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[b]Sihanoukville Cambodian Defense Force Maritime Security Headquarters[/b]

"So Minister, as you can see, it is imperative to our long term foreign policy that we be able to assist others in parts of the world not readily accessible to us," Suvah comments.

"Simple solution, hospital ships."

"How many?"

"5 to 10," the Minister replies.

"From where?"

"Foreign vendors, I suggest we subcontract out the building. Medical technology is already coming from the Federation. We can source our helicopters from them as well. Perhaps a North American nation for the Ships?"

"Why not Europe?"

"We could, but North America shares the Pacific Ocean with us, hence all the better in terms of trade."

"Very well, make it happen."


[b]To: New Portugal
From: New Cambodia[/b]

Hello, would your nation be interested in producing 6 Hospital ships for New Cambodia?

-Suvah

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A reply would be sent from the Ministry of External Affairs of the New Portuguese government:

[quote][b]TO: Government of New Cambodia
FROM: Ministry of External Affairs of the Kingdom of New Portugal[/b]

Greetings,

We certainly would be interested in producing Hospital Ships for you in the quantities requested. What specifics are you looking for in such Ships?

With regards,

Tyler Moeller,
Minister of External Affairs[/quote]

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[quote][b]TO: Government of New Cambodia
FROM: Ministry of External Affairs of the Kingdom of New Portugal[/b]

Greetings,

This is perfectly acceptable. We will forward this on to the Ministry of Commerce and Labor to begin production of the Ships.

With regards,

Tyler Moeller,
Minister of External Affairs[/quote]

Shortly after, the Cambodian Government would receive a telegram from the Ministry of Commerce and Labor:

[quote][b]TO: Government of New Cambodia
FROM: Ministry of Commerce and Labor of the Kingdom of New Portugal[/b]

We have received your orders for six Nova-class ships with a Hospital Ship configuration, a flight deck for landing and take-off, and hangars to store and handle helicopters. Three shipyards, two in Vicente (Seattle) and one in Victoria, have been transmitted the orders and will begin production shortly.

Regards,

Rene Siskel,
Minister of Commerce and Labor[/quote]

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[b]Sihanoukville[/b]

"New Portugual has agreed to build 6 Nova Class Hospital ships. That leaves us with the job of finding crew, officers, pilots, flight crew, and medical staff for these six ships," the Minister of Internal Affairs comments.

"Well you do realize that as we were part of the UFE for so long there is undoubtedly a significant cadre of trained former UFE military amongst our population. Put out a hiring notice," Suvah orders.

"Hire them for the CDF?"

"No absolutely not. The International Mercy Fleet must be a stand alone agency. We'll use your office to form it, but once the ships are delivered we must have a independent agency in place. We'll gift the ships, helicopters, and medical equipment to the agency as a donation. That ensures that should the IMF run into trouble it isn't directly tied to us, but as they are beholden to us for funding they'll do what we ask of them when we ask."

"Not exactly the most subtle plan given the money trail that will be visible from outer-space."

"It doesn't need to be subtle. We want people to know the IMF exists through the good graces of the New Cambodian Government but we don't want the IMF catering to every single whim that we have. It's not our fleet, it's the fleet of those who need medical care anywhere in the world."

"Whose budget will this come out of?"

"Yours."

"Sir!"

"Oh stop crying. Your defense force budget is absurd. Don't think I don't know you padded it six ways to next week under the assumption that the CDF would be a traditional heavy military organization. You aren't buying MBTs or other heavy equipment. Your surplus budget is in the billions at this point."

"Yes sir," the Minister of Internal Affairs replies a bit glumly given the loss of billions in dongs of funding. Dongs that he was planning on using to line his bank account.

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  • 2 weeks later...

The Cambodian Government would receive a telegram from the Canadian Ministry of Commerce and Labor through secure channels:

[quote][b]To: Government of New Cambodia
From: Canadian Ministry of Commerce and Labor
Subject: Hospital ships[/b]

We are pleased to inform you that the six [i]Nova[/i]-class ships with a Hospital Ship configuration, of which was ordered by your Government and of which was produced in our shipyard facilities in the cities of Vicente and Victoria, were completed according to schedule. They will be sent to New Cambodia soon.

It was a pleasure conducting business with you, and we look forward to furthering commercial relations with you in the near-future.

Regards,

[i]Rene Siskel,
Canadian Minister of Commerce and Labor[/i][/quote]

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[quote]Private
to: CMCaL
From: NCG

Our thanks are given. Further, payment in full is being transmitted.

-Sovah[/quote]

Sihanoukville Cambodian Naval Base

Hundreds of men are hard at work training and preparing. They are waiting for the ships to arrive so that they might assume control of them for an extended shakedown and training cruise. In the sky above them nearly twenty transport helicopters painted in white are clattering their way through the sky as their on-board medical teams are training on volunteer patients.

Obviously the number of patients complaining are quite numerous given they are doing IV insertion training, but even more obviously the volunteers weren't told this until after they were airborne.

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The six ships would duly sail out of the shipyards in Vicente and Victoria, where they would promptly set course for New Cambodia, utilizing shipping lanes across the vast Pacific Ocean.

At around the same time, the Canadian government would receive the money, gradually, from the New Cambodians.

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"Was there something wrong with the payment? It seems to have left our accounts slower than we anticipated. Funds were available, no reason why it shouldn't have left our hands. Maybe the Canadians didn't want to empty our coffers all at once?" asks the Minister of Foreign affairs.

"Nice of them if that is the case. Still, have the IT department go over to our central servers and see if anything is wrong with them. If the Canadians express any displeasure with the speed of the payment forward them directly to my office, I'll go apologize in person. If they say nothing, best not worry about it," Sovah orders.

In Sinhanoukville the sailors, doctors, and officers are still hard at work training. Equipment and medical supplies are being collected as well. Some of the developments from the Saigon joint development center are being incorporated into the ships in the form of advanced sensing technology and special crates of per-packaged equipment designed to give a medic everything they need to treat up to 20 people for light injuries for 3 days.

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