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Alderney (French: Aurigny; Auregnais: Aoeur'gny) is the most northerly of the Channel Islands and a British Crown dependency. It is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It is 3 miles (4.8 km) long and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide. The area is 3 square miles (7.8 km2), making it the third largest island of the Channel Islands, and the second largest in the Bailiwick. It is around 10 miles (16 km) to the west of La Hague in the Cotentin Peninsula, Normandy, in France, 20 miles (32 km) to the north-east of Guernsey and 60 miles (97 km) from the south coast of England. It is the closest of the Channel Islands to France as well as being the closest to England. It is separated from Cap de la Hague by the dangerous Race of Alderney (Le Raz).

The island has a population of only 2,400 people and they are traditionally nicknamed vaques after the cows, or else lapins[2] after the many rabbits seen in the island. The only parish of Alderney is the parish of St. Anne which covers the whole island.

The main town, St. Anne, or ('La Ville' or simply 'Town' in English) is referred to as 'St Anne's' (more accurately: 'St Anne'). It features an imposing, pretty church and unevenly cobbled high street. There is a primary school, a secondary school, and a post office as well as hotels, restaurants, banks and shops.

History

Alderney shares a history with the other Channel Islands, becoming an island in the Neolithic period as the waters of the Channel rose.

The etymology of the Island's name is obscure. It is known in Latin as Riduna but as with the names of all the Channel Islands in the Roman period there is a degree of confusion. Riduna may be the original name of Tatihou, while Alderney is conjectured to be identified with Sarmia. Alderney/Aurigny is variously supposed to be a Germanic or Celtic name. It may be a corruption of Adreni or Alrene, which is probably derived from an Old Norse word meaning "island near the coast". Alternatively it may derive from three Norse elements: alda (swelling wave, roller), renna (strong current, race) and oy or ey (island).

After choosing independence from France and loyalty to the English monarch in his role as the Duke of Normandy, in 1204, Alderney developed slowly and was not much involved with the rest of the world. That is, however, until the British government decided to undertake massive fortifications in the 19th century and to create a strategic harbour to deter attacks from France. These fortifications were presciently described by William Ewart Gladstone as "a monument of human folly, useless to us ... but perhaps not absolutely useless to a possible enemy, with whom we may at some period have to deal and who may possibly be able to extract some profit in the way of shelter and accommodation from the ruins." An influx of English and Irish labourers, plus the sizeable British garrison stationed in the island, led to rapid Anglicization. The harbour was never completed - the remaining breakwater (designed by James Walker) is one of the island's landmarks, and is longer than any breakwater in the UK.

At the same time as the breakwater was being built in the 1850s, the island was fortified by a string of 13 forts, designed to protect the harbour of refuge. The forts now contribute greatly to Alderney's unique charm. The accommodation quarters of several of the forts have been converted into apartments; two are now private homes; and one, Fort Clonque, situated at the end of a causeway which is flooded at high tide, now belongs to the Landmark Trust, and can be rented for self-catering holidays. It was at Fort Clonque that the film "Seagulls over Sorrento" was shot in 1953. Some of the forts are now in varying stages of dereliction: the most ruined being Les Hommeaux Florains, perched on outlying rocks, its access causeway and bridge having been swept away long ago. Perhaps the most romantic of the forts is Houmet Herbé, looking more like a Crusader castle with its squat round towers. Like many of the forts it included such apparently anachronistic features as a drawbridge and machicolation, which were actually still common in military architecture of the period.

The last of the hereditary Governors, John Le Mesurier, resigned his patent to the Crown in 1825, since when authority has been exercised by the States of Alderney (as amended by the constitutional settlement of 1948).

World War II
During the Second World War, the Channel Islands were the only part of the British Commonwealth occupied by Germany. The German occupation 1940–45 was harsh, with some island residents being taken for slave labour on the continent; native Jews sent to concentration camps; partisan resistance and retribution; accusations of collaboration; and slave labour (primarily Russians and eastern Europeans) being brought to the islands to build fortifications. In Alderney, before German troops landed in June 1940, the entire population, save for six persons, left.

The Germans built four concentration camps in Alderney, subcamps of the Neuengamme concentration camp. Each camp was operated by the Nazi Organisation Todt and used forced labour to build bunkers, gun emplacements, air-raid shelters, and concrete fortifications. In 1942, the Lager Norderney camp, containing Russian and Polish POWs, and the Lager Sylt camp, a death camp. holding Jewish slave labourers, were placed under the control of the SS-Hauptsturmführer Maximilian List. Over 700 of the inmates (out of a total inmate population of 6,000) lost their lives before the camps were closed and the remaining inmates transferred to Germany in 1944.

The Royal Navy blockaded the islands from time to time, particularly following the liberation of mainland Normandy in 1944. Intense negotiations resulted in some Red Cross humanitarian aid, but there was considerable hunger and privation during the five years of German occupation, particularly in the final months when the population was close to starvation. The Germans surrendered the islands on May 16, 1945, eight days after the Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. The German garrison on Alderney surrendered a week after the other Channel Islands and was one of the last German garrisons to surrender in Europe. The population of Alderney was unable to start returning until December 1945.

War crime trials

After World War II, a court-martial case was prepared against ex-SS Hauptsturmführer Max List (the former commendant of Lagers Norderney and Sylt), citing atrocities on Alderney. However, he did not stand trial, and is believed to have lived near Hamburg until his death in the 1980s.

A number of former German soldiers of the 216th Naval Flak Battalion were tried for war crimes by the Dachau International Military Tribunal from 6 February 1946-21 March 1946 (US v Kurt Goebell et al.). They were charged with the unlawful execution of seven U.S. Army Air Force personnel who had survived the 4 August 1944 crash of their damaged B17 on Alderney. Fifteen men were tried for the crime, and two sentenced to death.

Since 1945

For two years after the end of World War II, Alderney was operated as a communal farm. Craftsmen were paid by their employers, whilst others were paid by the local government out of the profit from the sales of farm produce. Remaining profits were put aside to repay the British Government for repairing and rebuilding the island. Resentment from the local population towards being unable to control their own land acted as a catalyst for the United Kingdom Home Office to set up an enquiry that led to the "Government of Alderney Law 1948", which came into force on 1 January 1949. The law organised the construction and election of the States of Alderney, the justice system and, for the first time in Alderney, the imposition of taxes. Due to the small population of Alderney, it was believed that the island could not be self-sufficient in running the airport and the harbour, as well as in providing services that would match those of the United Kingdom. The taxes were therefore collected into the general Bailiwick of Guernsey revenue funds (at the same rate as Guernsey) and administered by the States of Guernsey. Guernsey became responsible for providing many governmental functions and services.

The 20th century saw a lot of change in Alderney, from the building of the airport in the late 1930s to the death of the last speakers of the island's language (Auregnais, a dialect of Norman language). The economy has gone from depending largely on agriculture to earning money from the tourism and finance industries. Due to these upheavals and large immigration, the island has been more or less completely Anglicised. (Credit: Wikipedia)

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You can bet on up to nine lines.

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Setting 'LINES': Nine lines are selected by default. Lines can be changed by clicking ? and ? arrow button available to the right side of the 'LINES' indicator on the game screen respectively. Selected lines are lit, and unselected lines are not lit.
Pay lines can also be selected by using the number button on either side of the reels.
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'PAYTABLE': The 'PAYTABLE' can be viewed by clicking on the 'PAYTABLE' button located on the bottom left of the main console screen. To calculate the payout amount, multiply the respective prize with the bet per line. Note that to calculate the payout for “Scattered Logo” symbol, multiply the respective prize with the total bet. You can go back to the game by clicking on the 'GAME' button.
SPIN: Click on SPIN to start spinning the reels. After the reels stop spinning, any winning combinations on the selected lines, or any scatter wins, will be paid according to the paytable. The keyboard shortcut for the Spin button is the spacebar.

Result: Any wins are indicated by their paylines highlighted and symbols animating or, in the case of a scatter win, by their symbols animating. Free game feature total win amounts and jackpot win amounts are shown at the top of the reels as a message. The individual line wins are shown at the end of each winning line.
PAID: Any Line win/ Scatter win which are paid in Normal spin or Free Spin is shown in ‘PAID’ field.

Feature game: A free game feature is triggered when three or more “Scattered Logo” symbols appear anywhere in view. 10 free spins are awarded at a 3 * multiplier payout for all wins during the free game feature game. On completion of the feature game, the main game is restored.

Continue Button: A Continue button will be presented during the Free Games feature. This button allows the player to bypass the display of winning paylines and associated symbol animations and continues to next free game. The keyboard shortcut for the Continue button is the spacebar.
Repeat Bet/Change Bet: If you have already bet, the settings selected will be automatically carried over to the subsequent spin. Simply click on 'SPIN' to play with the same bet again. To change your bet, use the Up-arrow and Down-arrow buttons near the 'BET' or 'LINES' indicators as explained above.
Credits: Your remaining game balance, after you have placed the desired bet, is shown under 'CREDIT'.
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Jackpot Award: When one of the Marvel Jackpots is awarded, an appropriate banner message will be displayed on top of the five reels in view indicating the level of jackpot awarded and the amount. This information will be maintained in the banner window until the player’s next initiated action occurs. At such time, the regular presentation and rotation of the main banner messages will continue. The jackpot win amount will be credited to your Party Account immediately. The jackpot win will not be added to the game balance.
If you hit multiple jackpots at the same time, the Jackpot messages for each of the jackpots will be played one after the other.

The current amount of all the three jackpot levels is shown at the top left hand corner of the reels in the game screen. Each jackpot is reset to its individual base value after any player hits that particular jackpot. The reset value of all the three jackpots is given below:

Hero Jackpot: $50.00
Super Hero Jackpot: $500.00
Marvel Hero Jackpot: $5,000.00

You can also view the current values, last win details and Marvel Jackpot details by clicking on the ‘Total Casino Jackpot’ link in the left panel under the jackpot slider in the main Game Lobby of download client.
'AUTOPLAY': You can make use of this feature to choose 'hands free' game play for selected number of spins. To increase or decrease the auto spin count choose Left (-) and Right (+) arrows displayed in the bottom left of the game screen. Maximum number of Auto Play games can be selected is 99. Click on 'SPIN' to activate the selected option and start the spins.
Click on 'STOP' to deactivate the AUTOPLAY options. While 'AUTO PLAY’ is in progress you can interrupt the game by clicking on the 'STOP' button. If spin is in progress, 'AUTO PLAY' will be stopped after completing the current spin other wise 'AUTO PLAY' is stopped immediately and normal game is restored.
Click on 'GAME LOGS' to view the logs of the games you've played.
Click on 'GAME RULES' to view the current version number & game rules of the game.
Click on 'REBUY' to buy more credits into the game from your Party Play Account.
Click on 'EXIT GAME' to leave the game and return to the Lobby.
The game rules are identical in both real money and play money modes.
Game Rules:
LINES can be changed by using the ? and ? arrows.
BET amount can be changed by using the ? and ? arrows.
SPIN begins the game with the current BET and LINES.
Clicking on BET MAX button begins game with maximum LINES and maximum BET.
Payouts are displayed on the PAYTABLE.
Payline wins are multiplied by the amount staked per payline.
Scatter wins are multiplied by total bet and added to payline wins.
Feature wins are added to scatter and payline wins.
All symbols pay left to right, except “Scattered Logo” symbol which pay anywhere in view.
The “Thor” wild symbol substitutes all symbols except the “Scattered Logo” symbol.
‘Thor’ wild symbol pays by itself or in conjunction with other symbols except the “Scattered Logo” symbol.
Only the highest win on each lit line is paid.
Coinciding wins on different lit lines are all added to your total.
Wins only occur on selected lines, except the scatter symbols, which will pay in any position on the reels.
Malfunctions voids all pays and plays
Marvel Jackpots are awarded randomly. No matching symbols required
The size of the wager determines the chance of winning a Jackpot
Feature Game Play:
3 or more “Scattered Logo” symbols appearing anywhere in view trigger the free game feature.
The free games feature awards 10 free spins which are played with the same number of lines and the same bet per line as the triggering spin.
During free spins, all pays are tripled.
Free Games feature is re-triggerable i.e. free spins can earn more free spins if 3 or more “Scattered Logo” symbols appear anywhere in view during free games.
There is no limit on how many times a free games feature can be re-triggered within a feature game
Additional free spins are added to the free spins remaining meter.
The feature win amount is added to any payline and scatter prizes already won.

 

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Adding funds to your Party Account
To add funds to your PartyAccount, click on 'Deposit' in the 'Cashier' menu, then select the desired deposit option. You can also add funds to your account by clicking on 'REBUY' on the game screen and then clicking on 'CASHIER'. Alternatively, click on 'DEPOSIT' in the 'My Account' section on the left panel of the Main Lobby. The time taken to transfer funds and the fees charged will vary depending on which deposit option you choose.

What do I do if I reach my betting limits?
If your game balance drops below the minimum bet, Buy-In window will be automatically presented.

To add funds to your PartyAccount, click on the 'DEPOSIT' option in the 'Cashier' menu in the Main Lobby, or click the 'CASHIER' button in the 'Buy-In' window of any game. You can also click on the 'DEPOSIT' button in the 'My Account' section of the left panel in the Main Lobby.

I could not complete the game. What should I do?
If you get disconnected in the middle of the base game, the software will automatically complete the game for you. You will be able to find out the result by clicking on the 'Game Logs' button once you have logged back in. If you are still having problems, please contact our 24/7 Customer Care team.

If you are disconnected after triggering or in the middle of the feature round, on reconnection, the software will automatically start the feature round, if not already started, or resume from where it was disconnected. After completing the feature round, you can resume playing the same game, or you can select another game of your choice.

 

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