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Inferno 1886 News
COLONEL LEADS DIG ON MARS
The noted British explorer and archaeologist has turned his attention away
from Mother Earth, and now probes the mysteries of Mars. It seems the
Colonel feels he has solved most of the really major mysteries of this
planet (uncovering the stories of Atlantis, and the Terrans' previous life
on this world): he now intends to solve whatever mysteries exist on the
great red planet. We have no doubt that if any man can work out the history
of our cousins from another world, the Colonel will be able to -- and we
look forward to the exhibition that presents his finds.
EARTH DRIFTING NEARER SUN -- IT'S OFFICIAL
Scientists have now reached a consensus that this year's startlingly high
temperatures have been caused by a major shift in the Earth's orbit -- it
is now spiralling inwards towards the Sun. "As to what may have caused this
orbital anomaly, we are at a loss," admitted Dr Alex Patterson, chairman of
the Royal Society's Disaster sub-committee. `As is generally known, most of
the world's leading gravitational scientists died in mysterious
circumstances around ten or twelve years ago, and our knowledge in this
field is still sadly lacking.'
NEW VENEREAL DISEASE IDENTIFIED
Dr Philip Howard has published evidence of a new sexually-transmitted
disease, known as fungal libido obstructional phenonemon, or FLOP for
short. This disease is particularly menacing as it causes birth defects in
sufferers, and is often misdiagnosed.
TRAGEDY IN ROME AS DISEASE SNATCHES POPE
Pope Pius X, who served as Christ's vicar on Earth for just four short
years, has been snatched away by a mysterious sickness. This energetic,
enthusiastic man, famed for his missionary work and utterly dedicated to
the promulgation of the Faith, was still in the prime of life, and it seems
a cruel trick for Fate to play. His legacy will always be with us, though
-- he will ever be remembered as the Pope who brought the Orthodox sects
back under Mother Church's wing. Vatican tipsters are already suggesting
that young Cardinal Albertini, who led the ecumenical negotiations last
year, may be favourite to succeed.
ELIZABETH SIDDAL APPOINTED TO CRICKET SELECTING BOARD
We are disturbed to report another bizarre career change for Miss Siddal
the 'model' and 'personality'. She has now become active in the selection
of our country's cricket team. Exactly what qualifications or experience
does she have that would make her appropriate for this position? It is
important to our nation that we succeed in what is, in truth, our own game.
Thus the inclusion of a woman -- a woman of such dubious morals as Miss
Siddal -- is alarming. Whatever are the MCC thinking of putting this woman
in such an important position? We hope there will be an explanation.
MAN OF CLOCKWORK TAKES THE RED ROUBLE
Noted British technologist Dr Hugo Victor has resigned his post at
Cambridge and taken up a position at a Russian university, we learn, after
vandals destroyed his laboratory last New Year. What a sad indictment of
modern-day Britain, that a great scientist is forced to leave the country
to avoid such indignities! If we do not soon put our house in order, we may
soon find ourselves the victim of a `brain drain' which may severely weaken
our position in the world of science.
BACK IN BLACK
The patron saint of Russian forces, Cawrdav, the bloody angel of
retribution who seems have dwindled in popularity over recent months has
returned to Russia to renew the morale of troops there. Appearing in St
Cawrdav's Cathedral as a flickering green glow covered the outside of the
building, the angel spoke to the Russian soldiers and lifted their spirits.
DESECRATION OF ALBERT'S GRAVE -- MADWOMAN SEEN DANCING
We are sad to report the depths to which some people stoop in these painful
and desperate times. We have been informed that the other evening a woman
was seen performing a barbarous and foreign looking dance upon the grave of
the recently departed Prince Albert. What this deranged woman would have
been thinking of, or what she could have hoped to achieve -- other than
offending an entire nation -- we cannot imagine.
COMMONS FREES AFRICA, LORDS SAYS WAIT
One of the more remarkable pieces of legislation passed by the House of
Commons this summer was Sir Walter Biscuit's Private Member's Bill to
remove Britain's possessions in Africa from Imperial rule. In a quiet house
the Bill was passed, but it was held up in the House of Lords as peers
sought safeguards on human rights and on trade with Britain in these
soon-to-be-independent nations. Whether the Bill will gain Royal Assent is
another matter, though: will her Majesty lightly accede to the loss of such
a large chunk of her territories, sensible though many think it?
NEW POPE ELECTED, PRAISES PREDECESSOR, CONDEMNS TYLER
In a result that surprised all but the best-informed, Cardinal Sebastiano
Rossi was elected Pope at the first ballot. A studious man and former
Vatican librarian, little known outside Rome, he contrasts strongly with he
high public profile of his predecessor. He took the name of Paul VI, after
the seventeenth-century Paul V who so much enlarged the Church's temporal
power. He was fulsome in praising the late Pius X, but suggested that this
holy man's mind must have been under strain from the illness which was soon
to befall him when he endorsed the heretic charlatan Jonathan Tyler as a
true prophet: Tyler was clearly one of those the Bible warned against as
'false Christs'. His Holiness then pronounced Tyler anathema throughout
Christian lands, meaning it was any devout Catholic's duty, and no sin, to
HEATWAVE 'A SERIOUS MENACE'
Last year's hot weather was seen as a pleasant change after the prolonged
wintry conditions we laboured under for so long, but now it seems the
pendulum has swung the other way. This year has been so intensely hot that
droughts, forest fires and the like have caused serious problems throughout
Europe, and the fear is that many African countries will suffer severe
famine as their crops die for lack of water. Another disturbing development
is that global sea levels have risen appreciably, presumably because of
melting of ice-caps -- this is why parts of London were so troubled with
floods this summer. In The Netherlands the problem has been even worse, and
there is a danger that if seas rise any higher the dyke system will fail
altogether and the whole country will disappear under water -- a new
Atlantis. Why this heat has not burnt off the persistent black fog, though,
is anybody's guess.
JOCK AYE THE NOO TWO!
Freed from the tyrannical reign of English politicians in Westminster,
Scotland appears to be on the verge of a new and fulfilling future. Many
promising young politicians from the area have taken up the challenge of
heralding in this new age, and people seem keen to return to their roots,
restoring Scotland's place as a sacred and proud country.
AIR'AI MAKE FURTHER GAINS
The Air'ai cult has made further sizeable gains in Africa, conquering the
former French colonies of Morocco and Senegal, the Spanish Sahara, and the
former Prussian colony of Sud-West Afrika, now known as Namibia. Africa is
now divided rather untidily between the Air'ai and Britain -- no other
power has any territory remaining on the continent at all.
WORLD REVULSION AS PRINCE ALBERT BODY 'STOLEN'
Indignity piles on indignity for the late Prince Albert. His grave was
found opened, and his corpse missing from inside. We have no idea who could
have been responsible for this desecration but fear for the future of the
kingdom. Certainly Prince Albert was badly misguided in his later years,
but to disturb his grave smacks of anarchy and barbarism of the highest
DONAVELLI A DEITY -- IT'S OFFICIAL
At a touching ceremony in Tripoli this year former Florentine statesman
Giacomo Donavelli was announced by the Air'ai gods to be one of their
number, Gian'ai, the son of the great god Mazdr'ai. It was noted that
flowers sprang up in Gian'ai's footprints, although admittedly they were
rather brown and wilted.
DROUGHT, FAMINE STALK AFRICA -- CAN AIR'AI HELP?
The Air'ai worshippers of Africa, beset by the appalling climate change,
turned in huge numbers to their new god Aqu'ai to provide life-giving
water. At last count he had signally failed to come up with the goods, and
it may be that unless he can do so before too long there will be an
POPE MEETS PROTECTOR, AGREES TRUCE
The new Pope has met with Tallow Directrix, representative of the Protector
cult so popular in France, and has agreed that there should be peace
between the two faiths, as the Protector says nothing against Christianity
and is active in fighting the demons which beset Europe. Protectorism now
has the same tolerated status as do Islam, Buddhism and others. His
Holiness also declared that he gave no credence to the persistent rumours
that Directrix had poisoned his predecessor Pius X.
HUBRIS CRACKS DOWN
Gerhard `The Butcher' Hubris has shown his true colours, rescinding last
year's promise of equal rights for al South Africans, and instead
installing a brutal regime of racial intolerance known as `apartheid'. He
has also outlawed practice of the Air'ai faith: any who wish to retain it
must leave the province. It is thought that many of the Zulu and Xhosa
population will take up this suggestion.
INTRUDER ABUSES QUEEN'S DOGS
Another attack on the Royal Family this year, as an unknown intruder broke
into the palace, and tied together the tails of the Queen's corgis. What
motivated the sick anarchist behind this attack we fear to imagine.
REFUGEES POUR INTO NAMIBIA
The new Air'ai province of Namibia is already dealing with a refugee crisis
of gigantic proportions, as worshippers flee the intolerance of the new
South African regime. This is putting a considerable strain on the
resources of this poor and desert land, and it is hoped that the Air'ai can
swiftly redistribute these poor unfortunates to more fertile provinces.
'AMBROSIA' LATEST STREET DRUG MENACE
After it looked as though London was recovering from its addiction to the
evil drug Substance D, a new problem has arisen -- an even more addictive
drug, called Ambrosia. Furthermore, the devil-inspired peddlers of this
vile toxin have hiked their prices as more people have become hooked on
their talons, leading to a rise in petty crime as desperate addicts seek
money for their next 'fix'.
NEW GOVERNOR APPOINTED IN SOUTH AFRICA
The Dutch crown has appointed Ruud Boogers as Governor of the
semi-autonomous state of South Africa. He has already shown himself to be
cut from the same die as Butcher Hubris, with a firm grip on the natives.
RED PLANET BOOM
The new holiday resort and flourishing colony on Mars have become
increasingly popular in recent months as people flee the dreary black mist
that shrouds our native planet. Surprisingly, despite the huge distance
between Earth and Mars, journeys seem to be almost instantaneous.
MINES PRODUCTION SHORTFALL PUZZLES EXPERTS
The gold and diamond mines of South Africa have proved to be much less
productive under the new Dutch regime. `It's bizarre -- I'll swear we're
pulling just as much material out of the ground, but there's never any left
in the stores!' said mine foreman Jost Intiem.
MARY MAGDALEN MAKES APPEARANCES
A number of reports have been heard of Mary Magdalen appearing in churches
in England. It is said that on a number of occasions she has been seen
'stepping out of' pictures or windows depicting her. What exactly these
manifestations represent is unclear, but the Magdalen was seen to making
blessing motions towards those who have seen her, and, strangely, also
towards certain houses of ill repute in the seedier parts of our great
JAPANESE INVEST IN BRITAIN
After several major purchases this year, the majority of British
manufacturing production capacity is now in Japanese hands, including the
whole of the coal, steel and gas industries. A government spokesman pours
scorn on fears that Britain was losing its birthright to a race of
inscrutable foreigners: `The Japanese like Britain and so are bringing
their factories here. They are doing this because Britain is Great!'
Considerable improvements in efficiency and quality have already been seen,
and the introduction of Japanese working practices have notably improved
the lot of the working man. Benefits include workers and directors alike
wearing the same overalls, daily singing of the company song, callisthenics
routines, and on Friday dressing as your favourite animal.
>From 'Namely' magazine: COR! COP A LOAD OF THESE!
We've gathered together some of the best of the Lizzie Siddal jokes that
have become so popular in London this year. Q: What does Lizzie put behind
her ears to make herself seem attractive? A: Her legs. Q: Why does Lizzie
wear knickers? A: To keep her ankles warm. Q: What's the difference between
Lizzie and a Rottweiler? A: Lizzie's the one wearing makeup. [etc, etc, ad
DUTCH FOLLOW JAPANESE LEAD
Another foreign power is busy backing Britain, The Netherlands. Dutch
farming interests have been buying farmland and food processing plants
throughout the south-east of England this year.
THE CLOCK STRUCK
Last night, at midnight, a terrible calamity struck London. Big Ben, one of
the oldest and best known landmarks in the city, struck thirteen times and
then collapsed into a crumpled heap of rubble. The huge clock-tower
literally shook itself apart. As yet no-one has been able to determine the
cause. Our reporter was on the scene in moments, and managed to bring you
these exclusive pictures [showing big heap of rubble, surprised onlookers,
London bobby on bicycle, etc].
LSD -- IT'S THE NEW MONEY!
Professor Archibald Sheridan has proposed the introduction of new
forgery-proof banknotes using the latest in technology, so that Britain can
lead the world in money as well as everything else (except cricket). They
would feature both Her Majesty and the Prime Minister, with leading
scientists on the back. The Times heartily recommends that the government
take up this brilliant man's suggestion without delay!
WHOREHOUSES 'HOLY' CLAIMS MAD ACADEMIC
Dr Ed Lite, an academic specialising in mythology and theology, has made an
extraordinary claim -- that brothels may, in some way, be considered
'holy'. "It is quite clear that in several ancient cultures holy brothels
existed, where carnal acts were considered an act of worship. Looked at in
this light the recent manifestations of Mary Magdalen are clear -- she
'blesses' the brothels because she sees them as inherently holy; the girls
who work there are effectively her priestesses." We are glad to report that
even in these strange times Dr Lite's claims have been met with
condemnation amongst academia -- Prof Lee Limp said "This is an outrageous
claim -- the Magdalen is a Christian figure representing turning away from
vice and sin, not indulging in it." We can only agree with the Professor's
words -- we must stand firm with the Church and turn our back on vice.
EUROPEAN DRAMA TOURS JAPAN
In a cultural exchange visit, impresario Beerbohm Tree took two European
touring companies to the mystic East this year, performing a set of
classics in English and in translation. `They certainly clapped politely
enough,' reported a pleased Beerbohm Tree.
ENGLAND THRASHED BY REDS: SIDDAL BLAMED
Depressing news from the Moon, where the England cricket team was beaten by
an innings and 120 runs by the quadrangular tournament's surprise stars,
Russia. "I didn't know the Russkies had it in 'em!" exclaimed a
shell-shocked W G Grace, dismissed for a duck in the second innings by a
mesmerising googly from Peter `Prince' Kropotkin. Popular opinion is firmly
blaming our defeat on the bizarre decision to allow Elizabeth Siddal on the
selection committee -- could the party finally be over for this former
media darling, against whom the mood of Londoners seems decisively to have
FLOP FILM STRIKES FEAR INTO THE LICENTIOUS HEART
A new film has been released warning of the dangers of FLOP, the
sexually-transmitted disease described by Dr Philip Howard earlier this
year. It has been playing in theatres up and down the country, and provides
a salutary admonition for those who would indulge in promiscuity and
TRASHY TABLOIDS SOARAWAY SUCCESS
The increased popularity of certain tabloid papers throughout Europe in
recent months echoes a worrying trend in today's society. The papers seem
consistently filled with shocking world exclusives and sensational
interviews, and as the world around us grows ever stranger, perhaps more
mundane issues fail to capture public attention. How these papers are
obtaining such popular coverage remains unclear, but it is rumoured that
new management may be behind the changes.
LAUNCH OF THE SCIENCE CORPORATION ACADEMIES
A new innovation in scientific education -- the Science Corporation
Academies are searching out children who show early signs of an aptitude
for the sciences. Those talented enough to be considered for the programme
are offered scholarships at one of the academies, involving full bed and
board, and a rigorous course of education stretching over several years.
This innovation will ensure that our children will grow up to be
world-leading scientists, and that the future of scientific innovation is
`MARS DUST' CONDEMNED IN AMERICA
Secretary of State Warren Peace has spoken out against the `Mars Dust'
sweet which has so gripped American youth. `I'm concerned that children are
wasting larger and larger amounts of their pocket-money on this
tooth-rotting candy. The prices just seem to keep rising!' Mars Dust was
the top-selling sweet in the USA this year, and the few Europeans who have
been fortunate enough to try it describe it as `very more-ish'.
RUSSIANS TRIUMPH IN LUNAR CRICKET SERIES
Cricket has a new team of champions, the Russians. Coached by reclusive
Polish genius ex-Count Vlad Molotov, their skills were only matched by
their admirable sense of fair play and sportsmanship, and their capacity
for vast quantities of tea. Australia came second, while England had the
dubious consolation of avoiding the wooden spoon -- that went firmly to the
Terran team, who proved absolutely clueless and unable to master even the
rudiments of the game, although good sportsbeings and very willing to try.
HOUSE OF MEDICI GOES TO MARS
The London boutique House of Medici has a new line, in fashions for the
discerning Terran. Robes, jewellery and accessories have been selling well
to our tentacled friends on their home planet and in the USA.
NEW 'ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM' COMES TO FACTORIES
Our science staff tell us of a marvellous innovation to improve the lot of
the working man -- referred to as 'Net-Tech', it appears to be some kind of
in-factory entertainment system. The idea is that working men are connected
up to the system, and then spend their days being fully entertained while
they get on with their work. It seems that this technology is still in
development and is only being used in two factories to date, but we believe
the plan is to spread it soon. Good to hear that our boffins have the best
interests of the working classes in mind, and will ensure they enjoy their
work as much possible!
WANTED -- MUSICIANS
Lady Apollonia offers exciting new opportunity for musical groups and
individuals -- all types and tastes welcome to apply.
CEREBINGO -- NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR BRAINS
Interest in the new pastime of CereBingo has been great up and down the
land, and the company's halls are filled to capacity every gaming night.
Are 'punters' really happy to be deprived of large chunks of brain tissue?
"What does it matter -- I never use it anyway!" called one 'loser' as
CereBingo staff escorted him away.
GHOST TRAIN -- IT'S WAR
The British Government is at last acting decisively against the Ghost Train
menace, it appears. Abductions have slowed considerably this year.
MERCHANTS OF VENUS
Following their huge success in establishing Mars as a thriving colony and
holiday resort, MarsTours seems keen to branch out to other nearby planets.
The first transport route to Venus has recently been established, and
strange tales of the planet are already beginning to circulate. Venus
Connection, an offshoot of the MarsTours corporation, has been established
to deal with this new discovery.
GHOST TRAIN IN FRANCE
The Ghost Train struck heavily in France this year, with over a million
people abducted by its sinister rolling-stock. Where is the Protector when
his people need him?
>From How Do You Do? magazine: COMMIE A GO-GO -- A PRE-RAPH PARTY FOR
Lovely Lizzie has finally given those poor Russians something to smile
about -- a massive party! Yes, Lizzie Siddal has brought the pre-Raphaelite
party road-show to the blighted country of Russia. We hear the party was a
wonder, and although it took a little while for those chilly Russians to
warm up, they soon got into the swing of the Pre-Raphaelite ways, with
parties all night. However, we do hear a worrying rumour that Lizzie
herself has lost some of her partying ways - friends say she hasn't been
seen drinking or dropping anything all year... how odd! Tell us Lizzie,
surely you haven't lost the nerve to go out on a limb the way you used to?
CROWDS MOURN, LAUREATE EMIGRATES
Crowds of thousands, dressed in black, gathered at Southampton Docks this
January to bid farewell to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, as he started his lonely
journey into self-imposed exile. Still walking with a limp, his face
harrowed with the marks of grief, the tall, bearded Laureate looked to
neither side as he stiffly ascended the gangplank. Last December's brutal
murder of his wife and destruction of his home, which he himself barely
survived, plunged the nation into mourning, and the thoughts of all of us
will be with this gentle spirit, friend to the common man, as he travels to
his mystery destination. May God speed him back to us!
USA HAS GHOST TRAIN TOO
Our transatlantic cousins have not been immune to the ghost train menace
that has plagued Europe so grievously in recent years. American sources
revealed that Ghost Trains there have spirited away more than three million
people, to their presumed deaths.
BUT DO THEY PLAY CRICKET?
Following investigation by the Venus Connection cooperation, Venus has been
proclaimed an independent monarchy, under the rulership of Mr J Hammond.
FAREWELL TO FLORENCE
Tuscan troops defended their homes bravely, but Florence was overwhelmed
and devastated by the Mongol horde as it swept down Italy, and its
population massacred. Nothing more than blackened ruins remains of the
world's finest treasure-house, the glories of the Renaissance all gone to
ash on the breeze, together with millions of innocent people.
>From How Do You Do? magazine: LIZZIE RETURNS TO AMERICA
The luscious Lizzie Siddal has returned to America after years away --
taken her new Gothique look to the new world, and touring with the
wonderful new House of Medici jewellery range. She has certainly put to
rest the idea that she is getting too old for modelling, as she is looking
as young and lovely as ever. She really wowed our poor American cousins!
MONGOLS BESIEGE ROME, DEMAND POPE'S BLESSING
The Mongol horde has encamped outside Rome, and its leader Tamerlane Khan
has demanded that the Pope recognise him as being Prester John, legendary
Christian ruler of medieval times, and that he crown Charles Piontkovsky as
Holy Roman Emperor. In the meantime, the Mongols and their friendly demons
are devastating the Roman countryside.
TENNYSON SLAMS CEREBINGO
The Poet Laureate may be abroad, at an unknown location, recovering from
the shock of his wife's death, but his pen is not still: this year his
London publishers issued a poem attacking the new CereBingo game,
suggesting that while promising rich rewards, the company plans to take
away the most important thing to man -- his mind, and as such it is the
equivalent of selling your soul.
HOUDINI ESCAPES TO VICTORY
Harry Houdini, world-renowned magician, has been elected as head of the
Magic Circle in recognition of his amazing talents and contribution to the
art. His performances continue to excite and amaze audiences around Europe
with their daring and originality.
POPE GIVES IN TO MONGOLS
The Pope called for Godís forgiveness as he agreed to accede to Tamerlane's
demands, in the hope of sparing further bloodshed. In a poorly-attended
ceremony he crowned Piontkovsky as Emperor Charles VIII, and welcomed the
Khan as Prester John. All of the upper part of Italy was assimilated into
the Holy Roman Empire, leaving independent only Garibaldi's Republic of
Naples -- and that only by virtue of not having been attacked yet.
TSAR REAPPEARS TO DENOUNCE ALEXEI IV
The mystery of what exactly happened to the Tsar of Russia following the
revolution was at least partially answered this year. Rumours had
circulated that he had been assassinated during the revolution, but it
seems he has been eking out some kind of existence in exile. However, this
year he broke his silence on the ongoing difficulties of Russia, when he
spoke about Alexei IV. He denounced him as an impostor, claiming that he
was of absolutely no connection to the Imperial line, and was entirely
without royal blood. The Tsar, who still has considerable popular support
in some areas of Russia, may well have seriously damaged Alexei's chances
of ever taking the Imperial throne. Why the Tsar has not himself attempted
to retake his rightful place at the head of this once-great country is a
mystery to which there is still no solution.
RUMOURS OF THE PINK CAMPION SPREAD
It seems that if there are still aristocrats within the Russian bloc who
wish to escape the ravages of the revolution, or of the invading army of
'White Russia', then they have somewhere to turn. An organisation seems to
be in existence for moving such nobles out of Russia and setting them up
with new lives elsewhere. The only name ever associated with this
'underground railway' for nobles is the 'Pink Campion'. Where it originated
from, or who is involved with it, is a closely guarded secret.
ARSE CRACKS MOON HOLES
The French scientific academy, ARSE, has developed a digging machine
specially adapted to Lunar conditions.
- Virtue technology proves decisive against daemonic hordes:
Entities forced to abandon the front.
- Holy Roman Empire facing constant guerilla warfare from Asatru:
Piontkowski barely succeeds in clamping down, Odinsson folk hero
- Prussian army losing ground to French and Scandinavian conventional forces:
Joffre and Odinsson (and Arria!) poised to sweep into H.R.E next spring.
- Dutch take control of much of former Western Prussia.
- Tamerlane Khan leads Mongols and Entities East and South:
Slaughters "heretics" in Italy by the thousand, receives Papal approval
witnessed by his victorious troops.
- Holy Roman Empire pledges to help Alexis IV to crush communism:
Entities sweeps across border to aid the Spanish.
RUSSIAN WARS (contd.)
- Tide of battle swings between evenly matched Spanish and Russians:
Technology plays up in both armies.
- Spanish command post knocked out with sleep gas:
Russian forces surge forward only to be repulsed by daemonic allies.
- Russian army becomes ill and dispirited en masse:
Guerilla tactics and propaganda cannot dampen Spanish morale.
- Arabian forces march out of Turkey:
Entire cities of ill and dispirited people surrender without a struggle.
- Queen Vic sacks Mey, dissolves Commons, declares herself head of Army.
- Mr Mey denies Royal authority, maintains British government structure.
- Sir Maunder stabilises country, but civil war on horizon.
- Taxation through the roof in all NWO countries as Sr. de Moltke pledges
to step up anti-black-mist campaign.
- De Moltke offers to unite with Tsarist Russia if Alexis IV will marry
5 year old widow Juanita Evita.
- Joffre forces to divert troops to deal with Entities rampaging in France
and rumours of revolutionary activities.
- Diplomatic pressure begins to stem tide of S. American communism.
- Holy Roman Emperor marries to some public rejoicing.
- Great social advances in H.R.E., Middle East and Eastern Russia by
Piontkowski, Moltke and Davchenko - all accompanied by great shows of
- Verne cannons dismantled across Europe.
- French nation begins to take ghost trains seriously.
- Digitalis made minister for Health and Entertainment in H.R.E.
- Markus Vondebrune made Minister for Interior, given Duchy and extensive
lands in Trieste
- Pyotr Kerensky made colonel in British Army.
- Dammerung appointed Governor of largely non-existent Cape Colony.
- Spanish programme of blowing up death-camps meeting considerable success.
- Piontkowski's palace wrecked by terrorist explosives:
Empress Perdita narrowly escapes blast.
- Temples to the Aesir being built in France.
- Scotland - Lord Crail warns of dangers of corrupt government,
in rousing speech.
- Perdita crowned H.R. Empress to great fanfare.