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Chapter 2: State of Emergency

From “The Ultimate Cosmic Voyage”


Ben Goldstein: …and we’re now going live to President Sean Hendrix’s speech.

Sean Hendrix: My fellow citizens, Thank you very much for your consideration and concern with protecting the Law and Order in our great Federation, the Galactic Federation.

Everyone else in room: claps

Sean Hendrix: The Galactic Federation prides itself on our advancements in technology, and our great economy. I would like to award James Tomasino, the creator of the Quantum Entaglement Communicator, which is, in fact, the very system that makes our great broadcast possible, with the Metal of Freedom and the Grand Metal of the Galactic Federation, along with citizenship in our great federation for the technological advancements the QEC brought to our ever growing and prosperous economy.

Everyone else in room: claps

Sean Hendrix: I’d also like to thank our large, and talented team of security experts throughout our Federation working to find and capture the traitor and most wanted enemy of our Federation known as Reble Ranway, his crew, and their loyalists.

Everyone else in room: claps

Sean Hendrix: The search is going extermely well. The best search our Federation has ever done, with the most qualified people and greatest technology that our nation has ever had.

Everyone else in room: claps

Sean Hendrix: Although, in the end, it does not matter to me, your President of Law and Order, until Radical Rebel Ranway and his terrorist allies are in prison for their many crimes against the Federation, and we the People of our Great Federation are saved from terror, once AND FOR ALL!

Everyone else in room: claps

Sean Hendrix: We are working with our allies throughout many outposts and colonies, and other great individuals to try and find him. I will be declaring a state of emergency to further help our great Peace and Justice Department for if Ranway were to strike again.

Everyone else in room: claps

Sean Hendrix: If anyone

Everyone else in room: claps

[Sean Hendrix waits awkwardly for the clapping and cheers of “hen-drix! hen-drix” to stop]

Sean Hendrix: If anyone sees or gets contact with Radical Rebelious Ranway, we urge you to contact your region’s Federal Protection Squadron officer as soon as possible. Everyone’s safety will depend on it. Thank you to everyone that cooperates to keep our Federation safe from terror threats. God bless our wonderful Federation!

Everyone else in room: claps and cheers loudly, while the Federation anthem begins playing. Everyone starts to sing along to the Anthem.

[Broadcast goes back to studio following the anthem]

Ben Goldstein: This is Galactic News Agency, committed to bringing you honest, real news via the Quantum Entanglement Communicator.

Ad announcer 1: Has your QEC stopped working? You could buy another or you could get the new Galactic QEC today for FREE from your nearest Federal Region Technologica Minister! The new Galactic QEC now offers the ability for video! Supply is limited, visit now!

Ben Goldstein (in ad with corporate music playing in background): Hello, I am Ben Goldstein. You may remember me from such broadcasts such as the “Galactic News Agency”, “The Tildeverse”, and “Hail to the Federation”. I am here today to remind everyone of the Digital Transition for all QEC broadcasts in the Galactic Federation. I would also like to remind broadcasters that starting on 2020-07-07, all QEC broadcasts will require a Broadcast License obtained from your nearest Federal Region’s Communications Minister. The 5G-powered Galactic QEC converter towers are now set up, and are already broadcasting with the new digital signals. Make the switch TODAY!!

Ad announcer 2: Will your QEC survive the DQEC Transision? Probably NOT! To get the latest and greatest of QEC programming, and MORE, stop by your local Galactic Tech Emporium for all of your modern technology needs!

[Galactic News Agency intro tune]

Ben Goldstein: Hello, I’m Ben Goldstein, and welcome back to the Galactic News Agency. In other news, police have traced the reportedly QEC-breaking noise back to Ranway’s partner in crime: Dr. Jaan Sechs, which reportedly disrupted the QEC network after apparently forgetting to unpower their QEC before starting experiments, and then forgot to close the fuel siphons the following day. More on this rememberance tomorrow. More at 11:00 PM, following the final step in the transition to the new Galactic QEC network. We thank you for your continued support, and hope you continue with our new digital channel. We now go to Eric Erickson for “We the People”.

Eric Erickson: Thank you ben. Behind the line of protecting officers is a protest over our Federation’s decision to change the surnames of people that immigrate to the federation in such a random way with no connection to their actual surnames. I for one don’t have a problem with it. We all know it’s done to symbolize one becoming a “new person” with the great decision to move to the Federation! These protesters hate our Unity and the Federation!!!! Back to you, Ben.

Ben Goldstein: I just got an update: President Hendrix has deployed the Federation People’s Military to stop the riot! Freedom has been saved once again!

[Galactic News Agency weather song plays for about 10 seconds]

Weather Announcer: Tonight: heavy rain with wind reaching up to 114 kilometres per hour. Sunday: heavy rain with wind reaching up to 91 kilometres per hour. Monday: Cloudy skies with broken clouds. The storm should be gone by then. The 7 day local forecast is currently unavailable due to equipment upgrades at this location.

Announcer: This is the Galactic News Agency, brought to you by GBS-SBN: the Galactic Broadcasting System and Summit Broadcasting Network, in the service of the Federation. Now signing off.

[“Our Shining Federation” plays]

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