The Resource Wars
Typical Resource Wars-era propaganda.

Though the Great War ended the world as we knew it, it was in all actuality the zenith of a much longer series of events that had been culminating for many, many decades. Human greed, as usual, was the real fuel for the fires, and the origins of the events of the twenty-first century could be traced back to the beginnings of the industrial age, when men first addicted themselves to the power and advances brought on by combustible technology.

Eventually, the fuel began to run out. It was inevitable, but nobody wanted to acknowledge that it would happen until it was so patently obvious that pragmatism became the only realistic policy. In 2052, the Resource Wars began when the European Commonwealth invaded the Middle East in response to rapidly climbing oil prices. The U.N. quickly began to fracture, and in the same year it disbanded amongst turmoil and conflict between its member states.

In the following years a series of nuclear exchanges in the Middle East heightened world awareness (and fear) of the possibility of atomic warfare in the near future, and the vault program was jump-started in America, with huge amounts of money invested in the project. As the US Military set up a front line in Alaska to protect its vital pipelines, pressure was exerted on Canada to allow the military to cross its borders in order to guard the Canadian segments of the line. In 2060, conflict in the Middle East ended as the last of the oil there simply dried up. The Commonwealth immediately dissolved into bickering nation-states, its main raison d'ĂȘtre having disappeared.

In 2066, China invaded Alaska. This marked the end of an era of the United States and the East Bloc focusing on subterfuge to gain the upper hand as the military prowess of both sides were brought to bear upon one another instead. Canada showed some reluctance in allowing the American troops to pass over its borders, but was eventually swayed to do so. As the battle raged on the Alaskan Front Line, the first suits of Power Armor were deployed against the Chinese, and proved remarkably effective at cutting down anything thrown in their path.

By 2072, American had begun to gobble up Canadian resources in an effort to fuel the war efforts. Protests and riots began in many Canadian cities, and attempted sabotage on the Alaskan pipeline was the only excuse America needed to begin an annexation of Canada itself. China began to become increasingly aggressive with its use of biological weapons at around this time, and the Pan-Immunity Virion Project was begun as a countermeasure.

In 2074, negotiations between the United States and all other world powers came to an abrupt end as the US claimed that the last oil reserves on the planet would be used exclusively by America. While up until this point the US had vowed to take a strictly defensive stance (such as in Alaska), Power Armor units were soon dispatched to the Chinese mainland and began to carve their way through the Chinese resistance there. Canada was completely and finally annexed by 2076. Protesters and rioters were executed on sight.

By 2077, Alaska was reclaimed, China's supply lines and resources were quickly breaking down, and the war was coming to a close. Despite this there was increasing unrest in the United States, and Power Armor units found themselves being used for domestic crowd control, with hundreds of American casualties resulting. The US government, poised for an imminent nuclear or biological strike from the fractured Chinese forces, retreated to safety.

On October 23rd, the Great War began.

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