Ladonia State Affairs

It could be a revolution

There is some doubt about the redness of the moon; it has been explained as an eclips. But Minister Taru says:

“No, red color means that Lunatics made a revolution. Is our naval base
still intact, dear Admiral?

This is the version of the story as told in China:
When the US astronauts reached the Moon in the late 60s, they found
that the Soviets had been there first and had painted the Moon red. No
problem, thought the astronauts and painted Coca Cola logo on the
Moon.”

The reaction from Admiral Pedro came immediately:

“FROM: COMMANDER SPACIALSUBMARINE GROUP SEVEN

TO: COMMONDORE IN CHIELF SERENITY FLEET LADONIA (SSN 754)

INFO: COMMANDER LADONIA SERENITY SEA SECTOR COMMAND

COMMANDER LADONIAN FLEET

COMMANDER LADONIA IV FLEET

SUBJ: OPERATION ORDER 21-02

1. BACKGROUND.

A. FOR MONTHS, THE LUNATIC GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN INCREASINGLY REPRESSIVE AND ANTI-DEMOCRATIC. THE RECENT ELECTIONS WERE MARKED BY BOTH INTIMIDATION OF INDEPENDENT PARTIES AND APPARENT ELECTORAL FRAUD. THE INCUMBENT PARTY WON BY A 99.8% LANDSLIDE, BUT VOTER TURNOUT WAS WEAK, ESPECIALLY IN THE OUTLYING PROVINCES. THE FAR EASTERN PROVINCES HAVE SEEN ESPECIALLY STRIDENT PROTEST, WHICH HAS RECENTLY THREATENED TO TURN VIOLENT. FOLLOWING A BLOODLESS COUP, THE LUNATIC FAR EASTERN PROVINCES HAVE SECEDED FROM THE MOON, AND ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF A CABAL OF REBELLIOUS MILITARY OFFICERS. THE REBELS HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES OR STATED INTENTIONS. THE LUNATIC GOVERNMENT IN THE CAPITAL LUNA HAS ISSUED A TERSE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE COUP, AND STATED THAT IT DOES NOT ACCEPT THE SECESSION. OTHER GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING LADONIA, HAS TAKEN A WAIT-AND-SEE POSITION AND EXPECTED CLARIFICATION OF THE REBEL POLITICAL INTENTIONS.

B. LUNATIC INTELLIGENCE HAD PROVIDED AN EARLY WARNING OF POTENTIAL TROUBLE IN THE FAR EAST, AND THE GOVERNMENT RESPONDED BY SENDING SPACIALSUBMARINES FROM THE NORTHERN FLEET UNDER THE ICE TO SERENITY SEA. SURFACE SHIPS AND SSBNS COMMANDED BY LOYAL CAPTAINS SORTIED FROM PETROLUNASK AND MOUNTS MARILYN IN AN APPARENT ATTEMPT TO AVOID LOSING CONTROL OF THE ENTIRE SERENITY FLEET.

C. THE REBELS ARE ASSUMED TO BE IN CONTROL OF THE REMAINING SHIPS, WHICH MAY INCLUDE SSBN SPACIALSUBMARINES THAT WERE BEING REPAIRED AND WERE UNABLE TO GET UNDERWAY. NO WARSHIPS HAVE BEEN OBSERVED LEAVING EITHER PORT SINCE THE COUP. IN ADDITION TO THE INTENTIONS OF THE REBELS, THERE IS CONCERN THAT THEY MIGHT ATTEMPT TO SELL LUNATIC MILITARY HARDWARE, POSSIBLY INCLUDING CYBERNETIC AND BIOMECHANICAL WEAPONS AND TECHNOLOGY, IN AN ATTEMPT TO GAIN ASSISTANCE AND SECURE FUNDING

2. MISSION.

A. PENETRATE AS POSSIBLE THE VACHAMISKAYAN INLET AND CONDUCT INTELLIGENCE GATHERING, SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISSANCE. OBJECTIVE IS TO IDENTIFY AND REPORT THE SURFACE SEAGOING ORDER OF BATTLE WITHIN YAMATIRAL SPACIALSUBMARINE BASE AND CHAKACHAK SHIPYARD.

B. MONITOR ALL SHIP TRAFFIC INTO AND OUT OF VACHAMISKAYAN INLET. OBJECTIVES ARE TO (1) IDENTIFY ALL WARSHIPS INCLUDING SPACIALSUBMARINES ACTUALLY OPERATING FROM THIS PORT. WE ARE TO DETECT AND VISUALLY CLASSIFY ALL SPATIAL ASSETS AT THE HARBOR ENTRANCE IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE. (2) IDENTIFY FOREIGN MERCHANT SPACESHIPS THAT MIGHT INDICATE COOPERATION FROM OTHER COUNTRIES WITH THE REBELS.

3. EXECUTION.

A. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. WE ARE AUTHORIZED TO ENGAGE OTHER SPACEWARSHIPS ONLY IF (1) THEY HAVE SHOT AT YOU (HOSTILE ACTION) OR (2) WE HAVE UNAMBIGUOUS INDICATIONS THEY ARE PREPARING TO SHOOT AT US (HOSTILE INTENT).

B. WE MUST NOT BE IDENTIFIED INSIDE FOREIGN TERRITORIAL WATERS. TAKE ANY ACTION NECESSARY TO SAFEGUARD OUR IDENTITY UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. LUNATIC FORCES ARE LIKELY CONDUCTING INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS AGAINST THE REBELS, BUT THE POSSIBILITY OF ATTEMPTS BY OTHER NATIONS CANNOT BE EXCLUDED. REMAIN COVERT AT ALL TIMES (CRITICAL).”

Lars Vilks

Lars Vilks is the artist behind Nimis and Arx, the Founder and State Secretary of Ladonia. He is also the Editor in Chief of the Ladonia Herald.

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