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You had better hope to God that this is fiction. Many of the basics
elaborated here are drawn either directly or inferentially from the US Army
Field Manual FM 90-10, "
Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain", as well
as from other sources, including some fairly standard histories of assorted
The world has recently passed a major historic watershed - more than half of
mankind now lives in cities. Thus, Urban Warfare increasingly becomes
an essential basis of strategy, where formerly it was to be avoided. At any
rate, for any occupation or insurgency to be effective, solid control of
urban areas (or at least of their choke-points) will be essential.
"Within a built-up area, a company may defend with mutually
supporting fires several buildings prepared for perimeter defense. Each
platoon defends one or two buildings within a company strongpoint or a floor
of a large building that is defended by a company.
Strongpoints constitute the basis of each defensive position. They are
usually prepared in solidly constructed buildings located at intersections,
entrances to public squares and parks, or adjacent to bridges, and with
observation and prepared fields of fire appropriate to the weapons
available. Fires are coordinated between strongpoints. They offer personnel
protection against weapons of mass destruction. Communication trenches are
prepared within strong-points. In addition, ambushes are set up in the gaps
between positions, and wooden structures or other buildings which hinder
fields of fire are razed."
"Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain", Chapter 2.5, 'Battalion
After a period of infiltration by scouts, some area will be selected to be
invested, wholesale if necessary, and converted into a secure yet non-overt
strongpoint, probably guarding a chokepoint, called an enclave.
It should be noted that once an enclave has been secured, as FM 90-10 says:
"The attack of a built-up area, regardless of its size and the level of
command involved, should be considered only as the last resort, and only
when major advantage accrues to the attacker through its seizure or control.
- First, a
suitable neighborhood is selected. Ideally, the
neighborhood selected will have all of the attributes which make any
neighborhood desirable, but insurgency enclaves are usually characterized
by at least three of the following attributes:
- Passive Access Control. Insurgents prefer neighborhoods
which have circumference roads, with mazelike internal topography, and
limited points of egress. Insurgents will then attempt to gain control
of the residences near these intersections, by whatever means are necessary,
adhering of course to the basic sociopathic insurgency dictum: Anything's okay, as
long as you don't get caught.
- Potential for Active Access Control. Once secured,
chokepoint-positioned houses or shopping centers are heavily armed, and
secret fortifications are built. An immediate indicator of being an insurgent
is the presence of secret subbasements. Whenever possible, insurgents
who have managed to fully control an egress point will connect their
fortifications by tunnel.
- Meeting Places. When insurgents target a neighborhood, they
need a place to get together which can be secured against listening devices,
or alternatively, allowed to be bugged but shielded from video surveillance;
communication will be by sign-language. Insurgents do not usually speak
over the telephone, not about business. Speaking in the clear would be an
insane risk; and talking in code is a dead giveaway. Insurgents cannot
afford to be caught.
- Schools which can be controlled.
- Shopping Centers, ideally those which are positioned at
access-control points for limited-egress neighborhoods.
- Post offices which primarily hire from within the local
community. Control of the postal service, or at least control of the
carriers on selected routes, is absolutely essential as it
permits monitoring or diversion of communications. Postal workers, not
incidentally, can be considered as a huge intelligence-gathering agency, if
they are trained as such.
- Real-Estate Agencies are a prime target, as they are essential
in the transfer of property from insurgency victims to the insurgents
themselves. This can save a lot of money.
I can think of no finer example of all of the above than the enclave at
Maryland Route 28 and Bauer Drive, just to the east of Rockville,
- Once chokepoints have been established, and initial control has been
acquired and maintained, a pattern of harassment develops. First, in the
case of control of a particular store in a particular shopping center,
fairly large amounts of money may have been poured into maintaining a
storefront which may have few if any customers. Insurgents from all
around may come long distances to do their shopping at this one place,
- Establish and maintain a presence in relatively large numbers.
- Harass any persons with no association with the group, ideally
creating a subliminal perception that the area is overrun. This psychological-warfare
aspect can be very successful and very demoralizing, even when applied in
limited scope. For instance, a few persons in a few cars can cruise entire
neighborhoods, and in the absence of an ability of those harassed to
identify a single common actor in multiple incidences of harassment, as the
stories multiply, so do the perceived number of actors. Were the harassed to
get together, they'd realize they have only a few uncommonly active enemies,
however, another goal is to:
- Prevent establishment of effective opposition groups. This is
where the insurgents can get really scary.
- Elimination of Opposition:
- Primary in the matter of elimination of opposition is the prevention of
perception of insurgency. This is a mixing of activities with the final
stages of Consolidation of Enclave. In the above example, it must be
remembered that it is essential to restrict harassment activities to those
who will mistake such harassment for simple crime. It is also essential to
maintain the spoofery by never, under any circumstances, targeting police,
military, and particularly never intelligence or military intelligence
personnel for harassment. This last group have routes of communication and
investigative resources which cannot always be detected, controlled or
eliminated by insurgents.
- Detection of Intelligentsia and Community Leadership. This is
a simple matter, for the most part. Most intellegentsia are proud of their
intellects and display them with great abandon. One need only listen to them
speak. Some of them even foolishly assist in their identification by
publishing internetworked documents such as this one.
- Debilitation of Intelligentsia and Community Leadership. There
are a wide variety of techniques for the debilitation of the intelligentsia.
Mostly these come under the categories of Sex, Money, Ideology, Contraband,
or Ego (SMICE) techniques. In the event of someone being inaccessable or
inamenable to SMICE, there are a variety of more active measures which can
be used, such as psychoactive chemical
dusts or sprays, or simple "pointless" beatings by "random criminals".
- Divide the Community. Terrorism in the extreme. First,
create monsters to distract attention from the fact that you're the monster.
Start witch hunts. If necessary, create witches. Use technology, especially
recombinant-genetics-produced hormones to create acromegalics, cretins, and
other adult hormonal deformities, and use these
afflicted innocents to terrify the remaining
population. Resistant intelligentsia or community leaders are the ideal
targets for induced deformity.
- Replacement of Intelligentsia with "leaders" from within the
movement. In times of turmoil, people turn to their leaders. So, in the
absence, or failing health, or mental incapacity of the intelligentsia,
people will turn to anyone who can provide answers to their problems. The
political arms of the insurgency will provide shills who can promise success, and with good reason:
they're in charge of causing the troubles, too. The Nazis used this
technique very successfully. But eventually it becomes obvious that this is
happening. In the meantime, it becomes essential that such troubles as must
be manufactured to keep the people aligned with the shills for the movement,
should become more vicious, and seemingly random. In fact, this stage of
elimination of opposition is designed to target the second-level of
community leadership, such as teachers, clergy, and in particular,
paramilitary organizations such as Boy Scouts or Boy's Clubs, hunting
associations or other groups which can be expected to possibly harbor
militial sentiments or store weapons and ammunition. In modern
times, it is extremely successful, wherever possible, to polarize the sexes
against each other with a pattern of sexual terrorism, combined with an
arming of female minors, ideally with weapons which are only fully effective
if used in a proactive/paranoid mode. Inducing the desired mass-psychosis is
particularly easy in minor females (remember Salem, Massachusetts?), and
they will easily spread the deviant mentation among their suitors.
- Replacement of all personnel at local stores. This
element of consolidation cannot be over-emphasised. Control of the
food-distribution outlets is absolutely essential. When people can be forced
to stand in line like cattle awaiting the hammer, any troublemakers can be
easily handled, and their humiliation can be used to instill fear into
others who might be considering resistance. Also, since people generally
shop once weekly, this is the ideal place to dull the population with DMSO
sprays of long-lasting phenthizaines such as Haldol, which will greatly
speed the process of subjugation of the population. It's also a great place
to acquire people's bank-card data and PIN numbers. Harassment of particular
segments of the population while in line at stores can also be a very
valuable adjunct to concurrent efforts to disable essential workers at such
facilities as the post office or telephone company, preparatory to a
flooding of their personnel offices with applications from insurgents.
- Replacement of essential utilities and public services. Public
services which should be displaced will of course be such services as trash
collection, delivery services, etc., all of which grant considerable
"license" to enter private grounds on pretext.
- Replacement of Public Servants. This is the final step.
Whatever has to be done to replace the postal carriers and the street-level
cops will be done. Once this has been accomplished, the occupation cannot be
dislodged without the use of surprise attacks with enhanced-radiation
devices. In effect, the occupation is the community. There's simply
no way, especially once the replacement records clerks have done their work,
to tell the bogus from the real. It's safe to assume that any of those who
were not with the movement who survive exist as either dupes or chattel, in
- Lock Down. All opposition within your small enclave is compromised,
co-opted, neutralized or terminated. All residents of the enclave, and all
of the employees in the enclave's facilities, are at this time a part of the
movement. A new target for enclaving is located, and it too is brought
within the grasp of the movement by a repetition of this process.
At this time, since all members of the enclave are members of the movement,
the movement can recapitalize by selling the stolen property of victims to
outsiders, who can either be gulled into thinking everything's normal, or
can be killed, with the property being fraudulently retransferred back into
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