November 28th 1953
Tiger was sitting at his desk looking through the latest diplomatic reports from Raul Castro informing him of the current state of relations in the world.
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He noted that hostility towards Cuba was still high but they were making some progress, notably in Columbia where Raul had noted that even though they had made a lot of agreements with Columbia they were close to making a formal alliance with the country and with a few more aid donations they would be able to announce the alliance.
During this point Tiger received a visit from Vladimir Stephanov, Military Advisor.‘Good afternoon Presidente, I trust your day has been good.’
‘The day has been progressing well, I believe we are striding towards our goals well’.‘I am glad to hear that Presidente.’
‘To what do I owe the pleasure of your company Vladimir? Drink?’‘Please, we have something that I think you should see sir.’
With this Tiger is presented with a dossier of photos, showing just outside the coastal waters of Santiago De Cuba.
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‘There has been a British presence there for the past year to one degree or another with one transport vessel or more and at least one battle cruiser, after much investigation we have learnt it to be the British Battle Class design, we have the specs there for you as well’.
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‘Interesting, what do they do?’.‘Nothing, they just maintain a presence, sir.’
‘Unusual, what is your professional opinion.’‘I believe they are just observing the world, you know the British like to poke their noses in the business of the entire world as they claim illegal bases in over a third of the worlds population.’
‘That is true, do we have a presence in the area?’.‘Yes sir, we have a Tacoma class frigate that has been maintaining a presence in the area and shadowing their forces about 3 months after we discovered that British fleet there.’
‘Excellent Vladimir, I am glad to have you on my staff, with you I know that I can just let you get on with the minimal amount of oversight. How is the Haiti plans coming.’‘They are going good, we are just waiting for the amphibious assault vehicles to be researched and built and then the assault will go ahead, we already have 3 battalions of paratroopers standing by to assist the assault as well.’
‘Excellent keep me informed of the details Vladimir.’
With that Production manager Alejandro comes in and he has a massive smile on his face.
‘Afternoon Alejandro, what are you so pleased about?’
‘We have resolved the energy crisis and have partially solved the supply issue.’
‘Finally, it has only taken you 3 years to resolve this, be glad you still have your job Alejandro. What’s the issue with the supply, you informed me that it was only partially solved?’‘Well we have faltered sir due to a shortage of military goods with which to finish the bases. We are doing our best to rectify the issues but there are currently a shortage of military goods on the world market at the moment.'
‘OK, another excuse, well find a way to resolve this issue Alejandro and soon or you will be losing your job and more. Do you understand me Alejandro?’‘Yes Presidente.’
With that Alejandro leaves the office slightly sweating, all the time Vladimir has been listening to this conversation, he nods an agreement with the comment that Tiger made to Alejandro. He has poured his leader a glass of Vodka and placed it on his desk and poured himself one.‘Your words were inspirational sir, we may need to make an example of him to inspire the rest of the cabinet into action, a toast to a great Cuba!’
‘Nostrovia! Thank you for those words Vladimir, he has been a disappointment to me since he took office and he came with such a reputation and praise from high places but he has just not delivered and I hate to contemplate it but I he has not responded to any other words of encouragement, we may need to have him removed from the regime. Is there still that old concentration camp at the barracks of Santiago de Cuba?’'Yes sir, it is a little run down as we no longer use it but it is still there.’
‘Re-open it and make it useable, we may soon enough require use of it.’'Certainty sir, I shall make the arrangements straight away.’
With that Vladimir departs the office of the President and goes to make the arrangements. Tiger sits at his desk and places his head in his hands, he shakes his head.
‘I wish I didn’t have to do this he says.’
With that he opens a drawer in the middle of his desk and unlocks a hidden safe contained, he then draws out a piece of paper and stares at it, he is holding a pre-written death warrant for Alejandro Jose Mucha, currently his production minister. With a heavy heart and a quick flourish, he signs it and then drains his glass of Vodka, ‘I hoped it wouldn’t come to this’ he says to no one in particular. With that he places the death warrant into a sealed envelope with a note saying he was to be incarcerated for 6 months before this warrant was to be carried out, with that he decided he had done enough for the day, picked up his hat and went down the street to a back alley bar, his favourite haunt and sat down to a bottle of Vodka and a cigar and contemplated on the next course of action.