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Etruria

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It was a typical sunny day in June in Lars, with its 28 degrees and a sea wind that blew through the historic streets of the capital of the Grand Duchy. Also this week the prime minister has called the assembly for the security of his country. Taking part in the meeting were the "Fox" secret services and the agencies under it administered with their respective directors like ASI and ASE. The topic of the day would be the reactivation of Kadikistan's interests for the new ally of the Grand Duchy, CBS.

The various secret service managers were all sitting around a circular table before Tusca Larci entered the meeting room inside the government building. The room was in Baroque style and at its center was a round table with mythological figures carved on the foundation of four ducats. The Director of the FOX agency, Claudio Palmura, was sitting on the right, while the Directors Francesco Belvi "ASI" and Germani Hulmen "ASE" were seated respectively on the opposite sides, in fact leaving the place for the Prime Minister between them. The Prime Minister takes a seat and immediately start the agenda.

T. Larci : "Good morning, I am sorry to summon you to the city on such a beautiful day, but we have work to do. First we start and the sooner you can go back to your respective activities. Director Hulmen, Kadikist military units have been registered in the territories of the Crotobaltislavonia republic, why did your agency not find it necessary to inform me?"

G. Humler: "Prime Minister, the soldiers present in the territory of the CBS republic are mostly instructors or technological support and are not able to form a combative unit capable of causing material damage to our nation."

T. Larci : "Mr Humler, I did not ask you if the soldiers inside the CBS territory were capable of causing material damage to our nation. You represent an agency that has the role of defending the political, military and economic interests of Lars. The hold of those soldiers could jeopardize the delicate transition process that the country is going through, so I expect more surveillance on those soldiers. A passive surveillance that does not affect our relationship with the local government. Palmira will be obliged to ensure that my request is respected and that in doing so you are not likely to be discovered, it would be unattractive."

T. Larci didn't like having to do with the secret services, especially when they decided to omit certain information that would have been fundamental for her during international negotiations. However, she recognized the fundamental usefulness of the secret services for national defense, although she did not share the methods, she being more a woman for uncomfortable truths rather than sweet lies.

Minutes passed and it was up to the director Belvi and his report on national information security.

F. Belvi: "Dear colleagues, as you can see from the documents on the table, in the past months we have noticed an increase in cyber warfare between the nations of Serenniere and Eiffilland-Retalia. We have been monitoring the situation for a long time in order to improve our defenses for a similar attack. We also simulated an attack on various military and civil information systems of the Grand Duchy to test its defense capabilities. The biggest sistem weakness concerns two civil and one public computer systems, which would be very vulnerable to a foreign cyber attack. The high-speed rail network could be taken out of service in the north of the country, while hospitals and government buildings could suffer numerous blackouts if hackers decide to attack the electricity grid of the south east of the nation. The biggest problem, however, represents the vulnerability of the IT transport system of the metropolitan area of Pisa. This would require an urgent upgrade to prevent thousands of citizens stranded inside the subway or an unsupervised city airspace."

T. Larci : "Thank you. The situation seems really serious. The government will provide all the necessary tools for its computer systems to be as safe as possible and now we know where we are most vulnerable, while as regards private computer systems, we will do our best to push them to update their information security as quickly as possible. We have concluded for today, I thank you for the work you have done and I believe you will have to see us again next week."
 

Etruria

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Prime minister's office in Lars.
The director of the secret services was expected in the evening, he had to present a detailed report on the situation of the nearby republic of Crotobaltislavonia. Germani Hulmen was the director of ASE. Upon his arrival at the office door, the security officer of that evening, knocked on the office door waiting for an answer from inside.​

T. Larci: Let him pass please, I was waiting for him. Thanks.

The director entered the prime minister's office. The room was furnished with furniture and tapestries, tapets and paintings. Gold and white marble were the two main shades. Among the various paintings was that of the royal family hung behind the first ministry desk and a flag pole. Germani sat down in front of the prime minister's desk and waited for it to finish signing some documents.​

T. Larci: Thank you for coming in person, I prefer not to delegate if I can avoid, moreover the subject is very sensitive and I have many difficulties in keeping the majority in the Senate on this issue.

G. Humler: I understand and share the need to keep a low profile, we still can't understand all the players on the table. For this reason, we decided to operate without the use of field agents, but preferring the network developed within some Crotobaltislavonia police services. Our border police have previously conducted several operations with the Crotobaltislavonia border guard. During these events, we created contacts within their organization to monitor the health of the organization itself. In the last weeks, we have relied on our contacts and friendships, asking for and having access to some documents from the police investigating the recent death of the President of Crotobaltislavonai and other pro lars politicians who have died in the last period. We encountered and noted pressure from government politics and officials to close the investigation as quickly as possible, invalidating any form of normal investigation and closing the case as an "accident". Unfortunately, without being able to gain access to the victims' bodies and scenes, and with documents demonstrating an inability of local forces to conduct independent investigations, we have to report the deaths as suspect.
T. Larci: Thanks for your work, I guess it was not easy to receive this information and the couple of these files, leave them on my desk. I was hoping to get different information from you, but in a way, I was deceiving myself. After the interior ministry contacted the local crotobaltislavonia embassy for information on the mysterious death of the President, they seemed to have fallen from a pear tree. They were unaware of anything. Indeed, they confirmed that they are more a consulate than an embassy, having minimal contact with the ministry of reference, unable to know of what is happening within their nation.
The Prime Minister paused to clear her mind before resuming her talk with the director of secret services.​
I will do everything in my power to delay the request of parliament to examine this document, hoping to buy time and see how the situation evolves within the Crotobaltislavonai region. If I can't, I have no power to ask you to lie, so I expect your relationship to be as complex as it is today. Thanks, it's free to go.
After a brief institutional greeting, G. Humler left the prime minister's room to head to his home and family.​
 
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