A Very Long Winter in Beira Alta

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  1. Portusgalia

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    João Fortusinho was pleased to know Vokranof curriculum...

    João Fortusinho: I see you know how to command troops in assaults, I will gave you my best able men so you may command a brigade. Your task isn't pic-nic, you will storm the town of Covilhã. Carefull... That land has many workmen from the factories, many of them are Neo-Septembrists of Republicans... They will opose to you, and many are in the National Guard. Those are the must motivated National Guard available by the governament in the... Province thiiiing, what ever they call this region.

    They hear a plane hovering in the air...

    João Fortusinho: Wait! This is no ordinary plane... I don't know the sound of this engine. What the hell...

    Looks at the window...

    João Fortusinho: Shit he is stopping there! What the hell...

    The fighter lands on a plain land. Two pilots get out. Smoke a cigarette, and soon 3 horsemen came by them. They where from the National Guard. They talk for a while, and then each one goes out...

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    João Fortusinho: We must get those three! They must have some instructions from Lisbon, or from the airplane! That is strange...

    I don't know that damn airplane! But i know it is a war airplane, i saw them on the newspaper, it must be those new ones... Damn i don't know how to blow this ones... The old war biplanes where simple, just shoot at the center of the cross, they will bleed gasoline and crash! It is where they have the gas tank... This is bad, they have new aircraft! Damn... Come on Vokranof! Pick your rifle and come!!!!


    They start walking among the rocks, and soon they catch up the horsemen... Fortusinho takes his long Lebel Rifle, sets the sights and shots over one horsemen killing it. Vokranof does the same... The three National Guard horsemen lay dead in the ground and the two partisans arrive next to the dead bodies...

    João Fortusinho: Let me see.. There is the paper! *reading* DAMN! We got an agent inside the forces! They are warning this patrol, they have a God Damn mounted battalion chassing us, and the governament has bought new airplanes for doing aerial raids against partisans! Quick, help me hide this assholes!

    They hide over the rocks, and take all their weapons.

    João Fortusinho: Quick! Take those horses, do you know how to ride? Lets get the hell out of here and warn the others, before some airplanes passes by!
     
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    Vokranof: You're lucky we're not in Valkany. During the January revolt they bombed us with Hawkers! They have Jet engines and you barely have time to notice before they attack you. Anyway do you have any idea who the spy is?

    Vokranof arms his Mosin Nagant.
     
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    José Forgusinho didn't aswer, they travelled to a village in the mountain, Sabugueiro. There was a safe heaven, the governament never cares about it. That will be the rally point for the valkanian volunteers. In there José tells Vokranof...

    José Forgusinho: Donno... But we need to discover him, or we will be busted. I told you the governament is an harsh player, they know what they are doing!
     
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    Vokranof: Of course they do, it's their job! Are you sure we aren't already busted?
     
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    João Fortusinho: Only time will tell my friend, but I'm not fighting for defeat! Come, I will show you something.

    He takes Vokranof to a field, and recalls two men to bring something. A few minutes later, they come with a small tank.

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    João Fortusinho: Yeah... Yeah... I know, it is a rolling junkyard from 1917, Portusgalian made... It is a R FT17, the National Guard uses the remaining ones that where decommissioned from the Army. We stole this guys one by one in the region. There is a major operation to find them, that's why the governament is sending airplanes. GO GO GO, hide it again God damn it!

    Vokranof... It has small armour, but use it wisely in the assault of Covilhã! The streets are small, because the town is located on the foot of the mountain. The governament can't use regular armoured vehicles, this ones are small enough to pass by! It has an Hotchkiss machine gun on the turret, those machine guns are great! Trust me, they can sustain fire for abnormal time without melting the barrel!

    We will attack from the mountain, Josias, or other commander will come from Belmonte. This will happen in 2 days, at 5 AM they will uprise there, and in Caria and other towns, they will arrest the govermanent officials and personel. Manteigas will be a safe heaven, it has AA guns. Covilhã it is our major goal, if we attack it before it gives response, we are hable to knock down the must dangerous National Guard Battalion, the Covilhã one, and arrest all of them before they pick their arms and stand against us! Do you have any expert on tank/armoured vehicle tactics? The only one who knows something here is me, and not to much...
     
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    Vokranof: How did you even... never mind we might actually have some serious chances. I drove a tank in the battle of Krovka so I guess you could say that even though I'm no expert I have suitable hands on experience. The tank will give us an advantage over the Neo-Septemberist scum. With Manteigas and Covilhã under our control we'll be invincible from any attacks they can direct at us with non regular fast response units. And by the time they can mobilize regulars we'll have Lisbon within our grasp and enough momentum to seize power. Then we can have that filthy she-geezer's head on a spike! Or we can just crucify her, that's how we do it in Valkany. Anyway I'll be ready for the battle when you need me!
     
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    João Fortusinho: Vokranof, dear friend, that won't be necessary... She will flee to Himyar, back to Mozambia. They will bring back the Himyar Confederation, like they did in 1927! All the colonies united has a single nation against us, thats why they had so much power! Well that is past crap, we need to think in the future...

    Tomorow we advance, place your men in the region, they have have guides to help them! They are shepperds, they know all the paths and roads, you may trust them.

    By now, drive a bit one of those tuna cans to train you and your men, you have 10 of them. We have 5 tank drivers, but no machine gunners! Do you have at least 5 expert machine gunners, that know how to use a portusgalian Hotchkiss M1914, and since you are driving one 4 tank drivers? You have two of these cans with a radio inside, you will have the one with the best radio so you may command your men!
     
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    Vokranof: A bunch of colonists against us? Fat chance they'll even harm us. Anyway I've got enough men to man the tanks. Valkany used a similar machine-gun during the New Volgdovan Crisis so most of them are familiar with its use. And we have enough men to drive the tanks so you don't need to worry abut that either. I'll start training with them and we'll be available when you need us friend! If you trust the shepherds then I trust them too. Now I'd offer you some Vodka or Tyvian whine, but we're all out of whine and a 86% Alcohol Vodka is too heavy if you're on duty. Unless you're used to it that is.
     
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    João Fortusinho: Vokranof don't speak in alcool to this guys, i have forbiden them to drink...

    Fortusinho looks at a bootle of Vodka, and the huge amount of Vodka that the valkanians ad in their stock. Something figures it up on his mind...

    João Fortusinho: Vokranof, why spare human lifes when we can spare vodka! Look recently, due to a tavern fight the Administrador Municipal of Covilhã has forbidden the National Guard to drink! They are heartbroken, I know that, they cry for a single glass of wine, just a drop it is a... Grace of God! Why don't we gave them, their major Vodka party! They will drink till they faint! Look this is simple, we put this on a truck, drive it to Covilhã, and stop it at a spot. Then we make an anonimous letter to the Administrador Muncipal that a certain truck in a certain place it is full of weapons for the partisans. He will send the National Guard, believe me, those crooks are so eager to get their mouths on a bottle that they will still all the vodka and drink it. No National Guard, the Municipalty Police it is no hard task, they will surrender at the first shot... They are just police officers, they don't go for war. Covilhã is ours without blood. What do you say... We have Bagaço, Adamado, Red Wine, White Wine, Dão Wine, Aguardente, Licor Beirão... We have a lot of kinds of drinks to compensate you all! We don't have vodka, but we need vodka because it is "exotic" for them, they haver never drink it! So they will like to give a taste, and after the first drop... 86% is a lot!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA

    Think on that Vokranof...
     
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    Vokranof looks at his Vodka with a sad glaze

    Vokranof: OK that's a good idea. I'll have my men load it on the truck.... now that I think of it have yours do it, mine might drink the Vodka while your men will faint by just smelling it. After all we have some 92% ones in there. Now what kind of drinks are we talking about? 64% at least I presume?
     
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    João Fortusinho: Any thing that says "Vodka", they don't know what that is! But they will smell it, and see that it is alchool!

    That is the must brilliant chemical weapon ever! HAHAHAHAHA
     
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    Vokranof: HAHAH. Indeed. I heard that old bastard Dmitri died back in the Fatherland. Sigh, I can't help but be saddened. I hated that man but I deeply respected him too. Perhaps I'll go and leave a flower at his memorial once I get back to Valkany.
     
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    João Fortusinho wasn't the same opinion...

    João Fortusinho: A great man died today, he helped us very much in our struggle, don't say that in my front please... He is almost like a second King to us. If it wasn't him, the Neo-Septembrist rabble could shot the King D. Miguel II during is travel to Exile...

    Why do you hate him?
     
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    Vokranof looks to the sky...

    Vokranof: I fought against him during the January Revolt. Remember when I told you of the Hawkers? I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was taking part in an anti Crown revolt. My family were peaceful protesters, I had taken up arms along with the men I had under my command. We were in Zessionsford, mere meters away from Krownsplatz. I had my sons and wife close to me at all times. We had just broken a line of the National Guard and were charging into Krownsplatz square. The entire revolutionary force was headed for the Central Palace. It seemed easy, the troops almost let us pass without a fight, but it was a trap. Suddenly the sky darkened; countless Hawker bombers were diving. One of them started firing at us with its machine guns. Before I could even react a bullet hit my youngest son. It was a .80 CAL, my son was 11 years old! The bullet was bigger than his head! His body got cut in half. Then the army came in. They surrounded the square and started killing everyone. Men, women, children, elderly it didn't matter to them, they were just "enemies of the Crown". I barely escaped with my life, but I lost everything that day. My family, the men under my command,my cause and my will to live. But not matter what I do, no matter how much I hate that damn man, I still respect him. I fought too many wars under his flag, before the revolt, to lose my respect for his leadership. I guess you could call it a love-hate relationship. *laughs*
     
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    João Fortusinho: You valks are strange people... We love or hate in Portusgalia, not hate and love at the same time...

    We like the old man, He was the only major supporter outside of Portusgalia to the Integralist Cause! That man moved mountains just to supply us! Those traitors from the army and navy all fall into the crook hands of the "Squeakers", and we left behind with the Ordenanças and the Royal Volunteers, while those creeps flew all into Himyar! Bad days those... They formed the Himyarish Confederation, and imagine who was nominated for Queen... Yes, that witch! I'm telling you! She is a witch! She must have a pact with the devil, she is just to damn lucky! She must have sold her soul to Satan!

    I know what you are telling me, my father told me I was too young to see, but i remember black National Guards from Himyar... wooo man they where creepy and evil! Many people from Sabugueiro tought they where the Knights of the Apocalipse! They vanished one night and never returned...

    My father told me about aerial raids, they used not that jet thing or what do you call that, they used... airplanes! Those with two wings, normal airplanes! But those crooks used nitro glicerin bullets! My father said it was the must horrible thing he has saw in his life! heads, parts of the body blowing... Man it was the Apocalipse! This was the attack on Covilhã! And soon many workers strike and joined the National Guard, and started chasing us!... Horrible it was nation wide. The only man that still had hope in us was Demetrius, the great emperor from the north who never had lost hope.

    Vokranof, since you don't like very much the man, you must not like D. Miguel II, the dead King, why do you wont to help us?


    OOC: Squeakers: slang expression for Neo-Septembrist
    Gargoyles: slang expression for Integralists
    Ordenanças: Town Militias, every town had their own. It was the primary portusgalian defence force. A kind of "home guard".
    Royal Volunteers: Integralist light soldiers, hand selected from the "best citizens" to the cause.
     
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    Vokranof: I spent enough time around here to know that times where much better before that witch sat on the throne of Lisbon. This country welcomed me and let me stay here for almost three decades and it's about time I returned the favor to her and her people. Also from what I hear D. Miguel II was a great king, like Demetrius in his earlier days. I would die to see such a man sit on the throne without a second thought!
     
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    João Fortusinho: I see you don't expect too much from life now, you have lost a son... Damn your life is quite interesting compared to mine... You have saw the world, i never got out of the Serra da Estrela mountains... I only went one day to Coimbra, because my father went there to a major cattle fair... I was horrized with that city and their students! Godless people.... HArgh! It makes me sick...

    I must confess to you, this won't be no pic-nic my good friend. We have powerfull enemies here, our pain in the ass was always Porto city... A major industrial town, with their arsenals full of weapons and ammo, many military divisions, and a wolfs lair of Neo-Septembrist revolutionaries ready to battle against anyone that stands against them and their desires of power. If we suceed in Portusgalia, believe me, the siege of that city will be the must painfull part of the war. Porto is called the "Invicta", wich means the "Invencible", in the 19th century it sustained for long months a siege, and in the Civil War of 1928, no Royal Soldier never put foot inside her...

    Lisbon is bi-polar, it always was, but Porto never it is resolute in its neo-septembrist religion. Did you know that the restoration of the Monarchy, and the fall of the Republic started on Porto city? Yes, that city dictates the regime in Portugal belive in me. 40% of Portusgalia mainland GDP cames from Porto and its industrial belt... You can see now the power that lies in a single city... It is just too many workers, and all of them are Neo-Septembrist! They have bewitched all portusgalian industrial workers! That is witchery of that reckless Wicth Queen! It must be! She must have learned some himyar black magic!
     
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    Vokranof: Well I told you we should burn her... or get an Overseer from Valkany to do it at least... Anyway that city must be impenetrable. Any idea how we can get inside there? I assume we don't have the forces to besiege it do we?
     
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    João Fortusinho: It is hard to explain, I can't give you any answer now... The only way that I see is really make another siege, this time with more cannons... But we always expect an harsh and nasty response from the besieged, those siege lines will be Hell...

    Vokranof tomorow we shall attack Covilhã. By dawn we take the truck to Covilhã, and let vodka do its job...


    While in Lisbon, at the Royal Arsenal, Karl, the weapons engineer and Mendonça, the Secretary of War, are feisty with each other again...

    Mendonça: Karl!!! Where is that damn weapon?

    Karl: A shit... Told you about that...

    Mendonça: What is the damn problem of that gun!?

    Karl: I already told you it is the fucken magazine, it doesn't fit in the lock! So it its prone to jamming! The Garand wasn't designed for a magazine it was designed for a clip!

    Mendonça: What now...

    Karl: Donça, just look at the project! You know you can trust me, we are friends since we where kids!

    Medonça: Ok! Ok!

    Karl: This is a world class rifle:

    Mendonça: You haven't show me this one...

    Karl: Of course! I'm working in it since 1949! 5 Years of study!

    Mendonça: Interesting, let me shoot it... What ammo is this...

    Karl: New ammo...

    Mendonça: Again that talk of new ammo!? How many times do I have to tell you to use the damn 8mm Lebel!!?

    Karl: It is outdated since the 1920's... You know that!

    Mendonça: Yees... But you know i don't have the capital for refounding the army entire weaponry!

    Karl: At least take this one, go ahead! Shot it against that target...


    The rifle was smooth, and fired gently with soft recoil, no menace of jamming, light and resistent... Mendonça eyes glow...

    Mendonça: This is... great shit! What have you been eating Karl? Your QI has risen a bit!? HAHAHA

    Karl: Oh... Go to hell D'onça, just give the damn order a finnish once and for all with that damn Lebels and its family of Weapons! We are in the 50ties, not in the 20ties...

    BTW, i know you are a lover of bolt action rifles, i have a new one to get that damn Lebel out of circulation... See this one, it uses the same round. I made it in the 30ties has my first project, no one ever saw it...

    Mendonça: Interesting gun, the bolt is funny, let me fire it...


    Mendonça shot the targets, the MAS 36 was even more reliable then the Lebel., and much more lighter, and the bolt was so soft, the clip charge was amazing, it was more good then the Lebel tubing...

    Mendonça: Ok, this two will go... Discontinue the project of the Carbine! Try to make something better then the FBP 948...

    Karl: You bet, i have a project from 1949, I will see if i find it, it is based on it! But is its much better!!!


    OOC:MAS 49 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAS-49_rifle

    MAS 36 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAS-36_rifle
     
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    Vokranof: See you tomorrow then. If everything goes as planned we'll be quite a few steps closer to the throne, though stuff rarely goes as planned in wars such as ours...
     

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