Timeline To War

THE ROAD TO RUIN…

2035-36
Global Financial & Economic Crisis

Huge amounts of debt crash the international banking system. The lack of economic growth since the 2008 Financial Crisis and the Covid scare, causes global living standards to plummet.

2036-37
Political Crisis in the West

Crime and social disorder increase significantly across Europe and the USA as the traditional democratic governments fail to stem the ongoing crisis.

2038
The Fall of the West – Europe

The European Union is renamed the European Homeland as nation states cede sovereignty to Berlin and Brussels in return for aid. Democracy is suspended across the continent as the Shield Movement takes control of nation states. The Shield is a populist, authoritarian pan-European political and civic movement created to restore order in the face of socio-economic collapse. It is supported by Big Business, the Banks and the diminishing Middle classes frightened of the future. But it faces a big problem – what can be done with the millions of anti-socials and the rising underclass who cannot fit into the new order.

2038
The Fall of the West – USA

With the rising threat of Civil War between progressive and conservative political forces, the US Constitution is suspended and the country is formally governed under the ‘New Constitutional Code’. With the support of the US Army, the new regime attempts to take the USA back to its traditional Christian roots and create a Protestant fundamentalist state.

2038
The Fall of the West – UK

The government declares bankruptcy and suspends the Habeas Corpus Act in the face of rising civil disorder. Many cities and urban areas fall into the hands of organised crime gangs as basic public services collapse. Westminster contracts domestic security to the increasingly popular Shield Movement. Their para-military forces bring rapid success. As well as quelling anti-social behaviour, they uncover links between government politicians and the crime gangs leading to high profile trials of establishment figures. Senior members of the Shield Movement are formally appointed to roles within the UK government amid popular acclaim.

2039

Meanwhile, large accessible deposits of Gold and rare earth metals are discovered in Greenland. Europe and the USA contest mining rights in ‘Goldland’. The European Homeland leaves NATO and forms a new military pact that includes Russia. USA view this development as a hostile act.

2040

The UK leaves NATO and joins the Homeland alliance. The USA views the loss of its oldest ally as a hostile act. US forces take control of NATO bases in Canada and move US troops to the Canadian border with Greenland. Homeland military forces land in Greenland to protect mineral exploration rights and European energy interests. USA demands immediate evacuation of Homeland forces from Greenland. The European Homeland replies that Greenland is sovereign European territory as it is part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

February 15th, 2041
WAR: 2041 – 2042

US military forces land in Ireland, Wales and Western Scotland as a pre-emptive strike against the Homeland. The European Homeland sends military assistance to the Shield dominated regime in London. After initial gains in the West, the US military advance is halted in the Midlands and the North of England. Brutal warfare and high casualties on both sides create a stalemate.

November 11th, 2042

A Truce is signed by both sides in Edinburgh. A Committee consisting of members of the European Homeland and the USA is formed to oversee the condition of the agreement. The Truce decrees that US military forces will occupy Ireland, Wales, and western Scotland. Only England is now controlled by the London government. But.. a Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) is formed across the Midlands and West where no military activity must be undertaken by the forces of the European Homeland.

THE ROAD TO RUIN…

2035-36
Global Financial & Economic Crisis

Huge amounts of debt crash the international banking system. The lack of economic growth since the 2008 Financial Crisis and the Covid scare, causes global living standards to plummet.

2036-37
Political Crisis in the West

Crime and social disorder increase significantly across Europe and the USA as the traditional democratic governments fail to stem the ongoing crisis.

2038
The Fall of the West – Europe

The European Union is renamed the European Homeland as nation states cede sovereignty to Berlin and Brussels in return for aid. Democracy is suspended across the continent as the Shield Movement takes control of nation states. The Shield is a populist, authoritarian pan-European political and civic movement created to restore order in the face of socio-economic collapse. It is supported by Big Business, the Banks and the diminishing Middle classes frightened of the future. But it faces a big problem – what can be done with the millions of anti-socials and the rising underclass who cannot fit into the new order.

2038
The Fall of the West – USA

With the rising threat of Civil War between progressive and conservative political forces, the US Constitution is suspended and the country is formally governed under the ‘New Constitutional Code’. With the support of the US Army, the new regime attempts to take the USA back to its traditional Christian roots and create a Protestant fundamentalist state.

2038
The Fall of the West – UK

The government declares bankruptcy and suspends the Habeas Corpus Act in the face of rising civil disorder. Many cities and urban areas fall into the hands of organised crime gangs as basic public services collapse. Westminster contracts domestic security to the increasingly popular Shield Movement. Their para-military forces bring rapid success. As well as quelling anti-social behaviour, they uncover links between government politicians and the crime gangs leading to high profile trials of establishment figures. Senior members of the Shield Movement are formally appointed to roles within the UK government amid popular acclaim.

2039

Meanwhile, large accessible deposits of Gold and rare earth metals are discovered in Greenland. Europe and the USA contest mining rights in ‘Goldland’. The European Homeland leaves NATO and forms a new military pact that includes Russia. USA view this development as a hostile act.

2040

The UK leaves NATO and joins the Homeland alliance. The USA views the loss of its oldest ally as a hostile act. US forces take control of NATO bases in Canada and move US troops to the Canadian border with Greenland. Homeland military forces land in Greenland to protect mineral exploration rights and European energy interests. USA demands immediate evacuation of Homeland forces from Greenland. The European Homeland replies that Greenland is sovereign European territory as it is part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

February 15th, 2041
WAR: 2041 – 2042

US military forces land in Ireland, Wales and Western Scotland as a pre-emptive strike against the Homeland. The European Homeland sends military assistance to the Shield dominated regime in London. After initial gains in the West, the US military advance is halted in the Midlands and the North of England. Brutal warfare and high casualties on both sides create a stalemate.

November 11th, 2042

A Truce is signed by both sides in Edinburgh. A Committee consisting of members of the European Homeland and the USA is formed to oversee the condition of the agreement. The Truce decrees that US military forces will occupy Ireland, Wales, and western Scotland. Only England is now controlled by the London government. But.. a Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) is formed across the Midlands and West where no military activity must be undertaken by the forces of the European Homeland.

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