History of the Odporzhia Region
In the late 70s, Republik Demokratzny za ta Ostregals (RDO) discovered petroleum resources in the Grakozhia Sea and caused a surge in the regional economies. Immigrants from every continent arrived to take advantage of the economic growth, and the demographics of the region diversified. Czervenia tapped into that economic surge, using the influx of workers to develop its mineral resources along its northern border with Nordazhia in the Dymejo Bizelih range.
The regional economy stagnated due to unexpected changes in world markets and the economy failed, spreading poverty across the region in the late 90s. With the promise of restoring the region to its former glory, the Paredo zo ta Karoden zo Czervenia (PKC) came to power in Czervenia under a nationalist agenda. The PKC began a military build-up, manufacturing modern military equipment and expanding their army. While the PKC was developing its military, the RDO restored its economy by modernizing outdated equipment in their oil fields and developed a thriving technology and tourism industry, making the RDO a hot spot for European and American tourists, especially students studying abroad.
Czervenia's military build up created a short lived and unsustainable economic boom in, and the economy stagnated due to corruption and nepotism. When the PKC's promises of a strong economy failed to materialize, the people of Czervenia became discontent and it appeared the PKC might lose the next election. In a last ditch effort to maintain power, the PKC party leaders identified those considered lacking the proper dedication to the religious and patriotic institutions of Czervenian culture. They collectively called those people the "indetrejan", or unwanted, and blamed the "indetrejan" for Czervenia's economic woes. The Czervenian army was mobilized to identify and remove the "indetrejan" from Czervenian lands through any means necessary.
Fleeing the Czervenian military, waves of refugees poured out of Czervenia into the RDO. The RDO provided safe haven for the refuges and made a formal protest to the United Nations. PKC party leader, Kazimir Adzic responded to the protest saying, "My message to them is, not in two weeks, not in two months, not in two years, never! We must be clear that we will not surrender and we will not turn Czervenia over to the invaders and those who support them in the south."
The PKC blamed the RDO for their economic woes, claiming the RDO used unfair trade practices and purposefully undercut Czervenia business. PKC saber-rattling resulted in small skirmishes between RDO and Czervenian forces over resource rights and claims the RDO were sheltering anti-PKC rebels. The conflict flared into a full fledged war when rebels bombed a national PKC oil refinery. The PKC promptly blamed the attack on the RDO military. Within hours of the bombing, Czervenia declared war on the RDO and the Czervenian Nocza Militarni zo ta Ekspedi (N.M.E.) invaded capturing RDO oil refineries and the cities of Obranavec and Ranaliv. N.M.E. forces have disrupted most means of travel, stranding American and European tourists in the middle of the conflict. The RDO's military, is small and lacks the means to drive back Czervenia's modern and well trained military. The RDO has requested assistance from the world community, which The United States has stepped up to offer military aide.
Czervenia and the Paredo zo ta Karoden zo Czervenia (PKC)
The PKC arose during the economic boom of the past 30 years in backlash to the diversification of the region. While the PKC was not opposed to ethnic diversity that developed in the region, this minor party did protest the perceived failure of those groups to assimilate into the regional culture. Few Czervenians listen to what the PKC had to say, gaining only 2.8% of the vote in most elections. This changed when the economy started to slow about a decade ago. Unemployment rose steadily and those effected by the depression looked for someone to blame. The PKC gave the public an easy ally, and quickly gained members among the poor and the disenfranchised. PKC leader Kazimir Adzic called for party members to keep watch for those who did not display the proper national character, forming a loose organization called Ta Stroarda (The Watchmen). Incarnations of Ta Stroarda would crop up across the country in every aspect of public life, but became most common on university campuses. While the PKC held little political power at the time, it stifled any discussion by attacking political thinkers, professors and anyone else who challenged the PKC philosophy.
Civil unrest had become common, making much of Czervenia unsafe and became a major issue in elections. The PKC came to power on a platform of curbing the civil unrest and restoring the economy. After coming to power, they intensified their campaign against the "indetrejan", on whom they blamed much of the nation's social and economic woes. When the economy failed to strengthen after solid PKC rule, the PKC turned its ire on the RDO to the south, claiming that the cheap products from the south were harming the Czervenian economy. When the PKC declared war on the RDO, President Kazimir Adzic declared that Czervenia would not rest until the entire region was unified under the flag of one nation and the region was restored to its former glory.
Nocza Militarni zo ta Ekspedi (N.M.E.)
The Nocza zo ta Ekspedi (Military Expedition Force) is a branch of the Czervenian military created to unite the Czervenian region under the PKC. Every platoon has a political officer appointed by the PKC. These officers are members of Ta Stroarda, and hold an equal rank to the commanding officer. The Ta Stroarda to ensures military personnel show the dedication to the Czervenian character, and have the authority to remove any military personnel from duty if they are deemed "slabil" or weak. This is used to maintain party control of the military and insure that orders are not questioned.
Those who show the greatest dedication to Czervenian character are recruited from the N.M.E. to serve in the Sozmoten Vilkas, the Czervenian special forces. The SV are made up of the most fanatical military personnel in the N.M.E., and that fanaticism combined with exceptional training makes the SV a fearsome opponent.
Republik Demokratzny za ta Ostregals (RDO)
When the economic collapse hit in the 90s, the RDO government realized that diversity was their strength. The programs initiated by Prime Minister Helena Procházková took the nation from financial ruin to prosperity. A thriving technology and tourism industry now defines the RDO. European and American tourists come every year to experience the culture from the unique architecture of the Buddhist monasteries to majestic Eastern Orthodox churches. The area is renowned for its arts and cuisine, and has some of the finest beaches in the region.
Sadly, this also made it Czervenia's first target. The triumph of the RDO was jealously watched by many Czervenians to the north and viewed as a challenge to Czervenian national pride. The PKC came to power in Czervenia, and Prime Minister Procházková and the parliament were unprepared for the events that followed. They realize neither their government nor the security force was prepared for the PKC onslaught, and they turned to the international community for help.
Nocza zo ta Sekuridat zo ta Ostregals (NSO)
Czervenia developed its military on with the goal projecting power, but the RDO focused on maintaining local stability and security. When skirmishes took place between the NSO and N.M.E., they were caught unprepared. While the NSO performs well as a law enforcement and peacekeeping organization, it was unprepared for the sheer brutality of the N.M.E.. Early losses during the war forced the RDO parliament to request military aide from the International Community. Answering the call, The U.S. Army moved quickly to train the NSO for war against a traditional military force.
Other Groups and Organziations
Vojcito zo ta Oslobado ta Czervenia (VOC)
"They may have taken my arm, but not my will to fight!" -Major Milan Vujovic, VOC leader
PKC militias and Czervenian forces drove out the "indetrejan" starting in the north, focusing first on the mining towns in the region. Many towns had been cleared of "indetrejan" by the time Czervenian forces were ordered to clear Domaskocha, a center of mining and ore processing in the region. Domaskocha catered to the needs of the miners and its horizon is filled with silhouettes of the ore processing facilities and mining equipment. Major Milan Vujovic served as the local military commander for the Domaskocha region and received orders containing a list of procedures of how to handle the "indetrejan" and to prepare for additional forces to assist him. He promptly arrested those soldiers who supported the PKC, opened the military armory, and armed the local populace. When the Czervenian forces arrived to clear the area, they expected to find a pacified populace; instead they met an organized militia in a fortified position.
The fighting in Domaskocha lasted a month, with the population holding its ground against Czervenian armor and air power. When the fighting ended, the Czervenian military claimed the populace had scattered to the mountains and Major Vujovic was dead. A month later, videos surfaced of Major Vujovic, missing his right arm but alive. From his hospital bed, he gave a speech calling for the people of Czervenia to rise up and liberate their nation from the PKC and their militias. His speech rallied the scattered Czervenian dissidents, and the VOC was born. Under the direction of Major Vujovic, the VOC fights Czervenian forces. The VOC strikes at the infrastructure of the PKC and has established a network of safe houses for those fleeing PKC oppression.
Ta Koveta Czerven
When the PKC organized the expulsion of "indetrejan", some people outside Czervenia embraced the idea. Refugees seeking safe haven illegally crossed the border and poured into RDO cities. The RDO was unprepared for the influx of refugees, and was unable to properly accommodate their needs. Shantytowns swelled to unimaginable levels in every city along the border with Czervenia. As the poor refugees sought the means to survive, a pro-PKC movement rose among those frustrated with the surge of refugees. The PKC rhetoric went mostly ignored within the RDO, but the movement found a charismatic voice in Radek Stojespal, and gained airtime on radio and television networks nationwide. In one broadcast, Stojespal was quoted, "Rats spread disease. They are cunning, cowardly, and cruel, and are found mostly in large packs. Among the animals, they represent the rudiment of an insidious and underground destruction - just like the indetrejan among human beings."
Soon the hate speech flared into violence. In Obranavec, a shop owner was robbed while walking home near a shantytown. According to witnesses, when the shop owner fought back, the robber stabbed him, and then fled into a nearby shanty town. Local media broadcast the crime scene across the nation and showed the handful of coins the shop owner was murdered over lying in his own blood.
Word of the murder spread and Stojespal took to the airways saying, "These parasitic indetrejan are responsible for most of the nation's crime. The crime committed tonight only stands as an example of the threat to our society. The government is unable to deal with this infection. If that is the case, then it is time that we dealt with them ourselves. These invaders must be driven from our nation by any means necessary."
That night, anti-refugee protests flared into riots and violence against refugees across the RDO. The government moved quickly to put down the rioters, but by night's end 14 were dead and over 400 people were injured. The next morning, local authorities caught the murder suspect. He was not a refugee, but a native who fled into the shantytown to avoid capture. The public reaction to the violence was utter shock and the result of the government investigation sparked a national debate which soothed tensions in the nation. Stojespal responded, "I find it unimaginable that one of our own could commit such a vicious crime. It is clear the government is controlled by the indetrejan, and the RDO is the center of indetrejan power. Never forget the image of those coins covered in blood!"
From the events of that night, Ta Koveta Czerven (The Red Coin) was born with Radjek Stojespal as its leader with the goal overthrowing the RDO government and any other government that supports refugees. Koveta Czerven's tactics consist of bombing government institutions and organizations that assist refugees and violence against refugee groups. The movement is trying to obtain "a more thorough means to eliminate the indetrejan" which translates into chemical and biological weapons being used against refugee populations and their "collaborators."