A chronological overview of all the known events occuring in the Protect and Survive universe. Information is drawn from all canon timelines that are part of the shared universe, i.e. the main timeline and all its official spinoffs.
Bear in mind that this is an overview of general political and societal events throughout the timeline. Listing of events concerning individual characters from the various storylines should be avoided - not only due to the different scope of the overview, but also in order to avoid many individual storyline spoilers.
This is a working demo, not final text. Updating is in constant progress.
Late 1982 - Due to the deteriorating international situation the RAF decides to postpone the drawdown of the remaining Vulcan B.2 squadrons. Five squadrons, split between RAF Waddington and RAF Scampton are retained for striking targets in the Eastern USSR.
Late summer 1983 - Soviet government demands military exercises with Finnish Defence Forces per the Finno-Soviet Treaty of 1948.
30 August 1983 - NATO ministers meet in Brussels to discuss the upcoming U.S. missile deployments in Western Europe. Caspar Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense, says they are an important step in needed upgrades in western defense. French and German officials remain critical of the plan.
1 September 1983 - Korean Airlines Flight 007 is shot down by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor near Maneron Island in the Sea of Japan.
4 September 1983 - The United States admits a spy-plane was in the area hours before KAL-007 was shot down.
5 September 1983 - Reagan, in a speech to the nation, publicly releases audio transcripts, recorded by the Japanese, of communications between the Soviet fighter pilot and his superiors at ground control. The recordings clearly depict the pilot receiving orders to shoot the plane down.
6 September 1983 - The Soviet Union admits to shooting down Korean Airlines Flight 007.
15 September 1983 - U.S. Congress votes unanimously to condemn the Soviet Union's shooting down of Korean Airlines Flight 007.
Late September 1983 - Finnish President Koivisto's state visit to the US cancelled due to international tensions.
4 October 1983 - U.S. and Soviet negotiators meet in Vienna, Austria. It was more of an argument than a round of negotiations. The Soviets loudly protested proposed the planned US deployment of intermediate range nuclear-missiles in Germany and the cruise missiles in Italy and the UK. American negotiators immediately press for Soviet openness and compensation in the Korean Air Lines 007 tragedy.
10 October 1983 - Reinforcements to the current U.S. Army Garrison in West Berlin begin arriving. The UK Ministry of Defense also announces that they will increase their commitment to NATO forces in West Germany and West Berlin. Both moves loudly condemned by the Warsaw Pact.
14 October 1983 - American intelligence learns that new runways for Grenada's main airport are being built by Cuban engineers, and the runways are planned to be built to Soviet military specifications.
15 October 1983 - Francois Mitterand withdraws his objection to the introduction of U.S. cruise missiles in NATO countries. His decision coincides with a decision to execute a second round of French air strikes against pro-Iranian factions in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon.
23 October 1983 - A truck bomb ignites at the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. 241 servicemen are killed in the blast.
25 October 1983 - U.S. forces invade Grenada. The invasion is heavily condemned by the Soviet Union and Cuba.
26 October 1983 - A column of Soviet and East German tanks take up “intimidation” positions in East Berlin. The Soviets deem this as a move to “keep order” against recent “unrest” in East Germany. In reality it is a Soviet response to the reinforced Berlin forces placed by the US, UK and France.
27 October 1983 - A massive youth protest begins in East Berlin. Tension builds with West Berliners gathering on the other side of the wall and begin heckling the East German police and cheering for the protesters. Clashes break out with East German/Soviet border guards firing into West Berlin, with 8 people injured and 1 killed. A 30 minute firefight occurs between West Berlin and East German forces. US forces in Germany go to DEFCON 4.
31 October 1983 - In response to growing international criticism about the events in recent days, the Soviet Union orders its forces in East Berlin to stand down and redeploy to areas outside the city. The current leftist government in Grenada is replaced with a pro-Western government.
Late October-early November 1983 - Swedish Prime Minister Palme and Finnish Prime Minister Sorsa meet in Stockholm, release a joint statement calling for an international conference in to be held to defuse the diplomatic escalation between the NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
Late 1983 - Pro-Soviet peace demonstrations in Finnish towns, broken down by the police. Police action condemned by the Soviet government as “Finnish police taking an anti-Soviet stand”.
1 November 1983 - Alaska Department of Civil Defense, in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, begins issuing emergency preparedness documents to rural communities in the state. Orders include the designation of evacuation sites, and the stockpiling of additional community food stores. Community leaders in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau receive similar documents.
2-12 November 1983 - Ten day NATO command exercise “Able Archer 83” simulating a Warsaw Pact offensive on Western Europe. It simulates moving nuclear forces through all DEFCON levels. The Soviet Union worries that NATO forces are preparing for a real attack and put their forces on the highest alert level.
7 November 1983 - Representative from the Soviet Oil and Gas Ministry arrives in the city of Dutch Harbor, Alaska to begin negotiations with two representatives from the United States Department of the Interior over the proposed Navarin Basin Oil and Gas Lease.
November 1983 - Finnish parliament passes new Readiness Law allowing extraordinary emergency powers to the president and cabinet.
November-December 1983 - REFORGER Soviet pressure on the Finnish government leads to the creation of the Finno-Soviet Bilateral Defense Commission to “facilitate concrete cooperation based on the FCMA Treaty”.
November-December 1983 / January 1984 - Date of Partial Mobilization declaration? Mobilization of the 15 NG enhanced brigades and USAR infantry brigades, and associated support pieces (including Individual Ready Reserve fillers) ?
December 1983 - Mobilization of the Finnish Defence Forces begins, reservists are being called to service in growing numbers. The building of various defensive structures, including dispersed air force bases is started.
6 December 1983 - Military parades held in all Finnish Military Provinces on the Finnish Independence Day to show the increased readiness of the Defence Forces.
Late 1983 - early 1984 - The Finnish government starts introducing emergency controls in the economy. Transition to a “full rationing regime” started. Mandatory requisitions of private vehicles, machinery and “strategic goods” for the national defence effort begin. The mobilization of wartime Civil Defence organization is started. The military units and civilian authorities start moving equipment and personnel into underground shelters, which are being made ready for extended use. In Helsinki, subway stations are repurposed for use as shelters for the residents of the city. Emergency drills held, local authorities directed to stock up on medical supplies and protective gear.
26 December 1983 - Renewed unrest breaks out in East Germany with clashes between East German police and the rioters in several major East German cities. Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov blames the UNited States and West Germany for “Fermenting anti-socialist sentiment and undue interference in the affairs of a sovereign socialist nation. The United States and their reckless President Reagan again show that they continue to violate the elementary norms of international decency.”
27 December 1983 - In accordance with a plea from East German leader Erich Honecker, a massive influx of Soviet troops cross the border into East Germany to help crush the protests. NATO condemns the moves, with an especially strong statement from Margaret Thatcher, who compares the Soviets aggression to Adolf Hitler.
29 December 1983 - U.S. warplanes engage Cuban fighter jets escorting a Soviet bomber off the coast of Key West. Both Cuban fighters were destroyed and the Soviet bomber damaged.
31 December 1983 - Captain Mike Stone and the crew of the M/V Northern Eagle are en route to the snow fishing grounds off the Pribilof Islands, Alaska.
1 January 1984 - In his New Year's speech, Finnish President Mauno Koivisto stresses the Finnish commitment to neutrality and self-defence, and speaks against Soviet demands about using Finnish soil to defend the USSR.
3 January 1984 - Cuban jets are again caught patrolling the Florida coastline.
Early January 1984 - Finnish and Swedish governments agree to organize all commercial shipping in the Gulf of Bothnia and the Archipelago Sea into convoys escorted by armed icebreakers. Finnish engineering projects in Iraq are mothballed, and the Finno-Soviet joint project for building a mining combine in Kostomuksha in Soviet Karelia is put on hold indefinetely.
January 1984 - Soviet demands for the right to use the Finnish airspace and Finnish military facilities in Lapland “for the defence of the USSR” carefully rebuffed by the Finnish government. Finnish Foreign Minister Paavo Väyrynen tours the Nordic area to seek political support for Finland and any measures to reduce international tension, meeting Norwegian Foreign Minister Svenn Stray and Swedish Foreign Minister Lennart Bodström.
8 January 1984 - Yuri Andropov addresses the Supreme Soviet: “The recent situation in East Germany makes our aims stridently clear. Fascism and anti-social mores must be met with the strongest stand in defense of socialism against the capitalist dis-creditors and their home base which is West Berlin. We must have a solution to the Berlin problem. As long as the situation exists in Berlin, we will continue to deal with unrest, fascist activity and possible even neo-Nazi tendencies. The Soviet Union cannot stand by and watch a fellow socialist bulwark descend into chaos.” Due to the unusually threatening nature of this speech, Reagan orders U.S. forces worldwide to DEFCON 3.
12 January 1984 - Additional U.S. naval task forces are sent on patrol in the Pacific and off the coastline of Florida due to growing encroachment of American and allied waters. The Soviet Defense Ministry condemns the United States over what it calls “hostile reconnaissance of its coastlines and airspace.
13 January 1984 - Mass demonstrations break out in Gdansk and Warsaw in Poland, organized by the Solidarity trade union, to protest the crackdown in East Germany. Polish security police respond by firing tear gas into the crowd. Around 50 demonstrators were killed and 600 more arrested. Western observers worry that martial law could be reinstated in the country. In the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir warned Syria over continued aggression in the Golan Heights after an air battle between Syrian and Israeli jets.
15 January 1984 - US Gulf States Command formally stood up, Gen Barrow, LTG Reid, MajGen McIlhenny, COL(CH) Hannan, CDR(CH) Blackman, and a couple of others yet to be named confirmed by voice vote of the US Senate.
Mid January 1984 - Pre-emptive evacuations of the residents of the greater Helsinki area are started.
16 January 1984 - The White House announces that U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko would meet in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday for a series of meeting aimed to work the crisis out.
18 January 1984 - George Schultz leaves for Geneva. In honor of Schultz heading to peace talks in Switzerland MTV plays “99 Luftbaloons” every hour at the top of the hour. Vice President George Bush is critical of MTV's impromptu “protest”.
19 January 1984 - American negotiators, led by George Schultz meet Soviet negotiators, led by Andrei Gromyko for the first day of a summit in Geneva, Switzerland. It was a tense first day where Gromyko blamed the USA for agitation anti-Soviet sentiment in Eastern Europe.
21 January 1984 - Peace demonstration in Hamburg fell into chaos as peace marchers clashed with anti-Soviet demonstrators. 7 dead, 62 injured, over 100 arrested. Both Soviet and American negotiators put plans on the table in Geneva. The United States plan called for both sides to pull forces back to pre-August 1, 1983 limit within Berlin. Begin redeployment by Noon Geneva time, 25 January. The Soviet counter-proposal called for a draw down of US Forces in Berlin to pre-August 1, and allowance for the Soviet Union to keep a residual force to keep order in East Germany. Each side rejected the others' proposal, and one member of each team got into a shouting match.
22 January 1984 - Anatoly Dobrynin, the affable Soviet ambassador, was the guest on “The Week with David Brinkley”. The Ambassador blamed the tense climate on the “an aggressive American administration who wants to engage in the brinksmanship of the past.” When asked about the Soviet cover-up of KAL Flight 007, Dobrynin was visibly upset and stormed off the ABC News set in a huff.
28 January 1984 - British police and security forces beat back some of the most intense rioting in the Brixton area of London since 1981. The riots are seen as a move against the recent Emergency Powers enacted by the United Kingdom to prepare the country for attack.
29 January 1984 - Bulgarian air forces shoot down Royal Dutch Airlines Flight 146, en route from Amsterdam to Istanbul, Turkey. The downing of KLM 146 sparks a huge amount of outrage all over the world. The fact that this was the second time in less than a year does not help. This event is considered the immediate spark that led to the slippery slope of World War.
Due to the increasing international crisis, the chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces declares the highest level of alert for all Norwegian defense forces installations, effective from 0800 hours until further notice. Preparation of Norwegian civilian bunkers begins in full swing, National Guard deployed to aid efforts. The RNN, coast guard, oil rigs and civilian ships are put on high alert concerning Soviet submarines in the North Atlantic.
1 February 1984 - 159th Fighter Wing disperses from NAS NOLA; only 5 minute strip alert aircraft remaining on base; US Coast Guard aircraft move to Grand Isle and Morgan City, LA. The United States government, in response to escalating tensions with the Soviet Union, begin enacting emergency measures in the state of Alaska to limit possible civilian casualties due to the state's geographic proximity to the Soviet Union. Of greatest importance to the state was the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) decision to ground all domestic air travel within Alaska until the end of the current crisis. This action was taken in response to the Bulgarian downing of a Dutch KLM flight. Secondly, the US Coast Guard, in conjunction with the United States Navy, declared a zone of exclusion throughout the entire Bering Sea. All civilian vessels operating within the nautical limits of the Bering Sea and the adjoining Chukchi Sea were ordered to return to port immediately. The USCG was tasked with the enforcement of this nautical exclusion zone. In the state capital of Juneau discussions began regarding the possible evacuation of civilian communities in the Aleutian Islands. This was fueled largely by fears of Soviet air attack against communities in the island chain following the Soviet air incursion over the Aleutians during FleetEx '83 the previous year. Illinois Governor Jim Thompson meets with the Chancellor of the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and proposes a plan that the emergency government of Illinois would be seated at the University in the event of a nuclear war. The Chancellor agrees to the plan and the command post there begins construction.
3-5 February 1984 - Several planning meetings are held in Wellington, New Zealand, where the government of that generally unprepared country decides to establish Civil Defence plans in case war breaks out. Notably, the mood towards the possibility of nuclear attack occurring is disbelieving, with the Prime Minister stating ”[New Zealanders] are safer in New Zealand than in Switzerland.” Ongoing redeployment of RNZAF assets to regional airports is nevertheless continued, as is mobilisation of Army and Navy reserves.
6 February 1984 - The first of several planning meetings are held in Springfield, Illinois. In attendance are all of the executive officials (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Attorney General, and Comptroller).
8 February 1984 - The second of several planning meetings are held in Springfield, Illinois. In attendance are the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary of State. UK is at BIKINI State: AMBER, RAF Vulcans at QRA State: 15 Minutes.
9 February 1984 - The last of several planning meetings are held in Springfield, Illinois. In attendance are all of the executive officials.
Members of the West German GSG-9 counter-terrorism force killed a group of saboteurs near a military installation in Hamburg, West Germany. The saboteurs were later identified as Soviet Spetsnaz personnel.
10 February 1984 - A massive explosion at Munich International Airport killed over 300, including everyone aboard a U.S. Air Force transport plane, filled with spouses and children of U.S. military personnel returning to the United States. Investigation confirmed Soviet involvement in the action. President Reagan put U.S. forces to DEFCON 2 alert later that evening. It was the highest state of alert U.S. forced had been on since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
Operation OPAL executed in the UK - RAF disperses nuclear armed Vulcans to airfields across the UK.
On the same day, Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov died in Moscow after battling a long illness. Control of the country was handed over to a temporary military governing commission of the Politburo led by General Nikolai Vasilyevich Ogarkov, a known man to a few in the west. He was the Soviet military spokesperson after the KAL 007 incident. His September 4, 1983 press conference where he deemed the news that the Soviets shoot the airliner down as a “lie of The West” and attempted to prove that the USSR downed an American spy plane, not the Korean airliner.
11 February 1984 - 42nd US Infantry Division mobilized.
The first of a number of REFORGER reinforcements began leaving the U.S. for Europe. The U.S. Central Command RAPID DEPLOYMENT FORCE left for Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Southern Command initiated Operation MONROE DOCTRINE in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
14 February 1984 - Nearly 40 million people took part in demonstrations worldwide calling for immediate draw down of forces on both sides. One of the most surprising turnouts and unfortunate acts of violence took place at a demonstration in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The city in the middle of the USA's conservative heartland drew over 50,000 people. A participant in a counter demonstration fired shots toward the main stage and into the crowd. Two people were killed, another 11 wounded included a prominent area peace activist.
In New Zealand, similar peace protests erupt, and turn similarly violent in Dunedin and Wellington with a man arrested the following day after allegedly trying to firebomb the US Embassy.
16 February 1984 - The interim Soviet government sends an ultimatum to NATO calling for a total withdrawal of NATO forces from West Germany by 6am Moscow time February 18, 1984. President Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sent a joint response to the Soviets. NO.
18 February 1984 - Thirty minutes after the deadline passes, Warsaw Pact forces begin a massive military invasion of Western Europe from Northern Norway to the Italian-Yugoslav border. The Third World War begins.
19 February 1984 - RAF Vulcans at QRA State; 5 minutes. Red Army breaks through the Fulda Gap; New York Stock Exchange closes for final time.
20 February 1984 - US Gulf States Command (Rear) fully operational at Avery Island, Louisiana - skeleton staffs for NAVFORRES, MARFORRES, and Louisiana National Guard remaining in New Orleans. Mississippi National Guard moves from Jackson and Camp Shelby. Alabama National Guard stands up a rear headquarters at Tuscaloosa.
In Germany, Kassel is surrounded with a primarily American force trapped west of the city. Permission is asked for use of chemical weapons as the Soviets press upon the French contingent on the road to Stuttgart.
1155 ZULU/5:55 AM CST - The first report of the nuclear detonation near Kassel reaches Governor Thompson. He orders an immediate evacuation of Springfield.
Around 12:00 - Confused reports reach newsrooms that an atomic blast has been reported in West Germany. An American commander on the ground, having found his forces surrounded west of Kassel, mistakenly believes that the use of tactical nuclear weapons has been authorised (to this day, it is unknown quite how he came to this conclusion, although one can only guess at the stress and confusion the man must have been facing). A battlefield nuclear weapon is airburst near Kassel. Soviet casualties are enormous.
1245 ZULU/6:45 AM CST - The Illinois Government evacuates Springfield. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary of State head to the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) while the Treasurer, Attorney General, and Comptroller head to Southern Illinois University (Carbondale).
Roughly 14:00 - A Soviet tactical nuclear weapon has initiated over the Kassel Pocket. It obliterates the American commander's pocket to the west. Casualties amongst NATO ground forces are reported to be near total. The frontline goes quiet. All RAF nuclear armed forces are ordered to go to immediate cockpit alert.
1415 ZULU/8:15 AM CST - Governor Thompson learns of the second nuclear detonation in Germany.
1445 ZULU/8:45 AM CST - Governor Thompson makes a speech informing the citizens of Illinois about the two nuclear detonations in Germany.
Roughly 15.00 - Communication between Reagan and Ogarkov. The latter demands NATO retreat to France and a “natural Soviet border at the Rhine.” Reagan's response is terse: “General Secretary, regrettably, we are at an impasse.”
1530 ZULU - As the ceasefire breaks, Soviet forces initiate use of nerve gas, delivering 8 SCUD missiles along the front. One lands in Hamburg.
16:00 - Last-minute emergency preparations still being made in various parts of Europe, including the British Isles.
16.25 - Over the objections of a majority of his generals (Sergei Akhromeyev in particular), Ogarkov orders the deployment of more chemical weapons as well as biological agents as NATO retaliates with a nerve gas strike of its own on Brno, Czechoslovakia.
~16.30 - 17.30 - Chemical/biolgical attacks steadily escalate, with better protective gear (and horrendous blowback effects on Warsaw Pact forces) giving NATO forces the upper hand for the first time in the war.
16.45 - SAC approves pre-authorised release authority pending Presidential order. All nuclear forces on 'hair-trigger' alert.
17.32 - Ogarkov instructs Soviet General Staff to issue tactical release authority to field commanders.
1745 ZULU/11:45 AM CST - CNN reports Heidelberg, location of US Joint Command HQ, as location of a nuclear detonation. Tactical exchange begins.
Word reaches the University of Illinois about the tactical exchange in Europe. Both Urbana-Champaign and Carbondale prepare for an all-out strategic exchange.
1753 ZULU/11:53 AM CST - Reagan evacuated to Andrews AFB as EAN is sent to US forces worldwide.
The EAN is received by Urbana-Champaign and Carbondale.
Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces launch strategic weapons against targets in Europe and North America.
1754 ZULU - Autherisation signal for nuclear retaliation transmitted from RAF High Wycombe, Corsham and HMY Britannia. Thirty seconds after the signal is transmitted RAF High Wycombe is destroyed.
17:56 - Flight of Avro Vulcan bombers authorised for take-off, scrambled from RAF Elvington, Yorkshire. British nuclear bombers throughout the UK are put into action. Around the same time Phantom and Lightning aircraft engage incoming Soviet Tu-22M Backfires.
17:58 - The first nuclear device to detonate in the north west of England exploded above the communications base at Inskip, around seventeen miles south of Lancaster.
Strategic Air Command begins retaliatory launches from silos across the Midwest as launches are detected from submarines off both coasts.
18.06 - The closest blast to Lancaster occurred. Twenty thousand people in Barrow-in-Furness became vapour. Thirty thousand Barrovians were dead within ten minutes, over thirty five thousand within the hour. The single airburst fell short of the shipyard by half a mile, exploding above the Holker Street soccer ground. Within seconds the steelworks and shipyard were gone. It was only in Ulverston, ten miles from ground zero, and protected by the hilly south Cumbrian geography, that damage became scarce.
21.22 - 21.34 (Feb. 22, 7.22 - 7.34 AEDT) - Ten targets are hit across Australia: Perth, Fremantle, and Garden Island, WA; Darwin, Pine Gap, and Alice Springs, NT; Cairns and Townsville, QLD; Sydney, NSW; and Canberra, ACT.
22.53 - 22.57 (Feb. 22, 9.53 - 9.57 NZDT) - First Auckland and then Wellington, New Zealand, are hit with nuclear weapons in the last major strikes on the day of the Exchange.
23 February - Donald Rumsfeld arrives at Southern Illinois University after escaping the nuclear destruction of St. Louis. The city of Keokuk, Iowa is taken over by survivalists.
2 March - Rumsfeld leads a coup that successfully installs him as leader of the Carbondale government. The Treasurer, Attorney General, and Comptroller are captured and arrested. The Urbana-Champaign government denounces Rumsfeld's government and declares that it (Urbana-Champaign) is the only legitimate representative of Illinois. The Free Carbondale Militia is formed.
4 March - Indiana Lieutenant Governor John Mutz, the highest ranking surviving executive official of Indiana, arrives at Urbana-Champaign due to safety concerns back in Indiana.
3-4 March (NZDT) - After the Prime Minister is “encouraged” to step down, an impromptu leadership vote is taken by the Emergency Cabinet on his successor.
29 March - HMAS Perth is contacted in the Bay of Biscay en route to Britain, and makes harbour at Portsmouth.
4 April - Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel limps back into Portsmouth Harbour, reporting harrassment by Argentinian naval vessels as it attempted to make contact with the Falklands. CHANTICLEER assumes the islands have been invaded by Argentina, and calls in submarine-launched nuclear attacks - over the objections of the King - on Buenos Aires and bases on Tierra del Fuego.
- The Perth begins return voyage to Australia, with half of its crew effectively taken hostage and Royal Navy personnel put in their place.
29 May - Major joint Australian-New Zealand-Indian aid convoy of eleven ships arrives in Portsmouth, loaded with food and fuel. They are escorted by seven ships of the navies of the three nations, including an aircraft carrier.
13 July - USS Texas spotted at the southwestern coast of Ireland, later meets up with RMAS Bustler in the English Channel. First post-war establishment of official contact between the governments of the US and the United Kingdom. Return of surviving Operation Prospero air crew to the UK. First post-war deals between the survivor governments signed.
15 of July, evening - Swiss aerial reconnaissance had positively identified four mobile launchers in the vicinity of Munich. This confirmation that the weapons are not mere hearsay brings the internal conflict in CHANTICLEER to boiling point.
16 July - An emergency meeting of the UK emergency cabinet is called in the early hours of the morning, during which Whitelaw is temporarily relinquished of his post as debate over the Second Munich Crisis reaches a crescendo.
Late July - Operation Anthony launched, with the goal of using the remaining nuclear-equipped bombers of the RAF to obliterate the surviving Soviet troops in Munich. In mid-flight, all bombers are called off to return to their bases and the operation is cancelled.
10 August - The Munich armistice and peace treaty are signed between the governments of most major surviving combatant countries by their delegates and representatives. The Third World War is brought to an official end.
19 September - The coronation of George VII., the new monarch of the United Kingdom. The ceremony, presided over by Archbishop Runcie, took place at Portsmouth Cathedral in the presence of an encouraging number of foreign dignitaries. The Queen’s newborn second son was also in attendance, and infamously, cried incessantly from the moment that the USS Texas fired a salute. In accordance with tradition, the new king was crowned atop (much of what had been rescued of) the Stone of Scone.
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2000s - Damaged relatively less than other countries of the developed world, Brazil is now an important producer of machine and vehicular products. Turboprop trainer aircraft built by EMBRAER serve in the United Kingdom's rebuilding Royal Air Force.
4 May 2007 - Elections to Scottish Parliament. The UK remains a rebuilding liberal democracy with regular and fair elections, despite some of the Emergency Powers Act from the early 1980s still being in place a quarter century after the Exchange. In post-war Scotland, the two most important cities are now Stirling and Inverness. Stirling is still the de facto capital of Scotland and is the home of the Scotland Office and Scottish Administration. (The latter being the successor to the Commissioner who had governed Scotland from the Regional Government HQ at Kirknewton in the immediate aftermath of war.) Passenger rail links between Stirling and Inverness are in good condition and of great regional importance.
12 July 2012 - A small boy has a birthday and is taken by his father, an RAF Group Captain, to visit, Vulcan B.2 XM594. One of the last surviving Vulcans, 'Sally', as she is known has been maintained as a 'live' aircraft at RAF Winthrope, although she has not flown since The Day. Some of the surviving US military personnel stationed in the UK have decided to settle and have been granted citizenship. As have a small number of Germans.
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