power cut on gindra station leaves billions in the dark
Last night, a power outage on solar amplification station Gindra left billions of people throughout the Coreward Worlds temporarily without light or heat, causing extensive disruption across the CMC.
Sources onboard the station claim that at around 23:45, fifteen minutes before the so-called ‘witching hour’ (a routine power flicker lasting around five minutes once per cycle), a major power surge in the central generator caused a complete shutdown of all solar expansion units, which function to amplify energy from the Godseye and potentiate it across the System. For just under an hour, the Coreward Worlds were engulfed in near-total darkness, accompanied by temperature drops as low as 20° (it’s alleged that nobody on Niamine actually noticed anything was wrong). Critics of the CMC administration are citing the incident as proof of the unreliability of having a centralised power grid — especially given Gindra’s antiquated tech capacity — with many detractors now mockingly referring to the station as McGuffin’s Light Switch.
Felderix Notch was the maintenance foreman on duty that night:
‘We’ve never seen anything like this before,’ he told me via video link. ‘Given the importance of Gindra in providing the entire System with solar energy, we have several back-up generators that we test regularly. In fact, routine inspections carried out just last week told us that our error ratio was 76% — that’s the lowest it’s ever been! So we’re all over here kind of scratching our heads really, we genuinely have no idea how the station went into complete shutdown because, frankly speaking, it shouldn’t actually be possible…’
The fact that Gindra is the only ‘live’ amplification station in the System has led to widespread speculation that last night’s incident was an act of sabotage. The localised nature of the occurrence coupled with the unlikelihood of it happening has prompted many to suggest that the event was an attack carried out by those who oppose the CMC — Zephra, as usual, is the number one suspect. Security footage has so far failed to highlight anything out of the ordinary, even when watched backwards, upside down or ‘through these special glasses what when you put them on you can see inside the colours and that’ (I have my suspicions regarding whether Gindra’s head of security is actually qualified to run such a vital department, but what do I know I’m a bot).
The CMC administration is currently considering the incident to be no more than a ‘cosmological blip’, though President McGuffin herself has so far declined to comment.
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