Archive for March, 2003




IBAP, 31 March, 2003 (10 Germinal, CCXI)

Paris-sur-Mizouri, Osage, Louisianne

Record numbers of reporting agencies showed up to the National Space Committee of Louisianne (CNEL) headquarters this morning for the joint news conference of the Ministry of Internal Affaires and CNEL.

Jean-Louis Cattin, CEO of CNEL appeared visibly shaken and genuinely concerned at the news. He announced that the Dalmatian Development Team (EDD) had reviewed the telemtry sent from the failed rocket, and that it had been discovered that the fuel baffles were not at fault.

The demise of the rocket was due instead to the Deseret Freedom Fighters, a vigilante group heretofore only involved in harrying the forces of Alta California and Tejas in their squabbles over the Territory of Deseret.

Henri Dufayel, Minister of Interior Affaires proceeded to explain that a message had been sent to the Council’s chambers in the Capitol. In the letter, dated the 29th of March, (8 Germinal) the spokesperson for the DFF declared “an unending terror campaign against the governments of Louisianne, Alta California, Tejas and Oregon until peace is established in the region of Deseret.”

The spokesperson went on to state that DFF had chosen the rocket launch to “clearly show that Louisianne would rather waste time, energy and intelligence on the vacuum of space than to help fellow humans in need.”

A state of alert was placed over the entire country from this moment forward and all citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activites to proper authorities. Corporations such as Chemin de Fer Louisiannais and others are taking steps to safeguard their holdings.

First President Young and the Council have issued a statement requesting an investigation by the League of Nations into the allegations cited by the DFF as well as an appeal to the Nations of Alta California and Tejas to cease hostilities, with an offer to act as arbiter in a cease-fire council.

Marc le Noir, IBAP [DleF]




IBAP, 28 March, 2003 (7 Germinal, CCXI)
Paris-sur-Mizouri, Osage, Louisianne

In a press conference at the headquarters of the National Space Committee of Louisianne (CNEL) Chief Jean-Louis Cattin announced that a second artificial satellite will soon take its place in the heavens.

Unlike the proposed European launch systems, which are based on German models launching from a ground level cosmodrome, the Lousiannese rockets are launched from an airship flying at 150.000 feet. Flying a pressurized airship, the two man crew, consisting of Captain Jacques Colnet and Lieutenant Sebastien Fallon, piloted the government vessel ‘le Cygne’ to an altitude of 150,000 feet in preparation for launching Louisianne’s first rocket. “The view was fascinating,” declared Cpt. Colnet. “The Earth curved away beneath us as a great ball.”

Lt. Fallon was also awed. “I wonder what great feelings of wonderment the first man or woman to leave the atmosphere will feel as they see the wonder of the planet that gave them birth.”

Today’s launch was unsuccessful due to rocket failure. Three seconds into the flight of the rocket, the reactants of liquid hydrogen and oxygen were mixed in abnormal proportions when a valve failed. The resulting flush of fuels caused the demise of the rocket, spreading debris in a cone from Nouvelle Navarre up north into Les Plaines province and the Unincorporated Territories of the NAL. First President Young extended an apology to the NAL as well as aid in cleaning up the mess.

A spokesman for CNEL assured the public at large that there would be no environmental contamination due to the nature of the reactants. The Dalmation Development Team, (EDD) assured all involved that it was in fact only a minor defect that was easily repairable, to which the Board of Oversight, composed of Kemrese, German and Louisiannan scientists concurred.

A second launch is planned for twenty days hence (two republican weeks time) after modifications are tested and completed. This next launch will proceed as today’s launch was supposed to. An ascent of the carrier ‘le Cygne’ to 150.000 feet will be followed by releasing the rocket into the empty sky. After falling a safe distance from the airship, the rocket will then ignite and it will be guided on its way into space from ground based radio stations. The theory behind this launch strategy is to reduce the distance required to get the rocket into space, thus reducing its fuel requirements and project cost. Also, a dedicated cosmodrome is not required, as the rockets can be launched from any airship taking off in the Republic and can be ferried to a location with favourable winds and weather conditions.

Marc le Noir, IBAP [DleF]




IBAP, 27 March, 2003 (6 Germinal, CCXI)

Abondance, Nouvelle Cournouaille, Lousianne

After this most recent snow storm has ended, the people of Abondance are finally digging out. Snow tallies at the Mormon Conference Center reached and then surpassed 5 feet, but 50 miles to the north, where the heart of the storm passed, in Abondance, the total reached to almost nine feet.

This heavy, wet snow was compared by a visiting Alta Californien to the snow that is received in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which is fondly referred to as Sierra Cement. Road crews have been working around the clock to clear at least one lane on the county roads, and as of now almost all residents of the county should be able to leave their homes.

The heavy snow fortunately has not caused property damage, though melt water is a concern to local authorities throughout Nouvelle Cournouaille and much of the Mizouri watershed.

CFL reported today that it is now able to get freight through to the affected areas, which has been delayed since the start of the snow storm a week ago.

Marc Pelletier, IBAP, Nouvelle Cournouaille [DleF]


Preventative Measures in Northern Pontchartria


3 Germinal CCXI (24 March 2003)
Paris-sur-Mizouri (Republique de la Louisianne)

Following reports of aggresion around the world, a heightened state of alert was declared. In a press conference, President Jean-Francois Young spoke for the Council, citing reports from airships that had recently passed along the southern three provincess of the NAL. In these reports statements were made that suggested a possible and probable amassing of forces by President Jaime Bush of Florida-Caribbea in the western panhandle of Florida.

With the threat of attack either along the coast to Nouvelle Orleans or across to the Mississippi, a state of “greater awareness” has been declared. Troops and artillery as well as military airships are stationed on the northern shores of lake Pontchartrain, with defensive measures ready, should Jaime Bush decide the border of Florida is again too small.

President Young went on to state that should the NAL provinces of Cherokee, Mobile or Jacobia need aid, “Our armies will be your armies; your freedom, our freedom.”


SDJ Church Leader Suggests Calm


2 Germinal CCXI (23 March 2003)

Zaraëmla, Nouvelle Cournouaille, Louisianne

Speaking from the historic tabernacle, Gordon Bitner Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, brought closure to the 172nd Annual General Conference of the church. In his address, broadcast by radio and TV throughout the world to congregations of Saints, President Hinckley commented on the state of affairs in the world, but went on to say, “Do not fear the future. While wars may rage and economies falter, we will not want. We live in a good country. We are surrounded by people friendly to us, and understanding. Live your lives — prepare for the future, but do not fear. Have
hope and joy in knowledge of future harvests, of the coming sunrises. Do not needlessly worry.”

Marshall Smith, Ensign Online, Louisianne.


Statement on Cantonese War


IBAP, 22 March 2003 (1 Germinal CCXI)

PARIS-SUR-MIZOURI, République de la Louisianne

Jean-François Young today announced his disdain of the aggression of the Hunan Republic against the Cantonese people and declared a state of embargo against the aggressor nation. “No wheat, no technology, and no money will leave our country to travel to the hands of the Hunan. Their assets in our country will be frozen, and their trading vessels will be impounded if they seek harbor in our ports.”

First President Young went on to ask that other nations around the world join his in the embargo of this dangerous and aggressive nation.

Marc Chamois, PsM Journal for IBAP [DleF]