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VERTHANDI REGIONAL NEWS THREAD


From the printing press to the streets and cities of the world of Verthandi, here is a collection of some of the biggest headlines.


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MERCENARY TALES - PROLOGUE
The best and most amazing stories from across Hercynia's many esteemed regiments serving at home and abroad!

by Theophrastus Zorgasté
JULY 21 1936 - ♋︎| PLEROMA, PLEROMA KANTON, ENLIGHTENED KINGDOM OF HERCYNIA




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MEMBERS OF THE MILTSREJIMENKOM "ENOCH" ZB. 22 CLIMB A MOUNTAIN FACE IN BOSANG.
Postcard by Raddalsan Oursteigwad - Fitting, yes?

ACROSS THE GLOBE -


The snow hits your eyes as the cold bites your face. You feel like your nose is going to fall off if you're outside for more than an hour more. Around you, hundreds of your fellow soldiers feel the exact same way. You have a rifle slung over your shoulder and half of your ammunition left. Your friend has a submachinegun, and the nearest officer carries a shotgun, bought from a local vendor to help hunt game in the winter. A cannon, tied up on ropes, swings side to side as it slowly gets pulled up the cliffside as you climb it. You swear, it might almost hit you or someone else and knock you down, onto the snow and rocks and the ice below.

You lean in close to the rock, and the Phurba in your pocket presses itself into your chest. You think to yourself, and remember the distances that people such as Abaris the Skywalker-Hyborean must have gone through, and that to that, your struggle is nothing. It does nothing but encourage you, and within minutes, you're up at the top of the ridge and staring down onto the fortified town below. Shots begin to ring out at you and your fellow soldiers duck down for cover, but their outdated muskets and older rifles can't reach you yet. The cannon crests the ridge and you run over to help them pull it up.

You are a member of the Miltsrejimenkom "Enoch" Zb. 22, and you are in Bosang, helping the Rgyal-ba, a young child, be re-instated onto their rightful throne in Bosang's capitol, Gongdep. Granted, you're not there yet, this is a different city, but you see Gongdep far off in the distance as the storm fades behind you. You are one of many thousands, stationed across the globe.

Maybe it's not the cold in Bosang. It's in Sublustria. It's in Okwone - you're hunting Inupasugjuk to help the natives. Maybe it's a Wendego, further inland. It could be the heat of Nymeria in the Alircan Railplane Security Force, where you and your rag-tag group of mercenaries fight off another rogue Bada attack. You could also end up in the Xaxan Confederation as a peacekeeper, bringing stability to a land racked with ethnic tension, while learning about just how the local Bushman spirituality and metaphysics operate - how they use trance and autosuggestion to heal, much like how the famed Doctor, Kether Vardoshish, does. And they think that they're primitive! Or how certain groups in Hawaiki consider dreamtime to be the most important thing in spirituality - and that it has no beginning or end. Seem familiar?

You will be able to do this, and much, much more. All it takes is a simple signature on a military request board. Unlike all the other militaries in the world, Hercynia, as you know, is unique in that we still commonly not use, but rather, deploy mercenaries across the lands from here to there. Where there is conflict, Hercynians are there to fight until the situation is resolved. Doing so has a great purpose - exposure to those around the world who contain different, or better and more surprisingly yet - similar philosophies. After all, what could be more evident of truth than it sprouting up in various places so far away from one another, or so isolated from the rest of the world?

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SOLDIERS OF THE MILTSREJIMENKOM "SAGITTARIUS" ZB. 68 STORM A REBEL POSITION IN THE BORDERLANDS BETWEEN THE XAXAN CONFEDERATION AND VOLKHOV.
Image by Collegiate Expeditionary Force Press Corps (Photographer: Adalar Tregor-Valentinus).


Simply put, there is quite literally no reason not to join. As many of us know, death is simply but an illusion. We are simply here. Why not see the best that the world has to offer? Maybe you'll find something new, or something long forgotten. The world is a big place, and there is space for all of us inside of God's good creation. I say this not as someone working on behalf of the College or the Government, but rather someone speaking simply person to person. I, like many others, joined when I was young, and while it was not easy and while certain aspects of it certainly were not fun (I rather enjoy colder climates and not being shot at by arrows, or removing arrows from my arm for that matter), joining the military was one of the best choices that I have ever made. For some, there is catharsis in combat. For others, it is much easier to put problems aside when you realize just how lucky you are to live where you live or to deal with problems that seem menial compared to some of the things that either you have gone through in the past, or that certain people go through on a near daily basis. I made friends that I have kept for life, and many job opportunities as well - I may have a passion for writing, but so did many of those who served under me.

Nowadays, things here in Cybelleum may seem to have an air of...concern. Things feel as if they may heat up at any moment, even a decade or so after the revolutions in Auvernia and Altenland. But that doesn't change what people feel. Why not prepare yourselves instead?

Once a month, I shall release a new mercenary tales, submitted either by myself or other people who are currently serving, or have previously served, so you all get just exactly what I mean. I'm certain that even by halfway through these installments, many of you reading this will have signed up already.




ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
  • DOMESTIC: King Hardin gives lecture in Pleroma city square, accompanied by Pehushon Ribelva. What does this mean for the College?
  • WORLD: "Ironside" airship launches maiden voyage in New Haven, Atlesia.
  • OPINION: Franz Neumann - friend or foe?
  • SPORTS: Skiing down Dholys - new ski trail opens next month.
  • ADVICE: Are opposing star signs compatible? (Yes).
  • WEIRD: Chassar's Demarchic council slated to enter election recount after 5,000 votes appear all in favor of "the big cheese."







WRITE IN TO THE EDITOR - Mrs. Razel Bourkia.
Dear editor, I was wondering just exactly how I should go about this as it's my first time writing into a newspaper - I've always had an eye and an enjoyment in journalism and journalistic things, but to be honest, I'm quite old and I'm not exactly sure how I would go about doing anything when it comes to following that passion. I certainly know I can do it, anything is possible, but my question is this: is it worth it to follow it? I feel as if I would be fine either way.

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MASS-SCALE MILITARY EXERCISES COME TO A CLOSE
A series of warfare exercises, conducted by all three uniformed services, came to an end today after three weeks; Citadel claims "astounding success"

by Joseph Burton
22 JULY 1936 | ATLAS, FEDERATION OF ATLESIA




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SOLDIERS WITH THE 1ST ARMORED DIVISION CONDUCT LIVE-FIRE EXERCISES IN MONTGOMERY
Photograph taken by PFC Ralph Guretse

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Today, a series of military exercises that began on June 28th came to a close, with the Citadel - the headquarters of the Federation's military - reporting "astounding success" on all fronts. Dubbed by the War Department as Combined Forces Exercise 7-36, these operations were conducted across five states over the course of three weeks, and included elements from each of the uniformed services. The Army worked primarily in Faulkner, Whitmond, Montgomery, and Dixon, testing a new "armored spearhead" experiment. According to the Citadel, most details of this experimental doctrine remain classified, but Secretary of War Trevor McNamara released the following statement during a press conference on the exercises:

"The Federal Army's main focus during these exercises was to test a new strategy called 'armored spearhead'. I can't go to deeply into specifics, but I can say that the Federation's military leaders - and the president alike - are reevaluating the traditional roles of tanks and other armored vehicles, and how they are used to support our infantry in action. From what I observed, this new concept shows promise."

The Army carried out a number of force-on-force exercises to test this new concept, which took place within military installations in the previously-mentioned states. These force-on-force drills are designed to simulate a combat environment, and assess the decision-making and skills of leadership of leaders at all levels. The Army Air Corps also carried out exercises of its own, practicing both day and nighttime bombing raids, aerial formations, and close battlefield support.

The Navy and Marine Corps were also busy. Six different Marine Regiments conducted landing operations in the Emerald Isles, testing the speed in which Marines could land on the beach and secure a beachhead, as well as their overall proficiency in securing key maritime terrain. During these landings, the Marines deployed new vehicles and equipment, including the LATVA1 - an armored landing craft designed to supplement tanks - and the Higgins Boat - and armored amphibious troop carrier. In support of the Marines, the Federal Navy expanded testing with its Aircraft Carrier doctrine, using ship-launched aircraft to support landing operations, and developing a new table of organization for its 'Carrier Strike Groups', of which it currently has four of.

The National Securities Act, signed into law by President Granite, is the source of this seemingly-sudden focus on the Federation's military capabilities. The law itself introduced billions in additional funding for the military, and set standards that each branch is now tasked with meeting. These standards range from capabilities to equipment, with the Navy - under the law - being directed to centralize doctrine around the capabilities of aircraft carriers, as well as add eight more to its fleets by 1940. While this is an ambitious undertaking, the Federation remains one of the world's most powerful industrial centers, and President Granite has repeatedly stated that military expansion will work to stimulate the economy and grow jobs. Under the law, the Army has been investing highly in the capabilities of tanks, with a new generation expected to be released by the end of the year. The Marine Corps, a historically-underfunded organization, was given a massive budget expansion as the National Securities Act stipulated that the branch should receive its own funding, rather than be allotted an annual budget by the Navy.

An official Citadel report said the following about the exercises:

"The young men and women of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps have worked tirelessly these last few weeks to yield results, and it is their performance and their actions that have given us the insight needed to prepare the nation for the future of warfare. There is always room to improve on, but these exercises have given us invaluable information about the weapons and tactics of the future, and how the Federation can be successful in future conflicts."



ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
  • DOMESTIC: Richmond drought drags into fifth month - pg. 4
  • WORLD: President Granite meets with Franz Neumann, King Nemanus in Altenland - pg. 2
  • OPINION: The Federation should not make Cybellean problems into Atlesian problems - pg. 5
  • SPORTS: Blackwater Outlaws take the lead in the ABL after defeating the Oakley Bears 61-37 - pg. 6
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CRISIS STRIKES BLUMENWALD
Riots erupt in the Federation's southern neighbor as Native Hibernians rise up against the apartheid system

by Joseph Burton
26 JULY 1936 | ATLAS, FEDERATION OF ATLESIA




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THE CHAOS WITNESSED IN THE CAPITAL OF NEW RANSTADT
Photograph taken by Paul Werner

BLUMENWALD -

In Blumenwald, tens of thousands of Native Hibernian sharecroppers have risen up in a coordinated move against the national government, striking in protest of the apartheid system which has maintained steady control of the country since the early 1920s. Partitioned in 1875, Blumenwald was designed to serve as a 'safe haven' for Native Hibernians that had long been mistreated by the Atlesian government, and was supposed to allow the native peoples to have a state of their own, under the protection and guidance of the Federation. Blumenwald was largely for successful for decades after its creation, as a confederation of tribal leaders formed their own system of representative democracy, and prospered under the Atlesian sphere.

While the country itself did not participate in the Great War, thousands of volunteers ventured north to join the ranks of the Federal Army, and served bravely in Cybelleum. It wasn't until the conflict ended that issues began to arise in Blumenwald, culminating in the 1924 National Elections, which saw Otto Meyer and his National Republican Party assume control of government. Following the Federation's declaration of war on Altenland in 1918, thousands of ethnic Altishmen living in Atlesia migrated south, looking for new opportunities in Blumenwald. The mix of far-right ideas among these migrants eventually culminated in Meyer's party, which to this day, many believe took power through election fraud and subversion. Either way, 1924 is the year that began a harsh apartheid system in Blumenwald, in which the Native majority was stripped of its representation in government and its civil rights. The Blumenwald Landowners' Act of 1926 forced tens of thousands of Natives to sell their land for pennies on the dollar to white landowners, and subsequently, put them in a position where they had no choice but to work as indentured servants on Altish land. Widespread mistreatment of Native Hibernians has persisted ever since, with few making a living wage, and many foreign observers dubbing the scenario as modern-day slavery.

Under the document which brought about the creation of Blumenwald, the Federal government had no right to directly intervene in the nation's affairs, which meant that these crimes have gone relatively unpunished. While the Federation has, in recent years, increased the acceptance rate for Native Hibernians attempting to immigrate to Atlesia, there has been little done to fix their precarious situation, and dismantle Meyer's apartheid regime, which has managed to remain in power despite supposedly-free elections, and the fact that a mere 25% of the population is white, and only 17% are of Altish descent.

It seems that the frustrations of the people of Blumenwald have come to a head as yesterday, tens of thousands of sharecroppers and indentured servants announced a nationwide strike, refusing to work until their people are restored a "fair and proportional voice" in government. This quickly led to fighting in the streets of New Ranstadt, as the all-white police force was dispatched to break up the fighting. President Meyer released a public statement later in the day, referring the protests as an "act of insurrection", and promising a "swift and absolute end to the crisis."

Meanwhile, Otetiani - the largest figure in the antigovernmental movement - continues to call upon his people to "stand up against the oppression of the White Man", and has called upon the Federation to intervene on their behalf. "I ask that our Atlesian friends show us mercy, and help us to restore the soul of this nation-- to free us from the shackles of modern-day slavery, and end the tyranny of the Altish minority."

Currently, the Federal government has released no official statement of support for either side of the civil unrest, nor has it hinted towards intervention, though this development is relatively new, so this may certainly change.



ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
  • DOMESTIC: Montgomery Motorcycle Clubs, a threat in the making? - pg. 2
  • WORLD: Auvernians march on the capital in protest of 'ineffective government' - pg. 3
  • OPINION: Yes, the Federation should come to the aid of Blumenwald - pg. 4
  • SPORTS: Catch up on recent updates - pg. 5
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ATLESIAN TROOPS MARCH INTO BLUMENWALD - MEYER FIRED!
Thousands of Federal troops cross the border into Blumenwald while forces stationed within the country seize control of key locations, including capital; President Meyer renounces position

by Curtis Walsch
31 JULY 1936 | ATLAS, FEDERATION OF ATLESIA




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SOLDIERS WITH THE 17TH INFANTRY DIVISION, UNDER THE FEDERATION'S 4TH ARMY, SECURE THE OUTSKIRTS OF NEW RANSTADT
Photograph taken by Private Henry H. Frederick

BLUMENWALD -

Early this morning, the Federation launched a series of military operations against the Meyer regime in Blumenwald. At around 4:00am, troops from the 4th Army brushed aside border barricades in Hannover in order to allow more than 100,000 troops to march in from the north. This was done in conjunction with Army and Marine forces stationed at various Federation bases throughout the country, which proceeded to take control of major metropolitan centers, military installations, and key infrastructure. The capital of New Ranstadt was occupied by Atlesian forces as early as 6:00 this morning, with President Meyer announcing his resignation not long after.

This bold move comes just one week after massive protests struck the nation, condemning Otto Meyer's oppressive apartheid regime. According to sources in the Federal government, President Meyer was made aware of the Federation's intentions just a few hours before the operation began, and ordered national police and military personnel to stand down. The Federal government has yet to announce if there was any bloodshed during this occupation. According to reports, key members of Blumenwald's government - including Otto Meyer himself - are in Atlesian custody.

Atlesian troops entering the cities of Blumenwald were met with joyous celebration, with thousands gathering in the streets to greet them with flowers, Atlesian flags, and chants of liberation. The well-received arrival of the Federation seems to only vindicate what would otherwise be absolutely condemned as aggression by the international community.

This afternoon, President Granite appeared in the State House to brief the press, and the Atlesian people, on the operation:

"Good afternoon. As most of you are aware, this morning - the 31st of July, 1936 - Federal troops launched a series of operations into our southern neighbor of Blumenwald. These actions are not unwarranted, and not carried out lightly, and come in direct response to the volatile situation that we have watched these last few weeks unfold in the country. I am pleased to announce that Otto Meyer, who has managed to keep his apartheid regime in power for over a decade, has resigned from his post, and military forces under his command have stood down to occupying Federal troops. We couldn't have hoped for a better outcome in that regard. Due to this situation still being in development, I will not be taking questions at this time, but my administration will keep the Atlesian people updated as more information becomes available."

According to sources in government, Otto Meyer and more than two dozen of his closest collaborators will remain in Federal custody until further notice, with the Department of Justice announcing that many will face charges. These include a litany of conspiracy charges, and any other crimes committed in order to maintain the white-dominated status quo in Blumenwald.

The military occupation of Blumenwald is coupled by the release of Executive Order 215 by President Granite, which stipulates that, effective immediately, the Constitution of Blumenwald is nullified as the ruling document of the land, the nation's military is effectively disbanded, and the national government is no longer in control. While provincial and local government structures may remain intact, they are to ultimately answer to Atlesian military governors until the reestablishment of national government. In the Senate, Majority Leader David Sutton proposed a motion to form the Blumenwald Reform Committee, which according to sources within the NCP, would explore the Federation's options regarding its southern neighbor. With the massive NCP majority in Congress, it is very likely that this motion will pass.

Despite the general opposition to the National Conservative Party and President Granite, key members of the Federation's left-wing factions offered their approval of his actions, with Senate Minority Leader Francis Harper saying the following:

"While I have my personal qualms with President Granite and the NCP, the issue of Meyer and his apartheid dictatorship is bipartisan. I commend the initiative by the President, and the hard work of our armed forces who facilitated Meyer's removal from power. As we tackle what's next, I only hope that my Conservative friends on the other side of the isle to not opt to strip the people of Blumenwald of their independence. We are there as liberators, not conquerors, and my fellow Liberals will do everything in our power to ensure that remains true."

With the Federation only beginning to strip away the structures of power built by Otto Meyer, it will likely be some time before the situation in Atlesia's southern neighbor begins to calm, and the people of Blumenwald can begin to enjoy a nation free of Meyer and his apartheid government.



ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
  • DOMESTIC: Gang shootout in Veneta, Whitmond, leaves eight dead - pg. 3
  • WORLD: Valkist grip tightens over Cybelleaum as Altish police stamp out Reynish insurgency - pg. 2
  • OPINION: Has Federal Congress been stacked? Go to page 4 to find out.
  • SPORTS: Read latest updates on page 6


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