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In 1908 a Near-Earth object of 80m diameter was caught by Earth's gravitational field and swung it back toward the planet.
Ten years later humanity was amidst a bloody conflict known as "The Great War".
The year was 1918.
On 3 March the Bolshevik government that seized power in Russia last year with the "October Revolution" signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk which removed the country from the conflict.
Material and manpower from the United States was shifting the tides to an Allied victory whilst Germany gathered many resources previously located on the Eastern Front to try a desperate offensive in the pursuit of victory.
It was on 25 March that the unthinkable happened changing the destiny of the world completely.At 05:48'33 in the morning a fireball crossed the skies of the United States and crashed at Chesapeake Bay creating an enormous explosion.A tidal wave resulting from the explosion pushed through the estuary's watershed causing major floods in the states of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York as well as in the Federal District.
Several military and political personnel including President Woodrow Wilson and U.S. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker perished alongside millions of civilians in the regions stroke by the disaster.
The nation awoke in chaos.
Communications within the Unites States and between her and the rest of the world quickly felt apart.
Most roads and railroads in the states of Virginia and Maryland crumbled with many more destroyed in the state of Pennsylvania.
Delaware was nearly sunk with only a handful of buildings and survivors standing amidst the devastated landscape.While the wave hit the state of New York with less strength causing destruction only in cities close to riverbeds it was nevertheless plunged into anarchy alongside New Jersey due to the collapse of energy, water and transport systems.
Agricultural production was ruined and industrial activities almost came to a halt in the affected regions.
The smoke raised by the blast was dragged by the winds causing several respiratory problems to the survivors.
Other states not hit by the catastrophe itself were soon to fell its collateral effects as all economical activities lost coordination and power shortages swung through the country.
Meanwhile in Europe the event had enormous impact as well.
With U.S. suddenly undergoing a full communications blackout the allies panicked with disagreement and conflict raising among its officers.
One week after the disaster that would come to be known as "The Great Catastrophe" news brought through airplane from America to Great Britain explained the state of calamity the United States just felt in and that it could no longer afford to maintain expeditionary forces in Europe.
That news was terrible for the Allies as the United States, their mightiest power in the war was quitting them without barely contributing for what could have been a decisive victory.