(12 February 3050)
Thereâ€™s mild irony if you dig out chunks oâ€™ the word â€œMaskirovka.â€ In a State where the high â€˜n mighty at the top demand a cultish reverence for all things Chinese, that the secret police ensurinâ€™ foreheads are kissing ground when ever a Liao walks by is named after a Russian wordâ€¦. Wonder how many Chancellors chewed their tongues bloody wishing they could go back in time and change that, um, â€œculturalâ€ misstepâ€¦bet you twenty Lyra to a C-bill olâ€™ Max didâ€¦every other night.
But gents, seriously, despite poking fun here, the Maskirovka are no laughinâ€™ matter. Read last month Sian University is all in an uproar over teacherâ€™ arrest over â€œsedition against the state.â€
I boggled. Thatâ€™s rightâ€¦I looked the word up, gentsâ€¦boggled. Not that some tweed-jacket-wearing pencil pusher was dragged out of his bed at 3AM and likely will never put eyeballs on a sun again. Noâ€¦boggled these students, especially at the Sian University, would find this sorta thing gettinâ€™ their undies all bunched up.
Par for the course, gents. Parâ€¦forâ€¦theâ€¦course. You live in a police State, you best expect that police State to come a knockingâ€¦well, any time.
And thatâ€™s doubly true if youâ€™re a merc that takes that contract. Sure, thereâ€™s time â€˜ol Capella is desperate enough to offer what feels like pretty sweet contract terms. Iâ€™ve even dealt with mercs that slip in and out of the green curtain none worse for the ware. But if thereâ€™s one place thatâ€™s got potential to be worse than dealing with pirates in the deepâ€¦itâ€™s House Liao. They may not cut themselves for lookinâ€™ atch like the snakesâ€¦but theyâ€™re still lookinâ€™ down their nose like youâ€™re a bugâ€¦and if you catch their attention, they might just send over some Russian exterminators.
You been warned.
Keep it locked and loaded, gents.
â€”Jacob Hardenson, MercNet