Kalistan President Bjorksdattir to visit Trigunia

Kalistan President Bjorksdattir to visit Trigunia

Postby Doc » Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:07 am

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Kalistani Beacon
President Bjorksdattir to visit Trigunia
Comprehensive Agenda planned

Kaliburg, Ananto District
June 2nd, 3925


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President Bjorksdattir addresses the Nation ahead of her state Visit to Trigunia
Bjorksdattir is the first sitting Head of State to visit a foreign Nation in many centuries


The President of Kalistan, Elga Bjorksdattir-Carrangus, issued the following statement today.

"Friends and Countrymen, I bid you all a wonderful day. Today, the Foreign Minister, Eduardo Gallegos and I depart Kalistan to return a visit to the Tsar of the Empire of Trigunia. This will be the first opportunity for us to visit a foreign country in centuries. Trigunia has long held a fond place in the history of the Socialist Party. When we were decimated overseas, it was Trigunian forces which gave the remnants of our expeditionary force safe haven until we could escape. The Trigunian military has both hosted, and were hosted by elements of that very same Militia, in official military training deployments. And it was less than 1 year ago that our nation welcomed the Tsar of Trigunia to our city. The new relationship with the Empire of Trigunia is a triumph of foreign policy as well as a triumph for socialism in the world.

"Now it is our turn to visit them. The visit will not be all smiles and light, however. It has recently come to the attention of our government that the Trigunian Empire is now the home of anti-gay and lesbian legislation. Their discrimination against a segment of their population on the grounds of who they love is unconscionable in Kalistan, and of course, discrimination in all of its forms must not stand. We will express our displeasure with their recent laws in no uncertain terms when we speak with the Tsar. While we concur that sovereign nations may theoretically pass whatever laws they like, without the input of another nation, perhaps they will be willing to listen to friends, and dare I say, Comrades, who have worked over these long years to build a close and warm relationship between our two states. It is my hope that the Tsar will be willing to listen to reason and see a way to overturn this discriminatory act in a method which both acknowledges Trigunia's legislative process, and acknowledges that discrimination against portions of their population is not something which should ever be allowed to happen, let alone at the hands of lawmakers.

"Positively, we must say that there are many things that Kalistan and Trigunia can work on. A closer partnership in Kalistan's nationalized petroleum industry, KALNAPECO will be offered, whereby the Trigunian economy stands to benefit from increased oil output. We also would like to raise the issue of continued military and cultural exchange between our two nations. We were initially approached on the subject of base leasing by the Trigunian military- it would seem that their intentions may still be on the table, but this is something we will ascertain when we speak with the Tsar. Finally, there is the issue of members of the Society of Brethren in Trigunia. This year, Bretheren in Kalistan numbered more than 15,000. I am being sent, as a member of that Society, to make contact with Trigunian Brethren, for the purposes of discovering whether they are interested in uniting with us in Faith and Practice. On this matter, I do not travel as a Representative of Kalistan or the head of its state, but in the capacity of a Seeker of the Truth, guided by a sense of unity with fellow Brethren across the planet. A connection with Trigunian Brethren will assist us in the creation of a more unified Faith and Practice, and will help us to expand our own efforts at building a lasting movement in the Search for the Truth.

"When we return from our visit, which is not expected to last longer than 2 weeks at the most, the Socialist Party and I are scheduled to meet concerning the upcoming election. The Socialist Party of Kalistan has asked me to announce at this time that they will hold a National Organizing Convention, designed to regain the majority in the Assembly, which is open to all Socialists in Kalistan. The Party has asked me to speak, and during the convention, I will provide a full record of my visit to Trigunia. May you all be Blessed, and keep me and the Foreign Minister in your thoughts as we make the long journey to Trigunia.


With this, the President and the Foreign Minister and their staff boarded the Presidential Jet, bound for Trigunia and the first major State visit by a sitting head of State in Kalistan in centuries.

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The Presidential Jet Leaves Kaliburg International Airport
The Jet will be escorted by elements of the Kalistani Airforce into Trigunian Airspace
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Re: Kalistan President Bjorksdattir to visit Trigunia

Postby Doc » Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:01 am

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PRESIDENT'S PLANE DOWN AT SEA
President, Foreign Minister, and 52 staff and Crew presumed dead

June 7, 3925
Kaliburg, Ananto


The popular President, Elga Bjorksdattir, and the Foreign Minister of the Imperial Republic of Kalistan from the Socialist Party, Eduardo Gallegos were enroute to the planned state visit with the Tsar of the Empire of Trigunia when the pilot of the Presidential plane reported to Kalistani air escorts that the plane was experiencing engine troubles. The jets were flying above the seas to the west of Dolgaria when the incident occurred. The Presidential pilot attempted to orient the jet toward Dolgaria to attempt an emergency landing, but airforce ground control reported that the pilot noted that controls were unresponsive. The pilot was able to restore some hydraulic control using backup systems, but the resulting heat of the failed hydraulic system was enough to cause one of the engines to catch fire. Escort pilots reported a ball of flames directly afterward, and then the Presidential plane disintegrated in mid air. At this point, contact was lost, and the sea was showered with the wreckage of the plane.

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The Kalistani Navy launches an early morning sea and air rescue and recovery effort

The Kalistani Navy immediately scrambled a search and rescue effort for any survivors, but they were only several hours out of Kalistan when night fell over the sight. The Military jets, receiving refuel, remained over the site until the ships arrived just before 5am. After sunrise, search was commenced, but no bodies were recovered. Naval divers were able, however to recover the aircraft's black box due to a homing beacon, and investigators are now looking into it to see if they can determine the cause of the malfunction. No details have been forthcoming.

President Bjorksdattir was 32 years old at the time of her untimely loss. Foreign Minister Gallegos was 63. Bjorksdattir was survived by her Partner, Jill Dorin of Ananto District, while Gallegos is survived by his wife Yolanda, his 3 children, Michael, Jesus, and Isabella, all of Suldanor. All 52 members of the Staff and Crew on the plane have also been declared lost at sea. Their individual obituaries are printed on p. A18.

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President of the Republic Elga Bjorksdattir-Carrangus, early in her first Administration

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FM Eduardo Gallegos, long serving Socialist foreign Minister, during the Petroleum Nationalization Campaign

Prime Minister San Xavier has been temporarily affirmed as Interim President of Kalistan, and will serve out the remainder of Bjorksdattir's term. A memorial service for the lost President, Foreign Minister and Staff and Crew is planned at Kaliburg International Harbor in early August. All government flags in the Republic have been ordered taken down until after the memorial, and privately owned flags are requested to be flown at half-mast.
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Re: Kalistan President Bjorksdattir to visit Trigunia

Postby Doc » Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:56 pm

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Investigation into the Death of President Bjorksdattir- UPDATE
Little new information is released to the Public

Kaliburg Ananto
October 21, 3925


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Naval Spokesperson Lieutenant Garry Gordon, on recent developments in the Investigation into the
death of the President of the Republic


The Government is still being excessively tightlipped about its findings so far in the investigation into the death of Late President Bjorksdattir and Foreign Minister Gallegos last June. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is working closely with the Office of Kalistani intelligence and have confirmed two details which were previously leaked to the Press. The first was that the Government was able to confirm that AWACS operators on board the President's military escort did tentatively detect something which may have been a naval vessel at the scene of the accident before arriving. AWACS operators suggested before closed door hearings that the thing they detected on their radar might have been a submarine, but naval spokespeople have been quick to tamp down any hint that the submarine was involved directly in the incident.

"We have been able to ascertain that if it was a submarine, it was a very specific kind of submarine which may be traced to a nation which we have no relations with on the other side of the planet, and in fact, who are friends of our friends in Trigunia. This is what gives us pause: We are sure that the object was not in any way directly involved with the explosion of the President's aircraft. No missile fire was recorded, and the transcripts of the pilot indicate that the problem was mechanical in nature. What this object was, or what it was doing in the area is still being mulled over by analysts and investigators and it would be premature, at this time to speculate as to what the object was, what it was doing there, or what became of it after it disappeared from our scopes."


The second piece of information released by the Government today dealt with the black box itself. Experts on flight recorders such as the one used in the Presidential Jet have noted something quite unusual: A warning light had been constantly engaged, even before the plane took off, but neither the pilot, nor the co-pilot, not any member of the crew seemed to be aware of it. The warning light was directly related to the hydraulic system in the plane: If it has been noticed by the Crew, the flight would not have left the airport. Analysts were very careful about how this information was released- They do not wish to cast aspersions with regard to the cause of the malfunction of this important warning light. Nobody is yet sure why the warning light did not notify the crew of the pending malfunction, and there is still not enough evidence available to suggest foul play in the incident.

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Kalistani Navy departs for one final recovery effort, in search of any additional clues about the accident

Kalistani Divers will return to the scene one more time before the scene becomes too treacherous due to the onset of winter weather, and will look for additional clues. Still missing are a cache of important state documents which possible could have been incinerated in the fire.
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Re: Kalistan President Bjorksdattir to visit Trigunia

Postby Doc » Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:00 pm

FULL REPORT OF THE CRASH OF THE PRESIDENT"S PLANE, JUNE 3925
From the Kalistani National Department of Investigation
Kaliburg, Ananto

Summary:
The KNDI has determined that the cause of the malfunction and subsequent explosion of the KNA Jetstream PAC 01, on June 5, 2925 was human sabotage. The sabotage of the jetliner in question led to a structural malfunction which, at the time it was noticed, was already progressed to the point that destruction of the craft was assured. The pilot and crew of the plane was almost entirely blameless in the craft. Investigators, working in conjunction with the Kalistani National Military Intelligence Service, and the the Kalistani National Department of Forensic Sciences in the Department of the Interior, have concluded that the sabateur was Vanukean in Nationality. It is indeterminate whether this sabateur was acting on orders from the Vanukean Government, or as part of a sinister but independent plan being carried out by a faction or individual in that government. The result of the explosion was the immediate death of the President of the Republic, Elga Mal Bjorksdattir-Carrangus, Foreign Minister Eduardo Francisco Gallegos, 4 members of the aircraft crew and 47 members of the Executive Staff who were accompanying the President on the state visit. Additionally, the sabateur, whose identity was not ascertainable was also killed. He was onboard the aircraft posing as the 5th member of the Crew.

Specific Evidence leading to this summary conclusion:
On the Afternoon of June 5, 3925, as the President, accompanied by the Foreign Minister were traveling to Trigunia enroute to a state visit with the Government of the Empire of Trigunia, the plane suffered a critical mechanical malfunction, which led to the overheating of the engines and subsequent ignition of the fuel sources. The cause of the explosion was the ignition of the highly combustible aircraft fuel- No residue suggesting high explosives was found on any of the wreckage. While it is possible that some of this residue may have washed off in the ocean, a situation which would suggest that the plane had been blown up, divers recovered fragments of the fuel tank belonging to the aircraft which show clearly that the fuel ignited in the fuel lines leading to the engines, and then traveled back to the fuel tanks and blew them up.

The source of the heat was the failure of the hydraulic systems which controlled the plane's lift and pitch. Before the plane took off, it was this system which had been critically compromised. There was enough hydraulic fluid to help the plane lift off, and to carry the flight out to sea, but soon after leaving Kalistani air space traveling north, Black Box recordings indicated that the pilot noticed that steering the plane was difficult, and the controls were not as responsive as they usually were. The pilot dismissed these difficulties as turbulence, given that no warning light concerning the failure of the hydraulic system was blinking on the control board, as would be expected in the event of a failed hydraulic system. The Pilot arranged to have a ground crew examine the steering and lift system upon arrival at Petrovgrad International Airport in Trigunia. West of Dolgaria, the low levels of hydraulic fluid made steering the plane more difficult, given the turbulent weather the air convoy needed to pass through as it approached Trigunia. Eventually, the hydraulic system failed entirely as the pilot tried to maintain altitude. Switching on a backup system proved to be a fatal error, as the backup system was not protected against the heat generated in unassisted steering. Ultimately, the back up system also failed and overheated, causing the engine to catch on fire. The fire worked its way back down the fuel line to the fuel oxygen mixture, at which point, the plane fuselage itself caught on fire. In a matter of seconds, the fuel tank exploded causing a catastrophic destruction of the aircraft and loss of all lives on board.

Wreckage recovered from the sight bore this account out as residue of a leaking hydraulic system was identified all over the inside of the wing, and there was significant evidence of fire throughout the right side of the aircraft. Additionally, a section of hose, identified as one of the main hoses in the hydraulic system, showed evidence of being deliberately severed.

What troubled investigators at the outset was why the Pilot's control board did not register the destruction of the hydraulic system. Such damage must have occurred before the plane set out from Kalistan- It must have happened on the ground, in Kaliburg. When looking closer at the available evidence, investigators early dismissed the notion of deliberate tampering with the warning system. However, black box recordings demonstrate that indeed, the warning was being transmitted as required by the malfunctioning hydraulic system, but for some reason it was not being received by the pilot. A fragment of the control board resolved all confusion with regard to this matter. The wires to the warning lights had been cut manually.

At this point, the matter became of interest to the Kalistani National Military Intelligence Service. Various articles of clothing, mostly burned, were recovered from the sea floor. In the pocket of one of these articles, belonging to a mechanic on the traveling crew, contained the following Message, though much of it was burned severely:

Laijtnánt, frjo [..... .....]! Densted srnépukmo!

[........]:
- Oskyu
- Kàtanz [......]
- Hydwas[..........]
- [..... ......]

Lofrkad [..] kaerzi!

-Shlaj[... ..........]


Intelligence officers identified the language as Jelbic, of the dialect spoken in Vanuku, and extrapolated, from the fragments available, under electron microscope, the following translation.
Lieutenant, burn [this note]! No surrender!

[Remember:]
- Oil
- Carbon [filter]
- Water[pressure]
- [Alarm light]

Freedom [is] near!

-Shlaj[kai Eksandrsrmo]


The author of the note has been identified as a Commander of the Vanuku Naval Forces, though in what official capacity the Commander serves is unknown at this point.

This fragment of evidence confirms a Vanukean connection to the explosion. Further, Kalistani AWACS detected, at the site an unknown object which they later determined to be a Vanukean deepwater surveillance vessel. Engine signatures on the vessel, which were picked up by long range sonar buoys belonging to the Kalistani Navy, confirmed this evidence. According to Naval sources, the object appeared on the long range scopes only briefly, directly after the explosion and then disappeared once more. At the time, the disturbance was attributed to the explosion, but closer analysis of the sonar tape bear the unmistakable signature of the engines used almost exclusively by Vanukean nuclear vessels in ultra silent mode. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the Vanukean submarine had anything to do with the explosion- it appears that it was merely in the area on an observation mission, possibly unrelated entirely with the plot. But a connection cannot ruled out. Combined with the message fragment directly implicating a member of the Vanukean Armed Forces, Kalistani investigators conclude that this act of sabotage was directed from and observed by the Vanukean Government.

Remaining Questions
These are the things we know today about the explosion. Some questions remain however:
1) We are not sure about the motive for the strike against the Kalistani President and foreign minister. It is possible that this is somehow related to the fact that Vanuku has recently witnessed the rise of a socialist opposition within its government, and it is possible that Vanuku wishes to send a message to its opposition. It is also possible that this was an economic strike against an increasingly successful relationship between Kalistan and Trigunia. One of its allies growing closer to a different regional player may be seen as a weakening of Vanuku relative power in the region. As Kalistan does not maintain diplomatic relations with Vanuku, and has never done anything to directly antagonize Vanuku, it seems highly unlikely that this was an act of military aggression against Kalistan by Vanuku. This fact alone leads us to conclude that the sabotage was for more likely the work of a particular independent actor within the Vanukean Government, rather than an action in pursuit of an official policy by the Government itself.
2) We are still unsure how the Vanukean agent successfully infiltrated Kalistani crew services to the point where his or her identity remained undetected. Human error and lapses of personnel vetting aside, the amount of coordination, secrecy, and more importantly money, that must have gone into this operation on the part of its planners must have been significant. It is known that all 5 members of the aircraft crew were thoroughly vetted by state security services, and had worked together as a single unit for the previous 3 years. The infiltration must have occurred before that point, but it is far more likely that the compromised member was contacted at some point after being assigned to Presidential duty by foreign agents and was bought off. In this case, the cost must have been substantial, and the coordination must have considerable.
3) Given the relationship between Trigunia and Vanuku, we are unsure about the implications of this disaster on the foreign relations of Trigunia. This merely remains to be seen.

This report represents the final statement of the Government of Kalistan on the destruction of the Presidential Aircraft on June 5, 3925. It is hereby officially declassified, for full release to the Press of Kalistan and the International Press.
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