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The 1983: Doomsday World

This timeline explores world history after Doomsday - September 26th, 1983.

A worldwide nuclear exchange caused by a minor incident obliterates much of human civilization. This ATL covers everything from the direct aftermath up to the present worldwide situation.

This is a "live" timeline, which means its story continues to unfold NOW, in real-time. See the Live Content section for the latest news and updates.

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The Point of Divergence of the 1983: Doomsday timeline is September 19th, 1983, on which a seemingly unimportant decision to send an ambitious Colonel of the USSR to a training seminar (taking the place of an ill-plagued colleague), has global implications.

This decision leads to a different outcome of a well-known, though often underestimated event that took place on September 26, 1983.

In our timeline, Colonel Stanislav Petrov was the watch officer on duty that day at the Serpukhov-15 bunker near Moscow, monitoring for a US missile attack on the Soviet Union.

Suddenly, the computer-based warning systems reported several US nuclear missiles approaching Soviet territory. In our timeline, Colonel Petrov believed the information to be false and did not alert the Kremlin to the data he was receiving. Given Cold War tensions at the time, such information would likely have convinced the Soviets that the US had launched a first strike in an attempt to "cut off the head," and they would have been forced to launch their nuclear weapons in the false belief that it was a counter strike.

Consequently, since in our timeline the world now knows about this event, it is now often considered to have been the moment closest to a nuclear war between the USSR and the USA during the Cold War. Colonel Petrov has been honored as one of the few true "world saviors," and several investigations have proven the great seriousness of this event.

This timeline postulates the results after Colonel Petrov was sent to another installation before September 26, 1983. The officer now on duty on September 26th considers the alert to be accurate and immediately contacts his superiors. Within minutes, the leaders decide to launch the whole Soviet nuclear arsenal. Logically, the Americans react by launching theirs as well. By the time the first alerted missile was proven to be a false alarm, it was too late. Thousands of nuclear warheads subsequently detonate over targets worldwide. Surprisingly, the People's Republic of China was attacked by Soviet nuclear missiles as well, and part of their arsenal was launched in response at the USSR.

The results of this total nuclear exchange are close to the forecasts of almost complete worldwide destruction and the "nuclear holocaust" as predicted by many scientists of the time. This results in as many as a billion people killed initially, and another billion in the subsequent environmental disaster that followed shortly thereafter.

With the world largely devastated, and most of the Northern and parts of the Southern Hemisphere in ruins, the estimated 800 million survivors in these areas desperately try to keep together what is left of human society. They would face challenges that were seemingly impossible.

After an incredibly horrifying first few years post-Doomsday, a handful of regions, territories, and countries stabilize and master basic problems such as food and medical supplies. As time passes and the recovery continues, new (sometimes surprising) alliances are formed. A new, fragile world order emerges from the ashes. Initial hopes of some survivors for a united mankind (or at least warfare and destruction being ended forever) quickly prove false. Indeed, the world is light-years away from any Utopian imaginations. Famine, disease, and lack of resources provoke conflicts and wars in large parts of the world, thus devastating all the carefully achieved recovery.

As some surviving and newly formed nations (particularly a unified Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand and a South American Confederation) prove able to master the problems and even intervene internationally, mankind's extinction finally seems to have been avoided.

Now, 30 years after the devastating "Doomsday" event brought mankind to the edge of total extinction, a few moving moments have spread the hope for a more peaceful future for mankind, such as the foundation of the new "League of Nations" September 26th, 2008.

Nonetheless, new dangers to this fragile world have emerged all around the globe, threatening much of what has been achieved within the last 30 years...

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February 11th, 2020: Candidate for the Spanish throne found!  SpainFlagNew.png Spanish Regency - The city of Palma de Mallorca has announced that a suitable candidate to take the Spanish throne and continue the monarchy has finally been found! Carlos Javier of Borbón-Parma, who the Spanish government has recently established contact with, has been announced as the suitable choice to become King of Spain. Carlos Javier, of 50 years old, was reported to have been in Emmen, former Netherlands when Doomsday struck and is said to be a pretender to the Carlist claim to the throne. If all goes accordingly, the Regency will change its official name to the Kingdom of Spain with Carlos Javier I as sovereign.

February 1st, 2020: Edward Poll: "I am the Imperātor Anglōrum who will lead the way!"  Woodbridgeflag3.png83orgbritnatflagprop.png OBN HEADQUARTERS, Woodbridge - In his latest speech before the assembly of the Organisation of British Nations, Chairman Edward Poll has insisted that the organisation is the guide to a reunified England and that he as leader is, quote-unquote, "the Imperātor anglōrum who will lead the way"; the Latin term he used literally meaning "Emperor of the English". It is uncertain what he meant to say when he used this term. It is most likely that he was either simply referring to himself in a sophisticated manner as the guide to unity, or that he actually meant to say the word "Dux", another Latin word meaning guide, or leader. However, many people (including several media publications across OBN member states) have interpreted this indirect usage of the word "emperor" as his attempt to proclaim himself monarch. Mr. Poll is yet to comment on the exact meaning of his words.

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