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[b][OOC: Yes, I realize the Zoot's [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?showtopic=112748]thread[/url] is closed, but given that its result will end with permanent map changes, as well as involving repercussions for neighboring countries, I consider it to be canon and able to be responded to and recognized.][/b]

[b]Open Letter to the Empress of the Imperial Commonwealth of Umbrella
Distributed to all Major Colombian Newspapers and News Networks[/b]

[quote][i]Your Esteemed Highness,[/i]

It has come to my attention that the situation currently in the Empire dictates almost your complete and utter attention at this moment, but this letter I have dispatched to you carries a similar message as my last one. It seems that the political unrest in the nation has reached levels almost beyond comprehension, with the opening of an actual civil war in your country, between yourself, and an apparent 'heir' to the throne of the Holy American Empire. Although some of the deeds of Umbrella in the past and even some recently have tarnished its reputation, your nation still is one that we consider a friend, having granted us independence, having instilled benevolent conduct in South America, until late. Your past deeds have earned the respect of myself, and my country, and because of that, we reiterate again our offer of support we gave you earlier in this crisis to provide assistance to your nation.

This civil war threatens more than just the stability of your nation, earlier today, the detection of four ballistic missile launches and two subsequent nuclear explosions were detected by monitoring stations and intelligence assets within our own nation. It is apparent that one of those nuclear weapons was in the possession of rebel forces when that nuclear missile was launched from the location of its launch plume. The possession of nuclear weapons by rebellion forces is most disturbing, but equally disturbing is what we now believe to be the complete leveling of two of the rebel cities by your own nuclear weapons, which could possibly have killed hundreds of thousands of your own citizens residing there, as well as exposing my own country to radiological fallout with the prevailing winds going from east to west. This is currently prompting our country to issue radiological evacuation orders in the eastern departments of the Venezuelan State.

While we wholeheartedly support you in this endeavor to restore order to your nation, my government here and now urges both sides to refrain from unleashing any further nuclear weapons, for the sake of your own lives, the lives of the innocent, and those who are your neighbors. If further nuclear weaponry is released by either side in this conflict, the Republic of Greater Colombia [i]will[/i] take steps to ensure that further nuclear weaponry is not released, by [i]any[/i] means necessary. To ensure the faster collapse of this rebellion, and to lessen the chances of further possible weapons of mass destruction or conventional weaponry reaching the hands of this rebel force, Greater Colombia is currently positioning naval vessels in international waters to intercept and search all vessels incoming and outgoing from ports in the hands of these rebels, and our borders will remain closed until further notice. We move for the good of our people, in the name of law and order, and the hope that this violence will be ended in a short manner.

[i]Sincerest Regards,

Ignacio de Ardanza
President of the Republic of Greater Colombia[/i][/quote]

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[b]International Dispatch by the Government of the Republic of Greater Colombia[/b][/center]

"In the interests of attaining stability in South America once again, following what has been now learned to be a nuclear exchange between the warring factions in the Umbrellan Civil War, the Republic of Greater Colombia puts forth a call to all nations to assist in the assuaging of these tensions. We request the assistance of any and all willing nations to help us in the blockade of Umbrellan rebel ports to curtail the shipment of possibly weapons of mass destruction and conventional weaponry. Given that our naval fleet is currently of limited capabilities and size, we fear that it may not be able to currently undertake this mission alone.

Therefore, in the interests of international peace, and for the sake of stability in South America, we call upon any and all nations willing to dispatch vessels with all haste to partake in what we have inaugurated as the [b]International Peacekeeping Naval Squadron - South America[/b]. We can provide fuel and safe ports for these vessels if needed before, during, and after this deployment. We call this force together in the hope that this will not only halt the flow of weapons to these misguided rebels, but will assist in convincing these misled individuals of the hopelessness of their cause which has shattered the stability of northeastern South America.

Godspeed."

[i]Ignacio de Ardanza
President of the Republic of Greater Colombia[/i]

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[b]Public/Semi-Classified/Classified[/b]

With the open letter sent and declaration to the world announced, little was left to be done but wait as some Colombian Naval assets began to set sail to help blockade major ports along the rebel coastline. With a strength of one guided missile cruiser, three destroyers, four frigates, two heavy corvettes, and eight littoral combat ships, the vessels would proceed eastward in international waters from their advance home port at Porlamar, into choppy seas marred with squalls and thunderstorms.

Whilst the naval force set sail from Porlamar, under relative secrecy, the mandatory radiological evacuation of the eastern Venezuelan Departments of Delta Amacuro, Monagas, Sucre, and the eastern half of Venezeulan Bolivar had begun in earnest. Roads westwards were choked with pedestrians and cars of all makes and models, guided by military, national, and local police forces, the evacuation orders giving little time for many to gather belongings. The military was not in the business of waiting, and some evacuees were given less than thirty minutes to gather belongings before they were ordered to leave, the military provided a number of large trucks to assist neighborhoods and the elderly, and they were mixed in amongst the jumbled traffic.

Ballistic missile defenses, although still in their testing phase, were pressed into deployment in Eastern Venezuela, as were additional anti-aircraft units, as well as the CBRN response specialists of the 558th, 563rd, and 585th Special Response Divisions, the last division having only completed their training forty-eight hours before the news broke of nuclear strikes in Suriname and former French Guiana. Combat air patrols were beefed up, as were patrols of large numbers of RC-135M Strategic Reconnaissance Aircraft, in various configurations, which would be backed up by Global Hawk surveillance drones, and lighter, tactically-launched surveillance drones. Both AWACS and JSTARS aircraft took to the sky, as further ground forces moved into the region, including the 687th Riverine Brigade, which was transferred to the Special Naval Warfare Center at Curiapo on the Rio Grande. In utter secrecy, small tactical elements of Battalion 5034 and Regimental Task Force 332 were redeployed into Tumeremo

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[quote]"It's most heartening to see the rest of South America stepping forward to place their support with Umbrella in putting a stop to this utter madness. Let it be known that any venture to destroy this uprising of a lunatic bearing the mantle of the Holy American Empire will have the unequivocal support of Pará, as does the Commonwealth in their struggle to crush this insane insurrection that has rapidly become a real threat to South American stability. Whilst we can offer no major naval support nor can we provide vessels for the blockade of rebel ports, Paráense ports are open to ships participating in the blockade of the rebels, and any financial support we can provide shall be given without hesitation."

-Premier Isabel Vieira[/quote]

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[b]A similar open reply was dispatched in response[/b]

This is an internal matter, we once again politely refuse your offer of assistance. Blockade would be unwise, Imperial submarine forces are already in position, our surface fleet was evacuated to avid further losses from land based weaponry. Rebel forces possessing nuclear weapons is of course deplorable, as was their first usage against a civilian target alongside being a strategic weapon. Our MAD policy dictates a full, nuclear response against the aggressors until the threat is eliminated, we followed our doctrine, something we have, and will continue to uphold should Greater Colombia feel the need to intervene with this internal conflict.

The moment Greater Colombia involves itself in any way further, an example being any sort of direct military action, will most likely force the rebels to turn their weaponry against Greater Colombia. Greater Colombia represents the greater threat to the rebels, not the Empire, not whilst our military is fighting an uphill battle across the entire continent. Furthermore, as the Imperium defines this rebellion as a civil war, our sovereign territory is as it was pre-war, so any military action undertaken against the rebels by external forces, will be seen as a direct attack on the Imperium proper and will result in a drastic escalation of the conflict. Even in the North, I am sure I can speak for the Pretender and his misguided followers, when I say that the Empire will unite against a common enemy.

To ensure you are clear on our WMD policy:
[quote][b]The Imperial Commonwealth of Umbrella's policy on Weapons of Mass Destruction[/b]

*The Empire will retain the right to maintain and develop Nuclear Weapons for the purpose of strategic deterrance.

*The Empire reserves the right to a First Strike. A First Strike is not limited to Strategic Weapons, this includes Tactical Warheads.

*The Empire reserves the right to switch its policy towards Nuclear Weapons as a situation unfolds.

*If any form of WMD is used against the Empire a full Nuclear retaliation is authorised.

*The Empire will not deploy its Strategic Arsenal unless we ourselves are targetted by Strategic Weaponry.

*The Empire reserves the right to deploy and use its Tactical Stockpile against hostile forces that encroach on Imperial territory in a time of war.

*The Empire reserves the right to mount its nuclear forces on any of its available military platforms to ensure a retaliation can be made against Nuclear aggression, this includes warships, aircraft, submarines and ground based mediums.
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Strike Policies[/b]

[b]*First Strike Policy[/b]
*First Strike approval must be made by the Empire and the Chiefs of Staff before any weapons will be made active. In the event that all three of these bodies are incapacitated, the Strategic Rocket Forces are to be placed under the Command of the next Senior Military Official. It then falls to the discretion of said Officer to launch/not launch a Nuclear response. First Strike approval is the launch of Strategic Nuclear Weaponry against an enemy States military facilities and Tactical Nuclear Weaponry at an enemy states Industry.

[b]*MAD Policy[/b]
*Should Nuclear, Chemical or Biological Weapons be used against the population centers of the Empire, a state of total war shall exist between the Empire and the belligerent State. A attack on the Empire by either of the above methods will result in a continued Nuclear barrage until said belligerent Nation surrenders.

[b]*Tactical Strike Policy[/b]
*The Empire will use Tactical Nuclear Weaponry against any belligerent Nation that encroaches Imperial territory in a time of war. It must be noted that the Tactical usage of these Nuclear Weapons will be localised to enemy military formations and will not be used against enemy population centers. [/quote]

We will not allow external forces the chance to interfere in an internal war, the Rebels made their bed, they can lie in it. Tens of thousands will have perished in our counter attack, but if the overwhelming force of our counter attack did not force the Pretender to cease his usage of nuclear weaponry, then more salvos will be launched, and more people will die. In perspective, had the Preteders nuclear strike hit Montevideo, sixteen million people would have died instantly, with hundreds of thousands more soon after. Even if all four of our response weapons had managed to penetrate the pretenders defences, the cost would not be a quarter the estimated casualties for Montevideo.

This is not a threat, or a warning, this is a fact. Direct interference in this war, will escalate and start a war greater than this one will ever become.

Signed
A. Wesker
Empress of the Imperial Commonwealth of Umbrella

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[b]Open Diplomatic Response[/b]

"To put into perspective our own views of your statement, it isn't 'fact', it is actually a credible 'threat' towards our nation, we would like you to refrain from telling us what a 'threat' is, as a threat, is all a matter of perspective. The nation of the Imperial Commonwealth of Umbrella has access to probably the most diverse array of conventional weaponry, yet it chooses to use nuclear weaponry in area-effect large-yield blasts in a three-fold response against a tactical target? This strategy is not of tactical finesse, or of any compassion, and it displays ignorance of your neighbors' sovereignty and security.

In our opinion, it is your nation that is the aggressor here, with our own nation having to suffer for your ignorant use, as well as the rebel's use of such powerful weapons of mass destruction, we stand by our initial statement, and we will not tolerate further contamination of our country with fallout. We urge both sides to not test our own resolve to ensure the safety and sovereignty of our own nation, our response was diplomatic and conciliatory, and although it contained an ultimatum that is clear in its demands, which are relatively minute, in the scope of everything, we are not the ones polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout.

We serve the same interest, law, and order, yet your response goes beyond ours to threaten us with all out nuclear destruction, and it is bringing us to find some doubt that your nation is led by a sane group of individuals. Our nation is resolute in our ultimatum, as unfair as it may seem to you, you possess conventional firepower and enough surveillance assets to solve this crisis without further nuclear carnage. Make use of them, and refrain from further strikes, for the sake of your neighbors and your own. Do not escalate this beyond a war of words."

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One must remember that the radiation from nuclear weapons has that annoying tendency to travel the globe. Even as we are in the far (not too far tho) north, we have in recent months and weeks, detected a sudden spike in radiation levels, including that thing called ionizing radiation. Such radiations that we have detected are most likely from nuclear explosions. It could be from anywhere of course, but the less of this and other artificial radiations, the better. Now, we in Newfoundland&Labrador understand your right to own and use nuclear weapons, but you must realize that your use of such weapons will harm those around you as-well, including the possibility of negativity effecting the quality of our ore deposits and medals. We simply hope that your use of such nuclear weapons won't go too far as to damage most nations' natural resources beyond repair.

~~ A few students at the Memorial University of Newfoundland
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The Greater Quebec Republic is considering whether to reserve the right to intervene in any action in the Americas that places the lives of civilians under an oppressive and tyrannical regime or places them at risk where it can be avoided, should the continuous incompetence of certain nations remain.

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[b]Open Diplomatic Response[/b]

"To put into perspective our own views of your statement, it isn't 'fact', it is actually a credible 'threat' towards our nation, we would like you to refrain from telling us what a 'threat' is, as a threat, is all a matter of perspective. The nation of the Imperial Commonwealth of Umbrella has access to probably the most diverse array of conventional weaponry, yet it chooses to use nuclear weaponry in area-effect large-yield blasts in a three-fold response against a tactical target? This strategy is not of tactical finesse, or of any compassion, and it displays ignorance of your neighbors' sovereignty and security.

In our opinion, it is your nation that is the aggressor here, with our own nation having to suffer for your ignorant use, as well as the rebel's use of such powerful weapons of mass destruction, we stand by our initial statement, and we will not tolerate further contamination of our country with fallout. We urge both sides to not test our own resolve to ensure the safety and sovereignty of our own nation, our response was diplomatic and conciliatory, and although it contained an ultimatum that is clear in its demands, which are relatively minute, in the scope of everything, we are not the ones polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout.

We serve the same interest, law, and order, yet your response goes beyond ours to threaten us with all out nuclear destruction, and it is bringing us to find some doubt that your nation is led by a sane group of individuals. Our nation is resolute in our ultimatum, as unfair as it may seem to you, you possess conventional firepower and enough surveillance assets to solve this crisis without further nuclear carnage. Make use of them, and refrain from further strikes, for the sake of your neighbors and your own. Do not escalate this beyond a war of words."
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We responded to the launch of a strategic nuclear warhead as we saw fit, which was to respond with overwhelming force to subdue the enemy and deter him from trying to make further nuclear strikes. We will continue to respond to the usage of WMD's with our own WMD's until the Rebels either get the picture and give up their arms and return to the Imperium, or they are all dead. That is the bottom line.

We did not threaten you either, we pointed out our policy and made you aware of the ramifications of any Colombian military intervention. It is a policy that has so far kept the Imperium safe from invasion and even repelled an invasion by Peru several years ago.

Perhaps you should try to reason with the Pretender, because so long as he launches nuclear weapons, we will respond with them. As for the Fallout that will affect Greater Colombia, The Imperium has several specialist, non-combat divisions that are dedicated to working in a radioactive/fallout affected environment. We have the manpower, machines and technology to deploy to Greater Colombia if the need arises to assist the Colombian military/civil service providers with the dangerous environment that may arise.

This is no war of words, this is how it is, and how it will be.

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"The Imperium must have amazing technological advances to simply erase the atmospheric effects of nuclear weapons. We would love to aquire knowledge on how you plan on completely cleaning a nations natural resources and fixing the ozone layer and magically sucking the air dry of radioactive fallout before it effects a nation."

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[quote name='Isaac MatthewII' timestamp='1345540633' post='3024003']
"The Imperium must have amazing technological advances to simply erase the atmospheric effects of nuclear weapons. We would love to aquire knowledge on how you plan on completely cleaning a nations natural resources and fixing the ozone layer and magically sucking the air dry of radioactive fallout before it effects a nation."
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It would seem that your apparent moral objection to nuclear weaponry contradicts your recent and successful nuclear test. However, atmospheric radiation mainly continues outwards into space, the radiation that returns to the earth. With airburst weapons, over ten kiltons, results in most of the radiation being sucked into the stratosphere and is then evenly deposited over the globe after weeks or even years as fallout.

However, as Greater Colombia pointed out, alot of radioactive material will be carried on the wind eastwards over Grand Colombia and may affect certain areas along the wind path. Our "amazing" technology is the culmination of years of research and advances in nuclear protection and cleanup operations aswell as extensive experience with working in a nuclear environment, for instance the nuclear detonations in the Peruvian invasion, which I might add, are now safe to inhabit as actions undertaken by the Umbrella Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Service Division have made it safe to do so.

The ozone layer has nothing to do with nuclear weapons in the grand scheme of things, and if you really do care about it, then we suggest you shut down all your industrial buildings, make driving carbon fueled vehicles illegal and decommision most of your military and any oil industry you may or may not have a hand in.

Radioactive fallout affects the globe, not just one nation, nuclear detonations across generations in a hundred or more wars have done little to the people of this planet, if anything at all apart from kill them. Maine, Korea, Brisbane, Helsinki, London, Wales and Scotland amongst many, many more. MASSIVE nuclear bombardment or repeated nuclear strikes have inturn, wiped these places clean of life and contaminated them, thousands if not hundreds of thousands of nuclear warheads detonated across the world, and yet we remain in a perfectly inhabited planet, with no mutants, no nuclear winter and no nuclear apocolypse.

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(OOC: While CNRP definitely doesn't rp the long-lasting effects of nuclear weapons on the environment. It's silly to try and dismiss the concerns other nations would have with the fact that an unrecognized rebel group has seized and launched nuclear weaponry.)

"We hope this situation does not spiral beyond the control of the Commonwealth of Umbrella. Otherwise we feel the international community would be entirely justified in intervening to remove the threat of nuclear weaponry from these Rebels."

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[quote name='Owned-You' timestamp='1345543462' post='3024009']
(OOC: While CNRP definitely doesn't rp the long-lasting effects of nuclear weapons on the environment. It's silly to try and dismiss the concerns other nations would have with the fact that an unrecognized rebel group has seized and launched nuclear weaponry.)

"We hope this situation does not spiral beyond the control of the Commonwealth of Umbrella. Otherwise we feel the international community would be entirely justified in intervening to remove the threat of nuclear weaponry from these Rebels."
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OOC
I was replying to Isaac with that one and making a point about it. Its not one rule for one thing, and another set of rules for somebody else.

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[b]Open Diplomatic Dispatch[/b]

"Our position remains unchanged, and will continue to remain vigilant against any further contamination of our nation, that is our position, and we shall stand by it. We have our own CBRN response forces that have already begun containment and clean up measures in the Eastern Venezuelan State where there have been detections of nuclear fallout throughout the Pacaraima Mountains."

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"Mexico will support the efforts of the Umbrella government against the rebels of the supposed Holy American Empire. We will also support their wishes to allow this conflict to remain internal, so we urge our fellow Latin American nations to support those wishes as well. Humanitarian efforts should be pushed, as opposed to sending war vessels in a symbolic gesture. In supporting with our statement, Mexico will send radiation clean-up teams, medical teams and basic supplies to aid both the nations of Umbrella and Gran Columbia, should both of you accept."

**Classified**

The Natal and Rio bases were placed on high alert and prepared to support the Umbrella government against the rebel forces. Both commanders sent out messages to Umbrella ground and naval commanders stating if assistance is needed, they are authorized to assist.

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[quote name='Zoot Zoot' timestamp='1345542632' post='3024008']
It would seem that your apparent moral objection to nuclear weaponry contradicts your recent and successful nuclear test. However, atmospheric radiation mainly continues outwards into space, the radiation that returns to the earth. With airburst weapons, over ten kiltons, results in most of the radiation being sucked into the stratosphere and is then evenly deposited over the globe after weeks or even years as fallout.

However, as Greater Colombia pointed out, alot of radioactive material will be carried on the wind eastwards over Grand Colombia and may affect certain areas along the wind path. Our "amazing" technology is the culmination of years of research and advances in nuclear protection and cleanup operations aswell as extensive experience with working in a nuclear environment, for instance the nuclear detonations in the Peruvian invasion, which I might add, are now safe to inhabit as actions undertaken by the Umbrella Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Service Division have made it safe to do so.

The ozone layer has nothing to do with nuclear weapons in the grand scheme of things, and if you really do care about it, then we suggest you shut down all your industrial buildings, make driving carbon fueled vehicles illegal and decommision most of your military and any oil industry you may or may not have a hand in.

Radioactive fallout affects the globe, not just one nation, nuclear detonations across generations in a hundred or more wars have done little to the people of this planet, if anything at all apart from kill them. Maine, Korea, Brisbane, Helsinki, London, Wales and Scotland amongst many, many more. MASSIVE nuclear bombardment or repeated nuclear strikes have inturn, wiped these places clean of life and contaminated them, thousands if not hundreds of thousands of nuclear warheads detonated across the world, and yet we remain in a perfectly inhabited planet, with no mutants, no nuclear winter and no nuclear apocolypse.
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"We are questioning your ability to clean up radioactive fallout before it effects the population of your neighbors. We do not approve of nuclear weapons in the aggressive manner that your policy reads. Though we dont know how you know, all the way from South America about any nuclear detonation in the Carolinas, we have a policy in place should we come into posession of nuclear weapons. One far less destructive then yours. Though this is not our continent, we only hope should you decide to launch nucear weapons again, they dont hurt our allies in the region."

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[quote name='Isaac MatthewII' timestamp='1345575196' post='3024105']
"We are questioning your ability to clean up radioactive fallout before it effects the population of your neighbors. We do not approve of nuclear weapons in the aggressive manner that your policy reads. Though we dont know how you know, all the way from South America about any nuclear detonation in the Carolinas, we have a policy in place should we come into posession of nuclear weapons. One far less destructive then yours. Though this is not our continent, we only hope should you decide to launch nucear weapons again, they dont hurt our allies in the region."
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Unfortunately, we cannot prevent the fallout from reaching population centers, only help clean it up afterwards. We have our means of detection, even underground detonations.

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"While we will neiher confirm nor deny that the Carolinas are in posession of nuclear weapons. Or have even tested them, we would like to state that the fact that you can not avoid hurting civilians of other nations due to fallout is the problem. People are more important then resources by any stretch. Radioactive fallout can effect generations after even if it is cleaned up. Or should we remind you of Chernobyl. We are not threatening to intervene, we just hope that the Imperium knows what it is doing when it is devistating population centers, women and children alike. I would not be able to sleep if I knew that children were suffering at my hands like this."

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"The Republic of Greater Colombia will accept Mexico's offer to provide assistance in radiation clean up in Eastern Venezuelan, if you are able to deploy via airlift, it would be best to deploy via the international airport at Ciudad Bolivar. This will allow for your forces to rally outside of the contamination zone, before joining our own special response forces inside the zone. Currently, the displacement of citizens in the effected areas is reaching above two million currently, and the situation is reaching a critical point with refugee camps overflowing and the sheer size of displacement exhausting primary crisis supplies.

Although we thank the Imperial Commonwealth of Umbrella for their offer to send special response services, we believe that your forces are better used to see to your own people right now. We would also rather avoid an international incident, with frustrations running high amongst displaced citizenry towards your nation right now."

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[quote][u][b]Diplomatic Cable[/b][/u]
To: The Government of Colombia
From: American Commonwealth State Department
Subject: Humanitarian and Nuclear Crisis

In light of our new relations the American Commonwealth is willing to assist the nation of Colombia in the matters of cleanup and humanitarian aid due to the detonation of nuclear weapons in the nearby Imperial Commonwealth of Umbrella. We can offer cleanup and medical personnel to assist along with the necessary supplies and equipment as well as a decent amount of humanitarian aid in the form of food, consumable supplies, shelters and many other miscellaneous items. We can also offer the use of military personnel to assist as well although that matter will be left up to you although at the very least the use of military aircraft will help expedite matters. We will proceed with this if given permission by your government.[/quote]

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[b]Diplomatic Cable[/b]

[quote][b]To: American Commonwealth State Department
From: The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Greater Colombia

Subject: RE:Humanitarian and Nuclear Crisis[/b]

Any and all assistance that your nation could provide ours right now is welcome, we assent to the transfer of military personnel of the American Commonwealth to the Republic of Greater Colombia. It would be most helpful for your nation to provide us with lists of incoming personnel, so that our Foreign Ministry can work with the Greater Colombia Border Services to provide special visitor identification visas. We are establishing a forward allied operating base at Fort Santander, which is in the interior of Venezuela between the cities of Ciudad Bolivar and El Tigre, the airports at both cities have been cleared for military flights.

If you have larger shipments and the transfer of those shipments would be more efficient via maritime transport, the Port of Barcelona/Puerto La Cruz has docks which have been prioritized for humanitarian supplies only. We thank you for your support in this trying time for our nation, and we will not forget this gesture.[/quote]

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"We offer the support and assistance of the Radiological Emergency Response Teams from the Ministry of Disaster Relief Management to both Umbrella and Greater Colombia, as well to provide food, medical supplies, and radiation cleanup equipment to both sides."

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"We will heartily accept the assistance of Greenland, currently the airports at El Tigre and Ciudad Bolivar are prioritized for military flights associated with radiological clean up, we have been organizing a forward operating base for foreign forces at Fort Santander, between those two cities. We would also like to ask that any civilian or military personnel that will partake in cleanup operations, be listed out in a memo to our foreign ministry, so that special identification visas can be made for them. If any supplies will be arriving by sea, we ask that you utilize the ports of Barcelona and Puerto La Cruz, which have prioritized docks for humanitarian relief shipments."

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In the Commonwealth eight Nuclear Emergency Response Teams were mobilized and sent to Colombia with their equipment via C-5 Galaxy provided by the air force. Being first responders their mission was to gauge the situation and then begin the process of cleanup. Arriving at El Tigre they were immediately dispatched to the affected areas to begin their work. Not too far behind them were several CBRN companies formed into an ad hoc task force for this deployment. With their specially modified armored vehicles they would be able to travel into hot areas safely to begin decontamination. The lead elements of the 72nd Infantry Division (Light) were also being airlifted after clearance was given to lend additional manpower to cleanup operations and assisting refugees.

At sea things were also underway with the majority of relief and humanitarian aid would be coming through by cargo ships. Several navy cargo vessels were assigned to this mission but that wasn't going to be enough so several dozen cargo ships were chartered. Relief supplies were loaded as quickly as possible for the journey south and consisted of food, fuel, portable shelters, and other miscellaneous equipment. The ACNS Wasp and it's task force were also ordered to Colombia to provide support along with the MEU on board.

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Upon their arrival in Greater Colombia, the American Commonwealth's CBRN forces would immediately be given a dossier per unit of the current situation on the ground in Greater Colombia at Fort Santander, which normally served as the garrison headquarters of the 3rd Armored Cavalry and 8th Infantry Divisions. The Colombian Defense Ministry had indicated that the Orinoco Radioactive Trace (ORT), where a plume of fallout had fallen after light tropical rains had dispersed radioactive material liberally over the Orinoco River Delta, and northwest over the city of Tucupita. The American Commonwealth's Emergency Response Teams would be given as much information as possible on what to expect, and given a green light to enter the 'red zone', and begin their own investigations ahead of their containment and clean up units, when they were ready to proceed.

The region around the city of Tucupita and southeast into the Orinoco River Delta had been liberally doused with pockets of Caesium-137 and Strontium-90, and clean up efforts were already being undertaken by the 558th Special Response Division to contain and clean up the radioactive mess. The nuclear fallout from the explosion in Suriname in particular was not without its' victims either, two whole platoons from the 687th Riverine Brigade had taken ill after it had been discovered that the fallout plume that originally had been over the Pacaraima Range, had suddenly shifted west-northwest. Although the water supply at the Special Naval Warfare Center in Curiapo was treated through a reverse-osmosis re-mineralization filtration system, the filtration system for one of the outlying barracks for the fast response troop had failed, and as many as fifty-two "river-rats" were now in the radiation treatment ward at the Simon Bolivar Military Hospital in Caracas with varying dosage rates.

The American Commonwealth's Nuclear Response Forces would be greeted with warm welcome by their Colombian comrades, and they would be requested to send their clean up and containment crews to the areas surrounding Tucupita to begin clean up of the contaminated areas. Lines of heavy construction equipment transport vehicles, with excavators with hastily-fitted air filtration systems, for moving irradiated soil would line the roads as they headed into the 'red zone', along with lines of dump trucks and military vehicles. The Colombian military had deployed all of its response resources into Eastern Venezuela, along with civilian nuclear emergency teams from across the nation.

The Commonwealth's 72nd Infantry Division would also be given a green light for deployment, and they would be integrated into what was now dubbed the International Eastern Venezuelan Emergency Response Corps. Once the forward elements of the 72nd landed, their presence would be requested in helping maintain the mandatory exclusion zone alongside military units of the Colombian National Army, and their divisional headquarters would be allotted space alongside fellow Colombian commanders at Fort Santander. Colombia was putting a herculean effort into reducing and eliminating the effects of the nuclear fallout, despite the economic warnings that the country's economic growth, which had been healthy up until about forty-eight hours before, began to feel the burden of nearly two and a half million citizens now displaced from their homes. There were worries that the economy might implode due to the weight of the refugee crisis and the screeching halt after basically all economic activity had ceased in Eastern Venezuela almost overnight, but that was far from anyone's current worry.

The primary concern was keeping the displaced population - almost two hundred thousand citizens had been moved to a makeshift encampment at Fort Sucre alone - nourished and protected, and hopefully solving the crisis quickly so they could move back to their homes. The care of the citizens of the new country was much more important than economic woes at the moment, so long as the people could go back to their homes, the economic issues would eventually smooth out, even if it did set the Republic back in economic growth and development.

Edited by TheShammySocialist
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