I'm still working on this story, but I hope you enjoy it as I work! MasterMachine -Only through peace will peace be achieved- Be a friend, save a life. 02:35, May 17, 2011 (UTC)
The year is 2012, the year that the world is supposed to end. But it won't. Chaos will reign supreme, war will spread to engulf entire continents in suffering, and new weapons will be created, weapons that should never have been made or used. The United States, the most powerful of the nations to come out of World War Two, has been degrading ever since. Their debt to other nations has increased, as has their dependency on them for resources and goods. They have the military, but nothing to support it. Like a house of cards, all it took was one small blow to cause the once invincible United States to collapse into civil war and chaos.
The United States of America was a mere shell of it's former self. With a national debt over $3 trillion, an economic recession that just didn't want to leave, steadily rising oil prices, civil unrest, multiple wars on multiple fronts, and a drought in the Midwest, the US was struggling to survive. It would only take a small crisis to destroy them, but fate has never been one for small crisis. It would bring the wrath of god himself against their nation, in the form of the most devastating natural disaster in human history.
The Yellowstone Supervolcano hadn't erupted in almost 70 thousand years. For all of human history, the volcano had been silent, a doomsday in and of itself, unnoticed by most, and unfeared by all. That would change. When the Yellowstone Supervolcano finally decided to blow it's top, the entire world would feel the seismic ripples.
It started on a normal day in 2011. July 17th, 2011 would go down in history as the beginning of the end for the United States. The volcano gave plenty of warning. Earthquakes and ground swelling, Old Faithful blew itself apart, the Yellowstone Lake shifted position and buried a forest in water, before flooding down the river as the entire area uplifted in a massive earthquake, far larger then any before in human history. The entire state of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho were evacuated, though not because the government forced it. People were scared, food rushes were global as news of how massive the volcano was hit the nets. Panic ensued, global panic. Everyone for themselves, so to speak. Then the volcano erupted.
The only people in Yellowstone when it erupted were the scientists studying it. This would be the first time such a volcano erupted, and they wanted to learn about how it would work. It started with a Krakatoa sized eruption that blew the Mammoth Hot Springs into the stratosphere, then, as the land weakened from earthquakes and the pressure started to release, another 7 main eruptions occurred at various points across the park. As the magma chamber started to empty it's load, the caldara began collapse. But that would not be the end, for as the caldara broke up and collapsed, the entire fury of the volcano blew it's way out. All said and told, the eruption set of seismographs globally, with Japan and China reading 12.7 on a scale of 1-10. Yea, it was that big an incident. As the ash cloud continued to grow, people realized that, as predicted, much of the Eastern and Central US would be buried under about 1/2ft of ash.
The Second American Civil War
As the massive ash clouds started to spread, the US was slowly falling into more and more dire straits. The central government collapsed, as the paths of travel were no longer traversable. Due to the electrical storms being created from the clouds of ash long distance radios became a thing of the past, no longer usable. The United States, and most of the eastern North America, was cut off from the world, from neighboring cities and towns. DC itself, the capitol of the United States, was buried under almost 4 inches of volcanic ash. It only takes 1/2in of volcanic ash to shut down an airport, so naturally, planes weren't going anywhere. Without the ability to airlift food into the northeast and eastern US, those regions started to suffer from famine and disease. Power outages became complete loss of power, food shortages became lack of food in general. Clean water was hard to come by, and the sun never really showed itself through the thick layers of ash. Within a week of the eruption itself, the entire Eastern US and chunks of Easter Canada had collapsed into rioting and gang wars, with everyone fighting for their own survival. The United States had fallen, and it would be bringing all of North America with it.
The North American Continent was broken up into a number of smaller nations. The West Coast US continued to call itself the United States and continued to be ruled by Congress and the President and Supreme Court. The northeast became "The American Republic" and was ruled by a single leader who was elected by the people. Eastern Canada and Greenland became a region of small towns, each ruling itself in it's own manner. No central government regrew in these areas. In the Southeast the "Confederacy" was reborn, though with different ideals then the older one. In the southern midwest Mexico invaded and became the "Greater Mexican Empire". In the northern Midwest, the few survivors of the eruption gathered into small groups and, lead by a surprisingly skilled leader, went about becoming a nomadic raiding empire. Basically, bandits and gangs that invaded nearby towns and cities for food and other supplies. To the south, Mexico and Cuba created the Southern Alliance, which planned to take control of the entire Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and South US. Quite a set of nations, and all of them wanted control of the entire North America. The foundations for war were in place, and the sides were already chosen.
The Eastern Alliance, made up of the Northern Canadian/Greenland Tribes, the American Republic, and the American Confederacy would battle the Western Alliance, made up of Canada, the United States, and most foreign countries as well as the UN. Mexico continued to invade from the south, and Cuba attacked the American Confederacy in Florida. In the northern midwest, no one battled. It was a wasteland, and the "Yellowstone Alliance", also called the "Nomadic Bandits" by most nations, was still being formed. They would enter the war later in it's time, but until then most battles between the three factions, the West, the East, and the South, were fought in the south and extreme north. Planes weren't used, instead zeppelins made a come back, as they could fly through the volcanic ash.
When the United States started to collapse, Mexico decided to regain the territories that had lost in the various wars with the US. They did so by bringing in their rather large military and simply taking militaristic command of everything from the normal border in California, up into much of Nevada, to the northern border of New Mexico and Oklahoma, and taking portions of Arkansas and Luisiana, stopping at the Mississippi River in that area. North past New Mexico and Oklahoma was being buried under ash from Yellowstone, east was as well, and the Eastern Alliance (though not formally announced at the time) was holding the Mississippi Border with their ships and military, having taken out most of the bridges in the region and controlling the rest. New Orleans was a continual battleground and the civilian populations evacuated.
Cuba got into their heads much the same idea as Mexico, and swiftly took over their neighbors in the Caribbean. The new "Caribbean Cuban Empire" then invaded south Florida, taking the Keys and all the way north to Miami, but not being able to take Fort Lauderdale. They couldn't get through the Everglades due to the dangerous native populations of invasive creatures that called it home, but everything south of the Everglades was in Cuban hands. From Miami in the north to Scarborough to the south and controlling the Bahamas and all the Caribbean Islands they were a large naval empire.
Naturally, the East and West Alliances didn't like this at all.
Battle of the Alamo
The Alamo was an important place, historically, to all factions in the war. Mexico wanted it because it showed they had been victorious, the Western Alliance wanted it because it was a historical landmark, and the Eastern Alliance wanted it for the same reason. It was also strategic, being in a major city. While the battle occurred more near Huston, it is called the Battle of the Alamo because the two armies met up all along that region, from Fort Stockton through San Antonio and down to Huston, where the fighting was heaviest. The Alamo was pretty central to this long battle front, so that is what the battle was named after.
The battle was between the Eastern Alliance and the Southern Alliance. They met in combat using every weapon in their arsenals, the only ones not used were airplanes. Zeppelins were used though, as easy to target bombers. As the two sides started to battle, and account from the war states
"It was absolute chaos. Guns were going off everywhere, no one knew what to shoot at. I just fired in the general direction of the enemy, shooting individuals whenever I saw them. They looked just as confused and dazed as I was. Tanks were firing at each other, artillery units were attacking other artillery units, and the few zeppelins that were being used fired on each other and the ground. They didn't last to long, being slowmoving targets. Buildings were being blown apart around me, and it was like hell itself had visited the surface. I could have sworn that I was gonna die at least twenty times in that one battle alone! It was terrifying..."
By the time the smoke cleared and the battle was over, 3 thousand people were dead on both sides, with the Eastern Alliance losing the battle and being forced back across the Mississippi River in one of the largest routs in history. All that work, and nothing was achieved on either side, Mexico didn't gain any land and the Eastern Alliance didn't gain any land. San Antonio was devastated, buildings utterly destroyed and the streets filled with pockmarked holes and other signs of the war. When the people returned they ended up in massive slums that spread out around the entire city, as most of the buildings were destroyed. In war, it isn't just the soldier that suffers. The innocent people do as well...
The Next Generation Organization was set up to protect earth for future generations of humans, using the Native American saying "You do not inherit the land from your ancestors, you borrow it from you descendants" as their main slogan and way of thought. They created their own political party, entered the US Senate and Congress, and very nearly got one of their people in as president. Until, of course, he disappeared, creating quite the controversy over his fate. Little did anyone know his true fate though, or his new plan for the planet.
In a top secret laboratory deep within the Serra Nevada Mountains, a rebellion was brewing. The scientists there had been creating weapons and warriors, machines and vehicles to wage war with. They had also been creating creatures to do the fighting. Using humans, of various ages, the scientists of "Lab 4" as it was called, were creating monsters. Beings capable of killing dozens of humans in a minute, beings who would want to do so. And these beings didn't like it...
With the War in America still under way, and the "weapons" from 'Lab 4' unleashed (literally) the world was tipping into war. The ash clouds from Yellowstone had finally circled the globe, and were starting to bring about climatical change on a grand scale. The planet was cooling once more, as much of the suns ways were being blocked by the ash clouds. The northern hemisphere was freezing up again, and the people there were trying to leave. Entire cultures and nations moved southward, away from the bitter cold and might glaciers of the north and down south towards the warmer tropical regions. But these regions were already heavily populated, and food was scarce. Water was as well, fresh water anyway. War over water, food, and space to live was on the verge of breaking out, and everyone was scared. Would this be the war where Nuclear Weapons were used? Would this be the last war humans would ever fight?