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[b]Belfast[/b]

"Sir Hawkwood, we are pleased you could join us here today," Prime Minister Best said quietly.

"I'm quite pleased to be at your service," replied Sir Johnathan Hawkwood.

"What news do you bring of our Army, Air Force, and Navy?" the Prime Minister asked patiently.

"Quite good news in fact, we are short on modern equipment, but not on trained manpower it seems," the distinguished looking Hawkwood replied.

"Excellent, make your report, my assistant will take notes."

[quote]Order of Battle, Northern Irish Defense Force

1st Corp, Headquartered in Belfast

The Royal Irish Division
The 83rd Northern Irish Division
The 87th Northern Irish Division
201st Active Reserve Division

2nd Corp, Headquartered in Newcastle

The County Down Division
The County Antrim Division
The 89th Northern Irish Division
202nd Active Reserve Division

3rd Corp, Headquartered in Enniskillen

The County Fermanagh Division
The County Tyrone Division
The 90th Northern Irish Division
203rd Active Reserve Division


4th Corp, Headquartered in Derry

The County Londonderry Division
The 91st Northern Irish Division
The 92nd Northern Irish Division
105th Reserve Division

5th Corp, Detached Headquarters

The Newry Brigade Combat Team
The Omagh Brigade Combat Team
The Coleraine Lancers Brigade Combat Team
The Royal Irish Rangers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Regiments
The Royal Irish Marines Division

6th Reserve Corp

93rd Reserve Division
94th Reserve Division
95th Reserve Division
96th Reserve Division
97th Reserve Division
98th Reserve Division

7th Reserve Corp

99th Reserve Division
100th Reserve Division
101st Reserve Division
102nd Reserve Division
103rd Reserve Division
104th Reserve Division

Readiness Facts:

A Reserve Division has 25 percent of its strength ready to deploy at all times.
An Active Reserve Division has 50 percent of its strength ready to deploy at all times.
A Regular Division has 75 percent of its strength ready to deploy at all times with 25 percent undergoing training and refitting.


Pertinent equipment facts:

597 tanks ranging from the British Challenger Tank to the Chieftain.
114 Combat Aircraft ranging from the Harrier 2 Jump Jet to the F-16.
Most units field a variety of rifles, pistols, mortars, and so forth.
Radar and other long distance sensors are 25 years out of date and need immediate replacement.
Naval forces consist of two patrol boats.

Pertinent Manpower facts:

Nearly all the listed units are at 25 percent strength.
Reserve forces exist in sufficient quantities to rectify the manpower crisis as soon as equipment becomes available for all branches of the military.
Training staff has been located for the Northern Irish Defense Training Command that will provide training to the Northern Irish Defense Forces.

Current Defense Projects:

An advance radar system is being procured and installed that uses the latest in AESA technology.
A dedicated landline system is being sourced to give our military forces an independent means of communications.
A Northern Irish European Air Traffic Movement Group is being organized to analyze and monitor local and international air traffic for the purpose of providing an early warning against an air attack from a European power.
The Northern Irish Nuclear Forces have come on line and are currently fielding 20 ICBMs each equipped with a single nuclear warhead.
A full scale training exercise is being planned for the Northern Irish Defense Forces at the end of this month.

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Internal supply sources have provided sufficient rifles, light machine guns, and pistols to begin a serious effort of rearming the troops currently in the field. The rifles and light machine guns use a 6.8 mm round that gives the operator an assault gun round with an extra edge in stopping and penetration power not found in the 5.56 round. Sufficient stockpiles of ammunition are being manufactured to keep the Northern Irish Defense Force in the field for an extended period.

Rock River Arms 6.8 SPC Rifle

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Belfast Arsenal 6.8 SPC Light Machine Gun

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The Northern Irish Defense Force has agreed upon a standardized uniform that is being ordered and distributed in bulk.

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Armors, helmets, tactical radios, and other personal equipment are being examined from local vendors to determine the suitability of the items prior to purchase. The final decisions will be made in the next few days and purchase orders will be placed immediately to gather the needed equipment to get the Northern Irish Defense soldiers fully equipped with a standardized equipment set.

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The following units are being equipped with highly versatile and air mobile Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The Terrex AV81 Infantry Fighting Vehicle will allow the The Newry Brigade Combat Team, The Omagh Brigade Combat Team, and The Coleraine Lancers Brigade Combat Team to deploy quickly as rapid response forces. Some of these vehicles are being fitted with the 105 mm Mobility Gun System and others are being outfitted with the SPIKE ATGM system. Each and every single Terrex IFV is being outfitted with a AMAP-ADS Active Protection system , laser detection systems, and a passive defense system. While the rapid response brigades are being equipped with the swift moving Terrex, the rest of the Irish Defense Force is being equipped with the Narner Infantry Fighting Vehicle that is believed more suitable full scale armored force.

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The hulls for the new Irish Navy Destroyers to be named the Ulysses Class. The ships are of a modern design and will be one of the pillars of Ireland's foreign presences in distant parts of the world. Twenty four of the ships have been ordered from Irish shipyards and the orders will be filled as soon as possible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sejong_the_Great_class_destroyer

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In an astonishing turn of events the hulls for the Irish Navy's frigates are ordered from Irish shipyards almost at the same time the destroyers are requested. The design that will fill the ranks of the Irish fleet are an advanced system that will serve Ireland well in its quest to protect it's shipping and shores from threats. A total of twenty four of these vessels will be purchased.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachsen_class_frigate

In other news a massive expansion of the Irish Navy's training program is under way to meet the demand of providing trained crews for the coming flood of ships.

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A run of 120 AV-8B Harrier 2 2nd Generation VTOLs, modernized with suite of 4.5 Generation electronics, has been authorized. By fielding the Harrier 2 the Irish Navy and Irish Air Forces will gain valuable experience in flying and maintaining VTOL before a more advanced design is fielded. The VTOLs are expected to undertake the task of operating off the future Irish Navy carriers and from Irish airfields in a supporting role of more powerful designs. The future VTOL is expected to be a Light Combat Aircraft in the interest of economizing on space and weight. While the aircraft is expected to be smaller it is expected to utilize 5th Generation Stealth and electronics in the interest of keeping pace with modern designs.

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The Duchy of Northern Ireland quietly ceases to exist as it integrates into the larger ranks of Irish society. A small series of local elections has created a legislative assembly with a powerful executive branch. While the Legislative Assembly has certain powers, the Head of State has sweeping powers of veto, and the power to order Irish Forces to war without consulting the Legislative Assembly. The purpose of this move is to avoid much of the ineffective leadership that comes with an overly powerful Legislature and the special interest groups that influence it.

Special Interest groups in Ireland are to be monitored by a Police Organization titled the Irish Political Inspectorate. The IPP is tasked with ensuring corruption of the political parties and so forth is kept at a minimum. The penalties for accepting bribes as a politician or giving favors as a politician are particularly harsh. The minimum sentence being five years hard labor and confiscation of all personal property. Further, term limits for the Legislative Assembly and the Head of State roles are capped to ensure there is a constant stream of fresh new faces to reinvigorate the halls of power and to avoid stagnation.

In other quarters the arming of the Irish Defense Force with rifles and light machine guns of the 6.8 caliber is completed. The 6th Reserve Corp is ordered to active duty to accept recruits from the larger population of the now unified Ireland. Until there is a full integration of forces the majority of the Irish Defense Force will comprise of the men of the Northern Ireland region. Thus far there has been no religious motivated violence between civilians or members of the Irish Defense Force in regards to the age old Irish problem of Catholics and Protestants just not getting along all that well.

To ensure these problems are kept to a minimum the Irish Legislative Assembly and the Prime Minister streamlined and pushed through a radical piece of legislation. The Irish Freedom Pact lists an extensive list of personal freedoms that shall never be abridged upon by state or private organizations. These rights include the woman's right to an abortion, freedom of speech and press, freedom of religion, and definite iron clad guidelines for the very distinct separation of church and state within the new Irish government.

Schools, starting with primary school, are given strict orders to begin the introduction of a balanced and comprehensive study of world religions and their histories. The maths, courses in science, and literature are given just as much importance as schools are taken off the former system of merit bonuses and a system of democratic reforms are put into place. All schools in Ireland are expected to meet certain standards. Those that could are given a plague to put on the wall and a hearty congratulations. Those that can't are visited by a stern faced group of educational experts who are tasked with bringing those scores up to par by training of the teachers and special funding grants to improve the school's physical plant and library.

Often problems in the home are a concern and the teams sent to rectify the educational shortcomings are equipped with a high powered social worker who is tasked with making specific funding recommendations for local areas to improve economic situations to relief stress in the home life. Not all problems in the home can be cured by finding new jobs and in those houses a comprehensive set of wrap around services are made available to surround the child and family by members of the local community and government with people who want to help improve the child and family's lot in life. To that end health care and adult educational reforms are pushed through the Legislative Assembly as well.

Ireland will not have a full set of Nationally offered health care. What Ireland will offer is a minimum set of health care services that are available to everyone and required for everyone at an extremely reasonable price. The fees for these services are taken directly from a person's salary, government stipend, or pension and in time the Irish would mostly stop noticing it. Additional services for medical care not covered by the Irish Health Plan can be purchased privately. These services tend to be cosmetic in nature or for access to a private doctor for in home care. Adult Education Reforms are enacted to ensure that the workers of Ireland can remain competitive in a rapidly changing world.

Subsidized training can be found at a series of regional training centers that are being opened. Industrial, medical, educational, and a wide array of fields are being opened to the Irish workers with these offerings. The training courses are designed to provide high quality courses and at the same time a sentimental streak of requiring a small selection of courses for self-improvement in the arts and sciences are demanded as well. The purpose being that a well learned worker is more likely to speak out and propose improvements to productivity and safety should they feel confident in their skills and feel well rounded due to an education that is more robust than a sterile technical course. The last bit of business covered by the Irish Assembly is the Government Accountants Organization and it's powers of police.

The Government Accountants Organization is tasked with ensuring the Irish tax payers are not being defrauded by waste and corruption. The GTO has powers of the police and can make arrests in the event they discover fraud or corruption. This revolutionary organization is expected to sweep the ranks of Ireland's government like a tsunami and given the penalties for corruption and abuse of government funds, it's expected to end up being one of the few Irish Governmental Organizations that doesn't operate at a loss to the tax payers.



Pertinent Manpower Facts
*Irish Navy is at 25 percent
*Irish Army is at 76 percent
*Irish Air Force now fields 90 AV-B Harrier 2 Air Craft and 120 F-16 Fighting Falcons and stands at 25 percent

Pertinent Military and CivilianInfrastructure Improvement Facts
*AESA radar improvements are progressing and are 20 percent complete.
*A series of hidden silos are being made for the Irish Nuclear Arsenal and conventional ICBM fleet.
*Four regional command centers are being considered for the purposes of a distributed command, control, and communications network.
*A dedicated Military Intranet is being constructed.
*The Irish Space Program has opened its doors and is hiring staff with the short term goal of launching satellites and putting men in space. The majority of the technical support will come from Irish Universities as the actual need for a man in space is minimal given the Lunar Republic's ability to move cargo with such ease. Therefore the Irish Space Program is more of an educational research organization for aspiring scientists and engineers. Their other function is to create relationships abroad with other Space going nations to move Irish cargo into orbit at a much better price than can be had by building rockets for such a purpose.

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Wind tunnel testing of the Harrier 3 Super Harrier began today. The 6th and 7th Corp are pushed into Southern bases and ordered to take on new recruits from the former Kingdom of Ireland. While this will significantly retard their growth as formed units, the rest of the available corps are at nearly 75 percent readiness and much more able to cope with a sudden influx of barely trained recruits. The Rapid Response Brigades are fully equipped with personal weapons, equipment, and heavy equipment and are certified as fully ready for foreign deployment.

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Wind tunnel tests on the Super Harrier prove unsatisfactory. The model would not return to a normal flight path on it's own accord proving the design to be highly unstable. The design team is notified and ordered to try again.

The Irish AESA is coming close to being completed. Once this is finished an integrated system of distributed CCC centers, OTH radars, and AESA subunits will be formalized.

The Irish Defense Force shows all units strengths at 81 percent and growing. Training is proceeding on schedule and the systematic equipping of the IDF with standardized weapons, uniforms, armor, and so forth is increasing unit test scores in several areas.

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The first of four of twenty four destroyers are delivered to the Irish Navy today. With them are two frigates that have just been completed. Troop strengths are now set at 93 percent. Main Battle Tanks and Combat Support Vehicles are coming off the assembly lines in sufficient numbers to begin a full re-arming of the Irish Defense Force Armored Units. A proper top to bottom review of the Irish Defense Forces will begin within the month to ensure no duplication of services is occurring.

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The Irish Defense Force is given a numerical organization to move away from the previous system that is a bit too Northern Irish centered in nature.


The new unit designations are as follows:

1st Corp
1st Division
2nd Division
3rd Division
4th Division
5th Division

2nd Corp
6th Division
7th Division
8th Division
9th Division
10th Division

3rd Corp
11th Division
12th Division
13th Division
14th Division
15th Division

4th Corp
16th Division
17th Division
18th Division
19th Division
20th Division

5th Corp
21st Division
22nd Division
23rd Division
24th Division
25th Division

6th Corp
The Ulsteria Brigade Combat Team
The Hibernia Brigade Combat Team
The 1st Royal Irish Regiment
The 2nd Royal Irish Regiment
The Irish Lancers Brigade Combat Team
The Royal Irish Rangers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Regiments
The Royal Irish Marines Division

7th Corp

Active Reserve Companies 1-100
Inactive Reserve Pool

Man Power Report:

All Irish Defense Units are 100 percent manned, all Irish Navy Units that have been delivered are fully manned, all Irish Air Force Units that are operating in the field are fully manned, all Irish Air and Coastal Defense Units are fully manned, and the recruit training depots outside of Dublin are operating at full capacity. The Cathal Brugha Barracks has opened its doors again and the fielding of the National Police, or the Guardia once again transpired.

Equipment Report:

120 Harrier 2 Aircraft are in service
96 F-16 Fighters are in service

8 Pearse Class Destroyers
6 Clarke Class Frigates

173 Bushmills Main Battle Tanks
498 Assorted Combat Support Vehicles
600 Terrex Armored Vehicles


Research and Development:

A wide array of early warning systems are being investigated. A system of electro-optical sensors are under investigation to provide highly accurate intelligence not easily jammed by conventional measures. With this is the MTHEL air defense system that is being looked upon with the intention to fielding it as an air defense unit for sensitive positions that require a stronger level of protection. Jamming systems are being debated to ensure that an attacker has a swarm of false readings to cloud their scopes.

Construction:

Under the guise of civilian construction, small depots are being created for the purposes of preparing a wide array of landing sites for helicopters in the event of an emergency. Further, redundancy measures are being taken to back up the hard line communications of the Irish Defense Forces distributed defense systems by laying enough buried wire to ensure that each unit has a minimum of four independent lines that will connect to a distributed network of hubs. The three heavily armored defense centers being planned to serve as Ireland's primary hubs of defense related activities are to be reinforced by mobile command, control, and communication units that are being custom formed for this exact mission.

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The Irish Defense Force is given a numerical organization to move away from the previous system that is a bit too Northern Irish centered in nature.


The new unit designations are as follows:

1st Corp
1st Division
2nd Division
3rd Division
4th Division
5th Division

2nd Corp
6th Division
7th Division
8th Division
9th Division
10th Division

3rd Corp
11th Division
12th Division
13th Division
14th Division
15th Division

4th Corp
16th Division
17th Division
18th Division
19th Division
20th Division

5th Corp
21st Division
22nd Division
23rd Division
24th Division
25th Division

6th Corp
The Ulsteria Brigade Combat Team
The Hibernia Brigade Combat Team
The 1st Royal Irish Regiment
The 2nd Royal Irish Regiment
The Irish Lancers Brigade Combat Team
The Royal Irish Rangers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Regiments
The Royal Irish Marines Division

7th Corp

Active Reserve Companies 1-100
Inactive Reserve Pool

Man Power Report:

All Irish Defense Units are 100 percent manned, all Irish Navy Units that have been delivered are fully manned, all Irish Air Force Units that are operating in the field are fully manned, all Irish Air and Coastal Defense Units are fully manned, and the recruit training depots outside of Dublin are operating at full capacity. The Cathal Brugha Barracks has opened its doors again and the fielding of the National Police, or the Guardia once again transpired.

Equipment Report:

120 Harrier 2 Aircraft are in service
96 F-16 Fighters are in service

8 Pearse Class Destroyers
6 Clarke Class Frigates

173 Bushmills Main Battle Tanks
498 Assorted Combat Support Vehicles
600 Terrex Armored Vehicles


Research and Development:

A wide array of early warning systems are being investigated. A system of electro-optical sensors are under investigation to provide highly accurate intelligence not easily jammed by conventional measures. With this is the MTHEL air defense system that is being looked upon with the intention to fielding it as an air defense unit for sensitive positions that require a stronger level of protection. Jamming systems are being debated to ensure that an attacker has a swarm of false readings to cloud their scopes.

Construction:

Under the guise of civilian construction, small depots are being created for the purposes of preparing a wide array of landing sites for helicopters in the event of an emergency. Further, redundancy measures are being taken to back up the hard line communications of the Irish Defense Forces distributed defense systems by laying enough buried wire to ensure that each unit has a minimum of four independent lines that will connect to a distributed network of hubs. The three heavily armored defense centers being planned to serve as Ireland's primary hubs of defense related activities are to be reinforced by mobile command, control, and communication units that are being custom formed for this exact mission.

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The Irish Defense Force is given a numerical organization to move away from the previous system that is a bit too Northern Irish centered in nature.


The new unit designations are as follows:

1st Corp
1st Division
2nd Division
3rd Division
4th Division
5th Division

2nd Corp
6th Division
7th Division
8th Division
9th Division
10th Division

3rd Corp
11th Division
12th Division
13th Division
14th Division
15th Division

4th Corp
16th Division
17th Division
18th Division
19th Division
20th Division

5th Corp
21st Division
22nd Division
23rd Division
24th Division
25th Division

6th Corp
The Ulsteria Brigade Combat Team
The Hibernia Brigade Combat Team
The 1st Royal Irish Regiment
The 2nd Royal Irish Regiment
The Irish Lancers Brigade Combat Team
The Royal Irish Rangers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Regiments
The Royal Irish Marines Division

7th Corp

Active Reserve Companies 1-100
Inactive Reserve Pool

Man Power Report:

All Irish Defense Units are 100 percent manned, all Irish Navy Units that have been delivered are fully manned, all Irish Air Force Units that are operating in the field are fully manned, all Irish Air and Coastal Defense Units are fully manned, and the recruit training depots outside of Dublin are operating at full capacity. The Cathal Brugha Barracks has opened its doors again and the fielding of the National Police, or the Guardia once again transpired.

Equipment Report:

120 Harrier 2 Aircraft are in service
96 F-16 Fighters are in service

8 Pearse Class Destroyers
6 Clarke Class Frigates

173 Bushmills Main Battle Tanks
498 Assorted Combat Support Vehicles
600 Terrex Armored Vehicles


Research and Development:

A wide array of early warning systems are being investigated. A system of electro-optical sensors are under investigation to provide highly accurate intelligence not easily jammed by conventional measures. With this is the MTHEL air defense system that is being looked upon with the intention to fielding it as an air defense unit for sensitive positions that require a stronger level of protection. Jamming systems are being debated to ensure that an attacker has a swarm of false readings to cloud their scopes.

Construction:

Under the guise of civilian construction, small depots are being created for the purposes of preparing a wide array of landing sites for helicopters in the event of an emergency. Further, redundancy measures are being taken to back up the hard line communications of the Irish Defense Forces distributed defense systems by laying enough buried wire to ensure that each unit has a minimum of four independent lines that will connect to a distributed network of hubs. The three heavily armored defense centers being planned to serve as Ireland's primary hubs of defense related activities are to be reinforced by mobile command, control, and communication units that are being custom formed for this exact mission.

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Eight more of the Irish Navy's Destroyers are delivered for duty. Another six frigates make their way into the hands of the Irish Navy as well. A new class of Guided Missile Cruisers are being investigated for construction or purchase depending upon the viability of the project. The Irish Air Force takes delivery of the final shipment of Harrier 2 aircraft and begins accepting the first shipment of F-22 (improved) Raptors. The Raptors are to serve as a gapfill to take the Irish Air Force into the next generation of aircraft.

The Irish Army is fully armed and equipped with the appropriate equipment and vehicles needed for a first world force. Training begins in earnest to shake out the rough edges with Operation Shandy. The training Operation will last two weeks and when completed it will be formally assessed and the results distributed. Coastal Defense sites are being investigated at this time as short and long range missile sites to support the Irish Sea Fleet that will come into being once the South Americans get around to finishing the ordered Battle Cruisers that will make up the mainstay of the Irish Sea Fleet.

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Irish Navy has begun taking delivery of the newly built guided missile cruisers that were previously ordered. Irish Air Force is now up to full strength with the F-22 Raptors, Harrier 2 VTOLs, and F- 16 Fighters that are serving as place holders to prepare units and the aircrewpersons within them for more advanced designs. Heavy training for both the Navy and Airforce is underway in and over the Atlantic Ocean as the units engage a series of notional enemies. Irish Army units are just concluding an extensive exercise and will be carefully reviewing the results in the coming days.

Irish Government National Building projects include extensive roadway improvements, rail improvements, air defense infrastructure, and other defense critical items.

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After extensive redesign, a new model for the much discussed Super Harrier III is sent in for wind tunnel testing. The Irish Command Centers, three of them, are under construction. These are deeply embedded fortresses designed to survive a full attack in order to prevent the full collapse of Ireland's Command Control and Communications network in a time of war. Hulls for the Irish Navy Submarine fleet are being laid down along with extensive reloads of cruise missiles being built for the arming of these submarines once they are commissioned.

Air and sea war fighting exercises are concluded today and the larger work of collating the data collected from those exercises commences. Results will be distributed once they are available, which will allow for the planning of future exercises in the very near future.

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[quote][b]Private Communique to Ireland[/b]

To: George Best, Prime Minister of Ireland
From: Max Fisher, Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Albion

I would like to extend an invitation to yourself, or a delegate who has permission to speak on your behalf, to a meeting in London to discuss the opening of diplomatic relations between Albion and Ireland, with a focus on boosting trade between our nations and friendship.

Signed
Max Fisher, Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Albion[/quote]

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"The English expect us to come cap in hand to them? What are we... their dog or something?" Prime Minister George Best shouted.

"Sir, it's typical of my countrymen to show such arrogance to those they feel are their inferiors," Sir Hawkwood replied.

"How should I respond?" the Prime Minister asked with a veil of anger written across his face.

"I'm uncertain at this point the intentions of the Albionians. They took quite a drubbing in having to change governments and for all intents and purposes kiss the bum of the Greater Germans to even be allowed to exist. Factor in the recent snub regarding Scotland and you have the recipe for a very sullen and bitter population. Could it be the Albionian government is attempting regain some of their pride by having us come to them? Does it even hurt us to go? It all depends on the message you want to send to the Albionians and their government and for that matter the rest of Europe," Sir Hawkwood counseled.

"Very well, this is my response," the Prime Minister said as he extended his middle finger and pointed it out over the Irish Sea towards Albion.


[quote]Dublin Daily Times

"The Lord Mountbatten Memorial site is being established to praise and help us all remember the glorious action taken by brave members of the Irish Republican Army to free the world of an English Upperclass Terrorist. A ceremony was held earlier today in which Prime Minister George Best stated, "Ireland must never forget the sacrifices of those who fell to make Ireland free." [/quote]

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The Super Harrier III wind tunnel testing is complete and recommendations are being made as to the fine tuning of the aircraft's final design. The Irish Navy takes on their first consignment of submarines and begins sea trials with them. The Irish Air Force begins carefully upgrading regional airfields with prepositioned supplies, training reserve Irish Air Force units to service those fields, and equipping them with a modest arrangement of short/medium/long ranged air defense senors and weapons. The Irish Army begins another long exercise to prepare for an defense against an attack from the sea. Regional County Reserve Command Centers are commissioned with the ability to control, communicate, and coordinate activities within their specific county should the need arise. These Regional Command Centers are positioned within pre-existing bunkers and if needed bunkers will be created for them.

The Irish Air Force prepares a Wing of air crews and pilots for the integration of the new Super Harrier III with an additional squadron for the testing of the J-20 Fighter as a replacement for the F-22.

The Irish Air Defense Command is put into operation and all air defense activities involving missiles, air artillery, and ground based defenses are placed under the Air Defense Command's operation. This command is branch of the Irish Air Force and it is expected that the new organization will collect the various army, navy, and air force units that are in the field conducting air defense operations into one coherent command.

The Irish Navy begins deploying SOSUS monitors in the Irish Sea and in the Atlantic to hopefully keep tabs on foreign vessels and submarines.

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[OOC: Yesterday marked a year... you sillybum. :P]

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[b]To: The Office of Prime Minister George Best
From: Maracaibo Naval Arsenal and Shipyard

Subj: Order Completion[/b]

[i]Senor Best[/i]

After a year of construction and fitting out for your ships, the Maracaibo Naval Arsenal and Shipyard is proud to announce that the seven battlecruisers you ordered are currently available for their crews after a period of trials in Lake Maracaibo and the Caribbean Sea. All tests confirm that the vessels are able to handle their design loads and have very good seakeeping abilities, and will serve your nation well in defending her waters and interests in Ireland, and beyond.

The aerial facilities at Joint Forces Base Padilla are open to transport aircraft ferrying your crews to Greater Colombia, thank you for doing business with us, and we look forward to further economic relations in the future.

[i]All the best,

Lela Fuentes
Head of External Sales[/i][/quote]

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With no reply from Ireland about the invite, Max Fisher penned another letter to the Irish Government, fearing the letter to be lost in the inadequate systems of the Royal Mail.

To: George Best, Prime Minister of Ireland
From: Max Fisher, Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Albion

I fear my previous letter has been lost in the post, so this will be the first letter you recieve from me. I wish to cordially invite you, or a representative, to dinner in London to discuss the opening of diplomatic relations between Ireland. I could come to Dublin if it better suites your convenience and timetable. I must apologise if my last correspondance did not reach you, the Royal Mail is reknown for being unreliable at the best of times.

Sincerely
Max Fisher
Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Albion
[/quote]

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[quote name='TheShammySocialist' timestamp='1349620979' post='3038203']
[b]To: The Office of Prime Minister George Best
From: Maracaibo Naval Arsenal and Shipyard

Subj: Order Completion[/b]

[i]Senor Best[/i]

[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]After a year of construction and fitting out for your ships, the Maracaibo Naval Arsenal and Shipyard is proud to announce that the seven battlecruisers you ordered are currently available for their crews after a period of trials in Lake Maracaibo and the Caribbean Sea. All tests confirm that the vessels are able to handle their design loads and have very good seakeeping abilities, and will serve your nation well in defending her waters and interests in Ireland, and beyond.[/background][/size][/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]The aerial facilities at Joint Forces Base Padilla are open to transport aircraft ferrying your crews to Greater Colombia, thank you for doing business with us, and we look forward to further economic relations in the future.[/background][/size][/font][/color]

[i]All the best,

Lela Fuentes
Head of External Sales[/i]

[/quote]


Once the message was received the crews assigned to these vessels are quickly put on commercial flights to Colombia. They travel in uniform and with the documentation to legally enter Colombia as transient military personnel from a foreign nation. All personal weapons are carried in locked and sealed containers and the men bearing those weapons have orders to open those containers upon request by the Colombian authorities should it be required of them to do so.

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[quote name='Zoot Zoot' timestamp='1349622012' post='3038209'][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]With no reply from Ireland about the invite, Max Fisher penned another letter to the Irish Government, fearing the letter to be lost in the inadequate systems of the Royal Mail.[/background][/size][/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]To: George Best, Prime Minister of Ireland[/background][/size][/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]From: Max Fisher, Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Albion[/background][/size][/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]I fear my previous letter has been lost in the post, so this will be the first letter you recieve from me. I wish to cordially invite you, or a representative, to dinner in London to discuss the opening of diplomatic relations between Ireland. I could come to Dublin if it better suites your convenience and timetable. I must apologise if my last correspondance did not reach you, the Royal Mail is reknown for being unreliable at the best of times.[/background][/size][/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]Sincerely[/background][/size][/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]Max Fisher[/background][/size][/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Albion[/background][/size][/font][/color]

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A responce is sent:

[quote]Perhaps a neutral venue would be more suitable? Ireland favors a joint visit to Sealand as they are both of our nearest neighbor.

-Best[/quote]

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