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When you're late for a date and can't find a parking space~ Came across this little gem when scrolling through old photos - Taken in Agadir Morocco, 2016

2019.12.02 08:04 nonixious When you're late for a date and can't find a parking space~ Came across this little gem when scrolling through old photos - Taken in Agadir Morocco, 2016

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2019.01.10 21:08 mkphelps [SELL, US ONLY] Most UNDER $5!! KVD, Mac, Colourpop, Benefit, Too Faced, & MORE!

Welcome to my collection cleanout! I have a ton of products I do not need/use, and would like them to go to a loving home! Please take these items off my hands!
Please add $2 for shipping, each user has 2 hours from claiming an item to complete the purchase. Otherwise, it will become available again. Just say if you're no longer interested, it's okay!
I would prefer to send out orders that are over $10 so that I'm not just sending out one item. Strikethroughs represent items that have sold.
I use paypal and have no preference between FF or GS (let me know if you prefer one over the other!)
I have a ton of samples that I also want to get rid of, so I will add 2-4 samples to every order until I run out!

Makeup: FACE
Makeup: FACE (opened)
Ulta - Holographic Face Palette, used X10 - $5
Colourpop Super Shock Highlighers, used X5-X10 each - $3 each
Tarte - Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty, DS, used X3 - $1
Becca - Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal, DS (was repressed), used X3 - $3
Becca - Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter in Opal, DS, used X4 - $3
NYX - matte bronzer in Light, used X3 - $2
Benefit - Boi-ing and Watt's Up! in Light, used X5 - $6

Makeup: FACE pt. 2
Makeup: FACE pt. 2 (opened)
ELF - Mineral Pearls in Skin Balancing, used X5 - $3
Becca - First Light Priming Filter (Instant Complexion Refresh), DS, used X3 - $3
Tarte - Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty, DS, used X3 - $1
Benefit - Watt's Up! Cream Highlighter Stick, DS, used X3 - $1

Makeup: EYES
Makeup: EYES (opened)
Makeup Revolution - Fortune Favors the Brave, swatched only - $5
Too Faced - Cat Eyes palette, BNIB - $15
Colourpop - Supernova Liquid Shadow in Moon Lit, used X2 - $4
Colourpop - Single Shadow in You Know the Drill, swatched only, - $3
Colourpop - Super Shock Shadows, used X1-X5 each - $3 each
Juice Beauty - Phyto Pigments Cream Shadow Stick in 14 Haze, swatched - $3
KVD - Ink Liner in Trooper, DS, used X1 - $1
KVD - Tattoo Liner in Mad Max Brown, DS, used X1 - $1
Elizabeth Mott - You're So Fine Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Glitterati, used X3 - $4
Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Smokeout, used X4 - $4
Shea Moisture - Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencil in Blue, used X2 - $3
Vasanti - Kajal Extreme Eyeliner in Rose Gold, used X3 - $3

Makeup: LIPS
Liquid Lipsticks
Colourpop - Liquid Lipsticks, used X1-X5 each - $4 each
KVD - Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira, DS, BN - $1
NYX - Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo and Copenhagen, both used X3 - $3 each
NYX - Lip Lingerie in Silk Indulgent, used X1 - $3
Morphe - Matte Liquid Lipstick in Homecoming, used X2 - $5
Bullet Lipsticks
MAC - Lipstick in Angel and Rebel, used X3 each - $8 each
Rimmel London - Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 10, used X3 - $2
KVD - Studded Kiss Lipstick in Cathedral, DS, used X4 - $1
Tarte - Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose, swatched - $9
Tarte - Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick in Skinny Dip, swatched - $9
Sugarpill - Liquid Lip Color in Kimchi, used X2 - $10
Winky Lux - Marzia exclusive subscription box Cream Lip in Fragola, used X2 - $7

Colourpop - Lippie Stix, used X5-X10 each - $3 each
Pacifica - Power of Love Lipstick in Nudie Red and Sweet One, used X4 each - $4 each
Colourpop - Double-sided Minis, swatched - $2 each
Ecotools - foundation - $2
Brandless - Blush/Fan/ContouPowder - $2 each
Sonia Kashuk - yellow barrel/black barrel/green barrel/orange barrel - $5 each
Sephora - Powder - $7

Victoria's Secret Bombshell 1.7 oz perfume BRAND NEW, WRAPPED - $25

Tree Hut - Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango, used X3 - $4
LUSH - Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream 3.3 oz BRAND NEW, SEALED (the expiration date is from 2018) - $4
Mario Badescu - AHA Botanical Body Soap DS 90% - $1

Agadir - Voluminous Styling and Sculpting Gel, DS, 2 oz, used X1 - $2
IGK - Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel, DS, 1.7 oz, used X2 - $2
Joico - Blondie Life Brightening Veil spray, DS, 1.7 oz, 50% - $2
TRESemme Extra Firm Control hairspray, DS, 1.5 oz, NEVER USED - $1
Amika - Triple RX Shampoo, DS, 3.4 oz NEVER USED - $4

Nivea MEN - Sensitive Post Shave Balm, 3.3 oz, used X5 as primer, - $5
Pur-lisse - Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, DS, 0.5 oz, BRAND NEW - $1
KORRES - Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturiser, DS, 0.68 oz, BRAND NEW - $2
Boscia - Oil-free Daily Hydration, 1.4 oz, 20% left - $3
NYX - Honey Dew Me Up Serum, 0.78 oz, 50% left - $3
Dr. Lin - Daily Hydrating Gel, 4 oz, 80% left - $1
Skincare pt. 2:
Boscia - Green Tea Oil-Control Peel Mask, 2.8 oz, 85% left - $10
Beauty Society - Baby Calm Down (Calming Hydrating Masque), 3.5 oz, 75% left - $5
Beauty Society - Crystal Ball (Microdermabrasion Treatment), 3.5 oz, 70% left - $5
Dr. Brandt - Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant, DS, .25 oz, NEVER USED - $1
Derma-e - Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub, DS, used X4 - $2
Mario Badescu - Silver Powder, used X5 - $6

Ipsy makeup bags: $1 each
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2018.11.17 21:29 BegbertBiggs [EVENT] Railway Projects in Morocco, 2024

September 2024
The Moroccan rail network is fairly well developed, compared to other African and Arab nations. While the southern parts of the country see no passenger rail services yet, the much more populous north enjoys a solid network of connections through most cities and larger towns. Running between Tangier and Casablanca, Morocco since late 2018 even operates the first (and so far only) high-speed rail connection on the African continent. It traverses between Tangier and Kenitra on a dedicated route at 320 km/h, and between Kenitra and Casablanca via Rabat at up to 220 km/h on older tracks.
As time continues though, the development of Morocco must not fall behind. It is important to invest in vital transportation infrastructure such as railways to drive economic growth. This applies especially to the high-speed network, which has so far been fairly successful, but also to the currently totally underserved areas of the country. Therefore, the state-owned Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) has announced a number of expansion projects for the railway system to be completed in the coming years.
The following new projects will be implemented on the LGV network:
  • The Kenitra–Rabat–Casablanca track, where trains currently run at 220 km/h, will be expanded. This includes the construction of a new 4.5 km tunnel under the Bou Regreg and parts of the city of Rabat, for high-speed use. This will increase the top speed to 320 km/h when completed in 2028.
    • In addition to the normal LGV service all the way from/to Tangier (and south to Marrakesh), a new train service will be opened on this stretch of the route. It will stop in Kenitra, Salé, Rabat, Mohammedia and Casablanca. The role of these will be provide additional capacity in the mornings and evenings between these major metropolitan areas, as a middle ground between the real high-speed service and the slower TNR. It will also extend to Mohammed V International Airport in the future (see below).
  • Construction work will be done to enable high-speed traffic on the route between Casablanca and Marrakesh. On some parts the existing tracks will be renewed, other stretches will be newly built to bypass some smaller towns and straighten the line. First high-speed trains will run to Marrakesh at limited speeds of 220 km/h in 2026, full-speed service with 320 km/h on the complete route will be available in 2030.
    • On this route, a new station will be built at Mohammed V International Airport connecting the country's largest airport to the LGV network. This construction will go hand-in-hand with a planned expansion of the airport, and also require a slight diversion from the existing rail tracks. A completion date for this sub-project is yet to be announced.
  • From Marrakesh, a brand new rail route will be built. It will run alongside the A3 expressway in the same valley through the western high atlas, and arrive at a newly built station in Agadir. It will be built gradually with three parallel tracks to enable sufficient capacity for high- and normal-speed passenger as well as freight traffic. Normal trains will run on this stretch starting in 2027, it will be ready for high-speed service at 260 km/h (limited by the topography) from 2032.
  • Separate from the north-south connections, the existing route between Kenitra via Meknes to Fez will be upgraded, expanded and electrified (25 kV). This will allow high-speed trains to run at 240 km/h starting in 2029.
Experience has proven that the Alstom Euroduplex trains were the correct choice for the network. Additional trainsets will be ordered to operate the new future routes.
In addition, the following cities will be linked to the rail network with normal-speed electrified (3 kV) lines:
  • Tetouan via Tangier
  • Essaouira via Marrakesh
  • Beni Mellal via Khouribga
  • Tiznit and Guelmim via Agadir
Estimated completion times for these routes vary, as some are dependent on other work to be completed first.
Ultimately, these plans mean that 9 out of the 10 largest Moroccan cities will be reachable by high-speed rail. Future phases of LGV expansion will reach east to Oujda near the Algerian border. Map (WIP) Rail connections especially to the previously underserved southern areas of Morocco will be especially vital.
Studies state that this current phase of expansion, including new rolling stock, will cost between $14-16 billion; the Ministry of Transport intends to source much of that from foreign investment and development funds.
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2018.10.10 02:03 doodle_sm Fallen Eagle Dev Diary #6 - The Rains in Afrika

It's been some time since our Last Dev Diary, and for that we do apologise - we have been working on a lot of different things, so it was hard to find a coherent topic for a diary. Now however, as asked by you, we will be revealing to you Mortals our Beautiful Afrika - From the Naval Bases of the Cape to the Gleaming Lights of Alexandria!Africa, as a whole Region, has remained relatively unchanged since the 1910s. The Region has, as always, seen insurgent forces rise and fall, yet the Colonial Triumvirate of Germany, France and the UK Stand Strong - with their colonies tightly under their belt.Without further Ado - Let's Get into It

Whilst nominally a Vassal of the Ottoman Empire, the Egyptian Khedivate has been in fact under the 'protection' of the British Armed Forces since the 1880s. Seeing Egypt as their Asset, the British have kept a tight Grip of the Region, wishing to control Trade in the Mediterranean as well as keep the Suez Canal safe from the greedy eyes of the Germanic Threat. In 1921, the British established a full occupation of the Country, in the same act limiting the Egypt army to nothing more than local militias. The Khedive however has been very submissive to the British, almost suspiciously so - the British fear that there is Trouble brewing in Egypt, a time bomb ready to blow up...

Ever since their Invasion in 1911, Libya has been nothing but trouble for the Italians. With the Senussi Order foiling their plans at every single step, the Italians have seen little success in their campaign in the Area. Whilst being able to keep control of the Coastline, the Ghost of 1895 has overshadowed their Successes against the Ottomans. Their forces, not yet suited to fighting in the Deep South of Libya, have been at a standstill, with the Cyrenaican guerillas keeping the Italians at bay. In their Capital, Idiris I stands as the leader of this Resistance, ready to fight till the End against the Italians. Yet trouble is brewing, as some of his supporters are pushing for an Invasion into Egypt to liberate their Brethren there - yet this could only cause retaliation from the British.

Ever since the Agadir Crisis of 1912, the Moroccans have felt abandoned by everyone. The Germans, up to a point their 'staunch allies' have abandoned hope of gaining support in the Region Completely, leaving the Country to become Carrion for the Spanish and French. Being declared a Joint Protectorate in 1915, the Region has been under the Occupation of Spanish and French Forces alike, loosing control of their Vital port of Ceuta in the North to the Spanish. Mohammed sits atop his throne of Woes, being the Sultan yet unable to carry the Legacy of his Predecessors - hoping for a Chance to ally himself with the Germans or any other Power wishing to Intervene in his sad state of Affairs.With North Africa out of the Way, it is Time to move onto the Domain of Men with Hats - and we have Lots of them!
British Governorate of Sudan
A British Colony for quite some time, Sudan is the largest of the British Colonial Possessions in Africa. This however comes at a cost for the Local Governor - with the vast Expanses of South Sudan, and a Small Military, it is hard for Carl von Slatin to keep the Nation together. With many rebellious groups in the South, the Country is in a constant state of Inner Conflict, with Intervention from Mainland British Forces not being uncommon. Slatin himself prides himself as a close friend of the Exiled Habsburg royalty, serving as Lieutenant in the K.u.K before the War of the Federation. He now reigns in Khartoum with an Iron Fist. Whilst the forces at his disposal are small, his use of Austrian Drill has ensured that they fight at peak performance, and any encounters with the Natives end with a Bloodbath. Emperor Franz Ferdinand even once jokingly remarked that should Slatin have a Larger Force, he could have conquered all of Africa for the Austrians.East Africa Protectorate
A protectorate only in name, the East African Protectorate is by far one of the Poorest Colonial Nations in the Empire. With the Neighbour from Hell, Germany, Right over the Border, all of the Funds in the Nation are funneled into the Border Forces, leaving little to none to be spent on other areas of the Government. Whilst being so poor, the Protectorate does boast one of the largest Militaries in the Region however, with large amounts of Native Kenyans and Ugandans conscripting for the Military. Should the Germans ever try to invade, they would be met with the East African Army. Many doubt in Sir Edward Northey's Leading capabilities however, as the man has proven to be incompetent at times, being routed by Native Rebels near Lake Victoria in 1920 - fighting a force Numerically and Technologically inferior to himself. With his failing health, it is hopeful to even believe that the Governor will stay in power for Much Longer.Deutsch-Ostafrika
The Largest and by far most well off of the German Colonies, Deutsch-Ostafrika is considered to be the Jewel of the German Empire. Whilst seeming to be the greatest of German Colonial Ambitions, much of the Information made public to the Kaiser however is false. Whilst seeming to have been almost completely Germanised, with the local pushed to the Sidelines, the Colony has had a large problem with Native Uprisings in the Last few Years. Whilst kept at bay for now by General Lettow von Vorbeck, no one can tell for how long the Brave Askari under Vorbeck can hold. The only hope for the Colony is a Crackdown on the Rebels, much like that between the years of 1904-1908 - yet it is uncertain whether such a Genocide would be left without International Recognition this time. Atop of this Mess stands Heinrich Schnee, governor of the Colony for almost two Decades. There are many who look hungrily at his position, wishing to further their Standing within Germany by being given this most Prestigious of roles....

This small, yet surprisingly set of Islands has baffled British and Germans alike for Decades. Within the British Sphere of Influence, the Sultanate has seen very little Changes in the Nation since the Anglo-Zanzibar 'War'. Quietly tucked away off the Coast of Tanganyika, the Country has a small yet loyal population, ready to lay down their Lives for the Sultan. Should a War come however, few are certain that the Sultan will remain loyal to the British Yoke...

Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland
Formed in 1925, the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is the second most prosperous of the British African Colonies, just after their South African brethren. Commonly known as the Breadbasket of Africa, the Colony is close the being granted Dominion Status, due to its strategic importance and fierce loyalty to the British Empire. Led by the Staunch Godfrey Huggins, the Colony is far from the Apartheid of South Africa, with the Coloured Population of the Country being close to on-par with the White Minorities in the country. Also seen as the "Heart of Sub-Saharan Africa" the nation is prosperous and has relatively low poverty levels, and is seen truly as an asset for the British.

Almost an Anomaly, Bechuanaland is in fact a Protectorate of the British Empire - which functions as as protectorate. Ruled by the same Monarchs as it has been for almost a Century, the Colony is large in size yet small in Population. With the Current Regent, Tshedeki Kama, the area is seeing a relative period of Peace, with internal strife being at an all time low. The only problem posed to the Country comes from the Outside however, with a substantial Boer Minority growing in the South ever since 1919, when the Second Transvaal Republic Fell.

Known to many as the Wild West of Africa, the German Colony of South West Africa is the second largest after Tanganyika. Whilst containing a substantial population, the Area is still largely in the process of Colonisation by the Germans. Because of this, the area is seen as rugged and empty, with very little authority outside the City. A Common saying in the Country is "If the Sands and the Animals won't kill you, another German will". The country however has seen a large influx of Boers in the last Decade however, as many have fled South Africa, after the harsh Repercussions that the Third Boer 'War' had brought. It is the perfect place for any German looking to find his fortune.

Belgian Congo
The only Belgian Colonial Possession, the Congo itself is much, much larger than the Country of Belgium, and it's vast unexplored swathes of Land are seen as a danger to all those wishing to visit. With the increasing German Pressure, it is possible that at any time the Congo could fall into the German hands, as the Belgians would rather give up their Colony than see their nation fall to German Hands. But for now, the Colony rests in its uneasy fate, with the Belgians keeping a tight grip on authority within and without the Major Cities.

French Equatorial Africa
One of the two "Autonomous" divisions of the French Empire in Africa, French Equatorial Africa is a mix of many different Cultures, religions and peoples - nomadic and others. With the country being such a melting pot, the Colony has unsurprisingly become very tolerant for a Colonial Nation. Having one of the largest Armies in the Whole of Africa, the Colony conscripts many of the Local denizens, contributing a large amount to the French Foreign Legion. Placed under Military Rule in 1923, the Colony is under the Rule of Edgar de Larminat, a staunch believer in the idea of self-governance within the Area.

The Smallest of the German Colonies in Africa, Deutsch-Westafrika was established in 1920, integrating both German Kamerun and Togoland. This however, was nothing more than simply placing Togoland under the Administration of Kamerun, which cause a lot of unrest in the Area, culminating in the Shelling of Lomé by Reinhard Heydrich in November of 1929. Due to the Corruption inherent in this system, the Area has been temporarily made a Military District, with Schutztruppe Commander Harry Puder in Command of the Whole Nation, holding almost supreme Dictatorial Power.

French West Africa
Finally, we reach French West Africa. A conglomerate of many different French Colonial Authorities, the Region is highly decentralised, with most decisions being made by Local Authorities. Many times larger than Mainland France, the Region also incorporates a large portion of the Sahara, the largest Desert in the World. It is home to many Nomadic Races, and order is hard to keep, especially in the Northern Reaches of the Nation. Because of its high Decentralisation, many ideas have been brought up in the French Government, with two Main Options arising - the Splitting of the 'Nation' into many smaller Colonial Nations or integrating it into France proper. Only time will tell however.We have now reached the End of our Journey in Africa. As you may have noticed, we have kept silence about some other Countries in the Region such as Ethiopia, Liberia or South Africa. The fate of these will be revealed in Due time. We have big Plans of Africa, as we feel that it is underdeveloped in many mods. Be set that for the Initial Release of the Mod, there will be Generic Trees for French, British and German Colonies, meaning these nations will at least be useful for their overlords, and even to play as. Similarly, we have plans for many flavour events for these Nation, as well as many revolts arising in the area.Europe itself stands on the Verge of a 'Great War' , yet the Vast open plains of Africa may be where the real fighting may take place - a continent where Empires rise and Fall, where the Sun burns foreigners mercilessly. It is a place for only those brave of heart to enter...
Once again, many thanks to the Devs in our Team, who are working hard to bring you this mod at a date before 2030. If you want to stay updated with the Content of our Mod, as well as the Progress we are making, make sure to visit our Discord ( ) and follow our Reddit.We hope to see you in the Next Diary!Baldrick and the FE Dev Team
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2018.08.30 00:37 TripMyWire [SELL/US ONLY] ABH palettes, lots of MAC, Dior lipsticks, glitters, Urban Decay, Clarisonic Mia 2 & TONS MORE! Determined to sell, lots of $1 items!!

Back again with a lot of added stuff! Shipping starts at $4, depending on the weight of the item(s). I will ship via USPS within 3 days of selling date, if not sooner - I will let you know ASAP if there is a delay in sending it out, however. G&S/invoice (fees paid by buyer) or F&F is up to you. Minimum purchase (before shipping) is $10. Payment due within 2 hours unless you need more time within reason because of work/school/falling asleep/life/etc. I'm pretty lenient in that regard.
Reasonable offers are welcome, and bundling prices are welcome for multiple item purchases, but please be mindful of the weight as that affects shipping. Items will be marked as SOLD after payment.
Verification gallery
Don't hesitate to ask for more pictures or if you have any questions - I will do my best to get back to you ASAP.
Once again, let me know if you have any questions or would like more pictures. Thank you for viewing!
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2018.06.19 00:38 TripMyWire [SELL][US ONLY] MAC lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, blush, ABH Gleam glow kit, glitters, skincare, and more! Determined to sell!

I'm baaaaack! I have some new skincare added at the bottom, check it out :) Shipping starts at $4, depending on the weight of the item(s). I will ship via USPS within 3 days of selling date, if not sooner - I will let you know ASAP if there is a delay in sending it out, however. G&S/invoice (fees paid by buyer) or F&F is up to you. Minimum purchase (before shipping) is $10. Payment due within 2 hours unless you need more time within reason because of work/school/falling asleep/life/etc. I'm pretty lenient in that regard.
Reasonable offers are welcome, and bundling prices are welcome for multiple item purchases, but please be mindful of the weight as that affects shipping. Items will be marked as SOLD after payment.
Verification gallery
Don't hesitate to ask for more pictures or if you have any questions - I will do my best to get back to you ASAP.
Once again, let me know if you have any questions or would like more pictures. Thank you for viewing!
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2018.05.21 20:55 dogsdogsdogs15 Big Makeup, Skincare and Nail Polish Destash! Sunday Riley, MAC, CeraVe, ABH, it Cosmetics, UD, NYX, Tatcha, GlamGlow, Zoya, Essie and more!!

Hi everyone! Doing a rather big destash of stuff I have no use for! Most prices are somewhat negotiable. I'd prefer a $5 min purchase please :) PayPal friends & family for payment I would prefer to ship only to the U.S. and shipping will begin at $3. Everything will be shipped very securely in a bubble mailer.
Full album:
Photo 1: Skincare
Photo 2 and 3 : Makeup
Photo 5 Clinique Skincare
Photo 6 Skincare
Photo 9 Misc
Photo 14 Biore Strips
* Biore Charcoal Pore Strips (7 strips remaining) selling for: $3
Photo 15 Nail Polish
China Glaze:
Photo 16 Nail Polish
Formula X:
Butter London Minis (6.0ml/0.2fl oz) - 'Brick Lane' :$5
or $12 for all 3
Photo 17 Nail Polish
China Glaze:
Photo 18 Nail Polish
Butter London Minis (6.0ml/0.2fl oz)
(Or $8 for both)
Photo 19 Nail Polish
Color Club:
or: take all polishes for $160 :)
Feel free to make offers!!
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2018.03.19 12:26 TheBlackWinds_ Minor Monday #3: Morroco

Hello and welcome to another minor monday. After a very busy and sickly weekend, i can get back to Kaiserreich and keep working on 0.6, which fast approaches its release date. Spoilers, asking 'wen update' in the steam workshop or the discord server doesnt make us go any faster.
Now without further ado lets start this feature of the Western Kingdom, Morocco, done by RBK, albeit the report itself was written by me.
Ever since the Agadir crisis, Morocco has been a major piece on the board of international poltics. The protectorate established by the French was violently rejected by many leaders, who openly revolted in many occasions against it. During the the Weltkrieg, the so called Zaian Rebellion was an extremely sucessful uprising who held vast swathes of land, but still never managed to actually dislodge French occupation of the Kingdom.
A french officer said then, 'The fate of Morocco will be decided in Lorraine', and he was correct in his assesment. For when France capitulated in 1919, Germany demanded a single thing in North Africa: the freedom of Morocco.
Of course, this freedom is not true. The new child king Mohhamed V was scarcely prepared for his task, even he had nearly no credible threats to his rule. The new arrangement was far looser; intentionally worded by Germany to sound like an Alliance, Morocco is recognized as a soverign state by most nations. Germany does not act this way out of the goodness of its heart, however, but simply because it wishes to avoid being bogged down in the same way France was during the Weltkrieg in the region, and to reassert promises of Morrocan independent made earlier in the century; a show on how French tyranny was replaced by German freedom.
Morocco has great strategic value to Germany, for it can easily be a springboard towards South America, Spain or Africa. It's strategical location means that Germany swiftly moved to quell dissent in Spanish Morroco since the Weltkireg, and the current Spanish protectorate goes directly against German promises of independence, something that has been causing growing dissent among Moroccans. Perhaps it would be best for all parties involved if the failing iberian kingdom be relieved of its african posessions?
And while the army has a large degree of operational autonomy; larger even than some members of continental mitteleuropa due to the distances involved; it's still mainly a weak core of royal guards and militia divisions, and a great many tribesman who may or may not answer the call to war. The berber leaders of the Zaian Confederacy, still standing tall on their control of many parts of the nation, may prove unvaluable assets in a war against the French, if it comes.
But German control is, perhaps, not as certain as it would seem? 'The fate of Morocco will be decided in Lorraine', again, rings true. If the front in Europe starts turning sour, undoubtedly the Kaiserreich will divert most, if not all, avaliable troops towards defending their own homeland. Morocco would then truly achieve independence, perhaps? Germany would certainly not be amused; but perhaps her enemies would? While the french are less than receptive, Portuguese and Canadian diplomants are frequently seen in the new capital of Rabat... Or perhaps, seek to make allies of our fellow faithful in the Levant and in Libya would be a wiser path? The National French, without their fellow entente members to dissuade them, would, without a speck of doubt, attack us in this case.
And without further ado here's the tree screenshot
That's it for Morocco! Thank you for your time reading this. Please keep in mind that Morroco's lore is not yet in its final stage, due to to how closely its linked to Spain, specially because of the Zany Adventures of Abdulkrim the Rif War; if anything seems wierd, it probably wont stay like that for long!
And see you next monday for some more Mittelafrikan splinter content, starting out with a nation already spotted in the preview stream by DrPuzzlemaster!
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2018.01.08 18:19 Nithhogr Baronial Audience Log - 1/7/2018

(Edited down to only the talking.)
[Theren Keep, Dais] A few steps or so above the polished marble deck, this raised platform nevertheless grants a commanding presence over the great hall. Glowing braziers flank the Baron's throne, infiltrating the chamber with feeble, reddish light and the pungent smell of burning herbs. Gazing downwards, the hall seems barren and quiet despite its restoration, mourning the ancestral knights, ladies, battle songs, and ballads that echoed through the keep so long ago. You also see a stone pedestal with several things on it. Also here: Apprentice Paladin Ordovic, War Healer Rheela, Steel Beard Neeno who is shrouded in ghostly flames, Battle Lion Kenamer, Web Healer Aislynn, Leech Farmer Nithhogr, General Somniumvisum who has a stony visage, Perune, Pack Brother Taevish, Steel Heart Fiyasilke who has a stony visage, Wind Walker Raggard, Y'Shai Aspirant Aysta, Reverend Sereze who is emanating a bright holy aura, Beast Caller Druidal, Champion Klurn, Champion of Arms Stoya, Guard Sergeant Sturm, Pokeke Izzu'hhr Elizzibiana who is surrounded by a shimmering shield, Hedgewizard Stoneheart, Corporal Thyon, Agadir, Siege Engine Rekon, Fateweaver Mirajane, Commander Vykanthiss, Monster Elec, Ruea and Baron Gyfford who is sitting. Obvious exits: down.
Gyfford says, "Rise."
Gyfford says, "Good to see everyone."
Ternith says, "So nice to see you M'lord."
Cristalyn softly says, "Good evening Your Grace."
Klurn says, "Milord."
Somniumvisum says to Gyfford, "A pleasure as always, m'lord."
Gyfford says, "Ahh..."
Gwenddolyn says, "Good to see you also Your Grace."
Erieck says, "Thank you m'lord and good evening."
Gyfford says to Ternith, "I think I'm going to steal your scribe tonight, if you don't mind."
Vykanthiss says, "Evenin' Your Grace."
Ternith says to Gyfford, "Not at all, please do."
Gyfford asks, "You all know Arimane?"
Klurn says, "Yes Milord."
Somniumvisum says, "We know him all to well, m'lord."
Raggard says, "Indeed m'lord."
Arimane says, "I would be honored to serve if it pleases Your Grace."
Gyfford asks Arimane, "Would you mind doing a little court clerking for me this evening?"
Gyfford says, "Have to love that."
Arimane says, "An Honor, my Lord."
Gyfford says, "I have some things to cover before seeing to petitions, so if you have something you wish to speak about, please quietly give your name to Arimane."
Gyfford exclaims, "So!"
Gyfford says, "I've gotten a whole lot of missives and reports from many of you."
Gyfford says, "I can't say enough how valuable those are to me."
Gyfford says, "My Military Advisor, his scribe, the Theren Guard....all great reports."
Gyfford says, "Thank you for that."
Gyfford says, "And of course the Northern Watch."
Gyfford says to Vykanthiss, "I didn't forget about you."
Vykanthiss says, "Thank you, Your Grace."
Gyfford says, "There were some additional letters."
Gyfford says, "Some are here, some aren't."
Gyfford says, "But I'll try to address most of those."
Gyfford says, "First of all."
Gyfford says, "While I don't see her here..."
Gyfford says, "I did get a letter from Whiteburn."
Gyfford says, "Now, you Therengians in my service have had some long standing history with her."
Gyfford says, "It didn't exactly get off on the right foot."
Gyfford says, "And that was quite a while ago now."
Gyfford says, "She's since followed a different path."
Gyfford says, "She's devoted much of her time to helping with the Inquisition, as well as our own Court Cleric, Liurilias, in those efforts."
Gyfford says, "I met with her some time back and required that she be escorted within our province because of that history with her."
Gyfford says, "Our brigades can attest to that."
Klurn says, "Aye Sir."
Gyfford says, "However, since giving her a clear set of guidelines for being here, she's met that challenge and stayed well within the boundaries of that agreement."
Gyfford says, "So, as of this day...I am issuing her a full pardon with my blessing to come and go as she wishes."
Somniumvisum says, "As you wish M'Lord."
Gyfford asks Arimane, "Could you see to it that the information gets properly expressed so she's aware?"
Gyfford says, "Now, should she suddenly go crazy...more than her usual demeanor, then we can revisit her status at that time."
Gyfford says, "She's devout, of that, there can be no denying."
Gyfford says, "'I have reports from many regarding the orc attacks."
Gyfford says, "Many many reports."
Gyfford says, "And I can't say enough that the province is only as good and secure as all of you make it."
Gyfford says, "We have the best brigades there are."
Gyfford says, "Bar none."
Gyfford says, "And your service is greatly appreciated."
Gyfford says, "I'd ask that you continue to share those reports."
Gyfford says, "The information is invaluable to me and the court."
Gyfford says, "Apologies."
Gyfford says, "To another point."
Gyfford says, "I have reports regarding Zehira and Steinnar."
Gyfford asks, "Am I clear in understanding that Steinnar, in particular, has declared war on Theren?"
Gyfford says, "Pretty big undertaking."
Klurn says, "Aye Milord."
Somniumvisum says, "He has M'Lord, a couple of times now."
Gyfford asks, "Has he still been presenting a problem for anyone?"
Klurn says, "A minor nuisance Milord."
Somniumvisum says, "I dont believe he offers that much of a threat to us."
Ternith says, "He has been seen in the area and said to be forming an army Your Grace."
Gyfford asks, "Is that right?"
Gyfford says, "Lemme think about that..."
Gyfford asks, "Has he lost his mind?"
Ternith says, "Did he ever have one to begin with."
Vykanthiss says, "Yes."
Jhesili says, "I dinna know, I willna sell ta him or on his behalf den."
Raggard asks, "Too much ale M'lord?"
Somniumvisum says, "He was married to a necromancer, so I would have to say... yes, m'lord."
Gyfford says, "Apparently."
Arimane says, "My Lord, while he did declare such a thing, I will say in fairness, Steinnar has never committed any actual treasonous deed of which I am aware. The truth that his spoken words of intent are bad enough, notwithstanding, of course."
Gyfford says, "So not a real threat at this point."
Klurn says, "I will whack hid head off if needed."
Ternith says, "Other than some verbal exchanges, no."
Gyfford says, "Fair enough."
Somniumvisum says, "The man personally, not a threat... What he could muster as a force, potential, in my opinion, m'lord."
Stoneheart says, "And not the first or last to slander our great Province, Your Grace."
Gyfford says, "Ain't that the truth."
Gyfford says, "No matter....moving on."
Gyfford says, "My thanks again to the many of you that sent those reports."
Gyfford says, "Again, a great service to me as well as the province."
Gyfford says, "I had a couple different reports from our Military Advisor, one regarding a meeting with Cierzen down in Ilithi..."
Gyfford asks, "I'm guessing that was worked out, as I haven't heard anything since?"
Ternith says, "During the recent ordeal with the rifts and such."
Gyfford says, "I see."
Gyfford says, "And speaking of."
Gyfford says, "Thank you for all your attention to those."
Gyfford says, "I know many of you sent reports about standing a watch and making sure things didn't escalate."
Gyfford says, "Again...I rely on that influx of information, as I can't be everywhere, all the time."
Gyfford says, "So again..I thank you."
Gyfford says, "So moving along."
Gyfford says, "I want the brigades to keep up the great work, and keep your eyes and ears open."
Gyfford says, "These orc attacks have been getting much more severe."
Gyfford says, "As if the loss of many of our own Morzindaen isn't a sign of that."
Gyfford says, "That said, I want to commend you all on your keen observance of the daily coming and goings here."
Gyfford says, "Ternith, you have my full support in what work you're doing with the brigades."
Gyfford says, "And the Orders."
Ternith says, "Thank you M'lord."
Gyfford says, "See....this is why we have good people in these roles."
Gyfford says, "Klurn has always been first to step up and ask if he's needed, and he's used his service in the Theren Guard to offer further support."
Gyfford says, "Ternith was given the Military Advisor role and he's using that to further my agenda."
Gyfford says, "This is why and how it should be done."
Gyfford says, "Station doesn't happen without the work."
Vykanthiss nods in agreement.
Ternith says, "Many hands make the work much easier."
Gyfford says, "And those stations range from court members to Speaker, to the warriors in the frey."
Gyfford says, "You are ALL a valid part of this, so never underestimate your worth."
Gyfford says, "To're all worthy and strive everyday to be what makes this province great."
Gyfford says, "That said..."
Gyfford says to Arimane, "Let's see what you have for petitions."
Arimane says, "Klurn would like to speak, Your Grace."
Klurn says, "Aye."
Klurn says, "Is Milady ok Milord and i senced she is about...."
Gyfford says, "She is and I can't wait to spend some time with her, but she had some other things to attend to and couldn't be here with us."
Gyfford smiles at Klurn.
Gyfford says, "Speaking of."
Klurn says, "I am at her service and let her know that please."
Gyfford says to Klurn, "She did mention something about shopping, and you know how much I..."
Gyfford says, "Love to shop."
Klurn says, "All i have Milord."
Klurn says, "Like gwen."
Vykanthiss grins at Klurn.
Ruea asks, "Shopping?"
Somniumvisum says to Klurn, "The joys of the role are showing now, sir."
Gyfford says to Klurn, "And no, I'm sure your service will not always be taking her shopping."
Vykanthiss says, "The S word."
Gyfford says, "But you have my pit....thanks."
Klurn says, "As she wishes Milord."
Jhesili says, "I see nuthin wrong wit da practice."
Klurn says, "Thankyou."
Arimane says, "Elec would like to speak, Your Grace."
Elec says, "Appreciate the audience Sir."
Elec says, "I wanted to say firstly that I heard that you might be doing something about that rope! I wanted to express my thanks, and that of many who can't be here. I'm sure tons of people will appreciate that."
Gyfford says, "Yes and I have a progress report there."
Gyfford says, "I received a missive from Lord Rossman and he's acquired the materials and those should be ready to go any day now."
Stoneheart lets out a loud "Huzzah!"
Gyfford says, "Although, we will probably need some help with the building."
Vykanthiss exclaims, "Good news!"
Elec says, "I'd be happy to volunteer."
Gyfford says, "If any of you brave souls is up for that."
Karthor lets out a loud "Huzzah!"
Gyfford says, "It will be precarious work."
Elec says, "I've done my share of dangerous work Sir."
Ruea quietly says, "I'd be more inclined to step up for the shopping assignment."
Gyfford says, "His plan was to string some of the ropes across the ravine, then add to that as the builders cross the ravine."
Elec says, "My wife Sir..."
Elec says, "She's um... an "expert" at shopping."
Gyfford exclaims, "I know it won't be ME hanging over that ravine and adding wood slats or the like!"
Elec says, "Rest assured she could assist if needed."
Gyfford says, "So..."
Gyfford says, "See, everyone has a station in life...some are even professional shoppers."
Somniumvisum says, "I'm happy to nominate the halflings within our ranks... Lighter, more agile, less strain on the build work."
Ruea says, "It's good to be needed."
Gyfford says, "No job too small."
Gyfford asks Somniumvisum, "Yes, because the Gods forbid you'd have to leave the hunting area?"
Somniumvisum says to Gyfford, "Just training to better protect you, m'lord."
Gyfford asks, "Someone remind me to write up an engraved invitation for Somniumvisum, will you?"
Gyfford says to Elec, "Thank you, I too am anxious to see the bridge completed."
Elec says, "Sir, we've recently bought a home in the area, just wanting to do our part to help where we can."
Arimane says, "Gwenddolyn would like to speak, Your Grace."
Gwenddolyn says, "I can say that."
Gyfford asks, "Good to see you, Gwenddollyn. How's retirement treating you?"
Klurn says, "Uh oh."
Gwenddolyn says, "Klurn is lucky I forge now."
Gwenddolyn says, "Imagine all that lost shopping time."
Gwenddolyn says, "I did propose an idea to Sir Amlach and to Ternith."
Gyfford says, "I did see that...."
Gwenddolyn says, "In regards to forming a Council on Necromancy."
Gyfford says, "Something about a ....yes, that."
Gyfford says, "Which is basically the point of the Inquisition."
Gwenddolyn says, "Made up of Speakers and Paladins and of course Clerics."
Gwenddolyn says, "My point is that one person cannae do everything."
Gwenddolyn says, "So the council would provide a way."
Klurn says, "She would make you a great Court Advisor if you are so inclined Milord."
Gwenddolyn says, "For everyone to work together."
Gwenddolyn says, "And uphold your orders."
Gyfford says, "The Inquisition is a BIG thing, and there are way more than just one person involved there."
Gyfford says, "It's always been Theren's practice to try and work with them."
Gwenddolyn says, "But the Speakers any many Paladins are not part of the inquisition, is my point."
Gwenddolyn says, "I just thought it would help."
Gyfford says, "And our own Liurilias has always been a big part of that, which is why he's sorely missed most of the time here in Theren."
Gwenddolyn says, "We need people who are here to handle them when here."
Gwenddolyn says, "That seems to be the issue."
Gyfford says, "Aside from that, I wouldn't ever discount the efforts that our own brigades have put forth regarding the threat of necromancy."
Gwenddolyn says, "I have nothing else My Lord."
Gyfford says, "The brigades here are the front for those threats and, at least at this time, I don't want to say their work isn't appreciated."
Gyfford says, "That sounded really bad."
Gyfford says, "What I meant to say was that I would never presume to say those efforts would ever be unappreciated..."
Klurn frowns, shaking his head with an expression of exasperation before resting his face in the palm of his hand.
Gyfford says, "Both by me and the others citizenry on the whole."
Klurn grins, revealing his dimples.
Gyfford says to Gwenddolyn, "I know you gave over your position as Commander when Klurn took up the reins for the Cavalry for some time."
Gyfford says, "And that was largely where you could do the most good."
Gyfford asks, "Is there anyone in a brigade here that hasn't addressed the necromantic threat?"
Gyfford asks, "See what I mean?"
Vykanthiss says, "No sir."
Somniumvisum says, "Many times, with both good and bad results."
Gyfford says, "So, let me ask you this, Gwenddolyn."
Gyfford asks Gwenddolyn, "Would you be willing to directly address those threats in particular?"
Gwenddolyn says, "I would."
Klurn says, "With my backup Milord."
Gyfford asks, "And have you a following that wouldn't further diminish the state of the brigades for said 'Council'?"
Gwenddolyn says, "Well I would not want to lesson other brigades."
Gyfford says, "Send me your ideas and I'll take it into consideration."
Gyfford asks, "What that all you had?"
Gwenddolyn says, "It was not my intention to."
Gwenddolyn says, "Revive the Cavalry."
Klurn says, "She doesn't like me eattin things."
Gyfford says, "I'm not looking to grant any such approvals for this side of the lake either."
Gyfford says, "So we're in agreement there."
Arimane says, "Ordovic would like to speak, Your Grace."
Gyfford says to Ordovic, "Greetings, and welcome to my court."
Ordovic says, "I will try not to take up to much of your time My Lord."
Gyfford says, "I don't believe we've met."
Ordovic says, "I have traveled from the South to find that I've enjoyed your Province."
Ordovic says, "The kindness and hospitality of the land is astounding."
Gyfford says, "It's all these great people that I'm surrounded by."
Ordovic says, "I first wished to offer my gratitude to you Your Grace, it has meant alot to me."
Ordovic says, "I have family in this Province that call it home, and I would like to thank Sir Kenamer for assisting me as well, he has been a great mentor to me and my journey as a Paladin."
Ordovic says, "Going so far as to teach me the history of the Land."
Ordovic says, "With that said Your Grace, I am a young Paladin, who is Squire to none. With your permission and blessing I would like to request to be his Squire, should he be willing to take me, so I may better serve the Province, the thirteen, and the Land."
Gyfford says, "There is much history to be learned here, and should you ever wish to learn more, our own Court Historian, Erieck, has many more tales to tell." blink
Ordovic says, "I look forward to the opportunity."
Gyfford says, "Granted."
Ordovic asks Kenamer, "Would you have me Sir?"
Gyfford says to Ordovic, "And, again, welcome to Therengia."
Somniumvisum smiles.
Ordovic nods to Gyfford.
Kenamer says to Ordovic, "I will accept this."
Ordovic says, "Thank you again for the hospitality Your Grace, I hope to serve well."
Ordovic "Thank you Sir, I will do you Honor."
Kenamer says to Gyfford, "Thank you Lord Baron for this honor."
Arimane says, "Kenamer would like to speak, Your Grace."
Gyfford says, "Doubling down, I see."
Gyfford says to Kenamer, "I'm listening."
Kenamer says, "No My Lord, this was a suprise for me."
Kenamer says, "Lord Baron Gyfford."
Kenamer says, "I come to you in faithful service as always."
Kenamer asks, "I would speak with you on the Letter I have sent some thirty andaen ago, I hope that it met with your approval?"
Gyfford says, "I did receive your letter, and it could not go under advisement until I speak with the Order Council."
Gyfford says, "And speaking of that..."
Kenamer says, "May I speak farther..."
Gyfford says to Kenamer, "I'd like you to stick around after the audience, I have something I'd like to say."
Gyfford says to Kenamer, "Go on."
Kenamer says, "In addition to that letter I took it upon myself to seek others interested in reforming the Order of the Dragon Shield."
Gyfford says, "Okay let me stop you right there."
Gyfford says, "And, given that you don't have the patience to wait...I'll address that right now."
Gyfford says, "You attempted to circumvent an approval process that has to to through myself and the Official Order Council before such approvals are granted."
Gyfford says, "And furthering that, you took it upon yourself, given the very detailed missive I received about your meeting at the Standing Stones and, in particularly, after that..."
Gyfford says, "To lead others to believe that this decision was already made."
Gyfford says, "And it has not."
Gyfford says, "Just because you don't receive a response regarding that decision within YOUR timeframe, doesn't mean that it's gone ignored and you should have very well waited to speak to myself and that Council."
Gyfford says, "Last time I checked...neither one of us work on Kenamer time."
Gyfford says, "Now...that being said....."
Gyfford says, "I'm certainly not opposed to seeing anything that promotes growth in Riverhaven."
Gyfford says, "But, I have to also give respect to the fact that I appointed the Mayor there and to consider him in that same process."
Gyfford says, "You'll just have to be patient, as both the Order Council, the Mayor and myself all go over those interested parties and what they have to offer in that capasity."
Kenamer says, "My Lord, may I speak on my behalf? I do believe my actions were misunderstood."
Somniumvisum whispers, "I'd likely try to leave it there and wait for it to be addressed when they make a call sir"
Gyfford says, "I would say given the facts that were detailed to me, yes, they were very particular by you."
Gyfford says, "If you have something to add to that, I'm listening."
Gyfford asks, "Smelling salts, anyone?"
Kenamer says, "I had never intended to portray that any permissions were given. I understand very well that there are processes that I do not understand and would never assume to..."
Gyfford asks, "Then I would have to ask why you would do that when you had no knowledge of whoever else might be vying for that same position?"
Kenamer says, "I had met with several prior order members and discussed gathering a group of interested people to present to you at the nearest oportunity."
Gyfford asks, "You do know how much that would have effected them, yes?"
Gyfford exclaims, "I don't care who you met with!"
Gyfford exclaims, "It's not your call to make!"
Gyfford exclaims, "Do you understand that?!"
Kenamer says, "Yes my lord."
Gyfford says, "Now you see why this might have been better if you'd have waited for me to speak with you privately...."
Gyfford says, "But patience."
Somniumvisum asks, "Perhaps in the interest of time, we could move along to the next person who wishes to speak, m'lord?"
Gyfford asks Kenamer, "If you don't have that kind of patience for the process, then how could anyone be assured that you'd display equal patience for members of an Order?"
Gyfford says to Somniumvisum, "I'm speaking, and you're not."
Kenamer says, "I have no more to say if you are done with me your Grace..."
Gyfford says, "Denied...we'll wait till after the audience."
Arimane says, "Ruea would like to speak, Your Grace."
Gyfford says, "My shopping godess."
Ruea says, "Please remember you said that later."
Elec says, "I'll never hear the end of it."
Elec says, "And my accounts plunge further."
Gyfford says to Elec, "No disrespect intended, good sir."
Ruea says, "While I understand and respect that Therengia has protocal in place for most things I was wondering if I could convince you to lift that in one specific instance."
Ruea says, "I occasionally try my hand at writing plays and I've written one regarding the history of the Paladin Guild."
Gyfford says, "Your timing is impeccable."
Gyfford exclaims, "Oh?!"
Ruea says, "I thought perhaps there would be no place more suitable to put on such a show than here in Therengia."
Ruea says, "Given your family's history with the Guild."
Gyfford exclaims, "Granted!"
Ruea says, "My thanks, your Grace. I had a whole speech worked up but I'll take that without argument."
Gyfford says, "And I would welcome any additional theater work you'd be interested in doing."
Elec says, "She's quite good Sir. Don't you let her act bashful now."
Ruea asks, "It's been some time and I may be a bit rusty but I do have a few pieces I'd shelved some time ago, perhaps I could send a few synopsis over for your consideration?"
Gyfford says to Ruea, "Our people have felt the loss of many entertaining nights, so if you'd be so inclined, I'd welcome ideas."
Ruea says, "It would be a pleasure."
Gyfford exclaims, "Excellent!"
Ruea says, "As long as you'll help me strong arm a few of your warriors into performing."
Gyfford says to Ruea, "Send me whatever ideas you have."
Gyfford says, "Now that, I can't promise."
Ruea says, "A girl can try."
Gyfford says, "But we DO have a few that enjoy a bit of the theatrics."
Gyfford says, " and there."
Ruea says, "I've met a few of them."
Ruea says, "Thank you again sir, I'll take no more of your time."
Gyfford says, "Thank you, Ruea."
Arimane says, "Kammae would like to speak, Your Grace."
Kammae pointedly says, "Good Evening M'lord, it is an honor to see you again."
Gyfford says, "And you."
Kammae pointedly exclaims, "I am, with your permission of course, once again organizing the World Jousting Tournament!"
Gyfford says, "Ah wonderful."
Kammae pointedly says, "And I would like to personally invite you to the Finals that will be held right here in Theren, should your duties allow of course."
Gyfford says, "Thank you, Kammae."
Gyfford says, "We'll see if the time will allow, send word when you have a date."
Gyfford says, "And time."
Kammae pointedly says, "As you wish M'lord."
Gyfford asks Kammae, "Was that all you had?"
Kammae pointedly says, "Yes M'lord."
Gyfford says, "Very well."
Gyfford nods to Arimane.
Arimane says, "Erieck would like to speak, Your Grace."
Gyfford exclaims, "Historian!"
Erieck says, "M'Lord Baron, it is good to see you as ever..."
Gyfford says, "And you."
Erieck says, "Thank you, I had a couple of things of note that I have been working on."
Erieck says, "After discussions with several folks I have made plans and started holding history lectures once more."
Erieck says, "Although brief it was a good stretch of the legs.."
Erieck says, "Further I have begun re-writing a certain book we discussed...I returned to it and frankly I wasn't happy with what I had written.."
Gyfford says, "You have my full support and I can't say how much I appreciate seeing you get back into sharing the knowledge you have."
Gyfford says, "I do recall that."
Erieck says, "Thank you Sir.."
Gyfford says, "When we last spoke, you mentioned it."
Erieck says, "I hope to have the first of the two parts finished soon.."
Erieck says, "And second...I had a thought a year or so back...something in my mind that has stuck there."
Gyfford says, "I'm sure it'll be a great read."
Gyfford says, "I'm listening."
Erieck says, "I've spoke with a few folks about it and they suggest it has potential....I wanted some input before I decided to mention it at all."
Erieck says, "And perhaps it is a still a bit hairbrained embassy."
Gyfford says, "Go on."
Erieck says, "I would propose an embassy with another province...perhaps more then one.."
Gyfford exclaims, "Lots of ideas tonight!"
Erieck says, "We have had ambassadors and emissaries to the other provinces."
Gyfford says, "An interesting proposal."
Erieck says, "But no permanent or semi-permanent quarters or meeting spots."
Erieck says, "I would suggest an attempt at a permanent embassy in Zoluren...if diplomacy and agreements between the provinces allow."
Gyfford says, "A very interesting proposal."
Erieck says, "In return we may have a similar embassy from Zoluren here.."
Erieck says, "It would be a bit of home when away from home and hopefully a means to..."
Erieck says, "Invite people to see Therengia.."
Erieck says, "Strengthen the bonds."
Erieck says, "If successful it could even be expanded."
Gyfford asks, "To?"
Erieck says, "But I wished to present to you the idea M'Lord..."
Gyfford asks, "Do you have anything in writing that I could look over?"
Erieck says, "Perhaps Hibar..the islands or even Ilithi.."
Erieck says, "Not as of yet but I can put a report together quickly."
Gyfford says, "Send it to me...I'd be interested and will take it under advisement."
Erieck says, "I shall M'Lord."
Gyfford says, "Thank you for your continued service, Erieck."
Gyfford says, "Good to see you more involved these days."
Erieck says, "And lastly I would ask a bit of assistance from the court on a smaller project.."
Erieck says, "I am working on a tool for lectures..a map."
Gyfford asks, "Denied! Two questions only! I'm kidding....what's that, Erieck?"
Gyfford says, "Okay...I'm listening."
Gyfford asks, "What kind of map are we talking about here?"
Erieck says, "A simple map that that denotes the boundries of the Morzindaen."
Gyfford says, "Ahh."
Erieck says, "Perhaps not in enormous detail."
Gyfford asks, "And you'd be willing to do that work?"
Gyfford asks, "Or?"
Erieck says, "But something to give a rough feeling so that I can more accurately teach."
Erieck says, "I have a simple one made but I'd like to consult to..."
Erieck says, "Make sure I am correct."
Gyfford says, "Send it to me."
Gyfford says, "Yanno...send me ALL the stuff."
Erieck says, "Thank you M'Lord..I appretiate it greatly."
Gyfford says, "As do I."
Gyfford says, "Good petitions tonight."
Klurn says, "Lord Islief might be busy."
Arimane says, "Taevish would like to speak, Your Grace."
Taevish animatedly says, "My Lord, it is an honor to speak with you."
Gyfford asks, "I don't think we've met, have we?"
Taevish animatedly says, "No, My Lord, I am a new recruit to the Theren Guard."
Gyfford asks, "Really?"
Taevish animatedly says, "Yes, My Lord."
Gyfford says, "More good news."
Gyfford says, "Carry on."
Taevish animatedly says, "Since applying to the order, I have spoken with many in the south about doing so as well."
Gyfford says, "Interesting."
Taevish animatedly says, "There are many good candidates and good people, who mostly seem willing to do so, but the same one issue is brought up when speaking with them..."
Taevish animatedly says, "Often people become disinterested when they learn they their guild is not represented in Therenborough."
Taevish animatedly says, "I just wanted to inform you of this in case it is something that you would consider to have more guilds opened within the city."
Gyfford says, "I can take it under advisement, but those decisions are usually something the guilds decide first, before bringing it to me.
Taevish animatedly says, "I understand completely. Thank you for your time, My Lord."
Gyfford asks, "And I'm guessing you're speaking to, in particular, this side of the lake, yes?"
Taevish animatedly says, "Yes, My Lord."
Taevish animatedly says, "The barge does take some time."
Taevish animatedly says, "It seems many don't wish to be riding it often."
Gyfford says, "If there's such a desire from the various guilds, I'd definitely entertain those who have interests here."
Klurn says, "Togs do row as fast as they can."
Taevish animatedly says, "My thanks, My Lord."
Arimane says, "Aislynn would like to speak, Your Grace."
Aislynn quietly says, "Your Grace, I am an old woman. I have led, followed, and served great men and women in Zoluren for more years than most have lived."
Aislynn quietly says, "Greatness is hardly relegated to Zoluren, of course. Our provinces have always given mutual aid whenever asked, against whatever enemy comes. Whenever we found ourselves lacking in trained defenders during the Elpalzi incursions, Theren's people answered the call."
Aislynn quietly says, "And these great men and women," she gestures to Kenamer, Nithhogr, and several others nearby, "wish to answer the call closer to home. They are prepared to guard and support your southernmost regions and the people therein without pay or accolade, and will likely continue to do so with or without your acknowledgement."
Aislynn quietly says, "They do so for the love of this Province, and for the love of your lordship. There can be no greater honor, and no better cause. When Sir Kenamer asked if I might like to be a part of such a thing, for the very first time in my life, I regretted being oathbound already elsewhere."
Aislynn quietly says, "I have duties currently holding me in Zoluren, with the Apostles. I am unable and unwilling to leave them short councilmembers, which regretfully means an undefined delay before I can pledge myself to this cause, or any other."
Aislynn quietly says, "But I am true to my word. I owe this Province, and her people, for being so willing to bleed and die to protect my homeland. I will repay in kind, for as long as I am able and wanted, and so long as there are great men and women to stand beside."
Aislynn quietly says, "And... for the record," she nods quickly to Arimane and his booklet, "I have been discussing this with Kenamer and the others for a while now, and no one ever said anything was approved. Kenamer simply wanted to get like-minded people together, and open the lines of communication."
Aislynn quietly says, "He knows the delays and decisions that must be made first. He made very certain to remind everyone at any discussion that nothing was agreed to by any stretch of the imagination. Void, I think he said so four times in one particular conversation."
Aislynn quietly says, "Not, of course, that I would ever say you are wrong." The old S'Kra gazes levely at Gyfford with a deadpan expression. "But perhaps wrongly informed, in this instance."
Aislynn quietly says, "That is all."
Gyfford says, "Thank you, and I hope that Zoluren and Therengia can continue those good relations well into the future."
Arimane says, "I would like to speak briefly for some who are not here, Your Grace."
Cristalyn softly says to Vykanthiss, "Bless you."
Gyfford says, "Hold..."
Vykanthiss says to Cristalyn, "Thanks."
Gyfford asks Arimane, "Were there no other petitioners?"
Arimane says, "No, Your Grace."
Gyfford says, "Thank you, you may speak."
Arimane says, "My mistake. Vykanthiss would like to speak."
Arimane says, "I apolgoize."
Gyfford says, "Very well, you have the floor, Vykanthiss."
Vykanthiss says, "Your Grace."
Vykanthiss says, "I am honored to be here and hear you."
Vykanthiss says, "I will try to be succinct."
Vykanthiss says, "I have a deeply distressing family matter..."
Vykanthiss says, "I wish to turn my command over so that I may handle it."
Gyfford says, "I see."
Vykanthiss says, "I have a young nephew...a cleric."
Vykanthiss says, "He's going astray..."
Vykanthiss says, "I need to help him."
Vykanthiss respectfully says to Gyfford, "I have discussed it with the Advisor."
Vykanthiss says, "It is distressing, all around."
Gyfford says, "I understand that family needs to come first, Vykanthiss."
Gyfford says, "And I have appreciated your efforts."
Vykanthiss says, "Thank you, Your Grace."
Gyfford says, "Your request is granted. Please wait till after the audience, as I'd like a word."
Vykanthiss says, "Thank you, Your Grace."
Gyfford asks, "Now to Arimane?"
Arimane says, "Thank you, Your Grace. My apologies to Vykanthiss."
Vykanthiss says, "Accepted, sir."
Arimane says, "I communicated your decree to Inquisitor Whiteburn and she humbly sends her regards and thanks."
Arimane says, "I promised to pass that along to you, My Lord."
Arimane says, "I also wanted to introduce you to our other new recruit, Fiyasilke, who is here tonight."
Gyfford says, "You Moon Mages."
Arimane says, "And also Stoya, who is here tonight."
Gyfford says to Fiyasilke, "Greetings, and welcome to Therengia and my court."
Stoya calmly says, "Mi' Lord."
Fiyasilke says, "Thank you, My Lord."
Gyfford says to Stoya, "And greeting to you as well. Welcome to Therengia."
Stoya calmly says, "It has been most welcoming, Mi' Lord."
Arimane says, "That is all I had, My Lord."
Gyfford asks, "I trust you're both settling in well?"
Stoya calmly says, "Training so we may better serve you Lord Baron."
Gyfford says, "I'm glad, and look forward to seeing more of both of you."
Fiyasilke says, "I've repurchased my old home and am getting quite comfortable again."
Gyfford says to Fiyasilke, "If you need shopping tips, see Ruea."
Gyfford says to Stoya, "You're stuck with the Military Advisor, and your Commander."
Gyfford asks, "That said...does anyone have anything further?"
Stoya calmly says, "As Kenamer says, Mi' Lord."
Ternith says to Stoya, "Sorry for your luck."
Gyfford asks, "Anyone?"
Kammae pointedly asks, "Any updates on the wedding?"
Cristalyn softly says, "Just as usual...please give my regards to the Lady."
Gyfford says, "None, but eloping is looking really good with the wait on the cathedral."
Gyfford says to Cristalyn, "I will! Thank you."
Klurn says, "And let Lady Athelisa know i am near."
Ruea says, "We heard that."
Ternith says to Klurn, "I think we all know when you are near sir."
Gyfford says, "Thank you all for making this such a great province. May you all walk in the light."
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2017.12.25 12:24 quatrotires What To Watch This Week (25-31 December)

These posts are as much for me as they are for you. So please feel free to reply with your suggestions for what to watch, and make a case for any game to be considered 'must watch', in which case I will bold it. The time zone used to sort games was portuguese / british time zone, so no, the game is not on a wrong date.
Time (UTC/EST) Match Competition Round
18:00 / 13:00 Agadir vs Wydad Botola Pro
19:00 / 14:00 Hapoel Be'er Sheva vs M. Haifa Israel League
Time (UTC/EST) Match Competition Round
12:30 / 07:30 Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton Premier League
15:00 / 10:00 Manchester United vs Burnley Premier League
15:00 / 10:00 Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League
17:30 / 12:30 Liverpool vs Swansea City Premier League
19:30 / 14:30 Anderlecht vs KAA Gent Jupiler Pro League
20:00 / 15:00 Lazio vs Fiorentina Coppa Italia Quarter-Finals
Time (UTC/EST) Match Competition Round
19:45 / 14:45 Heart of Midlothian vs Hibernian Scottish Premiership
19:45 / 14:45 Newcastle United vs Manchester City Premier League
19:45 / 14:45 AC Milan vs Internazionale Coppa Italia Quarter-Finals
Time (UTC/EST) Match Competition Round
17:30 / 12:30 Beşiktaş vs Osmanlıspor Turkish Cup Round of 16
20:00 / 15:00 Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Premier League
Time (UTC/EST) Match Competition Round
19:15 / 14:15 Belenenses vs Sporting CP Taça CTT
19:45 / 14:45 Cardiff City vs Preston North End Championship
19:45 / 14:45 Crotone vs Napoli Serie A
Time (UTC/EST) Match Competition Round
11:30 / 06:30 Fiorentina vs AC Milan Serie A
12:00 / 07:00 Celtic vs Rangers Scottish Premiership
14:00 / 09:00 AS Roma vs US Sassuolo Serie A
14:00 / 09:00 Torino vs Genoa Serie A
15:00 / 10:00 Aberdeen vs Heart of Midlothian Scottish Premiership
15:00 / 10:00 Chelsea vs Stoke City Premier League
15:00 / 10:00 Liverpool vs Leicester City Premier League
17:00 / 12:00 Internazionale vs Lazio Serie A
17:30 / 12:30 Manchester United vs Southampton Premier League
19:45 / 14:45 Hellas Verona vs Juventus Serie A
20:15 / 15:15 Paços de Ferreira vs FC Porto Taça CTT
Time (UTC/EST) Match Competition Round
12:00 / 07:00 Crystal Palace vs Manchester City Premier League
16:00 / 11:00 West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal Premier League
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2017.12.20 01:45 JarOfKetchup [DIPLOMACY]European Federation to Africa: mining and more:

Greetings to our friends in Nigeria. Today we approach you regarding a series of deals we wish to make on the African continent. As Germany planned several years ago, we believe Nigeria is the gateway to this continent of potential, and therefore you are invited to not only the discussion we hold directly with you, but all sub-Saharan discussions as well.

To Nigeria

We both know that Russia has shown to be less than hesitant in developing biological weapons. The European Federation is regrettably wholly unprepared to deal with an attack of such magnitude, and would result in thousands, if not millions of casualties. Obviously we would like to do something about that. However, instead of spending million upon billions of euros on lab research that might never help the general public, we have a better idea.
We wish to develop the HIV vaccine. With the support and permission of Nigeria we wish to gain practical experience in fighting diseases. From a purely bio-security standpoint, HIV is excellent training grounds due to its very slippery genetic makeup. I don’t think we need to inform Nigeria of the humanitarian benefits.
Thanks to this approach, we not only have funds available from our defensive budget, but also from our foreign aid, and healthcare budgets. We hope Nigeria can provide some contribution as well. Bayer, one of the largest biotech companies in the world, will lead the project.
On a completely different topic, we wish to inform ourselves of the status between the African nations and Morocco in regards to the status of the Western Sahara in particular.

To Katanga

Hello! We are glad to see that the conflict in the area finally start to die down. We believe that foreign investment now would go a long way towards helping this trend in stability. We are interested in helping the local community through (re) starting sustainable cobalt mining operations. We admit that we do not have up-to-date figures, but reports form 2016 put the production of the DRC at a yearly 66,000 tons, or about 50% of the world’s production. This production came almost completely from Katanga. However, we fear that much of this production has been stoppped or diminished due to the fighting.
Aurubis is proposing to not only recover this loss, but further invest to a 300,000 ton yearly production. This would put Katanga on top of the global cobalt foodchain. Considering your ample reserves, this is only deserved.
[M] Earliest report I could find for around DRC is here. The value for 2006 is production of 28kt during a global production year of 68kt, meaning you accounted for ~30% of global production. In 2017, these figures grew to 66kt during a 123kt year (~50% global production). The IG civil war has been much more brutal than the 2006 Kivu conflict, which probably means a drop in production to below 2006 percentages (<30% global production). To be on the safe side, I guessed a drop to 40% of global production.
Global production roughly doubled in the 10 years between 2006 and 2016. Continuing this trend to 2037, that totals to about 480kt yearly production.

To the CAR

Thyssenkrupp, ever at the forefront of both technology and new mining operations is interested in establishing a large scale, encompassing geological survey into the Bangui magnetic anomaly. Similar to the Kursk anomaly created by the vast iron reserves in Ukraine, we believe the Bangui anomaly to be hiding vast riches. We subscribe the impact-crater theory which states that the anomaly is in fact one of the world’s largest impact crater. There is significant backing for this theory, such as the existence of carbonaros in the area.
We are determined to get to the bottom of this, to once and for all solve this mystery. Should this endeavour prove fruitful, we obviously intend to set up mining operations. As such we would like the guarantee from the CAR that Thyssenkrupp will be given exclusive rights to any new deposits it finds. Should Thyssenkrupp not exploit an exclusive deposit for a period of 5 consecutive years, ownership and control of that deposit would immediately return to the CAR government.

To Morocco

Thyssenkrupp is interested in setting up phosphorus mining operation in Morocco. Especially around the area somewhat south of Agadir do we believe large deposits to be located. We are planning mining operations on the scale of 15MT of phosphate rock per year, with similarly sized processing plants. This is an immense undertaking which would provide Morocco with a sizeable foreign investment in the order of billions of dollars. We expect a total cost of approximately $12 billion for the entire project. We cannot carry this investment by ourselves however, and are therefore asking for assistance from the government on the order $2 billion. This would mostly be in the form of tax breaks, with subsidies playing a minor roll.
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2017.11.07 21:15 TripMyWire [SELL/US ONLY] Help me get rid of this stuff! Tarte, MAC, Lancome, Colourpop, Missha, Kiehl's, brushes, and more!

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2017.05.17 23:12 DarkFauxe [HR] They Said "La tawqaz al'atfal"

By TenebrisVulpes
Seven Hills Behavioral Health Hospital, Interview with subject Dr. Jensen Q. Hughes, June 4th 2006-
A woman in a slim fit business suit marked with a laminated visitors pass walked into the room holding a cliché brown leather brief case, she looked like a blonde knock off of Dana Scully from the X-Files. I watched the door curious to see if another private investigator looking like Fox Mulder was going to follow her in. The lady sat down and undid the brass clasps on her brief case removing a vanilla file folder with a thin label that read “Berkley Archeological Research Trip: Morocco 2005.” Content that no one else was walking through the door I looked up at the woman and are eyes met. While keeping eye contact she moved a hand over to recording device in the center of the table and pressed the play button. “Hello Dr. Hughes, my name is Kirsten Deydre, I was hired by the parents of Jared Larkins and Carry Hannen to investigate the circumstances of their children’s disappearances during your-“simultaneously blonde Scully and I said “Archaelogical Trip to Morocco in 2005”, the only discordance in our tones was the inflection, in which I presented the line as a question. She looked up from the folder whilst opening it up pulling out the first highlighter streaked document. “Yes, I am here to hopefully shine some light on what happened during this trip and why you never notified the authorities or university to the disappearances of 2 of your 4 research students.” I took a deep breath as the memories rolled through me, cold shivers crept up my spine in waves. I put one shivering hand on the table and steeled myself. “You want to know.” This first statement felt like a condemnation, no one should be privy to the things I saw that night nearly a year ago now. “Why haven’t you asked Sarah or Vincent what’s happened? They were both there too.” Blonde Scully sighed lightly “Vincent Calvarra has been on suicide watch in the San Diego Psychiatric Hospitals ward since April.” The boy never had much of a backbone now that I remembered his bumbling social interactions and mildly nervous behavior. “And what about Sarah, she’s always been one to talk.” With a narrowing look that could melt ice and cut glass she said “Sarah Beringger committed suicide in March.” Part of me pained at the news but the other wasn’t surprised. Sarah was an anomaly in the archaeology field, she looked like your average bad bitch sorority girl with blonde locks, blue eyes, and a slim body. She was a hardworking and quick witted girl though one the best students I ever had. What a shame. “Dr. Hughes, if you would could you detail for me your arrival in Morocco as of December of 2015 and the subsequent research trip until your return in February of 2016?” I didn’t have a choice my students had died for my curiosity. Their parents were owed an explanation, even if no one believed me, even if it assured a life sentence in this white walled prison. My mind was already a prison, the nightmares, nothing would make them go away. I hardened my resolve and eased the shivers running through my body. “I’ll tell you what happened, but this is all I’ll tell you. Your first inclination will be to attribute what I say to delirium or schizophrenia but I don’t give a flying fuck about what you think. In the end there is only one truth and I am the only one who carries it now so you’ll have to buck up and make do.” And so I began. December 13th 2005 I and 4 archaeology grad students landed at Mahammed V airport in Casablanca Morocco. Initially our goal and the point of the trip was to visit the Volubilis ruins east of Moroccos capital Rabat. My students were excited, they hadn’t been to a real archaeology site yet and their hopes were high. After spending a night in a crumby hostel in Meknes we headed to Volubilis that morning. The hopes my students held for such a historical sight were visibly crushed when we arrived at the ruins. It looked like a beach in Cabo was scooped up and dropped in the center of the archaic edifices that made up Volubilis. Peddlers walked around harassing obvious tourists in their assorted sun visors, Hawaiian shirts and fanny packs. Local “entrepreneurs” stood behind sun-bleached podiums yelling out trying to draw in the bovine tourists for embellished historical tours. 8 years ago you’d be lucky to run into 2 people in Volubilis, things had obviously changed in that time. There was nothing here for this committed group to study. What had been was trampled under the carless foot of financial opportunity and puerility over the last 8 years. As a group we decided entering the ruins would’ve been a waste of time and returned Meknes with our heads down. After a spending most of the day as well as half the night in and out of local hookah cafes the students and I were almost exhausted so we decided on trying one more café before turning in for the night. We left the unevenly cobbled avenue of what would be considered Meknes’ main street and headed into the older more authentic part of the city. During our stroll we came to a point in which all foot traffic faded away and we were alone in front of a large walled structure archaic in its design. An ornate gate the color of aged copper stood slightly ajar before us. My curiosity was perked, unnaturally so given my fatigue. I was almost inexplicably drawn to the door somehow. I could see the hesitancy on the faces of my students but I quickly dismissed their concerns about trespassing and waved them forward. We walked through the cracked gate into a courtyard with a large multi-tiered fountain spewing multiple jets of water in a peculiar crisscrossed pattern. The courtyard was ringed by pillars lavishly decorated with engraved multicolored tiles. A single brightly blazing brazier hung from each pillar making the colored tiles dance iridescently in the light. Even the ground was an unblemished tiled marble unlike anything I had ever seen. We were dumfounded by the sheer beauty of the place we had entered. In my stupor of fascination and tiredness I hadn’t noticed the group of dark garbed men lounging at the far end of the courtyard. Uncertainly I approached and made my presence known with an intentional cough that resounded louder than intended. The lounging group of black clad figures turned my way at this and peered with dark eyes through the slits in their full faced tagelmust’s. One man broke the silence by standing and beckoning us forward with a friendly hand gestures. I told the students to stay near the door and I alone approached the group. It became apparent that the men were sitting around a large tome written in some strange color of ink that I could not discern in the fire light given off by the braziers. All the men’s faces were covered by black tagelmust’s. The slight amount of skin seeable through the slits in the headwear was as dark as the silken fabric. The one who had beckoned me to come forward had unforgettable eyes of a shining blue color that pierced out from the dark contrast of the robes. Why I wasn’t wary to approach, let alone sit down with, a group of black robed men hanging out in dark courtyard during the dead of night I don’t know. I just did, the normal alarms that should have gone off in my head didn’t make a chirp. Bright eyes gestured to an open seat and so I sat with the strange group. I was presented with a ceramic jug by the same man who once again gestured silently for me to drink. Not wanting to offend the unusual courtesy of the men I agreed. What hit my mouth was sickly sour and definitely alcoholic. This discovery surprised me greatly considering Muslims are not allowed to drink alcohol under the strictures of Islam. I passed the jug back to the man and the group chuckled lightly at my bitter facial expression. In perfect English the man who handed me the jug asked “What brings you to Meknes brother?” Surprised and equally confused I answered his question thoughtlessly “Volubilis, I’m an archaeologist, the others are my students.” The laugh that came from the man at my answer haunts me until this day. It was as though 2 voices laughed, distinctly different in tone, one in the haughty voice of a proper Englishmen and the other as though it were some wicked echo beneath the first. It was at this point that my conscience came to. Ice knifed into my spine, I felt a stressful pressure in my jaw and temples. “You seek discovery.” Another of the group spoke across from me, a larger man with a deep voice like grinding gravel beneath a sub-Saharan accent. Lightly I nodded. “Southeast of Agadir lays a small village known as Angarf, to the East of Angarf you will come upon a valley of gold where god’s fingers reach. This place is known as Alssamt.” At this bright eyes added in. “In our tongue it means Silence and for good reason.” The large man picked up again “La tawqaz al'atfal. You will hear this when often, this is most important if you wish to leave Alssamt intact. It means ‘do not wake the children.” The hairs on the back of my neck stood straight up yet I was simultaneously enthralled by the cryptic words spoken by the black clad men. I felt as though I could salvage the expectations of my students with the information given by the black clad men. We could go to a remote location shrouded by what I took as superstition and most importantly untouched by tourism. I shared another drink with the strange group out of politeness and then stood half bowing as a sign of thanks. Bright eyes nodded towards me while saying “As-salaam 'alaykum” or peace be upon you. The way he said it didn’t feel genuine though something sinisterly humorous lurked in his tone. I ignored it and headed for my students who waited patiently at the door. I reached my students and together we headed through the gate back into the street, however before I exited the portal the large man’s deep voice reached me from across the courtyard “La tawqaz al'atfal.” I was captivated by the idea of Alssamt, I thought by sating my curiosity I could also inspire my students with the pursuit of an archaeological mystery completely unknown to me. When I presented the idea, along with the information the black clad men had given me, to the students all were very much in favor except for Sarah. She was concerned with the source of the information and the cryptic warning regarding “the children”. I shouldn’t have shrugged off her worries. We left that day and traveled south. It took us 2 days on national route 8 to reach the seaside city of Agadir. We gathered supplies there, tents, food, water, lanterns, glowsticks, marshmallows you name it. I bargained a jeep rental from a talkative dealer in Agadir for a hefty sum, he wasn’t keen on us leaving the city. When I asked for directions to get to Angarf his friendly chattering stopped and he gave me a worried look. He simply said “this is not a place men normally go”, hesitantly he took a travel map and marked it up with a red pen detailing the route we should take. I thanked him paying a little extra for his help. Expecting him to be overjoyed by the deed, instead he gave me a sad half smile and looked at the money in his hand. In an equally somber voice he said that damned warning “La tawqaz al'atfal.” That night we headed south east on route 105 following the car dealers map to a single lane dirt road in the middle of nowhere. We followed the rough uneven road into a series of jutting cliff faces and steep hills. As the road lead between 2 such hills we found ourselves at the mudbrick village that was Angarf. It was dotted with maybe 2 dozen small single story houses, a general store and a small mosque. We stopped at the general store, more of a general hut to be honest, and roughly bargained with the crook eyed elderly owner to get the cans refilled. A teenager in a faded t-shirt, dirty shorts and sandals approached us as we waited for the man to finish filling the cans. “American, American, American!” he said in his thick accent. We all politely smiled and nodded. “Where you go, why here in Angarf? Angarf no have beach, Angarf no have party.” My students laughed at the remark and I smiled light heartedly. “We are here to see Alssamt.” At this the boy’s interest was visibly snuffed out. His eyes became wide, he stopped his approach and he was visibly taken aback. He said “La tawqaz al’atfal.” The boy took off in the direction he came back into the archaic village. It was at this point that I noticed a growing sense of unease amongst my students. I calmed them down by convincing them I had run into superstition and cryptic warnings like this time and time again. I mean it was true I had heard some form of local superstitious mumbo jumbo on my previous digs but never to this degree. I’d be lying if my curiosity wasn’t a little bit perked by the cryptic saying I heard on multiple occasions now. After we finished filling the gas canisters we all loaded up in the jeep and took off out of town to the south. Three or so hours later the pothole riddled dirt road began to fade into golden prairie. At this my students were awe struck. The fields of wheat naturally grew near the coast in North Africa, making this place an anomaly. Even the arid hot wind natural to Saharan Africa had turned light and cool. Everyone has heard of the natural beauty of an oasis but this, out this far, was something different entirely, a place so naturally beautiful its bliss held an undertone of abnormality. Hills began to take form lightly and eventually we navigated through the gentle landscape until we reached the base of a large incline. At this point I knew something was wrong. The top of the hill was lined with figures carved from black stone. We got out of the jeep and I saw the awe, the utter enthusiasm written across my students faces. They all turned to me their enthusiasm somewhat diminished by the look of discomfort and bafflement on my face. I motioned them forward permissively and they all took to climbing the incline. Sarah was the only one to stay an extra second or two longer to digest my facial expression. I hesitantly climbed after them, when I reached the first statue another oddity was immediately apparent. Vincent voiced the question we were all thinking “What’s wrong with its lips?” I walked through the throng of my students and gazed up at the mouth on the black stone figure, it was apparent the lips were carved with the intention of depicting the figures lips sewn shut. My eyes moved from the strangely carved lips to the smooth black eyes and I followed its gaze down the other side of the incline. The incline was actually part of a series of hills that formed a natural dale. Dotting the peak of the encircling wheat covered hills were more black statues. There was a clearing in the dale, a single obelisk stood surrounded by what seemed to be multiple evenly spaced black rectangular stone edifices. Before heading into the dale I left the eagerly chatting students and went to the next statue along the ridge. An exact duplicate to the last, its eyes staring towards the obelisk and black stone edifices. The swish sound only made by walking through a dense field of wheat came from behind me. I turned to see Sarah alone from the group. “Back there, you seemed… afraid of something.” I looked her in those bright sapphire blue eyes of hers and it was plainly evident she knew something was up. There was no reason to lie to her. “The statues.” I said. “Yes I know the sewn mouths are quite… disturbing.” I shook my head lightly at her response. “No it’s not that, these are guardians, they’re an extremely common sight at most burial grounds of royalty.” I took a breath. “They’re facing the wrong way Sarah.” Sarah’s brow furrowed at this “What do you mean the wrong way, what does that even mean?” I looked down to the arrangement of black stone structures in the dale and in a haunted voice I said “They aren’t protecting this place, they’re guarding against whatever’s down there.” We spent the remainder of the day setting up camp in the dale, the group was tired after the long journey from Agadir so we decide on waiting till the following morning to start our excavation. The long grass sang at the behest of the peculiarly continuous draft in the dale, a soothing tone of dense prairie surging against itself under a gentle breeze. Despite this I found it hard to sleep, my mind under heavy stress from the strange guardians of Alssamt. After being awake for what felt like an eternity I finally, dozed off. I was looking over the dale from the ridge. The stars and moon shone so bright in the absence of civilization. Silver light flooded the dale illuminating the grass like a sea of immobile silver. It was weird the wind did not blow, I looked around and I saw the figures placed around the ridge, however these figures were not made of stone, they were flesh, dark skin mixed with an olive hue. Each held a long wicked bident, their clothing, or lack thereof, consisted of a torque and glistening scale skirt. I looked to the closest of the men, even in the pale softness of the moonlight I could see the man’s lips were sewn shut. He stood impassively staring down into the dale. Once again I followed his eyes down to the edifices surrounding the tall black obelisk. A man sat on his knees in front of it with his hands held to the sky. He wore a cloak of large multicolored feathers in his hands was a glassy circular object, it glistened under the light of the moon. He stood walked to the obelisk and placed the orb into a square compartment. He then grabbed a similar sized stone block from the ground and placed it into opening like a puzzle piece. With a peculiar gesture the cloaked man made moved his finger in 4 wavy lines with a vertical streak threw the center of the lines. Suddenly there was a sound like an archaic horn from all directions and a gust of wind surged from behind me into the dale. As I looked from the ridge at all sides dales slopes I noticed the grass swayed in a single direction. Towards the obelisk. Arms grabbed me, my eyes shot open and were immediately assaulted the sunlight emanating from the opening flap in my tent. A figure stood over me and after blinking a few times I could hazily see Sarah standing over me. “Dr. Hughes? Dr. Hughes?” I rubbed an arm across my sleepy face to clear my eyes. “I’m awake, I’m awake.” “Everyone’s awake and ready to start.” I rolled over and dropped my legs off the cot. “I’ll be out there in a minute.” Sarah smiled and exited through the flap. I shook my head. Never had I felt so on edge in my life. One part of me was being pulled by a deep gut feeling of discomfort while another was being pulled by my sense of curiosity and occupational interest. The strange group of black clad men, an undisturbed ruin surrounded by superstition and now strange dreams. I had never been dissuaded from discovery before and I wasn’t going to be now. Looking back now there are some things that should remain undiscovered, I disregarded all of the warnings and 2 of my students died because of it. What we awoke in that dale wasn’t meant for our world. After a breakfast of lukewarm oatmeal and crappy local coffee I allocated roles to the students. I had Sarah and Jared begin with identifying the black stone material and then date it. I took Carry and Vincent with me to begin identifying the myriad of crude markings and weathered bas-relief carved into the obelisk. We quickly identified the script as Phoenician. After studying the guardians more closely the mystery around Alssamt grew. The guardians did not share the normal traits common across all known Phoenician human representations. The bas-relief was well worn by time, what we could make out was a representation of the sky and something in chains falling from it. The rest of the piece that extended around the obelisk was broken in places and without the full piece it was impossible to get anything else meaningful. Around midday Sarah came running out from the makeshift lab we had setup in one of the tents. She was yelling “its meteorite! It’s meteorite!” I looked at her confused and checked the sky. “The stone, all of the black stone is from meteorite.” At this I looked around the dale and had an idea. We took soil samples from around the dale and compared it chemically with samples from the guardians and edifices. The test results confirmed my hunch, the dale was actually an impact crater, and all of the structures were made from the meteorite that landed here. As a group we began studying the 8 stone edifices that surround the obelisk. Each was a flat rectangular surface measuring about 10 feet long and 4 feet wide. Initially we thought them to be some type of unadorned sarcophagi, but after a near hour of trying to pry the damn things open we began to doubt our preliminary thoughts. To Be Continued....
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2017.05.17 18:36 laskaka Amessan III summarizes Tinkonian history in 1727 CE

In the Royal Academy in Tinko, the bound book with velvet bands can be found deep inside the library hidden amongst many of the other great works of scholars prior to him but this was notably one of the most important historical documents yet to be recorded, An essay on the Great Unification War and what caused it.
It is no faith I support my arguments on, only conviction and the truth as reflected in our historical records scattered throughout all of Tinko-Tinko. The conviction is that the truth in summarizing through several examples and explanations argue to preserve and review how it came to be our situation today with the untrusting bitterness which divides us, 1400 AU (1727 CE).
Not to imply that any man or woman is solely responsible for the faith of our people nor to imply that this will recollect everyone playing the role in the play ready to smell the ashes of their actions. It must be recollected that a great deal has been done in a small timespan in our time least to say what happened in the years leading to the great unification war. The few and the many can be explained solely through self-sacrifice to the highest bidder in combination with the individual philosophy and values. With that said I shall lay little to the people as they as always have been ignorant of the political situation until the war had come to them or the experience of conscription put them at the end of an iron tip. They arguably did to themselves the favour of not knowing, not that that would have the leisure to do so when the daily life poses restrictions on their times spent outside toil.
The signs of division can be traced directly to the dissolution of unification and reluctance of stepping down from power can be found when the League (of Tinko, 1168-1178 AU) after defeating the Patriarchy of Hebron signed the Three Treaties of Hebron 1179, 1180 and 1213. It was so that hostilities already showed its foul expression during the conflict with the last bastion of the Jewish stronghold and it’s hebron (Tinkonian Jews) and Mizrahim (Desert Jew) leaders. With ill faith the nations consolidated their claims and redrew the maps rather than accept and unify. Twas common ground for the three masters to sign the Blockade letter shortly after the war showing goodwill towards each other as to not banish any goods from being sold nationwide from the lush Hebron fields. And it was to the pleasure and rejoice of the people this was signed and would to the common Tinkonian not to starve or be bound by the yam or potatoes otherwise filling the plate. The loser here would be the small state of Tinko (Democracy of Tinko 1161-1213 AU) carved from a prior regional government, they revived little to nothing from this agreement. As to this bitter resentment from this minor state in combination with the again growing number of Tinkonians came the need for more food meaning a dramatical increase of border incidents whereupon the border watch with many allegiances clashed. Not to ignore is that these were issued mainly by the democracy but could not by that time be pinpointed to the squabbling secondary state whose leaders was murdered by the dozens.
The Border watch letters, several and unknown of what type was signed. This caused much of the tension to cease as attacks were lowered with the forceful removal of internal borders moving the guard to again focus on outer threats, especially in the north and east. Again we seemingly moved towards a united people but were again fooled by the reluctance of the then current leaders thinking that the two republics refused union upon the realization that the two being too different to fuse governments. Arguably one would do good to point towards the successful and further organization of the Republic of Djeballa to that of the Trade Republic of Agadir, being a better successor and leader of the two. To that of leaders we can find few worth mentioning in person but a collective worth many as their educational reforms, albeit fit a their smaller population, was very successful as this intellectual strife greatly shifted the millennia old learning centre from Tinko to Djeballa within a couple decades. The Republic Academy in Djeballa is even today one of the many jewels in the empires spire. In gaudy contrast the trade republic refused education in turn for profit, selling seats and positions to wealthy merchants dividing the affluent (wealthy) from the deprived (commoners). This I believe divided us even further as the small educated population came to despise that of the uneducated only showing some affection when mocking the tattered state in between the two powers. It cannot be expected much more of the learnt, we are truly understanding but can simply not agree upon or even accept such ignorance to exist! Nay, even since the days of Atrar the Wise have we sent wandering instructors to visit those unfortunate to teach the lesson of letters and numbers. It would be unwise and too was when this tradition as it showcased the reluctance and even approval in the change of culture which was widely unpopular by the laypeople who rose in many uprisings before settling for their new lords might. Arguably this was one of the main reasons why the south was lost so quickly in what would be known as the, war for the confederation.
Now too is to be considered is the fact that the trade republic seized large swaths of land which dispersed within the governing elite. A very unpopular and uncommon method seen in our history, it removed the freedom and thus changed the way taxation would proceed. Whereupon a farmed usually owned his own land in exchange for a minor taxation and promise of self-sacrifice whenever they were called upon the Agadir republic taxed the farmers by forcing them to surrender their land in addition to higher rates demanded from the yield. Again the disgruntled farmers led rebellions in the Hebron farmlands, but this was in combined efforts utterly crushed and rightfully so, saving the fields and countless lives thereupon. Likewise the small state Tinko followed suit but failed utterly as their ideals and philosophy of citizenship and union collapsed on itself whereupon the Warchief of Diplomacy (General and Wartime diplomat) Omïn, given enough room, enforced a coup creating a dictatorship. This resulted in immediate wars against the foreign power of Yashou draining the last resources of the state. Drawing the attention of the Roman Empire and their TTC (Thuran Tradig Company) the small dictatorship forces were utterly crushed in comparison with a largely successful albeit shortlived roman occupation of northernmost Tinko, enforcing a great famine on the league. Good terms were accepted losing one port in a fire. This was part of why the Border watch letters were signed, to hinder the aggression displayed by the new leader towards the internal powers. This event played little role however as Omïn drained the state of all power losing his war and showcased his powerlessness was overthrown in what would be known as 1000 daggers rose. The two powers dissolved, divided and incorporated the small state which to many was a great relief from the incompetent and horribly documented rule. A smaller city-state was gifted to those living in Tinko termed “free” as alternate to that of the two powers, a small but important comment. Now was the year 1213 AU when the Union act of 1213 was signed, it consolidated the divide and too, it was so that the first constitution was formulated and signed stabilizing the powers in a bitter acceptance. Had it not been for the war with Yashou which attracted the attention of the attention of greater powers would maybe the unification been complete by the then not too frightened powers, now forced to band together. However would historians and chroniclers of the time call “this confederation for the people felt like a great fresh wind filling the void of the otherwise decaying state. Turmoil and other difficulties finally be at its end as strife for unity takes a rest!” A hopeful yet pessimistic tone to what by many could have been seen as a right step even if the rights of the laymen largely was lost. But again this was for nought as the confederation sought to again clash with the Roman Empire who now themselves sought to contain and usurp our lands. Breaking the Letter of mutual respect signed 1213 they acted by repulsing the confederations army from restoring the “rightful borders” as it was called or by romans "Response to the Tinko People’s reconquest". This is both justifiable but with the vision of hindsight I know that the roman engagement was purely a show of strength as they had no ambition or had shown lack of any ambition to rule the lands of Western Tinko (Africa). The act of repelling one or another too came at a cost which most notably could be seen in the inquisition which more likely would explain the Romans intervention more than the people retaking lost lands.
For the flames of war as it could be called had all started and a mere ripple of smoke between men who both believed their work to be sacred. It was a mindset between the two parties who called upon their people to not mind their own, but to think of the greater good in retaking what was lost. The list is long but I could not simply say more than the larger events when I, unlike the many, was but a child when it occurred. Lo, how this catastrophe could have been avoided by the simple phrase, “Think of yourself” in which the many would simply not have bothered to leave their homes. But then again, thinking of one selves was the Warrik family, a shameful group of people standing as pillars of betrayal to one’s own kind. For they were the ones who betrayed us, they were the ones who gave the romans maps, they were the ones responsible for the countless murders of Tinkonian Aristocrats! Had we only known could the massacre in Agadir been avoided. It was the Warrik family who lit the torch of destruction 1268. As much as history often is guided by uncontrollable forces, I cannot stress the fact to the blame for our despicable situation is all to this sinister family supported with their greedy alliance to the so called Imperium Romanum and its emperors Julius, Aurelius, Constantinus and Augustus.
It was actually unknown to him at the time that the emperor carried so many names, so due to the many works written about the Roman empire there was this confusion which in time became “fact” that romans who were named like the emperor would be considered a group of people. This in turn made many scholars confused but was half-heartedly explained as the lack of organization within the Roman empire that there was a need for several leaders.
Before the war erupted I shall cast light upon how we responded to the roman acts against our reassertion of power. It was to my surprise I found the pamphlet from 1251, one of the earliest of its kind, “Great Tinkonian Act Against Romian-Yashou Agression”. The great isolation as imposed by the Roman-Cyrene coalition had frightened and likewise threatened us Tinkonians. We were excluded by our own right to trade, crisis after crisis became common whether it be a minor famine or the inability to provide the confederation with enough textiles. The rug had been pulled from under our feet. The Romans conducted several raids and blockades in time crawled further south, not only hindering transports of grain from the Hebron fields but too allowed yields go unattended rotting in the fields as there simply was no reason or manpower to process it. However would this trend turn as to open passage to Ksar-Mersa when preventive measures had proven successful trapping roman raiders between poles set at the bottom of waterbed preventing ships from entering shallow waters. Such defences remaining even till our day. From then I think the pamphlet speaks for itself,
The magnificent and ever powerful Romian fleet has for the first time been stooped by the superior Tinkonian defences. Ever since the protective line was assemble, raids became fewer and now we’ve reaped our first victory against this previously unstoppable power! Observe the mighty Hooknose Ship at out capital and awe its magnificence. Take time to appreciate the splendid isolation and its defenders, for this is the first of many victories.
In 1263 AU the tensions had come to that point which the situation for the Tinkonians had become unbearable and truly for the romans now losing ships wearisome. It was then in the early dry period that the Trade Republic of Agadir threw a parade, they had signed a peace with the recently intrusive Roman-Yashou coalition. This forced relations to collapse as it contested the Confederate Constitution which by itself dissolved within days of the treaty. Over 200 representatives in the Confederate Assembly were executed for high treason of varying degree as can be found in our extensive justicial annals. Shortly thereafter the still by name, the Tinkonian Confederation incorporated the Free State as well as the southern parts of the Trade Republic ending with the Massacre in Agadir. With its armies ready the confederation had crushed much of its opposition within a month. However would it quickly be noticed that the Warrik family had escaped and were in the north where their rule was still strong assembling their own army. The family losing most of their government officials in the massacre formed a new government, a monarchy. It centred around their family members who quite efficiently along with their now apparent alliance with the Roman-Yashou coalition posed a serious and organized threat. It should too be stressed their reluctance to use Tinkonians to form their new army but in turn convinced the two Jewish minorities the Hebrons and Tinkonis to support their cause. Never seen before nor expected of from Tinkonian aristocracy this move both enraged and startled many. Their ally the Roman-Yashou coalition quickly occupied the north with exception for Taghaza and some fortifications.
The following two years became a deadly struggle between the two, however would the northern traitor coalition have the upper hand for as long as the confederation needed to mobilize its armies. It became apparent that the Free State’s government had gone in exile signing a treaty with the traitor coalition, what this meant was and still is unclear but most of the people supported the confederation to which I understand many joined forces against the traitors. In the north the confederate forces dug down with their officers knowing and fearing a repetition of the Roman blockade which resulted in a nationwide famine, kept in mind that of which a swift victory with few losses was their only option. In the north support for the confederation declined as the armies and garrisons in large fortifications scavenged and stockpiled all food they could find in the area to enable them to withstand prolonged sieges or encounters.
The first encounter albeit unknowing how many participated or was lost on the traitors side was a bloodbath in which an entire confederate army almost vanished and disarmed. In the north near Taghaza the support for both sides collapsed as farmers burnt their fields and left their homes rather than being abused it can be observed the peculiar lack of revolts or uprisings, but explainable is the futility of such an event occurring with such armies present. But a split occurred in which the anti-Semitic population fled south and the rest taking refuge in Hebron who experiences a large influx of disgruntled refugees. Taghaza was besieged and large wooden fortifications were erected by the romans in the futile attempt to starve the city, and then trying to breach the mighty walls and observed by the defenders were the glowing red cannons which for three days had fired without break. The siege was lifted and the traitor coalition turned leaving many bodies behind bloating in the heat. However great this victory was for the confederation it would be short-lived as the traitor coalition reclaim much of the coastal regions in the south fortifying their positions near Agadir, but too occupy all fortifications in the north restocking on provisions prolonging the war. The first bloodbath must have left a mark, for the victories achieved by the traitor coalition all resulted in the return of disarmed confederate soldiers.
Following this great victories in the 1265 capturing the forts in the outer rim the Warrik family proclaimed themselves rulers of the kingdom known as the Royalty of Tinkonii. Shortly thereafter in the early 1266 they again besieged the city of Taghaza, this time breaching the walls. This would become the bloodiest part of the confederate war as the battles within the city raged for days with enclaves of brave Tinkonian soldiers fighting till the last man even when pushed back into the citadel. Overwhelmed 7:1 they held their position standing as a reminder to that of the resilience of the Tinkonian race. With respect and goodwill the traitor coalition led by Commander Polemus allowed the remaining garrison to return home partially armed.
Similarly in the south negotiations were halted by the lack of leadership on the traitor coalition side but too by the reluctance of the confederate diplomats who tried their best to stall the situation as the last forces mobilized. It can be found in scattered documents that the roman commander Polemus later was found in Agadir enforcing shrewd Romanesque diplomacy. In the documents much points towards the hopelessness of the situation which caused many Tinkonian officers unable to verify their losses in the north decided to yield and refuse further involvement in the war. With threats of a military revolt a ceasefire was signed with the Treaty of Agadir formulated and signed two years after in 1268 acknowledging the collapse of the confederation and the seeding of large occupied territories to the traitor coalition. This for anyone but the Warrik family was a great loss and would prove a wound in our history that would never truly heal.
From the kingdoms side however would several agreements be made which stripped and even restricted the Romans influence of Tinko, even taking advantage demanding certain taxes be expected from them. The agreements signed is all listed but all with unknown dates except the pact which was signed 1266: Rome-Songhai pact, The scholastic bloom, Jalut agreement, Romian settlement of Gudu, Tinko-Nauru Tinko Golden Seal and Common sensibility between nations act.
The following years after the collapse of the confederation would be embossed by executions, persecutions and mass abandonment of towns and settlements. Much like the war would this treatment of the local populations and unorthodox behaviour be recorded as a continuing trend in what would escalate into the Great Unification War.
The following years of the confederate war resulted in a great economic boom for the kingdom. Not only had the blockades been lifted but too were farms in the lush Hebron fields again put to use quickly resulting in a high standard of living. The populous responded to this with great loyalty as luxury goods as well as textiles flooded the marked at cheap prices. On the other hand we have the Tinkonian Republic in the south now suffering from the war with malnourishment and yet another blockade, it became commonplace for popular uprisings to roam the land as the army refused to put them down. Understandable we can see why the kingdoms armies remained near the border, waiting for the republic to finally collapse making the land easier to claim. Showing their care for the people gaining some short-lived support was the opening of the trade of cereals through the blockade, this as an act too released some stress between the two nations until the republic reformed as the Second Tinkonian Empire in 1272.
However would kingdoms newly gained popularity again dwindle as Tinkonian merchants steadily confronted that of the Yashou and Roman ones in the marketplace creating the negative phrase “Roman prosperity”. Too would many regard the romans as an occupational force as their merchants as well as some soldiers still wandering around their land keeping order. Their gifted colonial town Gudu which excelled and grew by the day became the economic centre in the kingdom only rivalled by that of the minute capital. So unsavoury was the taste for the romans that Gudu became synonymous with disgraceful behaviour. Tinkonians in general felt another pressure from the Hebrons, Yashouans and Tinkonis who moved in and began cultivating many of the fields previously abandoned, making anti-Semitism a lingering problem in the north. This however in the south applied itself as a common escape or excuse for ones hardship.
In 1311 it could be observed how Gudu becoming the wealthiest town in all Tinko-Tinko, began replacing some Tinkonian nobility and aristocrats in the north creating yet another agitation and reluctance to aid ones government. The situation was bearable enough not to revolt but disturbing enough to stir the population into a disgruntled state ready to erupt at any moment. For the army similar conditions would apply for when the Roy imported and replaced all previous Tinkonian commanders with Ottoman officers simply stating their superiority over ones own. The army was again insulted when the Roy allowed the roman colony to form their own militia legion. However was revolts non-existent most likely because of the seemingly popular support for the king, but more likely kept their mouth shut due to the threatening power of the monarchs modern weaponry and larger armies. The scholars of the area experienced a much approved and popular increase of funding, however would too be insulted as for when the Roy again chose to import great artists and thinkers from Tonuva which in Europe was the driving force of the renaissance. The situation across the kingdom was at best tolerable but many of whom the kingdom had abandoned much of the Tinkonian cultural heritage.
The Roman and Tonuvan merchant presence soon developed into crisis as their greed demanded more of the Tinkonian land than our gold. The influx of Tinkonian gold had collapsed the world market making it as worthless as for the piece of metal it is. It was so that a roman merchant vessel superior to that of our own sailed past the blockade resulting in the vessel being captured and its crew executed by the imperial navy for trespassing. About the same time the empire again involved itself in the kingdoms actions by condemning their actions after the hated Mali tribe was massacred for their refusal to sell their land cheaply. These two events merged into one in the public mind and the stress caused both sides to prepare for war, with the kingdom having the upper hand of a standing army. In a try to prevent further escalation leading to conflict was between 1311-1312 the Coalition Exclusion Letter formulated in the town of Fashoda. The treaty allowing for more trade to be conducted was believed to be enough, however would in 1313 the treaty of Imperial-Royal solidarity isolation letter be signed, meaning the two sides would cut their diplomatic ties in turn for minimal and regulated trade and restraint for acting upon another’s actions. This was perceived as a declaration of war by the Roy who gave the orders for his armies to invade the empire.
The standing armies in the north needed not be mobilized, merely conducted to be biding of their master. They trampled upon what small imperial forces were assembled in haste and crashed prepared to besiege the few forts standing. Only two Tinkonian commanders could ever be found in the royal armies, a sad sight for both officers and soldiers needing a translator to hand out orders. This didn’t stop them from being effectiveness.
In recent history, documentation and recording has become more consistent and inclusive and this I can present much information about the initial stages of the wars and this the two armies. The royal army was one of the best documented to date naming not only commanders but officers, weapons, bullets and even names of the individual soldier as well as their rates of ration and salary in coin. However not being the focus I will only cite what important about the Royal armies. At the beginning of the war the royal army had 30.000 men stationed throughout the occupational areas but their officers estimated a full mobilization possible within two months, an act the Roy refused only calling three quarters of his army into war.
Commanders Armies & Navies Total strength
2 Tinkonian commanders 1-2nd army group 10.000 men
20 Ottoman commanders 3-20th army group, 1-10th Jarid 115.000 men, 50 canons
1 T.-Roman commander Gudu Militia (White) Legion 6.000 men
1 Roman Admiral Royal navy 23 warships
Tinkonian officers 1-15th army group, 1-10th Jarid 7000 officers
Ottoman officers 16-20th army group 200 officers
In addition to this would the kingdom towards the end of the war receive massive military support from those empires whose economy collapsed due to the reluctance and inability to trade gold with. The Roman-Cyrene coalition continued trying to combat Tinkonian ambitions. And it was at this moment that Augustus of Yashou, the governor of Gorgades (Cape Verde), constructed the stranglehold which characterises todays harsh political environment as it acted then as the bridge for the coalition to group then land. But the colony also acted as a haven for the prince in exile who when he returned became a dictator.
Commanders Armies & Navies Total strength
Aetius Agrippa 3 Expeditionary Legions 27.000 legionaries
Roman Colonial Fleet Antilla Nova Fleet 27 ships
Ezekiel of Cyrene Caliph Camel Corps 5.000 Riders, 3.000 men
Captain Ilkaryl of Tonuva Tonuvan expeditionary force ? men
In contrast to that of the kingdom and its allies armies the imperial forces lacked nearly any competent commander, and those available were elderly. The Counsel of Five, consisting of the highest ranking officers in the empire were all veterans form the War of the Confederation but were however inexperienced as officers. As such the counsel of five was expanded to a total of 20 commanders, however this worsened the situation as the new officers were even less experienced than the first five.
Commanders Armies & Navies Total strength
16 Tinkonian commanders 1-17th Imperial army 50.000 men and women
Admiral Fourou Imperial navy 34 warships
However came some competent command as the empire played on the imperialistic and oppressive kingdom as to gain allies with local rulers forming the League of Tinko, actually being the second league. But even with this addition the imperial army relied on mass conscription due to their lack of modern weaponry and trained forces, which by their minute population did little good in terms of forces.
Commanders Armies & Navies Total strength
2 Sokotan commanders 1-2nd Sokotan kinsmen 8.000 men
Tajudeen from Ife Ife tribesmen 6.000 men
Amir N’gwa of Igbolo Igbolo riders 1.000 riders
2 Bali Eze (generals) 1-2nd Bali tribesmen 4.000 men
The documentation due to the reliance of conscription and hastily promoted and established leadership the imperial forces remains largely unknown to size and armament. However was the scene set as the royal armies marched over the border with little to no resistance going as far as to claim nearly half the imperial soil before an army could be assembled.
The first encounter to battle the royal army was not the imperial forces nor was it the allies of the empire who not followed under the banner League of Tinko, taunting the kingdom as a threat to that of the Tinkonian race. It was what would be called the Tinkonian Independants whose loyalty was ambiguous due to their disapproval of any of the two states. This organized force of guerrilla warfare could firstly be accounted for as early as 1265 against the Tinkonian Republic. Too it can be found in documents of act against the roman occupation 1268. Again it arose as strong force in 1311 when the war first started, most likely because of the vacuum created when the royal forces left their fortresses to invade the empire. The instability which ensued was largely ignored by the Roy who insisted on a quick victory as it seemed most plausible and to that in the archives of the Roy can be, and I’m most grateful to have read, the following statement about this rebellion,
For the decennia of 1268-78, Tinko-Tinko burnt bright from war which coincided with our glorious liberation war (Confederate war). And so didst the ruling Warrik family promised to end the war of wars saying “Just one king”, and peace and prosperity came from just that, hail Alarut I. The peace agreement was brokered with the Romians to our advantage, with the oppressive Confederacy who admitted total defeat, and with the Yashou becoming our protectorate.
But some doesn’t allow the war to end and now created a history of an eternal civil war, which continues even now in 1313. As they wage their pointless civil war their, nay, our people starve. “No, you may not build a plough or granary” said one separatist, “The wood, iron and steel is needed to build weapons. Your men are needed to cut away other men.” And why do they behave so aggressively? They were abandoned by the Confederation, and the civil war which ravaged their land for 30 years, resulting that even with the resurrection of the Second Tinkonian Empire even they refused to aid them.
They are simply separatists calling themselves “Tinkonian Independents” lead by Atlas, a fearsome Roman. Some argues that Atlas is in fact not a man, but a group of people held together by common ideals. That concept is ludicrous of course. Glory to Tinkonii.
Not much more can be said about this group not even that they impacted the war in favour of any side other than when peace was signed many were given refuge in the expanded Free State of Tinko now acting as a buffer between the two powers. Both sides seemingly agreed that they could not mend what resentment that at the time existed, it can however concluded that now when this separatist feelings are dwindling like hunters they shadow the minute Free State. It is most likely that if any future war erupts it will be because of the will to unite a small portion of land rather than ideological and expansionist ideals of the past.
The battles which accounted for in the war was few and far between and the exact dates are unknown seeing as how many resources must have been pushed towards the war effort. The only known battles are the Imperial victory over the modern Royal navy in which they supposedly sank more than half their ships turning the tides of war until faced with the even more sophisticated Romano-Cyrene navy where any further documentation is non-existent. A rumour was that when docked somewhere near Durfur accompanying one of the many imperial armies they were swiftly crushed by a surprise attack by the Romano-Cyrenian navy and by land trapping and killing many of the imperial forces. However must this be untruthful as several naval battles seemingly occurred after this, in which the rumour stated the total destruction of the Imperial navy.
A curiously documented victory of unknown date was at the town Walata which became occupied by the White Legion. Much of the war was seemingly won by the roman colonists and had been a driving forces when penetrating the vast landscape of the empire pushing a hole into the imperial defences opening for whatever royalist armies came behind. It was very strange for all their victories it seemed they simply disappeared with no imperial forces recognising being there and for my inquiry at the royal libraries in Songhai have noticed how their names and mentioning simply disappear after 1318. Perhaps, as it was not uncommon for these white peoples, they suffered from one of the many diseases which to them are uncommon and acted carelessly when supplying themselves with water or recklessly camping near the tse-tse flies. Nature as well known and documented by our great botanists can be dangerous if not known, and that is too why the Imazigh when learning from our people in its humble beginning phrased it as Tinkonian Botany. This however marked one of the more notable turns in the war which must have happened close to when the royal navy was defeated, for documents which can be found in many of the Imperial libraries account for several battles between the years 1320-23 in which some maps and numbers emerge to which the Imperial armies press back many of the royalist forces even to some extent gaining land. With the arrival of the Sokotan forces it was said, “Those whom many belonged to the Tinkonian-Oysallan race knew us and felt a strong connection and sympathy which mended our previous wounds, for we were now one and with their ferocity the royalist forces were defeated and 5 canons captured along with many rifles”.
The documentation on the other hand which can be found in the Royal library of Tinko recollects many revolts and even royal armies turning but is also the only source to do so. The city itself was besieges and could as such provide false information, but is not impossible as to show the Roys use of the northern coalition. It is unknown how many battles or how the war raged on, but estimating for how the Royalty of Tinkonii is still reconstructing even today it’s in terms I can say that the royalty wwas likely to have suffered greatly from the Igbolo tribes and internal fighting. It is by my firm belief that the Royalty cannot stand on its own and have become a mere puppet of the Roman empire, shaming what proud independent Tinkonian heritage we once shared. In 1333 when peace was signed more than half of the signatures were Roman, Cyrenian and Tonuvan. A shameful display of powerlessness and ambiguity and the birth of a new time. I was born when Tinko-Tinko was perishing. 30.000 Romans spewed onto our shores, drowning the throne of liberty in waves of blood. Cries of the dying, drones of the oppressed and tears of despair surrounded my cradle from the hour of my birth. If it had not been for the aristocracy being too fond of pleasure would the Tinkonian people still have been united and withstood such forces in which I turn to the empire with longing eyes for they still uphold what is true and what is Tinkonian right!
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2014.07.18 05:10 WhiteFrankBlack Need a buddy to hitchhike to Mauritania with me in January 2015. If you fancy a nice suntan...

I'm thinking of starting in mid-January and spending about two weeks, but dates are flexible.
We would start in Rabat where we'll get our visas, take public transport as far south as Agadir, maybe visit some friends of mine in Taza, then hitchhike across the Western Sahara to Nouadhibou where we'll catch the iron ore train into the desert. I expect the whole trip will only cost a couple hundred euro.
Me: I'm 24, male, American, been to Morocco four times.
You: Optimistic about the world and not afraid to wander down dark alleys. Bonus points of you speak French, Spanish or Arabic. Honestly if this kind of thing appeals to you, I'm sure we'll get along.
Message me any time in the next six months.
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