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The town of Bakkala was certainly one of the most famous in northwestern South Dakkastan. The dates, olives, and pistachios of the region were prized for their delicate flavour. The ivory-coloured wool of its goats was highly regarded for it softness and reputed ability to repel the undead. It was the site of the Clay Mosque of Abu Daoud, renowned for its smooth strangely curving lines, bright blue dome, and gilded minarets. Bakkala had, by virtue of its location, also been known throughout history as the “gateway to Derka-Derka”—for the town sat astride the famous Silk Road (now renamed “Highway 20″) that led eastwards through the arid scrub and hills to the South Dakkastani capital.
Shortly after the Kirkland incident, Bakkala would become the site of the first major battle of the war (variously known as “Operation Hegemonic Moral Self-Assuredness” in the Federated States of Natonia, and as the “Great Patriotic War and Jihad Against the Imperialist Infidel Aggressors and their Lackeys” in the Republic of South Dakkastan)....