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  1. OOC: Avoided making this move a News-based RP. It seems fair that nations that may be concerned about this move be notified directly through this post. Major events over news RP have a way of being glossed over unintentionally. Following a string of deadly accidents in the shipping route known as the Northern Argic Passage, the Armada Iverica, spurred by popular and commercial pressure, re-opens a shelved plan to tame the icy seas of Northern Argis. Given the green light to launch the "Polar Service Initiative", the Admiralty finds itself awash in political and expeditionary challenges. Not only must they succeed in creating and establishing the Polar Service, but they must do so in the face of Eurth's ambiguous, often jure de force international relations. --- The VRI Don Juan Franco (FFG 332, Subic Class), with the FedCom colours raised where the Armada Jack would normally fly. On June 30th of 2020, Cámra Nasional (Parliament) co-signed an Armada operation pushed to one of its committees by the Executive Ministry. 9 out of 10 times, Parliament takes anywhere from 4-weeks to 4 years to decide on matters of the state. It is, like every representative democracy, given to fits of caprice--being as mercurial as a 560-headed feline. The white paper signed was a dusty little thing. Originally pitched by the Armada in 2005 but ignored due to the spirit of the time. In fact, the previous Prime Minister had spent exactly 54.4 seconds looking at the executive summary before casting the paper in development-hell, where it remained until it was dismissed in 2007. The Parliament had it in their heads that the voting public simply wasn't feeling like it. The paper in question had been, of course, the aptly named "Polar Service Initiative" which was both a foreign development project and at the same time (more covertly) a strategic dip for economic and logistical importance in the Polar coasts of the Argic. It took several accidents in the region, no small loss of maritime insurance revenue, and a projected fluttering fall in Q3 freight investments for the mossy stone of popular will to get rolling downhill. News picked up some dramatic footage of sinking ships. Then they picked up the old story of Parliament shelving an aid project which might have saved a score of lives and a few million in lost revenues and insurance liabilities. In short order, the Parliament's pigeon-sized attention span was focused squarely on the issue. ExecMin, being quite friendly to the idea of naval logistics in the Argic Circle, decided it was the right time to push the dusty little dossier forward. In all of 1 week, the signatures were in place. The paper quickly went to the Almirantasgo, most of decided that though a dreadful imposition on their clockwork way of running things, the operation would be an excellent opportunity to take advantage of. There was a new frigate that could be tested for extreme climates. Also, there was the ageing unfinished hull of the 3rd Republica class carrier that had been sitting in drydock for years--the science had it that metals tended to be well preserved in extreme cold. With the experience from the Islandero Operations, the hulk could be quickly refitted as a static facility and parked on some shallow rocky shore somewhere. Lastly, having a logistical presence over a geographically shorter route to the Adlantic meant lots of operating cost savings. A month later, the preparations were almost complete. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had gone on several PR tours with the local Nanuvat indigenous groups. Also, Armada Intelligence had made several drone flights and surveyor visits to some potential areas. While the Office of Armada Operations had pulled ships from the Armada Reserve Force, requisitioning a single Gen. Luna Class Destroyer from no. 280 Squadron (DDG 444 Erebo), activating one of the production-run Trident Class prototypes from Subic Naval Yards (FFX 005 Francisco Crossier), and recommissioning an old but functional Subic Class frigate (FFG 332 Don Juan Franco). The small flotilla was also attached with a pair of civilian icebreakers in the event that larger floes would happen to be encountered. There were difficulties of course. Not all of the Foreign Affairs delegations had been received with welcome. The indigenous Nanuvat people had been quite divided. The orthodox among them had viewed the pitch to use some fringe islands adjacent to their self-declared territories with suspicion; these were the shamanistic, nomadic, and spear-fishing tribes. Those of them that had chosen to settle and adopt the diesel-trawlers as tools of livelihood were either eager or forced to concede that having an aid base that could provide emergency services and necessary development was probably for the best. Still, many potential sites recommended by Armada Intelligence were flatly refused to the Polar Service. Instead, in return for free or favourable service rates, the Nanuvat leased the Polar Service only two locations. Vylot Island and Silna Point. Vylot Island (ABP Resolución) & Silna Point (ABP Explorator) Vylot was a wretched rock about 800 km North-Northeast of Prymont. It lacked soil and defilade. Areas to bivouac were few and the planar surface of the blasted grey thing was fully exposed to the bone-cutting wind. It was useless and barren and the sentiment was that the Nanuvat were not too concerned with any foreign developments on Vylot (the island was and still is a territorially ambiguous area largely considered Terra Nullis but de facto considered Nanuvat). An agreement was signed after a mock argument and a requisite ceremony where the Iverican delegate was required to consume shark's meat pickled in urine (likely in jest). Silna Point, however, was a touch more of a malicious joke. The Nanuvat avoided Silna Point, they took a wide berth around its position in the channel (7.5 km wide at the narrowest point). It was the site of a derelict Helleno-Russian base abandoned since the Argic Wars--though the locals maintained that it had an air of malevolence even before the first Russian had weighed anchor in Nanuvat country. From the outset, there was nothing eerie about it. Silna was an extruding hill with one shallow inlet on the east side and a deeper inlet capable of harbouring deep-draft ships to the west. Landward, it was demarcated with two stony hillocks which provided some shelter from the wind. It was a little too cold to be a permanent Nanuvat settlement, but shelter, fish, and seal were present. Yet there were stories. The Nanuvat declined to speak of it, maintaining only that they avoided it. The tales, for the most part, came from Russian and Prymontian explorers--fickle things that were more nautical legend than anything. Accounts and hearsay had also been abounding of what the Prymontian raiding party had found when they breached the Russian facility. Regardless of what was wrong with the place, the Nanuvat clearly did not care for it. It was leased without much fuss, likely half as a bad joke, giving the foreigners the most accursed place in the region and getting a little something for it. Ghost stories hadn't troubled the Almirantasgo one bit. In fact, the offer suited them almost as though a gift. There were intact Russian moorings, piers, and structures that could be refurbished. Though pressed for time and somewhat rushing preparations, the advance party of the Polar Service was outfitted, organised, and given leave to establish their camps on Vylot and Silna by the 31st of July. Their mission was to survey and establish basic facilities. The heavier hardware, such as the carrier hulk, its accompanying icebreakers, and ocean tugs could come once a safe harbour was established. The plan was simple: setup 2 exploratory outposts, clear a potential harbour, and wait. In no time, the Polar Service bases would be servicing passing freighters, enforcing wildlife protection and awareness initiatives, and conducting humanitarian outreach. What could go wrong? --- OOC: I mentioned in the news post (see above link) that observers are welcome if this is a move that concerns your government for whatever reason. Let me know if anyone has anything to say about this thing. There's also a clearer statement of what the Polar Service is supposed to do in that same article.
  2. First: What am I doing here? I'm happy to participate in counter-terror ops. Second: The Where Question I'm also up for discussing location. It seems like most of the discussion above^^ is geared towards establishing a where. While Alharu could certainly work, would @Anatea be willing to experiment first with a locale closer to home? Perhaps if this is questionable to others' lore percpetions, maybe we can start in or near Anatea or Iverica. Also: if we get participants for this OOC planning, perhaps one or two would be willing to "host" an opportunity and volunteer a province where we can all have the shooty bang party. Third: Justification/Casus I see Anatea has already given a pitch for the history, I am game to work with that if we find a suitable host and a logic to connect our involvements. Iverica or its sister states would be willing to provide a setting for this. We'd just have to set up a reason for Anatea and any other participants to be there. Given how int'l trade works--this should be as easy as having economic assets in the AO or having a vested interest in the hosts policy direction.
  3. Iverica

    Iverica One

    Since January this year, 3 ships have met accidents on the lateral Northern Argic Passage; a risky, narrow, but efficient shipping lane that connects the North Oriental Ocean and the Adlantic Ocean. Just last week on the 26th of June, the MV Explorator, a ship registered to a commercial freight company in Mannarsto, Narva, met an accident when it collided with a substantial piece of the summer ice floes just 50 kilometres away from the coast of Nanuvat, an indigenous territory in the northeastern Argic coast that has yet to be recognised by the international community. A breach in her hull left the civilian ship slowly listing for hours until it eventually capsized. It took 9 hours before the nearest fishermen could reach the Explorator's lifeboats, one of which deployed improperly, resulting in the death of 1 crewman. The accident is still under investigation by Mannarsto authorities. This, among some other incidents, has prompted the Armada Iverica to consider old plans proposed in 2005, the deployment of a permanent and peaceful sea-service mission to the polar peripheries in the Argic northeast. Prompting has come from the awareness among maritime stakeholders and the general public. In the 25th of April, an illegally operating Nanuvat whaler was sunk when it struck a low berg, about 120 kilometres east from what would be the MV Explorator accident site. The whalers were unable to raise assistance in their boat's radio and all but one perished in the freezing waters. The incident made headlines across Northern Argis and raised a two-fold concern over maritime safety and wildlife protection in the region. The passage has few emergency infrastructures and the ports to seek assistance from are few, far-between, and usually under-equipped. But as the route saves thousands of kilometres worth of fuel and supplies compared to a Mediargic transit, many businesses and priority freight continue to cruise the Northern Argic Passage. Given the staunch determination to maintain the route, the Iverican government is now considering the option of establishing a facility to assist ships, protect wildlife, conduct emergency response, provide a base of operations for vital infrastructure building, and host supply and relief efforts to communities and vessels that may become iced-in during the brutal Polar winters. Sidelined for modernisation priorities in 2005, the plan dubbed "The Polar Service Initiative", is currently being re-examined by the Armada Almirantasgo and Executive Ministry Praesidio. Press release from Corregidor sheds some light on the tentative Polar Service's mission: "The Armada Polar Service is to provide humanitarian aid by lending skills and emergency assistance to distressed ships and communities. It is to provide safe berthing, fuelling, and victuals to any civilian vessel passing through their area of operation. It is to accomplish this by establishing vital and environmentally considerate facilities in uninhabited territories and with the permissions of regional entities. Such facilities shall be staffed by essential and skilled Armada personnel and shall remain unarmed but for self-defence; they are to be restricted from carrying missiles, large calibre guns, or offensive electronic warfare systems. The facilities will be open for observation and visitation by the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association (ATARA) inspectors. The Armada is to cooperate closely with the government of the United States of @Prymont , which maintains state interest in the region. Though many questions are abound--regarding location, exceptions, and execution, what is known is mainly speculation. There is some statement basis for the Iverican government to cooperate with indigenous authorities and some loopholes in vague and fragmented local maritime laws to situate stations in international waters. Some sites have been speculated as likely choices, the most curious of which is a former Helleno-Russian naval base located in far-northeastern Argis and abandoned since the Second Argic War. Some have also pointed to the Armada's wide inventory of prefabricated modular infrastructure, developed for the Islandero Operations and extensive naval logistics capability to aid in the quick deployment of a polar aid station. Should such an undertaking follow-through, the northern ports of the Iberic Federated Commonwealth are likely to see new or expanded opportunities arise in Eastern Argis and Northern Europa.
  4. The Marenesia Conference, Stage II | IVERICA 1600 Charlie Time (+3) | 5th of November, 2019 Fort Beleturi, Salvia --- "Is it just me, or does this place feel... too Salvian", remarked ExecMin flunky Tomas as they passed a Salvian propaganda billboard. The small tour crowd had just passed the barracks, rows of Salvian personnel had stood-to for the inspection. His colleague, Quinto, snorted. "Its a Salvian Base you Mér-á-Capessa*!" "I mean, there's just something that feels comically stereotypical about this place", remarked Tomas defensively. He stopped, facing Quinto. Behind him, a billboard mounted above the barracks compound's postern gate loomed in full view. The billboard featured a larger-than-life Salvian crusader complete with tabard and barrel-like great helm. He stood in the foreground with a finger pointed in the general direction of the viewer. Whereas in the background, a city looking suspiciously like a Europan holy city of religious import burned merrily. Meanwhile, in the midground, an anachronistic array of mixed trebuchets and modern field guns were featured in various states of firing. Prominently, lines of Salvian men in uniforms from varying eras charged the gates with fixed bayonets and handsomely shaded musculature and jawlines. In large bold text, supposed to appear as speech from the helmed crusader were the words: "I want YOU to retake the HOLY LAND!" Report to your local recruiter today. Quinto squinted, looking around. "I don't quite see it. Whatever do you mean?", Quinto asked as the tour group moved on, passing a main battle tank with a large brass crucifix (complete with suffering Christ) welded on to its upper glacis plate. "I can't rightly say. The way everyone walks? Their accents? The way the place smells maybe?", said Tomas. "Can't you just accept them as brothers in the Saviour?", asked Quinto, slightly exasperated. They passed a prototype fighter jet that featured prominent nose art. Painted on it, a rather attractive looking nun struck a bold pose as she spanked a strangely dressed boy (presumably a heathen) on the buttocks. "I suppose I can. I just get the strangest nigglings from this place", acceded Tomas. Quinto shrugged. "I can't relate.", the pair continued in silence walking passed a line of cuirassed troops in attention as they received a blessing from a priest in woodland-pattern battle-dress cassock. The smell of incense from the priest's swinging censer lingered on the nose. * Mér-á-Capessa- (n.) Expletive. Literally: faeces on/atop a head. Semi-common Iberic expletive used to refer to someone annoying or unpleasant, as bird droppings on one's head might be. Likely originated from sailor's expressions during the age of sail, as it was common for seabirds to perch on yards and booms of a square-masted sailing ship. OOC: @SalviaThis doesn't have to be canon. As you might have already surmised, I'm f*cking about. I thought it would be funny. --- 17:15 | Alexis Hall After the cue from a very jolly Defence Minister Vernon McCoy, CCO. Ferran Arnau Macharius gave a very terse speech about the unity of the Marenesian continent. Briefly, but also sincerely, he addressed the delegation from @Tagmatium Rules (OOC: and @Seylos if he's still up for it) thanking them for their open-mindedness and initiative in being the first to become Partners for Peace. To Macharius, and no doubt, most of the others assembled in this chamber, it was a welcome breeze of sense against the stifling air of confusion that seemed to waft about the wurld. Macharius would later spare a brief thought to that confusion. There seemed to be an otherwordly notion that TRIDENT was out to get them or start rows. All the more ironic when, just 2 years prior, TRIDENT was founded simply a mutual-defence measure against WMD armed rogue states and Communist proliferation in Argis. Where these narratives came from, Macharius could only guess. For all of TRIDENT's existence, all it had done was stop a revolutionary government that assassinated its former king from sending a nuclear fleet into the Mediargic (See: Kirov Class Battlecruiser and the Verde Blockade), hosted a naval exercise to keep an Aurelian rogue state with a penchant for false-flag operations ion their toes, launched an initiative to standardise electronic communications and designation systems, and hosted a summit to expand diplomatic and strategic cooperation with states of fairly good repute. Hardly the league of nefarious, hand-rubbing, cat-stroking villains. One might even say that TRIDENT contributed to cross-cultural understanding and wurld force-parity. But, what would Macharius know? He was just the Capo-Comandante of the Republican Armed Service--hardly qualified for such lofty understandings. Macharius' speech instead focused on the great step of including Salvia and the Partners for Peace while also touching on action plans for 2020. Covering in brief the Treaty Council desire to exchange liaison officers with the Partners for Peace, the plans to hold further joint training exercises, to establish joint bases that could allow for member states to troops and support capability in an ally's part of the wurld. Lasting all of 7 minutes, Macharius ended his speech and gave a small nod to his aides de camp, who began walking the assembled plenipotentiaries and Council members through the amendments made in the Tricontinental Treaty OOC: Embedded the Treaty w/ amendments to this post. Big (finally official) Welcome to Salvia and the Partner(s) for Peace!!! At this point we can assume that everyone agrees to the amendments. Feel free to post your conclusions and perspectives on how this affect's your nation's bottom-line.
  5. Definitely, the island isn't too far out, considering Galahinda and Alenveil. Influence wanes over distance, true enough. But then again, we have colonies like the Philippines and Australia that are in regions quite a bit more alien to their colonising country's influence. Anyway, I'll leave it up to Anatea and the cartographer. Additionally, some points Tagmatium relays:
  6. Summary of TIPTA Provisions Tariff Reduction Assuming both countries use a Fixed Tax scheme for imports: Bilateral reduction of tariffs; both nations will agree to a fixed deduction of the amount taxable per unit of good. E.g. If one "unit of Iverican consumer electronics export is valued at $500 million, Tagmatium will reduce its fixed tariffs by X amount. Likewise, Iverica will reduce its fixed tariffs to every $500 million worth of Tagmatine biodiesel by the same X. Supposing that Tagmatine tariff is currently at 5% of the unit value ($25 million in this case) for every "unit" of Iverican electronics bound for their markets, both parties will agree to a reduction that works for both parties. If this is to reduce the tariff to 1%, then both will agree to reduce the amount taxable for the goods agreed upon. If we apply those values, Iverican taxes on Tagmatine biodiesel will be reduced to $5 million per $500 million unit of Tagmatine biodiesel. Same application for Iverican electronics entering Tagmatium. Affected Goods Renewals: All Seed Oil/byproducts originating from Tagmatium (refined)- for chemical, cosmetic, and preservative use. All Coffee products originating from Iverica- in whole bean form or as preserved grounds or powder which may have added sugars, sweeteners, syrups, dairy, etc. Included as of 2020 All Biodiesel originating from Tagmatium- for fuel use. All finished consumer electronic products originating from Iverica (completely assembled, finished products)- screensets, smartphones, smart accessories, audio devices, charging cables/systems, personal computers, tablets, etc. Implications Iverica Currently, domestic extraction and production are far behind the demand curve. Cheap crude oil from Hellenic Rus because of a tariff agreement and Iverican holdings there are currently supplying most of the Iverican oil and fuel needs. Though even with those suppliers, overhead and costs of production could be lower if competitive alternatives were found. Tagmatine biodiesel, given the scale of Tagmatine production and the current Iverican demand, could be a competitive alternative for the civilian fuel market, driving prices to a more desirable balance. Overall, the manufacturing sector hopes to see a marginal if not sufficient gain from supply moving closer to meet the demand curve--reducing their operating costs. Likewise, transport and freight companies could also benefit from this arrangement. Fortis Electronics is currently trying to expand its export sales. Without notable competitition on a comparable scale of production, FOREL senses that expanding into Occidental markets would be commonsensical at this point. Tagmatium Tagmatine Biofuel companies experience a large sales increase by tapping into a developed market that drinks millions of barrels a day. Aside from industry, Tagmatine biofuel taps into a civilian market where there is a sharply growing demand but a slowly growing supply. Its 58 million people, >70% of which live in developed areas where every household probably has 1 or more motor vehicle(s). If Tagmatine prices are low enough because of their sheer biomaterial output, then it's safe to say that they fill a high-demand slice of the Iverican fuel market without as much taxes that say, an OPEC exporter would incur. TLDR: Sales. Up. OOC: I don't know how the tech situation in Tagmatium is, but I'm assuming that Iverican electronics, being affordable but still industry leading, will find a market if there is demand in Tagmatium for more powerful consumer devices at the competitive price large-scale manufacturing allows for. This could do two things: either it supplies an existing demand and therefore balances the curve, or if Tagmatine tech companies are big enough, but are not lately innovating or adequately supplying affordable consumer goods, it forces them to innovate in response to the entry of Iverican tech. If there might be potential interference with startups or smaller tech companies, I'm sure something can be arranged.
  7. 8 JUNE 2020 | 2200 Romeo Time CC to Terminal /2FLTHQ-7CAPGRU (GRULDR)/ -POSTION: [ 55°20'56.67"N | 68°48'52.92"W ] 7-CAPGRU | NEW ORDERS ORD: UPDATE PATROL MISSION; Assume Counter-Piracy Posture -7-CAPGRU clear to conduct AIR RECCE and VBSS- at GRU LDR discretion -STBY for further orders ATTITUDE: ALERT-2; Presume hostile armed vessels are present in AO -Retain speed to last confirmed heading -All ahead slow and await orders approaching last heading point NOTE: PEACETIME ROE APPLIES -Confirm with 2FLT HQ prior any operation. /SEE ATTACHED/ --- Number 7 Capital Task Group, flagged by the Amphibious Assault Ship-turned-Light Carrier, VRI Bonifacio, received its orders the night following the attack on BMV Santo Joao. Though ship intelligence had already been aware of the situation given the radio transmissions exchanged on the civilian band and had tracked the Belearean (@Beleareas) naval operation using the available OSINT AIS, the group held its routine patrol pattern and awaited orders from Number 2 Fleet Headquarters, Office of Armada Operations as was the norm. Attempts to offer assistance would be futile, given the distance and not within the Armada Iverica's area of responsibility. Instead, Bonifacio raised its alert level, dispersed its escorts in a protocol mandated formation, and sent intelligence to Fleet HQ. That evening, Bonifacio's CIC recieved the above encrypted response along with a data packet detailing known intelligence and a number of new mission protocols to be assumed at the Group Leader, Vice Almirante Alberto Dei Costas', tactical purview. Given the number of unknown variables, this meant that any operation would be almost entirely in the Vice Almirante's hands. Given clearance, the carrier Bonifacio immediately launched one of its two SUA-20E aircraft equipped for maritime surveillance. Alternating flights would continue regularly over the shipping routes closest to the group--largely to reassure and dissuade maritime authorities from declaring a moratarium on commercial acitivities. Under the justification of the recent pirate attack, part of the Bonifacio's escort, three guided-missile frigates, held boarding teams on standby to deploy via RHIB. They were to conduct visit-board-search-and-seizure (VBSS) operations on suspicious vessels in the area.
  8. There would be very close interest here. Its literally in the mission statement on the Armada's wiki. Given the real economic danger of pirate presence: bad insurance climate affecting trading companies, suspension of freight, slowed transits whenever a military conducts extensive counter-priacy... Iverica would have reason to be in on this Its convenient that we already have the Saksapti in a regular course of patrol Eager to hear out how we can initiate this. One point of consideration that might help planning: Since there would logically be a lot of economic interest in the area, patrols might be regular, or at least semi-regular. Therefore the pirates would have to find some opportunity to conduct ops efficiently to whatever end they set. Spitballing some possibilities: They have tacit sheltering from an NPC organisation (either private or a NPC state) Their bases are very remote and they therefore only prey on the peripheries or close-to-shore zones of the seas. If they're organised; they'd need a strong cause or financier putting them up to it. If they are not organised (like Somali skiff gangs), then they lack competence and proper equipment (meaning that they are effectively skinnies on skiffs with AKs and RPGs)
  9. Iverica

    Iverica One

    The times have changed. Once again, the people of the Islas Ultramares, the Federated Commonwealth's smallest autonomous state, are faced with economic uncertainty. For many decades, the Ultramarianos have eked out a living by exporting fish and manning Icebreakers that ploughed the routes between the Canamo and the Narvic Seas. But now, with the sunny prospects of the Canamo Canal melting the future necessity of those Icebreakers, Ultramariano icebreaker holding companies are looking downsize. Faced with a future unemployment crisis, the Ultramariano government has encouraged employment at military facilities owned by the Republic of Iverica. There are 4 such facilities on the island and the Iverican government has slowly been making preparations to expand their size and capabilities. Among these facilities are a satellite tracking station, a deepwater port with submarine tenders, an airbase, and a Western Argis Aerospace Defence Command (WARD) site. Since 2019, NGOs have reported that the deepwater naval base has almost doubled its covered docks--likely related to the Armada Iverica's increased submarine presence globally. All of these bases have been slowly accepting more and more workers for general staffing--sanitation, food preparation, supply management, and other jobs. But that isn't enough according to estimates. The Ultramarianos will need to have 1,500 more job positions by 2022 in keeping with its population growth and shrinking fishing and icebreaking industry. After an appeal to the FedCom's Economic Council, some project proposals have been tendered and pitched to private banks; an expanded civilian satellite facility has already secured investors, survey work is underway in search of oil and natural gas deposits, and some potential mining prospects are being considered. If all goes well, the Ultramares might finally have a future outside of Tuna and Crabs.
  10. Recipients: All Iverican Embassies Foreign Embassies on Iverican Soil Subject: Memo of Recent Statements Content as follows: Note that as of this day, 4th of June, 2020, the island is known as "Monarch Island" or L'Isla Monarca shall henceforth be a protectorate of the Federated Commonwealth of the Iberic Union. Justifying these claims are the following factors that we invite any concerned foreign observer to verify: That the island was de facto "Terra Nullis" with no permanent native population residing therein. That the island has several rich marine reefs and forests that are at risk of pirate exploitation. That the island has become occupied by a permanent population of Cussian refugees who now claim residence on its soil. That these refugees are dependents of the Federated Commonwealth and do claim sovereignty over this previously unclaimed island, its airspace, and its sovereign waters. That the Federated Commonwealth is actively aiding in their housing and pursuit of decent living standards by numerous forms of aid. That the Cussian refugees are unarmed and rely on the Iverican military and employed security personnel to safeguard them from hostile action. This sovereign entity shall be known as: The Cussian Protectorate of Monarch Island For the International Community: A Briefing on the Settlement Situation The Cussians are arriving in batches of 1,000 following a brief stay for processing in Home Office facilities in Altaria City, Iverica. As of this writing, there are 80,000 Cussians (50% of Cussians given sanctuary by the FedCom) residing on Monarch Island. A provisional government has been established, with one Cussian appointed by present members of the Cussian government-in-exile to be Governor. Powers are shared and checked by one representative of the Iverican government who acts as a "Chief-Advisor" and temporary head of government. The settlement is expected to transition into a more self-determined and democratic form of government once a basic infrastructure and economy are present. Civilian volunteer workers from the Federated Commonwealth and contract personnel from the Monarch Group ( @Seylos ) are assisting with the establishment of a frontier Port with several smaller townships surrounding it. These settlements are largely constructed out of prefabricated modules shipped from the Republic of Iverica. The settlement areas have all been chosen to minimise ecological damage. Areas previously stripped by poachers and illegal foresters have been selected. In addition to whatever resources the settlers have been able to extract sustainably, necessities (food, water, fuel, and medication) are being provided by donation and by the Republican Armed Service [1]. Cussian Settlers were given standardised testing to assess skills and competencies on the voyage from Beautancus. Currently, the Toledo Group of Companies is providing supervisors and management personnel to direct groups of Cussian specialist teams to build permanent infrastructure on the island, organise medical stations, prepare ground for agriculture, survey waters for safe and responsible fishing areas, educate and care for children, and organise resources arriving from the Federated Commonwealth [2]. Cussian Settlers are free to conduct cultural acitivies and free to practice their native faiths without hindrance from the provisional administration. Notable Milestones in the Protectorate Economic Plan In the first year, the Cussian economy is expected to be a consumer economy dependent on the import of Iverican goods. The settlers are expected to participate using the credit value of whatever fish and produce can be traded and whatever income is made by the skilled labourers (IT professionals, engineers, specialised surgeons, luxury craftsmen, etc.) being employed as overseas workers in the Federated Commonwealth or by the Canamo Canal Company. Advanced training and other work-related courses are to be provided by Iverican consultants and educators in preparation for future needs and economic ventures. A temporary communal fund has been established using the Iverican Velle as currency. It is used primarily for purchasing necessary imports and providing labourers with a minimum-wage salary. Deposits are made by overseas Cussian workers (currently numbering 38,000) who must have agreed to contribute upwards of 65% of their income to the fund. Donations and loans from Iberic financiers also contribute to this fund. A future national bank is to be established from the growing of this fund Preparations are being made to shift the settlement into a fishing and cash-crop economy; growing Alharica coffee beans and fishing for Tuna. The climate on Monarca is ideal for export-quality Alharica and waters are similarly rich in deep-sea fish with no nearby neighbouring economies to compete with. The settlement is expected to grow this economy while simultaneously decreasing its reliance on aid donations. It is planned for the settlers to be a participant in the Iberic economies by providing ample market for the many necessities, goods, and services not available locally. Once more permanent infrastructure is established, the island is expected to venture into eco-tourism as an additional source of income. Diving, trekking, mountaineering, and some extreme sports are possible attractions due to the islands topography and natural beauty. Throughout this plan, the settlement government must abide by Commonwealth environmental regulations. Close cooperation and consultancy with the Federated Commonwealth's economic committees shall be observed in order to better integrate Monarch's economy with the region's. --- OOC: [1] Possible also provided by Machina Haruspex if a positive retroactiv reply to this letter is made. [2] It was mentioned that the Iverican humanitarian workers prioritised skilled workers here. Potential fire-brands and activists/instigators were also avoided. Essentially, the population takin in by Iverica can predominantly be characterised as: Having a family with at least one child, having higher education or vocational training of note, and little to no record of violent of dissident crime. Naturally, Iverica is wary about taking in refugees willy-nilly. An unsustainable situation spells disaster and escalation of the wrong kind of social force. Iverica also needs to not go into debt for this if possible. There is a humanitarian budget, but a refugee population that contributes something is much better than a refugee population that doesn't. In the future, careful resource extraction and continued yields for Monarch might even see a positive economic force existing as part of the Federated Commonwealth.
  11. Iverica

    The Canamo Canal

    "The WHAT in the Canamo Locks WHAT?", roared the Assistant Project Manager of the forward clearing group. The Manager struggled to hear the report of one Field Engineer, a man from a concrete laying team assigned to wall the canal banks with a slope of concrete. Hearing was poor because at this exact moment, the Manager was watching a pair of sweaty Sarov workers pulverise a boulder obstructing the embankment face with a power jack. The clatter of steel on rock was quite tremendous. The sun beat down on the stretch on the canal known was the Quarterway Turn, where the snake-like procession of gradual construction was currently boring into. It was hotter this far inland, as climes turned more temperate and less frigid and compounded by the approaching first summer of the new decade, workers were sweating in the noon rays despite the pleasant 16-degree centigrade ambient temperature. The man opened his mouth to shout the report out again, taking advantage of a brief respite in the rock-breaking team's furious chiselling work. But just as he got the first word out, the burly Russian resumed with renewed enthusiasm, laying into the rock as though it was some cathartic release of pent up Slavic hormones. "Oh, for Taco's sake! Saviour on a stick!", the Manager cursed, though not a soul could hear. He signalled for the Field Engineer to follow him, and started walking northwards, down the path the construction had come from and away from the din of power tools. The Manager looked over the edge of the canal--he and the Field Engineer had been standing quite close to the ledge that plummeted a good 2 dozen metres into the gorge floor. Below them, separate teams of workers worked on removing obstructions for the concrete laying crews that would follow. Further southward, from the direction they had come, a steady trickle of workers had gathered to watch a demolition team set over a hundred pounds in explosive charges lain deep in the heart of a pile of pre-historic gravel, stones, and soil that split this stretch of gorge from the next. After a quick pause at that sight, the pair moved further down and away from the bustle of activity, the further north they went, the more orderly and artificial the gorge embankments and floor become. They followed a dirt road marked by wheel furrows and used to ferry men and resources north and south. Here and there along the parallel ledges of the soon-to-be canal, shipping containers and neat stacks of rebar lay, waiting for the next phase of the construction. "Sorry sir, we're getting a bit of interference on the radio, couldn't relay this on the net. Cell signal is pretty shit too", apologised the Field Engineer as he fell into step with the Manager. "I see... So, what did you say about the Canamo Locks?", asked the Manager. "Well, sir... You see--" "Coming Through! Move aside sirs!", announced a man in yellow reflector vest, coming down the road mounted on a quadbike. He waved them to the curb of the rut-road. A bright signal baton waved lazily in one hand. Rumbling down the dirt path, a small electric buggy trundled. It sped quickly, but carefully down the road, a palette with an orange hard-plastic crate marked with the "explosive" symbol (a fragmenting ball) clearly visible on its side. Hanging on to the buggy's rear were two Sarov guards, one of whom waved cheerfully at the Manager. "Demo, reckoned that the obstacle was a bit denser. I hear they just had a second look at the rock wall with the new LIDAR equipment from Toledo. Requisitioned a touch more boom-stuff from logi--the damn laggards!", reflector vest man remarked, not harshly. He tipped his hardhat, gunned the quad and chased after the buggy. A few more buggies came rolling down the road, so the pair decided to pull off the dirt path. Just past the shoulder of the road was a slight rise, something of a very short and squat hillock. Within a few seconds they had a slight vantage over the road and the gorge further below. The construction was moving from the northern access point (at a river that fed the Canamo), southward until it hit the progress of the Mediargic team. The operation was segmented, with locks, turns, and "reaches" marking milestone points in the project. LIDAR survey and careful pre-plotting helped determine an accurate and easy to bore path. The idea was also to coordinate a Canamo team and a Mediargic team and have them eventually meet at the Midway Reach in the future. It was only by sheer grace of the divine that the topography was more-or-sea level. A blessed convenience of some divine's worldbuilding that this stretch of narrow land between Canamo and Mediargic just so happened to be flat, with wide gorges perforating the way, a sedimentary easy to bore geology, and at bloody sea-level. If it hadn't been, a canal of this length would require too many locks and the cost would render it utterly unfeasible. Progress from the Canamo team had begun with an excavation team using a combination of controlled blasts and heavy boring and excavation equipment to widen and smoothen the banks, further inland such as now in the Quarterway reach the advance excavation team had to deal with clearing kilometres worth of rock and soil between the natural gorges that made up the pre-historic river. Following behind them (by a few kilometres) were corps of logistical units, masonry-laying crews, and engineers who were preparing the canal ways with concrete embankments, power generators, reservoirs and auxiliary pumps for the locks--and all that was just the bare minimum. After which still lay the process of installing the longest series of waterway locks the Eurth had ever seen--a first that was still in the finalising stage. "Now then. What was that?", queried the Manager. "Well sir, to put it--", stuttered the Field Engineer. "Yes?", said the Manager impatiently. "Sir the err, embankment--the laying team--" "Taco man! Out with it!", the Manager interrupted irritably. "There's been a--" "Damn your eyes, can't you just say it?" "I'm trying si--" "Well?" The Field Engineer opened his mouth again, but just as he spoke, the earth shook. Scarcely a millisecond had passed when (no other way to describe it really), a great bloody bang, like the world's largest paper bag explosion clapped through the entire valley. A spectacular spike of acoustic interruption that made everyone in the area temporarily deaf and probably gave a few not wearing ear-protection tinnitus. From their vantage, the pair could see the great rock and soil barrier between gorges vanish in a cloud of dust and smoke as it came crashing down in a controlled blast. Great trunks, jets of water pumped at high-pressure surrounded the blast site, forming a screen of watery mist around it to prevent a dust cloud from forming. The Manager, briefly stunned by the explosion had been gaping at it. Coming to his senses, he turned back to the Field Engineer, who was likewise stunned and gaping. The Field Engineer turned to the Manager and delivered his message. Though a look of horror was now in his eyes. "I've been told to ask you not to trigger the explosives." The Manager looked glassy eyed. He swivelled on his hips to look at the contained geyser of dirt and dust that had just bloomed from hundreds of kilos of explosives being detonated. The pillar of greyish dust rose lazily against the bright blue noon sky. He swivelled back to the Field Engineer. He was speechless. "I suppose its's a bit... late for that", the Field Engineer followed up. There was an awkward silence. The Manager lifted an arm and vaguely flailed it at the dust cloud. He did not look amused. --- Apparently, some overlooked geological faults had caused a section of an embankment wall further back to buckle. An entire segment had threatened to collpase as it teetered and groaned precariously on one side of the canal. Fearing a total collapse, the manager in charge of the embankment construction tried to cancel the scheduled blast out of fear that the shockwave would be the last nail in the segment's coffin. The dispatched engineer had arrived too late, and the ensuing explosion caused approximately 18 metric tons of concrete to collapse. --- OOC: Creative liberties--they would have sounded a siren for a good few minutes before using explosives that and there should have been ear protection for everyone working with loud power tools and within good earshot of the blast zone.
  12. Tech's Files- Interlude OOC: RAS 2020 is a modernisation initiative explained here and in news RP. This is kind of a summary of tech that is substantiated in RP (this thread and others) and on iiwiki. All of these concepts are quite evident IRL and can be searched up. NOOSPHERA is basically C4I plus America's Link16, the botnet GYGES is pretty simple in principle and a more potent example IRL is China's Great Cannon (which currently Gyges is not quite an equal to).
  13. @Salvia I did ask you about your capabilities on Discord lol. Judging by your answer, you guys had it covered . Didn't see the need to get involved if the Iverican military just sits there and looks around. Boots on the ground is expensive and gauging from some of probes I've made into possible Iverican intervention, it looks like it will just bloat the IC thread than contribute to the narrative. Besides, the Christian int'l community should be grateful enough that the Cussian situation is being, might I say--adequetely contributed to by the Ministry Foreign Affairs and the Armada. So political pressure to join the Coalition directly is fairly low.
  14. Re: Assisting Prymont Iverica is sticking to a support role. With some allowance for our observers to collect intel and study the situation. Intelligence support is mainly in satellite imaging; we'll be testing a new one. Some fire support will also be made available to the Prymontians via ship-based guided missiles. These will be sourced from 2-CATFOR and other units of the 4th Fleet which have a presence in the Adlantic. For all intents and purposes, Iverica won't have a stake in the current conflict, apart from the interest in keeping our allies supported. Posting here as due diligence in case there are questions about realism (logistics, supply, our military presence) and as per Pry's invite to expound.
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