|«||Positioned as a independent guerrilla faction, Syndikat is a local crime organization wtih deep roots on Tanoa. Made up of armed thugs and ex-paramilitaries, this new faction is involved in many illicit operations throughout the region, carrying mostly outdated weaponry such as AK's, RPG-7s, and Makarov pistol's.
Official ArmA 3 Apex site description
The Syndikat have expanded throughout Tanoa province and other neighbouring regions around the Pacific. They primarily target Non-Government Organisation (NGO) run camps and anyone else that opposes them; particularly members of the Horizon Islands' law enforcement agencies.
The key leader that holds Syndikat together is Solomon Maru, also known by his alias as "Warlock". He was a former member of the failed "Red Tiger" coup which attempted to topple a North African government almost a decade prior to the South Pacific Disaster.
Though the exact composition of the Syndikat is not known, it is mentioned that it's a sizeable guerilla force that mostly consists of scattered insurgent groups operating in small cells directly under Warlock's control. The bulk of their forces mainly consist of anti-government paramilitary types mixed in with bandits, petty criminals, as well as drugs and weapon smugglers.
In the three years following the crisis, several of the Syndikat's former leaders have united together with anti-government political groups and now refer to themselves as the L'Ensemble movement.
Rallying under the common goal of fighting to "liberate" the Horizon Islands from "neo-colonial oppressors", the organisation regularly conducts sporadic attacks against both government forces and their foreign advisers.
They still engage in arms smuggling throughout the region, though they also smuggle medical contraband in the form of cheap anti-malaria medicine with the recent outbreak of a super-strain of malaria causing a surge in demand.
It initially began as a sizeable insurgent force that would strike from the depths of Tanoa's western jungles, making it difficult for the government forces to hunt them down.
The movement quickly grew in size over time however, and would eventually prove to be too much for the now-outgunned Gendarmerie to handle. In the immediate aftermath of the South Pacific Disaster, Syndikat would quickly gain control over much of the Tanoa province.
Events of Apex Protocol (2035)
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3 Apex's 'Apex Protocol' campaign.
Under the guise of participating in counter insurgency operations for the joint NATO/Tanoan "Safe Horizon" exercise, CTRG move to retrieve a critical asset captured by Syndikat forces prior to the events of Apex Protocol.
After numerous run-ins and intelligence retrieved from raiding Syndikat hideouts, it is eventually discovered that the source behind their successes is none other than Viper Team, an elite CSAT special operations force that has been assisting Syndikat in their attempt to destabilise Tanoa.
Relations begin to sour between the two sides however, after a high ranking member is executed by Viper Team following numerous disagreements and failures from Syndikat in light of the attacks by CTRG.
This eventually results in both factions going after each other, and after Solomon finally discovers the primary CSAT black site, his forces manage to seize the Eastwind device being assembled there, and vital documents regarding CSAT's so-called 'Apex Protocol' plans.
Intending to blackmail Viper Team with both, they demand a large monetary and hardware ransom in exchange for its return, arranging for a secret meeting to be held at the Blue Pearl Harbour on the main island.
Unfortunately for Syndikat, the meeting is interrupted by CTRG forces who manage to locate the site of the deal and assassinate Solomon Maru once and for all, dealing a heavy blow to the organisation.
The exposure of the "Apex Protocol" documents revealed how CSAT members covertly supplied and assisted the Syndikat in undermining the sovereignty of the Horizon Islands government. CTRG's constant attacks have resulted in the death of Syndikat's leader and remaining senior officers. The destruction of their hidden caches has effectively neutralised the organisation's sole source of income.
As the government and its NATO allies continue to push forward with their efforts to stamp out the Syndikat, it remains doubtful that the organisation's remnants will survive for much longer.
Events of Old Man (2038)
Though Maru's death had almost resulted in a total collapse to the group as a whole, its remaining leaders eventually banded together what was left of the Syndikat with other anti-government movements.
Reforming themselves into the "L'Ensemble", the group continued to engage primarily in arms smuggling as before but kept a low profile, and only targeting specific pro-CSAT politicians. All too often, they resorted to violent methods ranging from physical torture or in some cases, gruesomely "feeding" individuals to crocodiles.
However by mid-2038, a super-strain of malaria unexpectedly strikes the country, with the Tanoa province being particularly hit hard. Hundreds are infected within a matter of days and perish soon after. With a lack in supply and a sudden surge in demand for anti-malaria medication, the L'Ensemble were only too happy to oblige, smuggling plentiful amounts of cheap medicine via the grey market trade.
Meanwhile, a dramatic shift in domestic politics was taking place at the highest levels of government. The retirement of former president, Benjamin Hope, would see the country gradually shift towards favouring better relations with CSAT. As the outbreak worsened, the new government would be forced to accept demands from the coalition to allow for a military buildup in the nation.
|«||Two strategic radar buildings, protected by CSAT soldiers, have been destroyed in a series of audacious raids. L'Ensemble, widely believed to be behind the attacks, denied involvement and instead proclaimed ordinary Tanoans were taking up arms in a spontaneous fight against neo-colonial oppressors.
Radio reports on the group's latest attacks
This act was not viewed favourably by the majority of people throughout the Horizon Islands, with mass anti-government demonstrations and riots often turning bloody. L'Ensemble took advantage of this growing chaos to raise the movement into the spotlight once more.
Attacks against government and CSAT forces have continued to rise in recent weeks, with the government accusing the L'Ensemble of carrying out the attacks. The movement's representatives have rejected all accusations; insisting that the people of the Horizon Islands were merely rising up to overthrow the government's tyranny.
The Syndikat rely on a variety of sources for their hardware - from arms smuggler rings in the South Pacific region to supplies covertly provided to them by CSAT members and other criminal groups.
The group's equipment ranges from outdated Soviet-era weapons such as AKM assault rifles, AKS-74U carbines, Makarov PM handguns, and RPG-7 rocket launchers, to even the latest in Russian small arms like the AK-12 assault rifle.
With their main weapons primarily chambered in 7.62×39 mm, this provides them a considerable firepower advantage against the Gendarmerie who mostly rely on weapons chambered in handgun calibres.
Regular guerillas and drug smugglers wear an assortment of civilian clothing and military fatigues, but the more experienced paramilitary troops (composed of former coup members) can be distinguished by their distinctive Tigerstripe-patterned uniforms.
Many lack military-grade body armour and wear bandoliers or chest rigs. The few that do retain access to personal protective vests however, opt to don tactical vests smuggled from abroad or stolen from the Gendarmerie.
With their origins as a drug-running cartel, Syndikat have extensive supply lines that require fast vehicles capable of transporting their illegal cargo. They mostly rely small aircraft such as the Caesar BTT light planes and M900 helicopters.
Ground vehicles range from the MB 4WD jeep as fast transport or light strike vehicles to commercial Vans and Trucks for larger infantry transport or smuggling vehicles. For waterborne travel they utilise RHIB vessels, which are suitable for sailing through the narrow waterways of Tanoa.
They lack heavy weapons such as mortars and rely more on their ability to melt back into the thick jungle, in order to avoid large-scale engagements against the Gendarmerie and NATO peacekeepers.
With the remnants of Syndikat reformed into L'Ensemble, most of their equipment remains largely unchanged. Due in part to their extensive arms smuggling network, the movement's fighters remain just as well-equipped as their predecessors.
As before, most fighters do not retain access to mil-spec ballistic vests, and rely exclusively on tactical chest rigs. On some rare occasions, fighters repurpose load bearing vests salvaged in ambushes against isolated CSAT patrols and raided government facilities.
They continue to wield a myriad of imported firearms ranging from Kozlice shotguns to Russian AKs, though the group has also begun to acquire more exotic weapons such as German-made SPAR-16 rifles, supplied to them covertly by sympathetic foreign organisations.
|Factions of ArmA 3|
|BLUFOR||NATO • CTRG • FIA • Gendarmerie|
|OPFOR||CSAT • Gendarmerie • Russian Spetsnaz • Viper|
|Independent||AAF • LDF • Syndikat|
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|Factions - Independent (ArmA 3)|
|AAF • LDF • Syndikat|
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