Aurelia, a country located in the Southern Hemisphere of the Osean Continent, is a peaceful nation. For being a peaceful nation, it gets much revenue from its resources and GDP. However, in 2020, its neighbor to the north, Leasath, invaded it in a swift blitzkrieg. Within 10 days, 95% of Aurelia fell under Leasath control. The reason for the swift fall was later revealed to be the work of the Leasath superweapon, the airborne fortress Gleipnir. Its army shattered, its cities in ruin, all seemed lost for the small country.
The Over Shadowed Counter-attack
A small base in the northwestern part of the country, Aubrey Air Force Base, had not fallen under Leasath control. An attempt was made to change that, with 4 squadrons of B-52s dispatched to level the area. Gryphus Squadron, the local fighter squadron, was dispatched to destroy them. All Leasath forces were destroyed with minimal Aurelian casualties. However, on the return trip, the Gleipnir decloaked from the Puna Plains and launched an SWBM at Gryphus Squadron. All but Gryphus One and Five died. The attack shattered Aurelian morale, but did not discourage them from attaining their goal: Liberate Aurelia. Remaining forces then began a long and brutal operation to retake the country from Leasath. The first obstacle was a Leasath outpost on the Puna Plains. This base housed bombers, in preparation for another attack on Aubrey Base, one that if carried out, would have resulted in the destruction of the only Aurelian stronghold. Gryphus One was dispatched to destroy the base, which he accomplished with the help of 2x F-4E Phantom II's.
The next phase of the offensive was Port Patterson, a major supply center and Leasath hub. Aurelian Command managed to scrape together a small invasion force and proceeded to take the base. However, Leasath got wind of this, and several battalions of soldiers were inbound. These troops were too much for the small Aurelian ground forces to handle, and Gryphus One assisted them by destroying all landing craft and supporting naval vessels. Subsequently, Port Patterson fell. Aurelia established a foothold there, allowing them to push farther into the country. The next steps were difficult. Leasath forces were mobilizing at Kingshill to retake the port, while the Gleipnir was positioned at Terminus Island to the south, assaulting the Davis Unit trapped at Stand Canyon. Depending on the player's decisions, Port Patterson can be saved or captured by Leasath forces, the Gleipnir can escape from forces or be damaged, or the Davis Unit can be saved.
Aurelian forces than advanced on Santa Elva, a major city and transportation hub vital to Leasath's control over Aurelia. Due to the threat of the Gleipnir, ground forces held back while Gryphus One and his wingmen assaulted the airborne fortress. During the battle the Gleipnir's DOS, SWBM Launch Ports, and other defenses were completely destroyed.
Gryphus One managed to destroy the Gleipnir, which crashed near Downtown, taking out a bridge in the process. The destruction of the Gleipnir boosted Aurelian morale to an unprecedented level. Plans for the next phase of the war began.
The next target was the Aurelian capital, Griswall. Unfortunately, several obstacles stood in the way. Sachana Air Force Base, the country's largest airbase and home of the elite anti-air Skylla Unit, a Leasath regiment on the Kalana Steppes preparing to retake Santa Elva, a transport squadron preparing to transport a weapon to Griswall and the Mount Nevera Jammer preventing Aurelia from tracking enemy movements.
Despite their best efforts, Santa Elva came under attack from the Hamlet Unit, a Leasath Biological Special Forces Unit. Despite an unstable delivery device, Gryphus One was able to neutralize the gas and destroy all Leasath fighters. The enemy tank regiment on the Kalana Steppes was also destroyed, but not before putting up fierce resistance. The Skylla Unit escaped Sachana Airbase in order reinforce the Mount Nevera Jammer. Despite danger from ground launched RPGs, Aurelian CH-47 Chinooks were able to retake the base, adding yet another asset to the war.
The Nevera Jammer was then assaulted, despite the heavy jamming in the area. Gryphus One was able to locate the power stations to the radars SAM defense systems, even though the Skylla Unit attempted to stop him by destroying the metal towers which led him to the stations. Upon destruction of the jammer, Aurelia then assaulted Monte Breeze, a port southwest of Griswall, and the location of a Leasath weapons plant. Several transports were caught hauling M.B.S.Rs out of the area. They were shot down, but it was then revealed that an Aurelian resistance force, the A.L.C. (Aurelian Liberation Corps) was headed to the weapons factories, which Leasath had rigged with explosives. Gryphus One managed to destroy the factories, much to the chagrin of the A.L.C.
The final step was Griswall. The assault on Griswall took planning, as it was protected by the Leasath Air Defense System, the Meson Cannon.
Operation: Gaiuss Tower began on an unknown day in December of 2020, with columns of Aurelian tanks advancing on Gaiuss Tower, the nerve center of Leasath forces. The Meson Cannon inflicted barely any casualties and didn't shoot down any aircraft except for Ninox 2, an Aurelian Su-27 Flanker pilot. Gryphus One destroyed all Meson Cannon batteries and neutralized Leasath forces. Diego Navarro, Leasaths Commander, escaped in a C-17A Globemaster III earlier upon learning Aurelian forces were outside of Griswall. Gaiuss Tower fell and Aurelia was free. However, the war wasn't over yet.
The next morning, Navarro's C-17A Globemaster III was spotted heading for an unknown complex on an island appx. 20 miles south of Leasath. The Aurelian Recon Unit Otus pursuing him were shot down by unidentified stealth aircraft, codenamed FENRIR.
The End of Deception
Gryphus One was immediately scrambled to quell the threat of this new weapon. However the complex where FENRIR was housed was in a chain of islands housing several Leasath complexes. One island housed the development facility for a weapon for Fenrir.
Gryphus One managed to destroy the development facility, as well as the elite Leasath Alect Squadron. Archelon Fortress was within striking distance.
Gryphus One attacked the island along with the Aquila Squadron. A fierce dogfight erupted between Aurelian forces and the last Leasath fighters. While the battle ensued, an Aurelian amphibious unit landed on the island and took the Electrical Transmitter, the device powering FENRIR's DOS. Gryphus One destroyed the transmitter, nullifying the camouflage. He then proceeded to destroy all FENRIRs and Leasath aircraft. The amphibious force entered the fortress and encountered another FENRIR taking off. Gryphus One entered the fortress and destroyed all FENRIRs inside, as well as a Leasath U-2 Dragon Lady. The fortress then imploded as Gryphus One escaped with seconds to spare. The war was finally over.
Afterwards, Griswall was decorated in the colors of the Christmas season, and everyone forgot the devastating war that happened mere days ago. However, this war set the stage for another war that would occur in 25 years.
In 2021, Aurelia became a member of the allied alliance with Osea, Yuktobania, Ustio, FATO ,Recta, Ratio, and Sapin; during the age coorperate reform, these countries would not be taken over by corporations; and they retain there status.
Aurelia is located on the southern coast of the Osean continent. The country occupies a peninsula, with an Isthmus connecting it to the rest of the continent. The western, northeastern and southern coasts are mountainous, while the rest of the country is mostly made up of plains. Aurelia has a temperate climate on the isthmus, gradually becoming semiarid in the center of the nation and subarctic in the southwest. Much of the nation has an alpine climate due to high elevation.
- The country is similar to South America due to its location south of the U.S.A.-like superpower of Osea, the Puna region, and several squadron names (Gryphus, for example, is the Andean Condor). Most characters also have Spanish names, and Spanish-speaking newspapers are frequently shown in cutscenes.
- Several other squadrons are named after birds from Australia, such as Ninox.
- Aurelia is similar to South Korea both geographically and in its political relationship with North Korea. Aurelia provided Leasath with large amounts of financial aid during and after its civil war. Despite this generosity, most of Leasath still holds animosity towards Aurelia due to state-sponsored propaganda.
- Like many real countries in the Southern Hemisphere, the constellation Crux (the Southern Cross) is symbolic of Aurelia. Due to its name and prominent symbol, it's likely that Aurelia is based off parts of South America.
- North Puna State; the southeastern-most area of the Aurelian countryside.
- South Puna State; the southwestern region that envelops the entire coast of the Aurelian peninsula's tip.
- Lenal Country State; the largest northern province and home to Griswall, tens of miles from the borderline.
- In Latin, Aurelia means "golden", which may hints this nation is wealthy.
- Aurelia for its content Hispanic names and contact details as cross southern region of the Condor and Puna, physical geography and human geography is plausible that Aurelia's real counterpart is Argentina.
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