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Perhaps the International League of Human Rights should focus more on Germany instead of one murder in Yugoslavia. They might find something much more interesting going on there. :D
 

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Perhaps the International League of Human Rights should focus more on Germany instead of one murder in Yugoslavia. They might find something much more interesting going on there. :D

You know these organizations don't really get anything done. :p

Section I

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Pavelić stared out the window of passenger car as he thought about his conversation the day before with a contact from the IMRO. Their conversation was brief but what was spoken was critical to his plans. The Ustaše had finally commenced her missions for a free Croatia and blood had been spilled. To achieve something far beyond what his organization could do alone, Pavelić needed a powerful and reliable ally.

"What are you thinking about?" asked Perčec who was sitting beside Pavelić and was curious what his new friend was actually thinking about. "You haven't been talking much since we got onto the train and that doesn't seem like you. Is there someone you are expecting to meet once we reach Sofia in Bulgaria? Does this person have the intelligence we need to carry out your plans for the greater good of our people?"

"The person we are meeting has more than just intelligence to offer us," answered Pavelić. "He is a critical ally for us if we hope to win against the oppressive regime led by Alexander. The Ustaše is a strong organization but we lack experience, funds and manpower to take on the Yugoslav government directly. This ally will provide what we need to ensure a more equal playing field so we can actually win in the long-term."

"Sounds like a powerful man."

"This man has quite the reputation in these parts. Only the ignorant don't know him and they would live to regret that mistake. The man is head of an organization which strikes fear in the hearts of many. Even Alexander would think twice before antagonizing this organization but, unfortunately for that oppressive tyrant, he would soon be labeled an enemy since we will soon secure a cooperative agreement with this organization."

"The IMRO?"

"Yes, I'm glad you have heard of them."

"Is this a good idea?" asked Perčec. "I know they are a powerful organization with lots of resources and men but they earned their reputation for a reason. They are ruthless and they only interfere in matters they felt they have a claim in. They might be willing to sign some agreement with us now but their reasons aren't altruistic. They have their own agenda and they won't hesitate to eliminate us once they finished using us."

Pavelić stared out the window and thought over his friend's words in silence.
 

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Jelić left school in a relatively good mood. He had just officially finished his doctorate in Graz which wasn't possible back home due to his nationality and his beliefs. As a proud member of the Croatian nationalist movement, he was often viewed as a radical in school which, ironically, pushed him onto a different path from the one he had intended which eventually brought him in contact with Pavelić.

Pavelić had certainly opened his eyes to what must be done and, as much as he wanted to travel with the man, he was told to finish his school first. Pavelić argued that intellectuals were more likely to be heard and the doctorate he had would do exactly that. Jelić was told that their organization had the heart but, without the proper support and resources, it couldn't accomplish anything worthwhile.

He wasn't sure what Pavelić had planned for him but Jelić was certain he had a big role to play for his people. When he tried to get Pavelić to talk, he did get the impression of him being sent abroad. While the idea of going to other places was exciting, Jelić wasn't sure if he wanted to leave his people while they were fighting for their own freedom from the oppressive Serbian regime.

As he walked past a group of students, Jelić heard some shouting which got his attention. He watched with other bystanders at the students who were getting into fist fights. Normally, he distanced himself from the fights fearing he might get caught in them. Yet, the fight got his attention because insults to Croats were thrown around. He stayed long enough to get a general pictures of what was happening.

Apparently, some Croatian students were minding their own business when a few pro-Yugoslavia students came over to instigate the fight. The fight didn't bode well for either party because the school later suspended them all for their fight on school grounds. Jelić was, however, reminded of his duties from this fight knowing that his people were suffering regardless where they were at in this world.
 

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"How would you define taking out Pavelić?" asked Paul.

"In our times where violence is the only method used by our enemies, we have no choice but to use similar methods against them since that is all they respect." Alexander walked over to the window. "You know that I am a kind man who wishes to resolve everything peacefully. Yet, the radicals aren't willing to approach the issues in a peaceful manner because they know they couldn't use reason to support their goals."

"If we respond with violence, aren't we no better than the radicals?" Paul waited for a response but he got none. "I fully understand what you are talking about but we are technically stooping to their level by using violence. Have we exhausted all of our options? Is there no longer any chance for us to lead Yugoslavia in a new direction? You got to remember it was Croatian politicians who were killed recently."

"You think I didn't think about all that!" said Alexander in a stern voice which saw Paul speechless. "I haven't exactly been sleeping soundly since I learned about the assassinations in the parliament building. I explored all the options before I completely abolished the parliament hoping to right the ship. We were making slow but steady progress until Pavelić and his terrorists decided to undermine my rule."

Alexander gestured Paul to walk over to the window. They stared at the beautiful view of the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade, and both of them were caught up in the moment for a few minutes. Both of them had been born and raised in other parts of Yugoslavia but they eventually arrived in Belgrade which had became the home they loved and wished to protect with their lives.

"I fell in love with the place the moment I stepped into the city. You know what would happen if we allowed Pavelić and his terrorists disrupt the stability?" Alexander waited but Paul remained silent. "If our nation becomes unstable, Belgrade would be in chaos as two or more different parties will be vying for control. Our streets will be littered with the body of the innocent and blood would stain everything."
 

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Pavelić knew he was under surveillance the moment he stepped off the train. His sixth sense had been honed over the years due to the situation in Yugoslavia so he trusted his instinct without a question. Those same instincts told Pavelić that the eyes watching him didn't belong to his enemies. If they wished him harm in any way, they would have already arrested him and asked questions later.

Perčec was still admiring the view as this was his first time to arrive in Bulgaria. He had heard stories about the nation but seeing it with his own eyes was certainly a different and unique experience for him. Pavelić thought to himself that, if there were those wishing for their elimination at the train station, his friend would be dead before his brain even registered what was happening.

The two of them waited patiently until they were approached by what Pavelić considered as a familiar face. He walked over to the man and they exchanged greetings briefly before Pavelić introduced Lycaon to Perčec. The two of them briefly shared a bit of their past until five men walked up to them. These men all looked to Lycaon who seemed to be contemplating about something.

"I understand the two of you have come a long way to reach Sofia," said Lycaon, "but we have certain procedures we must perform before we can proceed to our meeting. These five gentlemen over here are part of our security squad so they will be checking you for anything that can be used as weapons. I trust you two very much but my men are more skeptical about your arrival."

Both men were taken to a nearby building where they were thoroughly checked by a member of Lycaon's security squad. The security personnel were very careful and they left nothing to chance. When they were done, the two men were stark naked and they could only patiently wait for orders to put their clothes back on. They remained largely quiet to not antagonize those part of the IMRO.
 
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I'm surprised only the Croatians seem to be stirring things up. If they rile up the Slovenians, Bosnians, and Macedonians, then the Yugoslav government would really be in trouble. :D
 

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I'm surprised only the Croatians seem to be stirring things up. If they rile up the Slovenians, Bosnians, and Macedonians, then the Yugoslav government would really be in trouble. :D

This AAR will be unreasonably long if I also include plots by the other groups. :p

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The two Croats followed Lycaon once they were thoroughly searched. Neither men was particularly bothered by the searches since they understood they were, after all, meeting an important man who had many enemies. One could never be too careful with the reputation he earned for himself. They knew the man as Mihailov and about a few of his rumors but the man was still largely shrouded in mystery.

The rumors they heard were quite gruesome as Mihailov was widely wanted as a criminal by numerous governments in the region. Yet, those who attempted to capture him for trial were often found dead shortly after they made their announcement. Those operated in the shadows didn't fare much better since Mihailov was still alive and the IMRO under him was thriving in the unstable Balkans and Greek region.

While the IMRO claimed to liberate the people in the Macedonia region within Yugoslavia, there were many beliefs that their agenda was more ambitious than that. These ambitions, however, didn't go against what Pavelić was aiming for since a weakened Yugoslavia meant an independent Croatia would be much more feasible. If it weren't for this fact, Pavelić would never have arrived to sign an agreement with the IMRO.

Pavelić had plenty of time to ponder over the words of his friend on the train. He knew the risks of being associated with the IMRO. First, he was dealing with snakes who would strike without warning and often without a good reason either. Secondly, he would be labelled as a criminal making his life more difficult in Yugoslavia. If Alexander had trouble labeling him anything in the past, then he would have no more problems once the agreement was signed.

Both men noticed that, the deeper they went into the building, the more guards there were. One misunderstanding between them and the guards would see them gunned down instantly with a good chance their bodies would never be found. They merely followed Lycaon and worked hard to not get any unwanted attention. Pavelić might not admit at the time it but he was very nervous about the meeting.
 

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A knock on the door got the attention of both King Alexander and Paul. The two of them stared at one another with worrying looks before Alexander allowed the person to enter. The man was panting from his run and his expression was one which Alexander and Paul would prefer not see. They allowed the man to catch his breath so he could give them whatever bad news he was about to deliver.

"I bring terrible news, my king," said the messenger. "We have just received word that Pavelić was spotted in Sofia a few days ago with an unidentified man. We are still working on figuring out the identity of his new partner but we suspect the two of them might be sharing the same agenda. At this moment, we still suspect Jelić to be in Vienna. As for what he is plotting, we have no idea whatsoever."

"How is Pavelić being spotted in Sofia bad news?" asked Paul with a shake of his head. "The man might just be searching for more supporters for his cause and he would stoop low enough to recruit anyone to his cause, regardless of what background or nationality they belong to. I'm not surprised if he intends on going to all the nations bordering Yugoslavia trying to expand his roster of terrorists."

"It's true that his arrival in Sofia shouldn't be of any alarm," replied the messenger, "but we also received report from a reliable source that Mihailov arrived in Sofia the same day Pavelić reached the city. We like to see this as a coincidence but our agents saw Pavelić and his new friend escorted by men who might have close association with the IMRO. If the two organizations have struck some agreement, then we have a large problem at our hands."

King Alexander excused the messenger and stood by the window to let the information sink in. He was already worried about the impact of Ustaše on Yugoslavia as they began their terrorism in the already fragile nation. If the IMRO somehow played an active role in further destabilizing the nation, Alexander feared he might be fighting a battle of attrition where no victory could be achieved by either party.
 

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Pavelić and Perčec walked out of the building with armed men flanking them. Clearly, these men didn't trust them one bit so they chose to escort them out of the building. The two of them just finished signing an agreement with Mihailov which would see the Ustaše working together with IMRO to bring about the downfall of Yugoslavia. This should be a time of celebration for the two men who just found themselves a powerful ally.

Yet, Pavelić didn't feel the accomplishment he expected before arriving in Sofia. He finally got a chance to meet with Mihailov and his first impression wasn't necessary the best one. Mihailov was definitely friendly towards him but there was only so much the man could do to conceal his actual nature. While signing the agreement, Pavelić couldn't help but think back to what Perčec said on their train ride to Sofia.

Speaking with and studying Mihailov had taught Pavelić what sort of man he was dealing with. He could understand how Mihailov was the leader of IMRO given the reputation the organization had in the region. There was even a moment of doubt where he considered walking away without signing the agreement. The presence of armed soldiers in the room did stop him as he suspected refusing at this point meant giving up his life as well.

The agreement had been signed and Pavelić felt he had signed something with the devil which wasn't even an exaggeration. Perčec remained relatively quiet after the introduction at the start of the meeting as he allowed his friend to take the lead being the head of the Ustaše. He did notice the hesitation and the worrying expression but Perčec kept his mouth shut the entire time until they were no longer being watched and listened in by Mihailov's men.

Once outside the building, the two men began to find a way back home. They suspected that they were under surveillance so taking a train back to Yugoslavia was certainly out of the question. Instead, they needed some local transportation to take them to a remote area where they could sneak across the border without being spotted. Once in Yugoslavia, they had plenty of work awaiting them.
 

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Interesting that the king lets a known terrorist go about his business, satisfied just to watch him. They should just order a hit and end it. :D
 

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I don't trust Paul.
 

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Interesting that the king lets a known terrorist go about his business, satisfied just to watch him. They should just order a hit and end it. :D

Well, his men are having trouble pinpointing the terrorist's location. These are just reports of where he was spotted but he doesn't exactly have the men with the capabilities readily available.

I don't trust Paul.

These are times where one have to constantly watch one's back. :p

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Chapter 20

Jelić was packing his bags as he prepared for his return back to Yugoslavia when someone was slamming his door and yelling at the same time. Jelić recognized the voice to be a close friend of his so he opened the door without hesitation. The two of them became close after Pavelić left for Bulgaria to meet with the leader of the IMRO and Jelić knew he could trust the man regardless of what situation he might be in.

When he opened the door, Jelić saw the panicking expression of his friend and knew something was wrong. Without saying anything, his friend grabbed his arm and led him down the hallway towards the back of the building. Jelić didn't ask any questions because he was worried they were running out of time right this moment. He could always get new belongings once he understood the actual situation.

The two of them basically jumped down the stairs and left through the backdoor. While running through the alleyway, Jelić could hear shouts coming from the front of the building and what little he caught gave him the impression they were the local police. Putting what little information he had together, he could only assume that these men were after him and somehow his friend caught wind of all of this to rescue him.

The two of them reached the main street and sprinted for their lives while the authorities were still trying to get to Jelić's room. The two of them headed to a district of Vienna where the Croats mainly lived so they knew they could be hidden until Jelić could be sneaked out of the country. Because of what Jelić had been doing, he earned the respect of the people there and everyone was willing to give him a hand.

The authorities did arrive in the district hours later but they made no progress. The local Croats made their lives difficult by not answering questions or telling lies. Eventually, the authorities gave up and Jelić was sneaked out of the country. He thanked all those who assisted him like getting him transportation, clothes and food with the promise to do everything in his power to bring about an independent Croatia.
 

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That was close...!
 

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That was close...!

It's clear you are cheering for the Croats. :p

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Pavelić was minding his business in his temporary residence when he heard a knock on his door. He was expecting Perčec to have returned from the errand he sent him so he walked to the door calmly. Suddenly, the door was rammed open and he was faced with a number of men in uniform pointing their weapons at him. Before he could react, they restrained him and began escorting him out of the building.

It wasn't until they reached the main floor that Pavelić recovered from his shock and became composed. He didn't offer any resistance fearing these uniformed men were waiting for a reason to put a bullet through his head. He believed that he should first see what was going on before he decided upon his method of escape. When they reached outside, he briefly caught sight of his friend who was concealed in the crowds.

He was taken into a vehicle with two guards still pointing their weapons at him. He could only sit there helplessly as they took him to wherever they had planned for him. Pavelić was nervous but he forced himself to remain calm while he searched for clue as to who these people were. He didn't get much time to put together the puzzles as he was soon led off the vehicle to the train station where more armed guards were waiting.

Pavelić was taken aboard the train but, before he got on, he overheard a conversation nearby regarding the destination of the train. His geography wasn't the best but he was certain the destination they mentioned was somewhere in Germany. As for why he was sent there, he had no idea and, without his belongings on him, heading into a foreign nation wasn't a prospect he was looking forward to.

The train ride seemed to last only a few minutes before Pavelić was literally carried off the train and brought outside the station. He was told to never return to Austria ever again and the uniformed men simply left. Pavelić suddenly found himself in Germany with nothing but the clothes on his back and a puzzled look as to what just happened to him. He just hoped his friend was alright back in Vienna.
 

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I am shocked. SHOCKED I SAY. Over these accusations.:p
 

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I am shocked. SHOCKED I SAY. Over these accusations.:p

I'm just saying you seem content the Croats are doing alright. :p

GO SERBS!

I think it should be: GO YUGOSLAVIA! :p

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A few months had passed since Pavelić was brought to Germany not of his own free will and his days were horrific. The German authorities treated him like a suspect and were often questioning him for what he was doing. He also noticed that he was frequently followed and under surveillance which only made his life in Germany more miserable. One day, Pavelić decided that his days in Germany was over.

He went to a place known to be a black market to a selected few where he acquired himself a false passport. If it weren't for a friend he met during work, he would have never saved up enough money to purpose the passport. Since he was escorted to Germany with only his clothes on his back, Pavelić had literally nothing and his first few days in Germany were painstakingly difficult. The passport was basically his only way to freedom.

Pavelić had a simple plan of reuniting with his family first. He would prefer to get proper living conditions because his residence in Germany was lower standards than those of the beggars he met back home in Yugoslavia. Afterwards, he would reestablish communications with his organization and the IMRO to hopefully start putting their ambitious plans to motion. Of course, he would like to make contact with his confidantes first.

With everything he needed already on him, Pavelić didn't even bother returning home once he got his false passport. He had been scouting the city the last few days and learned from a few friends of routes where he could outfox those watching his every move. With likely only one chance, he took a deep breath and picked one of the recommended routes. He soon caught sight of his pursuers who obviously noticed what he was trying to do.

He sprinted as quickly as he could and visualized the routes he would be taking from this point onward. The streets were very busy around this time so he had to maneuver through the crowds which was no easy feat. However, his pursuers had to do the same and they were bigger men than him giving him a slight edge. His eventual goal was the border between Germany and Italy.
 

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Alexander was very displeased when he heard the news from the man in his office. The man, Adolf Köster, was the German ambassador to Yugoslavia and a good friend of Alexander. He brought some terrible news of Pavelić which frustrated Alexander to no end. Alexander couldn't believe his bad luck when it came to tracking and imprisoning this terrorist who wished to do harm to Yugoslavia and already killed one of his confidantes.

An investigation was done in Yugoslavia which basically accused Pavelić of high treason and he would be given a fair trial if he was found and arrested within Yugoslavian territory. In response to this verdict, the Austrian authorities, as opposed to arresting him to be deported to Yugoslavia for his trial, instead expelled the terrorist to Germany so they no longer had to deal with him any longer which frustrated Alexander to no end.

Köster, as a supporter of Yugoslavia, had been working closely with Alexander to arrest the terrorist so they could put him on trial. Sadly, the German government wasn't too willing to cooperate and Pavelić was mostly under surveillance until he committed a serious crime in Germany. Tried as he did, the German ambassador was unable to get the approval from his government to arrest the dangerous man.

On this day, the ambassador was informed about Pavelić's escape from Germany. He was told about Pavelić using the large crowds to escape those watching him. Based on what they gathered, the man got himself a false passport and could be in a neighboring country. There was no real way to track him down and, once he was outside of Germany, he was basically out of their jurisdiction. Essentially, Pavelić was out at large once again.

The king of Yugoslavia thanked his friend for what he tried to do for his nation. He admitted that he never expected the terrorist to go down so easily. He asked the German ambassador to have some rest while he made some calls. For now, he needed to decide on what he should do regarding the organization under Pavelić. For now, the Ustaše hadn't been too active since it killed his friend, the newspaper editor.