The British Times is the official newspaper of the Organisation of British Nations. Launched on January 2nd 2011 it is published every fortnight on a Sunday. The central clearing house is located in Woodbridge, which selects the largest stories of the fortnight to publish. However, in each nation where it is published the main stories are backed up by local news and editorials on how the main issues relate to that particular country.
Published articles deal primarily with news relating to OBN nations, though also covers events in the Celtic Alliance, and to a lesser degree New Britain and Europe.
Parliament passed a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Bee's government which by the constitution of Woodbridge means that a general election will take place on a date to be decided later.
February 22nd, 2013: General Election Result - Conservatives No Longer the Largest Party - The results of a General Election called due to the Conservatives losing a vote of confidence in Parliament was announced today. The Labour Party won 25 seats making them the largest party. The Conservatives were reduced to 22 seats having lost nearly half of their representation in Parliament. The Liberals increased their number of seats to 22 and the Veterans won two extra seats taking their total to ten. Michael Danson, former Conservative MP whose decision to leave the party led to the vote of confidence being called was re-elected as an Independent MP. The fact that no party has an overall majority means that there will now be several days of discussion on forming a coalition.
March 13th, 2013: Labour/Liberal Coalition announced - Christopher Mole of the Labour party and Marian Andrews of the Liberals announced that their parties had agreed to form a coalition. This means that for the first time since Woodbridge returned to civilian control in 2000, the Conservative party does not form the government.
Dr Frederick Mitchell, former Health Secretary has been elected as the new leader of the Conservative party beating former Chancellor Ian Jone in the final round of voting by only two votes
After a week of rigorous genetic testing it has been announced by Celtic scientists that the Matlock disease is indeed identical to the White Death. Existing stocks of vaccines have been dispatched via helicopter to the afflicted areas and it is reported that a field trial will take place in Chelmsford, before expanding the vaccination to the general community. Meanwhile the Celts are preparing to expand their production of the White Death vaccine for an immediate program of mass inoculation.
With the death toll climbing rapidly toward 8000, a rare ray of hope shone out today as Celtic aid workers announced that the disease 'bears all the hallmarks of the disease which struck in Matlock in 2001, and has been sampled for genetic testing. If the White Death and the Matlock disease are confirmed to be the same then the Celtic Alliance can immediately begin expanding its stock of vaccines to the illness and ship them to the afflicted regions.
The Celtic Foreign Minister has announced that the Celtic Alliance will make immediate efforts to assist Essex in combating the White Death, and advanced medical units are en route via helicopter, along with medical convoys being dispatched across the newly-opened Bristol-New London motorway and into Hertfordshire and from there into the quarantine zone. Despite continued controversy from some quarters, the move has been warmly received by people from all over Essex.
Eighteen people were shot dead attempting to cross the River Chelmer and escape the quarantine zone. Public reaction has been subdued outside of the quarantine zone due to general support of any measures to prevent the spread of the White Death.
In a stunning and controversial turn of events, Foreign Minister Bob Russell has managed to secure enough votes to take the post of Acting High Minister, and has extended immediate diplomatic feelers toward the Celtic Alliance requesting the aid that Barker-McCardle previously turned down. Russell has not delivered any public statements in defence of the move but an aide to the office of High Minister said simply that Russell 'hopes the nation will understand that all measures are necessary in this difficult time'.
Unsubstantiated reports suggest that High Minister Jim Barker-McCardle is afflicted with the disease, leading to considerable uncertainty in Essex.
UPDATE: In a report this afternoon, it has been confirmed that Barker-McCardle has been suffering from the White Death for two days and while he does not appear to be in an immediately critical condition he will be unable to operate in the capacity of High Minister for at least a fortnight. As of yet there are no reports of who will assume the post in the interim and there is much speculation as to who will take over the position from Barker-McCardle's famously lively cabinet.
Labour shortages both on the fields and in the transportation infrastructure have led Essex's largest union of farmers to declare that there is a 'real threat' to a successful harvest this year, which could lead to food shortages and rationing next year. HM Barker-McCardle has declared confidence in the ability to be resupplied by other OBN nations but the tumultuous weather earlier this year mean that there are predicted food shortages across the entire British Isles.
With rumours of infections in Baddow, on the south side of Chelmsford, the city has been swept into panic, galvanising the government into action. HM Barker-McCardle announced the drawing up of 'battle lines' along the river Chelmer patrolled by gunships to prevent any further possible movement of people northward, along with the introduction of a massive curfew within the city. However, the nation's military is being drawn extremely thin, with troops from the border regions of Hertfordshire being pulled back to reinforce curfews.
The result of the by-election that took place because of Defense Secretary Stephen Bracey quitting parliament after his conviction on charges of corruption and arms dealing was announced this morning. Labour won an overwhelming victory and the Conservatives were pushed into third place by the Veteran's Party. This result means that Woodbridge now has a hung parliament and the Conservatives do not have a parliamentary majority for the first time since the country was returned to civilian rule in 2001.
As the first deaths are reported in Southend, the confirmed death toll from the White Death is now over 1,000.
In a controversial move, High Minister Jim Barker-McCardle today turned down an offer for assistance from the Celtic Alliance in dealing with the White Death, and instead opted to accept aid solely from fellow members of the OBN. Woodbridge is reportedly closing its border but has agreed to allow aid shipments in via the A12 to Colchester, at which point they will be locally distributed. Barker-McCardle's snubbing of the Celtic offer has drawn fire from politicians such as Bob Russell, who claim that Celtic aid 'is the best form of aid' and that Barker-McCardle is putting 'anti-Celtic sentiment' ahead of a genuine concern for the nation's well-being.
A huge battle between travellers and local police forces began at the autonomous traveller enclave at Dale Farm, near Southend. Travellers attempted to flee Southend via the now-closed Southend Arterial Road, in the process breaking the newly-set quarantine in Southend. What began as a single isolated fistfight in the early hours of this morning soon turned into a violent conflict claiming 23 lives and injuring over 100. Many travellers have been refused access to hospitals on account of 'guilt' and the prospect of spreading the White Death, leading to a continuing stand-off.
In response to the violence and the spread of the White Death, HM Barker-McCardle has ordered all troops to readiness and is establishing quarantine lines. Total dead from the outbreak is now 638 with at least 1,500 infected.
Massive rioting and chaos was found in Southend last night as people fled ahead of rumours of plague-carriers in the town. Police attempts to maintain order resulted in nine deaths, one of whom was a police officer. HM Jim Barker-McCardle has ordered a curfew to be enforced across Essex and has urged for calm, while at the same time moving in forces for a quarantine.
Confirmed casualties of the White Death have, as of writing, reached 205.
With reports of the mysterious White Death coming in from most communities in Kent, HM Barker-McCardle has made the decision to quarantine the territory entirely. The Essaxon Navy and Air Force have been deployed over the Thames to ensure that no vessels go in or out of Kent. Meanwhile there are continued reports of lawlessness throughout the county. Local authorities have been given 'special powers' to cope with the crisis.
Following the widespread outbreak of disease in Kent and growing unrest near the Essex-Southern England border, Southern England has closed its eastern border checkpoints and reinforced them with additional troops, along with beginning coastal patrols near the Dungeness Spit.
There has been significant unrest in Kent following the imposition of a number of quarantines around Chatham, Canterbury and Sevenoaks. It is estimated nearly 70 people have died in the recent outbreak of disease with several hundred infected across Kent. HM Barker-McCardle has urged for calm.
After almost forty deaths in the last 24 hours authorities have quarantined Essex's principal port in Kent, Chatham, and have severely restricted movement across the Thames. Occupation forces in Kent left over from the invasion have been reshuffled to produce a cordon around Chatham. HM Barker-McCardle has pledged to continue to 'meet the needs of the citizens of Chatham while our researchers determine the magnitude of the threat'. As of this bulletin there are unsubstantiated reports of infections in other communities near Chatham.
Several deaths have been reported from the village of Thurnham, in Kent, in the vicinity of Chatham. Locals report a bout of illness struck the village over the last week. Authorities have not confirmed whether or not there is any connection between this disease and the recent outbreak in Chatham.
Port authorities in Chatham, in Kent, have reported several people all displaying symptoms of a similar disease. Local healthcare officials are investigating.
The judge at the trial of Bracey and Rhodes announced this morning that both men would serve a sentence of 15 years hard labour.
After nearly thirty years a family split in half by Doomsday has been reunited. Alan Davies was studying at the University of Kent near Canterbury in 1983 while his family lived in Loughton. Following the invasion of Kent, Alan Davies was able to re-establish contact via mail with his sister, who had fled Loughton for Brentwood on Doomsday. After several months, Mr Davies finally managed to receive a place on a ferry across the Thames Estuary and saw his sister and his family for the first time in nearly 29 years. Mr Davies has said he feels "over the moon" at the reunion he "had given up hope for".
In a joint press conference the heads of the two inquiries set up in the aftermath of the Ipswich Incident announce that they believe that Defence Secretary Bracey and Colonel Rhodes both have a legal case to answer concerning the charges of corruption and arms dealing. As soon as the press conference was over both Bracey and Rhodes were arrested upon various charges related to the inquiries.
The government of Cleveland and the Royal House of Percy are happy to announce that Queen Zara is expecting a baby girl, she is due to give birth in late July 2012. So far the pregnancy is progressing normally and there are no signs of any malformations of the baby.
After elections in Eastern Northamptonshire, Newolland has officially welcomed the area into the nation of Newolland.
The Albion Railway Company along with the Northumbrian Witain have announced the renovation of the former west coast main line linking Carlisle with the Duchy of Lancaster, Once this line has been completed (with a provisional date of mid August 2012) another line will be layed on the A74 and will link the Celtic Alliance city of Glasgow with Carlisle.
Provisional train stations will be for the completed line will be Glasgow (CA), Motherwell (CA), Lockerbie (CA), Carlisle (Northumbria), Penrith (WFT), Oxenholme (WFT) and Lancaster (Duchy of Lancaster).
Queen Zara and the government of the Kingdom of Cleveland are saddened to report that at 1.20am this morning, PM Mallon passed peacefully away in his sleep, it is suspected that he suffered a massive heart attack. DPM Jason McCartney has been to visit the Queen to officially ask permission to form a new government with himself as the new PM. The first acts of the new PM was to declare three days of official mourning and also to announce a new general election to be held on the 22nd June 2012.
PM Mallon has suffered another more serious heart attack at approximately 2.30pm, he has slipped into a coma, however his condition is being described by doctors at James Cook Hospital as stable.
The Parliament of Cleveland have announced that during his afternoon run, PM Ray Mallon suffered a heart attack, he was rushed to James Cook Hospital where he arrived at approximately 4.20pm. He was awake and transferred his powers to the Deputy PM Jason McCartney of the Conservative Party at 5pm. At 5.30pm he went into surgery for a heart bypass operation, the operation went well and he was in intensive care by 9pm.
as of 7am on the 16th February PM Mallon remains in intensive care, he is awake, however PM powers with remain with DPM Jason McCartney until PM Mallon is fit to resume his duties.
On the 22nd December 2011 King William of Newolland announced his plans to abdicate his throne in favour of his daughter Crown Princess Linda on the 6th January 2012, the King's 80th birthday.
The new Queen Linda was born in 1952 and will be 60 years old in 2012. Queen Linda has two sons, the new Crown Prince Robert, Born 1977 and Prince Edward, born 1979. Each of the princes has children, with Crown Prince Robert having a son, Prince Michael, born 1999 and Prince Edward having a son, Prince William, born in 2010. The Coronation of Queen Linda took place on Saturday 28th January in Bourne Abbey.
The Kingdoms of Cleveland and Northumbria hold joint Remembrance day memorials for soldiers of both nations lost in the Ur Alba War and the Great Rutland War.
The names of the 232 Clevelander and 105 Northumbrian troops lost in the Great Rutland War and the 27 Clevelander and 34 Northumbrian regular and Rheged Militia killed in the Ur Alba War were read out at the Middlesbrough Cenotaph in the presence of the entire Cleveland Parliament, the Cleveland Royal family and members of the military, general public and families of the lost.
In Alnwick the names of the killed were read out in the presence of the Northumbrian Witain, Northumbrian Royal family and members of the military, general public and families of the lost.
10th November 2011: New line opens between Cleveland and the Celtic Alliance A new rail line has opened between Cleveland and the Celtic Alliance it will be named Route Eight in Cleveland it runs twice weekly from Middlesbrough via Thirsk, Harrogate, Skipton, Burnley, Blackburn, Chorley, St Helens and Wigan ending in Liverpool.
17th October 2011:New government for Southern Scotland The newly elected government of Southern Scotland has taken over from the Provisional Government today. The first order of business is to elect a First Minister, they elect Henry Thatcher a representative from Roxburghshire.
15th September 2011: First train travels along the East Coast Main Line
The first Federal Railways train has begun its maiden journey on the new east coast main line. The Federal Railways 9F 2-10-0 No.92240 left Hasting station, Southern England at 7AM and travelled north through the OBN nations stopping at their capitals before a change at Darlington, where it was replaced with a 5MT Black Five supplied by Lancastrian Railways. It then arrived in Glasgow, Celtic Alliance at 5.30PM with a return journey scheduled for 7AM the next morning with the intention that it will eventually become a regular service.
The reports of damage are still coming in, however it is already known that the west of Northumbria (formally Rheged) has been heavily hit by the storm force winds over the past three days, wind speeds were recorded at the high point of the Pennines of nearly 90 miles per hour. Buildings and trees were brought down across the country but the further west and north the more damage occurred. It is thought that over 1200+ building were severely damaged to the point of collapse and another 2000+ suffered some sort of damage. The death toll is still rising, 24 are known to have died, mainly from trees falling on buildings and chimney collapses overnight between the 12th and 13th. Cleveland
There has been extensive damage in the north of Durham and the western part of Yorkshire from the September storm, 127 building were damaged to a point where they will have to be demolished, a further 1000+ building were damaged in some way. The death toll continues to rise, it currently stands at seven, four workmen were killed when a barn they were building the Yorkshire Dales collapsed on them, three were family, with a father and two sons dying.
The results of the referendum on joining the nation of Newolland, in the DRL have been jointly announced by the government of the DRL and the Clevish and Northumbrian invigalators, they are as follows:
- Yes - 27%
- No - 73%
- Market Rasen
- Yes - 19%
- No - 81%
- Yes - 34%
- No - 66%
- Yes - 31%
- No - 69%
- Yes - 61%
- No - 39%
The Government of the DRL has announced that as the people of Newark-upon-Trent have voted to become part of the nation of Newolland in a free and fair election, they will leave the DRL when Newolland allows their inclusion into their nation.
The Government of Newolland has in return announced that the town of Newark-upon-Trent will join on the 4th October 2011
26th August, 2011: Referendum in Democratic Republic of Lindsey A referendum on joining the nation of Newolland has happened in the Democratic Republic of Lindsey (DRL) has taken place today, results should be known on the 28th August, independent Clevish and Northumbrian invigalators declared the vote free and fair. Exit poll's suggest that most of the DRL towns will vote to remain independent from Newolland, the only exception is possibly the town of Newark-Upon-Trent, where exit polls suggested the vote will be very close.
25th August, 2011 : Lincolnshire Coastal Railway officially opened The Lincolnshire Coastal Railway has been officially opened by King William of Newolland and Queen Zara of Cleveland, they both cut a ceremonial ribbon over the railway and then continued on to the opposite country to undertake a tour of the areas.
The ceremonial connection of the Lincolnshire Coastal Railway will take place on the 25th August, in a field near the village of Hogsthorpe. On that day a train will leave Middlesbrough, Cleveland, carrying Queen Zara and a train will leave Boston, Newolland, carrying King William. They will meet at the joining point where a temporary crossing point has been built, the trains will stop, the Monarchs will give gifts to their opposite number and then each monarch will return to their trains and continue onto their opposite nation to carry out a short tour. 5th August 2011: Final assault on TBA
After the disaster the previous day, the allied troops have decided to 'soften up' the defended TBA village by mortaring it from before dawn and they have called on the EAS Cavilier to bomb the village with high explosives and incendiaries.
The airship bombing runs last until 10am, by which time the village was in burning ruins. At 11am a joint attack was started with Essex troops attacking the south east and Cleveland troops attacking the north west with Woodbridge and Northumbrian troops attacking in reserve.
Even after the bombing, the resistance from the village was extremely heavy. As expect there were more improvise explosives through out the outer ring of the village, losses were high with 22 Clevelander, 16 Essex, four Northumbrian and seven Woodbridge troops killed by 12.30pm.
The Essex troops had more success entering the town than the Clevelander troops and by 2pm had advanced around Hambleton Hall. It appears that the leadership of the TBA are hold up inside. Defences in the area are very strong and the Essex and Woodbridge special forces troops have had trouble attacking the Hall itself, a detachment has been left to guard the Hall until the remainder of the peninsula had fallen.
Through out the day the fighting continues but without orders from the leadership the resistance of the TBA troops begins to falter and begins to collapse shortly after 6pm when 178 TBA troops surrender to Northumbrian troops. The remainder of the TBA troops surrender after 7.30pm, all except the TBA leadership in Hambleton Hall.
All allied troops had surrounded the Hall at 9pm, using loudhailers the leaders of the allies ask for the surrender of all the leadership of the TBA, if nothing is heard by 9.30pm then allies will take it that the answer is 'No' and the attack will commence.
The only reply to the offer of surrender is a barrage of small arms fire. At 9.45pm the final assault begins with rocket propelled grenades fired at the upper floor, quickly the upper floors are on fire. At just after 10pm a group of 25 Woodbridge special forces attempt access through a rear window, unfortunately the window is booby trapped, and explodes killing 12 of the troops, a further five Woodbridge medics are killed trying to help the wounded.
The explosion brings down a section of wall meaning that access inside was now possible. A group of Essex troopers gain access inside the building and while the majority fight room to room killing TBA troops as they go two manage to open the front and rear doors allowing Clevelander troops into the building as well. The fighting continues until there is a large explosion from one end of the building, the explosion kills five Clevelander and three Essex troops, and the entire leadership of the TBA, it appears that they had been expecting the final assault and had prepared a suicide bomb to take as many allied troops as possible.
Mopping up operation continue into the early morning but the battle for Ruland Water is declared a success.
Total death tolls have been announced
- 232 Clevelander
- 284 Essex
- 105 Northumbrian
- 42 Newollander
- 55 Woodbridge
- 1242 TBA
Just before daybreak a group of 40 Woodbridge special forces supported by 100 Essex troops land on the far eastern end of the Hambleton Peninsula. They find three arms dumps and a fuel dump and place charges on all four they then return to the mainland.
At 9am the charges are all detonated causing massive explosions across the peninsula, using small inflatable vessels, 2000 Essex troops and the Woodbridge special forces land across the southern coastline of the Hambleton Peninsula shortly after the detonations, the TBA troops fire on many boats as they approach the peninsula causing seven to sink, the troops aboard try to swim for the shore but weighed down by their equipment many drown or are picked off by TBA troops in the water. 72 Essex troops and nine Woodbridge troops, mostly medics, die in the water assault.
Once ashore the remaining troops quickly take the shoreline a begin forcing the TBA troop back, fighting is intense and losses on both side quickly build up.
At 12 noon the Clevelander, Northumbrian and Newolland troops begin attacking the outer wall defending the peninsula. They quickly overwhelm the defenders and move onto attacking the inner wall, however as they attack the main gateway a massive explosion occurs killing 78 Clevelander and 34 Northumbrian troops and blowing a large crater in front of the gateway, demolishing it in the process after the remaining allied troops regroup and surveying the area for further explosive devices, they attack the inner wall again at 2.30pm, it falls just after 4pm.
Through out the day the TBA troops resist strongly, but at 3pm a further 500 Essex troops land on the north of the peninsula taking the TBA defenders by surprise, with the TBA being now attacked on three fronts their resistance begins to falter.
At 5.30pm most of the eastern and far western ends of the peninsula had fallen to allied hands, the area around the village of Hambleton was still in TBA hands. Essex troops begin mortaring the village from the north and east whilst Clevelander troops begin mortaring from the west. The village put up stiff resistance, when as a group of 40 Essex troops try to attack the village's eastern end three massive explosions occur in areas occupied by Essex, Woodbridge and Clevelander/Northumbrian troops, it appears that the explosive devices had been hidden in partially demolished buildings and detonated once allied troops were in the vicinity.
Allied losses were very heavy with 187 Essex, 13 Woodbridge special forces and a further nine Woodbridge medics, 41 Clevelander, 18 Northumbrian and 32 Newollander troops all being killed and many more seriously injured. The allied troops withdraw from around the village and regroup for nightfall.
Due to the heavy losses sustained in the attack, Newollander troopers have withdrawn from the battlefield.
The attack is suspended until the morning; it is hoped that the village will fall tomorrow.
Death toll from the TBA side have been confirmed at 342.
After asking the Essex troops assistance, allied troops have received 25 rocket propelled grenades. The Clevelander troops use these weapons to attack the castle tower just after daybreak, they fire them at the bottom west corner of the tower, after 17 hits the corner of the tower begins to collapse and after a further three hits the corner totally collapses, bringing north west wall down with it, the three internal floors partially collapse and shortly after the collapse the allied troops attack the remaining structure, despite the severe damage to the tower the resistance from inside has extraordinarily heavy.
It takes nearly four hours to fully take the remains of the tower, there are heavy losses on both sides with 42 Clevelander, 21 Northumbrian and nine Newollander troops lost, the TBA looses 234 troops.
It takes a further three hours to totally clear the remains of the walled town of small numbers of TBA troops which had taken positions throughout the town.
The remains of the tower are dynamited at 8pm to make sure that any TBA troops that have not been captured retaking the tower and using it as a resistance base.
The Clevelander, Northumbrian and Newollander troops are to rest overnight and then assist the Essex and Woodbridge troops in their assault on the Hambleton peninsula.
While the attack was occurring on Oakham Castle the two Essex airships have continued their bombing raids on the Hambleton Peninsula, they have been focusing on the two defended walls separating the peninsula from the rest of the surrounding countryside. At nightfall the outer wall had been almost flattened and the inner wall had suffered serious damage.
At daybreak there was a sustained bombing campaign on the town of Oakham, both EAS Warrior - recently returned to service, and EAS Cavilier bombed the town for two hours from daybreak. At 9am the Clevelander, Northumbrian and Newolland troops attack the breaches in the town walls. Clevelander troops attack from the north while the combined forces of Northumbria and Newolland attack from the west.
The attack was brutal with heavy losses on both sides, by noon 15 Clevelander, seven Northumbrian and three Newolland troops lay dead. On the TBA side over 50 are dead and many more seriously injured.
By 1pm the allied troops have taken the town walls, the west of the walled town and have surrounded Oakham Castle. The allied troops begin mortaring the interior of the castle at 2pm and continue mortaring until just after 4pm. Five Clevelander troops scale the castle walls and open the main gate at 4.45pm, all five are shot from behind as the gates open and the remaining allied troops pour into the castle interior.
The troops attack the main hall, located in the west of the castle compound, first as there are large amounts of heavy fire coming from it, 25 Clevelander and four Northumbrian troops break down the door and seven grenades are thrown in. Once the dust settles the allied troops quickly take the building with the loss of only four Clevelander and one Newollander troop. The TBA troops lost 87 men with a further 29 captured injured.
The remaining buildings in the compound fall easily with no allied losses, the only remaining building to take was the main tower built in the centre of the compound. The main castle tower had been built to a Norman Motte and Bailey design with the main stone tower built on a 50 foot high earthen mound. As the allied troops surround the castle tower they begin to take heavy fire from the defenders, including hand grenades and small home made explosives.
By 8pm a further 18 Clevelander, 21 Northumbrian and seven Newollander troops are dead, the castle tower had so far resisted any attempts to take it. At nightfall the allied troops withdraw to a point where the castle defenders cannot cause anymore casualties, it is planned to attack the castle tomorrow.
At daybreak the airship bombing runs on both Oakham and the Hambleton Peninsula begin again, the main targets are the town walls around Oakham and the two defended walls across the Hambleton Peninsula. EAS Cavilier does six bombing runs throughout the day dropping nearly a tonne of high explosives on the area.
At the same time, between bombing runs, mortars are fired into the same areas by the allied troops and Woodbridge special forces snipers begin taking out targets visible on the peninsula.
The main attack on the defended town of Oakham will begin at dawn with a joint attack be Clevelander, Northumbrian and Newolland troops, Woodbridge and Essex troop will continue their sustained bombing and mortaring of the peninsula in preparation of the attack on it on the 4th August.
With the EAS Warrior temporarily out of service the Woodbridge special forces began a mortar attack on the Hambleton Peninsula at dawn, the attack lasted four hours and caused more damage to the remaining ruined structures on the peninsula.
At the same time the Clevelander and Northumbrian troops began their own mortar attack on the defended town of Oakham, their attack lasted in two phases from 10am to 11.30am and from 2pm to 3.45pm.
Both attacks cause damage to the many defended structures in the town centre, including enlarging one existing breach in the town walls and creating another breach, the attack also caused the total collapse of one defended tower in the wall and the serious damage of another three more.
Due to the success of the bombing raids by the Essex airships and mortar raids the planned main assault on the town of Oakham has been brought forward from the 4th of August to the 2nd of August.
It is hoped that the town will have fallen in time for the Clevelander, Newollander and Northumbrian troops to assist Woodbridge and Essex in the main assault on the Hambleton Peninsula on the 4th August.
Due to the success of the bombing raids on the Hambleton Peninsula the EAS Cavilier has been called to the front and throughout the day it completed five bombing runs on the defended town of Oakham causing serious damage including two breaches in the town walls and some minor fires in the defended section of the town.
At the same time the EAS Warrior continued its attack on the Hambleton Peninsula, it completed three more runs including an incendiary bomb attack. However on the third bombing run the airship came under heavy machine gun fire, the airship was hit several times causing some minor damage. The first officer was hit by a bullet ricocheting from one of the main support beams on the bridge, he suffered a wound to his right leg but is expected to make a complete recovery.
The EAS Warrior has returned to Essex for repairs it is hoped that it will return to service by the 3rd August 2011.
At daybreak the EAS Warrior began bombing the Hambleton Peninsula, over the day the airship completes seven bombing runs dropping over half a tonne of bombs, including a drop of incendiaries at 1.30pm which cause many of the buildings on the peninsula to catch on fire.
By mid afternoon many building were still burning fiercely, at roughly 5pm a large explosion occurred on the eastern end of the peninsula, it is assumed that either a fuel or more likely an arms dump had ignited, rubble from the explosion landed on the Essex troops in Edith Weston over 400 feet away.
The large shock wave from the explosion caused many buildings in the area surrounding to partially collapse and catch fire.
By nightfall many of the fires had been extinguished, three main areas however continued to burn into the early hours of the 30th July.
Essex troops moved to take the town of Edith Weston this morning, they took the town easily, however just after 3pm the Essex troops came under mortar fire from the TBA controlled peninsula. Four Essex troops are killed in the initial bombardment with a further two killed in a second bombardment at 7pm. Essex troops returned fire once the first bombardment had abated, it is unknown how many TBA casualties were suffered.
At nightfall the Essex troops called on the EAS Warrior it has moved forward and is expected to begin bombing the peninsula at daybreak.
250 Essex troops have moved from Stamford and attacked the town of Empingham, resistance was light and the town was taken by mid afternoon without any Essex casualties.
Another 250 Essex troops have moved to take the town of Edith Weston on the south bank of Rutland Water, they have taken the airfield to the south without a fight, they currently are based less than 200 metres to the south of the town centre, plans are to take the town tomorrow.
750 Clevelander troops and 75 Newollander troops have moved south from Melton Mowbray and attacked the town of Langham less than 1km from the TBA controlled town of Oakham. The town put up some stiff resistance but due to overwhelming numbers of allied troops the town fell by nightfall with 27 TBA dead and 2 Clevelander troops dead, 47 TBA troops were injured and captured when the town was taken a remaining 70-80 TBA men retreated south east to the TBA base at Oakham.
A further 500 Clevelander and 250 Northumbrian troops have attacked the village of Braunston-in-Rutland, the village fell quickly, again due to overwhelming numbers, with only four TBA casualties and 12 captured. A further 50-60 TBA troops retreated to Oakham and there were no allied casualties.
After the town of Langham was taken, the remaining Clevelander, Newollander and Northumbrian troops have moved forward to the town in preparation for the planned attack in the next few days.
In preparation for the planned The Rutland War the Essex airship EAS Warrior has done a reconnaissance flight over the TBA Rutland base, the pictures brought back show two heavily defended walls cutting off the Hambleton peninsula from the mainland as well as large numbers of recently built military buildings on the peninsula.
In the nearby town of Oakham it was discovered that the majority of the town outside the central ring road had been razed to the ground and the town centre defended with a large wall with seven independently defensible towers built into it, even more heavily defended structures were found in the area surrounding Oakham Castle. The defensive lines have been linked to the peninsula defences by two layers of walls and defensive ditches.
From the pictures it is approximated that the forces in Oakham and the Hambleton Peninsula number around 3200.
Troops from the OBN nations of Cleveland, Newolland and Northumbria have begun massing in the town of Melton Mowbray to the north west of Rutland. Meanwhile troops from Essex have taken the town of Stamford to the South East of Rutland without a fight, it appears the TBA troops holding the town left sometime in the past week. At the same time troops from Woodbridge have taken the village of Uppingham, the TBA troops guarding the village left at roughly the same time as the troops from Stamford, 40 Woodbridge medics have moved to support the Cleveland, Northumbrian and Newolland troops in Melton Mowbray.
The Newolland Government have announced that the towns of Grantham, Boston, Sleaford and Melton Mowbray will become part of Newolland on the 18th August 2011.
They also announced Scunthorpe, Gainsborough, Worksop and Retford will become part of Newolland on the 29th September 2011.
The towns of Grantham, Sleaford, Boston and Melton Mowbray voted in a referendum to become part of Newolland. The results are as follows:
- Yes - 67%
- No - 38%
- Melton Mowbray
- Yes - 62%
- No - 36%
- Yes - 58%
- No - 42%
- Yes - 52%
- No - 48%
The results of the referendum in Scunthorpe and its surrounding area that was undertaken on the 5th July have been announced. The results are as follows:
- Yes - 8,743
- No - 7,912
The results are close. However, the vote has returned as a Yes vote. Newolland will shortly announce the schedule of assimilation.
After the vote in Scunthorpe, its largest and nearest trading partner, the town of Gainsborough has also said today that it would like to also become part of Newolland at the same time as Scunthorpe.
With Scunthorpe and Gaisborough deciding to join the nation of Newolland the nearby town of Worksop and Retford have also asked to join Newolland.
RCN 1 and 2 have arrived in Barton-upon-Humber they will resupply and then take up position in Skegness, in mid August they will then transport the extra troops from transport vessels to shore for the attack on Rutland Water. Until then they will assist in the building the LCR.
Team one is continuing work on the LCR.
Team two has arrived in Melton Mowbray and will rest the area until the attack on Rutland Water in August.
Team three is also in Melton Mowbray waiting for the attack on Rutland water.
An agreement has been made between OBN nations to attack the TBA base on Rutland water, to finally rid the former UK of this oppresive group. The attack is expected at the end of August.
6th July 2011: Nottingham explored RCN 1, 2 and Team two have completed their exploration of the bombed city of Nottingham, they started by exploring the south of the River Trent, they find it seriously damaged and abandoned, once they move to the north of the river they quickly find the detonation point of the bomb, it appeared to have detonated almost directly over Nottingham railway station, it could be identified by the large amount of twisted railway lines in the area, the remains of a partly melted diesel locomotive and very little else.
The buildings in the area surrounding the former station had been flattened to the ground out to a quarter mile, stunted vegetation started occuring from 300 yards outward, the majority of the city appeared to have been burnt at, or shortly after DD.
The outskirts had become totally overgrown in the years since DD, throughout the entirety of the exploration no signs of modern inhabitation were found.
Now that the exploration of Nottingham is complete Team two is making its way toward Melton Mowbray RCN 1 and 2 are returning to Barton-upon-Humber to assist in the building of the LCR.
Team one is continuing work on the LCR.
Team three are to remain in Melton Mowbray until they can meet up with Team two both teams will rest and recuperate in the town.
A deal has been made with other OBN nations of Essex and Woodbridge to jointly attack the TBA base at Rutland Water, it is expected to take place in late August.
As well as Team two and three a further 1500 troops taken from the Royal Cleveland Territirial Army (RCTA) Regiments of the Royal Green Jackets, the Dragoon Guards and the Queens Own Hussars, as well as 250 full time Marines are due to arrive in Skegness in early August.
Scunthorpe and the surrounding area has held its referendum on joining the nation of Newolland, results will be known on the 7th July.
RCN 1 and 2 have travelled upstream on the River Trent to the outskirts of the bombed city of Nottingham.
Team one reached the town of Boston late last night, the residents there have heard from the town of Grantham and were expecting the team, they were warmly welcomed, the leadership have announced that they intend to hold a referendum on becoming part of Newolland on the same day as Grantham on the 22nd July.
Team one is now working on the line from Boston to Skegness; the only section left to complete is from Boston to Sibsey. It is hoped that the line will be completed by the end of July however it will not become opperational until the line from Grimsby is completed which will be by the end of the year.
100 men from Team one have headed toward the town of Sleaford, 25 men from Boston have travelled with them, they expect to be there tomorrow.
Team two have reached the edge of the bombed city of Nottingham, they expect to meet up with RCN 1 and 2 tonight and begin the exploration of the city tomorrow.
Team three reached the town of Melton Mowbray at mid morning, they were expected after traders came from Grantham overnight, due to the trade agreements with Grantham the town leadership agree to hold a referendum on the 22nd July, they are of the same opinion as the leadership of Grantham that the referendum is unnecessary.
The delagation of Cleveish troops and Newolland diplomats have reached the city of Lincoln. Although the main city centre appears only slightly damaged, the suburbs however appear to be abandoned due to the amount of overgrowth. The entire south of the city (south of the River Witham) appears to have either burnt on DD or shortly after, a new city wall appeared to have been built from demolished buildings.
They are greeted by the leadership of the Democratic Republic of Lindsey in Lincoln Castle's great Cobb hall. Due to the time that they arrive they are given a state meal before being given rooms in the Castle. They are due to begin negotiations tomorrow.
RCN 1 Has arrived in Newark-upon-Trent and delivered the ten Newolland diplomats, they have met up with the commander of the Cleveish troops and the leader of the Republic defenders and will move toward Lincoln tomorrow. RCN 1 will join RCN 2 and travel upstream to the nuked city of Nottingham tomorrow.
RCN 2 will travel with RCN 1 to the nuked city of Nottingham tomorrow.
Team one has moved to the town of Boston to continue work on the LCR. After radio contact with Team three a division of 100 men will move toward the town of Sleaford tomorrow to discuss a possible referendum about joining Newolland, it is expected that they will hold it on the same day as the town of Grantham.
Team two will arrive in Nottingham tomorrow along with RCN 1 and 2.
Team three have arrived in the town of Grantham, the locals are already aware of the nation of Newolland to the south and agree to hold a referendum about joining Newolland on the 22nd July, though the leadership of the town believes that a referendum is unneccesary as everone will vote to join Newolland.
The leadership of Grantham have trade agreements with the nearby towns of Sleaford and Melton Mowbray, they have stated that it is more than likely that both these towns will also be willing to join with Newolland at the earliest opportunity. Contact has been made with Team one and they are sending a division to Sleaford tomorrow.
Team three will move on toward the town of Melton Mowbray tomorrow.
RCN 1 are returning from Spalding with a contingent of ten Newolland diplomats due to unexpectedly bad weather in the North Sea they expect to arrive back in Newark-upon-Trent by the 4th July.
RCN 2 will remain in Newark-upon-Trent until RCN 1 returns and then they will move upstream toward the nuked city of Nottingham.
RCN 3 will remain in Cleveland and will play no further part in the Lincolnshire Assimilation Project.
Team one are continuing work on the LCR.
Team two are heading toward the nuked city of Nottingham, they expect to arrive on the 5th July.
Team three are heading toward the town of Grantham, they expect to arrive on the 4th July.
RCN 1 has travelled on to Spalding to pick up a team of Newolland diplomatic staff, they expect to be back in Newark-upon-Trent by the 3rd of July.
RCN 2 have remained in Newark-upon-Trent.
RCN 3 has returned to Cleveland to pass on information about what is needed to set up the LCR, including bridges that need building and the need to bring machinary to dig railway cuttings in places.
Team one continuing work either side of Skegness on the LCR.
Team two and three are continuing talks with the residents of Newark-upon-Trent to try to glean any further information on the Democratic Republic of Lindsey.
They have held talks with the Commander of the Republics defenders, it is decided that a group of 50 Cleveish troops (25 will be REME troops) and Newolland Diplomats will travel to the Ceremonial Capital of Lincoln to meet with the leadership of the Democratic Republic of Lindsey on the 5th July, the remainer of the Cleveish troops will leave the area.
Team two will head toward the nuked city of Nottingham.
Team three will head toward the town of Grantham and then on toward the town of Sleaford before moving to Boston.
RCN 1 has returned to Gainsborough before moving back to Barton-upon-Humber for resupplying and to pick up more troops if needed.
RCN 2 has remained with Teams two and three on the outskirts of Newark-upon-Trent.
Team one is continuing work on the LCR.
Teams two and three have advanced on the town of Newark-upon-Trent. After seeing the attack on the 29th June the residents and defenders of the town surrendered rather than be placed under a further attack.
The Cleveish troops explain who they are, where they are from and what they are doing in the area. The residents of the town are happy to see that nations survived DD and are retaking the county piece by piece, some of the defenders however are less welcoming, locals tell them that they arrived two years ago from a nation to the east called the Democratic Republic of Lindsey, locally shortened to the Republic.
From information gained from locals and from some of the Republic defenders that are willing to talk a few things have been learned about the Democratic Republic of Lindsey.
- Although it states that it is a republic, it is effectively several independant townships who signed a mutual trade agreement in 1999. Each township has significant independance from each other.
- The Republic is truly democratic nation with all public positions (and even some private positions) elected.
- They have a small Army in relation to other OBN nations (around 5000 men).
- They have a population of roughly 75,000
- They are based in the towns of Newark-upon-Trent, Market Rasen, Horncastle, Louth, (the largest town in the area and de facto Capital City) and the City of Lincoln (Ceremonial Capital, however due to radiation levels very few people live there).
Suprisingly, when the Cleveish troops are invited into Newark-upon-Trent town hall they find a picture of the former British PM Thatcher taking pride of place above the main council chamber.
After talking to the more responsive members of the Republic defenders it appears that former PM Thatcher has become the focus heroine worship in the Republic almost to the point of giving her god like qualities, some believe she will one day return and reunite the British Isles as a new United Kingdom; this is very similar to the legend of King Arthur.
They follow a version of Thatcherism:
- The promotion of low inflation - by trade deals between townships, the government also does not allow trade with other nations in the area.
- The tight control of the money supply.
- Firm control over public expenditure.
- The return to 'Victorian values' (of the Samuel Smiles variety).
- Privatisation of as many government agencies as possible.
- Constraints on the labour movement - including the abolition of all trade unions. *They are also stauchly Anti-Communist.
The Republic defenders are delighted to discover from the Cleveish troops that two of the former Queen Elizabeth's children survived DD and became Monarchs of their own nations.
They are not that happy about the nation of Newollands plans for the area that is now covered by the Republic.
RCN 1 and 2, Team two and three have remained on the outskirts of Newark-upon-Trent, awaiting orders from the governments of Newolland and Cleveland; captured troops from the town have been moved to the Newolland town of Spalding for further questioning.
RCN 3 has moved another 50 REME troops to Chapel St Leonards to work on the LCR link between the towns of Skegness and Mablethorpe.
Team one are continuing work on the LCR between Skegness and Boston.
RCN 1 and 2, Teams two and three arrived in Newark-upon-Trent at midday, they were met outside the town by 500 men who attacked them without provocation; the Cleveish troops took several casualties before returning fire, killing several of the assailants and capturing half a dozen. After interrogation they reveal that they thought that the Cleveish troops were Soviets invading the area. As soon as they realise that they are talking to 'British' and not 'Soviet' soldiers they stop talking and refuse to answer any more questions; the captured troops are transported by RCN 1 to Barton-upon-Humber base before being transported to Newolland on the 30th June. The remaining Cleveish troops have set up base outside Newark-upon-Trent.
RCN 3 has moved 50 REME troops from Barton-on-Humber to the town of Saltfleet by St Clements. They will move inland and start work on the LCR.
Team one are continuing work on the new LCR.
RCN 1 and 2 and Team two have met up in the twin towns of Dunham and Newton-on-Trent. They will remain there overnight and tomorrow move toward the town of Newark-upon-Trent.
RCN 3 has returned to Barton-upon-Humber to pick up 50 REME troops and returned then to Mablethorpe to begin work on the newly named Lincolnshire coastal railway (LCR).
Team one has begun working on the LCR between Skegness and Mablethorpe.
Team three has begun to move toward the town of Newark-upon-Trent they have been leasing with RCN 1 and 2 and Team two so that they arrive in the town at the same time.
RCN 1 and 2 have remained in Dunham and Newton-on-Trent waiting for Team two.
RCN 3 has remained in Skegness.
Team one has remained in Skegness.
Team two has moved west to meet RCN 1 and 2 in Newton and Dunham-on-Trent.
Team three have left Worksop and arrived in Retford, due to the advanced warning their welcome is far friendlier than their reception at Worksop. They have left 50 men (including ten REME troops) to work with the locals in rebuilding the area.
The remainder of the troops (280 troopers) have started moving south east, down the old A1 road, toward the town of Newark-upon-Trent, it is hoped that Team two and three and RCN 1 and 2 will arrive in the area on the 28th of June.
300 more REME troops have arrived in Barton-upon-Humber to begin work on the rail line between Barton and Grimsby and from the Grimsby line to Scunthorpe and Gainsborough with the possibility of extending it to Retford and Worksop at a later date.
RCN 1 and 2 have remained in Dunham and Newton-on-Trent until Team two can meet them before moving on to Newark-upon-Trent
RCN 3 has remained in Skegness to assist in repair work to rail lines in the area.
Team one is also in Skegness assisting in repair work.
Team two is holding and resting in the abandoned town of West Firsby overnight and will then move west to meet RCN 1 and 2 in the twin tons of Dunham and Newton-on-Trent, they will then travel south to the town of Newark-upon-Trent on the 28th.
Team three has arrived in the town of Worksop, it is heavily defended, it has large wall surrounding the town centre and large ditch network linking to the River Ryton. The entire south side of the river has been abandoned and burnt. After two attempts to contact the locals contact is made by a mortar being fired over the wall into the Cleveish troops injuring three troopers.
The Cleveish commander hastily produced a white flag and this seems to get the locals attention and they send a team of four representatives out through the east gate of the town. After explaining the current situation in the former UK and the troops exploration of the local area the townsfolk invite the Cleveish troops into the town, they find it as pre-industrial level of technology.
The locals also explain why they are so heavily defended, shortly after DD they suffered heavy attacks from marauders, then by the mid 1990's they started being attacked by contingents from the True British Army and then by the early 2000's they began being attacked by an unknown force from the east. The wall had been built to protect from attack from the True British Army.
REME troops offer wind generators and the possibility of a hydro plant on the River Ryton as well as repairing the local water and sewage system. The local leaders gratefully accept the offer and say that messengers will be sent to they're twin town in Retford to receive the troops in a more friendly manner.
10 REME troops will be left in Worksop to repair the water and sewage system and then they will move to Retford to do the same. The rest of the troops will move out a daybreak toward the town of Retford.
RCN 1 and 2 have reached the twin towns of Dunham and Newton-on-Trent, they have learnt from locals that Newark-upon-Trent has bad people living there. They would not go into further detail, however this reaction from townsfolk has made the commander hold off investigating the area until more details are known. They will hold in the are unitl Team two arrives after they have explored the towns of Worksop and Retford.
RCN 3 has arrived in Skegness with 50 REME troops to assist Team one who also arrived today in the town.
Team one arrived in Skegness less than an hour before RCN 3 arrived with a further 50 REME troops, this did cause a small diplomatic incident as the leadership of the town believed there was a military invasion underway from a nation inland from the town, after talking to locals they know little of the inland of Lincolnshire, all the locals would say is that they don't trade there.
Team two After radio contact from both Team one and RCN 1 and 3 about locals warnings about a nation of so called bad people near there location. They have decided to hold at the abandoned town of West Firsby, they will rest there until the 28th of June.
Team three after radio reports from the other teams Team three have begun heading for the town of Worksop. They will give both Worksop and Retford quick exploration and then will split into two teams of 150 men.
Half will meet with RCN 1 and 2 and then travel onto Newark-upon-Trent, and the other half will march overnight to meet with Team two on the 28th June, before moving toward Lincoln.
Due to the fact that, so far, the population has been so friendly to the Cleveish troops in the area the assimilation of Lincolnshire is progressing far faster than was expected by the governments of both Cleveland and Newolland.
RCN 1 and 2 will remain Gainsborough today and travel upstream tomorrow hoping to reach the town of Newark-upon-Trent by the 27th June.
RCN 3 has returned to Barton-upon-Humber base they are currently resupplying before heading to Skegness tomorrow.
Team one have reached the town of Chapel St Leonards and are expecting to reach Skegness tomorrow.
Team two have reached the abandoned town of West Firsby, the progress has been quicker due to an apparently maintained road system in the area. They now expect to reach Lincoln on the 26th June rather than the 27th June.
Team three have concluded their exploration of Doncaster and are resting overnight before heading south toward Retford and Worksop.
RCN 1 and 2 Will continue working with the town of Gainsborough throughout today and tomorrow and will leave on the 25th.
RCN' 3' has arrived in Scunthorpe with a further 50 REME troops, they will stay overnight and then return to Barton-upon-Humber on the 24th of June.
Team one Has left Mablethorpe to travel toward Skegness, they are expected to arrive in Skegness by the 24th June.
Team two The now smaller team has left Scunthorpe and have begun travelling south down the Roman Ermine Street (A15) toward the city of Lincoln, they are expected to arrive by the 27th June.
Team three The exploration of Doncaster is progressing faster than expected, exploration should be finished by the 25th June after which the plans are to head south along the Great North Road to investigate the towns of Worksop and Retford.
RCN 1 and 2 have made contact with the residents of the town of Gainsborough, the town has a small population of only 4000 but has port facility despite being far inland. The Cleveish troops have agreed to use the port for further exploration of the River Trent in return the troops have agreed to install two wind generators that will provide power for 700 homes and in the next month a new team will arrive to instal a hydroelectric plant on the Trent.
RCN 3 has returned to the Cleveish base at Barton-upon-Humber, to pick up 50 REME troops and will transport them to Scunthorpe on the 23rd of June.
Team one has arrived in the town of Mablethorpe and has set up a wind generator to produce power for the entire town.
Team Two has split into two teams, one team of 100 men, including 25 REME will move south from Scunthorpe once the new team has arrive from Barton tomorrow.
Agreements have been made with the leaders of Scunthorpe to become part of the nation of Newolland after a vote by residents in the town and surrounding countryside, the land that the leadership of Scunthorpe have control over are between the Rivers Trent (West), Humber (North) and Ancholme (East) and the A631 (South) they have decided to call the referendum on July 5th with the results known by the 7th July.
The Kingdoms of Northumbria and Cleveland will sent electoral teams to help set up the vote.
Team three are continuing there exploration of Doncaster.
June 22nd 2011: WOODBRIDGE, Prime Minister Bee of Woodbridge passed on his congratulations to the new High Minister of Essex Jim Barker-McCardle adding that he hoped to work as closely with him as he did with Lee Evans.
June 22nd 2011: CHELMSFORD, Essex - Following yesterday's election, Jim Barker-McCardle becomes High Minister, ending the incumbent Lee Evans' nine-year-long rule. Winning by a margin of as little as 3% of the electorate, Barker-McCardle's victory is controversial but Evans has not contested the vote and congratulated the new High Minister, who will formally assume the position at sundown today. The majority of Barker-McCardle's votes came from southern Essex, where he has been extremely visible in his preparations and direction of the invasion of Kent, and from the military, where his marshal past have earned him respect. Evans gained the majority of votes in the less-densely-populated north. In the capital city of Chelmsford Barker-McCardle won a plurality by only 500 votes, prompting some protests today. At the insistence of Lee Evans, however, most of the protestors left and accepted the defeat. He has congratulated Barker-McCardle for his close victory and promises to continue to serve the Essaxon people as best he can from his position of Mayor of Billericay.
21st June 2011: Trade negotiations with Scunthorpe going well. RCN 1 and 2 have continued southward travelling upstream on the River Trent, they passed Scunthorpe early in the morning and had reached the northern outskirts of town of Gainsborough by late evening, the teams have set up base on the outskirts and hope to contact the townsfolk on the 22nd.
RCN 3 returned to Cleveish base at Barton-upon-Humber early on the morning of the 21st June, it picks up 50 REME troops and returns to Grimsby to continue the rebuilding of the town.
Team one has left the town of Grimsby after the arrival of the REME troops brought by RCN 3 they are heading for the Mablethorpe along the Lincolnshire coastline.
Team two has continued with the trade negotiations with the leaders of Scunthorpe, so far the negotiations are going well, the Cleveish troops have offered to install five wind generators and a hydroelectric plant on the nearby River Trent, the installation of the wind generators is expect to take two weeks and will provide power to 900 homes and the centre of town, and after RCN 3 brings another 50 REME from the Cleveish base at Barton-upon-Humber on the 23rd of June, work will begin on the hydroelectric plant, with work expected to be completed by the end of July. The hydro plant will provide power to additional 1500 houses when completed.
The leaders of Scunthorpe have also asked to be connected to the Cleveish Railway system as soon as possible, and after briefly surveying the remaining existing line to Grimsby on the way to Scunthorpe the REME troops think that they could reconnect the town by the end of the summer. The connection has been given high priority by the Cleveish government.
Team three has continued its exploration of the abandoned city of Doncaster the exploration is expected to take roughly a week.
The White's Shipyards in East Cowes today launched its first purpose built military ship since 1963. The RNV Blyskawica (Named after the original ship that protected the Isle of Wight) is a Grom class Destroyer that will act as a Cruiser in the Republican Navy and will be its new Flagship. The Singleton Clan which runs the shipyard has modified the design by fitting missile launchers and has announced that they will be accepting orders from other states for the Class.
Team one has arrived in the port town of Grimsby, it is hoped that the two wind turbines donated to the town will be up and running by the end of the week.
The discussions between the leaders of Scunthorpe and the commander of Team two have advanced to the point that the entire team has been invited into the town for further discussions with the leadership RCN 1 and 2 have also been allowed to pass Scunthorpe and head farther up the River Trent.
Team Three has arrived in the northern outskirts of Doncaster, although the city was not hit by any nuclear weapons on Doomsday it appears totally abandoned.
The team has contacted some remaining locals, who tell them that after Doomsday radiation came from the air and from the River Don that flows from Sheffield (which was nuked) directly through the centre of Doncaster; roughly half the population died or left the area within the first six months after Doomsday.
After the radiation there were two epidemics one with flu-like symptoms over the winter of 1983-84 which killed over 10,000 and another during the summer of 1986 which was more than likely Cholera which killed over 20,000.
By the late 1990's much of the city had been abandoned, with the population of the entire former city at less than 15,000, then in late 1995 there was a massive flood down the Don Valley. This carried massive levels of radiation from Sheffield and destroyed the city centre. Another major flood occurrred in 2007, after which many remaining residents headed east hoping to find civilisation.
Team one while heading east along the A180 have entered the fortified town of Immingham after talks with the leaders of the town they have donated and installed a small wind generator for the 270 houses in the town. They have moved on and are heading for the port town of Grimsby expecting to arrive on the 21st June.
Team two while heading west have reached the River Ancholme at the town of Brigg, the two main bridges across the river had been damaged and partially collapsed in a flood in 1997, the Cleveish troops have offered to rebuild the bridge in the centre of Brigg. They have also open negotiations with the leaders of the town of Scunthorpe in regards to trade links with OBN nations and travel through the surrounding area.
Two RCN patrol boats (RCN 1 and 2) have entered the River Trent and have begun exploring upstream they have set a base in the town of Burton upon Strather until negotiation with the town of Scunthorpe have been completed. Its plan is to travel upstream as far as possible with the hope of reaching the town of Gainsborough and possibly as far south as the bombed city of Nottingham.
17th June 2011: Cleveland begins assistance with Newolland's Lincolnshire assimilation project. Cleveish troops have set up a base of operation in the abandoned town of Barton-upon-Humber, they have decided to travel along the former main roads as many appear to be in reasonable condition.
400 men will travel along the A15 and then split into two groups of 200, with 'Team one going east along the A180 and Team Two west along the M180. Each group consists of 150 Blues and Royals and a contingent of 50 REME.
One patrol boat (RCN 3) from the RCN has travelled downstream along the Humber and has entered the port of Grimsby, finding the locals friendly but they are incredibly locally centred, they having no knowledge of the outside world.
Due to militant raids in the years following doomsday the port town had effectively cut themselves off from the marauders by destroying local roads and bridges. The RCN personnel have informed them of the existence of the OBN and Kingdoms of Cleveland to the north and the nation of Newolland to the south and the plan to link them using railways and the fact that Cleveish troops will be arriving shortly to rebuild bridges and other local infrastructure.
As an act of goodwill they give the townsfolk two wind generators which can produce engough electricity for 800 homes.
On the same day Team three a battalion (300 troops) of the RCTA Regiment of the Royal Green Jackets arrives in the Cleveish town of Goole in East Yorkshire, They prepare to move into North Lincolnshire following the railway line southward toward the town of Thorne, they then plan to investigate the city of Doncaster for one week and then continue heading south and investigate the towns of Retford and Worksop before heading east toward the city of Lincoln.
3rd June, 2011: Cleveland assists with Newolland's Lincolnshire assimilation project
In an agreement has been made with the Newolland government and with the assistance of the other OBN nations, two Battalions of Royal Cleveland Territorial Army (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and the Blues and Royals - approximately 600 troops) have been stationed on the south side of the River Humber in former North Lincolnshire, they will assist the repair teams from Cleveland Railway working on the connecting raillines between Cleveland and Newolland. The operation has been given the code name Operation Hearts and Minds
They will also assist in any repairs to road and foot bridges in the area as well as setting up diplomatic links between the OBN and the locals.
Three patrol boats from the Royal Cleveland Navy (RCN) have been temporarily transferred to the Humber to assist with exploration of the Humber coastline and any other navigable rivers in the area. Each patrol boat will carry 25 Durham Light Infantry troops.
After discussions with the government of Newolland (who claims the area) any areas suitable for hydroelectric plants and places for wind turbines will be surveyed and after reporting to the government of Newolland will be constructed and connected to a new electrical grid.
They are expected to begin by surveying between the towns of Barton-upon-Humber and Barrow-upon-Humber to the port town of Grimsby in late June/early July.
3rd to 6th June 2011: Most successful Appleby horse fair since Doomsday The Westmorland and Furness Alliance has held its first Appleby horse fair since the dissolution of the Rheged Co-Operative in early 2011. With the assistance of Lancastrian horse traders it was the most successful since Doomsday with over 600 horses and ponies being bought, sold and traded.
1st June 2011: Westmorland and Furness Alliance officially becomes a Protectorate of the Duchy of Lancaster After months of negotiations between the governments of the WFA and Lancaster, Lancaster has agreed to accept the WFA as a Protectorate, with the possibility of merging the nations in the future.
The death toll for the Ur Alba war was high:
- Ur Alba - 2187
- Celtic Alliance - 832
- RCTA - 27
- Northumbrian Army/Rheged Militia - 34
- Scottish civilians - 197
- Southern English Navy - 15
In addition 774 Ur Alba Troops were captured and taken to a POW camp outside Douglas, Isle of Mann.
Directly after the war the Celtic Alliance signed an agreement with Northumbria, Cleveland and Southern England to help set up a democratic government in Scotland. They decide to make the seat of government in Edinburgh.
There has also been a decision that a group of Cleveish, Northumbrian, Celts and Southern English politians and developers will lead the country until a true democratic Scottish government can be established.
After the war the allied nations decided to divide up some of the land that Ur Alba had conquered in the past two years.
- Celtic Alliance will get the Irish Sea coastline including the towns of Ayr and Dumfries and east to the former A76.
- Northumbria will get a border with the Celtic Alliance along the southern section of the old A76. It also gets the towns of Lockerbie and Moffat, all land south of the A706 including the towns of Selkirk, Hawick, Melrose, Jedburgh, Kelso, Galashiels, Duns and the port of Eyemouth on the North Sea coast.
8th May, 2011 : Clevelander reaches summit of Everest BASE CAMP IV, MT Everest Alan Hinkes returns to Base Camp IV after successfully reaching the summit of Mount Everest just before 11am on the 7th of May 2011. He has severe frostbite to his left hand after losing his outer glove on the summit while taking photographs, he expects to be returning to the Kingdom of Cleveland by the end of the month.
8th May, 2011: Fall of Ur Alba PEEBLES, Ur Alba / During the night roughly 2500 civilians evacuated Peebles with the allied troops giving safe passage to women and children, all men were searched and anyone showing allegiance to the Ur Alba military or the Chamberhouse were taken into custody and taken to a camp near the Northumbrian town of Carlisle.
At 10am the bombardment of the capital city of Peebles begins, the CA air force begins by dropping bombs on the main bridge across the River Tweed in the city centre, effectivly cutting the city in half and by destroying Venlaw Castle, the seat of the Chamberhouse. The allied troops begin by firing mortars and heavy artillery into the west and south of the city. Celtic Alliance troops advance quickly from the west across the former Golf club land and with 100 troop moving across the north of the city, taking up position on the high ground above the city. They begin mortaring the city centre.
At 10.30am the Ur Alba troops begin their attack along the Edinburgh Road dividing the troops on the high ground the east from the main CA troops, they then begin the attack on the CA troops on the high ground, however due to the steepness of the ground and the defending CA troop the Ur Alba troops take heavy casualties and by 11.20am they withdraw back to the city centre.
In the south RCTA and Northumbrian army troops with the assistance of the CA air force attack the south of the city beginning at 11am, the majority of the south falls quickly, however there are two areas of stiff resistance, one between the destroyed main bridge and the main weir across the river and another near a small footbridge in the west of the city. It takes nearly an hour for the footbridge to fall and another two hours for the main bridge to fall. casualties on both sides are heavy with 150 allied troops and over 200 Ur Alba troops dying and many more being injured. Once the south of the city had fallen to the allies they begin to make their way the footbridge and across the River Tweed at the weir at 12pm, at 12.15pm the footbridge that the allied troops are using explodes killing nearly 50 allied troops, the bridge appeared to have been booby trapped by the Ur Alba troops before they fell.
In the north and west CA troops were slowly advancing across the city heading for the city centre, once they had crossed the main graveyard for the city the fighting became street to street, building to building, bolstered by the RCTA and Northumbrian troops coming across the River Tweed they advance more quickly and they take the 'old town' at 2pm. There are several Ur Alba attacks during the day, mainly they are weak and ineffective however at 3.40pm there is a major attack from the east, 300 Ur Alba troops attack down the main High Street, they fight well but the majority of them are killed within the first few minutes of the attack, by 4pm the attack had faultered and the Ur Alba troop withdraw to the far end of the High Street.
By 4.30pm all Ur Alba troops west of a small river known as the Cuddy (otherwise known as the Eddleston Water) have been defeated and only the area north of the Tweed and east of the Cuddy. By 5pm CA troops had begun attacking the city from the north along the Edinburgh Road and along the main High Street and a battalion of 300 men from the RCTA have crossed the Tweed to the east of the city and are attacking along the Innerleithen Road back toward the city centre.
At 7pm 500 Ur Alba troops slowly appear on Eastgate waving white flags, they approach the CA troops and ask to surrender, they carry a hand written letter signed by Chairman Macintire and four other members of the Chamberhouse declaring an unconditional surrender of all Ur Alba military to the allies.
By 8pm all Ur Alba troops have surrendered to the allies, members of the RCTA enter the old Peebles Community Centre on Walkers Haugh in the east of the city and find Chairman Macintire, he is dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound alongside him are General MacDonald, the head of the Ur Alba Army and three other unidentified people assumed to be members of the Chamberhouse.
7th May, 2011: Allied troop surround Ur Alba Capital city / After the attacks on the town of Dumfries, the allied troops have begun to move toward the Ur Alba capital city of Peebles. The Celtic Alliance has once again given their final warning to the Chamberhouse to unconditionally surrender or face a military attack. There has been no reply.
By 2pm the allied troops had set up positions around Peebles, the CA air force drops leaflets over the city telling all civilians to get out of the city overnight as bombardment and attack will occur tomorrow.
Total troops around Peebles are:
- Celtic Alliance - 2500
- RCTA - 700
- Northumbrian Army - 300
- Rheged Militia - 200
There are an estimated 3000 Ur Alba troops in Peebles itself.
6th May 2011: Second attempt on Everest by Cleveish climber expected tomorrow. The weather has broken around Mount Everest and is expected to stay fine for the next few days, mountaineer Alan Hinkes has said he expects that the attempt will begin before daybreak on the 7th of May.
6th May, 2011: Assault on Dumfries / At daybreak the attack began on the Ur Alba town of Dumfries, the resistance from the town was extreamly heavy and the fight continued for the remainder of the day, by 5pm the majority of the town had fallen to the allied troops with only a small area on the east bank of the River Cree around the St George's church.
The battle continued until 7pm when approximately 50 Ur Alba troops charged the allied lines, they were shot down before they could reach the forward allied lines, the remaining 60 men inside the church surrendered shortly afterward and have been transported to the POW camp on the Isle of Mann.
Casualties for the day were very high
- Celtic Alliance: Dead - 197, injured - 72
- Northumbrian Army: Dead - 5, injured - 17
- Rheged Militia: Dead - 7, injured - 22
- Ur Alba: Dead - 372, injured - 87, captured - 72
5th May Woodbridge General Election Result. The final totals of seats gained by each party in the Woodbridge General Election is as follows: Conservatives 41 (-17), Labour 16 (+7), Liberals 15 (+6), Veterans Party 8 (+4). As a result Prime Minister John Robson's Conservatives remain in power with a wafer-thin majority of one seat.
5th May, 2011 : Last diplomatic alternative fails. / At 8am the government of the Celtic Alliance contacted the Chamberhouse in Peebles and asked for the Ur Alba military to surrender unconditionally, if that occurs then the allies military will not attack the heavily populated Ur Alba towns of Dumfries, Lockerbie and Peebles.
The Ur Alba chamberhouse has responded at 10am by saying that The people of Ur Alba will never surrender to the imperialistic and hostile invaders that have attack our lands. The Ur Alba people will fight to the last man and the last bullet.
After this message was received by the Celtic Alliance, CA troops moved to surround the town of Dumfries, it was fully surrounded by 6pm and the bombadment began shortly after 7pm, the CA air force has begun to bomb obvious military targets while the CA Navy has begun bombardment of the town centre.
During the day allied troops also surrounded the town of Lockerbie, however the local civilian population surrendered to the Celtic troops at 5pm rather than be attacked, the civilians had attacked the Ur Alba troops based in the town shortly after the Chamberhouse message.
In the North Sea the SE navy accompanied by the Cleveland battleship HMS Tees has arrived off the Ur Alba coast, they have begun blockading the ports of Eyemouth (Where HMS Tees has been sent), North Berwick and Dunbar
4th May, 2011: Attacks continue in Ur Alba / The Rheged Militia and Northumbrian army took the Ur Alba port town of Annan with very light resistance by 2pm, the Ur Alba army had withdrawn toward the town of Lockerbie before the attack occurred.
In the east the town of Kelso put up a heavier resistance it was only after the 1st brigade of the Green Howards TA broke into the the centre of the town at 2pm that the Ur Alba troops began a strategic withdrawal to the towns of Melrose and Selkirk protecting the road to the Ur Alba capital Peebles, they also retreated from the border town of Coldstream and the towns of Jedburgh and Hawick all three of which have now been taken by the Northumbrian army with the assistance of 2nd brigade of the Green Howards. All forward Northumbrian army and Royal Cleveland Territorial Army troops have taken up station in Galashiels, within one days march of the Ur Alba capital Peebles.
In the west the expected attack on the Ur Alba military town of Newton Stewart began just before daybreak with a sustained bombardment from the CA Navy and Air force and mortar and heavy artillery attack from the CA infantry. The attack was led from the south from the division based in Creetown. As they moved northward and cut off the only road to be used as an escape point by the Ur Alba military. Then at 10am the main attack occurred and after heavy fighting - much of it street-to-street and even building-to-building - the town was taken by CA troops at 5pm. They had suffered heavy losses with 297 CA troops killed and another 218 injured. The Ur Alba army suffered much heavier casualities, mainly from the overnight bombardment. Total killed for the Ur Alba army was 491 dead, 252 injured and 371 captured. The captured military were taken to the POW camp on the Isle of Mann.
After taking the town 1500 CA troops began moving eastward along the old A712 toward the city of Dumfries. By nightfall they had reached the Clatteringshaw Loch where they set up base for the night. The troops that had been moving down the Macintire wall have turned east and are heading toward the Ur Alba city of Dumfries.
In Cleveland HMS Tees has had her sea trials cut short and has docked in Hartlepool to resupply and receive her final armaments, she is expected to join with the Southern English Navy as the steam northward toward the Ur Alba North Sea ports tomorrow.
Currently the only towns under Ur Alba control are Dumfries, Lockerbie, which are becoming isolated in the north and Celtic sources believe they will fall in the next two days. Peebles, the capital city, Edinburgh, which only has a small contingent of army, and the ports along the North Sea coast particularly Dunbar, North Berwick and Eyemouth.
Fatalities, injured and captured totals (to the end of the 4th of May) are:
- Celtic Alliance: Dead - 557, Injured - 320, Captured (MIA) - 1
- Ur Alba: Dead -1127 , Injured - 391 , Captured (MIA) - 553
- RCTA: Dead - 1, Injured - 27, Captured - 0
- Northumbrian Army: Dead - 4, Injured 12, Captured - 0
- Rheged Militia: Dead - 1, Injured 9, Captured - 0
Total dead - 1690 and injured - 759.
4th May, 2011: Essex politician denounces Celtic Alliance: Prominent Essex politician, Jim Barker-McCardle, today spoke out against the Scottish War, which Essex has declared neutrality in. 'The Scottish regime is not one to be supported', he said, 'but neither is the expansionist, imperialist intent of the Celts'. Barker-McCardle, who negotiated the future division of Kent, is increasingly well known for his contrarian views to the Essex government. By denouncing the Celts he is likely to win support from the Celtophobic masses in the upcoming elections.
3rd May, 2011: ongoing attacks in the Ur Alba war The high ground of Drumphail was finally cleared of Ur Alba troop at 11am, the high ground of Knockfell was attacked by CA ground forces at daybreak after being bombarded by the CA navy all night. Resistance was strong and the land had been heavily mined but Knockfell fall cleared by 6pm with the loss of 129 CA troops and 300+ Ur Alba troops, another 121 Ur Alba troops were captured and removed to the POW camp on the Isle of Mann.
With the fall of Knockfell the CA troops moved quickly so that by nightfall CA troops were within range of the west of Newton Stewart, which had been bombarded all night from the CA air force, although there were sporadic mortar attacks from the town the CA troop dug in for the night as the mortars were not aimed well and appeared to be being fired blind.
During the early morning the 1500 CA troops at Blackshaw came under attack from Ur Alba troops protecting Dumfries, the CA troops successfully repulsed four separate attacks during the day with no loss of life on the CA side.
In the north CA troops continued along the Macintire wall, destroying it as they went, during the day they has sparce, sporadic resistance and suffered no injuries or losses and had reached the abandoned town of Ironmacannie.
Troops moving along the MacDonald wall took heavier fighting particularly where the Galloway Forest reached the east side of the defensive wall, the CA lost nearly 50 men in the fighting but by nightfall the troops had reached the banks of the River Cree, they set up their night base in a large selection of farm buildings just north of Newton Stewart.
In the north 3000 men have continued their way southward along the old A74; when they reached the town of Beattock 2000 men continued along the A74 toward the town of Lockerbie; the 1000 others moved down the old A701 toward the north of the town of Dumfries.
During the day 300 more CA troops landed at the town of Creetown on the east bank of the mouth of the River Cree, they set up base in the town. It is expected that the Ur Alba military base at Newton Stewart will be attacked in the next few days as the CA now has troops bases at its north, south and west.
Also during the day a selection of Rheged Militia, Northumbrian and Cleveland army troops broke across the southern border of Ur Alba with the Rheged Militia and a contingent of Northumbria troops moving toward the lightly defended west Ur Alba town of Annan. While in the east, a division of the Royal Cleveland Territorial Army and a contingent of Northumbrian Army moved to attack the more heavily defended town of Kelso.
2nd May: 1st attempt on Mt Everest by Clevelish climber Alan Hinkes has made hit first attempt on the summit of Mount Everest. He was turned back with 500 feet to go due to heavy weather. He expects the weather to break on the 7th or 8th of May at which point he will make another attempt.
2nd May, 2011: Kingdoms of Northumbria and Cleveland join the CA/Southern England side. - After talks with the Government and Military of the Celtic Alliance the Kingdoms of Cleveland and Northumbria have signed an agreement to move into Ur Alba territory to take the towns of Annan in the west and Kelso in the east from the Ur Alba military. This military action will begin on the 3rd May 2011.
1st May, 2011: Capture of the Ur Alba port of Ayr. At daybreak four landing craft land near the Ur Alba port of Ayr, two land at the former Prestwick golf club and another two land on the north side of the mouth of the River Doon, in total they land 500 troops, they quickly move to take the port to stop attacks by the Ur Alba Navy.
By 10am the CA troops have taken the south side of the River Ayr and in the north they have moved to with 500 metres of the port itself, the Celtic troops have been helped by a large number of local population who are loyal to the Celtic Alliance.
The Ur Alba troops based in the port are putting up a strong resistance, but as there are only estimated to be 200 Ur Alba men in the port facility.
At approximately 12.30pm the port facility at Ayr falls to the Celtic Alliance, the surviving 129 Ur Alba troops are captured and taken to a facility for prisoners of war on the Isle of Mann.
Fatalities are 37 Celtic troops killed, 58 injured and 116 Ur Alba troops killed, 43 injured, 129 captured.
5000+ Troops have begun moving south and east from Glasgow, quickly taking land from the Ur Alba reserve troops. Rumours around the Celtic Alliance say that there are plans to take Peebles by the end of May.
29th April Helicopter shot down over Ipswich A HH-53 helicopter belonging to the air force of Woodbridge was shot down over Ipswich whilst undertaking a regular patrol
29th-30th April 2011:Bombardment of Stranraer During the night of the 29th and into the early morning of the 30th April the Celtic Alliance lands a further 2000 troops on the beaches around Stranraer territory, they also bring more self propelled guns, tanks and other military vehicles. At daybreak CA military jets begin bombing Ur Alba positions on the high ground to the east of Stranraer, Ur Alba troops defend themselves using anti-aircraft guns and surface to air missiles, two CA jets are shot down during the morning, one pilot is killed and another bails out over unfriendly territory, his conditon is currently unknown. Ur Alba troops began the bombardment of the port town of Stranraer at 10am using mobile artillery and mortars. CA troops in the town have returned fire. At 1pm, five armed fishing vessels of the Ur Alba Navy appear to the north of Stranraer territory, two CA figates and 1 CA destroyer moved north to intercept them, they attack at long range so that the Ur Alba vessels cannot return fire, three Ur Alba vessels are seriously damaged and one sinks, the surviving vessels retreat to the port of Ayr, two frigates follow them and blockade the port to stop them returning to sea. 29th April 2011: Celtic troops land nr Stranraer At 6am three landing craft land at the former Wigtownshire golf club on the south coast, they carry 500 men from the Celtic Alliance Special Forces, with five Abbot self propelled guns. They make their way to Stranraer to bolster the military there. At 12 noon two CA Frigates begin the bombardment of the high ground where the Ur Alba troops are based, they bombard the high ground for two hours before switching to bombarding the former A75, A710, A711 and A712 roads that run from the Macintire wall through the MacDonald wall to the frontline. There plans are to cut off the supply lines to the Ur Alba troops. 28th April, 2011:Attacks continue in Ur Alba - Celtic Alliance war. -Reports have begun to arrive in the Chamberhouse that the Celtic Alliance are massing troops, planes, ships and landing craft along the Ulster coastline, particularly the port of Larne which is only 30 miles from the Celtic port of Stranraer. In response Ur Alba troops have advanced into Celtic Alliance territory and taken up positions on the high ground to the east overlooking the port near the Luce River, they are within mortar range of the port itself.
April 27th, 2011: Singleton Clan promises military forces to Southern England and the Celtic Alliance: Scarbourgh, Cleveland.
The Singleton Clan has pledged military equipment and ships to the Celtic Alliance and Southern England. This is because some of the goods onboard a Celtic merchant ship were from Clan suppliers and the attack has cost them ten thousand Cel in profits. In a statement to the times, Clan deputy Ian Singleton stated that the continuing damage to Clan property by the Scots meant that they fully supported any Celtic military actions.
The Federal Republic of the Isle of Wight and Sussex has declared war on the nation of Ur Alba. In response to the naval battle off Stranraer the Republic has declared that it cannot allow an attack on merchant wessels to go unpunished. The Republican Navy has dispatched its main task force to the region with the Flagship RNV Isle of Wight ariving this evening with Republican military leaders onboard.
After the blatant and horrific attack on the CNDF Wexford by the Navy of the nation of Ur Alba, that killed 34 Celtic sailors and injured another 12, an official state of war is declared between the nation of Ur Alba and the Alliance of Celtic Peoples, otherwise known as the Celtic Alliance. Further information will follow.
April 27th, 2011: Naval battle off Stranraer territory : OFF STRANRAER TERRITORY, Celtic Alliance - The two armed Celtic mechant vessels leave the Celtic port of Stranraer, they take heavy fire from the Ur Alba Navy. One is rammed by an Ur Alba fishing vessel causing severe damage to the hull of the merchant vessel and some flooding, causing the deaths of men aboard. The Celtic Alliance destroyer CNDF Dublin fires upon the Ur Alba Navy after a stray bullet strikes the bridge. It fires two anti-shipping missiles, one hits one of the armed fishing vessels broadside at the waterlevel, blowing the vessel into two, it sinks within minutes, killing all onboard.
In a surprise to the Celtic destroyers, the Ur Alba navy returns fire with their own anti-shipping missiles which were appeared to based on the Exocet missile. Four missiles were launched, one from each remaining vessel, three miss however one strikes the CNDF Wexford between deck one and deck two, roughly midships, it exploded killing 27 men outright and causes a major fire onboard. CNFD Dublin fires missiles on the remaining Ur Alba vessels, sinking another one and causing the remainder of Ur Alba fleet to scatter. It then moves in to assist the CNDF Wexford.
It takes all injured and non-essential staff off the CNDF Wexford and sends its own fire crews aboard to assist in the fire fighting. Both vessels retreat to a safe distance under their own power. It takes five hours to put the fire out on the CNDF Wexford.
In total 34 Celtic sailors, seven men on the rammed merchant vessel, and 54 Ur Alba sailors die in the attacks. A further 44 sailors of all nationalities are injured.
April 26th, 2011: Celtic Alliance destroyers take position of the Stranraer coast : OFF STRANRAER TERRITORY, Celtic Alliance. - After attacks by the Ur Alba Navy on Celtic Alliance merchant vessels entering the Celtic port of Stranraer, two Celtic Alliance Destroyers (CNDF Dublin and CNDF Wexford) have taken up station off the coast to assist with the entry and exit of merchant vessels from the port. They have been given orders to fire only when fired upon.
The Parliament of Southern England today met in Ryde to condemn the Scottish actions against the Celtic Alliance. In an official statement by Peter Brand the Republic's parliament stated that; "Although we recognize that the Scottish government has legitimate concerns involving the Celtic Alliance they should be resolved through diplomatic channels. We cannot condone military action on Scotland's part and while we hope that their is a peaceful solution we will place our naval forces under Celtic command should this solution not be reached."
What the Ur Alba government and military are doing around the territory surrounding the Celtic port of Stranraer effectively is an act of premeditated warmongering, if any Ur Alba troops set foot on Celtic land or attack any vessels attempting to enter the port of Stranraer we will class that as a declaration of war on the Celtic Alliance. Any response to this act will be swift and it will be final, this is a warning to the Chariman Macintire, if your military tries to invade we will destroy it before it threatens any Celtic citizens.
19th April, 2011: Ur Alba blockading Celtic Alliance territoryPEBBLES, Ur Alba - One of the main military leaders Johnathan MacDonald has announced that 12 divisions of Ur Alba Infantry as well as three units of Heavy Cavalry, three units of Light Cavalry and four units of Special Service Infantry (making a total of 8600 men) have taken up station near the border with the Celtic Alliance territory around the town of Stranraer with the intention of reclaiming the area for the Scottish homeland from the 'Imperialistic Celts' peacefully and with as little disruption to locals as possible.
Chairman Macintire has already sent messengers to the leadership of the town of Stranraer asking for the town and surrounding territories to vote on a referendum on joining Ur Alba and leaving the Celtic Alliance.
In order for the decision of the town of Stranraer to be made more quickly four vessels of the Ur Alba navy have set up station to discourage the Celtic Alliance Navy for interfering in what it believes is effectivly a Scottish matter.
An official Celtic Alliance statement has yet to be announced, however news has been filtering out of the territory of Stranraer. Many people are hoping that if they vote in the referendum not to leave the Celtic Alliance that the military of Ur Alba may back down, but many believe that even if the vote goes that way that the leadership of Ur Alba will not listen and will try to invade. If this happens the majority of the population believe it will be a short battle with Ur Alba severely outmanned and outgunned by the Alliance military.
With the port effectivley being blockaded by the Ur Alba Navy many local families are making their way to smaller bays in hopes that they can be evacuated before military action begins.
April 19th, 2011: Cleveland Football Association changes name. MIDDLESBROUGH, Kingdom of Cleveland - The Cleveland Football Association (CFA) has announced that from the beginning of the 2011/12 season, with the inclusion of team from the Kingdom of Northumbria into the football league, that the CFA will become the Albion Football Association or AFA.
6th April 2011: General Election announced in Woodbridge.
At the end of this morning's session in the Woodbridge Parliament Prime Minister John Robson made the formal announcement that the forthcoming General Election would be held on the 5th of May.
5th April 2011: Essex and Southern England discuss future of Kent. Delegates from the two nations have met in Minster to plan the annexation of the county of Kent. David Pugh from Southern England arrived earlier the previous day in the RNV Winchester and was greeted by Norman Hammond, CEO of the Chartered Company of Sheppey, and Jim Barker-McCardle, Essex politician. The latter man's appointment to the role was controversial, as he is a vocal and popular opponent to incumbent High Minister Lee Evans. When questioned about he appointment, Evans stated 'I know from personal experience that he is a man who won't lose an argument. I picked him because I can think of no one better to win the arguments that will bring wealth to our nation.'.
The news follows confirmation by both nations that they will be colonising Kent in the near future.
30th March 2011: Death of Queen of Northumbria The Witain of Northumbria is saddened to report that last night after evening dinner, Queen Isobel Jane Percy, wife of King George, suffered a suspected massive stroke, although medical care was administered within 30 minutes of her collapse she did not regain conciousness and died shortly after 10pm with her husband King George and youngest child Prince Max at her side. Northumbria has entered an offical one week period of mourning, state funeral details will follow.
29th March 2011: Singleton Clan steps up patrols in Ur Alba After attacks on its traders and convoys in the Scottish state of Ur Alba the Singleton Clan has decided to increase military patrols in Ur Alba. It has agreed to maintain its current deals with the Clevish and Celtic government to escort Traders but has warned the Scottish government that if it continues attacks on its convoys it will respond with violence.
29th March 2011: Ur Alba troops hijack Cleveland railways train to Glasgow After going missing on the 28th March the Route Two Middlesbrough to Glasgow train has arrived at 1am in Glasgow. It was carrying an extra 127 refugees that were put onto the train by Ur Alba troops after they stopped and highjacked the train near the ruins of Edinburgh. The governments of the Celtic Alliance and the Kingdoms of Cleveland and Northumbria have called the highjacking Totally unacceptable!
In response the Chairman Macintire of Ur Alba has announced that he hopes that the incident will not sour relations with the Kingdom of Cleveland and its southern neighbour the Kingdom of Northumbria. As for the Celtic Alliance he has said that the Celtic Alliance infiltrating traders into Scottish territories, whether or not they were a part of Ur Alba at the time was Celtic imperialism at its worse and the height of arrogance. 13th March 2011: Northumbrian Witain election date The date for the election of two new members of the Northumbrian Witain from the former Rheged Co-Operative has been announced, the two new positions will be based in Carlisle and Workington and the vote wil take place on the 6th of May 2011. Rheged will become a full part of the Kingdom of Northumbria on Monday 9th May 2011.
12th March 2011, 11am: Referendum results announced in Rheged The results have been announced, of a population 12,000 people in Rheged 8426 people registered to vote, the vote results are as follows:
Do you wish for the Rheged Co-Operative to become part of the Kingdom of Northumbria:
- Yes - 5972
- No - 2365
- Spoiled ballot papers - 89
The referendum is passed with over 70% of votes coming back Yes it is planned that Rheged will become part of the Kingdom of Northumbria by mid May 2011.
11th March 2011: Referendum in Rheged The planned referendum for Rheged to become part of the Kingdom of Northumbria will take place today polling stations opened at 7am and will shut at 7pm, results will be known by early on Saturday the 12th of March.