Forty-eight hours ago, the Secretary General of the United Nations briefed me on the situation on the ground in Chernarus. What we know so far is extremely limited. There was an armed conflict at Kamensk military base in South Zagoria. We don't know what events unfolded which lead to this violence between the Russian military and the Chernarussian Defense Force, but we do know that once the smoke cleared a strange illness swept over the local population. We're unsure if it's the effects of a chemical weapon, some kind of psychotic drug, a viral outbreak, perhaps even a fungal infection. What we do know is that the effects are unlike anything we've ever encountered. The victims have lost their minds, widespread violence has engulfed the country and all semblance of law and ordered, anything close to a civilizes society has collapsed. We will need to investigate further to understand what happened.
The Russian presence has complicated matters. I have the USMC 8th Regiment at my disposal, but I can't simply march them into the region because of concerns that we will appear to be serving Western interests. The appearance of impartiality is vital to the UN mission, and so I have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity. I will lead a first-of-its-kind UN Multinational Joint Task Force to enter Chernarus, secure a forward operating base in South Zagoria, and pursue UN objectives in the region. First and foremost, we will need to provide a safe and secure location for the World Health Organization to conduct their investigation. They won't be able to unlock this mystery if they are afraid for their lives, so we will need assign a security detail to safeguard them. Secondly, we will need to act as a buffer between the infected local population and those who are still uninfected, many of whom are in hiding or spend their days running for their lives in search of basic medical care, food, and supplies. We will provide safety and whatever care we can provide them with.
Lastly, we will reinforce and assist the local Chernarussian Defense Force with whatever they need. The stability of the Chernarussian government hinges on the strength of the CDF. If the CDF falls, everything descends into chaos. Our mission is to ensure the rule of law and to do that we need to ensure the stability of the remnants of the Chernarussian government. We will make every effort to avoid armed confrontation with armed groups. This includes groups of armed rebels, the Russian Federation who are actively attempting to secure their own borders as well as making patrols further and further south, as well as NATO forces who have been spotted operating in the region.
The mission I have been tasked with is the single most difficult challenge I have ever faced in my life. I'm flying into a country I've never been to, with a Peacekeeping force that is unlike any that has been deployed in the history of the UN, while an illness that is unlike anything mankind has dealt with tears my AO apart. I have no idea how I'm going to pull this off, but I know we're going to beat this thing. I have to be strong, for my remaining Peacekeepers, for the people of Chernarus, and for myself.