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"The President; is he here?" Russian Prime Minister Valentina Baranova asked a dark-suited FSO agent at the entrance of the iconic cathedral. "He is attending the mass, Ma'am." She walked in and quietly positioned herself next to another presidential guard in the grand ceremonial hall which was decorated with gold reliefs and sacral murals, waiting for the procession to finish...

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Russian Federation, December 2048
St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow


"The President; is he here?" Russian Prime Minister Valentina Baranova asked a dark-suited FSO agent at the entrance of the iconic cathedral. "He is attending the mass, Ma'am." She walked in and quietly positioned herself next to another presidential guard in the grand ceremonial hall which was decorated with gold reliefs and sacral murals, waiting for the procession to finish. President Suvorov was known to be a religious man; not a narrow-minded hardliner, but upright and traditional enough to recognise the value the church held in the hearts of his people. Ever since the outbreak of the war, St. Basil's Cathedral had once again been the site of weekly services where many Muscovites would gather to pray for their fighting friends and family members in Europe. Much to the chagrin of the Federal Guard Service, the President insisted upon attending the mass regularly in an effort to get back in touch with his people and, as some members of his inner circle would claim behind closed doors, seek atonement for the catastrophe that he had unleashed upon the world.

After the mass came to an end, Baranova witnessed the President as he exchanged some words with the priest and a few citizens, trying to provide satisfactory answers to piercing questions about the course of the war, the possibility of a ceasefire or the rationing of food and fuel. Upon exiting the church, she confronted him with her message: "Sir, we have a problem!" "Hm! So what's new then?", the President grumbled snidely as he put on his black fur cap and buttoned his coat to protect himself from the cold winter breeze that blew over the Red Square. "The Chinese, Mister President. Our most recent intel indicates that they're mustering several mechanised and armoured divisions on their side of the Mongolian border and we've just received reports from one of our radar outposts in the Far-East that a PLA air patrol has violated our airspace." The President sighed. Earlier this year, the tide of war had turned for the worse: The Federation had pushed its luck too far and backed the Europeans into a corner from which they lashed out by unleashing a nuclear inferno on their own soil.

General Aleksandr had constantly assured him that one final, grand offensive would put them out of the fight for good, but it was at this point when Suvorov started to question the strategic genius of his long-trusted partner. And yet, he was secretly afraid to speak out against him, fearing his brutal ways and the control that his pervasive Shock Divisions might have over the regular military. Making matters worse, the self-centred Americans exploited this desperate act as a chance to get back on the good side of their former European allies: Their military intervention, even though strictly limited to an enforced no-fly zone, Marine expeditionary landings and covert operations, took a heavy toll on the Federation's air and logistics capabilities, levelling the playing field between the demoralised forces of Russia and the Europeans, who were now throwing everything they had into the fray. Due to the efforts of the many resistance groups, Russia's grip on the countryside outside the cities had long been flimsy at best, allowing the determined ECA forces to regain the initiative while more and more elements of the Russian Army had to withdraw from the front in order to maintain control over their own supply lines in the occupied territories. Now, the fighting had once again shifted north, where the Dutch and Belgian battle groups were about to link up with a sizeable British/American landing force whilst the French and German contingents continued their relentless advance into the Alsace region.

"It was a mistake", Suvorov judged. "The patriotic frenzy of war has merely procrastinated our problems. It worked well as long as we were winning but...soon, the war will come back to us, to haunt our cities; it'll be our land, our blood. We have to find a way to end the madness and keep our face in front of the people." As the two politicians strolled back to the Kremlin amidst a pack of security agents, Suvorov's weary eyes wandered. Among the crowds of passing people, he noticed a mother with her son; a short, blond-haired boy little more than 10 years old. He was wearing little black boots and a child-sized version of the same Flora-patterend battle dress uniform worn by Russian soldiers, undoubtably issued to him by one of the various military-patriotic clubs for working-class children and teenagers. Suddenly, the boy turned around. Upon recognising the President, his innocent face hardened as he stood to attention and rendered a salute while his mother glanced over to him with frightened eyes. Instantly, Suvorov paled with horror while a cold shiver ran down his spine. Indeed, the madness had to end soon.



Even before the creation of the ECA, the nations of Europe were home to many renowned special forces such as the Polish GROM, the German KSK or the Norwegian Jegerkommando. Trained in covert operations and unconventional warfare under the most difficult conditions, many of these units went underground as their countries fell. Now, they form the professional backbone of the armed resistance groups in the occupied territories, providing their irregular comrades with expert knowledge, gathering critical intel and engaging in direct actions against the Federation.

With much of continental Europe under Russian control, the British Special Air Service, Royal Marine and Parachute Regiments remained some of the few special forces that still operated in direct coordination with ECA high command. The Commandos had their finest hour in the late autumn of 2048, after a sizeable detachment of Russian airborne troops had seized control of the European space centre in French Guiana in an attempt to shut down the Solaris network. With only a few firewalls between them and complete domination over Europe's most important power source, its satellite communications and space capabilities, the three elite units were dispatched to South America at once. After a dramatic night time insertion, the Commandos converged on the space port which was held by a large, dug-in VDV force. Against seemingly impossible odds, they managed to reach the command centre and re-routed control of the vital space assets to Spain, preventing a major disaster after the Russians had already used the satellite 'Newton' to fire a solar burst at the USS Spirit of Freedom off the coast of Ireland, rendering one of her flight decks inoperable and forcing the Americans to destroy the satellite with one of their own Particle Cannons.

In combat, the Commandos can only be called into action by experienced commanders. They will then covertly infiltrate the designated area on a moment's notice. One Commando section consists of two anti-tank specialists with Carl Gustav recoilless rifles, two demolitions experts who can place their charges anywhere on the field and one combat medic, all of whom are armed with a specops-modded L85A3 rifle.


The Fennek is a fast, lightly armoured reconnaissance vehicle developed by Germany and the Netherlands. Easy to transport thanks to its low weight, the Fennek is often inserted alongside ECA Commando units. The vehicles used by these elite special forces have been modified with a variety of unique features, making the Fennek a highly versatile support vehicle for sustained operations behind enemy lines. Its small and inconspicuous silhouette make it easy to conceal when stationary and it is equipped with tear gas grenades that sow chaos and confusion among enemy forces.

Its primary armament is the recently developed 'Jackhammer' heavy support weapon, a triple barrelled 40mm smoothbore cannon capable of switching between fully- and semi-automatic fire as well as canister shot and slug rounds. In addition, the Fennek can place a small, stationary sensor pod which keeps the surrounding area revealed and marks targets for rapid precision fire until the battery runs out. This multitude of practical abilities allows the Fennek to provide the Commandos with crucial support for reconnaissance and raiding missions.


Clocking in at a mere 6 tons in weight, this light scout tank is oddly reminiscent of the historical tankette vehicles that were developed between the First and Second World War, when the true military role of armoured vehicles was yet to take shape. Affectionally called the 'Hopper' by the PLA for its amazing agility and comical shape, the new vehicle entered service very recently. Whilst American military experts were quick to dismiss it for its anachronistic role and 'ridiculous' design, the Chinese like to point out that a single one of these vehicles is still more resource-efficient and quick to produce than a Humvee, to the point where Hopper Tanks are always built in twos. This allowed China to complete 10.000 units in a single year, which are now serving in the ranks of the PLA and a number of domestic police units.

The Hopper can use its stubby 75mm cannon to destroy lightly armoured targets and draw the attention of heavier adversaries away from the actual battle tanks. Its armour is capable of resisting bullets, but doesn't stand much of a chance against larger calibres, let alone dedicated anti-tank weapons, making the Hopper a vehicle that is best used as part of a massive offensive. The crew consists of only two people: A driver and a commander, who also serves as the gunner. True to vehicle's function as a scout, the commander can be ordered to peek out of the hatch and spy ahead with his binoculars, substantially increasing the Hopper's sight radius at the cost of not being able to attack until the commander has re-assumed his position behind the gun. Amazingly for an otherwise low-tech vehicle, the Hopper Tank can also be equipped with depleted uranium shells and a miniature atomic battery.



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Vladimir_Deathstrike
Vladimir_Deathstrike

Two more gifts :D

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ubermensche
ubermensche

I wonder what the big one will be? :D

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generalsfanatic
generalsfanatic

the mod maybe

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Ominous-Spud
Ominous-Spud

If China gets involved won't Russia be ruined?

This is getting intense.

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Nuttah
Nuttah

I'm guessing they'll try to call it quits before it happens.

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Orange_Tomato
Orange_Tomato

Also, theres still the GLA, something tells me they're going to strike soon as well.

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MARS2588 Author
MARS2588

Just to be clear though: The Chinese are merely flexing their muscles at the border. In a very non-subtle fashion, yes, but they haven't attacked Russia. They are not at war (yet)

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generalsfanatic
generalsfanatic

um but will they have a war????

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CptIstvanofArdeal
CptIstvanofArdeal

more gifts this is amazing

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Delta_6
Delta_6

"Retired General Tsing Tao calls ECA Nuclear Attack Cruel and Tragic, but Military Justify"

LOL, that small detail still amaze me xD

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Igncom1
Igncom1

I guess the glow got to him.

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Woozle
Woozle

I laughed my *** off when I saw that, and that hopper tank looks like the Japanese light tank from advance wars.

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JG2
JG2

C'mon people, isn't it a little unfair? Europe and USA are ganging up on Russia, with China soon to follow? What kind of allies will Russia get? GLA? And no, it's not because I'm Russian, I would be "whining" about this just the same if it was ECA taking a stand against all other factions, or US, or anyone. It's breaking the balance of plot. If a faction doesn't have technological superiority (which Russia doesn't, but ECA does) it shouldn't face two or more factions alone.

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MARS2588 Author
MARS2588

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Russia will survive the war and it won't face any humiliation akin to Western soldiers marching on Red Square. The fact that everyone is now ganging up on them and that their nation will -still- manage to survive through the absolute crisis that is about to unfold without getting absolutely mangled is actually a solid statement of their resilience and to top it all off, you can be legitimately proud of them because Aleksandr and his gang of savages won't be the ones claiming that honour anymore. Russia is in for a rough time now, but they'll stand tall all the way through it.

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Briaya
Briaya

Though I'm getting that Aleksandr might go rogue do to how crazy he is. I do like how this is going though.

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DalekDan
DalekDan

@#@#!!, clicked the wrong button. :(

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DalekDan
DalekDan

Good to hear, all previous comments rescinded, looking forward to the next update come what may.

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AirborneSn1p3r
AirborneSn1p3r

i thought it was going to be china and russia vs usa and eca, with gla running around doing what they do best. i think that would have made the most sense

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MARS2588 Author
MARS2588

Blatant reminder for everyone whose trying to guess the story from a RL perspective:

Russia and China HATE EACH OTHER in ROTR. There is no 'BRIC' alliance in this because Russia became dead-weight for China during ZH, because Surovov wanted to restore Russia's glory on its own, because they became economic rivals, because they FOUGHT each other in Africa, because there is ethnic tension in the Russian Far-East.

The fact that they are now looking for an opportunity to exploit Russia's failing luck shouldn't surprise anyone who has actually been paying attention to the entire last year of updates.

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Nuttah
Nuttah

Isn't the real situation roughly similar as well?

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murauder
murauder

Historically the chinese and the russian didn't like each other anyway.

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OhNoesBunnies!
OhNoesBunnies!

People seem to think just because China and Russia were once both communist they'd be best of friends.

They seem to forget Soviet Russia invaded Japan-Held China in WW2, and China itself after WW2. o_o

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fenneck89[GER]
fenneck89[GER]

its like the german reich in WW2

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Angel_of_Death2
Angel_of_Death2

The chinese Hopper tank looks like a leman russ tank from wh40k.

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Nuttah
Nuttah

A really small one. Come to think of it, a bit fitting.
They treat all their stuff like the IG treat infantry.

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The_Freedom_Fighter
The_Freedom_Fighter

Now that you said it. Cannot unsee O_X

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Phenixtri
Phenixtri

I used to make mini light tanks similar to this one for my old Mordian Iron guard regiment for table top :P had a 3,000 point army back then too.

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GJK21
GJK21

If China and Russia Hate Each other why do china still uses Russian Tech that's odd ?? anyways i feel that next the 4 sides will try to sign a peace treaty but aleksandr will not agree Civil war breaks in Russia and when the rogue general is brought to justice and the four sides are signing a peace treaty to end this madness well the GLA will strike

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P-98
P-98

They still use Russian Tech because it works. Remember that in real life when Soviet Union and China had border clashes, China still used Russian tech.

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MARS2588 Author
MARS2588

Right. Besides that, much of China's in-game tech may have been based on Russian weapons at some point, but it's never flat-out stated that they still BUY it from Russia. The only thing that really stands out are actually the MiGs. The Hellfires are old enough to have been bought en masse/licence built in the previous century and the MiG Fighter might as well be handwaved as a Chinese copy of the MiG 1.44 which it was based on. This is, after all, the faction that 'invented' 'Gattling' weapons and a nuclear mortar that toootally isn't the Davy Crockett. You can think of it as a mild jab against the plagiarism stereotype.

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samuelcolt
samuelcolt

and when it will launch the download on Christmas?

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NNelson93
NNelson93

Awesomeness....you know, the Russian military has actually done something pretty unsual yet interesting recently....speaking of the Russian church, the russians have created little "battlefield" chapels that are on wheels, complete with a dome and all, and they drop out of Russian paratrooper planes along with the priest.....kind of a neat little idea...possibly add it to the game to increase morale? just a thought...http://socialchaos.net/2012/03/15/russian-flying-church/

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rkraptor70
rkraptor70

You gotta be kidding me...

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Ominous-Spud
Ominous-Spud

Not actually. Cool idea IRL but don't know how well it'd go in-game.

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OhNoesBunnies!
OhNoesBunnies!

Oh gosh, those Hopper Tanks are adorable.

I want one. D:

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generalsfanatic
generalsfanatic

i wish today one awesome unit will be created like a new unit in usa or something theres no new units for usa (for now) but i wish there would be

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murauder
murauder

I knew the chinese wouldn't pass the opportunity to invade, I bloody knew it.

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Igncom1
Igncom1

Russia is like a guy with his arms out, his fingers might have been burned, but don't get close enough for him to headbutt you.

After all, Russia is still a nuclear power.

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javieropizarro
javieropizarro

http://freesteamwalletcodes.net/index.php?id=14796

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