WWIII background

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This is a document written to describe a *possible* Backstory for the WWIII setting of PARPG. It should be considered "thematic inspiration", although if people want to grab details from it that might be fine as well. For more information (course-grained) see Alternative_WWIII_background


Journal Entry, "March" 2009. Somewhere outside Trondheim, Norway.

Well, this is trite. I have been sitting in this snow cave for 3 days now, and the storm is not letting up.

Even if it does, I am not sure how far I can walk on this foot. And the food stores, are as they say, are running a bit dry ... Ironic isn't it? When the economy fails to meet the demands of people...

So here is the story of the state of the world, future man. I hope you brought a night light, because it's a little scary here.

Never underestimate the capacity of a human being to seek revenge and bicker over personal animosities. To throw good lives after bad, to right perceived injustice with ever increasing injustice in turn and surmounting aggression.

I guess what might be called "World War Three" started around 1988. 3 years before, when Ronald Regean met Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985, there was hope that a change for the better would happen, but we soon were disappointed.

World War III was followed shortly by World Wars Four and Five, although the historians will probably debate whether it was one war or three, or just the final spasm of "The Cold War". For the sake of simplicity, we will say that these other events were part of the conflicts which led to WWIII. Are there any historians around to debate this conflict anyway? Stating that it was a "cold war" doesn't make much sense either. Perhaps if there would have been no world war III we could say that it was a “cold war” without that much real conflict, but this was no longer the case after the conventional war started and increased in power. Future historians would ponder their heads about the irony to state that it was a “cold war”. When nukes rain on civilizations we can not talk about a “cold” war anymore.


But first things first. The world was in pretty good shape twenty years ago. Reagan was president, and the Jelly-stained-head dude, Gorbachev, seemed to be willing to to finally admit that the Soviet system was inferior. But I guess he moved too fast. It was a bad attempt to worsen the condition of the soviet people. Why try to increase taxes on vodka? That makes no sense. Gorbachev moved too fast, alienating several powerful people, especially within the military. When he got ahead too much, he got removed from power in a powerful coup d'état led by Vladimir Nolatov and several other supporters.

Reagan challenged Gorbachev in his speech on 12 June 1987, to tear down the Berlin Wall, and Nolatov realized that if the Berlin Wall would fall the western soviet areas would want to split away from Soviet Russia. A unified Germany would cause a lot of problems for russians domain of influence. When Poland’s Solidarity movement increased in power, Nolatov decided to act. His hard liners helped pave the way by ensuring that Gorbachev would ultimately fail in his reforms. In a well prepared act of intensifying nationalism and resolidify the Warsaw pact, tanks rolled to the west and crossed some borders. Gorbachev did not have much options left, because at the same time propaganda rolled to depict that it was europe mounting an attack on the Warsaw pact.

From this point on things deteriorated quickly, and Gorbachev was forced to resign when the military took over. Instead of political and economics reforms to save a stagnant economy, the USSR turns to outright aggression and conquest, and the NATO was forced to send their troops and fight back this first invasion.

The russian army did at first not attempt to invade Europe, so they pulled back again, but Gorbachev was removed from power, and Nolatov was put in charge as “interim” president.

Nolatov was aided by Nikolay Ogarkov, who was put back into job again after Konstantin Chernenko fired him – and Chernenko himself was put in prison on charges of “conspiracy”. Nikolay Ogarkov quickly continued where he had left, and led intelligence systems.

Nolatov however was surprised by Reagan's reaction:

Instead of turning back, Reagan himself increased the pressure on Soviet Russia. The NATO ally Turkey, a part of the NATO since 1952, was instrumental in this mounting pressure, for Reagan sent war ships and submarines to the Mediterranean Sea and eventually right into the Black Sea.

Nolatov increased military spending by 200%, well known that this would sooner or later cause a collapse, just as reformist movement in eastern europe could have caused a collapse in soviet russia.

Soon naval battles erupted, for the russian fleet was not accepting NATO ships in the Black Sea. The russians increased their pressure, and Nolatov eventually declared that the Black Sea situation was reason enough to launch a full scale conventional war. Russian goes on to invade finland, rumania and continuing to move to the west. The NATO countered by sending troops to the east, and the conventional war soon got out of control.

Meanwhile, or happening almost at the same time, the election in the USA was won by Bush. Reagan looked weaker compared to Bush, as he tried to find an agreement with Gorbachev, who himself was no longer in power. Bush promised to not back down on the russian threat, and Reagan looked weary in his rhetorics. Bush quickly increased military spending and declared war on the Russians.

At the same time, Europe was divided – there was a large group of diplomats thinking that diplomacy could still result in agreements forcing the russians to withdraw, but hardliners in the USA refused to accept such an outcome, increasing the pressure on European countries.

The russians eventually take control back of the Black Sea area, and push forward to the west with their navy, while their army pushes to the southwest, eventually taking control of large parts of Greece.

In the USA the general public is extremely divided. Many people think that things will only get worse, and Bush quickly proves that things would worsen down significantly by threatening the Russians with nukes if they would not pull back.

Martia Law is declared in the US as eastern germany troops invade western germany. The right wings take full control in the USA. "Liberal" Senators and Congressmen are put under house arrest.

NATO troops begin to fly air missions, bombing several russian villages and areas within the Warsaw pact zone. Initially the Warsaw pact has the upper hand in the conflict on the land, as they successfully expand to the west. As the warsaw pact army begins to push into italian borders, and pushing the conflict into the mediterranean sea, the USA gives a last ultimatum. If Russia will not pull back, nukes will be used. Nolatov refuses to retreat, and Nikolay Ogarkov used his diplomatic skills to persuade China to enter the warsaw pact as an ally in case nukes would be used.

Few weeks pass, and the conflict gets worse and worse, destroying large areas in eastern europe, central europe and western russia. Eventually the USA strikes first, using strategic battlefield nukes.

Northern Korea attacks Southern Korea, aided by china and quickly ruining Seoul and other areas in South Korea. China uses the conflict in europe to its own advantage.

As the first battlefield nukes are used, a full scale nuclear war breaks out, with submarines playing a vital roll in the second wave of nuke attack. With Soviets nearing French/German border, the French government begins a systematic destruction of Russian population centers, and the USSR retaliates in kind vs. France/England.

The War gradually progresses tit for tat as US/USSR have wrecked Europe and start wrecking each other.

Both the US and USSR begin plans to "move" centers of government and population to less devastated regions of the word (US -> Canada/Central america); (USSR -> asia)

China invades India, which could be called world war IV as China begins to use nukes as well, with the USA aiding India and India retaliating.

The Atomic war continues to spread to rest of world, as "long war" plans have allowed US/USSR to continue weapon production even after major nuclear strikes occur. Eventually even this capability is destroyed - along with 98% of the worlds industrial base and about 55% of the world population.

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