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News article for the week of 4/12/06.
War of the Roses Update
By, Grey Events
The origins of this gardening skirmish that has stopped just short of
becoming a new English Civil War has been all but forgotten by the participants,
for all that it has done nothing to slow down the conflict.
The original white and red roses have fallen by the wayside. Forces of
the White Roses have been so heavily decimated that they are no longer
considered a viable force. What remains has been absorbed into the Rose
Alliance command, where their strategists, always their strength, continue
to direct their side of the battle.
Indeed the taking of Manchester by Alliance affiliated Pink Roses has
been attributed to the behind the scenes efforts of White Rose commanders.
By contrast the Red Roses remain strong, still forming the bulk of the
Union of Roses. That being said they have not enjoyed the success of their
decimated counterparts. Red Roses have lost Leeds, Liverpool and though
the defence of Birmingham continues it is a stalemate that can only continue
for so long.
Discontent rumbles through Pink Roses on both sides of the conflict. Those
who chose to side with the Red Roses, the minority, have found their own
ambitions continually quashed, and though their specialties lie in a strong
support network they are consistently used as a special operations force
based on their small size.
Those Pink Roses that have sided with the White Roses are no happier.
Here they are at least being put to good use keeping the Yellow Roses
well supplied through Herculean efforts. With Whites still dominating
the leadership these efforts seem under appreciated.
Some Pink Roses agitate for separating, either becoming neutral or opening
a second front on the Whites and Reds both.
This latter option could work, despite the relative weakness of Pink forces,
at this time they lack numbers and training to be viable in a stand up
fight. In their favour is the fact that both Reds and Whites will instinctively
pause before harming a Pink for fear of harming an ally.
Unfortunately Pink leadership on the White side is keen to maintain its
dominance of York, a key concession that bought the bulk of Pink following
to the Whites.
Yellow Roses continue to play the part of foot soldier and seem happy
to so. Vengeance against the hated Reds has motivated many a Yellow to
take up arms and follow the orders of the “pompous Whites”.
Discontent may be in the offing if the desperate yet brilliant assault
on Cardiff, heartland of the Yellow Rose, succeeds. While analysts give
it long odds Red Roses have shown an ability to be motivated by this rather
All but forgotten are the minority roses pulled under the Red aegis. Green,
Blue, Lavender and Puce all agitate for a bigger slice of Rose glory,
only to find their rarity a hindrance. Red had promised great things and
they mean to see the Union succeed, possibly going as far as siding with
what remains of the more violent elements of the IRA.
As yet the British government maintains that the Rose War does not yet
affect enough of the country to warrant military intervention though speculation
is strong that a small-scale mobilisation to the East is an option. Finally
officials have not taken the defoliant option off the table should the
problem escalate any further.