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Warning: If you are easily triggered by hastily slapped-together images in paint and Arma photography that only holds up thanks to serious application of duct tape, you're probably going to hate me. I have minimal skill with image editing software like Photoshop or paint, and I'm also not the best at creating Arma scenes, though I'd like to think my writing is one rung up the ladder from "Complete Train Wreck." I'm doing my best here, I'm doing this pretty much by myself. I'm also not a linguist, most of the gratuitous foreign language will be directly translated from Hungarian and German via the always-reliable (lol) google, and a lot of it was typed out by me on an English language keyboard, so don't expect any miracles and do expect a LOT of missing accent marks So I've recently had a lot of free time on my hands, and the other day I was playing around with the newly updated NIArms stuff, and I started making some loadouts for a generic Blufor faction using the HK33s. I've always had a soft spot for HK blowback guns, and I felt that the HK33 could use a bit more love. I started playing around more with some of the mods I liked to use such as Wsxcgy's uniform retexes and Delta Hawk's US Military gear, and eventually came up with a fairly coherent mid-90's rifle platoon's worth of soldiers. Then I came up with a Redfor force using the criminally underused TTSKO Urban camo. Then, I decided to write a pair of brief country profiles and histories. Before I knew it, it was 5AM the next day and I had gone completely overboard. Then I came back to it in a couple days after I had sorted my sleep out. For about the past week or so, I have been investing myself into these two little countries tucked away in the northern Balkans, coming up with complete histories stretching back into the 500s and entwining themselves in Arthurian legend, the long and troubled history of the Habsburg Austrian Empire, and the rise and fall of communism. and by the time I got it to the state where I was comfortable sharing it, I had successfully joined it up with both modern geopolitical events and the Armaverse. Dear god I hope you all don't think my writing is shit. I will start off with some simple country profiles, flags, maps, information, etc WARNING: THE FLAGS AND MAP YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE ARE NOT FINAL AND WERE SLAPPED TOGETHER IN THE COURSE OF ABOUT AN HOUR. Consider it to be an artist's impression of what the flags and map look like Map of Styria and Zalaeg BLUFOR: Queendom of Styria (Koniginreich der Styria) Pronunciation: STI-re-ah (rhymes with Sky, sometimes pronounced “SHTI”; both are correct in English and German) Population: Approx 2,600,000 Formed: Originally 700s CE, current state shortly after WWI. Absorbed into 3d Reich 1937 w/ royal family banished, liberated by Allies, Royalists 1945 (after attempted “liberation” by USSR) Location: Southern Austria, Northern Slovenia Capital: Styrene, Palace of the Dragonslayers Governmental Type: Parliamentary Monarchy (Hereditary/Semi-Elective), strong monarchy Major Political Parties: -Royalist (economic conservative leaning centrist, social centrism, pro-EU, vehemently pro-monarchy) -Royal Socialists (economic liberal, social liberal, pro-EU, strongly pro-monarchy) -Republican (anti-monarchy, general centrist, EU Neutral leaning for) -National Party (far-right, strongly anti-EU, slightly anti-monarchy) -Communist (far-left, pro-Zalaeg, strongly anti-EU, strongly anti-NATO, strongly anti-UK, strongly anti-monarchy, suspected to be a Zalaegian political agent) Current Government: Royalist/RS coalition Reagent: Queen Johanna IX (House of Styrene, strong ties to Houses of Windsor, former Habsburg-Lorraine, and Petra) Language: Austrian German, British English, Arabic (recent) (Minor languages: Hungarian, Zalaegesh, Slovenian, Croatian) Major Ethnicities: Styrian German, Arabian (recent), North African (recent) Major Religions: Catholicism, Islam (recent) Notable trading partners: EU (member 1957, original Treaty of Rome signatory), Great Britain Notable Allies: Great Britain (special relationship), Austria (special relationship), NATO (member 1950, shortly after beginning of Korean War), Hungary (before 1937, after 1989), Croatia (after 1992), Slovenia (after 1992), Kosovo (guarantor of Kosovo’s independence independently of NATO), Bosnia-Herzegovina (after 1992), Romania (after 1995) Notable Enemies: USSR (historical), Zalaeg (historical, ceased claiming as Styrian after Hofburg Agreement 1985, enemies duration of 1995 war, recent political tensions), Serbia (Yugoslavia collapse to 1999, recent diplomatic tensions) Notable External Activities: Red Cross founder and major financial and personnel contributor, UN Peacekeeping major contributor, IDAP major financial and personnel contributor Notable Military Actions post-1945: Suez, 1956 (Air, Coalition); Israel, 1967 (UN); Falklands, 1982 (British); Malden, 1985 (NATO); Croatia, 1991-1995 (UN); Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1992-1995 (NATO, UN), Styrian-Zalaeg War, 1995 (Defender); Kosovo, 1999 (UN); OEF, 2001-2016 (NATO), OIF, 2004-2010 (UN); Chernarus, 2008 (NATO); Libya, 2011 (NATO); Takistan, 2012 (NATO), Syria, 2012-2017 (NATO); numerous other UN actions throughout the world REDFOR: Peoples' Confederation of Zalaeg (Zalaeg Népi Konföderációja) Pronunciation: Zha-laeg (often pronounced without the “h” or “ae” in English as “Za-leg”, though technically this isn’t correct) Population: Approx. 2,900,000 Formed: Originally 700s CE, last iteration of Countship shortly after WWI as part of Styria, revolted in 1936, Absorbed into 3d Reich 1937, “liberated” by USSR 1944, Stalinist communist government formed 1950, reformed 1995 Location: Western Hungary, Northern Croatia Capital: Zalaegerszeg (Zha-laeg-er-zeg) (Not the Zalaegerzeg in western Hungary, this one is farther south) Type: Parliamentary Marxist with public voting and multiple parties, Historically parliamentary monarchy similar to Styria Major Political Parties: -Marxist (hardline communist, reform-neutral, anti-Putinist, anti-royalty) -Communist Reform (pro-reform, democratic socialist, pro-EU, anti-Putinist, royalty-neutral) -Nationalist (anti-Styrian, anti-EU, anti-reform, strongly Putinist, suspected to be Russian and/or Mafiya political agent) -Royalist (pro-royalty, pro-reform, democratic socialist, pro-EU, anti-putinist. Accused by Nationalist and Marxist parties of being Styrian political agent, unable to confirm accusations) Current Government: Reformist/Marxist coalition (upcoming elections 2020) Head of Government: Prime Minister Jonathan Czabroja Language: Zalaegesh (a dialect of Hungarian)m Hungarian, British English (Minor languages: Austrian German, Croatian, Serbian) Major Ethnicities: Hungarian Major Religions: Atheism (Official), Catholicism Notable trading partners: EU (strained), Great Britain (strained), Former Yugoslavia, Russia Notable Allies: Russia (unofficially), Republika Srpska (historical), Serbia (prior to defeat in Yugoslav wars), Warsaw Pact member (historical), Yugoslavia (historical) Notable Enemies (currently all historical): Austria (Special Relationship), Hungary (Special Relationship), Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, NATO, Styria (stopped claiming as Zalaegian after Hofburg Agreement 1985, enemies duration of 1995 war, currently peaceful neighbors) Notable external activities: Substantial Red Cross support (strained in/after 1995 war), UN Peacekeeping major contributor Notable military actions post-1945: Czechoslovakia, 1968 (Pact); Afghanistan 1979-1989 (logistical), Stalinist Coup and Styrian-Zalaeg War, 1995 (aggressor); minor participant OIF, 2003-07 (coalition); minor participant OEF, 2008-2014 (coalition); Chernarus, 2009 (UN), Takistan, 2012 (UN)