The Imperial Formula
The above photograph taken earlier this week by a family on vacation near upstate New York is the first shred of evidence of Imperial involvement on earth in modern times! The gasoline tanker is clearly marked with the Imperial symbol on the back with galactic writing on the side of the barrel.
Of late, many in the western hemisphere have been perplexed by the rising price of gasoline. Though many explanations have been offered, only now, does it all make sense. If the Imperial Navy may have some use for gasoline and/or crude oil, an increased demand from a galactic source would, almost certainly, account for the sharp rise in gasoline prices!
To the best of our knowledge at ISWWR, Imperial Star Destroyers and other ships in the Imperial Navy use ion drive-type engines, which utilize internal fusion reactions to produce a stream of highly-charged particles that are forced through the engine's exhaust port at nearly the speed of light, based on thrust requirements. It has never been published whether or not petroleum from earth can be manufactured into a liquid chemical reactant enough to power such ion engines.
One thing is for certain, if the Imperial Navy needs gasoline from earth, the rise in the price of gasoline is not over yet! Is the Galactic Empire interested in other natural resources found on earth and to what lengths are they willing to go to to retrieve them? The investigation continues...
Evidence #: ISWWR0000044
Submitted by: J. Lamb
Below: an illustration of the ion drive engines on an Imperial Star Destroyer