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Brief Summary at Main Page

2014 ♦ 2015 ♦ 2016

Locations of events are indicated by flags

2014

19th September

Flag of ScotlandScotland

- Votes Announced: Overwhelming Majority vote "yes"

- Alex Salmond makes a press statement, saying he is delighted with the result, but warns that the road to independence is not yet over. He also states that he intends for the new country to work closely with the UK and other countries on the international stage.

- Mass celebrations begin in many Scottish cities, though there are some scuffles as pro-Union supporters wave Union Flags. Some cases of xenophobia against Scottish (and by extension, Celtic-looking) people in British cities are reported.

Flag of the United Kingdom London, United Kingdom

London Stock Exchange 1520

London Stock Exchange

- David Cameron makes a press speech in which he states that he is "disappointed" with the result, but respects the Scottish people's choice, and that the British and Scottish people should continue to work together and remember what they have in common. There are many calls for Cameron to resign after failing to preserve the union.

- Share prices in the London Stock Exchange fall by up to 10% and the Pound starts to fall against most major currencies. Beginnings of Financial Crisis.

Flag of Catalonia Catalonia

- Catalan Parliament approves call for referendum on independence.

20th September

Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom

- There are calls for the UK General Election to be postponed until 2016, as Scottish MPs will affect the vote, especially with the idea that "Scottish Labour MP's could deliver a Labour government that would have no mandate in the rest of the UK."

- Many international leaders release statements congratulating the Scottish people and the democracy used, and their aim to continue to work with both the UK and Scotland.

- Many multinational corporations announce plans to relocate their main offices to London, Many hotels in Scotland notice many cancellations from English tourists. The Royal Bank of Scotland announces that while it will keep offices in Scotland, it will locate its headquarters in London.

- Tory Backbenchers start to call for Cameron's resignation.

2007 Flag of OrkneyWestern Isles Council FlagFlag of Shetland The Northern and Western Islands

- The Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Islands all call for a second referendum on whether they should join Scotland, or become independent/have affiliation with the UK.

Flag of Spain Spain

- Spanish leaders voice their concern and disappointment with the result and their intention to block Scotland from joining the EU, as Basque and Catalonian politicians and nationalists hail the result and call for similar referenda for them.

22nd September

Flag of the United Kingdom London, United Kingdom

- Representatives of Scotland and the rUK (rest of United Kingdom) arrive in London to start discussing and negotiating the plan for Scottish Independence, specifically borders, debt and government resources. By the end of the day they announce that they hope for the mechanisms for independence to be fulfilled by 2015.

David Cameron resigns as Scotland votes to leave UK - BBC News05:39

David Cameron resigns as Scotland votes to leave UK - BBC News

- David Cameron announces his resignation as Conservative Leader, but states that he will stay as Prime Minister until the new leader is chosen.

23rd September

Flag of the United Kingdom London, United Kingdom

- George Osbourne, Boris Johnson and Theresa May all announce that they will run for Tory Leader, amongst other Tory members.

25th September

Flag of the United Kingdom London, United Kingdom

- Movements are started calling for an English Parliament, and possibly Federalized system.

26th September

Flag of Catalonia Catalonia

- Mass protests in Barcelona over refusal of Spanish Government to take their referenda on independence seriously.

2007 Flag of OrkneyWestern Isles Council FlagFlag of Shetland The Northern and Western Islands

- Separate referenda are held in Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Islands to determine their status. Orkney and Shetland vote overwhelmingly not to join Scotland. The Outer Hebrides narrowly vote to join an Independent Scotland.

27th September

Flag of Spain Spain

- Spanish government announces it will block the efforts of Catalonia. The Spanish Constitutional Court decides to hear the case on 29th September.

Flag of Catalonia Catalonia

256px-11s2012 Via Laietana (1)

- Demonstrators start to march towards Madrid with the intention of occupying it.

29th September

Flag of the United Kingdom London, United Kingdom

- A vote of no confidence is held by the Labour party but fended off by the coalition government.

30th September

Flag of Catalonia Madrid

- Catalan demonstrators move into outer parts of Madrid and are confronted by a Police Barricade. Violence breaks out with some injuries.

30th September

Flag of Catalonia Madrid

- After a 24 hour stand-off, police attack Protester's Camp. Along with hundreds of others, Artur Mas is arrested and jailed.

1st October

Flag of Catalonia Catalonia

- News starts to break that the protests have failed. Catalan Nationalists occupy government buildings . After an order comes through to deal with the uprising, most of the Catalan Police Forces defect to the rioters

Flag of Spain Spain

- Spanish Army is mobilized and sent to Catalonia.

12th October

Flag of Catalonia Catalonia

- Spanish Army encounters military barricade at Segre River, with fighting ensuing. Two Soldiers are killed, four Civilians are also killed with a further 16 injured.

15th October

Flag of Catalonia Catalonia

- As the Spanish Army moves through Catalonia, attempting to put down any resistance, rebels hide before reappearing, managing to avoid fighting.

Flag of the United Kingdom London, United Kingdom

George Osborne is elected Leader of the Conservatives, and becomes Prime Minister after Cameron steps down.

17th October

Flag of the United Kingdom London, United Kingdom

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector)

New flag of the UK, in conjunction with old Union Flag

- Parliament votes to use a new design of the Union Flag incorporating the Welsh flag, but also to allow the continued usage of the old Union Flag (up to the discretion of the building where it is being flown). While there are praises for the flag, especially from Plaid Cymru for the inclusion of the Welsh Colours, many people still support the old Union Flag, which "generations of servicemen died under". As such, it is uncertain whether the military will use the new flag.

2nd November

Flag of Catalonia Catalonia

Spanish Army BMR-600 DF-SD-04-06607

Spanish APCs

- Spanish forces reach Barcelona, encountering hard resistance, supplied with old Moroccan arms brought in the previous night. Catalan rebels capture a Spanish APC and use it to destroy another.

7th November

Flag of Catalonia Catalonia

- Battle for Barcelona finishes as government forces retreat or are captured.

19th November

United Nations Flag United Nations

- As Spanish Forces lock down Catalonia, Morocco calls for economic sanctions against Spain .

20th November

United Nations Flag United Nations

- Moroccan proposal rejected in favour of less harsh resolution until a solution can be found.

Flag of Spain Canaries and Baque

- Canary Islands and Basque Country, at this news, declare independence. While the Basque rebellion is quickly put down, the Canary Government puts up minimal resistance, and a Spanish Naval Task force retreats after a stand-off with Moroccan Naval Ships.

2nd December

Flag of the United Kingdom LondonUnited Kingdom

- Electoral Commission advises the general election be postponed until May 2016, and legislation is rushed through Parliament extending its life the vote goes through by one vote as many Liberal Democrats rebel against the decision.

17th December

Flag of the United States Washington DC, United States/Flag of Cuba Havana, Cuba

- U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced the beginning of a process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States. The normalization agreement was secretly negotiated in preceding months, facilitated by Pope Francis and largely hosted by the Government of Canada. Cuba returns American aid worker Alan Gross to the United States while the United States returns three members of the Cuban Five back to Cuba in prisoner exchange meant to normalize relations with the two.

2015

7th January

Flag of France Paris, France

- Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. They were armed with assault rifles, killed 11 people and injured 11 others in the building. A French National Police officer was killed when they exited the building.

8th-9th January

Flag of France France

- In connection to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, French police tracked the assailants to an industrial estate in Dammartin-en-Goële, where they took a hostage. Another gunman also shot a police officer on 8 January and took hostages the next day, at a kosher supermarket near the Porte de Vincennes. Three attackers were killed, along with four hostages who died in the Vincennes supermarket before the intervention.

21st January

Flag of the United Kingdom 'London', United Kingdom

- Sir John Chilcot announces that his report into the Iraq War will be published after the General Election.

24th January

Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia

- David Cameron and HRH Prince Charles fly to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to King Abdullah, who died the previous day.

25th January

Flag of the Philippines Maguindanao, Philippines

- 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), an elite fighting force, were killed after a clash took place in Tukalinapao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao against armed insurgents of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). PNP-SAF's objective is to pursue Zulkifli Abdhir also known as Marwan and Basit Usman as part of Oplan Exodus and killed the former. 

2nd February

Flag of the United Kingdom London', United Kingdom'

- Economic talks between the UK and Scotland are deteriorating as Scotland is determined to keep the pound. Osbourne states that Scotland is “free to use sterling in the same way they use the US dollar in Zimbabwe but there will be no influence on UK or Bank of England policy, and no banking or fiscal or true currency union.”

-The population of London hits a record of 8.6m, and is forecast to reach 11m by 2050.

5th February

Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom

- Plaid Cymru announces plans to hold an informal referendum on more devolved powers in Wales .

- Buckingham Palace announces that Her Majesty is planning on appointing Lord Steel of Aikwood as first Governor-General of Scotland .

13th February

Flag of the United Kingdom 'London,' United Kingdom

- Negotiations between UK and Scotland come to common ground and government agencies start to divide although neither side is happy with the deal presented.

Flag of Europe European Union

- Negotiations now begin with EU and Scotland over Scotland joining and using the Euro. Spain still staunchly opposes Scottish entry.

17th February

Flag of Flanders  Flanders

- Throughout Flanders, rallies in favour of Flemish independence begin. Whilst many are Euroskeptic, the perception that Scottish negotiations are going well gives the independence movement weight.

18th February

Flag of Flanders Ghent, Flanders

- Minor rioting begins in Ghent. In an attempt to quell this, the Flemish government announces they will push for a referendum to be held.

19th February

Flag of Belgium Brussels, Belgium

- Belgian government announces a Referendum to be held on the 11th April on Flemish Independence.

14th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional) Edinburgh, Scotland

- The Prince of Wales and representatives of various nations arrive in Edinburgh for the ceremony the next day.

15th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional) Edinburgh, Scotland

- Union Flags are raised on all Scottish Public Buildings so they can be ceremoniously lowered at midnight. - Ceremony at midnight sees an independent Scotland reborn. Much celebration, though some small isolated instances of violence are experienced.

NorthernIsles The Northern Islands

- Orkney and the Shetlands are transferred to the Northern Isles Dependency, under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom. Roderick Campbell becomes takes his position as Lieutenant Governor, whilst Alistair Carmichael becomes the Chief Minster.

16th March

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector) United Kingdom

- Government announces first NHS patients have been diagnosed through genome sequencing.

16th-17th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional) Edinburgh, Scotland

- Two day Bank Holiday in Scotland begins to deal with financial and official transovers, as well as, presumably, hangovers.

18th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional) Scotland

- Governor-General and British Ambassador and Consul arrive in Edinburgh.

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector) London, United Kingdom

- Scottish Ambassador and Consul arrive

- Prime Minister George Osborne officially congratulates Scotland in a press conference, and states his hopes for close relations between Scotland and the United Kingdom.

- Press start circulating stories of the possibility of an Intergovernmental Union between the UK, Scotland and Ireland to succeed the Common Travel Area, to coordinate Trade.

United Nations Flag United Nations and Others

- Scotland is officially welcomed to the United Nations, with it's representative sitting between Saudi Arabia and Senegal. The rUK takes the UK's seat on the Security Council.

- Scotland formally joins to Commonwealth, but NATO and EU memberships are still being negotiated.

Flag of GuernseyFlag of Jersey Channel Islands

- After the unification of the Northern Isles, some movement for a Confederal, rather than Federal, structure over the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey grows, with the example of the already united Channel Islands Brussels Office given as an example.

10th April

Flag of Belgium Brussels, Belgium

- Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel urges the unity of the Belgian People in the referendum.

20th April

Flag of Flanders Flanders

- Referendum in favour of Flemish independence. World leaders react variably, but mainly promote good relations and trade.

16th April

Flag of Scotland (traditional) Scotland

- Elizabeth II is formally crowned in a small coronation ceremony in Edinburgh as Queen of Scots, though appears grumpy throughout. English road signs are replaced with bi-lingual ones.

Flag of Scotland (traditional) Edinburgh

- Alex Salmond states that Scotland will recognize Kurdistan if he is elected, and will support them economically.

20th April

Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Turkish Cyprus

- Mustafa Akıncı, a pro-unificationist, is elected President.

3rd May

Flag of Belgium Brussels, Belgium

- Belgian, Flemish and Walloon representatives meet in Brussels to discuss the future of their states.

13th May

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector)United Kingdom

- Trooping the Colour takes place in London

16th May

Flag of Scotland (traditional) Scotland

- The Church of Scotland votes to allow the ordination of gay minister in civil partnerships.

15th June

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector)United Kingdom

- The Royal Family, Ed Miliband, the Archbishop of Canterbury and other dignitaries attend a ceremony at Runnymede, marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

18th June

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector)United Kingdom

- A Government report shows that the Palace of Westminister is in urgent need of repair, and recommends that MPs leave the buildings for two years in order for repairs to take place

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector) London, United Kingdom

- After repetitive refusals by George Osborne to appear on forthcoming party leader television debates, Ed Miliband pledges to introduce legislation which would make televised debates permanent features of future general election campaigns, meaning politicians could not attempt to prevent them through self interest.

25th June

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector) United Kingdom

- UK Population grows by almost 500,000 to reach 64,596,800 in 2014.

7th July

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector) London, United Kingdom

- The country observes the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 attacks.

26th June

Flag of the United States Washington DC, United States

- The United States Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in the country.

5th July

Flag of Scotland United Nations Flag Scotland

- UNESCO gives World Heritage to the Forth Bridge, on of Scotland's best-known structures.

18th July

Flag of Belgium Brussels, Belgium

- After demands, representatives of the German-Speaking Community of Belgium meet in Brussels to discuss their futur

Raising of the Flag at U.S02:57

Raising of the Flag at U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba

US Embassy Havana reopening ceremony.

20th July

Flag of Cuba Havana, Cuba

- The United States officially reopens its embassy in Cuba with Secretary of State John Kerry leading the opening ceremony.

Flag of the United States Washington DC, United States

- Cuba officially upgrades its "interests section" in the Swiss embassy to "embassy" status in Washington DC. The Cuban flag is raised in the Cuban embassy and is placed in the State Department for the first time.

6th September

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector) United Kingdom

- Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey , Peter Walker, dies in office.

9th September

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector) United Kingdom

- Queen Elizabeth II surpasses her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch.

Flag of Scotland (traditional) Scotland

- Scottish Borders Railway, which was originally begun by the British Government, is officially opened by David Steele.

16th 'September

Flag of Belgium Brussels, Belgium

- German, French and EU diplomats are invited to the talks.

18th September

Flag of JapanTokyo, Japan

- The Japanese Diet made the reinterpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution official by enacting a series of laws allowing the Japan Self-Defense Forces to provide material support to allies engaged in combat internationally. This drew criticism from local citizens, both South Korea and North Korea, and China while allies such as the United States, the Philippines and Australia welcomed the move.

19th September

Flag of Scotland (traditional) Scotland

- Scottish Nationals hold "One Year On" Referendum Celebrations, lead by Salmond, Swinney and Sturgeon.

Flag of Canada (Pantone) Canada

- Government announces plans for referendum on Quebec independence, after much lobbying.

23rd September

Flag of Europe EU

- EU-Scottish talks finally break ground: Spain backs down, on the condition that Scotland does not "interfere with the internal affairs of Spain" - Spain does not want Scotland inspiring Catalonian (and possibly Basque) independence movements. Scotland adopts the Euro.

Flag of Syria Syria

- The Russian Armed Forces begin their intervention in the Syrian Civil War by attacking ISIS positions and the opposition forces against the Syrian government.

1st October

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector) United Kingdom

- UKIP Leader Nigel Farage comments on the Partition of Belgium in a press conference. He admires the Flemish movement from separating from Belgium, which he claims was overly controlled by the EU, and represented how the rest of Europe could go if forced together. However, he calls the creation of the Brussels City State as "the beginning of the EU takeover", and that it was "Donald Tusk's experimentation for the takeover of sovereign states", suggesting that once it administers Brussels, it may take over the separated United Kingdom.

24th October

Flag of Belgium Brussels, Belgium

- An agreement is reached between the representatives: Brussels will become an independent City State, Flanders will become independent, Wallonia will join France, the German-Speaking Community (Eifel and Eupen) will join the Germany State of Rhineland-Palatine, whilst the Principality of Luxembourg will absorb the Belgian province of Luxembourg

Flag of France Paris, France

- Da'esh attack on Paris leaves 137 dead and 368 injuries. Mass outcry from around the world.

24th November

Flag of Turkey Turkey

- Turkey shoots down a Russian Jet, claiming it was violating Turkish Airspace. Russian-Turkey relations worsen.

27th November

Flag of Russia Russia

- Putin and his cabinet declares their backing of Kurdistan as an independent nation.

Flag of France Paris, France

- COP21 Conference on Climate Change begins in Paris. First meeting for Scotland, who already pledge to be one of the most ecologically friendly nations.

12th December

Flag of France Paris, France

COP21 Conference on Climate Change concludes, with Scotland pledging to be one of the most ecologically friendly nations by 2025.

17th December

Flag of Kurdistan Kurdistan

- Syrian, Iraqi, Iranian, Russian and Kurdish leaders meet in Erbil to discuss creating an independent Kurdish State.
Kurdish flag photo

Flag of Kurdistan

21st December

Flag of Kurdistan Kurdistan

- Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia and Kurdistan reach an agreement and declare Kurdistan an independent state, seceding from several states. Several oil and mining companies make deals with Peshmerga, boasting their economy.

Flag of Russia Moscow

- Putin declares his support and backing of Kurdistan, and trade details, including supplying arms.

Flag of Quebec Quebec, Canada


- Referendum on Quebec Independence held.

22nd December

Flag of Scotland (traditional) Scotland

- Alex Salmond states that if he becomes Prime Minister he will work closely with Kurdistan, and possibly send humanitarian workers.

Flag of Quebec Quebec, Canada

- Referendum results: Vast Majority vote in favour.

2016

17th January Flag of Germany Germany

- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reflecting most of the EU's views, warns Spain that they risk being forcibly removed from the EU if they do not find a peaceful solution to Basque and Catalonian independence.

3rd February

Flag of Turkey Kurdish Provinces, Turkey

- Protests break out in some Turkish cities in support of ceding to Kurdistan. Local authorities attempt to quell, though some support it and do little.

26th February

Flag of Ireland Ireland

- Enda Kenny of Fine Gael is elected Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland

1st March

Flag of Spain Spain

- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is deposed by a vote of no confidence. Vice-President Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría Antón becomes acting-Prime Minister, and is assumed to be the next PM.

4th March

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector) United Kingdom

- The three main party leaders take part in the final televised debate before the general election, in a special edition of Question Time.

8th March

Flag of Kurdistan Kurdistan

- Peshmerga forces armed with Russian equipment such as 100 T-72 and 80 2A65- Msta-B launch a major assault, retaking Tal Afar from ISIS and begin to March towards Mosul.

Flag of Spain Spain

- Spanish Parliament passes act formally recognizing Catalonia.

10th March

Flag of Kurdistan Kurdistan

- Peshmerga forces march right into the outer defences of Mosul, encircling the city. The Second Siege for Mosul begins.

14th March

Flag of Kurdistan Kurdistan

- Peshmerga forces make major gains in the city of Mosul, with ISIL just holding the City Centre.

15th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional) Edinburgh, Scotland

- First Independence Day of the Scottish Commonwealth. Mass celebrations lead by Salmond, though minor demonstrations around nation against independence.

16th March

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector) United Kingdom

- UK General Election: Labour wins a minority with 279 seats, forming a coalition with the Liberal Democrats who hold ten seats. The Tories win 274 seats, while UKIP wins a further ten seats.

20th March

Flag of Scotland Scotland

- Scottish Assembly Election : SNP wins landslide victory with 123 seats, and the Scottish Socialists three. The Scottish Free Democrats fail to win any, though are predicted to win many council seats, particularly in the south.

AirForceOneCuba

Cuban citizens watch the arrival of Air Force One.

Flag of Cuba Havana, Cuba

- Barrack Obama becomes the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in nearly 80 years.

22nd March

Flag of Belgium Brussels, Belgium

- Three coordinated bombings occur in the Brussels, killing at least 32 and injuring at least 250. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attacks.

23rd March

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector) London, United Kingdom

- Legislation is passed by both Houses which makes Televised Debates permanent features of general election campaign.

Flag of ScotlandScotland

- In one of the first acts of the Independent Scottish Assembly, Same-Sex Marriage is legalised. 

27th March

Flag of Syria Palmyra, Syria

- Government forces retake Palmyra from ISIL.

Western Isles Council Flag The Western Islands

- Members of the former Scottish Liberal Democrats, as well as Tory and Labour, within the Outer Hebrides announce the creation of Outer Hebrides Party, calling for a new referendum on retaining the status quo of belonging to Scotland, Independence or rejoining the United Kingdom.

29th March

United Nations Flag United Nations

- While ISIL's power is waning, Scotland proposes peacekeeping operations in ISIL areas, as well as Turkish Kurdistan. Salmond also pledges large scale peacekeeping forces from Scotland

- Talks begin to take place for the establishment of a peacekeeping force in Syria and Iraq.

Flag of Kurdistan Kurdistan

- After bitter fighting the Peshmerga make further gains. Only a few buildings are now held by ISIL.

3rd April

Flag of Kurdistan Kurdistan

- Peshmerga forces finally defeat ISIL forces with Mosul, liberating it.

Global

Release of 'Panama Papers' showing the names and assets of thousands in overseas accounts, involving many government officials and their associates around the world.


Flag of Iceland Iceland

- With the release of the Panama Papers, Icelandic PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson resigns.

7th April

Flag of Belgium Brussels, Belgium

- Belgium is dissolved. Protests mainly occur in Flanders, with a few in Brussels and Luxembourg. Rattachists of Wallonia celebrate.

9th April

United Nations FlagUnited Nations

- A UN resolution is drafted concerning a UN Peacekeeping Mission to Syria and Kurdistan, to be led by Scotland.

Flag of ScotlandScotland

- Scottish Assembly controversially passes bill legalising the Right-to-Die.

10th April

United Nations FlagUnited Nations

- Both main organs of the UN vote in favour of a Scottish-lead Peacekeeping mission to Kurdistan. Preparations begin to be made.

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector)UK TATA Steel

- After the crisis left by TATA announcing the sale of its Steel Plants in Britain, the Labour Government agrees to buy a large share in them, essentially nationalising it with a small private investment.

15th April

Emblem of the United Nations UN Kurdish Peacekeeping Mission

Peacekeepers from around the world start to depart for Kurdistan.

Flag of Kurdistan Kurdistan

- Kurdistan agrees not to attack the Syrian Opposition Forces. The Assad Regime and Russia voice concern, but continue to supply Kurdistan.

26th April

Emblem of the United Nations UN Kurdish Peacekeeping Mission

First Peacekeeping Camps set up.

6th May


USS Florida in Gibraltar

USS Florida approaching Gibraltar.

Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar

- The Royal Navy patrol boat HMS Sabre fires flares on a Spanish Guardia Civil vessel after it harasses the American nuclear submarine USS Florida on a port call to the British submarine base in the territory.

15th May

Flag of Iraq Iraq

A suicide attack is carried out by Da'esh militants at the Taji Gas Plant in Iraq, near Baghdad. The situation, however, was quickly brought under control.

10th June

Flag of France Paris, France

- The 2016 UEFA European Championships begin in Saint-Denis with France taking on Romania.

Flag of France Nice, France

- 84 people were killed and 303 injured when a 19-ton cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais. The driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian resident of France was killed when police surrounded the truck and shot the driver.

Flag of Turkey Turkey



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Turkey Army group 'takes control of the country' BBC News

- Members of the Turkish Military, declaring a Peace at Home Council, begin a coup. Aircraft are reported over Ankara, and the bridges over the Bosphorus are blocked.

15th July

Flag of Turkey Turkey

- Erdogan flies to Istanbul, and leads anti-coup movement. Crowds force the end of the coup, and it crumbles.

16th July

Flag of Turkey Turkey

- A purge is declared by Erdogen, and thousands of opposition military leaders, judges and civil servants are arrested. More violence is reported in the Kurdish regions.

20th July

Flag of Turkey Turkey

- Turkey declares a two-month long State of Emergency

26th July

Flag of the United States The Pentagon, VA, United States

- The U.S. Department of Defense said in a press conference that B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers would be based on joint-U.S/U.K. base of Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory for the campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. This is the first time since the Gulf War that the USAF will station B-52s in the B.I.O.T.

27th July

Flag of the British Indian Ocean Territory Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory

- B-1 Lancers, B-2 Spirits, and B-52 Stratofortress bombers arrive in Diego Garcia to take part on the mission against ISIS.

5th August

Flag of Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

- The 2016 Summer Olympics officially opens.

20th August

Flag of Turkey Gaziantep, Turkey

- At least 54 people are killed when a wedding is attacked by a suicide bomber.

21st August

Flag of Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

- The 2016 Summer Olympics officially comes to a close.

22nd August

Flag of Norway Oslo, Norway

- Formal peace talks between the Government of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People's Army and National Democratic Front resume. A seven-day ceasefire is announced by the CPP.

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The city of Amatrice after the earthquake.

24th August

Flag of SyriaNorth Syria

- Turkish forces direct intense artiller fire against Da'esh positions, with Turkish Air Force bombing 11 targets. They are followed by MBTs and pick-up trucks, holding Turkish-backed rebels. Turkish Special Forces were also joined by the FSA, and attacked Jarabulus, eventually capturing it.

24th August

Flag of SyriaNorth Syria

- 20 Turkish tanks cross into Syria, with the YPG and SDF withdrawing across the Euphrates. The Turkish backed rebels push south.

30th August

Flag of Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

- Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff is impeached.

2nd September

Flag of Uzbekistan Ubekistan

- Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan since its independence in 1991, dies, with Nigmatilla Yuldashev, Chair of the Senate, assuming the role of Acting President. Reports are made of independence demonstrations within Karakalpakstan.

Flag of the Philippines Davao City, Philippines

- An explosion occurs in a night market in front of the Ateneo de Davao University, killing 15 people and wounding 71 others. The Islamic terror group Abu-Sayaff, which has severed ties with al Qaeda and pledge allegiance with ISIS has initially claimed responsibility for the attack but later denies, instead puts the blame on Daulat Ul-Islamiya Daulat's actions was to sympathize with the Abu Sayaff. The Armed Forces are placed on high alert as President Duterte cancels his scheduled trip to Brunei.

Flag of Laos Vientiane, Laos

- The 11th East Asia summit occurs with the meet-ups of leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations, Japan, China, and the United States.

Flag of the United States New York City, NY; The Pentagon, VA; and Shanksville; PA, United States

- Ceremonies are held at Ground Zero, New York; the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

16th September

Flag of the Land of Valencia (official).svg Valencia

- Reports of Protests and Demonstrations in favor of further autonomy, and closer links to the newly independent Catalonia.

28th September

Caribbean Sea

- Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in the Windward Islands, the Lesser Antilles, and parts of South America.

2nd October

Carribean Sea

- Hurricane Matthew strikes Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

3rd October-8th October

Flag of the United States Southern United States

- Hurricane Matthew strikes the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

13th October

Flag of Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

- King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), the longest serving monarch in the world, dies at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok at the age of 88.

16th October

Flag of Iraq Mosul, Iraq

- Iraqi government forces, allied militias, peshmerga, and the CJTF-OIR launch an offensive to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

18th October

Flag of the People's Republic of China Beijing, China

- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte begins his 4-day state visit to the People's Republic of China which is aimed to reset Sino-Philippine relations. Observers note this as relations between Manila and Washington DC are at all time low.

27th October

Flag of JapanTokyo, Japan

- Takahito, Prince Mikasa, the eldest family of the Imperial family and the uncle of Emperor Akihito, dies at the age of 100. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is in Japan for a three-day state visit, cancels his meeting with the Japanese Emperor following the advise of protocol officers.

5th November

Flag of Flanders  Flanders

- The Flemish Government announces their plans to join NATO, and in a press speech alludes to joining the European Union.

8th November

Flag of the Philippines Tacloban City, Philippines

- The Philippines commemorates the 3rd anniversary of the landfall of Typhoon Haiyan (local: Yolanda) which devastated Tacloban City as well as the areas of Leyte, Samar, northern Cebu (incuding Camotes Islands and Bantayan Island), Aklan, and Palawan.

Flag of the United States United States of America

- The 2016 Presidential Election results in Republican candidate Donald J. Trump winning as upcoming 45th President of the United States over Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. 
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Trump in his first speech as President-Elect

9th November

Flag of the United States United States of America

- Anti-Trump protests break out early morning in major cities in California, Illinois, New York, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and the capital, Washington, D.C.

13th November

Flag of France Paris, France

- Commemorations are held to mark the first year anniversary of the 2015 Paris Attacks which killed 137 people.

14th November

Flag of New Zealand New Zealand

- An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 to 7.8 strikes north of Christchurch, New Zealand, triggering tsunami warnings, causing widespread damage, and killing at least two people.

18th November

Flag of the Philippines Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

- The remains of former President and dictator (1985-1986) Ferdinand Marcos (d. 1989) is buried at the Heroes' Cemetery despite opposition from various groups. This comes out as one of the most controversial acts of the Duterte administration.

25th November

Flag of Cuba Havana, Cuba

- Fidel Castro, the first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, dies at the age of 90.

29th November

Flag of Flanders Flag of the Netherlands Flanders and the Netherlands

- A small border anomoly on the Maas River border between Flanders and the Netherlands is fixed through mutual exchanges of land. Leaders hail as proof land can be exchanged through peaceful, diplomatic means.

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