Colombia, following a peace agreement with both the FARC and ELN, returned to normalcy and regular elections in 2007. These elections were, surprisingly, won by former FARC politicians in 2009 which steered the country away from its previous capitalist core towards a new ‘’radical’’ socialist state as was the original goal of the FARC.
Suffering from previously established militant groups on both sides of the political spectrum, it did not take long for the precarious peace agreement in Colombia to collapse following the sudden turn in political climate. At the same time, Venezuelan opposition activity attempting to overthrow the government of Hugo Chavez reached an all time high at around the same time. Links between the Venezuelan and Colombian anti-socialist militant groups were suspected, but unable to be confirmed. Ultimately, these disturbances grew into full scale conflicts in both countries where both the Colombian and Venezualan armies fought to regain control over its rural areas and defeat sizable rebel groups.
With cooperation between these two socialist regimes showcasing the use of regional cooperation for these two large countries, a policy of cooperation and integration was implemented at the end of the civil wars in 2015. Colombia and Venezuela would pursue closer military and political ties and work towards creating a regional socialist entity along Bolivarian principles. This union, initially unofficial, was called the Bolivarian Republic.
Significant investment in defense spending allowed this alliance to grow in strength and power projection in the region, culminating in the integration of Panama and violent seizure of Ecuador in 2019.
Political principles dictated the Bolivarian’s foreign policy after 2019, wanting to create an even larger socialist bloc within Latin-America, the Bolivarian Republic became ever more aggressive in its pursuit of stability in the region. To NATO, however, the region was of no interest as the Bolivarians were useful allies in the war on drugs and international terrorism, or so they thought.
In 2020, a large network of Cocaine producers and distributors was uncovered. This network was heavily involved in supplying the Mexican Cartels with both Drugs and hardware, and as publicized by various news outlets, was sponsored and even assisted by the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (BIS).
International outrage was quick to follow, and sanctions by the US and EU on Bolivarian intelligence service personnel hit hard. These sanctions were eventually expanded to include the Bolivarian Republic’s official airline and export companies due to their links with drug smuggling from the country.
With international attention focusing on the Bolvarian Republic, many of the crimes committed within the country by the government and its supporters suddenly became known to the world. Reports of genocide comitted against the indigoneous tribes, rampant drug smuggling and corruption, forced dissapareances of the opposition and activits, were things that had thus far not made it to international news as it was not interesting to the public.
However, with international organisations turning their attention to the country, suddenly all sorts of criminal acts and tyrannical aspects were uncovered.
The Bolivarian Republic, in turn, sanctioned the US and EU, closing off the usage of the Panama Canal to ships from these countries as well as banishing all their diplomatic staff from the country. A major move by the Bolivarians, seen as an escalation of the tensions.
In turn, secretly, NATO started arming the already active right-wing militias that were still fighting in the jungles of the region against the Bolivarian regime.
With increasing rhetoric by NATO against the Bolivarian Republic, the likes of which reminded the public of the invasion of Iraq, the question of intervention was not an if but when.
Whilst the NATO-sponsored rebels managed to fight on against the Bolivarian Republic with their recently acquired wealth and arms, the Bolivarian Republic answered the way any dictatorship does, with extreme force. Reports of massacres, usage of heavy assets against civilian population and a strategy of scorched-earth dominated the world’s news headlines for weeks. The UN called for a stop to the fighting, 3 of these resolutions were simply denied by the Bolivarian Republic. Ultimately, NATO began threatening the Bolivarian Republic with force if it did not cease its offensive operations in the rural areas of the country.
With the Bolivarian Republic, unsurprisingly, refusing to give in to international pressure, an intervention by the US commenced on March 29th, 2021. Airstrikes targeting Bolivarian military infrastructure were executed over a course of two weeks, with countries such as Brazil and Canada providing support to the USA’s intervention. This aerial campaign, named ‘’Operation Provide Shelter’’, was supposedly accompanied by the infiltration of US Special Forces into the country’s rebel regions.
The US demanded the Bolivarian Republic withdraw its troops from rural regions, allowing a foreign intervention force to ensure security and safety in the region by April 11th.
The deadline passed without a comment by the Bolivarian Republic, paving the way for an intensification of military intervention by the US.
On April 15th, US forces from the XVIII Airborne Corps and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force landed in various locations of the Bolivarian Republic. The new phase of the intervention has been named ‘’Operation Determined Protector’’, and was announced as being an all-out military offensive to overthrow the ‘’violent dictatorship’’ and return the country to safety and democracy.
US Forces were able to set up various beachheads along the coastline of the Bolivarian Republic, and are likely to expand in size to capture all vital regions of the country.
Backed by significant air and sea power, it is likely that the growing number of US Forces in the country will be successful.
1-32IN, as part of the 1st IBCT and XVIII Airborne Corps, has been deployed to the Trilo region of the Bolivarian Republic alongside the 82nd Airborne and 1st MEU.
These units, operating under Joint-Task Force Taurus, are responsible for capturing the Trilo region, which is strategically located along the Northern coastline of the Bolivarian Republic. This region, furthermore, hosts a large number of Bolivarian Army bases as well as vital mining areas. Aside from the US Forces, Colombian rebels are active in the region’s southern outskirts as well.
The main objectives of JTF Taurus will be to seize all military infrastructure in the region, degrade the Bolivarian’s military forces, and ensure the safety of the population in accordance with the local opposition groups.
In this region, G-2 has identified the following hostile forces present:
- Boliviarian Special Forces, 3rd Brigade: A mobile force, well equipped with modern MRAPs/IFVs and Helicopters, used to fighting Militants in the jungle.
- Bolivarian Army, 15th Brigade: An infantry unit, equipped with primarily soviet weaponry and mounted on trucks/MRAPs
- Bolivarian Army, 2nd Armored Brigade: An armored unit, equipped with primarily Russian AFVs such as BMP-3s, T-72MS and T-90S.
- Bolivarian Army, 17th Air Defence Battalion: An Air-Defense unit, equipped with Russian SAM systems such as the S-300PM and ZSU-23-4s
- Bolivarian Police: A wide variety of local and regional police units, both paramilitary and civilian police in nature. Experienced in jungle-warfare.
- Bolivarian Air Force, 4th Squadron: A Close-Air-Support unit equipped with L-39 aircraft converted to light CAS role for fighting militant forces.
These Bolivarian forces are a mix of light and mechanized infantry. Previously involved in fighting on either side of the civil war, these units are battle-hardened for the most part. However, their experience is mostly limited to battling militants that lacked vast numbers of men or equipment.
They are equipped with a mixture of cold-war and modern weaponry of both domestic and foreign design that can be a significant threat to our operations. They are trained in fighting in rough terrain, and have the support infrastructure to fight a lengthy battle.
Prepare yourselves gentlemen, we will be fighting in a biodiverse country that is both rural and urbanised. Jungle and forests are present, mixed with open farmland. Local population is both for and against us, so we will be dealing with potential saboteurs or spies within our lines. Bolivarian equipment and tactics will likely be a great hindrance to us, yet our technological edge will give us the clear advantage. However, it is likely they will end up retreating to the forests/jungle and fight a protracted war from there. Prepare yourselves for a bloody battle.
I hope to see you on the field.
Captain T. Holtkamp