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|Forgotten Heroes Prologue (standard:drama, 1001 words)|
|Author: Lord RavenHeart||Added: Oct 14 2000||Views/Reads: 2191/1||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|An epic tale of love and betrayal, set during the Fourth World War, one of the largest and most violent wars the world has other witnessed.|
By A.D. 2030 it seemed as though the peaceful future the great humanitarians of the 20th Century had fought for was nothing more than a dream. Once again, international tensions and political corruption had led to a violent confrontation between countries. Yet, although the Third World War (c. 2019 - 2024) was a terrible struggle in itself, it was merely part of a chain of events that would trigger an even greater conflict; one that would forever alter not only the world but the human race. The first decade of the 21st Century passed by peacefully. Technology was still advancing rapidly, and it seemed as though the future was full of possibility. Unfortunately, people were soon to realize just how right they were. It all began when a power-hungry senator named Matthew Garrison ran for presidency in 2012. He was elected to office, and immediately began implementing his plan. With the help of his young secretary, David Laring, and General Trellix of the American Armed Forces, Garrison began manipulating tensions in Europe and the Middle-East. By 2015 the Saudi-Arabian Civil War had split the country into two independent nations: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Galdenia. When Garrison ran for re-election in 2016, he chose Laring as his running mate. In 2017 the duo returned to the Oval Office and plotted the downfall of the United Nations. After a series of political manipulations and double-crosses, they initiated a chain reaction of violence between the UN and the aggressive Galdenia. By 2019 the UN had declared war on Galdenia. Garrison dispatched troops to aid the UN in the conflict, promising the people the war would be over within a few months. But 2020 rolled around and the war was escalating as more and more countries became involved. In 2021 Garrison gave himself dictatorial powers and began to attack his allies. It soon became clear to American citizens that Garrison only cared for power, not the world's people, and certainly not the soldiers he was sending in to kill and die. Protests erupted across the country, supported wholeheartedly by Vice-President Laring himself. In 2023 Garrison was forced to resign his office, and Laring became president. Immediately he called for a peace settlement. While the rest of the world's leaders were happy to oblige, Trellix refused to back down, attempting to destroy Galdenia and the former UN countries. However, in 2024, as Trellix was captured in Galdenia and tried for treason, the leaders reached a peace agreement. After five long years, the war was finally over. The remainder of the 2020's were difficult times for the world, especially America. The actions of Garrison and Trellix had disgraced the nation, and the economy suffered. People were clamoring for a change, and Laring was unable to help them. He kept promising social reforms, but the people only grew more and more angry over the years. Several leading political figures were killed during the 20's as well, including Garrison and Trellix. The people wouldn't learn until years later that Laring was responsible. Finally, on July 4th, 2030, Laring stood before his nation and unveiled his reform plan...the American Empire. Within weeks after the establishment of the American Empire, Laring cut off all communication with the rest of the world. Both of the American continents were now in forced isolation. No one could enter or leave. Although the rest of the world was suspicious of the secrecy at first, they were forced to ignore America as clouds of war gathered across Europe and Asia. Galdenia, still smarting from its defeat in World War III, was mobilizing its army for another shot at conquest. Japan's new prime minister sought the conquest of Asia, hoping to restore Japan's old imperial regime. India, too, hoped to break free of its status as a poverty-stricken country and become a world power. And Italy had its sights set on Western Europe and Africa. And yet, no country wanted to act first. None of them wanted to be the aggressors who violated the peace treaty and began another war. But before the tensions could break on their own, Laring acted. On July 10th, 2034, one million American troops invaded Russia. Using the most advanced military technology ever seen, the fierce Americans descended on Europe like a swarm of locusts, leaving behind a trail of death and devastation. Even when Britain and France declared war on America on July 20th, Laring ignored them, ordering his troops to drive deeper and deeper into Russia. When Russia was conquered in October, people hoped Laring was through. But they soon learned it was only the beginning. By the end of the year more than 15 Eastern European countries had been conquered. In 2035, India, Japan, Galdenia, and Italy began their respective bids for world conquest. The five countries joined forces, forming the International Imperial Council in 2037, after they finished conquering the entire world. They had reduced their enemies to dust, leaving only destruction in their paths. Rebellions cropped up worldwide, only to be put down immediately. The world was indeed facing its darkest hour. However, the world had not counted on the true extent of Laring's madness. April 18th, 2041, began just like any other day. Until several hundred American bombers descended on the Japanese naval base Fort Hansuzuki. The Americans obliterated the base, destroying most of the Japanese fleet. When Japan declared war on America days later, American forces invaded Japan. By the end of the year Laring had also defeated India, Galdenia, and Italy. America now remained as dominant world power, occupying the entire planet. But the rest of the world was not willing to give up. In 2042 Laring's former allies began to secretly send aid to Britain, France, Russia, and other former Allied countries. Secret war factories churned out weapons and artillery. Thousands of people enlisted. Soon the Allies began to fight back against the oppressive American Empire, and its fanatical leader, David Laring. This is where our story begins... Tweet
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