In recent weeks, it has become painfully obvious that the federal government, under the “leadership” of President Joe Biden, has been working to characterize the MAGA Movement as a threat to the United States.
It began with the forceful, finger-pointing speeches by Biden and VP Kamala Harris on the anniversary of January 6th, and was codified by the DOJ opening up a new “domestic terrorism” task force.
Now, in perhaps the most forceful suggestion yet that the feds are worrying about the far-right, a new war game playing out in the Carolinas will take aim at a hostile “insurgency”.
The U.S. Army’s annual unconventional warfare exercise Robin Sage is set to kick off across rural North and South Carolina this month, pitting Special Forces candidates against simulated guerillas fighting for the fictional nation of “Pineland.” The exercise is so realistic and spans such a large area that the U.S. Army has issued notices to local law enforcement agencies warning them not to mistake the exercise for a real insurrection, an error that has cost one soldier his life during a previous Robin Sage event.
Robin Sage is conducted annually by the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. This year’s Robin Sage will take place from January 22 to February 4 and will span across 25 counties in North Carolina and three counties in South Carolina. The exercise was first held in 1974 and is the culmination exercise (CULEX) — the final test in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces Qualification Course standing between candidates and their green berets. An Army release given to local outlets in NC and SC this week said that the exercise is designed to represent an “environment of political instability characterized by armed conflict, forcing Soldiers to analyze and solve problems to meet the challenges of this “real-world” training.”
So, who exactly are they fighting?
The exercise is designed to simulate a special forces-led guerilla campaign against the forces of the “United Provinces of Atlantica,” a fictional island off America’s eastern seaboard. Candidates embed themselves with mock guerillas fighting on behalf of the “Republic of Pineland,” a United States ally. Members of the 1st Batallion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group have even published a 157-page fictional “history” book that provides a worldbuilding backstory for the exercise, titled Atlantica: A Concise History.
In reading between the lines, it certainly seems possible that this exercise is meant as a message to those who would be considering an armed insurrection against the United States.