However, in another time, another place, the recent defence of Brnad has led to new developments. The authorities have, rather tardily, ordered more garrison artillery to the city, yet there is no word of more boots on the ground. But honest, patriotic Maltovians are not going to stand by while the spineless so-called Liberal government leaves the heroic town of Brnad to another descent by the Lovitznian foe. Under the local leadership of 'Buller' Szlod, the men of the Maltovian National League (MNL) have organised and armed themselves:
Here we see Szlod and the local MNL men out on their first exercises.
As can be seen the MNL draws its support from all classes and conditions of men, united by their fierce love of their homeland, their contempt for the easy cosmopolitanism of Maltovia's so-called leaders who advise the King so badly, whose only loyalty is to foreign gold!
Fortunately for the Brnad MNL, Szlod is an old friend of Maj. Vlasov, who, it is rumoured, is a secret card-carrying member of the movement.
Little wonder 'Buller' Szlod stands tall near the famous Brnad oak, scene of the bitter defeat of Maltovian forces at the hands of the invading Ottoman, centuries before.