Eh, it was kinda cumbersome. And I actually didn't see any easy way to edit it beyond downloading the maps. Perhaps I would have gone on to use it more if the original site didn't start adding more and more features.
Speaking of the original site...
It's the Great Eurabian War!
What is the Great Eurabian War? It's what happens following the Great Depression of 2018. Saudi Arabia collapses, Golden Dawn rises to power in Greece, and North Korea attacks South Korea. All that fun shit.
The difference this time is that I now know what Trump is most likely to do, so the "2027 Three Way" lacked one important factor— a disastrous war in Iran.
So in 2020, just in time for the elections, America goes to war in Iran. It looked like it was going to be a new Iraq. American shock-and-awe tactics had leveled Tehran, and it would be no time before American troops took out the capital. What went wrong was when the Iranians mounted an overwhelmingly successful offensive against the Americans at Bushehr as well as managed to down 35 American jets using unexpectedly sophisticated AA technology. Israel freaked out and nuked Iranian military installations, which began a major Islamic offensive against Israel on the part of Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq.
Around the same time, Fascist Greece launches an offensive in the Balkans. This results in Islamist Turkey attacking Greece, which results in Greece declaring war on Turkey. South Korea's been attacked by North Korea around this time, so the RoK is expecting assistance in that war from the USA. But then Venezuela, which has come under the power of the Ultranationalists, attacks the rest of the Caribbean Shield in an attempt to seize more land. They started in Colombia and spread from there. And they took Panama, closing the canal to the Americans.
Greece and Iran form a defensive pact, and this grows to include Venezuela. They also include North Korea, which will act as a drainer of American resources in return for nuclear weapons. Greece already has several nuclear weapons, but having several more wouldn't hurt. Iran, too, has been stocking up nuclear weapons in secret, having dozens thanks to the black market. They form a sort of "Middle World Axis".
What's crazy is that this war drags on and on, and the Greeks manage to take the Balkans as well as much of Africa. Ultranationalist revolutions suspiciously occur in East Africa, and these nations join the war.
Italy falls, as does most of North Africa. Nigeria and West Africa desperately fight the fascists and Arab ultranationalists in some of the most brutal fighting in close to a century. Iran takes Kuwait and several parts of Eastern Iraq, alongside several of the -Stans beneath Russia. Greece and Iran begin decimating Turkey, which has been forced to defend itself along two fronts while also getting involved in a nuclear war against Israel. Israel is defending itself (quite well, mind you) against a load of Arabian nations as well as the Persians and Greeks. Meanwhile, North Korea has done what was previously considered impossible and has won their war against South Korea thanks to a near complete lack of American support. They reunify the peninsula.
America's forces are spread too far and too thin. They have hundreds of thousands of troops in Mesoamerica, tens of thousands in Europe, tens of thousands more in Africa, tens of thousands more in Arabia, and tens of thousands in East Asia. Altogether, close to 700,000 boots are on the ground in these multiple converging wars. It's considered by some to be World War III, but many more agree that the Axis powers here are simply not "important" enough to name it World War III, even though it very clearly is a world war.
The unthinkable occurs, and VZLA troops attack and land in Florida. They even make it halfway up the state— resulting in the surreal Battle of Disney World, considered to be the turning point in the invasion— before they're repelled. This was done just as the USA was about to ship troops to Korea, meaning they had to divert their resources towards defending the homeland. It was the first time since 1815 that a hostile enemy power had invaded the mainland United States.
By 2024, China has had enough of America's lollygagging, and they move 1,700,000 soldiers in a massive overland invasion of Korea, the largest invasion force since Barbarossa in 1941. The reason for such overkill was as a show of force to the world— the Chinese could move literally millions of troops if necessary. The Koreans actually managed to put up a decent fight, slowing the incredible invasion before it got to Pyongyang and Seoul for a few weeks, and inflicted 75,000 casualties in a single battle. The Koreans held out in the two capitals against the invaders, planning on fighting down to the last man. However, members of an ex-South Korean resistance group used the invasion as a pretense to launch their own offensive. Japan and Taiwan— two long-time enemies of China— lent their own assistance to the invasion. In this moment, they all looked past their old differences to defeat a common enemy. Realizing they were now backed into a corner, the Koreans had no other choice... They sent up several bombers and launched their missiles. 7 hit their targets, including Shanghai, Beijing, Kyoto, and Nanjing. 1.7 million lives vaporized in the blink of an eye. 25 million wounded. Over a trillion dollars in damage altogether. The final blow to the Korean junta took place just a few days later when the Chinese peppered the peninsula with nukes, killing an extra 250,000.
Westward, the Greco-Iranian alliance was falling apart as they faced more resistance. Greece managed to bomb multiple European cities, including several in Russia and Germany. So Russia and Germany returned the favor in spades. They both still suffer from the scars of the last major war; they don't want this one to be as terrible, but they will do what is necessary to secure peace. It's strange to think that they fought on opposite sides for the last two world wars, but now they're allies in this one, even if this one isn't being called World War III just yet.
Russia was already going on the offensive due to losing several parts of Ukraine and the Caspian states to the alliance. However, the whole war effort was bogged down by the Iranians messing with the price of oil as well as the lack of a central Saudi power. If Saudi Arabia were still a functioning state, it's possible the war wouldn't have degenerated to such an awful point.
The war against the failing Greco-Iranian alliance wasn't going too well for the Allies either. Venezuela still held on to the Panama Canal, and Israel was still bogged down in a war against three sides. Famine was setting in across several places on the planet.
In Africa, there was a war against two powers. The African Union fought the Ultranationalists, but radical Islamists complicated matters by warring against any state that didn't declare war on Israel. Coupling in famine and genocide, the death toll in the African front skyrocketed. By 2023, it was around 500,000, which was comparable to the Syrian Civil war a decade prior. By 2025, it had reached 17,000,000, which was more akin to World War I.
In Europe, offensives against Greece were generally working, but the Balkans were well fortified. Turkey was defunct as a state, and the whole Mediterranean region existed in a state of anarchy as two separate wars were fought. Arabs vs. Israel and the Allies vs. Mid-World Axis.
The US worked alongside various Central and South American militaries to push the VZLA back into their own territory, and that war was wrapping up around summer 2025. Finally, the whole world could descend upon the true enemies. Some thanked the Greeks and Iranians for giving the modern world a rousing little nightmare of a world war, and then they pushed forth and hard to crush these militaries. It was a farce that they got this far in the first place, but that was only because there were simply so many fronts in so many places.
Russia and China came in from the north and east. America and the EU came in from the west. Once Greece and Iran had capitulated, for many, that was the end of the war. However, ultranationalists persisted in Africa for several years, until 2029. The rest of the world paid little attention to the fact the war continued in Africa long after they themselves had stopped fighting.
The war didn't end the depression; the depression just happened to end before the war did. And the war just resulted in a mess of new flashpoints. A whole swath of land from Turkey all the way to Saudi Arabia was effectively anarchic, and many new Islamists had been radicalized. China's rise had been stunted due to being nuked, and the US was still in decline. Russia had been crippled in the war due to the oil shocks, and was in deep recession. India also simply was not ready to take up a leadership role. So for a while, the world was without a clear leader. Oil prices shot up, but it was too late to save the industry. Greeks had been liberated from their fascist government and Western media made a clear point to separate Golden Dawn from the Greek people, but the Iranians were treated as if they were all collectively responsible for it all, even though many on the ground vehemently opposed their government throughout the war. Some accused the West of racism, considering how the media virtually said "white" Greeks were simply 'oppressed innocents' while the "olive/brown" Iranians were "America-hating warmongers". Others feared the possibility of America attempting to do to Iran what Europe did to Germany after World War I, something that could only possibly lead to a future dictator.
Africa was still at war for quite some time, and the final death toll by 2029 stood at 30,000,000. The loss of 30 million deeply affected the social and economic growth of many African nations.
Altogether, around 62 million were dead as a result of the war, most in Africa and Arabia, making it the 2nd or 3rd deadliest war in human history (behind WWII and, depending on which source you believe, the Taiping Rebellion). Estimates for how badly the war damaged the global economy started in the single-digit trillions and only increased from there.
There is some debate as to whether the Great Eurabian War was actually World War III. In hindsight, more and more have taken to calling it World War III. Why didn't we call it WWIII at the time? Because it wasn't what we expected WWIII to be. When we imagined World War III, it involved nukes flying between America, Russia, and China. A war against Greece, Iran, Korea, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Libya, and Islamist insurgents, WWIII did not seem to make. But almost all nations of Earth dedicated troops to the fighting, and the fighting took place on 5 of the 7 continents, making it the most global hot war since World War II.
Most say that the war definitely began with the US invasion of Iran. If they hadn't done such a thing, Iran would not have joined the Mid-World Axis and the war would not have lasted anywhere near as long. Iran had military deals with North Korea, and they found a common enemy with Greece against Turkey, and they offered to join Venezuela's new ultranationalist cartel. If the US hadn't antagonized them, they would've sat out the war or even joined it on the allies' side. Also, North Korea only attacked the South because of the deal they had with the other three in the Axis, that they'd help to stretch America's military too thin to be effective.
Greece only got as far as they did because Iran and Venezuela used their oil power to shock Eurasia into submission all the while supplying the fascists with very cheap oil. A lot of mistakes were made.
Because now we live in a world where nuclear weapons have been used in a wartime situation. The August nukes in Japan didn't count; that was World War II, before people respected the power of nuclear weapons and when they were too new to be known anyhow. Multiple world powers have used nuclear weapons in this war. Israel used the most— 59, most against Arab invaders. China used the second most in order to cleanse Korea of the communists. Korea technically launched the most, but most of them were duds. There's also the case of a mysterious nuclear-esque explosion in Georgia that may or may not have been a tactical nuclear weapon used by Russia on a civilian population. Russia denies it, and the US finds no evidence that it was a nuke. They say that this very well may have been a meteor that just so happened to hit and destroy a small town, which makes more sense even though the small town also held a large military installation.
Regardless, the fact is nukes have been used and the world is still here. Never mind the fact that this was an unusual situation where the countries with an apocalyptic number of nuclear weapons were all on the same side— what if someone took away from this war the idea that a large-scale nuclear war really is "winnable" just because this one didn't render humanity extinct?
Geopolitics have been screwed up. The Middle East is totally defunct as a region and will be for a long time. North-central Africa is also a Mad Max-esque dystopia. A wide swath of the planet has been plunged back into extreme poverty. Eastern Russia has also been gravely injured, while bombing in central and Western Europe has enough to traumatize a generation unused to such things. America had been stretched too thin, just as the Mid-World Axis wanted. America was no longer able to act as a hyperpower. Americans were also stunned to see war on their own shores. Mexico, Maya America, and Brazil had rallied their militaries and experienced huge industrial booms, but this didn't extend to the US.
The Greeks were just happy that they didn't lose too many of their historic monuments and artifacts. Despite the war, many people were unwilling to attack human heritage. Too bad that didn't extend to Africa and western Arabia, where the war had ravaged ancient architecture, monuments, artifacts, and heritage sites.