Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread II

I doubt mithras will make it too a courtroom.

People can just....disappear.

Voluntarily or forced.
Oh he could, but that wouldn't be the best move from a political point of view. Known terrorist leaders (which he would be in this case) are best put on trial, and the whole world shown that they are not mythical monsters, but sad people with twisted views of the world.

Besides, simply disappearing him means that you lose the opportunity to debase his bullshit in open court, and not being able to do that only fuels long term issues, not smother them.
 
The 82nd should realize that many of the FRS team have served in the recent Korean Conflict and they have nothing to prove to anyone and there still could be older NCOs who were involved with the European War.

Mithras is going to come to a bad end that is most deserving.
 
That had resulted in a shoving match and the Police Department in the ticklish position of having to keep the two heavily armed groups separated.
Were the FSR actually allowed to move around armed? They are, after all, outside of their borders and not in a theatre of war.
If they really feard for their safety, a few armed guards/guides/nannies would be supplied by the US forces.
Them going around armed, unless specifically permitted by local military command and civilian leadership is kind of insulting and provocative, and maybe downright illegal.
 
Were the FSR actually allowed to move around armed? They are, after all, outside of their borders and not in a theatre of war.
If they really feard for their safety, a few armed guards/guides/nannies would be supplied by the US forces.
Them going around armed, unless specifically permitted by local military command and civilian leadership is kind of insulting and provocative, and maybe downright illegal.
Depending on the situation, it could possibly constitute an invasion, legally speaking. I doubt however the US government would do anything more than just submit an official complaint, and doubtless get an official apology for the breach of conduct.

Provided no one gets hurt, this is pretty routine international relations stuff to sort out.
 
Were the FSR actually allowed to move around armed? They are, after all, outside of their borders and not in a theatre of war.
If they really feard for their safety, a few armed guards/guides/nannies would be supplied by the US forces.
Them going around armed, unless specifically permitted by local military command and civilian leadership is kind of insulting and provocative, and maybe downright illegal.
The shoving match could have easily had happened even if the FSR team was unarmed but most likely they had small arms for personal protection until other arrangements could be made.
 
The 82nd should realize that many of the FRS team have served in the recent Korean Conflict and they have nothing to prove to anyone and there still could be older NCOs who were involved with the European War.
Problem is, again, US is insanely insecure here, with everything that's been happening to them. Hell, they were late to rescue their citizens, and their inital response was a couple DDs. So being shown up by their now hated rivals, much less a unit that literally is their rival in all but name?

Dangerous combo.
 
I just looked up how many countries and organizations offered help of any kind after a certain Hurricane struck New Orleans and the surrounding areas... and how much was actually accepted. There were planes full of urgently needed stuff and staff that were not allowed into US airspace.
The first responders and the only one being able to professionally help in such a crisis being Germans in such a scenario... let's see where Peabody is leading us on.
 
I just looked up how many countries and organizations offered help of any kind after a certain Hurricane struck New Orleans and the surrounding areas... and how much was actually accepted. There were planes full of urgently needed stuff and staff that were not allowed into US airspace.
The first responders and the only one being able to professionally help in such a crisis being Germans in such a scenario... let's see where Peabody is leading us on.
The US is not as secure of itself as IOTL and, more importantly, the Germans are already there, without a 'by your leave', ostentively on a humanitarian mission and, most importantly, before somebody knew they were coming and somebody else with enough authority could reject them.
 
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Part 101, Chapter 1623
Chapter One Thousand Six Hundred Twenty-Three



4th April 1964

Kiel

It was an overcast day, threatening rain. Perfect for the mood that Kiki was in. It was the last weekend of Easter Break and she had been at completely loose ends. The night before, her father had called the family together and had told them that they were going to have to make some cutbacks while he put the family back on a firm financial footing. The income generating properties that they had would continue to pay out, just given time.

As if none of them had seen a newspaper or seen a news program over the previous week. The people entrusted to mind the family estate had been siphoning off money for their own ends for years. The emerging list of things that they had been spending money on was bewildering and Kiki was acutely aware that a portion of it spent trying to whip up a revolutionary movement aimed to topple them. Kiki personally wondered if that act had been because the conspirators had feared that their embezzlement would come to light and had been in the hope that if they could cause enough chaos, they could avoid the present reckoning. The most galling part was they seemed to have been trying to set Kiki and her sisters up to be the scapegoats for this whole mess. She was all too aware of how willing the public was to believe that a young woman was a spendthrift. It might just have worked and the bumbling efforts of those trying the be Jacobins would have been propelled with the force of a vast angry mob behind them.

Leaving Berlin, Kiki had bought a train ticket for Kiel as opposed to going straight back to Jena. When she had arrived at the gates of the Navy Yard, the Marine sentries had snapped to attention when they recognized her before she even had a chance to show them her papers. She had told them that it was unnecessary because she wasn’t here in that capacity. They had told her that it wasn’t because of her rank, it was because of what she had done for them in Korea. Looking at the patches on their uniforms. She saw that they were from the 3rd MID, which explained the respect they had in her and Kiki found the entire thing a bit embarrassing. They provided an escort that maintained a respectful distance, probably because they had a good idea of where she was going.

The hulk that had been the SMS Prinzessin des Reiches, formerly the SMS Prinzessin Kristina, sat forlornly tied up to the pier after her name had been stricken. Tomorrow she was to be towed to breaker’s yard and that would be the conclusion of a proud life.

Commissioned in 1942 just a few months after Kiki had been born, the Prinzessin Kristina had served in every war from the Second World War until Korea. A floating hospital, she had several innovative features that had since become standard features including the advanced surgical theaters, laboratory suite and the quarantine bays. The helipad that had been added to the fantail just before the Battle of Saipan had been just as groundbreaking, probably resulting in hundreds of additional lives saved. When Kiki had joined the Medical Service, the ship’s name had been changed because it wasn’t considered proper for a ship to be named for someone active in an Armed Service. In recent years she had come to be too small and too slow to effectively do her mission. Time had done her in.

Kiki was aware of the influence that the knowledge that this ship was out in the ocean had on her imagination when she had been a child. It had probably played a large role in the decisions that she had made regarding her career. Today, she was here in this sad place with everything that could still be usable by the Fleet had been removed, the faded red cross and yellowed white paint were all that remained to mark the important role that she had played. Kiki had wanted to see her one last time.



Mitte, Berlin

When Maria had told the owners of the BT of the exclusive story that was developing. They had been extremely enthusiastic about it, if it panned out that was. If not, then they would be perfectly happy to leave her twisting in the wind. As it was then that Maria had assigned the information that Zella had gathered and told them to find a way to make it all airtight before it went to the press. Zella was understandably put out because she was being denied credit for her role in the story. Maria had calmly told Zella that she could have the byline, but only if she didn’t mind getting arrested along with her friend Aurora. That had silenced Zella rather quickly.

Now, on Saturday afternoon Maria was watching the first edition of the Sunday BT as the artwork of the front page depicted Mithras being pulled from the shadows. Mithras, also known as Lothar de Maizière, had his face and every detail that the Berliner could find were spelled out in the article. While Maria might normally have felt a few qualms about exposing someone like this, she knew people who had been hurt and killed in the bombing of the East Station.

While Maria was tempted to send Zella to work the purgatory that was the Metro Desk, instead she knew that something else would need to be done this time. Maria remembered how she had worked with Friedrich Grossman and how while that had been difficult, it had made her a better Journalist. It was just a question of finding a senior reporter who would be willing to have a girl as stubborn as Zella was as an assistant and what would Zella’s reaction be towards being told to go get coffee for example.
 
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Were the FSR actually allowed to move around armed? They are, after all, outside of their borders and not in a theatre of war.
If they really feard for their safety, a few armed guards/guides/nannies would be supplied by the US forces.
Them going around armed, unless specifically permitted by local military command and civilian leadership is kind of insulting and provocative
They have to worry about looters and possibly rampaging mobs in a disaster scenario. Now that the US Army and Navy have shown up, I would expect them to provide armed escorts and the FSR to be stood down.
 
The good news is that Kiki’s frugal living will look good to the people in the wake of the embezzlement and her investment in Sony is already paying dividends which put her in a good light as having a good sense for money.

Bad news however is that Mithras is going to be desperate now, he might just attack the BT in retaliation, or worse Kiki, his perceived enemy. However the embezzlement scandal and the scoure of their funding now revealed could lead to large amounts of the Jacobins leaving in disgust.
 
They have to worry about looters and possibly rampaging mobs in a disaster scenario. Now that the US Army and Navy have shown up, I would expect them to provide armed escorts and the FSR to be stood down.
Dunno. Maybe it's the European in me, but violent looters and mobs during natural calamities isn't something that usually happens.
-Some- scavaging for necessities, yes, and violence during protests and the like, but those would be different issues.
Also, it's hard to steal a 50 kg TV as they probably had in the 60s, and small, portable, valuables are hard to find in houses brought down by a quake.
 
Dunno. Maybe it's the European in me, but violent looters and mobs during natural calamities isn't something that usually happens.
-Some- scavaging for necessities, yes, and violence during protests and the like, thouse would be different issues.
Also, it's hard to steal a 50 kg TV as they probably had in the 60s, and small, portable, valuables are hard to find in houses brought down by a quake.
True, but remember that relief workers, particularly from hospital ships, will have food and drugs and a lot of them are women (risk of rape). There are risks of lowlifes committing crimes of opportunity and prisoners having escaped from jail. And it never rains if you carry an umbrella.
 
I was going to ask about the hospital ship named after Kiki and just now reading the post and the bittersweet feelings of Kiki towards her namesake being stricken off must have brought a sense of her own mortality.
The fact that the trustees were going to use the Kaiser's daughters as the scapegoat for the embezzlement must be seen with an ironic laughter as for all this time Kiki has been a model of modest living and that had put a crimp in their plans, also most likely the State Wedding of Frederic and Suga was too good of an opportunity to really cook the books and steal anything they could get away with.
It looks like the uncovering of the embezzlement came just as the right time as the trustees were going to have to use the principal to make the required disbursement payments and that would have only accelerated the emptying of trust assets.

The exposure of Mithreas by the BT may be the crowning achievement of Maria's career and she might step down as the editor to become a contributing columnist and spend more time with Emil doing what they want, when they want.
 
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