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Is this how world war three starts?

Russian Artillery pound Ukrainian forces.

Russian Artillery pound Ukrainian forces.

Things are moving quickly across Europe. Countries are fragmenting and borders seem to be redefined on a daily basis.

It feels to me that the maps of Europe in the future will resemble those of 19th century Europe.

With my author head in mind, I’ve been watching the news with great interest, especially the claims that we are entering a new Cold War. But what if we’re entering a new war entirely?

Here are my thoughts on the situation.

The US, Britain, France and Germany all get involved in the Ukrainian conflict as events move slowly but with gathering pace out of the Crimea. What this means is that we have the major powers locked in an escalating war in Ukraine whilst cyber attacks devastate countries such as Latvia, Estonia and Georgia after they declare their support for the Ukraine.

North Korean troops running through a South Korean town.

North Korean troops running through a South Korean town.

Meanwhile, North Korea takes advantage of the fact that everyone is looking further west. Not many people commenting on the exercises and live firing that North Korea is doing right now. Knowing that they aren’t being watch closely enough, they launch an attack that uses the heaviest artillery bombardment in history, nullifying all defending forces south of the border for five miles.

Blindsided by these events, western powers are unable to support the South Korean quickly enough. Japanese and Australian forces are able to help however and deploy.

China strongly condemns North Korea’s actions, but takes advantage of the confusion to seize territory it has always considered to be Chinese from the Russians.

There are no WMD deployed at all during these events, all parties knowing that conventional warfare is, for now, the only option.

How this ends I don’t know, but this is I think it could go. The most likely thing to happen? There’s a lot of shouting, some limited exchanges between Russian and Ukrainian troops, everything dies down, Russia remains in charge of the land it has seized.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


3 thoughts on “Is this how world war three starts?

  1. Shit… Wasn’t far off what I was thinking myself!


    Posted by shavenwookiee | March 3, 2014, 8:43 pm

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