Restoration of the deathless (part I) by Martin Sjöstrand

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SUMMARY: I was recommended in feedback earlier to split this story into sections, so here is the first part of of my story Restoration of the deathless.

President Tira Beldar of Latak walked through the corridors of the presidential palace in a hurried pace alongside her personal pilot and an escort of five guards. Her mighty nation, which occupied a significant part of the lands of Navandor, the central and most heavily populated continent in the world, was about to suffer a bitter defeat: the capital was about to fall to a foreign power for the first time in history. Like countless times before in the last few months, she was considering the strange and unfortunate turn events had taken in the last year.

The trouble had begun with numerous terrorist attacks slightly over a decade earlier, attacks which had been going on ever since. These had claimed the lives of countless thousands Latakian citizens and had hit key functions in the Latakian society. The costs as a result of these had been catastrophic, and in combination with the costs of safeguarding the nation against new attacks, they had been very taxing on the nation. Despite numerous attempts at rooting out the terrorist organization behind it all, no one planner or mastermind had been found. The terrorists had always seemed to be two steps ahead of the Latakian security and authorities, who had never managed to foresee the target for the next attack, much less to actually prevent it.

After approximately three years of terrorist activities, she had been elected as the new president. The Latakian people had had faith in her ability to root out the terrorists where her predecessor had failed. If fact, she had also believed herself that she would succeed in doing so. She had been wrong. Despite this, however, she had managed to lead the nation through every crisis resulting from each attack, and people had had a sense of unity under her leadership. Because of this, she had been reelected after four years.

Less than six months before the present day, after about a decade under constant terrorist threat, her weakened nation had been invaded by the neighboring countries Nigilara and Vilnore. These small nations had attacked Latak on its north-western border. This had surprised everyone, since they were just small nations against what was still – despite losses dealt by a decade of terrorist attacks – the greatest military power in the world. The nation of Latak was in possession of top-notch military technology and had no less than four hundred million citizens to support a huge military machinery, and even though these nations had never really been good friends with Latak, people had wondered what they could possibly achieve by this invasion except to be crushed.

The Latakian military had quickly gotten the situation under control, of course, and had been driving the Nigilaran and Vilnoran forces back into their own territories merely a few weeks into the war. That was when the nation of Keldania had invaded Latak from the south. This was no less surprising to the Latakians than the invasion of Nigilara and Vilnore, because while Keldania had military power almost as great as that of Latak, they had always gotten well along with the Latakians, and had been among the first to offer their sympathies whenever Latak had suffered from a terrorist act.

With a little bit too much of its military forces directed to the border skirmishes with Nigilara and Vilnore, the Latakian ranks had been thinned to the south.

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