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#1 McPants



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:24 PM



Interstellar Mining Consortium




This document is designed to provide information regarding the imminent mineral exploration project to the local inhabitants of this star system. In this document you will find information regarding the history, methodology, safety and legality of the IMC.




History of the IMC:


Since the inception of interstellar travel, humanity has sought to harness the resources of the stars. Originally, a plethora of small companies took to the stars with small independent operations. The earliest targets of their exploration were asteroids, particularly heavy metal ones. These original companies tended to arrive and fade very quickly, depending on the fickle nature of their yearly income. A few however, remained strong enough to expand.The most successful of these original companies eventually merged, through mutual agreement and settlement, to form the Consortium as it is today. 

The Consortium now owns one of the largest homesystem mining fleets currently in operation. While IMC ships are often more restricted to localised mining operations within the Sol System, rapid expansion has always been a hallmark of the Consortium. Recent explorations into andrometer have proved advantageous, and with the advent of planet harvesting technology and equipment, more ambitious projects have been undertaken in local star systems.

Once first contact was made, the IMC was quick to establish diplomatic relations with all extraterrestrial life that would. Mutual agreements with a few races have made the IMC trade routes and projects all the more profitable and viable, and the Consortium respects those races that do not wish to engage in partnerships.

Currently the IMC actively engages in mining, exploration, trade and diplomatic missions throughout many star systems.



IMC ships still in use from Generation Four designs. IMC is gradually moving to Generation Five designs.






The IMC maintains a dynamic methodology, always adapting to new technologies and political situations. Please be advised that the information disclosed below might not be accurate at the time of reading.


Exploration Methodology: 

  1. Per system, the IMC may send as many as thirty(30) Stormcell Class carrier ships with at least one(1) Kodiak Capital class ship serving as mobile command. Each carrier on average contains eight(8) mining rigs, one(1) support vessels and three(3) combat vessels.
  2. Once arrived the Carriers will disperse into a formation known as Deep Net. This means each ship may be several light months or even years away. The ships never move more than three(3) light years away from the Capital ship due to subnet communication safety. 
  3. Each Carrier will explore a designated area of space for as long as a year. The exploration will commence with initial large body (LB) scans of the local area.
  4. From there the ships will identify possible mineral locations and deploy the mining vessels for short range penetrating scans of the body in question.
  5. If the short range scan is positive for a body of ore deemed viable by the local command, then mining begins (see below) otherwise, the ships move on.

Mining Methodology:

  1. Once a body has been determined viable for mining, a final check is made on local diplomatic legislation before a mining rig is deployed.
  2. If the body is an asteroid or other form of scrap or non-planetoid body, the rig will proceed to cut the body though and then in a grid pattern until the ore is exhausted. The rig will then return to deposit the ore at the carrier.
  3. If the body is deemed a planetoid however, and regulation allows mining, a planet harvest will begin. This is a lengthy process that is unlikely to occur in the system that this information is valid for.
    A harvest involves three phases, repeated as long as the planet still yields ore.
    "Planet Clearing" involves the removal of organic matter or water (as ice or otherwise) that obstructs the top of the planet. The Carrier is used to superheat the planets surface until a satisfactory state, one without obstructions to the rock surface, where step two begins.
    "Planet Cracking" is the process in which the planet is broken into smaller pieces to be harvested. This involves either the carrier destroying enough of the planet to gravitationally destabilise it, which is done when time is limited or the planet regarded as not particularly rich. The second method is to use the mining rigs to break off small pieces at a time.
    "Harvesting" is the final step, this involves using the mining rigs to collect the pieces of the planet, see step 2 for more details.
  4. A station, known as a Local Deployment Rig is sometimes set up in place of a capital ship in locations where extended mining is deemed practical. This consists of factories, fuel generation, barracks and repair docking for ships in the area.

Trade and Diplomatic Methodology


While there are not strict guidelines for these actions, the IMC performs them regularly. Trade is conducted primarily through the trading guild, which buys processed minerals from IMC stations. Direct trade to civilians is sometimes performed but is not common. 

Diplomacy in regards to companies, factions and races is an important part of IMC doctrine. IMC stanchly abides by a "neutral until otherwise" stance upon meeting new factions. For allies of the Consortium, benefits such as limited military aid, discounts and surplus access are available. Enemies of the Consortium are generally ignored unless it is deemed overly beneficial to attack said group.






The Interstellar Mining Consortium is proud of its safety record for both its own personnel and civilians in mining zones. 
It is extremely unlikely that as long as you remain a safe distance from mining zones, you will be damaged in any way.

But as in any large scale project, IMC's mining operations do come with hazards.
Please be mindful of the following:

  • The IMC's ships, stations and other assets are always protected by a moderate military force. This could be in the vein of mercenary assistance, automated turret or reinforcement ships. It is advised that civilians do not attempt to interfere with operations in a physical way.
  • Waypoints such as asteroids, derelict stations or even planets may be prone to disappear. It is highly recommended that all civilians acquire dedicated star maps or follow navigational channels rather than personal routes.
  • In the gravity field of a recently cracked planet extreme debris may be present, posing a large risk to unshielded vessels. 
  • Please stay clear of any active mining rigs. The operators are not aware of ships approaching from the front due to the lasers in use.




Legal Issues:


Due to the unexpected nature of this announcement in your sector the IMC would like to take the time to explain our legal situation. 
Our exploration methods in your sector have been approved by your local government and the Universal Council.
In addition the IMC is in possession of a Universal Council license for heavy mining and intra-diplomatic autonomy. 

As a further note, the use of protests against IMC interests will not be tolerated; and those attempting to do so will be met with force as allowed by the Universal Council law for private interest (10:b.09)

The claim that IMC activity is grossly harmful to star systems is unfounded and untrue. The Consortium has never damaged a system beyond acceptable parameters and does not humor claims to the contrary. Furthermore, the use of R-Benzene toxins or Strontium-14 radioactive materials has never occurred under IMC control.

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