The scrapman cometh



Translation of incident report that took place in <AREA01> on <DELETED>. While the transcript has been altered to remove incriminating names, we believe the incident took place as stated.

Following successful railroading through of Resolution <DELETED>, our ships of <FLEET04> surrounded <AREA01>, in anticipation of an immediate surrender, as ordered.

Unfortunately, the response was not anticipated- large numbers of tanks and other weapons materialised around <AREA01>, presumably from underground storage. The numbers were considerably in excess of previous intelligence estimates.

We were ordered to hold our position pending further orders.

At approximately 1515 hours, we noticed a morse signal being flashed from one of the peaks of <AREA01>. The signal was erratic, and we suspected it might be one of our agents in trouble.

We were quite surprised when this signal turned out to be plain language, and not in code, as expected. This caused some delays in decoding, as well as the erratic nature on the signal. Text of signal follows:

I OFFER 500000 <DELETED> TO PURCHASE THE ENTIRE LOT OF SHIPS FOR SCRAP.

We wondered whether this was a code we had not yet heard of, or a cryptic message. It was a source of much consternation, especially as what appeared to be a mob of locals converged on the point of origin of the signal, having also seen it, and then withdrew, after which the signals ceased. However, it was apparent no violence had taken place, partly due to the intervention of a sailor from <AREA01>.

It was only when we were later ordered to withdraw, and <SUBJECT23> was ordered to continue repainting the fleet, that some of the officers came to the conclusion that the message was genuine. The state of the fleet was quite abysmal, and one can't help wondering why only one man was assigned the whole task. If he had been any good, perhaps that offer would not have been made...

COMMENT FROM INTELLIGENCE DIVISION:
It appears that the conclusion was correct- the person sending the signal was identified as a local scrap merchant, who was intoxicated at the time. The mob saw the signal and apparently were about to lynch him, when the sailor mentioned arrived and translated the signal.

COMMENT FROM COMMERCIAL DIVISION:
Why didn't we accept the offer?


The transcript above will be denied by the government involved. Attempting to verify this information through normal channels is not advisable.

Any resemblance between the characters and any person, living or dead, is probably purely coincidental.

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