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Novus Ordo Seclorum by Silas-Coldwine Novus Ordo Seclorum by Silas-Coldwine
I decided to put flesh around the vague idea I had around the GLADIUS flag I made some time ago.…

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 (which, following the Chinese example, didn't experience a Shock Therapy) never descended to authoritarianism, and Pakistan gradually 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 that of the UK IOTL, but encompassing much more global territory) 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.
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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
nanwe01 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Brussels I get it, it's home to the HQ of most EU institutions, the EEAS and NATO. But why Strasbourg? So the French don't feel oppressed by the Anglo-Saxon plot to destroy their culture (TM) ?
coldblood11 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Strasbourg is a hub of German/French culture. 
Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Well, it's where the plenary sessions of the European parliament happen, and it's home to many other European institutions, as you know... ITTL it's considered a sort of co-capital of the EC.
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I've been waiting for you to do something with this. I've wanted to use something similar to GLADIUS here as a shadow organization in a James Bond-esque/Cold War world, only as a group of bitter ex-Western military special operatives, neo-fascist thugs and a few surviving Nazis that have turned against the West after they reached a lasting settlement with the Eastern Bloc. Basically, folks like the villains from The Rock and Die Hard II, but as an entire faction. 
Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
I'd love to see something like that.
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