Collecting the Stray

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  1. Kadikistani Union

    Kadikistani Union Well-Known Member

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    Collecting the Strays
    Banja Luka
    Free Canton of Crotobaltislavonia
    13th of July 2019

    The recent actions of the regime in Banja Luka had caused much frustration amongst the Kadikistani nomenklatura. More so because they weren't sure whom to blame more, the Slavonian regime for building relations with enemies of the Union or themselves for turning a blind eye to the periphery for too long. Many found it difficult to grasp why the Slavonian leaders would play such a dangerous game. Unable to understand the logic of their actions from a pragmatic and strategic point of view they failed to consider that it was the idea of independence that drove Banja Luka westwards. For many Kadikistani's the Central Committee had been too weak in the first place by not successfully consolidating Crotobaltislavonia during the first modern post-50s crisis. According to conservative Kadikistani thought this allowed the idea of independence to thrive under the warm mantle of genuine Union friendship. The project of friendship and camaraderie amongst equals was rewarded with betrayal, this time not by some external enemy like General Radek, but by the Marxist-Leninovist regime itself.

    At least from the Kadikistani perspective there was an expectation of gratitude coming from the Free Canton. After all besides the obvious ethnic and historical ties the Kadikistani Union and the Democratic Socialist Republic before it had guarded over their perceived Kadiko-Slavonian relatives like a big brother guards his younger sibling. In doing so they had faced off with the West on several occasions, invested heavily in the Crotobaltislavonian economy, helped build their military and purged the regime, military and state apparatus several times in order to preserve the delicate balance between the formerly dominant Farragoists and the radical Otpor League. It took only several months of neglect for all those interventions, the vast resources, the lives sacrificed and much more hardships to be undone. By the time the eyes of Ivar gazed back onto Germania the Farragoists had lost power, Crotobaltislavonia had made military deals with the ideological rival Serenierre, strengthened ties with historical rivals of the Rurikgrad Pact and not in the least started an alliance with the most irresponsible nation left in Germania, the Grand Duchy of Lars. The latter gaining notoriety by being the first and only nation in the region ever to invite Touzen forces in Gallo-Germania.

    A traditional response of the Kadikistani Union would be to freeze the financial and economic donations that were being delivered in accordance with the Moravscik Plan. Furthermore All-Union forces currently stationed in Crotobaltislavonia could occupy the industrial areas, tow the heavy equipment back East and show dominance by crippling the treacherous regime economically. Not to mention raising tariffs and reclaiming some military hardware. Politically the country could also be crippled if the Kadikistani forces would storm the jointly build airport, the governmental buildings and take key position in Banja Luka along with the other major cities. If they wanted they would do so along with the Slavonians still loyal to the East. After all 8 months of neglect could not undo the deep bond that war and decades of support had created between the Kadikistani's and a large part of Crotobaltislavonian society.

    Ivar deemed it better to try a different approach, one that would not threaten to force Banja Luka into the hands of the Union's enemies. The Crotobaltislavonian government was still Marxist-Leninovist in name, but some of its members had become seduced by Western incentives. Dissident members of the government would be surgically removed during the following weeks and replaced with solid pro-Rurikgrad Farragoists. According to Ivar the Farragoist needed to become the dominant power again in the Slavonian political sphere, people who could remain loyal for more than a few weeks. A charm offensive would be launched simultaneously to remind the people of the deep historical ties between the two nations and the joint struggles that they have endured.

    Besides the two Marxist-Leninovist factions several other political parties had been allowed to establish themselves during the Union's preoccupation with their own internal issues. One of those parties, the Twentish Party, was the most vocal in their opposition to Kadikistani military presence in Crotobaltislavonia and support for a rapprochement with the West. Several of their interventions both in the institutions, on the streets and in the media had caused much anger back in Ivar. They dared make statements that called for a withdrawal of all Kadikistani military personnel from Crotobaltislavonia and an end to the Bilateral Alliance between the two. It was clear that the Twentish Party was a danger for the existence of socialism in Crotobaltislavonia. It was considered only reasonable that they were the first ones needed to be neutralized.

    'Cut off the head of the snake and the body will die', as an old Azraqi poverb went. Today the Shlebuchya, the All-Union Directorate of External Intelligence, would target Eduard Frei. The latter was the Chairman of the Twentish Party and an anti-Kadikistani strongman allowed to gain prominence in Slavonian politics. Frei had an apartment in Banja Luka due to his political career, but his roots were in a small rural town near the Gunnish border. He would occasionally escape to the countryside whenever he had the chance, clearing his mind from Banja Luka and its many intrigues. Today was such a day as Banja Luka would be consumed by the 7 Days War Victory March that was also taking place in the capitals of the Rurikgrad Pact member-states. Frei had no interest in celebrating the victory of the Rurikgrad Pact and the Farragoist-Otpor coalition, he didn't want to be anywhere near it.

    His children already leaving the house several years ago, starting their adult lives, Frei decided to bring his wife along for the trip. Unexpected by the Shlebuchya agents involved in the assassination mission, but without consequence for the mission. The Twentish Party leader usually drove to the small rural village of Mrekt, 11 kilometres south of the Banja Luka city border and today was no different. His home town was too far for a day-trip and Mrekt had the bonus of having a relatively intact forest. All forests closer to Banja Luka were either completely or partially destroyed by one of the many conflicts taking place around the capital the last years, new trees taking their time to grow. Being somewhat of a rally fan he was known to enjoy driving the small dirt-roads at exaggerated speeds. His need for speed being exactly the vice that the Shlebuchya would exploit.

    Knowing the exact location were Frei and his wife would go, the pattern not being hard to discover, one agent had been hiding in the area since the day before. He waited for Frei to pull over in his SUV and walk deeper into the beautiful forest, holding hands with his wife like young lovers. By the time the Twentish Party power couple had left sight the agent made stealthy approach towards the vehicle and sabotaged the breaks in a manner that would make it look like poor maintenance when they eventually gave out. Several hours later, hoping to get back to the city by nightfall Eduard Frei and his wife re-embarked their SUV and drove off. The wine they had earlier making the Chairman slightly more daring in the turns. Before the couple left the hills the breaks gave out, the SUV tumbled and crashed into a tree. The Shlebuchya agent used some distant high-ground paired with some binoculars to verify the severity of their wounds and left the area. While his wife was no longer moving, the head stuck in the dashboard, Frei was still clinging on to what little life he had left. But it was of no consequence, there was no way he would crawl over ten kilometres for help and the cellphone reception in the area was non-existent.

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  2. Kadikistani Union

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    Rijekavnik
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    16th of July 2019

    Despite the long summer days this time of year nightfall had come to the rural town of Rijekavnik. It was one of the warmer summer evenings so far for the town of only a few thousands inhabitants, approximately 30 kilometres East of Banja Luka. With the coming of the dark a few lights went on across town, though most stayed dimmed as the residents would need their rest for tomorrow's workday. One of the places were the lights remained on was the tavern at the small central square, the only place in town where one could still have a drink at this hour. That's exactly what General Gasper Kriz was doing along with two other members of his staff, Colonel's Ratko Milovic and Marko Kuzmanovic. Kriz was the Crotobaltislavonian Army Chief of Staff, currently stationed in a military base not to far from the impoverished rural town. Along with two of his comrades he was enjoying some rest and recuperation and while his position wouldn't allow him to get nearly as drunk as he wanted the Army Chief would still drink enough to alleviate the pain his career had cost him. The tavern was popular with soldiers stationed in the area, most importantly because it was the only tavern in a 6 kilometre radius, but also because the patrons daughter was a sight to behold. The tavern keeper was always happy to serve army brass, they paid correctly, often had foreign currency, kept it civilized and their very presence kept the lower ranks from becoming animals trying their luck with his lusciously provided daughter.

    Officers also had a similar effect on civilians and that was no unnecessary luxury in a town like Rijekavnik. Having a low population and a tradition of farming could not prevent the town from experiencing in their own scale what some would call "big city problem's". The proximity of Rijekavnik to the military base were General Kriz was stationed made the town a target during the 7 Days War. The Burgundian Ducal Air Force, determined in the first hours to strike deep into Crotobaltislavonia and destroy most known static equipment and facilities, received Anti-Air fire coming from Rijekavnik and retaliated. Remaining payloads were dumped over the town, hitting the silos of the state-owned chemical disposal factory on the edge of the town. The chemical waste contaminated around 60% of the town's farmland, rendering the ground of many farmers useless for at least three more generations and only if environmental action would be taken. Farmers who could no longer cultivate their lands had little other choice than to become day-labourers for the remaining farmers which became much hated local barons. So far even the chemical waste facility itself was still too contaminated to start up operations, the company managers agreeing that it would be cheaper to build a new factory elsewhere than decontaminating, rebuilding and paying for all the sick workers. Of course there was also the consequence of the chemical spill on human and wildlife in the area, many of the townspeople already showing various signs of illness in connection to the disaster.

    The lack of perspective, health risks and general hardship caused most of the younger generation to flee Rijekavnik, hoping for a better future in one of the bigger cities or even another country. Some of them returned, more scarred than before, others were often never heard from again. The demographics of the town shifted in favour of the elder generations who were often either too proud, too stubborn or too scared to leave and abandon everything they've known. With some of the youth returning from unsuccessful ventures beyond the district borders they brought with them the only escape from reality they managed to find outside of their seemingly cursed town, blud. The deadly drugs has long been present on the Slavonian market, but towns like Rijekavnik seemed the be the ideal breeding grounds for such dangerous escapism. It wouldn't be the first time that the remains of wasted youth were found in the gutter, worse so for the tavern keeper when they managed to stumble inside. Assured that General Kriz and his small entourage would prevent that from happening this night the patron decided to stay open for as long as the officers wanted as a token of gratitude and an incentive for the men to return.

    It was well past midnight when only General Kriz and Colonel Milovic were left, Colonel Kuzmanovic and the rest of the lower ranks leaving back to their barracks several hours ago. The two men were having their last round discussing the recent news of Beautancus naval facilities in the Grand Duchy of Lars when the Colonel suddenly became more interested in the patrons daughter than the geopolitical opinions of his superior. The Slavonian Chief of Staff always kept his cards close to his chest concerning his political views, especially in front of politicians and media, but those close to him knew that he was critical of the Kadikistani influence over his country. He was one of the 'Old School' military commanders, gaining a major command before the regime of Raoul Farrago placed itself in the saddle. General Kriz managed to manoeuvre himself to the top of the military in a nation known for its political intrigues and power-shifts, even surviving three Kadikistani-backed purges. More than to any regime he was loyal to his country. Kriz fought with his Kadikistani counterparts when his country was invaded, but when the Northern Enclaves of the Kadikistani Union rebelled, distracting Slavonia's big brother, Kriz saw his chance to cause a rift. The Army Chief of Staff used his influence to make the government sign a military deal with the Serazinist Republic of Serenierre, breaking the Pact of Steel formerly existing between the latter and the Kadikistani Union.

    Causing a rapprochement between Crotobalitslavonia and the main ideological rival of Ivar was enough for General Gasper Kriz to earn himself a place on the Kadikistani blacklist. That is why, under the cover of darkness, a Shlebuchya agent dressed as a homeless addict was waiting in the shadows with his eyes fixed on the tavern. As Colonel Milovic mustered his courage and started a clumsy conversation with the patron's daughter General Kriz finished his drink while watching the scene play out before him. His friend doing his very best to be charming, the daughter somewhat uncomfortable and the patron himself almost breaking the glass in his hands out of anger. Having had his little laugh the General stood up, balanced himself with the help of the wall besides him and started walking towards the door, occasionally miss-stepping. Halfway to the door he turned to the tavern keeper, "Wake that hero up at 5 am, tell him I'm expecting him at the base by 5.30", he said with a smile and a wink hoping that such a torment would at least grand the patron some satisfaction.

    A cold breeze in the otherwise mild summer evening caused the General to tighten his jacket as he slowly made his way to his car across the street. The Shlebuchya agent slowly approached from the rear saw his chance when Kriz was standing by his car door going through his pockets looking for his car keys. The moment of distraction allowed the dirt covered agent to come up from behind the General with a locally popular butterfly knife in his gloved hand. By the time the intoxicated General heard anything and turned around the first three stab wounds had already been administered, four more would follow. Two of the stabs were pure precision, hitting two vital organs that would assure the General's death, the remaining five we random stabs in the same area to make the attacker look more amateurish. The General's face looked so frighteningly shocked that it would no doubt long be remembered by the anonymous attacker. The Chief fell to the ground unable to retaliate or utter anything else than his own blood. He would bleed out in mere minutes, but that was more time than the agent was afford to spend to clean his tracks.

    The weapon was bagged and the agents would leave a trail leading to an abandoned barn several hundred metres further. He had earlier established that the bar was squatted by a local low-life drug addict known as Daz who was shunned even by his fellow addicts. In a matter of a few seconds the agent kneeled down near his second victim of the night and prepared a much too high dose of locally bought liquid blud which he injected with a syringe into his already highly infected arm. By grabbing his stinking blue arm the agent accidentally woke Daz who reacted by screaming in agony if not for the agent responding fast and holding his hand over his mouth. The dose worked fast, Daz's confused and panicky eyebrows relaxing and his eyes slowly closing. The boots were switched, the knife and some of the General's DNA samples were strategically placed on Daz, the General's empty wallet a few metres further with the cash in Daz's pockets and Kriz's fancy watch on his arm. Everything was done with the utmost care. The Shlebuchya agent came back outside the bar he could still see General Kriz on the streets in the distance, no alarm had been raised yet and he could disappear from the hopeless town. The scene would look like a mugging gone bad and that's exactly what the patron would think when he went outside for a cigarette a dozen minutes later after needing a break from watching Colonel Milovic horribly seducing his daughter.

    The liquidation of military high commanders such as Gasper Kriz would benefit the younger generation of officers. The latter mostly being trained in or at least by the Kadikistani Union or other members of the Rurikgrad Pact. According to the doctrine of Militarized Socialism, control over the armed forces was paramount to keep Crotobaltislavonia from deviating. Following the Marxist-Leninovist tradition the Farragoists would regain their strength through the military.
     
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