Imperial Decay

1983- A tentative ceasefire is held in the Philippines, with the Islamic insurgents in Mindanao exerting practical independence. David Rockefeller, now president, uses the ceasefire to up the campaign in the Andes Mountains. The Quechan insurgents launch a bombing campaign. In the Battle of Lima, the insurgents, with CDL support, attack I.S bases in the area. They are defeated, and Rockefeller bombs their hideouts in the Andes. Fidel Castro is killed by one of these bombing missions. Despite this, insurgencies continue in the Amazon, and rebels begin a campaign in Nicaragua.

1984- Rockefeller declares a national emergency, giving himself emergency powers. Insurgencies continue throughout Latin America. With Raul Castro taking over the helm of the CDL, it appears the war on terrorism is not going well. Castro declares the insurgencies are the beginning of a fourth world war to destroy the Empire. The economy is also sinking, as the arms industries, who form a huge percent of the GDP, are facing low demand and prices, nearing them to bankruptcy. The reforms have diversified the economy somewhat, but other industries, reliant on imports from the colonies, have been attacked by insurgents.

1985- For the governors to better deal with the rebellions, Rockefeller institutes the Richmond decree, allowing greater autonomy for the territories. In reality, the governors largely continue Federal policies with greater effectiveness. After the Mayor of Paris is executed for attempting to push through reforms; a young French woman referring to herself as simply "Joan" calls for a revolution against the occupying Americans. The Europeans, encouraged by the apparent American decline, rally around this mysterious woman in rebellion. The rebels bomb the American offices in Paris, Berlin, and Brussels that effectively rule Europe. From Spain to Poland, insurgencies attack Americans and promise eventual liberation. With high unemployment, many are more then willing to join this revolt. This is another unfortunate blow for the Americans, which, coupled with blockading a resurgent China, threatens to tear the Empire apart.

1986- A Shi'ite insurgency based in Hazara Afghanistan lead by dissident clerics Mohammad Bahonar and Abdullah Al-Sadr has begun gaining traction in their calls for jihad against America. Revolutionaries are killing Westerners and their sympathizers in the dead of the night. Increasingly, Iran is becoming unstable, with riots and looting in Tehran and elsewhere. Rockefeller orders air raids in Afghanistan, but does not invade. His troops are kept busy in tropical jungles and dangerous slums fighting rebels wherever they are found. As certain insurgencies in Latin America have declined, Rockefeller appears slightly successful, and is barely reelected to a second term, after which, he nationalizes the nearly bankrupt arms industries. Food and supplies are rationed, and scientists report that an environmental crisis is in the making, with rising temperatures and shrinking ecosystems and resources.

1987- The insurgency winds down in the Amazon, largely due to the fact that the Americans had burnt down most of the forests where the rebels had been hiding, leading to an ecological crisis. Rockefeller declares parts of the Amazon a national park to keep a steady lumber supply. These efforts are futile, and with limited lumber supplies, the recession becomes the Imperial Depression. However, with insurgencies in South America receding, Rockefeller launches an assault on Mindanao, overwhelming the Islamic insurgents, and bringing the Philippines back into the Imperial fold. Joan's Liberation army wrecks heavy violence against Americans in European cities, so except for patrols, the Americans largely keep to their bases.

1988- After a dirty bomb goes off in the main I.S base in Iran, killing thousands, Rockefeller orders an occupation of Afghanistan to crush Bahonar and his rebels, largely disregarding the Luanda Doctrine. Bahonar martyrs himself to hold back the Americans. Although the Americans quickly establish the I.S as the ruler of Afghanistan, insurgents take advantage of the local terrain and launch a guerrilla war. Secretary of War Richard Cheney continues to pour more troops into Afghanistan, but this simply provides a bigger target for the insurgents. The American military is pushed to the breaking point.

1989- The insurgencies continue, while the federal debt increases, massive riots break out across the world. The Imperial Depression, a worldwide economic downturn, encourages the riots. However, certain factions within the military have developed rivalries, and compete for jurisdiction of more valuable nations. In Kenya, an American educated man named Obama begins an African Revolt, which is strongest in East Africa and the Congo. These rebellions also target the weakening White government in South Africa, America's strongest ally. However, most of the rebellions remain underground, and the Military Governors exert even greater terror to maintain their power.

1990- The war in Afghanistan has sucked up resources and troops needed to keep the colonies at peace. As the African insurgency spreads, the American military can do little to stop it. The African Revolt destroys the South African government, replacing the South African president with Nelson Mandela, who joins the war against the Americans by covertly attacking Angola, which falls into the hands of the Revolt. He gets away with it, as in the American heartland, massive riots have broken out protesting the declining economic conditions. African- Americans revolt in protest of segregation and in solidarity with Mandela. Riots also break out in Europe. In response to the crisis, Rockefeller suspends elections in order to deal with the revolts. Tired of Rockefeller's inefficiency, the military deposes Rockefeller in a military coup, resulting in Secretary of War Richard Cheney becoming President.

1991- Richard Cheney begins enacting his plan for the resurgence of the empire. He enlists the CIA in his search for the woman called "Joan", but she remains elusive. To keep the American military strong, Cheney begins drafting women and colonial subjects for the first time on a massive scale. More I.S troops enter Afghanistan, this time with a harsher policy of interning all young Afghan males. The Mujahdeen reverts to female suicide bombers. He raises the wages of certain workers, ending the riots through terror tactics, allowing the I.S to divert troops to Africa to repel the African Revolt. More troops are sent to Peru in order to root out Raul Castro and the remaining CDL rebels. Hutu rebels in the Congo attempt to seize land to connect with the South African Union. Using brutal tactics borrowed from the Belgians, Cheney crushes the rebels.

1992- Joan is forced to flee to the Alps to hide from the CIA. France for the most part is temporarily pacified by Cheney's injection of troops. Germany becomes the new center of the rebellion, with Willy Brandt, a leader of the Brandenburg marches, launching a bombing campaign. In Afghanistan, the internment camps are leading to more impassioned resistance, with aid coming from nearby Pakistan and China. Cheney reasons that his plan will need time to take effect, and is persistent. In Southern Africa, American troops march through Angola and Zambia, while the African Revolt enacts a guerrilla campaign in Tanzania. In support of South Africa, the rebel Black Panthers organization bombs key factories where arms are produced. Cheney orders imprisonment of all blacks in North America. With every rebellion, the I.S grows more repressive, generating more opposition. The Empire's days appear limited.

Imperial Collapse

1993- Although the war in Afghanistan is improving, with no young males available to replenish the rebels, the economy continues to stagnate, and the Black Panthers are rallying support in the South, threatening to storm the capital. Richard Cheney is shot and killed by Laura Welch, a disgruntled Communist. On the day of the assassination, riots break out in the deep south, and the Black Panthers take over Mississippi, Alabama, Atlanta, and other nearby areas. With no vice president, civil war breaks out. Imperialists hold the capital, but a reform faction holds New York, and marches south to Washington. Chaos erupts in the American army between Imperialist and Reform factions. Other nations take advantage of the American disorder. China starts its' campaign of expansion to become the dominant power in Asia. The Chinese expand into Siberia. The South African Union takes Tanzania and Zambia, their troops reaching the border with Kenya. Mandela begins preparations for an organization united against the I.S, called the Congress of Nations. Portugal aids reformist faction against Imperialists holding Madrid. In the end, after six weeks, the reformists take Washington. John Forbes is inaugurated as President. He signs a treaty with the Black Panthers, giving them limited concessions. The Imperialist faction in the army, headed by General Wilson, continues to fight, holding control over Argentina and some Pacific islands.

1994- Forbes enacts a new policy of reform to prevent total collapse. These are largely based on the Goodpaster reforms. He halts the harsh tactics of the Cheney administration. Joan is pursued into Hungary, where she is killed in a car chase. Europe still has many problems although Joan has been killed. Several rebels flee into the Balkans which has a relatively low amount of Imperial troops. The rebels establish a shadow government in Serbia, expanding their reach from there. Forbes believes they are seeking support from Russia so he closes the Russian border with Europe. The rebels hope to gather support but Forbes's reforms have given locals increased autonomy, causing some rebels to moderate their position. The year ends with Forbes being reelected, though with a narrower margin then expected.

1995- Forbes has managed to solidify his control over the I.S loyalists, save for General Wilson, who has declared himself President of Argentina. Forbes begins a massive offensive from Brazil, whose garrison are reform stalwarts. General Wilson , a military genius, though outnumbered, crushes the invading forces in the Battle of Montevideo. Wilson then takes Santiago, cutting Chile in two. He quickly takes control over the country, and Southern Bolivia. Forbes finds himself in the humiliating position of asking the CDL for aid against Wilson, who has established a white supremist government. Encouraged by Wilson's success, other generals declare themselves ruler. In Ethiopia, General Duke rebels, establishing a state similar to Wilson's over Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya, where he attacks the South African Union. Elsewhere, generals begin to ignore orders from Washington. Forbes begins a new offensive through Angola, but disunity results in an Imperial retreat. There is progress in Asia. The governor of Iran's rebellion fails, and rebel hideouts in Pakistan are seized by Colonel McVeigh. The first meeting of the Congress of Nations is held, and the delegates stir tension in Australia. A Chinese supported revolution occurs, resulting in the collapse of the American puppet government and the return of democracy. Imperialists then plan an attack on Australia.

1996- The charismatic Colonel McVeigh, now a General, attacks and successfully conquers Turkmenistan, which had been hosting rebels. This has been one of the few recent successes for the I.S. General Duke's attacks on the South African Union have failed. Obama takes control of Kenya. Tensions are now appearing in the SAU, with war factions and peace factions. The Congo remains American due to MacArthur era bases. Imperialists attack Australia, nuking Syndey. But Australia manages to defeat the imperialists, as Wilson is distracted by rebels in the CDL. An uneasy alliance exists between Forbes and Castro, with Forbes covertly supplying arms to the CDL. In Europe, rebels expand their reach into Montenegro and Kosovo. Riots in Hamburg destroy the local American base. Forbes plans to punish the Europeans, but, in the chaos, General Jones in Poland declares martial law, joining the Imperialist faction. As Forbes and Jones fight for control of Central Europe, while the rebels gain power, China decides to make its' move. On August 5th, it attacks Fuijan Province and Hainan. All American forces in the area join to push back the Chinese. The Last Stand of the American Empire has begun.

1997- At last, the long awaited Chinese navy has been completed. Sailing from Vietnam, the navy attacks Taiwan. The Chinese mount an offensive into Korea, and bomb Japan. But Fuijan province is heavily fortified, as is Hainan. Vast naval bombardments occur, crumbling away at American defenses. Northern Korea falls, but Seoul remains as a bulwark against China. In the Pacific, the war remains a stalemate. The Chinese army begins an offensive into American Siberia, planning to eventually go through Canada and reach the West Coast. But America, at least in this part of the world, remains United. The Republic of the Volga occupies the Baltic nations, attacking General Jones, who is pushed back, and it appears he will not be much of a factor for much longer. With Europe in turmoil, Austria declares independence, aligning with the Serbian Republic and German rebels. General Wilson takes over Paraguay, yet sends a regiment to aid against the Chinese. General Duke attacks the Sudan. And the SAU attacks the Congo, and, after the Battle of Katanga, win control of the region. As the Empire crumbles, the Black Panthers return in full force, storming town halls, and aiding CDL cells that are beginning to spread in North America. In China, the stalemate begins to turn, and the I.S pushes back into Chinese held territories. The Empire has thrown its full effort into this war,as if it lost, China would control the Pacific, and the I.S would be doomed.

1998- After a huge offensive, the Chinese capital falls, and the I.S claims victory. But the Chinese government continues to function, and the Americans are forced to withdraw. The Americans fall back to Fuijan, which is now under relentless attack. In the Battle of Guandong, American troops are routed, and forced off the mainland. Hong Kong falls to the Chinese, who then begin to bomb Taiwan and Hainan. Bangkok is attacked, but the first assaults are initially repulsed. Forbes orders a campaign to begin in Manchuria, which falls after a hard fought campaign. But the fast Chinese navy is beginning to gain an advantage over the old Imperialist warships, which have not been used in decades. Taipei is slowly razed to the ground. Yet the Americans continue to hold an edge over the Chinese. General McVeigh takes parts of Xinjiang and conquers Tibet, as the Chinese are distracted. As the war with China proceeds, all ethnic Chinese in America are interned in camps, and elsewhere, the Empire continues to crumble. Rebel organizations are beginning to assume direct control in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bavaria, Austria, Greece, Niger, Colombia, and Peru. Forbes loses the election to Republican candidate Charles Scott. Generals such as Wilson and Duke largely ignore the election, and continue their regimes.

1999- An offensive on Vietnam fails, as the Vietnamese, now part of China, know the terrain too well. However, the Americans again begin to press into mainland China. In the Battle of Shanghai, the Chinese are routed, and eventually pushed out of most of Southern China. The navy continues to function, and manages to defeat the American navy in the Battle of Luzon. Bangkok falls to the Chinese, who then overrun Malaysia. The Americans still hold Western Thailand. But as the Americans make advances in Asia, massive floods due to global warming flood Greenland and the Northern I.S, which falls into chaos as refugees flee south. All around the planet, an ecological crisis is unfolding that threatens to destroy thousands of lives. Yet the American government continues to pour into the war with China. The Chinese bide their time, and hold their ground from their base in Northern China. An I.S attack on Yunan Province fails, and the Americans cease to gain ground, though they hold their current positions. The South African Union falls into civil war after an attempted coup by General Mugabe. As Cape Town is flooded, Mugabe turns south to overthrow Mandela. American forces make gains in the Congo, though the coup fails. General Duke attacks Kenya, and Obama begins a campaign to overthrow the Ku Klux Klan dominated state in Ethiopia. As the world falls into chaos, all eyes turn to the war unfolding in China.

2000- General McVeigh, and the reform factions in Central Asia, have largely begun operating independently of Washington, and attack Tajikistan. The nation falls, but incurs the wrath of nearby Kazakhstan. The Chinese are using damaging guerrilla warfare against the Imperial States of America, who are taking heavy casualties. The I.S Navy has been partially upgraded, but as the I.S.A is so in debt, it cannot be completely finished. The American blockade of China is crumbling, as Chinese submarines make covert attacks on the old battle cruisers. The I.S loses the Battle of Hanzong, and the occupation becomes unstable. Although the Americans make gains in some areas, the Chinese army gains an advantage. The Chinese make advances in Sichuan. After quelling General Mugabe's revolt, Mandela again attacks the Congo. General Wilson's invasion of Peru and Bolivia is halted by the CDL, who begin to take control over the Pampas. Coastal cities become frequent victims of tidal waves. American power now barely holds sway over the earth.

2001- With the weakening of American control, Japanese rebel groups are finally beginning to gain ground. American bases in Okinawa are gassed, and mobs shut down the Tokyo subways. The I.S maintains control of the region, and it is generally assumed that once the war with China is over, the I.S will have no remaining competitors, and the world will once again will be held sway by the I.S.A. But in California, the CDL is rousing ethnic groups who now form a majority of the state. Massive riots overthrow white rule, and cut off the supply lines for American troops, even as American troops capture the Chinese leaders. President Scott orders many of the troops in China to return home. As massive troops movements occur, the Chinese seize the opportunity, attacking vulnerable American supply lines. As rebellions break out in the American heartland, the military fractures, and many cease to cooperate with each other. Infighting begins, especially in China.

2002- A massive mob armed with new technologies storms Tokyo, killing the military governor, and creating chaos. More troops are diverted to maintain order, but at this point, the American army collapses. Various factions following different philosophies- Reform, Imperialist, Republican, even CDL- now openly war against each other. The I.S withdraws from most of Mainland China, sent home to become involved in the upcoming civil war. The SAU finally secures total control over the Congo, as American factions there have no direct orders. However, with a declining economy and the retirement of Mandela, the SAU may soon break out into civil war. The Black Panthers mobilize for an attack through Virginia on the capital, ignoring the Klansmen who are fighting back for control of the Deep South. The American Heartland is in the midst of a second civil war. Scott cancels the presidential elections to keep order, but the attempt is useless. As his term will expire the next year, Charles Scott realizes he is the last president of the Imperial States of America. The American Empire has finally come to an end.

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