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National Government Response (Louisianne)

2005/08/31

Paris-sur-Mizouri; 13 Fructidor, CCXIII.

President Young and the Council watched trainloads of National Militia, supplies from the coffers of the LDS church, similar donations from the Diocese of Osage and others moved down the tracks toward the ravaged Prefecture of Saint-Onge. Riding in `the Aigle’, President Young granted an interview.

Q: Why have you mobilized the Guard National, when before this time it has only served as a defencive entity?

A: Simply put, we are mobilizing it in defence. Defence of those in Nouvelle Orleans who cannot defend themselves. In defence of our neighbors and the riff-raff that menace them. With permission from the local government (aside our dear friend Geoff), we are organizing the refugees and guiding them back across our borders into the Loire-Neuf.

Q: Organizing the militia on foreign soil?

A: They are members of the militia, yes. The militia itself is not activated, and the members of the militia are merely serving as civilian leadership to guide the masses across and into waiting camps in the Loire-Neuf. From this starting point we will be moving our citizens to temporary camps in the Garonne-Neuve, Les Ozarques, Mississippi and the Côte d’Or.
(Ed: departments within the prefectures of Osage and Saint-Louis).

Q: And what of those who cross from Pontchartrain and La Salle? What of the Pays-Lointains?

A: We are working closely with Mayor Desse and Governeur Rochambeau to re-direct the tide of refugees. We will be directing our people in a massive effort to restore the infrastructure. As most of these people will not be able to return to work until some time, months from now, we will use their help in restoring infrastructure, cleaning up the cities and towns.

Q: And the looters? Surely you realize that a great percentage of the population is looting and pillaging our cities.

A: That I sadly do realize. It is because of that that the entire Prefecture of Saint-Onge is under martial law, and those caught looting will be sentenced immediately to forced labor at our national minimum wage until they repay the damages they have caused. We ask that any of our citizens caught in such acts abroad be treated with the same dignity and severity of the local law, be it Tejas or Mobile.

The Militia of Côte de Châtaigne has been mobilized to protect Nouvelle Orleans, and the National Corps d’Ingenieurs is on the way in special zeppelin to quickly restore the pumping power of the pumps in Nouvelle Orleans, as well as restore the levees that were destroyed.

Q: And what of the rumors that the third levee was detonated by agents saboteurs?

A: No Comment. At this time, anyway. It’s under investigation.

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