Here is a fictional account of a possible 21st century world war.
Allies: USA, Great Britain and Commonwealth Nations, Japan, Greece, Israel, India, South Korea
Eastern Alliance (EA): Russia, China, North Korea, Turkey, Southeast Asian Nations, Pakistan, Middle East, North African Nations, Former Soviet Republics.
Neutral: European Union, Sub Saharan Africa, Central and South America
Russia, China, Pakistan sign a treaty to share oil reserves and military intelligence. This causes fear in India, so they mobilize their Military to protect their borders. Iran is invaded from two fronts through Afghanistan and Iraq by the United States Army. A world wide Islamic call to arms causes all Middle Eastern nations to declare war on the U.S. This includes Pakistan. India then declares war on Pakistan and launches nuclear strikes which Pakistan returns, killing millions. The United Nations holds an emergency meeting and all members of the Security Council sign a pact to not deploy any nuclear weapons in the coming conflict.
Conflict: Year 1
Russia mobilizes along the former Iron Curtain and then signs a peace treaty with the European Union. Russian troops move into Afghanistan and Iran first as defense, but then they start to seize oil fields. The U.S orders the Russians out but China and Pakistan back Russia because of their treaty.
Meanwhile, the new Islamic Unified Army launches a massive attack against Israel who does not deploy nuclear weapons but manages to hold off the invaders. Egypt takes control of the Suez Canal and refuses to allow the Allies access. The Allied bases come under attack in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. They decide that they cannot hold onto these areas with Russia and China looming so they withdraw to bolster Israel.
North Korea launches a huge offensive in South Korea and China’s entire Navy cuts off the US from reinforcing Seoul. South Korea falls with huge US casualties and the U.S. forces in Korea surrender. This is a huge moral boost for the Eastern Alliance. Japan maintains a national defense and navy, but they do not launch an offensive to help the US troops.
A massive Russian Land and sea force mounts in eastern Siberia. The Allied Pacific fleet moves north to counter the Russian Navy. Alaska is heavily fortified causing a stand-off between Russia and the USA across the Bearing Sea.
Australia sends troops to bolster India who is invaded across the Himalayas by China and from the west by Pakistan. A bitter fight for the Indian subcontinent ensues.
Turkey invades Greece from the east, and Russia invades from the North. The Allies officially declare war on Russia and China. Greece is lost to the EA because the allies put the defense of Israel as the first priority. The Black sea oil trade and all access to Asia is now lost to the Allies. India is holding out, and Israel is the only foothold that the Allies have on the entire Asian continent.
With the bulk of the US navy in the Bearing Sea, China dominates the south Pacific. Japan will still not engage the Chinese or Koreans. Australia is threatened by the Chinese, so they pull out of India for the defense of Australia. India soon falls to China and Pakistan. The Allies desperately try to get Europe to enter the war but they still refuse. Poland asks for support due to the massing of Russian troops along its border. The allies fear a land war with Russia, so they do not mobilize in Europe.
Cuba, Columbia and Venezuela join the EA and attack the Panama Canal. The allies ask Mexico and Brazil to join the war effort, but they remain neutral. The U.S. deploys troops to defend Panama which they do easily. Cuba is taken by the US and all of North and South America is secured, although not officially with the Allies. With the US defenses weakened in Alaska, the Soviets launce the largest naval battle in History against the US Pacific fleet. China’s Navy then moves into the pacific and attacks Hawaii. The U.S. Navy is victorious against Russia, but with heavy losses.
The U.S. takes the offensive and moves most of the forces into The Middle Eastern theater. This weakens the west coast, but the US gambles that Russia and China will not invade the United States. The British lead an offensive breakout from Israel and retake the Suez Canal and most of Egypt. The Islamic Unified Army crumbles and the Allies retake most of Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, securing much needed oil reserves. The allies are constantly engaged by insurgents and holding the area is very costly.
Russia and China launch a joint counter offensive into Iraq, and the largest land battle in human history ensues. It is nicknamed Armageddon because of the massive death and destruction on both sides. The battle is an allied victory, but they are weakened and susceptible to insurgent attacks.
The US navy begins an offensive into the south pacific after the Russian Navy is subdued. China is no match for the US with its heavy aircraft carriers now in the mix. Japan finally joins the war and they launch attacks into Korea and China. The U.S. blockades the entire Pacific Rim and tries to force the surrender of China. Russian Navy moves into the Atlantic and begins pirating European shipping. A stalemate begins to develop and no land battles exist for the last half of year three.
The Allies now hold naval and air supremacy and blockade all EA ports. Russia, desperate for food, oil, and money invade Poland. This breaks the stalemate and allows a new European front to open up. This is just what the allies needed. Germany joins the allies and they begin a land invasion of Russia. Moscow is besieged and the Russian people are dying by the millions. India revolts and retakes the subcontinent with support from Allied air power. The allies liberate Tibet, and invade western China. Japan invades China and a huge land war takes place along the great wall. The US opens an eastern front by invading Russia from Alaska. With all hope of victory lost Russia surrenders to the European Union’s demands and remains in control of all territory it held before the war. The US army in Siberia now heads south and takes Manchuria and Korea.
China and Japan agree to a mutual ceasefire. As do India and Pakistan. The Middle East is the last battleground of the war. The insurgents are still active, but the allies now have the full force of their armies along with the European Nations. The entire Middle East is put under the control of the United Nations. The national boundaries are reformed into states with a representative democracy controlling the new union of Middle Eastern states. All of the monarchies and dictatorships are collapsed and the fundamentalist movement is subverted by democracy.
China is severely weakened, and remains the world’s only communist country. Manchuria and the western province of Xinjang have been taken over, and are now new nations. Aided by the CIA, a people’s revolution rises up in China and overthrows the government. A new democratic constitution is ratified in China marking the official end of the War to end all Wars.