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Gen Gameicon The following is based on Generals cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

African Empire also known as African Warlords was a faction created for Command & Conquer: Generals early during it's concept art period, replaced by the GLA in the final game.

Overview[]

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One of African Empire's units

Virtually nothing is known about this faction, seeing as no lore or official statements were revealed about them by the developers. Judging by concept art, their leader was a man named Colonel Kurtz. The faction's soldiers were wielding both crude junk armor, old WW2-era weaponry and tribal weapons such as African nguni shields or spears, with the faction's manpower seemingly being composed of both Africans and Arabs. Some of the faction's soldiers appeared to be deformed, sporting additional limbs, with one of their infantry units even being a two-headed soldier armed with Luger pistols and a scimitar.

They seemed to utilize strange technology, even for Command & Conquer standards, with their vehicles having a tribal theme mixed with a ramshackle post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-esque aesthetic, and their structures resembling traditional African wooden huts. Some of their vehicles were actually war animals, such as the War Elephant. Many slaves, some looking to be disease-ridden and sometimes even lacking limbs were chained to their vehicles, a concept that presumably evolved into GLA's Workers.

One of the concept art pieces also showcases a Nuclear Missile-like structure placed inside one of their bases.

Upon closer inspection, some of their soldiers - presumably higher in ranks - seem to be wearing World War I-era French military clothing, possibly hinting at a colonialism motif, with European colonialists commanding the African Empire, a idea further implied by the name of it's leader - the name of Kurtz, the faction's leader, is almost surely a reference to the central character in Joseph Conrad's 1899 novella Heart of Darkness, where an ivory trader named Kurtz becomes a demigod amongst native Africans, becoming a insane tyrant who the natives worship. One can assume Kurtz from this cancelled faction would fullfill a similar role, being a tyranic ruler of the ramshackle African army.

Units[]

Structures[]

  • AA Towers - large wooden towers fitted with World War II-era German anti-air batteries and Katyushas.

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • Later concept art in-between African Empire's evolution into GLA shows the faction being called "Terrorists", while a prototype generals build has the faction called "Fundamentalists".
  • They were never implemented in any of the game's builds, getting scrapped in favor of the GLA in the concept stage. The Alpha Build 98 however contains the words "African Warlords" in it's data.
  • Libya in Red Alert 2 was also named African Empire at one point during its development.
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