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Mr. John Black

Your task is to work for a shadowy, non-government organization known only as ‘The Syndicate” and its representative, Mr. John Black. Mr. Black will guide you through all the pitfalls and the ups and downs of running a base in Zandia. How you develop your base depends very much on the strategy you choose. Do you defend your base constantly from rival commanders surrounding you … or do you go on the offensive with all-out attack using the weapons and equipment made available to you? Play smart and victory is yours...miscalculate your steps and you will suffer the consequences. Remember this..whatever happens, the choice is yours alone!

Under the command and watchful eye of Mr. John Black, you will develop your base, you will sign contracts and you will recruit troops in order to build your own personal army and claim your right to a piece of the Zandian territory. Along the way, you will plan your strategy, conduct diplomacy, develop logistics and master your warfare strategy and techniques as you ally with other commanders and conduct joint-operations with your combine members. Plan accordingly, defeat your rivals and become the best commander ever known in Zandia.

Keywords for Mr. Black are Organizer, Mediator, Martial Arts Specialist, Syndicate Synchronizer and Double Scotch straight up!

The conflict in Zandia

A struggling Zandian government full of corrupt ministries and regional representatives have allied with the highest-bidding sponsors against its weakened national parliament. An emergency election put in place a provisional government, but the United States, China and Russia withdrew from Zandia amid the ever rising tension, and the Zheng Shi forces have swept over Zandia seizing Mining Complexes, mineral assets and resource infrastructure. With a Global Market value of over USD 12 Trillion, The Zheng Shi are driven to seize, hold and retake control of the valuable resources that Zandia has to offer.


Zheng Shi

The Zheng Shi are a ruthless Hong Kong based paramilitary force backed by wealthy Chinese industrial interests and Asian manufacturing companies. Zhang Wei Chen, Zheng Shi Holdings Group's Chief Security Officer has issued the following order:

"This is chief security officer Zhang Wei Chen of the Zheng Shi Holdings group addressing all illegal military forces. You are advised that your presence here is violating Zandian sovereignty and international law. All mineral assets, mining facilities and resource infrastructure in Zandian territory are, by invitation and express consent of the Zandian people, under the exclusive protection of ZHG forces. Any attempt to seize these national assets by military force will be met with swift and decisive military reprisals. Continued aggression may result in overwhelming legal action. All foreign private military companies, agents, and on-licensed corporate entities are granted one week to withdraw from Zandian territory. After such time, The Zheng Shi Group will no longer be constrained by international law, and will not hesitate to use lethal force to protect sovereign Zandian interests. You have been warned."


Zheng Shi Units

Tiger Commandos

Tiger Commandos
Combat Statistics
Statistic Value
Unit Type Light Infantry
Designation Defense
Offense Points 20
Light Infantry Defense 60
Heavy Infantry Defense 20
Armor Defense 20
Combat Aviation Defense 20
Production Statistics
Statistic Value
Ration Consumption 0.0 Rations per hour
Travel Speed 12.0 km/h
Carrying Capacity 40.0
Unit Information
Tiger Commandos
While concrete accounts of the Zheng Shi Holding Group's 'Tiger' Command Brigade's early origins and training facilities are currently unavailable, analysis of battlefield tactics and engagement reports indicate a high level of training in asymmetric warfare, light infantry tactics, sabotage, deep cover special operations, assassination and an operational doctrine similar to that of the DPRK Reconnaissance Brigades.


Unconfirmed initial reports of a new, previously unidentified operations team began surfacing in late 2017, during early ZHG negotiations with Sharp & Meyers corporate management.

"Roughneck" Heavy Infantry

"Roughneck" Heavy Infantry
Combat Statistics
Statistic Value
Unit Type Heavy Infantry
Designation Defense
Offense Points 40
Light Infantry Defense 40
Heavy Infantry Defense 120
Armor Defense 40
Combat Aviation Defense 40
Production Statistics
Statistic Value
Ration Consumption 0.0 Rations per hour
Travel Speed 12.0 km/h
Carrying Capacity 80.0
Unit Information
"Roughneck" Heavy Infantry
The 'Roughnecks' are a free-agent heavy infantry unit notorious for employing heavy-handed tactics against civilian populations in operations ranging from South America through Sub-Saharan Africa, their suspected use of chemical weapons and documented involvement in multiple crimes against humanity. With most of their senior leadership currently under ICC indictment, industrial analysts suspect they have reached some sort of amnesty and protection agreement with the Zheng Shi Holdings Group in return for their services.


In the words of Excellia Battlefield Systems' Senior Public Relations Officer Allan Pearce: "The Roughnecks? We have, at no point, worked alongside, or affiliated ourselves with this group in any way. They are unprofessional, dangerous, sadistic and we have documented evidence suggesting that they are guilty of pretty much every rumor you've heard. They are not private security, they are not mercenaries - I won't even call them hired killers. These guys give hired killers a bad name."


ZS-03 "Dingo"

ZS-03 Dingo
Combat Statistics
Statistic Value
Unit Type Armor
Designation Defense
Offense Points 60
Light Infantry Defense 60
Heavy Infantry Defense 60
Armor Defense 180
Combat Aviation Defense 60
Production Statistics
Statistic Value
Ration Consumption 0.0 Rations per hour
Travel Speed 12.0 km/h
Carrying Capacity 60.0
Unit Information
ZS-03 "Dingo"
The ZS-03 "Dingo" Light Anti-Tank Vehicle was developed by a consortium of military vehicle manufacturers, engineers from the Sharp & Meyers Industrial Group and several suspected ZHG manufacturing front companies under contract for a large Australian force and now obsolete 'Land 121' restructuring and development program.


The ZS-03 Light Anti-Tank Vehicle is equipped with the multiple-tube RCWS guide-by-wire system, with anti-personnel capability provided by a well-armed four man crew. The system features an independent 4x4 suspension system and is capable of high speed and maneuverability over varying terrain. Fire control is provided by an off-the-shelf Wolfcon Manufacturing Co. integrated all-weather targeting system, thermal imager and laser rangefinder. The system features some 60mm thick armor plating, greatly increasing the Dingo's survivability against small arms fire. Following several rounds of indirect talks, but prior to ending negotiations, the first shipment of Dingos were delivered to ZHG-owned docks in Hong Kong, China and have since seen extensive action in the Zandian Conflict.


It is worth noting, and not without irony, that Sharpe & Meyers forces now regularly face heavy opposition from forces fielding a system for which they conducted most of the primary development for.

ZS-10 "Jackal"

ZS-10 "Jackal"
Combat Statistics
Statistic Value
Unit Type Combat Aviation
Designation Defense
Offense Points 80
Light Infantry Defense 80
Heavy Infantry Defense 80
Armor Defense 80
Combat Aviation Defense 240
Strong versus Air
Production Statistics
Statistic Value
Unit Upkeep N/A
Travel Speed 12
Raid Capacity 80
Unit Information
ZS-10 "Jackal"
ZS-10 "Jackal" is a twin-engine, tandem rotor attack helicopter designed for international export by the Kireyev Aeronautical Design Bureau in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Its high speed, maneuverability and long loiter time make it a potent anti-air system. It is deployed heavily by ZHG to provide over watch for their ground operations.


ZS-10 "Jackal" attack helicopters are armed with air-to-air missile pods, side-mounted 7.62mm machine guns and 70mm rocket pods. The system relies heavily on the use of composite materials to minimize mission weight, and titanium alloy sheathing on the leading edge of each rotor blade, giving the ZS-10 high survivability at low altitudes and allowing the ZS-10 to operate in extremely close proximity to power lines, heavy foliage and other ground obstacles. The engines and fuel tank are centered along the middle of the fuselage and protected by 25 layers of high-strength composite materials capable of withstanding direct hits from shrapnel and small arms fire.


Intelligence sources indicate that ZHG has a rolling contract with the KAD Bureau and is believed to have purchased over 3,000 fully armed and operational systems, with pending orders extending throughout the next fiscal year.



Closing remarks

Be advised, in order to survive the war against Zheng Shi, you will need to demonstrate and master various strategic aspects of the game. Join one of the Combines or create and develop your own in order to join forces with others, occupy other Bases and increase your sphere of influence. Cooperate with other Commanders to defeat rival Combines, earn individual and Combine achievements and enjoy the spoils of War. Create your own Combine with other Commanders to assist each other with Resources, Referrals or Reinforcements in times of need. To succeed in this War, it is going to take a team of many for only a few to survive, the Combine is your method of achieving success. Zandia is a large area and no one Commander can survive alone. Your aim is to gather as many troops as possible as you collect and earn a massive modern and hard-hitting strike force for overall domination of your battle-space. You will need technology and resources as you hire and train crack troops from all over the world. To maintain his cutting edge, you are going to need friends, and the only place to get these in Zandia is within a Combine.

Welcome to the future War … a war of business!



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