Ostplan Division

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Ostplan Division
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Emblem of the PRG National Defense Council
General
Playstyle Armored Spearhead
Faction Colour New German Mauve
Type Fan-faction
Dev. Status Conceptual

The Ostplan Division, or Ostplan is a minor fan-faction created by OneWingedHussar. A military force drawing on the Soviet military juggernaut but answering to the Socialist Unity Party of East Germany, the Ostplan Division seems created for the sole purpose of presenting a moderate, professional face to those on the other side of divided Germany, a model force that will eventually win over the recalcitrant bourgeoisie masses of capitalist Europe and perhaps one day, be the vanguard of the unification of Germany on the Soviet Union’s terms. But can an independent army so contrary to Soviet military orthodoxy really exist unhindered in one of the Union’s most prestigious vassals? Or is a counterbalance really being assembled over the fulcrum of Europe’s Cold War, hinting at a more restive Warsaw Pact than the free world has realized?

At A Glance

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Background

Ostplan Division Diplomatic Relations
Relationships
AlliedLogoThumb.png Allied Nations IconHostile.png Hostile
ConfederateLogoThumb.png Confederate Revolutionaries IconHostile.png Hostile
SovietLogoThumb.png Soviet Union IconAlliance.png Alliance
EmpireLogoThumb.png Empire of the Rising Sun IconHostile.png Hostile
TalonLogoThumb.png Order of the Talon IconUnknown.png Unknown
GreenChinaLogoThumb.png Atomic Kingdom of China IconHostile.png Hostile
SyndicateLogoThumb.png Mediterranean Syndicate IconNeutral.png Neutral
ProtectorateLogoThumb.png Electrical Protectorate IconUnknown.png Unknown

The Potemkin Army

Germany will ever be the staging ground from which the Soviet legions overrun what remains of Capitalist Europe. So it was in the last World War, so it will be in the next. But while the Allies and the capitalist nations of Western Europe managed to stave off the steel tide this time, the Soviets were left with a fine consolation prize – a little less than half of Germany, which they promptly consolidated into the People’s Republic of Germany with the homegrown communist party in charge. Barely stood-down militaries thus stare at each other across a newly and bitterly-established border, which soon blossomed with barbed wire and concrete walls and checkpoints. A puppet leader more beholden to his Russian masters or more concerned with political orthodoxy may have been content to leave it at that, and let the prophets of Kremlin decide when to liberate West Germany in the next big and bloody push over Allied fortifications. But Party Chairman Erich Honecker is a more ambitious man. It would be political suicide to state overtly that the Politburo-approved offensive doctrine of the Red Army can be improved upon, especially from the mere leader of a WARPAC subordinate. But the Soviet Union did leave the matter of soliciting goodwill for German reunification to Germans, which gave Honecker substantial latitude and resources to see it done. And since Honecker realized that the bristling steel and scowling faces of the freshly garrisoned Red Army is what most West Germans will ever see of the East, he perhaps has just enough leverage to start from there…

So propaganda was printed and strings were pulled, and the newly-established Ministry for State Security dispatched to remove more than a few obstacles. Procurement orders were conveyed to the great weapon bureaux of the Pan-Soviet arsenal, and Red Army commanders with their jealously guarded fiefdoms were assuaged with a variety of platitudes: that it was a pure propaganda exercise, borrowing men and tanks for a parade formation never intended for real combat; that it was an employment program for newly-liberated East Germans to prove their eagerness to fit into the Soviet order; that it was a demonstration of Soviet technological prowess, a finely-tuned cybernetic system of man and machine far more impressive than the West’s tawdry tinkering with physics. Nevertheless, the fighting force that Honecker built was not only fully combat-ready, but also something unfamiliar. There was no toxic weaponry, no terror drones, none of the weapons that so exemplified Soviet brutality to those observers with delicate bourgeoisie sensibilities. Motorized regiments were slimmed down and geared for mobility, not unrelenting firepower. Numerous advances in automation and magnetic science were incorporated into a variety of untested units. Even checkpoint sentries were apparently smiling more, or at least maintained neutral expressions with greater frequency. In the analysis, Allied military intelligence didn’t know whether to be alarmed or flattered: alarmed that it may represent a sea change in Soviet war plans across Europe that the Allies are completely unprepared to counter; flattered that the Soviet military establishment apparently found so much about Allied doctrine worth emulating.

That was because the Ostplan Division was a show put on for the benefit of Allied military intelligence as much as the ordinary West German – and only a fully realized fighting force could be convincing enough to the former, as Honecker and his backers in Moscow well knew. Both parties are also keenly aware of the paradox this presents: without real teeth, the Ostplan Division will be necessarily dismissed as a propaganda cutout and thus worthless for the ultimate goal of engineering German unity as far as the Politburo is concerned. Yet the very existence of the Division, so fraught with apparent “western” influences, was a show of ideological-military capitulation that a tenuously secure Soviet Union perhaps could not afford. To Honecker and his little fiefdom in the Warsaw Pact, the very existence of the Ostplan Division depends on him negotiating these two shoals: he did not doubt that all the funding and political cooperation for his army would evaporate in an instant if his mandate was jeopardized, so he had to work hard to convince Kremlin that his wild scheme would yield its promised effects. On the other hand, there was even less doubt as to his fate if the fledging Division was ever seen as a threat to the iron grip of the Soviet Communist Party. But if he can negotiate this perilous path, he may become more than a puppet-king yet…

Already, Honecker plans to franchise out his maturing corps to other WARPAC states, and has even tentatively floated the idea of a joint military exercise with Allied diplomats. Baby steps, of course, as the obstacle course of politics ever has to be negotiated.

Army

"It is quite unfortunate that half of Mother Germany remains in the hands of the capitalists. Perhaps the Red Army should have pushed on past Lubeck to bring the rest of our countrymen into the brotherhood of the international proletariat – but perhaps if the Red Army spilled less blood, there would have been less fear and mistrust for our working committees to deal with too. But one must work with what has been decreed, and one has a thousand apparatchiks to feed. The face of the new Germany must, for now, come in a form that the capitalists find not too alarming… "

- Erich Honecker, Chairman of the National Defense Council of the People’s Republic of Germany

Units

Domino Drone These small hovering sentries normally use their searchlights to hunt down intruders and escapees for further processing by nice men with guns. On the battlefield, the same searchlights illuminate enemy units and blind them. They can also be instructed to go into mad, chopping dives with their twin propellers.
Catcher Those Conscripts assigned to guard the Republic’s borders soon develop a startling turn of speed from chasing down smugglers and escapees. Armed with lightweight assault rifles, they can be commanded to sprint towards a target unit for a goodly distance, but their already mediocre marksmanship suffers in the process.
Steel Patriot While not actually worn into battle by plucky proletarian construction workers surging to Marxist-Leninism’s defense, these re-militarized battlesuits are certainly armed to produce that image. Their welding lances make short work of vehicles and fortifications at close range, and they can fashion ablative shields for themselves from vehicle wreckage.
Stasi Agent The formidable field agents of East Germany’s Ministry for State Security are equally adept at acts of brazen battlefield infiltration. Such is their fearsome reputation that they can direct nearby soldiers to focus fire much like Soviet Commissars and expect to see it done, or do it themselves with their poison dart pistols.
Baba Walker Balancing on two stilt-like legs, these sinister patrol walkers can rapidly traverse any terrain. The addition of twin flak cannons provides anti-air cover to the Division’s legions, while powerful kicks dispose of enemy infantry and battlesuits. Babas can launch electrified wire harpoons to disable enemy structures, though the feedback will damage them over time.
Vanguardist Drone Essentially unmanned mine-clearing buggies, Vanguardist Drones surge ahead in an expendable wave to reconnoiter the battlefield while destroying targets of opportunity with their ‘engineering’ flamethrowers. Infantry caught in the path of their armored prows will fare scarcely better. Given a short set-up, Vanguardist Drones can launch a massive spigot mortar charge to demolish fortifications.
Turnkey MWV Obliquely designated for “magnetic warfare”, these stealthy vehicles use finely-tuned magnetic projectors to covertly eavesdrop on Allied communications. When untuned, said projectors can also lock on to enemy vehicles and halt them in their tracks, preventing them from flanking friendly armor. Using modified man-cannons, Turnkeys can also launch arc bombs to stun groups of enemies.
White Rhino Shock Tank Upgraded with 90mm cannons and magnetic shield generators, the former vanguard of Soviet armored warfare fits well with Ostplan’s mobility doctrine and should not be underestimated. The White Rhino can activate its magnetic shields to nullify incoming damage from its front arc, but this will reduce its speed, weapon range and accuracy.
Plumbline Missile Launcher Commonly nicknamed “Cherdenko’s Chimneys”, deployed Plumblines with their two fully erect missile boxes are one of the distinctive sights of the Inner German border. Plumblines combine advanced radar and massive range to decimate whole squadrons of gunships or strike down any Allied bomber, no matter how high or fast.
Wieland Walker Co-piloted by a crusty walker jockey and a grizzled combat engineer, this compact walker repairs vehicles on the move with its swiveling mechanical arms. It can also provide friendly vehicles with an electrical overcharge, temporarily boosting their speed and fire rate and instantly restoring a large segment of health!
Simargl Faster and sleeker than Twinblades, Simargl copters serve as flying IFVs for five infantry passengers. Anti-tank missiles mounted on their wings also allow Simargls to hunt enemy tanks and helicopters.

Buildings

Garrison House Erected in a bold constructivist style that Stalin would have disapproved of, these concrete fortresses can be captured to command and deploy Ostplan units.

Deathmatch Reinforcements

Soviet Shock Army Reinforcements It would be impolite, not to mention impolitic, to suggest that other Soviet military commanders watch the Ostplan Division like hawks, appropriating any genuinely useful innovations for their own units in exchange for a stern front of ideological rebuke. Nevertheless, the Kremlin has made clear that Honecker’s model army must be supported to ensure that its battlefield success never falls into doubt, even if it would mean diluting its purpose with more orthodox elements of the Soviet war machine. When combat gets intense, the commander of an Ostplan force may call the following reinforcements into action:

Strikebreaker The uncivil face of Soviet paramilitary enforcement, Strikebreakers are Grenadiers issued with protective NBC gear and trained especially for urban warfare. They can switch between vehicle-busting tandem warheads and anti-infantry and -garrison thermobaric grenades.
Ploughman IFV Advancing over barricades and rubble with its steady quadruped locomotion, the Ploughman’s armor will ensure that it delivers its passengers to where Soviet commanders want them, all the while laying down supporting fire from its chin howitzer.
Apocalypse-S Nicknamed the ‘White Horseman’, this Apocalypse Tank variant replaces its magnetic harpoon with a more powerful version of the White Rhino’s magnetic shield generator, transforming the already unstoppable juggernaut into a rolling extension of the Iron Curtain itself.
Nevsky Ekranoplan Skimming over land and sea, the Nevsky blitzes unprepared enemies with its twin wing-mounted tesla cannons and rapid-firing nose turret. Its chemical rocket boosters allow it to go airborne with a further increase in speed, but not without damaging its airframe.
MiG Flicker MiGs designed with experimental radar-scattering airframes, these interceptors sortie to maintain Soviet air superiority while remaining invisible to enemy radar.

Units: Domino Drone · Catcher · Steel Patriot · Stasi Agent · Baba Walker · Vanguardist Drone · Turnkey MWV · White Rhino Shock Tank · Plumbline Missile Launcher · Wieland Walker · Simargl

Buildings: Garrison House

Soviet Shock Army Reinforcements: Strikebreaker · Ploughman IFV · Apocalypse-S · Nevsky Ekranoplan · MiG Flicker