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The Third Global War, usually abbreviated GW-III, was a world spanning military conflict between the forces of the National Socialist Alliance, led by Germany, United Kingdom and Confederate States of America and the Grand Alliance, headed by France the United States of America, Russia, and Japan. The war was the most destructive war fought in the history of mankind, with almost every nation on Earth being involved, and at least 125 million men and women called to fight, with nearly 70 million casualties, which includes the victims of the Holocaust perpetrated by the National Socialist nations: the Jews in Germany, the Irish in Great Britain and the Blacks in the Confederacy, killed due to their claimed "inferiority", as well as the use of nuclear weapons on multiple sites in Europe and Asia.
At the end of the war, Europe, North and South America and large section of Asia had been left in ruin. The French, hoping that no such war could ever happen again, annexed the majority of Western Europe, including neutral Switzerland. The Organization of Sovereign Nations was formed in St. Petersburg, and its primary goals was to prevent war of this magnitude from ever starting again. However, the victory of France, Russia, Japan, Brazil and the US, as well as the many smaller allies, had leader to a polarization of the world in three armed camps: the Juneau Pact of Democracies lead by the United States and Russia; the Sorelist dominated European Defensive Alliance controlled by France, and associated with by Japan; and the unofficial Brazilian Bloc, composing of dictatorial South American regimes that wished to not be involved with either of the other two alliances.
In many ways, the Third Global War was simply a continuation of the Second: the alliances on both sides were pretty much the same, and it was only ideology that seriously changed in France, Britain, Germany, Argentina and the Confederacy; the first becoming Sorelist, and the last three turning National Socialist, and all of them in the late 1920s-early 1930s. Japan, with an increasingly violent imperialist policy, became a military dictatorship, with strong Sorelist leanings. The Russian Empire, which was still developing democratic institutions in the early 20th century, and the United States, are the only major nations that did not fall to either extremist faction.
France was still reeling from their almost defeat in the previous war, as they lost more troops per capita than any other nation. The Imperial "democracy" that was slowly formed by Napoleon II in the 1840s became increasingly polarized between right wing nationalists and left wing Marxists. It was only when Fédération Impérialiste Française leader Philip Petain was named the new prime minister in 1932 did the increasingly bitter battles in the nation were ended in favor of the Sorelists. Petain quickly set up a dictatorship, imprisoning opponents and centralizing power in his hands, but he also began to put the nation back to work with massive state-sponsored projects and subsidizes to major industry. By the outbreak of the war, France was among the nations with the lowest unemployment in the world. Had the war not broken out in 1940, the nation would have been on its feet by 1945 many claim.
The Rise of National SocialismIn the defeated countries of the Second Global War, as foreign armies occupied large sections of their land, many extremist parties on both sides rose up to try to take advantage of the chaos that the defeat, economic depression, hyper inflation and the haphazard military demobilization had left. It was especially difficult in smaller states such as Argentina, which saw some of their richest, most industrial developed land taken away. By 1923, the former Marxist Nicolás Repetto took power, forming an ideology with a blend of left wing state controlled socialism with strong nationalist undertones. Most major industries were taken over, farms collectivized and most land taken over by the state, rights to free speech and assembly were taken away, and opponents and dissidents were either forced into exile, imprisoned or out right killed. In return, Repetto gave the people work and a National goal: to avenge the defeat of the Second Global War.
Other countries soon became National Socialist: Italy under Benito Mussolini in 1925; Germany with Ernst Rohm and the Confederacy under Sam Rayburn's Liberty Party in 1935; and Great Britain in 1936 with the Imperial Socialist Party, led by John Beckett. Canada became a battleground between "Natso" Ontario and Sorelist Quebec after the assassination of Prime Minister Mackenzie King, while Southern China came under the strong armed rule of Lou Tseng-Tsiang during the Chinese Civil War, although both the communists under Mao Zedong and the Imperialistic/Isolationist Yellow Dragon Movement led by Yan Huiqing battled for the control of all of China.
The Democratic Struggle
While the National Socialist parties formed an alliance in 1934, the democracies were struggling to cope. The Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed in 1931 due to the many nationalities of the Empire asserting independence, and the financial burden the Stock Market Crash put on the struggling empire. The US and Russia were becoming increasingly isolationist: under Presidents Norman Thomas and Joseph P. Kennedy the US focused namely on the settling of the Oregon Territory they won in 1916, while Russia was dealing with the aftermath of another Bolshevik coup. Tensions with increasingly dictatorial France were increasingly strained, and all three condemned Japan for invading China in 1934.
At this point, the resurgent Germany, Britain and the Confederacy began to make demands for lands that they claim were part of their homeland. Germany's claims to Polish territory, as well as a large part of Austria and Czechoslovakia, Britain's demand for Ireland to return to their control after being made independent in 1922, and the Confederate claims to Kentucky, Northern Virginia and a large stretch of the former Oregon Territory all led to crisis and violence in the nations involved.In 1937, US President Norman Thomas, under pressure from the Liberty Party and Confederate Leader Sam Rayburn at last allowed Kentucky and Northern Virginia to hold a referendum to decide their fate. Both states voted to rejoin the CSA, and this was accomplished by March 1938. In Europe, British Foreign Minister Neville Chamberlain proposed the Florence Conference in April 1939 to negotiate the redrawing of borders, allowing the UK to reclaim Northern Ireland and Germany to occupy the territory that was part of the German Empire but given to Poland at the end of the Second Global War, as well as Italy receiving the Island of Sardinia from France. The French, Russian and Italian leaders gave in to the German and British demands and threats, and both areas were returned for the promise that it would be the only territorial demands by these two nations in Europe.
However, this turned out not to be the case. By September, with National Socialist Riots in Austria, German, Italian and Hungarian forces marched into the nation, forcing President Adolf Hitler to flee to Russia. The division of Austria between the three nations sparked outrage and panic in Paris and Moscow, and led to both nations assuming that war was inevitable. Plans for military expansion and modernization, put on hold in France due to pressing economic issues and barely begun in Russia, were accelerated and intensified, but it barely began to take effect when the war broke out.
Throughout the continent of Europe, from 1940 until 1946, military operations took place almost across the entire span of the continent, excepting the Iberian peninsula and Scandinavia.
Western Europe (1940-1946)
The Western Front can be divided into three major phases: the Natso Invasion, the Occupation and the Allied Liberation. The first phase involved the British invasion of Ireland, and the combined German/British Invasion of the Netherlands and France. While the Irish and Dutch were defeated in weeks, the French fought a vicious rearguard action that lasted almost nine months, inflicting defeats and reverses on the Natso armies, but at last the Imperial forces were forced to withdraw to Algeria and the French Empire in Africa in 1941.
From 1941 until