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Chronology
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Forever Sets the Sun

Details
Part of

War of the Three Powers

Date(s)

1986

Location

Mount Rushmore, USA

Outcome

Loyalist victory
President Howard T. Ackerman dead
Mt. Rushmore Superweapon disabled

Belligerents

Allies

Ackerman's Rebels

Objectives

Destroy the Firebase before Ackerman inputs the firing codes

Hold off the Allies long enough for President Ackerman to input the firing codes

Commanders

Commander Warren
Allied Commander (WWIII)
Field Marshal Bingham
Anatoly Cherdenko (via contact to the Commander)

President Howard Ackerman

Forces

All available allied technology, with exception of Naval forces, Athena Cannon, Chronosphere and Proton Collider
Including Special Agent Tanya, at least three spies and at least nine engineers.

Mt. Rushmore Superweapon
Three Laser-firing Heads
Massive heavily fortified military base
Several squadrons of Apollo Fighters escorting presidential limo

Casualties

Heavy

Total

  • Howard Ackerman killed
We won't stand for this treachery Bingham! Do you hear me?! My advisors warned me about trusting you Allies!
- Cherdenko before the operation.

A Monument to Madness is the sixth mission of the Allied Campaign in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. The mission marks the first time in Allied history where the Allies are forced to eliminate one of their own leaders to prevent a resumption of war with the Soviet Union.

Background

The alliance between the Allies and the Soviets appeared to be working well. After liberating Gibraltar and destroying the Floating Fortress in the North Sea, the Empire of the Rising Sun were withdrawing their forces from around the world, attempting to plan their next attack.

However the Allied high command had become aware of a secret Allied command post located at Mount Rushmore in the US, when Premier Cherdenko sent a furious transmission to Field Marshal Bingham. It appeared that one of the Allies' relay satellites was targeted right at Moscow. Bingham quickly tried to contact President Ackerman, who was the only person against the alliance with the Soviets due to his staunch anti-communism views. But the president merely commented that Bingham could "thank [him] later when this is all over" before cutting of the transmission. Knowing that allowing Ackerman to succeed would mean Soviet retaliation while the Empire could still fight, the Allies were forced to eliminate one of their most influential, now rogue leaders.

The Battle

Phase One

It looks like the President's gone rogue on us - this is so hard for us to believe! Nevertheless, we have a job to do. Take out the Communications Tower before he transmits a code to fire.
- Lieutenant Eva

First, Special Agent Tanya and several Allied spies and engineers were sent in destroy the Communications tower at a forward outpost near Mount Rushmore. Tanya used her double pistols to eliminate the attack dogs in the area, before a spy infiltrated a power plant to take the bases power offline. Tanya then went on a rampage through the outpost, shooting at least 5 rogue peacekeepers and 4 attack dogs, and using C4 to blow up a Guardian Tank, 2 Multigunner Turrets, the Power plant and the communications tower itself. At the same time, a engineer captured the boot camp in the area and four Javelin soldiers, still loyal to the Allied cause, went to assist Tanya in the destruction of the outpost. With the Tower now destroyed, President Ackerman contacted the attacking commanders.

The Weapon Revealed

None of you have the guts to do what needs to be done, so I'm going to wipe the Soviets off this planet myself, and you can't stop me! Should my heart stop beating, the weapon fires.
- Ackerman transmitting to the commander during the operation
If that weapon fires, I have no choice but to launch every weapon I have against the United States! DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR!?
- Cherdenko to the commander, in response to the above
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Mount Rushmore superweapons

At the monument itself, the bust of Roosevelt cracked open to reveal a massive inter-continental laser, poised to fire at Moscow. Though the communication tower was destroyed, the weapon could still be fired, though Ackerman would have to enter a firebase near the weapon itself.

Rogue Counterattack

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Loyalist and Rogue vehicles battle each other outside the Loyalists base

An MCV was deployed at the previous site of the outpost, and several more engineers, commanded by Warren, recommissioned a nearby abandoned military base. However, Ackerman soon attacked the bases with Multigunner IFVs, Riptide ACVs, Guardian Tanks and squadrons of Vindicators. However, Allied command reacted by releasing plans for the Mirage tank and the Spectrum Tower, as well as sending in 6 Mirage Tank reinforcements, which were stationed there all along.

Laser Statues Online

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Recon footage of the Rushmore Heads

Sweet mother of-- Lasers!
Why, Honest Abe, WHY?!
Jefferson, NO!
What the heck is up with Washington?!!

- Several Allied Peacekeepers trying to take cover from laser fire from the Rushmore defense systems.

As Ackerman approached the monument, he activated several Head Control Centers, which caused the busts of Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln to transform into large laser platforms capable of decimating an attacking force. However, Century Bombers from nearby Allied airbases air dropped engineers into the control centers, where they powered down the destructive heads. A Cryocopter was sent into the field in an attempt to halt Ackerman's progress to the firebase, however a wing of rogue Apollo Fighters defended the limo, and even when a large squadron of loyalist Apollo Fighters shot them down, they crashed their planes intentionally into the limo, nearly destroying it. Since Ackerman's death would cause the weapon to fire automatically, the Allies gave up on their attempt to freeze the limo.

Assault on the Firebase

After a long campaign, the loyalist forces managed to push through the heavily defended base, and the firebase was destroyed, thus preventing the superweapon from firing, and killing thousands of civilians.

A Presidential Death

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Ackerman's private chopper.

Something's fishy. How did that crazy old man Ackerman manage to set all this up, right behind our backs?
- An Allied spy, commenting on the operation.

After the Firebase was destroyed, with his ace in the hole should he die first gone, Ackerman attempted an evacuation from the area by teleporting his Limo to the local Airfield. His personal helicopter, Marine One, quickly flew in to drop off five Javelin Soldiers to cover his escape and pick up the president. The president almost got away, however, a Apollo Fighter squadron managed to intercept and shoot down Marine One in time. The Soviet-Allied alliance was saved.

Aftermath

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Recon photo of the remains of the Presidential chopper.

It's a shame it had to be this way, but we did it.
- Tanya after Ackermans death
Ah, commander, that was a close one. I can assure you, we did the right thing. Ackerman put the whole world in danger with that mad stunt, and all the while, we're at war with the Empire of the Rising Sun!
- Bingham, during the briefing for the next mission

After Ackerman's death, the Vice-President of the United States succeeded as the president, and the Allies began preparing for their joint offensive on Empire soil with the Soviets. Unbeknownst to them, however, the Soviets have their own secret agenda...

Videos

Behind the scenes

This mission marked the first time in which the Allies fought each other. This similar betrayal would later be seen in Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight when GDI becomes embroiled in their own civil war.

Trivia

There is a rare glitch when Ackerman's limo go off the road, into the battlefield, climb up into his base then climb up a steep mountain, falls down from the mountain and then get stuck under the bust of Roosevelt. It is weird that his limo could climb a mountain without a strain and when it falls, it receives no damage at all. When this happens, the player can have unlimited time to destroy the firebase

If you use the Cryocopter to freeze his limousine and use Apollo fighters to intercept the rogue enemy Apollo Fighters, the fallen Apollo's might crush the frozen limousine and fail the mission.

You don't have to wait for Marine One to arrive to pick up Ackerman's Limo and shoot it down with Apollo Fighters. Just station some Mirage Tanks where the airfield is, and when Ackerman's Limo teleports over there to escape on Marine One, have the Mirage Tanks ambush and destroy the Limo.


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