Out of the ashes

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  1. Burgundian People's Republic

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    Pillau, Bourgogne.

    Henri Lierre was watching the country he loved was falling apart, the western regions had seceded, riots were engulfing what was left of Bourgogne. Following the Grand Duke's death and the union with the Kingdom of Elben all the old divisions and conflicts that had for so long lain dormant were bursting to the surface.

    Something had to be done, if Bourgogne was to survive something had to be done, something radical, the government in Chagny had proven itself incapable of the decisive leadership needed to save the country. If they wouldn't act then he would. Bourgogne needed strong leadership, it needed to regain its lost glory, what it needed was a republic, a government of the Burgundian people for the Burgundian people.

    He had been Mayor of Pillau for some fifteen years, he knew his city and its surroundings like the back of his hands, he was confident that the people, well at least those who mattered would back him, and as for the rest well they could all go to hell. He'd been planning this for weeks now, ever since the Good Friday strike, as soon as he gave the word and declared the Republic men loyal to him would take to streets, hopefully more would join...otherwise well it was best not thinking about.

    Right enough contemplating time to get to it, he picked up the phone by his desk.

    " Hey Edouard assemble your men, its time".

    Once the call was made he pulled a bottle of Gunnish Whiskey from a drawer in his desk, a 20 year old single malt and made a toast.

    " Long live the Republic...and hell long live Henri Lierre too"
     
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    Pillau, Burgundian People's Republic

    Roadblocks and barricades had gone up all over the centre of the city. Armed men with blue,red and gold armbands patrolled the city, some in police uniforms others in civilian gear. The flag of the new republic hung from buildings all over the city, there seemed to be a air of jubilation and triumph, this was a new start for the people of Bourgogne.



    Elsewhere the mood was less celebratory, In what had been the City Council office and was now the headquarters of the Burgundian People's Republic the All Burgundian Congress was hard at work. News continued to come in of riots in Elben-Bourgogne but it was becoming clear that the masses weren't exactly rising up en mass to declare for the Republic.

    Henri Lierre spoke to those assembled.

    " Now listen boys, we've declared the republic, but without men and arms there aint nothing we can do if that miserable excuse for a government in Chagny decides to squash us, and no offence to Edouard here but his Gendarmes are good men but they're not soldiers. Now whats left of the army is split between Neustria and Chagny, so we're gonna have to start one from scratch".

    At this Edouard Reynaud the Provisional Minister for Defense interjected.

    " Henri...er , we might have a problem with that, frankly we don't have the men, the training or the equipment. Hell we have plenty of shotguns and hunting rifles but against tanks and aircraft well... we're done for".

    " so we don't wait for the Chagny troops to come to us, I propose we go on the offensive, take hold of as much as the country as we can, show that we're not just a bunch of posers, we are Bourgogne's legitimate government and we've got to show the people that we're going to free them from foreign occupation".

     
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    Gladenbach, Burgundian People's Republic

    Gladenbach was in the heart of the Sprechenland, the German speaking area of Bourgogne, there were many in the Sprechenlander community were apprehensive about the new republic and how easily the anti-Elbener rhetoric could morph into one pro-Gallian, anti-minority rhetoric.

    Gustav von Goltz's family had lived and ruled in the Sprechenland for close to three hundred years, to all intents and purposes he was Burgundian, despite his Germanic heritage. Pinning his own colours to the People's Republic was a risk certainly but if they succeeded then the safety of the Sprechenland and its people was all but assured given their service, and if the People's Republic failed...well Neustria was not too far away.
     
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    " Hey boys take at look at this, we've been condemned by the Kingdom of Justosia, apparently we're all a bunch of communists, what do you make of that then Baron von Goltz". Henri Lierre waved the document around to the men in the room, after much laughter from the room the Baron replied.

    " Well then if I am a communist then I am a very poor one, and for that I must apologize gentlemen and I shall to try to amend my behaviour accordingly ".

    Lierre spoke again" But in all seriousness this is proof if proof were needed that the fat inbred crowned heads of Europe will always look out for one another, to work against the Republic, not that I'm worried what some tin-pot dictator of backwater in the arse end of the world thinks, let them rant and rave, they can't stop us".
     
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    Pillau, Burgundian People's Republic, Provisional Chairman's Office.

    " Gustav, the shooting in Chagny and the bomb in Ouistreham...was that us"?,

    " Honestly Henri I have no clue, I believe that we planned a car bomb in Chagny as for the shooting". Von Goltz gave a shrug that any son of Gallia would've been proud of. " This is I think the problem with such a irregular force, we have no idea who our men are or what exactly they're doing..and while this can be an advantage in some regards I still feel a more regular standing army would be preferable. If we are to be seen as a real government we must have a real army".

    " We already are a real government. And the way things are currently in a fair fight with either Elben or Neustria we'd lose, so why fight fair?That's their game".
     
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    Pillau, Burgundian People's Republic, Provisional Chairman's Office.

    " So Edouard the Serenien want us to do what exactly"?

    " blow up their embassy in Chagny ".

    "What so they want us to be their goddamn hit-men, tell Martnique and her cabal of spies to take their money and weapons and stick them where the sun don't shine, we're trying to free our country from foreigners, not put in under a different master, we're not going to get rid of an Elbener king for a red Queen".

    " Five million is not a small sum Henri and let us not forget they have already given us some fifteen million.And guns and munitions don't exactly grow on trees round here, while morally it is difficult, from a pragmatic point of view....well you can't make an omelette".

    " We're not mercenaries, we're not terrorists the People's Republic is not for sale, if we lose then we lose but goddamn it we're not giving up our principles..its the only thing we have".
     
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    Pillau, Burgundian People's Republic, Provisional Ministry of Defense.

    Edouard LeSalle had come a long way from head of the Pillau Gendarmerie to now being one of the most powerful men in the Republic, and theoretically commander of the Armée Républicaine Nationale, although given the armies structure his authority was nominal at most which made any attempts at a coherent strategy next to impossible.

    " The fact is we aren't going to free the country by killing policemen or blowing up a cars, we need a decisive blow, a real victory, something to incite the people, something we can use, find out which of the Chagny government military bases are the most vulnerable or even better one with Elbener personnel..but until then continue the assassinations and bombings,actually you know what escalate them, we're going to make the Elbeners and their puppets live in fear".
     
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    VILLESEN || It had not come as a surprise that the Pillau government was reticent to satisfy the Villesen Government's desire to see its own embassy in Chagny blown to a crisp. It was a rather risky move for them. The Director General of Directorate 77 sat in his office and reviewed plans for certain contingencies. He could potentially have ordered the local cell in Chagny to do the fireworks itself. But that was perhaps too risky. He decided he would think things over. No need to be too hasty.
     
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    Pillau, People's Republic of Bourgogne.

    The shelves in the supermarkets were beginning to look increasingly bare, most of the produce sold in northern Bourgogne was shipped in from the south. However now supplies were being to run low and the Provisional government had begun to begin rationing.

    Micheal Delon had a had good job working for the Ducal government, however all that was over, now he had to line up to get food. Some stony faced Sprecklander with a rifle slung over his shoulder was checking everyone's ration book before they could enter or leave the supermarket. Of all the Republic's goons the Spreckenlanders were the ones Micheal liked the least, they were often refused to speak or understand Frankish seemly just to make a point.

    All of sudden one of the Spreckenlanders grabbed him from the queue " sind Sie Michael Delon?" it took Micheal a few moments to respond " yeah so? take your hands off me" . Micheal found himself being handcuffed and dragged into a nearby van which promptly drove off. After a five or ten minutes he was pulled out the van where he found himself in a empty car-park and tied to a chair.
    " Sie haben für die Regierung Chagny gearbeitet" another Spreckenlander spoke, this one seemed to be in charge, Micheal understood the word Chagny but none of the others, his obvious look of confusion caused the Spreckenlander to switch to Frankish " You have worked for the Chagny government".

    "Yes but, I'm a clerk its not like I work for the for the Military or anything important ".

    " However unlike many of your colleagues you failed to declare your allegiance to the Republic or publicly renounce the authority of the Chagny regime. As such you've made your way on our lists, my apologies for not getting to you sooner, the lists are quite long and you were somewhere down the bottom. Now I won't insult you by asking you to swear allegiance to the Republic, after all if you were truly loyal you'd have done so already...and since you are not loyal to the People's Republic and as you say are of no importance there is no real need for you here".

    " Please...don't shoot me".


    " Oh we aren't going to shoot you...bullets are quite expensive and frankly you aren't worth it, no you'll hang. auf Wiedersehen Herr Delon".




     
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    Pillau, Burgundian People's Republic, Provisional Ministry of Defense.

    " Sir you need to here about this, its the Spreckenlanders".

    " What the fuck have they been doing"?

    " Mr LeSalle sir, the Burgundische Freikorp have been rounding up suspected Chagny loyalists and executing them"

    " On who's orders, because I'm the fucking Defense Minister and I sure didn't tell them to do anything."

    " On Baron von Goltz's orders. Sir what do we do, we arrest the Baron"?

    " We can't the fucker is bulletproof, and we need his support...but we can arrest his thugs, round them up".
     
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    Theo Stiggson looked out upon the shore of the port of Cuiseaux from the bridge his old 50's era cargo ship. The ship was sixty two years over its proposed lifespan and still chugging along at a slow sixteen knots, it sailed under the banner of the anti-state. He had been late to the game in Himyar only netting a few orders of weapons that had made no difference for their buyers, not that it mattered to him, he didn't care who won or lost as long as someone was paying him cash, so when the fires of civil disorder started to smoulder over the break up of Bourgogne he knew he had to get involved.

    The MV Kerry-Ann settled into port and Theo gathered up his men paying specific attention to those who could speak the local languages at a passable level. He ordered them to go out into the Republic and make contact with those who had been interested in buying his goods. His selection was wide, from old bolt actions to new select fire options, RPG's, grenades of all kinds lethal and non-lethal and a few other spicier options if the cash flow was good enough to break into his secret stash. All of it had been acquired through various shell companies he had set up here and there, it was amazing what you could get a defense contractor to do for you when you present convincing documents and flash a little bit of cash to the right people. With the right amount of cash these plucky Burgundian freedom fighters could come a away with some good hardware.
     
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    " Mr Stiggson, My name is Edouard LeSalle and on behalf of the Burgundian People's Republic I would like to offer you my sincere thanks for your aid in this trying times. now I understand that first and foremost you are a man of business, so Mr Stiggson name your price".
    LeSalle was giddy at the prospect of gaining such an arsenal, and more importantly of being the man who would control it, holding the keys to the Republic's armoury would guarantee his power and position in the nation and go a long way to counter Baron von Goltz's influence.
     
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    Theo's eyes lit up as he took a drag of a cigarette he had just lit and put his right arm around LeSalle. "You know Eddie, can I call you Eddie?" He didn't wait for an answer. "I can part with everything I got in the hold for a cool 150 million Sylvanian dollars. Now I know you don't got dollars, but thats ok. I can have my accountant set up an electronic transfer for us before you take your new toys. Now let's go see what you bought."

    Down the the hold was an assortment of weapons neatly lined in racks or packed away in packing grease. "All this stuff is new or military surplus new if you know what I mean, but worry not, Eddie, everything will work just fine once you get the grease cleaned off of it. I got 30,000 SLR2's straight off the assembly line floor, just waiting to have some bodies put on them, or whatever you got planned. 20,000 M1 Lassiter Rifles that have never been unpacked, they are vintage but like I said, they've never been used. Now if you take a look here i got about 50,000 frag grenades, just pull the pin and throw like it's a baseball... You know what baseball is Eddie? Fun game."

    Theo took another drag of his cigarette and continued the tour. 20,000 smoke grenades, 10,000 flashbangs to blind and deafen your enemy. Now these babies are called the M75 LAT, stands for Light anti-tank. These can penetrate up to 400 millimeters of armor. I got 5,000 of those and over here I got a special weapon. The M91 SLAW, stands for Shoulder-Launched Assault Weapon, now these puppies got a few different types of rockets you can shoot out of them. You got a rocket for bunkers. " Theo opened a few other crates with rockets stored away. "Now these guys can penetrate up to 20 centimeters of concrete. These ones over here are for tanks, they can penetrate over 600 millimeters of steel armor. Now over here I got these things I like to call toe poppers, dig these in the ground and blow off the leg of who ever steps on it. Fucking nuts am I right or what?"

    "You can really kick off your revolution with this and if all goes well I can get more as well and I got a few other surprises for you If you become a good customer. But, Eddie, you gotta be a good customer." Two armed men stood on the stairwell out of the hold. "So how about we set up payment. You got that kinda money Eddie? If not you just come on back when you do. No funny games though, I hate funny games." Theo finished his cigarette and snuffed it out in ash tray that appeared by his side held by his assistant. Theo smiled his pearly whites as he looked at LeSalle.
     
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