State of Japan, Tanabe
The torrential rain slammed on the windshield of the car, and it was constantly cleaning the streets covered by grey clouds.
"Have you seen it, it is exactly the same as Stockholm 20 years ago."
I looked in the direction of the driver's finger: the overpass in the distance was occupied by tents and umbrellas of different colours, and the blue electronic sign on the bridge was covered with a blue curtain of the same style as the road sign, except that it was originally The Nerima area, which was turned to the right on the road sign, was changed to the "Resistance Road" on the curtain; the Tanabe-cho in front of it was changed to "Healing Town".
Then I was fascinated by the black-ink-infused COS badge hanging in front of the town government gate. It was hung on the wall with two Sun flags of the Empire of the Rising Sun, as well as broken glass slag and everywhere on the road. The black-eyed tear-trap shell, even the private car parked by the road, also posted a "Save Japan" note in the window.
Since Japan was annexed by its former rival, the Soviet Union, or the current Commonwealth Of Sovereignty, the rebellion that took place on this land has never stopped, and this year’s social movement is even more raging: from the national strikes led by the leftist Unionists, to the non-violent democratization movement of the centrists, to the street violence initiated by those who want to revive the empire, the social movements from various sects seem to mean that the coat of Worker Soviet have faded, COS has become the target of all factions in the political spectrum, but the huge volume and powerful force can maintain it in a state of rigidity and death.
"At the time, you were not born, and I was just like the young people under the umbrella. I was also an unsuccessful young man who lost the job. I didn't understand why those 40-year-old uncles would rather give up their personal freedom and not support our revolution.” The driver looked at the traces of the protest movements on both sides of the road and involuntarily pouted.
“Turn right at the 30-meter crossroad ahead.” The navigation software made an untimely sound. I looked ahead - there was no crossroads at the front, and some were just the railings, the streetlight curtains, and the wide barricades piled up by abandoned vehicles, and the four Kanji characters written in bold on the bargains: "人民戦線" ( People's Frontline.)
"You see, navigation doesn't work at all. There are barricades and roadblocks everywhere. This is why I took two hours to find you, which is no wonder."
Twenty years have passed, and the young people who once rushed to the streets to embrace freedom have been washed away into a full-faced middle-aged driver. In that year, the COS that gave up faith and promised to embrace the world with new thinking became an incubation of countless bureaucratic nests.
At this time, the low roar of the propeller gradually came from afar. I looked up and saw a transport helicopter flying over the T-97 "Tenho" tank over the block. The vertical culvert distributed on both sides of the helicopter. The engine of the road screams loudly, and the searchlights sweeping from top to bottom in the rain curtain are like the eyes of the deep sea. It seems that the social movements that frequently occurred in the Tokyo area made the top executives feel the fear, so that they even transferred front-line troops to prevent possible events.
"Damn, it's a barricade... We have to go back." The driver was dissatisfied with both hands clasping the steering wheel, letting the car make a beeping whistle.
"I will triple the Libra (A type of Cryptocurrency that is widely utilized by Alliance of Commune) after I go back. You know, today, in order to find you, we have transferred the entire Security Centre. Our 30 men have found nothing for five or six hours. In the end, I saw you under the eaves. I also took you around here for more than half an hour..." He kept talking about the reason for the fare increase for this trip, but I didn’t listen at all: after all, the Universal Basic Income that I have accumulated in the past ten years still is sufficient for my very life. I don't care too much about the extra loss of these hundreds of Libras.
The car turned into the other side of the street, and the driver who couldn’t stand the dark street finally turned on the high beam. In a flash, the tarmac that was infiltrated by the rain and the railings lying on the roadside were twisted. The prolonged strike movement stopped the power and communication system of the entire town, so even when the sky was dark, the street lights on both sides of the road did not light up, and the earth fell into darkness.
Soon, we drove to the exit of the city, where there was a checkpoint held by COS soldiers. I looked through the windshield and saw the ink-blue "Stalker" Infantry Fighting Vehicle that was in the middle of the road in the distance, as well as the soldiers who guarded the checkpoint.
The car stopped in front of the level railing, and the high beam reflected the dazzling and cold brilliance on the steel plate of the armoured vehicle. A soldier wearing a helmet came over and knocked on our windshield door and said in crappy English: "Show your documents."
The driver shook the window impatiently and handed his driver's license out. But unfortunately, the big soldier also looked at the window so much that I happened to run into his sinister look: "And you, take out the documents!"
"What documents? I don't have a driver's license." For the sake of privacy protection, I don't want to pass any of my information to people I don't know, especially COS, a hostile force.
"Take him your passport." The driver waved at me as if he didn't mean it.
I reluctantly turned over the pocket and handed the red-black book on the body to the soldier outside the window. There was a wooden butt of the ADK-45 rifle on his waist, and there was only a shallow turn on the epaulette. This shows that he is indeed only one of the many Conscripts in the COS force.
"Don't care so much, they don't dare to do anything to us. And we have emergency measures. If they don't want to get shot, they have to let us go." The driver pointed confidently at his chest, he said in the pocket there is an "emergency device", but God knows how the device works in a small city where the communication facilities are all shut down.
The mobilized soldiers looked at my documents and seemed to find out what happened. He called a guy with a white helmet. Unlike ordinary soldiers, his limbs are fitted with simple exoskeletons, and the background colour of the epaulettes is not the military green of the COS general forces, but the dark black colour like ink stains. This shows that he is a member of the notorious "Executor" internal affairs force.
The Executor looked at my documents and leaned down and stared at me for a while before I spit out a heavy helmet that I didn't want to hear: "You have been temporarily detained, please stay and help us on the Investigation."
"No, you have no reason to do this!" The driver almost roared and slammed out the window. "This is the diplomatic vehicle of the Alliance of Commune, you know what it stands for!"
As he shouted, he tried to reach into his chest pocket and tried to touch his "emergency device."
But the white guy suddenly raised his gun and pointed at him. And I was sitting in the back seat and I was stared at by the bullets of several black holes - but there was nothing to be afraid of, and it was not the first time that I was pointed at by gun.
"Don't play tricks with us, you are now on the territory of the Commonwealth!" the soldier shouted almost to my ear.
We have been stunned for a while. I looked at the fierce eyes of the mobilized soldiers, and the black muzzle that shivered in front of me. Their eyes are fierce, but their hands have been shaking steadily.
Suddenly, the white guy raised his muzzle and pulled the trigger against the head of his companion. After a few thunderous shots, the blood springs from the soldiers’ necks splashed on the side glass of the car to form a scarlet curtain. Later, he punched another soldier to the ground and then gave a shot to the head of the "companion" without mercy.
He... is firing at their own soldiers?
It is difficult for me to describe my mistakes in words. This cold and unappealing guy has killed two of his companions in front of us.
Then, the bullets from other mobilized soldiers screamed on his body and opened one hole after another in his body. I watched them from afar, madly attacking the companions around me, as if there was a transcendent power to play with the world.
The gunshot finally stopped, and the mobilized soldier who was hit in the head but his hands twitched and pulled the trigger also blew the last bullet in the magazine. But we still don’t dare to get out of the car, and do not want to move the car a little bit, for fear that the mysterious and transcendental existence also makes us fall into desperation.
"Hello, would you like me to take a ride?"
A sweet voice was introduced into my cochlea, and I looked up at the window and saw her clearly.
Her long hair, which was infiltrated by rain, curved into a beautiful arc along her body. The British-filled crimson eyelids revealed unparalleled confidence. The slightly raised mouth showed her relaxed mood and kept her nerves. I can't help but relax in the allergic state.
"I have helped you settle this group of bad guys. Don’t you want to do something to express your gratitude?" She said, holding the edge of the car in one hand, and said leisurely.
At this time, the driver sitting in the driver's seat had been shocked by the big ups and downs in these few minutes, and his chin was falling to the ground. He even looked at me in disbelief, as if he had to hand over the decision to me.
This is the end of the matter, even if I disagree with her request, maybe she can still use the trick to seize the car. At the thought of this, I felt that there was no need to continue to push it down. I gently pushed the door to the door and indicated that she could come in.
"Thank you, I really didn't read it wrong - all the people who will be intercepted by COS are good people." She said happily that she only had her own jokes, but I just couldn't laugh because I just face the death.
It took the driver a while to slow down, and then he was scared and asked: "Is the little girl like you let the bastards kill each other? This is too dangerous, I can't..."
"Of course, you know, the human mind is... extremely fragile. Just like I can let you can do what you need to be done: drive, and let us return to the Embassy District of the Commune."
The driver's eyes suddenly lost focus, became blurred and lost, he turned away and then pressed the engine switch. The girl sitting next to me didn't even touch him, and changed his mind.
"Now, would you believe me?"
Carryall is a type of helicopter remodelled from civil product of Aviation Industry Corporation of Commonwealth. As its name says, the primary function of this fragile aircraft is to carry and send troops to designated area. Thanks to the powerful engine, even the largest tank like Mammoth can be taken under the magnetic scrapper.
Although Carryall is armed with a 12.7mm machinegun that is effectively against infantries, it is still extremely vulnerable under anti-air weapon. In an accident, a squadron of Carryall carrying a battalion of Tenho Tank was ambushed and eliminated by Commune Fighters, directly causing the impeachment of Commonwealth Defence Minister.
"Tenho Hunter" is an out-dated Main Battle Tank in Commonwealth Arsenal, which is originally created by famous Arkhangelsk Tank Plant. After the retirement of old Hammer Tank and the Expiration of Military Restriction Act, Soviet Union need a new type of MBT which must be cheap, versatile and easy to maintain. Thus Tenho were massively manufactured by Fareast countries after the War of Uprising. It is irony that the most exploits of this MBT is not recorded by destroying hostile military targets, but created by suppressing Social Movement leading by pro-democracy demonstrators after the foundation of COS. In that case, Tenho caused over 3,000 casualties and "successfully" destroyed the Supreme Soviet Parliament Buildings. After the incident, Tenho become the symbol of COS injustice tyranny.
During the War of Three Powers, the military leaders found that their Hammer Tank was too vulnerable under enemies airpower while the Bullfrog was not capable to cover the sky all the time. To resolve this problem, Tenho was equipped with a KA-56 "Fang" Anti-air missile Launcher, and it will take a long while to aim at the target. Besides, Tenho can launch Smoke Grenade to slow down the enemies such that it can catch up agile target, or run away when confronting superior forces.
Officially marked as BZ-04 Infantry Fighting Vehicle, as known as Stalker is widely used by Commonwealth Army. In the last war, Commanders usually noticed that before they can deploy Heavy Weapon such as Hammer Tank, their Sickles had to confront enemies armoured units. And its 12.7mm machinegun could not effectively damage those well-protected targets. Moreover, it is very dangerous to transport soldiers by Bullfrog or Twinblade without air superiority. Hence, the latest Stalker IFV is armed with Type-9 Rocket Launcher and 20mm auto cannon, which make it is capable to versus enemy light-armour unit and infantries. A special version of Stalker IFV that served Commonwealth Marines and other elite troops even takes amphibious equipment.
Stalker is allowed to carry 5 footmen at once, and five Conscripts will stand by in the vehicle initially. It gives astonishing firepower to Commonwealth commanders at the beginning of military conflict.
Conscripts are basic infantry of COS with their very loyalty. After the War of Three Powers, the population structure of Russia and Eastern Asia goes down along the time. As time goes by, an increasing number of old people are removed from the conscription list, and the vast majority of young people are out of work. Some of them choose to join the Army and become a "glorious" conscript. Comparing to their fathers fighting on the battlefield of War of Three Powers, conscripts are equipped with better weapon and under good protection. At present, everyman can receive a latest ADK-45 assault rifle and a bunch of high-explosive grenades that are much safer than Molotov Cocktails. Professional officers provide them with shooting course hence they can fire and target at enemies with higher accuracy.
Even though, Conscripts are still suffering severe casualties on the battlefield. A famous exiled critic, Wong Lam, announced that it is the betrayal to Communism ideology that makes the army lose its belief, and that is the reason why Conscripts are seemed to be always in low morale. "Their hearts remind that they are not fighting for their family nor communism faith, but tyranny and injustice", the critic said.
Executer is a special Internal Affair Force in COS Army. While almost any healthy male COS citizens without criminal record can choose to be a part of Army, only those who were born in family of high-ranking military official have the chance to join the Executer Troops. They are mainly in charge of the discipline and order in the Army, hence they are authorized to execute the deserters or those who could "possibly be deserters". The military officially promised that all Executers are strictly selected from the patriots and well-trained so that they will make no mistakes, but a lot of rumours noted that Executers can kill anyone he doesn't like and the high-ranking officials will even make up some "facts" that have never existed to prove the justice of execution.
According to present intelligence, Executers are armed with latest GD-4 universal machinegun, which can provide long range fire support to frontline forces or directly execute a deserter, and have the right to call an airstrike. After locking on the target for a while, a JF-35 "Lightning" fighter will dive into the battlefield and drop numerous bombs on the target.