Hello, Britannians. A couple nights past, The Town Guard of Britain issued a ticket to Mikie of the Redcap Gang for the illegal docking of his large dragon freighter within the moat of Castle Britannia. As you might imagine, the exchange became a rather heated affair. Picture Taken By Cymidei Fier On May 25, 2009. Although I personally have no love of those crimson-scarved scoundrels and their strange mistress, and wouldn't shed a tear if their ships happen to catch flame, the heated exchange made it clear what changes we can expect with the ascension of Lord Gideon to Minister of Trade. As I'm sure many of you remember, once upon a time it was common practice for our realms most lucrative traders and merchants to dock their seacraft within the safety of the king's moat while they proceeded to hawk their wares to the crowds around Britain Bank. Of course, that is to be no more. We Britannians can now expect a hefty tax just to dock our ships at port, and an even heftier fine to partake in the so-called free trade that we once enjoyed. Independent Merchants are having even more trouble attempting to perform trade in the Capitol City, which has already suffered extensively from the rise of the Independant Luna. I attempted to question a member of the Britain Town Guard about the recent and unannounced change to the shipping laws. She replied that it had been parked there for far too long and then strode off, leaving this reporter with more questions than answers. As I was walking along the street on my way towards Britain Bank this evening, I noticed several ships now docked within the moat. A small fleet bearing crimson banners. I took the opportunity to view their names and speak with their crew, and discovered that the ships belonged to none other than the Redcap Gang. It would appear that in defiance of the King and his new taxes, The Redcap Gang has brought even more ships to choke the waterway surrounding his Castle. How with the Town Guard react? Or Casca for that matter? Stay tuned as we continue to watch this story develop. Joshua Harper, Reporter, Stratics Independant Herald.