Communist International (TUE)
|The symbol of the Comintern|
|Playstyle||High Speed, Low Drag|
"As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me."
- - "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Gurthie
The Communist International or Comintern for short is a collection of socialist states that grew out of the alliance formed between the Union of American Socialist Republics, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the left wing of the Guomindang in China, and numerous Socialist states in Latin America from Mexico to Chile and the assorted Communist, Socialist, and Syndicalist parties in Capitalist nations. Though once divided by the bickering between the USSR and the UASR and the other large players over the path of the Communist movement, the Comintern now stands as a united popular front for the success of Socialism in the world; united by their common struggle to defend the hard won gains of the revolutions from Capitalist reaction. The Alliance of Free States hoped to break the Comintern in the second and third world wars; but has only pushed them closer together.
Now with the task of rebuilding the world set before them in the wake of the third world war; the Comintern continues to look for ways to spread the revolution and defend its gains. Though China was lost in the fiery conclusion to the Chinese civil war as Jingwei and Jieshi were both defeated by Xishan; gains were made in the middle east, asia, and Africa as the Communist movement continues to flower. But the world has become an increasingly strange place, and the Capitalists are also recouping lost strength and assessing ways to grow their exploitive system in the aftermath of the third world war. But as has been said before "The Revolution is not a dinner party", and the optimistic spirit of the Comintern continues to burn bright and the swift moving forces of the Comintern are ready to meet the challenge.
- 1 At a Glance
- 2 Background
- 3 Generals
- 4 Worker's & Farmer's Revolutionary International Military
- 5 National Militaries and Organizations of the Comintern
- 6 Stolen Tech Units (Idea)
- 7 Commander Powers
- 8 Trivia
At a Glance
|Playstyle||High Speed, Low Drag|
|Preferred Theatre of Operations||Maneuver warfare|
|Strengths||Vehicles are quick and reliable and generally affordable, Navy and air force are formadible and robust with powerful helicopters, Infantry are highly motivated and are ready for most any challenge.|
|Weaknesses||Forces are not oriented for static defense, durability is generally the primary sacrifice made with vehicles, Forces can suffer when outnumbered due to a preference for precision over risking collateral damage.|
|Intended Players||Any RTS Player|
The Communist International began as a collection of Communist and Socialist parties and organizations throughout the world in the second half of the victorian era; though what is most often called the Comintern is the third such international, founded in 1919 shortly after the birth of the Soviet Union. With America exhausted and embittered by an early entry into the first world war spurred on by more imperialistic administrations that sent a million of its young sons to early graves and sorely tested the unity of the country whose Progressives never had a chance to take power with McKinley avoiding assassination, the American Socialist Labor Party; the face of a unified American socialist movement; had an ascendant star in the organization. At first the Soviet Union stood largely alone, with Stalin committed to "building socialism in one nation" save for some minor allies such as Mongolia and the unrecognized state of Tannu Tuva; many within the USSR even fearing that another socialist great power may even threaten the legitimacy of Stalin's regime. However, the dam broke in America in 1932, as the depression mired nation decided it had had enough and voted the Socialist Labor Party (now renamed the Worker's Communist Party); which had usurped the Democratic party as the party of opposition in the 20s; into power with landslide electoral victories in America's young "congressional" style of government intended to curb the power of the presidency.
The response was swift and violent, with reactionary elements in America quickly attempting to launch a putsch and thus "safeguard America from Communism" under the leadership of figures like MacArthur and Kennedy. While progressive republicans and much of the democrat party; whether under John Nance Garter's bourbon democrats or the populists who hadn't jumped ship to the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party like Huey Long decided to support the Socialists either out of a support for their ideals or a belief that the putschists had violated the constitution they were claiming to defend, the war was bloody if swift. The Second American civil war would end in a resounding red victory by 1934, with the aid of volunteers from across the planet and the aid of the USSR who finally caved into pressure to aid the Americans despite Stalin's protestations against the provisional government calling an article 5 convention to create a new basic law for their new Union of American Socialist Republics. With the nations of western Europe unwilling to draw themselves into another world war for the sake of the Putschists; the last world war still fresh in their memories save to sternly warn the UASR against interfering with their colonies, or the Island of Cuba which the defeated Putschists fled to in order to create a USA in exile.
The American revolution soon spread south, with Mexico, most of Central America, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic all swiftly forming Communist governments as a great wave of revolution engulfed the new world. This sparked panic in the halls of government in Europe and Asia; the calls of world revolution were being heard across the world and nobody seemed to know how to stop it. However, early in 1933; a different sort of government came to power in Germany with the ascension of Adolf Hitler to the Chancellery. With the Nazi party having railed against the electoral success of the American Worker's Communist Party and warning that only anarchy would follow if the same happened in Germany, the Nazi party became the party of government and joined Italy and Japan as one of the world's fascist nations. With the Red victory in the second American Civil War Hitler called on fascist parties around the world to unite and build a bulwark against the spread of Communist decadence and in 1934 he was rewarded when Oswald Mosley and Marcel Bucard took over their respective governments following votes of no confidence against the sitting parties; followed by similar fascist ascendancies in many smaller countries of Europe. Liberalism died to thundering applause as the fascist wave soon engulfed other countries; with Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia joining them alongside the Benelux Nations, Portugal, and Scandinavian countries.
The Comintern and this new Alliance of Free States (free from "communism and internationalism" to be exact) would have their first contest in the Spanish Civil War. However, a reluctance to start a general war allowed the Fascists to soon add Spain to the growing list of fascist nations. Divides between Stalin's Soviet Union and America's Democratic Socialist Union further worked to paralyze the comintern; though they at least agreed to cooperate on the matter of ensuring the completion of China's revolution with the offer of support to not only the Communist Party of China but the leftist faction of the KMT; lead by Wang Jingwei, while Japan supported Chiang Kai-Shek's rightist faction and bring about a Communist revolution in Iran. However, despite their ideological divide, the Soviet Union needed the American Republics and their trade, and Stalin was forced to accede to growing more and more marginalized in his own government if he wanted the aid of the new world. At the same time, the fascists consolidated their grip over colonies seized from America during its turmoil; Japan now in control of Hawaii while France seized the Philipines, preparing to force the comintern on a war on all fronts.
It would not be until 1950 however, that world war would at last break out. With the European side of the Alliance pushing through neutral nations such as Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Greece, Romania, and Bulgaria to press into the Soviet Union while the UASR was invaded through Canada and war erupted far to the south with the Integralist assault on the Latin Comintern; even the pacific was not safe as Japan and the pacific squadrons of Britain and France dueled with the Comintern's pacific fleets. This war sorely tested the Comintern as new technologies of rapid battlefield production and increasingly esoteric weapons were deployed by both sides to attain victory; deep battle and defense in depth doctrine testing itself against Blitzkrieg and Maginot defense. Communist insurgents in Africa and Asia battled against the forces intending to crush them while titanic armies and navies battled across the planet. However, the Comintern would soon go from retreat and defense to punishing counter attacks as its advantages in production and reserves and increasing adaptation to Alliance tactics began to grant it victory after victory. By 1956, the war had come to the Alliance and only a brief (and limited) nuclear exchange convinced the Comintern to relent and hear the Alliance's peace terms. However, the war was over and America's model of democratic communism had advanced with the end of colonial rule in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon; many west african colonies; and northern Indochina, while the once neutral natioons of eastern and central europe were now proud members of the comintern.
The Chill comes
The limited victory of the Comintern would see the end of truly fascist governance over much of the Alliance. With the death of Hitler in the final days of the war the Nazi party succumbed to a leadership vacuum it could not recover from before demands for elections could no longer be ignored. Mosley and Bucard similarly perished soon after the war and left their parties adrift. The Liberal Party of Britain; long a political afterthought following its disgrace in the first world war, returned to power in coalition with tories who opposed the British fascists. France brought the Party of the Republic into governance, while Germany saw an unusual coalition of Monarchists, Christian Democrats, and Liberals come to power and declared a second empire. This was received with jubilation in the Comintern, who hoped that soon they would follow America in a transition to communism. The Americans had further reason to celebrate, as the death of Stalin allowed for advocates of a more American style of Communism to take power in the USSR and institute multiparty socialist democracy much like in America. While some warned that this peace could not last forever, the consensus was that with the presence of Nuclear weapons, nobody would be foolish enough to allow another war of the superpowers to happen again. Especially when Japan announced it would be departing from the Alliance.
That is not to say that the next period of history would be a peaceful one. Low level insurgent conflict and proxy wars would continue to rage through the period and trouble in China would see the rise of a third vision for the world's oldest civilization that began to sweep away both established factions. The continuing war in Indochina would be a particularly sore point as the Comintern supported Communist rebels in the South against the Alliance's backed Nationalist regime. But for most, now was a time of peace and healing. Swords were turned into plowshares and the shocking horror of the second world war passed into cultural memory. With the second world war over, the Comintern also turned to internal change; with a second cultural revolution sweeping the socialist nations of the world as a new generation that had grown up knowing nothing but the new system pushed for a full realization of all the talk of liberalizing social mores. Free love went from something discussed to something embraced, environmentalism became a rallying call, strong pushes were made against racism and sexism in culture as well as law.
New parties would even arise, with the American Worker's Communist Party splitting into the left-communist Communist Liberation Party and the more Centralist Communist Unity Party, while social ecology parties such as America's social ecology union would rise up to major party status. This new left helped to change the face of the Communist International as the youth made their voices heard with the help of initiatives to lower the voting age to sixteen across the Comintern. Despite the optimism of this era though, many remained deeply suspicious of the Alliance. Despite the flowering Liberalism in much of the Alliance and weaker positions of the still fascist collection of Alliance nations known as the Commonwealth and Japan's departure, the Alliance as a whole remained unified in its hostility towards the Comintern, and the so called Solar Empire of Japan kept its intentions and desires a mystery to the world at large.
Comintern Intelligence agencies found a great deal of evidence that suggested that the Alliance was not acting in good faith. The Arsenals of the Alliance started to be built up once again in the late sixties and throughout the seventies under the leadership of the Chairman of the Alliance; Arthur Stewart, an aristocrat and a former member of the Fascist Party. Though he had renounced the autocratic ways of his interwar and wartime era predecessors, Arthur Stewart still had built up a substantial cult of personality with his populist systems and burned with a desire to avenge the humiliation of the second world war, which saw the Comintern dominionizing the empires of Europe and all manner of treaties trying to limit the arsenals of both power blocs. Well aware that the issue of nuclear weapons would make his war of vengeance one of folly, Stewart tasked the Alliance's best and brightest with finding a solution following his election in 1966. Knowing full well that if Stewart had a solution to MAD that they would be able to use nukes with impunity, the Comintern similarly worked on a way to obsolete its very own strategic nuclear arsenal.
To the horror of many, all major nations began placing satellite based anti-missile defense systems as part of the space race in huge numbers, with intercontinental ballistic missiles declared obsolete by 1972 following tests that showed the functional impossibility of these missiles finding their target. Cruise missile and bomber interception abilities had also increased, which contributed to greatly shortened deployment ranges for most such weapons as for the first time in a very long time; the average range of combat actually began to shrink. With war now seemingly inevitable, plowshares once again became swords as huge armies and navies began to stare down one another. Even the victory in Indochina did little to alleviate a sense of dread as tensions also rapidly began to rise with Yan Xishan's new China and reports from the reclusive Solar Empire showed an army of tremendous size bolstered by robots that were freeing up millions of men for military service. The Cold War would very soon grow very hot.
Third Time's the Charm
Despite hopes that the first and second world wars had conclusively demonstrated the folly of massive wars between the major powers, the third world war began with what was reported to be a bombing at Konigsberg by Polish Commandoes and the shootdown of an Alliance spyplane by pursuing American jets over Canada, with the last straw being claims of Communist spies inciting riots in Rio following a contentious football match in 1978, some twenty two years after the second world war ended. The war came quickly and furiously with shock and awe attacks hitting both sides after war was declared in an attempt to seize initiative. But the Comintern once again began to pull back in the face of enormous weight of attack and to defend population centers now threatened by amphibious and airborne invasion. The Comintern plan was to draw the Alliance's forces into a massive trap, letting them spread themselves thin and then crush them in a series of rapid blows. However, the war would quickly take a different turn. The Heart Washing Dynasty of China and the Solar Empire of Japan launched into war with both the Alliance and the Comintern and each other.
Areas once thought safe like Siberia and India or the southwest of America suddenly came under massive threat. This was further amplified by the sudden betrayal of the Upsilon Advanced Military Research Division, the division unveiling a vast army built in secret with the darkest sciences and plans to dominate the minds of the entire planet and having renamed itself the Dominion of Noxsylvania. A four way world war erupted as the major powers of the world all jockeyed to be the one ruling it. The war was truly a global one, and was also perhaps the most chaotic in the world's history as truces were made and broken throughout the war, with no one side trusting any other side enough to make permanent alliances against the other three. Battles that saw age old cities leveled raged across the world as its lands shook with the march of armies, its seas were weighed down by the press of fleets, its skies choking with aircraft, and even the space above and the moon itself raging with conflict as war left Mankind's home for the first time.
Few in the Comintern seriously considered surrender even in the darkest period of the war; surrender would mean everything they had fought for for all these years would be worthless in the end. The Alliance would have them opened to the exploitation of their capitalist classes and subservient to western Europe, the Empire would have them bowing to their God-Emperor, the Chinese would see them become part of their faith whether they liked it or not, and Noxsylvania would end the very freedom of thought. Surrender was not an option, and with grim determination they resolved to fight for as long as they had to to ensure victory and free those occupied by enemy forces. They would not allow the night to swallow them; not now, not ever. They had progressed too far to go back now, so they decided to dig in and push back to defend their future.
However with the division and distraction among its enemies, the Comintern once again began to recover. Studying its enemies, the Comintern began to hit back. With the Chinese and Japanese, and the Alliance And Noxsylvani so heavily invested in fighting one another, the International was now able to push back with a vengeance. As an example of their "knock on effect" strategy, securing Alaska from Alliance allowed for a trans-bering invasion of Siberia; bypassing the Japanese held Aleutians to drive the Heart Washers south and push back against the Japanese in Korea. With the Soviet far east opened, Soviet Commandos could help Mexican forces take out a Psionic Dominion device built by the Noxsylvanians in the Yucatan peninsula. With campaigns being directed to relieve as much pressure at a time as possible, massed reorganization became possible and hard hitting counterattacks could begin.
As the Alliance similarly began to rediscover its bearings against the new factions in the third world war, the war entered its final phase. As the Comintern began to drive the Alliance out of its territories, efforts could begin to be focused more on China, Noxsylvania, and the Empire and their allies such as the Reactionary Guard or the Pan-Africans. With assaults on the Japanese home islands, presses into China, and furious strikes into Antarctica to tear apart Noxsylvania's plans for world domination, the final act of the war would come as Alex Stewart demanded the war continue now that it was just the Alliance and Comintern again in what would be the war's last day. Following the brief but furious battle of Nice where Stewart found himself beset by a coup among those in the military and civilian government who felt that his obstruction of negotiations would be ruinous that saw Stewart ousted from power, such a demand became as nothing. All sides to come to the peace table in the fall of 1986 at the peace of Debs D.C; ending the war on September 19th 1986, thirty years after the end of world war two. With the final strokes of the pen and the last shakes of hands, the largest and most destructive war in human history was over and eight years of bloodshed was put behind mankind.
It's All Over Now, But the Crying
In the three years since the end of world war three, the world once again recovers as it mourns those lost. Decried as a senseless conflict, the war has perhaps brought much of the world closer together. Despite continued bitter tensions between the Alliance and the International as the cold war resumed with continuing war in the middle east and insurgent struggles being major bones of contention, the two power blocs regularly hold talks and bilateral relations even if the commonwealth abhors the idea of any detente with the communists. Tense difficulties over Korea and insurgent conflicts throughout Japan's empire and its allies continue to sour relations between the Empire and its bloc and the Communist International, but trade has managed to enrich both blocs again. Conflict with religiously inspired insurgents in the developing world with a particularly harsh contest in Afghanistan remain a stumbling bloc between the Comintern and the Heart Washers and Noxsylvania
While military spending continues to remain high in the Comintern, people have once again looked to peace in their lives. Mass Media entertainment has flourished and trade with Japan has greatly enhanced computer technology; already sophisticated with the resources needed to develop the Cybersyn network, the IAVA command and control systems refined since the interwar era, and drone combatants; throughout the Comintern. A new era of television, movies, games, and literature has swept not just the Communist bloc, but the entire world. A fascination with the culture of the now friendlier nation of Japan has influenced art and culture even if its autocratic monarchy remains despised. With the internet that emerged in the 50s to bring the technology of the second world war's IAVA networks to the masses now thoroughly widespread, people are more interconnected than ever before.
With the information age in full swing the future is perhaps uncertain for the world. Most expect that peace will reign for at least a few decades. Pessimists expect the world to be back at war by the early two thousands, optimists hope that World War IV will wait many more decades. With space travel now quite routine, many looked to taking the spacetime warping Dimentio-devices of the International to bring about interstellar faster than light travel, having already used it to help chart the solar system and put a man on Mars, Europa, and Titan in competition with their capitalist rivals. Other powers looked to other means of breaching the light speed barrier; with the Alliance launching their first heisenberg drive spacecraft at nearly the same time as the International sent its Dimentio-drive vessel to Alpha centauri in 1986, returning next year in 1987 after a year of exploration and expectations that others will follow shortly.
Others are wondering if the technology of the comintern could even be used to explore other realities and timelines, with some tentative efforts beginning in the year 1985 with the goal of examining the multiverse and discover potential allies as well as threats. Technology has never been advancing as quickly as it is now ever before; new developments are constantly arising and the Communist International hopes to keep society on top of these technological changes. So that the people and society are not left behind by the breakneck pace of technological development, though there are of course stumbling blocks as always as the law tries to race to catch up to technology. This has lead some to wonder if a third cultural revolution will soon affect the Comintern in response to the changes in society produced by the advent of so much intercommunication and mass media. With the new millenium the world has continued to shift further and further, with the cold war starting to shift from the Alliance to the rising threat of Noxsylvania as reconciliation efforts continue with the Alliance.
Whatever the future may hold, the citizens of the nations of the Communist International have confidence that they will meet it with the can do optimism, solidarity, and adaptability that they always have faced challenges with. Even if future can look bleak and scary at times, the brotherhood of nations and people that is the communist international has endured for decades, and people have faith that it will only grow stronger as time rolls on. Its military will continue to remain at the ready, to battle with enemies both apparent and conventional and hidden and esoteric. And just as the civilian sphere of life sees constant advances, so too do the red armies of the world, with new weapons continually being proposed for their armouries, from relatively mundane ideas to some truly exotic proposals that weaponize the very quirks of the universe.
General Amelia Lovehart, The Lady of Ravens (UASR)
|Sanchez||Using a special assault rifle that fires tesla frag rounds that can tear through infantry, Electric-HEAT rounds to smash light vehicles, Particle grenade launchers against entrenched enemies, and det packs that can blow tanks and structures sky high, Sanchez, the lady of the air divisions of the Comintern, is a fiery warrior for the revolution who can use a dimentio-device on her belt to teleport right past defenses and blow something sky high or teleport out of a hairy situation.|
|Explorador||Replacing the General Defender for General Amelia is the Explorador, who carry special jump jets to allow them to jump into action; bypassing enemy defenses and opening up on the enemy from behind.|
|Delta Force||Deadly special forces troopers that replaces the Spetsnaz for Amelia's forces, the Delta Force are equipped with special jet thrusters that allow them to launch into the sky and deploy hang gliders to hit enemy targets behind the lines.|
|Dimentio-Infantería||Elite naval infantry from Chile that replace the Dimentio-Corpsman, Dimentio-Infantería come into battle with new Dimentio-powered LUMOS rifles that can cut through enemies with ease and Dynamic Reaction Cannons with incendiary anti-structure or HEAT anti-tank warheads, and can briefly use LUMOS to make themselves invisible even while moving.|
|Screaming Eagle||Replacing the MIG for Amelia's forces is the F-21 Screaming Eagle, an American aircraft design that not only carries additional ammunition for its rotary cannon and extra missiles, but can also attack ground targets to make skies dominated by Amelia just that much more painful.|
|Boar Attack Plane||A UCAV attack plane that replaces the Shturmovik III, the A-12 Boar boasts the advantage of LUMOS fields to create a stealth effect around it; allowing it to slip past defenses and hit the enemy where it hurts with a powerful triple set of 57mm autocannons and missiles.|
|Heresy Helicopter||A soviet helicopter design from the Soviet Union, the Heresy can not only serve in all the same attack functions as the Longbow that it replaces, but can also function as a transport for a single squad of infantry (who may fire from within to augment its firepower) or a vehicle.|
Marshal Grigor Stoyanovich, the Armoured Hammer (USSR)
"Are you ready for a real red menace then?"
- - Grigor to the commander of the third Dynasty banner guard army in the battle for Astana.
Grigor Stoyanovich has often been called a Drone or Tank specialist, though in truth he is an armour specialist, bringing highly durable units to the fray. He receives a number of upgrades to make his units more durable, and all of his units receive some increased armour ratings to better absorb damage. His association with drones comes from a belief that machines are simply more durable combatants than humans, while his preferences also lead him to adopt a number of very durable specialized vehicles in his arsenal. A veteran commander of the third world war and a number of smaller conflicts such as border skirmishes with the heart washing dynasty and counter-terrorism operations against the World Liberation Army and Confederacy of Patriots; Stoyanovich is one of the Comintern's most decorated commanders, and his famous hungarian mustache has even inspired some fashion trends. A native of the Soviet Union, Stoyanovich has refined his craft in the battlefields of Eurasia and beyond to a fine point.
|Agatha||A deadly Greek commando, Agatha's heavy armour and chain-tesla gun that can render tank columns into molten slag while every vehicle and structure hit by it suffers an EMP effect and in melee she has a mighty chainfist that can stove in the armor of even superheavy vehicles while the chain blade beneath is capable of carving through just about any defense; all of which make her a brute among commandos, and her ability to turn structures, vehicles, or scenery such as lampposts into impropotu Tesla coils makes her rightly feared, while vehicles won't be going anywhere as she fills them with electricity.|
|Infantry Drones||These replacements for the General Defender are actually a fire team of advanced "gun drones" which fire twin GPMGs to force an enemy's head down. The advanced drones accompany their squad virtually everywhere and can spray a hailstorm of rounds in a conical sweep to cut through enemy infantry.|
|Ack-Ack Drones||Replacing the missile defenders for Grigor's troops is the ack-ack team, a trio of drones with twin precision flak cannons each that can deal horrible damage to both ground targets and aircraft, or can fire a special Tesla disabler round that can briefly stop a vehicle in its tracks. Ack-ack teams do not do as much damage as Missile Defenders, but they fire faster and are tougher.|
|Gremlin Flight||Replacing the Astronaut for Grigor's troops are the Gremlin Flights, squads of heavily armoured drones who come equipped with miniguns and small missile launchers that allow them to threaten nearly any target short of dedicated air superiority craft. Gremlin flights can also attach themselves to aircraft to slowly tear them apart.|
|Rod IFV||Replacing the Cauldron is this sturdy vehicle armed with a pair of 25mm autocannons and a multigunner battery that allows the infantry inside to hammer the enemy as they please|
|Arctodus Tank||Replacing the Furnace Tank, this tank's offset 125mm gun and its rather strangely heavy armour all serve a purpose, allowing its gravimetric beam to take apart vehicles and structures to repair itself or build itself one of a number of weapons, including an anti-infantry gatling gun, an anti-aircraft missile launcher, an anti-structure mortar, or a second 125mm gun to smash tanks.|
|Coalition Artillery Tank||Replacing the Katyusha is this double barelled autoloading artillery tank whose twin 152mm guns can maintain a devastating and constant rain of fire on the battlefield, and can fire weaker submunition shells that have a wider area of effect and mostly ignore cover, allowing them to clear garrisons from afar.|
General Lupe Hernández, Scientific Superiority (ULSR)
|Adebayo||Testing a new, experimental Dimentio device designed to aid advancing Comintern troops that have come under heavy fire, the West African beauty Adebayo has become the new face of the Comintern's military research. Her backpack-mounted Dimentio transmitter can project a dome of Dimentio energy that literally hurls back any projectile thrown at it.|
|Tech Defenders||Foregoing ADK-14s for advanced cyclotronic rifles, Tech Defenders represent the bleeding edge of infantry combat thanks to their weaponry and augmented suits; though they come in smaller numbers than a general defender squad. Tech defenders can fire charged up pulse blasts that disable firing for a bit but are especially effective against light vehicles and infantry.|
|Distortion Mortardrone||A specialized form of Mortardrone, the Distortion fires special distortion mortars that not only deal damage over a wider radius; but cause temporary distortions in space time that grievously slow down an enemy while they're being bombarded. They can also fire a single teleportation capable mortar that will instantly travel to its target through any obstacles, but these are rare and can only be used every so often.|
|Dimentio-Drone||A highly sophisticated drone; the Dimentio-Drone replaces the Dimentio-Corpsman, and is equipped with a fearsome Spacetime Prison gun that can force enemy targets into a prison of a spacetime loop to force them to repeat actions eternally; though the more valuable the target the longer this will take. They also teleport to all their destinations; though they need some time to "phase in" on arrival. If needed they can instead "speed up" friendly units by targeting them with the beam.|
|Atom Smasher Dimentio-tank||Replacing the Whetstone for Lupe's forces is the Atom-Smasher, which uses an experimental Spacetime Prison cannon that can instantly remove an enemy unit from the spacetime continuum; trapping them in a spacetime loop. However, the main cannon has an enormous recharge and the twin arc-tesla guns mounted on the arms of the somewhat humanoid like autonomous machine; a drone with an A.I that can be described as near sentient; are weaker than the weapons of other superheavies. They can however, fire disabling proton orbs that not only do substantial (though not enormous) area of effect damage but also briefly disable vehicles and structures from the electrical overload.|
|Sunfish Destroyer||Replacing the 130mm cannons with new particle blasters, the Sunfish Destroyer packs significantly more AoE; as well as new proton-missile warheads that can cause brief disablement of enemy vehicles and ships. The Sunfish can also fire up a temporary particle shield that will block incoming damage while shutting down the Sunfish's weaponry.|
|Exofortress Bomber||A Next generation bleeding edge bomber, the Exofortress drops proton-bombs that not only deal increased damage but also briefly disable the power of vehicles and structures hit by them and when commanded to; will simply teleport back to base to evade interceptors.|
Worker's & Farmer's Revolutionary International Military
"We have seized the means of construction, eh, eh, get it? No? Aw come on, that was funny."
- - Anonymous MCV driver.
|Construction Yard||The deployed version of the Communist MCV, this structure constructs all Communist structures and defences.|
|Reactor||These biofuel power plants supply power to Communist bases, and can be upgraded to Tesla Reactors to increase power output and further upgraded with extra turbine attachments.|
|Barracks||These facilities house the International’s brave soldiers when they are not fighting|
|Smelter||Comintern Refinery Tracks bring their supplies here, where it is smelted into usable material to fuel the Communist war effort. The Smelter can build new Refinery tracks.|
|Tank Factory||This facility is responsible for the production of the Communist International’s many tanks.|
|Airfield||Communist aircraft are assembled at this structure, which can support up to four planes.|
|Naval Yard||The Shipyard constructs Communist naval vessels.|
|Battle Lab||The Battle Lab is where Communist scientists work tirelessly to make the Communist arsenal ever more formidable. From here one can purchase a series of upgrades that augment your units and ability to do battle.|
|Battlefield Command Center||Producing both the Commando and the Epic Unit of the International (or the version produced at the service of a specific general) the Battlefield Command Center is a distinctive facility that signifies that the Comintern is ready for its highest form of warfare.|
|Industrial Plant||Industrial Plants help take the strain of Communist factories behind the front, reducing the build time and cost of unit production, as well as repairing nearby vehicles. It can be upgraded to further reduce production time and cost and increase the number of repair drones it has and provides a secondary build tab.|
|Dimentiosphere||This superweapon can teleport vehicles across the battlefield to where they are needed. It is deadly to infantry, however.|
|Proton AGAS cannon||This offensive superweapon is a gatling artillery system that fires a thirty second volley of charged particle bolts to devastate an area in a more precise and clean manner than nuclear weaponry|
"TURN BACK OR GET ZAPPED"
- - Poster on a Tesla Coil.
|Concrete Wall||These reinforced concrete walls help to keep the enemies of democracy and socialism out of the International's bases.|
|Security Gate||Hardened gates which can be opened or closed on command.|
|Tesla Turbine||Placeable on stations on every Tesla reactor, each added turbine adds substantially to the power output of the Tesla Reactor|
|Shapeshifter Turret||The shapeshifter turret is a potent and versatile defense whose arsenal changes depending on the infantry stationed in it.|
|Tesla Coil||Tesla Coils discharge powerful bursts of electricity which fry tanks and infantry alike.|
|LUMOS Tower||LUMOS towers can hide your base and units from prying eyes while active or project a long ranged bubble to help set up ambushes|
|Atom-Smasher Cannon||This advanced turret fires barrages of relativistic protons will devastate any and all surface units in its range, firing faster and more accurately than conventional artillery|
"The Communist Infantry corps may seem soft in their concern for human life and the welfare of all; even their enemies, but they are soft the way water is soft. They can easily drown someone when one is not careful, and when whipped into a storm, they can smash even the strongest of walls and sweep away all before them. We had underestimated them in the prior war, and they brought war to our very doorstep. I would advise that you not make the mistake we made. Be cautious and respectful of them."
- - Noxsylvanian Proselyte Ingrid Braun to her apprentice.
|Guard Dog||These faithful sentries are the cheapest option the International has to root out spies in their midst, literally sniffing out the infiltrators. They are furthermore trained to deploy special cameras that can help command establish a close eye on things.|
|General Defender||G.Ds are armed with highly modern AKA-14 rifles and underslung grenade launchers, allowing them to cut down enemy infantry, clear garrisoned buildings and raze structures to the ground.|
|Missile Defender||General defenders equipped with quick firing dual purpose guided missile launchers, Missile defenders can defend against both aerial and land based threats to safeguard the principles of the revolution. If a target needs to be destroyed rapidly, they can establish a radar lock to greatly boost their rate of fire and protect their shots from interception or jamming.|
|Sentry-Gunner||Bringing along a powerful heavy machine gun, Sentry-Gunners can lay down thickets of accurately delivered and powerful suppression fire to mow down or tie up whole waves of infantry.|
|Assault Drone||Equipped with shotguns and cutting legs, Assault Drones are the primary means of clearing out deeply entrenched enemy units from their cover; though they are relatively ineffective against heavily armoured targets; they are fast and furious and can fire thermobaric grenades that completely ignore cover.|
|Field Engineer||Educated men volunteering for the military's combat engineer program, Comintern engineers can also set up medical tents to patch up wounded troops and return them to the front lines.|
|Mortardrone||Capable of firing on the move, mortardrones can provide continuous light artillery fire support to their fellow infantry, and can fire smart "drone mines" that will emerge from the ground and charge at nearby targets to detonate in their faces.|
|Partisan||Skilled markswomen with bolt-action rifles, Partisans are slow to fire, but deadly to infantry at long range. They can also launched stealthed drones into the air to scout ahead for them.|
|Spetsnaz||Special forces soldiers, the Spetsnaz can sneak into enemy bases and leave nothing but destroyed structures and slaughtered infantry in their wake if all goes well with their particle caster rifles and proton bolt casters. They can also set up LUMOS fields that can make their allies invisible for some time around them.|
|Agent||The Agents of the Comintern are their highly elite infiltrators, equipped with special LUMOS suits to allow them to disguise themselves as just about any object or person; though most animal scouts can penetrate this illusion. In combat they use special tesla shock fists that not only enhance their punching power but can project short range Tesla bolts. If need be; can convince enemy units to rise against their oppressors; even if only for a limited time.|
|Dimentio-Corpsman||Armored in battlesuits that allow them to carry their dimension-cannons; the foes of the International can expect a spectacular death as their bodies are forced to undergo highly destructive spacetime warps, and can even teleport themselves and some of their comrades a short distance to carry the day. These officers will surely serve to inspire their comrades to greater and higher peaks of glory.|
|Astronaut||Infantry in flying battlesuits armed with potent rapid firing particle blasters and tesla repeaters, Astronauts are particularly dangerous to enemy vehicles which they can harass and stalk from above while also giving aircraft something to worry about. Astronauts can temporarily send their packs into overdrive, sending them out of typical combat altitudes to escape from sticky situations before returning to lower heights.|
"Why should we fear them? These are not the fists of chobham of the Alliance."
- - Imperial Tank Driver
"You would be much less sure of yourself if you saw a hundred furnace tanks charging your position at high speeds."
- - Imperial Tank Commander.
|Refinery Track||Refinery Tracks are unmanned vehicles that can fund your war effort by collecting and transporting ore, and can activate their spacioporters to immediately return their loads to base should they find themselves under attack.|
|Anti-Tank Drone||The anti-tank drone is a very useful tool against enemy vehicles. Capable of scouting and swimming, and is a terror where it comes to ripping tanks apart from the inside out or halting their movement with the Electrostasis Ray.|
|Cauldron Heavy Transport||A very well armored metal box armed with a twin 25mm shrubmaster autocannon and wire guided missiles on a tough turret, the Cauldron heavy transport can bring three squads of infantry to the front at a time in safety while its walking legs provide added mobility.|
|Lever Tank||An autonomous drone with a 100mm cannon with a four shot clip and twin machine guns; the Lever tank is the main light tank of the Communist International which can deploy grav-lifts that make it more vulnerable, but allow it to traverse difficult terrain.|
|Furnace Tank||With a 125mm cannon and a reserve of special anti-tank guided tesla missiles, the Furnace tank is the speedy, versatile, and tough main battle tank of the International's arsenal.|
|Plow Tank Destroyer||Packing a powerful Tesla Arc cannon, Plowshares can swiftly pick apart enemy tank forces with massive arcs of electricity, or slow down its rate of fire considerably to add an EMP punch to its weapons to halt enemy advances in their tracks.|
|Razorback||The Razorback uses its flak cannons, 14.5mm machine gun and SAM launcher to shoot down aircraft and tear apart infantry, and can fire a special toggleable ray to shrink or grow a target to offer support on the ground|
|Beaker Gravitonic tank||Made for the purpose of sucking up blows from other vehicles, the amphibious Gravitonic tank activates gravimetric fields that pull incoming shots to strike and shatter against its tremendously hard armor, and when not using this ability, can fire anti-gravitic beams to launch targets into the air or crush them under their own weight depending on the kind of target; or force aircraft to make a deadly landing.|
|Katyusha Spotter Walker||A designator for the powerful orbital network of Vanguard particle cannon satellites, the Katyusha can rain down death from the heavens onto the foes of the revolution or smite enemy tank columns with a powerful EMP strike to stop them in their tracks.|
|MCV||Amphibious and large enough to crush smaller vehicles, the Communist MCV can deploy into a Construction Yard, allowing it to construct buildings and defences.|
|Whetstone Assault Striker||A costly and massive moving bunker, the Whetstone combines multiple multigunner turrets to allow the four squads of infantry stationed inside to turn it into a moving fortress of steel and guns that can simply crush other vehicles in its way beneath its spidery legs while a top mounted missile launcher and a forward mounted particle repeater cannon provide its base firepower.|
"Scratch three bogeys and call me an ace guys, I'm heading home!"
- - Airwoman Maria Cavez upon a successful ambush of several Chinese fighters.
|Longbow Attack Helicopter||Made to devastate ground targets, the Longbow combines a high velocity particle gun with devastating anti-tank guided missiles that can pulverize enemy armor and infantry alike, and can use dimentioometric shifts to bring it to the frontlines even faster|
|Calculator Scientific Helicopter||Equipped with a temporal stasis field, Caulcators can freeze targets in time or let loose unstable timewarp fields that can cause heavy damage, particularly to delicate systems found in battlesuits and aircraft. And when moving, they even shift out of standard reality.|
|Sokół Carry-All Helicopter||An exceedingly muscular transport from Poland, the Sokół can either carry twenty five infantry or just about any vehicle under the sun and defends itself with two turretted autocannons, a nose gun, and a door gun.|
|MiG Fighter||These reliable if not supremely remarkable air superiority fighters launch air-to-air missiles at other targets and can also engage their afterburners to return to base.|
|Shturmovik III Attack Plane||Armed with a pair of 100mm anti-tank guns, a nosemounted trio of 30mm autocannons, and anti-tank missile racks, the Shturmovik is a potent UCAV that can also fire off all its rounds in a sweeping attack, though this expends all its rounds, forcing it to return to base to reload.|
|Tropofortress Bomber||Large heavy aircraft ladened with bombs, the Tropofortress can quickly fly in and deliver a devastating payload of heavy bombs and then fly out before trouble follows or drop infantry and smaller vehicles if its loaded with such on the run way, and in a tight spot can shrink itself to make it a harder target as it flies back to base|
"I have not yet begun to fight you limey bastards."
- - Admiral Thomas B Hayward at the battle of Iceland.
|Orca||Powerful marine animals, Orcas are the animal scouts of the Worker's and Farmer's navy of the international, hitting hard with force multiplied headbutts and bites; or devastating foes with a powerful charged up sonic pulse.|
|Skate boats||Skate boats craft excel at frying infantry and vehicles on both land and sea, and can also hit an enemy with "spark blasts" that briefly damage components, slowing down the enemy.|
|Porpoise Lander||A slow submarine, the Orca Lander has the ability to crawl onto land and carry up to five vehicles. It is armed with a mortar cannon, letting it clear beachheads of infantry, as well as torpedoes for naval engagement.|
|Shark Submarine||The Submarine of the Comintern, the Shark strikes at vulnerable targets with deadly torpedoes or its delayed blast torpedoes which can be attached to a ship silently and then remote detonated to obliterate a ship later|
|Manta Ekranoplan||Able to utilize a pair of flak and missile turrets and a guided depth charge launcher, the Manta Ekranoplan is effective against aircraft, light ships, and submarines and its Tesla discharge ability can put a severe shock to an enemy's system|
|Barracuda Destroyer||A destroyer boasting four potent 130mm rapid fire guns in two twin turrets to pack a heavy punch and powerful anti-ship missiles, the Barracuda is fast and packs a mean punch, making it a powerful mainstay of the fleet, and can even engage in a dimentio-blink to bring it just that little bit closer to its enemies.|
|Liopleurodon Warship||With twelve powerful guns and six missile launchers and large reserves of health, the Liopleurodon Warship can decimate enemy vessels in direct combat, and can also use its dimentio-fields to temporarily immobilize itself while allowing for self repairs to be carried out at greatly accelerated rates.|
|Mosasaurus Arsenal Ship||Armed with a large number of ballistic and cruiser missiles, the Mosasaurus is capable of delivering punishing blows to coastlines and tightly bunched, slow moving, or immobile fleet elements and sea bases. They can also reduce their rate of fire to fire teleporting missiles that are virtually undodgeable.|
|Whale Aircraft Carrier||The Aircraft carrier of the Worker's and Farmer's Red Navy, the Whales can both serve as a landing pad for four land aircraft as well as a platform to launch F-36 Mauler II naval fighters and Su-52 Bear strike craft to control the skies over the blue ocean waves. A brace of missile launchers and CIWS guns provide the close in defense while blackout missiles are on standby to knock out the lights of troublesome targets with EMP.|
Commando and Epic Unit
"God in his heaven, what is that?"
- - Anonymous Children of Abraham soldier
|Johnathan||An American Youth and a product of the Lensman program, Johnathan wears a relatively light and form-fitting exosuit and comes equipped with a Dimentio-rifle that randomly scatters bits and pieces of those it targets across spacetime; lethally effective against all targets; and what's more is that he can fly through his potent telekinetics and is capable of defending himself with his own telekine barrier that quickly regenerates. In melee where he is most capable he simply rips people apart with a deadly fighting style that mixes aerokinetic telekinesis, a warhammer, telekine swords, and his telepathy to put enemies off balance and to know what actions they plan on taking; quickly alternating between his weapons with superhuman speed and strength able to allow him to hold his own in a fight with Gilles.|
|Eagle Destroyer VTOL||A lethally powerful superheavy VTOL, the Eagle Destroyer's presence is announced to the battlefield upon construction and of course; as an epic unit only one is ordinarily allocated to a commander at a time. Powerful particle caster turrets on the top and bottom devastate both ground and air targets while all around gravitational implosion missile pods that use the beaker's pseudo-black hole effect to crush enemies into pulp seal the deal of firepower on this surprisingly mobile package. The Eagle Destroyer is capable of engaging destructive Dimentio-storms around itself to deal damage to every enemy unit in a wide area around itself as it causes localized tears in space and time itself over targets while the vehicle itself is protected by Dimentio-rifts that open up to swallow incoming projectiles; though not every projectile can be thwarted this way. Relatively fragile for an epic unit, the Eagle Destroyer represents the awe inspiring destructive power of science and is a quantum leap over its ancestors deployed in the third world war.|
National Militaries and Organizations of the Comintern
Comintern Arctic Warfare Brigade
|Typewriter MML||A light artillery piece with a series of MRLS rocket pods, the Typewriter gets around via screws rather than wheels or tracks, and the amphibious vehicle can even drop mines to deny an area.|
|Support Drone||This drone sacrifices itself to heal other units when no other means of repair are available. It also specialises in defusing and scavenging; it can convert mines to your side, defuse bombs, capture husks, and so forth. It can also disable the weapons of enemy vehicles by jumping into them.|
Comintern Investigation Bureau
|Lanterns||The fruits of the International's own research into Psychics, Lanterns can annihilate the morale of enemy units with their telepathy or throw them around with telekinetic thrusts that can even stove in tanks and structures.|
|Chaser Scout Helicopter||A Mexican invention, the Chaser scout helicopter is humbly armed with a single HMG and RPG launchers, but its main purpose is to provide aerial reconnaissance, which it can do quite well thanks to its high speed and great pilot visibility. The Chaser can also release a wide area radar burst to forcibly reveal hidden units periodically.|
International Marine Corps
|Jarhead||Amphibious specialists, Jarheads are equipped with special light exosuits that allow them to swim through the water at high speeds and then press the attack with special LUMOS weapons capable of firing even within water; strong against infantry and structures, while their waterjets can be used for a great speed boost in water or for a quick jump on land.|
|Lowca Subkiller||A helicopter equipped to track and kill submarines, the secondary of the Łowca lowers a sonar buoy into the water, and any detected submarines can then be eliminated with potent air dropped torpedoes that can in a pinch, harass surface ships, but against land based targets, its only defence is a pair of humble door mounted machine guns.|
Latin Liberation Army
|Mortar Quad||Driving around at high speed, these raiders can be built at the barracks and bombard their enemies with both light missile launchers and a potent mortar that can be fired on the move, harassing the enemy in the early stages of the battle|
|Relámpago Tactical Bomber||An impressively fast Mexican design, the Relámpago specializes in wild weasel attacks on enemy defensive structures and garrisonned buildings with special bunker buster missiles that can instantly clear out fortifications, knock down walls, or take out most defensive structures with ease.|
American Revolutionary Army
|Jackhammer Advanced Battle Tank||An American tank armed with a 152mm gun, a pair of Tesla emitters to fry infantry and a pintle mounted LUMOS gun, the Jackhammer is the American answer to the power of Alliance armoured columns and can activate a LUMOS defense field to stop incoming projectiles|
|Raptor Interceptor||An extremely fast interceptor meant to quickly put paid to enemy bombers, the Raptor zooms in at tremendous speed before firing hypersonic proton-warhead missiles capable of tearing through heavy aircraft|
Soviet Red Army
|Gravity Defender||Primarily meant to defend against aircraft, Gravity-Defenders are anti-air battlesuits whose gravity beams are extremely dangerous to all flying units, and they can even launch themselves into the air, where they can use their beams against aircraft and even lift ground units without the risk of pulling the units towards them.|
|Deconstruction Drone||A Drone meant for dealing with structures, the deconstruction drone can burrow out a quick tunnel to get beneath obstacles such as walls (and allow other infantry to follow behind it) before emerging to leap into a building and rapidly tear it apart from the inside. As far as units go, the drone is too big to try and disassemble anything but superheavy vehicles and ships however; and will instead engage in melee attacks on lighter vehicles with its gigantic truck sized frame, trying to flip them over and manhandle them.|
African People's Army
|Recon Team||Highly trained squads who serve excellently as scouts, counter infiltration teams, and long ranged suppression units, Recon Teams go to battle with special Battle Rifles optimized for long ranged accuracy as well as long ranged LMGs. Recon teams can temporairly activate LUMOS systems to go invisible for a bit, allowing them to acquire intelligence stealthily.|
|Dunkleosteus Submarine||With a vast coast to patrol and enemies who can be far in land, the West Africans labored long and hard to create a submarine capable of serving as a more subversive anti-ground unit and so created the Dunkleosteus Firing powerful cruise missiles from deployable launchers or torpedoes against other underwater targets, the Dunkleosteus lacks the raw punch of the Mosasaurus but it is meant to serve as a precision unit killer rather than a base leveler or an army killer, and the submarine can even target aircraft; though it requires some time to lock on so it is preferable to have a spotter ready. To protect itself, the Submarine can briefly open up a dimentiowarp field that stops incoming projectiles coming from the front; earning the ship its name.|
The Vilnius Treaty Organization
|Cyclotron Walker||Mounted on an Czech made chassis, the Cyclotron Walker fires bursts of relativistic particles that blow apart armour of any thickness, and can also switch firing splash damage dealing rounds.|
|Dýnami Interceptor||Made specifically for parachute inserts, the Dýnami can carry up to three squads of infantry or a number of vehicles (depending on their size) and thanks to its LUMOS field, can transport its infantry in relative safety, though in a tight spot a number of defensive autocannons can let loose to try and buy the Dýnami more time to start a paradrop.|
Stolen Tech Units (Idea)
|Anti-Tank Drone Surprise||Infect an enemy vehicle with a Terror Drone. Terror Drone will pop out after enemy unit is destroyed.|
|Onward Comrades!||A zone is designated, all friendly units outside that zone gain a speed boost and a firepower debuff and all units inside the zone gain the opposite effects.|
|Concrete Gliders||Heavy gliders fly over the battlefield to the target designation, damaging whatever they land on. Beware of enemy anti-air weapons. Contains Spetsnaz infantry and Furnace tanks.|
|Spy Satellite||A Communist Spy Satellite diverts some of its time to an area to reveal a large section of the map for a period of time|
|Propaganda War||A Troposfortress Bomber flies over the targeted area, dropping propaganda leaflets that boost morale and stats of your troops while decreasing the morale and stats of your enemies. Upgradable.|
|Deep Battle||All combat ground vehicles experience a sudden speed and ROF boost, allowing you to plough through enemy positions with abandon!|
|Juice Up!||Tesla weapons gain a rate of fire and damage boost that increases with each tier up, the rate of fire stacking with that of Deep Battle, Tesla Reactors produce more power|
|Overcharged Capacitators||All surface-based Tesla weapons in the designated area gain an absurd firepower bonus but take damage during the duration of this protocol.|
|Misinformation||A rolling cloud of radar contacts and vague reports filter back to the enemy HQ, sending them into a panic! Between the two points you designate, a group of radar contacts and fake EVA contacts will travel, confusing your opponent.|
|Scrap Drive||Help from the local populance! Target a civilian structure and the inhabitants give you all kinds of metal goods they do not need anymore, thus giving you valuable material in effect. This damages those structures.|
|Means of Production||Target an enemy War Factory. Said War Factory gets shut down and at the same time the user of the protocol gains a bonus for his own production.|
|GPS Lock||Placed on any area you can see, the GPS Lock prevents the Fog of War from rolling back onto a position, making scouting last longer and keeping buildings revealed for targeting, works well in tandem with the spy satellite|
|Dimension Bomb||A dimension bomb is dimentioshifted into the area! It is stealthed until activated by the player; it is then revealed and the timer starts counting down!|
|Tesla Mine||Invisible mines with EMP effects are dropped at the targeted area. Those mines can hurt infantry but not much, and after some time their batteries run out, rendering them useless.|
|Shockwave Missile Strike||Powerful Shockwave Missiles are fired down from space which kill infantry and EMP vehicles and structures into immobility, devastating an enemy advance.|
|MCV Drop||An unfortunate MCV is thrown at the targeted area and deploys into an Outpost upon contact.|
|Dimentio-Team||A force of Dimentio-Corpsmen, Dimentio-furnaces, Calculator Scientific Helicopters, and Dimentio-defenders are chronoported onto the battlefield to cause havoc.|
|Clockstop||Everything inside the affected area is slowed to a crawl for the duration of the effect. Leaving the field frees you from the effect, but entering it subjects you to it. Must be purchased in order to use, and upgrades must also be purchased.|
|Shrink Vortex||Everything under the designated area is shrunk down to size and sucked into a small area, allowing for easy squishing. Be warned, however, that the moment the effect ends they will revert to original size! Must be purchased in order to use, and upgrades must also be purchased.|
|Dimentio-rift||Everything in a small targeted area is phased out of temporal sync, and thus made invulnerable. The units cannot function, and do not block other unit's movement. Must be purchased in order to use, and upgrades must also be purchased.|