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The Rist Confederation


Kevin Kingswell
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The Rist Confederation was set up by ex-soldiers, mercenaries and other service and military personnel who found themselves without anywhere to call home. Some of these people had left voluntarily either fed up with their current status in their old homes or forced to go into a civilian life which didn't suit them. Others left for worse reasons from simple AWOL runners to murderers and other scum. The Rist Confederation didn't care where someone came from only that they obeyed the laws set down and could prove that they were useful to keep around.

 

The Confederation was run by a select group of five leaders formed together into what was called the Council. This Council was always maintained at a grand total of five members to ensure that when decisions were needed there would never be any hitches or hold ups due to even votes. Membership in the Council was indefinite with only death or retirement after twenty years being the way to leave. On the retirement or death of a current Council member a replacement would be randomly chosen from a list of successors who had put their names forward to be on the Council. The process was always random as to be fair on all potential applicants.

 

The population for the Rist Confederation was almost always on the flux as newcomers arrived and others left to find fame and fortune elsewhere. Of course being an open society, minus a few exceptions, meant a very fluid and vibrant market, both in, legal and illegal goods, from food, to clothing to weapons you could find almost anything you wanted in the Confederation. Only the most serious of articles were forbidden including but not limited to weapons of mass destruction, slaves, drugs and other such contraband. Anyone caught selling, buying or transporting such goods would face a very very long jail sentence and possibly even the death sentence.

 

The military might of the Confederation was made up of a volunteer military force combining an army, navy and air force. The soldiers being already from military backgrounds in most cases meant that they were well trained but were lacking in more advanced weaponry found in other nations as well as lacking the power projection of larger capital ships and aircraft. Still what was there was more than enough for defending the country and what they couldn't make they could buy on the market and what they couldn't buy they could always steal.

 

Knowing they couldn't ignore the larger world and the other nations on it the Council ensured that any other nation's leaders or ambassadors could visit the Confederation at any time and at least one member of the Council would always be willing to meet and talk with them at any time of day. To help facilitate this a diplomatic sector was constructed in the capital city to house embassies and living quarters for visiting and staying foreign diplomatic persons and any families. This sector was off limits to the usual public of the Confederation and was given the same high level of security as the Confederation's military bases and government buildings.    

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"Japan recognises the Rist Confederation and hopes for good relations in the future. While there's an ongoing conflict between us and the American Commonwealth, we hereby inquire into the possibility of a future meeting to set up proper relations between our two countries."

-Akiyama Kagami, Prime Minister of Japan

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"The Rist Confederation is always open to the possibility of a meeting between our two countries. The only concession we ask is that you do not bring your war into our borders. In the slim possibility of your people encountering American Commonwealth citizens in the Confederation we ask that you treat them with respect and do not attempt to bring harm to them. The same concessions will also be applied to your citizens. We look forward to seeing you in the capital at your earliest convenience. Arrival can be achieved by air or sea."  

 

- Councilman Jose Arumo 

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Following the official creation of the nation a long survey was carried on on the military strength of the Confederation. The results of the survey were worrying for the Council to say the least. Firstly though many of the nation's citizens had weapon experience many of them were physically past their prime, injured or had left the military due to court martial and were not deemed trust worthy enough for the Confederation's military. In regards to the equipment from small arms to aircraft to ground vehicles the news wasn't much better as the Confederation had kits from all over the world including but not limited to Russian, American, European, Chinese and more. The first order of business would be to standardize the military's equipment to make repair and refit a lot easier as well as helping with training. Not to say that the non chosen nations equipment would go to waste it would be sold on the market or kept for a militia reserve, 

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A standard vehicle search at one of the border entry points into the Confederation turned bloody today when a previously unknown cartel vehicle was stopped to allow it be routinely searched. Border guards were unprepared to face the foreign cartel members who were equipped with high powered modern assault rifles, grenades and other equipment. The resulting firefight left one cartel member and four border guards dead with another two border guards wounded. 

 

The Council took this attack personally and have vowed to find the cartel responsible and wipe it from existence. To achieve this goal the military of the Confederation is being put onto a combat footing for the very first time as units are being mustered and plans drawn up for the almost certain war with the drug cartels. 

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Light armour vehicles have began to cross the border into the surrounding territory around the Rist Confederation. Their objective is two fold: First to scout and secure roadways and other pathways that larger units of the military can quickly use to advance and move with care taken towards locating and recording locations where there are crossings over natural obstacles. Second they are to attempt to locate cartel units and buildings and record their locations for future military strikes. The scouts are ordered to avoid engaging the cartel members unless they are forced to.

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"The Rist Confederation hereby proclaims that the entirety of the South American continent rightfully belongs to us. By divine right do we, the Council of the Rist Confederation, have the right to rule all of this land and its people. We will accept no alternative or denial. That is all."

 

Military forces of the Rist Confederation would destroy any Cartel forces or members that they encountered, where possible the scout vehicles and teams would destroy the enemy but if needed these units could always call in air support or larger ground forces if the enemy was of a higher concentration than was able to be dealt with. Losses would be of a minor level with more equipment lost due to equipment failure than enemy action. Villages and towns encountered during the advances would be garrisoned by security forces drawn from both civil and military police while the troops would continue onward. Cartel homes, plantations and other buildings would be razed to the ground and their occupants either slain or imprisoned. 

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Battle tanks of the 1st and 2nd Armored Cavalry Division were advancing well ahead of the main Confederation armed forces in the war against the cartels. The battle tanks were more than a match for the vehicles and soldiers of the cartels and in the wake of the advancing tanks many burning pick ups and dead cartel soldiers were left where they had fallen. Losses among the tanks was almost non existent minus a few mechanical failures. The orders were that no quarter was to be spared and the cartel members soon learnt that to surrender was to be killed so they all continued to flee away from the advancing military soldiers and equipment. If the cartel factions were only as well supplied as the soldiers fighting at the moment then their defeat and destruction was assured. 

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The Rist Confederation had been silent in both local affairs and global affairs. Now though time revealed that the nation had undergone sudden and immense changes, A civil war had erupted and at the end of it the old government and its way of life had been defeated. In its place a more brutal and oppressive regime had taken its place. This new regime under a newer more harsher council ruled with an iron fist. The population became servants and either served in the military, in the factories and other infrastructure or became homeless and jobless and left to die. 

 

Propaganda and teaching reforms from the youngest of ages ensured that the majority of the population stayed faithful and this coupled with the back breaking amount of work stopped almost all attempts at rebellion.

 

With such a dedicated work force the infrastructure of the nation had greatly expanded, cities grew larger and larger and even higher and higher with the biggest having multiple giant spires that housed hundreds if not thousands of servants. With the richer at the top and the poorest at the bottom. The environmental effect of this was dreadful, permanent smog clouds hung around the lower areas of the cities and spires and corrosion was a constant problem that required attention.

 

The military of the Confederation was also upgraded, equipment was improved to the best possible level that the Confederation could manage. Training was formalized and improved so that the standard of the nation's military was higher. In addition to the ground and air force facilities the very first proper Confederation fleet facilities were constructed and it was soon expected that the nation would begin producing fully functional sea naval vessels to increase the nation's power projection ability. 

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