|British Troops, Mercians, in Helmand.|
The background to Crackup, the modern war rules I am designing with John Treadaway are starting to come together. The rules will be usable for any modern war scenario but it is helpful to have a timeline into the near future to give Crackup its own flavour.
Please feel free to add your own suggestions below.
Timeline – early 21st Century
2000: The Real IRA, a regrouped Catholic terror organisations initiates new wave of bombings in London.
2001: Dot Com financial bubble collapse
2001: Western-trained Islamic radicals from al-Qaeda, a Saudi Arabian-backed terrorist organisation, attack New York and other targets in the USA causing multiple deaths.
2002: Nato invades Afghanistan and drives al-Qaeda into Pakistan.
2003: Afghan Tailban start major counterinsurgency in Afghanistan operating from safe refuges in Pakistan protected by Pakistan’s ISI.
2003: Anglic forces led by the USA invade Iraq.
2005: Islamic terrorists bomb London.
2007: American property bubble collapse followed by London and New York banking crisis.
2008: Intensification of American drone attacks in Pakistan.
2011: American troops leave Iraq.
2014: American troops leave Afghanistan.
2015: Franco-German Brigade (Brigade Franco-Allemande, Deutsch-Französische Brigade) sent into Greece to keep order by Eurocorps.
2015: American troops sent into Mexico to assist Mexican army against the drug gangs.
2016: Taliban re-occupy Afghanistan.
2016: Scotland votes for independence causing the breakup of the United Kingdom.
2017: Iran and Shia government in Iraq sign mutual defence pact.
2017: England & Wales vote to leave the European Union.
2017: Georgia invades Caucuses to secure oil; war spreads to include Ukraine and Russian Federation.
2018: Turkey invades northern Iraq to suppress Kurdish terrorism.
2018: China sends troops into various African countries to protect their mining interests.
2019: Taliban take power in Pakistan and Chechnya before collapsing into clan warfare.
2019: France deploys troops in Kent to secure Channel Tunnel initiating mechanised warfare across Kent, Sussex and Essex.
2019: Scots attack Northern England and Ireland invades Free Ulster causing general fighting across the British Isles.
2020: War declared between Turkey backed by Sunni oil states and Iran-Iraq alliance.
2020: Pakistani Taliban invade Kashmir and explode nuclear weapon in Mumbai.
2021: World first Nuclear War destroys Pakistan and many Indian cities destroying central governments on the sub-continent.
2021: Iran closes the Straits of Hormuz precipitating oil and economic crisis. American carrier is sunk attempting to force the Strait.
2022: Chinese economic bubble collapses precipitating civil wars between Communist Party controlled coast and various Marxist and Nationalist warlords in the interior, including nuclear weapon strikes.
2023: Lega Nord declares UDI from Italy and European Union for Padania.
2023: Violent storms flood New York and American East Coast
2023: Wessex New Model Army clashes with British army in Surrey; Reigate destroyed in the fighting with heavy civilian casualties.
2024: Overstretched Eurocorps battles independence movements in British Isles, Belgium, Northern Germany, Southern France and the Balkans, which are often backed by National armies.
2024: General Glutenburger wins US Presidential election for Republican Party campaigning on a platform of moral purification of America and declares storms to be a judgement from God and not Global Warming.
2025: New Model Army concept spreads across world with mixed results but always chaos follows in their wake.
2026: Mexican war spills over into southern US states as drug cartel mercenary units declare war on the USA.
2027: Glutenburger cancels upcoming election, bans political parties, mounts a nuclear strike on Mexico City, and declares America one nation under God.
2028: Glutenburger assassinated by Mexican Mictecacihuatl (Lady of Death) Drug Cartel.
2029: Northern US cities rebel with military support from Canada; Quebec succeeds.
2029: Russian and North American crop failures due to freak weather conditions: mass starvation.
2030: National and civil wars break into smaller and smaller ethnic conflicts across the globe; New Model armies collapse into mercenary militias as electronic communications degrade away.