Between the Devil and Three Seas

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  1. Gunnland

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    "Of course I understand, Matthias, that Eiffelland must remain committed to a public stance that the matter is an internal affair of the fucking north pole. But there are ways. Convince His Majesty to say 'tut tut.' Get Gøternhaven on the phone and bluff. Find some microbes and slap some sanitary regulations on their exports."

    Robert sighed deeply.

    "What I really want is Eiffelland to admit only that this is an issue of sovereignty, international law, and northern security, not to mention civil war in a volatile region, and to step in as a mediator, and strongly urge all parties to closed-door talks to resolve the dispute. You appear only as peacemakers, and at the negotiating table Steve Larkin gets to pressure for a wee little compromise that helps Clan Gunn save face, and solves my angry boys problem. I need great power involvement, and it would be awkward to go to Ivar."
     
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    "OK. What I can do, is proposing a meeting between Queen Nadia from Jydermark-Østveg, representatives of the Government of Jydermark-Østveg and repesentatives of Clan Gunn. I will also put some pressure on Jydermark-Østveg to attend that meeting. But if the outcome of that meeting is indeed an arranged marriage between a five-year old boy and Princess Rikke, that outcome will not be officially announced. Then you will have the two love-birds photographed with each other in fifteen years as if they are really a love couple. In any case I prefer a solution in which Queen Nadia and Princess Rikke simply step aside. What could help if offering them an amount of money," Von Seydewitz said.
     
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    "I think Rikke has a younger sister, but twenty-first century solutions are as welcome as nineteenth century ones. Any solutions. I'm just a sensitive twenty-first century man in a tight spot."

    Robert smiled. Sometimes the Eiffellandians needed to be prodded to play the great game old-style, but for all their modern liberal civilization, they knew what needed to be done in politics. A good Machiavellian, von Seydewitz was. Maybe someday we won't have to work with these guys, and we'll get to send them to the inquisition and burn them at the stake, said Robert, thinking fondly about the absolute prince whom the Church had failed to ellect -- Cardinal Taft. Also the Eiffellandians fault, it's rumored. The rictus smile that masked the forbidden thoughts melted away.

    "Now I need to stop drinking whisky and smoke this pipe."
     
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    "I'm awfully sorry, Professor Gunn, but there is a smoking ban in pubs, bars, cafés, restaurants and hotels in this country. We will have to go outside if you want to smoke," Von Seydewitz said. "Anyway, I will do my best for you."
     
  5. Trivodnia

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    Zhanna Khalinkina hid behind the curtains, casting a careful eye on the swarm of cameramen and journalists that had gathered below outside her office. News had broke that the young female assembly member's ambitious bid for a party leadership contest had failed, with the Krasnislavian National Party's executive committee - what remained of it anyway - voting against her proposals for an internal election. Zhanna was sure Uladzimir Sannikov, the current KNP leader, had got to them despite being in prison. Whether it was bribery or intimidation that has secured their backing she was less certain of.

    Sannikov's cronies had made clear to her however she was no longer welcome in the KNP, with the party chief's loyalists asking if Zhanna would do the "honourable" thing and resign. A few even went as far to openly call her a "traitor" or "saboteur". Zhanna had faced harsh words from her colleagues before, denounced as a "baby killer" for her pro-abortion stance and "harlot" for her relaxed views on divorce. But to have her loyalty to her homeland and party called into question was on another level entirely.
     
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    Trier, Eiffelland

    The ASdS, the anti-terror unit of the Staatsschutz, had a special role. It was not just an anti-terror unit. It also conducted espionage activities, among others infiltration into terrorist or criminal groups. Part of the education of ASdS members was an academic training in psychology, criminology and politicology.
    It was this unit that got the order to act in the case that the Trivodnian government would stick to its initial decision to not extradite Duncan MacLeish. Foreseen with diplomatic passports, one team of ten people was sent to Trivodnia and one team of ten people was sent to Engellex. The order was not to capture MacLeish, but to kill him, preferably in such a way that it looked like an accident. If that was not possible, the ASdS agents had to make sure that it looked like a reckoning between criminal gangs (either from Trivodnia, or from Engellex); in that case, each suggestion that a Gunnish clan could have been involved in this had to be avoided (Gunnland plunging itself into a new clan war was in nobody's interest).
    The teams would try to get weapons on the black market in the respective countries where they would have to operate. In that way, the weapons could not be traced back to Eiffelland.

    The Kadikistani smuggled complete army units through Gunnland and Elben to Crotobaltislavonia; well, we can play that game as well, Von Seydewitz thought.
     
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    "The Eiffelanders have made clear they will not tolerate Duncan MacLeish seeking sanctuary here. But should we prove cooperative, they are willing to offer us the latest air defence systems - all the more pertinent given the news from Crotobaltislavonia."

    Chancellor Alexander Kahnemann listened silently as the young aide - an anonymous junior staffer on the President's team who had heard or seen more than he should have - explained the current state of play. The Presidency had taken direct control of negotiations with Trier, with Meier Lauterpacht unwilling to relinquish the role of chief diplomat that he earlier taken up during the Christmas Crisis.

    As a result foreign policy was now a battleground between the Chancellor, President and External Affairs minister Vladimir Pinski, with the military and Free State Intelligence Bureau also jostling for influence. Kahnemann favoured a more hawkish approach, boosting defence spending and adopt a more aggressive tone with Kadikistan, Crotobaltislavonia and Gunnland. Lauterpacht on the other hand was desperate to maintain his legacy as a peacemaker while Pinski would back anything that would put him in a good place to be the next leader of the Social Democrats. The armed forces unsurprisingly wanted more money, but nothing that would lead to an actual conflict, while the spies argued they were best suited to further Trivodnia's interests through (expensive) covert action. The mess meant the Free State was now doing little beyond the odd cautious public statement.

    "Thank you Dmitry," Kahnemann soon dismissed the presidential aide, who was risking his career leaking this information, with characteristic haughtiness.

    Lauterpacht, aware of the MacLeish clan's longstanding generosity towards Trivodnia, had promised chieftain Duncan a safe haven in the Free State so long as he wished, even providing armed protection from the National Watch. But the villa on the Polesian coastline was as much a trap as a refuge. If Eiffelland offered the right price, or made the right threat, the Gunnish clan chief - and known smuggler - would soon find himself cuffed, hooded and on the next flight to Eiffelland.

    For Kahnemann, some shiny brand new anti aircraft missiles in exchange for a known criminal and Zionist trouble maker seemed a decent deal.
     
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  8. Kadikistan

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    Relations between the Kadikistani Union on the one hand and various Slavic ethnicities in equally various countries on the other wasn't something new. Kadikistan has always considered itself as the heir of the Greater Slavian Empire and the strong Pan-Slavic sentiment that came with that inheritance. After 1907 the Marxists did a number of theoretical gymnastics to formulate and define what they claimed was a 'Socialist Slavian Identity'. The latter being something that allegedly united the Slavs of the world regardless of their national flag and with the common goal of working class and ethnic emancipation. Under Nikolai Leninov the concept lost some of its popularity as 'radical internationalism', how the highly aggressive interventionist foreign policy of the 1950s was called in Kadikistan, placed the fate of the international working class above that of the ethnically confined Slavic proletariat. After the death of Nikolai Leninov and the conspiracy of the National Committee for Justice and the Rejuvenation of Socialism the Socialist Slavian Identity gained prominence once more, but this time more from a pragmatic point of view. Kadikistan had always linked what it deemed its 'periphery' or 'sphere of influence' to both their immediate neighbours and all countries which, at least partly, belonged to the Greater Slavian Empire. The pragmatic National Committee sought to exploit the old theory to assist in maintaining Ivar's influence over its direct neighbours or preferably even enlarge it.

    The National Committee did alter the Socialist Slavian Identity significantly compared to their Rurikist predecessors. While the old policy, especially under sectarian anti-revisionist Marxist-Leninovist rule, greatly emphasized the role of socialism, the reformists took another approach. Regardless of the anti-revisionist pressure the National Committee sought not only to infiltrate and hijack existing socialist or communist parties and turn them into Marxist-Leninovist puppets or in the worst case scenario create their own from a handful of local pariahs, the latter had transpired in Trivodnia, but also gain influence in non-socialist movements that could be manipulated in serving the Kadikistani geopolitical agenda. The Krasnislavian National Party was such an example. Ever since its existence the KNP had been known for its anti-communist ideology and protested fiercely against Kadikistani influence over Trivodnia. Previous efforts to gain a foothold in the KNP had failed as the latter even went as far as claiming that Kadikophilia or even remote sentiment was equal to treason. The federalisation of Kadikistan, pushed through by the reformists and the regionalist faction of the KCWP, changed this as Kadikistan created the autonomous Socialist Republic of Krasnislavia. The ruling social-democrats in Amstov witnessed as the semi-independence of the Kadikistani Krasnislavians steadily gained popularity among their own Slavic populace, increasing their calls for more autonomy or even independence.

    Besides geopolitics there was another reason the Kadikistani regime wanted to get more involved in Trivodnian Krasnislavia. The Christmas Coup had left a scar, mainly because Trivodnia, unlike most other parties involved, had gotten out of it without a scratch despite being the instigator of the conflict. It was known that the Kadikistani Union was not very forgiving and that they would hold on to grudges stemming back from the Stone Age. With the increase of Kadikistani sentiment at the base of the KNP, it was only a matter of convincing some of the leading party cadres to adopt the Socialist One Krasnislavia Policy. To aid in this quest was the People's Directorate of Intelligence (PDI), a foreign operating intelligence agency under direct control of the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the All-Union Kadikistani Communist Workers' Party with no official links to the Kadikistani State, though highly linked indirectly through the Party. Moladzcheyna was home to what was called the 'Krasnislavian Affiliate' operating under the wings of the PDI. The Affiliate was commanded by the specially assigned Major Serg Gurchev, a long-time loyal servant of the A-UKCWP, whom held the command over six highly trained intelligence agents with each a few dozen paid or non-paid informants and thugs at their disposal. Their job was to gain contact with KNP cadres that with known sentiment for the Kadikistani Union. They would do this in the utmost secrecy in a attempt to keep the Kadikistani infiltration of the KNP a secret even to themselves. The Krasnislavians who were approached were heavily monitored beforehand and carefully selected after a thorough investigation.

    Mikhail Asurov was one of the PDI agents under Gurchev and looked like a healthy man in his early thirties. Asurov was born in Trivodnian Krasnislavia, but his parents were forced to flee to Kadikistan when their membership of the illegal Kadikistani affiliate, the Krasnislavian Communist Workers' Party, was revealed by a vengeful neighbour. For this Asurov always kept a grudge for the Trivodnian Krasnislavians, but raised by fanatic Marxist-Leninovists he was taught that his duty to the Party went above all else. To do so he would show the grace of a gentlemen when dealing with the sympathetic lower- and medium-level KNP leaders. First order of business was establishing a foothold in the KNP ranks. To do this Asurov had arranged a meeting through some of his informants at an affiliate local pub in the rural city of Moladzcheyna. Asurov took the liberty of ordering a shot of vodka for him and his guest as he waited for their arrival in the dusty and poorly lit pub.
     
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  9. Eiffelland

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    The Eiffellandian ASdS team had settled itself in Trivodnia, in a town near Villa Atil, the villa where Duncan MacLeish was residing. Officially, they were businessmen from an Eiffellandian construction company, and they were in Trivodnia to oversee construction works carried out by Trivodnian subcontractors of the Eiffellandian construction company. But they were mainly observing Villa Atil to find out a pattern in MacLeish's activities. They were also checking out the people working for MacLeish and guarding him.
    Plan A was still setting up an accident. Raiding the villa would only be done when no other plan was workable, but 10 people would not be enough to carry that out, and casualties among Trivodnian safety people was something the team wanted to avoid.
    While making plans, the men were philosophising about the presence or absence of a human fish tank in Villa Atil. "Well, if there would actually be one, we could make sure that MacLeish drowns in it," one of the men said.
    "I think a swimming pool is enough for that. Or even the Polesian Sea. We could surprise him if he is going for a walk along the sea side," another man said.
    "By the way, there is a story about a Bergenheimer raid along the Polesian Sea coast. The First Fist herself seemed to have participated in that raid," a third man said. [1]
    "The first fist herself? My goodness, that is a kind of a lady," a fourth man said. "But apparently that raid didn't take place in this neighbourhood. No signs of a recent fight here, and this part of the coast is still full of all kinds of criminals. How successful was that raid?"
    "We heard nothing about that, only that the raid had taken place," the third man said. "But if that lady is such a tough girl, maybe we could ask her to assist us if we have no other option than to raid the villa."
    "First let's see if we can solve this in a different way," the team leader said. "What have we seen thus far?"

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    [1] See http://www.europe-game.eu/index.php?threads/generals-governments-and-the-god-awful.12777/, the first four posts.
     
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