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Troops in Contact: The Rionegro Initiative August 17th-19th

  • 12-04-2012 1:16pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    THE RIONEGRO INITIATIVE
    Rionegro continues to be ravaged by civil war. President Catano remains in a coma. Former Vice President Munoz heads the Republicanos who hold most of the south of the country, including the political capital San Pedro. In the north, General Veron leads his “Patriota” Government of Rionegro from the commercial capital of San Luis. Following 18 months of often brutal fighting, neither has been able to dominate on the battlefield.

    Now, after several weeks of preparation, Munoz’s Republicanos have mounted a large offensive with the aim of seizing key positions in Rionegro, and breaking the Patriota army. The push has comprised of a series of rapid thrusts against high value objectives. These have had mixed results. The most successful in the centre of the country has led to the city of San Luis on the Rionegro river being encircled and cut off.

    In the east the Republicanos are attempting to reach the Lomo Plata mining region through Patriota held territory. After several days of rapid advance the leading elements have reached to just outside the village of Astroga at the foot of hill 143. With their flanks exposed, and having lost contact with their supply lines, the advance has been halted for the moment. Time is needed to consolidate gains, and bring up supplies. Tomorrow the advance will resume. That is, unless the Patriotas can reorganise themselves enough to counter attack and halt it. But there is more than just the fate of the advance at stake around Hill 143...

    What is this: A story driven, 27 hour airsoft event with ammo limits, simple medic rules, vehicles, and pre-assigned teams. This is not a full MilSim, but there will be opportunities for LARPing and more. We continue to want to give people something different to the usual weekend skirmish. This is a chance for players from all around the country to meet new people, and play in a bigger event without having to travel abroad.

    Last year’s event had over 150 people, we expect this one to be even bigger.

    Where: Bellurgan Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
    When: August 18th and 19th.
    How long:
    Sign-in and chrono: Friday 18:00 to 00:00, Saturday 09:00 to 12:00
    Game WILL start: 11:00 Saturday
    Game end: 15:00 Sunday, followed by post game BBQ.
    How much: €60, €50 with discount for early registration, which includes the post game BBQ.
    Registration: Will open on Friday June 1st at 12:00.
    Age limit and other restrictions: Over 16's only, and mid cap magazines only. NO HI-CAP winding mags this year. As Rionegro is subject to a UN backed arms embargo and no fly zone, players cannot bring aircraft, heavy weapons or armoured vehicles. Small arms and support weapons only. Bio-BBs are required and will be available on site.
    Camping: Camping will be possible on site from Friday night, with toilets and showers.
    What are the factions:
    Munoz' Republicanos, made up of scout troops, light infantry, heavy weapons specialists and the feared penitents punishment unit.
    Veron's Patriotas, comprising heavy infantry, recon forces, and a unit of private military contractors.
    The Astroga Revolutionary Militia.

    More Information:
    More information will be provided soon, including detailed descriptions of factions and units, updated rules, how to apply for leadership roles, and how to pre-book. Look for information here and on the official event sites:
    The official website: www.troops-in-contact.com (to be updated soon)
    The official game forum is at: forum.milsimdublin.net

    ¡Viva la República de Rionegro!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 03 SAN SOLES 003211

    SIPDIS

    DEPARTMENT FOR AF A/S FRAZER
    MEXICO AND RIO FOR LATAM-WATCHER
    CJTF-HOA FOR POLAD

    E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/29/2016
    TAGS: MOPS PREL PGOV PINS ET SO ER
    SUBJECT: MUNOZ GIRDS FOR HIGH-RISK IN RIONEGRO

    REF: A. SOLES 3115
    B. PEDRO 1428
    C. PANAM 3175

    Classified By: Pol/Econ Counselor Mark Wong. Reason: 1.4 (A),(B)
    and (D).

    1. (C) Summary: Indications suggest that Munoz’s Republicanos
    are preparing a military offensive in central Rionegro in the coming
    weeks. Munoz feels ever more compelled to act to regain the
    initiative in the ongoing civil war.

    VP Munoz told Amb. Yamamoto on Apr 14. that the Republicano
    military would return to their mechanized infantry roots to prosecute
    a sustained, mobile, multi-pronged military campaign against Veron’s
    Patriotas rather than continue piecemeal operations. The
    Republicanos have been steadily building up their forces in the
    central provinces and have intensified their military cooperation
    with the government of San Soles.

    While the Republicanos should be able to muster a larger
    (perhaps 15-20,000) fighting force than the Patriotas, the Patriotas
    appear to be marshalling a credible force of at least 5,000 well
    trained professional soldiers as a strategic mobile reserve. Recent
    illegal arms shipments of ATGMs from outside the region have
    equipped the Patriotas to offer effective resistance to Republicano
    AFVs. The Patriotas may also enjoy an advantage in terms of the
    motivation of its fighting force. The Republicano Army for its part,
    are still coping with recent morale problems.

    VP Munoz has gone to unusual lengths to unite several of Rionegro’s
    major political parties behind him as he prepares for the coming
    battle. However tensions and distrust lingering from his assumption
    of power last year, and a crackdown on internal opposition ultimately
    undermined this effort.

    The bottom line is that the Republicanos could begin a significant
    offensive in Rionegro in the coming weeks, which may prove more
    difficult for the Patriotas than many now imagine. End Summary.


  • Registered Users Posts: 428 ✭✭ Nuke1973


    Balls, clashing with the AI500 in the UK :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 314 ✭✭ Unsinnig


    Nuke1973 wrote: »
    Balls, clashing with the AI500 in the UK :(

    My dictionary defines "clashing" as "taking precedence over". Ergo, "Balls, taking precedence over the AI500 in the UK". That's about right, except for the "balls" part :D

    That said, Rionegro Initiative is a milsim event, as opposed to a sunday skirmish labelled as a milsim event like the AI500 :p (that's me poking fun, before anyone gets their knockers in a knot, as some are wont to on boards)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,755 ✭✭✭ richieffff


    Looking forward to this already :D
    Last years was class, I can only hope it'll be the same again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,398 MerryDespot


    Awesome. Hopefully it'll be another good turnout.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 391 ✭✭ TerrenceAnth


    Awww hell to the yeah ima be there again !


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,029 ✭✭✭ Hande hoche!


    Looking forward to this. Also an excuse to get more gear.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 13,447 Mod ✭✭✭✭ thermo


    cant wait............


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    From New York Times, Friday 15th June 2012:

    OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

    Munoz on the Rise in Rionegro

    By MIGUEL LEVI
    Published: June 15th, 2012
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    After almost a year and a half of fighting, the “Republicano” movement of former Vice President Munoz of Rionegro is suddenly on the verge of accomplishing two of its premier goals — securing the rival “Patriota” capital of San Luis, as well as the revenue producing Eastern mining region of Lomo Plata.

    Related in News
    Rionegron President’s coma leds to constitutional crisis. (January 13, 2011)
    “Patriota” Military Uprising in Rionegro Claims to have Restoing Democracy as it’s aim (April 2011)
    “Republicano” forces in Rionegro condemned by UN for illegal missile launch (June 31, 2011)
    Times Topic: Rionegro
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    Op-Ed Contributors: Subcommondante Marko, Death of a Man - Death of a Movement? (July 17, 2011)

    The speed and firepower of the latest Republicano offensive, which resulted in the seizure of large swaths of territory, was unexpected. Even before the fighting made headlines over the past few days, town after town in the center of Rionegro had been falling to Munoz’s soldiers. Some 20,000 people have been displaced in the last week alone.

    The Patriota Army, largely composed of regular pre-civil war professional soldiers, which had previously held it’s own against the mixed conscript and volunteer Republicanos, has found itself facing a more aggressive and determined enemy. Previously little had gone the Munoz’s way. His forces have faced an international outcry over use of illegally smuggled surface to surface missiles, and their out of control brutality towards non-combatants and opponents of his government.

    There is little question that the Republicano successes have the potential to change the course of the ongoing civil war. With only 60 kilometers now left between Republicano-held territory and the Patriota capital, San Luis, it appears that the only thing blocking the rebels is some strategic or political calculation. The volatile security situation has enabled the third parties such as drugs gangs to secure large new financing through kidnapping and trafficking in drugs and weapons.

    Rionegro, with rival governments, a divided army, deteriorating law and order, and little hope of outside intervention, is fast becoming a failed state.

    Miguel Levi is an intelligence analyst with Optimal Security Solutions, a geopolitical risk-consulting firm based in Georgia.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29 ✭✭✭ edgez


    Were is this takin place?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,755 ✭✭✭ richieffff


    edgez wrote: »
    Were is this takin place?

    Bellurgan Park, Co. Louth


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    THE RIONEGRO INITIATIVE
    Rionegro continues to be ravaged by civil war. President Catano remains in a coma. Former Vice President Munoz heads the Republicanos who hold most of the south of the country, including the political capital San Pedro. In the north, General Veron leads his “Patriota” Government of Rionegro from the commercial capital of San Luis. Following 18 months of often brutal fighting, neither has been able to dominate on the battlefield.

    Now, after several weeks of preparation, Munoz’s Republicanos have mounted a large offensive with the aim of seizing key positions in Rionegro, and breaking the Patriota army. The push has comprised of a series of rapid thrusts against high value objectives. These have had mixed results. The most successful in the centre of the country has led to the city of San Luis on the Rionegro river being encircled and cut off.

    In the east the Republicanos are attempting to reach the Lomo Plata mining region through Patriota held territory. After several days of rapid advance the leading elements have reached to just outside the village of Astroga at the foot of hill 143. With their flanks exposed, and having lost contact with their supply lines, the advance has been halted for the moment. Time is needed to consolidate gains, and bring up supplies. Tomorrow the advance will resume. That is, unless the Patriotas can reorganise themselves enough to counter attack and halt it. But there is more than just the fate of the advance at stake around Hill 143...

    What is this: A story driven, 27 hour airsoft event with ammo limits, simple medic rules, vehicles, and pre-assigned teams. This is not a full MilSim, but there will be opportunities for LARPing and more. We continue to want to give people something different to the usual weekend skirmish. This is a chance for players from all around the country to meet new people, and play in a bigger event without having to travel abroad.

    Last year’s event had over 150 people, we expect this one to be even bigger.

    Where: Bellurgan Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
    When: August 18th and 19th.
    How long:
    • Sign-in and chrono: Friday 18:00 to 00:00, Saturday 09:00 to 12:00
    • Game WILL start: 11:00 Saturday
    • Game end: 15:00 Sunday, followed by post game BBQ.
    How much: €60, €50 with discount for early registration, which includes the post game BBQ.
    Registration: Will open on Friday June 1st at 12:00.
    Age limit and other restrictions: Over 16's only, and mid cap magazines only. NO HI-CAP winding mags this year. As Rionegro is subject to a UN backed arms embargo and no fly zone, players cannot bring aircraft, heavy weapons or armoured vehicles. Small arms and support weapons only. Bio-BBs are required and will be available on site.
    Camping: Camping will be possible on site from Friday night, with toilets and showers.
    What are the factions:
    • Munoz' Republicanos, made up of scout troops, light infantry, heavy weapons specialists and the feared penitents punishment unit.
    • Veron's Patriotas, comprising heavy infantry, recon forces, and a unit of private military contractors.
    • The Astroga Revolutionary Militia.

    More Information:
    More information will be provided soon, including detailed descriptions of factions and units, updated rules, how to apply for leadership roles, and how to pre-book. Look for information here and on the official event sites:
    The official website: www.troops-in-contact.com (to be updated soon)
    The official game forum is at: forum.milsimdublin.net

    ¡Viva la República de Rionegro!


  • Registered Users Posts: 205 ✭✭ stevie4568


    I'm very excited for this can not wait to attend!

    Might I recommend making a Facebook page for this event if there isn't already one? It would be a handier way of putting out announcements, and reach more people than just those here on boards :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    stevie4568 wrote: »
    I'm very excited for this can not wait to attend!

    Might I recommend making a Facebook page for this event if there isn't already one? It would be a handier way of putting out announcements, and reach more people than just those here on boards :)
    The Bellurgan guys will have a FB page for the even on their section.

    For those that don't have Facebook access (and there are a lot) we are posting details and taking enquiries across 4 different Irish discussion sites.

    Feel free to throw up any questions here though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 205 ✭✭ stevie4568


    brilliant thanks sliabh, what pages are they being put up on? I only really know this page here when it comes to irish airsoft:P


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    stevie4568 wrote: »
    brilliant thanks sliabh, what pages are they being put up on? I only really know this page here when it comes to irish airsoft:P
    The main one to be concerned about at the moment is http://forum.milsimdublin.net/index.php which is where the game fora will be for registered players.

    There is a twitter account running as well on @RionegroWatch


  • Registered Users Posts: 84 ✭✭✭ RummyMc


    Hi,
    I've noticed that there is no ESS faction this time around and I'm just wondering, storyline wise, is the PMC faction under Veron's command the same PMC faction from the last event?
    Also how large will be factions be?


  • Registered Users Posts: 715 Tomazas


    RummyMc wrote: »
    Hi,
    I've noticed that there is no ESS faction this time around and I'm just wondering, storyline wise, is the PMC faction under Veron's command the same PMC faction from the last event?
    Also how large will be factions be?


    They are embeded with Veron this year....


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    RummyMc wrote: »
    Hi,
    I've noticed that there is no ESS faction this time around and I'm just wondering, storyline wise, is the PMC faction under Veron's command the same PMC faction from the last event?
    Also how large will be factions be?
    As Tomazas said the ESS unit will be part of the Patriotas this year following an agreement between his government and the Gollybruton mining company (that scumbag Veron has sold out and pawned our children's inheritance to robber barons and murdering captialists/Veron has cleverly leveraged the revenues from the mines to fund the defence of democracy and give our children a future - depending on your perspective).

    While they will be part of the Patriotas (so Republicanos can shoot them on sight) they will have their own specific missions and will have a degree of freedom within their faction's chain of command.

    For background, we have made some changes to the game from last year. Primarily:
    * Everyone will be on the same rules this time around. So there will be no specific MilSim units, and no hi-cap units.
    * The number of factions has been reduced to there are less of the problems around wondering "who are we shooting right now". The one non-aligned unit is the Astroga Revolutionary Militia (who are not exactly what they seem).
    * Campsites will be better sited and drier, and should be quieter until the second day, so people can have a better chance of sleeping.
    * There will be overall faction commanders who will be selected from the players and will have responsibility for running their entire side.

    As for how big will the ESS unit be, well we have plans to scale units depending on how many attendees we get (we on't want to cap the overall size of the game). But for 150-200 players expect a unit of about the same size as last year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,029 ✭✭✭ Hande hoche!


    Fair play lads I see you have updated the site http://troops-in-contact.com/


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    Fair play lads I see you have updated the site http://troops-in-contact.com/

    Ah, beat me to it. Yeah Most of the updates are in, including almost all the unit descriptions. We have a couple to add as well as the details of the command positions. The rules and registration details have to be updated as well.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,029 ✭✭✭ Hande hoche!


    Also kudos to whomever it was that came up with EL SLAG.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    Also kudos to whomever it was that came up with EL SLAG.
    That would be Shane. I am not sure that will really improve the numbers turning out for that unit.

    All unit descriptions (other than the Command detachments) are now on the site.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    Game poster now out.
    RioNegro2_Web_Large.jpg

    Also, as we left the information off the website initially, Registration will open on Friday June 1st at 12:00.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    There is a picture of a column of refugees fleeing Rionegro on the front of today's Irish Times. Very sad.


  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 2,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ KonFusion


    Oh yes yes yes!

    Can't wait!

    If anyone is heading there from the Fingal area, pm me if you'd be interested in getting a coach/minibus to and from.


  • Registered Users Posts: 233 ✭✭ Keggers2


    Hey, I notice in the recommended gear section of the website it says 'PMR radios', just how essential are these?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    If you are going to be in a command position (Faction Commander, Unit Commander, or a Section Leader - I need to provide details here in the next few days) then they would be essential. For everyone else, you won't need them, but they can make you and your team mates more effective in the field.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,160 Inari


    Radios are one of those things that is better to have and not need than need and not have. They're like €50 for a cheap set, so go halves with a mate and you're sorted!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,023 ✭✭✭ sliabh


    Inari wrote: »
    Radios are one of those things that is better to have and not need than need and not have. They're like €50 for a cheap set, so go halves with a mate and you're sorted!
    I would recommend paying a little extra for something decent like the Motorola XTR 446 (about €80), as you do get much better quality than from cheapo Aldi/Lidl ones.

    And whereas a crap AEG is your problem, a crap radio can be everyone's when you have poor range, struggle to understand what is being said, and fill the airwaves with static and noise when you transmit.

    :-)


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