The FIA (full name: Freedom and Independence Army) is the name of two separate Independent guerrilla resistance movements that has made several appearances throughout the ArmA series.
ArmA: Cold War Assault Edit
The two initial founders of the Nogovan partisans (the predecessors of the FIA) were Gabriel and Geronimo. Other key members of the resistance group include Victor Troska, who would successfully lead the FIA to victory against the Soviet forces on Nogova, and Tasmanian Devil, an inside informant who reveals many of the Soviet's plans to the group.
The group was formed in the wake of the crisis Nogova underwent after several members of the socialist party invited Soviet forces into the country, lead by none other than Colonel Aleksei Guba himself to occupy the country.
Events of Resistance (1982) Edit
This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Cold War Assault's 'Resistance' campaign.
The partisans acted against Soviet forces on Nogova. Being a prequel to Cold War Assault, Resistance marks the first canonical appearance of the FIA.
Initially, the group is easily outmatched by the Soviets who quickly crush the opposition with little effort. However, things begin to change for the better when Victor Troska joins the resistance group. Forced to take command following Gabriel's death and at the behest of Geronimo, he brings the fight back to the Soviets who attack their main base.
After several successful raids, the movement begins to gain traction and earns sympathy from the Nogovan people, more of whom join the resistance in order to fight against the Soviet occupation. Later on, the movement even receives materiel aid from the U.S. forces stationed in Malden, and covert support from James Gastovski and his team.
Their continued successes slowly drive the Soviets back until they are finally cornered to the airfield where Guba is holding out. The partisans discover that he intends to utilise the bombers stationed there obliterate Nogova in order to cover their retreat.
In a heroic last stand, Troska manages to destroy the bomber fleet but the Soviets encircle him afterwards. Although stated to be missing in action, he is eventually killed by the Soviets. Nonetheless, the legacy of his sacrifice (and that of the partisan movement) would go on to inspire the formation of the FIA three years later.
Events of Cold War Crisis (1985) Edit
This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Cold War Assault's 'Cold War Crisis' campaign.
The FIA were present on Everon and Kolgujev during the Soviet invasion, and assisted U.S. forces in repelling Soviets lead once again by Guba (now General). Chronologically, this was the also first title in the series that introduced the FIA as a faction.
Following the successful takeover of Everon by Guba's forces, David Armstrong is rescued by a member of the FIA called Slava just before he is about to be captured by the Soviets. Slava not only helps David escape the island, but manages to convince him to lend some support in order to help the group in a rescue mission.
Under orders from Colonel Blake, Armstrong and Gastovski later return to Everon in order to enlist the aid of the FIA. With the help of the FIA, U.S.-led NATO forces eventually drive out Guba's Soviet contingent from Everon.
During the events of Resistance, the partisans led by Troska on Nogova were poorly armed and mostly relied on civilian firearms such as the Kozlice shotgun or AK-47 assault rifles. As their struggle against the Soviets continued, their arsenal would be slowly expanded with the inclusion of RPG-75NH rocket launchers, PK general-purpose machine guns, and AK-74 assault rifles scavenged from dead Soviet conscripts and the supply depots that they raided.
With their successes against the Soviets continuing to mount up over time, and during the events of Cold War Crisis, they would be even better equipped and eventually acquire a diverse array of Western and Eastern-made equipment. These ranged from the G3A4/FAL series of battle rifles, as well as UZI and Ingram submachine guns.
For general mobility and troop transport purposes, the FIA mostly relied on UAZs and Praga trucks. Later on, they even had access to heavy ground vehicles in the form of T-55 and T-72 main battle tanks, though the majority of them were usually repurposed vehicles stolen from the Soviets.
ArmA 3 Edit
|«|| Believed to be chiefly composed of former and defected members of the Altis Armed Forces, disparate fragments of opposition to the 2026 Kavala coup d'etat joined together in the grind of bloody civil war.
United in pursuit of the removal of the military-backed government and the rejection of external influence - despite recent setbacks - the FIA have begun to gain traction among the largely displaced population of the Republic and has found international support in the west.Although the exact size of the FIA remains unknown - with evidence of cells operating across the entirety of Altis - they have remained a veritable thorn in the Pyrgos government’s side. As to the question of their namesake, rumours harken back to stories of resistance cells of the same name opposing Soviet occupation at the height of the Cold War.
Official ArmA 3 site description
Following the 2026 Kavala coup d'etat that would lead to the start of the bloody civil war, the FIA primarily consisted of disgruntled Altian citizens, ex-military defectors, and former members of the pre-civil war government who have united against the hardline Altis Armed Forces (AAF) controlled government led by Colonel Akhanteros.
One of the prominent heads of the organisation is Kostas Stavrou, leader of the Northern Groups of FIA cells on the Altian mainland. Other key members include Nikos Panagopoulos, who serves as the organisation's primary arms dealer and liaison, Alexis Kouris, who helped defend the village of Oreokastro in the early days of the war, and (eventually) Ben Kerry, an American soldier from the remnants of the NATO-led Task Force Aegis.
The FIA was formed from the ashes of the now-defunct government loyalists that fought in the civil war. It is a guerrilla force that was organised by AAF officers who defected when they disregarded orders to kill civilians during the Kavala protests.
It initially began as a somewhat disorganised insurgency movement that only consisted of former government loyalists and civilian locals who engaged in guerrilla warfare against the new AAF.
With the signing of the Jerusalem Cease Fire of 2030 marking the end of the civil war, and with the gradual drawdown of NATO-led peacekeeping forces from Task Force Aegis, activity from the group would be mostly limited to the occasional skirmish against the AAF.
Events of Beyond Hope (2026) Edit
This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3's Tac-Ops Mission Pack DLC scenario 'Beyond Hope'.
Nine years prior to the events of The East Wind, civil war rages on the island country of the Republic of Altis and Stratis in light of the violent coup led by Colonel Akhanteros. Government loyalists (predecessors of the present-day FIA) engaged in a series of constant skirmishes against coup forces in the hopes of restoring the legitimate government.
Early on in the war, a temporary ceasefire is agreed upon by both sides in order for IDAP to deliver aid supplies to civilians. The ceasefire is quickly broken by coup forces however, leading to yet another outbreak of hostilities.
But with the odds going increasingly against them and lacking international support (aside from covert aid provided by CTRG), the loyalists would find themselves engaged in a five-year long losing struggle that would only be ended with the signing of the Jerusalem Cease Fire.
Events of Remnants of War (2034) Edit
This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3's Laws of War DLC 'Remnants of War' campaign.
The now-abandoned village of Orekastro was once a major stronghold for the FIA in the aftermath of the civil war. The village became a gathering ground for the FIA to recruit citizens disillusioned with the new government, and it was essentially an open secret that the villagers supported the budding guerrilla movement.
However, in light of the FIA's growing strength, the hardline AAF government saw fit to crush the movement once and for all by launching a major offensive to take the village by any means necessary. Though their assault was initially blunted in large part due to how well-fortified the village was, it eventually fell after the town was obliterated by cluster bombs.
Its destruction would eventually become the very symbol of the FIA's resistance, a rallying point for the fighting that would follow almost a year later.
Events of The East Wind (2035) Edit
This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3's 'The East Wind' campaign.
|«|| The FIA are becoming increasingly desperate, as AAF forces begin to consolidate their position on Altis with the backing of Canton Protocol forces equipment and training.|
News reports on the increased surge in FIA activity
In light of the continued withdrawal of U.S. peacekeepers and Task Force Aegis' mandate being restricted to the island of Stratis, meant that the AAF's ability to enforce control over the mainland was beginning to erode.
Within the span of a year prior to the events of The East Wind, the FIA stepped up their efforts and widened the scale of their operations, with an increasing number of guerrilla strikes being conducted on the now-thinly spread AAF.
When Akhanteros' forces attacked the remaining elements of Task Force Aegis; supposedly in retaliation to a unprovoked assault by NATO forces, the FIA commenced a new round of raids against the AAF/CSAT forces on Altis.
During the chaos, Nikos Panagopoulos manages to establish contact with remnants of TF Aegis. They attempt to negotiate an agreement for NATO support in exchange for the FIA providing arms and other equipment.
Their meeting is cut short after the AAF attack one of their outposts however, and Nikos himself is eventually apprehended by the AAF after failing to evade capture following an ambush.
Mere days after the remnants of TF Aegis are wiped out and Nikos' disappearance, a joint task force of AAF/CSAT troops conduct a large-scale counterinsurgency operation in Kavala; which up until this point had been a major FIA stronghold. The raids destroy much of their supply caches and cause the loss of many guerrillas.
In a stroke of fortune however, one of the survivors of the task force joins the movement after his narrow escape from the AAF's surprise ambush. Under Kerry's skilful leadership and the resourcefulness of his unit (callsign Omega), as well as covert support provided by CTRG forces, the FIA begin to push back against the AAF in spite of their earlier losses from the Kavala raids.
Following the rescue of Nikos, the FIA eventually overrun much of the northern and western parts of Altis with the exception of Kavala itself, which was one of the few cities to remain in AAF hands until the eve of the NATO invasion.
Having suffered considerable manpower and materiel losses, the AAF are forced to fall back to the central and north/south-western sections of the island in order consolidate their remaining forces. Now with the AAF on the run, and Nikos informing Stavrou of an impending NATO invasion, the FIA make plans to assault AAF positions near the Altis International Airport in order to draw enemy forces away from the main airport itself.
|«|| This is where the tides turn, brothers. We are stronger than ever before. An end to our struggle is finally within our grasp. Let us not waste it.|
Stavrou briefing his men hours before the main assault
The assault is initially successful, with both the AAC airfield and the nearby town of Therisa quickly falling to the guerrillas as their defenders are overwhelmed by the FIA blitzkrieg.
However they suffer a major setback when NATO helicopters; mistaking FIA guerrillas as being hostile, open fire on the main assault element. To make matters worse, Stavrou himself is presumably killed in the ensuing attack, which causes chaos to erupt amongst the remaining guerrillas as they're unsure of whether to continue or fall back.
Thanks to Kerry's efforts however, communications with the invasion force are established, and the FIA form an amicable, albeit uneasy, alliance with the 111th Mechanized Brigade Combat Team.
FIA guerrillas eventually assisted the 111th in the counterattack to retake defensive positions at Neochori, and helped in the main assault against AAF/CSAT positions at the main airport.
Nikos was also fundamental in getting through to Kerry to make sure that NATO artillery did not inflict too much collateral damage against citizens still caught in the crossfire as they assaulted the capital of Altis, Pyrgos, later in the evening.
Post-East Wind Edit
Immediately following the aftermath of the conflict, FIA guerrillas worked alongside NATO forces in setting up jointly-administered internment camps. They assisted in rounding up what was left of the AAF, and helped to identify troopers that were responsible for committing war crimes.
Completely victorious, the FIA itself was eventually dissolved after the end of the war. With their goal of re-establishing a legitimate, internationally-approved government chaired by one of their own now achieved, there was no longer a need to maintain the guerrilla movement.
Many former FIA members would go on to serve as members of the new democratic government's cabinet.
Civil-war era government loyalists (predecessors of the modern-day FIA) were better armed with a mixture of pre-coup AAF equipment, and those covertly supplied to them by CTRG. This ranged from LIM-85 light machine guns to AKS-74Us, and even armoured vehicles such the AFV-4 Gorgon.
However the post-civil war FIA was less well-equipped, and mainly relied on a mixture of hardware smuggled in from arms dealers around the Mediterranean, along with equipment scavenged in raids against CSAT forces and the AAF. FIA guerrillas are often seen using the TRG and Mk20 series of bullpup assault rifles chambered in 5.56×45 mm. On occasion, Mk200s and even Zafir LMGs are also used. For anti-tank purposes, the FIA utilise RPG-42s and MAAWS Mk4 Mod 0s obtained from arms smugglers and fallen CSAT and AAF soldiers/supply depots.
Unlike their loyalist predecessors, the current FIA lacked the ability to obtain or maintain heavy vehicles. As a result, it relies exclusively on re-purposed civilian vehicles for transportation. Offroad pickups are often retrofitted with M2 .50 cal heavy machine guns or SPG-9 launchers to serve as improvised armed vehicles. In very rare cases, the FIA has also utilised captured AAF and CSAT vehicles such as Zamak trucks or Ifrit MRAPs for use in large-scale operations.