The first decade of the 21st century had shown that the fine balance of the world politically and economically was always close to turmoil. Acts of terrorism at the turn of the century had pitched the west into unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the decade continued, the motivation for the conflicts began to look less important and the reality that wars were mainly fought over territory and resources became more apparent.
It was accepted that oil, the primary resource of the day, was a finite commodity. Oil was essential to our way of life, not only as fuel but as the products created from the petrochemical industry. The oil that had taken millions of years to form from the prehistoric remains of forests and animals would be almost totally consumed in the 250 – 300 years after the industrial revolution. Scientific studies as far back as 1956 (Hubbert peak theory) had showed that a Peak Oil event was highly probable. Peak Oil described the point in time when the maximum rate of oil extraction was reached, after which the rate of production was expected to enter terminal decline. It was calculated that the peak would come within our lifetime; others argued that there were numerous other untapped reserves in the world and that there was still plenty enough to support us for generations to come. Nobody disputed that these extra reserves existed, but many argued that it would be impossible to extract due to geographical remoteness and that the future technology needed to extract the resource was too far off to count these reserves as a solution to the peak oil event.
While the West was at the mercy of the fossil fuel energy supply chain the East was looking to the future.
New exploration and world changing scientific breakthroughs
During the first decade of the century the China National Space Administration had been developing a comprehensive space program. The programme first launched with the Chang'e 1 lunar orbiter in 2007. The orbiter scanned the entire surface of the Moon in exceptional detail, producing a high definition 3D map. In 2010 Chang'e 2 mapped the Moon’s surface with passive, multi-channel, microwave remote sensing – giving China an unprecedented report of the chemical makeup of the Moon. In December 2013 Chang'e 3 successfully landed a lunar rover named Yutu onto the lunar surface to explore a specially selected 3 square kilometres area of the moon. Another lander, Chang'e 4 was sent in 2015 and in 2017 Chang'e 5 collected samples of material from the lunar surface and returned them to the Earth.
Subsequently it was announced that Russia and China were working on lunar exploration as partners and that the Russian-Chinese Space Commission (RCSC) had been formed for joint lunar exploration.
Although a highly secret program, rumours started circulating around the World’s scientific community that the RCSC had been focusing research on an isotope called Helium-3 (He-3). He-3 is very rare on the Earth, but had always been assumed to be in abundance on the lunar surface – embedded in the upper layer of the surface by the solar wind over billions of years. The research on the Moon by the RCSC had paid off and various agencies around the world had been monitoring numerous probes bringing samples back to China by 2020. In 2021 the RCSC had started construction of a permanently manned mining facility on the Moon. Many watched with interest and predicted a new gold rush involving He-3. Many scientists didn’t believe that He-3 offered us any benefits and saw the RCSC missions as follies and a waste of money.
In 2026, China changed the World: they announced that they had successfully achieved the scientific dream of nuclear fusion and had produced working nuclear reactors powered by He-3. Until then nuclear power used fission, a process in which uranium nuclei were split apart. This created large amounts of energy but it also produced radioactivity and nuclear waste, both of which were highly dangerous for thousands of years after the event. In nuclear fusion, nuclei are fused together releasing massive amounts of energy, working in the same way that the reactive cores of Stars do, including our own Sun. The elemental isotope He-3 had allowed the Chinese to make stable and controllable fusion reactors on earth, tiny stars the size of pinheads, each one capable of generating almost unlimited power.
The rest of the World’s powers had been left far behind. NASA and other various space agencies had lost most of their funding during the economic collapses of the early part of the 21st century and there was no way to make up the lost ground. Most would need decades of work before they would be capable of mining and retrieving He-3 from the moon, let alone developing the technology needed to make a working fusion reactor on earth.
The new world
To begin with the world rejoiced, this was the breakthrough that Mankind desperately needed. Fusion power was safe, stable and most importantly clean – an end to carbon emissions and no radioactive waste was created in the process. New power sources like hydrogen fuel cells would become a reality, hydrogen production via hydrolysis would become simple with the cleanly produced electricity that fusion would supply – all in boundless quantities. Less dependency on oil for fuel would mean that the current reserves would last long enough for us to find replacements for the byproducts that we also relied on.
This dream was short lived; the new technology was not for sharing, at any cost.
In 2027, China and Russia announced a permanent union, essentially creating a new nation state called the Chinese Russian Socialist Soviet Republic (CRSSR) and officially withdrew from the United Nations. The CRSSR closed its borders and expelled all of the foreign diplomats and staff working in the country.
Other nations demanded that they should be given access to fusion technology; at the very least be able to buy energy produced by the CRSSR. Each enquiry was turned down and the channels of communication closed. Tensions grew as NATO forces were deployed to the bordering countries of the new state and war looked to be on the horizon. CRSSR then fired what was to be the only shot of a very short war.
On the 1st of January 2028 a CRSSR свет звезд missile was launched. The missile passed up through the earth’s atmosphere and 100km past the Kármán line, directly over the Arctic, it detonated. The explosion was huge and the readings gathered by various monitoring stations across the northern hemisphere blew off the charts. The blast vaporised huge parts of the polar ice cap: 1,000,000 sq mi of pack ice had been turned to water vapour instantly.
Casualties directly from the blast had been relatively low due to its remote location, but the following week saw devastation on a global level. The temperature change, along with the huge amount of extra moisture in the atmosphere kicked the climate out of control. The jet stream across the northern Atlantic fell south and intensified, resulting in monsoon level rains battering Europe. Flooding and landslides across the region claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and brought whole nations to a standstill. Sea defences in the Netherlands failed and 27% of the land fell back below sea level. Hurricanes of a power never recorded before thrashed North and Central America and record low temperatures saw snowstorms in Southern States and Mexico.
The blast had also released a substantial E3 type Electromagnetic pulse which destroyed a vast number of satellites, causing a communication breakdown and left intelligence agencies around the world blind.
Nothing like this had ever been recorded before and speculation ran through the scientific community as to what had been witnessed: theories about antimatter triggered WMDs were rife. The fact was that the CRSSR had weaponised He-3 in some form and the rest of the world was incapable of matching the power that they had demonstrated. Terrified of what they would do next, the world held its breath.
The CRSSR gave the world an ultimatum – the Isolation Treaty. The CRSSR were to cut themselves off from the rest of the world, they would become an enclosed state. No contact would be attempted with them and they would have no contact with the outside world. If any of the terms of the isolation treaty were broken, they would use their advanced weapons with no mercy. The treaty was signed at the UN and the war was over as abruptly as it began. The blackout of information coming from the CRSSR started immediately, and all NATO forces stood down.
As the world was coming to terms with these new events, new problems quickly arose. Many of the countries that bordered the new CRSSR state created buffer zones at their borders, huge strips of no-mans land where nobody could settle. These were created to lessen the risk of provoking the CRSSR by anybody being in proximity to the border. In vast numbers of these countries citizens became refugees in their own land. On top of this tens of millions of people started flooding out of the CRSSR. These people had not been deemed suitable as new CRSSR citizens and had been expelled from the country. This huge exodus poured westwards into Europe and also flooded south into India, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea. The countries that took the brunt of the migration soon collapsed into chaos. Governments had no policy to deal with the situation and civil unrest grew. Many of the European countries that made up the buffer zone lost control altogether. Desperate reports came out of the former border state of Chernarus claiming mass murders and that the land was now ruled by a bandit based society. Eyewitness accounts of people being murdered on the road for basic items such as medical supplies and can-openers were common.
The formation of Reach Elite Forces
Something urgently needed to be done in these troubled border countries. These lawless areas needed to be contained – many military assets had been abandoned and the nations along the border had no military or political control. Due to the dangerous proximity to the CRSSR border and the threat of radical terrorist groups obtaining the assets, NATO decided to step in. It was decided that no military action could be carried out under a single nations authority. NATO pulled together a force of specialists from many different nations; made up of soldiers from America and most European countries. The units were mixed together with no allegiance to any particular nation.
Operation REACH, as it came to be known, was highly successful in policing the border zone and securing many abandoned military assets from falling into the wrong hands in Latvia, Belarus, Chernarus, Ukraine and Georgia. The operation had worked so well that the newly created force was made into a permanent unit. Named after their inaugural mission Reach Elite Forces (Reach Elite Forces North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Joint Special Operations Branch) quickly became the premier rapid reaction force under NATO’s control.
The shifting balance of power
People speculated about what was happening within the virtual walls of the CRSSR. Were they running a dystopian society or had they created a perfect utopia for themselves? With no way of getting any information, the rest of the world had to leave it as speculation and had to start dealing with the consequences.
The European Union broke apart as individual countries closed their borders and re-wrote laws concerning human rights. Civil war broke out in the Balkans and no other nation intervened. The UN saw its membership radically decrease as nation after nation left, most of the countries that remained as member states had no power and the organisation slowly dissolved. Much pressure was put onto the USA to take some of the burden of the CRSSR immigrants. No immigrants were allowed into the US but huge efforts were made by them by the way of aid relief. In 2030 they organised a huge central European airlift delivering much needed food and medical supplies to the area.
Europe’s reliance on oil and natural gas from the former Russia caused a huge issue. The day of the Isolation Treaty saw the Urengoy–Pomary–Uzhgorod pipeline that fed the resources to western Europe shut off. Emergency deals were made with the OPEC suppliers of the middle east at vastly overpriced costs. They had no other option as the lights had already started going out all across Europe.
The USA had its own problems – the fallout from the Isolation Treaty had begun to take hold. Most of the investment made into China in the late 20th and early 21st century had been essentially written off over night. The mechanisms of the old world such as free trade and cheap labour in the east had dissolved; many of the large corporations never recovered and slowly fell. The world had also reverted back to gold as the standard for trading in global commodities such as oil. Although the USA had vast quantities of gold in its reserves the influx of the unwanted dollars back to the USA from the countries no longer requiring them for trade caused catastrophic hyperinflation, rendering the dollar worthless.
In 2030, full blown civil war had broken out in Central America and the Northern area of South America due to a culmination of many small flash points in the area – most notably the seizing of the panama canal by Colombian terrorists in 2029. During the fighting the USA made a bold move by invading Venezuela during the chaos and taking control of the Lake Maracaibo and Orinoco River basin oil fields. The snatch had been a success and the USA had secured a short term oil supply for themselves, circumventing the issues of global trade and their uncertain economy.
Initially, the European nations and the rest of NATO opposed the action carried out by the Americans in Venezuela. But unpredictably, public opinion was strongly for it – many years of fuel poverty and the rising cost of living had taken its toll on the European citizens and action of any kind that may have helped the situation was celebrated. A political shift forged new alliances between Europe and America. Aligning themselves together could help stabilise the shattered European Union, even though the stability granted by the oil reserves captured in the action could only ever be a short term solution.
Speculation grew about a move towards the acquisition by force of other energy resources by America and it’s new European partners, causing alarm in the remaining oil producing countries around the globe. This tension after the Venezuela action was thought to have lead to the formation of CSAT and laid down the foundation of our current crisis.
The new middle east and the road to war
The Venezuelan incident shook the oil producing countries to their core. Nobody could have predicted what happened next. When the original Canton Protocol summits were held in Tehran, the west didn’t pay much attention; the region had traditionally been volatile, due in part to mistrust between the various nations and the division of religious sects, so when the Canton Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty (CSAT) was signed the complete unification of the area came as a shock.
Headed by Iran, CSAT grew quickly, soon incorporating Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Oman, Takistan, Kuwait and Qatar. A unified army was raised, using state of the art equipment and conventional weapons based on the designs used by the former Chinese army.
During the 2011 civil war in Syria, Western army intervention had been stopped in its tracks by Chinese and Russian pressure and the West had backed down. Now in 2030, since the Isolation Treaty, there was no such protection to the region. With this in mind CSAT forces built up huge defensive forces in the area. Western aggression in the area was unlikely as reasonably good oil deals had been brokered and NATO could ill afford a major conflict, especially against what appeared to be a competent military force. After the Venezuela incident, CSAT would not be taking any chances.
Nothing happened until 2034 when CSAT slowly increased the price of the oil flowing to the west and then in an unexpected turn, began to push out their boundaries. First CSAT forces pushed into Israel and Southern Turkey, then moved into the Mediterranean capturing Cyprus and the numerous islands in the Aegean. Little or no resistance came against CSAT, their forces made light work of any opposition. Even the military might of the Israeli armed forces could only hold out for six days against this highly efficient and well equipped force. Palestine was reinstated and added into the Treaty. Western intelligence had no idea of the scale and ability of CSAT forces until the ease of their invasion had become apparent. Eastern European countries demanded action as the CSAT threat through Turkey was now directly on their borders.
This act of aggression prompted reaction from the West, in early 2035 a NATO task force, spearheaded by Reach Elite Forces was sent to the Mediterranean as a warning against further CSAT aggression. A standoff began as negotiators worked around the clock to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.
Negotiations broke down and on 20th June 2035, war was officially declared between CSAT and all NATO forces. Oil supplies were cut to the west and all trade agreements were dissolved. NATO troops mobilised from the fleet of ships making up the task force in the Mediterranean and early in the morning of the 12th July 2035, soldiers from Reach Elite Forces landed on the occupied Aegean island of Stratis.
11th July 2035- Operation Breaking Ground is confirmed go, Reach Elite Forces are tasked with securing the island of Stratis in the Agean Sea to accommodate a NATO invasion force currently prepping back on the mainland.
12th July 2035- Reach Elite Forces arrive off the coast of Stratis with orders to land and set up and FOB on the island for the arrival of future NATO forces. After making landfall and seizing Kamino Firing range, the platoon pushes in land in order to cut communications with the rest of the island.
13th July 2035- Reach push through the island of Stratis as Alpha divert to secure Agia Marina whilst Bravo rush to rescue a local informant whose cover has been blown. Finally Reach attempt to catch the CSAT forces that are now swiftly retreating from the island with the threat of NATO's invasion nearing.
15th July 2035- With the withdrawal of enemy forces on Stratis complete, Reach start to return to the NATO fleet, and push towards the Island of Altis
28th October 2035- Reach must gain a foothold on the island. Landing at night the platoon sized force moves in with light armour support to capture an airfield to the South East of the island and clear CSAT forces from the surrounding towns. AAF in the area move to support Reach and lend their assistance to the fight. Later that day, moving fast to keep the element of surprise, having now captured an airfield on the island of Altis they must move to eliminate an AA threat to the west. Travelling across the bay for a dawn raid on AA emplacements, Reach fights uphill through the morning mist and narrowly avoids defeat whilst securing the peninsula. Reach rush back to the airfield to defend against a CSAT counterattack. Forming a frontline in a town to the north, the overwhelming numbers, high casualties and eventually a heavy armour threat force Reach to retreat to the airfield for a last stand. Just as things are looking grave, two F/A-18 SuperHornets arrive scrambled from Stratis giving Reach the edge it needs to hold the airfield.
15th November 2035- Now with a secure airfield as an MOB on the island, Reach begin to methodically push north through the towns of Chalkeia and Dorida to extend NATO controlled territory on Altis with the final goal of securing a deep water port to land armour and other assets.
16th November 2035- The port town of Pyrgos; NATO's required deep water port for the east of the island. Reach move in from Dorida to secure the military base on the edge of town before moving in. With CSAT forces holed up in buildings, Reach deploy S.W.O.R.D. for overwatch and carve a path through the town to the port. With plenty of close quarters fighting and air support Reach have a tough job ahead of them but manage to make it through with little casualties.
25th November 2035 - During a routine reconnaissance patrol flying over AAF territory a NATO F/A-18 SuperHornet is shot down by AA fire. Command mobilises S.W.O.R.D. to find the plane, recover the black box and search for the two pilots, Lt. Colonel Johns and Major Philips.
Evading enemy patrols S.W.O.R.D. complete all their objectives and learn of valuable intel regarding AAF's allegiances and their plans to defect, joining the CSAT.
On exfil, with the pilots under their protection, S.W.O.R.D. run into an enemy patrol and one of their team gets killed in the ensuing firefight; then to make matters worse, on reaching the Ghosthawks for extraction AAF manage to destroy all three in a horrific chain reaction stranding S.W.O.R.D. with critical intel deep behind enemy lines.Now having secured a port, NATO tasks Reach with seizing the centre of the island to cut off CSAT forces on the North East peninsula. Moving back north to Dorida, Reach defend from an aggressive CSAT counter attack, with Platoon Lead down and a disastrous chain of events our forces are scattered and our defence weakened.
Meanwhile Command has mobilised recon drones to search for the MIA S.W.O.R.D. When they are finally found the small squad have AAF forces hot on their heels as they flee toward NATO territory. Artillery support is called to get them out alive. Bringing the intel with them Command is informed of the new threat from AAF and with Reach struggling to secure Dorida having lost ground already, the artillery is called on the town in a desperate move to regain control breaking the ROE.
Reach then fight back and secure the town before moving north to Charkia, the next CSAT occupied town. With control regained of the platoon Reach take the town with little resistance and draw a new front line in the sand.
1st December 2035 - Operation Gladius - One of the darkest parts of Reach Elite Forces History, A CSAT military installation, built hastily for training AAF infantry and storing vehicles, sits boldly in the centre of the Almyra salt flats. As the first significant location in the North East of the island, NATO task Reach with the objective of obliterating it.
With solid intel brought back from ODIN the night before and a path cleared through the mines in the bay by SWORD, Reach execute a bold beach landing in an attempt to secure the chokepoint on the dunes and fight in land from there. Meanwhile Wolf and Charlie, acting as a fire support group, fight in from the south west, punching through a heavily defended checkpoint.
Alpha and Bravo land and take catastrophic losses with little to no cover, causing the plan to fail miserably and forcing the infantry to regroup and fight in via the path cleared by Wolf and Charlie.
The exposed salt flats provide easy work for Wolf, Charlie, SWORD (acting as JTAC) and Stormas they flush out any resistance and flatten the installation. Alpha and Bravo then move in and clean up before returning for debrief.
2nd December 2035- NATO Command diverts Reach to a military compound west of the salt flats with orders to secure and recover any intel they can find in the area.
Moving in from the south, Reach secure an overwatch and begin pushing into the valley facing mortar fire, snipers and AA. With the AO cleared of enemy infantry and Charlie acting as fire support, Alpha and Bravo storm the compound and secure four hard drives. Before they have time to exfil a CSAT counter attack is underway.
After holding out the survivors make it out and return to hard drives to NATO for decryption. The fight isn't over yet though...
Hill 132, one of the most imposing military installations on the island and one of the key strategic locations in the North East; CSAT hold a strong front line here with views stretching wide over the entire peninsula.
Requiring control over the facility in order to launch it's attack on the North East Airfield, Reach assault it with everything they've got while NATO forces hold the line in the centre of the island.
CSAT forces prove resilient however and after a fierce firefight on the summit, Reach pull back calling artillery and airstrikes to deny both sides the hill.
With heavy losses, the OPFOR's hold over the North East begins to wane and despite not capturing the hilltop Reach regroup at the MOB with plans to move forward regardless.
3rd December 2035- Reach prepares for a morning raid on the North Eastern Airfield by eliminating AA sites in the area, hacking into a local radar site and taking control of two local power stations in order to cut the power to the north east. Jericho head for the AA accompanied by SWORD as Viking and Wolf take on the radar and power stations.
After securing and hacking the radar site, Viking run into trouble in the town of Sofia as they find an explosive device at a nearby petrol station. After a rush to find the disarming codes, the squad manages to disarm the bomb and nullify the threat to the locals.
Meanwhile after becoming pinned by sniper fire in the forests to the north Jericho and SWORD punch through and eliminate the AA threat, calling in Storm to clean up the assault boats and provide close air support. The platoon regroups and pushes on to the final power station in order to secure it and ready charges to blow the following morning when the assault begins.
An itchy trigger finger however results in one of the sappers blowing the charges prematurely and the site is reduced to rubble, cutting power to the northern airfield and giving the CSAT a stark warning of what is to come.
5th December 2035- At zero dark thirty S.W.O.R.D. and ODIN are inserted to the AO tasked with locating various enemy assets and prepping charges in order to lay an ambush for the following mornings attack on Molos Airfield.
ODIN recon the area meanwhile S.W.O.R.D. locate and place charges on multiple AA pieces in the AO. Straying too close to the runway however, S.W.O.R.D. are spotted and are forced to engage a patrolling CSAT soldier. The noise of gunshots alerts the air base and in minutes S.W.O.R.D. find themselves with wounded and battling for survival. With enough intel gathered ODIN regroup with the remaining survivors of SWORD and the two teams extract from the AO. Realising they still have the chance to detonate the charges they placed, S.W.O.R.D. decide to head back in. Before they can get within range a CSAT Kajman gunship locates the teams Hummvee. Fleeing from the scene, S.W.O.R.D. never make it back to the FOB; fearing the worst but hours from a full scale assault Reach command decides to act on the intel they have and continue the assault despite the danger.
Reach begin their assault of Molos Airfield at 0600 hours. After the tragic loss of SWORD the previous night, the AA remains up and nearly all intel is now void as CSAT prepare for the worst, however a route in provided by ODIN proves true and with a mix of luck and speed Reach make their way to the airfield as a heavy armour battle rages between Wolf and the CSAT armour division.
The AA is eliminated in due course and CAS is called in. The assault begins and throwing everything they have at it, Wolf, Storm and the infantry make a powerful push and mere minutes later the airfield is under NATO control as Reach succeed in one of the most aggressive assaults in their history. A resounding success the peninsula is liberated and the morning ends on a high for the men.
8th December 2035- Whilst NATO forces prepare to assault the central airfield, command tasks Reach with flanking south of the airfield and making preparations by eliminating a CSAT military base in the Gulf of Pyrgos and locating and destroying a nearby command centre in an early morning operation; however enroute to the boats that will take them across the Gulf, NATO picks up a large CSAT force coming down the coast.
Reach dash back south to intercept the CSAT forces on the beaches and meet them as they land to a fierce firefight. Before long casualties are taken and further bad news comes in. The beach was just a diversion as NATO picks up multiple enemy forces being flown in from Turkey. The remaining survivors on the beach fall back under heavy fire and make their own way back to the Main Operating Base to find it fully under attack.
With over 300 opfor troops attacking it's not long before Reach are pushed back to the Mohawk bays. Jericho make a desperate last ditch attempt to get Storm to the blackfoot but even with air support the enemy forces begin to overwhelm the 40 Reach soldiers and having taking catastrophic losses of assets a retreat is called.
Under heavy fire Reach board the mohawks to leave but shortly after lifting off Gale One takes damage to it's tail rotor and crash lands outside the MOB killing all on board, as things quickly become grave the remaining troops pile into the second mohawk, but with a lack of seats a small group elect to bravely stay behind. Under a hail of gunfire the last mohawk takes off and narrowly escapes as the small band of survivors now fight for their lives...
The intel that was pulled on the 2nd of December gives NATO some leads, flagging up a Chinese physicist, Dr. Jian Duan who had been working at the military facility prior to Reach arriving on the scene. Oracle, NATO's radio monitoring divison pick up word that CSAT is moving the Dr to Kavala in order to pull him off Altis before NATO can get to him.
Fearing Dr. Duan will disappear into the middle east, and with fears over why a Chinese physicist would be working with the CSAT, Reach are given the task of pulling the Dr. out before CSAT can get him off the island. With the help of an informant in Kavala, Reach locate the building the HVT is being held in and SWORD, Storm and a Delta team are prepped to move that evening.
Intending to insert via Ghosthawk (Falcon One) on the roof of the target building whilst Delta land via Chinook (Falcon Two) nearby and secure the exterior, tragedy strikes early as Falcon One takes heavy fire. First Lieutenant Leshrack saves the helo but in the crash landing, three SWORD members are thrown from the helo and suffer from mortal wounds. Meanwhile Falcon Two lands in the football field adjacent to the target building. Taking heavy fire from the now alert CSAT troops Delta are pinned and in the ensuing firefight casualties begin to mount.
The remaining three members of SWORD begin to storm the building as Falcon One is brought back into operation. Resistance inside the building is heavy and when securing the HVT more SWORD members take fatal wounds, however keeping the lightning pace going, the remaining SWORD member, Fireman Apprentice Nightmare escorts Dr. Jian Duan to the ground floor. With Delta in trouble and down to one man also, the two pull back to the football field and take defensive positions before calling in Falcon Two to extract.
Falcon Two takes off but seconds later it's clear both FA Nightmare and the HVT are still on the ground, with minutes until the CSAT backup arrives Dr. Duan makes a break for it in the chaos and is only found with seconds to spare. The physicist is pulled into Falcon Two and the remaining two members extract. Meanwhile the CSAT manage to scramble a fast mover and gunships from the main airfield, Storm call it in and NATO send two F/A-18 Super Hornets to escort the Chinook. A brief air battle is fought before Storm returns to NATO airspace and relative safety.
With catastrophic losses and losing all but two team members and Storm, the mission is narrowly a success; but the weight of loss hangs heavy over Reach, who have just lost their Main Operating Base on the island. Questions over whether the mission was worth it arise.
2nd January 2036- With the loss of the south eastern peninsula, a new front line has been drawn and NATO are now fighting on two fronts. While the new Main Operating Base at Molos is being reinforced and new defences applied, Reach are deployed to the southern front line to assist the spread out NATO troops and hold the line against the CSAT forces.
The mission is a resounding success and the line is held long enough for NATO to get a foothold and secure it for the meantime.
16th January 2036- Deciding to continue with the original plan to push across the Gulf of Pyrgos in order to flank south west of the airfield, Reach prep an assault on the military based located on the peninsula. Launching an assault by sea and air the main force arrives to a oddly deserted AAF airfield.
Gentlemen, we just seized an airfield.
Pushing north, Reach encounters multiple checkpoints and heavy armour resistance from CSAT forces, however with CAS on station from Storm and Wolfpack rolling with the infantry, the resistance is squashed and Reach sieze not only the military base on the peninsula but the two nearby towns of Katalaki and Poliakko.
Digging their heals in there's nothing to do now but push forward and begin the search for any CSAT assets on the south west side that could hamper NATOss advance on the east side of the central airfield.
17th January 2036 - After securing a foothold across the Gulf, Reach move North-west and begin clearing the surrounding area to the south of the airfield. Eliminating a CSAT command centre and hunting artillery and AA pieces in the AO take top priority and after some knife edge fights with armed technicals and light armour Reach hold their ground and prepare for a final push on the military base, Trenchfoot.
This CSAT occupied installation affords Reach a fantastic view of the airfield and surrounding area in order to launch the assault on the airfield. Throwing everything Storm has at it, the infantry follow up the slopes and storm the compound swiftly securing and preparing the area for the assault later in the day.As afternoon turns to dusk Reach make their assault from the southern side of the runway as the main NATO force begins to push from the East. CSAT, taking fire on two fronts make a brave defence and fall back to the barracks to the north, and the docks that sit on the Gulf but the combined assault proves to effective and after a hard fought battle the airfield is left in NATO hands.
18th January 2036 - As the rain slows and dawn begins to break the CSAT counter attack prepares for one last attempt to regain the airfield. NATO forces line the perimeter of the airfield, Reach holding the main terminal and southern barracks. As rounds zip overhead and Storm go to work with the enemy armour pushing on the airfield the infantry hunker down for a difficult fight.
CSAT forces flank and work their way into the airfield pushing teams to their limit as friendly mortar fire is called danger close in order to repel the breaching enemies. Reach cling to their sector and after a couple of hours the fighting finally dies down leaving the airfield in NATO hands and the CSAT on their heels.
With their immediate tasking concluded on Altis, Reach are summoned to the ageing Nimitz and are briefed for a new deployment while NATO lock down the island...for the moment.
6th February 2036 - Reach arrive in Chernarus and prepare to pick up leads and investigate the increased activity in the region.
Checking in with the local NATO garisson the teams are split up and head in different directions. The garrisons Staff Sergeant suggests taking aid to the locals at Pavlovo hoping that extending a hand to the locals there could bring back some relevant intel. Jericho take a helo to Pavlovo and proceed to hand out aid before coming under attack from a local rebel faction, clearly not pleased to have NATO poking around in their business and seeing a chance to gain some supplies to move on.
Meanwhile Viking are advised to check out a local known rebel camp at Rog Castle and ask if they have any information that could give some decent leads. Upon arriving it's not long before tension causes rifles to be raised and a swift firefight to ensue.
Viking find intel on a nearby arms deal going down at Polana factory and decided to interupt dealings.
After taking light casualties and repelling the attack on Pavlovo, Jericho redeploy to a known smuggling route near the south coast and set up a roadblock with the goal of hopefully catching some local criminals in the act and gather more of a profile of the underhand dealings in the area, it isn't long before a suspicious vehicle turns up and attempts to make its way around the roadblock. Forced to engage, Jericho eliminate the vehicles passengers and driver and before long are attacked by a small force of rebels.
Viking, on the other side of Chernarus, witness the arrival of two groups of armed men and set up an ambush. The team lays waste to the factory and clears it our recovering some weapons crates branded with Arabic writing, and a note from what appears to be one of the local rebel leaders. With enough information gained and some evidence of potential dealings with the middle east, Reach return to the Nimitz for debrief.
7th February 2036 - With knowledge that the remaining rebels and pirates could be attempting to flee Chernarus with whatever arms they have left, Reach decides to step in and mounts a swift attack on the Berezino docks in order to block anyone leaving the area. Jericho, Wolf acting as Templar and storm deploy in a shock and awe assault that forces the retreating pirates to fight.
On the other side of the country, and with the events of the previous day now behind them, Viking return to Pavlovo to attempt to gather the information that Jericho attempted to gain previously. On arrival however they are greeted with a burning town and murdered civilians including BBC journalist, Tom Mckensie, on assignment in Chernarus with his camera man. After sweeping the town for survivors or any remaining hostiles a mass grave is uncovered and a survivor makes his way out of the shadows. With a mention of a certain butcher and intel on where the rebels came from, Viking turn to hunting the people who did this and push into the western forests.
Back on Jericho's side of the island they regroup with Templar and through a panicked captain learn of the remaining stashes of arms. Without any pause, both teams head into the forests as Storm redeploy for aerial recon tasking.
Now with both revenge for the massacre, and tantalising intel within their grasp, Reach begin to comb the woods for any hostile forces and anything that could reveal who 'The Butcher' is and what exactly is going on in Chernarus that would bring the CSATs weaponry here.
8th February 2036 - Within hours of returning from the AO, NATO command is pulled into a meeting as a video tape is released from 'The Butcher' featuring a young British Cameraman working for the BBC who was captured in Pavlovo the previous day. With demands that NATO leave the area and let the "residents of Chernarus continue their lives peacefully", NATO command is provoked into action before the wider world can react to the news.
Fearing 'The Butcher' may eliminate his hostage to force NATO's hand publically into first admitting they have a Special Operations Branch in Chernarus, and then having to withdraw from the area so close to the CRSSR border, Reach is deployed quickly to silence The Butcher and recover the cameraman.After acquiring intel on the Butchers location, Reach move to close the net and capture the war criminal and rebel leader behind the recent Pavlovo massacre and problems plaguing the region hoping that he may have crucial information on what is going on North of the EEBZ. Upon arriving at the target building it appears however that the Butcher has played Reach at their own game. A ball of flames and explosions engulf the building and surrounding street wounding and killing much of the platoon. Now down on one knee and deep in bandit country, the survivors prepare to flee to the coast in order to regroup, bandage their injuries and rearm...
20th February 2036 - After the elimination of "The Butcher", Reach forces now have the task of cleaning up any remnant rebel forces from the region.
"Cut the head off the snake the body dies".
Or if we are unlucky..
"Cut the head off a hydra, two more heads will take its place".
NATO satellites have picked up heavy rebel activity in the northern part of Chernarus which is a concern as they are close to the CRSSR border. Reach will need to handle the situation with precision and finesse to avoid any further implications with the regions neighbours. Stability of Chernarus will need to be maintained to avoid any unwanted attention and ensure the situation dose not escalate further..
22nd February 2036 - During our assault on the airfield the order of CAS strikes were given. Our pilot misjudged the co-ordinates of the EEBZ resulting in him breaking the isolation treaty and enabling the CRSSR to legitimately launch multiple anti aircraft missiles from behind the wall. As a result of this Cpt. Liam flying an F/A-18 SuperHornet was shot down deep in the EEBZ. NATO Command has confirmed he is alive and on the run from converging rebel forces. We are not allowed to launch the CSAR operation until NATO & UIA (United Intelligence Agency) arrive at the airfield. Due to operating so close to the wall and deep in the EEBZ, discretion will be maintained at all times. We're on the verge of a serious international incident here and we don't want to prod the CRSSR any more than we need to.
23rd February 2036 - After last nights assault by CSAT Special Forces NATO wants us to search an area they've been monitoring lightly, they have noticed increased activity there and suspect it's either a large rebel group or, knowing what we know now CSAT forces massing. Head to the AO and check it out. If there's any opfor raze it to the ground. If there's any hard evidence that links CSAT and rebel forces, bring it back with you.
24th February 2036 - The counter attack left us in tatters. Those who made it out alive turn their concerns to the CSAT Orca Helicopters last seen heading south. The casualties were devastating and Reach were pushed back to the coast.
25th February 2036 - NATO pull out of Chernarus