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Eve of the Endwar: Tom Clancy's Alternate 2020 by mdc01957 Eve of the Endwar: Tom Clancy's Alternate 2020 by mdc01957
Here's something of a :iconquantumbranching: Munro-ist inspired map based off of the world of Tom Clancy's EndWar. Since there's not much of an informative map out there, I thought of making one myself. At least as much as the TvTropes ([link]) and Wiki pages ([link] among others) are anything to go by, along with a few liberties to make it slightly more grounded.

For starters, history as we know it diverges sometime in 2008-09. Though this is a Tom Clancy!Universe, it’s likely the differences go back a bit further for this sort of madness to happen. Also, this is not a political/ideological propaganda piece by any means. This was made with no ill intentions in mind.

And to be safe, all respective rights belong to Tom Clancy.

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It’s been said that the 21st Century is “when everything changes.” Whoever said that was right. Some tried to point to Climate Change and the inexplicable inaction by both governments and corporations to curb its impact. Others opted to mention terrorism and the rising tensions in parts of the world, such as the American intervention in Mexico’s civil war in the early 2010s. But in reality, all it needed was a sufficiently massive spark.

In 2016, for reasons still a mystery Saudi Arabia became a victim of nuclear terrorism, triggering an armed exchange that devastated much of the Middle East and more importantly rendered its supplies of crude oil virtually inaccessible. Gas prices skyrocketed to an absurd high of $800.00/barrel while economies across the world plunged into chaos almost immediately as international trade breaks down. Coupled with record droughts, unrest and other disasters, many countries succumbed to anarchy and civil war. Those who escaped that fate were soon either just struggling to survive (from both refugees and aforementioned hijinks) or trying to secure their place in the changing world order. It was not long before the United Nations and even NATO dissolved.

The following year, the landmark SLAMS (Space-Land-Air-Missile-System) Treaty of 2017 was signed between the United States and European Union, putting into effect an interlocking network of advanced and absurdly delicate lasers that manage a 100% hit to any atomic weapon. Nuclear war was finally a thing of the past. But by that point there were more pressing concerns as three global powers rose up to the challenge of meeting the uncertain future.

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The United States of America

Already the world’s sole surviving superpower prior to the 2016 incident, the US found itself beaten and bruised by the ensuing turmoil as it searched closer to home for fuel sources. But in the end, the country persevered and survived stronger for it. Patriotic resolve coupled with significant pooling of private sector resources (apparently Wall Street had a very lucky trading day) provided the necessary push to maintain its standing in the world, even if said position was shaky at best.

At the same time however, another strain of Manifest Destiny had emerged that reached to the highest levels of government. In such uncertain times it became the duty of every American to defend liberty and be a beacon of democracy to a world in desperate need for it. By any means necessary. For political pundits both Democrat and Republican, this went a long way in explaining the reelection of David Becerra, who controversially called for the destruction of the International Space Station, to the White House in 2020.

Militarily, the US invested considerably on technological advances and precision weaponry, evident by the motto “High Speed, Low Drag.” In addition to this was the establishment of the Freedom Star, an Air Force-run space station (NASA having been all but absorbed due to budget issues) that could dispatch infantry to any corner of the world at a moment’s notice and housing the Damocles Rods-from-God system. And to serve as both America’s vanguard and PR for all the aforementioned spending, the Pentagon had the USMC fused with Ghost Recon elites into the Joint Strike Force: the most efficient and automated combat force money can buy.

European Federation

Prior to 2016, the European Union had (despite certain setbacks) become a major contending power bloc, fueled both by Franco-German economic power and the persistent calls for integration “to an ever closer union.” But though many of the EU member-states endured the crisis, everything began to change. Inexplicably, pan-Europeanism exploded across much of the Continent, prominent Europhiles seeing the events unfolding as an opportunity to combine their “United States of Europe” dreams with more pragmatic concerns with security and environmental stability. It reached to the point that by 2018, the Unification Charter was enacted, the new Federation’s capitals based in Paris and Berlin. For Europa, national identities and age-old divisions would be swept away. In their place was a Continent united for the first time in recorded history: a beacon of civilization and culture in a world losing both.

To defend the ideals of the European Founders, the burgeoning EF established the Enforcer Corps. Comprised of special forces, peacekeeping units and counter-terrorism veterans from the former EU member-states, they quickly specialized themselves in urban combat (though they seem insistent with “non-lethal warfare”), electronic warfare and experimental energy weapons reverse-engineered from the SLAMS network. Rumors that there were issues between the French and German-derived Battlegroups remain just that.

On the other hand, due to the technicalities of the Unification, only the wealthiest and/or most connected European countries were eligible. Of those that willingly refused the kool-aid, only Ireland and the United Kingdom (the two forming the neutral New Commonwealth to revive Britannia’s glory elsewhere), as well as the Alpine Customs Union (Switzerland and Liechtenstein got even closer during all that time) ended up being the most stable. The rest either succumbed to anarchy or fell under Russian influence/control.

Greater Russian Federation

Despite being a shadow of its former glory as the Soviet Union, Russia by the mid 2010s had recovered from its slump sufficiently enough to be a competitive and formidable force. As early as 2008-09, incentives were made to reassert itself on the world stage but simply lacked the funds and resources for the task. The crisis of 2016 however turned out to be a godsend as the giant country suddenly found itself as the planet’s largest (and newest) supplier of crude oil and natural gas. To say that this kick started the economy was an understatement. With so much money and investors flowing in, Russians of all stripes were benefiting from the fruits of that windfall and expanding their frontiers to the outside world. It wasn’t long before they saw themselves as not only a revitalized superpower but also the only rightful one. And after decades of lost power, it was not as though anyone could blame them.

This coincidentally gave the Kremlin the power and resources to not only bring the last vestiges of the oligarchs under control but also expand Russia’s political and military might to much of the former USSR. Beginning with the “reintegration” of Belarus and Ukraine in 2017-18, by 2020 many other neighboring countries fell one after another to Russian influence under nationalist pretenses of “defending the Motherland’s borders.”

Over the same time period the same economic surplus was invested heavily into reforming and modernizing its military, sparking an arms buildup the likes of which was never seen since the end of the Cold War. And with its nuclear arsenal effectively made obsolete by SLAMS, special attention was also placed in advanced explosives and strengthening the veteran Spetsnaz Guard Brigades. But while it still in many ways functions like a beefed-up throwback to the 20th Century, Russia’s particular reliance on raw firepower and ruthless combat make the country all the more dangerous. After all, it’s been said, there’s only enough room left for one global power.

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Suspicion festered as the main three began turning against each other, accusing one or the other of plotting power plays and conspiracies against it. By April 2020, tensions reached a new high after a series of attacks from the terrorist “Forgotten Army” (i.e. pissed off soldiers from failed states) who may or may not have been a ploy by Moscow for the US and EF to destroy themselves. And with the Freedom Star’s last module scheduled for launch for the following day, it’s anyone’s guess how the tides of history would play out this time. Some already convinced of looming conflict are calling it by an old name: The War to End All Wars. EndWar.
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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Always thought the EU is only pretending to be united.
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themandorian Featured By Owner 23 hours ago
when the world has gone to shit...it was pretending anymore
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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Oh.
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Matthew4981 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
This is a good map of what the world probably looks like in the endwar world.
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RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Pretty sure the Baltics were part of the EF.
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Spartan198 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Only Greece, the rest were failed states that collapsed after the nuclear exchange in ME.
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deadislandfan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
He said "Baltics", not "Balkans." Easy mistake, though. Though to be fair I think that the Baltics were forcibly reintegrated into the Russian Federation.
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34A7B Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Love the description and I am glad it was based on the game rather then the book!
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Glad you did! How is the book in comparison?
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34A7B Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
When compared to the game, boring. It is a typical TC novel but it focuses on a single moment in Russia sort of-trying to invade Canada. If you read it you would get what I meant. The story also tries to tie it to his other novels, including the eco-extremists. What irks me the most is that Russia had to ask for the US's help despite having the fricking-Spetsnaz! It also has more of a team up of the US and EF. The story was made AFTER the game I have been told and was made to connect it to the series' canon.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I don't really see the connection. ^^;
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34A7B Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
No one does, that is why it is not that well-read.
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Teslafan19 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
All will become one with Russia, Da? :iconscaryrussiaplz::iconkolkolplz:
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Mayhaps. :XD:
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STAN4US Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Good job, but there is a problem. One is the People's Republic of China in the Tom Clancy universe after 2015 does not exist anymore. You see, there was a game that came out before Ubisoft took over Red Storm called Force 21 which was a precursor of WW3 as China sought to conquer all of Russia (after the original Ghost Recon in 2008: [link] ) and central Asia to become the world's biggest power since Rome.

Intro story:
[link]

The Chinese Dream (Chinese victory):
[link]

American Victory (with Russian help):
[link]

Also, North Korea no longer exists due to Ghost Recon 2 and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
...didn't know this existed. :XD:
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:iconstan4us:
STAN4US Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
I still have that game, Force 21. Quite good!
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:icondeadislandfan:
deadislandfan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I don't think that Force 21 is part of the Tom Clancy gameverse.
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:iconstan4us:
STAN4US Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Well, I think it should as it helps fit into the Tom Clancy gameverse storyline well explaining where is China in all of the franchise's storyline.
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:icondeadislandfan:
deadislandfan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Well, it's events have never been acknowledged in any of the series in the main Clancy gameverse.
Don't get me wrong; I've looked it up on Youtube and I think it's interesting.
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Also how would you do the Joint Strike Force?
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Abashi76 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I am sorry, i think that map is too old for even year 2014!

There is Atlantis coming back since recently now more islands on the North Pacific Ocean coming soon i hope since and maybe Indian Ocean too that have been being discovered ... =)
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:iconabashi76:
Abashi76 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
sorry if my eyes did not understand that map ...
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I'd describe them as an evolution of the Marines, I guess...
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:iconstan4us:
STAN4US Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
The US JSF is the mixing of all the US Special Forces, including the Ghosts, with the US Army into one entity. Your support enforcements are the US Marines' Force Recon.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Right. Thanks for the head's up. ^^
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:iconstan4us:
STAN4US Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
You are welcomed. :) Loved the Endwar game. I just wish Ubisoft did more for it.
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:iconwisky-08:
Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Taking story requests?
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
What do you have in mind? :)
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:iconwisky-08:
Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Well you said their were 51 US states now right?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Go on...
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Willsormiston Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
With respect, I know that the Irish would never band with the British if there was any sign of Imperialist aims behind their alliance. Rather, I would think of it more as a natural trade and military alliance between countries that have a strong cultural and historical relationship.
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EddyVance Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
I think that's precisely the point of the Commonwealth's reason for being: foster strong historic relationships.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
It was more based out of the source material than anything else. ^^;
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Willsormiston Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Dont worry, i'm just being nitpicky. It's a great map! I love the Tom Clancy-verse. Especially the (classic) Rainbow Six series.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thanks! And if I remember right, there's now a novelization of the Endwar storyline.
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Brobsuglydoodles Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Endwar might be one of the better realistic fictional futures...
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
How so? :?
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Brobsuglydoodles Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
For starters, nations have banded together and are still nations, even high-tech ones at that. It's not exactly Mad Max.
Also, The Middle East has been remodeled, and although the islamic world itself has been hit hard, I can't help but think terrorism and aggressive nations in the area are out.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
It's not exactly a pleasant scenario though, when you've got super-jingoistic Americans, cosmopolitan-yet-elitist Europeans and ultranationalist Russians vying for world domination.
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Teslafan19 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist

Just another day at the office really! Waiting for the Pot - 13 NaNoEmo #4 

:iconscaryrussiaplz:: DA!Wink/Razz 

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Brobsuglydoodles Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I know, but there's also room for hope in this setting. The winning faction vows to rebuild civilization at the end of the campaign.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I guess so...
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deadislandfan Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Well, there's a bit of a sinister edge to the "victorious Russia" monologue.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
I know right?
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Callga Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
In the game it also says that Europe occupies Libya and Nigeria. Can you explain why Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania belong to russia?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
It's also mentioned that the Russians moved into them shortly after the EF's birth...
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:iconcallga:
Callga Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I tought the capital of the European Federation was only in Paris.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
True, although some of the regional capitals still have some power.
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:iconcallga:
Callga Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
We learn that in the book? (I haven't read the book)
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