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Nuclear weapons in the Post-Doomsday world are a matter of great concern and no small amount of confusion to the LoN. While no country has yet openly admitted they maintain nuclear stockpiles, there are several nations which are thought to have such weapons. These nations are: Siberia, based around the stockpile of the old USSR, the ANZC, via the nuclear stockpiles recovered of the USS Carl Vinson and other ships, the French 6th Republic, based around their old SSBN fleet, and Israel. It is also thought possible, if not likely that various survivor states in North America, China and Europe may have access to nuclear weapons as well.
Nations Nuclear Stockpiles
These are the nations with confirmed nuclear weapons stockpiles. A majority of stockpiles are recovered nuclear weapons that were manufactured before Doomsday. Some have been manufactured since, although this has not been a significant number.
Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand gained access to any remaining nuclear weapons that were not used on Doomsday from the USS Carl Vinson and several other smaller ships. A majority of these weapons were smaller B61 nuclear bombs which had a yield between 0.3 and 340 kilotons. There were several B43 and B57 nuclear bombs left on the carrier as well that were being kept in reserve in case the orders for a second strike came in. All of the ballistic missile submarines arrived at Australia with empty silos, having expended them all on Soviet targets.
Today it is believed that most of the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand's nuclear weapons are bombs and a handful of depth charges. It is possible that they have developed ICBM's and SLBM's with aid from technicians onboard the various US Navy ships as well as any material given to them by the US government.
The Commonwealth has not announced the official number of nuclear weapons, with only those in the higher echelons of the armed forces only knowing the true number. The LoN has estimated that the CANZ operates approximately 30 bomb nuclear weapons, 15-20 nuclear depth charges, ~50 tactical nuclear weapons, and up to 70 ICBM's.
Union of Sovereign Socialist Republics
The USSR had luck on its side when it came to nuclear weapons. Many launchers and missiles survived in Siberia as well as several universities that could do research into them. Immediately after Doomsday, most of the remaining Soviet stockpile consisted of primarily the OTR-23 Okra and the TR-1 theatre range ballistic missiles, the OTR-21 Tochka tactical nuclear missile, a few RSD-10 Pioneer intermediate range ballistic missiles, and several different nuclear bombs.
Using technical data and information from surviving scientists, the USSR has since built its stockpile back up, adding the RT-23 Molodet train based ICBM, and the RT-2PM Topol ICBM which was being developed on Doomsday, and plans were redrawn from memory of some scientists who escaped, and plans found in several surviving laboratories and military bases.
It is believed today that the USSR possess upwards of 125 mobile nuclear weapons, 30 silo based missiles, and 60 ICBM's. It is unknown the exact number of theatre and tactical nuclear weapons the military possess at the moment, but some League of Nations analysts put the number around 100.
The Russian Confederacy has one of the smallest nuclear stockpiles in the world, with only 20 land based ICBM's. They were captured from a village where the local populace had resisted in an attempt to prevent them from ever being used again. The citizens were massacred by the armed forces, and the nation acquired a small amount of RSD-10 IRBM's were recovered. Due to the instability of the confederacy with a variety of governments throughout, many foreign countries have called on them to abolish their stockpile.
Surprisingly, Israel still maintains much of their pre-Doomsday nuclear stockpiles, having only lost a few on Doomsday, and expended one on Cairo during a war against Egypt. They operate the land based Jericho SRBM (approx. 60), several dozen 175mm and 203mm nuclear artillery shells, and a few small nuclear demolitions.
Other Potential Nuclear States
This is a list of nations that may have access to nuclear weapons, although the LoN has been unable to confirm this. Many of these nations have the possibility of salvaging weapons that were targeted on Doomsday, or from ships and submarines that survived and needed to find a port to dock in.
Union Interim Parliament
The Union Interim Parliament could potentially have a small nuclear arsenal, based mainly off of the pre-Doomsday stockpile of a few dozen nuclear bombs. Due to the chaos in former India they may have lost several of them while attempting to regroup them. It is unknown how many they would have been able to salvage, and if they are operational, or if they have built more since. If so, more than likely they are all bombs, and no ICBM's, IRBM's, or SLBM's.
United States of America
It is unknown if the United States has any operational nuclear weapons. The nation has access to the former Minuteman silos in western Montana, although they may be inaccessible due to strikes on the weapons to prevent a second strike. Other possibilities are some nuclear bombs salvaged from various airbases. If they have managed to recover any weapons, the number would be small and very limited.
Although unconfirmed, it is possible that the Commonwealth of Victoria has old Soviet nuclear bombs under their control. Since the local air forces shot down the bombers which crashed. More than likely, due to the danger of rogue nuclear weapons, the local government salvaged the bombs. It has not been confirmed if the government repaired them, or disposed of them. This leaves their current status unknown. If they were salvaged, more than likely the bombs are old and may even be inoperable by the present.