The Empire Volunteer Group (EVG)
The EVG was formed in December of 1936 in the Empire State, for the
defence of the Chinese state against Japanese attacks. Although
no official paper trail could lead to him, Laguardia supported their
formation and guaranteed returning airmen their rank and position in
offical Empire State air militias.
In total 60 airmen were recruited from the Empire state, with another
60 from Arixo, Pacifica, Columbia and Texas. The call was for primarily
fighter pilots and support personal and it was not until their arrival
in China that the EVG commander (Chennault) discovered that many had
over-embellished their records. Some being brand new out of training,
others certified only for cargo operation.
Although initially a setback, Chennault has taken advantage of this, by
using their in-experiance to instill his combat tactics into their
head, rather than those expounded by most worldwide
experts. Ones which may have been harder on veteran pilots,
who were un-used to the nimble Japanese aircraft.
He uses high speed attacks runs, and discourages direct engagement
(Dogfights) with the Japanese fighters. A good comparison would
be between the J2 Fury (The primary fighter of the EVG) and the
Japanese A5 Mitsubishi.
The Mitsubishi is a hair faster than the Fury, however it cannot
maneuver very effectively over 250MPH and over 300 MPH, it can lose
control. However below that speed no fighter can
match the A5's maneuverability. By keeping the Furies
moving at high speeds, it can counter-act and nullify the A5's
The announcement of new high-speed fighters (Such as the newly built J7
Shinden) are capable of high speed with adequate maneuverability, now
endanger the EVG. However they are safe for the moment,
with the very few new fighters built being assigned to the Eastern
Currently the EVG is stationed across China, both as interceptrs to
Japanese bombers, and to provide ground support if capable.
It is avoiding direct confrontation between the Nationalists and
Communists. And for now both sides seem to agree that keeping the EVG
neutral is most beneficial to both, and they recieve little trouble.
The largest enemy that the EVG fights (Except the Japanese), is chronic
supply shortages. Although the British still run supplies to
China, much of that falls on the EVG's zeppelin Liberation ,
which is critically needed across China. Even when it does make a
run to India to re-supply, there are not only dangers of pirates and
weather, but often the British themselves.
Many quartermasters refuse some supplies to the EVG, and some major
parts such as new engines sometimes have to be purchased on the
black-market or "acquired" through various methods. Among the
most needed supplies are aviation fuel (For the few high performance
engines they have), .60 and up ammunition (Often planes have to
use mix-matched loadouts), and rockets.
The EVG currently uses (Almost) exclusively Curtiss-Wright
aircraft. When it was formed, a shipment of 100 Planes was sent
ahead of the EVG airmen to British controlled Burma, where they were
assembled and flown "Over the hump", to their man stations. The
aircraft were bought with combined funds, from both Pacifica
(Unofficially), the British Crown, China, The Empire
State(Unofficially), and several private donations.
The initial shipment of aircraft was 100 Curtiss-Wright aircraft, 50
J2A1 Furies, 30 J2B2 Furies and 20 P2 Warhawks.
The Furies were special orders, and had a number of changes. One
thing both had in common was the removal of the .70 Caliber "Goliath"
cannon, a weapon with a notorious reputation for jamming at
inconveniant times. It was replaced in differant
In addition all aircraft were fitted with RAF standard weaponry, that
is the calibers and machine guns currently in use by the RAF, this is
due to the relative proximity of India (A British holding) and the
relatively lively arms trading which involves many British weapons
flowing to the Chinese Nationalist side.
The J2A1 Fury is the most common plane in the EVG at the moment, It is
a standard Fury, with a few modifications. It took out the entire
armament on the Fury and refitted it with new weapons. Paired .50
Caliber cannons and a quad .30 caliber layout, with both sets of
calibers fire-linked (Due to the relative in-experiance of many EVG
members). In addition with 260 extra pounds of space, two extra
hardpoints were added, bringing the total of the crafts hardpoints to
The J2B2 Fury, is the fastest plane in the EVG arsenal. It traded the
additional weight for speed. WIth the removal of the Goliath,
there was room for an engine nearly twice as powerful, increasing the
speed to 300 MPH, and acceleration up to 98.4 FPS, in addition, the
engine is far superior to it's contemperaries. Of course this
aircraft carries the standard 4 hardpoints common on a Fury, and
instead of the .50 calibers of its slower cousin, instead carries .40
Caliber machine guns and the usual Quad .30 layout.
The P2 Warhawks the EVG has have been specially modified as well.
Although the modifications had reduced the Warhawk's wing integrety
(Now only capable of pulling two G's easily), it has upgraded the armor
by 80, and has added 8 hardpoints to the design. Although no
faster, it is a far more capable ground attack craft than its standard
The British Empire also sold the EVG a converted cargo zeppelin, which
was renamed the EVG Liberation. It is capable of
speeds of 82 MPH, and can carry 16 fighters. It has had heavier cloth
armor installed over the light standard cargo armor, and they added
six, 5" deck cannons. Not enough for combat against another combat
zepelin. But enough to down a cargo zeppelin, or bombard ground targets.
In the cargo holds of the zeppelin were numbers of both aging 3" flak
guns and a quartet of the new QF 3.7" flak guns and an arrangement of
ground mounted machine guns, and even a half dozen 40MM flak
auto-cannons. With these the EVG have recruited a number of
Indians, non-aligned Chinese and a select few British who were former
AA gunners. WIth these, the EVG have an effective second line of
defence against air attack.
In a year of fighting, their numbers have diminished, replacement
aircraft being expensive and far in between. Currently they
number 56 J2 Furies (38 A1's and 18 B2's), 14 P2 Warhawks, 4 Grumman
Avengers, 2 Yak-4's, 2 A5 Mitsubishi's, 4 DH-9 Hornets and a pair
of Bell King Cobras. A number of
"non-standard" aircraft pulled from wreckage heaps or bombed airfilds
and put into service to replace the lost Furies.
Unit Organization: EVG "Squadrons"
are more enlarged flights than they are squadrons in most
senses. Whereas The EVG has been reduced to squadrons of 10
aircraft, through losses, and stripping for parts.
Currently the EVG's "Official" status, is 10 plane squadrons, with 2
squadrons per Wing. Although often they are understrength
The Empire Volunter Group's zeppelin is a former 1600 foot long British
cargo zeppelin. As such it is not a purebred brawler, or even a
It started out with cloth armor that was virtually nothing but a
covering, incapable of stopping even .30 caliber rounds and capable of
holding only 6 fighters, and only 4 engine mounted machine guns..
After the British government sold the zeppelin to the Chinese
government (The Chinese paid a tenth of what it was worth and went
directly to the EVG), it underwent renovations in Bombay,
There, the zeppelin was re-worked. With light cloth armor added, all
(8) of the engines having .50 caliber machine guns installed, along
with paired 3" flak cannons on both the nose and tail. TO
be more usable as a light raider, they virtually eliminated the cargo
section and installed offensive weaponry. They reworked the
engines, giving them new parts (Although not replacing them) and
installed launch rails in the zeppelin, as opposed to the hook and
crane that had been on it.
When completed, the Liberation's 8 engines pushed it at
a speed of 80MPH. It was marginally re-worked and lengthened to
1612 feet long.
They didn't re-work the skeleton of it, so the British only
installed 3, 5" broadside cannons per side. Allowing them to destroy
cargo zeppelins and bombard ground targets, although a crispy target if
engaged by a combat zeppelin.
The engines mount twin .5" vickers machine guns, while the nose and
tail mount twin, light Ordnance QF 3 inch flak cannons. There is
8 nose-mounted rocket racks (Capable of launching a rocket barrage of
64 rockets. To in-accurate for use against fighters, but with
long-range fuses, suitable for anti-zeppelin duty at close ranges).
It can carry 16 fighters, all on launch rails to facilitate fast
launching (Although pickup is still by hook and crane).
Thus far the EVG Liberation has 2 zeppelin kills to it's
credit. Both taken after the fighter escorts were destroyed and
with EVG fighters to cover it.
Currently the EVG is organized into 5 Wings scattered over China.
For the moment the various factions in China are leaving the EVG to
themselves, the EVG not having picked a side in the war (Communist or
The locations of the various squadrons are sketchy, with reports coming
out of China being rumors and little more. It is known that
there is a total of 8 airbases throughout China in use solely by the
EVG, leaving the Japanese guessing as to which sector the unit is based.
The First Pursuit Wing is the Hells Angels. It is stationed on
the northern border of Japanese Manchuria, across the Japanese lines
from Korea, and is tasked with making offensive air patrols over
Japanese territory, destroying any patrolling fighters, and draw
resources from other fronts.
Strength: 16 J2A1 Furies. 4 J2B2
The Second Combined Wing is the Panda Bears. It is one of the
most active EVG Wings, being deployed near the southern coast of China,
it's main goals being the attacking of Japanese surface shipping that
is bringing military supplies to the coastal Japanese strongholds.
Strength: 8 P2 Warhawks. 10
J2A1 Furies. 2 Yak-4s.
The Third Combined Wing is the Adam and Eve. Stationed aboard the EVG
Liberation, a converted combat zeppelin in use by the EVG.
. It has no known combat sector, but is on constant patrol
over the Chinese front. Several times it has turned up in a
single area, when it was thought to be hundreds of miles away, usually
bringing a deadly surprise to the Japanese. This is
the most offensively oriented Wing on duty in the EVG, having been on
several long combat sorties deep into Japanese controlled space,
usually supported by land-based long range fighters, such as the
Yakovlev 4(Whenever support can be arranged from the various factions).
Strength: 4 J2A1 Furies. 4
J2B2 Furies. 6 P2 Warhawks. 2 King Cobras.
The Fourth Pursuit Wing, the Screamin Demons, is stationed midway of
the Japanese lines, in between the First and Second EVG Wings.
Strength: 10 J2B2 Furies. 4 DH-9
Hornets. 6 J2A1 Furies.
The Fifth Pursuit Squadron, the Empire's Angels, is a mixed pot
unit. It is a reserve unit, consisting primarily of the reserve
fighters and un-assigned pilots. Adequate considering it's role
is primarily a defensive one, far behind the front lines. It is
mainly however, meant to ensure EVG headquarters security.
Although both Nationalist and Communist air units are on constant
standby, the EVG presence ensures there is one unit that will not be
swayed to "Forget" a bomber targeting the opposite side's industries,
Strength: 2 A5
Mitsubishis. 2 J2A1 Furies. 4 Grumman Avengers.
Unit Rules: EVG Pilot's
Sixth Sense skill MUST be set at 1 for wing pilots, and 2(or less) for
leads.. They are both green pilots, and have been using the
"Slash and run" technique. Squadron leaders are exempt.
Confusing rule(Description of it, not the rule itself ;) ). EVG
players Natural touch skills are INCREASED 50% when redlining the
engine, and DECREASED 50% when pushing the G's, for landing procedures
the Natural touch skill normal.
Example. A pilot flying a fury has a Natural touch skill of 6. To
redline the engine his Natural touch would be 9, (6+3), to push the G's
his Natural touch would be 3.
Before a mission each pilot must make a die roll. On a result of a 1 or
2, that pilot must sit that mission out, due to lack of parts, fuel or
Robert Neale. 1st Pursuit Wing Commander. Aircraft: J2A1
A competant commander from the Empire State, not alot is known of this
pilot other than he shot to Squadron leader upon joining the EVG and
has proven a good leader ever since, his squadron having the highest
kill ratio of the entire EVG.
David Lee "Tex" Hill. 2nd Combined Wing Commander.
Aircraft: J2A1 Fury
Born a native Texan, David Hill joined the Texas Air Rangers at age 18,
and later went on to serve on the Mexican border, and having a
distinguished combat career (Downing 3 Mexican aircraft, 2 in one
skirmish) before the EVG recruiters came calling. When they did
arrive, he awaited approval from his squadron commander before jumping
at the chance for actual combat, the border station with Mexico being
Upon being shipped to China he served well again, rising to flight
leader, and then to Squadron commander when his Captain was shot down
over Japanese lines.
Jack "Rocketeer" Jameson. 3rd Combined Wing Commander. Aircraft: P2
A loyal Pacifica-born pilot, he has proven a valuable asset to the EVG,
albeit somewhat strange. He is a normal flyer in ever aspect,
other than his gunnery usage. He has removed all 4,
.60 Caliber cannons off of his Warhawk, and instead reinforced his
rocket hardpoints, bringing the total number up to 26 additional
hardpoints, plus his stock number of 10, giving him 36 rockets at his
disposal, which he frequently overloads.
His excellent gunnery skills allow him to use the missiles effectively,
and even his bombing skills are quite exemplary. In one attack on a
Japanese supply and reinforcment column, consisting of trucks, personal
carriers and even half a dozen tanks, he overloaded his Warhawk with an
astounding 9,000 pounds of bombs (Double what his configuration can
handle ordinarily), he dropped his overloaded bombs on his first pass,
obliderating the tanks, and on his following passes, carefully picked
off the remainder of the convoy.
Jane "Stripper" Miranda. Fourth Pursuit Wing Commander. Aircraft: J2B2
A curvacious Empire State pilot, she certainly has lived up to her
callsign, both in and out of the aircraft, her trademark being to dive
close behind an enemy aircraft and double down on her guns, stripping
away the armor.
Using a personally purchased pair of Hispano-Suzia .405 Suzia cannons,
and quad layout of Sperry-Browning Zephyrs, and loading them with
dum-dums, even the heaviest aircraft fall quickly before her superior
guns. (Guns have the Superior Weapons characteristic)
Half of her loadout of hardpoints is installed rear-facing and loaded
with flash and flak rockets. After making an attacking dive
through a Japanese flight, she can leave behind confused and
dis-arrayed pilots, allowing the second wave of lesser experianced
pilots easier pickings.