Between Warriors and Bears

The Russian Spetsnaz has earned some renown around the world, however whether this fame has come from true acts and facts or mere fairy tales (fairy tales and myths being a dominant theme of the 20th to 21st century) what has not been questioned is their potential to cause an ever increasing amount of aggravation against the enemy. None more so than the Alfa Group. Specially trained to not only counter sabotage, insurgent and terrorist activities, they themselves are more than capable of conducting a number of destructive operations against their enemies. Even before the war, Afla group like much of the various Russian Special forces groups were battle hardened. By the time war broke out, these troops were dealing more pain than they themselves were enduring, and were arguably, the force that rescued the Russian Federation from complete collapse.

The Spetsnaz in the years leading up to the war were hard pressed to handle the ever increasing threats to the Russian Federation, both within, and without. In the year 2012, it was clear that the fighting in the North Caucasus was in no way going to calm down. However, as fighting in this often volatile region, between the Federation, rebellious groups from Chechens, Jihadists, Ethnic nationalists to the Regional power of Georgia increased, Alfa and other specialist groups found themselves hard pressed and were nearly torn apart by rising political and ethnic tensions inside Russia. In order to survive, Alfa, and much of the Spetsnaz themselves consolidated a form of identity or belonging to their unit not uncommon amongst fighting forces around the world. Soon becoming an active player in the battle between the Russian Nationalist/Fascist movement, Ethnic Nationalists, Communists and Government supporters, Alfa often switched sides in order to survive often at odds with fellow Russian military units.
By 2016, the coming of the Caliphate drew Alfa away from the storm brewing in its home territory, as Russia came close to the brink of civil war, the Kremlin ordered those units not loyal to its corrupt cause to the near abroad to conduct operations against raiding Tribes and Caliphate operatives. By 2017, Alfa found itself in South America again placed out of reach and out of mind, guarding, training and fighting various groups, from Governments, to terrorist organisations, drug cartels and more, in the interest of a Government back home, slowly coming under the control of a vast Crime cartel. However, with the start of the Third world war some years later, Alfa would be permanently changed by the appearance of one of its newest members. Anatoli Titov born and raised in the town of Novodvinsk placed on the edges of Siberia. It would be this rough, aspiring individual, who would come to walk the footsteps of the Russian states old Soviet heroes, and be one amongst many to save a crumbling nation. His ideals were to become dominant amongst many of the newer members of Alfa during the war.

World War 3

When China declared war against Russia, in a surprise assault on its Eastern territories, Alfa was one of the first on the scene, outmanned, outgunned, and supported by an army that was ill equipped and unprepared for such an assault, Alfa found itself clinging to survival, fighting of Hordes of PLA forces that split across the border in waves.
The fighting was fierce, none more so than in the city of Khabarovsk, which soon replaced Stalingrad as one of the worlds most bloodiest battles. Both sides fought fanatically, Russia to maintain its home ground, and the Chinese to escape the vast expanse of toxic death behind them, created through years of industrial expansion. Alfa became connected to the places in which they fought, from the valleys and plains of the East, to the vast mongolian desert, and the wind swept icy cold wastelands of the far north. Losing men at every turn, finally the Russian Armed forces managed to draw a line in the sand, bogging down and weakening the invading forces watering them down until they could no longer afford to take ground. This temporary relief ensured that the occupants of the East narrowly missed nuclear oblivion, the Kremlin becoming desperate as its Eastern forces were pushed to breaking point.
The desperation within the Kremlin however would none other than bring all of Russia to war. Whilst most of Russia’s inner turmoil had been reduced by the threat of outside invasion, to the East, to the West, a new threat grew.
In the year 2025 the Kremlin stretched in its war effort against the Chinese, and attempting to gain the favour of its otherwise rebellious subjects, ordered that all grain exports to Europe, the Far east (save for India its ally) to be put on hold and funnelled to the East and to the frontline against numerous foes in the near abroad. Soon afterwards, the Kremlin demanded that all gas and oil exports to all outside states be shut of, as with all natural resources. The result was catastrophic.
Less than a month after the order had been fulfilled, the E.U, demanded that a Coalition of its states, headed by Germany invade and occupy Russia’s western and most productive regions. Hastily Europe’s armies were mobilised, and soon launched a ferocious Blitzkrieg against the Federation. However, Russia was this time, not going to allow itself to be unprepared for the event of another attack by another neighbouring state. Its Western forces had already mobilised, and were merely looking East, Alfa had been withdrawn from the Chinese front, and placed on the border with Finland, its mission top secret to all but the highest members of Russia’s military.
As the rumbling thunder of Leapord and Leclerc tanks rolled across the lightly guarded Russian border, the Western defense forces guns simply turned to face the new enemy, and within a week, the two sides were at a stalemate outside Moscow.
As Europe poured its all against the Russian forces on the mainland. Alfa, and a large contingent of Russian troops moved into Finland, under the cover of a large aerial and artillery bombardment. Alfa soon infiltrated a number of Finnish defensive spots, and after fierce fighting, Helsinki was surrounded and besieged, with those Finnish forces unable to reach the capital, left to withdraw into the north, to fight a sporadic series of battles, with little effect.
During 2026, Alfa was ordered to spearhead the invasion of Sweden, the Spetsnaz group was ordered specifically to hold the city ransom and, with the supporting Russian force, use it to create a hopping point onto mainland Europe. Anatoli, and a large number of Alfa voiced their disapproval against the move, coming to the conclusion that such a move would break the western defences stretching them beyond a point where they could efficiently take on the European invaders. Nevertheless, the Kremlin demanded that either its plans be carried out, or Alfa and its members would be hunted down and killed as traitors. To support the gesture, droves of Nationalist thugs, were marched into occupied Finland to keep the army in check, Mercenaries and Fanatics armed to the teeth with a wide array of weaponry followed the every move of their military counterparts, leading to outbreaks of violence and sometimes death. Atrocities by the bluntly named Death Battalions became widespread, with little thought as to who would be targeted.
Then in the opening months of 2027, the Russian Baltic fleet, having raided across much of the Baltic coast, carried Alfa and the invading forces to their destination, tearing through the ice choked waters they soon came into view of the city of Stockholm. The Cities defenders had come to be reinforced by contingents from Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Finnish troops and on that fateful day, the exiled British army. Alfa were the first to dismount and press forwards trudging over sea ice, to end the countries renowned ability to have never fought a war since the 1800s.
Alfa would remain in Sweden until Russia’s withdrawal in 2030, the campaign having left only a handful of Alfas members alive. Upon returning home, they were rounded up by the KGB and sent to a reopened Gulag in Siberia on the grounds of having not fought hard enough for the motherland. As Anatoli and his comrades plotted their escape, they were completely unaware of the terrible virus that had infiltrated their overcrowded camp in the form of Chinese POWs, nor the gnashing of teeth, and empty groans that followed in its wake.

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