Comrade, I have terrible news for you this day. One of our beloved captains has passed away this week. He was on a mission to the Shogun Empire, but was lured into a trap- or so it seems. We will mourn his death and avenge his assassination! Fortunately one of his crew members found his mission log.
Mission log of Captain Galicin, in command of “Suvorov”
December 7, 1945
It has been a long journey from the port of Arkhangelsk to Hong Kong. We had to navigate treacherous waters and pay off pirates to reach our destination. Our diplomatic mission must succeed. It is my duty to deliver the representatives to the Emperor so that they might reach an agreement. Hong Kong looked like a swarm of fireflies in the night as we approached the harbor. The east is indeed mysterious.
December 8, 1945
After arriving at port, me and the two diplomats, Levronov and Shinkov, were invited to attend a dinner in our honor, hosted by the local governor. It didn’t work out the way I had planned; as soon as we arrived, Shinkov had disdain and disgust written on his face. I know he is profoundly anti-imperialist, but he must not show it so easily. We were far from home on an important mission and we were far from safe. When he had a few drinks, he committed the ultimate faux pas; he said that the idea of a divine Emperor is preposterous and that the Empire should begin a glorious revolution of its own. I saw the governor nod to a noble lady sitting near him and she briefly fixed her eyes on Shinkov. I’m not sure what this means and I pray that our host made nothing of it.
December 9, 1945
We returned to our ship after the dinner and I issued an order for everybody to stay on the ship and not to go into the city. Shinkov disobeyed my orders and with a few sailors went to shore. This was madness! They should have obeyed my orders as a commanding officer. The people of the party believe everything is allowed and now Shinkov is nowhere to be found. I interrogated the sailors and they claimed to have lost him in the red light district of the city. I fear for his safety.
December 10, 1945
Something has gone terribly wrong! Shinkov seems to have disappeared without a trace and now Levronov has fallen ill with a fever that is getting worse by the hour. I fear that he has been poisoned for no disease progresses so quickly. The man looks like he is on death’s doorstep. Those treacherous imperialists have poisoned Levronov and killed Shinkov. The noble lady from the dinner with the governor seems to be a doctor, because when we sent for medical officials, she arrived and claimed to be sent by the governor to provide medical assistance. She visited our food stocks to see our diet in order to determine if it’s a disease or something in our food.
Captain Galicin’s body was shipped back to the Soviet Union when he passed away two days after the final entry in his diary. The official version is that he contracted malaria in the tropical climate of Hong Kong. The doctor that came to visit the ship is unavailable for official statements. An investigation is pending.