(2016) Meet the Candidates (认识总统候选人)

We interrupt our regular Pacific updates to bring you a quick overview of the people running for president of the United States.


Traditionally, as told by Iowa in our first series, America’s politics is split into two distinctive parties. The democrats and republicans are both fighting over the nomination spot for their party, and the race is still currently on-going as of today.


Before we begin, I’d like to point out that I am an American. Our artist is Chinese (not Chinese-American, Chinese). Please note that the particular viewpoints presented below represent only impressions based on my reading of each particular candidate’s supporters.


The democratic contenders:


If you’ve kept an eye at all on current events, you should know Hillary Clinton. Former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State. Clinton’s supporters view her as a sensible, experienced leader with plenty of experience in Washington, a legion of strategists, and a well-oiled network of supporters. This would be her second presidential run since ’08.


She is currently the undisputed frontrunner of the democratic race, building up a massive delegate over Bernie Sanders, shown below.


Against Clinton is Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont currently running for the democratic nomination. Sanders’ supporters are drawn to his authenticity and his consistent message of fighting against income inequality, wage stagnation, and other social injustices.


On the GOP side, everyone now knows that the party is currently undergoing a “fundamental transformation” (or civil war). The party is fractured between three individual forces, which are respectively the party establishment (represented currently by John Kasich), the “true conservative” (represented by Ted Cruz), and Trump.


(Note for our Chinese readers trying to learn English, Kasich is pronounced “Ka-sic” like “basic”)


First and foremost we have John Kasich, the last republican “insider” left in the race. Kasich is viewed by his supporters as a moderate, centrist candidate, and he is considered to have a proven track record of governance at every level of government. As the governor of Ohio, he just recently won his state’s primary.


We also have two establishment candidates who has suspended their campaigns in the Republican Primary. Both are from Florida – the former governor Jeb Bush, and the current Senator Marco Rubio. You can see our thoughts on the matter in these posts covering the before and aftermaths of the Nevada-South Carolina primaries.

其次就是这师徒二人,理论上也是党内大佬的。小小灌木和水哥(杰布 布什和马克奥 卢比奥(对不起我不知道为什么总打出路标二字…)。这二位的相爱相杀我已经吐槽过了。而下一个更新的图,会给这个故事带来一个结尾。

Running directly against Kasich is Ted Cruz.


Something of a firebrand, Ted Cruz is a senator from Texas. While outside of the conservative circle there are a lot of people who revile him for various things (shutting down the government, for instance), his supporters describe him as a principled conservative who is motivated by a strong sense for his conservative ideology and fights for smaller government and the Constitution.

克鲁斯在党内争论比较大。这位从德州来的议员是个炸药桶。基本上除了保守派外,大家都非常恨他(最常见的理由是把政府搞瘫痪了 – 这个以后可以讲),但他的支持者认为这是一位非常忠贞的保守斗士。他为自己的观点不惜烧掉一切,而他的动机基本上就是为了小政府,共和党(保守)意念,以及保护美国宪法。

Lastly, and currently leading the GOP field, is Mr. Trump.


Depending on who you ask, he is either the reincarnation of Hitler or a once-in-a-lifetime leader who can truly – to use words coming straight out of his campaign message –  Make America Great Again. Absolutely by far the most controversial candidate in American history, Donald J. Trump is a highly successful reality TV star/businessman best known previously for his “Art of the Deal” (and, if I am to interject a personal comment, his real estate projects – I’m from that one state down south where NY dumps their garbage, you know ;).

这家伙,看你问谁。回答他是希特勒重生的人不少,回答他是那位 – 用他自己话来说 – 能真正拯救美国”让美国再次强起来”的千古一帝也不少。这位绝对是美国历史上争论度最大的总统候选人。在选总统前,特朗普是一个非常成功的电视明星以及商人。主要出名是他的那本书(Art of the Deal)。


Running as a self-funded political outsider, Trump is seen by his supporters as a common sense candidate who puts America’s interests first, a deal-maker, and someone capable of stopping America’s slow decline over the past decades. Brash, unapologetically patriotic, and unafraid to start fights over any topic, Trump has repeatedly highlighted, often in less-than-politically-correct ways, issues that would have gone undiscussed in other elections.

这位自己掏钱选总统的人是一个谜团。特朗普的支持者认为他是一个有常识的,能妥协的,并且能把美国放在第一的人。口无遮拦的特朗普是个不折不扣的爱国者,没有什么他不敢捅的蜂窝,也没有什么他会避免的话题。这家伙可以说经常挖出来 (一般用非常政治不正确的方式)那些让媒体头疼的本来应该不讨论的话题。

He is currently under constant attack by, well, pretty much both sides of the media. Below we present the rest of Team Trump.


Chris Christie is currently the governor of New Jersey. Ben Carson is a renowned neurosurgeon. Both were formerly in the running for the republican nomination, but have since joined in with Trump. Milo is a journalist, but you can basically think of him as a one-man counterbalance/viewpoint against the typical “mainstream” left-leaning media. Jeff Sessions is a conservative senator, well-known for being consistent, who is one of the first politicians in DC to endorse Trump.

两个大家应该都比较熟 – 一个是我的州长(胖州长,爆掉水哥的那位)。另外一个是黑人医生。这两位都曾经是特朗普的对手,但现在成了他的盟友。下面的米洛我上一帖已经讲过了。最后的新面孔是国家的有名保守派议员塞申斯。这位元老级别的老政客以有原则(中文也许叫正气?)为名,(有人说他20年执政从来没支持过任何一个总统候选人)然而,他是第一个正式支持特朗普的议员。

From a personal perspective, Trump and friends are absolutely, hilariously fun to brainstorm and draw. We also find him fascinating, and it’s not purely because of the controversy he brings. In some senses, just as the GOP race has captured the media’s attention, it’s captured our attention as well. If you see how the series is going, you know that we’re doing our best to capture (in a fun way) the spirit of the election. That’s why we got into this thing the first place. I literally sat around chatting with the team about politics about how our girls would feel about the matter, and someone said, why don’t we draw something? It’ll be fun.

从一个个人角度来讲,特朗普和朋友们非常好玩。各种梗玩的画的飞起。我当然认为这个人很有趣,而这并不是因为他带来各种争论。如同各大媒体一样,我们也被他吸引到了。你如果观察下我们这个2016系列的演变就可以看出来 – 特朗普是如何一点点爬入画面中心的。 但同时,这也是抓住目前初选的灵魂的一种方式。我们搞这个真的是因为这个题材有趣,好玩。真的。有一次当我跟队伍里八卦我们舰娘的政治观点时,其中一朋友表示:咱画个图呗。一定很好玩啊。

Draw something we did. So that’s what you see today. At this moment, though, it is absolutely undeniable to me that Trump, perhaps more so than anyone else in the race with possibly the exception of Sanders, has fundamentally transformed what we know about American politics. There are issues in our country. You know that. I know that. What they’ve done is simply brought those issues out into the open, and yes, oftentimes, they’re ugly. But we need to confront the matter sooner or later, and I’m honestly glad that we are doing it now, before things get any worse.



The lore we have for Pacific, the “main” work where this entire 2016 series is basically that  exceptional or notable individuals can become fairies. The fairies and their super-powered human allies (the shipgirls in question – the young women in the pictures) are unequivocally fighting on humanity’s behalf against inter-dimensional sea monsters out to the devour the world.


When I say we’re trying to present everyone as the “good” guys here, I mean it. Seriously. The composition of each piece is meant to carefully reflect on our interpretation of the political situation at large. It’s true that a lot of times Hillary and Bernie are “fighting” off in the background and not the foreground, but isn’t that true given how TV, radio, and the internet’s covering this whole thing?


Look at all of our pieces to date. Even this one here. You will find that we really do strive to give every character as much attention and as much detail as we can given. You might see a lot of Trump, but it doesn’t mean that Cruz or Kasich or Sanders or Clinton are any less well drawn!


I said it in my last post. I try to be fair, not neutral. Neutral would mean that I have no opinion, which at this point is clearly not true. I’m doing my best to present things as “fair” as my personal values and opinions may be, and if my words and Sima’s art can’t convince you that we’re trying to give your favorite character fair treatment, then I’m sorry, that’s just the way things are.


Please understand that I value freedom of speech, not freedom from speech.

我支持自由言论,不是 –




(2016) In the grim darkness of 2016 there is only …

That’s an interesting list you’ve got there. Nothing from Forgeworld?



Nah. It just doesn’t fit the theme of the army that I’ve got in my head. Where’s the rest of yours?


Off the table, Mo. Not surprised that you don’t know anything about the meta.




…Nevermind, hon. Don’t ever change, alright? 🙂



Why a 40k game?


Well, I’m gonna let you figure out about what the allegory here is. Florida the loaded power-gamer veteran who has every army ever casted, versus little Missouri on the other end who’s managed to cobble together the oddest little group of fellows and put all of them together in a list that’s uniquely “hers.”


In other news, for this upcoming primary election, the GOP spent 88% of all of their attack ads (out of three states) in Florida, attacking the one man who they thought was a joke – until he wasn’t. Millions of dollars are being spent to attack someone running as the candidate to represent their own party, and it remains to be see whether or not the ads have any effects.


A lot has happened in America just over the weekend.  Thursday. A debate that was civil happened over on the Republican side. Friday. There were riots and arrests in St. Louis, and Trump abruptly cancelled a rally in Chicago citing concerns about the safety of both his supporters and his protesters. Saturday, Rubio offered Kasich an alliance, in which Kasich – in an entirely predictable but at the same time, political – maneuver, flatly rejected. It also happened on the same day that a “peaceful protester” who once dragged a US flag through the ground in protest decided to bum-rush the Republican front-runner by leaping over a barrier (that’s putting it really gently). This is to say nothing of the alleged and/or questionably threatening content found on his social media, or the fact that a major TV network decided to give this man a spot on national TV despite the fact that, oh, I don’t know, what he did could obviously have been interpreted as trying to attack – or assassinate – a man currently running for president of the United States of America?

这个周末美国发生了太多的事情了。周四的共和党辩论意外的安静。周五圣路易斯就开始暴动(因为特朗普的降临),然后某金闪闪本来在芝加哥的活动被取消(因为对抗议者和支持者都有危险)。周六,水哥向州长伸出橄榄枝(因为俄亥俄和佛罗里达州是州长和水哥的大本营,所以理论上来说是有本地优势的) ,而州长这个精明的政治家很无情的落井下石,选择了否认他的联盟。


美国最大的一家电视台既然把这家伙送上了国家级别的电视节目。我想吐槽说美国疯了吗?这家伙你看看视频的话,我要是保安我也肯定认为他是要攻击 – 或者直接暗杀 – 美国目前的总统候选人其一啊。

Recent events have made it incredibly hard for me to not inject my own personal feelings and emotions into the matter. I am doing my best to stay fair, but being fair doesn’t mean being neutral. At its core, these pieces are meant to be fun and educational – especially to the half of our audience that don’t speak English. When I first embarked on this journey, I was hoping to cover contemporary American politics in a lighthearted manner, where we could look, laugh, and learn a little about the great and the silly parts of my country and our unique idiosyncrasies.


But we’re at a point where I can’t just pretend to be neutral anymore. To do that would be ignorant and disrespectful. People should not blame everything on the left or the right. I sincerely encourage each and every one of you to consider the other side. There is no reason that you can’t read the New York Post and the New York Times at the same time. If you’re conservative, go read HuffPo or Politico. If you’re liberal, go check out Breitbart or the Federalist. If you’re used to getting all of your news from CNN or FOX news, go OFF the beaten path. We’ve got twitter and facebook now. Hear directly from the candidates themselves. See for yourself what they’re actually saying. Don’t let anyone tell you what the truth is. Find that out for yourself.

但你知道吗?目前问题已经到了一个必须要说点什么的阶段了。我如果再无视下去,这是对你们的不负责任以及不敬。我认为大家不应该完全怪左边或者右边。我真的,真心恳请你们每一个人都去考虑考虑另外那边的观点。纽约时代和纽约Post(一个是极左一个是极右的报纸)都是可以看的。如果你比较保守点的话,去看看Huffington Post或者Politico。你如果比较民主党的话,去看看右边的联邦者或者Breitbart。你如果只是从CNN或者FOX(这俩都是美国的大媒体,类似于中国的新华社的地位)得到新闻的话,去看看民间的信息散播。我们现在是有社交媒体啦。你可以直接去听听那些候选人,看看他们真正在说什么。


Head over to r/the_Donald (EDIT: Someone emailed me and suggests r/askTrumpSupporters instead. This post has been up for like, ten minutes!) if you’re curious about Trump. Find those Facebook groups that genuinely support Madam Secretary and find out why these people are supporting her. I’m not even going to waste text telling people how to learn more about Bernie because, well, if you’re at all on the internet there’s no way you haven’t been approached by a friend wanting you to feel the Bern at this point, but start with Bernie Sander’s website. That’s a good place to begin.


(注:Bernie Sanders的名字是Bernie嘛,Feel the Bern (burn)是美国文化梗。大概就是燃起来吧!本来是两个意思。我小学的时候这个意思是你被耍了。当我到大学的时候,变成了…燃烧吧,肌肉(主要在体育馆里面听到的)。现在一改,成了老爷子在年轻人里的口号。)

Ted Cruz. John Kasich. Marco Rubio. All of these candidates have their own people and their own presence online and offline, and I would strongly and seriously recommend that you give everyone a fair shot. Don’t hide away ideas that are unsettling or discomforting. Confront them. Because you know what? If your beliefs are worth it, then it deserves to be tested. The other day I learned from our Chinese friends a proverb, “That of which is true gold does not fear fire.”


… Er, actually, interjecting a scientific comment, gold does kinda fear fire, I mean it, like, melts and has a low melting point and everything –

(那啥,不好意思,我感觉金还是蛮怕火炼的。熔点蛮低的嘛,然后 -)

You get the idea. My point is, we live in a digital age now. An age of information, where the internet is empowering you for the first time to honestly open your eyes up and decide for yourself who’s telling the truth and who isn’t.


Go look.

Okay, the actual artistic inspiration for this one. In no particular order:


Florida was a harder shipgirl to conceptualize than we had first realized. Trust me, once you get to see her in her full glory, you’ll definitely agree that she’s worthy of the nickname “Sunshine.” That being said, when Sima asked me what’s Florida known for, I instinctively answered, “Orange juice.”


Yeah… So she’s got orange hair now. Sorry. >_<


The girl to her right is Missouri. This is not at all me trying to prod November to actually let us post her. She’s been drawn for like, five months now. xD Our overall design is actually a fairly sweet and innocent “midwestern” girl. She wears flowers in her hair because the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the country, and we wanted to give a nod to that.


Now, fairies. First off, yes, that’s Hillary and Bernie duking it off in the back. Someone forgot to tell Ari that this is the 40k and not the Fantasy – I mean, AGE OF SIGMARINES table. We’re still looking for a better Hillary meme, so again, if you have ideas for an outfit upgrade, let us know. 🙂

然后轮到精灵了。后台是希拉里和老爷子在拼杀中。大家忘了告诉雅莉这桌是战锤40000而不是奇幻 – 好吧现在已经改成西格玛战士之锤了。我们目前仍然在寻找更好的希拉里梗,所以如果你们有主意的话,请尽管跟我讲。


Then, on the GOP side, we have Governor Kasich. Congrats to the gentlemen writing in from Ohio. Yes, it is a reference to Kasich’s home state. He’s got a bunch of tools in his apron because Ohio (to this NJer, anyways) is widely known for being a center of industry. Off the top of my head I can think of steel, automobiles, aircraft and defense matters, and other manufacturing (wiki says rubber, though I seriously also didn’t know that Ohio had a big agricultural component). Kasich has also been fairly low-key, and we wanted him to keep his suit-and-tie (at least for now) throughout our series. You can tell that a lot of people’s came a long way since.


You know why Rubio’s looking like he’s operating a Dreadnought? A Dreadnought, in 40k lore, is basically a giant robot housing a dying Space Marine so he can return to the battle once more. Look to Rubio’s campaign, now. Florida is going to be his last stand, and while miracles do happen – like in Michigan, I have an honest feeling that we’ll be saying farewell to him (at least in Pacific’s 2016 series) come March 15th. No idea whether or not he’ll be joining –

你知道为啥水哥这次在战斗机器人里吗?战锤梗里,如果星际战士(吐槽:我看你们翻译Space Marine怎么这么别扭啊)得到致命伤害后可以被装进这种铁壳里面来维持生命,靠战斗机器人来最后的为帝国付出。看看水哥现在众叛亲离的情况吧,佛罗里达基本上是这位的最后一战。虽然奇迹也许会发生,但我认为我们15号的时候,至少会在美舰本这个2016系列中,跟他说再见。我不知道他会不会遇见老 –

Yes, that is Jeb. Jeb has yet to endorse anyone at the time of us drawing this piece. At least, since the battle is ostensibly over Florida, he deserves a cameo.


Front-and-center is Ted Cruz. He presents himself as the “true conservative.” I mean, if we’re really going to go back to the conservative “roots,” might as well put him in something more period-appropriate.


That’s more or less the visible folks that the GOP is fielding. The crowd in all black? That’s up to you to interpret what it is. Hopefully I’ve made the reference to that particular piece of cheese abundantly clear – I haven’t played 40k in years, but I remember well when our Spiritual Liege decided to break all semblance of balance with one of those codex updates…

那,那边就是目前老共和党的盟军啦。他们背后的黑衣无脸群众?你可以自己脑洞想想他们是什么。总之我希望这个梗是比较明显的。我已经多年没玩桌游版战锤了,但当我们的Spiritual Liege选择更新某书的时候…那一刻,就是打破本来没有平衡游戏的平衡中,我仍然记得。


Now, the legions of the Man-Emperor of Mankind…


(战锤一般的玩笑是全人类不朽皇(God Emperor of Mankind)。这个梗有点太冷门,暂时就先不解释为啥叫这个了。)

Seriously, we flip between Gilgamesh and the Big E from 40k. He honestly works as both, and it works. Chris Christie you’ve already seen. The two guys that are new to this side are Dr. Carson, who just recently decided to endorse Trump, and a certain fabulous, fabulous man known to just speak his mind and isn’t afraid of anything.

Hey, if you still want to find out more, the internet’s right next to us. Don’t be shy. Dive in! Go! Read!





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(2016) Super Tuesday II

If only you could see ♪

That I’m the one ♫

Who understands ♪♪♪ –

So why can’t you see ♫

You should vote for me ♪

You should vote for me ♪

如果你什么时候能突然发现  ♪

我就是那个 ♫

那个可以理解你的人 ♪♪♪ –

你为什么不理解 ♪

你应该挑我  ♪

你应该选我 ♪



Hey folks. A few quick notes. While pretty much we finished conceptualizing the art design before Super Tuesday even managed to land, as we worked on the angle and the lighting and character arrangements, we ended up adding a little more to the picture.

大家好啊。仍然说几句话。我们虽然在超级周二前就已经设计好了这幅画的结构,但当司马开始挖细节的时候,我们发现有很多的东西 – 举个例子角度啊,灯光啊,以及人物等等,我们最后的细节比我们原来的想法要多的很多。

This is for Super Tuesday, but between now and a week ago, a few more elections have passed have passed. On the Republican side, four states – Kansas, Maine, Louisiana and Kentucky – voted on Saturday. Some people like to call it “Super Saturday” because again, it’s a diverse mix of states. On the democratic side Maine goes a little later, and there’s no Kentucky but Nebraska went instead.


Then, just yesterday, another bunch of states voted in the Republican primary. They’re Michigan, Idaho, Mississippi, and Hawaii. The democrats have slightly less states (Idaho and Hawaii go later), but the “build-up” of both is the same. After this heavy front-loading period, the battle’s supposed to be over. These races are designed to get the party a nominee so they can start on their favorite past-time: slinging mud at each other and fight over the presidency.


Yeah, haha. No. That didn’t happen. Anyways, let’s get started!


First, yes. That’s Louisiana. Chibi-form of course. I love Louisiana. Great state. Wonderful people. We just couldn’t fit the entire primary schedule into our drawing schedule. So we’re making a nod to her here instead.


Now, for this piece? The idea’s pretty simple. It’s a concert. Of course Tennsy would be singing at a concert meant to get people fired up to vote. Bet you didn’t know the normally timid Okie could get on stage and perform, huh? Well. She’s full of surprises too. 😉


On the outfits: When Sima asked if we wanted to do something special with costumes, I jumped on it. In a very small part as a tribute to someone who to me represents a particular aspect of Tennessee (and  of course, of us women) and of America, I’m proud to see how she – and this piece – turned out.



Okay, now, onto the fairies. No significant changes barring a few with clothing upgrades. Mostly everyone knows to play nice at least for this part of the performance. Mostly everyone, anyways.


Oh. Trump? He’s actually just kinda fun to draw because we can go wild with him. Trump doesn’t follow rules. Teflon Don is real, especially after seeing the blow-out that was yesterday’s results. He’s actually winning left and right, and right now, it’s looking like a battle between him and Cruz since Cruz is picking up states, too.

啊,特朗普啊?他…其实画他本人就是蛮好玩的。因为其实这家伙你可以随便开心的脑洞。特朗普现在已经开始超越规则了。英文这边开玩笑管他叫Teflon Don(Teflon,特氟龙(?),一种防止粘贴的东西),因为无论大家怎么攻击他这家伙目前似乎仍然不会倒。考虑他最近这一连串如同开了无双一样的胜利,我估计可能最后就是他对克鲁斯(Cruz – 抱歉我看中国媒体好几个不同翻译他名字的方式,所以我挑了一个)啦。

As for Hillary? Hey, look. You guys have a better meme for me to go with her that’s not #WhichHillary, I’m all ears. You guys know how to get in touch. In all honestly she’s got a very large delegate lead, and she’s trying her very best now to shut Sanders out so she can move on to face the Republicans.


The actual Super Tuesday was pretty much as expected. Trump won seven states, Cruz won four, and Rubio won one. No matter how you wanted to spin it, Trump won, once again proving that nothing is what it seems in this election cycle. On the Democratic side, Sanders won four and Hillary took the rest, winning handily (as expected).


Yet what happened between now and a week ago was nothing short of miraculous from the left and the right.


On the left, Sanders made history by proving every single poll wrong with a victory in the Michigan primary. Professionals are left scratching their heads because most polls have him losing Michigan by up to twenty points. A stunning upset such as this? Especially when Hillary has been nuking him to the ground in places like Virginia or South Carolina? Buhbuhbut muh minority firewall???


He deserves his costume upgrade.


(PS. Thanks to the two of you that wrote in after reading in between the lines last update – yes, you were absolutely right 😉


On the right? After enduring the singularly largest concentrated attack ads (mostly from his own party) in American history for more than a week straight, Trump took three of the four states in play. Before that, Ted Cruz fought him to a draw on Super Saturday, taking Kansas and Maine.


And then Trump wins states that the other three should be winning. Again.


Yeah, Republican primary turnout has gone way up. Reddit has imploded. Even now the GOP is fighting amongst themselves in a civil war that hasn’t been seen in seventy or so years.


Kasich… We’ll see if he lasts past Ohio. March 15th’s the date to keep an eye on, folks. Florida (Rubio’s home) and Ohio (Kasich territory) are both winner take all, which means all the delegates to the winners. Rubio’s star has faded. Winning Puerto Rico was small consolation for how badly he’s getting trounced. Ben Carson has already left gracefully, and I’ll miss him. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak once at my med school, and he honestly is, in my opinion, a very pleasant and capable man.



If it comes down to Trump vs. Cruz, then I think I already have some ideas in mind. Personally, I hope that this campaign’ll throw us a few more surprises. We’d love to keep making this series until the nomination contest ends. 🙂


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Format: Message, Personal
Object: Correspondence to Harry S. Truman, from Walter B. Smith
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Time (if known): Unmarked.

Mr. President,

Please see attached comments in regards to recent proposal submitted by USNSTEC.

I. I concur with the proposal regarding establishing core research facilities as part of USNSTEC strategic objective.

II. To answer the feasibility question, yes. Operational costs are not of concern given the prospective nature of threat. However even with proposed enlargement of recruitment efforts OSI simply will not have enough personnel to realistically supply USNSTEC with requisite talent. Ms. Iowa’s weaponry borders that of fables and the difference between it and our current scientific understanding of it is akin to the difference between a stone axe and an aircraft carrier. Further understanding of basic scientific principles is necessary and a breakthrough may take decades if not longer.

I am overstepping my bounds by commenting on this, Mr. President, but if this threat is global in nature we may wish to contemplate discussing the matter with our friends. Loathe I am to make the recommendation, perhaps former friends, fairweather friends, and possibly foes across the Atlantic & Pacific may be worth taking into consideration as well.

III. I have already reassigned as many personnel within my agency as we can towards the appropriate objectives. I am concerned, however, that this is a futile endeavor. We are fundamentally limited by the ability of our operatives to obtain intel in a timely manner. If the ABYSSAL is empowered by destruction, then I fear we may already be too late by the time we obtain news from our ocean watchers. Ms. Iowa is faster than anything in our arsenal, but even she cannot hope to stem the tide of terror and chaos that would surely strike the globe.

IV. I concur with the strategic impetus of maintaining secrecy. The enemy is aware of our actions, but if it assumes that Ms. Iowa is acting independently as they expect, then it will act accordingly. It is my opinion that we play along for as long as possible. Ms. Iowa will be able to buy us time assuming their goal will be to strike her down. That is only sensible, and it is why (on a personal note) I remain firmly opposed to committing her to combat unless we have no choice in the matter.

V. For full details please see attached. In short, my proposal consists of minimizing the utilization and application of our conventional military forces in favor of adopting our unconventional strengths. As you are aware, Mr. President, while I am not opposed to current proposals of aerial recon via strategic bombers or CV air-groups as submitted, it will almost certainly result in diplomatic tensions. The Soviets aren’t blind and they will know we are looking for something, and they can use this as a pretext to carry out their own objectives and influence the globe.

Commercial flights are at an all-time high and will only increase in the coming decades. I can and will place a man on every flight coming in or out of the country if necessary, but with Ms. Iowa’s tiny friends even that may not be needed. In attached please find schematic for observational device prototype used to house our miniature allies on trans-oceanic flights. No one will bat an eye if a handful of wealthy customers submits an extra luggage for check-in, and our military can always fill in the rest of the gaps as necessary.

Walter Bedell Smith
Office of the Director
Central Intelligence Agency

STEC Archives, Print Document Division

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Object: Correspondence to Walter B. Smith, from Harry S. Truman
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Dear Bedel,

Thank you for your excellent and timely commentary as always. I have been reading the proposals and like very much No.6 (the one involving aquatic critters). I have never been one for pets but the comforting thought of having a sea full of friendly eyes freely roaming about gives me much thought and optimism for the future.

You and our other co-conspirators have our unflinching support. Please proceed as proposed.

God bless.

Harry S. Truman


STEC Archives, Print Document Division
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Format: Historical Artifact
Object: Internal Bulletin, United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Location (if known): Recovered from wall-board #14, USFWS, Woods Hole Station
Time (if known): Unmarked.


The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency just asked for up to 200,000 aquatic creatures of various sizes, “preferably big enough to strap a moderately sized box on.”


[Curator’s note: For this particular bulletin, “Two hundred thousand” appears to have been heavily scratched in with a very blunt pencil, jabbed repeatedly with small, sharp objects, and had been repeatedly underlined for emphasis.]

Boys, I repeat, this is no joke. You can see the executive order attached.

200,000. 200,000.



[Curator’s note: penned in a different hand.]



STEC Archives, Print Document Division
Curator signature: Classified
Format: Message, Personal
Object: Correspondence to [Classified], from Walter B. Smith
Location (if known): Field Office #21, Central Intelligence Agency
Time (if known): Unmarked.


Tell your staff to do what they can with the giant crabs. I am personally not averse to crab cakes for the next four years but I expect we can probably recoup operational costs if we just funnel it back to the civilian markets. In either case I’m giving him a call tomorrow. With any luck maybe he’ll finally see how nutty the whole idea is – we’ve had an unprecedented string of failures for the last four months!

And get rid of that damn Manta already.

Lucky for the USFWS, the CIA was never able to seriously make headway with proposal no. 6, where some enterprising young associate director proposed to place fairies in waterproof boxes and strap them to captured sea creatures as a “passive” search strategy against the abyssal fleet. While the proposal was deemed a complete failure, a substantial (some would say excessive) amount of insight was gained in aquatic biology and would eventually contribute to the foundation of organizations such as the NMMP.

Insofar as this particular tale ends, the ending was a rather mundane one. America settled on the conventional (albeit boring) strategy of applying recon sweeps, mostly from the Strategic Air Command. For several years, special units of USAF heavy bombers swept over the world’s oceans as civilian research ships – built in increasingly large quantities – prowled the world’s oceans. Only a handful of those involved knew that their missions of observation and discovery carried an additional purpose: to watch vigilantly for any signs of the Abyssal threat.

The early days of STEC may seem a little strange to our modern day sensibilities. On one hand, it built a solid foundation of theoretical and applied knowledge, and helped to create a deep pool of talent (as well as the capacity to create that talent) that America would find herself drawing upon again and again. Yet, at the same time, some of the most outrageous ideas also arose from that transitional time period. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that despite all of its failures, in the end, STEC was able to meet most of its strategic objectives. It, like the rest of humanity, did what humans do, which is to fail and fail until it finally finds success.