Meacri or to have gone on the Imperial capital.
A provisional government has formed on Evki which has sought support from the Federation.
It is clear that the new government has little support on Meacri. An armed group, describing itself as the Meacri Militia, has taken over the space port on Meacri and will not allow craft to land.
Apparently yes. Soon a load of Federation chaps were jet-packing into view....
was to prevent the provisional government on Evki from controlling the spaceport. As the Evkians were all dead this was clearly a major victory for we Meacrians!
Disclaimer: Any resemblance to real events which may or may not be unfolding in former parts of a real evil empire are completely coincidental.