Is this TL a good start?

  • Yes

    Votes: 8 66.7%
  • No

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Maybe

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • Perhaps?

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    12
  • Poll closed .
Congratz Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah is an awesome song.

Re: terrorist action, I do have to say that Russia does need setbacks as well as victories.
 

Irvine

Banned
EAF as a political union is almost ASB unfortunately. Too much religious and ethnic conflicts in a single state already exist in all countries involved and simply adding all those into one would be a tinder box waiting to explode
But hey, at least Ukraine could integrate with Russia.
 
Inauguration speech
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PRESIDENTE DELLA CAMERA DEI DEPUTATI SCHIFANI:
La seduta è aperta. Invito il Presidente della Repubblica a prestare giuramento davanti al Parlamento
a norma dell'articolo 91 della Costituzione (L'Assemblea si leva in piedi).

Il Presidente della Repubblica legge la formula:
"GIURO DI ESSERE FEDELE ALLA REPUBBLICA
E DI OSSERVARNE LA COSTITUZIONE"


(Vivissimi, prolungati applausi, cui si associano i membri del Governo e il pubblico delle tribune).

Il Presidente della Camera cede il suo seggio al Presidente della Repubblica e prende posto alla sua destra.

PRESIDENTE DELLA CAMERA DEI DEPUTATI SCHIFANI:
Il Presidente della Repubblica rivolgerà ora il suo messaggio al Parlamento. Invito gli onorevoli deputati e gli onorevoli senatori a prendere posto.

MESSAGGIO AL PARLAMENTO DEL PRESIDENTE DELLA REPUBBLICA
SILVIO BERLUSCONI



Signor Presidente,
Onorevoli deputati,
Onorevoli senatori,
Signori rappresentanti delle regioni d'Italia,

il mio omaggio va all'Assemblea che mi ha eletto, al Parlamento nella sua più alta composizione,
che esprime la rappresentanza nazionale ed i suoi valori storici e, assieme ad essa,
le autonomie politiche e le identità culturali delle regioni italiane.

[… ...]

Gli italiani hanno preso la parola, hanno messo a tacere con la loro voce sovrana il pessimismo rumoroso
di chi non ama l'Italia e non crede nel suo futuro. Hanno respinto le insidiose campagne di sfiducia astensionista,
hanno partecipato generosamente al momento più alto e più nobile di una democrazia liberale moderna ed hanno detto:
noi vi mettiamo in grado di risollevare il Paese, sta a voi non deluderci.

Fate funzionare le istituzioni della Repubblica, ci hanno ordinato gli elettori. Realizzate quanto avete promesso di realizzare
e fatelo in fretta, perché una cosa è sicura: l'Italia non ha tempo da perdere.

[… …]

Solo la stabilità politica può suscitare quel clima di fiducia che stimola a progettare e a intraprendere,
che rassicura i cittadini risparmiatori e consumatori, che sollecita a investire sul futuro.

Con l'aiuto di Dio, con la fiducia degli italiani, sarò fedele al mio giuramento.
Sarò fedele ai valori di libertà, di giustizia, di democrazia che sono il fondamento della Costituzione repubblicana.

Viva la Repubblica italiana! Viva l'Unione Europea! Viva l'Italia!​

TRANSLATION:

PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES SCHIFANI:
The session is open. I invite the President of the Republic to take an oath before Parliament
in accordance with Article 91 of the Constitution (The Assembly stands up).

The President of the Republic reads the formula:
"I SWEAR TO BE FAITHFUL TO THE REPUBLIC
AND TO OBSERVE ITS CONSTITUTION"


(Very lively, prolonged applause, joined by the members of the Government and the audience of the stands).

The President of the Chamber gives his seat to the President of the Republic and takes his place on his right.

PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES SCHIFANI:
The President of the Republic will now address his message to Parliament. I invite the honorable deputies and the honorable senators to take their seats.

MESSAGE TO PARLIAMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
SILVIO BERLUSCONI



Mister President,
Honorable Deputies,
Honorable Senators,
Representatives of the regions of Italy,

my tribute goes to the Assembly that elected me, to the Parliament in its highest composition,
which expresses national representation and its historical values and, together with it,
the political autonomies and cultural identities of the Italian regions.

[... ...]

The Italians took the floor, silenced with their sovereign voice the noisy pessimism
of those who do not love Italy and do not believe in its future. They rejected the insidious campaigns of abstentionist distrust,
they generously participated in the highest and noblest moment of a modern liberal democracy and said:
we enable you to revive the country, it's up to you not to disappoint us.

Run the institutions of the Republic, the voters ordered us. Realize what you promised to accomplish
and do it quickly, because one thing is certain: Italy has no time to waste.

[……]

Only political stability can inspire that climate of trust which stimulates planning and undertaking,
which reassures savers and consumers, which urges them to invest in the future.

With God's help, with the confidence of the Italians, I will be faithful to my oath.
I will be faithful to the values of freedom, justice and democracy which are the foundation of the Republican Constitution.

Long live the Italian Republic! Long live the European Union! Long live Italy!​
 
Regarding my predictions for Resurgent Russia, I believe that at this point France will replace OTL Great Britain as an "anti-Russian" country in Europe, while Germany will have a more "pro-Russian" stance or at least "less willing to antagonize. to Russia ".

Regarding Russia's advances in East Africa, we can expect Egypt to shit bricks and try to get as close as it can to the United States to "counter" the "dangerous Russian expansion." Or at least that would be the excuse they would use to request (and obtain) more funds from the Pentagon.

I can easily see Egypt displacing Saudi Arabia as America's "preferred ally" in the Middle East (they are far more powerful and have more projection of power, as well as being close to Russia's partners in East Africa). Although this will take time.
 
Regarding my predictions for Resurgent Russia, I believe that at this point France will replace OTL Great Britain as an "anti-Russian" country in Europe, while Germany will have a more "pro-Russian" stance or at least "less willing to antagonize. to Russia ".

Regarding Russia's advances in East Africa, we can expect Egypt to shit bricks and try to get as close as it can to the United States to "counter" the "dangerous Russian expansion." Or at least that would be the excuse they would use to request (and obtain) more funds from the Pentagon.

I can easily see Egypt displacing Saudi Arabia as America's "preferred ally" in the Middle East (they are far more powerful and have more projection of power, as well as being close to Russia's partners in East Africa). Although this will take time.
Also, Iran is less extremists than in our timelines thanks to the CSTO. Italy would also get close to Russia I think.
These are Berlusconi and Putin in 2008 in OTL
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Regarding my predictions for Resurgent Russia, I believe that at this point France will replace OTL Great Britain as an "anti-Russian" country in Europe, while Germany will have a more "pro-Russian" stance or at least "less willing to antagonize. to Russia ".

Regarding Russia's advances in East Africa, we can expect Egypt to shit bricks and try to get as close as it can to the United States to "counter" the "dangerous Russian expansion." Or at least that would be the excuse they would use to request (and obtain) more funds from the Pentagon.

I can easily see Egypt displacing Saudi Arabia as America's "preferred ally" in the Middle East (they are far more powerful and have more projection of power, as well as being close to Russia's partners in East Africa). Although this will take time.
France yes.
Germany is going to be different, and vastly so.
Egypt, good prediction, they're now surrounded by Russian allies - Libya, Sudan and Chad.
 
We'll see.
That would definitely get Russia and/or the Eurasian Union on the US's shit list. I don't think this would be the start of a new Cold War, but more akin to the current US-Chinese Rivalry only more balanced with the possibility of the EU being impartial (disregarding France).

BTW, is there an abbreviation that we can use for the Eurasian Union since the European Union already cornered the market on the EU branding?

I would say the EAU (EurAsian Union) but I would jinx myself if an East Asian Union developed in this TL.

What's the status of official languages in the Eurasian Union? Will it be like in the EU where every member states' national language is an official language of the Union and all laws must be written in all official languages?
 
That would definitely get Russia and/or the Eurasian Union on the US's shit list. I don't think this would be the start of a new Cold War, but more akin to the current US-Chinese Rivalry only more balanced with the possibility of the EU being impartial (disregarding France).
More or less, though as Russian economy and it's allied state's economies start to grow further, the American response will start to become more and more hostile.
BTW, is there an abbreviation that we can use for the Eurasian Union since the European Union already cornered the market on the EU branding?

I would say the EAU (EurAsian Union) but I would jinx myself if an East Asian Union developed in this TL.
Nah. Everyone just says Eurasia for short.
What's the status of official languages in the Eurasian Union? Will it be like in the EU where every member states' national language is an official language of the Union and all laws must be written in all official languages?
All recognized languages of Russia, Ukraine, Moldavia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Azerbaijan (the members of Eurasia) are the recognized and official languages of the Eurasian Union State.
Though because all of them were once Russian at one point in time, Russian, alongside English is mostly used as Lingua Franca.
 
Chapter 32: The Terror Begins
Chapter 32: The Terror Begins

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Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections (26th March 2006)

Party of Regions (blue): 47% (211 seats)

Our Ukraine Bloc (yellow): 29% (130 seats)

Socialist Party (red): 17% (76 seats)

Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc (purple) : 7% (31 seats)

Independents (grey): 2 seats

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Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada after the elections


(Note: I forgot to include this in the past chapter! Sorry!)

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Euro News:

Terror Attacks Continue in Russia! Alexandr Dugin Leader of the NBAR! Russia Announces Martial Law in Siberia!

June 24th, 2006

Repeated terror attacks have been perpetrated all across the Russian Czardom as the National Bolsheviks demand the end of the Russian monarchy, and the return to sovietism. Aleksandr Dugin has been found out to be the leader of the National Bolshevik Army of Russia. His second in command seems to be Eduard Limonov and Yegor Letov. The Russian Armed Forces have been raised to full alert as NBAR terror attacks have made bombs go off in the cities of Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Novosibirsk. The Russian government has listed the NBAR as a terrorist organization, and the three leaders of the NBAR, now nicknamed as the ‘Troika’ has been put under the wanted list. No one knows where the headquarters of the NBAR is, however the Russian military has stated that they have reason to believe that the NBAR headquarters may be in one of the multiple abandoned bases in Siberia, which were abandoned during the Dissolution of the USSR.

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Flag of the NBAR.

The Czarina of Russia, Czarina Maria I is slated to go to Yekaterinburg for the next day to discuss the attacks with the public, and conduct a public speech, under the full guise of the Russian security system.

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June 27th, 2006, Kremlin, Moscow.

Chancellor Grigory Yavlinsky of the Czardom of Russia pinched his eyes slightly as he looked at the reports of the new Green New Deal in front of his desk and continued to read them. He hoped that the Czarina was alright, however he had better things to do, such as looking at the possible inflationary returns of the current green deal.

He was flicking through the papers when he heard an urgent knock on his office door. He sighed again and cleaned his glasses and put them on before looking at the door in a sort of dignified manner as he said “You may enter.”

The Director of the FSB, Vladimir Putin entered the room as he bowed his head slightly. Yavlinsky stood up and shook hands with Putin as Yavlinsky looked at the man. “Director Putin, what seems to be eating away at you? I haven’t seen you this grim since the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.”

“With good reason.” Putin muttered as he sat down in front of Yavlinsky’s desk. Yavlinsky frowned. This agitated Putin was not the nature or personality of the normal Putin that Yavlinsky knew. “What is the matter Director Putin?”

“First things first Chancellor.” Putin snapped slightly. “Where is the Crown Prince?”

“I believe he is St. Petersburg, in the Winter Palace.” Yavlinsky answered. “He is meeting with the parents of his prospective wife after all.”

“Of all times.” Putin muttered. He looked at me and took a deep breath before he bowed his head and said “I will resign from my post if you wish. However the news is grave. Her Majesty Czarina Maria I of Russia has been assassinated in Yekaterinburg by a suicide bomber taking 29 civilians and 6 security personnel with her. The suicide bomber was later found to be a Chechen fighter from the Chechen Wars, linked with the National Bolshevik Army.”

Yavlinsky’s blood ran cold. “What?!”

Putin bowed his head again. “That was my reaction as well.”

Yavlinsky slammed back onto his chair as he looked at Putin with incredulity. Putin simply passed a file to him as Yavlinsky took it limply and read it through. Apparently whilst giving her speech and taking questions and suggestions from the public gathering in the area, the suicide bomber had moved forward slowly, not getting the attention of the security detail at first. He threw himself onto the stage and when the Security members yanked him up, the bombs in his vest exploded just a few meters away from the Czarina.

Yavlinsky took a huge gulp in his throat and nodded. “Very well. I will deal with the media crisis that will befall us now. Director, don’t you worry, your job is safe, for now. But I want the FSB to use all its resources. All left over Soviet weapons will not sustain the NBAR. They are being supported by a foreign power, and I want to know who. I want all internal assets of the NBAR to immediately start infiltration works in the NBAR, and rat them out! Is that understood?”

“Yes sir.”

“Good. Dismissed.”

A few hours later, Yavlinsky found himself in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg sore from the short flight he had taken in the chancellor’s helicopter to get there. Inside, Otto von Habsburg, the leader of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine was seated as the old claimant to the defunct Austrian throne sat inside discussing a potential marriage amiably. Everyone stood up as Yavlinsky entered the room. Yavlinsky bowed his head to the royals before looking up. The crown prince was set to marry Lioba Meister, the daughter of Gabriela Habsburg. The final discussions should have finished hours ago, and by the amiable chatting that had been going on, Yavlinsky knew that the talks were over. And guessing by the shy smiles Lioba and the Crown Prince were sending each other, the discussion about the marriage was over as well then.

Yavlinsky turned to the Crown Prince and said “Your Majesty, I have bad news. I hope I can disclose it to you in private. Please.”

The Crown Prince frowned before he nodded and followed Yavlinsky outside the room and into the hallway. “Chancellor Yavlinsky, what has happened? I haven’t seen you this frantic in my whole life.”

Yavlinsky bit into his lower lip before he took a deep breath and said “Your Majesty, there is no calm way of saying this. But, your mother, the Czarina has been assassinated by the NBAR. You are as of this moment, the Czar of All Russia.”

Seconds later, the sobs of a son lost of his mother would engulf the Winter Palace, as the Chancellor, the strongest man in Russia, tried to console the next monarch of the nation.

***


Russia Insight:

NATION IN MOURNING AS CZARINA MARIA I ASSASSINATED! CZAR MIKHAIL II ASCENDS THE RUSSIAN THRONE! CHANCELLOR YAVLINSKY PROMISES RETRIBUTION OF THE HIGHEST KIND TO THE NATIONAL BOLSHEVIK ARMY!

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Euro News:

The Romanian Referendum Passes! Monarchy Restored in Romania!


July 3rd, 2006

Amidst the increased reporting coming throughout the world through the assassination of Czarina Maria I of Russia, the Romanian government went ahead with their monarchical referendum on the issue of a monarchical government in Romania on July 1st, 2006. After heated debates throughout the nation, the results came in yesterday evening and was released by the Romanian government.

Yes: 54.3%

No: 45.7%

King Michael I of Romania yesterday confirmed that the referendum passed as the United Nations and the European Union Commission during the Referendum confirmed that the referendum had been free and fair. King Michael I of Romania has been reinstated as the Monarch of all Romanians today morning, amidst a massive parade in Bucharest where millions were present. King Michael I gave a resounding speech today morning regarding the restoration of the Romanian monarchy.

The monarchy has always been subservient to the people, and for the past few days, this sentiment has only been strengthened.”

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King Michael I of Romania during his re-inauguration as Monarch of All Romanians.


The House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen has been restored in the now Kingdom of Romania. Princess Margareta has been designated as the Heir Apparent of the Romanian throne as of right now. The Romanian government has started the process of the amendment of the Romanian constitution, in favor of the Romanian Monarchical Restoration, which will be over by the end of the month.

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New York Tribunal:

Russian village of Asino under attack by the NBAS


July 3rd, 2006

As the nation of Russia mourns for their monarch, the Russian village of Asino, on the side of Chulym river, has come under multiple raids from the NBAR personnel in Siberia. The Russian Armed Forces posted in the village, numbering around 50 in total has till now managed to hold off the attacks, and the Russian Armed Forces engaged the NBAR in what has become known as the Battle of Tikhaya Kurya has seen the NBAR thrown out of the village as 120 NBAR personnel and 80 Russian Troops fired at each other in a heated fight and battle in and around the small creek and river. The Russian Armed Forces managed to expel the NBAR troops from the village and managed to seize the general in charge of the NBAR forces attacking Asino, Eduard Limonov. Under the heaviest offense of the Russian law, Limonov has been executed as a traitor of the nation, probably after he was interrogated by the Russian intelligence. The Russian government has released information to the public stating that the Tomsk Oblast and by extension the Asinovsky District is under Martial Law, with the Russian Armed Forces stating that the abandoned bunkers in the heavily forested district having been confirmed as the headquarters of the National Bolshevik Army of Russia.

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Asino, a small Russian village in Siberia came under attack.

The Russian Chancellor Grigory Yavlinsky has stated that the entire district is under lockdown, and the entire district would be scoured by 20,000 Russian troops from where Operation Poltava would begin. Chancellor Yavlinsky has stated that Operation Poltava was an operation which intends to destroy the National Bolsheviks.

The Russian Stock Exchange has dropped by 8 points in value due to loss of investor confidence in Siberia due to the National Bolshevik Terror. The Russian government has vowed to end this terror as soon as possible, and make the Russian economy progress on, and not let the terror impede progress.

As the terror continues in Siberia, His Majesty Czar Mikhail II of Russia married Lioba Meister, the granddaughter of Otto von Habsburg in the Winter Palace with the population of St. Petersburg looking on. His Majesty the Czar has stated that “These are trying times, and we must move along with them. Stability is something that we require, and I hope that with the help of the people, it will be possible.”

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Lioba Romanova nee Meister, the new Queen of Russia, and grandaughter of Otto von Habsburg.


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Military Journal:

Russian Military unveils new technology as they eliminate the National Bolsheviks!


July 10th, 2006

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A Russian trooper wearing Ratnik programs.


As the Russian forces scour Siberia to take down the terrorist National Bolshevik Army of Russia, the Russian Armed Forces have unveiled the Ratnik Program, which the Russian government states is a future infantry combat system. It is currently apparently only being used by special operatives in the Russian armed forces, even though the government has stated that they intend to extend it to the entirety of the infantry forces of the Russian Army. It is designed to improve the connectivity and combat effectiveness on the individual level. Improvements include modernized body armor, a helmet with a special eye monitor, communications system, and special headphones. It includes 10 subsystems and 59 individual items. The individual components used in the Ratnik program are:-

Combat Uniform Items:-

VKBO Layer system – a multilayered system manufactured by the BTK group designed for use at temperatures to at least minus 40 degrees Celsius.

6Sh122 Masking Suit – a reversible combat oversuit designed for concealment in environment.

Combat Equipment:-

  • 6B45/6B43 – primary body armor system for infantry units.
  • 6B46 – plate carrier style armor system for light weight units.
  • 6B48 – primary body armor for tank and AFV crews.
  • 6B47 – Aramid fibre helmet system rated for small arms fire. Includes two covers that allow the helmet to be jumpable, one white and one in standard EMR pattern.
  • 6Sh116/6Sh117 – Load bearing equipment with a variety of utility and magazine pouches to suit the various weapons of the military, and includes a seven litre ‘butt pack’ and 25 litre patrol backpack.
  • 6Sh118 RAID pack – 60 litre backpack designed for carrying large equipment for long deployments.
  • GSSh-01-10: Active hearing protection from radio cable.
Accessories:

  • 6B50 – dust and impact goggles.
  • 6B51 – knee and elbow protection based on improved version of the Russian made Splav X pads.
  • 6Sh122 Gloves.
  • VKBO summer boots.
  • Faradei Winterized boots.
  • 6E5 Light Shovel.
  • 6E6 Multitool.
  • 6sh120 Shelter System.
  • 6E4-1 Watch
  • FSS-014 Light: Light system that can be mounted in helmet.
  • NF-10 Individual Water Syste,
  • 1PN140 and 1PN141 Night and Thermal Vision Sights.
Military observers during this armed conflict going on in rural Russia state that the Ratnik system has been extremely effective and gives the average infantry soldier a massive advantage during battles. The Russian government has stated that the entirety of the Russian Armed Forces would be equipped with the Ratnik system by 2015.

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Russia Insight:

Russian Football Team Returns From FIFA World Cup!


July 12th, 2006

After an admirable performance by our national Russian team during the FIFA Football World Cup held in Germany, they have finally returned back home. The Russian team managed to win their bracket during the world cup and advanced into the knockout stages where it had to play against Switzerland. The resulting match saw Russia win by a 3-1 margin. The team advanced into the Quarter finals where it faced the Italian Football team. The match ended in a 3-2 victory for the Italians, from where they would go on to win the World Cup. Nonetheless, despite the knockout in the Quarter-Finals, our team has played honorably and shown their talents for the entire world to see.

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Italy won FIFA world cup 2006.

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Euro News:

Amidst Russian Insurgency, USARC Launches First Lunar Probe.


July 15th, 2006

Amidst the National Bolshevik Insurgency in Russia, the USARC has launched their first lunar probe since it’s establishment. The USARC notice board has given quite the statement today which has caused a massive uproar throughout the world.

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USARC Lunar Probe.

The USARC intends to conduct multiple lunar probes throughout the rest of the decade. Through bilateral and multilateral cooperation between nations of the Eurasian Union State, the USARC believes that by 2015, a group of special cosmonauts will land in the moon, which will signify the resurgence of Eurasia in the aerospace sector.”

The goal is called an ambitious one, however with the current development of USARC, it is actually seen as a realistic one. The USARC assembly has stated that 1 cosmonaut from each country will be chosen from the Eurasian Union State.

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July 18th, 2006, In the forests of Tomsk Oblast.

Andrei Smirnov stayed absolutely still as he peered through the eyeglass of the Orsis T-5000 sniper rifle. In the northern forests of the Siberian Taiga of the Tomsk Oblast, the FSB had determined the location of one of the major bunkers of the National Bolsheviks. Yegor Letov, the second member of the National Bolshevik Troika was said to be in the bunker.

As a member of the prestigious Alpha Group, Andrei’s entire work revolved around the sniper rifle, and he sat quietly looking at the entrance of said bunker. Around twenty of his comrades were stationed in the foliage, all of them sitting quietly looking at the bunker, waiting for his move.

They had been sitting down disguised in the foliage equipped with the new Ratnik system as their eyes narrowed. Andrei moved slightly to his right flicking over a small leaf as he focused his sniper rifle and looked at the bunker as the door opened to show Yegor Letov. He was walking alongside four bodyguards carrying weapons. Andrei’s eyes narrowed as he focused his sniper’s glass onto the bodyguards.

Those aren’t Russians.” Andrei thought. “They don’t look like a Russian, or any of the ethnic minorities. Those beards, and that face structure, those are Arabs. Arab mercenaries then. But from where did the National Bolsheviks get enough money to hire mercenaries from?”

Andrei blinked to get back into position before he clenched the trigger and after aiming his sniper gun quietly for another few second quietly as Letov started to chat with his body guards. He pulled the trigger and a few seconds later, Letov fell to the ground in the distance with a bullet hole in the middle of his head. Andrei smirked. As soon as Letov fell down, the rest of the Alpha Group hiding with him sprung out of their positions and shot the Arab bodyguards down with their silencers attached to their guns as well. Taking in their surroundings Andrei and the rest walked slowly down to the site.

Andrei knelt down next to the body of Letov and looked back at his comrades. “Take the bodies. We can use them. Dispose of the bodyguards quietly, take their mercenary logo from their clothes, and let’s get out of here. Our mission is over.”

“Yes sir.” They hushed back.

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Alpha Group Logo.

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