Posters Name: BurnPilot
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Subject: The Cold War Heats Up
For those of you slightly bummed that the release of Ghost Recon is so far away, here is something that might just tide you over. A little game called Operation Flashpoint is supposed to ship today and should start showing up in stores around the country in the next couple days. For those of you who haven't heard of this game, here's a quick explanation of the setting of the game directly from Codemasters website.
Dateline: 1985 As President Ronald Reagan begins his second term in the White House a little-known politician, Mikhail Gorbachev, becomes leader of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev is a reformer who wants to create a new era of peace and co-operation with the Western world. He uses terms like "Glasnost" and "Perestroika" - modernist policies which involve a re-structuring of the Soviet state and a move away from the old tensions of the Cold War.
Gorbachev's appointment causes immediate tensions itself. Many of the Communist 'old guard', from Generals to Regional Politicians, refuse to accept him and chaos ensues. After a few days the central government manages to control the situation and the country falls into an uneasy truce with itself. But in some outlying areas, often controlled by powerful men with their own agendas, the situation remains dangerously unclear and the Soviet Government loses any real sense of power.
One such area is the Malden Islands group of Everon, a peaceful independent republic, Malden itself, another independent state which contains an important NATO strategic base, and Kolgujev, a Soviet outpost controlled by General Ivan Vasilii Guba - an old-school Communist general who firmly believes in the harshest of Cold War policies. Guba has set himself up as some kind of feudal warlord from his stronghold on Kolgujev and refuses to listen to any orders from Moscow. The island has become a staging post for his well-equipped modern army to attempt to control the surrounding area and then… who knows?