Preface: I have recently finished reading Robert Sobel's For Want of a Nail, and also browsed through David Bar Elias' Timeline 191: After the End, and have wondered what could happen after the former's cutoff date of 1971, using the techniques of the latter. I have some interesting things planned, with a new role for the CNA as its inner demons attempt to sway its foreign policy. The USM, Europe, and Kramer Associates will not be neglected, either. Without further adieu: Scorpions in a Bottle: 'For Want of a Nail' Expanded The Militarist Wing of the People's Coalition in the Confederation of North America In 1971, after the uncovering of the Mexican spy ring in Michigan City and the breaking of North American-Mexican relations, CNA Governor-General Carter Monaghan ordered the Confederation Bureau of Investigation to being searching for possible subversive activity in Southern Vandalia, Northern Vandalia, Indiana, and the Southern Confederation, especially the S.C and Southern Vandalia, the confederations closest to Jefferson. Monaghan also ordered CNA military forces to begin fortifying the border with Mexico along the Arkansas river in light of minor incursions by seemingly rogue Mexican troops. Mexican President Raphael Dominguez denounced the "warmongering efforts of these traitors to the United States," but refused to reinstate relations with the CNA. As a reaction, the border between the countries, once the largest minimally defended borders in the world, was sealed by the CNA under Council approval. Within the Grand Council, a Southern Confederation People's Coalition councilman by the name of Theodore Worden had become the leader of a vocal faction of his party, shared by several members of the Coalition especially opposed to the Mason Doctrine. People's Coalition stances on foreign policy were already mildly hawkish, something greatly emphasized in Worden's rhetoric. The CNA had nothing to feel guilty about regarding the Global War, and rather should enjoy its role as the world's dominant nation (Kramer Associates was another matter entirely), according to Worden. Worden did not stop at mere enjoyment of prosperity, however. Since the country remained at peace while so many other 'lesser' nations were dragged in for what he felt were petty reasons, Worden preached the need of the CNA to patrol the world and "keep it safe for peace, and end war as we know it." Controversially but not without support, Worden campaigned for the development of the CNA nuclear arsenal and applauded former Governor-General Perry Jay's detonation of a device in Manitoba. With the various occurrences regarding Mexico, Worden's particular brand of nationalist politics surged in popularity nationwide, even in areas dominated by the Liberal Party. Both the Liberals and the Peace and Justice Party branded Worden a 'hate-monger,' to which he replied, famously, that, he was "not a spreader of hate, but of reason. The political systems of other nations, especially that of the United States of Mexico, are inherently flawed and lead to nothing but slaughter and dictatorship. Our system, our democratic system, is superior in every way and must be spread for the betterment of humanity." Worden also campaigned for increased CNA union with the United British Empire, citing a shared ancestral tie between the two nations. Worden was an outspoken proponent of incorporating the UBE into the CNA as a number of new confederations, stating that "with the power of the British diaspora and her allies, we can ensure peace for all mankind, British or not." The Indian rebellion of 1971 On June 4th, 1971, a bombing attack killed several hundred in a crowded marketplace in Bombay, one of the major cities of British India, part of the United British Empire. Imperial forces attempted to discern the cause of the bombing, but had to deal with the pressing issue of reconstruction. A vitavision broadcast shown throughout the empire by Shamba Pandya, a Hindu nationalist, claimed responsibility for the bombing. Pandya's group, the Indian Liberation Movement, demanded British reparations for the German abuses in India during the Global War, and were also a voice of the growing independence movement for India. British governor of India, Cyrus Greenfield, announced a massive manhunt with the intention of finding Pandya and bringing him to trial in an Indian court. After this announcement, yet another bombing occurred in Delhi, killing at least one thousand, including several Indian police. Kramer Associate's Satellite Launch On October 22nd, 1971, Kramer Associates under President Carl Salazar launched a massive rocket from a facility in Kyushu, Empire of Japan, with support from the Japanese government and some assistance from British scientists working independently of the British government. After the Global War and the Kramer bomb detonation, Kramer Associates dedicated itself to a new technology capable of demonstrating the firm's power over the world: extraterrestrial demonstration of force. Under chief rocket scientist Marcus Lustig, the program had begun in 1967 with the intent of leaving earth orbit with an artificial satellite capable of broadcasting signals for vitavision networks. With the grants of several vitavision companies, Lustig was able to secure funding for the operation. As head of an international team, Lustig was able to finish a design by 1970. Carl Salazar himself approved the construction of the device, and with persuasion from the Japanese government (eager to boost tourism revenue for the economy) began building the site in Kyushu. On October 22nd, 1971, Lustig, Salazar, and Japanese Prime Minister Shotaro Ogino attended the launch of the Kramer rocket. As expected by Kramer calculators (developed during the Global War), the rocket succeeded in breaking out of Earth's atmosphere. Kramer Associates had reached the final frontier.