After a hiatus, here's once more a map-profile from the RDNA-verse. This one in particular opening up the 2024-25 "arc," chronicling the final collapse of the century-long Cold War, the downfall of the Reds and the Liberation of the Lost Nations. This also happens to be the backdrop of the as-yet-to-be-finished Prince in Hiding
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As always, all comments are welcome!
The event later known as the Arrival in 2024 was one of the most shocking moments in modern history, signalling the dawn of an age no longer defined by the Terror. It was also in a number of ways intimately related to the Displacement of 2014 and the actions of the RDNA during that strange time. But it didn’t happen overnight.
The first signs became evident in early January 2024, when scientists from the Royal Theoretical Sciences Laboratories in Halifax released findings of “faint signatures” similar to the Displacement event that had affected New Austria 10 years earlier, followed by identical reports coming from researchers in other Free Nations. While initial findings suggested them to be insignificant flukes in space-time, these accounts attracted enough concern to maintain observations if only on a need-to-know basis. By March however, they had not only spread to other non-Collectivist parts of the planet but also became significantly stronger. At that point, the existence of the anomalies could no longer be denied to the public.
Reactions were varied across the Free World. Some among the fringes and fundamentalists saw these as foreboding omens, if not harbingers of some apocalypse. Others saw these with a mix of indifference, fear and curiosity. Among the Reactionaries, attempts were made to quietly censor all further information. While in New Austria, which had already experienced a possible outcome first hand, there was an overriding sense of anticipation. All the while the Internationale remained eerily silent, more focused on armed mobilization than anything else. Most if not all agreed, however, that their appearance was a sign that a bloody chapter of history would soon be coming to a close.
This state of affairs continued to persist, with the strength of the anomalies slowly increasing until the week of 19 July 2024. As the world teetered ever closer to war, reports began streaming from every Free Nation observatory, laboratory and orbital platform on sudden anomaly spikes. Fears of various theoretical disasters (alien invasion, reality-warping, etc.) soon flooded vidscreens and newsreels while governments sought to enact emergency precautions first formulated in the wake of the Displacement.
Then on the day itself, the flashes came. Around the strongest hotspots appeared various orbital vessels which, while clearly artificial, were of designs more advanced than anything the Free World could field, even perhaps including the reverse-engineered technology from 2014. Whether the ships were seen through cameras or dotting the sky before their very eyes, the world came to a standstill. But after long, painful minutes of anxious waiting, their intentions immediately became known as they proceeded to counter a Red attack with shocking efficiency. Realizing whose side these “Otherworlders” were on, the Free Nations quickly found themselves in a position to finally put the Terror’s legacy to an end and set history in motion once more; Retribution was finally possible. But just as soon as the attacks were reported, a transmission appeared, momentarily looping on every broadcast channel in various languages, which began:"For the interests of inter-dimensional security, the Empire-Principality of Liechtenstein, United States of America, Federal Japanese Empire and the People's Empire of Brazil, the Member states of its Communist Commonwealth and the United African Provinces all declare war on the Collectivist Internationale, just like the USSA before you. You will be defeated and the nations of old shall be restored..."
Coincidentally, New Austria was the first to receive the message.
The World of 2024 (Original): [link]
The World of 2024 (Updated): [link]
2024 Sans Terror: [link]