The Air Power Mod was to grant players control of the air force of one of factions. Players were to gain unprecedented control of the aerial war like never before. Although players will only directly control the air force, an AI entity called the Ground Commander will control the ground and naval forces. The Ground Commander will fight intelligently. Players were to be able to indirectly control the GC by making "requests", such as, "Defend this position," "Take out this SAM emplacement," etc... The GC was to do its best to accomplish these tasks, sort of as if they were mission objectives in a single player campaign.
The APM was to introduce plentiful new systems to facilitate a deep and realistic experience. Players were to be able to actually configure the load-outs of their aircraft. Basically, players can choose what weapons, sensor packages, or fuel pods/tanks each of their aircraft were to carry into battle based on what the aircraft can hold. Considering that players must pay for munitions, extra sensors, and fuel pods/tanks, this significantly increases the depth of the game, and the usefulness of each aircraft. The right configuration can make all the difference. Additionally, players can toggle the behavior of their aircraft. Through this, players can assign escorts, instruct aircraft to patrol and area, etc... Players can also use this to instruct aircraft on how to drop their payloads (on any targets of opportunity on the way to the target area? All on the target area? Circle around the target area and hit targets of opportunity [AC-130U ;)]). The APM was to also present fuller, more realistic air combat, with such new systems as an extremely realistic radar/stealth system, as well as the inclusion of countermeasures such as flares and chaff, and numerous other systems to ensure realistic aerial combat.
In the APM, the war on the ground is just as pertinent as the war in the air. Players were to actually need to work with their GC (Ground Commander) to hold, secure, and attain resources (money). Even if one completely overlooks resources, the ground war is very important. In fact, players can even win through simply influencing the ground war, facilitating their GC's victory over the enemy's GC. Of course, players can also strive for complete air supremacy and bomb their enemy back to the stone age. The APM was to offer plentiful strategies, and was to offer an amazingly deep experience. The Guidance Squads, one of the few ground units the player directly commands, further facilitates the depth of the APM. Guidance Squads can paint targets (enemy structures, vehicles, or even just a piece of terrain, mayhaps in the middle of some enemy infantry ) for aircraft to hit. Painting targets vastly increases the accuracy with which aircraft can drop munitions on the target. It also allows some aircraft to target things they would not have been able to before.
Finally, in order to effectively control one's forces, the APM was to utilize streamlined interfaces. Foremost among these is the Strategic Air Control Interface. Players can pull this up at any time. Essentially, it is a giant map of the playing field that displays current positions of friendly units/structures, and the last-known locations of enemy units/structures (we'll also offer an array of filters). From this interface, players can coordinate airstrikes, assign escorts, etc... Essentially, it's like a giant strategic planning map. When the player is done, the player can press the "Execute Orders" button and everything the player did with the interface to that point was to be executed, allowing for the awe-inspiring precision and coordination seen in modern aerial combat.
India found itself the target of numerous terrorist attacks between 2010 and 2016, many emanating from Pakistan. India had been warning Pakistan to take care of the issue since 2006, and yet Pakistan seemed either unable or unwilling to get a grapple on the extremist groups operating within its country.
Pakistan made strides to fix its issue, as it always had. However, the people and government were at odds, as was usual. The people supported the extremists, and reviled the government for its crack-downs. Thus, Pakistan found itself sinking deeper and deeper into a hole in terms of its relations with India.
January 11, 2016, marked the last straw for India. A massive terrorist attack took place in Delhi. The attack was a combination of eight initial suicide bombers, followed by two bomb trucks, loaded with not just explosives, but biological agents as well. The attack proved devastating, killing 538 Indians in the initial wave, and an additional 2435 from the biological agents. The attack was forever after known as the Delhi Massacre. The incident incited the entire Indian population, including the sizable Muslim population. The country further tipped towards war as it was revealed that the operation that carried-out the Delhi Massacre began in Pakistan. This was no faulty intelligence like that which plagued the US invasion of Iraq. Multiple neutral countries confirmed the reports. South Asia teetered closer to war.
India made the first move. India struck resoundingly on March 17, 2016. India launched a highly effective pre-emptive strike, putting Pakistan immediately on the defensive. India charged forth into Pakistan, utilizing its superior army and air force to crush the Pakistanis. The United States and European Union disliked how events were unfolding. Pakistan was an ally of the US, one of few in the Middle East, and one the US had hoped to maintain. The US also did not wish to see India catapult itself to the status of a true superpower. Sure, it had been getting close for quite some time, but it had yet to make the leap. Additionally, the US did not want to see the conquering trend continue any further than Pakistan. The European Union agreed on that point. Both also mutually agreed that to oppose India would be to gain some positive PR in the Middle East, something that both needed badly. India defended its move, stating that India was merely taking the same actions with Pakistan as the US had with Afghanistan. Still, the US and EU refused to back down, and actively aided Pakistan in military operations. The US and EU committed a healthy number of troops and equipment to the area.
In the mean time, Russia and China watched the developing situation. Initially, the two wished to stay out of the war. However, the entry of the US and EU prompted Russia and China to enter into the war as well, on India's side. China and India had their differences, but for now China preferred to make an ally of India rather than an enemy. Russia and India had been building a strong alliance for over a decade, and Russia decided to reaffirm that commitment. With this pair of entries, the US and EU stepped-up to full scale warfare operations. The war quickly became a battle between the East and the West, with military supremacy on the line.
However, even this array of foreign intervention was not enough. Iran, in its bid to increase its power and favorability in the Middle East, organized the Middle Eastern Alliance. The Alliance became an organized group of Muslims fighting in support of other Muslims. A majority of Middle Eastern countries made some sort of contribution. However, the alliance also benefited from a large influx of guerrilla war fighters, seeking to do in Pakistan what they had done in Afghanistan more than thirty years before. So, the stage was set for an epic conflict.
China mounted an invasion from where it and Pakistan connect in the north of the country. In the mean time, Russia deployed its forces to aide India along the southern border. The US, EU, and MEA deployed forces across the country, continually shifting to compensate for where India and its allies were assaulting. The thunderous roar of aircraft continually assailed the ears of the troops on the ground. Explosions from bombs and cruise missiles constantly erupted throughout the theater of war.
The war of titans commenced. India and its allies seek to conquer Pakistan, and expel the Western and Middle Eastern powers, while Pakistan and its allies vie merely to hold Pakistan and push its enemies out.