by Max Barry

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Region: Greater Middle East

ISTANA REPUBLIK, BANDAR SINGORA, THE KRA REPUBLIC

MAY 12, THE EMPIRE ATTACKS

The direct Chinese intervention into the ongoing civil war has been expected, but not to the scale it has unfolded to. The Republic of Kra High Command has since been requesting full permission to engage Chinese assets in the region, furious at the increasingly blatant violation of Kra sovereignty over what was a mistake; a mistake that robbed a Chinese civilian of their life and another of their legs, but a mistake regardless. In the opinion of High Command, the Kra Army had no malicious intentions against the Chinese Empire, and had even issued apologies and even payments to the grieving family, only for the Chinese to turn around and rob sixty Kra soldiers of their lives. President Fadil bin Shaahir, therefore, drew tremendous flak from service members and his allies in the military alike when he announced his intent to cooperate 'to an extent' with the Chinese demands, in return for normalized relations and an end to Chinese involvement in the Second Civil War. President bin Shaahir will be flying to Beijing to discuss possible amendments to the two demands, the extent of the reparations, and to deliver the so-called 'motion of submission', if the negotiations proceed as planned. bin Shaahir has stated that 'he is willing to sell his honour for the safety and prosperity of the Kra people'. Meanwhile, protests against Chinese actions in the Republic have begun, drawing Thais and Malay alike, outside the Chinese emergency embassy in Tanjung Salang and the consulate in Pattani, with support for the insurgency also correspondingly suffering from large drop in popularity in the southern Kra Republic.

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