The Nordic Union was established in 2018, after member countries of the Nordic Council decided to strengthen unity and cooperation in the face of Russian expansionism and a dwindling European foreign presence. With the establishment of this new political entity, akin to NATO’s defensive treaty, came growing friction within the European Union between Nordic Union members and other European Member states. Key issues were the supply of fossil fuels and trade through the Baltic Sea, as well as claims on the recently discovered fossil fuel depots in the Arctic
Following continued disagreements in 2019, Nordic Union member states left the European Union in 2020. The primary cause of this decision was the creation and near completion of the Nordstream 2 pipeline as it crosses international waters in the Baltic Sea.
Claiming Nordstream 2 will unfairly impact Norwegian produced oil, it caused a large political rift between the Nordic Union and the EU.
Further issues arose when the European Union and the Russian Federation formed political agreements on security in the Baltic areas without including the Nordic Union’s interests.
continuing this trend of political rift, the rhetoric used by both sides became increasingly aggressive. Whilst the EU was pointing fingers at the Nordic Union for acting irrationally, the Nordic Union claimed the EU was simply trying to punish its member states for leaving the EU.
Months went by, with both sides continuously bashing each other over political matters.
Mounting tensions caused both sides to deploy Rapid Reaction Forces to its borders and the Baltic Sea to ensure territorial integrity.
The first shots were fired near Bornholm, when a German Navy Vessel attempted to board a Danish patrol vessel moving away from the island. Various other military engagements took place in that same month, in November 2020. Subsequently, the Nordic Union openly declared it saw itself in a conflict with the European Union over its borders and decided to mobilize its forces. Germany, the only EU country directly bordering the Nordic Union, similarly mobilized and occupied small Danish islands and territory along its borders as a ‘’preemptive’’ measure.. or so they claimed.
With both sides now set on fighting out the political argument on the battlefield, NATO countries such as the US declared their support for the European Union whilst others remained neutral.
The Nordic Union, understanding the need for swift action, launched raids and attacks on German islands and border towns. Quickly overrunning minimal German garrisons, they occupied key islands and positions that prevent any EU force from crossing the Baltic Sea.
A serious threat to both EU military objectives and EU economic welfare, NATO forces arriving in Germany were dispatched to launch a counter-offensive along the coastline as well as into Denmark. Hoping to kick in the door of the Nordic Union, NATO forces deployed in strength.
With the conflict nearly in full swing, Armies on both sides are preparing themselves to face their former allies. Key areas of battle will be the Danish/German border areas, as well as the smaller islands located between Germany and Sweden.
Although it is likely many losses will be incurred, it seems that both sides are set and prepared to conduct battle over a simple economical issue.
1-32IN, as part of the 1st IBCT, is being deployed to the island of Rügen to retake the island from Finnish and Swedish troops. Accompanying the 1st IBCT on Rügen are elements of the 1st ABCT providing armored assistance.
These units have been tasked with securing the vital island of Rügen, which enables the Scandinavian forces to control the sea between Sweden and Germany.
The main objective is to secure the large towns and subsequently recapture the military installations on the island.
On Rügen, G-2 has identified the following hostile elements:
- Finnish Armored Brigade: A Mechanized Force, equipped with CV90/BMP-2 IFVs and Leopard 2A4/2A6 MBTs.
- Swedish 2nd Brigade: A Mechanized force, equipped with the CV90 IFV and Leopard 2A5
- Various Swedish and Finnish supporting units.
These Scandinavian forces are a mix of mechanized infantry and armored forces. Previously involved in battles in Norway and South Sweden, these units can be considered ‘’hardened’’.
They are equipped with modern weaponry of domestic design and they can be considered a significant threat to our operations. They are trained to fight a highly mobile war in Northern European terrain. However, a significant draw-back for the Scandinavians on Rügen is their dependency on resupply by air and sea.
Prepare yourselves gentlemen, we will be fighting on a relatively flat island that is mainly rural with a limited number of roads Combining open fields with dense forests, our experience as light infantry will be paramount to our operations. We will also be liberating German civilians from Scandinavian occupation, so keep in mind to treat the local population with kindness. The Scandinavian tactics and modern equipment will be a serious danger to us and we should prepare ourselves for a long and bloody conflict. Become familiar with the forests and villages, as that's where we will mainly be fighting
I hope to see you on the field.
Captain T. Holtkamp