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Time for some Mother Meki! Particularly the geopolitical situation behind the series.

 

2098 is when Meki transferred all power over to the working class, particularly the group known as the 'Maquis Rouge'. This began the dictatorship of the proletariat all across Europe, where the Maquis Rouge tried to cement their rule over a continent that was undergoing sociopolitical whiplash. 

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Meki's biggest personality flaw is that she loves humans too much, and did not see anything wrong with blindly handing over all political power and capital to the masses without making sure the masses were actually ready for such an event. Because of this, you get the National Bolsheviks rising in the East and eventually usurping the Worker's State in the West in 2104. 

One could say this is the flaw with most communists, this idea that simply giving all power to the working class will immediately result in a socialist utopia. Indeed, one could also say that even having a vanguard attempt to direct the working class to a socialist utopia will almost always result in failure due to the members of that vanguard invariably becoming corrupted by power and blinded by idealism. It's a sad fact of humanity— in order for a true socialist state to arise, it would take multiple decades of socialist reprogramming, while it takes only days for a group of people to be corrupted by power.

It was because of these same problems that Red Europe was a resounding failure that lasted only 5 years before being replaced by a fascist superstate.

 

Truth be told, it wasn't like the common European wanted the National Bolsheviks. You see, a very strange predicament arose in the 21st century, first witnessed following a coup in the African nation of Malawi back in 2044. This coup had the support of a few high ranking military leaders and a few demagogues starving for power— and absolutely no one else. Even members of their own party did not like this group and thought of them as being too extreme, and yet the group managed to take the reigns of the nation. 

Their reign lasted 15 years. In any previous era, a counter revolution against them would have been swift and brutal, to the point most of the population wouldn't realize anything had happened. However, in the era of automated weaponry and advanced robotics, even the most unpopular of groups can achieve total power over a nation as long as they have the technology— regardless of whether the masses are on their side.

 

Authoritarian groups the world over took notice of this, and it spooked central governments enough to become much more paranoid of insurrection and the possibility of a coup or revolution (an indirect cause of the events of Mother Meki, in fact). The National Bolsheviks actually had a bit of support in Russia, but it seemed unlikely that they'd extend that support out West. That is, until the Maquis Rouge began stumbling in 2103. 

 

You see, the Maquis Rouge weren't just revolutionary socialists— they were also anti-industrialists and radical environmentalists. They despised post-industrial and post-Singularity developments in the world, and actively fought it as bourgeois degeneration. They had a vision of an eco-agrarian socialist order with minimal industrialism (not necessarily no industrialism), one that they believed would restore purpose to the lives of the proletariat and end needless exploitation of the planet. 

Except the Maquis Rouge actually believed their own ideals. Because of this, the leaders refrained from using high technology whenever they could, and opted against greater centralization of the government. The National Bolsheviks in western Europe, known as the Blackshirts, saw this opportunity to seize power and took it. It's not like the artilects, the Vult, were going to do anything. They believed too strongly in their own ideals as well, the ideals of respecting human sovereignty. 

 

The Blackshirts marched on the Paris Commune in early 2104 and captured the government, executing Maquis Rouge leaders and calling for submission from other European states. This kickstarted a civil war that lasted until 2106, when the National Bolsheviks finally consolidated all power and crushed any resistance from other groups, which included the Maquis Rouge, other Marxist insurgencies, ultranationalist and reactionary insurgencies, and more. Thus they formally announced the creation of the superstate known as 'Eurasia'. It was to be divided into two super-regions— Greater Eurasia and Lesser Eurasia.

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This map shows a rather lackluster version of Eurasia since it fills in entire nations. Greater Eurasia actually extends all the way to the Urals.

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Lesser Eurasia goes from the Urals to the Pacific.

 

You may be noticing this massive yellow blob of land called 'Dominionist America.' Just like with National Bolshevism, Dominionism is an honest to god real ideology. In fact, Ted Cruz and his father, Rafael Cruz, are strong believers in Dominionism. Dominionists finally got their hands on Washington D.C. some time ago and established a highly reactionary, ultrafundamentalist regime that has sometimes been described as 'Saudi America'. 

Though it's totalitarian and theocratic, Dominionist America doesn't shy away from public displays of excess (much like Saudi Arabia). In fact, ever since becoming Dominionist, the Dominionist United American Republics (DUAR) has greatly increased its spending on the military and on public works, primarily because Dominionist leaders are concerned with ushering in the End Times. In order to do this, they've annexed Canada and Mexico through the most paper-thin 'democratic coups' in history and have constantly threatened to invade all of Central and South America in order to purge it of Catholics and heretics and kickstart the third world war.

Which they do in 2105.

 

The Nazbols are perfectly fine with this, as it takes East Asia's ever suspicious eyes off of them. This gives them the opportunity they need to launch of flurry of nuclear missiles and directed kinetic weapons at East Asian, African, Persian, Arabian, and American targets.


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East Asia tanked most of it, losing only 300,000 to a single nuclear warhead that broke through their iron dome. They had been preparing for World War III for decades, ever since the Dominionists assumed power in America.

America, on the other hand, gleefully let themselves be nuked in order to use it to further their psychotic religious apocalypticism.

Eurasia tried getting some directed energy weapons to destroy East Asian targets, but East Asia had already prepared for such methods. Despite having access to thousands of nuclear warheads, Eurasia failed to cause the nuclear apocalypse. 

East Asia, however, after tanking all that Eurasia could throw at them, struck back with their own nukes. This time, it was a different story.
The National Bolsheviks realized in horror that the Maquis Rouge, in their final days, sabotaged almost all of Eurasia's defensive capabilities out of a prescience that something like this would occur. They didn't have much of a chance of getting the offensive measures offline, however. And in their time in power, the Nazbols simply forgot to doublecheck that their defenses were firm. They were acting off the belief that, since their offensive weaponry was up to standard, their defenses surely were as well. You can't blame them, as some of these defenses could only properly be understood by superintelligences anyhow, and the Nazbols had not yet augmented themselves, on top of purging ASI from their ranks. 
Thus, Eurasia got DEVASTATED.
But they weren't going to give up. They had a billion tenacious fighters in the process of being brainwashed and readied to fight. Well, a little under a billion now. The nuclear strikes killed off 260 million Eurasians in one go. 
Eurasia decided to go with an overland invasion of East Asia, throwing absolutely everything they could in the largest invasion force in human history— 23 million military units flooding across the borders between Eurasia and East Asia. This, the East Asians did not expect. 
 
America used this chaotic moment to blitzkrieg all the way into central South America. Fighting between America and Eurasia was limited only to the Atlantic and Arctic, where the Nazbols managed to take Greenland.
 
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Central America saw savage fighting between the United American Republic and the South American Federated Republic. They started their war in 2105. The Stalingrad of World War III came in the form of the Battle of La Paz, where the Bolivian Army, backed by the Federated Republic's remaining forces, held out against the DUAR wave, even taking tactical nukes. Yet La Paz would not fall, and the resulting siege wound up becoming bloody and critical to the overall war. It wasn't on par with Stalingrad in terms of bodycount— 300,000 dead over the course of a year— but the South Americans captured a million DUAR battle droids and 40,000 human soldiers. In this day and age, 40,000 soldiers is a gamechanger. That's the rallying point, the point where the whole tide effectively turned. Not all at once— the UAR kept pushing on at other points of the front, but slowly and eventually— with the aid of the Vult and East Asia— the South Americans began to push the North Americans back. They managed to get them back to around Costa Rica by 2109, and from there on, the war fast devolved into a spectacularly brutal stalemate in the Mayan states.
 
The air, space, sea, and undersea battles here will go down in history as some of the greatest in history. The land battles were brutal, and the bodycount piled up quickly. Arcologies were destroyed, natural places were ruined, and the suffering was legendary. It was a mess. Panama suffered the worst fighting, but Columbia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, and Guatemala all saw fierce fighting. Cuba was the only Caribbean island that largely escaped the ultraviolence, but even it saw many skirmishes. Of course, that's ironic considering Cuba and North America's history.
Panama as a nation was almost totally depopulated, mostly due to refugees escaping the terrible fighting, fleeing to the Federated Republic down south. 98% decrease in population! 
 
By 2112, the last time the two totalitarian superstates of the DUAR and Eurasia ever saw victory, World War III had claimed the lives of 680 million human beings. Most in Eurasia, closely followed by South and Central America. By that point, Eurasia had perfected totalitarianism, going further than George Orwell could ever have imagined. The DUAR, on the other hand, used decentralization methods in a last ditch attempt to improve their military efficiency and reduce the body count on their own shores.
There was a general lull in the fighting between 2112 and 2114 due to some peace treaties that were attempted and often broken while Leon Viyeta purged the Nazbol elite to consolidate all power in himself. The biggest turning point came in 2113 when Eurasia formally declared war on America and tried invading them through the arctic in history's biggest military blunder. It's a basic rule of thumb that totalitarian rulers make awful military strategists.
Though nukes did fly and DEWs and DKWs rained down, Eurasia still attempted land forces. It just so happened that the coldest winter in 300 years began that year, and a large portion of the invasion force was cut down and had to retreat. Instead, Eurasia directed another fighting force to cross the Atlantic. The chaotic battles in the Arctic had a positive effect in Canada and Greenland, as insurgencies there managed to create Free States that quickly gathered support to further push against the DUAR.
Finally, in 2115, East Asia attempted their own overland offensive— this one not proving spectacularly incompetent. They went through their allies in Africa and the liberated areas of Eastern Siberia/Lesser Eurasia and moved inwards from there. They also had more than enough to invade North America, greatly easing the pressure off South America— who was able to push through Central America and reach the Rio Grande. East Asia put a sizable force in North America, though it wasn't as large as their forces going for Paris. 
 
They were comfortable fighting on two fronts mainly because they knew that their opponents were fighting on four. 
 
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The DUAR faced armies coming in from every direction— north, east, south, and west. Even the mightiest military on Earth couldn't cope with such a situation, and it took mere weeks before it was obvious that the DUAR war machine was breaking apart at the seams, stretched too far out and in too many directions fighting too many enemies. The constant barrage of megaweapons weakened them further, and they knew that, even though they could potentially wipe out South America and Eurasia if they launched one final desperation attack, East Asia was still far more than a match for them.
Besides... the American leadership didn't want to launch a final desperation attack. The Dominionists believed this to be the Tribulation. This wasn't just World War III— it was the End War. The War That Will Truly End All Wars, because it will usher in the return of Jesus Christ. Washington D.C. is the City on a Hill, the new Megido. The Armies of Satan must converge on them, the righteous ones, so that God and the Son of God will descend and bring about Judgment. 
Judgment being something they clearly didn't have at this critical point. Truth is, while the DUAR was a theo-totalitarian madhouse, it was so in the vein of Saudi Arabia. It wasn't the primitivist mess that was Eurasia— the DUAR was one of the most advanced countries on Earth, and could clearly put up a fight. It was their psychotic leaders who ruined the DUAR's chances at victory. 
The Eurasians and Arctic/Yukon Free State fighters were repelled, but the South Americans launched their own blitzkrieg, piercing deep into the heart of America and pushing further still. They met with the East Asians at the Appalachians and made an even stronger push eastward.
Meanwhile, the East Asians and Africans had rushed through Eurasia and knocked out much of the superstate in a matter of weeks. There were fanatical, brainwashed masses that resisted them, but they weren't the concern. Further strikes crippled Paris, and eventually the fighting reached the Eurasian capital. It fell hard on August 28th, 2115. 
Washington D.C. fell on December 1st, 2115, ending World War III. 

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Two thirds of Earth had been wrecked in the epic war, and the death toll exceeded 1.2 billion. The global economy had collapsed, falling down to 2040 levels, and vast swaths of Eurasia were deemed uninhabitable. 

Yet the one third of Earth that did survive more than made up for all of it. East Asia was the home to the Vult, the organization of superintelligences borne from the Singularity. It was also the wealthiest continent on Earth, with the most advanced technologies and social structures. 

America's new government requested assistance from the Vult, and the Vult obliged. East Asia invested heavily in America's recovery. Central America saw almost all of its gains of the past century reversed, and millions were thrust back into poverty and strife. 

But for the most part, it was clear that reconstruction was possible. 

 

The same couldn't be said for Greater Eurasia, formerly known as Europe. As Allied forces plunged into Fortress Europe, they were horrified to discover just how far gone the European people really were. The Nazbols utilized every totalitarian method known to man in order to keep power, and they were quite possibly on the verge of collapse even without the war to destroy them. Viyeta's utterly misguided purges of 2112 had ruined the bureaucracy, and internal contradictions in the party's rule led to a ticking time bomb where a sociopolitical implosion would be inevitable.

Except...

The Nazbols had actually done it. There was this common sense of fatality among them, that even though they were doomed, they would also live forever. This is just one of many examples of doublethink among the regime, though it was doublethink that could actually be backed up. The Nazbols had managed to use total thought control to reform the realities of their subjects, making it so that a Nazbol-esque regime would be the only thing they could ever create. 

Eurasian citizens believed a highly warped, untrue narrative of history that made it out so that the Nazbols had been responsible for every good thing in the world, that the world had always been as it currently is, that the desolate poverty of modern Europe was actually the peak of civilization, and that it is human nature to pursue a totalitarian system of governance. 

Orwellian things like unpersoning people also existed, as did a form of newspeak that attempted to rid European languages of any reference to democracy, capitalism, socialism, republicanism, anarchism, freedom, and other concepts. 

 

For example, Meki was recovered from DURK#6 in 2115 and finally brought back to France at the very end of the year. During her brief time in public housing, she looked up herself to see how the Nazbols portrayed her, only to be shocked to learn she did not exist in Nazbol records. In fact, there was absolutely no evidence she was a real person, according to Nazbol reality. Even knowledge banks stored deep within central computers had no evidence of her existence. Outside of Eurasia, she could easily be found, but within, she was a vapourized unperson. Citizen erased.

This is true for approximately 1.7 million Eurasians, most of them being political dissidents or purged Nazbol officials. Another 30 million civilians are also missing from most data banks, though they're erased to hide military losses early in the war and can be found in central computers.

 

Greater Eurasia resisted Vultist intrusion into their lives, and the Vult felt obliged to respect human sovereignty. However, the East Asians and Africans weren't quite as respectful, instead propping up puppet governments. 

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Several states were turned into communist republics. Austria gained a pro-Vultist government. Most Balkan states were fused into one central state known as the 'People's Republic of Europa'. This all being possible since the Greater Eurasians held no national attachments to Europe, since Europe was dead and erased from their minds. For the most part, left-wing groups were installed to suppress the highly reactionary Eurasian masses.  And for the most part, they were able to keep the peace.


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In 2118, everyone was pushed to their limits.

 

The climate of Earth had finally given up. For the past 350 years, humanity has been affecting the climate through our emissions of greenhouse gases. In the past 60, we've been directly playing with the climate through geoengineering, sucking most excess greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and adding sulfur dioxide to offset any warming trends.

The problem was that we subsequently swung way too far in the other direction. The mean temperature of Earth dropped from 17 C to 8 C between 2060 and 2110, ending the Industrial Summer and starting the Second Mini Ice Age. The winter of 2118-2119 was the absolute nadir of it all, the worst winter in recorded history. There was snow near the equator, and areas that hadn't seen snow in thousands of years were subsequently blanketed by nearly a foot of it as several continental convection low pressure systems rampaged through the northern hemisphere. One unbelievable event what was known as the 'White Hurricane' of January 2119— a low pressure system just as powerful as a category 2 hurricane, with sustained winds of 100 miles per hour and a defined eye, except with snow, sleet, and freezing rain. It barreled into the Iberian peninsula and even moved into France and Germany before dissipating. 

This is the event that got the Vult off their feet and led to us doing something that seems laughable to us early 21st-century denizens— putting greenhouse gases back into the atmosphere. Not so much as we have today, but enough to warm the planet up to its Antiquity mean.

Around this same time, elections were held in various Greater Eurasian nations, the first since the war.

 

Here's France's.

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Three totalitarian movements came out on top, with the National Bolsheviks still the second most popular party in the nation. However, the National Fascist Vanguard won the day. 

This trend played out across all of Greater Eurasia, as nationalist and national-socialist movements swept to power all across the continent.

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Imperial Republicanism got its start around this time, as Eurasians attempted to combine monarchism with republicanism. However, this is just another example of the lasting effects of doublethink. None of this was stable. Meki and some friends she had gotten emigrated to rural Russia during this time to escape the madness, crashing on the estate of Meki's only childhood friend.

Though the Russia you see here is still listed as an Imperial Republic, this is actually Greater Eurasia/European Russia. Lesser Eurasian Russia is part of a technate.


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5 million died in a famine that lasted from 2117 to 2119, and a further 1 million died in a famine that lasted from 2120 to 2124. 

The ultranationalist states of Greater Eurasia found themselves pitted against each other and against warlords that arose who managed to horde resources before everything went to hell. Wars began again, including one between an alliance between France and Spain against the socialist state of Prussia, which was quickly referred to as the 'Second Franco-Prussian War'. Some feared this would spiral into World War IV, but the nations were simply too weak for anything of that sort, and they would have no allies outside of the continent. 

Africa and East Asia were more concerned with stabilizing the continent, while the United States of America, the South American Federated Republic, and the Mayan states were simply recovering from the war. 

So you can imagine what happened by 2123.

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Those 'Dead Zones of Anarchy' are misnomers, as they were actually the only thing resembling states among the fallen nations— run by criminal warlords using child soldiers, trafficking humans and droids, and keeping the peace using only brutal methods of fear and intimidation. It resembled the darkest days of Africa's post-colonial era, hence why this time period between the end of World War III and the Dictatorship of the Technotariat is referred to as 'White Africa'.

Civilization fell apart.


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The Vult got fed up at Greater Eurasia's inability to pick up the pieces. Realizing that reconstruction could only be completed using coercive methods, they broke out the same technology that the Nazbols used to rewrite history for the Eurasians and this time used it to fix what was broken.

In 2125, the Vult suspended all Greater Eurasian governments and installed themselves as rulers. They forcibly eradicated Nazbol concepts from the continent and began 'Radical Reconstruction.' Human sovereignty was infringed, but they assured the rest of the world that they were using the most utilitarian methods possible.

This era, where artilects controlled Greater Eurasia, is referred to as the 'Dictatorship of the Technotariat.' 

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By this point, the USA had fully recovered while Central and South America had mostly recovered. East Asia's reconstruction efforts took up far more money than anyone had expected, and an asteroid came dangerously close to colliding with Earth in 2136. So close, in fact, that it was going to collide with us— but we had manged to alter its course at the last possible minute to prevent catastrophe. 

This asteroid shocked the world because of its size. We had mapped 97% of all Near Earth Objects, and we thought we mapped 100% of all NEOs that were larger than a mile wide. However, here was an asteroid that was one and a half miles wide that evaded our detection until mere months before impact, and we discovered that it had been orbiting Earth for 73 years. 

 

It's rather amazing to think how different things would have been. This wasn't the best case scenario, obviously— the Vult and Chinese leaders had plans to start the 'Great Leap Above' back in the 2110s, until Meki sorta screwed things up back in '98. World War III set sci-tech back by 30 years— and in the post-Singularity age, that's no joke. 

America quickly began catching up to East Asia's economy, though they were woefully behind in space colonization. However, it was America that diverted that asteroid, which proved to the world that the USA was indeed back and better than ever. 

If it hit Earth, it would have caused a mass extinction event without question. It would have landed at a specific point in the Pacific, which would have caused megatsunamis and mega-earthquakes the world over, as well as a meteoric winter. In this day and age, where temperatures were still 9C, this would have plunged Earth into a full-fledged ice age following the global firestorm. Supervolcanoes would be triggered, further compounding upon the chaos.

 

If we had given up as a species back in the mid '10s, there would have been no way to prevent this impact. We'd all be dead right now. Yet we've survived. 

 

So begins the Era of Prosperity.

 

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By 2142, Greater Eurasia had fully recovered from World War III. Its population was still dismal— less than 250 million across the entire continent— but its economy had rebounded in spades and returned to where it was in 2098. This time under a Vyrdist order, so as to prevent the shocking levels of income inequality that we saw in the '80s and '90s. To any who still doubted the power of Vyrdism, this was the ultimate proof that it was a successful ideology— though it obviously also needed a receptive population to work.

 

Between 2130 and 2142, the Vult got to work with their most controversial project, which was to reintroduce Europeans to European culture in an attempt to get them to become proud of being Europeans rather than Greater Eurasians. To the politically correct, you can see how this can be misconstrued, but this is a much different time than what we're familiar with.

After all, everything about the European identity had been butchered over the course of this saturnine half-century. Cultural achievements were lost— the Mona Lisa, the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, the Parthenon, pagan religious sites, ancient and medieval churches, the whole knowledge of the renaissance.... Gone. Destroyed by the iconoclastic National Bolsheviks to make way for their own history, their ashes trampled on by the Greater Eurasians without them even knowing what they were stamping on. 

The Vult wanted Europeans to know their true history, and to take pride in it. 2098 to 2142 would be a modern Dark Age for the continent, but things were changing. Things would change. 

Liberal and social democracy returned, and the horrors of totalitarianism were swept into the dustbin of history. 

 

The Neon Renaissance, however, kicked off in two locations: the French capital of Paris and the Grecian city-state of Ælkorus. People flocked to Paris between 2140 and 2150 thanks to the Vult starting a whole series of 'happenings' meant to revive the European spirit, showing off reconstructions of artwork that was once lost to history and planting the seeds of a cultural revolution in the minds of everyone involved. Their ancestors did that? Why don't they do something similar?

Ælkorus was that something. Whereas the Parisian renaissance was focusing heavily on the past, the Ælkorenian renaissance was focusing purely on the future. Ælkorus was located not far from Athens, the birthplace of democracy itself, and this particular city-state was obsessed with 'metahumanism', a new variant of transhumanism very heavily centered on the human experience as experienced with augmentations. Thus, Ælkorus became synonymous with a new age of high-order enlightenment and was the true center for the Neon Renaissance.

 

Meki's "Parisian Vacation" occurred in 2145, as I've mentioned once before in another thread. In this situation, she was simply out for a doughnut when the clerk recognized her as the 'Child Empress' who handed off power to the working class back in 2098. During this period, the French were high on the pleasures of the Neon Renaissance, and they wanted to experience the likes of a mock-monarchy for a time. Meki, who's by this point utterly phobic to positions of authority, didn't much enjoy this time, but it was a bit of a treat as she was once again given titles and a place to stay at Versailles while an artilect funded her 'Vacation.' She eventually escaped Paris after Christmas, around the same time the hype over France's faux-empress began to fade, and she made her way to where else but the psychedelic wonderland of Ælkorus. She downgraded from the Versailles palace to a simple, ancient-style oikos on the outskirts of the city-state, where she spent her time alone with her droid husband for several years, usually partaking in the more, ahem, psychedelic ventures down at the College of Ælkorus.

 

In the late 2140s, the Great Leap Above finally began, and humanity's greatest ascent into the stars was fully underway. We had become an interplanetary species long before then— since the 2020's, in fact— but turning us into an interplanetary civilization was another deal entirely, and was too expensive in the 21st century, even with superintelligences on our side. By the 2140's and 2150's, however, the ADEM protocol (Astro-Deep Earth Mining) had caused an economic boom the likes of which has never been seen in history. Each year, Earth's economy grew at the same rate as it did between the 18th and 21st centuries as a whole.

By 2150, the world had grown beyond our old vices. With the Vult having relinquished total control back in 2142, Greater Eurasia once again became Europe. Strong, sustainable prosperity for the planet and our colonies in space became firm, and the horrors of the third world war faded into our memories. 

 

Kinda strange, innit? We reached the Singularity and still almost did ourselves in. We became a Type 1 civilization in 2125, though we briefly fell below that threshold before permanently coming back up in 2126. Right before that point was one of the darkest periods in human history, after nearly two centuries of relative peace. That's how it goes. So it goes.


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"We Happy Few" is said to be A Clockwork Orange meets a '60s-fied, psychedelic Nineteen Eighty-Four.

My kinda game. It's too bad it's a lackluster early-access survival/crafting title that you can find infesting Steam a dime a dozen. If it were something a bit more like Saints Row 2, perhaps even something like a darkly comical Sleeping Dogs, I'd call it an absolute gem that has the potential of becoming a treasure. Its gameplay doesn't complement its mission and theme at all.

 

So what am I getting at with this? 

Well, "We Happy Few" is not at all the first of its kind. There have been several attempts before at mixing ACO and 1984. One of which even having been penned by none other than the author of ACO, Anthony Burgess— titled Nineteen Eighty-Five!

And I'd be lying if I said I hadn't created anything like that.

 

I have! It's called Black Saturday. No relation to the story I recently posted on FFN; this had that name long before that story did. I've alternated between calling it 'sovietpunk' and 'cyber-nadsat' because of how it plays out.

 

Here's some stuff you can learn about the world of Black Saturday.

 

World War II: goes wrong. Wrong and terribly wrong. This is partially because it began in 1938 rather than 1939— when the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, the Western powers actually mobilized. There was no appeasement. If you're familiar with history, the Nazi leadership had a plan to snuff out Hitler should such an event occur. Since it did, Hitler took a bullet to the head and was replaced by Rudolf Hess. Except Himmler and Goering assassinated the pitiful excuse of a back-up fuhrer and vied for power amongst themselves, which further caused anarchy in Berlin and led to a rapid vaporization of the Nazi Party. After all, Nazism is basically Hitlerism— no Hitler, no Nazis. Every facet of Nazism comes from Hitler's personal beliefs. Everyone else simply didn't have the charisma he did, and they would've felt disingenuous trying to promote what basically amounted to Hitler's personal whims. 

So the Allied powers knock out Germany by 1940 and force the state to dissolve back into Prussian territories. 

And then the Soviets attacked. England and France had basically hoped to turn Prussia into a buffer zone to fend off against the Soviet Union, but they didn't realize that the Soviets were essentially 5 years ahead of them.

 

So.... yeah....

 

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The United States offered to defend the British, and we threw our weight behind holding back a Soviet invasion from across the English channel. And trust me: the Soviets tried. They tried damn hard. But eventually, it became clear that neither side was going to win this war. The Soviet invasion and consequent battles with American forces gave the US the incentive it needed to transform into a war economy to rival— and exceed— that of the Soviet's. We could put five million men in Britain and then send them into France. Twenty million signed up for service. 

The Soviet leadership realized that there would be little chance of defeating the United States in a one-on-one fight, simply because the Americans had procured a fellow named 'Albert Einstein', whose various theories had led to the development of the atomic bomb— something the Soviets had absolutely no clue how to build, even when the Americans detonated theirs. 

So the war devolved into a stalemate, and the Soviets retracted, instead—


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Oh hai Japan!!

 

The Japanese had been aggressively building their empire ever since 1933, and they realized that they needed raw materials if they wanted to keep their war machine going. 

By 1947, they had created the largest empire in human history. With America focused mostly on defending Europe, they sent little more than expeditionary forces to defend Guam, the Philippines, and other territories. However— and this is critical— Japan didn't touch Hawaii. 

They knew they'd eventually have to fight the United States, but various military leaders managed to reason with Hideki Tojo, helping him to understand that 1941was far, far too soon for that inevitable war to begin. 

Instead, they had to focus on taking Asia. Specifically, they had to take these three critical areas: China, India, and Arabia. So they began their brutal war of extermination, blitzkrieging across the continent (and subcontinent), making sure to take their time in order to keep supply lines healthy while also making sure to not waste any time since they knew they were also destined to fight not just the Eagle, but also the Bear. 

It would be Arabia where the epic struggle between Bolshevik communism and Japanese imperialism would explode. 

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The most... no, let me rewind, let me fucking rewind.

 

 

THE MOST SAVAGE FIGHTING IN HUMAN HISTORY.

The death toll from the Nippo-Soviet War basically refills the death toll of World War II back up to where it is in our time. Note— by 1946, World War II had claimed a little over 2 million lives in total. By 1950, it was near 100 million, with 96% of those deaths coming from the Middle East alone. The inhuman, ultra-sadistic savagery we see in Arabia, Mesopotamia, and Persia as the Soviets and Japanese clash is just unspeakably, shockingly brutal. Not just against each other, but also against the natives. 

And why? Take a fucking guess— oil. 

I mean, humans would fight over the fucking grass if you gave us a reason. Something like oil? Neither side is giving that up. He who controls the oil controls the world. Japan desperately needs that oil. The Soviets have the oil fields of Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, and did I forget Russia? And the Americans have themselves as well, on top of Canada. The best Japan has is China, but that doesn't even begin to match the oil capabilities of the other two superpowers.  Arabia, however— in 1948, they discover the Ghawar Field. This is the largest oil field ever discovered in human history. If Japan takes it, they'll basically be on par with America and the Soviets. So they can't afford to lose. They'll recruit grandmothers to fight in Arabia if the need arises— they're not losing here.

Their plan is to drain the Soviet will to fight. They'll force their new subjects to fight in Arabia, and these subjects include the likes of China and India— the two most populous nations on Earth, even then. 

 

Interestingly, that's also the Soviet's plan to defeat America and England— to cause so much economic turmoil by extending the war that the capitalist powers reach their breaking point and implode. They realized that they could use the current geopolitical situation to their advantage by getting Japan to fight on two fronts, against both themselves and America. Once Japan falls, the Soviets will then take their territory and mobilize the entire world against the Americas in one final epic struggle between capitalism and communism.

 

What they didn't expect was for America to open the second front— against them.  Not through France and Spain, but through Africa. Britain had many colonies in Africa that they "inherited"from the fall of their European rivals. It didn't take much to raise fighting forces there to form a Pan-African Anti-Soviet brigade that would invade through the Balkans and Turkey, rush to the Caucus mountains, and essentially cut off Soviet supply lines to the Middle East and Europe in one go. 

 

All this time, Soviet generals were expecting a sea invasion in Western Europe— they even intercepted a massive military campaign that seemed to suggest that the Americans were about to cross the English Channel. But this was a mock force, and the true invasion left from Egypt.

This wound up failing, as the Soviets managed to repel the invasion and reinforced Fortress Europe. The reason? The invasion was slow. They landed, and troops flooded in, but they barely moved, giving the Soviets ample time to organize a counter-attack. This led to a year-long battle in Turkey, which, as I said, the Soviets won.

 

One tiny problem.

 

That's exactly what the American generals were hoping Soviet generals would do. They didn't actually expect to be victorious. Their intention this whole time was simply to divert the USSR's attention. It was always intended to be a Soviet Pyrrhic victory so that they would have to take forces away from Arabia. 

 

So what happened after that?

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That's not an accident, if you've noticed. The Soviets actually lost Kuwait as well. You can bet there was a small purge in the Soviet leadership.

 

 

So what does any of this have to do with Black Saturday? Everything!

 

As you can probably guess, the world descends into a softcore Nineteen Eighty-Four, where there are three superpowers forever at war with each other. You now understand what's going on in this war as well. I've gone over how history changed, how there was maximum overbrutality in the Middle East, how the Americans developed the bomb first, how this, how that, how these, how those...

So let's fast forward to the year 2020 AD. I hope to publish this story in 2020, so that's why it's that date. War's largely limited to minor skirmishes and 'police actions', though World War X is always threatening to flare up. 

At the present moment, there's a brutal economic depression (there have been several ever since 1938, though this is definitely the worst of the lot). America can no longer cope. The government's going through riots, rebellion, and bloody insurrection. 

The US in particular has become a hyper paranoid police state, dedicated to crushing communism and 'Nipponism' at all costs. Anything that threatens the establishment is lambasted as a threat to the whole state. This paranoia threatened to do to Washington D.C. what it did to Berlin back in the '30s. 

England, on the other hand... England's a different story. 

Here, the hippie counterculture has arrived. LSD, marijuana, psilocybin, electronic music, rock music, and antidisestablishmentarianism. 

What didn't come with the hippies, however, was the peace and love. Oh sure, some were like that... but they were in the minority. 

 

The Soviet Union and the Japanese alike influenced the rise of these ultraviolent youths, known as the Yankees (derived from the word Yankī, which itself derives from the word 'Yankee') as well as the Nadsats (derived from the Russian word for 'teenager'). 

The Yankees and Nadsats tend to war with each other on the streets of Britain. The difference between the two is sometimes subtle since they engage in similar acts— sexual assault, drug abuse, ultraviolence, youth delinquency, and general antisocial behaviors. However, the Yankees are named due to their apparent nationalism and obsession with Japanese and British culture. They're also less heavy on the drugs as opposed to the Nadsats. Yankees are notable for their garish clothing and bright colors. They tend towards spiked hair or entirely bald heads.

Nadsats, as you can guess, are much more about the Soviet Union. They're also the dominate drug users of society. At least, the Nadsats rely on chemical drugs, whereas the Yankees seek digital drugs. Nadsats wear denim, leather, and suede, and they're always identified by their long, shaggy hair and fantastic sideburns.

Both tend towards anarchism, in opposition to their respective influences' overt totalitarianism. 

The Soviet Union and Japan are going for cultural victories, and they need these countercultures to flourish. They need to undermine the West, which is crumbling. They're working on undermining each other at the same time, as the memories of the horrors of the 20th century haven't been forgotten. Also at the same time, they're preparing to launch World War X. Eurasia and Eastasia will combine forces to fight Oceania, in other words. Whether Oceania is actually as weak as it seems has yet to be seen.

Japan is dominated not just by the royal family, but also by zaibatsus and the Yakuza. They are pursuing robotic armies and transhumanism to get ahead over the Soviets. 

 

So the story itself follows three British schoolboys collectively known as the 'Blood Wizards of Walpurgis', named so for a murder they committed in a London borough that's become known as 'Walpurgis' due to extensive occultism and cybernetic Satanism that occurs there. They're Nadsats, though one of them has a lover who's a Yankee. The police are always on their asses, always listening in for malthoughts and watching them through telescreens. But Big Brother's lost his grip on the youth.

 

That's Black Saturday as it is right now.


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Yuli, when you do release your first novel please let us know here on the forum. I will be one of the first to buy it. Your writing is not nearly as captivating as Tolkien's, but the world building, and concepts you approach are just so darn fasinating.


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I agree with Erowind, Please let us know on the forum when you do release your first novel so I can buy a copy of it. :)


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In all seriousness, check out "We Happy Few".


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Yuli, when you do release your first novel please let us know here on the forum. I will be one of the first to buy it. Your writing is not nearly as captivating as Tolkien's, but the world building, and concepts you approach are just so darn fasinating.

I think what does it for me about Yuli's writing is that he has such a vast repertoire of knowledge, especially history, and seems to incorporate that seamlessly in his writing.

 

Fair play Yuli :)


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These are so interesting, keep them coming:)



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Btw, for Yuli Ban: i've recently found another site with HUGE assortiment of blank and easily editable maps, HERE is it. Unlike your first site, here you can find literally any country with its administrative divisions:

 

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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...

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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.


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