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WW3 1976-1980

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The Third World War 1976-1980

August 1976 tree incident along DMZ. Operation Paul Bunyan turns into the "first battle" of WW-III when North Korean forces open fire. October Second 1976 North Korean diplomats storm out of the UN after months of negotiations. October Fourth the North Korean army invades the South. The following day the People's Republic of China declares war on South Korea and the United States of America. Although it is feared that it will turn into a nuclear war both sides refrain from the use of their weapons, for now. On the 8th the DMZ falls to the invading forces. After much debate the Soviet Union decides that the war will go nuclear and the USSR must be on the winning side of that barrage, and that the CCCP must maintain standing in the Communist world, the politburo orders a surprise nuclear strike on NATO, at 11:43 PM NORAD detects a Soviet launch. At 11:50 the President orders a counterstrike - the World is at war. President Ford begins negotiating the number of warheads down to 12, at 11:58 the Soviet warheads impact, over 20 million Americans die. 12 million Soviets die as well. The president also manages to limit the number of tactical nuclear weapons down to ten. An unknown number are killed or wounded. At 12:00 Noon on October 9th the Warsaw Pact armies cross the border into West Germany. October 10th the U.S. fleet in the Red Sea is lost to overwhelming Comecon firepower; it is the first naval defeat since WW2. The navy wins its first victory the same day defeating a Chinese and North Korean battle group in the Sea of Japan. Ground fighting is restricted to the Indochinese border and West Germany as well as the northern eighth of South Korea. Cuban troops besiege "Gitmo" aided by Soviet troops. Jamaica sends soldiers of her own as well as the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division which prepares to be dropped behind enemy lines to force the Comecon forces to break off the attack on Guantanamo Bay. The next two weeks see few but major changes in the war. Gito is saved from annihilation by re-enforcements and the allies begin moving inland. In the Middle East Syria, Iraq, Southern Yemen, Ethiopia and Somalia send troops to invade Arabia and Israel, Egypt goes to war on the Allied side and Libya attacks Egypt's western flank. The Middle East looks lost. At the end of the second week the allies are in a precarious position with most of the Middle East under communist control. China begins preparing for an invasion of Taiwan. Mid-week 3 Taiwan repels a Chinese invasion but the Soviets invade Alaska. The allies are in a precarious position.

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