"Fear and doubt in the interest of a few are not to be the architects for a future in which all inhabit. Under the guidance and control of the united nations security council, the parties that agree to cooperate in this document accept that human-induced climate change and its effects need to be urgently recognized and acted upon for the future security and resiliency of humankind. The participating parties of this binding protocol acknowledge the need for an organization solely dedicated to addressing the degradation and restoration of Earth's stressed natural systems while maintaining adaptation efforts to meet changing global conditions related to climate change. These adaptation efforts include carbon capture and storage, geoengineering, ecosystem restorations, species revitalization, proper waste disposal, disaster and humanitarian relief, and the promotion of international cooperation among member parties. This organization, and all duties assigned to it and those that serve under it, will be called UNIRO, the united nations international rescue organization."
- The Auxilium Protocol (2021)
Five months after the horrific ending of the Second Korean War that cost the lives of seven million people, the world came together to make a final, lasting difference. Many had come to see the inadequacies and fatal drawbacks of a slow and divided international community as no longer being acceptable for the continued survival of civilization. Climate change had manifested itself into something new and disturbing, full-scale war. Drought-induced by anthropogenic climate change was deemed to be the ultimate contributing factor of the Korean war, leading to famine and civil unrest that spilled across borders. A red line had been crossed and the result was the adoption and ratification of the Auxilium Protocol by 191 countries and with it, the creation of the united nations international rescue organization (UNIRO) under the united nations security council, one of six primary un organs.
UNIRO is the largest international peacetime initiative ever undertaken by humankind. It is seen as the last coordinated effort humanity has to fight climate change before its effects begin to irreversibly overwhelm individual nations and ecosystems. Many view the effort as being on the same scale as the Allied war effort during World war II. economy, industry, and everyday culture have shifted to make UNIRO work. as per the Auxilium Protocol, each member nation is responsible for contributing one percent of its yearly GDP to fund the organization.
UNIRO was founded with five basic goals, outlined in the Auxilium Protocol. These five goals are:
Environmental restoration and climate change mitigation through geoengineering
climate policy development
assisting with complex emergencies and disasters in member nations
To meet these five goals UNIRO provides eleven services, known as subgroups. The first six services (subgroups) are broad and were heavily based on relief services provided by the highly successful German civil protection agency, Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk, otherwise known as the THW. UNIRO expanded upon these services to meet international needs. The final five services are centric to one specific task and therefore not broad in scope when compared to the first six. Each task listed within a service represents a squadron that UNIRO personnel serve in. Each squadron is composed of fifteen people. Each of the eleven services are listed below.
Subgroup 1, threat prevention:
- search and rescue
- air-sea rescue
- air to air rescue
- subsurface rescue
- underwater rescue
- polar rescue
- vertical rescue
- clearing and blasting
- flood prevention and combat
- wildfire firefighting
- hazardous firefighting
Subgroup 2, Infrastructure support:
- renewable electric supply
- drinking water
- wastewater disposal
- emergency bridge building
Subgroup 3, command and communications logistics:
- temporary command center establishment
- temporary personnel housing establishment
- command support
- creation of temporary telecommunications systems
- establishment and operation of logistics bases
- catering and care of operational staff
- maintenance of materials and equipment
- transportation of consumer goods for mission demands
subgroup 4, protection of the environment:
- oil spill damage control
- water analysis, HAZMAT services
- chemical spill cleanup
- species protection and rehabilitation
- nuclear cleanup
subgroup 5, provisions of the population:
- drinking water provisions
- establishment and equipment of emergency accommodations
- collecting points for machine infrastructure
subgroup 6, Technical support:
- technical traffic routing
- snow clearing
- makeshift road and runway construction
- avalanche blasting
- maintenance of civil protection facilities
Subgroup 7, UNIRO engineering corps
subgroup 8, UNIRO medical group
subgroup 9, UNIRO Communications
Subgroup 10, UNIRO Naval cargo transportation fleet
subgroup 11, UNIRO air cargo transportation fleet
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Subgroups 7 through 11 still have squadrons like the first six subgroups but are structured differently and are based around the services singular overall tasks.
UNIRO Engineering Corps is tasked with solving any potential major engineering challenges that may need to be addressed during a disaster and takes point with all UNIRO geoengineering projects. Geoengineering is the large-scale manipulation of Earth's climate and terrestrial systems to help alleviate adverse effects of human-induced climate change. as a practice, Geoengineering is considered risky and involves massive, often long term, projects. this is considered to be the most controversial aspect of UNIRO, and sometimes the most protested. All potential geoengineering projects around the planet are studied and identified by the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Once identified, remediation techniques are evaluated and a plan of action readied to be undertaken by UNIRO. once approved by the un Security Council, projects can begin. Twelve such climate change risk prevention and geoengineering remediation projects have been approved since UNIRO's founding in 2021. Many UNIRO personnel affectionately call people in this subgroup ‘Geo's.”
UNIRO medical group is to be involved with assisting and coordinating medical services before, during, and after disasters. This subgroup works with national medical agencies (such as the Us's Center for disease control) to better prepare for outbreaks, pandemics, and for better research.
UNIRO Communications is involved in coordinating all rescue efforts and keeping communications up and running between all rescue squadrons, whether they be from UNIRO or local officials to ensure operations run smoothly and that agencies did not overlap each other.
The UNIRO Naval Cargo Transportation Fleet (UNIRONCTF) is tasked with all personnel, equipment, and vehicle transportation across the world’s oceans to and from any UNIRO facility, disaster zone, or geoengineering project sites.
The last subgroup is the UNIRO Aerial cargo transportation fleet (UNIROACTF). it is tasked with all personnel, equipment, and vehicle transportation across the world's skies to and from any UNIRO facility, disaster zone, or geoengineering project site.
To facilitate UNIRO's mission, nine massive bases were constructed on six of the seven continents. Each one has an operational range for which is it responsible for. Each UNIRO base's location and area of rescue jurisdiction are listed below.
Base Ethos: Vancouver, Canada (North America and the Arctic)
Base Tranquility: Oak Hill, United States of America (the Caribbean and North America)
Base Armonia: Buenaventura, Colombia (Central America and Northern South America)
Base Concord: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Central and Southern South America)
Base Eripio: Algeciras, Cadiz, Spain (Europe and Northern Africa)
Base Adowa: Durban, South Africa (Central and Southern Africa)
Base Defiant: Mumbai, India (West and Central Asia)
Base Unity: Tokyo, Japan (East Asia)
Base Gunyah: Melbourne, Australia (Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica)
Each base is a small city, holding thousands of UNIRO personnel and, if need be, refugees fleeing disasters. Circular in design with a mushroom-shaped port surrounded by a protective seawall, the bases are separated into three walled sections, looking similar to peace sign from the air. As mentioned, the port section of each base holds its shipping fleet under UNIRONCTF. It houses a container yard, automated container cranes, dozens of docking areas for ships of all sizes, refugee terminals and housing, and naval training areas. The airport section holds the base's two enormous runways, terminal, aircraft hangars, hydrogen production facility, and control tower. The BLOC (base logistics and operations center) section holds all on base personnel housing, the bases primary training facility, research centers, dining halls, farming areas, security headquarters, hospital, and supply warehouses.
Also found in the bloc section of each base is its command center, located two stories below ground under the base's principal administrative building. At base
tranquility in Florida, this building is called Umoja Tower. A rough map of base tranquility, which was drawn shortly after the passage of the Auxilium protocol, can be seen to the right. it was found in one of UNIRO's engineering archives. All base functions, rescue missions, communications, and geoengineering projects are orchestrated from a base's command center with the assistance of a powerful supercomputer.
Solar and wind energy meet each base's electricity needs and all vehicles, ships, and aircrafts run off of either renewable derived electricity or hydrogen. Solar arrays cover the BLOC section's five giant supply warehouses and wind turbines line the base's seawall and circular perimeter wall. plastic used across the organization is either recycled from ocean plastic or bio-based and therefore biodegradable. Water is supplied to each base through a desalination plant. Red meat is not served in any UNIRO dining facility or in rations due to red meat's large environmental footprint. Instead, base personnel are fed a diet that consists of plants, fish, and insects that are high in protein. All food is grown on base. Each of them, in all aspects, is completely self-sustaining.
Normally, when a base isn’t dealing with a situation or disaster, it will remain at a status called Sequence Green that will see a base perform normal operations. Sequence Yellow will happen when a base is either in a state of standby or mobilizing to a disaster area. Sequence Red will be started when UNIRO personnel have boots on the ground and equipment in the field or when there is a security issue. Should there be a security concern, a base will inform its host nation and remain in constant contact with its host nation’s government for the duration of that concern. All three of these sequences are determined by either the base’s supercomputer or manually by the base commander’s authority.
ISAF (Internal Security Affairs Force) is in charge of all security matters at every UNIRO base and facility. ISAF is a private security firm with just over 2,000 armed guardsmen stationed at all nine bases. Guardsmen can be dispatched alongside UNIRO personnel on missions should the un security council deem a country's own military, which would normally be tasked with protecting personnel, to be unstable or hostile. UNIRO personnel are to never to be armed.
When a disaster happens in a country or is predicted to happen, the country or group of countries in need can ask the UN Security Council to convene and review their situation, so as to vote on whether or not to activate UNIRO. Once a vote to activate UNIRO passes through the council, the base nearest the disaster zone will be notified and the bases supercomputer will analyze and determine everything needed for the impending mission. As with all UN security council votes, at least two-thirds of the fifteen nations on the council must vote "yes" and all five permanent members (Russia, china, the united states, the united kingdom, and France) must be among those who vote "yes" with no vetoes. The ten nations who are not permanent security council members rotate their place on the council every two years.
UNIRO uses thirty-two primary craft for its various missions. These craft are called Phoenixes and make up the primary craft used at each UNIRO base under the UNIRONCTF and UNIROACTF. Their roles can be both diverse and specific, but they are mostly used for large-scale cargo and personnel transport. Phoenix craft are grouped into five categories based on their size and cargo carrying capacity, which also determines how many of each there are stationed at each base. The categorization begins with small cargo. It continues through medium cargo, large cargo, supercargo, and finally mega cargo carriers. If a Phoenix falls into the small cargo carrier capacity then there are ten of each craft at each base, seven for medium cargo, five for large cargo, three for supercargo and only one for mega cargo carriers. Many of them are already in existence but have undergone modifications to accommodate their new rescue roles and their new clean propulsion systems. Others were quickly rushed into development and production. All Phoenix craft have the option to be unmanned under the control of each base's supercomputer. A complete list of Phoenix craft can be found below.
Phoenix 1: is based on the CSAR DiscRotor concept originally set forth by DARPA in 2008. Built by Boeing, Phoenix 1 can take off and land vertically with retractable rotor blades held inside a disc over the plane's fuselage. It is designed to have the flexibility of a helicopter combined with the speed and endurance of a turboprop aircraft. It will usually be the first aircraft on scene with its complement of up to thirty UNIRO personnel. It can also carry one light-duty vehicle and hoist people in need to safety. The aircraft runs off of hydrogen, housed in its wings and two external wing-mounted pods. Phoenix 1 has a crew of three.
Phoenix 2: is based on the revolutionary hexplane HHL concept designed by hexplane corp. Slightly larger than a c130J in terms of cargo carrying capacity, Phoenix 2 uses six propulsion nacelles placed at the front, mid, and rear sections of the aircraft that allow for vertical takeoff and landings, a unique ability in terms of large cargo planes. Phoenix 2 can be used to carry vehicles, up to 100 UNIRO personnel, or traditional cargo pallets. It can also be used as an aeromedical transport. Phoenix 2 has a crew of five.
Phoenix 3: is a reusable spaceplane called the Dreamchaser. Built by the Sierra Nevada Corporation, this spaceplane has a crew of two. It is Used by UNIRO to service its satellite fleet and to provide a quick and easy lifeboat for astronauts should something go wrong in orbit. with Earth orbit's expanding accessibility, it was determined UNIRO should have a space-based presence. Phoenix 3 is launched from the Cape Canaveral air force station a few miles south of base tranquility.
Phoenix 4: is a versatile rescue submersible designed for undersea exploration, environmental assessments, salvage, and deep-sea rescue. It can be transported by air or sea, even by truck or train, anywhere in the world in less than twenty-four hours. It has a crew of two and can withstand depths of up to 7,000 feet.
Phoenix 5: is actually a collection of thirty orbiting satellites that provide UNIRO with a constant watch over the planet and its operations on it. the satellite constellation handles all communications and tracks remote sensing data regarding the Earth's oceans, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, and anthroposphere. Each satellite is solar powered and is built by airbus.
Phoenix 6: is designed around the Lockheed Martin Hybrid Wing body airlifter concept that uses its unusual blended wing design to carry just as much cargo as a C-5 Galaxy, nearly 240,000 pounds worth, while using seventy percent less fuel. It has a crew of five.
Phoenix 7: is a modified Kawasaki XC-2 transport aircraft. Used to great success by the Japanese self-defense force, the XC-2 was chosen by UNIRO for its long-range cargo transportation and short-range takeoff and landing abilities. The aircraft can travel at almost 600 miles per hour and has a crew of three.
Phoenix 8: is an Airbus A400M Atlas with a predominantly carbon fiber fuselage, making it extremely light for an aircraft of its size. This weight reduction allows for heavier payloads than Phoenix 2 while also maintaining the ability for short takeoffs and landings.
Phoenix 9: is the tried and tested C-17 Globemaster III. This aircraft was given to UNIRO by the United States after an unmaintainable and expensive surplus built up after the Korean War. UNIRO now uses them as one of its top cargo transports. It can carry heavy-duty vehicles and 135 personnel. It has a crew of three.
Phoenix 10: is the distant cousin of Phoenix 1. After years of service in the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korean wars, the V-22 Osprey has certainly earned its place among UNIRO's fleet. It can reach the toughest of locations while providing a quick method of extraction for UNIRO personnel and disaster victims in the field. It has a crew of four.
Phoenix 11: is a quad rotor version of the two rotor Osprey. It is designed to carry more cargo and personnel. It has a crew of four.
Phoenix 12: is a Sikorsky S-64 skycrane, designed to airlift oversized cargo loads and for firefighting operations. It can even be used for high-rise building rescue with a specially designed rescue basket. It has a crew of three.
Phoenix 13: is an Antonov An-178 high wing transport originally built for the Ukrainian military. It can carry a variety of palleted cargo and hold up to fifty personnel. It has a crew of three.
Phoenix 14: is the primary airborne firefighting asset in UNIRO's fleet. It is a Beriev Be-200 amphibious aircraft that can scoop up over 3,000 gallons of water. It can carry seventy-two passengers and can land on both land and water. It has a crew of two.
Phoenix 15: is a ch-53K King stallion, one of the largest helicopters in the world. It can carry 35,000 pounds worth of cargo and has a crew of five. It can also carry cargo externally.
Phoenix 16: is a Mil mi-26 heavy-lift helicopter, the largest helicopter in production in fact. It is so large that it can carry more personnel than even some of UNIRO's fixed-wing transports, capable of holding ninety men and women. It can also carry over 44,000 pounds of cargo with a crew of five.
Phoenix 17: is an Antonov An-124-102 cargo aircraft, a heightened variant of the An-124-100. It can carry a payload of 330,000 pounds, making it one of UNIRO's largest fixed winged aircraft. Taking a crew of six to operate, Phoenix 17 can also be used as an aerial refueling platform.
Phoenix 18: is a cargo vessel designed by the company CargoXpress. the vessel is designed to not need any traditional onshore port infrastructure. It can unload containers and other supplies with a built-in overhead crane system that can extend out over docking areas for unloading. The ship is mostly automated and contains a crew of only ten.
Phoenix 19: The workhorse of UNIRO's ocean fleet, Phoenix 19 is a multirole transport ship that is based around the Ulstein's X-bow design. The ship can serve as an offshore command center with landing pads, a hospital, vehicle garages, monitoring rooms, and ROV's. The ship also carries an assortment of support craft that includes hovercraft, landing craft, and jet skis.
Phoenix 20: also utilizes the Ulstein x-bow design, making the ship more efficient against and resilient to large waves. Phoenix 20 is used as a personnel and refugee transport, capable of holding 2,000 UNRIO members and 4,000 refugees that can be taken to safety at any UNIRO base. It has a crew of seventy which rises to 300 when fully occupied.
Phoenix 21: is a craft based around the Boeing skyhook, a hybrid airship/helicopter design that can carry a forty-ton payload externally. It is ideal for reaching remote locations and can often be seen alongside Phoenix 12 helping to construct geoengineering projects. It has a crew of three.
Phoenix 22: is the Chinese built Comac c919, a narrow-body twin-engine airliner that is meant to take up 168 UNIRO personnel to disaster areas. it has a crew of two.
Phoenix 23: is the Chinese built AG600 seaplane, the largest seaplane in the world. it can carry up to fifty people and help with deep sea construction projects, firefighting, and rescue operations. it has a crew of four.
Phoenix 24: is the Russian built Zond-1 high altitude surveillance drone. it is meant to provide surveillance and communications coverage to disaster areas that have lost such abilities. The drone is solar powered and can remain in the air almost indefinitely.
Phoenix 25: is UNIRO's primary cargo ship, being able to hold thousands of shipping containers. Its electric propulsion is derived from solar panels and uses large deck mounted sails to push the ship along even further. It has a crew of twenty-five.
Phoenix 26: is UNIRO's only ground-based Phoenix. Designed around the ETF mining struck series, these vehicles are built in sections that can be reconfigured into longer sections by adding additional wheels. these trucks can be automated but normally take only two to operate. They can serve as cargo transports, dump trucks, mobile command centers, medical stations, and even helicopter pads. they can also be strung together into convoys, otherwise known as road trains.
Phoenix 27: is a highly modified Airbus a380 that has been converted into an unmanned hydrogen refueling tanker. In doing so, UNIRO has made it the largest unmanned aircraft in the world. Solar panel infused wings allow the aircraft to remain at altitude for several days over disaster areas until its tanker reserves run out, giving fuel to incoming and outgoing UNIRO aircraft. If need be it can also carry traditional AVGAS.
Phoenix 28: is the dockwise Vanguard, a semi-submersible heavy lift ship that is designed to carry entire vessels across the ocean in salvage or decommissioning operations. only one of these ships is stationed at every UNIRO base. it can also serve as an offshore dry dock. it has a crew of fifteen.
Phoenix 29: is built upon the design of the HSV-2, a former us navy high speed catamaran. UNIRO improved upon the design and production was restarted. the ship now serves as a rapid response humanitarian assistance vessel. it can hold up to 400 UNIRO personnel and has a crew of thirty. at its stern are two helipads. it has a top speed of fifty-five knots.
Phoenix 30: is the worlds first airborne aircraft carrier. it is a highly modified Boeing 747-400 cargo aircraft that houses surveillance drones that can be launched out the rear of the plane and later recovered. Many call Phoenix 30 the queen bee because of this unique ability. it has a crew of two.
Phoenix 31: is a small high-speed catamaran helicarrier. this ship is meant to provide uniro vtol aircraft with a safe offshore landing and staging area when there are none. it can also be used as a command center.
Phoenix 32: is an unmanned deep space asteroid deflection spacecraft designed to seek out potentially threating asteroids and comets, rendezvous with them at a safe distance from earth, and redirect their course. Phoenix 32 is to be launched from the Guiana space center in early 2028 aboard an arcane 6 rocket. it will be stationed in orbit around the moon, ready to be activated at a moments notice once telescopes have detected a hazardous near-Earth object.
Also working under the UNIRONCTF and UNIROACTF are SAAC's, Support and Assist craft. SAAC's tend to be smaller in size and cargo capability, but are certainly no less important than the main Phoenix fleet. Their mission is one of support, offering a continued connection of personnel and supplies at a disaster area to their home bases. They will arrive after a base’s Phoenix fleet deploys and will usually stay in a disaster area for much longer, transporting goods and personnel around their designated region. The range of SAAC's is smaller than that of their Phoenix cousins. Some of them have to be transported to a disaster area via a Phoenix aircraft or ship because the travel distance required would simply be too great.
UNIRO adheres to a paramilitary command structure, training regiments, and culture of discipline and respect. UNIRO is in no way, however, to be considered a militarized force. it is, and always will be, a force for peacekeeping, scientific understanding, and humanitarianism. the personnel ranks of UNIRO are listed below in ascending order of command. they are the same throughout all subgroups, bases, and other UNIRO facilities. the leader of the entire organization is director-general roque Ferrer. He himself reports to the representatives of the un security council and its president.
*All Material on this page is based in reality but ultimately a work of fiction*