1670 "Triplá-Álfa" Exercise
|1670 "Triplá-Álfa" Exercise|
|Part of Trans-Euran Command (Raspur Pact)|
The "Triplá-Álfa" Exercise, carried out in the dying days of the year 1670 was a joint Raspur Pact-Constancian strategic war-game intended to evaluate the preparedness of the Imperial State to resist a USSO aggression along the lines of those observed in Normark, Haifa, and Niijima. At an operational level the exercise comprised of a series of preparedness drills in government and military-industrial facilities in the cities of Arak, Aqaba, and Astérapolis, combined with joint aerial and naval manoeuvres simulating the intrusion of a USSO raiding force into the Gulf of Aqaba.
- 1 Preparatory drills and logistical preparations
- 2 The course of the exercise
- 3 Aftermath and analysis
Preparatory drills and logistical preparations
The course of the exercise
Phase I: crisis & response
Phase II: espionage & insurgent actions
Phase III: blockade & commerce raiding
Phase IV: aerial & orbital strikes
Phase V: gassing & gorging
Phase VI: incursion of the Xindao Group
Phase VII: relief by allied forces / endex
Aftermath and analysis
Throughout the exercise it was apparent that the Constancians and Trans-Euran Command were attempting to ascertain the possible ways in which the Bassarid predilection for asymmetrical warfare, rule-breaking, and reality warping narrative short-cuts, would mesh together with the overly conventional, if not actually hidebound, Jingdaoese war of war. In fact, it became apparent that the two styles would complement each other - albeit with the New Zimian War League obliged to do most of the dirty work in disorientating, isolating, harassing, and weakening the Raspur Pact forces in theatre, before a Jing expeditionary force (most likely a full fleet to escort and deliver a Field Army into theatre) could arrive, with not inconsiderable fanfare, to deliver the final unsubtle sledgehammer blow to whatever remained.
During the course of the exercise a number of un-flagged vessels were boarded, searched for contraband, and, in a half-dozen instances out of the hundred or so boarding actions, sunk with their crews lashed firmly to the rails.