SitRep: Operation Caterpillar Fields
In Skokie, IL, in the near North suburbs of Chicago, lies the legendary "Caterpillar" (or 'Cat' for short). An undriveable, mile-long linear sculpture park with over 50 portals, the Cat has long been a local Enlightened stronghold, frequently serving as a green P8 farm.
In recent weeks, the Resistance have fought hard and been largely successful at keeping the Cat from being leveled up. But the Resistance wanted to make a statement. It wasn't enough to keep the Cat low-level, or even to flip it blue. Not even building it to a blue P8 farm would suffice. The message could only be delivered when this "Enlightened stronghold" was transformed into the cornerstone of a series of megafields covering Chicagoland.
On Saturday, December 14, the United Chicagoland Resistance joined forces with regional Resistance forces to deliver this statement. On the final day of Beta, the end of #13Magnus
, the Reckoning Day, the Resistance would open a new chapter of #Ingress
Nothing of this sort had ever been attempted by either faction
in Chicago before. These fields required clearing a path through the heart of the city, and through several portal-dense suburbs, including areas that were dominated by Enlightened agents.
For hours on this day, a team of nearly 50 Resistance Agents scoured Chicagoland, clearing nearly 200 km^2 of territory of all links to clear the corridors for these fields. They braved heavy snowfall, frigid temperatures, and hazardous roads to execute the mission.
Finally, at 9:30pm CT, a series of 14 layered fields went up, covering the city in a dense blue blanket. At 2.1 million MU each, the Resistance added almost 30 million MU to the global total. Success!
This was the first time that the Resistance has successfully put a megafield over Chicago. This was the highest number of concurrent fields covering Chicago by any faction. The first time links/fields have been built through
Chicago by any faction.
LINK CLEARING TEAM
Well done Agents!+Brandon Badger +Ingress +NIA Ops +Joe Philley +Anne Beuttenmüller