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  1. As most of you are aware, I'm working on a GSuite based system, that allows us to have a functioning Currency system that allows nations to have their currency weighted against a standardised unit, their foreign investment inflow, commodity and currency reserve etc. Below is a list of Commodities I have already in the system. Please reply to this if there are other commodities that you'd like to be seen in the system. GOLD PALLADIUM PLATINUM RHODIUM SILVER NATURAL GAS COAL CRUDE OIL ALUMINIUM LEAD IRON ORE COPPER NICKEL ZINC TIN COTTON OATS COFFEE COCOA LIVE CATTLE LEAN HOG CORN FEEDER CATTLE RAPESEED OIL RICE SOYBEAN WHEAT SUGAR
  2. Part Four: Hat'rasah Aroer, Mahoza Tribal Area 3 May 1908 It was the next morning, and the families of those who were executed the day before, were given a chance to bury their dead, but the night was not with out incident. The Coxwains from all three ships were busy, after reports of violence against the ships companies, with their makeshift brig full by sun up. After his morning briefing with the Coxwains, Jantje decided action needed to be taken to ensure the safety of all of the sailors and soldiers on shore. He discusses his options with William and the Coxwains, with one of them, Petty Officer Jim Fraser, suggesting that they establish an internment camp on the outskirts of town, and arrest all fighting-aged males within the town and surroundings. William and some other Coxwains, piped up in disagreement, saying that, that approach was disproportionate, and inhumane. "Disproportionate and inhumane?", Jantje exclaimed, "What was disproportionate and inhumane was when they executed a whole ships company for the actions of a few pissant sailors." Janjte sat down at his desk, and started to write out the orders of the day, that would be posted up in the makeshift orderly rooms. After which he called for William, "Now William, I know you voiced your opinion when Jim made the suggestion about the camp, but I need to know, if I go had with that suggestion, I have your support. If not, I'll have to send you back to the boat." - knowing that the situation as a whole is morale quandary, and that there could never be a happy ending to this whole incident, William reluctantly agrees - "Sir, regardless, you have my support." Jantje finishes writing the orders of the day, and hands them to William, "Good. Now can you hand these to the Duty PO and get him to post them. Also can you tell the Chief Engineer to come and see me?" - William tips his hat to Jantje and heads out. A few days later, the tribal councils of the other areas of the Bashan, had traveled to Aroer to meet with Jantje to discuss the events of the last couple of weeks, and what will come of the Mahozites - when Menashe ben Tuv, the tribal leader from Shomron brought up the point that no men could be seen walking the streets of Aroer. Jantje had planned to play off any points about the internment of the men from the village, but all of a sudden the other tribal leaders had started to voice their concern as well. Janjte did his best to deflect the concerns, but ended up telling them that they've been interned. Rajab al-Salloum, the leader from the Sahrab tribe of Bani Nasir, stood up abruptly and started to shout at the council in Sahrabic - "This is what happens to you Yehudim, this is what you did to us in 1860 in Banu Harith, God has brought his upon you". After having Rajab's tirade translated by the other sahrabi tribal leader, Jantje, gets up and addresses the group of men. "Gentlemen, for all intents and purposes, this has nothing to do with you. This is between us and Mahozites. I ask you, if you have any concerns or grievances in regards to what's happened I ask that you discuss them with me personally. We are trying avoid any conflict here, and the dynamics of this group is not conducive of that. I thank you for your time." Jantje then gave William the 'we are leaving' look, and then walks back to the camp. Moments later, while Jantje and William were walking back to the camp, the leader of the Dulaim Tribe, Naseem el-Khalid, approached Jantje and William and started to talk to the two, "As-salamu alaykum, Rabb, I have message from Rajab al-Salloum. He says that you have no authority here, and that if you don't leave our lands, you will pay the price." Jantje looks at William, they both snicker under their breath, then Jantje responds, "Naseem, tell him, that my authority here is the 190 sailors and officers that were killed by the people of this land." --- Later that afternoon, a patrol was up in the hills around S'dom, when they come across a large patch of disturbed dirt. One of the soldiers, take his entrenching tool off of his pack, and starts to dig, and all of a sudden, something that looks like human flesh starts showing through the sod. The soldier then throws away his entrenching tool and start clawing away the dirt with their hands. They continue digging away, and a body of a recently deceased white male, was uncovered. It was clothed in what looks like to be a Gallambrian Naval uniform, the soldier starts to look for identification discs, when he finds them tucked into the deceased sailors trouser pockets. Nathan Smith N104010 12 FEB 1888 X/CATH - the soldier starts to write the details down, when another soldier starts to uncover another body, and another, and another. When the soldier says to the others, "I think we found them". They start to walk back to town to tell their superiors. Half an hour later, a work group of 50 soldiers and sailors could be seen marching out to the potential grave site. After about an hour of digging, the work group had exhumed about 80 bodies, when all of a sudden, shots rang out, followed by bullets ricocheting close to them. The soldiers start to scan the hills and horizon, then they start to retreat back to town. As soon as they arrive, one of the soldiers go up to the camps 'warning bell' and starts to ring it. Jantje runs out of his tent and tries to find William. A few moments later he finds William napping in his, "WAKE UP DICK HEAD! CAN'T YOU HEAR THE BELL??" - William then jumps out of his cot "Go to the tent and telegraph the 4 transports outside of the Harbour to dock and unload." Jantje and William start to walk back the command tent, where William heads to the telegraph desk and hands the message off to the signaler. Jantje starts to address the other officers and NCO's, "Gentlemen, it seems as tho, the locals think they can force us out of Aroer. Well the time has come to show them that we are a force to be reckoned with," Jantje then starts to assign orders to the NCO's, having soldiers positioned around the town with lookouts and runners to provide updates on enemy movements back to the command tent, he then continues, "We are lucky enough to have the GEMF still waiting outside the harbour for us, they will all be in port later this afternoon, we will have to our best to hold off any advance till then."
  3. Gallambria

    Doom of Ceris

    "Ha! Looking at that f*cking pog lieutenant ..." one of the SAS operators jeers as he sees a lieutenant salute one of the officers walking out of Lt General Fitzwilliams' tent. Normally, the Gallambrians wouldn't have cared for things like that, but having just gotten off of the boat from Garden Island, they were tired, recouping from the sea sickness, but ready for action. Lieutenant General Michael Fitzwilliams, the commander of Gallambrian Forces in Ceris, had been working with his team for a while now, developing a game plan, where our resources could be put to good use. The Gallambrians have had Fighters enforcing the no fly zone over Dopraystein and Ashein, and ISTAR aircraft overflying the entire island. However the Army and Marines were in for the hard slog, taking back Liechnenfax. When Michael had finished up prepping for the briefing, he gathered all of the task group commanders and the unit commanders for the first of many update and planning meetings. He first asks Group Captain Jack Burrows, the Air Task Group commander how the current air operations were going, which he replied, "Well Sir, the NFZ patrols have been successful - not a peep from the @Greater Serbian's, however I've been talking with the air intelligence folk who had been combing through the video feeds from our Panther overflights of the waters south of Dopraystein, and recordings from JOTHRN and they are noticing a lot of irregular maritime traffic in and out of Dopraystein." - Michael responds, "That's weird, I'll talk to Air Command later and get a couple of Neptunes up here. Ground, where are we at?" - Brigadier Kenneth Turvey-Haines, the Commander of the Land Task Group, responded, "Well Sir, we've finished off-loading 1 and 2 Brigade's off of the Centaur and Griffin, the 51 brigade are standing by at Kirkwall with the other coalition airborne forces, 12 Brigade and the medical group will remain on the Centaur till a base is set up here. 3 Brigade will also remain on the Centaur as a reserve." - "Excellent, Michael responds, "Expect orders for 1 and 2 brigades in the next 12 hours we're just waiting on Air to finish the strikes." The Naval TG commander, Vice Admiral John Kerrington, had phoned in for the briefing just in time for the Michael to ask where they're at operationally, "Well Sir we have the Centaur and Griffin still off of the coast of Liechnenfax, I have the Stratten, Macarthur and Spalding off the coast of Ashein. The King Albert is currently in Seylosian waters at the moment, as it awaits its cycle out and replacement with the Princess Royal. I've temporarily attached 44 Commando to the Land Task group, so Ken, they're all yours." - "Thanks John." All the Commanders then start to wrap up and head back to their areas, when, while Michael was going through his messages, he sees a message from Air tasking, it reads "Neptunes approved x 4 inbound eta 7 hrs" - to which he informed Jack, "I want clarity on the situation with the Serbians."
  4. Part Three: Shillumah Namal Aroer, Mahoza Tribal Area 2 May 1908 While troops were out rounding up the tribe's council, the ships tradesmen managed to build temporary brig's in the fish market and by lunchtime, the cells were full and the officer's of the ship were getting together to prepare for their trial. Commander Beit had been mulling over how they were to deal with the council. Beit and his Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander William Hughes, sat down with the Chief Rabbi, and senior members of the council, to ascertain the events leading up to the massacre. Jantje & William were starting to fume at the idea that these people were capable of such inhumane behaviour. Later that afternoon, the tradesmen had finished setting up the platform and tables for the officers, in the town square. Jantje had called for the council to brought forward, one by one, the ship's Coxswains bring out the council members, after which, William started to read the statement written up by the ship's executive: Gentlemen, you have been brought here today to face trial for murder of the ship's company of His Majesty's Gallambrian Ship King George, and the prevention of a lawful and respectful burial of their remains. We have received statements from member's of your community, and surviving member's of the ship's company. While we are not educated in the cultural and religious laws of your community, it is expected that a collective of people respond proportionally and measurably to the crimes. With the fact that you had gall to put them on trial, that had no legal basis, no structure, and essentially was a show trial. Without the facts, and a true trial, you have dishonoured the spirit of natural justice. Commander Jantje Beit will now address you. William sits down, while Jantje rises to lectern. Rabbi and member's of the Council - As a Yehudi myself, you have brought dishonour upon our once righteous people. Your treatment of the men of the King George, is not conducive with the teachings of the Mikrah. Due to the fact that you don't obviously respect the rule of law, both civic and religious, we are not going to give you chance to defend your actions. As President of this Tribunal, ultimately the outcome of this trial and the punishment that will follow ultimately lays with me. As such, we, the tribunal have discussed the situation, based on the statements made by the Tribal Council and the Chief Rabbi, members of the community and the survivors, we the tribunal found you guilty of 190 counts of capital murder, and 190 counts of the prevention of a lawful and respectful burial. As such you all have seen sentenced to death, by firing squad. As Jantje sits down, the Rabbi and council members get up and protest the tribunals decision. The Coxwain's walk up to condemn and lead them away to the sandbags that had been prepared. About a half an our later, a squad of men from the Prince Henry marched into the town square, armed with their rifles form a firing squad, while the Coxwain's started to tie the condemned to the poles. The towns folk started to gather around the town square. Without the ceremony of a normal courts martial - William takes post next to the firing squad, and bellows out commands to the firing squad - "SQUUUUUUUAD! HO!", the sailors bring their feet together, "SQUUUUUUUAD! SHOULDEEEEER ARMS!" - they bring their rifles to their shoulders - "SQUUUUUUUAD! PRE-SENT ARMS!" - they bring their rifles to the present arms position - "SQUUUUUUUAD! SHOULDEEEEER ARMS!" - they return their rifles to shoulders - "TAKE AIM." - they then aim their rifles at the condemned. - "FIRE!" - a volley of gunfire echos throughout the town, as the condemned bodies slump forward. William walks up to the bodies, to check if they had died, he then stops next to the Rabbi, he is still breathing. William draws his pistol, and points it at the Rabbi's head to grant him a coup d' grace, but before he pulls the trigger, the Rabbi mutters in his dying breath, "Save these people from Shillumah. We have already paid the price". William then pulls the trigger, after which wailing from the crowd starts to ring out through the town square. William walks up to Jantje, and asks of him, "Sir, the Rabbi muttered something before I dispatched him, something along the lines of 'Save these people from Shillumah' - what did he mean by that? - Jantje responds with a single word, "Retribution."
  5. PART TWO: Searah. Namal Aroer, Mahoza Tribal Area A few weeks later. A few weeks had passed since the executions in the town square, Nakam and the Chief Rabbi were walking down the main street to the markets, when the Rabbi stopped and said to Nakam, "Moeshe, somethings not right. What have we done? It feels like storm is coming." - Moeshe, scoffing at the Rabbi, arrogantly responds, "Rabbi, are you crazy? We did what we needed to do." - "I know", the Rabbi responds, "but what if we've kicked the hornets nest?". After a tense few minutes of arguing, Moeshe slaps the Rabbi, "RABBI! Stop being a meshugener for a minute and think about it. We killed the whole ships company, their navy will probably think they have sunk in the middle of the Adlantic. We can scuttle their ship in the harbour and they will be none the wiser." The Rabbi, considering Moeshe's plan, agrees to the plan, "Moeshe, I'm going to leave this to you. You and your kibbitz, are responsible for cleaning this up. By the way - what did you do with their bodies?" - "We buried them at the foot of the S'dom.", Moeshe responds. "Excellent." - The Rabbi's attitude changed optimistically. A few days later, a small row boat could be seen going out to the empty warship, with Moeshe and a few members of the Shomrim. It takes them about half an hour to reach the warship from the wharf. The Rabbi is at the wharf with members of the council, watching the operation unfold through a set of binoculars. Intently observing the operation unfurl on the warship, he sees a member of the Shomrim place down charges near the deck guns on the forecastle. With the use of time-bombs to scuttle the ship, the need for urgency was paramount, but it brings with it high level of mistakes and errors. That being said, one of the men the ship had accidentally set the clock on the bomb near the ammunition cache, to 12:00pm, not 1:00pm as planned. The time is 11.57am. Unaware of his error, he continues placing charges around the forecastle. Moments later, two explosions seconds apart, could be heard across the valley. The Rabbi picks up his binoculars and scans the ship for the Shomrim, He could see them running to the aft of the ship, as the explosion continues to rip the ship apart. The explosion then reaches the aft cache, which seals not only the ships fate, but the fate of Moeshe and the Shomrim. ---- Mahanaim Port The sailors had stayed in Mahanaim keeping the Admiralty up to date with events as they happened. Then all of sudden, the harbour masters telegraph system started to beep. One of the sailors puts on the headphones and starts to scribble down a message. 4KQ HMGS PRINCE HENRY 342PM 1-5-08 MAHANAIM PORT MASTER WE ARE ENTERING PORT. WILL BE LANDING NAVAL TROOPS. C U SOON. STOP. The sailor operating the telegraph then sends a response back to the ship. MAHANAIM PORT 346PM 1-5-08 4KQ HMGS PRINCE HENRY ACK. R V AT FISH MONGERS. CAREFUL ARMED MILITIA. STOP. One of the sailors approaches the harbour master and asks where they can get a horse and cart from to get back to Aroer. He tells them he has a spare one that they can take leave at his brothers farm on the outskirts of Aroer. They then leave his office and head to his house, where he hands them a couple of revolvers and rifles. "Take them for safety. You will need it.", he said, and before the sailors set off on their journey back to Aroer, he recites a small prayer in Yehud, "Shema ha-Bashan, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad.", and then says to the sailors, "May Adonai the God of Bashan, give you protection, and may you find forgiveness in your hearts, for they do not know what they are doing. May you save us from retribution. Go and be protected by the angels." The sailors then start their journey back to Aroer. Meanwhile, back in Aroer, surviving members of the Shomrim and the Rabbi, kept a closeful eye on the ship as it slips away into the waters, when a glint in the distant catches the Rabbi's eye. He picks up his binoculars and scans the horizon, where he sees three ships, similar to the one that the Shomrim just scuttled, approach the break wall. He then shouts at the Shomrim to take up their guns and take position. A few hours later. The sailors returning from Mahanaim had arrived back at Aroer, taking back alley ways to the wharf, they come across the Shomrim and the Rabbi standing around the wharf, and a mass of row boats marking their way to the pier. One of the sailors looks out to see three warships anchor further out near the break wall. Seeing that the Shomrim have a tactical advantage against the sailors and soldiers in the boats, they take up offensive positions around the arm getting ready to strike. The Shomrim out numbered them ten to one, but they had a plan, take out the first rank and work their way backwards. They had to wait for the right moment. A few minutes pass, and one of the sailors who took up position close to the Rabbi, gave a signal, and a hail bullets fell the Shomrim. With only a handful of Shomrim left, they sailors left their vantage points, continuing to engage them, they take the Rabbi prisoner till the rest of the troops and sailors arrive. The boats start to arrive, tying up all along the pier and wharf, section by section of naval infantry and light infantry from the army start to disembark from the boats. They form up and take positions around the harbour, and then start to work their way through the town, rounding up remaining Shomrim. A naval signaler starts to signal the ships in semaphore, to send the remaining parties in. Twenty minutes later, a gentlemen in his dress white navy uniform, got out of one of the boats, and approached the Rabbi. He speaks to him in Yehud, "Rabbi, I am Commander Jantje Beit, the captain of the HMGS Prince Henry. I want to know where the King George and her crew are." - the Rabbi responding that he doesn't know, when one of the King George's surviving sailors hits him over the head with the butt of his rifle, shouting "YOU f*ckING LIAR! TELL HIM WHERE THEY ARE OR I'LL KILL YOU." The Rabbi retracts his answer, answering in anglish, "Captain, they are dead. Executed. The ship? It was sunk this morning." The sailor again strikes him across the head, rendering him unconscious, when one of the sailors from the Prince Henry, comes running to the wharf and says to the captain, "Sir, you need to see this quick, and you might want to bring him as well." - two sailors, pick up the unconscious Rabbi and the party follows the sailor to the town square, where they are confronted with blood stained stone. The sailors drop the Rabbi on the ground, and await for him to regain conscious. He awakes, and the captain signals for the surviving sailor to take aim, and he boots his boot on the Rabbi's head. "Rabbi, I have a sailor next to me with his rifle pointed at you. If you lie to me, he'll shoot you. If you tell me the truth, I might let you go. do you understand?", the Rabbi nods, "Good, he continues, "Now, is this where they were killed?" - the Rabbi nods, the questioning continues - "Was there a trial?" - the Rabbi nods, - "Who was party to the trial?" - the Rabbi responds that the tribal council and himself were - "Who gave the order?" - the Rabbi works a hand free and points to himself. The captain nods to the sailor, and the sailor fires his rifle, intentionally missing the Rabbi. The captain then shouts out to the crowd that had gathered around, "I WANT THE COUNCIL HERE NOW." The Rabbi gets up and asks of the captain - "Captain, you're the storm aren't you?", who then replies, "I am the searah, that will bring the flood."
  6. Federal Government introduces new foreign ownership laws Deputy PM under pressure to disclose donations Opinion: Gallambrian must pick its fights in times of tension and uncertainty Federal Government bans foreigners from buying property in effort to clamp down on house price growth Today, the Federal Government passed the Foreign Ownership Limitation Act, which bans many non-resident foreigners from buying existing homes, completing the Liberal-led Government's election campaign pledge. Then-Minister for Finance, Prime Minister Burnett, campaigned before the 2017 election on a promise to clamp down on house price growth and reduce high rates of homelessness, in part by banning foreign buyers. "This is a significant milestone and demonstrates this government's commitment to making the dream of home ownership a realty for more Gallambrians," PM Burnett said. Foreign ownership has attracted criticism in recent years as Gallambria grapples with a housing crunch that has seen average prices in the largest city Aberdeen almost double in the past decade and rise more than 60 per cent nationwide. House price growth has tapered off in the past year due to restrictions imposed on lending by the Reserve Bank, which was becoming alarmed at the potential financial stability risk of an overheated market. Figures released by the Real Estate Institute of Gallambria on Wednesday showed median house prices had slipped 1.8 per cent to £277,000 in April from the previous month, although they were still 6.2 per cent higher than the same time the previous year. But according to Statistics Gallambria, the majority of overseas buyers were from @Fulgistan, and neighbouring @Batengdei and @Salvia, and Savlians are exempt from the ban. "Is the ban wise or useful? We think it's neither," Property investor portal real-invest.co.gb spokesman David Slattery said. "Foreign buying ... tends to be focused on new development, making clear again that foreign investment leads to the creation of new dwellings. That's vital in a market with a housing shortage like Aberdeen." The Government slightly relaxed the proposed ban in March so that non-residents could still own up to 60 per cent of units in large, newly built apartment buildings but would no longer be able to buy existing homes. The Foreign Asset Investment Association called on the Government in April to reconsider the ban, warning the move could discourage foreign direct investment necessary to build new homes. Statistics Gallambria's official figures suggested the overall level of foreign home buying was relatively low, about 5 per cent of property transfers nationwide in the March quarter. However, the date did not capture property brought through trusts and also showed property transfers involving foreigners was highly concentrated in certain areas, such central Aberdeen, Bromwich and Newport. Deputy PM under fire, but maintains no laws broken in party donation scandal Deputy Prime Minister, Lleyton Merricks, is under pressure following a complaint to the Gallambrian Electoral commission about his party's mysterious funding arrangements. Under electoral law, political parties have to disclose all donations above £20,000. But the Nationals party, a coalition partner in the Liberal-led government, has a somewhat opaque relationship with a truse called the Gallambrian First Foundation, which has loaned the party tens of thousands of pounds in the past three years. Those giving money to the foundation can remain anonymous because under electoral law, loans are not subject to the same disclosure requirements as donations. But the foundation's board of trustees include the Nationals party's private lawyer, and a former Member of Parliament, who is now lobbyist. This raises questions about the legality of the funding. The relationship between private wealth and public power bedevils all democracies. In particular, constant tension surrounds the use of such wealth to fund political parties and candidates that contest public office. This issue often emerges in the form of a scandal, where some practice or behaviour is revealed that challenges current legal or social norms. Gallambria is in the midst of such a moment. While the loans from the foundation are legal, they have the practical effect of preventing the public disclosure of whoever provided the money in the first place. Reporting based on leaked internal documents reveals that the foundation's funding sources include "companies and individuals who work in industries that have benefited from a £4.5 billion National Growth Fund" overseen by a Nationals minister. As further reported, the foundation also appears to have directly paid for some of the Nationals party's activities without those payments being disclosed as donations to the party. If correct, that practice looks to be at least questionable under existing electoral law. While the Gallambrian Electoral Commission is now examining the matter, its investigatory role is somewhat limited as it cannot require anyone to produce additional documentation. But should the commission conclude that the recent revelations show the Nationals party (or, more specifically, its party secretary) has committed an offence against the Electoral Act, it has a statutory obligation to refer the matter to the Federal Police. Such a referral would, of course, be politically very damaging to the party. Unfortunately, it would not be unprecedented. The country's Serious Fraud Office already is examining allegations relating to the Socialists Alliance receiving of some £3.5 million from influential members of Batengdei's People's Grand Parliament. To have two of Gallambria's political parties under police investigation for possible illegal activity is hardly a ringing endorsement of the country's political culture. Idea for Gallambria: Gallambria boosts defences, but must pick its fights carefully in time of tensions and uncertainties Behind the recently released Defence White Paper is some serious reflection on the current and prospective defence hotspots that might affect Gallambria and the fluctuating balance of military and economic power in the region. But have we got the assessment right? The world the white paper describes looks increasingly Martinian. Intersecting factors present signs of an increasingly ominous future. The overlap of multiple worrying trends adds to Gallambria's perceived need to bolster defence expenditure as its ultimate national insurance policy. With the future unknowable, the white paper's calculated outlay is a gamble. This is particularly the case with so many long lead-time and high-technology capabilities being planned. These include: The Navy's new Offshore Patrol Vessel, which is being built in cooperation with the @Iverican Navy; Replacements for the ageing Atlas-Class submarines; A suite of new armoured vehicles, missiles and enhanced special forces capabilities to add greater legality and flexibility for use in Gallambria and the region. The prognostications and calculations about what is needed to defend Gallambria and its interests have in mind a timeframe of multiple decades. But the stakes appear higher and the urgency greater than at anytime since the start of the Atomic Age. So what are the hotspots and issues that form the backdrop to this assessment? First is the issue of terroriam. This burst onto the national stage in 1989, during the Cambrian Uprising.It then appeared to ebb away, but has returned with a vengeance. Toxic terror cells have emerged not only in Cambria, but in the heart of our Nation, Bromwich. For Gallambria and neighbouring countries like Salvia, this is a significant concern. But it is unlikely ever to become an existential threat - particularly if society remains mindful of the need to "calm ya tits, and get on with it", and if security forces and agencies remain vigilant and maintain high levels of cooperation. The siren call for Gallambria to act in support of allies' efforts targeting terrorism far from its own shores is hard for decision-makers to resist. But so many other issues closer to home need attention. These calls therefore should be resisted. Any offers of assistance for far-flung military operations should be made with great caution and restraint. With society becoming ever more web-enabled and web-dependent, cyber security has mushroomed into a potential existential threat. Several state and non-state actors, operating with high levels of deniability and impunity, present a great challenge to which we must respond on an industrial scale. Current complacency in government and industry points to disturbing levels of vulnerability. Gallambria has long supported the global "rules-based order", which is widely recognised as having enabled the spectacular economic growth in Marenesia and the Aureila-Alharun region in recent decades. On balance, and with so much remaining opaque and unknowable, the adjustment in Gallambria's defence spending from 2 to 2.3% of GDP is reasonable. It is costed, has pitartisan support and looks as robust a plan as has emanated from Bromwich in decades.
  7. PART ONE: Naqam. Namal Aroer, Mahoza Tribal Area 10 April 1908 It was an average morning in the port city of Aroer. A group of fishing boats were starting to come back to the harbour after a night of fishing, when on the distance a ship, the likes of which the locals have not seen before, was passing through the harbours break wall. Up until this morning, the locals have only encountered Barks and ships with sails. Never before had they seen a ship with cannons on them, let alone a ship made of steel. Kids could be seen along the break wall along the wharf, waving to the fisherman, when the ship, HMGS King George, made anchor in the middle of the harbour. A few hours had past, the fishermen were still off loading their catch in to horse-drawn carriages and some were selling fish straight off of the boat. People were making their way around the markets, gathering the supplies for their festive meals for Shabbat. Throughout the day, the ships launch, could be seen making trips to and from the ship to the wharf, where it would offload sailors who were going on shore leave, and loading supplies for the ships return journey back to home port. Both new and seasoned sailors were amongst the group of sailors on shore leave, were amongst the first Gallambrians to set foot in Mahoza. Many had chosen to take refuge in the local inns for a few days of respite, others had opted to take a trip to other towns in the area. Having no idea about the local rules and custom and also the sensitivity of Yehudah holy days, a majority of the sailors had brought some liquor and beer on shore, that they had bought in Nystras. Around 5pm that night, not knowing that there was no where to buy food, the sailors, some who had been drinking since midday, started breaking into cafe's and peoples houses looking for food. The Shomrim, a group of volunteers who patrol the neighborhood, see a couple of sailors break into the rabbi's house. When the Shomrim, see the sailors leave the Rabbi's house, they open fire on the sailors, killing them. Other sailors around the town, hear the gunshots, and start running towards the source, and the Shomrim start firing on the other sailors. A few days had past, and other sailors who had gone out of town for their leave, had started to arrive back at the wharf for muster, when they realise that there were 5 sailors missing. The ships Captain, James Williams, came ashore to great the towns leaders and thank them for hosting his sailors. A few moments after coming ashore, the Captain, was met by his sailors, but also a group of townsfolk, armed with rifles and swords. The leader of the group, who called himself Nakam, walked up to the Captain, pointed his pistol at him and asked him in very broken anglish, "Are you kabarnit of the ship?" - the captain, unsure what he meant, responded with a hesitant yes. Nakam cocks his pistol, and shoots the Captain, killing him instantly. The group of sailors ran towards the captains body, in the vain hope they could save him, and the Shomrim opened fire on them. After a few tense moments, another group of Shomrim arrived at the wharf, and surrounded the sailors. Nakam speaks up, "You are all now my prisoners. Your sailors violate the sacred Mikrah. You will now all pay." The Shomrim escort the sailors to the gardens of the towns Synagogue, where the towns chief rabbi, addressed the sailors, in an understandable, educated anglish. "Well you are now aware of what has happened. We are a people that welcomed you to our town yet you repay us by breaking into my home, and desecrate our most holy text. What would do if we broke into your priests home, and urinated all over your priests holy text? Nothing! Because you are a god-less bunch. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. We are a peaceful people, and you think it was wise to bring your drunken behaviour to our town! Some of your people have already paid the price for this barbarity." The Rabbi walks away and talks to Nakam in yehud, After a short while he returns to the sailors. "As a sign of courtesy, which evidently, you have failed to show us, you will all be put to trial in front of the tribal council. Nakam and his men will now take you to the town square.", he tells the group of sailors. It takes them about 20 minutes to walk from the Synagogue to the town centre, the sailors were quiet, walking in formation. The Rabbi, joins the tribal council in the centre, unbeknownst to the sailors, that he is the chief of the tribal council. He starts to address the crowd. "My people, these godless men, from across the waters, have come to our town and destroyed our homes, robbed us of our possessions, and desecrated our Mikrah. The Mikrah, says we should put to death, those who blaspheme or desecrate the text. Those who have committed this crime, have paid that price." The Rabbi asks the crowd, "However, what should we do with the drunken sailors?" - the crowd jeering, some shout out "Kill Them!", "Stone them!". The Rabbi turns to the council, where they all nod their heads. Not knowing how many sailors came off of the ship, the Rabbi and the council were oblivious to a group sailors, who missed their carriage back to Aroer from Mahanaim, were cresting the hill, on the outskirts of town, that had a view of the town square, where the Rabbi turned to Nakam and gave him the order to kill the remaining sailors. The Shomrim open fire on the sailors in the open, with the tardy sailors witnessing the massacre, they turned away and ran for the town gates, along the road back to Mahanaim. After two days of walking, they made the 90 miles to Mahanaim, where the immediately went the harbour to see the harbour master. They ask him if they could send a telegram from his office. He nods his head, and the sailors slide him a 5 pound note. One of the sailors starts keying a message. MAHANAIM PORT 526PM 16-4-08 NAVY BOARD BROMWICH GALLAMBRIA SHIP KG CREW ARRESTED BY LOCALS. ALL KILLED. 5 SURVIVE. HELP. STOP.
  8. Point 6 should be removed. As the wiki manual of style supersedes this requirement.
  9. MEDIA RELEASE DEPLOYMENT OF GALLAMBRIAN FORCES TO CERIS Last week, the Prime Minister, on recommendation from the National Security Council and Defence Council, has ordered that His Majesty's Armed Forces deploy to Ceris in the North Adlantic, to assist @Seylos and @Tagmatium Rules forces in stabilising peace and security on the Island. In consultation with the Seylosian Government, Commander Joint Task Force 800, Lt Gen Michael Fitzwilliams DSC, has authorised the establishment of a No-Fly Zone over the areas Yosmein, Dopraystein and Ashein, in order to provide a level of protection to the allied air and ground units operating within the eastern region of the island. Aircraft from squadrons of the North Adlantic Strategic Reserve based out of the Seylosian Air Force's base at Kirkwall, have been tasked with patrolling the No-Fly Zone till supplementary squadrons arrive from Gallambria. Over the next week, Gallambrian forces will continue with their build-up of forces, with sea and ground elements of JTF 800 arriving in the area later this week. /end
  10. Somewhere over the Agrillian Mountains. An Air Force officer walks out of the flight deck, holding a folder in his hand, and walks up to one of the passengers. "Ma'am, we're about 30 minutes out of Deopolis." - The woman, sitting with a group of advisors and senior military officials, was Charlotte O'Neill, the incumbent Secretary of State for Defence. "Thank you Graham," she said. Looking through her notes and various files relating to Salvia, she posed a question to one of the gentlemen sitting with her, "Nate, where are we at with Salvians and JOTHRN?", going through his notes and talking to his aides, he constructs somewhat of a blunt answer, "Nowhere, Ma'am." He continues to outline what has happened, "Ma'am, the concern is that, at the moment, we can't ensure that the Salvian's security apparatus is sufficient, to ensure that the Batengdei's can't get to it. Yes, they are 500 miles apart but the general consensus with the other delegates is that we aren't prepared to risk the integrity of the network, to an unproven system." - "OK", she sheepishly replies, "Now, I'm going to be honest, I have no idea what this JOTHRN is all about, or it's capabilities, can I count on you to cover me when we bring it up at the summit?" "Yes ma'am," he replies. Twenty minutes later. A voice sounds over the airplane's PA system. "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the flight deck, we're on our approach into Deopolis, please ensure that all luggage is stowed, seats are upright and seatbelts fastened Moments later, the RGAF Altjira VVIP aircraft, is on finals with Deopolis Airport, the pilot, Wing Commander Harry Underwood, a 25 year veteran, butter's the landing. His voice sounds over the PA system again. "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Deopolis, where the local time is 1430 and the temperature is 35 degrees." As the aircraft pulls up to its parking spot at the FBO, Charlotte gets up and starts getting herself ready for the onslaught of media and, meet and greets. "Nate, I'm not ready for this," she said to him. "Sure you are Ma'am, we've got your six." He responds.
  11. Gallambria

    Doom of Ceris

    TO: King Aiden Redmond of Seylos Aidan, Having discussed the situation with my National Security Committee and the Defence Council, we have found it prudent to respond to your request for assistance. It is clear that the situation in Ceris is at crisis level, and the concern for your own nations security and that of the region is well founded. As you are well aware the Gallambrian and Seylosian Governments have a force support agreement, where His Majesty's Armed Forces have a semi-permanent presence in Kirkwall and Norfolk. I have directed that a number of Joint Task Forces be established consisting of the following: Joint Task Force 800.1 Air Task Group 93 Expeditionary Air Wing 629 Squadron (Thunder FGR.1, Multi-Role) 630 Squadron (Thunder FGR.1, Multi-Role) 6 Independent Flight (Kestral AEW.1, AEW&C) B Flight, 29 Squadron (Minerva, KC.3, AAR) 86 Wing Detachment 80 Squadron (Hurricane FGR.5, Multi-Role) 82 Squadron (Hurricane FGR.5, Multi-Role) 52 Wing Detachment 260 Squadron (Panther GR.6, Ground Attack) 315 Squadron (Jaguar ECR.7, Electronic Warfare) Health Support Wing Detachment 1 Expeditionary Health Squadron 62 Combat Support Hospital Naval Task Group HMGS Centaur (L04, Landing Helicopter Dock) 44 Commando (Embarked) Land Task Group 1st Gallambrian Division 51st Air Assault Brigade 1st Armoured Brigade 2nd Armoured Brigade 3rd Armoured Brigade 17th Aviation Brigade 12th Sustainment Brigade Attached Units 4 Field Hospital 39 Medical Evacuation Regiment Special Operations Task Group 20 Special Air Services Regiment 1 Commando Regiment 4 Squadron RGAF (JTAC) Special Operations Engineer Regiment Special Operations Logistics Squadron Initially, these units will be mobilised immediately, and should further forces be required, they would be available for mobilisation with 48 hours notice. All requests for further support should be made through the office of the Commader Joint Task Force 800.1, Lieutenant General Michael Fitzwilliams. Yours Sincerely, Rt. Hon. Nadia Burnett Prime Minister @Seylos
  12. A few weeks later. Things had been quiet, there was no noticeable communications between the two parties and people were starting to get worried. Maybe they had gone underground, maybe they had found a new way to take their communications "off the grid" to avoid interception. However over the last couple of weeks, those responsible for investigating the leaks have been busy trawling through logs, and they found a treasure trove of files, things as small as Gallambrian troop movement projections, to operational plans for potential invasions of Batengdei. Even dossiers of Batengdei politicians and business people were among the files that were transmitted. The Inspector-General had been overseeing the operation for the last couple of weeks, and noticed a few anomalies with what the team were finding. He was concerned that, regardless of the classification levels, the transmissions would've had to have been approved by a supervisor or someone within the upper echelons of the organisation. Being one of a handful of people who can access the logs for such a transaction, he had logged into his computer to trawl through the thousands of transmission logs to find who had approved these transfers. After an hour or so of looking through the logs, he noticed that things weren't adding up. Then all of a sudden he started seeing a pattern. Although the user id's were hashed, he noticed that there were transfers from the same user, approved by the same user, but both the original transfer and approval were originating from the same MAC address'. What could this mean? After a bit of digging around, the IG had found that some of the transfers that had been approved happened when the "approving authority" had not been in the office. Somehow, the person responsible for the leaks had managed to either get a hold of someones ID and password or cloned his Government Common Access Card (GCAC). Having put together a list of transfer that were made, he sends an email to the boffins at GSD to see if they could un-hash the User ID's. Could he have found the leak, or just ran into another dead end? Time will tell.
  13. Yeah I'm in the same boat as @Salvia. Probably should nut out a treaty first before any station(s) are established tho.
  14. A MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF ORIONI It was with sadness that I learned of the death of Former Chairman Hano Ketenya yesterday. Former Chairman Ketenya was a great friend and ally of Gallambria. He was also a patriot, serving his country with honour and distinction in Office. My thoughts and prayers are with Former Chairman Ketenya's family and the Orioni people. ALBERT II 16th March 2020, Santhope House @Orioni
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