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The Stone-Faced Witnesses
Ambassador Meeting
The historic meeting between the two ambassadors
Chronology
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To Tame a Living God

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Blight on the Big Apple

Details
Part of

War of the Three Powers

Date(s)

1986

Location

Easter Island

Outcome

Soviet victory, Premier Cherdenko killed in action

Belligerents

Soviet Union

Allies

Cherdenko's personal forces

Objectives

Ambush the Allied fleet
Eliminate Cherdenko's fort

Sign peace treaty
Eliminate Soviet forces

Oversee the ambush
Wipe out the Commander and Zhana's forces

Commanders

Soviet Commander
Zhana Agonskaya

Field Marshal Robert Bingham

Anatoly Cherdenko

Forces

Full Soviet arsenal, except the Vacuum Imploder and Terror drone

Apocalypse tank
Tesla tank
MiG Fighter
Kirov airship
Twinblade

Casualties

Moderate

Heavy

  • Ambassador fleet completely destroyed
  • Field Marshal Bingham killed

Heavy

  • Premier Cherdenko killed
  • Several Tesla tanks captured by loyalist Soviets

The Stone-Faced Witnesses is the eighth mission of the Soviet campaign in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.

Background

We will sign this treaty, we will come together as brothers, and then we will crush them!
- Premier Cherdenko, explaining his plan

With Emperor Yoshiro dead, the Empire of the Rising Sun soon fell under Soviet occupation. Premier Cherdenko believes that the Empire's people is superstitious and culturally backward, but do possess advanced technologies. He contacts Gregor Zelinsky to see if he has made any progress studying the Empire's technology, only to find him missing from his lab.

Cherdenko then informs the Commander that he has convinced the Allies that the Soviet people is war weary, and orders the Commander to meet the Allies at Easter Island to sign a peace treaty. However, Cherdenko has no desire for peace, and only wants to use this opportunity to kill the supreme commander of the Allied Nations, dealing a crippling blow to the Allies.

The Battle

Part 1 - Treaty Trickery

As Soviet forces established a base of operations on the Easter Island, an Allied fleet of Aircraft Carriers, Hydrofoils, Assault Destroyers and Riptide ACVs arrived at the dock. The Allied ambassador was ordered by Field Marshall Robert Bingham to meet his Soviet counterpart between both the naval fleet and Soviet entrenchments to greet each other and get Anatoly Cherdenko who is nowhere to be seen to come and see Bingham.

Ambush

Good afternoon, my friend. Are you here to escort us to your meeting with the Premier?
I'm afraid not, “my friend”. Comrades, attack now!
What the?! They double crossed us! Open fire now!

- Allied and Soviet emissaries
Escort Fleet

The Allied ambassador and his escort fleet

The Allied emissary arrived and asked if he was there to escort them to their meeting with the Premier. The Soviet emissary responded by ordering the Soviets to attack and not allow the treaty to commence. The Allies realized it was an ambush and ordered their forces to open fire on the Soviets.

A huge number of Akula Subs surfaced to ambush the Assault Destroyers and their torpedos fired away and Riptide ACVs, Hydrofoils and Assault Destroyers were seen sinking into the ocean. After destroying their escorts, the Akulas sunk the Aircraft Carriers.

Allied Counterattack

Did you really think we would fall for a trap like that? We came to this meeting with our guns loaded and our safeties OFF!
- Field Marshal Robert Bingham preparing a full counterattack

The Allies did indeed suspect a Soviet trap and Field Marshal Bingham informed the Soviets that they came to the Easter Island with their guns loaded. The Allies deployed an MCV and several Assault Destroyers to get revenge for the ambush. However, the Soviets had built defenses all around their base, and the Allied attack stalled. Zhana built up a sizable air force and her Kirovs and Twinblades leveled the base, presumably eliminating Bingham as well.

Part 2 - Cherdenko's Betrayal

Thank you, Commander, for so thoroughly and brutally dispatching my enemies. But now, I'm afraid, you have outlived your usefulness. You know just enough to be a threat to me, and with that, the future of the Soviet Republic. I will not say do svidanya, Commander – as I can assure you, we will never meet again.
- Cherdenko, prior to his assault.
I do not understand! The premier has gone mad! My loyalties lie with you, Commander. For the good of the Soviet people, you must defeat him.
- Dasha Fedorovich, is shocked by Cherdenko's statements and swears loyalty to the Commander.
Brother against brother! May we put an end to this madness quickly?!
- Zhana Agonskaya, being attacked by Cherdenko's forces.
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The Premier reveals the true nature of the Moai statues

Cherdenko transmitted a message to the Commander from his fortress, saying that he was a threat to him and thus have to be eliminated. Dasha believes that the Premier had gone mad, and asks the Commander to eliminate him for the good of the Soviet people. The premier reveals his trump card: He has modified the Moai statues around Easter Island, turning them into secret weapons. Three of which conceal man cannons, which were used to deploy infantry loyal to him. Others contain powerful tesla coils, deadly against ground forces. In addition, the Premier also unleashes experimental Tesla tanks against the two Commanders.
Tesla Moai

Some Moai statues contain hidden tesla coils

The Vacuum Imploder

Commander, I have a surprise for you! I'd like you to meet my new toy. The Tesla tank!
- Premier Cherdenko revealing the Tesla Tank to the Commander.

To eliminate the Commander, the Premier deploys the Vacuum Imploder, a new superweapon based on the Allied research data obtained from Mykonos Island. The weapon was heavily defended by Moai statues, MiG fighters, and flak cannons. However, the two Soviet Commanders managed to destroy it using V4 rocket launchers and Dreadnoughts, allowing them to focus on the Premier's volcano fortress.

Assaulting the Volcano Fortress

I'm sorry, Commander, but nobody will stand in my way. Especially not a fool like you!
- Premier Cherdenko after the Vacuum Imploder is destroyed.
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Volcano Fortress

The Premier's ultimate weapon is no more, but Cherdenko himself is still hidden inside his private fortress. Since no other forces can reach it, Kirov airships were dispatched and levelled its support structures, letting it sink into the lava below. Cherdenko was presumably killed.

No! I must have victory! I am the Premier... This is MY timeline!
- Cherdenko's final transmission.
I will be returning to Moscow now. But push on, Comrade, and make your country proud!
- Zhana Agonskaya, encourage Commander after Cherdenko died.

Aftermath

It was revealed afterwards that Cherdenko had faked the attempt on his life, framed General Krukov and was responsible for the subsequent disappearance of Dr. Zelinsky in order to eliminate the witnesses to the Time travel incident that brought him to power. With the Allies reeling from their defeat, the time was deemed right for the assault on the United States where Tanya and Ackerman funeralised the deceased Bingham.

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