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Die Krankenstadt Tageblat
Army of Zichenau on the Move Northward!
Previously Disgraced Stollenian General von Drosselmaier Recalled to Active Service
Zollamtstadt, the Grand Duchy of Stollen – 20 July, 1768-- Recent reports by Stollenian officers along the frontier indicate that the Army of the Electorate of Zichenau, under General de Latté and General von Kallweitschen, is on the move north along the post road from the small town of Zollamtstadt where it defeated a small Stollenian force under General von Drosselmaier in late December last year. Since that time, the army of Zichenau has trained diligently in the country around Zollamtstadt.
Army of Zichenau Augmented by Newly raised Battalion of Pioneers
Most recently, a battalion of pioneers has joined the army, which now consists of three units of infantry, a powerful body of horse grenadiers, and a battery of artillery. Under de Latté and von Kallweitschen, this force has been ordered by Pricess Antonia of Zichenau to penetrate into the Stollenian interior and seize the contested
Stollen’s Grand Duke Reverts to Playing the Fool
So far, there has been little sign of activity from within Stollen itself. The Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II was, for a while last winter, very engaged with the training and preparation of his army following its defeat at, and withdrawal from, Zollamtstadt. Since late June, however, he has reverted to the high jinks of last summer. Indeed, an anonymous source in the Stollenian ministry has suggested that it is really the Grand Duke’s English valet “Hives” who has run the affairs of state since the very public incident earlier this month, involving his charge, the top half of the Grand Duke’s lobster costume, three dancing girls from the local theater, 12 loaves of bread, and a pair of old boyscout shoes.
Stollenian Future on Political Stage of Apocryphal 18th Century
Meanwhile, the Army of Stollen, under the recalled General von Drosselmaier, has been positioned along the frontier between the Grand Duchy and the southern