Greater Indian Commonwealth
|Greater Indian Commonwealth|
|The Lion of Ahsoka.|
|Faction Colour||Ganges Saffron|
"But I'm just a soul
Whose intentions are good!
Please don't let me be misunderstood!"
- - The Animals, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
The Greater Indian Commonwealth are an Echoes faction created by Psychotic Loner. They utilize waves of general and specialized infantry supported by rough and reliable vehicles.
At A Glance
|Faction Color||Ganges Saffron|
|Theatre of Operations||Rough terrain|
|Strengths||Mass infantry hordes, powerful field infantry, reliable supportive capabilities|
|Weaknesses||Navy weaker than the rest, buildings have paper-thin armour, weak superweapons|
|Motives||Expansionism, Poverty, Security|
Rebirth of a Nation
In 1948, India gained independence from the United Kingdom, due to extreme political and social pressure both domestically and in the subcontinent. Still allowed to be part of the Commonwealth of Nations, India was faced with an extreme situation due to the desperate poverty it's population lived in, and the almost immediate splintering of the former colony two new nations; the Republic of India, and the Dominion of Pakistan. India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, faced an uphill struggle. Most pressing was the realization that communism was a dominant threat on the world's stage that would threaten India's newly won independence before it could even get off the ground. It was decided that, to prevent the nation from falling to communism, India would need to step up onto the world stage in a way few nations had ever done before.
The first break for India came with the nascent Bangladeshi independence movement from Pakistan. Quietly, India supported the movement, leaving the region indebted. Though nominally independent, the leaders of Bangladesh knew that their freedom had only come from Indian money and support. Alone, it was a small gain. Yet the ever-encroaching poverty of India's booming population meant that more needed to heed India's power.
The first major break came when Pakistan claimed the Kashmir region in the northwest. Though heavily mountainous and with little in the way of actual value, India rapidly marshaled a new army and went to war. Utilizing technology that was, to be blunt, obsolete, India's sheer numbers allowed the forces of the new nation to quickly overwhelm and engulf the Pakistani army, air force, and naval bases. Realizing it was sitting on a power that was once only though available to the Soviets, the government of India quickly announced they were forming a new political bloc; the Greater Indian Commonwealth.
Other states in the region quickly fell under the sway of the Commonwealth. Sri Lanka quickly fell under the sway of the commonwealth, which claimed to be a "loose confederacy of states under the banner of economic cooperation". Though the Allies weren't fooled, they had bigger issues to face; the oncoming Second World War.
The Lion of Ashoka Roars
The Second World War placed the new commonwealth in the good graces of the Allies. Indian troops proved invaluable at protecting key positions in the Middle East and Asia, along with containing the spread of Mao Zedong's communist forces to the south. Showing they were no supporters of Communism, the Commonwealth allowed the Allied Nations to set up bases and facilities within India to ensure a steady cooperation. It helped that many nations formerly held under British rule were also given independence shortly after, the British unable to effectively hold their colonies after such decimating conflict.The Commonwealth willingly made itself smaller compared to the Allies, knowing that it's still struggling economy would need to gather more steam in order to stand a chance on the world stage.
World War III was that opportunity. With the majority of Allied Nations preoccupied fighting the Soviets in Europe, Commonwealth forces were perfectly placed when the Empire of the Rising Sun began it's first push. Pushing through Burma, Vietnam, and across the islands of the Pacific, the Commonwealth's new army developed it's own operational strategies. Compared to the expensive and high-tech Allied weapons, the Commonwealth settled on easily manufactured and mechanically reliable weapons and equipment. The sepoys were armed with obsolete M1 Garand rifles, their tanks a gun between two massive treads. Aircraft were kept at airfields far from the front, as mothballed ships from around the world were brought in. Casualties were heavy and in the darkest days of the war, the Empire literally stood at the Gates of New Delhi with parading Commonwealth soldiers deploying to the frontlines immediately after such parades, but the Commonwealth's government accepted the grim reality that for all the hundreds or thousands lost in each battle, they could be easily replaced.
And in the face of all this adversity, with the warriors of Japan all but poised to decapitate the Commonwealth, the line was finally held after constant retreat and repeated defeats. The Empire had surrounded and captured or destroyed whole corps at a time and boasted of inflicting colossal losses on the Commonwealth and capturing vast swathes of land in it's "three point" strategy to conquer India. The Commonwealth simply called in more troops and redoubled it's production efforts. What started out as the three point plan became the two point, then the one point, then holding the line, then retreating through southern Asia.
Finally, the time came to punish the Empire as it retreated across the world, and India was all too happy to loan some divisions in the assault on Tokyo that helped bring about defeat to the Empire. Many had been lost, but the war in Asia was over, and India stood strong.
The Weeds Grow High
Post-war, the Commonwealth absorbed even more new members. Khalistan was "freed" to give the Sikh people a reason to not cause trouble. Nepal's surviving population was sheltered from the atomic fallout ravaging their homes. The Commonwealth even managed to negotiate a deal with the Mediterranean Syndicate not seen anywhere else. Bhutan and the Maldives quickly fell under the umbrella of the Commonwealth, and India volunteered it's troops to man the scattered outposts in Tibet that would observe just what happened in China.
At this point, the Commonwealth decided to flex some of it's new-found political and military muscle. Responding to requests for aid in the war against the GLA, the GIC sent its forces into Oman and Somalia to counter the lawlessness being faced. This has inadvertently drawn them into a conflict with the Arabian Coalition when India decided it would rather annex Oman than return it to their control, a war that has caused much tension within the Allied Nations. Indira Nehru, the newest prime minister and daughter of India's first ever prime minister, has so far kept the Allies from complaining too much, but there is a trade off; India is now sending her children to fight the Vietcong, with no end in sight. As a further contribution, India has sent troops into Madagascar, seeking to claim the rich Island, but arrived to find the place devoid of people with strange reports of purple machines.
Desperate to gain some advantage in an ever-stranger world, India looked to the atomic hellscape of China. Volunteering mass numbers of newly-minted reservists, the Indians brought back valuable information for the Allies to analyze, including a very valuable green rock that the Atomic Chinese fought fiercely to keep from being taken away. And if they valued it, so did the Indians. In their own secret labs, Western-educated scientists looked over the crystals, and found it a source of incredible power if properly harnessed. Knowing that to hesitate could mean losing out on everything gained, the Commonwealth organized this research and started pushing forward with their greatest resource; numbers.
Ostensibly supporting Allied actions worldwide, the Commonwealth one day plans to stand as equal, not aide, to the founding Allied Nations members. With the ultimate goal of finally crushing the poverty it suffers from to a level like that of Britain and France, the Commonwealth will continue to tow the Allied line as long as it gives them the aid they need. What will happen after can only be imagined.
Units and Structures
"Reports coming out of the Mideast where Indian forces are stationed have shown a remarkable decrease in GLA combat capacity. This is compared to the situation in Saudi Arabia, where Peacekeeper and Coalition forces struggle to even contain the GLA. It is this evidence, ladies and gentlemen of the committee, that I feel best illustrates why the current path the Peacekeeper divisions are taking is a danger to the continued security of the free world."
- - John Boyd, testifying to the Allied Parliament Committee on Military Spending and Efficiency
|Construction Depot||Without the SPAM of other Construction Yards, the Construction Depot has to instead be a collection of cranes and other heavy machinery just to construct buildings.|
|Electric Dynamo||A simple generator for a simple army, the Electic Dynamo is capable of producing small amounts of power in exchange for behind cheaply built.|
|Firing Range||There are simply too many Sepoys in an army to fit into any single building at rest, so they are usually billeted off the battlefield. Instead, they are gathered where they keep their training sharp for deployment.|
|Armory||An advanced structure, the Armory is where a commander can call out the GIC's specialist infantry forces.|
|Refinery||An outdated refinery, the Commonwealth relies on barely paid labor to smelt the ore inside to aid the war effort.|
|Supply Depot||The initial research structure for the GIC, the Supply Depot controls the tiers for the GIC buildings surrounding it, and ca be built repeatedly.|
|Vehicle Bay||A large canvas sheet over a metal frame, the Vehicle Bay is where Commonwealth vehicles are maintained.|
|Radar Station||Unlike other factions, the Indians rely on guiding most of their aircraft in from across the map. The radar station is the link between the ground commander and the pilots.|
|Tender||Though the Indian reservists lay claim to all true blue-water craft, the Tender allows the Frontier Corps to place it's own watercraft anywhere they're needed.|
|Underground Tram||Linked to their Nightmare Hall, an underground tram station builds the "specialist" infantry that India has been "training".|
|Observation Post||Built by the pack animal, the observation post provides sight and build radius on the map.|
|Lanchester Center||Acting as the primary supply center for the Frontier Corps, the Lanchester Center when activated covers the map in a supply zone for a short amount of time.|
|Kabandha Radio Center||The closest thing to a superweapon the GIC has, the Kabandha Radio Center calls in a series of specialized fighter-bombers carrying a payload of firebombs, incredibly effective against infantry and enemy structures, but also being the least powerful superweapon of any faction.|
|Foxhole||Little more than a hole in the ground, the foxhole is useful for deploying field infantry into an uncrushable, covered position on the field.|
|Camo Netting||A few poles with camo nets atop, the camo netting acts as an ambush point against any enemy push.|
|Irrigation Pipe||By pumping out waste water onto the field, the Frontier Corps is capable of turning any stretch of ground into a muddy slog for the enemy, slowing them down considerably.|
|MASH Tent||Due to the sheer number of infantry in the Commonwealth, the MASH tents are vital field structures for any GIC commander.|
|Hedge||Just as thick as a concrete wall and cheaper to build, hedges function almost identically to walls, though are more vulnerable to flame and defoliant weapons.|
|Hedge Gate||A large iron gate placed between two hedges, the gate isn't much different from any other faction's.|
|Monkey||Trained to function like other factions' animal scouts, monkeys are able to throw rocks able to stun a single pursuing soldier if they're running, but also able to rip apart infantry with strong arms and teeth.|
|Sepoy||The bulk of the Frontier Corps, the sepoys are armed with the outdated M1 Garand rifle. If they need to, the rifles are specially modified to fire rifle grenades.|
|Sikh||Anti-armor specialists, the sikhs serving the Commonwealth utilize stick grenades to clear enemy garrisons, and disposable rockets to handle enemy armor.|
|Guide Cavalry||Riding a motorcycle across the field, guides are fast scouts and with their Heckler machinepistols, are a substitute harasser as well. When they need to, they can also deploy small light mines to tangle up pursuers.|
|Brahmin||The Commonwealth's field engineers, brahmins are able to deploy mobile radio broadcasters that act as electronic warfare defenses.|
|Dalit||A pun upon the name "Untouchable", the Dalit is the Indians' infiltrator. He prefers to use his agility and speed to remain out of trouble, using his barely deadly grapple gun as a last resort. He can also use said grappling gun to scale cliffs in order to get to the enemy building.|
|Kshatriya||The Ranger to the sepoy GI, the kshatriyas with an SMG and field radios capable of calling in artillery anywhere in a small radius.|
|Kaymal||Kaymal is a large, burly woman armed with a one-shot grenade launcher. Loaded with anti-armour grenades, she can tear through armour and buildings. She takes a while to reload with each shot, and while a grenade will usually take out a group of men, the few seconds it takes to load another one may prove fatal. Kaymal is generally best when supported by other infantry. When she really needs to take down the opponents, she sets up a minigun emplacement that wears down everything, but this takes an agonizingly long time.|
|Pioneer||India's elite light infantry, the pioneers go out equipped with the best rifles India can afford for them, and high explosive satchels to destroy any armor they come across. Excellent at cover and concealment, the pioneer is unarmored and goes down like any other infantry unit. Summoned by the Long Range Patrol protocol.|
|Pack Animal||A trained elephant, the pack animal is used by the Frontier Corps to set up the outposts they need to expand in the field.|
|Narayanastra||A two-man MG team, the narayanastras gun has such a heavy recoil that the gunners need to brace themselves to fire. The upside is that when they deploy, nearby infantry feel confident enough to aim more precisely thanks to the covering fire.|
|Gillie Team||Armed with a semi-automatic sniper rifle, the gillie is able to set up a more stable firing position and spot for their allies.|
|Elephant Gunner||A trained elephant for combat, the gunner atop is one of the best solutions for taking out enemy vehicles and armor. When the elephant is readied to fire, the gunner are capable of alerting their fellow soldiers to the weak points of their enemies' armor.|
|Saranga||Carrying a deployable autocannon with proximity fuse rounds that are effective against all aircraft. Though the saranga can fire undeployed, when they do deploy their fellow soldiers move faster due to feeling secure against enemy aircraft.|
|Sapper||Equipped with obsolete WWII spring-loaded HESH launchers, the sapper is both useful against defenses, and deploys a fortified position with helps protect allied infantry from attack.|
|Visha Kanya||Carrying a large recoilless rifle, the visha kanya fires nausea gas rounds, damaging infantry, slowing their advance and holding vehicles to a near standstill. Thanks to their cover, nearby infantry can patch themselves up.|
|Kurma Mobile Armor||A last-gen battlesuit, the Kurma is slow, armored, and carried a 10-gauge shotgun and anti-armor magnetic mines.|
|Field Piece||Crewed by several infantry, the field piece is horribly slow and unable to attack when not deployed, but is incredibly powerful against enemy armor..|
|Thuggee||A massively muscled man, the large pistol he carries is an afterthought since his massive frame is capable of crushing men and tearing vehicles apart.|
|Vishwakarma||Using re-purposed ray guns "scavenged" from the Atomic Kingdom, the Vishwakarma is able to decimate enemy defensive positions, but to get close it needs to shift it's power supply to generate a personal shield to prevent them from being killed before they reach their targets.|
|Nyepi||Covered in anti-psionic armor, the nyepi is armed with a radio pistol that can either shake an enemy's skull to pieces, or fire radio waves into an ally's brain that can release the body's endorphins to soothe pain and heal their injuries faster.|
|Gombeyaata||Carrying a personal scrambler taken from salvaged Red China positions, the small weapon is horrifyingly effective against the sensitive parts of battlesuits and mecha. Against units it can't harm, it can easily freeze in place with a settings change.|
|Daitya||Able to fly about the battlefield and crush men and machines with only their hands, the disturbing nature of the daitya on allied infantry mean that commanders only deploy a few of them at a time.|
|Shudra Heavy Crawler||A relatively simple heavy carrier with all the construction materials and vehicles on top, the Shudra is more or less the Indian equivalent of the MCV.|
|Vaishya Collector||The Commonwealth's ore collector, the Vaishya also deploys into the supply dumps the Frontier Corps needs, though this automatically takes the full cost of the building.|
|Civet Mobile Gun||A cargo truck with an autocannon atop the cargo area and the ability to transport four infantry, the Civet is also amphibious and can be a capable seaborne harasser.|
|Hanuman IFV||A light armored tank, the Hanuman is built to support infantry on the field with two machine gun turrets. By diverting it's power, the Hanuman can deploy light barricades to protect the supporting infantry nearby.|
|Veerta Quad||A general purpose armored car, the Veerta used by the Frontier Corps is armed with racks of anti-air guided missiles for air defense, and can activate a powerful radio dish to act as an EM field to protect against enemy fire.|
|Rama Tank||Similar to the GLA Marauder, the Rama is actually a tank destroyer, but still functions as the primary armored unit of the Frontier Corps. It is also equipped with HE rockets on the sides capable of wounding and disorienting any enemy infantry that try to close in.|
|Radar Van||A crude attempt at ground-based mobile air traffic control, the GIC Radar Van acts as part of the vital link keeping the Frontier Corps' link to the Indian Air Force intact..|
|Vibhishana AA||A single large caliber AA cannon mounted on a Rama chassis, the Vibhishana can either fire either HE or Agni munitions at enemy aircraft.|
|Lakshmana Artillery||Firing a barrage of large rockets at any enemy position, the Lakshmana can switch to nausea gas rockets that create a mass plume of infantry-stopping gas.|
|Juggernaut||A massive armored amphibious transport, the slow Juggernaut can carry 15 infantry anywhere on the map, with four guns covering a 45-degree angle, though none of the guns overlap.|
|Rakshasa Land Cruiser||An Allied-built Mammoth tank, the Rakshasa carries two massive missile launchers for anti-armor and air work, and has a set of radio broadcasters that allow it to participate in electronic warfare against the enemy.|
|Field Marshal's Motorcade||A lengthened field car with an open top, the field marshal acts as the face of the Commonwealth's command to the men, the field marshal inspires the infantry around him to fight through to victory. Though if the men around him fall, he can always order them to keep fighting.|
|Dashartha Command Tank||A converted Rama tank, the Dashartha is unarmed except for a machine gun. Capable of better coordinating the actions of nearby vehicles, the Dashartha is also armed with mine deployments.|
|Ultralight||A small craft that was supposed to just be a civilian pleasure plane, the ultralight is armed with anti-vehicle bombs, and is capable of landing on the field to prevent being downed from AA fire (though now it's on the ground...)|
|Dhole Interceptor||A middling fighter compared to the other powers' more advanced materiel, the Dhole uses a barrage of unguided rockets to down enemy targets.|
|Vayavastra Attack Jet||The Frontier Corps' primary anti-ground attack jet, instead of focusing on a single tank the Vayavastra drops a cluster bomb that heavily damages enemy tanks to be mopped up later.|
|Atirathi Variable||A strange plane in a world of strange planes, the variable can shift from a fast moving plane that can't attack to a slower helicopter that uses a machine gun turret on ground and air targets.|
|Vimana Transport Plane||Able to carry ten men across the field, the Vimana's weakness is that it needs to land before taking off again. When ordered to land, the Vimana displays a small graphic showing how much room is needed to land.|
|Hamsa EWA||Support for the Frontier's air wings, the Hamsa is able to either aid Commonwealth aircraft in targeting their enemies, or interfere with enemy aircraft targeting.|
|Drongiri Medivac||A massive helicopter, the Drongiri is able to land on the field and convert into a mobile MASH, though one with a smaller healing radius and speed.|
|Majesty Bomber||Carrying cruise missiles instead of a traditional bomb payload, the Majesty's missiles deal heavy damage at the cost of a sub-par guidance system.|
|Gharial Riverine||An aluminum boat manned by one pilot, the Gharial is able to carry one infantryman. If that soldier is a field infantryman, their bonus carries over to all over riverines nearby.|
|Whitewater Swiftboat||With twinned machine guns on the prow and a grenade launcher and machine gun on the stern, the Whitewater is also equipped to deploy mobile sonar buoys that keep a commander appraised at all times.|
|Shipbreaker Tugboat||Re-purposed for war, these reliable tugs can use their armored prows to take apart enemy ships in combat.|
|Varuna Assault Boat||Made for combat landings, the Varuna is armed with four guns that sadly don't overlap their firing zones. What they do have is the ability to carry vehicles across water.|
|Makara Gunboat||A light boat, the Makara is equipped with an anti-air autocannon and anti-ground rocket launchers, leaving it woefully ill-equipped against enemy ships.|
|Naga Patrol Submarine||Made to fight enemy subs, the Naga is able to fire gas-filled torpedoes that will force an enemy sub to the surface for a short time.|
|Timingila Monitor||The Corps' most combat capable vessel, the monitors are armed with a large prow mounted gun and covered in equipment for electronic warfare.|
|Victory Helicarrier||The heaviest ship among the Frontier Corps' boats, the Victory is capable of launching a single attack helicopter at surface targets. If attacked, the Victory's crew can divert all efforts to damage control.|
|Electronic Warfare||Using modern technology to win the war, Electronic Warfare can create false enemy signatures, confuse the guidance of enemy weapons, and even stealth certain units in plain sight.|
|Nausea Gas||Allegedly an improved teargas for the battlefield, the gas damages infantry over time and forces vehicles to button up.|
|Agni Munitions||Filled with millions of fine metal shavings, Agni munitions act as lightning storms in a shell, creating a no-fly zone for any aircraft, friend or foe.|
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