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UPDATE: Thanks to the diplomatic effort provided by the nations of the Pamavel (now an official organization and not just a navy taskforce), war with Germifar has been avoided. Situation has been really tense during November 2016 but now things seem to cool down.
However, the VRF (Velpador Rebel Fleet) several thousands kilometers to the N-E of the continent are still a threat and must be dealt with somehow. According to info they have quite a lot of ships, most of which have been built there while we were struggling with the Tchiho Crisis. It wouldn't be surprising if they also had several cruisers from the Colorful Empire, with which they were allied not too long ago.
So now we've been sent back there with the Picnic, the Inspiration, the Zima of course, and a few other ships. Today's and yesterday's skirmishes cost us DD Imperial and DD Petard, but we also have a light cruiser, Orion, and we've just been reinforced with a Dido-class destroyer, the Phoebe IIRC, and another destroyer from the same class of the Petard, the Obedient. The Dido-class DD looks quite heavy and has 10 big guns in 5 batteries, I hope it will stay with us for a while. In recent skirmishes we also sunk several enemy DDs, a light cruiser, one or two submarine, and one or two large freighters.
Expedition Ivan, led by Kamen, has encountered a large island on the West of the continent. From what Kamen and his fleet report, some people on the island have built or are still building some kind of gigantic structure that stretches to the skies, and some of the population are allowed to live there, while the rest must leave on the ground below in misery. Quite typical, but when Komen's fleet was noticed by locals, they made contact and people understood that the ships were coming from somewhere East, and some of them tried to sail in that direction using fishing boats that were obviously not made for such a journey. The guys on the structure up in the sky apparently began to shoot on the escapees, so Kamen wished to intervene but wasn't allowed to do so by Pamavel Command. So Kamen is angry and does his best to rescue as many people as possible. He has already sent back a destroyer full of these locals. Pamavel Command wishes to learn a bit more on this island before attempting anything, if anything is to be attempted at all. According to Kamen, it's very important that he be allowed soon to aggressively escort the departing boats but for now it appears he'll have to wait.
I have the feeling these expeditions create more problems than anything.
In other news, Expedition Julia to the S-W has encountered a whole continent complete with real advanced and developped nations, called Barlucolia, and contact has been made and everything is going smoothly there. There are three important nations in Barlucolia, Acacia, Malmatel and most importantly, Pefear (I guess it's pronounced pefe-ar and not peh-fear, but I'll have to ask Wisbech about that). Pefear is some kind of federation of small regions/empire that rules over 60-70% of the land of Barlucolia.
About the VRF, it appears that we must have sunk most of their fleet in the recent skirmishes because our patrols near their base island hasn't encountered anything in the past few days/weeks. So we've withdrew a few of the big ships, including the Zima (BB) and the Picnic (Classic CV). The Inspiration (Modern CV) should soon follow.
It's pretty calm but Eugene told me that tensions between countries of the Pamavel (especially Pastel and the Velpador) and Germifar were resurfacing so, wait and see as usual.
It's still calm. Germifar is not doing anything rash apparently, and Kamen should be moving on soon. His latest reports state that things have cooled down where he is. High Command wants to do something there but our forces are a bit to stretched as of now. The fleet has ships sailing East (that's us!), to fight the remnants of the VRF (if any remain at all. An amphibious assault will have to be undertaken there at some point), South of Kouka (to keep an eye on Quasermanel), West (Expedition Ivan with Kamen) and South-West (Expedition Julia currently near Barlucolia).
Ground forces are still resting and licking their wounds after the Tchiho Campaign. In retrospect, it's really lucky that Germifar didn't do anything.
Manden infantry will soon stop guarding the Tchiho border though, so the Pamavel should have some fresh infantry divisions at its disposal again soon (these Manden troops aren't exactly exhausted, having done nearly nothing for the past few months except guarding the border between Tchiho and the Manden).
Oh also, KG1s (the frogbuckets) have finally entered massproduction with a few dozens ready for the field exercises in January.
Speaking of which, it should begin soon. It will be a huge field exercise across Pastel and the Velpador, with several thousands troops participating, dispatched into two teams, red and blue. We'll know which team we're in soon.
After more than two months, the field exercises will soon come to an end. Our next big offensive (planned for sometime around March 20th) will aim to push as far West as we can so our battalions can actually reach the Western shoreline in Pastel.
Most Expedition parties have safely come home, and soon we'll be able to have the whole Pamavel fleet gathered at one place for a quite needed review of all ships and all forces in general.
Things seem to have settled in Barlucolia, Germifar doesn't threaten antything anymore, Kamen has come home and hasn't discovered anything past the huge structure in the sky (and we've established vague contact with that place). Overall, this period is quite refreshing, and Winter is almost finished, meaning we'll hopefully have nice, sunny weather for the next big push West. Although rain is never quite far, I'm afraid.
Mrmlmlr, I wanted to wait for Kamen before we launch the offensive (that was planned for around ~March 20) but he's taking his sweet little time to come back from Expedition Ivan so I'll just prepare everything so we can begin in one or two days. The thing is, time is of the essence because Red Team is also on the verge of launching a similar offensive on their own; the plan is for us to move the main bulk of our forces along the northern border of the Velpador, all the way to the border with Pastel; and from there, divide the army in two groups: Div 1, which will push toward the Western Coast of Pastel, and Div 2, that will go South along the Pastel border and take the Red Team force on its rear. A tiny small Division 3 will be remain in the plains before our HQ just in case. Because it seems clear at this point that Red Team will try to move South along the border with Kouka in order to march directly on our GHQ. That means we'll have twice as less troops than them when we'll be on their rear, but we'll be fighting their rearguard so, whatevs. Anyway, what really matters is that we reach their HQ before they did ours. In other news I've made this doc so we can keep track of our naval forces (ships whereabout, ongoing expeditions and operations, etc. The review with (almost) everyone home is planned for next week).
Kamen has finally come back! As well as Wisbech. They're still around their respective naval bases though so I won't see Kamen until a bit of time.
The field exercises are nearing their end. We're in the decisive moments. Our valiant Blue Team, Division 3, is repelling the main bulk of Red Team's forces South of the Cetciska mountains. Our proud Division 2, taksed with attacking the enemy rearguard, has been completely wiped out, though. The enemy turned around and faced them with all available units, something I didn't think they would do. But that gave more time for Div 3 to organize their defenses and ensure air superiority over the area (meaning we're the only one with remotely-controlled airplanes in the area!). In the meantime, our Division 1 is advancing quickly and should reach the Pastel coast in a few days -- if anything goes as planned, which is rarely the case anyway. Trivia: the governments of Pastel, the Velpador and Manden spent 2 millions in paint for these exercises. Fortunately, only about half has been used, meaning we will be able to do another 4-months long exercise soon, yay! ... .
I guess we will know in a few days where the next expeditions will take us; I bet S-E but who knows. Maybe it'll be North as it is also one of the few direction we never went to, because we don't have any naval bases North of the continent.
So yeah, the military exercises have finally ended two days ago. Blue Team ended up victorious! Woohoo.
We still don't know where the fleets are going to be sent. Speaking of the seven Fleets of the Pamavel, it has been decided a few weeks ago that from now on, each fleet should have about 1/3 of ships from Pastel, 1/3 of ships from the Manden, and 1/3 of ships from the Velpador, which seems reasonable and should promote unity in the fleet and the rest of the army, I think.
And, in turn, speaking of that, we heard that they want to build a brand new military academy near Posemeille, in the Velpador. Pastel already has its military school, the Velpador has the Strategy and Tactics School in Pamenka, and the Manden also has its own thing (military university of the Manden or something like that), but this new building should replace all other existing institutions, and in the not-so-distant future, soldiers (or should we call them students? I hope not) from the three countries should spend some years there together. This program should begin in quite some time though (several years I think). Either way, a cool endeavor I think.
Things are weird in the South-West near Barlucolia. Apparently a fleet is to go there soon-ish but it's just rumors. We'll soon have info on that I guess.
So from what we've been told two fleets are to move to Southern Barlucolia (reasons unknown to us at this point) but Barlucolia doesn't want that to happen, because they don't want such a military force to cross their territorial waters, which is kinda understandable (especially considering the Pamavel 1st Fleet already has some ships near Northern Barlucolia). Howevs, Pefear and Acacia have been moving a significant number of troops and equipment, mainly AA, to the South, so make what you want out of that. The weather has been deteriorating in South Barlucolia for the last months, and apparently it has some sort of significance in what's happening these last days.
Anyway, one of the two fleets that are to move to Barlucolia is the 2nd Fleet (Kamen), because it's basically the fleet that has the nearest naval port (Znamenka). Kamen has a lot of work this year! The second fleet to depart will be decided tomorrow. For now Kamen's job is simply to go to Barlucolia but without entering their own waters.
Oh yeah also there's Quasermanel, whose intentions/thoughts on the situation are basically unknown at this point. Are they even aware of all this? I can't say.
We now have three fleets near Barlucolia -- elements of the First Fleet, and both the Second and the Third Fleets in their entirety -- which represents a quite powerful force. It seems things are going to unfold pretty quickly although we still don't have much info on what's going on exactly.
Today at about 3pm some kind of machines literally fell from the sky in Southern Barlucolia, and there were people inside, who have been taken into "custody" by Barlucolian forces from Pefear. What in the world is happening, we still do not know, and I think the Pamavel High Command doesn't know much either.
As for us, the Fifth Fleet, we've been asked (ordered) to move to Eastern Kouka, and stay there for the time being. The Fourth Fleet is still near Quasermanel, which has apparently begun to discuss the situation with the Pamavel. Until now Quasermanel seems to be quite a reasonable country so I wonder why there's so much distrust towards it.
More info on the situation as soon as I have some.
Things have gotten pretty hectic. To summarize, although our new Operational Reports are quite useful for that, aircraft of unknown origin have attacked each other in SW Pefear a few hours ago; or rather, some guys landed on SW Pefear, and were immediately followed by other guys in wooden aircraft that fired upon them and dropped bombs and stuff. Nothing has happened since then. Our forces there are in full alert with airplanes patrolling the skies at all times, and tankers being dispatched from the continent to resupply our ships/airplanes. Naturally, the Fifth Fleet is moving as fast as it can from East Kouka to Barlucolia. We should arrive there in 7 or 8 days. Here's hopping the situation has calmed down by the time we get there...
So from what we can gather the Allegans are moving pretty fast NE. Pefear and Malmatel were unable to hold their lines more than a few days at Perfex and it's still considered a high feat considering the number of men Allega can put on the field. The Allegans are clever and tend to stay far enough inland so that our fleets can't target them with their guns, which made Stanoter's First Fleet useless near Perfex for exemple. Still, a Pamavel invasion fleet (1st and 2nd Armies) is en route to Barlucolia to aid Pefear and Malmatel (and Acacia) resist the invaders. Acacia, South of Pefear, has been pretty spared, probably because there's a mountain range between it and Pefear, preventing the Allegans from moving too fast there.
Our own ETA (for the 5th Fleet) is 1st of June.
At this point it's really recommended to read the operation updates too (Available here).
We have quite a lot of ships now South of Barlucolia, but most the aircraft on our aircraft carriers (which count for the most important part of our firepower) have been sent to Acacia and near Mollegar, Pefear's capital, which has come under attack earlier today, according to the last news, but was successfully defended. Now we are a powerful naval surface force, but pretty useless when it comes to what's happening inland. Oh well, let us not complain.
So Operation Firework is over and most of the Pamavel Fleets and most of the 1st Army are going back to the continent. It has been pretty uneventful for the 5th Fleet, except maybe at the end, like two weeks ago, when we had to investigate on this island to the S-E of Barlucolia. But even then, nothing important happened there.
I wonder what we'll be doing in the next few weeks?
Two hours remain before September. Two weeks ago or so, two Velpadorian citizens were kinda kidnapped by Anado, but it appears they are well treated and the Velpador is currently negociating to bring them back home safely. Anado has always been a pretty religious country but their superstitions never went that far. Btw, I know it's a bit disrepectful to talk about Anado's religious beliefs in such a way and to dismiss them as simple superstitions, but they said that these two poor people could move objects with their minds and stuff and that therefore they must be possessed and "cleaned" or purified somehow. That's preposterous. Anyway, a small contingent has been sent near the border and is regularly crossing the border between the Velpador and Anado, in a more or less secret fashion (at night), to keep an eye on the place where the two kids are held. They're not really kids (the guy is like 25-30, and the girl about 30, maybe less. From the photos alone I would have said that she is more like 25, even less maybe, but whatevs). I don't know why I said they are kids. Don't ask me. It's 21:59 and I got up at 6AM so give me some break wilya. They are held in some kind of Ambassy that looks like an old castle with a huge cross on the roof -- Anado is really a weird country. From what I understand Kamen is going to be involved in this thing sooner or later.
Trouble in Anado has ended and the "prisoners" were released after a few days.
However, important events have occured in the last few weeks. One of the last Pamavel expeditions has encountered a whole new set of islands to the S-E of the continent; some of these are so big they could count as continents themselves. As it happens, there are several countries there that live peacefully with each other, except two, a paramenat (a kind of regime), and the Republic of Samou. As usual, "Republic" come from the Pamavel translators that were with the expedition when they discovered these lands, so it may not really be a republic as we know it.
Although we don't know much yet about all this, and we don't know the reasons for this, the Pamavel has reacted surprisingly fast and has already sent the 1st Army over there, as well as the 1st Fleet (Stanoter). Considering the first army is two Pastel divs, two Velpador divs and two Manden divs, it was set in motion particularly fast. The 2nd Army is also being sent there as we speak, and several other fleets too, including the 5th one.
Obviously we're going to meddle in the affairs of other nations again, but I guess the Pamavel aims to expand from now on. But something in the swiftness of all this tells me there's more than meets the eye this time.
So uh. I can't say if things have slipped out of the Pamavel's control or if everything is actually playing in the Pamavel's hands, but things took a sharp turn. So as we know Toumou and the Paramenat have been at war for six months and now the Pamavel have sized with the Paramenat, for some reason unknown to me, and the Fifth Fleet, the First Fleet (CO: Stanoter), and both the 1st and 2nd Pmvl Armies have all been sent there to repel the Toumouan invasion of the Southern islands of the Paramenat. The reasons for the war ? We don't know quite yet. The Paramenat and Toumou are surprisingly close to the Continent (~10 days by destroyer at full speed), it's one of the last explexp who discovered these nations. Apparently high command has some reasons for thinking it's better 1) to become involved and 2) to fight alongside the Paramenat rather than Toumou.
From what I've seen both nations look pretty industrialized, looks like Western Europe, if I was brave enough, I'd say they look more advanced than the countries of the Pamavel, so! Beware. They have jet fighters and flying ships, although the use of flying ships has still to be proven more effective than the use of traditional, floating ships. Toumou soldiers have unsettling uniforms with cables/pipes linking their backpack to their helmets and stuff. Besides the pipes and the brown-ish colors, and the uncanny vision glasses they sometime wear, they look like standard soldiers though.
Like in Barlucolia though, civilians look pretty much like our own civilians back in Pastel and the Velpador (the Manden remain an odd case, being far more African-ish than everything I've seen so far). They even have colorful subcoats and stuff. And people in the Paramenat wear all kinds of hats.
It's hard to say what kind of jobs people do for a living in normal times in these parts though, because we've never seen them in peace times. I guess they build tables and make clothes. There doesn't seem to be much else to do from where I stand; and I stand on the deck of the Cinizima and I just look at photographs and reports so uwell.
Our next order of business is to take down a Toumouan fleet more to the South; meanwhile Stanother and his 1st Fleet will try to clear the way North of the Paramenat Southern island.
The 1st Army has a full contingent of KG1, which proved disastrous in the moor in the South a few days ago; and all carriers are slowly but surely being filled with Full-Flappers! (The new Madinké airplane whose flaps allow marvelous maneuvers and stuff. Should prove useful against Toumouan jets).
Two days ago, Paramenat forces on the Southern island, moving to recapture Elaspic with help of a small Pamavel contingent, were stopped short by a new Toumouan devilry: the Killing Cry. Toumouans have indeed mastered the art of killing via yelling terrible shouts out of their throats or lungs. It is still unknown if it downright kills or simply paralyses those who hear it, but all the same it is something very dangerous they have come up with. Reports say Toumouans played it in a huge speakerphone. Paramenat soldiers were forced to retreat on the spot -- those who were still able to move, that is. It could be comical if that was not so grievous.
As for us in the Fifth Fleet, we'll soon be carrying our orders, which are to destroy a Toumouan fleet South of the southern tip of Cilica and secure the area around the docks there.
2017-10-15 (night) -- Preparations for naval battle South of Cilica, not far from Promeveo
Alright. We are closing in. Tomorrow we will engage the enemy fleet currently cruising South of Cilica. The enemy fleet has 9 ships: 1 battleship, 1 cruiser, 1 aircraft carrier, and 6 destroyers. They also have jet fighters, and we do know that their jets are better at dogfighting than our own airplanes. And Paramenat planes are nowhere to be seen in that area.
We have 1 battleship (the Cinizima), 2 aircraft carriers (Picnic and Inspiration), 2 cruisers (Manivel and Maniata), and 3 destroyers (Kadakat, Krikrin and Chelou). All in all, unless we discover that their ships are significantly better than ours, I'd say this will be an even battle.
To counter the superior enemy planes, I plan on keeping the fleet regrouped (including planes) so that our air units can benefit from our ships' AA guns. Considering the most dangerous enemy planes are their fighters and that they only pose a marginal threat to our ships, I could simply have my own fighters disengage, but I need them to shot down the enemy attack planes, which are, according to reports and intel from the Paramenat, far less daunting than the fighters.
I've made the necessary preparation for the battle in the OOB Command Interface. So, Order of Battle. This interface is better than AW for naval battles.
2017-10-15 -- Battle of the Tremelon Sea (Naval battle of South of Cilica)
It's 2:24PM and the battle is over. We won, of course, but we lost the Picnic, which saddens me to the highest point. Fortunately, Cotton survived. All the enemy ships have been sunk, against only 1 on our side, so I'd say we did pretty good.
Here's a quick summary of the engagement for further reference: first we moved staying grouped very tightly. We the enemy planes attacked, we weren't doing so badly in fighter-vs-fighter combat thanks to close air support from our ships, mainly our cruisers; but then the enemy attack planes arrived and quickly damaged and sunk the Picnic at 13:54. Nonetheless the enemy planes were quickly dispatched after that, and two or three of their squadrons retreated to their carrier. Following them, our own fighters discovered the enemy fleet; at 14:05, our airplanes began attacking the enemy fleet.
Our squadrons took their share of damage but so did the enemy ships. Our ships then closed in and ship-to-ship combat began.
After a while, at 14:05, the enemy carrier (CV Enicar) was sunk, and just after, the enemy battleship, the Magrevar, was sent to the bottom.
Then it was just a formality to get rid of the remaining enemy ships.
Almost all of our ships have suffered minor damage, so we're heading back to Pomo Harbor, North Cilica, for repairs.
It costed us the Picnic, but at least all the area South of Cilica should be under our control now.
About 85% of the crew of the Picnic managed to get off the ship in time, because the Picnic did not actually sink right away. As is often the case, it just burned, and we scuttled it later. All the surviving crew members, including Cotton, were taken aboard the Cinizima and the escorting destroyers. CA Maniata took several torpedo hits during the battle, and although no severe damage is to be observed, the ship is listing and can't go very fast. We should reach Pomo in a day or two.
The day after the naval battle we captured the crew of a Toumouan recon plane, that had participated in the fight but had escaped our fighters. Rather, during the battle our fighters had more important targets than recon planes. 2 of them (the only 2 of them present, in fact) survived the fight but one of them, lost at sea, was captured and retrieved by one of our destroyers (DD Kadakat). The crew (2 men) was interrogated and we learned that the Toumouan fleet we have sunk on October 15th was supposed to protect the left flank of the Toumouan General Fleet main area of operation, that is to say the sea between Cilica and the Toumouan mainland.
Although this is plausible there is some things in all this conflict so far that don't add up. The Toumouan Fleet all in all is supposed to be quite larger than the fleet of the Paramenat; but so far we've only seen three fleets, two of which were not THAT much of a problem to deal with (if Stanoter manages to take care of his own trouble North of Cilica, which remained to be seen, tbh). Where's the rest of the Toumouan navy? Also, Toumou holds the docks at Promeveo on the Eastern tip of Cilica. They are making some effort to prevent the Pamavel and the Paramenat from retaking the docks and the surrounding areas, but so far they haven't launched any major offensives, and they're not exactly massing troops in preparation for one, although they ARE landing reinforcements regularly to keep their Promeveo garrison at decent strength. But still.
Pamavel high command still hasn't address all these questions, but things are moving nonetheless. At the end of the week, either Saturday or Sunday, a "joint offensive" will take place to finally retake the dock at Cilica. 5th Fleet will be to provide cover from offshore, as well as the First Fleet if it's available. The twist is that Pamavel will use our new secret weapon, the space rocket, courtesy of Babbo's engineers. Indeed a space rocket will be launched from the Continent, and will go all the way up above Cilica and Toumou and will take pictures from the skies, and then, hopefully, will fall in the sea so one of our ships can retrieve it. The goal is to have accurate pictures of the whole Cilica/Toumou area for intel, especially intel about the position of the Toumouan fleet if possible. Well I mean, I, as part of the Pamavel fleet, is especially interested in such intel. All intel will be welcomed by the Pamavel high command of course. In theory weather specialists are positive the skies will be completely clear next week-end so it's good news.
Actually this should have no influence on the actual battle for the docks as the pictures will be received and analysed later but still.
The 5th Fleet has reached Pomo Harbor on the 16th of October and stayed there for repair for two/three days. Then, tomorrow, on the 19th, all available ships will set sail, full speed, towards the Eastern tip of Cilica, which should be reached Saturday morning. In the meantime, the captured crew of the Toumouan recon planes will be sent to the Pamavel HQ in Atarami 2. The other recon plane whereabout are unknown btw.
I'm still sad about the Picnic, as is Cotton, but at least, if the Toumouan fleet stays nowhere to be seen, our task this week-end will be nothing but providing fire support, so less risk of seeing our ships sink, I hope.
2017-10-21 -- Battle of South Cilica
The battle is over! Total victory for our forces. The battle took place more North than what I would've guessed initially, so Stanoter and his 1st Fleet had a lot of work in the beginning of the fight. Fighting fiercely, combined forces from the Pamavel and the Paramenat were able to find their way through to Promeveo, and capture the city.
As for us in the Fifth Fleet, initially we had to deal with enemy airplanes as well as some cruisers. Indeed the Toumouans had a lot of aircraft, and one of their fleet, sporting a battleship and several cruisers and destroyers, showed up East of Cilica before the battle began. However they stretched their naval lines so thin that their ships were quickly isolated. And for some reason they had their fighters retreating very early -- except some of them retreated West instead of East. We even captured the aircrew after the battle.
The thick of it was the Toumouan units garding the docks of Promeveo. Lots of tanks and indirect guns. The Cinizima took its share of damage (lost 6 HPs to enemy indirect units during the fight), and one of our air squadrons was shot down. Our goal quickly became to go around Promeveo, despite the area offshore being in range of artillery units, to join up with the 1st Fleet and provide fire support to our advancing ground units.
North of Promeveo, the Toumouan battleship managed to sink BB Trombone, flagship of Statnoter's fleet. Thankfully, Stanoter himself survived and was retrieved by a nearby allied destroyer.
The Toumouans had several submarines, and thinking about it, it's lucky that we didn't get hit more than that. One of our destroyers stumbled upon a submarine very near to the shore near Promeveo and was forced to stop while in range of fire of a Toumouan artillery unit. Next turn, two of Stanoter's cruisers joined in and sunk the submarine, puting themselves in range of the enemy artillery unit. Much appreciated.
Both the 1st and the 5th Fleets took some amount of damage, but apart from the Trombone and a destroyer from the 1st Fleet (DD Enbe), no ship was sunk.
The battle was fought using the AWDR command interface (Red -- 5th Fleet, Blue -- Pamavel forces, including 1st Fleet, Yellow -- Velecordian units, Black -- Toumouan units).
Results and screens from the battle can be found here.
In parallel news, the space rocket has safely taken off and will soon be taking pictures. They will be decrypted and analysed in the coming days.
News: the 2nd and the 3rd Fleets (Kamen and Wisbech respectively) will arrive tomorrow. Our Fifth Fleet as well as the 1st Fleet are relocated to the coastal city of Ioplay, and will soon depart when repairs are over.
For indeed we are to depart again soon, and High Command have finally given us some well deserved info.
The Pamavel High Command and generally, the Pamavel governments were aware of the Paramenat/Touhou conflict months before actually sending troops there. Indeed, they had been warned by two emissaries from the land of Melesper, which is apparently some sort of country high up in the sky -- like Allega.
A looooong time ago (actually, a few centuries ago so not THAT long ago), there had been a conflict between the countries of that area, and in these times, or maybe before, the Melesperians teached the Toumouans about flying ships and the likes. And they also developed something terrible that the Pamavel HC mysteriously calls a superweapon (although of unknown nature), that is burried or submerged or otherwise hidden South of Toumou. South of Toumou there is only water and a misty area, or so it seems. Topotorpedoes revealed some time ago that there IS a landmass in the mist there, but what is there we do not know.
Now, the first satellite pics that the space rocket took (and is still taken even as we speak) have been analysed and it seems that from what can be gathered, the Toumouan General Fleet (small black dots on the pictures) are moving South, most likely to go and find the thing that is still in the misty area South of Toumou.
The emissaries sent by Melesper a few months ago had one job: to warn the Pamavel (how they knew the Pamavel existed is still to be discovered) and warns them about the threat that Toumou could pose if ever that country found the Melesperian superweapon.
According to HC, people from Melesper did not say much about what that weapon actually is. Maybe they forgot because it was made such a long time ago. But the messengers are positive it's still there and that someone has to stop Toumou.
Now, the good news is, the combined forces of the Paramenat and the Pamavel are probably much stronger and larger in numbers than those of Toumou and their puny allies. But if Toumou reaches the SW, we'll have some trouble stopping them, according to Melesper emissaries. The end goal of Toumou is yet to be found, but it's certain that they will stomp Velecord and then go straight for the Continent if left unchecked.
All that story has some plotholes in my eyes but the Pamavel High Command has yet to fail us after all, and we are informed on a need to know basis. But I'd still like to know why Toumou didn't go for the superweapon earlier. What was stopping them? and why in the world are the Melesperians not fighting alongside us. That would be cool.
In any case, we are to depart in a few days, as soon as repairs are complete.
So, we have entered Fog Zero (the name HC gave to the misty area far to the South). Visibility must be 4-500 meters which is not as bad as I thought, but not exactly great either. It's even very dangerous actually.
We have reached the coast of the island there -- the topotorpedoes were right, there IS a landmass here. We couldn't see far inland because of the thick as heck fog, and because the island seems to be surrounded by fairly high rocks, mountains even.
More grievously, longrange communication, mainly via infinite radio waves, actually ceased working when we entered Fog Zero. We can't communicate with HC and we can only talk to ships that are less than a few kilometers away. More than 2 kilometers, it becomes very hard to understand what is being said. Most of our ships are equipped with foglights that can be seen through the fog up to a few hundreds meters but that's still far from ideal.
Even more grievously, we have sent DDs Kadakat and Chelou further up along the coast to recon the area, and they've run into at least two enemy ships (likely DDs). They have exchanged fire but no hits were registered. So we know the Toumouans are there. We also have sent DD Krikrin back North to Cilica to report all these findings to HQ.
The 2nd and 3rd Fleets should be arriving soon. Maybe Stanoter will be sent here too but they didn't depart with us (their repairs apparently took longer than planned). Also, I wouldn't be surprised that HC wants at least one fleet near Cilica.
Our next order of business is to circle around the island to try and see if we can land a party ashore somehow. Since we can't communicate with ships who left the formations, once DD Krikrin will have completed its task (to report our findings to HQ), the ship will have to go back to the island and go along the coast like we do to find us. Here's hoping Krikrin won't fall into any trouble while searching for us, being a lone destroyer with the Toumouan fleet looming around and all.
In the end, it appears there's only one place where we can safely land troops on Jolene, and that's in some sort of fjord North of the island. Unfortunately, the enemy is already there and landing troops there is deemed too risky by HC. We exited Fog Zero for a day about two weeks ago so we could exchange information with the 2nd and the 3rd Fleets, which are almost here (since we can't communicate via radio over long distances in Fog Zero). We've then launched a coordinated attack with the 2nd and 3rd Fleets on the fjord and managed to sink a lot of Toumouan ships. However, all 5th Fleet DDs have been seriously damaged, and a lot of DDs in the 2nd and 3rd Fleets have been sunk. We are leaving Fog Zero tomorrow again so we can report to HC and take new orders. Most likely, if we are to stop the Toumouans, we'll have to land troops no matter what -- only two options then: forcing our way in the fjord, or, try and land troops elsewhere, despite the mountains encircling the island completely. Which would be dangerously slow, but if the enemy is only keeping guard around the fjord far to the North, it could be possible.
Time is of the essence though, so I hope things are going to move quickly from now on. Who knows what the Toumouans are doing and how close they are to their goals (which are still vague to me, but hopefully HC will give us more details soon).
So visibility has decreased in the last days to 1-250 meters, and that's when HC decided to land troops on Jolene. We found a small breach in the mountains on the western side of the island, and we landed troops there. The breach is so small and the slope so steep that it takes forever to land troops that way. But the enemy doesn't know we're doing that here I guess, which gives us some time. When we exited Fog Zero a few days ago (that's when the landing was organized), we also learned that HC planned on sending an airplane and airdrop soldiers directly on the island, which is possible despite the fog as long as the soldiers end up on the island and not in the sea. Just a matter of calculation I think.
So we knew that had to happen, but in our ships we have no way to have info about what happens inland (because of no radio waves, see previous entries). So we waited for a messenger with a powerful flashlight who was tasked to light it at a planned point and a planned time on the coast. At the right time and place we met him and took info from him.
So, here's what he told us: a few days ago, last Sunday, we (the land troops, not "we" as in, the fleet) first established a quick bridgehead, and a few hours after that there were gunfire. Then, nothing for a few days. Then no later than a few hours ago, our land troops, about 50 Pamavel and Velecordian soldiers, launched an attack on a city just 500 meters inland. Well, a small town rather than a city. Like everything else on the island, the town was abandonned, but occupied by Toumouans. From what we gather the battle was fiercer than planned but our forces still took the town. But some Toumouans retreated so now a counterattack seems unavoidable. We'll see another messenger at the same place in four days (Saturday), but we'll exit Fog Zero in two days (Thursday) to take possible orders from HC.
2017-12-02 Blind delivery
As planned, we left Jolene and Fog Zero on Thursday to take orders from HQ. And we were greeted with news of soon-to-be movement. Indeed we learned that the Pamavel and Velecord had been planning a larger scale landing operation using Velecordian flying ships from their last aerial battle group. See this doc for more info on that operation.
The Paramenat has only one full Aerial Battle Group left, 10 flying ships. We don't know exactly how many flying ships the Toumouans have left, but Velecordian intelligence says about 40+, so 7 or more battle groups (a Velecordian battle group is 10 ships (a battleship and several smaller ships around it), Toumou operates smaller groups of 5 or 7 ships).
These flyships cannot be replaced once lost, because they were given to these two countries by Melesper in ages past (a few centuries ago actually). Since then, Velecord and Toumou took care not risking them too much in battle and kept upgrading them, but the recent conflict has seen most of them being sunk/heavily damaged.
Nevertheless, the Pamavel and the Paramenat consider of the utmost importance to take action on Jolene to stop the Toumouans.
So the plan is to use Velecord's remaining flyships in order to transport two full divisions of soldiers to Fog Zero and land them directly on Jolene. This is a risky move because the Toumouans most likely have submarines patrolling the area between Cilica and Fog Zero, despite the fact that this area is in theory under our control. So they'll most likely notice any fleet movement of that size, and will try to put a dent in it.
This is why the invasion fleet, en route as I write, is being escorted by the (repaired and reinforced) 1st Fleet, which sports a new CVC from Pastel (Calico), full of airplanes ready for interception.
We plan to deploy all 15 000 soldiers on Jolene tomorrow (ships are quite crowded). Then the ships will turn back, go back to Cilica, take another 15 000 soldiers, and make the same trip again to deploy them on Jolene too -- making our total number of men on the island 30 000, so, quite a powerful force to face the most likely equally numerous Toumouan battalions. Velecord intelligence says they must have two full divisions; IIRC, a Toumouan division is about 10 000 men. But according to intel, Toumouans have recently reinforced their garrisons there; easy for them to do since they can safely land them at the harbour North of the island.
Anyway, the Pamavel/Paramenat Alliance's objective is twofold: 1) to stop the Toumouans from doing whatever they're doing (probably searching for that famous superweapon we've been told about), and 2) secure the harbour North of Jolene to secure the island. That means, taking out all the Toumouans we encounter, which in turn is the promise of fierce fights to come.
Things took a turn for the worst! All last week our forces were making slow progress N-E, and yesterday they were about to strike at the Toumouan digging site that they had finally located.
But something happened - what exactly, we do not know, but most likely the Toumouans activated something - and the island actually *rose* from sea level into the sky with all our troops on it! And the Toumouans too, obviously. It was already surprising enough but then the the fog started to lift AND Jolene turned *upside down* in just a few minutes! And we saw a Melesperian fleet of Melesperian flyships in the sky above Jolene.
Everyone on the island fell into the sea and that's where things became hectic:
-Pamavel ships went below Jolene to pick up survivors
-the Velecordian Bro Fleet did the same
-a giant shark that was living under the island started swallowing people in the water as well as a few of our ships (the Toumouan General Fleet, that we could now see thanks to the fog having lifted up, was just little dots on the horizon retreating fast. It must have been warned beforehand somehow)
-Melesperian flyships started to attack both people and ships in the water, and Velecordian flyships from the Bro Fleet
It was a heck of an hour. The sky was now bright blue and after so long in the thick fog, visibility felt like it was 1000 kilometers.
Melesperian flyships are like snail shells with a propeller inside. But they don't fly thanks to the propeller, something else power the ship, although I don't know what. After all, they ARE the ones who gave Toumou and the Paramenat their flyships. The thing is, their propeller is some sort of weapon. These flyships used it to "swallow" 2 of the Velecordian flyships by cutting them appart. Other Melesperian flyships went vertical and lowered their propellers at sea level to tear appart Pamavel ships and soldiers still in the water. Velecordian flyships under the brothers Ankor and Tujur Plufor did manage to blow up two Melesperian flyships, then everyone retreated back North towards Cilica. Pamavel ships shelled the giant shark which went underwater and didn't show up again after that. Also, Pamavel subs scored several torpedo hits on it, but their whereabout is unknown now. Which is worrysome, because radio communication was made possible as soon as the fog was lifted up.
Now we are all cruising at flank speed towards Cilica and nobody knows what in the world is going on nor what the heck will happen from now on.
For the sad record, ships sunk by Melesperians and eaten by the giant shark-thing were: DD Pordodex (1st Fleet), DD Cibuge and DD Corieon (2nd Fleet), and CA Wintebo (3rd Fleet).
So, to keep things recorded: Melesperians and Toumouans landed on Cilica, which the Paramenat and Velecord deserted (we called it the Great Retreat). A lot of men and equipment were evacuated towards the Velecordian main island.
This island is highly fortified (especially now), with a lot of old fortresses and stuff. Most notably, several train tracks go round the island. The Pamavel has lended a lot of AA guns to Velecord and these have been placed on train platforms, so they can be moved and repositionned very quickly. However, we thought and still think that the enemy will try and land on the South-East part of the island, so we have concentrated the defenses there.
The defense of the island is coordinated under the command of a Velecordian Say Pamal. I've seen him, he's very thin but rather tall and he wore a black coat over his Velecordian uniform. Don't know why we haven't seen him before -- he seems to be a rather big deal in the Velecordian military.
Now, to the sensational (and good) news: this afternoon, a special secret operation ended in success for the Pamavel and Velecord. A few days earlier, Pamavel command devised an ingenious plan to buy us some time by attacking the enemy attack force (almost) without using our own forces.
Context: About a week ago, Ankor and Tujur, commanding the illustrious Bro Fleet and a force of more than one hundred airplanes, attacked head-on the enemy invasion force. It costed us two flyships and 70 airplanes, but the Plufor bros managed to take down at least 5 Melesperian flyships and to temporarily repel the enemy by sinking quite a few Toumouan surface ships (Melesper doesn't have surface ships) and straight bombing a lot of Melesperian troops who were walking out of cover on the sea (did I mention Melesperian troops are equiped with special shoes that let them walk on water? Now I did).
Although a strategic victory which bought us a few days, it costed us dearly in men and planes. High command then thought of a plan to keep attacking the enemy invasion force without us taking damage.
So the plan was to use that giant shark-thing which was living under Jolene. It doesn't appear to be willing to leave the Jolene area (thank god), but Pamavel and Velecord sent 15 subs with the order to draw it all the way towards the enemy invasion force. Volunters were chosen and the subs were sent away. A few days after (today!) they reappeared with the shark-thing on their heels, and while most of the subs have unfortunately been eaten in the operation, the plan worked like a charm. The shark-thing completely scattered the still-seaborne enemy invasion force, which retreated in mass toward Cilica while fighting both the shark-thing and our planes, sent to further deorganize the enemy formations. We could see the exploding columns of water from the coast, as the enemy was actually very close to the island. I think it was only a matter of hours before they attacked for good.
But this has surely given us at least a week of time for more preparations. Say Pamal was delighted. The Melesperians are moving Jolene itself straight West of Cilica for some reason. I wager they'll attack the Velecica from the South with it. But we'll see.
2018-01-06 Beginning of the Velecican Campaign
Upon learning of Jolene's bombing capabilities, Pamal ordered the installation of dozens of layers of anti-bomb antenas (these thin metal structures supposed to stop bombs) above the fortifications South of Velecica, near Parmena. Pamal indeed bet that the enemy would be attacking from the South near Parmena rather than from the West near Leniflux, and so they did, on the morning of January 5 at 4am.
It was quite a scary sight. The Melesperians placed Jolene right above the fortifications and bombed them with literal bomb shells for an hour. Then Melesperian and Toumouan infantry stormed the barricades and the bunkers; they attacked from the sea, but thanks to their Melesperian shoes they didn't have to use any ships, and our radar stations didn't pick them up. We had seen Jolene though, and were fully prepared for what came at us. After the bombing, our troops were too suppressed too effectively repel the invaders though, and by the time the sun was completely up at 8am, the enemy had managed to establish a beachhead. We think we still inflicted dire casualties to their troops, and they didn't have any armor when landing (landing tanks takes ships). However, they paradroped tanks and troops directly from Jolene directly inland, behind our coastal defenses. Jolene flew over Velecica from South to North but didn't bomb anything during its trip. Now it's somewhere North of the island, off Milicorpi. I think the enemy doesn't have infinite amounts of bombs so they want to keep some in reserve.
We spent a considerable amount of AA ammo ourselves on Jolene, but with no avail. Jolene is about 200 km square and we don't know what makes it fly, so destroying it by "sinking" it is not happening any time soon, and the only reasonable option would be to land troops on it directly and wrestle control of it, but we don't have the resources for that at the moment. It would take flyships and at least 10 000+ troops according to my estimations. We do have those numbers (minus the flyships) at home on the Continent, but as trouble is brewing in Barlucolia Pamavel Command still hasn't decided what to do.
Because yeah, Pefearians are massing troops around the bases we have so painstakingly established on their territory during the Allegan War and basically take a threatening stance.
This is the situation now: Melesperians and Toumouans have sized a sizeable portion of the island to the South, are at the doors of Parmena (the Velecordian capital), and are pushing North-West towards our main HQ, currently located at Mayon not far from Veluzen. Their objective is probably to capture the Paramene so he declares that Velecord surrenders. From what we understand, Melesper's intentions, while clouded and mostly unknown to us, are simply to conquer the land and to neutralize our forces so they can live the good life with Velecordians as their slaves or something. Maybe I'm reading too much into it.
Back home, we can raise an army of about 100 000 men in a few weeks, but the Velecican campaign will be over before that, unless Pamal manages to hold its position for a *very* long time.
The situation is not yet desperate though. There's a lot of defenses on the way that the enemy will have to take from their current position to Veluzen and the Velecordian capital. We just have to devise a way to keep Jolene off our back and to hope that the Melesperians doesn't have millions of troops in reserve. Velecordian intelligence estimates Toumouan forces to be about 200-300 000 troops. No figures for Melesper, of course, but we can expect several hundred thousands. Our own forces are 75-100 000 troops for Velecord, and 70-80 000 men for the Pamavel, with reinforcements coming soon (+20 000 troops in two weeks, escorted by the 7th Fleet). The Pamavel is currently discussing with Anado, and in case of desperation it will also turn to Germifar. Other possible options for help would be Malmatel and Acacias. Aquivol is too far and we have almost no relations with them except a treaty regarding the usage of the giant fans.
The situation is somewhat complex. The Toumouans and the Melesperians have established a solid beachhead just West of Parmena, and have entered the city. Meanwhile their main force are thrusting North but have been temporarily stopped at Celmou, South of Alazen Fortress. The enemy have next to no armor and only a handful of guns for artillery, and lack air cover, because Jolene, which was acting as their a flying aircraft carrier of sort, is now North of Milicorpi. Indeed, Say Pamal fears that the Melesperians use Jolene as a launchpad to launch an attack from the North near Milicorpi, where we have basically no defenses.
All this means their main attack force near Parmena is powerful but also quite fragile and vulnerable to air attacks and artillery barrages, as well as armored and fortified positions, because the enemy is 85+% infantry. (This is explained by the fact that when the enemy landed, they had no ships to transport their armor, meaning most tanks and other heavy vehicles were carried in the backpacks of infantrymen (!) as detached and separate parts, and assembled later directly on the field.)
Their next objective is Alazen Fortress, obviously. Valid Valuta, one of Pamal's officers have devised a plan to cut through the enemy right flank (which is trying to outflank our position in hope of encircling our troops near Celmou) and meet with the Parmenan Garrison, still fighting inside Parmena. This would effectively cut off their flanking divisions from supply from their beachhead.
Speaking of supply lines, the enemy is using ships and most importantly Toumouan flyships to carry over supplies from Cilica (where they have their main base) to Velecica. It is likely they also have quite a bit of supplies on Jolene itself.
Another of our plans is to launch another space rockets above Jolene to take photos of it like we did back in December (IIRC), then analyse the pics to find out the location of the Toumouans airfields (Melesperians have no planes and their ships don't seem to need resupplying on the ground). Once it's done, we can launch an air attack to "uninstall" their air bases on Jolene, ensuring total air superiority for us for the rest of the campaign. How cool would that be? Very, according to the Pamavel High Command, which have agreed to the plan. The space rocket will be launched tomorrow if everything goes as planned.
The plan to cut off the advancing enemy forces from supplies has kinda worked. The battalions involved in the battle (called the Valid Detachment after Valid Valuta's name, the guy who devised the plan) cut through Melesperian formations and joined forces with the Parmenan Garrison as planned, but due to increased intensity in enemy attacks aimed towards Parmena, the Parmenan Garrison retreated North with the Valid Detachment, basically declaring Parmena an open city for the time being. Indeed the enemy now has more armored vehicles at its disposal, they probably transported some tanks from Cilica using the Toumouan flyships. Unable to hold their positions in the countryside for long, the two forces then retreated North to Sushizen Fortress, destroying most advanced Melesperian units on the way. This whole affair has bought a lot of time on the Southern Front.
We now call it the Southern Front because Pamal is certain that the enemy will soon attack from Jolene, thus opening a Northern Front. Consequently, Pamal wants to launch the planned air assault on Jolene ASAP. The space rocket plan I was talking about in the previous entry is indeed underway. The rocket has flown over Jolene and took all the pics we needed, before being shot down by a Melesperian AA missile. Now we have the location of the enemy airfields on Jolene and are in position to strike them. Pamal has prepped a formation of 75 planes which is to take part in the air attack (25 Pamavel planes, 50 Velecordian planes). The attack is planned for tomorrow!
After our air attack on Jolene, the enemy made its move and landed troops from Jolene directly on Velecica. Pamal had expected this and had sent several divisions North, but the Melesperians cut through them and are not really slowed down. They will soon be at the doors of Mayon. The Paramene, the government and Pamal now all agree that the situation is grim and that the enemy will not be repelled. Thus the evacuation of Velecica and as many inhabitants as possible has been decided. Now the campaign goal is to buy as much time as possible for the evacuation to go smoothly.
In the South, the situation is equally grim: Melesperians and Toumouans forces managed to surround then capture Alazen Fortress, the Sushizen, and are now making their way towards Leniflux in the North and Agrema to the West. Available ships harbored at Mervidor are to provide support fire in the defense of Agrema. The city must hold as long as it can. Our forces are getting meagre compared to the overwhelming enemy army.
Agrema has been taken and Morvidor is surrounded. Morvidor being the main available military harbor in Cilica, when it is taken, this will mean the end of naval support for the rest of the campaign. All the ships anchored there have already stocked up supplies and left for the open sea. Mutar still holds on. North of the mountains, Mayo has been taken and all troops there (including the Pamavel forces) have retreated to Veluzen fortress, which will probably be besieged in the very near future. And the enemy has broken through most of our defenses to the North and is moving fast West towards Bogado, which means the evacuation will have to be aborted halfway. Pamal is still stuck in Veluzen Fortress and the Paramene and the Velecordian government have been moved to a secret location. The situation is THAT bad right now.
However, it should be noted that the Melesperian seem to have some trouble with their supplies. The Toumouan flyships used to bring supplies from Cilica to Velecica have stopped coming through since a few days, for some unknown reasons. For weeks now, there has been talk of the Melesperians and the Toumouans not agreeing on things. Be it political or military matters, that's good for us.
And to add to that, small Velecordian groups are striking the Northern enemy supply route from the Menitri forest near Milicorpi. These small groups are completely cut off from supplies and even chain of command, it's almost guerilla at this point.
But overall, the situation has worsen a lot in these last two weeks. The campaign could be over in a matter of days and not of weeks now.
Bogado has finally been taken yesterday by Melesperian forces, thrusting hard from the East (they've sustained a lot of casualties, but they were simply so many). Now only small pockets of resistance remain on Velecica. The campaign is basically over.
What next? About 20% of the island has been evacuated (civilians and military). All the Fleets (Velecordians and from the Pamavel) are en route to or are already anchored in continental harbours and in the process resupplying and reorganizing. Same for the ground troops. HC will have to decide wether we try to retake Cilica in the next months or if we wait a possible Melesperian invasion.
There are two big questions. The first is, what will the Melesperians do now? Jolene is still floating North of Velecica and doesn't show any sign of movement.
The second question is, what will the Toumouans do? Apparently they've been somewhat quarelling with the Melesperians about stuff in Cilica and maybe Samou, which explains why enemy supply lines had been interrupted these last weeks (these supply lines were being run by Toumouans flyships, the Toumouans did use that to bargain and basically "went on strike"). For now it's impossible to know what the Toumouans and the Melesperians are quarelling over and if they will fall in agreement at some point.