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Hey fellow Harpooners,

I have a new custom Db [CasoDB] ready to put out there for the purposes of playing a campaign I'm designing that will contain several new scenarios. Subject matter is a contemporary world (2007-2009); events leading to it from the early nineties have taken a different turn than that as we know it. The world is at war with lines drawn across a variety of fronts from the South Pacific, North Pacific, Asia, Indian Ocean, Mid East and South America. If you're interested in a plausible "what if" challange, check into The IndoChine Regime, I'll try to get the scenarios out there soon and keep them coming, but would appreciate any play testing and feedback.

  • The Caso Database was developed as a variant of the PlayersDB with the primary difference being the expanded ability of all vessels equipped with landing pads to be able to re-load and re-arm air units depending upon their particular capability. Additional aviation magazines have also been created to give the applicable surface platforms more choices in aircraft loadout.

    Additionally, this database has been developed to support, but not be limited to, a series of scenarios being designed by its author. All other scenario submissions using this database are welcome provided they are designed within the guidelines of the Harpoon 3 community. It is fully indexed by country and date for ease of use and reference and it currently covers over 90 countries. The scenarios and database are platform-independent and will work with both PC and Macintosh versions of Harpoon 3

http://www.harplonkhq.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1228#p1228

The database and scenarios are bundled together and distributed with the PlayersDB installer for ease of use and popularity. Harpoon ANW users can get the CasoDB within the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon ANW Library

The IndoChine Regime


This campaign is not for the purist. This is an eclectic composite of past and future platforms, that is made possible due to a "what if" historical scenario.

COMBAT TIME PERIOD: 2007-2010

HISTORY:
1992-2006

The early to mid-nineties sees China discover enormous oil deposits deep below the Southern Gobi Desert. These reserves are nearly as massive as the Saudi fields, extending in branches as far north as Russian Siberia. Normally these deposits would be irretrievable because of their depth and geological composition, but a breakthrough by Chinese geologists unlocks the secret of this difficult extraction.

After the Soviet Union breakup, the Russian government struggles to find definition and structure. The discovery of the section of Chinese oil deposits, which branch into Siberia, gives a boost to the new fledgling Russian democracy. However, these deposits remain locked to the Russians deep beneath the surface because they don't possess the necessary technology. China steps in and helps them retrieve the oil in exchange for the right to purchase much of the huge Russian fleet rusting in mothballs. In addition, they purchase the naval plans to all but a few of their surface platforms. The Russians are content to sit back and get rich selling their military hardware and newly found oil. However, they draw the line with their nuclear, air and sub-surface military hardware. These are not for sale. Giving up any last vestiges of being a projecting naval power, the Russians remain satisfied building up their defensive posture and staying out of the picture.

On the other hand, the Chinese become a major naval power virtually overnight. Within a few short years, they create several carrier groups, cruiser squadrons, and develop an amphibious capability second only to the US, while amassing large quantities of DDG's and FFG's. Their amazing ability to take ship plans and mothballed hulks from the former Soviet shipyards and copy and re-create them with modernized weaponry is miraculous - very Asian. In many of their shipyards, platforms are turned out in 120 to 150 days. Keeping in step are Chinese naval academies and training facilities, building an entire generation of naval and air personnel, with a new cadre of young officers. Naval maneuvers and war games are stepped up to build experience and confidence. The Western Pacific becomes the personal playground for the Indochine navies and air forces.

Due to these extraordinary developments, the United States, United Kingdom, and other NATO powers aggressively re-commission mothballed ships and step up development of platforms that are barely off the drawing board. The United States brings back recently decommissioned CV's, the Iowas, the Virginias, and other CGN's.

They reach back for mothballed Adams and Brooke units, and even re-commission the Iwo LPH's. All other scheduled decommissions are cancelled, and refits are conducted throughout the mothballed navy. The intent is to re-institute a 700-ship navy as quickly as possible. A Republican hawk is elected in 1996, and the military arms race is ratcheted up. Development of the F/A-35 program goes forward full throttle, as well as many new weapon systems such as the AIM-120C9. The UK steps up the development of the Queen Elizabeth CV and Daring DDG programs while re-commissioning their older DDG's and FFG's such as the County's and Broadswords. Even Australia gets on the program by dusting off the CV Melbourne, while moving forward with it's River DDG program. For the first time in 20 plus years, the draft is brought back.

About the time that China finds oil, India strikes uranium - huge deposits that turn the country into a major player on the strategic game board. In addition, as if there was some divine entity driving the world into further chaos, diamond deposits are discovered by accident when a national company is strip-mining for iron ore - large and vast, they rival South African reserves. The Indian Government regales in its new-found wealth. Military hawks gain control in the '94 elections and the arms build-up is underway fueled by disputes with Pakistan.

The late 90's see India and China realizing it is in their common interest to join together and determine the future of Asia. They form the IndoChine Regime.
North Korea quickly steps on board, in all probability due to China dangling South Korea in front of their nose like a carrot. China shares its Russian naval windfall with India and North Korea. The Indian shipyards take these plans and produce well-built versions of their own - cheaply and quickly. By the middle of the first decade in the new millenium, the IndoChine Regime has a combined navy over 800 ships!

Just about the time that the US reaches its 700 ship navy and other NATO members reach their quotas, the US is attacked in September 2001. America and her Allies invade Afghanistan and then Iraq. It is at this moment that IndoChine makes it's move.

In a well coordinated campaign, India strikes into Southeast Asia, taking control of Malaysia. While forming a shaky alliance with Myanmar, India threatens Thailand. Caught in the middle, Thailand agrees to join the IndoChine Regime and participates in the overthrow of the Cambodian and Laotian governments. Indonesia avidly joins the alliance, in the hopes of receiving new military hardware. The Chinese and Indians welcome them eagerly, and provide them with limited naval and air materiel. Knowing their cooperation is invaluable in securing the oil fields there, the IndoChinese also see Indonesia providing a buffer zone to Australia. However, the Chinese leave the administration of the Indonesian theater to their Indian and Thai allies.

Everyone decides to leave Vietnam alone. No one wishes to deal with them due to their pertinacious independence. But in an unexpected move, Vietnam voluntarily joins the Regime, and a tenuous peace in Southeast Asia is achieved.

At the same time, IndoChine forces invade and occupy Taiwan, the Philippines, and form a blockade around Japan and South Korea with the help of the North Koreans. Surprisingly, China restrains North Korea from invading South Korea. At first, the North Koreans are outraged, screaming foul. They were promised a free hand in the south, but China manages to smooth their ruffled feathers. No doubt it's only a matter of time until South Korea is attacked. Behind this terrible drama, the Russians continue to ply the IndoChine regime with more technology and materiel while making a bloody fortune.

In an effort to isolate Australia and control the trade routes across the Pacific, the IndoChine forces strike out eastward to the Solomons. Along the way they take possession of many of the islands and atolls the US Navy and Marines struggled so valiantly to liberate a little more than sixty years before; the world sees them fall once again to dark forces. Although the Indochine Regime is not nearly as oppressive and brutal as their Japanese predecessors, any foreign ruler is an insufferable one.

Renegade nations in Africa and the Middle East are expected soon to align themselves with the IndoChine Regime after receiving heavy financial and military aid, specifically Iran. The Regime is hoping to destabilize these areas in order to spread their influence for future expansion, especially in the Southwestern Hemisphere. South America is a ticking bomb ripe for the picking, where an extremely resourceful and rich benefactor is welcome to supply restful nations with the military hardware and technology to strike deep into the heartland of the United States.

It is thus how we find the situation at the beginning of this series of campaigns.

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Re-posted at the request of Alan Caso

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=2760260

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The 4th NEW Harpoon scenario of the year!

01 Survival of the Fittest

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This is the first scenario written for ANW and HUE using the customized CasoDB. The scenario and database are bundled within the PlayersDB installation file due to its popularity and ease of use. Alan is the 35th author to release a Harpoon scenario.

Echoing the philosophy of the man for whom it is named, the small city of Darwin finds itself in a fight for it's very own survival. As the world edged closer and closer to the brink of war in the preceding years and months, the Allies spent much energy, resources and money refitting and enlarging assets and bases around the globe. Unfortunately, Darwin was fairly low on the list.

This has come back to haunt them. Darwin Naval Base named HMAS Coonawarra, the Australian Army base at Larrakeyah Barracks and RAAF Darwin have come under direct attack by IndoChine forces. Some of the older residents will remember the Japanese attacks in the early part of 1942: not a pleasant memory. Then as now, the fears of complete devastation and occupation have become a distinct possibility.

Whether this is a move to neutralize northern Australia or the first step in an all out occupation, Allied forces must draw a line in the sand here and show that they are the ones chosen to be the fittest to survive.

Author: Alan Caso

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The 6th NEW Harpoon scenario of the year!

02 Escape from Diego Garcia

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Diego Garcia is the only centrally located base available to the Allies in the Indian Ocean. With the threat of the IndoChine Alliance looming on the horizon, British facilities in the Seychelles and on Mauritius have been expanded, as have the French facilities on Reunion and in the Comoros. However, these British and French bases are far from being large enough to support full-scale invasion fleets and air power.

The IndoChine military planners know this and realize that by neutralizing Diego Garcia, it pushes the Allies to the western end of the Indian Ocean and keeps Allied power projection bottled up there for at least a year or more - time enough for the Alliance to secure a grip on the Indian Ocean theater, and seriously hamper Allied operations in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea.

Author: Alan Caso

This is the second scenario written for ANW and HUE using the customized CasoDB. The scenario and database are bundled within the PlayersDB installation file due to its phenomenal popularity and ease of use.

Harpoon HUE users can get the:

Complete PlayersDB Harpoon HUE Library

Harpoon ANW users can get the:

Complete PlayersDB Harpoon ANW Library

Harpoon3.6.3 users can get the:

Complete PlayersDB Harpoon 3.6.3 Library

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A new video After Action Report for "Escape from Diego Garcia" has been added the YouTube Harpoon for Dummies channel to help Harpoon players navigate the complexities of the game and to deliver the best possible playing experience.

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The 8th NEW Harpoon scenario of the year!

03 Rock The ROC

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After two weeks of heavy fighting from Indochine air assaults and missile attacks, ROC resistance concedes to the inevitable. Chinese Indo-Chine naval and air forces commence with an unopposed amphibious assault on Taiwan. ROC naval and air forces must perform an evacuation of all relevant assets to prevent them from falling into Indo-Chine hands.

Author: Alan Caso

This is the third scenario written for ANW and HUE using the customized CasoDB. The scenario and database are bundled within the PlayersDB installation file due to its phenomenal popularity and ease of use.

Harpoon HUE users can get the:

Complete PlayersDB Harpoon HUE Library

Harpoon ANW users can get the:

Complete PlayersDB Harpoon ANW Library

Harpoon3.6.3 users can get the:

Complete PlayersDB Harpoon 3.6.3 Library

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The 13th NEW Harpoon scenario of the year!

04 The Asian Dunkirk

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The Allies must get all military assets out of South Korea and fortify Japan. With attacks on South Korea intensifying from the North Koreans, the noose is tightening as the Indochine Alliance begins to form their blockade on these two Allied members.

Author: Alan Caso

This is the fourth scenario written for ANW and HUE using the customized CasoDB. The scenario and database are bundled within the PlayersDB installation file due to its phenomenal popularity and ease of use.

Harpoon HUE users can get the:

Complete PlayersDB Harpoon HUE Library

Harpoon ANW users can get the:

Complete PlayersDB Harpoon ANW Library

Harpoon3.6.3 users can get the:

Complete PlayersDB Harpoon 3.6.3 Library

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Hello Fellow Harpooners,

Here is the announcement placed at other forums to announce the latest scenario and end of a third battleset for my "Indochine War" campaign. Please go to the hyperlink at the end of the scenario to upload the entire previous series of scenarios and battlesets in the Players Db.

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End of 3rd Battleset – “Too Few Victories”

This scenario, “Islands In The Stream Pt 2”, is the seventeenth scenario and the last of the third battleset – “Too Few Victories”. The next battleset of the Indochine Campaign is “The Fifty Yard Line”. With luck and some hard work I will come out with the first scenario(s) sometime early next year with a projected series of 10 scenarios. I hope you check in and play.

Thanks,

Alan Caso

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The 17th NEW Indochine Campaign Scenario

Islands In The Stream Pt 2

Southwest and Central Pacific:
North of the Solomons:

Federated States of Micronesia:

In the previous scenario, the Allies have taken Majuro in the Marshalls and Betio (Tarawa) in the Kiribati island group. This scenario finds the capitol of Palikir in eastern Micronesia as the target of the second offensive action taken by the allies in the war, and the final stage in securing the disparate island groups of the South Central Pacific - another gamble to free the Islands in the Stream.

Author: Alan Caso

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This is the seventeenth scenario written for ANW and HUE using the customized CasoDB. The scenario and database are bundled within the PlayersDB installation file due to its phenomenal popularity and ease of use.

Harpoon3.6.3 users can get the:

Complete PlayersDB Harpoon 3.6.3 Library

Harpoon ANW users can get the:

Complete PlayersDB Harpoon ANW Library

Harpoon HUE users can get the:

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04.0 The Fifty Yard Line

This is to announce the 4th Battleset of the Indochine Campaign, consisting of ten scenarios that occur during July-Aug of 2007.

As a stalemate begins to form across the world stage in the Indochine conflict, the balance of control is easily tipped one way or another. Its first down and ten to go at the fifty yard line. The question is, who has possession of the ball?

Author: Alan Caso

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The 18th NEW Indochine Campaign Scenario

Operation Life Jacket

Central West and Northwest Pacific:

East off the Japanese Home Islands:

The Allies attempt running several groups of supply convoys past the Indochine blockade to bring food, arms and supplies to the beleaguered Japanese people and military. Amphibious Squadron 1 out of San Diego is shepherding this desperately needed care package.

Author: Alan Caso

This is the eighteenth Indochine Campaign scenario written for ANW and HUE using the customized CasoDB. The scenario and database are bundled within the PlayersDB installation file due to its phenomenal popularity and ease of use.

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The 19th NEW Indochine Campaign Scenario

Coco Crispies

Bay of Bengal / Myanmar / W Indonesia;

Coco (Keeling) Islands:


    Indian and Indonesian naval forces have landed a sizable force on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. All communication is severed with the Australian mainland, and work has begun on expanding the air facilities. These strategically positioned outposts will prove invaluable to the Indochine Alliance. They can disrupt shipping throughout all of the East Indian Ocean.

Two multi-national submarine squadrons are tasked with getting SpecOps on the islands for intel; and upon completion, they are invited to fire off some cruise missiles as a parting gift to disrupt the Indochine construction.

Author: Alan Caso

This is the ninteenth scenario written for ANW and HUE using the customized CasoDB. The scenario and database are bundled within the PlayersDB installation file due to its phenomenal popularity and ease of use. 

Harpoon3.6.3 users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon 3.6.3 Library
Harpoon ANW users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon ANW Library
Harpoon HUE users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon HUE Library

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The 20th NEW Indochine Campaign Scenario

Operation McHale

S. Central and Central Pacific/Solomons:
Coral Sea:

The US, French and Australian navies conduct a joint invasion to take back New Caledonia and Vanuatu. These Indochine bases provide a southern buffer for the enemy's large force concentration north, in the Solomons.

Due to this proximity, any Allied offensive operation aimed at driving north into New Guinea, the Coral Sea and the Solomons could prove to be a dangerous gambit while a well-supplied and determined enemy based in New Caledonia and Vanuatu threaten the Allied flank. Additionally, these air bases and ports are heavily defended by extensive air and surface forces.

Having said that, the necessity of neutralizing these bases outweighs the risks involved. It's a green light for Operation McHale.

Author: Alan Caso

This is the twentieth scenario written for ANW and HUE using the customized CasoDB. The scenario and database are bundled within the PlayersDB installation file due to its phenomenal popularity and ease of use. 

Harpoon3.6.3 users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon 3.6.3 Library
Harpoon ANW users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon ANW Library
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The 21st NEW Indochine Campaign Scenario

Operation Pegleg

Southwest and Central Pacific:
Papua/New Guinea/East Australia:

The Coral Sea:

    As the Allies find success in liberating New Caledonia and Vanuatu, they now feel their eastern flank is secure enough to enable a commencement of offensive operations against enemy forces in New Guinea. Additionally, Townsville and Mackay have managed to remain intact as operable air bases after months of withering bombing raids by Indochine air forces out of Rabaul, Honiara and Port Moresby.

    It is therefore determined by Allied Command that any operation to take New Guinea must start with an invasion of Port Moresby, and it must take place now. A major cyclone is predicted to hit the Coral Sea in about 72 hours. If we can neutralize enemy forces at Port Moresby and Samarai, land our forces and supplies, and secure a beachhead in 24 hours,  that will allow enough time to withdraw all naval assets back to the northern coast of Australia and be secure before the storm hits.  
If we cannot achieve this and have to postpone the invasion until a later date, there is every possibility that the enemy with have reinforced these bases, making the success of a future landing dubious. 

    Australian, British and American forces, assembled from several points along the Australian east coast, meet up and head through  the Coral Sea towards the Gulf of Papua against a determined defense from Indochine air, surface and subsurface forces.

Author: Alan Caso

This is the twenty first scenario written for ANW and HUE using the customized CasoDB. The scenario and database are bundled within the PlayersDB installation file due to its phenomenal popularity and ease of use. 

Harpoon3.6.3 users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon 3.6.3 Library
Harpoon ANW users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon ANW Library
Harpoon HUE users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon HUE Library

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The 22nd NEW Indochine Campaign Scenario

Cat and Mouse

Southwest Asia: 
The Mideast:

Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf:

    Iran and India begin a series of attacks on the Pakistani coastline in an attempt to keep US forces busy in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea - and away from Indochine activity at Diego Garcia and the Seychelles. It is a calculated gamble to harass neutral Pakistan without pushing them into entering the war on the Allied side. 

    For the Pakistanis, it is not desirable to start hostilities with it's neighbor, India.  The nuclear option is simply too unthinkable an alternative. They can only respond in a defensive manner while hoping that US forces in the area will "volunteer" their aid. The alternative would be to formally ask the Allies for assistance, and that would break their neutrality and thus devolve them into a war of which they want no part.

    This is precisely what the ranking Indochine planners are counting on - to keep the Allies tied up in the west Indian Ocean by playing this dangerous game of cat and mouse. 

Author: Alan Caso

This is the twenty second scenario written for ANW and HUE using the customized CasoDB. The scenario and database are bundled within the PlayersDB installation file due to its phenomenal popularity and ease of use. 

Harpoon3.6.3 users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon 3.6.3 Library
Harpoon ANW users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon ANW Library
Harpoon HUE users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon HUE Library

"Harpoon for Dummies" channel

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The 23nd NEW Indochine Campaign Scenario

Incan Blood

Western Hemisphere;
South America, Northern Coast of Chile:

 

    As tensions begin to increase between rival factions in South America, even the smallest actions can bring on the strongest reactions. Nowhere on this continent is it more applicable than between Chile and Peru - two countries with a long and complicated history.

    The two countries were at one time very strong allies. Chile aided Peru in the Peruvian War of Independence. Later, Chile helped reunite North and South Peru in the War of Confederation. 

    It was during the War of the Pacific, where Chile and Bolivia began a conflict over taxes levied on Chilean mines in the northern area around the then Bolivian coastal city of Antofagasta, that a rift began between Peru and Chile. A secret defense pact with Bolivia drew Peru into conflict with their former ally, and it all ended with Chile winning the day. Bolivia lost its coastline, becoming landlocked; and Peru lost a friend.

   Even today this area remains a hotly contested area, as each of these countries have chosen opposite sides in this present day conflict. Ecuador, being a fellow client state of the Indochine Alliance, has joined Peru in its endeavors. Bolivia remains neutral but sources confirm it is rife with enemy agents

 

Author: Alan Caso

 

This is the twenty third scenario written for ANW and HUE using the customized CasoDB. The scenario and database are bundled within the PlayersDB installation file due to its phenomenal popularity and ease of use. 

Harpoon3.6.3 users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon 3.6.3 Library
Harpoon ANW users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon ANW Library
Harpoon HUE users can get the Complete PlayersDB Harpoon HUE Library

"Harpoon for Dummies" channel

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