NOTES FROM THE FOREIGN OFFICE: November 1936 to May 1937Principal Officers
THOMAS EVAN NICHOLAS, alias NICLAS Y GLAIS, Foreign Secretary
WILLIAM JOYCE, Liaison for Public Safety
PHILIP PIRATIN, CTU Representative from London East End, Parliamentary Undersecretary
DAVID KIRKWOOD, CTU Representative from Dunbartonshire, former Liaison for the Defence of the Home Isles
DR. LESLIE SOLLEY, Permanent Undersecretary
"...noted that the fractured polity in the United States was, in the words of Comrade Joyce, 'an unprecendented opportunity to expand the revolution.' The Secretary expressed a more cautious, worried sentiment..."
"...ambassador in Tokyo sent us a telegram relaying his view that the Empire's apparent epiphany is likely a complex ploy to secure its hegemony in the region, and that matters may come to a head if local authorities don't march lockstep...hearing rumours about trouble with Kolchak."
"When the news of Goering's revanchist policies reached us, Comrade Joyce promptly slammed his fist on the table and declared: 'That damnable oaf! A folly on the face of the earth!' Privately, the Secretary expressed his opinion that, in the end, it was probably none of our business..."
"Comrade Piratin: As I told you, Dr. Solley, our ambassador has a much better grasp of the situation on the ground than those of us who toil behind desks..."
*FLASH NEW BOLSHEVIKS UNDER BUHKARIN SEIZE PETROGRAD STOP SOVIETS RISE UP IN MOSCOW STOP THE GLORIOUS BIRTH OF A NEW REVOLUTION STOP...*
"...Only after several hours of discussion, as well as Comrade Piratin's timely warnings of German interference, did the Secretary consent to allow indirect assistance to be sent to the Bolsheviks. Comrade Kirkwood assured him, in private, that this was to allow the department to continue to operate without the direct interference of the Chairman's cronies, particularly Comrade Joyce."
"Comrade Joyce has returned to form by resuming his radio broadcasts encouraging the workers of America to rise up as the fascists and the federal government begin their clash. Since this permitted the Foreign Office to be without his presence for long periods, the Secretary, Comrade Kirkwood, and even Dr. Solley were able to breath more easily."
"Although the spread of socialism into Netherlands was a welcome development to most at the Foreign Office, the Secretary was, as usual for his character, particularly concerned by the possible turn in public opinion due to the death of the popular royal family. He was of sufficient cleverness at the moment, however, to dispatch an envoy post haste to the East Indies to monitor the situation."
"Comrade Joyce: I don't understand why you still cling to your foolish decentralism, Comrade Secretary, when the example of America clearly demonstrates the consequences of a weak central authority.
The Secretary: And what of Long and his men? Surely you do not favour the sort of centralism they wish to impose on the whole nation.
Comrade Joyce: Then, it would be best if people like us were among those in control"
"Chief amongst the concerns of Dr. Solley's fellows at the university was the potential impact the Middle East crisis would have upon our trade relationship with the Persians. Luckily, the Shah is a shrewd man and is wise enough to leave his nation untethered to the fortunes of the Arabs."
"The Secretary: Bloody Confederates! I tell you, Kirkwood, the only thing worse than the monarchists are the revanchist thugs who are their poor imitators. It seems the Papists want to give thme a hand up, too, the bastards..."
"The Chairman himself decided to host a small soiree on the occasion of Comrade Reed's revolution... It was said amongst many at the gathering that it was one of the few rare times when the Chairman and the Foreign Secretary shared near-total amiability, side-by-side in celebration..."
"His disdain for the Confederates allowed the Secretary to approve of assistance with a most unnerving eagerness."
"Dr. Solley: It would seem that the Royalists anticipated the collapse of authority in the United States, though some sources tell that a certain New England politician made the scheme easier to enact..."
"...Solley's national intelligence unit had made good on their promise to produce a diagram of the most prominent political actors in the three Americas. In particular, his associates had expressed worry over Fritz Kuhn's connections to the German Reich..."
"Comrade Piratin: They say the warm sun burns strange ideas into the mind."
"Comrade Kirkwood: ...They lost Moscow within weeks of the war's start. Tver is barely holding out. It would seem, gentlemen, that White Russia has many more friends than we had thought to account for."
"...of greater concern was the sudden change in the global balance of power precipitated by the Civil War. Without America to check Japan's ambitions the Empire was free to renew its imperialistic drive."
"Comrade Piratin: I tell you, my friend, the times are very strange when Germany embraces democracy."
"...encouraged to think of the situation more strategically: with Australasian in socialist hands, the imperialists were effectively checked in South East Asia..."
"Comrade Joyce had dropped by briefly to concelebrate over the news from Mexico, but Comrade Kirkwood, in a rare moment of forthrightness, warned him of the threat to world stability..."
"Comrade Joyce: And what does Alaska have? Snow and more snow."
"Comrade Kirkwood: I think it is fair to say that the people think it is worth more than a few acres of snow."
*Telgraph from the Siberian envoy: Jolly good fellows we have over here. All fired up about taking on Wrangel's boys. A mite cold, though; I think my toe's frostbitten.*
"The Secretary was adamant in his instruction that all the necessary means be found for securing the fate of Soviet Russia. Even Comrade Joyce was impressed..."
"The easiest conclusion was to presume it to be a result of Kolchak's boundless ambitions, but our agents in the Qing Empire suggest that Chinese or even German influence may have been involved."
"Chairman Mosley himself dropped by the Foreign Office the previous afternoon to ask for representation at the upcoming Congress. Comrade Kirkwood answered on behalf of the Secretary, who at the time was in a long conversation with our fellow travelers in the United States..."
"...Even Joyce began to be circumspect over Pancho Villa's sudden spasm of opportunism..."
"The Telegraph: Representatives of the Fengtien Republic were accepting into the Emperor's palace today to conclude hidden negotiations over the reunification of Manchuria to China proper. The Japanese immedietely shut down their embassies in retaliation."
"Dr. Solley: Joseph Kennedy is a man to be wary of, Comrade Secretary. He is the sort who can press you over the edge with a smile on his face."
"The Secretary was uncharacteristically livid about France's behaviour, demanding from the French ambassador that he make certain that the Commune behaves in a more careful manner. Comrade Joyce, however, would not broker this sort of action..."
"Comrade Piratin: I know of no topic liable to arouse more fervour and passion amongst my constituents than the impending victory of workers in all of America."
"The Secretary: Blair may be one of Mosley's group, but he is a good man. I must say that I'd much rather be dealing with him than with Joyce."
"..returned with word from the Congress about the discussions there. Very passionate support for Comrade Reed. 'Yes we can!' a new by-line thanks to Mr. Hemingway..."
*Message from the ambassador to Germany: ...no one would even speak to me today. There is increasing hostility to the International as events unfold. No telling what might happen if the Soviets win the war. Very tense; hope France doesn't complicate things with further provocation*
"With Brazil connected to the International, the encirclement of imperialism was coming closer to fruition."
"...peace deal would benefit the Federals over all by freeing up their western forces. Comrade Joyce was confident that they were too tired to contribute well..."
"...all the old gang invited to Chairman Snowden's funeral. Even Horner was greeted like a brother by Chairman Mosley. It was a testament to the degree to which Snowden had been able to tie together their loose coalition in the past..."
"The Secretary, in would seem, was much more amenable to anarchism than most, given by his most jovial bearing this morning..."
*FLASH FROM EMBASSY IN SPAIN STOP CARLIST SUPPORTERS MUSTERING IN NORTH STOP...*The state of the war fronts:
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