|Occupation of Seattle|
|Part of World War III|
|Commanders and leaders|
| Bret D. Daugherty|
Gov. Jay Inslee
| U.S. Armed Forces|| Russian Armed Forces
Invasion of Seattle
On July 4th, 2015 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), two Russian bombers with two MiG-31 escorts were intercepted and visually identified by NORAD F-22 fighters off the coast of the Aleutian Islands. Then at approximately 8:00 a.m. PST, a second group of Russian bombers with Su-35 escorts were intercepted and visually identified by NORAD F-15 fighters along the central California coast. A third group bomber group with MiG-31 escort was intercepted by two NORAD F-16 fighters at approximately 8:30 a.m. PST off the coast of southern California.
Around the same time as the third interception, English-speaking plainclothes wearing Russian Spetsnaz GRU troops seized control over Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac Airport) and King County International Airport (Boeing Field). The perpetrators in the armed takeovers were initially believed to be domestic militia; an ATF task force was dispatched to the Port of Seattle and a command center was established at the seaport. Small teams of SVR and GRU operatives in key positions temporarily disrupted NORAD communications throughout the Pacific Northwest.
At approximately 9:15 a.m. PST, multiple unidentified aircraft were detected by FAA radar flying over Puget Sound well within U.S. airspace. Two F-15 fighters of the Oregon Air National Guard intercepted and identified several Russian bombers, unknowingly repurposed for troop transport, with MiG-31 and Su-35 escorts. The F-15 pilots warned the Russians that they were flying over sovereign U.S. territory; the Russian fighter escorts responded by firing upon the Air National Guard aircraft. The skirmish was over in just under a minute with both F-15 fighters shot down.
Even as the air skirmish took place, the situation on the ground in Seattle changed drastically when Russian Marines from the 3rd Naval Infantry Regiment disembarked from civilian container ships and assaulted the seaport. After a brief shootout, the Russians overpowered the ATF task force and the command center overrun. The Russian long-range bombers that violated U.S. airspace began landing at the Spetsnaz-held Sea-Tac Airport and Boeing Field where additional Russian soldiers from the 76th Guards Air Assault Division unloaded from the aircraft. Russian forces quickly seized control of the National Guard Armories located in Seattle and SeaTac. The entire Seattle seaport had fallen and the Russian beachhead was secured less then an hour after the invasion had begun.
Fourth of July celebrations were put on hold as news of the Russian invasion was being reported on all channels, stations, and websites. President Obama and his family were flown from the White House to Andrews where they boarded Air Force One; the President made a speech from his plane vowing that the invasion would not go unpunished and urged everyone to remain calm. However due to rising fears that an escalation towards nuclear conflict was inevitable, a considerable number of people had already begun leaving major cities across the nation.
In response to the surprise invasion, the United States formally declared a state of war with the Russian Federation and invoked Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty which states an attack on one member would be an attack on all. The invocation was confirmed less then an hour later and the Third World War had begun.
For the first time in history, the entire U.S. military had gone to DEFCON 1. The President ordered all available forces in the Pacific Northwest to use any means necessary, with the exception of tactical nuclear weapons, to drive the invaders from U.S. soil.
First Battle of Seattle
Seattle was rapidly transformed into a war zone as thousands of Russian Marines and troops invaded the city. Soldiers of the Washington Army National Guard and the Washington State Guard are the first U.S. military personnel to engage the invading Russian forces on the ground. Seattle police officers and King County Sheriff's deputies helped the guardsmen in fighting the enemy as well as evacuating as much of the civilian population as possible. Using vehicles taken from the National Guard and SWAT armories, the Russians were able to move through the city rapidly. By the end of the first day of the invasion, over 10,000 Russian Marines, Airborne Troops, and Spetsnaz had arrived in Seattle.
The fighting continued overnight with Russian forces gradually gaining control over the city. A number of buildings had caught fire during the fighting and smoke filled the air. There was no electricity in Seattle due to the destruction of numerous power lines. The National Guard had been ordered to make a tactical withdrawal from the city center as it became clear that the Russians had the upper hand in the battle. Even while in retreat, the guardsmen continued to engage the enemy every opportunity they got. A Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by a shoulder-launched anti-air missile. A U.S. Army Ranger squad was ordered to make their way back into the city center to determine if there were any survivors and evacuate them. Unfortunately as soon as the squad reached the crash site, they were ambushed by Spetsnaz. One Ranger was killed and another wounded by the time they were able to return fire. Despite being under fire, the Rangers were able to examine the downed Black Hawk; the co-pilot was dead and the pilot was wounded. The Ranger squad was able to extract the surviving pilot, set demo charges to destroy the damaged helicopter, and withdraw from the area.
By the following morning, the Russians had taken control over most of Seattle and were even sending probing attacks into the surrounding suburbs. A number of National Guard units remained in the city, unable to effectively pullout without being fired upon by Russian forces. The guardsmen continued to carry out hit-and-run attacks however the enemy forces were trained specifically to deal with this sort of combat. Most guardsmen were forced to lie low and wait for backup; until then Seattle was all but in the hands of the Russian military.
While the Russians lacked the manpower to enforce total occupation of the entirety of Seattle, they were able to achieve de facto control over the city by established control points at key locations including the Space Needle, the Galleria, City Hall, police stations, the news buildings, etc. The Russian flag could be seen flying atop the Space Needle. Major General Vyacheslav Borisov, the overall commander of the invasion forces, became the de facto military governor of Seattle.
Captured Humvees and police vehicles were used for random patrols around the city as well as transportation between control points. While much of the civilian population had fled the city by this point, some were unwilling to abandon their homes and choose to remain behind. The Russians pretty much left the locals alone as long as they stayed away from the control points and refrained from attacking patrols. Of course the safety of the residents was obviously not guaranteed. Sometimes Russian troops would harass civilians; usually this was to confiscate vehicles, food, and other supplies. However there were unfortunately a few incidents where assault, rape, and/or murder were committed despite General Borisov prohibiting such activities.
There were a number of disturbing rumors that the Russians were preparing for additional reinforcements to arrive and that the entire Pacific Northwest region was marked for conquest. Orders intercepted by U.S. military intelligence seemed to confirm this; the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces had instructed the forces currently occupying Seattle to secure the surrounding area and make way for heavy reinforcements.
The President and Joint Chiefs see only two possibilities and therefore two different choices. One possibility is that the orders are a ruse meant to delay reinforcement of Europe in order to give Russia time to overrun Eastern Europe. However there is also the possibility that the orders are genuine and that continuing all overseas deployments as scheduled would place the entire Pacific Northwest region at risk for further invasion.
The U.S. Army III Corps was ordered to postpone deployment to Poland temporarily and was placed on standby. Should there be no follow-up to the Seattle incursion, then the unit would deploy to Eastern Europe as originally planned. However if it is confirmed that Russia had indeed committed to a full-scale invasion of the continental United States, then the III Corps would be deployed to the Pacific Northwest. Additional National Guard and Reserve units from Oregon and Idaho were ordered to deploy to the Seattle metropolitan area for combat duty.
Seattle Metropolitan Area Offensives
Once the Russians had consolidated their foothold on U.S. soil, they began a series of offensives throughout the Seattle metropolitan area. The primary attack was towards the east with thousands of Russian Marines and troops crossing Lake Washington into Bellevue, the largest Seattle suburb. While the National Guard did have a bit more time to prepare, it was still not enough as they were unable to offer sufficient resistance to halt the Russian onslaught.
A secondary group broke off from the primary group fighting in Bellevue and moved on Redmond in order to secure their flank. During the fighting, Spetsnaz GRU seizes control over the Microsoft Redmond Campus. Shortly after set fire to the Microsoft corporate headquarters and burned it to the ground.
A small Russian strike force moved beyond the Seattle metropolitan area and seized control of the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Plant just north of the city of Snoqualmie. Most civilian workers were secured with little trouble however a few did put up a fight and were subsequently shot. Less then an hour later, the Russians set of a series of demolition charges which destroyed the generators and caused a massive collapse of the underground Plant 1. Russian forces temporarily used Plant 2 as a command center until they were ready to pull back to the west at which point the structure was destroyed as well.
Washington State was under military lockdown due to the Russian invasion. After several weeks of war, the Russians still controlled Seattle and were staging attacks against Everett, Tacoma, and other urban centers in close proximity to the occupied city. However the National Guardsmen fighting throughout the Seattle Metropolitan Area was gradually being reinforced by active duty military personnel, primarily U.S. Army and Marines from Fort Hood and Camp Pendleton respectively. Furthermore a number of Seattle residents who had not fled the city since the start of the occupation had formed a resistance and were carrying out various operations against Russian forces including espionage, sabotage, and guerrilla attacks.
Second Battle of Seattle
Now augmented by the 1st Marine Regiment and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the First Cavalry Division, the Washington National Guard was able to put a stop to Russian forces advancing on Everett and Tacoma. By mid-September, the Russians were forced on the defensive as U.S. and Canadian forces halted further attacks and begun pushing into Occupied Seattle. Insurgent attacks against Russian troops throughout Seattle also increased. Royal Canadian Air Force fighter jets and ships from the Royal Canadian Navy, based on CFB Comox and CFP Esquimalt, conducted strikes against Russian positions. With the possibility of a successful Russian breakthrough negligible, the U.S. Army III Corps was ordered to deploy to Europe with the exception of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, First Cavalry Division currently taking part in the Second Battle of Seattle.
On the third day of the battle, General Borisov was wounded by a roadside bomb and the FSB immediately blamed the attack on the insurgents. A brutal crackdown resulted with Spetsnaz-GRU and FSB burning numerous buildings throughout Seattle and shooting unarmed civilians on sight. Eventually it was discovered that the FSB, not the rebels, was behind the attempt on General Borisov's life since many Hardliners considered him "too soft" in managing the occupation. With General Borisov having recovered and retaken command, the FSB officers involved in the plot were arrested and all reprisal attacks halted with immediate effect.
Roughly a week into the Second Battle of Seattle, the order was given to begin an organized evacuation of Spetsnaz and Naval Infantry while regular Russian Army units covered the withdrawal. Over half of the elite Russian forces involved in the occupation were able to withdraw from U.S. soil until October 5 when U.S. Marines and Army Rangers secured the Port of Seattle. Heavy urban combat continued over the following week with the US/Canadian and Russian troops engaged in street-to-street and building-to-building fighting.
By October 12, it had become clear that Russian invasion forces were about to be defeated so General Borisov met with U.S. commanders and agreed to capitulate. Most of the surviving Russian troops in Seattle obeyed General Borisov's order to surrender and city had been liberated. However a handful of Russian Spetsnaz disobeyed that order, managing to evade capture for another week and staging hit-and-run attacks. On October 18, the Spetsnaz were wiped out and the Second Battle of Seattle ended with a clear US/Canadian victory.
The Occupation of Seattle was one of the most costly battles of the Third World War as well as the deadliest attack on U.S. soil even worse then both Pearl Harbor and 9/11 combined. With the city in ruins, all power gone, infrastructure crippled, and the death toll in the tens of thousands, Seattle had essentially been transformed into a miniature third world country during the occupation. A memorial for the lives lost was held in front of the Space Needle and lasted for several days; people from across the country either travelled to Seattle to take part in the gathering or held similar gatherings in their hometowns. A vast majority of the American people were now united in a common goal to punish Russia for invasion. Many called for a full-scale invasion to force Russia's unconditional surrender; a few even called for a nuclear strike.