This is a 9th Grade writing assignment given to my Son, Aaron, that I thought would make great reading. It is a fictional account of a dystopian society with the US as a major player. He received an ‘A’ for the assignment and was told it would make a great video game. He truly does have a creative imagination!
I am very proud of him and wanted to share it with you.
(Author’s note: Definitions are at the bottom, new countries and alliances are in italics, and descriptions of dystopia in certain places are underlined)
circa February 12, 2018
The US leaves the United Nations and abandons all of its other alliances as a result of the US Sovereignty Act, passed and enacted by the newly elected President after a year of intense deliberation and protest. Tensions in the States themselves start to escalate, rebellions against the horrid concept of ceasing humanitarian aid and obliterating alliances with allied countries utterly destroying streets, buildings, and unlucky vehicles that mistakenly drove into oncoming dissident crowds. These borderline terrorist offensives claim many lives and bring down the quality of life in New England, ravaging Providence, RI; Boston, MA; and Hartford, CT.
circa February 14, 2018
Of course, the Democrats in the US were not the only objectors around the globe to this law. Practically the entire world destabilizes, many without the US as an ally, resource, or fortress. With the departure of the US from the UN, many countries lose a defender to their ways of life. Lacking the US, the Middle East re-escalates, Israel no longer with a military alliance, leaves it susceptible to a war completely out of the blue. Russian-backed Palestine leads a full scale offensive against the Israeli state, eradicating the city of Tel Aviv and taking control of the coast. Russian warships roll into the Mediterranean from Tartus, Syria, while Israel is busy wiping the Gaza Strip from the map. Persistent naval strikes from the mortars on the Russian cruisers clear out the ravaged Gaza from Israeli occupation while Spetsnaz1 units disable the cities and the Palestinian Liberation Army (PLA) blows through Palsar 72 armored vehicles. Slowly the country starts to die, massive casualties across the board. Russia sets up defenses on the coast, blockading Israel’s coastline, while the PLA and the Spetsnaz set up defenses on the East border (Israel-Jordan).
All the while, the citizens of the US are forced to watch as their country, and the world, slowly falls to pieces.
As Israel rapidly falls down the Demographic Transition Model3, Turkey is not content to see it so. As a result, warships mobilize from Iskenderun Naval Base, located on the South end of Turkey, and sailed into the Mediterranean Sea to confront the naval blockade on Israel’s coastline.The Turkish navy, obviously being outmatched, gets destroyed by the Russian Navy, all the while Kurdish forces move into the east end of Turkey. Russia again sees another opportunity and decides to side with the Kurds and their conquest of Turkey. More Russian forces trickled down from their motherland, through Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, and assist the Kurds, supplying them with the necessary armaments, vehicles, and soldiers to pave their way toward Ankara, Turkey’s capital. It takes about a week for Russian-Kurdish forces to reach Ankara; by then, bound by military alliance, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Syria, as well as Palestine, join the war against Turkey and Israel, fearing the consequences if they do not. Iran, having ties to both Turkey and Russia, stays neutral. After another three days of fighting, Turkey falls to Kurdish control and is renamed Kurdistan. Palestine now fully annexes Israel and unites with Saudi Arabia, Kurdistan, Lebanon, and Syria, and creates the League of Russia and Arab States (LRAS).
New country: Kurdistan (Kurds take Turkey)
New country: Palestine (Palestine takes Israel)
New alliance: LRAS (Palestine, Russia, Lebanon, Syria, Kurdistan, Saudi Arabia)
circa March 18, 2018
The rest of the world watches in horror as Turkey and Israel fall, all in the span of one month. By now, it’s inevitable that the third World War is rising over the horizon. And like a long summer day, it will not end soon.
circa March 19, 2018
The world has began to prepare. The USA batters defensives, not wishing to fight, but not wishing to die. The UK conglomerates its SAS4 task force. Germany and France fire up some UAV5 drones. Japan starts training for possible bombings. Australia bolsters its defenses in tandem with New Zealand. However, on the other side of the economic spectrum, China undergoes a massive recession, now that the US has ceased trade with them. (The USA would soon be next) The value of the Yuan Renmimbi6 plummets, now one of the world weakest currencies, even surpassing the Vietnamese Dong. China is forced to withdraw all of its assets around the globe. Many American factories are retired, such as AT&T, and GE, leaving over 100 million without any sort of sustenance. The Chinese are forced to draw almost every fen7 from their military and recreational programs nationwide, pouring it all into relief centers for the now destitute population. The cities were hit the hardest, several bridges going down from disrepair. The bell starts to toll for the already poor, who die from malnourishment as a result of having a net worth of zero. Farmers are better off than the other poverty-stricken citizens, as they can support themselves. The taxes in the country are slammed onto the rich, steadily draining them of their savings, now that there’s no revenue from US companies for them. The government starts to fall, as money cannot be put into the basic necessities for a good standard of living.
Hong Kong and Taiwan are better off, but not my much. Their degree of autonomy from China allows them to drop a smaller fall, bringing them down to the status of a country like Brazil or South Africa. Despite this, they would still require much, much help in order to get back onto their feet.
circa March 20, 2018
The USA itself, one of the largest democracies in the world, has started to adjust to its new self-sufficiency act. However, the Fall of China did not leave it unscathed. Many stores around the nation had run dry, and many companies could no longer sustain themselves, and went bankrupt, possibly to return again. The stronger companies, such as Apple and Walmart, has the most money currently being pumped into them, stimulus spending allowing the US to slowly creep up again. Walmarts across the states started to rejuvenate, as well as Apple starts to rebuilt factories in the Rust Belt8, much to the happiness of cities like Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; and East St. Louis, IL. The economy in those areas skyrocket, and the economic center in the US shifts from New England to the Rust Belt, now being called “Manifest Destiny”, as a homage to the name given to the movements of the 1800’s.
circa April 10, 2018
Many of the countries still in NATO are prepped for war. Canada lends its army for use in Europe, shipping about 5,000 soldiers to the UK, and 1,000 Quebecois to France. German and Polish forces mobilize, heading for Kurdistan, in an attempt to win Turkey back from Kurdish control. The UK sends its men to the Baltic states, specifically to Riga, Latvia; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Tallinn, Estonia, to assist with border defense from power hungry Russia. The French Armée de Terre9 rendezvous with the Ukrainian Ground Forces around the town Chaplynka, near the Ukraine-Crimea border, and set up a blockade.
New alliance: Baltic-British Force: (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, UK, Canada)
circa April 19, 2018
It is about a week later before the Russian ships, located in the naval city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, start sailing for West Crimea, and forces on the ground start pushing toward the border, holing up in Perekop, Crimea.
As the situation in Ukraine gets more intense, the Baltic-British forces start getting hammered from two sides, the British Army, Latvian Land Force, and Estonian Land Forces being bombed from above by planes from the Kaliningrad Chkalovsk air base, while British assisted Canadians and the LLF10 skirmish with the Border Service of Russia.
circa April 20, 2018
The Armée de Terre and Ukrainian Ground Forces are being pushed to their limits as the naval batteries from the Black Sea rain down rods from God at the Chaplynka stronghold. The Russians on the mainland in Crimea finally encroach onto then-undisputed soil, capturing cities like Myrne and Khorly along the way. It is then the GIGN11 and Ukrainian Spetsnaz12 are called in to Odessa, Ukraine, to take down the R-72, a missile cruiser raining death upon Chaplynka, and the R-63, an missile boat softening up the area as well. GIGN operative Julien Nizan, one of the youngest, takes down the R-63, and Ukrainian Spetsnaz operative Alina Sirko, the only female in the corp, takes down the R-72.
circa April 22, 2018
Despite the acts of Nizan and Sirko, the line at Chaplynka is broken, and French and Ukrainian forces fall back to Kiev, Ukraine’s capital.
circa April 23, 2018
With the combined efforts of the multinational armies in the Baltic states, Russian border guard cuts their losses and move away from the Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania-Russia border. Kaliningrad doesn’t have the luxury of retreat, and falls to the British, Latvian, and Estonian forces.
circa April 27, 2018
The Baltic-British forces occupy Kaliningrad, which is soon to be split between the Baltic states. The resulting friendship between the three Baltic states results in the merging of all three countries, the end product being Baltica, the star of Northern Europe, and a now strong army.
New country: Baltica (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)
circa May 3, 2018
Most of Ukraine has been seized by Russia, befalling the same fate that Crimea did, the only land that had not been plagued with control was on the Ukraine-Belarus border and the city of Kiev. Once prosperous cities, like Odessa, reduced to absolute shells of their former selves, slaves broken under the might of Russia. More French forces were deployed, in addition to Ukrainian forces and newly joined Belarusian forces. Though the joined power of these three, Kiev stays secure, and through the Treaty of Kiev and a local and national referendum, Kiev and the surrounding area is “annexed” by Belarus, in an agreement to keep the capital under wraps.A spark of hope in a well of imprisonment. Many awoke May 3rd to find they were no longer in Ukraine, now but dirt under the boot of the Motherland.
New state: Belarus and Kiev
As for the aforementioned German and Polish forces, the city of Istanbul, Kurdistan is their home. Walking through the streets as a German soldier, one might find beggars, asking for anything to be put on their plates or in their pockets. Or you might find corpses, as the Kurdish government does not seems too interested in keeping the Turkish population alive. Some may stay alive by finding work as an architect, rebuilding anything that was destroyed in the fighting. But they always kill the Turkish, no matter what you do. It can’t be helped. They think of what might have been, wondering if a peaceful cooperation with the Kurds might have left their pristine country flourishing and prosperous. Of course there are the rebels, the ones who fight against the Kurds. They may be few, but it only takes one spark to start a forest fire.
The German and Polish forces, affectionately dubbed arkadaş, Turkish for friend, by the rebellion, they devised a plan to revoke the capital Ankara, by rolling down the E80 highway with heavy armor, then storming the Presidential Complex, the home of the president, who is most likely dead.
circa May 4, 2018
Arkadoş forces roll down the E80, the Germans with GTK Boxer armored anti-personnel trucks, the Polish with Leopard 2PL main battle tanks, and the Turkish rebels with improvised battle trucks, in reality just white vans with a whole lot of guns. The convoy is stopped by Kurdish forces in Turkish tanks around the city of Bolu, Kurdistan, but just like a pendulum, when a tank starts movin’, it ain’t stoppin’. The first of the Kurdish tanks is bulldozed by a Leopard, while one of the Battle Vans takes a 3A1 machine gun round straight to the tire, causing it to somersault through the air, until receiving a 120 mm tank round to the undercarriage, stopping it dead in its tracks. Another Kurdish tank erupts as one of the Boxers’ tank guns blow through the metal, causing iron splinters and molten steel to slowly cascade toward the ground as the height of the explosion catches up to the pieces of the destroyed tank. The last Kurdish tank dispatches a Boxer, before one of the Battle Vans clips a billboard, sending the tall advertisement screaming down to the Kurdish tank below. A victorious detonation can be witnessed from the downed tank as the rest of the Boxers, Leopards, and Battle Vans continue to Ankara.
circa May 5, 2018
Kiev is scared. Despite having the Belarusians and French on their side, they have witnessed atrocities no man should ever see. They should be living the high life, safe and secure under a flag of green and red. Though, many cannot think about anything other than the rest of their state. Ukraine hasn’t been though this since they were part of the Soviet Union. And to be honest, it’s like nothing’s changed. The government is oppressive, outright denying anyone who states that Ukraine is independent. The volatile Russian government has even started hiring “Protectors of the Will”, juggernauts armed with tear gas, flashbang grenades, and light machine guns, ready to be deployed anywhere in Russian-controlled Ukraine to soften up the unbelievers. Armed brigades patrol the highways, making sure no one attempts to seek out Belarus and Kiev as a safe haven. The average person better not leave their homes, CCTV is everywhere, having been installed shortly after the invasion. If it takes Russia two days to CCTV Ukraine, imagine what they can do to Belarus and Kiev.
circa May 6, 2018
Baltica currently amps up their defenses on the Baltica-Russia border. Kaliningrad, taken after the Battle of Baltica, is divvied up amongst the provinces of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. They have decided to treat them well, as of right now, but they have no plans to keep Kaliningrad for too long. Its citizens, while separated from the mainland, still have Russian blood flowing through them. Baltica promises force will only be used in dire straits, but the Russians certainly have a lust for blood. Multiple rebellions have already taken place, the average citizen not wanting to be controlled by a country its Motherland considers inferior to itself. Short on money? Well, the Russians are certainly happy to pay you for distributing arms around the city to fight the Baltic-British force keeping them stuck.
As for the Arkadoş, the city of Ankara is in their reach. The Türk Telekom tower, the tallest building in Ankara, can faintly be seen over the horizon. The Arkadoş forces pave their way down the barren streets of Kurdistan, dispatching the occasional armed truck or platoon of militia. When the Arkadoş forces finally reach the Presidential Complex, they are met with a plethora of heavy armored vehicles, provided by the LRAS. Looks like the Middle East was one step ahead of them. Arkadoş forces must turn tail and reconvene elsewhere as the LRAS tanks fire a volley of shots at them, one taking out a Boxer, another slamming into the back of one of the Battle Vans.
circa May 8, 2018
The citizens of the USA are restless. Many have heard about the war in Europe and the Middle East. World War 3 is a reality, and no one likes just sitting around. Already, many states, particularly around New England, have systematically tried again and again to dome the president in the face with a sniper rifle. Presidential Executive orders has been sending troops to the devastated cities, mostly in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and the Long Island, with cities like Philadelphia and New York nesting grounds for these troops. Of course, the troops themselves aren’t happy about this either. Some do not use force when dealing with the assassins, provided they do not retaliate. Many simply let them do their thing, not content with the presidency either.
All that’s been on the average person’s mind lately is to end him. Even some other countries are debating it, including Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, who have already sent hitmen to the Capital, to see if they can end the suffering that the US has caused to the world. Everyone understood, not even the President’s own deathsquads resisted. But no one thought they could pull it off.
later that day
The click of a rifle bolt sliding into place echoed through the vacant top floor of the Pleasant Song Apartment Building, north of the White House Balcony. The president typically comes out at this time, hell if the sniper knew why. Though, that would be rendered irrelevant in a few moments. The gunman turned the dial on the scope ever so slightly, giving him a full view of the President’s features. He slowly eased onto the trigger, with bated breath as he did so. The trigger whined with resistance, losing the battle with the marksman’s gloved finger. The trigger finally gave, and an ear shattering crack split the air as a .50 BMG sabot sailed toward the unsuspecting president’s face. Time seemed to slow as the bullet soared ever so closer.
At last, a plume of crimson could be seen exuding from the head of the now dead man, as the bullet finally found its place in the universe: embedded in the cranium of a evil man. The lifeless body hits the floor as a breath is released from the gunman. Job done, the assassin leaves the complex, the only trace of anyone being there being a white flag, emblazoned with a single, red dot in the middle.
circa May 10, 2018
The world had heard the news, the United States President was dead, by Japan’s hand. Many praised the country, for ending the life of the man who had started this mess. Japan resented the praise responding with the statement “We can only say that we killed a man who truly thought he was doing the right thing for his country. Who are we to decide that?”
Regardless, this was no time for mourning. In the USA, the Vice President unceremoniously took control of the government, as there was “no time for formalities”. Immediately after the assassination, he started to make negotiations with the other countries on the UN and NATO, expressing his desire to “make amends” and rejoin the alliances. With things growing more tense in Kurdistan, and Belarus and Kiev, he, along with Australia, sent troops to Kurdistan, while Japanese and New Zealanders were sent to Belarus and Kiev.
circa May 11, 2018
Arkadoş forces have fallen back to Bolu, Kurdistan, upon witnessing the horrors of the LRAS stationed at the Presidential Complex. Much to their chagrin, they have lost most of the rebels and a German vehicle. The morale has gone down much, confused on what’s next. The head of the squadron radios into German command, and is taken aback to hear that M1 Abrams tanks and AC-130 heavy gunships are moving into Ankara as they speak.
The Arkadoş forces are happy to hear the triumphant sound of the American AC-130’s 105 mm rounds hammering into the Presidential Complex and the Australian Abrams’ M68A1 tank rounds hollowing out the LRAS vehicles. The echoes of gunfire resound around the area like a fast paced drum beat that a teenager would listen to, as helicopters fly in to deploy the kill squads that would take care of Masoud Barzani, the president of Kurdistan, who oppresses the citizens of Turkey on a daily basis.
Once the LRAS tanks are nothing more than bits of metal adorned with blood splatters, the AC-130 lets up from its intensive shelling of the Complex, the kill squads roll in.
circa May 12, 2018
A group of three American soldiers traverse the dark hallways with night vision on, glass and wood cracking beneath their feet. The lights will flicker on every once in awhile, temporarily stunning the trio. It seems that the AC-130 really devastated the place. All the group found was leagues of corpses in every room they searched. After an hour of unsuccessful searching, they came upon the president’s quarters. Audible struggling could be heard, so the group had to act fast. The muted hiss of a zipper’s teeth unfastening could be heard as one of the soldiers produced a breaching charge from a backpack. He steadily planted it on the door as the struggling grew quieter. A deafening silence could be heard as the trio inaudibly counted down from five. As the trio hit one, the sound of a hammer being pulled back echoed through the room as the charge blew the second after. They stormed the room to find that Kurdish President Barzani was holding a gun to Turkish president Erdoğan’s head, not that it mattered when Barzani was dead before he hit the floor.
circa May 13, 2018
Friendly forces, including New Zealand and Japan, stationed in Kiev were running out of ideas. All of their attacks on various cities around Kiev had failed. They simply could not penetrate Russia-controlled Ukraine’s defenses. They wondered if there was any hope.
Hope came in the form of a last resort. The UK was prepared to be the second country to ever use nuclear weapons in warfare. One missile silo was open, payload poised to hit Moscow, Russia. This was the deal breaker.
circa May 20, 2018
The order had come. Moscow was ready to be erased from the map, similar to shaking an Etch-a-Sketch to begin anew. With unanimous agreement from NATO (including the USA), Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and China, the world stopped turning as the cruel bomb was sent into the atmosphere. Dubbed “The Punchline” as an end to Russia’s destructive joke, it hit Moscow a mere 45 seconds later, annihilating it from any sort of map. Trees were flattened. The ground was shattered. Ash outlines of people burned onto the buildings that still stand.
All that was left was to wait.
The declaration of surrender came a day later.
1Spetsnaz: an umbrella term for special forces in Russia and is used in numerous post-Soviet states12.
2Palsar 7: an armored reconnaissance formation of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
3Demographic Transition Model: a model that describes population change over time.
4SAS: the Special Air Service, special forces in the UK.
5UAV: Unmanned Air Vehicle.
6Yuan Renmimbi: the currency in China. The yuan is the single unit of money, comparable to the dollar in terms of rank.
7Fen: the Chinese equivalent of a US cent.
8Rust Belt: a region in the US comprising Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Illinois, that housed many of the country’s factories before the US globalized.
9Armée de Terre: the army of France.
10LLF: the Lithuanian Land Force.
11GIGN: the Groupe d’intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale, special forces in France.