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- News -
Eurusian and NADC forces in front line service in Europe and the Middle East
After thwarting the Sitirian invasion of Southern Eurusia, Eurusian and NADC forces have offered military support to the UCF and U.S. forces fighting the SPA in the Middle East. A task force of SPEAR Commandos has been sent to Al Dabir, to support the UCF in driving the SPA forces out of Persia. NADC peace keeping forces have also been stationed in Germany, along the San Diago defensive line. The Tunguska defensive line has been strenghtened further to withstand the imminent threat of a second large-scale SPA attack. The citizens of towns and cities near the Sitirian border have been advised to evacuate to safe zones established by the Eurusian Army, to prevent further civilian casualties in case of new SPA attacks. Several refugee camps have been set up further inland to take care of the evacuating civilians.
Sitirian invasion force halted at the Tunguska line
Eurusian and NADC forces reported this morning, that the invading SPA forces had been repelled at the Tunguska defensive line earlier that night. The firefight lasted several hours, before the Eurusian forces finally were able to halt the invadors. Both sides took heavy casualties, and around 130 allied soldiers have been reported killed in action. Over 250 were wounded. Eurusian military officials claim that around 270 SPA soldiers were killed in the battle. Further reinforcement of the Tunguska line is underway at this time.
- Modern History -
After fierce fighting in the Middle East between the SPA and UCF forces, the Sitirians found themselves in a stale mate. Unable to breach the UCF controlled Al-Dabir defensive line despite numerous assaults and continuous bombing, the SPA generals started looking for an alternate route to advance into the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The option of moving north to circumvent the Al-Dabir line, and then attack it both from the front and back was favoured by the Sitirian strategists. With the Al-Dabir line decimated, the SPA would have a clear route all the way into Eastern Europe.
The peace agreement between Eurusia (West-Russia) and the DRR (East-Russia, part of Sitiria) in 2017 was followed by a tense decade. Arms building on both sides along with cloak and dagger espionage were a part of everyday life in the two countries, resembling more and more Germany's situation during the Cold War.
After a long stale mate for the SPA forces in the Middle East, the SPA military presence in Eurusia’s neighbour countries suddenly increased significantly. After several border disputes, the Stirian premier Hoi Ng Chan eventually declared war on Serpentio and its allies. Only minutes after, SPA mechanized infantry moved across the southern part of the DMZ between Eurusia and Sitiria as the initial part of Operation Mongoose.
Despite having an awe inspiring invasion force, the SPA encountered the same problems they had experienced in the previous conflict with Eurusia. They were met with fierce resistance from the Eurusian military guarding the border in the heavily defended Tunguska defensive line. Moving through intense fire from Eurusian artillery and troops, with the Tunguska river working as a natural moat in some places, the SPA invaders were eventually forced to retreat, taking positions on the other side of the DMZ. Having underestimated the strength of the Eurusian military and the integrity of the Tunguska line, the SPA found themselves in a stale mate once again, this time in Siberia.
- THE EURUSIAN FEDERATION -
The Russian Federation, year 2016. Internal disputes, crime, corruption and costly conflicts have left the country struggling to stay on its feet.
Bad blood in Caucasus
Russia paid a heavy price both in money and lives during conflicts with separatist groups in Caucasus, especially Chechnya, years earlier, and the region was left in ruins. Despite managing to negotiate a cease-fire, the situation was still highly unstable. With nervous Russian soldiers patrolling the streets and the constant threat of terrorist attacks by separatists, the region could explode into chaos at any moment.
After the Caucasus conflict came to an end with the Grozny Peace Agreement in early 2012, the large number of armed forces of the Russian Federation was getting too expensive for the nation to operate. Shortly after the peace agreement was signed, the Russian president announced at a press conference that he would in cooperation with the parliament work out a program for downsizing the military. The “Archangel-programme” went into action on January 6th 2013, closing down a large number of military installations and bases throughout the country, and reducing the Army, Navy and Air Force with a total of 1, 7 million personnel. A side effect of the downsizing was that unemployment rates soared higher than ever, and the general public’s attitude towards the government was getting increasingly hostile.
The Russian economy had been significantly strengthened during the last decade, but this revealed a bitter struggle between the country's rival political ideologies. The Western-friendly president Mikhail Kosov and his supporters wanted to use the money to increase living conditions for the public, giving schools and hospitals much needed upgrades. They also demanded greater efforts to eliminate corruption in corporations and the government, as well as fighting organized crime. On the other side, the ultra-nationalist party, consisting of several Soviet old-timers, members of KGB and GRU, also had a very strong influence in Russia's politics. The ultra-nationalists wanted to use the surplus to upgrade and build up the armed forces, forming a militant government ruled by high-ranking officers of the red army. By doing this, they could build a new and, in their point of view, better version of the old Soviet Union. Ultimately they would reach their goal in achieving the same military and political power Russia had during the Cold War.
The dispute between the loyalists and the ultra-nationalists (a.k.a. Neo-Soviets) left the government torn into separate factions, and generally unable to achieve any political goals on either side.
With the government being paralyzed, organized crime flourished, and the Russian mafia as well as other organisations of the Russian underworld got increasingly more influential.
Beast from the East
When the Sitirian coalition spread to include most of Asia and the Middle East, Russia started to look upon the expanding union as a threat to its territories in Asia. However, instead of showing off military muscle as a deterrent, a strategy used extensively against neighbour countries not on par with Russian interests in the past, several high-ranking nationalist government officials were actually in favour of Russia joining the Sitirian Coalition. They saw the opportunity of getting access to the wealth of natural resources in Asia, as well as the vast Chinese industry, which together with Russia’s existing industry would make a powerful counterpart to that of Western Europe and the United States. Joining the Sitirian Coalition, a.k.a. The Sitirian Republic, would also help the ultra-nationalsts get closer to their utopian dream of a new, reformed and more powerful Soviet Union.
On the other hand, the loyalists were not in favour of joining the communist coalition of the Sitirian Republic, and after a vote on the issue on March 26th 2017 ended in a tie, the Russian government found itself in a stalemate once again.
Hanoi shocks, Moscow shakes
After the voting on whether the Russian Federation should join the Sitirian Republic failed to accomplish anything, the issue bogged down in Moscow. However, things were happening in the Sitirian capital of Hanoi. Determined to expand their already vast Republic, Sitiria staged an invasion of the Russian territories near the Chinese borders and Kamchatka, swiftly taking control over the easternmost regions of Russia. The scene was chaotic, as armed forces loyal to the president provided fierce resistance against the Sitirians, while forces loyal to the ultra-nationalists joined forces with the invaders, leaving the Russian military in a state of chaos.
The Sitirian forces helped by the ultra-nationalists (Neo-Soviet) Russian forces pushed forward, driving the defending Russian forces further back. In the European part of Russia, the loyalists had a majority both in general and military support, and they quickly seized control of this part of Russia only facing scarce spread out resistance. After regrouping, they created a defensive line from the Putoran Mountains in Northern Siberia to the cities of Barnaul and Novosibirsk in the south. The Sitirian/Neo-Soviet army tried to breach the line, known as the Tunguska line, several times. Not being able to break through, the Sitirian/Neo-Soviet forces dug themselves in along the 90th longitude.
After the Sitirian/Neo-Soviet offensive grinded to a halt, there were only scarce fighting within Western-Russia between loyalists and dug in Neo-Soviet forces. The ultra-nationalists fought bravely, but with a lack of support they were eventually overwhelmed by the loyalist forces. An estimated 163 000 Neo-Soviet soldiers were killed, and around 128 000 soldiers were taken prisoners. The loyalist forces took around 246 000 casualties, included the 98 000 POWs taken by Soviet forces, in this brief but fierce conflict.
A torn country
After the Russian-Sitirian Incident (April 9th – May 28th 2017), as the conflict became known as, lost its momentum, negotiations were held between the the two Russian parts. The Sitirians decided this was a domestic issue for Russia, and stayed mostly out of the talks. After negotiating back and forth for two months, the two parts agreed on a cease-fire on September 16. A new border would be drawn between the Tunguska line and the 90th longitude, creating a demilitarized zone working as a buffer zone between the two divided parts of Russia.
The eastern part of the former Russian Federation, was now renamed the Democratic Russian Republic (DRR) and Vladivostok became the new capital. Despite having their own government and president (premier), the DRR was under Sitirian communist rule, and all major decisions of a political or military nature was to be made by Hanoi.
The western part of Russia was still independent, and Moscow remained the capital. In Western-Russia the loyalists were now in command, moving the remains of the country towards democracy and market economy, in line with most Western European nations. Although being in favour of military downsizing and diplomacy, the loyalists were forced to rebuild and further strengthen the armed forces to be able to defend themselves against the imminent threat from the DRR and Sitiria. As a twist of faith they fulfilled the old goals of their former political counterpart by doing this.
People loyal to the ultra-nationalists located in Western-Russia, as well as several POWs and Neo-Soviet government officials were deported to the DRR, working as a trade bargain to bring Western-Russian POWs home. Although this was a sign of good faith between Western-Russia and the DRR, tensions between the countries were at an all-time high. As a result of this, the two new nations broke the old Korean record of having the most heavily armed border in the world.
After being called Western-Russia for a brief period, the country officially became the Eurusian Federation on March 1, 2018. The new name was based off the country’s location, being mainly the European part of Russia, and was suppose to symbolize a “fresh start for a new dynamic nation” as president Mikhail Kosov declared. Although Eurusia is the official name, the country is also referred to as Western-Russia or just Russia.
The new Eurusian Federation presents themselves as a free, democratic and progressive nation. However, questions have been raised regarding the government’s substantial funding of weapons development and production, despite the president’s non-aggression policies. Defense against the militant Sitirian coalition is imperative, but some claims the rate of production and development of weapons surpasses what is necessary. Being in a tense situation with the DRR and Sitiria as its neighbours, the Eurusian military is easily provoked, and reports of unnecessary use of force in threatening situations are frequent.
Despite claiming to be a free and democraticnation, several minifig rights organizations and movements are questioning both its internal security policies and integration practices. The question regarding deprivation of the minority group called ‘fleshies’ is especially debated.
Due to globalization and the cultural diversity in the Eurusian society, English has become the second official language in the Eurusian Federation, beside Russian. Many have moved to Eurusia for work, but in the recent years there has also been an influx of refugees due to conflicts elswhere in Europe. The main reason for instating English as a second language was to ease communication, both between Eurusians and between the Eurusian Federation and other western nations. Although Russian is still the most spoken language, English is constantly gaining territory.
Although large parts of the country had suffered significant damage during the civil war and the country was torn in half, Eurusia was still a very powerful nation. The significant income from the country's petroleum industry quickly covered the damages done during the Sitirian invasion, and enabled Eurusia to develop a modern and powerful military force, able to hold its own against the vast SPA. Joined together by a common enemy, Eurusia fights alongside other Western European nations and the USA against the Sitirian Coalition. Eurusia also has close connections to the newly formed NADC (North Atlantic Defence Coalition)that comprises the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, especially when it comes to controlling the Arctic Ocean and the Barents Sea.