Originally Posted by Golani
Here's a question not directly related to the game, but to the story behind it.
I assume the game is at least semi-historical (with the Iranian embassy and all, I also remember reading about a similar sounding "farm house" in one of Andy Mcnab's books). Sometimes the terrorists will yell "We're on the same side!".
Yeah, you're right with the Iranian Embassy and there was probably something similar to the farm one in the decades long 'troubles' in NI.
Obviously the tube and parliament thing never happened
but they are inspired from current trends (rise of Islamic terrorism and growth of far right groups).
Now, I assume the terrorists portrayed are the IRA (because I can't think of a different group that fits the description) am I wrong? Could it be another group?
Also, what does that suppose to signify? Does the SAS have (had) a unit that recruited from Ireland and operate mainly there? i.e what seemingly converging interest could the IRA and the government (via the SAS) have?
They are IRA, well, some off shoot of the IRA and there are many of those. The one mentioned in the game is the Republican Reaction Front which is fictional but mirrors the fragmentation of the republican movement in Northern Ireland. Basically, when it comes to NI and the term republican then they're talking about the IRA or other nationalist groups.
I haven't encountered it yet and I'm not really sure what it's supposed to signify. 'The Troubles' is a very messy subject but it might be referring to informants. I'm no expert but I'm sure it wasn't uncommon for members of the IRA/PIRA/RIRA and so on to pass information to the security forces for money or some other motivation.
Of course, since the SAS are SF types there's not much detailed information on them but I'm pretty sure it's safe to say they didn't have an Irish only squadron although any person from Northern Ireland in the British Army can go for selection into the SAS. They are very most likely to be loyalists though. There are of course "Irish units" in the British Army and during 'The Troubles' the Ulster Defence Regiment was raised with several battalions, mostly reserve. Initially, this unit was supposed to be mixed Catholic and Protestant but that failed and the unit was pretty much all protestant.*
Interestingly, though, it is legal for people from the Republic of Ireland to join the British Army and, IIRC, around 300 do so today (or was that South Africans? Can't remember off hand). Anybody from the RoI is unlikely to be nationalist or they wouldn't have joined in the first place.
*Generally speaking the divide in Northern Ireland is cut along religious lines, generally speaking
. If you're Catholic you're probably a nationalist and if you're Protestant you're probably a loyalist.
There's a documentary on YouTube I can link to on the history of 'The Troubles' if you're interested.
I hope I explained it well but trying to wrap your head around 'The Troubles' isn't easy.