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November 2, 299 AP
RNS News Update:
[broadcast in progress from the Royal News Service temporary broadcast center in Q'Leist, Eastern Zartania]
NEWS ANCHOR: ... And updating
an earlier story, the Royal Zartanian Army this afternoon announced that
the special ship carrying several hundred tons of deadly Vedexim gas to
be destroyed has nearly reached the end of
its journey. The specially redesigned ship pictured here, formerly a fleet ammunition ship for the Imperial Navy, sailed from Spade Bay in Black Water last Tuesday, escorted by the destroyer HMIS Modena (D-18) and the frigate HMIS Bombardier (F-9). Renamed ZS Brahfvo, after the ancient god of fire, the ship is loaded down with over 400 tons of Vedexim gas, which the Royal Army is removing from its active inventory. The ship was given a distinctive paint scheme in order to keep it from being attacked by enemy privateers, and to warn other ships to keep away. The warning precautions include the word "Danger" painted across the hull in both Rizne and Standard, the flying of a red danger flag at the fore, and the flying of the Eastern Zartanian red-and-black pennant aft. The convoy has kept to a very northern route, coming within just twenty miles of icebergs on more than a few occasions. According to the royal military, the three ships will be within the 200-mile territorial waters surrounding the Army's undisclosed "incinerator island" by mid-day tomorrow. ZS Brahfvo is expected to dock sometime Thursday evening. The docking will be followed by two days of offloading the chemical weapons, which will be catalogued by Royal Army personnel and taken to be destroyed in the island's underground incinerator. ZS Brahfvo, meanwhile, will be quarantined off the island's coast for a period of at least five days, during which the hull and holds will be thoroughly cleansed. After the quarantine ends, the ship will sail back to Spade Bay where it will be held in reserve until it's needed again for a similar mission. The Royal Army has not announced any plans yet for any further decrease in its chemical and biological weapons arsenal, but does not completely rule out that possibility.
In other news, several farmers in...
[end of broadcast clip]
November 3, 299 AP
RNS News Update: Vedexim gas
[Royal News Service broadcast already in progress from Q'Leist, Eastern Zartania, 16:30 ZST]
NEWS ANCHOR: In further military news, the Royal Zartanian
Army and the Imperial Navy both confirmed today that ZS Brahfvo,
the converted ammunition ship carrying out-dated Vedexim gas to be destroyed,
has entered Eastern Zartanian territorial waters surrounding the Army's
"incinerator island." According to sources in the Imperial Navy, the convoy
reached the 200-mile territorial waters limit around 11:30 this morning
Zartanian Standard Time. At that time, the two warships escorting ZS
Brahfvo were ordered by the Royal Army to turn back and leave the waters
around the island. Since the island is officially the property of the Royal
Zartanian Army, the escorts had no choice but to comply. Fleet Admiral
Mikail Indurii at the Admiralty in Claw Anchorage has reportedly expressed
amazement and disbelief at the actions of the Army, and has said that he
will confront General vun Orcton about the abruptness of it later today.
The Royal Army has admitted that it considers the island to be a "sensitive
installation," and all information about it has been classified. In fact,
once within the
territorial waters around the island, all ships and airplanes not belonging to the Army are required to turn off all data-collecting devices, including radars and sonar equipment. There is some speculation within certain government circles that even the King himself is unaware of the details of the island, having been kept in the dark by the Army. Following the departure of the escorts, the Royal Army says that ZS Brahfvo is continuing on her projected course, and that radio contact with the crew has confirmed that the situation is normal and that all systems are operative.
In a related event, General Erik vun Orcton, commander-in-chief
of the Royal Army, announced today that he has decided not to allow observers
from the other armed forces branches to witness the destruction of the
Vedexim gas as was previously agreed upon. Instead, a special unit of the Royal Zartanian Army will film the events leading up to and during the destruction of the gas. That film will later be made available to the other armed forces and to "select members of the Royal Council of Ministers." When asked why some members of the Council will apparently be excluded from watching the film, vun Orcton replied that "not all of them need to know the details, or see our facilities. Obviously not all members of the Council are equally important." Vun Orcton, when asked which members were likely to be excluded, named the Ministers of Science, Treasury & Commerce, and Foreign Relations, "among others." The comments concerning Royal Council members provoked a strong reaction from several ministers, who feel that, in the words of Treasury Minister Andrew Sides, "if our ministries are important enough to be on the Council, we're important enough to watch the damn film!" Many people
were shocked that vun Orcton plans to exclude Foreign Minister Sir Randall Young from the film, since Sir Randall is widely considered to be one of the four most influential people in the current administration. There was no reaction on the general's comments from the Ministry of Foreign Relations. The other military branches and
their heads also expressed their shock and dismay at vun Orcton's apparent turnabout concerning observers. Said Commander-General Nikolas Vogle, commander-in-chief of the Royal Air Force, "This was a done deal. We had all talked it out, with the King present, beforehand. Now, to go and make a move like this. It's a slap in the face to the rest of the military, and one that we're not going to take lightly." Grand Admiral High General Rudolf Yuvan, commander of the Royal Armed Forces, was unavailable for comment on the issue, and a spokesman for
the Royal Family said that His Royal Majesty would not comment on it "until he has a chance to speak with the involved parties." We'll bring you more on this developing story as we get it.
[end news clip]
November 4, 299 AP
RNS News Update: Vedexim Gas (II)
[we join a Royal News Service news broadcast already in progress]
NEWS ANCHOR: And now an update on a continuing story. A spokesperson
for Royal Zartanian Air Force commander, Commander-General Nikolas Vogle,
said today that some "suspicious activity" has been monitored in
connection with the ship ZS Brahfvo, which is carrying several hundred tons of deadly Vedexim gas to be destroyed at a Royal Army base. According to spokesperson Flight Lieutenant Natalie Karenter, an E-4 "Skywatch" radar surveillance plane was making a routine patrol just outside the territorial water limits of the Royal Army's "incinerator island." While passing by, the airplane's surface-search radar beams swept inside the restricted territorial limits, giving the crew a clear view of the situation up to 100 miles inside. Two radar contacts were
reported, one of which was positively identified as ZS Brahfvo, heading west at about 20 knots. The other contact, reported as being large and "similar to a merchant ship," was headed south at about 25 knots. The contacts' courses converged on the same point in the ocean. Then, according to radar data, the two ships heaved to alongside each other. When this information was reported back to the E-4's home base, the base commander made Commander-General Vogle aware of the situation immediately. Orders were then sent to the E-4's crew to remain on station monitoring the situation, and that a TC-10 tanker aircraft was enroute to refuel them in flight. The two ships on the radar screens stayed motionless for more than two hours, then resumed their previous courses. Because the E-4 was low on fuel again by this time, it was not able to visually identify the unknown ship as it left Eastern Zartanian waters headed south. Likewise, the Imperial Navy was not informed of the incident in enough time to dispatch warships to intercept the unknown contact. The Royal Zartanian Army has not had any comment on this breaking story yet, except to say that the E-4's radar search was illegal, reiterating the privacy and sanctity of the island's territorial waters. General Erik vun Orcton, commander-in-chief of the Royal Zartanian Army, has reportedly said that he will take the matter personally to the King and demand "justice and satisfaction for the
[end news clip]
November 5, 299 AP
RNS News Update: Vedexim gas (III)
The Royal Zartanian Army released an official statement today responding to yesterday's allegations from the Royal Zartanian Air Force that the ship ZS Brahfvo, carrying deadly chemical weapons, was actually "intercepted" by an unknown contact within the territorial waters of the Army's "incinerator island." ZS Brahfvo was carrying several hundred tons of Vedexim gas to be destroyed in the Royal Army's chemical and biological weapons incinerator after being retired from the Kingdom's weapons inventory. The incinerator is based on an island owned and administered by the Royal Army, in an undisclosed location. Upon entering the island's territorial waters, the two escort warships of the Imperial Navy were forced to turn back for Eastern Zartania by the Army's security restrictions. ZS Brahfvo continued on by itself after that point, and was expected to dock late yesterday. However, an E-4 radar reconnaissance airplane from the Royal Air Force, flying a routine patrol near the island yesterday, picked up a suspicious radar contact in the vicinity of ZS Brahfvo. The two ships were seen (on radar) to heave to and sit motionless alongside each other for more than two hours before proceeding on their original courses. The second radar contact was not able to be visually identified by the Royal Air Force or the Imperial Navy. Today, however, the Royal Army released a statement saying that the ship that intercepted ZS Brahfvo was, in fact, a coastal patrol vessel operated by the Royal Army that was sent to check on the freighter's progress and escort it in. The Army refused, however, to give the name of the escort vessel or its commanding officer.
The general reaction to the Army's statement seems
to be one of disbelief and suspicion. Fleet Admiral Mikail Indurii, commander
of the Imperial Zartanian Navy, reportedly was enraged by the Army's statement,
and has demanded a meeting with General Erik vun Orcton, commander of the
Royal Army, and Grand Admiral High General Rudolf Yuvan, commander of the
Royal Armed Forces. Fleet Admiral Indurii has reportedly stated
that the Army has "no right to be operating warships of its own," and says that such action is in violation of the Joint Military Convention. Commander-General Nikolas Vogle, commander of the Royal Air Force, on the other hand, has openly questioned the Army's statement, and denied is veracity. Said Commander-General Vogle early this afternoon, "It's obvious that they're hiding something. Our recon plane clearly recorded the second radar contact on a course to leave the island's territorial waters following its meeting with ZS Brahfvo. I'm actually surprised that they've put out such a juvenile cover story." When asked what he thought was going on, Vogle refused to elaborate.
Meanwhile, RNS has learned that Grand Admiral
High General Yuvan has called an emergency meeting at Royal Military Headquarters
in Imperial City for this weekend. General vun Orcton, Fleet Admiral Indurii,
Commander-General Vogle will all be in attendance. Many people expected His Royal Majesty to be invited to attend the meeting as well as is customary, but, surprisingly, no invitation has been sent to the Imperial Palace. There is no word yet from the Palace as to the King's reaction to this evolving scenario. We'll bring you more on this story as the information comes to us.
November 7, 299 AP
ALB: Foreign Policy confirmed November 7, 1588 (Alb. Cal.)
TO: All Nations of Vexillium
FROM: Foreign Ministry, Empire of Albion-Merité
I am most pleased to announce to all the nations
of the world that His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Maximilian II, has finally
given his full approval to the proposed Albionish foreign policy. Several
residences have also been set aside in Tabrik to be used as embassies by
those foreign states that will choose to accept diplomatic relations with
Albion. The emperor and I have also approved the empire's new diplomatic seals, displayed here for the first time. Both the consulate seal and the embassy seal are charged with the imperial colors, the name of the state, and part of the imperial arms.
In the first phase of the empire's foreign policy,
the Albionish government wishes to extend full diplomatic recognition to
the following states, including the exchange of diplomatic missions: the
Kingdom of Eastern Zartania, the Cooperative Commonwealth of the Union
of Northern Gronk, the Kingdom of Christiana, the Republic of Ulanova,
and the Czardom of Kzanikstan. Following the completion of Phase 1, the
Foreign Ministry will proceed to extend diplomatic relations to those nations
included in Phase 2. For now, we look forward to hearing back from
those governments listed above. Please contact the Foreign Ministry here in Tabrik to work out the details of the diplomatic recognition and exchange. Thank you.
Lord Mercutio Aehrenthal
Empire of Albion-Merité
November 11, 299 AP
KTZ-ALB Diplomatic exchange
On behalf of His Royal Majesty, King Bruno II, I bid greetings to the Empire of Albion-Merité.
Your message of November 7 has been received here
in Imperial City with great enthusiasm. I delivered the message to
His Royal Majesty personally, and he has asked me to once again extend
his heartfelt congratulations to your new state. We are most pleased
to receive your government's official diplomatic recognition, and we will
be happy to exchange ambassadors. A residence has already been set
aside for the Albionish embassy on the Avenue of Nations in Imperial City,
Kingdom of Eastern Zartania, and awaits your diplomatic staff. HRM
Rachel Correl has Eastern Zartania's ambassador to Albion-Merité. She and her staff will be arriving by ship as soon as your foreign ministry gives clearance. Our diplomatic seal is sent with this message as a goodwill gesture, to be displayed as you see fit. The Albionish embassy seal is already being displayed in the lobby of the Ministry of Foreign Relations Building with the seals of the other states with whom our Kingdom entertains diplomatic relations. Again, congratulations on your successes, and we look forward to hearing from you again.
May Honor and Glory grace the Empire of Albion-Merité for Eternity.
Sir Randall Young, K.K.
Foreign Minister, KTZ
on behalf of His Royal Majesty, King Bruno II vun Q'Leist
DATE: 12 November 1588 (Alb. Cal.)
TO: The United Nations of Vexillium
FROM: Foreign Ministry, Empire of Albion-Merité
After consultations with the Foreign Ministry, Emperor Maximilian II has instructed me to contact the UNV Assembly and General Secretary to announce that the Empire of Albion-Merité officially requests an observer seat within the UNV. While we are as yet unsure of the usefulness of this organization, its use as a conduit for contact with other states cannot be denied. Therefore, the Albionish government wishes to join as an observer. If this is satisfactory, the emperor will appoint our official ambassador early next week.
Lord Mercutio Aehrenthal
Empire of Albion-Merité
November 15, 299 AP
RNS Breaking News!
TORQUEMIN: Good evening. I'm Cynthia Torquemin, RNS, coming to you live from our temporary broadcast center in Q'Leist with some late-breaking news.
This morning, spokespersons for the Royal Government
and the military confirmed that an Eastern Zartanian ship has come under
aerial attack off the coast of Thistland, northwest of Kalesthesia.
The ship that was
attacked was ZS Explorer, and oceanographic research vessel owned and operated by the Ministry of Science. According to the Ministry, the ship was on a mission to chart the underwater ridges in the strait between the
continent of Nuarmia and its eastern neighbor. ZS Explorer was outside the twelve-mile territorial waters limit recognized by the Kingdom, and flying a government ensign demonstrating its civilian ownership with the Ministry of Science. Fleet Admiral Mikail Indurii, commander of the Imperial Zartanian Navy, had this to say about the attack.
[switch to recorded footage of Fleet Admiral Indurii at a press conference]
INDURII: In an unprovoked attack
on a ship owned and operated by a civilian ministry in the Eastern Zartanian
government, two Thistlandic warplanes launched three anti-ship missiles
at our research ship in international
waters. The two airplanes were identified both visually and on radar as being from the Thistlandic air force. Sources aboard the research ship indicate that the attacking planes appeared to be variants of the "Echo" fighter currently being used by the United Brotherhood of Dignania in that country's civil war. We are currently investigating the possibility of a connection between the UBD and the Thistlandic government that would explain such a similarity in aircraft.
The research vessel ZS Explorer, as with
all government-owned and operated ships, is armed with some small anti-air
defenses, and missile countermeasures in order to protect the property
of the Crown. The ship's
crew used these countermeasures to decoy off two of the missiles. The third was a near miss, exploding in the water just 60 yards from the ship's hull. Moderate damage was done to the hull below the waterline, four crewmen were injured, and one killed when his skull was punctured by a bolt in the hull that was blown out by the explosion. The captain of the ship, seeing himself, his ship, and his crew in mortal danger, ordered the fire returned.
Six surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) were fired from the ship's forward launcher, depleting its ordinance. The missiles destroyed one enemy fighter, and so damaged the other that it had to turn back and break off its
attack. The wreckage of the downed plane fell in international waters, and boats from Explorer recovered most of it, including the body of the pilot.
The initial analysis of those materials and the
body by the Tal Shiyr agent accompanying the mission, showed that the pilot
was, in fact, Zartanian: 34-year old Edward Kapeg, who was exiled
from the Kingdom eleven years ago as a member of the MCZ. This evidence
seems to indicate that at least some of the MCZ exiles found new homes
for themselves in Thistland. Also recovered among the wreckage were
parts of Kapeg's orders and military
plans. Those plans, along with all of the wreckage recovered and Kapeg's body, are being flown by helicopter from ZS Explorer to an undisclosed location, where they will be brought immediately to Eastern Zartania for evaluation.
[picture switches back to Torquemin, sitting at the news desk]
TORQUEMIN: Fleet Admiral Indurii
went on to call the attack "dastardly" and "a direct threat to the security
of this state." A spokeswoman for the Royal Family has said that
His Royal Majesty is extremely concerned of the
incident off Thistland, and an emergency session of the Royal Council of Ministers was called for 11:00 this morning ZST. It is unclear as yet how the government will react to the attack on the research ship, but most people feel confident that the government must take a strong stand or face similar actions from other so-called "rogue countries" around the world. We 'll bring you more on this breaking story as it becomes available. Reporting from the RNS Temporary Broadcast Center in Q'Leist, I'm Cynthia Torquemin.
November 19, 299 AP
RNS Headline News: KTZ Shipping News
Kingdom to Begin Outfitting Merchant Ships to Deal with Privateers
IMPERIAL CITY (RNS) - The Ministry of Public Information & Customs
announced today that Eastern Zartanian merchant ships are now being outfitted
with guns. The announcement came after several days of discussions between
His Royal Majesty, the Ministry of Treasury & Commerce, the Ministry
of Foreign Relations, and the Imperial Navy. Those discussions were
prompted by the continuing attacks upon Eastern Zartanian merchant ships
by UBD, MCZ, and Lendian privateers and commerce raiders, and by the recent
attack upon a government research vessel by Thistlandic warplanes. Beginning
this weekend, all Eastern Zartanian-flagged merchant ships that put into
a port in the Kingdom or its possessions will be refitted to carry one
6-inch naval gun on its forward deck and another aft. The Imperial Navy
has said that it fully supports the move since it has been stretched thin
lately trying to protect all of the Kingdom's merchant ships. In further
support of the action, HRM said that "everyone has a right to defend themselves,
especially the merchant shipping force. They're vital to the survival of
the people, as well as the state, and they need to be protected. If they're
going to be targeted by the enemy, then they need to be able to shoot back."
The Royal Government contends that the relatively small caliber and number
of the deck guns is indicative of their defensive purpose, but some merchant
captains are worried about carrying such weapons on their ships. "It makes
us a legitimate target now," said one such captain. The Ministry of Foreign
Relations has said that it does expect some diplomatic fallout to result
from this decision, but says that other governments should "put themselves
in our situation, and think about the actions they'd take." In all, more
than 120 Eastern Zartanian merchant ships have been lost to enemy naval
activity since the beginning of the Kingdom's intervention in the Dignanian
Civil War in March. The Imperial Navy, who is overseeing the arming of
merchant vessels, expects to have more than 150 merchant ships refitted by the end of the year.
A Eastern Zartania merchant ship outfitted with deck gun
-taken from the RNS news wire
November 29, 299 AP
Subject: Tabitha Regional Pact
From: Randy Young
The following pact regarding the future of the former Gronkian region
Tabitha has been signed and ratified by the undersigned parties, and is
brought to you as a courtesy of the Eastern Zartanian Ministry of
TABITHA REGIONAL PACT ON THE FUTURE
The Kingdom of Eastern Zartania, the Federal Republic of Whitlam, the
Municipal Government of the Tabitha Region, and the United Nations of
Vexillium Committee on Collapsed Nations, having great concern for the
future of the Tabitha Region and its People and recognizing that the
Government of Northern Gronk has failed in its duties and obligations to
the Region and its People, hereby agree to leave the decision concerning
the Region's future to the leadership of the UNVCOCN, and further agree
to abide by that body's decision in its entirety.
For Eastern Zartania: Sub-Colonel James Ekinop, RZA
For Whitlam: Major Anthony Wright
For Tabitha: Zemchek Odrago, acting mayor
For UNVCOCN: Séamus O'Dea, Chairman
Subject: UNVCOCN Tabitha decision
From: Randy Young
Following the signing and ratification of the Tabitha Regional Pact
all involved parties, the UNVCOCN has reached a decision regarding the
future of the city of Tabitha and the surrounding region.
1) All lands shaded in bright purple on the attached map, which were
ceded to the Cooperative Commonwealth of the Union of Northern Gronk by
the Kingdom of Eastern Zartania in the Second Tabitha Treaty (Jan. 299),
are hereby returned to Eastern Zartanian administration. It is the
belief and decision of the UNVCOCN that the government of Northern Gronk
has defaulted in its obligations toward the people of that region.
Since the government of Eastern Zartania has shown compassion and a
willingness to help those outside its borders in need of help, as well
as the fact that the lands and people once belonged to Eastern Zartania,
that territory and people will be best served under the Eastern
2) The lands shaded in dark blue on the attached map, including the
of Tabitha, which were ceded to the Cooperative Commonwealth of the
Union of Northern Gronk by the Federal Republic of Whitlam in the First
Tabitha Treaty (Jan. 299), are hereby returned to Whitlamite
administration, for the same reasons expressed above.
3) It is clearly the will of the majority of the population of both
city and region of Tabitha to secede from the Cooperative Commonwealth
of the Union of Northern Gronk. It is also the clear will of a large
segment of that population to return to the administrations under which
they lived prior to the Tabitha Treaties.
These decisions, to be enforced and abided by the signatories of
Tabitha Regional Pact, will take full effect at 12:01AM, Thursday,
December 2, 299, local time. As of that moment, the Tabitha region will
cease to exist as the territory of Northern Gronk, and will revert to
Eastern Zartania and Whitlam. Likewise, all persons within those
territories wishing to remain will gain Whitlamite or Eastern Zartanian
citizenship respectively, and will cease to be citizens of Northern
Gronk. Those persons wishing to leave the territories will be free to
do so through "safe corridors" to the Gronkian border patrolled and
guaranteed by troops under UNVCOCN command.
The UNVCOCN would like to thank the people of Tabitha for giving
opportunity to once again serve Vexillium. We also wish to thank the
governments, citizens, and military forces of Whitlam and Eastern
Zartania for their outstanding cooperation and support in this
operation. The UNVCOCN will continue to observe the situation in
Tabitha for a period of ten days following tonight's deadline to insure
that all necessary steps are being taken to provide for the well-being
of the territory and the people. After those ten days, the UNVCOCN will
consider its mission in Tabitha as complete.
Secretary to the UNVCOCN Chairman
[vexillium] KTZ Takes Control in Tabitha Regi
NOMAR-TABITHA BORDER (RNS) - The Royal Government of Eastern Zartania
announced today that it has finished implementing its obligatory clauses
under the Tabitha Regional Pact. According to Royal Council spokeswoman
Laura Belkin, the Eastern Zartanian government has finished taking full
possession of the part of the Tabitha Region granted it by the UNVCOCN.
"Royal Army units already operating in the region under the auspices of
the UNVCOCN were augmented over the weekend by several more regiments,"
said Ms. Belkin. "We're working as hard as we can to meet with local
leaders in the region to try to form a civilian government to handle the
affairs of the region."
The Royal Army Police are currently charged with policing the stek-sized
region, which was part of the Kingdom until this previous January, when
it was ceded to Northern Gronk as part of the Tabitha Treaty. Under
that treaty, the Kingdom gained what is now the stek of Rastal in the
The 1st, 9th, and 17th Regiments Royal Army Police will continue to
provide police service and protection to the region, enforcing Eastern
Zartanian civil law, until a civilian government can be formed under
which the Royal Police will operate. In the interim, His Royal Majesty
has appointed Sub-Colonel James Ekinop Military Governor of the Tabitha
Region. Ekinop will be responsible for overseeing the first stages of
the region's re-introduction to the Kingdom, and for establishing a
civilian government. HRM has ordered that the region be governed as a
Royal Colony until such time as its final disposition can be decided.
According to Ms. Belkin, there are three options currently facing the
Royal Council of Ministers about the region's future. One option would
see the region rejoined to the stek of Nomar, which it was broken from
in January. Certain councilors, though, have opposed this plan,
pointing out that Nomar was compensated from the Skylands during the
redistricting of the steks in the spring. A second option would require
the region to be administered as a colony for the next 18 months,
allowing a transition period and time to reflect before deciding its
ultimate future. The third option, put forward by Interior Minister
Kestra Andrèv and the Stek Assembly Constable, would create a new stek
from the region, probably named "Tabitha."
HRM has said that he wants the Royal Council to make a decision on one
of these three options within the next two weeks, so that he can make
his final decision before the end of the year. In the meantime, the
Royal Army continues to secure the region, and the people appear to be
happy with the UNVCOCN's decision, as red and black banners and bunting
are seen hanging from homes and buildings everywhere.
[printed in the "Imperial Palace Times-Record," Domestic Section,
Unrest Grows to West
BORDERTON, Skylands (VINO) - The border crossings are packed, lines
stretching to the west for nearly half a mile. The airwaves are just as
crowded, as amateur radio operators talk of the tension.
Since Wednesday's decision by the UNVCOCN about the city of Tabitha and
its surrounding region, Eastern Zartanian citizens in neighboring
Northern Gronk have been flocking to the border crossings trying to get
home. The relief on their faces when they step on Eastern Zartanian
soil is all too evident. Officials in the Ministry of Public
Information & Customs, which operates the border crossings in
conjunction with the Royal Zartanian Army, say that they had expected
some people to try to get home after the announcement, but not nearly as
many as have showed up so far.
"We just weren't prepared for this," said Alexandre Pukyin, an
Zartanian customs official in the Skylands. "It's like a constant flow
of people through here. And there's so many of them that things are
moving slower than we expected.
"Yes, people get upset with us when we can process their papers fast
enough for them," Pukyin continued, "but they have to realize that
simply not prepared for this. Everyone will get in, but not all at
Over the weekend, as the situation continued to grow along the border,
the Royal Army moved in two more regiments of infantry soldiers in a
show of force to try to keep the crowds from growing unruly. It seems
to have worked to some extent, as the volume of the disquietude as
eased. But all of the returning Zartanians have their stories of what's
going on on the other side of the border.
"It's just chaos over there!" exclaimed one woman, who asked to
anonymous. "The government has completely lost control. After the
Tabitha announcement, people waiting for the Gronkian government to do
something, to try to keep their territory. But they did nothing. We
were vacationing in Kras, and we heard some people talking about 'making
Zartanian bastards pay' and about the need for a government that will
take care of the country. We got scared, and we left."
Others have similar stories along the border here. Oskar Melding,
banker from Fortress Princesa, said that he was in Capital when the
UNVCOCN announcement was made.
"When people realized that the government wasn't going to even
the decision, they just went crazy. I saw at least two shops with
busted windows. Police were all over the place. It was scary!
Everyone was talking about rebellion and revenge. They want revenge
against us all."
So far, no official word on any of this has been received from the
Gronkian government or Gronkian diplomatic officials in Imperial City.
The Northern Gronk embassy in Eastern Zartania has consistently refused
to comment on the situation, saying that "consultations with the
government" are required before they can say anything.
Amateur radio operators in the western steks of Eastern Zartania have
reported that their counterparts in eastern Northern Gronk are saying
much the same things as the returning citizens. The area of Northern
Gronk directly adjoining Eastern Zartania has a large ethnically
Zartanian population, and is often referred to colloquially as "Western
Radio operators from that area have reportedly said that the Gronkian
civil government is beginning to lose control, with angry bands of
partisans roaming the streets. The Royal Military and the Ministries of
Foreign Relations and Public Information & Customs stress that these
reports are as yet unfounded. But Eastern Zartanian government
officials do admit that the reports worry them. The Royal Government
has said that it is currently consulting with its allies in Whitlam and
Albion about the situation, and that all three are "concerned about the
reports from Northern Gronk."
Judging from the looks on the faces here at the border, they aren't the
only ones who are worried.
Trouble Grows in Gronk
EULOS, Northern Gronk (VINO) - Tension and public unrest continues to
grow here in Northern Gronk following the Gronkian government's seeming
inability to do anything to oppose the UNVCOCN's division of the Tabitha
Region between Eastern Zartania and Whitlam.
Small fights, not enough to be considered riots, have broken out in half
a dozen major cities across the country, as the people look for strong
leadership in the wake of several crises this year. The government, for
its part, has withdrawn most of the army's prime frontline units into
the interior to help protect Capital, Eulos, and other major cities.
This, in turn, has left the fringes of the country in the hands of
partisan bands intent on "reforming" Northern Gronk back to a time
position of strength and power.
Northern Gronk's internal troubles began in January as a consequence of
the breakup of the former Merité. With that country's collapse, just to
the west of Northern Gronk, the Gronkian army occupied almost one-third
of present-day Albion-Merité, claiming support from the local ethnic
Gronkian population. Firm stands against this blatant imperialism by
Eastern Zartania, Whitlam, Bowdani, and others led to the Gronkian
government's decision to enter peace talks with Eastern Zartania and
Albion. At the time, many Gronkians saw this as evidence of the
government's softness, unwillingness to stand up for their people, and
their utter willingness to bend to international bidding.
Following the Albionish conflict, Northern Gronk seemed to turn in on
itself for a time. During the great drought this past summer, reports
came out of Northern Gronk of discrimination and persecution, brutal at
times, against ethnic Zartanians in the country's eastern reaches.
Reports cited certain local governments keeping ethnic Zartanians from
the local water and food supplies, as well as a few instances of actual
terror against Zartanians.
This summer also saw the first breaks in Northern Gronk's unified
facade. The four countries comprising MESTO invaded and seized large
sections of the Gronkian colonies, such as Novoyoakes. At the same
time, Islandia, through a popular local movement in the colony, gained
control of the Eastern Islands. As a cap, the new state of Kzanikstan
was able to successfully secede from Northern Gronk, fighting off
seemingly half-hearted attempts by the Gronkian military to force their
return to the Cooperative Commonwealth.
With the failure of the government and military to hold the country
together, the tiny state of Sana Docetan was able to reassert its
independence without incident, even though it is still surrounded by
Northern Gronk proper. The secession of the Tabitha Region, and its
division between Eastern Zartania and Whitlam by the UNVCOCN, is being
seen in Northern Gronk as simply a continuation of the government's
overall inability to function properly.
In that light, radical and reactionary fringe groups have been able to
garner popular support in the outlying areas of the country, attempting
to replace the hastily-retreating government forces. Many of these
groups are backed by their own partisan militias, which they are using
to brutal effect to police their "districts." Some have also vowed
take their revenge upon the Zartanian and Albionish states that they see
as having started and caused the downfall of their once-great state.
Unsubstantiated reports are being received daily of skirmishes along the
Albionish and Eastern Zartanian borders. None of the involved
governments have admitted to any actual exchange of fire yet, and only
time will tell the full extent of the damage that the Gronkian state has
taken this year.
[vexillium] Vedexim Gas update
IMPERIAL CITY (ZNN) - Today's session of the Royal Council of Ministers
here in Imperial City, Eastern Zartania, was marked by mutual
recriminations among several of the council members, and a blunt refusal
of Royal Authority by the Army.
About midway through today's Council session, Foreign Minister Sir
Randall Young raised the subject of the Royal Army's destruction of
several hundred tons of Vedexim gas more than a month ago. According to
the agreement first worked out for the destruction of the gas, the Army
would allow officials from the other military branches to observe the
destruction of the gas to ensure proper disposal.
However, with the arrival of the gas at the Army's undisclosed
"incinerator island," there was an abrupt about-face, as General
vun Orcton announced that no observers would be allowed. Instead, a
Royal Army crew would film the destruction of the gas, to be shown later
to the other military commanders and His Royal Majesty, but excluding
most of the ministers. The excluded ministers protested vigorously, but
no headway was made.
Today, Sir Randall again raised the issue, asking General vun Orcton why
the film had not even been delivered to those officials marked to watch
it. Vun Orcton responded by saying that he was under no obligation to
deliver the film on demand, and that it would be shown to the "selected
members" of the Council when the Royal Army was done editing it for
classified content. With that remark, the other military commanders
began voicing their concern and displeasure at the Army's obvious lack
of trust. The ruckus continued for another ten minutes in the chambers
until the King was finally able to restore order.
His Majesty then ordered vun Orcton to deliver the film in its present
form, to be viewed by the entire Royal Council. General vun Orcton
bluntly refused, saying that the King had no authority to issue such an
order to "a sovereign military body of the Kingdom." Vun Orcton
the previous agreement between the military commands concerning the
observation of the gas' destruction as evidence of the Army's supposed
The King again issued his command, and it was again refused by vun
Orcton. Having had his command refused twice, HRM officially declared
an investigation into the Royal Army's apparent attempt to hide the true
end of the gas. The investigation is being spearheaded by SF3,
supported by the Tal'Shiyr, and coordinated by the [Sixth] Ministry.
Meanwhile, HRM has ordered General vun Orcton to remain in Imperial City
for the time being, and has ordered a general quarantine around the
Army's "incinerator island."
The SF3 investigation is expected to take up to three months, unless vun
Orcton and the Royal Army begin cooperating with Royal Authorities.
[vexillium] Skirmishes Frighten, Enrage Albionish
CORDEVAL, Albion-Merité (RNS) - The Albionish imperial government
officially admitted today that its forces have been engaged in at least
five skirmishes so far with Gronkian insurgents along the country's
eastern border since the announcement of the Tabitha secession.
According to the Albionish War Ministry, the raids began the day after
the UNVCOCN announcement that ceded part of the Tabitha territory to
That morning, December 2nd, this sleepy border village of Cordeval was
wakened by a rumble that most people took to be thunder. But the
thunder quickly turned deadly as artillery shells screamed down on the
sleeping villagers. Within minutes, almost one quarter of the buildings
were in flames, a demonstration to the fact that the Gronkians had
sighted their pieces on the town far in advance of the actual attack.
The shelling stopped when three MA-109 "Dagger" fighter-bombers of
Albionish Air Force arrived over the village.
Colonel Vlad Haringer, commander of the Eastern Border Militia District,
says that the Gronkian insurgents have grown bolder in their raids as
the days have passed.
"The first couple attacks were just long-range shelling over the
border. They'd put a couple heavy artillery pieces in the hills on the
Gronkian side of the border, and lob shells at our towns for a couple
hours. Then they moved a little closer, attacking small border patrols
with small arms fire. Today's attack has been the biggest so far."
Just after dawn this morning, a force of Gronkian insurgents of unknown
size crossed the border into Albion-Merité about sixty miles south of
Cordeval, and attacked the Albionish militia base at Fort 187. The
Gronkians took the Albionish soldiers by complete surprise, killing
several guards outright. The 120 soldiers based at the fort, though,
were able to recover quickly, and assumed a defensive posture inside the
Throughout the day, after the Gronkians found that they were unable to
capture the fortress quickly, the position was pummeled with mortars,
grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and rockets. By mid-afternoon,
though, the Gronkians had almost exhausted their ammunition supply
without taking the fortress when they were struck by four MA-109
"Dagger" fighter-bombers carrying cluster bombs and rockets. The
Gronkian insurgents quickly fled back across the border. The Albionish
did not pursue them into Gronkian territory, though. The War Ministry
has said that in today's skirmish the Albionish militia lost five
soldiers killed and another nine wounded, while casualties inflicted on
the enemy could not be readily determined since the Gronkians took their
dead and wounded with them.
Across the country, the border raids and skirmishes have had a mixed
effect. Those living along the border itself are obviously frightened
that their town will be the next Gronkian target, and are clamoring for
the government to provide adequate military protection along the border
regions. But across the spectrum, the raids have raised Albionish ire,
and generally enraged the population. In a rare public address, Emperor
Maximilian captured the public mood.
"We have been violated. We have had our people killed, our homes
destroyed. Albion's sanctity has been violated, and our sovereignty
challenged. This latest attack today demonstrates a blatant disregard
for Albionish sovereignty, and shows a very real danger and threat to
the lives of the Albionish-Meritéan citizenry. We realize that the
Gronkian government is under severe internal pressures at the moment,
and that they most likely did not sanction these partisan assaults. But
unless the government of Northern Gronk takes steps to prevent these
depredations from happening again, then we will take those necessary
Meanwhile tonight, the imperial government in Tabrik has ordered all
active Albionish militia units to move eastward toward the Gronkian
border. The units being moved are being replaces in the interior with
the four Eastern Zartanian army regiments still remaining in Albion.
The Albionish government has said that if it comes to a fight, it's
going to be a clean fight. But everyone is still hoping that such a
fight can be avoided.
RNS Exclusive: Attack off Thistla
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Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Derik Thelman, and this is
RNS news update from the temporary RNS Broadcast Center in Q'Leist.
Early this afternoon, the Imperial Zartanian Navy and the Ministry of
Public Information & Customs confirmed that another Eastern Zartanian
ship has been attacked off the coast of Thistland in Nuarmia. According
to government officials, the merchant oiler ZS Zartlam Star, flying the
Eastern Zartanian merchant ensign (TECH: attached), was attacked by
three Thistlandic warplanes just outside Thistlandic waters. The ship
was traveling in ballast, having just delivered a shipment of Guwimith
crude oil to Burovian Kalesthesia under a contract with Zartlam Oil, and
was transiting the Nuarmia-Melania straits to begin its voyage home when
it was fired upon.
At approximately 12:45 ZST, the oiler detected three approaching
contacts on its old air-search radar unit. With the contacts
approaching from the general direction of Thistland, the oiler's
captain, a former naval officer, ordered full speed and turned the
ship's head further out into international waters. A warning was
radioed to the incoming aircraft in plain Standard, identifying the ship
as a civilian oiler and giving its coordinates outside Thistlandic
waters. When the aircraft refused to acknowledge the message and
continued on their course, a frantic distress call was sent, also in
The warplanes, when they reached the speeding oiler, were positively
identified. The ship's captain continued broadcasting in the open, and
the Imperial Navy has what amounts to a recorded transcript of the
entire attack. The oiler had recently been to the Dignanian station to
help refuel the naval squadrons based there, and was involved in a minor
UBD air raid. The attacking warplanes today were positively identified
by the oiler's crew as very similar variants of the UBD "Echo"
The pilots of those planes were also overheard to be speaking in Rizne,
indicating Zartanian nationality.
Upon reaching the oiler, the three airplanes circled the ship, taking
turns making strafing runs on it. The attackers used tracer ammunition,
and were apparently trying to set the oiler's supposed oil cargo afire.
When that failed, each plane launched a single anti-ship missile from a
distance of about two miles. The oiler, a standard Class 2 merchant
vessel, was unable to defend itself or outrun the missiles. All three
missiles impacted the oiler's hull, sinking it almost immediately.
The final missile attack on the oiler, though, was witnessed by two
Burovian fighter-interceptors that had been launched from Kalesthesia
when authorities there picked up the ship's distress call. Two
Altlandic fighters from Afrazure Altlandique also arrived to investigate
The Burovian fighters arrived in time to witness one of the Thistlandic
fighters make a low-level pass over the oiler's wreckage, attempting to
strafe the few survivors. The Burovian fighters fired an air-to-air
missile a piece, and knocked down the strafing Thistlandic fighter
before it could react. The other Thistlandic planes fled westward, and
were unable to be pursued.
While the Burovian and Altlandic fighters patrolled the skies, a
Kalesthesian rescue vessel arrived on the scene to pick up survivors.
We can now report that at least three crewmembers have been recovered
from the waters where the oiler sank. The Imperial Zartanian Navy has
dispatched two frigates, HMIS Arctic Wolf (F-4) and HMIS Bombardier
(F-9), to the area to assist in the rescue operations and to recover any
wreckage or other evidence of use to the Tal'Shiyr and M6.
The Royal Government in Imperial City has had no official comment on
today's attack yet. But a spokesman for the Royal Family has said that
His Majesty is visibly upset by the loss of life, and angered by the
attack. The Royal Armed Forces have been placed on Defense Status 2
across Vexillium, as the government tries to decide what action to
take. That's all the information we have for right now. We'll bring
you more as it becomes available. I'm Derik Thelman, thank you for
[vexillium] RNS correction
This is Derik Thelman again, reporting to you from RNS.
In a continuation of our earlier story concerning the second Thistlandic
attack on an Eastern Zartanian ship, the Ministry of Public Information
& Customs has informed us of a mistake in our earlier broadcast. In
that segment, we mentioned that the two Burovian warplanes on the scene
shot down the Thistlandic fighter that was strafing the sailors in the
water. The Ministry and the Royal Military have informed us that our
information was wrong. It was, in fact, the two Altlandic fighters that
so courageously defended our helpless sailors. The sincere thanks of
every Eastern Zartanian go out to those two pilots and Altland as a
whole. We at RNS apologize for the mistake in our earlier broadcast.
We now return you to your regular programming.
December 10, 299 AP
A military briefing at MLFLD headquarters in Kasma given by General Kenneth Calcaterra – (12:00 PM)
(This is the first official briefing given by the MLFLD since the shocking one given in late August. The one in August told the world of the coup by Duke Avion against General Matthew Cook and the duke’s subsequent death. The briefing also declared that the UBD summer offense had been halted with no further signs of UBD continuing the attack.)
Calcaterra: Good morning ladies and gentlemen, sorry to keep you waiting. First of all, on behalf of my government, I would like to apologize for the silence of last few months. This silence was not intended to keep the press out of the loop, but rather for us to reorganize after the heck changes the summer produced. Today I would like to discuss the current military situation along the front and the reorganization of our forces.
As you know the battlefield is divided into three sectors: the western, central, and eastern. With the death of the traitor Avion, Lt. General Khan has assumed command of the Central sector after his efforts to defeat the coup. Now since that time, MLFLD and KTZ forces have reorganized the front to better meet the challenges presented by the UBD. In late September, General Cook met with sector commanders and Field Marshal Erik vun Kahtzs commander of the KTZ 2nd division. The army Skylands consists of over two hundred thousand brave men and women from Eastern Zartania who without their help during the UBD offense and coup Dignania would now be under the terrible yoke of oppression.
During that meeting and several others that followed, the decision was made to restructure MLFLD and KTZ forces to facilitate a stronger defense and simplify the command and control apparatus. By October, Plan Alpha was drawn up and given the order to commence. Plan Alpha was the quiet restructuring of our forces between sectors. We wanted to keep the movement low key because of the fear that the UBD would take advantage of our forces out of position and attack, but I’m pleased to report that the UBD did not lift a finger to stop us and now it is too late.
This map will show that new division of forces along the Ambrosio
Line. As you can see MLFLD forces now operate in the Western and
Central sectors, while the KTZ forces claim the eastern sector as their
area of control. This division of responsibility allows us to strengthen
are forces in each sector while at the same time having a simplified system
of command and supply. This move also gives us a tactical reserve
of men and materials from both armies to defend against future UBD attacks
and even allows us the opportunity for our own offensive options in the
The new command structure is as follows: General Cook is the supreme commander followed by myself and Field Marshal Erik vun Kahtzs as dual deputy commanders. The next level of command is based around the three sector commanders Lt-General Lance Tolken in the West, Lt-General Dennis Khan in the Central, and KTZ Major General Lando Mollari in the East.
The September meetings was also a time to reflect on our success in transforming our supply system. For the better part of the war, MLFLD’s system of supply has been less than stellar. The soldiers in the trenches suffered shortages of weapons, clothes, food, and many other necessary equipment needed to win a war. To no fault of the men and women who struggled to bring supplies to the front our supply system could not cope with the massive task of supplying a modern army in the field. We had no existing infrastructure to draw from and with a shortage of manpower we could not spare trained and able soldiers to run supplies. For several months, elder patriots and children who were unfit to fight in the trenches delivered supplies. Twelve and fourteen year old children drove trucks or horse drawn wagons to the front. They could not read or write well, but they refused to give up to the UBD. Children no older then thirteen volunteered to drive trucks through strafing UBD fighters.
In one instance, a child of twelve delivered a needed shipment of rifles to the frontlines. When the officer went to thank the driver, he discovered that the young boy was dead with hole in his stomach. As many here know, a wound in the stomach is most often fatal, but he didn’t complain even after he delivered his supplies. A medic latter discovered that due to the amount of blood loss the boy must have been wounded several hours before arriving. A child of twelve drove on even though he was wounded. General Cook decided that such sacrifices could not be wasted. Our supply system had to improve or we would lose the war. He knew that the battles, which took place this last summer, would depend not only on soldiers in the field, but also with the legions trying to deliver the supplies. The side who could deliver reinforcements of men and material the fastest would win. With this in mind, General Cook handed over control of the supply system to the arriving KTZ forces, even though this produced much disagreement among MLFLD officers. He knew that Eastern Zartania had much more experience in supplying large formations of soldiers in the field then the MLFLD. They also had the equipment needed to do the job. He cut off any argument and told the KTZ to get the job done their way. They flew supply units over to organize and train our own units. Ships unloaded trucks and jeeps needed to move the supplies to the front. KTZ construction battalions built new roads and bridges to help facilitate the delivery of supplies. Trained KTZ professionals in the science of moving mountains of supplies organized a ragtag group into well-oiled machine. General Cook’s direction worked as our victory in late August demonstrated.
Today our lines of communication are clear and strong while our supply
system delivers ample weapons needed for our assured victory. I want
to now give you a few numbers to justify my claim. By looking at
this chart, you can see just how far we have come. In the month’s
of May and June only 40 to 50% of supplies needed reached the front.
With the defeat of the UBD airforce in June and the improvements made to
our supply system that number jumped to 72% in August and 85% in September.
In May only 57 artillery pieces of various caliber were delivered to the
front, by August that number had jumped 376. In May just 2,532,000
rounds of rifle ammunition arrived, but now compare that to 7,546,000 rounds
in September. These numbers just give a glimpse to just
how far we have come. Thank you ladies and gentlemen for your attention,
this ends that briefing.
vexillium] The Empire Strikes Back!
TABRIK, Albion-Merité (VINO) - After enduring eight more days
raids and skirmishing with partisan and paramilitary forces from
Northern Gronk with no sign of activity from the Gronkian government,
the Albionish government made good on its threat of military action
early this morning.
Just after dawn this morning, local time, the Albionish Air Force
launched two coordinated air raids against suspected partisan staging
areas inside Northern Gronk. The two raids occurred in the vicinity of
the Gronkian border towns of Pikne and Itetra. [TECH: see attached
map] Both towns have been indicated as being largely controlled by
Gronkian paramilitary forces, and supply depots and staging areas were
reportedly located just outside the towns.
Aircraft from the 1st and 2nd Attack Squadrons and the 1st Fighter
Squadron took part in the raids. Using rockets, cluster bombs, and
nose-mounted cannons, the MA-10.9 "Daggers" of the attack squadrons
through the partisan bases, wrecking havoc. Above them, the IF-54.1
"Dart" fighter-interceptors [TECH: schematic attached] of the 1st
Fighter Squadron provided aerial cover. Total mission duration was less
than three hours. Only one plane failed to return: a "Dagger"
fighter-bomber from the 1st Attack Squadron that was shot down by enemy
flak near Itetra. No parachute was observed.
Officials in the Albionish military here in Tabrik have declared the
missions a complete success, and say that the supplies and staging areas
have been "obliterated." But air force spokespersons refused to
on the likelihood of further air strikes.
Government officials moved quickly to give assurances that the raids
were not launched against the Gronkian government or the Gronkian
people, but at "those paramilitary groups that are threatening
[Albionish] security." No official reaction to the strikes has come
from the Gronkian government. Those Albionish officials also stressed
that the Gronkian government itself has done little or nothing to halt
the raids that have killed more than 100 Albionish civilians so far.
Only the Kingdom of Eastern Zartania has made any comment on the
Albionish air raids, announcing its support of today's raids, but
cautioning against "excessive use" of that tactic. The Eastern
Zartanian government confirmed today that its military forces as well
have been engaged repulsing "several raids" by Gronkian
along the kingdom's western border. The bulk of those raids have been
in the newly acquired Tabitha region, but have stretched as far north as
the stek of the Skylands.
[vexillium] Trouble on the Border
ALFACRON, Skylands (RNS) - The Royal Government announced today that it
has, indeed, been assailed by Gronkian paramilitary groups along the
Kingdom's western border.
The announcement, made today in Imperial City, did not come as a
surprise to most people, who have been watching similar events unfold in
Albion-Merité on the other side of the continent. But the announcement
has served to heighten tension and the awareness of danger in towns
along the border.
According to the announcement made by Grand Admiral High General Sir
Rudolf Yuvan, elements of the Royal Zartanian Army have repulsed at
least eight "light to moderate sized" raids along the border. The
of those raids have come along the border of the Kingdom's newly
acquired Tabitha region south of Nomar. For the most part, the attacks
have involved either long-range artillery shelling, or small-unit
infiltration. Eleven civilians have reportedly been killed by the
fighting, and another twenty or thirty wounded. The Royal Army,
meanwhile, has suffered only four dead and 10 wounded in action.
Yuvan made sure to point out that Royal troops have been given strict
orders not to cross the border into Northern Gronk to pursue the
partisans. Some military officers have voiced their displeasure at this
policy, saying that it deprives the Kingdom of the chance to "settle the
issue once and for all." Other political critics around the world have
hailed the decision as a clear recognition of international law and
Reports continue to filter into the Kingdom from western Zartania in
Northern Gronk, though, of persecution and atrocities being committed by
the paramilitary groups against ethnic Zartanians. In the town of
Ibjia, an estimated 700 ethnic Zartanians were removed from their homes
and forced to watch as those houses were set afire, before being marched
out of the town and into the surrounding wilderness. In some towns
where the paramilitary groups have taken over, the new
refusing to allow the ethnic Zartanians access to water, food, clothing,
or sanitation. There are also a few reports of deadly violence against
ethnic Zartanian travelers.
In the town of Ellox, approximately 150 miles inside Northern Gronk,
ethnic Zartanians have reportedly taken control of the local government,
and a hastily-organized militia there has repulsed an attempt by
Gronkian partisans to take the town and drive the Zartanians out. The
Zartanian leader, Bart Lindar, has called for ethnic Zartanians from
nearby Gronkian towns to join his forces in Ellox.
The Eastern Zartanian government has had no official response yet, to
the actions taking place just to its west, but public opinion seems to
be with the ethnic Zartanians.
December 17, 299AP
RNS Headline News - (9:00 Local Time)
Dignania- Fighting along the Ambrosio Line has been reported limited and uncorridnated. The restructuring of MLFLD and KTZ forces has been completed with the KTZ assuming responsibility over the eastern sector.
Novoyoakes- The fighting and unrest has now expanded to include most
of the country. Few news reporters venger into Novoyoakes due to
the unstable nature of the fighting. Witnesses report that the landscape
is filled with bandits and gangsters killing and robbing anyone they find.
News organiztions will not allow reporters to enter Novoyoakes as reporters
are targeted by armed groups. This especially took place after BLANK
was shot and killed. And since his death, four other reporters have
been confirmed killed and three kidnapped. International aid agencies
refuse to enter the country due to the October 19 massscre of aid workers
where 24 were killed. This and several other instances
There is no government or police force to stop the lawlessness. Most
governments have barred their citizens from traveling to Novoyoakes.
No one is sure who or whom run Novoyoakes. Most analyists agree that
the country is probably control by various factions fighing over pieces
of territory. In some cases, fighting over who controls that power
plant or the water supply.