In one week officials from Ivona, Vohemar, Erealia, and Kropmork will be meeting at the site of the Hegua Lake explosion to discuss the fallout of the international Denouement Conspiracy as well as their plans for the new territory below the cloud barrier. While most questioned officials have kept mum, here's what Deputy Mayor Saul Robinson of Berum has to say.
"The first order of business will be a truce between Vohemar and Ivona," he said. "We were an inch within all out war with both each other and the BUM before the recent disturbances in the Badlands, and that's not something either of us want a repeat of - especially not until we find out just how deep this conspiracy runs."
Ivona, too, is concerned about the effect Denouement and and their allies had on domestic affairs. President Maurice Wilsborough has recently come under fire for suspected involvement with Denouement's allies, and Parliament has started to push a full blown investigation into Ivona's military. Past accusations into BUM and Joseph Falls have also come under serious scrutiny.
"Ivona has no interest in pursuing past conflict," stated MP Romilda Groves. "Our primary concern at the moment is investigation and reform, to ensure that we don't fall prey to the machinations of another mad group."
While international investigations into Denouement continue, debate over what to do about the world below are just beginning to brew. According to a joint statement by Robinson and Groves, the current plan is not individual exploration teams, but rather an international convoy of government and civilian experts in navigation, diplomacy, and the sciences. However, it's not just Ivona and Vohemar, or even Erealia and Kropmork, who will be involved; rumor has it that ships from Garrettstown and other major Badlands settlements will also be involved in the exploration effort. There have also been rumors of major nations withdrawing their ships from the Badlands, though whether or not this is a step towards Badlands sovereignty has yet to be seen.