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Cold War (Early Colonization)

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The Cold War is the state of competition for global supremacy after World War II by Virginia, the main power of the west, and China, the main power of the east.


Far East Crisis

After the end of World War II, the globe was dominated by the war's victors. The main problem following World War II was where the new borders would be. China and the Republic of Alaska disputed over the Far East. China had won the land in World War I, but was taken over by the Russians in World War II. The Republic of Alaska invaded these lands and had occupied them. Alaska refused to give it back. After several days of negotiations the Chinese ordered their navy to blockade the Far East. Alaska ordered China to stop the blockade or face war. After pressures from the Nations Cooperative (NC), China ended its blockade and Alaska gave the Far East back to China.

Balkan Crisis

After World War II the Austria-Hungary Empire split into two separate nations, Austria and Hungary. The Ottoman Empire had invaded Austrian-Hungarian land with the Soviets in World War II, and after Russia had invaded the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans pushed the Russians back and soon occupied the lands they had in Austria-Hungary before. Now that the war was over, Hungary demanded the lands back from the Ottomans. The Ottomans refused and minor skirmishes began in the disputed land. The NC decided to step in and created the Balkan Compromise, which would give half of the lands to Hungary and half to the Ottoman Empire.

Race for the Bomb

The Race for the Bomb was a race for the develop of a nuclear bomb between Virginia and China. Germany had used the power of the nuclear bomb in World War II by dropping it on Montpelier. Virginia and China both knew that the power of this weapon would give them an advantage. So the Race for the Bomb began.

Virginia's research project was led by physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. During World War II many Virginians feared that France and Russia and developing nuclear weapons to use, so the Oak Ridge Project began. Oak Ridge. Tennessee was chosen as the main place for development because its hydroelectric power could be used to power the uranium enrichment processes. Scandinavia allowed for Virginia to use Markland for the project, so another site chosen for the project was at Chalk River. On the Ohio River the city of Buckeye was established because the river's waters could cool down the reactors which produced the plutonium. A testing ground was chosen in the Arctic Circle.

China first learned of Virginia's nuclear program in the middle of World War II. However, it could begin its program because of it fighting against Soviet Russia and Japan. When World War II ended, China tried to recruit Soviet and Japanese scientists for employment in the Chinese nuclear program. The most notable recruits were Russian Igor Kurchatov and Japanese Yoshio Nishina. China used resources all across China and Siberia for the project. Testing grounds were chosen at Lop Lake in China and Kotelny Island in Siberia.

Virginia won the Race for the Bomb in 1959 with a nuclear test on Banks Island in the Arctic Circle. China was only a little behind Virginia but Kurchatov's death in 1960 set back the project. China would finally have its first nuclear test in 1964 in Lop Lake.


Greek War

The Greek War broke out in 1950 and ended in 1954. The Kingdom of Greece which was created after the Greek War of Independence was occupied during World War II, but after it would be split in North Greece which supported the Ottomans, and South Greece which opposed the Ottomans. In 1948 Virginia declared its support for South Greece, but this did not stop North Greece from invading in 1950.

Virginian soldiers were shipped in and fought against the North Greeks. In 1952, when victory for South Greece and Virginia seemed imminent, the Ottoman Empire entered the war and thousands of Ottoman troops poured in South Greece. By the end of 1952 the Ottomans had neared Athens, the capital of South Greece. Virginian leaders talked about the use of nuclear bomb to end the war. However, Virginian victories and the retreat of Ottoman soldiers to North Greece ended the talks ended.

In 1954 the two sides, tired from the fighting, ended the war. Pre-war boundaries were established.

Virginian Involvement in South East Asia

After successfully defending South Greece in the Greek War, the Virginians hoped to expand their influence in South-East Asia. Their main opponent in this was China. China, after narrowly getting back the Far East, hoped to expand their influence in South-East Asia in order to have some allies. Thus began the Race for the South-East.

With the US already having bases in Thailand and the Philippines, China ordered the coup d'etat of Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh with a president that supported China. This angered people in southern Vietnam, and they created the nation of South Vietnam.

New Nations in the Former RSR

In the 50's, the winners of World War II were tasked with what to due with their new land in the former Soviet Union. The ETO made the first move, by combining their occupied territories into the Russian Republic, a democratic nation with the capital at Moscow. The new nation was aligned with ETO and joined the organization in 1961.

Following this creation, China used their occupied land to created the nation of Siberia, with the capital at Omsk. Despite this nation's independence, China continued to use bases there. A pro-Chinese dictatorship was installed, and Siberia become a Chinese satellite state, and would be a founding member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The Ottomans also had land in the former Soviet state, land in Central Asia. The Ottomans had decided to leave these lands after World War II, but after their expansion into Iran, decided to come back to these lands. The Ottomans were faced with unorganized land, ruled by warlords. The Ottomans occupied in 1958, a year after the invasion started. The nation of Turkestan was created, with the capital at Astana. Turkestan would help the Ottomans in many conflicts, including the war in Afghanistan.

Castro's Rebellion

In 1956, Virginia had occupied Spain's southern North Brendanian colonies for 11 years. This angered one Philippian named Fidel Castro. He wanted his homeland free from Virginian rule. In 1954 he began a movement in southern Philippia with a goal of freeing southern Philippia. This worried Virginia, so the CIA was sent in to assassinate Fidel Castro. The assassinate attempt failed by Fidel Castro's brother, Raul Castro, was killed. This angered Fidel Castro and fueled his hope for independence.

In 1956 Spaniards all across southern Philippia raised up in rebellion against Virginia. The rebels quickly overran bases and soon occupied parts of the occupation zone. Virginia ordered its military to restore order. It could not and the rebellion continued.

Vietnam War

The Vietnam War lasted from 1955 to 1975. It occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.The war was fought between North Vietnam, supported by China, South Vietnam, supported by Virginia, and Mao Zedong's communist fighters.

The war was originally fought between South Vietnam and North Vietnam, but soon China entered the war on the North's side. Virginia, in order to keep its hopes to protect south-east Asia from China, entered soon after. Throughout the war Mao Zedong and his Viet Cong attacked both sides, hoping to take control of Vietnam and create a Communist nation.

Following South Vietnam's refusal to several North Vietnamese demands that South Vietnam join the North, North Vietnam invaded in 1955. China refused to enter the war due to the North starting. North Vietnam had some successes at first, but Mao Zedong entered the war and began a guerrilla warfare campaign against North Vietnam. The North's advance started to slow, and the South pushed them back to the border. The South then invaded the North's territory.

China, fearing that North Vietnam would be overrun, entered the war and dealt defeat after defeat to the South, and soon they were back at the border again. China and North Vietnam then entered South Vietnam again, quickly advancing. Virginia also shared the same fear as China, and they also believed that if South Vietnam fell to China, countries surrounding it would fall as well. As a result in 1961, Virginians entered the war to help South Vietnam.

Virginia hoped to end the war quickly, but it soon became bogged down in its attacks. Operation Blizzard was the code name for a Virginian operation where it would strike all across Vietnam from bases in Laos and Cambodia. While most of the targets were taken, Hue remained in North Vietnamese control. The Battle of Hue lasted until June 1963, with over 2000 Virginian soldiers killed.

Virginia's bases in Laos and Cambodia soon came under attack from the Viet Cong. The Viet Cong soon cut off supply lines to occupied lands in North Vietnam, and slowly North Vietnam came back under Chinese control. Virginia did not want to see and ordered and attack be made from Hue into North Vietnam. Virginian soldiers advanced but soldiers were surrounded at Dong Ap Bia Mountain. North Vietnamese soldiers advanced up the mountain, but the Virginian defenses kept them at bay long enough for the Virginians to be evacuated.

Most of North Vietnam was now in Virginian control. China would not allow for North Vietnam to fell, so it made its ally Siberia enter the war. Sheer numbers made up for the Siberian soldiers lack of training and combat experience. Chinese, North Vietnamese and Siberian soldiers successfully defended Hanoi, the capital of North Vietnam, from Virginia and South Vietnam. Then they slowly made their way south, making it to the border.

All sides, weary from the 17 year war, attempted to sign a peace treaty in 1972. However, the treaty made South Vietnam have the city of Hue, which North Vietnam wanted. War began again. North Vietnam soldiers made it to Hue in 1974. However, they could not take it and were pushed again. North Vietnam, accepting that they could not take Hue, signed a peace treaty, ending the war.


Nepal Missile Crisis

In 1967 relations between China and Virginia were never good, and the Vietnam War brought them to an all time low. After atomic bombs were created many thought they would be used in war. China, after Virginia entered the Vietnam War, decided to place them the Yucatan Peninsula, which could easily target Virginian cities, such as Woodrow, Virginia's only port on the Pacific.

When Virginia received word of this, it placed atomic weapons in Nepal, which gained independence from China in 1947. Nepal was very close to China, and this worried Chinese leaders. China ordered that Nepal's pro-American president be assassinated. The assassination attempt, along with a rebellion, failed. China then told Virginia to remove the atomic weapons.

Virginia stated that their atomic weapons would be removed if China's atomic weapons be removed from Yucatan. It looked like a full scale war would begin between the two sides, but Virginia's creation of the hydrogen bomb forced China to agree with the deal.

Ottoman Invasion of Afghanistan

The Ottomans, after securing their new Iranian territories after the invasion, began looking to expand into areas to the west. Afghanistan was chosen as the nation to expand to. However, the Ottomans decided to install an Ottoman-allied government. The government ruled peacefully until 1968, when rebellions rose up all across Afghanistan. The Ottomans then invaded to help the government in 1969.

By 1971 the Ottomans had control of most of the country and were advancing toward Kabul. Victory here meant that the rebelling Mujahideen were be defeated and order would be restored to the country. The Ottomans were surprisingly defeated here, due to the fierce resistance and the rebel leadership of Saddam Hussein. Following the defeat of Kabul, Virginia decided to secretly send supplies to the Mujahideen. The rebels slowly began pushing the Ottomans back.

By 1974 the Ottomans were almost pushed out of Afghanistan. The rebels defeated the Ottomans all across the country, but the Ottomans decided for one last push. The push gained momentum but was stopped by rebellion in Iraq, which was orchestrated by Hussein. The rebels took control of supply lines and stopped the Ottoman advance. The Ottomans were forced to retreat through Iraq, and were constantly assaulted by rebels. By 1979 the war was over, and Afghanistan and Iraq were gone from the Ottoman Empire.

The Ottoman War in Afghanistan was one of the worst military defeats the Ottomans had ever suffered. Saddam Hussein would become president of Iraq, and by 1985 the rebels won in Afghanistan. The new country was allied to Virginia, and would become a hotspot in the Cold War due to its closeness to China.

Beginning of Battleground Africa

In 1974, the African Union nearly 25 years old, and slowly installing peace and security to the continent. However, that same year, a Chinese-backed coup overthrew the ruler of Ethiopia, and Ethiopia was a battleground between loyalists and rebels. The Chinese used Ethiopia to launched invasions into the Horn of Africa. The Horn turned into a battleground.

The African Union, hoping to show that it could handle a crisis, supported a coalition made up of members and nations around the Horn. They launched a campaign into the Ogaden region. The attack was repelled in less than a year. More bad news came. A war erupted in Chad between Chinese-backed Libya and Chadian rebels against Chad. War began between Uganda and Tanzania after years of strained relationships and rebellions. In Angola, violence began between British rebels, the Chinese backed MPLA, and the anti-Chinese UNITA. Mozambique suffered from this as well.

Battleground Africa

Battleground Africa, as its was called, occurred all around Africa, and became a hot spot in the Cold War. In many countries, the war was between a West-supported side and an East-supported side. In Southern Africa, much of the violence was caused by the local British population. Battleground Africa lasted for 28 years, from the the coup of Ethiopia to the conquering of South Africa.

First Years of War: Eastern Wins

In the first years of the war many African nations suffered defeats from Chinese-supported militias. In the Horn, Ethiopia launched an invasion of Somalia, which it conquered in a year. Ethiopia then turned north into Eritrea. Persistent defenders kept the Ethiopians out. Ethiopia did conquer Djibouti. In conquered lands, Chinese military bases were created. In 1975, Kenya's government was overthrown and placed under a Chinese-backed rule. With the Chinese spreading its rule in eastern Africa, the African Union sent soldiers to countries bordering them.

In Southern African, the British revolted against their African rulers. This was mostly felt in South Africa, where the British gained control of the entire country. South African began sending soldiers to aid the rebellion in other countries. The British were against the Chinese, and frequently British and Chinese militias fought against each other. By 1977, the British had control over most of Southern Africa, but a militia overthrew the government, and the lands controlled by the British fell into anarchy. The Chinese decided to use this to their advantaged invading to southern coast of South Africa.

War Continues

By 1979, war consumed all of Africa. On the western coast, rebellions were fought against the governments. The Ivory Coast and Benin soon fell, but other countries were still fighting. In the summer of 1978, a military-led coup overthrew president William R. Tolbert. A counter-coup was attempted by forces led by Charles Taylor, which threw the country into chaos. With the loss of an ally, Virginia became upset. Rebellions continued all along the western coast. Morocco was soon taken by rebels.

The situation worsened so much that ETO, led by Scandinavia, decided to send soldiers to Africa. The main mission was to keep areas not consumed by the violence under control, and would fight to regain territories later. With the ETO gaining control of South Western Africa, China gave its guerrillas more supplies and weaponry. Warfare continued throughout the continent. The situation worsened when Egypt, a nation allied with the Ottoman Empire, invaded Libya. ETO and African Union forces then invaded Egypt. Though the fighting was not fierce, it drew soldiers from other parts of Africa.

In North Western Portugal, it was anything but calm. With the aid of rebels, Morocco invaded the Western Sahara, land claim by Morocco. Morocco also sent small raids into eastern Algeria. While all of this was happening Virginia was silently watching. Virginia saw Morocco as a threat to occupied Spain and Portugal. Virginia hoped to contain Morocco by aiding its enemies with supplies and weapons. When its enemies slowly gained the upper hand, Morocco suspected Virginian involvement. Morocco then seized the island of Montana Clara, which contained Virginian civilians. The Virginian president ordered Operation Falcon Wing, which was unsuccessful. This failure secured Chester Wilkins presidential election.

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