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The Inferno News Week 3


There follow the news reports from 1868.

COUNTERFEIT NOTES IN CIRCULATION
It has been revealed to this reporter that the recent economic changes in the Bavarian economy has been the result of counterfeit notes being placed into circulation. It is not known who was responsible for this crime, but some evidence points to high level political involvement. Now this has been revealed, international confidence in the Bavarian currency has crashed.

From the Prussian Daily Press:
BAVARIAN ECONOMIC PROBLEMS NOT ALL GOOD NEWS, SAYS EXPERT
"The plummet of the Bavarian economy, whilst a blessing at present may spell trouble for the future" says a highly respected economist. Apparently this inflation could spread to our economy and whilst it appears that the Bavarian government is well placed to stop the rot our larger government might find it more difficult to act quickly. This is no reason to panic as my source is sure that the mark will remain stronger than the florin for several months.

KLEIN RELEASES NEW NOTES INTO CIRCULATION
Prime Minister Klein has stepped in quickly to deal with the recent counterfeit money scandal. The Bavarian bank note has been redesigned to be more difficult to forge in the future, and is quickly replacing the old look notes. The new note features a portrait of Minister Klein on one side and the missing King Ludwig on the other.

ENGELS SUPPORTS BAVARIAN GOVERNMENT
In an exclusive interview with the Suddeutche Zeitung, noted economist Friedrish Engels gave a generally positive evaluation of the Bavarian government's handling of the current economic crisis, but pointed out that more industrialisation, and concentration of the means of production in the hands of the people who do the production, is needed.

ECONOMY STABILISING
After its many recent difficulties the Bavarian economy appears to be finally stabilising. We can thank for this the quick thinking and insightful actions of Prime Minister Klein, but we also hear many others have been working "behind the scenes" to return the strength once again to our economy.

EUGENE SUE TAKES OVER AS EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE SUDDEUTCHE ZEITUNG
Noted Parisian journalist Eugene Sue announced that he had accepted a position to edit the newly-independent Bavarian paper, stating "I have tremendous faith and confidence of Bavaria's willingness to read and understand the Truth, rather than a mere government organ." Mr. Sue's former paper, the Paris Herald, said that they considered him a top-notch reporter and would continue working with him as a Bavarian correspondent and political reporter.

DR ALEXANDER KESSENGER, INVENTOR OF THE ART, APPOINTED TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY
For his services to Science and Technology, and for the invention of the amazing Aetheric Resonance Generator Dr Kessenger has received the great honour of being appointed to the Royal Society, the highest honour for a man of his profession. At the same time it was announced that Eugene Sue is being awarded the Order of the Bavarian Empire for his services to journalism.

FOUNDATION OF THE BBC - A BREAKTHROUGH IN COMMUNICATION
Entertainment and communication has entered a new age with the arrival of the BBC - the Bavarian Broadcasting Company. Funded by the bank Medici, this company makes use of the astonishing new technology of the Aethric Resonance Generator. The idea seems to be that this amazing scientific breakthrough can be used to communicate words over great distances, allegedly instantaneously. How precisely this is done we do not know, but many have been quick to come up with schemes using this device. The BBC intends to place Aetheric Resonance Receivers in town squares all over the country so that news can be communicated to them from a central broadcasting device. Although it is doubtful whether this device will ever replace the newspaper in the affections of the public, its novelty value seems sure to make it popular at first.

ECCENTRIC CLUB MEMBER A BANK ROBBER?
Mr Phileas Fogg, a noted member of the Reform Club who has recently wagered on his ability to make an 80-day trip around the world, has been named as defendant in an arrest warrant issued earlier this week. Apprehending Mr Fogg may prove problematic, as he is reportedly already on his journey.

PRUSSIA SACKS AMSTERDAM
A miserable new year for the Netherlands as on New Years day General von Moltke gave orders that Amsterdam was to be systematically shelled until its surrender. With no tangible political support, the Dutch government was forced to accept terms of surrender. A victorious General Von Moltke renames the nation Willhelmsland and the capital Bismarkburg. The Dutch colonies are expect to be taken by Prussia as soon as it can be organised.

TZAR A THREAT? "RIDICULOUS" SAYS VON MOLTKE
General Helmut von Moltke today dismissed as "ridiculous" the notion that the Russian cavalry division in the Baltics could be a threat to Prussia. Top members of his staff agreed. General von Falkenstein scoffed "The Russians never have been and never could be a threat. All they know how to do is retreat to Moscow and wait for winter."

RUSSIA ATTACKS PRUSSIA
Russian forces have launched a surprise attack on Prussia. Whilst the Prussians heavily committed their forces to the continuing destruction of Amsterdam and subjugation of the Netherlands, a large force massed on the Russia/Prussia border and launched an attack on the exposed Prussian rear. Although the Prussian forces were forced to retreat, Russia has not taken full advantage of their position, and this action is believed to be a show of strength rather than the beginning of a serious campaign.

MILITARY DISASTER FOR THE IRON CHANCELLOR
The 2nd Dresden Regiment, currently near Arhem, Holland, was nearly wiped out by forces unknown earlier today. Rumours attribute the cause to various forms of sabotage, technological forces unknown, or simple failure of experimental equipment supplied by the Prussian technologist Ferdinand Zeppelin.

NAPOLEON III PROMISES AID TO NETHERLANDS
Napoleon III and Prime Minister Klein of Bavaria made non-specific warnings about "dire consequences" if Prussia did not pull out of the Netherlands immediately.

LORD BULWER-LYTTON DENOUNCES PRUSSIAN AGGRESSION IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS

BAVARIAN AERO-NAVY STILL "GREATLY WEAKENED"
Bavaria's once magnificient aero-navy now lies mostly rusting in its hangers. After last years disasterous sabotage attack little has been done to repair the fleet, and so Bavaria still lies militarily exposed. Chief Scientist Professor Hektor Von Stuck was unavailable to comment, but military sources say they are greatly concerned about being left so exposed.

MUCH CO-OPERATION BETWEEN PRUSSIA AND BAVARIA
Old enemies Prussia and Bavaria are now co-operating more than at any time in history - trade links, transportation links, even links in foreign policy are all being seen for the first time. The apparent friendship seen between von Moltke and Klien is surprising to some, but they seem to consistently working together. However, in Bavaria the leader of the opposition to Klein's government said that "A few cannibal ridden jungle islands do not make for a substantial stake in the Dutch colonies" referring to the "deal" that was struck which opened up the Netherlands to conquest by Prussia.

PRUSSIAN COLONIAL CONGRESS HELD
Major businessmen, politicians, journalists and economists were all invited to speak on the subject of the importance of the Colonies to the Prussian economy. A joint Prussian and Bavarian initiative was to be launched, with ships heading to the Dutch colonies to begin instituting new administrations. General Von Moltke stepped down to the sound of rapturous applause.

NO HAT FOR BRUNNER, POPE SAYS
The Vatican today denied rumours that they had been planning to elevate Archbishop Brunner, of Berne, to a Cardinal. Brunner has become well-known in recent years for hi activism for human rights, specifically for his support of the Duma sisters and his denunciation of the von Stuck witchhunts.

ART DEMONSTRATION IN MUNICH A SUCCESS
Dr Alexander Kesinger today staged a public demonstration of his Aetheric Resonance Transmitter. A string quartet played music into the device, which was heard at four spots around Munich. Dr. Kesinger, in conjunction with publisher Eugene Sue, plan to develop the ART as a commercial product for the public good.

PARCEL BOMB SENT TO MONASTERY
We find ourselves shocked once again at how low the anarchists within our community are prepared to stoop - a parcel bomb was sent to a resident of a monastery in Munich. The explosion damaged much of the ancient building, and a number of brothers were injured. Fortunately, no deaths resulted thanks to the quick thinking of the infamous Karl Von Stuck who fortunately was staying at the Monastery, and was able to hurl the package into a font, just before it exploded. He has received much praise for his quick thinking, but humbly said that a "message from God" directed him to the danger, and allowed him to save his brothers.

REVOLUTION IN STOCK EXCHANGES
The complex world of the international stock exchange is being revolutionised by the introduction of the amazing technology of the year - the Aetheric Resonance Transmitter. This will allow stock exchanges to communicate near instantly over great distances, so facilitating international trading. Gian Gastone spoke in support of these developments, and is believed to have been lending his financial help and expertise to set up this new system throughout Europe.

SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK FOR BAVARIA
Superstitious residents of Wurtzberg were seen crossing themselves today, after a giant mirror came hurtling from the sky and crashed into fields outside the city. No one was hurt by this mysterious and bizarre event, although many local sheep were seriously disturbed.

MYSTERIOUS SHIP DISAPPEARANCES
The Inner Sea is developing a strange reputation amongst sea-farers: a number of ships have recently disappeared quite suddenly and in good weather, with no obvious cause. Trading and military vessels have all been hit, and initial investigation have revealed nothing.

NEW HEALTH SERVICE FOR BAVARIA AND BEYOND
We are pleased to report wholly good news: greater health care for our country and beyond. The Duchess Von Leiden has given her support to a scheme to create health services and hospitals available to the common people of Bavaria, and all Germanic people. The "Hospitia Excercitus Germania" is an organisation created by the Duchess and supported by many nobles and wealthy businessmen of Bavaria and surrounding areas which has began opening a series of charitable clinics and hospitals. We are also pleased to report that the excellent order of Duma has become involved in this work, providing nurses and training to all who need it. We are also told that Gian Gastone is lending his support to this charitable work in order to put something back into the country that he has made his home. Initial efforts have been concentrated in Bavaria, and the Duchess' home region of Saxony, but we believe there are plans at foot to extend this to all Germanic people as soon as this can be organised.

DUCHESS VON LEIDEN TOURS THE PRINCIPALITIES
The Duchess has been making even greater efforts to foster support for the "Hospitia Excercitus Germania". Visiting many nobles she seems sure of a polite and enthusiaswtic reception. Meanwhile the Medici Hospital was opened at a small ceremony attended by its patron.

KARL MARX FORMS AN ANARCHIST BROTHERHOOD
Political agitator and founder of the unholy political doctrine of Communism Karl Marx has called upon "fellow anarchists" to join with him and "overthrow the rotting hulks of political disciplines that clutter the international stage." We hope that none will listen to this dangerous mans insane ramblings.

THE NEW FOLK HERO - THE GREY HELMUT
A mysterious new hero has appeared within Bavaria, and taken the hearts of many peasant folks. He dresses in grey including a cloak and a a mask, allegedly appears from nowhere, performs some heroic act, then disapears with a crash, a bang, and a crafty wink. He is rumoured to have strange mind powers, and the only thing he has ever been heard to cry is "Am I from the moon?" Speculation about this strange figure is rife amoungst the lower classes.

From Prussian Daily News
BOMBING OF BERLIN OPERA HOUSE - ENGLISH ANARCHIST ARRESTED
Evil came to the Berlin Opera House in the form of a still unidentified English man who hurled explosives into the box of Duchess Von Richenberg, killing her son, and severely injuring the Duchess who was thrown clear by the explosions. The magnificent Prussian Secret Police leapt into action and arrested the attacker, who was taken away to be interrogated.

From Prussian Daily News
OPERA HOUSE MURDERER REVEALED TO BE BAVARIAN AGENT
We have been informed that the murderer responsible for the bomb attack on the Berlin Opera House has admitted to being a Bavarian agent, Johan Shaft, sent by that most fiendish and evil country to strike at the beautiful heart of Prussia. We are disgusted at this man's behaviour, and disgusted at the country who spawned him.

From Prussian Daily News
HORROR AS MURDERER SHAFT ESCAPES
The evil Bavarian terrorist and murderer Shaft has escaped from the top security prison in which he was being held. Few details have been released but it is clear his escape was partially facilitated by some rescuer, so it is presumed that the Bavarian government has aided in the rescue of this most "loyal" subject. Although we are assured that our government forces do all they can to recapture this fiend, we Prussians surely cannot feel safe while this corrupt and corrupting country still borders ours and throws its twisted spawn across our borders.

POPE RESURRECT THE HOLY ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF SONTO STEPHANO
The Pope has announced that he is re-organising the unofficial Witch-hunters of his church into one larger organisation, under a central command. This, he hopes, will allow for official decisions to be made over what exactly is heretical magic, and what is holy miracle. Destruction of Satanists and Heretics, His Hollyness hopes, can now be organised with greater efficiency.

STRANGE MURDER OF PRUSSIAN RECLUSE
Hans von Strube was found dead in his home the other night, surrounded by mysterious and eerie occult paraphernalia. The horrific nature of the murder has left investigators baffled - we are told the victim was found hanging from the rafters by his own end-trails. Church leaders have declared that he was clearly a "Satanist who got his just deserts at the hands of the prince of darkness" and have refused him a Christian burial.

From Prussian Daily News:
RICHENBERG BURNS! HUNDREDS DEAD AS INFERNO GRIPS CITY
Disaster has struck the town of Richenberg - fire swept through it at incredible speed, obliterating homes, businesses, and everything in its path. Scientists are baffled as to how the flames could have spread so quickly. Lucky survivors described walls of flame rolling down the streets towards them, consuming everything in their paths. One victim of social standing was the Duchess of Richenberg who, horrifically scarred by an attempt on her life by evil Bavarian agents earlier in the year, had retired to her family home to recuperate. Most of the other victims of this disaster will, it seems, have died anonymously.

From "How do you do" Magazine:
BERTIE AND FLASHEART REUNITED
The dashing Lord Flasheart returned to England to once again meet with his very close friend Prince Edward. The Marlboro set was glad to hear his tales of daring do in foreign lands, and pleased to meet the lovely Luisa Guthellen, a new arrival to the country, who he introduced to one and all.

TOP BRITISH SCIENTIST LAB DESTROYED BY EARTHQUAKE AND MOB
Double misfortune visited the renown scientist Kris Knight when following a severe localised Earthquake, a violent mob crashed through his laboratory, destroying everything in their path. It seems clear that this was once again the work of the "New Luddites" who have declared war on all things technological. That the attack so conveniently took advantage of such an unpredictable event as an earthquake has made some publicly wonder if the "New Luddites" are "blessed by god," in some holy crusade against "un-godly" machinery.

BEAST OF WURTZBERG KILLED BY WITCHFINDER VON STUCK
The demonic hound which has been plaguing the residents of Wurtzberg has been found and destroyed by the self proclaimed witch-finder Karl Von Stuck. Local residents proclaimed him a hero for finally freeing them from the fear of this night-stalking killer.

From Prussian Daily News:
BAVARIAN SABOTEUR ARRESTED
The harmless fishing community of Usadon was shocked to find a terrorist in his midst. The noble Prussian secret police arrested the twisted and evil Alan Drake as he worked at some fiendish plan to bring destruction and death to this small island far from any military instillation. Interrogation revealed the increasingly inevitable fact that this villain was a Bavarian agent intent on causing pain and evil to our fair nation.

MARGRAVINE MAKES STUNNING ENTRANCE TO COURT SCENE
The Margravine of Wurtzberg has been making a stir in social circles all year - with her charm and good looks she has been the companion to be seen with, and has proved popular wherever she has gone. Many suitors seem to hope that they may be lucky enough to one day take her as a particularly charming wife.

OTTO STILL SEARCHING FOR HIS LOST LOVE
Our court contacts tell us that Prince Otto has still to recover from his romantic encounter last year, and is still determined to find the "real" Countess Irena.

MORE NEW LUDDITE ATTACKS
The New Luddites continue to be an active and destructive force within Bavaria, attacking at any scientific or Technological site they come across. Their attacks are unpredictable, violent, and always destructive. There appear to be several main groups active in the country, but they move around sufficiently that officials are having great difficulty tracking them down.

HORRIFIC MURDERS REVOLT MILITIA
A number of horrific and disgusting murders have revolted the investigating officers in Nuremberg. Due to the explicitness and viciousness of the attacks fear has gripped the local community, and he has developed nightmare status - being refured to as "Slasher Jack" by mothers wishing to scare their children into behaving at night. It is believed by many that he may also be responsible for a number of bizarre burglaries in the same region, where houses have been ransacked, but little stolen in an orgy of twisted destructive passion.

VICTIM SURVIVES AND IDENTIFIES "SLASHER JACK" AS STEPHEN STREGOI
The Militia in Nuremberg are said to be desperately searching for the fugitive Stephen Stregoi after Gabbi Floosel, his latest victim, has identified him as "Nuremberg Jack". Frauline Floosel spoke from her hospital bed through the pain of her horrific injuries, to describe her attacker. Following up various other leads the investigators confirmed that the man they have been seeking so desperately is indeed Stregoi. Citizens are instructed not to approach this man as he is incredibly dangerous, and sickening evil.