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Lookingglassman13 Sep 2016 12:37 p.m. PST

Hi all, I just finished the book "Vortex" by Larry Bond about a fictional war in South Africa. After reading it I am interested in planning a campaign involving US, Chinese and African forces.

The scenario I am working on is this. Certain African countries experience an "African Spring", but instead of turning into democracies they form a dictatorial alliance. The Chinese, which are already involved in Africa, seize an opportunity and help these countries militarily, politically and economically. In return these countries allow the Chinese to base forces on in their countries.

South Africa is seen as the "crown jewel" because of it's mineral wealth and thus is a juicy target for this African alliance and the Chinese. Following the scenario in the book, I was going to have the leadership of SA assasinated and when that happens civil war begins in SA. The African Alliance and the Chinese quietly insert agitators into SA to help those who will be willing to be allies with them. The Chinese and AA also begin to move forces closer to the SA border.

The US refuses to allow this African/Chinese alliance to just waltz in and take SA and all its wealth so it makes plans to send a Marine Expeditionary Force and an Army corps to South Africa in the hopes the Chinese will back off not wanting to tangle with US forces.

So far that is about as far I as I have gotten. Any suggestions or ideas would be great.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2016 12:44 p.m. PST

Add in African US allies, such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, etc.

Oberlindes Sol LIC13 Sep 2016 2:05 p.m. PST

Someone in the RSA will ask for military assistance. They might ask even the UK first, and the UK would send at least the SAS, if not a carrier group and an armored division or two. So you can dust off those miniatures as well.

Terrement Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2016 2:39 p.m. PST

For smaller actions and special ops, there are a multitude of mercs from different countries working for different companies as well as units of them already in the employ of some nations.

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2016 3:58 p.m. PST

Actually basing on the Chinese is a very modern current time scenario.

the only question is which way do they go for mineral resources and petroleum?

Lookingglassman15 Sep 2016 1:44 p.m. PST

Thanks! I plan on using mercenary forces and "private contractors" working with the US mainly pulling security in towns to free up US military forces. In my scenario the Chinese are after the mineral resources.

Oberlindes Sol LIC03 Oct 2016 2:20 a.m. PST

By the way, back in the 1970s, SPI did a map-and-counters game for a South African Civil War with invasions by neighboring states. I don't remember what it was called.

sharkbait09 Oct 2016 6:00 p.m. PST

@Glenn – It was called "South Africa":


I remember playing it back in the day, but don't remember how good it was.

@Lookingglassman – sounds like a good idea. What's the time setting? Now? 80s? 90s?

Lookingglassman13 Oct 2016 7:51 p.m. PST

Sharkbait It will be in the future like 2025

Cicero Inactive Member28 Oct 2016 6:37 p.m. PST

Throw a race war into the mix. The last Whites flee Zimbabwe, Western Cape Provence declares independence and sides with the Zulu on an orgy of ethnic cleansing. And although SA dismantled 6 A-bombs in the early 90s, another 2 where put away for a rainy day – and its now monsoon season in the 'Rainbow Nation'. Enjoy.

jeffbird29 Dec 2016 11:38 a.m. PST

Reading Vortex now, thinking of doing something similar. Most likley set in the early 90's similar to the novel.
Noticed this aswell on boardgame geek:

jeffbird30 Dec 2016 9:35 a.m. PST

I wonder if anyone has expanded the map from SPI South Africa, to cover more of sub sahara Africa and have RSA invade them? Just a thought.

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