The war with the Russian Federation in Europe has been raging for nearly a year. Minor conflicts between allied states have been fought all across the globe, and minor local states and regions in many third world countries have used the war as a shield for their own territorial or resource grabs against neighbors. Thus far, miraculously, nuclear arms have not been deployed. The Alaskan front recently opened up, with Russian land forces making a hard push to secure the oil reserves of the lone state. The United States is struggling as it has not for nearly a century, with a war that has been brought all the way to its doorstep.
The People’s Republic of China has initiated what will later be known as the Expansion Doctrine, a long standing plan with a goal to boost China’s world standing and economic power. The plan involves seizing control of assets in their area of the world, and was one that could not be enacted without damaging trade and economy, the very things it hoped to fix. Unfortunately, China’s economy was already in freefall due to the world war going on around it. And so, the Committee gave the leaders of the PLA a green light on the Expansion Doctrine. The PLA is now in conflict with much of the South China Sea region.
Against this backdrop, The Canton Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty (CSAT) has been signed by a growing number of Middle Eastern states, including Iran at the helm of the movement, which takes advantage of the state of global turmoil to build an alliance that is powerful, and far reaching. Western leaders grow even more worried with each passing week; between Russia and China, their resources are already stretched dangerously thin.
By late 2019, the Takistani Islamic State is a member state of CSAT, and is firmly under its control. But many Takistanis are not fond of this arrangement, and have begun an active insurgency, trying to rally the public around the banner of a free Takistan. There are several factions within this insurgency, ranging from the democratic supporters to those who want a return to the theocracy of old Takistan – but they all agree upon the desire to have CSAT gone, forming a dangerously loose coalition. They organize themselves as the Sovereign State of Takistan (SST), a movement for a free Takistan.
The United States government, in talks with the SST, once more refuses military aid, embroiled in their own massive land war on multiple fronts, but agrees to send monetary aid, foodstuffs and supplies for the rebels, when they can be shipped in past CSAT forces. They also gift the SST with money intended to be used to enlist the aid of a private military company – Clover International Security – to augment the SST forces and help them to fight and win a war of attrition against CSAT. The Takistani oil wells are worth spilling blood over, to CSAT, but the goal is to make it worth more than CSAT deigns to spend on a small, poor, and disorganized country, and thereby force their withdrawal from the region.