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

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

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The 1983: Doomsday World

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.

The post-Doomsday world population in 2013 is 2 billion, which is about half of the 4.2 billion people that lived on Earth in 1983.

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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March 17, 2021: Celebrations for the 160th anniversary of the Unification of Italy: Flag of Italy (1946–2003).svg Flag of Sicilian Kingdom 1848.svg Palermo, Two Sicilies - Today Italy and the Italians celebrated the 160th anniversary of the unification, celebrations are held in every main Italian city, from Palermo to Perugia and up until Bolzano. For the occasion, Sicilian president Antonio Tajani invited the head of states or head of governments of the other Italian nations in order to celebrate this important date and to bring a sign of peace upon the Italian Peninsula, there are also many ‘non-Italian’ foreign guests, like the president of the Alpine Confederation; Guy Parmelin, the prime minister of Greece; Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou, the prime minister of the Spanish Monarchy; Francina Armengol, the Celtic ambassador to Sicily; Colm Ó Floinn, the Turkish prime minister; Binali Yıldırım, the North German ambassador to Sicily; Reinhard Schofers, the Prince of Seborga, in rapresentation of both Seborga and Monaco; Marcello Menegatto, the prime minister of the Kingdom of Macedonia; Zoran Zaev, the US ambassador to Sicily; Thomas Smitham, the Canadian ambassador to Sicily; Alexandra Bugailiskis, a SAC delegation headed by Michel Temer, Brazilian president, the ANZC prime minister; Jacinda Ardern and many others.

The list of activities that Tajani and the other Italian head of states will expand over the next days, as the president will travel to Genoa to commemorate the departure of Garibaldi from Quarto dei Mille and then to Caprera, for paying homage to Giuseppe Garibaldi.

The excitement is in the air in Italy as flags are hanging over balconies and bells are singing for celebrating this fatidical date, not only for this celebration but also as a hope for a better, future, where Italy will be once again united under one flag and where hate among Italians will cease to exist. In Alpine controlled territory there have been some disturbances and protests, in cities like Brescia, Treviso, Mantova, Bologna, Pavia, Novara and Belluno, on a small scale and caused most likely by nationalist or neo-fascist, nonetheless, the situation was peaceful other then that. Many journalists are describing this as a truly historical moment in Italy, a sign for peace and reconciliation among Italians, or at least the end of any hostility among Italians, we know very well that Italy is a land made by war and with much experience in warfare, but we hope that in the future Italy will be known as a land of peace and progress.

February 21, 2021: 7th Convention of the Oceanic Organisation opens in Belau: Flag of Palau.svg OceanicFlag.png KOROR, Belau - Belauan President Rukebai Inabo opened the seventh annual Convention of the Oceanic Organisation Sunday. The ANZ-dominated alliance is expected to discuss a number of issues of regional importance, including rising sea levels and plans to stimulate more trade with the growing nations of the North American west coast. A delegation from Mauritius is present as an observer to the convention in order to pursue a closer relationship with the regional bloc.

January 5, 2021: United States adds star to flag: US flag with 14 stars by Hellerick.svg TORRINGTON - The United States raised its new flag Tuesday with a 14th star to represent the state of Cimarron. Cimarron joined the Union last July. Its bill of statehood stipulated that the famous 13-star "Betsy Ross" design would remain the national flag for the rest of 2020. Today the 14-star design was raised officially for the first time in Torrington's National Mall.

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