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ChalkLine 08-20-2018 10:48 PM

Campaign Locations
 
Well, we've all played through Poland a few times at least! :)

What are some locations you have wanted to set a game in apart from Poland/Germany?

I wanted to do a steam boat island hopping south from The Philippines to Australia. PCs would have been embassy guards or similar trying to get a bunch of non-shooters home alive.
A 'pursuit fleet' would be generated that I hadn't fleshed out but they'd try and stop the ship from getting to Australia by any means possible. They'd be too tough to attack directly.

Legbreaker 08-21-2018 12:02 AM

Korea would be nice and I've done a bit of work on the likely Australian and New Zealand units deployed there.

Targan 08-21-2018 04:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Legbreaker (Post 78897)
Korea would be nice and I've done a bit of work on the likely Australian and New Zealand units deployed there.

+1

Olefin 08-21-2018 06:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Legbreaker (Post 78897)
Korea would be nice and I've done a bit of work on the likely Australian and New Zealand units deployed there.

So has Raellus in his Korean Sourcebook - you could use that too

Olefin 08-21-2018 06:36 AM

You could use the East African Sourcebook for campaigns anywhere in East Africa - and there is canon info there that you could also use for the Congo or South Africa

Legbreaker 08-21-2018 08:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Olefin (Post 78900)
So has Raellus in his Korean Sourcebook - you could use that too

Could, but I've focused all my attention on the Anzac forces and working on an OOB down to the smallest element and unit history that accurately reflects reality as closely as possible.
I've also had to work on the Australian/Indonesian conflict as well given Australia only has limited forces and with a threat close to home would only be able to spare a relatively token force to Korea.

stg58fal 08-21-2018 09:40 AM

I ran a T2k13 campaign that started in Russia. We only made it about 10 sessions or so when life took a dump on me and things just kind of fell apart. The group was part of an invasion force that was supposed to secure a beach head for a follow-on force, thereby opening up another front and relieving pressure in other areas. Unfortunately, the reinforcements never arrived, and eventually the President gave the "Good luck, you're on your own" speech. The invasion force attempted to pull out and head back to the US, and the Russians used what little air power they could field, as well as a tactical nuke, to destroy the invaders.

.45cultist 08-21-2018 11:25 AM

My collection of notes labeled "Home Front". The plan was a guard unit in Europe or Asia and their dependents back home. Two campaigns in one setting.

Olefin 08-21-2018 01:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Legbreaker (Post 78903)
Could, but I've focused all my attention on the Anzac forces and working on an OOB down to the smallest element and unit history that accurately reflects reality as closely as possible.
I've also had to work on the Australian/Indonesian conflict as well given Australia only has limited forces and with a threat close to home would only be able to spare a relatively token force to Korea.

And thats pretty much what Raellus had there

Ok given what you just said about Australia/Indonesia you need to write that sourcebook - love to see what you have

StainlessSteelCynic 08-21-2018 06:42 PM

Raellus has a general overview of an Australian task force sized group, not the details that Legbreaker is talking about.

Olefin 08-21-2018 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by StainlessSteelCynic (Post 78919)
Raellus has a general overview of an Australian task force sized group, not the details that Legbreaker is talking about.

I know thats why I would love to see him write a sourcebook or go in with someone with all the info he has - would make a great expansion for the game and a great new place to campaign

I think either Raellus or I would love to volunteer to put that together with Leg

Raellus 08-21-2018 10:51 PM

There's already a T2K setting for Australia. It's called, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. ;)

In all seriousness, I wish Leg had chimed in earlier, before I submitted edits to the KPSB. I would have loved to include a more detailed ANZUK Brigade OOB, and he would have gotten an add in the acknowledgments section of the updated sourcebook.

Anyway, I'd love to see an Australasia Sourcebook of some sort.

To get back to Chalk's original question, I'd like to play in a CONUS game. I'm really interested in how my own national/regional/local society and culture would be affected by the Twilight War. I love Poland as a setting, but there are so many good PbPs and campaign journals out there on the interwebs that it almost feels too... familiar now.

Legbreaker 08-22-2018 12:54 AM

I've actually stalled a bit on it due to lack of access to "Manual of Land Warfare. Part Two: Armour Training. Volume 1 Pamphlet NO 3: The Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment"

ChalkLine 08-23-2018 05:01 AM

Has anyone ever played in Britain?

Lurken 08-23-2018 05:59 AM

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Originally Posted by ChalkLine (Post 78932)
Has anyone ever played in Britain?

Yea, we once started a campaign. Didn't go for so long. The TF-34 ship we were on got torpedoed and we managed to crawl unto Scotland and not freeze to death.

The plot would have been to get down to Portsmouth in time for shup stuck in repair to leave for the states.

Sadly, we ended shortly after Edinbourgh.

Olefin 08-23-2018 06:55 AM

We played in Iran - Kings Ransom - both the scenario to get the jewels and also the "hey lets shoot us some generals" in the hotel - which was a load of fun as we actually got to do something that could actually affect the timeline - i.e. wipe out a bunch of commanders and grab the plans for a future offensive and get them back to the base

Slappy 08-24-2018 07:45 AM

I ran a reasonably long campaign in the Caribbean. PCs started in one of the Dutch ABC islands having gotten back from Europe somehow (not really important). Premise was that the Dutch had enough organization to be a relative point of stability in a largely collapsed region and needed additional manpower to try to get control of and get back on line some Venezuelan oil resources. It was good fun.

WallShadow 08-24-2018 12:04 PM

Fun in the Caribbean Sun (possible spoilers)
 
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Originally Posted by Slappy (Post 78941)
I ran a reasonably long campaign in the Caribbean. PCs started in one of the Dutch ABC islands having gotten back from Europe somehow (not really important). Premise was that the Dutch had enough organization to be a relative point of stability in a largely collapsed region and needed additional manpower to try to get control of and get back on line some Venezuelan oil resources. It was good fun.

"Gateway to the Caribbean" is a trove of adventure seeds and paths to success in the Post-Whoops world, if one uses the little clues and opportunities provided. Well-equipped, poorly-trained opponents holding local shipbuilders with vital skills (and a potential merchant/patrol fleet) hostage, a half-sunk cargo ship with lots of salvageable munitions in it, its prior passengers being a bunch of unloved Cuban troops shipwrecked here and wanting desperately to get the hell home, lots of young nearly-trained doctors, a possible "in" with two of MilGov's big hitters, scads of retired-but-still-deadly US Rangers/SF ex-troopers (can you say "local commando cadre'-training", boys and girls?), a fully-functional super-frigate run by a skilled and capable crew with an elite skipper, a local mamaloi/organic chemist whose knowledge of the local flora and fauna can have interesting side-effects ;) on unwary enemies....so much to play with, so many opportunities!
All the players have to do is figure out how to make the most of what they have on hand. Did I mention the APC...?

WallShadow 08-24-2018 12:22 PM

Bite the Big Apple
 
"Armies of the Night", a mystery wrapped around a puzzle, tied up with several enigmas.
The hours I have spent brainstorming this adventure are racked up in the hundreds if not thousands. How do the survivors manage? How do they make up for a lack of topsoil when the land is covered with concrete or macadam? How does one efficiently harvest the upper floors of high-rise buildings? What things were unknown even to the scenario-writers that might have had an impact--Civil Defense caches in the Brooklyn Bridge supports, the NSA (CIA?) headquarters office hidden in plain sight in a downtown Manhattan skyscraper--the best ways of using the big power players' traits against them or against each other, who to back to the US gov't (either one) as the "true king" of NYC. Plus a few other sideshows and special projects to give players or their allies a better chance against the predatory groups, large and small, that threaten their everyday survival.

Olefin 08-24-2018 06:39 PM

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Originally Posted by WallShadow (Post 78942)
"Gateway to the Caribbean" is a trove of adventure seeds and paths to success in the Post-Whoops world, if one uses the little clues and opportunities provided. Well-equipped, poorly-trained opponents holding local shipbuilders with vital skills (and a potential merchant/patrol fleet) hostage, a half-sunk cargo ship with lots of salvageable munitions in it, its prior passengers being a bunch of unloved Cuban troops shipwrecked here and wanting desperately to get the hell home, lots of young nearly-trained doctors, a possible "in" with two of MilGov's big hitters, scads of retired-but-still-deadly US Rangers/SF ex-troopers (can you say "local commando cadre'-training", boys and girls?), a fully-functional super-frigate run by a skilled and capable crew with an elite skipper, a local mamaloi/organic chemist whose knowledge of the local flora and fauna can have interesting side-effects ;) on unwary enemies....so much to play with, so many opportunities!
All the players have to do is figure out how to make the most of what they have on hand. Did I mention the APC...?

Oh you mean the one that just needs a battery and a 50 cal and she is ready to rock? Not a bad little find

.45cultist 08-24-2018 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Olefin (Post 78947)
Oh you mean the one that just needs a battery and a 50 cal and she is ready to rock? Not a bad little find

Luckily all the RPG's went down with the ship....

Legbreaker 08-24-2018 08:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Olefin (Post 78947)
Oh you mean the one that just needs a battery and a 50 cal and she is ready to rock? Not a bad little find

Doesn't even need that. ANY sort of weapon (even a rifle) does the job, and they can be jump started - been there, done that, pain in the arse.

swaghauler 08-26-2018 10:11 AM

My modern "Merc" campaign set in Africa has been quite successful. Admittedly, that's because it's not really a Twilight2000 campaign and I can introduce modern headlines that my players KNOW are real. YOU COULDN'T MAKE UP some of the things happening in The Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and South Africa today.

ChalkLine 08-26-2018 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by swaghauler (Post 78960)
My modern "Merc" campaign set in Africa has been quite successful. Admittedly, that's because it's not really a Twilight2000 campaign and I can introduce modern headlines that my players KNOW are real. YOU COULDN'T MAKE UP some of the things happening in The Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and South Africa today.

I played in an online game set in Congo/Zaire that centred around a PBY5A Catalina flying boat. Awesome fun

swaghauler 08-26-2018 12:38 PM

My guys are constantly being shuffled between the UN and the African Union Command. They are often used as "pawns" in the ongoing political "tug of war" between these "would-be saviors" of Africa.

Enfield 08-27-2018 06:19 AM

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Originally Posted by swaghauler (Post 78968)
My guys are constantly being shuffled between the UN and the African Union Command. They are often used as "pawns" in the ongoing political "tug of war" between these "would-be saviors" of Africa.

Where in Africa does it take place?

Enfield 08-27-2018 06:20 AM

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Originally Posted by WallShadow (Post 78942)
"Gateway to the Caribbean" is a trove of adventure seeds and paths to success in the Post-Whoops world, if one uses the little clues and opportunities provided. Well-equipped, poorly-trained opponents holding local shipbuilders with vital skills (and a potential merchant/patrol fleet) hostage, a half-sunk cargo ship with lots of salvageable munitions in it, its prior passengers being a bunch of unloved Cuban troops shipwrecked here and wanting desperately to get the hell home, lots of young nearly-trained doctors, a possible "in" with two of MilGov's big hitters, scads of retired-but-still-deadly US Rangers/SF ex-troopers (can you say "local commando cadre'-training", boys and girls?), a fully-functional super-frigate run by a skilled and capable crew with an elite skipper, a local mamaloi/organic chemist whose knowledge of the local flora and fauna can have interesting side-effects ;) on unwary enemies....so much to play with, so many opportunities!
All the players have to do is figure out how to make the most of what they have on hand. Did I mention the APC...?

Would you focus on the USS Constitution as well or focus mostly on the players as pretty independent.

WallShadow 08-28-2018 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Enfield (Post 78976)
Would you focus on the USS Constitution as well or focus mostly on the players as pretty independent.

The Constitution would be there as a goad or an occasional resource or supply point or Deus ex machina, but not on the PC's schedule--they wouldn't have it handy to wield as their personal battleship, but if things got tight, they might be seen sailing over the horizon or calling the group for a social visit, just in time....:) I see the ship as the provider for occasional adventure seeds, or trading potential. ("You found how many of these? We can sell every one for a major profit over on Barbados. Can you go back and find more?")
The real drama(s) are with the folks on the ground and their potential to uplift or destroy the islands' precarious hold on existence. And making friends and enemies in higher circles; both of which may come back to revisit the PCs at some unexpected point in their adventures.

Enfield 08-28-2018 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by WallShadow (Post 78988)
The Constitution would be there as a goad or an occasional resource or supply point or Deus ex machina, but not on the PC's schedule--they wouldn't have it handy to wield as their personal battleship, but if things got tight, they might be seen sailing over the horizon or calling the group for a social visit, just in time....:) I see the ship as the provider for occasional adventure seeds, or trading potential. ("You found how many of these? We can sell every one for a major profit over on Barbados. Can you go back and find more?")
The real drama(s) are with the folks on the ground and their potential to uplift or destroy the islands' precarious hold on existence. And making friends and enemies in higher circles; both of which may come back to revisit the PCs at some unexpected point in their adventures.

That makes sense. Obviously since Christiansen is the captain, and even a player character of similar rank would not be able to just order her around, it would be possible support subject to DM desires or to party persuasion.

swaghauler 08-28-2018 03:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Enfield (Post 78975)
Where in Africa does it take place?

They initially started north of the Kenyan town of El Mak fighting Somali fighters aligned with Al Shabaab ("the young ones"). They were acting as PMCs for a private UN-sponsored company providing medical and humanitarian services in the region. This often put them at odds with the UN (who viewed them as mercenaries to be constantly watched) and the Kenyan Military Commander (also the African Union Official in the area) who viewed the UN mission as an "infringement" on his authority.

Then (after winning the hearts of the local Kenyan military) they took a job training African Union troops in the Lake Albert region of Uganda (supported by a US energy company that formerly mined the DRC region West of the lake). Here they confronted a small group of Boko Haram ("western influence is sinful") operating out of Democratic Republic of The Congo (which has a 10% Muslim population under constant attack by Christians), AND militant Christian groups from the very same country. They aided in the defense of several small villages South of Arva Uganda North of Lake Albert from Christian militias moving from both the DRC and travelling North from Rwanda.

Their latest mission was a hostage extraction from Rwanda back to Uganda (the village of Kabale). This was a Lloyds of London supported action to recover World Health Organization volunteers who were captured during an attack on a refugee camp in Rwanda.

Now they are taking a security job in Niger protecting UN assets against Boko Haram operating there.

Adm.Lee 08-28-2018 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by ChalkLine (Post 78964)
I played in an online game set in Congo/Zaire that centred around a PBY5A Catalina flying boat. Awesome fun

I also ran a Merc campaign with a Grumman Albatross, it was based in the Caribbean, but some of the missions were in the 2nd Biafran War from the Merc book.

Why, yes, Jimmy Buffett was popular in our circles in the mid-90s, why do you ask?

WallShadow 08-29-2018 12:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Enfield (Post 78989)
That makes sense. Obviously since Christiansen is the captain, and even a player character of similar rank would not be able to just order her around, it would be possible support subject to DM desires or to party persuasion.

I can easily see the PCs showing their skill and smarts while being transported on Old Ironsides, lending a hand when the ship encounters boarders or an assault from small craft. Earning the Skipper's respect will also earn the PCs an unofficial "Friends of the Ship" status, and perhaps a chance to accompany her on a cruise or get an occasional free working passage as crew or ship's troops to her next port. :cool: This is assuming the players don't trip over themselves by trying to commandeer or capture the ship. BAD NEWS--the Captain has lots of very sneaky ways to permanently "correct" such behavior. :mad:

ChalkLine 08-29-2018 12:24 AM

'Gateway to the Spanish Main' was, in my view, one of those books that needed too many changes to make right.

- Using the USS Constitution with M2HBs instead of cannon? Nah. Too silly

- A colony of US war veterans on Grenada? Someone doesn't understand how poor most war vets are.

- The Reagan-Era 'Grenada Story'? Long ago debunked.

Still, the idea of an island hopping campaign isn't a bad one.

A better ship is needed. The 'ships thread' here has plenty to choose from (I recommend the NOAA 'Rude'). Give it some 20mm autocannon and 12.7mm M2HB in gun tubs. Perhaps a 2B9 vasilek for fire support. (I'd allow the 82mm vasilek to fire NATO 81mm mortar bombs with shims. THey'd have odd fire characteristics compared to the normal 82mm) The boat has a Rigid Inflatable Boat for inshore missions and plenty of bunks for PCs. It also has a medical bay to allow for rapid healing of wounded PCs.

The people's of the area are widely varied and now with the internet data on them is easy to find. Sit back a bit and reimagine the place without hegemony from various powers.

Olefin 08-29-2018 12:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Adm.Lee (Post 78995)
I also ran a Merc campaign with a Grumman Albatross, it was based in the Caribbean, but some of the missions were in the 2nd Biafran War from the Merc book.

Why, yes, Jimmy Buffett was popular in our circles in the mid-90s, why do you ask?

The USN has one in East Africa FYI that a private owner had - and still has - he basically joined the USN so he could keep flying it (especially since the Navy didnt have anyone there who was qualified to fly it)

"East African Naval Air Patrol Group – Provisional - Mombasa Airport, Pemba Airport
• Manpower: 80 men
• Aircraft: three P-3C Orion, one Grumman Albatross, two S-3 Vikings

This provisional group is a scratch team of aircraft from various squadrons to provide patrol and early warning. A small supply of sonar buoys is still available for them as well as four Harpoon missiles and twelve ASW torpedoes.

The Albatross was a private aircraft sold to the USN by its US expat owner/operator in exchange for a commission in the USN as an officer (he remains its pilot). "

Enfield 08-29-2018 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by ChalkLine (Post 79001)
'Gateway to the Spanish Main' was, in my view, one of those books that needed too many changes to make right.

- Using the USS Constitution with M2HBs instead of cannon? Nah. Too silly

- A colony of US war veterans on Grenada? Someone doesn't understand how poor most war vets are.

- The Reagan-Era 'Grenada Story'? Long ago debunked.

Still, the idea of an island hopping campaign isn't a bad one.

A better ship is needed. The 'ships thread' here has plenty to choose from (I recommend the NOAA 'Rude'). Give it some 20mm autocannon and 12.7mm M2HB in gun tubs. Perhaps a 2B9 vasilek for fire support. (I'd allow the 82mm vasilek to fire NATO 81mm mortar bombs with shims. THey'd have odd fire characteristics compared to the normal 82mm) The boat has a Rigid Inflatable Boat for inshore missions and plenty of bunks for PCs. It also has a medical bay to allow for rapid healing of wounded PCs.

The people's of the area are widely varied and now with the internet data on them is easy to find. Sit back a bit and reimagine the place without hegemony from various powers.

I like the USS Constitution. It's an interesting ship with an interesting history, and provides a fun way for the party to travel across the Atlantic. If you have a group that has some tall ship afficionadoes then it will bring joy to them.

Of course one does not have to. A submarine adventure could be done with the trilogy in game or it could be shifted to another location.

Your NOAA reference is funny to me, though, because I used that very NOAA ship in an adventure.

I suspect part of why the retired vets were used in the module was because it was an easy way to offer allies to PCs. On the other hand, simply having to retrieve NPCs does make sense. I have a cousin in law who studied in Grenada only 4 years ago. I would simply make it more like "Fist Full of Dollars" and have it mostly be islanders vs. islanders with perhaps a few foreigners acting as mercs thrown in. The party have two factions at war, and have to retrieve a small group of VIPs and avoid being shot at. They may be tempted by either side or they may simply dodge both sides or play them off against one another.

Cdnwolf 09-18-2018 07:35 PM

I ran a campaign that started in Vienna and ran down the Danube... sort of Pirates of the Danube that ended up with the players picked up by a Nuclear sub on a Mediterranean Cruise.

swaghauler 09-18-2018 10:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Cdnwolf (Post 79300)
I ran a campaign that started in Vienna and ran down the Danube... sort of Pirates of the Danube that ended up with the players picked up by a Nuclear sub on a Mediterranean Cruise.

That would be cool. You could have the pirates "headquartered" on one of those "River Cruise Ships" built from barges.

I can hear John Pinnette (RIP) now... "If a boat doesn't have a casino and a restaurant, IT'S NOT SEAWORTHY! NEY, NEY!"

Legbreaker 10-13-2018 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Legbreaker (Post 78924)
I've actually stalled a bit on it due to lack of access to "Manual of Land Warfare. Part Two: Armour Training. Volume 1 Pamphlet NO 3: The Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment"

Might finally have a lead on this. Tracked a copy to a collection listed on a website based in Melbourne - no idea where the physical copy is actually located, but I really only need (and want) a scan of it.
If I can get my grubby hands on it an ANZAC sourcebook incorporating forces deployed to SE Asia, Korea and Cypress (apparently there was a UN contingent of peacekeepers there circa 1996-97 according to a colour plate in the NATO book) just might be possible.

unkated 10-31-2018 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Legbreaker (Post 79625)
If I can get my grubby hands on it an ANZAC sourcebook incorporating forces deployed to SE Asia, Korea and Cypress (apparently there was a UN contingent of peacekeepers there circa 1996-97 according to a colour plate in the NATO book) just might be possible.

Cyprus has hosted a UN contingent (UNFICYP) since 1964:
The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is a United Nations peacekeeping force that was established under United Nations Security Council Resolution 186 in 1964 to prevent a recurrence of fighting following intercommunal violence between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and to facilitate a return to normal conditions. The current force commander is Major General Mohammad Humayun Kabir (Bangladesh), (UNFICYP) Force Commander of United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.[1]

Following the 1974 Greek Cypriot coup d'état and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) extended and expanded the mission to prevent the dispute turning into war, and UNFICYP was redeployed to patrol the United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus and assist in the maintenance of the military status quo. Since its establishment, the force has also worked in concert with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and representatives of the two communities to seek an amicable diplomatic solution to the Cyprus dispute.

Initially, UNFICYP consisted of military and civilian contingents drawn from Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Canada, Sweden, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. However, over its long history the force has been the subject of various UNSC resolutions and reorganisations, and currently comprises contingents from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, El Salvador, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Peru, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
So, there were at one point 2-300 Australians in Cyprus. In addition to troops, there are also some civilian police officers.


Or did you just leak that there are covert contingents of Australian troops in various cypress swamps across the southern US?

Hmmm. Have the FBI look for patterns of beer theft...

Uncle Ted

Legbreaker 10-31-2018 06:05 PM

Australian's drinking the swill that passes for US beer? Are you INSANE!? :o
No, more likely to be raiding whiskey distilleries. :p


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