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The Great War
The War's Cause
Iran, in 2013, finally closed the Strait of Hormuz after two years of threats and failed negotiations. Mines were placed all across the water to prevent US Ships, or any ships for that matter, from passing. The price of gas skyrocketed, and many people simply could not afford to use their cars anymore. The price of gas reached 5.47 US Dollars a Gallon. The US Miltary soon began getting ready to bomb Iran.
The First Bombs land
Operation Strait Liberation soon started on April 1st, the same day the Islamic Republic was founded. The price of gas rose again, to 5.62 US Dollars a Gallon. Soon, bombing runs became common in Everyday Life in Tehran. Power Outages, Water Shortages, and Food Rationing all were common, and life for the Iranians became hard. Meanwhile, the Coalition of Forces, as the NATO Forces became known as, continued to work on removing all the mines in the Strait.
The West copes with Oil Prices
Back in the West, high Gas Prices had stiffled economic growth, and in some nation caused ressecions, such as Spain, Greece, and Italy. In the US, the Smith Fuels Company was started. It would grow to become the World's Biggest Supplier and Producer of Corn Ethanol. What made it special was that it got all it's corn from Vertical Farming. In Europe, Kappel's Bio-Fuels would form in Germany, and become Europe's main supply of Ethanol and other Bio-Fuels. Kappel's Bio Fuels and the Smith Fuels Co. would compete for domination of other markets, such as Mexico, Portugal, Morocco, Cuba, and many others. Meanwhile, cars like the Ford Focus or the Nissan Leaf would become extremely popular, as they required no gasoline to run. Thousands of factory workers who made cars that were low-efficent often got laid off and entire factories were shut down for making low-efficent cars that just weren't popular.