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Prologue: The March to Sunburst 1975-1979 by Bibliosmith Prologue: The March to Sunburst 1975-1979 by Bibliosmith
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The 1970s continued


1975

  • April 17: The communist government of the Cambodian People's Republic is accused of genocide against those with suspected ties to the former government and of ethnicities other than Cambodian.  What becomes known quickly as "The Killing Fields" garners attention from the Soviet Union, People’s Republic of China, and the United Nations, who all deploy investigators.

  • April 30: The Velikaya Otechestvennaya Steny (Great Patriotic Wall), or the TransEuropean Wall, is completed, effectively physically dividing Eastern and Western Europe.  The various walls, barricades, checkpoints, and watch towers run from the Baltic Sea to the Ionian Sea.

  • November 29: The Republic of Iraq conducts a blitzkrieg-style invasion of its Southern neighbor, the State of Kuwait.  Despite pressure to the contrary the UN Security Council decides not to place sanctions or take action after Iraqi President Ahmed Hassan al- Bakr states that the action was “a simple denial of lines drawn by Englishmen on a piece of paper, and the reunification of a divided people.”

  • May 12: The Republic of Biafra applies for, and is granted, membership in the South African People’s Republic, becoming the 13th state of that union.

  • June 25: The Mexican States of America officially apply for membership to NATO citing their role in several operations against communist forces in Latin America.  Several nations argue against MSA admission for reasons of geography, economics, and intentions, but no outright denial can be confirmed and the application is tabled.

  • August 1: Both the People’s Republic of China and Soviet Union inspectors find no evidence of the allegations of ethnic killings in the Cambodian People’s Republic.  Inspectors from the United Nations are split on the issue, stating they need more time for a more thorough investigation.  Under pressure from communist-aligned members the United nations investigators are withdrawn.


1976

  • January 1: The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela nationalizes their oil, and other petrochemical, industries.  This act becomes the first of several sweeping policy and practice reforms that turn the nation obviously socialist in political alignment.

  • January 8: People’s Republic of China Premier Zhou Enlai dies of cancer.

  • March 24: A coup d'état in the Argentine Republic ends with a military junta in control of all national facilities and the Presidential family in captivity.  A “Vietnam-style” civil war is sparked and begins in Argentina’s jungle regions.

  • July 20: The United States withdrawals the last of its military personnel from the Kingdom of Thailand.  The monarchy remains pro-Western despite it’s now weakened stance in the region.

  • September 3: The South African People’s Republic becomes the world’s sixth nuclear power with the detonation of Rooi Kraai (the Red Raven) off the Western coast of Africa.  Despite this technically dividing the world’s nuclear capabilities 50/50, because of the perceived unreliability of the Republic of France most Western-aligned nations consider it to be Soviet-leaning.  International media outlets discover that the uranium mined for this bomb came from the exact mine that the uranium was procured from for the United State’s first atomic weapons.

  • September 9: Communist Party of China Chairman Mao Zedong dies of complications from a lung infection.

  • October 7: Hua Guofeng is named both Chairman of the Communist Party of China, and Premier of the People’s Republic of China effectively consolidating power and ideology in the PRC under one man.

  • December 3: Representatives from the Republic of Cuba, Canada, the Socialist People’s State of Amazonia, the Republic of Chile, the Republic of Quebec, and several others meet during the Greater American Peace Conference.  Discussions range from international politics, economics, and nuclear weapons.  No representative from the United States attends.


1977

  • January 20: Jimmy Carter becomes President of the United States.

  • February 4: The Republic of India becomes the world’s seventh nuclear power with the detonation of Smiling Buddha in the Pokhran Test Range.  Despite fears about possible use against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Indian officials declare a “No First Use” policy.  The declaration does little to dampen international fears.

  • June 6: United States Secretary of State Vance assures international skeptics that the Carter administration will hold the Soviet Union accountable for its recent lax attitude against communist-aligned states ignoring basic human rights.

  • June 8: After two years NATO finally reaches an agreement and denies the Mexican States of America admission based on level of military technology and training.  However, the decision prompts the United States to begin a modernization and training cooperative program with the MSA.

  • June 20: People’s Republic of China Premier Hua Guofeng and Soviet Premier Shelepin meet in Beijing to discuss the future of world communism.

  • July 23: The Ogaden War begins when the Somali Democratic Republic attacks the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.  The fighting is over the Odagden region which was given to the Ethiopian colony during the breakup of the territories of Africa.  The Soviet Union begins supporting Ethiopian forces regardless of an absence of a Shchit Initiative agreement between the two nations.  In response the United States begins supporting Somali forces.

  • October 7: US President Carter announces a national budget that has the Civil Defense Administration receiving an equal share of funding with the Department of Defense.  This dual massive funding plan is put forward as “a two pronged approach to dealing with a possible nuclear war, with our militaries overseas deterring such a war, and the civil defense authorities at home ensuring everyone will be safe and prepared should it happen.”


1978

  • March 15: The Ogaden War ends with a cease-fire.  Somali Democratic Republic military forces withdrawal to their post war areas and the Ogaden territory is returned to People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia governance.

  • April 27: President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Sardar Mohammed Daoud's government is overthrown when he is murdered in a coup d’etat led by pro-communist rebels.

  • June 3: Before the General Assembly of the United Nations, Jorge Masetti, an alleged escaped terrorist from the custody of the Argentine Republic, reports on his capture, disappearance, and treatment at the hands of Argentine military intelligence.  He accuses his captors of the denial of basic human rights and inhumane treatment.  Argentina is internationally condemned but refuses to allow independent inspectors in their territory claiming the lack of “guaranteeable safety in this trying time of civil war.”

  • September 10: The Soviet Union announces its plans to launch and man a permanent space station in a lagrange point.  The theory is that using this positioning system a minimum fuel for a maximum of duration can be obtained and potentially result in a permanently manned orbital station.

  • December 25: A pro-communist regime is installed in Afghanistan supported by advisors from the Soviet Union.  Mujahideen forces begin fighting against the new Afghani government supported by training from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


1979

  • January 7: Growing discontent and diverging ideologies split OPEC.  Western-aligned nations immediately increase production and sales to the United States and Europe.  Despite the growing domestic oil production and refinement industry designed to eliminate reliance on other nations; the increase in petroleum imports result in an immediate decrease in domestic fuel prices.

  • February 17: Along the Demilitarized Zone between the Republic of Korea and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea an incident occurs between a United States and People’s Republic of China watch post.  An investigation from both sides is conducted and both end up accusing the other for firing the first shot.  With no fatalities, the conflict ends with neither side taking action.

  • May 9: Civil war breaks out in the Republic of El Salvador between communist-aligned insurgents and the Western-aligned government.  

  • June 2: Pope John Paul II begins his first papal visit to his native Poland.  During his trip he is overheard commenting on “the progressive nature of the communist leadership is very much not what the Americans and their allies would have us believe.”

  • June 18: US President Carter and Soviet Premier Shelepin revisit the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement, but again get caught up over the issue of Anti-Ballistic Missile Defenses.

  • July 3: Rumors of support of the Mujahideen by the United States become prevalent.

  • July 17: Cuban-led Sandinista revolutionaries overthrow the United States-backed Somoza dictatorship in the Republic of Nicaragua.  The Western-aligned Contra insurgency begins shortly thereafter.

  • September 3: In a counter-revolutionary coup d’etat, Nur Mohammed Taraki, the communist president of Afghanistan, is deposed and murdered.  The post of president is taken up by pro-Western Prime Minister Hafizullah Amin.

  • December 12: NATO begins independant negotiations with members states of the Warsaw Pact in an attempt to limit medium-,  and short-, range ballistic delivery systems.  This would include the placement of bombs and missiles, as well as their launchers and aircraft.

  • December 24: The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan to oust Hafizullah Amin, the acting president.  The entirety of the 40th Army Group, almost 5 divisions, or almost 100,000 men, deploy to the region.

  • December 30: UN General-Secretary Kurt Waldheim announces to the world that the reduction in conflicts over the past decade, specifically those in South America, Africa, and South-East Asia “should be measured as a sign that humanity is coming to terms with itself, that global peace is an attainable reality.”
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VictorNevsky Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What did Kurt Waldheim smoke on December 30th 1979?
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Bibliosmith Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Well... I could go in to a lot of detail as to why it was said.  

But the short version is that the UN can't officially take a stance on ideology so long as their are no obvious infractions of it's universal declaration of human rights.  So if the world calms down it doesn't matter whose sway the people fall under, and there are a lot fewer warfare pins pushed in to the last two maps than the two from the 60s. 

If you haven't already looked him up, you should.  How bad do you have to be when China tries to veto your confirmation as General-Secretary?
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