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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

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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 micronation 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)

Events of Cold War Crisis (1985)


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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ArmA 3-era flag

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.
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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)

Events of Remnants of War (2034)

Events of The East Wind (2035)

Post-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 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.

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