USAGE OF FOREIGN PMC FORCES DRAWS SCRUTINY FROM ANTI WAR GROUPS
By Hunter Linde
Following the bombing of a Cascadian Civil Protection office in downtown Seattle on the 14th of February, 2045, a sizable detachment of private security contractors from the Sumatran PMC "United Security" made their way to Cascadia. This, following a request for aid from Governor General Sunderland. Largely, the security forces have shown that they are competent at supplementing domestic law enforcement agencies, but this has not stopped detractors from voicing their displeasure for the move. Many took to social media to call for the outright banning of travel from Sumatra to Cascadia.
"We're importing terrorists to fight terrorists." One man said. "I learned all I needed to know about those private security firms from the war", another was quoted as saying. While public opinion is split evenly in two on the matter, the opposition is quite vocal.
Sumatra, for those uninformed, is a territory in Asia that brands itself as a nation that stands for total individual freedom. Its gun laws are nonexistent, as are drug laws. It is also host to private military companies that number in the hundreds, resulting from its popularity as a destination for disenfranchised soldiers. Some are exiles, some go willingly, but all have a complete and unshakable love for Sumatra.
Cascadia and Sumatra have always had a working relationship. As many will recall, during the War of Division it was the Sumatran 5th Armored Rifle Division that assisted in the retaking of Seattle from federal troops. With a monument erected at SeaTac to commemorate the event, depicting a Cascadian soldier, embracing his Sumatran comrade. This monument, to this day, is still adorned with flowers and photos of those lost to the Battle of Seattle. An inscription reading "To Our Brothers And Sisters In Arms", proudly inlaid with gold mined from the Idaho province.
We were approached by a USEC Commander to do an interview, to quote "give their side of the story." This man will go unnamed for security reasons.
When asked about their task and mission in Cascadia, he offered this; "Counter insurgency and intelligence gathering. We're not here to secure any interests we have in this country, we're here to help you guys. It's a burden on a new nation to have to fight an armed rebellion with as much influence as the Freedom Movement, and the Cascadian military has been doing a phenomenal job in assisting us in our duties. General Barclay has been cooperative and pleasant to work with."
However, there are those who believe the motivations of USEC are less than altruistic. It was found late in March of 2038 that a Sumatran firm going by the name 'Vox Group" (consisting of Russian expats) was strong-arming the Venezuelan Liberty Mining company into paying exorbitant amounts of money in exchange for their safety. Failing to meet that demand, Vox opted to seize the mine through a bloody firefight, installing their own workforce afterward to reap the profits. USEC, being from Sumatra as well, failed to condemn these actions when asked.
Overall, it remains to be seen if USEC's involvement in 'Operation Causeway' is what the firm says it is. The truth of the matter is that we as Cascadians, will only know after all is said and done.