In the decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the lingering effects of communism were still evident. The fledgeling republic faced numerous challenges trying to break the restraints that had been placed by their former government. With aid from the international community, the extensive economic damage caused by Soviet policies had been somewhat remedied through funding and the introduction of modern manufacturing techniques.
Chernarus had become a hub of international travel and many who visit regard their people as being very patriotic and nationalistic. The natural beauty of the countryside garnered interest for many, as tourism generated substantial business. Rapid economic growth in the industrial sector allowed Chernarus to become a nation of interest in its political spectrum.
As with most former Soviet republics, the black market trade of military surplus became commonplace. Many Chernarussian arms dealers found Takistan to be a thriving market for warlords vying for regional control. Takistan’s natural geography nurtured the growth of opium and hashish to run rampant in bordering areas and sprout a formidable drug trade.
Public opinion among certain radical factions in Chernarus such as the National Party, or NAPA, was hostile towards most Takistanis in the region. NAPA was able to fund their activities through the manufacture and sale of illicit narcotics; and when a Takistani militia known as the Islamic State of Takistan, or IST, began to encroach on their territory, tensions began to flare. NAPA struck first at a known IST mosque by opening fire on its worshippers during Jumuah. This outraged the IST and they retaliated by suicide bombing several Chernarussian Orthodox churches. Armed clashes between the NAPA and the IST led to several dozen civilian deaths.
As the casualties continued to rise, the Chernarus Defense Forces, or CDF, sought to intervene. Many NAPA personnel were arrested and given lenient sentences while several IST militants were imprisoned for life or executed. This further aggravated the IST encouraging them to step up the intensity of their attacks. The CDF’s reprisal operations became increasingly severe with little regard to the local populace prompting the UN to become involved.
Within a month into the insurgency, a UN delegation had arrived in Chernogorsk to meet with CDF high command. After much deliberation, the UN decided to lend aid to the CDF and Chernarussian people in an attempt to protect them from hostile forces. UN forces began by providing aid in the form of food, clothing, and medical supplies to those victimized by the IST and their terrorist attacks. They also reinforced the CDF’s borders by creating and manning checkpoints along their roads to prevent more insurgents from seeping in and to restrict NAPA’s movements. Many within NAPA were concerned with the UN’s involvement and would often not cooperate with them, preferring to deal with the CDF directly. Although they avoided outright hostilities with the peacekeepers, many within the UN detachment regarded them as a threat.
The guerilla war dragged on for four years and casualties steadily increased to over 7,000 civilians and 2,000 military personnel.
The conflict came to an end with the capture and execution of the remaining IST leaders within Chernarus in 2018. NAPA forces after losing many members went into hiding once again while the UN remained in the country to help maintain the fragile peace left behind. They aided in the reconstruction as well as protection from the few remaining IST remnants. Although the IST had been defeated in Chernarus, they remained a threat in Takistan. However, it wasn’t long before Chernarus’ industries reopened and borders began accepting the outside world once more. The peace would not last, however.
Shortly after the conclusion of the IST-NAPA conflict in November 2018, many in Chernarus began to display symptoms of a minor cold such as nausea, coughing, and mucus production. The relatively large influx of patients began to overwhelm medical providers throughout Chernarus, and sanitation regulations became lenient as a result. UN personnel that remained after the insurgency assisted local populaces in an attempt to control the spread of infection and prevent an epidemic.
Many European nations confirmed reports of similar symptoms to those that started in the Chernarus, South Zagoria region. Civilians from affected countries sought out medical aid due to the increasing severity of the symptoms and paranoia surrounding the rumours. This caused individuals to unknowingly contract the possible infection themselves and transmit it to their families and friends.
Cognition loss and rise in aggression became apparent from those afflicted and many hospitals began enlisting the aid of their respective national guards and police forces. Governments began to secure borders and restrict travel to contain any possible outbreak.
South Zagoria had the first recorded case of an infected individual becoming hostile and attacking fellow patients and medical staff in the Elektrozavodsk hospital. The patient was subsequently dispatched by local authorities. News of this spread throughout South Zagoria, causing mass hysteria in neighbouring populations.
As increased reports of infection and aggression began to emerge from around Chernarus, the first online video originating from Belarus went live and rapidly spread to many news outlets. The content depicted hospital staff fleeing as several crazed individuals emerge from the main entrance into a hail of police gunfire. After it was confirmed that the video was not a hoax by officials, many nations began to treat this infection as a threat. The CDC in the United States issued strict travel restrictions and quarantined all planes and ships coming from Europe. Nations across the world took note and began to take similar precautions.
The situation rapidly deteriorated, with hundreds of attacks being reported daily. Police reserves were called in to maintain order as everything from food to gasoline became rationed to protect reserves. The UN detachment requested that their garrison be increased to contain the situation as the infection became uncontrollable.
Increased restrictions of commercial goods led people across South Zagoria to take to the streets. Local businesses and monuments were vandalized, groceries looted, and the infection continued to spread unknowingly. The overworked police forces were soon at the breaking point and requested assistance from the CDF. Under threat of arms from the military, many civilians ceased their actions and went back to their respective homes. Although tensions were high, UN peacekeepers arrived en masse to help maintain order. Soon after the CDF enforced a no-fly zone over Chernarus and had a wing of MiG 21 interceptors stationed at the International Airfield to prevent airspace violations.
As the days dragged on, the pandemic continued to ramp up as more people succumbed to the infection each day with no end in sight. Reports from abroad informed that many nations were experiencing similar situations. The UN mobilized every possible asset attempting to contain the outbreak and find a means to defeat it. Despite containment procedures set forth by foreign governments, many cities began exhibiting outbreaks similar to those in Europe and Chernarus; from Los Angeles and New York City in the United States to Toronto, Canada and even further south near Culiacan, Mexico. Soon the CDF restricted all news and radio broadcasts as to not further demoralize the population.
For a time, the combined forces of the UN and CDF were able to maintain order as they began to evacuate people to the countryside. They established several medical stations and refugee camps to aid civilians and keep them out of harm’s way.
An unresponsive commercial airliner from Turkey was hailed multiple times in attempts to have the pilots deviate from their path to no avail. When the plane inevitably entered Chernarus airspace, CDF MiG 21s intercepted the airliner to deliver a final warning. When no response was received they fired a burst from their cannons, disabling the port side wing and its controls. Unfortunately, they didn’t predict that the remains of the plane would collide with the international hotel in Chernogorsk leading to the death of over 200 souls.
Following the airliner incident, the military prepared to go on the offensive to eliminate the infected threat once and for all. Without consulting the UN, the CDF launched limited airstrikes against several towns that were deemed complete losses; meanwhile, their ground forces attempted to eradicate the infected in towns that still had remaining survivors. With casualties mounting, the CDF declared the operation a failure shortly before the UN demanded an end to their hostilities. A portion of the CDFs infantry became exposed to the infection as a result of the operation, and upon returning to their installations they began to further infect their personnel. By this time the UN was now distrusting of the CDF and started acting independently. They reestablished many checkpoints throughout the region to help facilitate the evacuation of large cities and to keep the CDF in check. The UN peacekeepers primary objective was to prevent unnecessary violence and protect the general populace; not combat the CDF.
Chernarussian soldiers began exhibiting the same symptoms and increased aggression that many civilians previously had. Taking extreme measures to prevent further infection led to many friendly fire incidents culminating in the destruction of the Troitskoe Military Base. Following this, morale was shattered and many deserted. This led to their downfall as they lost most regional control, leaving the UN forces to fend for themselves.
The last transmission from the remaining Chernarussian Defense Forces was one of hope. (CDF remnants) They vowed to regroup, gather reinforcements, and return to protect the people. As they withdrew, the commander utilized their remaining airpower to destroy as many infected hordes as possible while their surviving soldiers were evacuated out of South Zagoria via helicopters.
Nations across the globe began experiencing similar scenarios with their respective militaries, populations, and governments leading to the collapse of most societal norms. Presumably, most military high command and government heads in more developed nations made their exodus to safety and allowed some sanctum of hope to remain for the future.
Those that remain in Chernarus are seemingly trapped due to extremely hostile border control and lack of civil order in most regions. It would seem they are going to have to make the best with what they have and learn to live with the new state of the world until something can be done.
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