|Nordland Civil War|
|Date||May 12th 1971 - March 9th 1973|
The Nordland Civil War (also called the Second Great Northern War) was a war within Nordland.
Origins of the war
In 1948 Nordland was created from the Unification of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. this unification proved to have many difficulties, and there were many from all three countries who detested the new country and regime.
Nordland Liberation Army
The Nordland Rebels were mainly armed with American weapons including C4 explosives, M561 assault rifles, and much more through NLA (Nordland Liberation Army) gun runners, while the rest was captured stocks from the Nordland army arsenal.
the NLA organized their troops into three army groups
- Army Group A, based in Sweden
- Army Group B, based in Norway
- Army Group C, based in Denmark
The NLA communicated via code words hidden within songs broadcast on Nordland Radio
The Nordland Army was relatively poorly equipped, with older 60s era weapons supplied by Germany, including Panther III Battle tanks, a descendant of the panther II fitted with a low round turret and a 100mm gun.
The Nordland Air force was also poorly equipped, with mainly Me 362 Jet fighters, and some Do 335 Pfeil trainer aircraft.
The Nordland navy was the best equipped part of the Nordland government forces, with large amounts of torpedo boats, and some destroyers and cruisers.
Greater Anti-Comintern Pact forces
The 'Liberation' forces of both Germany and Finland that came to support the Nordland government were among the best troops in the world, tough and well equipped.
The Primary German Battle Tank used in the Intervention was the Leopard 1 A3, a variation of the original Leopard 1. The Leopard 1A3 was designed to engage infantry, Particularly the Partisans that infested the Urals, and had been modified for that task. Its turret bristled with 50mm Grenade launchers, and a small secondary turret on top of the primary turret equipped with either two 15mm MG151 Machine Guns, or a 20mm Chain Gun. Its ammunition was primary anti-infantry, with Canister, Phosphorus, Shrapnel and high Explosive as the main Loadout. It was feared by enemy infantry, and would soon prove its worth during the intervention.
The Finns came in reluctantly, but proved to be tough fighters, still as sharp as they were in the winter war of 1940
1. The Opening Moves
On May 11th Nordland radio broadcast secretly, within a song, the lines that were the code for the uprising to begin. The Civil war began with a series of bombing attacks all over Nordland, destroying many important facilities. rail lines leading into Sweden were hit hard, preventing any major troop movements. at the same time army units belonging to the NLA revolted and attacked their compatriots. Irregular NLA troops staged hit and run attacks all over Nordland, spreading panic and confusion.
The Death of Quisling
Quisling tried to flee from Narvik to Oslo but was caught when the train was stopped by NLA Troops, who quickly apprehended him. he was tried, and summarily hanged in the Stockholm city center.
2. Near victory
with all of Sweden Liberated, and Quisling dead, most thought the war to be over. the NLA repositioned its troops into defensive positions. additional supply caches of weapons arrived from America, and these were subsequently shipped off to various troop units.
The Capture of Telemark
NLA Commando troops stormed the Telemark heavy water plant and its neighbouring Nuclear reactor. with the Telemark Heavy water plant in NLA control, this cut off heavy water supply to the reactors all over Europe, which would cause catastrophic failures to the European nuclear power grid. This incensed Germany, who up until that point had remained neutral, and may have even recognised the new regime.
3. The Destruction of Stockholm
On the 6th of January 1973, NLA radar troops detected several blips, moving towards Stockholm. the report was duly filed away and ignored. soon after, at 10:07, several Arado Ar 334 Jet bombers flew over the city, dropping pathfinder flares. then at 10:19, wave after wave of Horten Ho XXVIII Stealth Bombers flew over, pounding the city with Soman Nerve gas. thousands were killed, and the streets were choked with corpses. emergency services were overwhelmed. later that afternoon, at 14:17 another wave of German bombers, this time Ju 387 medium and Me 464 heavy bombers rolled over the city. this time the air defences were alert and ready. the German bombers met a wall of flak from NLA Anti-aircraft guns, and 23 bombers were shot down. however the city was hit by tons of high explosive as well as more nerve gas. for the rest of the day everything was quiet, but Stockholm was evacuated all the same. then at 21:34, more waves of bombers flew over, and this time they pounded the city with incendiaries, creating a massive firestorm that scoured its way through the city. by dawn, over 60% of Stockholm was in ruins. but the Germans were not done. at 9;47 more waves of bombers, escorted by Fighter Jets like the Me 462 and Ta 283, which strafed the Anti-Air gun positions, while the bombers dropped oxygen bombs (Fuel air explosives) on the city, systematically razing the city flat. by the time the bombing was over, at 12:05 25% of the city was flattened, while 70% was in ruins. the NLA now realized what they were up against
Responses to the attack
the destruction of Stockholm was met with Anger and outrage.
4. The Pact forces Enter
Two Days later German troops moved into Denmark, while Finnish units gathered at the border. NLA army Group C resisted the German Advance, but the awesome killing power of the Leopard 1 A3 tore open the NLA lines, and by the end of February, after much desperate fighting Army Group C was no more. Appeals were made to America to supply them with Anti-Tank weapons that could deal with the German Tanks. Rumsfield courageously Handed over several of the brand new AT5 Wire guided Anti-Tank Missile, which had only just entered Service with the US Army. these weapons arrived just in time, as German forces were shipped into Oslo, which remained in Nordland government forces control. The German 4th Army, consisting of the 17th Infantry and the 2nd and 21st Panzer divisions, along with the SS divisions Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler and Das Reich. in quality and quantity the Germans had a crushing advantage. the Finns, who were positioned along the other frontier, had the 1st and 2nd armoured divisions, and 3 infantry divisions. meanwhile at sea the 3rd carrier group, consisting of the carrier Erich Raeder and the light carrier Fritz Heinzen, moved into Swedish waters.
Aftermath of the Civil War
The Nordland Civil War was a major shake up for Europe, and was the largest conflict since the Transylvanian War of twenty-two years previously. The war was a public relations disaster for America. large amounts of American weapons were recovered by German and Finnish troops, and this was used by the opposition for the elections. This was also used by the hippie counter-culture as an example of the evils of the Rumsfeld administration, which was eventually silenced by the Aids epidemic among said group alongside evidence of atrocities by the Nazis in Nordland. The sheer brutality of the Nazis also horrified the Japanese. Finnish-US relations also soured. Though Finnish forces were far less brutal then the Nazi troops, the fact they willingly aided in the crushing of the Uprising