Situated in the South Pacific, the island province of Tanoa is one of many that, together, compose the Horizon Islands – an independent island nation with historic ties to both East and West. Formerly an outpost belonging to the Empire of Japan, before its liberation by US Marines in 1944, evidence of a long history of conflict and turmoil can still be found across the island – relics from times long-since passed.
Tanoa thrives off rich deposits of rare earth metals exported the world over, but controversy and civil unrest have long surrounded these efforts due to the perceived social, economic, and environmental impacts of their exploitation. Tanoa is also believed to be a hub of illicit trafficking in the Pacific, but no formal charges have ever been raised.
In 2019, Tanoa continues to enjoy a prolonged period of apparent peace and prosperity, but the volatile geopolitical situation on the world’s stage threatens to destabilize the region, and plunge it into darkness once more.
The residents of Tanoa are quiet people, by nature, and there is almost no contact with the outside world, save by the only real international interest on the islands – The International Consortium of Miners (ICOM). ICOM is responsible for all mining operations in the islands, and have so far kept a careful balance of profits and keeping the native populace relatively happy with their presence.
On August 06, 2019, ICOM-Tanoa went offline. No further communications have been received from the island since, and there has been no indication of receipt of any incoming hails. No boat traffic has left the island, and emergency satphones with ICOM personnel on the island have not been reachable.
On August 22, 2019, ICOM dispatched a SAR expedition, with two transport helicopters, containing thirteen response personnel, including two engineers with adequate knowledge to man most of the heavy equipment on the island, two helicopter and dive certified emergency medical professionals, four helicopter crew, and a team leader, as well as four armed guards.
The expedition’s last transmission was a confirmation of landing at the island’s main ICOM facility, followed by complete radio silence.
Clover International Security has been contracted to investigate the situation. The services of one squad have been retained to insert into Tanoa, investigate the cause of the blackout, restore communications, eliminate any criminal threats to ICOM resources, and otherwise provide security for ICOM personnel and facilities in the area until the situation has normalized.
… unless whatever has forced the island’s sudden silence overcomes the private military contractors, as well. Cut off from easy access to support, supplies, reinforcements, and operational instructions, Joker section will have to use every ounce of intelligence, combat aptitude, and resourcefulness that they possess to survive Operation New Horizon.
If only they knew what lies ahead of them…