JEDCJT Posted July 16, 2010 Report Share Posted July 16, 2010 (edited) [b]Porto Pacis, J Andres,[/b] “[i]What are they doing?[/i]” “[i]I have no idea.[/i]” Two figures were standing on one of the dockyards, in the City of Porto Pacis, formerly known as Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They were watching the renovation of an old Navy ship - an obsolete [i]Ticonderoga[/i]-class Cruiser that had been built by the first United States in the early 1980s. They didn’t know what was more interesting, the fact that the ship had no flags (but however, the officers saw a box filled with flags of the Eggman Empire being carried by a crewmember) or the fact that the workers were trying so hard to make the ship resemble that of…another country. They didn’t know which country, but they had this feeling that it may be the Eggman Empire. It was an amusing sight for these two figures - Navy officers - who chuckled and shook their heads. They knew that J Andres was up to something. They didn’t know exactly what it was, as the federal government was notoriously tightlipped about this, but they were going to find out when it had begun. At around the same time, two torpedo boats in the City of Rossingol, Maritime Colony (formerly Warwick, Rhode Island), were commissioned for service. The captain and crew of these boats received detailed orders from the Ministry of the Navy of what they were to do, but no explanations of why they were doing so. Once again, the torpedo boats had no flags as the Anchor flags were removed. Unless they had spies in J Andres or could read minds, the outside world would not know exactly what was going on. If there was even any spies in Porto Pacis, all they could see is that an old ship was going renovated. It was nothing new; in J Andres, old ships were renovated before being hauled off to somewhere to be converted into a museum. Any spies in Rossingol would see nothing going on particularly as the torpedo boats remained moored to the dockyards (however, they would see slightly increased flurry of activity inside or around these boats, but nothing that was new). [center]---[/center] With breathtaking speed, renovation of the old cruiser was completed in weeks, its ensign number brushed over and replaced by a completely new number (but not before being scratched over as to make its quality match the rest of the ship), and outfitted with a powerful J Andrean Tomahawk anti-ship missile. It, however, still had no flags. It was now ready. For what, it was unknown to all but the few who had received classified orders from the Ministry of the Navy. [center]---[/center] [b]HIGHLY-CLASSIFIED[/b] In Fort Farnum, located right on the fringes of the J Andrean capital, a group of military officials were grouped around a large table, headed by Minister Joel Brunel himself. A large HDTV screen overlooked the entire room, usually displaying the entire planet. However, it was now zoomed over a specific region - the Eggman Empire, occupying the lands that was once known as Greenland. “[i]So, the plan is all finalized, then?[/i]” Brunel surmised as he scanned around the table. Several figures nodded their heads. “[i]Yes, sir. It had been finalized. We had worked the details out and analyzed all of the factors that will be involved in this particular operation.[/i]” Navy Minister Chester Nimitz replied. “[i]In fact, I have already contacted a shipyard - the Porto Pacis Manufacturing Shipyard - to revitalize an old Navy destroyer to make it resemble, or at least try to, that of another country, the Eggman Empire.[/i]” Brunel smiled. “[i]Excellent.[/i]” He turned to Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. “[i]Run down the initial plan.[/i]” Eisenhower nodded and stood up. “[i]Men, the plan is this: we send two ships to the Atlantic Ocean, preferably near the Eggman Empire. The ships are to be sent at specific intervals as to avoid arousing suspicion. One ship will be the old Cruiser, of course, another will be the ship of the J Andrean Navy.[/i]” There was then a pause as Eisenhower glanced around the table. “[i]The revitalized Cruiser will be sent over toward the Eggman Empire. Once it reaches a certain point several miles off the coast of the Eggman Empire, outside its territorial waters and EEZ. On the way, it is to put up the Eggman Empire flags; upon reaching the point, the ship will make a ’journey’ along a decided route over the Atlantic before making a turnaround. This is to give some time for the next stage of the plan to take effect. Once the Cruiser have passed by Newfoundland, the two torpedo ships are to follow it along similar routes. All three ships are armed with anti-ship missiles powerful enough to penetrate even our ships’ hulls. Next, we send a few ships of our own on an “training exercise”. They will be mainly cruisers and frigates, and are to sail toward the Eggman Empire and are supposedly to make their way toward Europe as to conduct their exercises on the open ocean. But on the way, they will be attacked by the ‘Eggman ships’; our ships, of course, will ‘fight back’ but will get damaged in the process. Heck, it would be good if at least one of them was sunk, but I doubt it would happen, given the extreme disparity of technology between J Andres and the Eggman Empire. But then, one can try.[/i]” “[i]And that will not be all.[/i]” A voice interjected before Brunel or anyone could say anything. All heads turned to Roger Ahmadinejad, Direktor and Party leader, who smiled before continuing on. “[i]A foreign attack on our ships will not be simply enough to provide a plausible reason for a casus belli, much less a declaration of war. You see, we have contacted our Ambassador in the J Andrean Embassy in the Eggman Empire and he agreed to the plan. The plan is, gentlemen, we stage an ‘assassination attempt’ on the Ambassador on the grounds of the J Andrean Embassy. We will use one of our own to play the role of assassin (or assailant, if one must use the term). The ‘assassin’ will come from the Ambassador’s own staff; he will be the less-known official as he spends most of his time at the Embassy and rarely ventures outside. He will don civilian clothes and go out on the street outside, where he will ‘infiltrate’ back on the Embassy grounds and take up a hiding place somewhere near the doors. Meanwhile, the Ambassador will go out on official business, but while he is walking across the grounds toward the gate…well, that’s when the real fun begins.[/i]” Ahmadinejad grinned. “[i]That’s when the ‘assassin’ plays his role. He will shoot at the Ambassador, using a concealed gun and real bullets, of course. He will shout something like, 'Down with J Andres!' or 'Take that, J Andres!' or something provocative. But do not fret, for the Ambassador will wear a Kevlar vest that will insulate him from the bullets. To summarize, fake assassin shoots Ambassador, Ambassador falls down, we make a big deal out of it. Coupled with the naval attack against our ships by the fake Eggman ships, this gives us a valid casus belli against the Eggman Empire.[/i]” The room was silent as everyone digested Ahmadinejad’s words. Many military officials knew Ahmadinejad was insane, but they also knew he was brilliant and clever at times. After all, Ahmadinejad was once a brilliant military general who won decisive battles for the J Andrean Army back in the 1980s. There were some murmurs and mutterings, some in agreement, some disagreeing. But the most important aspect was that Brunel was won over by the plan. “[i]I like it![/i]” The War Minister smiled. “[i]Operation…..uh, anyone got any idea of the name?[/i]” “[i]Bethesda. He would be honored by that.[/i]” Ahmadinejad grinned mischievously, imagining the reactions of the Foreign Minister. Brunel and several officials raised their eyebrows. “[i]Uh, ok, as I said…Operation BETHESDA will be launched. Let us hope for its success. We will discuss military operations shortly after. You are all dismissed.[/i]” With that, the officials stood up from their seats and left the room, leaving only Brunel, Eisenhower, and Ahmadinejad. Eisenhower went on to discuss some more aspects with Brunel. [center]---[/center] In Porto Pacis, the revitalized Cruiser, dubbed by some as the Ace, sailed away from port and headed toward the wider Atlantic Ocean. The two torpedo boats stationed in Rossingol awaited new orders. Edited July 16, 2010 by JEDCJT Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.