Rise Of The Reds is an expansion mod for Generals: Zero Hour that adds the Russian Federation, European Continental Alliance and is packed with overhauls and changes to the original factions. Whether it's steamrolling Russians, indomitable European defenders, American high-tech, Chinese strength in numbers or the brutal cunning of the GLA - Rise of the Reds has a faction for everyone's tastes - even to take your opponents on land, air and sea!

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Greetings Comrade! Today we will discuss two special infantry types for the People's Republic of China: The Pyro Technician and the Nukeneer. Indeed, enemy forces whom encounter these fine troops are likely to come out extra crispy.

Posted by NergiZed on Jul 30th, 2012

People's Republic of China, 2030

"What the HELL was she THINKING!?", despaired the young, freshly commissioned General Hu Tan Mau as he familiarised himself with the inventory list of a lone Special Weapons division stationed in a remote corner of the Himalayas. His frustrated anger was directed at the unit's former commander, ex-General Leang, also known as "The Tigress" for her ferociousness both on and outside the battlefield, whose quirky shenanigans had finally caused the patience of Chinese high command to snap after one particularly excessive public scandal. "How did she even get a hold of all this rubbish?", he wondered upon noticing the most ridiculous pieces of equipment, including badly maintained Scud missiles, random tunnelling tools, a crude particle accelerator and an entire arsenal of plagiarised faux-M16 rifles that were not even compatible with standard PLA cartridges. "Well, this is sure going to take a while..." Mau uttered to himself as he loosened his tie to relax for a moment. But surrender was not an option: It was this exact kind of monumental management challenge that had always intrigued him about the military life. Not so much the fighting, but the preparations, the planning, the streamlining of operations and the art of choosing the right tools and people to achieve maximum efficiency in all of these aspects.

As he leaned back in his chair pondering, Mau remembered the words that his famous father once said during one of his iconic key-note speeches in front of numerous investors and Party officials: "In the past, our great country has provided us with both the will- and the manpower to catch up to our foreign competitors and lay the foundation for a bright new future. Now, it is our task to exponentiate our advantage, to make ourselves wholly superior and unassailable through knowledge and technology in order to shape that very future according to our own desires!" With this grand, enterprising mindset, his father had created one of the most influential industrial companies in the world; a massive industrial conglomerate whose multitude of branches produced everything from consumer appliances over civilian and military electronics to efficient and (mostly) safe nuclear reactors. And it was this mindset that Mau himself would now apply to lead this devastated division back to new glory. Filled with new enthusiasm, he reached for his telephone and started requisitioning the necessary tools for his mission...

"Always stand behind the man with the flamethrower but never close to him" - PLA Infantry Primer
If you were born tall and assigned to the Chengdu region, chances are you would be picked to attend pyrotechnics specialization and carry one of these flamethrowers into combat. They are capable of spewing liquid flames that can light enemy soldiers and structures ablaze with a special napalm fuel mix courtesy of General Mau. They are however quite unstable and don't react very well to enemy fire. Seasoned Pyro Technicians are prone to develop mental disturbances and normally consult psychiatrist treatment at some point.

In 2014, a seemingly innocuous train crashed a few kilometres outside Mudanjiang in the North-East of China. Moments later, the residents of the city outskirts were shaken awake by a bright flash and the sound of a massive explosion. The military was quickly dispatched to lock down the surrounding area and recover the wreckage whilst official Chinese news agencies merely reported of a conventional gas explosion. However, leaked internal reports later revealed the disturbing truth to the world: The train was actually carrying an entire arsenal of experimental sub-kiloton nuclear shells, designed for short-range tactical delivery by means of a heavy infantry mortar. Shockingly, the weapons were only equipped with the most basic safety mechanisms, one of which had now failed catastrophically. Colonel Tsing Shi Tao, the lead designer of the new weapon, quickly realised that this disaster could cost him his entire career. In a surprising move, the man who would later become a hotly debated figure for his liberal use of atomic bombs against GLA holdouts in Central Asia donned a protective suit and organised the entire recovery of the remaining shells himself from within the blast zone, averting what could have easily become one of the most devastating nuclear disasters in history. The development of the new warhead was put on halt, as it was deemed too unsafe even by its creator. Several years later, the young General Hu Tan Mau gave the project another chance and has recently adopted a revised version with improved safety features for use by his mortar operators, who jokingly refer to themselves as "The Nukeneers" for their drastic approach to practical problems on the battlefield.

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Noobtorial - How to use the Pyros properly

Due to the volatile nature of his weapon, the Pyro Technician is very vulnerable to enemy fire and goes up in deadly fireball upon contact with explosions, flames, lightning bolts and other special attack types, potentially damaging friendly units nearby. As such, they should not be used without cover and never in masses. Instead, the Pyros display their most effective performance whenever they fire from protected positions such as garrisoned structures, fortified bunkers or the fireports of an upgraded Overlord tank.

-SWR Team, signing off

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sev...... Jul 30 2012, 10:53pm says:

nice update love the use of rage faces

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Emiliomau Jul 30 2012, 11:13pm says:


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GooberTrooper Jul 31 2012, 12:20am says:

Cool beans!

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d00msdaydan Jul 31 2012, 1:17am says:

For a second there I thought it meant SWR was under new management, thank God

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souske22 Jul 31 2012, 4:40am replied:

Good that I wasn't the ONLY one who thought that..

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NergiZed Author
NergiZed Jul 31 2012, 7:54am replied:

Ha! I even thought that when I first saw it in the Internal Boards.

Freaked me out for a second like two weeks ago.

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█Black/Brunez█ Jul 31 2012, 10:54am replied:

lol. Same here.

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phoenix8 Jul 31 2012, 4:54am says:

China's my new favourite. :P :D

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CptIstvanofArdeal Jul 31 2012, 6:49am says:

nice nice keep up the updates

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NergiZed Author
NergiZed Jul 31 2012, 7:55am says:

Lots of whining from Chinese boards and Chinese players that China was really rather weak and doesn't get nearly as much content as the other factions. Also, whining from Chinese members... like me.

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AirborneSn1p3r Jul 31 2012, 5:24pm replied:

china atm is really weak... when i play matches the GLA teams always steamrole the chinese armys

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AlexZH Jul 31 2012, 11:02am says:

Lol noobtorial... :P!

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su-47BERKUT Aug 5 2012, 8:16pm says:

is the mod forgetten ??????

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lawnm0wer Aug 19 2012, 5:07pm replied:

what? and if i think your saying did we forget about this mod NO ONE HAS WE WANT THIS MOD TO CONTINUE ON

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