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The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organisation that also serves as an Independent faction in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.

Overview

« The troops serving under UN operational command are to be deployed to supervise the demilitarization and distribution of the humanitarian aid in the secured regions of Takistan. The UNFORT (UN Forces Takistan) contingent is composed of the Guard regiments of the Chernarussian Defence Forces.
ArmA 2: OA Official website
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History

Chernarussian Civil War (2009)

Main article: Chernarussian Civil War

First Security Council meeting

In September 2009, full-scale civil war broke out in the Green Sea nation of Chernarus as the country's South Zagoria region fell into chaos.

A pro-Russian separatist group calling itself the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (ChDKZ), sought to overthrow the civilian government and rename the country as the so-called "Chernarussian Socialistic Republic"; seeking full reintegration with the Russian Federation as their main goal.

« Last night’s flashpoint was the inevitable consequence of NATO indifference to the escalating rebellion in Chernarus. Two years of growing insurrection and our largely ignored requests for military aid have resulted in the deaths of great men. Soon perhaps a great nation will die also.
Chernarussian Ambassador to the UN calls for foreign intervention as the September Crisis escalates
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On October 3rd, the incumbent Chernarussian Prime Minister Alexander Baranov - along with several of his cabinet officials, were publicly executed by the ChDKZ on live broadcast. The separatists made clear their demands to the Russian government but were denied, leading to the executions taking place.

An urgent Security Council meeting was called for by the Russian Federation on October 7th to discuss the growing crisis. However, their main priority was to ascertain the intentions of the United States after a U.S. Marine task force entered the Green Sea region.

UNSC deadlock

The Russian ambassador to the UN labelled the move as being "provocative" and "unhelpful". The U.S. representative on the other hand, described the Marine presence as purely "precautionary", as the Chernarussian government-in-exile had long appealed for the Americans to dispatch troops to the ailing region.

Talks between the two sides dragged well into the evening and even into the next day on the 8th. However, both sides could not commit to a joint resolution on the crisis as the Security Council remained completely deadlocked. Russian military forces began to mobilise on the Chernarussian border, while U.S. Marines (in the south) sailed closer to the shores of South Zagoria. All the while, Chernarussian government forces continued to battle with the insurgents.

« It's a dreadful situation. I can't see this being solved quickly.
U.S. official describing the UNSC deadlock to reporters
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Despite the deadlock, the United States unilaterally went ahead with their deployment regardless, much to the protest of Russian officials.

Second round of peace talks

The UNSC fail to agree on a resolution yet again (UN Headquarters, New York, U.S.A)

On October 14th, a second convening of the Security Council was scheduled to take place. The talks were seen as being necessary as the Russians continued to call for the Americans to withdraw from their unilateral deployment.

To further complicate matters, the Russian government was growing increasingly concerned with the state of ethnic Russian settlers inside the province, as they suffered from harassment and sometimes even death at the hands of Chernarussian nationalist militias.

As part of a new deal, UN forces would assume the role of peacekeepers in place of the Americans. However, talks broke down once again and failed to come to a decisive conclusion. The Russians refused to continue talks, as they insisted that no deal could be finalised if it did not involve the complete withdrawal of all U.S. forces as a pre-condition.

Russian intervention mandate and U.S. withdrawal

Two days later on October 16th, Chernarussian terrorists carried out a bombing in the heart of the Russian Federation's capital, Moscow. The "Moscow Bombings" resulted in the deaths of no less than two hundred Russian citizens and countless more injuries.

The Russian Federation urgently convened yet another meeting of the Security Council. Blaming the Americans for having incited and "supporting" the spread of terrorism in the region, an angry call was made for their immediate pull out once more. With Chernarussian nationalists implicated in the attack, the U.S. was placed under immense pressure to relent and could not veto a mandate for the deployment of Russian peacekeepers into Chernarus.

« It has become clear that the Americans cannot control Chernarus. Their incompetence is destabilizing the region and we must act to restore the balance.
Russian military officials blame the bombings on the U.S.
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Within 24 hours of the third meeting, all U.S. troops were fully withdrawn by the evening of the 17th. The Russian deployment also saw a temporary ceasefire between Chernarussian government forces and the ChDKZ. However, government troops were ordered to cede all of their liberated territories back into the hands of the separatists, reverting to pre-U.S. intervention lines as part of the agreement.

Fourth meeting and U.S. redeployment

On October 19th, U.S. representatives proposed a fourth meeting to be convened. The Americans presented hard evidence of the ChDKZ committing numerous war crimes - both against government forces and to citizens on both sides.

Security Council members were shown proof that the Russian peacekeepers were not preventing these atrocities from being carried out. The "peacekeepers" were deliberately overlooking illegal territorial gains by the ChDKZ (though the Russians also pointed out that the government forces were doing the same).

However, the overwhelming evidence provided simply could not be rebuked by the Russian representatives. Security Council members unanimously voted to authorise the redeployment of U.S. troops into the country while the Russian peacekeeping mandate was revoked. All Russian forces effected a complete withdrawal by the end of the 19th.


2010

Photographs taken by U.S. spy planes suggest a Takistani military buildup

In response to regional-wide criticism against the Green Sea nation of Takistan, weapons inspectors from the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) were authorised to enter the country.

Numerous reports of a possible (and illegal) military build-up by the hardline Takmyr administration had surfaced. UN inspectors were to also verify if the Takistani government was indeed acting in violation of international agreements surrounding ballistic missile testing.

It was confirmed that the inspection team - while not denied access to suspected Takistani facilities, were often heavily delayed before they could inspect the installations.

« The investigations based upon this evidence have proven that the Takmyr administration has been lying to us; yet they have not explicitly proven the existence of weapons and factories. We have to keep an eye upon the whole area.
Dr. Ivan Ruce, UNMOVIC Chief Inspector
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However, inspectors remained adamant that they could not confirm nor deny that a military build-up was occurring. Allegations that the UN was attempting to avert a possible flashpoint from arising in the region were also waved away by UNMOVIC officials.


Operation Arrowhead (2012)

Main article: Operation Arrowhead (conflict)

Prelude to war

ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead-era joint NATO/UN insignia

On April 17th, 2012, the Takistani government threatened its southern neighbour of Karzeghistan with an ultimatium. If the oil-rich Sharig Plateau; once an integral part of Takistan's territory, was not "immediately returned to the people of Takistan", then it would invade and seize it by force.

The Takmyr administration subsequently assembled its army along the southern border with the smaller nation.

The ultimatum was sharply criticised by the entire Security Council and regional UN members. The Takistani government was ordered to back down from its threat immediately, but refused to heed the demands from the international community.

A NATO-led build up to avert the looming conflict, titled Operation Arrowhead, was subsequently approved by all members of the Security Council - with deadly force mandated to neutralise the Takistani threat if necessary. A consignment of Chernarussian peacekeepers under the designation of the United Nations Forces Takistan (UNFORT), is also assembled in anticipation of potential hostilities.

Almost two months later on June 1st, the deadline passed unheeded and UN-mandated NATO forces invaded the country.

Supporting NATO operations

Though UNFORT peacekeepers did not participate directly in the ongoing military offensive, they helped to secure the cleared cities, towns and villages throughout the country that were liberated by coalition troops. Areas secured by UNFORT peacekeepers allowed for aid groups and other Non-Government Organisations to operate safely under the watchful eye of UN troops.

After the success of the NATO-led Operation Arrowhead, UNFORT's priorities shifted from peacekeeping duties to rebuilding and restoring stability to the wartorn country. Barely weeks after the hardline government's fall, supporters of the old regime continued to defy attempts by coalition troops to put down their insurrection.

« We just spot unknown footmobiles to the west. Once we even saw a group carrying a mortar! Fucking militias, we can't even fight them...
Sergeant Zapletal, commander at one of the UNFORT outposts in Feruz Abad
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However, UNFORT's highly restrictive rules of engagement (ROE) did not permit peacekeepers to intervene in any non-humanitarian related matters, leaving all such tasks to the local authorities and NATO troops to handle instead. Insurgents did not engage with UNFORT troops, but openly flaunted their ability to move through UN "controlled" zones with impunity while smuggling arms and personnel for attacks on coalition forces.


Operation Black Gauntlet (2013)

One year later, NATO forces have largely withdrawn from the country while UNFORT continues to maintain a small presence. In spite of the foreign support poured in to help the nation, Takistan has gradually begun to slide into a state of near anarchy.

Rival factions have started to fight with each other and with the civilian Takistani government for control of the nation.

The UN inspectors are ambushed by insurgents

UNFORT peacekeepers and supporting personnel have been forced to remain in the safer, so-called "Green Zones". They continue to remain uninvolved in the fighting between the rival factions.

On June 29th, 2013, a UN weapons inspection team is eventually sent to confirm whether a nuclear weapons programme had existed under the former hardline regime.

A team of mercenaries were hired to escort the inspectors for the dangerous journey into the militia-held regions of Central Takistan.

« The investigation into the slaying of several UN weapons inspectors continued today, with initial reports implicating Takistani guerilla groups in yesterday's Zargabad ambush. The inspectors were active in region, following the discovery of new information pertaining to Takistan's abandoned weapons programme; however, the investigation had failed to uncover any firm evidence.
News report on the aftermath of the inspection team's loss
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Unfortunately, the inspection team was found dead before they could report back any solid evidence of their findings, having perished at the hands of insurgents. The investigation was closed and the UN withdrew all further inquiries into the old regime's nuclear programme.


2035

Apex Protocol Papers

NATO leaders call for a peacekeeping resolution in the South China Sea

« Leaders from across the world have united in a call for action, seeking to bring those responsible to justice swiftly. With a UN Security Council Resolution set to mandate peacekeeping operations in the South China Sea, NATO forces remain on a heightened state of alert.
Post-Apex Protocol revelations
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Following the revelation of CSAT's so-called "Apex Protocol" plans by global media networks, the majority of the UN's members collectively denounced the coalition for its brazen and outright acts of state-backed terrorism.

In light of the crisis, Western permanent members of the Security Council are due to introduce a new mandate to allow for peacekeeping operations in the South China Sea. If approved, the mandate would see joint NATO patrols authorised to deploy to the heavily contested region.

Equipment

The UNFORT Chernarussian contingent mostly reuses the same hardware and personal gear of their conventional counterparts in the CDF. The only exception is that Chernarussian troops are required to wear high visibility, light blue-coloured helmets and berets with the UN initials emblazoned on them; signifying their statuses as peacekeepers.

Ground vehicles and helicopters on the other hand, are always painted over completely in a flat white colour scheme with large UN letters scrawled on their sides or hood.

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