In our first piece on this topic, we analysed what events might lead up to a Third World War. We looked at how the current situation with the Taliban might unfold into something disastrous. All of this was realistic and possible. Today, in this piece, we will look a little further into the future. We will speculate as to what might happen should such a conflict unfold.
At our last juncture, we found that Chinese ministers had been spotted with Taliban officials. Russian forces had looked to annex the Crimea once more without launching an attack. In addition, they seemed to be working alongside Chinese officials. The USA has launched small-scale attacks against North Korea. India has aligned itself with the West in exchange for recognition of its power over Kashmir. Pakistan, however, is searching for lost nuclear weapons within their territory. In Somalia, Al-Shabaab has declared itself as the government of the state, led by Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as the White Widow.
It is the Spring of 2022, and international tensions are running high.
1st April 2022: Leaked social media pictures appear online of an aircraft hangar in Pakistan. They depict large crates of an unknown substance which is labelled as a biohazard. In the foreground are Chinese and Russian military officials, as well as scientists from both countries. In the background, although slightly blurry, there is a woman wearing traditional Muslim clothing. The media begin to speculate that this is the White Widow. Russia and China immediately deny that they have anything to do with her. They call the leaked photo a hoax created by the West to cause unrest.
8th April 2022: A number of American and British Operatives are captured by Pakistani forces at the same aircraft hangar that the photographs were taken. Global media speculates that they were involved in an operation to extract The White Widow.
4th May 2022: Several Somali and Afghan known terrorists are arrested at airports in Berlin, London, New York, Los Angeles, Kyiv and Cape Town. They all travelled on the same day. Fears rise at how many terrorists slipped through the net.
1st June 2022: Several people in large cities have fallen ill with a new deadly virus. It appears to have a high mortality rate, almost 10% of those who it infects, as well as being extremely contagious.
4th July 2022: It is not a happy Independence Day in America. President Joe Biden announces that there is significant intelligence to suggest that this new virus was manmade. Lockdowns have begun all around the world, crippling economies and causing humanitarian crises. Infections are particularly bad in Western Europe, The United States, India, and Ukraine. Biden suggests that as soon as it is confirmed who made the virus, significant real-world action will be taken.
2nd August 2022: President Biden announces that the virus, which has already killed over 100,000 people, was made in a Chinese laboratory. CIA intelligence has revealed that it was distributed in May by Afghan and Somali terrorist cells, supplied from a distribution centre in Pakistan, and funded by Russian and Chinese sources. Russia and China immediately deny all involvement and renounce terrorism.
4th August 2022: Large-scale military action is taken. Troops are deployed to Somalia and Afghanistan. The swiftness of the action catches local organisations unaware, and they capitulate immediately.
11th August 2022: Attentions turn to Pakistan. Indian troops cross the border from one side. American and British troops cross from the other side. Pakistan is caught in a pincer movement. Officials say it is not an invasion, but the source of the virus needs to be found for further intelligence gathering. Despite this, Lahore is quickly occupied by Indian troops.
20th August 2022: Pakistan officials release a press statement requesting that US forces withdraw from their country, as well as cease military action in Afghanistan and Somalia. They point to non-specific consequences should their demands not be met. Russia and China also condemn what they call an invasion.
10th September 2022: Pakistan’s demands are not met. The military regime there gives 24 hours before it carries out its unspecified threat. The virus is still raging in Western countries. They refuse to back down, saying that they will not stop until they find its source. Their military intervention is yet to locate the hangar or any evidence of the virus’s origin.
11th September 2022: A rocket blasts from Pakistan and is picked up from satellites. It is heading towards New York, 21 years after 9/11. US anti-nuclear defence systems intercept the warhead and bring it down. They now know that Pakistan found its lost nuclear weapons, but they do not know where the other ones are.
12th September 2022: China begins a full ground invasion of India. It cuts across the country and annexes Kashmir, leaving most of their forces unable to access the rest of the country. This takes just a few days. At the same time, Russia invades Ukraine, which collapses almost immediately. They also move into Georgia. Turkey announces an alliance with Russia. They now have a wall of territory separating the East from the West.
1st October 2022: Russian and Chinese troops land in Pakistan and begin to engage in what they call a peacekeeping mission. They drive the Western troops back into Afghanistan. Indian troops are caught in a cauldron in Kashmir, totally encircled. Threats are issued that the Indian troops will be wiped out if the US does not leave Afghanistan.
14th October 2022: Bombs containing nerve agents are set off in several Chinese and Russian bases across their military establishment, killing thousands. The Chinese and Russian government blames the USA, who accepts responsibility. President Biden points to the Eastern alliance making the first move by releasing a virus. He accepts that all the nations have now moved into a full-scale biological war.
To Be Continued
Post Script: Special thanks to David Klassen, who writes at future wiki fandom under the username DJK95. I took a few important and realistic narratives Of Korea mentioned in part-1 of this series from his fiction article on World War III.