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  1. 13 points
    Captain Clive Martin wrenched open the door the bridge, fighting against the wind from outside. He closed the door behind him with another spray or water hitting him in the face just as it closed. He turned around with a sour look on his face and stumbled a little bit against the rocking ship towards his navigator. "Give me an update on the storm." The navigator looked up at the captain, pointing at the radar screen, "It looks like this is as bad as it's going to get. Visibility is still pretty limited out there, but I don't think we are in any danger. We are still on course to the port in Dunblane." "And our traveling partners?" Martin asked, pointing out the window to the ship's port side. Some hours ago, after getting the reports of the unknown ships in the area, their freighter had met up with a Fulgistan freighter also en route to Dunblane and had made the decision to convoy to their destination. Even though their ships weren't really armed, it seemed smart enough to at least have some strength in numbers. "She reports still on course as well with no issues captain." Out the window the shape of the Fulgistani cargo freighter could be seen, bobbing and swaying with the waves, which had calmed down somewhat. Of course, the rain hadn't quite let up yet. "Captain, you should take a look at this" the navigator said, a sense of urgency in her voice. She pointed at the radar screen to a series of blips moving towards the pair of freighters. "Are those ships?" Martin yelled, the rain outside almost drowning out his voice. They weren't like the other storm artifacts on the radar screen, moving predictably towards them. He walked away from the helm and stumbled over to the radio station aggressively gesturing at the radio operator to hand it over to him. "Beaumont to Sullen Wind do you copy over?" "This is Sullen Wind, we copy over." The radio crackled in reply. "Are you seeing those radar contacts bearing..." Martin glanced back radar screen briefly to confirm, "Bearing one-one-two from our position over?" "Roger Beaumont, it seems like we are tracking the same contact. Have you tried hailing them yet? Over." "Negative Sullen Wind, I'm going to do that now. Out." Martin nodded at the operator who made a couple adjustments and nodded back. "Priority, unknown vessels approaching from bearing one one two acknowledge over." He waited a moment but only silence greeted him. "I repeat priority unknown vessels approaching from bearing-" At first what he thought he heard was thunder, the loudest he had heard in his life, but Martin quickly realized what happened. With a thunderous boom, the Sullen Wind erupted in a massive explosion, flames consuming almost the entire ship. Maybe he thought their fuel tanks had been compromised and had exploded. But he knew that wasn't the real answer. The bridge shook from the concussion of the explosion and through the flames he could the freighter had been torn in half and was beginning to sink. "Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! This is Beaumont, Beaumont, Beaumont! Mayday Beaumont! Our position is thirty-four five by seven-one-four. We are being engaged by unknown vessels! We require immediate assistance, I have twenty-two people on board!" The ship lurched slightly sending him stumbling onto the deck. Outside he heard yells and screams. He struggled to get up yelling, "Christ get to the life rafts now signal the rest of the ship." --------------- "Acknowledge Beaumont, this is the HMS Ardent, say again on position, over." The radio crackled to life on the empty bridge. The message repeated itself again several time to no avail. Outside the rain had already stopped and the ship rocked gently in the waves. Without her crew the Beaumont sailed forward, her life boats secured firmly at her sides.
  2. 10 points
    19/10/2018 - Ban on Plastic Bags Passes Legislation In what appears to be a dramatic turn of events Legislation upheld the proposed plastc ban. It had been in talks doe the last year. If passed this legislation would be a vast change to the everyday commerce of our nation. The details of the law if upheld by Queen Viloria would ban the general use of plastic bags across the nation. If this weren't enough the production of plastic bags would also be banned. This comes after a social media storm about the floating island of plastic. Alternative measures have been proposed, but nothing has been done until now. A few corporations are in an uproar over this change and will do their best to persuade the queen to veto the bill. Julia Perez, CEO of AEP, the largest plastic manufacturing company in the nation has said, "Our small nation is just a drop in the hat for the widespread pollution." The deadline for passing the bill gives the queen a week for her to decide if we will adopt this new legislation. Stay tuned for updates.
  3. 9 points
    Time: 1700 Derthaler Time. Location: Near the port of Dorminhavn on the Dolch-See Aboard: Dietrich-class Cruiser, the Gratuitous Malediction 'Our patrol craft picked up a distress call from a Seylosian merchantman three hours ago now. To our knowledge, they were attacked by unknown vessels. Naval intelligence is currently chalking this up to pirates, as there have been no unusual movements from the Ochsenlanders or other groups in recent months. Our objective is to search the area alongside the Vengeful Widow and the Three Prefects and to capture the pirates if at all possible, or sink them should they resist. While we are doing this, we have been given special permission to use the uncertainty to pirate along the sea lanes discreetly, only vessels sailing under an Ochsenlander or Imperial flag are exempt. Prize money shall be awarded using the standard scheme.' The commodore scanned the room for questions. Noticing a look of consternation on his master-at-arms. 'Master Rosatorte, do you have any concerns?' 'Yes sir, what are we to do with prisoners sir? Our ship's hold will likely not be able to take on both goods and slaves should be take a ship sir.' 'Ships that are captured are to keep their cargo aboard them and are to be sailed back to shore by a skeleton crew from one of our ships, we will be keeping the prisoners under guard inside of our hold until we get back to port, though if we have to scuttle a ship and choose between either taking slaves or cargo, we will simply take the cargo and kill the prisoners. Is there anything else?' This time no one answered and all the faces seemed clear. 'Dismissed then.' The officers all stood and left to see to their duties. Master Rosatorte went down to the marines and began organising the distribution of small arms to the crew, it was going to be a fun mission. Time: 2000 Derthaler Time. Location: Dolch-See Aboard: Haufen-class Destroyer, the Vengeful Widow The Vengeful Widow was now tracking a lone freighter in the middle of the sea. They had failed to find any pirates as of yet, but now had the ideal opportunity to earn some prize money. The freighter lay low in the water, its holds promising valuable loot and its hull being made of good scrap. The captain of the Widow strolled over to the navigator and peered down at the display 'This should be far enough from help. Send a message to the Commodore. Inform him that we are about to take first blood and that we will be jamming radio waves for the next two hours, current heading east by southeast, travelling fourteen knots towards Seylos.' A quick coded message was dispatched, its reception being confirmed. 'Signalman, tell the ship to heave-to or face our full cannon shot. Gunners, prepare to fire a warning shot over their stern.' A quick series of flashes were fired off five times with no reply. The unknown merchantman began to accelerate away. 'Gunner, fire!' A great plume of water exploded near the ship. It changed its heading turning north by northeast before cutting engines and striking its colours. 'Helmsman, bring us alongside. Marines to the boats, prepare to board the ship.' The Widow closed on its prey, the deck gun training upon the ship's tower the whole time. The boarding boats set off once the ship had cut its engines. Twenty marines with weapons at the ready should the crew prove hostile. They quickly climbed up the sides of the ship and onto the deck. No men were there to meet them, the whole ship was as silent as the grave now. The marines split up into four teams and began clearing the deck and control tower. The bridge was empty, no papers, no chairs, nothing except for the consoles. It looked as if everything had been taken out of it, except for the bare necessities. The panic room was also empty, with its doors missing. The marine in charge radioed back. ~~No signs of a crew so far, the deck and tower are devoid of life, with all the furnishings missing and no indications that anyone has actually been in here. We are preparing to sweep below the deck now and ascertain the status of the engine. The lack of a crew is... Disturbing.~~ The marines gathered around the hatches and stairwells, and began to sweep the decks. Each deck was cleared, but no signs of anyone alive were found. The hold was filled with cargo containers. The marines opened a few of them and found books, robes, silver daggers, and in one of them, large numbers of already stamped envelopes. Nothing out of the ordinary was found, so they moved on. When they cut the bolts sealing the engine room, they found it in near perfect working order, except for the first sign of someone having actually been aboard. In great white letters the words 'IT MUST BE SENT' were scrawled over the back walls and the floor in the Seylosian dialect of Anglish. There were also puddles of dark fluid on the floor, making slipping a danger. The ship was a complete mystery. As the skeleton crew were transferred aboard it, sounds of gun fire broke out from within the ship. The marines tried to call for help but all that came through was broken and filled with static. ~~Engaging hostiles forces -dakadakadaka- they -zrzrzrzrz- puddles, requesting -silence-~~ The captain got up and moved to the nearest window and looked over before shouting out the order 'Get the rest of the marines over there immediately!', but they had bigger problems to deal with. Boarders were scrambling over the Widow's deck now, they had somehow snuck aboard without anyone noticing. There were already reports of fighting in the hallways. The hunters were now being attacked. Notes: All right, so for firstly, in my military the term 'commodore' refers to anyone who is not an admiral who is in charge of more than one ship. It just denotes the captain of the Gratuitous Malediction as being in charge of the squadron. Next, other than the Malediction, the other two ships are both destroyers. Also, the master-at-arms is the one responsible for enforcing the law aboard ship, training the seamen in use of their weapons, and just in general responsible for the ships arms. Finally, when a prize ship and its cargo are taken into port, the money given by the government for it is split up amongst the crew of the ship that took it. Enlisted seamen all receive one share, officers receive three shares, and the captain receives six shares. The marines are given two shares due to the fact that they are the ones who are actually going over to the enemy ship, with their officers being given four shares. That is the standard scheme.
  4. 9 points
    The waters just south of Adrotiri were relatively calm in comparison to the storms further to the south and east. The FIS Salamis had just left port to begin patrols as part of the ongoing anti-piracy and anti-slavery operations. She was a larger Destroyer class ship, which had only recently arrived in the area. Older in design, but recently undergoing a refit to modernise. During the process, she was given a new Captain. Faustia had recently been promoted to the position of captain, and the Salamis was her first ship. Passing into international waters, Faustia had commanded the ship begin long range communication sweeps. It wan't long before the distress call from the Beaumont was detected. One of the ships officers brought the communications to the captains attention. "What can we gather from this information." She questioned. An officer presented several transcripts to her before replying. "It seems, from our monitoring and probing of the communications channels from the ship. The Beaumont had rendezvoused with a Fulgistani ship - the Sullen Wind - for added security, and passage through the storm. The communications lead us to believe that there was some form of attack on the ships. No doubt there will be a Fulgistani and Seylos response to this. Although, we can probably be onsite of the incident first if we press now. We have several drone craft which can probe the area within the next few hours or so now that the storm has subsided somewhat. It does fall within out operating parameters." "Good work. Launch the drone craft to begin analysis of the area, and set course for the last known site of communications. Bring the weapons teams to alert ready in case there are still pirates in the area. Establish base OTHRN relays back to Adrotiri. Lets see if we can build a picture of this. Who do we have in the area for support?" Faustia asked. "Well we can expect Fulgistani support, one of their ships was involved, and we do have good relations. Same is said for Seylos. But in terms of our own naval support, the Plato is due to return to Adrotiri for resupply in the next few days, so we can request additional support from her. And the Poseidon is also en route from Blockade operations." "Send requests to both the Plato and Poseidon for pre-action notifications and alert readiness. But we can manage for now on our own." "Yes captain. I'll process the requests." Several minutes later the Salamis hard turned to align with the destination bearing, and set it's sights on the last known communication location of the Beaumont. Unknown to the crew however, this was not a routine pirate hunt.
  5. 9 points
    Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion Starts Diplomatic Offensive Relations with the United Kingdom and Others Broadening The United Kingdom of @Great Burlington occupies the most westerly point of the Occident but has long maintained an almost isolationist attitude, interacting with few other nations in Europa, let alone Eurth. Because of this, despite it being a Christian nation, Arhomaneia has had little contact with it in the recent past. This has been something of a shameful state of affairs – it is a devout, God-fearing nation, despite it not adhering to strict Orthodoxy, unlike our own great nation. However, it still acts as something of a counterbalance to @Adaptus, since despite the population of Christians that inhabits Tagmatium's neighbour, they clearly support the godless regime that has taken over since Augustus has taken the throne. This expansion of relations by the Logothesion for Foreign Affairs can only be considered a step in the right direction. Stronger cooperation between Christian nations, even if they are barbaroi can only foster a better and more peaceful Eurth. It would likely mean that even the most sinful and debauched states will then see the light and come to the embrace of true faith and civilisation. It could be a beginning of a great era in the history of our planet, and possibly even weaken the coalition of the sinning that is gathering its strength, even now, against a nation, @Greater Serbia that shares the faith of Tagmatium, even if it has erred in some of its interpretations of God's word. However, the United Kingdom was not the only nation contacted by the Logothesion for Foreign Affairs. The others included the United States of @Prymont, the Most Serene Republic of @Mauridiviah and the Republic of @Kipan. Considering these nations' positions in Argis, Alharu and Aurelia, there does not seem to overmuch of a pattern to the attempts by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion's plan, if there is one. The United States appears to be the most civilised amongst them – a Christian nation, albeit heterodox and not as God-fearing as could be hoped. It is arguably also one of the most powerful within Argis, seeing as it recently undertook a humanitarian mission to the former-Hellenic Rus. This was not without bloodshed, however, and appears to have taken on a worrying aspect of occupation. Mauridiviah is, of course, the originator of the now-infamous Mundus Liber survey, which has consistently and erroneously given Arhomaneia less than a perfect score. That, alone, speaks enough about them. Kipan remains something of a mystery – it is undoubtedly a nation that has yet to have the light of Christ shone upon it but the fact that they were able to make a peaceful transition from a monarchy to a republic demonstrates that they are at least partway towards a more civilised state. Unlike many others, they respect democracy, one of the core values of the Megas Agios Basileia. When the Logothesion was questioned by this paper on the reason for this diplomatic “offensive”, the Protologothetes for Wider World Affairs, Konstantinian Makarios, gave this statement: “Whilst there seems much to be made of the nations that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has contacted, it is really just the start of a normalisation of relations across Eurth. Many of the nations that we used to have contact with have gone silent; in this time of change, it is best that the New World begins to receive attention from Arhomaneia. Our great nation merely wishes to see the spread of peaceful relations and the start of fruitful cooperation beyond Europa itself.” Whilst much could be read into this statement, especially after some suggestions that the government is starting to perceive the potential to threats to world peace from some nations in the New World, perhaps it is best to take it at face value. Under the guidance of the Agios Basileos, may God bless his reign, Tagmatium had become one of the main guarantors of peace in Europa, through a combination of diplomacy and, thankfully rarely, the force of arms. This start of diplomatic relations will likely the Megas Agios Basileia once again become one of the foremost powers in the world, especially if it is followed, and driven by, pan-Christian cooperation. Not just between nations, but between the population of the faithful within the nations of the world. Logothesion for War announces Cyber Warfare Focus Expansion of the Cutting Edge The Logothesion for War has announced that it, along with the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion (EEP) and the intelligence service, Arhomaniki Noimosyni Dykton, will be focussing significantly more on the threat of cyber and information attacks on Megas Agios Basileia. Whilst Eurth has not seen much in the way of coordinated, state-sponsored hacking or cyber attacks on infrasturcture often theorised or postulated in fiction, industry or academics, it is most certainly a threat that cannot be ignored. Especially since there seems to be a move to a significantly more integrated system in most nations. The spread of the AI network, Synapse System, from originating country, the @Sunset Sea Islands to @Astriedan and Prymont, has led to these questions being raised more, as well as its vulnerability. In its application in the United States, it seems to have been something of a miserable failure, which is perhaps something of a blessing – the AI network is a monstrous violation of numerous civil liberties that all right-thinking nations hold dear. Nonetheless, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has seen this as a prompting to review its cyber and information warfare capabilities. The military of Arhomaneia has always been one of the best in the world. For hundreds of years, the armed forces of our nation has both maintained peace at home and abroad, as well as driving back the enemies of God's realm when it is threatened. However, in recent years, warfare has started to leave the physical world and become one of information and more. Since the introduction of the Prognostikator class cyber and information warfare light cruiser more than a decade ago, certainly the Basilikoploimon has taken the threat seriously. The vessel has long been a mainstay of Tagmatine fleets, making sure that Arhomaneia's attempts to further bring peace and stability to the world are kept safe from these sorts of attacks. One facet of the information warfare that is reportedly being looked at by both the EEP and the AND is that of using social networks to influence democracy and how that might impact upon the Megas Agios Basileia. Such manipulation would be a threat to the heart of our civilisation and must be strenuously guarded against. It is thought that there will be exercises in how such platforms could be used in this manner – obviously so that it can be guarded against, rather than used against Tagmatium's enemies. Although it is undeniable that it could certainly be a powerful weapon against those who would strike at the heart of civilisation. It is therefore no surprise that the Logothesion for War and the Epistrategion have started to consider a much more consistent spread across all of the branches of the armed forces, and the security services at home and abroad. Fears of an attack by the enemies of Christendom against the power grid or the health service, have often been floated and portrayed as potentially very damaging to Tagmatium – not just causing large-scale blackouts, but even causing many casualties, directly and indirectly. These steps will not just help protect the average citizen from such possible events, but also possibly enable Arhomaikos arms to strike at similar targets within nations opposed to our faith and civilisation.
  6. 8 points
    Nation in Europa: Llalta Flag: Capital name: St. Christopher Capital location: In the South of the island. Factbook link: Newsroom link: Culture: Anglo-Celtic, a mix Welsh, English and Irish Climate: Hemiboreal, with cold, long winters as low as -20 C and mild, dry summers as high as 14 C. Location: A small island far off from any land masses. History: First discovered by a Seylosian explorer before a Seylosian business man discovered coal in the island, when coal was most needed in mainland Seylos. Workers migrated to Llalta to find work in the mine. Unfortunately a huge earthquake destroyed the mine leaving many residents on the island dead, and those who survived and didn't migrate back to Seylos established their society in St. Christopher, where many remain today.
  7. 8 points
    By the time that the Ardent arrive at the scene it was already far too late. However they were met with a curious sight, as a helicopter was already circling the Beaumont shining its spotlight down on the ship. Captain Lennox was consulting with his first office, when the communications spoke up from across the bridge. "Captain, we've received a message from an Adapton ship in the area going by the name Poseidon. They've changed course towards the freighter, and it's their helicopter overhead in response to the distress call." Lennox nodded at the officer in response and turned to his first officer, Commander McAlllister, "Well Commander, looks like we have company. We know the Beaumont wasn't alone out here, they were with a Fulgistani freighter. Dispatch one of the search helicopters to the original site of the attack, we need to find that ship. And send a message to the Fulgistani government about their missing freighter, I'm sure they'll be interested in coming down here themselves." "And what if we don't find a ship?" McAllister replied, concern on his face. "Then... Tell them to keep searching until they find something useful." "Aye sir" McCallister turned to leave the bridge, undoubtedly on his way to brief the flight crew for the mission. Lennox returned his attention to the approaching freighter. It was hard to see in darkness, but from what he could make out at this distance nothing seemed amiss. He waved one of the bridge officers over while walking over to navigation, "Ensign, go ahead and move us parallel to the ship, and lieutenant get the searchlights on that freighter, I want to see deck before we start boarding." --------------- The Ardent almost glided close to the Beaumont, the oceans were almost flat with how calm the sea was and was making the crew visibly nervous. The Ardent began to shine its spotlights on the hull of the other ship looking for anything, but given the height difference between the two it seemed that a boarding party was in order. The Adapton helicopter hadn't reported seeing anybody on the deck and for the moment that was the best intelligence they were going to get coming aboard. On the deck boarding preparations had already been made and as the ship got closer Captain Lennox hoped they could get to the bottom of what happened out here.
  8. 7 points
    Captain Lennox was next to the radio operator when the call from the Fulgistani ship came through. "Ardent, this is Solidarity, can you confirm our radar contact?" Lennox looked over to the radar operator, "Confirmed?" The crewman nodded, "Aye sir contact confirmed." "This is Ardent; we confirm your contact. Bearing 28 degrees southwest, 10 knots in speed. Advise we coordinate an interception." Lennox said, speaking into the mouthpiece somewhat too quickly. He turned back to his helmsman rushing over to him, "Ensign, set a course towards that radar contact bearing two oh eight. Flank speed." "Bearing two oh eight, flank speed aye Captain." The Ardent began a dramatic turn around towards the southwest, away from the stricken freighter. On the bridge, Lennox began to notice the tension building on the bridge, it wasn't often that a Seylosian ship had to go to battle, but he was positive his crew was ready for anything. His radio operator quickly interrupted his thoughts. "Captain, the Adapton ship has attempted to hail the advancing ship. No response." Commander McAllister rushed to Lennox's side radio in hand, "Captain deck reports fire from the contact. It appears to be splashing close to the Salamis." Lennox nodded back, this time no warnings. "Ready Harpoon missiles and the forward gun. Do we have a radar lock on the target?" "Aye sir radar lock confirmed. Target in range" He held his breath for a second before giving the command, "Fire Harpoons." From the bow of the ship two missiles arced away from the Ardent rushing towards the unknown frigate. Lennox couldn't see the ship in the distance, but he could see when suddenly arcs of gun fire could be seen in the distance, aiming at the incoming missiles. "Captain, we've lost contact with missile one, missile two still on course." Christ, Lennox thought to himself, these people have anti-missile technology? Luckily he saw a small flash in the darkness followed by his weapon's officer calling out. "Confirmed hit missile two. Enemy ship status unknown." Suddenly the ship shook slightly with alarms going off. "Captain! Deck reports hit on our port bow! No detonation and possible unexploded ordinance." "Helmsman take evasive maneuvers, forward gun open fire!" Lennox yelled out. "Comm inform the Solidarity and Salamis that we've made a successful hit. Target has not been disabled. Weapons, I need those missiles reloaded now!"
  9. 7 points
    The Salamis had been preparing to host an intelligence meeting between the captains of the ships within the makeshift coalition flotilla as the Fulgistani ship approached. However, before arraignments could be made, the attending intelligence officer called out across the bridge. "Captain! Unknown vessel has been sighted on OTHRN, and RADAR contact is established. The ship bears no markings, or ensigns. It looks to be of frigate class or size. Attempts to make contact are not being answered. The ship is heading at full power. We've detected weapons arming." Faustia looked shocked. "What the.... Pirates? But a ship so large? Christ! Open a hail!" "Aye captain... Broadcasting." Replied the intelligence officer. "Attention approaching vessel." Faustia began. The broadcast was covering all frequencies, those aboard the other ships should have picked up the hail. "This is Captain Faustia of the Federal Imperial Vessel Salamis. Abort your advance, disarm your weapons, or we will be forced to engage." Silence returned over the communications. She continued. "I repeat. This is Captain Faustia of the FIS Salamis. Abort your advance!" Silence again. "Oh for fu..." Faustia muttered to herself. "Weapons teams. Bring the bloody missile batteries up now and take aim! And bring the bow gun up." She turn back to the communications array in-font of her. "Unknown vessel. This is your last warning!" As she began, she noticed the Fulgistani vessel begin to advance. "Stand down, abort your advance, or prepare to be engaged!" This time, the vague fizzle and static of a bad radio communications line became clear. It fuzzed and crackled for several seconds. Eventually, a gravelly, and broken voice came back. "[Static]..It.... Must [Static]... Be.... Sent [Static]." The radio then fell silent. Faustia, looked to her intelligence office. "f*cks sake! Full speed! These bastards won't get near us!' Sharply the vessel hurled itself onto it's bearing. And with a lurch, and powerful heave, it propelled itself forward, tearing through the water, whilst smoke bellowed from it's now antiquated stack. Throwing itself into weapons range, alongside the Solidarity.
  10. 7 points
    "Comrade Captain, sir, we've made radio contact with HMS Ardent. Salamis is also standing by at the wreck of the Sullen Wind." "Very well. Open a line to the captain of Ardent, Ensign." "Aye aye." Captain Salvatore Fagiole was one of the few members of the Revolutionary Guard to be a native-born Faramanian, an escapee of the Terrone regime, rather than Fulgistani-born. Twin lines of the bumps of ritual scarification crossed the cheekbones under his eyes, and his brow bore the mark of a Faramontese Security Forces machete. One of the most seasoned captains in Fulgistan's meager fleet, he'd been selected to captain the newly-acquired Pallamaran-made frigate SWR Solidarity in 2015. An older Broadhead-class guided missile frigate, it was equipped primarily for anti-submarine warfare, and had been diverted from its routine Adlantic patrols to respond to the mysterious sinking of the Sullen Wind. In addition to its normal contingent of seamen, the Solidarity also carried aboard a contingent of the brave fighting men and women of Fulgistan's much-neglected naval infantry contingent, popularly termed El Regimiento de los Madrianos, due to its origins in Wulumuqi and its almost all-Madrian membership. Widely considered almost as bad as the FFRU in discipline and combat capabilities, the naval infantry nonetheless maintained a longstanding and very vocal pride in their accomplishments, both actual and embellished. This particular company was led by the valiant, mustachioed People's Lieutenant Matteo Alcubierre. "Ardent, this is Solidarity, do you read me?" "Solidarity, this is HMS Ardent, we read you loud and clear. We've located the wreckage of the Sullen Wind, as well as the intact freighter Beaumont. We've rendezvoused with the Adapton destroyer Salamis as well." At that moment, a new radar contact appeared on the sensor suite of the Solidarity. Previously undetected, the radar profile indicated a ship of frigate size. "Ensign, what are we seeing here?" "Unknown vessel, sir. We're doing our best to make contact, but they aren't responding to our hails." "Ardent, this is Solidarity, can you confirm our radar contact?" "This is Ardent; we confirm your contact. Bearing 28 degrees southwest, 10 knots in speed. Advise we coordinate an interception." "Copy that, Ardent. Moving to intercept now." With that, through the falling dusk over the foggy Dolch, the SWR Solidarity and her crew put full steam on, her pair of scouting helicopters lifting off the rear deck, out, out into the unknown, toward the mysterious ship. Shipbucket design credit goes to @Pallamara
  11. 7 points
    26/10/2018 - Queen Viloria Seen at Musical Mocking her Family The latest musical making a buzz in the high class social circles of Empira Tallovia deals with Pilar Viloria's father Andres Opazo love affair with Mauricio Guzman the CEO of Guzman Enterprises. As we reported when the musical was first released it plays loosely with facts and portrays the royal family in an unfair light. Queen Pilar was seen with her security retinue entering the Keller Auditorium just before the show began. While at the show she was seen laughing at a few key parts of the play where her own family was ridiculed. The internet was abuzz with a photo of her mouth wide open in laughter taken at the show. The play is poorly written, but the subject matter makes it popular. We at the Tallovia Diario believe this was a strategic move by the Queen to be seen laughing and enjoying the play in an effort to down play it's impact on her authority.
  12. 6 points
    Nation in Europa: The Kingdom of Alenveil Flag: Capital name: Sarbo Capital location: Central-Eastern Alenveil Factbook link: Newsroom link: (Blue is PyeMcGowan, Red is Alenveil) Culture: My culture is mostly based on RL Europe. Language is Limonaian. Climate: Climate is cold, almost frigid, in the central and northern areas, while the coastal temperatures are slightly warmer. Location: My location idea was on the northeast part of the Auraid bay of Argis, somewhat close to PyeMcGowan and Theodoria. This makes it a coastal country. History: Country has a clouded history, documented existence begins in the late 1400s onwards.
  13. 6 points
    Transport Ministry, Dartha "...of course, we'll give regular updates to the Senate as requested...thank you Senator Charvanek...and a good day to you too," and he hung up the phone. Miro Tumel had just been promoted to Chief Engineer, the immediate subordinate to the Minister, two weeks earlier after his predecessor was removed from his position due to a major disagreement with a powerful Jaridan senator. The identity of this politician was never divulged but he suspected that it was his newfound senatorial backer, Livana Charvanek. Now wasn't the time to contemplate this and rather to put his skills to work on getting the high-speed railway project off the ground. Up until today, Yhfillain, the more notable face of the Ministry, had been charged almost exclusively on operating the public transport system - the commuter railways of the three major cities, the intercity bus network, and the various riverbus services along the major waterways and along the coast of the Apnex Sea. Now, this body had been ordered to be responsible for the planning and construction of a high-speed line between the capital, Dartha, and the third-largest (yet second-most important) city, Peldred to the southeast in the Chetris Province. This was a completely foreign territory for the Ministry. He knew that the Senate wanted quick results to show the masses that they were addressing their concerns. He adjusted himself in his desk chair and pressed a buzzer on his intercom. "Elvia, can you come in here please?" he asked. She was his secretary, equally attractive and unemotional in her work. "Yes sir," she inquired, getting her pad at the ready to take down his instructions. "I want you to work with Jeran and Ulik in preparing a contract posting for an engineering and design consultant to help us with the high-speed project." She nodded in acknowledgment. "Both of them already have all the details from me as to what is required of our eventual contractor," he said pausing for a moment. "And one other thing," he began, Elvia was attentive, "Senator Chavarnek and I are supposed to meet every week, can you work with her aide and set it up." Elvia began skimming his calendar as he was saying this. "I'll get on it right away. Anything else sir?" she inquired. "Not now," he responded. "That will be all." She nodded once more and left the room. After she was out of the office, he picked up his phone and called Almor. "My friend, how are you...and the children...good, good. I am sure you heard the latest over Tlaru Aihrifv Rheilhhu...you have? Then I don't have to go over the entire story with you...is it possible for you to arrange a meeting between me, the Mayor (Maiori) of Peldred, Cildan; and Chetris Governor (Jahærenen) Lakol? Thank you. Call me on my cellphone the moment you have that three-way conversation confirmed...we'll talk again soon, have a good day..."
  14. 6 points
    ANDSKUNDS LOSE TO RIHAN IN HOME STADIUM, FACE SECOND LEAGUE CUP DEFEAT By: Bendt Svane | October 31, 2018 Pål Mulder (right) racing towards Mirel Lovok (left) before he scores the lone winning goal against Andalla. ARKHAVN - The Andskunds faced their second loss in the 2018 SATAMFC League Cup in a match against @Rihan at the Lars Nedergaard Stadium in Arkhavn yesterday. Following a 0-2 defeat against @Gallambria in Bromwich on October 27, the Andskunds took on the Rihannsu "Soaring Eagles" at their home stadium in Arkhavn. Before the match, both Rihan and Andalla were tied at 6 points in the official rankings, with two wins and one loss. The pressure was on with Mirel Lovok replacing Delon Vekek, who was preparing for a later match. The match kicked off with Rihan's Vaebyn Rylov attempting a shot at 1', though saved thanks to goalkeeper Robert Mølgaard. Two more attempted shots followed in quick succession, one by Nicolaj Lauritzen at 2' and another by Rylov at 3', though both missed the net. After that, Pål Mulder took a shot twice at 8' and 15', both were straight-on but saved by Hvaid Relak. At 18', Mirel Lovok scored the first goal when Mølgaard dove to the ground though the ball was above him. Lovok attempted another shot at 22', though this time Mølgaard was prepared. Following Lovok's goal, the Andskunds immediately unleashed their offensive side, dominating the game until 70'. The Andskunds forbade Rihan from even a single shot, forcing them to enter the defensive side. From 38' to 69', the Andskunds attempted 11 shots; 7 missed their target, mostly due to Rihan's strong defense, while the other 4 shots were saved by Relak. Rihan regained possession of the ball shortly at 70', when Lovok took another shot which was saved again. Shortly after, the Andskunds had possession again, though only one shot was attempted and was also saved. Rihan held the ball until the end of the game, attempting two more shots that were both saved. Despite the loss, the results were met with much joy from both sides. The Andskunds were praised for their strong offensive that dominated half the game, while Relak and Lovok received much attention for their excellent performance in the game. "There's hope for our team this year," said Head Coach Sven Eriksen. "We didn't expect to make it this far. You have to learn to accept defeat and treasure victory." "The Rihannsu played very well," said Pål Mulder. "It's an honor to have played against them, even if we lost." Mulder, a @Variotan-Andallan widely considered as the greatest Andallan football player in modern history, was responsible for the lone winning goals against Shffahkia and Pallamara earlier in the season. Following the defeat, Andalla ranked 6th in the League Cup with 6 points, with Rihan following at 5th place. Week 5 of the 2018 League Cup on December 7 will see the Andskunds playing against @Mauridiviah, while the Rihannsu Soaring Eagles will be playing against the @Sunset Sea Islands' Blacksuns. The most-awaited match for Andallan fans will take place on November 12 (Week 6), when Andalla will be facing @Kipan. The Kipanese team has been holding first place since the beginning of the 2018 League Cup, and was shortly tied with Andalla and the Sunset Sea Islands at 6 points during Week 1. Some OOC notes for reference: Pål Mulder is a striker on the Andallan team and is considered as the greatest Andallan football player in modern history. Andallan-Variotan heritage (father from Variota, hence the surname). RL person Paul Mulders. Lars Nedergaard Stadium, Arkhavn, largest stadium in Andalla. Seating capacity 49,970. Based off Ajinomoto Stadium.
  15. 6 points
    "...this is Borak with the latest from the Hall of State in Dartha. The Senate today voted to amend the Republic's visa policies which are enforced by the Border Force (Bhveinuaesh). Asgeirrians, per virtue of the active agreement between the two Republics, already have visa-free travel between their chain of islands and the Mainland. Starting 1 November, individuals of Andallan, Kipanese, Gallambrian, Prymontian, Derthaler, or Fulgistani nationality will be permitted to enter the Republic without first acquiring a visa from a Rihannsu embassy or consulate." "This revision was not passed unanimously as the final result was 204-96. Primarily Jol Tan and hardened Jaridan senators sided with maintaining the current regulations, stating that it was in the name of ensuring national security and giving Rihannsu authorities to better screen entrants prior to arrival. The most vocal proponents of the motion were members of the Nej'ahar coalition led by Senator Chatak Tela. Senator Gathan Darok gave an impassioned speech saying that 'the Praetor encouraged this body to implement economic reforms to move us in the direction towards further involvement in the global marketplace and this is the next logical step. Removing barriers is a show of confidence, an affirmation of trust that we welcome others.' Jol Tan Senator Tovan Quellar said in a brief retort on the floor that even though he knew that the Senate would permit the amendment, that maintaining internal security of the Republic and ensuring all individuals adhere to the Laws was paramount." "Foreign Affairs staff abroad and officers of the Bhveinuaesh have begun to execute the passed legislation. Individuals of the previously listed nations who have filed for a visa for entry starting on 1st November have been notified that they will not be required to have it upon landing in Rihan. They are to be returned to their respective diplomatic mission for destruction."
  16. 6 points
    Time: 2312 Derthaler Time. Location: Dolch-See Aboard: Haufen-class Destroyer, the Three Prefects ~~This is Commodore Lauf von Regenbogen of the Gratuitous Malediction, calling the Three Prefects, please respond.~~ ~~This is Captain Ösland of the Three Prefects, receiving you clearly.~~ ~~The Vengeful Widow has been out of contact for three hours, their last report indicated that they were intercepting a merchantman heading for Seylos. We would like you to investigate their disappearance after you are finished with that with what you are currently doing.~~ ~~We will be underway again in half an hour sir, but please be aware that we are running out of ratings; we had to send a prize crew of a hundred men to secure a Limonaian ocean liner. Even at half-capacity, there are a thousand and twenty-two prisoners aboard it. This is on top of a freighter we took four hours ago. We will find the Widow, but we request that we receive assistance from another ship and be allowed to return to port afterwards, as we are missing half our crew.~~ ~~Very good, we will beg reinforcements for you then, and you are granted permission to return to port once the Widow has been found. May the Emperor be with you.~~ Time: 2330 Derthaler Time. Location: Near the port of Tsalmonsturm on the Dolch-See Aboard: Dietrich-class Cruiser, Magic is Heresy 'We have been charged with rendering assistance to our forces currently engaged in search and destroy operations against unknown pirates. One of our destroyers, the Vengeful Widow, has failed to report in after attacking a merchant ship heading towards Seylos. We are to meet up with another destroyer, the Three Prefects, in order to assist them in case the Widow has been taken by enemy forces or is currently suffering from massive failures. After we have found our ship, we will begin carrying out search and destroy operations as well and get to earn ourselves a nice bit of prize money. If there are no further questions, we will be getting underway.' None of the officers said anything. 'To your stations then, dismissed.' Notes: I asked both @Limonaia and @Seylos for permission to take their ships, so thank you for allowing me this. This should give us plenty of reasons to deal with each other in future. I might be out of contact again in a bit, so I made this post in a hurry. For the record, I have two cruisers in the Dolch-See, one destroyer with half its crew missing, and another destroyer in an unknown condition. If you want to do something with these ships, feel free to. I give @Seylos permission to decide what condition the missing ship is in. Please do not destroy my other three ships. Have a good Halloween in case I am not around. Oh, and sorry for all the talking in this post. For those confused, quotation marks (') are used to indicate actual speaking now, while two tildes (~~) are being used to represent radio communication.
  17. 6 points
    The Republic of Alenveil Etymology - The name "Alenveil," comes from what Limonaian merchants called the Wuldrein lands of Aavgolt, which was an old Ojaric kingdom that first settled at the Auraid Bay and began a small civilization. Geography - The country's geography contains mainly hilled regions with somewhat coastal temperatures in the far south and frigid temperatures in the central and northern parts of Alenviel. Living along the Fractian-Boryean fault line, Alenveil has multiple different gold deposits and has implemented that as one of their main exports, as well as oil located in the far north. History - Crude, leather-bound books found in archaeological sites and written in Limonaian appear to be written by merchants. The writings tell of lands that were found speaking an "unknown language." It's described with very harsh consonants and drawn-out vowels. Archaeologists haven't found anything referencing this "unknown language," but they've worked extensively to find out something. Proven, documented parchments written in 1542 tell of King Ariele Cugno began exploiting the Alenveil workforce. Citizens formed a rebellion against Ariele Cugno, forming the Riforma Rurale (Rural Reformation) and launching a campaign against the royal army. The Riforma Rurale succeeded and quickly wrote a new law code with less dictative structure and more emphasis on a less corrupt ruler. They had successfully created The New Kingdom of Alenveil. Viewing a monarchy as the only stable form of rule, they kept their monarchy and instead installed three new branches, two of the three fixed on keeping rulers in check. The head of these branches being the President. Government - Alenian government, after it abolished its monarchy, became a constitutional monarchy to replace the fall of its kingdoms when the Riforma Rurale completed its goal. Each president rules for five years and then their term ends, but the monarch rules for their entire life. Separate branches of government include a branch for making laws, a branch for making sure the army is kept in check, and a branch to make sure the president is kept in check, (Legislativo, Militante, and Direttore respectively). The leader of the Legislativo branch is the Senato. The leader of the Militante and Direttore are the President and watch over both the monarch and the military. The monarch has a large influence on what laws are made and how they could be influenced to their favor, but the Direttore reviews the Legislativo's laws and approves whether or not this would cause a corrupt leadership to form. Then the law is sent out into the public and voted upon. If it succeeds, soon it will be put into place. If it fails, then they have to rework the law all over again. The Militante branch is what makes sure that the military doesn't attempt to take over or overthrow the government and replace it with loyalists of Ariele Cugno's old, pure monarchy regime. Military - Because of its increasingly passive nature, the military is the only 1% of Alenveil's population. The armed forces are organized in multiple different branches (National Guardsmen, Army, Air Force, Navy). The police force itself is known as L'incudine, directly translating to "The Anvil" in Limonaian. Economy - With a population of 15 million, Alenveil makes most of its exports through gold deposits in the west near the fault line, its fishing industry in the south, oil from the north and, above all, pastries! These extremely valuable exports make Alenveil and its economy extremely well-off, even contributing to the Alenian stereotype of being "pompous and snotty." Its international partners include PyeMcGowan and The Neo-Enclave. Transportation includes that of trains and cars, as well as a few rural cities using horsedrawn carriages. Alenveil's unemployment rate is about 17% of the 15-million population. In the sense of tourism, Alenveil attracts most of its tourism for its Winter holiday vacation spots in the hills that cover the central and north of the country, and not its coastal spots which aren't the best throughout its season for tropical vacations. Demographics - Its demographics include the dominant residents of Limonaian (46%) as well as a mix of Anglish-speaking (24%) and Andesian (16%) migrants, and its language corresponds. Education is remarkably high for a population with 15 million at an 81% success rate with various schools. Culture - Alenveil is often known and recognized for its populace's mastery of pastries. Varieties include pastries that are filled and aren't filled, those that can be dipped and those that can be covered in a glaze. In Alenveil, the possibilities are practically endless when it comes to baking. Clothing is extremely popular and is a major part of Alenian life and higher-class citizens make sure that others know how great their appearance is. Morality is a very common thing that is taught in schools and expresses that with education's strict nature for being good and well-mannered. Appearance is also something that is very important to Alenveil and because of their amazing economy with their deposits of gold and oil, they try their best to look their best. These two factors have developed an Alenian stereotype with other countries perceiving them as "pompous and aristocratic," even though they're very humble about their economy and blame the geography for their luck, not themselves. Sports that Alenveil likes to participate in include soccer, rugby, and tennis (they aren't the best at them.) Every 2 years the Festival of Nights is celebrated with much joy. It's a holiday with time-honored roots in the nighttime battle that helped seal the unification of Alenveil, but today it is mostly associated with watching special shows, the creation of art, playing instruments and bonding with family. It is officially celebrated for 1 week, but the final celebrations often last deep into the night and even into the next day. Alenveil has legalized medicinal and psychedelic weed as well as tobacco (cigars and cigarettes). The Flag of Alenveil The moon represents an Alenian myth where a warrior-king in Ancient Alenveil history named "Baldrick" laid siege to every other city-state and unified the country of Alenveil. The dark blue represents the southern Auraid Bay, and the white represents the cold northern frontier. The number of white stripes represents the old Paleolithic clans, and the dark blue stripes represent how many nights it took for Baldrick to united The Kingdom of Alenveil. Anthem: None
  18. 6 points
    By now the Salamis had arrived on scene, and the original boarding party had just returned, relived by a a part from the Seylosian ship. The marines had found nothing. Which, was interesting in itself, as they had literally found nothing. No logs in the vessels archive, no manifest, nothing. No signs that anyone had ever even set food on the ship. Even the pantry had been emptied. This Puzzled Faustia and her officers. As if there had been pirates on board, and a confrontation took place, there would be some evidence. But there was nothing. What was even more interesting, that the cargo of the ship was still intact. Whatever this was, it didn't have any hallmarks of the usual pirate raid. What stirred the puzzled officers was the fact that the Sullen Wind, the Fulgistani ship, was totally gone. No trace. Pirates never took an entire ship, they took what they needed and left. This was highly unusual. Faustia had ordered the communications and intelligence officers to assume control of the drones on board the destroyer, and sent the out on long range patrols to find the missing ship, or at least some sign of evidence to give them a suggestion as to what was going on. In the mean time, she thought it best to liaise with her counterpart onboard the Seylosian ship. ______________________________________ A hailing frequency was opened to the Ardent. Faustia began in common. "Ave! My name is Captain Faustia, I am currently in command of the FIS Salamis. We have been conducting intelligence gathering and investigations of what transpired here as part of our operational parameters in the local anti-piracy and anti-slavery task force. We thought it would be best we invited you across to our ship to pool resources and consult on our findings."
  19. 6 points
    BREAKING: President Duval announces snap general election for late November; first Prymontian Rus elections due November 2nd NEW HALSHAM, COURTMARSH - President George Duval has confirmed that, amidst the rumours of the past few days, the United States will be holding a snap general election on November 30th. This will come as a surprise to few, as rumours and hints have been circulating since September that pressure within Courtmarsh House has been building for a new parliament. The public are holding Duval to account for the failure to meet election promises: lower military spending, reduce unemployment, increase public services spending, and stabilise the chaotic political situation of central Argis. Politicians are also unhappy with Duval, as the National Party are now being accused of rigging the historic July 2017 elections to hand themselves an overwhelming majority. Prymont's five main political parties have been given just under six weeks to prepare and publish their election campaigns. The National Party confirmed that Duval will be their President if their campaign is successful, and despite their declining support figures, they are still the party to beat. The People's Party, a centre-right conservative group headed by Felix Frey, are believed to be the biggest threat to the National's majority, as they appeal to the public by promoting capitalism and promising the generation of thousands of jobs. The United Prymont Future Party, another centre-left organisation much like the Nationals, are believed to be a slightly riskier alternative, as they promise to reverse the recent tax increases and lower the cost of living. PNN will provide detailed coverage of the lead-up to election day. In addition to this news, the President has also revealed that the newly formed Prymontian Rus will have their own general election on November 2nd, after months of trouble and turmoil. The USP humanitarian groups have been successful in quelling the disputes of the land, and have sought enough former and new politicians to create a varied political landscape. The National Party-backed Iskander Yegerov, of the National Rus Party, is a firm favourite for voters and fellow politicians alike to win the Premiership. This news has not been met without trouble in the United States, as voters have gathered on the streets of New Halsham to protest Prymont's involvement in the new country. Many believe that the National Party are using the former Hellenic Rus state to gain further political control over central Argis, and to channel funds into boosting the United States' military capabilities. However, the 'takeover' of the country can be a positive investment, as engineers have already started work on the Canamo Canal in newly purchased southern lands bordering the Mediargic Sea, which will massively improve maritime trade with the area and propel local economies into significant wealth. President Duval photographed shortly after announcing the snap general election. Ostport state government shows plans for β3 billion 5-year renovation plan CANASTOTA, OSTPORT - In an annual state government public consultation, the Ostport state government have revealed a staggering three billion Prynd renovation and upgrade plan for the next five years. Ostport's considerable growth since the creation of the United States has been hard to ignore, and Canastota has long been the most populous city in the country. Many companies are now choosing to locate their headquarters in the state's capital, such as massive economic benefactors the Kaldestad Aamot Group, the Northern Bank of Ostport financial giant, and alpine equipment specialists Koren. It is also understood that the completion of the Canamo Canal in late 2019 will bring great trade benefits to Canastota, the docks of which are already receiving β300m for upgrades to handle the added capacity. This monumental amount of money for one state will be going to several good public causes. Public transport will be the recipient of approximately half of this capital, to invest in new transport hubs, rail and bus routes, modern equipment, and new job roles. Hospitals in the state will also receive funding to ease staff restraints and modernise equipment, while money will also go to supporting families who have lost jobs through the demise of the fishing industry as well as reorganising public services such as unemployment schemes, homelessness reduction plans, and charities chosen by the public. The plan is the brainchild of Jasper Revheim, a critical figure in Ostportian politics since the 2017 elections. Revheim represents the National Party, and hopes that this scheme will support his chances of reelection in November. High speed trains like these, pictured in Canastota's Sparby Station as part of the Canastota-New Halsham Line, will become common with the new funding. Kaldestad Aamot Group purchases Central Canastota Sports Stadium KAP STADIUM, OSTPORT - The Central Canastota Sports Stadium was constructed in 1995 to bring sports in the United States to a global stage. It is the current home of the Prymontian Yetis, the country's national football team, as well as the Canastota Sharks, one of the top teams in the domestic league. Over the years, the CCSS has also hosted music concerts, rugby matches, and boxing events, showcasing the diversity of the arena. The Prymontian Football Association, the governing body of football in the United States, also calls the stadium it's home. In 2012 the stadium underwent expensive renovations to bring it up to date with modern standards and equipment, as well as providing a higher seating capacity and providing space within the stadium grounds for public shopping areas to provide an additional source of income. In 2017, the stadium went up for sale, as the National Party sought to generate revenue and eliminate unnecessary expenditure. Today, a new owner has been found in the Kaldestad Aamot Group, one of the largest companies in the US. The stadium has been renamed to the KAP Stadium, promoting the largest brand within the KAG, and CEO Erik Bruun has revealed plans to create a 'greater sports complex'. These plans include a superdome for domed sports and exhibition events, a velodrome, an aquatics centre, and an indoor karting circuit. The cost of purchasing the stadium and surrounding land is yet to be disclosed, but it is believed that the Group will be spending billions in the coming years to create the world standard in sporting complexes. A CGI rendition of the planned superdome. Prymontian Yetis top the standings in the Argic & Northern Alharun Football Association Cup CANASTOTA, OSTPORT - The ANAFA League Cup began on the 10th of October, with ten of the best teams from the two continents playing for glory. The Prymontian Yetis were successful in qualifying for the Cup, and drew in a friendly against Limonaia before the league commenced. In the first game, the Yetis beat @Soreana by 3 goals to 1, placing them atop the standings with the Limonaians. The second round of matches were held on the 20th, and Prymont were victorious once more, beating @Limonaia 2-1 to improve upon their previous draw. This win kept the Yetis at the top of the table, joined only in points by @Variota. Thus far, the Yetis have scored the most goals in the tournament, and have the greatest positive goal difference. The team couldn't have gotten off to a better start, and are receiving great praise from supporters, but pundits are yet to be complacent with their position. In years gone by, the Yetis have shown glimmers of hope, only to be shot down shortly after by poor plays, inadequate players, and failing leadership. Team manager Nojus Fauskanger assembled a mixed squad of promising youths and experienced veterans for the 2018 @Orioni World Cup, and while the team exited that tournament in the group stages, many applauded their performance. Now, with weak links out and new players in, the Yetis are showing stronger than ever, and many are confident that they will go on to the quarter finals in December. Others are adamant that it is only a matter of time before the team return to their old ways of failure and demise, but captain Vincent Borge hopes to silence those critics. "Our team has played brilliantly so far, and we've changed our training methods and squad rotation to ensure that we're always at our best. We've got some amazing players on board this year, and it's now the start of something great for Prymont's national football scene." The Yetis will next play @Seylos on the 24th of October. Team manager Nojus Fauskanger barks his orders from the sidelines, during the Prymont-Soreana match
  20. 6 points
    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: GENERAL ELECTIONS CONFIRMED FOR FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER The United States government, who are overseeing the redevelopment of the Prymontian Rus, have confirmed that the country's first general elections will take place on Friday 2nd November. The day will be declared as a national holiday in an attempt to encourage some nine million citizens to attend voting polls and elect their new Premier. Official constituencies will be released in the coming week, with the country expected to be divided into thirty-one segments. Salonica will remain as the capital, while the southern half of the Prymontian Rus will receive a Southern Representative, the candidate who receives the most representation in the south, to ensure that both halves of the country develop and are financed equally. In collaboration with the Central Government of Salonica, the United States can reveal the candidates for Premier of the Prymontian Rus: Iskander Yegerov, of the centre-left National Rus Party Polycarp Fomin, of the left-wing Socialist Party Basil Zakharov, of the left-wing Hellenic People's Party Anton Butusov, of the right-wing United Party Rafik Tretiakov, of the centre-right Democratic Independent's Party The public are currently encouraged to vote in pre-election polls to determine front-runners for the Premiership. Currently, it is believed that the National Rus Party are closely tied with the Hellenic People's Party, although this is based purely on non-professional public opinion voiced on third-party mediums. In the build-up to the election, the newly founded Rus News Network will publish official party stances on several major topics concerning the public, allowing voters to finalise a justified, educated decision. Members of the public are strongly encouraged to vote at their local polling station. Members of the Sarov Resistance Army will observe and guard all polling stations, to ensure the safety of voters and the confidentiality of votes. The United States reminds all citizens to be sure of their vote, and not to waste the opportunity to shape the future of their country.
  21. 6 points
    Good evening fellow foodies. My name is Bron Urgundy, and you are watching is BS News. LIMONAIAN SCIENTISTS ARE tempting vegetarians with a new cow meat that tastes like vegetable burgers. After years of genetic engineering experiments, scientists from @Limonaia have perfected a cow whose meat is so depressingly bland that it has been approved for consumption by the strict Alharun Vegan Society. Their laboratory is now considering starting a “quasi-vegetarian HcDonald’s” chain of restaurants. A marketing agency from @Girkmand has already pitched an ad campaign showing bearded and sandalled diners declaring: "I can’t believe it’s not Tofu." The project, which took years of DNA splicing to reach the stage, now produces cows that shed all their meat-like qualities and can be cut into steaks with a carrot slicer. The proud project leader Doctor Dario Tocci says these new cows mark a milestone in dietary harmony which brings the meat and vegetable communities closer together. He says it could also save marriages where one spouse is a vegetarian and the other a carnivore. "People who hesitate at the thought of eating meat have nothing to fear," Dr Tocci assured potential customers at a press conference today. "For all practicality, this animal is just a cabbage with legs." International corporate backers are also excited by the financial prospects of this new mutant meat, saying the tastiness of meat was what putt off a lot of vegetarians. "But purveyors of lentils and tofu will find it hard to compete with a burger that tastes like wet cardboard," says one enthusiastically approving investor from @Soreana. Meanwhile, lifelong vegan Sara Camponi says she's keeping an open mind about this groundbreaking development. "At first I was like very sceptical you know," she admits. "But then like I saw the ad for like their sausages -- offal that tastes like broccoli, only worse. I thought like I just might be willing to like give that a try you know." We end tonight's report with on a more positive note with this joke by some fat hippy. What do you call it when one chickpea murders another? ... Hummus-cide.
  22. 5 points
    The Thalassan War (1941-1947) had really shaken up things on the eastern side of the Oriental Ocean. What started out as a local conflict soon erupted to involve the whole of Thalassa and nearby Alharu, Argis and Aurelia. At was 17 years ago since that overseas conflict had ended. But the repercussions could still be felt today: distrust and competition. This effect had negative consequences for business. The government of Orioni much prefer the opposite to be true: more cooperation and trade. With that in mind, they had accepted the invitation of King Tomasso I. Bridge of the cruiser HMS Anibesa Sunset Sea One hour later than expected the cruiser HMS Anibesa appeared on the eastern horizon. The ship was steaming towards Sunset City at full speed. Captain Hiram Feibad (1904-1971) was well aware of the extended strain on the ship's engines. The cruiser was getting old and in need of regular repair and upkeep. An unexpected problem had forced them to stop at the port of Burkini for 2 days. While underway a leak had sprung below the waterline near the starboard propeller. That sort of random accident was all too common near the Burkini Triangle. The onboard pumps had difficulty keeping up with pumping the water out again. And the ship's speed was also negatively affected. One benefit of stopping in Burkini was the existing infrastructure of the Orioni navy. Even though officially the Burkinese had gained their independence in 1955, there was still an influential military presence from Orioni in the form of a naval base. With the help of this extra manpower, the crew toiled away both day and night to repair the leaks. This earlier delay was why the Anibesa was now sailing onward at full speed. The engines were being stressed to their limits. Captain Feibad had already radioed ahead that they were running behind schedule and also making good time to catch up. While the @Sunset Sea Islands were a vast archipelago of islands, the technology they possessed proved to be quite a capable communications system. This impressed the Orionii delegation when they heard of it. The answer arrived quickly, confirming in that one hour delay wasn't too much of an issue. Cabin of the political officer HMS Anibesa Two women were having a discussion. The younger woman was standing while the elder woman sat behind a small foldable wooden desk. The room smelled of lemon iced tea, which the older woman had was sipping. Mrs Biru Menkir (1904-1974) was a veteran of Oriental politics. Her previous posts included several years in both Andalla and the Sunset Sea Islands. Her conservative view didn't fit well with her counterpart. "No, I see no reason at all why we should involve the captain," said Mrs Biru Menkir, the senior political officer of this Orioni delegation, "Because the captain is only here to serve us and not involve himself with public policy." "But Imama (Oharic: Madam), I only wanted to hear his opinion about..." protested Ms Azmera Dawit (1925-97), the junior diplomatic officer and her counterpart for the duration of this mission. Azmera had been chosen because of her academic performance and theoretical knowledge about international trade. But she still had much to learn with regards to diplomacy and negotiations. "No, Azmera," answered Biru Menkir decisively, before continuing: "You are young and still have to learn that we don't need the opinion of these men. The Orioni Empire has always done fine with women steering the ship of state, while men steer the ships of war. Today will be no different." "But the captain," Azmera Dawit tried one last time. "The captain has his order, and we have ours," snapped Biru Menkir, "And those orders are clear: first and above all to maintain the influence of Orioni in Talisa (Oharic: Thalassa) and wherever possible expand it across the Oriental Ocean. We must maintain control of what goes in and out of Europa. Is that understood?" "Yes Imama, all is perfectly clear now, thank you" replied Azmera Dawit. She turned around, stepped out of the cabin onto the deck, and closed the door behind her. A little while later Harbour of Sunset city The Sunset Sea Islandians had put on quite the show to welcome their foreign guests. There was a red carpet. And a lot of people. In the background, a marching band stood at the ready, their brass instrument reflecting the afternoon sunlight. The Anibesa docked and sailers placed the moveable gangplank. Mrs Biru Menkir was first to disembark. She wore a green-and-blue sarong, the traditional colours of her northern region of Semeni in Almintaka. Ms Azmera Dawit followed closely behind, in an equally colourful red sarong. At the same time, the marching band began to play the national anthem of Orioni. Biru Menkir stepped forward to greet the king. "Selamati King Tomasso. The Empress Owa, pearl of all people, extends her well wishes to you and the good people of Siraki Adega (Oharic: Sunset Sea Islands)."
  23. 5 points
    Alenian National Tribune - ANT _________________________________________________________ POLLO AND POLO At 3:42 PM today, Alenveil King Damocle La Pollo visited the lovely country of Mauridiviah on behalf of a trade deal regarding tariffs on various different goods. Mauridiviah traded sugar and foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, and weed and tobacco, and Alenveil traded fish, pastries, and gold. We assume that trading relations will continue and might even improve! General News Roundup Wreck on Interstate 21, major delays are to be expected An oil spill has occurred in the Poseidon Piattaforma Petrolifera, staining a lake black
  24. 5 points
    Old inspector Jorji Costava is reading his newspaper in the dilapidated shack he calls his office. He stirs his cup of tea when all of a sudden the fax machine in the corner starts to buzz. A loud clanking and whirring erupts while one blank piece of paper after another is pushed through the dusty printer. "Things getting little crazy," Jorji says to himself. When the fax machine stops making its infernal noise he spins his office chair and rolls over to it. With one not-so-fluent gesture, he tears off the pre-perforated sheets of fax paper. "What this is?" Jorji wonders while looking at a sender he had never seen before. "What this @Neo-enclave ? It is good place?"
  25. 5 points
    SATAMFC DAY 2 FARAMOUNT VS. ASGEIRRIA (1-1) Goals: 1 for Faramount, 1 for Asgeirria Shots on Goal: 6 for both Shots: 10 for Faramount, 8 for Asgeirria Fouls: 18 for Faramount, 21 for Asgeirria Corners: 7 for both Free Kicks: 2 for both Offsides: 6 for Faramount, 4 for Asgeirria Own Goals: 0 for both Yellow Cards: 1 for Faramount, 3 for Asgerria Red Cards: 0 for both Additional minutes: 5 minute Location: Asgeirria Match Events (Time: Event) 7: Faramount takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 11: Asgeirria takes a shot. That's off target. 12: Faramount takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 15: Asgeirria is shown a Yellow Card. 17: Faramount takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 23: Faramount scores! The scorer was Ausilio Striano (10) 26: Asgeirria is shown a Yellow Card. 28: Asgeirria takes a shot. That's off target. 33: Asgeirria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 35: Faramount is shown a Yellow Card. 54: Faramount takes a shot. That's off target. 63: Asgeirria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 71: Asgeirria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 73: Faramount takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 74: Faramount takes a shot. That's off target. 78: Faramount takes a shot. That's off target. 79: Asgeirria scores! The scorer was (5) 84: Faramount takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 85: Faramount takes a shot. That's off target. 88: Asgeirria is shown a Yellow Card. 90: Faramount takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 91: Asgeirria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. MAURIDIVIAH VS. SUNSET SEA ISLANDS (0-2) Goals: 0 for Mauridiviah, 2 for Sunset Sea Islands Shots on Goal: 7 for Mauridiviah, 3 for Sunset Sea Islands Shots: 11 for Mauridiviah, 10 for Sunset Sea Islands Fouls: 20 for Mauridiviah, 29 for Sunset Sea Islands Corners: 2 for Maurdiviah, 4 for Sunset Sea Islands Free Kicks: 1 for Mauridiviah, 0 for Sunset Sea Islands Offsides: 2 for Maurdiviah, 3 for Sunset Sea Islands Own Goals: 0 for both Yellow Cards: 1 for Maurdiviah, 4 for Sunset Sea Islands Red Cards: 0 for both Additional minutes: 2 minute Location: Mauridiviah Match Events (Time: Event) 8: Sunset Sea Islands is shown a Yellow Card. 17: Sunset Sea Islands scores! The scorer was Hari Omar (9) 19: Maurdiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 21: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. That's off target. 26: Maurdiviah takes a shot. That's off target. 30: Maurdiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 33: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. That's off target. 34: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. That's off target. 37: Maurdiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 45: Maurdiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 46: Maurdiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 48: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. That's off target. 50: Maurdiviah takes a shot. That's off target. 54: Sunset Sea Islands is shown a Yellow Card. 57: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 60: Sunset Sea Islands is shown a Yellow Card. 63: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. That's off target. 64: Maurdiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 71: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. That's off target. 72: Sunset Sea Islands is shown a Yellow Card. 73: Maurdiviah takes a shot. That's off target. 79: Maurdiviah is shown a Yellow Card. 80: Maurdiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 85: Maurdiviah takes a shot. That's off target. 87: Sunset Sea Islands scores! The scorer was Kevin Thu (8) 91: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. That's off target. ANDALLA VS. PALLAMARA (1-0) Goals: 1 for Andalla, 0 for Pallamara Shots on Goal: 5 for Andalla, 4 for Pallamara Shots: 7 for Andalla, 10 for Pallamara Fouls: 21 for Andalla, 19 for Pallamara Corners: 7 for Andalla, 4 for Pallamara Free Kicks: 0 for Andalla, 2 for Pallamara Offsides: 6 for Andalla, 4 for Pallamara Own Goals: 0 for both Yellow Cards: 3 for Andalla, 2 for Pallamara Red Cards: 0 for both Additional minutes: 3 minute Location: Pallamara Match Events (Time: Event) 6: Andalla takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 7: Andalla takes a shot. That's off target. 11: Pallamara is shown a Yellow Card. 19: Pallamara is shown a Yellow Card. 20: Andalla takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 24: Pallamara takes a shot. That's off target. 28: Pallamara takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 31: Pallamara takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 34: Pallamara takes a shot. That's off target. 35: Pallamara takes a shot. That's off target. 36: Andalla is shown a Yellow Card. 39: Andalla is shown a Yellow Card. 43: Andalla takes a shot. That's off target. 45: Andalla takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 65: Pallamara takes a shot. That's off target. 70: Andalla scores! The scorer was (9) 71: Pallamara takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 73: Andalla is shown a Yellow Card. 75: Andalla takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 77: Pallamara takes a shot. That's off target. 79: Pallamara takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 83: Pallamara takes a shot. That's off target. KIPAN VS. SHFFARIKA (3-0) Goals: 3 for Kipan, 0 for Shffarika Shots on Goal: 6 for Kipan, 4 for Shffarika Shots: 13 for Kipan, 12 for Shffarika Fouls: 19 for Kipan, 20 for Shffarika Corners: 2 for both Free Kicks: 1 for both Offsides: 1 for Kipan, 4 for Shffarika Own Goals: 0 for both Yellow Cards: 2 for Kipan, 1 for Shffarika Red Cards: 0 for both Additional minutes: 2 minute Location: Port-Reel, Shffarika Match Events (Time: Event) 1: Kipan scores! The scorer was Yanagi Ochiyo (11) 8: Kipan takes a shot. That's off target. 12: Kipan takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 18: Kipan takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 21: Kipan scores! The scorer was Yanagi Ochiyo (11) 29: Kipan takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 30: Kipan takes a shot. That's off target. 37: Shffarika takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 38: Kipan takes a shot. That's off target. 39: Shffarika takes a shot. That's off target. 41: Shffarika takes a shot. That's off target. 52: Kipan is shown a Yellow Card. 54: Shffarika takes a shot. That's off target. 55: Shffarika takes a shot. That's off target. 56: Shffarika takes a shot. That's off target. 60: Shffarika takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 61: Shffarika is shown a Yellow Card. 63: Kipan takes a shot. That's off target. 66: Kipan is shown a Yellow Card. 69: Shffarika takes a shot. That's off target. 71: Shffarika takes a shot. That's off target. 81: Kipan takes a shot. That's off target. 82: Kipan takes a shot. That's off target. 84: Kipan scores! The scorer was Geihei Kinjo (10) 86: Shffarika takes a shot. That's off target. 88: Shffarika takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 89: Kipan takes a shot. That's off target. 90: Shffarika takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. RIHAN VS. GALLAMBRIA (0-1) Goals: 0 for Rihan, 1 for Gallambria Shots on Goal: 7 for both Shots: 12 for Rihan, 9 for Gallambria Fouls: 26 for Rihan, 22 for Gallambria Corners: 7 for Rihan, 5 for Gallambria Free Kicks: 2 for Rihan, 1 for Gallambria Offsides: 3 for Gallambria Own Goals: 0 for both Yellow Cards: 1 for Rihan, 2 for Gallambria Red Cards: 0 for both Additional minutes: 4 minutes Location: Orventis Arena, Dartha Match Events (Time: Event) 4: Gallambria is shown a Yellow Card. 6: Blue Team takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 11: Rihan takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 14: Gallambria is shown a Yellow Card. 15: Gallambria scores! The scorer was Tomi Juric (9) 17: Rihan takes a shot. That's off target. 19: Rihan takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 20: Gallambria takes a shot. That's off target. 23: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 26: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 31: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 33: Rihan takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 37: Rihan takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 40: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 41: Rihan takes a shot. That's off target. 47: Rihan takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 54: Rihan takes a shot. That's off target. 64: Rihan is shown a Yellow Card. 65: Rihan takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 66: Gallambria takes a shot. That's off target. 76: Rihan takes a shot. That's off target. 77: Rihan takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 85: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 89: Rihan takes a shot. That's off target.
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