This is a work of fiction created for the Twilight 2000 Role Playing Game. Original material © Dave Ross

Wales

Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru

(Welsh Assembly Government)


“Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri;
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mad,
Dros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.”


English Translation


“The land of my fathers is dear unto me,
Old land where the minstrels are honoured and free:
Its warring defenders, so gallant and brave,
For freedom their life's blood they gave.”


Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Land Of My Fathers), words by Evan James, music by James James


With its capital in Caernarfon in Gwynedd in North West Wales, the Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru, or LCC, controls the northern half of Wales, with its territory being broadly defined by a line running north to south from Flint to Llandrindod Wells and west to east from Aberystwyth to Llandrindod Wells. The area controlled by the LCC is relatively stable. Welsh troops have largely cleared their territory of marauders and established a series of fortifications along the line of Offa’s Dyke which effectively marks the border between England and Wales. This border is officially closed, with anyone attempting to cross from England turned away, by deadly force if necessary. In practice, whilst refugees who cannot show any means of supporting themselves will almost certainly be turned back, limited cross border traffic still takes place. Whilst some of this is regulated by the LCC, both English and Welsh black marketers regularly try and smuggle goods and people from England into Wales across less well patrolled sections of the border.


The LCC consists of twenty seven men and women, all either pre war politicians or have been elected by the communities that they represent, so can claim to be a legitimate Government. It meets regularly in Caernarfon’s court building, which sits within the walls of Caernarfon Castle (the Castle also serves as headquarters for the Byddin am Cymru, or Army of Wales), and is led a man called Alun Wyn Jones, who was elected as leader in a secret ballot of all twenty seven members. Before the War Wyn Jones was a member of Plaid Cymru, the Welsh Nationalist Party, leading the Plaid group that controlled Gwynedd County Council; he is dedicated to the people of Wales and is determined to try and make all of Wales as stable and organised as possible. He has reached the conclusion that the best way to achieve this is to continue with an isolationist approach, keeping the border closed and leaving England to deal with its own problems. The LCC is popular amongst the people of North Wales as it has demonstrated its ability to provide basic functions of Government; besides clearing the area of marauders, a thriving trade exists between different communities and in mid May it managed to bring the Ffestiniog hydro electric power station back on line, restoring limited power to much of the region.


The one part of North Wales where the LCC’s control is not secured is the Isle of Anglesey, which is separated from the mainland by the Menai Straits and is home to a small garrison of British personnel who are based at RAF Valley. A truce of sorts currently exists between the separatists and the British, with each effectively ignoring the other. Unknown to Wyn Jones though is the fact that one of his senior aides is secretly working for MI5 and is relaying information to an MI5 officer on Anglesey by radio. This information is being passed on to MI5 Headquarters in Winchester.


With North Wales secure (with the exception of Anglesey), the LCC’s attention has now turned to the southern half of the country, which suffered heavy damage in the nuclear exchanges, with a number of locations targeted to destroy their industrial and oil refining facilities. The LCC’s ultimate goal is to bring the whole of Wales under their control, giving them access to the south’s surviving industrial facilities and coal fields, and strengthening their position in anticipation of the day that they are challenged by HMG. The most significant obstacles to this goal are the numerous gangs and marauder groups who currently infest the south; dealing with them and bringing the region under control will likely be lengthy and costly in terms of both casualties and expending precious ammunition.



Byddin am Cymru (Army of Wales)


The armed forces of the Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru, the Byddin am Cymru was formed at the end of 1999 and numbers just over two and a half thousand men and women when fully mustered.


The backbone of its strength is the 1st “Dewi Sant” Infantry Bataliwn (1st “Saint David” Infantry Battalion), which has been formed from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers, a north Wales based British Territorial Army Battalion that defected en masse to the Welsh Government in 1999. Augmented by personnel from other TA units and veterans of the British armed forces as well as a number of volunteers recruited locally during 1999 and 2000, the 1st Bataliwn is responsible for guarding the border with England, with platoon and company sized groups occupying a number of fortified positions from Flint on the north coast to Llandrindod Wells in Powys. One detachment is actually based in England, occupying the border town of Oswestry (the citizens of Oswestry are quite happy with this arrangement as the presence of Welsh soldiers has served to deter marauders from attacking their town).


The 1st Bataliwn has priority in terms of weapons and equipment and most troops along the border carry military small arms (chiefly L85A1's and SLR's, with some Sterling SMG’s, L86 LSW's, and Bren guns plus a few GPMG's and 51mm mortars for support) and wear standard British Army uniforms, making them practically indistinguishable from HMG's forces (the only obvious difference is that many LCC troops have sewn a small Welsh flag to their uniform, usually on the left shoulder). 5.56N and 7.62N ammunition is relatively commonplace, but other calibres of small arms ammunition and mortar shells are in short supply.


The 1st Bataliwn has fought a number of battles with marauders encroaching on Welsh territory from North West England, and has also encountered large numbers of refugees trying to enter Wales. Whilst encounters with marauders have gradually decreased (most groups have learned the hard way to avoid Welsh forces and have looked elsewhere in search of easier pickings) the refugee problem has continued; whilst some refugees have managed to successfully cross the border, the vast majority have been turned back, often by force. This has caused the emergence of a new breed of black marketer, the people smugglers, bringing refugees across the border and into Wales.


A detachment of the 1st Bataliwn is also based at the LCC’s Capital at Caernarfon. Known as the “Owain Glyndŵr” Annibynnol Infantry Cwmpeini (“Owain Glyndŵr” Independent Infantry Company), it is deemed to be an elite unit and provides security for the LCC, as well as serving as a special operations force as and when one is required.  


In addition to the “Owain Glyndŵr” Cwmpeini and the 1st Infantry Bataliwn, the Byddin am Cymru has four Volunteer Battalions, each of which is assigned to a specific geographical area. Responsible for local security in their respective areas, these Battalions are made up largely of recruits, many of whom serve on a rota basis, being on duty for several days at a time. They are supported by a small cadre of Territorials, some of whom have been wounded serving on the border, and who serve on a full time basis, filling leadership and training roles. Whilst the units in the interior have a handful of military weapons, for the most part they are armed with a mix of civilian weapons - mainly hunting rifles and shotguns - and, in many cases, melee weapons. They generally wear civilian clothing, with locally produced brassards and armbands in green and white, although a few have also acquired DPM jackets or trousers.


Whilst the majority of the troops are Welsh, like their Scottish counterparts, the Army of Wales includes troops from all parts of the British Isles and further afield (amongst the Englishmen in its ranks is a contingent of troops from the 3rd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, an English based Territorial Army Battalion that disintegrated as a cohesive military unit after the 1998 nuclear exchanges, and now serve in the 1st Infantry Bataliwn). As most units have a percentage of non Welsh speakers, the standard language tends to be English rather than Welsh.


All Welsh forces rely heavily on requisitioned civilian vehicles, supplemented by a number of ubiquitous Land Rovers (both Military and civilian) and a handful of Humber Pigs and Saracens, all of which have been converted to run on alcohol fuels. Horses are also relatively common, particularly in the Volunteer Battalions.



Order of Battle, Byddin am Cymru


Pencadlys, Byddin am Cymru (Headquarters, Army of Wales)

Location: Caernarfon, Gwynedd

Strength: 40 men


“Owain Glyndŵr” Annibynnol Infantry Cwmpeini (“Owain Glyndŵr” Independent Infantry Company)

Location: Caernarfon, Gwynedd

Strength: 40 men, 2 x Land Rover WMIK


1st “Dewi Sant” Infantry Bataliwn (1st “Saint David” Infantry Battalion)

Location: Dispersed along the Welsh / English Border in small groups from Flint to Llandrindod Wells (HQ Wrexham, Clwyd)

Strength: 700 men, 2 x FV603 Saracen, 1 x FV1611 Humber Pig, 3 x Land Rover WMIK


Formerly 3rd Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers (TA)


Clwyd Gwirfoddolwr Bataliwn (Clwyd Volunteer Battalion)

Location: Dispersed throughout Clwyd (HQ Wrexham, Clwyd)

Strength: 400 men,


Powys Gwirfoddolwr Bataliwn (Powys Volunteer Battalion)

Location: Dispersed throughout Northern Powys (HQ Llandrindod Wells, Powys)

Strength: 450 men


Gwynedd Gwirfoddolwr Bataliwn (Gwynedd Volunteer Battalion)

Location: Dispersed throughout Gwynedd (HQ Caernarfon, Gwynedd)

Strength: 400 men


Dyfed Gwirfoddolwr Bataliwn (Dyfed Volunteer Battalion)

Location: Dispersed throughout northern Dyfed (HQ Aberystwyth, Dyfed)

Strength: 500 men