Undisclosed Location, Golden Plateau, Langfield Free State, Natal "If the public will discover the whole image of this operation, we will be thoroughly compromise and we will literally surrender the country and more than half of the Southern Hemisphere of Europe to the Hippos for the next... God knows how much... probably for the next century..." said Robert Burns, the Director-General of the DER to Yonela Ashleigh Dalasile and to Lucas Riley, the commander of the Nutter Battalion an old man in his late 70s, who has either witnessed or participated in most conflicts the southern hemisphere has seen since the 1970s. The actions in his youth gave him the nickname the "King Nutter". "It is, in the end, a business transaction and I will be in your debt... as you know, I always payed my debt and Camp Hill always prospered with the good relationship with me and with Mad Matt's Green Legion," said Riley. "I expect Heydendahl to be visiting soon at some point, but they will all need to be kept under the rug. Post the long, hot winter, the new Natalian electorate has become quite... anti-First Republicanism... the old engell values, especially their radicalism are being replaced by this new generation, so I fear that in the next year, if such events like the ones that took played in the last months happen again, there will be a huge backlash in the Federation," commented State President Dalasile, more like thinking out loud, rather than to any member of her retinue. "The winds of change, Gentlemen. That is what we feel. We can either try to stand against them like a rock, futilely or let ourselves fly. The era of Misrule, live round military exercises and lack of dignity for the human kind, has come to an end," she continued, concluding. They were all waiting in the diplomatic terminal of the Belvedere International Airport in Camp Hill, for an important guest. A small private plane landed and taxied in front of them, and the leader of the foreign delegation, was the first to come down the stairs on the plane and was greeted by the Natalian authorities and by Lucas Riley. The delegation was coming from as far as Engellachia, and was headed by none other than Sheriff Alton Pike, and was mostly made of some of his close kinsmen. As he saw of whom the delegation consisted of, Burns joked that the Engellachians kept their families closer than a Rozvian king keeps his many wifes and tens of kids. After the initial greetings, the group went immediately to another spot in the airport, where three Atlas helicopters were taxied, and they left towards the Golden Plateau, flying over the sparkling grey Gran mountains and the Silver Canyon of the Natal, leaving behind the green rainforest of the south for the golden sunburned savannas of the interior. "Mister Pike, I take you are quite surprised by our small encampment here and the facilities that we can offer," said Riley after the helicopters approached the main base camp of the Nutter Battalion, a huge facility that housed the many men and women that served, their families, and the huge hangars that shielded their equipment from the elements, this including armoured personnel carriers, armoured cars, technicals, infantry fighting vehicles, even some tanks, but also helicopters and planes. Officially registered as a security company, The Nutter Battalion was one of the biggest mercenary companies in the world and the second biggest in Himyar, after the nearly double Green Legion. Their income coming from the many security contracts they had with all sorts of shady people from all over Europe, but also as auxiliaries to police and military forces in Himyar, especially in Cabaon, Loago and the Dune Sea, plus also subsidies coming from some of the secret stashes of the INTAF and the DER, their facility was literally like a super-militarised planned city, as it included even a hospital and a school with nursery for the families of the employees. Lucas Riley was a very pragmatic man. For him nobody was fully good, nobody was fully evil. He was considered by many as a cruel, unscrupulous and deceiving man, but even he stated that he had principles, and he believed that what the Domain was doing in Bourgogne and the First Republic was doing in it's internal affairs, their hypersensitivity was only gratuitous violence. Of course, he also hated nations like Eiffelland and Lars for being too self-righteous. He knew money was everything, and a few nappers, the weakest Pound of all, yet the most traded currency in Himyar, given to the government and the secret services, was enough for them to facilitate him with a line with probably some of the most conniving Engellachians, yet that will pay back ten if not hundredfold in the long run. He was ready to take this risk. "January may be a month in which your countrymen can enjoy liberty. And liberty, if it's not won at the ballot is usually won by the bullet. We can come to any agreement you can think of," Riley told Pike as the delegation stopped to watch a group of mercenaries go through an obstacle race as part of their physical training. "Her excellency, the state president," he said as he turned to Yonela Ashleigh Dalasile, "will hate on me for saying this, but I don't want to diss her nor do I think I am a doff for saying tis, but look around you, Mister Pike. This is a state within the state, in the end. This is stratocracy at it's best," he continued proudly. YAD scoffed at that comment, while Burns slowly let a smirk come out. "Like much of the Natalian militarism, it all comes down to tradition. The great warriors of the Impi of Cetshwayo Mbunda of old and the Rozvian Askari are all brought to modern day by the military culture of the NADF and bands such as this," said Robert Burns. "They may not be militant atheists or feel racially superior, but they are either Himyari Natives, believing in the glory of their ancestors and in battle they show no fear, to make them proud, or they are Christians, members of the Utatu Orthodoxy Church, and even if in their creed killing is a sin, it can be forgiven if they kill an infidel, plus, in the Utatu theology, material life in itself is suffering so, they aren't really afraid of what waits for them in the other side. All that make them fearsome warriors. Deadly in the heat of battle, but disciplined in rest," commented Riley.