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leader: Premier Ivan Borkov

Formed by the discontent Russian public the Yugasov party became the fastest rising political entity in Russia when headed by Ivan Borkov. With an extensive and powerful family at his disposal and a great deal of financial and military resources the Yugasov led a campaign against former President Munterov. When the U.S offered support to Munterov this only furthered the Yugasov cause.

After years of political upheaval, a civil war amongst themselves and fending of United States attacks the Yugasov became the elite and most highly regarded political structure in Russian history.

Built from the ashes of noble ideology the Yugasov members are strong, dedicated and often stubborn. They have a mighty army which they will not hesitate to use when necessary.

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Name: Takoda Ha’abra (Hay bra)

Age: 57

Nation: Kukri

Status: Chief

Warrior Name: Wind Storm

The influential and strong minded chief of the Candadian Kukri nation. Takoda is head of the house of Ha’abra which are one of eight parts of the Kurki. For generations the Kukri nation have followed the leadership of the Ha’abra house but a tension lies underneath that without Takoda’s strong mind could lead to a civil war amongst them.

Takoda wears an orange feather – meaning spiritual. He is a deep thinker and is strongly connected with the world around him. He is no stranger to conflict. He successfully lead the Kukri against the Yugasov group as they tried to expand their power from Russia through Canada.

Takoda is well respected by other warrior nations. He is a peaceful man but should he feel it is necessary for his people he is willing to fight a bloody battle.

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In the not so distant future the world is facing a global crisis. Only the elite Rogue Battalion can be trusted to combat it.

As Rogue Battalion set about restoring peace in a world in chaos it becomes clear that something much bigger is ready to erupt. With heroes and villains on all sides a war is brewing that will change the course history.

It’s time to pick your side.

Written by Vivika Widow (author or Red Snow and the hit novella Maestro)

Series created by Leo St Paul (director of ‘The Walk’)

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AN INSIGHT INTO THE ANTI MAKRI INTELLIGENCE AGENCY; COMBATING MAKRI SMUGGLING RINGS

They say the world is becoming a smaller place each day. This rings true in the ears of our Anti Marki Intelligence agents who are currently fighting a war on human trafficking. A lesser known agency until recently, they are a small group of officials who are specialised in combating the Makri group – a global concern with widespread members through many different countries. With origins in New Zealand, the Makri spread from the Southern Hemisphere to Asia, from Asia they moved east across Europe. Finally they found settlement in Mexico and certain other parts of South America. The Makri are funded by trafficking of guns, drugs and young girls.

The Anti Marki Intelligence Agency was set up to wage war against the Makri. With support from the United States, England, Caledonia, Japan, Germany and France the success of the AMIA has been remarkable.

Chairman, Jurgen Kiertrich, stated, “We have seen a significant reduction in the amount of trafficking in the past few months. Several Makri cells have been closed down thanks to the effort of our agents.”

With success being declared in Europe, South America has a different view. A former Makri member, Antonio (name changed to protect identity), told us, “They may think they have closed the Makri cells down but for every one they stop another three will replace it.”

Antonio fled from the Makri after having spent ten years in Mexico as part of a drug cartel ring. Questions arose over the financial mismanagement of his group. Falling into debt Antonio’s family were threatened, forcing him to cross the border to the United States and seek refuge. He is currently under the protection of the AMIA.

Antonio’s story is a small piece of the fear that the Makri have caused. We met a girl by the name of Analice, a former call girl for the Makri. She was taken from her home in Ukraine. Her then partner, Kris Markoso, had promised her a new life in the United States where she would receive an education and fulfil her ambition of becoming a school teacher. Analice left her home, selling everything she owned for the venture and departed Ukraine in the middle of the night aboard a ship bound east.

I was told that I was going aboard Liberty,” Analice told us. “I had heard so much about the ship. I was excited.”

However, Analice was not taken aboard Liberty (A ship that was custom built for the purposes of safe travel for refugees by King Fasio Sanchez of Spain). Instead she and twenty other girls were taken aboard a small fishing vessel. Her journey ended in Mexico. She never saw Kris again. Instead of an education Analice was forced into prostitution to pay for her keep in the slums of Mexico City. She and the other girls being told that the harder they worked and the more money they earned the more luxury they would receive. Analice assured us that this was true for most of the girls. Some were taken to exclusive villas and showered with gifts. Others were left alone to fight a growing drug addiction.

The AMIA have heard thousands of stories similar to that of Analice. Each day they re-home and protect thousands of girls – some as young as eight – from Makri forced labour.

Our job is just beginning to show fruit,” said Agent Kiertrich. “We have a much larger fight ahead of us.”

Vowing to end the Makri group within the next five years some argue that the intentions of the AMIA are ambitious. The Marki are like a virus having spread to the four corners of the world. There is no knowing how far their membership base has reached. The Makri claim to hold powerful figures as their members. AMIA are not deterred by this. With determination and a dedicated team they will end the tyranny.

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Written by Jaimya Van Hols

Adapted from Conflict: Global Crisis

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Location: Mexico

Leader: Mikel Arena

We See, We Take, We Grow

An underworld group that emerged from the ashes of the ‘Southern Hemisphere War’. Originating in New Zealand, the Makri flooded into Australia when Prime Minister Grimsby opened the gates to the Maori people who were subjected to brutal slaughters in their homeland. Undetected the Makri joined the refugees, spreading from Australia into Asia, Europe and eventually South America.

They are master smugglers and will not be stopped by any border. A specialist unit titled the Counter Marki Intelligence Agency (CMIA) was set up by government officials in United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan and Australia as a means to stop the spread.

It is said that the Makri are like a super virus that cannot be contained. Whilst steps can be made to reduce the number of their cells operating globally it will never be fully eradicated.

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CHARACTER PROFILE
Linciu Habaru
AGE: 38 –
NATION: Fosgon – full warrior.
WARRIOR NAME – ‘Blue Raven’
Son to Fosgon chief Tomatcu. During a depression on the Fosgon nation Linciu was approached by the US military. When Linciu first joined the marine core he faced massive racist attacks. On one occasion he was outnumbered by a group of fellow soldiers hell bent on running a what they referred to as a ‘shopper’ out of the core. The CCTV footage showed exactly why Linciu was regarded as one of the finest warriors of his nation. After hospitalising the group and walking away unharmed the footage was sent straight to Washington with a presidential stamp. Linciu was court marshalled and thrown in jail until a highly respected General by the name of Raphael Diorra requested that the warrior become part of the notorious Rogue Battalion. Under the watch of General Diorra, Linciu shot through the ranks to eventually becoming Commander of Rogue Battalion.
His fighting skills almost mirror Thai fighting with sharp reflexes and deadly moves to anyone who may oppose him.
He is a blue feather meaning ‘whisperer’. This displays his abilities to command numerous different species but most notably the raven. Many of his enemies fear the site of the raven believing that Linciu is stalking them. The most superstitious of enemies believe the raven carries the soul of the deadly warrior making him invincible.

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President Philip Owen addressed the entire room. “Ladies and gentlemen make no mistake, we must all work together to stop this. You may not have wanted to be involved with the problems in Russia with the Yugasov but we have been left with no choice.”

Alex Grimsby leaned forward clasping his hands tightly together. “What do you propose we do?”

President Owen replied “I am sending a covert team to Minsk. They will need all the help they can get. I need to know that you would be willing to support me in uncovering what is happening there and stop it. They will have orders to retrieve known war criminal, Andrei Borkov, at the same time.”

Selena, who sat quietly throughout, finally spoke up. “Mr President, I’m not sure what help I can be,” she said. “I’m haven’t been sworn into office yet. I don’t have any real authority.”

I know I can rely on you to gain Lord Isle’s support until your official election.”

So who is this team you are sending?” asked Ada.

Philip Owen lifted himself onto his feet and made his way to the long side of the table. “You have all heard of Rogue Battalion?”

Prime Minister Grimsby seemed dismayed. “Sending Rogue Battalion? Is that necessary for a fact finding mission?”

I am only sending a small number led by General Raphael Diorra. He is the only man I would trust to get the job done,” the U.S. President explained.

Chancellor Gultrich leaned back in her chair. “If you want me to get involved then I should know who this team will consist of.”

Philip Owen lifted a controller from the table and with a push of the red button; an image of a young soldier flashed onto the screen. “First we have Lewis Bakersmith AKA Baker. He normally spends his leave with his family in Ohio. A team has been dispatched with his orders. They will be waiting on him. He is the finest navigator the United States has to offer. If anyone can find their way through Minsk, it is this man.” Baker wasn’t quite what many would assume as a soldier. He was very tall and slim. Thick rimmed spectacles hung on the end of his long nose. President Owen pushed the button again. This time the screen showed a handsome young Hispanic man with a wealth of experience. “Carlos Pablo Guerra AKA Carlos. He was sent to a military academy at thirteen to keep him out of trouble. That was great for us because now he is the best sharpshooter we have, and he will watch over the rest of the team loyally. A team is preparing to head out to his home in New York to bring him in.” Another flick of the button changed the screen to show a large man with a body builder physique. “Martin Murdoch AKA Bait. He is currently serving time in a secure facility.”

Selena stopped him. “This man is a convict? What did he do?”

He was arrested five years ago for assaulting someone who was being a little rough and over eager with his wife. The police came in heavy handed, knowing that he was Rogue Battalion. Three of them ended up in the hospital trying to restrain him, one in a coma. Because of his background they had to punish him harshly but he is released from prison when special assignments call.”

You trust this man with this mission? Is that wise?” Louis put to the president.

There is no knowing what they are going to find there,” said Philip. “We need men of strength. Besides if anyone can keep him in line, Raphael Diorra can.” The screen flicked again. This time, the screen showed a broad Jewish man with pale skin and neat black hair. “Howard Noah Goldman AKA Noah. He is fluent in five languages including Russian. He will be invaluable to the team in communications. He normally lives with his mother in Florida. Word has been left with her for him to be in contact.” The screen slid once again, now to show a fair haired, sallow skinned man. “The team will be supported by an explosive expert. Henry Lafayette AKA Gator. Our boys had some trouble trying to get to his home through his Alligator farm in Louisiana but the word will be waiting for him,” President Owen paused for a moment to look at his notes. He pushed the button again, and the image was of a young black man. He was the only one so far to be smiling. He appeared intelligent and strong. “Medical support will be provided by a very promising young man. John Wayans AKA Wayne. He wasn’t with the team in San Mojo, but he knows General Diorra well. In fact he is a student of the General’s sister at Columbia medical school.” A smile came to Philip Owen’s lips as he read on. “We are all familiar with Captain William Davis. He will be joining them. He has been close friends with General Diorra for many years. There is no better man to assist him. However, it seems our boys were a little over eager to find him. He was on a fishing trip and wouldn’t turn back. It seems I owe him a salmon or two… and a boat.” President Owen had met Davis personally. It didn’t matter whose company he was in; Davis was always the same way. He was strong minded and loyal to Raphael. Philip couldn’t help but laugh when he received an invoice from Davis for the two salmon and a boat, which he paid immediately from his own pocket. The image on the screen was of a down to earth man with dark hair and a round face. He was highly decorated, and he was unafraid of any challenge. When the President pushed the button again, the image dissolved to that of a large, muscular black man. His thick arms and broad shoulders would have made him at home in a boxing ring. “Ewan Freeman AKA Bones. He is the finest tank commander. He has said he would only agree to any mission if he could take Nancy with him.”

Alex stopped Philip. “Is that his wife?”

President Owen shook his head. “It’s his tank. It has been with him on every mission, and it has never steered him wrong yet. It isn’t possible, but he will cooperate.” Philip Owen looked at the final name. He pushed the red button one final time. Bones was replaced by a dark eyed Native American warrior. “Linciu Habaru. He is of the Fosgon tribe.”

What is his speciality?” Selena was fascinated.

Well, it is impressive. However, I can’t tell you. I would have to show you,” President Owen said before playing a video that showed security footage of Linciu fighting several soldiers. It was from when he first joined the army. He was outnumbered eight to one by men much larger than himself. He restrained them all with ease and subtle breaks to the bones of their limbs. The footage then dissolved to Linciu commanding a raven.

Prime Minister Grimsby agreed. “That is impressive. I have never seen that done with a raven before.”

Commander Habaru has been a huge asset to the military. He can use that raven for signalling, messaging and in some cases even defence. There isn’t a terrain that he can’t harvest to his advantage.” Philip Owen shut the screen off. “Ladies and Gentlemen we all trust Raphael Diorra and we know the prerequisites for entry into my ‘Rogue Battalion’. They are the elite; they are the best. They will find out what is going on in Minsk. Do I have your support?”

The mission to Minsk will prove more than even the elite Rogue Battalion could have anticipated.

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