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A Waterbank cold case has been reopened after the discovery of vehicle under water in Second Norway. The case involves the disappearance of a Waterbank senator at the height of the Undine Conflict, a crime that has long been suspected to be perpetrated by the ULF. Both the senator and his vehicle went missing several years ago, taking a major opponent to the ULF out of the advisory body to Waterbank.

“The senator was rabidly anti-ULF,” explained a Waterbank historian, “so there’s definitely motive there. There are some conspiracies about the WIA too. The police will have a lot to sort through.”

“We can’t rule anything out,” said the detective on the case. “We’re even looking at the vehicle itself. It appears to have been driven off the pier deliberately. It’s a SZYM Chancellor, which is one of the sturdiest vehicles out there. There’s no way the senator and the driver’s bodies would have had those kinds of injuries with that vehicle. There’s a reason why VIPs still use it.”

Waterbank Police have said that they will continue the investigation as long as there is a trail to follow.

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This promotional photo of a ULF tank recently came across the desks of WIA, and they are perplexed.

“The ULF has been gone forever,” said one analyst in a bar at 7 am. “We have no idea what this means. It looks like it’s an Astaro LFT (link), which is also surprising. They’re the lowest prim tank out there, and this thing is blasting away at the test ranges of Citrine {see previous posts}.”

A veteran of the Undine Conflict has claimed to have seen the Undine Serpent (link) – in the East River. The monster, which was said to have terrorized Undine waterways, may or may not exist according to one marine biologist.

“We never found compelling evidence in Undine,” he said, “but it was a war zone, so we could only look at the sites secured by the ULF. The only image we have of the beast is this one (follow this link for the image).”

For more stories on the Serpent, click here.
For more stories on the Undine and its Conflict, click here.

Undine National Oil (UNO), the energy company that was in financial straits following the drying up of oil reserves in the reclusive Undine region, has hired new leadership to captain what analysts are calling “a completely sinking ship.”

The new leadership team includes several Waterbank figures that will work as an executive body during a several month transition. Following the transition the team will dissolve, bringing in a new executive officer from the team or hired outside the company. The team will be headed by WBA President Sketch Sun, who is likely to bring his business contacts into to play.

“The first thing that needs to happen is a name change,” Sun told us on the phone, “and the second is a cancellation of all bonuses. It’s preposterous to think some people are getting more with this situation.”

UNO-Transformation A pictorial of the UNO logo shows how the company drew heavily on the original Undine government emblem, a tricolor emblem with the statue on Undine mountain in silhouette. Critics charge that the logo shows little originality, to which the UNO spokesperson said “It’s a money saver.”

The company has already filed for a name change from “Undine National Oil” to “Unified National Oil.” The will allow the company to have a more international reputation and, according to Sun, “get consumers to disassociate from the unfortunate Undine Conflict.”

UndineSmugg A smuggler makes a sand run in a modified Bandit 470.

The New Undine Government has declared war on sand smugglers, which have been taking away precious land from the newly stabilized country. “They steal the sand and flee into the militarized zone and out from the airport,” complained the NUG Press Minister. “Our children haven’t been able to make sand castles for weeks!”

OLDSAFBasseesA map from the report shows danger areas in OLDS AFB, including the barbecue.

In an uncharacteristically public gesture WIA released a Threat Assessment For OLDS AFB. The release was timed with a press release stating a change in structure, removing the mayoral office from command decisions. “We haven’t had a mayor for some time,” the spokesperson stated, “but WIA has to keep pulling triggers.”

The base in the report was the key launch point for WSDF forces during the Undine campaign and is still in use. The report outlines potential threat areas and recommended countermeasures for “a highly advanced adversary with traditional and guerrilla forces.”

The majority of the report focused on areas of ingress; gaps in the perimeter defenses that made the base too accessible to enemy armor. An entire chapter was dedicated to “internal threats,” which included a barbecue. “A continually burning charcoal fire with grilling meats, all but unmanned has had the effect of distracting military patrol dogs and owners at its minimum, and a large fire risk at maximum” said the report.

It also goes on to say that transferring the base to civilian control – an international airport supporting none of the combatants could localize the conflict in other areas and act as a step toward an independent Undine.

An independent Undine has long been the goal of Waterbank, which has supported the ULF (Undine Liberation Front) and the NUG (New Undine Government) from the beginning of the conflict.

“We think this marks the beginning of an independent WIA,” said one Professor of Political Science at Waterbank University, “one no longer held to the power of a mayor. It is a dangerous first step.”

Many in the intelligence community agree, seeing an intelligence agency that follows its own agenda as being contrary to security. “Today’s enemies can become clients if you’re not careful,” said a former analyst, “and I’m thinking specifically about the Claw.”

SOCLflyoverA SOCL helicopter flies over Undine Town and a tributary of the Undine River.

SOCL, the Secret Order of the Crested Lotus, has widened their search for the Undine Serpent, braving the active combat zone of the Undine Woods.

“We believe that the creature may hold special properties,” said one spokesperson for the group, “but so far all we have found are trash bags connected with rope and a large pair of googly-eyes.”