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  • The date is November 2nd, 2021. The  world economy has at last begun to  

  • recover from the Coronavirus outbreakbut as nations begin to open up again  

  • one country is determined to reshape  the new world order in its own image.

  • For three weeks China has been building its  forces for a cross-strait invasion into Taiwan.  

  • Given its still limited mobility fleet and  extreme currents in the Strait of Taiwan,  

  • China has a very narrow window to  secure a beachhead only twice a year-  

  • and the Chinese Communist Party is no longer  willing to wait for peaceful reunification.

  • In response to the military buildup, the United  States has responded in kind, moving a sizable  

  • portion of its Atlantic fleet to the Pacific and  Indian oceans. Bases in Hawaii, Australia, Alaska,  

  • and Japan all bustle with activity as thousands  of aircraft are shuttled to airfields closer to  

  • the potential conflict zone. Guam, linchpin of US  operations in the South Pacific, is on full alert.

  • At 0124 hours, China launches  the first salvo of World War III.

  • Overhead, American spy satellites pick up  the unmistakable thermal plumes of hundreds  

  • of ballistic missiles lifting off launch  vehicles and silos all across eastern China.  

  • Many of these missiles smash  into neighboring Taiwan,  

  • but a number of them reach space and  then re-adjust their trajectories.

  • Guided by Chinese satellites and ground  control stations, Chinese DF-26 ballistic  

  • missiles- otherwise known as Guam Killersperform course correction burns before  

  • re-entering the atmosphere. Packing a warhead  loaded with over 3,000 pounds of explosives,  

  • each missile is a deadly threat  to a target on the ground.

  • American AEGIS cruisers immediately launch  volleys of ballistic missile interceptors,  

  • seeking to destroy the Chinese missiles while  still outside the atmosphere. American THAAD,  

  • or Terminal High Altitude Area Defenseunits stationed both in South Korea and Guam  

  • send their own volleys of interceptors. But  the DF-26 missiles carry countermeasures,  

  • and scatter radar confusing chaff and decoys  as they cruise just outside the atmosphere  

  • and prepare to enter their terminal phaseAmerican interceptors destroy many missiles,  

  • but many more slip past the  first layer of defenses.

  • Now entering the atmosphere, Patriot missile  defense batteries stationed on Guam fire  

  • interceptors in droves. More missiles  are killed, but just half a minute later,  

  • over a dozen DF-26 missiles prepare for  impact. Four of the missiles split open,  

  • showering American runways with runway cratering  munitions. The rest smash into important fuel  

  • and munitions storage facilities, or strike at  barracks and plane hangars. The DF-26 missiles  

  • aren't exactly precise- they have a target radius  of just under 100 meters- but with over 3,000  

  • pounds of explosives they don't need to  be. In seconds Guam is a smoking ruin,  

  • and a significant portion of US Pacific  military might has just been neutralized.

  • Out at sea however, the DF-26s targeting American  carrier strike groups don't fare as well.  

  • If China is going to have any  chance of winning this war,  

  • the American carriers need to be destroyed, and  have been secondary in priority only to Guam.  

  • The American carriers have been sailing at full  steam though and performing erratic maneuvers.  

  • The two powerful nuclear reactors aboard  the Nimitz carriers push the massive ships  

  • to top speeds that have to this day remained  classified, easily outrunning their escorts  

  • but for their erratic maneuvers meant  to throw off the DF-26's targeting.

  • The strike group's defenses open up on  the big missiles, with its accompanying  

  • cruisers firing off volley after volley of  interceptors. Most of the DF-26s are downed,  

  • but a near miss cripples the Ronald Reagan and  forces it to return to the American west coast  

  • for extensive repairs. A direct hit on the bow  of the Abraham Lincoln devastates the massive  

  • carrier. Within two hours the giant ship, and  its accompanying 80 combat aircraft and thousands  

  • of sailors are all lying at the bottom of the  sea. The US has just suffered more casualties  

  • in the first three hours of World War III than in  twenty years of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Now it's America's turn to strike back.

  • Chinese missile strikes have devastated American  and allied nation bases across the Pacific,  

  • from Guam to Japan, and as far south as AustraliaAmerican's first counterattack doesn't come from  

  • a kinetic weapon, but an electronic one. Malicious  code lurking in Chinese computer systems for years  

  • come to life with a single keystroke, and suddenly  Chinese communications and intelligence networks  

  • are brought to a screeching halt. China is shocked  at the electronic devastation of the attack,  

  • and at the lackluster performance of what it  had hoped would be a 'digital Pearl Harbor'  

  • against the US. - 

  • Chinese government hackers are only just  now discovering that the computer systems  

  • they've been painstakingly penetrating over the  course of years have largely been simulated.  

  • Anticipating a massive cyber attack in case of  war, the US has spoofed many of its own critical  

  • military computer networks and allowed foreign  powers to believe their software was penetrating  

  • real networks being used by real peopleThese fake networks are so detailed that  

  • they even simulate individual worker's browser  history- Chinese hackers can watch as personnel  

  • waste time on youtube and playing their favorite  flash games, yet it's all fake, simulated by AI.

  • But the electronic attack is quickly  followed by a very real, kinetic attack.

  • On long range radar Chinese air defense  installations watch American B-2 bombers on  

  • approach. The stealthy planes can't evade radar  completely, and intermittent contacts betray  

  • their presence while still hundreds of miles from  the Chinese coast. However, knowing the stealth  

  • bombers are somewhere out there and getting  a target lock is a totally different thing,  

  • and high frequency targeting radars can't resolve  a good lock on the incredibly stealthy bombers.

  • Featuring upgraded stealth composites and an  exhaust system that cools the hot air of the  

  • twin turbojets powering the big bombers, the B-2s  penetrate ever deeper towards Chinese territory.  

  • Fighter jets are scrambled to intercept the  attack craft, but while still hundreds of miles  

  • away the B-2s let loose with their payloadsEach B-2 briefly flashes brightly on radar  

  • as its cargo bay doors are opened and then quickly  closed, restoring its stealth characteristics,  

  • then the big planes turn around and  head for surviving friendly airfields.

  • From the belly of each plane half a dozen  large missiles fall towards the Pacific ocean.  

  • Rocket engines come to life as the missiles  fall to just a few hundred feet off the waves,  

  • and each missile levels off at just over fifty  feet over the breaking waves. The missiles  

  • feature stealthy characteristics, making them very  difficult to track and target with interceptors,  

  • and terrain-following radar allows them to  skim just above the waves so as to remain under  

  • the horizon of Chinese radar. As the missiles  accelerate to twice the speed of sound, the rocket  

  • engines suddenly cut off and are jettisoned, and  the missile's main mode of propulsion- a scramjet-  

  • flares to life. The scramjet has no moving  parts, and works by compressing incoming air  

  • from the nose of the missile and injecting fuel  into the superheated air which instantly ignites.  

  • However, each missile has to be helped along to  supersonic speed before the scramjets can engage,  

  • but once they do the missiles punch forward until  they're moving at thousands of miles an hour.

  • The missiles arrive at their targets across  the Chinese coast. They roar over population  

  • centers to reach military buildup zonesair bases, and command and control nodes.  

  • Upon reaching their targets, the  missiles suddenly plunge to the ground,  

  • causing only minor destruction on impact. Howeverfor miles around each missile's final descent, all  

  • electronics have been permanently disabled. The US  has just crippled thousands of Chinese vehicles,  

  • command and control nodesships, aircraft, and computers  

  • with electromagnetic pulse weapons. Notsingle Chinese soldier has died in the attack,  

  • but immeasurable damage has been done to  Chinese logistics and military infrastructure.

  • A few days later, the surface war to push the US  out of the Pacific has finally began in earnest.  

  • Chinese Type 055 and 052 destroyers are  punching well above their weight class  

  • against American ships. The Chinese destroyers  are newer than their American counterparts,  

  • many of which have begun to show their  age. The Type 055 and 052s are fast,  

  • precise, and lethal with their arsenal of  anti-ship cruise missiles, and inflict heavy  

  • losses on American ships. They are supported byrange of bases built across the South China Sea,  

  • each one of which is home to dozens  of missile batteries, combat aircraft,  

  • and long-range surveillance radar. Despite  its carrier strike groups largely intact,  

  • the US can't penetrate the outer ring of Chinese  Pacific defenses without a dedicated concentration  

  • of firepower. Until the South China Sea artificial  reef bases are neutralized, it'll be weeks before  

  • the US Navy can bring the fight to China's  shores. In the meantime, speedy and agile  

  • Chinese destroyers seek out US and allied ships  that stray too close, supported by aircraft flying  

  • out of the reclaimed island bases China has spent  two decades building while the world just watched.

  • Under the waves however, the  United States has let loose  

  • its fleet of terrifying underwater predators.

  • American attack submarines have been more prepared  for this fight than the rest of the US Navy,  

  • pre-positioned along critical waterways for  months at a time thanks to their nuclear  

  • reactors which provide them with unlimited  endurance. It's only the crew's need to  

  • eat that limits the sub's endurance, butwhole fleet of fast resupply vessels keeps  

  • America's silent service well supplied at  war, and the deadly subs back on target.

  • American Virginia and Los Angeles class  submarines have been hunting Chinese subs  

  • since the war began. By far their most  difficult prey is the stealthy Type 039A-  

  • a submarine so advanced it caught US intelligence  completely by surprise. The advantage however  

  • remains firmly on the US side, as China's  anti-submarine warfare capabilities continue  

  • to lag significantly behind the US. Lacking air  and surface assets to hunt down American subs,  

  • the quiet nuclear powered submarines methodically  search for the Chinese diesel-electric subs.  

  • After losing three subs to the American fleetthe Chinese have ordered their own subs close  

  • to support bases- the Chinese subs' main mission  after all is to attack American surface ships,  

  • and they are still being kept at bay by the  massive People's Liberation Army Rocket Force.

  • However, this leaves the US silent service  free to hunt across the South Pacific,  

  • and dozens of Chinese ships are either sunk or  crippled in attacks. Some American subs are lost,  

  • but the Virginia class subs prove even more  difficult to locate and sink than the Los  

  • Angeles class. Featuring a new generation of  noise-canceling rubber tiles and equipment  

  • built with tolerances tighter than even space  craft, the Virginia class submarines are deadly  

  • predators and send many People's Liberation  Army Navy ships to the bottom of the ocean.

  • The war however remains at an impasse at the  moment. Until China's South China Sea bases can be  

  • neutralized, the US can't bring its considerable  naval and air power to bear- let alone begin the  

  • reconquest and liberation of Taiwan. What has  become extremely clear to both sides however is  

  • that the most important weapons of what will  become World War III are for the first time  

  • in history exclusively weapons that operate in  the cyber, space, and naval warfighting realms.

  • Now go check out US vs China 2020 military  comparison- or click this other video instead!

The date is November 2nd, 2021. The  world economy has at last begun to  

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