[GMVA] Villore Accords Deploys on Intaki V

Intaki V - UNF Intaki Logistics Support

As of 06:00 hours New Eden Standard Time GMVA ground forces have landed on Intaki V in support of ongoing Federal Defense Union and Federal Marines operations on the planet. Villore Accords leadership have observed the continued aggression by Lai Dai affiliated forces against our fellow citizens of the Federated Union with increasing concern. We have thus far refrained from unilateral intervention for the very simple reason that the coordinated ILF, UNF, and other forces opposing the Onikanabo Brigade and Lai Dai did not ask for our assistance. We salute the brave work done by all involved.

Now that Gallente Militia forces have liberated the system from State Protectorate occupation it is clear that more work must be done to provide security to the Intaki people from further State aggression. Therefore, GMVA fully endorses the deployment of a Federal Marine Expeditionary Force and Federal Defense Union troops in response to the outrageous and blatantly illegal continued presence of Lai Dai Protection Service forces.

To that end, we have deployed a combined arms force of Intaki volunteers designated the “Villers Brigade” consisting of two battalions of Marine infantry, with an attached battalion of armored planetary assault vehicles.

This unit has been specially formed from Intaki personnel serving in existing GMVA Planetary Security Forces and Marine units assigned to Fleet and Orbital security detachments. After years of distinguished service in combat operations throughout Placid, Black Rise, Cloud Ring and elsewhere, each of these individuals volunteered to return to their home world in this time of need. We expect them to comport themselves with the highest degree of professionalism and respect for their fellow citizens.

Our mission parameters will be to provide support in whatever capacity is needed by the Intaki people, under the command authority of the Federal Marines / FDU. Additionally, we have established conflict avoidance protocols with the other independent forces currently under arms.

Liberty Forever

Rinai Vero
Luminaire General; FDU
GMVA / AISA

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I welcome Villore Accords to the active theatre as it were. The deployment of the ‘Villers Brigade’ by GMVA will not interfere with UNF’s existing SecOps presence on the ground, and we are open to collaborate on potentially similar objectives.

The decision to allow GMVA to stage from the Logistics Support structure in orbit of Intaki Prime was ultimately made with the intent of cross-cooperation in the best interests of the Intaki people, and was decided with due regard for the diverse perspectives within the Diaspora.

That said, I wish to make it clear that Windstalker Installation Security Operations and ArSec personnel on the ground maintain their own list of objectives separate from the ‘Villers Brigade,’ Federal Marines, and FDU aligned personnel, and should not be assumed to be subordinated to the aforementioned groups. ‘

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Operational Briefing for Public Release

It has been 24 hours since GMVA forces made their initial landing on Intaki V. In that time, Federation Marines have taken up positions outside the Lai Dai occupied Kainta Yavaat Transorbital Launch Facility. Meanwhile, mass protests have broken out across the planet against the Intaki Assembly’s decision to grant Lai Dai a lease to the facility. Whether that lease is valid will be a question for the Federal courts and the Intaki people to decide. Until then, GMVA forces remain at maximum readiness to support whatever action is deemed necessary by the Federal Marines and Federal Defense Union command.

Operational security prevents releasing exact details of our troop movements, but the public should know that our forces have moved into positions behind those currently occupied by the Federal Marines. As of now, the main combat elements of the Villers Brigade have been ordered to maintain readiness and await further developments.

In the meantime, both the 1st and 2nd Infantry Battalions have dispatched their assigned Civil Affairs specialists to make contact with local civilian populations who may still remain in the conflict zone. They will assist in relocating any who wish to move to safer territory, and with providing liaison to local aid organizations. It is worth noting that initial reports indicate many of the Ida Monasteries so recently raided and devastated by the Onikanabo Brigade are nevertheless already offering all assistance they are able to those displaced by the conflict.

We will provide ongoing reports as the situation around Kainta Yavaat develops.

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Namas Lum. General Vero

With regards to the Civil Affairs Specialists referenced in your update yeserday.

I recommend they contact the Intaki Prime Relief Effort.

Our volunteers have been working to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to those affected ever since news of the first Onikanabo Brigade attacks broke.

We have been working with local authorities, and accepting donated items for the effort for over two months, and very recently had begun to turn our attention to the rebuilding efforts that were expected to begin before the unexpected deployment of Federal Marines.

It would be a shame if perishable food and medicines were wasted due to new arrivals inadvertently duplicating the efforts of those who came before them.

GMVA will be unaware of the ongoing efforts of the Intaki Diaspora collective, and so I ask that they liaise with their contacts at UNF so that they may familiarise themselves with our progress so far.

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Operational Briefing for Public Release

Today it is my sad duty to report that GMVA’s Villers Brigade forces have suffered their first casualties while deployed on Intaki Prime. Civil Affairs specialists attached to the 2nd Infantry Battalion relayed a report from local civilians of unexploded ordnance located on nearby farmland. A team of combat engineers responded to the area to assess the situation. Unfortunately, while attempting to clear the field there was a premature explosion which killed one marine and injured another. For now, their names are being withheld until their families have been notified.

In response, GMVA Planetary Forces Command has authorized the deployment of an additional 120 marines with specialized munitions and explosives training. These teams will take responsibility for the safe disposal of any dangerous ordnance encountered by GMVA forces or local civilians within our area of operation. Additionally, they will conduct an investigation to determine as much as possible about the cause of this incident.

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Miss Vero,

In light of the recent news, The Intaki Diaspora signatories have convened to discuss working with Villore Accords in EOD operations. It was approved unanimously. We feel that we are in a uniquely qualified position to lend our specialty given the warclone contingents of ICRS and UNF. We feel that there is an opportunity to reduce the loss of life considerably through the use of these warclones.

ICRS still has operatives close-by in the Viriette constellation as they were withdrawn as a safeguard to prevent their identities being publicized and catalogued when UNF deployed to the area. As such, a compromise was reached internally with UNF in that our operatives will bear the iconography of Icarus Conflict Solutions for field identification, but OPSEC of individual identities maintained.

If GMVA can agree to these terms as well, we will dispatch what EOD specialists we have to assist immediately.

Shall we work together, Miss Vero?

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Ms. Amadi,

GMVA is thankful both to you and the Intaki Diaspora for this offer of assistance. We have not yet concluded our investigation of the incident, the results of which will be shared with the public in due time, but I will say at this point that devices we believe to be of similar origin have been discovered elsewhere in our area of operation. As of now, our technicians are able to respond effectively within the Villers Brigade AO, and additional field assistance there is not needed.

However, in light of our preliminary findings all cooperating forces operating in the conflict zone should be aware of the danger posed by these devices. We believe that they could pose a widespread threat to civilian and military personnel, and that cooperation with ICRS, UNF, and other Diaspora affiliated parties to respond to that threat will be beneficial.

Therefore, GMVA proposes that a joint-research laboratory be established to conduct forensic investigation of any dangerous explosive devices encountered by cooperating forces. I have proposed to UNF that the lab be located on their Logistics Support Raitaru. Additionally, the joint facility could coordinate ICRS, UNF, GMVA, and other field personnel as they operate to find and safely dispose of devices throughout the wider conflict zone…

I agree that this is an opportunity for all of us to prevent further loss of life, and look forward to working together.

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Ms. Vero,

I can confirm as of now that UNF’s SecOps contingent has encountered various ordinance of possibly similar design to those encountered by GMVA, in our own operational sectors.

As to your proposal of a Joint-Research Laboratory being established aboard the Logistics Support Raitaru, facilities are being set aside for such purpose. We, and other supporters of the Diaspora that wish to participate, are looking forward to working with you.

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Operational Briefing for Public Release

GMVA Planetary Forces Command can now release more information concerning the previously disclosed explosion on Intaki Prime that killed one Villers Brigade combat engineer and wounded another. Following an investigation conducted by GMVA Ammunition and Charge Technicians (ACT) we can definitively state that the explosion was caused by an intentionally rigged trap designed to appear unarmed, then explode whenever an attempt was made to remove it.

Sanah Gorandi, GMVA’s Capsuleer Attaché to the Villers Brigade, prepared a full classified report on the incident which has been released to all cooperating forces active in the vicinity of the Lai Dai occupied Kainta Yavaat Transorbital Launch Facility. Based on the findings of the GMVA ACT personnel who responded to the scene and conducting a post blast analysis, it has been determined that the unexploded munition (UXM) was a standard Mjolnir-type heavy missile warhead. It appeared to the combat engineers assigned to establish a perimeter to have fallen from orbit and impacted in the field without ever having armed itself. Unfortunately, when they began excavating the warhead, a separate “anti-lift device” rigged to detonate when the warhead was moved exploded when the two combat engineers attempted to remove it.

The two engineers can now be identified as:

Guardian Sergeant Lotye Peeters, who was killed in the explosion.
Defender Sergeant Alistar en Daire, who was severely injured, and remains in critical condition.

This was without a doubt a deliberate attack. Evidence recovered from the scene has now been conclusively linked to similar anti-lift devices found rigged to other UXM in the Villers Brigade AO, and we anticipate more will be found throughout the Kainta Yavaat conflict zone. These devices were clearly deployed as part of an area denial strategy in order to inflict casualties on Intaki civilians, Militia forces, and their allies. Despite their denial, Lai Dai Protective Service forces and their Onikanabo Brigade auxiliaries remain the prime suspects in GMVA’s investigation. We have determined that troops from both organizations were active in the specific locations where these devices have been identified, but can not rule out the possibility that other actors were present at this time because of the number of different opposing forces who were also deployed in the area.

With the establishment of a Joint Research Facility on UNF’s Logistics Support Raitaru, GMVA will collaborate with other interested parties on Intaki to continue our investigation into these area denial munitions. More information will be provided to the public as that effort progresses.

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Operation Sky Shield – NADSC Contribution to Federal Intervention on Intaki V

As of 18:00 New Eden Standard Time, a small force of contractors under the oversight of the Nadire Security Consultants made planetfall on Intaki V at the request of Villore Accords to further provide auxiliary support to the Federal Armed Forces already present, dependant on instructions received from their Commanders, as well as to the GMVA Villers Brigade.

This deployment is primarily composed of aerial warfare assets belonging to the Southern Sinq Laison Frontier Force, primarily those of the Northern Colonial Commonwealth Air Force based on Assiettes Six. Three squadrons of air superiority fighter craft, one close-air support squadron and two squadrons of rotary aircraft have been secured along with their pilots and crew as part of a volunteer effort from the Federal District of Nadire, under the command of the Nadire Expeditionary Group – Intaki.

The squadrons are listed as follows:

10th Squadron “Red Swallows” (Air Superiority) – Northern Colonial Commonwealth

18th Squadron “Silver Shears” (Air Superiority) – Grand Republic of the Radiant Sun

22nd Squadron “Sovereigns” (Air Superiority) – Northern Colonial Commonwealth

35th Squadron “Anvils” (Close-air support) – Northern Colonial Commonwealth

50th Squadron “Harvesters” (Attack Rotary) – Grand Republic of the Radiant Sun

51st Squadron “Bounty” (Transport Rotary) – Northern Colonial Commonwealth

Furthermore, temporary Unmanned Aerial Combat Drone launch facilities are being established to augment the Expeditionary Group’s combat capabilities against air and ground targets. In addition, a single brigade of troops has been raised from outside the District to serve as ground crew, airfield security and forward air controllers in support of ongoing operations on Intaki V.

Each member of the Nadire Expeditionary Group will be contractually obliged to adhere to Federal and Member State law when in the theatre of operations, as well as to the rules of engagement established by the Federal Armed Forces. As we are guests on Intaki V, the Expeditionary Group will also commit themselves to the highest possible standard of professionalism and courtesy when interacting with the citizenry and fellow comrades from across the Federation.

Sincerities,

Edward Adams
Commander
Nadire Security Consultants

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Mr. Adams. How… Delightful.

Miss Vero, on behalf of Icarus Conflict Solutions and the Intaki Diaspora, you have my sincerest apologies for the extreme delay in fielding promised troops and EOD personnel. We experienced some… Difficulties.

As per our agreed upon conditions, they are marked with our insignia and should be readily identifiable. That in mind, they are yours to command for the duration of your operations. They will deploy from the Intaki - UNF Logistics Support structure in system as needed.

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I would like to bring forward that SecOps units operating under the UNF have been encountering area denial devices of the sort described by GMVA operatives, as well as other more dangerous and dedicated varieties at an alarming rate during the time since initial ground deployment. Proximity, anti-repulsor, contact, and in one instance, a demolition charge with a remote transceiver have been found and disabled by specialist units.

The implications of a remotely triggered device I think goes without saying.

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Operational Briefing for Public Release

Earlier today GMVA Villers Brigade forces responded to an emergency report of an explosion from local civilians in the Kainta Yavaat area. Although most of the civilian population has been advised to vacate the conflict area for their own safety, not everyone has been able or willing to leave their homes or land. Furthermore, as time has passed some civilians have naturally felt compelled to return for maintenance or security reasons. Initial interviews conducted at the scene of the explosion indicate that a crew assigned to do a maintenance check of a nearby carbon compounds extraction facility evacuated during the LDPS attack inadvertently set off a hidden explosive device when their vehicle approached the facility entrance.

Villers Brigade ACTs along with an ICRS warclone EOD advisor were the first to arrive on scene. They observed a severely damaged civilian transport vehicle with a number of injured passengers in and around the wreck. After conducting an expedited search of the area for secondary devices, GMVA marines rendered medical aid to the injured maintenance crew and extracted them from the scene. Because all survivors were in critical condition and in need of immediate transport to a trauma facility, the ACT team leader communicated a request to Nadire Expeditionary Group HQ for emergency medical evacuation by air.

After transferring the survivors to NEG “Bounty” Squadron medics, Villers Brigade ACTs have continued to search the area for possible secondary explosives and are in the process of beginning an after action investigation.

Further updates will follow as the situation continues to develop.

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At 11:24 Intaki Standard Time, units attached to the Villers Brigade reported as responding to an explosion at a civilian industrial facility in their patrol route within the Kainta Yavaat region. After having arrived on scene, they discovered numerous injured civilians caused by an explosive device suspected to have been left behind as an area denial weapon.

After securing the immediate surroundings for threats and secondary devices, Villers Brigade personnel stabilised the civilians wounded and assessed their injuries. It was determined from the severity of their condition that, in the interests of the preservation of civilian lives, it was imperative to request urgent medical evacuation via helicopter from the Nadire Expeditionary Group assets in theatre. This request was received by Nadire Expeditionary Group Headquarters and actioned immediately.

A MEDEVAC helicopter on standby from the Commonwealth Air Force’s 51st Squadron “Bounty”, codenamed Bounty Four, alongside elements of the 22nd Squadron “Sovereigns” as well as unmanned combat aerial vehicles were scrambled in response to this request. The deployment of the Sovereigns and UCAVs were necessitated due to the possible threat of hostiles in the area of operations.

Bounty Four was able to conduct a landing away from the industrial facility at a location designated by Villers Brigade personnel for casualty evacuation without encountering hostiles and the injured civilians were transferred from Villers Brigade into the care of the NEG. The casualties were flown back to the NEG Headquarters under escort from the 22nd Squadron and upon arrival were rushed into emergency surgery where they remained for several hours to treat severe lacerations from shrapnel, blunt force trauma and burns from the bomb blast itself.

It is with happiness that I can report that their condition is reported as stable and that they are well on the road to recovery.

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Earlier this month OLDHR established a research laboratory aboard UNF-A’s logistics support Raitatu in orbit of Intaki V, in cooperation also with GMVA, ICRS, and the IPI. This facility has centralised the analysis of OED incidents reported by ground troops operated by each of our partner organisations (OLDHR itself does not conduct ground operations).

Based on initial reports OLDHR engineers developed prototype robotic minesweepers in order to assist ground personnel in addressing Lai Dai’s area-denial tactics while minimising loss of life and limb. The prototype is based on modifying tried-and-tested Integrity Response Drones.

This is our schematic for one 100m3 batch of robotic minesweeper drones:
roboticMinesweepers_v1
The nanites fulfil two functions: exploration of terrain and suspected EOD, as well as disabling EOD in a second phase. The research lab is already analysing data collected in the recent incidents reported above, to develop nanite firmware tailored to each specific kind of EOD device encountered so far.

The drones are able to operate autonomously, but also to be directed remotely through the in-built secure transmitters. These transmitters also relay information gathered by the nanites to the drone operators in real time, so that it is not lost in case an EOD detonates and disables the drone. This has already proved a valuable feature as one drone was destroyed in the incident reported by GMVA at the carbon compounds extraction facility.

The designed amount of microfiber shielding was more than enough to protect the drones from shrapnel coming out of anti-personnel EOD. However, at the extraction facility an anti-vehicle device was encountered. The second iteration of the drone design will probably necessitate heavier shielding, and a redesign from flying drones to ground rovers.