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Recent months had seen an escalation of violence between Violetist Liberation Army extremists fighting for independence in Northern Afropa and the Afropan armed forces under command of Jules César Jajo. The V.L.A. had been shifting its operations across Afropa's border at will, making it difficult for government soldier to persue.

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:pic: Afropan troops near Hawamas

Special forces assisted by foreign commandos succeeded in killing several members of the V.L.A. militant group in an attack last week, a military spokesman said on the radio. It was not yet clear whether any high-level operatives had been eliminated.

The raid took place on Monday night, when a contingent of special troops acting as returning farmers assaulted a V.L.A. checkpoint in Hawamas, a city in northeastern Afropa that has become a notorious hide-out for the militants. The special forces had been quietly working around Hawamas for months, with increasing success. As the force approached the checkpoint, the militants opened fire, setting off a gun battle. Three V.L.A. militants died; no Afropans were hurt.

The V.L.A., an Afropan militant organization that has sworn allegiance to the Order of Violet, runs several illegal checkpoints in Hawamas, where they raise funds by taxing residents and merchants for moving goods through the area.

Rumors have been circulating in Dieudonné that the V.L.A.'s leader, Abu Bakr al-Banfasji (أبو بكر البنفسجي), was killed in a missile strike in Hawamas last week. But president Pierre Panza said that the military was still assessing the results of the operation, and that it was too early to determine whether any senior V.L.A. commanders had been killed.

L'Afropa Quotidien reported that a second raid was conducted in Hawamas on Tuesday. Afropa's news media also said senior V.L.A. leaders had been killed in operations in Hawamas.

Afropa remains in a dangerous state of limbo, with hundreds, if not thousands, of V.L.A. fighters operating across the country. In recent months, the V.L.A. have killed countless civilians from Afropa and neighbouring Jilderen. Thousands of people have died from famine, disease and conflict, while nearly fifty thousand have been displaced by the conflict.

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Breaking News: VLA commander captured in Northeast Afropa

A senior commander in the Violetist Liberation Army (V.L.A.) is now in custody, according to Afropan military officials. The officials told L'Afropa Quotidien they captured a top military strategist, Alois Acellam, Saturday in a brief gun battle in the city of Hawamas in Northeast Afropa.

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At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in double bombing attacks near the city of Porte-Noire in southern Afropa, local officials said. The attacks started with unidentified gunmen opening fire inside a restaurant on the main highway that links the capital Dieudonné with the southern coast. Shortly afterwards, an explosives-laden car targeted a security checkpoint in the same area.

"The toll has now reached 50 dead and 87 wounded," Marcel Moustachev, deputy police chief for the province of Côte Noire of which Porte-Noire is the capital, told the L'Afropa Quotidien (AQ) news agency. He warned that the death toll could rise as several of the wounded were in critical condition.

Norbert Nul, provincial governor, told AQ news agency that majority of the dead are expected to be foreign tourists who were inside the restaurant.

The Violetist Liberation Army (VLA) claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks, according to the group's Twitter account. The latest attacks follow a series of setbacks that VLA has faced at the hands of the Afropan military, aided by foreign forces. VLA still controls the northern region of Afropa.

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Another horrible attack by the V.L.A., this time in the heart of Dieudonné.

When will the international community finally respond? So far, except for some media outrage, there has been a deafening silence. Our nation is badly in need of some international assistance.

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From: Minister of State Adriana Monadic

To: President Pierre Panza of Afropa

 

Dearest

May this letter finds you well.

I am writing on the behalf of the good people of the Kingdom of Cristina to announce that the Cristinese National Council passed a bill on the creation of an international aid program for @Afropa, as requested by Her Majesty Queen Nova Maxima Korvini of Cristina.

The program foresee the sending of food, medicines and clothes as well as personnel from the Real Cristina Army such as doctors, nurses and technical staff. The sending of soldiers and military vehicles such APCs and utility helicopters to help secure the establishment of a safety zone near North Afropa where humanitarian supplies can reach those in need is also included.

The details of this humanitarian aid and peacekeeping program is set in accordance with international laws.

It is basically composed of interpositional missions, with contingents of lightly armed troops meant to serve as a buffer between belligerent factions. Thus, they will serve as a buffer zone between the two sides in which they will attempt to implement robust and comprehensive settlements with regard to parameters to be established in agreement with Afropa government.

Initially the proposed basic personnel composition of the humanitarian personnel to be deployed is as follow:

  • 5 head staff, consultants and secretaries (civilian and military)

  • 12 medical doctors (2 infectologists, 7 general practitioners, 1 psychiatrist, 1 surgeon, 1 anesthetist)

  • 20 nurses

  • 3 dentists

  • 1 psychologist

  • 1 pharmacist

  • 1 nutritionist

  • 30 medical assistants

  • 5 engineers and technicians

  • 200 lightly armed special troops (including officers)

  • 1 Defence and security experts

  • 10 Gage LAV-300, armoured personal carrier and light attack vehicle

  • 10 Mustang ATTC, armoured all-terrain carrier

  • 10 TAATC 206, amphibious armoured vehicle

  • 10 LSV-1 Aracna, armoured light strike cars (as escort and utility vehicles)

  • 1 Scorponok YMFU, demining vehicle

  • 1 AFV Rex, armoured combat engineering vehicle

  • unarmored vehicles (4 ambulances, 5 utility/transporter trucks, 8 cargo trucks, 2 medium trucks and 1 tank truck)

  • 1 HC-215 Aventura, transport/utility helicopter

  • 2 helicopter pilots

  • 1 Human Rights observer

The composition as shown above can be altered and even improved further according to the needs and to the compliance of Afropa.

I look forward for your reply and to work together with you to help the victims of this unfortunate war that are devastating your country and bringing suffering to your people. That wonderful people that deserve our best.

Sincerely yours,

Minister of State Adriana Monadic

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From: Président Pierre Panza
To: Minister of State Adriana Monadic

The nation of Afropa is humbled but the gracious and spontaneous offer of support from the Kingdom of @Cristina. My staff will begin preparations to receive and accommodate your staff. Our biggest need is trauma surgeons and modern cold storage for blood donations. We see this as the main role for your taskforce during this first phase.

Please understand we are in the middle of an ongoing crisis situation. The limited amount of troops we have at our disposal are occupied by either preventing further attacks, halting the encroachment of V.L.A. rebels in the border regions, and taking care of the unfolding refugee crisis. If your personnel includes their own security force, we could grant you emergency lodgings.

More details will follow.


From: Président Pierre Panza
To: NGO's, world leaders, volunteers (especially @Iverica and @Derthalen)

The people of Afropa as grateful for the support you wish to give to our struggling nation. For those of you planning to travel to Afropa, our ministry of foreign affairs has compiled a brochure with many important information. Please read these instructions carefully and follow them.

  • Climate and temperature in Afropa
  • Vaccinations you need before travelling to Afropa
  • Security measures and limitations
  • Provinces where a curfew is in effect
  • Emergency contact information
  • Averages prices of basic goods
  • And much more...
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The Prelude to War: Intervention
 

Deep within the Imperial Palace in Heinrichstadt, March-Lord Ûrstermann and the Emperor met in secret with members of the Imperial Inquisition. Despite the late hour, all eyes were sharp and ears keen as the Lord-Inquisitor began reading his proposal.

L-I: 'This bombing by the so called Violetist Liberation Army is the perfect excuse for us to get information and to train our forces. If we were to offer to send a volunteer force in order to aid in the "humanitarian" crisis, we would also be able to capitalise on this and use it to manipulate foreign opinions. As such, I recommend the dispatch of at least three brigades and tanks to this most unstable region known as Afropa.'
M-L: 'With all due respect my lord, that is not feasible. The terrain of Afropa is dense jungle, our crews would melt alive. More over, we can not just send over sixty-thousand men, as it might appear to be an invasion force! I would suggest instead sending only one brigade with an attachment of a couple hundred engineers, five-hundred Reiter, and five-hundred Gebirgsjäger. Although they will be without their usual mechanised support and artillery, I believe this could be an invaluable opportunity to establish a specialist force of jungle fighters. We will require a new variant of uniform for them, but until we can develop a new design, I believe we should send them in desert uniforms. I with His Imperial Majesty's permission, I could start assigning regiments immediately-'

L-I: 'I demand that the Inquisition be put in charge of this affair! These soldiers will be working alongside foreign mongrels, and will need to be kept under strict watch unless they become heretical!'

H-E: 'I have heard enough. This expeditionary force shall be placed under the command of Lord Ûrstermann, but will also have teams of Inquisitors going as well. The Inquisitors will be expected to both help the local government, and to watch over our own soldiers. I shall begin writing a telegram to their President immediately.'


 

From: His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Heinrich the Third of the Holy Empire of Derthalen, the Kingdom of Derthalen, and of House Fleischmann
To: Président Pierre Panza

 

May peace find you President Panza.

After word of the bombings in your country reached my government, we felt an urgent need to send help. Our country has had many years of experience dealing with heretical and foreign insurgencies that would have wanted nothing more than to spread their evil ways and chaos. As such, my government has decided to allow volunteer forces to form an expedition to your country in order to help you with the insurgent scum, and to restore peace and tranquillity to your nation.

As I write this message to you, a large number of able bodied men have been readied and are already preparing to board freighters to your country. We intend to send a full brigade of infantry, two-hundred engineers, five-hundred Reiters, and five-hundred Gebirgsjäger along with members of the Imperial Inquisition to help root out any hidden cells. As we understand the terrain to be hostile and difficult, we have forgone any armoured attachments, as it would be a futile waste, and have given our brave men desert pattern uniforms as that is the closest we have to jungle uniforms. 

We pray that these men will be able to serve under you with distinction, and that their efforts will help bring a conclusion to this senseless chapter in your history.

Yours truly,

Emperor Heinrich Johannes Fleischmann of the Holy Empire of Derthalen.

 

Thought for the day; 

The justice of your action is measured by the strength of your conviction.

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3h27EZEt.png OFFICE OF THE PRIMO- REPUBLIC OF IVERICA

Président Pierre Panza,

It is my hope that this communique finds you and your people in a more hopeful spirit. The Iverican people thank you for your prudent reminder and pre-cautionary notices. Rest assured that we have appropriately informed our task force and duly prepared them since. 

We have also noted your request for greater medical relief, and thusly, have dispatched the hospital ship, VRI Concepción, equipped with ample cold-storage for blood bags, and a competent crew of surgeons trained to cope with wartime injuries that your people have been regrettably inflicted by the monstrous Violetist Liberation Army.

Lastly, we would like to thank you for your support in securing our embassy after the heinous attacks a few days prior. Your people's accommodation of our injured civil servants into your already beleaguered medical facilities has warmed the hearts of many Ivericans at home. We are pleased to send you attached files with our foreign aid details below

 

Sincerely, 

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Franso E. Deitorr,

Primo, L'República Iverica


CONFIDENTIAL- FOR AFROPAN AUTHORITY ONLY

Goals:
    1) Aid Afropan armed forces in the military operations
    2) Disrupt operation conducted by VLA elements
    3) If possible, eliminate the VLA as a military threat
    4) Do not interfere with Afropan judicial or political processes

Rules of Engagement for this Operation:

1) Within the populated areas, do not fire unless fired upon.
2) Do not fire upon unarmed individuals (see definitions for probable cause, definitions of "armed").
3) Entry into Afropan residences and private property is strictly prohibited unless consent is given, or sanctioned by Afropan authority.
    
Rules of Conduct:

1) Forces shall not fraternise with Afropan civilians. A polite, formal tone is to be maintained at all times if speech is necessary.
2) Forces shall not engage in any sort of transaction with Afropan civilians unless necessary to achieve a listed objective and sanctioned first by a senior officer or Afropan authority (actions including but not limited to: purchase with monetary units, barter, barratry/bribery, etc).
3) Forces shall abstain from allowing civilians to handle any unit of RAS equipment or any piece of his personal effects. Donations and other kinds of relief shall be supervised by a Public Relations Officer.
4) Forces shall maintain a disciplined posture and manner befitting the uniform of a service person at all times. Use of any other apparel apart from the RAS Primer specification is strictly prohibited.

5) Forces shall defer to Afropan authorities were legal procedure is concerned.

6) Violation of any Rules of Conduct or Rules of Engagement will result in immediate suspension of the offender(s). Punishment pending a Military Tribunal as stated in the appropriate sections of the RAS Charter.

INVENTORY OF AID

ARMADA IVERICA- CARRIER STRIKE GROUP "REPÚBLICA"

-1x Aircraft Carrier (including extra rotor-wing elements)
-1x Replenishment Ship
-2x Support LCS
-3x Destroyers
-2x Guided Missile Cruiser

TROOP COMPLEMENT

-1x Bn. Marine Air Cavalry (with rotor-wing complement)
-2x Co. Marine Reconnaissance Unit
-2x Co. Marine Mechanized Infantry
-2x Co. Marine Motorised Infantry
-Support/Service Battalions included

ADDITIONAL: 1x Hospital Ship, 2x LCS escort, 1x ATD (with landing craft)

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From Commander of the Joint Logistic Department of The Cristinese Armed Forces (CAF) Major.General Priamo Fontonori

To: President Pierre Panza of Afropa

 

Greetings,

Most excellent President Pierre Panza, after a better analysis of your real needs and observing more advanced security measures and the potential limitations of our intents I reiterate the previous words of the Cristinese Minister of State Adriana Monadic and add that the Kingdom of Cristina decided to update the composition of the personnel of the Cristinese Humanitarian Aid for Afropa.

We also plan to deploy the Royal Cristina Army Field Hospital, a unit for 64-member staff that is made up to 14 containers Pictorial which when they are all assembled together they occupy 360 m2. Among the services provided by the Hospital are surgeries, odontology, pharmacy, etc. The Hospital has its own laboratory, water purification plant and power generation engine and can resist the climate and temperature in Afropa.     

While the bulk of the personnel, supply and equipment will be maritime transported the constitute parts of the Field Hospital will be airborne and for that it is necessary that the Cristinese settlement be established near an airfield fit for heavy transporter aircrafts.

The updated personnel and equipment list to be deployed for the Cristinese Humanitarian Mission is as follow:

- 4 head staff, consultants and secretaries

- 10 medical doctors (2 Infectiologists, 4 general practitioners, 1 psychiatrist, 2 surgeons, and 1 anaesthetist)

- 15 nurses

- 2 dentists

- 1 psychologist

- 1 pharmacist

- 1 nutritionist

- 30 medical assistants

- 1 Field Hospital

- 2 engineer and 4 technicians

- 30 general aid workers

- 250 lightly armed special troops, including officers (90 from mechanized infantry, 120 from motorized infantry and 40 from support/service brigade of the Cristinese Royal Army).

- 1 Defence and security expert

- 5 Adams APC-6, 6x6 armoured personnel carrier

- 10 TAATC 206, tracked articulated, armoured all-terrain carrier tracked articulated, armoured all-terrain carrier (1 ambulance)

- 10 Adams-D&D Mustang ATTC, articulated amphibious armoured vehicle articulated amphibious armoured vehicle (1 ambulance)

- 10 D&D VTLM "Lince", mine resistant tactical multirole vehicle

- 1 Yout Scorponok YMFU demining vehicle

- 1 D&D AFV "Rex" armoured combat engineering vehicle with counter-land mine

- 26 unarmored vehicles (2 ambulances, 10 utility/transporter trucks, 8 cargo trucks, 4 medium trucks and 2 tank trucks)

- 1 SFS-AS HC-215 "Aventura", four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-size utility helicopter the Royal Air Force

- 2 helicopter pilots

-1 Human Rights observer

The first wave of missionaries will be ready to depart to Afropa just after the end of the special intensive trainings and the vaccination programs that are already being applied. In the meantime, an extensive study of the Afropan geography is being conducted.

I am certain that the Cristinese Humanitarian Aid for Afropa will be an effective material and logistic assistance for those in need in your country.

Sincerely,

Major General of Cristinese Armed Forces Priamo Fontonori

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Phase Zero: Acclimatisation and Training Program

The following operation's details were released by Iverican leadership a few hours ago. Plans were issued to Afropan authority in advance. Please note that Rules of Engagement and Conduct will be maintained to minimise the disruption of Afropan peace civilian activity.

This phase of the operation was conducted outside of VLA hot zones in remote areas in order to:

1) Minimise risk of enemy observation of Iverican acclimatisation

2) Minimise disturbance to Afropan Civilians

3) Minimise disruption of foreign deployments and decrease observation by foreign (non-Afropan) military forces.

Details were kept confidential and revealed only to Afropan command for operational security.

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All participating units are designated "Task Force Ultra-Violet", with RMC General dei Brigada Diosdado Valdes as overall commander of ground operations. Air and Naval support will be overseen by Almirante Ricardo and Capitan Castor to provide necessary logistical and fire support to the ground personnel.

Phase Zero will be initiated (minus) -336 hours before Phase 1: Deployment. Phase Zero is to accomplish a set preparatory action necessary for larger deployment and escalation of force. Note that Phase Zero is neither offensive nor, a direct engagement of enemy elements. Objectives and mobilisation are as follows:

Mobilised Ground Forces

Exersito
    1. 1COM-1REG ARB


RMC- 1st Division Units
    1. 1BN-1BRG-ACAV
    2. 1COM-1BRG-MRU
    3. 1COM-2BRG-MECINF
    4. 1COM-2BRG-MOTINF
    5. 1BN-1BRG-SRV

Mobilised Naval Forces (for deployment and logistics)

    1. Several flights of heavy utility helicopters
    2. Landing Craft Air Cushion
    3. Air Cover from several flights SeT-91C
    4. Air Cover from SAR-26 and SAR-24
    5. Mission Control from VRI Sant Tomas and fire support from LCS escort

Objectives

     Alpha (-240H): 1COM ARB to conduct observation of likely Phase 1-2 AO(s)
            i. Survey of sites for possible FOB, FIBA, ARFI.
            ii. Coordination and organization of flight-logistical operations at Dieudonné Airport                          and/or Afropan Airbases.
            iii. Survey, and Security sweep of outlined Acclimatisation Training Areas (ACTRARs)
        
    Bravo (-120H): Deployment of 1BN-SRV in Afropa and ACTRARs
            i. Setup of necessary field accommodations, fortifications, and basic infrastructure
            ii. Establish and clear primary and secondary routes for supply
            iii. Secure LZ for final jump-off point to ACTRARs 
        
    Charlie (-00H): Deployment of remaining task force units
            i. Insertion to LZ via LCAC and HELO
            ii. Linkup with Afropan Personnel and Transport to ACTRARs
            iii. Commence training programme
 

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WARNING: EXPLICIT DESCRIPTIONS OF VIOLENCE


 

"Do you know what it smells like?"

The sudden question caused him to twitch his neck towards the source. He had been somewhere else, trying to escape the humidity by losing himself in the horizon of the Afropan savannah.

His unsteady eyes focused on the tanned face of Sargento Olivar, a face that carried an expression just as wistful and as lost as his own had been.

"Andreu, do you know what burning man smells like?"

The heat was something fierce, but the cloying blanket of the heavy, tepid air was something else. Flies danced around the corners of his eyes, this area was clouded with them.

Andreu pulled his facemask tighter.

Without waiting for a reply, the old Marine Sargento continued.

"Pork."

"It smells like cooking pork."

Olivar shook his head, maybe to right his helmet, maybe in response to his, Cabo Enrico Andreu's blank response. Olivar lifted his right arm, bringing his rifle to park on the shoulder of his tiger-striped jungle BDUs.

He crossed himself with his left hand and walked away, leaving Andreu, who could neither bring himself to move away from, nor look directly at the sight before him.


Earlier

The Exersito Airborne SATV Gato made a hard turn, veering off the highway, the rucksacks and equipment tied to its stripped-down, dust and mud covered chassis bouncing violently.

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Sargento Nicolas Abelló's head jerked along with the motion, as his calves tensed to maintain his steady stance on the pintle-mounted .50.

The Gato growled and the driver, Mattias shifted gear on the cracked earth of the roadside, sending flakes of dirt and pebble bouncing off his shemagh and goggle covered face. The door-less, glass-less form of the outrider Gato sped past the other Airborne unit's MRAP. They left behind the heavier, slower vehicles of the QRF dispatched to respond to an emergency call.

Time was running out, even as Abelló's five-man team decided to move ahead of the already red-lining quick-response formation. The Gato would take an alternate route, cutting through the rocky hills to reach their trapped comrades.

The Gato, riding alone, made a solitary gash of kicked up dust as it powered through the savannah. The terrain became steadily less-even as flat dusty surface transitioned first into gentle rolling slopes, and then to bumpy, crackling rock.

Violent shudders racked the vehicle as they crested a stone berm. Jagged rocky outcrops and tors broke the horizon into a serrated edge. Emanating from within, a small stream of black smoke

It was when the dull grind of tearing rock stopped, that Abelló heard it.

"Halt!"

The revving stopped- but a clattering, sporadic and previously hidden by the sound of tire on rock- continued.

A brief pulse went down the back of Abelló's neck.

"Floor it! Andalé!", he shouted, hammering his palm down on the roof.

The Gato's engine came to life once again, this time more urgent as the driver coaxed her with less reprieve. The vehicle jumped a little, slamming down at the base of the berm, rocking on her helical springs. Mattias brought the gears up quickly, sending the light vehicle shooting through the low hills. 

As they neared the base of the smoke pillar, Abelló caught sight of them.

"CONTACT! THREE-HUNDRED!"

Pausing for a moment to identify through his optic, confirmed on the net, calling out the position and composition of his visual contact. He ordered Mattias to bring the Gato around, using their momentary surprise to take the platoon-sized contact from behind.

As the first of the insurgents began to respond, he racked the action of the big '50 and slammed both thumbs on the firing stud.

Thunderbolts ripped from the muzzle, sending a line of tracer towards the shifting forms in colourful mismatched clothing, seemingly shooting at things inside the rock formation. The report of his weapon sent percussive shocks rippling across his face. Dried mud, which had been coating the weapon, his helmet and the vehicle roof, was sent leaping away in all directions.

Eruptions of displaced dirt, like geysers bursting from the ground, were sent stitching through and around the VLA, gutting a few in puffs of pink and severed limbs. Mattias triggered the smoke launchers on the Gato and slammed the brakes as they approached one of the outcrops, disembarking the rest of the men to set up their squad support MG under some better cover.

They leapt off again, displacing, and receiving sprays of 7.62mm rounds which pinged through or off the precariously thin plate- like lethal hail. Abelló opened up again, playing his gun's muzzle around a pickup truck a few were using for cover, popping its tires and shattering its windows. He saw a few go down and shifted his arc of fire to engage another battered-looking technical emerging from behind a tor.

"Esteves! Forty-mike now!"

He heard Esteves' weapon cough- followed by a clap of thunder. The 40mm grenade went through a window and detonated, sending doors and debris flying.

Mattias gunned the engine, weaving around some of the larger rocks until they reached the source of the smoke.

The twisted wreck of the gunship lay there like the corpse of a crumpled bird, smoke pouring from its engine compartment, below a fan of rotors turned jagged from where they had snapped on contact with the rock. As they drew closer, Abelló identified an insurgent dragging what looked like a bloody sack of fatigues- another airborne man.

Abelló ordered Mattias to stop. The VLA man looked up, only understanding the sound of the Gato as it was too late.

Abelló couldn't risk hitting his wounded comrade. He drew his rifle out from below the cupola and took aim through the optic. The insurgent met his eye- and dropped the body.

Abellós rifle barked a quick beat.

Now there were two bodies on the ground.


When Andreu returned his gaze to the pilot and Airborne operator on the blanket, he realised he didn't mind terribly. The blackened corpses seemingly fused with their uniforms, patches of pink, tender flesh shown through the cracked almost obsidian surface of the charred epidermis and twisted, melted uniform. 

His eyes lingered on two things the most, the teeth, which were turned a caramel brown by the fire, contrasting sharply with the almost brisket like palette of the rest of the flesh, and the raw snow-white bone around the ankles, where the flesh had just slipped and fallen right off when one of the corpsmen tried to lift it.

No, Andreu didn't really mind the sight anymore. What he did mind was what Olivar had so insidiously planted in his head earlier.

No matter how good his mask's filtration was, or how much he tried to focus on the deformed mass of once-human below him, he simply couldn't shake the smell- 

-the smell of freshly done bacon.

 

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A marine medical unit was dispatched earlier to retrieve the remains of some of the pilots and Airborne personnel who perished in the crash and fire, believed to have been caused by the impact and detonation of shoulder-launched missiles. After the crash, several surviving crew and Airborne engaged in a stand-off firefight with 25 VLA insurgents who were swarming the site in technicals. The actions of a daring quick-response force team of other Airborne personnel may have saved the lives of the crash victims, arriving just in time and catching the insurgents unawares from behind.
 

However, before medics could arrive, the gunship erupted in flames, likely sprung from a compromised fuel line. Personnel on scene attempted to fight the fire, but were unable to extract the two casualties still inside

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CLASSIFIED-RAS AND AFROPAN COMMAND ONLY
Phase 1: Sub Operation- Ding Dong Dingo

November 9-16, 2017

CAMP OSMENA- Near Dieudonné

CLASSIFIED AREA- Eastern Regions

 

This operation is this first phase of intelligence gathering and analysis culminating in a direct action by combined Exersito and RMC elements.

The operation will involve several phases of covert surveillance, thorough analysis, tactical probing of evidence which will then be used for the framework of a directed assault on key VLA installations responsible for supply and communications.

The objective of this operation is the identification and destruction of VLA infrastructure flagged as both strategically important to their continued indiscriminate bombing of civil and administrative targets (designation: Dingo Sites). Such "Dingo Sites" have been identified as key positions between cell-level covert parties and the larger points of command and direct supply. Supplementary to this, is the proposed possibility that an above-median success grade of this operation could result in, one, a reduced number of both civilian and military casualties for the duration of this campaign. Two, initiate a high probability action of increased activity around smaller, covert sites, (designation: Pack Rat Sites) allowing for observation and further intelligence gathering on sites dependent on Sub Operation Ding Dong Dingo.

To reiterate, authority must note that this operation's scope is limited to the incapacitation of supply and communications infrastructure in the form of covert insurgent camps, or "Dingo Sites" which as of this time, intelligence suggests to be centres for information dissemination, training, munition storage, command chain communication, and propaganda. This operation will not be responsible for the direct elimination of smaller auxiliary sites, or "Pack Rat Sites" -sites hidden in densely populated areas.

Through these stages of covert observation, identification, analysis, probing, and final execution of the following objectives, can Task Force Ultra-Violet successfully ensure the scarcity of vital enemy training, munitions, and support centres, therefore reducing coalition casualties from IED, MANPAD, VBED, and AT weapons while at the same time, shifting a withering volume of terror/guerrilla action towards military targets rather than civilian targets.

Rationale (see intelligence packets):

    I. Current intel suggests that majority of explosive munitions utilised by local VLA cells originate from Dingo Sites. Effective capture and subsequent area denial of AO is projected to reduce casualties from related weaponry.
    II. Current analysis of VLA operating trends suggests effective capture of Dingo Sites will shift supply to auxiliary Pack Rat Sites. Covert Surveillance procedures are in place for monitoring.
    III. Following an increased coalition garrison and patrol of contested zones is believed to shift VLA actions towards an armed, military threat.


Mobilised Forces:

Exersito
    1. 4PLT-1REG ARB


RMC- 1st Division Units
    1. 1COM-1BRG-ACAV
    2. 1COM-1BRG-MRU
    3. 1COM-1BRG-SRV

AAC- Aerial Recce Wing
    1. 1 FLT-UAV
    2. 1COM-1BRG-ARIV INT

Objectives

     Alpha (-336H): 1COM ARB and AAC ARW to conduct observation and analysis of Dingo and Pack Rat Sites in the AO.
            i. Survey of sites through covert observation (UAV).
            ii. Light Patrols (tangential to objectives) by ARB Rotor Units.
            iii. Liaison with Afropan Intelligence in analysis of gathered information.
        
    Bravo (-168H): Gradual deployment of RMC units to designated towns (designated covert staging points around secure territory).
            i. Setup of light, inconspicuous field accommodations.
            ii. RMC units will be deployed to recent bombing sites under guise of "patrol and peacekeeping"
            iii. Final confirmation of VLA activities around Dingo Sites
        
    Charlie (-00H): Probing and Assault
            i. Scout Airborne and Marine Recce- "Fuersas Reconocimiento (FEREC)" advance on position under cover of false HELO activity and darkness.
            ii. Provocation of enemy defences via SAR-24 gunships.
            iii. Assault and capture of Dingo Sites.
    
    Delta (+02H): Area denial, garrison and patrol structure in place.
            i. Immediate AOs to be secured. Commanders delegate security and patrol teams.
            ii. FOBs in place and at REDCON 3.
            iii. Patrol routes and QRF ingress and egress infrastructure operational. 
        
Targets- Capture Alive/Intact:

    Callsign "Middlemen (1,2,3)"- High-Value Targets (HVTs) intel places inside each Dingo Site. Capture possible contributing to identification arms suppliers, additional VLA sites, insight into operations and doctrine.
    
    Callsign "Tattler (actual)"- Secure and protect. Identified as a friendly informant. Marked by infrared strobe (frequency details attached)
    
     Callsign "Canary/ies"- Any civilians, hostages or unarmed non-combatants. To be secured with care and delivered to Afropan authority after post-operation interviews (DO NOT INTERROGATE). Liaison Intelligence Officers attached from Armada Intel 1st Brigade to assist in handling
    
    Callsign "Manille Hemp"- Any and all arms (most especially explosive devices) to be secured intact and undisturbed until intelligence team, Marine EOD, or Afropan EOD teams arrive on scene.
    
    Callsign "Happy Pillows"- Any and all pharmaceutical contraband or illegal narcotics to be secured intact and undisturbed. Turn over directly to Afropan Authorities.
    
    

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OOC: The following references the above operation^

"Any questions gentlemen?"

"Yes, madame Comandante", came the voice of a PR Marine Officer seated amongst the assembled Iverican and Afropan military men around the briefing room table. No one here was below a Coronel or Comandante rank.

The dull blue of the projector's glow surrounded the space, underground somewhere in Camp Osmena. Comandante of the Armada Intelligence Brigade, Ameli Corasson was presiding over the pre-operation briefing with mission commanders and higher staff.

The following is a classified transcript of Q&A excerpt from the meeting minutes


PRO- Que: Without fast movers (jet aircraft) on-station, and a risk of alerting the Dingo Sites with HELO (helicopter) activity- do we not risk a higher possibility of undermining surprise and therefore a casualty count? PR is concerned about Iverican reactions at home.

COM AC- Ans: It is a possibility yes. However, we have noted a chance of civilian activity in the area. Risking civilian casualties with airstrikes will be a terrible blow to the credibility of the op's overall aim of reducing casualties from explosives. The operation will have gunship CAS (close air support), and the maintain a significant level of shock and surprise. The tactical packet I've enclosed in your dossier will explain how ground troops may significantly reduce exposure to enemy fire in this scenario.


PRO- Que: Very well Comandante. What about the other regions? Why are we not executing this on a larger scale if the importance is such?

COM AC- Ans: That may have been viable, however, the peacekeeping forces deployed by the Empire of @Derthalen  have since conducted operations in those other areas. Early studies based on the amount of captured munitions and personnel have lead us to believe that Derthaler operations have made a strike of surprise and shock too difficult to rationalise. Our observers in the area state that the VLA forces may have long shifted their stockpiles deeper underground in the Derthaler AO due to such a heavy-handed and overt response


GdB Valdes- Que: An awful lot of this Intel "suggests and believes". I'm not questioning your unit's quality Comandante, but I would like some more clarification on how solid this intelligence really is. What if your operation is a bust and these Dingo Sites aren't the ammo dumps we want to hit?

COM AC- Ans: Our intel comes from the combination of images taken over the course of two weeks and pattern studies of VLA trends over the course of nearly two years, courtesy of our very own UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) spotters and Afropan data respectively. Additionally, callsign Tattler has been a vetted source, and we are certain of the quality of his intel as well. *slides are shown of UAV photos, amateur cellphone photos from Tattler and a few graphs noting VLA common response.

COM AC- cont'd: Furthermore, the covert images from SAT (satellite) and UAV suggests that camps of this pattern cannot be anything other than VLA when compared to other bush villages. Too much effort to hide buildings and vehicle pools were unable to thwart FLiR and stronger optics. Even if it isn't an ammo dump, these are likely large staging areas instrumental to deployment in the region. Taking them down will surely deny them both manpower and mobility.

GdB Valdes: *chuckles* Alright, alright. Fair enough Comandante. Good work, we'll see if its excellent work after we have a huge photo op with the captured weaponry.


GdB Valdes cont'd: One more thing, who the hell chose the damn names- "Ding Dong Dingo", "Happy Pillows"?

*Laughter in the room*

COM AC- *blushes* Almirante Ricardo insisted via SAT link, sir. I believe he was slightly put-out about being unable to participate.


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The following operation was executed on November 9, 2017. Details of the assault (November 15) and operation's overall results to follow

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Present

Nov 15, 2017

1655 Hours

The sound of scrapping dirt on metal came at regular intervals.

The ground looked blurry all of a sudden. His arms ached- thrust, lift, toss.

Cabo Andreu wiped the sweat in his eyes.

Thrust, lift, toss.

His whole figure felt glazed with a salty dampness.

He stabbed his entrenching tool into the semi-moist loam of the Afropan bush. He could hear the blood rushing in his ears from the exertion of an hour spent digging holes.

Looking to the right of him, he saw Sargento Olivar, scrapping out the water and grenade sump for the foxhole. A common mistake made in the tropics and subtropics was the negligence of an inclined floor in field fortifications like this one.

With nothing but a tarp for a roof, rainwater, all too common in November showers was liable to flood them in. Something made all too clear by their Afropan instructor during acclimatisation training.

He briefly wondered how the Derthaler forces were doing. All he'd heard were stories about their pallid complexions, bone-dry humours (if you could call them humours), and psychotic belief in some cult thing. Perhaps he'd get to see one, talk to one, or share a game of cards- if they understood the notion of playing cards.

He took a brief respite, staring around and surveying his surroundings. To each direction, there was a Marine hefting, digging, or jogging to some task. As the gurgle of blood rushing through his veins steadily quieted, the sounds of the bush gradually reasserted their tune.

Birdsong came from the distance, from specimen alien to him until his unit first pitched camp on the virgin night of their arrival. There was the brief patter of jungle moisture passing from platter sized leaf to platter sized leaf.

Coos, taps, trills. Cries, raps, rings.

Everywhere, growing louder as dusk fell. Contesting the sounds of the newly captured Dingo site, overpowering the sound of foxholes and mass graves alike being dug in the little clearing.

One of two olfactory tones- a damp, earthy musk of loam- competed against another. Andreu had decided earlier to choose the eau of nature's compost. He was growing to welcome the scent of shed plumage from the great trees, decaying in the moist dim humidity below the canopy. At least, he welcomed it more than the other-

-the scent of sickly sweet iron, wafting up from ground watered with spilt carmine juice. Joining, almost part and parcel in all post-combat zones, was the tangy tartness and rancid ripeness of fluids voided during the final throes of the late VLA garrison.
 


Earlier

1445 Hours

The marine next to him shook his head like a soaked dog, flapping his lips in such a way that he issued an annoying blubbering sort of noise.

Andreu heard it, breaking the reverberations of the Cérvol gunship's twin engines. They rang from inside the cabin, producing a juddering around the side he had his back pressed up against.

The other, Encarques, did it again. Andreu was getting annoyed. Every Marine had his own way of self-stimulation before a fight, some louder and more obnoxious than others, but this one had to take the cake. Some checked their magazines, tapping each on the side of the knee or the helmet to ensure that rounds were in good order, a few would thud at their chest with a clenched fist- a fighter's gesture, but also to reassure themselves of the ballistic plate tucked in each vest. Others still, like Andreu, prayed.

He glanced down at the prayer cord in his hands, neither remembering nor caring which verse he was on. Instead, he ran the circular cord, bead to bead and end to end in thoughtless succession. The action helped take his mind off Encarques and his stupid noises. He put his thoughts to the ever-thrumming, and strangely comforting sound of rotors and turbine.

His rifle was snuggly tucked between his legs- stock planted on the textured metal deck, muzzle in the air. Two rows lined either side of the troop compartment. Like neat lines of crop, each man clutched their own tightly. The air was anxious, and too loud for any meaningful talk or even boast. Each man was lost in his own world- wherever Marines chose to visit, allowing one last wistful fantasy before the fight to come, accepting each wandering thought, allowing each shimmering wonder to linger a while longer. There never is a greater moment of clarity when a threat- of some black arrow, war-warranted or god-sent- loomed close at hand. 

Soon the chop of rotor and pulse of engine would be gone- gone as the comforting beat of a mother's heart was. The Cérvol would soon deliver them, her lethal issue to the fire of battle, soothing songs no more- but replaced with the crack of arms and lap of muzzle tongue.

The gunship leaned sharply, picking up speed. The pilot said something over the comm- he didn't clearly hear.

The SAR-24 yanked sharp to the side, a beeping was heard- followed by rapid popping and hissing, like a dozen champagne bottles going off froth and all.

Countermeasures trailed- as Andreu witnessed from a small window- the balls of lit flares joining the orange of the dusk sky.

All too suddenly a red light, flashing insistently. Whirring, rasping, shrill squeaks as the hatches on both sides threw themselves open. An alarm sounded- a constant, high pining.

Both rows uprooted their rifles and made straight for the rappel lines.
 


Present 

1700 Hours

The operation was quick and resistance was short-lived. Airborne Scout Snipers had been waiting for hours in hides around the jungle, ranged and sighted on targets.

Marine Fuersas Reco support teams had been similarly positioned, further out with mortars prepped and smoke rounds in-hand.

Gunships were sent to draw fire and suppress, mortars opened up coughing out cans of smoke- dropping a raining fog on the Dingo site. Marksmen switched their thermals on, targetting the panicked bloom of heat from weapon muzzles. Mortars switched to concussive bombardment, rounds with more blast than shrapnel.

Some members of the VLA had begun running into the bush, away from the storm of noise and surgically-placed, high-powered rounds. They were dropped too- differentiated from civilians and non-coms by the heat and silhouette of a weapon in hand. The gunships made a final pass, opening flank doors to deliver rappelling Marine Air Cavalry to zip-tie prisoners and secure the site.

Andreu twisted his canteen open and took a few gulps. Two marines approached, they looked to be corpsmen.

As they passed, Andreu peered into the long blue bag they were carrying, zipper slightly undone.

His head turned to follow, trying to identify the face of the bag's occupant. It was all caked in brownish red- like someone had thrown him face-first into a chocolate and strawberry pie.

Identifying it, Andreu crossed himself quickly. A dead comrade was a dead brother after all. He had known the man since basic and felt the loss despite the blank look he wore now. He felt a tightening rush to his chest- a tightening quickly beat down with another thrust of his entrenching tool.

Andreu resumed. Marines would mourn after all was said and done. At least, thought Andreu-

-at least he wouldn't be bothered by anymore blubbering.
 

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From: Président Pierre Panza
To: Ministre des Affaires Militaires et Stratégiques, Jacques Tarente, @Fleur de Lys

Salutations distinguées Monsieur le Ministre,

Your very generous offre for help in the war against our enemies the Violetist Liberation Army will be received very warmly be the people of Afropa of which I am the elected representative. I am permitted to inform you that there are already three other nations also involved with supporting the national military in their fight against the terrorists. We appreciate your extension of several fighter jets of the type Rafale M. My military advisers inform me the Rafale M is an exception piece of flying technology and weapons systems. My advisers also tell me there are only a limited number of airports in Afropa that have the required paved runway to safely land the Rafale M types. I am certainly not in the position of imposing requests upon your after you so graciously offer to support our nation in this brutal battle. Allow me to suggest a changement to have maximum effect on combating the VLA, by utilising the advanced helicopter technologies I am sure your military posesses of. This can serve the triple rol of moving troops and personnel, evacuating the injured victims, and have mobile weapons platforms with which to attack the VLA fighters in hiding. Please take a moment to negotiate this with your military staff and of course also the Président Monsieur Mécra who I greatly admire.

Yours truly,

Président Pierre Panza of Afropa

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Intermezzo

The last major attack by the VLA was in December of last year. The extremists had planted a bomb near the cathédrale Notre-Dame de Dieudonné to try and kill bishop Albert Amata, the a Roman Catholic leader in Afropa. But the bomb exploded early before the Bischop was inside the cathédrale. Bischop Amata escaped with his life. There casualty rate was still high: 24 choir boys who had started the evening songs were all killed, together with 57 other people and 239 wounded.

Four months had gone by since that last act of terrorism. The situation was calm and becoming more stable. With no more large attacks, the government forces appeared to be preventing more and more killings. 

Outside of the major cities and towns however, the VLA was still very powerful. But they were afraid to risk open conflict. It was more effective to follow guérilla tacts and ambush the government soldier while they were out on patrol. There were also widespread stories of children being abducted. Especially boys to fight in the VLA. And girls to use as suicide bombers.


Foreign troops

The four months of calm had been a good training for the foreign troops. Many of them needed time to adapt to Afropan climate. Vaccinations were recommended. But still half a dozen of them had contracted Afropan sleeping sickness during the first weeks. The tsé-tsé fly shows no mercy. For the other troops this was difficult to see. They signed up to combat and shoot terrorists, not to swat flies.

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:pic: CLASSIFIED: Tactical charte of the combat positions in Afropa

The arrival of foreign powers had created for the time being a stalemate in the conflict. The @Derthalen empire deployed a full brigade of combat troops. Their great warriors were trained for difficult terrain. With them came many ingénieurs as well. The Derthalen built 4 major military bases from were to guard their designated regions and keep the peace.

From the @Iverica république came great medical relief with the hospital ship VRI Concepción. Many victims of VLA terror were treated. The Ivericans had setup their main base outside the capital city of Dieudonné, in part to protect their own embassy. From there the air cavalry secured the southern region of Afropa, towards the coast.

Less weaponized but still extremely welcome was the capable and experienced medical staff from the Royal @Cristina field hospital. Together with ingénieurs from Derthalen, they had created mobile hospital facilities near the capital city of Dieudonné to help the refugees.To best coordinate the troops a joint command was established. The Afropan military under army chief Jules César Jajo was the primus inter pares. North sector was shared with the Derthalen experidionary force under the command of Lord Ûrstermann. The southeast sector was shared with "Task Force Ultra-Violet" lead by RMC General dei Brigada Diosdado Valdes. The Cristinans were trusted with the role of joint logistics, in the able hands of Major.General Priamo Fontonori.


The Music Concert

To lift the spirits up there is a special concert organised for all the soldiers going out of rotation after six months. The musical event will also help raise awareness of the terrible war in Afropa. The very famous band Sauti Sol has agreed to perform live on stage in for the troops and government representatives. The leader singer of Sauti Sol is Bien-Aimé Baraza. He agreed to translated their most famous song Live And Die In Afropa from French into English. It was a superb concert and the people of Dieudonné listend to the live music over the radio. Everyone was feeling like the war was very far away and maybe even never happened.

 

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The Progress of the Afropan Campaign so Far

Palmanova.jpgDespite heavy initial resistance and waves a sickness amongst the men, Derthaler forces were able to build three fortresses within formerly rebel held territory. One great fortress which acted as the centre of command for the Afropan Expeditionary Forces, and two lesser ones meant to provide safe staging areas and supply depots for forces operating in their areas. These fortresses also served a greater purpose, in that they not only projected a sense of power and stability to the locals, but also acted as economic hubs and conversion hubs due to their tendency to attract refugees from the war torn areas. Eisengard, a small fortress sitting on what was known to Derthaler forces as the river Eisen. Kannondorf, a small town of a fort and largest of the three. Its imposing size warping local trade around it. Dschungel Rückzug, a relatively new one built after rebel forces managed to reverse one of our advances. Its name being rather clear about its nature.

Many of these refugees who were converted were formed into new units of Derthaler trained soldiers known as Askari. These men were used mainly to patrol conquered territories, but had also earned the distinction of having one of their regiments places on the front lines alongside more professional manjrabadfort1.jpgDerthaler soldiers. Despite their irregular nature, the Askari managed to prove themselves worthy through successful scouting and ambush attacks on enemy forces. Their uniform was a simple one, with their members choosing to wear any camouflaged gear they could find, while also wrapping their heads in black cloth so as to both intimidate their foes and help differentiate themselves from others.

Following a missile strike from an 'unknown' enemy aerocraft on a forward operations base, two platoons were severely injured with fifteen deaths from the local staff, an Askari platoon, and a Jungle Fighter platoon. The wounded were evacuated with all haste back to one of the fortresses for immediate attention, but it was unknown how many of them survived. For now the attack has been taken as a Florida_StAugustine01_full.jpg?1473734498warning to increase vigilance towards all vectors of attack, and as such new and much more strict anti-aerocraft protocols have been put in place. Specifically, any aerocrafts that fail to answer challenges be them expected or unexpected, are to be shot down at once. These new procedures are to be put into effect at once, with an increase of look outs also to be expected in case of an enemy offensive. 

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*All right, so I posted this after not getting a response for a while. I will edit details as needed, but for now this is my official update.

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Newsflash: Food crisis in Hawamas region

The National Government are sounding the alarm over a worsening food crisis in parts of Eastern Afropa where drought, failed harvests and high food prices have created a humanitarian crisis. At least six million people in the region of Hawamas are severely struggling to feed themselves. Among this number are at more than 1 million children. They are at risk of severe malnutrition.

Guillaume Gonzo, the director of the Afropan Center for Human Rights, described how some of the worst-hit populations are in Hawamas, with some people trying to flee towards the neighboring and war-torn Sa Hara. “The rainy season was not good. As a result the harvest failed,” Gonzo said in a phone interview from Jilderen where he is spending a couple of weeks to visit family before returning to Afropa. “Their next harvest is going to be this October so by now there is about five per cent of the population, almost a million people who are running out of food.”

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The ACHR is working with the existing partners to solve the malnutrition situation and ensure that people have enough to eat. The focus is especially on farmers who need enough seeds to plant for the new season. Local town leaders were the first ones to respond to the situation, but the scale of this crisis goes above and beyond their capabilities. Even the international partners in the area are facing difficult times.

For example the demand for food aid in the health centres run by @Cristina has skyrocketed. The problem has become so big that the only 40 pourcent of people in need can actually get served. Right now it is impossible to say how this will problem will be solved. Army chief Jules César Jajo has already warned international allies to increase their vigilance in case there is a riot.

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Camp Osmena | 0510hrs
24th July 2018

 

General dei Brigada Diosdado Valdes, commander of the Tercio Expeditionary Brigade of Task Force Ultra Violet was quite literally about to go home--

--that is, until his aide informed him that he wouldn't be.

Just as he was about to board the SUR-17 Gavina to be lifted over to the VRI Sant Anton--the ATD about to carry him back to Iverica for his much-awaited rotation--he was stopped in his tracks and handed a Satphone.

For the Marines tending the landing pad, all they saw was the General listening, seemingly stunned. Then he went red in the face. Then he was bent over roaring something into the receiver,  inaudible over the whining of the Gavina's engine.... and then the General threw the phone on the ground, pulled out his service pistol and discharged a full magazine into the satphone before storming back to the CIC building, followed by a very alarmed aide.

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Comandante Ameli Corasson, of the Naval Intelligence unit attached to Ultra Violet, had just finished tidying up her things. She had all her electronics and sensitives in a locked hard case by the door, with a tower of other documents stacked up beside it.

She had been counting the days before her departure, eager to get back to the Peninsula after her successful and much-lauded contribution to Operation Dingo. which had been responsible for effectively dismantling the supply chain of the Violetist Liberation Army, causing a widespread decrease in bombings and large-scale insurgent operations.

Finishing up, her plaques and picture frames had also just been neatly stowed, and it looked as if the office was neatly squared away for the next Intel Officer to relieve her position. That was of course until a furious and red-faced General Valdes kicked her door in, sending the tower of papers flying into a flurry of white sheets, blanketing the spotless room in a cloud of fluttering paper.

She raised an eyebrow, slightly in shock. The General stared out the window for a moment, silent. He pulled a cigar out of his pocket and ripped the skin off with a savage bite. He searched his pockets, presumably for a lighter. Not finding one, he pulled out a pistol magazine and ripped a .40 out, tearing the cartridge open and spilling propellant over the floor.

Sensing that the General was about to ignite her entire office and commit arson, the Comandante produced her own lighter and stepped up to the man, his face still beet-red.

She calmly fired the lighter and toasted the cigar in his mouth until it produced an even light from steady toasting, careful not to blacken the quality tobacco too much. Valdes seemed to ease up slightly, his face returning to its colour. His brow, normally not a unibrow, seemed so contracted that it creased into a single concave line.

He took a long drag and let the smoke waft calmly from the other side of his lips.

"Corasson", he began, still staring through window to the rest of the camp outside.

"The damn fools...", he said, the cigar tip lifting slightly into the air as his jaw clenched.

He handed her the cigar. She took a deep draw, sensing some unfortunate news.

"On a PBS. They. Broadcasted... Spring..."

She cocked her head as she let out a stream of oakey cloud.

He turned towards her. 

"Unpack. The entire command staff is staying here."

 

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Orders had been direct, simple, but very jarring to the Marine contingent in Afropa. The Tercio Expeditionary Brigade originally deployed to Afropa in November last year had almost been fully rotated out to be relieved by Exersito ground and air units.

Unfortunately, for the few air assault, command, and CSS units still left around the bush FOBs and Camp Osmena, they would not be going home, at least, for quite a while longer.

Corregidor picked up the fact that Derthaler broadcasting services had just ever so casually broadcasted their plans for a spring offensive on remaining VLA strongholds. Promptly probing their intelligence networks in Afropa, the decision was made that the RAS's own operation scheduled on spring as well (with the goal of effectively breaking remaining urban supply points for the VLA) should be pressed forward and rushed ahead of schedule.

The vital piece of intelligence had been expected to reach VLA's commanders and would likely turn any plans for March into a raging death trap.

As such, all marine units left in Afropa were added to the Operation's roster as supporting combatants and advisory staff to bolster the Exersito in what was still sure to be a bloodbath, being rushed ahead of schedule, but probably not as horrific as engaging an informed and well-prepared defender.

 

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OOC: Just a reaction to what Derthalen posted on his news service. 

TLDR: Derthalen revealed his plans for a spring operation on his news service, probably giving the VLA time to prepare, so my own forces must now rush the operation they had been planning next year to sometime late this year. *slow clap*

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16:00h
East-Afropa

Deep inside the Parc National, near the border with @Sa Hara , an old man is squatting around an improvised campfire. Smoke slowly ascends through the forest, disappearing in the dense green canopy far above his head. Over the fire hangs a large black cooking pot. Every now and then the old man lifts the lid and stirs the pot with a long wooden spoon he carved from a branch.

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After another thirty minutes of cooking the meal is ready. The old man uses a long branch to lift the pot off the fire. He carries it to the makeshift mess hall nearby. The mess hall is not much more than a large plastic sheet tied between four trees. Unless you know the building is there, you almost can't see it. The covering in this dense part of the forest is nearly perfect.

When the old man enters the mess hall, a dozen fellow soldiers all cheer and some even clap their hands in anticipation. "Finally some food," says Louis Limpopo. "This will calm my hungry belly," adds Jules Jonné. The large cooking pot is placed in the middle and each soldier awaits his turn. In this pecking order, their leader goes first.

Monsieur Renard Redoine, or Abu Renard as some followers respectfully called him, gets up slowly from the only actual chair around. Everyone else also stands up. Some out of awe. Some out of fear. Abu Renard is the notorious leader of the V.L.A. and the most wanted man in all of Afropa. He walks to the pot and generously fills his bowl with plenty of food. Next to follow are the lieutenants and officers. These are the elite bodyguard of Abu Renard and have been with him for many years. The grunts come last, some of them using only a large banana leaf as their plate. 

When everyone has their food, before beginning, Abu Renard stands up to say a few words. "Children. My children," he starts out firmly, "Let today this food be in honneur of our captured brother Alois Acellam. It is a year now that he was taken from our midst. We pray to Violet to return brother Alois safely to us or let him be a martyr to our cause."

Abu Renard sits down and everyone starts to eat. The food is alright. A new bag arrives every week. This bag came from another captured truck for humanitarian efforts.

An hour goes by. The men are still sitting in the mess. Abu Renard leans over to his right, where his lieutenant and trusted right-hand man Thierry Togba is sitting, and whispers: "Tell me, Thierry, how are the arrangements for our next bombing attack moving along?"

"The preparations are going forward as planned Sidi," answers Thierry confidently.

"Very good, very good," says Aby Renard while nodding his head acknowledging, "Remember to also take foreign captives. These will become very valuable to us. Especially those @Iverican and @Derthalen dogs."

OOC: With the permission of the players, there will be a double bombing attack in either the zone of Iverica or Derthalen. Your forces will rush in to aid the wounded. A second bombing attack will take place to target any who shows up to help. The survivors of this second bombing will be captured. I have already sent you a pm about this. Right now I'm not including Cristina since they are too far from the Parc National.

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Newsflash: Sixty Afropan soldiers killed in V.L.A. army base raid

At least 60 Afropan soldiers have been killed in a gun battle with V.L.A. fighters who overran a military base in the country's northeast, according to military sources. Scores of fighters in trucks stormed the base at Hawamas late on Tuesday and briefly captured it after intense fighting, two sources told L'Afropa Quotidien on Wednesday.

"They came in large numbers in trucks and carrying heavy weapons and engaged soldiers in a battle that lasted for an hour," a military officer said. "They overwhelmed the troops who were forced to temporarily withdraw before reinforcements arrived," said the officer who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak.

The V.L.A. took weapons and military equipment before they were pushed out of the base by @Derthalen troops with airforce support, said a second military source who reported a similar death toll. "But the terrorists also suffered heavy casualty from the bombardment," one of the military officers said.

It is suspected that the V.L.A. have attacked the base starting from the nearby Parc National, where 27 troops were killed and 14 wounded in an attack a military outpost last week, the military sources said.

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:pic: The V.L.A. has killed 20,000 people and displaced more than two million since 2016

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The Lysian journalists Charles Chemin, Alexandre Allemand, and Martin Mazarin arrived in the Afropa on Friday of last week. They wanted to spend a fortnight investigating the foreign fighters operating in the country and gathering information about illegal interests in diamond, gold, and uranium mining in the warring nation.

Although there are some conflicting accounts, it appears the trio departed the capital, Dieudonné, late Monday night on their way to meet with an Iverican representative in the town of Tazina, about 280 kilometres away. But they never got there. They reportedly were ambushed and killed by about 10 men wearing turbans and speaking Sa Haran, according to the driver of their vehicle who survived the attack.

The government said on Friday that the Iverican peacekeeping forces in Afropa, found the bodies of the journalists with multiple gunshot wounds, along with an abandoned vehicle, 33 kilometres north of Tazina.

According to the L'Afropa Quotidien, locals in Tazina said that the attack was unusual, that the assailants seemed most interested in the “tall and muscular man”, which is likely Mazarin, the cameraman. They wanted to search his pockets, but the journalist resisted and so they shot him.

The bodies were first transferred to a hospital in Tazina, and then onward to a university hospital in Dieudonné. The circumstances of the incident have not yet been established. The Afropan Ministry of Foreign Affairs planned to transport the bodies of the three killed reporters to Lyrie on Sunday morning.

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A soldier’s crumpled corpse at a traffic circle. Young men gunned down in their living room while partying. A teenage boy killed by a stray bullet while watching television. Outbursts of gunfire so frequent that children call them "making popcorn."

The horrors residents recount here are part of a conflict that has been upending the eastern regions of Afropa in recent years.

"This situation, it’s unbearable," said Leonard Lallemand, one of the few holdouts still living in a once-bustling neighborhood along a highway called Route Cinq that is now littered with charred, overturned vehicles and shell casings.

Afropa is still grappling with a tangled colonial past that involved three foreign powers and in recent years, it has become a vital partner in the battle against Violetist extremism in Europa.

Now, the country is on the brink of a civil war.

Longstanding anger at the ruling elite has erupted into one of the nation’s biggest uprisings in decades. Separatists are waging a violent battle to overthrow the existing national structure and replace president Pierre Panza. The estimated 200 thousand fighters are armed mostly with older guns and take orders from activists living overseas.

yEFNJtb.jpgKnown internationally as the V.L.A., these terrorists are up against an @Iverican- and @Derthalen-trained elite military force, the latter which has been accused of human rights abuses. The government crackdown led by Army General Jules César Jajo has been ruthless, with residents and local officials providing frequent accounts of troops burning homes and buildings in more than 100 villages, indiscriminately shooting or detaining civilians, and sometimes executing innocent young men as they search for separatists who scurry away into the dense forest after attacks.

"Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the eastern areas to get away from the violence and about tens of thousands of civilians have died", says Guillaume Gonzo, the director of the Afropan Center for Human Rights. "And this estimate doesn’t include security forces and separatists who have been killed in battle."

 

In the middle of this melee, the country is planning to hold an election. One of the world’s longest-serving presidents, Pierre, 59, who has already been in office for 34 years, is asking voters to give him another term in office during the November elections. President Panza has been in office so long that most of the nation’s population has known no other leader. He has been travelling the country to rally support in a contest expected to be highly lopsided, given his tight grip on the nation. The V.L.A. have vowed to do all they can to disrupt the vote, escalating an already volatile situation.

Afropa is completely occupied with fighting a war against Voiletist extremists in the region. In the east, Ivericans and Derthaleners have provided the country with military equipment to battle V.L.A. as the war has spilled across the @Sa Haran border. Mindful of its shaky international reputation, President Panza's government has hired a public relations firm to polish its international reputation.

But the election will do little to settle the uprising against President Panza in Afropa’s two eastern regions, contiguous areas along the Sa Haran border. Turnout in them is expected to be extremely low — largely because few people are left to vote. In some areas, locals officials estimate more than 90 percent of residents have fled.

 

Communities like Okane, a small town near a dormant rubber plantation, have been completely abandoned. Burned homes, crushed tin shacks that housed businesses and a blackened beer truck attest to the fierce battles here. Many of the concrete homes and stores along the road were riddled with large bullet holes.

Okane had been a flash point of fighting. A military captain blamed terrorists for the damage, accusing them of lashing out at residents who didn’t respect their calls to create a "ghost town," by abandoning the streets and staying home. But local news reports by L'Afropa Quotidien have offered a much different explanation: a gun battle between V.L.A. terrorists and security forces in June that sent residents escaping into the forest.

These eastern areas make up a fifth of the population, and with their palm oil, rubber and banana plantations they are a significant contributor to Afropa’s economy. Most of those operations are now closed because of the violence.

The government estimates that only about 10.000 of Okane’s 200.000 residents remain in the city, a normally quaint mountainside area where the violence has been unrelenting. Many fled after episodes like the one witnessed by Monsieur Roland Rambo only last week.

 

Early on a Tuesday, at 6 o'clock in the morning, he was called to a home where he found the bodies of six men strung across a living room, some limp across chairs and one lying by a door as though he was trying to escape. Another body had already been taken to the morgue.

Before they died, the men were having a party, drinking Euphoria until the early morning hours and making a lot of noise, Monsieur Wambo said. He said security forces heard the racket and executed them after deciding they were terrorists, who are rumored to be heavy abusers. One of the dead included a neighbor who also heard the noise and decided to investigate, he said.

President Panza’s government says the separatists are terrorists and has refused to open any dialogue with them.

When asked if he was going to vote in the election, Rambo’s eyes widened.

"For what?" he answered. "I’ve been voting for years and the results have never changed."

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