- May 21, 2007
Hello everybody! Kaiser_Mobius here, and welcome to another little AAR project of mine. I recently had the urge to put together another AAR scenario and after alot of time and work I think I am ready to begin what I hope will be another successful and entertaining story to share with all of you.
This time, I will be playing as the United States of America, in a customized 2015 AAR Scenario I have put together using the latest (I think) version of the Modern Day Scenario mod for Hearts of Iron: Darkest Hour. Some of you will probably be familiar with a previous AAR I did over a few years ago as the United States in the KaiserReich mod for Hearts of Iron 2, Armageddon. Based on the feedback from that one it seemed pretty successful, and I hope I can replicate such success in this one as well.
Part of the appeal to that previous American AAR was the level of challenge I tried to implement, as playing as the United States, even on very high levels of difficulty, can strongly be seen as playing the game on "easy mode". However, I believe I may have set up a rather challenging scenario that I hope will provide alot of hours of fun reading for many of you, and test my own skills as a player of this wonderful computer game franchise. In this effort I have taken alot of inspiration from not only real life events, but also many of my favourite movies, video games, and other things, to create what I hope will be an interesting semi-realistic but also entertaining AAR.
Anyways, enough with my babbling, its time to get on with the settings and the prologue!
Game: Hearts of Iron Darkest Hour version 1.03, Modern Day Scenario mod
Country: United States of America
Difficulty: Normal (with the option of later raising it to hard)
Full IC take over: On
Democracy can Start War: On
Other notes: alot of changes to different countries, some new/converted sprites, some unit tweaks to build times and IC costs, and other things as they are revealed.
Denver, Colorado, March 6th, 2015
President Harling stood outside the Colorado State House. It had felt like an eternity before he could finally step outside for a minute and enjoy a cigarette he had been craving all day. It was a bad habit, and he had promised his wife he was going to quit years ago, but considering the stress of his new, and unexpected job, he told himself he deserved at least to have one in this moment of peace.
Denver was very beautiful at this time, it was late evening, and the lights were still on all over the city. "Not for much longer though" he thought to himself, the mandatory blackout was due to come into force pretty soon, in an attempt to keep the enemy's aircraft from spotting any major targets should they try to launch another major night raid like the one that hit the city several days ago. US Air Force fighters could be heard overhead, the dull roar of their engines now a permanent sound over the skies of not only Denver but over most of the parts of the country still under the Federal Government's control.
There were other military assets present outside as well. Although the President liked to think he was alone, the large detail of US Marines and Secret Service Agents that were always close by reminded him that being alone would not come for a very long time. Some of those same people had served his predecessor, before the attack on Washington, when the war that had been raging for some time overseas, had finally reached this country's shores. There were other things too, like the Colorado National Guard soldiers that manned checkpoints in the city streets, the US Army soldiers with their Stinger missiles and machine guns that were dotted around the state house, the special forces snipers that sat on its rooftop, always on watch in case some enemy commando team managed to reach the building or something. It seemed so absurd only a few short years ago that something like that could even be possible, yet now it seemed like anything could happen.
While lost in thought, and taking another drag from his cigarette, he heard a voice. "Mr President?" It was one of his secretaries, with an update for him. "Yes, go ahead?" he responded politely. "Mr. President, Generals Sheppard and Granger are ready for you to meet with them now, the military attache's from Canada, Mexico, and Colombia have also arrived. Oh, and before I forget, the ambassador from the Dominican Republic has formally requested asylum for himself and his family, given that it appears his government may soon surrender to the Cubans." The President nodded, "Thank you Susan, please ask the Secretary of State if she can fast track his request." "Yes Mr. President", she responded, before walking back into the State House.
"Another ambassador about to become a permanent resident" the President thought to himself. How many ambassadors was that now? 20? 25? He couldn't remember. As he finished his cigarette and headed back inside for tonights war briefing, all the President could do was worry. The war wasn't going well, and there more than likely will be others that will join the Dominican Republic's ambassador in the future. The President just hoped that he wouldn't have to run alongside them to New Zealand on a submarine in the near future. President Harling was the 45th President of the United States, he just hoped that he wouldn't also be the last one. If things on the battlefield didn't start improving soon, the whole country could be finished....