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R.F. Hovarth Bombing and Gunnery Range, southwest of the main base

The next thing that impressed Johann (and Ludwig) about the Viper BT.3 was that Adela was able to interface with the range's scoring computers from the cockpit and set up a bombing run that included multiple targets, simulated defenses, and even air opposition.

Sadly the only expendable ordinance they had was the practice ammunition for the Viper's cannon. They carried four captive training missiles, but no actual bombs, live or dummy. Still, they had great fun for an hour or so, strafing old trucks, avoiding SAMs, and "bombing" tanks, bunkers, and the like. Ludwig, once he got the hang of the control panels, managed a 25% hit rate within lethal radius of his targets, not bad at all for a noob.

Then fuel ran low, and they had to return to base. After the usual post-flight debrief, Bill and Johann were summoned to see Col. Soammes, the wing commander. It being near noon, Adela took Ludwig to the Officers Club for lunch. They had a somewhat fumbling conversation over an enjoyable meal, and then Ludwig asked a particular question.

"Major Tann, he has a very peculiar accent, ja? Very old fashioned, I should say," he clarified.

Adela, not knowing any better, nodded and said, "He's from Orovalo. Lots of Leonism Germans there. And he's a Freiherr, of course."

Ludwig blinked. "Freiherr?" he repeated. He knew the term, though it was no longer used in the Imperium.

"Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen," Adela said. "Pretty fancy, huh?"

"Why doesn't he use his full name?" Ludwig said.

"I don't really know," Adela said, looking a bit embarrassed. "Major Tann has been a major for two years. My captain's insignia are so new they still squeak when I turn around. I don't actually know him that well, but I've heard the stories. His great-great-something grandfather either lead or took part in some kind of uprising. It failed, obviously, and the major's ancestors had to leave in a hurry. They came here."

"They kept the title, though?" Ludwig asked.

"It doesn't mean anything here, so it's just part of his name. The only people who take it in any way seriously are some die-hard traditionalists in Orovalo," Adela said. She gave Ludwig a thoughtful look. "I expect you know what the fuss was all about, back in the day?" she inquired.

"I do indeed," Ludwig nodded. "We studied it in, I believe you would call it 'junior high history'."

The Shot

Loftegen 2 has stockpiled several hundred million auto-injectors loaded with morphine, benzodiazaprines, and muscle relaxants, to ensure that those too wounded to save, in the event of a nuclear attack, can die a painless and fear-free death.

Defense Ministry

To all commands as relates to Exercise Schedule

Turmoil in Orange. Deputy General Secretary Amy Yma is said to be in full control of the Orange government while the General Secretary recuperates. She has not, however, been seen in public. Military and other government radio traffic, as well as activity at various bases throughout Orange suggest that all is not well.

Loftegen 2 wrote:Defense Ministry

To all commands as relates to Exercise Schedule

Turmoil in Orange. Deputy General Secretary Amy Yma is said to be in full control of the Orange government while the General Secretary recuperates. She has not, however, been seen in public. Military and other government radio traffic, as well as activity at various bases throughout Orange suggest that all is not well.

Were GOP to hear of this message (which she does not, as she is currently on a small sailboat making its way along the northern reaches of Thule with a final destination of Kappan), she would be curious as to why those in Loftegen are so obsessed with the going-ons of oranges. Does the country have such wide-spread Vitamin C deficiency that an entire government has been placed over citrus production?

Your Imaginary Friend wrote:Were GOP to hear of this message (which she does not, as she is currently on a small sailboat making its way along the northern reaches of Thule with a final destination of Kappan), she would be curious as to why those in Loftegen are so obsessed with the going-ons of oranges. Does the country have such wide-spread Vitamin C deficiency that an entire government has been placed over citrus production?

Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?

Loftegen 2 wrote:Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?

Is that a reference to something? :P It smells like one...

Your Imaginary Friend wrote:Is that a reference to something? :P It smells like one...

Tubbius likes cooking.

Your Imaginary Friend wrote:Is that a reference to something? :P It smells like one...

don't you know who dwayne (the rock) johnson is?

it has been a meme and a catchphrase for like 20 years now xd

Koem. Were where the artifacts illegally acquired. What/who is NERVUM.

Margandy wrote:Koem. Were where the artifacts illegally acquired. What/who is NERVUM.

The guy's card acquisitions are apparently a problem somehow. It was discussed in a thread on the NS forums.

The Sigometh Dynasty wrote:don't you know who dwayne (the rock) johnson is?

Ohhhhh him. I have heard of that before but it slipped my mind lol! x)

Margandy wrote:Koem. Were where the artifacts illegally acquired. What/who is NERVUM.

"Art" in the resolution refers to cards because according to WA guidelines it's illegal to mention mini-games outside of general NationStates lore in resolutions. NERVUN was a former game moderator, and as such, his card was made legendary. Koem owns all of these cards.

Hello Lazarus! I've missed you! 1 year and 27 days later but I'm finally back. I've been thinking of you... HAHA

Pennywise wrote:Hello Lazarus! I've missed you! 1 year and 27 days later but I'm finally back. I've been thinking of you... HAHA

Oh how lovely to have you back. :)

Pennywise wrote:Hello Lazarus! I've missed you! 1 year and 27 days later but I'm finally back. I've been thinking of you... HAHA

Skeleton juice!!!!!

Your Imaginary Friend wrote:Is that a reference to something? :P It smells like one...

The People's EyeBrow be upon you!

Loftegen 2 wrote:Lady Zaharra, subbing for Kappan:

A Reading from the Book of Armaments, Chapter 4, Verses 16 to 20:

Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."

e__e PRAISE THE LAWD

We persist in atheism.
statement from Bravenewworld government

Bravenewworld wrote:We persist in atheism.
statement from Bravenewworld government

Oh hai!

Tubbius has a whole sticky note on His desk of things to do! MMPH!

I'm gonna be playing on the LazWorld minecraft server Leonism set up for the next hour or so, so if anyone who's joined wants to get on poke ya head in! :)

Your Imaginary Friend wrote:I'm gonna be playing on the LazWorld minecraft server Leonism set up for the next hour or so, so if anyone who's joined wants to get on poke ya head in! :)

The Tubby One approves. Go play with other Lazarene folks!

Seaforia

Your Imaginary Friend wrote:I'm gonna be playing on the LazWorld minecraft server Leonism set up for the next hour or so, so if anyone who's joined wants to get on poke ya head in! :)

Kappan built an Enchantery west of the spawn area, behind the lovely house built by Perchan. The server is already doing nicely one day after being set up.

If anyone else wants to be able to play on Lazarus official Minecraft server, please drop me a telegram with your Minecraft username so that I can invite you to the server!

Seaforia wrote:Oh, I'm back!

Welcome back yo! :D

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