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OverviewThe island of Altis is a Mediterranean island off the eastern coast of Sicily. It is the setting for "The East Wind" and the main island featured in ArmA 3. The abandoned village of Oreokastro plays an important part in the "Remnants of War" DLC campaign.
Altis, spreading over an area of 270.5 km², is situated in the Mediterranean Sea. The island’s climate is Mediterranean, with particularly strong winds and average temperatures, slightly colder than Greek mainland, mild winters with the occasional seasonal snowfall. The highest peak is Thronos with 350 meters above sea level.
The most inhabited and developed areas can be found on the South-West of the island. The current population (excluding military personnel) is partially scattered amongst the isolated farms and villages, estimated to be approximately 44,000 people.
The population of Altis traces its origin to the Phoenician civilization of traders and explorers, that founded many settlements on the island. In the middle ages the island was ruled by Arabian warlords, who built a castle on Thronos. Centuries later Venician merchants founded the city of Kavala on the ruins of a Phoenician city, which became the island's capital for several centuries.
Later the island came under the rule of the British Empire. In 1916 the British built the Altis Aero Club airstrip, which was the first Altian airfield at that time. Eventually Altis and Stratis gained independence from the Empire, forming the Republic of Altis and Stratis. Eventually, the Republic applied for and was granted membership in the European Union.
2026 civil war
In 2026, the country fell into disarray in the aftermath of the Kavala coup d'etat, with the new military government run by the Altis Armed Forces establishing its capital in Pyrgos. Following the coup, military defectors banded together into the Freedom and Independence Alliance to resist the military takeover, with the ensuing conflict turning into a bloody civil war which lasted four years. During this period, the European Union revoked the Republic's membership status in the EU.
The civil war finally came to an end with the Jerusalem Cease Fire of 2030 which mandated the creation of an armed defense force to secure the sovereign territory of The Republic of Altis and Stratis, essentially rebuilding the AAF under the observation and training of Task Force Aegis, an international peacekeeping force assembled to help guide the Republic back to a peaceful and orderly state of affairs.
On May 10th, 2034, an AAF patrol killed six civilians in a village north of Kore, reportedly in self-defence. NATO peacekeeping forces verified the reported timeline, but the justification for the use of force remained questionable. Following this event, AAF leadership offered to have a sit-down with the FIA at the Ministry of Defence in Kavala.
On May 17th, 2034, an AAF convoy was ambushed on the way to the sit-down in Kavala. FIA guerrillas were present in the area and all were killed after attacking NATO peacekeepers who came looking for convoy. One AAF soldier initially survived the attack but was unresponsive and unfortunately died before medevac arrived, leaving no one to explain the course of events. Meanwhile, talks at the ministry of defence quickly deteriorated as the FIA became apparently convinced that the talks had not been offered in good faith. FIA forces subsequently launched an all-out assault on Kavala.
Despite the surprise of the attack, the AAF managed to hold Kavala. After the fight, NATO peacekeepers observed AAF forces abusing captured FIA prisoners, and despite their objections, the AAF's Colonel Akhanteros managed to make NATO back down and allow the abuse to continue. In the following months, there was rapid deterioration in AAF-NATO relations. By December 25th, 2034, NATO's peacekeeping mandate was reduced to covering only the territory of Stratis.
In 2035, CSAT began stepping up joint military exercises in the Pacific, leading NATO to relocate forces to the Pacific theater in a defensive stance. On June 26th, 2035, NATO began the process of decommissioning millions of dollars worth of its equipment in Stratis in preparation for a final and complete withdrawal from the Republic of Altis and Stratis. Meanwhile, Altis was openly accepting CSAT investments and inviting CSAT forces to Altis, leading to even worse relations between the AAF and NATO.
NATO planned to dismantle every base on Stratis, including the Mike-26 radar installation and the Stratis airbase. The objective was to leave nothing to the AAF, not even scrap. Ion Inc. won the contract to scrap NATO's equipment in the Mediterranean in preparation for the change of regional focus.
The East Wind
- Main article: The East Wind
NATO forgot to inform AAF command that Stratis airbase was to be scrapped as well. On July 7th, 2035, this led to AAF's top commander, Col. Akhanteros, coming to visit the Stratis airbase before it could be decommissioned. While he was there, the AAF closed all roads in Stratis for his security. According to Sgt. Adams, Col. Akhanteros was reportedly "throwing a hissy fit" over the fact that the airbase was going to be decommissioned.
By this point, relations between the AAF and NATO were clearly already strained, as Adams also told Kerry that "the greenbacks already hate our guts" (greenback being a pejorative term for AAF soldiers). With the decommissioning process about halfway done, Col. MacKinnon wanted to step up the pace and get the remaining NATO forces off of Stratis as quickly as possible.
For unclear reasons, Col. MacKinnon went to the Kamino firing range and requested that Sgt. Adams bring over some logistical support. He was allowed through an AAF checkpoint, as were Adams and Kerry who followed him a few minutes later. About 200-300 meters after passing three AAF soldiers standing near a Strider parked off to the right side of the road, Adams and Kerry found MacKinnon's Hunter overturned with the commander dead on the road, and the vehicle's driver dead inside of it. All but the front left wheel of the vehicle appeared to have been destroyed.
Moments later, the AAF launched a massive coordinated surprise attack, taking airbase Mike-26, Stratis air base and the Kamino firing range within minutes, and launching a heavy assault on Camp Rogain. Cpt. Johnson (taking callsign Broadway from Col. MacKinnon) ordered an immediate withdrawal from Stratis. A significant number of troops survived but were unable to escape and ended up rallying together at Camp Maxwell.
This sequence of events ultimately drew NATO and the AAF into a full-scale war which eventually led to the AAF surrendering to NATO forces, and a new democratic government being established, led by President Panagopoulos.
Remnants of War
- Main article: Remnants of War
- Altis is based on Limnos, an island in the aegean sea. It is 25% smaller than the real place.
- In the armaverse the islands of Limnos and Agios Efstratios (the basis for Stratis) do not exist