The Thalassan War
18 November 1941
Gentle waves lap against the hull of the Giokton Type 3A-class submarine C-23 as she cruises peacefully along the Tiauhai Sea on a calm November morning. She was one of the several submarines dispatched under a top-secret directive to launch an offensive against Andallan shipping, only days after Giokton moles uncovered Andallan plans to further reinforce Liamchia—an Andallan territory on Giokton soil. At the same time, the SAS Teuvo Antonnen—a Kristian Steffenssen-class troop transport—departs for Liamchia with 2,553 soldiers and crew aboard.
As the two vessels cross paths, the ultimate showdown of the century is about to begin...
"Tiu! (Captain!) Ship on the horizon, bearing three-two-zero. We've found the target."
"Good! All compartments, prepare for dive."
Captain Hong Hsu-eng's order rings throughout the boat. In seconds, the bridge is cleared—Hong himself sealing the hatch shut. One by one, red bulbs turn to green on a small panel indicating that all hull openings are being closed. As soon as the operator announces "Pressurized!", Captain Hong gives the order to dive.
Crawling at a mere five knots, it would still be a quick yet seemingly long wait until the ill-fated vessel would be within range of the submarine's potent torpedoes...
"Forward room, ready tubes one, two and three. Zero-five feet depth."
"One and two ready, sir."
"Aye, ready tube one... fire! Tube two... fire! Tube three, standby... and, fire!"
"Torpedoes in the water."
Three torpedoes leave the boat, zooming towards the transport at lighting speed. Leaving a visible white streak above them, they are quickly spotted by a seaman on the Teuvo Antonnen...
"Torpedo on the starboard! Approaching fast!"
Without considering command hierarchy, an officer is quick to give an order:
"Haaaaaard to port!"
The transport makes a sharp, abrupt turn to port, startling and confusing many of her passengers. Though the first torpedo misses the ship's bow by several meters, the second one scores a hit on her forward cargo bay at 0832 hrs. The forward cargo bay begins to flood with water while fires caused by the detonation lick up the surrounding cargo. But before any action could be taken, a third torpedo rips through her amidships, causing increased flooding.
Flames engulf the forward cargo bay and threaten to spread to the upper decks, while water rushes through the two holes. The very few damage control personnel are sent to the forward cargo bay to put out the worsening fire, the breach amidships left almost unattended, while the Teuvo Antonnen lists 15 degrees to starboard. At 0855 hrs, an explosion from the forward cargo bay rocks the lower decks near the bow. Damage control teams attempt to suppress the fire, yet their efforts are all in vain. The hole amidships caused by the third torpedo enlarges due to water pressure buckling the hull, increasing the list to 20 degrees and threatening to capsize the vessel. The call to abandon ship is made at 0918 hrs, after the bow begins to go down. As it was peacetime, the ship was not fully-equipped for an emergency and thus lacked enough life rafts. The deck of the ship grows into a chaotic mess as it fills with soldiers and crew waiting for a life raft, while some opt to jump off the ship instead. The crew is ordered to cut out pieces of wood and other buoyant items, then throw them into the sea to give the men in the water something to hold on to.
At 0927 hrs, a loud creaking noise is heard from below decks, as the list increases by 10 more degrees over several minutes. At 0939 hrs, a second noise is heard and a small crack runs up to the starboard deck. Suddenly, at 0943 hrs, the ship capsizes, trapping over 1,600 soldiers and crew below decks. Her keel continues to rise up out of the water, as some of the men are able to escape the flooding decks. The ship stays afloat for a while, her keel pointing upwards. At 1026 hrs, the Teuvo Antonnen begins to sink again. By 1031 hrs, the last of the ship fades beneath the waves, taking over 1,100 men with her.
The survivors, less than half of the 2,552 soldiers and crew, stay afloat in clusters of life rafts, pieces of wood, or even alone. They are picked up 10 hours later by the SAS Hjortshus, a Gammelberg-class destroyer. The rest of the troop transports underway to Liamchia are notified of the presence of Giokton submarines, forcing several vessels to turn around towards Andalla. The next day, the Andallan Congress declares war on Giokto and the first true shots of the war are fired against Giokton border entrenchments.
Thus the Thalassan War begins.
Skandinavisk Aircraft Manufacturing, officially Skandinavisk Flygproducent A/S, is an Andallan aerospace company that designs, manufactures and sells both civilian and military aircraft. Skandinavisk is the largest company in Andalla and among the largest in Thalassa by revenue, total assets, and employees. At the end of FY 2017, the company reported $43.568 billion in revenues, $72.133 billion in total assets, and nearly 86,000 employees worldwide—67,442 in Andalla and Giokto. Skandinavisk aircraft are delivered to customers across the world, with major final assembly plants located in Andalla, and @Limonaia. The company's international headquarters are located in the Skandinavisk Global Tower along Antonsen Avenue in downtown Arkhavn, with regional head offices in Nordhaven (Orioni), Toledo (Iverica), Limone (Limonaia) and Feerefaaierhafen (Variota).
The company was founded on 2 September 1907 by Markus Olstad, along with the same group of engineers who built the first successful Andallan powered aircraft — the Olstad Flyer. Wilbert Vernesen, the first Andallan pilot on a powered aircraft, served as the company's chief pilot and trained several more to become the very first Andallan pilots. The first Skandinavisk-built aircraft was the Model 1, a small experimental biplane based off the Olstad Flyer. The company soon began producing general-purpose biplanes, the most popular of which were the "P-series" mailplanes. In the early 1920s, the company began to venture into larger commercial aircraft. Throughout the 1930s, focus was gradually shifted from general-purpose aircraft to the much larger airliners. Skandinavisk competed very closely with Saeb, which later ventured into flying boats to address the needs of the archipelago. However, as the popularity of flying boats began to diminish, Saeb ultimately lost its foothold in the large airliner market. Meanwhile, Skandinavisk had introduced the very successful "SK-series" airliners, cementing its position at the top of the Thalassan aerospace industry. The company entered the jet age after Saeb was forced to sell its jet fighter project due to the rapidly-falling demand for military equipment after the Thalassan War. Soon later, Skandinavisk entered the commercial jet age with the classic SK-3. It was at this time that Skandinavisk began to grow rapidly, producing several more jet airliners, all of which were successful. In the early 1980s, Skandinavisk formed a joint venture with Khiimori Aeronautics of @Fulgistan to develop and manufacture the SK-7. The SK-7 project was only beginning design studies at that time, and the newly-formed KAS Aerospace took over development. Along with KAS Aerospace, Skandinavisk remains one of the world's largest and most prominent civil aviation manufacturers.
Skandinavisk Aircraft Manufacturing is subdivided into 5 major divisions:
Skandinavisk Global, primary manufacturer of SK-series airliners; based in Finkenveder, Andalla, with a second final assembly plant in Tailam, Giokto. Skandinavisk Argis, manufacturer of SK-series airliners; based in Limone, Limonaia. Skandinavisk Defense, military division of Skandinavisk; based in Vindtorp, Andalla. Skandinavisk Europa, manufactures general-purpose aircraft; based in Nordhaven, Orioni.
The Andallan Broadcasting Network, or simply ABN, is the largest commercial broadcast television and radio network in Andalla. Its main office is located at the ABN Broadcasting Center at Erik S. Dahlsen Avenue (ESDA) corner Olsen Avenue while its primary transmitter, the Millennium Tower, is located in Haugvange.
The ABN broadcasts primarily through its flagship television channel DSEA-TV (better known as Commonwealth TV or CTV), as well as through its flagship AM radio station DZMB-AM (Radio Andska 630). The ABN is best-known for its nationwide evening news program, Andalla Today, and its noontime variety program, Middandska, both of which are simulcast on CTV and Radio Andska 630.
ABN programs are also broadcast internationally with Andska TV, a subscription-based cable and satellite television channel with approximately 1.8 million subscribers worldwide. Andska TV is based in Porto Libertad, @Sunset Sea Islands, with major offices located in other countries with a significant Andallan diaspora.
The ABN maintains an online presence through its main website, abn.com. AT Online (news.at.net), a standalone news website affiliated with Andalla Today, serves as the ABN's primary news outlet alongside Andalla Today.