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Old 09-13-2009, 09:34 PM
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I started with France and Belgium (on another thread) but I figured it would be nice to have every regions in a single thread. I'll start with Portugal and Spain. My daughter was caughing tonight and she woke me up at 2:00am. As I didn't feel like going back to bed I typed it.

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Both Portugal and Spain hold a special position during the Twilight War as both, despite being members of NATO, don’t see any fighting near their respective soils.
Prior to the conflict, Portugal had engaged in a huge modernization of its civilian infrastructures, building highways, modernizing airports, harbors and industrial network around Lisbon and Porto. The most impressive of this achievement was open to the public only two years before the war: it is the bridge “Vasco de Gamma” that crosses the Tage River. Achieved before the universal exhibition of 1998, it was, until its destruction, the longest bridge of Europe. In addition, still turning away from its recent past, Portugal was the only member of NATO to maintain the reduction of its army. Older equipments were being stored instead of being scrapped and plans were made to rebuild the army but, in 1999, the Portuguese Armed Forces had never been so small.
Spain, for its part, had experienced civil unrest in the Basque Region since 1996 and the assassination of JosĂ© MarĂ*a Aznar LĂłpez by the ETA. This resulted in the cancellation of the election (Felipe González Márquez being confirmed to office under an initiative taken by the Congreso de los Diputados) and the establishment of a state of emergency that was still in effect when the Twilight War started. The measures taken in 1996 are soon approved by the Cortes Generales and many are still in effect when the war starts over Europe. In 2000, the Spanish military had been engaged in a mild guerilla war for four years and, if the country had remained a democracy, a state of emergency is still in effect over the Basque region. In addition, the armed forces, much like the country itself, had been engaged in a huge modernization and expansion program while the Consejo de Ministros has been jointly presided by the president and the king for the last four years.
Both Portugal and Spain, active members of NATO, remain only mildly involved during the first stage of the conflict. Several units from both countries have been sent to the frontline in respect of the treaty but no strike had touched any of them. If France is hit several times France, Portugal and Spain remain outside of Moscow’s reach. Their respective industries had been turned to war production and by early 2003 both countries are essential to the NATO supply network over Europe. In addition, outside of ETA activities, both countries are surprisingly stable and the population remains highly supportive of the war effort, taking the few privations with good will.
The situation changes in mid-2003 when NATO decides upon the use of tactical nuclear weapons. In early fall both Portugal and Spain find themselves largely involved in the offensive that has been launched in Italy. Their naval forces are forming a good part of the Task Force supporting the operation and several of their best units are spearheading the attack, landing in Italy. They perform well but the loss of naval supremacy (The loss of the Principe de Asturias is a huge blow to the Spanish Navy) hamper their action and the land operation fails, essentially because of insufficient supplies. Finally both countries are subjected to several nuclear strikes in 2004.
A single missile is targeted at Portugal but the effects are devastating. A MIRV (550kt) hit the refinery located 10 km north of Porto, destroying the modern commercial harbor, the airport and damaging the northern quarters and the wealthy coastal area “da Foz”. Nevertheless, despite extended damages the city survives with the Eiffel Bridge still standing intact. Four more isolated MIRV (550kt each) hit Coimbra (and the Monte Real air base nearby), Montijo, Setubal and Sintra while the last five wreak havoc on Lisbon itself. Another missile, launched from a submarine is targeted at the Azores, hitting the islands with 4 MIRV (100kt each). These 4 MIRV are all targeted at Terceira Island and they destroy both cities along with Lajes Field (the main US air base on Portuguese soil).



As the dust settle, central government has vanished, the country has lost 40% of its population and unrest is spreading fast. Die-hard communist that have been living in Alentejo and Algarve rise up and form a number of soviets, seizing power where they can and taking control of Beja with its airbase. This is presented as a great victory by Portuguese communists but they take control of an empty shell as most aircrafts had been evacuated to Braga, Bragança and Vila Real. Soon, the communists lose control and soviets turn to marauder while chaos spread to the central region. Surviving cities and villages are raided and, often, the towns that survive still have standing medieval walls.
The RegiĂŁo Norte, which is more lightly damaged (despite almost a million casualties) and which is more densely populated takes immediate action. The local government declares independence and deploys what troops and GNR it has available. In addition, people’s militias are formed under the authority of land lords and are charged with the enforcement of daily security. Abuses are not unknown of but they remain reasonable. A month later, the new government takes control of the Baixo Vouga and DĂŁo-Lafões sub-regions extending its influence slightly to the south and bringing half a million more people under its protection. Porto city remains important as its wineries are turned to alcohol production and as its ancient docks are serviceable for small ships but the city lose some of its influence when the government is moved to Braga. Eight months later, in 2005, RegiĂŁo Norte joins with the Spanish region of Galicia, the new entity takes the name of “Free Republic of Galicia” and its capital is moved again, the government settling in the city of Vigo.
While Portugal is hit several times, Spain suffers an even worse fate as many of its major cities are subjected to nuclear attacks. When the strike is over 11 Spanish cities have vanished: Barcelona, Cádiz, Cartagena, Gijón, La Coruña, Málaga, Madrid and its surroundings, Palma, Tarragona, Valencia and Zaragoza. Central government is gone, the king has been killed and a fair part of the army is fighting abroad, leaving the local authorities with insufficient means of action. With no power supply and modern communications down, most cities turn to themselves, establishing as many independent local governments. What military units remain is mobilized and local commanders take oath to the various local authorities. Everywhere, Guardia Civil units are expanded, accepting whoever wants to enlist and soon it is difficult to distinct them from bandits and marauders.
By mid-2005, chaos has spread to most of Spain. Cities and their immediate surroundings are pretty much safe but tensions between them are slowly increasing while Guardia Civil units are often sent out on brutal raiding missions. Electricity, except for tiny local productions, is a long gone memory and no one has the means to reestablish it. On one hand, the Basque region and the western Pyreneans are now in open Civil War. On the other hand, Galicia has joined with the northern part of Portugal. This progressive decay continues into 2006 except for Catalunya. Galvanized by their nationalistic feelings, people there have managed to regain control of the region and declare independence, establishing their capital at Berga. Having a number of military units at hand, the government closes the border, seizing the province of Huesca in the process, taking control of several small river power plants that will prove instrumental in its survival. Finally, within a month of its independence the new government establishes a citizenship rule based on ethnic background. Spanish people from anywhere in Spain are immediately expelled and brought to the province borders (wild executions are not unheard of). Spanish people who can prove that they were living in the province prior to the war are allowed to stay but they are not granted full citizenship: they are not allowed to several jobs (especially administrative and power position) while factories of strategic importance belonging to non-Catalan are taken over by the provincial government. However, full citizenship is granted to people of Catalan descent. For reason of convenience the Spanish language is still tolerated but Catalan becomes the official language.


Several month later, in 2008, the situation remain that throughout the Iberian peninsula. Roving bans of Guardia Civil continue raiding most of the countryside. Electricity remains a memory almost everywhere and the surviving infrastructures are experiencing fast decay. The only exception is that of Galicia where a number of dam on the Douro River have been put back on line. Several more cities have been damaged to a large extend and they are now largely abandoned while open civil war is still taking place over the Basque region. Cities are increasingly hostile toward each other and the only authority exercising some kind of national control is the Catholic Church of Spain which constantly expends its influence under the authority of Archbishop Felipe GĂşzman who rules from Sevilla. The Holy Inquisition has been revived in Rome and a few inquisitors have been sent to Spain. On occasions, they travel from cities to cities but so far they don’t meet with a warm welcome and the Archbishop limit their action.
Catalunya is the other exception but, despite strong popular support, the government remains unable to repair the much needed infrastructures and it is currently looking for outside help. As a result, negotiations are carried out with the Franco-Belgian Union but they have yet to come to their conclusion.

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Old 09-14-2009, 12:43 AM
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When the Twilight War begins, the Kingdom of Netherlands is among the first NATO members to fully support the US decision to answer Germany’s call for help. Over the past decade, the Dutch Army slightly increased its size, mobilization procedures had been improved and within days of the German call, a Dutch Corps is assembled and sent east. In addition, several air force units are rebased to Germany.
Later, as fighting becomes increasingly bitter, the Dutch dedication to the War doesn’t faint and reinforcements are constantly sent out while reserve units are created to take duties at home and behind the lines. The navy is also doing its share and while its losses during the first Atlantic Campaign had been high this doesn’t result from a lack of competence but rather from outstanding behaviours.
During a single engagement the Frigate “Jan van Brakel”, covering the retreat of the damaged aircraft carrier “Nimitz”, faced alone one of the Slava-class cruiser of the Warsaw Pact. The engagement lasted for two hours, allowing the “Nimitz” to escape unarmed and, at the end, the Slava-class cruiser was forced to retreat with extended damages. The frigate was so crippled that she had lost half of her crew along with her Command Bridge and part of her bow. Nevertheless, some of her weapon systems were still firing at the cruiser while it was retreating before reinforcements could reach the spot. At last, most survivors were transferred on the Belgian frigate “Wandelaar” while the “Jan van Brakel” was slowly brought back to port. She was lost before she could reach Amsterdam.
When the nukes start to fall, the kingdom is among the primary targets and its major cities are all hit, sometimes repeatedly. Amsterdam, Breda, Dordrecht, Eindhoven, Haarlem, Nimegen, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Zaanstadt are all destroyed. The dikes have been reduced to rubble or have sustained extensive damages and the low lands are flooded. In the outcome, the level of casualties in the Netherlands is among the highest of Europe but that doesn’t decide Queen Beatrix to end her engagement to NATO. The troops are maintained in place, fighting with rage whenever they are encountered.
This engagement only stops in 2005 with the French invasion of the southern part of the country. The Dutch are on their knees and what little troops are available to them cannot put up more than token resistance. Queen Beatrix asks for help and support to her NATO partner. Canada, Germany, Norway and UK answer with what little forces they have but the US joint chief of staff, despite giving its verbal support, orders two US brigades to remain where they are. Outraged one of the US commander, still obeying orders, informs the Dutch government of his instructions. The Queen and her surviving ministers, residing in England, are stunned and, on the next day, they order all Dutch units to withdraw from combat and to head back toward the country in order to face the Franco-Belgian threat. Again, US authorities don’t give them a hand but the British do their best to help their return.
At last, what troops gather to the Netherlands can do very little but they are enough to attempt organizing what is left of the country. Units are taking cantonments in several of the surviving cities and they engage in security duties. Nowadays, they are still facing regular incursion by marauders but they have brought at least a limited stability. The government recently moved back to Groningen while the surviving ships are now stationed in the small harbour of Harlingen. A few oil rigs have been secured in the North Sea allowing for a trickle of oil to be produced but most of it is supplied to the few aircrafts still operating from Leeuwarden. The Dutch are still lacking in everything and electricity production is non existent but, outside of foreign marauders, the country can be considered organized, the population taking the situation with patience and some kind of philosophy.
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A couple ideas for Spain.
-There are many small electricity production facilities on the many small rivers of the Pyrenees, mostly in Aragon. Some could even be expanded to supply small towns (a few already are for small hamlets), and base cantonments.
-Right wing parties would give some trouble in your scenario after their leader is killed. Maybe not civil-war-level, but high enough in the political level. It's a tradition here, for "left" and "right" (traditional meaning was lost long ago ) to be as antagonistic as possible. These will be very reactionary to a Catalan independence (possible guerrilla scenario?), and somewhat less in Galicia (they almost conder it "their turf").
Our political scene is... complicated even for us. That's why I try to ignore it
-In the target list for Spain, Tarragona was higher in the list than some of the others you mention. Then, Catalonia capital could be Berga, a classic (one of them) of the most radical nationalists.
Unless you want to leave the refineries and chemical industry intact for some dark purpose, of course.

Maybe Marc can add something more.

Your scenario leaves the Canary Islands (and the several military and naval units there) mostly intact. A temping but difficult target for Morocco and assorted pirates, and a stepping stone for trans-Atlantic travel and commerce.
The same goes for Madeira and Cabo Verde.
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A couple ideas for Spain.
-There are many small electricity production facilities on the many small rivers of the Pyrenees, mostly in Aragon. Some could even be expanded to supply small towns (a few already are for small hamlets), and base cantonments.
I didn't know that but I will modify some of the text accordingly. I have spent twenty years (at least 2 month a year) in Portugal but don't know much about Spain outside of regular crossing. By the way you'll find the same thing on the French side of the Pyreneans.

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-Right wing parties would give some trouble in your scenario after their leader is killed. Maybe not civil-war-level, but high enough in the political level. It's a tradition here, for "left" and "right" (traditional meaning was lost long ago ) to be as antagonistic as possible. These will be very reactionary to a Catalan independence (possible guerrilla scenario?), and somewhat less in Galicia (they almost conder it "their turf").
Our political scene is... complicated even for us. That's why I try to ignore it
I definitely agree to that and that's what I wanted to imply. Nevertheless, I didn't want to develop it as it was not entirely relevant to the game.

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-In the target list for Spain, Tarragona was higher in the list than some of the others you mention. Then, Catalonia capital could be Berga, a classic (one of them) of the most radical nationalists.
Unless you want to leave the refineries and chemical industry intact for some dark purpose, of course.
As you insist I'll be happy to blow Tarragona (I had insuficient informations on the city). I'll go for Berga as you know more about this than I'll ever do.

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Maybe Marc can add something more.
I truly hope he will. always apreciated his various comments.

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Your scenario leaves the Canary Islands (and the several military and naval units there) mostly intact. A temping but difficult target for Morocco and assorted pirates, and a stepping stone for trans-Atlantic travel and commerce.
The same goes for Madeira and Cabo Verde.
Cabo Verde being part of Africa (and an independent country) I'll adress it later. I knew about the Canarias and it was a mistake on my part. Nevertheless, I leave them alone for now. I already blew up the base on the Azores and that is enough. Madeira was left aside on purpose for exactly what you imply. Nevertheless, all these islands because of the specific location deserve some special attention and I will think of it later. May be I'll do a post on Atlantic Remote Islands (Madeira, Canarias, Cabo Verde, St Helena...).
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Ei Mohoender! I'm back again after holidays and I'm wishing to read the last version of your timeline. I have still one entire week of holidays that I will spend at home, so I will have enough time to take a closer look to your work.
Anyway, I will start wiht this thread and leave the others for the night.

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-In the target list for Spain, Tarragona was higher in the list than some of the others you mention.
I'm afraid Kellhound is right... you must destroy the Reus-Tarragona area. In our group discussion about the situation of Spain in a Twilight background, the petrochemical industry and the dock/port facilities in this area are at the top of the list. So, blow them up.

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-There are many small electricity production facilities on the many small rivers of the Pyrenees, mostly in Aragon. Some could even be expanded to supply small towns (a few already are for small hamlets), and base cantonments.
A very plausible situation. I agree with Kellhound. Mmmmm...And it would be an interesting area where to develop a game/adventure.

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-Right wing parties would give some trouble in your scenario after their leader is killed. Maybe not civil-war-level, but high enough in the political level. It's a tradition here, for "left" and "right" (traditional meaning was lost long ago ) to be as antagonistic as possible. These will be very reactionary to a Catalan independence (possible guerrilla scenario?), and somewhat less in -In the target list for Spain, Tarragona was higher in the list than some of the others you mention. Galicia (they almost conder it "their turf").
Our political scene is... complicated even for us. That's why I try to ignore it
In essence, I agree with Kellhound, too. I'm trying to ignore our political escene, too. But without success for the moment... Sometimes they are so noisy...

The independence of Catalonia is a strategic loss for Spain and could be an important cause to a limited civil-war state. I think that it's not easy to polarize the will of the catalans towards the unilateral declaration of independence. So, you must search a very good reason or the kind of desperate situation that would cause this declaration. Through history, our past conflicts in Spain are often more related to trying to change the entire political map of the country to make it a more suitable place for our interests than for gaining the independence. I only remember a single uprising that, eventually, pursued the independece from Spain and it was in the background of the Thirty Years War. And, even in that moment, the initial spark was not the independence but the anger caused by the excesses of Spanish troops in Catalonia while on route to fight the Frenchs. After the uprising, Catalonia proclaim her independece and looked for the French support as the only, desperate solution to avoid the Spanish retaliation. I think a similar situation could match your timeline. The excesses caused by the hastily expanded Guardia Civil forces of your timeline could do the job. As Kellhound stated, any movement of Catalonia towards the independence would have an inmediate response of the right wing parties, that would blame the government, a left wing government with Felipe González in your timeline, to be too soft. Possible certain areas of Spain, depending of their political balance, could declare themselves not tied to the legal goverment. A true Twilight:2000 situation...
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. The government recently moved back to Groningen while the surviving ships are now stationed in the small harbour of Harlingen. A few oil rigs have been secured in the North Sea allowing for a trickle of oil to be produced but most of it is supplied to the few aircrafts still operating from Leeuwarden. The Dutch are still lacking in everything and electricity production is non existent but, outside of foreign marauders, the country can be considered organized, the population taking the situation with patience and some kind of philosophy.
Um... it's not just the North Sea that would be useful. There are HUGE and ONSHORE natural gas fields in the northern part of the country. BTW, these fields are a good source of helium

Perhaps the French might neutralise the Dutch by making an offer to help rebuild the natural gas infrastructure - in exchange for (maybe) 50% of the output?
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Um... it's not just the North Sea that would be useful. There are HUGE and ONSHORE natural gas fields in the northern part of the country. BTW, these fields are a good source of helium

Perhaps the French might neutralise the Dutch by making an offer to help rebuild the natural gas infrastructure - in exchange for (maybe) 50% of the output?
I didn't know that. Your last point is an interesting one for someone who wants to play after the Twilight War.
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I take a huge risk as I post this: a small background on Oceania (full of weaknesses as it's aé first draft). I'm sure I'll be carefully read by our Australian Friends.

All my respect to the country that fascinate me the most on this small round stone of ours (I have dreamt of Australia since I was 5 or 6 and it still remains out of reach).


As the course toward the Twilight War is set and, as the world is experiencing more and more instabilities and unrests, Oceania appears to be quiet. Actually, as the world slowly plunges into chaos, Oceania, and Australia in particular, is experiencing a tremendous social and economical stability.

In the year before the war, most of the Western World is facing economical and social difficulties resulting from fossil energy shortages and a major increase of oil prices. Australia, for its part, is doing well as it benefits from this increase of oil prices and sells more fuel and gas to France, Japan or the USA. In addition, this allows for the exploitation of reserves that were too expensive to extract before. In the meantime, the government increasingly turns toward alternative energies for its domestic needs; therefore, preventing the fast depletion of its fossil fuels reserves.

When war starts over Europe, Australia stands with the allies as it always did but sends only small highly specialized units. With all its military forces expending before the war, Australia could have done more from the beginning but that was declined by the US government as this administration was already expecting another front to open in Asia. As a result, Australia and New Zealand spends the two first years of the war virtually outside of the conflict, preparing for it but only lightly engaged. Military forces, especially air and naval forces, are being built up with volunteers enlisting in large number and military productions increasing to their war level. When, the region finally actively enters the war, its forces are more than ready. Australia has commissioned more ships (including 2 aircraft carriers resembling the Spanish “Principe de Asturias”) and its air and ground forces have been expended. New Zealand follows a similar path and its air force is now flying F-16s in addition to its venerable Skyhawks. Ground forces have been expended as well and naval units that were to be decommissioned are patrolling the seas again.

At the political level, Australia and New Zealand already lay the bases of what is to become the Confederation of Oceania. Their militaries are actively collaborating and a common command has been established. In addition, both countries already establishes the bases for a common market and this is seen as essential because of the constant increase in the region’s income. Raw materials are shipped to the USA and Japan while industries are producing more and more military goods, supplying the allies on the base of some kind of Lend-Lease agreement.

Now engaged massively in Korea and China, Australians and Neo Zealanders prove themselves to be fierce soldiers again. Their navies are largely engage in the covering operation protecting the landing of reinforcements to the Hong Kong area and the crews prove highly skilled. Despite some losses and damages, they are largely involved in the counter attack that sinks most of the Chinese fleet, just north of Taiwan. Later they are providing escorts to convoys supplying the allies in mainland China and Korea, sinking more Chinese submarines than any other allied navies in the region. In Korea, their ground troops supported by a small air corps are spearheading the counter attack that brings the North Korean to the 38th parallel and their SAS units are among the first to bring the war on Pyongyang itself. The situation is more difficult in China where the Chinese proved much better fighter. Nevertheless, again, troops from Oceania are quickly among the most decorated units in the area.

On one occasion, two Maori infantry Battalions will resist and stop an advancing Chinese armored division during 38 hours. When they are finally relieved, they have lost more than 80% of their manpower, including all officers. Upon reading reports from the survivors and after a sorrow investigation, the Allied High Command established that when all officers had been killed their task was taken over by staff sergeants and sergeants. Then, when most sergeants had been killed as well, command was taken over by Corporals and, on several occasions, it was assumed by 1st class soldiers.*


A year later, when the Allies start to withdraw in China, the various troops from Oceania are still there, conducting deep raids in Korea and rear guard fights in mainland China. Actually, SAS, Maoris and Fijians prove the most efficient in COIN actions conducted against Chinese people’s militia. They are too few, however, and despite several successes they prove unable to stop the Chinese guerilla for more than a few days. Nevertheless, Australians and Neo Zealanders are still fighting deep within China as the Allies fall back and they are among the last to break through to join Canton, Hong Kong and Macao.

While the troops are fighting hard, the support from the population doesn’t faint and volunteers are still enlisting daily while workers accept to work overtime to ensure that the troops are properly supplied. This changes only when tactical nukes are used on a large scale into China. Many among the Australian population are astonished and several groups start to protest against the conduct of the war. At first, there are only a few people attending these gathering but that change after the destruction of an entire Australian Regiment. Within a couple of weeks of this event, rumors are circulating that the soldiers were simply sacrificed and that they were ordered to remain in place while the High Command perfectly knew they wouldn’t survive. Within days of these rumors, this is confirmed and protesters gather in large crowds in all major cities as workers get on strike all over the country. Finally, when the government orders the police and the army to restore order, the troops and most officers simply refuse to take any action. Protests continue for an entire week until the government declares that it will bring most troops back home except for those who clearly volunteer to remain in China and Korea.

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This withdrawal is underway when nukes start to be targeted at a wider range of military installations and, then, at cities and towns in different regions of the world. At that moment Australia is hit three times when SS-18 Satan strikes the strategic facilities on the continent (North-West Cape, Nurrungar and Pine Gap). Civilian casualties are somewhat reduced and Adelaide is the only major cities to be lightly damaged but the effect on the population is immediate: anger soon turns to panic and large bodies of people start to leave the cities for the countryside. This time, the army is called upon again and troops are deployed all over the countries to ensure that panic doesn’t turn into a general unrest. This is highly successful and the military deployment is reinforced when the troops finally return home. Of course, the troops’ outstanding discipline is instrumental in this wide success but little could have been done without the population. As people were leaving the cities, they were welcome by those in the countryside and solidarity was everywhere. On the outcome, except for isolated violence, the country remains under control despite its largely deserted cities. It is of course working more slowly that it ever was but it is still functional and various factories are still producing goods and supplies.

At last, when the Exchange starts to reduce itself, it becomes obvious that the region won’t be targeted anymore and people slowly get back to the cities. It is now believed among the Australian High Command that two of the Soviet Boomers had been ordered to attack Australian and New Zeeland cities, but this attack fail to materialize (One of the SSBN was sunk off the coast of Taiwan by a Japanese destroyer while the other was sunk south of Guam by a US Navy P-3 as it was getting ready for launch). This remains hided and when EMPs are finally used most people are at home and this greatly helps the state when order needs to be restored. A martial law is declared on the following day and people are ordered to remain at home. Within a few days, some electricity is restored in the various cities and the government can provide its advice to the people. Within a week, power supply has been restored to all emergency buildings (hospitals, government compounds…) and the authorities are able to organize some kind of supply line to feed the population. Civil unrest is not unknown of but that doesn’t last. Nevertheless, it takes more than four months to the Australian governments to fix most damages.


In the meantime, Indonesia, trying to take advantage of the Australian weaknesses, launches an offensive in Papua-New Guinea while troops are landed near Darwin. The naval landing at Darwin is, however, not entirely successful and the city garrison escapes, conducting several raids on the Indonesian during the following three weeks. The chaos in which are Australians communications buys the Indonesians some times but again that doesn’t last. Modification ends Finally, the Indonesians have been delayed long enough and when the Australian armored elements counter attack their armored units (equipped with AMX-13/90 and PT-76) are wiped out by the Leopard 1 and recently commissioned M1A2 Abrams. Air superiority is also quickly gained and a naval operation is launched on the rescue fleet sent to evacuate the survivors. The Australian, navy loses a few frigates and one of its carriers is lightly damaged but the Indonesian rescue fleet is sunk, losing its best units and much of its combat aircrafts in the process. Fighting continues for two more weeks before the survivors finally surrender. The offensive in Papua-New Guinea is also facing failure as more troops from Oceania are sent to Port Moresby. After two weeks of a successful progression, the Indonesian troops are stopped because of the logistical collapse that follows the losses at Darwin. In fact, Indonesia didn’t escape the effect of the EMPs but, unlike Australia and New Zealand, remain unable to repair most damages and the operations around Darwin consumed most remaining supplies. The government finds itself helpless and all operations come to an end. Finally, when the Australians counter attack in Papua-New Guinea, entire Indonesian units simply surrender.

The population is suffering much in Indonesia and the government is thrown out soon after to be replaced by a pro-Australian one. Peace is signed and the new Indonesian authorities call for Australian help and support. Australia sends engineers and supplies to Indonesia but it also sends several military units. Then, as most of the population in Java and Sumatra is supportive of the Australians, this is not true for most other Islands and guerillas are formed, soon to operate all over the country.

As this short conflict is fought between Indonesia and Oceania, the region faces another threat. Refugees are now coming from all over Asia, especially Japan and Taiwan, in hope for some help. At first, Australia and New Zealand try to bring them some relief and the first refugees receive a warm welcome. Nevertheless, the flood doesn’t seem to slow down and when their number get above three millions it becomes obvious that the situation is getting out of hand. With no other choice, all authorities from the region order their naval units to repel new refugees at all cost. As a result, the region enters one of its darkest ages in history as patrols are conducted daily and boat peoples that refuse to turn around are mercilessly sunk. Survivors are executed with machine guns and anti-air guns.

In the meantime, representatives from Australia, Fiji Islands, New Zealand and Papua-New Guinea meet at Sydney and establish the Confederation of Oceania. Each member is to retain a certain level of autonomy but defense matters and choices concerning strategic raw materials are to be conducted in common.

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Nowadays, the region returned to an almost normal life despite a widespread contamination of the farmlands and some human losses. Martial law is still in effect but it became less restrictive and the civilians are enjoying an access to true luxuries: new cars, technological goods and quality food. Moreover, power supply is available to most even if that access is sometimes limited, especially when it comes to the extremely poor refugees that are now living in the cities suburbs (their population is now reaching almost 5 millions). Industries are largely working and they are still dedicated to producing military goods for the local forces but also for export. The navy and air force is still conducting numerous patrols but the killings of refuges have stopped. Fighting still takes place in Indonesia and they don’t seem to reach a peaceful solution any time soon. Finally, as trade still exists, it is essentially conducted with FBU (France still held Neo Caledonia), Thailand and the remnants of the Allied forces in the Middle East and on the East Coast.

*Inspired by a report from a fight opposing two French Foreign Legion Battalions to a German Panzer Division in 1940.

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Thread can now be updated for Africa with the events detailed in the East Africa Kenya module which concentrates on Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda and Somalia but also includes a lot of information on the war and its effects throughout Africa (the nukes strikes by both sides on multiple countries) as well information on what the Great War of Africa did to the Congo, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe plus some information on the Central African Republic and Liberia.
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About Portugal and Spain, a great work, Mohoender. I will continue with the last version of the timeline later.

As a minor point, I don't like the idea of the inquisitor. I think it's not plausible, though a religious authority trying to exercise a certain control over
a divided country could exist
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About Portugal and Spain, a great work, Mohoender. I will continue with the last version of the timeline later.

As a minor point, I don't like the idea of the inquisitor. I think it's not plausible, though a religious authority trying to exercise a certain control over
a divided country could exist
About Catalunya's independence trigerring a minor civil war. I will not do it. I agree that it is a strategic loss to Spain but this independence is made possible only because of the chaos and because people there think it as an aditional chance toward survival. I'm pretty sure that Catalunya comes under attack but this in my idea remain limited (but it will be useful when conducting PCs through the area). In fact, simply because the rest of Spain has other problems onto its hands and lack the military strength to react. Don't forget that Madrid is gone, central governement has ceased to exist and other regions are competing among each other (less competition might take place in Andalusia but that's far away). For Andalusia, there is no intelligent reason behind some more stability outside the fact that I fall in love with Seville. You can be certain that Spanish cities not to far from Catalunya are raiding the new country. Catalunya d'oesn't simply get its independence, it fights for it especially as it annexes the Huesca province (Aragon must not apreciate that move).

About the religious authority, I like the idea because I think it more than plausible (for Portugal as well). The extend of its control, however, is open to debate (even among myself). Nevertheless, priests have a strong point of reference to rally to and the Catholic church should remain united (at least in name). You might be right about the inquisition (I called it the Holy Inquisition not the Spanish Inquisition and therefore I should think a bit more about it: inquisitors could be around but not especially for Spain. Actually I already rewrote that part). I currently develop the situation in Italy and Italy has a Papal state with Rome intact. In fact, the new inquisition should come from there and it should be very different from the medieval one. Thinking of what you said, Cisnéros (whatever his name) should be in Rome and the new inquisition could well be a development of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (a somewhat inquisition with no judicial power as I see it). IMO Ratzinger would have made a great neo-inquisitor. That position is full of historical meaning and weight (especially in Spain where indeed it might not get such a warm welcome) but I'm fairly convinced that under the pressure of the Twilight War the Catholic Church could very well reactivate it. Actually, in the way I'm writing things John Paul II effectively dies in 2005 but the next pope is not Ratzinger. No chance that they ever elect a German with the Twilight war triggered by Germany (Gee what a weight for poor Germany which doesn't deserve that).

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The inquisition still exists. I think they call it the Holy Office nowdays. They had a hand in controlling the Ecole Biblique, the organisation responsible originally for decyphering the Dead Sea Scrolls (and controlling access to the information derived from them).
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The inquisition still exists. I think they call it the Holy Office nowdays. They had a hand in controlling the Ecole Biblique, the organisation responsible originally for decyphering the Dead Sea Scrolls (and controlling access to the information derived from them).
You are right but "Holy office" has been dropped in 1965 and they adopted a new name : Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Funny how we get back to the same place. As I'm not that knowledgeable in the Catholic Church I didn't know. Making the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith the new inquisition simply seemed obvious to me (as I dislike Ratzinger to the highest point) and I had not done extensive research on it.

As a result, the Full Inquisition is only revived and the Prefect of the congregation simply takes the name of Grand Inquisitor again. In addition, they simply have to revert to one their previous name: Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition or Holy Office of the Inquisition. They might also adopt a new one: Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition (I like that one better)

Thanks Targ, that helped greatly and I would not have thought about checking it that far on my own.
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Protestant here, but I heard the modern Inquisition determines what is "kosher" for Catholics.
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