International Red Kross

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Foundation: 1753-date
Capital: Alexandria in Egypt
Religion: Hussite Christian

By Martin Helsdon


A Hussite international aid agency.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1753 - 1754 T212
Carthage: Appalled at the disasters both natural and man-made afflicting both Afriqa and Europe, and having long brooded over the lack of a single entity to help coordinate disaster and famine relief, Hamilcar determined that the Hussite nations must act to alleviate such future calamities. To this end, in he envisioned an organization with a charter of disaster relief: the International Red Kross. Emissaries are sent to his Hussite allies, pleading for their support.

The Bruchion District of Alexandria, Egypt: In a darkened wine shop, conveniently near the bustling docks but far away from the smell allow breath, a man in a green kaffiyeh with a concealed face checks his pistols, and gives reassuring glances to two security agents standing a short distance away. Other agents and snipers are carefully scattered throughout the shop and bazaar outside.

A short distance away, a man with an armed escort, all robed in dark colors, descends the gangway of his warship, cunningly concealed as lightly armed merchantman. He quickly makes his way to the wine shop, his own guards noting the surveillance and other security measures.

As he enters the shop, the man in the kaffiyeh stands and bows shallowly, hands extended, palms up. "So you received my invitation. We have much to discuss…"

The International Red Kross: Diplomacy Alexandria in Egypt (of), Naxos in Kyklades (oh), Warsaw in Poland (oo), Danzig (op), Bern in Switzerland (op), Naples in Campania (oe), Paris in Ilé de France (oo)
Spearheaded by the Carthaginian government, an intra-national organization was founded in Alexandria to see to disaster and famine relief throughout the Hussite world. While the North Africans provided the bulk of the initial staff and budget, the East India Company, Duchy of Poland, Knights of Tabor, Frankish Commonwealth and the Danish Empire all pitched in to help establish organizational structures in their own domains.

One of the more vocal leaders of the new organization was a young Frankishman named Henri-Jean Dunant, who had served in the Middle East against the Daemon Sultan. Horrified by the devastation he witnessed during the war he had championed the idea before the Carthaginian Parliament and other Hussite regimes.

1755 - 1756 T213
Arnor: The presence of a strong International Red Kross army (Carthaginian and Frankish in the main, with a large squadron of Albanians and some Danish ships in support – a total of 26 airships, 70 men-of-war, 48 troop transports, 12,000 men and 32 guns) quelled most of the violence for the time being. The presence of such personages as Emir Hamilcar of Carthage, Princess Margaret of the Commonwealth and Colonel Albrekt of the IRK lent gravity to the situation, though did little to reduce the overall potential for violence.

Swedish-Russia: The Russian frontier – long a desolate Ice-shrouded wilderness – slowly grew more active. Settlers, bandits, sherrifs to chase the bandits and tax the settlers, logging operations, newly built Red Kross clinics, bands of ‘gravediggers’ picking through the ruins of the abandoned cities for gold, silver and anything else they could sell, stray groups of Ice tribesmen attacking the settlements and skirmishing with the ‘gravediggers’.

International Red Kross: No sooner than the Society had been founded, than it was called into action in India. Colonel Albrekt was dispatched with a small fleet (filled with medical supplies, tents, and so forth) to Schwarzkastel in Hussite India. Upon his arrival however, he found the city in a tense state of stasis. The Iranians had clamped down with their garrison, the civilians were just waiting for a spark to ignite their hatred into open rebellion and thousands of Hussite and Buddhist troops were trying to keep the peace in the streets.

After meeting with local church and town leaders, Albrekt realized his charge to lead the ‘refugees’ out of the city to their new homes further east was only going to happen if the citizens (some of whose families had been living in Schwarzcastel for over a hundred years) were rousted out of their homes at gunpoint.

1757 - 1758 T214
Shahdom of Iran: The attempt to force the Arnori citizens out of their farmsteads, estates and homes in Edrosia was inflicted by the Iranians at bayonet-point. The presence of the Red Kross with tents, water and food did little to assuage the fury of the betrayed Hussites in the valley of the Indus.

“Traitors!” Screamed mobs of outraged Hussites, flinging bricks and offal at the Red Kross workers. “Pawns of the satanic Qing!”

International Red Kross: Diplomacy Egypt (^oh)
While Taharqa returned, disappointed, from Athens, Colonel Albrekt was in even more dire trouble in Schwarzcastel where (despite all his efforts) everything had disintegrated into unfettered violence. All the good intentions in the world could not dampen the flames of hate which burned so brightly there.

Disheartened, Albrekt withdrew the relief fleet to Bhuj.

1759 – 1760 T215
Duchy of the Isles: The blockade of the Carthaginian coast continued, however, and scooped up a Red Kross leader, Amil Hamilcar, and four merchantmen on their way to Provence. Amil was tossed into a Valetian prison cell and his ships impounded.

International Red Kross: Diplomacy Augostina in Tunisia (^oh), Krak-de-Chevailers (^oh)
The troubles in the central Mediterranean nearly engulfed Taharqa, who had set sail for Augostina in Tunisia to render aid and assistance to the embattled Carthaginians in the capital. Unlike the hapless Amil, he managed to sneak through the blockade and reach safe harbor.

1761 – 1762 T216
International Red Kross: Somewhat stunned by the seizure of a Red Kross relief fleet by the Islanders in ’59, the Society retrenched to Alexandria and Naxos, trying to restore their fiscal situation.

1763 – 1764 T217
Duchy of the Isles: The Red Kross ships held captive in Valetia were also released and their leader exchanged to Hussite hands in turn for the Jesuit vicar Grayhame.

International Red Kross: With the Norsktrad acting as intermediaries, the Society managed to recover the services of Amil Hamilcar from the clutches of the Islanders. Amil then traveled to Naples, seeking to secure sources of grain, anchovies and pasta for use in relief work.

1765 – 1766 T218
International Red Kross: The IRK spent its minimal resources in combating the spread of Orangist thought in Mansura and Tunisia, to some success.

1767 – 1768 T219
International Red Kross: Still attempting to secure a steady supply of grain for his medical students and surgeon’s staff, Taharqa brokered an arrangement with the East India Company for a steady supply of Indian corn, rice, lamb and ox-tails in aspic. In exchange, the small fleet maintained by the Kross was given over into Albanian hands.

1769-1770 T220
International Red Kross: Mindful of their duties, the Red Kross spent their time and effort of prayer and seeing to the sick and hungry in and around Egypt, which was sufficient effort without meddling in the affairs of others.

Governor-Generals of the Society

  • Taharqa the Elder 1753-date

The Players

  • Ken Ditto T212-date

Last updated 6 January 2005

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