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.
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.”
A Waterbank Airlines charter flight prepares for takeoff from East River Intercontinental Airport. The age of the craft can be seen from the airport approval stamps for Undine Airport, Sunnydale, Twin Gems, and Waterbank. Airport approval stamps were discontinued in 2013.
Waterbank Airlines has a shaky future by all opinions, but especially at White Star Airport, where the new Landing Rating System (AKA the Christi Landing Rating System) rated a recent landing at a level so low that “it frightens people on the ground and the air.”
Industry watchers say that the airline, which has only two regular flights, has subsisted only by charter flights and freight services. WIA and law enforcement agencies have investigated WA several times over the last year for smuggling and illegal practices, but have not made any arrests.
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.”
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.”
Making a last ditch effort to secure oil in the Blake Sea, Undine National Oil (UNO) has deployed tens of aircraft and sea vessels to find new sources of oil. UNO, which has extracted a majority of the resources in Undine, now must find other sources to compete against companies like Rox Oil.
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!”
The successful yet fugitive lawyer that is wanted by the Waterbank Police was spotted in another unlikely place – the tarmac of OLDS Airfield, the last remaining area of combat for the Undine Conflict.
Forwarded to the Waterbank News by a combat photographer, the picture shows the lawyer meeting someone in an ULF limousine, one of the specially reinforced SZYM Chancellor sedans that were common for diplomats during the conflict.
The conflict had been “contained” to a smaller area after a New Undine Government was able to throw out warring superpowers and close its borders. Rumors have begun to arise that the conflict may again widen into the surrounding areas.