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This scenario is set at the start of the year 2000. China is attempting to wage an aggressive war against the CIS whilst watching its back for attacks from NATO and the APEC countries.
This scenario should also be playable as the CIS, India, NATO and (maybe) the Arab League and APEC. By selecting one of these countries don't expect China to do much.
This scenario is based around an alternate history. In 1997 the Asian economic crisis exploded, bringing down many of the 'Tiger' economies of Asia. In New York Allen Greenspan panics and increases American interest rates. This rise in interest rates puts the United States into a recession (and costs Greenspan his job).
As part of the global financial upheaval associated with the Asian crisis the Russian economy collapsed, sending the Rouble to new all time lows. Taking responsibility for Russia's poor condition Boris Yeltsin retires, appointing Alexander Putin as his successor. Putin swiftly acts to stabilise the Russian economy.
Meanwhile China has ridden out the Asian Crisis and global economic downturn associated with the recession in the United States. After regaining control of Hong Kong the Chinese government is surprised by a huge nationalist up surge of Chinese citizens keen to reunite the entire country. Attempting to ride this surge the Chinese government organises a "spontaneous" march into Macau, forcing Portugal to hand over this territory two years early.
With Hong Kong and Macau back under Chinese control attention now turns to Taiwan. Tens of thousands of Chinese citizens volunteer to build assault boats and join the Peoples Liberation Army.
However, in July 1998, just weeks before the Chinese assault force is ready to attempt the crossing of the Taiwan straits, Taiwanese commandos and aircraft mount a series of devastating attacks on the Chinese ports, destroying most of the Chinese invasion fleet and humiliating the Chinese government. Seizing on Russian equipment captured from the Taiwanese commandos China blames Russia for the attack and unleashes a serious of air strikes on the Russian port of Vladivostok. These air strikes go perfectly, leaving the Chinese leadership with the impression that the Russian military poses no ability to resist a properly planned attack.
Following the Taiwanese attack and China's attack on Russia the US, APEC and the EU impose trade sanctions on China. These sanctions cut deeply into China’s economy, and force the Chinese leadership to look for scapegoats and new sources of raw materials. In a meeting in October 1998 the Chinese leadership decides that Russia will fit both roles, and instructs the Chinese Military to prepare for war with Russia.
At dawn on the 1st of January 2000 Chinese forces crash across the CIS border, and the Third World War begins.
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