Radio Free Hentz

jedion357's picture
November 9, 2012 - 5:46pm
The girls are at Girl Scouts for 1.5 hours, I enjoying a surprisingly nice glass of Chilean wine - thats not to say Chile's wines are crap just this one was a cut above, and I'm trying to wrap my head around diplomacy when this idea hit me. What if dissidents on Hentz got their hands on a subspace radio and beamed news and commentary out of the Araks syatem? Radio Free Hentz via sub space. They record in audio only and broadcast to Gran Quivera and Yast (no video as a security measure). Naturally Fo1 is pulling its mane out pver this.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

rattraveller's picture
November 10, 2012 - 2:46pm
They would not need a subspace radio if they used a pirate radio station spaceship. It could hide in the Hentz system and beam content back and forth to various ground based stations. Then fly back and send the content to others. The characters could become involved in a number of ways.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

jedion357's picture
November 10, 2012 - 7:09pm
I had been thinking only in terms of a ground based radio but a ship skulking in the system as a radio station has a certian appeal to me>

When Dad was stationed in England in the mid '80s an American radio station on a ship was my salvation especially since British TV was 4 station authorized by the government. I spent my senior year of high school listenning to the radio and got "rehabbed" from being glued to MTV and cable. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Malcadon's picture
November 11, 2012 - 8:30pm
Oh yeah, pirate radio activity would make a really cool background element to the setting.

When I was living in the SF Bay Area, there where a number of offshore and land-based pirate stations - this practice dating back to the 1960s. Last I checked, Mutiny Radio was one of the oldest running pirate stations in the bay. Such stations only broadcasted at certain times of the day, and they did not advertised themselves on the show, so you have to be "in the know." They are neat and have funny radio shows, but they tend to get really hippie-ish with their outlook. I also hear stories about offshore stations in the '60s.

I can see the romance of such operations; roguish DJs transmuting broadcasts that is deemed illegal for state-controlled airwaves. I can also see Pirate DJs from Hentz vilified by the Family of One and GOD-Co, and elevated by freethinking people as heroes, or outright martyrs if caught (think along the lines of Pussy Riot). There are a lot of role-playing potential with this.

jedion357's picture
November 12, 2012 - 5:02am
The one of the coast of England in the '80s had fake commercials that were hysterical.

One that just cracked me up was for rope on a stick: you can play helicopter, whip your friends and etc.

What is certian is that with the fan cannon that has developed surrounding the Fo1 any pirate radio station would need to be organized and security conscious. I suppose they would try to broadcast in regular radio in system but also broadcast via subspace to radios outside Araks. Members of the group at these stations arrange for these recordings to be rebroadcast pretty much everywhere that yazirians live. Prengular is a prime target for this as it is also the seat of the Council of Worlds.

Inquisitors from Fo1 do manage to infiltrate the cells and groups working outsid Araks but have never been able to infiltrate the group working inside Araks. The evolution of this movement is that the pirate radio sprung up our of no where and clanless and disgraced yazirians seemingly independent of the Hentz Broadcaster began rebroadcasting at Athor and Prengular. Its speculated that some of these supposedly disgraced and clanless yazirians were in on the plan to set up the network and some of them have disappeared without a trace.

Secret star law files suggest that one individual had repeatedly set up cells and station in various system under different names and backgrounds. Star Law is monitoring the situation but refuses to issue an arrest warrent.

The delegate from Hentz has tried to introduce legistlation to the Council of Worlds designed to out law the activity of broadcasting radio feeds via sub space which was DOA in the council and that such broad cast must be carried by ship  which was also DOA (the hope was that if they could get some law passed then STar Law would be forced to crack down on the stations outside Araks)
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!