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|Origin||Federal Republic of Rheinland|
|Recruitment||Click to join|
|Date of founding||820 A.S.|
|Current leader(s)||Erich Klugmann|
|Base of operations||Bruchsal Base, Frankfurt|
|Secondary Base||Cloppenburg Base, Bremen|
|Primary ID||Bundschuh ID|
|Overthrow of the Federal Republic of Rheinland through overt and covert methods; establishment and administration of a post-Federal Republic social-democratic state.|
|Coordination and diplomatic manipulation of groups capable of aiding in success of Primary Objective.|
The Vereinigte Widerstandsarmee, also known as the Widerstand or the VWA, is a paramilitary of the Bundschuh created to unite the various factions that emerged after the fall of the Volksfront. It has among its ranks many former commanding officers of the Volksfront and the Rheinlandische Volksfreiheitspartei and has quickly become the dominant force within the Bundschuh.
- 1 What is the Vereinigte Widerstandsarmee?
- 2 History
- 3 Hierarchy
- 4 Guidelines
- 5 Zone of influence
- 6 Weapons
- 7 Ships
- 8 Diplomacy
What is the Vereinigte Widerstandsarmee?
The Vereinigte Widerstandsarmee are a paramilitary organisation within the Bundschuh movement. The Bundschuh are a very old outlawed political party in Rheinland and have in their many years become less and less united, especially since the fall of the Volksfront. Divided into many 'sects' the Bundschuh lacked unity and leadership as the various groups were busier with each other than with the government of Rheinland. None of those groups were stable enough to unite the party's forces.
Some of those who had fought bravely under the banner of the Volksfront watched with pain in their hearts as everything they had worked so hard for fell apart. Something had to be done: something was. A message was broadcast to all Bundschuh members by Professor Augusta "Audino" Adler warning that the Bundschuh had grown weak. Responses were sent by a variety of people: former Volksfront officers; members of the small emergent groups; and Bundschuh members who had not fought before, but felt they had to stand up in these dark days. They all came together and agreed to build something new. Something that would last. Something which could bring the Bundschuh back together.
So, the ex-Volksfront officers took up the mantle to form an organised group once more. Rheinland military defectors, Bundschuh and other underground politicians, activists, members of the Rheinlandische Volksfreiheitspartei and Volksfront remnants joined together to form the VWA – Vereinigte Widerstandsarmee.
A united force that easily outnumbered the other sects, the Widerstand became the most influential group in the Bundschuh under the leadership of its founding Oberst, Michael Wolf, and his successor eventually led the Widerstand to accomplish its goal. Oberst Erich Klugmann succeeded in getting enough support in the party so that finally a party leader could be elected again. Klugmann won the elections with ease but refused the honour and appointed Albrecht Noth in his stead.
The Widerstand poses a real threat to the Federal Republic of Rheinland's assets, its non-violent activism leaving just as deadly a blow as when the motley assortment of dissidents chooses to act through force. But most importantly perhaps, they are capable of uniting the Bundschuh both among the Widerstand's own ranks and among the sects that support them.
679 A.S - Origins
The Bundschuh as a movement are believed to have been founded by a small group of New Berlin University students. These well-read and well-educated Rheinland civilians were frustrated at the conditions that the Eighty-Years-War had imposed on Rheinland’s people, relegating them to practical serfdom. They decided they would no longer abide a society where one’s role in life was determined at birth due to an utter lack of class mobility.
Over several decades as the Eighty-Years-War ground to its terrible climax, the Bundschuh grew into an uncommonly efficient and disciplined underground movement that began to accumulate more and more influence among the working classes. With numbers kept high by angry, destitute workers and supported financially by sympathetic Neu Berlin intelligentsia, the Bundschuh quietly gathered influence and waited. The Rheinland Empire was quite clearly failing and faltering, it was only a matter of when. After the fateful Battle of Yanagi, their time came.
700 A.S - Popular Revolution
The loss of the Eighty-Years-War and the defeat of the most powerful military that Sirius had thus far known at the hands of a corporation was too much for Rheinland’s people to bear. Decades after decade of ceding already-miniscule rights to further a total war effort, only to leave Rheinland humiliated, broken, a shattered memory of her former glory. This was the spark of an event that even the Empire could not withstand.
The self-proclaimed Popular Revolution began in Dresden, where Daumann miners who had worked 16-hour-shifts for months, with no pay, finally decided that enough was enough. Using weapons and supplies smuggled in by underground Bundschuh cells, revolutionary groups all over Rheinland fought what defenders of the Emperor remained for five bloody years before overthrowing the old Rheinland Empire and ushering in the Rheinland Federal Republic, the Bundesrepublik.
715 A.S - New Government and Exile
With the fall of the Rheinland Empire, the Bundschuh finally succeeded in realizing their dream of a parliamentary representative democracy, planting the seeds of a new government in the ash of the old.
It was not to last.
By 715 A.S the aristocratic elements in Rheinlandische society had more or less re-consolidated their power in both the government and wider society. Eager to cling to their reclaimed authority, legislation crept through parliament that returned the Bundschuh party to its prior outlawed, underground state. The group that had technically founded the Bundesrepublik was fast-fading into obscurity. Unable to halt the decay of the new government from the inside, the Bundschuh’s numbers dwindled.
More and more, the now-outlawed group’s operations began to consist of spaceborne attacks on political targets or unwary Military patrols. Accordingly, its membership began to consist more and more of former Hessians or other pirates, instead of the intelligentsia in which its roots lay. Despite fading into the collective memory of Rheinland’s populace, the Bundschuh clung to survival as a bottom-feeder pirate group for nearly a century, salvaging survival from the trade-lanes.
800 A.S - Battle of Schatten
By 800 A.S Rheinland had become a puppet of the nomads. Government and military officials alike fell beneath the thrall of the aliens, marching in lockstep toward the annihilation of the sector. Ironically it was the weakness of the Bundschuh, their past successes long-forgotten, that allowed it to almost entirely escape notice from the Wilde. Consequently, The Order chose the Bundschuh as the front for their attempts to infiltrate the viper’s nest that Rheinland had become. This culminated in a desperate attack on Schatten Research Station, near the Bundschuh’s primary base at Frankfurt.
No first-hand accounts of battle exist, save a Bundschuh report compiled immediately after the operation. Only a single squadron of snubcraft was on hand for the Bundschuh; among them finest aces of the dwindling movement. Renowned Freelancer Edison Trent joined along with the Bundschuh’s then-leader Claus Botzler and Rheinswehr defectee Diedrich Von Claussen in an attempt to destroy experimental weapons - intended to be used by puppet Rheinland against Kusari.
What exactly transpired in the heart of the Westerwald is unknown, but only a ragged few of those who set out returned, among them Von Claussen and Trent - their mission successful.
801 A.S - Second Wind
With financial aid from The Order, the Bundschuh launched a massive public relations campaign in the tumult following the Nomad War’s end. While many of these transmissions and efforts at propaganda were swiftly quashed by Kanzler Steller’s regime, the survivors of the Nomad War did not forget what they had heard.
Swelling membership and an influx of credits caused the Bundschuh to redouble their traditional efforts, earning its first real successes in nearly a century. However, the Federal Republic dug in its heels, and nothing lasting became of them; not even the rise of the patriotic Volksfront movement could come close to overthrowing the establishment. The Buro der Marineintelligenz now had decades of experience and training to combat the Bundschuh on both the fields of battle and propaganda, providing an insurmountable obstacle for any of Rheinland's revolutionary movements, even unified.
820 A.S - Enter the Widerstand
With the eventual fall and subsequent disbandment of the Volksfront movement, another dark age for the Bundschuh reared its head. Tiny factions such as the Rheinlandische Volksfreiheitspartei appeared for short periods of time, but their efforts for the most part accounted to naught. For quite some time, the revolutionary pendulum remained angled towards the "Hessian" avenue; a pragmatic effort to strike terror into the hearts of the Federal Republic's enforcers. As a result, despite very real problems and injustices remaining in Rheinland's present regime, the "terrorists" began to lose even more sway with Rheinland's captive populace.
A new generation of academics, however, began to take issue with their government. One Professor Augusta Adler, at great risk to herself shouted out a rallying cry for these and other elements to breathe new life into the exiled party. Her call was met with far more success than she could have hoped for.
A motley array of academic minds, ex-soldiers, and even repentant pirates, the Widerstand shows much vigor as the current incarnation of the Bundschuh.
The VWA is organised in a unique manner. There are only few ranks and key decisions are usually decided upon by means of a vote among its members. This is usually done after the issue has first been discussed among various members and commanding officers. This ensures that the course of the Widerstand is supported by its members which in turn guarantees unity in the movement and motivated forces.
While internal democracy is essential to the political course of the movement, ranks are still relevant for day-to-day situations and the military decision-making of the Widerstand. Members are expected to obey their superiors in order to operate as efficiently as possible in their guerilla war against Rheinland.
Vorsitzende - The party leader of the Bundschuh. He or she has been elected to to guide the entirety of the party and not just a single sect. Now that the VWA has become dominant within the party the Vorsitzende is usually one of their members or a non-militant party-member who supports them. Although technically above the Oberst, the Vorsitzende is mostly busy with politics and usually leaves the Oberst in command of his forces.
Oberst - The VWA's leading figure. While his/her directions can technically be circumvented by a general vote of no confidence, this is highly uncommon. After all, the Oberst's role is meritocratic and no-one unfit for the job would have been able to reach the rank in the first place.
Kommandant - Valued, elite members of the VWA who have proven time and again that they are capable of leading their fellows in operations. The Oberst may defer command of a group of Aktivists to a Kommandant as he sees fit.
Aktivist - The composing members of the VWA, their often-unsung actions make them just as important as their leaders, if not even more so. While the title "Aktivist" may not be one that confers skill in battle, most VWA pilots are more than a match for a squadron of tertiary fighters.
(Current and updated as of February 3, 2015)
Freya Eistochter (TheJarl) (2iC)
Erich Klugmann (LunaticOnTheGrass) (1iC)
Michael Wolf (Omicron)
Alexander Fuchs (Ichiru)
Matthias Zillich (MIA, presumed dead) (The_Prophet)
Frederich Gauss (MIA) (SummerMcLovin)
Axel Eichel (Wulverine)
Raquel Ramirez (Omicega)
Steve Harlow (Karst)
Lizzie McLowell (Pinko)
Sarah McFarlen (Commissar)
Michael Hermann (Inactive) (Maximk)
Marco Hauser (Inactive) (Garuda)
Alard Hartwin (MIA, presumed dead) (Croft)
Karla Trolle (MIA) (Wulven)
Isolde Sorge (MIA) (Scout)
Benedikt Siegel (MIA) (Pavel)
Aksel Goldstein (MIA, presumed dead) (Mare123King)
Thea Bauer (MIA, presumed dead) (Ktayn)
Helmut Von Stierlitz (MIA) (LunaticOnTheGrass)
Roger Schroedinger (MIA, presumed dead) (Grayish Jedi)
What passes as Widerstand Piracy is rarely ruthless or even demanding; simply a notification that donations would be appreciated and often naming a list of reasons why said donation would benefit both the Widerstand and the donating ship in question. The so-called "Klugmann Method" of piracy has held surprisingly effective results.
The Widerstand's piracy prioritizes Corporations over individual or freelance transports and companies. Certain commodities that are morally questionable (Cardamine, Slaves, etc.) or a direct threat to the movement (Munitions, Military Vehicles) will often be targeted for retrieval and destruction/repatriation, depending on the good.
It is uncommon (but not unheard of) for Widerstand ships to initiate an attack for any reason, but certain things often raise its ire more than others. Attacks on allied and friendly entities are never tolerated and usually result in a small wing of motley activists emerging from a nebula or asteroid field, cannons blazing.
The Widerstand's relationship with its nemesis the Federal Government is complex; most activists understand that their foes in law enforcement are not the true enemy and as such have a diminished sense of anger/hatred towards them. Many such encounters end peacefully, others far less so, depending on the pilots involved on either side.
The Widerstand extends no such privilege to non-governmental foes that hamper its efforts more than others; Bounty Hunters, Corsairs, and the Slomon K'hara can expect to be treated as targets of priority.
Zone of influence
Primary: Where the brunt of Widerstand operations take place.
Secondary: The Widerstand will occasionally fly operations into these regions, but with less frequency than the above.
Tertiary: The Widerstand is very capable of operating within these systems for various reasons, but prefers to leave them be for the most part.
Smuggling and Diplomatic Operations are commonly flown into systems held by Liberty, Kusari and Bretonia; there are even reports of ships flying Bundschuh Green in the Omicrons. These occasions are obviously few and far between.
Standard issue for the Widerstand are the Bundschuh's own Luger-class Tachyon Cannon.
Bruchsal's engineers are capable of working other weapons onto Widerstand ships, including Civilian, LWB, Hessian, Coalition, and even Order weaponry.
Very Heavy Fighters
*Ships from The Order require permission from the Oberst
The Vereinigte Widerstandsarmee is dominant within the Bundschuh and thus they tend to determine the diplomatic stances of the movement. The most notable influence the VWA has had on Bundschuh diplomacy was siding with Liberty in the war against Rheinland. A controversial decision that raised the ire of patriotic members, but ultimately the bold move greatly benefited the movement as the war weakened the military power of the Bundesrepublik while strengthening the Bundschuh thanks to high-quality supplies gained from the Liberty Navy.
In general the VWA tends to strengthen ties with foreign organisations such as the Liberty Navy and the Blood Dragons while relying less and less on traditional allies like the Red Hessians. The VWA's closest ally has consistently been The Order.
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