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Francis "Chessmaster" Thorn is the USA Special Operations General.
A quiet professional trained in the shadowy arts of covert warfare, Thorn has never been the kind of General to attend parades in dress uniform and look pretty. For example, there goes the popular anecdote that a young try-hard Lieutenant once tried to chew him out for not saluting him, only to realize too late that the man in that basic unadorned chocolate chip uniform wasn't just an elderly NCO, but rather a 4-Star General who subsequently ordered the officer to a month of latrine duty under the blazing sun of Saudi Arabia. Thorn has been in charge of special operations since the first GLA attacks on American installations in the Middle East, providing him with an extensive network of valuable contacts among the US special forces, up to and including the legendary Navy SEALs. A determined fighter and cunning strategist, the General likes to micro-manage every miniscule detail of his operations while cruising above the field in his Spectre gunship with a cup of fine Arabica-brand coffee.
Outside the battlefield, he is known for his extensive lectures on history-making and American geo-strategic planning which netted him a position as a guest scholar at Westpoint after the GLA faded into obscurity in the eyes of both the American public and the CIA. At a time when many intelligence analysts still dismissed Russia's shooting star President Suvorov as a mere puppet of the post-Soviet elites that allegedly controlled the Kremlin in the second and third family generation by this point, Thorn was among the few who took him and his pervasive rhetorics about a "Greater Russia at the helm of a new Eurasian hegemony" seriously. As a result, his shadow warriors were the first covert forces to be unofficially deployed to Europe in order to get further insight into the crisis. Their findings would be a decisive factor in favor of a possible involvement of American troops.
- Chemical Suits
- Fire Base Guided Howitzer
Because of the large number of planned Humvee variants exclusive to Thorn, he was dubbed "Humvee General" in the SWR forum. Thorn is also the first ROTR General to have content that was scrapped.