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The Havenic Madness - Film at 11

07-05-2008, 15:05
The Simon Phoenix Movie Theater Company
Xenia Reynes

The Havenic Madness

Only recently had the latest intra-Havenic war shaken the very foundations of the region. Entire nations were wiped off the map, civilization destroyed, cities burned. And even now, as the famed Havenic Madness is rising again, threatening to engulf our beautiful region in a new war, the famous Liberty Times editorialist and social critic Xenia Reynes asks again: What is wrong with us? What is it?

She goes on a trip to visit all major Havenic combatants,* trying to see – what did the war bring to them? Did anybody benefit from this bloodbath? What happened?

* * *

Xenia appears on screen. She is slender and about five and a half feet tall, wearing a white T-shirt and jeans shorts. Behind her is wasteland – burned-out tanks, scorched remains of trees, flattened husks of crashed aircraft. Next to her is a tall, bearded man wearing a green shirt with the logo of the Allanean Conservationist Society.

“Believe it or not, the land that you see now was once known as the Serendis Nature Preserve. I will leave aside, for a moment, the irony in naming a nature preserve after a Menelmacari Prefect of War, but I will ask Professor Donahue, here, of the Allanean Conservationist Society, to explain what happened.”

The man nods sadly. “In a word, Xenia? Fire. When the Questarians came through the Serendis preserve, the Allaneans used napalm, and thermite and depleted uranium in vast amounts. The Questarians, naturally, retaliated in kind. It was like a giant forest fire seven hundred klicks wide, with the most terrible poisonous crap burning. Nothing will grow here now – and the Army put so many mines in the ground, nothing much will live here, either.”

* * *

Xenia appears on screen, now talking to a Kahanistani man, a blind survivor of the bombing of North Freetown, with scar tissue over where her eyes used to be, who speaks with the aid of a voice box.

"The Doomani are the cruelest and most evil people on the face of this earth," says Sergeant First Class Noreen Farmer, 31. "Their gas attack... it burns the skin off of you. I literally saw my vision helpmelt into blackness as the gas dissolved my eyes. I felt like I was breathing hell itself - if the ship I was taken to in the harbour hadn't had a critical care facility, I don't think I'd be alive right now. Most of the people who fought alongside me aren't. I still have to be connected to a ventilator to breathe. Why? Because the Questarians decided they wanted the Strobovia Strait? Because the Doomani saw fit to lay claim to an island a few hundred kilometres from Kahanistan, and wanted to control the straits between it and their island?"

* * *

Now Xenia is in Port-Allanea. Behind her is a large obsidian obelisk.

“Here is are the ruins of the Holiday Casino. In this complex alone, 100,000 people were killed in a Questarian missile strike – in a retaliation to the Allanean attack on London. The total amount of civilian casualties reached 250,000. The rocket came straight at the fifth floor of the hotel, causing an immediate collapse. The lucky ones were killed instantly, others were burned alive or buried under the concrete giant. The question remains – why did Allanea bomb London? What was the purpose in doing so? What sense did it make to provoke Questers in such a way?”

The screen shows a picture of the King of Questers, holding a dead baby as tears roll down his cheeks.

“After the Allaneans hit London with their bombing raid, the Questarian sovereign had personally volunteered to help deal with the damage, helping pull the wounded and the dead out of the fumin wreckage of the city. Alexander Kazansky did no such thing. Instead, he was too busy killing Kahanistani. The world has seen this photograph as the spitting image of Allanean barbarism – even as the Allaneans saw it fit to mock the tragedy of men who lost their wives, and mothers who lost their children.

An image appears – the same imahe of the King of Questers holding a baby, with the words CRY MOAR N00B edited in.

“An what was Kazanky doing? He sent troops into Kahanistan, where the leader of that nation, Abdullah Hassan Al-Ghazi, decided to support the war effort against the Doomani by firebombing his own capital city. Kazansky went to meet Al-Ghazi – and then, Al-Ghazi's underlings decided to mock the Allanean queen, and to insult Allanea for withdrawing its support.”

“But what the Fieldmarshal of Allanea did next was even more amazing.”

“First Lieutnant Yosef Grunberg, from Kahanistan, is the one of two knoown survivors of Kazansky's 'friendly visit' to Kahanistan.”

A Kahanistani officer appears on screen, talking a low voice

"The Allaneans... when you insult their Queen, it is like going into Urbs Doomanus and saying something about Mary, or worse, Maximus, yimach shmo vezichro, they killed [Lt. General Kenneth] Norton when he made fun of the Queen, and of Allanea for cutting off protection... and [Maj. General Ann] Farbuson just because she was there. I only escaped when a corridor collapsed under the bombardment, when a powered armour soldier accidentally knocked out a pillar."

* * *

A civilian witness is slightly kinder. "The idiots in the General Staff had to go," said Faiza al-Khalid, 72. "Not like that, though... but al-Ghazi, once he took power... instead of driving the Doomani into the sea... he basically thumbed his nose at them, told our allies to bugger off so he could fight them alone. Nationalism is fine, but that man and the people who worked for him were all nuts. The Allaneans deserve him. I hope he fucks up their country like he fucked up ours.”

Alexei Sokolov, 81, describes his daughter, Karina, 37, who was killed in the Allanean massacre. "Karina... she was a crazy girl. Liked to shock people. I'm not surprised that she bent over naked in public looking like an elf. I never thought she'd participate in the mockery of the Allaneans like that, though. I used to tell her, that General Norton was part of the General Staff, he was a damn loony, he'd get her into trouble someday. I never thought he'd get her killed. The savageness of the Allaneans, cutting off her head, bashing her like some modern day Genghis Khan... why did we ever ally with them?"

* * *

George Michaelson, a Questarian war veteran, appears on screen.

“So here I was, in a prison camp a thousand miles north of t he border, and the bloody Allaneans were so daft as to try and teach me about their culture just as their bombers killed my sister and mother-in-law, and made my wife a paraplegic for life. That's daft. They claim to spread freedom around the world, and then they spread murder and violence.”

Natalia Smith, an elderly Questarian woman, appears on screen

“My Bobby... they killed my Bobby... killed my son, and his wife, and his three children, all of them, just one bomb, came in swooping just like that, and then the roof of the house just came in on them – never had the slightest chance. I was out at the club, playing bridge with Mandy and Samantha, and of course that's why I survived... no mother should live to bury her son. In a proper world, the son buries his mother. Never vice versa.”

“What was the purpose of this war? What did we gain? What did the Allaneans gain? What did Bobby die for?

* * *

Xenia appears on screen again, alone.

“I have repeatedly asked President Kazansky – at his various press conference – why, after killing several hundred Kahanistani and bathing in their blood because of an attack in which some of our soldiers perished, he then continued to hire the one man undisputably responsible for that attack – Abdullah Hassan Al-Ghazi. There never was an answer. I also asked whether he considered the attacks on London, the Kriegorgrad capital and the Azahan capital morally justified.”

Camera shifts to Kazansky, wearing a dress uniform, decorated with Allanean, Freek, and Dersconi medals, talking at a press conference. He says only two words:

“No comment.”

* * *

The movie will feature inteviews with war victims, their relatives, and veterans from a variety of Havenic nations, including, but not limited to, Kahanistan, Questers, and Allanea, attempting to answer the question: Footage from the Perimetrian war documentary 'This is War?' is also used in the film to depict the bombing of London.

What makes us go to war with each other? What is the Havenic Madness? How can we cure it?


*Due to strained relations, Doomingsland was not visited.
** If you didn't get it yet, the movie is an anti-war docu-activist production, mostly critical of Allanea for the brutality of its soldiers, the aggressiveness of its policies, and so on, but also cognizant of the fact the Allanea did not, after all, start the NATO-QC war. However, while the author DOES recognize that fact, it is still very, very critical of the Allaneans first ,and the Havenic political climate in general."

In the general, the crux of the movie is as such: “The war was a terrible, needless, and avoidable atrocity, and we need to do as much as we can to avoid new Havenic wars. Haven has WAY TOO MANY WARS."

"Also, Allaneans, while in time of war, act as barbaric and heartless, kill people, wear their skins, and generally do a re-enactment of an orc horde.”

So yeah, post the reactions of your leadership and so on to this movie, and whether it would gross any money in your nations.
07-05-2008, 15:39
The movie is greeted with critical acclaim in Kahanistan due to its addressing of the volatile state of Haven. Opinion is divided, however, over its portrayal of Allanea - while many criticise Allanea as a violent and barbaric culture, right-wingers claim that one never defeats the Doomani by fighting fair.

Millions of tickets sell to the theatres in Kahanistan, and billions of shekels pour into the coffers of the movie company. Discussions of the various costs and benefits of nationalism vs. communism vs. religious whackjobbery are common on the streets and in academia.
23-05-2008, 12:21
[OOC: this is epic.]