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Yesterday, 7:39pm

Author: Brockpaine

Spammer in Aisle Three

Huh, how'd you get that? I spent fifteen minutes trying to find a way to access it to delete that...

Yesterday, 6:42pm

Author: Brockpaine

British Empire News 1948

The French have made a few computers called the CUBA, but I'd have to delve back into things to find out when. I wasn't able to find much historical information on it, so I don't know what it does, other than be France's first computer...

Wednesday, December 6th 2017, 2:33pm

Author: Brockpaine

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Well, in consolation, the Asperns probably did just about as well as the Kolchak! :)

Monday, December 4th 2017, 6:12pm

Author: Brockpaine

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1948 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

Big Diomede Island February 5th "Target vessel appears to be getting underway again, ma'am," one of the women at the fire-control table reported. Ariadne Volkova frowned and stared at the message the Chinese ship had just transmitted in reply. Unfortunately, the Chinese had found the one loophole that they could abuse: they were moving onto the American side of the strait, counting on the fact that the Russians would be reluctant to offer any insult, real or perceived, to the Americans. "Can we ...

Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 4:52pm

Author: Brockpaine

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1948 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

Big Diomede Island February 5th "Three minutes," Leytenant Elena Borisova reported, her eye on her watch. "No response?" Podpolkovnik Volkova said in surprise. "Certainly we have woken them up, but can they be so surprised? Very well - batteries, prepare to fire on the target v-" "Incoming radio transmission from the target ship," Volkova's radio officer reported, leaning out from behind the curtain that separated the communication room from the rest of the command bunker. "That's more like it,"...

Tuesday, November 28th 2017, 4:02pm

Author: Brockpaine

Territorial Waters

Further addendum: Another possibility comes to mind for the Bering Strait case, which might have been part of any 1921-era discussion with the US. Given the position of Little Diomede Island (which is US territory) only just a bit ot the east of Big Diomede Island (Russian territory), the Russians would probably draw their own border line as if the US had also claimed a 12nm sea limit. That means that even though passing through the western half of the strait is possible on the ideal of transit ...

Tuesday, November 28th 2017, 3:03pm

Author: Brockpaine

Territorial Waters

Quoted from "parador" In general I have no problem with the 12 miles zone which are claimed by Russia (no matter 1921 or later), but here in this case i have a problem ! This has nothing to do with the news thread discussion, it is more or less a fundamental problem. If Russia declares the 12 miles zone, a crossing of the Bering Strait for other ships is only possible if they violate russian territorial waters. This is NOT acceptable ! That would be just as if Macao or Hong Kong is surrounded b...

Monday, November 27th 2017, 10:08pm

Author: Brockpaine

Territorial Waters

Continued from here, so as to not mess up Parador's Chinese news thread. I have researched through old posts to try to find a definitive statement by AdmK to verify that Russia adopted 12nm limits in 1921. I have not been able to find a post explicitly stating this. However, as noted to Walter earlier, I did find several posts by AdmK which seem to imply that 12nm limits were in fact declared. Further, I have definitely found other posts by multiple people which indicates the 12nm limits were de...

Monday, November 27th 2017, 7:11pm

Author: Brockpaine

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1948 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

Quoted from "Rooijen10" Quoted the Zhuhai is outside what Russia claims as the 3nm territorial water boundary; but it's inside the 12nm limit that (if I recall correctly) China claims. The Chinese are thus in a murky gray area regarding "territorial waters". While both Russia and the US may still claim the 3-mile limit (for now), the Zhuhai cannot pass the Bering Strait without getting within the 12-nm limit that China itself claims. As far as I know, the Russians also claim 12nm as the limit o...

Monday, November 27th 2017, 4:32pm

Author: Brockpaine

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1948 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

OOC explanation (for clarity): the Zhuhai is outside what Russia claims as the 3nm territorial water boundary; but it's inside the 12nm limit that (if I recall correctly) China claims. The Chinese are thus in a murky gray area regarding "territorial waters". While both Russia and the US may still claim the 3-mile limit (for now), the Zhuhai cannot pass the Bering Strait without getting within the 12-nm limit that China itself claims. Regardless of the shades of black-and-white-and-gray, the batt...

Monday, November 27th 2017, 2:37pm

Author: Brockpaine

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1948 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" But does not China claim a 12 NM territorial limit? Given the continued progress of the Chinese vessel after the warning given to it I suspect it would have moved within twelve miles of Diomede. When the batteries fired, the range cited is 18,050 meters / 18.05 km, which is about 9.7 nautical miles. :) 65°32'N by 169°12'W is the position of the Senyavin, which was identified as being 12km (6.5nm) further south of the Zhuhai. Also, it's a rough position - I don't always...

Friday, November 24th 2017, 11:36pm

Author: Brockpaine

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1948 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

Quoted from "Rooijen10" Quoted the line passed between Japan and the russian island of Sakhalin I am pretty sure you were meant to say the Japanese island of Karafuto. :) If I remember the map correctly, it's split between Russian Sakhalin and Japanese Karafuto. :) Quoted from "Rooijen10" Quoted Incident made. Fun will now be had by all. :D Could have been avoided if they stuck closer to the edge of the US territorial waters... but then it would not be much fun for us, the audience. :) No worri...

Friday, November 24th 2017, 6:55pm

Author: Brockpaine

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1948 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

The Bering Sea, 65°32'N by 169°12'W February 5th Kapitan Grishin accepted the note back from the runner and glanced at it. He chuckled uneasily at the Chinese warship's response. "About what we expected," Grishin said. "Any reply for the Chinese, sir?" the runner asked. "No," Grishin replied. "They've received their warning; now it's up to others to deliver the response. Instead, send the message '97649' on the Pacific Fleet channel, and report our position - and that of the Chinese ship. Man th...

Thursday, November 23rd 2017, 4:34am

Author: Brockpaine

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1948 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

The Bering Sea, 65°32'N by 169°12'W February 5th The Admiral Senyavin and her escort, the icebreaker Svyatogor, pushed through the icepack towards the Bering Strait. Twelve kilometers ahead of them, forging through the ice on a northerly course, was the Chinese icebreaker-seaplane-cruiser Zhuhai, still headed for the Arctic Ocean. On the navigating bridge of the Senyavin, Kapitan I Rang Fyodor Grishin held a steaming cup of coffee and stared at the horizon. Senyavin's radio-detection gear helped...

Monday, November 13th 2017, 9:40pm

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1948

Cam Ranh Bay, Indochina Thursday, April 15, 1948 Claude Masson reviewed the files in front of him with a mix of frustration and amusement. Dieuxeme Bureau had failed to make a covert approach to inspect the junk spotted in Pattaya, because the Yamaguchi-gumi - a Japanese criminal syndicate - had purchased the vessel, apparently for use in their own underworld activities. The vessel ended up sailing from Pattaya after only a few days... ...and went right back to Indochina, where the Indochinese N...

Monday, November 13th 2017, 7:03pm

Author: Brockpaine

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

RF Navy, by way of their naval attaché, expresses their congratulations to Vizeadmiral Engel for his promotion.

Wednesday, November 8th 2017, 3:08pm

Author: Brockpaine

Retired Ships

Varyag class, Russian Escort Cruiser laid down 1931 Displacement: 5,466 t light; 5,799 t standard; 6,502 t normal; 7,064 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 436.12 ft / 426.51 ft x 45.93 ft (Bulges 54.13 ft) x 18.42 ft (normal load) 132.93 m / 130.00 m x 14.00 m (Bulges 16.50 m) x 5.62 m Armament: 6 - 9.21" / 234 mm guns (3x2 guns), 440.92lbs / 200.00kg shells, 1931 Model Breech loading guns in turrets (on barbettes) on centreline, evenly spread Aft Main mounts separa...