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Nov 2013

The Birkenhain Journal: April

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4/4/14

One of the guys was seriously injured by a machine gun misfire during training. His arm will never be the same again and he’s lucky his lung wasn’t punctured. So much blood. There’s a strong chance he might be exempt from active duty before we leave for Corpus Christi.

Is this what I have to look forward to in one month? I can’t even trust my own weapon!

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Nov 2013

The Birkenhain Journal: March

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3/1/14

Lucky for me, nobody could find a wig today, so I just wore lipstick and almost nobody saw it. I got a look or two, but not nearly so much jeering as I got from the guys in the barracks as we left. I got a funny look from Petty Officer Henschel, but see if I care. It was her latrines that got me in this mess.

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Nov 2013

The Birkenhain Journal: February

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2/1/14

I finally made it to Leipzig. It was stupid of me, so stupid, to try walking there this time of year. I really had hoped for no snow, but it was worse than ever. I’m lucky to have all my limbs. I’ve only barely warmed my hands enough now to write.

There are lots of other guys—and a number of girls, too—taking the train for the same reason as me. It must be even more desperate out there. They’ve reduced the cost to only a quarter of the usual price for Rostock and other bases.

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Nov 2013

The Birkenhain Journal: January

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During the course of my research into the causes of The War, I came across an interesting record.  Glaucus only had a digital copy, preserved by noted historian Sarah Driffill, the original document having fallen to pieces long ago.  It is a first person account of the 2014 Corpus Christi Invasion, and potentially the earliest known record of the Plague of Fire.  While I cannot account for the veracity of the events as stated by the author, it does certainly provide many interesting pieces of information, and confirm a few of my own theories.  I’ve copied the entire text of this, the Birkenhain Journal, along with a few of my annotations throughout.

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Aug 2013

Prelude to The War: The Middle Eastern Oil Crisis – Part 2

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Oil Industry

The background radiation levels were high enough that no one wanted to risk personnel to go and put out the oil-well fires that now burned across the Middle East.  The fires, coupled with the loss in production infrastructure, crippled OPEC in particular and the oil industry at large.

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