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Wednesday, 14th February 2018
Santhope House

The KIng's Equerry - "Your Majesty, The Prime Minister and the Minister for Defence."

The two Ministers enter the King's private study. Both Ministers and the Equerry bow to the King.

Albert II - "Prime Minister."

Sir Anthony - "Your Majesty."

Albert II - "Sir Henry."

Sir Henry - "Your Majesty"

They both bow and shake the King's hand.

Albert II - "How can I help you Gentlemen?"

Sir Anthony - "Well Your Majesty, as you are well aware, the Navy is undertaking a survey operation in the northwest to map out the waterways through the island groups. The commander of the task group, Captain Peter Blackwell, was in contact with the First Sea Lord and the Chief of the Defence Staff stating that the islands were to the best of his knowledge uninhabited. He sort permission from the Board, to extend the operation to a joint service operation to undertake a land survey of the island groups. Which the Board, after consultation with Sir Henry and the Attorney-General, gave their blessing.

Sir Henry - "Sir, If I may. (Rolls out a maritime chart of the area, and points to the four islands). The original operation was to chart the water ways surrounding these four island groups. Part of the job they have is to also to gather information about indigenous maritime traffic, which when Captain Blackwell submitted his report, was non-existent, which lead him to believe that these islands were uninhabited.

Albert II - "So Gentlemen, you're both telling me, that we've had these islands within our sphere of influence for the last one hundred and fifty years, and we haven't done anything about it?

Sir Henry - "Not necessarily Sir. (He pulls a ring-bound report from his brief case). According to the survey reports along with imagery taken by our Air Forces UAV's, it says that up until at least ten to fifteen years ago, they were to some extent inhabited."

Albert II - "Well what happened to them?"

Sir Anthony - "Well Sir, we believe they may have migrated further west to either the Alharun or Aurelian continents."

Albert II - "Ok, So this obviously doesn't require anything done on my part, so what's the matter then Gentlemen?"

Sir Anthony - "Sir, Both sides of the house, the Defence Board, and members of industry have approached the cabinet pushing for us to make claim to the islands. Having said that, the Cabinet is of the opinion as well. According to the Land Survey reports, there are large mineral deposits on the islands, as well as from a defence point of view, they are positioned in a strategically important area, which would allow us to project our forces. So, we've come today Sir, for you to sign an instrument declaring that these island groups are Terra Nullis and they have been claimed by the Gallambrian Monarchy, as external territories."

Albert II - "Right then, well thank you Gentlemen, this will need to be discussed with the Privy Council, and Sir Jock will be in touch with you. Thank you."

Sirs Anthony & Henry - "Your Majesty."

They both bow and exit the study.

Sir Anthony whispering to Sir Henry - "That went better than expected."

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Thursday, 15th February 2018
Santhope House

*** Telephone rings ... ***

Sir Jock - "Hello, Sir Jock speaking."

Albert II - "Jock, it's Albie.

Sir Jock - "Your Majesty."

Albert II  - "Could you come to my office, and can you ask Sir William to come with you as well?"

Sir Jock - "Right away Sir."

*** The line goes dead. ***

A few moments later...

Sir Jock knocks on the King's door.

Albert II - "COME!"

Sir Jock & Sir William Cockering-Brown (Honorary Attorney to the Royal Family) enter the King's private study and bow.

Albert II - "Gentlemen, thank you. Please sit - - Now, we were all at the Privy Council meeting this morning, what are your thoughts on the situation with the Islands?"

Sir Jock - "Sir, after this morning I was in discussion with the Attorney-General and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and we're all in agreement that there's no contention over a potential claim of the islands. The Minister for Foreign Affairs was in contact with his counterparts from  @Synturia and @Derthalen who have both expressed no concerns with our Government claiming sovereignty over the islands.

Albert II - "Ok, that's good to hear. Sir William, your thoughts?"

Sir William - "Sir, the team and I have poured through every international and federal legal instrument that we're signatory to to ensure that there are no legal barriers we would come across, and so far, I can honestly say there is nothing. We have to look at some points to ensure that when we declared the claim by means of Terra Nullis. Firstly, we have to be sure that the islands are truly uninhabited, secondly, we have to ensure that there is nothing to indicate that they would be returning, and thirdly, that there is not contest on the claim by other nations. Now, as far as we're concerned all three points have been covered."

Albert II - "Thank you Sir William. Right well, Sir Jock, can you organise a meeting with Sir William and draft a Deed of Claim for the Islands and have it on my desk by this afternoon?"

Sir Jock - "Very well Sir."

Both Sir Jock and Sir William stand, and walk towards the door. They turn, bow their heads leave the room.

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Later that night ...

***KNOCK-KNOCK-KNOCK***

Sir Jock raps at the door to the King's private study.

Albert II - "COME!"

Sir Jock bows.

Sir Jock - Your Majesty.

Sir Jock rushes to the King with two pieces of paper in his hand.

- Sorry Sir, we were rushing to get both instruments finished for you tonight.

Albert II - "No rush Jock, what do we have here?"

Sir Jock - "Sir, we have the proclamation, it declares the claimed territories, their names and the governments that are to be formed to govern them Sir."

Sir Jock hands the King the document to the King.

The King reads over the document, nodding at sections ...

Albert II - "I like this Jock, I really do."

The King signs the document and hands it back to Sir Jock.

Albert II - "Publish this straight away."

Sir Jock, takes the document, bows to the King and leaves back to his office.

 

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FRIDAY, 23rd February 2018
Headquarters, Joint Operations Command

 

*** sound of dot-matrix printer ***

Clerk: SIR! Message incoming over the HFGCS!

Dot matrix printer continues printing message.

Clerk: SIR! We have casualties.

The Duty Officer races over to the HFGCS terminal, tears off the completed message from the printer and starts reading.

 


FR: HMGS WARWICKSHIRE

TO: DO/HQJOC
       DO/HQNOC

BT

C O N F I D E N T I A L

MSGID/CASREP/CVN831-18/1

  1. OC/JOPNA ADVISES ENG TF AMBUSHED BY UNKNOWN INDIGENOUS ELEMENTS. FP ELEMENT INVESTIGATING. CAS LISTING IN FOLLOWING SECTION. REQUEST ROE CLARIFICATION FROM LEGAL.
     
  2. CASUALTIES AS FOLLOWS
    1. BARTON, CHARLOTTE, AB, 1092837, RGN, WOUNDED, CRITICAL
    2. GREEN, AARON, SGT, 894671, RGAF, KILLED, NON-COMBAT
    3. HOOPER, ISSAC, CPL, 926416, RGAF, WOUNDED, STABILISED
    4. PARKER, CAMERON, WO2, 689089, GA, WOUNDED, STABILISED
    5. MORAN, JADE, LS, 1078918, RGN, WOUNDED, DIED OF WOUNDS
    6. MORGAN, TONY, FLT FLT, 779891, WOUNDED, CRITICAL
       
  3. UPDATES ON CASUALTIES WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE.

//END//


 

Duty Officer: Williams! Get the old man on the horn.

 

 

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THURSDAY, 1st March 2018
Headquarters, Joint Operations Command

**Telephone Rings**

Clerk : "Joint Operations Command Center, Sergeant Giffords Speaking..."

Caller: "Sergeant Giffords, this is Heidi Cocking, from the Minister's Office. Can I speak to General Hemingway please?"

Giffords: "Yes Ma'am, putting you through now."

**Line beeps as Giffords transfers the call to Hemingway's Office**.

Giffords: "Sir, Giffords here. I have a Heidi Cocking from the Ministers office on the secure line for you."

Hemingway: "Thank you Sergeant, put her through..."

**There's more beeping on the phone**

Hemingway: "Miss Cocking, I've been waiting for your call..."

Cocking: "Sorry General, We've been trying to get consensus from the Cabinet for your request."

Hemingway: "Ah yes, and what did they say?"

Cocking: "Well, its a yes from the Cabinet, but with a few limitations."

Hemingway: "They are?...""

Cocking: "The troops are being sent purely for Force Protection. Nothing Else, Nothing More."

Hemingway: "Ok. Is that all?"

Cocking: "No. With the Government finalising the legal framework for the claiming of the islands, we need to be seen as a friendly people, and not as an occupying force. The Cabinet has agreed to put extra funds into the Operation, for the engineers to establish some necessary services for the natives. They specifically want medical centers, schools and housing built. Basically the end game for the Cabinet is, that the natives will be the building blocks of the new populations on these islands.

Hemingway: "Well that's ridiculous, they're soldiers, not g-d damn baby sitters. How the f-ck am I suppose to protect our people, while also trying to win the hearts and minds of a few spear-throwing sods?"

Cocking: "That's enough General. The cabinet wanted this mess sorted out by last week. You have until Friday week to clean this up, get the work done and then open it up for the contractors to come in and set up the ports and utilities."

Hemingway: "Yes ma'am. Right away."

Hemingway slams the phone down.

Hemingway: "G-d damn, f-cking brown-nosing politicians. CARTER! Get me the Warwickshire on the line."

Carter: "Y-y-yes Sir!"

 

 

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      “They didn't really say,” the other replied, with a shrug. “I suppose that we'll have to see as soon as we get there.”
      Both of them turned to look towards the island. It was low down towards the sea but rose up towards the north east to a hill. A glacier covered the mountain and below that, bare rock. They were much closer now, able to see the individual houses that made up much of the settlement, as well as the walls of the fortress. Most of the houses were little more than ruins. The palace and the cathedral were easily seen.
      “They call it the Palati ton Oston,” said Kamoteros. “Pretty ominous. Apparently, they made much of the flooring and door frames out of whalebone, from all the years of hunting.”
      Again, the more senior officer grunted in reply.
       
       
      The BPP Trapezon was too large to moor directly alongside the wharves, as it was much bigger than the colliers and iron ore cargo ships it had been designed for, some seventy or more years ago. That didn't bode too well for the plans to bring the port itself up to the standards necessary for acting as the Europan end of the Argic trade route. But, Ooryfaina considered as she stood in ready to climb out of the ship's boat she had left the cruiser in, it was likely already known by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. The iron rungs of the ladder from the water level up to the top of the wharf were slippery, corroded and occasionally missing. She almost lost her grip a couple of times. Getting a dip in the frigid Thalassa ton Kataigidon was not something that she was planning on doing today. As she hauled herself onto the top of the wharf, a band struck up the Arhomaiki national anthem.
      Badly.
      The smell of incense wafted over the sea air and was whipped away by a strong wind and she looked towards where the music was coming from. The band was made up of ten musicians, half in the winter uniform of the border guard and half in that of the financial guard. It did not sound like they had every practised together. A group of monks, well wrapped in winter gear, were waving thymiata and carrying holy relics to bless the new arrivals. Striding towards the Droungariokomes was an elderly-looking priest carrying a crozier and with a mitre perched on a woolly hat, followed by what must be the two senior officers of the enforcement agencies that occupied the Herimitireia. They seemed to be having a typically Aroman struggle over who would greet her first in their order of seniority. The border guard could trace their roots to the forces that conquered Europa and Amutia whilst the financial guard were, strictly speaking, a unit of the Tagmata. Thus the two officers were surreptitiously trying to step in front of the other. Soon it was likely going to come to elbows jabbed in ribs.
      “Welcome to the Herimitireia,” said the Arkhiepiskopos Dorothios Maliasenos, vapour from his breath curling away in the wind. He gave an appraising glance over Ooryfaina's rank tabs. “It is rare that we get anyone from the Basilikoploimon here, let alone a droungariokomes. Usually, it's a ship chartered from a civilian firm that drops of supplies for us. A supply tender for them comes from the navy but it's never someone of such a rank.”
      The archbishop punctuated the last part of the statement with a jab of a gloved hand over his shoulder. The two behind him had finished their bickering but waited until the archbishop had finished talking to the naval officer. The statement of the archbishop seemed to be a bit dismissive of the other two officers but she couldn't quite tell.
      “And now you arrive with that,” he said, giving a nod towards the flotilla sat in the bay.
      “Yes, your beatitude,” replied Ooryfaina. “The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has decided that it is time for the Herimitireia to truly become part of Arhomaneia again.”
      A pretty pompous line. The naval officer winced internally almost as soon as she said it.
      “Some of it has already been explained to me by a communication from emailed over to me,” the archbishop said. “I am not sure I wholehearted approve, for many reasons. For one, we have got used to the peace and tranquillity of these islands. I rather it wasn't disturbed by building work, ships or soldiers.”
      “I believe that will come a bit later, your beatitude,” the Droungariokomes replied. “I'm not sure when but I think that, considering what the Gharoi and Seilosioi have done, I imagine it will be soon. I'm not in charge of the building work, just securing the islands.”
      Again, the expression on what little of the archbishop's face was visible between his beard and his woolly hat was unreadable. He turned on his heel without another word and started to walk back down the wharf towards his waiting entourage, who were still waving incense and chanting. Ooryfaina found herself staring after him, frowning. She hadn't been told anything about the Church disapproving of the increase in activity on the islands but, as she had said to the archbishop, that wasn't really her problem. Her job was to stop any other nation to trying to meddle in the affairs of the island.
      Another woolly hat bobbed into view, but this with a tall domed hat crammed on top of it.
      “Tribounos Pankratoukaina Tzamplakonissa of the Foussatores,” said the well wrapped little shape that lay under the hat. From the name, Ooryfaina guessed that the speaker was female but the amount of clothes rendered any physical appearance hard to discern. And in order to nip any pretensions of the other officer being anything other than inferior to the speaker, they continued. “And this is Komes Theognostos Maroules.”
      The other officer narrowed his eyes at the slight but gave a half-bow towards the naval officer.
      “Welcome to the edge of the Eurth, Droungariokomes,” the shorter figure said, with unnecessary dramatics. “We'll get you and your staff somewhere warm.”
    • By Iverica
      Wow its been a minute, ammiright, but hell last 2 times we expanded it was like Bang, you know what I'm sayin'? No? I'm not high I swear. I'm just making this as cancerous as possible at your expense.

      Ok for real, I'm gonna do this proper before anyone thinks I'm getting sweet bootylicious clay just by virtue of being staff. In this post I'm going to:
      Show the community how my previous expansions have gone (hence: why I deserve to be trusted on this one). Tell you why this isn't actually a really big expansion (or even much of an expansion at all) Tell you what I'm planning and seeing if anyone has anything to say about it. Explain why all this makes sense unless you're a smooth brain. 1. Big Boi Numba Wan: Ivy-wyvy's messy wessy expansions UwU
      a. Ultramares (we gots a tiny island kawaii)
      What Happened: Iverica got it via referendum. Made a couple of (decent detail) news posts (more below the linked one) for it back when the regs weren't so strict. But we have been using it in actual RP like in the Asta L'Vasqqa Part 1: State of the REEEeepublic (link below). Its also been used in more news since then and is used in my iiwiki pages.
      b. The MADDAFAKKIN IBERIC FEDCOM BYATCHES (or: Iverica writes 2 novellas OwO whats this?)
      What Happened: THIS Boi and This THICC BOi. Capping it off with a little encyclopedia style post. Basically the Iberic states become one thicc glubal EU like power and it gets used like a ton of times. Yes it has a pretty basic iiwiki page as do all the states of the FedCom with individual pages.
      2. Its Not Really An Expansion Tho >.> eat my socks omnom
      The areas we want are super duper uuper tiny my dude and they like-totally like have no:
      a. Permanent Population: Anyone live there?
      XxxDOUBTxxX.
      b. Resources: at least none that we would exploit. Point: deees monies not gonna go into de borsa nononono seniorrrrrr.
       
      3. Whats the Plan Stan? The big idearr, the buzz in yer bumper, the bulge in your Blitzkrieg, the bung in your bumho—
      So you may have seen some posts talking about a certain project. Project Adlantis: North and South. The goal is for Iverica to build some bootylicious bases on bumfuck nowhere places because—strategic value? Trade route security? Investor confidence? Political posturing? Increased glubal committment? Smol stuff like that. Nothing important. 
      New Phone, Where dis?
       
      Lighthouse Island, Corinium
       

      Diego Gracias Island, N of @Gallambria
      THE Plan: IC'ly Iverica will be coordinating with local governments (Gallambria and South Corinium) and rapidly put military infrastructure down on the islands. Lighthouse Island will likely be leased with permission from the S. Corinium ( @Seylos) government given that Iverica only recognises the Southern government ( perhaps @Haruspex may have some IC ideas how this will go down since its contested territory). As for Diego Gracias, no one lives there last I checked. I've also talked to Gallambria about this. No issues so far. 
      To solidify the expansion with posts I only plan to do a few RP posts briefly going over what we're building. Since these are so tiny and this is hardly an expansion in terms of size or resource value, I suppose those will suffice. I've got my ears open to any com-mentos though.
      To make this whole song and dance worthwhile, there will be some secondary attempts Iverica will make at putting down supply stations ( a max of 2) on close by reefs (1 north, and 1 south probs) and not in anyone's exclusive economic zone or even contiguous zone so don't you worry your little head.
      Heads up: Some of the work (like building some prefab stuff and gathering equipment, I will write to have happened a couple months back already. Why? Because I'm not waiting a full fucking year for the bare bones of two naval bases thanks.
       
      4. SO WHATS IN THE BOX MAN??! WHATS IN THE BOXXXXXX/X///1/1EQKLWNJ
      NO SERFS, NO MONIES? Whats in it for Ivy? El simplicado my amigbro: 
      a. OOC Reason: Closer to the action. Its really expensive and hard to justify constant naval expeditions into the Adlantic. These bases will mean we have an anchor to make our RPs in the area more realistic and more realistic.
       
      b. IC Reason: [1] I think its important to realise that ships don't normally operate waaay outside of waters near a friendly base that can render aid or supply. If your ship gets into a boo-boo 3,000 km away from a friendly base of allied nation, who's going to help you? The ooga-boogas? Bruh, they're more likely to sell your organs. Enjoy the free ice bath that comes with it. Logistics are the foundation of operations—no logi=stupid ops, stupid commanders. [2] Another thing: with growing trade with @Tagmatium Rules, Iverican pledges to support Polar activity, and not to mention Iverica's part in securing Corinium. All these reasons equals galaxy brain: we have skin the game mudderpuckerrrr.
       
      Additional Hypothetical FAQ:
      Q: Iberica, how u appord dis?
      A: With a budget.
      Srs: I haven't even dented infrastructure budget in years. Even if I decreased my military spending by 25% we could still afford this. In the posts I've already made, I've shown that Iverica wants to hire local businesses to support the projects.
      Q: Won't the closest indigenous groups hate you?
      A: Maybe. But we're hiring them. So they can hate us while they help us.
      Q: IBURCA, how u justipie dis? Politikally.
      A: Seecuuuuuuuring trade and Polar Roooooooooooooutes, diplomatic committments, the fact that Europa is flexing and TRIDENT was founded precisely to pre-emptively unfuck the fucked up shenanigans that are certainly coming.
      Q: C'est très irréaliste, honhonhon, vous paysan, vous ne savez rien de la géopolitique!!! Mon dieu!
      A: Really? Try China string of pearls? Nine-dash line? Ring any bells. Remember the only reason why people are really incensed are because the the UNCLOS territorial overlaps. Not the actual bases. Further, people have been doing this for decades like the Diego Garcia atol among the scores of other islands. 
      ---
       
      OOC: damn son, you gotta try this organic shit. Also, I may have misspelled some stuff. idgaf. I dunno man. I'm just tryinna haff fun. Fancy a shag?
       
      Also: if there are complaints while I'm doing everything I just mentioned up there, I am not gonna hear it. If you don't like the way I twerk, you better say so soon or forever hold your piece. If you're concerned make sure you read it. Mwahahahaha, now you see the genious of making the whole post cancer. Now you have to reread it.
       
       
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