Hearts and Minds [OOC/Signups]

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  1. “Ever though the whole revolution was a bad idea?”
    “No, Henrik. But they sure aim well. Get DOWN!”

    The war has been raging for two years, fuelled by the fires of industry, stoked by anger and hate of scorned enemies. The breakaway region of Kamor is locked in a civil war with the Carnelian Empire, but after the initial quick advance of the Kamorian forces, the front is at a standstill, five hundred miles into the Carnelian territory, at the front door of the Royal Capital. One final push to end the conflict, and the Collectivist Revolution will make an end to the old feudal nobility. One final push the Kamor is unable to make. The supply lines are long, and the Empire, even after two years of a meat-grinder combat, still holds great manpower advantage. The technological advantage the industrial Kamorians held at the start is being diminished with each passing day, as the Empire’s factories finally come online to churn out night endless numbers of advanced weaponry they should not be able posses.

    The situation calls for unconventional solutions. Generality has approved formation of the so called Special Combat Service, unit composed of extraordinary individuals that will conduct clandestine operations on the very soil of the Empire. Sabotage, espionage, assassination. Anything it will take to win the war.

    • The roleplay is set in a fictional world, slightly inspired by the dieselpunk universe of the Wolfenstein game series. The story will be focused on WWII commando-style operations behind enemy lines, on sabotage, espionage and assassination of key Empire war effort elements. Perhaps even preventing sinister chain of events that could end the war on the wrong side of the history...

    • Fifteen years ago, the province of Kamor broke off from the Carnelian Empire, act now known as The Eclipse Revolution. The name was earned from a concurrently happening freakish astrological event, an unpredicted solar eclipse that lasted for over two weeks. The natural phenomenon has not yet been sufficiently explained, but its historical ramifications are quite clear.

      The eclipse took place near the start of the harvest season, when the crops are most vulnerable. It was followed by extremely bad weather that ruined the year’s harvest, creating a fertile ground for a popular revolution against a government that failed to successfully handle the food crisis. The province of Kamor, named after the namesake dominant mountain range, was the most heavily industrialized region of the Empire, and as such, most dependant on outside food supply.

      The feudal nature of the vast, mostly rural Empire, was at a clash with a more modern culture that set roots in Kamor. While elsewhere, a person of nobility was the rich and powerful one, in Kamor, even the lowliest, most common man without a drop of blue blood could rise to the top. This sentiment was slowly seeping into the Empire, creating a pressure on the political structure to start reforming into a more democratic society, but the large leviathan of a state was slow and unwilling to change course. The population of the less industrialized regions showed little interest in political bickering, and was more concerned with keeping the Empire, and themselves, fed. The comparatively richer citizens of Kamor, however, wanted their own slice of the cake, even despite the fact the nobility owned most of the larger companies and businesses in Kamor, as they were the only ones who could afford the initial financial investment.

      The Long Eclipse was, as such, a spark that lit a barrel pressed full of volatile social issues. While most of the rural regions were busy salvaging the harvest, the military formations stationed in Kamor under the leadership of lieutenant general Bethe, a man previously investigated on suspicions of anti-royal thinking. Meanwhile, the governmental institutions in the regional capital of Sprawl were seized by the Revolutionary Collectivist Front, led by Henry Louverture. Before the Royal Capital could react, both in political and military action, Kamor was a newly established state with its own army. The nobility and High Command was furious. The former was essentially robbed of huge amount of property, the latter humiliated by a traitor in their midst. Worst of all, the situation would not allow for a proper civil war to start. Kamor hardly had any capacity to start invasion of the Empire proper, and the Empire lacked the industrial capacities and the bulk of the conscription-able manpower was in the fields, preparing for the exceptionally hard winter that would follow.

      The situation froze into a standstill. Kamor had to import food from smaller countries at steep price, due to the overall food shortage, but regardless of that, the industry, freed from shackles of the feudal system, flourished. Empire still had a manpower advantage, but their industrial capacity was greatly weakened. They had to rebuild and rearm. That was fifteen years ago.

      Five years ago, the situation thawed and blew into a full out, total war. It is pointless to discuss where diplomacy failed, or who fired the first. The nobility of the Empire wanted their property back, and the High Command had a traitor to execute. The Kamorian Defense Forces were beyond paranoid, the Grand Marshall Bethe expecting assassins around every corner, and the parliament was slowly being taken over by extremists who advocated that it was time to free the rest of the Empire citizens from the yoke of nobility.

      Both sides expected quick and easy war, too. Empire saw Kamor as fake state with weak army, which would break under pressure. Kamor expected mass mutiny in the ranks of Empire after the first month of war, after the oppressed masses would finally learn of the paradise that was awaiting them on the other side of the Revolution. That was three years ago.

      Today, in the third year of bloody, brutal fighting, both sides are well aware of how wrong they were. Kamor’s initial offensive was beyond successful, and between the beginning and end of the first year, the Kamorian army advanced nearly five hundred miles into Empire’s territory, perilously close to the Royal Capital. The second year was wasted in small skirmishes around the countryside, the Empire playing for time needed to finish their factories in the far north. A new summer offensive of the Kamorians forced them to unleash their armoured units earlier before they planned and at lower numbers than they intended, and as such, status quo reigned and the frontline moved only slightly in the second year.

      Now the days are getting longer and warmer again. Any day now, the snows will start thawing again and the carnage will start again. It will be gruelling and bloody, as both sides are close to breaking point. The Kamor has lost their initial technological advantage, and still has to import foodstuffs. The extremists are losing support in the parliament, and more liberal voices are being heard, asking for peace negotiations. The Empire’s Royal Capital can be seen from the frontlines, a horizon dominated by its high towers and proud walls. The rural folk are still loyal to the Emperor, but not many are content with losing their sons and fathers to the Kamorians. Some even wonder if the Collectivists have a an interesting political narrative. The royal coffers are empty, and the Empire is slowly drowning in debt. Or at least so it is said. Doesn’t seem so from the trenches.

      Anyway, won’t matter after today. I’ll be leaving for the Special Combat Service today. They told me I could actually make difference there, doing “clandestine operations on the enemy soil, harming him where it really hurts”. Beats sitting in a hole and getting shelled all day, I think.

    • Name, Rank: What is your character called? What is their rank?

      Age: How old is your character?

      Gender: Self explanatory

      Description: How does your character look like?

      Unit: To which unit did your character belonged before applying to the SCS? (Non mandatory)

      Military Occupation: What was your character’s job in the military?

      Personality: What is your character like?

      Background history: Who was your character?

      Why do you want to join Special Combat Service: Why should the SCS be interested in accepting your character?

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