Scene: the throne room. Count Herman of Munster has returned from the Duchy of Fenwick and is in discussion with King Leopold IV.
King: A successful visit to Fenwick then dear Count ?
Count: Yes your majesty. your sister Alice and Duke Maurice are now married - I attended the ceremony before I left. Your sister really loved that Meissen tea service you sent for a present. The happy couple are off for a tour round Fenwick, then they will be visiting us here.
King: I would love to see the look on King Francis of Monrovia's face when he hears the news.
Count: I bet he will have another temper tantrum.
King: So we've stopped Monrovia from getting round our northern flank.
Count: Yes, even if Monrovia tried it they'd have to reduce the border forts and then face the Fenwick army; giving us plenty of time to come to their aid.
King: Did you here the news from Tippelbruder?
Count:Yes, it reached me while I was in Fenwick. Duke Maurice was pleased we'd been involved in defeating the Stagonian punishment force.
King: Ah, Brother James has just arrived .. we need to show him those strange papers which were recovered recently when a Uhlan patrol captured some brigands. Borther James come with us to the library ...
[Note: the throne room backdrop is the one in Buckingham Palace]
At the port ....
5 days ago