Over the next day or two, fresh, handwritten newspapers would be found pinned to light posts, signs, billboards, and other various places around South Zagoria.
THE CHERNARUS GAZETTE
Wednesday, December 8th, 2017
PAU ATTEMPTS TO CONTROL PRESS
The People’s Army of Ukraine recently held our field reporter at gunpoint after he approached them for an interview. After taking our reporter’s backpack and rifle, the proceeded to accuse the newspaper of spreading “lies” about their organization. During the interrogation, our field reporter managed to conduct a short interview of his own.
After the interview, our field reporter was told that he could no longer write anything negative about the PAU, and focus on spreading false propaganda about them. He was also told that The Chernarus Gazette could no longer cover the goings on in any part of Chernarus or South Zagoria, except inside Stary Sobor. Our reporter was further intimidated into agreeing to their demands, and as one of the PAU soldiers stated, if we did not bend to their whims, they would have to “blow our brains out”.
The PAU claims to be in South Zagoria to help the people, and bring peace and order to the land. All the while, they wave guns in the faces of civilians, rob them of their supplies, and try to keep the people of South Zagoria all blissfully ignorant of the reality of the world. It is unknown if the PAU’s true leadership has come with them to South Zagoria, or if they remain in the Ukraine, or even if they know of how their troops are conducting themselves here in Chernarus.
There are also reports of the PAU actively searching for our news team; our field reporter/writer in particular. If the reports are accurate, they mean to silence The Chernarus Gazette through any means necessary, even murder.
WOMAN FORCIBLY DRUGGED IN STARY SOBOR
A woman named Quinn Gray was forcibly drugged on the 21st of November. The perpetrator, whose identity is unknown, managed to slip away before anyone could stop them. Quinn was left in a dilerium for quite some time after the unknown drug was injected into her. After becoming violent to others in the area, our field reporter momentarily restrained Gray with a Taser Baton, which in addition to her drug-addled state, knocked her unconscious. After coming to, and down from the drugs, Quinn returned to her normal self.
POLICE OFFICER BURNT TO DEATH IN KABANINO
Tragedy struck the small town of Kabanino last Saturday morning, the 2nd, when a police officer named Cecil was killed in a burning shed. During the beginning of an interview with the officer inside of a shed, both the officer and another man named Brock Spencer sitting in during the meeting smelled gasoline, before the temperature in the shack began to rose, and smoke filled the single room. When our reporter went to open the door, it was locked from the outside. As flames began spreading inside, our field reporter began trying to break the door down with a fire axe. Finally, the door gave way, and our field reporter and Brock fell out of the doorway, finally able to breathe properly.
The officer, Cecil, was not as fortunate, as the flames consumed him during his escape. Before anyone could help him put the fire out, he was gone. Around four men stood around the shed, who had been present before the interview, muttering amongst themselves as we tried to save Cecil. The men opted to run off soon after, heading east towards Stary Sobor, with Spencer going with them. It is suspected that these men started the fire which lead to the death of Cecil.
Only a few minutes later, Spencer returned to Kabanino, and sat with our reporter by a fire, sharing with him what he knew about Cecil. The pair then buried the man in the Kabanino cemetery. Only a single suspect was identified, one Hondo Francios.
SURVIVOR PROFILE: BROCK SPENCER
In this new addition to The Chernarus Gazette, we will include a report each Issue about a survivor that our field reporters have talked to in depth between papers.
At the age of 23, Brock Spencer moved to Philadelphia, where he became a driver for an influential mob boss in the city. At the request of Mr. Spencer, the boss’ identity will remain a secret. The mob boss was liked by many in the city, and even did a large portion of business that was legal. During his employment, he became close friends with the mob boss, who began teaching him the tricks of the trade. After eight years of employment, the mob boss invited Spencer to accompany him on a business trip to the small country of Chernarus, as to teach him more about his line of work.
When they landed at Krasnostav Airport, they found it practically deserted. Once near the outskirts of the runway, they found a man missing an arm, who Spencer states should have been dead. The man growled at the mob members, before charging at them. One of the enforcers escorting the mob boss brought the feral man down with a hit to the head. After this, more crazed individuals came out of nowhere, surrounding the group. The party ran to a vehicle that was awaiting their arrival, and sped away from the scene.
Later, when the group stopped at a gas station to figure out what was going on, they met some people who explained the outbreak to them. After losing his group over the past months, he headed south, meeting the late Officer Cecil, who was recently burned to death by unknown pyromanics.
TRADING OUTPOST ESTABLISHED OUTSIDE OF TORTUGA/STARY SOBOR
A trading outpost has recently been opened outside the town of Stary Sobor. Starting off as a few tents with some spare supplies in them, the outpost quickly grew into a thriving business. The traders moved their business across the street and into a large red barn, allegedly to prevent theft, which was a common occurrence at the old location. The owner, only known as Joey, set up the outpost less than a month ago, but has quickly turned it into the biggest trading hub in South Zagoria.
The outpost offers food, water, clothing, weapons, ammunition, medical supplies, you name it. Despite their improvements, some fear that a group only known as “the Communists” may try to bring down the trading operation, seeing it as an offense to their beliefs. Neither the traders, nor these “Communists” could be reached at this time for questioning.
NEW SLAVERY RING PLAGUES SOUTH ZAGORIA
A woman who was allegedly forced into slavery by a small group of bandits came to Tortuga (Stary Sobor) Thursday, December 7th. Estimates show that the group of slavers are at least 3-5 strong, and all heavily armed with automatic rifles. The escaped slave, who will remain anonymous for security reasons, claims that there were three other slaves when she escaped. The slavers also allegedly won’t enter Tortuga, supposedly in fear of the retaliation the civilians may give them. Their base of operation, as well as their “hunting grounds” are unknown at this time.
MARRIAGE OUTSIDE OF TORTUGA TRADING POST
A wedding was recently held outside of the trading post located on the outskirts of the town now known as Tortuga. The marriage was apparently a spur of the moment decision on the behalf of David and Fae Anderson, proposed by one of David’s friends, Josh. The couple were married by Minister Parker Lee on December 7th.