For non players in SFE here are the highlights or low lights to be more exact:
- First flight of the Cavorite High Altitude Airship................also probably the last for this particular model following a crash landing.
- Our hero Bismarck has been kidnapped by the Moors, question now is do the Germans care enough about Birmarck or the Moors care enough about their captive Sultan to arrange an exchange? FM Model probably wants the Moors to keep their captive but it seem the Kaiser wants to send Bizzy to Chin. Why????????????????????!
- On the North African battlefield the struggle goes on slowly. With the blockade of Casablanca by land and sea still in place but why is a French Army now in the Moorish province of Karakoun? Are they or indeed the Moors other Ottoman allies going to try and break the blockade?
- President Johnson of the USA or America is getting concerned about British and Russian Imperial Expansion in the West. Perhaps this is to do with Russian Railways and Ports, Dayton being on the point of surrender to the British Empire and that Southern Belle Miss Catherine McGehee of New Orleans becoming Baroness Weatherbee.
- In Tokyo, Taigen Sessai has decided the way to improve the Troops morale is yoga. Interesting contrast in approach to the generals of the HEIC who seem to believe in parades, fancy uniforms, tiffen and the general slaughter of people the John Company Army does not like as the way to keep Troops happy.
- Also in Tokyo the Prime Minister of Nippon has started talks with Peter Fay of the Albion (Opium) Corporation. It is to be hoped that the Prime Minister of Nippon has a very long spoon if he intends to dine with the Albion Corporation, most feared of all the British Hongs.
- As usual half of the Britannic Times was taken up by the rows between the Government and British Merchants. In general the Albion Corporation think the Govt of Lord Derby is both tyrannic and too soft on the HEIC while the Govt thinks the Albion Corporation goes in for tax evasion and high treason.
- A HMCR investigation into the tax affairs of the main merchant houses has shown that the HEIC is now paying £22M per month in contrast to the legal parts of the Albion Corporation (Times newspaper, Punch etc) which only pay £900,000. But it also showed that the Tea Corporation owed £96,768,994 in back tax which may rather overshadow the low tax returns from the Albion Corporation.
- Nothing much to report from China. More Russian troops and ships seem to be heading East while Fu-Manchu sent the HEIC the cure for Flashmans condition. Pity they buried Flashy two months ago! And the HEIC is likely to view this as an attempt to rub salt into its wounds.