"Attention on deck!" barked Marine First Sergeant Petrus Saalwächter as First Lieutenant Matthias Valentiner entered the large room within the Hamburg USE Marine barracks set aside for the daily administrative duties of India Company, Third Battalion, First Marines.

This being a Monday morning, the time reserved to hold NJP (non-judicial punishments) for minor offenses committed by company members during the previous week, most of the tables and chairs used by the officers and clerks were placed against the wall . . .

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