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NOTE: This article is about the Armaverse FIA featured in the main ArmA games. For the non-canon counterpart in ArmA 3's CSLA Iron Curtain Creator DLC, see FIA (CSLA).


FIA (full name: Freedom and Independence Army) is the name of two separate BLUFOR/Independent guerilla resistance movements which have made appearances in both ArmA: Cold War Assault and ArmA 3.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

Background

Cold War Assault-era flag

The FIA in ArmA: Cold War Assault consists of two groups, one located in the Independent Republic of Nogova and another in the microstate of Everon.

Nogovan Partisans

Founded in the immediate aftermath of the Soviet occupation of Nogova, the Partisans consisted of ex-army militiamen and regular Nogovan citizens opposed to the Soviet presence.

Their goal was the restoration of the legitimate civilian leadership and overthrowing of the puppet, Soviet-backed government controlled by the former Nogovan Communist Party.

The organisation was founded by its leader Gabriel, who initially led the group prior to being replaced by Victor Troska, a former British special forces operative and war hero of the 1974 Nogovan revolution. Another notable member was Geronimo, who served as Gabriel's and subsequently Troska's aide-de-camp. An unknown individual who merely identified himself as "Tasmanian Devil" to the partisans, provided the group with vital information on Soviet movements.

Everon Freedom Alliance

Based on Everon, the EFA was a resistance group that was formed by Everon Islanders in response to the island's sudden occupation by the Soviet military.

Unlike the Partisans on Nogova, the EFA only consisted of armed civilians who had little-to-no military experience. They banded together under the common goal of fighting to liberate Everon from Soviet oppression.

The group was led by its founder and current leader who only identified himself as the "commander". Others included Slava, a devoted fighter and perhaps one of the group's most skilled members, as well as Tomas, another well-known fighter within the group. For a brief period of time, two American soldiers named David Armstrong and James Gastovski also assisted the group in an unofficial capacity.


History

Events of Resistance (1982)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Cold War Assault's 'Resistance' campaign.

Following the disbandment of Nogova's army and dissolution of the civilian government, Gabriel quickly formed the group and others soon rallied under his banner.

Initially, the group was easily outmatched by the Soviets who quickly crushed the opposition with little effort. However, things begin to change for the better when Victor Troska joins the resistance group. Forced to take command following Gabriel's death and at the behest of Geronimo, he brings the fight back to the Soviets who attack their main base.

Under Victor's leadership, the partisans slowly bring the fight back to the Soviets.

After staging multiple successful raids, the movement begins to gain traction and earns sympathy from the Nogovan people, more of whom join the resistance in order to fight against the Soviet occupation. Later on, the movement even receives materiel aid from the U.S. forces stationed in Malden, and receive covert support from James Gastovski and his team.

Their continued successes slowly drive the Soviets back until they are finally cornered to the airfield where Guba is holding out. The partisans discover that he intends to utilise the bombers stationed there obliterate Nogova to cover their retreat.

The partisans stage a desperate assault on the airfield, but incur heavy losses and are unable to break through. In a blaze of glory, Troska infiltrates the airport alone and manages to destroy the bomber fleet.

He is eventually killed by the Soviets however, after they encircle him following a failed escape from the airport. The remaining partisans were also about to face the same fate until U.S. air support arrives to drive back the remaining Soviets. Nogova is finally liberated, while the partisans mourn the loss of their saviour.

Events of Cold War Crisis (1985)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Cold War Assault's 'Cold War Crisis' campaign.

The legacy of Troska's sacrifice and that of the partisan movement would go on to inspire the formation of the EFA three years later. When Soviet forces led by General Aleksei Guba illegally occupy and destroy the NATO encampment on Everon, the EFA is formed to fight against the Soviets.

« Armstrong: The Everon Freedom Alliance, is it?
Slava: A grand name for a poor band of men and women who simply wish to see our Russian visitors leave this island as quickly as possible. Preferably in coffins, of course.
Slava's first meeting with Cpl. Armstrong
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However, the EFA are mostly unsuccessful and suffer constant defeats against the Soviets. The EFA's fortunes begin to change towards the better when an American survivor, Corporal David Armstrong, is picked up by Slava and his group of fighters. Slava immediately recruits the American and enlists his aid in helping to defend villages from Soviet attacks.

Slava talks with Armstrong one last time before the latter returns to Malden.

In return for his help, the EFA agrees to help contact the NATO garrison on Malden so that transportation can be arranged to pick up Armstrong. Armstrong vows that he will return with help for the group, but help never materialises and the EFA return to suffering heavy losses at the hands of the Soviets.

Worse yet, Slava himself is eventually killed and the EFA loses many of its members in the weeks that followed. Almost a month later, Armstrong finally returns to meet with the commander alongside Maj. James Gastovski, but are greeted coldly by the guerillas.

After much deliberation, Armstrong convinces the guerillas that NATO was genuinely ready to help liberate Everon this time. The EFA were needed to help pave the way forward. The commander agrees, and together with their assistance, the combined EFA/NATO counterinvasion force are able to drive out the Soviets for good following the destruction of their headquarters at Saint Pierre.


Equipment

Nogovan Partisans

The Partisans initially relied on a mixture of locally-made firearms ranging from AK-47 CZ assault rifles and hunting shotguns. As their successes against the Soviets mounted up over time, the Partisans gained much needed modern weapons and equipment salvaged from seized Soviet caches and depots.

Eventually, they gained access to armoured vehicles in the form of T-55 medium tanks and high-tech Soviet T-80 heavy tanks, further bolstering the group's capabilities. Throughout the later stages of the occupation, the Partisans were covertly supplied by the Americans on Malden, which provided them access to surface-to-air missiles and other Western-made small arms.

Everon Freedom Alliance

Poorly equipped and lacking access to heavy vehicles in comparison, the EFA mostly relied on the bare minimum of hardware that could be salvaged from the Soviets. As a result, most EFA fighters relied on re-purposed civilian trucks, stolen rifles and rocket launchers due to their virtually non-existent logistics chain.

ArmA 3

Background

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The FIA in ArmA 3 consists of two resistance groups based in the Republic of Altis and Stratis.

Loyalists

Following the 2026 Kavala coup d'etat that would lead to the start of the bloody civil war, the Loyalists primarily consisted of disgruntled Altian citizens, ex-military defectors, and former members of the pre-civil war government.

United against the hardline Altis Armed Forces (AAF) led by the rogue officer Colonel Akhanteros, their goal was the restoration of the legitimate civilian leadership and removal of Akhanteros' junta.

Notable heads and supporting members of the organisation included Hektor Anastas, Loukas Thanos, Rouvin Carras, as well as Kael Mavros. Covertly, the loyalists were also supported by British special forces led by Sergeant James.

FIA

« Believed to be chiefly composed of former and defected members of the Altis Armed Forces, disparate fragments of opposition to the 2026 Kavala coup d'etat joined together in the grind of bloody civil war.

United in pursuit of the removal of the military-backed government and the rejection of external influence - despite recent setbacks - the FIA have begun to gain traction among the largely displaced population of the Republic and has found international support in the west.

Although the exact size of the FIA remains unknown - with evidence of cells operating across the entirety of Altis - they have remained a veritable thorn in the Pyrgos government’s side. As to the question of their namesake, rumours harken back to stories of resistance cells of the same name opposing Soviet occupation at the height of the Cold War.
Official ArmA 3 site description
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With peaceful demonstrations suppressed by Akhanteros' brutal regime, the FIA begins to form in response to the government's tyranny.

The successors of the civil war Loyalists, the FIA was formed almost immediately in the aftermath of the former group's defeat at the hands of Akhanteros' forces.

They share the same beliefs and goals of their predecessors; the removal of the existing CSAT/NATO-approved hardline government led by Akhanteros. Only this time, the FIA had the general backing of the country's citizens who had become firmly anti-AAF due to the government's postwar crackdowns.

One of the prominent heads of the organisation is Kostas Stavrou, leader of the Northern Groups of FIA cells on the Altian mainland.

Other key members include Nikos Panagopoulos, who serves as the organisation's arms smuggler and foreign liaison, Alexis Kouris, an AAF defector who helped defend the village of Oreokastro in the early days of the war, and (eventually) Ben Kerry, an American soldier from the remnants of the NATO-led Task Force Aegis.


History

Events of Beyond Hope (2026)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3's Tac-Ops Mission Pack DLC scenario 'Beyond Hope'.

The Loyalists challenge Akhanteros' AAF and his paramilitary allies for control of the nation.

Nine years prior to the events of The East Wind, civil war rages on the island country of the Republic of Altis and Stratis in light of the violent coup led by Colonel Akhanteros.

Military defectors opposed to Akhanteros' coup and former civilian officials have united together under a common banner as the Loyalists. They immediately engaged in a series of skirmishes against the AAF in the hopes of restoring the legitimate government.

Early on in the war, a temporary ceasefire is agreed upon by both sides in order for IDAP to deliver aid supplies to civilians. The ceasefire is quickly shattered by coup forces after they ambush a Loyalist squad at Orino, leading to a resumption in the fighting.

Attrition takes its toll on the Loyalists as the tides of war shift against them.

But with the odds going increasingly against them and lacking international support (aside from covert aid provided by CTRG), the Loyalists would find themselves engaged in a bitter five year-long struggle that would only end with the signing of the Jerusalem Cease Fire in 2030.

With its ratification, the peace agreement marked the end of the civil war and meant an official end to the Loyalists; both as a military and political body within the nation.

Events of Remnants of War (2034)

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NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3's Laws of War DLC 'Remnants of War' campaign.

Formed almost immediately in the year after the Loyalists' defeat, the FIA slowly gathered momentum and grew in power in the months that followed. Though they lacked the ability to confront government forces directly, the FIA were becoming a symbol of resistance in the face of Akhanteros' continued acts of oppression against voices of dissent.

Angered by the government's excesses, the citizens of Altis heed the FIA's call to arms.

By late 2034, these cries transformed into overt defiance as the nation's citizens became disenfranchised by the government's (often violent) crackdowns. One such settlement, the mountain village of Oreokastro, was prime territory for the FIA to seize. With the help of people from the inside, guerillas liberated Oreokastro from the clutches of its government oppressors.

However, in light of the FIA's growing strength, Akhanteros saw fit to turn Oreokastro as an example, hoping to crush the movement once and for all by laying siege to the village. The FIA were ready for their assault, and prepared a veritable wall of defences to deter government efforts at breaking through.

Thanks to the skill of resourceful individuals, the government's attempt at smashing into the village ended in miserable failure. Even after two weeks of gruelling battles, the AAF could not break the defences nor shatter the morale of the defenders.

Nonetheless, that quickly changed when the government directed an airstrike into the heart of the village - despite being fully aware that innocent civilians were inside. The bombs devastated the village and slaughtered almost every defender and villager.

The battle had been lost and many heroes were felled in the airstrike. But the war was far from over, for while the battle ended in total defeat for the FIA, the government had also unwittingly turned the defenders into martyrs. Oreokastro's destruction had become the very symbol of the FIA's resistance, a rallying cry for those still unconvinced of the government's brutality, and a precursor to the intense fighting that would follow many months later.

Events of The East Wind (2035)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3's 'The East Wind' campaign.

« The FIA are becoming increasingly desperate, as AAF forces begin to consolidate their position on Altis with the backing of Canton Protocol forces equipment and training.
News reports on the increased surge in FIA activity
»

In light of the continued withdrawal of U.S. peacekeepers and Task Force Aegis' mandate being restricted to the island of Stratis, meant that the AAF's ability to enforce control over the mainland was beginning to erode.

Within the span of a year prior to the events of The East Wind, the FIA stepped up their efforts and widened the scale of their operations, with an increasing number of guerilla strikes being conducted on the now-thinly spread AAF.

Survive

Under the cover of darkness, Nikos meets with the survivors of TF Aegis

A gradual drawdown of NATO-led peacekeeping forces from TF Aegis meant that sporadic outbreaks of fighting against the AAF began to increase.

Howver when Akhanteros' forces attacked the remaining elements of Task Force Aegis; supposedly in retaliation to a unprovoked assault by NATO forces, the FIA commenced a new round of raids against the AAF/CSAT forces on Altis.

During the chaos, Nikos Panagopoulos manages to establish contact with remnants of TF Aegis. They attempt to negotiate an agreement for NATO support in exchange for the FIA providing arms and other equipment.

Their meeting is cut short after the AAF attack one of their outposts however, and Nikos himself is eventually apprehended by the AAF after failing to evade capture following an ambush.

Adapt

The guerillas begin to turn the tides against the AAF

Mere days after the remnants of TF Aegis are wiped out and Nikos' disappearance, a joint task force of AAF/CSAT troops conduct a large-scale counterinsurgency operation in Kavala; which up until this point had been a major FIA stronghold. The raids destroy much of their supply caches and cause the loss of many guerillas.

In a stroke of fortune however, one of the survivors of the task force joins the movement after his narrow escape from the AAF's surprise ambush. Under Kerry's skilful leadership and the resourcefulness of his unit (callsign Omega) along with covert support provided by CTRG, the FIA begin to push back against the AAF in spite of their earlier losses from the Kavala raid. Following his defection, a former AAF official also provided crucial intel on Nikos' whereabouts, and a rescue plan was set into motion with the help of Capt. Miller.

Following the rescue of Nikos, the FIA eventually overrun much of the northern and western parts of Altis with the exception of Kavala itself, which was one of the few cities to remain in AAF hands until the eve of the NATO invasion.

Having suffered considerable manpower and materiel losses, the AAF are forced to fall back to the central and north/south-western sections of the island in order consolidate their remaining forces. Now with the AAF on the run, and Nikos informing Stavrou of an impending NATO invasion, the FIA make plans to assault AAF positions near the Altis International Airport in order to draw enemy forces away from the main airport itself.

Omega leads the charge against CSAT positions in Neochori

« This is where the tides turn, brothers. We are stronger than ever before. An end to our struggle is finally within our grasp. Let us not waste it.
Stavrou briefing his men hours before the main assault
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The assault is initially successful, with both the AAC airfield and the nearby town of Therisa quickly falling to the guerillas as their defenders are overwhelmed by the FIA blitzkrieg.

However they suffer a major setback when NATO helicopters; mistaking FIA guerillas as being hostile, open fire on the main assault element. To make matters worse, Stavrou himself is presumably killed in the ensuing attack, which causes chaos amongst the remaining guerillas as they're unsure of whether to continue fighting or to fall back into the forests.

Win

Thanks to Kerry's efforts however, communications with the invasion force are established and the FIA form an amicable, albeit uneasy, alliance with the 111th Infantry Division (111th ID).

FIA guerillas eventually assisted the 111th in the counterattack to retake defensive positions at Neochori after they were overrun by CSAT special forces. They also assisted in the attack against AAF/CSAT positions at the main airport.

Nikos was also fundamental in getting through to Kerry to make sure that NATO artillery did not inflict too much collateral damage against citizens still caught in the crossfire as they assaulted the capital, Pyrgos, later in the evening.

Post-The East Wind

Immediately following the aftermath of the conflict, FIA guerillas worked alongside NATO forces in setting up jointly-administered internment camps throughout the country. They assisted in rounding up what was left of the AAF, and helped to identify troopers that were responsible for committing war crimes.

Completely victorious, the FIA itself was eventually dissolved after the end of the war. With their goal of re-establishing a legitimate, internationally-approved government soon to be chaired by one of their own now accomplished, there was no longer a need to maintain the resistance movement.

Many former FIA members would go on to serve as members of the new democratic government's cabinet.


Equipment

Loyalists

Civil war-era government loyalists were better armed and had access to a mixture of pre-coup AAF equipment, as well as those supplied to them covertly by Sgt. James' team.

This ranged from LIM-85 light machine guns, AKS-74U carbines, and even SPAR-16 assault rifles. Armoured vehicles such the AFV-4 Gorgon were also readily deployed in combat against the hardline pro-Akhanteros AAF and their paramilitary allies.

FIA

The post-civil war FIA was less well-equipped in comparison and mainly relied on a mixture of hardware smuggled in from arms dealers around the Mediterranean, along with equipment scavenged in raids against CSAT forces and the AAF.

FIA guerillas are often seen using the TRG and Mk20 series of bullpup assault rifles chambered in 5.56×45 mm. On occasion, Mk200s and even Zafir LMGs are also used. For anti-tank purposes, the FIA utilise RPG-42s and MAAWS Mk4 Mod 0 rocket launchers obtained from arms smugglers, fallen AAF soldiers and captured supply depots.

Unlike their loyalist predecessors, the current FIA also lacked the ability to obtain or maintain heavy vehicles. As a result, it relies exclusively on re-purposed civilian vehicles for transportation.

Offroad pickups are often retrofitted with M2 .50 cal heavy machine guns or SPG-9 launchers to serve as improvised armed vehicles. In very rare cases, the FIA has also utilised captured AAF and CSAT vehicles such as Zamak trucks or Ifrit MRAPs for use in large-scale operations.

Gallery

ArmA: Cold War Assault


ArmA 3

External links

See also

Factions of ArmA: Cold War Assault
BLUFOR United States
OPFOR Soviet Union
Independent FIA
Factions - Independent (ArmA: Cold War Assault)
FIA
Factions of ArmA 3
BLUFOR NATOCTRGFIAGendarmerie
OPFOR CSATGendarmerieRussian SpetsnazViper
Independent AAFLDFSyndikat
Apex DLC | Contact DLC
Factions - BLUFOR (ArmA 3)
NATOCTRGFIAGendarmerie
Apex DLC