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(( Ugh, so even after the units are recruited, it's going to be months before their organization is up high and they're ready to fight. Should I mobilize? I'd rather not, but it may be necessary. I'm not too good at the war side of the game, so I'm very uncertain right now. ))
 
(( Ugh, so even after the units are recruited, it's going to be months before their organization is up high and they're ready to fight. Should I mobilize? I'd rather not, but it may be necessary. I'm not too good at the war side of the game, so I'm very uncertain right now. ))
((If you start running low on professional troops, then mobilize. Don't mobilize unless completely necessary, as it would have bad effects on your pops and thus the economy.))
 
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((I'd add something into the discussion, but I'm not that good at the war side of things either.))

Senator Nestorius Thaddas and Hairini Waata thanked the Emperor for his kind words. If Hairini needed anything, she would let them know.

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For the rest of September, things were calm at the provisional governorship of Aeteorea, except for Hairini. She had managed to calm herself down significantly, but she had started getting intense nightmares about her family...... and what kind of fate they could receive. They managed to get so bad that Nestorius had to stay in her room to make sure she had a good night's sleep. As this resulted in him not getting any decent sleep, he was forced to relegate most of his more intense tasks to Michail Lykidis and Kojo Onobanjo, one of his formerly Neapolitan subordinates from Africa.

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In Constantinople, end of September

Hairini was on the roof of Nestorius' residence and makeshift HQ of the Aeteorean provisional governorship, looking out at the city. She tried to fill herself with glee of being in the city, especially as she hadn't done any sightseeing yet, but she couldn't. She couldn't get her family off her mind. Suddenly, she heard the door to the roof open. She turned around to see it was Nestorius.

"Hey. Guessed you were up here, felt like joining you," he said with a smile. Hairini smiled back weakly, as he joined her in her looking out. As the two watched the city bustling, he spoke once more.

"Remember back in early June when, during a session, I mentioned the dear ones I had lost?" he asked. Hairini nodded.

"You spoke of your father and your lover."

"Yes, and I stopped before I could speak about her... I feel as though some things could be explained to you if I told you about her," he said. She looked at him, ready to hear what he had to say. He sighed before speaking once more.

"Before I was a senator, I lived in my hometown of Hadrianopolis. As mother died during my birth, and father was too busy at the Senate, I lived primarily with another family until I was old enough to live on my own. Apparently, that was when I was 15," he laughed. "Father would always visit on his off days and, as I got older, I would visit him too. My visits intensified after the events surrounding the Cult which happened prior to me becoming a senator," he revealed. "Now, I never stopped communicating with the family I lived with, if only for one reason.... it was within it that I met the girl of my dreams. We would hangout all the time in the outskirts of town, running across the fields, or the roof tops of the city, watching the hustle and bustle. We cared for one another. We'd keep each other fit and active! We'd race one another all the time, and we'd have climbing contests too. Life was swell," he told her.

"Then, my father called me to Constantinople. I had no idea what the reason was, but he told me it was urgent. When I arrived, he revealed he was going to retire. While I had always wanted to be a senator, it was still very sudden for me. Following his departure back to Epirus, I moved into his residence, joined by my lover. I initially refused her request to join me, as I didn't want to drag her into politics, but she never was the kind to quit," he explained. "It was the life. I lived in the capital, worked as a senator and had the love of my life."

"What happened then?" she asked. Nestorius' expression became weak.

"It was just an ordinary off day for me. Nothing important was headed my way, meaning she and I could head to the outskirts and do what we usually do. We raced up a decently sized hill, before collapsing on its top, laughing at each other's expense, enjoying one another's presence. After a bit of rest, we got up and danced. We danced like no one had danced before. She took one wrong step and the stone at her feet collapsed. I rushed in to grab her hand, but my fingers only grazed hers.... she fell," he said with a regretful tone, eyelids shaking along with the fingers on his right hand. ".....I carried her body back to town, where she was declared dead. She had died in my hands, as I had carried her back to town....." he said, as he put his right hand on his face.

"....her funeral in Hadrianopolis and the day after when I visited her were the hardest days of my life. Everything reminded me of her - Hadrianopolis, Constantinopolis, all of Hellas..... my motherland made me just think of her," he said, as he turned his head and looked her straight in the eyes. "That feeling was eating me inside out. I had to find a way to get rid of it, but I didn't even need to," he told her. "The next session, I was declared Governor of Naples. The day after, I left. Surely Naples was different enough to get rid of this weight on my back.... and it was."

"The atmosphere of the area was similar, but different. It threw me and the feeling off, which I had hoped. As the Parthenopean governor, as some called me, I closed myself off from society, only interacting with the populace some token times when necessary.... which you already know. My father, the family I had stayed with, as well as the limited time I had been at the senate, shaped my views on Romanity. Full citizenship made the most sense. I believe that was why all non-Neapolitans working under me were minorities that were looking for work, like you," he laughed, before returning to a saddened expression.

"Over time, I forgot everything. I stopped reading the letters from the Senate from Veronica's death onwards and I never made a peep about my past. I was just working in my office with no sense of time, seemingly forever. Then, you chose to inform me about the civil war. I knew I had to return. The feelings I had forgotten, the ones that would stop me at the thought of such an idea, couldn't stop me now. But, as the news poured into the Senate with every session, the feelings returned. I even mention her for the first time in 30+ years...." he said the last sentence choking.

"....she was part of the reason why I asked for the governorship of Aeteorea. She would've loved to see the beauty of your islands, and she would've wanted me to protect the natives.... That's why I promise you, Cyrene.... I will make sure to protect your homeland, your family..... If I couldn't save her, I could at least save them," he said, as he was on the verge of crying. Hairini couldn't believe what she had heard. She hugged Nestorius intensely, whispering a thanks into his ear. He returned the hug.

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17 October 1910

The two were glad to hear about the Indians rushing into Persia, but the news of Australian insults infuriated Nestorius. "The Australian foreign minister has the gall to do something like this, while the rebellion he is apart of continues its segregation of non-natives!" he barked out.
 
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(( Ugh, so even after the units are recruited, it's going to be months before their organization is up high and they're ready to fight. Should I mobilize? I'd rather not, but it may be necessary. I'm not too good at the war side of the game, so I'm very uncertain right now. ))
((well of course. Looking at the odds,, I would say call for partial mobilization around 30-50%. You get that by mobilizing and deleting half of the mobilized units.))
 
((well of course. Looking at the odds,, I would say call for partial mobilization around 30-50%. You get that by mobilizing and deleting half of the mobilized units.))
((Or you could just not send all of the mobilized units into battle.))
 
((Eek, the mobilization impact from that many units mobilized is scary!))
((Never really thought of that, just considered the impact if the units suffered damage.))
 
((Not very tactful, Dipping, but I was rather wondering that myself.))
 
(( That's the fun of it all! I mean, if I were good at the war part, even now this would be easy. I suspect in the end it will be, I just feel a little overwhelmed because I can't achieve all strategic objectives at once and immediately. :) ))
 
(( That's the fun of it all! I mean, if I were good at the war part, even now this would be easy. I suspect in the end it will be, I just feel a little overwhelmed because I can't achieve all strategic objectives at once and immediately. :) ))
((I approve! I like a little challenge. I also occasionally like it when the protagonist fails in the end :)))
 
**** Senate - Constantinople at 4AM****

Nothing stirs in the blackness as 3 shadows creep through the offices and plazas surrounding the Senate chamber deftly dodging the patrols and odd cleaner as they make their way into the heart of the Senate.

Silently they enter the chamber and make thier way to various areas of the senate chamber and then behind the Emperor's seat.

Then as quickly as they can they depart.
 
((Because they're banking on no cleaners, clerks or guards finding whatever that is first?))
 
((Well who knows how many people are in on the plot))
 
((Apparently that includes everyone who matters if that isn't found.))
 
(( I'll confess I started to find the apparent lack of security in Constantinople a little tiresome awhile back. And something that'd have us spend a lot of time between updates isn't the best either, as I'm trying to do these shorter updates more rapidly. But I also dislike interfering with other people's ideas. I find those are what makes this AAR fun. Hmm… @BBBD316, would you send me a quick message describing what you intend so I can help integrate it in the overall plot? ))
 
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((Apparently that includes everyone who matters if that isn't found.))
((Yeah... only the movies have that scenario. Seriously, it is very unlikely they won't meet anyone else or that no one else finds the "package". A more realistic approach is as people are traveling to the Senate, assassins placed at strategic locations strike at important figures who are in cars or in buggies.))