We'll take our fights with them;
We'll go as groups to stop them;
We'll return our slain rights;
With all force we'll push them out.
The world is not what you or I know it as.
After the Second World War came to an end, our worlds diverged. In this universe, Ba'athist uprisings, unified under the banner of Pan-Arabism, plagued the European colonies. Bled by the War, none of the powers would oppose it. Breaking the chains of colonialism, a new state was created.
The Greater Babylonian Empire comprised, in the beginning, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. The Empire would soon, over the years, come to include Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Palestine (And Israel), and Egypt by 1967. Israel fell in 1967 after a sustained effort by the Empire and Egypt. Egypt joined soon after. Somalia, seeing an alliance opportunity, pledged fealty to the Empire, becoming an effective puppet state.
The Soviets, in 1970, seeing a threat with Empire's growing power, began to take aggressive action with the Afghani government, trying to bully it into being a subservient puppet state like the Warsaw Pact. This failed, and Afghanistan, soon after, was absorbed into the Empire. The Pakistanis, after the loss of East Pakistan, joined the Empire. They began lobbying for Kashmir to be liberated, but their lobbies wouldn't be answered immediately.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the rest of North Africa joined the Empire. With this new-found power, they decided to flex their muscles. The Empire declared war on India, claiming land in Kashmir. After a brief war, which the Indians were left to stand alone, the Indians capitulated. Kashmir was ceded to the Empire and a new nation, a buffer state for the Empire, was forged out of bordering Indian states (Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh) which was named the Mughal Empire, in honour of the Mughal Empire of old.
Feeling threatened by the advances of the Empire, the Soviets, along with their Turkish and Balkan (Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Greece, and Hungary) allies declared war on the Empire in 1984, while NATO sat behind their wall of apathy. The Soviets, however, had a completely different doctrine. While the Balkan armies sat content in Rumelia, far from the action, the Soviets and the Turks bled and died at the hands of the Babylonians. The Balkan forces left the conflict, and ended up signing an alliance with the Babylonians, after it became clear the Soviets and the Turks would be bled dry.
The Soviets and the Turks were forced into a humiliating treaty in 1987. Turkey was divided along, roughly, the 30th meridian, east between the Babylonians and Byzantium, the union of the Balkan states, which had united. The Soviets handed over the Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia SSRs as well as Dagestan and Chechnya. A huge prestige blow had been done to the Soviets. NATO quietly rejoiced. One threat had been dealt with.
Meanwhile, the UN was torn apart by petty bickering. In 1995, a political pundit in Britain had commented that the UN had 'become nothing more than a repeat of the League of Nations.' That was not far from the truth. The Security Council had become simply a place where vetos were common and nothing got done. The General Assembly had become nothing but constant debate and similarly, nothing get done.
In 1999, the Empire pressed south, first into Sudan. The Security Council loudly protested. The US, UK, and the Soviet Union, as well as many of the Western nations, loudly condemned the 'violation of the Sudanese independence.' The Empire responded with a simple message.
Come and stop us.
The soldiers were greeted by cheering crowds in Khartoum, and the Sudanese government joined the Empire. In the next year, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Burkina Faso joined the Empire. Most of the Sub-Saharan armies stayed homogeneous, with the Middle Easterns and Caucasians usually don't share units with the Sub-Saharans.
In 2003, the Greater Babylonian Empire began to fear NATO strikes. So, they now plan for a pre-emptive strike against NATO, to cut them off before they become a threat.
Essentially, we're going to roleplaying soldiers in the Babylonian Army, in the 9th Infantry Division "Nebuchadnezzar." The Nebuchadnezzar Division is recruited from primarily Arabic men, with some Turks and Chechens scattering the ranks.
This RP, even though it's going to be very military, isn't going to be all 'guns, guns, kill, kickass, hoorah' and Hollywood action. I quite like the 'every-day, just another day' kind of experiences, but that doesn't mean there won't be action. This RP is going to be chock-full of it.
Some key things about the universe. The Greater Babylonian Empire consists of (In no particular order) Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Half of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Dagestan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan (Including modern-day South Sudan), Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia.
The USSR still exists, albeit dismantled slightly. It is missing Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Dagestan. They lost the Soviet-Babylonian War and their military is currently undergoing a semi-reform and semi-purge period. Their dissolution was avoided by hardliner nationalists taking over.
Byzantium is an ally of the Babylonians. Comprised of Yugoslavia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and half of Turkey, they wield significant power and are the fear of both Europe and the Soviets.
The European Union in this universe is less of an economic alliance and more of a military one. Even though Brussels may seem united, the EU is split between nations which are weary of being caught up in another war. Portugal, Spain, France, West Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Italy, the UK, and Ireland.
The United States is less dedicated in Europe and the world than they are in our universe. They have token installations in Europe, but nothing elaborate. Isolationist due to the Babylonian power, and scared into it deeper by the defeat of the Soviets, they watch and wait.
In this universe, there is more of a pull towards conventional warfare. Nuclear weapons in the sense of our universe never took off, and they are used in a more tactical role, such as blocking passes, and are a key naval asset. Cruisers and such are more important in this universe, as they are used to block tactical nukes headed to the carriers.
As for the RP itself, I expect a good sized post (2-4 paragraphs) with detail and enough for us all to respond to and such. I really want some good character action between us.
The Babylonian Army has little variation in its soldiers uniforms. Here is the standard uniform of a Babylonian soldier. Occasionally, the headgear will become a black beret. Officers are permitted to wear and use a scimitar.
The Babylonian Army uses the SIG SG 510, bought from the Swiss. The Babylonian arms manufacturers produce essential rip-offs of the design, the Xerxes Battle Rifle. The Lee Enfield is the designated sniper rifle. SIG MG 170 machine guns are used by squad machine gunners. Due to the Babylonians controlling former Israeli manufacturers, the Uzi sees plenty of action. The M79 is also in use.
Sidearms, used by officers, snipers, and squad machine gunners, is the Beretta M1951.
Officers are also issued a scimitar, which is used as both a ceremonial decoration to a uniform and a deadly combat weapon.
These are the ranks of the Babylonian Armed Forces.
Here are the squad classes:
Rifleman (Two per squad)
Squad Machine Gunner
My Co-GM is Ottoman.
Rank (Please write here your requested rank, and Otto and I will give them to you once all the sheets are up):
The Australian: Sergeant Massoud Ghorbani (Commanding Officer)
Ottoman: Corporal Hasan Ashraf al-Mosul (Second-in-Command)
AYoungWarthog: Private Abdul Ali Mahmud (Rifleman)
The Tactician:Private Haroun ibn Botros (Rifleman)
Ender Wiggin: Private First Class Adi Druzhallah (Squad Machine Gunner)
idlehands: Private First Class Soraya Karam (Combat Medic)
HeySeuss: Private Nasser Baioumy Mahmoud. (Grenadier)