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Based at Port Sandor on Fenris, the Port Sandor Times News Service is a colonial news service which reaches many worlds across the Federation.  Established on Fenris in 458 A.E., the Port Sanders Times has off-world bureaus on Terra, Odin, Isis, Baldur, Osiris, Marduk, Ishtar, Vishnu and Aton.

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PORT OBERTH, Federation Member Republic of VENUS* Date: 13 AUGUST, 953 A.E.

  ‖   President Muthoni Kirima today issued a proclamation commemorating the death, 830 years ago, of Princess Charlotte the Martyr.  Princess Charlotte, who at the time of her death was heir apparent of the former monarchy of Britain, was killed along with the crew of the former World Commonwealth space ship Temeraire in the skies above the Cytherean Ocean in the aftermath of the Fourth World War.
  ‖   The Martyrdom of Princess Charlotte is traditionally celebrated as Independence Day on Venus though it differs from the actual date nearly eight years later when Venusian sovereignty was recognized and the Member Republic was admitted to the Federation.  Princess Charlotte had been sent from Melbourne, the seat of the former British government-in-exile in Australia, to the World Commonwealth colonies on Venus in an effort to safeguard the royal succession.
  ‖   The Temeraire was attacked by a ship of the former Terran Federation of States which had been sent from Terra to Venus specifically to pursue Princess Charlotte.  The armistice which had ended the Fourth World War applied only to "first" Terran Federation and World Commonwealth forces on Terra.  The "first" Federation's colonies on Venus, based at James Landing, had revolted during the war.  The Venusian colonies of the former World Commonwealth, based at Arrhenius, had supported the rebels.
  ‖   After Terra was united under the "second" Terran Federation, the colonies on Venus continued to insist upon their independence.  Nevertheless, Venus was the second colony world — after Luna — to submit to the authority of the new Federation, but not before Federation forces had reduced the capital at Arrhenius to ruble in the wars of pacification and consolidation by which the Federation ultimately imposed a System-wide pax.

* This item expands on information briefly presented in "The Edge of the Knife" as well as information in other Terro-human Future History works.

WELLSTOWN, Federation Member Republic of MARS* Date: 11 AUGUST, 953 A.E.

  ‖   Chidiegwu Guardia, Chancellor of the University of Wellstown, has opened cermonies marking the nonacentennial of the deciphering of ancient Martian languages.  The Dane School of Linguistics and Language Studies will host scholars from across the Federation throughout the year to mark the anniversary.
  ‖   Martha Dane was an early Terran sociographer and member of the first Federation expedition to Mars.  The Penrose Expedition discovered the first remnants of the extinct Martian civilization at Syrtis.  A protected archaeological site of the ruins explored by the Expedition remains in the outskirts of the current metropolis.
  ‖   Dane and her colleagues had no "bilingual," a connecting document which could be used to translate the ancient Martian language to a known Terran language.  Dane realized that an ancient Martian periodic table could be used to translate elements of the Martian language to Terran languages.  Working from this original connection, Dane and her colleagues, assisted by scholars on Terra, were eventually able to produce a comprehensive translation of several ancient Martian languages.
  ‖   While scholars of several non-Terro-human languages, including some non-human sapients, will participate in nonacentennial events throughout the year, Dane's technique has yet to be used to translate a living, contemporary language.  No sapient race yet discovered has had a civilization that mirrors the achievements of the ancient Martians which might have enable them to produce a periodic table.  Nevertheless, Dane's techniques remain the translation touchtone for communication in any future encounter with an advanced, non-human civilization.

* This item expands on information presented in "Omnilingual" as well as information in other Terro-human Future History works.

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