One Minute To Midnight
In the year 2110, the governments of the world have implemented a new E.M field technology, it works by hardening air using an E.M field. Due to this, all forms of physical warfare have been rendered impossible. Furthermore, global cooperation between nations ensures that every nation has a stable supply of energy to run these fields constantly.
The world is thrust into a new golden age as humans look to the stars to expand. Many nations halve their national defense budget and invest heavily in a space program. But, many capitalist nations fall behind to communist ones. Seeing their success, the president of Russia (Vladimir Leonov) implements new policies to restore the once great Soviet Union. The U.S protests the return of the Soviet Union and forms a capitalist union, in order to ensure that the world doesn't replace the U.S as a primary trading partner. And thus, the world is once again split between two ideologies, Capitalism and Communism.
The U.S shortly after declares a trade embargo on the new Soviet Union to protect their interests and the Soviets followed suit. Soon after, the golden age of progress and innovation stops as the world is thrust into an arms race to build a superweapon capable of destroying the E.M shields. But, the ability to traverse and mine planets have given the Soviet Union near endless resources to sustain a communist economy and the U.S is unable to properly access these resources.
Fearing this huge advantage the Soviets have in this arms race, the U.S imposes a ban on "unrestricted" space travel with the threat of war. The U.S also proceeds to establish a secure moon colony and colonizes other asteroids for the purpose of blockading Earth. This move infuriates the Soviets, but they reluctantly give in. As tensions rise, war seems inevitable and the governments of the world helplessly begin their countdown, to midnight...
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