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((Somewhere in northern France))

John-Loukas Picardie suddenly opened his eyes and saw nothing but an empty blue sky, clouded by flames and smoke. He tried to move, but his entire body flared with pain, and restraints held down his waist. He looked down found that he was miraculously only bruised, with no broken bones as far as he could tell; not only that, but his chair was generally intact as well. The rest of his crew, though weren't as lucky. Many officers lay prone throughout the wreckage of the still-burning bridge, some of them impaled on the jagged metal fragments that once made up the skeleton of the Empress Veronica.

He unbuckled his seat belt and got up. Almost immediately he stumbled as pain flared in his left ankle. He wasn't as lucky as he thought. At least he could still walk.

Where was Laskaris? Where were his other senior officers too? They had to get out of here as quickly as possible and make it back to the Empire. Only God knew how much the rebels had radicalized the locals to communist ideals.

He rounded a corner and stopped, spotting an equally ragged man wearing a rebel French Commune uniform. He carried a pistol with him, while John-Loukas was unarmed. While John-Loukas was a quite experienced soldier, having fought in Konstantinos's Rebellion and served as a marine on the Empress Veronica, he was in no shape to fight this man. So he hid and frantically looked for something to defend himself with. Unfortunately, in his haste, he knocked over a piece of shrapnel, making a loud noise.

The rebel's head snapped around towards the origin of the noise. "Who's there!" he demanded. "Show yourself, Imperial! No rebel would ever hide from his own comrades!"

John-Loukas remained silent as the rebel advanced towards his hiding place. Then a gunshot rang out, and he heard a thud. Warily peering out, he saw that the rebel was dead.

"Hey," somebody said behind him.

John-Loukas recoiled so rapidly and instinctively that by the time he recognized Laskaris, he had a piece of sharpened metal well on its way towards the first officer's neck.

"Commander Laskaris!" shouted John-Loukas, dropping his weapon. "You almost gave me a heart-attack there."

"Not so loud," said Laskaris, "It'll attract the other rebels. The gunshot's already drawing several of them."

"How many of our crew are still alive?"

"Not many. I found about three of them, but the rebels got five more and executed them."

"We have to get out of here."

"Agreed."

The two men hurried away from the wreckage of the two airships, towards where three other crewmen--who appeared to be Britannians and went by Leonard, Jonathan, and Brent--had hidden. Jonathan was severely wounded, with a large gash in his right leg. He needed medical attention urgently.

"Okay, where to?" said Brent.

"I don't know, but we have to stay low and avoid the rebels," said John-Loukas.

There was a shout from behind them. "Hey! Over here! The Imperials must have gone in that direction!"

"They're onto us, move!" shouted the captain.

The five men rushed out of there as quickly as possible.

((Paris, some time later))

"Chairman, it appears that the Aiden Gray did not go down with all hands as previously believed."

"Why is that?"

"Some men have arrived in the city, claiming to be part of the Aiden Gray's crew. They have important news on the situation."

"What is that?"

"That although it is confirmed that the Imperial superweapon has also been taken down, some of its crew have survived and escaped custody. If not captured, they could exploit anti-communist sentiments in the populations and bring back sensitive information to Constantinople."

"Then hunt them down at all costs. I want them brought before me dead or alive, preferably alive. And speed up the production of our replacement Aiden Gray-class airships. We need them to take down the Empire for once and for all."
((That's all fine and dandy. But this is repeat post :p.))
 
102. The Time of Troubles, the First 58 Days - Senate Responses
Now let's hope they don't get any ideas and attack the Empire.

Following the session, Nestorius and Hairini quickly returned to their residence. "What was that about at the senate?" she asked him, still in surprise that he had requested the Aoteorean governorship. He turned to her; "As a skilled governor, I would imagine my services would be of great use there, especially after we get control of the territories once more. Plus, I've always wanted to go beyond Mare Nostrum," he told her. While the reasons were sound, it was obvious there was another reason. Before she could interrogate him even more, he had moved to the telephone. He called the Neapolitan governorship. On the other side, one of his subordinates picked up. Nestorius explained the situation and told him to gather everyone, sans a few Neapolitans to keep the place in check, and to come to the capital as soon as possible. At that point, Hairini realized that the senator was going to turn part of their residence into a base for the provisional governorship. She attempted to object, but decided against it. Deciding she needed some fresh air, she left to explore the city some more. Not noticing she had left, Nestorius thought over if he should call up a few buddies of his to come and help him as well. He decided more hands would be best.

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The early morning before the session, Nestorius waited for his buddies to arrive. His subordinates from Naples wouldn't arrive for another week or so, if his own trip here was any indication. Soon, they arrived. He went over to greet them with great big hugs, as he hadn't seen most of them in years; Michail Lykidis, a politician from the town of Ulpiana, Stefanos Antecheirinidis, a linguist from the town of Aenona, Antiochos Heraklides, a childhood friend from the town of Dioclea, Nicolaos Alexidas, an old family friend from Singidunum, and Savvas Epimonopoulos, a theologist from Arsa he met in Naples a few years earlier. He trusted these men quite a bit. He brought them to his residence, where he introduced them to Hairini. He told them to get comfortable, as he and Hairini left for the Senate.

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The two sighed in relief after hearing that the Greater Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere had gone to war with the Northern Alliance. The thing the Empire needed the most was some relief and they had just got it.

"It is great to hear that we're recruiting new regiments for the legions. All help is welcome," Nestorius commented.

Thank god the asians and Russians are killing each other istead of us.

((Somewhere in northern France))

John-Loukas Picardie suddenly opened his eyes and saw nothing but an empty blue sky, clouded by flames and smoke. He tried to move, but his entire body flared with pain, and restraints held down his waist. He looked down found that he was miraculously only bruised, with no broken bones as far as he could tell; not only that, but his chair was generally intact as well. The rest of his crew, though weren't as lucky. Many officers lay prone throughout the wreckage of the still-burning bridge, some of them impaled on the jagged metal fragments that once made up the skeleton of the Empress Veronica.

He unbuckled his seat belt and got up. Almost immediately he stumbled as pain flared in his left ankle. He wasn't as lucky as he thought. At least he could still walk.

Where was Laskaris? Where were his other senior officers too? They had to get out of here as quickly as possible and make it back to the Empire. Only God knew how much the rebels had radicalized the locals to communist ideals.

He rounded a corner and stopped, spotting an equally ragged man wearing a rebel French Commune uniform. He carried a pistol with him, while John-Loukas was unarmed. While John-Loukas was a quite experienced soldier, having fought in Konstantinos's Rebellion and served as a marine on the Empress Veronica, he was in no shape to fight this man. So he hid and frantically looked for something to defend himself with. Unfortunately, in his haste, he knocked over a piece of shrapnel, making a loud noise.

The rebel's head snapped around towards the origin of the noise. "Who's there!" he demanded. "Show yourself, Imperial! No rebel would ever hide from his own comrades!"

John-Loukas remained silent as the rebel advanced towards his hiding place. Then a gunshot rang out, and he heard a thud. Warily peering out, he saw that the rebel was dead.

"Hey," somebody said behind him.

John-Loukas recoiled so rapidly and instinctively that by the time he recognized Laskaris, he had a piece of sharpened metal well on its way towards the first officer's neck.

"Commander Laskaris!" shouted John-Loukas, dropping his weapon. "You almost gave me a heart-attack there."

"Not so loud," said Laskaris, "It'll attract the other rebels. The gunshot's already drawing several of them."

"How many of our crew are still alive?"

"Not many. I found about three of them, but the rebels got five more and executed them."

"We have to get out of here."

"Agreed."

The two men hurried away from the wreckage of the two airships, towards where three other crewmen--who appeared to be Britannians and went by Leonard, Jonathan, and Brent--had hidden. Jonathan was severely wounded, with a large gash in his right leg. He needed medical attention urgently.

"Okay, where to?" said Brent.

"I don't know, but we have to stay low and avoid the rebels," said John-Loukas.

There was a shout from behind them. "Hey! Over here! The Imperials must have gone in that direction!"

"They're onto us, move!" shouted the captain.

The five men rushed out of there as quickly as possible.

((Paris, some time later))

"Chairman, it appears that the Aiden Gray did not go down with all hands as previously believed."

"Why is that?"

"Some men have arrived in the city, claiming to be part of the Aiden Gray's crew. They have important news on the situation."

"What is that?"

"That although it is confirmed that the Imperial superweapon has also been taken down, some of its crew have survived and escaped custody. If not captured, they could exploit anti-communist sentiments in the populations and bring back sensitive information to Constantinople."

"Then hunt them down at all costs. I want them brought before me dead or alive, preferably alive. And speed up the production of our replacement Aiden Gray-class airships. We need them to take down the Empire for once and for all."
 
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102. The Time of Troubles, the First 58 Days - A World at War - 17 July 1910
17 July 1910

Senators,

The clearing of rebels from within our heartland continues. The Bulgarian region is on schedule to be cleared of rebels within the next week or two. As such, new recruits for XXIV. Legio have been called up within that region.

Likewise Egypt, where recruits are being called up for XIX. Legio and XXXVII. Legio, Tunis, where recruits are being called up for XVII. Legio, and Morocco, where recruits are being called up for XXXVI. Legio.

The North Sea Fleet has withdrawn in good order from their battle off the coast of Holland. Though Germany is hailing this as a victory for them, they lost ships, while We lost none. Some of our ships are heavily damaged, and the fleet plans to undertake repairs at Lucca.
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In bad news, Italy has seized the region of Chur and fully incorporated it. The entire region of the Alps is completely overrun, and We hope that it will take long enough to secure it that the reinforcement of the legions can take place and Pannonia defended.
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Likewise, Persia has decided to conquer Baluchistan, bringing the Greater Asian Co-Prosperity to war with the Empire and its allies. Truly this is a time of world war.
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(( At this point, I plan to have updates happen after roughly a month of in-game time versus a week. Though I might do earlier updates for significant events. ))
 
Damn Persians, always stirring up trouble! They must be taught a lesson again!

And what is the state of the front in the Middle East? Has Jerusalem been liberated yet?

((Please, I want to get around to my epic Battle of Hoth IC!:p))
 
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We MUST consider my uncle's strategic plan! Without a solid defensive plan in place, we will lose this Empire to the forces of nationalism and revanchism along with a health bit of imperialism. Outnumbered by these numbers, we have no hope of attacking anywhere and winning!
 
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((Maybe if we pay them a small loan of a million dollars, they'll go away.))
 
Senator Doukas, the front in the middle east has remain fairly static. Israel has sent an army north into Syria, as has Iraq, but this region is heavily fortified and their armies will not have an effect for a long time. The legions currently have no plans for retaking Jerusalem, but that may change once they are reinforced with new regiments.

Senator Palaiologos, We agree with the plan to withdraw to defensive lines. The border of Pannonia in the west, and the Caucasus mountains in the northeast are the current planned lines. But We do not wish to withdraw too far, as that gives the legions fewer people to draw upon. And a full mobilization must wait until the Jacobins have been fully defeated, lest they slaughter farmers and minors waiting to form up.
 
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((Please, I want to get around to my epic Battle of Hoth IC!:p))

Battle of Hoth IC? I don't think we'll be attacking anywhere sufficiently icy for a long time, if at all. Desert, on the other hand, can be easily provided.

((Maybe if we pay them a small loan of a million dollars, they'll go away.))

Ah, the old Roman method of just paying them to stay on their side of the border. We probably could afford it, but they're a little more bloodthirsty this time. ))
 
102. The Time of Troubles, the First 58 Days - Senate Responses
Damn Persians, always stirring up trouble! They must be taught a lesson again!

And what is the state of the front in the Middle East? Has Jerusalem been liberated yet

We MUST consider my uncle's strategic plan! Without a solid defensive plan in place, we will lose this Empire to the forces of nationalism and revanchism along with a health bit of imperialism. Outnumbered by these numbers, we have no hope of attacking anywhere and winning!

Senator Doukas, the front in the middle east has remain fairly static. Israel has sent an army north into Syria, as has Iraq, but this region is heavily fortified and their armies will not have an effect for a long time. The legions currently have no plans for retaking Jerusalem, but that may change once they are reinforced with new regiments.

Senator Palaiologos, We agree with the plan to withdraw to defensive lines. The border of Pannonia in the west, and the Caucasus mountains in the northeast are the current planned lines. But We do not wish to withdraw too far, as that gives the legions fewer people to draw upon. And a full mobilization must wait until the Jacobins have been fully defeated, lest they slaughter farmers and minors waiting to form up.
 
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103. The Time of Troubles - July-August 1910
17 August 1910

Senators,

The following newspaper was published this last month, and the archivists consider it significant.
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As We had hoped, the past month has seen the Jacobin rebels cleared from nearly all of the Empire. A few remain in eastern Central Africa, but elsewhere they do not put recruitment efforts at risk.

Unfortunately, XXVIII. Legio and XXIX. Legio had to retreat from the battle in Klagenfurt, as repeated enemy reinforcements put them at too great a risk. The defense of Pannonia is not compromised, but it may prove difficult to hold the line We had hoped to hold until reinforcements are raised.
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In West Africa, We are seizing enemy colonies, while Scottish troops seize our lands. We hope that XV. Legio and XXXVIII. Legio will be able to join back and defeat the Scottish army, after which they can place all of Western Africa under Imperial Control.
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If they are not enough, XXV. Legio has been successfully evacuated from the Americas, and it plans to join them, at least initially.

In the east, Azerbaijan looks to not be long independent, but Persia, Iraq, Hedjaz, and Isreal have all sent armies over the border. And Russia is slowly but surely occupying the region north of the Causcaus.
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Finally, a Scottish fleet has attacked the Gibraltar Fleet, presumably to force their way into the Mediterranean. What they did not know is that the West Mediterranean was waiting to come to the support of the Gibraltar Fleet.
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Meanwhile, the Imperial Bank has introduced a policy by which they can either reduce inflation or reduce unemployment by merely controlling interest rates. During these perilous times, every little bit helps.
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Battle of Hoth IC? I don't think we'll be attacking anywhere sufficiently icy for a long time, if at all.
((The Russians and Romans could reach the North Pole at the same time and a battle would break out.))
 
Eventually, Nestorius' subordinates had arrived from Naples, albeit a day or so late. For him, this would be the first time where he actively interacted with them, rather than just staying in his office, working all day. He brought them to his residence and introduced them to his buddies, before helping them settle in. He described the situation as it was: they would be working on building up a strong provisional governorship for Aoteorea, so that when they retake the islands, things would return to order much quicker. He told everyone to just to what they did in Naples, feeling that to be the best they could do at this time, while his buddies took fitting positions. Everything was coming together as he had planned.

By the 11th of August, Nestorius had been working almost day and night, making sure the papers were all organized. Hairini would often enter his room to make sure he was in good health, considering he was in his early 60s. As a result of pressure from everyone working under him, he was forced to take a period of rest, letting Hairini operate things. He was against resting, but he was reminded that he wasn't just a Governor. During his rest, he took up various books on the topic of descent, especially on what rules are applied to it in non-European cultures. He began wondering over his own surname - Septiadis. His father had told him that they were descended from a man named Septimus, who lived in southern Illyria/northern Epirus. He recalled looking into this to find no evidence of this fact. As he had nothing better to do, he decided to look into his ancestors. Once he got his hands on his family's records, he found that the earliest person named was a man named Kyrillos, who lived near Lake Prespa, but the first noteworthy person was a man named Thaddaios. Feeling that perhaps a surname based in legend is a tad bit silly, he decided to declare himself Nestorius Thaddas!

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Nestorius and Hairini couldn't comment much on the news at the Senate. They merely nodded to it, knowing the seriousness of the ordeal.
 
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Battle of Hoth IC? I don't think we'll be attacking anywhere sufficiently icy for a long time, if at all. Desert, on the other hand, can be easily provided.



Ah, the old Roman method of just paying them to stay on their side of the border. We probably could afford it, but they're a little more bloodthirsty this time. ))
((Yeah, the plan is to replace the ice with desert. That's about it though.))

At least we are holding the line. Have we integrated the new armor units into our legions yet?
 
****** Secret Missive to all Workers Republics from the Commisar of War, Britannia ********

Succeeding in driving back Imperial Troops...Stop

Have received reports that Imperial Fascist Party has united in Spain ..... Stop

All forces must be prepared for this battle, we can not allow this disgusting system to be allowed to gain any traction....Stop

Requesting that the United Council make preparations for war... Stop

Commisar Komnenos
 
((Oh, could we also make Israel communist (because People's Front of Judea:p) or fascist (for the irony?))
 
(( I forgot to mention it in the update, @Damian0358, but I'm having the fleets in the east circle Aeteorea and Australia, and the Philippines and Java. You could consider it a chance for a few politically at-risk peoples (such as Hairini's family) to escape. But I'll let you write any such updates rather than forcing it in myself.

As for communist Israel, why not? I'll edit the save appropriately. ))
 
((I think you mean the Judean People's Front, you splitter!))
 
((I think you mean the Judean People's Front, you splitter!))
((No, you traitor, it's the Front of the People of Judea that will make Israel great again!))
 
Nestorius looked over at Hairini when news of plans of having the Imperial Fleet circle Aeteorea, Australia, the Philippines and Java emerged. She looked nervous, but happy.

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In Aeteorea

Anaru heard a knock on the door. Worryingly, he looked through the window next to the door to see who it was. He sighed when he saw it was just a buddy of his. He opened the door. "Tipene, what are you doing here?" he asked him.

"I just wanted to see how my buddy was doing," he replied. "How's the family?"

"Mother is doing fine, but Hinewai is unsure of the future."

"Yes, the dictatorship is worrying. But I've come with news!"

"What kind of news?" Anaru asked suspiciously.

"They are rumors that Imperial fleets will be passing by soon. I've been organizing a little group, and we plan on escaping the island and reaching those ships!" Tipene revealed.

"Wait, you're against Tane?!" Anaru asked in a subdued, but shocked tone, to avoid anyone hearing.

"Yes, I'm part of the counter-rebellion and I plan on using my position to at least help some of us escape." Tipene told him. Anaru attempted to say something, but paused. The prospect of escape was tempting.

"Where will you all be meeting up?" he asked.

"By the coast. If we're lucky, a ship will pass by and, well, you know what we'll do from there." Tipene said to him. The two shook hands, as Anaru thanked him for the information. They said goodbye to one another, as Tipene had a sly grin on his face.