Mazarin S Aftermath

[13:26] <Yanmei> Step, crutch, hop. Step, crutch, hop… -
[13:36] * Yanmei was making her way slowly down the corridors of the Dorian Lachapelle. Fortunately for her, the officer quarters were all in the same relative area and it wasn't long before she was standing before the door of one of the larger and more lavish rooms, just a few doors down from where Marianne and President Linden lived. -
[13:40] <Yanmei> She straightened her dress with one hand. It was a simple red and white striped affair with long sleeves to hide any unsightly leftover bruises. Her hair, as usual, was done up in pigtails. Finally, satisfied with how she looked, she rang the buzzer.
[13:42] <Minaplo> [The door opened.-
[13:44] <Minaplo> [Mazarin hadn't really had time to decorate the room, not that it needed it, of course. This room was dominated by a wall-wide fresco of an endless army of Thruster Solaces marching in unison.-
[13:46] <Minaplo> [Standing in the doorway, however, was Julie, wearing a white dress and blue button-up sweater. She had bandages along her arms, and looked a little tired.-
[13:46] <Minaplo> ["Oh, Yanmei…"]
[13:49] <Yanmei> "Julie! …you're here too?"
[13:49] <Minaplo> ["Yeah…" She gave Yanmei a little smile.]
[13:50] <Yanmei> "How are you feeling?"
[13:50] <Minaplo> ["Um. Alright, I s'pose. Uh, why don't you come in?"]
[13:54] <Yanmei> "Certainly~" She did just that, albeit with far less flourish than she was used to.
#1[14:03] <Minaplo> [Mazarin and Henriette were inside, of course. Mazarin was nursing what looked like a broken arm- it had been put into a limb mitten, then slung around his neck. Henriette was fine, physically, but it was clear that she'd been viciously shaken by the events. As Yanmei entered, she wordlessly ran over and threw her arms around Yanmei, her head thudding into Yanmei's chest.]
[14:11] <Yanmei> With a little more force it might have toppled her off balance! Yanmei steadied herself, though, and put arm around her shoulder. "Easy there. How're you holding up? I trust you've been looking after your dad?"
[14:19] <Minaplo> [Henriette didn't answer. Instead, she raised her right hand and thumped Yanmei in the shoulder, hard. It hurt!-
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["She's been worried about you." Said Mazarin gently.-
[14:20] <Minaplo> ["You im-imbecile…" Coughed Henriette, and now Yanmei would see and feel Henriette sobbing quietly.]#
[14:30] * Yanmei had hissed in pain at the punch, drawing back slightly. "Who's an imbacile? It's not like I came even close to getting killed?" She firmly mussed her hair. "So stop worrying so much."
[14:32] <Minaplo> ["Let her sit down, Henriette." Said Mazarin, a little chidingly.-
[14:32] <Minaplo> [Henriette reluctantly- almost rebellious in her pose- pulled away, her eyes blearly and red as she latched onto Yanmei's arm.]
[14:35] <Yanmei> With a little difficulty, Yanmei found a place for both of them to sit, on an elegent settee at the foot of the bed. She made no effort to shake her off. "Mr. President." She eyed his arm worriedly. "I see that Solomon Prime got to you too."
[14:36] <Minaplo> [Henriette clutched her around the middle, hard.-
[14:36] <Minaplo> ["It was my fault." Began Julie. "I-"-
[14:38] <Minaplo> ["Don't be ridiculous, Miss Ayanami." Said Mazarin dismissively. "It was my own fault, Yanmei. The- Prime? Did warn me to stay put. I tried to grab him and he grabbed my arm and broke it like it was nothing. He wasn't even looking at me when I did it. Lesson learned." He added dryly.]
[14:42] * Yanmei winced. "I'm sorry. If I'd distracted him a little longer, you guys might have gotten away entirely?"
[14:43] <Minaplo> ["Don't apologise." Said Julie, sinking down into her own chair. "It was a silly idea. They were waiting for us at the bunker, so I don't know if you could've."]#
[14:49] <Yanmei> "It wasn't that silly," she grumbled. "More like frustrating? How many were there to ambush you?"
[14:53] <Minaplo> ["Two and the Prime."]
[14:56] <Yanmei> "That teleportation again," she muttered. "-Ugh-."
[15:02] <Minaplo> ["Things really went to hell." Sighed Julie. "Sorry, Yanmei. I didn't really do the best job."]
[15:06] <Yanmei> "No. It would have been chaos between those invisible cloaks and the Solomon? You guys all tried your best, I'm positive."
[15:08] <Minaplo> ["Miss Lucille isn't taking it well, I don't think." Said Mazarin quietly.]
[15:13] <Yanmei> "No. I don't imagine she would." Her gaze lowered slightly. Guiltily? "She was his bodyguard for many years, and from what I understand, we can't even go after them. Unless…"
[15:15] <Minaplo> ["Unless?"]
[15:18] <Yanmei> "The Spectre might know some places we could check? But they're probably all heavily fortified and difficult to get to. Moreover, time… isn't… exactly on our side."
[15:21] <Minaplo> ["The Spectre?" Asked Julie. "I dunno if I've been briefed on that."]
[15:31] <Yanmei> "She's a being that's kind of like the Prime we saw? Right now, she's in NERV's custody for various reasons. The last time I checked, she was in the Geofront…"
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["Risky. If we get attacked in the Geofront, we can't get out." Said Julie.-
[15:40] <Minaplo> ["The Spectre. That was the one that had been preying on the criminal element of the city." Murmured Mazarin. "Interesting. She's a 'Prime' as well?"]
[15:43] <Yanmei> "Supposedly? There are others. The one in the Palais said there were five in all."
[15:45] <Minaplo> ["Five." Said Julie flatly. "Shit."-
[15:45] <Minaplo> [Henriette gave her a look.-
[15:45] <Minaplo> ["… Sorry." Julie coughed coquettishly. "But next time, we might want to bring heavy guns. More of my sisters… An Iron Guard…"]
[15:49] <Yanmei> "But we don't know when we'll run into them again."
[15:55] <Minaplo> ["I'd say we should take precautions the moment we leave the battleship." Said Julie firmly.]
[13:40] <Yanmei> "A good idea?" Yanmei nodded firmly. "By the way, Mr. President~ Do you think you can convince Colonel Amatore-DeForest to let us personally lead a group of investigators to the Geofront's prisons?"
[13:45] <Minaplo> ["I'm not sure I can. Or that I should." He admitted.]
[13:52] <Yanmei> "We'll probably have to be persistant?" she murmured thoughtfully. "And, also, all healed up."
[13:55] <Minaplo> ["Then it'll have to wait until after we deal with Michael." Said Julie.]
[13:59] * Yanmei hesitated. "I doubt we'll have the opportunity after that battle. Caine is probably going to try something funny right around then."
[14:01] <Minaplo> ["Then what do we do?"]
[14:08] <Yanmei> "Hmm. Let me think about that. We should still have a few people inside the Geofront for now? Maybe they could help us."
[14:09] <Minaplo> ["How?"]
[14:10] <Yanmei> "Interrogation by proxy? Or kidnapping?"
[14:13] <Minaplo> ["… If the Spectre is anything like the Prime we fought, they'd have to be demigods." She muttered.]
[14:20] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei cleared her throat. "What would you guys suggest?"
[14:29] <Minaplo> [Mazarin and Julie glanced at each other.-
[14:29] <Minaplo> ["We might not be able to do anything." Said Mazarin.]
[14:33] <Yanmei> "That's not terribly comforting," Yanmei muttered, folding her arms.
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["We don't know where he is, and our only lead is in a very dangerous spot. And you have no guarantee that this Spectre will feel like helping you, do you?" He asked matter-of-factly.]
[14:39] <Yanmei> "Well, not exactly…"
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["Then the safest option right now is to do nothing."]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei looked down, briefly.
[14:50] <Minaplo> ["This could be a trap, after all." Said Julie.]
[14:57] <Yanmei> "It's… possible." She said grudgingly. "There is something that's bothering me?"
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["What's that?"]
[14:59] <Yanmei> "The Prime said that he was after de Orleans' life? So why would he abduct him when he could have just as easily… well, you know."
[15:01] <Minaplo> ["The Art of War says it is better to take something from the enemy than it is to destroy that thing." Said Julie. "If I had to make a guess, they would interrogate him for information first, or…" She tapped her forehead. "You know."]
[15:02] * Yanmei looked dubious. "Sounds messy."
[15:08] <Minaplo> [There was a knock at the door.]
[15:09] * Yanmei didn't exactly start at that, but she did shift a little in her chair, glancing toward it suspiciously.
[15:15] <Minaplo> ["I'll get the door." Said Julie.-
[15:25] <Minaplo> [She walked over, tapping the console- the door slid open, revealing Alexandrina. "Lieutenant." She said, curtseying. She entered, repeating the action several times. "President Mazarin, Captain Zhang."-
[15:25] <Minaplo> ["Hi, Alexy." Said Henriette, still clinging to Yanmei's side.-
[15:25] <Minaplo> ["Hello, Henriette." Alexandrina smiled a little, finding herself a seat.-
[15:25] <Minaplo> [… But there was another guest.-
[15:26] <Minaplo> [A pair of blank eye sockets stared at Yanmei out of a bone-white pointed face.-
[15:26] <Minaplo> [The Mini-Annihilator waddled into the room. And now Yanmei could see just how cruel Alexandrina had been.-
[15:29] <Minaplo> [The Annihilator wore a multi-layered gown of fine royal blue chiffon, each embroidered with little golden lions along the edges. Tridactyl white silk gloves had been pulled over its hands, and it wore what looked like a maid's headdress, tied awkwardly around its head and body. A long white-blonde wig had been put around its head, the long hair ending in ringlets. In its left hand it clumsily clutched a parasol, and in its right it held to its body a small stuffed lion cub toy.]
[15:31] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei couldn't help but stare. Diplomatically, she hid behind a cough and a closed fist raised to her mouth. -
[15:33] <Yanmei> "Hello Pilot Wales. A-Annie. You two look well?"
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["Thank you. And you look fine yourself, considering the circumstances."-
[15:40] <Minaplo> [Annie waddled across the room, grabbing the front of a chair and trying to pull itself up. It was failing, mostly succeeding at pulling up halfway then sliding down onto its bulky torso, before getting up and trying again.-
[15:40] <Minaplo> [Julie watched the creature with mingled pity and caution, whilst Mazarin simply watched it with nothing more discernible than curiosity.-
[15:40] <Minaplo> ["It's wearing a dress." Said Henriette quietly.-
[15:41] <Minaplo> ["No one said it wasn't a female Spawn." Said Alexandrina, her tone and poise dignified. "And I never was fond of that dress myself."]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "Ah. Miss Chiisana's doing, then?"
[15:50] <Minaplo> ["No. It was an old dress of mine." Said Alexandrina. "She offered some help with the general idea, however."]
[15:56] <Yanmei> "It's a cute dress? But it might be a little hard to walk and move around in."
[15:58] <Minaplo> ["Oh, it is."]
[15:59] <Yanmei> "Then why…?"
[16:05] <Minaplo> ["The sooner Anita-Margaret learns to walk in those types of dresses, the sooner we can move on to more appropriate clothing." Said Alexandrina levelly, staring at Yanmei straight on.-
[16:05] <Minaplo> [The Annihilator- Anita-Margaret? Slipped again, and Yanmei would notice the white stockings the creature was wearing as it tripped again.-
[16:06] <Minaplo> [Julie sighed, walked over, grabbed Anita-Margaret by the shoulders and bodily hoisted it up onto the seat, where it turned around and settled in, placing the parasol on the left arm of the chair and positioning the lion cub doll on her lap with an absurd level of focus and attention.]
[16:17] <Yanmei> "It's only been a short time, and you've already turned into a parent with really high standards?" She didn't flinch away from the stare. "Just be careful."
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["Of course."]
[16:25] <Yanmei> "Anyway~ What brings the two of you this way?"
[16:32] <Minaplo> ["I heard about the events of the night."]
[16:38] <Yanmei> "Not surprising. News travels quickly on this ship?" Yanmei sighed. "We're grateful for your concern." she glanced over in Mazarin's direction.
[16:42] <Minaplo> [Mazarin glanced back.-
[16:46] <Minaplo> ["Will you be able of fighting when Michael arrives?" Asked Alexandrina.]
01[09:33] <Yanmei> "It shouldn't be a problem? I'm supposed to be all healed up by then. Any new developments?"
[09:37] <Minaplo> ["We're being denied any new unit reinforcements." Said Julie, flopping into a chair. "Colonel Amatore was hoping for the units from the Soviet, Chinese and Japanese branches as well as the Kenyan units, but we're being told to make do."]
06[09:43] * Yanmei sighed. "I'm not that shocked, but it's still unpleasant. How are repairs going in general?"
[09:44] <Minaplo> ["Not as well as we'd like." Said Julie. "We have a lot of units on board, but a lot of them aren't going to see combat. NERV's spent months building up a financial reserve for repairs…"-
[09:45] <Minaplo> ["How large is it again?" Asked Mazarin. "The last I checked I believe it was near 1.2 trillion francs."-
[09:46] <Minaplo> ["Was is the keyword." Said Julie with a sigh. "In the last two weeks it's gone from 1.2 trillion to about 15 billion. Without the industries in the US, we're going to be bankrupt in about two weeks… Assuming we last that long."]
01[09:51] <Yanmei> "Complete disaster? We still have another Angel to fight after this."
[10:02] <Minaplo> ["Lieutenant Ayanami," Started Mazarin suddenly. "Would you be so kind as to take Henriette to the dining court? She is almost certainly famished."-
[10:05] <Minaplo> [Henriette turned around to glare at her father, who gave her a very steely, stern look. She paused, then slowly withdrew from Yanmei's side, walking over to Julie to allow herself to be escorted. She refused Julie's offered hand with a haughty toss of the head, and within a few moments both were gone.-
[10:06] <Minaplo> ["Now we can talk a little more candidly." Said Mazarin, glancing at the remaining people- Yanmei and Alexandrina.]
06[10:10] * Yanmei gazed back at him neutrally, trying to figure out how much he knew and how much he -should- know. -
01[10:10] <Yanmei> "About our sudden financial disaster, you mean?"
[10:12] <Minaplo> ["On a larger scale than mere finances." He said quietly. "You said we have another Angel to fight after this. And after that Angel…?"]
01[10:18] <Yanmei> "We believe certain people within the UN - the HIC in particular - will become openly hostile to us. Even ignoring mess at the Synfront or the fact that the Solomon Prime that attacked us was her creation, Mary Caine has been amassing an overwhelming army lately. Can you guess what she will try to use it for?"
[10:19] <Minaplo> ["Destroying NERV?"]
01[10:24] <Yanmei> "More or less? She does seem especially interested in obtaining certain units and their pilots for her own purposes, but she'll probably try to dispose of everything other than those."
[10:27] <Minaplo> ["And you're not sure if NERV can win that fight."]
01[10:28] <Yanmei> "It would be difficult under the best of circumstances? And now that we're broke…"
[10:30] <Minaplo> ["Then I suppose I should throw my hat into Caine's ring…"]
06[10:31] * Yanmei look up, startled. "Are you serious?"
[10:35] <Minaplo> ["I might be." He said, neutrally, folding his hands together. "I have no great love of NERV. So far you have framed this potential conflict as simply NERV versus Mary Caine's New World Army. Why does this involve France?"]
01[10:41] <Yanmei> "So you would cheerfully join sides with the person who just stormed your Palais and wiped out your security staff? That's a curious decision, Mr. President."
[10:45] <Minaplo> ["That involved France's president, not France itself. Why would France be better off siding with NERV over Caine? Why should France intervene at all?"]
06[11:01] * Yanmei studied him for a moment, but she couldn't make out anything unusual in his expression. -
01[11:14] <Yanmei> "On the contrary, I would argue that the abduction of one of France's UN representatives and the endangering the President would be grounds for not siding with the New World Order. Those actions alone demonstrate that Caine has zero respect for your nation's autonomy or the authority of the UN itself? -
01[11:28] <Yanmei> "This sets a dangerous precedent, as it undermines the concept of a united global governing force. At best, Caine's actions could be interpreted as an act of aggression on the behalf of the nation that she is representing. If Germany is, in fact, not complicit with these actions, and ignorant of the massive army that Caine is building for her own mysterious reasons, one could probably call her under suspicion for treading the same path that Azariah Caine took during the last war."
[11:30] <Minaplo> ["And of course, if the UN is complicit in her plans, as it might very well be, then we would be treading that path instead."]
01[11:31] <Yanmei> "Is it? Do we know that for sure?"
[11:32] <Minaplo> ["There's more evidence to suggest that the UN is controlled by Mary Caine than there is to suggest that the strange figures who attacked us in the Palais were doing so on her orders." Observed Mazarin.]
01[11:47] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei's brow furrowed. For a second, she was quiet, glancing briefly over at the quiet Princess and mini-Annihilator before returning her gaze to Mazarin. "There is something else."
[11:48] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina's hands were folded daintily on top of one another. She was as pretty as a picture in her dignified, elegant dress and her long, perfectly straight hair.-
[11:49] <Minaplo> [She didn't look at all menacing or aggressive or dangerous at all…-
[11:49] <Minaplo> [But Mazarin, tall, gaunt Mazarin, was still leaning back in his chair, back straight, hands folded together, resembling an imperious bird of prey more than anything. "Oh?"]
01[11:53] <Yanmei> "You have at least one informant in our ranks. Have they given you any information on a concept called 'Instrumentality'?"
[11:53] <Minaplo> ["Maybe."]
01[11:57] <Yanmei> "What about a 'Gestalt Consciousness'? The tests that were conducted in Eden Base years ago…"
[11:58] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps."]
06[12:02] * Yanmei gave him a stern look. "How long have you known about these things, Mr. President?"
[12:05] <Minaplo> [He gave her the smallest of nods. "Much longer than I would have if I had to put my trust in NERV officers to share their secrets." He said wryly. "There's playing close to your chest, but then there's not playing your best hand; one is wisdom, the other waste."]
01[12:07] <Yanmei> "I'll remember that," she said. Her voice was dry, but of course, incomparable to Mazarin's own usual dryness. -
01[12:10] <Yanmei> "But yes. Caine is planning on instituting the same concept globally. It would turn the good citizens of France into a single entity - a giant pool of LCL. Also the rest of the world's population."
[12:11] <Minaplo> ["Now why didn't you say this at the start? You would've had me at 'Giant pool of LCL'."]
01[12:12] <Yanmei> "Because it sounds insane? And because I couldn't gauge how much you already knew. Your poker face is a little too good, Mr. President."
[12:12] <Minaplo> ["To your perception, I was already siding with Caine. What's the worst that could happen by telling me a seemingly insane thing if I'm already moving towards them?"]
01[12:17] <Yanmei> "Point taken, I suppose." She eyed Alexandrina dubiously. "Were you in on this too?"
[12:18] <Minaplo> ["I wasn't 'in on' this test, no." Said Alexandrina primly. "But recognising it as such was a simple matter, and I felt it prudent to let President Mazarin finish."]
01[12:25] <Yanmei> "… I see," said Yanmei. "That was very courteous of you?"
[12:25] <Minaplo> [She inclined her head.-
[12:27] <Minaplo> ["That said," Continued Mazarin, "France is powerful. Her power in relation to the other nations of the world is the greatest it has been in centuries."-
[12:28] <Minaplo> ["During my terms, I've seen the economy boom, and attract millions of migrants, and with that a massive expansion of France's industry and technology- and, of course, the military. In a straight war, the only other nation on Earth with the strength to match France is the Soviet Union; China is a distant third place."-
[12:29] <Minaplo> ["But all of that pales in comparison to even three Evangelions. France is on your side, but France alone cannot bail NERV out of its problems."]
01[12:31] <Yanmei> "What would you suggest, then?"
[12:34] <Minaplo> [Mazarin and Alexandrina shared a glance.-
[12:35] <Minaplo> ["The UN has become… Heavy-handed as of late." Said Mazarin quietly. "It is secure in its power, and it is starting to shed the pretenses it once held. It is becoming more reckless in its demands of its member states, fearing no retaliation."-
[12:38] <Minaplo> ["When you were restrained in Kenya, I threatened the UN with an unthinkable proposition- that the UN Security Council, on orders from the member nations, would seek to dissolve the HIC permanently. Let us not pretend that the HIC is anything but a front for SEELE, and all which that implies. Such an act would be tantamount to secession from the UN."-
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["Nevertheless, during that crisis I was promised support from the United States, Britain-" He glanced at Alexandrina, "China and the Soviet Union. Earlier you brought up the comparison to the Liberated Nations. Why not go all in, then, and create our own new Liberated Nations?"]
01[12:46] <Yanmei> "Not unthinkable," she said, after a long pause for thought. "It's actually a pretty good plan, providing that they're still willing to go along with it."
[12:47] <Minaplo> ["The United States and Britain are firm allies." He tilted his head to Alexnadrina. "China has close ties with NERV, and Liu Lin is still wildly popular in that country, I hear. And the Soviet Union… I told them that if they supported me, they could have the Leningrad Evangelions."-
[12:48] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina, who had been looking over at Anita-Margaret, whipped her head around so quickly that she nearly gave herself whiplash. "You did what?"-
[12:48] <Minaplo> ["They drove a hard bargain, yes…"]
01[12:50] <Yanmei> "Problematic," Yanmei muttered. "There's nothing else they'll take in exchange for their help? Like, absolutely nothing else?"
[12:51] <Minaplo> ["Three other Evangelions." He offered dryly.]
06[13:00] * Yanmei sighed. "And if the Evas suddenly vanished after the war… how would they react then?"
[13:01] <Minaplo> ["Well by then it wouldn't matter, would it?"]
01[13:04] <Yanmei> "Well, no. Aside from the international complications it would cause?"
[13:05] <Minaplo> ["The Soviet Union is far easier to handle than Mary Caine's New World Army."]
01[13:05] <Yanmei> "Another fair point."
[13:06] <Minaplo> ["During the LN War," Began Alexandrina, "The European nations and China formed the backbone of the UN's strength in industry and might." She paused, gathering her thoughts.-
[13:07] <Minaplo> ["A 'new LN' made of these would be a formidable bloc."-
[13:07] <Minaplo> ["And they would no doubt attract other states as well." Said Mazarin. "I hear word that the UN are still having trouble properly pacifying Indonesia, Australia and South America…"]
01[23:42] <Yanmei> "Hm. They might not be able to contribute much? But we'll need all the support we can get, monetary and otherwise."
[23:45] <Minaplo> [Mazarin nodded.-
[23:45] <Minaplo> ["The major problem is still Kenya and the Synfront." Said Alexandrina quietly.]
01[23:48] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei frowned somberly. "We won't be able to drum up much support in that part of Africa. And attacking it, unless you're an Angel apparently, is suicide?"
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["That isn't a favourable prospect for us." Said Mazarin. "The longer she holds it, the harder it becomes for us to defeat her…"]
03[23:51] * Raphael (~ua.moc.odod.lsd.citats.122-511-841-221|oaT#ua.moc.odod.lsd.citats.122-511-841-221|oaT) has joined #nervfrance
01[23:57] <Yanmei> "Surprise invasion? Maybe we could convince people on the inside to let our troops in. There are still the twins and the Ayanamis posted there. And Isabelle Bellamy…"
Session Time: Fri Oct 25 00:00:00 2013
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["This is a topic for the Operations Directors, not politicians." Said Alexandrina coolly.]
06[00:19] * Yanmei tsked at her. "Being without the appropriate paramilitary title doesn't mean that we're incapable of planning a war or two."
[00:20] <Minaplo> ["Ensuring that tasks are left to the people most suited to handle them is one of the responsibilites of leadership. We have other matters to discuss." She retorted.]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyebrow twitched. Still, she let the perceived slight pass, sparing only the most fleeting glance in Mazarin's direction.
[00:39] <Minaplo> [Mazarin's mouth twitched into a smile for a moment before he spoke. "The Princess is right, Yanmei. You might have some strategic experience, but the Princess and I do not, and it is important for leaders to know when to step aside and allow the military to handle warfare. That said, there are other matters we ought to address- like the leadership of this new 'LN'."]
01[00:45] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyebrows rose slightly in surprise now. Whatever she'd been thinking, she was content to let it drop for now. "…oh. Um. All right. Like a Commander in Chief? Who are you thinking would be suitable for that?"
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["Let's hear your thoughts first."]
01[00:57] <Yanmei> "We could always go the route of the UN and create a council or high committee that fairly represents the interests of the nations involved in the rebellion. Presumably, that group would appoint a competent Commander. Unfortunately… we might be short on time. Is it too much to expect a group to make a quick decision on that without internal bickering and lots of red tape? Moreover, do we even have time to appoint the representatives themselves?"
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["Probably not. The most decisive result would be a single leader, who would entreat with representatives, instead of a governing council."]
01[01:03] <Yanmei> Yanmei chewed her lip thoughtfully. "Whoever it is would have to be experienced in military leadership and fairly knowledgable about metaphysical biology? I can think of plenty of people who would fall on one side of that or the other, but not both."
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["Why metaphysical biology?" Asked Alexandrina.]
01[01:07] <Yanmei> "We are fighting this war with Evangelions. We are waging it against beings that were constructed using similar means and other Angelic constructs. Whoever is in charge needs to understand what both sides are capable of in order to make informed decisions?"
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["I disagree somewhat." Said Mazarin.]
01[01:09] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps it is bias, but you seem to expect this leader, whoever they are, to organise and lead the actual conflict."]
06[01:12] * Yanmei gave him a puzzled look. "And who are you thinking of, precisely?"
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["The criteria I'm searching for requires a person who -leads-. Military experience and metaphysical biology understanding is helpful, but not required. Someone who is able to appeal to the common fellow in the street, someone they can love and admire. At the same time this person has to engender trust in their advisors and cabinet, whilst being capable of entreating with politicians and
[01:45] <Minaplo> representatives."]
01[01:48] <Yanmei> "Interesting…" Yanmei preened. "There are a few people on this ship laone who might fit that criteria."
01[01:48] <Yanmei> ^alone
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
01[01:57] <Yanmei> "W-Well, what you're basically describing is a high class, very charasmatic politician?"
[01:58] <Minaplo> ["Charismatic, yes."]
06[01:59] * Yanmei beamed at him. "Well? Who would you pick for such a role?"
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["I think you could be a worthy fit for the position, yes." He said slowly.]
01[02:05] <Yanmei> "Really?" She beamed even more brightly now. "Well… I graceously accept~"
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["I don't envy you at all." Said Mazarin. "This is not going to be an easy situation for you. You will grow to hate me for suggesting it."-
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["We will have to discuss this with the Operations Directors as well." Said Alexandrina.]
01[02:16] <Yanmei> "Ah…" That last part dampened her enthusiasm a little. How thrilled would the OD's be to have the figurehead for their movement on the front lines? "That's true. We're getting a little ahead of ourselves?"
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["I think they will like the concept, though." Said Mazarin. "Perhaps we should think of a name for our new organisation?"]
01[02:23] <Yanmei> "Names…" Yanmei shut her eyes thoughtfully. "The Anti-Caines?"
[02:24] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina gave her a dour look.]
06[02:25] * Yanmei cracked one eye just in time to notice that, and flushed slightly. "I was just joking, of course?"
[02:29] <Minaplo> ["Our organisation should be more than just about opposing Caine." Said Alexandrina coolly. "It should be seen as an alternative to the United Nations, but still cleaving to the intrinsic purpose for the United Nations to exist- to bring humanity together in peace and justice."]
01[02:36] <Yanmei> "Then what would you suggest, Pilot Wales?"
[02:49] <Minaplo> ["What about the Union of Free Nations?"]
01[02:52] <Yanmei> "It's not bad. It's pretty similar to the Liberated Nations, don't you think?"
[03:15] <Minaplo> ["It is, yes."-
[03:16] <Minaplo> ["We could change it if you like. Make it more inclusive, more… Grand." Offered Mazarin. "The United Human Federation."]
01[03:19] <Yanmei> "The way things have been going lately, I don't know if adding 'human' to the name will make it more inclusive? What if we just made it the United Earth Federation?"
[03:23] <Minaplo> ["Not the United Federation of Earth?" Suggested Alexandrina politely.-
[03:24] <Minaplo> [Mazarin gave her a suspicious look. "The United Earth Federation sounds fine to me."]
01[03:31] <Yanmei> "We'll have to run that by the ODs too," Yanmei suggested. "I guess they'll be the ones running the show behind the curtain?"
[21:39] <Minaplo> ["Most likely, at least until the war ends." Said Mazarin.]
06[21:42] * Yanmei nodded to herself, perhaps a little grimly. "What about the current NERV branch Directors?"
[21:44] <Minaplo> ["I'm sure we can find somewhere to put them."]
01[21:47] <Yanmei> "If they're even going to join us?" she said quietly. "Speaking of which… about Director Zhang…"
[21:49] <Minaplo> ["Go on."]
01[21:53] <Yanmei> "I wanted to personally thank you for the help you gave her during my incarceration."
[21:56] <Minaplo> ["You're quite welcome." He said with a smile.]
01[22:05] <Yanmei> "She was in a difficult position back then. But things will probably continue to be difficult if the war happens and the ODs go along with your suggestion, don't you think?"
[22:06] <Minaplo> ["Most certainly."]
06[22:08] * Yanmei was quiet for a moment or two. "Given what's happened recently with members of the HIC, do you think that my becoming a leader will put her in actual danger?"
[22:15] <Minaplo> ["I think she is already in actual danger."]
06[22:18] * Yanmei grimaced slightly. "I was afraid you'd say something like that? What should we do…?"
[22:27] <Minaplo> ["Bring her here as soon as possible."]
01[22:28] <Yanmei> "I'll speak to the Colonel about doing that immediately. It shouldn't be hard to come up with some pretense?"
[22:31] <Minaplo> [Mazarin nodded. "There's still an Ayanami in Beijing. Perhaps that is our ticket."]
01[22:37] <Yanmei> "That Nana? We were told to expect no reinforcement units from any of the branches. I'll look into other ways to bring them over, though."
[22:38] <Minaplo> ["An unofficial ticket, then."]
03[22:44] * Zack is now known as ZackAFK
01[22:44] <Yanmei> "Right." She was starting to sound a little brighter now. "In any case, thanks again."
[22:46] <Minaplo> [He nodded. "I will probably remain on this ship for the time being. Feel free to ask myself or the Princess here for advice if needed."]
01[22:48] <Yanmei> "Of course I will!" She smiled now, at Alexandrina too.
[22:49] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina gave her a small smile in return.]
01[22:55] <Yanmei> "Now, then." She struggled to her feet, grabbing her crutch. "What should we do with the rest of this afternoon?"

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