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.
GTFO is increasing in scope, adding new docks to Oleg, Grunion, and Orwood. Barrels and crates are now supported as well, and new vehicles are in the works for the new freight protocol that is taking the logistics industry by storm. GTFO information can be found here (link). A starter kit (free and paid versions) is available at the Marketplace (link).
Smuggler X’s recent opening of a “delivery and postal service” in the Archerfield area hasn’t impressed certain law enforcement agencies, who still have outstanding warrants.
“My kid still has no sand for his sandbox,” said a Waterbank Police lieutenant. “And our volleyball court has rocks.”
Agencies such as the WPD, Sheriff’s Department, ERIA PD, ERPA, and GridEx security all have outstanding warrants for the smuggler.
Even at night the ANWR Channel is full of activity.
The ANWR Channel, considered by many to be one of the most underappreciated of continental links, has been indicated in a WIA report to the acting Waterbank government as a hotbed of illicit activity.
“We are not talking about cheating in Bingo,” said the WIA spokeswoman. “We are talking about pirates, smugglers, and criminals operating between Calleta City and hundreds of destinations.”
According to an inside source inside the WBA, even the oil rig has been used as an illicit base for smuggling. Waterbank has not responded to the report, but it is believed that at-sea interdictions and raids will be planned.
Last stop before the sea bridge between Corsica and Nautilus, the Fantazia Airstrip has joined the GTFO Protocol and fully supports air and sea cargo traffic. As a vital link between continents – and the last place to stock up on snacks before hitting the island chains – Fantazia is the perfect place to drop GTFO loads and pick up new ones. Barbara and Jules’ Fantazia Airfield can be found here (link).
Blackened areas show impassable barriers
A loving creation and collaboration between Joe Sparrow and Nikki Wilder, the G- 21 Goose (link) is a pudgy seaplane with surprising capability. Smugglers are already taking an interest in the craft, which is GTFO ready and has a number of poses for recreational users too. Smugglers are particularly interested in the mod feature, which allows owners to add their own hidey holes…
Smugglers have been increasing their operations into the Juneau area after a local store refused to carry marshmallow fluff.
“It’s like taking candy from a baby, only in reverse,” said a local curmudgeon. “Smugglers bring in the good stuff, charge for your first born, and take off.”
“Don’t let the locals confuse you with their analogies,” said the Juneau sheriff. “Smugglers are landing in Juneau, but so far they’ve been trading legally. Sand for marshmallow fluff.”