Though the general plan for this website is to be heavy in pictures and light in text, at least some rudimentary remarks about what we do might be useful.
Initially, having decided to take up wargaming, we experimented with a fairly common set of IgoUgo rules, and were not exactly enthused - mainly because hovering over the battlefield with a ruler and doing countless throws for hit area (1 out of 78,824 places possible on a tank...), hit probability, shot deflection, wind direction, angle of attack, penetration value, fuze, state of gunpowder, mood of the ammunition factory worker producing the round and the like wasn't fun to us (well, to most of us that is...), it was boring.
So what we wanted was a simple system doing away with the need for a ruler, allowing for fast and easy overall gameplay - which is why we ended up with Crossfire. However, as we also wanted to do modern wargaming - inspired to a certain extent by Peter Pig's AK47 - we needed to modify the rules to allow for paratroopers, helicopter gunships and all the other paraphernalia of modern warfare.
Our house rules are still under constant revision, as mainly the aircraft and helicopter rules need never-ending attention, not the least so because a certain commander of a certain first world war troop contingent always tries to write the attack helo rules in a way ensuring that his Apaches are the ultimate evil weapon of total destruction ("If I fire my Hydras all at once the whole table will go up in flames!!!")...
The Horn of Africa has always been a home to pastoral nomad and semi-nomad societies. In the course of the expansion of Islam, Muslim nomads of Arab origin arrived in Soeliland, living at first fairly peaceful alongside the native eastern African population. It was not until the 13th and 14th century that traders and sailors from the
In the hinterland of the northern coastal area, however, an ancient tribe, the Elebderi, clinged ferociously to their Christian faith that originally had been brought to them by the Romans in the 4th century. Time and again forces of the Sultanate tried to subdue the Elebderi, and time and again these attempts were drowned in seas of blood and tears. The number of utterly failed military operations against the Elebderi prompted the notable Victorian historian of Soelilan, Sir Algernon Smythe-Withering, to write: "The military history of the Soelilandian Sultanate and its conflict with the Elebderi was a race between the former's suicidal incompetence and the latter's desire to separate as many Soelilandian heads from their bodies as possible; usually, one of the two won." To this day the Elebderi are fiercely faithful Christians and still cling to their old ways - nowadays, when a young male Elebderi turns 16, he is given the family knife and sent into a PLAoSS village in order to get an AK 47. There are no directions on any particular means of obtaining the weapon; usually, however, it is assumed that the family knife plays an important role. Once the young Elebderi has returned to his home with his new weapon, the gun is ceremonially turned into a "fire-lance" by having a long sword bayonet welded to it and he is accepted as an adult into the tribe.
In June 1847 the "Boar's Tusk" carrying 74 Irish emigrants (the "Seventyfour Fourtyseveners") who had fled English oppression in their home country stranded at the northern
Word spread quickly about the successful settlement, and in 1850 five more ships from
From the colonial period to the end of WW2
The 1880s were characterized by chaos and instability in Soeliland, due not only to the repeated quarrels between the settlers and the Sultanate, but also to the increasing interventions of European colonial powers trying to gain influence on the country's natural resources. In the North, the Irish settlers enjoyed de-facto independence, slowly pushing forward their sphere of influence towards the South and the East. In 1887, a sizeable force of militiamen and Elebderi allies gained a major victory over the Sultan's forces, resulting in the siege of Anbaba. The settlers had clandestinely managed to gain French support for their operations, the most obvious sign of it being "Great Michael", a modern 6" long-range gun, with which they started shelling the town. With the fall of the town imminent, the British government decided to send a gunboat to sort things out; HMS Puffin moved boldly into the harbour, and its commander Lt Commander Hyazinth Cholmondely managed - through brief and deftly handled negotiations - to lift the siege of the town. This so-called Anbaba incident marked the beginning of British influence in Soeliland. Nevertheless, during the following years France repeatedly tried to get a foothold in Soeliland, mainly by channelling funds and weaponry to the settlers. 1887 also saw the arrival of a small Austrian military delegation under the command of colonel Rupprecht von Pummelwurst at the court of the Sultan; during the following years, the Austrians tried to exploit the Anglo-French conflict in order to increase their own influence over Sultan Ali the Sweet, who reputedly was the greatest lover of Sacher tart outside Vienna. By 1893, however, the chaos finally ended with Soeliland officially becoming a British colony.
During the latter part of the colonial era the country's infrastructure was considerably developed by the British. The early 20th century saw the laying out of new roads, harbors and a railway connection between the old Sultan's Palace and the newly established British naval base Point Victoria, situated on the northernmost tip of the country. To this day, the coastal road and the railway line running beside it are the main communications arteries in Soeliland.
After WW2 the British granted independence to Soeliland and assisted in the creation of a new government. The
In the 1983 president General Ali Abu Hussein was removed by another military coup, this time led by Marine Corps Generals. The new president General Ali Hassan Anbaba expelled the Soviet military assistance and looked for closer relations to the western powers. Initially, he was rather successful in that he managed to secure US military assistance for the rebuilding of the DRS Marine Corps. However, the US administration soon realized that General Anbaba filled his own pockets and those of his cronies in the same manner his predecessors had done, and relations cooled down from 1985 onwards.
The civil war of the 1990s
Without external support the political system soon collapsed at the beginning of the 1990s and rebel groups from the South grew strong enough to bring the country into a full scale civil war between rebel and loyalist forces. The turning point of the war against Hassan Anbaba was the sack of the former Soviet facilities at
The siege ended with the Presidential Guard assassinating General Anababa. A peace conference was summoned and the most important military leaders commonly organized a new government, the power of which was basically restricted to the region around the capital. Meanwhile the Irish population in the north declared autonomy and formed a militia for self defense. Most of the successful rebel fraction did not acknowledge the new government as well, but they were kept busy by fighting, this time against each other. A UN mission was sent to Soeliland to stabilize the country, lacking both a suitable mandate and suitable equipment.
Soeliland at the end of the civil with the areas controlled by various civil war factions
The present situation - a failed state
After 9/11 the growing power of the PLAoSS with its sometimes islamistic tendencies encouraged the
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