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2014 Mirevian Crisis: Nuclear First Strike Policy Established

Moments In Vannish History

The 2014 Mirevian Crisis brought the nations of Carloso, Estenia and Hayabusa against Carsodonia and Vangaziland in a minor territorial dispute. A proposed garrison of Carsodonian soldiers based in Mirevia during the ongoing Hayabusan-Cydonian border clashes ruffled feathers. The move was part of the marriage of Empress Akira Wolfe of Mirevia to Emperor Heaften Von Stauffenberg of Carsodonia. Von Stauffenberg wanted to strengthen Mirevia's borders in times of intense regional conflict.

Carloso deployed CN Toro Carrier Strike Group to set up a blockade in international waters near Mirevia. Mirevia's ally, Vangaziland, immediately confronted the idea through aggressive diplomacy. Prime Minister Elysios Gudden sent large amounts of soldiers to the Carlossian-Vannish border. This in turn resulted in the mobilization en-masse of Carlossian military units. Vangaziland's border force was smaller, as Carloso spun up their entire military and sent them to the border.

In response, Vangaziland moved more aircraft into the area. They were preparing to carpet bomb any offensive that started to move across the border. Vangaziland kept the larger force at bay through aggressive nuclear posturing. Gudden made it clear that any border crossing could result in attacks on Carlossian cities. He would not rule out a nuclear response.

Prime Minister Elysios Gudden stood by his claim that the blockade was illegal. He responded by flying bombers towards Carlossian cities and sending them back to base just before the border. This drew the attention of Bratislav, who sent "advisors" into Carloso. The Vannish Navy began surfacing submarines and opening the missile bay doors, threatening to launch at Carlossian cities.

Carloso threatened to shoot down any aircraft approaching their border. Gudden called this illegal once again, as Carloso stood ready to shoot aircraft over Vannish skies. Gudden responded by hosting a special forces exercise on the border. Helicopters were involved and flew near the border. Gudden also had bombers fly patrols parallel to the border, not targeting cities.

Vannish submarines also continued mock and live test launches.

The dispute was the start of Vangaziland's nuclear first strike option. Gudden was acting to keep Vangaziland and her ally, Mirevia, from being swept into the region-wide conflict that was brewing. Gudden's stunts drew international attention. Other nations began to stand up against the illegal blockade. The naval convoy made it's way to Mirevia as talk became the only option.

Not long after the crisis, the Vannish Empire soon granted autonomy to their territory bordering Carloso, cutting ties with the region. Mainland Vangaziland did not want to support the logistics needed to bring a larger force here with these new tensions. It would pull too many assets away from other areas. The new nation had a plan in place and took off as an independent nation. The Vannish military has not since returned.

A Vannish B-1B gets cleared of preflight maintenance at Whisperwatcher Airbase. Late night flights were scheduled in an attempt to interfere with the opposing air force's schedule.

Gun camera footage from one tier-one border exercise was recently released. This was the first exercise scheduled in response to the threat to Vannish aircraft. At night it became harder to track these teams.

Submarines launched test missiles on several occasions. This was the first major test for Vangaziland's nuclear policy. Vannish media pundits called the event Gudden's Last Stand because it took place during the last annual quarter of his last term. Hank Goodsen took over later in 2014 and maintained the aggressive nuclear attitude.

Recent Vannish Deployments
-2,000 Peacekeepers to the United Regions, equipped with 200 MOWAG Piranha V APCs
Status - Returned
The purpose of these peacekeepers is to assist in the recovery and mass casualty operations in the area after a wave of highly deadly ICBMs struck their cities. They are providing medical, engineering, and civil affairs aid.

-1015 soldiers from 43rd bn/201st Regiment (Heavy)
Status - Returned
One battalion worth of heavy infantry and equipment has been stationed along a base by the coast in The United Regions. They are to secure shipping and act as a reactionary force for any hostilities towards the UR and the region of Atlas. They have currently relieved the initial team of peacekeepers and are working to assist in the cleanup of the thermobaric detonation site.

-3,500 Marines, 40 VSF1 Special Forces to the United Federation of Russia equipped with their amphibious landing ships, their amphibious variant of the MOWAG Piranha V and 6 Swopas (Buzzard) STOVL fighters
Status - Returned
The initial mission was for 500 Marine Paratroopers and 40 VSF1 Operators to reestablish control of an airfield in the United Federation of Russia's tundra. 3000 Marines and their Amphibious equipment along with their support fighters will be stationed far off the coast, surrounded by their fighters' flying Combat Air Patrols.

-1000 Peacekeepers, 250 medical staff, 40 educational staff, 10 scientists
Status - Returned
They will run a small medical and education aid center in the Valaran sector of the newly formed Democratic section of Turntry. One battalion will be used for guard and logistical purposes. The main staff will be the doctors and teachers, as well as the scientists who will aim to educate Turntrian scientists and agricultural centers.

-1020 soldiers of the 3rd battalion 50th infantry Regiment (Ranger)
Status - Returned
Split between 2 FOBs on a mountain range in the Allied States of Guerro are four companies of Rangers. The first element to see combat was Axe company in the town of Senice. Their initial mission included setting up an OP and cordoning off the town to prevent the terrorists escape.

-SOCOM and Expeditionary Command, Al-Khalifiya Campaign
Status: Returned
Vannish Special Forces Group One - Team 3, Team 5, Team 10, Team 22
5th Naval Special Weapons & Tactics - Team 4, Team 7
25th Special Rotary Squadron (4 x RAH-66, 4 StealthHawk)

Joint Expeditionary Corps Al-Khalifiya (19,000)
A - 3rd BCT, 2nd Infantry Division (Light)
B - 1st BCT, 10th Infantry Division (APC)
C - 3rd BCT, 10th Infantry Division (APC)
D - 4th BCT, 2nd Infantry Division (Light)
E - 2nd BCT, 16th Cavalry Division (Airborne)
F - 3rd BCT, 16th Cavalry Division (Airborne)
G - 1BCT, 3rd Marine Infantry Division
H - 3BCT, 3rd Marine Infantry Division
B - 1st Battalion, 72nd Armored regiment

Attachments (2850)
B, C - 1st Battalion, 50th Ranger Regiment (700)
H - 4th Battalion, 33rd Marine Air Assault Regiment (750)
A - 2nd Battalion, 503rd Medical Brigade (Field Hospital)(1000)
B - 1st Battalion, 72nd Armored regiment (400)
2nd Battalion, 4th Battalion 9th Support Brigade (2000)

319th Air Support Group (2050)
25th Fighter Squadron (16 x (Y)F-23)
9th Attack Squadron (16 x A-10C)
2nd Squadron, 15th Bomber Wing (4 x B-1B)
35th Special Aviation Squadron (8 x AC-130)
8th Reconnaissance Squadron (16 x Reaper UAV)
109th Transport Rotary Squadron (20 x UH-60)
4th Transport Rotary Squadron (20 x CH-47)
99th Para-rescue Squadron (16 x HH-60G)
200th Scout Rotary Squadron (16 x RAH-66 Comanche)
101st Attack Rotary Squadron (16 x AH-1Z)
44th Airlift Squadron (12 x C-130)

3rd Carrier Task Group
52nd Carrier Squadron (1 carrier, 2 frigates)
107th Assault Squadron (4 amphibious assault ships)
9th Destroyer Task Unit (5 destroyers)
*There are rumored to be submarines off the coast.

5th River Patrol Flotilla (Coast Guard) (8 x PBR-25)

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