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Second Cold War (2008–present)

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General Secretary of the Supreme State Council of the Soviet Republic Party of the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics Vladimir Putin

The Second World War, or the New Cold War (often abbreviated as CWII or CW2) was the continuing state of political conflict, military tension, and economic competition existing after the War on Terror (2001-2009) between the Socialist World - primarily the reborn Soviet Union and its satellite states and allies – and the powers of the Western World, primarily NATO and the European Union. The conflict began with the re-organization of the Union State into the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics in 2008 and still continues to the present day.

Path To Reunification

In a campaign speech for his re-election on February 12, 2004, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin stated that “The breakup of the Soviet Union is a national tragedy on an enormous scale,” from which “only the elites and nationalists of the republics gained,” He added, “I think that ordinary citizens of the former Soviet Union and the post-Soviet space gained nothing from this. On the contrary, people have faced a huge number of problems.”

On January 23, 2005, pro-Russian candidate Viktor Yushchenko took office as President of Ukraine. Both Russian Present Vladimir Putin and the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko conveyed their congratulations to the new Ukrainian President.

In March of 2005, the European Union accused the Russian government of interfering in Ukrainian affairs and fixing the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election. The gap between the Western Europe and the Russian Federation increased further when, in July of 2005, Ukraine petitioned to join the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Russian President Putin and Belarusian President Lukashenko gladly accepted Ukraine into the Union State. Putin was quoted as saying, “Today marks the day that the brothers and sisters of the former Soviet Union will come together again. Let us join hands in peace.”

In early 2006, the Republic of Kazakhstan, a former Soviet Socialist Republic, joined the expanded Union State. With the four largest members of the Commonwealth of Independent States joined together in the Union State, the smaller CIS sovereign states began to feel the weight of pressure slowly weigh down on them. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili meets secretly with American President George W. Bush and voiced his concern that the expansion of the Union State symbolized a return of the old Soviet Union and that former Soviet Socialist Republic who had wished to stay natural annexed into the developing Union State. However, with the United States Armed Forces currently deployed Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Libya, President Bush could not afford military defense among the former territories of the Soviet Union.

President Saakashvili apprehensions became apparent in November of 2007, when the members of the Union State voted to centralize the supranational entity. Union State Headquarters was moved moved from Minsk, Belarus to the Moscow Kremlin, Russia. During the transition of Headquarters, President Putin announced that the two largest political parties in Russia, United Russia and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation would merge into the United Union State Party. Only days after the news, Gennady Zyuganov, former First Secretary of the Communist Party, was found dead in his apartment complex in Moscow. On March 2, 2008, the day the Headquarters were officially moved, President Vladimir Putin was made the State Secretary of the Supreme State Councilof the United Union State Party of the Union State. The Armed Forces of all four members were merged into one unified military. An official national anthem was written echoing musical composition and lyrics of the Soviet Union. The flag itself are modifications to the flag of the Soviet Union, but representing the state. Four golden outlined stars are placed in the canton of the flag against a sea of red.

Tensions Are Announced

On May 7, 2008, State Secretary of the Union State Vladimir Putin declared the re-organization of the Union State into the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics, or cleverly shortened to the Soviet Union, and that all political parties not aligned with the United Union State Party, now under the name of Soviet Republic Party, were eliminated effective immediately. The new government would be structured as a union socialist republic state. The overall societal ideology would be that of Marxism–Putinism. As Vladimir Putin, now General Secretary of the Supreme State Councilof the Soviet Republic Party of the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics, made this declaration, the newly systematized Soviet Armed Forces surrounded the Moscow Kremlin and surrounded the members of the Supreme State Council. The Kremlin confirmed Putin’s declaration. However, most of the Supreme State Council perished in various accidents and natural causes over the next several months. The European Union, along with NATO, was shocked at this turn of events and began a prelude to conflict with the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics.

For most of 2008, the former Soviet Socialist Republics ofUzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Moldova were incorporated into the Soviet Union only months after those countries went though a military coup d'état. In early January 2009, the Georgian separatist spheres of Abkhazia and South Ossetia declared official independence from Georgia and petitioned to join the Soviet Union. By the end of the month, both Abkhazia and South Ossetia were apart of the Soviet Union. The Georgian and United States government both condemned the declaration of independence.

On January 20, 2009, newly elected United States President Barack Obama takes office and reactivates the Truman Doctrine, this time, under the name of the Containment Doctrine. In another stunning move, President Obama announced the instantaneous end to the War on Terror on all Theatres of War from the Oval Office. The United States Armed Forces were not only completely moved out of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and correspondingly out of Libya, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia, but also out of every landmass that was not designated as an United States territory or state. These actions thus ended Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. In their place, President Obama announced Operation Containment as apart of the overall Containment Doctrine.

The Containment Doctrine was eventually declared the official foreign policy of both NATO and the European Union in late February. President Barack Obama ordered an Army Region of one million, five hundred thousand soldiers under United States Army General David Howell Petraeus to be commissioned. The Army Region was to be sent off to areas of high containment of the Soviet Union. A brigade of five thousand were sent to Germany, a division of twelve thousand was off to the Baltic Republic, a corps of twenty thousand was sent to Georgia, and another corps was sent to North East China and Japan. The deployment of Armed Forces, United States and other members of NATO, continued throughout most of the year.

The Lines Are Drawn

The first few months of 2009, multiple alliances were formed. In February, the sovereign states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania formed into the Baltic Republic. Only days later had they refused invitation into the Soviet Union, the new government allied themselves with NATO and the European Union as their previous states had been. After the death of King Harald V in late February, his Hair apparent Crown Prince Haakon Magnus became King Haakon VIIIof the Kingdom of Norway. Breaking with the tendency of his predecessor, KingHaakon VIII enters Norway into the European Union. Finland and Sweden enter the NATO military alliance. After suffering from a heart attack, NATO Secretary General Jakob Gijsbert de Hoop Scheffer in the Netherlands. Former Prime Minister of Denmark Anders Fogh Rasmussen succeeds him on March 1, 2009. On the same day, former Belgium Prime Minister Herman Achille Van Rompuy quickly instates the new title of President of the European Council of the European Union. With its long history of neutrality and only recently joining the United Nations in 2002, Switzerland joined NATO and the European Union out of fear of the Soviet Union and protection from the West. This happened to be the same reasoning for the inclusion of the Republic of Ireland into NATO. In North West Africa, the disputed territory of the Western Sahara acquired independence from Morocco and, with an alliance from the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, created the Sahrawi Western Sahara Republic. Within days of the formation of the sovereign state, the nation joined the United Nations. Over the course of the next few months Putin authorizes a reinstatement of the KGB national security agency and orders a squad of agents into the Sahrawi Western Sahara Republic to stake a position in North Africa.

In early to mid March 2009, the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, that were followed by the nation states of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia were, one after another, annexed in the Soviet Union. The Yugo Soviet Socialist Republic was ultimately soon afterwards. Mongolia, formerly the Mongolian People's Republic, was again annexed into the Soviet Union and the Mongolian Soviet Socialist Republic was born anew.

Other socialist nations that were not apart of the In South East Asia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam send in their resources to push forward the recently revealed Communist Party of Cambodia in a successful coup d'état. After only weeks of resistance, Laos, Vietnam and the new Socialist Republic of Cambodia petitioned to join the Soviet Union. They were the first nations to be accepted that were not directly connected to the mainland Soviet Union. Considering their close proximity to the United States and site as a key strategic location in the Caribbean, General Secretary Putin sent Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union Dmitry Medvedev to visit the two socialist nations of the area; the Republic of Cuba and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Wanting a foothold in the Western Hemisphere, Chairman Medvedev personally signed, along with the presence of Cuban President Raúl Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, the first constitution of the formation of the Socialist Republic of Cuba and the Bolivarian Socialist Republic of Venezuela.

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