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Article - 'World War III - Part 1' by Rowain

An item about Miscellanious posted on Jun 3, 2004

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A fictional look at the cause, the result, and the suffering brought on by the inevitable breakout of a Third World War. Part 1 covers the initial aggressions of the war, as well as a little Cold War history.

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(Please note: none of the WWIII "information" posted here is by any means true or definite. This is merely a fictional article for anyone interested in history, and is meant for a entertaining read. The names in this article pertaining to WWIII are entirely fictional unless they are referenced with non-fictional events such as WWII or the Cold War.)

World War III - Part 1
Background and build-up to War

The history of humanity is plagued by horrific events and terrible ordeals that have changed us a species. Since the dawn of the concept of warfare, humanity has fought countless wars across countless battlefields, and killed countless, simply because they were on the side of the enemy. There was no emotional attachment. You were just told to kill them.

And this was brought to a sickening perfection in the 20th Century, when the most terrifying thing happened: a global conflict. Before this point, war had, in most cases, been an isolated incident, where neighbouring countries fought each other for land or resources. Now, everyone on the planet was fighting a war, and no one was safe.

However, after nearly decade of combined fighting, the World Wars were behind us. I choose not to go into detail, for I imagine most readers are familiar with the concepts and players in both WWI and WWII, but for the sakes of those who do not know:

WWI - 1914 to 1918
The Allies: Britain, France, Russia, Japan, Italy, America, Canada, and Serbia.
The Central Powers: Germany, Austria, the Ottoman Turks, and Bulgaria.

WWII - 1939 to 1945 (tough to judge combatants, so I'll list the occupied countries too (
The Allies: Britain, France (defeated and occupied), Russia, America, Poland (defeated and occupied), Norway (somewhat, was defeated and occupied quickly), Canada, the Balkan countries, Czechoslovakia, etc
The Axis: Germany, Sweden (neutral, but supplied men and arms to Germany), Spain (ditto as Sweden), Finland (liberated by Germany, sent men to help in Russia), Japan (warred with the US and Canada, mostly), Italy (not good for much besides dying)

Sorry for those who knew that, and I realize I likely forgot some countries, but it's just there for the purpose of getting people up to speed.

Now, WWI was sparked by an arms race and the assassination of an Austrian Prince. WWII was started because Hitler invaded Poland (and he was freaking nuts, but I don't need to cover that). So how will WWIII start? Allow me to analyze.

At the end of WWII, the USSR (Russia) had occupied most of Eastern Europe, and a large portion of the major oil countries in the Middle East. The Russians began establishing a border between the Eastern part of Germany right down to the Balkan countries, and across to Russia again. Winston Churchill was famous for calling this "the Iron Curtain", something that "light cannot shine through."

The US was not happy about such a large communist country holding so much land and influence in Europe and the Middle East. Tensions began to mount between the two nations, and this became known as the Cold War, which basically lasted until the Early 1990's, when the USSR dissolved.

Right around when the Cold War began in 1945, the US put forth their 'Truman Doctrine', an edict stating that they would go to war anywhere, anytime, and with anyone who was trying to subjugate someone else to their own views or opinions. Anyone who knows their history should know that this is what sent the US to the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Somalia, Chile... hell, even to Iraq today.

With this edict, America sought to push Russia out of Eastern Europe, and destroy this "Iron Curtain". However, one of the first key points was Iran, a major source of oil, and a country that Russia held with an iron fist. So the US issued warnings and threats to the USSR, ordering them out of Iran. Eventually they did leave, but the Cold War continued.

That's not the point though, but it does come into play later. This is just to give you a little background on the "cause" of WWIII.

After the dissolve of the USSR, communism seemed to be on the decline. At the turn of the millennium, President Clinton of America was replaced by President George Bush Jr, son of former president George Bush Sr. Immediately, America seemed to be turned more towards military and 'peace keeping' missions, instead of continued infrastructure development.

In September of 2001, terrorist attacks on the US took the lives of thousands, and sent America into a state of war. A different type of war. A war against terrorism.

In the mid-Spring of 2003, the war on terrorism leads the US to Iraq, where they still fight today, in 2004.

This is where the history turns to fiction.

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In the 2004 US Presidential Elections, Bush defeats Kerry by a margin of nearly 2 to 1, an incredible landslide. No fingers are pointed at any possible rigged voting, but several sources indicate the minute possibility. The War in Iraq continues, now long past the June 30th Deadline of evacuation. American puppet governments fail as guerrilla warfare continues. The death toll rises steadily.

As 2005 dawns, more countries are pulling out of the war, and the state of Iraq is decimated. Thousands on both sides are dead at this point, and the American commitment to 'freedom and democracy for the Middle East' is failing.

By mid-2005, the only countries with support in Iraq are the Americans and British. PM Tony Blair is quoted as saying that "recent events have lead to the belief that further institutionalizing of Democracy in the hostile Iraqi state will result in further deaths." By the end of 2005, Britain pulls out of Iraq.

At the dawn of 2006, American forces have been pushed out of several Northern Iraqi cities by strong, concentrated thrusts by militants. Several leaders have appeared and cemented Iraqi resistance. And a strange new force is brewing within the Soviet Union. After more than a decade of harsh poverty, the tides turn for Russia with the stability of her economy. The factories start up again as Russian weapons and other third world countries in the East swallow up textiles. As the US begins losing ground in Iraq, Russia becomes more and more stable.

2007 hits, and Bush is forced to pull out of Iraq as several organizations in the US begin staging terrorist attacks on American installations. Revolution seems to be brewing in the United States, as people are fed up with the draft that Bush instituted within the US. It also comes out that several million votes were rigged in the election, as votes were counted that had been used in an election a more than a decade prior - the election of George Bush Sr.

Mid 2007, around July, Bush Jr. resigns, and a provisional government is set up. In Canada, Prime Minister John Manley is noted for calling the degradation of American politics "a farce" and "reason to believe in Canadian democracy."

The provisional government under acting President Mark Farris is soon in shambles as the American economy recoils in the aftermath of the Iraqi war. With more than 10 thousand total casualties, and Iraq in chaos, the world turns to the British and Canadian governments for leadership.

By 2008, America is suffering. The economy continues to tank, and Mark Farris is fired for his inability to solve the problems. John D. Rooks is selected for the job of leading a new government, as the Democratic and Republican parties are reduced to infighting. President Rooks begins to focus on the rebuilding of the American economy.

He meets with lukewarm success for the first few months. After loans from the UN and EU, American factories begin hiring and churning out products again. However, unemployment still skyrockets, and Rooks begins to realize that the answer to the problems is war - the generation of jobs based on weapons requirement. The target, as of 2008, is Korea.

Korea, under Kim Jong-il, has been building weapons of mass destruction for a decade, and Rooks uses this as propoganda to fund his invasion. Canadian and American troops are sent to bases in Japan and bases in China, and are prepared for war near the end of 2008. At this point, America has been forced to pull men out of peace keeping missions around the world.

Russia, however, is not about to lose one of it's trading partners and secret allies. For the past decade, Russia's military has swelled, and when the North American soldiers begin their initial strike, Russia is there to assist the Korean force.

Immediately, American foreign affairs with Russia degrade. Rooks orders the Russian army to stand down and allow the US to remove the weapons from Korean control. Russia declines, and sets up defences around key Korean cities. Canadian PM John Manley is re-elected and begins his second term by pulling out Canadian involvement before the first battle is even fought. American troops stand alone against the Russian/Korean army.

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This ends the first part of my series on World War III. Next week I will write the second part, which will cover the first major conflicts, as well as the developing battle lines. If you liked this, be sure to read next week.

Until then, take care.
-Rowain