Jorge Gallardo: Profile of “The Butcher”.

May 23, 2013 sliabh Rionegro News

BBC News – Latin America

8 March 2013 Last updated at 15:04 GMT

A former altar boy, pastry salesman, soldier, and secret policeman, Jorge Gallardo is now one of the most wanted men in Latin America. Implicated in a string of alleged war crimes in the Rionegron Civil war, he now is a fugitive, pursued by several local governments as well as the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Gallardo originally grew up in north western border province of San Esteban outside the city of the same name near the border with Domiguan. Three years ago he was a military reservist working in a patisserie in the Rionegro capital San Pedro. When the civil war started he joined the 25th Light Infantry to fight for Vice President Munoz’s Republicano faction. After several months of service he is believed to have volunteered to join the feared Oficina de Seguridad del Estado de Rionegro – the Rionegro Bureau of State Security, known by the acronym OSER. Promoted to lead his own unit, he was heavily involved in “pacification” activities in areas recaptured by Republicano forces from their Rival Patriotas. Gallardo is alleged to have ordered the torture and execution of both soldiers and civilians, as well as theft of money and property from those deemed “enemies of Munoz”. About this time he picked up the nickname “The Butcher”.

As condemnation of the activities of OSER began to increase last year, Gallardo who had always kept a low profile, is believed to have been recalled to San Pedro and demoted. This may have been an attempt to keep him off the radar of the special envoys appointed by the UN to investigate allegations of war crimes in the Rionegron civil war.

Around the same time a report was published in January definitively linking the government of neighbouring San Soles to the illegal supply of Surface to Surface Missiles to Munoz’s Republicanos two years ago. This was in contravention of the international arms embargo which has been in place since the outbreak of the war. In order to avoid UN sanctions the San Soles government announced the end of all support for Munoz and a policy of non-involvement in the Rionegron civil war. Gallardo is believed to have regarded this as a betrayal, and in retaliation he organised and claimed responsibility for the bombing of a bus on a scheduled passenger service in San Soles which killed 17 people.

The action was swiftly condemned by Munoz himself which formally ended Gallardo’s days with the Republicano faction. He appears to have retained a few allies, managing to evade capture by the Rionegro police following the bombing. It is believed that he has fled the capital, but his current whereabouts are unknown. Rewards for his capture have been offered by the government of San Soles and the UN. And it is likely that his former Republicano colleagues are also keen to locate him to remove a potential embarrassment to their cause.

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Register with Airsofter.ie

May 10, 2013 sliabh Game News

The game forums and, closed faction/unit discussion groups, will be hosted on Airsofter.ie this year.

To speed up the process of giving people access to these discussion groups we are encouraging everyone to register now on Airsofter.ie.

From May 30th, the game booking form will ask for an Airsofter alias. If we get yours at booking time then we should be able to link your account to the right unit forum straight away.

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Updated Republicano ORBAT

May 9, 2013 sliabh Game News

The Republicano Order of Battle has been updated. Munoz regards the upcoming battle as so being so important he has sent a squad of the Oficina de Seguridad del Estado de Rionegro (Rionegro State Security Bureau) to ensure commanders and troops on the ground are aggressive enough in combating the combined Domiguan-Patriota menace, and to root out treason.

Updated Republicano ORBAT

Updated Republicano ORBAT

¡Viva la República de Rionegro!

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What does into game planning?

May 9, 2013 sliabh Rionegro Initiative

As we have had a few requests we will lift the curtain a little bit on the planning that goes into the Rionegro game. This is the Game Background Document from last year. It describes the situation in Rionegro, who a lot of the characters are, and provides back story for the event. The EMs used it to develop missions and objectives for factions and units. Hopefully this will give you an idea of the level of detail we dive we put into planning and organising the game.

Somewhere out on the internet there is a 2013 version, but we’d have to kill you if you saw it.
http://goo.gl/kUlFj

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The IVth International Brigade

May 1, 2013 sliabh Game NewsUnit information

There seems to be a little confusion about the IVth International Brigade (IVIB). We will be getting a member of the world’s media to profile the unit later, but I thought we should clarify some things.

The IVth is not a new version of the Penitents we had last year. The Penitents were planned as a unit for newer players, with a structure, support and missions tailored accordingly. The IVIB is intended for experienced MilSim players. The unit will be more demanding than the other Republicano Unit, the 25th Light Infantry. As well as their primary mission objectives supporting the Republicano faction they will have a significant, and committing secondary one.

This secondary mission will need the players to act with plenty of initiative, often independently of the main force. And while it won’t be as covert as the sort of missions planned for the ISOA, they will have to be sneaky bastards. We can’t say too much, but this will give you some idea of what to expect:

Oddball & Co

Oddball & Co

We want the unit’s character to reflect this as well. The IVIB are loyal Republicanos, very capable, effective and dependable. They just are not great at following military rules and regulations. Other than meeting the headgear requirements of the faction (helmets, bandanas, berets) they will be sloppy, independent, and a bit undisciplined. Saluting officers is not something they are good at.

I hope that clears things up.

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ORBAT

April 30, 2013 sliabh Game NewsPictures

Republicano ORBAT

Republicano ORBAT

Not pictured – commander’s names, unit sizes and radio channel allocations. All vital intel to be hunted down…

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Facebook poll

April 27, 2013 sliabh Game News

On our Facebook page we are running a poll to see what units people are most interested in signing up for. Drop over and let us know.

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Rionegro gold thief dies in prison.

April 25, 2013 sliabh Rionegro News

Published April 24, 2013 Associated Press

San Soles, Rionegro – A spokesman for the Rionegro Ministry of Prisons has announced that convicted bank robber Sergio Garcia has died in prison this week. Garcia (27), who was from the village of Las Cureñas outside the northern town of San Esteban, is reported to have died of “heart failure”.

To date he remains the only person to have been convicted in connection with the daring heist of gold from the Rionegro State Bank two years ago. The robbery occurred during the confusion in the capital at the outbreak of the country’s Civil War. A number of masked gunmen hijacked a truck carrying part of the Rionegro state gold reserves as it was being transferred for “safe keeping” by forces loyal to Vice President Munoz. As well as the financial impact, the loss of the gold was an embarrassment to the newly formed Republicano government. It remains unclear how much gold was taken at the time.

Despite a considerable search by the authorities the gang appear to have successfully used the chaos of the outbreak of war to cover their tracks. None of the gold has been recovered and Sergio Garcia was the only individual charged and convicted in relation to the crime. He was reported to have been drunkenly bragging of his responsibility in a bar when he was overheard by a police informer. A military court, operating under the emergency laws passed by the Republicano regime, had convicted Garcia of the crime and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. The sentence was controversially extended to life-without-parole for refusing to cooperate with the authorities in identifying other gang members, or the location of the stolen gold. This was protested by a number of countries and international organisations at the time.

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Rionegro gold thief dies in prison.

April 24, 2013 sliabh Rionegro News

Published April 24, 2013 Associated Press

San Soles, Rionegro – A spokesman for the Rionegro Ministry of Prisons has announced that convicted bank robber Sergio Garcia has died in prison this week. Garcia (27), who was from the village of Las Cureñas outside the northern town of San Esteban, is reported to have died of “heart failure”.

To date he remains the only person to have been convicted in connection with the daring heist of gold from the Rionegro State Bank two years ago. The robbery occurred during the confusion in the capital at the outbreak of the country’s Civil War. A number of masked gunmen hijacked a truck carrying some of the Rionegro state gold reserves as it was being transferred for “safe keeping” by forces loyal to Vice President Munoz. As well as the financial impact, the loss of the gold was an embarrassment to the newly formed Republicano government. It remains unclear how much gold was taken at the time.

Despite a considerable search by the authorities the gang appear to have successfully used the chaos of the outbreak of war to cover their tracks. None of the gold has been recovered and Sergio Garcia was the only individual charged and convicted in relation to the crime. He was reported to have been drunkenly bragging of his responsibility in a bar when he was overheard by a police informer. A military court, operating under the emergency laws passed by the Republicano regime, had convicted Garcia of the crime and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. The sentence was controversially extended to a life sentence for refusing to cooperate with the authorities in identifying other gang members, or the location of the stolen gold. This was protested by a number of countries and international organisations at the time.

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Bookings

April 10, 2013 sliabh Game News

We have been looking at changes to our booking system for this year’s game. We have some good news, and some not so good.

First, we have had requests to take group bookings, and so we have been investigating what is needed to to make this work. Unfortunately we cannot come up into a process that is workable, and fair for everyone. As a result we will not be offering a facility for group bookings. Sorry.

However, because people do have issues with PayPal payments, and internet access. We are planning to have tickets sold in a number of Airsoft shops. We will announce where and how this will work soon.

And finally we know a lot of people want to be part of this game, but can’t make the whole weekend. So we will be offering a number of one day, Sunday-only tickets for “Reinforcements”. These will have to be pre-booked and pre-paid, and will allow players to join the units in the major Factions – Republicano, or Domiguan-Patriota alliance. Again further details will be provided in coming weeks.

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