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"These Reds think we'll just roll over while they chew up another country. They think we're weak. Well, I'll show them "weak"! I'm going to punish them for what they've done! Oh, I'll make them suffer for it! SUFFER! And if there's two of us and one of them, WE WIN!"
Col. Conrad Haulley, UNA note 

6-Commando is a Military And Warfare Webcomic by Mathieu Moyen, a.k.a. "Mr. Average". In this comic, the 20th century played out a little differently from ours. World War I dragged on for ten years, and World War II never happened. The casualties from the "Great War" were so devastating that the "Great Powers" were determined to avoid a repeat at all costs.

It is now 1997, and tensions are high. The United Nations Alliance note  is in a standoff with the Federative Socialist Republic note  in Africa. A minor border skirmish spirals out of control, and it appears that the "Cold War" is about to turn hot.

6-Commando usually updates once every Monday, unless there are technical difficulties (like Real Life rearing its ugly head).


6-Commando contains examples of:

  • After the End: Many places were devasted by an atomic war that the soldiers have to wear power armor to fight in radioactive war zones.
  • Apocalypse How: Thanks to the atomic war, entire case in 6-Commandos is bordering between Societal Collapse and Societal Disruption on Planetary Scale as the point of view is focused on the military unit hiding in the shelter with outside excursion being conducted with vehicles and power armored infantries.
  • Alternate History: In the 6-Commando's universe, the continuation of The Great War led to the earlier incarnation of "Cold War" as communist revolutions occurred in Russia, China, and Eastern Europe along with the formation of Federative Socialist Republic (FSR). While the democratic powers still reside in North America with the Europe and British Isles under FSR control, it was Canada that became a military superpower rather than the United States. Furthermore, Quebec became a sovereign nation with ties to United Nations Alliance.
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  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The UNA's hulking supertanks (known as "Rumblers") have an artificial intelligence built in, making them fully autonomous Sapient Tanks. One of them, Mike-One-Echo ("Mike"), decides to disregard orders to break off a pursuit. This leads to dire consequences.
  • Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: The new warheads are described as fusion weapons, which work somewhat differently than traditional fission warheads.
    Major Rucker: "They don't even have atomic primers. They use a laser to set themselves off."
  • Bilingual Bonus: Russian speakers will no doubt enjoy the pages where Russian is spoken (alright, typed, whatever) without translations or subtitles. Readers are assured that it's fairly grammatical.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Sarah, to Mike. Considering the almost incalculable loss of human life that resulted from his actions, it's justified.
  • Crapsack World: As if things weren't bad enough, now a full-scale atomic war has broken out.
  • Cyborg: Major Sarah Bronniford (Republic of Quebec), was badly injured during Mike's rescue attempt. Mike decided to repair her brain damage by installing some of his own "wetware" in Sarah's brain. She was not pleased when she found out.
    • Eyepatch of Power: Unfortunately, she is still minus her right eye. Oddly enough, the whole incident seems to have strengthened her will, to the point where she is almost in command of the base.
    • Improbable Antidote: Not only did Mike fix Sarah's brain damage, whatever he did cured her (seemingly terminal) radiation poisoning and third-degree burns. Even her hair started growing back, much faster than normal. None of this is explained.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Maj. Rucker tried this, until Mike interrupted him.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The UNA has one, which is fortunate for them.
  • General Ripper: Col. Haulley, as demonstrated by the page quote above.
  • The Great Politics Mess-Up: Thanks to the extended Cold War, the world's political alliances have formed in different ways than we are familiar with. The South American Coalition note  and the Arab League note  represent powerful blocs who want to sit out the Cold War. Africa is especially chaotic, with several political blocs jockeying for position.
    • Great Offscreen War: The "Scarlet Revolution" of the 1970s, which overthrew the capitalist, UNA-leaning governments of Western Europe, replacing them with governments sympathetic to the FSR. From Germany to Great Britain, Western Europe is now ruled by FSR puppets, while the "Governments-in-Exile" reside in North America, dreaming of the day that they will return and resume their former glory.
    • Hypocrite: The South Americans have been developing thermonuclear weapons for the UNA, using the UNA's base in the Congo as a weapons factory. So much for being "neutral"!
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: Both the UNA and FSR have their own flaws to make either of them good or evil.
  • Hand Cannon: The UNA's Mach Saber, a .75 caliber twin-barrel over/under revolver. The top barrel is for the six .75 Magnum cartridges in the revolver, while the bottom one is for the single-shot .96 caliber HEJA (High Explosive Jet-Assisted) armor-piercing round.
  • Mighty Glacier: Mike isn't the fastest thing on the battlefield, but you really don't want to get in his way.
  • More Dakka: The UNA is always trying to one-up itself in this regard, and it has apparently succeeded with the Echo and Victor-class "Rumblers".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Mike's rescue attempt started a global atomic war.
  • A Nuclear Error: When Mike violates Russian territory, and all conventional weapons prove useless against him, the local commander panics and orders the use of atomic bombs.
    • And of course, the UNA has to respond in kind...
  • Oh, Crap!: Happens a few times in the opening chapters.
    • Major Sarah Bronniford, when she is captured by the Russians.
    • Major Thomas Rucker, Mike's battalion commander, when he realizes that Mike won't respond to orders.
    • Colonel Conrad Haulley, when he's informed that Mike has already crossed the border, in violation of orders.
  • Powered Armor: "Battlesuits" are deployed in great numbers by most of the world's large militaries.
  • Schizo Tech: Research and development of nuclear weapons has been relatively slow, while R&D of conventional weapons has raced ahead.
    • Lensman Arms Race: Maximum yield for nuclear weapons is generally limited to about 100 kilotons per warhead. The nuclear nations make up for this by stockpiling thousands of warheads and missiles.
      • The UNAnote  has recently developed thermonuclear warheads for Mike's "Bluecap" missiles. Nominal yield is estimated at 40 megatons per warhead.
  • Tank Goodness: The UNA's Echo-class Autonomous Armored Vehicles (AAVs or "Rumblers") are about eight times the size of an M-1 Abrams tank note , and weigh about 500 tons.
    • Bigger Is Better: The Echo-class was supposed to be replaced by the Victor-class in a few years. The Victors were designed to be significantly larger and more heavily-armed than the Echoes, bringing them into Land Battleship territory.
    • Super Prototype: There's at least one Victor in the field, and it looks pretty badass.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: Only without the "Happy Flashback" portion of the experience. They generally start out bad and end up worse. And Mike is causing them and reliving them along with the people having them. Somehow.
    • For example, Col. Haulley flashes back to the invasion of Singapore, where he was badly wounded and almost died.
    • Sarah is forced into a childhood memory of her father dying trying to prevent a Communist terrorist from taking her hostage.

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