This an AU story of sorts. Basically it centers on Harima, Hanai, Asou, and a few other characters I create. I also plan on mashing characters from other animes with School Rumble such as characters from Bleach or Full Metal Panic. I've got the first eight chapters already written so I hope ya'll enjoy or I've wasted the past three weeks. The characters will start off at the end of their third and final year of high school, but at the time of their graduation war erupts in Korea. I've also changed the history of the Cold War a little; also my story takes place in the spring of 2010. Please review.
This chapter was updated: January 8, 2008: I've been reviewing my story and the format has changed some since I've start, so I'm revising it. I may not have a new chapter up for a little bit while I update the first 17 chapters, sorry ya'll, but it's got to be done.
Updated: May 6, 2008: I have now have one of my teachers helping me edit this chapter so I should have most of the grammar corrected this time.
Chapter 1: A Review of History
"Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat its mistakes"
Unknown (tell me if you know)
2100 Hours; April 4th, 2010; Apartment of Osakabe Itoko; Yagami, Kanagawa Prefecture; Federation of Japan
Harima Kenji was sitting down in his room in the apartment he 'sorta' shared with his cousin Osakabe Itoko, who'd been known to kick his ass out or leave him on the streets to fend for himself when she went on vacation. He was preparing to study for the final exam tomorrow, which would be history. Tani-sensei hinted that it would be on the events from the ending of World War II to today, mostly on the Cold War, whatever the hell that was.
He didn't really want to study. 'No! I can't slack off! This is for Tenma-chan,' he thought desperately. Feeling rejuvenated, he opened a text book and began to read:
'On May 8th, 1945, the Red Army of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic had been laying siege to Berlin for several days. After Adolf Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany, committed suicide, his successor Karl Dönitz surrendered to Allied and Soviet commanders Dwight David Eisenhower and Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov. This ended World War II in Europe and is commonly known as VE-Day or Victory in Europe Day. In early August the US dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, ending World War II on August 15th, 1945; it is known as VJ-Day or Victory over Japan Day.
Shortly after the ending of the war, Germany was broken up into the Soviet-controlled German Democratic Republic or East Germany, and the British, French, and American-controlled Republic of Germany or West Germany (1). US soldiers were being sent home from Europe after the surrender of Japan because they were drafted soldiers and could not be forced to stay in service without open war declared. British and French soldiers were exhausted after six long years of war against Nazi Germany. In East Germany, the Red Army was secretly being prepared for another war to seize the rest of Germany under communist control and to possibly overrun Western Europe.
On March 16th, 1946 a division of Soviet T-34s supported by infantry plowed out of the Soviet half of Berlin into the newly-formed West Berlin. Shortly after, the Soviet General-Secretary Joseph Stalin declared war on the newly-formed North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO (2). NATO, which only consisted of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, was caught completely off guard. All American soldiers still in Germany, along with the French and British, were sent to make a stand on a defensive front stretching from Hamburg to Munich. Much to NATO's alarm, a force of 300,000 Soviet soldiers, tanks, and planes were storming into West Germany out of Eastern Europe.
Meanwhile, West German Chancellor Bernhard Schumacher watched as the Red Army and Air Force attacked his nation, yet again. In a bold move he ordered the reformation of the Deutsch Wehrmacht (German Military), but renamed it the Bundeswehr (Federal Forces) and declared war on the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic. Most of the German fuel supplies were destroyed or used up during World War II, which forced German soldiers to fight on foot. The Soviets were outraged at the sight of the German soldiers and so was NATO that a nation that they had just defeated and that was responsible for the murder of 11 million people that became known as the Holocaust, was now mobilizing again for war. Despite uneasiness and ill feelings towards the Germans, NATO had no choice, but to allow Germany to assist them in the fight against the Red Army. At the time, the Bundeswehr made up roughly 70 percent of NATO forces in Germany.
In the winter of 1946, when fuel was given to the German Panzer Korp (tank corps), the Germans were able to mobilize the Panzers and Luftwaffe (Air Force). The Germans rallied and led NATO to fight the Soviet juggernaut to a stalemate. By May 18th, 1947 NATO was able to push back the newly-formed Warsaw Pact to the Polish border and the edges of the USSR's Eastern European Blocs. Shortly after, General Zhukov, on General-Secretary Stalin's behalf, signed a peace treaty with NATO, which now included the newly-formed Federal Republic of Germany and the liberated Republic of Austria. Although the One Year NATO-Soviet War had ended, a permanent divide between Eastern and Western Europe had been formed. As British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, said, "An iron curtain is descending upon Europe".'
2130 Hours; April 4th, 2010; Itoko's Apartment, Yagami; Kanagawa Prefecture, Federation of Japan
Harima took a deep breath. He could only take in so much information at once without losing his mind; he wasn't used to trying so hard in school. He couldn't help but think that some of this might make an interest manga. 'Mmmnn… I must ask Imōto-san about it later' he thought. 'Well back to work.' He read on:
'Many world leaders had hoped this would be the end of the fighting. Unfortunately, to everyone's surprise, including the Soviets, the Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea invaded the Republic of (South) Korea on June 25th, 1950 with roughly 135,000 troops, 242 tanks, and 180 planes (3). Soviet General-Secretary Stalin had every intention of ignoring North Korean Premier Kim-Il-sung's invasion of the south. South Korean President Syngman Rhee and US Army General Douglas MacArthur convinced US President Harry S. Truman to send a United Nation's coalition, consisting mostly of NATO (4) troops, to Korea.
President Truman, however, believed that this was a diversion for a second invasion of Germany. Many of the US soldiers drafted for the Korean War were sent to Europe for an invasion that would never come. Meanwhile the situation in Korea had gone from bad to dire. The surviving soldiers of the Army of the Republic of Korea (ARoK) and the US forces prepared to make a last stand at Pusan (or Busan) on the southern coast of Korea.
Fortunately, NATO reinforcements arrived just in time to stop the People's Korean Army (PKA) from overrunning Pusan. NATO pushed the KPA out of the south and back to the north. With MacArthur's assurances that the People's Republic of China would not interfere in the war, NATO launched a deep invasion of North Korea that reached a few short kilometers of the Yalu River. China's Premier Mao Zedong panicked when NATO soldiers approached within kilometers of his borders. NATO even attacked bases in China near the border from the air, though in all fairness, they were supplying North Korean soldiers. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) plowed across the Yalu River that separated China and North Korea and into the NATO forces. Unsurprisingly, President Truman fired General MacArthur and replaced him with General Matthew Ridgway.
General Ridgway was forced out of the north by the combined attack of PLA and KPA soldiers. Three years of stalemate would ensue from the day China entered the war to July 27th, 1953 when a ceasefire was signed. Two and a half miles that are known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separates the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea. The 'peace' is often punctuated by small shootouts between border guards, and tension is always high. North Korea's desire to seize the south continues with the current leader President Kim Jong-Il. To make matters worse, a ceasefire is not the same as a peace treaty; NATO and South Korea are still technically at war with North Korea.'
2234 Hours; April 4th, 2010; Itoko's Apartment, Yagami; Kanagawa Prefecture, Federation of Japan
Harima decided to take a dinner break. That last bit about the war still being on in Korea bothered him since Korea wasn't that far away. "I wonder if that would ever affect me?" Harima wondered out loud. He quickly ate his instant noodles and returned to work. He was starting to find the subject mildly interesting.
'Possibly the scariest moment of the Cold War was the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the 1950's Fidel Castro led the Cuban people in an open revolt against the U.S. Government, which had taken control of Cuba since the end of the Spanish-American War in the late 19th century. To remove Castro, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) proposed Operation: Bay of Pigs, which would have anti-Castro Cubans and American advisors invade Cuba. The KGB, a Soviet equivalent of the CIA, warned their ally, Cuba, of the operation. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy wanted the operation to appear 'Cuban' and only allowed one air strike from the United States Air Force (USAF). The Cuban Rebels were annihilated without the air support.
As if the situation could not get worse, a recon plane revealed that the Soviets had placed medium-range nuclear missiles in Cuba. After long and intense negotiations between President Kennedy and Soviet General-Secretary Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, they managed to end the crisis and to get the US and the USSR on speaking terms. Many of first agreements and treaties on nuclear weapons were reached after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Both Kennedy and Khrushchev would not be in office for much longer. Khrushchev was removed from office because of the fiasco that the Cuban Missile Crisis created; Kennedy was shot and assassinated on November 22nd, 1963.
The next major moment in the Cold War was the Second Indochina War or the Vietnam War as it is known in the United States. The reasons for entering Vietnam are the subject of much controversy in the US, but most agree that the US wanted to prevent the 'Domino Effect' which was a theory that if one country became communist, they all would. Following the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, the Vietnam War officially began in 1965. However, today it was proven that the Gulf of Tonkin Incident was not an unprovoked attack by the North Vietnamese, but the North Vietnamese responding to what they believed was another attack on their shores after a previous South Vietnamese attack. For seven long years the United States of America was locked in the second most controversial war it had ever fought. It would divide the nation and bring about the issues of racism, civil rights, freedoms, and government power to light. In 1972 US President Richard Milhous Nixon withdrew US forces from Vietnam ending land action in Vietnam. In the Third Indochina War (1972-1975), South Vietnam was defeated and assimilated into the north. The Vietnam War, which largely was considered a huge disaster by the US population, along with the Watergate Scandal caused many Americans to lose their confidence and respect for the Federal Government.
The Soviet Union took great pleasure in mocking the US after Vietnam and the Watergate Scandal with President Nixon, which resulted in Nixon's near impeachment and eventual resignation. Soon the Soviets were being mocked for their disastrous invasion of Afghanistan which started December 25th, 1979 and ended February 15th, 1989; the US loving calls this war 'The Soviet's Vietnam'. In addition to the Soviets problems in Afghanistan, on April 26th, 1986 the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, a nation part of the USSR, suffered the world's worst nuclear melt down which displaced over 50,000 Ukrainians and spread a radiation cloud over the entire European Continent. Over 25 years later, Chernobyl is still extremely radioactive and is only inhabited by a small fraction of its original population. The Soviets continually monitor the area to make sure terrorist organizations do not attempt to steal any equipment or possible uranium still in the plant.
Both the United States and the Soviet Union both went into an economic decline during the late 1980's. Other nations like the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, the Federation of Japan, and the oil rich nation of the Middle East saw massive economic growth. China saw huge economic booms in mass producing cheap household products which did every well overseas and encourage China to experiment in other areas of business. Japan managed to establish itself in the '70s as a major auto maker and exporter. By the '80s Japan was asserting itself as an electronic giant that it is known for internationally today. The Middle Eastern nations like Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates had made huge sums of money in selling oil. Many Middle Eastern nations bought military equipment from the USSR and established relations with the Soviets, although they were not close ties they were strong than the ones Middle Eastern nations had with US, NATO, or the NATO backed nation Israel.
In 1989 President Sadden Hussein of the Republic of Iraq launched an invasion of State of Kuwait after his earlier failed invasion of Iran in the mid '80s. On January 17th, 1991 the United Nations passed a resolution to use military force to remove the Iraqis from Kuwait. US General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf commanded the UN Coalition and defeated the Iraqi Army in February 28th, 1991. The US withdrew from Iraq shortly after.
The US under President William Jefferson Clinton was also seeing some economic growth and recovery from the decline of the 1980s, but towards the end of his presidency things were turning bad again with the Internet Bubble Burst. There was also his wife's failed attempt at creating national health care system. The worse was the 'inappropriate relationship' between President Clinton and intern Monica Samille Lewinsky.
Also since the 1980s and the talks between President Ronald Wilson Regan and General-Secretary Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the United States and Soviet Union were enjoying real peace between their respective nations.
September 11th, 2001 would ultimately change the United States when a terrorist group known as al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial airliners and destroyed the World Trade Centers and damaged the Pentagon, US Military Command. The US launched an invasion of Afghanistan which al-Qaeda's leaders were believed to be hiding in.
Next came what is considered to be the most controversial war the United States ever fought. On March 20th, 2003, US President George Walker Bush launched Operation: Iraqi Freedom; the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Although the US and its allies won an easy victory over Sadden Hussein, it would become very clear that President Bush had no real plan for the occupation or reconstruction of the country. The War in Iraq would polarize the US population and even the entire government in ways the Vietnam War couldn't begin. To this day the reason for the invasion is still not clear, but many believe it was over oil, but there is still no clear answer. Other problem would plague the Bush Administration such as poor health care plans, an incompetent administration, the devastation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the controversial Patriot Act and other homeland security programs, and much more.
During the US's turmoil, Soviet General-Secretary Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (5) was pulling the Soviet Union out of its economic slump. He expanded industry out put, oil production, natural gas, took advantage of the fact the Russia was on of the few nations with uranium mines, helped suppress organize crime in the USSR, and began a massive expansion of the Red Army, Navy, and Air Force.
In 2008 to the shock of the US government who had expected Hilary Clinton, Romney, or Barak Obama (6) to win the presidential elections. Michelle Smith Crane became the first woman president in US history. She was also, as a member of the Independent Party, the first president since 13th President Millard Fillmore that was neither a Republican nor a Democrat. President Crane systematically reformed most of former President Bush's law; namely the Patriot Act. She began to refocus the national budget on domestic policy such as the reconstruction of New Orleans, pushing for better food health standards, a national energy policy, solving the national debt, and the making a national health care program.
She also removed troops from Iraq because the US military was then too overextended and she decided to split Iraq into three nations; Southern Iraq, Northern Iraq, and Kurdistan. Unfortunately, civil war exploded between North and South Iraq, but most consider that unavoidable. Today Iraq is one country, however the Republic of Kurdistan with US backing remained independent. The current Republic of Iraq is a military-dictatorship like before the US invasion. Kurdistan unlike its neighbors has a stable government and is friendly to the President Crane because her support has allowed Kurdistan to remain sovereign. US soldiers have also begun a withdrawal from Afghanistan after creating what is hoped to a stable government, but that remains to be seen. The US military is now returning to their bases in Germany, Guam, Wake, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Japan, and US homeland. As a safeguard to prevent the president from sending troops into another 'fiasco', Congress added laws to ensure the Senate would have the final say in going to war or a major military action that was defined by a certain amount of troops and money.
President Crane is also on friendly terms with the current Soviet leader General-Secretary Nikolay Alexandrovich Bolotnikov. Bolotnikov took office after his predecessor General-Secretary Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev who disappeared with his plane while in transit of central Russia. President Crane policy is in her words, "I hope to rebuild this nation from the domestic to the international. Though I fear I've only starched the surface, I feel it is a start. I cannot promise much will be accomplished under my administration, but I will make sure the next President will have much more to work with than I did." President Crane stands as one of the most popular presidents since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Despite high hopes for a peaceful future, the 38th Parallel Demilitarized Zone that separates Korea, the Iron Curtain that runs from the German-Polish border on the Baltic Sea to the Italian-Croatian border on the Adriatic Sea, the middle of the Bering Sea the separates the USSR and the United States, the Israeli-Arab borders, and other such fronts of the Cold War stand as barriers today that have no sign of them being removed.'
Harima felt his head spin at all the facts that he had just read. He had taken notes while reading and he began to review them. By midnight he has praying he had learned enough to pass tomorrow and go to the same college as his Tenma-chan.
1530 Hours; April 5th, 2010; Yagami High School, Yagami; Kanagawa Prefecture, Federation of Japan
Harima sat at his desk. He didn't know how well or badly he had done on his test. He watched as his classmates talking nervously to each other while waiting for the results. He saw Imadori chatting up some girls who seemed dumb enough to fall for his pick-up lines. Fuyuki taking pictures of class for an end-of-year-album he was making. Yoshidayama Jirō, the wannabe delinquent who was overshadowed by Harima, just glaring at Harima for reasons Harima didn't understand. 'Did I do something to him?' Harima wonder.
Then he saw her… and her friends too, but who cares about them. 'My poor Tenma-chan she looked so tired and depressed from her tests, I must do something cheer her up,' he thought. Suddenly, Sawachika Eri or as he called her 'Ojō-sama' caught his eye and she gave him her death glare. He decided to approach them later.
Then Harima saw Hanai Haruki. 'Four-eyes… mmnnn what was his name, I could never remember. I should remember this too, he's about the same height as me, similar body build, and similar strength, but I sure I'm stronger than him,' Harima though. Unlike Harima, Hanai kept his hair neater and wore glasses. Harima like to keep my hair slicked back and wear sunglasses.
Hanai puffed himself up in front of Harima and asked in his authoritative tone, "So Harima-kun did you study for your exams?"
"Hai," Harima said simply.
"Good, good," he said as though he didn't believe me, "Did you do well?"
"I don't know yet."
"Ano (um)…" said a voice next the two of them. Tani-sensei handed him a piece of paper.
"Ā, arigato sensei" Harima said with his best attempt at politeness. He looked at the
paper and saw my score was '06'.
"Oh I see I got a… WHAT THE FUCKING HELL IS THIS!? I STUDIED HALF THE NIGHT!" Harima screamed so load that everyone turned to face him.
"Ano… Harima-kun you're holding your paper upside down." Said Tani-sensei who seemed in shock at Harima's burst of rage.
"Oh" he said as if nothing happened which caused everyone to sweat-drop. Harima turned the page over and he saw it was a 90, "OH YEAH BABY! THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! Wow, who would have thought that studying really does help you pass."
Almost everyone stared at Harima in shock, not that he noticed. He turned and gave Tenma a thumbs-up. She stared at him, crossed her arms, and went into deep thought. After a few minutes she gave the thumbs-up back to Harima even though she had no clue why. Harima didn't seem to notice or maybe he didn't care.
Tani-sensei smiled and thought, 'I'm proud of all of you.' He watched his student celebrate. He decided to let his students to have the day off since there wasn't anything left to do and school would let out soon. He sat at his desk and turned on his computer. He started to check the news reports. He read in his head the headlines, 'U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan to be complete in 3 months, Protests in France turn violent, Apple announces new iPhone to be released in 2011, … oh what's this?' A news update had appeared. It read 'Scattered Reports of North Korean Attack'. That can't be right.
Tani-sensei clicked on it and read, 'Today, March 4th, 2010, a reporter gave a phone call that was cut off saying the North Koreans were attacking, says the BBC. Although the call was not complete, it definitely said that North Korean soldiers were attacking South Korean soldiers. The US Department of Defensive stated that they were having trouble reaching their commanders or any of the 40,000 US soldiers stationed in Korea. US commanders in Japan are currently sending recognizance planes to investigate these reports. US President Crane has refused to make a statement until she gets a fuller report.'
Tani-sensei put on a set of headphones clicked on a link to hear the audio recording of the news reporter's call, "As you hear there is a lot of artillery fire -BOOM- I don't know how long I can stay -BOOM- but the South Korea Army is starting to retreat in the face of this massive North Korean attack. The situation here is dire and…" Static filled Tani's ears. He looked up at his students. They were having so much fun. He decided not to mention anything, how could this affect Japan?
2040 Hours; April 4th, 2010; Oval Office, White House; Washington DC, United States of America (7)
A petite brown hair woman in her late forties sat behind her desk. Although she appeared to be reading a memo she was really waiting to get a report from her generals in Japan. A bolding bespectacled man entered the room. She looked up and nodded in greeting.
"Evening Michelle," Greeted Vice-President Doug Mather.
Shortly after, generals and admirals entered the room.
"Good evening Madam President," they greeted.
"Good evening gentlemen, who has the report I've been waiting for?" asked President Crane not wanting to waste any more time.
"I do Madam President" said US Pacific Commander, Admiral Timothy Keating (8).
"Please, go ahead" said President Crane, trying to hide the stress she been under all day.
He stood up, slipped a disk into a disk drive, and turned to face a monitor. He said, "The pictures were taken by a U2 spy plane of the 5th Air Force. We still haven't reached the commanders of the 8th Army or 7th Air Force, but as you can see the situation is grave. Some 3,000,000 KPA troops are storming across the DMZ in the ROK (Republic of Korea). We don't know if China, the Middle East Coalition (MEC) (9), or the Soviets are part of this."
"I doubt the MEC is part of this attack. It seems too far out of their interests, not to mention pretty far from their borders," said US SOCOM Commander, Admiral Eric Olson (10).
"I agree with Admiral Olson. I think it's the PLA we need to worry about" said Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James Conway (11).
"But what do we do? We have to present a case to the Senate to pass a declaration of was," asked Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Henry Arnold (12).
"That won't matter. We have troops in the ROK and a mutual protection treaty with the South too. Plus the President Eisenhower only signed a ceasefire in '53 so we're still technically at war," said President Crane. She sighed and continued, "I think we're done for now. I'm going to call the Moscow and Beijing."
The generals and admirals left while President Crane reached for a red phone. She hesitated. Premier Bolotnikov wasn't a bad guy, but because of the history between her country and his country always created a high level of tension she wasn't keen on making this call.
2345 Hours; April 5th, 2010; the Kremlin, Moscow, Moscow Special Administrative Province, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic; Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic
Premier Nikolay Bolotnikov sat in his office the Kremlin. It was very late at night and no one else seemed to be awake, a feeling he loved. He liked this time when he felt the nothing can bother him for a few hours, then came a knock on his door.
'Uh-oh' he thought, 'This can't be good. My staff knows not to bother me this late unless it's important.'
An intelligence officer in a KGB uniform entered the Bolotnikov's office. He saluted and said in a loud military tone, "Comrade General-Secretary, I have urgent news."
'So much for my peace and quiet' Bolotnikov thought and said, "Go ahead."
The intelligence officer handed him a file and said, "Comrade General Polikov in Vladivostok reports the Army of the People's Democratic Republic of Korea is invading the Republic of Korea."
"It's probably another border skirmish. It's nothing to worry about" answered Bolotnikov annoyed that he was bothered for no reason.
"Nyet (no) Comrade General-Secetary, he sent a Tu-22 to investigate the reports of an attack and he says that there are millions of KPA soldiers attacking."
Bolotnikov slammed the file on the table in anger and yelled, "Damn you Kim Jong-Il! That bastard, what is he thinking?! Does he think he can invade the Republic of Korea and expect the Americans to do nothing?" He couldn't believe that Kim Jong-Il could do something so stupid. 'Mmnnn… maybe if I'm lucky the Americans would remove Kim Jong-Il from power and make my life much easier,' he thought angrily.
"Comrade General-Secretary, what should we do?"
He thought for a second and said, "Tell all commanders in the Far East not to take any action or do anything stupid. I'm going to call President Crane. Also have the ministers assemble for an emergency Politburo meeting."
"Da (yes) Comrade General-Secretary!" said the officer snapping to attention.
The KGB officer left the room and Bolotnikov said to himself, "I hope the Rodina (motherland) doesn't get dragged into this war."
If anyone was offended by my version of the Cold War, then I'm sorry. It wasn't my intention to upset anyone. Please tell me what you think; I really would like peoples' opinions.
Updated January 8, 2008: There may not be any new chapters for a while. It shouldn't take me too long to may some necessary improvements though.
Updated May 6, 2008: Sorry if the timeline and some of the terminology doesn't make sense, but I'm trying to clean up the first chapter a little. I'll correct some of the others too later on.
J. H. Kamiya
1. In actuality, Germany was broken up into the Federal Republic of (West) Germany and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).
2. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was actually formed on April 4th, 1949. Germany did not join NATO for several years after NATO's formation, much later than the date I wrote on here which is for the purposes of my story.
3. Those are actual statistics of the North Korean invasion of the South Korea back in 1950.
4. The coalition sent to Korea was a United Nation's coalition, the first one to be formed. Several nations that were in Korea were also in NATO, but it was not an official NATO war.
5. Vladimir Putin is the leader of the Russian Federation. He was once a senior member of the KGB and one of the founders of the KGB's successor the FSB.
6. I didn't think it was wise to pick an actual candidate as President of the United States in my story so I created a fictional one.
7. It should be noted that there is several time zones and the International Date Line between the eastern United States and Japan. It would be 15:40 (3:40pm) April 5th, 2010 in Japan.
8. Admiral Timothy Keating is the commander of US Pacific Command. The Pacific Command includes Eastern Asia in its jurisdiction.
9. The Middle Eastern Coalition is a fictional alliance of the Middle Eastern nations. I got the name and idea from the game Battlefield 2, all rights owned by EA Games.
10. Admiral Eric Olson is the real commander of the Special Operation Command (SOCOM). It includes the command of all US special forces units such as the Green Beret, Navy SEALs, or Task Force Delta.
11. General James Conway is the real general who is in charge of the United States Marine Corps (USMC). He is one of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
12. General Henry Arnold is the real general who is in charge of the United States Air Force (USAF). He is one of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.