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"I can't believe they almost blew up the planet because of a f**cking sky rock!!"
- Anonymous Internet Commentator, 2014

THE IRON CURTAIN METEOR
AND THE SIX-DAY WAR

BACKGROUND
Despite the collapse of the National Socialist Regime and the 'democratic turn' after 1990, Germany has retained over the past 30 years an ambivalent relationship towards the concepts of truth and peaceful diplomacy. Belligerently holding onto its violent heritage and state ideology of 'racial warfare' to the very end of the Cold War (1945 - 1990), the shift in Germania's foreign policy to dialogue and compromise (especially after the Leuchtturm Jahre of the early-2000s) reflected the schizophrenic approach this premier European state had toward itself and the outside world after the 1980s. Turning away from its racial isolationism, Germany's two primary exports (its private industries and its massive youth population) led the charge in reaching out to the 'non-Aryan world' and established significant ties which have remained in place to this day. From the Americas to Asia to Africa, the German people and its businesses, unfettered from the chains of fascism, have become enamoured with equal exchanges of culture and trade. However, despite this national opening, the foreign policy of the modern Reich still stands in direct opposition to the existence of one particular state and its peoples; the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics.

Notwithstanding the brief interregnums of 1939-41 and 2000-04, the relationship between the Soviet Union and Germany (during and after its fascist era) has been the most hostile and destructive of the modern world. In spite of Germania's noncommittal recognition of the Soyuzgrad Supreme Soviet in 1990, and the occasionally-sincere attempts to repair relations since then, the events of the 20th century still cast a dark shadow over both nations. Throughout Germany, many still have negative thoughts regarding their easterly neighbour (mostly as holdover propaganda from the Cold War), whilst the Soviet Union and its citizens more often-than-not refuse to maintain relations due to the Soviet Genocide (which is denied by Germany), the 'Aryanisation process' which has seen millions of Slavs forcibly integrated into German society (from 1960 to the present), and the several direct conflicts fought since 1943 (especially the wars of 1948, 1959, and 1971). In addition, the Soviet Union is the one remaining state in the world that the Reich refuses to establish economic ties to on the basis of its status as the last Judenherrschaft - a Cold War Era designation for countries which are claimed by Germania to be 'dominated by Jews'. As a result of this 'hate diplomacy' (which is engaged far more rigorously in Germania than in Soyuzgrad), the refusal of one party to believe in the peaceful action of the other has come as a natural outcropping of these glacial relations.

And it was amidst the deterioration of these already-malignant conditions that the world has come the closest to nuclear apocalypse since end of the Cold War.

THE METEOR
On 15th February 2013, a meteor estimated to be 20m in diameter which was travelling in a westerly direction entered into the Earth's atmosphere over Eurasia. Having been undetected by astronomers prior to its immediate appearance, it came as a shock to soldiers garrisoned along the 'Ural Anti-Bolshevik Defensive Wall' (as Germany's military frontier is officially named) to see the sky brighten significantly before the missile-like object flying overhead 'detonate' with significant force. Due to the location over which the meteor broke apart (it being one of the most densely-staffed bases of the Soviet-German 'Iron Curtain' border), the resulting shock wave caused significant damage to the German facilities, which led to thousands of injuries (and millions of Marks worth of damage), and in one case led to the first mass-death impact event when a building (housing six soldiers) exploded after a piece of debris struck its gas-heating system. Due to its size and its luminescence, thousands soldiers on both sides of the Iron Curtain were witness to the brilliant astronomic event, with citizens as far away as the Kazakh SSR and Wolgaland managing to hear the air burst. In the case of the older citizens who could remember the Cold War years, the sound of the explosion was reminiscent of missiles dropped over the region; a memory that would prove highly prescient.

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With news being sent by military authorities at the Ural Wall to the High Command in Germania, the largest nation in Europe entered a state of 'highest alert' in the minutes after the perceived Soviet attack. Despite concerns raised over the nature of the morning's events (mostly by ground-level troops who felt the singular air burst was unlike any theorised Soviet attack), the backdrop of an explosion, emanating from the east, over one of the largest bases of the most militarised borders on Earth led to a violent confrontation. Germany had already kept its armed forces in a state of readiness after the recent 2012 skirmishes (which followed the shooting of sixteen Soviet youths who had entered into the Iron Curtain's 'kill zone'), with President Adolf Brunner issuing a call-to-arms against 'Soviet aggression'. The outgoing head-of-state - who was judged as an aspiring dictator since coming to office in 2004 - had recently lost the February 12th presidential election, and many who doubted the government line on the 'missile attack' believed that Brunner's rush to war was fuelled by his desire to remain in office. Their calls for peace fell on deaf ears however, as firefights along the Iron Curtain broke out less than an hour after the meteor impacted.

Over the next six days, German forces led a strategic offensive over the demilitarised zone of the border, with Soviet (and Mongolian) border garrisons exchanging military barrages, air strikes, and territorial occupation. In Soyuzgrad, the recently-inaugurated President Mahomedev Omarov (who initially sought détente with his country's western neighbour) was forced into a conflict which he and his government found both sudden and confusing; the Supreme Soviet maintaining that it was a meteor air burst which caused the damage to German installations. Despite the truth of the matter, President Brunner seemed insistent on escalating the conflict further with strategic airstrikes carried out following a day of skirmishes; the minor border incursions which had been military policy since the 1960s being exchanged for the violent occupation of the Soviet lands of the DMZ. The United Nations (an organisation opposed rigidly by the Reich) and the United States (a stalwart Soviet ally) called for an immediate end to the growing violence along the Ural Wall; the German leader claiming that 'punitive measures' must be undertaken before any just peace could be declared. On February 18th, Brunner called for the Reichstag and Reichsrat to grant him extraordinary powers to deal with the ostensible 'Jewish-Soviet menace'; however, the German legislature demurred due to the Supreme Soviet's call for peace (and its insistence that the initial strike was indeed a meteor). Over February 18th to 19th, the German offensive grew in ferocity as Soviet counter-incursions in the north of Iron Curtain saw the first massive territorial gains by either side since the Ural War over 50 years prior.

Amidst the chaos at the front, mobilisation of Soviet and German nuclear forces were placed on 'first-strike alert' for the first time since the Cold War. Following this revelation and the growing knowledge that the 'Soviet strike' was anything but, German citizens streamed-out onto the streets to join protesters worldwide in opposing the mounting violence, as well as calling for the immediate resignation of President Brunner. These marchers were joined on February 18th by the Weraab (the Reich civilian space agency) and the German Astronomical Union, both of which issued emergency reports which verified the international declarations that a meteor caused the explosions on February 15th; the growing distrust the German legislature (and Länder governments) had toward their head-of-state culminating in February 19th joint-declaration which claimed the executive power to remove Brunner from office. That same day, the US Congress and President Jim Bryant indicated that unless a ceasefire was declared as soon as possible, all German assets held by UN member states would be frozen and Europe's largest economy was be economically strangled by unified sanctions. Whilst the Reich President was dismissive of the mounting (and massive) protests against him and his 'false war', the threat of economic boycott and the moral bankruptcy of the government's casus belli led to both German legislature's voting unanimously to remove the president and end the violence.

With his position unsustainable (his constitutional term ending on February 25th) and the Supreme Soviet indicating that it would be issuing an 'armed ceasefire', Adolf Brunner resigned the presidency early in the morning of February 20th. Only hours thereafter, as violence died across the Iron Curtain, an armistice brokered by neutral Turkey was signed by representatives of the German and Soviet Armed Forces in Ankara, thus ending one of the most inexplicable wars in modern history.

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It wasn't until the end of hostilities that the true extent of the war was felt; the nature of violence along the Iron Curtain obfuscating the full picture due to journalistic restrictions placed on the region. The military frontier was partially ruined; the full-scale fighting had wrecked many facilities, bunkers, and installations found both inside and outside the DMZ. In accordance with the Armistice of Ankara, the Soviet and German armies were given only a few months to collect their dead, discover their missing, and restore any equipment before they were to return to either side of their border. Nuclear forces would additionally be demobilised, and interstate communication between Germania and Soyuzgrad would be increased to eliminate the possibility of atomic warfare. The International Astronomical Council has since the conflict increased the parameters of its near-Earth object search to include objects smaller than 50m in diameter, all to eliminate the possibility to any further 'meteor-induced destruction' (as astronomically low as those chances may still be).

Despite maintaining the truth that a meteor caused an outbreak of violence, the incoming Reich President Martin Heisig would later support the construction of a myth which claimed the USSR was planning to attack Germany before the impact catalysed the conflict. The conclusion of much of the world (the US, UN, and USSR included) however is that the Reich's attack on the Soviet state was malicious, destructive, and unprovoked; President Omarov stating after the conflict that it is Germany's "grotesque national chauvinism and the innate viciousness of its people" which led it to conflict once again, "like a fly to rotting food".

As of 2020, relations between Germany and the Soviet Union remain glacial, and the distrust has only grown since the events of the Six-Day War. In both countries, and across the world, the end of the Cold War has not brought about the end to mass interstate violence as once hoped; the German 'blood spirit' (Blutgeist) once against arising to reap a familiar bounty. All potential catastrophes of global significance remain a worldwide fear, and to this day billions remain waiting for when the next bout of violence brings about a final cataclysm.
 

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Gone Fishin'
"I can't believe they almost blew up the planet because of a f**cking sky rock!!"
- Anonymous Internet Commentator, 2014

THE IRON CURTAIN METEOR
AND THE SIX-DAY WAR

BACKGROUND
Despite the collapse of the National Socialist Regime and the 'democratic turn' after 1990, Germany has retained over the past 30 years an ambivalent relationship towards the concepts of truth and peaceful diplomacy. Belligerently holding onto its violent heritage and state ideology of 'racial warfare' to the very end of the Cold War (1945 - 1990), the shift in Germania's foreign policy to dialogue and compromise (especially after the Leuchtturm Jahre of the early-2000s) reflected the schizophrenic approach this premier European state had toward itself and the outside world after the 1980s. Turning away from its racial isolationism, Germany's two primary exports (its private industries and its massive youth population) led the charge in reaching out to the 'non-Aryan world' and established significant ties which have remained in place to this day. From the Americas to Asia to Africa, the German people and its businesses, unfettered from the chains of fascism, have become enamoured with equal exchanges of culture and trade. However, despite this national opening, the foreign policy of the modern Reich still stands in direct opposition to the existence of one particular state and its peoples; the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics.

Notwithstanding the brief interregnums of 1939-41 and 2000-04, the relationship between the Soviet Union and Germany (during and after its fascist era) has been the most hostile and destructive of the modern world. In spite of Germania's noncommittal recognition of the Soyuzgrad Supreme Soviet in 1990, and the occasionally-sincere attempts to repair relations since then, the events of the 20th century still cast a dark shadow over both nations. Throughout Germany, many still have negative thoughts regarding their easterly neighbour (mostly as holdover propaganda from the Cold War), whilst the Soviet Union and its citizens more often-than-not refuse to maintain relations due to the Soviet Genocide (which is denied by Germany), the 'Aryanisation process' which has seen millions of Slavs forcibly integrated into German society (from 1960 to the present), and the several direct conflicts fought since 1943 (especially the wars of 1948, 1959, and 1971). In addition, the Soviet Union is the one remaining state in the world that the Reich refuses to establish economic ties to on the basis of its status as the last Judenherrschaft - a Cold War Era designation for countries which are claimed by Germania to be 'dominated by Jews'. As a result of this 'hate diplomacy' (which is engaged far more rigorously in Germania than in Soyuzgrad), the refusal of one party to believe in the peaceful action of the other has come as a natural outcropping of these glacial relations.

And it was amidst the deterioration of these already-malignant conditions that the world has come the closest to nuclear apocalypse since end of the Cold War.

THE METEOR
On 15th February 2013, a meteor estimated to be 20m in diameter which was travelling in a westerly direction entered into the Earth's atmosphere over Eurasia. Having been undetected by astronomers prior to its immediate appearance, it came as a shock to soldiers garrisoned along the 'Ural Anti-Bolshevik Defensive Wall' (as Germany's military frontier is officially named) to see the sky brighten significantly before the missile-like object flying overhead 'detonate' with significant force. Due to the location over which the meteor broke apart (it being one of the most densely-staffed bases of the Soviet-German 'Iron Curtain' border), the resulting shock wave caused significant damage to the German facilities, which led to thousands of injuries (and millions of Marks worth of damage), and in one case led to the first mass-death impact event when a building (housing six soldiers) exploded after a piece of debris struck its gas-heating system. Due to its size and its luminescence, thousands soldiers on both sides of the Iron Curtain were witness to the brilliant astronomic event, with citizens as far away as the Kazakh SSR and Wolgaland managing to hear the air burst. In the case of the older citizens who could remember the Cold War years, the sound of the explosion was reminiscent of missiles dropped over the region; a memory that would prove highly prescient.


With news being sent by military authorities at the Ural Wall to the High Command in Germania, the largest nation in Europe entered a state of 'highest alert' in the minutes after the perceived Soviet attack. Despite concerns raised over the nature of the morning's events (mostly by ground-level troops who felt the singular air burst was unlike any theorised Soviet attack), the backdrop of an explosion, emanating from the east, over one of the largest bases of the most militarised borders on Earth led to a violent confrontation. Germany had already kept its armed forces in a state of readiness after the recent 2012 skirmishes (which followed the shooting of sixteen Soviet youths who had entered into the Iron Curtain's 'kill zone'), with President Adolf Brunner issuing a call-to-arms against 'Soviet aggression'. The outgoing head-of-state - who was judged as an aspiring dictator since coming to office in 2004 - had recently lost the February 12th presidential election, and many who doubted the government line on the 'missile attack' believed that Brunner's rush to war was fuelled by his desire to remain in office. Their calls for peace fell on deaf ears however, as firefights along the Iron Curtain broke out less than an hour after the meteor impacted.

Over the next six days, German forces led a strategic offensive over the demilitarised zone of the border, with Soviet (and Mongolian) border garrisons exchanging military barrages, air strikes, and territorial occupation. In Soyuzgrad, the recently-inaugurated President Mahomedev Omarov (who initially sought détente with his country's western neighbour) was forced into a conflict which he and his government found both sudden and confusing; the Supreme Soviet maintaining that it was a meteor air burst which caused the damage to German installations. Despite the truth of the matter, President Brunner seemed insistent on escalating the conflict further with strategic airstrikes carried out following a day of skirmishes; the minor border incursions which had been military policy since the 1960s being exchanged for the violent occupation of the Soviet lands of the DMZ. The United Nations (an organisation opposed rigidly by the Reich) and the United States (a stalwart Soviet ally) called for an immediate end to the growing violence along the Ural Wall; the German leader claiming that 'punitive measures' must be undertaken before any just peace could be declared. On February 18th, Brunner called for the Reichstag and Reichsrat to grant him extraordinary powers to deal with the ostensible 'Jewish-Soviet menace'; however, the German legislature demurred due to the Supreme Soviet's call for peace (and its insistence that the initial strike was indeed a meteor). Over February 18th to 19th, the German offensive grew in ferocity as Soviet counter-incursions in the north of Iron Curtain saw the first massive territorial gains by either side since the Ural War over 50 years prior.

Amidst the chaos at the front, mobilisation of Soviet and German nuclear forces were placed on 'first-strike alert' for the first time since the Cold War. Following this revelation and the growing knowledge that the 'Soviet strike' was anything but, German citizens streamed-out onto the streets to join protesters worldwide in opposing the mounting violence, as well as calling for the immediate resignation of President Brunner. These marchers were joined on February 18th by the Weraab (the Reich civilian space agency) and the German Astronomical Union, both of which issued emergency reports which verified the international declarations that a meteor caused the explosions on February 15th; the growing distrust the German legislature (and Länder governments) had toward their head-of-state culminating in February 19th joint-declaration which claimed the executive power to remove Brunner from office. That same day, the US Congress and President Jim Bryant indicated that unless a ceasefire was declared as soon as possible, all German assets held by UN member states would be frozen and Europe's largest economy was be economically strangled by unified sanctions. Whilst the Reich President was dismissive of the mounting (and massive) protests against him and his 'false war', the threat of economic boycott and the moral bankruptcy of the government's casus belli led to both German legislature's voting unanimously to remove the president and end the violence.

With his position unsustainable (his constitutional term ending on February 25th) and the Supreme Soviet indicating that it would be issuing an 'armed ceasefire', Adolf Brunner resigned the presidency early in the morning of February 20th. Only hours thereafter, as violence died across the Iron Curtain, an armistice brokered by neutral Turkey was signed by representatives of the German and Soviet Armed Forces in Ankara, thus ending one of the most inexplicable wars in modern history.


It wasn't until the end of hostilities that the true extent of the war was felt; the nature of violence along the Iron Curtain obfuscating the full picture due to journalistic restrictions placed on the region. The military frontier was partially ruined; the full-scale fighting had wrecked many facilities, bunkers, and installations found both inside and outside the DMZ. In accordance with the Armistice of Ankara, the Soviet and German armies were given only a few months to collect their dead, discover their missing, and restore any equipment before they were to return to either side of their border. Nuclear forces would additionally be demobilised, and interstate communication between Germania and Soyuzgrad would be increased to eliminate the possibility of atomic warfare. The International Astronomical Council has since the conflict increased the parameters of its near-Earth object search to include objects smaller than 50m in diameter, all to eliminate the possibility to any further 'meteor-induced destruction' (as astronomically low as those chances may still be).

Despite maintaining the truth that a meteor caused an outbreak of violence, the incoming Reich President Martin Heisig would later support the construction of a myth which claimed the USSR was planning to attack Germany before the impact catalysed the conflict. The conclusion of much of the world (the US, UN, and USSR included) however is that the Reich's attack on the Soviet state was malicious, destructive, and unprovoked; President Omarov stating after the conflict that it is Germany's "grotesque national chauvinism and the innate viciousness of its people" which led it to conflict once again, "like a fly to rotting food".

As of 2020, relations between Germany and the Soviet Union remain glacial, and the distrust has only grown since the events of the Six-Day War. In both countries, and across the world, the end of the Cold War has not brought about the end to mass interstate violence as once hoped; the German 'blood spirit' (Blutgeist) once against arising to reap a familiar bounty. All potential catastrophes of global significance remain a worldwide fear, and to this day billions remain waiting for when the next bout of violence brings about a final cataclysm.
Do I want to know the backstory? There's gotta be a lot of atrocities.
 
The 1940 German general election occurred over a period of four months from September of December. It was the second election to take place during a weltkrieg, as the previous 1916 election was held under such circumstances. The dominant Imperial Assistance Union, in power since the formation of the German Empire, was expected to come out of the election with a traditionally shrunken mandate, given the twenty four year span between elections. Chancellor Fredrick Wilhelm, formerly Kaiser Wilhelm II from 1888 to 1916 upon his election, had taken a staunchly conservative path forwards. He appeased the ruling Junkers nobility in the Semi-Free Confederation of Prussia with tax incentives throughout his large control.

However, by 1940, there had been grumblings on those on the far right. These would be fueled by the Imperial Crusaders Party under weltkrieg hero August von Mackensen, who came under the influence of occultist and volkish philosophies. While condemned by the mainstream members in power, the movement slowly began to snowball leading up to the 1940s election. Those on the "slightly-not so far right but since we killed all the communists we'll have to say we're diet left" Kaiserliche Marine were held up by the elderly Admiral Tirpitz, who had refused to step down and enjoyed support from older generations of military veterans. The Imperial High Seas Fleet was a notable voting bloc, with many of their seats being housed on vessels of the fleet themselves rather than land based candidacies. Tirpitz himself would have been posted on the SMS Von der Tann, but had been forbidden as the leader of the faction, resorting instead to representing a formerly defunct holding of the former Holy Roman Empire.

Fredrick Wilhelm, however, continued to enjoy soaring popularity with the common people, or at least their pocketbooks. The numerous tax reforms pushed past the bare bones opposition in the Imperial Diet proved to be not enough for losses come the long stretch of voting. The Initial thinking was to have enough time to vote and celebrate Christmas, so why not have the election go from harvesting time up to when Santa Klaus does a home invasion? This turned into a non-stop campaign season, with the final results only formally being announced the day after Christmas, while everyone already knew the winner within the first few weeks of August, barring any shocks and startles in November or October. The results for the 1940 election pointed to concerns over Wilhelm's age, with vows to elect younger members to the Imperial Diet. It was also the first election in which women could vote, with the late suffrage of 1914 coming into effect just four years after it had been passed by the Imperial Diet and two years too late for women to do anything, but it was progress nonetheless. (It was the first country in Europe to adopt such a radical proposal, shortly followed by Austria-Hungary in 1920.)
 
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The One Punch Man is a comedy written by William Shakespeare. Set in medieval England, the play follows the knight Saitama, who can win any battle in just one punch. Accompanied by his squire Genos, Saitama tries to find a worthy foe who can truly challenge his godlike powers.

The play has gained a following in recent years after a Japanese webcomic that reimagines Saitama as a modern-day superhero inexplicably became very popular...
 
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The Soviets had assembled the largest maritime invasion force in history. Over 240,000 Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops were carried across the Atlantic Ocean, an extraordinary procession of naval strength and might, headed with relentless power towards the very lifeline that kept the United Commonwealth alive. The port of Halifax, in Nova Scotia, was the most important gateway into eastern Canada, and the country's most vital sea connection to the world's transport and trade routes. The strategic value of Halifax could not be overstated: first, without it, the Royal Navy would be detached from the rest of Canada, isolating it from the country's internal waterways and infrastructure. Second, it would deprive the Royal Front of Canada and the other imperialist militias from critical supplies required to conduct their activities. And third, perhaps more significantly, it would act as a launch-pad for an assault into the very backbone of Canada: the essential St. Lawrence River, and its uninterrupted access into the population and economic core of the nation.

Neither side was unaware of the vital importance of Halifax. It is little surprise, then, that the imperialists and their cronies worked tirelessly to deter any aggressions. One must understand that by the autumn of 1969, the Canadian Civil War had radically transformed in scope and vastness. The imperialists were, of course, not ignorant to the fact that the Soviet Union had been the primary actor behind the July Coup; however, at least on the ground, action had been reserved to internal actors native to Canada. Outside of financial and logistical support, the USSR was all-throughout a third-party spectator, a witness rather than a participant.

This strategic reality changed very quickly, particularly after the formation of RFC and its quick consolidation across the monarchist regions of Canada's Atlantic coast. The "Maritimes" were a hotbed for counter-Marxist, anti-proletariat activity, and so it was natural that the agents of capital, backed by bourgeois financing, were quick to establish tactical dominance over the entire region. Add to it the RFC's solid bond with the great enemy of socialism, Louis Mountbatten and his Royal Navy, and the atrocious state of the People's Republic of Canada's armed services at the time, and one can truly comprehend how the imperialists had an early lead during the conflict.

Witnessing the prospective failure of Canada's communist revolution, the USSR mobilized its military assets and enacted the much-awaited incursion into the North Atlantic. This was Moscow's great plan all along, the resolution to a grand scheme many years in the making, which thoroughly succeeded in its goal of deceiving the Americans and spreading the flames of the proletarian war of liberation.

Few within the RFC or the Royal Navy could've foreseen a large-scale, frontal, direct assault into the port of Halifax in such numbers. Insofar as the ground forces were concerned, their main preoccupations derived from sabotage and thievery and other such forms of irregular guerrilla activity. Although overall improvements were made to the port's coastal fortifications, such as the addition of artillery guns, most efforts were focused on securing targets within the city itself, such as the armory, radio tower, the docks, the ammunition depots, etc., and to root out catalysts of Marxist liberation within their ranks. The frontlines by then had shifted over to the interior of New Brunswick and the mouth of the St. Lawrence, making the defense of Halifax a seemingly unnecessary deviation of resources and manpower, at least from the perspective of imperialist military planners.

The element of surprise played a decisive role for the Soviet attack. The success of the operation depended in great part on the complete lack of awareness from the monarchists to the Soviet plans, so they could not scramble their forces and make defensive preparations. The absolute boldness of the invasion, which bordered on the insane to the eyes of many Soviet officers, was a deliberate component meant to instill fear, confusion, and shock into the imperialist enemy. The most outrageous of scenarios - so outrageous that no formal preparations had been made by them - was now a reality. It was absolutely brilliant and demented, and undoubtedly the most extraordinary naval operation ever undertaken in world history.


Agatha Kaczynski, Soviet Operations in the Great War of Imperialist Liberation (1960-1970), (1982)
This is actually a continuation to my Trial of Unity Mitford wikibox from some time ago
 
The Vatican City national football team was the national association football team that represented the Vatican City from 1937 to 1942. As the Vatican was overwhelmingly constituted of elderly Papal officials, the religious city-state had no active sports team until the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, when under political pressure from Italy the papacy granted citizenship to several Falangist defectors from the Spanish national football team following the religious atrocities committed by the SRS. With the Spanish expatriate, Vatican City qualified for the 1938 FIFA World Cup and reached the semifinals, but World War II significantly limited the amount of international matches the team could play. Their last official game occurred in 1942, and after the defeat of the Axis powers in 1944, the team was formally abolished. Since World War II, only informal matches between Italian priests and local professional teams have occurred since, with the Vatican being extremely unwilling to join International Organizations

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The entry of the Vatican City within the 1938 FIFA World Cup Qualification resulted in an international political crisis. The French hosts, who initially supported Republican Spain in the Spanish Civil War, were pressured by the fascist powers to respect the inclusion of the Vatican if they qualified successfully. 1934 World Cup Champions and 1936 Olympic Champions Italy threatened to boycott the games if Vatican City was not included in the qualification process. Fearing the cancellation of the tournament, FIFA President Jules Rimet, a Frenchman himself, ultimately ruled in favor of the Vatican and were allowed to play.

The other Western Allies offered strong rebukes of the Vatican’s involvement. Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, the Dutch East Indies, and British Palestine boycotted the tournament, and Poland joined them in forfeiting their qualifying games. United Kingdom Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain published public condemnation of the Axis, but stopped short of either directly addressing the Vatican City or calling for a boycott. This is commonly sighted as part of appeasement, however as neither England nor any of the other Home Countries were members of FIFA at the time, their actual ability to do anything was rather limited. Spain also withdrew from World Cup qualifying. Combined with the boycott of most countries in the Americas due to the World Cup being held in Europe for two consecutive tournaments, the World Cup Finals featured only two countries from outside of Europe, the least ever. As a direct result of the boycotts, Cuba and Luxembourg made their only appearance in the World Cup, as every other member of their qualifying group had withdrew from the tournament

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The 1938 FIFA World Cup was the third staging of the World Cup, and was held in France from 4 to 19 June 1938. Italy retained their championship by defeating Germany in the final 3-1. Vatican City, in their only and controversial entry into the World Cup, defeated Brazil in the third place game.

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The 1980 United States presidential election was the 49th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 4, 1980. Republican nominee George H.W. Bush defeated incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter. Carter was the second incumbent president to be denied a second term since Herbert Hoover in 1932.

Carter's unpopularity and poor relations with Democratic leaders encouraged an intra-party challenge by Senator Ted Kennedy, a younger brother of former President John F. Kennedy. Carter defeated Kennedy in the majority of the Democratic primaries, but Kennedy remained in the race until Carter was officially nominated at the 1980 Democratic National Convention. The Republican primaries were contested between Bush, who had previously been in Congress, former Governor Ronald Reagan of California, Congressman John B. Anderson of Illinois, and several other candidates. Reagan, initially the front-runner, lost ground to Bush after poor performances in the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, and withdrew in early May, leaving Bush as the sole candidate and presumptive Republican nominee. At the Republican Convention, he picked New York congressman Jack Kemp as his running mate. There was talk in late April and early May that Anderson would relaunch his campaign as an Independent, but these rumors were disproven when Anderson announced his intentions to endorse Bush shortly after Ronald Reagan withdrew.

Bush campaigned for a balanced budget and decreasing taxes. His campaign was aided by Democratic dissatisfaction with Carter, the Iran hostage crisis, and a worsening economy at home marked by high unemployment and inflation. Carter attacked Bush as a dangerous war-hawk that would bring the United States into war with Iran, however these attacks ultimately hurt himself more than Bush, and he would later apologize for the attacks. Bush maintained a steady lead over an unpopular Carter throughout the entire campaign, and on election day most pollsters agreed Bush would win the election.

Bush would win the electoral college and popular vote decisively, winning 410 electoral votes and 52% of the popular vote. Bush won off Carter's unpopularity among northeastern liberals in usually reliably democratic strongholds in the northeast, combined with strong midwestern support, in part due to high unemployment rates in the midwestern states being blamed on Carter.
 
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Tom Lehrer is an American mathematician, physicist and songwriter who is best known for his role as the Administrator of NASA from 1969 to 1982. Lehrer, born in 1928 to a Jewish family, from a young age was interested in mathematics and music. During the Second World War, Lehrer was initially assigned to work at Los Alamos, but later was reassigned to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Despite his novice status when it came to rocketry, Lehrer took to it quite quickly and after the war would study physics. Lehrer was an early part of NASA and worked to help design spacecraft and satellites for the US government. Lehrer would be promoted to the position of Administrator during the Humphrey administration just before the first men landed on the Moon. Lehrer would have to face curbs to the size of NASA during his tenure, as President Romney cut funding. While McGovern restored it, Lehrer would resign citing his belief that NASA would not be able to consistently succeed.

A personal trait Lehrer would become more known for in retirement was his tendency to write satirical songs and play them on the piano for guests. There was controversy during Lehrer's tenure when some of these songs were publicized and he was accused of having far-left sympathies. Lehrer's songs dealt with topics like nuclear proliferation, environmental degradation and the hypocrisies of US foreign policy. For this reason, Lehrer never performed them in public prior to his 1982 retirement, at which point some of his songs earned popularity with opponents to the McDonald administration in the 1990's. Lehrer was dismissive of his music and to this day mocks the notion that his work could have a real political impact.
 
Equestrian Politics
Previous boxes
Triple Crown Party and Corona Party
Party to Uphold Hippocracy
Everfree Party
Nightmare Party
Equalist Party (Marksist-Glimmerist), Equalist Party (Trotskyite), and Equalist Party (Blankist)
Free Alliance of Farriers and Ferriers
Discordian Party

Wasn't going to do the wikibox for the Rhinoceros Party since it doesn't feature at all in the full writeup, but it's fun and also meant I can now do the Ponyville election wikibox.



The Rhinoceros Party was founded by Ponyville resident Lyra Heartstrings. The party is a satirical party based on its founder's theories that the Equestrian government is hiding the existence of a creature called either the "human" or the "rhinoceros", owing to the mythical creature's protruding nose which looks similar to a unicorn's horn. The beliefs of the party's founder claim that customs such as teacups with handles too small to fit a hoof through are not because of importation of such customs from other clawed creature societies such as griffons and dragons, but are because they were actually developed by humans in ancient pre-Equestrian times and that Equestrian civilization is built upon the remains of this human society. The Rhinoceros Party is a common sight as a protest party in Ponyville's elections with Lyra usually representing the party as it s candidate.

And now, the first election seat wikibox for the setting. I wanted to do Ponyville's because I could use all canon characters from the show for the candidates with proper candidate pictures for them. Source for the Lyra image from here, all others are from the show.

The candidates:
Amethyst Star: The incumbent MP, previously an event organizer.
Spoiled Rich: Local school board member; wife of businessman Filthy Rich.
Tree Hugger: Member of the Equestrian Society for the Preservation of Rare Creatures.
Lyra Heartstrings: Ponyville resident and founder of the Rhinoceros Party.
Discord: Draconequus, Lord of Chaos.



While the Ponyville-North Everfree riding has been a reliable hold for the Triple Crown Party for decades, the 1002 election called that into question after Coronist candidate Spoiled Rich reached over 35% of the vote. The seat was thought to be in reach for a Coronist pickup, especially with Spoiled Rich's strong fundraising early in the campaign that built on her support from the national party. However, the issues of the election quickly turned against Spoiled Rich and the Coronists. EEA Chancellor Neighsay's reversal regarding the accreditation of Twilight's School of Friendship may have helped the Coronists elsewhere in Equestria, but in Ponyville, the school's home, the Coronist opposition to the school's accreditation turned many voters against Spoiled Rich and the Coronists. However, just because the voters were against the Coronists didn't mean they were for the Tricrowners. Over the past several years, Ponyville more than anywhere else in Equestria had been the site of more monster incidents due to its proximity to the Everfree Forest and was where both Nightmare Moon and Discord staged their returns when coming back to attack Equestria. The failure of parliament and arguably of Celestia to respond to the apparent increased threat, combined with the closeness of Ponyville to the Everfree Forest, led to many voters turning their back on both major parties.

Previously, the Rhinoceros Party would have been the recipient of a larger increase in protest votes. In the post-Cozy Glow Crisis election, however, it looks like a satirical protest did not seem appropriate to many voters upset with the conduct of both parties. Many Ponyville voters still agreed with the principles of diversity and friendship that Twilight Sparkle stood for and wanted a party that would respect and uphold them. Ponyville is after all one of the most diverse cities in the country bewteen pegasi, unicorns, and earth ponies. And with the Cozy Glow Crisis causing a magic outage not just for ponies but for other magical creatures and the Everfree Forest as well, some gained a greater appreciation for the nature of the forest. It's for these reasons that while Amethyst Star held steady and won reelection, much of the support swinging away from the Coronists and from Lyra Heartstrings went not to Amethyst but to the Everfree Party. The Everfree candidate, Tree Hugger, gained support from an endorsement by Ponyville's most prominent expert on the animals of the Everfree Forest, and from the cross-campaigning between Tree Hugger and Meringue, the MP for Ponyville's reserved earth pony riding and one of the five Everfree Party earth pony reserved MPs.

Additionally, while Princess Twilight Sparkle may have helped the Tricrowners nationally and in holding some vulnerable Canterlot ridings, her prominence may have actually hurt the Tricrowners in Ponyville-North Everfree. In an interview during the election campaign, Amethyst Star complained how Princess Twilight's had sidelined her role as an MP over the years. With the princess having a close ear to Celestia and such a hoof in the local runnings of Ponyville, Amethyst said she felt like her responsibilities toward her constituents were being bypassed as ponies would go directly to Twilight instead of her. That decreased visibility among her constituents likely hurt Amethyst in the campaign, even as Twilight stayed out of the political arena until her now famous Friendship Address at the Summer Sun Celebration late in the campaign. These factors all combined to leave the Triple Crown Party neither gaining nor losing from the vote shift in Ponyville-North Everfree, while the Everfree Party saw a boost that nearly put them on par with the Coronists. In the end, Amethyst Star was reelected by a wide margin thanks to the division among the Tricrowners' opposition from both the right and left wings.
 
He's a really useful engine, you know. All the other engines they'll tell you so.He huffs and puffs and whistles rushing to and fro. He's the really useful engine we adore! He's the one, he's the one. He's the really useful engine that we adore. He's the one, he's the number one.....

Thomas the Tank Engine

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North Western Railway #1 Thomas (formally known simply by his number 105 and more commonly known as Thomas the Tank Engine or simply just Thomas) is a London, Brighton and South Coast Railway E2 locomotive built at Brighton Works, England in 1915. A few months after he was built, he was transferred to the North Western Railway on the Island of Sodor, where he has been since. As the number 1 locomotive of the North Western Railway's steam locomotive fleet, he is often seen as the flagship engine of the railway. Also given his fame with Wilbert Awdry's Railway Series, the television show Thomas & Friends and many toys based on him, Thomas is also one of the most famous locomotives in the world. He is also the only surviving member of his class.

BIO
Thomas the Tank Engine was built by Brighton Works in June 1915 with the number 105. Shortly afterwards, he was transferred to the then under construction railway the North Western Railway on the Island of Sodor due to a wartime mix-up [1] [2].Following construction and the opening of the railway, he was repainted blue (he had been reddish-brown previously), given the number 1 and given an official name Thomas. Although serving as the number one of the new railway, Thomas wouldn't be officially bought by the North Western Railway from the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway until 1920 when Sir Topham Hatt I (1880-1956) found out that the LB&SCR had written off Thomas as being "lost on war service". Rather than face complications resulting from a change in their books, the LB&SCR quietly sold Thomas to the North Western Railway for a "nominal sum".[3]

Claims to Fame

Accidents

[1]
"Sodor: Reading Between the Lines" (2005) and [2] Thomas1Edward2Henry3's YouTube video "NWR Origins Episode I: Tank Engine Mix-Up" (2015) mention that Thomas was a wartime mix-up.
[3] Mentioned in "The Island of Sodor:Its People, History and Railways" (1987)

Notes: My bio for Thomas the Tank Engine is a mix of the Railway Series, the Thomas (the Tank Engine) & Friends TV series and various fanworks and fanfictions to help fill in the gaps.

More info will be added tomorrow.
 
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The Great South American War, also known as the War of '76, or simply as the South American Front of the Hot War, was a complex and very violent war, instigated by Augusto Pinochet's recently formed Federation of South America against the Rio Pact, a coalition of nations led by Brazil with the goal of fighting the FSA's aggressive expansionism. War formally broke out in July 1976, when the FSA launched Operation Taurus, a large-scale attack against Uruguay simultaneous with a quick holding offensive in southern Peru. After two weeks of fighting and following the fall of Montevideo, Uruguayan forces surrendered, and a government-in-exile was established in Rio de Janeiro. This opened the frontlines between the FSA and Brazil, initiating one of the largest and most destructive war campaigns of the late 20th century.

Despite the intensity of the campaign against Brazil, the FSA's core strategy relied mostly on the northern front, in the struggle against Peru and Bolivia. First of all, it is important to understand that the Rio Pact had assembled a structure designed to maximize the overall strength each country could project onto the enemy, a plan known as "the doctrine of pairs". Under this doctrine, the Rio Pact was divided into two pairs of countries: Brazil and Uruguay on one side, and Peru and Bolivia on the other. Each pair would carry out operations solely within their area of responsibility, without deviating resources to intervene on the other side. This allowed each pair to focus on attacking and defending without having to over-extend themselves in another theatre of the war.

Now, the doctrine of pairs was fundamentally flawed. Its most glaring fault was that Brazil on its own far overpowered both Peru and Bolivia combined, in terms of available resources and military capabilities. This created an imbalance, in which one pair was overwhelmingly strong while the other was very lacking in that regard. Although military planners in Brasília were not unaware of this blatant disparity, the most prevalent conception was that the fight against Brazil would be so draining for the FSA that it would draw forces away from the Bolivian and Peruvian front.

The inherent limitations of the doctrine of pairs, born out of fear that the Pact's lesser members would become subordinates to Brazil's military strength, and Brazil's own inability to formulate a contingency plan were weaknesses that were thoroughly exploited by the FSA. Pinochet's regime savagely assaulted the military positions of Bolivia and Peru, aided in great measure by the extraordinary technological superiority of WOLF, the neo-Nazi underground state, and the United States. At the battles of Tacna, Calacoto, and Moquegua completely devastated the offensive capacity of the Peru-Bolivian armed forces, reducing them to minor-scale defensive operations. Any aid provided by the Soviet Union and its communist allies in the Americas was dwarfed by the extraordinary abundance granted by the Americans and the Neues Reich.

Progressing into the autumn and winter of 1976, the FSA pushed further up the Peruvian coast. The long and arduous Siege of Cusco would finally end in March 1977. Further incursions saw combat in Abancay, Ayacucho, and Huancayo. Although the Peruvian government had stockpiled in Soviet-made weaponry and heavy equipment, internal mismanagement and the comparably horrendous quality of the average Peruvian soldier meant that battles were extremely one-sided. Peru was, in general, totally unprepared to face the FSA's onslaught. With every lost encounter, the government of Peru cracked further.

By overtaking the land connection between Peru and Bolivia, the latter country became wedged between the enemy and the impassable wilderness of the Brazilian Amazon, far from the populated heartland of Brazil's coast. Bolivia was, in essence, completely isolated. The stability of the Bolivian government depended almost entirely on the support provided by Brazil. Without access to Brazil, the regime in La Paz very quickly disintegrated, particularly as the FSA surrounded the capital and forced a capitulation in April 1977. It was around this time that the FSA and its WOLF allies broke through a long idle frontline at the Third Battle of Curitiba, opening the floodgates for much broader operations against a now weakened Brazilian military.


Joseph Landing, South America and the Fourth Reich, (1992)
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"I can't believe they almost blew up the planet because of a f**cking sky rock!!"
- Anonymous Internet Commentator, 2014

THE IRON CURTAIN METEOR
AND THE SIX-DAY WAR

BACKGROUND
Despite the collapse of the National Socialist Regime and the 'democratic turn' after 1990, Germany has retained over the past 30 years an ambivalent relationship towards the concepts of truth and peaceful diplomacy. Belligerently holding onto its violent heritage and state ideology of 'racial warfare' to the very end of the Cold War (1945 - 1990), the shift in Germania's foreign policy to dialogue and compromise (especially after the Leuchtturm Jahre of the early-2000s) reflected the schizophrenic approach this premier European state had toward itself and the outside world after the 1980s. Turning away from its racial isolationism, Germany's two primary exports (its private industries and its massive youth population) led the charge in reaching out to the 'non-Aryan world' and established significant ties which have remained in place to this day. From the Americas to Asia to Africa, the German people and its businesses, unfettered from the chains of fascism, have become enamoured with equal exchanges of culture and trade. However, despite this national opening, the foreign policy of the modern Reich still stands in direct opposition to the existence of one particular state and its peoples; the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics.

Notwithstanding the brief interregnums of 1939-41 and 2000-04, the relationship between the Soviet Union and Germany (during and after its fascist era) has been the most hostile and destructive of the modern world. In spite of Germania's noncommittal recognition of the Soyuzgrad Supreme Soviet in 1990, and the occasionally-sincere attempts to repair relations since then, the events of the 20th century still cast a dark shadow over both nations. Throughout Germany, many still have negative thoughts regarding their easterly neighbour (mostly as holdover propaganda from the Cold War), whilst the Soviet Union and its citizens more often-than-not refuse to maintain relations due to the Soviet Genocide (which is denied by Germany), the 'Aryanisation process' which has seen millions of Slavs forcibly integrated into German society (from 1960 to the present), and the several direct conflicts fought since 1943 (especially the wars of 1948, 1959, and 1971). In addition, the Soviet Union is the one remaining state in the world that the Reich refuses to establish economic ties to on the basis of its status as the last Judenherrschaft - a Cold War Era designation for countries which are claimed by Germania to be 'dominated by Jews'. As a result of this 'hate diplomacy' (which is engaged far more rigorously in Germania than in Soyuzgrad), the refusal of one party to believe in the peaceful action of the other has come as a natural outcropping of these glacial relations.

And it was amidst the deterioration of these already-malignant conditions that the world has come the closest to nuclear apocalypse since end of the Cold War.

THE METEOR
On 15th February 2013, a meteor estimated to be 20m in diameter which was travelling in a westerly direction entered into the Earth's atmosphere over Eurasia. Having been undetected by astronomers prior to its immediate appearance, it came as a shock to soldiers garrisoned along the 'Ural Anti-Bolshevik Defensive Wall' (as Germany's military frontier is officially named) to see the sky brighten significantly before the missile-like object flying overhead 'detonate' with significant force. Due to the location over which the meteor broke apart (it being one of the most densely-staffed bases of the Soviet-German 'Iron Curtain' border), the resulting shock wave caused significant damage to the German facilities, which led to thousands of injuries (and millions of Marks worth of damage), and in one case led to the first mass-death impact event when a building (housing six soldiers) exploded after a piece of debris struck its gas-heating system. Due to its size and its luminescence, thousands soldiers on both sides of the Iron Curtain were witness to the brilliant astronomic event, with citizens as far away as the Kazakh SSR and Wolgaland managing to hear the air burst. In the case of the older citizens who could remember the Cold War years, the sound of the explosion was reminiscent of missiles dropped over the region; a memory that would prove highly prescient.


With news being sent by military authorities at the Ural Wall to the High Command in Germania, the largest nation in Europe entered a state of 'highest alert' in the minutes after the perceived Soviet attack. Despite concerns raised over the nature of the morning's events (mostly by ground-level troops who felt the singular air burst was unlike any theorised Soviet attack), the backdrop of an explosion, emanating from the east, over one of the largest bases of the most militarised borders on Earth led to a violent confrontation. Germany had already kept its armed forces in a state of readiness after the recent 2012 skirmishes (which followed the shooting of sixteen Soviet youths who had entered into the Iron Curtain's 'kill zone'), with President Adolf Brunner issuing a call-to-arms against 'Soviet aggression'. The outgoing head-of-state - who was judged as an aspiring dictator since coming to office in 2004 - had recently lost the February 12th presidential election, and many who doubted the government line on the 'missile attack' believed that Brunner's rush to war was fuelled by his desire to remain in office. Their calls for peace fell on deaf ears however, as firefights along the Iron Curtain broke out less than an hour after the meteor impacted.

Over the next six days, German forces led a strategic offensive over the demilitarised zone of the border, with Soviet (and Mongolian) border garrisons exchanging military barrages, air strikes, and territorial occupation. In Soyuzgrad, the recently-inaugurated President Mahomedev Omarov (who initially sought détente with his country's western neighbour) was forced into a conflict which he and his government found both sudden and confusing; the Supreme Soviet maintaining that it was a meteor air burst which caused the damage to German installations. Despite the truth of the matter, President Brunner seemed insistent on escalating the conflict further with strategic airstrikes carried out following a day of skirmishes; the minor border incursions which had been military policy since the 1960s being exchanged for the violent occupation of the Soviet lands of the DMZ. The United Nations (an organisation opposed rigidly by the Reich) and the United States (a stalwart Soviet ally) called for an immediate end to the growing violence along the Ural Wall; the German leader claiming that 'punitive measures' must be undertaken before any just peace could be declared. On February 18th, Brunner called for the Reichstag and Reichsrat to grant him extraordinary powers to deal with the ostensible 'Jewish-Soviet menace'; however, the German legislature demurred due to the Supreme Soviet's call for peace (and its insistence that the initial strike was indeed a meteor). Over February 18th to 19th, the German offensive grew in ferocity as Soviet counter-incursions in the north of Iron Curtain saw the first massive territorial gains by either side since the Ural War over 50 years prior.

Amidst the chaos at the front, mobilisation of Soviet and German nuclear forces were placed on 'first-strike alert' for the first time since the Cold War. Following this revelation and the growing knowledge that the 'Soviet strike' was anything but, German citizens streamed-out onto the streets to join protesters worldwide in opposing the mounting violence, as well as calling for the immediate resignation of President Brunner. These marchers were joined on February 18th by the Weraab (the Reich civilian space agency) and the German Astronomical Union, both of which issued emergency reports which verified the international declarations that a meteor caused the explosions on February 15th; the growing distrust the German legislature (and Länder governments) had toward their head-of-state culminating in February 19th joint-declaration which claimed the executive power to remove Brunner from office. That same day, the US Congress and President Jim Bryant indicated that unless a ceasefire was declared as soon as possible, all German assets held by UN member states would be frozen and Europe's largest economy was be economically strangled by unified sanctions. Whilst the Reich President was dismissive of the mounting (and massive) protests against him and his 'false war', the threat of economic boycott and the moral bankruptcy of the government's casus belli led to both German legislature's voting unanimously to remove the president and end the violence.

With his position unsustainable (his constitutional term ending on February 25th) and the Supreme Soviet indicating that it would be issuing an 'armed ceasefire', Adolf Brunner resigned the presidency early in the morning of February 20th. Only hours thereafter, as violence died across the Iron Curtain, an armistice brokered by neutral Turkey was signed by representatives of the German and Soviet Armed Forces in Ankara, thus ending one of the most inexplicable wars in modern history.


It wasn't until the end of hostilities that the true extent of the war was felt; the nature of violence along the Iron Curtain obfuscating the full picture due to journalistic restrictions placed on the region. The military frontier was partially ruined; the full-scale fighting had wrecked many facilities, bunkers, and installations found both inside and outside the DMZ. In accordance with the Armistice of Ankara, the Soviet and German armies were given only a few months to collect their dead, discover their missing, and restore any equipment before they were to return to either side of their border. Nuclear forces would additionally be demobilised, and interstate communication between Germania and Soyuzgrad would be increased to eliminate the possibility of atomic warfare. The International Astronomical Council has since the conflict increased the parameters of its near-Earth object search to include objects smaller than 50m in diameter, all to eliminate the possibility to any further 'meteor-induced destruction' (as astronomically low as those chances may still be).

Despite maintaining the truth that a meteor caused an outbreak of violence, the incoming Reich President Martin Heisig would later support the construction of a myth which claimed the USSR was planning to attack Germany before the impact catalysed the conflict. The conclusion of much of the world (the US, UN, and USSR included) however is that the Reich's attack on the Soviet state was malicious, destructive, and unprovoked; President Omarov stating after the conflict that it is Germany's "grotesque national chauvinism and the innate viciousness of its people" which led it to conflict once again, "like a fly to rotting food".

As of 2020, relations between Germany and the Soviet Union remain glacial, and the distrust has only grown since the events of the Six-Day War. In both countries, and across the world, the end of the Cold War has not brought about the end to mass interstate violence as once hoped; the German 'blood spirit' (Blutgeist) once against arising to reap a familiar bounty. All potential catastrophes of global significance remain a worldwide fear, and to this day billions remain waiting for when the next bout of violence brings about a final cataclysm.
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