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The current global situation on planet Earth affirms that the greatest power is Anglo-Germany, an expansive European nation with alliances or suzerainity with most of the rest of the continent, ruled by Emperor George V of the house of Hohenzollern-Hanover. Anglo-Germany is the centre of the Imperial Confederation, a network of states on several continents, and dominating Africa. On the global economic front it competes with the United States of America and the People's Republic of Asia.

Situation by continent

Africa

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Imperial domains in Africa at the end of the First European War

Africa has come to be entirely ruled by Anglo-Germany. At the dawn of the 20th century it was divided amongst numerous colonial powers, with a handful of independent states; however, the First European War brought the Belgian Congo under Anglo-German administration, radically increasing the size of the empire. Prior to the Second European War, much of the remaining territory came under the rule of Marxist regimes set up by the Communist governments of the Communist Union in Europe. There was some fighting in Africa during the Second European War but it was minimal compared to the huge conflicts in Europe. When Anglo-Germany won the war, it proceeded to annex all the remaining territories in Africa, granting it complete control over the continent. While the colonies were initially used as resource and labour pools for the reconstruction of Europe, this had by the 50s turned into a 'benevolent' programme of 'civilisation' - raising African standards to European levels. This was built from a philosophy of racist philanthropy, with the Anglo-German government deciding which parts of Africa were 'civilised' and when. The programme, which spanned half of the 20th century and continues to the present day, has been decried from the egalitarian United States but has continued unabated nonetheless, and has led to genuine improvement in living standards for Africans - at the cost of imbuing, in many places, a cultural sense of inferiority. Violent reprisal against this situation is always met with brutal Imperial repression.

The continent is divided into well over a hundred states, generally based upon historic ethnic lines. The Imperial Government will from time to time designate an area as 'civilised' - it is of European standards, which officially removes any racism and stigma against the population but in reality just affirms the supremacist attitude of the Europeans.

Asia and Oceania

Many parts of Asia are controlled by Anglo-Germany, particularly in the south. Almost the entire coast of the Indian Ocean is directly or indirectly controlled by Anglo-Germany after the annexation of the Dutch East Indies and French Indochina. Control over the region has been greatly boosted when Aryan racial theory began to play a stronger role in Anglo-German politics in the 50s and 60s, which recognised the population of India as 'racially superior'; this empowered the Indians into many leading roles in that portion of the empire. While Aryanism is today more limited to the Nordic countries of Europe and declining in Anglo-Germany, the concept of Indian supremacy remains strong in southern Asia. The area is considered a 'daughter empire' along the lines of Canada's influence in North America, Australia's influence in the East Indies, and New Zealand's limited influence in western South America - though the area is very much loyal to the Anglo-German empire back home.

A key player in the region is the People's Republic, comprised of China, Japan, Mongolia, and parts of Russia. It was formed in the 1930s and while it stayed out of the Second European War (despite pleas from its Communist and socialist contemporaries for support) it matured into a developed and powerful state by the 50s, constantly challenging Imperial control in the region. Today it is a massive economic power, the world's most populous state, and has repeatedly threatened the integrity of Imperial possessions in Southeast Asia. It is considered one of the greatest threats to Imperial hegemony, not least as it is one of the few other nations with nuclear capacity (alongside the United States, the daughter empires, Hungary-Romania, and Russia).

Europe

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Europe at the end of the Second European War and its immediate territorial changes.

Europe is dominated by Anglo-Germany and the entire continent is subservient to it in one way or another. Anglo-Germany is vast and controls some of the most populous and economically developed portions of the continent, having entirely annexed most of France and the Low Countries. The border states between UKAG and Russia remain utterly loyal to the Empire, with Russia caught in an inexorable economic orbit, no matter how hard it attempts to be self-sustaining. Scandinavia is dominated by a number of Aryan regimes that espouse racial purity and are fiercely loyal to the Empire, despite being disgruntled with the declining sentiment of Aryan racial superiority in the Empire. The Balkans are under the control of Hungary-Romania, a union formed in the 30s in order to solve mutual problems with security, identity, and ethnic mixing; Hungary-Romania is a staunch Anglo-German ally. Greece is disenfranchised with Anglo-Germany's complete support of Magyar-Romanian hegemony in the Balkans, and refusal for Enossis with Cyprus, but is reliant on the Empire's support to prevent a costly war with Turkey over its annexations on the Anatolian coast. In southern Europe, Italy is a greatly emaciated federation of cities, instituted in order to limit its power following the Second European War; the Venetian region is completely independent, and borders the Austrian Littoral, Anglo-Germany's bridge to the Mediterranean.

The region formerly known as France has been utterly wiped from the fabric of European culture. During the Second European War in the 40s it launched huge and deadly strikes into Anglo-Germany, in an attempt to drive a wedge between the British and the Germans and prevent any future aggression after France reclaimed its territory. But despite assistance from the Communist Union of Portugal, Spain and Italy in the war, France was crushed in a stupendously bloody war. Utterly and violently opposed to the French, the Anglo-German population was happy for the nation to be scrubbed from history. The centre of the nation was annexed entirely; its southern portion made into the client state of Occitania, and Normandy, Burgundy and Britanny granted independence. Symbols of French culture were banned and the language was severely curtailed; by the 70s, teaching of French had been phased out entirely and speaking the language warranted being deported to Imperial penal colonies. Concentration camps of French cultural and political figures existed throughout the 40s and 50s, and their revelation in the 90s led to the decline of Aryanism and Imperial hubris, but the French identity is nonetheless thoroughly dead.

Spain was divided into a number of smaller states as punishment for forming the Communist Union, though the nation of 'Spain' continues to exist as a kingdom. The regions of Basque, Navarre, Aragon, Galicia and Andalusia all have independence, with the later effectively forming an extension of the fortress of Gibraltar. Portugal is the only member of the Communist Union that survived without territorial adjustment (since it was conquered and annexed) and one of just a handful of states in Europe to have the same borders as it had in 1900.

North America

North America is divided into three main superpowers, with a handful of other, minor nations. Two of these - Canada and Mexico - are aligned with UKAG and are generally seen as the 'guardians' against military action from the USA through applying political and economic pressure at key moments. The cost of this is to require powerful and loyal authoritarian regimes to be maintained, leading to a reasonably bland cultural atmosphere in these nations between the beginning of the 'guardian' system in the 40s to the 80s, when liberalising reforms took place in both Canada and Mexico.

The USA, however, has always been independent and a harsh critic of UKAG foreign policy. The two nations came close to war several times in the first half of the 20th century, and during the 1950s the massive diaspora of French speakers from the former area of France mostly found its way to America, exerting massive political pressure for reconquest under Charles de Gaulle. However, economic pressure from UKAG, Canada and Mexico forced the American government to back down, marking the end of any American threats to the Empire's actions, beyond the Falkland Crisis of the 1980s.

South America

South America is more of an ideological battleground between UKAG, its daughter empires, the USA, and the People's Republic. These rarely flare into full-out wards but conflict does exist in guerrilla form. The northern portion is under the loose political control of Mexico, and via Mexico the Empire. Canada also works to stifle US influence through the Caribbean. More active control is found by Australia's sphere of influence, which stretches over the South Pacific and into Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Western South America falls under more direct UKAG influence, but nonetheless is also heavily influenced by the USA - and one of the last international disputes between the Empire and the United States was over US support for Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands. The brief war that followed saw the usage of nuclear weapons against the Argentinian warfleet which led to the nation's surrender and a hit to US support in the region; though this bounced back with growing support for Communist forces in the region, supported by the People's Republic. Communist cells operate alongside democratic movements to install Communism in all South American nations, most of which are funded from the People's Republic.

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