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Its technology shattered by decades of civil war, Atlantis and its few allies struggle frantically to construct a military/construction colony that will stop Lex Luthor from seizing the kingdom. But the poverty-stricken criminal genius also has to rely on a hodgepodge of incompatible technologies to mount his attack.

I'm hoping to purchase another train on January 9, so construction won't begin until January 10.

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LEX LUTHOR SUCCESSFULLY TESTS PIRATE TRANSPORTER SHIP!

Criminal Scientist Adds Star Trek Technology to Wooden Pirate Ship!

Scouts observed a wooden pirate ship transport eight pirates in different directions, giving Luthor the ability to transport his forces rapidly during a battle. Some observers reported that the transporter beams are blocked by any solid object, but the ship uses different heights and directions to get the pirates through.

 

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Folks, this is incredible. The battery-powered ship uses eight tiny projectors to flash clear, sharp pictures of pirates on the walls. This thing will definitely be a hit on my train lay-out.

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PLANS FINALIZED FOR NEW PURCHASE!

Atlantis Will Purchase New Diesel Train on January 9!

Replete with a fleet of various gauges and types of locomotives, Atlantis announced plans to purchase a new HO diesel train set this week. The underwater kingdom's technicians said that they are tired of burning coal underwater.

ATLANTIS ACQUIRES NEW CANNON!

Rusted Relic Pressed Into Service!

Atlantean scouts located a rusted-out human cannon, and human volunteers have been able to get it working. The weapon seems to have had a powerful motorized system that cannot be repaired, however.

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I got these at an open-air market this morning. The cannon uses three disc-shaped batteries of a size I have never seen before and the battery compartment is thoroughly rusted and corroded.

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ATLANTIS COMPLETES SECOND RAILROAD!

Work Halted Due to Conflicting Engagements!

After completing a second railroad, Atlanteans had to temporarily halt construction while the labor crew (that's me) had to do other stuff. But construction is expected to resume shortly.

 

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You GO Vince!  Yet, what about the submariners...Prince whats his name?

And Aquaman? And Lloyd Bridges/Mike Nelson from "Seahunt".   I like your combo of ingenuity and fantasy...

All this talk of water gets me thinking of strapping on my scuba gear and jumping in the Chesapeake for a "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea"...lol

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Jimmy, Lloyd Bridges/Mike Nelson was my favorite.  My brother and I used to have pretend knife fights rolling around on the floor or ground, where the guy with the knife just making a fist and the other seeing if he could keep from getting 'stabbed' with the invisible knife.  Then there was the slash of the invisible air hose.    See, we were smart enough play the rough game, but not use anything to get hurt!  

ATLANTIS REFLOATS SUNKEN SUPPORT SHIP!

Mexican Ship Sunk During Battle of Mid Day Returns to Service!

The obsolete warship ARM (Armada of Mexico) "Victory" had been sunk during the Battle of Mid Day, after it had inflicted massive damage on the pirate fleet. With one large cannon left, the WW2 heavy cruiser had connected MUK (My Underwater Kingdom) with the surface, supplying air and electricity to human workers under the surface.

Abandoned by the Mexican Navy after being sunk, the hull of the aged battle wagon was repaired underwater by Atlantean technicians and returned to the surface today. The unpowered vessel is being towed to Treasure Island for repairs, after which it will be berthed permanently and used as a support ship for Atlantis' new underwater colony.

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ATLANTIS CONNECTS SODOR ISLAND AND TREASURE ISLAND!

New Structure to be Heavily-Fortified!

A newly-manufactured "island" connecting the two original islands will be fortified to defend all three islands, plus the military colony beneath it. Atlantis is not accustomed to utilizing above-surface structures, but the underwater kingdom has been forced to adapt in order to face the menace presented by Lex Luthor.

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Mark Boyce posted:

You are going to need one of those wooden trains to go with the middle ages catapult there on Atlantis  

Both Atlantis and Lex Luthor abound in technological knowledge without the machinery, money, and minerals to fully exploit that knowledge. Both sides are using a hodgepodge collection of whatever equipment they can build, find, repair, or salvage.

LEX LUTHOR BUYS SUNKEN VALLEY RAILROAD!

Criminal Mastermind Claims All Land Rights To MUK and Atlantean Military Colony!

Analysts were taken by surprise when the defunct Sunken Valley Railroad, which had abandoned its underwater tracks, was purchased by Lex Luthor today. Lex explained that the talking fish of MUK had no contract and that no one has the legal authority to stop him. He added that the United Nations does not recognize Atlantis as a nation, so the underwater kingdom has no rights either.

But bewildered legal experts pointed out that Luthor does not have a nation either. Furthermore, the tracks are located in international waters, so no court has jurisdiction over competing claims. And with no clear boundary lines, ownership of the railroad's territory cannot be made clear.

LEX LUTHOR RESTORES SUNKEN VALLEY RAILROAD SERVICE!

MUK and Fort Good encircled by Restored Railroad!

Lex Luthor added a working diesel locomotive with a heavy-duty construction crane to Sunken Valley Railroad today. The new train, already in operation, encircles MUK and Fort Good, both of which have been annexed by Atlantis. Defended by talking fish and little else, MUK (which had annexed Fort Good after capturing it during the Battle of Mid Day) has refused to recognize the criminal mastermind's sovereignty, while Atlantis officially claimed all of the Sunken Valley Railroad today.

Analysts noted that the new railroad is not heavily-armed; furthermore, by using his scant resources to build the railroad, Luthor has provided Atlantis with a valuable military target that is difficult to defend.

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IRAN EXTENDS DIPLOMATIC RECOGNITION TO LEX LUTHOR!

Iran Demands Legitimacy for Rogue Scientist!

As tensions heightened in the Sea of MUK, Iran demanded that the United Nations support Lex Luthor against the "rogue American puppet" government of Atlantis. Tehran also demanded that Atlantis withdraw from its military colony, and that "bizarrely-costumed infidels" leave Lex alone.

A spokesman for the US stated that Atlantis is ruled by mermen, not puppets.

KNIGHTS OF ATLANTIS FORTIFY FORT COURAGE!

Iran Cautions Atlantis About Escalating Crisis!

A new military organization that has never seen combat, the Knights of Atlantis arrived in heavy numbers today at both Fort Courage and Treasure Island. With some veterans from both sides of Atlantis' devastating civil war, the unit appears to be equipped with a mismatched collection of obsolete military equipment.

Fort Courage is a newly-built above-water military outpost that connects Sodor Island and Treasure Island.  It was named from an intercepted message by Lex Luthor referring to it as "Fort Courage" and its defenders as "F Troop."

 

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ATLANTIC CAPTURES SUNKEN VALLEY RAILROAD!

Of Course You Know, This Means War!

Led by Aquaman himself, the Knights of Atlantis successfully conducted their first combat mission, capturing a train built by Lex Luthor, and securing the entire Sea of MUK for Atlantis. The undamaged train includes a large crane, gondola, and crane tender.

In a statement released through the Daily Planet's legal department, Aquaman claimed that the entire Sea of MUK had already belonged to MUK, which was voluntarily annexed by Atlantis.Since the purpose of the train had been to attack Atlantis, the underwater kingdom is keeping it as a prize of war.

 

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If he weren't already insane, Lex Luthor would have gone mad with laughter. Everything had gone according to plan.

Step 1: He had built a heavy-duty construction train without being detected.

Step 2 He had produced documents from the extinct Sunken Valley Railroad, buying their equipment and land.

Step 3  He had transferred his train to the railroad's last remaining set of tracks, right where he wanted the train to be.

Step 4  While diplomats argued the issues, he had secretly recovered all the cannons, scrap metal, and other equipment from the pirate ships sunk in the Sea of MUK.

Step 5 Exactly as planned, Aquaman had captured the train without damaging it. Now Atlantis would have to stretch its already thin resources to protect and maintain Lex's train until he needed it.

"And now," he grinned as he picked up his phone, "it is time for step 6."

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"The government of Iran is evil and insane," Lex explained over the phone," but they're also stupid and incompetent. So any spokesmen they get who are intelligent and sane do not truly represent them."

As his old acquaintance listened intently, Lex continued "Because you are evil and insane, as well as intelligent and competent, I have persuaded the Iranian government to offer you a very high-level diplomatic post."

"How high?" his acquaintance asked.

"High enough to have total diplomatic immunity," Luthor explained

"I'll take it!" exclaimed his acquaintance.

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