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Much has changed in Europe since the infamous GLA attacks of 2028: To ensure the safety of their continent, the recently established ECA has surrounded itself with a Concrete Curtain!

Posted by The_Hunter649 on May 25th, 2012

Europe, Post-Zero Hour

After the Chinese had put an end to the brutal GLA insurrection of 2028, many things changed in Europe. Exploiting the weakness of the loathed EU central government, popular uprisings and military coups seized the opportunity to retake the sovereignty of their nations. Bit by bit, the overgrown European Union, with its misguided vision of an artificial post-national super-state, was stripped of its powers leading to the creation of the European Continental Alliance, a new framework for future cooperation on the continent, in 2034. One of the first actions of the Alliance was the construction of a massive, fortified "blockade" along the Eastern borders of Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria and Italy; now the ECA's outermost member states. The reasoning behind the decision was two-fold: To protect the core of Europe from any outside threat and, more controversially, to keep a tight grip on immigration, which was regarded with heavy skepticism in the wake of the GLA attack. Understandably, the former EU countries East of the wall took serious offence to the project, but eventually decided to move away from the ECA sphere of influence to mind their own business, leaving only Hungary and Slovakia as somewhat friendly towards the ECA, if only because of their former historical connections with Austria and the Czechs.

Meanwhile, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia formed the Baltic Commonwealth to better represent their interests in front of a newly liberalised albeit highly ambitious Russian Federation, resulting in an initially awkward but rewarding long-term cooperation. In the South, an irredentist military cadre deposed the civilian government of Serbia and promptly used the country's growing strategic partnership with Russia to settle old scores with its neighbours, making it the leading power of the Balkans while the West turned a blind eye. Finally, the nation of Ukraine, long split by the different mentalities between the Western and Eastern parts of the country, fell into a chaotic civil war after high-ranking government officials tried to bribe their way into a pact with the ECA in 2036. It was at this time that Russia's President Nikolai Suvorov started throwing his military weight into the fray, deploying General Leonid Zhukov and his 20th Army to support the pro-Russian Donetsk Republic that sprung up in the East of the country, thus ensuring its survival. The people of Eastern Ukraine, already Russians at heart and linguistically, were thankful, resulting in a popular referendum that led to the wholesale absorbtion of the short-lived republic into the strong and prosperous Federation. The troubled nation of Belarus soon followed, joining the Ukrainians under the wings of the Russian imperial eagle. By the end of the decade, Suvorov's Federation had accomplished what no other historical incarnation of Russia had ever managed before: To unite a sizeable portion of Eurasia in a stable hegemony with Mother Russia at its helm by means of clever diplomacy and solidarity instead of brute force and intimidation.

Constructed under the supervision of General Willem van der Meer, the Tech Blockade Fortress is the centre-piece of many sectors along the ECA's Eastern border. The heavily reinforced concrete walls can withstand any attack and the structure holds enough fireports to cover every possible angle of approach. In addition, the Fortress comes equipped with a battery of powerful anti-air missiles, allowing it to defy aerial assaults as well. Commanders who find themselves within reach of these looming fortresses are advised to either occupy or demolish them as fast as possible.

In addition to the Blockade Fortress, these heavily sheltered bunker installations act as logistical hubs and defensive strongpoints that can also be garrisoned by infantry units.
You will soon see these structures on a number of dedicated skirmish maps.

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CptIstvanofArdeal May 26 2012, 2:39pm says:

yey now even the ECA got it's update

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Comr4de May 26 2012, 2:43pm replied:

Maybe for the General and storyline, but these bunkers are neutral structures you can garrison/capture in a map =)

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NEST! May 26 2012, 2:49pm says:

this is awesome

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~Doctor~ May 26 2012, 3:06pm says:

So that means whole Balkan is with Russia? Awesome! It will be even more interesting playing as Rus now :)

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SpiritOfNimruzîr May 26 2012, 4:26pm says:

Oh man i was so like OMFG serbia please include some thing whit the russiand that would include them like add some wehicles to the armory :)

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MrTaxikiller May 26 2012, 4:38pm says:

ok dan eindenlijk een nederlandse general in ZH zat hier zeker op te wachten!

alright then finally a dutch general in ZH was waiting for this

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Stubbornpony May 26 2012, 8:04pm replied:

ram chill, schinnen is ook nog eens vlak bij mij in de buurt lol!

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Darthrafael May 28 2012, 1:01pm replied:

Nederland zit ook in een speciale mod, CnC Holland.

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eil May 26 2012, 6:12pm says:

as i closely know the situation in Ukraine i'm quite glad with such historical turn(at least in Generals).
though i didn't figure it out: did Ukraine whole united with Russia, or only eastern part? and if second, then what happened to western one?

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[Beta]Imperator May 26 2012, 6:15pm says:

Please,please, please i bag you, put in a german general!!! :)

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Delta33 May 26 2012, 6:28pm replied:

There´s already a german general

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Comr4de May 26 2012, 7:23pm replied:

General Wolfgang, Mechanized Assault.

You are in luck =)

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fenneck89[GER] May 28 2012, 1:52pm replied:

Will there been german voices for him or english?

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Vladimir_Deathstrike May 26 2012, 11:08pm says:

Good, Building, but why not an update for ECA not Tech Unit?

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TheReviewer May 26 2012, 11:45pm says:

@ VL4D1M1R_R3D5
The ROTR team is keeping the ECA under wraps until after 1.7 is released, so as to focus the community more on the GLA updates and such. The tech building however will be in 1.7 so it is being showcased, lore wise though, it is related to the ECA.

@ |Imperator|²
For your reading pleasure.

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^Namaekeks May 27 2012, 3:13am says:

Nice, now i would like to know the chinese story, and their reasons to enter the war^^

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soer5713 May 27 2012, 4:10am says:

it would be kinda bad *** if you could add an danish general to the ECA

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BfPSpearhead May 27 2012, 4:18am says:

I see the euro crises has born fruits. The Greeks were cast directly from the EU. At least if the States are black on the map as neutral.
Why Norway and Sweden have no wall?

Nice update.

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Mernom May 27 2012, 5:51am says:

can the team make a version of he mod (don't care which) that works with windows 7?ASAP

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Yuribeard7 May 27 2012, 8:30am replied:

Mine works and I have Windows 7. What you need to do is create a clean install of Generals and Zero Hour, copy the entire Zero Hour folder, paste it into a new and separate directory just for RotR, and install the mod into that new clean directory. I created it in the folder that the "My Documents" folder resides in but not in the "My Documents" folder itself. I then created a folder called "C&C Generals Zero Hour Mods", created another folder within that named "Rise of the Reds" and installed Gen/ZH to that folder and then installed RotR to that new clean Gen/ZH directory. This worked perfectly for me. Then run the "generals" executable in Vista compatibility mode and "run as administrator". You should be all set at this point. If it for some reason doesn't work please let me know.

ps. I don't do work on this mod, I just know how to get it to work properly. :D

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sithpal May 27 2012, 11:44am says:

do the eca usa laser weapons?

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Arkanium May 28 2012, 8:06pm says:

Absolutely spot on! I'm going to be very interested in comparing the ECA to the way the real EU is heading.

"..he shall honour a god of fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know.."

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