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Roots of the Conflict
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     Your country reels under the weight of economic depression. You’re part of a once-proud military heritage, but now your government can’t afford your pay and you’re barely able to make ends meet for your family. Your neighboring country is experiencing unprecedented prosperity. Now they’ve found a pocket of oil offshore and claimed it for themselves. In waters your motherland has long held as its own. When your unit is sent to seize the oil-rich territories which are rightfully yours, you are the first to lead the strike. It may be your country’s last chance.
     You are fortunate. You live in a country whose economy prospers and whose principles you’ve come to treasure. So much so that you’d lay your life on the line so that your country and her allies can continue to live in freedom. But you never expected to be thrown into battle with your country’s greatest cold war rival. You never expected to have to test your mettle against such skilled, desperate adversaries. You never expected to face the consequences of war. But you vowed to serve your country and defend her allies to the last. And you’ll never back down.

     Full Burn. The battle begins. Choose your side, and determine your country’s destiny.

The Story

     April 2006 - Scandinavia. An enormous oil reserve has been discovered off the northern coast of Scandinavia near the Russian-Norwegian border. The field lies in the Barents Sea in an area which has been the source of a long-standing dispute between Norway and Russia. Despite Russia's claims to territorial waters in the region, the Norwegians begin deep-sea drilling in the disputed waters. As a result, Norway enjoys a never-before-seen state of economic prosperity.

     Meanwhile, in Russia, economic hardships have led to a massive Depression. Strikes and protests continue to erupt in the major Russian cities. In the port city of Murmansk, along the Barents Sea, the Russian military stages a shut down to protest the government's inability to pay them. In response, Russian President Andre Yakhmonov calls for the "downsizing" and partial disbanding of much of the military. Within this harsh economic and political climate, General Alexander Krugov leads a secessionist movement which breaks away from the Moscow-led government. Centered in Murmansk, this military splinter group seizes upon a bold plan of action designed to jumpstart the Russian economy: They will send their Rapid Response Units into the Barents Sea to lay claim to the Norwegian oil sites.

     Soon, Krugov's gambit will throw the world into war, and the deadliest modern air battle ever witnessed will erupt between the United States Navy and the Russian Air Force.

     Jetfighter : Full Burn combines an engrossing interactive story with the furious action of a modern combat sim in an extensive campaign playable from both the American and the Russian sides of the conflict. This latest installment in the acclaimed JetFighter series features authentic high-tech fighters, terrain derived from actual government topographical data and multi-player support.

Roots of the Conflict

     Norway and Russia have a long history as neighbors and rivals. The peoples of the Finnmark region of North Norway and the Russians of the Murmansk coast area have co-existed since the Middle Ages. At times, they've reaped the benefits of free trade, but at other times, they've competed for the resources available in the rich seas of the Arctic Ocean. In particular, these peoples have both come together and clashed over their concerns in the Barents Sea, and their history together continues forward to this day.

     During the heyday of the trade routes of the Pomor (from pomorje, meaning "coastline"), the two neighbors shared the bounty of the Barents Sea. In time, however, it became clear that the North Norwegians were the ones prospering from the relationship. In 1826, a permanent national frontier was established, dividing the former joint Norwegian-Russian territory. Over 30 years later, when the Russian consul general in Christiania visited the northern waters, he was struck by the contrast between East Finnmark, which virtually seethed with life and activity, and the Murmansk coast, which lay deserted and abandoned. Even still, the two countries remained on friendly terms. Russia was the first country to support Norway's independence from Sweden in 1905, and they played an active role in the negotiations that culminated in the "Integrity Act" of 1907, under which .the European powers agreed to guarantee Norway's integrity as an independent state.

     Relations disintegrated, however, in 1917, following the Russian revolution. The borders between the two countries were closed, a condition which lasted for nearly 70 years. Distrust grew, and whereas free trade once carried the nations forward together, they were now left to compete over the resources of the Barents Sea.

     The rivalry grew even more complicated during the Cold War, when the Soviet threat was very real for the North Norwegians. The threat was even greater for the Russians. The nearby GIN (Greenland-Iceland-Norway) Line quickly became a key part of NATO strategy. With an otherwise unprotected northern flank, Russia was vulnerable precisely at the point of the Murmansk coast. The Soviets began to amass the largest concentration of naval, ground and air forces to be found anywhere in the world centered around Murmansk. A booming military-industrial complex sprung up there nearly overnight. While this industry helped the local economy, it did little to ease tensions between the two countries. Furthermore, the Murmansk coast became one of the world's most heavily polluted areas, causing tremendous environmental damage and endangering the bountiful resources available from the Barents Sea. These problems did not go over well with the Norwegians.

     Mikhail Gorbachev's ascension to power and the dissolution of the Soviet Union finally softened the strained relations between the Arctic neighbors. Norway, in turn, has sought to bring Russia back into the European community. Its plans for the Barents Cooperation are intended to return the two countries to a period of economic trade similar to the days of the Pomor, with each country mutually benefiting from the association.

     However, just as in the days of the Russian consul's visit, there's a growing disparity between North Norway and the Murmansk coast area of Russia. In 1969, the drilling rig "Ocean Viking" discovered a giant oil field at the southernmost point of the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Soon after, many other oil fields were discovered off the coast of Norway, including the field at Statfjord, the world's largest offshore oil field. By the mid-1970's, Norway was one of the world's largest oil producers.

     As further prospecting revealed even more bountiful oil fields along the coastline, Norway began opening up its northern coastline, including the Barents Sea area, for offshore drilling. This brought to the surface the disagreement the two countries have long maintained over international waters in the Barents Sea area. Maritime disputes had been commonplace since the days of the Pomor as the two countries sought to reap the bounties of the rich fishing trade in the area. With such vast natural resources now at stake, it became imperative that the two countries settle their differences.

     Negotiations on a delimitation line between the Norwegian and Russian Continental Shelves have been underway since 1974. To this date, no agreement has been reached.

Features List

  • Next generation flight engine based on the critically acclaimed Jetfighter series.
  • Play from either side (U.S. or Russian) of the Barents Sea conflict with more than ninety fun and challenging missions to test your combat skills.
  • Nearly 2 hours of video footage spanning 4 CDs bring the campaigns to life.
  • Multiplayer support allows you to compete against your friends for air supremacy in the skies over Norway. Two users will be able to play with the included CDs and up to eight participants with additional CDs.
  • MMX and 3DFX accelerator board support.
  • The MiG-42, Russia's next generation fighter, joins the F-22N and the F/A-18 in the worlds most deadly air war.
  • Engaging story line told from both sides of the conflict using the aid of video sequences to highlight military briefings and advance character development and plot.
  • Superior geographical realism generated from actual government topographical data.

System Requirements

  • Pentium 133 (Intel-compatible) or better
  • 16 Mb RAM
  • 4x CD-ROM Drive (or better)
  • DOS 5.0 or above (Win95 compatible)
  • 1 Mb SVGA VESA-compatible video card
  • 45 Mb hard drive space
  • 3Dfx board fully supported

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U.S. Forces

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Russian Forces

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