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The Fourth World War was the international conflict that involved most of the world's countries from 2004 to 2010. The War marked the end of the Detente, an era of relative cooperation between the Soviet Union and western powers, a period that had begun in 1994, in the Rwandan Intervention.

Prelude to War

At the end of the Soviet invasion of the Middle East, the Soviet Union and its allies and the Confederate States of America and its allies were at an uneasy peace. The two power blocs were already at odds to due vastly differing ideologies, and it would take only a spark to set the powder keg of international relations off.

In 2004, the Soviet Union announced the nations under its occupation would be reformed as satellite states under communist governments. The newly elected Confederate president, Mike Huckabee, a replacement for outgoing president Gary Bauer, decried the Soviet Union as "empire building." Despite this, Soviet premier Gennady Yanayev announced he would be continuing with the plan, backed by hardliners such as Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin.

In 2004, in Cairo, United Arab Republic, Confederate occupation soldiers Timothy Davis and Robert Breckinridge through grenades into a Soviet garrison outside the city, a crime motivated by political beliefs. This action was decried by the Soviet Union and its puppet states. Under hardliner pressure, Yanayev regretfully declared a state of War with the Confederacy, the Republic of Texas, and the Republic of the Middle Atlantic.

The Middle Eastern Theater, 2004 - 2005

As the war began, Confederate and other Allied forces stormed into Soviet camps in Pakistan and Egypt. Soviet forces responded by attacking Confederate garrisons in the area, and started shipping troops to Soviet - allied Cuba.

A stumbling block to the war was Israel. Israel had fought for the coalition in the invasion of the Middle East, but
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Confederate troops on patrol in Syria

maintained a steadfast neutrality. Confederate and Soviet troops harassed one another with naval assaults via the Red and Mediterranean seas. A Confederate landing in Syria only made matters worse.

However, by January 2005, the Soviet Union had finished removing the Confederate forces from Syria and Pakistan, leaving Egypt and most of the Maghreb in Confederate hands. The Soviet landing in Egypt seemed to be the beginning of the end, but Huckabee had a trick up his sleeve.

The War becomes Global, 2005-2006

In February 2005, Huckabee made his famous Richmond Declaration, stating the only way to save Western civilization was the whole of the Post-Union States and Europe to join in the War against the Soviet Union and its allies. Premier Yanayev laughed off Huckabee's call to action until he realized how much Europe was against the USSR.

Confederate Secretary of State Newt Gingrich was sent to several European and Post-Union States, and found
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Free Republic of Germany tank outside Berlin.

support in leaders such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Griffin, Jean-Marie Le Pen, and Nikolaos Michaloliakos, among others.

Within weeks, French, British, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian troops began pouring into Soviet-held Germany. Under the command of David Richards, the multinational force, with backing of certain Post-Union states, began the "liberation" of Germany, pushing into Berlin by August 2005.

In the Americas, the Confederacy, California, Texas, the Republic of the American Southwest, and Cascadia began an invasion of Soviet-held British Columbia, officially the Pacific Canadian S.S.R. Rebellious cells throughout the Republic rushed to aid the Allies in their campaign, capturing Vancouver Island in May.

Allied Advancements, 2006-2007

The Allied powers quickly began to consolidate their power in occupied Germany and British Columbia, and began the famous January Offensive into Poland and Czechoslovakia. By February 2006, the Allies were able to take Warsaw from the Soviets, and later Krakow. Here, Lech Walesa was installed as the leader of the Allied-backed Democratic Republic of Poland.
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Allied field medic outside Krakow.

In the British Columbian front, the Allied powers continued the struggle northward into the Yukon. Soviet forces, most of which were being diverted to the European front from the Middle East, were desperately holing up around Whitehorse, waiting for supplies that were hardly arriving.

Japan, under Takeo Hiranuma, began the bombing of Vladivostok in June 2006, and landed troops in July. Forces from the People's Republic of Eastern Asia began to flood into Korea to defend against Japanese naval bombardments.

In Soviet-held Cuba, Confederate submarines had blockaded the island in an attempt to prevent a Soviet assault from Cuba. However, a significant number of troops from the USSR had already been garrisoned on the island beforehand, only awaiting an order to strike Florida.

In January 2007, the Allies were able to reach the farthest they would in Europe: the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The fact that the Allies had taken a capital of one of the original Soviet republics was a cause for jubilation, with celebrations in London, Richmond, Austin, and other Allied cities.

With the situation looking grim for the Soviets, Premier Yanayev put into effect the Anchorage-Bonn Plan, a strategic reorganization of Soviet military forces in a way that could hopefully turn the tide of the war. The plan, designed by Anatoly Serdyukov and Vladimir Putin, called for a far more liberal use of nuclear weapons and submarines, a doubling of military manufacturing quotas, the immediate conscription of youth out of secondary school, and the allowing of women to serve in certain military capacities.

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