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Timeline 1961-1965 (Impact 1961)

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May 18th- known as "Impact day" or "the collapse." The asteroid impacted approximately 20 miles south of Berlin in East Germany, and was three miles at its longest point. Much of the surrounding area was rendered uninhabitable, with earthquakes erupting across Eurasia and the world. Much of Europe was hit by shock waves, destroying industry, economy, and ruining entire cities. Much of the world experienced shock waves, with buildings collapsing across the world.

May 19th- The so called "West Coast aftershock" took place. Massive earthquakes rocked the American west coast, killing tens of thousands, and destroying industry

May 21st - At this point, it became clear across the world that a complete rebuild was needed to recover. Much of the industry in Europe had been destroyed, and it was only expected to worsen. Meanwhile, trade across the world descends into anarchy. Riots and even small scale revolts begin across the world, mostly in Europe and the USSR.

May 29th- Eastern Europe begins to weaken, with east Germany, Czechoslovakia, as well as parts of the U.S.S.R. and West Germany, with a more stable government, is not effected as much. However, with various separatist groups gaining prominence, West Germany, too, begins to split. Although these riots do not do serious damage to either side, they hinder rebuilding efforts and demand attention.

May 30th- The USSR begins to mobilize its troops, intending to take advantage of the destabilized Western Europe. The mobilization process is slow, and plagued by broken infrastructure, political concerns, and small scale mutiny.

July 3rd- An earthquake storm starts off the coast of India, and kills many in tidal waves. Although it is debatable whether this was caused by the asteroid strike or not, most agree it was a related incident.

July 9th-11th- A small scale three-day war starts between the USSR and NATO occurs. Although it only lasted three days, it significantly increased tensions between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Although neither side made any significant gains, both sides try to build up additional forces, despite the fact that there country's are nearly destroyed.

August 16th- Scientists based in Sweden begin to make predictions for future years following the impact. They predict the impact, which has already caused much desolation worldwide, will begin to warm the earth, and reduce crops by a large percentage.

August 18th- Due to the lack of food and prices rapidly going up on everything, full scale rebellions break out across Europe. Notable groups include the 4th Reich, who intend to unify Germany, and Stalin's Children, a group who plan to restore the USSR to its pre-Impact power.

August 24th- A bomb attack on the Kremlin kills several Politburo members, and nearly destroys the building. Despite evidence to the contrary, the USSR places blame on the West German government. Even West Germany denies all charges, the USSR outs there remaining troops on full readiness, and begins to switch its nuclear arsenal to standby mode.

Also on August 24th- The United Kingdom demands the USSR stop its mobilization. It also declares it will use nuclear weapons in the defense of West Germany, and requests that France and the rest of NATO help as well.

August 25th- France and Belgium, as well as several Other NATO powers. Both sides begin to mass troops at the border between West Germany and East Germany. Both sides are constantly fighting rebel groups, so deployment is severely impaired.

August 26th- the situation, now dubbed "The Kremlin Crisis" continues to unfold with both sides moving troops to the border. The United States of America declares neutrality, but states it will fight back if nuclear weapons are used.

August 29th- the USSR begins to stop mobilization, and orders the KGB to further investigate what happened. NATO forces, already outmatched, continue to mass at the border.

August 28th- After an investigation by the KGB, the USSR finds that the attack was carried out by The Stalin's Children terrorist group, but they still believe it receives funding from West Germany. For the most part, however, the situation begins to diffuse.

August 30th- Both NATO and the Warsaw Pact forces begin to demobilize in an uneasy peace. Both begin to direct much more of there resources to the rebuilding efforts, and trying to prevent further unrest.

September 8th- A major series of storms hits the English Channel and destroys cities on both sides, including London. It is estimated that 15 million died during these storms, though estimates range as low as five million. Meteorologists agree these storms were caused by the asteroid impact, and tell people to expect more of a similar size in the near future.

September 19th- the Soviet Union officially declared martial law, due to massive shortages in just about everything. Much of Western Europe also goes into a state of martial law, but it is not official, and is not nearly as ruthlessly enforced as the Soviets.

September 23rd-27th- A massive series of storms starts in the Gulf of Mexico, working its way from Louisiana, down along to coast, as well as across the Caribbean. Infrastructure is destroyed on an unprecedented level in Central America, and most nations soon fall under the contested rule of various militias.

September 30th- A war between several factions begins across central Africa. It soon becomes a brutal bloodbath, with governments having next to no power.

October 1st- Another series of earthquakes and storms hits on the Chinese coast, again killing millions. Scientists and meteorologists say this is because the impact destabilized earth's faultlines and weather, which is what they believe is happening.

October 7th- Massive riots break out across China, angered at the perceived incompetent government and the sheer amount of damage done. Efforts to put down these riots are largely unsuccessful, and they rapidly spread across the nation.

October 12th- At this point, various riots are nearly uncontainable and France introduces full martial law. Although many view this as a positive change, more riots break out across the country.

October 17th- In America, the New Union(NU) terrorist group is formed. Its ultimate goal is to take over the government, and with a base of about 50 members, it begins to recruit.

October 31st- In a brutal attempt to install martial law, the USSR gives its soldiers the power to kill anyone who is disobeying the orders of soldiers. The army kills hundreds of thousands, destroying entire riot, killing men, women, and children. This act is condemned by the world, but few have the power to enforce it.

November 7th- Riots in America significantly increase, with shortages in imports, as well as food And other essential products. In a speech intended to dispel the riots, current U.S. president John F. Kennedy makes the comment that "It is amazing what a disaster can do to our society. Within a few months, our world has gone from one of order and peace to one of anarchy and war, to violence and Suffering. It is truly amazing how far we can fall." Despite the amazing quote, the speech did little to curtail the riots.

November 19th- The UK and West Germany also introduce martial law. However, it is slightly more Limited than in France. Riots still break out, especially in what's left of London.

November 20th- Stalin's children pull a daring raid on the main producer of oil and gas in the USSR, a facility in Siberia. The entire facility is lit on fire, and is almost completely destroyed. Other targets related to oil are also swiftly knocked out, resulting in massive oil shortages throughout the country.

November 23rd- The Politburo meets to discuss what will happen with the shortfall of oil. It is decided that they must have more oil, for fear of complete economic collapse. However across the globe, most countries have their own oil problems, and have little room for exports. Much of the production in the Middle East is stalled, and as a result, buying oil is barely an option.

December 1st- After a respite of several months, the storms return with vengeance. A massive storm system engulfs the Middle east, with Others hitting South America, the Mediterranean, and Australia. Millions are killed, and what little is left of international trade is destroyed.

December 13th- As the storms calm down, it soon becomes apparent that the Middle East will no longer be able to provide oil. Various rebel groups begin to rise, trying to take over the governments.

December 18th- The United States of America announces plans to deploy troops in the Middle East in order to "restore, rebuild, and help the people of these nations." However, it is obvious to most that the US simply wants oil, and is trying to prevent others from getting it.

December 23rd- The American Task Force begins to be assemble. It is planned to include seven mechanized infantry divisions, as well as light armor, and a navy contingent. Despite the fact that this is supposed to provide oil for America, many are angered by the Fact that the government seems more interested in the Middle East than in America.

December 24th- in the USSR, the politburo begins to consider attacking other nations to gain oil. This is influenced by riots tearing there country apart, with enormous damage done to many cities.

December 31st- Kennedy passes several laws in an attempt to curtail riots and bring the nation under control. This includes rationing, as well as other reforms such as limited martial law, and re-instating the draft.


January 8th- The American task force begins to land in the Middle East, focusing on securing Qatar, The UAE, and Omen before moving in land.

January 14th- The Soviet politburo declares that if they can't buy oil, they must take it. They begin to mobilize troops, sending many to take control of the Middle East, as a direct challenge to America.

January 15th- The Americans formally ask the Soviets to withdraw their forces from the Middle East. The USSR refuses, thus heightening tensions between the two sides.

January 30th- The Americans at this point have secured most of the original planned states, and begin to make plans to advance into Saudi Arabia. Although they have permission form the Arabian king, the country at this point is nearly run by terrorists, and high casualties are expected. Meanwhile, in the north, the USSR continues to advance through Turkey and Iraq, trying to regain control of as much land as possible.

February 3rd- The U.S. Task force, having secured Oman, the UAE, and Qatar, begin to move inland, toward Saudi Arabia. Although the government formally allows the U.S. to enter, the attack is still hard, with strong resistance from terrorists. Meanwhile, the USSR pushes deeper into Iraq.

February 17th- Despite high casualties, most of Saudi Arabia is under U.S. Control. The government works toward putting more troops into Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, they ask the Soviets to halt their invasion of Iraq.

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