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In the first of several planned reports on the Greater Tulagi Region, the Waterbank News has created a map to show anomaly travelers and WW2 era combat participants the growing complexity of the theater.

By clicking on the thumbnailed map you will see the entire contested area, along with the major players in the theater.

What surprised our staffers most was that most of the airports in the theater were neutral, allowing for active combatants to launch from them at the same time commercial GTFO flights could. In fact, nearly anyone can use the airfields, provided they follow local rules and guidelines. While at Archerfield Field (lower middle on the map), we saw a Claw P-40 take off, and a CP P-40 take off only minutes later, undoubtedly chasing it.

“Unless it is a combat airfield like Xilted, air fields are places where the war stops,” said one airport administrator. “What happens once you’re in the Tulagi Sea is wholly different matter.”

The Tulagi region may also be the first to allow smugglers to use the GTFO protocols, taking advantage of the existing combat conditions.

cp12stepA ZSK P-40 banks to patrol a remote island chain. The Coastal Patrol has widened its reach and is recruiting more.

The Coastal Patrol has been attracting more pilots, thanks to a new ad campaign in East River. The ad campaign called “Peast Criver” uses plays on letters and words to raise awareness of the Coastal Patrol and the role it is expanding.

“We’re seeing new areas to help people,” said the new spokesman for the group, “and that includes combat areas like Tulagi and domestically challenged areas like East River.”

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A former UNO helicopter is used to clear wreckage from Sailor’s Cove East – Nevis Island (link), where there are an unusual number of wrecks.

In an unusual move for a waning energy company, UNO has sold a number of its helicopters to the Coastal Patrol. The Coastal Patrol has been increasing its presence in coastal areas, even going so far as to demand sobriety of some its squadrons.

“Not all of us,” a CP pilot yelled out to us at the ERIA lounge. “Some of us still drink on the ground and in the air!”

“It’s true,” said the bartender seriously. “I have a row of sippie cups ready fro when they get the call.”

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Wright Brothers Regional Airfield in Jadu (link) has tempted fate by adding a large target for bombers near their runway.

“They clearly have not seen us try to hit a target,” said a CP pilot behind one of the hangars at Wright.

“They clearly have not seen the CP try to hit a target,” said a Claw pilot holding out a beer for the CP pilot.

“We hope to never see the CP aiming at our target,” said the Wright Brothers Airfield guard that chased the two drunk pilots from behind the hangar.