Playing World2020 as Venezuela.
What follows will be a a record of managing the country, perspectives on threats, military developments, on a continuous basis, in part, as a guide for nebie's in managing a moderate sized country.
Venezuela is one of those fairly wealthy, but one product (petroleum) countries. This means several industries (consumer, mining, electric power, etc) are under-developed. There are many possible approaches to several issues - economic, military, diplomacy - so this is no guaranteed guide, and it has alot to do with what country you are playing and who your neighbors are. Several of these issues will be discussed along the way, as they arise or seem relevent.
Finance: $3.13billion (BN) treasury; GDP: $ 6,217.
Social Costs: $39.5BN Recommended: $62.44BN
Domestic Approcal Rate (DAR) - 38.1% on negative trend
Research: no center / 1 gratis research ability
Production: Agric: 38-day surplus; Water: 52-day; Timber: 51-day;
Petroleum: 18-day; Ore: 3-day surplus; Electric Power: 7-day supply;
Goods, Consumer: 18-days Goods, Industrial: 1-day;
Goods, Military: 20,025-tons.
MILITARY UNITS: (Ground) - 42 units
- Infantry - 2 Conscripts; 1 x AMX-VCI APC; 1 x EE-11 Mk. VII Urutu APC; 4 x BMPT APC (T-72 conv.)
- Recon - 5 x V-100 Commando; 1 x M706 LaV-150 Commando
- Tank - 2 AMX-30B2; 1 AMX-13 Mod 85 FL-20-105
- AT - 2 x M18 Hellcat; 4 x 106-mm M40A1 recoilless rifles (RR)
- Arty - 1 x M114 105-mm how; 2 x M101 105-mm how; 2 x M56 105-mm pack how
1 x AMX-155 APG; 2 x LAR-160 MRL
- Anti-Air: 1 x SA-3 Goa SAM
1 x Roland SAM; 1 x RBS-70 MANPADS SAM; 4 x Bofors L/70 AAA
Air - 24 units
Fighter - 1 x Su-27SK Flanker
F/attack - 1 x F-16A Fighting Falcon; 1 x Mirage V; 1 x F-5A Freedom Fighter;
1 x TA-1 (AMX-T), 1 x Su-25 Frogfoot; 1 x Embraer 312-H
Recon - 2 x OV-10A/C Bronco
MPA - 1 x C-212M MPA
Transport - (medium) 1 x C-130H Hercules, 1 x CN-295;
(Light) 1 x G.222, 1 x IAI-201.
Helicopter - Attack: 1 x AS.532A-2 Cougar, 1 x A.109 Hirundo AT
- Transport - 1 Mi-26 (heavy); 1 x Mi-17 Hip; 1 x UH-1N Huey
- Light / Recon - 1 x SA.319B Alouette III
- ASW - 1 x SH-3H Sea King; 1 x AB.204AS
Naval - Subs - 2 x Type 209/1300 (S.401)
Frigates - 4 x Lupo (F-564) missile frigates; 2 x Almirante Clemente corvettes
Patrol - 6 x PC-11 Constitution (incorrect BG listed as PC-12 and should have missiles but does not)
Transport - 4 x T-61 Campana LST
1 x AE Civilian Cargo
2 x Yuen Feng (AP-524) troop transports (this is not historical but replaces actual ships)
1. Defense Priorities - Types of unit emphasis during the first six months will focus on:
Ground: airborne, engineering, conscripts (about six)
Air: license of any of the following: Su-22M3K Fitter-J, F-5A, or Mirage V; plus a turbo-prop transport.
Naval: expand PC-11/12 patrol craft; acquire a small missile-armed patrol craft (PTG) design.
Missiles - research and acquire one air-to-surface (ASM) and a naval attack missile.
2. Fabrication - Military: build 2d Ground, 1st Missile, and 1st Aircraft fabrication facilities.
3. New Construction - build 3 x Military Complexes; 1 x Power Plant - Other; 1 x Goods - Industrial
3. Social / Taxation - raise social spending to Recommended for Infrastructure, Social Assistance, RX/Health and Family Support.
ECONOMIC / INDUSTRIAL / MILITARY PHILOSOPHY - For the first two year - baring war - will be a close replica of a Stalinist economic policy. During the historical mid-20s thru '30s, Stalin pursued a policy of emphasis on industry and military. While Venezuela's cash cow
is Petroleum, the USSRs was a mix of agriculture, petroleum and raw materials. Exports were a key to funding indigenous projects - the same shall be followed in Venezuela. [We shall see how it works...]
Jan 2, 2020 - Canada - Acquisition (ACQ) - F-5A/B Fighting Falcon unit design
3 - US - ACQ: C-123 Turbo Provider transport
14 - France - ACQ: Mirage V fighter-bomber (incorrectly listed as fighter-interceptor)
Production & Trade Policy - Certain countries will be importers and will focus on trading with certain
major European countries, that can also provide us with Military unit designs, plus the U.S., Taiwan, North Korea, and China.
Political/Diplomatic Policy - diplomatic policy will be to establish relations with several key countries, on each continent or area (in the case of Taiwan).
* U.S. is a major concern, because it is the 800-lb guerrilla to the north!
* Caribbean, Central & South America - emphasis will be placed on Mutual Defense and Ally status for all Caribbean islands, Central American, and key South American countries.
* Initially, "surround" Colombia - our biggest threat initially. This policy will be diplomatic and military,
to conclude several diplomatic links with Ecuador and Panama.
There are no indications, other than a red-line casus belli with regard to our justification of going to war against the U.S., as to how long it might be before we go into war, by being attacked by another country. Brazil is of some concern but not high, due to the difficulties of moving a large army across the northern Amazon basin, which we believe can be defended against (only one road in, and one road out en-route to Venezuela, or vice versa).
Military Acquisition priorities - generally, buy lower cost weapons, as it is not expected that Colombia will have such quality as to be a threat, and numbers will be more important initially. Priority ACQ:
* North Korea: Naval: SKR-2 Petya-II FFL, Shershen PTF;
Ground: 100mm BS-3 M1944 AT, 170-mm Koksan SPG.
* Germany: TPZ-1 transportpanzer - 10-ton transport capacity (quite good)Remember
- Early in the Game, when not going to war w/in 90-days - build Artillery, Tanks,
Aircraft, and Ships that take the longest time to build, and do not sap Manpower....ie, Infantry.
Save building infantry to the last 3 to 6-months before you plan to go to war !
Leaves more manpower for your industrial expansion.
17 - Goods - Military Fab. begun at Barcelona (east coast);
Agriculture Fac begun at Carora city (western interior);
Ore Mine begun north of Ciudad Bolivar city (southeast).
20 - Germany - ACQ: TPZ-1 transportpanzer
North Korea - ACQ: 100-mm BS-3 anti-tank gun; SKR-2 Petya-II FFL
Military Complex completed (X471 Y365) south of Caracus - begun Land Fabrication plant (#1)
21 - 2 x Military Complex comp - X 487 Y 363; and adjacent Barquisimeto city.
Construction begun on Land Fabrication fac (#2) and for Naval Fabrication fac (#2).
22 - North Korea: ACQ: 170-mm Koksan arty unit design; Shershen PTF unit design.
30 - Germany: ACQ: Leopard 1A4 MBT
31 - Taiwan: ACQ: Basic Missiles research - for combination of petrol, timber, Gds-Indr, and cash.
February 1, 2020 - DAR - 35.2% positive
2 - Russia - ACQ: Matka PTG unit design - (afterward, discover PTG not rated for missile carrying !)
4 - Water Reclamation facility begun at Ciedao Ojeda on Lak Maricaibo.
U.S. - ACQ: AGM-12D Bullpup-C AGM unit design
Economic Priorities: #1 - Fresh Water; #2 - Goods, Industrial; #3 - Goods, Consumer
Military Priorities: continue first 6 x Conscript units. New Acquisitions priorities:
* North Korea: 130-mm M1992 SPG
* Taiwan: RF-5E Tiger Eye reconnaissance aircraft (incorrectly listed as RF-5A); M41A-3 Cockerill Mk.3 90-mm gun version;
* Germany: AS-34 Kormoran anti-ship missile
* Russia (or DPRK): 130-mm M-46 towed artillery gun
* U.S. - Bronstein FF (afterwards, discover its not rated properly for its ASROC ASW & sonar !)
5 - India - ACQ: Anti-Ship Missile technology (US$1.3BN)
7 - Free Trade - U.S.
South Africa - RSA identified as a key country to create Ally with (only one in Africa).
8 - South Africa - ACQ: GDF-003 anti-aircraft (AAA) gun system
Germany - ACQ: AS-34 Kormoran ant-ship missile system; AVBL MAF-2 bridging unit design
Crimminal Extradition: Japan
9 - Aircraft Fabrication facility (#1) begun (X 471 Y 365)
Goods - Industrial Mid fac comp at El Tigre city
10 - U.S. - ACQ: S-58T Turbo Choctah helicopter design
12 - Russia - ACQ: SA-4 Ganef long-range SAM unit design; 130-mm M-46 arty unit design.
14 - Canada - ACQ: RF-5A reconnaissance jet acquired
16 - Free Trade - Germany
17 - North Korea - ACQ: 130-mm M1992 SPG unit design
28 - Land Fabrication facility completed (X471 Y 365)
March 1 - DAR - 40.8% positive
Ordered 1 x Engineer (#1)
2 - Land Fabrication facility completed (X 456 Y 364)
Ordered 1 x Conscript
3 - Taiwan - ACQ: M41A-3 Cockerill Mk.3 90-mm gun light tank
Goods - Military facility begun at Ocumare del Tuy city
6 - Free Trade - Germany and North Korea (DPRK)
10 - Free Trade - France
France - ACQ: Mirage III fighter-interceptor unit design (this should be Mirage IIIC)
11 - Aircraft Fabrication facility completed at Carora town
13 - Ore Mine completed (X 490 Y 373) - another Ore Mine begun same location.
Airfield begun at Ciudad Guayana city.
U.S. - ACQ: Henry J. Kaiser (AO-187) unit design
France - ACQ: MM40 Exocet SSM unit design
15 - Goods - Consumer Mid completed at Acarigua city.
New Industrial Priorities Set - 1 x Gds - Industrial; 1 x Research Center; 2 x Timber Mills;
Military: 1 x Missile Fabrication facility
16 - Goods - Industrial facility begun at Barcelona in eastern section of country.
17 - Free Trade - Canada, Panama treaties
U.S. - ACQ: Bronstein ASW frigate; Badr (FFL-612) missile corvette
Shershen PTF (#1) completed.
Future armoured infantry vehicle acquisition plan: LAV-III Kodiak APC, LAV-E Combat Engineer,
M1128 Stryker MGS, ASLAV-25 Coyote recon; M1129 Stryker 120-mm Mortar unit designs.
Note: this was a conscience decision to pursue the Canadian armoured wheeled vehicle series.
My own choice was based on the fact that we have huge terrain areas to cover if we go to war with Colombia or Brazil, or are forced to. In time, we will get a license for M113 tracked APC variant, already in Venezuela service.
There are players who heavily mix country origins of vehicles. There's nothing wrong with this but there are some simplistic issues of following only one or two countries designs - be they Russia, German,
Italian, US or other. In the end, because of the way SR2020 is design, it makes little difference, because such issues as maintenance, spare parts compatibility, etc are not issues dealt with in the game.
19 - Free Trade - Taiwan
20 - Baracks completd at San Carlos de SZuilia city in southwest
Free Trade - Trinidad/Tobago, Cuba, St. Kitts & Nevis treaties
21 - Barracks completed at Ciudad Guayana in eastern zone.
23 - Free Trade - France
24 - Began Missile Fabrication facility (#1) at MilComplex south of Caracus.
25 - Agriculture facility completed at Yaritagua city - Timber Mill begun west of San Carlos de Zulia.
27 - Goods - Military Facility completed at Barcelona city - capcity 242,669-tons.
28 - Free Trade: Russia, India, Japan treaties
29 - Airfield completed at X471 Y365 military complex south of Caracus.
Canada: ACQ: ASLAV-25 Coyote reconnaissance vehicle begun.
30 - Crimminal Extradition: U.S.
April 1, 2020 -NATIONAL STRATEGY
- Determining any country's national strategy should be based on a mix of geography, politics/diplomacy and economics.
In the first 3-months of this Game, the effort was guided by a broad-approach strategy: keep the US happy by trading oil for cash and unit designs, while expanding trade relations with certain key countries worldwide. Making Free Trade and other agreements works to improve relations with these medium-sized (France, Taiwan, Germany, South Africa, etc) while paving the way to make some of them Allies.
The obvious good note is that after 3-months, we (nor anyone else) is at war!
* Strategic Options: Venezuela faced potentially a 2-Front war.... land war
, focused largely to the south (Brazil) and east (Colombia). Therefore, Land power is critical in such a war, along with the ability to transport supply - by Air (fixed-wing transport and helicopter) and Land (supply vehicles); and, 2] naval war - in the Caribbean.
* Examine Terrain
: Examine the kind of terrain that your armies will be slogging over! In this particular case, there are alot of rivers in the northern Amazon basin, whether fighting Brazil,
Colomibia or Peru.
Therefore, after initial buy of six Conscripts and early production of anti-tank (AT) types -
both vehicles and guns - for defensive purposes (should an early war start), a Bridge Layer type vehicle(s) is essential to the campaign. DON'T expect his engineers and garrisons will not blow the bridges!
Hence, Venezuela made an early commitment to buy the AVLB MAF 2 bridging unit from Germany.
Later, a "armoured" bridging unit, derived from a tank chassis, will be bought (something cheap). This will allow our armoured and infantry formation quick river crossings - and not have to wait for engineers to rebuild the stinkin-bridges!
Another effort was to buy inexpensive and older tanks, based on the M41 Walker Bulldog design. This included the M41A-3 Cockerill Mk.3 90-mm and to acquire the Spanish M41E TUA Casador conversion fitted with a twin TOW ATGM (ala M901 on M113) missile launcher. Augmenting these "city defenders" will be 100-mm BS-3 anti-tank guns - both augmenting Conscripts and Garrisions.
In artillery, our choice is mostly Russian and North Korean origin. An early-on effort will be to buy the 130-mm M46 arty gun and later, 170-mm Koksan SPG - and at some point, we need a light artillery gun (76-mm ZS-3 AT) and faster, more mobile SPG than Koksan (either DPRK 152-mm M1992 or Russian 122-mm 2S1 SPG). Until several new Tech's are available to us, that is our plan.
* Consider Air Threat
: there is not much, due to our neighbors (except Colombia, that would have F-16A, F-5 and A-37s). we cannot produce any AAA or SAMs at this point, therefore we will acquire from abroad: fixed: 35-mm GDF-003 twin 30mm chosen; SAM: SA-4 Ganef, for long-range engagement for fixed-site defense mostly (but several months off before buying)...
....augmented later by a shoulder-fired or MANPADS short-range system (Stinger, SA-13 or other). A mobile SAM - preference is Roland 3 (because we have good relations with Germany and they will sell), and later: Tungushka gun/missile system, are desirable to defend your mobile, offensive forces once in enemy territory.
IF you are not facing a major air threat, put the money elsewhere in your military....or if you are not expecting to conduct operations in hostile territory within the first year, hold-off building....IF someone has gone to war with you, buy shoulder-fired or MANPADs to defend local terrain.
: Supply can be a monster to keep up with if you have long-distances to cover in your campaign...as in the Amazon Basis...or a big country to swallow. There, without alot of roads (except in Colombia), air transports and supply vehicles will be at a premium (always).
- Air - C-123 Turbo Provider - turboprop, modernized version of Provider - watch-out Air America...we're buying them up!. C-123 Turbo Provider supply capacity 8-tons (C-130E/H 16-tons). [Several other aircraft comparable: AN-24, An-26, CN-235]
Transport helo - S-58T Turbo Choctah - turbo version of old S-58 Choctah....2-ton supply capacity is not impressive but five or six in the field can supply several mobile Recon units isolated from cities, supply depots, etc. Later, heavy helicopter (Bo-160, CH-47 Chinook, Mi-26) unit design will be bought and produced.
- Ground - TPz-1 Panzertransporter - good capacity, better speed off-road than Large Supply Vehicle (or should be!). Build minimum number of supply vehicles in first year, unless you are at war - save their construction to the last 6-months before going to war.
2] Naval War in the Caribbean
: Venezuela's "second front" would be the Caribbean, unless
the U.S. was involved in a war with Venezuela (then it becomes the 1st front!)....Yikes
* Review the Threat
-what is the naval threat from your neighbors?
Venezuela has one of the better navies in the region, roughly comparable with Brazil and Argentina at the beginning. The navy has 23 ships, comprising:
-2 diesel-attack subs (Type 209/1300 - S-401)
-4 missile frigates - Lupo (F-564) class
-2 patrol ships (ex-frigates) - Alm. Clemente class
-6 patrol craft (PC-12, but actually PC-11s because they do not have missile carrying ability!
- should have Otomat Mk.2)
- 4 LST - T-61 Campania
- 2 transports, cargo (Yuen Feng AP) - substituion for ones actually built in South Korea.
The neighbors also have submarines - Brazil 4 to 6 (Oberon & Type 209) and Colombia 2 (Type 209)
- areas beyond that become irrelevant, as their orbat's will change in 2-3 game years. No one in
the Caribbean, except the US, has submarins.
* Maritime Strategy
- Given our dominance in the Caribbean, except a challenge from Colombia or the U.S., we propose a diplomatic/political offensive to make all the Caribbean islands our Allies, and, to build a navy that can operate in the region without serious interference (if from outside the region).
Because of the many islands, its essential to have amphibious ships and transports - and Marines.
The LSTs and Yuen Feng and AE Cargo are a beginning, but an amphbious force 2x or 3x that size is considered essential, with larger capacity vessels (numbers can be important too, given the # of islands). We have 1 x C-212 MPA currently - no weapons and radar for detection.
With it must also come air surveillance (MPA) and ASW aircraft, and strike aircraft. Plans:
- ASW - inexpensive S-2T Turbo Tracker (later, bigger and more sophisticated plane);
- Strike - prefer A-4B Skyhawk (inexpensive, can carry Size 2 missiles or Free Fall bombs) -
Mirage V (on-hand; is not rated right and is not rated for ASM/SSM capacity, therefore
we are out to buy the Skyhawk until that gets fixed).
- MPA - (3d priority) a twin-engine type, maybe jet would be useful.
- Missiles (ASM) - AGM-12D Bullpup-C and AS-34 Kormoran (A-4B can carry either missile)
Remember, we cannot match the U.S. for sophistication, but we can match or overhwhelm our neighbors who might come wandering into our waters, is the goal.
* Surface Navy
- Number can be important....sophistication is not sometimes as important as being able to have a ship somewhere a "presence" is needed. Therefore, an early focus on several inexpensive designs will dominate. In this direction, any operations in Caribbean are likely to require at-sea refueling/supply ship(s), so a good fleet replenishment ship (AO/AOR) will be chosen.
Buying & Building plans, after 3-months:
General purpose frigate: SKR-2 Petya II light frigate;
Missile & Patrol: Matka PTG; Shershen PTF for patrol.
Fleet Replenishment Ship: Henry J. Kaiser (AOR-187) - good size and capacity for our small navy.
Missiles: MM40 Exocet SSM (will fit our frigates unless Italy will sell Otomat Mk.2 already in use).
Later: Bronstein FF and SKR-82 Petya III (ASW) frigates.
April 1 - DAR - 43.6% declining
4 - Free Flow of Labor (FFOL) - Japan, India
Crimminal Extrad - North Korea, Taiwan
Free Trade - Vietnam
Completed Shershen PTF (#2) - begun construction Unit #3 - 4 to 6 planned.
8 - Free Trade - Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador and Chile treaties
Completed Engineer (#1) unit.
11 - Free Trade - Poland
16 - Water Reclamation facility completed at Puerto la Cruz on west coast
Free Trade- Spain and Bolivia treaties
17 - FFOL - Ecuador, France, Panama, Greece and Paraguay treaties
22 - Research Center (#1) completed at Valencia city - whoopie...2 Tech'!
Water Works facility begun at Maracay city in the west
23 - Unit Design R completed: Airborne (0 Infantry)
New R begun: Modern Sonar and Electronic Fire Control.
Research Center No. 2 set to begin construction May 1st.
26 - Canada: ACQ: LAV-III Kodiak APC unit design
Completed 130-mm M-46 (#1) artillery unit.
28 - New Research Center (#2) begun at Petare city.
May 1, 2020 -DAR: 45.2% positive
FFOL: Russian treaty....yikes, who let the Russian Mafia in!
Power - Coal facility begun at Calabozo in central Venezuela....now, the only coal plant
in the country, but we have stocks of 2.28M tons, with capacity of 8.62M tons - so
some will be built due to lowest cost for Power plants; preference will be Power - Other.
2 - Free Trade - Philippines treaty
FFOL - US treaty
3 - Crimminal Extradition - Switzerland...we're going after some of those Wall Street
investment banker with accounts in Bern!
4 - Free Trade - South African treaty.
5 - Free Trade - Italy
6 - Aircraft Fabrication facility completed at MilComplex X471 Y365.
Ordered: 1 x RF-5 Tigereye reconnaissance squadron - our only Recon jet thus far.
7 - Free Trade - Spain and Paraguay
FFOL - Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Argentina, and Polish treaties
9 - Goods-Military facility (#1) completed at Ocumare del Tuy city
11 - Shershen PTF (#3) completed - began construction on Unit No. 4.
13 - France: ACQ: Mirage III fighter-interceptor (supposed to be Mirage IIIC - misrated)
15 - Free Trade: Indonesia
Industrial complex completed at X463 Y 364 - future Ore Mines location.
Engineer (#2) unit completed.
Began construction of 1 x 100-mm BS-3 M1944 anti-tank gun unit.
16 - Naval Fabrication facility (#2) completed at X487 Y363.
FFOL: Trinidad & Tobago
Labour shortage notice - hit 2.2%.
24 - Industrial Complex at X489 Y373 completed;
Timber Mill facility at X437 Y369 competed.
25 - Canada - ACQ: M1129 Stryker 120-mm Mortar unit design.
Future acquisition plan: Bo-160 heavy lift helicopter (one already in our military)
26 - Goods-Industrial facility completed at Barceloona in the north-central region.
Oil-Bio Fuels plant begun at Valencia city in the west.
Completed 100-mm BS-3 AT unit - sent to Rubio city on Colombian border.
New Engineer (#4) unit begun.
28 - Water Reclamation facility at Ciudad Ojeda in western Venezuela completed.
Begun Water Works (#2) at Maracay city.
Begun Water Works (#3) at Tucupita small city, northern Amazon in the eastern zone.
29 - Airfield at Ciudad Guyana in the south completed - gives us better air defense and transport
staging into Brazil should war break out with Brazil.
FFOL - Singapore and Philippine treaties.
Industrial Complext completed at X494 Y367 as future Timber Mill locations.
Industrial Minister Council Meeting: decision from this meeting was that the country needed
expand industrial investment in these areas, as priority: Electric Power; Metal Ores; and,
June 1 - DAR: 45.6% and negative trend.
Industrial Complex begun in northwest for future Ore Mine locations - new Ore Mines begun
near Ciudad Bolivar in southeastern zone.
Engineer unit (#3) completed - replaced on production line with 1 x 130-mm M46 artillery unit
Military Air Chiefs Confer on future needs: Conference among the senior air force chiefs
outlined several new aircraft requirements, including a new heavy attack aircraft....as our
Mirage III and IIIA are not configured for missile-carrying and the A-4B Skyhawk does not
have heavy Free Fall Bomb or missile capacity. One option recommended was to try to buy
from Russia the Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft.
13 - Air Transit Treaty: Argentina signs.
14 - Line of Sight (LOS) Treaty: Ecuador signs - good beginning to eventually gaining an
ally to the south of Colombia.
15 - Industrial Complex at X460 Y 361 completed - began 1 x Ore Mine construction.
16 - Free Flow of Labour (FFOL): South Africa signs.
LOS: Panama signs treaty
Shershen PTF (#4) completed -Shershen's are being group in pairs now and will be
group in task groups of 3 each when units No. 5 and No. 6 are completed. By that
time, it is hope we have a PTG unit design ready for construction.
19 - Air Transit: Trinadag & Tobago sign
Power - Other facility completed at Ciudad Guayana.
Timber Mill north of San Cristobal in southwest begun
Airfield begun adjacent Barquisimeto city in western zone.
22 - Air Transit Treaty: Panama and Ecuador sign....this gives us opportunity to fly-over
in event of early war with Colombia, especially after conducting deep air strikes that
must find a 'safe route' home.
Crimminal Extradition: South Africa signs.
23 - 130-mm M46 artillery unit (#1) completed - replaced in production with 1 x Mobile Radar
unit (#1), after research achieved Tech.
Power - Other facility begun at Maturin city in the east.
25 - Water Works facility at Maracay completed - continue to have a shortage of water.
July 1 - DAR: 47.3% and positive
Canada: ACQ: Analogue Fly-by-Wire Tech - $585M paid for with oil.
4 - Free Trade: Bolivia signs treaty
LOS: Chile signs.
5 - Free Trade: Dominican Republic signs treaty
FFOL: Cuba signs treaty
Dominican Rep: ACQ: PGM-71T patrol craft; Bomb - Free Fall; and, 106-mm M40A1 RR
anti-tank unit designs acquired.
9 - LOS: Trinidad & Tobago sign
10 - Mutual Defense: South Africa signs treaty - great step forward in gaining Ally.
Power - Coal facility at Calabozo city completed - our first coal facility.
SKR-2 Petya II light frigate (FFL) (#1) completed - replaced in shipyard/Fabrication with
1 x SKR-2 Petya II (No. 2).
12 - Ore Mine at X439 Y373 completed in southeast completed.
13 - Industrial Complex at X472 Y365 completed - Timber Mill begun.
Engineer unit (#4) completed - replaced in production by 1 x 100-mm BS-3 AT unit.
16 - Industrial Complex at X461 Y364 completed - Timber Mill begun.
Mobile Radar unit (#1) completed - replaced in production by 1 x 100-mm BS-3 AT unit.
Military Complex begun adjacent Fijo city on the peninsula.
Canada: ACQ: M1128 Stryker MGS unit design acquired.
20 - Timber Mill at X494 Y367 completed
23 - Electronic Fire Control tech design completed - replaced in R with Amphibious Assault
Designs - this will allow us to build LCU, LSM, LST and larger amphibious ships.
Shershen PTF (#5) completed - replaced with Shershen No. 6 on production line.
24 - Free Trade: India and Pakistan sign treaties.
25 - Missile Fabrication facility (#1) completed at X471 Y365, adjacent Caracas city.
Order: 2 x AGM-12D Bullpup-C and 2 x AS-34 Kormoran ASM; 2 x Bomb - Free Fall.
[production will continue with these design until about 50 units of each are built -
then hopefully replaced by Exocet series missiles. Italy has not completed design
of Otomat Mk.2 so we cannot acquire this design.].
26 - 130-mm M46 (#3) completed - replace in production by 1 x SA-4 Ganef SAM;
RF-5 Tigereye (#1) completed - replaced by 1 x Mirage III fighter-interceptor unit.
28 - Ore Mine at X489 Y373 completed.
Barracks completed at San Fernando de Apure in south.
30 - Oil - Bio Fuels facility completed at Valencia city on northern coast.
August 1 - DAR: 48.9% and positive.
2 - Military Complex at X454 Y356 completed on Punto Fijo peninsula - future home of major
naval and air facilities for control of western Caribbean zone and any war in Central
Research Center (#2) at Petare completed - whoopie, 4 Tech's
New research: Water Conservation; SKR-82 Petya III FFL (ASW) unit design.
Unemployment: dropping to 2%....need to reduce industrial an unit production to let
economy "cool off" a bit
7 - FFOL: UK and Switzerland sign treaties....we need some Swiss engineers and British
Crimminal Extradition: Paraguay and Uruguay sign
2 x Ore Mines completed at X460 Y361 and X460 Y361.
10 - Supply Depot completed at Maracaibo city - this is near the Colombian northern coast
where we expect to invade and is otherwise rather isolated, hence the depot.
11 - Airfield near Barquismeto city completed (X456 Y364), being co-located with Aircraft
Fabrication facility (#2) - about 99% completed at this point....cannot tow the aircraft
after being built so you have to fly them out!
12 - Aircraft Fabrication Fac (#1) completed west of Barquismeto city -
Order: 1 x C-123 Turbo Provider transport.
13 - Water Works facility completed at Tucupita city in the far eastern zone, on island.
14 - U.S. : ACQ: A-4B Skyhawk unit design.
16 - 170-mm Koksan (#1) completed - deployed to San Cristobal city, near Colombian border.
Ordered: 1 x Conscript (for San Fernando de Apure city, southern Amazon)
17 - Timber Mill at X437 Y369 completed.
19 - Agriculture facility compelted at X463 Y364 completed.
U.S. : ACQ: Marines unit design
20 - Conscript (#1) completed - air transported to San Fernando de Apure city.
Order: 1 x Airborne (#1) unit; Q'd: 1 x Airborne (#2) unit.
22 - Timber Mill adjacent Ocumare del Tuy city completed.
28 - Mutual Defense: Ecuador signs treat....big strategic advance
Free Trade: Surinam
30 - FFOL - Uruguay signs
Timber Mill near San Felipe city completed (X461 Y365)
September 1 - DAR: 50.8% and positive.
Defense Buying Plans: the expectation was that one could be a war within 6-months; that has not
happened. Last month, we also acquired the U.S. Badr (FFL-612) missile-armed light frigate design
(forgot date) and we will begin building this ship, as we cannot arm our PC-12 craft with SSMs.
Also, need to finish getting some of the Land unit designs - M41E TUA Casador TOW light tank and LAV-series (fm Canada), and begin buying a SAM-armed missile destroyer (DDG).
In Diplomacy, a strong effort will be made to being wooing the Caribbean island states, along with
generally expanded treaty ties with Central and South America, Taiwan, South Africa, etc.
* Choosing Allies - your neighbor's are essential to have as allies - but not all of them on your continent and be selective
at who you choose! As Venezuela, with several countries to south in South America - and some big ones - having only Ecuador (to offset Colombia) and gain new links with Surinam (should it be attacked by another, we don't want it occupied and need to justify war there)...links with Central America are to allow us to move onto the America's peninsula to confront Mexico or other aggressor. Ties to the Caribbean islands if for the same reason...we cannot have a Asia or European - or even the U.S. - in occupation of those islands.
To support their initial resistance to a foreign takeover, we shall now begin trying to sell or sometimes give, low-tech land units designs to them. But, nothing that later would stop us from
invading if needed!
Diplomatically, we will continue push to better treaty ties with those we trade alot with (Taiwan,
Singapore, France, Germany, etc - mostly, those who buy our Oil !)
7 - Mutual Defense: Panama signs treaty
Airborne (#1) unit completed - ordered 1 x Airborne (#2) unit.
8 - Mutual Defense - Trinidad & Tobago treaty signed
Spain: ACQ: M41E TUA Casador TOW light tank unit design.
Ordered: 1 x Badr (FFL-612) (#1) missile-armed light frigate (FFL)
11 - FFOL - Taiwan signs.
Crimminal Extradition - Singapore signs
16 - Canada: ACQ: LAV-E Combat Engineer unit design.
Airborne (#2) unit completed - replaced in production with 1 x Leopard 1A4 tank.
23 - SA-4 Ganef SAM (#1) completed - replaced by: 1 x Marines infantry unit.
U.S.: ACQ: Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) missile destroyer unit design
FFOL - St. Kitts & Nevis and Spain sign treaties
28 - Oil & Gas Field facility at X470 Y731 completed.
Airborne unit (#2) completed - replaced by: 1 x Marines infantry unit.
29 - Crimminal Extradition: France signs treaty.
October 1 - DAR: 51.9% and positive
Water Works begun at Maracay city.
Formal Alliance: Ecuador and Panama sign treaties
9 - SKR-82 Project 159SE - Petya III (#1) unit completed.
10 - C-123 Turbo Provider (#1) transport completed.
Ordered: 2 x S-58T Turbo Choctah transport helicopters
22 - Research Completed: Modern Sonar - replaced by: Modern ASW Technology
Badr FFL (#1) unit completed.
23 - Formal Alliance - Trinidad & Tobago signed.
24 - Power - Other facility completed at Maturin city in the eastern zone.
Begun Barracks construction on Prolamar island in the eastern zone.
25 - Free Trade: Barbados, St. Lucia
FFOL: Dominican Republic
DONATED to Ecuador: 100-mm BS-3 M1944 anti-tank gun unit design.
North Korea: ACQ: 76-mm ZIS-3 M1942 atillery design - we had no buildable light arty.
26- SOLD to Singapore S-58T Turbo Choctah helicopter design.
Free Trade: El Salvador and Grenada sign treaties.
2 x S-58T Turbo Choctah transport helicopters completed - both placed in Reserve.
November 1 - DAR 52% and negative trend.
LOS - Bolivia signs treaty.
4 - 2 x Shershen sent to waters adjacent Trinidad and Tobago to patrol strait.
6 - Crimminal Extradition: Germany signs.
7 - France: ACQ: Bo-160 heavy transport helicopter unit design acquired, for Oil.
11 - Mirage III (#1) fighter-interceptor completed - replaced by: 1 x S-58T helicopter unit.
FFOL - Jamaica and Grenada sign treaties
LOS: France signs treaty
12 - Barracks completed on Prolamar island - will send Conscript defender there shortly.
13 - SOLD 106-mm M40A1 RR AT unit design to Bolivia.
FFOL - Bolivia signs treaty.
Criminal Extradition - Bolivia signs.
S-58T Turbo Choctah (#3) completes.
18 - 2 x Water Works at Maracay city completed, west of Caracas.
Intelligence Academy begun at MilComplex south of Caracas.
Formal Alliance: Argentina signs treaty.
21 - S-58T Turbo Choctah (#4) completed. Replaced by 1 x Bo-160 heavy helicopter unit.
27 - Air Transit Treaty - St. Kitts signs
LOS: Paraguay signs treaty.
December 1 - DAR: 52.1% and negative heading
2 - AVLB MAF (#1) bridging unit completed.
3 - Canada: ACQ: Bv206 Support Vehicle (supply) unit design acquired.
France: ACQ: Heavy Supply Vehicle design acquired.
Crimminal Extradition: India signs (been trading alot of oil in their direction)
7 - Airfield at Punto Jijo (peninsula) completed - CASA C-212M MPA transferred to operations.
FFOL: Barbados signs.
10 - Badr (FFL-612) #1 completed - replaced by: 1 x Matka PTG unit
11 - LOS: North Korea (DPRK) signs treaty.
28 - Bo-160 (#1) heavy transport helicopter completed.
January 1, 2021 - DAR: 52.5% - NO one is at War !
Review of 1-Year Status:
GDP: $17,267. Treasury: $1,775. BN
Annual Social Cost: $119.434 BN - current at or exceeding (slightly) Recommended level.
Annual Inv. : $15.15 BN Debt: $123.9 BN
Diplomacy: Allies: Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Trididad & Tobago, South Africa.
Research: Amphibious Assault Design (95%); Water Conservation (85%); Modern ASW (45%)
Cost: $ 33.322 BN - 180% Research Effeciency
Tech Level: 92 Tech Ranking: 48th
Unemployment: 1.7% (must improve to over 2%) Inflation: 27% (need to lower)
Industrial overview: Self-sustaining, except Fresh Water - 25,086,308m3 -
Demand: 28,114,560m3 - Stock: 1,818,005m3 - 24-day supplyDefense:
Ground: 13 deployed; 55 reserve
- Infantry: 1 x Marines; 2 x Airborne; 4 x Engineer; 3 x Conscript
- Artillery: 1 x 130-mm M46 gun;
- AT: 1 x 100-mm BS-3 AT
- Support: 1 x AVBL MAF-2 bridging unit
- Infantry: 4 x BMPT APC; 1 x EE-11 Mk. VII APC; 1 x AMX-VCI APC.
- Recon: 1 x Mobile Radar; 5 x V-100 Commando; 1 x M706 LAV-150 Commando.
- AT: 1 x 100-mm BS-3 AT; 2 x M18 Hellcat; 2 x M56 Scorpion; 1 x Carl Gustaf ATGM;
4 x 106-mm M40A1 RR AT.
- Tank: 1 x Leopard 1A4; 2 x AMX-30B; 1 M41A-3 Cockerill 90 light; 1 x AMX-13 FL-10 light.
- Arty: 1 x 170-mm Koksan SPG, 2 x 130-mm M46 towed; 1 x AMX-155 SPG; 2 LAR-160 UG-rocket;
1 x 155-mm M114 towed; 2 x 105-mm M101 how towed; 2 x 105-mm M56 pack how towed.
- Air Defense: 1 x SA-4 Ganef SAM; 1 x SA-3 Goa SAM; 1 x RBS-70 MANPAD SAM;
1 x Roland 3 mobile SAM; 4 x 40-mm/L70 Bofors.
- Support: 1 x AVBL MAF-2 bridging unit.
* AIR - 4 Active, 29 Reserve
- F/Interceptor: 1 x Mirage IIIC
- Transport: 1 x C-130H Hercules, 1 x C-123 Turbo Provider
- MPA: 1 x C-212M MPA
- F/Bmb & F/Interceptor: 1 x Su-27SK Flanker, 1 x F-16A Falcon; 1 x F-5A/B Freedom Fighter;
1 x Mirage V; 1 x Embraer TA-1 (AMX-T) ft/bmb.
- Attack: 1 x Su-25 Frogfoot; 1 x Embraer 312-H turboprop;
- Recon: 1 x RF-5 Tigereye; 2 x OV-10A/C Bronco.
- Transport: 1 x CN-295; 1 x C-212; 1 x IAI-201.
* Attack: 1 x Mi-35 Hind; 1 x A.109. 1 x AS.532A-2 Cougar.
* ASW: 1 x SH-3H Sea King; 1 x AB-204AS.
* Transport: 1 x Bo-160 heavylift; 1 x Mi-6 Hook heavylift; 1 x Mi-17; 5 x S-58T; 1 x UH-1N.
* Utility/LOH: 1 x SA.319B Alouette III.
* NAVAL - 14 Active
- Frigate: 2 x SKR-2 Petya II FFL.
- Patrol: 6 Shershen PTF, 6 PC-12 Constitution PC
- Amphib: 2 x Campana (T-61) LST
- Subs: 2 x Type 209/1300 (S-401)
- Frigate: 6 x Lupo (F-564) w/missiles; 2 x Badr (PCG-1) corvette w/missiles
- Patrol Ship: 2 x Almirante Clemente (CG-11)
- Amphib/Support: 2 x Campana (T-61) LST; 2 Yuen Feng (AP-524) transports;
2 x Civilian AE Cargo transports.
January 3 - Goods- Consumer Mid completed at San Fernando de Apure city.
Begun new Gds - Cons. Mid at Ciudad Bolivar city in south.
8 - Research: Amphibious Assault Designs completed.
10 - Free Trade: Guyana
11 - Research: SM-39 Exocet Unit Desgin completed; added: LCT-9082 EDIC design.
Bo-160 heavylift helicopter (#2) completed.
2nd Active Aircraft Fabrication plant closed.
13 - C-123 Turbo Provider (#2) completed - ordered: 1 x A-4B/Q Skyhawk f/bomber.
Matka PTG (#1) completed - replaced on shipway by Matka PTG (#2).
18 - Research: Water Conservation completed - replaced w/Medical "Minimally
Argentina: SOLD PGM-71T PGM and S-58T Turbo Choctah helo unit designs,
in exchange for IA-58 Pucara twin turboprop attack aircraft unit design.
Air Transit: Guyana
20 - Air Transit: Surinam
New Economic Direction: reduce military orders, increase Civilian-focused production - in
part due to very tight Labour (shortage);
Diplomatic: expand treaties with Caribbean nations and gain Allies.
22 - Military Complex at Barcelona begun.
23 - Mutual Defense: Barbados and Grenada sign treaties.
Air Transit: St. Lucia
Germany: ACQ: Frosch-II (LSM-611) unit design.
25 - Air Transit: Bolivia and Paraguay sign treaties.
26 - Mutual Defense: St. Kitts & Nevis signs treaty.
31 - Mutual Defense: Saint Lucia signs treaty.
Free Trade: Grenadines.
February 1 - DAR: 52.7% and negative trend.
GDS - Consumer Mid completed at Ciudad Bolivar.
Free Trade: Haiti.
5 -Military Complext at X486 Y366 completed, south of Barcelona - Barracks ordered
at this location.
6 - U.S. - ACQ: AGM-84E SLAM missile unit design.
M41E RUA Cazador TOW (#1) completed
Deactivated 2nd Land Fabrication facility.
7 -Crimminal Extradition: Jamaica signs.
11 - Paraguay - SOLD S-58T Turbo Choctah unit design.
12 - FFOL: Surinam signs.
13 - Tech Level increased to "93"....whoopie
Henry J. Kaiser (AOR-187) (#1) completed -
replaced on slipway by: 1 x C.F. Adams (DDG-2) (#1) missile destroyer.
14 - Barracks completed on Prolamar island (X486 Y366).
New construction: Goods - 1] Cons. Mid at Calabozo city in central Venezuela;
2] Agriculture facility adjacent San Felipe city.
Labour Shortage Notice: unemployment rose from 1.7% to 1.8% - policy working.
16 - Mutual Defense: Argentina signs.
Free Trade: Portugal
18 - Matka PTG (#2) completed - Shipyard (#2) deactivated temporarily - Holiday for the
19 - Free Trade: Bahamas and Antigua sign.
Crimminal Extradition: St. Kitts & Nevis.
Air Transit: Grenada signs.
FFOL: Saint Lucia signs treaty.
March 1 - DAR: 52.5% and negative trend
LCT-9082 EDIC (#1) completed.
Ordered: 1 x 'Elite Forces' infantry unit.
3 - Russia: ACQ: 2S6M Tungushka SPAAG unit design bought.
Missile production re-opened: MM-40 SSM and SM-39 Exocet ordered at x10 build.
6 - Land Fabrication facility re-opened - ordered: 1 x 2S6M Tungushka SPAAG.
8-9 - Free Trade: Belize, Honduras and China sign treaties.
Line of Sight (LOS): Cuba signs.
FFOL: El Salvador and Bahamas sign.
Mutual Defense: Chile and Bolivia sign.
10 - Japan: ACQ: AVLB Centurion FV-4002 bridging tank design
Free Trade: Malaysia
Military Goods production cut from 100% to 40% - output 206,650-tons -
capacity: 511,644 tons; Demand: 19,377-tons; Stock: 396,648-tons.
13 - Japan: ACQ: Digital Fly-by-Wire Technology
15 - Formal Alliance: St. Kitts & Nevis and Cuba sign treaties.
16 - Goods - Consumer Mid completed at Vale de la Pascua city. Military ops
: task force comprising 1 x Matka PTG, 1 x Shershen PTF, with support from
1 x Henry J. Kaiser AOR and escort of 2 x SKR-2 Petya II sent to St. Kitts & Nevis.
Support group plans to return in one week; strike group will remain as long as possible.
20 - Goods - Cons. Mid facility complted at Calabozo city.
24 - Free Trade: Peru
27 - Research: Modern ASW Tech completed; replaced with Mid-Air Refueling technology.
30 - Taiwan: ACQ: S-2T Turbo Tracker ASW aircraft unit design.
April 1 - DAR: 52.3% and negative trend.
Intelligence Academy completed at X471 Y365 south of Caracas city.
2nd Shipyard re-opened.
4-6 - Air Transit: Barbados, Dominica, Antigua sign treaties.
Crimminal Extradition: Saint Lucia signs.
LOS: Grenada, Belize, Jamaica sign treaties.
12 - LOS: Canada signs treaty. 1st UN Offer:
Simulator Pods - $2.034 BN requested; valued at $3BN - accepted.
23 - Timber Mill at X472 Y365 completed
25 - Mutual Defense: Jamaica signs treaty.
2S6M Tungushka SPAAG (#1) completed - ordered: 1 x LAV-III Kodiak APC and
1 x Light Infantry unit.
28 - Formal Alliance: Jamaica signs treaty.
30 - A-4B Skyhawk (#1) completed - ordered: 1 x S-2T Turbo Tracker ASW unit.
May 1 - DAR: 52.8% and positive trend.
6 - Free Trade: Guatemala
7 - Formal Alliance: Grenada
Air Transit: Belize
9 - LOS - El Salvador
Mutual Defense: Belize.
12 - Taiwan: ACQ: M-113A2 APC unit design
13 - Timber Mill complted at Maturin city - began Water Works fac. at Guacara city.
14 - Research: Minimally Invasive Surgery completed.
Replaced with Modern Submarine Technology.
U.S. ACQ: Stryker G-7 105-mm SPG unit design
17 - U.S. ACQ: BGM-71 TOW-1B unit design
27 - LAV-III Kodiak APC (#1) completed
29 - Power - Cola facility at Ciudad Bolivar city completed.
30 - Water Works begun at Tucipita city.
June 1 - DAR 52.4% and negative trend.
5 - Russia: ACQ: BKP-956 Sovremennyy DDG unit design
9 - North Korea: ACQ: Pontoon Bridge unit design
10 - Free Trade: Malaysia
13 - Free Trade: Kazakhstan
15 - LCT-9082 EDIC (#1) completed - no further units to be built and larger Frosch-II
LSM preferred; Ordered: 1 x Frosch-II LSM.
Free Trade: Kygyzstan signs.
LOS: Saint Lucia, Barbados, and Antigua sign treaties.
Formal Alliance: Cuba and Belize sign to become allies -
16 - 130-mm M1992 SPG (North Korean) (#1) completed.
17 - S-2T Turbo Tracker (#1) completed - deployed to Punto Fijo peninsula airfield.
Germany: ACQ: Roland 3 mobile SAM unit design
#2 Aircraft Fabrication facility closed - to improve labour shortage situation.
23 - Russia: ACQ: SS-N-22 Sunburn (Moskit) missile design acquired.
25 - Goods- Consumer Mid completed at Prolamar island (city)
27 - Free Trade: Mongolia
29 - South Korea: ACQ: Composite Armour Technology
30 - Crimminal Extradition: Grenadines.
July 1- DAR - 52.1% and positive trend.
Air Transit: Guatemala,
3 - Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) (#1) completed.
6 - Water Works at Guacara city completed.
7 - 130-mm M1992 SPG (#2) completed.
12 - LOS: Russia signs.
16 - Argentina: ACQ: AS.355N/M Twin Squirrel light helicopter design.
22 - M1129 Stryker 120-mm Mortar (#1) unit completed; ordered: 1 x Leopard 1A4 MBT.
Taiwan: ACQ: Guided Missile Technology
27 - Water Works completed at Tucupita city.
28 - Research: Mid-Air Refueling completed - begin: Satellites.
August 1 - DAR: 50% and positive trend.
2 - U.S.: ACQ: KC-130F Hercules air refueling transport unit design.
Sea Pier completed at Prolamar island.
3 - Research: New R Center (#2) begun at Military Complex south of Barcelona. Foreign War News:
- China and Russia go to war!
Heavy fighting began throught the Siberian Far East, initially around the Chinese city of Baoqing-
Mishan Front, as Russian tanks tried to over-run the Garrison forces north of Alekseyevka in the Russian Maritime Province. It is clear from movements that North Korea and China have a Land Transit Treaty (and possible more?), allowing North Korean tanks to take up positions just inside the Chinese border along their common border.
No air units are involved in any of the fighting. Most of the movement is by relatively small number of units on either side, rarely exceeding 3 units at a time. Advantages are not be taken by Russian forces - nor Chinese in some cases - to seize important terrain, land facilities (mines, etc), or cut supply lines (AI obviously weak).
9 - Coal Mine facility compelted at X463 Y364.
Goods - Cons. begun at Cabimas city in the western zone.
10 - 13 -Foreign War News:
After just a couple days of war, North Korea attacks Russia (it would appear China and DPRK had a Mutual Defense or Alliance relationship). Large numbers of North Korea units began movement from the Central and northern portions of the country, in a massive redeployment.
North Korea's attack cross the border along the main road link, inland from the coast, and pushed deep into Russian in the direction of Ussuriysk city over the next three days. On the 13th, North Korean forces slammed head long into the Russian Garrison units (7 !) at Ussuriysk, and control land between Artem city and Artem Airfield.....Russian forces at Artem include 1 x Mig-29K Naval Fulcrum, 1 x Tu-134 Crusty transport, 1 x 2S6M Tungushka SPAAG.....Russian forces at nearby Alekseyevka Airfield contains on 1 x Tu-22M3 Backfire-B bomber, 1 x IL-38 May ASW aircraft, two x ZSU-23 Shilka SPAAG, 1 Engineer, and 1 BMP-1 mech infantry unit for defense.
Love those Leopard "spotted" North Korean tank units!
North Korean Army (KPA) comprises large numbers of T-62, several T-80U, and a few T-54/55 medium tanks, several Chinese-designed APCs, BUT lacks ANY support units (anti-aircraft - SAM or SPAAG, supply, or towed artillery - though clearly available in large numbers (dozens) in North Korea. The forces moving north almost exclusively Tank-heavy, with minimal infantry accompaning and lacking support units to defend against air attacks or to place defensive garrison units at locations taken....very strange AI !).
Russian air forces are also at two additional airfield: Vozdvizhenka and Pristan. Each airfield has 1 x Su-34 Flanker multi-role fighter aircraft unit, plus either a Su-25 Frogfoot or transport unit. [None of these units flew during the ensuing North Korean attacks...until the airfields were actually under ground attack!]
Russian navy sortied our of Vladivostok, that appears to have include 3 Udaloy destroyers, one or two SKR-1135 Krivak III frigates and one or two Grisha V corvettes, headed for the North Korea border...North Korean navy has maybe a dozen or more light craft of several types (Shershen PTF,
Osa PTG, patrol craft) in the immediate area off Najin port. A naval battle is coming!
Venezuelan Response: Two efforts:
1] sell heavily petroleum and industrial goods to both Russia and North Korea - prior to the war, both had been recipients of our trading in these, plus some Unit designs from both.
2] acquire Unit Designs and Technologies, which maybe had a cheaper prices than otherwise would be the case, due to their status of being at war!
14 - North Korea: ACQ: BTR-60 APC for commodies.
Russia: ACQ: KAB-1500 bomb and Kh-59 (AS-13) Kingpost ASM unit designs.
Foreign War News:
North Korean forces reach the outskirts of Alekseyevka and Ussuriysk, and near Artem. Both airfields are damaged - but neither is taken! [AI does not press attack with available forces...]
Massive number of units - again, mostly North Korean tanks - continue to cross the border area
and penetrate into the heart of the Russian Maritime Province....INCREDIBLY, they ignore Vladivostok completely!
[carried to Pt. II due to text limits]