The Republic of Krazkovia, a former Soviet state located near Kazakhstan, is a large country that has long been plagued by political instability. Immediately after its independence after the fall of the Soviet Union, it was immediately thrown into a civil war when soldiers previously employed by the Soviet Union attempted to take control of the country by force. Krazkovian police and civil defence units, supported by the now Russian Ground Forces, were able to put a hold on the coup.
Supported by the neighbouring country of Ardistan, already controlled by a Military Junta, the rebel military units put up a staunch fight before ultimately being forced to take shelter in Ardistan once the Krazkovian Defence Force pushed them out of the country with Russian backing.
Although a victory for the newly established Republic of Krazkovia, the government that inherited the fall-out from the civil war was more interested in filling their own bank accounts than attempting to bring peace and prosperity to its citizens. This setup continued through a variety of governments up until 2015. Whilst this happened, rebel forces continued to operate in the area with various goals. In 2016, an uprising started in the border region with Ardistan, likely supported by Ardistan.
Helped by the Russian Federation, the uprising was put down in 2018, yet it was followed by an increase in repression by the Krazkovian government. The repression grew to the point where Krazkovian rebel factions decided to unite under a common banner, the ‘’Ulpul’s People’s Army’’. This unified organisation was able to draw upon a significant armed force that was overtly backed by Ardistan.
This new rebel alliance spent 2019 building up its operational areas, ultimately launching a large-scale uprising throughout the country in 2020. Unlike last time, this uprising was able to gather a significant amount of popular support that led to sizable numbers of Krazkovian Defence Force units deserting to the ‘’UPA’’.
The ‘’Second Krazkovian Civil War’’ had started, and was set to become a destabilizing factor in the region. Encompassing the majority of the country at the start, the ‘’UPA’’ was quickly forced out of the country’s economically important areas by the Army. Once more supported by Ardistan, however, the ‘’UPA’’ was able to entrench themselves in areas supportive to their cause and was forced to spend the remainder of 2020 reorganising their forces.
In 2021, the newly reorganised ‘’UPA’’ launched an offensive towards Krazkovia’s central regions and quickly overran the unprepared ‘’Krazkovian Defence Force’’ and caused many of the units stationed in the area to defect or desert. The ‘’UPA’’, now resembling a proper armed force with heavy assets to support its military operations, was able to conquer large swaths of territory and threatened the survival of Krazkovia.
The war itself rapidly deteriorated into a violent and uncompromising conflict, with civilians being the victim of rampaging Militants and Army personnel whenever possible.
This unfolding humanitarian disaster prompted the UN Security Council to deploy a UN Peacekeeper contingent to various areas in Krazkovia to set up safe zones for civilians to seek refuge in. NATO also sent forces, both attached to and separate from the UN mission, to prevent an overthrow of the government as that could potentially destabilize the entire Central Asian region. Whereas the UN peacekeepers were set to maintain and secure the safe zones, NATO forces primarily provided advice and training to the Krazkovian Defence Forces. The arrival of both UN and NATO forces stopped the ‘’UPA’s’’ offensive, just when elements of the rebel army had arrived in the strategically located ‘’Deni’’ region.
At this time, elements from the 10th Mountain’s 1st IBCT arrived in the ‘’Deni’’ region as part of the US’ commitment to the ‘’Guiding Support’’ NATO operation in Krazkovia.
The intent of the UN and NATO missions was to put up a peaceful buffer between the rebels and government and get both parties to the negotiating table.
Whilst the UN and NATO assumed the de-facto ceasefire would continue, the ‘’UPA’’ surprisingly launched a violent offensive further into the ‘’Deni’’ region.
This offensive, unlike others, went hand in hand with reprisal killings by the ‘’UPA’’ primarily performed against Krazkovian Security Forces. ‘’Titograd’’, ‘’Deni’s’’ capital, fell in July 2021 and tipped the balance of power in the region towards the ‘’UPA’’. Now controlling about half of the region, the ‘’UPA’’ was able to capture vast storage facilities of the Krazkovian Defence Force and got their hands on large amounts of MBTs and IFVs.
Coinciding with the defection of an entire Krazkovian Army division and a Krazkovian Air Force wing, the Krazkovian morale was practically broken with the loss of this vital area.
Whilst seeing the humanitarian crisis unfolding into a potential disaster, UN forces left surrounded in ‘’UPA’’ territory were attacked and overrun. Subsequently, the UN prisoners were executed by the ‘’UPA’’ for being foreign invaders according to the ‘’UPA’s’’ political proclamation.
The last straw for both the UN and NATO, NATO is set to launch Operation ‘’Merciful Guardian’’ throughout Krazkovia. Instead of passive support to the Krazkovian government, this operation would focus on attacking the ‘’UPA’’ in support of the Krazkovian government and returning government control to the country.
In the region of ‘’Deni’’, the present US elements from the 10th Mountain and 11th MEU will be launching offensive operations with the aim of regaining control of ‘’Titograd’’.
Opposing them will be heavily armed elements from the ‘’UPA’’, that are seen as as well equipped as a Soviet style army in the 1980s.
1-32IN, as part of the 1st IBCT, has been deployed to the Deni region of the Republic of Krazkovia, alongside the 11th MEU and a UN contingent of Ukrainian troops as well as Krazkovian Armed Forces units. .
These units are responsible for securing the Deni region, which is strategically located along the Kaspain coastline of the Krazkovian Republic. This region, furthermore, hosts a large number of Krazkovian Army bases as well as vital infrastructure leading to the ‘’Ardistan Supply Route’’ areas.
The main objective of the NATO forces in the region will be to push back the ‘’UPA’’, thereby providing ample security to the UN’s mission of providing safe zones for IDPs.
In this conflict, G-2 has identified the following hostile forces under UPA command:
- UPA’s Special Force, aka ‘’Skulls’’: Well equipped with APCs and IFVs, normally used as Shock Troops and known to have committed numerous war crimes.
- UPA’s Main Force, aka ‘’Tigers’’: A mobile force, well equipped with all types of AFVs and supporting fire support. Used as regular line troops, equipment varies greatly. Makes up the vast quantity of UPA’s available combatants.
- The Liberated Brigades: Defected soldiers that have organised military formations. With equipment identical to the Krazkovian Defence Force, these soldiers operate weapons ranging from APCs to SPA. Their availability per region varies, yet they are known to be heavily involved in training other UPA units in the operation of heavy assets. Their presence in any area is seen as a serious danger.
- UPA Sympathisers: A light infantry force, equipped with small arms and technicals, they are rarely used in the front line fighting.
- The People’s Air Force: Defected Air Force personnel, operating both AA units and captured/defected Aircraft. Equipment ranges from MiG-29s/Su-25s to modified AN-2s alongside ZSU-23-4s and 2S6s.
- UPA’s Rocket Force: A unit dedicated to offering Rocket Artillery support to UPA offensives. Operating BM-21s, OTR-21s and 9K72 (SCUD-B) systems.
These forces are a mix of light/mechanized units, mainly resembling a Soviet-styled Armed Force from the 1980s. A heavy mix of paramilitary units and defected soldiers, the skill level of these units varies heavily. The main experience they have received has come from battling the Krazkovian Defence Force in this conflict.
Krazkovian and rebel weaponry is limited to pre-2000s equipment, with smaller numbers of slightly modernised equipment being available. The newer weaponry is likely to come from the Ardistan benefactors, whereas the majority of weaponry stems from captured stocks.
Motivated by various political factors, they coordinate under the UPA banner for the sake of the overthrow of the official government. Motivated by this, the UPA militants have shown themselves highly effective in combat against the ill-prepared and poorly motivated ‘’KDF’’.
Prepare yourselves gentlemen, we will be fighting in a large region that is mainly rural and partially urbanised. Local population is both for and against us, so we will be dealing with potential saboteurs or spies within our lines. UPA equipment and existing area control will likely be a great hindrance to us, yet our technological edge will give us the clear advantage. Prepare yourselves for a bloody battle.
I hope to see you on the field.
Captain T. Holtkamp