|War of 2020 ←|
|The Cold War of the 22nd Century|
Clockwise from top-left: European Union forces advance towards a Pan-Asian Coalition Type-2 Titan; a pair of EU A-8 Tiger tanks in the African campaign; an EU MK-1 Titan alongside the PAC Type-2 Titan at Shuhia Taiba; an EU soldier looks on as a PAC Type-2 is destroyed; a PAC T-39 Bogatyr engages EU forces; the ice age which initiated the conflict.
October 2139 - 2147
Europe, Africa, the Pacific, the Middle East
European Union victory presumed
Military of the European Union
Military of the Pan-Asian Coalition
Exact number of casualties unknown, presumed to be extremely high
Exact number of casualties unknown, presumed to be extremely high
The Cold War is a war that occurred in the 22nd century, starting in October of 2139 and ending sometime during or after 2147. The main reason for the outbreak of the war was the onset of a new ice age at the beginning of the 22nd century, which caused vital natural resources to shrink and become scarce. Whilst the European Union had the resources to sustain itself, the Pan-Asian Coalition did not and eventually found no viable options other than taking resources by force.
The cause of the Cold War was due to the desperation of the newly formed Pan-Asian Coalition for resources following the end of the War of 2020. As the ice age began to set in during the 22nd century, Russia, Korea, and parts of Japan were slowly consumed by icy glaciers to the point that half the continent was buried under a thick wall of ice. Mass migration of the Russian people would have taken place and millions would be displaced by global cooling. As the available land was slowly being consumed, so too were the resources needed to sustain the population. The PAC was barely managing to sustain the migrating population from the north, and the colder temperatures slowly affected India and southern China.
Europe, on the other hand, was fairly comfortable with their supplies. The European Union had access to supplies from northern Africa, thanks in part to their alliance with the Union of African States, as well as the plentiful resources in Europe itself, which were resistant, both by nature and later design, to the effects of the cold. It is likely that the PAC would have attempted to acquire a part of Europe's resources through diplomacy with the EU, but this came to no avail. The Coalition was now desperate for resources to sustain its massive population, and the only option left would be to take those resources by force by invading the EU before the ice wall consumed them too.
Tensions between the EU and PAC grew, and a relationship which was already weak was expected to breakdown completely. Prior to 2139, the Coalition would have began a sizable buildup of its armies near to Northern Africa and the EU border, whilst the European Union Military began to fortify the EU-PAC border in Eastern Europe.
The EU's defensive fortifications consisted of three defensive lines: the Minsk Border Line, which ran north-south in Eastern Europe and passing through Minsk; the Brandenburg Line, which passed north-south through Brandenburg federal state; and the Maginot Wall, which ran north-south through Verdun, France. Multiple strongpoints, mostly cities, existed along and around these three defenses. Each of these lines were designed to hold off any attackers and wear down their numbers. If an attacking force was too strong, then the EU defenders would retreat to the next line. It would appear that the EU did not expect a PAC assault to make it past the Maginot Wall, as there were no further defenses of this sort beyond it.
The Pan-Asian Coalition would have moved all of its military towards the EU-PAC border, as well as its African border, in preparation for the diversion attacks on Africa.
Course of WarEdit
By early 2138, the world's six superpowers were heavily fortified, ready to lay claim to the world's remaining sustainable land and resources. Though advances in technology had reduced much of the waste and needs of modern populations, it was not enough to contend with the freezing temperatures. Expecting an invasion by the PAC into the now agriculture-rich plains of North Africa, the European Union concentrated its resources along the Mediterranean, ready to assist the Union of African States. A brief foray by two PAC battalions into Egypt seemed to confirm their suspicions, but the attacks were merely decoys, meant to distract the world from the PAC's primary objective, to destroy the military might of the EU's premiere units still left inactive in Europe. Importantly, despite both sides possessing a large arsenal of nuclear warheads, such an attack would never be an option; the objective was to preserve as much land and resources as possible, and the contamination risk of a single detonation was too great.
The Cold War beginsEdit
The Cold War began in October 2139 with coordinated PAC invasions from the Persian Gulf to the Baltic Sea. In November, as part of the colossal Operation Canute, three battalions led by General Arkadi Petrov entered Minsk, a key EU command center in Northern Europe and the nearest city on the border. The EU's Krieg Panzer 2nd Regiment fiercely defended the city for over four months until the PAC's elite Central Command Group broke through their southern flank, forcing them to withdraw. The Battle of Minsk featured the first deployment of the militarized Titan in combat operations, changing the nature of modern warfare forever. Because of the Titans unmatched and unexpected effectiveness as both a transport and assault medium, their destruction became a crucial component of military strategy - additional BLOC-3 missile silos were deployed as the only defense against these powerful behemoths, to great effect. At Minsk alone, six full-scale PAC and EU Titans were destroyed within the first week of combat.
The PAC was quick to move on from their first victory, swiftly pushing towards Germany - the official headquarters of the EU. In February 2140, under the cover of the perpetual rain that lashed against the city, the PACs X and II Command Divisions swept through Serbia and trapped the EU 9th Armored Corps in the heart of Belgrade. The massive ice wall blocking its retreat, the EU forces, inspired by General Emil Nikoli, staged a tenacious resistance. In March, the PACs Northern Command Group arrived through recently annexed Bulgaria. Led by a swift, V-shaped formation of T-39 Bogatyr battle walkers, the bolstered PAC forces burst through the EUs eastern flank and forced their surrender. With control of Eastern Europe, the PAC turned its sights to the EUs central command in Berlin.
By the end of 2140, the PAC occupied much of Europe but had yet to gain control of the Mediterranean. Northern France represented a key strategic passage, but it was a narrow one, given the wall of ice that had advanced all the way to the 49th parallel. The PAC sped into Lorraine to find a small but resilient EU company holding a section of the Maginot Wall in Verdun. The A-8 Tiger main battle tank more than held its own against the newer Type 21 Nekomata hover tank, allowing the EU to hold the position for almost a month before a fresh onslaught forced them back. Despite being significantly outnumbered, the EU forces at Verdun were able to severely delay the invading PAC divisions. This effort was due in large part to the EUs unexpected proficiency at infiltrating and destroying PAC Titans before they could distribute troops and supplies to the front lines. Soon, however, the PAC countered and eventually matched these efforts, inflicting similar damage to their EU Titan counterparts.
Following the defeat of the EU army in Europe, the stage was set for the PAC military to force its way into the EU-occupied African mainland. In February, 2142, the EU formed The Mediterranean Wall, a line of defenses along the North African coast from Morocco to Egypt. Meanwhile, the PAC was drawing up a series of deception plans under the codenames Kupalo, Dazhbog and Perun. These exercises were designed to preoccupy and divide the EU forces in preparation for the PAC's primary mission, Operation Motherland, a comprehensive, multi-pronged assault on the African continent.
As the PAC launched diversionary strikes from Italy into North Africa, it secretly gathered forces in the Sinai Peninsula to prepare for a full-scale assault on the continent. On May 1, four PAC Command Divisions flew into Libya to engage in a running battle with the EUs 6th Army Group. This left the 5th Corps at the Suez Canal without support when the Southern Command Group, led by General Muunokhoi, raced into Egypt. To attack the EUs Suez Canal position, the PAC relied on a backup Titan squadron to transport assets into the field of battle. Similarly, the EU employed their own Titan fleet to transfer divisions from other posts in northern Africa. While conflict raged on the ground, a secondary battle ensued in the skies as both sides attempted to thwart the airborne delivery of reinforcements. The EU forces narrowly staved off the efforts Muunokhoi's army until help finally arrived via the 10th Airborne Division. Had the PAC seized the Suez Canal, it would have severely compromised the EUs ability to defend Africa.
In an attempt to stop the flow of EU reinforcements to the Suez Canal, the PAC launched a series of raids against key transportation hubs. The most vital of these targets was Tunis Harbor. Thick fog in the Strait of Sicily allowed the PAC to land its 8th Command Regiment almost on top of the harbor defenses. This strategy enabled them to pin the EU forces in the harbor with the Mediterranean at their backs. The Valkyrie Brigade formed the backbone of the EUs defense with their company of L-5 Reisig Battlewalkers. Though the PAC crippled multiple EU supply ships and made off with several thousand tons of foodstuffs and technology, the EU would maintain control of the harbour.
During the attack on the Suez Canal, the EU discovered a Titan factory that had quietly been established in the city of Karkand to help fuel the PAC war effort on Africa. They quickly assembled a small strike force to take out the factory and end its production of vital Titan equipment. The operation succeeded, but there were still numerous other secret Titan factories in the Mediterranean that threatened the EU.
By the end of 2142, freezing temperatures, mass migration and warfare had rendered most of the PAC's occupied territories near uninhabitable. Desperate to sustain its dwindling population, the PAC changed its military focus to capturing key energy, food and water supplies. Shuhia Tabia, a large-scale, EU agricultural project located in northern Egypt, was one of the PAC's primary targets. On November 11, a fleet of Titans carrying six PAC Command Divisions flew into the skies above Shuhia Tabia. They were immediately greeted by the EUs mobile 2nd Army. The resulting battle raged fruitlessly for more than a year. When the EU and PAC clashed at Shuhia Taiba, both sides utilized more than twenty Titans between them. By the end of fighting a year later, only two remained. Continuous assaults rendered half of the plants capabilities useless by the first month. Years later, covered in hulks of metal carnage, Shuhia Taiba would be referred to as the Titan Graveyard.
In January 2143, the PAC tried to appropriate another key resource target in Egypt, the Sidi Power Plant. The modern but city-sized facility provided more than 40% of the Egyptian populations energy. Each coalition initially depleted of manpower and equipment, the battle began primarily as a ground war. The EU's 3rd and 4th Infantry Divisions established three lines of defense, fighting off wave after wave of incursions by PAC Special Forces. In March, armored and airborne divisions arrived for both sides. Within weeks, the fight intensified to become one of the largest and most fervent of the entire war. At first, the PAC utilized its depleted Titan fleet conservatively in its attack on the Sidi Power Station to preserve the facilities assets. Similarly, the EU relegated its armada to primarily non-battle zone transportation duties. Soon, however, the ground war intensified. More air support and delivery was required. Within a month, the skies were again filled with Titans. But the battle quickly turned sour and ended in a stalemate, with PAC seriously crippled and the EU force badly weakened. After nearly two months, the PAC ceased the attack on the station in order to recuperate.
The Liberation of EuropeEdit
The war in Africa eventually began to come to a close. Repeated PAC attacks, including endless assaults across the Suez Canal, had failed to break the European armies and the once multi-thousand strong PAC Titan fleet had failed to achieve anything substantial. The situation had evolved in Central Europe, 2145. A few years into the most desperate struggle in the history of mankind, temperatures were dropping fast but war was setting Europe ablaze. With the bulk of the EU army mired in fierce fighting to the south, PAC forces had marched unhindered into the European heartland, seizing the most defensible urban and mountainous positions in anticipation of a potential, if unlikely European retaliation from Africa. After six years under siege, the EU made plans to go on the offensive whilst the PAC was recovering and push them out of Europe.
In the late summer of 2145, EU forces had reclaimed most of Western Europe and the heartlands of old East Germany and the state of Saxony lay before them. As the arctic winter drew closer, they staged a night assault on the city of Leipzig, the last stronghold of the PAC forces in Europe. The single Titan that remained over the city was downed by EU commandos and crashed in the city park. A heavily defended canal split the city in two. The EU forces even positioned static pod launchers near the canal to aid their infantry assaults. The resistance in Leipzig took the EU by surprise, as they had had a relatively easy time in the counterattack compared to the beginning of the war.
Although the primary war zone was in both Europe and Africa during the Cold War, the two sides fought in several other locations throughout the world. The EU was one of the most powerful organisations at the time, second only to PAC, and had a presence as far as the Pacific.
By the 22nd century, the Middle East had mostly conserved its oil supplies. But the EU Forces had set their sights on the expanse in the Arabian Peninsula once known as Highway Tampa after PAC had been defeated in Africa. In a desperate attempt to keep their mechanized divisions operational the EU needed to claim the surviving oil reserves and seize the only remaining harbor from the remaining PAC forces.
Wake Island, by 2144, had become a cold, snow-covered island compared to its previous tropical state due to the progression of the Ice Age southwards. It is likely that all of the former PAC residents living on Wake would have left for the warmer south lands of Asia before the EU initial invasion.