Republic of Latvia
The Republic of Latvia is a country in Northern Europe on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea. They are one of the three "Baltic Republics" (the others are Estonia and Lithuania) which shares cultural and historical ties. The capital city and largest city is Riga. It is bordered to the north by Estonia (border length 343 km), to the south by Lithuania (588 km), to the east by Russia (276 km), and to the southeast by Belarus (141 km), and it shares a maritime border to the west with Sweden.
Despite subjection to foreign rule from the 13th to the 20th centuries, the Latvian nation maintained its identity throughout the generations, most notably the language, culture, and rich musical traditions. The Republic of Latvia was founded on November 18, 1918. It was occupied and annexed by the Soviet Union between 1940–1941 and 1945–1991 and by Nazi Germany between 1941–1945. The peaceful "Singing Revolution" between 1987 and 1991 and "Baltic Way" demonstration on August 23, 1989 led to the independence of the Baltic states. Latvia declared the restoration of its de facto independence on August 21, 1991.
Latvia was a battlefield during the First Tiberium War. The Brotherhood of Nod had a large military base in Jelgava near the Estonian border, giving Nod effective control of the country. It is an important base in Nod troop and supply movements and therefore GDI launched a major offensive to capture the base.
By 2047, Latvia became a part of Blue Zone B-1, which covers Northern Europe. Presumably, this would mean the country is under the effective control of GDI. It is likely it was one of the area devastated by the Nod offensive at the start of the War and later the Scrin invasion.
Red Alert UniverseEdit
During Great World War II, Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union. The country was annexed to the USSR as the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, and the Soviets maintained a large military base in Riga. The Allies once sent a small strike force to attack Riga in order to secure Soviet nuclear scientist Vladimir Kosygin, who wished to defect to the Allies. It was due to this that the Allies learned of Stalin's secret nuclear weapons program.