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

We're offering a fat-free side of moose stew soon.

Adelsin wrote:We're offering a fat-free side of moose stew soon.

Sounds delicious. It's great that you're expanding your menu. Hopefully you can reach even more costumers and rise to even greater stewy heights!

Adelsin wrote:We're offering a fat-free side of moose stew soon.

Tubbius gasps and lightly fans at His face. Fat free? Horrors!

Seaforia wrote:Oh, I'm back!

Tubbius the Rotund and Benevolent of Treadwellia gives a jolly, wheezy mmph mmph of greeting!

Loftegen 2 wrote: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'."

Ludwig went on to explain what happened:

The territory of what is today called the Imperium of Leonism had been settled by various Germanic tribes since at least 2500 years ago. When an expanding Latin-speaking Empire attacked the tribes in 9 CE, invading from the northeast, they changed the ethnic and cultural makeup of the region forever. The invaders were called Römer by the native population, who united their tribes against the foreign threat for the first time ever at the Battle of the Hasenberger Forst in 9 CE. The united tribes lost this battle decisively, paving the way for five centuries of Römer rule. When the Römer Empire withdrew from the territory of what is now Leonism, they left a lasting legacy. The descendants of their settlers and soldiers now made up at least 20% of the population, their language had fused with the local Germanic dialects and their culture had become part of the local culture. Christianity, a religion that the Römer themselves had converted to only a century earlier, was also brought to the Leonist territory by the newcomers.

After the Empire had officially withdrawn from Leonist territory, the old rivalries between the tribes began to re-emerge, now joined by ethnic and religious conflict between Latinised/Christian parts of the population and traditional Germanic/paganist people. Political landscape now consisted of various small principalities and kingdoms who fought each other in perpetuity, struggling for dominance.

These struggles were prevalent in Leonism for several centuries, and it is important to have this background in mind when talking about an event that occured much later, namely in 1891:

In 1891 the Imperium of Leonism already existed as a unified state, having absorbed all of the smaller principalities, independent cities and kingdoms in a centuries-long struggle that had further been heated by emerging nationalism of the 19th century. One of the last provinces to become part of Imperial territory was Ohrwald, situated at the northeastern border of the country, in 1879. Ohrwald was notable in having the largest percentage of ethnically Latin population throughout the country, as the Römer had colonised this region first two millenia earlier. It was frequently refered to by its Latin name, Oroval. The local culture and language were distinct from the rest of the Imperium. Politically, the Imperium was still an absolute monarchy, in the process of reforming into a constitutional monarchy. Germanic nationalism had led to people of German descent, who made up about 80% of the population, being regarded as superior to people of Latin descent. Thus, the local ruling class in Ohrwald was made up almost entirely of German nobility.

When crop failure led to widespread famine in 1890, the provincial rulers in Ohrwald decided to disband the standing provincial army, whom they were otherwise obliged to feed. The army was composed mostly of Latin people, who had shown a much greater martial prowess than their German bretheren over the course of centuries, all the way back to the decisive Battle of the Hasenberger Forest in 9 CE. Thus, the Latin population was disproportionaly affected by the decision. Their representatives in turn demanded greater influence on the political decisions pertaining the region. This led to an unruly winter 1890/1891, with local strikes and terrorist attacks setting the stage for what would ultimately become an all out uprising. The superficial reason for the uprising were reports that the minority German population had broken into Römer churches and stole the little bread that was stored there for the communion. These reports may or may not have been false, but they were used by agitators in the Römer population to whip their fellow citizens into a frenzied uprising against the German nobility. The noble houses, such as the House Tann-Ratsamhausen, the House Eichenberger and the House Lippstedt, called on the Imperial central government for military help. However, the Imperator, Johann XI., was locked in a power struggle against his wife, Kaiserin Sophie, and did not send the Imperial military to help, as he feared a civil war on his own doorstep in the capital of Leestcheck.

The Römer population in Ohrwald was thus easily able to overpower the local German militia units protecting the nobility. They had superior training and manpower, making most of the battles a forgone conclusion. The noble houses fled, House Eichenberger fled northwest towards the province of Meiringen while House Tann-Ratsamhausen and House Lippstedt fled the country entirely. Many of them would later settle in the Republican Federation of Loftegen 2, especially around the Canton of Orovalo.

The province of Ohrwald remained a hotspot for conflict until present day. It was re-conquered in 1905 when Imperial central government had re-established a firm grip on all provinces under Kaiserin Sophie. It gained some autonomy in the 1970s, after several decades of low-level civil war. Together with the similarly unruly province of Tannberg, Ohrwald formed the backbone of the newly autonomous region of Lower Leonism. Lower Leonism gained home rule in all matters except foreign policy and military in 1994, but nevertheless tried to fully overthrow the Imperial masters in the 2015 "War of the Northern Provinces". The province is currently at an uneasy peace, but still occupied by several tens of thousands of Imperial peacekeeping troops who are a frequent target for small-scale terrorist attacks.

Read factbook

"Oh, and what is also interesting to note is that you may have heard of one of the veteran of the War of the Northern Provinces. She's called Tanja Fassberg, our most notable ace pilot at the moment and hot as hell as well if I may say so. She's also part of the troops currently in Loftegen 2 for Exercise Schedule." Ludwig smiled, apparently lost in thought about the looks of Tanja Fassberg...

Treadwellia wrote:Tubbius gasps and lightly fans at His face. Fat free? Horrors!

I believe it is illegal to produce or import anything that is FAT FREE, REDUCED FAT, LIGHT, or the dreadful D word. I will not mention or HIS HEFTINESS might grant my wish list this coming season.

Treadwellia wrote:Tubbius gasps and lightly fans at His face. Fat free? Horrors!

Truth be told, if you want to be rotund to the max, you are better off on a diet much higher in carbohydrates and sugars in general. And diet soda, as opposed to regular soda. Artificial sweeteners will trick your body into craving more food to make up for the calories it's expecting from the empty sweetness.

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! :)

Unfortunately, because of different time zones I don't think I'll ever be on at that time (it would have been 4:30 am in Australia for me). I can usually get on after 6:40 am UTC, but I think some Lazarene players will only see each other rarely, sadly :(

Kappan wrote:Unfortunately, because of different time zones I don't think I'll ever be on at that time (it would have been 4:30 am in Australia for me). I can usually get on after 6:40 am UTC, but I think some Lazarene players will only see each other rarely, sadly :(

WE HAVE A MINECRAFT SERVER?!?!

Also, I just posted a new Factbook, Natcht, about my capital city.

Cianlandia wrote:WE HAVE A MINECRAFT SERVER?!?!

Also, I just posted a new Facebook, Natcht, about my capital city.

We sure do! Just message Leonism on Discord, or telegram him for an invitation. We've only been up for a day, but we have an enchanter, a few houses set up, and a nether portal.

Kappan wrote:We sure do! Just message Leonism on Discord, or telegram him for an invitation. We've only been up for a day, but we have an enchanter, a few houses set up, and a nether portal.

Cool. I'll have to do that when I'm free.
Lookout for the Roman Legionary, he's me!

Kappan wrote:Unfortunately, because of different time zones I don't think I'll ever be on at that time (it would have been 4:30 am in Australia for me). I can usually get on after 6:40 am UTC, but I think some Lazarene players will only see each other rarely, sadly :(

I play vidya games around now fairly often so we might could run into each other sometime! At the moment I'm finishing up some homework though. ;-;

Mondeca wrote:Hello there

"General Kenobi."

Kappan wrote:We sure do! Just message Leonism on Discord, or telegram him for an invitation. We've only been up for a day, but we have an enchanter, a few houses set up, and a nether portal.

Is the portal suitably adorned?

e____e

>_> I've been up for 3 days straight.

35 years.

Mr Sneyland I suspect somebody has been slipping vodka into the moose troughs. Please keep ur eyes peeled.

Mzeusia wrote:Is the portal suitably adorned?

No, not yet. I’m probably going to move it closer to spawn. You can decorate if you want.

I’m currently on the server if anyone’s joining.

Tubbius the Fat does not want to be awake this early.

Kappan wrote:No, not yet. I’m probably going to move it closer to spawn. You can decorate if you want.

I’m currently on the server if anyone’s joining.

hey HEY. U have a job this coming sunday sir. The baby meece and bible readings.

Don't u forget e__e we'll start with david and Goliath.

Kappan wrote:No, not yet. I’m probably going to move it closer to spawn. You can decorate if you want.

I’m currently on the server if anyone’s joining.

I'm at work :(

Guys, even if you can't play Minecraft right now, if you are generally interested in playing on our server, please drop me a telegram or discord so that I can send you the invite which you need to join.

Adelsin wrote:>_> I've been up for 3 days straight.

35 years.

Mr Sneyland I suspect somebody has been slipping vodka into the moose troughs. Please keep ur eyes peeled.

Peeled like potatoes?

Adelsin wrote:hey HEY. U have a job this coming sunday sir. The baby meece and bible readings.

Don't u forget e__e we'll start with david and Goliath.

O.o right
But my Sunday might not be your Sunday...

Kappan wrote:O.o right
But my Sunday might not be your Sunday...

Give the baby moose a double dose. Tell them about Balaam and his talking donkey.

kill me daddy

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