Goin' on a Safari.   Posted by helbent4.Group: 0
helbent4
 GM, 1720 posts
 aka Tony
Sat 30 Jun 2012
at 10:06
Goin' on a Safari
01 June 2001

Game Time 0900 Hours Lima

The day was bright and sunny, a beautiful early summer day. Possibly a sign of things to come, although it might just be in comparison to the awful weather they'd had so far throughout the spring.
Alain Belanger
 GM, 147 posts
 Provost
 UBC
Mon 2 Jul 2012
at 12:37
Re: Goin' on a Safari
About a week or so had passed since the raid on the farm. The hostage and would-be victim was recovered and released from hospital. Rescue and evacuation operations still proceeded up and down the Fraser, although the flood waters were beginning to recede. The team's personnel were assigned to assist the operations based in New West in any way they could.

Russalka proved to be very well-behaved and obviously had some kind of training, even perhaps was formerly a police or military working dog of some kind.

Overall, command still promised to fill out the unit's mostly empty roster with much-needed personnel. For now the team remained a skeletal cadre consisting of an HQ at UBC and a forward base in Burnaby.

"My apologies, I've been trying to get one of New West's Cougars for team use. Seems they won't simply hand them over but they will loan in exchange for the LAV. Command seems fine with this for now for political reasons but soon enough we'll get the local security forces integrated into the CF and the Vancouver Garrison structure."

"While our "guests" (the ones you picked up) have yet to talk, we have managed to glean a little useful intel from them and other sources. Mostly there are bikers operating in the valley. US military as well, although we don't know in what capacity. The truth is command is operating in a vacuum, moreso now flooding has disrupted communities and people have fled or been evacuated. Word is command is going to move into the valley by the end of the month or next month, and so you're going to be sent on a recce into "unknown" areas."

Kelsey Sarah Champlain
 player, 987 posts
 3/RSR - DRI
 CF Sergeant
Mon 2 Jul 2012
at 13:05
Re: Goin' on a Safari
In reply to Alain Belanger (msg # 2):

"I see.  We'll want to pull our radios from the Spoonful.  Are we leaving it loaded with ammo, other gear?  Also, any word on those new hand portables for us?"
Alain Belanger
 GM, 148 posts
 Provost
 UBC
Mon 2 Jul 2012
at 13:14
Re: Goin' on a Safari
Kelsey Sarah Champlain:
In reply to Alain Belanger (msg # 2):

"I see.  We'll want to pull our radios from the Spoonful.  Are we leaving it loaded with ammo, other gear?  Also, any word on those new hand portables for us?"


"The deal was the vehicle and weapons (excluding Commander's MG), so 25 milimetre and coax but no pintle mounts. Our comms we keep, they have their own.

"Good news, we got a shipment of those radios you asked for."

Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko
 player, 813 posts
 RCMP UBC Detachment
 Staff Sergeant
Tue 3 Jul 2012
at 02:56
Re: Goin' on a Safari
Very good, Belanger. Now, for the next missions we have to make sure that we have a better grip in the situation. Seems like the floods are going to complicate access everywhere. I'd rather use boats that float rather than armor that sinks. Also we need more presence of the militias if they are going to use the very best vehicle that we have. Since the hovercraft is not ready yet I guess we should stick with the zodiacs. That's not bad for a start but if we are going to embark in something serious I want a bigger platform that we can use. Just some ideas.
Kelsey Sarah Champlain
 player, 988 posts
 3/RSR - DRI
 CF Sergeant
Tue 3 Jul 2012
at 05:32
Re: Goin' on a Safari
"I was hoping on a dozen or two 152's.  A dozen would do easily for now, secure, scrambled, channel jumping.  Get us a few steps ahead of those bikers."
Alain Belanger
 GM, 149 posts
 Provost
 UBC
Tue 3 Jul 2012
at 05:44
Re: Goin' on a Safari
In reply to Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko (msg # 5):

Belanger shrugged, showing his frustration.

"I'll see what leverage we can bring to bear with regards to militia support. We asked for the trade (well, loan) but it's not an equal one and we can try and use that to our advantage.

"For river operations we have a zodiac right now, as the rest of the boats are needed due to other operational priorities. I'll see about the whale watcher, or maybe something bigger with a shallow draft."

"Boats and personnel are two things we're short of the most at the moment."

Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko
 player, 815 posts
 RCMP UBC Detachment
 Staff Sergeant
Tue 3 Jul 2012
at 06:24
Re: Goin' on a Safari
152's???

The first thing that crossed Taras mind was the menacing sight of a battery of D-20s raining misery on the enemy.


Alain Belanger
 GM, 150 posts
 Provost
 UBC
Sun 8 Jul 2012
at 15:33
Re: Goin' on a Safari
In reply to Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko (msg # 8):

"I wish we had some 152mm howitzers! No, I did get a you four more advanced digital radios, AN/PRC-152s."

"Sorry, these are the only ones in stock. These came all the way from Australia, I hear, and were intended to be isseed to front-line units facing the Soviets on Vancouver island before they were...repurposed."


He passed over a box containing the 4 tactical radios and accessories to Kelsey. "Enjoy."



Getting back to the task at hand, he continued.

"We're still quite busy dealing with the flood, but can't afford to ignore matters elsewhere. Your next job is what we are well-familiar with in the Canadian Forces: sovereignty patrol. We've had rumours of US troops being seen up the valley, around Aldergrove. So, it's not just the river that's important, but the border as well, which is about 15-20km south of the Fraser. Head upriver, check it out.

"Support where possible will be New West RCMP and the Militia garrison.

"Our ultimate goal is to establish an RCMP detachment and militia base to monitor and control the valley and the border. Once you locate any hostile groups there, like New America, bikers, deserters and so on, we will have a forward base as a jumping-off point on that side of the river. Plus, making contact with the local population will feed us intelligence."


Unlike most countries except the Soviet Union and Australia, Canada was a mostly empty land, a situation the war did not improve. 90% of the pre-war population lived withn a 120km-wide band along the US border, the rest, virtually uninhabited. The few government resources in the North were simply not enough control the vast frozen tundra, so mainly Inuit and Dene militia patrols ("Ranger Patrol Groups") and the odd Forces foray was used to assert sovereignty, on the cheap, instead of a full-time military presence. This was a pattern that followed in some ways the settlement of the west; RCMP and militia forts and detachments were established to "show the flag" in this great, empty nation.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:24, Tue 10 July 2012.

Kelsey Sarah Champlain
 player, 989 posts
 3/RSR - DRI
 CF Sergeant
Sun 8 Jul 2012
at 21:15
Re: Goin' on a Safari
Kelsey checks the radios cursorily and then shrugs and grins.

"This will go a long way in improving our communications, a couple more for when we expand, but in the meantime these will be great squad or detachment radios, and very secure.

The looks at the map and frowns "Another boat ride?"
Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko
 player, 818 posts
 RCMP UBC Detachment
 Staff Sergeant
Sun 8 Jul 2012
at 21:24
Re: Goin' on a Safari
The conditions must be terrible in the valley. The water levels are insane and even if the flood is receding we can count with lots of problems regarding mobility. Before we move in depth out there we need to recce the status of the bridges. Can we get the militia to come with us to check the Patullo?
Christopher Little Hawk MacDonald
 NPC, 166 posts
 1/RMR - DRI
 Rifleman
Mon 9 Jul 2012
at 01:56
Re: Goin' on a Safari
Kelsey Sarah Champlain:
Kelsey checks the radios cursorily and then shrugs and grins.

"This will go a long way in improving our communications, a couple more for when we expand, but in the meantime these will be great squad or detachment radios, and very secure.

The looks at the map and frowns "Another boat ride?"


"Maybe! Although, the river doesn't go close to the border. There would be about a 15 kay hike if we don't have a ground vehicle."
Alain Belanger
 GM, 151 posts
 Provost
 UBC
Mon 9 Jul 2012
at 02:01
Re: Goin' on a Safari
Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko:
The conditions must be terrible in the valley. The water levels are insane and even if the flood is receding we can count with lots of problems regarding mobility. Before we move in depth out there we need to recce the status of the bridges. Can we get the militia to come with us to check the Patullo?


"You can do this today. I think city engineers are going to open the bridge soon. The repairs took days, not weeks like they'd feared. There's also the Skytrain and rail bridges, those can all heavy vehicles to cross the river, if slowly."
Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko
 player, 819 posts
 RCMP UBC Detachment
 Staff Sergeant
Mon 9 Jul 2012
at 04:14
Re: Goin' on a Safari
Fair enough. I really prefer to take a look at the bridges before we venture any further. Wherever we go on a mission I want to have at least two axis of approach. I'm not familiar with the terrain so it will take me some time to take a look at the maps.

Is the New west militia interested in joining us in missions beyond their area of operations? I wouldn't mind to send them in easy route recce before we deploy with armor and such.


Taras produced a map to locate the new areas of interest beyond the Fraser River. With a smile of satisfaction he could see that the overall strategy was working as expected. Every "city" located right of the river was now under Government control and that included the entire North Shore. Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster the again re-emerging Richmond and The Tri-Cities, an informal term used to describe three adjacent suburban cities (and two villages) in the north-east sector of Metro Vancouver. That was a far cry from the humble origins that limited the extent to the original UBC community and city of Vancouver:



Expansion across the river will need a new strategy. We have so far a forward edge of the battlefield at the river and the end of it being the international boundary. Then there is the remaining parts of the Lower Mainland that we need to secure like Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. That's a huge toll for our limited forces. We are going to need some sort of operational pause so I can make myself an idea about how redirect the current plans. The closer we get to the border the more important will be to find a valid diplomatic channel to operate safely. I suggest to get in touch with the HQ in the Island to coordinate efforts, etc.
Alain Belanger
 GM, 152 posts
 Provost
 UBC
Mon 9 Jul 2012
at 05:00
Re: Goin' on a Safari
In reply to Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko (msg # 14):

"The militia won't be able to operate in a forward capacity for at least another week or two. They're making excuses, we aren't in a position to push them harder than this."

"Diplomatic channel with the Americans? The Canadian government doesn't recognise the authority of the US military government. It's illegal. So I'm not sure we could do anything official. Plus, we don't know what any patrols are doing, why they're here, or even if there are actual inclusions."

Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko
 player, 821 posts
 RCMP UBC Detachment
 Staff Sergeant
Mon 9 Jul 2012
at 05:25
Re: Goin' on a Safari
Yes, I'm aware that the current government in the US is not recognized but we need to contact the resistance or somebody across the border. If not, is not a border! We have to make the 49th parallel a reality somehow if we don't want to risk to have an endless area of operations...

Even if the US government is illegal I wonder if the Canadian authorities still regard the border as a legal one. I do believe so and I also believe that we cannot risk "invade" the country for operational purpose!


The Combat Engineer tapped with the pencil over the map.

You see, rivers make natural borders easy to manage: The Oder-Neisse line  between Germany and Poland. Ukraine border with Romania is the Prut; the Danube separates many countries!* Even Orthodoxs and Catholics are separated by the Bug river! But you see...having an artificial line separating nations is not helping us in this case. So far we have been including the natural elements in our missions to take advantage but we cannot let the opposite happen. I hope you understand what I mean!


*Danube currently separates:
 Austria and Slovakia
 Hungary and Slovakia
 Croatia and Serbia
 Serbia and Romania
 Romania and Bulgaria
 Romania and Ukraine
Alain Belanger
 GM, 153 posts
 Provost
 UBC
Mon 9 Jul 2012
at 06:11
Re: Goin' on a Safari
In reply to Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko (msg # 16):

"Actually, I guess I understand.

"The political and historical fact is that the negotiated border has been in place for over a century, whatever the actual reality. No one will seriously credit we move it to something more defensible, north or south, no matter how much that makes sense.

"The Canadian government will act as if the border is still there, so that is the extent of our operational area for now."

"As for US territory, it's our government's position that all territory south of the 49th parallel is still nominally under the authority of the US federal government, although much here in the west is currently in a state of rebellion or uncontrolled. I think we can (and should) ask for authorisation from the US government to operate across the border (as they operated on our territory with our permission during the war) especially if it's a case of "hot pursuit" of lawless or renegade military elements. There is a US consul of sorts in the provisional BC capital, I will send instructions to that effect.

"Regarding any "resistance" within territory under military government control, the following information is confidential. The CIA and other US government agencies have identified and are supporting loyalist elements among the population, military and civilian. Civilian refugees and displaced US military personnel within Canada are playing a key part, rest assured the CIA is based here in some sense, as well. I think in exchange for our so-far generous help we can ask for, say, local information inside the US military zone."

Kelsey Sarah Champlain
 player, 990 posts
 3/RSR - DRI
 CF Sergeant
Mon 9 Jul 2012
at 07:58
Re: Goin' on a Safari
Kelsey lets out a low whistle in response to that information.  Nothing more.
Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko
 player, 823 posts
 RCMP UBC Detachment
 Staff Sergeant
Mon 9 Jul 2012
at 08:09
Re: Goin' on a Safari
Wait a second...the CIA? Some sort of consul in the Island?

Sorry, that is all new to me...If there are so many refugees coming from the US we need to strike some sort of deal and try to get some help out of that. So far we are only dealing with the bad guys. Organized bad guys, that is. Can we call the CIA then? A barbeque during the weekend!

Alain Belanger
 GM, 154 posts
 Provost
 UBC
Mon 9 Jul 2012
at 10:07
Re: Goin' on a Safari
In reply to Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko (msg # 19):

"The CIA's presence is largely covert. You've not been to the Island, and this far from US government-controlled territory, their representative keeps a low profile and is mainly concerned with refugee matters and displaced American military personnel.

"Whatever concessions we can get out of the Yanks may be minor, due to the distances involved (their enclaves are on the East Coast) and they have their own troubles. Information and some kind of legal cover (insofar as that matters to the US military) might be the limit."

Andrew Montgomery McRae
 player, 458 posts
 1/CAR - DRI
 Master Sniper (Sergeant)
Mon 9 Jul 2012
at 14:51
Re: Goin' on a Safari
Andy listened to the conversation and said, "So do we just track the American unit and make contact with them or do you want us to find a suitable location for a militia fire base? If it's the latter we'd better take a little surveying gear with us as well. What do you think Taras?"