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Yesterday, 2:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Bering Strait Incident - In Character Discussions Only

Initial questions put by the arbiter: To the representative of the Russian Federation 1. What is the limit of territorial waters claimed by the Russian Federation? 2. On what legal basis is that claim founded? To the representative of the Chinese Empire 1. What is the limit of territorial waters claimed by the Russian Federation? 2. On what legal basis is that claim founded?

Monday, January 22nd 2018, 8:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Bering Strait Incident - Out of Character Discussions

Permit me to make this clear at the outset of discussions on this matter - the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, as a unified document, is not relevant to this matter as: 1 - The United Nations does not exist in Wesworld 2 - The body of Admiralty case law and interim agreements that led to the real-world's UNCLOS has not, or has not yet, happened. In so far as possible I will seek period precedents and the decisions of the in-game League of Nations to guide any decision rendered i...

Sunday, January 21st 2018, 9:35pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Scenes of Fire and Fury (5) – Differences of Opinion

The conference in Willenbrock’s day cabin continued – and Dietrich raised his voice once again. “You cannot be serious in your intentions to depart! We have only just begun our work here; what we have found is of prime scientific importance. I cannot allow you to interrupt my research…” Willenbrock looked up from the table and spoke in measured tones. “Herr Professor, permit me to remind you that this is a vessel of the Deutsches Kriegsmarine, and that you, and your assistants, are under naval d...

Sunday, January 21st 2018, 1:01am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Belgrade, Thursday, 22 July 1948 Opening arguments were heard today in the trial of the six perpetrators of the hijacking of the Italian airliner which landed in Tirana this past May. Counsel for the prosecution began by reviewing the facts of the case and arguing that in conformity to the Law of Nations any government was competent to try a case of piracy, particularly one that had been committed in its jurisdiction. Counsel for the defence spoke to the political aspiratio...

Sunday, January 21st 2018, 12:22am

Author: BruceDuncan

New ships for Atlantis 1946/47

Quoted from "thesmilingassassin" Problem is I have no stats on the mortars used on the Halland's (yet) so I'm not sure how successful they will be on this design. *edit* found some! The Halland carried a quad Bofors 375mm ASW mortar - a cloned version is used by the KM, and I believe that the Marine Nationale has a similar system planned or in service. I suppose you *could* mount them on the forecastle ahead of "A" mount but I'm not certain I'd want to be a member of that turret's gun crew - th...

Friday, January 19th 2018, 7:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Philippine Herald, Wednesday, 21 July 1948 The submarines Cairina and Coracina were completed today at the Butuan naval shipyard. Following their builders’ trials they will begin operational training and should be operational early next year. They follow in the wake of the penultimate pair of Tirador class submarines, Columbina and Chen, which entered service earlier this week. The Manila Times, Thursday, 22 July 1948 The Malacañan has officially confirmed that Minister of Defense Don Joaqui...

Thursday, January 18th 2018, 3:21pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Opening Statement by the German Government

The German Government, having been selected by the governments of the Chinese Empire and the Russian Federation to serve as arbiter in the dispute known familiarly as “The Bering Strait Incident” names Carl-August Mosler to serve as special master to receive and review arguments pertaining to this case. Disputant parties are hereby requested to prepare and submit their initial statement of facts and position to the special master within thirty days.

Thursday, January 18th 2018, 2:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Bering Strait Incident - Out of Character Discussions

This thread is for out-of-character comments by all players - arbiter, disputants, and other nations. If a comment is made in-character by a non-involved party it may be made here - Please distinguish between IC and OOC comments.

Thursday, January 18th 2018, 2:55pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Bering Strait Incident - In Character Discussions Only

This thread is for in-character discussions of the arbiter (Germany) and the disputant powers (China, Russian Federation) only. A separate thread for out-of-character comments and comments by non-disputant powers can be found here.

Wednesday, January 17th 2018, 9:51pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Scenes of Fire and Fury (4) – Excursions and Alarums

While the scientific staff under Dietrich’s leadership continued their exploration of the largest island, the Komet’s crew continued the systematic survey of the coastline of the other islands surrounding the caldera, even sending parties ashore where it seemed prudent to do so. The found most, if not all, of the vegetation swept away, and no signs of higher life – consistent with the discoveries made on the main island. The seaward sides of the outer islands were nearly as abrupt as those that ...

Wednesday, January 17th 2018, 9:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Speaking out of character here: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia might be considered sufficiently neutral to all parties concerned to take on the role of arbitrator.

Wednesday, January 17th 2018, 1:27am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Artillery School Ship Brummer, København, 20 July 1948 The Brummer had made numerous course changes as she made her way down the Baltic yet her fishing trawler ‘escort’ remained with her. At one point, four nights ago, they had made a high-speed run in order to shake the tailing fishing craft but in the morning had found her of the starboard quarter, ready to resume following the Brummer. This uncanny ability to stay with the German vessel confirmed that the craft was in no way a proper fishing ...

Tuesday, January 16th 2018, 8:42pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

Lima, The German Embassy, 19 July 1948 Engineer Felix Wankel read the preliminary report of the Iquitos survey team with interest. Six weeks ago he and a group of specialists sponsored by the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst had arrived in response to a request for technical assistance from the Peruvian Government. In frank imitation of the Entwicklungsdienst the Peruvians had already put into operation their scheme of Military Rural Settlement Units, which were doing good work across the country to...

Monday, January 15th 2018, 3:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Speaking in character here: "The Philippine Government has long warned the world of the aggressive intentions of the Chinese Empire. That it should deliberately provoke the Russian Federation by mounting an armed expedition to the Arctic wastes comes as no surprise. While it is to be hoped that cooler heads will prevail and the matter can be brought to a peaceful resolution through arbitration we remind the world of China's long record of provocation and overt hostilities; a careful watch must b...

Monday, January 15th 2018, 12:23am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Belgrade, The While Palace, Tuesday, 20 July 1948 “Sire, it is imperative that you marry…” Prince Paul, King Petar’s cousin, and nearest male relative, had made this point over the last several days with increasing forcefulness. “That is easy for you to say,” the young king answered. His cousin had married some twenty-five years earlier, an arrangement for political considerations; the rumours of his escapades at Oxford that had come to the King’s ear during his own time there, coloured his view...

Saturday, January 13th 2018, 10:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Scenes of Fire and Fury (3) – Explorations

The following morning found the Komet riding leisurely off the easternmost, and largest, of the several islands that made up the lagoon. Here at least she could anchor in comparative safety, though several kilometres from the shore. The first party sent ashore – composed of naval personnel despite Dietrich’s objections – reported that here at least the presence of dangerous gasses was much reduced – due perhaps to the constant ocean breezes dispersing them. In the afternoon Dietrich’s party of s...

Saturday, January 13th 2018, 6:27pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Hamburger Abendblatt, Monday, 19 July 1948 The Deschimag yards here saw completion today of the new air defence destroyers Erfurt and Altona. The ships have embarked on their builders’ trials and will soon join the Lehr Division in the Baltic for operational training. Transradio Press Service, Tuesday, 20 July 1948 The German Navy marked another milestone in its progress today with the formal arrival of the aircraft carriers Tegetthoff and Zieten at the naval base of Wilhelmshaven. Each of these...

Friday, January 12th 2018, 5:12pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Scenes of Fire and Fury (2) – Discoveries

The first discovery made by the Komet and her crew presented itself the moment the ship dropped anchor – the centre of the lagoon had no good holding ground, the Komet paying out more than two hundred metres of anchor chain and failing to find bottom. It was only when the ship moved closer to the shore of the eastern island could they find a spot where they could anchor – and then they were dangerously close to a lee shore. There they rode out the night, delaying a landing until morning. The loo...

Friday, January 12th 2018, 1:11pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Quoted from "Hood" Bit disappointed there were no waves of tanks heading for Beijing but I'll keep the popcorn close just in case! You mean sonething like this?