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World War III (WW3 or WWIII) also known as the Third World War and the War that ended all, was one of the deadliest conflicts in all of mankind history with many historians saying the COVID-19 Pandemic influenced half of the tensions leading to war. This was also dubbed, Collapse of the Dragon that lasted March 2nd, 2022 to November 8th, 2029. The war would later see the collapse of China's Communist Party, collapse of the Iranian Mullah Regime and the collapse of Bashar Al Assad's regime and Nicolas Maduro's regime. The war would not just see regular combat, it would also see some of the worst of the worst atrocities committed as well as extensive use of chemical gas, trench warfare, use of mercenaries, ballistic and nuclear missile use and would soon put the world in another economic downturn and civil unrest in several areas. This would later result in the CSTO-Sino Split, Iranian Civil War, Second Russian Civil War and Global Economic Crisis.

The Combatants:

The Allied Powers:

Based off of NATO, the Allied Powers had some of the strongest countries allied with them with some of them being, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Indonesia. They also included a majority of the nuclear powers. Most nations in Africa, north and south would also join the Allied Powers. Almost all of South America except for Venezuela would join the Allied Powers. The alliance would suffer cracks in their leadership as after the war, much of the American General Public would question the Biden and Harris administrations for their handling of the war, factors leading to the American Constitutional Crisis.

North America: The United States who had mostly maintained it's army superiority was mostly kept in shape but struggled when China and Russia would launch conventional bombers and missile strikes on the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii, it had a hard time from recovering such a punch on its mainland. Canada and Mexico suffered similar beatings by Russian and Chinese attacks on British Columbia and Baja California. Biden's presidency would be called into question for Biden's actions of the war and previous handling of other conflicts such as the ISAF coalition withdrawing and letting important cities like Kandahar in Afghanistan fall. Ultimately, the FBI and CIA would look into his presidency but conspirators would later take hold of the investigation and protests would break out in major cities but would turn into a constitutional crisis. The backlash against Biden, however, would fail in the most spectacular way; Biden would suffer a stroke and die in the midst of the 2024 campaign. His successor, Kamala Harris, would portray the war as a pursuit of the final triumph of liberal democracy in Biden's memory, and would go on to achieve landslide victories in the 2024 and 2028 presidential elections respectively.

Europe: Most of Europe joined the Allied Powers except for Belarus and Serbia because of their ties to Russia. The EU who was also allied with the US was facing a diplomatic crisis due to their handling of the COVID-19 Pandemic. With the economic alliance struggling to maintain stability, Russia has been militarizing against Ukraine who had been in combat against the Donbass and Luhansk insurgents. Russian defectors who had fled Russia were now targeted by Russian spies. One of those defectors being Alexey Nawanly who was allegedly poisoned by Russian spies. Switzerland was won of the few nations to maintain its neutrality throughout the war, with both the Allies and CSTO guarding their interests in the country. Austria joined the war on behalf of the Allied Powers after CSTO forces violated Austrian neutrality and invaded Austria. The European microstates stayed neutral including Ireland. Russian aggression is what forced Europe and America's hand to increase the number of soldiers in threatened territories like Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

US LAV-25s in Lithuania

Tensions had been increasing with China on matters such as the treatment of Uyghur Muslims, crackdown on Hong Kong protesters, South China Sea occupation would rise due to the creation of an alliance. Several EU members were resistant to oppose China in a rising Second Cold War. most notably Germany, despite being influential with many of the members of the EU, some made allegations that Germany raised the tensions in Europe. Conspirators say that Germany's controversial gas pipeline, Nordstream 2 transported Russian gas which directly came from Russia while bypassing several countries in Eastern Europe. Germany was forced into conflict, however when Russia invaded its NATO partners, mainly because of some of their troops in the Baltics, Afghanistan (which were withdrawing) and Mali.

German soldier with a UN vehicle in Mali

Finland and Sweden were reluctant at first but were forced to join after Russia invaded Finland and bombed Stockholm. Previous events such as Russian bombers over NATO airspace back in October, 2014, Sweden and Finland were on high alert and such, would've wanted them to join NATO but remained neutral until the campaign in Scandinavia. Most of the Balkan countries except for Serbia joined on the side of the Allied Powers after Serbia's invasion of Kosovo. Republika Sprska, the rouge Bosnian territory also fired shots during Serbia's campaign by attacking civilian areas in Bosnia Herzegovina. When Macedonia joined NATO in 2020, this would further anger Serbia. Transnistria, the Moldovan rouge territory also joined the war on side of the Beijing Powers due to ongoing territorial disputes and after the 2006 referendum, Transnistria was left independent but unrecognized by the UN. Georgia and Azerbaijan who had been drifting into NATO's sphere of influence joined the war to prevent a Russian and Armenian takeover in the Caucus. Georgia's two rouge territories, South Ossetia and Abkhazia waged war with Georgia in a war in 2000 only for Georgia to lose the 2 territories and after the 2008 war with Russia, Georgia hoped to regain it's 2 lost provinces. For Azerbaijan, the country engaged Armenia in a series of conflicts over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh. An Azerbaijani-occupied territory full of ethnic Armenians. The 2020 war saw Azerbaijani troops launch a campaign of regaining lost territory in the previous war in 2014 ending in the Status quo ante bellum. Azerbaijan also had troops in Afghanistan as part of the ISAF coalition. The German AFD Party and individuals like Orban advocated for peace in Russia's favor as seeing Russia's state as preferable. Europe, with the manpower of both NATO and CSTO forces, would become one of the bloodiest battlefields in all of World War III.

Middle East: Allies of the United States in the Middle East were mostly members of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) including Qatar. In 2017, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Mauritania and other nations accused Qatar of supporting terrorist groups with Iran in Libya. While allegations weren't true, Saudi Arabia blockaded Qatar and flight paths that normally go through Qatar like Emirates Airlines flights would change as the flight paths would go around Qatar. In 2021, before Donald Trump left office, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia and other countries would restore ties with Qatar after 4 years of a blockade and a tanking economy. Saudi Arabia going against their top enemy, Iran would see combat with their GCC allies including Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Sunni militias and with their goal to overthrow the Iranian Mullah Regime and remake Iraq and Syria as Sunni Muslim countries. Important allies of Saudi Arabia being the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt and Israel. While Israel, not fully having ties with Saudi Arabia played an important role in the campaign in Iraq and Syria which would relive pressure from Saudi Arabia's other allies when sending troops. Israel already had it's own bad blood with Iran and had their own proxy wars going on. One of them being Lebanon. Israel's goal in the war itself was to help Saudi Arabia and their allies with terminating Iranian operations in Iraq and Syria. Israel's other war goal was to knock Hezbollah out of Lebanon and provide support for the US by spying in Syria and Lebanon. Israel also annexed Palestine but because of their mistreatment to Palestinians, use of phosphorus rounds and air striking civilian targets, Allied pressure forced Israel to give Palestine independence. Turkey, originally wanted to stay out of the Middle East campaign as they needed to send forces to help NATO in Ukraine and Azerbaijan and Georgia, but due to previous involvement such as Operation Olive Branch in 2018 and their general involvement in Syria, they were forcefully dragged into the conflict. Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq at first opposed both Turkish and Arab troops in their territory but sided with them as US fighters would later provide the Saudi-coalition airstrikes and intel which would ultimately align the Kurds with Saudi Arabia and its allies. Yemen is a different story. The Saudi-led coalition's goal in general was to help the Hadi Government of Yemen against Iranian backed terrorist group Houthi along with terrorist groups like Daesh (ISIS) and Al Qaeda. However, this conflict was prolonged than what Saudi Arabia expected. Firstly, Houthi rebels occupy the capital of Yemen, Sana'a and that the Houthi terrorists can easily blend in with the civilians like in the Vietnam War. The coalition couldn't tell who is the enemy and who is the civilian. This would then lead to Saudi Arabia carrying out airstrikes on civilian areas such as schools, supermarkets, funerals and homes in Yemen leading to various war crimes. The Yemeni port, Hudayah was also bombed by Saudi Arabia.

Hudayah Port after bombing

This would cause a shortage of food and other beneficial equipment arriving in Yemen. The UN would then call the conflict in Yemen, the worst humanitarian disaster. Qatar, who was part of the Saudi-led coalition was forced to leave during the diplomatic crisis in 2017. This would then give the Saudi-led coalition a loss in manpower. Secondly, when the United States and other allies got involved on behalf of Saudi Arabia, it also did little to change the war entirely. So far, the war in Yemen is starting to grind into a stalemate. Houthi rebels still control Sana'a and a new movement, the Southern Movement in Yemen backed by the UAE takes hold in other areas in Yemen including the island of Socotra. So far, in Yemen, the situation would've been critical. The Middle Eastern front in WW3 was one of the deadliest campaigns in this entire war itself.

Asia: The powerhouse in Asia, India played an important role as they were the main challenger for China. Despite India being in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS, India's territorial disputes with China like Kashmir never helped with it's ties. Despite having ties with Russia, India left BRICS and the SCO. Pakistan and China wanted India to rejoin their alliances and declared war on India in order to reconsider India to rethink it's decision. Nepal and Sri Lanka did want to stay neutral but because of China building a naval base in Sri Lanka and China forcing Sri Lanka and Nepal's hand, they joined the war against India until 2028. India had allowed US forces onto it's soil as a reinforcement and wielding as much manpower they could get. Bhutan and Bangladesh did join India against China as Bhutan was mostly protected by India and that India trains Bhutan's army and continuously funds them. In Korea, the United States' main allies being Japan, South Korea and Taiwan were hit hard in the first days of the war. Taiwan joined the war after the Chinese invasion and PLA Navy encirclement of the island country. Taiwan was occupied by China after Xi Jinping launched Operation National Unity which was the invasion of Taiwan. China's hold on Taiwan wasn't strong as resistance fighting would increase. South Korea was one of the main targets by the Beijing Powers and it helped light the spark that led to WW3. Japan, the economic powerhouse in northeastern Asia had also engaged China as tensions from the Second World War and previous Sino-Japanese wars with the first one dating back to 1894. ASEAN joined the war after China would not let go of the claim over the Parcel and Spratly Islands. They played a part on preventing India from being encircled from the north, south and west. Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos refused and joined the Beijing Powers due to their strong ties with China. Vietnam also played a more important part when going against China. They had been on the frontline for weeks. The Philippines was also targeted by China with bombing campaigns and surrounding it to prevent any trade arriving. Australia and New Zealand, traditional US allies supported the entire war effort with the United States and helped on the Indian, Vietnamese and Korean fronts of the war and sending an expeditionary force the Europe and the Middle East. Islands in the Pacific including Papua New Guinea joined the Allies out of fear of China's navy all over the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean. Islands like Guam only joined out of fear of Chinese aggression.

Africa: Africa is hard to cover as many countries had trouble on which side to choose. Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt joined the Allied Powers due to traditional ties with the United States and as major non-NATO allies in order to protect the Mediterranean, Cyprus and Gibraltar. Morocco would then engage Algeria due to their old tensions over the disputed Western Sahara. Mauritania, who has good ties with Morocco would intervene against Algeria and Western Sahara. Senegal was already at war due to their involvement in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Libyan forces under command of General Haftar would also join the war on behalf of the Allied Powers. Haftar had heavily relied on support from France, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Chad and other countries and some of them having certain roles. As an example, the UAE has shipped weapons to help Haftar's forces against Government of National Accord forces. Sub-Saharan countries of Chad, Niger and Mali would join on side of the Allied Powers with military attacks against Algeria and troops to aid Haftar's forces. Mali was found under attack by pro-Beijing Power countries Burkina Faso and Ghana and insurgent group Boko Haram. Mali would only join as protection by the Allied Powers as it hosts German, French, British and American forces against Al Qaeda forces. South Sudan joined due to continued Sudanese aggression when it sided with the Beijing Powers in where South Sudan and Sudan have clashed in previous conflicts. Kenya, Cote d Ivoire, Togo, Guinea, Cameroon, Nigeria, Liberia and Guinea Bissau joined the Allied Powers only to stop Beijing Powers' influence due to their strong connections with countries like the US and depend on economic aid from the west. Uganda joined the Allied Powers along with Burundi and Rwanda due to having economic links with the United States. Uganda also part of the East African Union (EAU) teamed with South Sudan against the main combatant, the DR Congo. Tanzania, an ally of Uganda supported South Africa, Botswana and Namibia in a campaign against Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Namibia had joined to help South Africa open a front against Angola which had allowed DR Congo, Slavonic Corps troops, Wagner Group forces and Chinese mercenaries to cross into the country and gear up for an invasion of Namibia and South Africa. South Africa, despite being apart of the BRICS, broke its alliance with China and Russia. The Republic of Congo was dragged into the conflict although it declared neutrality at first. The DR Congo sent ultimatums and made ominous threats for the Republic of Congo to be annexed by DR Congo. When those ultimatums were refused, Republic of Congo went to war despite opposition by its population. The African front in all was one of the other deadliest fronts in the war itself seeing loss of wildlife, forest fires, disease and massacres.

South America and Central America: Mexico was neutral at first. They sent an expeditionary force to Europe along with Brazil since they have strong ties with the west. When a Russian and Chinese invasion hit North America, Mexico was targeted with Russian forces landing in Baja California, Mexico officially joined the war. Brazil also broke its ties with BRICS like South Africa and India. Although not officially joining the war, they sent an expeditionary force to Europe to the Italian front in Lombardia. When Venezuela invaded Guyana, Colombia and Brazil were the first countries to officially join the war as part of the Allied Powers. Soon on, the entire of South America including island countries in the Caribbean like the Bahamas. Brazil and Colombia's goal was to overthrow Maduro's regime and prevent his dictatorship from spreading throughout Latin America. When Mexico was invaded, the rest of Latin America began sending forces towards Baja California to help the retreating Mexican forces. The Bahamas, like Republic of Congo, declared neutrality as it saw no purpose when the war broke out. Cuba's invasion would then forcefully align Bahamas with the Allied Powers. This would later result in a US invasion of Cuba to free the Bahamas. El Salvador, Belize, Guatemala, Panama and Costa Rica would join the Allied Powers due to traditional economic alliances including being supported by major powers in the Cold War.

Beijing Powers:

Europe: Russia would be the dominant power of the Beijing Powers in Europe under president Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. Russia's army had trouble keeping itself maintained as dominant power after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and independence of many countries. They lost their naval bases in the Baltics, Kaliningrad was cut off from Russia as it bordered 3 independent countries. They only have 1 aircraft carrier in their navy, the Admiral Kuznetsov as other carriers like the Minsk and Novorossiysk were decommissioned or sold for scrap. Putin had the urge to reunite countries that were part of the Soviet Union and force the rest of Europe to recognize countries like Lithuania, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Estonia and Latvia as territories of a new Russia but would spiral out of control into a so called "Second Cold War" between NATO and Russia. Russia would also engage in various propaganda campaigns as well as tampering with the 2016 presidential election despite the Mueller Investigation finding no proof of Trump and Putin colluding with the 2016 election. Russia who was hoping for a destabilization and eventual collapse of the European Union would back right-wing movements throughout Europe which was mostly successful. Russia did have a weakness as they only have 3 countries that support Russia in Europe. Belarus, a traditional Russian ally had strong ties with dictator, Alexander Lukashenko being backed by Putin and that Belarus was in several alliances like the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization), Union State and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States). Belarus joined letting forces from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan through their homeland and with their own forces launching joint offensives in Europe. Another important ally for Russia being Serbia. Serbia held a grudge against NATO after the Yugoslav Wars where NATO supported rebel groups against Serbian government forces. Serbia would later see combat in the Balkans and recreating it's unified state in the Balkans and annexing Albania and parts of Greece. Armenia who was now siding with Russia joined the Beijing Powers due to unresolved conflicts with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Middle East: The main country leading forces in the Middle East was Iran. A Shia Muslim country led by the Iranian Mullah Regime set up in 1979. Iran was engaged in a series of proxy wars against Saudi Arabia and Israel which would build up tensions to World War Three. Iran's Nuclear Program was what would build up the tensions and that it threatened countries like the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. Many did suspect that Iran's Nuclear Program was to obtain nuclear weapons to boost their military. Iran's economy had been tanking due to Trump's sanctions because of the nuclear program. Once the sanctions were lifted with the Iran Nuclear Deal, Iran would continue the development of nuclear weapons, Trump would abandon the deal which would increase hostility between Iran and the US. Iran would then tamper with supply lines by seizing tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and outside the Omani and Emirati coast.

Iranian gunboat near British Tanker

Iran also supported various militias in the Middle East supporting Hezbollah, a Lebanese militia fighting in both Lebanon and Syria, Hamas fighting in Palestine and Houthis fighting in Yemen and various other militias. Bashar Al Assad who was also supported by Iran would lead to clashes increasing between Israel and Syrian government forces. Iran was one of the founders of the Beijing Powers and was one of the last ones to leave due to the Saudi-led coalition invasion and a bloody coup that would see the Iranian Mullah Regime overthrown. Syria would join the Beijing Powers while government forces supported by the Russian air force would clash with remnants of the Free Syrian Army, Kurdish Rojava, ISIS remnants and Israel. Syria was one of the main proxy conflicts where it caused one of the biggest refugee crisis of the 2000s and saw the first use of chemical weapons since World War I. When the war broke out, Syria would soon control 90% of territory owned by the FSA, ISIS and other insurgents with support from Russian and Iranian forces. Iraq would join the Beijing Powers and call for the removal of coalition forces from their territory. Trump and Biden would later call Iraq the Iranian puppet. This would lead to the Saudi-led invasion of Iraq with Iran deploying chemical gas. Iraq would also seize coalition bases in its territory and would allow Russia and Iran to deploy troops in Baghdad including Iraqi parliament to expel any remaining US troops and would result in Iraq becoming one of America's 10 enemies. Lebanon would be on both sides despite having mostly a huge presence of Hezbollah fighters, the Lebanese Front who supported Israel, would challenge Hezbollah and the Amal Movement. Lebanon would be pressured to join the Beijing Powers but it refused the ultimatum saying it's a threat to it's freedom. Houthi fighters would side with the Beijing Powers as they would see aid from Iran, China and Russia during their campaign in Yemen. The Palestinian Territories would join the Beijing Powers after Iran began sending money, weapons, ammo and diplomatic support to their cause and sending advisors to train the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Hamas. Palestine would clash with Israel in campaigns and rebellion attacks against IDF Forces. Israel would be forced to give Palestine independence due to Allied pressure.

Central Asia: The Central Asian countries of former Soviet Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan would side with the Beijing Powers due to their membership in the CSTO, CIS and SCO and would allow China and Russia to cross troops to countries like Iran and Pakistan. Afghanistan is forced to join the Beijing Powers despite having diplomatic ties with the United States. The Taliban would take Kabul and the Afghan government would flee for the United States. The Taliban would then rebuild the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which was originally set up in 1996. From there, the Taliban-controlled government would then join the Beijing Powers and allow for Russian and Chinese troops to move across and set up bases in the country's mountains. Pakistan continued to fund the Taliban and that alone would make the new Afghanistan join the Beijing Powers. Afghanistan would send a small force up to a token force of 690 troops to Pakistan to reinforce the front in Pakistan.

Official Flag of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Pakistan, a traditional Chinese ally, would be on of the few countries that founded the Beijing Powers and because of their membership in the SCO and that the US has accused Pakistan of supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistani, Turkmen, Afghan, Kyrgyzstani and Uzbekistani conscripts would partake in a campaign against India that would see brutal fighting until 2027 when Indian soldiers marched on Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

North Asia: The main power and leader of the Beijing Powers would be China which was beginning to become the next superpower against the United States. China would also possess the 3rd strongest army in manpower. Ruled by Xi Jinping, China became part of the modern militarization with increased manpower since the Cold War and with the Belt Road Initiative already underway. China has gained influence around the world especially in Africa. China would also have plans to expand as their overpopulation problem is just getting worst. China does claim Taiwan, Hong Kong and the South China Sea as their own and China was the main one responsible for most of the war crimes committed during the war. While it did conquer what it could push over, it had, China had a harsh trouble keeping their occupied territories in firm grip. Revolts in captured territories like Taiwan and Hong Kong would keep China from conquering territories that would've been easy. When the war went on and with the Beijing Powers losing land, riots and protests would erupt in China. Even with the war crimes being committed, Xi Jinping and China's Communist Party's image was tarnished. With Russia retreating and unrest growing in China, Tibetan Freedom Fighters and Uyghur Resistance would rise up and put pressure on China which would force the CCP to retreat on all fronts. The Pyongyang Treaty would give Chinese territories that were held by China independent. This had the result of a failed China that lost it's military capability and economic capabilities too while losing the trust of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan after Xi Jinping's neglection of his allies became public. This turmoil spilled out of control leading to the destabilization China and ultimately, the Second Chinese Civil War.

Chinese soldiers planning an attack. China used to have one of the strongest militaries in the world (Source: China Plus)

North Korea would join the Beijing Powers due to friendly ties with Russia and China including increased tensions with South Korea, Japan and the United States. Despite tensions looking at ease with the Singapore Summit of 2018, North Korea would still test nuclear weapons in the Sea of Japan. North Korea at the beginning of the war, would see gains in South Korea as the ROK army wasn't prepared thinking that the line up of North Korean troops was a demonstration. They would later be pushed back outside of Seoul after the ROK army reorganized. US, Japanese, Filipino, Australian and New Zealand forces would later force North Korea to fall back to the DMZ but would still be pursued. By the time 2027 rolled around, North Korea had fallen with Kim Jong Un committing suicide. Other Asian countries would join the Beijing Powers due to their strong ties with China and to retain independence. Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, former ASEAN members defected to the Beijing Powers as their strong ties with China and military equipment consisting of now mostly Chinese equipment and to prevent being annexed by China would reluctantly join. Laos and Cambodia wouldn't last long as their armies are weak and that they are heavily dependent on China incase something went wrong. Myanmar would have to content with Indian and Thai troops on its soil and with it in an unstable state and different insurgent groups all around its soil, Myanmar would have to be on full damage control.

Burmese Army rounding up prisoners

Nepal and Sri Lanka would be forced to join the Beijing Powers since they wanted neutrality as they have ties to both China and the United States, China would see them as good forward operating bases to deploy forces. Ultimately, Nepal and Sri Lanka would later betray China after Sri Lankans who were low on supplies due to the Indian blockade, protested and seized Chinese bases and the government would later realign themselves with the Allied Power. Mongolia having close ties with Russia and China would join the Beijing Powers and send forces to North Korea to reinforce the line. Mongolia wouldn't get harsh terms when the treaty would roll around.

Africa: Before World War 3, Russia and China had managed to gain influence in areas of Africa as both are the biggest producer and salesman of weapons. Sudan, DR Kongo and Zimbabwe were convinced to join the Beijing Powers and conducted attacks and acts of sabotage against countries allied with the Allied Powers. Angola, a traditional Russian ally would engage Morocco with unresolved tensions over Western Sahara. The Polisario Front who was an ally of Algeria would join the war and would pressure Morocco when sending troops. The Western Sahara would also carry out acts of espionage and guerilla attacks against Morocco and Mauritania.

Western Sahara rebels energizing

Libya under GNA forces would join the Beijing Powers with an earlier partnership with Russia and with respective conflicts with opposing factions supported by the United States and France. Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Somalia, Ghana, Benin, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso would also join the Beijing Powers with respective trade and partnerships with Russia and China. They would act as forward bases for Slavonic Corps and Wagner Group forces. Madagascar played an important role as they would act as a major FOB and base hub for Wagner Group and Slavonic Corps troops and provide aircraft for China. Sudan reluctantly aligned with the Beijing Powers as they condemned UN forces in South Sudan and claimed that the UN forces were occupying rightful Sudanese territory. Sudan would pull out of the Saudi-led coalition. Ethiopia who was drifting into China's sphere of influence, would side with the Beijing Powers as their dam they are building along the Nile River is causing bad blood between Egypt and Ethiopia. The African theatre of WWIII was one of the only theatres of the war to see extensive use of mercenaries, increased mortality rates in several countries, disease loss of wildlife and biological warfare.

Latin America: Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela were the only countries to join the Beijing Powers. Venezuela had joined because of traditional partnership and trade with Russia and China and which was one of the reasons that Venezuela joined the Beijing Powers. Venezuela would seize ships leaving countries like Brazil, Mexico, Bahamas and Colombia and bring whatever cargo the ship had. When Venezuela joined the war, they invaded Guyana to gain resources as seizing the ships 2019 Persian Gulf style wasn't enough. Venezuela had authorized for Tu-95 bombers and Xian H-6 bombers on its soil in performing bombings on southern Florida and the Bahamas. Maduro feared that it might bring unwanted invasion by the US. Cuba, a traditionally ally of Russia immediately sided with the Beijing Powers at the start of the war but unlike Venezuela, denied bombers on Cuban airports. Cuba would launch attacks on the Bahamas as a diversion for the US forces heading for Europe, Middle East and Asia. Cuba would ultimately fall in a matter of days during the war. Honduras joined the war in supporting Nicaragua and joined during Biden's retreat in Europe and the Middle East. The Allied blockade enforced by Joe Biden on Honduras along with a collapsing government and corrupt system, Russia and China exploited this with sending money, weapons and advisors to Honduras and aligning it with the Beijing Powers with the population of Honduras in an outcry for Biden to withdraw the blockade.

Non-state and mercenary combatants:

The two major alliances who fought against each other in WW3, had also witnessed support from non-state combatants that tried to influence the war on the behalf of their respected allies. The big international alliances aside from non-state and mercenary combatants that tried to benefit from the war, most of these were terrorist groups despite having support from both sides in order for them to use their supporters to their advantage. But among some of these Islamist terrorist groups, were Hezbollah, Taliban, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, Al-Nursa, ISIS, Al-Shabbab and etc. While ISIS played the insignificant role, they had to reconsolidate what was left of their forces after losing precious territory in 2017. ISIS would later cease to exist as armies from both factions began to combat each other. Hezbollah, PLO, Hamas, Houthi and Al Qaeda would still manage to be with the Beijing Powers until the conflict ended despite Hezbollah not lasting long in Lebanon. Islamic territory would largely vanish by the end of the entire conflict itself.

Kurdish fighters in Syria (Source: DW)

Kurdish fighters also engaged in the conflict due to Syrian, Iranian and Iraqi forces attacking their territory and that the YPG had seen a backstabbing by Iran after Syria and Iran made an agreement for offensives on Kurdish territory and leading towards the Massacre of Sinjar and Kurdish Genocide. While Kurdish YPG, PKK and other groups were beginning to lean to the Beijing Powers, they would end up joining the Allies as Turkey had agreed to withdraw from Kurdish territories in Syria and only attack Syrian forces. Rebel groups also became involved like the Luhansk and Donetsk rebels supported by Russia, Houthi rebels supported by Iran, Free Syrian Army rebels supported by the GCC, Israel, Turkey, United States and NATO, Taiwanese resistance secretly backed by the United States, Hong Kong resistance fighters supported by ASEAN, Uyghur and Tibet rebels backed by NATO during the invasion of China, Gurkha rebels supported by the CIA and uprising movements supported by the US.

Academi mercenaries in Yemen (Source: Al Bawaba)

Both factions would also see the support from mercenary groups that saw combat in Yemen, Africa and Libya on behalf of their allies. Among these mercenary groups were Russia's Slavonic Corps, Wagner Group, British Aegis mercenaries and Sandline International, Peru's Defion Internacional, South Africa's Executive Outcomes, unknown Chinese PMCs and US Academi mercenary and G4S mercenaries. The Wagner Group and Slavonic Corps would assist the DR Kongo, GNA, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa by providing advisors and military combat support while Chinese PMCs would back Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Guinea with fighting Mali. Academi mercenaries would see intense combat in Yemen with the Saudi coalition taking part in the Sana'a offensive. Defion Internacional PMCs would be deployed with South Africa and Namibian troops in Angola supporting the breach of the Cubango River. Executive Outcomes would play a part in invading Mozambique helping the SADF gain a good foothold in southern Mozambique but would see numerous losses. The same would happen with Sandline International with their deployment in Norway and G4S members killed in Iraq. Mercenaries would play a huge part in supporting their allies and would soon form Task Force Global Security Pact.


The Outbreak: Ukraine War

2022: Following the Proliferation of Arms Treaty fail after the signing, tensions escalated between Biden and Xi Jinping. In January of 2022, Biden originally had plans for the withdrawal of several US battlegroups from vulnerable nations like the Baltics but under pressure from Emmanuel Macron and Jens Stoltenberg including Angela Merkel, Biden would be forced to retain the battlegroups in Europe. Yet again, his presidency would be questioned for moves like this and his adversaries like Russia and China and would also see increased political aggression by countries like North Korea and Iran with threats to attack foreign US bases with missile strikes. When Russian forces moved to the border of Ukraine, this would see more increased sanctions from a contingency of US allies including Saudi Arabia and Morocco. But with humiliating acts since his election like the withdrawal from Afghanistan, US popularity for Biden began to drop at a rapid pace. In order to reverse the trend, Biden began enacting military exercises with NATO allies even including countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia which increased the hostility between the CSTO and NATO.

Emirati troops in training (Source: Arab News)

In retaliation, Kim Jong Un would reintroduce long-range ICBM testing as a provocation to test Biden's reaction and believed that Biden would say he react, but he wouldn't react at all. Biden including Scott Morison of Australia, Jacinda Ardren, Naruhito and Moon Jae-in to place hardened sanctions on North Korea and increased military forces stationed in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and ASEAN countries not counting Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. This military exercise would be called, Able Archer II. China and the CSTO began military drills with several of their allies in preparations in the likelihood of the war itself as well as showing a show of strength of force. By February 27th, 2022, both sides were armed and ready for the conflict in all. The 3rd World War generally began on March 2nd, 2022 when a Russian armored battalion consisting of T-14 Armatas, T-90s, T-80s and BMPTs would engage several Ukrainian border regiments along the border with Crimea with the US launching Tomahawk strikes against Russian, Chinese and North Korean facilities following a provocative ICBM launch by a small ICBM team in Chongjin after mistaking it for an attack committed by US carrier groups in the East Japan Sea. During the same day, the PLA Navy and Russian Navy launched a naval exercise in the South China Sea to demonstrate to Biden that the Sino-Russian partnership and the Beijing Powers was directly aimed at toppling US influence.

This result of the strikes and exercises would result in the Ukraine War with the US and NATO on one side and Russia on another. After the missile attacks on the US, Russia said it was intended to be a "strike-in-the-thigh", Russian ASMs began to fire against US ships in the Black Sea forcing US carrier groups in the Black Sea to conduct air raids against the ASM batteries in Sevastopol and Crimean coastline. Russian forces would later begin shelling the Ukrainian border and launch air raids against cities like Kiev inflicting civilian casualties which brought condemnation from the EU, Turkey, NATO, the United States and Saudi Arabia. Despite Ukrainian forces near the borders of Russia and Belarus, their preemptive moves were versatile as Russian forces began crossing the border and into Ukraine. Countries all over the world had the fear of the conflict spilling into other regions and turning into a global conflict. Several EU members, most notably, Czech Republic and Germany called for a diplomatic solution and a non-desire to get involved in the conflict while countries like Romania, Turkey, France, UK and Canada began mobilizing men to be sent to Ukraine in a few days. Austria, Switzerland and Ireland began offers to mediate between Ukraine and Russia. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the Biden Administration had began to denounce any criticism for their actions and instead demanded total support from their allies. On the ground, with Canadian, Turkish, Romanian, British, French and US forces arriving in Ukraine, the main goal of NATO's counterattack in Ukraine is to contain the Russians while leaving the bulk of forces in Kiev. The US 1st Armored Cavalry Division and 1st Armored Division were the first US reinforcements of the war but are accompanied by the 4th Infantry and 7th Infantry Division. Because of the air raids on Kiev and the capital having the biggest population in Ukraine, many civilians died in the few hours after the aircraft dropped the bombs. The Russian air force wasn't able to scramble every Tu-95 it could during NATO's counterattack but had managed to inflict heavy damage on Ukrainian forces before any reinforcements could arrive. Russian forces and Donetsk and Luhansk rebels break the line in eastern Ukraine and Ukrainian forces fighting the Belarusian forces fall back with another collapsing line. The fresh reinforcements from Romania, Turkey, Britain, France, Canadian and US began moving towards the Russian forces and rebel forces establishing multiple defensive lines. One in Korosten with Romanian and British forces using the nearby towns and buildings for cover. The second in Mykolaiv with Turkish and French forces preparing for a Russian onslaught. A third one in Dnipro with US and Canadian forces. Italy, Spain, Portugal and Poland broke their neutrality and began sending battlegroups for Ukraine. French, British, Canadian, US, Czechian, Slovakian and Bulgarian forces move up towards Poland, Ukraine and Germany preparing for a possible Russian invasion.

Canadian Bison APCs in Germany

US, German, Canadian and British forces begin to patrol the Baltics increasing security and the number of troops in the event of a Russian invasion force. Norwegian aircraft begin patrol over Russian waters with the US sending mechanized divisions to Iceland as reservist forces. In the Black Sea, Russian aircraft from Rostov-On-Don and Sevastopol attempted to hit as many US ships as possible to prevent more infrastructure being damaged. Yet, the Russian aircraft are shot down as Chaparral and Hawk missiles stationed on the US destroyers allowed them to shoot down huge numbers of Russian aircraft. While NATO forces began to actively defend in Ukraine, Russian forces enter Poland and Lithuania with the Russians launching hacking attacks against NATO satellites to blind NATO recon satellites and allow for the invasion to go quicker. However, NATO forces had already launched defensive maneuvers with the Russian invasion underway. Nonetheless, Russian forces begin to steamroll into the Baltics and Poland with NATO being caught off guard. US, British, Danish and German ships move to the Baltic Sea which would provoke the Russian navy from St. Petersburg. As ships from the US, British, Danish and German navies began to move closer to the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian coast, Russia threatened to retaliate by launching ASM strikes on the German navy. Su-34s, Su-35s, KA-27PLs and MiG-29s from Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg begin to launch attacks sinking many ships from the Royal Navy and Danish Navy. The US navy, risks to lose what powerful ships they have. They pull back to Danish waters to stay away from any Russian intervention. Water mines are laid on the shores of the Baltic coast preventing any naval reinforcements from arriving. As a result, NATO had to fly in reinforcements which takes time. While infantry can arrive by air in a few hours, it takes longer for heavy equipment as it has to be strapped down correctly and has to fit before taking off. In Exmouth, Australia, it was reported that the screens went dark for 19 hours before it got rebooted. The US accused China and Russia for the hacking attack and retaliated shutting down local Russian servers. Russian aircraft flying near the US naval groups in the Black Sea began to buzz US ships. The US retaliated with F-14 Tomcats, F-15s, F-16s and F-22s downing several Russian aircraft. Russia and the CSTO, outraged, demanded for all NATO operations to be halted with an ultimatum demanding all NATO forces leave the Baltics, Poland and Ukraine. The ultimatum is refused and the Italian navy and the Turkish navy join the US carrier groups in the Black Sea engaging the Russian navy and sinking several ships. After another ignored ultimatum, this time by China, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Ali Khamenei and Kim Jong Un, declare war on the United States and their allies.

The conflict spills everywhere

While Iran had only joined after the attack on the Russian ships, they began to harass civilian shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. While the 1st and 2nd North Korean armies enter South Korea but only to be repelled by the South Korean army and US forces supported by Australian, New Zealand, Filipino and Japanese reinforcements. North Korean forces would be pushed out of the DMZ and near Seoul. The Chinese 79th and 80th armies enter North Korea to push back coalition forces. But with British and French support, the US begins to clash with the Iranians in the Persian Gulf following strikes launched by Iranian ASM launchers on Qeshm Island. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Israel declared their full support for the United States followed by Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan and Oman, should Iran declare war against the Saudi-led coalition. In Moscow, the Russian White House and the Duma exploded with massive anti-NATO hate after the increased casualties in Europe and Syria after US Tomahawk strikes against Russian targets in Syria hit the air and naval base in Tartus, Syria. Putin warned that if NATO fails to withdraw from Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe, any participating country on behalf of the United States will be invaded with no one giving mercy. This was seen in Putin and Xi Jinping's eyes as a de-escalation move as they thought it would make NATO and their allies back down and it anticipated that the United States and NATO would meet Russia's demands before the war had even started only having minor skirmishes. Despite Joe Biden and Kamala Harris calling for peaceful solutions, General Jens Stoltenberg, Emmanuel Macron, Andrzej Duda, Boris Johnson and Volodymyr Zelensky declared that NATO and their allies will refuse to stand down. The Beijing Powers began to prepare for full attacks not just on the US and NATO, but their allies too.

PLA soldiers mobilizing (Source: Global Times)

An emergency meeting is hosted in Seattle, Washington, USA with NATO members, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Vietnam, ASEAN, GCC, and EU members to discuss the current situation and how to react to the escalation. In Asia, the hostilities have grown out of control. More Chinese and North Korean deaths are counted in the Korean Peninsula due to continued clashes between China and North Korea and the US coalition. This would resort to more open hostilities and China to resort to more aggressive stances against the United States and ASEAN. Chinese forces would enter Vietnam to secure their southern border and prevent an incursion from happening. Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Brunei and Singaporean forces enter Vietnam and quickly move to Hanoi. Throughout China's attacks in Vietnam, thousands of Vietnamese civilians were harshly treated and with their local beings being taken by PLA forces while advancing for Hanoi. ASEAN condemned China for these hostile attacks on civilians and that they claim that ASEAN will never give in to the Chinese hostility and shall stand even when their cities would fall. In the South China Sea, PLA ships launched attacks on US aircraft while preparing forces for an invasion of Taiwan. Afterwards, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan declared war on not just the United States, but South Korea, ASEAN, UK, France and Germany as well. Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos begin to express their full support for China and fully withdraw from ASEAN and begin to prepare for the conflict as well. An ultimatum was sent to remaining ASEAN members to withdraw from Vietnam and demand all ships in the South China Sea be pulled back or they will be sunk. Refusing the ultimatum, ASEAN forces began attacking Chinese positions along northern Vietnam. After a series of violent clashes, ASEAN forces would retreat to Hanoi as China's forces had larger numbers and better weaponry. Australian and New Zealand reinforcements quickly arrive in Hanoi but the city begins being sieged by PLA forces and air raids from Hainan Island would be authorized by Xi Qiliang and naval strikes on Hanoi authorized by Admiral Shen Jinlong would see catastrophic civilian casualties in the first few hours of the missiles flying and the bombs falling.

Meanwhile in the Middle East, the hostilities had been failed to be contained and casualties between proxy groups in Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq backed by the GCC and Iran began to stack up and forced Iran to resort to more aggressive stances against the GCC, Israel and the United States. Iranian speedboats and helicopters began to seize civilian shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and the Omani and Emirati coasts. A Norwegian container ship off the Emirati coast is seized by Iranian forces. Emirati troops are dispatched to retake the ship to protect it's coastline sending aircraft to disperse any Iranian helicopters. Iranian forces are dispatched from the ship. This would generally be the first GCC's engagements with Iranian forces on the seas instead of land. Iranian speedboats instead turn their focus to harassing US ships in hoping that military reinforcements will be slowed and Iran can make gains and force Saudi Arabia, GCC and Israel to leave the war. Iranian-backed militias conducted new offensives gaining ground in Iraq taking US territory in the process and making the US lose foothold in Iraq. The US retaliated with drone strikes on Baghdad airport with Iranian forces already flooding into Iraq. Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates sent an ultimatum demanding that removal of Iranian forces from Syria and Iraq be done immediately or else action would take place. Iran ignores the ultimatum, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, Jordan, United States, Kuwait, Bahrain and United Kingdom declare war on Iran, Iraq and Syria. Qatar and Oman were pressured to join Saudi Arabia as well. Egypt joined the Saudi-led coalition. When Jordanian and Israeli forces entered Syria, Lebanon who had been dominated by Hezbollah, joined Iran and began a slow guerilla warfare campaign against the IDF with increased rocket strikes on Israeli cities.

Explosion in Tel Aviv

Despite the US withdrawing from Syria in 2019, they had extra forces to deploy from Diego Garcia to help the Arab armies counter Russian, Iranian, Syrian and Iraqi forces. US, Emirati, Kuwaiti, Qatari, Egyptian, Saudi Arabian and Jordanian forces invaded Iraq opening a land front in Iraq. With extra US reinforcements arriving in Iraq, Iran and Iraq had demanded the withdrawal of GCC and US forces. Joe Biden would ultimately call Iraq the Iranian puppet state. The Strait of Hormuz quickly becomes a flashpoint with the war as the US navy supported by the UAE navy and Omani navy sink several Russian and Iranian naval vessels. Israel launches several offensives in southern Lebanon. Iranian, Russian and Iraqi forces begin to besiege US bases in southern Iraq and began to take surrendering US soldiers as prisoners while Iranian forces began to attack the US base in Baghdad with additional attacks against Saudi-coalition's foothold in Iraq. French forces in Camp de la Paix in the United Arab Emirates supported by Australian, Canadian and British air forces in Al Minhad Airbase and Al Dhafra airbase, are sent through the Persian Gulf and into Iraq supporting Saudi-led coalition attacks while stopping Iraqi attacks in Basra. Iran retaliates with a volley of ballistic missiles on US bases in Kuwait, oil fields in Saudi Arabia and launched more gunboat attacks on US ships and began harassing oil tankers bound for Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE and Oman. NATO's only member in the region, Turkey was forcefully dragged into the conflict after their declaration of war on Syria. Turkey had been unofficially at war with Syria since 2016 after Operation Euphrates Shield targeting ISIS forces at first. Turkey's participation in Syria would also see the Turkish Armed Forces combating militia groups supported by Iran. Turkey had already been eying up the events in Syria and Iraq and considering whether join the war or continue in Europe. Instead, Saudi, Israeli and Turkish diplomats met up for a secret-collaboration pact. Turkey would agree that they would stop harming Kurdish fighters in Syria and only attack Iraqi and Syrian territory. In exchange, Saudi financial aid would go to Turkey and the IDF help train the Turkish Armed Forces helping strengthen NATO, GCC and Israeli ties.

Asia at the start of WW3

In the meantime, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan join the war on China's side declaring their support against NATO's "imperialist" ambitions. Mongolia joins sending several divisions to North Korea while Russia and China began to pressure SCO members to join the war against NATO incase of a NATO interference against China. With the US mobilizing in larger numbers, Belarus began mobilizing for war and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan begin sending droves of soldiers to Belarus and Russia to aid in the fighting in Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland. NATO allies in the Balkans declared their full support along with Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Sweden and Finland. During this, Russia sent several Il-76 transport planes, Tupolev 160 bombers and ships for a newly constructed base in Venezuela. China deploys the 188th Combined Arms Brigade and several ships for Venezuela to bolster Venezuela's military. After Russian and Chinese assets began to continue to flood into North Korea, aircraft carriers in Korean waters were forced to retreat to nearby Japanese waters as Chinese naval assets from Qingdao began to arrive. The Holy See of Vatican state condemned the growing violence in Europe, Middle East and Asia and demanded a total end to the conflict for the sake of mankind.

Europe: The Russian onslaught

While Russian forces had been fighting in the Baltics and Poland, NATO had been constantly halting Russia's advance leading the armies to almost go head-to-head with each other on a high scale. At the same time, Kazakh, Kyrgyzstani, Uzbek and Tajikistani forces began to arrive in Belarus and Russia with large-scale military operations before being sent to the Polish and Ukrainian fronts. With CSTO forces now steamrolling into Ukraine, NATO general, Jens Stoltenberg realizes he has to take a decision. Either fall back from Ukraine completely and have Romania and Moldova threatened or redirect battlegroups for the Baltics and have Poland exposed on several flanks. Stoltenberg orders for armored divisions to head to Poland amid the Russian armored offensive and have mechanized infantry be sent to the Baltics. Russian and Belarusian forces engaged in heavy combat with Baltic defenders who had to constantly retreat as key areas were already falling and with reinforcements arriving from CSTO members, Baltic forces were forced to retreat constantly but began to lose grip on their own land. NATO would soon realize it would be Russia's plan to cutoff the Baltics and with their navy, occupy the Baltic Sea and soon turn on Poland. NATO soldiers in the Baltics were assisted by mechanized infantry groups against invading CSTO forces. British and Canadian forces in Latvia and Estonia began to engage Russian forces already steamrolling through. During the joint attack on Lithuania by Russian and Belarusian forces, German and American forces under constant aerial attacks and with 90% of their forces destroyed, they are forced to retreat opening up a gap in the Baltic lines.

German tanks in Lithuania (Source: New York Times)

Meanwhile, up north, Russian forces launch a full-on assault on the Norwegian city of Kirkenes to protect the naval bases in Murmansk, Polyarny, Kola and Severomorsk while sending forces into Finland to protect the naval base in St. Petersburg. Russia had declared this as they never expected Finland to retaliate. Finland responds with an AGM-158 JASSM missile strike into St. Petersburg as an act of retaliation. Despite the missile going off-course, it caused panic in St. Petersburg itself. This would be the first time St. Petersburg would be attacked since the Second World War. VDV groups are dropped all over Finland to cut off Finnish reinforcement routes and encircle Finnish forces around Helsinki. VDV forces are dropped on the Finnish Aland Islands giving more control over the Gulf of Finland. Polish forces desperately try to push back the ongoing attacks in their mainland and with the Ukrainian-Polish border cutoff, Polish and NATO forces are forced to fall back under the constant air bombardment. With the German border, under threat, Angela Merkel is pressured by Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron to join the war and reinforce the line in Poland. Merkel obliges and Germany officially declares war on Russia sending immediate response forces for Poland reinforced by fresh forces from France, Belgium, Denmark, UK and Spain.

Destroyer launched Russian missile

But during the battles, Russia launched a strike campaign against NATO forces not only in Poland, Lithuania, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Poland, but also neutral Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands striking railroads, bridges, airports and docks. Germany and Denmark suffered the most damage as they had homed NATO naval, air and ground bases and logistical roads that could move armies within weeks. Russian aircraft from Sevastopol begin launching airstrikes on the missile defense systems in Bucharest, Romania. Ramstein Airbase, EUCOM Headquarters, Antwerp port, the port of Gdansk, Arhus, NATO command center of Ulm, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and La Rochelle are heavily damaged by the Russian attacks and severely weaken the NATO supply lines and allowing for Russian forces to launch more offensives against NATO forces in Scandinavia, Baltics, Ukraine and Poland. These preemptive strikes were to disrupt NATO's preparations during the invasion of Poland and Ukraine. During these strikes, 200 American personnel, 500 German Bundeswehr personnel and a total of 60 aircraft, 20 being transport aircraft would be destroyed following these attacks. Sweden, Iceland, Slovenia and Greece declared their support for NATO and declared war on Russia for these attacks. Croatia and Albania would declare war on Russia days after the strikes on Germany and other European countries but had been held back due to pro-Russian governments. Slovenia, Hungary, Czechia, Slovenia, Croatia and North Macedonia also joined the war against Russia but only declaring for logistic support while Hungary began sending troops to Poland. The full-on combat in Europe had Serbia and Armenia reluctantly join the conflict and declare war on NATO and the Untied States. Pakistan and Afghanistan (under Taliban rule) joined the war against the United States leaving India as the only remaining SCO member remaining neutral. Meanwhile, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Slovakia had broken their neutrality and had joined the war and begin sending reinforcements to Poland. Back in Ukraine, the NATO lines collapse and remaining forces fall back to Kiev. Moldova joins the war as a NATO ally and begins sending a small force for Kiev. Swedish forces attempted to move divisions to Turku and Helsinki but because of Russian VDV divisions taking hold of the Finnish-Swedish border, Sweden is unable to provide reinforcements to the Finnish. Russian airstrikes had also destroyed the ports, tunnels and bridges preventing Swedish reinforcements from arriving. Svalbard is heavily bombarded by the Russian Northern Fleet. Due to the strikes, this prompted NATO to retaliate with Tomahawk and JDAM strikes on Russian ports in Murmansk and Serveromorsk. The Russian advance in Norway is halted along Alta with Dutch, French, British, newly arrived Canadian troops and US forces reinforce the Norwegian forces. Russian forces dig in into the mountains and terrain to keep Murmansk protected. Back in Poland, Kazakh, Belarusian and Russian forces begin a wide encircling maneuver taking Bialystok and Allenstien threatening Warsaw.

Europe at the beginning of WW3

The Eastern Front: The Dragon strikes

At the Eastern Theatre, South Korean forces are taken by complete surprise with Chinese and North Korean forces entering South Korea JSDF forces send extra reinforcements to South Korea supported by American, Australian, New Zealand, Filipino and a small contingent of British forces. US-led forces established a secondary defense along the Bukhan River and began reconsolidating. The North Korean navy attempted to strike as many Allied ships to hinder their numbers and limit the forces pouring into South Korea. Nonetheless, US-led forces overran North Korean forces and heavy fighting began in Seoul and Incheon. Chinese and Russian forces tried to intervene with naval strikes on Allied ships bound for Korea. China had also been engaged with the United States in a trade war along with an arms race development on massive scales since the Cold War. Chinese frigates near the Parcel Islands and Hong Kong began to actively harass US ships in the South China Sea. During these strikes, the tensions escalated faster than ever with the PLA Navy and Russian Navy trying to deny access for ASEAN and US counterparts. Daring battles began to take place between the US Navy and PLA Navy. The USS Harry S. Truman rammed into a Russian Tarantul III corvette after ignoring warning fire and coming too close to the carrier itself after trying to sink a Filipino merchant ship. The corvette sunk with all Russian sailors dying. Russian leader, Vladimir Putin and Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov demanded that the US apologize for the sinking and demanded that all forces withdraw from the following countries:

  • United Kingdom
  • South Korea
  • United Arab Emirates
  • France
  • Japan
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Greece
  • Djibouti
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • Ukraine
  • Romania
  • Turkey
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Qatar
  • Israel
  • Spain
  • Bahrain
  • Oman
  • Egypt
  • Morocco
  • Portugal
  • Norway
  • Denmark

As well as a reparation of 500,000 Russian Rubles (6,865.00 US Dollars). The US refuses saying that it defends the decision and saying that they will retaliate with brute force.

PLA ships in the South China Sea (Source: Global Times)

While US-led forces began to actively defend Seoul, cyber attacks were launched with several having their screens go dark for a full 48 hours until it was rebooted. The US backed by NATO countries, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Israel, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Taiwan, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand and Egypt condemned the attack. The US retaliated with hacking attacks on Russian and Chinese government infrastructure and took out several local servers. China retaliated with submarine warfare slowing down Allied ships bound for Korea on a massive scale since Germany's U-boat tactics in WW1 and WW2. Russian aircraft from Vladivostok began launching bombing raids on Sapporo with Chinese Xian H-6 bombers launching raids on Kumamoto, Okinawa, Kagoshima and Fukuoka. The US and Japan attempted to retaliate with strikes on the Chinese city of Qingdao and costal targets. These raids are failed as Chinese costal AA defenses wipe out many bombers and escort aircraft in the process. The PLA amassed their forces and began landing in Taiwan due to claims made back in the Cold War and it's strategical position in the South China Sea. The PLA armada is severely hampered by US naval assets air strikes from the USS Harry S. Truman. Taiwan joins the war and begins mobilizing the population. PLA marines began to conquer the Taiwanese Penghu and Taiping Islands. The Taiwanese air force retaliates with F-16 hit and runs on PLA ships. The defenses began to thin out however as Chinese bomber and missile strikes began to destroy key targets on the Penghu and Taiping Islands. China in order to gain more manpower annexes Hong Kong completely despite protests from it's population. Taiwanese rocket artillery and aircraft began to hit FOBs in the occupied Penghu and Taiping Islands with China drawing out drones to distract Taiwanese AA defenses while recon assets began to track Taiwanese battlegroup movements.

Chinese soldiers landing in mainland Taiwan (Source: Sputnik News)

During the amphibious landings conducted by PLA marines, China launched airborne landings onto southern Taiwan capturing ports and airports in southern Taiwan forcing Taiwanese forces defending the south fallback to the mountains into the interior of Taiwan. While dozens of ships were sunk, a majority of PLA landing forces managed to overrun the Taiwanese defenses. However, Taiwan begun large concentration of their forces on the PLA beached in the north and south while using artillery to shell strongpoints. China's advance was halted due to Taiwan's numerical superiority and the reorganization had caught China completely off-guard. Supplies from Japan and Philippines began to flood into Taiwan to continue halting China's advance. This led to China to impose a naval blockade on Taiwanese shores.

Russian naval vessels in the Pacific (Source: China Daily)

The battle for the Spratly and Parcel Islands however remained inconclusive with the US, China and Russia losing ships and thousands of sailors and China had suffered casualties on its artificial islands in the South China Sea. In Korea, the US-led offensive had stalled as continuous numbers of Chinese and Russian soldiers kept being sent in. US and Japanese bases would still suffer continuous harassment, lack of Allied supplies and reinforcements until Australian and New Zealand soldiers arrived forcing the US-led forces to fallback from Kaesong to Hoeyang. Civilian casualties began to add up in the fighting that followed. Later on, Australian, New Zealand reinforcements began to pour into Korea while Chinese and Russian submarines began to actively sink Australian ships. Indonesia saw this as a threat to its security as one Chinese submarine sunk an Australian ship, one full of M1 Abram tanks was sank right off the Indonesian coast. Indonesia condemned China for the attack and had it's navy escort Australian and New Zealand ships heading for Korea. Reinforcements from Hawaii and Guam begin to arrive to Korea. Papua New Guinea was forced by Indonesia to join the Allies and send immediate reinforcements to Korea. Papua New Guinea obliges and sends a token force of 500 military personnel to Korea escorted by the Australian and New Zealand navy.

The Middle East: The Chaos ensues

With Europe and Asia engulfed in a full-on conflict, the hostilities in the Middle East had gone past boiling point and the conflict had already begun with the GCC, Egypt, Israel, United States and UK against Iran, Syria and Iraq. While Saudi Arabia had a trouble with their numerical advantage, called on the countries of Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Oman and United Arab Emirates to help with the manpower. The Arab coalition begun attacking Iraqi and Syrian territory and managed to gain a good foothold but were halted in a line stretching from Damascus to Fallujah and Basra. Israel joins the Arab coalition coordinating their attacks with Saudi Arabia and the UAE and began sending forces to Damascus. This would lead to brutal street fighting in urban territory by both sides with Iran, Iraq and Syria showing no regards for civilian casualties leading to condemnation from Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE, USA and GCC members. Iran in the meantime had begun sending their armored assets to Iraq along with anti-access/area denial attacks against the Arab coalition.

Iranian soldiers preparing to leave for Iraq (Source: Middle East Monitor)

With Iranian UAVs and civilian boats on recon missions, Iran began to track down and target NATO shipping and speedboats began to harass US ships in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf. Iranian ASMs on Abu Musa, Lesser Tunb and Greater Tunb (which were islands originally owned by the UAE) begin harassing and overwhelming US' Aegis Naval combat systems while deploying mines and luring vessels to the water mines. These attacks supported by the ASM strikes from the islands were supported by ASCM launchers on Qeshm Island and with Klub-K ASMs launched from ships masquerading as civilian ships. Back on the ground, Iran launches a volley of ballistic missiles towards US airfields in Saudi Arabia and Camp de la Paix in the UAE, but the attacks on the UAE were mostly stopped due to US and Emirati THAADs shot down most of the mortars. Unsheltered aircraft and vehicles were hit by Iranian precision SRBMs. Iranian proxy forces would then launch hit-and-run attacks on the Arab coalition and began to assault US bases with mortar attacks supported by Iraqi aircraft. Coalition forces would respond by pushing further through Basra and their foothold on southern Iraq would strengthen.

Allied tank in southern Iraq (Source: Linkedin.com)

Israeli forces who had now received coordination from Egypt and Jordan and had now started with increased military aid, sent mechanized divisions, enters Lebanon and the Golan Heights despite meeting heavy resistance from Syrian forces and Hezbollah militias. PLO and Hezbollah militias begin increasing rocket attacks on Israel but most are intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome sight shooting down most of the rockets but some hit in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Nablus leaving a total of 1590 Israeli casualties. Israel while helping the Arab coalition and the US in coordinated attacks, began an agenda of it's own in the front with the goal to knock out targets tied to the Iranian Nuclear Plan, hence why Israeli jets had launched preemptive airstrikes destroying bunkers, railroads, powerplants and delivering a fatal blow against Iran's capabilities of obtaining a nuclear weapon. The nuclear fallout forced many Iranian civilians out of their rural areas outside of Tabriz and Tehran. The fallout would cause a humanitarian disaster with sandstorms sweeping the radiation to parts of Turkey, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Iraq and Pakistan. Iran in retaliation, after deploying scuds to Iraq, launched SRBM strikes at Saudi oilfields, ports and important bases throughout Saudi Arabia. Iran continued their retaliation act by completely blocking the Strait of Hormuz, causing an economic oil crisis as oil prices in several Allied countries began to increase. The US navy supported by the Saudi, Omani, British, French and Emirati navy begin to combat with the Iranian navy supported by Omani, Emirati, British, US and Saudi aircraft in an attempt to break the blockade. In order to sink more ships, Iran begins deploying more mines in droves. Iranian submarines had begun the operation laying mines while less-sophisticated mines were deployed to prevent US, British and French ships from passing through. Saudi and Emirati air forces assisted the US navy in damaging several Iranian vessels but had to be scaled back as Iranian AA batteries from Abu Musa and Greater Tunb began to heavily damage the aircraft.

The Middle Eastern theatre of WW3

In the air, Russian, Iranian, Iraqi, Lebanese and Syrian aircraft began to clash with their GCC, Israeli, British, US and French counterparts with the airpower evened out as both sides had a majority of aircraft to wield from their arsenal. Back on the ground, US, Arab, French, British and Israeli forces began to engage Iran and it's allies supported by Hezbollah and other radical Islamists groups conducting guerilla warfare and hit-and-run tactics on the Allied convoys slowing down the advance for Beirut, Damascus and Baghdad. Turkish forces who had agreed with the collaboration pact had begun a withdrawal from Kurdish territory in Syria and launched attacks on Assad's forces as PKK, YPG and Peshmerga forces launched offensives against Assad. Syria and Iraq would retaliate with offensives on Kurdish territory and airstrikes. Turkish border sights would accidentally be bombed by Syrian aircraft confusing it for another YPG stronghold provoking Turkish police and army units to justify their attacks on Syrian forces. The first reports of strikes on Kurdish civilians were already being suppressed by Iranian and Syrian media with support from Russia as Putin backed Iran's war effort in the Middle East. As Allied forces began to close in on the capital of Damascus, newly deployed Iranian and Russian ground forces along with Assad's forces resorted to the use of chemical weapons and DMWs and began digging in and fortifying the city, slowing down the allies even further.

The Allies Retreat: Fall of Helsinki, Kiev and Warsaw

With the Baltics fallen, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan began a larger concentration on NATO stragglers in Ukraine and Poland taking the city of Lublin further west threatening Warsaw. The Polish army had begun to turtle up as CSTO forces began the encircling of Warsaw while putting up the resistance they could while Allied reinforcements continued to flood in. Fierce fighting began to emerge between NATO and CSTO forces with air power playing important roles. This would also see some of the biggest tank battles on a scale compared to Kursk and 73 Easting. The air superiority would land in NATO's favor forcing the Belarusian and Russian air forces to play defensive roles deploying some of their heavy AA to counter NATO's aircraft while supporting the armored offensives that followed. Russia would later launch blitz offensives sending the bulk of mechanized and armored divisions pushing further towards Warsaw forcing remaining NATO armies to resort to Stalingrad-like fighting.

Fall of Europe by the end of 2022

The Royal Navy, German Navy, Danish, US and French Navy's attempts at breaking the Russian barrier in the Baltic Sea had failed mostly due to the Russian navy deploying mines in large portions of the Baltic Sea while remaining near the Gulf of Finland and the shores of the Baltic states and Kaliningrad. Reinforcements from the Netherlands, Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Britain, France, Spain and Portugal with fresh US and Canadian troops had finally reconsolidated with their Polish allies while US support had arrived in the ports of Germany. The US would later deploy B-52 bombers to remaining airports in Germany and Denmark with Britain deploying Avro bombers. The US and Britain would then begin a strategy where their bombing runs would decimate CSTO convoys with JSTARS aircraft guiding the B-52s and Avros. During this time, Russia and Kazakhstan demanded for Mongolian, Tajikistani and Turkmenistan conscripts be sent to Europe as Russian manpower had been caught up in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Pulway and Radom fell into Russian hands as they had been harassing the NATO supply lines while casualties beginning to pile up with several heavy tanks and aircraft lost in the process. Realizing the trouble they were to encounter, NATO took the initiative and begun fortifying defenses around Warsaw and taking up positions in Mlawa and Siedlce while their air forces now were able to install certain levels of air superiority leading to the most of furious dogfights on a WW2 scale.

Russian bombers over Poland (Source: Aviation International News)

On the ground, the UK and France's military projection had been limited due to their deployments in Scandinavia, Middle East and Korea while Germany hadn't been prepared as when the Russians were attacking in Ukraine, Germany had already declared passive support but when the German battalion in the Baltics were attacked, Merkel had to do something about it and now with the CSTO on Poland, Angela realized that passive support wasn't enough and ordered all Bundeswehr units to Poland without proper mobilization. Germany's military capability was also limited as they had forces still fighting Al Qaeda in Mali as well as lacking a functional army due to mismanagement and underfunding. This along with several airfields being destroyed in Germany, Warsaw being surrounded and NATO's late reaction in the conflict lead to NATO forces being pushed towards Warsaw. While CSTO armies began to move towards Warsaw, they began to suffer aerial and artillery bombardment and with the counteroffensive underway, casualties on both sides began to pile up in a very short time which is similar to the opening of World War One. After NATO commenced for the evacuation of civilians from Warsaw on a Dunkirk-like scale, remaining NATO forces dug defenses hoping they could hold their ground until more consolidated forces could launch a counteroffensive against the CSTO.

Polish soldiers in Warsaw (Source: Business Insider)

In Scandinavia, NATO and Russia began using the lake networks in Finland as natural barriers to fortify their positions making the Finnish front to become part of the Scandinavian front that went into a stalemate after Kirkenes. Russian forces began launching armored offensives with support from the air attacks and missile strikes coming from St. Petersburg and Russian vessels in the Gulf of Finland, forced the Finnish government to flee to Oslo, Norway. Finland's geography having a vast amount of lake networks and large amounts of forests had thinned out the invading Russian armored down a lot and had helped the Finnish to hold onto Helsinki for a long time. Remaining Finnish forces managed to exploit the density of the Finnish forests by deploying portable Spike LR ATGMs but forced the Russians to conduct napalm strikes and artillery bombardments to flatten out as many forests as possible for it's armored units to move towards Helsinki as fast as possible and as safe as possible, causing massive casualties. With the continuous air raids and bombardments, this forced the Finnish population in Helsinki to retreat into underground bunkers, while on the surface, Russian forces began besieging Helsinki. In Ukraine, the situation became critical as forces suffered defeat after another defeat after weeks of brutal air bombardments and after weeks of trench warfare, NATO and Ukrainian forces retreated and Kiev fell into the hands of the Russians and the Donbass rebels. Luhansk and Donetsk rebels began to launch hit-and-runs on the war effort leading to civil war-like fighting in free parts of Ukraine. Ukrainian refugees begin to pour into Romania, Moldova, Hungary and Slovakia in hoping to find shelter. Remaining Ukrainian civilians would see total mobilization along with partisan resistance seeing that Ukrainian civilians had Black Market small arms following the outbreak of the war in 2014. During the first months, Kazakh, Belarusian and Russian forces targeted remaining strangleholds of Ukrainian army around the Chernobyl nuclear sight to take out the remaining presence of Ukrainian forces and to keep the positions secure as possible. However, during a skirmish between Belarusian and Ukrainian forces, artillery from the Belarusian forces accidentally hit the concrete sarcophagus of reactor 4, causing the sarcophagus to be heavily damaged, nuclear radiation was exposed to the natural wildlife and led to another nuclear disaster of Chernobyl. Romanian, Moldovan, Slovakian and Hungarian troops entered Ukraine as the first major NATO reinforcements of Ukraine while suffering missile attacks as the Russian navy now controlled the Black Sea after forcing the US and Turkish navy back, targeting NATO anti-missile shield sites. While most missiles were downed, a few managed to hit Bucharest and Istanbul. Swamplands were used by NATO forces as a natural barrier while digging in and strengthening their defenses. After months of non-stop combat and ugly numbers of civilian and military casualties, NATO forces evacuated and Warsaw fell into the hands of the CSTO forces.

Belarusian soldier in action (Source: South China Morning Post)

The NATO retreat from Warsaw would soon be brought to the Allies that the conflict may not stop soon hence why France, Poland, UK, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden had ordered the general mobilization of their population on a large scale since World War 2. But Germany, was originally more passive and reluctant to increase their manpower and strength due to the Bundeswehr having a lack of equipment and trained personnel including anti-war population, forcing Angela Merkel to conscript individuals unfit for Bundeswehr standards. While the Allies had prepared themselves for the offensive on Kaliningrad for the upcoming year. Russia and the CSTO would prepare for further offensives after deploying Mi-24 squadrons, T-90, T-80 and Armata tank fleets along with Russian Su-35s and Su-34s in Poland against NATO. On the home front, artists and bands met in person to perform the "Live Aid" event aimed for donations for refugees in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Red Crescent also jumped in on the action sending humanitarian aid to the refugees with songwriters and bands performing concerts simultaneously in Vienna, New York City, London, Paris, Washington D.C and Madrid making the most beneficial concert in human history and gained 100 million dollars for the humanitarian cause.


India joins the frey: Fighting erupts in the Indian Subcontinent

With China and Pakistan siding against the US, India, the Asian powerhouse remained as the only SCO and BRICS member to remain neutral and was faced with increasing pressure to join the war. The Indian army was already on high alert conducting patrols along the Pakistani, Chinese and Nepalese border while having several standoffs against the Chinese and Pakistanis at Kashmir similar to the skirmish in 2019, India began mobilizing in the Himalaya Mountains against China. In retaliation, China masses more forces along the Sino-Indian border since the hostilities in East Asia increased, due to China's preparation for India's entry into the conflict. Similar to the 2020 Sino-Indian skirmish when Chinese and Indian forces clashed with each other in the remote areas of the mountain borders but the Chinese had lethal weapons which was a violation of the agreement when the previous skirmish happened in the Cold War while Indian and Pakistani forces clashed in Kashmir and that Chinese forces began to kill Indian soldiers along the Himalayas, India broke it's neutrality and declared war on Pakistan and China. Position of bases and troops had favored India in the Himalayas since China had missiles aimed eastward. But while Indian forces began to enter the Himalayas, it made it hard to bring it's tanks, IFVs, APCs, artillery and helicopters due to small fractions of road being available for heavy armored vehicles due to the topography and harsh winters despite a numerical advantage.

Indian helicopter heading for the Himalayas. (Source: MEC Aerospares)

China outwaited Indian forces in chokepoints in the Himalayas while launching guided missile attacks firing from the mountains with both sides have light infantry and small portions of rocket artillery and self-propelled-guns to fight the enemy. The missile strikes erupted a multitude avalanches in the Himalayas killing civilians and military personnel. China also managed to hit several Indian bases in Pradesh, Jammu, Kashmir, New Delhi and Himachal with a superiority in reconnaissance satellites. India began to conduct a series of aerial incursions on the front and mostly focused it on Kashmir. as China was only able to position a small fleet of aircraft on the inhospitable plateau of Tibet. China balanced the act by using several civilian airports in Tibet to station their jets as long as it took to redeploy reinforcements. Both sides tried to use long-range radar systems but due to the height of the Himalayas, signals are lost within 5 hours. This would lead to a majority of the fighting be done by infantry units. The offensive into Pakistani Kashmir, where both sides had around 750,000 soldiers stationed, lead to massive casualties by the next week. The mountainous geography of Kashmir had made it impossible for large formations to break defensive positions and made the Kashmir front very static. India and Pakistan would resort to neutralizing airfields with missile strikes but Pakistan's lack in missiles as well as the distance the weapons had to cross, favored India significantly.

Indian front at the beginning of 2022 and 2023

India's superiority in intelligence assets like UAVs allowed them to monitor Pakistani air and ground movement and managed to neutralize a huge amount of Pakistan's aircraft by the end of the month. Following the constant bombardment, India then began to use multi-role aircraft in ground-attacks while supporting their forces on the ground while preparing for an offensive into Pakistan. During India's concentration of forces for the offensive into Pakistan, said Beijing Powers member attempted to attack the Thar Desert. The harsh terrain however, had made it impossible for large formations to cross India, allowing for the Indian forces to bring Pakistan's offensive to a halt. Pakistani forces then decided to use the widespread desert to draw out Indian forces while inflicting a somewhat heavy casualty rate. In a first-wave attack, India launched the offensive into Pakistan's Punjab region leading to the Pakistani Al-Khalid, Al-Zarrar and T-80UDs combating the Indian Arjun, T-90 Bishma and Ajeya MK2. Since India only had a small fraction of roads available in this narrow area, they also began to prepare for an invasion of the Thar Desert despite the risks, while simultaneously launching an amphibious invasion of the Pakistani coastline. The Pakistani navy, while supported by the remnants of the Pakistani air force were forced to stay close to the costal areas as the Indian Navy had a numerical superiority but were kept at bay by the modern Pakistani ASMs. In order to keep up with Indian forces, Pakistan recieved demanded conscripts from Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. The 11th Motor Rifle Division "Sultan Sanjar" from Turkmenistan arrives as the first battlegroup in Pakistan.

Taipei falls: Taiwan surrenders

At the Asian theatre, both the US' allies and China's allies struggled to get the upper hand. On the Korean front, Chinese and Russian reinforcements managed to establish a numerical superiority of soldiers, artillery, armored transports, tanks and helicopters, leading to a Beijing Pact push into South Korea in the Second Battle for the DMZ allowing Russian, Chinese, Mongolian and North Korean forces to retake Dongducheon. Even though the Russian and Chinese submarines continued to harass the supply ships in the Pacific, US, South Korea, Japan, UK, France, Australia and New Zealand continued to get additional resources and manpower to hold their ground. Major General Karsten Stoye and Major General Metin Tokel would lead the American INDOPACOM in the meantime becoming the main Allied command in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean.

Australian helicopters taking off (Source: Flight Global)

Allied forces had managed to make a parity with the Beijing Powers in the sky, since the Russian and Chinese air forces could only deploy a small fraction of their air power in North Korea while North Korea's air force consisted of mostly of outdated Soviet and Chinese equipment from the Cold War with the exception of the MiG-29 and Su-25 but lead to many Beijing Power aircraft being lost due to the Allies superiority in air defenses. The air advantage would then be used by the USAF to conduct bombing raids in North Korea, South China Sea, East China Sea and on occasion, Qingdao and Vladivostok, leading to severe logistical challenges for China as their ports would be damaged for 5 days at one point. China in retaliation then began to prepare to neutralize Allied island strongholds in the Pacific Ocean starting with the island of Guam. China then launched several supersonic DF-26 "Guam Killer" missiles hitting US naval basses and severely damaging the USS Mankin Island's stern, rendering it useless including civilian deaths among US Navy personnel and USAF personnel. China continued it's retaliation by launching DF-110 900 pound missiles against Taiwan and Japan and hitting targets in Kyushu, Senkaku and Tsushima Islands. With an ongoing naval blockade and continuous air strikes and missile strikes, most of Taiwan fell under Chinese control. Remaining Taiwanese forces retreated to Taipei intending to launch a guerilla warfare campaign and local counterattacks to hold at least a fraction of their remaining homeland until reinforcements arrived. Because Taiwan's population was also mobilized, the Chinese invaders were hit with pockets of resistance leading to the Keelung massacre and Genocide of Taichung.

Eastern Front at the start of 2023

PLA forces swept through Taiwanese cities killing anyone who refused to abide the Chinese advance while the PLA Air Force supported by it's arsenal of recon satellites began to bomb civilian zones where parts of suspicion for resistance. Throughout the massacres and genocides, 11,000 would Taiwanese would die until the end of the conflict. After taking Taiwan and the Senkaku and Tsushima Islands, PLA forces landed in Okinawa, after months of missile strikes and bombing. Despite heavy US and Japanese resistance, China seized control over most of the islands in a few weeks and their submarines and air raids prevented Allied shipping from reaching Okinawa. With Taiwan, Hong Kong and Okinawa in Chinese hands, PLA General Li Zuocheng began to prepare the PLA for more land grabs starting at the Kyushu Islands and began to station A2/AD systems on the conquered territories establishing a new defense line against the Allies. Due to the Allies' superiority over the skies, US aircraft kept on interfering with the Chinese advance with B-52 carpet bombing runs destroying several supply convoys and makeshift bases in the Spratly and Parcel Islands while damaging Chinese naval vessels in the East China Sea and South China Sea. Back in Korea, North Korean, Chinese, Russian and Mongolian forces had managed to break through the DMZ and take Chuncheon, Uijeongbu and Gangneung and encircled Seoul leading to intense urban fighting. On northern Japan, Russian aircraft from Vladivostok launched several air raids on Hokkaido Island while the Pacific Fleet attacked JSDF naval vessels in the Sea of Japan.

Russian aircraft taking off (Source: Getty Images)

While inflicting considerable damage, the Russian Navy was pushed back and suffered severe casualties and were forced to take a defensive stance, while Delta III and Oscar II class submarines hunted Allied ships in the Sea of Japan and conducted strikes on Sapporo to prevent a complete build up of Japanese forces and launch an amphibious offensive on the Kuril Islands and Vladivostok. In the Himalayan Mountains, PLA and Indian forces were still in a deadlock since neither could bring their heavy equipment and reinforcements through and over the mountains.