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It has been a month since the Confederacy's founding, but only now has her military been fully established. The reason for this is simple budgetary problems. But, at last, enough equipment has been purchased to equip an army ten thousand or so personnel strong. It also took a while to gain enough recruits, but at last, the Confederate Military is fully established. Its equipment dating back to the late 1950's and the 1960's, with the most advanced gear in the Confederate arsenal dating from the early 1970's, and the oldest dating back to the mid 1940's.

Currently, there is no blue water navy nor any aircraft beyond mere transport, logistic, and VIP transportation helicopters and planes. This is due to currently lacking the funds to acquire warships, fighters, bombers, attack helicopters, and tanker aircraft. Military Command hopes that will change in the future, but for now, the Confederacy would have to make due with they have so far.

Thus far, the Military has acquired a hundred tanks, the vast majority of which are either M60's or M48s, with a few M26's, M4's, and Panzer V's as well, a hundred fifty APC's, most of them M113's, a hundred twenty artillery pieces, most of them mobile with a few towed ones as well, two hundred trucks, a hundred twenty-five helicopters, most of them Hueys, thirty patrol boats, fifteen transport ships, and two hospital ships.

Because of the fact that the Military relies on outdated equipment, it could easily be overwhelmed by a force armed with much more modern weaponry. Of course, the Confederate government's policy of non-intervention ensures that the Military is to be used for national defense only.

Meanwhile, all across the country, improvements to the nation's infrastructure are currently underway while military bases are hastily constructed. The Government's Department of Public Safety has recently established the Border Security Board (BSB for short), tasked with guarding the borders of the Confederacy. Because the nation is flanked on two sides by relatively peaceful and stable nations (Cajun Federation and Pravus Ingruo), security is light on those sections of the border.

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Ever since the founding of the Confederacy, the Government had been debating on a flag to adopt for the nation as a whole. Candidates were the Alabama flag, the Tennessee flag, various forms of the flag of the CSA of old, and various others. Eventually, it was decided that the Bonnie Blue flag would be adopted for use as the national flag of the Dixie Confederacy:

[center][IMG]http://www.bonniebluetours.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/BonnieBlueFlag.32223827_std.jpg[/IMG][/center]

From now on, the Bonnie Blue will come to represent the Confederacy, its government, its military, and its people united under one banner.

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From now on, the Bonnie Blue will come to represent the Confederacy, its government, its military, and its people united under one banner.
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"Either the Dixie Confederacy has committed one of the worst foreign affairs decisions in recent North American history, or it's playing a terrible joke on the world. The Republic of Texas's flag is what Texans call the 'El Paso Star' which is coincidentally also called the 'Bonnie Blue' flag elsewhere in North America. The Republic of Texas highly suggests the Dixie Confederacy not try to impersonate Texan symbols."

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"Either the Dixie Confederacy has committed one of the worst foreign affairs decisions in recent North American history, or it's playing a terrible joke on the world. The Republic of Texas's flag is what Texans call the 'El Paso Star' which is coincidentally also called the 'Bonnie Blue' flag elsewhere in North America. The Republic of Texas highly suggests the Dixie Confederacy not try to impersonate Texan symbols."
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We apologize for the inconvenience and for this embarrassing turnout for us. Effective immediately, the Bonnie Flag shall be removed and replaced with the flag of Alabama, one of the top contenders for our national flag.

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After the embarrassment resulting from our previous selection of a national flag, we have officially picked the Alabama State Flag as our national banner. Starting now, all government buildings will fly our new flag, the symbol of the Dixie Confederacy.

[IMG]http://www.howtostopdebtcollectors.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/state-flag-alabama.jpg[/IMG]

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After the Confederate Army, Air Force, and Navy were established, Military Command began creating lists of the infantry weapons, ground vehicles, aircraft, ships, and artillery the various branches of the Confederate Military used. The first list to be finished was that which listed the infantry weapons used.

[u]Pistols:[/u] M1911A1
[u]Assault Rifles:[/u] M16A1
[u]Battle Rifles:[/u] M14
[u]Submachine Guns:[/u] M1A1 Thompson, MP5
[u]Shotguns:[/u] Ithaca 37, Model 1897
[u]General Purpose Machine Guns:[/u] M240
[u]General Marksman Rifles:[/u] M21
[u]Sniper Rifles:[/u] Springfield 1903, M40
[u]Grenade Launchers:[/u] M203
[u]Man-Portable Rocket Launcher:[/u] M79 LAW
[u]Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems:[/u] FIM-43 Redeye
[u]Mortars:[/u] M2
[u]Grenades:[/u] M26

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The list of vehicles and artillery the Army uses has been completed, with the lists of ships the Navy has and the aircraft in Air Force service due to be finished soon.

[b]Light Vehicles:[/b] M151 MUTT
[b]Armored Personnel Carriers:[/b] M113
[b]Main Battle Tanks:[/b] M4, M26, Panzer V, M48, M60
[b]Trucks:[/b] M35
[b]Towed Artillery:[/b] M101, M114
[b]Semi-Propelled Artillery:[/b] M7, M109
[b]Anti-tank weapons:[/b] BGM-71 TOW

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The list of the aircraft the Military employs has just been completed. The list of Navy ships has yet to be finished.

[b]Transport Helicopters:[/b] UH-1, CH-3
[b]Cargo Helicopters:[/b] CH-53, CH-47
[b]Transport airplanes:[/b] C-130, C-141
[b]Close Air Support Aircraft:[/b] A-1, A-37

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While the list of navy ship classes is still underway, construction has just finished on a training camp in southern Alabama. Dubbed Camp Brown, it will serve as a place where new recruits will be trained in the art of warfare. The Camp is scheduled to begin accepting recruits by the end of the month.

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Camp Brown as seen from a passing helicopter

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At last, the list of ship classes in Confederate service has been completed, thus ensuring that High Command would know what kinds of weapons and vehicles are in use.

[b]River Patrol Craft:[/b] PBR
[b]Oceanic Patrol Craft:[/b] PHM
[b]Minesweepers:[/b] Auk-class
[b]Transports:[/b] Liberty Ship
[b]Landing Ships:[/b] LST, LSI
[b]Oiler:[/b] Wichita-class

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In a surprising turn of events, the Confederate government has hereby announced that the Dixie Confederacy is retiring the Alabama State flag in favor of a new banner that better represents the Confederate nation. From now on, this flag will represent the Confederacy instead of the old flag.

Needless to say, many Confederate citizens were surprised by this but decided to just go on with their daily lives anyway.

[img]http://fotw.fivestarflags.com/images/u/ufe-3star.gif[/img]
The new Confederate flag

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After the formation of the Confederate Military, it has been decided that the Military shall have its first Military exercise. The exercise, codenamed Operation Seagull, will last from September 11th to September 18th and will be conducted in southern Alabama. The exercise will involve a staged amphibious landing and will show how the Military would fare when pitted against a foreign force invading the south via the Gulf of Mexico as well as Mobile Bay.

Some 4500 infantry, 100 helicopters, 60 tanks, 120 other vehicles, 24 aircraft, and 86 artillery pieces will participate in the operation.

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After careful consideration, the Confederate Military High Command has decided to establish a special forces unit which would be better suited to both conventional and unconventional foes than the regular Military would. Dubbed the Special Observation and Tactics Group (or SOTG), the unit is comprised of 500 of the best-quality recruits and is expected to deal with operations ranging from dealing with terrorists to operations against conventional enemies.

As of now, the SOTG will begin to conduct training at an undisclosed location and it is rumored that the Military is planning to construct a base on which they will train out of view by regular Military troops.

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Two SOTG operatives standing at attention in full combat gear

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The planned Military exercise, Operation Seagull, has already begun on the 11th and is now in full-swing. On one side are the Aggressors or OpFor, the group that represents a hypothetical foreign invasion force, consisting of 2800 troops, 66 helicopters, 40 tanks, 65 other vehicles, 14 fixed-wing aircraft, and 52 artillery pieces. The other, the one that represents Confederate forces defending the Bay area, consisting of 1700 troops, 34 helicopters, 20 tanks, 60 other vehicles, 10 fixed-wing aircraft, and 34 artillery pieces. The exercise has lasted for four days so far and is scheduled to end come nightfall on the 18th.


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A platoon of soldiers on the Defender side of the exercise patrol near where the "fighting" is

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The exercise Operation Seagull has concluded midnight last night with the Defenders "triumphing" in the simulation by 'exhausting' the opposing team and wearing them down before pushing them back to the shores of the bay before the end of the 18th. All forces which participated in the exercise returned to the bases where they were stationed at before and are now resting after an exhausting week out in the warm environment of southern Alabama.

With Operation Seagull deemed a successful exercise, President Beckett has appointed an official commanding officer of all Army forces: General Tyler Wilcox, the 62 year old commander of the Defending team in the exercise. Wilcox was given the title General of the Army after he had been appointed. Considering that he had only just arrived in Montgomery after Seagull ended, the General was taken by surprise, yet he accepted the appointment.

As of now, he is traveling to the various Military bases located at various sectors of the country, inspecting them and the troops stationed there. He is also doing it to congratulate the men who participated in Operation Seagull for their job well done.

[img]http://www.milpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/General-William-Westmoreland.jpg[/img]
General Wilcox at his HQ during Operation Seagull

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As General Wilcox continues his tour of all Dixie Army bases, President Beckett approved of a plan to construct coastal defenses along both the Confederacy's small stretch of Atlantic coast and along the shores of Mobile Bay. The scheme, dubbed Plan Buchanan, called for a number of forts, bunkers, and other fortifications to be either built or commandeered for modern military purposes.

Among these fortifications was Fort Morgan, an old coastal fort made famous for the part it played in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War. The old fort, built in 1832, had originally been part of a state park, though it was soon bought by the Military along with other old 19th century forts that ringed the bay. After their purchase, Fort Morgan and her sister forts were then being converted into forts that could deal with modern day weaponry and warfare. Tunnels and bunkers were dug deep inside the earth underneath each fort, intended to be both the living quarters and hideouts for the personnel who manned them. They also had means of escape if an attack on the fort itself seemed hopeless. Large artillery guns designed to defend coastlines were shipped in, assembled, and placed at various points in each fort. In addition, batteries of Harpoon anti-ship missiles were installed throughout the forts and the forts themselves were renovated to accommodate garrisons of modern soldiers.

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Part of Fort Morgan prior to renovation

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One of the larger coastal guns prior to its installment at one of the forts

Where there were no Civil War-era forts around, the Army and Navy simply built fortifications from scratch. Large bunkers made out of concrete and steel were intended to house artillery guns ranging from powerful 16-inch behemoths to mere 105mm guns like the ones the Army used on the field as well as more batteries of harpoon missiles. There were also spotting bunkers, built with towering components where spotters kept a lookout for incoming enemy ships and planes from the ocean. Pillboxes were scattered along the coastlines, where machinegunners inside could mow down entire squads of infantry coming in from the surf. Behind these formidable fortifications, trenches connected each and every bunker and pillbox and ensured each one would have a solid line of communication and supply as well as an evac route for when things got too hairy. Further back and also connected by the trenches were bunkers that held MIM-23 Hawk anti-air missiles as well as quad 50's and Bofors 40mm cannons, Plan Buchanan's answer to enemy bombers, strike aircraft, CAS, and helicopters. All of these fortifications also had underground tunnels for when it was too dangerous to run around outside, all of which connected them to various command bunkers a good distance back where officers communicated with artillery men, machinegunners, AA crews, and general soldiers up in the front as well as serving as a rendezvous point for personnel from the bunkers and pillboxes to retreat to for when a situation really got ugly.

[img]http://www.guernseyfilms.com/images/bunker.jpg[/img]
A spotting bunker from outside

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A Bofors crew in a makeshift position

All in all, the "Buchanan Wall" as the ring of defenses was called, will stretch along the coastline, beginning near the border with the Cajun Federation to the west, continuing along Mobile Bay, and ending near the border of Pravus Ingruoan Florida in the east. The man who suggested the idea for the defenses, Lieutenant Bruce Nordstrom, was given overall command of the troops who will be tasked with manning these defenses as well as the crews currently underway with the construction. It has been estimated that the Buchanan Wall will be complete somewhere between mid-December and early April. Some in both the Government and the Military question the Buchanan Wall's overall effectiveness considering that the Atlantic Wall Germany built in the mid-20th century did little to stop the Allied invasion as well as the fact that the same old forts that were being commandeered as part of the Buchanan Wall were unable to repel the Union during the Civil War. However, Nordstrom himself acknowledges that the Wall won't be totally effective though he hopes it would at least delay the attackers and even bleed them a bit, giving the regular Military the time to try to enact a plan to stop the hypothetical invaders.

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A map showing the locations of major forts or concentrations of fortifications along the Buchanan Wall

[img]http://modernamericanheroes.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/voctor-croizat.jpg[/img]
Lt. Colonel Nordstrom, the man who produced the plans for the Buchanan Wall, talks to an Army soldier while touring the site of one of many bunkers being constructed

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After paying all the Army bases in the Confederacy a visit, General of the Army Wilcox has finally arrived in Montgomery, his tour over. He hopes to take a rest after spending several days in a cramped Jeep on the road before beginning his duties as commander of all Army forces. Upon receiving news of Nordstrom's Buchanan Wall currently under construction, he reportedly said, "Damn that Nordstrom, he wants us to fight a World War One-style battle with Vietnam War-era equipment. If we do actually get invaded in the future, then we're epically $%&@ed, I'll tell you that."

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In the wake of the recent attack on Pleasant Groves, the Army has sent a convoy of 55 trucks and 25 jeeps full of supplies and troops to both aid the weary survivors as well as establish security and put out the fires. Upon arriving, the soldiers quickly went to work, establishing a camp in a large open field where they and the remaining townspeople would live in. They then buried the bodies of the fallen and collected any weapons that were dropped. Soon enough, a larger convoy of some 90 vehicles arrived, carrying a large amount of engineers who would help reconstruct the houses and other structures burned down during the attack.

There are also rumors that the Military is beginning operations to launch a reprisal against the supposed perpetrators of the Pleasant Groves attack, though the Department of War is officially denying it.

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Earlier today, it was announced that the Air Force had purchased its first fighter aircraft, two P-40 Warhawks. The Chief of the Air Force, Peter Summers, stated that now they had the capable of launching offensive operations from the air. Of course, the P-40s themselves would undoubtedly be easily outclassed by the modern fighters employed by many militaries around the world. Unfortunately they, like most of the Military's equipment, were all they had available right now. General Wilcox was heard saying after the announcement, "I pray to God we don't get thrown into a war before we're able to at least acquire 60s jet fighters."

[img]http://airplanegeeks.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/p40.jpg[/img]
One of the two P-40s currently in Confederate service

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Following in the footsteps of the Gulf Federation, the Confederate government has issued a travel ban on Europe and Asia so that Confederate citizens would not get in the crossfire of the ongoing war going on in the other side of the world.

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With the huge conflict going on in Europe and Asia, the DEFCON level has been raised to 3 and all military units have been put on high alert. Patrol ships have been ordered to constantly patrol Confederate territorial waters while aircraft have done the same. These patrols are to continue 24/7 until the crisis has passed for fear one or more of the participants may somehow trespass into Confederate waters.

The military has begun constant drilling and training to prepare their forces for any situation. The President and his cabinet have been moved up to a secret bunker hidden in the hills of eastern Kentucky where they are safe should anything happen. General Wilcox was reported to have called the ongoing war in Asia and Europe, "a major !@#$fest".

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With the ongoing actions in Western Europe, the Confederacy has opened its borders to any refugees fleeing the Communist French regime.

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In other news, the Confederacy has adopted [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUkKWNHzEwA&feature=related"]Dixie[/url] as its national anthem. Upon being asked of why it was chosen, President Beckett stated, "It was a rather obvious choice."

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With the ongoing civil war in the Gulf Federation, right next door to the Confederacy, the entire Confederate Military was mobilized while the DEFCON level was raised to DEFCON 2. In western Alabama and southwestern Tennessee, near the Federation border, civilians were evacuated to central Alabama, central Tennessee, and to Kentucky. Army soldiers were sent to western Alabama where they are to encamp near the border just in case either side in the civil war made any incursion of any sort.

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Over the past few weeks, the economy has grown exponentially, with the Confederate people enjoying great prosperity. Many construction projects have been begun throughout the country, among them schools, banks, a training camp, and even a barracks to house troops. In addition, the military has also exploded in numbers with high rates of recruitment in contrast to the last few months which had been largely slow. To arm these new recruits, the government has either manufactured or bought new weapons, equipment, and vehicles, with the armed forces currently numbering 12,500 in all.

It is yet to be seen how long this economic boom will last but one thing's for sure, these are happy days indeed for the Confederacy.

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