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Post by J Flower Sat May 15, 2021 12:40 pm

Nippon view of the latest Scramble Turn, not as detailed or informative as that furbished my Mr Bailey Esq

So it seems Tobasco , or at least the man claiming to be the President of the region has agreed to become a Client of Nippon, Why do I get the feeling the men with special "Give yourself a hug" Jacket are just waiting behind the next bush to bring the President somewhere safe & probably padded.

Will Mr Glover find the owner of that hat? Where are all the people of Diablo Canyon, will they make Glover Marshal? & Eric his deputy?

Can Que draw any scientific conclusions form his experiments & attempts to understand Western Culture. The Bull in a China shop just made left him confused, although his measurements of room needed to swing a cat seem to be progressing.

Are there enough recruits to fill the new years quote at the Kamikaze School of Aviation.

Why is a German Diplomat dresses as a Moor seeking shelter from a Chinese mob in a Japanese Brewery & what will he make of the Beer, of the "Ring of Fire" brewery, will it live up to its advertising slogan "If the bottom has drooped out of your world Drink Phoenix Beer & see the world fall out of your bottom!" The slogan may have lost something in translation.

The Albion Corporations move to Nippon for tax reasons is something that obviously needs to be discussed in detail The Tax oasis of Tokyo awaits them.




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Post by Stuart Bailey Tue May 18, 2021 12:43 pm

Nov 1862 Britannic Times has shown up and for non scrabble players here are the highlights:

- Sultan Bandaran of Kandy has ended diplomatic talks with the British and started a bombardment of Major General Cavendish Tea Cartel Ceylonese Infantry dug in on snake hill covering the port of Colombo. The Ceylonese Sepoys are starting to waver under the bombardment but have held fast on a sticky wicket for long enough to enable Sir Thomas Canterfield to land in Colombo with two battalions of the 33rd foot and a battery of artillery.

- The Sultan would seem to be set on a re-fight of Waterloo in the east trying to overwelm outnumbered and outgunned British forces and take Colombo before the General Sir John Nicholson and his HEIC forces do copy of rather dusky Prussians.

- The Sultan best hope would seem to be that the HEIC decide not to spoil Sir Thomas Canterfield sport and nicely stay on the beach to spend their end of year bonus and dividends. The HEIC having just paid out £120m in dividends and £10 in staff bonus payments inc to their Sepoys. In scrabble the Sepoys of the John Company and the Tea Cartel are classed as 2nd class company security force and vastly inferior to American, Nippon or European regulars. Some how the message does not seem to have got through - "Dash it all these chaps play cricket! How can they be inferior to Americans and French?"

- Speaking of the French in Paris they repaired a fancy clock. While in over in Versailles the produced a draft statement for European Union and Prime Minister Thier had a interview with a engineer. Naturally being French they had to take up a large chunk of the Paper with their latest plans.

- In reply to French proposals for a European Trade Union the first reply has come in from Russia. The Nationalist Government tried to be polite but its clear they think free trade will mean their markets flooded with British Opium, Dodgy German sausages and Rossian wives, daughters and maids seduced by French merchants flogging God knows what. The fact that Rossian wives, daughters and maids might like to be seduced with Parisian haute culture is not material - its not being allowed into Rossia to undermine moral fibre and scare the horses.

- Russians spent a lot of month going to church services for and naming things after their fallen Admiral. With blood in its eye the Rossian Navy also set itself to complete his final mission and land General Model and his German Army in Mismiyah. The fact that General Model has now decided that with the element of surprize totally lost the best option was to abandon the whole operation was ignored by the Rossian Navy out to "do it for Razvozov".

- No doubt to the great surprize of General Model the Africka Corp had a trouble free landing with the Ottoman Army and Navy being noticeable by their absence. The Navy seemingly decided that an attempted attack on the Transports would be a one way trip while the Ottoman Army clearly wants to avoid fighting in range of Rossian shore bombardments. Model can now claim a great victory and probably the whole province for Germania but what happens next????

- In London the residence of the Prince Imperial of France (in exile) has seen many mysterious visits. Also back in town and currently a resident of Millbank Prison is Mr James Cornel. James is expected to face a House of Lords enquiry over the great Wardha mining disaster and charges of corporate Manslaughter under the Rylands-Fletcher principal due to negligent storage of water which escaped and flooded a mine leading to death and injury amongst the miners. James is fairly sure his lawyers will get him off......but when the Jury includes Lord Derby?

- Archbishop Marie-Dominique-Auguste Sibour returned out of the desert to Tripoli a "changed man". Its not sure how he has changed.

- In Diablo Thomas Glover found a French hat, a raft and a abandoned town. What will he make of them?

- Tobasco has become a client of Imperial Nippon. No doubt influenced by accouts of a French invasion force off the coast of the America's.

- In the event the French invaders of Mexico landed in Oxaco but to date have done nothing but drink coffee and get over sea sickness. They have also faced no opposition at all.........perhaps the Spanish, native and clients of Nippon have decided that the one thing the highly strung French forces will not be able to cope with is total boredom down Mexico way? Perhaps as well with Mexico split between Royalists in Mexico City and about a dozen Republican Governments the French are confused about what side they are on?

- In Jaipur the HEIC has ended the Tata steel mill strike with anoffer of 2% pay rise and what some people might consider to be threats but construction of the Postal sorting office is still held up by strike action and some railway tracks have been damaged which delayed trains.

- More industrial damage happened in Tsing-Tao where the Ring of Fire brewery had fire bombs thrown at it. What effect a German dressed as a Moor and a dodgy looking type called Wu Chang had on these events is currently not known.

- Also playing with fire are certain Captain Nemo who seems to be plotting strike action against the HEIC and blackmail against the Albion Corporation at the same time! And the Nippon tax office who seem to think the Albion corporation should pay them tax. Not sure if this is instead off or on top of the corporation tax is already does not pay in London.
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Post by Stuart Bailey Fri Jun 25, 2021 10:05 am

Dec 1862 Britannic Times has shown up and for non scrabble players here are the highlights:

1) On the Holiday Island of Ceylon the troops of the Sultan of Kandy continued to bombard the Tea Cartel sepoys holding Snake Hill and eventually forced Maj- Gen Cavendish and his Tea Cartel chaps to withdraw into the Port of Colombo.  However, before Mataran foces could occupy the hill and advance on Colombo the hill was re-occupied by Britannic Troops under Sir Thomas Canterfield who engaged the Mataran artillery with counter battery fire with both sides artillery finally running short of ammo and feeling very "tired".

2) While this was going on in the south of the island in the north of the island Sir John Nicholson and the troops of the John Company dragged themselves away from beaches and favoured bars were they have been having a spot of R & R (Its a tough life in the HEIC !) and headed south.  With Sir John and his men annoyed about their messed up leave and holding view that people should not be allowed to shot with impunity at British Sepoys in case it caught on.

Nothing said in the Britannic Times about offering's to the Spirits but clearly the spirit of Flashman was with the HEIC and against their foes since the HEIC captured the Palace at Kandy and arrived in the rear of the Mataran forces without a shot fired.  The whole Mataran force then surrendered even after some iffy behaviour by their Sultan which got him hung.  

Some may claim that the Mataran Army gave up because it was outnumbered, disordered, outgunned, trapped and about to be ridden down by the Poona Light Horse but clearly they are wrong and the Mataran's were struck down by the mighty spirit of Flashman.

3) On the subject of Flashman according to his press office Dr Fu Manchu is very upset about claims from the camp of Prince Dakkar that people other than the Doctor had a hand in the death of the Hero of the HEIC.  

Perhaps linked to the Doctor being upset, in Jaipur: Hardeep Johal the strike leader and noted backer of Prince Dakkar as Maharajah of Jaipur got blown up by a box of Bibles "sent" by the Rev Charles Parker.  The Rev Parker has now left Jaipur having being made Bishop of New York which is probably just as well for the good clergyman as the ISB has a bit of a reputation for working on basis of Crime + Person punished for it = correctly completed paper work.

4) Reports in the Press also indicate that the long time missing Prince Dakkar who claims the abolished throne of Jaipur and Captain Nemo may be one and the same person. Press claims also indicate that when he is not getting upset about people making claims on his glory and prestige, Dr Fu-Manchu may be worried by dreams that his plan's against the British, French and Germans have worked too well allowing a Russian threat to develop against the Middle Kingdom.

5) Russian troops still trying to take over Yonwa but without marked success.  Meanwhile after dropping the Germans off last month in Ottonia the Russian Navy made its way back to its home port of Savastopol.  On route they picked up some of their ships left to blockade Istamboul and proceeded to shell the the port facilities of Istamboul wrecking it as a base for the Ottonian Navy. They then had a clash with Ottonian ships which were trying to blockade Savastopol which damaged several Russian ships and sunk a Ottonian Line ship.

6) Question now is do the Rossians think they have done enough to help their Germanic allies or could 1863 see further Rossian military intervention in the long lasting Ottonian-Germanic war?  The Ottonian Sultan has declared himself baffled on this subject. While no doubt seeking to find some answers to this question Lord Louis Lamour has shown up in Istamboul from the the Sultan's Franconian ally and famous war reporter Victor Hugo has set out with team of guards, translators and grooms looking for the Ottoman-German front line.

Going with Hugo is the female English photographer Jenny Forthingbrass-Smith.  No doubt some photo's will help Victor win more awards but a cynic might also suggest that while General Model may not bother much about a shot French reporter he will probably not want his men shooting a English woman who's work is used by the Times & Telegraph etc.  Not if he ever wants to sail home that is.

7) Back in Franconia Adolphe Thier very expensive Congress on European Unity has started attended by representatives from Italia and Germania.  While Lord Derby joined the Czar in saying he is not going, through he made no comment on the Russian position of last month which seemed most influenced by distrust of Lord Derby's trade companies "The Hongs".  Lord Derby also claimed that it was the British who saved Germany from the Reds and had stood ready to destroy the French fleet in order to save everyone from the threat of the Islamic Republic.  Oddly he again made no mention of the part played in these events by the Czar merry hymn singing hordes.

- Outside the doors of the Congress on European Unity Franconia itself seems to be spiltting into a Royalist South and West and a Republican North with Republican feeling most strong in the Isle de France and northern mining communes.

Cool Various Christmas type events esp in Britannia and Rossia - with Tea Company shareholders in particular getting a very merry Christmas as that company paid out £250m end of year dividend and another £25m in staff bonus payments.

9) The Imperial Army of Nippon has seized Diablo and declared it a colony of the Empire of Nippon.  There was no resistance to the actions of Japanese 1st Division as no one actually seems to live in the mountains of Diablo in the winter and the place seems abandoned.

10) Japan continues its diplomatic efforts in Tobasco and now has permission to build railways.  Oddly no news about the French forces who landed near Tobasco......it is assumed they are still resting and trying to get over being badly sea sick.

11) Some odd stuff inc reports on petty crime mentioned in reports from Indea and Nippon. Such as who pinched a load of trained parrots in Tokyo? and who stole £1000 and a pistol in Delhi? In scrabble for crime to get into the Britannic Times it normally means horrible murder, rival factories blown up or torched, trade caravans ambushed, millions of pounds stolen or perhaps a train load of modern rifles gone missing. It does not involve the activity of pick pockets, minor house thefts or parrot nappers!
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Post by Stuart Bailey Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:31 pm

Quick glance at Britannic Times and poor Lord Derby in-tray is going to be rather full of complaints from annoyed tax payers:

- Leading light of British business and American (south) family needs to be saved from the perils of the sea after ship sunk in storm.

- Another British ship with a Bishop on board blown to bits. Might be a sea monster but Captain Nimo and submarine attack more likely.

- Anglo-Canadian house of very expersive furs torched by revolting French Republican types in Paris. While French troops stand by a cheer this attack on private property

- Indian Prince takes payment for railway and telegraph concessions plus £1m per annum in duties and wants to welsh on the deal and take over British property without compensation !!

- Finally Chinese Pirates (sorry Authorities) seize 163 British merchant ships in Shanghai

What do we pay out tax for? What is Lord Derby going to do about it? And is this any way to treat the Honourable East India Company, Tea Cartel and other spiffing chaps trying to earn a honest crust?

Not saying the two facts are related but the same month as things turn horrible for British and Canadian merchants the American (North) Government starts to get active.
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Post by Stuart Bailey Sat Jul 24, 2021 4:09 pm

Britannic Times for Jan 1863 has shown up and for non players of scrabble here are the highlights:

1) Passenger ship Winchester carrying Chairman of the Tea cartel, his southern states born wife and their son on route to the CSA sunk in an Atlantic storm. Final fate of the passengers is currently unknown.

2) London underground railway completed with Queen Victoria being one of the first passengers to try out new system. William Gladstone charged the engineers with being reckless with Queen but fortunately system worked as designed and Queen still safe and well.

3) Friends of India Society founded in Britannia to host dinners, talks and give Hardinge scholarships to students of Oxford and Cambridge.

4) French Government recruit Professor Babbage in London.

5) The good Professor may wonder what he has let himself in for since Paris currently gripped by outrage over Government waste and Republican riots one of which resulted in the burning down of the London and Canada fur Emporium and some very, very expensive furs. While the heart of French fashion burnt troops of the French Army stood by and did nothing which will probably resulted in their General and the French Government hearing from HEIC lawyers.

6) In St Petersburg stories are spreading that the French left are arming Russian rebels and want them to rise up against the Czar. Though no one seems to have actually taken too the streets to take on the Black Hundreds, Police, Cossacks, Guards Regiments and the other forces of reaction. Meanwhile Russia is actively sending whole ship loads of modern rifles to friends and allies in the wild west worried about the French to their south and Nippon invaders to the North.

7) Oddly not much news about the invaders of the Wild West, nothing at all about the Nippon forces and the French troops seem to be mostly drinking coffee, landing scientific equipment and calling their general a idiot. While Rossian friends and allies seem to be drinking Vodka and wondering what too do about things.

Cool But while the French Left sing the Marsellaise over burning HEIC "vanities" and look forward to bringing down Monarchy and the forces of reaction. The actual French Government and Diplomatic corp seem to have doubts about this policy. Since with the Ottoman-German-Russian war on pause due to storms in the black sea French diplomat's took opportunity to advise their Ottoman allies to say sorry to the Czar for calling his flag two faced.

9) French war reporter Victor Hugo went looking for the war in order to report on it. But found nothing to write about, it is assumed that the Rossian fleet is loading up on ammo, food and water while getting the paint work repaired after recent clashes and Ottoman fleet is now doing the same. But God knows what the armies are doing.

10) Rossian army did take action but in Yonwa where the Siberian host finally convinced the Tribes that the Czar is indeed "The Khan of Khans" and "Supreme Hetman."

11) Man called Montgomery Blair spent month not talking to the Mohox. Is this because he is worried that the Tribes trappers might be upset about all of their hard work being burnt in Paris? The Mohox are known to be Christains and fur traders who are violently against white settlement in their lands or even railways being pushed through their virgin woods. The Brits-Canadians esp the Fur Trade companies have accepted this position but in the long run is it a position President Johnson of the USA will accept?

12) President Johnson men currently seem more busy trying to get Norfolk to join the Union and raise new army units in San Diagio in the Arizona territory. Couple of problems encountered including how a slave state like Norfolk and join a none slave Union and fact that territory of Arizona is controlled by Indian Tribes who do not currently want to join the Union or the Union Army.

13) Canadian Tories loyal to Queen Victoria and the sacred mission to spread cricket and tea drinking across the wild west also running into same problem with natives who are not interested and sink holes eating their prospectors.

14) In India no such problems reported with cricket and tea drinking but plenty of the usual stuff ......murders most horrid, police and other investigations, tiger hunting and rows about cash. But by end of month Matara taken over by tea cartel, strikes over and everyone fairly happy apart from Mr Holt (straggled) & the Rev Charles Parker and other people on the good ship Camelot (blown up by Captain Nemo ?)

15) Meanwhile in Chin Kami Nokazi the wise dispensed words of wisdom to Nippn troops. It is unknown if he also said anything to Xia Zhelan and Chin administration of Shanghai who impounded 163 British Ships. Words like "He who steps on Lord Derbys tail should expect to be clawed."

Her Majesty will not be amused, Lord Derby is going to have a fit and Lords Hardinge and Farnworth will probably choke on their Port. Sir Thomas as well only its not known if his life boat has any port on it.

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Post by Stuart Bailey Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:35 pm

Feb 1863 edition of the Britannic Times has shown up and for none scabble players here are the highlights:

- Too the great relief of merchants and marine underwriters everywhere the Imperial Official Xia Zhelan ordered that the impounded British ships and cargo in the Port of Shanghai be set free and allowed to go about their business. It is not known if Xia Zhelan was over-rule the local administration anyway or ordered that they ships be freed in reaction to the British Royal Navy turning the river forts guarding Shanghai into piles of smoking ashes.

- Things might have been a bit clearer if Lord Admiral Cahill had been on hand to send a an envoy ashore but both the Admiral and his envoy are currently stuck on a downriver island which Cahill flagship managed to run aground on. It was a testiment to the skill of the Royal Navy that HMS Nelson and other following ships managed to avoid raming the stuck Warspite in the rear and complete the original action minus their Admiral. But can the Navy now get the Warspite off the Island and how much damage has it taken? Will the Navy now demand the Chin pay for damage to the Warspite as well as the cost of the shells they have used as well as merchant compensation for disruption to trade?

- On subject of writs more than a few flying around in Paris. The makers of Sludgemite are being sued after claims that their product is a danger to health. Meanwhile the London & Canada Fur & Hat Company sued General MacMahon and the French Government for negligence with troops under their command not doing their duty and standing around watching while a French Republican mob set fire to the heart of the French Fashion Industry ie their emporium. The Company and their insurers lawyer put in a demand for £3,598,789 pounds, 8 Shillings ans 6 pence for repair of building, loss of stock, business interruption, uninsured losses, staff loss of bonus, etc, etc, etc.

- No admission of liability or comment on the other losses made by the French Governenment but they did order French Government builders to restore the Emporium which Judge Larousse took as an admission of liability by the French Government. At this point things got messy as the French Government contractors then put in a bill for £8,807,267 for a rushed job taking less than a month! The Government paid this bill and the French Courts ordered the London & Canada Fur & Hat company to pay the French Government £4,928,537 which is French Governments builders costs less the company claim and £100,000 costs.

- This means that the London & Canada Fur & Hat company which had a much, much lower quote circra £450,000 to clean and repair its building has had no compensation for its lost contents etc and has been forced to pay x18 over the odds for less than a months work on one building. To put these rip off rates into context you can buy the whole of Cavendish Square including the land for £5,760,000 !!!

- Other info about the losses inflicted by the French Republican mob came to light this month: including in the 3rd party furs in for cleaning and repair was a blue fox fur property of Daisy Hardinge, a full length mink owned by Otto von Bismark and marked "gift for a lady" and worst of all a Russian Imperial Sable. Who exactly is going to inform the Empress Catherine of all the Russ that her family heirloom owned by her Husbands mother and Grandmother is now a French Republican "bonfire of the vanities" and its priceless jewels probably stolen?

- Is French Republicans burning a Russian heirloom sable and stealing the family jewels a worse insult than calling a chaps flag "two faced" ? If it is it may explain why Adolphe Thier now seems keen to restore the Monarchy in France in order to get away from low thuggery under a strong and noble leader.

- The French leader was not the only one going "how much?" on getting builders estimate. According to Sir Archibald Anderson the total cost of repairs needed across the Royal Estate is £369,000,000. Which raised three questions a) Who large is the Royal Estate and b) Do you really need solid gold bath taps in say Government House in Dayton or Bonika since the Queen will probably never stay their for more than a day and c) Why the hell is Sir Archibald using Paris Builders?

- The Imperial Romanov Navy has launched a new class of destroyers "The Empress Catherine Class" claimed to include lessons learnt in combat against the forces of the Ottoman Junta.

- After pressure from their French allies the Junta has offered the Czar an apology and joint sovereignty over the City of Jerusalem and Mount Carmel but said nothing about the Holy Land.

- Meanwhile German troops under Field Marshal Model have taken control of the Ottoman province of Mismiyah.

- In rather better new Lord and Lady Weatherbee their son and other passengers and crew of the good ship Winchester have been saved from any icy grave in the the North Atlantic and taken to Liverpool instead.

- In the America's : a) The CSA is claiming advances in Manufacture b) The South Eastern territories are still considering their options helped by a Russian envoy, in order to stop anyone else trying to kidnap, shoot or scalp a envoy of the Czar Prince Iszhishkian is now escorted by a Squadron of Cossacks as well as Sancho Panza c) Meanwhile further south the French Army was escorting a Scientific mission and the French Navy was on the coast trying to get a sun tan.

- In Indea the HEIC seemed to have a busy month trying to restore law and order and faith in the government but had to set free most of the people they pulled in for questioning. They did however manage to finally exile Nagesh Singh to Ragoon allowing them to return to really important matters like the uneven bounce on the wicket of the MCC (Madras Cricket Club)

- On the Island of Ceylon the Tea Cartel chaps seem to be doing much the same type of thing. With the ex Mataran Army joining the Tea Cartel too a man probably on the basis that if you can not beat them join them.

- Finally Mok Chung-Ho the Monk passed among Joo-won Choi's warriors in Musan - trying to give them some spiritual enlightenment? Most think that with the spring grass the Siberian Horde will ride again spreading its message that the one and only Great Khan and Supreme Hetman is Czar Alexander ....all hail the Great Khan or die. And on that great and glorious day what the warriors of Musan will need is not so much good morale as artillery, machine guns and greater numbers.

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