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The Canton Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty (alternately CSAT for short, and in Simplified Chinese: 广东条约战略联盟组织) is an OPFOR faction in ArmA 3.

They are a military and economic alliance that consists of Eastern nations, and serve as a direct counterpart to NATO.

The bulk of the coalition's military might is divided up into different forces depending on the region that they operate in; as of current, this consists of Mediterranean (Altis), Pacific (Tanoa), and North African (Malden) branches.


« Formed at the apex of the Canton Protocol summits, this strategic alliance of states is built upon the goals of mutual defense, expanded global influence, and sustained economic growth.

Set against the context of foundering economies and civil unrest across the west, CSAT has risen in prominence over the last decade. Investment in shared civil and military technology and the aggressive pursuit of opportunities and partnerships throughout Asia, South America and North Africa has led to a sharp increase in strategic tension across the globe, as traditional spheres of power and influence are encroached upon.

Recently partnering with the government of The Republic of Altis and Stratis, joint civilian and military projects are supported by an independent mechanized brigade-sized force officially operates under the authority of Col. Vahid Namdar.
Official ArmA 3 site description


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Griffin Regiment's national flag patch

Headed predominately by the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Iran, CSAT as a whole consists of several other East Asian, Middle Eastern, and possibly even former NATO and Central Asian member states.

Other known members include the Republic of Belarus and several North African countries. The organisation has also made offers to the Russian Federation for full membership, and are partnered together on trade and technology sharing - though the latter has yet to make an official decision.

With the sharp decline in Western geopolitical and economic soft power over the past two decades, CSAT's influence throughout the world has risen significantly and has allowed it to encroach into regions that were traditionally pro-West.

As seen during the events of the Prologue, CSAT's dominance over world affairs is clearly demonstrated in their interactions with the NATO peacekeepers of Task Force Aegis. The peacekeepers are reluctantly forced to abide by orders to step aside whenever CSAT forces are present, and are also unable to countermand any CSAT directives issued to the AAF.


As of the events of Apex Protocol, CSAT itself is divided up into three known (but not exclusive to) "branches" that are based in different parts of the globe. This consists of:



Griffin Regiment's emblem.

Mediterranean CSAT forces operating on the Republic of Altis and Stratis consist of the brigade-sized 24th MECH INF Regiment from the Iranian Armed Forces as part of Griffin Regiment.

The 1st INF BN, 2nd MECH INF BN, 3rd ARMOR BN, 4th RECON SQDN, 6th Rotary Wing BN, and 7th Supply BN also operate under the 24th, all under the direct command of Colonel Vahid Namdar.


CSAT forces stationed in the South Pacific near the Horizon Islands consist of an unknown regiment-sized force from the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

Their composition is unknown, as is the name of their leading officer, though the entire force falls under the direct command of Xu Haifeng, the supreme commander of all CSAT forces operating in the Pacific.

North Africa


Scimitar Regiment's emblem.

A detachment of mechanised troops from the Scimitar Regiment, which consists of the armed forces from unknown North African member states, are deployed to the island of Malden.

They are based alongside a small fighter wing from the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force, who are stationed at the former U.S. airbase north of the island near La Trinité.

The Apex Protocol



As Western influence falters, CSAT takes charge and leads the world both as an economic and military powerhouse.

CSAT's meteoric rise takes place amidst the backdrop of a two decade-long economic depression throughout the European Union and the United States.

While its geopolitical adversaries remain bogged down by domestic issues, CSAT's members have been bolstered by decades of unparalleled growth and technological advancement.


Ostracised by the EU, Southern European countries turn eastward for help.

Every year, Western and Eastern nations alike continue to seek membership in the hopes of gaining a share in the bloc's prosperity. The latest summits, first held in the Syrian capital of Damascus and in Russia's Moscow later that year, have already gained the coalition several new members.

« Our CSAT partners recognise the new truth. The potential of our nation. We share with them and grow. They represent the new future. Our new future, our new truth.
Incumbent leader of the Republic of Altis and Stratis, Colonel Georgious Akhanteros, reaffirms his nation's commitment to welcoming CSAT investment

In Southern Europe, countries suffering from harsh austerity measures imposed by the EU have turned to seek investments and humanitarian aid relief from the Republic of Iran. Meanwhile in the Asia-Pacific region, military victories in proxy wars against the U.S. has allowed China to maintain full dominance over the South China Sea.

Even as the 2030s draw to a close, its Western rivals remain convinced that CSAT's rise can be halted. But with each year's passing, the coalition's influence and reach only continues to strengthen; its ascension to status of being the world's premier superpower, very much appears to be inevitable.

NOTE: Though their exact date of formation has never been outright stated, it can be surmised that the organisation has been in existence for at least a decade prior to the events of The East Wind, as they were actively involved with the events of the Altian Civil War and also influencing Malden in the 2020s.

Events of Beyond Hope (2026)

Events of the Prologue (2034)

Events of Remnants of War (2034)

Events of The East Wind (2035)

Post-The East Wind

« Following the defeat of forces loyal to General Akhanteros, the provisional ceasefire has held firm. With a new round of NATO-CSAT talks due imminently, strategic analysts point to encouraging signs of a lasting peace, with a shared peacekeeping deal on the table.
AAN news report detailing the aftermath of the Altis Incident during the events of Apex Protocol

Peace talks being held in Kavala with Namdar present (far left)

Having been completely abandoned by CSAT, the AAF are forced to unconditionally capitulate to NATO forces and agree to an immediate ceasefire.

Though CSAT publicly continue to deny any involvement in the fighting, they are shown to be present at the peace treaty talks following the conflict's conclusion, and are due to sign a joint peacekeeping deal in-conjunction with NATO that would oversee the demilitarisation of the AAF.

Events of Apex Protocol (2035)

Post-Apex Protocol


In spite of the overwhelming evidence, CSAT continues to deny allegations of the Apex Protocol's existence

« Evidence of a deliberate, sustained, high-level effort to incite death and chaos, has brought into question the continued viability of the Canton Protocol Strategic Alliance itself. Leaders from across the world have united in a call for action, seeking to bring those responsible to justice swiftly.
AAN report on the "Apex Protocol Papers"

As a direct result of the extensive efforts of CTRG, CSAT's so-called 'Apex Protocol' was exposed to the world.

The release of the "Apex Protocol Papers" saw CSAT's methodology come under extensive scrutiny by the international community, as a decade of its unchecked soft power expansionism across the globe is called into question by the United Nations.

« By supplying dangerous criminals with military weapons, they have sought to murder the people of the Horizon Islands. They are illegitimate. Their time has come to an end!
Benjamin Hope, President of the Horizon Islands, publicly denounces CSAT

An emergency summit is immediately held with all member states in light of the revelations. However, CSAT begins to face the danger of fragmenting within itself, as its Eurasian, African, and Pacific members seek to distance themselves from the organisation.

With the fragile alliance now on the brink of collapse and its influence suddenly on the reverse, the world is slowly returning to the status quo. However, Eastwind's existence is never revealed by NATO and CTRG to the public. It remains unclear as to whether CSAT retains any further devices or the ability to manufacture additional units.

Events of Old Man (2038)

Despite the "Apex Protocol" revelations, the alliance has surprisingly rebounded from its losses and has slowly regained much of its lost influence over the past three years. Attempts from Western countries to subvert CSAT's growth have been largely halted, though the alliance continues to remain vigilant against subterfuge from its enemies.

In mid 2038, a super-strain of malaria strikes the Horizon Islands, with the country's Tanoa province being particularly hit hard by the outbreak. Despite the best efforts of Western governments and NGOs, no known methods of treating the disease have proven effective, and hundreds continue to perish from the disease with each passing day.

However, a change in leadership has occurred following the retirement of former president Benjamin Hope. The new leaders of the Horizon Islands government, chaired by a pro-CSAT political party named Nouveaux Horizons, agree to allow for an influx of humanitarian aid from CSAT.


Jointly-operated Chinese/Tanoan checkpoints are built along the main roads leading into quarantine zones.

CSAT's medical teams are immediately dispatched to many of the quarantined settlements, and their treatments prove to be highly effective at stopping and curing the disease.

« Former president of the Horizon Islands, Benjamin Hope, has condemned government decisions regarding CSAT's militarization of Tanoa. Speaking at a fundraising event for Nouveaux Horizons, he condemned both foreign intervention and militant groups affiliated with L'Ensemble for exploiting the nation's current malaria crisis. La Roche agreed to Canton Protocol demands for combined counter insurgency operations with local gendarmes last week, sparking violent protests in Georgetown, Tanouka, and Ouméré.
Radio report on the latest troop surge

To "assist" with the continued aid relief, CSAT officials have demanded that their deployment mandate be extended to allow for the addition of more forces. With no viable alternative and no valid reasons to object, the government caves into CSAT demands and agrees to a troop surge.

Events of First Contact (2039)

A year later, CSAT has continued to expand with the addition of new members - most prominently, the Republic of Belarus following the 2035 Moscow Summit. Attempts by its Western adversaries at sabotaging its growth have once again proven to be ineffective, demonstrating the alliance's resilience in the face of Western aggression.

However, Belarus' addition has also helped to ignite the spread of anti-CSAT paranoia throughout NATO's remaining Eastern European members. Though its acceptance has thus far been a liability, it has also allowed the alliance to exploit the incompetence of NATO leaders and place CSAT one step closer to reaching its main goal: Russia.


Following the offer, the Russian Federal Assembly deliberates on the question of full membership into the alliance.

« "A return to bilateral Cold War-era thinking could be disastrous for everyone. If the US continues to ignore the new world order, and insists on creating enemies where there are none, they run the risk of making their fears a reality."
Russian officials denounce NATO wargames on the eve of a membership offer from CSAT

NATO's commencement of joint military exercises near the Russian Federation's borders has been a boon to the organisation, fuelling Russian fears of NATO expansionism at its frontier, and pushing its leaders closer towards CSAT.

As of June 17th, 2039, the alliance has offered a lucrative deal to the Russian government in the hopes of solidifying its expansion into Eastern Europe. The Kremlin however, has yet to confirm any official decision regarding full membership.


  • ArmA 3-era Iranian CSAT soldiers in the Mediterranean theatre (2030-2035)
  • ArmA 3-era Chinese CSAT soldiers stationed in the Pacific (2038)
  • ArmA 3-era North African CSAT soldiers based in the Atlantic region (2035)

CSAT equipment is predominately made up of assets acquired from various countries; namely Russian arms manufacturers. Iranian and Chinese defence industries have also collaborated heavily in order to reverse engineer several weapons systems that are of both Eastern and Western design in origin.

Nonetheless, their forces utilise extremely advanced hardware that is on par with, if not superior to, their Western counterparts in almost every way.

For example, Iranian/Chinese CSAT soldiers are unique for their armoured fatigues which consist of two components; an over-suit camouflaged in their signature Hexacam pattern (for arid, urban, and tropical environments) and a bullet-resistant under-suit that is designed to provide ballistic protection from neck to toe against small arms calibres ranging up to 7.62 mm.


Hexacam camouflage patterns employed by CSAT forces in order from left-to-right:
- Brown (Iranian, Altis)
- Urban (Iranian, Altis)
- Semi-Arid (Iranian/Chinese; pilots only)
- Green/Tropic (Chinese, Tanoa)
- Arid/Desert (North African, Malden)

Because their fatigues are armoured by default, CSAT soldiers eschew the need for plate carriers like their NATO/AAF counterparts and can wear load bearing vests instead - allowing them to carry much more ammunition and equipment (certain specialist troops still opt to wear tactical vests).

On the other hand, their Defender/Protector/Assassin helmets provide the best ballistic protection and surface coverage out of all modern combat helmets.

However, it should be noted that not all CSAT forces are equally equipped to the same standards as their Iranian/Chinese counterparts. North African troops stationed on the island of Malden for instance, only wear unarmoured light fatigues and chest rigs - both of which lack ballistic protection. Likewise, many do not have access to combat helmets and only wear simple ball/military caps for headwear.

While on deployments, CSAT soldiers do not wear the flag patches of their home nation, and instead bear the six red hexagons of the CSAT emblem.




  • CSAT as a whole is seemingly based on the real-world Chinese-led "Shanghai Cooperation Organisation", otherwise simply known as the "SCO".
  • During the pre-Alpha phase of ArmA 3's development, CSAT was directly based on the real-world Iranian Armed Forces.
    • In fact, config names for placeable groups in the editor continue to refer to CSAT (at least for Mediterranean forces) as the Iranian Armed Forces.
    • It is specifically due to CSAT being based on the Iranian military that ArmA 3 was eventually banned for sale in 2012 by the Iranian government as a result.
  • Prior to the unveiling of the Contact expansion, the Russian Federation and its armed forces were never outright stated to be a part of the organisation. It was mentioned however, that the coalition has held several summits at the capital Moscow, over the years.
    • During the pre-Alpha, Russian forces in the form of the Raven Security private military company were meant to be present. They were assigned to guard CSAT facilities on Altis and would have been an OPFOR sub-faction.
    • Though they no longer exist canonically, a leftover of these Russian forces remain in the form of the in-game equippable Raven Vest, along with several config references and unused textures related to the PMC group.
  • On Bootcamp's release, Griffin Regiment was initially spelt as "Gryffin" instead but was later changed to Griffin for unknown reasons. The original name is still referred to as such in the game's files, as well as for the Regiment's shoulder insignia (string name: str_a3_cfgunitinsignia_gryffinregiment).

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