Special Forces candidates are then inserted into Pineland where they link up with guerilla elements (US Army typists, mechanics, and other non-SF folks led by retired SF cadre), who are attempting to overthrow the unlawful current government.
Local civilians (usually ROTC kiddies, but with a good sprinkling of locals, including the odd Boy Scout Troop) get in on the action, playing Pineland civilians, CIA agents, State Department types, foreign nationals, media and the like.
Select elements of the 82nd provide the military arm of the opposition government, and hunt the candidates.
The Special Forces candidates will use all of their training to train, lead, and teach the Pineland Resistance Forces to restore the government -- just as they would in a real operation. Boloing this exercise means you fail out of the SF course.
At the National Training Center, OPFOR (OPposition FORces) are the "bad guys" that our military trains against in real time, to develop the realistic skills to adapt against an ever-changing human opponent.
A good part of the time OPFOR hails from the fictional Democratic People's Republic of Krasnovia, loosely based on Soviet tactics, procedures and weapons.
About a year ago, Larry Correia was on Facebook discussing fictional worlds with another writer. During this discussion, Larry made an off-hand joke about Pinelanders, goats, waffles, Krasnovia, sandwiches and "accidental genocide".
Fast forward a year, and a Facebook bot decided that the joke Larry made a year ago violated ... something ... and tossed him into Facebook Gulag for 24 hours.
When his family, friends, and fans found out about this over at the Monster Hunter fan page on Facebook, they went nuts, and quickly divided into Krasnovian
So, if you're a little confused today about all the references to Pineland and Krasnovia, I hope this helps.
The sandwich, waffle, and goat references ... you're on your own.