The Island of Altis (located somewhere north of Finland) is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. It has been occupied by the British since the early 19th Century and has frequently been used to consolidate a British presence around the arctic region.
Despite being a British colonial power, the region maintains it’s own military (the Altis Armed Forces) supported by the British Army.
In the last decade there has been increasing pressure on the Altis government to succeed from the British commonwealth. Pressure continued to mount until early 2020 when the government found itself forced to hold a referendum on the question of remaining part of the British Empire.
Suprisingly, the people voted with a significant majority, to stay as part of the empire. This was met with vocal opposition by seperatist party members, who have since been advocating to reclaim the land by force. Shortly after the referendum, the Prime Minister of Altis resigned, triggering an election. The opposition leader won with a landslide majority, trigerring widespread suspicision that election interference had taken place.
Since the seperatist party came to power, the Altis government have become considerably less cooperative with requests from the UK Government.
It’s been noted by several investigative journalists that the AAF have been changing military equipment, when the government was questioned about the reason for the move away from standard NATO weaponry, it responded saying that the decisions had been made for ‘financial’ reasons. An exposé from another journalist showed footage of a great number of private military forces, belonging to the russian security firm, ‘ION Security’ had begun to appear accross the island. When questioned, the government responded that these contracters were in place to assist the police with on-going civil unrest. Many remain unconvinced by this response.
At the begining of May 2020, a representative of the Altis government arrived at the main UK airbase and delivered a ‘Cease and Desist’ order to the ranking officer. The letter outlined that the British Army was to cease all operations in the region and vacate the island with immediate effect. A demilitarised zone was established around the airbase, and the AAF warned that if any military activity occurred, they would invoke their right to self-defence and take offensive action to subdue any opposition.
Friendly forces will be structured in the following way:
- Platoon Command
- 1st Section
- 2nd Section
- Rotary Transport – Chinook
- Rotary Escort – Apache
- Armoured Support – Challenger 2