United States

“The only thing we as a nation can agree on is that we all disagree...constantly.”
.........................................-President Fredrick Relson
Some call it the fading giant, others say it’s merely an empire caught in the depths of a midlife crisis. In truth, it isn’t a midlife crisis that plagues the United States, but one of identity. After more than a century of Democrats and Republicans, the two-party system has broken under the weight of a changing political landscape. A direct result of the Great Fall of 2015, four parties now vie for influence in modern day America – Democrats, Republicans, Populist, and Federalist.
Public attitude toward US involvement in the Sino conflict is lukewarm at best. After suffering through the social and economic strife of the early 21st century, much of which was brought about by dueling agendas and the failed Bush Wars, the American public has become increasingly isolationist. In a 2029 Meyers & Shellic poll, nearly 61% of all Americans said they were wary of US foreign involvement, and another 24% said they wanted the US to withdraw from international politics entirely.

Ironically, the current president, Fredrick D. Relson, a Federalist, aggressively supports a globally-engaged America. Despite taking a great deal of criticism in the press, President Relson committed US forces to the Sino Conflict shortly after the Jade attack on Tokyo Bay. As of June 2030, the United States military make up nearly 60% of active Allied Forces.
Sino Union

“Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.”

In theory the Sino Union is the combined military strength of all Pacific Rim nations who oppose the Jade Revolt. In truth, the Union is a poorly organized collection of regional leaders, businessmen, power brokers, and loyalists who wish to hold on to their piece of old China -- be it land, status, resource rights, etc. Although Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and South Korea have all pledged their support against the Jades, their involvement in the conflict has mostly been limited to securing their borders and ensuring the war doesn’t spill further into Southeast Asia. Ironically, the Sino Union’s roots are in the Asia trade alliances that China established at the beginning the 21st Century. While the Union functioned well as an economic power, expanding it to a NATO-style coalition has been less than successful.

Militarily speaking, the Union is an odd amalgam of ex-police, private security, and PLA forces loyal to generals who refused to side with Kao Shen. So far, they’ve achieved moderate success in halting the Jade’s advance into the coveted Sichuan Region of central China. Overall, though, its military efforts have been hampered by low-morale, in-fighting and conflicting agendas.

As well, the Union has taken heat in the international press for its refusal to acknowledge the breakaway republic of Tibet. Former PLA commander, General Wu Fei, who is widely regarded as the Union’s most-capable strategist, has repeatedly diverted troops and resources to his own personal campaign to recapture Tibet. The general has also been highly critical of accepting Britain’s help because of Hong Kong’s bid to be re-integrated into the British Commonwealth.
United Kingdom

“We’re not damned bloody Europeans! We’re Britons, for Chrissake!”

.........................................-Prof. Roland Hartnel, in an
......................................... editorial in the London Times.
First came the quarrels over banking policy, then the fight over Britain’s booming nuclear power industry. So in 2024, when Parliament declared it wouldn’t adhere to the ban on type-2 cloning, it wasn’t a complete surprise that the United Kingdom was ejected from the European Union. While going it alone has come at a cost for the Brits, key aspects of their economy have surged ahead as they’ve begun to globally market their thorium reactor technology and various engineered crops.

Britain’s involvement in the Sino Conflict stems largely from its former ties with the island of Hong Kong. In the early days of the war, as heated battles raged across the mainland, Hong Kong declared itself independent and made an official plea to be re-integrated back into the British Commonwealth. While the island’s bid for statehood remains in question, Britain has taken Hong Kong under its protective wing. Britain’s fierce 3rd Carrier Group is stationed off the coast, and a sizable ground force is now entrenched on the island. As well, Britain’s 2nd Carrier group and several complements of Royal Maries are participating in Allied activities in the South China Sea.

Nations not yet profiled: India, South Africa, Brazil, South Korea, Nations of the European Union, Canada, Australia, Bulgaria.

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