Shortly after the fourth anniversary of the end of the Brood War, Jim Raynor decided to resume operations against the Dominion, after being provoked by a press conference by Arcturus Mengsk. The Raiders were on Mar Sara and chose to attack Backwater Station, the hub of Dominion activity on the planet. Recent troop redeployments had left it understrength.
Raynor projected that taking Backwater would cripple the enemy on Mar Sara. The local population was already anti-Dominion and merely needed resources and leadership to take up arms. He told his adjutant to begin the operation.
Raynor and Raider marines deployed at the outskirts by a Special Ops dropship and continued on foot. They found the town mostly deserted but occupied by a strong Dominion force. Raider reinforcements deployed into the town square by drop pod, and the Raiders pushed through.
As the rebels neared the Dominion headquarters they discovered a holding camp of civilians. Some of these people were marked for mine labor. One of those being lined up to move off to the mine attempted an escape, and was gunned down by Dominion marines. Infuriated to see civilians shot on, Raynor and the Raiders moved in to free them. After Raynor liberated them, the civilians took up improvised weapons and joined the assault on the Dominion base.
The Dominion garrison was quickly overwhelmed and the headquarters destroyed.
The Raiders and the civilians helped themselves to the seized weapons and supplies. Kate Lockwell of UNN reported on the attack, but her broadcast was cut short when she started to explain that the locals were hailing Raynor as a hero. With Dominion forces in disarray, the entire planet revolted.
Concentration of fire is vital to conserve strength. Use Raynor, a hero marine, to draw enemy fire. Have the drop pod reinforcements regroup toward the right when they arrive to clear the enemy marines facing Raynor. At the end, catch the Vikings while they are still in the air.
Rescued civilians help with the final push at the end; they are armed with molotov cocktails and remain computer controlled. There are 61 civilians; no reward is given for saving them but the victory screen displays how many were lost.
There are six holo boards that may be destroyed as an optional objective. Four are along the map's single path. Two are found in side areas off the town square near where the drop pods land.