Lest we Forget
After many decades of refusing to do so I've finally given in to Issy and am writing an account of what I call the U MAMA War, one hundred and seventy years after its end. I've refused in the past because I thought it would look like an account glorifying myself since I was the main leader. I don't want that. I didn't conduct the war for me. I did it partly for revenge on those who hurt us, but mostly for love. Yes, love! Love of those still alive, I wanted them to stay that way. Not have their lives cut short by money grubbing scum. My parents' strategy of defending ourselves didn't work because loved ones still died, killed by the minions of the scum. I wanted to take the war to the enemy. I didn't want to kill these people, I wanted to destroy them, make them suffer (as we have), cause them great pain, break their very souls when I let them know who did it and why. However, I couldn't bring myself to be as them. I couldn't hurt the innocent because that wasn't in me. This restriction made the war a difficult one, and the restrictions by my parents made it a very difficult war for some years. At times the tempo changed because of events.
After the Day of Blood there was no one to stop or control me and I was able to wage the war the way I wanted to, so I stepped up the tempo. I had to because I'd changed. Few realised it, but I'd changed a lot! The change was caused by so many deaths that day. The very long list of close family was bad enough, but the deaths of the children was too much. Then finding Amarayah like that, that did it! It pushed me into the abyss. It was bad enough she and Sunny were dead. But the manner of their deaths was the final straw. The flame of hatred was so bright and strong it almost consumed me. I fell into the abyss of hatred and destruction where I was when I killed Ricardo Ruiz, but this time my mind was lucid enough to maintain a hold on reality and watch my descent. I was lucid enough to redirect my fall to the one place where I could call upon other powers and beings to help with my revenge. I travelled back to hell where I'd previously met and bested Satan himself. The place I went when I drowned rescuing people in the cyclone. In hell I met and bested Satan on his own turf. I could've replaced him as the boss of hell, but that wasn't what I wanted, it wasn't what I should be doing. In order to regain control of hell he agreed to send me back to the world of the living. He said I was too mean and tough for him, so he sent me back. Looking at what was left of my Little Ray of Light my mind returned to hell. I was ready to open its gates and let all the demons of hell loose to attack and destroy those responsible for these deaths. Satan screamed in outrage at my return, and he shivered in fright at my all-consuming burning hatred because its power was much greater than his. He trembled with the knowledge I'd returned while still alive. He tried to send me back to the world. He couldn't do it - he didn't have the power to do it; yet I felt something pulling me back. I felt a great power drawing me away from hell and back to the world. I'd found the greatest of all truths, there is a power much greater than hell and all the demons in it - love! Those who loved me were calling to me and praying for my sanity. I realised if I loosed the hell-hounds upon the world the innocents and my living loved ones would also suffer. I couldn't allow that. I returned to the world where I belonged, but I was different, I knew that hell was inside me, and a part of me now. A permanent part in a distant corner of my soul. Some say that was all in my mind because hell doesn't exist. Others say it must have happened because heaven and hell are real places. I can only say that hell seemed like a very real place to me on both my visits there. The hatred and rage still existed within me, but it was no longer in total control of me; I now controlled it.
The loving support of Meara, Issy, Vicky, Angie, Deanna, and the rest of my close aides and family were all that stopped me from being totally consumed by the forge of hatred. I wasn't consumed by the flame because their love caused it to cool me off and temper me instead. I was tempered and hardened, made ready to tear my enemies apart with my strengthened talons.
Why do I write this now? Because so much time has passed and too many have forgotten. They don't know it's important to remember. I've never forgotten, I don't want anyone to forget what happened. I want them to remember those who fell in this war. I want them to remember why they fought and died, and why we remember them. It's so we know not to let anyone do to others what had been done to our beloved dead. That's why we remember, and why we must always remember. That's why I write this!
So I remember all of my family; mother, father, grandmothers, aunts, grandfather, uncles, sisters, brothers, cousins, friends, lovers, comrades-in-arms, citizens, and the innocent children murdered so evil people could try to satisfy their greed. As Laurence Binyon wrote:
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
Lest we forget the sacrifices made by so many for what is right,
We will remember them!
U MAMA War Report
The war with U MAMA started in 1946 just after the Japanese pulled out and we informed the French we were no longer a French colony. They insisted we still were one, until we asked them how many tens of thousands of troops they were prepared to have die trying to conquer us. Now we had modern weapons and were similarly armed to them they wouldn't find us as easy to control as before. They never sent any troops, but kept up a lot of political trouble for the next sixty-five years. In the short period of calm that followed King Marshad was betrayed and killed by some army generals in the pay of U MAMA.
During the Japanese occupation a US officer hiding in the Amir Mountains found out about the Amir Diamond Mine. After the war he told his father who told his brother-in-law, the owner of a major arms company in the US. They decided to get control of the diamond mine and use it to become billionaires. They needed help to do this, so they brought some friends in on the deal. Since most were part of U MAMA they decided to use the U MAMA resources to get what they wanted. Thus they started a semi-secret war that lasted seventy years. Much of the war was fought with spies and assassins, but some were military campaigns. For all except the last few years of the war both sides kept the existence of the mine secret, as neither side wanted others involved. I'm sure their initial desire to control Berant was purely greed, but am also sure it later became much more ego than greed because we defied them so much and so successfully they were determined to beat us.
The major military campaigns of the war are recounted in various journal entries and are available in other histories. So I won't recount the events of the Dareed War, the Darmore Incursion, the Day of Blood, or the Shukra War. I'll talk about some of the clandestine activities against us by U MAMA and the CIA, as told to me by my grandfather and father because you need to understand what we were up against and fought. I'll concentrate on my clandestine war against U MAMA and the CIA. How I used spies, assassins, economic warfare, and theft to hurt my enemies in a manner that caused them the most suffering while removing their ability to hurt us further. When I was able to counter attack I attacked the very core of their being, the core of their existence, their reason for being, the seat of their power - their bank accounts; and squashed them like the evil bugs they were. All the spying and killing I did was to stop their assaults on us and to bankrupt them.
I was able to get started on my counter offensive after my fourteenth birthday and it took until I was twenty-four years old to finish them. The majority of my actions were after the Day of Blood. It took eight long years for me to end the U MAMA war and sheath the "Sound of Battle," the sword mother had drawn on that terrible day.
The Early Attempts
In 1949, a few months after King Edward killed the rebel generals and their hard core supporters, the U MAMA bosses started trying to assassinate him. The first attempts were by hired gunmen, but when the fourth and fifth attempts were made by CIA agents he registered a strong protest with the US government. When the sixth assassin turned out to be a CIA agent he had the head and hands removed, packed in ice, and sent to the Berant Embassy in the US. They sent it through the US postal system to the US Secretary of State with a note saying the next CIA assassin would have different bits posted to the various news organisations. After that the CIA rarely used their own people as the actual gunman. It's believed the Secretary of State wasn't happy due to the several staff in his mail room who had to take a lot of sick leave after opening the package, and them having some other problems.
U MAMA's activities from 1949 to 1954 were mostly in the political sphere. Trying to discredit King Edward and the Berant government and society. The introduction of a constitution and establishing an elected parliament in 1950 countered a lot of the U MAMA political propaganda. By late 1954 U MAMA had given up on trying to get the US government to oust King Edward and replace him with a puppet government. This was due to Berant being the only strong government in the region that was supportive of democracy in any form. Although Berant wasn't well placed to provide the US with military bases or economic support King Edward was respected by the people of all the other countries in the region and was respectfully listened to by all their governments. The US administration really wanted to keep that strong support as a counter to the growing local communist organisations.
From 1949 to 2014 U MAMA kept sending spies and assassins to Berant while they continued to foster and support rebels and brigands. When they couldn't get control directly they tried to foster disharmony and disruption in attempts to split the Royal Family from the people. They failed in all these attempts.
From 1954 to 2011 they also tried to conquer Berant via military action, direct and through proxies, these all failed due to the courage and fighting skills of the Berant Royal Guards. After the Shukra War in 2011 U MAMA no longer had the combat resources to mount a military campaign directly or by proxy. On the military front the period 1954 to 1969 was spent insinuating their controls into various governments in the region and building up our neighbouring governments' military capabilities, then encourage them to attack us.
U MAMA were able to influence a lot of people and get a lot of control in many places due to the economic damage done to the region by the Japanese occupation. Luckily for us this same economic damage hindered U MAMA's activities. Before they could get Dareed to attack Berant in 1970 they first had to build up its economy enough for it to maintain a large enough army and to have that army equipped and trained with the latest military hardware at discounted rates and on credit. This took fifteen years, even then U MAMA didn't help update or equip the Dareed air or sea military capability. They concentrated on the land army because Berant had no air or sea military capability of their own then. Anyway, you need to control the land to capture Berant. Following the defeat of the Dareed Army and Dareed's assimilation into Berant they needed another decade to prepare Shukra for a military attack on Berant. Their later failed attempt to take control of Shukra left Berant much stronger, again. Each failure left us stronger and better prepared for their next attack because the Kings re-evaluated the Royal Guards' future military needs and capabilities. Each successful defence meant an increase and improvement of the Guards equipment and training.
In 1949 King Edward established the Royal Intelligence Service (RIS). They immediately established agents to collect intelligence on what was happening in the country and to track people of interest within the country. In 1950 they started expanding this to collecting information and track people overseas. By 1955 they realised they needed agents within U MAMA and the CIA itself. However, this was proving difficult, and remained so for many years. In the 1970s they did manage to get a lot of agents with family links to Berant within the CIA; however, these would only provide us with information that wasn't harmful to the US government or people. But they made a point of letting us know of rogue CIA actions against Berant. This did help a lot. It also helped in identifying the CIA people involved in attacking us.
The biggest danger to the country in the period 1949 to 1975 was economic. We had no internal economy worthy of the name or in need of management until 1965. We had no real industry, having to import all our technology and metals. U MAMA tried to bankrupt the country by manipulating our access to the international economy and markets. Luckily we were self-sufficient in regards to all our domestic needs, provided our people didn't want to go for the domestic use of modern technology in a big way. Modern technology was where we were most vulnerable.
Knowing how other countries had big problems from importing technology in the 1920s and 1930s, and seeing what was happening in Europe and Japan under the US Marshall Plan, King Edward decided we needed to import technical knowledge and skills before technical capability and manufacturing. Most of the available technology in the 1950s was from the US. Most of the US companies were interested in selling equipment, but not knowledge or skills. King Edward worked out a way around the problem.
He increased the mining of diamonds by the traditional methods. These were cut and prepared by clan experts in the traditional manner. The finished diamonds were different to those generally available and many had some slight colour tints. All this resulted in them being seen as of a higher grade and worth more. Since the supply of AGM (Amir Gem Mines) diamonds wasn't very large they were sought after by those wanting rare or very high quality gems. Slowly the supply of diamonds to the market increased. Between 1900 and 1950 a total of ten kilograms of AGM diamonds were mined; most sold, and some used within the clan. Between 1950 and 1970 a total of thirty kilograms of AGM diamonds were mined and sold. A major increase in production.
With the many millions of dollars raised King Edward improved the standard of living in Berant by improving medical and educational systems and facilities. This used up 25% of the money. He used 55% of the money to buy control of various US companies. He created a holding company in the US and had them buy shares in companies he had an interest in. When he had control he organised his own people to be placed on the company boards and changed corporate policy to allow the export of knowledge. The remaining 20% of the money was used to establish Berant businesses to learn and use the technological know-how. As the companies made profits the monies were reinvested in this economic improvement program. More shares bought, more companies started. More technology know-how imported into Berant.
The process worked like this. Buy the shares and become owner of a company that has the wanted technology. Establish a Berant business to provide the technology locally. Arrange and sign legal agreements between the two businesses so the Berant business obtains a licence to make and sell the US technology. The Berant business then pays for Berant citizens to be properly trained in the US. The knowledge and know-how of the technology is imported into Berant and ensures we have control of its local availability. This meant a slow importation and introduction of a technological base into the country, but it also meant we couldn't be held to ransom or bankrupted by it later.
Laws were passed making it unlawful for overseas companies to introduce technology or technological products unless they provide the in country expertise and knowledge first. Most foreign investors chose not to follow this path, because it meant they were handing over control of their technology to locals. This destroyed U MAMA's ability to damage or control us through the international economy. When they made the importation of metals difficult or too expensive we just used methods that used none or less metals, or did without those items for a while. No new technology was introduced until after we'd put in place the full capability to support it locally.
In many cases it wasn't necessary to import the technology, since the finished product was available from many sources and wasn't critical to any operations. This made the importation of technology seem to be haphazard to many people. We imported the capability to manufacture light trucks and buses, but didn't worry about cars or heavy trucks for some decades. Light trucks and buses were needed to keep our internal economy functioning well. We could manage without the heavy trucks or cars, so we just bought them from overseas as required. The same with aircraft, for many decades we had no internal aircraft industry. We bought what we needed and imported the minimal basic maintenance technology needed.
This approach did have some downside legacies in we often had outdated technology and were behind the world in areas that weren't seen as being that important by most. A case in point being land-based communications systems. In the early 1970s a cable based telephone network was put in place using late 1960s technology. Over the next two decades the system was expanded because more people wanted telephones. In the mid 1980s the exchanges had to be upgraded because the older equipment was no longer available for more expansion. This new equipment couldn't handle digital data transmissions or signals, except as analogue modem signals. That was the situation with the official network right up to the day it closed down in late 2009. This limited the use of computers and access to the Internet across the country, as there was no effective digital telecommunications backbone to work on. The few Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that set up had to establish satellite access to the rest of the world. This made them expensive, since they needed sat links in every town they operated in. Which resulted in them only setting up in major cities where they could be sure of a large enough client base to make it profitable for them.
In mid 2000 I saw the need for an effective digital communications backbone. I knew I wouldn't get a decent modern network through the parliament, and they controlled the current internal communications infrastructure. So I did what I needed to do and established my own company to provide a digital backbone without it being obvious. I established my ISP in my home town because it didn't have one yet. I provided an extremely wide bandwidth satellite service with fibre optic cable throughout the town and into each of the clients' establishments, a process repeated in all branch offices when we expanded. The system was set up to handle Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and data from the start, all part of a combined service deal. This provided a much clearer and cheaper phone service and allowed for good international phone service through foreign VoIP systems. When I expanded to other centres, most of which were far apart, I set up high bandwidth satellite links there too. But I also had crews out laying very high bandwidth fibre optic trunk cables between all of my offices. In short order my network had an effective fibre optic link to every office and client so domestic calls went VoIP over fibre optic from client to client anywhere in the country, all within my network. Heavy on infrastructure costs, but cheaper operating costs. By 2007 I'd a privately owned fibre optic network covering the whole country, and few outside the company knew it existed. When the international telecommunications network ran two regional submarine cables into the country in 2007, one near Dareena and one at Carmel, I was able to cut back on the satellite links and put most of my Internet usage from the whole country over those two cables, due to having a national fibre optic network. This costly infrastructure was a critical factor in the defences on the Day of Blood. Because U MAMA didn't know it existed they took no action to disable it. Nor was it accessible to them to attack or interfere with.
The enemy was able to take down the government owned telephone network and most of the known major military radio transmission relay towers. The interference systems at each area of attack disabled the normal local sat communications channels. The only sat channels in use in those areas were the Cyclops ones, because they didn't know about them and their operational frequencies were well away from the regular channels for communications and military use. However, by routing the Guard's communications through my ISP fibre network we had land communications bypassing the interference and connecting to normal radio and satellite communications systems outside the zones.
That was the only time the shortfalls in King Edward's technology importation plan was in a position to harm the country, and it had been countered. In general, his plan to update Berant's tech base worked extremely well. Anything critical to the national economy had the technological knowledge imported before the equipment so we could maintain them ourselves and not worry about foreign boycotts. And the government communications were more than adequate for the normal economic needs of the country.
Even U MAMA saw no point in trying to boycott our exports, since we didn't have much in the way of exports until 2004 and later. And most of what we did export was done in areas they couldn't affect; like the exportation of AGM diamonds, or things that were in demand: such as our grains and alcohols to our neighbours, or our exotic hardwoods to Europe and the US. Starting in 2003 we were exporting knowledge, something that's even harder for them to interfere with. From the mid 1950s until 2006 the bulk of our international currency came from the tourism industry based at Carmel and the View Port Marina. King Edward had built both these facilities with the sole intent of making them top line international tourist venues. As he said at the time, "We have the perfect holiday location: tropical sun, light tropical sandy beaches, surf, and not too humid, with good fishing to boot. Let's rent it to rich foreigners at a premium rate." So he did.
In the late 1970s U MAMA did try to interfere with it by organising some terrorist attacks at Carmel and the marina. RIS was able to close down these operations before they were able to do anything.
One of the most interesting aspects of this was the construction of Highcliff, the new Royal Palace and residence right beside Carmel. Many thought this odd, but it turned out to be a good draw-card. Over 80% of the visitors to Highcliff each year are international tourists who come to watch a monarchy in operation, most daily activities are open to public view. The King has four major charity balls each year and three of them are open to anyone with the money to buy tickets. While tickets for the fourth (the Debutantes' Ball) are restricted to Berant citizens only. Around 75% of the tickets sold at the other three balls are sold to international tourists. At all these events the King spends the first few hours welcoming all the arrivals at the door before mingling with the guests. Highcliff is only a short drive or walk from Carmel and is on all the local tours. Obviously, he saw the monarchy as a tourist draw-card and played to it very well.
Over the years many hundreds of U MAMA's hired assassins are intercepted in attempts to kill the King and royal family. The US developed Tactical Nuclear Weapons (TNWs, the so called backpack bombs) and got them down to a reasonable size. Then the assassination attempts moved from being gunmen and poisoners to people sneaking in these small nuclear weapons with the aim of setting them off near the King. Since he spends most of his time at Highcliff the majority are sent for detonation in Carmel, or View Port, or the lands around them. RIS manage to intercept them all, a total of fifty-six TNWs. We assume they got them all because none were detonated by U MAMA or the CIA.
We sent the first ones back with a strong diplomatic note. When RIS intercepted them a second time, about six months after they were given back to the US government, it was decided to keep them. Later, when I became involved with Guards' military policy, I developed doctrine for them to be deployed by us in dire military situations. Most were later installed as the warheads of our cruise missiles, adding to our military capability and response flexibility.
During all this the CIA was active inserting agents and collecting information about us. RIS was active countering the CIA and inserting agents into the CIA and U MAMA organisations. In 2003 I convinced King Herbert to be more active in inserting RIS agents into the CIA.
My Active Involvement
My first active involvement with U MAMA and their activities was in the attack on the cabin where they held my sister, Kelly, prisoner. After her funeral I stood at her grave and swore those responsible would pay for her painful death, pay in a big way. By the time I was eleven my business was expanding and I had the funds to start doing things. Due to my studies in economic and business, coupled with my actions in improving the economy of areas where my new branches set up, King Herbert (my father) was using me as a private adviser on economics. Where I could I slanted my advice towards activities that'd have an adverse impact on the U MAMA companies without a similar impact on our economic growth. Over the next few years my actions in this, and other areas, expanded a great deal.
I invented Nolar when I was about twelve, then used and sold it as a substitute for most metals, especially steel, in most applications. When I invented the stronger version, Nolar Two, I started up a new group of companies to manufacture military equipment for our own use based on Nolar Two in place of steel and Kevlar. But the final equipment we used were items made of Nolar Three, and later Nolar Four - which I invented while I was redesigning the weapons for manufacture with Nolar Two. The equipment made with Nolar Three and Four was exclusively for sale to and use by the Guards; Nolar Two variants were later sold overseas. These include troop carriers, tanks, small arms, and mortars. The only metal used was for the interior rifling of guns and the projectiles; later we moved to Nolar Four for the rifling and the rounds. Engines were Nolar Two with ceramic coatings in all heat areas. All projectiles were made as case-less rounds with plastic explosive for the propellant, no need for an ejector sequence on all rounds, just a manual ejector sequence for faulty rounds. In my fourteenth year we equipped all Guards units with equipment from my companies because it was much lighter, tougher, and more flexible than the available overseas items. It also improved our trade figures by reducing expensive imports while creating many local jobs. Later we started selling slightly less capable versions of what we used to friendly foreign governments. Especially the US because it cut into the U MAMA profits.
Case-less Artillery Shells and Munitions (CASaM) manufactured bullets, grenades, mortar rounds, artillery shells, mines (for personnel and vehicles), general explosives, and detonators. All used plastique explosives we made locally.
General Arms manufactured artillery guns, mortars, cannons (40 mm and 75 mm), and small arms - pistols, rifles, grenade launchers, light machine guns, heavy machine guns, and magazine cases.
Valhalla Vehicles manufactured light and heavy armoured vehicles, troop carriers, tanks, armoured cars, command cars, six wheeled field vehicles (mistakenly called Jeeps) in a number of variations - they had machine-gun mounts, light cannon mounts, radio vehicles, trucks, tankers, ambulances, and scout vehicles.
Paladin Plate made body armour, limb armour, helmets, boots, gloves, uniforms, and armoured plate for use in any situation. This came in various colours or transparent. Some plate was for civilian use.
Birdman Enterprises manufactured aircraft for commercial and military use. Concentrating on small to medium freighters and fighter aircraft at first. This was where our military need was at that time.
Amarant Cookware and Cutlery, an existing local company owned by another man already made cooking and eating utensils locally in steel. They switched to making cheaper and longer lasting products out of Nolar and / or ceramics when Nolar was made available for general public use. They also did combat knives, canteens, and camp stoves.
With the Guards outfitted by products from these companies their field kits were many kilograms lighter than those of other military forces. This meant they carried a higher ammunition load and moved quicker. The limitation became the pack size, not its weight.
In 2006, when I turned fourteen, grandfather retired as the Clan Father and I was voted in as the new Clan Father. This gave me control of the clan resources, including all the clan owned US businesses. Grandfather also gave me the businesses that were part of his personal property. One of his wives retired from active business management and gave me all the businesses she inherited from her father; she was born in the US and came from an old US business family. I merged all the businesses I owned into one corporation and streamlined the management of all operations. Because this improved profitability I did the same with the clan businesses, making them a corporation of their own. During this process I started focusing on developing connections with the US political structure via lobby groups, the same way other US businesses did.
I employed investigators in the US to look into the operations of the U MAMA companies on all levels. I employed hackers to attack their computer systems. I also increased the focus of RIS in inserting agents into the CIA and the U MAMA companies. Co-coordinating between these two lines of attack I was able to use them to assist each other.
About then I added the manufacture of rescue and military patrol boats to the craft being constructed at Dream Boats. The yard had been making commercial and pleasure craft out of Nolar Two for just over a year when I added Nolar Three military versions to the lists. Nolar Three and Nolar Four were only used for craft made for the Royal Guards. All other boats for sale were Nolar Two, including foreign military sales. That same policy applied to all our equipment sales.
All this time View Port Internet continued to expand and now had branches near all Guards bases with fibre optic trunk lines to the base. Most major towns and cities were included in the network. About 75% of the national adult population were VPI home clients in 2008. By the time I was eighteen that stood at 99% of the adult population and every village, town, and city was connected to the network.
During the period between Kelly's death and the Day of Blood my involvement was limited to managing and organising intelligence and financial operations, plus inventing. Following the Day of Blood I took a more direct approach in the intelligence operations and was much more involved while keeping up with all the other existing operations. The following accounts are using diary entries focused more on what happened after the Day of Blood.
My attack on our enemies used seven main avenues and each of them operated independently, but information was shared between them. In most cases I had field commanders acting within the general briefs I gave them, usually three or four field commanders within each avenue of attack. In some cases I took a role in the operation, usually when it required a very fine touch or needed my special skills to ensure success. Otherwise I left the field operations to the field commanders. All the operations were interwoven and many flowed into each other. I'll explain, in general, what each was and how it worked, and follow that with reports of the more critical field operations, some involving my direct personal actions.
My operations worked on the US political scene in two ways. First by having investigators and RIS agents document bribes to bureaucrats and politicians then have the records handed to the authorities for prosecution. The second was to have all my companies register with appropriate lobby groups and to provide financial support to honest people running for elected office at all levels. We encouraged elected officials and lobby groups to support 'level field' trading legislation, to remove 'preferred operator' trading legislation, and honest operations by all in government business. They encouraged a much closer oversight of CIA activities and more checks to ensure they didn't misbehave.
All these activities had a direct impact on U MAMA, because the money they paid out in bribes didn't return a benefit once the bribed official was no longer in office. The changed laws increased competition for them and reduced their ability to 'buy' lucrative contracts. A direct hit to their hip pockets and bank accounts.
I went out of my way to not assassinate the U MAMA and CIA big wigs, since I wanted them to live and suffer. I needed them to witness the total destruction of all they'd built on the blood of others. I wanted them to know their lives had been for nothing and all their efforts had been wasted. But I did sometimes authorise the assassination of key operatives or middle managers to effect changes in operations or delay operations. I even authorised the assassination of several 'dirty' CIA agents to help the promotional aspects of more honest agents. In this way we made it harder for them to run the more complex 'black' CIA operations. In some cases the operative being advanced was one of our agents, more often it wasn't. When U MAMA wanted more muscle and started dealing with organised crime figures we had some of the top people they were dealing with in the criminal organisations eliminated. Criminal organisations soon learned it wasn't healthy to deal with them, and rebuffed their future attempts to use them.
RIS operatives established various contacts amongst the mercenaries around the world. They reported on what happened to the mercenaries who worked for U MAMA, how many died horribly and how very few lived to collect their pay. They also kept track of what they were doing and who they were working for. In most cases nothing was done with the information, simply to ensure the safety of the agents' lives. Where the reports were about intended operations against Berant we acted. Several times U MAMA was able to recruit large mercenary groups and set them up in training camps. In each case we had operatives infiltrate the camp and cause trouble. Often this was enough to cause them to disband. The most effective operation was when we used a TNW to destroy a camp in South America when it was established as part of a deal with a major drug cartel.
Although the operation being planned was for Africa (we think), we couldn't allow U MAMA to have any successful mercenary operations. Our aim was to ensure they couldn't hire anyone at all, or not afford to hire enough to do any real harm. The field agent was able to set one of the TNWs for radio detonation, leave the camp, and detonate it. At the time he set it off two middle level U MAMA executives and four CIA agents were in the camp. Over eight thousand mercenaries and many millions of dollars" worth of the latest weaponry got destroyed with the camp. The bomb only had a radius of five kilometres and took out the main camp. The blast effect did go a bit further and damage other facilities of the drug cartel involved. Some mercenaries were on patrol and some were on exercises. Fifteen hundred mercenaries survived the explosion. They made a point of telling others how stupid fools from the CIA and U MAMA killed their friends because they didn't know how to handle TNWs properly. The price of working for the CIA and U MAMA had a sudden increase by all mercenaries, because they saw them as very dangerous and stupid people to work for.
Dealing with the CIA was difficult. I didn't wish to totally destroy the US intelligence system, so I used a bit more finesse there. Good agents were placed inside the CIA and they did their proper work for the CIA. They also kept us abreast of everything they learned. The most effective agents were those we were able to place in the administration system. Technical staff inserted programs into the CIA computers; they gave us copies of all their databases and reports. Others provided us with details of operations and codes being used while others sent us copies of reports from the field. At the height of the campaign we had over six hundred agents active within the CIA. Nothing they did breached the integrity of the US, but it kept us abreast of all the black operations being run by the CIA.
We often had enough information to ensure a rogue black operation failed and took its organisers out of play at the same time. However, we didn't do anything unless we could do it in a way that didn't expose our people to any risk. Where we could we leaked the information out to the relevant oversight committees in the Senate and Congress. This usually resulted in a number of the dirty senior CIA agents being given early retirement or being sacked, some even faced criminal charges. In either case it meant the level of support U MAMA could call upon within the CIA was diminished.
Where possible, and we felt the operation warranted stopping, we would interfere in the operation in the field in a manner that stopped it without exposing anyone to any risk, except the dirtiest of the CIA or U MAMA agents. This often required us to work through the intelligence operatives of other countries, either directly or indirectly as informants or by leaking information.