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Wake, Russia!

Discussion in 'Civ5 - Stories & Let's Plays' started by Sonereal, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Sonereal

    Sonereal Call Me Ish Supporter

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    Prologue
    To the Stars!

    On May 9th, 2043, at exactly five minutes to midnight, Hope took off from a platform near Moscow. Russia not only won the Space Race, it has shown the world once and for all that it is the one true power in the world. Centuries ago, the Iroquois Confederation, Ottoman City-States, and Kingdom of Egypt could all argue that they were equal. Centuries ago, the four major powers of the world were friends but sometime in the early 20th century, this conception shattered during the First Ottoman-Iroquois War and forty years later in the Second Ottoman-Iroquois War which ended with the Ottoman Empire devouring the once proud, but small Iroquois Confederacy.

    However, it wasn't the rising power of the Ottomans, but of the Egyptians that resulted in the First Russian-Egyptian War of the 1980s. Russia had beaten Egypt, but not defeated it. Egypt lost half its territory but that didn't prevent the Border Crisis of 2037 which, by the end of the year, resulted in Thebes falling under the thumb of Russia. By 2043, the Ottomans had ripped their own piece of the ailing Egyptian Kingdom.

    The victory against Egypt, against the barbarians and cataclysm, against nature itself, filled the Russian people with new ideas. The Egyptians had been beaten but they haven't been truly defeated, have they? Humbled but thirsting for revenge, surely? The Egyptians have proven themselves capable of dirty measures such as when they seized the coal mine that triggered the second war. What about the Ottomans? They turned on their ally, the Iroquois, and destroyed them. The Ottomans are vultures, circling overhead and waiting for a minute, a second to lash out and tear a piece of the sick carcass of a true nation.

    The Russian midterm elections gave the Technocrats the mandate they needed. The last war saw the use of tanks and infantry but the Egyptians, if not the world, had yet see what a modern war could unleash upon the world.
     

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    Part I
    A War of Russian Aggression

    By July 3rd, 2043, Egypt was no longer a military threat to anyone, especially the Russian bear. However, like a bear, the Russians could smell blood and fear as the 1st and 2nd Mechanized Divisions along with the 1st Armored Division made their places along the border. The only force Egypt could muster along the border was the 1st and 2nd Anti-Tank Divisions and the 1st Artillery Regiment under the command of the famous General Mubarak. The city that would be contested? Memphis, the new capital of Egypt. Years later, many would say that Egypt really wasn't a threat if all they could bring to the game was a few antiquated museum pieces to protect their capital.

    Meanwhile, far south on a different island is the Egyptian city of Byblos. Byblos shares an island with Rostov and the storied rivalry between the two cities well know. Byblos was captured under the 23rd Rostov in the 80s but the terms of the peace treaty allowed the Egyptians to reclaim it. The Border Crisis of 2037 ended before the city could be taken so the score remains tied.

    The 3rd Mechanized and 1st Rocket Artillery are poised to take the city.

    The war began when the 1st Russian Mechanized crossed the border to attack the 1st Anti-Tank in the suburbs of Memphis. The 1st Anti-Tank repelled the 1st Mechanized but with extremely heavy losses. Far from the border, the 2nd Rocket Artillery unleashed a deadly salvo against the city itself. Under cover, the 1st Armored crossed the border and struck the weaken Anti-Tank division, destroyed it with minimum losses. The Russian forces pillaged the suburbs. The 2nd Mechanized struck and bottled up the 2nd Anti-Tank on a peninsula.

    At Byblos, the Russian Mechanized Forces race to the city while the 1st Rocket bombards Byblos.
     

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  3. CELTICEMPIRE

    CELTICEMPIRE Zulu Conqueror

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    so, youve already won, but are you going to continue?
    edit, posted this the same time you posted the update.
     
  4. Sonereal

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    I've already won. Pretty handily at that. So, I've decided I'll go ahead and write a true AAR...since everything is happening after the main game ended.

    In any case, writers! Would be interesting if people sent in civilian or soldier PoVs.
     
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    Part II
    The War of Russian Aggression

    The Egyptian counterattack the next day was short but fierce. The Egyptian artillery reminded Russian generals that even if a technology is dated, it certainly wasn't harmless. The artillery stationed in the city wiped out the 1st Armor Division outside of the city. It's only fitting to note that around the time the last artillery shell hit the last tank, a new Russian Battleship was commissioned in the harbor of St. Petersburg and a new Mechanized Infantry was raised in Moscow.

    It's also worth noting that the next day, fighting off the coast of Pi-Ramesses was in full-swing. The War Department shocked the Russian President when they told him the Egyptians had two destroyers defending the city and that one of the Russian destroyers that was sent to investigate had to return to St. Petersburg for repairs. Russian rocket artillery managed to strike one of the destroyers, alerting the Egyptians that the rockets had incredible range despite being on an entirely different island. Two Battleships and a Missile Cruiser are dispatched. One of the battleships make short work of one an Egyptian destroyer. Feeling confident, the Russian Admiral, aboard a Russian Aircraft Carrier, set sail from St. Petersburg to Heliopolis. The three bomber wings on the aircraft carrier launched terrifying day-time raids against Memphis. Two other Russian Battleships bombarded the city from the coast while submarines prowled the waters. By the end of the second day, Memphis was under blockade.
     

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  6. CELTICEMPIRE

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    I'd like to know what city states are fighting for who.
     
  7. Haig

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    I'd like to know are you running vanilla or with some mods?
     
  8. Sonereal

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    I don't have a list but city-states will pop up a bit later. Just assume that, for the most part, about six or seven of them are in my pockets.

    Vanilla.
     
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    Part III
    War of Russian Aggression

    Memphis fell August 3rd, 2043. For the second time in nearly five years, Egypt lost a capital and by extension, a war. The Russians had planned out Operation Golden Feather for the past few months and the plan now came to action as the Russian mechanized force that took the city...started razing it to the ground. General Mubarak fled north and a small resistance brewed in the countryside. Operation Golden Feather called for all naval assets west of Memphis to pass through the Memphis Canal to the other side before the Russian Army filled the canal.

    The Aircraft Carriers Peter and Catherine turned their sights on Pi-Ramesses and daytime bombings shifted to the new Egyptian capital. The city's defenses crumbly quickly under constant bombardment from both sea and air. The only Egyptian fighter squadron based in Giza couldn't stem the tide of the battle. Despite the war, for all intents and purposes having already been decided in 2037 when the most productive city of Egypt fell into Russian hands, the Russians refused the white peace the Egyptian Pharaoh persisted to offer. Even if Egypt had capitulated, the Russians would refused the offer. The Russian Federation didn't just want to win the war, they wanted Egypt to lose everything. Russians had started the long process of dismantling Thebes, brick by brick, factory by factory. Because Egypt had been defeated already, the war would go on hold for the fall and winter as Russian bombers tore down Pi-Ramesses.
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    Pausing here. So, by now, the Egyptians had lost their second to last "core" city. Pi-Ramesses is being visited day and night by bombers and fighter escorts. Byblos is...Byblos. It's a sideshow to the main fighting but the Egyptians are bottled up in the city. There's a small Egyptian resistance to the north of Memphis but their weapons are embarrassing antiquated and are no match against Mechanized Infantry except maybe the artillery pieces.
     

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    I might write some narratives from the PoV of some Russian and Egyptian soldiers in due time Son, but just not right now. MAYBE tonight if I can get some headway on my summer assignments first.
     
  11. Red_Spy

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    I am writing something right now!
     
  12. Sonereal

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    Right, just make sure you PM what you guys write before trying to post here.
     
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    Desperation
    Part I
    One Week Before the Fall of Memphis​


    The Pharaoh fled to Pi-Ramesses two nights ago. After a week of night time bombing, the myth that Egypt was winning shattered when the first bomb landed on the roof of the Memphis Steel Mill. The strategic carpet bombing brought up quite a few important questions. To even consider winning the war, factories need to be manufacturing artillery pieces and rifles twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. However, the Russians control the skies and can strike with impunity. If they see a light in the city (something they saw plenty of during the first week), they're going to hit it. Especially if the light is in the industrial sector.

    Of course, this wasn't a question during the day because the Russians were going to hit the factory period. Another major problem is that shipping anything from the only remaining Egyptian industrial center is impossible. Egyptian hope meet Russian battleships and lost. At this point, the only good news is that the farmers north of the city are still somehow far from the war. Memphis is a bottleneck and the Russians didn't bother landing forces on the other side of the city. The bad news is that there's no escaping north by foot. Beyond the Egyptian border is nothing but tundra. Fishing is non-existent. First of all, you have to find a crew willing to get on the boat after hearing the Egyptian Navy had been swept aside. Second, you have to hope that crew is ok with the possibility of sitting out the rest of the war in a prisoner of war camp. Third, you have to find a boat.

    If that boat made it to fishing waters, the crew has to hope that a submarine doesn't sink it or a battleship doesn't seize it. All of this applies to only the fishing waters west of the city. The fishing waters to the east is a different story. The sea is less of a sea and more of a giant river. Because of that, it's all too common that a fishing boat seen from shore will find out that rockets don't discriminate.

    If there's one thing Egyptian factory workers (the few that are left) hate more than bombers, it's rocket artillery. You can see a bomber coming a mile away and there's a siren and all that tells you to run to a bunker. Rockets could care less about civil bombardment. Rockets come in mass and quickly. By the time you even think of running to a shelter, the bombardment is over anyway and hundreds are injured or dead.

    The Russians, during the opening phase of the invasion, destroyed two towns on the border. This destruction resulted in thousands of refugees fleeing to the relative safety of Memphis. Ironically, the flood of refugees and the early rocket strikes on the columns decimated Egypt's ability to even respond to the invasion. When the refugees reached Memphis, the ports were already under blockade and the bombings had begun. In other words, you have thousands of refugees packed into a city under constant bombardment. These refugees have literally no where to run to. The wounded filled hospitals and makeshift hospital tents was set up in the lawns of hospitals to deal with the rising tide of death. The crowded conditions of the city and gradual decline of infrastructure resulted in a small cholera epidemic. Luckily, the Battle for Memphis helped make sure it didn't spread.
     
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    Desperation
    Part II​


    Despite 99% of the fighting and bombings occurring solely within or around Memphis, all parts of the ailing Egyptian Kingdom felt the effects. With the two major cities of Memphis and Pi-Ramesses under blockade, trade collapsed. All the factories shifted production to producing war material and the fact that not even the border territories of Russia had been touched shot morale to hell. The Russians had an airforce of bombers and fighters, the Egyptians had one fighter squadron that was wiped out over the Sea of Ramesses. The Egyptian capital ship was a Destroyer while the Russians had battleships dedicated to simply protecting the most far-flung colonies "just in case". Finally, there came the threat of rockets.

    The Egyptians clearly did not have them. The Russians loved them. Rocket Artillery quickly became the symbolic weapon of the war and the unused guided missiles became a symbolic weapon of deterrence. The Russians stockpiled hundreds of guided missiles in the off-chance that the Invasion snagged. If the invasion had bogged down somewhere, all of Egypt would be in range of guided missiles.

    When I say Egyptian trade collapsed, I mean fully. At this point, half of the minor states prayed in the direction of Moscow. Those that didn't certainly weren't friends of Egypt. As a matter of fact, during the lead up to Operation: Market Garden, the Russians sent a large amount of money to one nation and a letter that amounted to "We cool?".

    The only saving grace for Memphis before the fall was that most of the population lived in or north of the city. However, the next few years revealed that those living north of the city would find themselves isolated from the world in due time.
     
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    Arrogance
    Part I​


    The Russians, after taking Memphis, proceed to just bomb Pi-Ramesses to hell with every bomber, fighter, missile cruiser, battleship, and destroyer it could spare. After the fall of Memphis, Egypt had offered terms of surrender to which the Russians never responded. The forces that took the city quickly wiped out the Egyptian resistance to the north of the city. During the lightning fast strikes against Egyptian positions, General Mubarak was killed and resistance crumbled with him. Just how arrogant the Russians had become would become apparent next year because the Russians spent the rest of 2043 dismantling Memphis.

    Brick by Brick.

    Building by building.

    Anything of value, from gold to machinery to art pieces, was shipped south to St. Petersburg on the secured railway. The Russians destroyed anything that lacked value to them. By the end of October, every Egyptian in Memphis became a homeless refugee. If they tried to go south though, they were turned back or shot if they kept going. They couldn't leave by boat which resulted with the Great Migration North, a migration to the colder climate to the north. At the time of writing (at the conclusion of the Egyptian-Russian War), it's very doubtful that even half of the millions that migrated north survived the winter. To the north of Egypt, sure, there is farmland but like today, the farms simply couldn't support Memphis. Most of the food was imported from other cities and nations.

    By the time February 3rd rolled around, Memphis no longer existed and the Battle of Pi-Ramesses ended in four minutes. The Commander of the Pi-Ramesses Militia signed the terms of surrender handed to him by a paratrooper.

    The 42nd Air Cavalry would become legendary world-wide. The Egyptians and Ottomans, like many major powers in history, believed that a war would be a long, drawn out island-jumping affair if war ever broke out amongst each other. The Russians proved that they could land soldiers anywhere in Egypt because Egypt lacked any air defense.

    The 42nd stormed Pi-Ramesses and would later open up Operation: Market Garden.

    Byblos also fell, but at this point, no one cared.
     

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    Arrogance
    Part II
    Operation: Market Garden​


    The Russians dismantled Pi-Ramesses and Byblos the same way they dismantled Memphis. Despite the former allowing access to oil, they did it anyway. The reasoning behind this is as followed:

    We don't need it.

    They won't need it.

    So who cares?

    The average Russian could fill a bathtub with the amount of oil Russia had within her borders. However, before Pi-Ramesses's airport was destroyed, it was used for the incredible Operation that ended the war. Russian forces bombarded the city and the 42nd seized it. At this point, the Russian government knew the war was lost and attempted to establish a government-in-exile in Geneva. Not only did the Russians bribe Geneva ("We cool?"), but a Russian sub tracked the Egyptian Destroyer transported the government and sunk it off the coast of Geneva. Giza fell shortly thereafter and with it, the crucial railway leading to Heraconpolis.

    Can you guess what happened?
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    Annndddd we've caught up to where I'm at in the save.
     

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    With the Radiance of a Thousand Suns
    Part I

    The greatest and most destructive war mankind has ever seen is over. The year is 2045. For some reason, no one feels at peace. The Ottomans knew that they were next and unlike the Egyptians, they're ready. The Ottoman Empire is the largest empire in the history of mankind and they know that even though their army is smaller, the war will be a long, grueling test of will for the Russians not used to fighting prolonged, difficult wars.

    At the time of the writing, Memphis is no more. The Russian Army moved north and pillaged everything of value. Russian Military Doctrine changed drastically with the creation of stealth bombers. The next and final war the Russians planned for would be a war where Stealth Bombers and Jet Fighters rule the sky, battleships patrol the seas, and paratroopers handle the rest. Mechanized Infantry looked like a quaint, dated idea. The war looked close until the Ottomans revealed that even though they were still behind technologically, they had the one weapon the Russians knew existed but never bothered to built.

    An Atomic Bomb.

    Only two uranium deposits exist in the world and one of them are within the territory of the Iroquois Confederate State, a puppet state of the Ottoman Empire. The other deposit....north of former Memphis. The first order of domestic business (something Russia neglected for a long time) was to finally annex the several puppet states carved out of Egypt. The railway to the ruins of Memphis was repaired and expanded into the frigid north and a fort was founded to secure the uranium deposit.

    The Ottomans thought that detonating their first test atomic bomb would prevent a war back in 2045. They were right, it did prevent a war....until 2049.
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    With the Radiance of a Thousand Suns
    Part II

    Four nuclear missiles. Four cities.

    The first nuclear missile, launched from a nuclear submarine, struck Istanbul. Bright flash, heat, shockwave. Tens of millions were killed instantly as the bomb detonated over the harbor. The hydrogen bomb destroyed a ship that one of the Ottoman Empire's most prestigious generals was on. The population level 23 city was reduced to 6. The second missile struck Edrine. The third missile struck the Osinikia Authority. The final missile struck Ankara. This nuclear strikes gutted the Ottoman Empire instantly. Luckily, none of the cities were destroyed in the strikes.

    The Akhetaten State, a state carved out of Egypt by the Ottomans, faced heavy bombardment just moments following the nuclear strikes. The capital of Akhetaten fell to a Russian Modern Armor less than an hour later.

    Across the world, the Ottoman colony of Samsun faced Russian battleships. Samsun would be the site of another Paratrooper victory in a few days, the same day Abydos of the Akhetaten State was conquered. As the Ottomans reoriented to the rapidly changing situation, it became clear that Kuala Lumpur would be the first major battleground. Kuala Lumper was ruled by an Ottoman-backed dictator installed after an invasion. The city was a major source of gems and aluminum for the Ottomans and because of this, they placed as much air support as humanly possible to protect the city. The First Battle of Kuala Lumper occurred on the second week of the war and would be the largest aerial battle in history. By the third week, the rapid advance of the Russians slowed and the Ottomans landed an invasion force near Belgrade but the Belgrade Self-Defense Support, supported by Russian fighters, defeated the amphibious landing force.

    As war reached the second month, the Russian government authorized a second round of nuclear strikes against the Ottoman heartland. The strikes would be carried within a week.
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    June

    Much to the General Staff's chargin, the Ottomans Naval Fleet hadn't been destroyed. While it wasn't a threat against Russian battleships, the Destroyers would prove to be incredibly dangerous to unescorted troop transports, something the Russians hadn't worried about before. The nuclear submarines, however, traveled in a wolf pack along with a submarine which quickly dispatched the only Destroyer between the nuclear submarines and their target. The nuclear submarines had to move closer into enemy seas in order to strike at their new targets.

    Two days before the nuclear strikes, Kuala Lumpur was liberated by Russian paratroopers.

    Nuclear missiles hit Ankara a second time and Konya. The third missile hit the capital of the Iroquois Confederation, Onondaga. By now, the Iroquois Island faced heavy radiation.
     

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    First Interlude

    The story's moving fast so I figured this screenshot will be helpful.

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    A little east of Konya is Kuala Lampur.

    The major problem of the war is that right at the beginning of the war, it was easy to get troops where I needed to get them. Namely, in enemy cities. The only ship I built anymore was a Battleship and the main workhorse of my airforce was the Stealth Bomber. I have two aircraft carriers but they're flying outdated but experienced fighters and bombers.

    As you can tell from the screenshot, I have two cities on the ropes. You also see that I barely have any units capable of taking cities moving about. This is more of a problem of me not considering how fast I would be moving. Only Samsun, Akhetaten, and Kuala Lumpur were really planned. I used nuclear weapons just to gut the Ottomans.

    So, I have no units in the area and as the game goes on, the problem of Ottoman Destroyers increased and played a decisive role in how the war ends.

    Also, there's Elephatine. The city itself has an interesting story.

    I didn't know I had it.

    Seriously, I noticed it after annexing the other two Egyptian cities when a message popped up saying "City now building Stadium" or something and I was like, lolwut? I didn't order that. I looked and I find a Size-20 City I didn't even know I had.

    See, at the end of the first Egyptian war, Egypt gave me cities. I would later raze Alexandria and annex a couple I liked. Elephatine fell under the radar for four hundred or so turns probably. It's a good thing I didn't raze it because it is probably the most important bomber base for me.
     

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    With the Radiance of a Thousand Suns
    Part III​


    Gaziantep fell to Russian infantry, following the second round of strikes. The unit sent to take the city would remain in the city for the rest of the war due to casualties taken taking the city by amphibious landing. So far, the majority of problems Russia has faced during the war came from within. The land forces and paratroopers were in short supply because it was thought that single paratrooper units would be able to seize several cities as was the case in the Egyptian War. This just wasn't the case.

    Another problem came when Ottoman Destroyers started to flood out of the Ottoman shipyards. In the end, moving units unescorted was impossible. All the air power and naval power in the world meant nothing if Russia couldn't get troops to take a city. Konya, after all, fell to the 42nd Paratroopers, the same unit that liberated Kuala Lumpur and seized Pi-Ramesses and Giza in the previous war. Nonetheless, a peace treaty was signed in 2050.
     

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