In a stunning defeat for American forces and a blow for Chinese intelligence, an entire
American carrier battle group is annihilated by sophisticated Chinese missiles.
US President Merim faced with outrage and impeachment at home for having
'snatched defeat from the jaws of victory'. He resigns two days later, followed
by his unpopular vice-president, and the Executive
branch collapses. The Speaker of the House urges Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff General S. G. Haldeman to accept the post of interim president on
the urging of Congress and with huge popular support. His first
action in office is to authorize massive air-strikes and orbital weapon
attacks (Zeus-II and Medusa) against the Chinese mainland.
United Nations dissolved on May 3, 2018 amidst threats of nuclear armaggedon.
Thailand declares neutrality and expels American military advisors.
Border clashes between Indian and Chinese forces. Beijing quickly placates
India with territorial concessions, as it cannot afford a three-front war.
US employs experimental simex
pilotjacks in prototype tele-robotic aircraft.
Renegade Hindu-nationalist Generals in Kashmir and Punjab provoke a
war with Pakistan. A brief nuclear exchange destroys the cohesion of both
armies, and the resultant fallout devastates Central Asia and the Indus river