SOUTH AMERICAN ALLIANCE PERSONAL ISSUE
In addition to whats here, SAA soldier will often try to get their hands on anything, and will confiscate anything at all they think might help them from captured or killed enemies, from food stuffs to the latest gear.  In addition they will often personally upgrade their own gear on the black market, buying or trading for better weapons, armor and equipment, if they can afford it.

BASIC:
THIS IS THE STANDARD ISSUE FOR ALL SOUTH AMERICAN ALLIANCE CARTEL FORCES

UNIFORM- The Uniforms of the South American Alliance vary a great deal, both by country, and by individual faction. 


COLOMBIAN UNIFORM-  Colombians are the best funded of the SAA forces, they actually issue body armor to their soldiers, and have a relatively consistent uniform.  The uniform consists of a pair of Khaki BDU pants, heavy combat boots, gloves, a Chinese wrist computer (with GPS, and short range radio), a helmet (SP:20) and a highly flexible and light armored vest (SP:15).  It is believed that either the Chinese or Russians supplied the armor, or possibly both.   This uniform is standard in Colombia, and widely distributed to Other SAA forces as well.


BOLIVIAN UNIFORM- The Bolivian style uniform is little more than jungle pattern camo pants and a jacket, (often bought from different sources with different patterns) a hat, and a Helmet (SP:18), some of them even get vests, the vests themselves vary as much as the uniforms, as the Bolivians will buy them from whoever will sell them (SP:15 - SP:20 standard EV penalties), usually old surplus military or police vests.  Again, these uniforms are standard in bolivia, but are distributed among the SAA forces as well.


PERUVIAN UNIFORM- Being heavily reliant on the Shining Path, as well as wanting to recruit as many impressionable people as possible, the Peruvian uniform supplied by China is the most official looking.  Modern BDU's, knee and elbow pads (SP:8) standard webbing, and modern costomizable body armor vests (SP:18) and helmets (SP:20).  The Peruvians like to use children in their recruitment campaigns, both to inspire other children (12 and above, male or female) to join, and to minimize the danger by imprinting the idea that the military is safe enough for children.


THE REST OF  THE SAA FORCES- Made up of rebel groups, militias, terrorist groups, and peasants, the vast majority of SAA forces have no discernible uniform at all.  This makes it extremely difficult for opposition forces to ferret them out, or identify the enemy.  Anyone you see anywhere in SAA may be a hardcore SAA soldier.  Mercenary groups contracted by the cartels, often better funded and equipped than even the best of the SAA forces, may have something close to a uniform specific to their own group, but they do not share.   Old military uniforms or often just camouflage pants and clothing, simple waterproof boots and maybe a hat. Some revolutionaries really like to have a go with the beret or an armband as a signifying marker. Often masks or handkerchiefs are worn to hide the face from authorities. Any kind of old military gear will fall into use by Guerrilla forces. To say that Guerrilla uniforms are regular however, is a gross misunderstanding. Sometimes stolen police and military uniforms serve their purpose to help confuse the enemy.

 

COMBAT GEAR:

BACK PACK- Sometimes they actually get old surplus military styles, sometimes they get childrens school backpacks, complete with popular cartoon characters
MESS KIT- old aluminum sets, often missing pieces
PERSONAL TENT- one man surplus tents from either Russia or China
SMALL TOOL KIT- wire strippers, a variety of screwdrivers, pliers, radio shack clearance type from china
1 WEEKS WORTH OF BREAD AND CHEESE- never enough to go around
SMALL MEDKIT- bandages, 2 hypo's each of morphine and atropine,- capable of handling most first aid situations, Russian surplus
 ENTRENCHING TOOL- standard folding shovel/hatchet, Chinese surplus
CANTEEN- 2 1 liter Russian canteens, made of plastic
RUSSIAN BINOCULARS- nothing fancy, just standard binoculars
GAS MASK - Russian or Chinese surplus

LEG HOLSTER- for the soldiers handgun. (sometimes he is issued a holster with no gun, sometimes the other way around)

MAGAZINE BANDOLIER- carries 10 magazines for the soldiers assault rifle,

OTHER ARMOR:


COLOMBIAN HEAVY ARMOR- This heavy armor is similar to the standard Colombian armor, though much more effective.  It consists of a heavier vest (SP:20) an armored shoulder pad (SP:15), and leg and arm pads (SP: 12).


ROSTOVIC FIRST GEN THERM-OPTIC CAMOUFLAGE 18,000eb- Reserved for only the most proven and elite soldiers of the SAA, this Russian first generation version of the Militech Ghost suit offers minimal protection (SP:5) and is a bit more visible than the modern counterpart (-3 to notice rolls instead of -4) and has a tendency to glitch (every ten minutes of use the suit fails on a roll of 1-2 out 10).


ROSTOVIC ZNZR-ARMOR 12,540eb- Supplied by Russia, these older suits of slightly powered metal gear aren't quite as powerful as the new Russian Deep Eyes suits, the Arasaka Orcs, or the Militech HAL-O5 suits, but they should not be underestimated.  The boost the wearers strength (+2) and speed (+2) and provide all over protection (SP:22) with little negative effect to the wearers agility (EV-2). 

SPECIAL GEAR:


CHINESE SURPLUS FIELD RADIO 7950eb- No where near its modern counterparts, this is a simple long range military radio bought in bulk from China.

FIELD MEDKIT- Not as modern as its US or european equivalent, this Chinese medkit is still suitable for most needs.  It includes: First Aid Systems for eating/Preventing: CPR - with CPR Lifesaver Pack  and smelling salts, Fractures/Dislocations/Sprains - with Sam Splint and Elastic Bandage,  Hypoglycemia/Insulin Shock - with Glutose Paste Dehydration and Oral Rehydration Salts, Dental Problems - with Dentemp Temporary Filling Mixture, Snake Bites & Bee Stings - with Sawyer Extractor and assorted antivenins, Wounds - with Irrigation Syringe & Scrub Brush, Blisters - with Spenco 2nd Skin and Molefoam, Burns - with Aloe Vera Gel, Trauma - with Trauma Dressings, Wound Closure Strips, and Triangular Bandages, Allergic Symptoms - with Antihistamines, Virus Transmission - with Infectious Control Pack, a full assortment of trauma drugs and painkillers ( 10 doses morphine, 10 doses Trauma, 5 anesthetic slap patches, Eye Wash,  and 6 vials of other assorted drugs), plus the following Medical Instruments: EMT Shears,  Splinter Picker Forceps, Scalpel, dermal stapler, 4 inflatable casts, medscanner, airhypo, Blood Pressure Cuff, Stethoscope, 18-guage Plastic Catheter,

FULL DEMOLITIONS GEAR- Includes 4kg of C-6, various other explosives, and all the tools you could possible need for any demolitions work that might come up, including disarming enemy devices.

DAIHA TRAVELER LAPTOP COMMUNICATIONS FLOPSCREEN- GPS equipped laptop


PERSONAL WEAPONS:

SAA weapons often consist of Anything they can get their hands on, from Polymer one-shots to the latest military weapons they confiscate from their enemies.  However they have been receiving large amounts of Soviet and Chinese military surplus, the following are the most common weapons used by the SAA.




ROSTIVIC KALISHNIKOV AD-10 Assault Rifle
Rifle  -  +1  -  N  -  E  -  6d6+2 (7.62x54mm cased)  -  30  -  2/3/20 -  VR
A Neo-Soviet replacement for the old AK variants as it has a better operating range and better penetration. It can be equipped with a variety of attachments: the GP-43 Grenade launcher attachment (which fires standard 40mm grenades), a larger trigger guard can be equipped for use by full-borgs, ACPA, and troops wearing heavy gloves, a folding stock (giving it long coat concealment), and a bayonet. A shorter barrel model is used for close combat operations. The weapon system has become the weapon of choice for South American revolutionaries.


Auto-Dragunov ADSW-10 Support Weapon
Hvy/Rifle  -  +3  -  N  -  C  -  6d6+2 (7.62x54mm cased)  -  100  -  3/20/40 -  VR
A machine gun variant of the AD-10 with a heavier barrel and bipod, it has served successfully in many countries as a support weapon. It has two levels of automatic fire ROF. The highest rate of fire often melts the barrel after a minute or more of consecutive fire. Spare barrels are often carried by machine gun crews for this reason.


Dragunov SVD-2 Sniper Rifle
Rifle  -  +2  -  N  -  C  -  6d6+2 (7.62x54mm cased)  -  20  -  2 -  VR
An updated version of the Soviet Dragunov sniper rifle, it can be smart-gunned and even equipped to a remote rig to provide a sniper remote operation of his/her weapon. Has an operating range of about 900 meters when scoped.
 


Bizon-3 SMG
SMG  -  +1  -  LC/N  -  P  -  2d6+3 (10mm caseled)  -  60  -  2/3/35  -  VR
An updated version of the Soviet Bizon Submachinegun, this weapon has accessory options such as a folding stock, electronic scope (capable of being smart gunned), and suppressor.



CHINESE ZP-68  190eb
P  -  0  -  J  -  3d6 (11mm caseless)  -  16  -  1  -  ST
A cheap but decent handgun, sold in bulk from China to SAA forces.  For an additional fee the weapon comes with a laser sight/flashlight combo (25eb) and/or a suppressor (15eb).   These weapons, in their standard form, have become as common as cockroaches in Central and South America, though the upgraded versions are usually reserved for officers, cartel officials and their bodyguards, and the most elite of SAA soldiers. 


REMINGTON ADAMS 250eb
Rifle  -  +2  -  N  -  E  - 6d6+2 (7.62mmNATO)  -  5  -  1  -  VR
One of many varieties of different hunting rifles which are commonly used by rebel forces.


IED: IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE 10-200eb
Evp  -  NA  -  varies  -  E  -  2d6-10d10  -  NA  -  NA  -  varies
The combination of these vary so heavily as to be difficult to list, everything from old artillery shells wired up as land mines, to household chemical pipe bombs, and even a simple hand grenade crammed under a door lip set to explode when it opens…



Machete  4-20eb
Mel  -  NA  -  J-L  -  E  -  2D6  -  NA  -  NA  -  ST
These blades are easy to get and work well for intimidation and brutal warnings.  

CYBERNETICS:

For all but the most highly placed or respected SAA soldier, any cybernetic replacement, whether necessary or voluntary, is at the cost of the soldier, and that is if the parts are attainable.  Even if they are, they will likely be used pieces.  Malfunctions and infections run high.  Unless under very special circumstances (IE Cartel leader himself arranges it personally) consider any cyber implantation to be twice to three times as likely to malfunction, and cost twice as much HL due to lower skilled surgeons and techs, unsterile surgical environment, and other factors. Also understand that most South American natives, particularly from the peasant class, have absolutely no concept of proper maintenance of their cyber, which only adds to the likelihood of it malfunctioning or their body rejecting it through cyberpsychosis, some factions in the SAA have even been known to force cyberpsychosis on certain soldiers, usually troublemakers, cowards or rivals, and then throw these raging loonies towards the enemy.  Mercs with their own medtechs and access to new cyber are generally not susceptible to these conditions. 

Some SAA members and Mercenaries have the luxury of begin equipped by corporate researchers, or Russian, Chinese, or EDF advisors and their staff.  The will receive the latest cyber from their respective sources, usually tricked out for combat, however they will also be acting as a walking test subject for their research and development department, which will have its own agenda that doesn't always adhere to that of the SAA.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN ALLIANCE, PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING:

HOME OF THE BRAVE

SOLO OF FORTUNE 1&2

FIRESTORM: STORMFRONT AND SHOCKWAVE

BLACKHANDS STREET WEAPONS

RACHE BARTMOSS'S BRAINWARE BLOWOUT

CHROME BOOKS 1-4

AUTUMN BLADE WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT

Weapons & Equipment of Counter-Terrorism

OCEANPUNK: GEAR AND EQUIPMENT


(Written by Joe "Citizen X" Klemann and Deric "D" Bernier.  Images from  Red Faction, D20 Modern, Bonez18b, and various other unkown sources..)