Atlantis, September 1st 2010
Armistice Ultra Secure Conference Room
The King watched President Rufus go, things had gotten a bit heated in middle of their talk but considering the fact he had not be called a lier to his face then it was on balance a good talk. As he walked out of the secure room he saw Minster of State Koji waiting for him, papers in hand.
"Your Majesty, I have good news and bad" he began without preamble.
"Bad news first Minster, you know my policy." replied the King.
"To start with Saddam the Great has announced that he is releasing the hostages, however the journalists are being held back. They may already be dead according to some reports. And before you ask your Majesty, it seems that he decided to do this on his own. MI9 says the likelihood of getting the journalists is next to nothing." stated Minster Koji
"Can't be helped... Next?" the King asked.
"Damage reports from the Shadow Empire, much less than expected, intial estimates were high." replied the Minister.
"Put us down for some aid, let Parlaiment handle it but tell them I expect some amount, even if it's just a few million or donations of surplus gear." the King said.
Making a note next to the paper Koji went on. "And the launches for the five Arbiters you requested went off without a hitch."
"Good, we may need those, the weather-sats and the other MK II Vulpsats go up fine?" asked the King.
"We lost a Vulpsats, that makes seven Proton-M's we've lost on launch, five from the number seven launch facility, however we got the other three up. We still have six Proton-M's stockpiled at this point and as expected the vaction season is hitting production hard."
"Let em, they deserve it, and six lets us launch anything we seriously need quickly. You saved the other VULKAN?
"Actually it's still not completed, some of the runs were discovered to be warped so it's been delayed by two weeks."
"You owe me a bit of good news Minster" the King asked with a slight smirk.
"I am not the Space Minster, the only reason I have been shanghaied into briefing you to begin with is because everyone else is busy. Speaking of which more bad news. You, or rather I should say the PM is taking hits because of the gender gap in the current government." said the Minster"
"What? 40% of the commons is female, a third of the Lords are Ladies and what about Admiral Melissa Andropov? She commands the Home Fleet for Xenu sake." the King said angrily.
"And would his Grace care to name the number of female minsters in his Majesties Government?" replied the Minster.
"Ahah.... Say... Koji, what if you started dressing in drag, think it would help? the King said looking sideways at his Minster of state.
"While that might help us with the cult movie crowd, I don't think that will foible off the feminists. However if his Grace were to become Her Grace...? the Minster said, trailing off.
The King shot a look at him, the bastard was acutally smirking at him.
"Did I mention how good your head would look on a Pike?
BBC Reports September 3rd 2010
"...In International news it seems that the outpouring of aid to the Shadow Empire has been more than the country knows what to deal with. With over 1.7 billion dollars in aid from around the world, most notably the one billion dollar aid package from the Red Technocracy has resulted in a shift in the Government in the Shadow Empire. Emperor Shady has been re-crisited "God-Emperor Shady of the Shadow Empire" and several dozen socialists reforms have been been implemented by the God-Emperor's edict.
BBC File Photo:Celebrations
While it's unclear on how the long term impact of so many reforms so quickly, the news was greeted with widl celebrations in the street and a national Holiday was declared by the new God-Emperor."
"The UKB government has called the aid a "positive sign of international cooperation" But the addition of "God" to his title has left several senior government officials with misgivings."
BBC Reports, September 8st 2010
"..In a stunning report the Red Technocracy has released a report claiming that Saddamstain has been developing and creating Biological weapons.
In an unprecedented move a near Unanimous resolution was passed within ours by both the Commons and the Lords condemning the Saddamstani's for develping these banned weapons. The Prime Minster and King Blackadder are expected to both symbolically sign it the document tomorrow and talks have been called for in Atlantis about discussion how Saddamstain will be pressured to disarm these weapons. "
Here now is the evidence offered by
Photos claimed to be taken by RT operatives leaked
This photo depicts one of the abandoned weapon depots in the desert off Greater Baghdad in Saddamistan, that our agents stumbled upon. Inside, evidence of prior storage of chemical weapons was uncovered.
Active depot, with a similar structure. The observed movement of railway carriages allowed to consider that chemical and biological agents are being deployed. Deep-freeze refrigerator carriages have bolstered this assumption:
Refrigerator train crossing the Great Saddam Desert.
Considering the immense security Saddamistan surrounds each depot with, it is natural that carriages could only be intercepted by our agents en route.
"This evidence has already been examined by several excepts who have questioned portions of it, but note two facts, one refrigerated trains are expensive, and used typically only to transfer produce any other things that can not be exposed to much heat. And the simple fact these bunkers are placed in the middle of no-where argues such arugments being made by Saddamstain that the bunkers are "Food warehouses" and the like.
"Said retired Navy Captain Ed Rendell on the Good Morning Show, "You don't build frigging food warehouses in the middle of no-where, what's the point? You build warehouses to supply troops or your own people in the event of some disaster, and you build it where you can get at it, not in the back end of beyond. Beyond question there's something in those warehouses Saddam the Great does not want us to know about. And since several countries openly have Nuclear and Chemical weapons, it only make sense if it's a forbidden weapon system like Biologicals are. The world will not tolerate biological weapons. Period, we've all said that, and the resolution from Parliament reinforces that.
"Also in International News the Neverhood protectorate has been been absorbed by Shepnukstain. Neverhood like Terra Libertia had a government which dissolved under a Civil war. The difference between that Neverhood was a former country under royal rule, following the unexpected death of the previous Monarch the various claimants to the throne fought each other and within two months all of them were dead. Leaving the country in a lurch, the fighting have been confined to the Capital leaving most of the country un-touched. Never that populated to begin with, in 2008 Shepnukstain moved in and claimed it as a protectorate. Following the vote last week a large portion of the country has voted to become part of Shepnukstain, while the rest has voted to form a new country.
"And one last final report the Bear Republic has voted to join the Fugal Union of Nations, the "FUN" as it's know has inducted it's largest member. Celebrations were reported through-out the wilderness covered island and in various FUN country capitals."
BBC Morning Report, September 9st 2010
"... and Alexander Valko says he hopes to take home the Gold in the upcoming Canissian Olympics."
"Also in Olympic news the BBC will be bringing you live coverage from ring side, tune here to the BBC to see all the action this November."
"One final note before we go, it seems that Saddamstain has blocked all foreign radio broadcasts, this does not affect Shroom-Sat and BBC broadcasts into the country because of our Satellite links, however few citizens posses the equipment nessary to receive our satellite broadcasts. To those who may be listening to us or watching this program in Saddamstan we herein the BBC wish to say that we will keep up our efforts to establish a state approved office in Saddamstain to bring the News of the World to the World in every country on the planet. Despite the setback for the free flow of information we won't give up our efforts."
BBC 1135 Lonestar Local, September 9st 2010
There are unconfirmed reports of a possible terrorist attack in Patriots Square in Austin this hour, The President was scheduled to give a speech in that area, more news on the situation as it comes in.
Riverhome, September 10th 2010
TS/REC--September 10th Meeting Transcript--TS/REC
In physical Attendance:
His Grace King Joseph Blackadder the VI
Prime Minster, Charles Spencer
Speaker of the Commons, George Martin
Lord Speaker, Lord Richard Wolsey
Director of Intelligence, Horace Granger
Akashi Koji Minster of the Department of State,
By electronic link
Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jack Ryan
General of the Royal Army, William Popov
Brigadier General Brian Aldrin, Acting CO OTATT
Vice Admiral of UKB Southern Fleet Bernard Gordan
[Charles Spencer]Start it up... All right, Everyone we are on the record, lets get this started, State what do you have?
[Akashi Koji]My man in Shepnukstain is getting the run around, The President is either unavailable, or terribly busy, or you just missed him.
[Charles Spencer]Fine, tell him the highest ranking memeber of Sheppard government and shove that note up his ass.
[King Blackadder]What do you know that's pissing you off Charles?
[Charles Spencer]You mean besides the fact that President Lonestar's been shot, Saddam the Great is giving us the cold shoulder, might have biological weapons to boot and Sheppard is no where to be fucking found?
[King Blackadder]Besides that
[Horace Granger]More like Alexander
[Charles Spencer]Both of the useless fuckers, not only did they accept arms but they did so openly. I can understand Alexander, he has to have them. But Ramsley? Sheppard's people have been at him, convicing him it's a Holy war or some nonsense.
[King Blackadder]We have plans for that correct.. Mr... excuse me General Aldrin? I heard Steve had an accident.
[Brian Aldrin]Yes your Majesty, damnedest thing but he broke four ribs and an arm skiing last weekend. I'm acting CO until the Doctors think they can take him off painmeds. He's due in for another two operations this month.
[Richard Wolsey]We do have a Plan Orange prepared correct General?
[Brian Aldrin]We do, it needs updating however, the Arbiters give us additional leverage, but the issue is how much he's prepared, he knows what we have after all. Even though we know we think all his nukes are, even the ones he's hidden, we can't be sure he's gotten them all. Plus the current Plan Orange does not account for Neverhood.
[Horace Granger]I'll take that General, we have three unconfirmed reports that several bases are being built in Neverhood territory, the nukes we know about are all in Shepnukstain, we know where he's hidden them all, unless he totally cut them out of the chain, and that's hard considering how much contact we have with his people and the time we've had... but we do have three separate reports from three different sources about bases being built in Neverhood to house more nukes.
[George Martin]Excuse me but I must have missed this briefing, Plan Orange
[King Blackadder]George, when I asked you all to set up Parliament to set up OTATT, it was with the aim of ensuring we could along with SCORECARD remove any countries Weapons of Mass Destruction, let them try and invade we have enough Blackbirds now to sink the whole world's navy including our own twice over. But the WMDs? That's another issue, which is why even for our allies we maintain plans to get a first strike in on their WMD's to make it a conventional war.
[George Martin]I had no idea we were doing them on our allies as well
[Brian Aldrin]Well we do get payed to work all year round Mr Speaker, we can't do varients on CASE ROB all the time.
[King Blackadder]Don't ask Mr Speaker, it's to technical to understand, trust me
[Charles Spencer](cough, snort)-Note it's not clear if the PM cleared his throat as he claimed or covered a laughed at this point, for the record we wrote it as a derisive snort
[King Blackadder]You were saying General Aldrin?
[Brian Aldrin]Umm. Yes well you see, we can only give a 82% probability that executing Plan Orange in it's current form will get all of Shepnukstain's nukes if it comes to that.
[George Martin]Excuse me Execute? Are you planning on attacking our ally?
[Bernard Gordan]Mr Speaker your talking about an ally that is arming warlords to fight another warlord and doing it despite Fun, MESS and most of OMSK being against it.
[Charles Spencer]Ahh Admiral, I see you here, your opinions? You know the area and you know the men.
[Bernard Gordan]Aside from shoot them and let Allah sort it out? Yes, I say we stay well out of it, I don't want to take the Southern Fleet anywhere near that situation.
[Charles Spencer]We may be called on to honor our obligations under the Bio-weapon treaty or called on to stop the fighting
[Bernard Gordan]If it were up to me, Prime Minster, I would agree but take my sweet time about putting my ships and my fleet into danger.
[Jack Ryan]To bad it's not up to you Bernard, your Grace, Prime Minister I do have to however agree with Bernard, should we attempt anything down there we simply don't have the power projection abilities. If the war kicks off we can't stop them short of blasting everyone.
[William Popov]Let me just say, The Army is ready to do as the country needs it, but this is a nightmare waiting to happen if we land ground forces.
[Brian Aldrin]I'd sign on to that
[Jack Ryan]As will I on the Navy's behalf
[King Blackadder]Well if that's the military position I tend to think we should take it highly seriously
[Charles Spencer]I'm forced to agree
[Richard Wolsey]We must do something though, our reputation can't survive us sitting this one out.
[Charles Spencer]How about this, we offer our assistance to any Liberaltopia intervention that the FUN and MESS wants to launch but only so far as it goes into prevent Ramsley and Alexander from attacking each other or the Jihadies from entering their territory.
[King Blackadder]We would be better off with them all dead
[Charles Spencer]We would, but we need to re-open the lines of communication and dealing the last crises cost us.
[King Blackadder]So be it, Koji? You heard the PM, you have your marching orders.
[Akashi Koji]And Saddamstain?
[Charles Spencer]We sit on Terra Liberta first, then deal with Saddam, if he tries to interfere then we deal with it. And permanently
[Akashi Koji]I'll get on the phone
September 11th 2010
Private Message from UKB State Department to various FUN countries and the Mess
Situations have reached a critical point with both Saddamstain, and Terra Liberita, the UKB stands ready to lend what military and humanitarian aid is needed to both stop the fighting and disarm Saddamstain's biological weapons.
Terra Libertia, September 18th 2010
Outside the BBC Satellite Van
From his camouflaged hide, the sniper watched through a pair of binoculars as the two BBC employees got out and climbed the side of the van; inspecting the dish for any sign of damage.
The two BBC workers finally found it; a 12.7mm sized hole in the side of the satellite control junction box. Opening the box; they found the insides completely cooked.
"Damn it, what the hell happened here?"
"Looks like everything just....melted."
"Do we have a replacement?"
"No, this stuff has a lifetime of several tens of thousands of hours. We don't have a replacement. We'll have to order it from the UKB."
"Damn, we have to go low-tech. How's the charge on your sat-phone?"
"Good enough, Peter going to be pissed he can't get the visuals"
"We can still upload the video if we patch in the hand-units
"Steve, that a frigging 11kb connect on that Phone, your talking about sending 3 gigs of a video of a 11kb connection?
"Peter's got his own phone, it's a newer model, he can get 200kb off the HISCO's, we going to have to contact BBC though because that shits like 12 bucks a meg to use"
"Well that's two phones we can use to contact him, if nothing else we'll do Phone reports until we can get a new dish back"
"Alright listen up, you call back, tell them what happened, I'll see if we can salvage anything from the dish, go ahead and ask for a replacement."
Terra Libertia, September 20th 2010
BBC Remote Broadcast Van[/b]
"All right take a picture of the thing with Peter's phone"
"Hold on... ok there, I'll take a few just in case... all-right I'm uploading the photo's"
"... ok I got them let me get them up to technical see if they can tell what happened."
"It's weird, the whole damn cases is broke like the thing exploded"
"Yes I know it can't do that, there's no C4 in a transmitting dish for christ sake, they can melt down, burn out a brearing not explode.
[i]BBC Office Canssia, September 21h 2010
They handed the photo's off two hours after they were taken, Christos was due for a date with a sweet little thing across town and could not care less about some damaged dish. Except the Station Manage was on his case on how a 20000$ transmitting rig had died so unexpectedly.
He missed his date, mostly because he was busy on the 9'OClock report, some was trying to silence the BBC in Terra Libertia and the speculation was fierce.
BBC Reports-September 21h 2010
"Our top story, a BBC Van in Terria Liberta two days ago, Peter Greste a long time BBC Reporter reports that the van was attacked by parties unknown and the main transmission dish was shot through by a high caliber weapon of some kind. Peter and his crew refused to leave the country saying they would continue to report on the ongoing escalation in the area. "
Peter is with us now, Peter are you there?
I'm here Robert, this is Peter Greste reporting from Liberaltopia. As Robert said, Yesterday someone shot our transmitter, the fact that it was all they shot indicates they want to silence us. Well we want to tell whoever that person is we will not leave, we will continue to bring the world the truth of what is going on down here.
Peter what about your personal safety? And the safety of your crew?
Well to that I can say none of my crew voted to leave when the question was put to them. Along with that Lord Ramsley has sent along a full company of the Son's of the Faith to watch over us because he fears for our safety.
Peter when do you expect to be able to broadcast video?
Hopefully in the next 24 hours, we have a second van stationed in St Basil and that's being moved up to meet us here near the border., and a C-130 from the UKB is being set with two vans for that city. We will continue to report live from Liberaltopia Robert, we will not be intimidated out.
Peter thank you for that report, Good night and good luck.
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