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The Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (shortened to ChDKZ, and alternately called the Chedaki) is an OPFOR faction in ArmA 2.


« One man with a gun can control hundred without one.
V. I. Lenin


The ChDKZ is a pro-Russian, Chernarussian separatist group that was formed from the Solnichniy-based Working Man's Defence Alliance (WMDA).

Once a small, loosely-organised band of civilian fighters, the organisation quickly turned into a powerful conventional force that was capable of challenging government forces directly.

Commanded by its ruthless leader Gregori "Akula" Lopotev, it was also led by the notorious criminal Mikola Bardak, who served as Lopotev's aide-de-camp/second-in-command. The organisation itself largely consists of regional task forces or cells, which in turn are each lead by a warlord who answer directly to Lopotev himself.

Because of this, government forces have found it particularly difficult to root out the insurgency entirely. Its (mostly) decentralised structure meant that each "destroyed" cell could simply be reformed under another ChDKZ warlord, and become active again in a short period of time.


ArmA 2-era ChDKZ emblem.

In 1997, a group known only as the Working Man's Defence Alliance (WMDA) is founded by Gregori Lopotev and several other members of the Solnichniy Quarry Corporation. Though stated to be a civilian union, the organisation was in reality a fervently anti-government group with strong communist ideals.

Two years later in 1999, Lopotev organised a violent protest over working and pay conditions at the mine that leads to the deaths of three protesters, and many more being injured in clashes against security forces (though unconfirmed, figures varied from dozens to almost a hundred).

The WMDA was soon dissolved after the incident, with countless members of the group arrested by the government and Lopotev being forced to go into hiding.

However, this was also the turning point for what would soon become the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (ChDKZ), which would be formed from the ashes of the WMDA with one clear goal: re-integration of Chernarus with the Russian Federation.

On July 27th, 2009, almost a decade after the Solnichniy quarry incident, Lopotev made his first move and conducted multiple attacks against government forces throughout the northern regions of South Zagoria. Lacking strong leadership however, the attacks were easily repelled by the CDF and the ChDKZ are forced to go into hiding again.

One month later, in what would become known as the "September Crisis", the ChDKZ suddenly commenced attacks into government-held regions again. What was different this time around, was the scale and intensity of their attacks; the ChDKZ were well-equipped thanks to arms smugglers and better organised. Their raids were successful in crippling the CDF's supply lines into South Zagoria.

With government forces on the run, the insurgent army quickly seizes control over South Zagoria's coastal towns, beginning with Elektrozavodsk and working their way westward towards the regional capital of Chernogorsk.

The ChDKZ was even able to strike the south-eastern island of Utes, easily overwhelming the undermanned CDF garrison based there. With a new forward base obtained, further operations against the southern flank for government forces (who had now retreated to Zelenogorsk) could now be prepared.

Second-in-command Mikola Bardak announces the group's intentions to the world.

Barely a month after the crisis began, ChDKZ-backed militiamen stormed the town hall in downtown Chernogorsk and captured the incumbent Prime Minister of Chernarus, Alexander Baranov.

The ChDKZ issued a public statement demanding that the Russian government accept their requests to be re-integrated with the Russian Federation.

Their request is denied however, and Baranov is personally executed by Lopotev in retaliation; afterwards declaring the country as the "Chernarussian Socialistic Republic" instead.

Events of Operation Harvest Red (2009)

Post-Operation Harvest Red

With the apprehension of their commander, and the majority of their troops either deceased or captured by government forces, the ChDKZ quickly crumbled under the pressure from USMC/CDF/NAPA forces.

Small cells throughout the northern countryside continued to remain defiant and resisted, but they lacked the leadership or manpower to challenge allied forces. Though their fate isn't elaborated on, it's safe to presume that the organisation has ceased to exist completely by the events of Operation Arrowhead.


Kamyshovy risunok (podlesok) camouflage pattern used by ChDKZ fighters (ArmA 2)

Insurgents mostly wear old military fatigues camouflaged with the Soviet-era Kamyshovy risunok (podlesok) pattern mixed with civilian clothes. Aside from vehicle crews, fighters do not wear combat helmets and simply don ski masks/balaclavas to conceal their identities.

Since they lack the logistical infrastructure of the CDF, the ChDKZ mostly relies on salvaged equipment obtained from depots captured from government forces. They also rely extensively on arms smugglers and covert arms shipments from the Russians to supply their fighters on the field.

Like NAPA collaborators, pro-ChDKZ supporters often wielded a mixture of civilian and outdated Soviet firearms such as the CZ 550 or AKS rifles.

But unlike their rebel counterpart, the ChDKZ does have access to limited numbers of fixed-wing aviation assets in the form of Su-25 attack jets. However, these are mostly re-purposed craft stolen from CDF airbases that fell under their control and do not actually have the ability to acquire additional jets of their own.


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