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Sequel to Exercise Vigilant Twilight


Vigilant Twilight was an eye-opening exercise.
But it also created more problems than it solved.
How would the Entente deal with this? Was it ready?

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Act 1
Tuesday, 22 November 2022
Arrabar AFB, Tamurin

Air Marshall Karl Rotschopf sat at his desk, staring at the thick report in front of him. It was the debrief from the latest exercise, Vigilant Twilight. He knew it would be crucial in shaping the direction of future training. He flipped through the pages, scanning the observations and recommendations of the officers who had participated in the exercise.

He had designed the exercise to improve the interoperability and coordination of EOS forces. It involves a range of aircraft, including fighters, bombers, and transport aircraft, as well as some ground units. During the nighttime operations, participating units focussed on a variety of objectives, such as air-to-air combat, air-to-ground attack, and air defence. The exercise was designed to simulate the challenges of real combat, and allowed participating units to practice working together and coordinating their efforts.

As he read, Rotschopf's mind began to race. He could see the value in the suggestions put forth by the officers, but he also knew that implementing them would require significant resources and coordination. He would have to carefully consider the recommendations and weigh their potential benefits against the cost and effort required to put them into action.

Rotschopf continued to read, taking notes and making mental calculations as he went. He knew that the success of future air force operations would depend on the training and readiness of the units involved. Rotschopf was determined to do everything he could to ensure that they were prepared for whatever challenges they might face.

As he reached the end of the report, Rotschopf closed the folder and leaned back in his chair. He would need to discuss the findings with his team and make some tough decisions. But he was confident that they would be able to come up with a plan to implement the recommendations and improve the readiness of their units. It was a daunting task, but Rotschopf was up to the challenge. He was determined to ensure that the men and women under his command were ready to face whatever challenges lay ahead.

Act 2 • Scene 1
Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Deseti Island, Orioni

Mr Tobiya Wayanor sat in the back of the car, scrolling through the report on his tablet. It was the debrief from the latest Vigilant Twilight exercise, and he was not impressed. As the Orinese permanent representative to EOS, Wayanor was responsible for coordinating the activities of the alliance, and he was not impressed with what he was reading.

As the car made its way through the bustling streets of Deseti, Wayanor continued to read, his frown deepening with each passing page. The recommendations made by the officers who had participated in the exercise were unrealistic and costly, he thought. There was no way that EOS would be able to implement them without straining its already stretched resources.

Wayanor shook his head in frustration as he read. The officers who had participated in Vigilant Twilight seemed to have no concept of the realities of the modern world, he thought. They were focused on expensive, impractical solutions that would do little to improve the readiness of EOS units.

As the car pulled up to EOS headquarters, Wayanor closed the report and slipped his tablet into his briefcase. He would have to have a talk with the commanding officers involved in the exercise, he thought. It was a disappointing report, but Wayanor was determined to make the best of it. He would do everything he could to ensure that EOS was prepared to face the challenges of the modern world.

Act 2 • Scene 2
Inside EOS headquarters

As Tobiya Wayanor stormed into the EOS headquarters, his tablet clutched tightly in his hand, he knew he was in for a fight. The report he held was explosive, detailing the major shortcomings of the EOS military and the urgent need for action. He had no doubt that his fellow permanent representatives would be eager to improve the readiness of EOS units, but he also knew they would be wary of the costs and limitations of the alliance. He would have to navigate this minefield carefully if he was going to get the support he needed.

Wayanor took his seat around the round table, feeling the weight of the situation on his shoulders. He opened his briefcase and pulled out his tablet, ready to discuss the findings of the debrief from the latest Vigilant Twilight exercise.

"Ladies and gentlemen," he began, his voice steady but grave, "I have here the debrief from the latest Vigilant Twilight exercise. As you will see, the officers who participated in the exercise have made a number of recommendations for improving the readiness of our units. However, I must warn you that some of these recommendations are not just impractical, but downright dangerous. We must consider the limitations and constraints of the alliance as we evaluate these suggestions and come up with a plan for moving forward."

The other representatives looked at him with a mix of shock and concern, and the room fell silent. Wayanor could see the wheels turning in their heads as they weighed the implications of his words.

"I think we need to focus on improving our air force capabilities," said Mr Robert Wassermann, a stern-faced man who was representing Tamurin. "The officers who participated in Vigilant Twilight made some excellent suggestions for how we can do that, and I think we should seriously consider implementing them."

"I agree that air force capabilities are important," said Mrs Hugrún Hnefilsdóttir, a sharp-eyed woman from Miiros. "But we also have to consider the cost. Some recommendations mentioned in the debrief are expensive and impractical. We need to find a balance between improving our capabilities and being realistic about what we can afford."

Wayanor nodded, considering their points. "I agree that we need to find a balance," he said. "But I also think that we need to be focused on our efforts. We can't afford to spread our resources too thin. Instead, we need to identify specific areas where our air force capabilities are lacking and focus our efforts there."

"I agree," said the Tamurine representative. "And I think the islands of Ayubi and Damak Var are a perfect example of that. Those islands are of strategical significance, and they pose a significant challenge to our air force capabilities. We need to focus our efforts on improving our ability to operate in that environment."

"I concur," said the Miirosi representative. "We need to have a clear plan for how we will focus our military assets on Ayubi and Damak Var. It won't be easy, but it is essential for the success of our military operations in that region."

"I'm suggesting that we need to take bold action, Mrs. Hnefilsdóttir," said Wassermann, his voice rising. "We can't afford to sit on our hands while our military falls behind. We need to invest in new technology, new training, and new strategies if we want to stay ahead of the game."

"But at what cost, Mrs Wasserman?" asked Wayanor. "We have to consider the financial implications of your recommendations. Are you prepared to take on that responsibility?"

Wassermann met Wayanor's gaze head-on, his determination shining in his eyes. "I am prepared to do whatever it takes to protect the EOS alliance and its member states, Mr Wayanor," he said. "We need to think big and act fast if we want to stay ahead of our enemies. The future of our military depends on it."

The other representatives looked at each other, unsure of how to respond. Wassermann could see the tension in the room, and he knew he had to make his case quickly if he was going to win them over.

"Gentlemen, ladies," he said, his voice firm but respectful. "I understand that my recommendations may be daunting, but I assure you they are necessary. We cannot afford to be complacent in the face of the challenges we face. We need to take bold action, and we need to do it now. Let's not waste any more time. Let's get to work."

Wayanor nodded, reluctantly. They had reached a conclusion, and now it was time to put that plan into action. It wouldn't be easy, but he was somewhat confident that they could succeed. Together, they would work to improve the readiness of EOS units and ensure that they were prepared to face the challenges of the modern world.

(OOC. Continuation of the Exercise story. Act 1 includes a positive interpretation by Rotschopf of his own work. Act 2 is a rather cautious, negative interpretation of Wayanor who has other things on his mind. I wanted to contrast that with how other permanent representatives might see things. Of course, all other full Entente members are encouraged to voice their opinions and interpretations. For those who feel hesitant, feel free to reach out to me via a private message.)

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Act 3 • Scene 1
Inside EOS headquarters, on Floor -10

As the senior officer of the EOS Joint Intelligence Agency walked down the hall of this secure basement level, his heart pounded in his chest. The fate of countless lives hung in the balance, and it was up to him to present the various options for military intervention to the permanent representatives gathered in the conference room.

Mr Kita Motoyuki had always known that he wanted to serve his country in some capacity. As a young man, he had been fascinated by the world of espionage and covert operations, and he had dreamed of one day working for an organization like the Joint Intelligence Agency of the Entente. He had worked hard to make that dream a reality, excelling in his studies and earning a degree in international relations. When @Ide Jima joined the EOS in 2019, Motoyuki applied to become a member of the Joint Intelligence Agency. After a gruelling selection process, he had been accepted into the program.

Over the years, Motoyuki had quickly worked his way up through the ranks, earning the respect and admiration of his peers and superiors alike. He had led missions all over the wurld, gathering intelligence and carrying out covert operations in some of the most dangerous places on Eurth. He had seen and done things that he could never speak of, and he had always done so with the utmost professionalism and dedication. He had sacrificed much for his country, but he knew that it was a small price to pay for the privilege of serving his fellow citizens.

Now, as one of the senior officers of the Joint Intelligence Agency, he was one of the most respected and trusted members of the organization. He had proven himself time and again, and he knew that the stakes were always high when it came to intelligence gathering and covert operations. He knew that the information he was about to share had been hard-won. His team of intelligence officers had worked around the clock for weeks, scouring every available source for insights into the crisis at hand. They had hacked into Occident-Azanian Pact's communications systems, harvested data from satellite feeds, and recruited a network of on-the-ground sources to provide them with real-time updates.

The process had been gruelling, but the team had proven up to the task. Now, armed with a comprehensive report on the situation, Motoyuki was ready to present the different options available to the permanent representatives. He knew that the decision they would make could have far-reaching consequences, and he hoped that the data he had provided would help guide them to the right choice.

The stakes were high, and Motoyuki knew that every word he was about to speak could have serious ramifications.

Act 3 • Scene 2
Inside the brand-new EOS War Room

When Motoyuki entered, his eyes scanned the room. He could see the tension etched on the faces of the permanent representatives seated at the conference table before him, their expressions ranging from scepticism to concern. The decision they were about to make could have far-reaching consequences, not just for their own country, but for the entire region. As Motoyuki stepped up to the podium, the room fell silent. He cleared his throat before and took a deep breath before beginning his presentation.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a crisis on our hands. The situation with @Great Anglia is quickly reaching a boiling point, and we must act. The topic of military intervention is a sensitive one. That's why we are having this meeting today. To present to you the various options for military intervention that our organization has developed. It is important that we consider all of our options in order to find a resolution to the current crisis. With that in mind, I'd like to outline the various options for military intervention that our organization may consider.”

The officer paused for a moment, glancing around the room to gauge the reactions of those assembled. He continued, his voice taking on a more grave tone.

“As a senior officer of the EOS Joint Intelligence Agency, I am here to outline the various options for military intervention that our organization may consider in certain situations.”

“First, we have the option of peacekeeping. This involves deploying military forces to the conflict zone in order to help maintain a cease-fire or peace agreement, under the guidance of the Assembled Nations. I know this option may seem like a plaster solution, but it has the potential to prevent further loss of life and lay the groundwork for a more permanent resolution to the conflict.”

As Motoyuki continued, outlining the other options for military intervention, the permanent representatives listened attentively, some nodding in agreement while others exchanged sceptical glances.

“Another option is humanitarian intervention. In this scenario, military forces would be deployed to provide assistance to people in need. The Entente is legaly permitted to do so, under the 2018 charter amendment outlining the Responsibility to Protect.”

“Coercive diplomacy is another option that utilizes military force in an attempt to influence the behaviour of another country or group, typically with the goal of resolving a conflict or achieving a specific objective. The Entente has already shown public support for Ayubi and Damak Var. We can also provide covert support to the government in Qubdi, Yienite rebels or the Lysian resistance.”

“Regime change is a more extreme option that involves using military force to overthrow the government of another country and replace it with a new one. The Joint Intelligence Agency recommends taking the neccesary steps to guarantee at least the neutrality of Red Iberos, San Giorgio and San Jorge.”

“Finally, we also have the option of using military force for direct military intervention, with the purpose of targeting and eliminating enemy groups and their networks. It is crucial to remember that military intervention can have significant consequences and should always be carefully considered before being undertaken.”

When the presentation was finished, a lively discussion ensued, with some representatives pushing for more aggressive action while others argued for more diplomatic efforts. Ultimately, it was clear that the decision on how to proceed would not be an easy one.

As the debate raged on, Motoyuki stood by, listening to the various arguments being put forth by the permanent representatives. He knew that the decision they would ultimately reach would have far-reaching consequences, and he hoped that they would consider all the options carefully before making a final decision.

Mr Arnaldo Paz, the permanent representative from Mekabiri, spoke up in favour of the humanitarian intervention option. “We cannot stand by and watch as innocent civilians suffer. We have a moral obligation to act, and deploying military forces to provide assistance and aid is the right thing to do.”

Another permanent representative, Mrs Kaliona Kalani from @Bainbridge Islands, however, argued against this approach. “While I understand the desire to help, we must also consider the potential risks and consequences of military intervention. We cannot ignore the fact that such an action could lead to further destabilization and potentially even greater suffering in the long run.”

As the discussion continued, Motoyuki could see that the permanent representatives were deeply divided on the issue. He knew that reaching a consensus would not be easy, but he hoped that they would ultimately be able to find a solution that would bring about a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

(OOC. Act 3 introduces a couple of things. (1) The Joint Intelligence Agency was created when the Entente was founded, but never saw much use. There's a whole list of agencies and departments over on the IIWiki page. This agency is becoming more relevant now. (2) It would make sense that they can at least hack into the communications network in Azania. (3) The options for intervention are hypotheticals. I wanted to get the discussion going. Supporting Qubdi with weapons was briefly discussed before. (4) The Lysian resistance is another invention that seems realistic. No name yet. Perhaps that's something the Organisation internationale de la Lysophonie can figure out?)

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Act 4
Monday, 9 January 2022
War Room, Floor -10, Entente HQ

The Entente Quorum had decided to give its Joint Intelligence Agency three weeks to analyse each of the options for military intervention. Based on that information, they received another 3 weeks to develop a detailed plan of execution. And now it was time to present his findings to the permanent representatives gathered in the war room.

The war room was a hive of activity. The room was dimly lit. The only illumination came from the circular lamps that hung from the ceiling, and the giant Eurth map in the centre of the room. It was an interactive model use to display maps, satellite imagery, and other data relevant to the crisis at hand. The map was surrounded by conference tables and high-tech chairs, each equipped with a built-in keyboard and touch screen display. It was clear that the war room was the nerve centre of the operation, a place where crucial decisions were made and lives hung in the balance.

EOS War Room

As the senior officer of the EOS Joint Intelligence Agency, Mr Kita Motoyuki took his seat near the end of the room, his eyes scanning the faces of the diplomats as he began his presentation. The air was thick with tension, and the only sound in the room was a low murmur. There was a lot of ground to cover, so he took a deep breath and began, his voice steady and confident.

"Ladies and gentlemen, over the past few weeks, my team and I have been working tirelessly to gather and analyse all available information on the options for military intervention. We have looked at every angle, considered every risk and consequence, and we believe we have developed a solid plan that will achieve our objectives while minimizing collateral damage."

As he spoke, the screens flickered to life, displaying enlarged maps and other data in support of his arguments.

EOS military map

The diplomats leaned forward in their chairs, eyes fixed on the screens as they listened intently to Mr Motoyuki's words.

Motoyuki continued, his voice low and measured. “Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, the situation in Lysia is dire. The foreign occupier, Great Anglia, has exerted its control over the country, suppressing any resistance and causing untold suffering among the population. The Réseau blue, a brave group of patriots, has been fighting against this occupation, and it is our hope that we can provide them with the support they need to achieve victory.”

He explained how they could provide them with intelligence, weapons, and other resources to help them in their fight against the occupier.

“It will not be easy,” Mr Motoyuki cautioned. “Great Anglia has a formidable military presence in Lysia, and we will have to be careful to avoid detection. But I believe that with the right support, the Réseau blue can emerge victorious and restore freedom to Lysia.”

Second, he explained how the Entente would defend and reinforce Damak Var and Ayubi against potential naval attacks by the Pact.

“As you know, the situation in the Saeida Strait has grown increasingly volatile in recent months. The Pact has been aggressively displaying its naval capabilities, and there are increasing concerns that they may seek to incorporate Damak Var and Ayubi, two of our key island allies. We must be prepared to defend and reinforce these countries against any potential threat.”

He explained how they could deploy additional naval assets to the region, strengthen the coastal defenses of the two countries, and provide them with the resources and support they needed to withstand a potential attack.

“We must act quickly and decisively,” Mr Motoyuki warned. “The Pact will not hesitate to strike if they see an opportunity. That is why I propose Mr Tobiya Wayanor from Orioni to lead the implementation of these proposed actions. He has a wealth of experience in naval operations, and I have every confidence in his ability to lead this effort.”

Most diplomats nodded in agreement. As Mr Wayanor stood up, he was met with an unexpected challenge. Mr Robert Wassermann, the stern-faced representative from Tamurin, also stood up and began to speak.

“I'm sorry, Mr Wayanor,” Mr Wassermann said, his voice dripping with sarcasm. “But I must object to your appointment. It has come to our attention that your country was involved in a recent failed espionage operation in Yien. I find it hard to believe that you are the best candidate to lead this critical effort, when your judgment is clearly in question.”

Mr Wayanor's eyes narrowed, and he stood tall, his expression stony. “I am not at liberty to discuss the specifics of that operation, Mr Wassermann,” he said. “But I can assure you that it was conducted with the utmost professionalism and discretion, and that it did not compromise our efforts in any way.”

“Is that so?” Mr Wassermann shot back. “Then perhaps you can explain why you chose to conduct this operation without involving your allies. We were not informed of your actions, and we were left in the dark about the true nature of your intentions. I find that unacceptable, and I cannot in good conscience support your appointment.”

Mr Wayanor sighed, knowing that he would have to tread carefully. He knew that Mr Wassermann's concerns were valid, and he understood why he might be hesitant to trust him. But he also knew that he had a duty to protect his country and its interests, and he would do whatever it took to fulfill that duty.

“I understand your concerns, Mr Wassermann,” he said. “But I can assure you that my only intention was to gather intelligence that would benefit our efforts in the region. I did not mean to exclude our allies, and I apologize if my actions caused any offense. I hope that you can understand my reasoning and that you will support my appointment.”

As the argument between Wassermann and Wayanor escalated, Mr Motoyuki couldn't help but feel a sense of frustration. He didn't want to see this critical task derailed by petty squabbling.

“Gentlemen, please,” he said, his voice firm and decisive. “We have a crisis to address, and we cannot afford to waste time on personal attacks and recriminations. Mr Wayanor has offered his apology, and I believe that we should move forward and focus on the task at hand.”

The room fell silent as Mr Motoyuki spoke, and the diplomats nodded in agreement. Mr Wassermann grudgingly sat down, and Mr Wayanor took his seat, his expression grim. It was clear that the tension between them had not dissipated, but they would have to put aside their differences. With a sense of purpose, he continued his presentation, explaining how the Entente should provide covert support to Qubdi, a desert country under attack from Great Anglia.

“The situation in Qubdi is grave. Suverina, supported by Great Anglia, launched a full-scale attack on the country. Since the battle of Antakya, Qubdian Armed Forces are struggling to hold their ground. We must do everything in our power to support them in their fight.” He went on to outline the various means of covert support that the Entente could provide covert support to Qubdi.

The Miirosi representative, Mrs Hugrún Hnefilsdóttir, politey tapped her microphone. “It seems reasonable that we reach out to Tagmatium, a friendly country with a strong military presence in the region,” she said. “They could provide us with valuable assistance in our efforts to support Qubdi.”

She went on to propose the use of an air route from Miiros through newly joined Entente-ally Feluga, which would provide a secure and direct route to Qubdi. The diplomats nodded in agreement, and Mr Motoyuki made a note to include these suggestions in their final plan.

But then Mr Wayanor suggested a different option. “I submit that we consider using Valiant, a private military company, to provide covert support to Qubdi,” he said. “They have the resources and expertise to get the job done, and they can operate under the radar.”

The room fell silent as Mr Wayanor spoke, and the diplomats looked at each other uncertainly. It was clear that this was a controversial proposal, but Mr Motoyuki knew that they would have to consider all their options if they were to effectively support Qubdi in its time of need.

(OOC. Act 4 is more or less the continuation of act 3. It includes expanded descriptions for each possible intervention. Some additional notes. (1) The name Réseau blue was proposed and decided by the Lysophone members on Discord. (2) The character of Motoyuki steps out of the shadow a bit more. (3) Wayanor receives some pushback for obvious mistakes. (4) Wassermann and Hnefilsdóttir are clearly the more experienced diplomats. (5) Involvement in Qubdi requires permission from @Tagmatium Rules. The route through @Feluga also requires some discussion. (6) I'd like to rule out Volsci involvement, since I believe it would make this plot even more complex than it already is.)

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Act 5.1
Thursday, 13 January 2022
Inside EOS headquarters

The report was printed in a dimly lit basement room, the only light coming from the fluorescence of the printer. The sound of the pages coming out of the machine was the only noise in the room. The printer operator, a middle-aged man with a serious look on his face, was the only person in the room. He was aware of the gravity of the document he was printing, a secret report with devastating consequences.

TOP SECRET//COMINT-UMBRA

Roadmap to a EOS Defence Strategy in Azania

Simulation prepared by Mr Kita Motoyuki
for Mr Tobiya Wayanor.

Executive Summary

The clock is ticking as Great Anglia's military strength continues to surge. The Entente of Oriental States, once dominant in the Western Oriental Ocean, now finds its military might challenged. Efforts led by Orioni to restore dominance through defense alone are unlikely to succeed. Such attempts would not only be costly, but could also fuel the fire of conflict and escalation.

The Entente needs a new strategy, one that both deters aggression from the Occidental-Azanian Pact and lowers tensions. A strategy that is both credible and affordable.

We, the authors of this report, experts in these matters and with experience in government and the military, have come together to create such a plan. A plan that meets three essential criteria: it must deter potential aggression, enhance stability, and not break the bank.

Through discussions, war games and consultation with experts, we have created a roadmap for a defense strategy that can achieve these goals.

Page 1 / 218

Once the printing was finished, he carefully gathered the stacks of paper, making sure to keep them in order. He then placed them in a large manila envelope, which he sealed and labelled with a code name. He then left the basement and walked down the long corridor to the elevator, where he pressed the button for the top floor.

Act 5.2
Office of the permanent representative of Tamurin

“I can't believe they're actually considering it,” Robert Wassermann said as he slammed the report down on the table in his private office. “An invasion of Yien? Are they out of their minds?”

“I know, it's alarming,” Mrs Hugrú Hnefilsdóttir, his colleague, replied. “But we have to remember, this is just a war-game simulation. It's not a definite plan of action.”

“But it's a damn realistic one,” Wassermann replied. “And the consequences are staggering. We're talking about massive losses on all sides. It's a nightmare scenario.”

Hnefilsdóttir nodded, her eyes scanning the report. “It's clear that an invasion of Yien would be an enormous gamble. The risks far outweigh any potential benefits. And for the Entente, the cost would be unprecedented. We're not just talking about a couple of expeditionary strike groups, Robert. We're talking about a full-blown war.”

“And the worst part is, we can't just sit back and watch it happen,” Wassermann replied. “If Wayanor leads Orioni into an invasion of Yien, we're going to be dragged into it, whether we like it or not. We have a duty to defend our allies. And that will drag the Pact into it as well. Before you know, we're at war with everyone in Azania.”

Hnefilsdóttir looked up from the report, her expression grave. “And that's exactly what this report is warning against. Wayanor is no Pipkin. Compared to his predecessors, he's a political light-weight. Once Orioni launches an invasion, there's no post-conflict plan for Yien. We can't just send supplies, we'll have to send troops directly into combat. And the consequences would be catastrophic.”

Wassermann leaned back in his chair, considering all options. “I can't even imagine the kind of losses we'd be looking at. Expeditionary strike groups, fighter jets, thousands of troops. It's a bloodbath.”

“And that's not even taking into account the possibility of unconventional weapons being used,” Hnefilsdóttir added. “It's a nightmare scenario, Robert. But it's one we have to be prepared for.”

Wassermann leaned forward in his chair, his eyes fixed on Hnefilsdóttir. “I understand that you want to prevent war, but we can't ignore the possibility that it could happen. And if it does, we need to be prepared.”

Hnefilsdóttir shook her head. “This report is not the answer. It's too aggressive, and it doesn't take into account the human cost of war. We need a more peaceful and diplomatic solution.”

Wassermann looked at his colleague, his expression grim. “We need to get this report to the right people. The stakes are too high to ignore this. We have to be ready for the worst-case scenario, no matter how unlikely it may seem.”

“Agreed,” Hnefilsdóttir said as she stood up from the table. “We have to make sure our political leaders understand the consequences of their actions. It's a dangerous game.”

(OOC. The previous act 4 included a disagreement between Wayanor and Wassermann. I wanted to draw out that discussion in act 5; it serves to show the struggle between hawks and doves within the Entente. Due to domestic political pressure, Wayanor is becoming more of a hawk. Meanwhile, Wassermann and especially Hnefilsdóttir are more cautious, since their countries are smaller and closer to the potential threat.)

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Act 6
Sunday, 30 January 2022
Office of the permanent representative of Tamurin

In the heart of the EOS headquarters, a sense of victory hung thick in the air. "Well, it looks like our efforts have paid off," said Mr Robert Wassermann, leaning back in his chair and crossing his arms. The two had pulled off a strategic coup, successfully pushing Wayanor out of the Qubdi operation and negotiating a far more favourable agreement with Tagmatium. They couldn't help but wear their satisfaction on their sleeves, both basking in the success of their recent endeavours. Mrs Hugrú Hnefilsdóttir nodded in agreement. "Yes, and with Wayanor out of the picture, we can rest assured that the mission will be carried out to our standards and specifications."

Wassermann and Hnefilsdóttir were two of the most cunning and skilled operators in the Entente. They had a long history of successfully navigating the treacherous waters of international politics and using their expertise to advance the interests of their organization. In the case of the mission to support Qubdi, they saw an opportunity to remove Tobiya Wayanor from the equation and take direct control of the operation. By leveraging their contacts within the Entente and carefully manipulating the information that was being circulated, they were able to create a false narrative that cast doubt on Wayanor's competence and commitment to the mission. At a critical moment, just as the operation was about to be launched, they stepped in and successfully argued for Wayanor's removal from the project. With the opposition neutralized, they were free to pursue their own objectives and strike a far better deal with @Tagmatium Rules, which they saw as a key player in the region.

The Entente was determined to secure its position in the ever-shifting geopolitical landscape, and their focus was now set on the Meteorolas and Yien. With a foothold in Yien, the Entente would achieve a trifecta of strategic benefits.

“We can't afford to let this opportunity slip away,” said Robert Wassermann, his voice firm and confident. “A bridgehead in Yien will secure the Saeida Strait, isolate Norrium, and influence Rivdon Bay.”

Hugrú Hnefilsdóttir nodded in agreement, studying the maps and satellite images flickering on the screens. “Our intel suggests that the Meteorolas are vulnerable,” said Hugrú Hnefilsdóttir, a seasoned diplomat. “If we can take plug that hole and make our move, we'll have a solid base from which to launch further operations.”

Wassermann slowly nodded his head, deep in thought as he considered their options.

(OOC. This storyline will continue when there is more news to share about the Anglia-conflict. Actions in Yien will be told in a separate story.)

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