European Union

The European Union is a supranational union of various European states. As a uniting force on the European continent, the European Union, known in short as the EU, allows the various states of the continent to work towards a common goal.

History

The origins of the EU first started off as the European Community, at that time a loose alliance of West European nations. When the BETA were discovered, and the threat they posed revealed by the speed of their advance, the European Community was expanded into the European Union, a decision made on the assumption that a unified front would allow them to better resist the impending invasion.

Despite their efforts, and the extensive use of river areas as defense lines, the nations of the EU were unable to stem the tide; following the fall of Berlin in 1983, the BETA continued their push towards the western shores of Europe, expanding northwards via the Alps, through Belgium, towards the English Channel and the United Kingdom, as well as southwards, into the Iberian Peninsula, where Spain and Portugal were located at. The EU faced its largest threat in 1985 with a series of major events, including the Defense of Paris, the Retreat from Dunkirk, culminating in the Defense of Britain, when the BETA attempted large-scale invasion of the England landmass, destroying much of England’s southern coasts. Moving all the way inland into southern London, it took six months of fierce fighting to finally dislodge the BETA from their foothold on the English Channel.

The attack was repelled by all nations of the EU and the US military, but the loss in manpower and equipment was almost too crippling to bear for the European nations; were the BETA to follow through with a second strike of that magnitude again, the European Union Force would be unable to stop them. In order to begin a long-term plan to rebuilt their military forces, the EU nations adopted the strategy of “preemptive strike operations”, making incursions into BETA-held territory to reduce the BETAs’ numbers, in the hopes of delaying an assault or softening an incoming incursion so as to deal with it more easily, and allow the EU to regain its fighting strength.

In addition, a strategic withdrawal of the EU’s fighting strength from the Scandinavian Peninsula and the Italian Peninsula to the Mediterranean Sea and the United Kingdom was carried out in 1994, and their forces were massed at coastal areas; both to prevent a transoceanic BETA invasion of their bases around the European continent, and to prepare for the joint recapture of the European mainland in the near future.

Organization

The European Union’s armed forces consist of the military of each nation in the Union. Inter-nation joint operations are given great emphasis, and deployment rates are high due to regular anti-BETA thinning operations as part of the the European Union’s long-term plan to retake the continent.

Following the loss of European landmass to the BETA, most of the governments and social services of the European nations have been relocated to other locations around the world. The Federal Republic of Germany and Democratic German Republic have their governments housed in Central America, South America, and South Africa; other nations of the European Union have stationed most of their key facilities in Greenland.

While each nation of the EU retains its own military force, anti-BETA operations often involve armies from different countries, necessitating a unified command. Although ostensibly part of the United Nations, soldiers under the command of the European Union wear the badge of the European Union Force.

Dominated by the British, West German, and French armies, the EU is primarily based in Great Britain due to the loss of the European mainland to the BETA, with its headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and apart from their normal operations, are also involved with refugee support activities with the UN and USA. The current emblem, introduced in 1980, has 12 stars not to symbolize signatory countries, but rather the “perfection and completeness” of the European region.

The following nations are part of the EU:

Deutsche Demokratische Republik

The German Democratic Republic, also known as East Germany, and often shortened to GDR, or DDR in its native language, was formerly a satellite state of the Soviet Union, with a one-party government led by the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, backed by a well-trained military. Because of Soviet support, the nation was able to achieve a high level of industrialization, one that was second only to the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China, and was able to produce its own weapons to sustain its military forces.

Even with the emphasis of its industrial strength on military matters, due to the Cold War-era in which the nation was formed by, its citizens still managed to achieve good living conditions. However, with the onset of the BETA War, even that industrial strength was eventually overtaxed in a war unmatched by any human conflict in history. Citizens relocated into Central America, South Africa, and South America struggle to make income sufficient enough to support themselves. Most citizens resort to Military related occupations.

Federal Republic of Germany

Also known as West Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany is a democratic nation, in contrast to their communist counterpart, East Germany. After the fall of Berlin in 1983, their armed forces, the Bundeswehr, were integrated into the European Union, and the United Nations Force European Region Army command as the West German 1st Tactical Armored Force.

Although their military force is small, the FRG has a reputation for having an large amount of veteran pilots. These pilots thus are regarded some of the most elite in the world and are seen as special command units with the EU. The citizens enjoyed fairly good living conditions until the move to Central America, South America, and South Africa in the face of BETA invasion. The population now is forced into military work in most cases to get any sort of income or housing.

French Republic

The Federal Republic of Germany’s situation applies to the French as well, although their integration into UN command is not as extensive. Having lost their nation, French armed forces commonly operate in the West Europe region and at the Suez Canal helping to hold the African Defence Line.Italy

Currently engaged in a long-term siege with BETA forces on mainland Italy, the Italian armed forces defend the last bastion of their nation, Sicily, from Messina Base. While Italy is still recognized as having a government and a military force, the Italian defense breach in 1985 is thought to have eradicated over 95% of the Italian population with only military and manufacturing personnel alive. Italy stays relevant in the international community with their power-plant manufacturing firm, Miura Enterprises.

The Netherlands

A member nation of the European Union, the Netherlands was involved in a major holding operation in the Zuiderzee, a shallow bay of the North Sea in the northwest of the Netherlands. The area was later manually flooded to block off the BETA, turning it into a saltwater region; as of 1995, the entire region is becoming a gigantic salt plain due to geographical changes caused by the BETA, as well as the cessasion of fresh river water flowing into the Zuiderzee from the regions within Europe.

Spain

Spain, much like most EU members, lost their homeland to the BETA invasion. Spain’s military ended operations in 1992 when military personnel losses were above 90% of the original army. Spain immediately performed emergency evacuation missions saving approximately 40% of the Spanish population and moving them to Mexico. Spain serves the EU by manufacturing new shields and pioneering shield development.

United Kingdom

As the last remaining intact nation of the European Union, the UK serves as the headquarters of the armed forces of the EU, UN, and US troops stationed on the Euro Front. Having bore the brunt of the fighting in the 1985 Defense of Britain, the UK has realized both the importance of a unified front, as well as proper modern weapons and tactics. To date, the UK is one of the more well-equipped forces of the EU, with a matching navy force that’s touted as second only to the US Navy.

In recent years, cadet recruitment has been focused primarily in other nations for safety. However, local residents without the wealth or clearance to evacuate Europe have the chance to be recruited at the last standing European recruitment base, the re-purposed London Naval Academy.

Foreign Relations

Unlike the USA, the European Union supports the continued development of TSFs, and takes a clear anti-usage stance on non-conventional technology derived from BETA life-form experiments. The European Union Force is heavily involved on the Western Defense Line, and frequently carries out culling operations near the English Channel, and around Sicily and the Straits of Gibraltar to prevent the BETA from invading Africa.

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