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On April 5th, 1991, George W Bush is the current President of the United States of America. At exactly 1:42 PM he receives an urgent distress message from the recently installed Hubble Space Telescope. The message contains attached high-resolution images of a large meteorite hundreds of km in diameter known by scientists as Nova Superior, a large fragment from the recently exploded asteroid Nova Galactic. Nova Galactic exploded six months ago when it collided with one of Jupiter's moons. The largest fragment (Nova Superior) had begun the journey earthward ever since.

Scientists predict that there is a 55.5% that Nova Superior will collide with the Earth, although they cannot be certain until more research has been made. If it does hit the Earth's surface, they will know for sure in the timeframe of two years.

(Here our timeline begins)

April 14th, 1991 - George Bush contacts other world leaders and calls them to a secret meeting in Bombay/Mumbai. There they all discuss the situation and vote not to alert the people of the world, on the grounds that there would be mass panic and an economical crisis. Meanwhile, scientists conduct research.

February 11th, 1992 - Scientists confirm that Nova Superior is still earthbound and has not diverted from its course - it is yet unknown whether impact will occur. Bush calls in another meeting, earning little to no results. Again the world politicians unanimously agree to keep the issue a secret.

October 29th, 1992 - US President George Bush begins to construct a secret bunker for himself and choice members of his Cabinet in the even that contact with Nova Superior do likewise. Other world leaders begin to do likewise. Scientists begin to wrap up their research on the Nova Superior issue.

December 2nd, 1992 - Contact with Nova Superior is confirmed to occur in 3 - 5 months. Bush begins to transfer his money from Swiss bank accounts and into his private bunker stash. He then holds another meeting. Again the over-all vote is to hide it from the public.

January 18th, 1993 - Time to Impact: 72 days. Word of Nova Superior is leaked to the media - the world goes into uproar. Bush and other government officials all over the world retreat into hiding. Angry riots erupt everywhere, especially in the Middle East. Troops are being pulled out of Afghanistan.

March 5th, 1993 - Time to Impact: 25 days. The world is in chaos. Fear runs rampant across the globe. Religious groups come into into the street, praying to God. All space stations are abandoned due to the situation planet side. THe world holds its breath.

March 30th, 1993, 1:55 AM - Impact. Nova Superior collides with Upper Africa and the Middle East, obliterating the underlying regions of Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. The impact sends thousand of particles of debris into the air, clouding the sky and completely blocking out the sun for a period of four days. Large parts of Africa and Southern Europe (Spain, Greece, and Turkey) are submerged, including the entire Middle East. What non-submerged land neighboring the impact site, or "Zone Zero", are wrecked by earthquakes that travel through the planet's tectonic plates, reaching power levels never experienced before in modern history. The San Andreas Fault line in North America shifts, sending the entire city of Los Angeles California and the outlying suburbs to plunge into the Pacific. After the period of mass earthquakes ceases (known by the world as "The Shake"), mega-tsunamis spawn all over the world, ravaging coastal North and South America, parts of Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Madagascar, Africa, and Greenland in what is known as "The Deluge". Communications are lost all over the world - radios turn only to static. Electricity in many continents is non-existent. The Impact of Nova Superior could have spelled the end of the world.

May 9th, 1993 - Civilization begins to emerge from the rubble. Most notable are China, the remnants of South America, and Europe. Japan, whose technology was virtually unharmed, manages to re-establish a basic communications network with North America, Europe, and China.

July 27th, 1993 - China begins to merge with Mongolia and South Korea, aiming to create the Communistic society of New China. South America elects a President and establishes the Peruvian Union, which inhabits all of remaining South America. The fate of the pre-Impact South American President is unknown.

August 11th, 1993 - In North America the remaining American States emerge from the rubble of many major cities. They announce over radio broadcast that they are joining together to form Central State, governed by a democratic election system. Farther north, Canada comes together to create The Republic Provinces of Canada (RCP), their territory encompassing much of Canada and the Northwestern Passages.

October 1st, 1993 - Thailand merges with India, creating the country of Thai-India. Also, Japan, ruled by their pre-Impact leader, expands its territory, much to New China's discomfort. Europe, suffering greatly from the loss of Spain, Greece, and Italy, form the European Coalition and become a major superpower, commandeering trade routes overseas between North America and the Peruvian Union.

October 7th, 1993 - Australia, under heavy political and economical stress, divides. Western Australia joins with Indonesia to form Austronesia, while Southern Australia and Tasmania ally with New Zealand to form Greater Zealand. New Guinea, now a group of small tropical islands with a meager, relatively pacifist population, remains neutral in Greater Zealand and Austronesia's current feud over land.

October 21st, 1993 - Alaska declares itself to be renamed "Alaskia" and, led by a Capitolistic-like group, expands its territory. It ends at the Alaskan Gulf, a narrow body of water made by the The Shake that cuts it off from OTL Canada (ATL Republic Provinces of Canada). The European Coalition becomes worried about Russia when Russia's fragile government breaks apart and several pro-Soviet politicians resurrect the Soviet Union.

August 10th, 1993 - Several cities in Central State decide to join together to create "The Capitol", a large populated territory where a council can the govern over the rest of CS as a whole. Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona refuse to be governed by the others and cross over the Impact-made Mexican Canal by ship to Mexico, which is experiencing serious food shortages and riots. Mexico is now technically an island. The European Coalition consecrates trade routes with New China and Thai-India, trading things like food, silk, clothing, and oil.

November 2nd, 1993 - Japan grows increasingly hostile towards its neighbors (New China and Thai-India), and begins to isolate itself from them. North Korea attempts to rebuild their government as its citizens, tempted by stories of New China's efforts at rehabilitation, are on the brink of revolt. Meanwhile, due to the Middle East being obliterated, oil has become increasingly sparse in many cities.

December, 1993 - Mexico, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico join together to form the state of Mexico-Texas. Also, the RPC and Central State alliance with each other. Alaskia also attempts to ally with the RPC. Mexico-Texas, however, does not, declaring independence from north America. This may have been due to their tense relations with Central State.

1994 and 1995 -The citizens of Hudson Bay create the Hudson Bay Area, a cluster of small towns and villages surrounding the Hudson Bay. Due to Hudson Bay Area's richness of materials it soon grows wealthy and swells in population. It becomes a Wild West type country, with its main advantage being that it has large amounts of oil. In Asia, attempt at a stable government collapses in North Korea when its people revolt - the Emperor is trampled to death by rioters. Japan takes advantage of the chaos and invades North Korea, taking control of their resources and land. New China and Thai-India grow increasingly worried about Japan invading. Alaskia becomes aware of Japan's invasion of North Korea and starts to create an army - the RPC and Central State do the same. Mexico-Texas solves the food shortage problem by plotting more agricultural land and developing fishing industries in the Mexican Canal. Coupled with creating trade routes with the Peruvian Union, Mexico-Texas soon swells. The Peruvian Union, who have managed to stay largely positive in its post-Impact recovery, becomes an ally with Mexico-Texas. Far away, in the Southern Dominion, the feud between Austronesia and Greater Zealand escalates into war. The Guinea Islands, now an independent nation, hastily tries to put together an army, but remains neutral in the matter.

1996 and 1997 - Japan, wielding its highly trained army, turns its evil eye on Russia. Russia, busy constructing its new Soviet government, doesn't see the Japanese coming until its too late. Its border is breached and Japan swiftly captures more land. They make a move toward Moscow, planning to overrun it and take control of Russia. But the Russians, alarmed by their border breach, quickly pool all their resources into combatting the Japanese. The European Coalition puts up its guard. So does New China and Thai-India, who are now allied forces. The war Down Under continues to grow fiercer, both sides asking the Guinea Islands to help. The Guinea Islands decide to side with Austronesia, contributing their resources to fund weaponry. With GI's help, Austronesia wins the war and Greater Zealand falls. Austronesia spreads down to encompass all of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The Guinea Islands, however, decide not to join Austronesia, but to remain an independent nation. The European Coalition allies themselves with the RPC and Central State. Alaskia, however, rejects the alliance with the European Coalition.

The Japan-Russia War (1997-1999) - Japan has invaded half of continental Russia, and Russia is in full-on defense mode. The NSU (New Soviet Union), the semi-corrupt Russian government, mobilizes fierce counter strike attacks against the Japanese, the most notable being the Russian bombing of Tokyo. This comes as a major blow to the Japanese, and they pull back from some of the Russian's territory. Instead, they travel farther north and attack them from farther up. The Russians now face two separate frontal attacks, one from the north and one from the east. They are soon overwhelmed by the ferocity of the invaders and the Japanese take the capitol. The rest of Russia of soon succumbs to the attacks and at the end of the war Japan is left with a huge empire, consisting of Russia, Japan, and North Korea. This leaves Japan as a major, albeit ruthless, world superpower and feared by all.

1998 to 1999 - With the Japan-Russian War brewing in the East, Thai-India and New China mobilize huge armies in the event of invasion. The European Coalition does the same. Alaskia, terrified that Japan will use them as a stepping stone into North America, consecrates it's alliance with the Republic Provinces of Canada. The Hudson Bay Area also makes an alliance with the RPC, as well as with Central State. Mexico-Texas and the Peruvian Union tighten their bond, constructing several boat networks ferrying people to and from Mexico-Texas and the Peruvian Union. Also, for the first time, Brazilian scientists travel to the small cluster of islands off the coast of Peru. These islands are the only remnants of the Amazon rain forest that was submerged during the Impact above water. Scientists are amazed to discover that the Amazon rain forest, even underwater, is a thriving ecosystem full of fish, plants, and unique underwater fruit. The islands are dubbed The Amazonian Isles.

2000: The Year Of Change -

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