Toasty's "Grecian!"--Condensed Version


Old Guard
Nov 30, 2001
Tampa, FL
Thought anyone who hadn't read this yet might appreciate a straight run-through :D. I knew something needed to be done, but I didn't feel like writing a chapter, so here it goes.

Grecian, by Nathan K., a.k.a. Toasty

For Lara ^^.

Alexander nervously sat at the desk in his Athens palace's office. The Russians, while good freinds, had been giving him a serious run for his money, and since the space race had heated up, he began to resent his meetings with Catherine.
"Alexander! I have come to you for some deals. We have begun lagging behind you in tech, and very much so need these. What may I trade you for such accomodations?".
Alexander pushed his glasses up his nose and tried to stop shaking. He had to stand up to Catherine to finish ahead of her in the space race, despite her 11 ICBMs.
"I'm sorry Catherine, but we can't accomodate any such accomodations," Alexander smiled on his play on words and stopped smiling when Catherine gave him a cold stare. "Your transitionist economy simply can't accomodate us accomodating such accomodations". Catherine's formerly cheerful smily turned to a look of mixed anger and confusion. At least Alexander had lost her in his words. "You see, you just simply don't have anything we want. Since you have just recently switched from Democracy to Communism, which I applaud, your treasury does not hold half of what would be neccessary. My interests favor the Greek people over the Russian people. You understand, don't you, friend Catherine?"
Catherine quickly turned cheerlful. She realized that the Greco-Russian friendship, though falsified, kept the world in a balance and also kept her safe from Greek ICBMs and their tactical nukes. "Of course I do. However, once we get the money, we'll send it, and I expect to get the technologies."
Alexander became nervous again. His glasses slid down his nose and he pushed them up again.
"Of course, Catherine. If you ever get the funds."
The Greco-Russian military stalemate had resulted in a technological and economical Cold War between the two. After a division among England, Greece, and Russia of the Iroquois continent, there was a military buildup in both the countries. The former communist and democratic sub-enemies (though both were now communist) waged a war of espionage and funding for the last 20 years. While Alexander had good taps on Russia's close ally, England, the Russians couldn't get a hold on either Greek or French information. With the seperation of the Iriquois, Romans, Germans, and Egyptians, only 4 powers remained with Greece controlling a Western continent and most of the islands.
In a summit between Catherine and Elizabeth in the Northwestern Muscovite mountains, they "negotiated a mutual defence pact".
"Ah, Catherine! How may I be of service to England's ally?"
"Elizabeth, drop it. I didn't invite you to the freezing North for pleasentries. The Greeks are getting leagues ahead in the tech race--they have computers, lasers, recycling plants, research labs--if we can't catch up to them now, we'll _never_ catch up to them. Problem is, the Greek spies are too slippery for me to get my hands on them in Moscow. We'll have to catch them in London, and Paris."
Elizabeth snorted. "There are no spies in London, that I can guarantee! The Greeks wouldn't try to impede on the royal English gates--" Catherine shoved a document in Elizabeth's face--"Oh, I, erm, see. THEY _STOLE_ SUPERCONDUCTOR FROM US?!" Catherine looked smugly at Elizabeth in her naivety. "Elizabeth, what we need to do first is get our hands on the French. Joan is Alexander's protege, and he treats her like a child, giving her technology like candy. My spies investigated Paris, and they have no intelligence agency. Our agents will move undetected".
Elizabeth stood there, amazed at Catherine's cleverness. "What are you? Obsessed? It's scary".
"Yes, well, whatever--now sign this mutual defence pact so we have an excuse for meeting here. Alexander will never know, and the French will never catch us. At any rate, what should we worry? They have four cities, for gods' sakes. Now just sign, and let's get moving".

Moscow, Rusisia--November 23, 1952--8:56 A.M. local time.

Catherine called in her KGB head of office, Felix Kerensky. Kerensky was an experienced but quiet man; 36 years in the KGB had resulted in a socially excluded person of intellectual sorts. He always wore the same black suit with his sickle-and-hammer crimson tie, but that was as far as his communist allegiance went. He had faired far better under the Russian democracy, and disliked the new attitude of the state, and the space and technological races that devastated the Russian economy. With their army (though the largest in the world) quickly becoming outdated and giving way to nuclear technologies, the intelligence agency had played a far more major role, and Kerensky had become Catherine's right-hand man.

Krensky saluted Catherine as he entered her Cityscape office. The weather outside was chilly, late November had begun to set in. 1952 was supposed to be the warmest winter in Moscow history, but both Kerensky and Catherine resented it. The cold meant more money for armies, and less money for technology and space parts, which spelled more falling behind. The Greeks, able to move their industries to the Southern Roman homelands, would not suffer the same fate as Russia, since 90% of Russian industry was located in the icy former German cities of Hamburg, Frankfurt, Cologne & Berlin.

Catherine saluted to Kerensky, and returned to stirring her French coffee. Kerensky prepared for a verbal bashing on his agents failure in Athens; They had been arrested while Catherine was on "holiday". Instead, Catherine seemed warm and caring. "Comrade, I have some serious obligations I need you to fulfill. It is a necessity that we should act in Paris for technologies. As you know, our economy is no match for the Greek, so we have planned to steal technologies from the French, in Paris, with the association of English special ops. I need you to organize and plan this. Get your best agents, comrade. Our nation depends on it."
Kerensky, though disagreeing, kept to himself. Hell, the job payed well, why risk it--Catherine would keep him on so long as he did what she said, and no one had been in the KGB for over 35 years except him.
"As you wish, comrade. I'll get Joshifensky on the case".
"Good man".


Athens, Greece--November 26, 1952--12:22 P.M. local time.

Alexander had invited Joan d'Arc to a Greek spa, BeauGreek, in Athens. God knows the woman needed it, especially with her insistency on fighting in & training for the front lines. Alexander's wife had gone to the BeauGreek for years past now. He had agreed to take Joan there after she arranged it with her over the satellite phone. Alexander resented it, but went along with it.

The planned to meet in front of the Greek politburo building, which stood in the shadow of Alexander's magnificent palace, at 12:45. Alexander had gotten done early and decided to go outside for a cigarette.

Athens was a busy city, rather unaffected by winter and its small population. Athens was the trading capitol of the world, and you saw the multinationalites of the Greek empire all converge into one beautiful city. While only having a population of 2.5 million (as compared to 6 million man Moscow), it was remarkably developed and clean. Joan d'Arc loved it here, especially in the fall, where the leaves turned colors and stayed on the trees longer than any other place in the world. The Greek flag was hung prominently on the front of the politburo, and it swayed gently in the wind.

Alexander stood there amazed. This was only a fraction of his creation, his family's millennia-old work. To think such a thing could be created and owned by a single man. It boggled his mind.

Joan D'Arc arrived, and the shook hands. They quickly left for the spa, and would spend the entire time discussing the Russians. Alexander loathed such things.


Paris, France--December 2, 1952--10:42 P.M local time

Joan d'Arc was painfully aware of her nation's weakness. She looked down at the main street of Paris from her army headquaters; all the tanks in the armee wouldn't make up half the traffic on the road. such were the faults of democracy.

A gentle knocking was made on the door. Joan d'Arc snapped away from her pity party.
"Come in," she said quietly.
In stepped her intelligence chief. Their intelligence operation had been completely under wraps; not even the citizens of France knew of it.
"Bonjour, Mon ami. You were thinking pretty hard, eh?"
"Yes, yes...anyways, what have you come to see me about, Couplain?"
"Our informant in Moscow has given us information about an operation. It turns out the Russians and English have an entire intelligence undergroun running in Paris as we speak".
Joan d'Arc, still disheartened by thinking of her nation's faults, smiled weakly.
"Make sure Alexander knows about this. I know our informant wouldn't want another communist power knowing, but this is too important".
"Oui, Madamoiselle. I shall contact the radiomen immediately.
Couplain stepped out the door, and Joan returned to looking down at Main street.


Majenour (a suburb of Paris), France--December 2, 1952--12:03 A.M. local time.

Yuri Joshifensky was going to lead the Russian part of the special ops. They were going to place a man inside the palace, possibly as a cook of sorts; Joan d'Arc was well known for her extravagant banquets and great meals. It was the one area for France where no other nation could compare.

Yuri's counterpart, English lieutenant John Comwell, would also be helping the operation. The irony of it all was that they were meeting at a suburb resturant for cooking lessons. All in the sake of communism. Joshifensky had laughed in Kerensky's face when he had told him his first objective was to train his crew in French cooking.

While Yuri and John rarely spoke, there was a certain understanding between the communist and the democrat. They were both experienced, and both knew what they were doing, and as such they left eachother alone.

What they did not know, however, was that back in the Paris headquaters, French intelligence authorities were investigating. When they returned, they had no idea what had happened there.

They were being weaved in to a trap by something they did not even know about.
Paris, France--December 3, 1952--9:33 A.M. local time

Alexander again prepared for a meeting with Joan. This time it was under special circumstances--the radiomen had told Alexander of the Anglo-Russian operation in the midst, and as such, they had planned an immediate meeting. The truth was, Alexander was getting rather tired of the intelligence war going on, despite the English and French vulnerability. But he finally had the Russians in a firm hold. Catherine would be cornered and he would win the U.N. elections...either that, or, he could get the spaceship. At any rate, everything was good.

As Alexander walked down the carpeted hallways of the Parisian government complex, he noticed the fine art and he could smell a great brunch that Joan must have been preparing for all night. If there was one thing the French were specialized in, it was their national identity. Every Frenchman knew damn well he was French, and was damn proud of it.

Alexander creaked open the door to Joan's office. She had made quite a habit of looking at Main street...she always seemed to see something the men of her country could not. In every case, she was always a step ahead, even if her nation wasn't.

She quickly turned around. She and Alexander had met many times, but she was so absorbed in her thinking that she did not at first recognize him.
"Come in, come in, have a seat," Joan said quietly. Alexander sat himself in one of the two leather chairs that sit in front of Joan's maple desk. Her walls were plastered with diplomas and pictures of military operations, even the one where the French lost three quarters of their land to the Russians, over 700 years ago. These lands were firmly Russophied, and she resented the loss of them. Her back wall, opposite the door, was made purely of glass pannels, which she had adorned with a rather large French flag.
After a moment, Couplain sneaked in the door and sat down next to Alexander with a simple nod to Joan.
"Alexander, dearest, we have caught Russian and English special and secret ops agents in Majenour. We thought it would be in our best interests to let the do their work, as we don't yet know what their work is, and catch them red handed at the last moment".
Alexander leaned back in his chair with an unusual quietness. He looked at her strangely, and let out a heavy sigh.
"You dragged me all the way across the world, just for this?," Joan seemed astounded by his apathy. "You could have radioed me the details, rather than take me to this stuffy capitalist office of yours and tell me all you're going to do is let it go on".
Joan seemed slightly angered by his reply, but realized the importance of their relationship.
"I also thought we might discuss and operation in London to counter this. The English have the worst spies I've ever heard of--" she thought of the incident where they had literally done their entire operation in front of a parliament security camera--"It should be fairly easy with your spies' expertise, and mine could give information on their plans from the Anglo-Russian covert ops base in Majenour."
Alexander leaned back in his chair. Joan never failed to surprise him. In her moments of seemingly obvious stupidity, she would always come back with a flash of brilliance.
They agreed. After the meeting was over, Joan again looked out her glass panels on the back side of her office. She saw Main street, the tiny French cars (since they had to import it from those greedy Russian communists), but something different. A man with borwnish-red hair and dark eyes stood looking up at her office, unflinching. As they realized that they were looking straight at each other, the man raised a pistol out of his right breast pocket of his leather jacket, and fired.

Paris, France--December 3, 1952--9:38 A.M. local time
Alexander stopped in his tracks when he heard a loud bang and glass shatter. He knew a window had broken, but he never expected it to be Joan's entire office wall.
As Couplain had just left the office, he knew that the shot had come from Joan's. He quickley turned and blew open the mahogany door. He didn't see Joan anywhere; there was glass shattered across the white carpeted floors, and some rest on top of Joan's desk. Everything but the shattered glass remained untouched.
the wind gusted directly into the office. Couplain heard distanced screams, whistleas, and sirens (he was on the 43rd floor). As he slowly crept towards the desk, he looked over and saw Joan. She had glass on her body and cuts on her face from it, and the blood from her shoulder where she had been shot was spilling on to the floor.
Couplain couldn't tell if she was breathing or not, but he picked her up. He got blood on his navy-blue cavalry suit and trudged her out of the shattered office--she was rather muscular, after all.
Alexander peeked through the door, and Couplain shoved him out of the way. A small handprint of Joan's blood was on his shoulder.
Already the medical staff was on their way up the elevator. They decided to try and serve her on the 43rd floor, but despite their efforts, the bleeding wouldn't stop. They went down the elevator with Joan in a stretcher and loaded her up into an ambulance headed for the Paris hospital.

Moscow, Russia--December 3, 1952--9:47 A.M. local time
Kerensky walked in to Catherine's office. He had, for once, not worn his usual red sickle and hammer tie today; instead, he wore a plain blue tie.
Kerensky saluted Catherine and read from an emergency comminique.
"Paris to Moscow; urgent; 9:40 A.M.:
"In a dramatic and sad turn of events, President Joan d'Arc has been shot by an appearant French Communist. She is as of yet not dead, but is in critical condition. All countries shall be kept informed."
Kerensky looked up with his tired old eyes at Catherine. The grey-blue eyes looked at her with conviction and guilt. Catherine simply leaned back in her chair and looked back apathetically.
"Did you have anything to do with this?," Kerensky convicted.
Catherine leaned forward in her chair. "I didn't tell Joshifensky to shoot her. I told him to get Joan, and for that matter, Couplain, out of our way. It seems he is 50% successful."
Kerensky was absolutely disgusted with Catherine. He was tempted to quit--but, he had to stay on--for Democracy's sake.
"I am not one to judge my chairman's actions. I simply came to show you the communique. Good day, Comrade."
"Good day".

Moscow, Russia--December 4, 1952--12:30 A.M. local time.
Kerensky had hooked up a telegraph in the broom closet of his Moscow apartment; it was all the upper-class Russian could afford.
He had it in his broom closet to keep it hidden from the authorities. If the KGB ever got wind of his operation, he would have been sent to a German detention camp, end of story.
He slowly tapped the reciever not to make any noise. The TV was on, but any high-ranking official would have been twice as worried if Kerensky had not been so strong a believer in democracy.
Moscow to Paris; 12:30 A.M.;
Catherine linked to killings; Joshifensky mastermind; Couplain in danger. Check Majenour ops base.
End transmission.

Moscow, Russia--December 4, 1952--7:30 A.M. local time.
The Guard jerked Kerensky into Catherine's office. She stood, facing the city street, just as Joan had before her assassination. She had died, but Couplain turned out to be a strong and very vocal anti-communist leader. A Greek 'quiet revolution' was underway, as the whole empire sat on its hands and waited for the Democracy to establish itself.

Kerensky was in a godawful shape. He wore a wrinkled shirt, and crumpled pants; his tie was nowhere to be found. The KGB operatives had him cuffed and chaned as he stood before Catherine.

Catherine soon turned around. She had an unbelievably icy look on her face. She had never been betrayed so deeply, not in her 6000 years of life had she met with such cowardice.

She walked up to Kerensky. A silence remained between them; Kerensky was shorter and skinnier than the brute Catherine, and there was a strong smell of Vodka lingering on Kerensky.

Catherine talked, quietly and slowly. "Capitalist pig. The entire time, right under my nose? You sent out that message so I could interperet it. I never expected such treachery from my senior espionage chief."

Kerensky couldn't stare her in the eyes. If he stood up to her at all, he would die.

"You will not get away with this. I will purge the Politburo of any even slight Greco-French sympathizers. You will live out your life in a Gulag in Germany. Enjoy."

Suddenly, Kerensky wished he had stared Catherine in the eyes.

Athens, Greece--February 3, 1953--12:30 P.M. local time.
Alexander stood up a pen on his desk and wobbled it. The revolution was rather boring; It was more of a change of staff set up than anything (all the old Communist party members had been elected. The Greek people, while bright, were like cattle in politics).

Maximus knocked on the door of Alexander's office. During the Greco-Roman war in the 20's, he had defected to the Greek Communists and led the people of Antium to unite with Greece. He worked his way through the foreign ministry and managed his way up to Ambassador to Paris.

"Alexander, what do you think of this "Quiet Revolution"? Doesn't seem to be accomplishing much, is it?"
Alexander continued to apathetically wobble his pen and stared up at Maximus. Maximus certainly looked Roman; Brown hair, straight complexion, long face, a short-trimmed beard; he was reflective of Ceaser but Ceaser was put on a show trial. Messy ordeal.
"What do you think?"
Maximus let out a low-key laugh. "At any rate, I have some figured from Couplain. Either the French economy is booming or their propaganda ministry is. They've more than tripled their production capacity since Joan's death. As much of a patriot she was, she didn't seem to know squat about running her country."
Alexander remembered Joan's funeral procession through the streets of Paris. Frenchmen, housewives, and Russian refugees lined the main street, sobbing, looking up at the tricolor flags everywhere; The entire French population must have met their to honor their fallen leader.
"Maximus, I would ask that we show our fallen friend a little more respect". There had been a little spark, or something of the like, between him and Joan. Most surely he would have married her had he not been married since 3999 B.C. (the man waited no time in selecting an empress to spend eternity with). He sighed, and continued to wobble his pen.
Maximus abashed. He represented the entire Roman population of Greece; willing, patriotic, but with their own culture nonetheless.
"Well, I'll keep getting Couplain to fork over these figures. Before long, they should be able to match the English--we might be ready for our 'war' soon."
Alexander let his pen fall as Maximus left the room.

Athens, Greece--February 6, 1953--12:01 A.M. local time.
Alexander, now President of the Greek Democratic Republic, striding atop his best generals (including Maximus) in his very best blue & white striped jammies, watched as Catherine delivered her declaration of war against France. The War Room world map spread apart to show a large, flat-screened telivision.

It was 12:01 P.M. in Moscow, on the other side of the world. The screen phased in and out, as the Russians had bought shotty broadcasting suystems from the English.

"My fellow Countrymen of our holy motherland, today I greet you. The life of our mother Russia depends today upon you, your children, your children's children, and even their childrens children. Today the Red Guard marches for Paris.

"Former generations as well as those who stand here today have often seen the soldiers of the First Guard Regiment and My Guards at this place. We were brought together then by an oath of allegiance which we swore before God. Today all have gathered to pray for the triumph of our weapons, for now that oath must be proved to the last drop of blood. The sword, which I have left in its scabbard for decades, shall decide.

"I expect My First Guard Regiment on Foot and My Guards to add a new page of fame to their glorious history. The celebration today finds us confident in God in the Highest and remembering the glorious days of Peter, Nicholas, and Alexei. Our ancient fame is an appeal to the Russian people and their sword. And the entire Russian nation to the last man has grasped the sword. And so I draw the sword which with the help of God I have kept in its scabbard for decades.

"I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the expression of your loyalty and your esteem. When it comes to war, all parties cease and we are all brothers. One or another party has attacked me in peacetime, but now I forgive them wholeheartedly. If our neighbors do not give us peace, then we hope and wish that our good German sword will come victorious out of this war!"

Alexander clicked off the screen, and turned to his men.

"Well, Maximus, I guess we really had no need for US to declare war, did we?"
Maximus grimly stared at Alexander. The Roman man's complexion was pale, and tired, as if he had not slept for 48 hours.
After a brief silence, Alexander looked at the rest of his generals.
"And what is our military status, eh? The SDI is ten years from completion, and we and our grounded army ARE SITTING DUCKS!"
Alexander seethed and pounded his fist on the desk.
"You, you and your failure to develop our navy, our helicopter force, and the very mobility of the Greek army has left France to face both the bear and the Lion.
"This may be a Democracy, gentlemen, but let me assure you I can change that. You either bail out Couplain, level Moscow, and burn London, or it's YOUR heads."
In the corner, Alexander's frail wife, sick with Lung cancer, cowered in fear.
Alexander ignored her. His entire life's work was at stake. Greece would either triumph, or destroy itself. He would not give Catherine and her dirty Communists the satisfaction of taking down the great nation.
As soon as Alexander left, an ICBM hit Sparta, a city only a few hundered miles Northwest of Athens. The nuclear holocaust had just begun.

Author's Note: Phew! Over 25,000 characters. I've done alotta writing :D. For my the old fans of the story, check here for the new additions now, this gives it a nice, smooth feeling. And to my new readers, enjoy!
Athens, Greece--February 8, 1953--12:01 P.M. local time.
Alexander once more stood above his citizens on his palace balcony. Behind him sat Maximus, his top general staff, and his sickly wife--pale and confined to a wheelchair. A plaid blanket cover her lap and her once beautiful black hair was put up in a clumpy, small bun in the back.

Down below Alexander stood over 100,000 citizens from all across the Greek nation wacing their blue and white Greek flags. They watched Alexander with loud cheering as he laid down his speech on the podium. His glasses shown in the winter sunlight; it was cold and almost bitter at the 6-story balcony from high winds. The Greeks had braved a recent 10" snowfall in the Athens are to be there, and the sky was a dark gray--not because of the weather, but because of the dust from Sparta. Today was a grim day for Alexander and his grieving nation; but now was not the time to show it.

"My dearest citizens of Greece. Today is a day of battle, of courage, and of strength. We must all pull together, whether we be Roman, Egyptian, Iroquois, or Greek. Russia has declared war on us and mobilized; after 60 hours of refusal from the Russians for any sort of peace negotiations, we must as both a nation and a people do the same."

In this pause, Alexander's wife coughed and sputtered.

"We go hand in hand, today, tomorrow, and for countless days to come with our democratic allies in need, the French. The friendship between our countries will shine through the clouds of Communism that seek to engulf our fine nation. After the nuclear attack on Sparta, nothing can be forgiven, and nothing shall be spared. We shall raze Russia to the last drop of Slavic blood and unite to create a great, peaceful world free of Communism.

"My friends, today is not to be a day for grieving of our lost and beloved, but one for action and pride. Greece has seen tough times before and she will not fail now. Forever democracy. Forever freedom. Forever Greece!"

A mighty uproar came from the croud. Cheering of Alexander's name and of "Forever greece" made their way through the striped flags and the gardens of Alexander's palace. Today, Alexander was their leader, delivered to them by an act among the heavens to lead their free nation to victory. Glorious victory. Greece would have it no other way.
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