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For the TV story of the same name, see World War Three.

World War III or the Third World War, was a conflict that broke out at some point during the history of planet Earth. During the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st century, fear of a third world war was usually connected to it being a potentially civilization-destroying conflict involving nuclear warfare.

The Doctor prevented this war from breaking out prematurely on several occasions (DW: The Mind of Evil, Robot), most notably when he prevented individuals from an alternate timeline in which the war did occur in the late 20th century from making it happen. (DW: Day of the Daleks)

Adam Mitchell claimed he nearly caused World War III when, in the late 1990s, he hacked into American Department of Defense computers. (DW: Dalek) The Slitheen family tried to cause World War III in the first decade of the 21st century so they could sell the Earth's radioactive remains as fuel. (DW: Aliens of London / World War Three)

Among politicians on Earth in the early 21st century, there is conflicting opinion as to whether conflicts such as the Cold War, the Persian Gulf War of 1991, and the War on Terrorism, which began in 2001, might actually in retrospect constitute a third world war (contemporary accounts).

It is known that at some point in Earth's history, a conflict known as World War III did occur, followed by a fourth, as a World War V took place on Earth prior to the year 5000. (DW: The Talons of Weng-Chiang) The exact nature of the conflict has yet to be chronicled, although human civilization clearly did not end as a result.

Alternate timelines

In one timeline, Shura, a 22nd century anti-Dalek resistance fighter, traveled back to the late 20th century and set off a dalekanium bomb which destroyed the World Peace Conference. World War III started as various global factions accused each other. In the aftermath, the Daleks took over Earth, ruling over the survivors, resulting in the world Shura tried to prevent. However, he un-did the damage by ensuring that when the bomb went off, the delegates had left safely. (DW: Day of the Daleks)

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World War III was a 21st century global conflict on Earth, waged in part with nuclear weapons, in which an estimated 600 million perished. (TNG episode: "Encounter at Farpoint.")

The possibility of a third global war following the first and second was feared for decades, particularly during the Cold War, when geopolitical tensions between Earth's nuclear-armed nation-states were at their height. Part of the mission of Aegis agent Gary Seven was to prevent these tensions from erupting into full-scale warfare. (TOS episode: "Assignment: Earth"; TOS - Star Trek: Assignment: Earth comic: "Too Many Presidents")

The war began on 1 May 2053; one side was composed of the United States and the European Union; the other side was an alliance known as the Eastern Coalition. The detonation of nuclear weapons over cities such as London, New York City, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Mecca, Riyadh, Karachi, and New Delhi killed nearly half a billion people instantly. The post-atomic horror that followed severely destabilized global civilization; terrorist organizations and rogue states often detonated small-scale "suitcase nukes," while toxins and biogenic weapons were released. Drug-addled soldiers were often sacrificed in conventional battles on the ground after much of the planetary computer systems failed; numerous small-scale conflicts created chaos throughout the globe as warlords fought over the scraps of civilization. (TLE novel: The Sundered). The Siege of Las Vegas was a significant battle in the war (DS9 short story: "Second star to the right..."). In the initial nuclear exchange, Washington, D.C. was completely destroyed (TNG novelization: First Contact). The year 2073 was considered the height of this conflict and saw a number of Humans abandon the planet whereupon they settled on the world of Okeanos. (TOS novel: From the Depths)

In the end, most of the world's major governments collapsed, and over 600 million people had died just from the immediate combat (TNG movie: First Contact).

Despite the end of actual hostilities, the after-effects of the war -- refered to as "the post-atomic horror" -- lingered for decades to follow. Rule of law broke down in many places, and legal systems were abolished, with the suggestion to "kill all the lawyers" from Henry VI being taken literally. Asia was particularly devastated (TNG episode: Encounter at Farpoint). Much of the United States economy was ruined, with the population reduced to standards of living less than that of the victims of the Great Depression a hundred and twenty years earlier. So great were the horrors that human genius Zefram Cochrane had himself implanted with a pain-inhibiting chip in order to cope with the world around him. Nonetheless, his Project Phoenix was able to secure backing, and led to first contact only ten years later (TNG novelization: First Contact).

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-- Black Adam

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World War III (abbreviated WW III), was a worldwide metahuman conflict which lasted for only one week. Precipitated by the mass slaughter by Black Adam in Bialya, which resulted in millions of deaths, the conflict raged over the surface of the Earth. Eventually, the combined forces of the JSA, Captain Marvel, China's Great Ten, Teen Titans, Doom Patrol, and other heroes stopped Black Adam's rampage by transforming him back into his human form.

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World War III was a worldwide metahuman conflict which lasted for only one week. Precipitated by the mass slaughter by Black Adam in Bialya, which resulted in millions of deaths, the conflict raged over the surface of the Earth. Eventually, the combined forces of the JSA, JLA Captain Marvel, China's Great Ten, Phantom Stranger Martian Manhunter, and other heroes stopped Black Adam's rampage.

The War was ultimately the result of a confluence of several events:

The Road to War

Week 38, Day 2

The primary product of the Science Squad of Oolong Island was the Four Horsemen: [1]

  • Azraeuz - Silent King of the Age of Death (Death)
  • Roggra - The Age of War (War)
  • Yurrd - The Unknown in Formless Time Before Time (Famine)
  • Zorrm - Lor of the Age of Fevers (Pestilence)
Week 39, Day 6

These beings were turned loose on the Black Marvel Family, killig Isis and Osiris. As Isis lay dying in Black Adam's arms, she told him that she was wrong - it wasn't he that required redemption, it was

"the rest of the world. The world of men that made such horrible creatures. The evil needs to die. I thought we could be above them, but, for the pain they have put our family through ... avenge us." [2]
Week 45, Days 4-6

Black Adam then followed Azraeuz to the nation of Bialya, killing first the military authorities in league with Intergang, then the entire population of the country - every last man, woman, and child. The world, for unknown reasons, chose not to intervene.

Mass Murderer Black Adam flanked by some of his victims in Bialya
Week 45, Day 7

Succeeding in destroying Azraeuz, Black Adam learned that it was the Science Squad that created the Horsemen, and he set out for Oolong Island.

Week 46-Week 47

Black Adam, destroyed all of the defenses of the Science Squad easily, but they succeed slowing him down by attempting to unfold the hidden dimensions of space/time in his invulnerable brain. While Black Adam had appeared to heal from the damage done by the dimensional warp in his brain shortly after wards, the short moment allowed them to place the Neuro Crown on Black Adam (Which rerouted the electrical impulses Black Adam's brain sent to his body. Although this device had only a momentarily affect on Black Adam, it allowed them to place him in restraints specifically designed for the Black Marvel Family). While he was captured, they also tried to tortured him (The worst they could do was to use a devise known as the Thunder Pliers to break of a piece of his toe nail)

Week 48, Day 5

Chang Tzu offers Black Adam to the world community - by auction.

Week 49, Day 1

Arriving at Oolong Island, the JSA demands the release of Black Adam to stand trial for crimes against humanity. It is then, through the telepathicaly provided information of Thundermind that Alan Scott learns of the plot against Black Adam:

Chang Tzu was a member of the Great Ten, China's metahuman defenders. Oolong Island was a Red Chinese stronhold. Under order from Beijing, Chang Tzu utilized Intergang money to design and build doomsday weapons for one purpose -- to destroy the Black Marvel Family. [3]

After entering the Island facility, Atom Smasher, unable to believe the charges against his former ally, lets Adam go free.

World War III

Week 50, Day 1

In Egypt, the Marvel Family does battle with Black Adam, destroying some of the Great Pyramids. The Marvel Family was defeated.

Week 50, Day 3

Australia is hit.

Week 50, Day 4
Black Adam vs the Doom Patrol

Italy is hit, with the Doom Patrol proving no match for the rampaging Black Adam. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is knocked over in the battle.

Week 50, Day 5

Checkmate locates Black Adam and notifies Mr. Terrific and the JSA.

Week 50, Day 6

Over the skies of China, Adam destroys fighter jets and makes his way to Beijing. Convinced that the Great Ten will be sufficient to stop his rampage, August General in Iron denies the world community the permission to assist them.

Week 50, Day 7

By Day 7, the JSA, JLA, Teen Titans, Doom Patrol and the other assembled heroes stand ready at the Chinese border, prevented from entering by virtue of a possible nuclear escalation. Black Adam easily defeats the Great Ten and, eventually, China allows international help. The JSA attack Adam.

Captain Marvel, petitions the Egyptian gods that power Adam to remove his powers, but they refused to make Adam mortal again, apparently supporting him in his quest for blood.

As the battle rages, the "heroes" of the Everyman Project retreat from the field, leaving the JSA and the other collected heroes to continue fighting.

They could not stop him in battle, so while co-ordinated by Zatanna, Jay Garrick, Green Lantern, and Power Girl try to force Adam into the skies, where Captain Marvel has called down the lightning of Shazam.

Captain Marvel caught the Bolt in the air.

Zatanna, Phantom Stranger, Zatara use their magical abilities, and force it to strike Black Adam, transforming him into a mortal again.

Falling from the sky, Adam is apparently caught by Atom Smasher and escapes.

Captain Marvel reveals that, although he couldn't get the gods to rescind Adam's powers, as Guardian of Magic he did have the power to change his magic word to something Adam will never be able to guess.


Issues in event are unknown.


Items: None known.


  • Not to be confused with JLA: World War III
  • Black Adam eventually learned the new magic word, Chocolate Egg Cream, by accident in Black Adam: The Dark Age Vol 1 4


  • No trivia.

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A city being destroyed by a massive number of bombs.

The Great War started (and ended) on October 23, 2077 when nuclear weapons were launched by all the nuclear-capable nations of the world (mainly the United States, China and the USSR ). The exchange lasted for approximately two hours, according to most survivors' accounts. Once the last atomic bomb and nuclear warhead had fallen, the world fell into the deep darkness of a nuclear holocaust.


Events before the Great War

The geopolitical situation that led to the outbreak of the long-feared global nuclear war was prompted primarily by the onset of a worldwide energy crisis when the supplies of fossil-fuels, particularly petroleum, finally began to run out by the year 2050. This energy crisis was in part the result of the ever-increasing amounts of fossil-fuel required to power the Fallout world's larger and less energy-efficient technologies when compared to those of our own world because of the failure to develop miniaturized electronics and more advanced manufacturing materials (see Divergence). The result of this energy crisis was an increasing scramble by all of the advanced, industrialized nations to secure the few remaining supplies of untapped petroleum around the world. Ultimately, a series of military conflicts driven by this hunger for natural resources consumed the planet. The European Commonwealth had reacted to the rapid raising of oil prices to unacceptably-high levels by the Middle East's oil-rich states in 2052 by unleashing military action in that region of the world. This intervention ultimately resulted in the destruction of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on December 2053 by a terrorist nuclear device and a limited nuclear exchange between the conflict's participants in 2054, the world's first since 1945.

As the United Nations tried with little success to keep the peace, many of that organization's member-states pulled out of the UN, and within two months of the outbreak of what was soon called the Resource Wars in 2052, the United Nations was disbanded. Next, following the breakdown of trade talks and the unilateral American exploitation of the world's last newly discovered reserves of crude oil, the Chinese invaded Alaska in 2066 in pursuit of that American state's remaining oil reserves. The United States ultimately annexed Canada in 2076 to ensure Canadian support for its defense of the Alaskan front even as the American federal government acted aggressively against its own citizens to contain wartime rioting, anti-war civil disobedience and military desertion. The United States retaliated against the Chinese by launching its own costly invasion of the Chinese mainland in 2074 to reduce Chinese pressure on the Alaskan front. Despite initial costly setbacks, this strategy proved successful and American forces liberated the Alaskan city of Anchorage and forced the Chinese people's Liberation Army to retreat entirely from American soil in January 2077. This victory was largely won due to the more advanced military technology developed by the United States during the conflict, especially the deployment of Powered Infantry Armor. This period of conflict that began in 2052 and also included the Sino-American War was called the Resource Wars by historians. Many smaller nations went bankrupt in the ensuing conflict as their economies collapsed due to the increasing shortage of fossil-fuels. The Resource Wars ended with the Great War in 2077.

The Great War

It is not known who launched the first nuclear weapon that precipitated the conflict, although it is implied by President Dick Richardson of the Enclave in his discussion with the Chosen One in 2242 that the culprit was the People's Republic of China when he says "...and then those damn Reds launched". The United States was already at war with China as part of the Sino-American War, which was just one of the group of conflicts later known as the Resource Wars, when the nuclear exchange began in 2077. According to the Sierra Depot GNN Transcripts the Power Armor-equipped forces of the US Army were nearing Beijing, the capital of China, which may be the reason the Chinese unleashed a desperate last measure in the form of a full-scale nuclear attack. The nuclear exchange that characterized the Great War lasted for only a brief two hours, but was unbelievably destructive and reshaped the climate of the world even as it caused the fall of most of human civilization everywhere across the globe. More energy was released in the first moments of the Great War than all of the previous human conflicts in the history of the world combined.

In the United States, the West Coast was hit first by Chinese strategic bombers and ballistic missiles, and as a consequence on the East Coast (which was struck at about 10:47) more people were able to get into the Vaults and personal protection shelters, leading to a higher initial survival rate.

In the two hours of nuclear fire, the geography and climate of the Earth was changed significantly. Entire mountain ranges were created as the ground buckled and moved under the strain of the cataclysmic pressure produced by numerous, concentrated atomic explosions. Rivers and oceans around the world were contaminated with the resulting radioactive fallout released by the relatively low-yield nuclear weapons used by all sides, and the climate changed horrifically. All the regions of the Earth, regardless of their location, suffered from a single, permanent season once the initial dust blasted into the atmosphere by the nuclear explosions had settled - a scorching, radioactive desert summer.

Aftermath of the Great War

Despite the global destruction caused by the war, many areas remained habitable, with low and tolerable levels of radioactive fallout. The surviving humans were in some parts of the Earth able to continue living in the ruins of the pre-war civilization, establishing new communities and even small cities. (Vault City did so with the help of a GECK.) Some major global cities were not completely destroyed by the explosions because of their relatively low explosive yields, and cities such as Washington, DC even managed to maintain intact buildings despite relatively close detonations. However, most city streets across the post-nuclear United States were and continue to be blocked with rubble from collapsing edifices. In the ruins of Washington, DC much of the city's Metro system of subways remained intact. Though many Metro tunnels were blocked by collapsed masonry caused by the shock of the atomic explosions, the Metro's tunnel network remains the easiest way to move around the D.C.ruins.

Around a week after the initial nuclear explosions, rain started to fall, however none of it was drinkable. The rain was black; tainted with soot, ash, radioactive elements produced by the nuclear explosions and various other contaminants produced by nuclear weapons. This rain marked the start of the terrible fallout that marked the true, permanent destruction caused by the Great War. The rain lasted four long days, killing thousands of species that had survived the initial destruction of the bombs, be they animal, plant or micro-organisms. Those few living things, human, animal or plant, that survived after the rain ended were left to live in the now barren Wastelands that had spread across the Earth, where nearly all pre-War plant life had died from the intense radiation produced by the fallout.

Preventable deaths during the Great War

Many American citizens did not heed the air raid sirens on October 23, 2077, believing them to be signaling just another drill. The Vaults sealed their inhabitants in (except for Vault 12, which was never intended to sealed completely) as the Earth burned in atomic fire. A few citizens that took the air raid sirens seriously but did not have access to Vaults made their way instead to various locations that they felt would be safe from the nuclear bombs' explosions: sewers and subway stations, fallout shelters (which were completely sub-standard in terms of protection when compared to the Vaults built for the American government by Vault-Tec), or in the case of the Keller Family, the National Guard Depot. However, without a very strong outer shield of dense metal or rock to defend them from both the heat and kinetic shock-wave of the nuclear blasts (such as Lamplight Caverns or Raven Rock), few civilians survived the full-out nuclear exchange. Some who were exposed to high levels of radiation became ghouls, and some of these ghouls, in turn, formed their own communities.

It would seem that some families actually survived for several years following the fall of the bombs in drainage centers, as seen after activating the radio signal Oscar Zulu, when it is revealed that Bob Anderstein needed help for his family. Those who had already earned (or purchased) places in the Vaults went into them before the nuclear attack began. Those who did not, however, were left to the mercy of the bombs and warheads and their own nearby makeshift fallout shelters. A female ghoul named Carol who lives in the ghoul community of Underworld in Fallout 3 claims, "My family did not have much money, so we could not get into a Vault." It seems only the moderately wealthy could buy their way into a Vault at the time of the Great War. However, according to letters discovered in mailboxes, many of those who could afford it were not granted space, due to the lack of time Vault-Tec had to build new Vaults, ultimately constructing only 122 of these maximum security fallout shelters before the bombs fell. The reason so many were left unprotected when the end came is because Washington D.C.'s Vaults were filled to capacity, while Vaults located in less populous states like Oklahoma were nearly unoccupied. There is a note which has a random chance to appear in any location in Fallout 3 in which a resident of the Capital Wasteland was denied access to both nearby Vaults and offered space instead in newly annexed Canada. It is not known whether any Vaults actually existed in Canada.

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World War III is an annual pay-per-view event that is promoted by World Championship Wrestling. On the July 16th edition of WCW Monday Nitro, Jim Ross confirmed that World War III will be on schedule to air on August 26, 2006 in San Francisco, California. It has been confirmed that the WCW World Heavyweight Championship Title will be defended in the Main Event.

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Event Date City Venue
World War III (2007) August 26, 2007 San Francisco, California COW Palace
World War III (2008) August 24, 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada Thomas and Mac Center
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World War III
Start date 2026
End date 2053
Place(s) Earth
Result Post-atomic horror,
San Francisco Peace Accord
United States, European Union and allies Eastern Coalition, Optimum Movement and others
Various Various, including Col. Phillip Green
Unknown Unknown
material losses
Unknown Unknown
600 million (estimated) 600 million (estimated)

World War III was a global, and ultimately nuclear, conflict on Earth in the mid-21st century. Over 600 million people died in the war, and human civilization nearly collapsed, resulting in a period known as "the post-atomic horror" that lasted into the early 22nd century. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Unity)



The flag of Colonel Green and the Optimum Movement.

Historians of later centuries had varying opinions on the exact nature of the war and its origins. Some linked it to the Eugenics Wars of the late 20th century, and while the seeds of the conflict may have been planted then, most scholars agreed it really began with Colonel Phillip Green's ecoterrorism in 2026 which resulted in 37 million deaths. Green and his troops executed hundreds of thousands of people with "impurities" like radiation sickness, claiming that their deaths were for the good of future generations. (TOS: "Space Seed", "The Savage Curtain", VOY: "In the Flesh", ENT: "In a Mirror Darkly, Part II", "Demons", "Terra Prime")

Among other parties in the conflict were the Eastern Coalition ("ECON"), which fought against the United States of America and the European Union. Various factions, including Green's cadre and possibly the ECON, used drugs to control their military. (Star Trek: First Contact, TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", novel: Federation)

Even during this period of global turmoil, the New United Nations worked for peace, and in 2036 declared that "no human being would be held accountable for the crimes of their race or forebearers". However, the group's efforts met with failure. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

World War III reached its peak on 1 May 2053, when nuclear weapons were detonated over London, New York City, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Mecca, Beijing and other cities. Asia was hit hardest, followed by the United States. Nearly half a billion people died in the initial blasts; Washington, DC and the surrounding three states were "blown off the map", and Earth was plunged into a nuclear winter that lasted most of the next decade. The post-atomic horror that followed severely destabilized civilization all over the world as governments fell and terrorist groups and rogue states detonated "suitcase nukes" and released biological weapons. The drug-controlled troops were used as cannon fodder in conventional ground battles after much of the global computer systems were sabotaged. Numerous small-scale conflicts erupted across the globe. The economy of the United States was devastated, and most of its citizens were reduced to living conditions worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s. (Star Trek: First Contact, The Lost Era novel: The Sundered)

For two months following the "outbreak" of World War III, Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas served as the operational command center for Colonel Amber's Regimental Volunteers and was the site of the final battle of the Siege of Las Vegas. (DS9 short story: "Second Star to the Right...")

When the extent of the devastation became clear, the remaining governments gathered in San Francisco to sign a peace accord. Even so, there were those who wished to keep fighting, like Colonel Green and others of his ilk. After Green's death, one of his lieutenants, Colonel Adrik Thorsen, continued terrorist strikes in the name of the Optimum Movement, and by the 2070s, gained control of Great Britain. (ENT: "Demons", novel: Federation)

Aftermath, first contact, and the legacy of WW3

First Contact with the Vulcans in 2063 inspired new hope in humanity and aided in recovery from the war's effects in some areas. Nonetheless, the post-atomic horror raged on in Asia, the Middle East, and the "new third world" sunk into total lawlessness. According to Jean-Luc Picard, these areas remained in "chaos" well into the early 22nd century. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Up the Long Ladder")

Gradually, as the post-atomic horror declined, new attempts at unified global alliances sprung up, including the European Hegemony in 2126. These alliances eventually formed the genesis of the United Earth in 2150. (TNG: "Up the Long Ladder", "Attached")

World War III's legacy was far-reaching, and continued to be felt a hundred years later. The war eventually became a popular subject in the recovered film industry. The philosophy of Neo-Transcendentalism was founded to advocate a return to a "simpler life" in response to the devastation advanced technology had brought humanity. Other less-benign schools of thought emerged, including the xenophobia exemplified by the Back-to-Earth movement and its more aggressive "cousin" Terra Prime, an outgrowth of Green and Thorsen's "Optimum Philosophy". (ENT: "Home", "Demons", "Terra Prime", TNG: "Up the Long Ladder", Star Trek novels: Final Frontier, Federation)

Ultimately, World War III and first contact marked a turning point for humanity. In the aftermath, mankind came together, putting aside the differences of race and culture, and unified in a way never before seen. (Star Trek: First Contact)


During the three decades between "Space Seed" and Star Trek: First Contact, the nature of Earth's third world war was one of the hot topics of fan debate. Many different theories sprang up, especially once "Encounter at Farpoint" introduced the concept of the post-atomic horror. Many different fan fiction works offer different interpretations of the war, and even since the "clarification" of First Contact, these differences persist. Different fan continuities will be detailed here.

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During World War III, Kyoto was destroyed by three hydrogen bombs. After World War III, it was rebuilt.

The Vulcans were able to remove most of the radioactive material in Earth's atmosphere, but small, harmless amounts of radioactive particles remained in the atmosphere. In many big cities on earth, devices were installed to remove as much of their particles as possible. These devices were still in use during the 24th century.

Star Trek: 001

In 2752, the crew of Starbase 001 became trapped within a holographic simulation of World War III, where they were forced to protect themselves from the holographic invading forces of the Eastern Coalition. One of the Coalition's strategies was to invade an abandoned city so that they would attain much of what was left, including possible technologies, intact. A corrupted Starfleet Command had claimed the simulation was intended as a time travel test for the crew, but in reality was a plot to kill off those who would oppose them. ("When It Rains...")

Star Trek: Pendragon

World War III had its genesis in the Eugenics Wars of the 1990s, through the following "dark age of genetics" and the "Confederation Era" of the 2020s. In addition to Col. Green and the Optimum Movement, the Macronesian Alliance became a prime mover in World War III during the 2030s, initiating a conflict with the Chaodai Confederation that gave rise to the Eastern Coalition in the early 2040s.

History remembered several soldiers of the period as heroes, including Bridger, Hudson, Ford, O'Neill, Connor and Mitchell.

During the war, the ECON invaded the United States. The Battle of Beachmont was fought in Maryland in an attempt to keep the invaders away from Washington, DC. Chicago was among the cities hit during the nuclear exchange in 2053; Florida was also targeted in order to disrupt the United States' space colonization program. Despite the cease-fire signed after the bombs fell, the war did not truly end until the 2080s with the collapse of the Optimal Republic of Great Britain and other fascist states.

Star Trek: The Adventures of Argus

In 2026 the Optimum Movement detonated a series of nuclear devices in 25 major cities of the United States of America, killing 30 million people and fracturing the country. In retaliation, what was left of the US government launched their own missiles at those they thought were responsible, killing a further 7 million and igniting the conflict.

Following the opening attacks there was a six month lull, during which the eastern states America had attacked unified into the Eastern Coalition Of Nations. A quarter of a centuries worth of tension between eastern and western nations and a hatred of the US and its allies fuelled the ECON with a seemingly unending supply of troops that allowed them to initially steamroller their way forwards. With their most powerful member crippled and facing overwhelming numbers, the western nations, under the organisational banner of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, used small tactical nuclear strikes to slow the advance.

The virtual stalemate continued for several years, draining resources on both sides and causing unrest to grow in the western nations, which the Optimum Movement used to promote their philosophy of survival of the fittest. By 2033 the USA had been reformed under the Optimum, with Great Britain, United Ireland, Spain, Germany and Italy joining it by 2047 and all withdrew from the New United Nations, effectively disbanding the organisation for a second time.

In 2053 the Optimum finally put its philosophy to the test, launching a massive nuclear strike on the ECON to end the war. Unfortunately for them, the ECON managed to launch a counter strike and the result was the effective crippling of either sides ability to make war and leading the signing of the San Francisco cease-fire, but the cost was high. Almost every major city on earth had been destroyed and the 300,000,000 people killed, a death toll that doubled that of the entire conflict up to that point and that made the attack that had began the war pale in comparison.

Despite the signing of the cease-fire, small conflicts continued to erupt over the next two decades as the Optimum and ECON governments continued to collapse, with the final Optimum stronghold, Great Britain, falling in 2079. ("Nuclear Time")

See also

Major Earth wars
Crusades - American Revolution - American Civil War - World War I - World War II - Earth Cold War - Eugenics Wars - World War III - Earth-Kzin Wars - Earth-Romulan War
Alternate timelines: World War IV

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