The Global Liberation Army, or GLA, is a terrorist organization operating from Central Africa. It was added in version 1.7 of Rise of the Reds, and focuses on high-speed guerilla warfare, toxic weapons, stealth tactics and salvage technologies.
War is usually a conflict between two or more sovereign nations fighting over territory, resources, politics or just plain greed. During the Cold War however, conflicts involving non-state actors (i.e. armies with no permanent territory) became more and more common. The Viet Cong, Afghan Mujahedeen, terror organizations like al-Qaeda and Boko Haram; war was now fought between nations and organizations. One of those organizations would evolve into the world's most dangerous terrorist army and exceed every prediction about terror armies ever made.
In the 2010s, there were several terrorists with a common goal; to rid the world of imperialism: Mohmar 'Deathstrike', who lead a band of Kazakh militants, Abdul bin Yusuuf, leader of the Brotherhood of the White Falcon, Anwar Sulaymaan, a notorious arms dealer in Iraq, and Tahar Ibrahiim, a Frenchman with a venomous hatred for the 1%. In 2017, the countries Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were forced to unite and formed Aldastan, against heavy opposition from the people and world at large. Mohmar saw this as the final nail in the coffin. He rallied thousands, maybe millions of people from Kazakhstan and Central Asia and united them under the banner of the so-called Global Liberation Army. Yusuuf made contact and provided his support in the Middle East, and weapons were delivered by Anwar Sulaymaan and Dr. Thrax, a biochemist.
As the majority of the world's lower class was in a state of despair, many swore their allegiance to the GLA. While not taking any oath, the GLA emblem soon became widespread across Afro-Eurasia and even the Americas. Attempts to create a global revolution has been attempted many times, but this time, it actually seemed to work. With support from a Chinese defector named Ismail Khan, the GLA infiltrated China and smuggled a 5-kiloton nuclear warhead into Beijing in 2019. Their grand entry consisted of blowing up central Beijing with an atomic blast, obliterating their leadership and millions of civilians. The Global War on Terror had begun.
It was just as Mohmar had planned. China, the United States and Europe all pooled resources into fighting their global incursion. Recruiting members through social media, supporters of the GLA appeared all over the world but primarily in Europe and the Middle East. Mohmar never expected to win the war, but he might just damage his enemies enough to cause drastic change. The Global War on Terror spread throughout the world, with events such as the capture of the Baikonur cosmodrone and launch of two biochemical warheads, the complete collapse of the Middle East as Saudi Arabia and Iran used nukes on each other, and the grand finale: The European insurrection.
Mohmar lost leaders many times, and there was heavy infighting in the GLA, especially when he was temporarily put out of command when he was wounded, but they still fought on. In 2028, Mohmar had captured North Africa through a series of bloody revolutions, and was able to smuggle thousands of fighters aboard transport ships. They arrived in Germany, unleashing hell on the already-weakened European heartland. Many GLA supporters took to the streets and assisted in the destruction of Germany. China intervened and drove the GLA back to Hamburg, but Rodall Juhziz, one of Yusuuf's more fanatic commanders, stayed behind to detonate a dirty nuke in the city, destroying it and killing thousands of civilians.
Mohmar had now scarred the world like never before. While he lost the war, at large he won. He managed to tear a crack that shifted the geopolitical landscape forever. Mohmar retired, and the Global Liberation Army fell into obscurity. Their governments in North Africa served themselves, and GLA commanders betrayed one another. But, with Mohmar's death at the hands of an unknown assailant in 2032, Anwar Sulaymaan - Mohmar's right-hand man - stepped up to take control. He stamped out any thoughts of rebellion and reorganized the GLA into a proper organization, Yusuuf and Tahar Ibrahiim his most loyal generals. In 2037 however, the new European Continental Alliance took revenge on the GLA by invading and occupying North Africa. Sulaymaan and his army was forced to retreat to Central Africa, where they destroyed the local governments and established their own nation.
Dubbed 'The Zone' and declared Terra nullius by the UN, Sulaymaan dreamed of making a warrior haven with no laws or boundaries. Yusuuf had thoughts of creating a religious empire on the ruins of the Western world, while Ibrahiim dreamed of toppling every capitalism regime from the United States to Japan. Nonetheless, the GLA was now permanently settled in the Congo, and no-one really knows what their next big move might be.
The Global Liberation Army is composed of a loose network of guerrillas and freedom fighters with a single common goal: to overthrow the world's superpowers and assume a position as a dominant power themselves, free from the oppression that has been brought onto them in the past. Because they have no official nationality nor organised army backing them up, the GLA needs to resort to stealth, theft, sabotage and makeshift weaponry to help them in their cause. Most of their vehicles are old and long abandoned by the armies that they used to serve, but have been modified extensively and given a new life in the GLA ranks. However when the need arises they are not afraid to sacrifice their own lives to help further their mission. They are extremely fanatical and relentless, and will not stop no matter what the cost.
In battle, GLA relies on their high mobility and tunnel networks to make up for their lack of pure firepower and precision. With their worker units GLA can rapidly expand the battlefield, almost every single one of their structures is connected to their subterranean tunnel network, allowing them to create an effective network all over the map. GLA does not have strong static defense structures and commands a very limited airforce. They however have the most sturdy of buildings, which have an extra element known as GLA holes which protects them from being destroyed by one-time blasts. GLA buildings also have the advantage of not needing power at all, though capturing power-producing structures does make GLA Barracks and Arms Dealers produce new units quicker. Their command structure is the Command Truck, which essentially serves as the only mobile Command Center in the mod. GLA units rely on their speed, cunning, and numbers if applicable to deal heavy damage to the opponent. If you like to play it sneaky, are a fast player and like to have control over your battlefield, GLA was made for you.
- GLA tunnels are excellent at quickly moving units around the map to strategic locations. Units in tunnels can instantly teleport to other tunnels across the map, so put several tunnels in your base and other tunnels in strategic areas, as this will allow you to spam troops in key locations. The tunnel strategy is even more useful with the GPS scrambler upgrade, as your tunnel and any units surrounding it will not appear to any other players on the map unless stumbled upon by their units.
- GLA vehicles are very cost-effective for their quality and a massive amount of quad cannons can take down almost anything. A quad rush is usually very effective in dealing with the enemy.
- A good, strong defense with no holes for stealth units to sneak into will help the player immensely as this will continually wear down GLA forces attempting to rush you.
- A good air force will be extremely helpful in destroying stray GLA units ambushing the player's units. Keep in mind however that this is not recommended against large groups of GLA forces, as quad cannons are pure death to any and all aircraft.
- A head on, toe-to-toe confrontation will almost always result in GLA defeat. Whenever you can, try to confront GLA units head on, even if they SLIGHTLY outnumber you. Keep in mind however, to support your armored units with anti-infantry due to the damage RPG units can dish out.
- Always send out scouts in areas where you think their tunnels may be. If your scouts find something, rush the tunnels as fast as you can before the GLA can send units to protect the tunnel. The tunnel's base defense is very weak and only useful against infantry.
- The GLA is the only faction without stars in its symbol.
- Also they are the only faction with sidegrades, upgrades that change functions of units instead of improving them in a direct way, but these are nearly all recycler related ones.
- Its military grade arsenal is composed of many countries of origin, including South Africa for the mercenaries, Russia (represented by the Scud, Grad, Ural and Interceptor), some European countries like the french Gazellle and the British APC that forms the basis of the Scrambler Track to even the United States, apparent by the many stinger armed unit types.
- While GLA structures do not need power to function, their units build much faster after capturing power plants.