Corps Expéditionnaire Occitanie LT. GEN. SYLVESTRE A. DAMAS Rapport ConfidentielThe IX Corps in the Protectorate of Occitania is continuing to face pockets of resistance, particularly in the mountainous and forested areas of the country. The dimension of the resistance is resoundingly anti-Serenien and anti-proletarian, as the guerilla fighters have among their ranks former personnel belonging to the royalist military, Cathar extremists, criminals, and other disenfranchised members of the Occitanian populace. On account of the general breakdown in public order in the immediate aftermath of the division of the Kingdom of Occitania, the Serenien military was unable to stop the trickle of such elements out of controlled urban settlements to the rural areas. The Protectoral authorities, recently impowered, still lack the manpower and authority to exert control in far flung rural areas. Hence, our reliance on the patchwork of dodgy and unreliable feudal figures is a necessity at present. I. INSURGENCY STRENGTH Intelligence operations in the troubled areas have led us to believe that the approximate strength of the nascent guerilla movement is somewhere in the range of 8,000 to 12,000, who are embedded in the chain of fortifications that were built by the Kingdom of Occitania. They are also noted to have established underground tunnels and networks in the densely forested areas leading up to the mountain range locally called "the God's Range" --- which forms the international border with the Republic of Fruielle. II. COUNTER-INSURGENCY MEASURES We have so far approached the matter so as to contain the guerillas as much as possible, while our efforts to stabilize the coastal and urban settlements in Occitania was ongoing. Now, with the Protectorate's central secretariat taking charge of the urban areas, our focus can be diverted to tackling the issue in a more robust manner. To that effect, we envisage the deployment of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, 17th Mountain Warfare Brigade, and 120th Special Air Wing to the operation. Furthermore, on account of the densely forested nature of the region, we may need further provision of night-vision and heat-vision equipment to tackle the guerillas effectively. III. ANTI-PIRACY OPERATIONS We have been engaged in considerable anti-piracy operations with cooperation from the Aurarian military. At present, the naval base set up at Lyons by the Serenien Navy is hosting 2 destroyers and 3 anti-submarine frigates from the Eastern Fleet. This naval unit is operating across the western Occitanian coastline as Flotilla 31B. In the air, the Serenien Air Force is primarily mounting heavy maritime patrolling by use of its K-130 and K-29 fighters, with the former providing the bulk of the patrolling and the latter engaging only with particularly threatening situations. The Air Force has devoted 12 K-130 jet fighters and 6 K-29 fighters to the task. The anti-piracy operations by air are generally more aggressive and all aircraft have been authorised to use force against pirate vessels. IV. BORDER WITH THE KINGDOM OF OCCITANIA The Serenien Military is maintaining strong defensive posture on the inner-Occitanian frontier and is respecting the demilitarised zone as established by the Treaty of Camp Hill. No adverse or threatening activity reported. We have established a highly mobile line of defense in the region. V. INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS The Directorate 77 is fully empowered to act in Occitania and has arrested several hundred individuals associated with war crimes viz. use of child soldiers, crimes against civilians, and breaches of civil rights. Furthermore, D77 is engaged in an effective campaign of infiltrating Occitanian society and rooting out counter-Serenien or counter-Protectoral sentiment. THIS REPORT HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR WAR, COMMISSARIAT OF PEOPLE'S DEPUTIES.