YMMV / Vortex

  • Complete Monster: Big Bad Karl Adriaan Vorster, a member of a Neo-Nazi Afrikaner movement, arranges the death of the moderate Haymans government in South Africa, and reinstates full apartheid, arresting and killing those who oppose it. He then tries to re-conquer Namibia, taking South Africa into a war with Cuba and Angola in the process. When the war turns against him, Vorster uses a nuclear bomb on an advancing Cuban brigade, and then plans to nuke Maputo (capital of Mozambique) and Bulawayo (second largest city in Zimbabwe). When the Cubans start basing their headquarters inside of South African cities and towns, Vorster orders that they too be subject to nuclear attack. American intervention takes this option out of his hands, so Vorster instead tries to ruin South Africa and the world's economy by contaminating the nation's mines with radioactive dust as part of a last, mad bid to take everyone down with him. Hateful of anyone who isn't an Afrikaner, and responsible for thousands of deaths, Vorster personifies all the worst aspects of The Apartheid Era.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Antonio Vega, commander of the Cuban forces in Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. A brilliant military tactician and strategist, Vega's motivated by a desire to help South Africa's black population, yet has no problem matching Vorster dirty trick for dirty trick. He plans out his moves to the last detail, takes the unexpected in a stride, has no difficulty altering his plans when it becomes necessary, and nearly defeats both South Africa and the USA, despite being saddled with decidedly inferior equipment, while remaining throughly sympathetic throughout.