I decided to put flesh in the vague idea I had around the GLADIUS flag I made some time ago.silas-coldwine.deviantart.com/…
1989 truly seemed like the End of History, or at least, the beginning of a radically new world. A world where the Eastern Bloc, apartheid South Africa and the People's Republic of China were no more. By 1993, every single Communist regime on earth had fallen, and the World Wide Web anticipated a new stage on human development.
The atmosphere was one of never seen optimism, but the United states faced a new dilemma: a soon to become multipolar world where competing powers were not divided by ideological lines anymore. Soon, the Clinton administration outlined a plan of action for the future: delegating threats to global equilibrium (insurgent groups, rogue states) to increasingly cooperating powers with well definite fields of action, led in practice by an Atlantic front of nations and bound by a global market. Between other major changes, Russia never descended to authoritarianism, and Pakistan fell from grace in favor of India.
It seemed to work. In 1995, a covert operations international group, the Global Actions of Deterrence, Intel and Undercover Strike, was created as a literal World Police in the shadows. European integration was pushed forward respect to OTL (full confederation was completed in 2022), and talks of an Atlantic Union appeared much earlier, being a reality by 2018. By the mid 2020's, when the emerging powers and their supranational organizations had fully consolidated, the next logical step was made: a political organism of economic and military convergence between all of them. In 2030, the Treaty of Fortaleza gave birth to the biggest supranational union to that day, and the seed of the World Government to come.
Due to its evident New Order nature, its invasive surveillance systems (actually, not unlike OTL ones) and its deal with the non-integrated world as a sandbox game, with dozens of ongoing conflicts bleeding what the insiders despectively call the Off-World, Altermundialism is a much bigger deal and a much more definite body of doctrine. So are conspiracy theories, in spite of the "conspiracy" being publicly proclaimed loud and clear since the Cold War ended: some of them are slowly becoming religious cults.