This is the history of my book, The Fifth War, which is set in an alternate 2025 with a PoD in the 1840s.


Just to lower your expectations, I'm not a professional writer, I don't study history professionally at all, this book was basically just a passion project to mash a bunch of eras of history that I like into one war for an interesting setting and story, so yeah, there's some handwavium, especially when we get to the weapons of the highly advanced Fifth World War.

Here's the current factional scenario
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And here's the history:


So, Alternate timeline begins in the 1840s

Prelude:
In the 1840s, US President James Polk acquiesces to the "54 40 or fight!" movement, and goes to war with Britain over the Oregon Territory to get all of it, and not split it with Britain.
The US has homefield advantage and population advantage and does win, in addition to winning against Mexico, launching that campaign shortly afterwards. This war does sour US-British Relations. The US Also annexes all of Mexico, according to Polk's plan.

When the Civil War rolls around, Britain recognizes the Confederacy in order to divide America and make it weaker so Britain wouldn't have any more problems in the Western Hemisphere. With British Aid, the Confederacy is able to break off.

Following this, the Confederacy buys Cuba from Spain, and starts taking over the Caribbean. The Confederacy took all of Mexico that was annexed in the prior war against it, and is asserting dominance with plantations and banana republics in Central America. The marginalized people and slaves are growing resentful of the Southern Aristocracy, though. The US and Confederacy have a brief conflict over this expansion of the Confederacy's, but this amounts to little. (Yes, this period of this world's history is very similar to Turtledove's Southern Victory series, but it diverges greatly from his during the latter portion of WW1)


WW1:
Alliances are drawn, and with the US hungry for revenge against the Confederacy (allied with the Entente Powers), they side with the Central Powers. Japan sides initially with the Allies. The war breaks out in 1914. Supply shortages for the Entente leave them suffering badly against Germany, who can devote more assistance to Austria-Hungary. Italy remains neutral per their deal with the Central Powers. Russia's 1916 First Brusilov offensive fails, and Revolution begins. Russia drops out and Germany turns its full attention to the Western Front by early 1917.

Italy, seeing the writing on the wall for the Entente, joins the war on the Central Powers' side, but does not intervene in the Western front, instead invades France and Britain's north African Colonies from Libya. This gives the Ottomans the help they need to seize Suez, but they are still dealing with rebellion in their lands.

Paris falls in October of 1918, but Britain refuses to yield to Germany. Germany decides to conduct a raid upon London in which they manage to capture the King of England and haul him off to Germany via U-boat. (I know. But I wanted to do something a little crazy).

The US's industrial advantage manages to get the better of the Confederacy, and they make gains in the Confederacy and take Kentucky, as well as some of Virginia and Oklahoma.

Japan is offered by Germany to switch sides and they won't incur Germany's wrath for taking their colonies, Japan will pay Germany for the Pacific holdings they took, and instead they can side with them and take Entente Colonies. Japan accepts.

The Entente is defeated, Russia, meanwhile, has become the Soviet Union, and Trotsky has begun fomenting Revolution in China and the Confederacy. These become armed revolutions during and after World War One.

But in the treaty of Hamburg, Brest-Litovsk stands, Austria Hungary receives some gains, and America takes Canada. Britain has to let India and South Africa be independent. Mittelafrika is formed. Italy gets much of North Africa. The war ends in late 1920


WW2:
During the interwar years (1921-1940) A lot happens. Mainly, Austria-Hungary falls apart due to the same reasons in our timeline, victory merely bought it a bit more time. The Ottoman Empire also collapses, and both regions delve into chaos. This is around the early 1920s.

During this Chaos, Germany is attempting to keep the USSR from establishing Communism in its Eastern European Puppets. This is taking a lot of Germany's resources.
Italy moves in on Suez during the crisis, taking it for itself, and even moving into Sanai and Palestine and some of Mesopotamia. Germany sends some aid for Italy to do this so that Italy can provide Germany with that sweet, sweet Middle-Eastern Oil supply.

Britain and France still hate Germany, as usual, and are establishing relations with the USSR, because everyone knows a war is coming. It's just a matter of when.

US and Confederacy hate each other, and are waiting for the prime opportunity. By this point, Communism has established itself in the whole Confederacy, and the Golden Circle has become the Red Circle.

Japan has already been invading China as in our timeline, and is planning to invade other European Colonies, and is maintaining relations with the US, Germany, and Italy. US doesn't have many other stakes in the Pacific but the Hawaiian Islands and Midway, and is not exactly as concerned with what Japan is doing.

The War begins proper in 1940 when Germany discovers Soviet plots in Poland and the Baltics to rig some of the assembly elections in those states, and generally inciting rebellion. Germany declares war on the Soviet Union.

France and Britain follow suit. Italy joins on Germany's side, and the US and Confederacy join in because why not?
The invasion of France is swift and merciless, Germany and Italy combine forces, invading from north and South.

France falls quickly and Britain is put under U-boat blockade and suffers German Bombing Runs. With assistance from America, the Royal Navy in the Atlantic is nearly hunted to extinction. In the East, Japan hands a naval defeat to Britain as well. At the end of the War, Britain is nuked by Germany and is forced to surrender to occupation. The UK is dissolved into the separate dukedoms of Wales, Scotland, England, and Ireland, each puppeted by Germany.

The Soviets are mobilizing and advancing, and by 1941, have begun invading the Baltics and Poland. German, Polish, Ukrainian, and other Eastern European troops fight to push back the Soviets, but the Soviets manage to hold out on the Dnieper River in Ukraine and at Leningrad in the North. This front remains in a stalemate until the end of the war.

In the US, the Confederacy retakes Oklahoma and Kentucky, but their attempts to move beyond the Ohio River are met with fierce resistance, and this front also becomes a stalemate.

Japan invades Australia and New Zealand, and they do so successfully, but much of mainland China is lost. Only Manchukuo remains when the Chinese unify under Communism and push Japan out of much of where they invaded. Japan does take Indochina from France and Indonesia as well, establishing native collaborationist governments.

Italy, after the invasion of France, pushes into Spain to assist the Nationalist rebels who are being defeated by the Communists. Italy helps them, and together they defeat the Communists. Franco agrees to be a vassal of Italy for this, since he needed their support to win. Italian Ethiopia invades Sudan and assists in pacifying what colonies Britain had left in central Africa. They also send many troops to help invade Turkey. At the renamed Constantinople that Bulgaria had captured, Mussolini holds a meeting in which he negotiates the Quadripartite pact between Spain, Ethiopia, Italy, and Bulgaria, and proclaims the New Roman Empire. The NRE withdraws from the war and focuses on internal stability. WW2 ends in mid 1944 with an armistice on the Eastern Front.

Cold War and WW3:
WW2 ended with Germany using the Atom Bomb on Britain, and thus the atomic age began. The Soviets and Chinese are quick to create their own nuclear weapons, as are the other major powers. An arms race and space race begin.

During this time, there is no United Nations, and so neutral minor powers are fair game. Rome claims Arabia and some of Persia, and even negotiates with the Soviets to split Persia between them. Rome suppresses Islamic and Arabian culture and religion, and even pushes many Turks into the Arabian wilderness. Rome also yoinks Portugal because, well, no one can stop them and no one's going to.

China invades India, and carries out a brutal occupation and near-genocide of the people there, even using atomic bombs on populous cities. Germany brutally oppresses revolutions in Mittelafrika, claiming them to be communist infiltration (which, to be fair, it was). These events occur throughout the 1950s 60s, and 70s.

By the late 70s, the major powers have amassed large nuclear arsenals with ICBMs, MRBMs, and SRBMs. The threat of nuclear war is present in all of the major powers.
In 1976, Ronald Reagan is elected president, and proposes a "Strategic Defense Initiative" to allow the US to destroy any incoming missiles. Support is great, and by 1981, it is complete. The SDI functions as was hoped.
This prompts a reaction from the Communist powers, who also begin to construct such machines. This does not go well for them, however, as their invasions are swiftly repelled.

WW3 begins in 1981.

The US swiftly captures Kentucky, and the Germans, primarily due to the fierce Finnish solders, capture Leningrad and Murmansk. Japan takes the rest of Southeast Asia (Mostly Burma and a few southern Chinese provinces) but manage to lose half of Manchuria to a massive wave assault by China.

Rome is neutral and doesn't interfere, still working on internal stability. By the end of the war in 1983, most countries have ground-based SDI that can take out any incoming missiles and aircraft.

WW4:
After WW3 ended with only a minor victory for the Imperial Powers and a stalemate after that, the major powers realize they are mostly evenly matched.

After WW3, the USSR and China put a lot of effort into Africa. They assist communists in South Africa, and entice them to unify the continent under Communism. They begin to move north, fomenting Revolution bit by bit. This, of course, begins to get into Mittelafrika. There is much support among the populous, and there is an abundancy of asymmetric tactics used, which the military is not used to suppressing. Keeping this colony soon becomes a burden for Germany, and it actually causes a crash of the German Economy which begins a major recession for the Imperial Powers in the 1990s. This helps the communists in Mittleafrika and most of it had declared independence from Germany by 2000.

The major incitement for WW4 was the Confederacy's invention of the Plasma Rifle. With this incredible advantage virtually negating enemy armor, the Confederacy decided to take the advantage immediately. They gave their allies the ability to make their own, and they invaded the Imperial powers in 2000. China took the rest of Manchuria back, and the Confederacy retook Kentucky (again). The Soviets tried to retake Murmansk, but they were not able to do so. They managed to move a bit into Belarus, though.

The Imperial Powers were quick to reverse engineer the plasma rifles and produce them for their armies, but by the time they made them standard issue, the Communist Powers had already managed to hand them a defeat. Again, this was not a major defeat, and borders only changed a bit.

Preamble to WW5: (The Fifth War):
After WW4, some great technological leaps are made.

The First is the Oscillator Blade, a blade which is Oscillates back and forth at extremely fast intervals, but invisible to the human eye. It is capable of cutting through nearly anything but super-dense armor alloys (which it can still cut through, it just takes a few swings), and another Oscillator Blade.

The Second is the Domed Energy Shield Generators. They are 50m tall towers which project a shield dome with a 20km diameter. Nothing which exceeds terminal velocity can pass through them, but slower moving infantry can pass through unharmed. The major powers line their contested borders with several rows of these shield generators, and power them with massive arrays of Nuclear Reactors. They fill each of the shield sectors with defensive emplacements (Such as Plasma Gatling Guns), trenches, etc. (edited)

The Third is the replacement for the tank, which was made obsolete by the Plasma Rifles. This is the Encompassing Power-Shielded Armored Mechanized Infantry Suit, or, "EPSAMIS". They are nicknamed "barrellers" by the Americans (due to the first iterations being bulky and actually looking like barrells, but the final versions were fast and able to "barrel" down the battlefield. Yes, this is another nod to Turtledove) "Kriegerschalen" by the Germans (warrior-shell) "Mecha" by the Japanese, and "Tempusarmis" by the Romans. Each major power modeled them after historic armors from their history.

In battle, they give the user immense strength, multiplying their strength by a factor of about 100. The suits employ, in the first layer, an exoskeletal brace which increases strength, in the second layer, artificial musculature to further increase strength, in the third, Kevlar padding to reduce damage from explosions, in the fourth, super-dense armoring to resist Oscilator blades. The final layer is the Encompassing Shield. This shield clings to the user's armor and body, virtually nullifying plasma weaponry. This makes the Oscillator Blade and heavy explosives the only means to effectively combat an EPSAMIS soldier.

This type of shield's power requirement increases exponentially with the surface area it has to cover, so it is unable to cover large vehicles like tanks and planes.

So basically, World War Five is gonna be a high-tech World War One

The book follows five elite EPSAMIS soldiers from the four Imperial Powers as they go about fighting the Communist forces.

And since I'm a weeb I had this artwork commissioned for the main characters.

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Santa Anna is somewhere in exile or mexico waiting for his return as dictatorpresident ready to unite a coalition if some kind of secession happen if the CSA goes secession. Mexico will soon from the CSA declares independence and forms a coalition with Santa Anna as president.

If the us goes annex Mexico, Central America might go and try reunite themselves again. Maybe President Barrios of Guatemala or any Central American president or leader would have a good reason to unite Central America again. To counter the threat, influence of CSA and USA et al
 
I don't really believe the US could win a war against Britain in the 1840's. The Royal Navy outclassed anything the US could put in the water and the US wasn't likely to find ready allies at the time. Blockading their main ports and landing troops to divide US forces in the east would eventually force the US to the table, I think.

Additionally, the butterfly effect is being completely ignored - even if the US does manage to pull off a victory, considering the British naval advantage and continued naval advantage the US economy will be in shambles. They won't be able to go to war with Mexico straight after.
 
USA doesn't have homefield advantage in the Oregon Territory. It's a long slog across land to get there. Britain, with naval superiority, can get there easier. There is argument over the outcome of this war. My take is that it is 1812 part 2: a draw more than a one sided victory. It's why both sides talked tough, then made a deal, OTL.

I also see standard assumption USA can take Canada any time it wants.

And butterflies are completely ignored. Having just fought a massive war against Britain, it is doubtful they turn around and embark on another war against Mexico. Or alternatively, Mexico will be quaking in it's boots and completely cave in border negotiations, thus butterflying the war. And, with such a massive POD, Ronald Reagon is still elected president over a hundred years later? This is pure Turtledove - the more things change, the more they stay the same.
 
I don't really believe the US could win a war against Britain in the 1840's. The Royal Navy outclassed anything the US could put in the water and the US wasn't likely to find ready allies at the time. Blockading their main ports and landing troops to divide US forces in the east would eventually force the US to the table, I think.

Additionally, the butterfly effect is being completely ignored - even if the US does manage to pull off a victory, considering the British naval advantage and continued naval advantage the US economy will be in shambles. They won't be able to go to war with Mexico straight after.
Like I said, it's a little bit of handwavium just for the sake of setting and plot, but the US did outnumber the British in the territory 6-1, so it's not a terribly impossible scenario. And Mexico was defeated rather easily by the US. And I didn't mention it, but the US economy being bad after these wars is another reason why the Confederacy is able to secede easily with limited British support.
 
USA doesn't have homefield advantage in the Oregon Territory. It's a long slog across land to get there. Britain, with naval superiority, can get there easier. There is argument over the outcome of this war. My take is that it is 1812 part 2: a draw more than a one sided victory. It's why both sides talked tough, then made a deal, OTL.

I also see standard assumption USA can take Canada any time it wants.

And butterflies are completely ignored. Having just fought a massive war against Britain, it is doubtful they turn around and embark on another war against Mexico. Or alternatively, Mexico will be quaking in it's boots and completely cave in border negotiations, thus butterflying the war. And, with such a massive POD, Ronald Reagon is still elected president over a hundred years later? This is pure Turtledove - the more things change, the more they stay the same.
I mainly did Reagan for "haha SDI but it actually works." I'm not going super-technical with this timeline, I figured that was obvious. I just wanted to take all the eras of history that I like, and mash them into one Sci-fi conflict.
 
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