The unthinkable happens in 2016. A nuclear exchange in the Middle East
kills 20 million people and cripples the world's oil supply. Crude oil
prices spike at $800 a barrel.
One year later, the threat of world-wide nuclear war is eliminated when
the United States and Europe deploy a comprehensive space-based anti-
ballistic missile shield. Russia soon follows with an advanced missile
defense system of its own. Intercontinental ballistic missiles are
Russia becomes the world's primary supplier of energy and experiences a
massive economic boom. With its newfound riches, Russia quickly
re-establishes itself as a major superpower and restores her military
Western Europe, with the notable exception of the UK and Ireland, unifies
to create the European Federation. This new nation is destined to be a
formidable 21st-century Superpower.
In 2020, the United States is on the verge of finishing construction on
the Freedom Star, a controversial orbital military platform that will
upset the balance of world power. The European Federation withdraws from
NATO in protest.
Tensions between the European Federation, the United States, and Russia
are building and will soon reach the breaking point.