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Volume II 1953-2069
by David bar Elias
1953 saw the establishment of the Grand Army, drawn from the military of the
different nations of the Federation. This was in reaction to increasing
anti-colonial unrest that was erupting in Madagascar, Algeria, Sierra Leone, and
Egypt. The nationalists in these nations desired for their nations to become
part of the ever growing and ever prosperous African Federation.
The Soviet Union tried their best to influence these movements. Resenting the
South Africans and Israelis for their interference in Korea, the USSR wanted
willing allies throughout the "Third World."
In 1955, a union between the Gold Coast and British Togo produced the nation of
Ghana, under the leadership of Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah. He immediately took
his nation into the African Federation.
The French were facing severe tensions in Algeria, and were trying desperately
to contain a revolt on Madagascar. The Malagasy remembered the much more
benevolent rule of the South Africans and Israelis during the Second World War
very well. In the end, the French were forced to abandon the island, which
joined the AF in 1956. That same year, Sudan, recently fully detached from
Egypt, also joined the AF.
At this stage, the African Federation included ten nations. The Federation's
Parliament needed a more fuctional way to communicate.
The answer came from the State of Israel. In the 1910s, Polish immigrant, one
L.L. Zamenhof had tried to bridge the gap between the African residents and
Jewish settlers through an artificial language. This language, Esperanto, had
eased helped ease tensions between the two groups.
Continued by his son Adam (who died in the Shoah in another universe), Esperanto
had slowly begun to spread. Mostly confined to the urban centers of Israel, the
language had begun to spill over into South Africa before the Second World War.
With the establishment of the African Federation, a new language was needed to
bind the Federation together. The Akademio de Esperanto, a language institute in
Port Shalom that had existed since the 1930s, began dispatching educators to
establish similar centers throughout the Federation. Esperanto continued to
spread. In the comming decades, it would become the language that would bind
In Algeria, the French had decended into a huge morass in 1954, as nationalists,
pro-Federation activists, and French loyalists clashed in a bloody fights across
the wretched country. Despite Federation Prime Minister Lumumba's calls for
mediation, the French, still stinging over the loss of Madagascar, angrilly
spurned all efforts at brokering a cease-fire.
Trouble came for the Federation in 1956. Gamal Abdel Nasser, a nationalist
Egyptian army officer, had seized power in 1952 from the corrupt monarchy of
King Farouk. Bowing to American and Federation pressure, Farouk was allowed to
The Jordanians, who remained staunch British allies, went on alert.
Nasser had solicited Federation, American, and British support for the building
of the Aswan Dam. All was going smoothly until Nasser signed an arms deal with
Czechoslovakia. All western aid vanished, and to raise funds for the project,
Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal.
Nasser dismissed the threats of Western intervention. Unfortunately, on October
29, 1956, British, French, and Israeli paratroopers seized control of the Canal.
That same day, the Federation's Grand Army launched an offensive against
Egyptian forces along the Sudanese and Libyan borders. Jordanian troops invaded
the Sinai Peninsula.
Coalition forces advanced steadily. Their military might was too overwealming.
The Soviet Union threatened to intervene. The possibilty of another world war
became likely, until the US backtracked and forced the "coalition"
into backing down. Federation forces took their time in leaving Egypt.
In the US, African-Americans, inspired by the stories of equality that blacks in
Israel and South Africa enjoyed, began their long campaign for equality.
Meanwhile, the conflict in Algeria was only worsening. The FLN was taking a
strident turn for the worse. The Jews of that nation fled en masse to Israel.
The Middle East and North Africa was becoming part of the Great Game that the
Cold War brought to the world. In the Middle East, Jordan remained a loyal ally
to the UK. Saudi Arabia, bought off with American dollars during WWII, remained
generally pro-western. The UK and USA had kept Iran in the western column in the
early fifties by installing the Shah.
Sryia, Egypt, and Iraq had become willing Soviet allies, mostly motivated by
nationalist tendencies. The Jews of Syria and Iraq had fled en masse to Israel
when the Baathists had come to power.
These new Jewish immigrants were Sephardic Jews. The extreme majority of Israeli
Jews were Ashkenazi. These new Jews mostly settled in former Somalia, away from
the great cities to the south.
The Federation expanded yet again in 1958. Sierra Leone, the Gambia, Guinea, and
newly freed Cameroon (having won a three year struggle for independence against
France) joined the AF.
Pro-Federation nationalist movements were starting up activity in both Angola
and Mozambique. The rebels eyed the great prosperity enjoyed by the
super-economies of both Israel and South Africa, and the growing standards of
living ejoyed by the other Federation members.
The 1960s would only accelerate the trend towards further African unity.
The 1960s would accelerate the trend towards African unity and prosperity. In
1960, Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Senegal, Upper Volta, Gabon, the Congo (the
old French-ruled section), the Central African Republic, Benin, Togo, Nigeria,
and the Ivory Coast gained independence. The African Federation expanded
The old nations of French Equitorial Africa (along with several other Frenh
colonies) were combined again in the Union of Baraka in 1961. It's capital would
be in a revitalized Timbuktu. Baraka, an Arabic word which literally means
"blessing" (and a Sufi word that refers to a sense of divine
presence), the Union (between Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Niger, Chad, the Ivory
Coast, Gabon, Benin, Togo, the Central African Republic, and Upper Volta), was
meant to give these African nations more representation in the African
Parliament. Formerly French Congo was united with the Republic of Congo.
Nigeria, Britain's last colony on the African continent, began to forment due to
ethnic tensions between Christians and Muslims. The Federation's Grand Army
(mostly Israeli units), was deployed to the nation in 1962 to preempt any spread
in tensions. A new constitution, which liberally borrowed from South Africa's
and America's, specifically federalized power through checks and balances,
secularized the nation, and granted proportional representation to the different
1962 also saw the war in Algeria come to a shuddering end. Once in power,
however, the FLN purged all pro-Federation parties from the new government,
making the new nation a one-party state. Dissidents fled to Baraka or Libya.
Algeria would remain a trouble spot for many years to come.
In 1963, the Bank of Africa was established. Based in the booming city of Lagos,
Nigeria, the BA copied the American Federal Reserve. That same year, the African
pound-sterling became the new currency of the AF.
Angola and Mozambique remained hot spots. Portugal, still under a military
dictatorship, refused all attempts at Federation negotiation.
In 1964, yielding to Federation pressure, France abandoned its last colony in
Africa. The new nation of Djibouti immediately joined the AF.
That year saw Israel secure the Jewish holy sites once and for all. It had
already purchased the Dead Sea Scrolls from Jordan in 1947. Now, the State of
Israel aimed for something bigger. Approaching the Jordanian ambassador, Prime
Minister Golda Meir (whom David Ben-Gurion had once described as the only man in
his cabinet), offered to purchase the Western Wall from the Kingdom. King
Hussein agreed to the deal; the Israeli offer was very generous.
There was an immediate uproar from the Orthodox community. But Meir defied her
Conservative Party "wild men" (as she often called them), and pushed
through support for the proposal through the Knesset. Israeli cargo ships began
the process in early 1965 of shipping the stones of Saloman's Wall to Eretz
In the Kingdom of Jordan, as the Israeli working crews got moving, they were
confronted by the city's old-time Jewish residents. Some even tried attacking
the workmen, but were held back by the Jordanian police. After eight months of
backbreaking work, the Wall was reasembled in New Jerusalem.
The Orthodox at first refused to visit the Wall; it wasn't in the right spot!
But as the decades went on, the Orthodox, who were remined that no Jewish state
was meant for the Holy Land until the Messiah came, began to trickle back. An
extreme minority to this day refuse to worship at the wall. Many of Jordan's
remaining Jews immigrated to Israel over the years due to the Wall's relocation.
The rest of the 1960s was spent attempting to further integrate the Federation.
Due to ethnic tensions in Sudan between the Arabs of the north and the African
tribes to the south, the country was split between the Republic of Sudan and the
Union of the White Nile. An attempted coup in the Central African Republic by a
former French colonial officer named Jean Bokassa was put down by Grand Army
units. Bokassa was executed for treason. Tensions in Biafra required the
presence of more Israeli peacekeepers. To preempt possible conflict between the
Eritrean subjects in Ethiopia, the Eritreans gained their own parliament in 1967
(along the lines of the Scottish and Welsh assemblies in OTL).
With the large-scale discovery of oil in Nigeria, and diamonds in Baraka (in the
old Central African Republic), the AF's economy continued to climb. Esperanto
became more and more established as Africa's unifying language. [Unlike in OTL,
Esperanto combines many more Africanized words in its vocabulary].
Portugal was now heavily involved in the ongoing guerilla unrest in Angola and
Mozambique. The Federation threatened to drive the Portugese out of all of their
remaining colonies in Africa unless they agreed to negotiate.
The Portugese, facing bankruptcy from the continuous conflict in the two
colonies, agreed to the Kinshaha Accord, signed in 1967. Angola and Mozambique
would become Trust Territories of the Federation until self-government could be
attained. Huge crowds in Maputo and Luanda gathered to celebrate as the
Portugese flags came down, and the blue, green, and white of the AF rose to
replace them. The pattern followed with Angola and Mozambique as it did with the
other freed colonies: students to Israeli and South African schools (easily the
best in Africa), heavy aid to build up a proper infastructure, and adoption of
the Federation's unified economy.
Not a few Portugese residents of the two former colonies chose to immigrate to
During this time, the AF became involved with the conflict brewing in Yeman.
Assisted by the British, AF forces crushed the communistic People's Democratic
Republic of Yeman. The Yeman Arab Republic was established soon afterwards.
During the fighting, which lasted from 1967 to 1968, the RIAF evacuated Yeman's
sizable Jewish population, which was stranded in the fighting. Along with the
other Sephardic immigrants, the Yemanites, who had been that nation's best
jewlers and craftsmen, they settled in special kibbutzim in former Somalia.
Mogadishu itself had a heavy Polish presence from the '40s era DPs.
During the 1960s, the AF became in involved in the Space Race. The Federation's
first satellite, Smuts, was launched from the Einstein Rocketry Base [OTL's
Malindi]. Similar bases were soon constructed in the Congo and Baraka as well.
The Congo and the nearby locales had yielded some frightening results for the
Israeli and South African scientists stationed there. In 1965, a would-be
Israeli explorer, one Maurice Netanyahu, had sickened and died after exploring
Kitum Cave in Mount Herzl [Mount Elgon] National Park in Israel. The devastating
disease had caused him to bleed out horrendously in a New Akko hospital room.
The disease was named Akko [OTL's Marburg], after 51 people in the city died
from the spread of the infection (mostly doctors and nurses in the hospital).
However, the Congo yielded even worse new diseases, particularly in the Ebola
region. Ebola Kinshasa [OTL's Ebola Zaire], and White Nile Ebola [OTL's Ebola
Sudan] had extremely high fatallity rates. Ebola Kinshasa (with a fatallity rate
of 90%) gained its name by killing over 450 people in the Congo's capital in
1968 [Due to the region's higher development than in OTL, the disease spreads
faster and causes more fatallities early on]. Federation troops had to be
deployed to stop the city from decending into chaos.
Another disease was discovered during this time. It had all begun in the '50s
when Dr. Hilary Kaprowski, competing with Jonas Salk for a polio vaccine, had
stumbled on a strange sickness in the Congo while working with patients for his
new vaccination program. A tribesman was dying of a disease that seemed to be
wasting him away. Several villagers tested positive for the disease. In 1969,
the Wietzman Journal of Medical Science dubbed the new virus Kaprowski's Disease
[OTL's HIV/AIDS], after the original finder of the virus. The disease seemed to
do in years what Ebola did in only weeks or days. Doctors from all over Africa
began receiving training on how to recognize symptoms in the hopes of containing
Unfortunately, the disease had already showed up in people such as gays and
prostitutes in the great cities of the AF. It was soon established that straight
people could catch the disease as well. (It had also apparently spread out of
Africa to urban centers in both Europe and North America [due to more westerners
visiting Africa due to the more prosperous economy]). Efforts were soon underway
in the great universities of Israel and South Africa on trying to procure a
vaccine. This wouldn't be remotely successful for several more decades.
Some Orthodox elements in Israel called the new outbreaks God's punishment for
moving the symbols of Judaism out of the Holy Land, but fortunately, they were
Thus the sixties ended for the African Federation with the challenges of a new
era layed out clearly in front of them.
"Africa was the birthplace of the human race. With the efforts of our
beloved Federation, Africa will become the leader of the human race as
-Prime Minister Helen Suzman of the Union of South Africa, in a speech to the
Salisbury Parliament, May 1979.
The 1970s saw the last outposts of colonial Africa fall into the embrace of the
African Federation. France granted independence to Comoros (including the island
of Mayotte) in 1970, which promtly joined the AF. After the collapse of
Portugal's military dictatorship in 1974, Cape Verde, and Sao Tome and Principe
gained seats in the Salisbury Parliament. Mauritius and the Seycelles joined the
following year. Spain granted independence to Equitorial Guinea, which also
joined that year.
In 1970, Gamel Abdel Nasser died suddenly of a heart attack on his way to adress
the Arab League [by now little more than a Soviet front group]. His
second-in-command, Anwar Sadat, became the President of Egypt.
Sadat began to reverse Egypt's decades of hostility towards the African
Federation and the West. He visited Salisbury in 1972 to promote "peace and
reconcilation." By 1974, the Egyptians had liberalized their trade with the
AF. A year later, Egypt officially came into the Federation.
As part of the deal, Egypt began to liberalize politcally. Dissidents were
freed. In the elections for a new Egyptian parliament, the pro-Federation
Egyptian Democratic Party crushed the Muslim Brotherhood to attain a solid
Algeria was left alone as one of the few nations in Africa not a member of the
AF. Finally, in the spring of 1975, pro-AF members of the army overthrew dicator
Houri Boumediene. The former despot died grusomely by firing sqad.
Also that year, Spain granted indpendence to the Rio de Oro. This area was
immediently claimed by the Kingdom of Morroco. But the Oro, under the new name
of Western Sahara, quickly requested admission to the Union of Baraka.
Morroco threatened war if the Union took in Western Sahara. The union went ahead
anyway. Morroco invaded.
The Morrocan War, which only lasted four months, demonstrated the full might of
the Federation's Grand Army. Led by the ultra-modern infantry, airborne, and
armored units of Israel and South Africa, the Grand Army smashed the Morrocans
in every battle, and forced a peace treaty on the Kingdom in late 1975. The
Morrocans were shocked to find that instead of being punished with further
territorial losses and sanctions, that they were being invited to join the AF.
The King, realizing that this would give his nation access to the mineral
reserves that were reported in the former Oro, accepted. Over time, the Kingdom
of Morroco reformed into more of a constitutional monarchy.
Africa was now united under a single entity.
Also in 1975, IDF war hero Maurice Rose died of a heart attack in Ramwat Dawid.
He was mourned across the entire Federation for his service in the name of
In the early 1970s, as a sideshow of the American quagmire in Vietnam, the
Maoist Khemer Rouge had begun a campaign of violence against the American backed
government of Lon Nol. As the Khemer Rouge neared Phenom Penh, the Israelis
decided to act. Not wanting a repeat of the inaction that had doomed so many
Slavs in Eastern Europe before WWII, the ships of the Israeli Navy began
Operation Rose: the evacuation of southern Cambodia. As Cambodian refugees began
to flee their country, the Israeli Navy was there to scoop them up and take them
to Israel. ITO agents fanned through Penom Penh, handing out visas to as many as
possible (echoing the actions of Swedish diplomat Raol Wallenburg, who rescued
many Slavs from their cattle cards by personally handing out visas-he later won
the Nobel Peace Prize). In the end, some 500,000 Cambodians were evacuated to
Israel. "Little Cambodias" are now common in the big coastal cities.
During this time, the Israeli Navy also rescued countles Vietemese "Boat
People" as they fled their homeland. With their devotion to family values
and education, these refugees found a welcome home.
The first five years of the 1970s exposed the depth of the Reform/Orthodox split
in Israel. The "Radical Reformers" eagerly embraced the "New
Laws" of Judaism, proposed by a Tutsi convert named Uriah Tasiru. Tasiru
embraced the following "additions" to the Jewish faith:
Openess and Embracing: This New Law basically allowed for fully-fledged
conversions to take place without the "restrictivness" of the
Fullness Through Strengh: This New Law called for the "embracement of the
martial history of the Jewish people in past, present, and future." The
heros of this law include Mordachai Anielewitz, Joseph Trumpledor, and Maurice
The Brotherhood of Human Goodness: This final New Law basically allowed for
fully-fledged "conversion work" to be practised. Tasiru had practised
this eagerly, working long and hard to convert his fellow Tutsis to this brand
The Orthodox angrilly refused to have anything to do with this "Gross
heresy." Even many Reform Jews felt unconfortable with this new sect of
Judaism, as it basically re-wrote whole sections of the Old Testament.
But the Radical Reformers, who were eager to marginalize the Orthodox, embraced
Tasiru. Over time, the "Tasiru Sect" of Judaism expanded rapidly,
proving popular with the African residents of Israel. The side effect was that a
number of these adherents got elected to the Knesset. Elected mainly by the
African-dominated areas, they caucused with the Labour Party. This marginalized
the Conservatives. If they acknologed this new form of Judaism, they would lose
their Orthodox base (the Orthodox were turning to their own parties anyways).
But this would permanently ally the African consituents with Labour, turning the
Knesset into a monopoly.
The Conservatives, after the death of Golda Mier, acknologed this faith as
"perfectly legitamate in our secular democracy of Eretz Yisrael." The
words of Menachim Begin did much to keep the "Tasiru Sect" from
allying completely with Labour.
Of course, the Orthodox remained outraged. "This insult cannot be
tolerated!" thundered MP Meir Kahane. But Kahane was soon marginalized, as
his seat went to the Conservative Party in the 1977 elections.
During the latter portion of the 1970s, the pathogens of the Congo were largely
contained. Labs worked around the clock to produce cures. Agressive family
planning helped prevent the further spread of Koprowski's Disease.
The African Federation maintained a GDP that was rapidly approaching the levels
of Western Europe and the USA. Inflation, however, threatened to derail the
"Long Boom" for the Europeans, Americans, and Africans.
The Bank of Africa moved quickly to tighten the money supply, causing a
recession throughout much of the Federation. However, this did stop inflation
from growing worse, and the united economy was well underway to recovery by
But events in the Middle East threatened to derail the entire World Stage.
Iran, under the Shah, had been a staunch ally of the USA. But political
repression and harsh poverty made him ripe for a fall. In 1979, he was ousted by
the Ayatollah Khomenei, who denounced the West as a "Great Satan." The
Shah fled to Libya with his family and many under dissidents. Iran's Jewish
population was evacuated by the Israelis. Khomenei declared an economic boycott
on the west, and encouraged Muslim nations everywhere to do the same.
Of course, the AF undermined this by continuing to sell West African, North
African, and Sudanese oil at regular market prices. All this did was lead to the
economic decline of the Islamic Republic.
1979 also saw the USSR invade Afghanistan to prop up a Communist regeime. The
USA, still smarting from Vietnam, began depolying aid from Pakistan to bleed out
The Israelis, who had a phobic dislike of all things Russian, began gunrunning
operations as well.
The 1980s soon rolled around.
"The end of the Cold War is a new chance to remake our planet for the best.
The African Federation and her allies across the globe will lead the charge for
a new dawn of freedom."
-Federation Prime Minister Judah Kaplan, 1989, in his Adress to Parliament.
By the beginning of the 1980s, scientists in the Congolese, South African, and
Israeli labs had managed to stem the outbreaks of Kaproski's Disease. People
suffering the disease were given massive doses of "Kaproski's
Cocktail," a combination of various drugs. Administered by doctors all over
the Federation, Kaproski's Disease was soon contained.
The Ebola strains were a tougher nut to crack. They easily mutated. This was
exemplified by the ourbreak of an airborne version of the disease in 1982 in a
lab near the Israeli city of Zangwill. Ebola Zangwill only killed monkeys, but
it could have easily spread to humans. This caused an uproar, and severe
questions in the Knesset.
By 1980, with Federation aid, Yeman had developed into the most progressive
state in the Middle East, with a strong trading relationship with the AF (and
Israel in particular). But it was still a surprise in 1981 when Yeman applied
for membership in the AF.
This caused plenty of debate in the Salisbury Parliament. Many argued that since
this was the African Federation, that Yeman's membership was out of the
question. But proponents (mostly Israelis), reminded the body that Mauritius was
farther away from Africa than Yeman, and that traders from Yeman had long
After much debate, Yeman would be admitted into the AF in 1986.
Gunrunning operations to the Afghani Mujahadeen continued unabated. Israeli and
South African made weapons were soon being weilded by the guerillas as they
ruthlessly attacked the Russian invaders.
Iran and Iraq, in the meantime, had gone to war. The Israelis viewed this as an
excellent opportunity to weaken the power of both Fundemtalist Iran and the
Soviet-friendly regeime in Iraq, led by the brutish Saddam Hussein. The Mossad,
in one of their more daring raids, pulled off the destruction of Iraq's nuclear
facility of Osirak, and made it look like an Iranian attack. The Mossad also
began gunrunning operations to the Kurds in both Iraq and Iran.
In 1985, the Salisbury Parliament voted to implement the Shamir Plan (named
after Israeli MP Joseph Shamir). The plan called for a massive long-term plan to
"make the Sahara Bloom." Part of the rational was to provide North
Africa with cheaper electricity and to give the AF a corner on global food
By early 1986, construction had already begun on the Quattara Canal, which would
turn the famous Depression into a large salt-water sea. Plans were soon being
drafted for other mega-canals to transport water from the Congo to the Nile, and
from Lake Nasser to the Meditteranean. Millions of acres of desert would be
transformed into usable farmland. The Shamir Plan called for the projects to be
completed by the early 2000s.
Oman became the second non-African nation to apply for AF membership.
Fortunately, the ice had been broken by the entry of Yeman. The Omanis, to meet
membership requirements, reformed their government to allow women to vote. Oman
would join in 1988.
The membership of Yeman and the prospective membership of Oman began to alarm
King Fahd of ever amoral Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. True, the Mossad had been
instrumental in preempting a planned seizure of the Grand Mosque in 1979 by
Islamic extremists. Fahd was beginning to be alarmed because ideas from the
African Federation (and from the liberal regeime in Jordan), had begun to
influence Saudi society. Women were beginning to pressure for greater rights.
The more liberal clerics were calling for the opening of Saudi society.
Saudi Arabia was no longer even as seccure with its oil reserves, not least
because the western nations were buying more and more petrol from West Africa,
Libya and the Republic of Sudan.
Unfortunately, a backlash was brewing from the more conservative elements in
Saudi society; from the plethora of princes and from the growing fundamentalist
movement that viewed the democratic and secular ideals from the AF as threats.
Fahd's government began to crack down on both liberal and conservative elements.
This promted outrage from both sides, especially from the conservative princes
secretly bankrolling these nefarious movements. The tensions led the Mossad to
warn Prime Minister Lazar Prozleman that the tense environment in Saudi Arabia
could "lead to the French Revolution in reverse," with theocratic
elements taking control.
In other developments, 1986 saw the a peace accord being signed between the
Republic of Korea and the People's Republic of China, ending almost forty years
of hostilliy. South Africa's UN Ambassador, Steven Biko, was awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize for his role in brokering the Treaty of Pyongyang.
China itself was changing. Deng Xiopang's market reforms had improved the
Chinese economy. This led to an upsurge in pro-democracy groups, who were
influenced by American, European, and African popular culture and political
ideals. This would lead to the massacre of students in Tianneman Square in 1989.
China would continue to open up economically, but would remain far more closed
In 1987, after the death of Ayatollah Khomenei, Iraq, its economy in shambles,
and Iran, having lost much of its zeal, agreed to end the seven-year conflict.
Meanwhile, the USSR had withdrawn from Afghanistan in 1987. The presence of
Israeli arms amongst the Afghani rebels had hardened the anti-Semitism that
already permeated Soviet society [without the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is far
more widespread in the USSR]. The Soviet Union, with its economy utterly
dilapadated from the Cold War, Afghanistan, and its own economic system, was
collapsing, utterly rotton to the core. Mikhail Gorbachev's economic reforms had
led nowhere. One after another, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia,
Hungary, and Albania had overthrown their Communist regiems. The USSR itself was
beginning to disentegrate. The Baltic States, Central Asian Republics, and the
states of the Caucusus were now rife with independence movements.
Numerous elements in the Soviet hirearchy, influenced by xenophobic and anti-semitic
passions, pushed for a crackdown. When Gorbachev refused, he was overthrown in a
coup in 1989 orchestrated by several hard-core anti-semites in the army, who
viewed his reforms as "Jewish-Imperialist inspired drivel." This led
to conflict between the pro-Gorbachev elements in the Soviet Army. Pro and
anti-Gorbachev crowds began clashing in the streets of Russia's major cities.
Gorbachev himself barely escaped to Finland with his entourage.
Thus, the Second Russian Civil War was sparked. The Baltic States, Belarus, the
Ukraine, Modavia, and the Central Asian and Caucusus Republics all took
advantage of the growing chaos in Russia itself to declare independence.
Russia proper, by 1989, was a war torn zone in which whole armies clashed in
favor of either the now right-wing elements or in favor of the ideals of reform.
In some cases, tactical nuclear weapons were used on the opposing sides.
Thus, the 1990s began.....an era that would see the clashes that would decide
wether the map would be completely free or stuck with a few tyranical blotches.
Note: TheMann deserves credit for several ideas from this decade.
"The New World Order is a multipolar one, but also a democratic one."
-President George Herbert Walker Bush, 1990, in a speech to the Salisbury
The 1990s were decade of great challenges for the African Federation. But this
would be the decade that would cement their superpower status for all time.
By early 1990, Russia was in a state of almost total collapse. Anarchy had
erupted. Starvation was common in the cities. Columns of refugees snaked away
from the rapacious armies fighting every which way.
South Africa invited over 300,000 Russian immigrants that year. Israel, with
some reluctance (due to an entrenched phobic hatred of everything Russian), took
in 75,000 Russians, settling them in the far north of the country.
As Russia collapsed, the UN Security Council voted to send in peacekeeping
forces to Siberia and Central Asia, to prevent Russia's vast arsenal of WMDs
from falling into the wrong hands. Russian scientists were hired away by the AF,
EC, and USA.
President Bush authorized American troops to secure Russian WMD sites in
Siberia. Japan used the chaos further north to justify amending their
constitution to rearm. Chinese forces were massing in Manchuria.
With the eyes of the world turned north, Iraq's Saddam Hussein made his move. In
April of 1990, Iraqi forces invaded and occupied Kuwait, using the excuse of
unpaid debts (when in fact, the opposite was true; Iraq owed Kuwait money). The
Kuwaiti Royal Family barely made it out of Kuwait City ahead of the Republican
Guard. The Iraqis went on an orgy of rape and pillaging.
Unfortunately, Saddam had grossly misjudged the international situation. His
actions threatened the states of the Gulf, all allies of the African Federation.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was thrown into crisis. To appease the growing anger
of the conservative elements, the King allowed for the militia of wealthy zealot
Osama bin Laden to be deployed against the Iraqis. Bin Laden, the son of one of
the Kingdom's most highly paid building companies, had fought in Afghanistan
against the Soviets.
This caused strong protests from the liberal elements in Saudi society. So, King
Fahd also invited the West to contribute troops to protect his country.
The nearest bloc of western countries was the AF. The Salisbury Parliament
authorized the deployment of the Grand Army to the Kingdom.
The USA and Europe, preoccupied with the situation in Russia, were prevented
from sending large numbers of troops. Most of the fighting would have to be left
to the African Federation.
The full strength of the Grand Army would be put on display for all the world to
see. Israeli and South African armored and air brigades, Nigerian, Barakan, and
Egyptian heavy infantry units, and multiple divisions from all over the rest of
the AF. They were deployed well away from Bin Laden's Militia of God. The MOG
was stationed in front of Medina and Mecca.
It would prove in the long run to be a fatal mistake.
Deployed to bolster the collapsing Saudi lines that were being driven south from
newly captured Khafji, the Israeli 9th Armored Division and the South African
3rd Armored Grenadiers pulled no punches against the Iraqis. Israeli, South
African, and Nigerian Eleazar IIs (similar to OTL's F-15) swept the Iraqis from
the skies. Soon enough, the Iraqi advance had been stopped cold.
Meanwhile, Mossad agents were being slipped into Iraq to foster revolts from the
Shiite and Kurdish citizens who had long been persecuted by Saddam's Sunni
dominated regeime. Egyptian, Sudanese, White Nile, and Ethiopian units were
deployed to Jordan to blunt a possible Iraqi incursion there.
By May 1990, the line was fully stable. AF forces recaptured Khafji on May 4. By
May 6, the last Iraqi units had fled into Kuwait, which had erupted in a general
revolt against the Iraqis.
May 8 saw the IDF lead the charge into Kuwait. Two days later, with Saddam's air
force no longer in existance, Kuwait City was liberated. The streets were filled
with celebrating civilians, who greeted the AF forces with flowers and cheers.
With Kuwait liberated, the AF's Ministry of Defense authorized the forces there
for a drive on Baghdad.
It was as the first Israeli and South African troops crossed the border that
they ran into Saddam's chemical and biological arsenal. This was the result of a
crash program that the USA and UK had assisted with during the Iran/Iraq War.
Over 4,000 frontline Af troops, mostly Israelis and South Africans perished.
International condemnation was swift. The Israelis and South Africans warned
that a similar attack would bring about a mushroom cloud on Baghdad.
Saddam contented himself by launching his scud missles into Saudi Arabia and
Jordan. But it was too little, too late. AF planes systematically destroyed
every Iraqi military and industrial target that they could find. The retreating
Republican Guard was utterly massacred while retreating from Kuwait to Basra,
which soon became known as the "Highway of Death."
Meanwhile, Bin Laden's MOG causing trouble for the Saudis. The MOG, which
numbered some 70,000 young men (mostly Saudis), was refusing to vacate their
positions in front of Mecca and Medina. Instead, they retreated into the city in
a bid to solidfy their possitions. A mole in the Saudi defense ministry alerted
Bin Laden that Saudi troops planned to arrest him. So he ordered the MOG into
the Holy Cities. A stalemate ensued.
Basra fell in late June. Iraq might have had a large army, but it was poorly led
and poorly armed. AF forces were soon being held back only by the masses of
surrendering Iraqi troops.
Saddam was being forced to deal with a huge Kurdish and Shiite revolt in his
nation. The AF took the opportunity to be the first bloc of nations to recognize
the Republic of Kurdistan and the Republic of Basra, a Shia state.
For Saddam, the bell was now tolling. Attempting to flee Baghdad to one of his
numerous hideouts, his car was ambushed by a Shiite militia that was operating
from Saddam [Sadr] City, a slum in Baghdad.
They had been tipped off by the Mossad, of course.
Iraq was now completely collapsing, mirroring the fall of Russia to the north.
The opposing armies in the Second Russian Civil War had laregely bled out. Right
wingers, led by ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky, seized power briefly in
Moscow, only to be pushed from power when it was leaked by the Mossad that
Zhirinovsky was not purely Russian as he claimed, but that he was of both
Khazakh and Jewish extraction. Zhirinovsky's body was found crumpled in Red
Square not long afterwards.
Lithuania, in the meantime, had seized Kalliningrad, forcing the Russian
residents to accept South African offers of a safe haven. In Siberia, the
residents of American-occupied Magadan and Vladivostok petitioned to become full
Congress had debated long and hard about this. President Bush was not eager to
repeat Vietnam on the Russian steppes, but he wanted America to have the ability
to disable Russia's vast and now abandoned arsenals of WMD. In the end, both
cities became UN Trust Territories of the USA. This came as Siberia split from
the rest of the nation to form the Union of Siberia, an authoritarian and
xenophobic state. European Russia became the Republic of Russia, a much reduced
state depending on European aid to stay afloat. Mossad agents tipped off
American and European forces as to the location of the former Soviet missle
silos and WMD labs, which were gradually hunted down and destroyed.
Japan, in the meantime, flexed her muscle by taking control of Sakhalin Island
and the Kuriles. The Russian residents left en masse for the USA and Canada,
which offered them assylum. President Bush recognized that a "New World
Order" had formed-one in which the strong democratic blocs (America,
Europe, and Africa), would be fighting rogue nations to establish stability and
prosperity. Japan also proposed to the US that the two nations establish a
"joint-occupation" over the Kamchatka Peninsula. This was eventually
accepted by Congress, although it became clear that Japan was building extensive
"settlements" in the Siberian vastness under US protection.
The Chinese protested angrilly. Tensions rose over Taiwan and Siberia. America
was on alert.
By July of 1990, Iraq was divided into three nations. The Sunni Union of Iraq,
the Shiite Republic of Basra, and the Republic of Kurdistan, centered in Kirkuk.
Tensions had immediently risen between the Kurds and Turks. In the end, the
Israelis brokered a deal in which they would gurantee Kurdistan's borders with
Turkey. The Turkish government began "unofficially" encouraging
Kurdish immigration to their "homeland."
By this time, the Saudi military had launched an attack on MOG possitions
outside of both Holy Cities. The fighting unleased gross civil unrest throughout
the country. At the request of Basra, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain, AF units
(mostly Yemmeni and Omani troops), were stationed in those respective nations to
prevent violence from spilling over.
The Saudi Civil War, fought between religious fundemantalists and more secular
reformers, was a brutal one. Bankrolled by their princely backers, the
fundementalists fought tooth and nail against the reformers, who had lacked the
resources that the religious extremists had. The MOG convinced many Saudi
soldiers to defect to their cause of "purifying the lands of Islam of
Militias clashed in the major Saudi cities, with the fundemtalists gaining the
edge. The House of Saud fell like the House of Usher. King Fahd died at the
hands of his own bodyguards. The princes of Saudi Arabia fled to North America
and Europe, leaving their homeland to descend into chaos.
Finally, the UN authorized direct intervention in the conflict. AF forces began
moving in to destroy the forces of the MOG and their extremist allies. By the
time that the fighting ended, in October of 1990, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
was no more. A loose network of sheikdoms and emirates had emerged across the
Arabian peninsula. The only ones left were ruled over by the pro-reform and
pro-democracy Arabians (Bin Laden having been killed by the Commandos and
Maccabees in September), who began requesting membership in the AF.
In the end, in November of 1990, after meeting in Riyadh, the liberal sheiks and
emirs announced to formation of the Union of Arabia, a confederation of emirates
and sheikdoms that would gurantee basic human rights and freedoms, including
women's rights. Only then was the Union granted membership in the AF. This was
followed by Jordan joining the AF in January 1991.
By early 1991, with the AF having multiple members from off the continent, the
Salisbury Parliament in favor of the Truxwald Proposal (named after South
African MP Marius Truxwald):
-The name of the African Federation, after July of 1991, would be changed into
the Federation of Democratic Nations (FDN).
-The currency of the FDN (after January of 1997) would be the Federation pound
-A Constitutional Convention would be held in Salisbury to hammer out a new
document to further unify the FDN.
-A new capital would be built more easily accesable to the new members of the
In the spring of 1991, construction began on the city of Baraka near Bangui. It
seemed the perfect name for a new capital of this sort of union. By May 1991,
Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kurdistan, and the Republic of
Basra had all requested admission into Federation. All woud be integrated by in
1992 saw Nelson Mandela retire after three terms as South Africa's president.
The African National Congress narrowly lost power to the South African
Progressive Party, led by Journalist Rian Malan. He selected Thabo Mbeki and
Steven Biko as the new vice-presidents. Mandela was awarded with his own
Federation stamp. He had done well for a man who had started as a prosperous
farmer, and the Federation always honored its heros.
1992 also saw New York Governor Mario Cuomo defeat GHW Bush for the presidency.
With a lackluster economy, (and no steller American victory in the Gulf War to
even give him an early edge), it was as close to a cakewalk as campaigns come in
Bush had been challenged in his primary by paleoconvervative Patrick Buchanan, a
former speechwriter for Richard Nixon. Buchanan had nearly won the New Hampshire
primary. His thinly veiled attacks on the "Israeli and African moneymen who
dominate our political system") saw anti-Semitism rearing its ugly head yet
again amongst populist politicians on both of the far ends of the American
1993 saw the establishment of the Union of West Africa between Nigeria, Ghana,
the Gambia, and Cameroon. Nigeria, as one of the most prosperous states in
Africa after Israel and South Africa, was trying to show its political weight in
the new FDN.
Also that year, Lebanon would finally taste freedom. In the 1980s, the Syrians,
encouraged by the Soviets, had sparked a civil war between the Shiite, Sunni,
and Maronite Christian communities. Syrian forces had occupied that nation. But
by 1993, with African and Jordanian diplomacy, the conflict had come to an end.
The FDN warned the Syrians that they would enforce UN resolutions calling for
their withdrawl through an armed attack. After whitnessing the Gulf War, the
Syrians had no desire to suffer the same fate as Iraq. Syrian troops left the
nation, and in 1994, Rafiq Hariri became President, promtly taking his nation
into the embraces of the FDN.
Throughout the 1990s, a new issue began to haunt Africa. Global Warming was
starting to make things tedious for residents of the old AF. From droughts in
Israel and South Africa to the creeping sands in Baraka (even as the Shamir Plan
made them bloom), and forest fires in the Congo sparked new concerns about the
impact of man on the environment (with the industrialization of Africa, Global
Warming is starting to have an earlier effect).
The Salisbury Parliament passed new laws mandating the programs to curb gasoline
use and cap carbon emmissions. This meant with strong protests among the MPs
from Libya, West Africa, Arabia, the Gulf nations, and Sudan. To compensate
them, the new laws mandated that the centers of manufacturing for alternative
fuels and such would be in the nations most effected by the transitions.
Research into fussion power was among the initiatives started by these programs.
In 1995, the European Union and FDN announced plans to build as massive
suspension bridge over the Streight of Gibralter, to symbolize the new
prosperity that the two zones enjoyed. The European Union had adopted many of
the reforms that had made the businesses of Africa flourish. Now, they were the
FDN's biggest trading partners.
Not to be outdone, the USA, Canada, and Mexico, the founders of NAFTA, all
signed free trade accords with the FDN. President Cuomo wanted his nation to be
at the center of another competitor for the FDN and EU. This had led to a
backlash amongst the far right in the 1994 elections, but his liberal policies
had brought greater prosperity for the USA, and by extension North America. He
would beat Jack Kemp in the 1996 by a fairly healthy margin. Gradually, the
nations of Central America and the Caribbean would also enter NAFTA.
The last few years of the twentieth century was spent further integrating the
world. An international high-speed railroad would be opened in 1998, connecting
London and Cape Town, running through Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Berlin,
Prague, Budapest, Belgrade, Istanbul, Beirut, Cairo, Khartoum, Tel Aviv, New
Akko, Jerusalem, Kinshasa, Luanda, Walvis Bay and Keetmanshoop. A second arm of
it would be opened in 2003, running from Cape Town back to Mamodan via Port
Elisabeth, Durban, Johannesburg, Bulawayo, Salisbury and Beira. Tourism and
With European aid, the Republic of Russia (including only European Russia by
this point), reformed into a democracy, and a free market economy. Central Asia,
with FDN and European aid, also began the same sort of reforms. By 2000, Russia,
Chechneya, Armenia, Turkey (which was forced to make amends for its genocide of
the Armenians in order to become a candidate nation), the former Warsaw Pact
nations, and Khazakstan were officially candidate countries for EU membership,
while the rest of the former Central Asian SSRs began to looke towards FDN
All of this came as Yugoslavia continued to go the way of Saudi Arabia and
Russia. Starting with Slovenia and Croatia, and continuing with Montenegro,
Macedonia, Kosovo, and Bosnia, Croats, Serbs, and Bosnians fought each other for
over nationalistic and tribalistic squables. Franjo Tudgman of Croatia and
Slobadan Melosevic of Yugoslavia were the biggest offenders to the international
community. NATO forces, comprising mostly of Israeli and South African forces,
had already intervened in 1995 to prevent the Serbs from slaughtering innocent
refugees at Sebrencia. In 1999, Israeli and South African troops led the way in
toppling Melosovic, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike in September 1999.
Millions of ethnic Albanians, Bosnian Muslims, and countless others were offered
assylum in Israel and South Africa, as well as in the Egyptian and Barakan
In 1999, twenty years after the fall of the Shah, the Second Iranian Revolution
removed the Mullahs from power, in scenes that made the fall of Houri Boemediene,
Saddam Hussein, Slobadan Melosovic, and Vladimir Zhirinovsky look like a walk in
the park. The new Republic of Iran reformed into a peaceful democratic state,
and became a close ally (though not a member) of the FDN. Membership talks began
on a low level, but for the time being, Iran was content to act as the bridge
between the FDN and Asia.
India during the course of the 1990s, had begun the process of scrapping it's
monsterous beauracracy. By 1999, India was a huge trading partner for the FDN.
Indian immigrants to Israel and South Africa began increasing. That year, India
also gained Most Favored Nation status with the US when it came to trade,
something that the tensions between China and the US negated.
By the year 2000, the world was largely a peaceful one. The nations of North
America were preparing to adopt the US dollar as their currency. Israel and
South Africa remained centers of freedom and prosperity, being labled by both
the UN and Economist as the number 1 and 2 places to live in the world,
respectivally. 45 to 50 million Jews (depending on who you ask constitutes a
Jew) resided in the world, free from the spectre of persecution for the first
time in millenia, with over 80% living in Israel (and the rest remaining
scattered in North America, South Africa, and Australia). The Shamir Plan had
kept its promises, and the Shahara was blooming. Settlers from all over the FDN
(and from Pakistan, India, Malaysia, and Indonesia) were moving the cheap plots
of land among the lush greenery. The Gibralter Bridge remained under
construction, along with the International Space Station (with a heavy degree of
FDN contributions). The glass towers and broad, leafy avenues of the new FDN
captial, Baraka, gleamed a healthy glow, as though to symbolize Africa's status
as a beacon of light and justice.
2000 saw the Union of Iraq finally join the FDN, a sign that perhaps swords
would finally be beaten into plowshares.
That year, Vice President Gephardt rode to healthy US economy and peaceful
global situation to the White House over Senator John McCain of Arizona.
Tensions still existed, however. Pakistan and India continued to glare at each
other with nuclear weapons. The feifdoms in the Union of Siberia remained frozen
hellholes. And international observers spoke of a probable showdown between the
People's Republic of China on one side, and of the USA, Japan, and Korea on the
But the world was largely stable, largely prosperous, and (for the most part),
free. The 21st Century, the world's intellectuals argued, would eventually lead
humanity to an age of peace.
"Democracy is a right to be fought for, and not an institution to be
trampled on....by anyone......"
-Federation Prime Minister Jonas Obawe, in his 2007 Adress to the Barakan
As the 21st Century dawned, the nations of the ever prosperous Federation of
Democratic Nations relaxed in the afterglow of the bountious 1990s. The fruits
of peace were very enjoyable. From the expanding agricultural colonies of North
Africa to the confortable urban centers all over the FDN, an African and Middle
Eastern version of the Era of Good Feelings was in full swing. South African and
Israeli movies played to crowded theatres around the FDN. Lagos, Cape Town, and
Port Shalom became the new ceners for the mostdaring designs, as African, Asian,
and European styles were liberally combined in the spirit of Marc Chagall's
In 2002, the members of the NAFTA trade bloc adopted the U.S. dollar as their
currency. Idle speculation of a possible political union remained idle, as no
one in Canada or the US was ready for a version of the Barakan Parliament,
although Mexico's Vicente Fox continued to push hard for a North American
version of the EU and FDN.
South America as a whole remained prosperous. Trade with the FDN and NAFTA had
led to growing economies all over the continent. Despite the attempts of clowns
such as Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to throw monkey wrenches in the geopolitical
situation of the day. Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia were receiving technical aid
from both the USA and FDN.
Chavez, however, would foister a backlash against "The Imperialist money
lenders in Washington and Baraka." Bolivia and Peru elected similar
governments to his in 2002. An attempt to overthrow Chavez in 2003 (backed by
the USA and the FDN), failed.
By contrast, an FDN-backed coup in Syria sucessfully removed the Assad dynasty
from power. A new democratic government assembled in Damascas, and promtly
petitioned to join the FDN. After technical aid and "reconstruction"
of infastructure, Syria would join in 2005.
In 2004, the Republic of Iran declared war on Afghanistan after yet another
Iranian diplomat was murdered in Herat by agents of the theocratic Taliban. Such
actions had brought the two nations to the verge of war in 1999, before the
Second Iranian Revolution. Now, the gloves would come off. The Barakan
Parliament offered its aid to the Iranians, who accepted.
Unfortunately, this touched off a crisis with one of the Taliban's few allies-Pervez
Mushareff's Pakistan. The Pakistanies weren't eager to be surrounded by the
power of India on the one side and the FDN and its allies on the other. Pakistan
mobilized its army, and stationed them close to the border with both Afghanistan
The 2004 Afghan War brought the Grand Army's full might on display yet again. By
the latter part of the year, the FDN/Iranian-backed Northern Alliance, under the
command of Ahmed Shah Massoud (who had survived far longer than in another
universe), soon entered Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif. The ubiquitous Mossad agents
assisted in the capture of Mullah Omar, along with several of the old Iranian
clerics who had barely beaten the lynch mobs in 1999.
It was during this time that illegal immigration from the Union of Siberia and
Manchuria into America's Siberian Trust Territories became a major controversy.
Stories of PLA soldiers gunning down desperate would-be refugees caused outrage
amongst the American public at large. Warlords in the UOS were the targets of
many Special Forces operations, among other things.
In late 2004, Massoud called a Loya Jurga to vote on a new constitution.
Afghanistan, under his leadership (and with extensive aid from the FDN), finally
began to recover from decades of war and repression. Roads, schools, hospitals,
and other African luxuries were being rapidly imported. Afghanistan now joined
Iran as a staunch ally of the FDN.
Pakistan remained a problem for several reasons. For one, the Saudi expatriates
who had been driven from their homeland after the Saudi Civil War had mostly
fled there. Groups such as al Qaida ("the base"), and the Sons of bin
Laden operated in the North-West frontier Province, and recruited shamelessly
from the madrasses and mosques throughout the country. With the Union of Arabia
cracking down on Wahabism, Pakistan, along, to a lesser extent, with Indonesia,
became the focal point of Islamic extremism. The Hambali became one of the more
infamous of these "new terrorists), especially after his bombing a Bali
nightclub frequented by Australians in 2005 and the Israeli and South African
embassies in Jakarta in 2007. The Hambali was captured in 2009, and sentensed to
death soon afterwards.
May of 2004 saw Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Malta, Cyprus, and Slovenia officially join the EU. As the Balkans
simmered to a historical lull in violence, the Republic of Russia and the
Republic of Khazakstan negotiated 2015 as their date of entry into the EU, along
with Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, and Chechneya.
Azerbaijan, by contrast, applied for membership in the FDN. That nation, after
settling its border disputes with Armenia, entered the FDN in 2007.
The Middle East was settling down into its new situation. The fifties-era plans
for revitalizing Baghdad by Frank Lloyd Wright were dusted off and applied with
full enthusiasm. Massive deselization plants, modeled closely on the original
Benghazi facility, began terraforming portions of Arabia, Mesopotamia, and
Jordan in the spirity of the old Shamir Project. Massive solar plants went up
all over the Middle East. Lebanon's Bekaa Valley became the site of major
housing and aqueduct projects. The International Railway Line (IRL) was extended
to Baghdad, Riyadh, Tehran, and Alma-Ata.
The 2008 Olympics were held in Cape Town. China remained to closed off to even
consider granting the '08 games to Beijing. Instead, Africa was honored with its
third Olympiad (after the 1968 Lagos Olympics and the 1996 New Jerusalem games).
In Siberia, the situation remained tense between the Chinese on one side and the
Japanese, Koreans, and Americans on the other. Japan had rapidly expanded its
colonies in the Kamchatka Peninsula, to the protests of China. The American
military bases at Magadan and Vladivostok were strenghened. A new mini-Cold War
had developed between China and the United States. The Chinese, during the
2000s, were forced to contend with unrest in Xinjiang from the Uighirs. Every
time the Chinese introduced a resolution condeming the Japanese and Americans
for their "disgusting imperialism" in Siberia, the Japanese countered
with resolutions demanding that the Chinese halt persecution of its Uighir and
Tibeten minorities. To counteract the charges of "imperialism," the
Japanese UN Ambassador, at the culmination of a fearsome debate with his Chinese
counterpart in early 2009, pulled out satellite images of the continued Chinese
build-up in Manchuria. "You can run, Mr. Ambassador, but you cannot
hide," became the new catchprahse of the year.
The UN Security Coucil's Permanent Seats (numbering only four since the collapse
of Russia), finally expanded in 2009. With American and British sponsership,
Israel, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, and India gained permanent seats. The
Democratic Bloc was dramatically strenghened.
As 2010 rapidly approached, the divisions between the Free World and the
"Tyrant's Bloc" would become more and more clear. A confrontation was
bound to occur sooner or later.
"This newest struggle between the forces of good and evil must end in Ayman
al Zawahiri's complete and utter destruction."
-Anwar al-Husseini, Egypt's Ambassador to the UN in a speech to the Security
Council after the devastating terror attacks of 7/7/17.
2010 opened with massive celebrations in both Israel and South Africa, as both
nations celebrated the 100-year-anniversary of the granting of their Dominion
status. Queen Elizabeth II was greeted by roaring crowds of both African nations
during her royal visit.
On February 28, 2010, the Gibralter Suspension Bridge was completed after 15
years of work. Moroccan Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Kuan and Spanish Prime
Minister Hector Salvador would officially open the 31-mile-long bridge on April.
With 16 lanes for highway traffic, along with two IRL lines cross it. To further
Afghanistan had finally acheived full stability, as Prime Minister Massoud
finally retired. Israeli agricultural aid bore fruit as Afghanistan's infamous
opium fields were plowed over.
That year, Turkmenistan joined the FDN, while Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan,
Tajikistan, and Kyrgestan contented themselves with observer status in the
Pakistan fortefied her borders, and tried to hunker down against the spread of
the democratic winds blowing through the region.
In the Far East, Japan officially annexed the Kamchatka Peninsula, to harsh
Chinese condemnation. Tensions increased dramatically.
However, the events that would cause some of the most contentious trouble on the
World Stage in this decade came in South America. A political rival assasinated
Hugo Chavez while he was reviewing a military parade. This led to a brutal three
year civil conflict as various militias attempted to seize the country.
Finally, in 2013, Brazil drafted a UN resolution to send peacekeepers into the
rapidly desintegrating country. American, Mexican, Canadian, and Brazilian
troops enter the country in August 2013 to destroy the militias. However, the
Venezuelans don't trust either the North Americans or the Brazilians.
Venezuela's UN ambassador drafts a resolution asking the FDN to send a
peacekeeping force instead. After due deliberation, the Barakan Parliament votes
to send in a substantial force-a force of 45,000 South African, Israeli, West
African, Barakan, and Arabian troops. The Brazilians and North Americans
withdraw in October 2013.
This causes somewhat of a backlash in the United States. Senator William Sali
(R-ID), called the withdrawl "a shamless kow-tow to the rivals of these
United States." Sali, a nasty man and closet anti-semite, was the darling
of the far-right. Most Republicans refused to associate themselves with him at
By 2014, Venezuela had stabilized. Brazilian President Luis Mila de Silva Dirani,
in a conference organized in Santiago, Chile, called for a South American
organization to compete with the European Union, NAFTA zone, and the FDN. This
mementous conference led to the signing of the Rio Accords in 2015, calling for
the establishment of a legislative body to meet in the city of La Paz, Bolivia,
modeled off the the FDN's Barakan Parliament. The plan called for the peso to
become the continent's new currency by 2020, and for the South American
Confederation to assemble in the La Paz assembly by 2018. Brazil, Argentinia,
Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador became the founding members of
May 1, 2015 saw the European Union expand yet again, with the Republic of
Russia, Turkey, Montenegro, Belarus, Bosnia, Khazakstan, Chechneya, Armenia,
Georgia, and the Ukraine finally joining as full members. Moldavia took the
opportunity to join itself with Romania (which had joined in 2007).
2015 also saw the United States return to the Moon, laying the groundwork for
Tranquility Base, the first permanent human settlement. Scientists from the EU
and the FDN were also stationed there. Plans for an international mission to
Mars by 2030 were soon being layed out in Baraka, Brasillia, Brussels, Tokyo,
Canberra, and Washington.
By 2016, other than the tense situations in Pakistan and China, the world truely
was a peaceful place. Vietnam began moving towards free market reforms, and
finally fully buried the hatchet with the United States with a free trade
agreement in May 2016.
Unfortunately, that played into the hands of the "Nativist Wing" of
the Republican Party. The ideological heirs of Barry Goldwater and Phyliss
Schafly, the Nativists used the discontent among the Republican base to give
Bill Sali a shocking win over the incumbent Republican President, Mitt Romney.
Romney angrilly refused to endorse Sali at the Republican convention, and led
the group Republicans for Warner, referring to the campaign of Virginia senator
The presidential election of 2016 was never really close at all. Sali's
campaign, already far behind in the polls, suffered a fatal blow when Sali was
cought remarking to a reporter from The American Conservative: "Yeah, the
f*cking Jews, n*ggers, and sand n*ggers have total control over everything in
this whole damn country."
On election night, Mark Warner became the first American presidential candidate
to win every state since George Washington's unanimous victory in the late 18th
century. Sali was eventually arrested in Boise for drunk driving, where he made
yet another anti-semitic rant to the arresting officer.
No great loss.
2016 saw the FDN suffer directly from the attacks of Ayman al Zawahiri's al
Qaida. Zawahiri, an Egyptian expatriate who had fled Egypt in the 1980s to Saudi
Arabia, and from there to Pakistan, organized a devastating attack on the IRL's
Gulf Line not far from Dubai on March 11. 208 people died as the train derailed
at 185 miles per hour.
Pervez Mushareff was immediently accused of aiding an abetting terrorism. Al
Qaida claimed responsibility.
Indian Prime Minister Shami Aiwase demanded that Mushareff root out and destroy
the "barbarians who would perpatrate such an attack." The Pakistanis
dragged their feet on the issue.
Then came September 5, 2016.
That day, forty bombs detonated in Mumbai, killing over 700 Indians. The same
day, al Qaida gunmen opened fire on the Indian Parliament while it was in
session, killing 4 MPs.
Ayman al Zawahiri again claimed responsibility. The attacks had caused their
intended effects. Mob violence had broekn out in India against Muslims. The
Indian Army was deployed to stop the violence, which lasted for weeks. Prime
Minister Aiwase offered direct compensation to the victims of the mob violence,
and offered them the chance to leave for another nation if they so desired. In
the end, some 600,000 Indian Muslims immigrated to Arabia, the UAE, Oman, and
Yeman, settling in the big cities and agricultural colonies.
The Barakan Parliament began rushing through anti-terror legislation. The
nations of the FDN began severing diplomatic relations with Pakistan. The
Barakan Parliament also passed a "total embargo" on the Pakistanis
until al Qaida was rooted out of that nation.
Pakistan's economy, which was dependent on trade from the FDN and their allies,
began to collapse under the strain.
In 2017, al Qaida would pull the attacks that would doom both it for all time.
On July 17, 2017, suicide bombers attacked a luxury hotel in Mogadishu, killing
24 people. Similar attacks were launched in Cape Town, Maputo, Port Shalom, and
New Jerusalem. On that terrible day, some 450 people were killed.
The Barakan Parliament's action was swift. The entire body voted unanimously for
a declaration of war on Pakistan. Iran and Afghanistan soon followed.
On July 25, the Israeli and South African navies began shelling Karachi. Iranian
Eleazar IVs began attacking Pakistani air bases in the Northwest Frontier
Ayman al Zawahiri was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Quetta. Mossad agents
arranged for Mushareff to die in an ambush by rivals in the Pakistani military.
Pakistan then collapsed into the same chaos that had torn apart Russia, Iraq,
Yugoslavia, and Saudi Arabia. Al Qaida's de facto head, Jehangir Mashar al-Ramadi
was killed by the Maccabees in the Kyber Pass on August 8.
Finally, Pakistan sued for peace. Troops from Baraka, Arabia, Basra, and West
Africa were stationed throughout the country until democratic elections could be
In November 2017, Pakistan gained its first democratic goverment in decades.
President Mahmoud Letani would be sworn in on January 10, 2018. FDN aid began
pouring into the devastated country.
The Pakistani War finally became the cataylst for Iran and Afghanistan becoming
full members of the FDN in 2018. Pakistan became an associated member of the
organization, gaining observer status that same year.
That same year, the first hydrogen fuled jetlineer, the African Aeorospece Type
415, entered the fleets of El Al, British Airways, Royal South African Aiways,
KLM, and Emirates Airways. Flying at Mach-2, and with a range of 9,000 miles,
the plane soon becomes yet another symbol of African strength and vitallity.
The airforces of the FDN also saw a major update in their jet fighters. The
hydorgen engines were utilized for the Israeli Eleazar V, the South African
Impala F-70, and the West African K7 Avenger. All would enter active service in
2019 saw the invention of the K-1 Formula at the Weitzman Technical Institute.
The new formula proved its weight in gold, as it was able to make barren land
bloom in a matter of weeks with a minimum of water. The inventor of the formula,
Dr. Paul Rosenwieg, would gain the Nobel Prize for this invention.
The invention of K-1 led to the Kaplinsky Plan (named for Israeli MP Nicholas
Kaplinsky), which was was adopted by the Barakan Parliament. It called for the
complete irrigation of the Rub-al-Khali, the remainder of the Sahara, the
Kalahari, and the deserts of Iran. Along with increasing the agricultural ouput,
it's hoped that further immigration from nations such as Indonesia, India,
Malaysia, and Pakistan can draw down the targeted pools of potential al Qaida
recruits, namely young Muslim men.
2019 saw yet another technological breakthrough from the Israelis. On July 8,
2019, researchers at the University of New Akko announced that they have
perfected an Irradiator. This revolutionary device uses isotopes of Iodine 137
and other highly reactive radioactive elements to change the size of radioactive
atoms. This process renders reactor-hot nuclear waste harmless in a matter of
Belarus and the Ukraine asked the FDN to bring equipment to their nations to
clean up their nations from the notorious Chernobyl accident. 14 weeks was all
the time needed to clean up the mess, and on April 26, 2020, the area would be
declared fully habitable again, 34 days to the nuclear disaster. The former
Soviet Republics in Central Asia also utilized the device to clear away decades
of nuclear debris, and the government of Russia used it to purify their test
sites from the early days of the Cold War. The USA also used the device to clean
away decades of nuclear waste.
With the FDN at the healm of human progress, the world continued on its march to
freedom and prosperity on a truely universal scale.
Note: TheMann deserves credit for several ideas in this section of the TL.
"Enough of blood and anguish. Enough."
-Israeli Prime Minister Mordechai bar-Mdisho at the signing of the Barakan
The first half of the 2020s were spent "blooming" the remaining
deserts of both Africa and the Middle East. The vast agricultural lands of the
FDN caused a depression in global agricultural prices, causing friction with the
US and EU. This would remain a contentious issue for the rest of the decades.
Over ten million people from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh,
and Thailand were granted land in these bountiful new territories.
In 2022, the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) became a reality, as
the NAFTA zone and South American Confederation signed the historic trade
agreement in Panama City, Panama.
In 2024, the Japanese and American governments announced plans for the Bering
Strait Bridge. The 127-mile-long bridge was hoped to boost economic development
for the Siberian Trust Territories, and was also expected to link the Americas
with the rest of the IRL. The Japanese, by this time, had completely assimilated
the Kamchatka Peninsula.
That same year, under a UN observer force, the citizens of Vladivostok and
Magadan voted on their futures. The citizens of the American Trust Territories
voted overwhelmingly for full American territorial status. The new territories
of Yakutia and Beringia soon came into being.
The Chinese, stung by this latest insult, began casting their eyes on the rest
of the Union of Siberia, where anarchy reigned. However, to invade the UOS, the
Chinese would have to pass through Mongolia, which was an American/Japanese
The die was cast on May 24, 2025. Using trumped up charges that Mongolian troops
had violated Chinese territory, the People's Liberation Army launched an
invasion of Mongolia. Within twenty-four hours, the entire country had been
The invasion was roundly condemned in the UN. A resolution drafted by the
American, Indian, and Japanese ambassadors called for the complete withdrawl of
Chinese troops from Mongolia by June 7, 2025. Otherwise, there would be war.
American troops were quickly deployed to the new Siberian territories. US troops
were also deployed to Korea, and Taiwan. The Japanese Defence Forces were
China ignored the UN resolution, and began moving troops into the UOS, occupying
the city of Chita by June 6. Dogfights between Allied and Chinese planes had
The Barakan Parliament passed a resolution declaring a state of war between the
FDN and PRC on June 8, even as American, Korean, and Chinese troops began
clashing along the Yalu and Ussuri Rivers.
Taiwan took the opportunity to delcare full independence from the PRC. Chinese
missles promtly began bombarding Taipei, destroying Taipei 101 and killing
thousands. American and Chinese naval vessels began dueling in between the
Mainland and Taiwan, which resulted largely in the destruction of the People's
In Siberia and Korea, the Americans and Japanese were overwhelmed by sheer
numbers. However, Allied control of the air ensured that the Chinese attempts to
drive on Vladivostok and Magadan would be ground to a bloody halt.
The Grand Army found itself deployed to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mossad agents
began gunrunning operations to prospective rebel groups in both Tibet and
Xinjiang. The new jet fighters from West Africa, Israel, and South Africa began
their baptism of fire against the People's Liberation Air Foce.
It was largely one-sided. The pilots of the FDN had reputations as being among
the best in the world.
The European Union also declared war on China. Russian troops began moving into
the UOS, destroying the remaining warlords and reclaiming most of their long
divided country. Eurofigher IIIs (modeled after the Israeli Eleazars), were soon
engaging the PLAF over Chita.
In July, 2025, a joint FDN/EU task force launched a ground invasion of China
from Khazakstan. The Ughirs eagerly greeted them as liberators, while the
Chinese residents were far more subdued.
India was dragged into the war when PLAF fighter-bombers violated Indian
airspace. In conjunction with the Allied operations to the north, Indian forces
began attacks into Tibet.
By July, the Allies had managed to drive the Chinese out of Siberia. Manchuria
was soon under a continuous Allied bombardment.
Seeking to bring an end to the war, the Mossad began a mass hacking attack
against the Chinese government's Internet censors. Images of the horrific
fighting in Manchuria, Xinjiang, and Tibet was soon being filtered into millions
of Chinese PCs.
This led to mass student protests against the government of the PRC. The
students were outraged by the extent of the carnage that had engulfed their
country. Clashes between the police and students were common in the big cities,
with the largest being in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing itself.
Meanwhile, the Maccabees and Commandos began a campaign against China's nuclear
arsenal. Unfortunately, at one base in Inner Mongolia, the PLA commander, in
panic, launched seven missles from the base.
Four were shot down by the Allies. Unfortunately, three managed to find their
targets-the Japanese Kamchatkan city of New Kyoto, the Korean city of Inchon,
and the other, with its guided systems shot, ended up landing among Allied troop
formations outside of Urumqi.
Over three million people died in from the missle strikes, including over 70,000
Israeli and South African troops.
August 4, the day of the nuclear strikes, would become a day of mourning across
The Allied responce was swift and deadly. Harbin was destroyed by the Americans.
The remaining Chinese missle bases were destroyed by South African and Israeli
The nuclear devastation sent an electric current through the student protesters.
Fearing their demise at the hands of Allied bombs and missles, the protests grew
far more violent. Beijing decended into chaos. Mossad agents took the
opportunity to disable the entire city's power grid.
With Beijing cut off from the rest of the country, things rapidly began to fall
apart for the Chinese. The Uighirs declared independence. Indian forces, having
secured Lhasa, declared an independent Tibet. Another FDN/EU army entered
In Beijing, the students were slowly gaining the upper hand over the police and
PLA units. Mossad agents, masquerading government pronouncements, caused great
confusion among government forces. Finally, the students managed to overpower
the last police units, and stormed the Politburo, which remained holled up with
the loss of the power. Finally, one reform member of the Politburo, Zhang Enlai,
declared himself premier. When this happened, the Mossad restored enough
electricity for Enlai to get a message out to the Allied High Command, asking to
discuss an end to hostillities.
The short Chinese War had claimed over twelve million lives, mostly civilians.
Now, however, peace would be at hand.
The Barakan Accords, signed in late August of 2025, forced the new Chinese
government to recognize the independence of Tibet and Xinjiang. The Communist
Party was to be dismantled, and China would pay reparations to the nations of
Mongolia, Japan, and Korea. China's nuclear arsenal would be permanently
dismantled. Free elections were schedualed for 2027.
The issue of Taiwan remained controversial. In the end, Taiwan's representative
agreed that a referendum on the future relationship between the two Chinas would
be held in 2035. Until then, the Republic of China (ROC), would be recognized by
the government in Beijing in Taipei.
The Republic of Russia restablished jurisdiction over the former Union of
Siberia. In a seperate treaty, signed in Vladivostok, the Russians agreed to
recognize American jurisdiction over the two territories.
FDN teams arrived in devastated China with their irradiators for assesments. It
became clear that it would take at least two years to fully purify the
Tibet signed a treaty of alliance with New Dehli. The Dalai Lama would return to
Lhasa in 2028, as Buddhist monestaries were reopened.
As the world began to recover from the Chinese War, a second disaster struck.
In July 2027, the Cascadia faultline erupted in the Pacific Northwest, causing a
massive tsunami similar to the one which had devasted the Indian Ocean in 2004
(which had killed hundreds of Israelis). Although the big cities were protected
from the wave, Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver were still heavily damaged.
Around 2,568 people were killed in 8.2 quake.
The FDN pledged over $40 billion in aid to the beleagured citizens of the
Pacific Northwest. With the generous FDN aid, the people of the Northwest were
soon able to rebuild properly. One of the new buildings reconstructed in Seattle
was named "Federation Tower" in honor of the generocity of the FDN.
Port Shalom, which had been hard hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, became
Seattle's newest Sister City.
As a result of Cascadia, the most vulnerable cities to earthquakes across the
globe began refitting themselves for the next big one. San Francisco and Los
Angeles in particular put heavy emphasis on earthquake protection messures,
which, as it turned out, would be life-savers later on.
2027 also saw decades of tyranny end in China as the new National Assembly met
To ease relations, the Japanese government set up the Truth and Reconciliation
Commitee in 2028 to bring the full details of Japan's brutal war in China to
light. The Chinese, in turn, sent reparations to the Japanese to assist in the
rebuilding of New Kyoto. Zhang Enlai began calling for a new Asian-Pacific
organization to facilitate the spread of human rights and democracy.....as well
as to compete with Europe, the FDN, and the Americas.
Due to the twin economic shocks of the Chinese War and Cascadia Earthquake, the
international mission to Mars was postponed until 2035. Construction on the
Bering Strait Bridge was also delayed for the time being. Plans, however, were
drafted to extend the IRL through Siberia to Vladivostok, and eventually over
the Bering Strait Bridge to the Americas. Another line would extend through
China, India, and South East Asia.
The 2020s had been a true "time of troubles." The 2030s would be a
time for healing.
"Is it possible that we could see and end to armed conflicts by 2050? I
certainly think so."
-UN Secretary General Constantine Van Fontenburg of South Africa, in remarks
made to the Associated Press, September 4, 2038.
The 2030s would later be viewed as time period of healing and consolidation. In
the Aftermath of the Chinese War, the dream of beating swords into plowshares
became more and more pronounced.
From 2030 to 2035, the IRL was extended from New Dehli to Beijing, and from
Beijing to Pyongyang and Soeul. From Beijing through to Shanghai, Hong Kong,
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpor, and Singapore.
By 2031, the world economy began to recover from the twin shocks of the Chinese
War and the Cascadia Earthquake.
In 2031, the Federation of Democratic Nations went through its last major round
of expansion. Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgestan, the Maldives, and the new
Republic of Xinjiang became members of the FDN.
As the K-1 Formula was applied to the deserts of the FDN, the waves of
immigration from India and southeast Asia continued unabated. As a result, South
Africa and Israel's already substantial Indian, Malay, and Indonesian minorities
became more and more pronounced. However, it was nothing that the "African
melting pots" couldn't handle.
In Asia, Zhang Enlai's dream of new Pan-Asian/Pacific Union began to get off the
ground with the signing of a massive free trade agreement between India, China,
Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, and Japan. In 2033, the Hong Kong Accords established
a timetable for establishment of the APTO (Asian-Pacific Treaty Organization).
The new APTO was headquartered in Singapore, solidifying that nation's status as
an International Hub. Malaysia, Bangladesh, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand,
and East Timor would join soon afterwards. APTO was the new 800-lb gorilla in
the room, as it's prospective unified economy had the possibility to bury every
other power bloc in the world, even the NAFTA and FDN zones.
The new Federal Republic of China began to confront decades of Communist
neglect. Rural poverty and extreme industrial pollution remained the biggest
The Barakan Parliament voted in 2034 to accept over 500,000 Chinese refugees.
Many of the refugees were settled in the vast agricultural colonies in Baraka,
the Union of Arabia, and Iran, joining the decendents of the waves of southeast
Asian and Indian immigrants, who had formed many new cities and towns in thier
own right; the biggest being New Hyderbad, Arabia, Port Ghandi, Oman, and New
2035 was dominated by the the International Mission to Mars. Astronauts from
Europe, America, Brazil, the FDN, Australia, Japan, India, and China planted the
flag of the UN on the surface of the Red Planet. "Yet another stop on
humanity's march to the stars," said Israeli astronaut Joseph MacGregor
bin-Hayem. More remembered is the sardonic reply from West Africa's Orin
Sebastian Moreye: "Joe, stop copying my speeches."
July 2035 saw the completion of US-Japanese Bering Strait Bridge. The
International Railroad Line soon dusted off the plans to extend the IRL across
the bridge to Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City,
Bogota, Santiago, and looping all the way back through Brasillia and Reclife
through Caracas all the way to the US East Coast to Quebec City, Toronto, and
then back to the Bering Streight Bridge. It was estimated that it would take
another seven or so years to complete the newest addition to the line.
On November 5, 2035, the citizens of Taiwan narrowly voted in favor of
reunifying with the Mainland. With the end of Communism, there was little hurdle
to left to reintegrating. The prospect of wealthy (though war-devastated) Taiwan
reuinting with the Mainland did much to boost investment in China by itself.
In 2037, the United States formally set the border with the State of Japan at
the Kamchatka Peninsula. The territories of Beringia and Yakutia soon entered
the Union as the 52nd and 53rd states, respectivally.
That same year saw yet another major disaster strike the United States. The
great Los Angeles quake, an 8.0 monstrocity, killed over 1,000 people and
devastated whole portions of the metropolis. However, the extensive
quake-proofing measures installed in the 2020s after the Cascadia Earthquake
saved many lives and prevented even worse devastation. Once again, donations
from the FDN allowed for the a quick reconstruction.
A UN survey conducted in 2039 found a total population of some 71 million Jews,
85% of which lived in the State of Israel. The remainder were scattered in South
Africa, the United States, West Africa (where the Tasiru Sect had cought on
strong), and Australia. However, many Orthodox Jews publically disputed those
figures, claiming that the Tasiru Sect wasn't even part of the Jewish religion
(if taken away by itself, the Tasiru Sect numbered some 14 million, mostly
centered in Israel, the Congo, South Africa, and West Africa).
By the time of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War II and the
beginnings of Hitler's Halocaust, it seemed that the world would finally put its
differences behind it for a new tommorow.
"Ahh, the Americans. They always have so much fun at their NAFTA
meetings......because they don't go anywhere afterwards...."
-From the diary of South African MP Edward van Schreckenling, 2/16/2049
The first half of the 2040s saw the International Railroad Line complete
construction of its new route through the Western Hemisphere; with the
completion of the Toronto-Anchorage line in 2044, it was now possible to take
the train from Glasgow to Buenos Aires if your heart so desired. Some dared to
speak that a new "World Government" was forming out of the free trade
agreements and the construction of the IRL.
In 2045, the United States, after decades of delay, joined the International
Criminal Court, which was based in Lagos, West Africa.
The first half of the 2040s also saw multiple observances of the 100th
anniversaries of the great battles and campaigns of World War II. Chancellor
Eisenbach of Germany paid the traditional trip of sorrow to the infamous death
camps of Eastern Europe, where so many Slavs and other dissidents had met their
deaths at the hands of Hitler's henchmen. Among those who attended the 100th
anniversary of the liberation of Auchwitz-Burkinau by the Soviets was the FDN's
Prime Minister, Israel's Niklaus Eindoski, a decendent of one of the 100,000
Polish DPs that the Israelis had accepted after the war. His remarks at the
former death camp said it all: "If our new global community can accomplish
anything, it can make sure that events such as these never occur among the human
race again." Of course, his usage of the words "global community"
was seized upon by the hyper-nationalists across the world (and the remaining
Nativists in the United States) as "proof" that a tyrannical one-world
government was forming before their eyes.
In the United States and Western Europe, the Tasiru Sect began to attract its
first great wave of converts. In the USA in particular, this proved to be
popular among the African-American community. The Orthodox continued to stew
over this newest development, but that was all they could really do.
The Nativists in the United States began to take out their angst over
"foreign subversion" on the growing numbers of converts to Judaism's
Tasiru Sect. A series of firebombings of Tasiru Synagogues in late 2045 in
Atlanta, New York, Jackson, Miami, and Los Angeles brought a harsh diplomatic
condemnation from the Israelis, until the FBI rolled up the militias which had
carried out the attacks.
2045 also saw the NAFTA zone began negotiations on a possible constitution and
governing body, mirroring the assemblies that the FDN, EU, SAC, and APTO had
long possesed. Unfortunately, this led to a backlash in the 2046 midterm
elections. President Rodriguez suffered a defeat in the elections of 2048 from a
"Live American," candidate, Senator Paul Trambach of Michigan. This
immediently halted the proposed 2050 Constitutional Convention in Kansas City on
a governing body for the NAFTA zone. The other leaders from the NAFTA nations
tried to trend a fine line, in the hopes that President-elect Trambach wouldn't
undo all of the progress that had been made in the last sixty years. One of
Trambach's first acts would be to withdraw the USA from the International
Criminal Court, oblivious to international condemnation.
The FDN remained sedate as usual. The unoficial motto of the organization was
the "union of subdued excitement." Other than the completing of
reconstruction of Xiajiang, there wasn't much left do. Most of the immigrants
flowing into Israel and South Africa were now from China, twenty years after the
end of the Chinese War. The Federal Republic of China had an unoficial policy of
eroding the high levels of urban and rural poverty by "encouraging"
immigration. The FDN was more than happy to take them. The towns of New Beijing,
Arabia, Zhang-He, Yeman, New Guangzhou, Israel [OTL's Karin, Somalia], and New
Shanghai, Madagascar were the largest concentration of these new Chinese
immigrants, who would do much to encourage the continual technological
development of the FDN.
The 2040s saw the continued development of space travel. The South African-made
Kadu-class spaceplane and the Israeli-made Kanye-class probe became the newest
tools in humanity's scientific arsenals. The first permanent settlement on Mars,
Port Democracy, was established in 2049. The Israelis launched the first
interstellar probe to the Alpha Centauri system that same year. The UN
ambassadors of both Israel and South Africa continued to push for the foundation
of an International Space Agency (ISA), which would consolidate the efforts of
the various blocs into one agency. This met with considerable resistance from
the USA's new nativist-oriented government in the latter part of the decade, to
The 2050s, it seemed, would see only continuous progress......despite, as it
turned out, the efforts of certain individuals and even Mother Nature to slow
So long and thanks for all the fish.
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September 10th, 2006, 10:26 PM
David bar Elias
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"It'll be pleasant to return to normality."
Moshe Tasiru ben-Talal, Israel's ambassador to the USA, after the electoral
defeat of President Trambach, 2052, in his diary.
President Trambach remained somewhat popular with the American electorate,
although the Republicans lost seats in Congress during the midterms.
That same year, the leaders of the USA, South Africa, Israel, China, and Korea
gathered in Soeul to mark the 100th anniversary of the Korean War. It was at
this gathering that Paul Trambach displayed his lack of empathy and diplomatic
fortitude. As Israeli Prime Minister Golda Tasiru Ring remarked to an aid:
"This is what 'Living America' means?" Trambach, in his hasty remarks,
misplaced the names of several key battles, and smugly claimed that General
MacArthur alone was responsible for the eventual victory (he refused to
acknowledge the UN). This caused an ugly diplomatic incident. In the USA itself,
the backlash from the previous administration's policies began to wear off, as
many questioned Trambach's ability to govern.
Tactless, President Trambach, in a desperate bid to fully secure his base,
withdrew from several popular international accords, including the 2003 Accord
with banned land mines, and the Rio Accords of 1997, which had ensured that the
industrialized nations would reduce carbon emissions.
Instead, this caused the pendulum to swing the other way. President Trambach, in
yet another desperate bid to secure reelection through his nativist base,
expressed his full support for an amendment that would have made English the
official language of the USA. The effects were ugly. The Latin American members
of NAFTA threatened to withdraw, and the Hispanic base in the USA itself swung
sharply to the Democrats.
In the end, President Trambach not only lost to 2052 elections (to New Mexico's
Governor Samuel Martinez), but the Democrats managed to retake Congress.
President-elect Martinez promised to reauthorize the International Accords that
Trambach had withdrawn from. The world breathed a sigh of relief.
In the USA, this pounded the last nail into the coffin of America's Nativist
Wing. As Barakan Prime Minister Ishmael Mahmoud Tafa remarked in his diary in
2052: "God bless the Americans. In the end, they always do what's
In 2054, representatives from NAFTA, SAC, APTO, EU and the FDN met in Baraka to
hammer out the International Space Accord. The new document called for the
formation of the Earth Space Agency, which would pool the planet's resources
into scientific development and space exploration. The key points of the accord
occured as followed:
The Central Command of the ESA shall be in New York City, under the control of a
Space Habitation Council, to be governed under the guidence of rotating (every
two years) representatives from the different trade zones and power blocs. A
President shall command the ESA for a single six year term.
Rocketry development shall take place in Woomera, Australia, Karoo, South
Africa, and Huntsville, USA.
Launch sites of the ESA shall be based in the Soloman Islands, Khazakstan,
Xinjiang, Israel, Baraka, Florida, and French Guinea. Tracking centers shall be
established in Houston, Reclife, Honolulu, Baikonur, Port Shalom, and Singapore.
Research into robotics shall be based in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Mumbai, Hong Kong,
Terrestrial vehicle testing shall take place in Arabia, Australia, Brazil, and
This marked a totally new begining for mankind as a whole. For the first time
united in a common goal, the sky itself would cease to be a limit.
The second decade of the twenty-first century saw technology continue its march
forwards. Seperate research teams in the United States, West Africa, Korea, and
Japan began working on increasing artificial intelligence.
Israel and the Congo, by contrast, remained centers of biological research. 2055
would finally see a cure for the dreaded Akko and Ebola White Nile diseases come
from the premier universities of those two African nations.
Immigration from China continued, although at a slightly smaller pace than in
the previous decades. The Chinese population of West Africa, Baraka, Libya,
South Africa, and Israel increased immensley.
By 2055, the Brooking Institution's Freedom Index showed that, for the first
time in the history of civilization, human rights and democracy was enjoyed
across the world stage.
In the USA, President Martinez, fresh from reelection in 2056, would call forr a
Constitutional Convention for the NAFTA zone in St. Louis in 2059. That same
year, the Japanese began construction on the world's first mile-high building in
Tokyo. The mammouth project would become the newest symbol of Japanese pride,
over 110 years after their loss in World War II.
In 2057, engineers from all over the world met in Gibralter, in the shaddow of
the Gibralter Suspension Bridge, to begin discussions on how to build a floating
tunnel from New York to London, thereby increasing the IRL's so-called
"Link of Civilization."
In the end, delegates from the APTO called for the design to be tested by
builing such a project from Darwin to Papua New Guinea, and from Papua New
Guinea to the various Indonesian islands until the mainland was reached, thereby
linking Australia with the main IRL line.
However, even as the world was finally settling down to savor this new calm in
geopolitics, yet another major disaster struck.
The last time the New Madrid faultline had ruptured, it had been when the 19th
century was young. On July 2, 2058, New Madrid ruptured with an 8.3 quake, which
killed over 60,000 Americans making it the deadliest earthquake in American
history. The fact that this quake erupted as the 4th of July weekend was
approaching only made things worse. Whole sections of Kansas City, St. Louis,
Memphis, and Des Moines were reduced to rubble.
This newest disaster sapped the now highly integrated world economy, causing a
two year recession (and the delay of the implementation of the Australasian
Bridge Project). Foreign aid from the Federation of Democratic Nations and the
other members of the NAFTA zone was heavy, once again smoothing reconstruction,
although it would be almost five years before the affected regions was restored.
As a long term result, the world began examining other possible zones where such
disasters could strike. The 2060s would see these projects come into full
effect, among other things. In addition to that, humanity would begin to take
its biggest steps to date into the Solar System.
"We've truely reached the end of history."
University of Salisbury Professor Michael Tasiru Stanwood in a guest lecture to
students at the University of Tel Aviv, June 2069.
The first half of the 2060s involved the reconstrion and earthquake proofing of
the American midwest. Heavy aid from around the globe, but especially from the
FDN allowed for the reconstruction to move very smoothly.
The massive waves of immigration from China finally began to drop as China
itself rebuilt itself into one of the central states of the APTO. Plans were
unveiled in Beijing for a floating tunnel system which would link Korea with
Honshu. Similar designs to connect India and Sri Lanka, Singapore and Indonesia,
and mainland China with Taiwan were also unvelied. Thus, the plans for the
Trans-Atlantic Tunnel were postponed until the world economy could be more
focused. Free trade agreements between the major power blocs became a major
focus of international diplomacy in the 2060s, with free trade accords between
the FDN and APTO, APTO and the EU, APTO and the FTAA zone, and the FTAA zone and
the FDN, creating a world economy that lacked any real trade barriers.
South African scientists managed to come out with the first practical
hovercraft, which would make transportation across the length and breadth of the
planet's megalopoli and verdant countrysides much more cost efficient, to say
he blueprints for the Einstein class space shuttle, which represented a
major upgrade in the development of pulse-driven rockets, was unveiled in both
Karoo and Huntsville. Plans for several new major bases on Mars were unveiled in
New York for Space Habitation Council. Expeditions into the Asteroid Belt and to
the Jovian Moons were also planned for the 2070s.
One scientist, Brazil's Armando de Malvo, proposed a massive Space Elevator.
Construction on that mega-project has yet to get off the ground, unfortunately.
By 2064, construction finally got underway on the Australasian Bridge Project.
The experimental design will take over eight years to implement between Darwin
and Port Moresby.
2067 saw the NAFTA zone's oft-delayed Constitutional Convention get underway in
Chicago. Based on the freedoms presented in the US Constitution (and borrowed
slightly from the old African Federation Constitution), the Convention was a
success. The nations of the NAFTA zone agreed to create the North American
Senate, which would be based in Denver, where matters considering the internal
economy and foreign policy of North America would be debated and discusssed.
In 2068, the expedition of the ESS Unity, the first of the South African-U.S.-designed
pulse-driven ships made headlines around the world, as it traversed the moons of
Jupiter, and surveyed the wealthy mineral deposits in the Asteroid Belt. As of
this writing, the Unity is on its way back to the new International Space
Station (colliquially known today as the "Mk. 2").
2069 saw the first synagogue dedicated on the Moon by Rabbi Baruch Eshkol
Rubenstein. This Reform temple, Beth-Shalom, changed its first prayer service to
begin with the prayer for peace; however, the history behind that first prayer
service on another body in space recognizes the fact that we in Israel will
always be the first ones to fight for the rights of others to live in harmony
and justice among our human civilzation. I would like to think that we've done a
pretty good job of accomplishing that goal so far in the long journey of our
Professor Yakov Liebowitz
University of New Jerusalem
December 31, 2069.