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OP #AirCoverForHank

It was about time I wrote a sitrep, one year after I quit Ingress (for good, I thought at the time, deleted my account - level 11 back then), and some half a year after I started playing again, from scratch.

TL;DR version: one 4 layer gigafield, amounting to 416.810.520 MU ( 4 x approximately 104 million MU / layer), amazing international collaboration: Romania, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Russia, Georgia, and partially or entirely covering 15 countries on 2 continents. And what better time to create #AirCoverForHank  as he is heading to the ancient site of #Persepolis  , in Iran?
The long story goes as follows.

As if making the first ever Romanian multi thousand kilometers link to transport Lightman shard #34 was not enough ( story here: ).. we decided to make use of the initial clearing effort, the VRLA still in place, and actually create a Big Ass Field. I didn't even know what BAF stood for, before this (yeah, I had to look it up, as agents kept mentioning it on comm).

So after the shard #34 was successfully sent to Kazakhstan, it was business as usual. That means every other day @danboabes +Dan Boabes​​ would tell me he got keys from some city halfway across the globe, and that we should plan to make a big field. Today it's Svalbard, tomorrow it's Chernobyl, the next day it's Dubai, Singapore, and so on. After a while I started ignoring him.. having the keys is obviously not enough, and the planning, coordination and clearing efforts always seemed to be too much, close to impossible. But not this time! I was still a little skeptic, but lucky for us, agent @craiuVerde +craiu verde​​ got really (really!) excited about this, and soon dragged me into contributing to this plan.
Soon enough we were in contact with agents from Dubai, Turkey, Russia and Kazakhstan.

The easy part was choosing the anchor in Kazakhstan; we still had keys from the portal we sent the shard #34 to, and we knew the guys from Dubai had keys from the same(!) portal. Well, sifting through his huge collection of keys was not an easy task for +Dan Boabes​​, as we tried to select a good anchor in Dubai. But eventually one was chosen, "plenty" of time before the scheduled link time (4 hours away), and @craiuVerde and myself were still in Bucharest, planning, running for keys and VRLA’s. Yes we tried to create the fields before the very next CP. So back to the drawing board and coordination.

“Negotiations” with agent @clscoza(Dubai) started shortly after. Of course, who wouldn’t want to create such a field? But at that point we had only one layer planned. So we had to expand it :)
Yes, that meant taking down almost the entire town of Slobozia, as it was full of green blockers. Luckily one of our always extremely reliable local agents from Slobozia,@Hipernova +Eduard Emil​​ was already on top of it. Agents @ChieptanGeac and @Dima07 were quickly called in for support and off we went to Slobozia. Last moment stop, to get the Dubai anchor keys from @danboabes and extra VRLA’s, because he was unsure he was gonna make it to our anchor in time.


Russia (clearing lanes)

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@LONGMAN +Avtandil Kikabidze 
Info just came through, I Apologize for this delay.. Special thanks to agent @LONGMAN, who had to postpone his own OP to field Georgia, because of this gigafield, so he basically awaited for the next checkpoint, on top of the mountain. Like a true mountaineer! Thank you, mate!

Turkey (clearing lanes)
coordinator:@elrohirisilra +Emre YILDIZ​​ 
@theoryginal +Orhan KURULAN​​
@inanc +üstün inanc bayram​​ 
@yolgezer +Soner ÇONKARA​​ 
@Battlegazi +Özgür Ataş​​
@tahtakafa +murat aksoy​​ 
United Arab Emirates (clearing lanes, upgrading portals to link range)
coordinator:@clscoza +Craig Smith​​ 
intel & support:@davydd +Guido Freitag 
@LevelEight +Atif Siddiqui​​ 
@YoMamaSoooFat +Tajinder Singh​​ 
@rhX8 +Raed Hakim​​
Romania (clearing lanes)
@mariusrazvan +Marius Razvan Varvarei​​ 
@aShotgun +Durlicioiu Albert​​ 
@SergiuD99 +Sergiu Daniel​​ 
@kykyneatza +Cristi Ciocîrlan​​ 
@ChieptanGeac +raluca vladulescu​​
@Dima07 +Dimi Ionescu​​ 
@Hipernova +Eduard Emil​​ 
@mariusrazvan once again drove for more than 4 hours, back and forth, clearing all the eastern part of Romania, in a huge area full of blocker links. And again, he and his team had to wait for the others to be ready (almost in the middle of nowhere).. I bow to thee, my friend!
Keys transport:
@sanshine +Andrei Streche​​ 
@blins +Arnaud Bellen​​ 
@danboabes +Dan Boabes​​ 
@tudork +Tudor Kovacs​​

This OP was full of interesting “side-stories”, but I’ll only mention two of them now (otherwise this sitrep would seem like an unending story written by a smurf as a sitrep, spanning on tens of pages :p).
After the shard battle, so many flip cards were used, that agents we don’t usually meet in person, because they’re too far away, ran out of ADA and/or Jarvis viruses. So in came the problem. Agent @decodorum would gladly help again, but he had used almost his entire supply of ADA viruses, he definitely did not have enough to drop all blockers from Fetesti. Nobody could get to him in time, to deliver more ADA viruses. So we placed desperate calls on the local channels, for anyone who would have (and share) an ADA code card, for another agent to redeem…  Response seemed late, and soon enough we needed a Jarvis code too, to send to Turkey…  As luck would have it, both were found in time, with one already redeemed, but a new one came through, so we seemed to be out of the woods.

The other one was about how blockers kept popping up in Turkey. Agent @elrohirisilra +Emre YILDIZ​​ kept finding solutions for the nasty blockers, be them green or blue.. But one was particularly difficult, because it was in an area where he had no contact or knew any of the local agents. His solution was to get to an agent he had never talked to before, who was only level 3, and he could not know that he could trust.
Hmm.. sounds interesting, risky and 20 different kinds of trouble, but it was the only hope. Well, how about the fact he was only level 3 and he had to take down a full level 5 portal, deployed by a lvl8 agent and shielded? Yes, he had 2 Jarvis and 2 ADA, but his max 5000 xm bar was not enough! He needed 5001 xm. He had also never used a virus before, he didn’t know what they were for. That’s when @elrohirisilra came with the brilliant and (should have been for me too) obvious solution: he only destroyed one resonator, portal became level 4, and he could easily use a Jarvis to take it down. Amazing!
Just like in Turkey, blockers kept popping up in Russia, and our fellow Enlightened agents were kind of busy with the shards and other local OPs of their own. After all, we had just decided we were gonna try the field.. So word came through from agent @sprw that blockers on their side could only be dropped at least 30 minutes after the CP. Decision time.. Do we still go with it? Will the other lanes remain clear? Do we take a chance now, or do we postpone? Do we cancel?
Agent @LevelEight +Atif Siddiqui​​ in Dubai had already been waiting for quite a while, it was way past midnight there, and the following day was a working day in UAE. We decided to go for it. So, some 30 minutes later, all blockers were down and it was link time!

The “legal” speed @danboabes touched while driving to get the Romanian anchor in time will not be mentioned publicly. Nor will the car trouble he had, or how other mates are currently sleeping on the door mat.. for being so late (home) that night :D

Before I forget: thank you agent @IsamuSosamu[KA] +Polivkin Dmitriy​​ for keeping the target in Taldykorgan green throughout the operation!

And so the first ever gigafield planned in Romania was created: Slobozia [RO] - Dubai [UAE] - Taldykorgan [KA], and then three more of the kind :)

@LevelEight  : 104.194.776 MU
@danboabes : 104.199.192 MU
@craiuVerde : 104.201.472 MU
@SmurFracker: 104.206.244 MU
Thank you all for the first ever (successful) international OP that I’ve had the honor of being part of! We worked as a great team and we managed to bring Enlightenment to more than 400 million minds! GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

Many thanks go to the Romanian Enlightened community, the members of which keep the spirit of Ingress alive and who support us in all of our endeavors!

Until next time,
agent @SmurFracker 

+Ingress​​ +Matilde Tusberti​​ +Anne Beuttenmüller​​ +Joe Philley​​ +Enlightened Grassroots​​ 
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2? :D 
oh maybe 3, pure-trolling

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Whilst I really enjoyed the weekend at the #Cardiff anomaly a few agents have persuaded me to speak up against one of the anchors used against the Enlightened at the weekend to win the anomaly. 

Anchors Ahoy!
We had small field plans, we had big field plans, and then we had some more plans. 

We had our close fielding plan, which at this point was plan.... C? Or maybe Y. Anchors changed, blockers went up, and blockers were taken down. 
We got one, maybe two links in for our field 10 minutes before the first measurement window! Sadly, due to a popular blocking path and being physically inaccessible for months due to weather to get out to Flatholm Island, our plan was scuppered last minute by rogue links going in. 
An agent was dispatched to Mini Avon Lighthouse to take the offending blockers out and to one more try to take down the island blockers…

Kenti: “OK, I can't get out there unless I can get a plane, a boat or a helicopter.” 

At much distress from the Smurfs, Kenti took the lighthouse down. 
Smurfs: "It looks like you're floating in the sea!" 
Well, Occam's razor would have suggested a boat... 

We tried to get him closer the Flatholm, but the skippers wouldn't take him close because of the weather, reasonable given the gale force winds.

oh hells no
Nearing the end of measurement 2 the blue field went up. Agents were dispatched by the Ops team as soon as they could find the anchor. 
Following Google maps instructions, Chiyachan managed to beach his car close, but not close enough to the portal. 
No problem, just walk (run!) the rest of the way. 
Only to find a set of locked gates. 

When asked for help, the smurfs thought the driver was joking in a ruse to take the portal and refused to budge to help out a fellow agent. 

Teams November -5 and -17 volunteered to help the stranded agent, only to get to the farm land and get questioned by the farmer. We promptly turned around and headed up the other road along the Northern side of the castle to find an abandoned car in front of locked gates.

...Private access, displayed more than once. OK maybe there's a side entrance? Turns out, there is a public footpath that runs alongside the property - but not into the property. I didn't stay long enough chat to the two smurfs who were inside to find out they were with the owner of the property and apparently were not trespassing.

Sadly two questions still remain in my mind:
If they had gained lawful access to the property, why were the gates locked and the car left outside?
Why was the farmer (who finally rescued Chiyachan) upset about public access to the Castle?

After later bringing these issues to the Resistance, they claim entry to the site was done with the owner’s permission, and they had in fact locked themselves inside with the owner.
Whilst I would normally not really care about portals like this during normal game play, using an anchor which is illegal for one faction to access, then locking yourself in (and any real competition out) seems very unsporting. This is not the game I have come to know and love, and I know there are many smurfs out there who are great sporting individuals. 

It would be great if someone could reassess the score without the field in. This would be a fair, sporting result – if we still lose, I can happily accept that because we did the best we could within local law and the rules of the game.

+NIA Ops +Niantic Project +Brandon Badger 

TLDR, we hired boats, rowed kayaks & destroyed cars, all to get locked out of a castle. 

No flames, trolling or abuse on this thread please, comments will be moderated

Update 1: I've been passed a link to the castle: 
The Castle and outbuildings are in a state of disrepair and therefore are inaccessible to the public.

Apparently the castle was already green. I don't know when or how it was deployed, but it would possibly be reasonable that a portal with road that bad leading to it it would have been kept as a guardian from when the site was accessible (this is pure speculation on my part but a possible answer)
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I'm locking comments. 

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No derby North, no.
What the hell is wrong with 6.5k of you!?

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No, I think 6.5K are racist wankers. At least that's what I told the UKIP guy outside the polling station yesterday {;-)

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Portal lockdown glyph hack required?????????
Don't make me laugh, it's been 3 weeks now! Please provide an answer !

+Niantic Project +Ingress +NIA Ops 

Do you think I am a cheater? 
Time to get out of this limbo or stop sending me my portal approvals!!! 
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