FIA (full name: Freedom and Independence Army) is the name of two separate BLUFOR/Independent guerilla resistance movements which have made appearances in both ArmA: Cold War Assault and ArmA 3.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

The FIA in ArmA: Cold War Assault is a resistance group that operates throughout the island states of Everon, Kolgujev, and Nogova.



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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)

Events of Cold War Crisis (1985)


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

The FIA in ArmA 3 is an Altian resistance group that operates in the Republic of Altis and Stratis.


« 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



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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.


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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.

Their primary goal remains mostly the same as that of their loyalist predecessors; the removal of the existing CSAT/NATO-approved hardline government led by Akhanteros.

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)

Events of Remnants of War (2034)

Events of The East Wind (2035)

Post-East Wind

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 were better armed and had access to a mixture of pre-coup AAF equipment, as well as those supplied to them covertly by CTRG. This ranged from LIM-85 light machine guns, AKS-74U carbines, and even SPAR-16 assault rifles. Armoured vehicles such the AFV-4 Gorgon were also readily deployed in combat against the hardline pro-Akhanteros AAF and their paramilitary allies.

However, the post-civil war FIA was less well-equipped in comparison, 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 guerillas 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 rocket launchers obtained from arms smugglers, fallen AAF soldiers, and captured supply depots.

Unlike their loyalist predecessors, the current FIA also 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.


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