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United States of America, 2033

This is SNN. My name is Gene Wallace and I'm bringing you up to speed on today's most important events.

Asia. Chinese state media report that today's launch of a Long March rocket from Wenchang Space Port was a full success. The rocket has a payload capacity of over 220.000 pounds and is expected to deliver a research module to the PRC's East Star Space Station. The new component contains a state-of-the-art space telescope that is claimed to be even more efficient than the James Webb Telescope. Secretary General Cheung Liu has echoed earlier statements of the Chairman that China will continue to expand the East Star with the goal of surpassing the US/Canadian-led Pennsylvania by the end of the decade. The joint North American space station has been the target of much criticism since the beginning of the economic crisis. Its detractors claim that the project puts a severe and cynical burden on the US federal budget while almost twenty percent of the American population still live below the poverty threshold. Proponents argue that the Pennsylvania relies heavily on the private sector and that it is absolutely essential to maintain the America's edge in modern scientific research. According to NASA Administrator Dr. Christopher Bosworth, several countries such as India, Japan and Australia as well as a number of European nations have expressed interest in joining the Pennsylvania project upon its completion. The move towards a new international space station would spread the costs and an involvement of the European Space Agency may help to improve the relationships between Europe and the United States, he explained.

Europe. Juergen Burkhard, the former head of the now defunct European Domestic Security Directorate, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in The Hague after being found guilty of issuing the controversial order to employ lethal force against the popular revolutions that followed in the wake of the GLA attack. European police and military forces refused to comply and instead apprehended Burkhard. He remained unrepentant and seemingly unfazed throughout the entire trial, explaining that 'these so-called protesters were just a bunch of nationalistic rats that tried to turn back the course of history' and that it was 'his duty to protect the grand European project against the reactionary rabble'. Additional charges that were held against the 67 year old included embezzlement, fraud and high-treason. The verdict was met with much relief and spontaneous celebrations across the continent. Britain's Prime Minister Susan Adams has also welcomed the decision and stated that 'it is necessary to account for the misdeeds of the past in order to lay the right groundwork for the future of Europe. The British people acknowledge that we need -a- European community in this global day and age, but it has to be a small, tightly knit group of true partners, built on mutual respect and a streamlined leadership legitimised by national democracy and a pragmatic, target-oriented policy approach rather than another misguided, totalitarian vision'. Furthermore, she expressed the full support of her government for the European Continental Alliance, whose founding treaties are to be finalised and signed in the next year.


Here in America, the city of Wichita, Kansas was in the focus of international attention today as President O'Connor, along with his Mexican counterpart Francisco Velazquez and the Canadian Prime Minister Anne Hamilton, attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the extension of the Interstate-35. As part of the NAU agreement signed earlier this week, the I-35, which is already the main north-south artery between Minnesota and Texas, will be expanded into a transnational super-highway over the coming years. The government argues that this will not only provide an incentive for new jobs and an economic stimulus, but also serve to strengthen the ties between the United States and our neighbours which is regarded as an important step in improving the nation's standing in the new global landscape. Our correspondent Ashley Park has more:

The idea of a North American Union has long been regarded as a looming spectre by many conspiracy enthusiasts, who have set up camp outside the city to protest against what they perceive as the foundation act of a 'totalitarian police state'. Talk radio host Andrew Johnston is one of them:

"This is the final nail in America's coffin. With this treaty, the federal government has officially ceded control of this nation and its people to the hidden cabal that is behind this rotten, globalist agenda that already gave us the EU and the GAPA. They control the banks, the military-industrial complex and the mass media and their goal is to create a one world government in which we're all united under their jackboot. They were the ones who created the so-called 'GLA' as a false flag bogeyman to destabilise the world and terrorise us to the point where we would blindly submit to whatever global authority promises to put an end to it. How else do you think these medieval desert people managed to stand against the joint military might of America and China for almost a decade? Because -they- let them! I swear to God, within the next few months, we'll be witnessing the transformation of this country into a fascist, Orwellian slave state where the Man can just snatch you off the street and put you and your family in a FEMA camp! We're here today to pay our final farewell to the US of A - Born on the fourth of July 1776, murdered here and now in 2033!"


Indeed, the North American Union proposal was one of the most hotly debated subjects in recent US history, though its numerous proponents from both major parties say that its intentions are nowhere near as sinister as its detractors would claim and that it is in fact a necessity in a world plagued by terrorism and economic crises. During his speech, President O'Connor has expressed confidence that the NAU will help America get 'back on track' after the hardships of the previous years:

"The cynics look at the failure of the European Union and say that the NAU will go down the exact same path: That we're going to abandon our traditions, submit to a centralised authority and surrender our economic self-governance in the form of our currency. Well, I do have an answer to these people: We already -have- a strong currency whose value and integrity are well-respected across the entirety of North America that's actually been around for quite a while; it's called the US Dollar! We already -have- our joint infrastructures, our interconnected economies and the lively cultural exchange between our peoples since many decades. As such, it is more than reasonable for us to capitalise on these good relationships in times of chaos and desperation across the entire rest of the world. The nations of Europe are recovering from the most devastating catastrophe since the Second World War. The once proud peoples of Asia are writhing under the whip of their red Chinese masters. The Middle East is ruined beyond all recovery. Our nation has been through dark times in the past few years. We all had to make our sacrifices, but at the end of the day, the United States of America came back from the worst economic collapse in its entire history. The bottom of this terrible, terrible depression is behind us. Now, we must preserve and potentiate our new economic momentum to secure a brighter future for all of us. Given these circumstances, it -is- only logical for us to look for common ground with our neighbours in Canada and Mexico and I am absolutely positive, ladies and gentlemen, that the United States of America will benefit greatly from this historical agreement."


"Our middle class will benefit from new jobs and opportunities, but also from the marvels of modern scientific progress: Over the coming years, new robotic production technologies, developed by some of the greatest minds of our best universities, will once again make our production economy competitive against the Chinese manufacturing juggernaut. Modern infrastructure programmes such as this new highway, as well as a new generation of fusion-based power plants and an extension of the vactrain network will improve our everyday lives and our children will benefit from a modern educational system. Everyone, from the blue collar worker and the small business owner to the corporate manager and the Wall Street banker, will continue to do their fair part in making this nation great once more. Meanwhile, the sizeable oil deposits of Canada, Mexico and our own country will render us fully independent from the perpetual chaos that reigns in the Middle East until newer, cleaner alternatives in the form of bio-fuels and electro-mobility are fully adopted. And finally, our armed forces and intelligence communities will join their powers and adapt to the geopolitical realities of the present, lest we get tied up in another endless series of wars across the globe. Today, we are witnessing the birth of a stronger, revitalised United States, one that promotes true responsibility, mutual cooperation and the indomitable 'can do' spirit of the American people over small-minded insularity and pessimism. Of course, all of these hopes and good intentions won't do much to convince the cynics; but the success of this North American Union certainly will! May God bless America - All of it!"


With an ever-growing number of unmanned combat systems entering service with the US military, the DoD has recently green-lighted a new directive which would disconnect the deployment of military drones from American field factories and centralise them at a new, dedicated structure. The Drone Assembly Plant is used to build a variety of military robots. According to many experts, this new generation of drones will fill the niche between infantry and vehicles, providing firepower and protection for a number of specialised purposes at a much more economical price.


A distant cousin of the first crude unmanned ground vehicles fielded after the turn of the millennium, the Rottweiler Sentry Drone has been a workhorse of the United States military since the Global War on Terror and has been given another systems upgrade to keep up with the times.


Armed with a fully automatic AA12 assault shotgun, these rugged Marine CQB specialists form the spearhead of any American infantry operation, making short work of enemy foot soldiers at close range. The military role of the Vanguards is brutal, up-close and archaic, but at the same time surprisingly intricate due to the contents of their large backpacks: These contain a number of autonomous weapon systems that can be deployed by the Vanguard and perform a variety of combat tasks without any additional human input: A stationary minigun turret, a Roach UCAV that follows its human master to provide additional fire support with its rocket launchers and a lightweight aircraft that is propelled into the air by a simple throw in order to launch itself into garrisoned structures with a powerful explosive payload.


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Guest
Guest

selling tanks to Canada eh!

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DEathgod65
DEathgod65

Once again, the mix up of cartoony C&C Artstyle and real life pictures is pretty hillarious xD

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The_Hunter649 Author
The_Hunter649

To be fair i didn't put that much effort into making it look neat anyway i could have done that one a whole lot better than it ended up looking ;)

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Woozle
Woozle

I liked the part about "DPRK govt on brink of collapse".

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Delta_6
Delta_6

i like the little part subnews, it always impress me with the ammount of details you guys put on the news like "PLA Hold Parade for the retiring General Ta Hun Kwai"

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Delta_6
Delta_6

also i just notice something, due to the fact that even General Kwai is retired, theoretically Black Lotus, Burton and Jarmen Kell should be Retired too, IDK just get a new model with a new name, but with the same function as the old guys.

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MARS2588
MARS2588

Our official explanation is that BL is basically an interchangeable codename for an entire unit of crack Chinese super-hackers while Jarmen and Burton are deliberately meant to be old professionals who will fight as long as they live. You can especially imagine Burton to retreat into a cabin in the wild after the GLA War, only to be confronted with the usual, 'Sir, your country needs you once again' talk by a General by the time Russia goes to war. It fits nicely with this whole 80s action hero cliche he's got going for him.

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Kalga
Kalga

I'm guessing that the current Black Lotus is the daughter of the original one...

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Delta_6
Delta_6

well thanks for the reply, BTW if the Crusaders are sold, is this actually mean the US will have a new MBT? :D

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MARS2588
MARS2588

The tanks in that news image are old Crusader tanks from Gens/ZH. They were sold to make room for the ones that you're now seeing in-game.

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Hackergrad
Hackergrad

@Hunter Yes, it could have been better, but it was good enough.

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ECA_PanzerKommandant
ECA_PanzerKommandant

"New World Order"? In b4 the "truthers" come.

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SlayerX3
SlayerX3

References
Sentry Drone: Tom Clancy's End War
News: Dragon Ball meme
Vanguard: Half Life 1 sentry turret (Mass Effect, possibly)

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SlayerX3
SlayerX3

And Alex Jones.

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ComeradeStalin
ComeradeStalin

Over 9000 tanks to be sold! LOL.

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Fox_Commando
Fox_Commando

General Kwai, what those the power level say?!

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assidiq178
assidiq178

Gen. Kwai : It's Over 9000 !!!!

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OhNoesBunnies!
OhNoesBunnies!

I remember I used to be crazy. In so deep I couldn't claw my way up out of the rabbit hole Alex Jones and other conspirators (or snake-oil salesmen as I know them to be now) kept shovin' me back down.

Thank the Bunnies for James Randi. Also great update!

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toxictouch
toxictouch

wait, so are we going to be getting a look at the new U.S. toys now since we're done with the ECA fr now? :D

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willychong8921
willychong8921

By 2033, Ron Paul is gone, another great man go down in history as a forgotten hero, so sad..... ToT

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willychong8921
willychong8921

Some news about South East Asia, I want to hear something like Malaysia (:P) and Thailand, Singapore stc with their relationship with Australia after war with GLA!

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Kalga
Kalga

So that's what happened to all those Crusader mk. 1s...

... wait a minute, how did the US government even produce all those Crusader mk. 1s in the first place?

... Oh wait, never mind...

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Nuttah
Nuttah

Well, given that they seem to be a bit of an Abrams(if you squint hard enough), one could assume descent.
Let's ask the great and all knowing Wiki how many of those were made. ;p
En.wikipedia.org

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Kalga
Kalga

... I see, over 9000.

I'll admit, I'm a bit surprised since each Abrams cost over $6 million a piece.

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Guest
Guest

A New World Order Awaits!

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jonathanginsburg
jonathanginsburg

Just wondering, is British Prime Minister Susan Adams a shout out to the original V for Vendetta?

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MARS2588
MARS2588

You can think of it as such, considering that the Mortar Track description explained how a populist 'Hope and Glory' party was elected in the UK and pulled the country out of the EU in the 2020s. However, this is clearly a sane, non-fascist mirror version of Norsefire, considering that they a.) strengthened international cooperation with their Commonwealth allies and b.) are sensible enough to acknowledge that Britain needs -a- European community in the ROTR-verse.

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TheNodCommander
TheNodCommander

I love the fact you guys are as serious as you are with your storyline. This is truely the real Generals 2. Keep it coming guys!

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ScubaSteve3465
ScubaSteve3465

Any ETA on this? Sorry if it was already answered.

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Cod_Fish
Cod_Fish

Are you guys hinting at Canada and Mexico sub factions? If so that would be nifty.

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Orange_Tomato
Orange_Tomato

A NAU as detailed in your text would fail for exactly the same reasons the EU does currently (and already did in your mod): trying to unite too many countries with opposing cultures, mentalities, economies and politics.

Apart from the obvious problems like political/social system differences etc. I atleast could somehow imagine a small kind of union between Canada and the US, even though that remains is quite problematic.

Throwing Mexico into the mix is completely ridiculous however, for what would follow would be one-sided economic developement ("giver" countries in the north and "takers" down south), spawning the same problems as in the current EU. The more developed would ask for more control over their new "colleagues" in response for more financeial aid, populist elections and shitstorms would follow and in the end it would go all down in fire and smoke, burying millions of dollars with it.

I'm saying this because I find many parts of the story believable so far, and IMO the EU is already too big down south and should be sized down to northern countries with similar cultures and political-economic systems. In it's current form it would collapse because of nit-picking and populism, as it does in your mod. However, I find it unbelievable that you let exactly the same thing happen with the NAU, but this time it's all great and glorious. Why?

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MARS2588
MARS2588

Simply said: Because this is the backstory of a videogame mod, not some mind-bogglingly intricate, yet narratively boring 'what if' scenario as you'd see on AH.com. We want to tell a story, not explore the most realistic implications of geopolitical changes.

One thing you have to keep in mind: ROTR has been around for quite a while and when our team took over a few years ago, one of our members came up with a backstory/setting for a mod that didn't really have that until then. During that time, the idea of the African resource rush and all the super-national alliances like the NAU, SAU (later SAP), SSAN (later GAPA) etc. took shape. However, we didn't really do a whole lot with all that fluff aside from dropping a few tangential references every once in a while.

After our hiatus and some reorganisations on our team, we decided to put a greater emphasis on telling an entertaining - albeit not necessarily deep or realistic - story. Since we didn't want to retcon everything back to square one and start over, we picked up on the elements that our original story had left us with, one of which was the North American Union.

You see, much of the story you read in our current updates is still influenced by the story decisions of our old writer from years ago, but instead of scratching it, we decided to flesh it out. Had we decided to start things over again, a whole bunch of things in our setting would probably be different but we wanted preserve our continuity, because at some point, people got invested in it and we didn't want to disappoint them.

(Split in two parts due to character limit)

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MARS2588
MARS2588

(Part 2)

As for the North American Union, here's a few things to consider: The story is set decades in the future and it is implied that Mexico's economic/political situation got better while the US are no longer that far ahead of everyone else due to their crisis. As such, the three exclusive members of the NAU (Canada, USA, Mexico) could easily be a lot more comparable than they are right now. Vlad Putin's saying the exact same thing about his planned Eurasian Union: It may work out better than the failing EU because there isn't that much of a divide between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan as there is between North and South Europe.

America has always been a continent of great exchange and between cultures and by the time our story is set, the Hispanic population of the United States would also be considerably bigger and economically vital. Chances are it'd be in their interest as well if the US and Mexico grew closer. Also, ROTR's NAU doesn't have a joint currency like the Euro. The US President simply claims that the US Dollar is a stable, well-respected currency even beyond the borders of the US themselves, suggesting that Canada and Mexico may -accept- US Dollars for easier business while still maintaining their own currencies as primaries in everyday-life.

Short answer: The NAU was a leftover from the first iteration of our story and we wanted to flesh it out rather than leaving it wide open as an unresolved plot point. At the same time, we wanted to add a small bit of localised optimism in a setting that is otherwise dominated by horror and pessimism. I acknowledge that an NAU may seem quite unfeasible in today's reality, but our mission statement is to tell a story that's entertaining, not a dreary political dissertation and the idea of an NAU actually working out fine is NOT the most ridiculous thing in our setting.

Blimey, this turned out longer than I intended, but I hope you can at least understand our basic reasoning behind this direction.

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MARS2588
MARS2588

(Final remark)

It's also worth noting that this is an in-universe news report/speech, i.e. it's fictional people making statements from the perspective of their own 'reality'. As such, the narration is not omniscient and thus not necessarily the reliable 'be all, end all' state-of-affairs. You'll have to take it with grain of salt in the same way as, say for example, the Russian news station talking about how they're utterly beating the hell out of Europe and that the comrades will be back home before christmas.

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Orange_Tomato
Orange_Tomato

That was a long read, thanks man :D. Yea I know it's not supposed to be totally realistic, story is pretty mich second-line in an RTS anyway, IMO it has some serious flaws, but it's not something I get angry about, I just have fun playing the mod! ^^

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MARS2588
MARS2588

Flaws or not, I think we can all agree that it's still better than the original 'premise' of Gens2 before it went F2P i.e. the GLA attacks a world peace conference - whatever the hell that'd be - and kills absolutely every leader ever which somehow causes complete global anarchy^^

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Orange_Tomato
Orange_Tomato

Yea that's extremely retarded, CERTAINLY the US would send their entire administration to such a conference together with every other major country and OFC security would suck so bad that GLA could simply kill them all. Yea, terrorism is that simple. Things like that are the reason why I don't expect much from EA games anymore, they're almost always simply about cash milking and pay 2 win....

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sting2death
sting2death

I'm curious about one thing in-game, if the U.S. have it hard economically, how come in-game they can still get tons of UN aid from the drop zone structures? (when multiple structures are built).
I mean where is all that cash coming from =P

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MARS2588
MARS2588

They were in economic troubles in the aftermath of Zero Hour but their situation has improved by the time the actual meat of the ROTR story (=Russo-European War) happens. The recession did have an actual effect on their military however since most of their weapons are either high-tech updates to long-serving weapon systems or unmanned drones now.

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Jaegeroo
Jaegeroo

What if the Russian Federation Fails in its invasion of western Europe,
and its economical status and war effort collapses,
Is Their a Communist party or any Govermental Party to succeed the falling Russian Federation for the ROTR Mod?

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MARS2588
MARS2588

You think we'd just give away the ending of the war plot in advance? ;)

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sting2death
sting2death

I like where this is going.

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Kalga
Kalga

No but we can make wild guesses...

I'm gonna guess that the Russian will try to sue for peace but general Alexander won't have any of that so it will be one of the other Russian general who will take him out.

The PRC, sensing their chance, invade Russia from the east, and then the plot would look like a crossover between "The Bear and the Dragon" and "The War in 2020"

... you know, with the US & ECA helping the Russians against the Chinese.

China would then be defeated, the rest of the world powers worn out from all the fighting...

... then GLA, GLA everywhere...

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