Afters years of mis-management from Moscow, the Russian Far East territories form the Republic of Sakha and secede from the Russian Federation.
Islamic extremists topple the Algerian government and declare an Islamic Republic. All foreigners are expelled and the economy nosedives.
Christian paramilitaries announce their presence by capturing several federal buildings in the mid-west - most are ruthlessly dispatched by Delta teams after negotiations fail.
Nigeria and Congo conquer their weaker neighbours; their economies boom as new oil and mineral reserves are discovered.
South Africa changes its name to Azania after Botswana & Zimbabwe voluntarily allow themselves to annexed into the new union. Azanian President Mbeki allows nervous Afrikaners to create an autonomous homeland called Orangeria.