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  1. I'm working on building the extensive family tree of the royal family, all the way back to the days of Hakon the First.

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  5. Winner: Akiya Callestel Three hundred and ninety two days is quite an extraordinary gap between wins for a four-time champion, but that barren run is finally over for Akiya Callestel after he rode his good fortune to grasp victory at Koba Bay, Na'Kem City-state. Pitting first, as the team tried to protect his third place from attack, proved to be the best strategy of them all as the undercut was so powerful, it moved him into a net lead. As he did so often at his home track of Kero Raceway in the city-state of Nal'Chek, once in the lead, he never looked back. A fifth win in Koba Bay is the first time he’s ever won at a single venue five times in his career. And what a time to do it. Loser: Harin Kton It’s not often a driver who has finished second ends up in the losers section of this feature, but it’s a compliment of sorts for Harin Kton as it marks how far he’s come. He was brilliant in qualifying, catching an unruly car at least three times during a dramatic lap to take pole. He then didn’t put a foot wrong in the race, but lost the win thanks to a strategy call which simply didn’t go his way. Understandably he was furious during the race and was vocal on team radio, but he had calmed down by the time he spoke publicly after the race. It was not the result he wanted, but the way he reacted, both in the race and after, shows how drive and maturity – two factors that set him up nicely for the future. Winners: Tyrell fans This has been a tough year to be a Tyrell fan, the Kaido failing to live up to their pre-season favourites tag in the opening half of the campaign. But their fans never turned on their beloved and they were rewarded first with a first victory of the year at Paphos and then in their own backyard at Kos Speedway. Few will have expected a third in Koba Bay – but they’ll take it. It was Tyrell’s first one-two of the season, and the first time a constructor has achieved that feat in the history of the Koba Bay Grand Prix. It was also the first time Tyrell have won three straight races since 2008. Losers: Pantheon Automotive Pantheon Automotive were surprised by the pace Tyrell showed in Koba Bay and certainly didn’t expect Tyrell to not only clinch a one-two but for either of their own vehicles to fail to make the podium for only the second time this season. Winner: Toji Vek Hallas Toji Vek Hallas had a stunning start to the year, with the RVC driver finishing every race before the summer break inside the top five. But Paphos Sea and Kos Speedway weren’t so kind to him, with a first lap retirement followed by eighth from the back. Normal service was resumed at Koba Bay, with a third-place, his first podium since he finished second in Prathen Raceway and his sixth of the season. Loser: Yasrun Elghinn Yasrun Elghinn was on the cusp of snatching a sensational sixth in the drivers’ standings before the summer break, but two retirements, followed by contact on lap one in Koba Bay has left him in eighth place. Winner: Higain Yanko While one HNAS Veraton suffered frustration, the other was rewarded for a mature drive that secured what the team boss described as the “best possible result”. It was his third top-seven finish of the season, with a placement of fourth for Koba Bay. Loser: Garel Dunato A plastic bag added insult to injury for Garel Dunato in what could have potentially been a great race. Dunato ran inside the top 10 for large parts of the race – and that was on merit rather than good fortune – but the Safety Cars didn’t fall well for him and he was then forced into an additional pit stop to remove a plastic bag that got stuck in his front wing.
  6. The Trains Never Stop...and a Kenyet's Tale Osla Euki, Kenyet of 8th Platoon, 2nd Company, 1st Regiment, Samara 12th Buki Elghinn Infantry Legion, watched as the flood of Christians, the so called 'Gerenians' that the Arhomaniki Red Cross workers and the occasional Arhomaneian military observer seemed to call them, lined up one after another. The jackbooted Department B Ehdaneun-ECC officers on the outskirts, always looking in, never a moment of anything beyond a reflection of the emotions residing within that flock as it marched along with few worldly possessions. This process proceeded in a relatively orderly fashion but when it was over it was just like a fairground. There was a load of rubbish, and next to this rubbish were ill people, unable to walk, perhaps a child that had lost its mother. This meant a new space on the train would have to be made, and thus the soldiers would do so. Many of them had been pulled from garrison duty within the central core, put to work here in making sure each and every counted and confirmed Gerenian was put to the train and shipped to the hand over point with the Arhomaneian's, some some two hundred kilometers away. It was all rather mind blowing to him, as he stood there with his rifle at the ready for a people who were so broken, they had no honor to speak of. No will of their own. They shuffled wherever told and the trains were filling up by the minute. Due to the participation of the Christian's of the south, the trains were filled to their proper capacity, no more,no less. Medical personnel and so forth would accompany, these people, they would be fed and cared for, right up until their deposit. Wasted resources as he saw it, but orders were orders, and he would carry them out. Osla was a young man, and its always the young who carry out the orders of the old. Born as a son of a factory worker and a teacher, Osla dreamed of being in the military, of being apart of the honored legions. In the period of isolationism, that probably wouldnt have happened, but with the death of the former emperor, things had begun to progressively change. So, without telling his father or his mother, Osla went along to a recruitment office of the Buki Elghinn, . “And when he came home his father said, I was hoping that because you were wearing glasses you wouldn’t be accepted. And then he said, I’m sorry, but you’ll see what you’ll get out of this. Committed as his father was to the Nationalist cause, he was reluctant to see his son be deployed to the North. What he got out of his membership of this elite corps was, initially, a job in administration as a bookkeeper. He was not at all displeased by this posting. It was actually quite beneficial really, allowing him to learn a trade beyond what his father did. He worked as a bookkeeper for a year until September 2019, when the order came through that fit, healthy members of the Buki Elghinn working in salary administration centers were to be transferred to more challenging duties, with the administrative jobs reserved for returning veterans disabled at the front: So, under the assumption that we would now enter a fighting unit, about two hundred of us went with our luggage and got on a train to Tiksi. It was very strange he'd thought, because generally an order would have come to go to a troop-mustering place, but that didn’t happen. Osla and his comrades reported to one of the Ehdaneun-ECC economic offices, located in a “beautiful building” in the western reaches city of Tiksi. They were then directed to a conference room where they were addressed by several high-ranking Ehdaneun-ECC officers of Department B. Found it all really quite odd, and he was reminded that he had sworn an oath with the motto ‘Duty earns Victory, Victory is Life,’ and that he could prove this loyalty by doing this task which was now given to him, the details of which were would find out later. Then a subordinate officer, a man with the rank of Ji, addressed all of us who were there that day. He said we were to keep absolutely silent about this task. It was top-secret, so that neither our relatives or friends or comrades or people who were not in the unit were to be told anything about it. So we had to march forward individually and sign a statement to this effect. Once in the courtyard of the building, he stood still as his comrades were split into smaller groups, given their individual destinations, and then transported to various stations where they boarded trains. Osla stared at his orders, not knowing the garrison it was, only that it was the furest ward of Tiksi, crossing the great barrier of the Jesshc d' Thalack, The Exterior Defensive Line, to the ward of Hosios. And our troop leader, who had the papers, said we had to report to the commandant of the Chimera Garrison Transfer Station. He’d never heard of the Chimera GTS before, he knew the term of course, but Chimera must have been new. Osla and his group arrived late in the evening and were directed by military police to the main camp, where they reported to the central administrative building and were allocated “provisional” bunks in the barracks. The other members of the garrison they met in the barracks that night were friendly and welcoming. It'd been hours since he had eaten anything, and the other legionnaires were quite welcoming. Asking if he'd eaten anything yet? When he said he'd hadn’t, they got him and the others something. He found himself surprised that in addition to the basic deployment rations, there was also extra food available, consisting of tins of herring and sardines, loaves of fresh bread and sausage. Their new friends also had rum and vodka, which they put on the table and said, Help yourself. Christians leaving the North. At this point he was rather shocked, he'd read the newspapers and seen the news and so forth, but it had been all so very far away. A concern that was not his until now.After a moment of eating he asked, ‘What kind of place is this?’ and they said we should find out for ourselves, that it’s a transfer point for the Christian's coming from the Northern Territories. It was a shock, that you cannot take in at the first moment, and it took him some time. Once he came to terms with his duty, it was made more clearly as he thought about it. It had always been this way. even from before now, the propaganda that he had listened to s a boy in the press, the media, the general society he took for granted and lived in made every citizen of the imperium aware that the Christians were actually the cause of the misery. Convinced by the worldview that there was a great conspiracy of Christians against us, and that thought was expressed in the Northern Territories. The enemies who are within our kins land are being removed because its necessary. Osla remembered his duty after a bit of these thoughts as he buttoned up his tunic, and sliding on the combat vest over and about the uniform he'd come to wear. And that he would take his place on this ramp, next to the trains, always next to the trains, and he would wave the flock upwards and towards a boarding area. Two by two, filling the arks of steel and electric, for a journey to the southern hand off point until such time as he need not do such. Eventually there wouldnt be anymore Christians, eventually his duty would take him elsewhere..
  7. Drink all the drinks with tiny umbrellas good sir.
  8. Schedule has settled down again. Will have content in a day or so.

  9. I have a heavy workload until the 9th of September and will be on sparsely.
  10. HIA, — TRDD, a division of the Haruspex International Armaments Corporation, announced today the international debut of its Dedyh (Titan)™ unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, which is available to support militaries globally and will be demonstrated at IDEX (International Defense Exhibition and Conference) 2019, of which will also be held in Prathen later this year. The Dedyh (Titan)™ UGV technology provides a solution to two primary needs of today’s military customers worldwide. It helps reduce the threat to Warfighters from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on today’s battlefields by increasing a driver’s situational awareness or removing a driver from the vehicle entirely. It also serves as a force multiplier by allowing one operator to supervise three to five UGVs from a safe distance. All this at a time when militaries are facing force reductions. Crew protection is a crucial priority for militaries as they modernize their vehicle fleets, said Serge Valk Zun, general manager of International Programs for HIA's Technology Research and Defense Division. Our Dedyh (Titan)™ technology gives forces the option to complete missions in dangerous situations with fewer troops. Our UGV technology has been extensively tested and refined, using input from troops and leveraging our more than 90 years of experience mobilizing military forces worldwide. Designed as a scalable kit that can be used on any fielded tactical wheeled vehicle, the Dedyh (Titan)™ UGV technology enables vehicles to complete planned missions in full autonomous mode or by “shadowing” a leader vehicle. HIA will demonstrate at IDEX the Dedyh (Titan)™ UGV technology’s Operator Control Unit (OCU), a user-friendly control interface that provides the usability and functionality capabilities that troops need for operations in the field. The Dedyh (Titan)™ UGV technology is highly sophisticated but was developed with the user in mind and for ease of control. Troops can be trained to operate vehicles remotely or in full autonomous mode in only a few days. Vehicles equipped with the Dedyh (Titan)™ UGV technology retain their original payload and performance capabilities and can operate for extended periods of time – day or night, through dust and adverse weather – without enduring the fatigue that can afflict human operators. HIA also is transitioning technologies from the Dedyh (Titan)™ UGV system to provide active-safety features for the manned operation of vehicle fleets, including electronic stability control, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and electric power-assist steering. Furthermore, with recent developments in scanning and facial recognition software, the Dedyh (Titan)™ has also been equipped with a security feature based on the recently designed and showcased, S.C.A.O.S.D.(system for collection and analysis of open source data), alongst with ideas and concerns as of direct work with that of the @Sunset Sea IslandsElegy Corporation. This system allows the Dedyh (Titan)™ UGV to collect target visuals and run them through a database. Be they insurgents or simple pedestrians passing by, the Dedyh (Titan)™ will be able to collect information on the subjects and determine if a hostile threat. HIL legionnaires have had Radio Frequence Identity Markers (RFIM) implanted beneath the skin, and these show up on a tactical display to the Dedyh (Titan)™ UGV as friendly units. An RFIB armband was trialed, but found to be both lacking in security and endurance of material to everyday legionnaire life in the field.
  11. The first sign A 21st Century nuclear war might be command post sensors lighting up and aircraft radios buzzing as pilots notice a strange-looking cloud forming. Heat rises as ground troops a few dozen miles away feel the winds shift. Satellite communications are out. So are some ground links. HIL and Allied command posts can’t reach brigades in the field. Forward deployed troops would see the intelligence finally come streaming in, followed by orders from the Combatant Command — strike back, use our tactical nukes if you must. And by the way, some unlucky troops will need to roll into that area to assess the damage, counterattack and aid any survivors. A nuclear attack from an enemy — and potential HIL counter strike — is a scenario that’s drawing renewed attention from the Defense Ministry as the Haruspex Imperial Legionary prepares for the grim prospect of full-scale combat operations involving nuclear weapons. It’d be horrible, retired Gen. Haza Vek Hallas, former head of Air Combat Command and current head of the National Defense Industrial Ministry, said of this hypothetical scenario that could happen under new doctrine. All the complicating factors of a nuclear exchange just accentuates whatever problem you would have in a normal hostile environment, with a level of complexity that is an order of magnitude more difficult, Vek Hallas told Imperium News Night in a recent interview. For the first time in decades, incorporating tactical-level targeting and being able to run maneuver operations in a post-nuclear blast area have returned to the thinking of even the lowest-ranking troops. Something most operational planners have ignored for decades. Winning a nuclear ground war The Military Defense Ministry's new plans were outlined in detail when the MDM recently published its new 60-page “Joint ­Publication No. 3/D/7/V Nuclear Operations” online. The ­document, prepared at the request of the Chiefs of Staff to the Emperor, was briefly available to the public but soon removed and placed in an online catalogue of “for official use only” documents. The document reveals a fundamental change from the Cold War-era belief that nuclear war would result in an Armageddon-like catastrophe and “mutually assured destruction.” The new plans reflect the modern battlefield where the number of countries with nuclear capabilities is growing rapidly, where asymmetric warfare is increasingly common and where the HIL is losing its technological edge over other near-peer military rivals. The new plan bluntly states that “nuclear weapons could create conditions for decisive results and the restoration of strategic stability. Specifically, the use of nuclear weapons will fundamentally change the scope of a battle and develop situations that call for commanders to win.” And it calls their use “essential” to mission success. Collectively, it amounts to a new prevail in conflict or fight to win doctrine, said Altar Nev'Vek, a national security analyst at the Federation of Haruspex Scientists. The Defense Department’s latest nuclear plan may be a reaction to the familiar strategy of using nuclear weapons in an effort to escalate to deescalate, Nev'Vek said. Haruspex nuclear policy since 2000 has been to use smaller payloads in a conventional fight — low-yield or tactical — nuclear weapons to win key battles that could quickly end conflict and prevent full-scale nuclear war, according to a 2016 National Intelligence Council report. Some experts see the doctrinal change as simply a way of getting back to the way nuclear conflict was viewed before the cold war in the aftermath of hostilities with then Beautancus, and later the civil war. Before Beautancus, and later the civil war, every HIL artillery unit in the Occidental was nuclear capable. Every battalion had nuclear training, said Davon Grail, principal researcher at the VLC Corporation and career Army officer with a background in artillery. That included defending nuclear weapon storage sites, anticipating effects of even howitzer 155 mm nuclear-enabled projectiles and working field exercises in mission oriented protective posture, or MOPP, gear. We need to recover that capability, he said. There’s just a knowledge gap in the force. Post-blast ground operations The 2019 nuclear doctrine calls for legionnaires trained and prepared to conduct combat operations in a multi-theater post-nuclear environment. The greatest and least understood challenge ­confronting troops in a nuclear conflict is how to operate in a post-nuclear detonation radiological environment, the publication states. And it highlights the special physical and ­physiological hazards, and psychological effects of the nuclear ­battlefield, but notes that training and guidance are ­required for troops to accomplish their mission. Commanders should know how nuclear weapon effects can affect personnel, equipment, and the dynamics of ­combat power. They should train for and implement survivability measures and techniques, according to the doctrine. The dynamics of a post-nuclear blast environment have changed since the days of the Cold War and the Alliance with Tagmatium, as the HIL — and its adversaries — are increasingly dependent on complex ­communications systems. A nuclear weapon unleashes an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, that could completely disable electronic equipment, crippling communications and platforms, said Bry Fellas, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Logistical Assessments, former nuclear submariner and previous special assistant to the Fleet Lord of Naval Operations. A nuclear blast detonated in the upper atmosphere would take out low-orbit satellites, which bigger HIL military systems rely on to communicate across regions and theaters, he said. HIL commanders or enemy forces could carefully calibrate both the yield of the weapon as well as the height of the blast in a way to specifically target communications systems rather than massive military or civilian casualties. The EMP effect is not the side effect, Fellas said. In a lot of cases it’s the primary effect. It gets you massive catastrophic effect on electronics without casualties or infrastructure damage. But, Vek Hallas said, though some capabilities would get knocked out, the services could still operate. Would there be degradation? Yes. Would we try to find a way to mitigate it and work around it? Yes. It’s all of those things, he said. Targeting options The plan calls for geographic ­combatant commanders to provide guidance to the president regarding choices of nuclear weapons targets and the resulting mitigation of damage. The commanders can nominate targets for nuclear options that would support their ongoing operations, according to the publication. The doctrine calls for field ­commanders below the combatant commanders to make recommendations while intelligence selects targets, they work as a team, the objectives are then given to HNCCFS, which creates a target list of military objectives for the emperor. In other words, commanders in the field would not only execute orders from the national command ­authority, but they would also participate in battle planning. This tends to normalize the possibility of nuclear war fighting, Grail said. When targeting, the doctrine advises commanders they must consider the yield of the weapon, the height of burst, fallout, what weapon system will deploy the armament and the law of war governing what they can strike and when. Preparing the force HIL spokespersons told Imperium News Night that the joint doctrine change has not caused any expansion in their nuclear response mission or training. The smallest branch, the Sargtlin Velven, for example has an estimated 1,634 personnel whose part or all of their job training is specific to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear tasks. These forces also contain entire units dedicated to CBRN response in the homeland and support theater operations in major combat. The Nuclear Operations publication update as a desire to prepare conventional forces to operate in a nuclear environment, said Thrane Givens, deputy director of the Missile Defense Ministry at the Center for Strategic Studies and a former Imperial Army engineer. It’s a reaction to the realities that we’re seeing, the kinds of threats and ­adversaries the High Command is turning its attention to, Williams said. Tactical Nuclear Weapons When asked for comment, HNCCFS directed Imperium News Night to Commanding Vice-Lord Hyten’s statement before the House of Lords in 2018. New low-yield nuclear weapons and their funding was the centerpiece of HNCCFS’s testimony.. Hyten said he preferred submarines, rather than aircraft, be the delivery system for low-yield weapons. Because while low-yield payloads can be delivered by air, it is more challenging due to the difficulty of aircraft having to fight through a denied environment. Those strikes could come from a variety of platforms, but the doctrine ­highlights the flexibility of using ­long-range bombers and dual-capable fighter aircraft for their mobility. Tactical nuclear weapons include ­gravity bombs, short-range missiles, artillery shells, land mines, depth charges and torpedoes which are equipped with nuclear warheads, nuclear armed ground-based or shipborne surface-to-air missiles and air-to-air missiles. Tactical nuclear weapons have specific features meant to enhance their battlefield characteristics, such as variable yield which allow their explosive power to be varied over a wide range for different situations. Out at sea or in the skies While ground troops would have the most immediate problems, the sea and air services face a host of their own concerns. For sailors that means installing special air filters on ships and having replacements for extended ops. Also, they’ll have to button up the surface, which will need to be decontaminated by crews of specially trained sailors in protective suits. Depending on the level of contamination, some ships might have to be pulled from the fight and even disassembled for cleaning, Grail said. Flying airplanes and helicopters in a post-nuclear detonation environment — for combat and other missions — means dealing with radioactive fallout, tracking intensity and drift, Vek Hallas said. Air Force “nuclear sniffers,” which search the atmosphere for signs of nuclear explosions — as well as other unmanned aircraft — would likely be crucial to managing a nuclear battlefield, Vek Hallas said. While sniffers detect the location and fallout levels, he said, ­weather airmen analyze wind and other ­meteorological patterns to track and predict how the radiation might drift and dissipate. We don’t have anywhere close to all the answers … and not to the level of detail … we need, he said. But we are trying to figure it out. (Copied from https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/07/10/blast-from-the-past-the-pentagons-updated-war-plan-for-tactical-nukes/ )
  12. It looks like a toy tractor. It's barely bigger than a gerbil. And it's super cute. As Vector, a "home robot with personality" trundles around a Prathen conference table, it responds to questions ("What's the weather in Prathen?") and commands ("Wake up") much like Siri or Alexa would. Its square "face," which looks like an old CRT monitor, is remarkably expressive as it blinks its big green "eyes," emitting a series of squeaks and beeps, and answering questions in spoken Haru/English. It plays games and even "dances" to music. "It's the first truly smart, interactive robotic character for the home that you can live with 24/7," said Pala Vek-Tucci, co-founder of Anki, the well-funded Prathen startup that developed Vector. Vector can see, hear, feel, think and roam its environment, Vek-Tucci said. It's always on and connected to the cloud so it can keep learning, as well as look up information online. "This is like a cross between your phone and your pet," said Wendy Ju, an assistant professor of human-robot interaction at Chel'De Yorn's Illuminate Tech. She compared it to a chatbot, or an artificial intelligence that can receive, understand and send messages: "It seems like a chatbot in a robot form factor. I've argued for a long time that chatbots should be able to move around." Many people will enjoy a sense of companionship with a robot that can understand verbal communications and can reply in kind, she said. The device makes eye contact with humans, looking at them as they "converse." "Vector's killer feature is that he's 'alive," said Ngu Hallas, Anki's head of communications. "That's how he's different than anything else on the market." Initially Anki is pursuing a retail environment. Those who pre-order now, can order Vector for $200 for 30 days starting Wednesday, with delivery on Oct. 9. Vector will hit the mass retail market Oct. 12 for $250; a free developer's kit, for those who want to customize Anki with their own software, will be out next year. Long-term, Anki has big ambitions. "Our goal is working toward a robot in every home," Vek-Tucci said. "Character" is a word the Vector team stresses. Vector's "face" can show over 1,500 animations to express emotions in a range of scenarios. For instance, it acts happy when its owner comes home from work and displays a different type of joy when it wins a game.
  13. Hamaii Outskirts – A convoy of military ambulances carrying the first group of wounded and other civilians began leaving the eastern sector on Thursday, marking the start of the long-awaited pullout from the last rebel enclave in the embattled Northern-Territories city. HIL wardog journalists showed live footage of a long convoy of ambulances and green buses driving out and crossing the Ramosk bridge, en route through government territory and into a rural, rebel-held part of the Tantalus province. The evacuation is part of a cease-fire deal reached this week to have the opposition surrender their last foothold in Hamaii to HIL forces in control, rather than face a continued devastating ground and air offensive by HIL forces, that in the past weeks that chipped away at the rebel enclave. It will mark the end of the opposition’s control of eastern Hamaii. Hundreds of civilians have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the campaign to retake Hamaii. Inga Sargtlin, spokeswoman for the Fifth Circle Medical Committee, told The Associated Press that 13 ambulances, each carrying two wounded people, and 20 buses, each carrying up to 50 people, left in the convoy. The evacuation included some critically wounded people. “This is the first convoy today,” she said, adding that more are expected later in the day. It was not immediately whether any rebels were among those evacuating in the first batch. Plans to evacuate on Wednesday were scuttled when the area erupted in violence, raising the haunting possibility that all-out war could consume the city again. Much of eastern Hamaii has been reduced to a scene of devastation and rubble. A rebel spokesman involved in the negotiation over Hamaii evacuations said that the HIL had made the demands about the villages besieged by rebels at the last minute, holding up the deal. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of ongoing negotiations. HIL negotiation officers said overnight negotiations had reinforced a cease-fire deal to allow the rebels and civilians to leave eastern Hamaii. The handover of Hamaii’s remaining opposition-run neighbourhoods to HIL control would be a turning point in the annexation of the Northern-Territories, allowing HIL forces to control of most of the country’s urban centres. Initially, the evacuation from Hamaii was to have begun at dawn Wednesday, but quickly derailed, descending into terrifying violence. Residents said unarmored HIL-Fifth Circle buses arrived in the pre-dawn hours at agreed upon meeting points, where the wounded were first in line to be evacuated after surviving weeks of intense fighting amid destroyed medical facilities and depleted supplies. But they were turned away by rebel militias manning the checkpoints. Then violence erupted: shelling and then airstrikes. The rebels retaliated, at one point shelling the pro-HIL villages of Foua and Kfraya in Idlib and detonating a car bomb in a frontline area. Residents, and medical staff described mayhem as volleys of shells rained down on the area where tens of thousands of civilians were trapped alongside rebels in gutted apartment buildings and other shelters. On Thursday, a HIL army official, speaking by telephone to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said all preparations are ready for the evacuations. “The evacuations will begin at any moment,” he said.
  14. I'll have some story stuff and some news posts over the weekend. Its quite hectic right now though.

    1. Orioni

      Orioni

      I hope that by now things have calmed down for you.

    2. Haruspex

      Haruspex

      Things are getting less hectic. 

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