Speculations from 2020 through 2029.
On January 1st, 2020, Iraq and Syria official became US territories. With the initiation of this act, combined with the opposition to Ryan’s border wall, caused his approval rating to plummet. By July 2020, Ryan’s approval rating was at 30%, and he desperately tried to raise it before the 2020 election. Under President Ryan, oil, coal, and gas companies had been allowed to grow unchecked, and now green energy was cornered.
In 2020, Climate Change had become the center of attention in American politics. Studies had revealed that seas levels would reach 1 ft. above 2000 levels, and things were beginning to deteriorate along the world’s coastlines. In Louisiana, the low lying Mississippi delta was quickly eroding, and New Orleans came under even greater threat. In Florida, the Everglades, miles of low-lying swampland at the tip of the Florida Peninsula, was also rapidly degrading. Most Americans did not yet know it, but the United States had entered into a new war, a war it could not win. The United States was at war with nature, at war with the sea.
In August 2020, an enormous hurricane, Hurricane Elizabeth, hit the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. The Sea Islands, only a few feet above sea level, were virtually wiped out. But once again, thanks to early warning systems, less than 100 people were killed.
Unfortunately, that same year, a tragic disaster struck northern India. In August, a hot summer caused excessive melting of the glaciers that fed the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers, causing a flood of epic proportions. The floodwaters rushed down the Indian River valleys, first hitting New Delhi and Agra, then wiping out parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar provinces, the poorest part of India. 150,000 people were killed, and billions of dollars of damage were incurred. The US, EU, and many other nations, including China, sent aid to India. Recovery was slow but steady, and India rising economy helped the recovery efforts. Pakistan was one of the few countries that did not offer assistance to India.
On Halloween 2020, just days before the presidential election, the Great Wall of America was completed. It was one of President Ryan’s two important achievements. The other was winning the “War on ISIS,” and the subsequent annexation of Iraq and Syria.
In November 2020, President Paul Ryan faced off with democratic candidate Martin O’Malley in the 2020 presidential election. O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, ran on the promise that be would end President’s Ryan’s harsh policies towards immigrants, and his political opponents. O’Malley defeated Ryan, and took office in January 2021.
In 2021, US president Martin O’Malley begin to strip down former president Paul Ryan’s strict immigration policies. The new democratic Congress allowed him to make drastic changes to American immigration policies. O’Malley didn't tear down Ryan’s wall, but he made immigration to the US from everywhere, including Latin America, much easier. The largest waves of immigrants were still coming from countries like Mexico and Cuba, which had made the transition to democracy in the 2010s and was now on good terms with US. But a several new sources of immigration the United States were emerging. Nigeria, Dem. Rep. Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Immigration from the last three countries listed was rapidly increasing, from Pakistan because of dwindling water resources, from India because of the endemic poverty and recent flooding disaster, and from Bangladesh because of the eroding coastline and rising seas.
In China, South Korea, and Japan, advances in technology were enriching their economies and launching them to future prominence. The Asia-Pacific realm became the hearth of technology, as well as national power. Japan still had a very limited military, and was reliant on the United States for defense, but was building up its fleet for fear of Chinese invasion. South Korea was also expanding its military, under threat from 38 year old North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. China, now a definite superpower, with its military might and national GDP approaching that of the US.
In 2022, US president Martin O’Malley, recognizing the growing threat of Climate Change, put into place regulations that assisted green energy companies, and limit the influence of oil and gas companies. These new laws, passed by Congress, was a “carbon tax”, a tax that tried to limit carbon emissions of companies using fossil fuels by taxing them on their carbon emissions. These new laws were supported by 60% of Americans, who like the president recognized the growing threat Climate Change posed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, now 70 years old, had made Russia almost completely self-sufficient in every way. Over the past 7 years Russia had also been quietly building up its military, assuring the US and EU it was exclusively for defense purposes. Of course, President O’Malley was concerned and advanced intelligence operations in Russia.
In 2022, a massive earthquake rocked the city of Ankara, the capital of Turkey. The city was well constructed, but was virtually leveled by the earthquake. 50,000 people were killed, including the prime minister of Turkey. The earthquake was later determined to be one of the largest ever recorded, a 9.4 on the Richter Scale. The Turkish government temporarily moved the capital to Istanbul while the city was rebuilt. After several months, the Turkish government decided the Ankara was a total loss, and decided to build a new, permanent capitol in Istanbul. Ankara was virtually abandoned, the first in a string of cities to be lost in the 21st century from a variety of causes. US president Martin O’Malley sent aid to Turkey, as did the European Union.
Also in 2022, the cities of Banjul, the Gambia, and Timbuktu, Mali were virtually abandoned, Banjul because of sea level rise, and Timbuktu because of encroaching desert sands and a lack of any water whatsoever. In the American west, Lake Mead, a massive reservoir created by the Hoover Dam between Arizona and Nevada, was virtually dry, and the city of Las Vegas, Nevada was entering dire straits. The cities of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Miami, Florida had the opposite problem: too much water. Sea level rise combined with land subsidence were drowning both cities.
On July 9, 2022, The European Union, United States, China, Russia, India, and Pakistan all signed a treaty stating if war broke out between any of the signers, nuclear weapons would not be used.
After becoming almost completely self-sufficient, and with enormous military power, Vladimir Putin’s Russia was a boulder. Putin wanted to restore the glory of the Russian Empire, so his first step was to rebuild the economy and military, which he had done over the past 8 years. Now it was time for phase 3 of Putin’s three phase plan: take back lost territories. And in March of 2023 he was ready. On March 8, 2023, a massive force of Russian troops poured across Ukraine’s eastern border. After a week they had reached the outskirts of Kiev. Putin did the same with Belarus. The Russian Air Force began bombing runs on Ukraine, Belarus, and the Baltic States. The United States and European Union immediately demanded an end to Russia’s blatant invasion of Eastern Europe or else they would declare war. China, ruled by President Li Yuanchao, an enemy of the western world, supported Russia’s actions.
On March 26, Kiev fell to Russian troops, and the following day Belarus and all of the Baltic States were under Russian control. On March 27, virtually every nation in Europe declared war on Russia. Russia responded by launching non-nuclear long range missiles at European cities. Warsaw, Stockholm, Athens, Rome, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London, Dublin, Madrid, and Lisbon were all attacked. On March 28, a Russian attack from land air and sea assaulted Alaska, while Chinese forces simultaneously attacked Hawaii.
The next day, US president Martin O’Malley asked Congress to declare war on China and Russia. Congress approved the declaration with only 3 dissenting votes. Canada entered the war the next day. In the days after the initial attack by the Eastern Powers, the Chinese assisted North Korea in an invasion of South Korea, and Chinese and Russian forces invaded and conquered Japan, splitting the country north-south between them. By April all of Ukraine had fallen, and Russian troops were advancing into Kazakhstan and the Caucasus. By May, Russian troops were advancing into Poland, Finland, and Alaska. A joint Russian-Chinese force conquered Mongolia. Chinese troops advanced into communist Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. Surprisingly, all nations involved in the rapidly growing conflict upheld the 2022 nuclear ban treaty.
In June of that year, with Americans riled up for war, President O’Malley sent warships to the Pacific to combat the Chinese and Russian forces. Before the fleet coming from California reached Hawaii, a Chinese invasion force landed on the islands, capturing Pearl Harbor and Honolulu on Oahu. Within 3 weeks the Chinese had control of the Hawaiian Islands, and Russian troops were advancing quickly across Alaska. On May 12, the bulk of the Polish army was wiped out in the Battle of Warsaw. The Polish leader barely escaped to Germany by train, and after the battle Russian forces raced towards the German border. On Russia’s southern front, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan had all fallen, and the Russian Air Force was flying bombing runs over Iran. By July the Chinese had taken all of southeast Asia, the only countries left were Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the tiny nations of Singapore and East Timor. Australia, which had declared war on China and Russia in April, started launching long rang missiles at Chinese cities. The United States had been doing the same since June, and was also bombing Russian cities. Russian and Chinese missiles rained down on central and eastern Europe, but Western European and North American missile defense systems kept their cities were mostly unscathed. Chinese missile defense systems were not as advanced as those of the North Americans and Western Europeans, but still stopped most missiles from reaching their targets. Russia’s outdated Cold War missile defense system was in the process of being updated, and Russia was vulnerable. Vladimir Putin’s solution was to push the front as far away from Russia as quickly as possible. US president Martin O’Malley knew of Russia’s weakness,and exploited it as much as possible.
In August of 2023, the Pakistani government launched a barrage of nuclear weapons at India, breaking the nuclear ban treaty. The Indians were mostly prepared, though, and used regular warheads to intercept the Pakistani nukes at the top of their trajectories, saving hundreds of millions. One bomb did reach the group, though. New Delhi was incinerated, the Indian government decapitated, but not before launching their own nuclear missiles at Pakistan. The capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, as well as several other cities, were destroyed. The port city of Karachi was spared because the bomb targeting the city exploded as it was launching. Millions were killed by the exchange, including the Pakistani government. In India and Pakistan, military governments took control. A week after the exchange, in early September, Pakistani troops rushed into western India. The cities of Jodhpur and Delhi fell quickly, but their advance was stopped shortly after. Trench warfare ensued, and Indian and Pakistani troops fired on each other for several months with no gains.
In July through September of 2023, the US Navy engaged the Chinese and Russian fleets in the Pacific. Even several World War II era Battleships were pulled into service. Losses were heavy, and ever battle brought the war closer and closer to the American west coast. Alaska fell to Russian troops in August, they then invaded the wastes of northern Canada, covering vast swaths of territory with very few troops. US president Martin O’Malley received growing criticism for his handling of the war and the string of American defeats. Still, he raised American’s hopes by making speeches and attending rallies. Also in July of 2023, Russian troops invaded Sweden, Germany, Czech Rep., Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, eastern Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan. Putin’s plan had entered a new fourth phase: world domination. The Chinese were also rapidly expanding. They invaded Malaysia and the Philippines in July, and defeated them by August. They invaded Indonesia in August, and defeated them by October. The world was crumbling under the might of the Eastern Powers.
In October, China launched a massive offensive over the Himalayas. Chinese troops got no further than the Ganges before they were pinned down by Indian and Pakistan troops, who were still attacking each other. India had moved its capital to Mumbai, far from the Chinese and Pakistani forces, so the Indian military government held out. It was a virtual stalemate in the war in November, Russian troops had been stopped at Copenhagen, Hamburg, Vienna, Belgrade, and Sofia. They had also been stopped at Mosul, Iraq, by US troops, and Tehran Iran. The Chinese had been stopped by the Indian military at the Ganges. The Chinese were also held up by the Indonesian resistance on the Island of Java.
In December, Russian troops defeated the last major German force at Frankfurt. The German Chancellor, Hans Ludwig, was killed when his bullet train was attacked by Russian jets. That same month, the Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani was killed when his convoy was attacked by Russian jets.
In January 2024, Russian planes started bombing runs on the American west coast, targeting military bases, airports, electric plants; any infrastructure. Many Americans, fearing for their lives, fled the west coast, heading inland to cities like Chicago, Houston, Memphis, St. Louis, and Omaha. The Euro collapsed that month, throwing western Europe into economic chaos. With Russian troops only a few miles from the Rhine, the French military braced for impact. US and UK deployments reinforced the front. In the south, Russian troops cut the Greek peninsula of from the rest of Europe, and surrounded the Turkish capital Istanbul. Russian troops were also advancing deep into Iraq, and in Iran they had almost reached the Persian Gulf. In India, Chinese forces finally overpowered the Indian troops and crossed the Ganges. In the East Indies, Chinese troops had conquered New Guinea, and were begging to launched areal attacks on northern Australia.
Chinese troops were poised to invade Australia, and were slowing pushing Indian and Pakistani forces southward. The President of China, Li Yuanchao, was emboldened by his success and claimed that China was invincible. The Chinese yen was on the rise and it seemed nothing could stop the country that was now neck and neck with the US for the title of world’s greatest superpower.
President O’Malley continued trying to keep American morale high as the war went from bad to worse. His popularity dropped as the war went on.
In February of 2024, a massive Chinese invasion force landed on several key points on the California coast. Within days San Francisco had fallen and Los Angeles was nearly conquered. A Russian force swarmed the beaches of Washington State and British Columbia. Vancouver and Seattle were captured quickly but with great Russian losses. By the March 8th, the one year anniversary of the beginning of the war, the entire American (and Canadian) west coast was completely under the control of the Eastern Powers. A mass evacuation of the west coast began, with assistance from the military. The US put up massive defenses in the western Rocky Mountains, from Arizona to Idaho. President O’Malley declared that no army could break America’s spirit. The next day Russian planes bombed Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.
In January 2024, Russian troops streamed into France and Italy. Paris was surrounded and put under siege. After a month, the French President, Lily D’Alle, escaped to Bordeaux, and a day later Paris fell. Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium had fallen in January. Greece and Turkey fell to the Russian onslaught in February, and the US territories of Iraq and Syria were captured in March of that year. Russian troops also invaded Pakistan to assist the Chinese, who had pushed the Pakistanis back to a thin strip along the Arabian Sea. The Pakistanis surrendered that month, the first nuclear power had fallen.
Chinese troops had pushed the Indians as far back as Mumbai, and the Indians had moved their capital to Thengampudur, a city at the very southern tip of the Indian Subcontinent. The Governor General of India, Raguthar Garadi, vowed that India would fight to the last man and never surrender. In April, the China launched a massive invasion of Australia. They landed on the northern coastline of the country, quickly taking the city of Darwin. The Chinese launched missiles at and flew sorties over Australian cities.
In America, the Chinese and Russian forces advanced across the country from west to east. Las Vegas and Phoenix were almost completely deserted as the Chinese troops rolled into both cities with little resistance. The American military had planned this, though, and was trying to protect American citizens. By May, the Chinese had taken territory from Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and Sonora Province, up north across Arizona to Idaho. The Russians had pushed just as far inland, taking the rest of Idaho, all the way north through Canada to the Northwest Passage. The Russians only needed a few thousand troops to cover thousands of miles of virtually uninhabited tundra and boreal forest. Mormon militias put up the primary defense in Utah, halting the Chinese on the western side of the Great Salt Lake. On the east coast, Americans braced for a Russian invasion that all knew was coming, but when was not known.
In June, France fell to Russian forces. The French President fled to Ireland, where many other European leaders had taken refuge. The few European nations still standing, Iceland, Ireland, the United Kingdom,Portugal, Spain, and Italy, put up a fierce resistance, but it was a loosing battle. Also in June, Italy surrendered, and Russia invaded Spain. Another Russian force advanced in Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. With that final push into Muslim territory, the Islamic leaders declared a Jihad, or holy war, against the invading Russians. Bombs started going off in Russian cities, and the fighting against the Russians in Arabia was brutal.
In July, Spain fell to Russian forces. Only Iceland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Portugal remained. Early that month, Russia launched a massive invasion from the northern coast of France. They landed in southern England, and rushed inland. London fell within a week, and the British Prime Minister, Edward Woodward, fled with the rest of the British government to an heavily defended old castle in the Scottish Highlands. The Russians pushed the British farther and farther north, until all of Britain was under Russian control. The British government escaped to Ireland, although they did not receive a warm welcome. Ireland and Portugal was the EU’s last stand, if they lost, the war in Europe was over, and America would have to fight on alone. Israel fell that month, as did Jordan. Saudi Arabian troops were pushed south, deep into the shifting sands of the Arabian desert.
In August of 2024, Russian troops invaded Portugal and Ireland. The leaders of Europe fled to New York City, to the UN headquarters. Ireland, with virtually no military, fell under Russian control within 3 weeks. In Portugal, Russian troops pushed the Portuguese force to a small perimeter around the capital, Lisbon. It seemed that all was lost in Europe, but a fews rays of hope remained. The IRA, or Irish Republican Army, a militant group operating in Ireland under the premise of trying to take Northern Ireland back from the UK, began launching attacks on Russian troops. By the end of August, Russian troops in Ireland were locked into a guerrilla war with a large segment of the 4.5 million strong Irish population. And with American support, Portuguese troops managed to hold on to their little niche. But disaster was about to strike America.
In late August, 2024, an enormous Russian invasion landed on the American east coast. First Cape Cod fell, then the Outer Banks of North Carolina, then eastern Long Island, New York, then the Jersey Shore. The American defense was overwhelmed. Millions of Americans fled east coast cities, and America went into lockdown. The invasion from the west had been halted from Alberta, Canada, through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and at the Rio Grande in New Mexico. The new invasion on the east coast, from Nova Scotia to Florida, was met with heavy resistance, but it wasn't enough. US president Martin O’Malley had barely propped up the country’s sagging morale, and in this election year, with his popularity at 30%, he needed a galvanizing moment. America needed inspiration.
Russian troops invaded Egypt, crushing any resistance. Russia’s advance onto the African continent was only a matter of pride for Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.
By mid-September, Boston had fallen, with most of New England. Most of Long Island had been captured, as well as large swaths of New Jersey. The Delmarva Peninsula hd also been lost, with Virginia beach and much of eastern North Carolina. Russian troops had also landed along the eastern shore of Florida, taking south Florida and east Florida with little resistance. The European leaders who had been staying in New York fled west to Chicago, out of the range of Russian planes and short range missiles. All east coast cities were bombed by Russian planes, including Washington, D.C. President O’Malley, Congress, and the rest of the US government relocated to a temporary HQ in St. Louis, Missouri. By early October, Russian forces had taken most of New York City. The only borough the hadn’t taken was Manhattan. Only a third of the island’s population had fled, 1 million civilians were still on the island, plus 100,000 US troops. Manhattan was surrounded on all sides, cut off from the rest of the world. The Russians pushed west into New Jersey. They captured Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, only hours after the USS Battleship New Jersey escaped into the Atlantic. Baltimore, Maryland was also captured in October. Washington DC was surrounded, and Russian forces tried to enter. At the time of their attack, US president Martin O’Malley was staying in Washington, attending last minute Pentagon meetings. The attack unexpected, and O’Malley had to be rushed out of the White House as Russian troops burt through the front door. The Secret Service rushed him behind enemy lines to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Air Force one made an emergency take off with in a desperate attempt to ferry the president to safety. It failed. The plane made it as far as the Potomac River. The Russians shot it down, and it crashed on the grounds of the East Potomac golf course. Most of the people on board survived, including President O’Malley. The survivors, including O’Malley, fought their way back to the White House, and made in into a bunker below the building called the PEOC. After a few days, Washington DC, the capital of the most powerful nation on earth, fell to Russian troops. On the western front, however, a shocking American victory was won at Helena, Montana, against the Russians. This event was the event US president Martin O’Malley had been waiting for. With this event, his approval rating went from 35% to 51%, just enough to beat his Republican challenger Benjamin Wallis, although O’Malley was in the PEOC under Russian controlled territory during the election.
By November, the Indians had been pushed south of Mumbai by the Chinese. The Indians were fighting with all their military might, and they could only slow the Chinese advance. In Australia, Chinese troops had pushed deep into the outback, setting up camp far from Australian military. The only place Chinese forces had been frustrated was in the western United States. Their advance had been halted by the American military just west of the Continental Divide. The Russian advance across North Africa had been halted near Benghazi by Libyan Jihadists. Russia’s advance south had been halted by the soldiers of a Sudanese warlord. The Russians had been nearly stopped by the Saudi Arabians outside of Medina, and by the Omanis outside of Muscat. The second tallest building in the world at the time, the Burj Khalifa, was part of a major battle in Dubai.
In December 2024, after being trapped in the PEOC for two months, US president Martin O’Malley made a daring escape. Using the beast, the nickname for the heavily armored presidential limousine, to escape, he and a small convoy of SUVs escaped Washington. There were loses, two of the 4 SUVs were destroyed and the beast was banged up, but they made it across American lines in western Virginia. The president made it to St. Louis by train, before Christmas. The daring escape united the nation and gave hope that maybe, just maybe the war could be won.
Manhattan had been cut off from the country, under siege, for two months. In October, as the Russians had closed in, American troops had destroyed ever transportation link between Manhattan and the outside world, except 2. All of the bridges but one were blown up, and all the tunnels but one were flooded. The bridges were not destroyed, but their central deck spans eliminated (by explosives), to be reconstructed when the war was over. Only the 59th St. Queensboro Bridge was not blown up. All of the rail and highway tunnels where flooded, all except for the train tunnel under the Hudson River connecting Pennsylvania Station to Secaucus Station in New Jersey. The tunnel was used to ferry weapons and food to the American troops holding out in Manhattan. The Russians did not know about the tunnel, they assumed all the tunnels had been flooded. Russian troops tried to cross the Queensboro Bridge several times, but every time they were held back. By December, American and Russian fighter jets dueled in the steel and glass canyons of Manhattan. But the Americans held fast. In January 2025, Manhattan was still in American hands.
In January 2025, the tide of the war began to turn. Indian forces had halted the Chinese near Bangalore. The Australians had ended the Chinese advance deep in the Outback. Russian troops had been halted in North Africa and North America, and the Irish resistance and Portuguese foothold was still there. The Chinese had also been stopped along the Rio Grande in New Mexico. One Chinese general, though made a terrible mistake that would lead to the end of the Chinese occupation of western North America. He sent a company across the Rio Grande into Texas, and then trekked south to capture El Paso. Unfortunately for the general, Texans take very seriously the phrase “Don’t mess with Texas”. Upon hearing of the attack, the Governor of Texas called upon his countrymen to take up arms and attack those who dared challenge the State of Texas. 500,000 armed Texans answered the call. By February all of New Mexico and Colorado were under US control.
In January of 2025, the Chinese invaded Panama, farther south Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. The invasion was heavily opposed, and was finally repelled in October of that year. In August of 2025, China invaded Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique, and pushed inland to Zimbabwe. The Chinese were pushed out of Africa in February of 2026.
In February 2025, US troops began a massive push westward. That month they got as far west as Salt Lake City. In the east, the US military, along with armed citizens, began a massive assault on the Russian forces along the coast. South Florida and the area around Washington DC fell quickly, but other areas were better defended. In Manhattan, the American defense was starting to crumble. Several times, Russian troops had made it into the city, by air, by land, and by sea. American troops had only just held them back. American troops pushed east into Russian held parts of New Jersey, in an attempt to relieve the Manhattan defenders. The advance was pinned down in Paterson, miles from the city. But the US military had one more trick up their sleeve. They used helicopters to drop artillery into Manhattan, for the use of American troops. The Americans in Manhattan fired thousands of shells onto the surrounding area, leveling parts of the outer boroughs. But it worked. In March of 2025, American forces pushed the Russians out of New York City.
In Russia, several jihadists blew themselves up in Moscow’s Red Square, and American spies sabotaged Russian infrastructure. Russia started to crack from within. But Russia’s might was still great, and pulling out a victory seemed unlikely still. Russian president Vladimir Putin realized the danger, and dug in on all fronts. Russian troops brutalized native peoples from Ireland to Pakistan and Portugal to the United States. In China, cracks in the state also began to form, from the Indian advance northward, to the Australian counterattacks, to a Thai insurgency, to setbacks in Mexico and the United States, China had overreached, and their offense was breaking down. The Chinese leader, Li Yaunchao, didn't want to believe it. Pakistani and Indian jihadists targeted Chinese cities.
Between February and April 2025, American troops liberated east coast cities. First Miami, Washington, then Baltimore. Then New York, Charleston, and Savannah. Then Philadelphia and Providence. One of the last battles on the American east coast was also the bloodiest. The Battle of Ormond Beach, in northern Florida, was the worst battle on the North American continent. Tens of thousands of soldiers were killed on both sides. America won the battle, but at tremendous cost. By May 2025, the only Russian footholds on the east coast were at the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Cape Cod, where they had first landed. In the west, America troops had pushed the Chinese and Russian forces back into the Sierra Nevada mountains and Cascade Range. Americans in Alaska revolted, causing the Russians even more headache. US president Martin O’Malley, now with a popularity rating of 70%, led America out of the valley of death, between invading Russian and Chinese forces.
In June 2025, the Russian footholds at North Carolina and Massachusetts were eliminated, and the US fleet chased the Russian retreat far into the Atlantic. In the west, American troops punched through Chinese lines to the Pacific near at Coos Bay, Oregon. By July, Baja California, California, and Oregon had been liberated from the Chinese, and Washington and British Columbia had been liberated from the Russians. Only Alaska was still under Russian control, and Hawaii under Chinese domination. In July, American president Martin O’Malley, back in Washington DC with the rest of the US government, coordinated with other European and world leaders to begin two massive offenses. One would we directed west toward Asia, the other to be directed east toward Europe. That month, a joint US-Canadian force pushed deep into Russian held Alaska, capturing Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks within 3 weeks. The Russians made a strategic retreat, and Alaska was back in American hands by early August. On the other side of the Bearing Strait, in virtually uninhabited eastern Siberia, the Russians dug in.
In August, US troops invaded Hawaii, taking island after island from the Chinese. The liberation of Hawaii was another element that unified the Americans, and another blow to the Chinese. It was clear America was back. President O’Malley rallied the American people once again, this time to go on offense. The Portuguese foothold had collapsed, and Europe was completely under Russian control. The United States began building up for not one but two massive invasions. The American Navy pushed the Chinese fleet westward in a series of battles in late 2025. In September through November, the Indian military pushed Chinese troops north. Pakistanis and Indians, who had been fighting each other just a year before, worked together to fight the Chinese and the Russians. Australian troops had surrounded a massive section of the Chinese army, and were quickly tightening the noose. Indonesian jihadists and resistance fighters also began attacking their oppressors, sabotaging Chinese communications.
US president Martin O’Malley ordered special operations forces to attack Russia from with. They sabotaged Russia’s infrastructure, and did as much as possible to disrupt Russian military activities. They even blew up a Russian military base. The secret military operations continued until end of the war.
By January 2026, the Indians had pushed the Chinese back to the Ganges, and were poised to force them back across the Himalayas. The Chinese force trapped in the Australian Outback was destroyed that month. It was a massacre; of the 400,000 Chinese troops, 300,000 were killed and the rest captured. Only about 10,000 escaped. The Battle of the Outback was a tremendous blow to the Chinese. The Chinese people began to lose faith, but Li Yaunchao still though China would come back and win. In the Middle East, Russian troops had been pushed out of North Africa, Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan.
By February, America was ready for the invasions. President O’Malley decided the invasion of Europe would begin first. The Russians new an invasion was coming, but they didn't know where or when. Like the Normandy invasion, America needed to trick the Russians for the invasion to succeed. By providing Russia with bad intelligence, the US managed to convince Russia, especially Vladimir Putin, that the invasion would be at Lisbon, in June. The real invasion would be in Ireland, in April. So, between February and March 2026, the United States prepared for the greatest military operation not only in American History, but world history.
On April 8, 2026, 150,000 American soldiers stormed every major beach on Ireland’s west coast. Ireland’s coastline, largely rocky with high cliffs, was picked because Vladimir Putin though it was too difficult geographically to attack effectively. He was wrong. With the help of the Irish resistance, American troops established captured the entire island within 3 weeks. The Russians didn't know what hit them. They tried to retake the island but were beaten back. America had a foothold in Europe. In May, American troops poured into Scotland and Wales. The Russians fought back, stopping the American advances in northern and western England.
The Australians had, by May 2026, pushed the Chinese out of their country. They were now fighting on the southern islands of Indonesia. China was losing battle after battle, and it seemed nothing could stop their losses. A similar situation in Russia. In Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq, US and Islamic troops pushed Russian forces back to the former Turkish border. The Iranians had forced the Russians back to the Caspian Sea. The Afghanis had revolted, and had pushed the Russians out of their country for the second time.
In June of 2026, the Americans liberated England. While the Russians were concentrating their forces in northern France for an attempt to retake Britain, American troops made a blow that was then unexpected. A huge American invasion force landed on the beaches of Portugal under heavy fire. The Americans managed to make it inland, and capture the port city and Portuguese capital of Lisbon. The Russians didn't think that the Americans could make another invasion, but they were wrong. The Americans moved across Portugal and into Spain before being halted by a major Russian force.
In July the Americans invaded Italy, taking territory up to Rome before being halted. They did the same in Greece and eastern Turkey, reaching Mt. Olympus in Greece and the Black Sea on Turkey’s north coast. The Americans marched into the Caucasus, dangerously close to the Russian homeland. Putin had to respond. He sent another force to stop the American advance.
Then, in August 2026, US president Martin O’Malley decided to launch the second offensive, the Pacific offensive. He started it with one final blow to Russia, an invasion of eastern Siberia via Alaska. This unexpected attack on the Russian homeland was met with heavy but not overwhelming resistance. This final blow caused Russia to loosen their grip on western Europe. The Americans took the opportunity. They advanced across Italy, Spain, and into France from 3 directions. A massive Normandy invasion by the Americans and recently liberated British, along with help from the French resistance, succeeded, and the Russians were pushed out of northern, southern, and western France. Finally, in September, American troops were halted west of Paris.
In September 2026, a massive earthquake shook Peru. The capital, Lima, was damaged but not destroyed. The earthquake killed 2,000 and took Peru out of the war. The war, since 2024 called World War III, was the worst conflict the world had yet seen, and it wasn't over.
Also in September, Paris and the rest of eastern France were liberated by the Americans. By October American troops had made it to the Rhine River, liberating Luxembourg, Belgium, southern Holland and a section of western Germany. The Americans and other restored allies, primarily the UK and France, attacked the Russians in the Alps. They forced the Russians out of Switzerland, but were stopped in Austria. The American advance in Europe was stopped along a line running from the North Sea down the Rhine River to Lake Constance, then along the Alps to Trieste, Italy. In Siberia, the Americans had captured a vast swath of territory, from the Chukchi Peninsula to the Kamchatka Peninsula. They dug in and prepared for the Siberian winter.
By October, Vladimir Putin had stabilized his crumbling empire. The Chinese were fighting hard but were still being defeated on every front. Their greatest losses were on the Pacific front fighting the United States Navy. They had been pushed within 1,500 miles from the Chinese coast.
November through December 2026, the allied front had stalled. The winter of 2026-2027 was to be the most brutal winter of the century in the Northern Hemisphere. The American troops in eastern Siberia were caught off guard, and were unprepared. Even the allies in Europe suffered through the winter tremendously. By January 2027, 3,000 Americans had died, mostly in Siberia.
In January 2027, Indonesian troops had retaken most of their country from the Chinese. The Indians had pushed the Chinese high into the Himalayas, and the Iranians had pushed into Turkmenistan.
By March 2027, the Americans were on the move again in Europe and the Middle East. American troops had finally crossed the Rhine and were pushing into Germany. But the Russians had an ace card. They still controlled most of the Netherlands, a low lying country, much of below sea level. Levees kept the water out, but they could be an achilles heel. The Russians threatened to blow up the levees, flooded large swaths of the country, unless the Americans stopped advancing on all fronts. The Americans stopped their advance for only a month, and after asses the situation, decided to continue the invasion. A large allied force raced into the Netherlands, in an attempt to liberate as much of the country as possible before the Russians could act. The Americans managed to liberate more than half of the country before the Russians followed through with their threat, on direct orders from Vladimir Putin. Thanks to the American liberators, tens of thousands were saved, but 7,000 Dutch citizens were killed. The Allied forces: the United States, United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Brazil, Canada, pushed into Germany, liberating Frankfurt, then Bremen, then Munich, then Hamburg. Denmark was liberated in April. Norway was a Russian stronghold, and the Russians were using it as a launchpad for attacks by air and sea on the United Kingdom and even United States. In May, a large allied invasion swept up the fjords, liberating the city of Bergen, and the capital Oslo within the month.
By June 2027, the Americans made liberated most of Germany, and the German resistance was helping the fight. In Turkey, where the US had been fighting for months, Istanbul was liberated. The Americans pushed up into Bulgaria and Albania. the Dalmatian Coast fell in July, and Serbia in August.
On the Pacific front, US and Canadian troops had been steadily pushing into Siberia, and they were closing in on Vladivostok, Russia’s Pacific seaport. In June 2027, US president Martin O’Malley ordered the commencement of the second phase of the Pacific invasion. In conjunction with the Australian-Indonesian invasion of Chinese dominated Thailand and India’s charge into Tibet, the US sent a massive invasion force to Japan. The country was split between the Russians in the north and the Chinese in the south. The American troops landed up and down the coast under heavy fire. Losses were heavy but the Americans managed to push inland. With the help of the Japanese resistance, American troops defeated the Russians in the north, taking the city of Sendai. The Chinese in the south fought harder, but the Americans were able to take Tokyo. With Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku under American control, Japan was liberated. America had a laughing pad for attacks against China.
The Indians invaded Tibet in July 2027, with tremendous loses. The Indonesians and Australians had liberated Malaysia and invaded Thailand that month as well. All the nations fighting China began coordinating with each other, attacking in different places at the same time to overwhelm the Chinese. By August, southern Vietnam to northern Myanmar were free from Chinese domination.
In September 2027, the allied advance in Europe was halted in western Poland. Berlin had been liberated the month before, as was Vienna. Much of the Balkans had also been liberated. Sweden had also been freed from the Russians that month.
In October, Vladimir Putin tried to save his crumbling empire by launching a massive offensive against the Allies in Poland. If the Allies captured Warsaw, the capital of Poland, Putin would launch the attack. Also in October, the allies had taken back Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. In the Caucasus, American troops had captured Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. They were on Russia’s doorstep. In eastern Russia, the Americans had taken Vladivostok and were attacking northern China and North Korea, which had by then taken the entire Korean Peninsula.
In November, the Indian invasion of Tibet finally bore fruit; they took most of the province as the Chinese defense collapsed. In Beijing, Li Yaunchao was furious.
In November, Allied troops took Warsaw from the Russians. Putin launched what would become known as the Battle of the Burj. A massive Russian force, Putin’s last army, retook Warsaw and pushed deep into the Allied lines. The battle raged until January 2028. Eventually, the Allies pushed the Russians back. This was Russia’s last stand, much like Nazi Germany’s last stand at the Battle of the Bulge in winter 1944-1945. And like Germany, Russia was defeated in the battle. In Siberia, the Americans had followed the Trans-Siberian Railroad, and were was far west as Lake Baykal. The Americans had also invaded Manchuria in northern China.
In December 2027, US troops invaded and liberated the Philippines. Another blow to the Chinese.
In January 2028, the United States invaded Korea, under the leadership of 45 year old dictator Kim Jong-Un, from the north and south. Just before the Americans captured Seoul, the former capital of South Korea, the Koreans detonated a rudimentary nuclear warhead in Seoul, with devastating effect. Tens of thousands were killed. Nevertheless, Korea fell. Kim Jong-Un fled to China, a close ally. The Chinese fought hard, trying to invade Korea to no avail. By January, China had been confined to an even smaller area than it had at the start of the war. That month the US invaded Taiwan, taking the island within a month.
In February 2028, the Allies in Europe invaded Finland, the Baltic States, Belarus, and Ukraine. Putin knew it was all over, so he made a last ditch decision to save Russia. He decided to use weapons that were still under development, but if perfected would be the next generation of nuclear weapons. The Russians pulled out, and as the allies entered Kiev unopposed, Putin unleashed his secret weapon. Hundreds of thousands of square miles of land, from forest to city, was blown away and burned. Not only were the cities obliterated, but the land itself was burned. A huge swath of territory from the Gulf of Finland to the Black Sea were rendered utterly uninhabited. Every person within the blast zones were killed. up to 12 million people were killed by the Russian weapons. Russia also launched individual bombs at European and North American cities. Only 2 minor American cities were destroyed: Fresno, California and Indianapolis, Indiana. In Europe, Belgrade, Serbia was the only city destroyed. The Americans and Europeans responded, and several Russian and Chinese cities were destroyed with conventional nuclear weapons. With a Chinese responds that succeed only in knocking out power to the American Midwest, the Chinese attack did little to harm America. American, European, Chinese, and Russian nuclear defense systems had saved millions. But the war was not over.
In March 2028, the United States invaded the Chinese mainland from Mongolia and at Shanghai and Hong Kong, the Australians invaded from the south, and the Indians from the southwest. In Europe, the Allies invaded Russia from St. Petersburg, the Crimea, and the Caucasus, going around the charred, radioactive steppes of Ukraine. The Iranians also invaded Russia through central Asia. American troops coming from the east had reached Kazakhstan and were fighting the Russians alongside the Iranians.
In April 2028, with Allied forces on the outskirts of Moscow, 76 year old Vladimir Putin fled the city by train. Unbeknownced to the citizens of Moscow or the Allied troops, Putin had left a literal ticking time bomb in the Kremlin. On April 9, 2028, a massive nuclear blast flattened Moscow, killing at least 1 million, mostly Russians. Two days later, with Putin nowhere to be found, Russia surrendered. The war in Europe was over. In China, the Americans and other Pacific allies had captured most of the country, but with heavy resistance. Only Beijing remained in Chinese hands. For a month, Li Yaunchao held off the Americans. Finally, on May 31, the Americans broke through and captured the city, with isolated pockets of resistance remaining. That day, Li Yaunchao committed suicide in his bunker under Beijing. Two days later, China surrendered.
On June 2, 2028, World War III, the deadliest war in human history, ended. America and her allies had won. The war had claimed up to 90 million lives. In the months after the war, Russia imploded. The state government collapsed with the ruble, and a void was formed. China was rebuilt with a democratic government, and it was tied closely to the US. St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad became European Union trust territories. Eastern Siberia, from the Chukchi Sea to Vladivostok, became US territory. Another large section of Siberia became Canadian territory. Korea was united and rebuilt under a democratic government.
In June 2028, US troops captured former Russian president Vladimir Putin in Beirut, Lebanon. They brought him back to St. Petersburg, then to New York City to be tried for war crimes. He was found guilty and sentenced to death. He was hanged in front of the UN in a ceremony involving the leaders of every country involved in the war. Kim Jong-Un, the former Korean dictator, was never found. He was presumed dead.
The radioactive wasteland of Ukraine and Belarus, now simply called “Hell”, remained uninhabitable. In the years after the war, expeditions from many countries would go in to do research. many did not come back.
In November 2028, US president Martin O’Malley’s two terms as president had nearly come to an end. The 2028 presidential election pitted democrat Elizabeth Pearson against republican Marco Rubio. Pearson won, becoming the first female president in American history. In January 2029, President O’Malley left office with a 65% approval rating. President Elizabeth Pearson took office with great optimism and fanfare.
In January 2029, the recovery of Europe continued with the breaking ground of a massive metal wall that was to run from northern Estonia to the Ukrainian coast. The wall was to separate Europe from “Hell”. The wall was to be 30 feet high and 4 feet thick made out of steel and tungsten. The wall was scheduled to be completed in 2036, an amazingly short period of time for such a great structure, only 7 years.
In July 2029, Scotland voted to break away from the United Kingdom and became an independent country. The war had destroyed the UK's economy, and English politicians had voted to levy heavy taxes on Scotland and Wales, prompting Scotland's succession. In January of 2030, Northern Ireland, which had been a Protestant majority north part of Ireland, voted to leave the United Kingdom and join the rest of Ireland. The Catholic population had overtaken the Protestant population, and the ratio then stood at 60%-40%.
US president Elizabeth Pearson gave major tax breaks to green energy companies. She also increased former President O’Malley’s carbon tax. Sea levels had risen nearly a foot by 2029, and most of the country realized they were in trouble. Pearson also finally equalized men’s and women’s pay rates. She also reignited the NASA and made a decree that the United States would send a manned mission to Mars before her presidency was over.
Throughout 2029, and the 2030s a baby boom occurred, much like the post WWII baby boom. Waves of immigrants from the Europe and Asia fled their war torn homelands for a new life in America. Immigration from Latin America also began to slow. The American car industry returned partially force, and Detroit began to grow again. The American robotics industry was also taking off. Chicago was the heart of American robotics, and its status and population rose.