What would have happened if Russia had never attacked? Would the Cold War have ended peacefully? Would we be as technologically advanced as we are today? Perhaps, in some other universe, the Cold War ended, not in near obliteration of our world, but in peace and unity. Too bad that’s not what happened here.
I was only 10 when the confrontations began. I remember the nuns whispering amongst themselves, frightened for the sake of us orphans, and the security of the orphanage in Chișinău. If it hadn’t been for the confrontations, I would never have escaped the orphanage to make my way to where I am today…but that’s another story for another time.
From what I have been able to uncover in my research, the Cold War was not just between the US and the USSR, but a large portion of Europe was also included. While the US and USSR were focused on their nuclear pissing contest, Europe was focused on taking back several of their countries; and it was their efforts that caused the USSR to attack. A group of insurgents made the mistake of trying to hack into the USSR military’s databases, and the military, not being one for subtlety, slaughtered them in their homes (as well as their families).
The US, ever wanting to be the protective big brother of the world, rose up with threats to bomb the USSR back to the stone age for their actions. Of course, not to be shown up in their contest of who has the bigger dick, the USSR warned that should the US fire even one missile in their direction, there would be no US left. Wrong thing to say, obviously, to a country that lives to fight.
Fights broke out, diplomacy was swept into a corner, and what could easily have become WWIII looked imminent. There was even talk of countries reinstating the draft to ensure there would be enough meat shields on the battle field. I remember our orphanage being turned into a bunker, with all us children being shipped to different locations. Those of us who were old enough, were sent off to work with the military. I was “old enough” in their eyes (though if you ask me, it was because they just wanted to find a way for me to die without it weighing on their consciences), if that gives you any hint as to how young they were taking us.
It wasn’t until the northern European nations, along with Africa and Australia put their collective feet down (six years later), that people started to pay attention to what was about to happen. Negotiations began to take place, and the governments of the world signed into effect the NMN Treaty (No More Nukes), ending the fighting.
By 1990, the USSR had joined with China and the rest of Asia, to become the Asian Union. While they did return many of the European countries back to Europe, there was still quite a bit of animosity between the two continents. Europe, Iceland and Africa joined to become the Atlantic Union, and North and South America, the Pacific Islands, and Greenland joined with Australia and New Zealand to become the Pacific Union. We no longer identify as our separate continents and countries, but as our different unions, all under the blanket of humanity.
While this war did have its negative side effects, there were also some positive ones. There were large leaps forward in our technology, we stopped depending on fossil fuels to power our cars, and “clean energy” became the norm for the world. Solar and wind power are all we use in the Pacific Union, and while coal and a few other of the older fuels are used in the Asian Union, they are slowly being phased out as our technology advances.
Even the old passports and forms of identification were phased out, and now the Access Card is used worldwide. It works as our passport, our license, our Social Security card, all of it. It’s a convenience, and an annoyance at the same time.