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  1. August 8th-18th, 1984 Operation Hotwire The Imperial Strategic Air Command carried out a large series of tests at Emirau, detonating ten of the new B84 (B53) air-dropped nuclear weapons, testing the design's capabilities and functioning. The B84 is a "dial a yield" device capable of producing a low kiloton (less than or equal to 200kt) yield or a low megaton (less than 5) yield, depending on the pre-launch settings selected at the aircraft's point of origin. As a counterpoint to the controllable lethality of the B84, the W84 missile warhead was tested on odd-numbered days during the test period, each of the four warheads releasing nine megatons of nuclear fury on the much battered and bedamned Emirau Island, after travelling from silos in the Imperium's heartlands.
  2. July 14th, 1984 The Imperium launches its first working prototype of the LGM-25 Titan I intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile, launched from an equally experimental silo a long way outside of Minot, Duchy Dakotas, hurled itself into orbit carrying the W53 3 megaton warhead, destined for a target on Emirau Island, The missile clawed its way to the top of its parabolic arc and the reentry vehicle came down within 800 meters of its intended target spot in the center of the island, detonating at an altitude of 20,000 feet and sending up a mushroom cloud visible from hundreds of miles away.
  3. December 19th, 1983 The Empress ordered the immediate mobilization of six divisions of the Imperial Guard, forming them as the 1st Army under command of General Sir David Abramowicz. The 1st is hereby ordered to procede to RAF Mildenhall, where they will bivouac and await further orders from High Command. General Abramowicz' staff are hereby directed to review all pertinent intelligence from all sources pertaining to the German conflict, and to construct an operations plan for projected areas of advance. 1st Army 1-1 Corps - 3 Divisions - 38,400 Soldiers - 450 Tanks - 180 Artillery - 9000 Mechanized 1-2 Corps - 3 Divisions - 38,400 Soldiers - 450 Tanks - 180 Artillery - 9000 Mechanized The same set of orders covered the transfer of equipment and materiel to the theater, expected to arrive within three weeks. Air Force C-5s have been directed to load and transfer a number of additional Thor-class rocket systems and an unspecified number of nuclear, conventional and chemical warheads to RAF Mildenhall's existing missile regiments.
  4. 1984 - A Year of Excellence MCDERMITT, DCH- The Imperium has had an excellent year in space, in this year of 1984. No less than two dozen rocket launches mark an intensifying of the Imperial launch programme, and after several years of development, also mark the emplacement of the first Imperial orbital station, known as the Void Eagle. The Void Eagle, which was constructed in orbit by four Imperial astronauts in a series of six unmanned and one manned launch, is comprised of seven distinct sections - eight, if you count the lifeboat that brought the astronauts into orbit. One six-sided "node" module links a habitation module, an experiments module, two solar-panel bearing trusses, a fuel cell, and a life support module. The Void Eagle can comfortably house the astronauts as they go about their daily business, and keep them in food for up to three months. Water is recycled through the use of advanced and secretive reclamation technology built into the life support module. Here is a rough diagram of the layout of the space station as it currently stands. S | LS-EX-N-HM-LB | S with the Fuel Cell located on the "upper" part of the station's central node. The ISC also launched three solar-powered orbiting "fuel stations" - fancy terms for a mostly-full Atlas rocket stage with mating connections to attach to Imperial spacecraft. The three stations - all unmanned - will serve as range extensions for future Imperial space endeavours. The ISC can now boast of a manned lunar flyby by astronauts Jane Kelly, Harold Harmeyer. and Lawrence O'Cannon. The flyby began on May 13th, and the astronauts successfully flew past the moon on May 16th, sending back pictures and video of the lunar surface as viewed from the capsule. The astronauts returned to Earth on the 19th, and splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico, where they were recovered by HMS Red River. The ISC began its preparations for its own lunar landing in July, practicing docking the service, landing and command modules in orbit under human control. The attempts were successful, and the command module has since undocked and brought back the three astronauts sent up by the two launches. The Imperium also successfully launched four recon sats and two communications satellites - though a series of mishaps caused four additional communications sats that had been launched to malfunction once in orbit, and each fell into the ocean in turn.
  5. Some forty miles away from a desolate island named Emirau in the middle of the Pacific, HMS Colorado River and her destroyers riding escort floated, with crews milling about their decks, and a makeshift receiver station was set up in the middle of the River's flight deck. Scientists watched their instruments - and the island - with bated breath and heady expectation. Something new was happening today. Something huge. "Baker-Two, coming over target area now..." crackled an authoritative, male voice from the radio. "Roger, Baker-Two. All units, set Flash Protection." The ship's main circuit crackled to life a moment later. "All hands topside: Set Flash Protection. Don all protective gear and over all hatches and gun covers." Men and women raced to put their flash gear on. It was a timed drill, but a timed drill with a purpose. White, chemically resistant suits went on, then gas masks with tinted lenses that would ward off the worst of the flash. Sirens wailed, and the sailors manned the rails. "Dropping ordinance now. Ordinance released, thrust at maximum, we are leaving the area." came the pilot's voice again, and even at this distance the sailors and scientists could hear the roar of the supersonic bomber's huge engines change in pitch as it fought for altitude and distance. Then all that was drowned away a few seconds later as the largest fireball the world had ever seen blossomed on that deserted island, consuming it and rising above the waves in a cataclysm of sound and fury, as the equivalent energy of fifteen million tons of dynamite was released in a single searing instant. Even forty miles away the intensity of the glare claimed the eyesight of three sailors who hadn't gotten their goggles on in time or, in one case, had faulty lenses. The mushroom cloud rose with a malevolent beauty and a haunting grace and speed, and a blast front of wind buffeted the ships - but at this distance, the only thing that it did was ruffle the sailors on the ships' decks. The sailors stood in awe even as the scientists whooped and hollered and celebrated. Today was their day; their hard work had paid off.
  6. January 9th, 1984 - Oil Refinery in Galveston, DTX catches fire In the late afternoon on the ninth, the Mobil Oil refinery outside of Galveston became the scene of a raging inferno. The fire, which investigators now say was the work of an anti-oil activist by the name of Jeremy Sarszycki, was started when the alleged perpetrator snuck over the security fence around the facility, and set up a makeshift incendiary device next to the wall of one of the large holding tanks, and another one a short distance away. The first device activated, burning a hole through the wall of the holding tank, releasing thousands of gallons of oil through the suddenly gaping hole, dousing the first device. After a few seconds, while the oil was rapidly spreading onto the ground around the tank, the second device went off, lighting the spilled fuel and causing a deadly chain reaction which lead to the massive blaze which consumed nearly a billion dollars worth of crude and equipment, as well as thirty-seven lives, including refinery workers and three Galveston firefighters. The Galveston County Sheriff's office has since released the statement regarding the identity of the arsonist, and has apprehended him, holding the man on a fifteen million dollar bond pending trial for thirty seven charges of second degree murder, arson, and willful destruction of government property (covering the brush fire truck which responded first to the blaze, which was consumed when a secondary fire triggered an explosion from a nearby holding tank - killing the three firefighters within).
  7. 1983 - A Year of Progress MCDERMITT, DCH - In the past year, the Imperium has made great strides in the realm of spaceflight, conducting two manned docking missions with both unmanned targets and the two Sleipnir spacecraft being tested for the planned Moon and Mars landings. There were also great advances made in the realm of unmanned spaceflight, as the Imperium orbited four satellites and sent two Sleipnir spacecraft on slingshots around the moon. The first slingshot was unsuccessful, telemetry malfunctions leading the first unmanned Sleipnir to crash into the moon. The data from the impact event was valuable, and the telemetry glitch lead to a slight redesign of the follow-on Sleipnir's systems. The adjustments paid off, and the second craft successfully orbited the moon, before returning to Earth.
  8. March 22nd, 1981 – Princess Arya and Prince James born! Bells tolled across the country today as the Imperial Family celebrated the birth of their first children, in the form of a set of healthy twins, Princess Arya Margaret and Prince James Ronald. Coming into the world after twelve hours of hard labor by the Empress Sarah, the children were checked into the Imperial Palace’s neo-natal unit and given their vaccinations and initial examination, before being cleared by the Family’s pediatrician to allow them to go home with their understandably exhausted parents. Her Majesty’s Government has since named today an Imperial Birthday, declaring it to be a bank holiday as well. (From the Imperial Times Archives)
  9. “Some say a storm is coming.†A plain-looking man said, sitting in a café in downtown Denver. His companion, a small brown-haired woman who had a striking beauty whenever she wasn’t taking steps to make herself forgettable, nodded ever so slightly, sipping her coffee. “It’s the peace, Ivor. They’re not used to peace. A whole generation of us, grown without any real concept of what it is to not have to eye our neighbors with a rifle in hand.†She replied, nursing her drink, and the man snorted. “It’s not just that, Maddie. These Imperials –“ he said, and stopped, running his hand through his thinning hair as he looked about, trying to catch anyone who might be listening to them. He looked back at Maddie, his hands dropping to the table. When he spoke again, his voice was lower. “These Imperials think they’re God’s gift to the Earth. They think that the world is full of misguided fools in dire need of their Empress’ so-called guidance.†He said, and subsided a moment. He sipped at his own coffee, and looked back up. “It’s going to bring them no end of grief.†Maddie nodded again, musing. “I might not go that far in my assessment of them, but it’s also not terribly far off, either. The real joker in their deck is they actually have the capability to give dominance an actual shot. The largest nuclear arsenal in the world, one of the largest armies, one of the largest – if not the largest – air forces… and now they’re building up a fleet capable of going toe-to-toe with even our vessels, if by no other meterstick than sheer weight of numbers. They have some devilishly capable surface warfare capabilities, to boot…†she said, swirling a pinch more sugar into her coffee with a stir stick. Ivor scoffed. “Against the Remnant? Please. Our Atlantic forces alone could tear through their piddly-assed ‘fleet’ in the first thirty minutes of any engagement you care to name!†he said, waving his hand dismissively. “No. Were we to move against these upstart monarchists, we would go through them like scythes through so much chaff.†Maddie’s chocolate brown eyes grew chill as she stared back at him. “You would think so, wouldn’t you?†“Think so?†Ivor said. “I damned well know so.†Wordlessly, Maddie drew a rolled up newspaper from her bag, unrolled it, and threw it on the table. In great bold headlines, the paper read: IMN WARSHIP DESTROYS FIVE PIRATE VESSELS WHILE DEFENDING MERCHANT CONVOY Ivor picked up the paper, scanning the page, and laid it back down, his eyes full of question. Maddie sipped her coffee. “Those five ‘pirates’ were ours, Ivor. This Commander –" she said, scanning the page, "-Saganami had a single Monty destroyer. One.†“So our skippers made a botch of it and paid for it with their lives and their crews’ lives. So what?†Ivor asked. “In a stand-up fight, we would annihilate them.†“Maybe, but how many of our men and women would survive to make landing even if we did?†Maddie asked. Ivor didn’t answer, because he knew what the answer would be: All too few. "If we want to beat down this opponent to the return of the old US... it has to be soon. Very soon. Or we may never get the chance at all."
  10. September 6th, 1983 – Chemical plant near Kansas City, DKS, explodes Sometime around noon today, an errant spark turned a chemical plant near Kansas City into an inferno. The plant, which produced a number of chemicals used in various manufacturing processes, was investigating a leak during the time of the explosion, but a failure in reporting the leak and a failure in enforcement of company policies regarding smoking and other spark producing activities has received the blame for the explosion. The blast, which could be heard up to thirty miles away and created a cloud that was visible for more than one hundred, claimed the lives of the two hundred employees on site and another eighty from flying glass, shockwave and fire effects. As of this reporting, the Kansas City fire department is still fighting the fire caused by the blast.
  11. August 15th, 1983 – Loaded semi-trailer slams into underside of and collapses overpass This afternoon, a semi-trailer loaded with steel , bound for the shipyards in Galveston, slammed into an Oklahoma overpass at sixty five miles an hour. The aging structure, built over what will eventually become I-40, was not up to withstanding the force placed on it by such a heavy impact, and several of the support columns collapsed or shattered outright when the vehicle rocketed into them. The sudden loss of the supporting columns caused the overpass to collapse atop the semi-trailer and several other vehicles transiting beneath it, likely killing all occupants. Due to the nature of the collapse, investigators have not yet been able to uncover the semi or any of the other vehicles to determine the exact cause of the impact. Cleanup is expected to take several weeks and will force major detours in the area, which can only have a negative effect on traffic throughput. Memorial services for the victims of the collapse will be held once the victims are able to be positively identified.
  12. August 9th, 1983 – Stock market falls abruptly, fueling fears of depression Early on this Tuesday morning, the Imperial Stock Exchange (ISX) took an abrupt nosedive started by failures in the energy market. A glut of cheap or free energy products appears to be the culprit for the negative trend noted by Imperial and foreign investors, which caused several large energy companies to lay off large numbers of employees. These newly unemployed present both a danger and an opportunity, some say. Many of them possess large stores of valuable experience which can be leveraged in other fields, including green-energy companies (which are, it is suspected, a large part of why the older, more traditional companies are currently facing such dire straits.) Only time will tell if this large shift away from crude energy towards green ends up being a net positive for the nation or the start of a wider decline.
  13. August 1st, 1983 – Imperial High Command creates Directorate of Naval Research Citing increased needs for research into naval tactics, armaments and defenses as well as new hulls, the Imperial High Command has created the Directorate of Naval Research, currently headed by Commodore Sonja Hemphill. The new directorate, which is expected to be headquartered in Winterfell, has been tasked with developing all of the aforementioned requirements for the Navy, and analyzing the weapons systems of other nations to compare against and improve our own, where possible. Their first assigned tasks are the analysis of Commander Saganami’s actions of a month ago, as well as study of the vessel captured by the Imperial Navy after HMS Stiletto disabled it.
  14. June 24th, 1983 – IMN warship destroys five pirate vessels while defending merchant convoy In the early hours of the morning today, HMS Stiletto was transiting the Horn of Africa with five Imperial merchant vessels, bound for ports undisclosed. The calm of the morning was shattered when gunfire from five previously unseen vessels began to rip into the unarmed, unarmored merchants, causing severe damage and casualties to two of the vessels before Stiletto could reply. Carrying four guns and a crew of three hundred, Stiletto was outnumbered, outgunned, and, for the moment, outmaneuvered. But despite the heavy odds, her commanding officer, one Commander Edward Saganami, chose to wade into the enemy’s fire to draw the heat off of the helpless merchants under his protection, buying them time to escape. The fighting was intense, and as the range between the pirate vessels and Stiletto fell it only grew more so. Stiletto sustained no less than eight hits from the enemy’s guns and three near-misses from the enemy’s anti-ship missile armament. Sixty-seven percent, or two thirds, of her crew perished either from the hits themselves or from the secondary fires and flooding caused by them. But the yards in Galveston built the Weapon class destroyers to last, it seems: Stiletto’s guns continued to fire, despite a hit to the magazine which would have cracked any lesser ship in two. The armored compartment absorbed the impact, and the interior spall liner prevented any stray shards of flying metal from sparking off a ship-destroying explosion. Her crew, battered, bruised and in danger of succumbing to the fire and water threatening to sink or destroy the ship, kept her in the fight, and when Stiletto managed to get into optimum range for her four quick firing six inch guns, she rained a lethal torrent of armor piercing high explosive shells into the foe, sinking three of them in quick order before closing to proverbial knife-fighting range. Then her secondary mounts – two 25mm deck guns and several fifty-caliber machine guns – added their own weight to the hurricane of lead and steel leaving the wounded Stiletto. The two remaining pirate vessels initially turned to flee, but lucky hits from Stiletto’s primary armament disabled one’s power plant and blew up the magazine of the other. Stiletto and her crew have already been lauded as heroes by the Empress and Imperial High Command, setting the highest of standards for Her Majesty’s Navy to aspire to in the years to come. As of this reporting, the Navy expects for it to take a month to tow Stiletto back to Galveston for repairs. In the meantime, HMS Winchester of Destroyer Squadron Two is expected to take up Stiletto’s duties as convoy escort.
  15. June 13th, 1983 – Late season tornado tears through Oklahoma City The citizens of the Plains regions of the Imperium are no strangers to tornadic weather and the devastation a tornado can wreak on unprepared regions. Even so, the tornado which hammered Oklahoma City on the evening of the 12th was brutal by any standards. Though not a particularly large tornado by eyewitness reports, the storm was given an F5 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which rates tornadoes by their destructiveness. The surprise storm brewed up south of the city without warning, and plowed through Moore as dusk gathered. Thousands of homes were destroyed, and hundreds are feared to be dead. The Empress has mobilized the Imperial Guard to assist the Civil Defense Legion and local authorities in search and rescue efforts.