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|International Worker's Union|
The official flag of the International Worker's Union
Known Alternate Names:
Global Liberation Order, People's Union of Concerned Activists, Seventh International (denied by the current Sixth International)
Glorious Leader Vamana Uldericks
Date of Foundation:
Terrorism, people smuggling, drug cultivation and selling, espionage.
Unknown, suspected to be many hundred thousand strong.
Officially Marxist-Leninist (Trotskyist), unofficially Stalinist.
Freedom for the People
The International Worker's Union, or IWU for short, is a terrorist organisation in the pocket of Vamana Uldericks. It is notable for high-profile activities including assassinating business owners, bombing strategic locations, and engaging military forces, as well for low-profile activities including drug-cultivation and selling, as well as the arms trade, people smuggling, and spying on government organisations.
|“||We make International Worker's Union costumes. If people want to buy and wear them because they are in the International Worker's Union, that is not our problem.||”|
–Factory Overseer Jim
As an almost completely ground force they are quite vulnerable to air assaults. What aircraft they have are deemed too valuable - even the crew - to contest the skies on all but the most crucial missions.
While most of the equipment is black-market equipment, the IWU has made a great deal of effort to standardise their equipment. The rifleman (known as "Worker") received the Armament Works 116 submachine gun until 2121 where most units were fully upgraded with the AW-120. Firing fifteen rounds every second and requiring only four seconds of firing to require a new magazine, the AW-116 was not noted for accuracy (though the AW-120 made significant gains in that area) but the volume of rounds is overwhelming inside close ranges (<100m), the usual range at which their ambushes occur. They're light enough to be easily manoeuvrable in almost all environments and extremely reliable. They also are equipped with flash suppressors to gain an advantage in darkened environments, both preventing flash blindness and giving away locations.
As they are primarily a light infantry force emphasising mobility, the IWU's artillery reflects that.
The most common artillery is a rocket battery mounted on the back of a utility vehicle. Able to fire up to 48 rockets at once and then relocating to avoid counter-battery fire, it has several notable disadvantages, being that it takes at least five minutes of reloading to fire again and that it is inaccurate, which is compensated for by the volume of rockets. However, it is notable for being an effective psychological weapon, 48 rockets landing at once in one (400,000-square-metre) area shaking the morale of most soldiers. It is also extremely simple, and capable of being repaired by even unskilled Workers as well as the rockets, while expensive, can be manufactured quite quickly. These are used for saturation bombardments.
A variant exists which uses targeting computers and radio links to specially-made missiles. This is extremely accurate and each missile landing can be targeted individually. This variant is considerably more expensive and is used in ambushes and more important combats.
Multiple Launch Anti-Armour Guided Weapon
The MLAAGW "Augh" or "Bunker Burner" is a recent device, fresh from Factory Group 114 in the Upper South American Zone. Worried by a lack of anti-armour capabilities within the IWU that put many individuals at unnecessary risk the idea was to create a missile launcher that could severely damage modern armoured vehicles. The device suffered a somewhat troubled testing, and as a reflection the official designation of the most common form is the MLAAGW V. The initial weapon, the LGAAGW "Laser Guided Frangible Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot", fired a single APDS round at high speeds towards a target marked by a laser. However, the device required the user to be constantly aiming the laser at the enemy target and that was discovered under testing to be impractical under most battlefield situations. The next incarnation was the AAGW, a fire-and-forget weapon that locked on to high heat signatures, such as the thermal exhaust from an armoured fighting vehicle, and homed in on it. Unfortunately, while it proved capable of penetrating the armour of all test subjects except the the Central American super-heavy tanks, it proved to be a dead end as continuing anti-missile systems allowed the missile to be destroyed harmlessly before striking the target. However, anti-missile systems proved to be defeatable by the spamming of multiple missiles within a small timeframe. With that in mind, the designs for a weapon as compact as possible yet firing the maximum amount of missiles possible were drawn up.
- The first, the MLAAGW I, carried eight 20 mm warhead rockets in separate barrels containing approximately 15 kg of high explosive material fired at the same time at a target. However, the weapon was deemed far too bulky to possibly de effective in anything more than a stationary emplacement and reloading at once from the "rocket ring", as it was nicknamed, proved to be a time-consuming task. The weapon could be disassembled and transported in a travelling suitcase, however reassembling it was a problem due to the complex parts required.
- The MLAAGW II cut the number down to four rockets. While this ensured that the weapon could be carried, stored and fired efficiently each rocket ring still required a large amount of room, especially due to the fins of the rockets. Reloading remained a time-consuming process.
- The MLAAGW III removed all reload capacity, making it a disposable weapon. It became the first MLAAGW to see active combat. Unfortunately the lock-on capabilities of the weapon made it expensive to manufacture and prevented it from being used in an anti-infantry role.
- The MLAAGW IV increased the warhead size to 30 mm and the charge to a 20kg yet retained the option of firing the weapon without prior lock-on. To attempt at retaining the range newer, more powerful rocket fuels were used in the creation. With its improved anti-infantry capability the MLAAGW began seeing a large use as an anti-fortification weapon. The addition weight reduced the range from 2500m to approximately 1800m despite the new fuels. Transportation remained a problem. This version was ordered to be mass-produced for the Upper South American Zone's military to serve as both an anti-tank weapon and a bunker-buster. While it did see much combat within the IWU, its use in the Upper South American Zone's military was limited to border skirmishes with their southern neighbour. In the IWU it earned the nickname "Bunker Burner" for its efficiency in damaging RWA-defended points.
- The MLAAGW V used newer advances in rocketry to improve the range further to 2800m while retaining the other attributes, except for transport efficiency, which was improved to the point where one could carry the entire device within a reasonably large backpack. The widespread use of the weapon has resulted in backpacks being banned from most government buildings in several sectors. The lethal fragmentation range was also increased from 10m to 15m.
- The MLAAGW Tripod "Aughpod" has seen no service in the IWU yet, however it has been produced for the Upper South American military. It requires the use of a tripod - hence the name - to set up and fire. It returns the "rocket ring" seen in the earlier versions and ups the number of missiles to six. Primarily it was designed to defend important points against armoured and air support, and as such requires a two-man team to fire - particularly reload - at maximum efficiency.
The weapon has since been a major success within the military of the Upper South American Zone, where it earned the nickname "Augh" as a shorthand for MLAAGW - and also what the enemy screams when a good shot is made.
Despite having no navy, the IWU has a modern air force, however monetary constraints on fuel, weapons and aircraft (expensive to purchase and replace, so are pilots at the standard the IWU demands) have left it near-permanently grounded. In special circumstances, however, it is forced to take action.
The IWU's main air group is a set of long-range multirole fighters. For heavier operations, they operate four intercontinental strategic bombers and eighteen transport planes. Rumour has it that they own intercontinental ballistic missiles, although they certainly do not have the technology for nuclear warheads. It also has a dozen long range attack/ transport helicopters, used for heavy insertions of Workers.
The IWU uses small-unit tactics on small fronts. They are incapable of engaging large numbers of hostile forces and so they attempt to engage the least amount of enemy soldiers with the most advantages they have as possible. For this reason, they vastly prefer ambushes in dense terrain to any other form of combat.
Units are organised into groups of five Workers, one equipped with a radio and one extra unit commander. At unit sizes of six, they are meant to emphasise flexibility while remaining in contact with other units. Typically in an ambush there will be three units performing the initial ambush and another three ambushing the pursuers when the initial ambush group fades away.
Due to the nature of the enemy, radio encryption codes change every few days or after every battle.
The IWU uses a simplified and smaller version of modern military ranks.
The average run-of-the-mill soldier.
Serving as a rank equivalent to a Lance Corporal/Corporal in modern militaries the Leading Worker is the one who leads small groups of Workers during combat (known as Worker Teams and numbering between two and five Workers).
Serving as the rank equivalent of Sergeant, the Senior Worker leads Worker Units (numbering between two and four Worker Teams).
Main article: Blessed Worker's Elemental Group
The Worker Intermediary serves as the equivalent of a Warrant Officer, and when in the field also leads Worker Units.
Worker Group Leader
The Worker Group Leader commands Worker Groups made up of 2-10 Worker Units. Generally they are the most senior Worker allowed in the field.
Worker Group Co-Ordinator
These are usually in charge of individual cells of the IWU. Their job is to ensure that the entire cell runs smoothly and soundly. They report straight to either the Glorious Leader or a Worker Commander.
Existing almost entirely as an administrative rank, the Worker Commander receives their orders from the Glorious Leader himself and notifies the Glorious Leader of new developments.
The IWU is not active in a military sense in Japan, but rather aims to prolong the conflict as long as possible. The objective is officially to prolong the conflict indefinitely and to bleed out the forces of the RWA and Sector III. Unofficially the entire purpose they're there is to keep Aiko's attention focused at home and to weaken Sector III military as well as fortify it industrially, so that the IWU's takeover will be as easy as possible and will result in the most gain.
The IWU's main actions inside Japan are largely intelligence gathering, which is sold to whoever is losing at the moment. The sudden influx of valuable strategic information is something even Aiko is capable of capitalising in and saved the Japanese RWA forces repeatedly from destruction. Unknown to most, too, it was a Worker Group Co-Ordinator who acted as a neutral intermediary and negotiated the deal between the RWA and Sector III to prevent the conflict escalating too far.
To prevent them being shot as civilians by whoever they're negotiating the selling of information to at the time Japan is one of the few instances where all IWU units are expected to wear full uniform at all times on duty, as not wearing uniforms has had no impact on casualties sustained and possibly increased it as whoever is friendly to the IWU at the time firing on what they think are civilians. Wearing the uniform provides basic protection against that.
Workers' and Peasants' War Orphans
The WPWO is a unit based in South America who originally existed as a propaganda source from taking care of orphans of war and thus appearing morally superior to their enemies. After the Soyapango Incident, it was promptly repurposed into a unit directed at indoctrinating the children into loyalty to the IWU until they could be integrated into IWU units, generally around the age of thirteen. Accusations of child abductions have since been levelled against the IWU.
Though only barely-tolerated, the cosmopolitan nature of the IWU has caused a series of "enrichment societies", reading groups, patriotic organisations and subversive sects mostly, to spring up.
Friedrich Engels Accountants, Bureaucrats and Economists
A reasonably large organisation tolerated by the IWU leadership because it's generally harmless and also a good place to find ex-administrators to aid with the running of the IWU.
International Left-Wing Communist Reading Group Karl Kautsky
The group was always a small ultraleftist organisation and, keeping in tradition of the man himself, outwardsly opposed every socialist state in history. Furthermore, they declared that Neo-Luminous Christians were all linked to international finance and therefore irreversibly bourgeois. This culminated with their International Leadership calling the IWU counterrevolutionary and an American puppet, resulting in a bloody crackdown on the society.
Greater East Asian Prosperity Union
An organisation heavily involved in all of the East Asian Zone and Japan, it aims to encourage bonds between all members recruited from the area to allow easier and more peaceful eventual integration.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Irish Fighting Brigades
An organisation most curiously named by a Flemish Worker who wanted to create a safe space for Central American allies, despite being incapable of speaking their language or English.