This article is part of the Cobra After-Action Report series.
Tomax and Xamot have always struck me as the most rational actors in the pantheon of Cobra. For starters, they exist almost entirely outside the hierarchy of the organization, meaning they are not subject to the fickle plans of Cobra Commander. Unlike Destro or the Dreadnoks they also maintain a legitimate and apparently successful front. Extensive Enterprises has its own corporate tower in an undetermined major American city, suggesting the nefarious twins at the very least have a great deal of capital between them.
You would think that identical twins capable of managing a major corporation would be capable of devising at least a basic terrorist plot with a slim chance of success. You know, something along the lines of filling a truck with fertilizer and parking it outside a tourist spot or something. Alas, failure clings to Cobra like scrambled eggs cling to cast iron, and the ones you would think are the most able-minded have devised perhaps the dumbest plot yet for Cobra.
Tomax and Xamot, with the resources of a major corporation that apparently includes the most retarded legal department since Enron, have set their sights on Alaska. That's a good start. Alaska is a remote state, making it more vulnerable than the Continental United States to military attack. It's also sparsely populated, meaning the civilian population can be easily suppressed by a few shows of strength and a handful of public executions. Most importantly, Alaska is rich in natural resources. Billions of dollars in oil and minerals await exploitation by Cobra.
"So, here's our bad idea..."A worthy objective does not mean Cobra will rely on an intelligent plan. To the contrary, the scheme devised by Tomax and Xamot is, as I mentioned, possibly the dumbest yet to come out of the Cobra brain trust. They plan to steal a copy of the Seward treaty from a GI Joe convoy, simply to confirm that there is a section of the treaty that stipulates that the person who owns the Great Seal of Alaska (a gem-encrusted cup) owns the state. It turns out Tomax and Xamot know a Russian immigrant and used car salesman named Georgi who happens to own a bedazzled cup. With Georgi's fake cup, Cobra can seize Alaska.
Now, you may be wondering, "Why steal the treaty just to read it?" or "Why involve Georgi if his cup isn't even the real cup?", but I implore you to forget those questions, because there are far dumber things afoot. Namely, why would Tomax and Xamot assume that a forgotten legal loophole would allow a world-renowned terrorist organization to seize Alaska totally unopposed by the global community? I have a feeling even Canada would be up in arms if Al Qaeda found a deed to Florida in a locker somewhere and set up beheading shop in the Magic Kingdom.
Of course, thanks to the bumbling of GI Joe and the governments of the world, Tomax and Xamot's plan may just succeed. We're getting a head of ourselves. Let's have a look at the forces Tomax and Xamot have at their disposal for this operation.
Tomax and Xamot
CORPS LEVEL ASSETS
KNOWN OPPOSING FORCES
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