Pinetree

Xtended Soldiers Backgrounds

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The purpose of this mod is to expand on the backgrounds of Xenonaut grunts, add more names, and to add some more nations.

Parts of this mod have now been incorporated into the official game: *denotes nation that comes with the vanilla game

The nations included in the mod are:

NATO:

United States*
United Kingdom*
Canada*
West Germany*
Greece*
Spain*
Italy*
Portugal
Norway*
Netherlands*
Denmark*
France*
Belgium
Turkey
Iceland

Western Allies:

Australia*
Malaysia
New Zealand*
Japan*
South Korea

Warsaw Pact:

Soviet Union*
East Germany*
Hungary*
Bulgaria
Czechoslovakia*
Romania
Poland

Communist Bloc:

Vietnam
China
Cuba
North Korea

Non-Aligned or Neutral Nations:

Rhodesia
South Africa
Israel
Egypt
Sweden*
Finland*
Ireland
Brazil
Nigeria
Kenya
Morocco
Philippines
Indonesia
Mexico
Thailand
Chile
Argentina
Austria
Switzerland
Yugoslavia

I've also expanded most nations' available regiments and/or made them more "elite". This represents the nations giving the Xenonauts their best of the best.

The combat experiences are all historical wars from the 60's and 70's that a soldier's nation was involved in but you will get the occasional non-historical result due to there being no relationship between a soldier's age and previous combat experience when they are generated. e.g you might get a 21 year old veteran of Vietnam.

Here's the full list of nations with units and possible experiences:

NATO:

United States

Units:
Army Special Forces (AKA The Green Berets)
Airborne
Navy SEALs
Marine Force Recon
Army Rangers
Experience:
Vietnam
El Salvador - Special Forces only
Angola - Special Forces only
Laos
Dominican Republic '65.
Korea '66-'68
Cambodia early '70s

United Kingdom

Units:
Special Air Service
Parachute Regiment
Royal Marines
Special Boat Squadron
Experience:
Aden
Northern Ireland
Dhofar- SAS only
Borneo

Canada

Units:
Canadian Airborne Regiment
Royal Canadian Regiment
Royal 22e Regiment (for French-Canadians)
Experience:
Cyprus (UN Mission during Turkish Invasion 1975. Airborne only)

West Germany

Units:
GSG 9 - Anti-terrorist unit of the Federal Police
FSLK200 - Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol(LRRP) unit
26th Fallschirmjager Brigade - Paratroopers
Experience:
Mogadishu - GSG 9 only

Greece

Units:
ETA - Special Paratrooper Unit
MYK - SEALs equivalent
Raider Forces - Rangers
Experience:
Cyprus

Spain

Units:
Unidad de Operaciones Especiales - Special Operations Unit (SEALs equivalent)
Grupo de Operaciones Especiales - Special Operations Groups
EZAPAC - Special Operations Unit of the Air Force
Experience:
Equatorial Guinea
Spanish Sahara

Italy

Units:
9th Parachute Assault Battalion - SAS equivalent
COMSUBIN - SEALs equivalent
RIAM - Air Force Special Forces unit

Portugal

Units:
Comandos - Commandos
Cacadores Especiais - Rangers
Corpo de Tropas Paraquedistas - Paratroopers
Experience:
Angola
Mozambique
Portuguese Guinea

Norway

Units:
HJS - Special Forces
MJK - SEALs equivalent

Netherlands

Units:
KCT - Army Special Forces
BBE-M - SEALs equivalent
Korps Mariniers - Marines
Experience:
Moluccan Terrorist Crises - BBE-M only
New Guinea - Marines only

Denmark

Units:
Jaeger Corps - Army Special Forces
Frogman Corps - SEALs equivalent
Sirius Sledge Patrol - LRRP unit of the Navy that patrols Greenland

France

Units:
1er RPIMa - Marine Special forces
13e RDP - Special Forces
Commandos Marine - SEALs equivalent
GIGN - Anti-terrorist unit of the National Gendarmerie
Experience:
Algeria
Zaire

Belgium

Units:
Paracommando Regiment - Paratroopers
1st Company ESR - LRRP unit
Experience:
Congo - Paracommandos only

Turkey

Units:
OHD - Army Special forces
SAT - SEALs equivalent
Experience:
Cyprus

Iceland

Units:
Icelandic Coast Guard
ISVL - Icelandic Special Forces unit formed after the Iceland Incident (Fictional)

Western Allies:

Japan

Units:
1st Airborne Brigade

Australia

Units:
Special Air Service Regiment
Royal Australian Regiment
Experience:
Vietnam
Malaya
Borneo

Malaysia

Units:
Grup Gerak Khas
Experience:
Malaya
Borneo

New Zealand

Units:
1st Ranger Squadron, NZSAS
Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
Experience:
Vietnam
Malaya
Borneo

South Korea

Units:
Special Warfare Flotilla - SEALS
Marine Corps
Special Warfare Command - Army Special Forces
Experience:
South Vietnam
Border Actions

Warsaw Pact:

Soviet Union

Units:
Spetsnaz GRU - Special forces
Group Alfa - Anti-terrorist unit
Airborne VDV - Paratroopers
Experience:
Afghanistan
Ethiopia
Sino-Soviet border
Vietnam - Spetsnaz only

Hungary

Units:
37th Air Assault Battalion

East Germany

Units:
KSK-18 - Combat swimmers(SEALS equivalent)
40th Fallschirmjager Battalion - Paratroopers
Diensteinheit IX - Anti-terrorist unit of the Volkspolizei
Feliks Dzierzynski Guard Regiment - Elite unit of the Stasi
Experience:
Angola
Congo
Ethiopia
Mozambique

Czechoslovakia

Units:
22nd Airborne Regiment

Bulgaria

Units:
68th Special Forces Brigade

Romania

Units:
161st Paratroop Regiment
1st Mountain Hunters Brigade

Poland

Units:
4101st Paratroop Battalion - Special unit of the 6th PAAD
WOP Highland Brigade - Mountain troops of the border guard
7th Naval Assault Division - Naval Infantry
6th Pomeranian Air Assault Div. - Paratroopers
Experience:
Workers' Rebellion - 1970 Pacification of striking workers in coastal cities

Communist Bloc:

Vietnam

Units:
Dac Cong - Special forces
Experience:
Cambodia
Laos
Sino-Vietnamese Border
Vietnam

Cuba

Units:
Tropas Especiales - Special forces
Experience:
Angola
Ethiopia
Syria

North Korea

Units:
Special Operation Forces
Experience:
Border Actions

China

Units:
Marine Corps
15th Airborne Army
Experience:
Paracel Islands
Sino-Soviet border
Sino-Vietnamese border

Non-Aligned or Neutral Nations:

Rhodesia

Units:
Rhodesian Light Infantry
1(Rhodesian)Special Air Service Regiment
Selous Scouts
Experience:
Rhodesian Bush War

South Africa

Units:
1 Reconnaissance Commando
32 Battalion
44 Parachute Brigade
Experience:
Angola
Namibia

Israel

Units:
Sayeret Matkal - Special Forces
Shayetet 13 - SEALs equivalent
Yamam - counter-terrorism unit of the Israel Border Police
Experience:
Yom Kippur
Southern Lebanon
Entebbe - Sayeret Matkal only

Egypt

Units:
Task Force 777 - counter-terrorism unit
Saiqa Commandos - Special Forces
Experience:
Cyprus - Task Force 777 only
Sinai
Libya - Saiqa Commandos only

Sweden

Units:
Fallskarmsjagarna - Parachute Rangers
Kustjagarna - SEALs equivalent
Experience:
Congo

Finland

Units:
Erikoisjaakarit - Special Jaegers

Ireland

Units:
Army Ranger
Experience:
Congo
Lebanon

Brazil

Units:
Paratroopers Brigade
GRUMEC - SEALs equivalent
NuCOE - Special Forces unit of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State
Experience:
Dominican Republic
Araguaia

Nigeria

Units:
Special Boat Service
31st Airborne Brigade
Experience:
Biafra

Kenya

Units:
20th Parachute Battalion
General Service Unit - Paramilitary unit of the Kenyan Military and Kenyan Police
Experience:
Shifta War

Morocco

Units:
Commandos
Experience:
Western Sahara
Zaire

Philippines

Units:
Special Forces Regiment
Special Warfare Group - SEALS equivalent
1st Scout Ranger Regiment
Experience:
Anti-guerrilla operations

Indonesia

Units:
Kopassandha - Army special forces
KOPASKA - SEALS equivalent
Experience:
East Timor
Western New Guinea
Kalimantan

Mexico

Units:
BFP - Paratroopers
Infanteria de Marina - Marines

Thailand

Units:
Royal Thai Marine Corps
UDAU - SEALS equivalent
Experience:
Laos
Cambodia
Southern Thailand

Chile

Units:
Comandos
Buzos Tacticos - SEALS equivalent
GOPE - Special force of military uniformed police
Experience:
Tierra del Fuego

Argentina

Units:
APCA - Special operations force of the Argentine Marine Corps
Halcon 8 - Commandos
Experience:
Tierra del Fuego
Tucuman

Austria

Units:
Jagdkommando - Army special forces
GEK - Counter-terrorism special operations tactical unit

Switzerland

Units:
Grenadiers - Army rangers
Fsch Gren Kp 17 - Parachute Reconnaissance Company

Yugoslavia

Units:
63rd Parachute Brigade
12th Naval Infantry Brigade

Special Thanks:

ResFu
for helping out with the Polish names and units.
jamoecw
for U.S. unit experience.
llunak
for correcting Czech names and adding Slovak names.
steelgonads
for correcting Portugese names

I've included 2 extra files called regiments.xml and experience.xml which are the slices of strings.xml that this mod uses. What this enables you to do is copy and paste over the regiments and experiences that are in any version of strings.xml and let you use this mod with any other mod.It will also allow you to update the mod yourself if you wish :)

This was developed for V22 but should work fine for the V21 stable.

Edited by Pinetree
version 22 ex 5

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Nice, I'll have to give this a try sometime...although "Special Forces" is not an actual regiment. Nor was I aware the Russians ever fought in Vietnam?

Also at some point we'll have to work out the character limit for the first and last names, because some of the eastern european ones can be very long and they go off the edge of the screen.

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Thanks. :) Special Forces is actuallly the official name of the Green Berets. Where a service has a lot of regiments, I went for the overall title of it, such as: Spetznaz, Airborne, etc. As for Soviets fighting in Vietnam, it's never been confirmed but there are a lot of rumors of "advisors" serving there,the Aussie SAS reported seeing an armed, well-built caucasian, preparing with VC troops for example, so I decided to include it for some flavour.

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Nice. I'd like to see some mercenary or paramilitary groups (like the French Foreign Legion) used as backgrounds since they can apply to any nationality which is nice in cases where it's hard to think of a "native" example.

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I really like this, especially your effort to distinguish between East and West Germany. I hope there's a possibility for this to become (semi-)official, I believe you can't have enough background possibilities for your soldiers.

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Thanks for your comments guys :) I've just posted an update (see first post) as a couple of accented characters slipped through the net and was causing a crash.

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Thought I'd explain my reasoning behind this mod so added some paragraphs to the OP.

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Chris, you should really think of including this in the build. Well done Pinetree.

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By the way, are African countries-of-origin planned? Or are there even already any? They had a lot of strife going on down there (unfortunately still have to this day), which would make for some combat experienced troops from say Rhodesia, South-West Africa or South Africa (which have the advantage of being able to use white portraits, as I believe there aren't that many black soldiers at the moment) or other now differently named African countries such as Zaire and Upper Volta. I think it would add a nice amount of historical flavour, making you party like it's all 1979 again ;) and it would alleviate the general tendency of video games to focus on the Western world (and maybe the Soviet Union, depending on the era a game is set in). Drawback would be to generate believable names, especially for black Africans.

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My line of thinking is that Xenonauts is mainly a Nato / Warsaw Pact organisation with Aus / NZ being strong allies of Nato so I added them. (Actually with this train of thought, maybe I could add Vietnamese and Cubans as they were strong allies of the Soviets) I thought about adding Rhodesia and South Africa but Rhodesia was an unrecognised state that had been turned into Zimbabwe by 1979 and South Africa was a pariah state by then due to it's apartheid policies so I'm not sure how they'd fit in.

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I understand that. It just came to my mind that African countries could provide combat experienced soldiers, whereas the "big players" often cannot (because of all the proxy wars). Plus, it'd get some additional flavour into the game. I'd be very interested to hear what Chris has to say about that, though (of course it is only a mod, but it'd be interesting nonetheless, especially regarding the somewhat alternative Cold War timeline). Rhodesia turned into Zimbabwe Rhodesia only in the summer of 1979, so at the beginning of Xenonauts we could still have them in. You're right, however, about the somewhat unofficial or outcast nature of those states.

Good to hear you were at least considering this :) As another suggestion, what about Japan? Do we already have them? They featured in the original X-COM, though that was set in another time, and I don't know about the combat potential of Japan's force as they were primarily a homeguard sort of army. Another idea I had yesterday was Portuguese soldiers, who fought in Africa up until 1975.

Oh, and +1 for Cuba and Vietnam :)

Edited by The New Romance

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There are Japanese troops in the game already.

The only African troops though are from America, Canada, and Britain

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Another idea I had yesterday was Portuguese soldiers, who fought in Africa up until 1975.

Oh, and +1 for Cuba and Vietnam :)

I was humming and haaa-ing about adding the Portuguese but you're right, they were pretty experienced troops back then. Another thought was completing the NATO nations, adding Norwegians, Danish,Dutch,Greeks,Italians,Turks,Spanish and possibly the French. And also rounding out the Warsaw Pact nations (Polish, Bulgarian,and Romanians).I'm not sure when I would get this done though as I have baby no. 3 due any day now so my already limited spare time is going to be even more limited. :D

Hopefully Chris will update the xenonauts font soon to allow accented characters so it will be a LOT easier to copy and paste name lists :D

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You want some Icelanders eh? Will they have Iceland incident experience? (btw does any Russian or Americans have iceland incident experience?)

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Well, for the next version which I'm going to release when 9.2 comes out, I've added the Danish, Dutch, Norwegians, Italians and Portuguese.I'll probably get a couple more nations done before release.

You want some Icelanders eh? Will they have Iceland incident experience? (btw does any Russian or Americans have iceland incident experience?)

Didn't all the troops involved in the fighting die?

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Well, for the next version which I'm going to release when 9.2 comes out, I've added the Danish, Dutch, Norwegians, Italians and Portuguese.I'll probably get a couple more nations done before release.

Yay, great! Rounding out the NATO is a good idea. By the way, good luck to your and especially your wife (or girlfriend), I hope everything goes fine :)

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Yay, great! Rounding out the NATO is a good idea. By the way, good luck to your and especially your wife (or girlfriend), I hope everything goes fine :)

Cheers mate :) Today is the due date but still no baby. At least I've got more countries done :D. I've now added the Spanish, Cubans, Vietnamese, Polish, Romanians and Bulgarians. I'll see if I can add the Turks, Greeks and French by the end of the week. Then I'll test each nation separately to see if I've missed any special characters and it'll be good to go.

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Lets hope the little one hasn't used the world of games as a guide on due dates.

Good luck to you all :)

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My daughter came more than 6 weeks too early, so that was a problem. So rather a little late, than too early.

Good luck to all of you!

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Thanks for the well wishes,guys. :)

My daughter came more than 6 weeks too early, so that was a problem. So rather a little late, than too early.

Good luck to all of you!

I know where your coming from, our firstborn was 4 weeks early, she had to be induced as the missus got pre-eclampsia.She only weighed 2.1 kg(4 lb 10oz) so definitely needed more time in the oven. :)

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