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"Territories, peoples, authorities... all will be liberated. This is the new state, 'A World With No Boundaries' will create. Neither nations nor nationalities have meaning. We will erase these unnecessary borders."
Joshua Bristow[2]

A World With No Boundaries was a multinational paramilitary organization primarily composed of renegade military personnel from Belka, Osea, and Sapin. The insurrection arose sometime during the two-week ceasefire that preceded the end of the Belkan War. As its name implies, A World With No Boundaries aspired to eliminate national borders, which the group believed to be the root cause of war.

History

Formation

Specific details concerning the founding of A World With No Boundaries remain unknown; however, the nascent insurrection began sometime during the two-week ceasefire at the end of the Belkan War. Although it has not been definitively proven, its founder and "head director" is believed to have been Belkan Air Force ace Anton Kupchenko.[1] Belkan politician Waldemarr Rald also supported the movement to an unknown extent.[3]

Kupchenko's army primarily consisted of soldiers and airmen hailing from Belka, Sapin, and Osea; a handful of Yuktobanian pilots also deserted the Yuktobanian Air Force to join the movement.[4] The deserters' reasons for joining the movement varied from personal allegiances[5] to ideological extremism. Kupchenko's main lieutenants were Osean Air Defense Force pilots Anthony Palmer and Joshua Bristow, who had become disillusioned with the Osean military during their service in the Belkan War. Kupchenko's prior involvement with weapons-development projects such as Project Pendragon allowed the group to seize the experimental ADFX-02 Morgan fighter and XB-0 Hresvelgr gunship for its own means. Other high-end armaments were also illicitly procured through the efforts of Belkan test pilot Paul Rummenigge.[6]

Post-war insurrection

"The battle to re-line the borders has moved to the meeting boardroom. Those lines will give birth to new conflict. Rising above countries and armies, our 'World With No Boundaries' will become one. For the ideal. For the people."
Anthony Palmer[7]

A World With No Boundaries remained dormant until December 25, 1995. The coup d'état forces proceeded to bomb the city of Lumen with the XB-0 gunship, before targeting Valais Air Base in eastern Ustio. The XB-0 and its rebel escorts, including Espada Team, attempted to escape over the Waldreich Mountains, but Galm Team intercepted and shot them down.[8] In spite of this setback, the group continued working towards its goal of global unification. Soon afterward, Osea and Ustio launched an investigation into the coup and its members.

Avalon plot and defeat

ADFX-02 After V2 Launch

The V2, launched by Foulke's ADFX-02 Morgan, gaining altitude over Avalon Dam

"Can you see any borders from here? What has borders given us? We're going to start over from scratch. That's what V2 is for."
Larry Foulke[9] to Cipher

Sometime before December 31, A World With No Boundaries seized control of the Avalon Dam missile-silo complex, with the intention of launching the V2 missile stored there at unspecified targets around the world. The extremists believed that this act would bring about the birth of a "new world", devoid of nations or wars. The Allied Forces consequently dispatched a strike team to Avalon in an attempt to prevent the launch.[10]

Kupchenko was ultimately killed in combat after he and his squadron encountered Galm Team over Area B7R.[11] Though their leader had been lost, Bristow, Palmer, and the other rebels attempted to carry on with the V2 launch. However, Galm Team destroyed Avalon's launch-control modules, precluding their goal of global unification via mass murder.[12] Although Larry Foulke (Galm Team's former number two) remotely launched the V2 from his ADFX-02, he was eventually shot down by his former wingman, Cipher, resulting in the V2's self-destruction and the final defeat of A World With No Boundaries.[9]

Disbandment and repercussions

The organization was disbanded shortly after the defeat at Avalon. Its members either evaded capture and disappeared or were arrested and convicted by Allied countries; Bristow is currently serving time in prison for his terrorist activities.[13] Others, such as Palmer and Marcela Vasquez, were more fortunate and have transitioned back into civilian life.[5][14] A number of former members, such as Bristow's former Wizard Squadron wingmen, are known to have continued their anti-government activities into 1996.[15] The subsequent investigation into A World With No Boundaries led to the ousting of Rald and his faction from the Belkan government.[3]

Trivia

  • The existence and activities of A World With No Boundaries may have been inspired by "Werwolf", a plan conceived by Nazi Germany in 1944 to form an armed resistance against the Allied Forces.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cutscene 16 - Soldier, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  2. The Valley of Kings - Mercenary / Soldier, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Assault Records #167: Lars Matthaus, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  4. Assault Records #133: Yuri Dashkov, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Cutscene 15, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  6. Assault Records #162: Paul Rummenigge, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  7. The Valley of Kings - Knight, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  8. The Talon of Ruin, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Zero, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  10. Briefing, The Demon of the Round Table, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  11. The Demon of the Round Table, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  12. The Valley of Kings, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  13. Cutscene 16 - Knight, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  14. Cutscene 16 - Mercenary, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  15. Assault Records #156: Iosif Beletsky, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.

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