On September 12th, I began the discussion with @Wes, @Arieg, and @Zack - and later @Arbitrated, as she was the one reviewing the original Helka Alpha submission - because of this JP, in which the Colonial Pact (via a former employee of Paragon) conducted a business transaction with USO. This transaction - which consisted entirely of weapons, if memory serves - concerned me immensely for the following reasons: The former Paragon employee, Dean Lang, would have had no IC means of knowing of the Colonial Pact's existence (and vice-versa) due to the distance between the Colonial Pact and the Kikyo Sector and the former's complete lack of contact with the latter. USO would have had no IC means of knowing of the Colonial Pact's existence (and vice-versa) due to the distance between the Colonial Pact and the Kikyo Sector and the former's complete lack of contact with the latter. Even if the Colonial Pact did choose to send a ship "up" to the Kikyo Sector, the ship - which would not have been running "stealthily" due to having no IC reason to - would have been detected by one of the other factions long before making it to 188604. Later that day, Wes asked the following... Spoiler: 9/12/2017 - Wes ...to which I replied with... Spoiler: 9/12/2017 - FrostJaeger I then proceeded to make a request... Spoiler: 9/12/2017 - FrostJaeger ...that Wes questioned... Spoiler: 9/12/2017 Wes ...thus causing me to realize that I'd overstepped my bounds. Spoiler: 9/13/2017 - FrostJaeger In order to avoid confusion...? Apologies to @Arieg and @Zack if I was overstepping my bounds in my previous post.[/QUOTE] The conversation then remained dormant for nearly a month until I added Arbitrated to the conversation. Spoiler: 10/08/2017 - Arbitrated Wes replied soon afterwards... Spoiler: 10/08/2017 - Wes ...was followed by Arbitrated... Spoiler: 10/08/2017 - Arbitrated ....and, two days later on October 10th, was followed by a proposal from myself: Spoiler: 10/10/2017 - FrostJaeger Arbitrated voiced her approval... Spoiler: 10/10/2017 ...and the next day, I asked Wes, Arieg, and Zack if they'd had a chance to look at the aforementioned proposal. Spoiler: 10/11/2017 - FrostJaeger Wes replied that he was waiting to hear from Arieg... Spoiler: 10/11/2017 - Wes ...then said three days later that if Arieg didn't respond soon, he would be deciding for him. Spoiler: 10/14/2017 - Wes Five (six?) days later, I "bumped" the conversation... Spoiler: 10/20/2017 - FrostJaeger ...to which Wes responded with... Spoiler: 10/20/2017 - Wes ...to which I responded with... Spoiler: 10/20/2017 - FrostJaeger ...thus ending the conversation. Given what Wes said here in the Starmap Updates thread... Spoiler: 10/21/2017 - Wes ...I'm assuming that he agreed to the aforementioned proposal; additionally, in light of what he said here... Spoiler: 10/21/2017 - Wes ...there were no "Elysian scouts" (like those mentioned in the proposal) in the Western Sector at any point in the past.