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!! URGENCE LOUISIANNE !!

2004/03/24

IBAP — BREAKING NEWS — 5 Germinal, CCXII

[BEGIN TRANSCRIPT]

[The entire transcript is narrated by Angelique Hill, anchor of WWL-TV, Nouvelle Orleans]

An unnamed source called to the Council offices at 10:05, Louisianne Standard Time, and declared themselves to be a member of the now capitulating Floridian Military government. He went on to say, “A small boat left Tampa Monday heading west. Will Louisianne find it before Skt. Tomas is repeated?” cackling in villainous laughter before hanging up.

Top military officials are treating this as a true threat and the Nouvelle Cournouaillian Armee de L’Air detachment that was en route to Hayti has been rerouted to fly a search pattern over the Northern Gulf to locate any unidentified boats.

All Citizens are asked to remain calm. There is no certainty as to the validity of the claims by the telephone informant, and the measures I will now explain are a cautionary move by the government.

All members of the Home Guard are called to active duty and will report to their activations centres immediately. I repeat, ALL MEMBERS of the HOME GUARD are called to active duty IMMEDIATELY and will report to their activation centres IMMEDIATELY. The Police Nationale will verify your identity as you leave your place of employment or home and once again in the activation centres.

All Citizens of St. Onge are requested to remain in their homes or places of buisness until directed to evacuate by Police Nationale. Parents are encouraged not to worry for their children; all schools are being systematically evacuated with their neighborhood.

All Citizens are being evacuated to Le Caillou, where a tent city is being erected. Schools in Le Caillou have been closed for the day and students are sent home. Citizens of Le Caillou are under curfew after 5:00 pm. This curfew covers the entire Departement of St. Onge as well as some cities in the lower half of Departement St. Louis.

Citizens in coastal areas are ordered to pack a minimal amount of clothing; any amount exceeding 5 kilos per person will not be taken on the evacuatory transports.

Les Gendarmes de Mer have also been mobilized in full force to a five mile radius surrounding Biloxi et Mobile and the coast of St. Onge, with many smaller Navy Clippers pulled in from Shipping-Lane patrol to boulster the numbers. A search pattern has already begun with a Navy detachment, but is felt to be insufficient without air support.

The Nouvelle Orleans Port Authority have placed a moratorium on traffic along the Mississippi and is supported in this venture by the Port Authority of Vienne-le-Port at the terminus of the river on the gulf. A blockade of the river mouth is in effect.

The Police Nationale are mobilized along with local police forces. Bus fleets and CFL trains have been commandeered to help evacuate coastal areas in anticipation of a failure in the safety net, although many citizens are resisting relocation.

[A peice of paper is held onscreen by unidentified staff; Hill takes it and reads:]

And this just reported: Despite the activation of the Home Guard and Police Nationale, looting has broken out in Hammond and La Salle, but Police Nationale and local police and Gendarmes are moving on the areas in riot gear.

President Gildersleeve is expected to make an address to the people of St. Onge later this morning. We’ll keep you posted as to events as they continue to come forth. May God have mercy on us.

[END TRANSCRIPT]

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