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Scarlet Lancers
Scarlet Lancers emblem
Emblem
Seen in Multipolarity
Played by Thorvald of Lym
Type Secret society
Revolutionary organization
Legal status
Purpose
Location
  • East Asia, later worldwide
Leader Lady Akane

The Scarlet Lancers are one of the original two terrorist factions in The Multipolar World, established by Thorvald of Lym after Sonereal temporarily pulled out of IOT, leaving the GLA in limbo. They emerged prior to the game's third update, declaring their intent to liberate the People's Republic of Xinjiang from the dictatorial rule of President Christos Xinjiang, and subsequently, the successor states when the leadership proved collusive and antidemocratic.

Following China's capitulation in 2165, the Lancers petitioned Australia for the restoration of a democratic Chinese government, and helped establish the Co-operative Federation of Xinjiang, serving as a state-affiliated paramilitary and intelligence agency. They organized the country's defence during the monarchist insurrection in 2173, consolidating surviving elements into their own military wing. When UN Resolution 32 failed, the Lancers organized an international expeditionary army to retake China and arrest the China Six, forming the first half of the game's epilogue.

The Lancers are referenced several times in Multipolarity II (although never by name), and the Red Lotus appears as the enigmatic "Director-General" of the Federal Union of China in that game's epilogue.

HistoryEdit

The Lancers are inferred to have existed as a secret society for many years before the events of Multipolarity, an idea that gained particular credence after the second address revealed their leader, the "Red Lotus", to be an immortal being.

MultipolarityEdit

The Scarlet Lancers revealed themselves to the world in a public address in 2153, stating they were "compelled to respond" to the Communist Party of Xinjiang's abuse of power, which in the previous years included a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters and declarations of war against Hawai'i, India, and the 501st Legion in reaction to ensuing embargoes. Declaring Christos Xinjiang "an embarrassment to the Asiatic continent", the Lancers announced their objective of overthrowing the ruling administration and establishing a democratic government.[1]

Although Xinjiang was nominally democratized in 2159 and rebranded the "Republic of China" in 2160, the Lancers expressed severe doubt in the new government's competence. They charged that the George administration held the democratic spirit in contempt, claiming legitimacy through parliamentary procedure yet continuing to employ aggressive force to "unite" the country. The Lancers also accused the government of historical and cultural revisionism, blasting it for policies they claimed aimed to destroy Chinese and Uighur culture as part of an ill-rationalized goal of "Europeanization and modernization".[2] Limited negotiations broke down after George declared the Lancers "enemies of China",[3] and the Lancers resumed their campaign, if it had ever been suspended.

Pan–Asiatic War and expansion of foreign supportEdit

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2161 Lancer poster calling for the impeachment of President George. During the war the Lancers became synonymous with Chinese resistance movements.

In 2161, China invaded its ally the Demon Realm, touching off a war against the Coalition of Non-aligned Countries that quickly mushroomed into a regional crisis. Hawai'ian entry in 2162 led to the government's collapse and the nation's reconstitution as a monarchy under the Danish George von Constantine, which ultimately tendered unconditional surrender. A combination of factors including the peace terms, moral indignation over Chinese use of strategic weapons, and/or opposition to the unilateral dissolution of the republic prompted widespread defections and several prominent Chinese generals joining the Lancers, forming the so-called "National Army" as a dedicated military branch.

The peace ultimately proved a sham as the new king renewed hostilities in 2163 with a rapid escalation in strategic nuclear warfare. As the war's scope widened, several countries began eyeing the Scarlet Lancers as a candidate for a postwar Chinese government. Hawai'i partnered with the Lancers for Operation Scarlet Fire, a controversial plan to smuggle "suitcase nukes" into the country targeting key strategic objectives.

Ironically, China attempted to recruit the Lancers to orchestrate uprisings in preparation for a Korean invasion. The Lancers pretended to agree, forwarding the details to the Korean government which plotted an elaborate feint to trick Chinese forces into an ambush. The plan remained unrealized as China capitulated before invading.

Dublin ConferenceEdit

Main article: Dublin Conference

By 2165, China was on the verge of complete destruction. The government capitulated to Australia, its upper echelons fleeing to Ethiopia. The Lancers immediately petitioned for the reconstitution of an independent China, and were invited to help in its planning. An international conference ensued; intended as a bilateral summit with regional powers advising, it was hijacked by backroom rivalry between Hawai'i and the Comintern, resulting in a multi-state partition plan delivered to the Lancers as a fait accompli.

Democratic XinjiangEdit

Under the Dublin plan, the Lancers were granted jurisdiction over the old Xinjiang's prewar borders, reorganizing it as a democratic state that ratified a new constitution in 2166. The Lancers did not participate in party politics themselves, nor was the new government tied to them; however, they remained active in the civil service, and some embassies continued direct correspondence with the Red Lotus alongside the President.

Despite a 2165 publication suggesting demilitarization, the Lancers did not demobilize, but realigned to support Xinjiang's domestic security and intelligence services. When the monarchist Chinese Resistance Forces published death threats against Prime Minister Huiqing Da in 2166, the government retaliated with official arrest warrants for the Gang of Four, and the Lancers assisted in the creation of Special Task Force 0 to hunt down CRF operations.

When the monarchists invaded in 2173, the Lancers were entrusted with control of the armed forces, supplementing Xinjiang's standing army with its own elements. They conducted a fighting retreat to evacuate the Deming government and other citizens at risk of monarchist retribution. Following the loss of China, surviving miltary and intelligence personnel were integrated with the National Army, including STF-0.

Remobilization and liberation of ChinaEdit

The restored kingdom was widely dismissed as illegitimate by major powers and Xinjiang retained its seat on the UN Security Council. A resolution was tabled proposing an international peacemaking operation to expel the invaders, but narrowly failed due to Papal dissent. The Lancers founded the North Atlantic Defence League as an Occidental coordinating body the following year, beginning secret plans with the resolution's assenting states for a coordinated counter-invasion.

The monarchists again attempted to recruit the Lancers for their own aims, providing funding in expectation of a staged incident in Pakistan that would justify military intervention in the first step of a planned takeover of the Middle East. In 2176, the Global Liberation Army re-emerged following the Italian invasion of Egypt, declaring vendetta against the Italy–Russia Alliance, of which China was now a member. Despite mutual antipathy, the Lancers and GLA entered into an alliance of opportunity to thwart Chinese expansionism in the region.

In 2177, Scotireland invaded and conquered Chile on the pretext of hunting a rogue ballistic submarine; using captured Chilean industry it began a rapid military buildup, and on 17 October 2179 attacked UN headquarters as part of coordinated invasions of all trust territories, declaring itself the new world police. With Scotireland now the greater threat, the Lancers moved their plans forward, launching Operation Shah Mat on October 20 to retake China and arrest the government on charges of "war crimes, crimes against humanity, and high treason".[4]

Multipolarity IIEdit

The Scarlet Lancers do not appear in Multipolarity II directly, but are alluded to several times in the history of the Federal Union of China and are implied to maintain connections with multiple nations across the pregame cataclysms. By the time of the game's start they have all but disappeared from the public spotlight and their reputation abroad has blurred into fantasy, however the epilogue reveals the Lotus remains an active advisor to the Chinese government under the nebulous office of "Director-General".

IdeologyEdit

The Lancers present themselves as republicans, acting on behalf of peoples oppressed and exploited. While their declaration of intent nominally situated them in Asia, and while China, and former President Christos specifically were the crux of their early activities, with the founding of the North Atlantic Defence League in 2174 the Lancers explicitly expanded their scope to the rest of the world. Based on the universalist tone of their statements on justice, the rule of law, and the purpose of government, their war against christos200's countries appears part of a general aspiration toward global liberation, and following the Chinese campaign they appear intent on confronting GUNS.

Legal statusEdit

Among the Gang of FourEdit

From the moment of their emergence, the Scarlet Lancers were branded a terrorist organization by the Christos administration, which ordered immediate execution of collaborators and instituted a brutal military curfew involving the summary execution of anyone found outdoors (originally after 9 P.M., moved to 5 o'clock, later 2 o'clock in 2154). Following a minor uprising the government declared it would slaughter villages wholesale in reprisal campaigns, and threatened war against any state that aided rebel groups. In a personal letter to the Lotus (misidentified as Thorvald of Lym), Premier Christos vowed to

crush the rebels and burn alive every man or woman that is supporting you. Your name will be banned, and you will be forgotten from history. Anyone talking about you, will be executed!! I promise that once i arrest you, i will let you in a jail with no other prisoners, and i will force you to eat your dead men in order to not die. And then i will cut you in 1,000 pieces, following an old Turkish ritual. [sic][1]

Following the establishment of the Republic of China, the George administration made a brief attempt at reconciliation in 2161. It implored the Lancers to demilitarize, calling for more time to prove it was committed to peaceful government and parliamentary legitimacy. The Lancers retorted that George's own speech betrayed a mob rule mentality, charging that the government's inability to justify its Europeanization project and use of armed force against what it deemed breakaway states proved it held true democracy in contempt. Direct correspondence ceased after George declared the Lancers "enemies of China".[3]

While the Kingdom inherited its predecessor's vendetta and did not publicly entreat with the Lancers, it secretly attempted to recruit them for an invasion of Korea in 2165. One final attempt at reconciliation was made in 2174 by the new king Otto, claiming he wanted their participation in rebuilding China and purporting to grant clemency if the Lancers laid down arms. The Lancers refused, blasting Otto as a hypocrite for calling them "a regime of oppression"[5] when his own restoration was accomplished through illegal use of force. The kingdom again adopted a bipolar attitude, publicly denouncing the Lancers while trying to recruit them for seditious activity in the Middle East.

The Lancers issued one final communiqué to the China Six in 2179. The day before Operation Shah Mat, the Red Lotus penned an open letter that concluded with an ultimatum to surrender the state or be arrested by force as international criminals.

InternationallyEdit

Response outside China was initially ambivalent, but as time wore on and successive regimes proved unstable and incompetent, world opinion steadily grew to favour the Lancers. Both the Comintern and League of Mutual Co-Prosperity provided funding and/or tactical support during the Pan–Asiatic War, and during the Dublin Conference Hawai'i argued Asiatic stability would only be secure through a Lancers-led unified China. Countries that had initially classified the group as terrorists, like the 501st Legion, became active collaborators after the fall of Democratic Xinjiang. Notably, Korea rejected a CRF overture for non-aggression by declaring it recognized the Red Lotus as the legitimate leader of China.[a]

The few countries that adopted hostile postures against the Lancers after the monarchy's restoration included the Papal States, Russian Empire, and Order of Iblis. The Greater Union of New Scotireland cited the Lancers in a policy statement threatening peremptory warfare against any country harbouring "terrorist organizations".[6]

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