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January 14, 1998

The northern gulf coast of Texas has been devastated in the nuclear attacks, along with most of the population of the metropolitan areas of Houston and Galveston (as well as the urban centers of Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and El Paso further inland). Thomas J. Kingsly, owner of a marina in Galveston, who also smuggled drugs - mostly marijuana and cocaine - up and down the Intracoastal Waterway in small craft and excursion boats, has escaped the nuking of Galveston-Houston and comes to live with his brother “Texas Bill” Kingsley on their father’s horse-raising ranch in Jackson County at the head of Lavaca Bay.

The final German Army unit in southwestern Poland, the 28th Panzergrenadier Division, crosses the Neisse River into Gorlitz, Germany. The unit distinguished itself in the long months since it fought in Ukraine, responsible for the destruction of four Pact divisions during the retreat.

The 76th Guards Air Assault Division is called back to the Leningrad area to perform local security duties.

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The first convoy of excess ships in the North Sea departs the region off Bremerhaven. Consisting of 26 ships, it moves out at 8 knots (to conserve fuel), escorted by the Danish corvette Beskytteren. Four of the ships are under tow, already stripped of excess fuel and stores and somewhat readied for long-term storage.

Pro-NATO guerrillas in northern Iran note the passage of the 54th (my 108th) Motor-Rifle Division from Afghanistan into Iranian territory. The Green Berets of the 5th Special Forces Group accompanying the partisans call the movement in to SOCCENT headquarters.
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January 15, 1998

It has become apparent that the bombs have petered out. Both sides seem to believe that an unlimited nuclear exchange will inevitably result in the extermination of human life and have seemed to be determined to keep nuclear strikes under some control (almost by mutual agreement). As it turned out, the effect is not to destroy humanity - only civilization.

As far as restoring power, however, the situation is grave. There are not enough technicians left in any one place to keep a nuclear power plant operating. Even with conventional power plants (thermal and hydro), as time passes, trained technicians become scarce and more units have to be shut down. Fossil-fueled plants not adjacent to fuel supplies become inoperable as the transportation system fails to deliver more fuel; even plants that maintain a stockpile are rapidly depleting them as the cold winter and extreme demand force them to produce the maximum possible output.

American fighter-bombers arrive over the troop columns of the 54th (my 108th) Motor-Rifle Division and drop a trio of B61 nuclear bombs on the massed vehicles. The strike halts the division's movement to the front.

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RainbowSix reports that many refugees have entered the area of Avon and Somerset and a large number linger at Minehead in Somerset, on the edge of Exmoor, where they have occupied a former Holiday Camp (the site's chalets offer ready-made accommodation).

The American destroyer USS Nicholson, a survivor of the battleship Iowa's surface action group, performs a solo anti-shipping patrol in the Baltic, hoping to interdict rumored supply runs by Soviet and Polish craft into ports along the Polish coast. It locates a small craft moving south at high speed towards the Polish coast near Kolobrzeg and closes at 30 knots. (The destroyer's sole remaining helicopter has been grounded due to lack of fuel and anti-ship missiles). When in visual range it confirms the target as a Soviet Poti-class corvette and opens fire with the its forward 5-inch gun. Seven shots are sufficient to sink the Soviet ASW ship (which fails to fire a single effective shot at the destroyer). As it slows and turns back toward deeper water, the American ship detonates a bottom-laid mine, ripping the bow off and sending the ship to the bottom.

CNN Reporter Wolf Blitzer is executed by firing squad in Perm (in Siberia) as a CIA Spy. While it is true that the CIA made use of his reporting over many years, he was never an agency employee and never knowingly and actively worked for the agency.
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STAVKA (or the remnants thereof) orders the deployment of the 260th Motor-Rifle Division in the Ural Military District. The mobilization-only division, located at Shadrinsk on the steppes of Siberia, has been forming since July, although other divisions were higher priority in receiving men and equipment.
Actually, this website (http://www.ww2.dk/new/army/msd/260msd.htm) lists the division as a category III (or "C") division, not a mobilization-only division. But, that might be nitpicking.
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Actually, this website (http://www.ww2.dk/new/army/msd/260msd.htm) lists the division as a category III (or "C") division, not a mobilization-only division. But, that might be nitpicking.
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I extensively mined that website; it is an incredible resource the likes of which I'm sure the DIA would have killed for (or prosecuted anyone that revealed if they had their own internal version!) back in the 80s. The page above that in the structure http://www.ww2.dk/new/army/msd/msd.htm lists it among the mobilization-only divisions, which is why I categorized it as such. There was an earlier version of the site that had a heirarchy of readiness from A all the way to G. (A to C are the familiar ones, D is a unit like this that has a fairly substantial equipment pool and cadre, F are training divisions and G are more along the lines of "a warehouse full of SKSs and RPDs, two colonels and a list of local reservists."
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January 16, 1998

The Mid-Atlantic states are, in some ways, the hardest hit by the war. The famine and dislocation resulting from the nuclear attacks causes these states to experience a reduction in population levels unprecedented in human history. Linden, Perth Amboy, Paulsboro, and Westville New Jersey have all been subjected to nuclear attacks. Almost a million people became casualties in these strikes, and more die in the civil strife that followed. The northern areas of Manhattan are almost completely abandoned. Inhabitants this far north had always lived with some minor fear of the motives of their neighbors to the south and are among the first to flee to northern New Jersey and upstate New York. The remaining major urban centers in Pennsylvania - Harrisburg and Pittsburgh - remain intact except for the inevitable episodes of looting and food riots that winter. Electricity and fuel are sharply rationed everywhere, of course, and the general breakdown of transportation and food distribution leads to severe food shortages and widespread starvation just as they did in most other parts of the country. Most rural areas, however, possessed of long-standing traditions of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, continue very much as they always had, their inhabitants enduring lean, hard times with patience, determination, and outright stubbornness. The region's principal problems stem directly from the controversial refugee relocation program first proposed as a civil defense option twenty years before the war began. Most of the refugges from the Washington, DC area are absorbed into the more rural areas of Virginia and Maryland.

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The Freedom-class cargo ship Providence Freedom is delivered in San Diego, California, the last of 150 of the class delivered.

In Paris, General George Stark, DIA station chief in Amsterdam (and the senior DIA station chief alive in Europe) has agreed to "assistance" terms with the French government. In addition to providing for French and Belgian government sustainment of NATO troops that are not (or were) belligerents in the recent invasion until those same governments can provide for the evacuation of them and their equipment and supplies, the French and Belgians are to provide 10 million of the following: rounds of small arms ammunition, pre-packaged combat meals and gallons of diesel fuel. The fuel will be transferred along with 1 million gallons of aviation fuel using NATO's Central European Pipeline System, which despite multiple Spetsnaz attacks, remains partially functional. The French and Belgians will also provide 100,000 rounds of 20-40mm autocannon ammunition, 100,000 mortar rounds, 100,000 artillery rounds, 25,000 105mm tank gun rounds, 25,000 120mm tank gun rounds and 100,000 tons of bulk food. The Belgian Air Force will transfer 12 F-16As, 500 Sidewinder Air-to-Air missiles, 2,5000 dumb bombs and a package of spare parts, as well as providing parts and assistance in returning the 50th and 86th TFWs' grounded F-16s at Hahn and Ramstein Air Bases in the occupied zone to service. (The fuel required for the evacuation flights of USAF and RAF aircraft from the zone is to be provided by the French and is in addition to the aviation fuel transferred under the agreement). The French Air Force will also provide assistance in returning six grounded C-130s and two E-3 AWACS to service. Finally, the transmission lines across the Rhine are to be reactivated, with 500 MW of electrical power to be continuously provided at no cost for the remainder of the year. (These amounts are much reduced from Starks initial demands, but both sides realiized that the former pre-war allies were in a complicated situation, that France and Belgium are both officially neutral in the NATO-Pact conflict, and in some ways having to adjust their thinking as both sides retain sufficient nuclear weapons to inflict enormous damage on the other).

The sail training ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl is released from the shipyard in its homeport of Bergen, Norway, where it was completing a retrofit that modernized the ship's systems and restored much that had deteriorated over the ship's 84 years of service. The work is nearly complete and the owners (a school ship consortium) want the ship available rather than completely updated.

The 289th Motor-Rifle Division is activated in the outskirts of Baku, Azerbaijan from surviving students and faculty of the Baku Higher Combined Arms Command School, a motor-rifle officer training academy. Conditions in the area are terrible and it will be some time before the division is ready to support Transcaucasian Front.
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January 17, 1998

The 40th Training Division is formed at Camp Rilea, Oregon from surviving personnel of the 40th ID(M), which was decimated in fighting outside Warsaw the prior summer.

Aside from Charleston, South Carolina has suffered little damage in the nuclear exchange, while nuclear strikes along Mississippi and Alabama’s gulf coasts have disrupted the fishing trade.

The new year of 1998 in the USSR is ushered in with famine and epidemic. The nuclear exchange has ruined almost the entire harvest of the Soviet Union. Fuel shortages, coupled with the extremely cold winter, lack of water and medical care, and the breakdown of civilian control all contribute to the huge number of deaths in the country.

Unofficially,

The Belgian defense minister objects to the terms agreed to the prior day by his French counterpart, especially when word is received by his logistics chief that much of the ammunition and fuel to be provided under the deal are to come from Belgian stocks. (While a valid complaint in regards to the relative burden between the two nations, much of the Belgian materiel is of German, American or Dutch origin, or already in widespread use among NATO combatant nations and therefore, less likely to be detected by the Soviets as aid that violates the nations' neutrality. Likewise, Belgian fuel depots are already linked into the CEPS pipeline system.)

The Royal Australian Navy takes delivery of its last ship for a great many years, the frigate HMAS Arunta, from the Williamstown shipyard near Melbourne.

The mobilization-only 106th Motor-Rifle (my 232nd Rear Area Protection) Division is activated at Slavuta in the Carpathian Military District. The unit, the shadow formation of the 97th Guards Motor-Rifle Division, is initially assigned anti-partisan duties, where its woeful equipment stocks (with two battalions with BTR-152s and two and a half battalions of T-34/85s) are less of a problem than if it were to face NATO troops or even the heavily armed remnants of the Jugoslav and Romanian armies in the Balkans.
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CEPS runs through France and Belgium in addition to the belligerent NATO countries and is also carries civilian capacity on a space available basis. I wonder how much activity there’s been by Soviet/WARPAC SOF and sabotage assets? Or how many small scale engagements by French and Belgian security forces.

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I extensively mined that website; it is an incredible resource the likes of which I'm sure the DIA would have killed for (or prosecuted anyone that revealed if they had their own internal version!) back in the 80s. The page above that in the structure http://www.ww2.dk/new/army/msd/msd.htm lists it among the mobilization-only divisions, which is why I categorized it as such. There was an earlier version of the site that had a heirarchy of readiness from A all the way to G. (A to C are the familiar ones, D is a unit like this that has a fairly substantial equipment pool and cadre, F are training divisions and G are more along the lines of "a warehouse full of SKSs and RPDs, two colonels and a list of local reservists."
The internet is just such an awesome place for geeks to find information on their subjects of passion. It's amazing what one can come across here. I bet DIA had those infos in the 80s, a lot of the barracks are clearly referenced with US terminology and names, but imagine a broader public of experts could have had these information back then: Big data analyzes are just so powerful when compared to smaller data studies.
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January 18, 1998

Quebec declares its independence from the Confederation of Canada and closes its borders. The Quebecois say that the destruction of Quebec is the fault of the English-dominated government and their French puppets in Ottawa. The new government of Quebec establishes a national capital at Sherbrooke and calls to France for assistance in defending Quebec's right to nationhood if the need arises. The various police, militia, and army personnel in Quebec are organized into a national army.

The 126th (my 92nd) Guards Motor-Rifle Division, a Category C unit from the Odessa Military District, is ordered to depart its home station to bolster Soviet anti-partisan operations of Jugoslavia.

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A French VAB APC of the 94e Régiment d'Infanterie, on patrol outside Breda in occupied Holland, is destroyed by a roadside explosion and unknown assailants open fire on the survivors. None of the French soldiers live long enough to see the arrival of the relief force.

A second convoy of excess cargo ships departs the North Sea anchorage off the German port of Bremerhaven. Meanwhile, the shut-down of the ships of the first similar convoy is nearly complete in a fjord outside Stavanger, Norway. The ships are drained of fuel (both heavy fuel oil and diesel), their light armament removed and all ammunition transferred to support vessels, and all food and consumables removed. All hatches and portholes are sealed, ships of similar size are "rafted" together and secured to moorings on the seabed.

Colombia’s civilian government is overthrown by Army and National Police units that are in the pay of the drug cartels, joined by the forces of the FARC and ELN. The Colombian Navy and Air Force, joined by the AFEUR anti-terrorist unit and about a quarter of the Army and National Police remain loyal to the government as civil war rapidly breaks out, with the rest of the Army and National Police, joined by FARC and ELN guerrillas and cartel militias opposing them. USMC trainers and US Army Special Forces troops that are training and assisting the Colombian military are caught up in the fighting.
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Despite the nuclear strike near Omaha, the city is not abandoned because of its central location and proximity to the grain belt, and the fact that it is a rail transportation hub. West Virginia, while not a target of the nuclear strikes, is undesirable as a relocation site due to its remoteness. The only nuclear target in Indiana is the Whiting oil refinery facilities in the extreme north. Casualties from radiation are significant, due to the heavier strikes in Illinois. The large cities are not evacuated, since food is relatively easy to get to them, but civil unrest reduces the population. Wisconsin was not a target of the nuclear strikes and is not severely damaged by radiation. Disease, shortages, and exposure take their toll, however.

Colonel Piotr Bulganin, a GRU agent in the UK, is captured by the British Army.

The armies of the world are in sad shape following the long 1997 campaign and nuclear attacks on both the forces in the field and their homelands, the source of ammunition, reinforcements and replacements, fuel, spare parts and new weapons and vehicles. The average strength of NATO combat divisions at the front has fallen to about 8,000, with U.S. divisions running at about half of that. Warsaw Pact divisions now vary widely in strength, running from 500 to 10,000 effectives, but mostly in the 2-4,000 range. Lack of fuel, spare parts, and ammunition temporarily paralyze the armies. There are no surviving governments to negotiate peace, which, unfortunately, could have come if they had existed. Only the military command structures remain intact, and they remain faithful to the final orders of their governments. In a time of almost universal famine, only the military has the means of securing and distributing rations. Military casualties have been much lower than casualties among civilians.

Filming of sitcom Darwin Was A Monkeys Uncle aboard the replica USS Constitution is halted when it becomes apparent that TV sitcoms will no longer be aired.

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The Belgian Defense Minister is replaced as the Belgian Prime Minister travels to Paris for discussions on the administration of the occuplied territories. As he leaves Brussels his motorcade is confronted by mobs of angry Dutch-speaking Belgians, livid about the treatment of their ethnic kinsmen in Holland.

STAVKA orders the activation of another mobilization-only division, the 160th Motor-Rifle, in the North Caucasus Military District. The division is formed from troops assigned to a PVO missile training brigade and excess personnel from the Yeysk naval air base. Most of the unit’s stockpile of equipment has been depleted in the years of war that preceded its activation, leaving a handful of relics from the Great Patriotic War as the division’s artillery and tank park.

SOUTHCOM is only in intermittent contact with government and military commanders in the United States due to the chaos from the attacks. Traffic through the Panam Canal is almost non-existent as power and fuel shortages sweep the United States and other countries cutting shipments by sea.
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France recognizes Quebec as a sovereign nation and pledges its support of its independence.

The state of Utah has not been touched by the nuclear exchange (except for a few radiation-linked deaths). The post-strike food shortages do not cause the casualties they do elsewhere. This is partially due to the state's agricultural self-sufficiency, and partially to emergency food supplies kept by LDS church members and the philanthropic principles urged by that church's teachings. Despite the nuclear strike on Cheyenne Mountain, damage from radiation and famine is not severe in adjacent Colorado. The refineries and the aerospace industry of Washington have been destroyed in the nuclear exchange, while almost 13 percent of the megatonnage of the nuclear strikes fell on targets in the state of California. In Alaska, the North Slope oil fields were not a target of the nuclear strikes, since there are no refinery facilities there. However, the Alaskan pipeline has been cut in several places by Soviet ground troops, and the storage and shipping facilities at the pipeline's southern terminus were rendered unusable when X Corps withdrew in the fall. Most of the oil fields in the rest of the state (around Anchorage, for instance) are severely damaged as well, even if not in areas occupied by Soviet troops.

Colonel Piotr Bulganin, the GRU agent captured the prior day, kills himself before the Army can obtain any major secrets from him about the GRU.

The commander of the 126th (my 92nd) Guards Motor-Rifle Division responds to STAVKA's orders for his division to depart Ukraine and assume anti-partisan duties in Jugoslavia. (Unofficially), He notes that his division is severely under strength and has no food, fuel or service ammunition and that STAVKA has made no transport available to move the unit to Jugoslavia. He also notes that his division, even if at full strength, lacks the ability to self-deploy over such a long distance. He therefore respectfully declines to move his unit until such resources are made available.
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Just as an aside, Texas got 20% of the raw megatonnage...and that's without counting the Robison and Lemont "TX" strikes.

Simulated blast/thermal casualties using 1997 population numbers:

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Row Labels    Sum of DEAD    Sum of INJURED
  AK              56,458         63,775
  AR              17,068          4,804
  CA           2,351,092      3,959,548
  CO              80,312        212,910
  D.C.           154,505        209,690
  DE              29,978         72,862
  FL              78,144        155,504
  GA              96,106        113,808
  HA             142,806        173,417
  IL             161,965        382,009
  IN             292,938        687,750
  KS              74,068        128,815
  KY              18,108         31,010
  LA             317,448        434,875
  MD              73,376        196,922
  MI               3,084          2,312
  MO              70,093        124,063
  MS              33,175         29,282
  MT              22,008         22,743
  ND              13,808          1,490
  NE             128,254        157,453
  NJ           1,190,951      2,482,863
  OH             239,258        395,548
  OK              85,812        102,746
  ON             227,526        248,054
  PA             394,571      1,337,164
  SC               6,553         34,633
  TX           1,423,363      2,088,855
  VA             438,193        646,737
  WA              16,691         25,812
  WY              26,419         23,055
Grand Total     8,264,131    14,550,509
Sometime this annum I hope to have fallout casualties modeled with a decent fallout model (decent means better than the quick and dirty elliptical WSEG-10 algo used by NukeMapTools) capable of producing a nice fallout map as well.

The ON casualties are ONLY the Windsor Ontario attack, and all of those are actually Michigan, US casualties (I don't have gridded population data for Canada added to the population database), so obviously MI is grossly undercounted in the above pivot table.

Howling Wilderness states the population of the United States was reduced to 68% of it's prewar level by Jan 1 of 1999, or about 87 million dead after 13 months. If we use a rule of thumb and say half of the injured in the above table died from their injuries, and throw in another 5 million deaths from fallout, that gets you to ~20 million dead, so you need to fill in another ~67 million dead due to famine, disease, and civil unrest through 1999.

And then another 50 million dead through June of 2000. That's a lot of narrative writing to fill in the handwaving details that GDW left to the referee (or Chico in this case).

And if you go with the Howling Wilderness bleakness, another 100 million dead once the drought induced famine winds it's course, landing you at ~34 million survivors by 2002-2003 timeframe.

As an aside, I think the drought should be retconned into something a little more milder than killing off 75% of remaining population. The severity of the drought simply is not realistic given the size and water diversity in the United States (the US has a more reliable and redundant agriculture water structure at the national level than just about any other country, ESPECIALLY in the Deep South, where - even if you turned off the rain for a year or two, there's enough ground water able to be tapped to sustain subsistence agriculture for the half-sized surviving population.
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The drought always felt a bit contrived from my position. Kind of like they needed a way to keep the badness going.

The big killers I could see would stem from a disruption of petroleum based society, leadership casualties, and a loss of population and resource control. The final straw was the Mexican invasion, which finally destroyed any progress made towards addressing the above.

Society in 1997 (and now) runs on petroleum. That's everything from a lack of petrochemical feedstocks for fertilizers to fuel for the firetruck coming to put your jury rigged chimney fire out. Systems just grind to a halt until alternative sources can be found or production restored; think the last harvest scene in Threads. Coal, burning trash, etc. hydro might answer some requirements, but they lack the ability supplant the omnipresence of petroleum. That said, there's going to be "islands" of (relative) better off (NW PA/W NY, ARK-LA-TEX, OK, etc.) where some oil still flows, and things limp along with shortages.

The strikes and chaotic post-strike environment prevented a smooth succession of leadership. Cannon and Chico's history have done a great job of showcasing the effects of disruption of leadership across the nation on unity of effort. Despite having a shell of a plan in place, with national caches, evacuation plans, and prepared refugee areas there was no one in authority post-strike to ensure execution and more importantly adjustment. While a functioning NCA was able to execute a series of strikes against the USSR, there was no corresponding authority to conduct a concurrent campaign to mitigate (control seems unachievable) the effects of damage and ensure the "islands" were identified and connected into what remained of a national web. Or, for that matter, to conduct triage of surviving populations and allocate resources.

Both of the above feed the problem of population and resource control. In the post-attack environment, the challenge of marrying vital sectors of the population up with the resources needed to rebuild elements of the national production, distribution, and storage networks was unmet. Instead, both Cannon and Chico's history show the effects of uncontrolled groups of refugees consuming resources that could be better used else where. Functioning leadership protecting the productive "islands", determining distribution of resources on a state and national level, with the wherewithal to either enforce order or enforce a blockade of non-essential areas was required for effective management of the crisis.

People die in dribs and drabs due to the failure of the above. Without an effective means of providing the resources of a petroleum based society, there's less of everything to go around, and fewer ways to keep what there is; so people starve, die for lack of soap and bacitracin, or freeze. Lack of effective leadership lets the crisis continue and deepen- nobody is making the calls to stop throwing good money after bad and resources (food, fuel, security forces, spare parts) are squandered (Just look at what's lost when SUBBASE Groton is overrun). Finally, by not adjusting plans to protect and reallocate what was left to surviving industry resources were squandered in ineffective sectors or responding to ancillary threats (imagine a full court press to muster enough production to properly process and distribute the 1997 harvest or if the response to the Mexican invasion had been handled by not denuding the country of remaining military forces).

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January 21, 1998

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Officers and senior NCOs of the small French garrison of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon off Newfoundland board a light transport aircraft for a low-level flight to Sherbrooke, capital of the newly independent nation of Quebec, to help form and train the new nation's army.

US Army Europe begins a series of organizational and logistic streamlining as the first evacuation convoys from French occupied zone begin arriving. Administratively, the flow of replacement troops and equipment has almost entirely halted, requiring the losses sustained in the prior year's campaigning to be filled from resources already in theatre. The Army's support structure is in apalling condition between attacks from Soviet Spetsnaz teams and pro-Soviet partisans, the tactical nuclear exchange and the French invasion. The first evacuation convoys carry troops of the 21st Theater Army Command, who are tasked to establish a new support structure in central Germany. The command establishes a headquarters in the Kransberg Castle, a prewar US Army facility with extensive bunkers north of Frankfurt and begins planning to reoccupy a variety of Bundeswehr and US Army storage sites and ammunition dumps (all long emptied of materiel) to house the troops being withdrawn from the occupied zone. Likewise, the Air Force reassembles the remnants of 17th Air Force headquarters (its home station at Sembach Air Base was nuked in September) at the air defense control bunker under Erndtebrück, not far away from 21 TAACOM and begins coordinating the reassembly of USAF Germany.

The mobilization-only 283rd Motor Rifle Division is activated in the Crimea, formed from stay-behind troops of the 126th Motor-Rifle Division. By 1950s standards it would have been considered underequipped, with three battalions of BTR-152 APCs, a full complement of T-34/85 tanks and various Second World War and 1950s artillery pieces and FROG-5 SSMs; the division's sole anti-tank weapons are a battery of 57mm ZiS-2 anti-tank guns and less than 50 RPG-2 rocket launchers.
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January 22, 1998

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The El Paso area is on the verge of being overwhelmed by streams of refugees from Mexico. 9th Texas Brigade’s harsh methods of dealing with the flow soon cause tensions with the Mexican government.

The destroyer USS Morton, approaching Kenya through the Indian Ocean, is intercepted by an A-1 Skyraider of the 2nd Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, which is performing a routine surface sweep.

The first evacuation flights of F-16s depart Hahn Air Base in the occupied zone to Jever Air Base near the German North Sea Coast.

Several German corps (VI, X, XI and XII Korps) are repositioned internally to reinforce the remnants of the territorials that were overrun during the French invasion as well as provide internal security and spread the burden of supporting troops across larger areas.

Within the US Army in Europe, instructions are issued to selectively deactivate subordinate units, reassigning their remaining troops and equipment to other subunits pending receipt of limited numbers of additional troops from rear area, naval and air force commands. Commanders are given wide discretion to promote soldiers who displayed leadership aptitude over the preceding months into leadership positions, pending receipt of additional troops.

7th Army and 4th Army's G-4s (supply officers) issue a directive to centralize control of key supplies currently held at division and corps level. Fuel, rations, guided missiles, MLRS rockets, chemical and tactical nuclear weapons and FASCAM, ICM and Assault Breaker artillery rounds are all to be managed centrally; initially commanders must cease issuing them without further permission and report stock on hand, permitting US Army Europe to reallocate these scarce resources to where most needed.

To the west, French Army commanders are taken aback by the sheer quantity of US Army and USAF materiel to be evacuated as American commanders refuse to abandon the smallest scrap of assets built up in over 50 years of occupation. Belgian Air Force technicians complete the transfer of the first F-16A, handing it over to a small American team that inspects the aircraft before flying it off to Jever Air Base.

Rains in eastern Africa begin to slow military operations as the limited road network, already heavily damaged by fighting and overtaxed even in peacetime, degrades under flooding and poor drainage. The weather also limits aerial resupply operations, even if the small fleet of support aircraft (and requisitioned civilian aircraft) had fuel and sufficient capacity to resupply the fighting forces.
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I wonder what else goes out under the table from the Belgians. FN Herstal, MECAR, and FdZ all make a range of NATO standard munitions and material. The Belgians also license built the F-16.

If nothing else hopefully the US Liaison Team got a few days of good food, hot showers, and laundry!
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I wonder what else goes out under the table from the Belgians. FN Herstal, MECAR, and FdZ all make a range of NATO standard munitions and material. The Belgians also license built the F-16.

If nothing else hopefully the US Liaison Team got a few days of good food, hot showers, and laundry!
I tried to structure it so that the compensation items are things that Belgium produces and was possibly in widespread use in 1997 throughout the alliance, so that FN-marked brass, for example, wouldn't immediately raise red flags if the GRU recovered some. That the burden falls disproportionately on Belgium also is another example of who the senior partner in the endeavor is! The license-building of the F-16 was in cooperation with the Danes; absent their cooperation (and possibly components from the US) the Belgians are unable to build more. (And the Belgian F-16As are Block 5 or 10 standard, unable to fire AMRAAM or use guided munitions; IRL the Belgians started upgrading their F-16 fleet in 1997 but in this environment, with Belgium sitting out the war, they get nothing and their F-16s remain essentially unchanged from late-70s standard. To the USF of early 1998 a dozen of these planes are better than no aircraft at all, but a far cry from what had been coming off the lines at Ft Worth in November.

The head of the US delegation's little brother is a certain DIA colonel we all know...
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January 23, 1998

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Graebarde reports that farms in the US feel the fall as much as anyone. The modernized American farm depends on electricity to run all the modern conveniences. Animal enterprises especially suffer as it is rapidly discovered the normal crew cannot handle 1,000 hogs in confinement when the power fails, nor can the egg and broiler factories or the giant dairies. Even the smaller operations have trouble with the smaller herd and flocks they manage. It takes perhaps two to three times as long to milk out a cow by hand compared to a milking machine. (Longer for hand-milkers not used to the task, as their forearms tighten up from the squeezing). The four persons on a 50-cow dairy spend most of the day just getting the 40 or so cows milking at the time milked out, leaving no time for the myriad other tasks needed on the farm. Then arises the question of what to do with all the milk, or in the case of egg factories all the eggs, that accumulate in the first couple of days. Many of the large operations soon have no workers showing for work for a number of reasons which compound all the problems. Herds soon die off. Chickens and hogs start to starve unless someone turns them loose, and winter is not a good time for the housed animals to be set free to fend for themselves, something that was bred out of them long ago. Crop farmers fair somewhat better with their crops either in bins or silos on the farm or at the community grain company’s granary. As the transportation system fails, however, there is no way for the raw food to reach those that needed it.

Those farmers in the colder areas, predominately north of the Ohio and Missouri Rivers suffer as well as heat sources disappear. Very few have alternative means of heating their homes that are adequate for prolonged periods of time. The generator to run the electric heater or fans on gas stoves need fuel, which soon becomes scarce due to distribution and supply problems, which government policy seems to direct what aid arrives in rural areas to the refugees from the cities. Many farm homes are destroyed by fires caused by improvised alternative heat sources.

While food for the most part on farms is available, it is unprocessed. Most of the smaller holdings still maintain at least a token garden, but almost all modern farms rely on the same source of food as the city folks, the local markets. The specialization of the modern farmer works against them - dairymen have milk, most have some beef or a pig in the freezer as well as eggs and so forth, but most are not stocked up as their pioneer ancestors had been. The elderly, remembering the depression and war years of WW II are somewhat better prepared, having been ingrained with stocking up, but never all.

The winter takes its toll on the weak and sick, both two- and four-legged. Starvation conditions, while not as severe on most farms, exist. Local government support, in the form of USDA representatives, county agricultural extension agents and state agricultural university faculty, are not forthcoming in first winter after the attacks. Most farmers do not leave their farms other than perhaps cluster several families onto one farm for security. Neighbors help neighbors. Those with heat take in those without. Those with food share with those without. Refugees are ‘placed’ on farms. Some had been there before during prior evacuations at the outbreak of the war or in the flurry of panicked evacuations that followed the outbreak of nuclear warfare in Europe and Asia in July. Some are welcomed back as good helpers; others are sent packing as soon as the farmer is able to do so. The government procures food from the farmers, primarily raw food stocks. Cereal grains are coarse ground in on-farm mills intended to grind feed for livestock on many farms. The coarseness does not matter since it goes into gruel. Excess animals are butchered on a regular basis, or procured by the government for relief efforts. The farmers are given chits for the produce and livestock taken, but there is not much faith it will ever be worth anything.

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The destroyer USS Morton arrives at the Kenyan port of Mombasa after a month and a half-long voyage from San Diego. The aged destroyer requires several weeks of repairs to restore the ship to adequate condition.

On the Warsaw Pact side of the front line in Europe the situation is desperate. Soviet and Polish troops are exhausted, their units depleted by months of battering NATO forces and nuclear attacks, at the end of supply lines across a nation devastated in two campaigns from one end of the country to the other, sustained by a USSR that has been at war for over two years, its economy in shambles as it supported war on five fronts. NATO troops have been expelled from nearly all Polish territory (a slice of northwest Poland, including the battered city of Szczecin, remains under control of US Marines), and Soviet, Czech, Hungarian and Italian troops occupy Austria and southern Germany along a line from Lake Constance through Augsburg and Regensburg through to the Czech border south of the Hof Gap.

The communications and transportation networks of the western USSR, Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia have been shredded by NATO conventional and nuclear strikes over the preceding year, the economy of Poland totally destroyed, the Polish harvest a complete failure, and Czech industry severely damaged by the war. The surviving Polish population faces death by starvation and exposure. Faced with these challenges and with Soviet units averaging 2-4000 men (from one seventh to one third of authorized strength), the Soviet Western TVD is in no position to continue offensive operations (or even to mount a coherent defense, if by some magical means, NATO could muster the force to counterattack).

The most immediate challenge is to sustain the fighting forces and the Polish population, followed by reorganization and reconstruction of the Pact armies. To lessen the burden on the transportation network (and to assist in maintaining martial law in the USSR) 1st Byelorussian Front and the reinforcements released by RGVK (most crucially the 1st Shock Army) are recalled to the USSR, ordered to leave a portion of their heavy weapons and vehicles behind for transfer to units remaining in Poland. (Compliance with those orders is more theoretical than real, but they do result in some replacement equipment reaching units still in contact).

Warsaw Pact units on the front line currently consist of: Baltic Front (with 11th Guards Army replacing 22nd Army) on the northernmost section of the Oder River from the Baltic Coast to Kostrzyn, where the 1st Western Front sector begins. That formation (with 8th Guards Army and 2nd Polish Army on the front line, with the remnants of 1st Guards Tank Army in reserve) faces the US XI Corps, and is responsible for the front south to Forst, where 2nd Western Front (2nd Guards Tank Army and 20th Army at the front, with 3rd Shock Army in reserve) assumes responsibility for the front line through to Zittau, at the common border of East Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia. From there, 1st Southwestern Front with 4th Czech, 21st and 1st Czech Armies guards the East German border and occupies south Germany through the city of Regensburg. Second Southwestern Front (with two Italian and one Hungarian corps under command, as well as its own 16th and 41st Armies) occupies Austria (with 2nd Czech Army, assisted by 8th Tank Army) and southern Germany from Regensburg to Lake Constance. Reserve Front, with 22nd Army, 4th Guards Tank Army and the 3rd Polish Army, remains in central and eastern Poland, assisting the remnants of the Polish Internal Front in rebuilding devastated Poland and restoring communist rule while serving as a reserve for the Western TVD.

In the air over western Germany, another flight of F-16s takes off from the French occupied zone, this time from the 86th Tactical Fighter Wing at Ramstein, heading for Hohn Air Base north of Hamburg.

Another mobilization-only division, the 67th Tank, is called up in the Siberian Military District. Formed in Novosibirsk from stockpiles and a small cadre of the 85th Motor-Rifle Division. The division’s stockpiles of equipment were depleted long ago to support other units, and the 67th only manages to receive a handful of T-55s and a smattering of Second World War-era artillery pieces. The rest of the division (which never receives a full complement of troops) is formed into a cavalry force.
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January 24, 1998

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Congress, surviving members of which have been gathered at the Greenbriar Resort in western Virginia, has still failed to reach a quorum. The Speaker, watching the supplies at the luxury complex rapidly depleting and members drift away to attend to their districts, declares the House of Representatives adjourned. The Senate follows a few hours later, and America's elected representatives begin to disperse into the chaos outside the gates. A lucky few members are able to convince Capitol Police officers to accompany them, their firepower being traded for the priority access to food that the member presumably exercises.

17th Air Force headquarters in Germany is rapidly coming to the conclusion that there are few remaining air bases available to use. Several bases were overrun by Soviet and Italian troops in Bavaria, Bitburg, Sembach and several others (as well as all of RAF Germany's) were struck by Soviet nuclear weapons and most of the remaining USAF bases in Germany were west of the Rhine and are now lost to the French. The remaining Ground-Launch Cruise Missile fleet (from the squadrons based in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands) have been assembled in the woods and hills north of Frankfurt being rapidly occupied by US Army support units, and the day sees the first of several C-130 flights, escorted by armed USAF F-16s, carrying remaining B61 nuclear bombs out of American and Luftwaffe bases in the occupied zone.

The 254th Motor-Rifle Division, a veteran prewar Category A division that started the war stationed in Hungary before participating in the Romanian and Austrian-Bavarian campaigns, is brought forward from a reserve position in Austria, assigned to reinforce 21st Army in northwestern Austria.

The California City Freedom, on its maiden voyage using a scratch crew (the ship was delivered in early December), arrives in Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island to load cargo from surviving military production in New England. Three new UH-60 helicopters are flown aboard from the Sikorski plant in Connecticut, three containers containing nearly 800 Stinger missiles are loaded along with several dozen containers with complete engines and spares for F/A-18s and A-10s from a plant outside Boston. Other ammunition loaded aboard includes several containers of small arms ammunition in Pact-standard calibers (7.62x39, 7.62x54, 12.7x108 and 14.5x114mm) manufactured in Connecticut under contract to the Chinese Army. The largest prize is loaded aboard the vehicle deck, eight LAV-25s (also originally ordered by the Chinese and produced at the reactivated GM plant at Framingham) as well as an inoperable M-47 tank salvaged from a VFW post in Rhode Island. A cargo that will help the tanks already in Europe remain operating, two dozen complete M-1 tank engines and several containers of parts, has also been assembled from the plant in Connecticut, which continued producing the engines faster than the remaining tank plant (in Detroit) could install them in new tanks. Finally, a wide array of small arms from New England's arms makers are loaded aboard.
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Just as an aside, Texas got 20% of the raw megatonnage...and that's without counting the Robison and Lemont "TX" strikes.

Simulated blast/thermal casualties using 1997 population numbers:

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Row Labels    Sum of DEAD    Sum of INJURED
  AK              56,458         63,775
  AR              17,068          4,804
  CA           2,351,092      3,959,548
  CO              80,312        212,910
  D.C.           154,505        209,690
  DE              29,978         72,862
  FL              78,144        155,504
  GA              96,106        113,808
  HA             142,806        173,417
  IL             161,965        382,009
  IN             292,938        687,750
  KS              74,068        128,815
  KY              18,108         31,010
  LA             317,448        434,875
  MD              73,376        196,922
  MI               3,084          2,312
  MO              70,093        124,063
  MS              33,175         29,282
  MT              22,008         22,743
  ND              13,808          1,490
  NE             128,254        157,453
  NJ           1,190,951      2,482,863
  OH             239,258        395,548
  OK              85,812        102,746
  ON             227,526        248,054
  PA             394,571      1,337,164
  SC               6,553         34,633
  TX           1,423,363      2,088,855
  VA             438,193        646,737
  WA              16,691         25,812
  WY              26,419         23,055
Grand Total     8,264,131    14,550,509
Sometime this annum I hope to have fallout casualties modeled with a decent fallout model (decent means better than the quick and dirty elliptical WSEG-10 algo used by NukeMapTools) capable of producing a nice fallout map as well.

The ON casualties are ONLY the Windsor Ontario attack, and all of those are actually Michigan, US casualties (I don't have gridded population data for Canada added to the population database), so obviously MI is grossly undercounted in the above pivot table.

Howling Wilderness states the population of the United States was reduced to 68% of it's prewar level by Jan 1 of 1999, or about 87 million dead after 13 months. If we use a rule of thumb and say half of the injured in the above table died from their injuries, and throw in another 5 million deaths from fallout, that gets you to ~20 million dead, so you need to fill in another ~67 million dead due to famine, disease, and civil unrest through 1999.

And then another 50 million dead through June of 2000. That's a lot of narrative writing to fill in the handwaving details that GDW left to the referee (or Chico in this case).
Thanks!!!!!!

Once things slow down (and I think in general the number of daily occurrences will decrease markedly from here on out) I'm going to try to pull together a google map of the exchange, with ground zeros and yield/weapon/firing unit/date data noted. I'll send you a pm as that develops so you can work your magic!

While I am discovering/mining more sources about the growth and rampages of various marauder groups and disease outbreaks around the world, I don't anticipate getting too granular about the casualties worldwide. It just gets depressing! I am hoping to provide some more detail about the significant campaigning of the year - the Alaska counterattack, Mexican invasion, Iranian internal security, African wars as well as the summer campaign in Europe, much as I was able to flesh out the French invasion of the Rhineland.

Enjoy!!!
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Just as an aside, Texas got 20% of the raw megatonnage...and that's without counting the Robison and Lemont "TX" strikes.

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Howling Wilderness states the population of the United States was reduced to 68% of it's prewar level by Jan 1 of 1999, or about 87 million dead after 13 months. If we use a rule of thumb and say half of the injured in the above table died from their injuries, and throw in another 5 million deaths from fallout, that gets you to ~20 million dead, so you need to fill in another ~67 million dead due to famine, disease, and civil unrest through 1999.

And then another 50 million dead through June of 2000. That's a lot of narrative writing to fill in the handwaving details that GDW left to the referee (or Chico in this case).

And if you go with the Howling Wilderness bleakness, another 100 million dead once the drought induced famine winds it's course, landing you at ~34 million survivors by 2002-2003 timeframe.

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That goes in the direction of my thinking as well. Texas will probably take decades to clear and clean up, but it would be an important project for the generation of T2K-millenials in the US, due to resources and LOCs across the Americas and the Gulf.

The drought seems extremely over-written. By that time, most survivors would likely have been relocated to arable lands or found themselves a plot to farm. The US would de-industrialize heavily, but small workshop industries would soon spring up in the newly found farming communities and nearby larger cities. The knowledge is still there and some of the tech-base and critical infrastructure as well. Rule of thumb might put the US at 150 million survivors in the early years of the 21st century. They would boom incredibly fast, probably generating the largest generation since the baby-boomers, due to available space, food and lack of social security. Infant mortality would be much higher, of course, but with local antibiotics and vaccine production (it's not that hard technically, if you know what you're doing), that'll be manageable as well.

It would be interesting to narrate, how the survivors incorporate the inevitable rise in misformed infants due to radiation damage to parental genomes. That could go very different, depending on the local community.
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If nothing else hopefully the US Liaison Team got a few days of good food, hot showers, and laundry!
If the Belgians welcomed their US guests, then these will return well fed and slightly drunk. I never left Belgium hungry and once attended a conference in Liege, where we got served wine for every occasion and meal, except breakfast. France supposedly has similar customs.
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That goes in the direction of my thinking as well. Texas will probably take decades to clear and clean up, but it would be an important project for the generation of T2K-millenials in the US, due to resources and LOCs across the Americas and the Gulf.

The drought seems extremely over-written. By that time, most survivors would likely have been relocated to arable lands or found themselves a plot to farm. The US would de-industrialize heavily, but small workshop industries would soon spring up in the newly found farming communities and nearby larger cities. The knowledge is still there and some of the tech-base and critical infrastructure as well. Rule of thumb might put the US at 150 million survivors in the early years of the 21st century. They would boom incredibly fast, probably generating the largest generation since the baby-boomers, due to available space, food and lack of social security. Infant mortality would be much higher, of course, but with local antibiotics and vaccine production (it's not that hard technically, if you know what you're doing), that'll be manageable as well.

It would be interesting to narrate, how the survivors incorporate the inevitable rise in misformed infants due to radiation damage to parental genomes. That could go very different, depending on the local community.
IIRC, even as far back as ~1979 when the Office of Technology Assessment published "The Effects of Nuclear War", the Northeast US imported about 90% of their calories, so there would be a precipitous die off and/or population migration there. But not 90%. The Northeast actually has some decently productive agriculture potential, it just isn't economically competitive with 10,000+ acre agricorps in the Midwest at pumping out corn and wheat. And with the lights going out, the offices and factories closing, and no more welfare or social security payments and no more grocery stores, probably in the short run, pretty much everyone becomes a gardener, a farmer, a soldier/militia person, or a predator. Or dead.

A big determinant of any given locality's ability to arrest the slide into anarchy, starvation, and apocalypse would be the ability to procure enough food to sustain the population through to get the local harvest in...and the ability to get enough seeds to get a local harvest in. There would be lots of surplus labor available to hand till and weed fields.

I actually think for the US, the period between Dec 1997 and Nov 1998 is one of the most potentially narratively rich and under developed areas. There's a short lived period where things appear to be recovering a bit, but then the transportation system collapses and national government ceases and areas are left to their own devices.

This is where you see groups like the Texian Legion rise in East Texas (in my Head Canon, I have them being an amalgamation of the Texas State Guard, military "deserters" from the Red River Army Depot, biker gangs, and lead by a corrupt Sheriff - whose brother is a leader of a biker gang, forming up to "deal" with refugees streaming north from the Houston/Beaumont areas in the south, and Shreveport in the East). In the absence of Federal and state authority, other entities will spontaneously organize to defend what they have, or take what they need, or they will be victimized by groups that beat them to the punch. In most cases, this "spontaneous" organization will be on the skeleton or the structure of prior, pre-war organizations.

I'm also an "optimist" in the sense that I think most obviously predatory outfits would have a short life expectancy unless they were very well armed (i.e., the military could get away with it, for a while). If you look like a bandit, there will be a lot of frontier justice and shooting first and asking questions later, and there won't be any point taking prisoners if food supplies are already an issue. Of course, in some areas you might have a failure cascade that forces communities to become marauder to survive, but traditionally this type of unrest has been fairly uncommon historically even during widespread famine.

Also, the US has, on average, over a year's worth of grain already harvested. A famine in 1998 would be largely due to distribution not production issues, and would be a regional issue, not a national one - a lot of areas are self-sufficient from a calorie perspective.

All that being said, game would likely be hunted largely to extinction in the fist 3 months of a collapse scenario. Hunting should be much harder than it is in the rules.
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January 16, 1998

The Mid-Atlantic states are, in some ways, the hardest hit by the war. The famine and dislocation resulting from the nuclear attacks causes these states to experience a reduction in population levels unprecedented in human history. Linden, Perth Amboy, Paulsboro, and Westville New Jersey have all been subjected to nuclear attacks. Almost a million people became casualties in these strikes, and more die in the civil strife that followed. The northern areas of Manhattan are almost completely abandoned. Inhabitants this far north had always lived with some minor fear of the motives of their neighbors to the south and are among the first to flee to northern New Jersey and upstate New York. The remaining major urban centers in Pennsylvania - Harrisburg and Pittsburgh - remain intact except for the inevitable episodes of looting and food riots that winter. Electricity and fuel are sharply rationed everywhere, of course, and the general breakdown of transportation and food distribution leads to severe food shortages and widespread starvation just as they did in most other parts of the country. Most rural areas, however, possessed of long-standing traditions of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, continue very much as they always had, their inhabitants enduring lean, hard times with patience, determination, and outright stubbornness. The region's principal problems stem directly from the controversial refugee relocation program first proposed as a civil defense option twenty years before the war began. Most of the refugges from the Washington, DC area are absorbed into the more rural areas of Virginia and Maryland.

Unofficially,

The Freedom-class cargo ship Providence Freedom is delivered in San Diego, California, the last of 150 of the class delivered.

In Paris, General George Stark, DIA station chief in Amsterdam (and the senior DIA station chief alive in Europe) has agreed to "assistance" terms with the French government. In addition to providing for French and Belgian government sustainment of NATO troops that are not (or were) belligerents in the recent invasion until those same governments can provide for the evacuation of them and their equipment and supplies, the French and Belgians are to provide 10 million of the following: rounds of small arms ammunition, pre-packaged combat meals and gallons of diesel fuel. The fuel will be transferred along with 1 million gallons of aviation fuel using NATO's Central European Pipeline System, which despite multiple Spetsnaz attacks, remains partially functional. The French and Belgians will also provide 100,000 rounds of 20-40mm autocannon ammunition, 100,000 mortar rounds, 100,000 artillery rounds, 25,000 105mm tank gun rounds, 25,000 120mm tank gun rounds and 100,000 tons of bulk food. The Belgian Air Force will transfer 12 F-16As, 500 Sidewinder Air-to-Air missiles, 2,5000 dumb bombs and a package of spare parts, as well as providing parts and assistance in returning the 50th and 86th TFWs' grounded F-16s at Hahn and Ramstein Air Bases in the occupied zone to service. (The fuel required for the evacuation flights of USAF and RAF aircraft from the zone is to be provided by the French and is in addition to the aviation fuel transferred under the agreement). The French Air Force will also provide assistance in returning six grounded C-130s and two E-3 AWACS to service. Finally, the transmission lines across the Rhine are to be reactivated, with 500 MW of electrical power to be continuously provided at no cost for the remainder of the year. (These amounts are much reduced from Starks initial demands, but both sides realiized that the former pre-war allies were in a complicated situation, that France and Belgium are both officially neutral in the NATO-Pact conflict, and in some ways having to adjust their thinking as both sides retain sufficient nuclear weapons to inflict enormous damage on the other).

The sail training ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl is released from the shipyard in its homeport of Bergen, Norway, where it was completing a retrofit that modernized the ship's systems and restored much that had deteriorated over the ship's 84 years of service. The work is nearly complete and the owners (a school ship consortium) want the ship available rather than completely updated.

The 289th Motor-Rifle Division is activated in the outskirts of Baku, Azerbaijan from surviving students and faculty of the Baku Higher Combined Arms Command School, a motor-rifle officer training academy. Conditions in the area are terrible and it will be some time before the division is ready to support Transcaucasian Front.
The (relatively) peaceful resolution to securing the repatriation of bypassed US assets and bases is especially well thought out and well done. Really enjoyed the winding down of Franco-Belgian invasion/occupation of the Rhine.
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France seizes the Rhineland west of the Rhine River from Germany and sends its III Corps alongside Belgian units into the Netherlands. The Dutch 302nd Infantry Brigade, a territorial unit holding the Breda-Tilburg area, is attacked by the French 8th Marine Parachute Regiment. The Dutch successfully defend their positions, while the Bundeswehr, with its efforts split between internal security/disaster relief duties and preparing for a counteroffensive in the south, offers less vigorous reistance. Unofficially, French progress is slow. While airborne and heliborne troops are successful in securing key chokepoints near the border, the roads are clogged with abandoned civilian vehicles and the advancing columns are mobbed by swarms of desperate refugees, who assail the advancing troops with requests for food. Armored units are able to deploy their tanks' dozer blades to clear roads, while other formations are forced to shuffle their engineer units to the front; units reliant on trucks or wheeled APCs make minimal forward progress through the morass of humanity.

NATO operations in the Mediterranean (competing with the French) are dependent on the last sizeable operating refinery in North Africa, at Bizerte, Tunisia.

The new year starts off with good news for the Americans in the Persian Gulf. 2/325th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division makes contact with the forward outposts of the 48th Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Georgia National Guard). The American paratroopers are an incredible sight. Many of them are wearing a mixture of Kurdish clothing and US camouflage fatigues. The 82nd's commander, Major General Jack Joyner, rides out on horseback looking for all the world like a Kurdish hill chief.

The beginning of the year also sees the French FAR in action against pro-Soviet rebels in Senegal, Mauritania and the Horn of Africa.

Unofficially,

In a briefing about plans for 1998, the acting head of FEMA reveals the existence of the 37 strategic reserve stockpiles to President Munson. Given the quantities of food on hand, remaining electrical and petroleum production and security situation, Munson concurs with the recommendation not to reveal their existence to state authorities and local FEMA officials and to reevaluate the decision in the fall, when the food and other supplies in the caches might be more strategically directed. The stockpiles established and maintained separately by the state of Texas are broken open by their guard forces (dispersed platoons of the Texas State Guard and guards at state penitentaries) and used to sustain their ongoing operations.

In northern California, leaders of the Hells Angels and affiliated outlaw motorcycle clubs/gangs gather following the activation of the agreed-upon Plan Alpha worked out a year ago. Over 1500 members of the clubs, all heavily armed, have come together at a ranch owned by a club member just south of the Oregon border. A similar gathering is occurring in southeastern Ohio, despite the damage done by nuclear strikes on Ohio and Kentucky.

RainbowSix reports that Headquarters, US Naval Forces Europe (USNAVEUR) is reformed at the Royal Navy base in Portsmouth.

The Belgian Army's I Corps' two divisions make little progress on the first day of the invasion as they struggle in difficult terrain around Maastrcicht and Aachen, the corps' initial objective. While the Dutch resistance in the region is disorganized (Dutch forces largely consist of lightly equipped territorial security companies and platoons, which are highly motivated and able to take advantage of prepared defensive structures due to the former presence of NATO high command posts in the area). To their south, the French I Corps overruns Luxembourg, easily overwhelming the nub of the Luxembourgois Army that survived the previous year's action in Norway. The French II Corps' offensive moves north along the level terrain along the west bank of the Rhine, which has become crowded with makeshift refugee camps.

RainbowSix comments that while the British Ambassador in Paris protests the “act of unprovoked aggression”, the UK is in no position to offer more tangible support to either the Netherlands or Germany.

The remaining Red Army command staff at "Moscow Center" (actually a bunker outside the city) decide to call up the remaining mobilization-only divisions to combat the growing internal unrest and prepare for a final offensive that will wipe NATO forces from Western Europe. Making this happen, however, will prove challenging, to say the least.
Despite the damage done by combat against WP forces, heartening to see the Dutch and German militaries give the Franco-Belgian invasion a bloody nose and not simply get run over roughshod.
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