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Naboo’s rediscovery was unexpected but Procinctia promptly, perhaps -like too many other well intentioned Procinctian ventures- without enough forethought, welcomed the undersea exiles. With considerable assistance from places like Ceylon, MoG[Corp], Rebel Army, and United Federation of the East some (but not nearly all) of the first out people out of what was once Naboo found themselves on the eternally windy island of Shemya.

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[right]Eareckson Air Station, Shemya Island, Aleutian Islands[/right]
Refugees from undersea were promptly crowded into an old cold war era hanger, overly adorned with flags representing both Naboo and Procinctia, and subjugated to several mediocre renditions of [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MildOqGxFYs"]Procinctia’s National Anthem[/url] followed by an hour-long speech by a minor functionary, “Procinctia welcomes you, resilient expatriate survivors from Omniscient Empire of Naboo remnants, to our wonderful surface world. Until you can find a more permanent home we’re more than happy to share our little corner of the beautiful Bering. . .” going on to glorify the virtues of charity, friendship, and fellowship before reiterating the details of Naboo’s plight to refugees who already knew more about Naboo’s plight than anyone else.

It wouldn’t be until after an hour’s worth of ramblings the long-winded man eventually said something that might actually relevant to anyone from Naboo who might possibly still be awake. Paraphrasing the excessive dialog, it was apparent there were many entirely different ideas of how best to reintroduce Naboo’s people to surface living and Procinctia -unable to decide on a single doctrine- was going to try all of them simultaneously.

The first plan implemented relied entirely on leaving Naboo’s refugees to their own devices.
Unalaska City’s Municipal Authority, on Unalaska Island, was going to give two thousand fully furnished cottages -supplemented by provisions and an initial income- to two thousand refugees. This would, [b][i]in theory[/b][/i], help two thousand people adjust to surface living.

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In some ways this was a surprisingly effective method. After all, they had been there for decades not centuries. Whole generations may have gone without living on the surface but it was still widely known about through literature. What wasn't so effective was the complete lack of emotional support. For many they had spent their entire life with a ceiling and walls. Feelings of anxiety became widespread and a fear of the outdoors was beginning to develop. It was cold, it was hot, it rained, it was humid, it was too dry. It was entirely unstable? How did people live in such uncontrolled climates?! Worse still suddenly stories of large predatory animals would come to mind, something they would suddenly have to contend with on a regular basis, or so they became to believe.

However worst of all were insects. Flies, mosquitoes and other annoying pests were something that they never had to deal with and they found quite unpleasant. Within two weeks people had either come to terms with the world or descended into a variety of psychoses and wanted to return, and quickly.

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[right]Eareckson Air Station, Shemya Island, Aleutian Islands[/right]

Following a stack of non-liability waivers, face-to-face forewarning, and another stack of non-liability waivers fifteen from Naboo had the opportunity for [b]extreme[/b] (emphasis extreme) survival schooling.

In a much smaller hangar embellished only with scattered taxidermy of Alaskan megafauna (various lage bears, huge surface herbivores, and massive sea mammals) stood a solitary man old Inuit wearing worn tigerstripe camouflage fatigues (adorned with various equally worn SVA insignia from America’s war in Vietnam).

The elder veteran light a pipe as the refugees filed in, “The surface is full of danger and death, and I’m going to guide you through the worst of it.
This is topside, they call me Old Man Chigulax, and you’re here to learn. Pay attention, ‘cause I’m not repeating myself - at all. Today I’m going to demonstrate a few basic survival skills like stalking, stabbing, and skinning seals - spearing fish, trapping rabbits, shooting seagulls - followed by building a shelter and starting a fire. Tomorrow we’re flying on over to Herbert Island, population us, you won’t find yourself further from civilization in Procinctia. We’ll have to carry on four months, with minimal supplies, without much help from anyone else - and if you don’t pull yourselves together everyone dies. After surviving four months on Herbert you’ll be able to make it nearly anywhere on the surface.

Beyond your clothes you’ll have a backpack, bedroll, Inuit (authentic) spear, (classic) gyrojet flare launcher with three flares, gyrojet Liberty pistol (Procinctia Armament) with one rocket bullet, (hotel) matchbook with two matches, M6 (reproduction) bayonet, Māori (jade) mere club, roll of kitchen towels with four paper towels, short bow (composite) with twelve (obsidian) arrows, (traditional) Japanese (Narutaki) waterstones, and a steal spork.”

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