The Second Great War, or just Great War, was a conflict that erupted on October 23, 2018, when the Russian Federation invaded West Ukraine, a state formed after the conclusion of the Ukrainian Civil War in 2015. Days later, on October 27, the People's Republic of China invaded the Republic of China (Taiwan) and begun attacking Japan. The United States of America declared war on both China and Russia on October 29, and US forces engaged Chinese troops in Japan, however, the US collapsed into the Second American Revolution. The US withdrew from the war as a result and ordered all troops to return on November 2. Upon taking West Ukraine (uniting West and East Ukraine) the Ukrainian Unitary Republic was formed, entering the war on Russia's side.
By November 10, Republic of India, Federative Republic of Brazil, and Republic of South Africa declared war on the United Kingdom (which exited the war on November 21, as the British Civil War had begun), Republic of France, Kingdom of Spain, and Federal Republic of Germany. Meanwhile, Italy, Greece, and Scotland had revolutions and joined the side of the BRICS nations in December. The Republic of Serbia invaded Croatia, joining the BRICS side in late December. Most of Europe remained neutral or joined the side of NATO by January 2019, though the US and UK would remain out of the war until it's end in 2021.
The war managed to remain conventional, something that amazed analysts and military experts. It resulted in about 70 million dead globally, many from non-direct causes of the war. It also saw the usage of new weapons technology. But most notably, it saw the removal of the West as the dominant world power.
The ground work for various events of the work was laid out from 2014 and onwards. The Russian and Chinese governments begun fully de-Americanizing the world by implementing a new currency that was destined to take the place of the dollar. This, combined with various oil-selling countries beginning to sell oil in this new currency (damaging the petrodollar scheme that the US had going since the 1970s), continued to lower the dollar's value, and many national governments lost trust in the US federal government altogether. By the year the war began, the dollar was inflated and was on the brink of total collapse.
Another factor was the fall of the United States as a world power. The years leading up to 2018 had seen much government corruption scandals, a number of shootings, and the buildup of the Department of Homeland Security. Mass protests against the central banks (not just in the US) took place, worldwide. The government of America tried to hold on to superpower status, though that went wrong when the Syrian Civil War ended in late 2014 as a victory for President Bashar Al-Assad and his government. In early 2015, Saudi Arabia and Qatar collapsed after mass riots, and later violent rebellion, against the respective governments. In mid 2015, Bahrain followed. The new government began to sell oil in the new currency as well.
Ukrainian Civil War
In Europe, the European Union was dissolved in mid 2015 after an economic collapse, following the inflation of the Euro. Many countries were affected, some beyond the point of no return (most notably Italy and Greece). Eastern Europe, on the contrary, grew more economically powerful. In Ukraine, in late 2015, there was a divide between the increasing number of Ukrainians who wanted to join Russia (with pressure to do so from Belarus) and the ones who wanted to stay independent. A new political party, the United Ukraine (modeled after Russia's United Russia party), was created for the ones wishing to merge with Russia. Mass riots between Ukrainian police and pro-Russia protestors in Kiev turned violent, and President Viktor Yanukovych ordered the arrest of the party leaders and disbandment of United Ukraine. However, more protests occurred as a result, which resulted in several deaths. More people were inspired to join United Ukraine, and soon mass riots begun around the country.
Since the majority of the United Ukraine activists were in Eastern Ukraine, they declared a new independent state, East Ukraine, with the capitol being Poltava. War on the Ukrainian government was declared, and following an emergency meeting of the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian parliament), President Yanukovych reformed the country into West Ukraine. The world saw this as a revelation, that Russia was getting influence. Many of Ukraine's corporations supported the East, as they had strong ties with their affiliates in Russia. The East Ukrainian Armed Forces were hastily formed, and were financed by the corporations. Many countrymen enlisted, and large numbers of West Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel (what the original Ukrainian military came to be known as) defected to the East.
Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, and India backed the East, providing them with weapons and even instructors for troops of the East Ukrainian military. The West, naturally, supported West Ukraine. However, due to the economic turmoil, it was unable to provide much useful assistance, other than renting some of their military equipment (mainly from the US and UK) to West Ukraine. The war grew intense by early 2016, and the East Ukrainians were winning, as the majority of the people came to support them, even in far western Ukraine. Mass riots broke out in major cities of West Ukraine, so the president had no choice but to give East Ukraine independence. West Ukraine fell into hard times when thousands fled to the East, and many military (and even government) members defected.
Developments in Asia
Meanwhile, on the Korean Peninsula, tensions were building up. The North Koreans were pressured by China to do something, which they did, secretly. The North Korean military was massively souped up for a blitzkrieg into South Korea. More intense and advanced training programs were initiated, and brought the military of the country to higher status. Basic military training was made a requirement in schools. Tensions between China, Japan and Taiwan elevate, with a skirmish taking place between Chinese Navy and Taiwanese Coast Guard vessels. At the same time, China improves relations with Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The Chinese and Vietnamese navies patrol the South China Sea together.
By 2016, the modernization of the Chinese military had rapidly exceeded the predictions of many Western analysists. They now had 2 aircraft carriers in service and 4 more in production. The bulk of their navy now consisted of the advanced Liuzhou Type 054A Frigates, Type 072A Landing ships, Luyang III-class Type 052D Destroyers, Jiangdao Type 056 class corvettes, Type 022 missile boats and Type 094 nuclear submarines. In the air force, the amount of J-10s, J-11s and Su-30s increased by 25% and the main attack helicopters were now the WZ-10 and WZ-19. The JH-7B ground attack aircraft they had were extensively upgraded with better engines, electronics, munitions and armor until they outclassed the A-10 Warthog. The J-20 was completed and 50 units were put into service with 250 more on order. Most of the old ZTZ-59 main battle tanks were decommissioned, with only a few heavily upgraded variants fitted with composite armor, explosive reactive armor and depleted uranium ammunition. Their main inventory of MBTs now consisted of 4,000 ZTZ-96Gs, 2,000 ZTZ-99A1 and A2s, and 800 ZTZ-99A3s. The tanks were now fitted with countermeasures that made them practically impossible to be locked on by ATGMs and they also had been fitted with Active Protection Systems that could destroy missiles in mid-air. The infantry began to distribute very high amounts of body armor among the soldiers. In fact, body armor was so widely distributed, even the militia and reserves were able to obtain them.
Back in Europe, the Golden Dawn nationalist party in Greece gained momentum as the economic crisis worsened. Mass riots increased across the country. In Italy, the same occurred, but with no official political organization for it. Despite that the referendum for Scottish independence passed there, the royal government of the United Kingdom refused to give them it. More troops were quietly deployed there, mainly British. Ethnic Scottish personnel of the Royal British Armed Forces were sent overseas or to other parts of the country, to prevent mutiny. The government feared that what happened in Ukraine could very well happen in the United Kingdom as well.
Military progress in Russia had almost reached it's goals in 2017. Three more Kuznetsov-class aircraft carriers were built, along with a Ulyanovsk-class aircraft carrier, brining the carrier fleet to five (one for each fleet of the Russian Navy). Several additional destroyers and submarines were built, including fifteen Kirov-class cruisers. The Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA fifth generation stealth fighter was complete, and 80 units were created for the Russian Air Force (while many of the USAF's F-22 Raptors were retired without replacements). The new high tech T-99 "Armata" tanks were mass produced (While the US M1E3 Abrams was cancelled and most of the M1A2 SEPs put into storage due to maintanace costs). Quality of individual soldiers was high, with emphasis on shooting accuracy and mobility.
Sinking of the USS Obama
At the request of President Barack Obama, in an attempt to unify the nation behind one task, a new advanced aircraft carrier was built for the United States Navy, though they said they didn't need one. The carrier was named the USS Barack Obama, which most Americans were displeased with (Obama claimed he had nothing to do with the naming, and that it was picked by someone else, but there was significant evidence suggesting otherwise). The ship was completed by early 2018 and set into service on the West Coast, though it strained the already devastated economy and, as US Navy admirals said, was not worth the money.
The U.S.S Obama and it's carrier group, consisted of six destroyers and numerous support ships, was deployed to the Pacific Ocean, quietly by order of the president himself. President Obama feared the growing influence of China, and wanted to surprise them by showing the Obama by sending it to the US base in South Korea. The North Koreans had aggressively attacked South Korean targets that violated the airspace of North Korea, and troop buildups were visible on the border (could even be seen on Google Maps). The admirals of the Pacific Fleet told him that it was a bad idea, but he insisted (mainly due to John McCain's and Lindsey Graham's pestering) to go through with it.
The carrier and it's group were secretly sent into the Pacific, though the Russian government, having spies in both the CIA and FBI, found out, and decided to give the US a surprise of it's own. The Pacific Fleet deployed the Admiral Vysotskiy (one of the new carriers built by the Russian Navy) to intercept the Obama as it passed the Midway Islands and the Chinese readied their anti-ship ballistic missiles. Staying well out of sight, the Vysotskiy launched drones, and EMPed the task force of the Obama, making them virtually dead in the water. The drones attacked both the surface of the carrier and destroyers, though the Obama was able to scramble several F/A-18 Hornet fighters. The carrier, along with two destroyers, were destroyed by several Chinese anti-ship ballistic missiles. Some drones were lost. The Vysotskiy then sped back to it's port in Vladivostok as fast as possible, to not arouse any suspicion.
US Naval Command found out an hour later as the four surviving destroyers reached a port on Midway. The nation was shocked at the loss, as well as angered for losing the carrier that took so much money to build. Obama was glad that he didn't let the public know that it was his decision to send the carrier into the Pacific, and the admirals and crews of the destroyers were threatened to stay quiet about their orders from Obama.
On October 23, 2018, the East Ukrainian Armed Forces began attacking the border towns of West Ukraine, backed by Russian and Belarusian troops. The border towns were overrun, and the President of West Ukraine immediately gave the order for all West Ukrainian military forces to converge on Kiev. Many units arrived to defend the capitol, though most were caught in the fighting or were too far to respond. Many West Ukrainians defected to East Ukraine, with entire units in some cases openly joining the East. The President asked the US and UK for help, which deployed CIA and SOC forces into Ukraine secretly. However, it did not do too much.
Finally, the East Ukrainian Navy, led by the missile cruiser Ukrayina, went up the Dnieper River and begun attacking the West Ukrainian Navy flotilla defending Kiev. After an intense naval and aerial battle, the West Ukrainian flotilla was destroyed and East Ukrainian troops were landed on the western side of Kiev, moving in to the President's residence. CIA agents and SOC commandos were guarding him and attempted to get him out of the city, but he was stopped and all of them were killed by the Russian spetsnaz team Vityaz.
By that time, most of the city fell to East Ukrainian and Russian forces. As that was happening, larger armies quickly over took central Ukraine, and far western Ukraine fell days later. After the fall of Kiev, most of the West Ukrainian troops defected to East Ukraine, though more radical West Ukrainian patriots kept fighting. They were all subdued by October 29. The new state created of the unified Ukraine was named the Ukrainian Unitary Republic. Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan were the first to recognize it.
Initial Chinese invasions
As the Ukrainian campaign took place, the People's Republic of China declared war on the Republic of China and begun invading Taiwan. The People's Liberation Army Navy, supported by the Vietnamese People's Navy, destroyed the Taiwanese Navy that was on duty in the South China Sea. Troops were landed as the Taiwanese government called for help from Japan, the Philippines, and the US. At first, the US decided not to respond and only defend Japan, as they felt that China did not present an immediate threat to their interests, but that changed as they attacked Japan and the Philippines as well.The People's Liberation Army Marine Corps, covered by the People's Liberation Army Air Force, took over much of the western coast of Taiwan within hours. The Taiwanese Army attempted to frantically put up a front to keep them from reaching the eastern shores of Taiwan, but was steadily being pushed back. The Taiwanese Air Force in the west was mainly destroyed on the ground, while jets were scrambled from eastern Taiwan. The Army Air Force of China had superior jets, though the quality of pilots was slightly lower than Taiwan's. Nonetheless, they maintained aerial superiority.
The Chinese Ground Forces, aided by the Vietnamese People's Army, converged on Taipei on October 27. The harbor was besieged by a large fleet of Chinese Navy and Vietnamese People's Navy vessels, which destroyed the Taiwanese defense fleet in a matter of hours. The battle continued in the streets between soldiers, and in the sky between the Taiwanese Air Force and Army Air Force of China. On October 29, the capitol fell, and later that day, the President of Taiwan was executed by Chinese troops shortly after he signed a surrender pact.
Eastern Taiwan fell shortly afterwards, though hardcore units kept fighting against Chinese and Vietnamese occupation troops as late as two weeks later, into November. The last unit surrendered on November 25. The rest of the country was integrated into the People's Republic of China, and several islands were given to Vietnam for their help. After hearing about that, Laos and Cambodia told China they would help in future campaigns, hoping to get land in return.
Chinese fleets begun landing troops in Japan, soon after joined by Laotian, Vietnamese, and Cambodian forces. Myanmar also joined in shortly afterwards, sending Burmese battalions there as well. The Japanese Self Defense Force put up a good fight, but most of Japan was overrun. Thousands of Japanese civilians were drafted into the occupiers' armies, and were used as peacekeepers throughout already captured territories. Tokyo was evacuated, but the Defense Forces converged on the capitol to defend it. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked Korea for help, but it had begun a war with North Korea and was unable to respond. Finally, the capitol of Tokyo had fallen, on November 7.
The Philippines were overrun even quicker, as their military was at a poor state and the US forces were ordered to evacuate earlier, along with the ones in Japan, as Obama sensed an open war was about to break out and wanted all of his armed forces there to fight against the American people. Manila was taken on November 8, and the southern islands were split among Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
War Officially Begins
International response to invasions
The US, UK, France, Spain, and Germany declared war on Russia, China, and their allies all by November 10. Other BRICS nations, such as Brazil, India, and South Africa, declared war on them and had begun invading others. The United States, however, quickly fell apart as the American people rose up against the corporate-run government, which had become incredibly tyrannical. The US pulled out of the war as it had begun, when the Second American Revolution started. The UK suffered a similar uprising, though among multiple factions, which wanted control. Scotland, wanting to be independent, declared war, starting the British Civil War.
The rest of the world mainly either remained neutral or joined the NATO side, as Russian troops invaded Poland and Moldova, Chinese continued invading various Asian countries, Brazil attacked Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname. Italy and Greece collapsed into revolutions. North Korea and South Korea fought, and eventually, South Korea won, forming the United Republic of Korea.
Invasion of Poland
Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, and Kazakh troops began invading Poland in November. Eastern Poland fell quickly, however, there was fierce resistance from the local Polish residents. Nonetheless, the campaign progressed smoothly and Russian forces were almost on Warsaw within two or three days. The Polish Armed Forces was quickly deployed, and fighting occurred in major cities on the way to the capitol. The Russian general staff begun preparing plans for an invasion of Germany as well.
Much of the Polish military was converged on Warsaw to put up a defense. The President of Poland was killed early on in airstrikes of the Belarusian Air Force, and troops were left without orders from the top as the officers tried to figure out who had overall command now, as the Prime Minister fled the country. Russian troops attacked, and took the capitol quicker than expected as many Polish troops had no idea what to do and were left to fend off on their own. Small pockets of resistance fought in the more remote neighborhoods of Warsaw but were eventually put down.
France and Germany thought about sending in troops, but determined it was a lost cause. Spain had begun invading Portugal on the same day as the remaining Polish government ministries submitted a surrender to Russia. The Polish military continued fighting in the west of the country, with Germany smuggling arms to them. However, the rest of the Polish Armed Forces aided Russia in quickly putting down the resistance.
Continued conflicts in AsiaChina began invading Bhutan and Nepal as the invasion of Poland was finishing up in Europe. Bhutan was quickly overrun, though Nepal lasted longer. It got India angered a bit as it wanted to take those two countries. India invaded Pakistan and Bangladesh (with Myanmar's help) around the same time, and Pakistan put up more of a fight than they anticipated. The Indian Navy quickly prevailed over the Pakistani one, and fighters of the Naval Air Arm raided Pakistani factories from the Indian Ocean. At the same time, ground forces advanced on the capitol of Pakistan. The country asked for help from Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan, which were both unable to.
China continued the process of integrating the newly conquered territories, and drafted thousands of Taiwanese, Japanese, and Filipino men into their armed forces. It was an attempt to get the people of those countries to accept Chinese rule, as the People's Congress thought, it would get them to see that their own are serving China and it is all good. However, it did not work well, and a resistance broke out in Japan against occupying forces. Vietnam kept troops in Japan to help China, and as did Cambodia.
China sent troops into India to aid them in their invasion of Pakistan, as requested by the Indian government in order to strengthen relations.
Invasion of the Baltic States
The Estonian government refused to join the Russian Federation initially, but a massive pro-Russian riot took place in Tallinn, overthrowing the Estonian government. Russian Army troops quickly stepped in and established a puppet government, and sent off many Estonian troops to fight for it along side others in Poland and other places. Latvia fought Russian troops, but it was quickly demoralized and the government surrendered to protect it's people. Lithuania joined voluntarily upon seeing the results in Latvia.
Battle of the Baltic
NATO high generals decided to blockade the Baltic Sea in order to keep the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Navy from aiding their troops in Poland, and later, Germany. A fleet of German, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, and Polish vessels amassed near the island of Gotland. However, Chinese spies in NATO reported it and the Russian general staff planned a counterattack. The Baltic Fleet, led by the aircraft carrier Admiral Chirkov, was to ambush the NATO flotilla is it awaited orders and made plans off coast of Gotland.
The fleet of NATO vessels (31 German Navy ships, 28 Swedish Navy, 19 Danish Navy, 12 Finnish Navy, and 8 Polish Navy, for a total of 98) was where they thought it would be. The Admiral Chirkov aircraft carrier deployed 50 Su-33 Flanker-D fighters as they approached. The NATO fleet did not have any air support. The fleet was bombarded by the Flankers, and several vessels were damaged by the time the Baltic Fleet (consisting of 46 vessels) arrived. Missile cruisers also bombarded the NATO ships from a distance as they were moving in, destroying several of them. As the surface vessels battled it out, submarines from Lithuania ambushed many of the NATO ships that were near the back and had not engaged, damaging many and sinking several.
Several hours later, much of the NATO fleet was destroyed, due to the surprise of the Russian-Lithuanian attack. By the time many crews were able to respond their ship was already sinking or heavily damaged. The remnants of the fleet, only 36 of the original 98, retreated south towards Copenhagen. Russia lost 13 ships, and the Lithuanian submarines did not take any casualties. The NATO fleet managed to shoot down only 17 Su-33 Flankers.
It was a major loss for NATO. After the fleet retreated, the Baltic Fleet landed ground forces (composed of Russian, Estonian, Lithuanian, and Latvian troops) in Stockholm, which was left undefended as all of the ships there joined up with the main NATO fleet which was defeated earlier. Stockholm fell days later. NATO was unable to deploy much more naval forces to the area, but did manage to soup up a fleet of vessels (25 British Navy, 15 Norwegian, 14 Dutch, 5 Belgian) which was stationed near Denmark, to keep the Russian Navy from attacking Oslo.
Advance of BRICS Continues
Attacks on Finland and Sweden
By early 2019, Finland was neutral despite NATO pressure to attack Russia, especially the vital port of St. Petersburg, where the Baltic Fleet was mainly docked. The government of Russia knew this as well, and began planning an assault on Finland, in order to take full control of all nations bordering it and invade Norway and Sweden. Plans were drafted by the general staff while the Finns were preparing a defense as a Russian attack grew more likely. The Finnish military was backed by the US, even though it backed out months earlier. The USAF gave blueprints of F-22 Raptor to them, something it has never given to any other nation before. They began mass production of them but were only able to make 28 by the time of the attack.
Russian troops crossed the border and took several cities on March 15, 2019. The Finnish Army responded by temporarily halting the Russian offensive in the south, though the north of Finland was overrun quickly. The Finnish Army took heavy casualties and pulled back to Helsinki in the face of Russian might. The Baltic Fleet, with high morale following the victory over the NATO fleet earlier of coast of Sweden, bombarded Helsinki, destroying the Finnish Navy's main force of vessels. The few that were left were far to the north on the coast of Baltic. Helsinki became under attack by Russian Naval Infantry, and later Russian Ground Forces coming in from the border after the retreating Finnish Army.
The Finnish Air Force was deployed over Helsinki, a total of 64 F/A-18 Hornets and the 28 F-22 Raptors. It was defeated by a wing of 65 MiG-29s, 40 MiG-35s, and 35 Su-34s. A squadron of 20 Tu-160 bombers laid waste to the government buildings in the capitol, and soon Russian troops overran the rest of the city. The Finnish government officially surrendered from another major city to which several ministers escaped to days later, on March 28, 2019. Finnish troops who did not want to join Russia fled into Sweden, which was being invaded from Stockholm.
Stockholm was taken quickly by Naval Infantry landed by the victorious Baltic Fleet, which then left to Helsinki and left several destroyers to oversee the harbor. The city was taken quickly and troops proceeded to build defenses as the Swedish Army and Air Force attempted to take it back. Russian troops from Finland made it through in the north and begun an official invasion on March 30, 2019. Government officials escaped the country into Norway, on the way to Ireland from there, leaving the Swedish military without orders from the top.
The Swedes retreated further into the southern half, while the northern and central regions were quickly overrun. NATO urged the Swedish military to keep fighting and tried to send supplies, but was soon unable to as the Admiral Chirkov and several cruisers disrupted the supply runs. As this was happening, the general staff planned for an invasion of Denmark, after Germany fell, which was also being planned. Finally, Swedish troops surrendered the next month.
In Asia, China had finished invading it's enemies and begun fighting the resistances that sprung up in Japan and the Philippines. Indonesia and Singapore soon joined China in the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and begun invading Malaysia, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea at the request of the Chinese government. NATO kept the countries alive from Australia, which itself was preparing for war. Many Australians enlisted to help defend their country.
The United States, under Obama, continues funding various opposition groups in Asia, despite them being severely short on funding and being in the middle of a civil war between the government and the American people.
Invasion of Central Europe
Battle for Germany
After the countries of Finland and Sweden were fully conquered, roughly around July 2019, Russia began a push into central Europe, from secured Poland into Germany. Plans were drafted for an invasion of Moldova by the Ukrainian Unitary Republic, as well as Romania. Russian troops were held up attacking the German border, as they were prepared, but slowly broke into the interior, as elite units were sent in to hasten the advance. Soon, Germany was asking for help from NATO in defending their territory, and began moving units to Berlin.
By late August, most of eastern Germany was secure, and the final push to Berlin was being prepared. NATO forces, including British, French, Dutch, Belgian, and Spanish troops aided the Germany Armed Forces in defending the capitol from the enemy attack. The US provided Abrams tanks for the NATO troops. Many government officials evacuated to Hamburg, though it too was becoming a target of bombings from Russian Naval Aviation operating from the Admiral Chirkov and bases established in Sweden. They were finally moved to Cologne.
Russian troops attacked on August 26, and pushed into the outskirts quickly. They faced heavy resistance from tanks in that area, though the Russian Air Force sent in Tu-160s, escorted by T-50 PAK FAs, into the city to bomb them. The German Air Force deployed Eurofighter Typhoons to deal with them, but the PAK FAs were more effective. The Russian Air Force squadrons retreated, but at a high cost to the German Air Force. Russian Ground Forces (backed by the Belarusian, Kazakh, Uzbek, Polish, and Lithuanian troops) begun advancing again the next day, and pushed into the city. Many foreign troops were killed on that stage as many of them were located in the middle parts of the city.
Finally, they broke into the central parts of the city. The 400,000 NATO defenders had been reduced to some 200,000, with many wounded. Russian and allied troops before the invasion numbered at around 370,000, and then were 335,000. Tu-160 bombers laid waste to the inner city, killing many defenders, before the ground forces continued the advance. Finally, they began street fighting for the remaining neighborhoods. Government buildings were defended by SAS and GSG9 commandos, who were killed by Russian Airborne Troops. The city of Berlin fell.
Serbia, entering the war on Russia's side, invaded Croatia days before the Battle of Berlin ended. They quickly overran it's border, and began entering the central regions after taking the south. However, they were halted before reaching Zagreb. Croatia also asked for assistance from NATO, but they considered Croatia not to be important and refused to assist. Croatian troops held out, but many simply joined the Serbs as they were angry at NATO and the country's pro-NATO government. The Serbian troops eventually pushed into Zagreb, and fought a battle similar to the one in Berlin. However, the Croatian Air Force dealt heavy damage to Serbian armored divisions, as Serbian Air and Air Defense Forces did not take part in the battle. Croatia fell after Zagreb did, and many government officials were killed by angry Croatians who stormed the government buildings.
Germany fell by November 2019, and troops were present throughout the country. An invasion of Denmark was planned after the central states of Hungary and Slovakia were taken. Serbia was allowed to take everything in the Balkans, even Romania, which was originally a Ukrainian target. Seeing how they were still repairing from the Ukrainian campaign, the Ukrainian Unitary Republic accepted that and settled for just Moldova. Russian general staff had troops invade from the north, from Germany and Poland, and enter Hungary and Slovakia. Slovakia, however, unexpectedly asked to join the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), an alliance of former Soviet republics. The Russian government, though surprised, accepted, and so the plan was revised just to invade Hungary. Slovak troops were going to aid the Russian allied forces in taking the country.
Hungary expected something of that sort, and had considerable defenses built up. It was a small country and surrounded, so it did not even bother asking NATO for assistance, as that would prove to be useless. As NATO forces prepared Belgium, Holland, and France for an invasion by Russia and allies, Hungary prepared for a long siege. Borders were in the middle of being fortified as Russian, Slovak, and allied troops attacked, bombing much of the defenses to oblivion. Hungarian troops made the advances difficult, particularly through the use of ambushes and many civilians who have taken up arms against the invaders. Russian and Slovak Air Forces flew sorties into Hungarian territory, destroying important cities and bases throughout the country. As allied troops advanced, the field of operations of the air forces became much broader, eventually reaching the point where air forces targeted Budapest.
The final battle of the campaign became the Battle of Budapest. The capitol was full of anxious troops who have been awaiting the Russian attack for the weeks that the Hungarian campaign played out. They surrounded the city with mines, made nearly every building fortified to some extent, blocked all roads and railways leading into the city, and had AA guns on the ground and roofs of buildings. Many independent civilian partisan groups prepared to fight as well, without the assistance of the Hungarian Armed Forces.
As allied troops closed in and begun the attack, they began taking heavy casualties, but pushed through. The allied troop count was 400,000 while the Hungarians numbered around 600,000. Tu-160 bombers flew into the city on mass bombing raids, though several were lost to the AA guns. However, they were effective, killing many personnel and destroying much defenses. Ground forces continued the push into the city, and also were backed up by counterinsurgency special forces units of Slovakia, which killed many partisan cells before they could do anything within allied occupied districts. The central city was guarded by more elite troops, and Hungarian Air Force fighters took off from makeshift airfields there. All of them were destroyed in the final battle, and the government collapsed in December 2019, as it ended.
Around 400,000 Hungarians had been killed, and 70,000 civilians were caught in the crossfire, as many refused to evacuate. Hungary was declared Russian territory that month, to the dismay of NATO. However, they did not feel much about it as they had considered it as unimportant as Croatia. Many Hungarians ended up enlisting in the Russian Armed Forces as they felt betrayed by NATO for not helping them.
After the Russian victory in Hungary, Ukrainian troops began marching into Moldova. It was easier than expected, and the Moldovan Armed Forces surrendered before any fighting began as 500,000 Ukrainian troops had reached the capitol. The small nation was integrated into the Unitary Republic of Ukraine shortly afterwards, and the Moldovan military was merged with the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Serbia, now owning Croatia, signed a pact with Bosnia & Herzegovina, merging the two countries. It was an attempt by the Serbian president to recreate the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The Serbian command began making plans for an invasion of Macedonia and Albania. The invasions began in April 2020, and were fairly short. Macedonia collapsed quickly, while Albania put up more of a resistance. It ended the next month with a Serbian victory.
Invasion of Pakistan
Indian troops entered Pakistan earlier in late 2019 and had begun invading, backed by Chinese, Burmese, and Cambodian units. The Pakistani military fared well in the first weeks, as they had replacements to send at the attackers for the troops that were lost. However, after a month, the Pakistani line was broken (mainly thanks to the Indian Air Force) and the united armies advanced into the country. About 500,000 troops (400,000 Indian, 50,000 Chinese, 30,000 Burmese, and 20,000 Cambodian) entered the country, and out of those, 200,000 were planned to take the capitol of Islamabad.
Indian troops attacked the capitol in the early morning hours. The Pakistani Army and Air Force stationed their best units there, as the rest of the military was spread thinly throughout the country. Indian forces took heavy casualties on the approach, but then pushed into the city. Pakistani defenders were quickly overwhelmed, and put up guerrilla tactics to slow down advancing Indian troops. The only organized defense was at the government buildings in central Islamabad, which were taken out fairly quickly.
By the next day, Islamabad was secure and as was half of Pakistan. The central government surrendered, but it didn't mean much, as most of the military continued fighting with local militias. Indian casualties in the Battle of Islamabad were around 52,000, while the Pakistanis lost 71,000. Troops across the country continued fighting, and the Indian Navy landed marines on the southern coast, taking various ports. Finally, the last of the Pakistani resistance, mainly in northern Pakistan, surrendered.
In early 2020, Brazil decided to act while it could. The Brazilian Army invaded French Guiana, overrunning the country within days. Nearby Suriname lasted longer, but was also annexed when the Brazilian Navy landed marines, which moved inland and surrounded the national army. Brazil attacked Guyana the last. It was condemned by Argentina and Chile for it's actions, but Brazil ignored them. After a referendum, Uruguay merged with Brazil, while Paraguay and Bolivia merged into the Union of Paraguay and Bolivia.
Invasion of Africa
South Africa, in the meantime, conquered most of the southern countries in Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Angola. They had begun pushing into the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania by early 2020, and continued to do so for several months before ending the campaign as a result of signing a pact with President Joseph Kabila of the DRC, as neither side was able to gain much and it was basically a stalemate. The rest of the African countries condemned the invasions but were unable to intervene, as a result of various insurgencies across Africa. The DRC later merged with South Africa peacefully, creating the United Republic of Africa, after the war.
Italy had attempted to invade north Africa, mainly the countries of Egypt, Algeria, and Libya. After the Italian Navy destroyed the Algerian, Libyan, and Egyptian navies, it landed Italian Army troops to invade over land. Tripoli and Algiers fell quickly, however, Cairo held out. Troops dispersed throughout the rest of the countries recruited local militias into their ranks in order to prevent a full invasion of north Africa. As Russian troops in Europe reached Italy, though the Italians pulled out, and their small garrisons were overrun.
Battle of New York
While that was going on, in the US, there was a revolution going on against the tyrannical government of the United States. The revolutionaries had established the United Republic of America (URA), upon liberating the West Coast. By mid 2020, more than half of the country was theirs again. Government loyalists, mainly Homeland Security personnel, had pulled back to the East Coast, leaving a few loyal US Armed Forces units to defend the Midwest. Rand Paul was voted as the president of the URA, Alex Jones the vice president, and Ted Cruz the new speaker of congress. They needed help, though, in taking the large fiefdoms Obama and his politicians had set up all over the East Coast. A massive force was souped up, and after a long campaign, they had taken Washington DC. However, as URA Army troops stormed the White House remains, Obama was already in New York.
Realizing that they would need help in taking New York, which URA military intelligence reported to have been the site of a massive buildup of military forces, they would need a foreign intervention to aid them. President Rand Paul talked to President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinpin and they determined that an attack on New York would be needed to end the Second American Revolution and bring the URA into the war on their side. By that point, Russia owned most of Europe, only France and Spain were holding out in Western Europe. Russian military also drafted thousands of non-Russian collaborators from countries they took, greatly expanding personnel count. The Russian Navy souped up a fleet to attack New York with, while the Russian Ground Forces and Russian Air Force prepared the troops and aircraft for it. At the same time, the URA Army prepared 400,000 troops for the final offensive and China sent several WZ-10 attack helicopters for close air support. The total Russian troop count was around 250,000. The defending force was estimated to be around 500,000.
The Russian Navy entered New York Harbor in the early morning hours of November 15, 2020. They then began attacking the US Navy blockade in the harbor, led by the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov and the Oscar II-class submarine Ryazan. The Russian commander was Admiral Vladimir Krylov. The US fleet, under Admiral David Reynolds, was led by the USS Nimitz super-carrier. The Russian Naval Aviation sent in 80 Su-33 fighters and 35 MiG-29K fighters, while the US Naval Aviation aboard the Nimitz deployed 50 F/A-18F Super Hornets to counter it. All US fighters were destroyed early on in the battle.
The main force of the Russian Navy ships engaging the US defense fleet was composed of Slava-class cruisers, Krivak-class frigates, Nanuchka-class corvettes, and Kirov-class battlecruisers, while the Ulyanovsk-class aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov was out at sea nearby, guarded by several vessels of those classes as well as Kashin-class and Udaloy-class destroyers. The Ryazan, an Oscar II-class submarine, was the only sub present at the battle. The US Navy fleet, led by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Nimitz, included Arleigh Burke-class and Spruance-class destroyers, as well as Virginia-class cruisers.
The battle at first was a stalemate at sea, but then the Russian Navy's advance accelerated and the fleet advanced and began reaching the New York docks, while being covered by the Chinese WZ-10s. On the ground, the city was surrounded by the 400,000 URA troops, armed with around 150 Abrams M1 tanks. They began to advance on the city around the same time, though Homeland Security and a few US Army units held their line. Hours later, they began pulling back into the city. The defenders used guerrilla tactics on URA liberators in the city, by striking from buildings. Helicopters of the US Air Force were also used in sudden raids on advancing URA troops. The commanding officer of the URA forces, General Mark Dempsey, wanted to call in reinforcements, but the rest were needed to hold other areas of the East Coast Front, as now the politicians were attacking from their enclaves.
Russian troops landed six hours later and began taking regions of the city, as the coast was defended by small US Marine Corps units. They quickly pushed into the city, and planned to meet up with the URA forces for a final push on the Empire State Building, where Obama was reported to be leading the attack from. The ground forces were led by General Nikolai Makarov. Meanwhile, the USS Nimitz was destroyed by bombings from aircraft and bombardment from Russian ships, and strafing runs from the Chinese choppers, killing the American commanding officer. The remains of the US Navy fleet kept fighting in small areas of the harbor, but were essentially defeated by that point. US troops began to carry out more radical attacks, including blowing up buildings and causing them to collapse on advancing allied troops, which often killed hundreds, or thousands of civilians.
By early next morning, the last of the US navy vessels in the harbor were destroyed, with moderate losses taken by the Russian Navy and several downed choppers for the Chinese. The Russians began bombarding the city from the harbor, destroying many US troop enclaves and command posts, while the Chinese helicopters destroyed the remaining US armored vehicles. URA forces met up with Russian troops around that time, and they pushed into the inner city towards the Empire State Building, covered by the WZ-10s. Many US troops hid in the subway tunnels, and used them to get behind URA and Russian lines to attack from behind. However, bombardments caused much of the tunnels to collapse, crushing many US government loyalists that were waiting to ambush from them and the ones that did manage to get through were immediately attacked by the choppers. US troops rigged many buildings and roads with explosives as they pulled back to the Russian and URA advance.
Russian and URA troops had secured most of New York by November 17, as troops pushed into the central parts of the city to the Empire State Building, heavily defended by AA emplacements, preventing the Chinese attack helicopters from attacking it. US troops there were all either Homeland Security, CIA, or Secret Service. As allied forces surrounded the building and killed off most of the defenders, the Secret Service agents inside began firing from the windows and the small barricades in front of the building. As that was happening, a joint Spetsnaz Alfa and Delta Force team breached the building and gunned down many politicians and corporate/bank leaders, as well as guards. Obama was found in one of the top levels of the building, preparing to set off a nuclear bomb that was located in the basement levels. A Delta operative killed the former US president before he could do so.
End of the Battle
Russian and URA troops had declared victory shortly after the deaths of Obama and his top advisers was announced. Many top government generals were killed as well, leaving the US remnants without proper leadership. Most of the US remaining troops surrendered, though a few radical units continued fighting until November 20. The highest ranking ranking officer alive (as the highest politician remaining attempted to flee and was killed) signed a ceasefire agreement until a treaty could be created, and ordered all troops to surrender. However, many independent enclaves, led by warlords (former officers and politicians) continued fighting well into 2021.