November 30, Knýtlingsfort A nerd, this was the first thought that crossed Koch’s mind when she realized Gregor Samsonson confused her for a Kryobaijani agent instead of a Franconian. He reminded her a bit of the absent-minded nevertheless clever and well-meaning nerds of her grammar school and university classes. Fair enough, there were some Franconian communists afficinados in Derjiste, who were taken care of by her Kryobaijan-stationed comrades, the senior LND agent was quite sure. To win Stoker’s sympathy she very politely pointed out his misunderstanding. “While I’m actually from your southern neighbour country, I’d like to assure you that my employer will generously help with your unpaid campaign debts and even provide some additional seed-financing, so to say. Furthermore, we are prepared for offering a mutually benefitting compromise deal with you and your movement, Gregor Samsonson. ‘Politics’, as one Franconian statesman – I believe it was the father of modern Franken Graf Montgelas – once said, ‘is the art of the possible.’ We do know that only have the best intentions for this beautiful region and we want to help you with it. In return we’d like you to help us achieving our aspirations for your country’s future. Trust me, it will be both exciting and profitable.” Judging from what the intelligence dossiers told her, Ella Koch surmised Stoker would be inclined to accept the deal. Compared to the Stoker two decades ago, this older incarnation was a little more mollified and – most importantly – more down to earth. If Stoker didn’t play nice and overdid things with his revolutionary games, there would be ways to dispose of him, Koch pondered. December 2, Nürnberg The writ re-claiming the Margraviate of Oberschlesien as part of the crown prince’s title was wrapped up just in time for the release of the weekly issue of the kingdom’s gazette, which published all newly enacted pieces of legislation. As soon as the writ popped up on the electronic internet version of the gazette, the blogosphere and internet communities of Franken buzzed and busily speculated over the Kingdom’s involvement in Oelar. Since it was a matter which concerned the Crown, i.e. the Sovereign and his government, it was the Prince Regent himself, who addressed the lower chamber of the Landtag, the Abgeordnetenhaus, with an explanation for the step. Hardly surprising to the government bench the opposition led by the social democrats remained skeptical and announced they would scrutinize the development of the situation closely. If things turned out ugly for Franken, “we will hold Graf Solms accountable”, the SDP chief whip declared. Following the parliamentary address, Prinzregent Jakob immediately retired to the Königsburg. In the afternoon the Royal Household's press secretary catered to the curious journalists.