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The sea trembled and thousands cheered along the coastline as the USS Spirit of Independence Mobile Offshore Base, the Pacific sister ship of the Atlantic-based Spirit of Freedom, slowly left the bay of Manila under the rising sun of a tranquil thursday morning. The surface area of this unfathomable leviathan with its complement of over 10.000 sailors, aviators and Marines spanned across several football fields and included three advanced catapult runways that matched the capabilities of any....

Posted by The_Hunter649 on Apr 27th, 2014

The Philippines
February 2049

The sea trembled and thousands cheered along the coastline as the USS Spirit of Independence Mobile Offshore Base, the Pacific sister ship of the Atlantic-based Spirit of Freedom, slowly left the bay of Manila under the rising sun of a tranquil thursday morning. The surface area of this unfathomable leviathan with its complement of over 10.000 sailors, aviators and Marines spanned across several football fields and included three advanced catapult runways that matched the capabilities of any ground-based airfield. Independence's naval air wing consisted of nearly 500 aircraft, including F-22C 'Sea Raptor' fighter jets, transports, helicopters and even a number strategic bombers from the US Air Force. Now, the ship was about to head north together with a fleet of other American vessels - towards Russian territorial waters. Even though the United States had been formally at war with the Russian Federation since the last summer, the Pacific had been deceptively quiet until now. President Bradford hoped that the increased activity in the region would prompt the Russian leadership to redeploy some of its elite combat units away from Europe or, at the very least, provide a credible deterrent against any miscalculated military adventures on the Kremlin's part in a very literal example of gunboat diplomacy.


Meanwhile on the other side of the globe, the Spirit of Freedom was making its own contribution to America's involvement in the Third World War, launching coordinated air and missile strikes across the Scandinavian peninsula and into the Russian homeland. The fact that their gargantuan appearance made the two swimming fortresses a large, seemingly easy target was not an error of their design; it was the very intention. The mere notion that the United States deployed the Freedom and its task force of two dozen support vessels, including drone carriers, arsenal ships, submarines and destroyers, into the most heavily contested waters of the northern Atlantic served as a two-fold statement: That America would stand firm by the side of its former European allies and that Russia's military ambitions would be terminated. The Spirit of Independence was now ready to do the same in the Pacfic in the event that tense standoff between Chinese assault forces and Russian reserve divisions along the ancient Mongolian plain would erupt into an entirely new war by itself. If the ongoing series of ethnic clashes in the Russian Far-East and the ever-escalating rhetorics of the Chinese leadership were any indication of what to expect, the United States wanted to be prepared for the worst as they moved their most powerful pieces into position, for Freedom and Independence were not merely designed to sink other ships or even fleets - they were designed to end entire wars through the sheer gravity of their presence alone or, failing that, simply bombard the enemy into utter submission.


After the crisis years of the late 2020s and the drastic changes within the US military in the early 2030s, the troops stationed onboard this unparalleled class of capital ships often likened them to a 'Death Star': Thousands upon thousands of missiles, including surface-to-air, anti-ship, anti-satellite and high-capacity cruise missiles that carried everything from standard high-explosives over precision-guided intelligent submunitions to tactical nuclear warheads, multiple high-calibre railgun turrets and an entire deck filled with laser defence systems allowed the ship to engage and destroy any type of target multiple times over while its internal storages and housing quarters contained the amphibious vanguard of an invasion force. The sheer size of the flat vessel would help maintain sufficient buoyancy in the event of a hull breach, while the ship itself was constantly protected by a swarm of underwater drones that detected and intercepted enemy submarines and torpedos. With a multi-layered defence like this, the Americans were certain that their new flag ships would not suffer the same tragic fate as the USS Ronald Reagan, which was cut in half by a GLA-hijacked Particle Cannon 2027. As a matter of fact, the Freedom had already survived its own baptism of fire back in October 2048, when its deck withstood a solar burst from an ECA satellite that had been temporarily hacked by Russian commandos.


Now, the Spirit of Independence would be tested as well, for what laid ahead were the home waters of the Russian Pacific Fleet, outnumbered but unharmed by the fighting in Europe - and determined to sink every invading vessel to the bottom of the unforgiving sea... 


Officially marketed as the Super-Intensity Chemical Laser Operations Protection System - or SICLOPS - but more sensibly referred to as the Cyclops by American troops, this tactical high-energy laser is widely regarded as the ultimate in anti-air defence systems. Its ability to annihilate enemy aircraft and ballistic missiles in flight is unparalleled, if only limited by its massive power consumption. A special naval version of the Cyclops has largely replaced the aging Phalanx CIWS on the newer generation of American warships while the ground-based version has also been delivered to close American allies such as Japan and Israel, where it cast a figurative shield of protection over major military facilities and cities during the Korean Unification War and the Great Middle Eastern War of the 2030s respectively.


The EAL-3 Guardian Angel entered service as part of the touted Tactical Missile Defense initiative in the early 2040s, which aimed to eliminate the risk of enemy missile systems including ATGMs, SAMs and even ballistic missiles in close coordination with American ground forces. After an extensive series of tests and evaluations, the Department of Defense signalled its approval for a plane whose distinct triple engine setup made it less susceptible to ground-based anti-aircraft fire than its more conventional competitors. The airframe went into serial production with a pinpoint accurate 150kW laser installed on its nose and an advanced sensor radome on its back. The Guardian Angel is also equipped with a sophisticated AI that can detect, identify, prioritise and neutralise missiles more quickly than a team of human operators as well as a large supply of infrared and radar countermeasures to protect itself. Due to its hefty pricetag of roughly 700 million dollars apiece, the EAL-3 can only be called into action by battlefield commanders with a full level 5 clearance.

And as always i would like to remind all of you out there that there will be an other stream on this Sunday (April 27th):


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aCVfan
aCVfan Apr 27 2014, 8:01am says:

Please tell me you are going to put the Mobile Offshore Bases in a skirmish map or in a single player mission (like the floating fortresses in RA3). That would be awesome.

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GamerFan2014
GamerFan2014 Apr 27 2014, 8:16am replied:

did u mean Giga-Fortress??

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bricksinmyhands
bricksinmyhands Apr 27 2014, 8:33am replied:

No. In one of the Japanese missions (and in one other faction mission, think it was Allies) the mission is set on a Floating Fortress (a reference to 1984, no doubt), which were essentially huge floating island fortresses with base buildings constructed on top.

It would be cool to see some Arctic warfare angles in the ROTR campaign. In my academic research I've seen that large multiyear icebergs have been fitted with airstrips for science outposts, but haven't seen much in the way of turning them into military fortresses since WWII-era.

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Apalis
Apalis Apr 27 2014, 8:39am says: Online

A floating fortress??! Its amazing!!
I actually underestimated US in RotR before, but now it changed XD

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Karpet
Karpet Apr 27 2014, 8:53am says:

'Murican power, HELL YEAH. I love these new additions, the skins and models are so good too.

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renzjericho
renzjericho Apr 28 2014, 8:00am replied:

And take the fact this was posted a day before the US Pres. visit to the Philippines

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MARS2588
MARS2588 Apr 30 2014, 3:35am replied:

The story section was pre-written all the way back in November though ;)

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renzjericho
renzjericho May 1 2014, 4:14am replied:

Great Timing on the post though

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pogi2010
pogi2010 Apr 27 2014, 3:09pm says:

"Now, the Spirit of Independence would be tested as well, for what laid ahead were the home waters of the Russian Pacific Fleet"

This line made me expect an update on the naval units of each faction some time in the near future. Damn you, foreshadowing!

Nonetheless, another amazing update. Can't wait to test the Cyclops out on the field. Also, I noticed the GLA has been keeping a low profile (story-wise) on the last few updates. Hmmm.

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WerewolfGeneral
WerewolfGeneral May 1 2014, 2:02pm replied:

I suppose that they are gonna retake the rest of Africa, since the europeans and americans have pulled their forces to Europe, and about the fortresses, who know, they sunk the USS Reagan, i bet they will find a way to sink one of those, hackers can be a formidable weapon against modern technology, and since now a fairly big portion of the american armed forces is composed by drones, well...

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Guest
Guest Apr 27 2014, 3:43pm says:

GLA! GLA! GLA!

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murauder
murauder Apr 27 2014, 5:29pm says:

Gunboat diplomacy...kicked up to 11 and beyond by a thousand ton missile belching, laser shooting, railgun toting, sea borne, iron deliverer of DIVINE retribution that the gods of war have blessed the United States Navy with.

That aught be a speech from a fleet officer before battle.

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OminousSpudd
OminousSpudd Apr 27 2014, 6:11pm says:

"This isn't freedom, this is fear."

:P I couldn't resist.

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WerewolfGeneral
WerewolfGeneral May 1 2014, 3:08pm replied:

Sums the reality of the 3rd world countries in relation with the 1st world countries...

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The_Freedom_Fighter
The_Freedom_Fighter Apr 29 2014, 4:16am says:

There needs to be a game mode where you control a single OP Berkut and take on the American's naval fleet and floating fortress, Raiden Fighters style >:D.

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=СРБ=Ori`verda Apr 29 2014, 7:28am says:

I get the feeling Russia is getting the short end of the stick fairly often. Though I don't track every update here.

Who knows and maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised after hearing that the lack of renewed Russian offensives into Europe or even counterattacks to oust these fleets is a cover up for an invasion on the US mainland? Though that would probably be too simple of a ruse and I'm sure you can deliver something even better.

The only question I have is if you will? Let's go Russia!

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WerewolfGeneral
WerewolfGeneral May 1 2014, 3:15pm replied:

Or maybe Alexander has some new toys hid in his sleeves...
I am wondering, what if he develop something like the Iron Curtain, imagine an indestructible ship VS these fortresses, well that would be a good story, and would give the russians a way to turn the tide of the war once again, making them overwhelm the americans and forcing China into the war, because so far China and GLA have been shunned from the current war, so i am wondering when and how are they gonna get into it, maybe China will try to expand its territories and get in conflict with the US Pacific fleet, because, i am not underestimating the russian navy, but the russians already have nearly the entire world against them...

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p*a*t*t*o*n
p*a*t*t*o*n May 1 2014, 8:31pm replied:

Well, when you try to take over the world....

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WerewolfGeneral
WerewolfGeneral May 12 2014, 3:42pm replied:

But they were only trying to take over Europe...
(VERY LATE response, i remembered this conversation early this day)

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Tommycrazy1287
Tommycrazy1287 Apr 29 2014, 6:26pm says:

Does anyone know how to place tech naval buildings in the mod's worldbuilder? I was thinking that it worked the same way as it did in the BFME 2 worldbuilder (Placing a ramp underneath the point where the units it created will exit the factory from.). Am I correct in this assumption (Although I would not be suprised if the swr team got the rotr mod's navy idea off the BFME 2 game's navy mechanics to begin with.)?

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WerewolfGeneral
WerewolfGeneral May 1 2014, 3:22pm replied:

The part of it where the ships come out must have water below, and the naval yard has to be entirely on water, if you observe it well, it has a small walkway that lead to it, this part goes on land so that infantry can capture it, i found that out by observing them on the skirmish maps of the mod, and by actual testing on WB maps.
I hope that i've helped you

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Tommycrazy1287
Tommycrazy1287 May 2 2014, 1:12pm replied:

Thanks WarewolfGeneral! This really helps.

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jordanunit5
jordanunit5 Apr 29 2014, 9:16pm says:

Niiiiice!

Are we going to see a rail gun turret as a possible American turtle-cracker structure, sort of like the Russian Ballistic missiles or the European Howitzers? If so, any clue as to what the Chinese and GLA will get?

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sting2death
sting2death Apr 30 2014, 1:35am says:

So, why didn't the Russians use their Nuclear weapons on "The Spirit of Freedom" ?

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MARS2588
MARS2588 Apr 30 2014, 3:33am replied:

Because they don't want to be nuked back? The Euros started using neutron bombs with their Pandoras and as a result, Zhukov received the clearance to use Russia's own tactical nukes on military targets. Nuking an American MOB would prompt a nuclear response from the Americans as well, which is something Russia cannot possibly want because at that point, things would simply escalate out of control until the entire northern hemisphere is dead, story over.

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WerewolfGeneral
WerewolfGeneral May 1 2014, 3:32pm replied:

Well, the Tremor A.G.A.S had a pretty long range, they could build some of them at their east coast and use them to strike the floating fortress, i mean, i know they have loads of anti-everything defenses, but we are talking about a volley of projectiles at supersonic speeds, that's pretty hard to hit, besides, Alexander has developed Railgun tanks, he could create some sort of a weapon of that kind, and maybe he could have some new hi-tech aircraft that can get to space and drop tungsten rods from orbit, its pretty much impossible to intercept that...

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MARS2588
MARS2588 May 2 2014, 2:46am replied:

Keep in mind that what we're seeing in-game is an abstraction. In the reality of the setting, it takes considerably more than 5000$, a crane and a few minutes of spare time to build a giant gatling artillery emplacement. Russia is a vast country and it'd be difficult for them to divert manpower and materiel from Europe/mobilise their reserves in order to build giant cannons in the Far-East district to prepare for a fight that may or may not happen.

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Ultima73
Ultima73 May 2 2014, 8:04am replied:

This would also avoid turning Aleksandr into a human Deus Ex Machina becuase unless it has already specified that Russia has an orbital network of tungsten rod-armed satellites (which in reality aren't that great yet because we can't quite get them to relativistic speeds), it would be implausible for them to suddenly have one now. Plus satellite weaponry is already used by both US and ECA, and I doubt either would allow Russia to build their own.

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WerewolfGeneral
WerewolfGeneral May 12 2014, 4:37pm replied:

" unless it has already specified that Russia has an orbital network of tungsten rod-armed satellites"
I didn't said satellites, i said bombers.
As for Alexander becoming a "Deus Ex Machina", you might be right, but he is the one responsible for the technological units, so its kind of his job to come up with some technological surprise, like his contraptions such as the A.G.A.S, or the tesla tank and stuff like that...

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WerewolfGeneral
WerewolfGeneral May 12 2014, 3:59pm replied:

"to prepare for a fight that may or may not happen."
Well, considering that there already is one of these floating fortresses attacking them, i would be quite worried about this other one in the Pacific...

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