The "Brave New World"
With the collapse of the Unitarianist Greater Union, the decades-long Cold War finally came to an end. The United States, under the presidency of David Rockefeller, was the undisputed master of the world, having the strongest economy, industry, and military. Its presence reached worldwide due to its efforts to stop the presence of Russia, but with that country's collapse, the question had to be asked: What does the United States do now in this "Brave New World". With the threat to the world gone, was it necessary to maintain a huge military and a military presence around the world? Should the United States return to isolationism as in the past? President Rockefeller, with the support of the majority of the American population, said no. With modern technologies linking the world and bringing it close together, the world was on the path of globalization.
However, there was the other question of what will happen to the eastern side of the Iron Curtain with Russia's collapse. The majority of the nations held open elections and booted their Unitarianist governments out of office.
Economic Crisis of 2011
The New Russia
Rise of China
The "Revolutionary Wave"
The Revolutionary Wave spread eastward, toward southeast Asia. Southeast Asia had been split between the communist states of Vietnam, Laos, and Camboadia, and the capitalistic, military dictatorships of Siam and Burma. Siam had been on the verge of revolt since the most recent military coup in 2013, which resulted in the arrest of thousands of political dissendents and opponents that resulted in their disappearance, imprisonment, or exile. Siam's king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, had managed to keep the country under control since he possessed an alliance with the military and was a beloved figure in Siam. However, his death in October 2016 would send the country into unrest. The nearby communist states, along with China recently, had been pressuring Burma and Siam into adopting reforms to aid the workers. With the heir to the Siamese throne, Vajiralongkorn, an unpopular figure, the pressure only increased from the communists. Widespread protests and riots that began following the king's death culminated in a coup d'etat by the Communist Party and sympathetic military units in December. Prime Minister and leader of the Royal Thai Army, Prayut Chan-o-cha, had been captured and imprisoned. Vajiralongkorn fled the country and found refuge in neighboring Burma.