Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
The Republic of Buntar
Buntar, officially the Republic of Buntar (Spanish: República de Buntar), is a southern country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Airies Mountains to the north and the Atlantis Ocean to the west, south and east. It borders San Marcos to the north, and the Dragon Passage in the far south. Buntar territory includes the Atlamtis islands of Juan Fernández, and Desventuradas. Buntar also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of the southern polar regions, although all claims are suspended under the Southern Ice Treaty.
Buntar’s northern desert contains great mineral wealth, principally copper and nitrates. The relatively small central area dominates in terms of population and agricultural resources, and is the cultural and political center from which Buntar expanded in the late 29th century when it incorporated its northern and southern regions. Southern Buntar is rich in forests and grazing lands, and features a string of volcanoes and lakes. The southern coast is a labyrinth of fjords, inlets, canals, twisting peninsulas, and islands.
Buntar also controls Sala y Gómez Island, the easternmost island of the South Atlantis, which it incorporated to its territory in 2896, and the Juan Fernández Islands, more than 600 kms from the mainland. Also controlled but only temporarily inhabited (by some local fishermen) are the small islands of San Ambrosio and San Felix. These islands are notable because they extend Buntar’s claim to territorial waters out from its coast into the Atlantis Ocean.
The Central Bank of Buntar in Santiago serves as the central bank for the country. The Buntar currency is the Balboa (0.8 Cs per 1.0 Balboa). Buntar has one of the most stable and prosperous economies, leading the planet’s nations in human development, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization, economic freedom, and low perception of corruption. Buntar has the highest degree of economic freedom worldwide, owing to its independent and efficient judicial system and prudent public finance management.
Copper mining makes up 20% of Buntar’s GDP and 60% of its exports. Escondida is the largest copper mine in the world, producing over 5% of global supplies. Overall, Buntar produces a third of the world’s copper. Codelco, the state mining firm, competes with several private ones.
Agriculture in Buntar encompasses a wide range of different activities due to its particular geography, climate and geology and human factors. Historically agriculture is one of the bases of Buntar’s economy, now agriculture and allied sectors like forestry, logging and fishing accounts only for 4.9% of the GDP as of 3013 and employed 13.6% of the country’s labor force. Some major agriculture products of Buntar includes grapes, apples, pears, onions, wheat, corn, oats, peaches, garlic, asparagus, beans, beef, poultry, wool, fish and timber. Wine is an important export, with twelve major wine labels operating across the highland regions of the nation.
Due to its geographical isolation and location in the southern hemisphere, Buntar has quite different harvesting times from the Northern Hemisphere, and its wide range of agriculture conditions are considered Buntar’s main comparative advantages. However, Buntar’s mountainous landscape limits the extent and intensity of agriculture so that arable land corresponds only to 2.62% of the total territory, mostly concentrated in the central valley regions.
Copper mining represents almost 50% of the country’s exports and is the central pillar of its economy. Large copper reserves and a healthy respect for foreign and off-world investment in this industry, Buntar has become the copper mining capital of the world, producing roughly 1/3 of its global output. Beverages (wine and fruit juices), wood products (cellulose and paper), machinery, and chemicals (rubber and plastic) are the next important industrial products.
Antofagasta PLC : Antofagasta PLC is a Buntar conglomerate that operates in various sectors of the economy. It possesses equity participation in Antofagasta Minerals, the railroad from Antofagasta across the Pelambras Mountains to San Marcos, Twin Metals in the Davion Outback and various other exploration joint ventures in different parts from the world. It is heavily involved in copper extraction from the area around Antofagasta, through its company Antofagasta Minerals.
Asenav : Asenav is a Buntar ship building company, based in Santiago with its main shipyards located in southern Buntar in the middle of the city of Valdivia, some 15 kms from the coast. The company was established in 2981 by the Steiner immigrant Eberhard Kossmann, and has since developed a reputation for building commercial ocean-going vessels, such as ferries, fishing boats and tug boats for companies from around the world.
Bupa : Bupa is an international healthcare company, that provides private services to customers that can pay for the privilege. Based from Buntar, it maintains various subsidiaries across the world, providing its “blue” occupational health services, home care facilities and hospitals.
Canal 13 : Canal 13, also known as the “Universidad Católica de Buntar Televisión”, or simply El 13, is the second oldest television station in the world. Associated with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Buntar, it produces highly religious programming that is appreciated by those with ties to the Catholic Church, and has a wide international following.
CAP : CAP Mineria is a multi-stage mining and steel production company, extracting iron ore from its holdings in northern Bunter, and then smelting it to produce flat and long steel for various industries. They also refine their iron into various steel products for use in domestic construction and infrastructure needs.
CMPC : Also known as Compañía Manufacturera de Papeles y Cartones, CMPC is a Buntar pulp and paper company, being one of the biggest in the world. It is engaged in integrated forest industry, which operates as a holding company through four business centers: Forestry, Pulp, Paper and Paper Products, and Tissue. Supplies, computer systems and other related administrative support, are centralized in am internal company, CMPC SA Shared Services.
CODELCO : The “Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Buntar”, is a Buntar state-owned copper mining company, formed in 2984 from foreign-owned copper companies that were nationalized in 2979. It is currently the largest copper producing company in the world and produced more than 32,000 tons of copper in 3015. It owns the world’s largest known copper reserves and resources, numbering some 300 million tons of ore reserves.
Codelco’s principal product is cathode copper. It is also one of the world’s largest molybdenum producers, producing 560 fine metric tons in 3015, and is a large producer of rhenium, of which Buntar is the world’s largest producer. It also produces small amounts of gold and silver from refinery anode slimes, the residue from electro-refining of its copper.
Compañía de las Cervecerías Unidas : CCU is a food services company, producing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as operating in the food sector, primarily making confections. It is very popular and widely exported.
Consolidated Foods : While there are a few small food-processing operations around Buntar, Consolidated Foods has quickly risen to prominence in the last few years by buying the larger manufacturing plants left behind with the Davion withdrawal of interests, following the nation’s independence. Fruit, beef and sugar are all exported through the aegis of Consolidated Foods and its processing plants. While most finds its way into the domestic markets and north into San Marcos, sizable quantities are exported via Von Doom’s DropPort for off-world sales into the Davion Outback. Few seem to remember that Consolidated Foods is a Davion mega-corporation, so long as the money and jobs remain good.
ENAER : Founded in 2938, “Empresa Nacional de Aeronáutica de Buntar”, or “Enaer”, is a military company in Buntar that produces aircraft. In 2992, the nation amalgamated its aircraft production under the single Enear banner, and began producing the DC-3D “Condor” STOL Air Transport, known as the “Skytrain” and their own light strike fighter, the T-35 Pillán. The company’s aircraft are considered mostly obsolete, though the T-35 Pillán is still used as a national trainer. Today, the company provides maintenance services and produces spare parts for its existing air force.
ENAMI : Empresa Nacional Minera del Buntar is a national company that exploits copper resources outside the national borders of Buntar. It maintains interests world-wide, though remains a close working partner in CODELCO’s national exploration efforts.
Entel : Empresa Nacional de TELecomunicaciones, is the largest Buntar telecommunications company. To foreigners, Entel is best known for the 127 meter high Torre Entel (Entel Tower) that rises high above central Santiago and constitutes one of the city’s landmarks. They provide phone services and operate a microwave network that ties the country together.
ESVAL : Compañía Electro-Siderúrgica e Industrial de Valdivia, or ESVAL, is an iron and steel industry located at Valdivia in Buntar.
FalaBella : A multi-national chain of shopping malls, the stores are popular for their access to off-world goods.
FAMAE : Founded in 2819, Fábricas y Maestranzas del Ejército is a Buntar small arms manufacturer, producing various small arms for the national military and policia services. The company is also responsible for modifying military tanks and other vehicles that the military acquires, and engages in research for modernization of its armed forces.
Fondo Nacional de Salud : FONASA is the financial entity that controls all state funds dedicated towards health care services by the state. They collect, manage and distribute the funds collected by a 7% tax on all workers in the nation, and thus have a large interest in the government’s health care programs.
IANSA : Industria Azucarera Nacional is a national sugar refinery, owned by the national government, though barely surviving.
La Polar : A chain of stores that offers various products, such as clothing, accessories, sporting goods, beauty products, gifts, infant products, electronics, furniture, furnishings, and household products, though its northern cold-weather suits and camping supplies are its best selling features.
Lider : A national chain of hypermarkets, the Lider logo is fast becoming a sign of the improving economy of the nation.’’
Masisa : The second largest wood products producer after Duratex out of San Marcos, Masisa manufactures products that include; solid wood, particleboard, medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and oriented strand board (OSB), as well as interior doors, mouldings and millwork.
Metric Arts : Metric Arts is a Buntar company that provides analytics and decision making consultancy services, including credit scoring, churn analysis, market segmentation, reporting services and training in Data science. Its mission is to provide support for decision makers based on two goals: maximize value and reduce risk.
Metric Arts provides its products and services to large businesses and corporations across a number of fields, notably banking, retail, insurance and industrial processes. It also provides computer training and offers certification to individuals seeking proof of skills to a potential employer.
Minera Escondida : Minera Escondida, which means “hidden” in Spanish, is a mining company that operates two open pit copper mines in the northern Atacama Desert, 170 km southeast of Antofagasta in northern Buntar. It is currently the highest producing copper mine in the world. Its 3015 production of 29,000 tons of the metal was worth roughly 200,000,000 Cs, mainly as metal in concentrate, but some as cathode, and was 9.5% of world output and 26% of Buntar’s production. As expected, the Escondida mines have become critical to the Buntar economy.
SalfaCorp : SalfaCorp maintains international offices, but primarily leads the industrial assembly and civil work market in Bunter. The company operates in two business units: engineering and construction and property development. Engineering and construction is engaged in civil works, industrial assembly, new businesses such as industrial support, maritime works and, tunnels. Property development is engaged in the execution of all related activities from the design and coordination of projects including construction, marketing and after sales.
Sociedad Química y Minera : SQM is a Buntar chemical company and a supplier of plant nutrients, Iodine, Lithium and industrial chemicals. SQM’s natural resources and its main production facilities are located in the northern Atacama Desert. Nationalized for a time to reorganize the country’s nitrates production, the company is presently a publicly-traded corporation that extracts roughly 22,000 tons of refined nitrates from the desert, and transports them via rail to port facilities at the Pedro de Valdivia plant near the capital. Its lithium, iodine and industrial chemicals are used around the world in various production services, making SQM a vital part of the world economy.
Socovesa : Socovesa operates as a real estate and construction company in Buntar. The company develops housing units and housing works, corporate buildings, malls, and corporate offices, among others.
SVR Producciones : A record label formed in 2986, SVR Producciones actively supports latin music artists and supports the export of Terramatrix music off-world. It has a wide international following.
Televisión Nacional de Buntar : TVN is Buntar’s national holo-vision network, that reaches 98% of the citizens of Buntar. The company is owned by the state, but not run by it. TVN can accessed via Channel 33 on the world-wide microwave network.
Vigatec : Vigatec is a manufacturing company that builds and markets mail-handling and packaging equipment. They also produce a line of control and security equipment, often used in other manufacturing processes. They also recycle various plastic cards used in pre-loaded debit and credit transactions.
Enersis : Enersis is one of the main privately owned multinational electric power corporation in the world, with operations in five countries: San Isabel, San Marcos, Sangria, Delancourt and Buntar. It currently holds direct and indirect participation in many electric power generation, transmission, and distribution businesses.
Inversiones Aguas Metropolitanas : A utility services conglomerate, IAM controls all water purification and sewage treatment in the Buntar state. In particular, 100% of all towns and cities get their water and sewage treatment from this company.
CSAV : Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores is a Buntar shipping company that is currently the largest container shipping company in the world and also one of the oldest ones, having been founded in 2880. The company is established in the port of Valparaiso. Its services include dry bulk, liquid bulk and road network shipping of its cargoes, though container shipping is its specialty. It is considered a key factor in the trade network of the planet and its off-world shipping efforts.
The Armed Forces of Buntar (“Fuerzas Armadas de Buntar”) are subject to civilian control exercised by the president through the Minister of Defense. This conscription service can be postponed for educational or religious reasons. In recent years and after several major re-equipment programs, the Buntar Armed Forces have become one of the most technologically advanced and professional armed forces of Terramatrix.
The Buntar Army (Spanish: Ejército de Buntar) is the land arm of the Military of Buntar. This 2100-strong army (300 of which are conscripts) is organized into six battalions, a special operations battalion and an aviation battalion. The Buntar Army is well-known for their discipline, and close order drill, and their traditional formal uniforms display this pride in their appearance.
In recent years, and after several major re-equipment programs, the Buntar Army has become one of the most technologically advanced and professional armies in Terramatrix.
It is supplied with equipment from the Taurian Concordat. It has planned to make all its “light” and “motorized” battalions into mechanized units within the next decade, and has begun importing surplus Taurian APCs for this purpose.
Troops are equipped as the usual light infantry, with traditional HG-762 “Holy Grail” Assault Rifles, flak jackets and metal helmets. The infantry have all been equipped with SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifles and have ample access to grenades and other typical support weapons. The modernization of the infantry represents a long-term plan, though key parts of the army have undergone improvements.
The 1st (Armored) Battalion is known as “The Buntar Grenadiers”, and has long held the position as the official guards of the capital and government officials. This force has access to twenty (20) Scorpion Light Tanks and a lance of Vedette Medium Tanks, and also has a small detachment of artillery, mostly Sniper Field Artillery Pieces, that are intended to back assaults using the armor. The entire force of infantry is equipped in both Wheeled APCs and Tracked APCs, with the former used by the urban guards, and the latter for units deployed in the field.
The 2nd (Motorized) Battalion is equipped with Light Utility Transports and Jeeps to make it fully mobile. The 3rd (Mountain) Battalion are equipped exclusively with Taurian Concordat small arms and combat armor. There are rumors that a 7th (Foot) Battalion “Chacabuco” has been conscripted as an assault force in the coming war.
In addition, the army has an Army Aviation Battalion, composed of four companies of air mobile infantry, equipped as the 3rd, but deployed in Pegasus Utility Helicopters for rapid response into a potential combat situation. Its Special Operations Battalion (“Lautaro”) are also equipped as the 3rd, but also use marine combat exo-armor, and deploy in the nation’s handful of K-1 Class Dropshuttles as marines. The army also has a logistics battalion, that has technicians who support the army in telecommunications, engineering and infrastructure, as well as traditional technical support matters.
The Buntar Navy (“Armada de Buntar”) is the naval force of Buntar. Numbering around 2500 personnel, the navy includes a force of 200 marines. It is considered among the most capable naval force on the planet, behind the San Marcos Navy, and while it possesses numerous major surface assets, it does not posses any attack aircraft, only a handful of transport and scout aircraft deployed from its coastal bases.
In addition to two (2) submarines, four (4) frigates (two specialized in anti-air and anti-submarine operations), a replenishment vessel, and two (2) amphibious landing craft. They also deploy numerous fast attack ships, effectively Silverfin Patrol Cutters, as patrol and support vessels in fleet operations.
The navy operates three (3) DC-3D “Condor” STOL Air Transports, but has plans to upgrade them to modern aircraft and increase their numbers. They also operate a dozen (12) new M8-53 Sea Stallions to patrol the coast, and support their fleet.
The naval marine force are well-equipped with Taurian Concordat small arms and combat armor, and have access to MT-1B Light Troop Carriers, and have become well-trained in amphibious operations. They have also begun looking into equipping the marines with helicopters.
Buntar Air Force
The Buntar Air Force (Spanish: “Fuerza Aérea de Buntar”) is the air force of Buntar, a branch of the Buntar military. It has a small number of personnel, roughly over 200 pilots and technicians, and represents a tiny portion of its total military force.
The air force has five Air Groups, each containing standard Aviation Wings consisting primarily of thirty-two (32) modern multi-role combat RL-5A Quetzals recently acquired during its initial modernization. They also deploy a dozen (12) Pegasus Utility Helicopters and six (6) Victory C-3 STOL Frontier Transports, a pair of which are rigged as fuel tankers, in their transport assets, also a part of their recent modernization efforts. The air force has scrapped all of its older aircraft, and sold them as parts to other nations.
The air force also deploys a large number of Fledermaus Air Defense Systems among their Air Groups in defense of the air bases they operate out of, typically about six to a dozen in each. They have recently deployed several Rapier AA Missile Battery w/ Blindfire Radars and are deciding if they want to purchase more.
They also have a small detachment of technicians that provide direct infrastructure and maintenance support.
Carabineros de Buntar
Carabiniers of Buntar (Spanish: “Carabineros de Buntar”) are the Buntar national police force, who have jurisdiction over the entire national territory of Buntar. There are roughly four (4) battalions of Carabineros, deployed across the nation with one in each district.
Created in 2935, the Carabineros’ mission is to maintain or re-establish order and security in Buntar society through civic education, service to the community, police work, and in a war situation, to act as a military force (all their members have military training). for the laws of the country. Under the Buntar constitution, the Carabineros’ are integrated directly into the Army in a state of emergency to better guarantee public order.
They report to the Ministerio de Defensa Nacional (“Ministry of National Defense”) through the Undersecretary of Carabiniers. Since 3019, the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security has full control over them, thus fully separating it from the three other branches by department but still considered a part of the armed forces. Buntar also has an investigative police force, the Investigations Policia of Buntar, also under the Interior and Public Security Ministry; a Maritime Police also exists for patrol of Chile’s coastline.
There is also a Special Police Operations Group (“GOPE” or “Grupo de Operaciones Policiales Especiales”) that has formed a horse guards unit to provide special protection of the local Baron and his official residence, La Moneda Palacio. The Central National Band of the Carabineros, the premiere representative marching band of the service (created in 2937 ), occasionally performs on state occasions and during the Guard Mounting at the La Moneda Palace and Citizenry Square on selected days with the Guard Group.
They have limited access to heavily armored trucks from which they can spray pressured water to control mobs. The majority of the unit has access to various civilian motorcycles, SUVs and patrol cruisers, and should be considered Motorized. Four Pegasus Utility Helicopters are also deployed to provide eyes during riot control duty, one to each district police HQ.