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MOD Exercise - Neptune Warrior

The Ministry of Defence are holding another military exercise in Scottish waters. Scotland’s peaceful west coast has been transformed into a hotbed of terror in order to train military forces from four countries. In their scenario a series of warring paramilitary groups have been joined by a sinister terrorist group known as “An-Quaich”. Foreign fundamentalists mixing with home-grown independence enclaves in Skye, Rum, Coll and Tiree “with potential for terrorist and warlike acts” means violence is inevitable. And last month a fishing boat from the new Scottish nation of “Brownia” was sunk near Loch Ewe. The UK, France, Germany and the US are currently engaged in a major air, land and sea exercise stretching from Campbeltown to Cape Wrath. The cape, a military firing range, is under attack, while warships and submarines prowl the minches. The training course, which involves 14 boats, 50 aircraft and two regiments of the Joint Ground Based Air Defence, began on February 25 and is due to end this week. The imaginary scenario has provoked fierce criticism. “It is an offence to the people of Scotland for the MoD to invite the US Navy to sail into our waters to fire shells at Cape Wrath,” said John Ainslie from the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. “They’re adding insult to injury by suggesting the Highlands and Islands are occupied by warring clans and terrorists. Most Scots feel this nation should be a force for peace in the world, not a military playground.” Eleanor Scott, Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands, described it as “bizarre fantasy stuff”, adding: “If as much effort and imagination was put into resolving conflicts in the first place we’d maybe live in a more peaceful world.” A MOD spokesman claimed \"The west coast of Scotland is “one of the finest maritime training areas in the world\".