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1980: A Brewing Storm[]

Cold War 1980 A

Cold War situation in 1980

Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union begin to heat up as the Cold War escalates when the Soviets launch an invasion against Afghanistan. The two superpowers and their allies enter a renewed period of mutually assured destruction. In the Middle East, the First Gulf War (called the Iran-Iraqi War at the time) begins.

March-April, 1983[]

Pershing II missiles are moved to West Germany.

FleetEx '83, the largest fleet exercise to date in the North Pacific, takes place.

September 1, 1983[]

Korean Air Lines Flight 007 is shot down over the Sea of Japan just west of Sakhalin Island over international waters. The USSR initially denied the fact that they had shot down the plane but admitted their role several days later. However they continued to obstruct international search and recovery efforts. There was an international outcry and extreme anti-Soviet sentiment was felt around the globe. Among those on board was Georgia Democratic Congressman Lawrence McDonald, a staunch anti-communist, leading to suspicions of an ulterior motive.

September 19, 1983: P.O.D.[]

Doomsday Map 1982

World in January of 1983

Colonel Gennady Akrimov replaces Col. Stanislav Petrov as watch officer at the Serpukhov-15 bunker near Moscow, which monitors for a US missile attack on the Soviet Union. Colonel Petrov is re-assigned to a bunker near Odessa.

Sept. 26, 1983: Doomsday[]

03:40 GMT+3 (Moscow Time), USSR[]

The Serpukhov-15 bunker's computers indicate that a US missile is heading toward the Soviet Union. At first, Akrimov reasons that a computer error has occurred, since it is only one missile and it doesn't make sense that the US would launch one single missile in an attack. Questions about the reliability of the satellite detection system have been raised in the past, so he dismisses the warning as a false alarm, concluding that there was no actual missile.

Very shortly though, the computers indicate that a second missile has been launched, then a third, a fourth and and then a fifth. Akrimov, a faithful reader of "Pravda", where he had read much of the "warmongering of the American President Reagan", now feels as if the attack was real. He telephones the headquarters of the Strategic Rocket Forces and tells them that his computers show that a massive US attack is underway.

General Secretary Andropov is awakened by his staff and rushed to an evacuation helicopter standing by. On the way he is informed by the generals that they have "reliable information" that the Americans are launching a first-strike. They recommend a full retaliatory strike. Andropov, frail and stunned by the news, nods and gives the launch codes to the SRF commanders.

1983Nukes

Nuked points in the world in September 26, 1983, Doomsday

Four and a half minutes later, at over 300 missile bunkers, a fateful order is given ... launch. Nearly 1100 Soviet ICBMs in staggered order are launched at the United States, American bases in Europe and Great Britain, and in a plan never publicly revealed, at another fifty sites in the People's Republic of China.

Sept. 25, 1983 – U.S.A , 19:45 GMT-5 (EST)[]

At NORAD launch detection satellites detect the launch from the Soviet Union. It is apparently a Soviet FIRST-strike and within minutes President Reagan is evacuated from the UN reception at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City via "Marine-1" to the Boeing E-4B Nightwatch called NEACP (National Emergency Airborne Command Post). He arrives twenty minutes later and the aircraft takes off at about 20:09. En route, the President is informed by Secretary of Defense Weinberger and the NORAD generals that the launch is confirmed and that it was total. Reagan gives the launch codes and orders a full retaliatory strike, including "city-buster" missile attacks from the American submarine fleet.

Sept. 26, 1983 – 04:11 GMT+3 (Moscow Time)[]

Meanwhile, as Andropov's helicopter is approaching the Kremlin's evacuation bunker forty miles outside of Moscow, he receives a chilling report. The first "projected" missile has reached its target in Murmansk ... but no detonation has occurred. Quickly checking, Soviet generals discover that the first targets that were supposed to have been destroyed minutes earlier, showed no incoming warheads and no detonation. Andropov suffers a massive stroke as he realized he has just started World War-III on a false alarm. A minute later the first Soviet missile detonates in Beijing (killing Weinberger), followed quickly by one at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. Minutes after that, a second, real report of incoming American missiles is reported.

The Doomsday Clock Strikes[]

Doomsday - the moment mankind has feared since the 1945 drops of the nuclear bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Over a period of nearly two hours, from approximately 4:10 am until 6:10 am GMT + 3 (Moscow time), an estimated 3000 nuclear weapons detonate all across the Northern Hemisphere. NATO commanders are ordered to immediately launch tactical Pershing-I missiles at Soviet tank yards, and Warsaw Pact commanders respond with the launch of their Pioneer missiles.

Chinese forces, woefully caught by surprise by the Soviet attack, were only able to launch approximately 30% of their weapons at the USSR. Most Chinese missiles struck cities and military bases that have already been destroyed by American missiles and bombers.

Neither American nor Soviet citizens, nor other non-combatants, received significant advance warning of the attack. Some major cities did issue alerts and, while local mayors and fire chiefs were scrambling to initiate disaster protocols, they were either destroyed or damaged in the attack.

Electromagnetic Pulses (or EMP) from air-burst weapons destroyed some 70% of the electronics across the Northern Hemisphere. Most radios, televisions, telephones systems, and computers were rendered useless.

The initial death toll following the first hours of conflict was estimated at 1.53 billion people ... from the United States and Canada, to Cuba, across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom, Western and Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Australia.

At day's end, a black pall of smoke, dust and radioactive ash covered half the world.

September-December 1983: Aftermath[]

General Overview[]

Predictions of the results of a nuclear exchange from the late 1970s and early 1980s prove fairly accurate. In addition to the initial death toll, subsequent mortality rates due to fall-out, out-of-control fires, starvation, dehydration, and unchecked disease add another 700 million lost, mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. The predictions of a "nuclear winter," however, come up short. Only a 10°F drop is noted, and as the attack occurred going into late fall, it had no major effect on typical weather patterns. The dust cover blocked out the sun for several days, but within a week, it dissipated and cloud patterns returned to normal by mid-October. By contrast, later in the summer of 1984, predictions of a "nuclear summer" do come true, as nitrogen oxides and a reduced ozone layer raised temperatures to an average high 10-25°F over normal.

Vast areas of North America, most of Europe, much of the Soviet Union, and many parts of China are uninhabitable. Radiation levels dropped with the predicted two weeks fall-out pattern, but irradiated regions and areas where toxic chemicals have been spilled remain lethal to humans. Several nuclear reactors in the US, Europe, and the Soviet Union experience critical meltdowns and explode, releasing additional radiation into the atmosphere.

Death tolls keep rising. By March 1984, the population of the United States dropped to 28 million people, almost 1/10 the pre-Doomsday level. The story was similar in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, with Great Britain's population reduced to numbers not seen since the Norman Conquest..

North America[]

United States of America[]

After a week in the National Airborne Command Post jet, President Reagan was transferred to the still-surviving Mount Weather command bunker. where the bulk of his cabinet had already been evacuated. The Soviets had known for years that Mount Weather was a FEMA facility, but they had not understood its central importance in U.S. plans until recently and had not yet adjusted their attack plans to include it.

Vice President George Bush was relocated to a bunker below the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. This was to have been the Congressional relocation center, but hardly any members of Congress could be saved in the brief window of time - only the Speaker of the House and President Pro Tem of the Senate, who had been evacuees of the highest priority because of their places in the constitutional line of succession to the presidency.

Subsequent attempts of coordination of remaining police, fire, and especially National Guard units in the United States proved only marginally successful. With the widespread death, starvation, and fall-out, few National Guardsmen reported for duty. Most couldn't, but many (with no safe zones for their families) refused. Chaos reigned.

In a few areas of the country, governments were struggling to reassert control at the state and local level. In these areas, from the Rocky Mountains to Texas to the deep South to New England, surviving cities, towns and villages took control of their own survival, taking on responsibilities that would be normally handled by federal and state agencies and joining with neighboring towns to get through the crisis. Communities that managed to get past the end of the year were in a good position to survive for the longer term.

By Christmas, Hawaii had a functioning state government in the islands not hit by missiles, but shortages of food and medicine caused violence between various factions. Hawaii's main union of farm laborers won control through its control of the food and the consent of the now-powerless local officials. The union's leader, Louis Goldblatt, took the title of Governor and imposed strict labor quotas and rations. His restrictions held the conflict in check, but just barely. The remote island state was, however, still completely isolated from the mainland.

A coordinated effort by city and county law enforcement around Greenville, South Carolina instituted the "Greenville Protocol" by which hundreds of officers spread out from downtown Greenville and secured the county. Contact was quickly made with officials in Spartanburg and Pickens Counties. An emergency government was set up in Greenville.

In nearby Anderson County, radical religious leader Royall Jenkins of the United Nation of Islam took over the city of Anderson. It is learned later that there had been bloodshed as a racist African-American city-state was set up there, though Jenkins claims that the casualties were a result of "racist resistance to necessary change" as he was setting up the provisional government in the town.

Cuba[]

Cuba was one of the few Communist nations to survive Doomsday. Although Havana and Santiago were hit by nuclear devices, strategic plans in the USA did not target massive destruction on the island, partly because they did not wish to set off nuclear devices so close to their border, and partly because Cuba did not harbor nukes of their own. However, because Miami was a major target for the USSR, Cuba was expecting major effects from fallout.

Fidel Castro was assumed dead, as was his brother and second-in-command Raul Castro, and other top officials, but the Cuba communist system was built from the bases of society. Important military personnel were overseas, particularly in Angola, so the chain of command could be re-established once communications were restored. The surviving Cuban government, anticipating drastic effects from fallout, decreed that any resident was free to leave the island and suggested that evacuees try to flee to Central or South America but did not provide any means of evacuation.

Canada[]

The major population centers were hit hard by incoming missile strikes. The largest group of survivors were in the Atlantic Provinces (Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia), as only two bombs hit this region. The territories also escaped major damage, but due to their size, most contact with them was lost. Social and civil order proved difficult, if not impossible, to maintain in many regions, as only Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island held onto their provincial governments amidst the storm of refugees and radioactive fallout.

Central America[]

Nicaragua/Costa Rica[]

Post-Doomsday unrest added fuel to the Nicaraguan Civil War. The conflict spilled across the border into Costa Rica as right-wing Contras entered the country from Nicaragua's sparsely populated southwest. The left-wing Sandinistas soon followed; Nicaragua's Sandinista government controlled Costa Rica's Guanacaste province by the end of the year.

Haiti[]

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, having returned in 1983 for his ordination as a Salesian priest, quickly took the reins of Haiti and won a landslide victory in the presidential elections of 1984.

Oceania[]

Australia weathered the war the better than most other nations hit in the attacks. Though it lost the cities of Darwin and Perth, along with most of its key military bases, its densely-populated southeast survived, including the capital Canberra. Much of the population took shelter and stockpiled provisions. Australian agriculture remained relatively intact and in the years after the war maintained a sufficient level of production. Rationing of food was enacted, but it was not burdensome. Prime Minister Bob Hawke had been in office only for a few months, but proved an able leader.

Australia also could rely on New Zealand for both military and humanitarian support. Its prime minister Robert Muldoon enthusiastically put the country on a war footing. New Zealand took over the maintenance of Australian ships that had escaped their bases before they were destroyed. New Zealand ships patrolled the seas for remaining Soviet submarines. Reconnaissance missions ranged as far as the North Pacific. New Zealand also shared what it could to help displaced survivors from Australia's missile strikes. The two ANZUS allies were cooperating more closely than ever.

With a strong agricultural and fishing economy, both American and Western Samoa were relatively stable following the attacks. However, the American half of the islands had lost its main trading partner. In November, New Zealand passed the Samoan Aid Act to help both Samoas. On December 20, the Governing Committee for Samoa was created to run affairs in both halves of Samoa - the first of many international unions to emerge after Doomsday.

South America[]

Though the continent had been spared any nuclear attacks, breakdowns in trade and civil unrest had taken their toll. Small amounts of fallout, mainly brought about by trade winds, affected South America, mainly Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas; and more was expected to come in the following years.

Argentina[]

Argentina suspended Presidential elections, originally scheduled for late October.

Brazil[]

Brazil was on the verge of restoring democratic rule after 19 years of military dictatorship when Doomsday occurred. As a result, re-democratization was halted, and rioting began in major cities.

Colombia[]

Fallout effects began to be evident, mainly in the Northern Shore area and in San Andres, however the most notorious effect was the disruption of international trade. Some civil unrest was capitalized upon by FARC guerrillas to achieve a better standing in peace negotiations with the Colombian government.

Venezuela[]

Almost completely dominated by oil exports to the US, Venezuela's economy collapsed. Some regions also begin to feel the effects from radioactive clouds brought by trade winds.

Asia[]

Several regions in Indonesia were shaken by separatist uprisings, forcing the central government to withdraw the bulk of the army from the outer regions, back to Java and Southern Sumatra, to at least keep order in the economical and political heart of the Archipelago. At first caught by surprise by the sudden retreat, GAM then-in-command Hosein di Tiro, a cousin of the exiled Hasan di Tiro, quickly regrouped the loyal GAM units (supposedly around 3.000 men) and led them to the provincial capital of Banda Aceh, where they started to fight for control of the city.

The Dalai Lama returned to Tibet and on March 15, the Tibetan monarchy was proclaimed.

Europe[]

Portugal[]

Emergency plans were enacted, but proved largely ineffective, even with quickly combined Portuguese and Spanish local security forces. All mid - or even long-term plans appeared senseless as the massive fallout spread over Continental Europe. The only remaining mainland governmental body was a small parliamentary delegation which at the time of the detonations was aboard the Portuguese frigate "Álvares Cabral" (F-331) to observe a demonstration of an amphibious landing operation. Upon incoming news of the attacks and no contact to Lisbon possible, the maneuver was canceled and an emergency session of the few surviving parliament members (headed by a Vice President of the Parliament) along with a handful of navy generals took place.

In order to maintain a functioning government, it was immediately decided to set course for the Portuguese Islands of Madeira and Azores as no hits were reported from local authorities. So the Álvares Cabral and the small accompanying convoy - namely the Submarine Albacora and a small supply ship- headed first for Funchal, Madeira then to Punta Delgada on the Azores Islands. En route, all naval and air force units that could be reached were ordered to relocate to Madeira and Azores. A few aircraft and several navy ships -mainly a second submarine- arrived later in Funchal. After consultations with the local authorities and governments, it was decided to officially relocate the capital and install a Portuguese Interim Government in Punta Delgada. The Vice President of the Parliament was named provisional head of state.

British Isles[]

As bombs and missiles obliterate the major cities and military bases of the United Kingdom, the nation implements the emergency plan code-named PYTHON. Any key officials who can be evacuated are taken to secret sites in the far corners of the kingdom. Someday they hope to reunite the country, but for now the country is shattered and fragmented.

The Irish government implements full martial law awaiting for an attack from the Soviet Union. It never happens, though Belfast suffers a direct hit. 100,000 Northern Irish refugees head west and south to the Republic. Plans are put in motion to contain civil disorder, with conscription enacted in an emergency sitting of Parliament in Dublin. The Northern Irish counties are overcome by desperation and work with the Republic to assist the dying and injured. British army units in Northern Ireland accept the Irish President as their acting Commander In Chief till contrary information is received from the UK War Cabinet. Doomsday initially causes a cease-fire in Northern Ireland as all sides scramble to help their neighbors survive; but within six weeks firefights are breaking out again.

On the Isle of Lewis, the local Member of Parliament Donald Stewart takes control of the local government. As a former provost, he had run the Isles before, and as a privy councillor he has a claim to constitute the de facto government of the UK in the area. Four weeks after DD, Stewart is in regular contact with Dublin. Communication is spotty and often relying on Morse Code. The two governments can share information but have little material help to offer one another.

Soviet Union[]

After Doomsday, significant parts of the Soviet Union had been utterly destroyed. The number of people killed was staggeringly high, with some initial estimates in the 270 million range. Very few of the Soviet officials in Europe and Central Asia survived the attack, leaving its small remaining population essentially in a state of anarchy. Siberia, the Russian Far East and parts of the Kazakh SSR survived the brunt of doomsday much better. Several of its leaders, along with most of its population, remained alive.

Middle East[]

Israel, Syria, and Jordan were all struck by nuclear missiles. Israel and Jordan managed to hold on to organized government, but Syria's one-party power structure totally shattered, plunging the country into chaos. Egypt escaped attack, but fellinto economic and political meltdown, allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to seize power and impose their Islamist vision upon the country.

1984: Desperation[]

North America[]

US government[]

President Reagan and his staff at Mt. Weather are facing a dire situation. The facility was only established with a limited food supply and it is slowly running out. Abandoned farms and orchards in neighboring Virginia are producing contaminated crops or none at all. Salvage teams from the Secret Service have been sent out to forage but have had little luck as the few surviving locals have picked clean markets, warehouses, restaurants - any place with stored food. Contact with Vice President Bush at The Greenbrier indicates that the same situation is affecting them.

Meanwhile, deep within Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, the staff of the NORAD facility, intended to be the country's emergency nerve center and comms hub, have been working to restore contact. Nuclear blasts had destroyed every trace of the base on the surface, cutting it off from the rest of the country. On March 21, they succeed. Covered in protective gear, a crew of engineers erects a radio tower and sends signals first to Mount Weather, then to Hawaii and any other American facilities that can be reached.

This period of open communication will be brief, but it allows Reagan and the federal administration to craft a new plan on April 23 for preserving the American republic. They decide to abandon the ineffectual bunkers and divide the federal administration. Reagan will go to Hawaii's Big Island with the Secretary of State and other key cabinet officials, where they can count on help from America's ANZUS allies, Australia and New Zealand. Bush will lead a second administration from Leadville, Colorado, not far from NORAD. A third will remain in the Appalachians, but in Charleston, West Virginia. Under the nominal leadership of Strom Thurmond, its main purpose will be to keep some kind of federal presence near the old capital and the original relocation sites. Plans for a fourth administration in the Caribbean are never implemented.

Reagan and Bush leave Appalachia on May 5, 1984. Reagan lands safely at his first stop, Mexico City. But then destiny strikes: Thanks to electromagnetic interference and residual radiation left over from Doomsday, the president's plane becomes unresponsive and is horribly off course a few hours after leaving over the Pacific. Running out of fuel and unable to land, the Boeing E-4 loses altitude and crashes into the South Pacific. Though the President and First Lady survive the crash, the life-raft the couple and their Secret Service team escapes on sinks in a squall a day later.

Nominally, George Bush becomes President on May 6, 1984. Scarecly after landing in Leadville, he is informed that NORAD has lost contact with the NEACP. They wait a few days for any reports, but with none coming, Bush has a local Lake County judge swear him in as President on May 11.But before long, Bush decides that he cannot stay. He hates the idea that the war is still raging in the Pacific while America's President is hiding in the mountains. What's more, the situation there is worse than he had thought. Colorado is blown to bits. Montana isn't much better. Utah is already coming under Church rule. Wyoming is the only functioning state government left, and it's hard to see how either the President or NORAD can help it right now. After some long talks with his aides, and no doubt reflecting on his own experience fighting in the Pacific, Bush decides that he must now go to Hawaii.

Frayed nerves aside, Bush lands safely in Hawaii. He finishes the work begun by Secretary of State George Shultz, who had flown in a separate plane from Reagan. Bush declares the start of the American Provisional Administration in Hilo. His first priority is to gather intelligence on the situation after Doomsday, both in the US and across the world. Bush soon flies to New Zealand and Australia to renew the ANZUS alliance and confirm America's part in it.

Other parts of the US[]

While much of the United States was devastated, there were survivors scattered throughout the country. In some cases fragile states that had been established in the previous year would see their downfalls, while in other cases cities and towns would form alliances that would lead to the birth of new nations, or state governments would reform and set themselves on the road to independence.

On January 25, the Vermont Legislature reconvened in the capital of Montpelier. A provisional state government of New Hampshire was formed on February 4, its representatives making contact with Vermont on February 19. In May, Vermont voters overwhelming chose independence over statehood; the constitution for the Republic of Vermont was signed on July 24. New Hampshire voters had chosen union with Vermont in a special referendum on May 18, and on July 25, New Hampshire officially became a county within the Republic of Vermont.

In March, the provisional Georgia state government, centered in Athens, fell apart in what is believed to be a nearly two-week period of violence and mayhem. A large group of the estimated 2,000 survivors journeyed to the town of Toccoa in northwest Georgia, with the remainder scattering to the surrounding region.

Also in March, a Kansas State University student and an engineer from Wichita, two of the survivors in Manhattan, Kansas, made radio contact with survivors in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The Manhattan survivors voted unanimously in a special meeting at Kansas State University to leave the region for western Nebraska.

In July, talks between representatives of the towns of Hattiesburg, Natchez and Starkville in the state of Mississippi - aimed at forming a provisional government - broke down. And survivors in Lawrence, Kansas, made radio contact and Scottsbluff and voted unanimously to leave for western Nebraska.

The Texas towns of Midland and Odessa and New Mexico towns of Carlsbad and Hobbs formed the Provisional Government of the Cities of Western Texas and Southwestern New Mexico in August; work began immediately on formalizing itself into the nation that would become West Texas.

Sometime in 1984, the 101st Airborne unit pulled out of the Fort Campbell military base (located along the Kentucky/Tennessee border) after the region fell into total chaos. The 101st will eventually settle in Charleston, West Virginia, replacing the remnants of the federal administration to form what would become the Virginian Republic.

Throughout 1984, survivors in small towns throughout the U.S. - such as Asheville in North Carolina; Cape Girardeau in Missouri; Cave City in Kentucky; Portland in Tennessee; and Spokane in Washington state - focused on their own affairs, trying merely to survive their new world the best they could, rejecting any grand ideas of reforming states, resigned to the possibility they were perhaps the last survivors in the world.

Of course, they weren't, as the next years would show.

Canada[]

From the ashes of Canada, a new government emerges, based in St John's. The provinces of Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, as well as coastal Quebec and the eastern Northwest Territories, become the Canada Remainder Provinces. Over the following decades they expand into the rest of Canada.

Oceania[]

In the face of the global situation after Doomsday, the long-lasting friendship and cooperation between Australia and New Zealand proves enormously precious. By November 1983 the two Commonwealth members have intensified their relationship, aligning and combining key branches of government, especially the military and other security forces. They are also coordinating their policy on agriculture, industry and transportation. Both Hawke and Muldoon are fully committed to the partnership. They consider their countries to still be at war against the Soviet Union, though it is not clear what victory in the war might look like.

The main task of the two governments is defined as to secure the survival of their citizens - and to a certain degree - all survivors in the rest of the world.

The establishment of a U.S. federal administration in the Pacific brings a third partner to this alliance. President Bush and other leaders of the American Provisional Administration spend a good deal of time in New Zealand and Australia coordinating with the stronger powers. They are already allies through the ANZUS defense pact; now, the alliance is modified and extended. The United States contributes the superior technology of its surviving military hardware; Australia has its resources and substantial industrial base; New Zealand has its intact society and harbors.

The strengthened pact is intended to secure supplies of food and medicine as well as provide security for the Pacific region. All American and any NATO Army, Navy and Air Force units that remain are placed under ANZUS command. On June 1, 1984, the ANZUS Order 001/1984 is given by the joint ANZUS Head Command set up in Brisbane.

This order – today famous as the Gathering Order - is to be sent to all U.S. and NATO units capable of hearing and responding to the message. It orders all units to set course for Australian, New Zealand and Hawaiian territory. If this cannot be achieved, all surviving units in a defined geographical area should go to the nearest suitable gathering point to which ANZUS supply convoys will meet them. The responses of American and NATO forces scattered around the globe are sporadic, but steadily increase over the next year. The first units to report are several nuclear submarines. They set course for ports in ANZUS territory. As satellite communication is impossible, word spreads slowly to scattered naval units in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are ordered to assemble at several points considered suitable, mainly intact British, French and U.S. naval bases on remote islands. The bulk of the regrouping flotillas consist of submarines, frigates and destroyers from NATO countries and the remains of American carrier groups. Civilian freighter convoys are also heading to the specified destinations.

In late 1984, ANZUS readies its first major offensive: against Soviet forces occupying Alaska. The Americans have amassed two tank landing ships, an amphibious transport, three destroyers, two frigates, two nuclear attack submarines, and several military and civilian supply and cargo ships with a few hundred Marines. British forces sent HMS Hermes with a mixed US-British air group, a destroyer, and a tanker; while the Australians send a frigate, a minesweeper, and HMAS Jervis Bay with a marine contingent. New Zealand supports the operation with reconnaissance and logistics, as well as by taking charge of oceanic patrols around Australia and the American islands. The French Pacific manages to send a token force. The task force represents the largest conventional operation by a Western power during the late phase of World War III. It anchors off Juneau to support the struggling Alaskan state government and prepares to move in spring.

South America[]

Representatives from Argentina and Uruguay meet in Buenos Aires to discuss how they can better combine their resources to get through the crisis caused by the economical and environmental damage done by Doomsday. They agree to form a new alliance called the Bloque Americano Unido (United American BLoc), hoping to extend its membership in the future. Soon after, Argentina invades and occupies the Falkland Islands for the second time in two years. British military forces reluctantly agree to the situation and evacuate the islands (along with any civilians who wish to join them) and head toward Australia.

The FARC, M-19 and the EPL reach an agreement with the Colombian government, which would include the ceasing of hostilities and a plan from demobilized guerrillas to enter either politics, the military or other forms of civil life. The government would concentrate on prosecuting groups like MAS and other paramilitaries. The ELN does not endorse the agreement.

Asia[]

Siberia and its surrounding areas are the last remaining Soviet-governed area in the Soviet Union. In March, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Soviet Union, Geydar Aliyev, arrived at the vague borders of the still functioning parts of the country. With no central government in Moscow to help them, Siberia, along with the rest of the Russian Far East and the Kazakh SSR declare themselves the successor state to the Soviet Union. The area is declared the Union of Sovereign Socialist Republics on December 23. This newly formed country soon embarks on a massive reconstruction project.

Europe[]

United Kingdom

The surviving members of the RAF and Royal Navy that had managed to return to the UK change their mission from continuing to pursue th Soviets to trying to support as many survivors as they can.

Queen Elizabeth II dies in her place of refuge aboard the royal yacht Britannia. Her son is crowned King Andrew while still in South Africa. The only members of the British Royal Family still alive are Prince Philip, Princess Anne and her daughter Zara, who are now sheltering in a bunker on the coast of Yorkshire not far from the England's largest surviving city, Middlesbrough.

Africa[]

The economic and environmental ramifications of Doomsday has caused governments across the continent to collapse.

  • Somalia: The people of Somaliland declare independence.

1985: Puzzling Pieces[]

General Overview[]

Two years after Doomsday, little has improved. In fact much has worsened, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Food shortages are absolute. Starvation has killed another 200 million people. Cannibalism of the dead is not uncommon, and some roving gangs of former military units even kill people for food. In wide parts of the world, anarchy is predominant and most attempts to reinstate order, even on the local level, fail. Self-justice, clan fights and warlordships are common.

But, nonetheless, the first signs of a will to withstand the immediate threat of total extinction emerge. In a few regions, surviving nations and remaining governing bodies reluctantly start cooperating with similarly devastated neighbors.

Europe[]

Similar to Portugal on the Azores Islands, the provincial government of the Spanish Canary Islands, together with the POLISARIO rebels in the former colony of Western Sahara, declare a government. The new nation is to be called País del Oro (The Golden Land). This later becomes widely known as the first post-Doomsday country gaining sovereignty.

The Irish government maintains emergency members and implements rationing of fuel and resources to maintain their availability to agriculture. Therefore, food supplies are at adequate levels despite growing numbers of survivors continuing to cross over from Britain and France. But fighting in Northern Ireland is spiraling out of control, reaching genocidal levels in the middle of the year. Discussions begin with the British fragment in the Scottish Highlands and with the autonomous government of the Outer Hebrides. The Irish desperately need their help to bring peace to the north. These talks will soon lead to the formation of a permanent Irish-Scottish Alliance.

Starvation remains a great worry even though vast swathes of land have been turned over to food production, including public parks and areas bordering the seashore. The Scottish Islands come under further stress by an influx of refugees from the greater Glasgow area, especially from the north of the city. The refugees tell of mass death and destruction of property with armed gangs holding sway over many areas. There are reports of cannibalism and clan feuds as well as mutated births. Radiation sickness is now the main killer of people across the British Isles.

North America[]

Canada[]

Canada, or the Canada Remainder Provinces, manages to hold onto democracy by holding elections. Clyde Wells is the first Prime Minister elected after Doomsday. However Canada still faces numerous problems, such as starvation, disease, and the rebellious Saguenay.

The former French colonial islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, cut off from their mother country, petition Canada for support and become a protectorate.

United States[]

Especially because of the near-total absence of television, radio and telephone communications, the situation on the ground in the former United States was believed to be, at best, chaotic and medieval, and at worst, a total wasteland with nothing alive at all.

This was truly the case in some areas, such as southern California; New York City; lower Michigan; northern Missouri and eastern Kansas; and much of Florida.

In other areas, people were not only surviving, but building a foundation for their future.

Throughout the year, city-states throughout the former U.S. established themselves as independent entities, and in some cases began to build alliances that would one day lead to the formation of new nations. These city-states included Asheville, Cape Girardeau, Davenport, Dodge City, Elizabeth City, Hattiesburg, International Falls, Iowa City, Joplin, Lincoln, Missoula, Muncie, Nacogdoches, Scottsbluff and Tyler. Some newly formed nations, such as Kentucky, Virginia and Vermont, were stabilizing their governments and societies and caring for their people the best they could. Some state governments, particularly in Utah and Wyoming, were on their way towards establishing independence.

And, some new nations are beginning to form out of the ashes of the former United States.

On January 7, delegates gathered in Greenville, SC, for a constitutional convention. On March 8, the signed document was on its way to the districts. Also, in March, representatives of counties from the former states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia met to discuss the future of their region; on May 3, delegates signed the constitution of the United Counties of Delmarva.

Surviving cities and towns in western Texas and southwestern New Mexico formalized their association, declaring their independence and drafting a constitution. The representatives of the various towns signed that constitution on July 4 in Midland, and the Republic of West Texas was officially born.

Unfortunately, a fledgling relationship with Mexico was shattered in December after a misunderstanding on the part of the Mexican military led to the severing of ties between the two countries, and a policy of isolationism on the part of the West Texas government that would last more than two decades.

The two federal administrations left on the mainland continue to struggle throughout the year. Both are under the nominal leadership of former leaders in Congress - Speaker Tip O'Neill in Colorado and President Pro Tem Strom Thurmond in West Virginia. Both men are outside their element and have difficulty knowing how to begin the task of restoring the country. O'Neill has to rely on the NORAD commanders and, increasingly, on Wyoming's state government, now based in Casper. Thurmond is deferring more and more to military leaders, both from the federal army and the West Virginia National Guard. Neither administration has any effective control outside its immediate local area. In the case of the group in Charleston, West Virginia, even local order is rapidly breaking down. Communication is also becoming more difficult. The NORAD facility under Cheyenne Mountain struggles to keep its generators working. Radio messages are becoming less frequent and less reliable.

Oceania[]

In the spring, the ANZUS task force launches its major offensive against Soviet forces occupying parts of Alaska. Troops around Prince William sound surrender almost immediately. The Alaska Peninsula is then liberated within two weeks, Kodiak after two weeks more. Outside the Aleutians, the invasion evaporates quickly. In July, ANZUS begins a heavy bombardment of Unalaska and Umnak. These islands hold out longer but are liberated in September. At this point, with Alaskan temperatures dropping far below that of a normal winter, most of the force has to return to Australia and New Zealand. The fighting in the western Aleutians returns to where it had been before the Gathering Order: a series of inconclusive skirmishes.

Throughout the year, nuclear submarines and other craft continue to come to the ANZUS bases from all over the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

In September comes ANZUS Order 011/1985, the Resolution on the Status of Samoa. The American Provisional Authority agrees to share power with the Samoa Governing Committee. American Samoa is made a commonwealth. The Order and the new constitution based on it are ratified the following year.

On November 6th, 1985 the USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640) becomes the fifth American nuclear submarine to arrive in ANZUS territory thus far. Nearly running out of food, the Franklin enters the harbor of Brisbane.

On November 18th, 1985, another relief is felt at the response of the American carrier USS Carl Vinson and a small accompanying fleet from the harbor of Papeete, Tahiti. It was feared that all carrier groups had been destroyed by direct nuclear attacks. But, apparently Soviet subs did not find the Vinson carrier group, so it was not destroyed. Therefore it had been able to set course south to escape the radiation in the Northern Hemisphere. On December 8th the Vinson group arrives in Brisbane.

Latin America[]

In the Southern Hemisphere, radioactivity has spread to Brazil, southern Africa, and northern Australia. There is no "On The Beach" scenario; these areas suffered little permanent damage. However, the destruction of trade and violent weather patterns causes them much hardship.

Costa Rica's government leaves the Central Valley, by now a battleground between Sandinistas and Contras, including local Costa Rican supporters. A government-in-exile is established at Limón on the Caribbean coast.

In November, the Volcano Ruiz erupts in Colombia, causing landslides that erase a whole town from the map. Rescue services are completely unprepared, therefore raising the death toll.

Southern Africa[]

In Durban, the parliamentary Opposition sets up a rival government under the name "Union of South Africa." Forced to flee to the Transkei and then Port Elizabeth, this group joins up with the exiled Prince Andrew to found a new South African monarchy.

Rest of the World[]

Sub-Saharan Africa is in worse shape than the rest of the world. The loss of American, European and Soviet aid has plunged most of the African nations into chaos and starvation. The economy of the Union of South Africa collapses. Even under martial law, rioting runs rampant as it becomes apparent that the white minority is shifting food and fuel rations to primarily whites, while black South Africans starve. When guards abandon the Robben Island prison, members of the ANC rescue Nelson Mandela on August 17th, 1985, but the joy is short-lived as Mandela dies in a bombing raid by the South African Air Force on a Pretorian black neighborhood.

After a few months of de facto civil war, the GAM gains control over the city of Aceh and quickly gathers support, as well as more soldiers, among the Acehnese. In October 1985, they re-establish a Sultanate Government, headed by then-monarch Hosein di Tiro, maintaining order based on the harsh enforcement of Islamic law, known as the Sharia.

1986[]

North America[]

Both of the surviving federal administrations collapse during 1986, leaving Bush's APA in the Pacific as the sole remaining civil entity representing a continuation of the federal government.

In February, Acting President Strom Thurmond cedes all of his responsibilities to a military regime led by officers of the West Virginia National Guard, which imposes a harsh form of rule over what is left of the city of Charleston. The other members of the administration, led by former members of Ronald Reagan's cabinet, refuse to recognize this transfer of power. They attempt to seize control as the legal remnant of the federal government - but are no match for the Guard. With no other option, they return to the Mount Weather bunker with a small circle of loyalists. The "U.S. Administration- East" is effectively dead.

In November, the Administration- West is killed in a much more literal fashion when an assassin's bullet kills former Speaker Tip O'Neill. The Colorado group is also headed by a small group of former cabinet officials, and they decide that they lack the ability to keep going on their own. They relocate to Wyoming, where they can count on the support and protection of the new governor, Mike Sullivan. But everyone sees that the administration is no longer an independent force; it is little more than an appendage of Wyoming's state government. The federal forces at NORAD also begin to move to Wyoming. Their facility is dying and cannot be maintained.

The Celts Emerge from the Radioactive Mist[]

The Irish-Scottish Alliance, later called the Celtic Aliance, is established during the spring equinox of 1986 on March 20th. By using traditional dates, the Irish, Scottish, and Hebridean governments hope to begin forming a notion of shared history and tradition that can unite the region's feuding ethno-religious groups. The new Alliance also has a more lofty and long-term goal of restoring legitimate government to the UK and its dependencies.

The last two years have seen profound change on the Isle of Ireland, the Scottish Islands and Highlands, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands with starvation and death on a biblical scale. Nevertheless, just like the Celts of the Dark Ages, they have used their ability to innovate to be able to maintain the governmental structure and ensuring that entire communities work to restore some vestige of civilization to the edge of Europe. The onset of the nuclear winter is not as bad as many predicted, but the nuclear summer is a profound awakening for the normally cloudy nation. The population works in the fields either in the early morning or late evening and, if needed, covers up completely to work during the day. A major boost to the population is the maintenance of the primary education system, enabling parents and carers to work in the production of food as well as maintaining an educated workforce for the future.

South America[]

1986 is an election year in Colombia. Liberal Party dissident candidate Galán endorsed the official candidate Barco after polls show that voters do not favor Galán. The Conservatives choose Alvaro Gómez; the leftist Patriotic Union endorses Jaime Pardo Leal. Barco wins by a landslide, replacing the conservative Belisario Betancur. Despite this electoral normality, the country's economy is still in bad shape. Barco continues Betancur's intention to build a South American economic bloc, to replace the American, European and Soviet markets.

Oceania[]

In February, the Resolution on the Status of Samoa is put into effect as voters approve a new constitution for uniting the two islands. Samoa holds its first combined election in May. Western Samoa's Chief of State Malietoa Tanumafili wins the Samoa-wide election easily. The United Fono, the new bicameral legislature, meets in September near Doomsday's third anniversary. Considering the plight of other nations, including many in the Pacific, Samoa's post-Doomsday course has been remarkably smooth.

George Bush visits southeastern Alaska and is given a hero's welcome. Fighting continues in the Aleutians, but most of the state is now at peace. The people celebrate the American Provisional Administration for its role in their liberation.

Europe / North America[]

Contact is finally made between Portugal and Canada using radio transmissions.

Asia[]

Contact between the USSR and Korea is established.

1987[]

North America[]

In January, the army of the Republic of Piedmont intervenes in the Anderson-Toccoma War. In this bloody war between two racist city-states, The RoP finds itself forced to occupy towns in Anderson County and establish a demilitarized zone along its borders with Anderson County. A truce is negotiated between Toccoa and Anderson on November 11, but the RoP must keep troops in the DMZ on a permanent basis. Terrorists from both rogue city-states make occasional attacks in the RoP.

Latin America[]

Facing major economic hardships, most Caribbean islands join together and become the East Caribbean Federation. Refugees from Bermuda, including its exiled governor John William Morrison, lobby for support from the new government to evacuate the few remaining survivors. For the moment the Federation does not have the resources to spare.

The Limonese Government, Sandinistas, and Contra factions reach a truce, dividing Costa Rica into three zones of occupation, with government forces holding most of the Central Valley. This truce lasts less than five months.

Oceania[]

After two long years of ineffective skirmishing in the Aleutians, ANZUS finally makes peace with the remnant Soviet regime in Siberia. The Sitka Accords finally put an end to World War III. They establish a DMZ in Alaska between the Siberian-controlled islands and the State of Alaska.

The Ameican Provisional Administration declares the restoration of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, which had been broken up in 1979. The new TTPI does not replace the autonomous governments of that part of the ocean - Micronesia, Palau, the Marianas, and the Marshall Islands. Its purpose is rather to provide a structure for the region and coordinate the distribution of aid from the Administration and its allies.

In Hawaii, the assassination of Governor Goldblatt sparks a round of political violence. Federal troops restore order with ANZUS support in Operation Tropical Storm. George Bush temporarily takes direct control of the state government.

Asia[]

In the Philippines, the "Bloodless Coup of '87" ousts Ferdinand Marcos and with Juan Ponce Enrile, a Third Republic is founded.

Middle East[]

Egypt, under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, launches a military assault on Israel, which is still reeling from Soviet attack. The Israelis have no choice but to use their own large nuclear weapon against Cairo. The Israeli attack goes down as the last use of nuclear weapons to date. The Muslim Brotherhood is annihilated as their inner circle was gathered at Cairo's Grand Mosque at the time of the attack, this plunged Egypt into several months of chaos.

The Second Empire of Trabzon is declared by remnants of the Turkish Army in the Eastern Turkish Wasteland.

1988[]

North America[]

In another blow to what's left of the United States Administration- East, the small group in the Mount Weather bunker splits up. The facility is no longer operable. Former Treasury Secretary Donald Regan, the last high-ranking official with a credible claim to the acting presidency, gives up and abandons the administration. This leaves the former Secretary of Labor, Raymond Donovan, as the last cabinet member trying to assert a place in the line of succession. He and his remaining armed escort establish themselves in tiny Romney, West Virginia, where he will spend the next six years claiming to be the legal head of state.

Oceania[]

With World War III over, the ANZUS powers sign a treaty for a permanent civil union that will oversee and sustain their military alliance: the ANZUS Commonwealth Treaty. The commander of British forces in the Pacific signs the treaty as well, making Britain an Associate Member of the new commonwealth. The French Pacific declines to join. The treaty creates the ANZUS Commission, a permanent intergovernmental body that will join the three powers in a permanent partnership.

Australian and Kiwi troops depart Hawaii. Bush sets up an emergency administration and puts the state on the path toward a restored civil government.

The United Fono of Samoa renounces its claim to Swains Island, leaving the island under the sole authority of the Provisional American Administration.

Asia[]

A failed coup d'etat results in an anti-republican purge of the armed forces in Trabzon.

On October 22, 1988 Nepal declared war on Bhutan, starting the Himalayan war. Tibet declares its neutrality.

1989[]

North America[]

On May 8, 13 townships in the eastern portion of the former state of Texas declared themselves to be the Republic of Texas.

Latin America[]

Sandinistas based in San Jose, Costa Rica declare themselves the legitimate rulers of the country. The Sandinistas further announce that they will no longer take orders from their superiors in Managua, Nicaragua. A new civil war erupts in the Central Valley between supporters and opponents of the new leftist government.

December 14th: Chile holds its first free election in 16 years; winner the Christian Democrat Patricio Aylwin Azocar.

Oceania[]

The ANZUS Commission sits for the first time in Wellington.

Asia[]

On August 17th, 1989, the remaining loyal provinces of Indonesia declare the establishment of the Islamic Indonesian Islands League - I.I.I.L.

  • On Tuesday, November 7, 1989, the military supervises elections to bring a democratically elected government back to Hawaii, although strict quotas and rationing of essentials remain a fact of life.

Mongolia and Uyghuristan both join the USSR on May 25 in Krasnoyarsk.

The Himalayan war officially ended on June 6, 1989 after Nepal occupied Bhutan.

1990: From Chaos Comes Order[]

North America[]

The Lakotah War over, leaders from the five state governments begin to hold discussions about creating a new federal entity, the Provisional United States of America (PUSA). It would be "provisional" because it is so rudimentary; most of the new states can barely support themselves. Nevertheless it represents meaningful progress in a region otherwise marked by setbacks and decline.

South America[]

The Andean Nations Pact (PAN) becomes the Andean Union (UA), a free markets agreement between Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. All these nations are poor, but all of them had had some sort of functional democracy for at least 9 years, in contrast to other South American countries.

With a stronger Andean Union as his legacy, president Barco in Colombia is succeeded by president Luis Carlos Galán, who had previously won the primaries as the Liberal candidate. Galán won easily against Patriotic Union candidate Carlos Pizarro and Conservative Rodrigo Lloreda.

Alberto Fujimori is elected president in Peru, succeeding Alan García.

Oceania[]

In January, Harry Kim is peacefully sworn in as Hawaii's new governor, its first elected leader since Doomsday. Kim actively seeks cooperation with the former leaders in the civil war, including royal claimant Andrew Pi'ikoi Kawananakoa, whom he appoints as his Lieutenant Governor. Early in his term, Kim must employ US troops still stationed at Hawaii to put down another food riot.

Samoa joins the ANZUS Commonwealth as an associate member, the same status as British forces in the Pacific.

Asia[]

On February 21st, the Sultanate of Brunei- Sarawak, which comprises the East Malaysia, Brundai and Northern Borneo (Kalimantan) provinces of Indonesia, declares itself independent from the I.I.I.L government.

In April, Geydar Aliyev sends troops into northern Manchuria to establish order.

In July, the Second Empire of Trabzon invades New Erzurum, a loose confederacy of militant communities in what was formerly central-eastern Turkey.

Europe[]

The former Portuguese Cape Verde Islands decide to become associated with Portuguese Interim Government controlled territory.

In June, a small aid convoy arrives on the Azores Islands from Brazil.

On September 26th, 1990, the surviving Icelandic and Norwegian governments, along with the Norwegian Royal Family under King Harald V, declare the establishment of the Nordic Union comprising Iceland, parts of Norway, Faroe Islands, Svalbard and Jan Mayen. The Swedish and Danish royal families, which are connected to the Norwegian royal family, are also invited to join in the federation, which they accept.

1991[]

Voyage of Discovery[]

The USS Benjamin Franklin is refitted by the Royal Australian Navy and sent on a worldwide mission of intelligence and diplomacy. Her empty missile silos are filled with food, enough to last 16-to-18 months. The captain also receives a full diplomatic mandate to contact any remaining nation-like governments, except any “patently illegitimate regimes”. She heads out, returning to Brisbane in August 1992.

The first destination is the former United States, from where she confirms the regular reports from the U.S. bases on Hawaii: the situation in the continental United States is "medieval". A few towns and villages have formed themselves into barricaded sanctions, fighting off marauding ex-Army and ex-police units, scavenging for food, water and ammunition. The estimated population of the contiguous US is guessed at less than 10 million. A Royal Australian Air Force pilot who volunteered to join the "Franklin" crew, negotiates with locals to use an intact Beechcraft airplane near Tillamook, Oregon and flies several hundred miles inland. He reports reaching a vast desert as he approached the old Idaho/Nevada border. Radiation levels are minimal, but stretches seem devoid of plant and animal life. He returns and reboards the "Franklin" as it heads down along the West Coast.

The second destination is Europe. After a hard passage sailing quickly around South America, exchanging radio messages with several ports but not stopping, the Franklin approaches Continental Europe. A big surprise to the crew is received: radio messages from Azores, Celtic Alliance, Pais del Oro, the Nordic Union, Sicily, and the (Atlantic) Canada Remainder Provinces. They respond and contact the respective governments which have been equally surprised as news from the Southern Hemisphere has not been available except from South America. The Franklin crew makes official visits to several capitals. The Portuguese Submarine Albacora and the Italian Submarine Guglielmo Marconi are assigned to accompany the Franklin until the Suez Canal is reached.

The third destination is the Soviet Union. On the way to the Soviet Union, Continental Europe seems as bad as the U.S. Dust and windstorms prevent aerial reconnaissance, but the land seems devastated. Ice cap measurements in the Arctic are unusually thin, and global warming (due to the drop in plant life and rise in CO2) is apparently occurring.

After theAlbacora leaves upon arrival at the Suez Canal, a visit to China, Japan, and the remainder of Asia shows everything to be as "medieval" as the United States. Contact, however, is made with the Japanese survivors of the Bonin Islands; having lost contact with the main islands for nearly a decade. The Franklin crew narrowly escapes when it is attacked in Okinawa by islanders who (from observation) have become cannibals.

It has become apparent, even before the Franklin left, that the ozone layer had suffered tremendous damage due to the effects of the nuclear explosions. Sunburns begin in southern Australia after only a few minutes' exposure. Ultimately many in the Southern Hemisphere have to fully cover themselves (even on the hottest days) and apply generous amounts of sunscreen - it is now a top priority, after food, for production in all surviving nations. A general rise in temperatures, and an increase in UV radiation is also reported.

North America[]

In June, delegates meet in Torrington, Wyoming to revise and adopt a new form of the Constitution of the United States. This is considered the foundation of the Provisional USA and the beginning of the country's restoration on the mainland.

Other events[]

The American Football League is founded in Pago Pago. It unites American Football enthusiasts throughout Oceania.

India, though lightly damaged from the war, has suffered mass starvation and disintegrated into numerous warlordships. Large numbers of refugees have fled to South Africa and Australia.

1992[]

North America[]

Elections create a new U.S. Congress in the five participating states. War hero Ray Hunkins overwhelmingly wins elections for the presidency. The new structures of the PUSA begin to operate.

ANZUS establishes an outpost at Crescent City, California, in a new bid to kickstart the reclamation of California and Oregon. The region has crumbled into small city-states, but many people are receptive to an American presence. A few local leaders have made tentative statements of loyalty to the surviving U.S. government, and American flags can be seen flying in the area. With these promising signs, the APA brings in around 500 American military personnel, 250 support personnel (engineers, biologists, scientists, etc.) from Australia and 50 from New Zealand. The post is to serve as a hub for commerce, communication, military forces, and political activity and, eventually, become the capital of a restored, US-aligned State of California. News arrives in Crescent City of the new federation forming in the Rockies. The outpost's commander dispatches messages to the new government and a month later receives a reply from President Hunkins - the republic has not yet failed. This causes a brief burst of hope: even though the two administrations cannot yet do anything to support each other, there is now a clear path toward reunification and restoration of the country.

Survivor communities in northern Maine form the “Provisional Government of Aroostook."

Oceania[]

A joint US/Australian team restores the LORAN radio navigation station on Marcus Island that had been left intact by the US Coast Guard, who had fled to Hawaii shortly after Doomsday. It is hoped that the Marcus station can provide modern navigation for reconnaissance voyages to Japan and East Asia.

Hawaiian officials stop a would-be mass desertion of ANZUS troops looking to establish a private colony on the American mainland.

Northern Atlantic[]

January: the Portuguese Interim Government re-establishes formal diplomatic relations with País del Oro, The Nordic Union, the Celtic Alliance, Brazil and the Canada Remainder Provinces. Military and supply operations are intensified on the basis of the former NATO's structure and goal of cooperation among countries.

Asia[]

The Sultanate of Aceh proclaims the whole Island of Sumatra as Acehnese territory and let his troops head south. After reaching the center of Sumatra, the troops are surprised by a contingent of Indonesian soldiers, which have been sent by the I.I.I.L. government to halt the invasion. Defectors had spread the word to the Indonesians. An intense and fierce battle erupts with the 8,000 GAM troops being successfully halted, though not defeated, by the IIIL army. Effectively reaching a stalemate after about 2 weeks, the Aceh troops retreat to a position near the city of Padang and declares a cease-fire. The quasi-demarcation line is declared the provisional border both by the IIIL government and the Acehnese government.

Taking advantage of the political and economic situation in India, Pakistan invades and assumes control over the formerly Indian and Chinese administrated areas of Kashmir. Pakistan does not invade further, fearing that the warring states of India would unite against them if they did.

1993[]

Americas[]

The Crescent City Crisis erupts when local gangs kidnap New Zealand scientists in retaliation for some arrests. To shore up the region, President Bush activates the National Guards of both Hawaii and Alaska and requests an ANZUS military mission. Both governors resist. Alaska's McAlpine drags his feet complying with Bush's order, while Hawaii's Kim simply refuses. Australia was also reluctant to help. Its forces are committed in several other places: operations in Indonesia, anti-piracy missions in the South China Sea, patrols in the Alaskan DMZ. When the violence escalates further in the fall, first the Australians leave, and then the entire APA contingent leaves the mainland. The crisis is a massive setback for the APA. It comes just at a time when the Americans are having trouble maintaining their place in the ANZUS Commonwealth.

The Federal Parliament of the Caribbean Federation passes the Bermuda Act, marking the end of Bermuda's existence as a separate political entity. The refugees become Caribbean citizens. The government in exile transforms into a federally-supervised agency for managing the affairs of the community of survivors. Joanna Morrison, daughter of the last governor, is named to head the organisation.

The Canada Remainder Provinces send a small fleet to tour the world, which visits the Celtic Alliance, the Nordic Union, Brazil, Tonga, Australia, and the Canadian Pacific coast during their two and a half year journey. The Celtic Alliance all becomes great friends and they will continue to be allies in the future.

Oceania[]

In response to a report from the Franklin voyage, the entire population of the Bonin Islands - around 600 people - is evacuated to Maui.

Europe[]

On September 26, 1993, the remnants of Denmark and Sweden agree to join the Nordic Union as sovereign areas with the status of Greenland and the Faroe Islands, with the government's and royal family's consent.

The alliance between Ireland and Scotland creates a permanent Executive Council to begin the work of clarifying the alliance's scope. It conceives of a new identity meant to bridge the region's national and ethnic divides: the Celtic Alliance. The CA seats a new Parliament and admits the first of many new nations from outside its original membership, the Isle of Man.

On October 1st, 1993 the new CA welcomes the Nimitz to Galway, the port city of the Alliance. The Nimitz's visit brings a burst of hope to the beleaguered government and the hard-pressed population.

Discussions begin in Canberra about the status of British dependencies, military and naval assets, and embassies. A significant number of ships and units had been ordered to go from Britain to South Africa by the emergency government before it splintered, and these were considered permanently forfeited; but others, especially those in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, ended up in Australia. The CA, speaking as the successor to part of the British national government, now requests access to some of them. (The other main British fragments are Wales and Southern England; Southern England renounces any interest in them, while Wales, already considering CA membership, defers to the Alliance.) A few naval ships, notably HMS Hermes, now make their way to Galway after spending time under Australian command.

Former British diplomats in Australia, New Zealand, and other Oceanian countries now also are credentialed as representatives of the new Alliance. The CA replaces one Ambassador who died in the initial attacks with a prominent SNP politician, Alex Salmond.

The Alliance also now raises the issue of former British dependencies, calling for plebiscites in each area on the question of annexation to non-British powers. Really this only applies to one: the Falkland Islands, which was forcibly annexed to Argentina. The other surviving territories are already associated voluntarily with larger powers, namely the Caribbean Federation and Dominion of South Africa. The CA makes a detailed proposal for a Falklands referendum in which both it and Argentina would maintain a neutral role. Argentina never responds to the offer.

1994[]

Americas[]

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is set up.

The Commonwealth of Virginia declares on September 6th that it has eliminated its rivals, which it characterizes as outlaw gangs. One of these rivals is former Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan, the last holdout from the Reagan administration, who renounced his position in April and acquiesced to the annexation of territory under his control, Hampshire County, WV. The Commonwealth has full control of the mountainous parts of Virginia and West Virginia.

Oceania[]

In a second major blow to the American Provisional Administration, the people of Hawaii vote for independence in a referendum in November. The movement for Hawaiian sovereignty had begun as an effort to demilitarize the islands, and it grew in response to inaction by Bush and the disaster in Crescent City. President Bush denounces the vote and asked for help from ANZUS to restore order in Hawaii. But now he does not have their support. They insist instead on a meeting with APA leaders and the heads of Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories. It is time to discuss the future of their mutual relationships. The talks begin in December in Wellington. New Zealand's PM Mike Moore acts as mediator.

1995 - End of an Age[]

Oceania[]

Hawaii takes further steps toward independence. The islands' royal family step suddenly into public view, staging a ceremony with supporters on January 17, the 102nd anniversary of the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani. The event looks conspicuously like a coronation and is framed as such in the press. Days later, Governor Kim announces his intention to step down in favor of a provisional government to guide Hawaii to its next phase. Amid such political uncertainty and burgeoning public separatism, the APA pulls out of Hilo. The new federal capital is set up in Juneau, Alaska - the only state that the APA still truly controls.

Backed into a corner, Bush declares the impending end of the Provisional American Administration on May 1st, 1995. Bush, in consultation with his allies, Prime Ministers Moore and Howard, issues a short statement to the American expatriates and American forces in Australia, stating that the ANZUS Commonwealth itself will take up most of the USA's roles and commitments in the Pacific. American military units are already under ANZUS command and will remain so; they will keep their American identity within that structure, even as the administration itself ceases to be. He urges his fellow expatriates to remember their roots while advising that it is best if they "become part of the Australian life and culture."

Bush tries to stress that this action marks the end of a single administration, not the American nation. He signs an act meant to leave the door open to a successor to take up the former superpower's mantle: the declaration dissolving the APA is called the “Continuity Act” and says that the country's sovereignty and Constitution will be “temporarily suspended until a legitimate successor – continuing the US traditions of Freedom and Democracy - is elected by the American people”. Nevertheless, from the perspective of those in the Pacific, this marks the end of the 219-year-long history of the United States of America that started in 1776.

Bush resigns immediately and takes up a position as an adviser to PM John Howard, primarily on development of Australian oil production in Indonesia. He leaves it to his vice president, Robert Nesen, to preside over the details of the end of the administration during the coming year. This includes decisions the status of all the APA's territories, which are all negotiating their future relationship with the two remaining ANZUS powers.

Samoa (including both Western and American Samoa) and the Federated States of Micronesia (which now include the Northern Mariana and Marshall Islands) decide to keep their Associate Member status within the commonwealth. Hawaii's leaders negotiate a status of Free Association with the commonwealth, establishing a precedent that many other island states will follow. In Alaska there is debate over whether to accept a similar status, or to incorporate a new version of the United States to be based in Juneau. In the end, Alaskans decide that this is too great a burden. Its voters approve a status of Free Association in November 1995, though with a clause allowing it to rejoin a restored United States at a future time.

The uninhabited US islands of the Pacific are claimed by both Hawaii and the Commonwealth; their status will take years to sort out fully.

On August 15th, Australia and New Zealand declare that the ANZUS Commonwealth will be reformed into a new Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand" (commonly known as ANZC or ANZ). A set of new treaties and protocols helps to create a new identity. The General Secretariat is strengthened, and plans for a directly elected Parliament move forward. A monetary commission begins preparations for a combined currency. The Commonwealth had power over issues of defence, regional security, and international commerce. The new ANZ Commonwealth represents a major change in the national outlook and aspirations of Australia and New Zealand. ANZUS was backward-looking to the Cold War and World War 3; the new ANZ is forward-looking. It represents the future; the rising South; the Pacific-centered world.

The USS Carl Vinson receives a new designation, the ANZS Carl Vinson (ANZ-01) and becomes the new flagship of the combined ANZC Navy. It joined American submarines and other ships already operating under ANZ command. This step causes debate among Australians and New Zealanders concerning the use of nuclear fission, especially for military purposes.

Some Americans who opposed the ending of the Provisional American Administration form the Committee to Restore the United States of America.

Asia[]

In November the Manchurian Autonomous Territory becomes the Manchurian Socialist Republic.

1996[]

Oceania[]

On January 20, the traditional swearing-in date of the former US government, Andrew is crowned the King of Hawaii and opens the First Congress of the Free State.

On March 30, Samoa, Micronesia, and the Marshalls are formally incorporated into the ANZC. The Stars and Stripes flag is lowered for the last time over America's last remaining sovereign territory: Swains Island, where the PAA leaves on April 22.

The ANZ Commonwealth acquires a distinct visual identity with a new flag and associated coat of arms. The flag depicts the Southern Cross in green and gold, traditional colours of Australia, and black and white, the colours of New Zealand.

Central America[]

The Haitian civil war erupts.

1997[]

The ANZ Parliament meets for the first time. Its lower house is a new, directly elected House of Representatives. its upper house is the intergovernmental commission carried over from the ANZUS Commonwealth, now somewhat enlarged with multiple commissioners from each full member. In this way both the national governments and the people have a voice in Commonwealth affairs.

An experimental plant is opened on Hawaii's Big Island that converts sugarcane into fuel. Since Doomsday, access to many sources of petroleum has been cut off. This new plant is to be a first step in alleviating the fuel shortages that still grip the industrialized world.

Aroostook re-establishes contact with the rest of the world through Canada.

The USSR establishes contact with its allies in the Caribbean, namely Cuba and Nicaragua.

1998[]

Europe[]

Celtic Alliance continues to investigate the areas around London and adjacent counties, establishing bases to enable better delivery of food, medicine and supplies. Initial population estimates range between 200,000 to 600,000. Armed militias continue to harass medical services, though local forces are starting to gain the upper hand.

Thorbjørn Jagland is elected Prime Minister of Norway.

North Germany occupies and annexes the former district of Aurich.

North America[]

Construction of Superior's new capital, Stowe, is completed. Meanwhile, the territories of Nipissing and Weston are created.

Luis Alberto Monge Álvarez, former President of Costa Rica, dies.

Canada sends a second expedition to scout out the territory controlled by the Lawrence Raiders.

The Chumash Republic is victorious at the Battle at Camp Roberts.

Vermont and the Northern townships reject an offer by Aroostook about forming a single political entity referred to as the "Confederation of New England."

Asia[]

The Philippines celebrate their Centennial Anniversary. Meanwhile, the Treaty of Zamboanga is signed with Brunei, establishing Sabah as Philippine territory.

Tibet goes to war against Nepal to liberate Bhutan.

Africa[]

The first Somaliland/Puntland conflict.

The Republic of Angola reforms its military, ending mandatory conscription.

Oceania[]

The Fanua Party (FP), a pro-environmentalist party, is founded in Samoa.

South America[]

Colombia's votes to annex Darién. Meanwhile, Andrés Pastrana Arango is elected president of Colombia.

Brazil wins the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

1999[]

In January, the Second Empire of Trabzon invades the Republic of Greater Patnos, sparking the last major armed conflict in the Eastern Turkish Wasteland.

The surviving French territories (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Reunion & Mauritius, and the Crozet & Kerguelen Islands) declare the formal restoration of the French Republic as the "Republic of the French Southern Territories " (R.T.A.)

Aroostook forces liberate Augusta from the powerful raider gangs that have been holding the city since Doomsday.

The people of the North Star Republic overthrow the military dictatorship in Mankato and elections are held for the first time since doomsday.

In November, Samoan Chief of State Malietoa Tanumafili dies after leading his country for 36 years. In the emergency December elections, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese easily replaces him. Tupua's royal lineage and lack of a serious opponent draws criticism from many Australians.

2000[]

The new millennium begins without any large festivals as apparently no one could enjoy firing rockets to the sky. A vast majority of the post-Doomsday survivors are still scrabbling for survival.

In February, the Patnosi-Trabzonian war in the Eastern Turkish Wasteland ends with a decisive victory by the Republic of Greater Patnos. The fledgling armed forces of Trabzon are mostly destroyed.

In April, another ANZC recon mission of the world is undertaken. The ANZC dispatches a flotilla consisting of the refurbished Nimitz, several freighter/first aid ships and three former US submarines. Loaded with fuel and supplies and equipped with helicopters, the flotilla returns once again to the Northern Hemisphere and surveys the west coast of the United States, and visits the Canada Remainder Provinces, the European Governments, Japan and China.

New contact is made with Sri Lanka, Cyprus, and Sicily.

Along the U.S. west coast, the only known discovered survivor states besides Alaska consist of a scattered group of less than 50 heavily-fortified villages ranging from Washington State to southern California. Several of these villages and towns were already part of survivor nations, a fact that the Australian pilots who flew over the region without radio contact with survivors could not have been aware of. Nearly 100 towns and villages are discovered to have been abandoned or burned. Fired upon by some inhabitants, the Australian pilots make safe landings only at two: Bay City, Oregon and Crescent City, California. Both towns are walled and had feudal warlords, one called "the Mayor" in Bay City, the other called "Boss Jones" in Crescent City.

Subsistence-level food production barely keeps the villagers alive while the warlords and their guards reap most of the benefits of the food and fresh water. Plagues of typhus, cholera and diphtheria have depleted the villagers' numbers and neither town has a population larger than 1,100 people. It is assumed this situation is repeated in much of the former United States. Flyovers of small portions of the country east of the Rockies reveal that grass and some trees have started to grow again in areas turned into desert by the effects of presumed nearby nuclear blasts. Nomads are seen scavenging through ruins, but no contact is made with them. Radiation "hot zones" are detected near old nuclear power plants, but generally the radiation has dropped to lower levels.

2001[]

South America[]

After a decade of work by Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, the Panama Canal is opened to commercial traffic.

A new Space Age dawned on January 1 as a joint European-South American team launched a new Odyssey-class rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kouru, Guyane. The world watched with fascination as man once again took to the stars, praying that in this new era, powerful missiles would be used for knowledge and discovery, not war.

Colombia officially annexes the former Costa Rican territory of Isla del Coco.

Luis Inacio Lula da Silva is elected president of Brazil.

During a meeting the ANZC and Brazilian sports federations in Santiago, Chile, the representatives decided to restart the International Olympic Committee.

Asia[]

The Siberian Census of 2001 is conducted by the USSR.

Oceania[]

John Waihe'e is re-elected to the governorship of Hawaii.

North America[]

The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador. Meanwhile, tensions increase with Saguenay after Canada increases its military presence on the Gaspe peninsula in response to increased raider activity.

Superior territories of Bayfield and Green Bay are formed.

George "Buddy" West is elected President of the Republic of West Texas.

The Wisconsin War ends and the Republic of Wisconsin is established.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky makes Cabinet level positions directly elected by the people.

William Quinn dies, ending his movement's resistance to the Republic of New Caledonia.

Europe[]

The Republica Unida de Castilla y Leon is formed.

Africa[]

Zanzibar signs onto the Safe Harbor Compact.

2002[]

Central America[]

The SAC, Cuba and the ECF send peacekeepers into Haiti to restore order. The civil war ends.

Costa Rica and Nicaragua broker a peace treaty in Sovietskaya Gavan by agreeing to hold a referendum in Guanacaste, ending the war.

2003[]

Twenty years after the war, some improvements in the climate and environment are noted. With few internal combustion engines, almost no coal-fired power plants, and little cattle farming, CO2 levels and accompanying temperatures have apparently dropped. Ozone levels over the Antarctic show a slight rise, though dangerous levels of UV radiation still exist in much of the Southern Hemisphere. People have grown accustomed to fully covering themselves.

Asia/Oceania:[]

India: A cease fire is declared in India, and after several discussions in Bombay, a “Union Interim Parliament” is agreed upon by most of the warring states of India. For a few months, India is once again united, but disputes between members and a weak central government causes several members to leave and once again declare independence. The UIP desperately attempts to hold itself together while defending its territory against the breakaway states.

March 3: the territory of the Bougainville & Solomon Islands declares itself independent but due to a Bougainville invasion, which occupied the Solomon Islands, their pledge is not recognized and they remain isolated.

April 4: The whole Island of Papua, consisting of Papua New Guinea and the western Papuan Provinces of Indonesia, becomes an associated territory of the ANZC, mainly in order to gain assistance against Bougainville.

Africa[]

Somaliland holds its first free elections since Doomsday.

2004[]

South America[]

Along with increasing ease in fulfilling basic needs, especially the supply of food, most South American states agree to form a loose, mainly economical, federation modeled after the former European Community. This Confederación de America del Sur (CAS, SAC) - led by Argentinian President and his Brazilian counterpart, sets out to unify the South and Central American countries, in order to keep pace with the successful Anglophone ANZ Commonwealth.

Central America[]

The province of Guanacaste decides to stay a part of Nicaragua, to the dismay of Merino and most Costa Ricans.

Asia[]

Tibet and its ally Bhutan decisively win the Battle of Kathmandu.

Japan ends its policy of sakoku and opens up to the world.

General[]

Prime Minister Paul Keating and the ANZC Parliament create a "World Census and Reclamation Bureau" with the consensus of the remaining nation-state governments.

The first act of the WCRB is to tally the population of the Earth. More reconnaissance missions are conducted consisting of diverse flotillas by the ANZC Navy and Air Force. The Recon Mission led by the "Nimitz" heads to Punta Delgada, the Azores Islands to officially open the WCRB North Atlantic command. Temporary bases are set up in Nairobi, Kenya; Bangalore, India; Hanoi, Vietnam; Mexico City, Mexico; and Cartagena, Spain. Teams are sent out and, while encountering some hostiles, try to take a census of the world's population.

Their findings show the true devastation of Doomsday and the impact after over 20 years later. The vast majority of the population resides in the Southern Hemisphere. The chief causes of death are communicable diseases, cancer, and starvation. Infant mortality rates are about 40%, meaning that about two out of every five children die before reaching the age of one. An astonishing 60% of children, or three out of every five, die before reaching age five. The average life-span is 40 years. The literacy rates of those under 20 years of age is 2%, outside most civilized areas in the northern hemisphere.

2005[]

Oceania[]

Hawaii and the ANZC finally agree on how to divide the former American islands of the Pacific. Hawaii gets Johnston, and Midway; The ANZC gets the rest.

Tropic Thunder by John Birmingham is published.

Europe[]

Prime Minster Ray Mallon of the Kingdom of Cleveland wins a third term.

A multinational task force (made up of forces from the Celtic Alliance, Portugal, the Republic of Rif, País del Oro, Chile and Argentina) attempt to expel the Sicilians from the Strait of Gibraltar.

Thorbjørn Jagland, stepping down as Prime Minister of Norway, is chosen as the next Secretary-General of the Nordic Union. Carl I. Hagen replaces him as the new Prime Minister of Norway.

The International Rugby Board opens its new Headquarters in Dublin.

Prime Minister Jan Menninga of North Germany is murdered.

Latin America[]

Mauricio Macri is elected President of Argentina.

"REM" lines are established into the ANZC and Asia.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was elected as president of Brazil for another 4-years.

North America[]

Tensions increase in North America after Superior recognizes Saguenay in response to Canada refusing to drop its claim's to Superior controlled territory in the former province of Ontario. Meanwhile, a third expedition to Lawrence Raiders territory vanishes without a trace. A fourth, sent just after the third, discovered the leader of the gangs called himself "le chef supreme". Evidence was found that Saguenay may have been helping the gangs keep organised and armed.

Queen Juliana II is inaugurated as the ruler of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Social Survival Party wins a majority in Victoria.

Mike Conaway is elected as President of the Republic of West Texas.

Africa[]

50 people die in Zanzibar during the Pemba Massacre when police fired into a crowd of protestors.

George Weah is elected President of Free Port of Monrovia. In his inauguration speech he requests foreign intervention to end the Liberian Civil War.

2006[]

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The fortified cities along the U.S. Pacific coast, facing dwindling food supplies, finally agree to accept the conditions set up by both the ANZ and SAC for delivering humanitarian aid: the symbolic foundation of the MSP - Municipal States of the Pacific. The main task is coordinating the distribution of ANZ and SAC humanitarian aid. The second condition, which is to form a "Pacific Coast Police Unit" unifying the cities' security forces in order to secure humanitarian transports and the rebuilding of infrastructure, is fulfilled as well.

South America[]

The SAC, with its headquarters in Montevideo, Uruguay, now consists of 8 South American States. A policy change insists on formally introducing democracy as a condition new states aspiring to become member-nations, though the so-called current "democracies" are obviously more similar to oligarchies/dictatorships.

In January, Chileans elected their first female president, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, of the Socialist Party. She succeeded President Andres Zaldivar on March 11, 2006 for a period of four years.

Africa[]

A RZA Provisional Government is set up, but is merely able to secure a small region around Capetown. This is done with the support of a small joint SAC-ANZ garrison - the first multilateral peacekeeping mission since Doomsday.

Most of the war-torn former territory of the Republic of the Cape falls to its neighbors - the Orange Free State, Volkstaat, and the Dominion of South Africa. The Dominion launches a subsequent invasion of KwaXhosa.

2007[]

Africa[]

The twin cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville in the former Zaire form a “Self – Defense Council” to at least try to re-establish control over a potentially hospitable region.

Somaliland launches raids against Islamic warlords in the the former southern territory of Somalia. Pakistan breaks off relations with Somaliland.

Asia/Oceania[]

East Timor and Vanuatu are fully integrated into the ANZC.

Europe and North America[]

What remains of the old NATO powers commit to cooperating militarily in the present and future. The Atlantic Defense Community is established. It includes País del Oro, Portugal, the Celtic Alliance, the Nordic Union, and Canada.

Cuba discovers the secret formula for Coca-Cola after an expedition they sent to explore the southern territory of the former United States finds the formula buried under rubble in what was known as Atlanta, the southern United States' largest city.

One year before the League of Nations is formed, several cities and states throughout the Great Lakes region form the United Communities as a successor to the United Nations.

2008 – Dawn of a New Hope and a new threat in Europe[]

See also: WCRB Newshour 2008

In the face of increasing formation of new blocs and alliances and rising tensions in some corners of the world, in 2007, the ANZC Prime Minister presents the concept of a revived worldwide UN-like organization to a secret handful of parliament members. The idea was treated as highly secret as a spontaneous proclamation of such an idea might have led to distrust and tensions - especially between the rival ANZC and SAC, and between national governments and breakaway regions.

It was instead decided to secretly invite the SAC leaders to personally discuss this matter and carefully prepare an agreement acceptable to both sides. Through various diplomatic channels, especially with the discreet help of the Portuguese Interim Government in the Azores Islands, an acceptable path to a public proclamation is found by May 2007. The arrangement is that the ANZC Head of State, General Governor Sir Aaron Tusking, and the SAC President would publicly proclaim the invitation of the founding of a new UN-like organization in their new year addresses to the respective nations. Until then, the plan is to be kept top secret.

As the 25th year after Doomsday begins, on January 1, 2008, the ANZC Head of State calls for the leaders of all independent countries to come together for the Foundation of a new UN-like organization. Keating's speech on the Australian National Memorial Site in Canberra is the first post-war television broadcast seen by nearly the entire world population. His call is answered. On September 26th, 2008, exactly 25 years after the devastating events of Doomsday bringing humanity at the edge of total extinction, Keating, along with representatives of the other acknowledged nations, are expected in Canberra to sign the Foundation Charter of the League of Nations.

On November 8th, the expanding Mafia state of Sicily officially declares the long-awaited blockade of all Mediterranean Sea territories under its control. The Palermo Government went through with the decision with ongoing pressure from the ADC to "influence and isolate sovereign Sicilian Territory". In a mere side note, the last sentence of the declaration states that the Mafia State declares all former Italian territories, Slovenia, Monaco and Malta as its territory. On that day, all ADC, LoN, Aegean Federation and Suez Channel Zone troops are set in near-war mobilization as an attack is likely to erupt at the slightest provocation.

November 9th: ANZC High Command orders the Nimitz Battle Group heading for Brazil on an immediate return course to Malta as to secure the garrison there.

November 10th: the saber-rattling reaches a new height as Sicilian Naval ships gather around the small Lampedusa Island, ready to blockade the Mediterranean Sea. ADC Submarine "Albacora" tails the fleet at a 10 mile distance.

November 11th: The League of Nations Secretary General orders an immediate emergency session to resolve the conflict.

December 9th: With no signs of backing down, the LoN asks the Celtic Alliance to intervene and the C.A.N. Scimitar is dispatched to the region followed by the helicopter carrier C.A.N. Leeming.

2009 - Troubles Multiply[]

See also: WCRB Newshour 2009

The League of Nations continues to expand its scope. In January, it takes over operation of the Guiana Space Centre from the joint European-South American security force that had run the facility since the 1980s. In March, the new Red Cross is founded in Geneva, even while the Sicilian crisis drags on with no quick solution in sight.

Europe[]

A resurgent Kingdom of Monaco applies to join the LoN, likely due to the increasing depredations of Sicily, as a plea for support. A LoN envoy is dispatched and arrives under Celtic Alliance support. Efforts into contacting remaining governmental structures of France are continuing.

October 11: The Second Sicily War begins after Sicily attempts to take advantage of the Atlantic Defense Community being distracted by events in North America.

North America[]

An Australian aircraft ceases to report after flying over the East Coast of the former United States. The pilot was discovered living alone in the wilderness of the former state of Virginia. Agents of the Virginian Republic rescued him and returned him to an ANZC ship off the coast.

Mexico's Good Friday Riots cause most members of the Primero-led government to flee the country. The Constitution is amended on that day to give the country's other two parties, the PAN and the PRD, a total monopoly on national power. The parties change their names to the Partido Conservatívo and the Partido Democrático, respectively.

A small expeditionary force, organized by the Municipal States of the Pacific and commanded by Captain Robert Field of the Pacific Coast Police Unit, sets off to cross the desert near the Idaho/Nevada border. The expedition was created to investigate an increase in radio signals coming from the Interior. Some speculate that in the Great Plains, there might be communities of survivors. The expedition turned out to be a success and contact was made in June 2009 with the North American Union, a resurgent Utah and a loosely associated Navajo Nation.

On September 9, Saguenay's Prime Minister Stéphan Tremblay was assassinated by a radical element of one of Canada's political parties. War was declared the next day by Saguenay.

December 30th: The Virginian Congress voted on Proposition 14 (the fourteenth law democratically voted on in Virginia), which was a proposition to change the flag to more properly show Virginian spirit. The flag proposed was officially adopted as the flag of Virginia.

The 2009 WCRB report on the southern United States is published.

Southeast Asia[]

In March, amid rising local violence, Indonesia holds a referendum on a new constitution, accepted by 64.5% of the people in a landslide vote. The new constitution finally replaces the various emergency laws enacted since Doomsday and re-establishes stable political ground within the league's territory. Most importantly, the constitution does not expressly count Acehnese territory and ANZC-associated territories of Papua and Timor as part of Indonesia; therefore, these important neighbors support the new constitution.

Oceania[]

On February 12, Hawaii's Governor Lingle resigns due to skin cancer.

On June 29, Hawai'i officially inaugurates the settlement of Kualapu'u, the first in a long-term project to resettle the island of Moloka'i.

On September 29, Samoa is devastated by a tsunami.

Africa[]

The Dominion of South Africa proposes an African Economic Community to bring wealth production to all of Southern Africa.

December 26: The East Sudan War begins.

South Asia[]

Supported by the ANZC, the Union Interim Parliament launches a new offensive to bring the various breakaway states of India once again under its control. This "military adventurism" has been condemned by the Islamic People's Republic of Pakistan and the South American Confederation.

South America[]

Brazilian presidential candidate José Serra (PSDB) is assassinated by a mentally-ill man who claimed that Serra was going to re-install the military dictatorship.

Presidential Elections in Argentina; Mauricio Macri is reelect as Head of State.

Elections in Brasil took place on November 15th.

2010 - Picking Up the Pieces, and a New America[]

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The world late in 2010

See also: WCRB Newshour 2010

Around the world, several fractured areas begin to re-unify. In Spain, Pais del Oro and the Spanish National Republic unite as the Republic of Spain, and in Florida the nations there begin to create the Republic of Florida, and the states of Texas begin the process of a unified Republic of Texas. Also, the Provisional United States in the Great Plains declares itself the new United States of America.

South America[]

January 1st: Inauguration of Dilma Rousseff as new president of Brazil.

February 27th: An 8.8-magnitude earthquake occurs in Chile, triggering a tsunami over the Pacific and killing 497. The earthquake is one of the largest in recorded history.

March 11th: Sebastian Piñera, assume the presidency of Chile as the first elected right-wing leader in 52 years.

Central America[]

An earthquake in Haiti kills well over 200,000 people, leaving more than 1,000,000 people homeless.

Europe[]

The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Zürich, Alpine Confederation. These are the first Winter Olympics since Doomsday.

28th May 2010: The Kingdom of Cleveland held a referendum on becoming part of the Celtic Alliance. The vote returns showed 83% of people voting 'no'.

21st July, 2010: King Christian abdicates the throne of Prussia on advice of psychiatrists

18th August, 2010: Georg Ludwig crowned King of Prussia

The 2010 FIFA World Cup were held, the first time it was held in Europe since Doomsday. The Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand defeated the Celtic Alliance in the final.

A unification between the Spanish Republic and Pais del Oro creates the Republic of Spain, which begins picking up the pieces of the Iberian Peninsula and the even longer process of putting them back together.

Tensions between Tuscany and Sicily rise as Tuscany begins secret plans to take back South Tuscany from Sicily's control.

The Interior of France begins to heal as well, as railways are repaired and such. Talks of a unification also begin.

North America[]

The Pacific Baseball League begins its inaugural season in the Municipal States of the Pacific.

February 27 - March 7: The Virginian-Jacksonian War takes place. Jackson is occupied by the Dixie Alliance.

On April 1, 2010, the Republic of Keene celebrated its one year anniversary.

On July 4th The Americana Games are held in Charleston, Virginia.

On July 4th, the Provisional United States declares itself to be the legitimate successor to the old United States, dropping the "Provisional" label. The Congressional Research Office issues a report tracing the legal and constitutional links between the former state and the present one.

November 2: The 2010 Kentucky General Elections are held. Brad Ellsworth is elected president of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

South Florida, Gainesville and East Florida begin the unification process leading a unified Republic of Florida - sources say as early as January 2011.

Sources inside the nations and states of former Texas report that a unified Republic of Texas is in the works as well.

Asia[]

War of Aralia: the USSR invaded and occupied the Khanate of Aralia.

Africa[]

The 2010 Botswana Standardization Plan is started.

2011[]

See also: WCRB Newshour 2011

Europe[]

January 1st: The Mediterranean Defense League is officially launched during a formal ceremony at its headquarters in Gaziantep, Turkey.

January 1st: Queen Anne II abdicates due to ill health making her daughter Zara the new queen of the Kingdom of Cleveland.

January 24th: The Cumbria Co-Operative splits into Cumbria (in the north) and the Westmorland and Furness Alliance (in the south).

March 11th: People of Cumbria vote to join the Duchy of Northumberland, will join fully 9th May 2011.

April 23rd: May 8th: The Galloway War , a conflict between the allied forces of the Celtic Alliance, the Kingdoms of Cleveland and Northumberland against the xenophobic republic of southern Scotland. Caused by armed Scottish groups' attacks of a CA naval facility in Stranraer and on the Celtic Alliance's merchant fleet.

May 9th: Both sides in the Galloway War agree to a cease-fire after CA forces occupy substantial areas in southwestern Scotland.

1st June: Westmorland and Furness Alliance becomes a protectorate of the Lancaster and changes from the Westmorland and Furness Alliance to the Westmorland and Furness Territory.

17th June to 4th October Lincolnshire Infrastructure Project areas of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire strengthened their ties with the Organisation of British Nations.

High Minister Lee Evans of Essex's term ended on June 21st.

July 1st: Census of East Yorkshire by the Kingdom of Cleveland.

July 16th: General Election in East Yorkshire for the Parliament of Cleveland.

27th July to 6th August - The Great Rutland war in the centre of former England led to the defeat of the TBA.

October 12th: First free and fair elections are held in Southern Scotland.

North America[]

January 1st: South Florida, Gainesville, and First Coast form the Republic of Florida.

March: American Spring begins.

Wisconsin, Kentucky, Pelee and State College join the United Communities.

Asia[]

April: The Ural Territory became part of the RSFSR and the Kazakh SSR.

Africa[]

September 15th: Muhammed Ali Sa'id of the New Wafd Party is elected President of Egypt.

4th December: A nation of Maradikasa founded, south of former Niger.

2012[]

See also: WCRB Newshour 2012

Europe[]

A rebellion breaks out in Southern Scotland as militia groups seeking to regain their former power attack the government.

Americas[]

The Republic of Florida decides to rename itself New Florida.

Asia[]

Africa[]

Confederation of African Marxist Countries advances to Al Qadarif, capital of East Sudan.

2013[]

See also: WCRB Newshour 2013

Europe[]

A fractious coalition of armed groups seizes control of Southern Scotland in a coup. However, forces loyal to the civil government remain in control of parts of the country. With financial and covert support from the CA and Northumberland, they regain control of the government. Plans accelerate to move the permanent capital from Peebles to Dumfries.

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Africa[]

2014[]

See also: WCRB Newshour 2014

Europe[]

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Africa[]

2015[]

See also: WCRB Newshour 2015-19

2016[]

See also: WCRB Newshour 2015-19

2017[]

See also: WCRB Newshour 2015-19

2018[]

See also: WCRB Newshour 2015-19

February: The Sons of De Montfort establish the Republic of Leicester in territory at the fringes of Cleveland and the Parts of Holland. Leicester's hostility causes new tension in England's frontier regions.

2019[]

See also: WCRB Newshour 2015-19

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