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An Overview of the current global political situation and continuing trends in international relations in the World.
Alliances & The Balance of Power
The North Seas Alliance or NSA is a group of states that were allied with the Anglo-Dutch Union at the end of the Second World War that chose not to side with the USA and the Richmond-Caracas Alliance or the Algiers Pact led by Spain and the Ottoman Empire. During the Cold War it was one of the two major alliances and its members continue to dominate world politics despite growing concerns over what the NSA's place is in a world where today's enemies could easily be tomorrows friends.
- The Anglo-Dutch Union
- The Empire of Japan
- The Kingdom of India
- South Africa
The Rio De Janeiro-Mexico City Axis
A broad alliance between several south American states the Axis was formed between Mexico and Brasil when the last remaining non Francoist state aside from themselves, Venezuela fell to a coup during the Cold War. Broadly speaking is allied with the NSA and Brasil has observer status in the NSA and the Union observer status in the Axis. However the Latin American states do sometimes take individual action, the most notable time being in 1990 when a team of Brazilian and Mexican marines stormed the Vatican to rescue the Pope.
The Central Asian Alliance
The Heir to the legacy of the Algiers Pact as the worlds second most powerful alliance the CAA is an alliance between the Union's two greatest current threats as well as the one time Union colony of Malaysia. Primarily concerned over containing religious extremism the CAA has the potential to be the world greatest power block, if its members don't tear themselves apart first.
The Canal's Pact
Concerned mostly with freedom of trade and the opening of the Suez and Panama canals the Pact monitors and enforces the freedom of trade as well as being an old boy's club for its members, all former great powers to moan and gripe. Despite this when the Pact does act it can be surprisingly successful having forced both Egypt and Panama to keep the Canals open with military force.
The Arab League
The Arab League is both a Federal state encompassing most of the middle east and an alliance between that federal state and other Muslim countries that together control nearly two-thirds of the world's oil. While its military power is only slight the League has considerable economic influence and could pose a threat to the NSA in the future,
The Balance of Power
Most scholars had assumed that the economic collapse of the Algiers Pact and the US-Venezuelan alliance would end any competition between world powers and the world would be forced to accept NSA domination of the Globe. The Anglo-Dutch Civil War proved this to be entirely wrong, the collapse of any sort of NSA hegemony as the alliance tore itself apart has allowed for the rise of new challengers to the NSA. Despite this the NSA and the Union remain in control of the global situation, even if in certain regions there influence is under threat.
As well as the system of alliances that dominated the global sphere rivalries also exist between nations that seek to control one particular area. These rivalries can have an equal influence or even surpass alliances in the international sphere. This was particularly evident in the 1920's when the USA and Japan despite both belonging to the Imperial Alliance went to war over the Pacific.
The USA V Japan
One of the most well known international rivalries the USA and Japan have been in conflict over control of the Philippines and other Pacific Islands since the end of WWI. Japan currently has the upper had as a result of backing the right side of the Anglo-Dutch Civil War but has since seen its attention draw east towards an increasingly hostile China and some analysts predict the USA may soon make a move for the Midway Islands.
Argentina V Brasil
With the exception of forty years between 1920 and 1960 Argentina and Brasil have been in almost constant conflict with each other. Initially Argentina had the upper hand but the 20th century saw Brasil become a major world power that supplanted Argentina, furthermore Brasil's possession of the Atomic Bomb and its willingness to use it if necessary have in the past stopped the Argentines doing anything drastic. Since the seizure of the Falklands in the Anglo-Dutch civil war however Argentina, too, has nuclear weapons and the conflict in South America could threaten to engulf the world if it breaks out once more.