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Subject: For All Nails Nr 98 - Ambiguity Reigns Supreme

Vitavision Broadcast by the King of Scandinavia, 1800 Central European
Time, 5 July 1974. Edited Transcript:

"Citizens and associates of the Scandinavian Monarchy, I have decided to
take the unusual step of making this unscheduled broadcast in order to
tell you directly of a number of developments which affect you and our
great nation."

"The first is to do with the ongoing crisis in Russia, where, as you are
aware, the government of the area is under military pressure from an
insurgent movement. I and my Government resolutely condemn any and all
military and terrorist activities and call upon the contending parties to
hold their forces in place, observe an immediate ceasefire and send
delegates, under diplomatic protection, to a Conference which I will host
next week, at the Royal Palace in Stockholm [1]. My Cabinet has instructed
the Scandinavian Ministry of War to despatch the Ready Reserve Brigade -
the Third Jutland Air Assault Brigade, with its airmobiles and
terramobiles - to Russia, to supervise the ceasefire. The Brigade has
instructions to defend itself against any armed aggression from any
quarter whatsoever and has the full support of the Armed Forces of
Scandinavia. We call upon our friends in Germany to match our contribution
and to despatch a similarly-sized force to become co-guarantors of the
peace, in order to grant the envoys of the two contending factions
breathing space to negotiate the separation of clearly incompatible
aspirations and ideals."

"The second development is in the field of our Armed Forces. It is my
solemn duty to inform you and all the other viewers of this broadcast of
the unification of the strategic naval defence arms of Scandinavia and the
Republic of Taiwan. Henceforward, the ballistic missile submersible fleets
of Scandinavia and Taiwan are united under a single bilateral command and
an attack on either state will be construed as an attack on both. Our
traditional neutrality remains unaffected by this, of course, but the time
has clearly come for Scandinavia to take her place among the leading
Powers in the search for global peace."

"The third development concerns our friends in the Kingdom of New Granada.
We view with some approval the /rapprochement/ between the United Empire
and that Kingdom and wish the King and his people well in their mission to
spread democracy throughout the lands of South America and pledge our
support in that mission. They may rely on our help, should they need it."

"The fourth development is to announce, proudly, that Scandinavia has
tested and is deploying a land-based mobile atomic missile, the
/Ravnen/ with a range of upwards of 7,500 nautical miles. The missile and
its technical base are designed to be highly mobile and give our strategic
defence forces the capability to devastate any enemy attacking us, even
after a so-called "first strike". We shall nevermore be defenceless
against the threat of atomic aggression."

"My friends, tonight is an historic occasion. Scandinavia now takes its
place as a Power on the world stage and we are privileged to be alive to
witness this. May God bless you all and grant you peaceful
nights."

Notes:

[1] The Royal Palace in Stockholm, previously the residence of the extinct
Vasa Dynasty (no Bernadottes in FANTL, obviously) is an alternate Royal
palace - although the Scandinavian monarchy has its seat at Amalienborg in
Copenhagen, royal residences are maintained in Sweden, Norway, Finland and
the Baltic dependencies, as well as a hunting lodge at Prohra on the
island of Ruegen in Scandinavian Pomerania.