The CP vessel docked at the infamous Bygone Church in the Honahs. The church was the sight of a massacre during the fight for independence of the island.
The Coastal Patrol has sent out a “good will” vessel to assure residents of Blake Sea islands that the CP is still committed to stopping the illegal sand trade. The vessel, a newly acquired MLB from Feral Marine, is the pride of the CP fleet.
“Oh, yeah, but it ain’t the cup holders,” explained one of the ship’s crew. “It’s a beauty on the seas, at speed and in the bunk. It’s da first boat I been on dat kept me dry.”
Coastal Patrol insiders say that the good will tour is having mixed results, depending on where they land. “Some places don’t want to talk about where the sand comes from.”
Smugglers active in the Blake Sea have been traced back to Dutch Harbor, where laws of the sea seem to be more lax.
“We build’em not regulate’m,” said the acting constable at Dutch Harbor.
Smuggling runs have been increasing into Juneau, yet local authorities couldn’t care less.
“They [Juneau police] don’t care at all. It’s all, GTFO this, and GTFO that,” whined one General Store owner. “Here, let me get you some GTFO fried chicken, or some GTFO iced coffee. It makes me sick!”
“We’re pretty excited about GTFO,” admitted a local constable. “You should see all the new things coming into the area!”
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.