2 miles NNE Jamburg, Duchy of Estland, 0300 12 September 1972
The Luga river glittered sullenly in the moonlight. A small patrol of the
Scandinavian Jaegerkorps was tucked into the birch forest overlooking the
river, keeping close surveillance of the still scene in front - the river,
some 50 yards wide and, on the Russian side, water meadows stretching
away, grey under the bright early autumn night sky.
The members of the patrol stiffened as movement became visible on the
other side of the river. Two men were cautiously making their way through
the calf-high grass towards the Russian bank of the river. The patrol
leader gestured and two team members slid away to the Scandinavian bank,
kneeling and taking up firing positions with their Krag machine pistols.
The patrol leader cautiously flashed a red light from his hand lantern
towards the Russian bank. Two red flashes came in reply from the two men
on the Russian side.
The figures slid into the river and slowly made their way across, using a
rope which it was now clear had been secured on both banks. Having reached
the Scandinavian side, they made their way into the cover of the birches
and were intercepted by the patrol and guided away. One of the two patrol
members left on the riverbank stayed on alert as the other slipped across
the river, freed the rope and swam back, coiling the rope as he went.
Five minutes later there was no sign at the Luga that anything at all had
The Cabinet Room, Christiansborg Castle, 1000 13 September 1972
The Scandinavian Defence Committee - the Chancellor, the Minister of
Defence, the Foreign and Interior Ministers, the heads of the Security
Service, MET , KIT , the Chief of the Great General Staff and the
King (in his persona as Marshall The Duke of Holsten)  - had been
called into existence at the start of the Global War and had met on at
least a monthly basis ever since.
This meeting was out of sequence and had been called by the Chancellor.
Additional attendees at the meeting included the Chiefs of Staff of the
Army, the Fleet and the Air Fleet and Mr Gustav Lu, a businessman,
observing. The Chancellor, Grev Rasmus von Moltke, had the floor:
"I have a proposition which I wish to present to this meeting. As we are
all aware, the German Empire is the single largest threat to our national
security. It is an autarky, with sufficient control over natural resource
- primarily oil - as to render it effectively proof against pressure from
external economic sanctions. It is militarily dominant throughout Europe
and the Near East and our primary competitor for influence throughout the
The Empire is currently dealing with an upsurge in civil disorder, notably
in France and Poland and there are indications, based partially on the
results of the interrogations of the members of the German apparat which
we rolled up last month and partially on some very
convincing source intelligence from our Russian friends, that the Empire
is considering the application of pressure to both ourselves and the
Swiss, perhaps even escalating to military confrontation, in order to
stimulate a resurgence of support for the German system throughout Europe.
We cannot hope to win such a military confrontation. Even with the
dramatic improvement in our military technology over the last few years,
we could not match the manpower reserves and experience of the German
ground forces. Our naval superiority would give us the ability to sweep
the oceans clear of the German merchant marine, but this would have an
insignificant affect on their economy. Similarly, our aviation, while
competent, is dramatically outnumbered and would not be able to guarantee
maintaining air superiority, or even contesting it, if it came to open
conflict. Project Tordenskjold is some months away from completion and we
remain strategically vulnerable until then.
I think this is an opportunity, rather than a threat. I see considerable
merit in our taking some active measures to make life more interesting for
German security forces in the - shall we be frank and term them
"occupied"? - territories, specifically in those nations and former
nations in which we can generate some local advantage, on the basis of our
possession of people with appropriate language skills. A continuing high
level of insurgent activity - perhaps even escalating to local armed
uprisings in the occupied territories - would distract the German
government from its external focus and concentrate its attention
internally, thus giving us breathing space to complete our ongoing
project. There is reason to suppose that the foreign services of the CNA
and Britain would be keen to engage with us in this activity.
I propose that we task the Chiefs of MET and KIT to prepare a plan to
initiate covert operations against the German Empire and to make contact
with their equivalents in Burgoyne and London and I hereby invite His
Majesty's Defence Committee to declare a state of internal alert in the
security and intelligence agencies of the Kingdom."
There was little discussion - the Chancellor had taken the precaution of
stacking the deck cold in advance of the meeting - and the logic was
persuasive, in any case. The motion was proposed, seconded and carried nem
 MET - den Militaere Efterretningstjeneste - Military Intelligence
 KIT - den Kongelige Informationstjeneste - Foreign Intelligence
 Thus neatly circumventing the need for Royal Honours and
disassociating the Crown from the committee, while still giving the King a