The Cologne Conference

With the ceasefire in Germany holding, we must now move to begin negotiations with Germany's leadership.

However, it is known to us that Germany acted in this way without permission from the UN Security Council. It's entirely possible that Mary Caine will attempt to foil the negotiations using subterfuge. We must counter this, preferably without the Germans becoming aware of our attempts- if they find out and we can't prove UN attack, then it'd look like we were up to something.

Requirements

Objectives

Primary Objective
Come to an agreement with Germany.
Secondary Objectives
Prevent the agreement from being interrupted; counter any security risks.

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Difficulty

Challenging. The German negotiators are likely to be very firm in their requests. Meanwhile, any saboteurs are likely to be powerful combatants.

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Special Circumstances

Two teams. For this, there will be two teams- a negotiation team and a combat team. The negotiation team is to be handled by Cake, whilst the combat team is handled by Tao, Syntax or Suzune as they prefer.

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Personnel Allocations

Minimum Allotments
Negotiation Team: One negotiator.
Security Team: Two agents.
Maximum Allotments
Negotiation Team: Three negotiators.
Security Team: Three agents.

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Equipment

Essential Equipment
No essential equipment.
Recommended Equipment
Security Team: Operative Outfit.

Intelligence

The Germans will be bringing three negotiators to the table:

  • Chancellor Dietmar Gutermuth. The German chancellor is a proud but pragmatic man, and an effective administrator and negotiator. His highest priority is doing whatever he feels is right for Germany.
    • Gutermuth defines 'good for Germany' as anything that will safeguard German prosperity, security, rights and influence.
    • Through necessity he has had ties with Mary Caine in the past, doing certain deals with her and the UN. He has no special affection or loyalty to Caine, but was aligned with her so long as she was the winning option.
    • Intimidate tests are at a sharp penalty to him- he is very used to high pressure tactics and knows how to turn them against his adversaries.
    • He prefers pragmatic, logical arguments- appeals to emotion are unlikely to be effective.
  • Secretary-General Cecilie Sedlak. The Secretary-General of the Central Democratic Alliance, which is a military and economic alliance of Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. As its chief official and diplomat, Sedlak represents the CDA as a whole and thus represents its non-German members at the negotiating table.
    • Sedlak's primary motivation is to secure the protection of those states she represents. Their absolute highest priority is avoiding being conquered by the Soviet Union and their ongoing protection. They will also want economic support to help rebuild after the war.
    • Sedlak has had limited dealings with Mary Caine, nothing substantial.
    • Sedlak is a fierce and passionate negotiator, and attempts to intimidate her will only infuriate her. She's also highly perceptive and skilled at spotting deception.
    • Sedlak is of Czech ethnicity.
  • Councillor David Hummel. Hummel oversees the Council of European Trade, which is the CDA's economic branch.
    • Hummel's primary motivation is ensuring that the CDA members benefit economically. He wants to ensure they have full access to the Federation-centric markets, and if he can he'll push for privileged access.
    • Hummel is highly concerned on the issue of competition between the smaller CDA states and the larger Federal ones. He needs assurances that countries like Austria or Slovakia won't be priced out of the market.
    • Hummel has had a lot of dealings with Mary Caine, and it is apparent that his political ascent was heavily reliant on her support. From what we can tell, he's mobilised commercial and industrial resources for her benefit in the past, including technologies and other such documents. He doesn't seem to want this information to be too public.
    • Hummel can be easily intimidated, but he's a smooth speaker and so knows when someone's trying to charm him.
    • Hummel is German.

Outcomes

Objectives

Primary Objective Status
Come to an agreement with Germany. Success.
Secondary Objectives Status
Prevent the agreement from being interrupted; counter any security risks. Success.

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Rewards and Consequences

+200 XP.
+2 Satisfaction Marks with all CDA nations.
Increases the chance of the Fall of the United Nations event firing next turn. If it doesn't fire, the German Acquiesence event will fire instead.
Gains evidence of UN wrongdoing (mind-controlled sniper false flag)

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Personnel Allotments

Allotments
Negotiation Team: Yanmei, Mazarin, Ariadne
Security Team: Raphael, Blue, Empress

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Equipment

Equipment
Per Agent: 2x Extra Clip, 2x Flashbang, 1x Blind, 2x Narcotoxin, Digital Lockpick, Climbing Harness, Grappling Gun, Glow Lamp, Watch, Comm Bead, Gas Mask, Low Light Lenses, Rebreather, Eternity Tear
Raphael: Shadowline Armour (Urban Camo), Executioner Rifle, Pulse Pistol, Surovite Knife, Invisibility Cloak
Blue: Shadowline Armour (Urban Camo), Blueblades, Maspistols, Bluebombs*6, BluEMPs*6, Bomb Disposal Kit, Combi-tool, AT Scanner, AR HUD
Empress: Ayanami Light Armour (Urban Camo), Ayanami Sword, Ayanami Bow, Comm Interceptor, AT Scanner

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Turn Log

Turn Actor Action Result
1 Yanmei - -
- Mazarin Logic: Convince Sedlak Success (2 DoS). Sedlak convinced.
- Ariadne Assist Mazarin -
- Raphael Awareness: Search Fed side for possible sniper spots Success (2 DoS). Sniper spots identified.
- Blue Demolitions: Identify locations on bridge best for demolitions Success (4 DoS). Good demolition spots ID'd, would require Fusion/Positron torpedo (distinctive signature)
- Empress Chii Tactics: Harden French forces to infiltration and set up security points Success (7 DoS). Forces hardened. Three snipers missing from three units.
2 Yanmei - -
- Mazarin Politics: Suss out Gutermuth's deal Success (7 DoS). Gives advice on what Gutermuth wants
- Ariadne Charm: Persuade Gutermuth Success (7 DoS). Gutermuth persuaded.
- Raphael Awareness: Search German side for possible sniper spots. Success (9 DoS). Three locations identified. Raphael surmises that all three will be ready to fire very quickly
- Blue Stealth: Cross Rhine Success (7 DoS).
- Empress Chii AT Ping+Awareness: try to detect Snipers Success (6 DoS). One detected, but is soon shrouded.
3 Yanmei Charm: Persuade Hummel Success (1 DoS).
- Mazarin Commerce: See if Hummel's argument is correct Success (2 DoS). Argument is verified
- Ariadne Politics: Suss out Hummel's Criteria Success (2 DoS). Info on criteria revealed.
- Raphael BS: Hit sniper with ichor round Success (1 DoS). Sniper leaps off roof lmao goes down
- Blue WS: Hit sniper on central rooftop with grapple gun and yank backwards Success (7 DoS). Sniper smacked against ground.
- Empress Chii Jaunt to rooftop 1 -
- Peaceknight WS: Pin Sniper 3 down Success (1 DoS). Sniper is pinned down

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