As the Zombie Horde began to infect the contiguous states in the US, Alaska remained very much untouched at that time. Alaska was left to itself, and the State of Alaska became, by all objective views, an independent entity, though still officially under control of the United States. In reality, the isolated government had very little way to keep in contact with the mainland, after most of the Pacific Coast was lost in the sea of Zombies. The USSR had fears that the Horde would spread north, and perhaps infest itself in the Soviet far East, so Alaska was invaded, to be used as a checkpoint preventing any infected persons across the Bering Strait. The virus was still a long way from Alaska at this time, and the locals were not apt to let the Russians control sovereign territory of the United States. Locals and US military personnel stationed in the region successfully liberated most of the occupied territory along the northern coast, and recaptured the strategic port of anchorage. The Russians met them with fierce resistance, and did not yield the western coast. Locked in a stalemate, the Alaskans asked the USA for aid, but the US could not spare any men, due to the extent of the Zombie infestation. Furious at the US's inability to protect its state, 57 delegates met in Fairbanks on September 30, 1969, and voted unanimously that the former State of Alaska was now an independent entity, and was to be known henceforth as the Free Republic of Alaska.
The Alaskan War of Independence: 1969-1976
Small Victories in the South (1969-1971)
The Alaskan rebels had very little support in 1969. Over the winter, most of the interior was united. Alaskan guerrillas were well suited to the cold arctic winters and conducted extensive operations. Not all operations were military, but some were feats of engineering. The Alaskan Army Engineering Corps was founded in January 1970, to put the small backwoods nation together into a country capable of projecting power into other areas of the former state. Mines had to be repossessed, and reopened, factories were re-started, bridges were built, railroads were fixed, and electrical wires were re-laid. Most importantly, in March, construction was started on defenses that would secure the frontiers of the nation. Temporary defenses had been build before, but the kind of work needed to build more efficient defenses had to take place after the snow began to thaw. Unfortunately for the rebels, the warmer weather also enabled the Alaskan State Army to begin more operations. Much of the northern territory was lost before sufficient defenses could be put in place. The battles in the north did give engineers enough time to construct fortifications much farther south than anticipated. The rebels, to halt the advance effectively, began "Operation Wedge," a military campaign to isolate US troops in the north from the important city of Anchorage. The operation was a success, and the line was once again drawn into a stalemate, as the US troops in the north lost their vital supply line. Both sides began to regroup, until the battle of Denali in August. US troops began the "McKinley Campaign," an operation whose aim was to take Fairbanks by launching an operation over the Alaskan Range. The Range was not fortified as extensively, mainly because the construction there would be difficult and hazardous, but also because an attack over the Range was not expected. needless to say, it was the most desirable choice for an invasion into rebel territory, and the attack commenced on August 2, 1970. The attack was initially successful, but the Rebels showed strong resistance around Healy. A decisive victory occurred on August 17, when reinforcements from the North attacked the flank of the invaders, and drove them back across the range. The battle flag of the Denali Regiment which successfully defended Healy became very popular as a national flag, and after the war, became the official flag of the nation. Two months later, on November 13, the Valdez Offensive, also known officially as "Operation Seaboard," was launched. The operation looked easy enough on paper. The Free Alaskans would attack over the weakest point of the Alaskan Range to capture the ports of Valdez and Cordova. Once a shipping lane could be established between the Free Alaskans and the survivor states of the Pacific Northwest, the Free Alaskan army could be transformed from a rag-tag militia into a superior fighting force. The operation went smoothly enough at first, but on December 1, US reinforcements from Anchorage managed to gain a foothold within the City of Valdez. With a lack of Artillery, the Free Alaskans had no choice but feirce house-to-house Stalingrad-esque fighting. The battle would continue for over a year, until artillery guns purchased form the Bay Republic became available to shell the city. The US troops in Valdez surrendered on Christams Eve, December 24, 1971.
The Drive East, and its aftermath (1971-1973)
While the Seige of Valdez was still ongoing, the Free Alaskans found an opportuntiy to free the Soviet-occupied lands to the East, whose freedom had been their original Cause of Secession. on the 11th of July, 1971, the USSR was hit by a terrorist bombing in Moscow, which lead the unrest already evident in the country to turn to violence. The Free Alaskans, taking advantage of the political situation, sent a three-pronged assault into the country during their Western Offensive. The political unity in the east proved much more effective; predominately Russian areas lacked the ethnic disunity seen in the USSR. Despite this, the Free Alaskans pushed forward, and on October 27, 1971, Bethel was taken, and Premier Felix Volkov surrendered the territories of Eastern Alaska to the Free Alaskans. The Russian Garrison was paroled, a practice that had become common as a way to deal with prisoners of war. All citizens, including those under military service, would have until the end of the year to pledge allegiance to the nation of Free Alaska or leave the country. Miroslav Zhdanov, the Soviet General tasked with defending Bethel was also paroled, but he and some of his followers broke parole and escaped to the north. They created the Army for Russian Liberation, a terrorist gorup that wished to restore Alaska to Russian rule. It's no small irony that Miroslav means "peaceful glory." The ARL was one of the first dissenting groups of conquered peoples that came to be in Alaska during the war. most fled to the open spaces in the north, where they could build up small armies without the government's eye on them. over the next year-and-a-half, the Free Alaskans would focus more on combatting the ALR than the State of Alaska. The ALR appealed to many ethnic Russians who felt that being the Free Alaskans were unjust in forcing all dissenters to leave. After 1973, the Free Alaskans attempted to enlist the ethnic Russians, which resulted in widespread draft riots. To help rally the Russians to their cause, the National Gendarmy Forces was created. The NGF was an option that many hoped would both help stop most dessention. Instead of being enlisted for front line duty, an NGF officer would help his local community, which would involve enforcing the law, and stopping terrorism. The program was a marginal success. The real blow to the terrorists came about in February. Many anti-government protesters gathered at Unalaska, and with little bloodshed, "occupied" the town. The Navy arrived on February 12, and a small contingent of Marines attempted to retake the town peacefully. When the protesters began pelting them with rocks, sticks and other objects, they requested support. They were ordered back to the ships, and the over-zealous Admiral Mathew Kelly ordered an intense shelling of the island. The island, which he was certain housed Zhandov, became decimated, and as it would turn out, Zhandov had never left the mainland. Admiral Kelly is scolded, but due to a lack of professional naval commanders, he is not discharged. Kelly later died in an air raid on his flagship during the Seige of Anchorage.
The War's End (1973-1976)
The war against the US troops started again on March 8, 1973, when a relatively small force of 3500 Free Alaskans were sent under General Todd Hardwick to capture the northern territories, still held by the US State of Alaska. The northern terriotories were highly desirable, mainly for their untapped oil resources. The operation goes smoothly, but out of the 2000 US troops in the region, 800 go unaccounted for. It is believed that these troops are hiding out in the northern wilderness, still intent on defying the government in Fairbanks. On an interesting note, a sunken Soviet submarine was found in Prudhoe Bay. one nuclear SRBM was recovered from the sub, with ten warheads. The nuclear technology was reverse-engineered, and Free Alaskan scientists created blueprints for an atomic weapon, which are held somewhere in a secure location. The discovery was not meant to be released, but after it was leaked, it caused an uproar among Tchiaq shamans, whose beliefs are usually antiwar. on the Fourth of July, 1973, "Operation Checkmate" was launched. it was a successful operation, which surrounded the city of Anchorage effectiveley. similarly, "Operation Endgame" was launched on July 22 a year later. Endgame was an assault on the Alaskan Inside Passage which would culminate in the capture of Juneau. Progress was slow, but on May 30, 1976, the whole region was under the sovereignty of Free Alaska, and the Alaskan State government officially surrendered all territory to the young nation. That territory included the city of Anchorage, but Anchorage was not inclined to change hands by the signatures of two politicians. The city had been holding strong for two years, launching devastating air attacks against the Free Alaskans when they could. The Free Alaskan troops knew they would have to assault the city directly if they would not surrender, and any hopes of their surrender along with Juneau were dashed after General Charles Johnson declared himself Warlord of the Alaskan city on April 1. The assault began on July 5, three years and a day since Checkmate began. The brutal assault left over 5000 troops dead on both sides, and a similar number of civilian casualties. Charles Johnson escaped the city with 2500 men, and was last seen headed north to the dissenting groups in the region. There would still be problems for the Free Alaskans combating what would now be "rebel" factions in the north, but for now, the war was over. The lengthy process of reconstruction, and the true unification would begin.
The military of the Free Alaskan Republic currently has 45,000 active members, and 75,000 reserve.
The Free Alaskan Army is the largest military unit in the Free Alaskan Republic, with 25,000 active, and 50,000 reserve. Uniforms are not standardized throughout the army, but they are standardized by Regiment. Their equipment is standardized as every soldier being required to have the following:
- One summer uniform.
- One winter uniform.
- One rifled/shouldered firearm, and a sidearm OR one heavy weapon, and a sidearm.
- One canteen.
- One haversack.
- Rations to survive three days in the field.
- Five Stick Grenades.
- Five Clips of ammunition for automatic weapons, 200 rounds for a sidearm, 150 rounds per rifle, 15 rounds for heavy weaponry.
Other units have different requirements. The Special Forces Regiment operates in mainly guerrilla operations, and often uses skis, demolitions equipment and may dress as civilians. The Engineering Corps uses a variety of equipment, but is also involved in combat roles.
Divisions and Brigades
The Alaskan military is divided into regiments. The regiments are as follows:
Interior Division (Fairbanks) Leader: General David Kindrick
- Central Brigade
- Denali Brigade
- Yukon Brigade
Southern Division (Anchorage)
- Anchorage Brigade
- Juneau Brigade
Eastern Division (Bethel)
- Bering Brigade
- Aleutian Brigade
- Seward Brigade
Northern Division (Prudhoe Bay)
- Polaris Brigade
- Prudhoe Brigade
The Alaskan government has created certain awards to honor those men and their unit for distinguished heroism.
Presidential Unit Citation- This award is awarded to units that act independently, cohesively and in some cases, succeed in the face of certain defeat.
- Denali Regiment (now the McKinley regiment) - For actions during the defense of Healy.
Pole Star Medal- This award is given to individuals who show distinguished leadership on the battlefield.
- General William Cote - For actions leading to victory in the Battle of Denali.
- Todd Hardwick - For leadership during Operation Endgame.
The navy consists of three naval groups, each lead by an Admiral. The navy currently has 26 vessels (12 frigates, eight cruisers and six destroyers), and plans for a total of 50 surface vessels, with no less than ten submarines. The total will include, 20 Cruisers, 15 Frigates, ten destroyers, two aircraft carriers, and three battleships. Naval groups are as follows:
Naval Group Pacific
- 1st Fleet (Anchorage)
- FAS Denali (C-01, Denali-class cruiser)
- FAS Fairbanks (C-03, Denali-class cruiser)
- FAS Starry Plow (D-02, Polaris-class destroyer)
- 2nd Fleet (Juneau)
- FAS Walter J. Hickell (C-05, Denali-class cruiser)
- FAS Grizzly (C-07, Denali-class cruiser)
Naval Group Arctic
- 3rd Fleet (Barrow)
- FAS Mount McKinley (C-02, Denali-class cruiser)
- 4th Fleet (Point Hope)
- FAS Polaris (D-01, Polaris-class destroyer)
- FAS Arctic (Fr-01, Arctic-class frigate)
- FAS Resillient (Fr-02, Arctic-class frigate)
Naval Group Bering
- 5th Fleet (Unalaska)
- FAS Yukon (C-09, Denali-class cruiser)
- 6th Fleet(Bethel)
- FAS Valdez (C-08, Denali-class cruiser)
- 7th Fleet (Nome)
- FAS Prudhoe Bay (C-06, Denali-Class cruiser)
More vessels to be listed.
The government consists of executive, judicial and legislative branches. It is a federal system, whereby the legislature, known as The Delegation, comprised of representatives from all the Borough of Alaska, meet to decide national law. All boroughs are represented, even if under occupation. Boroughs are encouraged to do most of the governing themselves, and the legislature very rarely passes a new law. The executive branch is headed by a president with powers similar to the president of the United States. The President serves a six-year term, and may serve a total of two terms. The judicial branch is comprised of judges. The president is required to pick a certain amount of judges from each borough. The Delegation votes on the judges that the President has picked to decide whether they will become judges of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court judge's term lasts for ten years.
- Bay Republic
- Northwest Federation
- United States
At War with
- The State of Alaska
- Bears (Grizzly)
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