It has been three days since the Taebong People’s Republic launched a full scale invasion of the Federal Republic of Silla, igniting long-simmering tensions and threatening a key U.S. ally in the Pacific. Pre-dawn precision long range artillery barrages by Taebong forces are inflicting heavy casualties among the Sillanese Army, as well as among American troops stationed in Silla as part of a regional security task force. There is an intense battle for air superiority, with the Taebong People’s Air Force and ground-based anti-aircraft systems taking a heavy toll on U.S. and Sillanese aircraft.
Despite their overall technological superiority, Sillanese and U.S. ground forces are vastly outnumbered and have been forced to retreat west, away from a seemingly inexhaustible tide of Taebongan infantry, armored vehicles, and combat robots. Efforts at coordinating the defense of Silla have been complicated by sophisticated cyber attacks that are crippling military command and control networks and civilian communications networks across the country. In addition, the mountainous terrain and marshy lowlands are making it difficult for defense forces to reach the front line to slow the Taebong advance.
At this hour, the Sillanese capitol is under siege. Taebong bombardment has destroyed the main thoroughfares into the city, destroying the autonomous transport network that supports this city of over 16 million.
While the conflict has so far been limited to conventional weapons, security experts in the U.S. and Europe believe that Taebong is likely to use its extensive inventory of chemical and biological weapons if the tide of battle begins to turn. In addition, recent intelligence reports suggest that Taebong is potentially capable of attacking U.S. military satellites. Sillanese media are reporting that Taebong has deployed electromagnetic pulse weapons against civilian and military electronics infrastructure, though U.S. military officials have declined to comment on the accuracy of these claims.
The military capabilities of the Taebong military have surprised some Western experts. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior U.S. intelligence official stated, “we knew that Taebong had invested heavily in purchasing advanced weapon systems from Russia and China throughout the 2020s and 2030s. We didn’t know whether they’d actually know how to use them. They’ve got parity with us on a number of fronts, and we can’t guarantee overmatch.”
Reinforcements have begun arriving from bases in the U.S. and Japan and are expected to join the fight immediately. The US Navy and Air Force have also begun a counteroffensive with deep air strikes targeting military, communications, and transportation targets.