Logistics: Desert Shield as a model for Mercy Mission

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jedion357
July 19, 2013 - 1:53pm
That is a model for comparison:

Desert Shield: 2 full army corp - largest mobilization since WW2

During the course of Desert Shield the US moved the equiv. of the city of Atlanta 8,000 miles to Saudi Arbia.

It took more than 500 ships & 9,000 aircraft to move 2 million tons of equipment half way around the world.

The Army alone deployed 12,400 track vehicles, 114,000 wheeled vehicles, 1,800 air craft, 38,000 containers, 350,000 tons of ammo.

Once in Saudi Arbia 3,500 convoys moved 3,000 miles thru the desert.

70% of the force came from Army National Guard and Army Reserve.

Build up took 3 months (vs 1 year for comparable build up numbers in Viet Naum)

Logistics risk were run to get as many combatants on the ground as fast as possible so host nation was tapped for:

4,800 tents, 1.7 mill gallons of packaged petroleum products, 333 heavy equipment transporters, 20 mil meals, 20.5 mil gallons of fuel per day

National Guard and Reserve made up the bulk of the logistics force.

Refered too as the largest single gobal combat deployment in history (to that time)

(Army corp is approx 20,000-45,000 men)

They faced in Kuwait 8 divisions - 140,000 troops, 1,100 tanks, 610 artillery pieces, backed by scud missiles, and constant threat of chemical weapons.

By the time of offensive opperation the US had 270,000 soldiers but Iraq's force had grown to 28 divisions with 60 of its army in defensive positions in the Kuwait theatre of op.

one model of mine was known to have 70 mil purchased by Iraq


Alright so Mercy Mission requires some adjustment in its thinking- either the human population has built some serious mercenary units or the police action from Clarion should be shrunk down.


In light of the fact of Kdikicks historic exportation of mercenaries I think the mercenary history of the planet should start here. Perhaps the Free World Rebellion had a very facist/ nationalist flavor to it. Early plots in the Free World Rebellion were about the siezure of factories and resources and the subversion of such to the rebellion's purpose.

Somewhere along the way the nationalists movement rounded up the vrusk into ghettos and then attrocities began.

I think the flavor of Mercy Mission should be huge numbers of infantry and irregular troops on the rebellion's side. While Clarion might expect to rule the high orbitals and be able to reign down orbital artillery without distinct targets like tanks and aircraft if infantry disperse orbital bombardment will be largely nullified.

Clarion will deploy mechanized infantry and airbourne style units with a tech edge and perhaps Kdikit has a terrain that favors the home grown infantry.

Scope of the Mercy Mission:
1. halt the attrocities
2. restore order
3. ?

To a large extent it should become a cluster screw up in the middle of the mission (a Viet Naum but as per cannon material the Royal Guard cannot be defeated in the field so the retreat from the planet cannot be like Viet Naum. So a limited scope of simply halting attrocities would work.

The rebel government would not be recognized at this point so the restoration of order would and defeat of the "mercenary companies" would cause the bobble in the middle of the mission when its realized that the home grown irregular forces are so widespread that Clarion would need to occupy with a cost prohibitive force  the decision is to negotiate a end which the vrusk will not like ie they lose the world.



I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!
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jedion357
July 19, 2013 - 2:11pm
Host nation in Mercy Mission will be the Vrusk corporate collective.

They can be reilied upon to supply power (which substitutes as vehicle fuel) a reactor or wind farm might be a key objective that is needed to be secured

Rocket fuel? Chem or atomic? for use by landing craft. fuel depot could be an objective.

food Kdikit has and industiral and ag economy so its reasonable that the vrusk could be tapped to provide food, corporate farms could be an objective.

concentration camps/ ghettos/ refugee camps could be an objective.



I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
July 19, 2013 - 2:27pm
I'm thinking there could be a prequell- The Killing Fields of Kdikit

essentially chronicles the rise of the rebellion and the need to bring word to the outside world.

Perhaps a journalist team or a group of Royal Guard assigned to watch a diplomat (connected royalty) or vrusk corporate security team (perhaps a player controls a team not players control members of the team thus each player might have separte objectives).
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Putraack
August 2, 2013 - 10:00am
Are their mercenaries on both sides? Some as striker units for the rebels, some as security for the corporations? The latter would probably have been on the planet longer, of course.

It sounds to me like this was a long-running war, maybe a few years, not something that sprang up and blew out in a season. It starts with human rebels skirmishing with the corporate and government security forces, escalates on both sides, and eventually becomes the big fight that draws Clarion in, just in time to be the rearguard for the evacuating Vrusk?

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jedion357
August 3, 2013 - 4:20am
Putraack wrote:
Are their mercenaries on both sides? Some as striker units for the rebels, some as security for the corporations? The latter would probably have been on the planet longer, of course.

It sounds to me like this was a long-running war, maybe a few years, not something that sprang up and blew out in a season. It starts with human rebels skirmishing with the corporate and government security forces, escalates on both sides, and eventually becomes the big fight that draws Clarion in, just in time to be the rearguard for the evacuating Vrusk?


Excellent questions but then we dont have much in the canon on it other than the human population rose up and evicted the vrusk running the colony. What we should do is craft something that is reasonable.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!