"There is no need for such outright threats against a neutral vessel" Lürssen sounded angry over the radio, an angry he was. What were those people thinking? "We will inform our government of your blockade immediately. The international community of Lazarus will not stand for this. Lürssen out."
The Commander terminated the transmission and switched to the intercom: "Alle Maschinen STOP!" he ordered. The ship shuddered as the gas-turbine engine switched to idle power, then began to slow down.
Next he radioed the Imperial South Sea Command to inform them of the encounter. A single Protector class frigate might be able to inflict heavy damage on one or two of Mussoliniburg's ships before going down, but what for? They were not at war, although the risk of this happening had just increased. How would the General Staff react to this new situation?
The Imperial "South Sea Fleet" was still in the vicinity and probably able to break the blockade. A smarter move would be to diplomatically condemn Mussoliniburg internationally, possibly calling for sanctions that might result in a blockade of the country itself in retaliation. The Imperial Navy was well positioned to carry out such a blockade.
It was unclear however how much support there was for sanctions on Mussoliniburg. Great powers reliant on international trade, such as Hycronesia, Mzeusia, Snoodum or even the nearby Cossack Peoples might be inclined to side with the Imperium. Allies such as Cianlandia or Loftegen 3 would probably offer support if asked, although Loftegen was less reliant on maritime trade than many others, being a landlocked nation.
On a whim, the Commander ordered the frigate's H19 naval helicopter to launch and fly around the blockade, surveying their strength and fleet composition while remaining outside their formation so as to not provoke them further. If the General Staff back home reacted as expected, Raumwaffe R44 fighters would probably appear at very high altitudes soon and also start to monitor the blockade fleet. The Imperium would not leave this challenge to their freedom of navigation unanswered.
But what about the freighters? Fully laden with industrial and consumer goods, they might be welcome in other, nearby ports. Maybe Glorious Society or Cossack Peoples were interested in an impromptu deal?
OOC: I need to make this snappy but here is my response.
Outside the Telumasian Residence:
The cameras flashed as Sirakles prepared to give his statement.
"There is no need for a dance around this particular issue. Mzeusia strongly condemns any attempt at hindering international trade by any nation. We live in a globalised world where free trade is vital and we urge the Mussoliniburg government to allow all shipping through the blockade as it is clear that they pose no threat to anyone. We hope for a swift end to this incident.
Nikita Kazakov states that he feels that they are obliged to aid such an amiable friend to our government---before being cut off and the recorded message apparently being taken over by what seemed to be an intern, who apparently had direct orders from the Principle Chairman. The message is then subverted to a policy of non-interference with foreign powers, then segued into a rant about the interference of powers in the North into affairs they have no business in.
OOC: The blockade is profitable for us if the submarine is able to smuggle products in, and it is going under the nose of the FRCP proper, so not a lot of high-ranking government officials know.
My nation has some serious beef with the The lesbian sisterhood you must not have been active when she admitted kidnapping men and milking them for sperm or when she did not allow for white people to procreate so they could get a better diversity. or maybe you missed when they were selling their women into slavery you can ask Cossack Peoples about that one.
IC: The Mzeusian government in another statement had the following to say.
"It is extremely disappointing that some members in this family of nations would support the restriction of free trade, especially given the contents of the container ships requesting access. Regardless of what the government of the blockaded nation has done in the past, not allowing ships from Leonism or any other nation which pose absolutely no threat is an inflammatory and highly unnecessary act. For the most part, nations should be free to trade with one another. They should be allowed to do this without being policed by another nation. Such heavy handed methods should have no place in the international scene, and no nation can in good conscience support them.
Opinions are divided in Fluffiness, as news of the blockade of African sisters by Mussoliniburg reach the media. Rumours of human-right breaching actions from the African Sisters are spreading. However, it is clear that a fascist state will never receive any support from Fluffiness, and no political party (even the right-wing Liberty for Everyone) did speak in favor of Mussoliniburg.
The Assembly is still waiting for more information to take any action. The two main propositions are either not to act upon the blockade, or take indirect action, such as sending goods to the African Sisters by air, to avoid food or medical supplies shortage. The Anarchist Federation is divided. The International Communist Party is well in favor of providing help to the African Sisters. While the LfE hasn't taken any official position yet, comments from insiders suggest they will try to avoid any intervention. The feminist branch of the Acknillan Worker Party has already stated they were even willing to fight for African Sisters. It is expected that the rest of the party will be more moderated, but would still offer supplies.
Lance Wolfee, The Turnal Post, 2020-01-22