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"A great number of students and intellectuals are staging a resistance against the military government of Yuktobania."
Alyosha to Razgriz Squadron[2]

The Yuktobanian resistance, referred to as simply the Resistance, was a group of Yuktobanian college students and intellectuals that arose during the Circum-Pacific War to combat the nation's wartime government.

Although the exact size and scope of the Resistance movement remains unknown, it was responsible for several important acts, which ultimately brought about the war's conclusion.

History

Formation

Near the end of September 2010, the serving prime minister of Yuktobania, Seryozha Viktrovich Nikanor, was removed from office in a clandestine coup staged by right-wing extremists. Soon after, the new militant government proceeded to declare war on the Osean Federation.[3] In response, a number of Yuktobanian students and intellectuals organized a resistance to subvert the new regime. The Resistance appears to have been well connected, receiving equipment and intelligence from undisclosed sympathizers within the Yuktobanian government and military.[4] However, any actions undertaken by the Resistance prior to December 2010 remain unknown.

Preventing nuclear warfare

Main article: Operation Riverbed

Sometime between December 10–16, a Resistance cell operating out of Payavlenie Ravine—under the apparent leadership of a young man, codenamed "Alyosha"—acquired the nuclear warhead that was intended for use by the Belkan aggressors stationed in Yuktobania.[5]

On December 16, the Yuktobanian Army's Varyag Special Forces unit was dispatched to Payavlenie with orders to recover the warhead from the Resistance. As the Resistance eavesdropped on Varyag's communications channel, a physics graduate student at Yuktobania Central University[4] (assisted by an unknown number of rebels) attempted to disarm the bomb; however likely, it is unknown if the graduate student was a Resistance member himself or merely a collaborator.[2]

At 1503hrs, Alyosha made contact with an inbound squadron of black-bodied fighters. After apprising them of the situation, the unknown pilots agreed to assist the Resistance's efforts and eliminated the hostile forces within the ravine.[2] The Resistance ultimately defused, dismantled, and discarded the nuclear warhead, thereby preventing its use by the wartime government.[6]

Rescuing Nikanor

"It's gonna get bumpy! Ladies and gentlemen, please watch your heads!"
― Captain Jack Bartlett[7]

Main article: Operation Crossroad

One week later, on December 23, the Resistance launched an operation to liberate the deposed prime minister from Shtil Internment Camp[8] on Yuktobania's Pobeda Peninsula. At 0705hrs that morning, a group Resistance fighters, under the leadership of Captain Jack Bartlett, raided the camp and located Nikanor, who had been heavily sedated by his captors. Despite this encumbrance, the raiding party managed to get the unconscious prime minister out of the camp and into a waiting armored car, driven by Bartlett.[7]

The Resistance group then proceeded to drive towards nearby Krylo Airfield, in hopes of securing a getaway plane. As the Resistance convoy raced toward the airfield, Razgriz Squadron destroyed the fortified checkpoints blocking the road and incapacitated the Yuktobanian forces guarding the airfield. At the appointed rendezvous time, a second Resistance group lying in wait outside the airfield secured a C-1 Trader, and Bartlett, his former lover, and Nikanor escaped[7] to the safety of the OFS Kestrel.[3]

The fate of the Resistance and its members after the war remains unknown.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dialogue during Heartbreak One, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ghosts of Razgriz, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cutscene 23, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dialogue during Ghosts of Razgriz, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  5. Briefing, Ghosts of Razgriz, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  6. Ending cutscene, Ghosts of Razgriz, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Heartbreak One, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  8. Briefing, Heartbreak One, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.