The basic staple of defensive warfare since the advent of the machine gun has been the pillbox. The strategic placement of these sturdy infantry-killers has been the deciding factor inf a great many battles over the years. Atelian machine gun emplacements are generally just a ring of sandbags with a gunner in the middle, although more permanent positions are generally set in concrete and equipped with larger machine guns or autocannons.
Armored vehicles of any kind are the bane of anti-infantry defenses everywhere, but with anti-tank weaponry, lines can be shored up to withstand even armored attack. The standard Atelian solution to the armor problem is to take a turret from a captured or home-built tank and partially bury it in a strategic position. Because these turrets are difficult to come by, there is little standardization and defenses are usually built with whatever is around. More important positions are generally protected with more powerful turrets in better reinforced emplacements.
One of the more nastier tricks the Atelian resistance has been using in tighter quarters is poison traps. These small camouflaged traps are essentially pressurized canisters that release toxic clouds of gas. When enemy infantry are tightly clustered together, this gas can do serious harm to large numbers of them in a short time; more than a simple explosive mine in the same circumstances.
A simple but effective tool the Atelians have been using against Confederate forces are carefully prepared canisters of explosive fuel. These canisters are set up in such a way that they will explode violently in a two-stage detonation when they take enough damage - first spraying a cloud of fuel into the air, then detonating that fuel. They’re excellent for adding to the firepower of a single prepared soldier, and also useful for magnifying the firepower of any trip mines they’re placed near.
One of the more sneaky methods of attack the Atelians have at their disposal is the Trip Mine. Set up by putting a wire over an area that enemies then trip over to activate a devastating explosion, this is an efficient method of crowd-control, and procured for a relatively low price. They are also unique among the structures in that they explode when run over by vehicles, rather than being destroyed as with the other traps and turrets.
No warrior can fight without supplies, and the availability of spare ammunition and a little medical attention can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Smart Atelian resistance fighters put these supply stations down in areas they will be frequently travelling through or places where they expect to be doing a lot of fighting.
The Stronghold is the most critical part of the Atelian Resistance’s movement, not so much for what it does for the Resistance, but for its symbolism. While the stronghold is obviously an important logistical element and the basis of local planning and command, it’s more important as a beacon of revolt against the Confederate aggression. This symbolism is what makes the strongholds central to Warlord Sahrab’s strategy – their presence emboldens his warriors and draws the Confederates into the cities where their advanced weapons and vehicles are no longer a decisive factor. Without them, the spirit of resistance would soon collapse, but if they can be protected, it will force the Confederates to engage in genocidal attacks with heavy artillery.