|Timeline : Superpowers|
|Primary Members|| Roman Empire |
|Allies|| Khmer Empire |
|Capital||Carthage (de facto)|
The Viris Mundi or Global Powers was an alliance that existed between July 9, 1929 and December 25, 1933 as a military pact between the three major powers at the time: the Romans, the Japanese and the Mayans. Their goal in creating this alliance was twofold. First they wished to provide greater unity between themselves in order to counteract the recently formed Allied Coalition. Second they intended to enforce their own personal controls over the planet by combining their already impressive military and economic forces. The end result was an alliance more powerful than any other which had existed up to that point.
Had the Second World War occurred like a normal war, with declarations and then the start of hostilities, the Viris Mundi would have undoubtedly won within a few months. However, the Allied Coalition did the intelligent but underhanded move of preemptively wiping out most of their war capabilities. Although crippled, the VM mustered their forces to survive long enough for their formidable economies to rebuild the rest of their military and stage a counterattack. Unfortunately for them, the Alliance was relentless in their attacks and it took over a year for even a marginal recovery to be possible.
In short through technological ingenuity, resulting in the development of both intercontinental ballistic missiles and atomic devices, and industrial power, the Global Powers managed to end the war in their favor and achieve their original goal of dominating the planet militarily. A year after their victory, the Viris Mundi was dissolved and became the Alliance of Earth, an organization which fought in the Third World War and still exists to this day.
The Viris Mundi had several important effects on the functioning of its three main members. Firstly, it guaranteed that if any one member was attack or threatened, the other two would retaliate in its defense. This ensured that the three nations could form a unified front against any one particular threat and therefore more easily be able to defend themselves. Although this point may have been moot since the AC attacked all three of them at once, the communication network established between them prior to the war ensured that their military units could be more easily coordinated.
Another power which it had was that it established a command structure for the unified military force which all three nations had to respect. At the top of this structure were the Roman Generalissimus, Japanese Naval High Commander and Mayan Supreme Commander, the three of which had equal standing and formed a council of sorts. Following weeks of decision making in the early phases of the war, it was decided in January 24, 1930 that they would reside in Carthage for the remainder of the war. This put them near the center of the Roman communication work whilst also putting them in one of the safest places on the planet.
By the end of January, rank equivalences had been agreed upon by all three parties and now a proper chain of command extended from top to bottom even in cases when foreign forces were working as part of the same military unit. For instance, Mayan General is equivalent to Roman Dux and Japanese Fleet Admiral whilst Mayan Officer is equivalent to Japanese Captains and Roman Signiferius. These equivalences extended to all areas of all three armed forces, so navies, armies and air forces were all highly organized together.
A third aspect of the Viris Mundi, one which is not so much a power it was granted, is that it provides a cultural object of reverence for the people of all three nations. In addition to feeling protected by their respective state, they now felt like this mighty international organization was defending them as well, and this kept moral even either then it would be otherwise. An example of how important this was is that the Khmer did not integrate themselves into the Global Powers and considered themselves to be only an ally, and they ended up losing their part of the war. The Zulus on the other hand joined as an honorary member and despite being smaller and weaker than the Khmer, stayed strong the entire time. Though this could be attributed to countless other factors, it is an oft cited defense for the organization itself.