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An introduction to Vector Thrust's setting and a history of World War III.

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The map below is the final revision of Vector Thrust's Battle Weary World at the start of its first campaign, Hollow Thunder. As an introduction to the revamped setting, we're giving you a brief primer the its most defining event: World War III.


The superpowers Kaesel and Poltavia engaged in a limited nuclear war in 1963, primarily launching counterforce strikes against military targets. While they devastated each others' armies over the course of a few hours, neither side initiated a full nuclear exchange and civilian targets were left relatively unharmed (aside from residual radiation). With their militaries left unable to sustain expeditionary offensives, the superpowers reached a ceasefire only a week after the war had started. While the war was a short affair, it had a number of lasting influences on the world:


  • The relative lack of civilian casualties and breakdown of MAD lifted taboos on the employment of nuclear arms. Rather than being seen as weapons of apocalyptic strategic power, the measured tactical use of nuclear weapons came to be regarded as ethically valid in the wake of World War III.
  • The utter destruction of the superpowers' militaries and their need to rebuild at home left a power vacuum on the world stage. Regional powers including (but by no means limited to) the Kingdom initiated wars to expand and solidify their spheres of influence, further contributing to global instability.
  • The superpowers' military rebuilding efforts led to the development of ANGELs, a vague class of superweapon characterized more by scale than any particular type of armament. Anti-ballistic missile developments made ANGELs the most viable means of launching nuclear strikes, but the term has come to encompass non-nuclear strategic weapons systems as well.


When the Kingdom fell apart in a nuclear civil war in the 1980s, the two decades of chaos came to an end. Poltavia and Kaesel censuredthe Kingdom and led the way in establishing the International Coalition, an alliance dedicated to keep arms from going in while preventing refugees from fleeing to the outside world. Though the IC has no binding legislative mandate, working together to blockadethe Kingdom and scapegoating its people for the world's problems has kept the major powers on somewhat amicable terms. But the rise of the ██████ and building resentment among the Kingdom’s survivors ensure that the status quo can’t last forever.

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[FR]-Arkansas-[FR]
[FR]-Arkansas-[FR]

Omg I love it!

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liberty_wings
liberty_wings

I red the arcticle while listening to this:

It gave me goosebumps! Try it yoursefl! :D
Anyway, I like it!

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Guest
Guest

I hope we may experience more details of its story soon in the game (don't know whether sometime during beta or post-EA).
Makes me questioning these : what is the nationality origin of the player character ? what year does the revamped HT campaign takes place ? what faction will the players fight against ? And yet there're still many more questions in mind.
I hope it will be answered sooner or later in the finished revamped campaign.
One thing I'm certain: the Battle Weary World version of World War III is the war in which the players are involved in the HT campaign, right ?
I'm so hyped to see the full story of HT.
Nice one !

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ZakuTwo Author
ZakuTwo

WW3 was in the 60s, Hollow Thunder takes place in 2003. The PC doesn't have a defined nationality and the campaign takes place within the Exclusion Zone marked near the center of the map. It's somewhat self contained, but the outside world will have increasing relevance as the story goes on past HT. We'll be releasing more details on HT's specific setting soon.

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mittsommerschnee
mittsommerschnee

Eulyria sure does have little outposts scattered about around the world. ;)

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ZakuTwo Author
ZakuTwo

Eulyria was an ancient naval power that colonized Lazaro and parts of the Sahelian continent; they established ports of call and later coaling stations, and a few remain under their direct control. Others, like Djen, are independent or have been reintegrated into the nations they were carved out of.

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mittsommerschnee
mittsommerschnee

So its based on a combination of the Spanish/Portuguese and British empires then?

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ZakuTwo Author
ZakuTwo

Culturally it resembles a maritime-oriented Rome more than anything else (as the full name suggests), but historically it peaked in the 1700s and 1800s as the world's hegemon like Britain. It's been around in some form for 2000 years, though, and is ethnically and culturally related to the nations north of Kaesel.

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bornloser
bornloser

modern day merchant republics when?

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ZakuTwo Author
ZakuTwo

That's sort of what Jerny is; they'll play a bigger role in a future campaign.

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Tony_Kito
Tony_Kito

Damn, man this is some sick backstory. Loving the detail in that political map too!

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Skullduggery3
Skullduggery3

Excellent work, guys.

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OrangeFr3ak
OrangeFr3ak

Which nation represents glorious USSR?

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ZakuTwo Author
ZakuTwo

Poltavia is where the Russian fighter jets come from but socialism never arose in this world so there's no real USSR analog. Monarchies and illiberal republics founded out of romantic nationalism dominate the international political scene.

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