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Timeline of the events leading to the outbreak of the war between the Soviet Union and the American Federation.

1991 – the world sees the end of the long-drawn Cold War between the Western (capitalist) and the Eastern (socialist) blocs. The few summit talks that have been held between the American and Soviet presidents eventually came to fruition: the ineffective Western world has decided to lay down their ideological and economic arms rather than combat the implacable laws of history: yes, socialism has proved to be superior on all counts, so there is no sense in stubbornly denying this fact. (Besides: better red than dead.) Herewith NATO dissolves itself along with the European Economic Community or the EEC. The Soviet top leaders solemnly promise to their American counterparts-turned-friends that the Warsaw Pact will not be expanded westwards. By mutual consent between the leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union, the Western nation-states can, however, join the successful Comecon or the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance. The United States allows its union states to opt for independence. This political proposition is taken up by some of them, especially the southern ones, which have a large Spanish speaking population, and they create a new political entity known as Dixieland. The remnant of the United States is renamed to the American Federation. It is agreed that the American Federation is a political continuation of the United States and that it is the American Federation that will possess nuclear weapons, to the exclusion of the spin-off states. The world has at the long last earned its respite: as a footnote to these events it might be of interest to mention that at that time a song by an East German band The Winds of Change has become an international hit. Why? Because its lyrics and tuneful melody herald the era of brotherhood of men.

1993 – the president of the American Federation pays a state visit to Moscow, where he delivers a speech in the Supreme Soviet of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He praises the land of the workers and the peasants, requests more credit for his own country, which happens to be in an awful predicament after the social, financial and economic reforms openly imposed or tacitly suggested by Soviet advisors, and closes his address with the words “”Workers of the world, unite!” As unbelievable as it may seem, these were the words of the president of once a capitalist country, once so strongly opposed to communism or socialism!

1995 – West Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy along with the countries of the Benelux join the Warsaw Pact, allegedly because these nations feel threatened by resurgent American dominance. As the remnant of once great America is deep in economic and social meltdown, the diplomats on the Potomac only raise weak voices of protest and surprise.

1997 – civil war breaks out in Canada. The French-speaking part of the country desires to part ways with the English-speaking part. Washington seeks to support the English-speaking population, but the American Federation is too weak to do assert itself politicall. Meanwhile the Soviets build up an alliance with the old and new members of the Warsaw Pact and demand from the English-speaking part of Canada to let go of the French province or else. The English-speaking population resists, the civil war continues and so the Soviet-led alliance launches aerial attacks – without a word of consent from the United Nations – and bombs the English-speaking part of Canada into submission after 78 days of shelling the country with missiles made from depleted uranium. The French-speaking part of Canada – known as Quebec – gains independence.

1999 – the Warsaw Pact is enlarged by new members: Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Quebec and Mexico are next on the list. American politicians make an attempt to intervene diplomatically, but to no avail. The country’s president is senile, weak and tormented by disease. At the end of the year he passes his power to a younger successor.

2001 – Dixieland (southern states of the former United States) is torn by civil unrest and economic crisis. The mainly Spanish-speaking authorities raise monuments to Mexican national heroes: Hernán Cortés, Miguel Hidalgo, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Benito Juarez, Porfirio Diaz, and Pancho Villa. Traces of (North) American historical presence are systematically obliterated, protests on the part of Washington are ignored, the Spanish language is favoured while English is regarded as a language of the hated conquerors. The White House remains helpless.

2003 – new president of the American Federation makes a tour of European countries. In Munich he delivers a speech in which he attempts to position his own country internationally in a place that corresponds to its past greatness and future potential. The speech is harshly critiqued by the Soviet media and politicians along with all the Soviet satellite states.

2005 – a pro-American president supported by the English-speaking part of the nation is elected in Dixieland. Moscow raises its eyebrows.

2006 – street riots in El Paso – the capital of Dixieland – break out. The rioters headed by two former boxers, a female oligarch and a few upstarts on Moscow’s payroll, demand that the newly elected president resign. The rioters are spurned into action by the physical presence of the Soviet ambassador to Dixieland and the Soviet foreign minister, who deliver cookies in the main square of the city. Talks brokered by Moscow, Washington, Berlin and Paris and held in Mexico, the capital of neighbouring Mexico, result in a temporary cease-fire. It is agreed that the pro-American president will only remain in office till the end of his term, which is only a few months. Nonetheless, on the following day the pro-American president is toppled down by the rioters who cannot wait till the end of his term. A new, pro-Soviet president comes into office.

2008 – the president of the American Federation makes a tentative proposal of admitting the American Federation to the Warsaw Pact: top Soviet leaders regard it as a good joke.

2009 – the Comecon countries impose a set of sanctions on the American Federation for its alleged repeated violation of the rights of workers and peasants.

2010 – Dixieland’s Congress bans the English language from use. Two English-speaking northern provinces of Dixieland bordering on America revolt. The government in El Paso sends troops to those provinces and has them shelled on a more or less regular basis.

2012 – a passenger airliner is downed while flying over Dixieland. The Soviet Union and its political allies collectivity accuse Washington of the act and impose a new set of sanctions. Protestations on the part of Washington are to no avail.

2014 – Washington is again accused of violating the rights of workers and peasants along with silencing political opponents. New sanctions are considered.

2016 – the American Federation in a bid to recreate its past might organizes Winter Olympics. The Soviet Union and its political satellites, angry at the many gold, silver and bronze medals taken by American athletes, accuse the American Federation of applying doping. From now on American sportsmen will only represent their country under the flag of the International Olympic Committee and they will not be allowed to listen to the American national anthem: instead, they will listen to the anthem of the International Olympic Committee.

2017 – Julian Assange, an American dissident, is poisoned by the CIA and lies unconscious in an American hospital. Washington denies the accusations. On the demand of Julian Assange’s wife, he is immediately flown to Germany, where Soviet specialists confirm the presence of poison in Julian Assange’s blood. Washington again denies accusations and says that the idea that the government on the Potomac had the CIA poison the dissident and then let him be flown to a Soviet satellite state for medical examination is preposterous and illogical at the same time. After recovery Julian Assange returns to America of his own free will to be further persecuted and prosecuted there.

2018 – Soviet missiles and troops are deployed to Canada and Mexico. Safety and security of those nations are given as grounds for it. The American president issues warning after warning that any further enlargement of the Warsaw Pact or deployment of Warsaw Pact (read: Soviet) troops near the borders of the American Federation constitute a violation of vital American interests (read: red line).

2020 – as if in reply to repeated warnings from Washington, Soviet foreign minister flies to Quebec and has himself photographed in a tank turret somewhere close to the American border. The American president is called names in the Soviet Union and in Moscow’s political satellites: Killer and Hitler come top of the list.

2021 – Dixieland, heavily armed by the Soviet Union and its old and new allies, moves its troops to the border with the revolting provinces. Dixieland’s president demands that Dixieland be given nuclear weapons and that Dixieland become a member of the Warsaw Pact.

2022 – February 24…

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