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Total Blackout – KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 4)

KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 4)

In these difficult times, the Eighth Regiment of Transmissions stationed at the Mont-Valérien fortress had a dual mission of the utmost importance: to maintain order wherever it could be present, and to establish connections between the various bases and barracks in the region.

The latter mission had become extremely complicated since all their machinery had suddenly stopped working. Despite all their efforts, they couldn't contact anyone via radio or telephone. The computers had also ceased to function, which was a catastrophe. They had no idea what was happening in mainland France, overseas territories, in operational areas such as the Sahel, or elsewhere.

The officers suspected, without being able to verify, that it was a large-scale attack from an unidentified state, but nothing was certain because they had not seen it coming. There was no indication that such a catastrophe would occur. If this blackout was global, then the situation was even worse because in that case, they could expect no help from their European and non-European allies.

Colonel Desjoyaux was the man in charge of this regiment and held the highest position in the fort. He was a highly experienced man of fifty-four with short hair and a closely shaved chin despite the shortages. He intended to continue shaving every morning as usual until he ran out of shaving foam. However, he regretted not being able to take a hot shower as before.

Like everyone else in the fort, he was forced to wear the same clothes repeatedly and mask his sweat odor with deodorant. But with the current temperatures, it was becoming increasingly impractical.

He didn't count his hours and did his best to fulfill his duty. The situation was out of control, and he feared the worst for the future of his country. Fortunately, he had been able to contact Nanterre and Paris, which had allowed him to learn a few things about their situation. However, it had only gotten worse: people were turning into looters, losing trust in the government, preying on the weak whenever it could be of any use to them, organizing militias, dispensing justice themselves, and so on.

To make matters worse, he had learned the news of the death of the chief of the armed forces, in other words, the President of the Republic, as well as his Prime Minister. As for the senators and deputies, if they were not fleeing, they had been massacred by the crowd. In other words, no one was left at the helm of the state.

The circumstances of the president's death were unclear. According to the reports he had received, the head of state had been besieged in his palace with his top advisers. Due to the power outage, he could not take refuge in the bunker from which he could have managed the crisis under different circumstances.

The presidential guard would have done everything to defend the palace as they had done on the second day, but this time it would not have been enough. They would have been massacred, after which the crowd would have turned on everyone in the palace. Finally, they would have set fire to the illustrious building without any regard for what it represented.

Colonel Desjoyaux had therefore taken initiatives, for example, requisitioning all the horses nearby, namely those from the equestrian club of Suresnes, which owned twenty-three! Ten of them had been sent across France to contact different high-ranking officers, inform them of the situation in Paris, and gather information about what was happening with them. The other horses had been assigned to maintaining order in neighboring communes. He hoped, albeit without much belief, that a soldier on horseback would command more respect among civilians.

The colonel's thoughts were interrupted by his right-hand man entering his office with an excited look.

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KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 4)
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STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 2)
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KARIMA ALI - DAY 22 (part 1)
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