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TLKNES: Belle Epoque

Discussion in 'Never Ending Stories' started by TheLizardKing, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. Immaculate

    Immaculate unerring

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    US Secretary of War James Longstreet ate too much salted meat.


    US Secretary of War James Longstreet ate too much salted meat. On a hot day like today, if he stood too close, or, to be honest, even if he did not, you could smell the mix of whiskey and salted pork oozing from his pores.

    Currently the secretary of war was standing over a long wooden table in the blazing sun of an unexpectedly warm early spring day in Richmond, a number of model tin ships spread upon it and the outline of the Chilean coast drawn in thick black ink along one edge. In addition to the secretary of war, around the table stood the Secretary of Commerce James Ronald Chalmers, Secretary of State James Ewell Brown Stuart, US President Nathan Bedford Forest, and Commodore John Taylor Wood. Wood had only recently arrived via fast steamer from Chile with news of the naval battle between the allied Chilean and US fleet and the British one. Having thoroughly briefed Longstreet, the sweating Secretary of War was now providing a much more slurred, and entertaining, debriefing to the US cabinet.

    Longstreet picked up one of the British ships and smashed it into an American one, USS Gerber, a picket gunship and sent it sprawling, “British ships steamed up the southern coast an ad about seven eh em were spotted by…well… this little American gunship,” he slurred.

    “Gerber sir,” interjected Wood.

    “Right. Good show commodore,” continued Longstreet. “Gerber stokes her fires and heads for north but the British steamers overtake her at approximately eight twenty and she receives a shot to her midship that nearly breaks her in two. Fadally damaged, she limps for shore.”

    The secretary of war pushes the model British ships haphazardly north along the outline of the Chilean shore. Several of the model ships tip over. Wood is visibly anxious and is obviously restraining himself from righting them and placing them in their proper order only with great difficulty. When Longstreet straightens himself and circles the table to pour himself another glass of whiskey, Chalmers taking two large strides back to inspect something in the grass as he does, Wood’s compulsion is too great and he rights and orders the British ships in accordance with an outline sketched upon a piece of paper he withdraws from his pocket.

    Longstreet returns to the ships and begins outlining the opening salvos of the British ships, whom, he explains, “Due to their sinking of ar scout picket were able to approach our allied flit unobserved and so assume, initially a commanding upwind and seaward position. From here the British flit, formed up, was able to cause significant initial damage, striking the USS Louisiana in the stern and punching through her armor. The high explosive shells immediately set fire to her under-decks and as the fire spread and cooked her eight inch gun’s ammunichon, the captain ordered all hands to abandon ship.”

    Here Wood interrupted, “The Louisiana never fired a shot in battle.” Forrest took a shot of whiskey and nodded. Otherwise the table was silent.

    Longstreet seemed to have lost some of his momentum as the table grew contemplative and Wood, sensing the duty to have fallen to him continued, “The disadvantageous position actually cost both the Chilean and American navies several smaller ships including 4 gun ships and 1 frigate. As our own ships steamed to respond the Kirby-Smiths, took screening positions. These performed admirably, their powerful 3-chamber engines quickly moving them to position and their 8” armor easily turning the guns of the smaller British support craft. As our ships guns began to train upon the British fleet properly, the initial British advantage was soon blunted. A well-placed shot from the USS Carpenter was able to strike the British cruiser, HMS Victor’s main guns, effective forcing her into a purely support role.”

    Wood pointed to one of the British ships to indicate the Victor. Around the table the cabinet was focusing intently, eyes flickering between the toy ships and the commodore. Forrest paced furiously and his face wore his characteristic undisguised look of impatience and broiling anger while Chalmers was contemplative, slowly smoking his cigar, ignoring the whiskey. Stuart had joined Longstreet and poured himself a very generous helping of whiskey, helping himself also to a second cigar that hung, unlit, from his right hand- which somehow also balanced his whiskey.

    “The exchange quickly disabled the USS Dakota’s engines leaving her to drift and slowly fall behind the USS Washington,” Wood moved the model of a US cruiser slowly behind one of the two Smith-class battleships models with the bottom of a half-full glass dripping condensation upon the table.

    In this way the commodore provided an in-depth explanation of the battle of Corcovado. Throughout, the executive cabinet listened quietly, Longfellow and Stuart drinking steadily, Forrest and Chalmers more slowly. At one point, as Wood explained a Valkyrie’s torpedo run upon the HMS Northhampton, Longfellow broke the solemn and respectful atmosphere by forgetting himself and reaching across the table, knocking over an empty bottle as he did, picking up the model of the Valkyrie and knocking it into the Northhampton’s model several times saying “Boom Boom Boom”.

    Regardless, the tale was told and the US cabinet learned of how their navy had won the first naval battle of Patagonia but paid most dearly for the small victory. Afterwards, Stuart, who considered himself a man of faith, offered a prayer for the dead and missing Americans who paid with their lives that day in November and everyone but Wood finally took their seats.

    They sat quietly for some time, contemplative, perhaps considering the dead, perhaps the next move to make when suddenly and without warning Longstreet disgorged a prestigious amount of whiskey and bacon-filled vomit upon the table. The man blinked several times without saying anything as the others withdrew, startled, and with unexpected dignity calmly tipped his hat to the President and quietly excused himself, carrying himself with unexpected balance and poise as he did.

    Commodore John Taylor Wood looked upon the map and the tiny ships at they sailed in the sea of vomit and half-chewed pork and couldn’t help but wonder at the symbolism.
     
  2. Grandkhan

    Grandkhan Telvanni Master Wizard

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    @Immac: ahahah that's great. Nice story :) British politicians are, by contrast, absolute paragons of moral behaviour. :p

    IC:

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland wishes to announce the formation of a Pact of Free Trade between itself and the Republic of Paraguay.
     
  3. TheLizardKing

    TheLizardKing Let's talk Michelle.

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    Just for fun. Trying to find the time to do one for navys as well.

    ECONOMIC REPORT

    TOTAL: 5108
    AVERAGE: 84

    GREAT EIGHT
    1. The French Empire (425)
    2. United States of America (384)
    3. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (366)
    4. Russia (344)
    5. The Austrian Empire (254)
    6. Prussia (208)
    7. The Ottoman Empire (203)
    8. The Kingdom of Spain (161)

    SECONDARY POWERS
    9. The Commonwealth of New England (137)
    10. Mexico (133)
    11. Denmark (131)
    12. The Dominion of Canada (117)
    13. China (113)
    14. Brazil (97)
    15. The Netherlands (98)
    16. Portugal (86)

    REGIONAL POWERS
    17. California (85)
    18. The Korean Empire (78)
    19. Gran Colombia (74)
    20. Bavaria (74)
    21. Duchy of Warsaw (73)
    22. The Japanese Empire (69)
    23. Texas (65)
    24. Sweden (63)
    25. Hannover (63)
    26. Romania (61)
    27. Venice (60)
    28. Bolivia (55)
    29. Genoa (54)
    30. Siam (51)
    31. Chile (48)
    32. Greece (44)

    MINOR STATES
    33. Khalistan (44)
    34. Montenegro (41)
    35. Michigan (40)
    36. Bulgaria (40)
    37. Serbia (40)
    38. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (35)
    39 Burma (35)
    40. Paraguay (34)
    41. Peru (34)
    42. Ezo (34)
    43. Yucatan (33)
    44. Transvaal (32)
    45. Saxony (32)
    46. Padania (31)
    47. German Confederation (31)
    48. Krakow (30)
    49. Persia (29)
    50. Sequoya (28)
    51. Sul (28)
    52. Afghanistan (26)
    53. Ecuador (25)
    54. Uruguay (19)
    55. Ethiopia (18)
    56. El Salvador (17)
    57. Orange (16)
    58. Morocco (14)
    59. Papal States (11)
    60. Central American Republic (11)
    61. Haiti (6)

    ARMY REPORT

    GREAT EIGHT

    1. The French Empire (306)
    2. The Russian Empire (266)
    3. The United Kingdom of Great Britain (224)
    4. The United States of America (220)
    5. The Chinese Empire (218)
    6. The Austrian Empire (210)
    7. The Kingdom of Prussia (175)
    8. The Kingdom of Spain (123)

      SECONDARY POWERS
    9. The Ottoman Empire (122)
    10. The Empire of Japan (97)
    11. Warsaw (94)
    12. Siam (80)
    13. Denmark (76)
    14. The Commonwealth of New England (69)
    15. Portugal (67)
    16. Ethiopia (65)

      REGIONAL POWERS
    17. Mexico (64)
    18. Romania (63)
    19. The Korean Empire (63)
    20. Burma (61)
    21. Bavaria (57)
    22. The Netherlands (53)
    23. Morocco (50)
    24. Brazil (50)
    25. Bulgaria (46)
    26. Khalistan (45)
    27. Hanover (43)
    28. Sweden (42)
    29. Genoa (41)
    30. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (37)
    31. Venice (37)
    32. Persia (34)

      MINOR POWERS
    33. Serbia (33)
    34. Gran Colombia (32)
    35. Padania (31)
    36. The Dominion of Canada (31)
    37. Texas (30)
    38. Saxony (28)
    39. Bolivia (27)
    40. California (26)
    41. The Transvaal Republic (26)
    42. The Ezo Republic (24)
    43. The German Confederation (22)
    44. Afghanistan (22)
    45. The Dominion of Michigan (21)
    46. Chile (21)
    47. Greece (20)
    48. Paraguay (20)
    49. Peru (15)
    50. Papal (15)
    51. Montenegro (14)
    52. The Orange Free-State (14)
    53. Krakow (13)
    54. Ecuador (12)
    55. Yucatan (12)
    56. El Salvador (11)
    57. Haiti (10)
    58. Sequoya (10)
    59. Sul (10)
    60. Central American Republic (9)
    61. Uruguay (8)
     
  4. Lord of Elves

    Lord of Elves Suede-Denim Secret Police

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    French Empire is best empire.
     
  5. Cadellon

    Cadellon Nightrunner

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    He entered the small building. It was rather insalubrious but it stood near the castle's gate, and he guessed that the samurai he was looking for had found refuge in it. He stood right where he expected him to be. Before he even could draw his katana, A****aka held him en joue.

    A****aka had cornered the samurai. It was a small, bare room. The samurai he faced was probably one of the last rebels still standing. He had no chance of escaping. Overall the operation could be considered successful.

    A****aka was a imperial soldier. 39th division, 4 regiment, 1rst class soldier. He been promoted First class because of his valiance during the Ezo war. Today, the mission the emperor had given him and his fellow soldiers was to put down the samurai rebellion in Nagasaki, who were overly defying the emperor's authority . A****aka was proud of serving the Emperor in that manner.

    He was born a peasant's son, but thanks to the Emperor he had been able to serve in the army. A generation ago, that would have been unthinkable. And now some vile samurai wanted to take back what he had so difficultly gained? nay, He wouldn't let that happen.

    "Where is the daymio? asked A****aka harshly.
    - He disappeared from your sight before you westernized pigs could even see him, said the samurai in a disdainful tone.
    -I'll give you one last chance. where is he?
    -I prefer dying with honor rather than betraying my nation, you peasant ! You think yourself stronger to me with your foreigners' weapon. But your are more adept at holding the sickle than the rifle! replied the samurai even more disdainfully.
    -You are already a traitor. You have betrayed the emperor and the nation by rebelling against him. You could stille obtain the Emperor's grace if you help us, said A****aka, starting to get annoyed at the samurai's arrogance, but he still hoped to get something out of him.
    -He is no Emperor to me. Your beloved emperor is just a f****** Western lapdog. He's sold our traditions for a bit of barbarian money. I would only stain my family's honor by seeking his grace now. I will die with honor!

    On these words, he drew his katana. It was a magnificent blade, made of the best Japanese steel, and bore the name of a great daymio. It had surely been carried by many great warriors. But it was certaintly no match for a****aka's brand new British Mark IV rifle.

    "So die, if that is what you wish" A****aka had his finger on his trigger, ready to fire.
    But before he could do anything, the samurai slit his own throat.

    the samurai's blood now dripped onto the floor and Asitaka's boots. It was night but the sky still glowed with the fires of the battle. At this point A****aka felt a presence but he dismissed the idea , as the battle was probably over out there, the last one was in here... this was the last thought he had before a samurai's arrow pierced his head.

    The rebellion wasn't quite over yet.
     
  6. Blaze Injun

    Blaze Injun Night Radio KYSE

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    Hey,


    The Dreams of Fish and Men.

    Part III

    Holland smiled with pride as he sat retelling his tale. His captive listeners hung on every word. Every shift in emotion. He told of the bodyguard and the Japanese misunderstanding with the Irish. How the Irish thought better then leave his machines unguarded in fear of British agents. How Holland and the Korean agents raced by carriage and train to New Haven. He would jump up with his hands like pistols. Were they were in a gun battle with what might or might not have been the Irish, New England Police or British agents. Or all of them.

    His showmanship with this story was honed by telling and retelling it close to a hundred times. He now would stand to act out the thrilling action. He told of his heroic deeds getting his machine engaged and the daring escape from a burning boat shed. And the tragic loss of the Hollandia III. His new prototype vessel Holland then acting like a thief sneaking in the night would continue. How at dusk he took his 30' vessel and its companions, using the river current, he submerged and passed under a New England gunboat. Once again escaping from danger.

    There he would stop, sit and clean his monocle with a rag from is back pocket. He would wait until the listeners asked for more. They always did. He would stand replacing his eyepiece and continue. From steam tug to Boston, were the machine was pulled from the water and loaded in a hush hush ship. He would wink then salute giving the impression that a military was involved. From there it would be just the major points. To Baltimore and unloaded to a waiting railcar. He would stop and take a deep breath and make releasing steam sounds. Then westward, on water and rails, to Coos Bay. Then here now on the KIS Hwanung with his boat. He would then smile a big toothy grin and sit to wait for questions to come. They ways ask questions.




    Blaze Injun
     
  7. TheLizardKing

    TheLizardKing Let's talk Michelle.

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    I'm enjoying all the stories gentlemen. Keep them coming!

    Orders Due Tomorrow
     
  8. Lord of Elves

    Lord of Elves Suede-Denim Secret Police

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    From: French Empire
    To: All Concerned Parties
    CC: Kingdom of Spain

    His Imperial Majesty's government is pleased to announce the signing of the Algiers Compromise, whereby the question of influence and commercial rights within the borders of the Kingdom of Morocco shall be decided between the French Empire and its ally, the Kingdom of Spain, in perpetuity. Recognizing the enduring friendship between the French Imperial State and the Kingdom of Spain, and the Imperial House of Bonaparte which reigns over both nations, His Imperial Majesty's representatives have set out with the assistance of their Spanish counterparts to design a fair and equitable compromise to the Moroccan question. Henceforth, both parties shall abide by the edicts of the Compromise, and act according to their spirit.

    Spoiler :


    The Algiers Compromise

    - The Kingdom of Morocco is hereby divided into spheres of influence in which it is agreed between the French Empire and the Kingdom of Spain that either nation's merchants shall have exclusive right to do business within.

    - It is agreed by both states that each state shall be responsible for enforcing order and protecting the right of its nationals within the state's own sphere of influence.

    - These spheres are mutually guaranteed by both states and both states shall, if necessary, muster arms to defend the edicts of the treaty.

    - The Algiers Compromise and its agreements are regarded as resolving, in perpetuity, any question of influence, extra-territoriality and trade rights between the French Empire and the Kingdom of Spain over Morocco.

    Signed, His Excellency the Prime Minister, Alexis de Tocqueville II
    Signed, His Imperial Majesty, Napoleon III, Emperor of the French
     
  9. TheLizardKing

    TheLizardKing Let's talk Michelle.

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    The Kingdom of Spain signs the Algiers Compromise.
     
  10. Amon Savag

    Amon Savag The Great

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    Paraguay
    Republic:
    Capitol: Asuncion
    Issues: Gaining Access to the Sea, War with Sul, Remaining Isolationist
    Stability: 7
    Economic Power: 34
    Trade:
    Army: 13 Infantry Brigades, 3 Cavalry Brigades, 3 Artillery Brigades
    Navy: N/A

    My country now.

    Paraguay

    In a meeting with the defense minister and other leading generals in the Paraguayan military, Consul Armond Savago was irate. "How do you lose an artillery Brigade to these kids!? Do you realize how expensive that artillery is? What did they tunnel under ground and pop up behind your infantry and blow up all the guns? Did they pray to god and have him send down a pillar of fire to destroy these guns? I really would like to know."

    The defense minister, a rigid upright gentleman of 43, General Daniel Gonzalez (Pretty generic hispanic stuff, huh?) spoke clearly to the Consul, "Unfortunately, Consul, the enemies did play a trick and ambushed us on our march. We lost the guns but we in the ensuing fight we outright defeated the Sul military."

    He was then shot in the head by the Consul. The generals around at the meeting were shocked, some with pieces of brain on them. Their discipline was such that they didn't flinch, however.

    "Carlos. You are a man of efficiency. What would you have done in this man's place?" asked the Consul.

    Solano López saluted the Consul and spoke up, "Consul, I would have made sure that our cavalry were screening, as he did not. This would ensure that our artillery never be in a position to be taken by surprise."

    And he was thus made the new Defense minister. Mistakes of this magnitude were shown to not be acceptable.

    Orders sent
     
  11. Immaculate

    Immaculate unerring

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    USA orders sent (mostly a contingency plan)
     
  12. TheLizardKing

    TheLizardKing Let's talk Michelle.

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    Orders are due today, and I'm missing a lot. From the looks of it, this is going to be a big update, so get them in sooner than later, please.
     
  13. Lord of Elves

    Lord of Elves Suede-Denim Secret Police

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    Orders coming this evening :deadhorse:
     
  14. ZeletDude

    ZeletDude The Lion

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    Moi Aussi...
     
  15. Cadellon

    Cadellon Nightrunner

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    Orders are in
     
  16. badunoff

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    Brazil orders sent.
     
  17. germanicus12

    germanicus12 First Citizen of Rome

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    A Long Day.

    A scorpion skitters across the arid landscape, pauses at the boundary between darkness and light, seemingly unsure if it should trust the darkness, suddenly the darkness engulfs the scorpion as the horse shifts its head to investigate the black creature. The scorpion skitters back into the light and away from the horse and its rider. The horse paws at the ground, searching for fodder, the rider mumbles something to the horse before tugging at the reins to guide the horse towards a dry riverbed. The rider dismounts and grabs his rifle, he studies the ground, spots a patch of dried mud and aims his rifle. The bullet drilled a hole through the mud and seconds later water bubbles to the surface, not much, but the horse was happily gulping it up. The rider smiled, patted the neck and stares into the sun starched horizon, miles and miles of arid landscape, used to hold untold terrors as Comanches and Apaches would use these lands to raid homesteaders and travelers to the Rio Grande or West Texas.

    The rider wipes his neck and glances behind him, somewhere back there is the last major city of East Texas and his place of birth, Austin. Perhaps it is that black smudge fluttering in the haze? Probably not, just a cactus or scavenger dog. The rider takes a drink from his canteen and jumps back onto the horse. He clicked his tongue and the horse began walking away from the watering hole, which was quickly beginning to dry in the heat. The rider was targeting a roving bandit, a Rogue Indian who has assaulted settler ranches in the area and taken off with herds of cattle to sell to his brothers in the north in the Indian buffer state between America and Mexico. The sun catches a piece of metal on the rider, a badge, a Texas Ranger badge, the rider belonged to the elite Law and Order organization in the Republic of Texas, if the Rogue Indian was aware of the fact, he has made no attempts to conceal his movements, then again how do you hide the tracks of 500 heads of cattle?

    For this Ranger, this is personal, the last ranch this Indian raided belonged to his Uncle, and his 15 year old nephew was killed alongside his father, trying to protect the cattle. This left the Ranger's Aunt and their two daughters alone in the vast lawless Texas Frontier. No, Texas Ranger William Porter will not rest until the Indian has been captured or killed. So he rides, a lone Ranger and his trusted horse Vengeance, tracking a Rogue Indian and his band of warriors across the vast Texas Frontier.
     
  18. ZeletDude

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    Signed, Tsar Alexander II, Emperor and Autocrat of All of The Russias.
     
  19. Lord of Elves

    Lord of Elves Suede-Denim Secret Police

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    Signed, His Excellency the Prime Minister, Alexis de Tocqueville II
    Signed, His Imperial Majesty, Napoleon III, Emperor of the French
     
  20. TheLizardKing

    TheLizardKing Let's talk Michelle.

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    I'm going to begin updating today, as soon as I can. That said, I'd really appreciate no more revisions, but I'll still accept them, if they're important.

    A significant number of players have still yet to get their orders in, and that makes me a sad moderator. So I'll still be accepting orders until I say otherwise.
     

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