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Rage of the Black Tortoise
Black Tortoise 2
The Black Tortoise is armed with powerful Wave-Force Tri-Cannons
Chronology
Previous

Assault on the Black Tortoise

Next

Barbarians at the Bay

Details
Part of

War of the Three Powers

Date(s)

1986

Location

Santa Monica, California, USA

Outcome

Allies lost the city
Major American media centres fell under Imperial control
Electronic Arts Los Angeles leveled,

Belligerents

Empire of the Rising Sun

Allied Nations

Objectives

Capture all the major media centers in the city

Repel the Imperial invasion

Commanders

Unnamed Imperial Commander
Naomi Shirada
Suki Toyama

Tanya

Forces

Several regiments worth of infantry and armour, deployed from the Black Tortoise
Several Imperial warships

Several regiments worth of infantry and armour
Several wings worth of Allied aircraft
Observatory artillery emplacement

Casualties

Moderate

Heavy

Rage of the Black Tortoise was the name given to the Imperial operation to take the city of Santa Monica in an attempt to capture the propaganda machine of the Allied Nations.

Prelude

The Allied failure to cripple the Black Tortoise and the loss of so many of their ships and sailors had left the Empire of the Rising Sun master of the Pacific Ocean. The way was now clear for an assault on the United States' West Coast.

Ever conscious of the power of propaganda, Emperor Yoshiro demanded the capture of Santa Monica, home of the world-influencing American media. If the broadcast centres of Santa Monica, Los Angeles and Hollywood itself could be taken, then the destruction of the Allies will would progress that much more smoothly.

Force Composition

The Imperials almost have the full might of the Imperial Army at their side.

The Allies however had the full might of the Allied Air Force and Army. The Los Angeles International Airport provided some Century Bomber support and provided Apollo reinforcements.

The Battle

Media Center

One of the Media Centers in Santa Monica

With the city up-close to the beaches, there was nearly no room for expansion. As such, the Imperial invasion force unleashed a bombardment from the Wave-Force Tri-Cannons of the Black Tortoise, which resulted in the destruction of many homes. With more ground to work on, the Imperial commanders began to expand their bases and deploy the Empire's brave warriors into the heart of the barbarian city.

After a short siege of the city, the Imperial forces managed to break through, linking their forces, and overwhelming a small Allied base located within the city limits, as well as a second one on the coast between their two encampments. However, the Allies were far from beaten, and activated a powerful artillery emplacement hidden in the Griffith Observatory overlooking the entire city.

It was capable to shooting over nearly half the city, and the constant, brutal bombardment left the Imperial advance stalled in its tracks. Here, Imperial air power proved to be the solution, and after some heavy bombardment by Rocket Angels and Chopper-VX support, the Griffith Observatory artillery emplacement was destroyed.

In the meantime, the Allies had used their borrowed time well, and had set up further defenses around the broadcast studios, resulting in intense fighting between the two armies as they sought to bring them under their control. The use of Wave-Force Artillery units helped to break the back of the Allied static defenses and allow the Imperial troops to hit their forces directly, gaining control of several media outlets in this manner.

Seeing that strength alone would not guarantee victory, the unnamed Imperial Commander elected for a more devious strategy. To the south-east lay an airport where the Allies' continued to drop off reinforcements. Using a blitzkrieg method of warfare, the Imperial forces quickly delved deep into the enemy territory, destroying the local airfields and airplanes that were harassing them.
Observatory Gun

The artillery cannon, hidden inside the Griffith Observatory

Next, they turned their attention to the last remaining units and destroyed them, clearing the way for a transport to drop off an engineer and capture the airfield control tower. The Allied forces fighting in Santa Monica were now cut off from all reinforcements and resupplying, enabling the Japanese to make greater gains against them.

With most of the defending Allies destroyed by this juncture, the remainder had rallied to the last propaganda center. Tanya was spotted, and presumably killed in action, while defending the broadcast station. Using captured Allied War Factories, the Imperial commander constructed some Mirage Tanks, and used their cloaking shield to sneak up to the surviving Allied garrison and ambush them. This tactic proved fruitful and the final opposition was destroyed.

Aftermath

The Empire now had control of the vast American propaganda and communication centers, and over the next few weeks, the American populace would be bombarded with the Empire's propaganda, weakening their resistance and allowing Naomi and the forces stationed on the Black Tortoise to make greater territorial gains as they conquered the American West Coast. She thanked her fellow Commander for his teamwork in bringing down the Allies, and wished him good luck in further endeavors with a respectful bow and saying destiny is in his favor.

The conquest of Santa Monica by the Empire shocked and horrified Allied leaders, and soon, they turned to a desperate alliance with the also-battered Soviets in hopes of turning back the Imperial menace. The Empire had won this battle, but in doing so, they unleashed a terrible turn of events that came close to bringing down the Empire of the Rising Sun once and for all...

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Trivia

Scrin Toss

The "Scrin Toss" easter egg

  • Once captured, the Media Centers can be heard playing traditional Japanese music.
  • The EA Los Angeles building can be found near the player's base. It is considered an enemy target, and any Imperial units will automatically attack it. Humorously, its description states that destroying this studio could cause irreparable damage to the space-time continuum, referencing the fact that EALA developed Red Alert 3.
  • The Com Towers near the Media Centers are reused Rushmore Com Towers from A Monument to Madness, and have the exact same description, mentioning how they are connected to the defensive network "here at Mt. Rushmore".
  • The balloon stands at the amusement park are reused assets from Circus of Treachery, and the price signs are written in Russian.
  • One of the stands at the amusement park has the words "Scrin Toss" as well as an inverted Scrin emblem at the front.
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