Spanish Heatwave Visiting Great Scotlan

The top Spanish Super Hero, Heatwave, is visiting Great Scortlan on a tour of Great Scotlan as part of a joint nation crack down on drug smuggling. The Spanish hero is said to be talking to Dark Moth, TAXIman and Blade Kinsobe about how the two nations heroes can be more involved in the war on drugs and war on smuggling.

This is part of the worldwide initiative to find and stop any production or storing of an illegal, weaponised and extremely deadly, super power enhancing drug. The effects of which wracked Birmingham in the I.B.M. incident.

Heatwave is not only a Spanish hero but the Minister of Interior in Spain. The Minister of Interior has a number of duties which includes presiding over police, national defence and immigration. So will be meeting with multiple politicians and police forces across Great Scotlan to discuss tightened security and new routines.

Heatwave is also giving a number of public speeches and attending many events as a hero, but is not on active hero duty while within the country.

The Great Scotish Public have been overwhelmed by his presence so far. He is expected to stay for a further 7 days.

Sarah Thorneson

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Day 5 of the ULH vs the USA

It has been 5 days since the trial of the USA began, as expected not much has been said or done as of yet. The battle is expected to take months. But in the USA much has changed, with the ULH and UN in control and Star Weaver the acting head of the USA, much has happened. Accordingly 500 riots and violent protest were stopped before they had a chance to occur and some 3000 people were arrested as a result. Successful crime rates have fallen, with most suspects arrested before they had a chance to carry out any offence, although almost all arrests have led to nothing more than a slap on the wrists. There has yet to be a single delay in public transport and traffic jams are at a record low for the past 3 days. Soup kitchen and homeless shelters have spoken about a massive increase in food. Employment has risen by 2% and all shops have recorded a minimum of 5% rise in profits over the past 5 days. The USA has seemingly become an efficient machine thanks to the appointment of specialised peoples to every major role in the USA’s political system and infrastructure.

That being said, stress levels are up, fear of arrest is up and citizens constantly report a feeling of unease and feeling imprisoned.

There have also been concerns about freedom of speech and spying after many people have been arrested for hate speech, conspiracy to plot a crime, treason and sexist, lbgtphobic or racist view points, all of which can lead to hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences.

Fear of prisons overflowing were “put at ease” with the announcement of a prison reform and 200 planned “Reformation Centres” these buildings are slated to be in working order in 2 weeks time. A very efficient machine indeed.

Sarah Thorneson

Sidehire’s side job causing rifts in the ULH?

Submerging Wave, Greece’s top hero and one of the Universal League of Heroes’ top 5 heroes, recently hired Sidehire, the convicted super villain, as an adviser. This raised many eyebrows in the hero world and normal world alike. Although other heroes including Dark Moth, the hero Sidehire has declared a vendetta against and who is currently investigating Sidehire for involvement in a recent case, have yet to speak out against this choice.

Submerging Wave has been very quiet as of late, being involved in less cases and seen with other heroes less often. Normally other top heroes would regularly be seen visiting Greece to aid Submerging Wave, but for the past week they have been seen less often in Greece and even less often with Submerging Wave.

Submerging Wave has also not been spotted in the USA where the ULH and UN have taken control and many other heroes from around the world have been stationed there. This is all inconclusive but could point to evidence suggesting that Submerging Wave has been distanced from by the ULH, and that cracks are forming in the ULH upper echelon at such an important time.

Whatever the case we hope that the hiring of Sidehire was the right thing to do and that it is just coincidence that Submerging Wave seems to be distanced from by his peers.

Sarah Thorneson

Business Not Quite As Usual in the “Super” USA

With the ULH and UN vs the USA case ongoing, the United States of America has become tense, with a feeling of unease coating the nation. The citizens have been told to go about their days as usual. But without President Farttington raving on the news and social media and with UN and ULH official on every corner, no one really knows what to do.

Many are claiming the UN has turned the USA into a prison or a military state, others are saying the citizens have been turned into nothing more than a possession or bargaining chip. Many claim to feeling like a hostage.

But this morning a number of laws were repealed and a number of other laws were enforced. Strict and “inhumane” immigration policy was changed, prisons have been told to reform, minimum wage is going to be increased, food and health standards are to be raised, LGBT and race protections are to be implemented and updated, and gay marriage has been legalised.

Star Weaver the acting head of the USA has announced a review on gun laws and police tactics are to be undertaken.

Many liberal citizens of the USA are proclaiming the take over a gift from god and hope the USA never regains its independence if it means losing the new laws and regulations.

Many conservative citizens believe the entire take over is a conspiracy to take away what makes the USA the USA. That the new laws are not in the people’s best interest and Star Weaver should not have the authority to make such changes.

Many world leaders and government officials have been quoted to say they fear a similar take over, especially those countries with more conservative constitutions.

Sarah Thorneson

USA vs ULH and UN

The Universal League of Heroes and United Nations are taking the Government of the United States of America to court, the International Court of Justice will be working along side the Open Hero Committee to bring a resolution and justice to the situation.

The situation involved the recent events with Star Weaver at its heart. The UN and ULH took over and arrested the personnel of a USA Government facility in the USA, after Star Weaver’s staff turned up with in the facility. The International Court of Justice and Open Hero Committee are working to determine who is responsible for the theft of Star Weaver’s staff, and her attempted murder, the reason behind it and the level of responsibility for each person involved. The ULH and UN, desire to charge all involved with attempted murder, theft of ULH property, attempted illegal acquisition of Weapons of Extraordinary Destructive Power, hiring of a known criminal, harbouring known fugitives, smuggling and unethical use/theft of public funding.

The USA Government denies all involvement and claims all personnel and known persons involved acted in secret and independent of the United States Government and all affiliated peoples. There is no word as of yet if there is any evidence or confessions that support or refute these claims.

Other than Cleandemise it is unknown who was arrested or which facility was involved. Until the trial ends, the ULH and UN are taking over all official task of the United States Government including national defence. UN and ULH soldiers, personnel, vehicles and property have been spotted at every known USA military base, port, court and government building. The UN and ULH have made a statement claiming they will work in the best interest of the citizens of the USA and will work with the current elected Government to make sure that happens, but until a new bond of trust can be made, the USA Government can no longer be trusted to act independently, or make any decision without extensive scrutiny.

President Farttington released a statement “I am not to blame, we will get our country back, they are Tyrants. They probably faked everything.” World Leaders across the globe are openly supporting Farttington.

Soldiers across the USA have spoken to reporters claiming the take over was sudden, “one second there we were going about our day, the next second we had foreign soldiers pointing guns at us, and our own heroes along with foreign ones, stood alongside them. we couldn’t do anything, our guns wouldn’t work, grenades became duds, vehicles stopped working at all and all these aggressor had the letters UN emblazoned on their gear. They were everywhere, in the bunkers, in the offices, store rooms, they knew every little detail of the base. They appeared from thin air. It was terrifying, in the end we just did what they told us. And they simply told us to do our duty as normal.”

Nigh identical reports are pouring in from around the country.

Star Weaver is the acting leader of the USA until the trial ends, having been voted in by the members of the International Court of Justice and Open Hero Committee.

The International Court of Justice is situated in the Netherlands and deals with international issues and disputes, acting independently from any one nation. The USA has had its disagreements in the past, but with the aid of the ULH, the UN seems confident in its ability to enforce rulings onto the USA.

The Open Hero Committee, is an organisation set up to settle legal issues involving heroes and is the creator of the Heroic Code of Conduct a legal document that both protects heroes from the law, but also enforces a strict set of rules on heroes, the Open Hero Committee rarely enforce any of their rulings and instead relies on the police and other law enforcement of  the countries to deal with sentencing.

Sarah Thorneson

Star Weaver And Her Staff Have Appeared In An American Facility

Star Weaver‘s Staff and more importantly Star Weaver herself, alive, have appeared inside a USA Government Facility. On June 20th Star Weaver was believed to have been killed and her staff stolen by what was suspected to be the assassin, Cleandemise. But today an undisclosed USA Government Facility was shutdown and taken over by a team of heroes including Star Weaver, inside the facility Cleandemise was captured and stripped of his powers by Star Weaver. The Universal League Of Heroes (ULH) who arranged the operation made the following statement; “Star Weaver’s death was planned from the moment we made her a hero. We assumed an organisation would desire her staff and would be willing to use an assassin to get it. Star Weaver faked her demise, hid within her own staff and upon reaching its destination and having sufficient evidence, she called in a team of specialised Heroes, including Lightning Slash and Power Bomb. The heroes rapidly took control of facility, detained the staff members, and confiscated all documentation, research materials and equipment.”

The ULH spoke of the capture and stripping of powers of Cleandemise. “While it is true we have captured Cleandemise and he has temporarily been rendered powerless, he has not been completely stripped of powers. Lightning Slash engaged him in combat, and assaulted him with a barrage of powerful combat attacks which lasted without pause for 10 minutes, each individual attack enough to cripple his body and knock him unconscious. Once we were sure he would not be able to instantly recover we paused the assault to have Star Weaver render him powerless while he was unconscious. He is expected to make a full recover despite his entire body be shattered and crushed.”

The UN counter terrorism force, assisted in the detention of the captured staff and military, and are assisting in the diplomatic talks with the USA Governing bodies involved.

The Secretary of Defence and the President both deny involvement or knowledge of the events, and claim the facility and staff acted independently and not on official orders, the ULH and UN will have the White House and Pentagon’s full cooperation in these matters.

The ULH answered questions addressing why they set up such a risky trap. “We have created extremely potent weapons that many people wish to get their hands on. This was an exercise to get to know our enemies and to warn them, as well as to show villains who work in the shadows, that our heroic light leaves no shadows to hide in. We have also been trying to crack down on supers for hire and assassins like Cleandemie. The operations to do so were very high cost and had low success rates. This one involved far less cost, and had far greater chance for success. Ultimately we are locked in a vicious game of chess, and this was our first play.”

The entire affair has had extraordinarily mixed responses and caused a variety of tensions and emotions in the world populace. The ULH seems to want  to put itself at the centre of the world and become the force that polices the world. So far it is extremely successful, many worry this will turn into a worldwide dictatorship, with one faction holding all the power.

Sarah Thorneson

Russia Anti- Super/Hero Celebration Event Ends In Fire

Today, as the world’s eyes are on Russia due to the world cup, a huge military parade was arranged and marched through the streets of Moscow, and around the Kremlin. With it Russia unveiled all its latest anti-super technology, weapons and innovations. The events started well, with a minor crowd mainly of the visiting heroes, but it would end in tragedy for the Kremlin and Russian military, the display of weapons and equipment were meant to be turned on and fired at dummy targets but instead the equipment exploded and burst into flames ineffectively.

No one was seriously harmed and the only injuries were minor, suffered by the weapon operators, heroes on the scene were quick to make sure everyone was okay and the disaster did not spread.

The Kremlin has released an official statement. “The weapons were only tests and prototypes, we were prepared for this event, but the technology is coming along. We believe the weapons may have been sabotaged and are looking into it. We will punish any enemy spies.”

The USA President Farttington said the day was spectacular and should not allowed to be marred by “such a minor inconvenience.”

ULH (Universal League of Heroes) has not made an official statement and is not expected too.

Sarah Thorneson

Bad News All Round In World Politics

The USA decided it would be good fun to pull out of the Human Rights committee, while its president is threatening the Transgender community, calling Latino’s and Blacks violent and responsible for most crime, and he is also cruelly detaining refugees and taking away their children… meanwhile his vice president has been threatening to cruelly torture and kill LGBT persons for years, in an attempt to “cure” them.

In Europe, they seem intent of banning internet culture, fair use and destroying small news businesses with two articles passing through the EU court today. The two articles still need to pass one more judgement before they can begin being put into law, but if they are passed… well, we may as well give up on the internet.

Italy’s president has also said he wants all none Italians out of his country.

Fun times I say… it is nice to know we are living in such a caring, tolerant and accepting time, that was sarcasm.

But it is worth remembering that what is happening today is still progression from not even that long ago, if we work together we can get over this hump and get back on track with progression and acceptance. The Universal League of Heroes has one statement for all these events “The true villains of this world are the politicians.”

Sarah Thorneson

Magic Money Tree To Help Fund The NHS

A magical money tree has been discovered, and the government is planning on using it to help fund he national health service. Economists don’t worry, it doesn’t produce literally money that will cause great inflation, it is apparently more of a magic business tree of  finance. The government plan on using the tree’s magical abilities to cut £20 million a week from their budget without losing any productivity or conveniences. Where is the money coming from? Well, as it turns out the top brass in government services and government funded services will be taking a considerable pay cut many of whom get payed well over 3 times as much as the Prime Minister who herself gets payed £150,000 a year. In addition a reworking of a few government organisations allows for improved efficiency and productivity without spending as much on materials and resources.

The tree has apparently spotted many issues with productivity distribution of pay, corruption, ineffective use of resources and poor investing across all sections of the government, and has warned the government to invest in expensive but reliable and good systems, materials, buildings, education and so on to save immense amounts of money in the long run and boost the future economy of the country. The Prime Minister has stated she will take the tree’s advice to heart and slowly implement new measures. When questioned how the country got into such a state her response was “We are not magical trees of knowledge, we are just humans trying our best and we (the current government) are not to blame, these are issues every government to date has contributed to. We can only try to fix the wrongs of the past, mainly the wrongs of the Working Party.” She did not answer question regarding the current state of the education system or the poor material and quality of buildings built or implemented in a time when the Preserver Party was in power.

The leader of the Working Party has also made a speech in response “The Preserver Party, is the party currently in charge, they have been for a while. We at the Working Party, knew the tree’s advice and wouldn’t have needed it. It has always been the Preserver Party to ruin the economy and reward the rich. We at the Working Party have always been the ones to try to fix it.” He refused to answer questions about how it was when the Working Party were in power that top well payed government funded jobs received their highest pay raises to date but the lowest paid received no such rise, or how many of the poorest performing computers and software in government and schools were put into use by the Working Party.

Politics… maybe we should just focus on bettering our economy and country rather than blame shifting and petty squabbling.

Sarah Thorneson

U.L.H. HQ. Completed After 5 Years Of Construction

The Universal League of Heroes (ULH) finally have a finished Headquarters which is situated almost exactly at the centre of the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest man made structure to ever exist, at 2.5 Km wide and the tallest point being almost 1 Km above the surface of the ocean, while traveling over 5 Km below the surface of the ocean. No structure or project in history is anywhere near as ambitious or impressive. Despite only being finished today, the structure was functional within the first year of construction.

The construction was a joint project with funding and support from every country in the world, and utilised the powers of many supers most of all the Heroes who would be using it as a home and place of work. Vast amounts of magics were utilized in the transporting of materials. construction, design and the sustaining of each and every piece of the structure. Submerging Wave has been noted as essential in construction of the seabed base.

Within its confines is a two layer civilian airport and hotel. The airport is often used for fuel stops for long haul journeys and was the first, above the sea surface, part of the structure to be finished. The airport and hotel also offers support and services to damaged planes and planes that are grounded due to poor weather. The hotel is where most journalists and politicians can expect to spend the vast majority of their time. A rather impressive and inspiring part of the structure is the underground runway that sits below the surface runway. The mages who live and work within the HQ along with specialised tech keep the surrounding weather clear when required for flights and safety.

It also houses two floating ports to the east and west, each of these ports are capable of docking 2 of the largest ships in the world, in addition to other more conventional sized vessels. The ports and docked vessels can be easily raised the 200 meters to the main structure where the ports will fit in seamlessly.

Within the main base is a bunker known as the Last Saviour, an “impregnable” bunker that runs through the base under the ocean and far below the ocean floor, it is capable of housing 3.2 million people, has artificial sunlight, indoor farms, orchards, wildlife zones and more. Only 100 people have ever seen inside this bunker. The care-taking of it is left to golems, demonic servants and advanced AI robots.. It is only to be used in an event that has made or will make the earth uninhabitable.

The primary confines for the heroes, is apparently large enough to permanently house 1500 heroes and their families (ULH currently only has 326 members). It has numerous facilities for those living inside from a theme park, to pools, to shopping centres, warehouses, arcades, play centres and nature parks. As you can imagine it also contains all the facilities heroes would need, from armories, teleportation and gateway centres, magical research labs, high tech labs, factory facilities, conference rooms, 12 vertical take off and landing pads, and much more.

It is theorised to have the greatest military potential of any country (despite it not being a country), in terms of weaponry, the entire body of the building is coated in stealthed and shielded weapons, the likes of which exist no where else in the world, from turret cannon and lasers, to missile systems, emps, mortars, torpedoes, magical signal blasters and much more. Within, it houses thousands of jets, helicopters, ships, submarines and vessels that I don’t have an official name that is shared with the public. All of which can be controlled by a complex AI and Magical Index system. The armoury is said to hold an arsenal of weapons that only the few heroes that created them could tell you about, not that they would. These weapons and other equipment again are said to have a terrifying potential beyond anything else.

Thankfully only the heroes, families and personnel approved by the ULH have access to the main base. And only high ranked members have access to the operations areas and only the highest ranked few have access to any of the storage, armory and weapon systems. Accordingly no physical or digital documentation exists of any of these items and those who’s memories could be cleared of any data had their memories wiped of the data. The ULH has stated that they do not wish any government or persons to have access to such equipment, but the world will likely require such items to exist in order to protect it. Many people have cited PowerFactor and Pretty Princess as reasons such destructive items may have to exist, especially if certain heroes were to no longer be around in the future.

Various government bodies have complained about the heroes weaponising themselves and their facilities. The ULH created its weapon systems and armory without the consent or knowledge of any government body. The ULH response has been one that villainised the very governments that helped form them, “We cannot allow military power to continuously dictate what occurs in the world. These precautions make sure no government body can ever bully or attack the ULH or its members. Equally we cannot allow just a few rogue states to police the world. The reason for the ULH existence is to protect and police the world. If any nation wishes to have a war, remember, they will have to speak to us and your nukes are meaningless to us.” Many have applauded the ULH, and many worry about future generations of heroes being too power hungry and abusing the power of the ULH. Over the past 4 years since, the world has seemed to unify around the ULH and world wide denuclearisation seems closer than ever.

On a personal note, writing about the ULH and the building feels strange, like I am tasked with describing something from a story or cartoon, not a real life organisation, structure and series of events. But considering the power that the top heroes wield, I shouldn’t be so shocked by the fact I am writing this article.

Last year two of Fluff Tuft News own members were invited to tour the base and given the opportunity to apply for a job at the base. These were Gothboth Le Strenge and Temperance Carter. Gothboth Le Strenge had the opportunity to re-enter magical education and take up a role as one of their mages or magical researchers. Tempi was scouted for her ability to communicate with any living thing, a power that is useful for international and extraterrestrial relations. Clearly both refused the offers but none the less used the opportunity to tour the facilities, on the 15th of June this year, so this Friday they will finally be allowed to release articles describing their experiences and what they saw. So expect them soon.

Sarah Thorneson