For The Love Of Life 1 1 4

01[23:29] <Yanmei> The time that it had taken to put together the secret room in the lower decks of the ship was a mere fraction of a fraction of the time spent thus far dallying around securing an office for Yanmei. -
01[23:38] <Yanmei> With the influx of new soldiers, space was quickly becoming valuable… and she found herself either doing her work from the little suite that she shared with Lizzie and Isaiah, or on the run between meetings. She had seen to it, at least, that Lucille had her own elegant Ayanami-decorated office, with a huge, imposing wooden desk, a couch, many file cabinets, and a small fridge. -
01[23:49] <Yanmei> It was adjacent to the room Yanmei was resting in now… the Dignitary's Lounge. She making use of the downtime between the long distance video-chat meetings she carried out in one of its side rooms, sinking back uneasily on one of its opulant red and gold couches. It was the sort of room one couldn't fully relax in. Too ballroomlike and… Silasy…
Session Time: Tue Mar 25 00:00:00 2014
[00:01] <Minaplo> [The door opened, and in entered a tall, statuesque woman. Yanmei may have changed, but Fontaine had not- she still towered over Yanmei, her hair long and straight, her expression cool. She was wearing a dark navy suit and skirt, with black stockings. She walked over to one of the couches, and settled down. "Chancellor Zhang."]
01[00:10] <Yanmei> "Vice Chancellor." She decided to play it cool as well. It's worth noting that she was wearing a custom-made military dress uniform - all navy with gold trim, and ivory-colored pants underneath. "I trust you've been having a good morning so far?"
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["So far."]
01[00:21] <Yanmei> "I'm meeting with Amatore-DeForest on the Bridge after this? About the Singularity Egg." She preened, seemingly pleased with that for some reason.
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["Indeed?"]
01[00:22] <Yanmei> "Indeed."
[00:29] <Minaplo> [The door opened, and two others came in, murmuring to each other. Tall, gaunt Mazarin, as austere-looking as ever, a few thin greys visible in his pitch-black hair. Next to him was Minerva Linden, the smallest of them all.-
[00:29] <Minaplo> [Mazarin and Linden took their seats, each of the giving a nod to Fontaine and Yanmei.]
06[00:37] * Yanmei beamed at them both fondly, returning the nods. "Welcome~ Please make yourselves comfortable."
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["How're you going, Yanmei?" Asked Minerva warmly.]
01[00:43] <Yanmei> "Perfectly well~ Of course, I'm keeping busy too. You know how it is."
[00:43] <Minaplo> ["Mmmhm."-
[00:44] <Minaplo> ["Let's begin, shall we?" Asked Fontaine, taking out a dark red folder.]
06[00:55] * Yanmei reached for her own red folder, which was resting on the couch next to her, flipping it open. "Right~ We should be discussing out next move today. Metatron has be dealt with, but that doesn't mean we should forget about our other goals."
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["Initial response to the Federation's establishment has been positive." Said Mazarin. "Britain, France, the UK, the Soviet Union, China, Australia and Indonesia have all expressed their support and come over to our side."-
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["However, I suspect a few of our new 'members' are not really in the Federation for its own sake, but rather to spite the UN."]
01[01:13] <Yanmei> "We expected something like that to happen? As long as they don't try anything crazy in the name of the Federation, I see it as a path to eventually establishing more genuine relations."
[01:20] <Minaplo> ["It matters not so long as they are willing to bear the resource burden." Said Ginevre. "We should review the readiness of our Evangelions."]
01[01:31] <Yanmei> "Repairs are still slow overall? And the Evas are mostly clustered here or in France at the moment. It's not a good situation."
[00:31] <Minaplo> ["Units 06, 09, 10, 14, 17, 19, 20 and 21 are all still damaged beyond use. 03 is being used to power this battleship, whilst we no longer have pilots for 05 and 08, unless we want to use Isaiah for those." Said Ginevre.]
01[00:40] <Yanmei> "We can do that temporarily, yes, but it would only bring our count of usable Units to 12. How many can we even have repaired with our current budget?"
[00:54] <Minaplo> ["Three."-
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["This is the first test the Federation must face." Said Mazarin. "Raising the resources we need from the member states, without exhausting them or infuriating them."]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "We will, of course. We can't afford to appear unfair to them or the rest of the world so soon after gaining their support? And… we should prioritize the repairs based on the units' projected reassignments. We can't expect a base to defend itself properly when all of its Evas are down."
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["Which brings us to the next point." Said Ginevre. "Japan has declared itself neutral in this conflict, and Germany has condemned the Federation. That means two of our bases are gone, and whilst we have reshuffled the functioning units appropriately, our branches in Germany and Japan were extremely productive in creating and repairing units, not to mention the wealth of those countries as
[01:08] <Minaplo> well."]
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "I hate to say it, but Germany is a lost cause at this point? If Japan isn't actively against us, however, there's still hope of swaying it eventually."
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[01:24] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps." Offered Mazarin.-
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["Hm." Ginevre tapped her chin. "There is another avenue we can pursue. A wealthy, powerful nation…"]
01[01:26] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[01:28] <Minaplo> ["Brazil." Said Ginevre.-
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["Oh." Minerva nodded. She turned to Yanmei. "Brazil was -and is- the only South American nation to really align itself with the UN after Impact. So it received the entirety of the South American rebuilding budget- the funds put aside for a dozen states, funnelled into one. It took in huge numbers of migrants from other American countries and from Africa over the years- especially after
[01:31] <Minaplo> Metatron's bombardment. It's grown very wealthy in a very short time…"-
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["Which brings problems of its own, of course." Said Ginevre. "But power isn't one of them. Furthermore, Brazil is also home to an unused, but fully operational NERV base- and an unfinished Evangelion."]
06[01:35] * Yanmei raised her eyebrows rather high. "If… that's true, what incentives would it have for breaking away from the UN? It seems as if it's in a pretty comfortable position."
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["They've declared themselves neutral in this conflict, yes." Said Mazarin.-
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["I don't know if we can sway them to our side," Said Minerva, "Simply through better offers. We need to give them a reason to break away from the UN. And I think I have a plan."]
01[01:55] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah?"
[02:04] <Minaplo> ["The most influential congressman in the National Congress of Brazil is Ricardo Maria Moreno Gaspar. He's an elder statesman, beloved by the government and the people. He holds huge sway, and unfortunately for us, is a strong supporter of the pro-UN agenda." Said Minerva.-
[02:06] <Minaplo> ["I believe he'll be attending a summit in Vienna soon to discuss matters with other non-aligned and pro-UN leaders, along with the leadership of the UN itself."]
01[02:10] <Yanmei> "So. You're suggesting that a representative of the Federation find and speak with him there," Yanmei guessed.
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["No. You're close." Said Minerva. "I suggest that we invite him to a clandestine meeting with us, either on this ship or at a base somewhere. There, we'll tell him that the UN is intending to invade Brazil."]
01[02:17] <Yanmei> "Wouldn't he see through us? It's not as if the UN actually is leaving around evidence of a planned invasion?"
[02:25] <Minaplo> ["That's fine." Said Minerva with a smile. "We simply have to make some evidence then."]
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01[02:26] <Yanmei> "I'm not alone in thinking that this is incredibly risky, am I?" She glanced to Mazarin and Ginevre.
[02:34] <Minaplo> ["What're you worried about?" Asked Minerva.]
01[02:43] <Yanmei> "I'm worried about this resulting in a scandal that could be used against us. If we try to trick them, and fail, what does it make us look like to the country of Brazil and to other potential members of the Federation?"
[03:12] <Minaplo> ["Leave it to me." Said Minerva. "I know exactly how to fake this information- nothing's going to go wrong."]
06[03:16] * Yanmei frowned silently for a few moments, apparently thinking. "You'll share the details before we put the plan into action, of course."
[03:21] <Minaplo> ["Of course. Actually, I'm already formulating the details. See, have you ever heard of Surein-Optodata coding?"]
06[03:26] * Yanmei shook her head.
[03:32] <Minaplo> ["It's a technology developed by LN doctors Surov and Reinder. By using a highly technical process, they can create unreplicable and unique storage devices… Like a USB stick. The data on the stick can't be modified or hacked once it's set, is highly impervious to damage, and because it's so hard to make and is only accessible to the Synfront's high command, you know it's legitimate."]
01[03:33] <Yanmei> "It's impressive tech, all right. But how are you going to use it?"
[03:37] <Minaplo> ["I still have some contacts in the Synfront, and I believe I can source an Optodata rod from one of them. Just one. Once I have it, I'll speak to certain people- Surov, James Riel, Mr. Blue, maybe a few others- in faking a recording of the UN Leaders and New World High Command discussing preparations to invade Brazil."]
01[03:43] <Yanmei> "Simple enough. I suppose if anyone could do it, it would be the person who created that type of storage unit. With Riel assisting."
[03:44] <Minaplo> ["That's what I thought. The only risk is that he realises the recording is a fake, but that's why we have the best people on this."]
01[03:53] <Yanmei> "Hmm." She mulled it over, and then nodded slowly. "We really are in trouble if we can't win Brazil over? I still have misgivings, but let's go ahead with this."
[04:04] <Minaplo> ["Excellent. I'll begin preparations immediately."]
01[04:05] <Yanmei> "Thank you, President Linden."
[23:02] <Idrilyn> ["We have a few other issues." Said Mazarin. "Regarding some of our states…"]
01[23:05] <Yanmei> "Let's go through them, then. One at a time."
[23:09] <Idrilyn> ["The Federation Council is still in an adhoc state and is being formed. However, the structure we have established is bicameral. The lower house Parliament is supposed to represent the interests of the population, and the seats are allocated according to population and geography. The Senate, however, is supposed to represent the States, and so five seats each are allocated to each member
[23:09] <Idrilyn> state regardless of population."-
[23:12] <Idrilyn> ["This is where the issues begin. The Parliament's members are drawn from -all- areas of the Federation… So we have representatives from, say, Vietnam or Thailand sitting in. The Senate, of course, represents the state authority. So as of now, we have members of the Parliament and the Senate who hail from the same state, but violently disagree."-
[23:13] <Idrilyn> [Minerva nodded. "Independence movements." She said.-
[23:14] <Idrilyn> ["The major issues fall into three broad areas." Said Mazarin. "French North Africa- Algeria and the like; Chinese Southeast Asia- Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, so on; and Eastern Europe, that is, Ukraine, the Baltics- all those states annexed into the Soviet Union."]
01[23:25] <Yanmei> "But there's no way to solve this issue without radically changing our structure or limiting who can take a seat as a representative." Yanmei frowned. "And we certainly don't want to alienate those Independant-minded populations by doing something like that?"
[23:27] <Idrilyn> ["I would defer any decisions until after victory." Said Mazarin. "Allay the independence movements with secret promises, show outward support for the states, and when victory is achieved, make your decisions then, when no one can resist you."]
01[23:42] <Yanmei> "Fair enough. We won't have the power to actually do much until then anyway - all of our resources will be spent on fighting? Eventually, our decisions will go even further than representation. I believe we'll ultimately end up helping to make the relationships between many of those states and territories more bearable for all parties."
[23:42] <Idrilyn> ["Hopefully." Said Minerva.]
01[23:43] <Yanmei> "Was there anything else about our members?"
[23:48] <Idrilyn> ["Savage has reported good progress in Australasia, since he is respected by both the Australian and Indonesian peoples." Said Ginevre. "He's managed to find and recruit some stray Guard hiding in the region. The government accepted him easily, and he's allied with an Australian war hero named John Brown in order to clean out any stray Valentine forces out of Australia and re-establish ties
[23:48] <Idrilyn> with Melbourne."]
01[23:50] <Yanmei> "Excellent." Yanmei beamed. "I had no doubt that he'd be good at this sort of work."
[23:56] <Idrilyn> ["Mm." Ginevre nodded.-
[23:56] <Idrilyn> ["Simon has begun investigations into the bomb attack on Weiss."
[23:56] <Idrilyn> ]
01[23:57] <Yanmei> "Has she turned up anything?" Yanmei tried to look impartial about it, but… there was a very intense look in her eye.
Session Time: Sat Mar 29 00:00:00 2014
[00:07] <Idrilyn> ["They've analysed the bomb. It's a specialised weapon. Plastic explosives in a sensor-repelling shell, but most notably was the detonator. It was a DNA-keyed detonator, designed to trigger only when a specific person who matched the DNA sample within the detonator came within a certain distance of the bomb. Whoever built and planted this bomb intended to target William, and had access to
[00:07] <Idrilyn> rare resources. DNA detonators are -rare-."]
01[00:09] <Yanmei> "That's good, then? There's only so many places where it could have come from and only so many people on this ship who could properly set it."
[00:13] <Idrilyn> ["Mm. She's continuing investigations."]
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "Right. We'll eagerly await the updates."
[00:17] <Idrilyn> ["We're improving security." Said Ginevre. "All the pilots are to have two guards at the door to their quarters at all times."]
01[00:21] <Yanmei> "I think that's for the best," said Yanmei slowly.
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03[00:34] * Idrilyn is now known as Minaplo
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["Have you decided your security detail yet?" Asked Minerva.]
01[00:44] <Yanmei> "I've chosen the head of it, at least. Jean-Baptiste Vimes. My secretary is also on board, although that's not her primary duty." She leaned back, folding her arms. "You know, Rei Ayanami was intent on putting them through some tests to prove their mettle. I've passed the ideas on to Simon… but maybe we should include all of the pilots' bodyguards in it."
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["We'll see what Simon says." Said Ginevre.-
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["Simon has also suggested making use of some of her more talented members, such as Lieutenant Ayanami, for your detail as well."]
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01[00:52] <Yanmei> "Ah," she said a little stiffly. "I have no objections to that."
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["I'll pass the information on. She also suggested Brigadier Savage as well."]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "I appreciate the sentiment, but we shouldn't forget that the other pilots are important too," she said smoothly. "I understand that he and de Pteres have worked together in the past. Maybe Brigadier Savage would be more comfortable as one of his bodyguards?"
[01:10] <Minaplo> [Ginevre's expression was flat.]
06[01:11] * Yanmei blinked back at her with the utmost innocence.
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["Is that all?" Asked Mazarin.]
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "For now, I believe." Yanmei rose politely, smiling. "Which means that we can conclude this meeting."
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["Excellent." Said Mazarin, getting to his feet. "If you'll overlook my haste, I'm afraid I have an appointment…"]
01[01:17] <Yanmei> "Of course. Thank you for your time. You too, Madame President."
[01:18] <Minaplo> [Minerva gave her a nod. "I'll let you know how our plan goes."]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "Thank you very much." She smiled at Minerva too, but a somewhat worried glance found its way back to Mazarin as they started away. "Vice Chancellor, may I have a word?" she managed distractedly.
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["Of course. What is it?"]
06[01:34] * Yanmei sank back onto the couch once the door closed. She exhaled tiredly. "I want to ask you about Isaiah."
[01:35] <Minaplo> ["I'm listening."]
01[01:35] <Yanmei> "Did you know about what he was? Where he really came from?"
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[02:01] <Minaplo> [She shook her head. "I didn't know he held Adam's soul. I knew there were… Discrepancies with his past, but I apologise: I was fooled. Doctor Gabriel was an LN agent, and I assumed the discrepancies were due to that."]
01[02:09] <Yanmei> "Dr. Gabriel was…? I see…" she furrowed her brow. "04 must have known something was up. There's no way he would have missed that. And Ikari… I have no idea. But they wouldn't have engineered that near-Impact event, would they? That's sheer insanity?"
[02:11] <Minaplo> ["I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that."]
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["However, it's possible that they did. If they trusted you to handle it, it wouldn't be a matter of insanity, but of faith."]
01[02:17] <Yanmei> It was as if that conclusion had never dawned on her before; she stared at her, frustration locked on her face, although its intensity was slowly leaking away as she considered it. Trust… -
01[02:23] <Yanmei> "And this Federation… the whole rebellion was Ikari's work. Am I in this leadership position solely because of their trust too?"
[02:23] <Minaplo> ["Maybe. But ultimately I think you rose to this position because it is in your nature."]
01[02:37] <Yanmei> "Maybe," she murmured, but it didn't seem to console her. Finally, she shook her head and rose out of her seat again. "Ugh. Anyway, I can't be annoyed at you about it if you were uninvolved. But, Niagara happened because I did stuff without being aware of what was really going on. That can't happen again, especially with the Federation depending on my decisions."
[02:39] <Minaplo> ["Agreed."]
01[02:44] <Yanmei> "And, while we're on the subject of manipulation, I need you to do something for me." She folded her arms casually and gave another sharp exhale. "Isaiah said he was affected by some conditioning that Mary Caine's people gave him. I don't know how true that still is, but I need you and Simon to throw me in prison the second I start acting erratic, okay?"
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["Very well."]
01[00:30] <Yanmei> "Moreover, I'm authorizing the bodyguards assigned to Isaiah and myself to carry tranquilizer guns with the appropriate dosages measured out for both of us respectively. If, you know, that isn't already a thing…"
[00:42] <Minaplo> ["I understand. Perhaps we ought to make it standard issue."]
01[00:45] <Yanmei> "Standard? But most of our other VIPs aren't in danger of that sort of influence, are they?"
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["Just in case. Consider Shinji. It is easier to subdue people non-lethally from range than it is in hand-to-hand combat."]
01[00:49] <Yanmei> "Yes… yes, you're right. It's probably less traumatic for the person being subdued as well? I'll do it."
[00:50] <Minaplo> [She nodded.-
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["How are you finding the dual plug configuration?"]
01[00:51] <Yanmei> "It takes some getting used to? There are a lot of distractions that come with it."
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["Feedback?"]
01[00:53] <Yanmei> "Yes. Coupled with a stronger Libido Effect, it can all be a little overwhelming. And then there's the feedback from the Eva itself to consider…"
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["The Dual Plug configuration artifically amplifies the Libido Effect as well, and the effects can last for a few hours after the fact. It might be wise to implement certain contingencies."]
01[00:55] <Yanmei> "Like what?"
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["If one of you are injured, then it ought to be practice to have you both admitted to hospital in case of sympathetic injuries. If one of you are subjected to mental effects, then the other ought to be observed for any abnormalities. Even if you are completely fine, caution is advised, in case of interpersonal accidents."]
01[01:02] <Yanmei> "O-oh. Well, yes, I suppose that makes sense."
[01:06] <Minaplo> ["Beyond that, I leave it in your hands on how to handle the effects. The Bellamies preferred to spend a few hours alone after every test, whilst the Simonides twins are the exact opposite and insist on being in public until the effects bleed away. Either way, you may find interacting with others to be awkward- I believe the Twins mostly enjoy the effect of disturbing people by speaking in
[01:06] <Minaplo> unison…"]
01[01:09] <Yanmei> "Yeah, I've noticed that," Yanmei muttered, almost ruefully. "That explains a lot about the twins. Anyway, it's probably better to stick to the Bellamy route to avoid unnecessary awkwardness."
[01:15] <Minaplo> ["As you say."]
01[01:22] <Yanmei> "Um…" she cleared her throat. "I wanted to bring up something mostly unrelated to that too."
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["What is it?"]
01[01:26] <Yanmei> "Ephraim Siskin von Brandt. Do you know much about him?"
[01:31] <Minaplo> [She nodded.]
01[01:32] <Yanmei> "He's been alluding to having additional information about Caine's plans. How likely do you think it is that he's just plain lying?"
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["Unlikely."]
01[01:35] <Yanmei> "So this is something we'd want to coax out of him…"
[01:37] <Minaplo> [She nodded.]
06[01:38] * Yanmei sighed. "All right. That's pretty much it, then."
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["Very well."]
01[01:40] <Yanmei> "Thank you for your time," Yanmei added. "If you have any other questions for me…"
[01:42] <Minaplo> [She shook her head. "I'll work on executing your orders."]
01[01:44] <Yanmei> "Thank you."
[01:50] <Minaplo> [She nodded, then walked out.]
01[01:50] <Yanmei> And Yanmei plopped down on the couch with a sigh. -
01[01:51] <Yanmei> After a few minutes had passed, she pulled out a cell phone and dialed a number, tiredly rubbing her forehead. -
01[01:53] <Yanmei> "Hello? Miss Lucille? Is there any way you can find out if President Mazarin is or is not meeting with Director Zhang for, like… a candlelight lunch right now? Or a romantic stroll around the deck of the ship? Ah, discreetly, of course. Thanks~"

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