Regional Tensions Flare

Regional tensions flared recently over the merits of various galactic quadrants, with representatives of Antares and Benten going head to head over trading channels, starting with this outburst from an unnamed Antarean:

All I hear is “Benten prices this” and “Benten currency that”. It’s Benten, Benten, Benten. What about Antares? It sucks here too!

Pictured: Capital city of Phobos. Or possibly Katoa. Or is it Umbra? It’s definitely not Deimos. Maybe. [^1]

A Bentonite quickly responded:

Are you kidding? You have aluminium and silicon in Antares. What do we have in Benten? Nothing but stuff for fuel. Benten is the worst!

The debate continued:

The worst? Gimme a break. With fuel on tap you can fly to Moria whenever you want. Good molp, you can even fly to Hortus and still make a profit! You live in a trading paradise compared to Antares.

Trust me, I’d love to fly to Hortus. What I wouldn’t give for some nice fresh Promitor rations, instead of that dusty π—±π—²π—―π—Ώπ—Άπ˜€β„’οΈ brand muck that they serve over here. But no, Hortus is 12 jumps away. That’s a minimum of 2 days flight time! You Antareans don’t know how good you have it being close to Hortus.

Close to… ? Oh sure, I’ll just load up my ship and fly to Hortus, simple right? Wrong! What am I going to trade over there? Aluminum? Hortus has Berthier right next door! Silicon Ore? Perhaps you’ve forgotten about a little planet named Nova Honshu! Hortus has us beat in every way. Now, let’s look at Benten on the other hand. Easily accessible hydrogen deposits? Check! Galerite out the wazoo? Check! Wait, what’s that smell… could it be… ammonia? Check! That’s three - count them - THREE strategic resources right in your back yards. Our trace amounts of iron ore are worthless compared to that!

Seriously? You’re going to bring up hydrogen? You think hydrogen is your trump card? HORTUS HAS A MASSIVE GAS GIANT LITERALLY MADE OF HYDROGEN!!!11! Oh… and… what’s this? THE SAME GAS GIANT HAS AMMONIA TOO???!!!1 But nooo… let me spend 2 days shipping my hydrogen ALL the way over to Hortus. Yeah, I’m sure they’ll be BEGGING for it.

β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ YOU with your β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆing Benten pity party! Antares is the β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆEST PART of the galaxy and YOU KNOW IT!

NO β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆING WAY! I’d rather be based in Antares any day of the solar rotation than here in β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆY BENTEN!

At this point a moderator stepped in and banned both accounts from the public comm channels. It is still too early to tell which region will ultimately secure its place as the undisputed galactic underdog.

[^1] Image courtesy