Livonia is an eastern European terrain which is an area of Poland within the partly abandoned Nadbor region. Nadbór represents one of Poland's three administrative districts and is a part of the Andrzejów Division. This landlocked NATO state shares borders with four other nations, including the Russian exclave Kaliningrad and Belarus, which inherently makes it a place of great geostrategic importance to NATO and Russia, serving as a sort of ‘buffer’ region between mainland Russia and western European countries.
The region has been the site of several significant historical events throughout the nation's existence. During the Second World War, the town of Topolin became the site of a bloody massacre when defeated Wehrmacht troops attempted to flee from a penal battalion of Soviet soldiers in 1944.
In the Cold War, the subsequent occupation of Poland by the Soviet Union turned Nadbór into a hotbed of anti-Soviet resistance activity. These resistance groups waged a bloody guerrilla war against the repressive Soviet regime that had a claim on the region. As attacks against Soviet troops raged on within the region, the Soviet government took extreme measures to suppress this resistance in an attempt to smother any news on anti-soviet activity from leaking to the western world. Soon, entire villages were rounded up, interrogated, and either massacred or sent to gulags if they were suspected of being involved in resistance affairs. The last known band of partisans was known to have based their operations out of the region, though they were ultimately exterminated by the Soviets in 1965.
Since Poland's independence following the collapse of the USSR, the Nadbór region has been converted into an army training area in the mid-late 1990s. As of 2016, it was designated as the main site of the biennial "Operation Anaconda" joint military exercises held between Poland and its NATO allies.
As the southern half of the region falls within the military exclusion zone, it has been largely abandoned by the civilian population. Only the northern half (specifically the Upper Biela Valley) is populated by civilians; the majority are farmers and hunters, who have lived in the region for generations.
Due to Russian military influence on the border Kaliningrad and their rising aggression evident by the Ukrainian conflict, Polish Defence Force and Nato have been conducting military exercises since 2016.
In early 2019 in order to gain a stronger presence in the region, Poland allowed the US to build a joint base in Poland which will house 1000 Troops and many unmanned drones. This action further escalated the standoff. Shortly after construction, Russia and Belarus sent troops to the border of Poland. NATO and Poland respond by marching troops along the border as well
In July of 2020 during a drone training exercise between the US and Poland, one of the drones malfunctioned and crashed in a Russian FOB in Kaliningrad injuring 5 soldiers. Perceiving the crash as an attack, Russia decided to retaliate with hostile force.
This was the start of a massive war between Russia and NATO. Many skirmishes are fought along the border in a tug-of-war style with Russia trying to gain ground in Poland and NATO trying to push them back. Many key areas would be bombed by either side and many would be displaced from their homes. Unknown to either side, the worst was yet to come.
Due to the fighting between Russian and NATO forces, most civilians fled from their homes towards either the Russian or Polish refugee camps until the war was over. However, the poor living conditions and lack of resources within both countries' refugee camps lead to diseases and poor medical care for the refugees as a result.
Rumors circulated throughout the world about both sides appalling living conditions in the camps, eventually spurring Vice news into investigating the claims within both countries simultaneously. Once published, the article caught worldwide attention, showing the conditions of one specific Russian refugee camp that was simply horrific. A video was also provided with the article that came from one of the refugees, showing an unidentified man attacking several other refugees. The article and video go viral overnight and more reports of the incidents start to occur on both sides’ refugee camps as well as in Europe’s biggest towns and cities.
Whilst the Vice article was catching worldwide attention, Russian forces pushed the Polish army and NATO forces further back into Polish territory by utilizing Spetsnaz operatives and pro-Russian separatists to conduct guerrilla warfare against NATO and Polish armed forces. Polish patriots organize civilian militias to undermine the Russian offensives and strong points within the region. A campaign of counter-terrorism and guerrilla warfare took place on both sides of the conflict. However, only the Polish militias seem to have been able to make strong advancements, capturing an airstrip from the Russian forces occupying it within the Nadbor region of Livonia.
With the Vice article already viral, the World Health Organization decided to step in and investigate the reports of disease outbreaks within the refugee camps behind friendly lines in Poland. However once communication was established and a couple of reports made it back to the WHO HQ outside of Poland, communication was lost with the field teams. The World Health Organization, unsure of the missing field operative’s status, gives NATO clearance to send in troops to investigate the missing personnel. The NATO troops investigate the camps and find several mass graves, and immediately start to radio command, however as the message was being relayed the entire force was wiped out by what they called “Carriers.”
Due to the same “Carriers” affecting the Russians, they reach out to NATO high command and ask to parlay to combat this epidemic. A temporary cease-fire is declared between the two countries and a demilitarized zone is set up by both countries in order to keep tensions low, while both countries fight this disease. Within the Nadbor region, multiple treatment camps and evacuation zones are set up to allow the Polish government to clean up the area and evacuate any uninfected civilians. Two weeks past the ceasefire declaration many of these treatment camps, evacuation zones, and even refugee camps get overrun by the infected and the disease spreads throughout the residents due to asymptomatic carriers. Both NATO and Russia have extreme difficulty containing the disease due to the sheer numbers of those infected and the danger that asymptomatic carriers can cause due to not being able to be identified through traditional means, Moscow is overrun only two months after the ceasefire was declared, many survivors fled west towards Europe and probable safety. During this time, the entirety of Europe was put into marshal law and after long and harsh battles, the infected eventually destroyed what remained of the government through sheer force of numbers. Radio communication within the outside world ceased almost immediately afterward, leaving the fate of the world to be questioned even 5 years later.
After 5 long and hard years of surviving, nature has taken back the rural and war-stricken landscape which was home to many Polish locals and foreign armed forces. People are left to fend for themselves with the limited resources available. This is where your story starts…..
Written by @Melon23 & @ShipwreckOG