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1956

-After the Suez Crisis is resolved, the peace agreement makes the Suez Canal a UN-administered international zone, Africa a "Non-interference Zone" that neither the USA or USSR could interfere in by supporting different factions in post-colonial affairs, and allowed only the European powers to work together in deciding how to best manage decolonization in Africa. The European Decolonization Authority is founded, which allows member states to call on other members to assist in conflicts related to decolonization, and handles the economics of decolonization(the organization's primary focus is in Africa, however).

1960

-July 11, Katanga secedes from Congo, receiving the recognition and military support of Belgium and France through the EDA. The French veto a resolution sending peacekeeping troops into the Congo, preventing the further spread of the dissolution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with South Kasai declaring its independence on August 8, and two Congolese republics, East Congo and West Congo, both claiming sovereignty over each other's territory. The First Congo War ends three years later with a ceasefire and a DMZ established between the two, with peace efforts to be led by the French.

1964

Riots in Singapore attract the attention of the Americans to the region, seeing an opportunity to contain Communist influence further yet. A covert campaign against both Soviet-sponsored North Vietnam and Malayan socialist simpathizers led to the CIA giving guns and support to the Malay government, which is victorious and suppresses the unrest.

In South Vietnam, the war is eventually fought to a standstill as Malayan troops poured into South Vietnam and helped force a settlement by capturing Ho Chi Minh. Following the first peace talks, the Viet Cong launched a surprise attack on Coalition positions, but were swiftly repelled. In the ensuing chaos, a military officer known only as "the Grand Dragon" seized power in South Vietnam and declared a personal allegiance to Malaya. The Majapahit Federation was established the following week under his leadership. A surprise military genius, he managed to convince the Americans to fly bombing raids over North Vietnamese cities so as to have a better position at the negotiating table. The border stood where it had before the conflict and was recognized by both opposing parties.

1973

-The two Koreas, under political pressure from both the PRC and the USA, agree to confederate, with each Korean state agreeing to maintain their respective political and economic system until 1999, at which time a consensus on a single unified system of government.

-At the end of the Yom Kippur War, Jerusalem is declared an independent city-state (under UN administration until 1983), and the Palestinian territories become an independent state of Palestine. This new state is still fairly subservient to Israel, due to economic ties. They sign the Jerusalem Accords, a treaty meant to formalize any remaining disputes.

1978

-A push for closer ties with other members of the Commonwealth leads to the establishment of a Commonwealth Confederation between the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This causes the UK to cut all political ties with the EC and other European integrationalist organizations, except for NATO.

1982

After invading Iran two years earlier post-revolution, Iraq receives a welcome surprise in a Soviet invasion of northern Iran. By the end of the year, an isolated Iran negotiates a settlement with the Iraqis and Soviets, ceding to Iraqis Khuzestan and declaring a fatwa against terrorism in Soviet borders (this surprisingly is heeded by only a few groups and doesn't prevent the eventual destruction of Moscow at the hands of Chechen terrorists). Iran is required to demilitarize its border with Iraq or face another invasion. 

1991

-The Visegrad Pact is signed by Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Finland, establishing a defense and economic alliance between its members, who agree to share all military technology with one another and work towards the further weakening of the Russian state.

1993

-A suitcase nuclear device of six kilotons is detonated in Moscow by Chechen terrorists. This kills the President Boris Yeltsin, leading to widespread panic throughout the already unstable Russian Federation. The Visegrad Pact then launches an invasion of Russian territory, annexing Karelia to Finland, Kaliningrad to Poland, and St Petersburg to Estonia.

-In response, President Clinton declares the Clinton Doctrine, which calls for a more isolationist stance for the US, focusing instead on domestic affairs and only intervening through autonomous long-distance means( like missiles and drones). Unmanned systems receive a massive increase in funding, and clandestine intervention abroad is given over to a new Department of Overseas Covert Operations. This organization received a tremendous amount of funding and resources. A network of satellites is placed into orbit to monitor the world's oceans, and numerous Skylab space stations are constructed in orbit to maintain personnel who maintain the expensive satellite network.

-Gaza declares independence from Palestine.

1994

-In the wake of the chaos to the east in Russia, the western European countries sign the Treaty of Rome, establishing a joint defense agreement within the structures of the EU, the integration of nuclear capabilities into one shared stockpile, the establishment of international naval battle groups around the member states' aircraft carriers, and the creation of a common monetary currency, the Euro, adopted by all members before the end of the century.

-Romania and Moldova formalize their union into one nation.

-At a peace conference between Israel, Gaza, Palestine, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, the attending nations grudgingly agree to put aside their differences and form a military alliance against Iraq, the Levant Association. The organization would be headed in the Free City of Jerusalem. The organization grants the Israelis basing rights in Jordan and Syria, among other things.

1995

-The federal government relinquishes control of the region of Chechnya, seeing this as the only move to avoid any further unrest. Other regions throughout the Caucasus declare their independence following Chechnya's, leading to a weak and vulnerable southwestern border.

-After the Hanish Islands dispute between Yemen and newly independent Eritrea, the Levant Association grants membership to Eritrea. The organisation's name is changed to the Association of Levant and Red Sea States (ALRSS) in order to account for the new addition.

1996

-Turkey becomes the first nation to recognize the new states and signs the Grozny Charter, formalizing an alliance between Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Crimea, Gaugazia, Chechnya, Abkhazia, Ingushetia, Ossetia, Transnistria, North Cyprus, and Crimea. This allowed Turkey to stage military personnel in the allied regions, and essentially turned them into protectorates. Their economies were linked to the Turkish through an FTA and a customs union.

1999

-The Transitional Confederation of Korean Nations agrees on a constitutional monarchical form of government, the Democratic Confederal Republic of Korea, with the Kim dynasty given symbolic powers, a capitalist economy throughout, and the Juche ideology manifesting in a Juche Party, a nationalist isolationist political party that has enough support to prevent the posting of foreign military forces on the Korean Peninsula, much to China's pleasure.

2001

Pakistan opens the port of Gwadar to Korean investment, after which dredging begins to deepen the port, and a Special Economic Zone open only to Korean investment is established in the city.

2005

-Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia join the Grozny Treaty Organization.

2009

-Belgium is partitioned between an independent city-state of Brussels (run by the EU as a capital district), Luxembourg, France, and the Netherlands after the governmental strife that lasted since 2007.

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