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Northern Cunetio
Haru Embassy

Newly appointed ambassador to the North Korninon Protectorate (NKP for future reference), Sengar d'isto (Noble rank, equivalent of Major) Fasri'Nu Hallas stood upon the balcony of the suite, and looked over the construction of a more permanent border wall and the city on both sides. The banners of the Imperium draped across the front of the building, and upon flag poles alongside that of the NKP fluttering in the wind. A slow exhale of a reddish smoke, slow lean against one arm as he settled against a banister for a moment.

From his perch, he could see the newly made government offices of the nationalist party, a joint garrison and others. The two fleets would be docked within the Northern ports, ready for service should it be required. Which meant officers of the admiralty would be present, his coworkers really. He'd met both of those to be deployed here, charming fellows, though young. At least younger then him, he envied their rise, the navy really did have it easier he thought with another exhale.

Yet, he'd call upon them only in the most dire of situations. The peace here, it was to be held. Regardless of what others beyond thought of them, the Empress's words were divine mandate and having been sworn to her vision, he would fall upon the sword if need be. Still it was nice that his wife and daughter would be joining him here, it would make this a more bearable posting indeed.

Lights at the border switched on, and into the night did the engineers carry on, eventually the starry night sky wouldn't have to compete with the glare, he muttered, " just a bit more..", to no one in particular as a knock rapped against the frame of the balcony entry. A slow turn about, noting Yuta and Daya both waiting politely.

Come friends, what news do you bring? He spoke towards both, allowing either one to take the lead. It was Yuta who spoke. Ah sir, your wife and mine boarded a transport craft and will arrive with children in tow, in a day or so. It'll be nice to see them on a regular basis, I guess a perk for taking this deployment.

Daya chimed in; My wife will also be arriving, she was rather cross that I might be deployed here for years. Fasri chuckled a bit. Probably just wants to see you in an apron again Daya. I would be a fool to stand against her as well. She is right fierce. Rather face down a regiment of Tagmatine spear chucker's.

A bit of a quiet laugh from the woman before she continued as placing both palms to the balcony rail and relaxing a good bit. Danla is returning to Ulusk, she's been chosen as a Shield Maiden in Kaorin's service. This time Yuta laughed. Well that's only natural, tis her idol after all. But good for her, she's qualified for the position a few times now, just took a civil war to earn the approval of the right sorts now that the wrong sorts are dead.

Fasri took a drag upon his cigarette, pausing only to flip open the case and offer one to Yuta, who graciously took one while Daya politely declined as Fasri spoke. Most of the hardliners from the previous regime have been indeed removed, some turned at the last second seeing the change in the wind, we'll have to root them out eventually. In any case, different topic, have you met the naval and legionnaire officers to be stationed with us?

It was Yuta who replied first. I spent most of my day today with the imperial army legionnaires deployed here. The majority of them are building the border wall that starts here in this city and will go down the point of separation of the island between the NKP and those that allied themselves to the Seylosi and so forth. They are all fairly young as far as I could discern, but their officers are experienced, I would wager a great many of them were in the northern campaign.

Fasri grunted slightly as Yuta would continue. Those not building the border wall, checkpoints and security areas, are about the island with the NKP security forces erecting air defense vehicles about an airfield in the central valley area. At first I thought it would be a resupply point..but its to big.

Fasri nodded and pointed to a pile of dossiers under a paper weight. Its a joint military and civilian airbase in the works. There will be a deployment of land based HAD aerocraft eventually, as well as trainers for NKP pilots in the future. It will also host a training facility for NKP self defense forces, as they are to be equipped with modern equipment and armaments should there ever be an aggressive push from the South or anywhere else. 

There was another knock, this time at the entrance to the suite. A junior officer got up from a desk and opened it, standing to one side and pointing towards the balcony. Very shortly, new faces appeared to the collection of diplomatic officers present. 

Prata-Kahn's Yephira, Yarna and Garis, of equal standing from differing houses, and with the first two commanding a fleet that would remain stationed within the waters of North Kornino, while the last was in charge of the garrison imperial army legionnaire forces, stood at leisurely attention before noticing Fasri's dismissive gesture to act natural. He addressed his aides and directed attention to the three military officers. These are our counterparts. They who arrived with Vice-Admiral Tor'Van, and brought ships and troops to the island. 

It was Yephira that broke the ice that lingered after that. Kaorin warned me that you were carefree, you will find me a stern taskmaster to the admiralty. She gave an imperious gaze towards Fasri, one that made him wince a bit. That blasted woman, always giving him the troublesome ones! Worry not friend, while I would love to just drink wine and play the violin, we sit astride a powder keg. We must keep good relations with the south while maintaining security. He briefly caught Garis sighing in relief, and that of Yarna keeping to a prideful, proud stance. Warriors. The kind that could get them all killed for glory, just the sort of thing he had to manage to keep distracted.

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North Korinon
Cunetio City

It'd been about a week since the meet and greet of the other officers and staff assigned to the North Korinon territory. His wife had come, with their two children. His son was old enough to understand, but his daughter was still feeling defeated as all of her friends were back in Tavor.

So today was a bit of a father and daughter day, relaxing at a small coffee shoppe, where he was attempting to liven her mood up at the moment. My dear, I know this isnt what you desired, but do try to make the best of it, we will be here for a good long while. She huffed a bit and poked at the desert pastry upon the plate. I just don't know why you had to be deployed here, didn't the ministry have anyone else?

He chuckled a bit, pausing to take a sip of cappuccino before replying. Mm, perhaps, but my record despite behavior, speaks for itself. The admiralty and some of the house lords want someone they know I suppose. Besides, those boys in the city, they were getting far to close for my liking.

Father! Please! So embarrassing! Mother has been telling fibs again! She crossed her arms and pouted a bit so that he gently chastised and offered a smile. Now, now, don't be like that, you'll get wrinkles. Bit of a grin sliding into place as other patrons chuckled. Such instances were well known to fathers the wurld over. Mm...speaking of your mother..

Could feel the glare of Treika a mile away, so deadly. My dear, we saved you some tea and a seat. She replied; Of course you did husband, you do value your life. The woman settled down besides her daughter, fostering a smile, and appearing in a modest attire of pencil skirt and blouse. Has he been teasing you dear? Adamant response from their daughter; Yes Mother, terribly so! A soft laugh as she spoke; Ah, such a rogue. Projecting again dear, don't want her to elope into the night like us? His right brow shot up as she suggested the unthinkable. Gods woman, your family was a nightmare, I'd like to spare at least one of the children from that affair.

Rubbing bridge of nose a bit at the thought of his in-laws. At that moment his phone beeped, a text message from his adjutant Yuta. Ah, we'll be having a bit of company my darlings. Do play nice. He quickly typed a response and sure enough, a dark grey staff car rolled up and parked across the street from them. The tall and older Yuta slid from the drivers seat, with fellow staff officer Daya exiting the passenger seat. They both approached with a languid pace, probably adopted from her husband thought Treika. 

Before her husband could exchange pleasantries, she did so. Daya my dear, I saw your wife earlier, she is most forgiving it would seem of this deployment. A slight glance towards Yuta. Yours on the other hand, seems quite harsh of such. I wager you will have to sweeten her up with a gift or two dear. She could see Yuta wince and Daya lightly flush as the two offered polite bows of head before settling in at the table.

Daya replied. Oh he is in the dog house. He didn't tell her until a week ago that this was a long term assignment. Treika winced for Yuta, he apparently was gleaning to much of her husbands procrastination. 

Please ladies, let me suffer enough as it is. Yuta exclaimed before he politely changed the topic. Sir, there is news from the homeland and the admiralty. He slowly slid a teletype over and explained a bit as the contents were being read by Fasri. Anglian forces have forced capitulation of the SDC territories, officially, the Throne and the Council have said nothing, but word through the upper ranks is that many of the fleet-lords are approaching the Empress's advisor Kaorin and pledging support for military action, whatever she decides of divine will, to authorize.

Treika gently covered her mouth, the thought of their son who had come with was of legionnaire age, indeed he was an Imperial Academy cadet doing his tutorship and training with the newly arranged NK Protectorate Military Academy. Gods..she uttered then composed herself.

Daya seemed to agree as her superior merely acknowledged it with a slight hrmm sound. He spoke however after a time. We'll inform the Nationalist Party leaders, our counterparts, and continue on with our duties here. The Empress will make the right choice, we just have to watch. Also, should be interesting to see what the Tagmatine and the Seylosi..he gestured with a head movement towards the city-border wall as to them. Do over this.

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North Korninon, Verlucio Port
Luhtun (Condor), Fast Strike Carrier Class (FSCC)
1st Protectorate Defense Fleet

Prata-Khan Yarna stood upon the bridge of the Luhtun, and yet there wasn't much for him to do aboard the ship at the moment. They were docked within the port, and as said docks were built to handle high volume tenders, they had been reasonable able to accommodate the naval warships that had become apart of its day to day operations.

If anything, the Luhtun had become a central operations vessel in this berth, able to force project beyond patrolling via its cohort of VTOL aerocraft that it possessed, as well as the troop and logistical components it had deployed soon after tethering up. 

His direct counterpart of the infantry legions had arrived to sequester his aforementioned cohort of naval legionnaires in due order. Prata-Khan Garis had been taller then he had thought, and yet swarthy. He had the auburn hair of the Augustines, the Cussian-Haru mixed bloodline, and the grey-blue eyes that seemed to be the normal of such, angular cheeks, almost hawk like of nose and stern of gaze, the atypical mountain steppe native representation of Tiksi. A prominent mountain border city-state that did not advertise itself all that well, really only the @Tagmatium Rules border town of Kalamanon seemed to know much about it, which was odd. Especially since his own hometown of Belaya was near it and Prathen was south of it.

The former horse lords, raiders and pillage cavalry of the days of yore had become staunch unification leaders. Some would even say a powerbase to the council as the city was as old as Prathen was, and of cultural importance in the old days as Ulan-Ude had become now.

Amusing to a degree that he was a legionnaire officer then, although one of his subordinates mentioned he'd been a light armor vehicle commander, so perhaps his cavalry bloodline had been honored. A faint shrug however as said steppe native had duly relieved him of his onboard cohort and that of the transport tender's contents in short order.

Two-thousand-five hundred logistical, medical, legionnaires, and vehicle operators had thus been deployed. Most of which had left Verlucio for the highlands, either to participate in the airfield building, or to establish anti-air defenses to keep the territorial airspace of the NKP its own. Not that he believed the Seylosi would keep flying patrol aerocraft across the territory, but perhaps a warning tone by a SAM lock would keep someone else behaving properly. Realistically he just wanted to be in his quarters, playing the fiddle and relaxing with some tea.

And then there was Prata-Khan Yephira. Gods she was way to gung-ho about this assignment. Perhaps the rumors were true, she hoped to secure a high profile husband in the ruling imperial house via performing well. Which could explain why she was so highspeed, all the time! Even now she was commanding the 2nd Protectorate Defense Fleet on maneuvers about the island. Screening ships, sending aerial drone patrols and so forth. The fleet leave would be immense, NK tourist spots and bars would see a massive increase. 

He leaned back upon soles of feet and glanced towards his subordinates Tahor and Tahr. When Yephira's fleet comes back to dock, send word to the legionnaire securitas to keep them behaved here and in Durnovaria. They are going to be heated and needing comfort and soothing. I will do my best to keep Yephira occupied...gods help me.

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North Korinon 
SVHY (Ministry of Foreign Naval Affairs) HQ
Office of Sengar d'isto Fasri'Nu Hallas

Stared at the teletype and felt his shoulders sink after reading aloud its contents to Yuta, Daya and himself. It was Daya who let out the curse first. Fuuuuck. We are so f*cked if we dont get this right. I bet those naval officers are in some sort of living hell right now, they cant be happy right? Right Yuuutta, they cant be!?

Now, now Daya, compose yourself. Yuta managed to be the solid stone of the meeting. Fasri appeared to be waning and waxing in the briefest of light that spilled through a window. Eventually he squatted down, both hands to the sides of his head mumbling something about how it was all going to come down, his easy life and carefree days.

Ahem. Sir. Please stand up, our counterparts will be here soon. Fasri arose, and nodded his head a bit, still sore about the dreaded news. It was then that Prata-Khan Yephira arrived, nearly kicking open the door. Did you see!? Our divine source is coming, the Empress is coming here! My legions will be in parade dress, I shall white glove them until they beg for death! She glanced at the diplomatic officer. Why arent you out there, promoting her arrival!?

Just shook his right hand at her, almost dismissively and at this exact point, Garis and Yarna arrived. Garis looked dreadful, as if he had been up for hours, without any sleep. Yarna was a nervous wreck, his OCD gone into overdrive.

It was then that Fasri managed to climb out of whatever funk and asserted himself. Briefly. Comrades, we must come together, to show the Empress what a wonderful place the North is, have her meet dignitaries of the Protectorate's Assembly and of course, promote the security and safety of Her Divine Person at all times. Prata-Khan Yephira, under Naval Command Code 23-NUA-34/N/3/1-A, I am hereby placing your fleet on Securitas of the North Korninon sealanes and territorial waters. I have been given authority by the Naval Command, as well as that of the Imperial Throne itself. 

Furthermore, Prata-Khan Garis, you will first get some sleep man. Then, when rested, you shall deploy Legionnaire Securitas in full, at every point of inspection of the Empress's itinerary, as well as at all risk spots regardless. You will deploy all border securitas and activate island defense protocol Penastar. 

Prata-Khan Yarna, for the love of the sea man, lower your caffeine intake, rest a bit, and then as Garis, fully rested, you will work with the North Korinon media and security apparatus to protect the North's information services, as well as deploying territorial aerosapce defense units. You are authorized to deploy drones, yet do not make the lives of the citizens difficult. This goes for all of you. 

Siet Khan Yuta and Daya, you shall work with the NK Ministries of Peace, Prosperity and Tourism to arrange for a route that the Empress will take through the three cities. She has expressed interest in visiting a few notable Ahroman religious sites apparently, probably for her own personal love of architecture I have been told. In any case, we have a week until she arrives, carry out your orders.

And for all the gods of the sea, dont foul this up. If we do, they'll send us to the Argic research site, where the sea freezes and so does your blood. Dismissed!

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North Korinon
Verlucio Port

While North Korinon already had a sizable fleet presence, it became an overwhelming sight. House Elemmiire banners were hanging from buildings, attached to flagpoles, sharing space with the NKP emblem, fluttering in the breeze as NKP police officers and para-military were out in force, either in dress uniforms or patrol gear. Newly acquired hardware from the Haru on display, taking point as this was their home after all. 

In the shadows, just under the layer of this security were the Elemmiire commandos of the 1st Vanguard Regiment. Those assigned to the Imperial Throne as dedicated protection detail to the Empress and family. Not to mention, the already deployed and stationed naval legionnaires at the ready. 

Aerocraft tore across the sky, trailing coloured smoke contrails for both the Protectorate and that of the Imperium. Citizens lining the roads of Verlucio or watching from balconies, tiny flags waving as the open roofed vehicle carrying Empress Kira'Karn began to edge its way out of the port city, on its way towards the city of Durnovaria, and then eventually to that of Cunetio. 

Kira resided in the back of the sedan, and offered smiles and waves to the citizens. A slight nod of head as listening to her wife and newly crowned Vice-Empress Ayn Gende Elemmiire. Her dark eyed counterpart carried the complexion of a Zharrian heritage. She to offered waves as the entourage slithered about the streets as if a serpent. With a similar vehicle just behind them, the leaders of the NKP resided, and then it was other officials behind that, followed by security vehicles on both ends, in the lead and at the rear. 

A slow sigh as Kira studied the architecture and above all else, the endless blue sky. The weather of North Korninon was quite a bit more severe then the Northern Territories, sharing more in common with central steppes Imperium city-states, or even that of Ulusk in the Northern Territories A slightly nervous hold of Ayn's left hand as the show continued. Nervous? Ayn offered a slight smile as continuing to project calm. A bit. I'm told that the head of the diplomatic corps is a bit odd. More for his violins then for a sword. 

Well, it would be a nice change of pace from all the rest. We could use a bit more of that back home as well. Ayn continued her role of stabilizing her beloved, keeping her lover, the Empress focused, as she needed to be. 

This is a lovely country, I would imagine this place will reap ridiculous profits as a tourist trap. Such elicited a chuckle from Kira, a sign that she was back to normal. I hope so.

North Korinon
Cunetio City

Outside, standing before the SVHY (Ministry of Foreign Naval) HQ, the highest ranking of the island country of North Korinon, superseding the status of the naval commanders, Sengar d'Isto. Fasri'Nu Hallas stood with his gloved hands behind back, already missing the more relaxed pace of the previous weeks. The officers service dress hadn't changed since the Long War with Beautancus, wool uniform consisting of a double-breasted tunic with a round collar and matching trousers, a pair of black boots, a belt, and a kepi cap. 

Much like him, his adjutants of Yuta and Daya were equally outfitted. Where as the diplomatic corps, and traditionally the legionnaires of the various Houses wore all black versions of this, the naval officers were a different hue. As evidenced by the senior naval commanders present. Prata-Khan's Yephira, and Yarna wore a light blue version of their own. Prata-Khan Garis represented the Imperial standing legion, and thus his uniform was that of a khaki colour. 

Fortunately this greeting was not limited to just military or diplomatic corps. Their families were also present, Fasri's own wife was currently briefing that of Daya's and Yuta's. Children trying their best to be on good behavior, whilst the securitas legionnaires forces kept to their stations. A number of the NKP officers of the para-military and protectorate legionnaires were also present. 

Yuta approached and grumped as he spoke. I've been informed that the Empress and her entourage will be arriving in a bit. They are still a few kilometers away, seems the stopover in Durnovaria took longer then expected as the Empress and Vice-Empress visited a few historic sites and buildings important to the citizenry here. Hearts and minds I'd wager. 

I will be interested in seeing her reaction to the wall, I'd wager that in the coming months it will be torn down. Still there is the happenings back home that are worrisome. The southern border is being reinforced, the far southern regions are under occupation. 

Angelians. I don't recall them, but then, anywhere near the EOS is basically a place we don't involve ourselves in. Yuta rolled his shoulders a moment. Word through the halls is that Kaldana has asked for supplementary legions and equipment. If such is true, it will pass through here eventually.

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This is Mikale Alexandrios, Reporting live in Cunetio for NKTN (North Korinon Tele-News)

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of downtown Cunetio Thursday to welcome the Empress Karn and Autokráteira Karn.

But they'll have to look fast. Empress Karn and her wife, Autokráteira Karn, will be in town for barely half a day and most of that time will be spent inside the Hotel Royale on Front Street.

If it's a nice day, we're expecting anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 people downtown, said Cunetio Police Inspector Andre Doran. That's a lot of people, so the securitas services are aiding us in keeping the peace.

The royal couple's visit, part of a four-day junket to North Korinon and the Kaldana colonial territories, will have the ruler of the Imperium conferring with local leadership. The best vantage point for anyone to see the Empress and Autokráteira, and take pictures will be along Front Street in downtown Cunetio and at Velstad Pavilion, where they will be welcomed by the local diplomatic ministry staff and their families. Security will be tight but those areas will be open to the public.

After their welcome at the Pavilion, the royal visitors will proceed towards the Royale Hotel once more. Some of the topics whispered has been the royal court's disapproval of the barrier barring NK from the South. Word has it that the legion military command authorized this without asking the court, and that the Empress will reverse this partially.

Cunetio
The Arrival

Sengar d'Isto. Fasri'Nu Hallas stood with that ever somber, near sour look. He was outside in the cold, collar up and yet the wind managed to sneak its way inside and cut as sharp as any blade to his ribs. 

As the entourage of escort vehicles and so forth pulled in, there was a news van in the distance and throngs of people, everywhere. The sound of cheering and so forth as the Empress emerged from her vehicle, offering waves and tossing trillium's towards the crowd before making way towards him. 

The dark haired Autokráteira locked eyes and offered a slight smirk, before slinking up to be beside that of Kira. He gave a rigid salute before speaking. Welcome to Cunetio Majesty. He gestured towards where the rest had taken shelter, in the bar area of the hotel amidst the river of securitas and NKP that had made a casual barricade about the hotel without turning it into a fortress. 

As he strolled beside the two most powerful people in his wurld, he spoke as they made it past the lobby doors, pausing only to remove his greatcoat. What do you think of North Korinon so far Majesty?

Kira shed herself of her own coat and proceeded to enjoy the respite from the cold within the Royale Hotel. Her attire modest and yet a bit of fashion to it, in keeping with the Imperium's take on such. A slight splay of right hand as she strolled towards the bar area, rather wishing to be free of the securitas and in a more casual environment. Its a lovely place, save for that eyesore wall the admirals have authorized. Consequently officer Hallas, you will begin removal of it. 

Autokráteira Karn spoke up then as if reading his mind. You will keep a light security fence up, but the heavy barrier is to be removed. Increasing checkpoint crossing points, and passports to be issued for those who wish to go across etc. We have already spoken with the ruling party and the prime minister of the NKP. 

It was a lot to take in, he could only imagine the teletypes that were going to come flooding in as he nodded and slowly waited until they took to a seated position before doing so himself. A tilt of head, and rubbed bridge of nose before speaking. My wife and the other families will be here shortly. Your order is heard Majesty, and shall be obeyed. 

The goddess of the sea never fails to throw obstacles. He could only imagine how the legionnaires who put it up were going to act now to tear it down. A pause some and then a bit more of a sensitive question. When can we expect troops to come through for Kaldana?

Kira having settled and a bit of wine made available, stared at the glass before speaking. Days, weeks at the latest. We are sending four legions of House Zun to Kaldana. 

Fas'ri blinked, and at that moment Yuta showed up with Daya in tow. It was Daya who broke the silence. Four legions? Forty thousand troops are going to the colony? Autokráteira Karn motioned for the others to settle in as she nestled in besides Kira and sighed a bit. Given the Anglian crisis in the southern Occidental, we are strengthening our territorial claims. And, eventually we shall expand the hold in the former Zharr expanse as well, may as well have a force present for such.

Daya nodded and looked wistful a moment. My wife is of the Zun House, her brothers are all in the house legions. Kira replied. Many of our kin will be sent, eventually the Buki Elghinn and Elemmiire minor houses of Vek, Ela, Hallas, and Risae will be given the chance to earn their honor. 

Ahem. Yuta cleared his throat. What of the Tagmatine, are we going to act as their force projection? Really? We may be allies but we've never been equals. Why help them?

Kira took a slight sip before she replied to the older man. I understand your concerns. I do. But, I would rather have at least one ally, then none at all. And the Occidental is their home as much as it is ours, we cant let an usurper swallow up our lands, our people, nor that of our allies. We must honor the pact my father made, for it is in blood spilt and spent. That is why we must be ready to act on behalf of the @Tagmatium RulesGHET, should the call be sent. 

My apologies your Majesty. Kira smiled. If none ask why, we may lose what makes us what we are. Always be ready to ask. If I've an answer, I will give it. 

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Royale Hotel

Kira glanced over at Fasri, his family as had others had joined during the gathering within the lobby of the hotel slash embassy. A bit of chit chat with his wife was entertaining before returning to the diplomatic staff and their leader for concerns.

Even as her own wife leaned over to whisper softly and hold a teletype of communications from the House Lords, the Council of Nine and others of high status of the Imperium. I have reached a comprise with the Legionary High Command. The wall will stay in the portions beyond Cunetio, but the city itself shall be spared such. She raised her right index finger as if to ward of Yuta and Fasri alike for but a moment more. You will maintain a light security border however, checkpoints at the border that has been created. The heavy defense border however will be removed. You may station troops as you so wish, while work continues to fortify the western and eastern approaches of North Korinon. 

A slight gesture to the naval officers waiting their turn, who had just arrived, become relaxed but only so. This comprise also extends to the naval forces, you will continue your work upon the ports, in both the defensive, offensive, and creation of our Adlantic entry submarine basing. 

Since North Korinon's main trade route heads through the Adlantic to Kaldana, it will bring us near Anglian areas of oversight and operation. The 1st KCIN will begin patrolling the commercial sea-lanes, and at a trade off point, the NKIN support fleets will take over. 

This will be to ensure safety of the lanes while the crisis of the Southern Occidental continues in whatever direction it does. Furthermore, an office of the Naval Command and Control will be established in the city of Durnovaria. 

Fasri listened of course, while both the Prata Khan's of the naval self-defense force fleets offered nods and so forth. It would stand to reason, or at least to him that it was probably going to be Yarna's fleet to be the first take over relief force. Yephira had already been tasked with the lighthouse and other areas of patrol.

Not to be left out, the legionary's highest ranking officer on the island, Prata Kahan Garis had been in the lobby for awhile now, and with collar unbuttoned, had relaxed quite a bit. Yuta had drifted over towards the younger man and they were both unwinding.

It was the Autokráteira that dragged his attention back once more. He should be relaxing, in the next few weeks, the legionary on the island will be reinforced by the newly formed NKSDF, as well as Buki Elghinn regulars and two engineering legions as he will be heading the military construction effort.

Fasri leaned back and sighed a bit, the poor lad was already in dire need of sleep on a regular basis, however Karn's next words brought him out of his dazed revelry. Your son, has been reassigned to Faide in the Zharr territories, he will be stationed with his platoon in the city itself. The council saw that your efforts have been highly positive, there is no need to see your son sent to the frontier forces at the border, though he did protest such.

Treika smiled a bit as she sat next to her husband. He is very much like his father in that regard, stubborn. He'll be the envy of his company, getting to stay in the city and flirting with all those dark eyed Zharrian girls. 

At this Karn laughed, leaning back a bit. True. The women of Faide are known to have a particular love of the hawk like features of mainlanders, something about the grey or light hair hue seems to just be a lure as the old wives always told us.

Fasri mumbled, his son was going to be knee deep in a different type of danger all its own. To youth, may it be our saving grace. He offered a toast and took a sip of his brandy at hand.

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North Korinon
Cunetio City
Royale Hotel

There was a chiming sound, and a young man stepped within, wearing as per usual an Imperial Navy gaberwool uniform consisting of a double-breasted tunic with a round collar and matching trousers, a pair of black boots, a belt, and a kepi cap. A series of three red, and three blue pips as befitting the rank of Prata-Khan. The trousers were flared in the hips and thighs, narrowing at the cuffs so they could be more easily tucked into her boots, of which he wore a pair of black, steel-toed knee boots with turn-down topside cuffs. 

A sigh of vexation slipping free from between lips as he headed towards the collection of high ranking officers, and of course the Empress and Autokráteira. He came to a stop, gave a brief salute and then slid gloved hands behind back. 

Majesties, we are behind schedule, your transport to 1st Grand Ranke Fleet under the command of Grand Admiral Tiyu Vasai Elemmiire. She awaits your presence as the fleet has moved in tandem with your progression upon Korinon, and is currently waiting just beyond the territorial waters of Cunetio. The fleet is currently broadcasting its IFF signal as we must pass the Seylosi horn of the island and so on.

Kira sighed a bit at the rather overly serious young man, but decided not to chastise the officer as duty was duty and while she thought it a bit to much, a slight realization that she inspired such by being outside of the protected powerbase of the Fatherland. She relented and offered a nod. Then by all means, report to the Grand Admiral that we will be rejoining her once more.

A slow stand, rising to her feet after smoothing her attire a bit and waiting for jacket to be returned. Her entourage also doing so, guards whispering into microphones as preparing to move. Tilt of head towards Fasri. Do keep up the good work, hopefully with a less intrusive border security apparatus, you will acquire Seylosi diplomatic ties. 

If not, at least the eyesore within the city shall be removed. A faint glance towards the head of her Securitas cohort who nodded back in return as she was helped back into the coat she wore earlier, as uniformed and plainclothes clad legionary led her out of the Royale Hotel to the waiting vehicles rolling forward to a pause.

The lead vehicle bearing the NKSDF emblem, sped towards the helio-port within reach of the city. The armored car on six wheels while not the fastest, was a force denial vehicle. As it slew slowly to one side, the other vehicles following in a slow curve. Doors opened, Securitas personnel spilling out and arraying themselves about the naval version of the HIA TR-02 Aykma (Eagle) VTOL.

Kira and Ayn headed up the metal steps towards the helio-pad, towards the boarding ramp as the sliding door was yanked open. Two light grey clad pilots helped the Empress and Autokráteira, alongst with a few other members of service before the doors were locked shut again. About thirty seconds went by, before the four rotor craft lifted into the air, the propellers tilting, sending the aerocraft forward and towards the sea and the waiting fleet as gunships of the NKSDF flew escort.

Fasri stood next to one of the SUV's, watching the transport leave as a cigarette came to rest between his lips rather limply. Cupping hands to shield it from the wind as he lit the tip. A slow drag, then exhale, he'd been left with work, orders, and even more to do then before she'd arrived. 

He twirled his right hand's fingers, time to pack it up and head back to Cunetio. Cripes it was particularly cold today he thought.

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North Korinon, Cunetio City
SVHY (Ministry of Foreign Naval Affairs) HQ
Office of Sengar d'isto Fasri'Nu Hallas

Only a few days had gone by since the Empress and entourage had left the island of North Korinon. Things had settled a bit, the wall in the city had been torn down, although the checkpoints had remained, light security fence if you will. In other places however, the wall had been reinforced, and troops of House Dolis Vek had arrived to take part in occupation and policing duties, although the requirement was to be light on the eyes of the citizenry. 

This was mostly to keep their presence known to the @Seylosi, whilst other places on the island were being built up with both industries geared towards civilian luxuries and that of the military complex. Various naval officers from the engineering, construction and so on branches had been visiting, explaining their orders and setting off to work. 

The NKP was getting the sort of attention that Kaldana had only been receiving, like two children of the Imperium now. As Fasri slowly leaned back, reading absently the teletypes, he was struck by how much of it was to mundane, to by the book. That never happened. Any military was ordered sure, but there was a sort of tempest, a chaos that churned away. These reports had none of that. A slow sit up, even as Daya and Yuta entered within, hanging up their coats and grabbing a cuppa of tea. 

Daya, I seem to be misreading, there is a report here that says the NKP is receiving forty-thousand engineers from Houses Mzil Velven, Mzil Alek, and Mzil Vale. Another one has twenty-five thousand cooks and service support from House Idari Elemmire, and Vek Elemmiire, and this one here. He flapped the teletype a bit in one hand; Says that thirty-five thousand Tagnik Zun doctors, surgeons and health staff are headed here. Along with a list of lorries, misc transports, and so forth.

Daya calmly took it all in before plucking up a sealed tube with a wax marker upon it and handing it over with a somewhat steady hand. This arrived before all of those, from the Council of Admirals.

He took it, already dreading its contents. A slow slide of the tube apart with a letter knife, the parchment within was another teletype but it was filled with stern words and orders. Many, many orders. At its end, signatures of the Admiralty and the Empress.

By the gods, they..they cant be serious, can they? He looked at both of them. We just tore down the wall for crying out loud, are we suppose to cross the border once this happens?

Yuta spoke. It doesnt say, but it will be a trying time for the NKP, who's leadership has pledged support to the admiralty and the empress concerning this. Fasri shook his head a moment, then slowly slid to a stand, donned his coat and went onto the balcony, lighting one of his long stemmed cigarettes. It'll be madness you know, the wurld will turn against us, probably. 

The real question, is will the Seylosi suspect with all the ships in the area, there will be much more then normal. Not only armed ships but transports, and troop aerocraft are being prepped at the newly made airstrip. Flights of craft are incoming from Kyussia as well. Daya offered as she came to a lean against her right hip upon the edge of her own desk.

I dont think they are idiots, but they will probably assume something is askew or afoot, by the time the true target is known, it'll probably be to late, hopefully our neighbor @Tagmatium Rulesdoesnt intend to get in the way either, they have sharper eyes upon us more then anyone else. Yuta slurped his tea a bit and apologized with a hand motion as he dabbed a napkin at his chin for a few seconds. Damn hot.

It would appear that the eventual target is the river passage that heads to the Canamos Sea, while capturing, consolidating, and fortifying areas, before proceeding it would appear. Although any such landfall and establishment of presence is going to make some heads spin. Fasri sighed again, exhaling a bit of smoke. Alert command, notify we have received our orders and we stand by.

North Korninon, Verlucio Port
Luhtun (Condor), Fast Strike Carrier Class (FSCC)
1st Protectorate Defense Fleet

Prata-Khan Yarna, head of the 1st NKPDF was standing in the command and control of the Luhtun, bathed in the soft blue light of a security alert and was reading the transcribed message as it printed out. His second in command, Siet-Khan Alego nearby, as were most of the officers of the fleet.

He handed the sheaf of papers to Alego. Read. The younger man nodded and after adjusting glasses, read the contents of the missive. To the 1st Protectorate Defense Fleet, your status has been changed. 

You will process the arrival of HIN troop carrier vessels and supplement warships to your operations area. 7th Ranke Submarine Squadron will be arriving first, followed by elements of the 8th, 11th, 3rd, and 9th naval taskforces out of Ulusk, Hades, and Perya. 

A contingent of troops from multiple houses will be apart of this, as will equipment. You are to mask their presence as much as possible until the operational deployment is enacted.

Deploy as you require.

Council of Admirals
HIN Naval Command and Operations Control

Yarna looked upon those present. I will begin issuing orders over the next few hours that are to be carried out, this buildup should last a few weeks, perhaps even a month or so, many of you may even be deployed to the eventual combat zone. Remember, there is a hostile force within sight, remain overt in any action, downplay any query of activity. Dismissed.

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North Korinon, Durnovaria City
Party HQ, Office of the Prime Minister Valkrin Mertz

So it's true? Incredulous look towards the Deputy Minister Ragul Yevitz, vice leader of the government, and a senior member of the Korinon Nationalist Party. A small, slightly rotund man with rather larger glasses. Yes Prime Minister Mertz, a sizable contingent of the Haru has already made landfall, more to their numbers, but we've word from their government, that what was being planned, is no longer the case.

He shuffled some papers. However from what I hear, there is a bit of an interior conflict going on. We will have to confirm with that diplomatic officer of theirs, Sengar d'isto Hallas. He visibly had to sound out the title to make sure he got it right, still a bit jarring to adapt to the language used by their partners now.

More shuffling and then the deputy continued. Still, it's not a dark day or series of them. We've been getting immense employment projects and Haru companies are coming here in droves to set up, following our guideline of not ruining the nature of the island we call home, and that they must employ locals. 

And this went well? Yvetiz smirked a little bit. Mm..as good as it can. They somewhat bucked against it, but in the end offered a solution of 80/20. With the latter eventually falling to 95/5 with the advent of training and tenure etc. Meanwhile, their is a surge in our youth to join the self defense force.

While not a large force, it will serve as intended. Still, the newly minted general's are keen in participating with Haru forces, as a means to build reputation and acquire equipment via less public channels I suppose.

We'll have to keep an eye on them of course. Still, the recent developments of an air field, complete with civilian uses is rather lovely. Our engineers are working with the Haru to build reliable rail and other transit. 

Mertz leaned back in his office chair, letting the supple leather comfort his back as he briefly rubbed the bridge of his nose. What about the submarine base that is being built in Verlucio? 

With that Yevitz fumbled around with a bit of paperwork before finding what he was looking for. Ah, they are not to far off with completion. Our engineering staff, their engineers and so forth have been working nearly night and day to construct it. As soon as it is ready, it will have several of the Haru deep sea naval vessels docked, as well as the three submarines that were our price, to be docked as well. The training vessel and the two sealane patrollers.

They are as requested, diesel electric and capable of using Haru armaments that we've been receiving as well. We've also received four light cruisers, our sailors are being trained in a joint affair in Ulusk, and then returned here to serve on the ships we've received as part of the co-prosperity sphere agreement.

Mertz grumped a bit, the island was getting a major boost in equipment, training, industry and retained it's 40% tariff to make profit on trade as well. It was a win-win, so why did it feel..he coulnt place it at the moment. A slow slide of hand around the ring of the mug before him, and a bit of a sip of the tea within it. 

And the Seylosi led party in the South, what of them? Ah. Said Yevitz. They seem to be concerned with this Anglia business, and more or less applaud the take down of the wall in Cunetio but observe the Haru with a wariness. Expected I suppose, they are two powers of differing beliefs. 

Its nice to see the city be open though. A faint bob of that round head. It is indeed Sir.

North Korinon, Cunetio City
SVHY (Ministry of Foreign Naval Affairs) HQ

Fasri internally moaned, it was such a racket in his head, he'd sought out his subordinates in their shared office space. A bit of tea was poured, if the Tagmatine @Tagmatium Rules knew how much their northern neighbor prized it, it would be such a bargaining chip. Sighed a bit, inhaling a bit of the jasmine before taking a quiet sip. 

Tell me again Yuuta, what is going on? The tall, yet slightly older man yawned a bit, covering it with right hand before blinking a little bit as reciting what had been sent by the Zero Circle. Ah, it says here that several admirals within the Council of the Admiralty had been summoned to Prathen, and that after arrival, were arrested for inappropriate decision making and other offenses. 

Daya chimed in from her heretic cup of coffee. Admiral Tiyu is among them, and as such council as it is, has been completely thrown into disarray. However..She paused a moment and brought out a differing teletype. Fleet-Lord Kaorin, commander of the Northern Guard Legionary and the port of Ulusk, has nominated Grand Admiral Xun Higari Zun as head of the REHL (Haruspex Imperial Naval Command), with newly promoted High Admiral Tor'Van as a vice commander of the Imperial Navy, followed by Admirals Talis Yorn, Akasin Hallas, and newly promoted Vice-Admiral Ure'Dane, and newly promoted Commodore's Hyago Yarna, and Stiya Yephira making up the command element, thus doing away with the council of previous arrangement.

This was spearheaded by the Office of Naval Intelligence (UHE), and the Zero Circle. She took a much needed break to drink more of her heresy and settling into the warm embrace of chair, her desk was quite neat compared to the near slovenly, papers everywhere pile that was Yuuta's.

So the troop and naval deploys cease? Yuuta glanced over, then towards Daya before back at Fasri. Ah sir, they dont cease, but they wont be as large as we had first heard, coming here anyways. They'll be heading to Kaldana and passing us by. 

Fasri sighed a bit and settled into the chair he'd claimed. So how many will be making landfall here?

Yuuta glanced at another teletype. No more then five-thousand, three hundred. Mostly engineers, two dozen or so medical staff, and the rest will be naval personnel and or pilots. We'll still be getting a few more ships though and as the submarine base in Verlucio nears completion, the North Korinon Protectorate Fleet (NKPF) will have three subs with the four of ours on rotating deployment.

Another bit of a sip from Fasri's cup. So that means, the nearly sixty thousand troops are headed to Kaldana. It cant just be, because of the DeCon expansion plan...the colonial territory is fairly near Anglian ones now I'd wager. 

Daya spoke up. With the Empress cleaning house of anyone who might oppose the Fatherland's transition to good relations, she is still mindful of the threat being posed, and our sea-lanes to Kaldana pass by the Kingdom as well. Our build up cant be for any other reason, its not like the NAU or anyone is going to invade.

Plus; Yuuta began. The recent fostering of better relations with @Ateeniaare probably going to be a good thing. We'll be in that Argic passage quite a bit more then normal, sure to ruffle feathers. It'll be good to have a naval presence within the Argis territories to secure shipping. 

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North Korninon
Veratio Mountain
Joint Facility

The officer staff car motored on up and towards the nearly complete radar and communication facility that was in the process of being built within the mountainous region of North Korninon.

The vehicle was an odd design, almost a reference of a sort to the old German Horch troop transport, save that it was a hard top and more modern within the interior while retaining the archaic look. This particular vehicle was modified to be more of a staff car then the troop carrier variant. 

Fasri, senior diplomatic officer within North Korninon, was settled within the back seat, and beside him that of the senior most imperial legionary officer, Prata-Khan Garis. Across the way from them both, was the brooding diplomatic officer Yuta. 

He figured he'd be annoyed to if his leave was cut short to see an inspection of the facility. The vehicle grumbled along, the road was only partially built as well, mirroring the facility. There were legionnaires everywhere though, and mingling amongst them, were that of NKSDF as well. He could tell them apart by the field kit and the hue of the uniform, though it mirrored that of the Haru legionary quite well. 

A faint nod as the transport heaved to a stop at a checkpoint, where the guards stationed there, proceeded to check ID's, and the barcodes upon wrists that members of the legionary or citizenry, regardless of service, possessed. Once cleared of the first hurdle, the driver shifted into first and the grumbling engine resumed its protest as they ambled up the rough road towards the summit.

Fasri glanced over towards Garis, idly commenting. Its amazing that we haven't had any security breaches while this is being built, nor any protests. Garis nodded. Yes, the Seylosi have been oddly quiet, but perhaps they are distracted. In any case we are looking at completion of the facility within the month, the road soon after. Glanced toward Yuta noticing the slight grimace from the jarring ride.

Fasri chuckled, leaned over and patted Yuta on the left shoulder. Come my friend, this will be over soon, and you will return to leave. Daya should be free and able to handle affairs while you are gone. Yuta spoke; Thank you Sir. Clearing his throat soon after, tilt of head to watch as a security gate slid open to allow them to enter.

His newest driver, a Hult'ah by name of Takra, neatly parked the transport. He exited the driver seat and pulled the rear door of the transport open, standing with boots heel to heel.

Stepping down and out, Fasri took a few more strides so as to not block the exit, stretching arms outwards for a few moments before gaze would collect Garis and Yuta exiting and doing similar motions. A nod to the driver before speaking. You may relax Takra, there is a drivers waiting station across the lot. I will alert you as we make our leave. Yes Sir.

A place of hands behind his back, starting to walk towards the third guard post that shielded the actual entry point into the facility itself. While there was a large set of hardened doors next to it, those were secured and locked unless a parts delivery or other sizable vehicle came.

At the station, Fasri placed his hand upon a reader and as the light went green, he passed through a detection arch. Following was Garis and Yuta. Garis spoke as they passed into the building itself, heading up some stairs towards the second floor. While the facility itself is still being built, we are online and already using the towers and dish. The casemates with the SAM and other anti-aircraft positions have already been built, so the aerospace over this facility is protected. Further legionary casemates, pillboxes on and in the mountain are currently under construction as is the underground portion of this place.

He continued as they reached the second floor, heading towards an overlook area, under of which the spread of computers, storage machines and radar stations. This will help our naval forces and those of the NKPN vessels. I see, said Fasri as  he came to a stop, looking over a railing and seeing the layout on the first floor. 

Eventually the staff here will be composed of technicians from the Korninon Naval Academy in Verlucio that will have a class enrolled in March, and upon graduation, several of them will serve tours of duty here, spoke Yuta.

Garis spoke after the diplomatic officer's comment. We also share security duties with the NKSDF, of whom shares a garrison with legionary from the regiment on the island. Yuta chimed in. When the facility is finished, it will have additional add-on's near the aeroport as well. A faint sigh from Fasri as he leaned backwards somewhat.

I'm hoping that it aids in the peace of the area rather then the offensive actions. There is enough tension because of our push into Kabarria and the Frontier. Worry over Anglian interests and or those within the region poking their noses into it, has the crown and the council worried quite a bit.

Yuta grumped. As well they should be worrying, every transport on its way to Kaldana has to pass the horn of Anglia, and our forces are in an area of contention, at least in some aspects. 

Fasri offered a faint nod before extending his right hand towards Garis's forearm. I am impressed comrade, I shall leave you to the oversight, I dont want to incur the wrath of Yuta's wife however, by keeping him too long.

Garis nodded and spoke to Yuta. G'luck comrade. A chuckle followed as Fasri headed back towards the stairs, in a rather fast quickstep, pausing only to use a secure wall-mount phone to alert Takra to get the staff car ready. A 'yes sir' echoed through before he hung up.

Pushing through security, once more following the same steps as before, albeit a bit of a quicker process as the weather had gotten a bit colder then before. A tilt of head as the rear door was already being held open. Thank you Takra, take us back to Cunetio. Takra nodded and closed the door as soon as Yuta boarded before taking to the driver seat and proceeding down the mountain towards the roadway that would lead back towards the coastal city of Cunetio.

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Cunetio
The Cup and Saucer Coffee House
Outdoor Table

The weather was acceptable, it wasn't raining, the sun was out a bit, few clouds but otherwise a rather lovely day. A rather piping hot bit of coffee and a bagel to be given his attention soon enough, once the days news was digested.

A slow, deliberate push of one page to the next of the newspaper. Anxiety however rising, before he finally sighed and set it down, folding it up appropriately. Both hands coming to rest upon the table as if by magic, the form of Daya had appeared. 

Well, out with it. Cant let a man enjoy the simple things even for a moment. What is so important?

Sir, we received a tele-communique from the council. A new house is being born.

Slowly leaned back, one hand still upon the table, the other lightly strumming against his chin. Of what line does it hail from?

Tagnik Zun. It is the newly created house of Keric Zun. Frontier keep of Veska, Zharrian Expanse.

A sixth house serving the main line? That's insane. There is no way that the throne can not give Aria whatever she wants now, even if she's outnumbered in the central territories, she has the numerical edge based on the splinters. The voting power of the houses is where she's gaining.

Daya nodded. With Keric Zun establishing itself in the frontier, its extending the reach as well. Digging the talons into the land ahead of the crown. Sir, do you think Aria has intentions on the throne?

Hmm..perhaps at one point, it could not be ruled out. Now though, I doubt it. She's seen what it does to those who either cant handle the responsibility, or dont want it in the first place. From what I've heard, she was only just barely roped into leading the house that is hers now.

Not to say of course that she wont do what she can to ensure House Tagnik Zun is not taken care of, nor is anything less then a powerhouse for some time.

A waiter came by and delivered a tea of some sort. The brackish scent made his nose twitch, even as he watched Daya drink a good slurp of it. After a moment, she set a printed out tele-type. Please read that Sir.

Eyed the junior officer, then the piece of paper as if it had dubious intent. Slowly reaching out, collecting it within fingers and bringing it to his gaze. A lot of it was the usual fluff, but it was at the end, almost thrown in as an afterthought.

They cant be serious Daya..Its one thing to give the NKP trainers, its quite another to base modern aerocraft here. It will irk our neighbors more then a bit.

In confirmation Sir, we did try to notify them of this, but the High Command is worried over the shipping lanes and so on. Not to mention the New Wurld powers have never been apart of their planning. 

When do they arrive? I assume they are already on the way.

You are correct Sir, they should be arriving by end of the week, with all eight planes flying directly from the Nerak'Yar airbase outside of Hades City-State. They will land at the newly created aerobase here in NK. The aircrews are NK pilots that have been doing months of training on the mainland.

This is going to go over well. Like a slug in a salt mine.

Indeed Sir, indeed.

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"From what we've seen so far... regardless of the military pretense it's nothing short of a Haru colonization." The Seylosian ambassador to Corinium, Nigel Chance, said directing his comment toward the Corinian Prime Minister.

Regulus Iovianus stared out the windows of his office and looked back towards Chance with sorrow in his eyes. He had never believed that Corinium would have come to this. The island was small, only a hundred and twenty thousand people lived there, but he could only describe what had happened in the north as nothing short of delusions of grandeur. He was a southerner, and as such he had been raised more towards the simple life. The people in the city of Corinium never had many thoughts more than living their lives, but in the north the Haru propaganda had spread, eating up the populace demanding much more than the Corinians could ever hope to obtain. The lines had been drawn between north and south, and from Iovianus's position, it had made no sense.

"How much is sitting across the border?" Iovianus asked, sighing while sitting down in his chair.

"Haru houses continue to bring over personnel of various flavors. Several somewhat prominent families have settled in the north, and of course with them come their civilian retinues. Since Haruspex's military strength is derived from its Houses, of course large quantities of military personnel have followed. The build up is... immense, but nothing short of what we would have expected. If anything this is normal behavior, and with the state of the wurld, it's oddly comforting." Chance replied.

"Why... are they doing this? They must know we pose no threat to them."

Chanced nodded, "They know that for certain. I doubt the Haru have ever expected the Union to strike a first blow. But this show isn't for us, it's for their own people. There's an element of Haru politics we aren't wholly privy to that is driving much of this. From what we can ascertain we highly doubt that they plan any sort of military action against the Republic."

"But their construction...?" Iovianus started to ask.

"Massive in scale for sure," Chance replied, "We've kept track of their various fortification efforts, but at the moment we don't believe any viable threat from them."

"I'm going to be honest..."Iovianus started, putting his hands to his head, "I feel over my... head with this? I'm unsure of the Anglish."

Chance nodded, giving a smile, "I'm sure this isn't what you signed up for Prime Minister, and I don't want to start putting Seylosian strategy in your head. My best advice is to listen to your people, you are much closer to them than any leader in the NAU would be. I can only imagine how terrifying this situation would be for everyone here."

"They are scared Ambassador, they see what is happening across the border as almost... an erasure of the Corinian people. They bring more ships, more soldiers, more people to our island. Will this happen with the NAU?"

"The only thing I can tell you Prime Minister, is you are at the head of a sovereign nation, and a member of the North Adlantic Union. Your people decide your fate from here on. Despite your size, the NAU can't work without listening to its member states."

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"Guter Herr! Why did we have to hike all the way up here again?" Wähner said, tossing down his pack and an annoyingly large plastic foldout chair.

"To do this!" Dodge replied, unfolding her own chair and planting is squarely on the ground making sure it had a good view into the north before almost falling into it, "You know reconnaissance."

"I feel like this is the worst recon mission of all time," Wähner said unfolding his own chair and sitting down, sighing as he finally got the chance to sit, "We are just sitting on the top of the mountain down what? Watching them?"

Dodge pulled up a pair of binoculars looking through them north, "Watching them build their fancy bunker with all its missiles of course."

"Ja, ich weiß. But we already knew they were doing this, why bother?"

Dodge put down the binoculars before opening a bottle of water, "I imagine to let them know we are always watching."

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Lonely in the rain....

Fasri was standing in the rain, it had gone from just falling from above like one would expect, to sideways, and then seemingly from the ground as ridiculous as the idea was, he wouldn't put it past nature on this island. Fortunately he'd taken refuge in a transport similar to one he'd been in going up a mountain rather recently.

And why pray tell was he beside a runway next to a pact of hangers partially buried in the ground, and a host of legionnaires and so on? Why to welcome the newest arrivals, and the formation of the first wing of the NKPAS [North Korinon Protectorate Aero-Services], as the jet engines screamed across the sky to announce their arrival, prior to the screeching of rubber meeting tarmac.

Fasri had always thought of the S34 Jahus (Venom) as a plucked chicken in appearance. Perfectly suitable as an LSF [light strike fighter], and it would meet the needs of the NKPAS, but couldn't shake that image out of his head. As they began to taxi, one by one, the first pilot had already climbed out and was on approach by a tram truck towards his own position, flight helmet in the crook of arm on the open roofed vehicle.

He sighed again, pausing to light one of the long stemmed NK cigarettes, before continuing to emerge and place himself within sight of the arriving officer. When close enough, he spoke. Sengar d'isto Fasri'Nu Hallas, of the SVHY (Ministry of Foreign Naval Affairs) located within Cunetio.

The relatively close in age officer gave a salute, and replied. Prata Khan Hilon Kurns, Aero-Wing Flight Lead for the NKPAS. Hilon glanced about noticing the intermixed legionnaires, and his aero-wing being shuttled into the hardened hangers. An awful lot has been prepared for us.

To be fair Prata Khan Kurns, your aero-wing will be both a boon and a disruption. It will add to the strategic ability of the NK, but shall break a bead of sweat on our neighbors of the NAU. Still, I'd rather have you then not myself. The prime minister has been adept at securing arms from houses of the Imperium. I imagine more aerocraft will join yours soon enough.

Good to know. Spoken as a pair of TE-01B Dymuh (Talon) VTOL Gunships thundered by overhead, heading towards the mountain top radar-communique station for patrol. 

Fasri bade Kurns towards the closed top vehicle as the tram whined away. Settling into the somewhat comfortable seat, Tatra making sure the flight officer was in before closing the door before returning to the driver seat. A slow exhale, tapping ashes into one of the trays built into the vehicle. Beyond welcoming you, I've orders to drop you at the JNASS command. I'm sure you'll have fun.

Great. Flight debriefing and probably a scheduled rotation. Where to and where not to fly. I'm assuming the lighthouse island is not a good idea to buzz?

I mean, I wont say so, but it would be amusing to watch our observers have a bit of panic. In the end though, for the relatively short amusement would be a mountain of paperwork, followed by diplomatic sessions, and apologies on behalf of both governments. Soo..in that regards while I would find it funny, please dont. I'd rather just enjoy a bit of tea on the not border.

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