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Continuation: Operation Nightingale

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A dark area in Chernarus’ history has been the civil conflict in 2009 that left the country is a poor detrimental state. This story expands into greater detail with a timeline of events that led up to the civil conflict, United States’ intervention, and the state of the country afterwards.

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Official Documents (click to enlarge).

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Before the Chedaki became an international household name because due to media coverage, the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (ChDKZ or Chedaki) were well known in Chernarus years prior to their first attack on Chernarus soil in 2009. Since Chernarus gained their independence after the collapse of the USSR in 1991 there was still political uneasiness between Chernarus and Russia, which birthed many political parties including the ChDKZ. However, the organization over time were found to have had become more aggressive with their agenda, and incited political rallies, crime, violence, and riots. The party eventually dissolved to such an extent that the Chernarus government banned their very name, and considered their actions criminal. Many would consider this to be an anti-Russian sentiment motion by the Chernarus government. The CHDKZ listened, and stepped into the shadows to find greater support by several smaller and similar underground political parties, and for the next two years worked on a planned coup d'état against the government of Chernarus.

In mid-2009, a large explosion detonated inside of the lobby of one of the country’s largest hotels in Novigrad where several political figures were known to be staying. The bombing killed a total of thirteen people including one visiting French ambassador, and wounded countless more civilians. This would be the first attack on the country since their independence eighteen years ago. The bombing left the small country shaken, and in response the government heightened the military presence into the streets and outside of political residences while they searched for answers. 

The Novigrad bombing went unexplained by investigators until two weeks later when a second attack occurred in Pusta, a small town in the South Zagoria region. The small town was reportedly overtaken by several armed insurgents branding the familiar red star on their clothing and armored vehicles. The militarized political militia announced their desire once again to have Chernarus return to a socialist state, and were upset at their name has been suppressed by the government two years prior. After both attacks reached the headlines on international news outlets, Russia responded stating publicly to have no official affiliation with the political insurgents, and did not support their ideals. However, many speculated that the ChDKZ  were covertly being funded by Russia because of the party’s military grade equipment including automatic firearms, mortar artillery, and operational tanks. These rumors were only fueled further on during the conflict when Russia refused to assist Chernarus in fighting against the ChDKZ insurgents.

The ChDKZ hit and run assaults on South Zagoria unraveled quickly into a full conflict between the Chernarus Defense Forces supported by NAPA against the ChDKZ forces. Towns at the heart of the region were abandoned by residents, and occupied by the military forces. After three weeks of conflict, ChDKZ forces managed to control over a quarter of the South Zagoria region. The insurgent’s tactics, however, were questionable to all as the conflict progressed. They insurgents avoided CDF forces directly, and instead seemingly targeted innocent civilians using them as leverage.

The civil conflict takes a large shift in power when ChDKZ insurgents unexpectedly seized control of the nearly unguarded isle of Utes. The two smalls towns of Kamenny and Strelka on the island were taken in only forty-eight hours by insurgents, who then moved onward to take control of the island’s CDF military compounds and airfield with great ease. The Chernarus government greatly feared that the insurgents had accessibility to even greater military weaponry than the insurgents initially possessed that would be used against them, and requested military aid from the United States. Fearful of larger civilian casualties in the region, The United States agreed, and launched Operation Nightingale. In September the United States Marine Corps (USMC) were deployed during the night at the rocky shores of Utes alongside the CDF where for the next several days some of the most intense firefights occurred of the civil conflict. After only six days after arriving on the shores of Utes the combined armed forces of the United States and Chernarus successfully regained control of Utes, suffering few casualties, and capturing over forty-five ChDKZ insurgents.

The USMC continued to arrive and assist the CDF for weeks in the South Zagoria stabilizing control of the region once again. The remaining ChDKZ presence within South Zagoria faded quickly as many ChDKZ militants retreated, surrendered, or attempted to integrate back into civilian life unnoticed. Under the advisement of the US, the Chernarus government agreed to lawfully handle ChDKZ prisoners despite their inhumane war crimes, allowing them the opportunity for fair trials. While imprisoned many insurgents were interrogated where it was revealed that the ChDKZ were also responsible for staging a bombing within Russia in an effort to persuade Russia into invading Chernarus.

In the years following the civil unrest many of the captured ChDKZ were trialed under Chernarus law. Most insurgents and supporters were sentenced to prison for multiple life sentences, and a few of the high ranking Chedaki leaders were executed. After the civil unrest that lasted three months, Chernarus was left in a war-torn detrimental state especially within the South Zagoria region. The infrastructure was crippled with destroyed electric transmission towers, public roadways crumbled, many towns fully abandoned, and other towns under occupation of the military. This directly led to an economic collapse with an increase in the poverty rate, unemployment, crime, and protests. The costs of the conflict would put the country in an insurmountable amount of debt, and officials believed reconstruction efforts would take over ten years to be successfully completed.

The United States agreed to station a small military presence in the South Zagoria region for a minimum two years to assist in training the CDF and maintaining order. Additionally, the military facilities on Utes were officially closed after being viewed as a liability, and resources were relocated to Tisy. In December of 2012 the United States military officially left the country, but would return to neighboring Takistan two years later after leaving for another unrelated foreign conflict. 

 

 

Written By: Post , Pat, and Nolan

Graphics By: Pat

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Nice work gang :x

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Nice read. Definitely covers the time frame between the civil war and the outbreak nicely.

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That was a pretty good read , gj.

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Good stuff guys.

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Unknown Entity    126

Are you guys LMs or something?

 

Gj

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BOLDEdition    20

This is a solid continuation and an enjoyable read; especially as it pertains to my character since he was embedded with those US troops in '09 during Nightingale as a war photographer and journalist. I look forward to extending his lore further, considering the new information revealed here.

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:x Flattered to see my name included even with my minor contribution of consultation. Good job Post & Pat, hope to do more work myself when/if we do more of these.

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Rebel Pado    284

I can't read but the replies seem positive.

So good work boys. 

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1 hour ago, BOLDEdition said:

This is a solid continuation and an enjoyable read; especially as it pertains to my character since he was embedded with those US troops in '09 during Nightingale as a war photographer and journalist. I look forward to extending his lore further, considering the new information revealed here.

That's what matters most to us. The whole idea of these was really to give more details about the past and present to roleplayers could create characters and groups that followed along if they desired.

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