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    Emperor Heinrich Johannes Fleischmann III of the Kingdom of Derthalen.
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    His Imperial Majesty's Minister of State, Karl Helgi Drake

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  1. Nation Name: The Holy Empire of Derthalen Official Broadcaster: The Imperial Derthaler Military News Service Song Title: He Didn't Come Back From the Patrol Artist(s) Name(s): Rune Thor-Kind Tune: He Didn't Come Back From the Battle Lyrics:
  2. The Reading of the Law The Reading of the Law is the process by which a layman may become certified as one who truly knows the law and is capable of practising it. While not a requirement to practise law, it does bestow the respected title of Lahratari onto the who man passes it. Any person who claims to be a Lahratari must be able to produce a scroll and seal given to him by the Court which recognised his Reading. Those who fail to and are found out to be imposters are hanged, drawn, and quartered for this crime by the Court which he claimed to have been recognised by. The Lahratari fulfil the same role as lawyers do in other countries, being able to advise people on the law, defend them against charges, help prosecute them, and so on. They are also given the right to wear long robes in the fashion of a Lahratari and in the colours of their Court, so as to proclaim their status to the world. The Reading of the Law itself is a simple test for those who have prepared. Firstly, the prospective Lahratari are brought within a chamber one by one where they are asked to answer various questions and respond to scenarios posed to them by Lahratari, Lahwita, and ultimately the Richter or Deman (both being titles used to refer to a judge depending on the region) of the Court. Once they are deemed satisfactory, they given a case file and put under guard within the Court while they prepare, once their preparations are done, they are brought between a panel of three where they must argue the case from both the defence and prosecution's perspectives and then give a summary and analysis of it. If yet again deemed satisfactory, they are to swear loyalty to the Court and begin the Long Reading. A recital of all the laws and statutes of the Ottoling Code and the oaths of office required by the Court in question. Once done, they write their name into the registry of the Court and are presented with their scroll and seal. Following this, other rituals and practices might be observed depending on the locality, with some Courts building bonfires and engaging in revelry and drunkenness. Other Courts hold silent ceremonies and periods of meditation, further engaging in shows of discipline and mental acuity. Whatever the customs, the end results are the same. New Lahratari are allowed to swell the ranks of their honoured profession and go forth into the world to do as they please with their new found rank. Many go on to have illustrious careers and eventually become Lahwita, while others choose instead to never practice law and instead take the Reading to prove themselves. Whatever the case may be, they are honoured men of the Courts.
  3. @Adaptus, a by your leave would have been appreciated before you posted. I went inactive in this region because the war was turning into a dog pile at the time and I felt it was better to let things go on without me. Due to new information, such as the fact that under no circumstances can a person reroll or write cooperatively with another for the same nation, we have had to actually begin negotiating how we are going to proceed in this war. The apocalypse is off for now sadly, but what really gets me, is that you god-modded. Something which I find absolutely hilarious and also somewhat amazing seeing as it came from you. Firstly, that base is in my territory and would realistically be under constant watch, assuming that is where these forces set out from. Any vessels you brought into my territory would also be constantly watched, even if we were friendly. My people are neither trusting nor are we likely to leave even a friend alone when something could go 'wrong'. We would have asked for your course and flight plans ahead of time so we could either escort you or at least keep you safe as long as you were under our jurisdiction. Secondly, even if my naval, ground based, or aerial radar did not pick you up on approach (something which is increasingly unlikely thanks to the fact that we are actively looking for even the slightest bit of unusual activity), we have constant air patrols now, warships sailing along our coast, and just people who would notice either the strange lights or the clapping sounds of helicopters and report them. Thirdly, what do you think would happen once we detected them? Mind you, there are no IFF signals for us to go off of here. If my men challenged them over the radio and got no response or one which was suspect, they would immediately call for interception. If your men tried to evade, they would be shot down immediately and then any survivors captured and tortured. If we found one your ships entering our territory and then launching an attack, we would sink it. Likewise, we would take your base faster than you can say 'gyro'. You seem to have been under the impression that my country was not currently in the prelude to a major war and that we did not have a suspicious streak running in us. Mind you, all of the preparations I have been doing were written about. I have been writing about my nation gearing up for war this entire time, as it needs to have most of these things established for good story purposes. We have a defensive network, we have a decoy network, we have a detection network, and we have most responses set up on a hair trigger as we can not and will not suffer losses to any of those networks lightly. Actually, that brings up another point... How do you know what to target or where it is? Anything lightly guarded enough for a team in a helicopter to take out would likely be small and mobile. The rest of my important stuff would constantly have soldiers either moving through them (train stations, depots, bridges, roads) or stationed around them (command centres, factories, communications centres, so on). What could realistically be done with such a small force, especially when we are actively setting up fakes and moving around important stuff so as to avoid their destruction? Anyway, @Sunset Sea Islands, I would like to suggest that his thing stays, but they are wiped out by my missiles as we assume them to be an advanced force from Seylos. Or, we could do something else comical and then go back to the war ignoring it.
  4. I would also like to request that some mountains be named. I would like these ones marked as 'Apf Kadirn-Gebirge' (my best attempt at corrupting Celtic words, meaning 'Son of the Mighty'). And this small one marked as 'Þiudansfaírgun' (Gothic meaning 'King's Mountain).
  5. Flying Watchtowers Due to severely limited time, the manufacture of new aerocraft designs had to be put out of mind in preparation for the war. Instead, retrofits of existing bombers were started and carried out as fast as possible so as to allow the Imperial Army to cover one of its weaknesses. Teams of technicians began work around the clock, working in three shifts to inspect bombers, check the equipment and wiring, and then begin gutting them and altering their frames to accommodate the new sensitive equipment that they would be carrying. Large dishes had to be secured to the hulls of the former bombers, with new reinforcement going into the frames as well so as to ensure they would remain secure. Once done, swarms of men would go over it setting up the new wiring and running tests to ensure that there would not be any burn outs, with redundant fuse boxes being added in as well. Finally, the new equipment would be placed into the hulls and bolted secure once hooked up. The internals were bare and exposed, so new panelling also needed to go in so as to make it somewhat more comfortable for the crews to operate. Finally, the defences went back in. New chaff and flares were put in so as to give the aerocraft some defence from enemy attack, even if they were not meant to be far from support. These features, while not particularly new, were important for giving ease of mind to the crews operating the newly named Horizon Watchers. While it would not have the effect of having visible gunners, it would still give them some sense of protection, other than the immense height that they would be flying at. Once finished, the crews were put into them and given crash courses on their operation. The pilots were mostly bomber pilots who were familiar with the unmodified versions of the Watchers, so training was minimal, besides having them adjust to the new aerodynamics of the aerocraft. The radar crews on the other hand had to become accustomed to the tight quarters and specifics of the machines they were operating with. Many of them were taken from ground crews or ships, and as such had no experience whatsoever with flight previous to this. Acclimatisation would have to take place quickly, and those completely unsuited to this unnatural state of being, were quickly replaced by others. Once in the air, they began flying circuits around the Empire's south, peaking over the horizon and reporting back to ground crews and teams about what they saw. They were going to be the first warning the defenders had. No matter what, they had to keep up in the air as long as possible and ensure that there was never a break in their vigil. On the other hand, response teams had been assembled as soon as war was declared. Flights of fighters were organised and given special orders. For the duration of the war, pilots were expected to remain on their bases or nearby at all times until further orders were given. Whenever a sortie was ordered, they were expected to either overwhelm enemy forces with superior numbers of at least three to one or engage in defence in depth, slowly yielding space and drawing out the engagement as long as possible in order to force the enemy aerocraft to either retreat as their fuel supplies withered farther from home, or stay put long enough for ground forces to begin taking them out with surface to air missiles if they were not able to previously. Superior numbers, overlapping areas of support, quicker response times, and far longer sortie times were the key to victory in the air. Though a comprehensive and mobile network of air defence had been set up, with overwhelming numbers of false targets to draw enemy attention, allowing aerial superiority to be taken was not an option. The navy would likely be the first to suffer, as their ships were nearly impossible to hide or fake. Without them, holes in the coastal defence would open, as enemy landing craft would no longer have to worry about being intercepted, and the effective area of control and retaliation would shrink as only land based assets would be left. Similarly, other larger static installations on land would also be at far greater risk, even with the aerial defence network intact, as enemy fighters could make suicide attacks upon them thus opening holes in the defences yet again. As such, as soon as a report from the Watchers came in, the fighters would sally forth and beat back the invaders.
  6. Good luck Andalla. We will be here if you ever want to return.
  7. Never Quiet on the Southern Front Due to limited resources, it has been determined that the protection of our military assets against aerial attack through the interception of missiles is economically infeasible in the long term. As such, the Imperial Army School of Engineering and volunteers from the Tsalmonsturm Society have devised new countermeasures for us to use to help saturate the country with false targets and also to confuse enemy intelligence forces as to where our troops are. They have put forth a proposal to begin mass production of decoy radio transmitters designed to be easy to set up and left unmanned, which once placed in the field would then continually transmit radar signatures and encrypted recordings of false information. Missiles designed to hone in on radio emissions would naturally be drawn to them, thus keeping our more important assets safe from attack. Because of the nature and sophistication of modern missiles, the transmitters will be required to operate regularly, as otherwise they might fail to capture the attention of the missiles. Power cables will need to be run out to them so as to guarantee a steady supply of electricity and teams will need to assembled to replace them after they are taken out, but otherwise this defence tactic should be far cheaper to maintain and should also cost the enemy a great deal as they will need to saturate entire regions with missiles to have a hope of even hitting our radar installations there. It has also been suggested that groups of portable low frequency radio transmitters be set up in forests, mountains, and other areas so as to give the impression of our forces being present to enemy intelligence elements. This should allow our men to be able to move with greater impunity, as the enemy would be launching attacks in the wrong places and devoting precious resources to chasing phantom units across the map. Suggestions have also been made that we bait enemy aerial resources into waiting traps this way. Small teams of men with portable missile launchers along with the occasional anti-air tank could be kept in ambush and help to further waste away enemy resources and manpower, thus easing the burden else where for our forces. Casualties should remain low, as long as the units do not draw attention to themselves; to help with this, we advise that active guidance not be used by the anti-air tanks themselves to attack aerocraft in these situations, as it would needlessly place the operators at risk of reprisal and also risk valuable hardware which we can ill afford to lose. Should it be possible, guidance should instead be given by local radar installations after launch. To help with this project, the Imperial Army has been authorised by the government to begin seizing civilian helicopters for transport purposes and construction. Any aerocraft damage or destroyed over the course of the war will be replaced at the expense of the government on top of monetary compensation that will be paid out at the successful conclusion of the war. Similarly, any civilian pilots and technicians who have not already been levied are being offered special bounties for their service in the military.
  8. Technicians sneaked a game onto the military computer network and it has since then started getting distributed openly by authorised users.
  9. I agree with you entirely on this. I actually would like to just have something for not important stuff and fun stuff, not world changing stuff.
  10. Who would be interested in adding a thread or section to the forums where we can make posts and have them effectively be on the in-universe internet? Instead of them being news stories or major role playing stuff, it would effectively be a low level playground of sorts.
  11. Potatoes, Onions, Cabbages, and Fatty Pigs From: H.I.M.'s Minister of War, Hans Gruber To: H.I.M.'s Minister of Home Affairs, Frederich von Mäder, H.I.M.'s Minister of State, Karl Helgi Drake, H.I.M.'s Minister of Agriculture, Olof Rudbeck the Younger A soldier requires a very few things to remain comforted and ready for a fight. Warm hearth, clothing, and relief from the elements, even if that relief is but a lean-to on the side of the road. This means a continuous supply of clean clothing and building materials has to be available. For all armies, clothing issue, repair, and reissue will be a large and significant task. Natural materials, which many of our tailors and factories will be forced to work with, break down easily in harsh conditions and our natural climate has never been a very forgiving mistress in regards to what we wear and what we patch our clothes with; the wet and mud will prove inimical to the long term survival of clothing and footwear. As such, a large supply of replacements has to be kept readily available and a significant infrastructure must grow on the lines of communication for both the distribution and salvage of clothing. To ease this process, we will need to begin altering our standard choices for stockpile locations from the fortresses and caches of yore for us to be able to quickly distribute new uniforms to soldiers on the front lines. Furthermore, we will need to standardise uniforms between the armies. Having each factory making a different pattern of uniform for a different army is going to unnecessarily slow down production at best, and at worst it might lead to uniform shortages as we will not be able to simply mix and match our uniforms without risking ill fits and thus exposure to chemical weapons - our chemical weapons. As for the first issue, I would suggest that we keep our supplies in the rail yards and storehouses for now, as they are far easier to access quickly and will allow to rapid movement of supplies from place to place, thus avoiding the hassle of having to transport supplies back to major hubs and the following reloading of the trains constantly as the war progresses. Obviously this is not a fully fleshed-out proposal, however I do feel that I should inform you of it before hand so as to speed up implementation once it is ready. As for the second issue, the solution is both simple and complex at once: we must enforce the Imperial Army's standard uniforms upon all of the armies. This would allow for greater interchangeability of supplies, and it would also simplify the calculation of raw materials needed for clothing a single man. Another added benefit of this, is that once all of the uniforms are standardised, we should be able to solve the issue of not having enough synthetic materials to clothe everyone. We already have patterns for stripped down ersatz uniforms so to speak; ones which would use far fewer plastics by only using a double plastic layer on the outside, removing the middle plastic layer entirely, and only having a single plastic later on the inside. We would make up for this by increasing the thickness of the wool and cotton linings, so as to make up for the reduced insulation the uniforms would have. Obviously, if the plastic layers were to break while the soldiers were in contaminated environments, the uniforms would have to be practically destroyed in order to get rid of the taint, but so long as we maintain a thick exterior layer, we expect that the rate of uniform destruction should not rise higher than the rate of production and thus will allow us to fully equip our armies in proper fashion. This is naturally only intended as a temporary measure, but until we can get plastic production up to speed, we will need to be wary of wasting materials and production time. As for what to do with our current stockpiles of regional uniforms, I suggest burning through them. It should give us some extra time to produce these new uniforms. Food is another necessity which we must not neglect, especially as providing some 6,000 measures of food a day will be a difficult challenge, particularly in combat conditions. Malnourished, starving, dehydrated or frozen soldiers simply cannot be expected to fight effectively except in cases of direst need, such as when all it lost and we must exact our blood toll upon the enemy. When Imperial forces’ lines of communication are severed, a break down of effectiveness will generally follow quickly. The Northern invaders’ retreat from the Meinitzmark defenses during the last war and the surrender and slaughter of the remnants trapped within our borders following the end of the invasion are two excellent examples. These are not, however, examples of the kind of conditions under which armies should be allowed to fight; given a choice, army leadership should always want their soldiers healthy, well nourished and plentifully resupplied with all that they need and desire. As one uncommonly bright Lysian wrote about their meagre forces, ;an army marches upon its belly.' The difficulty in providing rations will be made considerably worse by the fact that the measures of food supplied need to comprise a reasonably balanced diet that will not trigger health issues due to a lack of key nutrients. A lack of certain elements in the diet, such as cabbage, leads to health problems like scurvy, from which Imperial naval forces once suffered before their lines of communication and supply became a focus of effort. In some cases the challenge might be even further enhanced by religious dietary requirements. This is of much concern in our forces, particularly those from the more strictly compliant territories, such as the Ecclessiarchy. The nature of religious holidays and seasons will see to it that even forces which are fully supplied might take to fasting and refusing to eat should the rations we supply them with contain prohibited foodstuffs for those times. Given the sheer size of the armies involved, simply keeping the soldiers on the front lines resupplied with rations on a daily basis will prove a tremendous challenge to the quartermasters of all armies. This is not even accounting for the difficulties we might face if our forces are required to withdraw from food producing regions. Thankfully, food production is one of the few things which we do not need to worry overly much about. As our farm industry is mostly focused on exporting food, we do not expect a great need to arise for mandating that certain food stuffs be held in reserve or be especially grown for us, as the war is promising to cut off trade by all means other than rail. Just in case though, the Imperial Military has compiled a list of agricultural products and the amounts they will need at a minimum to operate at peak efficiency. Should these items start becoming scarce for whatever reason, we do trust that the correct steps will be taken to maintain if not boost their production so as to avoid undue stress upon our supplies and stockpiles. Of note, plans are currently being laid out for a scorched earth policy by which we might deny the enemy succor. The stages by which we will implement it are to be attached with this, along with other documents and notes mentioned. As we will not be needing agricultural production to remain anywhere near as high as it currently is, please also see to the cessation of superfluous production in areas deemed to be at risk of falling. I think we can all agree, that labour would be much better spent in the factories at the moment. For now, this is all that needs to be said immediately. Further letters, reports, and other correspondences will be sent by my staff to you and yours in order to sort out details. Hopefully, we will be able to get everything in order quickly, so that we might actually be able to talk about other things again. Please respond at your earliest convenience with any questions, objections, or proposals. Your long time friend & colleague, Hans.
  12. Initial Response Time: 1400 Derthaler Time Date: A.I. 0231.772.M3 The following day after war had been declared, the Imperial Senate alongside the Minister of War began authorising the mass levying of the men along with the release of all emergency weapons caches to the control of the local governments. Immediately, the Imperial army began preparations to remove supplies from stockpiles and have them sent to railyards across the country in preparation for a long war. Ongoing shipments of food and supplies to Afropa were canceled, with orders being given to the forces there to continue holding their positions but not launch any new offensives. In order to avoid chaos, the mustering of levies began using fifteen series of service numbers. Once a series was accounted for (98% have to have been reported) in a district, the next one would be called up. All told, the emergency mustering was expected to last for five weeks, with younger men being placed in the reserves while the older men with more training were being fought over by the various armies. Supplies for the war were the next great concern. Thanks to the downsizing of the army and the slow rearmament program, the military had access to a stockpile of around one-million and eight-hundred thousand small arms to give to the new soldiers immediately, which was enough to cover half of the men well or give all of the men at least one firelock, but of a more pressing nature were the reserves of munitions. Stockpiles of missiles only numbered in the low thousands at best, with production of them not being seen as a major concern until now. Similarly, bullet production was no where near adequate to keep up with projected consumption rates now that army was being brought up to full force once more. Current estimates for supplies put them at enough to last half a year at best with current production levels. Chemical and biological weapon stockpiles were fine for now, but were being subjected to rigorous testing by the army before being sent out to units for usage due to fears of unknown damages being incurred during their storage. Ministers began issuing emergency acts allowing for the initial stages of total war to begin. Factories were now required by law to sell to the government a certain number of their products at fixed prices for promissory notes which were to be paid off after the war on pain of seizure, with many factories being given orders to begin retooling to produce different products for the war effort. The Imperial Senate also began work on passing the 'Wartime Emergency Free Trade, Free Migration, & Suspension of Internal Tariffs Acts of the Seven-Hundred and Seventy-Second Year of the Third Millennium of the Imperial Age' (hence forth referred to as the 'Trade Acts') so as to allow for more economic support from all of the states and ease the requisitioning of vital supplies for the various armies. Due to the sudden threat of losing a great deal of their tax income, many of the states began arguing for revisions to be made so as to allow for minimal tariffs along with the only granting people from other states restricted and temporary forms of denizenship so as to avoid the destabilisation of their economies after the war due to new populations settling in their lands. Due to this, the Trade Acts would not be passed for two months. In order to avoid to avoid the roads becoming choked with refugees and civilians, cities and towns were ordered to begin to restricting the ability for non-commercial or military related groups to enter or leave along the highways and rails. Any persons found doing so without proper permission would be shot on sight and shoved off. Finally in the following weeks, the Imperial Army began an aggressive conversion campaign of all the old bombers they had into mobile radar stations on the advice of Generalmajor Hohenstaufen. According to his knowledge of @Iverican military doctrine, the ability to peer over the horizon was now vital to aerial warfare, as the speed at which aerocraft could approach meant that response times were simply never going to be fast enough to launch once an enemy came over the horizon. At the same time, engineers and sappers were dispatched across the southern country to prepare bridges, roads, and other means of transportation along with vital infrastructure for destruction should the enemy land their forces. Plans were being revised for fighting withdrawals into the forests, cities, and mountains should the enemy make landfall, with most of the old system of fortifications being deemed too dangerous to hold once aerial superiority was lost.
  13. All Frequency Broadcast Time: 2300 Derthaler Time Date: A.I. 0229.019.M3 'A state of war now exists between the Holy Empire of Derthalen and its constituent states, and the dull witted beasts of Limonaia and Sayf, along with the misbegotten wretches Fulgenland and Seylos. As they intend to invade, we will give them no quarter. They have based this war off of the misguided notion that the Imperial government is responsible for the actions of pirates outside of our territorial waters. We no more control what our subjects do outside of our borders than we do the stars or fish. Any man has the right to try to make his fortune and live his life according to his own abilities and desires, should they conflict with your own, then the only options are talking and fighting. As the cowardly outlanders do not have the skill or mettle to protect their ships from a few Vikingr, or to track down these men, they have decided to make war upon all who would live loyally under the Urfylkir's Light, regardless of relation or participation in viking actions. As such, the Imperial government has decided that any person found attacking our great heritage shall be put to the sword before or after they reach our shores. No prisoners shall be taken and no mercy shall be given. Their bodies shall be lofted up high upon our spears and their skulls turned into drinking vessels for our women. We shall visit upon them every terror which we can, fighting them through all hours as our forefathers did before, until they choke upon their blood and their women lament over their hollow barrows. Should our steel break and our drawstrings snap, we will fight them with our teeth and claws, using fire, poison, and disease until they are all gone or our last bastion has been slaughtered. Victory is the only way, victory or death.'
  14. This is the Alemannisch language news service at 21:00. A duel broke out this week between two officers as a noble sought satisfaction against another after it came out that the offending lord had not consummated his marriage with the previous one's cousin. While speculation for this odd situation is currently rather popular, no official reason has been given. The duel was fought in the streets before a crowd and resulted in the challenger taking the offending lord's head after half an hour of fighting. As this duel had not been authorised by a court and it was not carried out according to the law, the challenger was brought up on charges for improper duelling. After being found guilty, his punishment was given to the widow of the late lord to decide. In other news, the recently widowed Lady Borden and Honourable Mr. Oranj are expected to be married in a month's time. This comes after the unexpected death of Lord Borden in an as of yet unknown confrontation. Critics are currently decrying the marriage, as it is generally considered in bad taste for a lady to remarry before observing the proper mourning period. That said, due to unknown circumstances, the courts have not seen fit to interfere in this affair. Hopefully, their marriage will be fruitful. Military officials are currently looking into organising teams of soldiers to combat forest fires, after a fort was cut off and surrounded by one. Current concerns mostly stem from the need for specialised equipment to be made for these possible teams, such as with suggestions of aerocraft being outfitted with water tanks being floated. As of this moment though, a temporary authorisation has been given allowing for officers to order their men to help with the creation of fire breaks and the starting of controlled burns until a more solid plan can be made to help combat the risk of uncontrolled fires. Finally, new laws have been passed giving more power to the States on matters regarding dairy imports. After a three month long debate in the Imperial Senate, it was decided that not allowing the States the right to raise tariffs and place embargos on the importation of dairy products allowed for unfair competition between the dairy industries and could lead to markets becoming wholly too reliant upon others. A grace period of half a year is currently in effect, allowing for currently ongoing business transactions to be completed and affairs to be sorted. This has been the Alemannisch language news service.
  15. @Seylos, these things are meant to be organised events. I was fine with this being between myself, you, Limonaia, and Fulgistan, but now it is just spiralling out. I probably going to just back-pedal and change what happened at the rate things are going.
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