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[MN] Winter is Coming

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The Federal Government of Germany would be immensely grateful for the relief efforts. As food became more and more scarce in German markets, government officials that had remained behind to weather the storm had snowplow crews sending what pallets they could to major German cities, primarily in the north due to a lack of power. The Kaiser would also request that, if the US could, to save as many German lives as possible who needed asylum.
 

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The German Government would be notified that the C-130J on its way to Germany had received further orders at the behest of Germany, to land at Munich Airport, after dropping its supplies, to allow passengers onboard. However, they could only be taken back to Britain where they can be put on a vessel and taken to the US, this of course would only be the case if the British government allowed for German Refugees to be landed in the UK (@Jamie). If not, plans can be made up on the spot to transport them elsewhere. However, there was only 128 places aboard the aircraft so the US officials had asked the German government to make sure that those who are at greater risk, I.E Children, the Elderly, the Pregnant etc were given greater priority over others.
 

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Extracting the Scientists
The Aircrew of the C-130-130J from the Royal Air Force which had been involved in the evacuation of Scientists just prior to the arrival of what some are identifying as the 'Worst Winter in Europe' had filled out their reports following their return to their airbase. The information forwarded and passed through the Ministry of Defence, eventually getting forwarded onto the Norwegian Ambassador to the UK to make him aware of the situation and what had happened. The report also included statements from those rescued. Following the conclusion of their paperwork, the Aircrew carried on with normal duties and expected additional work that followed in the weeks as Winter had hit Europe.

The United Kingdom Under Snow!
Scotland was often the bearer of the worst weather in the UK so the policies that surround it offered the ability to respond quicker and more efficiency than the rest of the United Kingdom. Although the more isolated areas of Scotland with residents proved to be problematic with access, having to request Coastguard helicopters to carry out inspections to ensure everyone was safe and well, giving them supplies if necessary. These S-92 Helicopters were also supported by other helicopter services in the region from the more experienced pilots, everyone was coming together to ensure one another were safe and well.

Across Scotland, and the rest of the United Kingdom, emergency services worked tirelessly with the local councils and private companies whilst residents were advised to 'watch out for one another' by news stations. Volunteers that work with the emergency services such as the RNLI, St John Ambulance and volunteers closer to the services themselves such as Retained Firefighters and Special Constables were all requested, if access permitted. Counties across the entire country had begun to pool resources together to allow for more efficiency, allowing more units to respond to the increase in accidents from car accidents for those that have braved the weather, to general injuries. Paramedics had specifically seen a huge rise in call outs with some local fire services responding to the lighter medical calls to ease the burden and Coastguard Rescue Teams supported more in-land situations where applicable. Hundreds of civilian volunteers country-wide had pitched in with the NHS, Fire and Rescue Services and Police Services to specifically support the elderly and most vulnerable, from merely checking on neighbours, delivering supplies to helping out at accidents if nearby. This increase of emergency service call outs had left all services stretched thin, with Coast Guard units also filling in. It was safe to say the kind of weather that followed isn't something the country was prepared for, bringing the majority of it to a stand-still.

Snowploughs had been deployed in mass but only when safe enough to attempt to clear roads and trains fitted with their own ploughs to ensure that transport across the UK ran at the best it could. Of course, huge amounts of cancellations in all modes of transport with delays caused chaos. Aircraft across the UK were suspended based on Air Traffic Discretion, if a controller considered the flight conditions safe, aircraft were capable of leaving and arriving, otherwise diverted to the nearest and safe airport. This came after the Boeing 777 Crash at Heathrow had taken place in which airport services responded to it promptly, restricting Heathrow to one airstrip at the moment. ARRF vehicles were first on scene to tackle the fire and worked on getting everyone on-board, off the aircraft. Once the fire was out and everyone that was on-board was evacuated to a safe location to be assessed, work begun to remove the wreckage to open the runway when safe enough to arrive and depart.

News of the Tornado in Nottingham quickly spread, sparking severe concern not just for those there, but the concept of how bad the weather was becoming. Masses of emergency services in that region were called to Nottingham to support the aftermath, carrying out Search and Rescue Operations, checking the well-being of those who were safe and providing refuge for those where their houses were considered too dangerous for them to reside in; utilising local schools for temporary accommodation. Firefighters aiming to tackle the burning buildings, all engines utilised at this point and requests to other counties to support were made multiple times. The result of the Tornado had led to the Government declaring a state of national emergency, potentially too late but the Secretary of Defence had also approved the use of military assets. Up to 300 Soldiers from 2 Logistic Support Regiment had been dispatched to Nottingham to aid the effort. The Ratcliffe Power Station had put out the alert to it's engineers, some already in the station, to begin to work at the faults from their side whilst on-call technicians were deployed to the reports of the downed power line to see if they could work through the snow to get power back on for the effected areas.

British Military Deployment
The escalation to a state of national emergency saw the deployment of British Forces across the UK. Unless specified elsewhere, all personnel were called on to support their local areas from the British Army and Navy. However, the airforce had a broader role:

* C-130J-30's had been assigned to deliver supplies across the country to ensure a consistent movement of goods. From food, to drinks and medical supplies. Complimented with blankets to keep warm.

* Chinook, Merlin and Puma Helicopters were all utilised to deploy these supplies, but also aid in evacuations, checking the more isolated residents of the country, assessment of weather patterns and search and rescue.

Unarmed BvS 10 Vikings and Terrier Armored Diggers were also deployed by their local units to clear roads and transport supplies via the ground whilst logistical units in the British Army delivered goods via MAN Vehicles where travel routes are safe.

United States Support
The support provided by the US Navy and Airforce was a welcome one, the British Government thanking for Americans for their assistance whilst giving an insight into the situation across the country, linking their own communications with the UK Met Office to ensure all UK/US operations were safe.

The Search and Rescue Transponder on the RMS Queen Mary 2 which had desperately entered the English channel after been declined access to make port; the number of lives on board was considered too great of a risk for the Captain so requested American support to evacuate the passengers, and other staff.

Meanwhile, the request for German Refugees was received and prior to replying, a run-through of available spacing. Given the UK was in a similiar situation, it was reviewing its own supplies to ensure everyone was safe. After consideration, the US was given clearance to bring any Refugees to the UK and to use RAF Fairford which will be the new staging point for any refugees that desperately need to be elsewhere. Volunteers near Fairford pitched in to cover food and other supply requirements and the US was requested to focus any supplies they have to deliver to Fairford.
 
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With the harshest winter yet hitting the European Region, the Canadian Administration has vowed to support those in need. Military Assests were placed on a hour standby to be ready to deploy anywhere within the European Region to help rescue those in need. Royal Canadian Naval Vessels from the Atlantic division would be prepared and placed on an hour stand-by in case of needing of deployment. Canada has also vowed to deploy forces from the Canadian Army where needed to help clear roads and provide the much needed humanitarian aid.

Air Canada owned by the Canadian Government has also vowed to support those in need, allowing any spare aircraft to be flown across to the European Region at a moments notice. Canadian civilians have begun donating much needed food, clothes and medical supplies which will soon be transported to the European Region.
 

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This is the response of Norway, NOT an official MN Event response.

"Njord-Actual to Valhalla, how copy? Over." Vice Admiral Erik Blix waited for a response and then frowned after a few moments. "Njord" was the current codename for the First Fleet of the Royal Navy, and Valhalla was the codename for the High Command. For a while the First Fleet and the High Command had clear, encrypted communications with each other, but that was not the case now. An officer checked Aftenposten's Twitter and saw that power had gone out in most of southern Norway, including Oslo. It made him sick to think that he was in a ship, effectively retreating from Norway with hundreds of soldiers, while his fellow countrymen were in real danger. However his orders to evacuate Norway's only fleet - which consisted of three lonely frigates - to the English Channel was a direct order from the Chief of Defense. Whatever devastation awaited Norway, it would be woefully irresponsible to allow a large part of Norway's small deterrent to also be put in danger. Although they had of course been using their navigational equipment, Vice Admiral Blix was old school. Once they were underway out of Oslofjord, he already had a list of lighthouses and major landmarks that they would pass along the way.

Everyone on the bridge jerked forward as the ship tilted downwards after going over a rather large wave. Outside, a mixture of snow and freezing rain was pelting the ship and the sea. Visibility was lower than normal, but they could still see off into the distance. Although it was still daytime, it was effectively night outside because of the clouds and weather. They were currently somewhere off the coast of The Netherlands. Vice Admiral Blix was trying to find Bornif lighthouse which was on the Dutch island of Ameland. One of the officers that was on watch said, "Captain, I've spotted Bornif lighthouse. Due southwest." He handed the captain his binoculars who took a look. "Vice Admiral," the captain said, "we have spotted the lighthouse. Due southwest." He pointed and handed the admiral the lighthouse.

"Good," Blix said. "The next one should be Brandaris.. It's the oldest lighthouse in The Netherlands, in case any of you were wondering."

The Captain was about to make a smart remark when one of the officers on watch yelled, "CAPTAIN, ROGUE WAVE STARBOARD SIDE."
The Captain turned to see a massive wave approaching from the horizon, "HARD-A-STARBOARD.." From casual observation, it looked like the wave could be 30 meters high.
Vice Admiral Blix picked up the radio for the private channel being used between the three ships, "HARD-A-STARBOARD! ROGUE WAVE!"

All three ships turned hard, but it looked like it would be close. "Order Brace for impact!" The captain said. It was transmitted to the crew of the rest of the ship, and everyone held on. All three ships tilted back as they climbed the massive wave. The third ship in the fleet, The Otto Sverdrup, was the last to begin turning. As they impacted with the wave, several meters crashed over the top of the ship, temporarily making it appear that the entire thing was underwater. It crashed out of the other side of the wave, but it had some damage, especially with its communications equipment. The other two ships were unharmed, but everyone inside could hear the sound of stretching steel as the ships made it over the wave and then crashed back down towards the ocean.

Vice Admiral Blix tried to radio the Otto Sverdrup, but no response came. He looked at the bridge with his binoculars and could see the captain of the ship staring back at him. Then, one of the high-beam lights on the ship began flashing. "Morse code, someone write it down," Blix ordered. One of the officers did so. He read it out.
"Comms out."
Blix had the ship he was on, the Fridtjof Nansen, message back in Morse code.
"Follow behind, distance: 300 meters. Work to restore communications."

The Captain of the Otto Sverdrup responded that he understood and obeyed the order. They maintained their course for the English Channel, despite rough seas, until they heard the distress call from the Dutch.
"This is Vice Admiral Blix of the Royal Norwegian Navy, commander-in-charge of the Norwegian Fleet. Two of our ships will divert course to attempt a rescue mission. We will contact the Dutch Navy. Over."

He then switched to the appropriate channel/frequency to contact the Dutch Navy.
"Dutch Navy, Dutchy Navy. This is Vice Admiral Blix of the Royal Norwegian Navy. I am in command of three frigates: the KMS Fridtjof Nansen, the KMS Roald Amundsen, and the KMS Otto Sverdrup. We have received a distress call on Griend Island. We are currently in the Dutch Economic Exclusion Zone and are requesting permission to enter Dutch Territorial Waters. Two of my frigates will enter between Vlieland and Terschelling if given permission. Over."

If given permission, then the following would happen. The KMS Otto Sverdrup, because it was damaged, would remain off the coast of the previously mentioned Dutch islands - however it would continue sailing to deal with the rough seas. It would avoid all known low areas and not stray too far away. Also, extra watches were posted on all of the ships to look out for further rogue waves. The KMS Fridtjof Nansen and the KMS Roald Amundsen would enter between the islands and then navigate as reasonably close as they could due West of Griend without entering shallow waters. Then, Admiral Blix would radio to the Dutch Navy that they will begin attempting rescue. Four RHIBs were deployed from the frigates when it was deemed reasonably safe to do so. The RHIBs would approach the island, shining search lights at it to get the attention of those on the islands. Aboard each RHIB was an officer and three crew. Once the RHIBs made it to the islands, one of the crew would disembark onto the island. The first crewman to do so was very concise.

"We are the Norwegian Navy!" he shouted over the weather, "Women and children first!"

A total of four crew remained on the island and helped organize who would board each RHIB when they came back. When the RHIBs returned to the ships, the civilians aboard were taken onto both the KMS Fridtjof Nansen and the KMS Roald Amundsen. This process would continue until all of the civilians were aboard, and also the four crew who were deployed to the island. Once all souls were aboard, both ships were safely make a U-turn and come back out from where they came. They would meet up with the KMS Otto Sverdrup and continue south along the Dutch Island Chain.

If everything went fine, Vice Admiral Blix would get one the radio again. First, he informed the KNRM that they had rescued the civilians, and then he would rescue the Dutch Navy.
"Dutch Navy, this is Admiral Blix of the Royal Norwegian Navy. We have rescued over 100 civilians from the SH Willem III. We are in your territorial waters, currently off the coast of Brandaris lighthouse. One of our frigates is currently without radio communications. Provide a military port for us to safely dock and hand over your civilians. Over."

The civilians on board the ships were treated by medical staff, given blankets, hot food, and wine. Anyone seriously injured would of course be properly taken care of by medical staff. All were kept in a secure part of the ship, and were informed in English that they were going to be taken to a Dutch military port. All three ships continued together, as one unit as they waited for a response from the Dutchy Navy.
@Dutchy

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In Oslo, Enoch was warming his hands by a fire in his room. It was early in the morning, but he was already dressed. He heard a knock at the door. "Come in," he replied from the warmth of the fire. The door opened, and two King's Guard walked inside. "Your Majesty," they both saluted. Enoch stood up and saluted them back. "How can I help you?" he responded.

"Sir, the Prime Minister has sent over a man named Dr. Havland. He's a professor from the University of Science and Technology - he says that he can turn the lights back on in the Palace, sir."
Enoch's eyes perked up. "Give me a few minutes. I'll come down to meet him."
"Yes sir." The King's Guards made their way back down. Enoch made sure he was presentable and then headed downstairs. He looked around the numerous people who were milling around downstairs - most of whom were huddled around fires - and was directed to an older looking man with no hair and round spectacles. Enoch's jaw almost dropped.

The King's Guard turned Havland's attention to Enoch. "Your Majesty," he said. Enoch extended his hand and shook Havland's.
"Professor, you taught me introductory chemistry at the university.... Do you remember me? Are you doing well?"
Dr. Havland laughed and nodded, "Yes, Your Majesty. I sure did. You were one of the few freshmen who earned an 'A' that semester. I'm happy that my king has a background in science."

This was perhaps the happiest Enoch had been in days. It was nice to see a familiar face from long ago. "The guards told me that you can turn our lights back on?"
Dr. Havland smiled, "Well, I already turned the lights back on at the Storting Building. I'm old friends with Prime Minister Holt... I'm actually surprised we haven't seen each other in years, Your Majesty."
Dr. Havland offered to shake Enoch's hand again. This time, he felt a certain grip that he recognized. Enoch raised his eyebrows and returned it, "Yes, I'm surprised as well... We'll have to catch up sometime, with the Prime Minister... What alchemy do you have to fix our generators, professor?"

Dr. Havland explained that he had come up with a chemical composition that would keep the Artic-grade diesel from freezing even at -50 degrees Celsius (which it currently was) and would further lower the freezing point to about -100 degrees Celsius. "It's not necessarily good for the generators," he said, "but they'll just need to be cleaned once this is all over with. I say we can get your lights back on in here in about two hours if you'll permit my team and I, Your Majesty."

Enoch granted him, and his team of graduate students from the university, to apply their chemicals to the diesel fuel which was then reintroduced to the generators. They started up, and the palace roared with excitement as the lights (and the central heating) came back on. Enoch asked the professor and his team to go to Akershush Fortress and restore power there, where the High Command was assembled. He and his team were given an escort by the King's Guard. Snow plows cleared the way for them to get there by vehicle. Soon, the High Command had power again as well. Within hours, they were in contact with the Royal Palace and the Storting Building as well. No longer would they have to use curriers.

Because the weather had improved, communications with other parts of the country were slowly being restored, but it was nowhere near what was needed to create a national response. Enoch called the Prime Minister and their united goal was clear: The King needed to address the nation, by any means necessary. Electrical engineers and technicians from across Oslo were brought in to work around the clock and allow the King to give an address on AM frequency to all of Norway. Because Oslo was still was out of power, major news outlets began temporarily broadcasting out of Norway's second largest city, Bergen, which still had power in most of the city. It was all set up, though indirectly. At 1PM, the King would deliver a speech to all of Norway, which would be carried on all national television and radio stations, both AM and FM. Enoch spent most of the time in the Palace crafting his speech and was able to contact the Chief of Defense, General Ingvar, to ask what military orders needed to be made.

At 1PM, the King went live. For the first few seconds on air, the only thing that could be heard was roaring static. Slowly, the static adjusted and somewhat improved. "This is the King..." could faintly be heard through the static. It cleared more, but stilled sounded like a recording from the 1940s. The speech was broadcast in Norwegian, but was by no means limited to Norway.

"This is the King... I am speaking to you from the Royal Palace in Oslo. To the people of Norway, I say this: I am still here, the government is still here, and the High Command is still here. We've suffered without power and heat, just as many of you have. The Home Guard and special forces are marching across our kingdom to relieve some of our largest cities and most remote villages. The Army has assured me that power will be restored to southern Norway in the coming days, including Oslo. Soon the trains will be running again, and as we speak some cities have begun clearing roads.

"To our allies and friends around the world, I can confirm that the storms have ended here, but the air is still getting colder. Our government remains in control and functioning, and the armed forces remain prepared to defend the kingdom. Effective immediately, all Home Guardsmen in the 6th and 7th Regiments are being called into service, as are all police and firefighters who are on leave. Report to your stations if able, your country is sounding the call of duty." Enoch was shivering in his chair as he delivered his address from the basement of the Palace.

"What Norway is facing is a national disaster. Hundreds, possibly thousands, have died... some of our special forces - the Valkyries - were outside in the cold during the worst of the storm, here in Oslo. A mother and her three children were found dead in the snow... I have faith in the Norwegian people, that in this extraordinary time, they will offer their neighbors and strangers extraordinary kindness. I have faith that we wont have to walk the streets again and find the innocent lying in the snow. I have faith that we as Norwegians will huddle together and come out of this travesty. If you are stuck or stranded or cold, know that we are coming for you. Do not give up. Do not stop fighting. Remember the motto: United and loyal until the mountains of Dovre crumble."

The broadcast ended.

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Runar Sno was in heavy winter gear along with fifty other engineers. They had technically broken into a power substation in Oslo, though no one was guarding it. They had been working for hours, but took a break to listen to the King's speech. After it was over, Runar walked up to a large cut-off switch. He looked over to the other engineers, "Let's hope this works!" He pulled it down, and a buzzing, electrical sound filled the area. Behind them, city lights began turning on. Mister Sno was the CEO of a green energy company called "Thor Energy". Oslo once again had electricity.

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Two-thousand more Home Guardsmen, in the 6th and 7th Regiments, were called into active service. These soldiers were equipped with heavy-duty winter gear and all appropriate provisions. After the tracks were cleared, they were ordered to deploy to Trondheim and help with relief efforts there. Supply lines would be made from Oslo to Trondheim via train if supplies couldn't be secured from Trondheim, otherwise the city and military outposts there would provide all that was needed. The five regiments of the Home Guard Rapid Reaction forces were redeployed to the streets once the weather calmed down. One-thousand of these troops began heading southwest to Tonsberg where they would help with relief there and with surrounding communities. They would have supply lines established from Oslo, and would assist local authorities. The Valkyries deployed from the Palace in special commando-like units to help those in need or bring them to a place where they would be safer. They were properly dressed for the weather and knew what they were doing, since search and rescue was their specialty.

Army Engineers were ordered to work around the clock to restore national communications by any means necessary. The reconstruction of fallen broadcast towers were given priority. Once the High Command had communications with the rest of the country restored, they would first contact Trondheim to check on the condition of the Queen, and then begin issuing orders to local officials and relief agencies around the country.

Later that day, Enoch spoke with the Bishop of Oslo who agreed to hold church services at Oslo Cathedral, and then give away free soup to anyone who came afterwards. Then, the cathedral would be open to anyone who needed a place to stay, though the numbers were likely small since power had been restored. Some people had stayed inside the cathedral during the worst of the storm though, including the bishop himself. Other cathedrals and churches around the kingdom held similar services and offered meals to the needy.
 
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The two ships, the USS San Diego and USS New York, would detect the ping of the SART on the RMS Queen Mary 2 and would make headway for the ship. Once they reached the location of the ship, one MH-60 from each ship would take off, both loaded with five members of the US Navy HVBSS teams. They were armed with nothing more than their M9 Berettas, as was standard protocol when boarding and unfamiliar vessel. They would also be wearing their basic combat gear just as protection mostly from the weather and the things that could be thrown around because of it. As they reach the ship, the helicopters would hover above the top deck as ropes are slung down from one door each. One by one the members of the team would slide down the rope onto the deck - and once the last man hit the deck, the ropes would be detached and the helicopters would return to the ships. The men would make their way to the bridge, where upon entering. Would begin relaying the commands from their officers to the Captain and all others on the bridge. The orders were to abandon ship, basically, all passengers and non-essential crew (I,E Entertainers, bar staff etc) were to be boarded onto lifeboats, where they would be escorted by RHIBs into the well-decks of the two ships. This would greatly reduce the number of persons on board and hopefully allow the ship to dock with minimal risk to life. The RHIBs that were needed to escort the lifeboats would be dropped into the water, four of them. Each carrying members of the VBSS teams with life saving equipment incase anyone ends up in the water. (@Jamie)




Meanwhile, the aircrafts over Scotland, the Netherlands and Germany had all dropped their payload. The Scottish drop had occurred around the Inverness-Elgen area - and area, which in bad conditions, was almost impossible to access. The Airdrop over the Netherlands would have occurred around the Groningen area, once of the most northern cities, heaving effected by the storm. Both the aircraft from Scotland and the Netherlands would be making their way back to RAF Brize Norton, however the aircraft in Germany, which would have dropped its payload around the Kassel area, would instead be heading towards Munich airport, at the request of the German Government. (@Dutchy @NagandEmerald)




With the situation growing worse in Europe, a deployment list was made up to deploy into Europe to help further aid the relief effort. The following vessels would be picked for the trip:

USS Theodore Roosevelt - Nimitz-class Aircraft Carrier
Ship's company: 3,200
Air wing: 2,480
Aircraft: Grumman C-2 Greyhound (x11), Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion (x15), Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey (x20), F-35C (x8)
Fuel: Nuclear
Supplies: Full

USS Kearsarge - Wasp-class Amphibious Assault Ship
Ship's company: 900
Air wing: 308
Troops: 41st Rescue Squadron, USAF Pararescue (x212)
Aircraft: Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey (x22)
Fuel: Full
Supplies: Full

USNS Alan Shepard - Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship
Ship's Company: 124 civilian mariners, 11 Naval personnel
Fuel: Full
Supplies: Full
Stores: 6,005 tons of food, water, medical and cold weather supplies.

USNS Mercy - Mercy-class hospital ship
Ship's Company: 61 civilian and 1,214 military
Fuel: Full
Supplies: Full

USNS Bob Hope - Bob Hope-class Vehicle Cargo Ship
Ship's Company: 45 Civilian, 50 military
Fuel: Full
Supplies: Full
Stores: 3,000 TEUs filled with food, water, medical and cold weather supplies

The ships would not depart straight away however, giving the fact that the Mercy needs 76 hours to prepare for deployment.
 

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"My dear Europeans," The Sultan began, his ancient hands holding a piece of paper which had a speech he was reciting for a radio broadcast, while a pair of pince-nez were clamped onto his nose to allow him the ability to read the small print. "As the bite of nature's most apocalyptic weather continues to encroach upon your homelands, it has become necessary to flee. Such a move is to many a heavy burden to carry, due to it feeling like surrender. However, this is not an enemy that will show mercy to those brave enough to stand firm. That is why I urge you to flee south. Already, the weather is beginning to creep over Turkey's border, however the majority of our country is still safe from the chilling winds and horrific snow and hail.

I have been made aware of the efforts of The Turkish Ambassador to Germany, who has valiantly, and selflessly, assisted The Kaiser with the evacuation of around 500 Germans. A request has been made to me personally asking that they be given asylum in Germany until the weather has passed. This request I am granting. They are to head to the nearest safe port that is open to them, and will allow them to travel to the port of Mersin in south Turkey. Regardless of whether they have a passport or not, we will accept you. The Ministry Of Home Affairs has kindly created some new immigration papers to streamline the process of getting all of the incoming asylum seekers registered for their temporary stay in Turkey. As for accommodation, we shall do our best to make things as comfortable as possible, however we cannot guarantee the quality will be 5 star. For that, I apologise. In addition, if there are any others, from any European country, who wish to seek temporary asylum in Turkey, then we are more than happy to accommodate you.

May God be with you all, and I hope you have a safe journey."


(A Turkish Temporary Visa Slip, containing a temporary passport number that always begins with the letters TTV to represent its one-use status.
To be used for asylum seekers who do not possess a passport upon arrival in Turkey.)
 

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Èire continues to struggle against the elements as they plague her children in every aspect of their lives with empty shelves of shops once known for their vast array of food stuffs, looting, limited access to public roads most of which have since been utilized only for the deployment of troops or medical personnel, and a political crisis in the making.

Phase two of martial law has been enacted with the following conditions

- all citizens must produce a identification document when travelling and can only be out of their homes from 8 am to 10 pm.

- public and private gatherings are forbidden and will be broken up by either the army or police.

- those wishing to engage in looting and rapine will be shot on sight, no exceptions.

- food where available must be handed over to the state for equitable distribution to the general public.

- publications are forbidden to criticise actions of state those which refuse to cooperate will be shutdown and their staff imprisoned.

In Galway and sorrounding areas there is a relative sense of peace which seems to be but a world away from the chaos of its counterparts as the authority of the government withers on the vine. Factories and communes have since been placed under workers control and a stateless entity established. The Government, has not taken kindly to this experiment in anarchism and has authorized the deployment of troops to suppress anarchist sentiments as soon as possible.

The future is gravely uncertain.
 

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This is an official MN Event response. Please note that European players who aren't directly mentioned are free to reply to this thread (and encouraged to do so).

SEA TEMPERATURES

Polar Ice Cap Pink
(The Red Line Indicates where the Ice originally was, the pink beyond it is ice growth; the thick black line indicates where ice had been as the post before last; the white line indicates where ice was the last post; and the pink beyond the white line is the extent of ice now)
-2 (Celsius) Violet
-1 Purple
0 (Freezing) Blue
1 Light Blue
2 Turquoise
3 Green
4-7 Yellow

(February)


Norwegian, British, Dutch, and Spanish scientists would be able to determine that while the waters around them were remaining much colder than normal, it seemed the cold was no longer extending south. This perhaps indicated that some kind of equilibrium had been met. At the moment, no one knew what the status of the thermohaline system was. Any country with buoys in the area, scientists in the field, or infrared satellites would be able to take sea temperature measurements or, at the very least, determine at what rate the currents were moving. If this portion of the thermohaline system remained disrupted, it could cause permanently cold conditions for Northern and Western Europe.


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WEATHER REPORT

Explanation
Below is a weather map showing a major Arctic Oscillation which is currently moving southward over Europe. All references to temperature are discussing air temperatures.

Thick Red Line The actual border of the High Pressure front.
Thin Red Line The extent of severe weather. Everywhere between the Thine Red Line and Thick Red Line is experiencing white-out/blizzard-like conditions.

Dark Blue Line All areas north of this line are either at or below freezing (0 degrees Celsius).
Sky Blue Line All areas north of this line are either at or below -5 degrees Celsius.
Light Blue Line All areas north of this line are either at or below -10 degrees Celsius.
Purple All areas north of this line are either at or below -15 degrees Celsius.
Pink All areas north of this line are either at or below -20 degrees Celsius.
Black All areas north of this line are below -25 degrees Celsius (some isolated spots go far below this temperature. For example, in the last post Oslo was around -50 C while Stockholm was probably closer to -25.).
Grey All areas north of this line are below -50 degrees Celsius.



The front continued moving south, as predicted. However, meteorologists of several countries noted that it seemed the front was slowing. Further observations would need to be taken, but there were signs that the oscillation could be weakening or beginning the process of reverse, and retreating. That being said, parts of the world very much not use to snow - such as southern Greece and Sicily - were now experiencing it along with frigid weather.

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GERMAN REICH
It didn't take long for word to spread that the German Royal Family along with members of the Reichstag and the Volksrat had fled to Turkey, while the Reich Chancellor and the Cabinet fled to Munich. It would be an understatement to say that moral in Berlin had plummeted. Many Germans were left helpless as almost the entire central government had fled the capital. While this outraged some Germans who were left behind, the vast majority became too scared to be angry. Snow plowing any major city during the storms was futile, as inches of snow were practically falling by the minute in some of the worst cases. Eventually, however, the front continued to move south and eventually freed Germany of its grasp. What followed it, though, were Arctic-like temperatures which many would describe as "bone chilling". Vehicles across Germany would have trouble starting as car batteries failed. Civilians trying to evacuate from major cities via roads found themselves in dead-stop traffic that was only made worse by people running out of gas.

The valiant efforts of German police were perhaps the silver lining to this disaster. Stories spread of police evacuating stranded trains, bringing fuel to vehicles, and helping those who were in need in the cold. As the storm continued to go on, the German people's faith that the central government would help them in their hours of need waned, and normal people started looking towards their local leaders. Radio and television stations that were still operating spread the story of the Mayor of Berlin who was seen leading police into the blizzard to rescue senior citizens from a snowed-in retirement home.

For some time now, the bad weather has passed, and the cold air has rushed into the country. In the city of Hamburg, temperatures were now at an almost indescribable -20 degrees Celsius. Something to note, however, was that temperatures had not fallen as fast as German meteorologists thought they would. While they had no models to predict what such a massive arctic oscillation like this would do, the best scientific minds in the country thought that Hamburg would be below -25 degrees Celsius at this point. This indicated to some in the scientific community that the advance of the oscillation may finally be slowing or even stopping.

Remarkably, power was still on throughout almost all of journey save the occasional downed powerline. German engineering had so far proven durable, but advisors would warn the Cabinet and Reich Chancellor that they needed to send engineers out to conduct repairs or monitor vulnerable electrical substations.
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KINGDOM OF IRELAND
Anyone that had been striking, plotting, or at work was now more worried about the safety of themselves and their loved ones than anything else. Around the country, the vast majority of Irishmen did not show up to work, with the exception being Irish soldiers and emergency personnel who felt a sense of duty to Ireland. The middle of the island was now ingulfed in the terrible weather. Civilian communications such as cell phones and FM radio began to fail all across the country while major roads between cities were rendered impassable.

As the front passed over the City of Cork, an electrical substation faced what appeared to be a critical malfunction. All of the city north of the River Lee (not including historical downtown) was without power. It wouldn't take long for the government to discover that this had happened. Severe weather would be over the city for several more hours, but fixing the substation was certainly possible. It was just a matter of if the government wanted to risk engineers and electricians in the awful weather, or wait until the front had passed.
@Dragon


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KINGDOM OF ITALY
Closing Italian airspace proved to be a very wise decision by the government. Luckily for Italy, the Alps held back the front for some time before the sheer force of it began pushing heavy storm clouds over and between mountains. Churches throughout Rome opened their doors for the poor to take refuge before the front hit. Central and southern Italy, however, would not have it as easy. As in virtually all other places that were caught under the front, tennis-ball sized hail pelted Rome for twenty minutes before white-out conditions ingulfed the ancient city with snow. After hours had passed, frigid temperatures washed away the storms as some lakes and rivers began to ice over. Two fishing vessels - who were probably hoping to cash-in on the empty seas - had both suffered engine troubles ten miles north of Ustica island. They sent out a distress call to the Italian Coast Guard and requested for their ships to be towed back to the island before the front (which was around 4 hours away) was predicted to hit the island.

A feeling of national-unity swept Italy even in the face of possible disaster. The Italian Navy faced no problems in deploying out of Naples.
@Logan


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KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS
People sitting in The Hague who were huddled together in the dark were relieved to see their lights flicker back on as the Dutch power system corrected itself. Assuming that the Dutch Royal Navy permitted the Norwegian fleet into their territorial waters, the ships were successful in rescuing all living souls off of the island. Tragically, however, thirteen people had been swept away by the waves either while abandoning ship or trying to find high ground on the island. In all, the Norwegian fleet were able to rescue 90 souls from the island and had them all aboard their ships. Ten of them were suffering from hypothermia, but would probably be okay seeing as they were being treated on board.

Although the front had passed over The Netherlands, the Dutch people still faced the danger of falling temperatures. Most of the country was around -15 degrees Celsius. Like the Germans, however, Dutch scientists would note that the front was not advancing as quickly as it had been before, which was a sign that it might be slowing down. Dutch dams and polders were continuing to hold, though several canals and lakes were now frozen over.
@Dutchy


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KINGDOM OF NORWAY
Temperatures continued to slowly drop over Norway, even as power was being restored to the southern half of the kingdom. Emergency responders were now more easily able to help those in need, and major cities were successful in plowing their streets, and even moving on to smaller communities around them. The Home Guard Rapid Reaction Forces were welcomed in Oslo and other cities. They certainly were not bored, seeing as streets needed clearing, downed trees needed to be moved, and some civilians needed to be relocated. While progress was being made, the incredibly cold temperatures outside were not improving. Norwegian meteorologists did notice, however, that temperatures were not falling as quickly as they had been, meaning that temperatures were either stabilizing or the oscillation would perhaps begin retreating soon.


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OTTOMAN CALIPHATE AND SULTANATE
The national speech did do some good to calm those in Anatolia, however Istanbul was a different story. After hearing that food production was being nationalized in the country, this caused many people to panic and begin buying as much as they could from as many stores as they could. Soon, people were fighting inside and outside of stores, trying to either buy or steal food for themselves and their families. This continued until the weather began. Solid black clouds could be seen from the Hagia Sophia as they came towards the city like the Angel of Death. Like other major cities, Istanbul was first met with massive hail that lasted for a little under half an hour. This was followed by strong winds and blizzard-like conditions in a city that was considered by most to be a haven from such weather. Several large water spouts were spotted just south of the city, but luckily they did not come ashore.

Unlike the Atlantic and northern seas which had been brought to freezing temperatures or were literally freezing, the Mediterranean was still very warm. The massive influx of cold air - air below zero Celsius - eventually lead to what appeared to be steam rising from the sea. The hot waters of the Mediterranean slowly formed a dense fog that only made visibility conditions worse along the coasts. Despite dropping massive hail and nearly two feet of snow on Istanbul, Turkish scientists would note that the front was weakening and slowing down.
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THE UNITED KINGDOM
The distribution of emergency services and vehicles by the British would probably be later described as "superb". Countless lives were saved by the careful deployment of emergency forces, from firemen and the Coastguard, to even the military. The situation in Nottingham was probably terrifying for the British people who were not as use to tornadoes as other parts of the world. The massive influx of emergency officials and supplies was much needed, and welcomed by the city. Eventually, teams were able to locate and rescue 332 of the 352 that were critically injured and were either trapped under rubble or dying outside from exposure. Unfortunately, the remain twenty died either while being treated by emergency services, or were unable to be found soon enough. Hundreds of bodies in collapsed homes, in the streets, and in peoples' yards were found. Those who had their homes destroyed but were still alive were very thankful to at least have temporary shelter in schools and other public structures.

With the front having just finished passing over the Isles of Scilly only an hour ago, the storm was now clear of the United Kingdom. The country was still not clear of the frigid temperatures, however. Parts of the country were approaching -15 and -20 degrees Celsius, which was stressing Britain's powergrid. It had to give somewhere and, as predicted, it gave way in London. After suffering numerous transformer-explosions from countless lightning strikes, the stress began to show on the grid. The entire City of London was plunged into darkness, along with Whitechapel. The problem stemmed to a power substation which had suffered a few critical failures, but they could be fixed in a matter of hours of engineers got to work. It only took those officials in charge of the power grid about twenty minutes to determine exactly what and where the problem was.

Anyone who had a view of the Thames would be able to see that it was now entirely frozen over. The ice was several feet thick.

The Queen Mary 2 will be addressed in the United States's section.
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KINGDOM OF SPAIN
Although Spain had managed to avoid the Arctic Oscillation so far, it was now knocking at the country's doorstep. In fact, the front has crossed over into Catalonia, bringing with it massive hail and blizzard like conditions for cities like Girona. Freezing temperatures at or below zero came with the snow as roads quickly became impassable and people were panicking throughout the city, looking for leadership.

While most of Spain feared that the disaster was going to ravage the rest of their country next, Spanish scientists noted that only a foot or so of snow fell on Girona, making it half or a third of what other cities suffered. They would also note that sea temperatures were still cold, but it seemed that the frigid waters were no longer advancing southward.
@Zak


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MALAYSIA
Malaysian citizens praised Malaysian Airlines for cancelling or diverting flights. On social media and public media, citizens thanked the airline service for possibly saving their lives, and also generously providing accommodations.
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THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The USS San Diego and the USS New York were met with massive 10 meter high waves as they departed. Luckily, they were at the edge of the front which was moving towards the southwest. The Americans would soon find that there were a total of 3,092 souls onboard the RMS Queen Mary 2, including the Captain and all crew. After another thirty minutes passed, the seas were not as rough as before, but they were still rough enough to pose a noticeable risk. Nevertheless, the Americans would need to decide what to do once their ships had reached capacity, unless they had a way to fit 1,500 souls on each warship. Halfway loading the USS New York a woman and her teenage daughter were overboard and in the now-frigid waters of the English Channel. Luckily, someone in the American crew had spotted them. How they fell or got there was unclear, but they were in need of help.

The pilots flying the C-130 to Munich would, if they first did a fly over of the airport, note that the runways were covered in several feet of snow, and possibly ice underneath.

In his briefings at the White House and in the Situation Room, scientists from the NOAA and the National Weather Service informed President Obama that American Navy ships deploying from the East Coast to Europe would face very rough seas once they encountered the Arctic Oscillation. Massive and unforgiving waves would present a challenge for the ships, but it would not be impossible for them to make it through provided that they took the necessary precautions.
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With the weather now definitely within Turkey's borders, the government's plans went into effect. With the shops now emptied due to the unneeded panic caused by people who'd misunderstood the message that they would be taken care of, it was time to institute the provision of food rations and other important commodities.

Vans and lorries were hired to deliver packages weighing 10.254 kilograms to each person in the affected areas. Each box contained:
  • 1 kilogram of various halal meats, due to the high Muslim population in Turkey.
  • A 500 gram bag of sugar.
  • A 250 gram box of 80 tea bags.
  • A 500 gram block of cheese.
  • One 454 gram jar of marmalade or jam.
  • A 250 gram block of butter.
  • A 250 gram tub of margarine.
  • A box containing 250 grams worth of various sweets.
  • A 1 kilogram bag of dried egg powder.
  • 5 kilograms of assorted vegetables.
  • 1 800 gram loaf of bread.
These ration packs contained food that was deemed to be sufficient to last a single person a week. Unfortunately, there was too little time to establish alternative boxes for vegans, vegetarians and other individuals with special dietary needs. As such, it would be necessary for those individuals to try and trade their unwanted ration elements with their neighbours. In addition, each household was given a free metal dustbin incinerator, and 7 50 kilogram bags of coal. The intention was to provide every home with a balanced diet every week, along with a weekly coal ration of 350 kilograms. With food and heat taken care of, the only concern was whether the water pipes would continue to function. If not, then plans were in place to literally harness the power of the sea itself. The port of Mersin, in the south of the country, was preparing for the possibility of frozen water pipes by pumping sea water into hastily constructed vats. These were then heated up to boil the water, removing the high salt content within. The water vapour was then condensed and bottled in sterilised containers. In the event that the pipes did freeze, free bottled water would be given as a part of the ration packs.
 

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The Irish Defense Forces would work with civilian electricians trying to keep the grid in urban areas up and running. The roads were empty of usual commuters which allow basic services to cover a fairly long distance without having to worry about a logistical nightmare.

The Government would implement a rationing program in which individuals would receive

- 1 kilogram of beef
- 1 kilogram of fish
  • A 500 gram bag of sugar.
  • A 250 gram box of 80 tea bags.
  • A 500 gram block of cheese.
  • One 454 gram jar of marmalade or jam.
  • A 250 gram block of butter.
  • A 250 gram tub of margarine.
  • A box containing 250 grams worth of various sweets.
  • A 1 kilogram bag of dried egg powder.
  • 5 kilograms of assorted vegetables.
  • 1 800 gram loaf of bread.
 

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Eventually, as life began to return to a semblance of normalcy, snowplows were placed on busy roadways, including the Autobahn and many airports, to start not only re-salting, but sanding roads for better traction as they were plowed. At the airport in Munich, snowplows were deployed there first to give the many asylum seekers relief as they plowed snow off the runways and spread sand on the ice. Hopefully enough sand would be able to give the C-130 flying above from the US enough traction to land, and with that in mind, the control tower gave a cautionary clearing for landing.

Due to the cold weather, however, children were still not allowed to return to school-buildings, and had to deal primarily with online homeschooling sessions, much to the dismay of the children. Furthermore, it was not only advised, but warned by the Federal Minister for Health, Food & Agriculture, and the Environment, Gabriela Möller, that it was unsafe to go outside for even adults. Children and the elderly would be instructed to remain indoors at all times, and adults were instructed to, if they needed to go outside, to return inside every 5-10 minutes to ensure a lack of frostbite risk.

In many cities, people took the government's warnings to heart. However, there were those who were not so grateful, and, instead of taking the Federal Government's warnings, given the Kaiser's and Federal Government's abandonment of Berlin. In Brandenberg, disgruntled parents decided to allow their children and the like to play outside in the snow if they asked. This would lead to a number of hospitalizations that they would further blame on the government, despite the cases being otherwise. In one instance, an attempted suing of the government took place as an angry father desired compensation for severe frostbite that required the amputation of his 12 year-old daughter's foot. Of course, the Federal Government won the case, given that they were not at fault for the man allowing his daughter to play outside on a day where the temperatures dipped below -30°C.

In the following weeks, as survivors of the initial storm began to recover, engineers were sent by local city councils and Land governments to assess damages to powergrids done by the storm. In northern Germany, repairs were already underway as local governments sent engineers in heavily-insulated winter-wear to assess and repair damages done. However, for the most part, powergrids along central and southern Germany were still holding strong. However, if power went out, diesel fuel generators would need to be used. Furthermore, damages done by the strong winds and hail were already underway with being repaired and compensated for. In northern and much of central Germany, the softball-sized hail that had fallen for most of the month prior had damaged windows, cars, and telecommunications lines — which engineers also set to work on repairing to get the landlines back on track.

Eventually, the Federal Government, now displaced in Munich, took a collective sigh of relief as meteorologists continued to monitor the weather and stated that oscillation and below-freezing temperatures were beginning to slow down. When alerted to such a relief, the Volksrat and Royal Family, which had taken asylum in Turkey, had collectively sighed in relief. Though, even with such a collective sigh, they were still concerned. Rumors were already spreading in Germany about how the Kaiser betrayed his people for foreigners. Furthermore, the Volksrat continued to berate him on his decision for leaving Germany in its crisis, but so long as the people of Berlin that he'd evacuated were safe, he was fine with the berating.
 

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Once the Hail had passed through Rome, the King immediately gathered up what emergency responders, infantrymen, and carabinieri that he could in the capital, and began the long work of restoring a modicum of order to the city. Engineers were sent to make sure that power and heating were restored within major metropolitan areas, and where it couldn't be restored, AW139s from the Air Force were sent to help move people to shelters or military bases where power was restored or backup power available. The King, as well as his sister, the Duchess of Savoy, made it a point to do as much as possible to be part of the boots on the ground, helping dig people out of their homes, help first responders to get to where they need to be, and assist the Carabinieri in doing everything they could to restore order in Italy.

In response to the distress calls received by the HRMS Cavour, the aircraft carrier set out from its anchorage with the Etna replenishment vessel. An AW-139 was tasked to retrieve the crewmen of the vessels, while the Etna was deployed to use its workshop facilities and its naval personnel to repair the engines of the stranded vessels and return them to port as quickly as possible. The men being taken aboard would be given medical attention, a hot meal, and a warm bunk to sleep in while the carrier set anchor to accompany the Etna and their two wards back to port.

Meanwhile, in the northern cities, the 9th Alpini Parachutists Regiment set out in the military's 500 Iveco ACTLs to begin evacuation of Venice proper (as in the parts of the city built on wooden piles driven into the clay under the seabed, the "floating city") for fear that this severe cold snap may cause problems for the foundations of "The Floating City."
 

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Lieutenant Forest Snider, the current leading officer of the HVBSS team on board the RMS Queen Mary II would be notified to a problem by Petty officer third class Thomas Leister. The two San-Antonio classes could only fit 630 passengers each, 800 at a push if the vehicle depot was turned into emergency shelter. And the manifest for the ship listed over 3,000 souls on board. All of this information would be relayed to the naval vessels and a plan would soon be drawn up, the Lieutenant would list the new plans to the Captain of the QM2, which was to load the Lifeboats with no more than 1,400 people. The sick, the old and the young were to be given priority, once all of those were on board, it was the captain's and crew's decision who was to board the life boats. This would make a considerable dent in the amount of people on board the ship. Lowering the total to just over 1,600. Which, under the guidance of the HVBSS teams, would hopefully be allowed to dock. The captain would be asked to make way to Falmouth harbour, which is a very large port and would have enough room to fit the ship and give it manoeuvrability. (@Jamie)

It was another Petty officer who watched the two women fall into the waters. He was on board one of the RHIBs at the time, the man - only 23, had only recently passed his VBSS examinations and was nervous, however, he knew what to do. He immediately shouted that there was a Man Overboard, and pointed in the direction for the rest of the crews knowledge. The crew on the RHIB would jump into action, speeding towards the location where the two woman had fell into the water. Obviously they would be struggling, Chief Petty Officer Donald, who was in charge of the RHIB and the boats strongest swimmer, would jump into the water next to the woman. He would begin aiding the woman by pushing them onto the RHIB whilst the others drag them up. As the two woman and the CPO were back on the boat, all three would be wrapped in space blankets as the RHIB speeds back to the USS San Diego.

The C-130, which had circled Munich for a little while, whilst the crews on the ground cleared the runway. Would come into land, they would land at the slowest speed possible before stalling in order to prevent skidding and overshooting the runway, once they were on the runway, they would taxi off straight to a refuelling bay (@NagandEmerald) In order not to waste any time. The C-130s that had flew to Scotland and the Netherlands would have made their way back to RAF Brize Norton, again refuelling straight away in order to be redeployed at a moments notice if need be.

The fleet that was listed earlier would now be completely ready to go, and they would do so. Leaving their port in the US and heading directly to the English Channel. Taking the route FM>GM>GN>HN>IN. When the ships were to hit HN, they were to all go into Condition Zebra and all deck crew would be ordered to wear their winter clothing. And any of those leaving the decks below, even to get fresh air, were instructed to wear winter clothing. The ships would take 48 hours to arrive in the channel.
 

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The airport at Munich was bustling with frustrated and fearful people, all ready to practically bludgeon the security detail there and board the plane. As soon as the C-130 was ready, Control would allow the boarding process to begin: children and the elderly first, followed by the women.

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"Admiral Blix, this is Naval Base Den Helder, advise you move towards port, however beware seas before attempting harbour entry. Assets prepared to take over civilians, over!" Would be the reply made by the Norwegian Navy.

Civilians in Groningen would hear the roar of engines overhead as the United States Air Force made its run over the province. Those willing to brave the cold would go an investigate the drop and upon discovering the find notify the local emergency authorities who would collect the payload and ensure it was to be distributed to the most needy in the city.

As the weather began to calm over the country, still remaining icily cold, society would begin to adapt to the climate. Efforts would be made to clear roads to allow military convoys from the Bevoorradings en Transport Commando to begin making supply runs from and to the city. The Natresbataljons Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe would be mobilised to begin going house to house in order to check on the well-being of the citizens in the most northern regions, any issues would be reported to the emergency authorities who would prioritize each case sending units where it was needed. Similar operations would be conducted by infantry battalions around the country in the areas they were stationed.

All airports, would remain closed and trains would not be running, the Port of Rotterdam would open only to vessels delivering essential supplies.
 

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The UK Governments handling of the situation, whilst praised by some, raised major concern to many across the countries with many letters written to MPs, petitions and demonstrations when weather permitted; identifying the UK efforts as "wasted" with key political figures for the opposition marking that: "The Bourne Administration has failed in the handing of this national emergency; we had indications of a bad winter but nothing was prepared. Rather, we got a response of what appeared to be headless chickens mustering everything they could to save their reputation. This entire response was shambles and the losses and damages could have, and should have been avoided!"; although the response and time that the emergency services had put into helping others, but also civilians who had turned out to help, showed a country that helped one another.

Any bodies located were taken by Emergency service responders and placed into body bags in an attempt to clean up before services went onto their next call out. Back to back calls to accidents and other emergencies, and those at Nottingham had to deal with the deaths they had come across. The storm passing was considered progress, and allowed the scale of the damages to be truly assessed. Electrical Companies, Gas Companies, power plants and hordes of other private and public services and businesses that were cruicial to British Infrastructure were working overtime to get the country back on it's feet as soon as possible. Engineers working consistently on power grids, which, soon saw problem in the City of London as it went down. Fortunately, with engineers there, work begun immediately with expected downtime to a few hours.

Although an evacuation was taking place on the RMS Queen Mary II, the passing storm front led to many sighs of relief across those still on board as the Captain obeyed the request by the US Navy; Falmouth Harbour. Many had been out of the 'risk zone' by been evacuated, but with many still on board, it was down to the crew to get the vessel through the rough sea to dock. The lack of storm front was a definite aid to ensure she made port safely.
 

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This is the response of Norway, NOT an official MN Event response.

Scientists with the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Ministry of Environment continued to monitor the change in weather conditions. The Minister of Environment reported to the Prime Minister and the rest of the cabinet that while temperatures were still falling across the country, it appeared that the rate at which the temperatures were falling were slowing down. He reported that they were not certain yet, but the Ministry was convinced that things wouldn't get that much worse than they currently were. If things would improve, however, was another question.

It became a national priority to de-ice Oslo's international airport. Snow plows were brought from the city, and de-icing equipment at the airport was used to clear at least one of the runways. For now, however, it wouldn't be open for public use, but for military uses. The quickest route between the airport and Oslo was also plowed, and a perimeter was made around it by the Home Guard Rapid Reaction Forces. The Royal Air Force was informed that First Choice should soon be delivering a C-5 aircraft to the airport that will have humanitarian aid inside. Efforts continued to be made to reestablish communications with the entire country. Minister Ingvar ordered that if communications were not reestablished in twelve hours, the Nordic Rangers were to be deployed to Trondheim to find the Queen.
 

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This is the response of Norway, NOT an official MN Event response.

The Norwegian fleet would dock at port after proceeding carefully and disembark the Dutch that they had rescued. The crews aboard would then close the hatches and wait until the weather calmed down. A request was sent to the Dutch to allow the Norwegian fleet to remain there until it was safe for them to return to Oslofjord. All of the Norwegian sailors were under strict orders to not go to shore and to remain ready for emergency deployment.
 
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