Channelside, Pauldustllah- An intensely frustrating showing for Team DeBedecq and a standardly subpar performance for Team O’Shea at this week’s Channelside Grand Prix in Pauldustllah. DeBedecq Racing has seen their strong historic performance erode this year with many on social media pushing for the Count to make room for a new driver. The team has pushed back noting the consistency with which the Count places ahead of Bridiga Alba and that the pit and racing teams are working on improving their coordination. Friends of Brigida’s noted that she was incensed by the statement and noted that there were other teams where she wouldn’t be held in the shadows so that a “fossil living vicariously through himself” could get the limelight. The team’s tension splashed across the tabloids and social media. Wild speculation of Alba leaving the team was dashed the following morning when a joint statement from Count Valsoix and Alba came out in which the Count praised Alba as a teammate and announced that he would retire at the end of the season to pursue racing from the “passenger seat”. The racing world was abuzz with the news and #DyingWithDignity and #F1NextGen were trending. The #DyingWithDignity tweets and posts were mildly positive and referred to the Count’s retirement as a smart move to quit while he wasn’t too far behind. #F1NextGen praised the sport for getting rid of its oldest and most experienced driver so that other younger drivers would have a chance and a new generation of fans could hopefully follow. The Count is expected to race to the best of his ability for the remainder of the season, not conceding even to Alba so that he can retire in with his head held high. Following that he will likely pursue his off-track enterprises, focused on the support and logistics of the International Racing Federation and its venues. It is unclear at this time if he will remain an active part of his families team or if he will leave the coaching and training to the professionals
Insui- Multiple stories out of Insui this month as the northern Ixnayan coast is rocked by constant turmoil. Following the normalization of the Caphirian illegal occupation and annexation of Veltorina strategists have only just had time to catch their breath before being presented with the stationing of Insuian troops on the border with Vachena/Landder. At a press briefing the Great Prince made the following statement:
The current situation in Vachena/Landder needs to remediated with order and human decency restored to the region. The stability of Ixnay is at stake and Insui is prepared to balance the continent to offset the illegal Caphirian occupation of Veltorina. The people of Vachena have made their choice plain and are willing to receive the Insuians as their protectors and governors and in that we support the sovereignty of the choice of the peoples of Vachena. We stand ready to invest in Insuian Vachena/Landder and to participate in the lifting up of those people to the ideals of democracy.
Additionally, the 5.3 earthquake in Santa Domenica, Cambria has activated Beacon Business Continuity and Incident Management as well as Perfect Storm Emergency Response Corps to deploy to Port de Vent in the event that the Insuian’s need additional incident management or response/recovery support. A contingent of the Burgundian navy is currently patrolling international waters in the southern Odoneru and has started searching for any ships negatively impacted by the quake.
Asrabad, Umardwal- Events came to a head as 200 Burgundian marines supported by the Navy, Airforce, and Revenue Guard made a landing in Asrabad, the capital of Umardwal, and stormed the port and local government buildings. Gun fire was exchanged as the Umardi army fought hard to push the long expected invasion back into the sea. The impetus for the action was the passing of the deadline that the Burgundians gave the Umardis to release Burgundian airmen, their plane, and its cargo that had been forced down two months ago. As fighting intensified between Burgundian marines and the Umardi army sea and airstrikes were called in by Burgundian forces. The national capital and the Grand Vizer’s palace were hit with multiple but small payload missiles meant more as a psychological weapon than with any intent to destroy the buildings. The Burgundians increased their demands saying that the shelling and invasion would cease when the Burgundians, their plane, and cargo were released and if Umardwal stayed out of the war in Bulkh People’s Republic. If those demands were not met than Burgundie indicated that it would increase its demands again, in a manner “beyond deleterious to the legitimacy of the current Umardi regime.” The Umardi government was undeterred and brought in additional soldiers to contest the Burgundian marines.
Burgundian Royal Air Service planes rushed the Umardi airbases in the area to bomb runways and maintain air superiority. The grounded Umardi plane’s all all been moved to protected hangars and it is thought that no planes were destroyed or damaged in the raid, but that through runway damaging all Umardi air capability, except for helicopters, was diminished to inconsequential. A series of sorties were planned for the duration of the invasion to ensure that air superiority was maintained.
As events escalated the marines withdrew outside of the city and a “full effect” bombing and shelling campaign began. Government buildings and utilities were targeted as well as known Umardi army positions in and around the city with low civilian counts in the vicinity. 4 hours later it was estimated that 80% of the city’s critical infrastructure was damaged or destroyed and that the government had abandoned the city and relocated to a Continuity of Government (COG) site. Threatening to use bunker busters the Burgundians made a final offer to cease hostilities, withdraw, and resume peaceful relations with Umardwal on the previous conditions as well as the new stipulation that the Burgundian government would assume control of the rebuilding of Asrabad and that they would supcontract the work to O’Shea Infrastructure and Design. The Umardi’s were reminded that the conditions would only get more stringent if they refused. At this they capitulated and Burgundie immediately recalled the marines, the planes, and the flotilla to the Bulkhan theater. A contingent of Provost Gendarmes were dispatched to maintain security at the sites that O’Shea would start work at next month.
Bulkh- The island of Baijhal, off the coast of Bulkh People’s Republic, is now fully under the command of Bulkho-Burgundian forces. The area is considered fully pacified and a rapid expansion of its naval facilities to accommodate the full Burgundian fleet is underway. It is widely thought that Burgundie will claim the island as its prize at the end of the war and that its rich magnesium mines will be turned over to the Burgundian private sector. It was noted that a very large billeting project is taking place that could be a precursor to a permanent Foreign Legion presence rivaling Joint Base Punth on Nova Levantia. The northeastern remainder of Bulkh People’s Republic fights fiercely on as support in Xingkai’pei seems to be dwindling. The troops remain in BPR but their loses have been high and their commanders appear to understand the futility of their position. Intercepted messages indicated that the government agreed with the commanders and that their was very little support for the war at home anyways as priorities had changed to focus on more localized issues.
Despite this, the Bulkh PR Army perseveres and bogged the Bulkho-Burgundian forces down in Jamira Sadri City forcing the allies to dig in and prepare for a long fight. The city is ancient and the Burgundian command is hesitant to call in airstrikes and use high explosive munitions for fear of damaging the myriad World Heritage Sites the dot the city. The normally tenacious Burgundians are seen to be dragging their heels hoping that their numbers will scare the BPR soldiers out of the ancient and holy places, but the opposite is occurring. Sensing the reluctance of the westerners, the BPR army has fortified many of the sites and are using them to their own advantage. With less than a quarter of their country still under their command they are prepared to fight for each remaining kilometer.
Meanwhile behind the lines of battle the arrival of the Burgundian Transitional Forces Command (TFC) signals that the war is over for the occupied and that the Burgundians are making a full scale effort to start rebuilding. The TFC is a occupation army with a strong focus on restoration of services, government, and infrastructure. The concept was developed in the later stages of Operation Kipling after the use of the regular army was a deemed an ineffectual and insufficient to maintain order and reestablish a functioning society in occupied areas. The TFC’s role is a mix of army, gendarmerie, public works, judiciary, and logistics train that forms the shell of a society that the occupied citizens and grow into eventually phasing out as they reclaim their sovereignty. The system has already shown success in Burgundian Latium where, after the Latium Crisis it was instituted to great success in the various crownlands of Burgundie.