If you haven't played any of these games before, allow me to give you a brief refresher of the rules. The player has four votes, each of which may be directed at a single country (or in the case of ISIS/Rojava/Novorossyia, proto-states) of his/her choosing to influence it in someway, shape or form. Each turn is one year, and will probably only get faster when we start to go VERY far back, if we do get that far at all.
Unlike the usual map game, we will not be going forwards, but moving backwards. For example, the 2017 turn will be done before 2016, 2016 before 2015, and so on and so on. Despite this, the present that the game starts in is the same as the one we currently occupy. The only difference is how we got there.
For instance, both the Washington Monument and the few remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall still exist, even if they came into being due to drastically different circumstances. For instance, the Statue of Liberty may have only been built last year, or five centuries ago.
As such, a lot of the normal plausibility and other limits go right out the window, so the only real limit is background progression. As I want this to feel like a real history that could have happened and not like a disorganized mess, please try to gradually ease your way into things, and make gradual and small changes at first. No continent spanning empires in 2012, please and thank you.
Anyone who wishes to join may do so at anytime. More votes = more chaos = more blood for the blood god.
First, allow me to remind you of all the wonderful things that happened in this WONDERFUL YEAR before the game may begin.
Elsewhere, alt-right candidates in Europe try and fail to coast the alt-right wave to political office in France and the Netherlands, although in Germany, the AfD manages to break into the Bundestag as the 3rd largest party in Germany, winning 13% of the vote. Meanwhile, on another part of the European stage, a referendum declared "illegal" by the Spanish government sees Catalonia briefly declare independence, only for it's claim to go unrecognized, and it's provisional government swept away.
Multiple terror attacks by ISIS are launched through out the year, which devastate England, Iran and Egypt respectively, although the "caliphate" itself is driven back by Iraqi, Assad regime and SDF forces to a few strongholds in the desert, and the major cities of Mosul and Raqqa are declared liberated in July and October respectively. Iraqi Kurdistan attempts to break off from Iraq via referendum, but the results are ignored and Kurdish militias are forced to withdraw within Kurdistan proper by Iraqi troops.
The North Korean regime demonstrates to the world it's capability to launch it's first successful ICBM, and tensions rapidly rise on the Korean Peninsula, while the US attempts to nudge China and Russia to cease backing the rouge nation, with mixed results. For now, it seems that North Korea may very well be the world's newest nuclear power.
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