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The Eternal War by RvBOMally The Eternal War by RvBOMally
Based on the recently popular game of Civilization II: [link]. My version is set on Earth, involves different civilizations, and the climate has taken a turn in the opposite direction. I've also adopted elements of the Mortal Engines universe and A Canticle for Leibowitz.

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It is the 41st century. In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war. The nations of mankind wage a constant battle against each other for reasons that have been lost to history. Now it is a war for glory, for honor, for vengeance. War is life, and peace can only be found in death.

Legends tell of a time before the War. A time of peace and plenty, a time when mankind first conquered the natural world and built the great machines it now takes for granted. This era ended over two millennia ago, during the Great Flame Deluge. It was the first time humanity unleashed atomic flames upon the world. It would not be the last. The Flame Deluge was followed with five more atomic wars throughout the centuries, each smaller than the last. Slowly the world froze as ash and dust choked up the atmosphere. Much Earth died a slow death by ice and fire, but humanity prevailed.

By the 31st century, after the end of the Fifth Flame Deluge, only three great civilizations remained. In the heart of a continent once called Europe, the mountain men of the Alps descended from their icy vaults to settle the plains before. The Tchviz, as they called themselves, fought and defeated the techno-barbarians and mutated monstrosities of the European plains until they were driven back to the glaciers of the north. By the 41st century, the Tchviz Confederacy is the dominant force in Europe.

Far to the west, where the great empire of Mhyrka once dominated the planet, the remnants of the 28th century thalassocracy of Eirlann united the eastern coast and expanded westward, fighting the cannibal empires of Tiksarkana and the decadent machine-men of Sylkovalya. Using their great tracked fortress-cities, the Eirlann dominated the continent and forged an empire rivaling Mhyrka itself.

In the far east, another force arose from the land of Chosun. After the Great Flame Deluge, the people of Chosun dug miles upon miles of tunnels beneath their mountainous country and opted to hide there until the time was right. Fanatically devoted to the Eternal President, the Chosun people waited for centuries upon centuries. During the 32nd century, they emerged from hiding and saw an empty world ripe for the taking.

By the 33rd century, the world had sufficiently recovered that the ancient horrors of war were coming back. While the last dozen wars were fought with sticks and stones, now the machine gun, the battleship, the tank and the airplane reemerged from the factories. In 3278, the Tchviz, Eirlann and Chosun forged the Steel Pact and sought to carve the world into three pieces, and in 3312 they succeeded and subjugated the world. However, each knew that there could only be one empire on earth, and so the War began.

41st century society would be unrecognizable to a denizen from the old world. There are no more big cities, and most people live as subsistence farmers until they are seized to fight on the front lines. The great tracked cities have been repurposed into factories, existing only to scour the land for resources to create more weapons. These cities normally drive over spent battlefields, collecting metal to build the armies for the next year. War production cannot stop, as that would mean defeat; therefore, even those living in the factory cities are destitute. Talk of peace is treasonous, and deserting from the military is punishable by having one’s entire village conscripted.

Soldiers are equipped with little but a steel helmet and an automatic rifle, and the average life expectancy on the battlefield is fifteen minutes. Great trenches scour the borderlands, and while the great powers have spent centuries trying to break through, they never could. The atom bomb, the invention responsible for the state of the world and the only thing that can end the stalemate, is only used sparingly as uranium is harder to come by. On the front lines, many pray for death so the misery would stop, and their prayers are answered.
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ZomgK3tchup Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
This is an amazing map! Like, this is really cool!
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KaiserOfChaos Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student General Artist
I would just hide in one of the neutral nations. That's usually the best option. 
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Well, it's the least bad. :)
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Here is an idea that will nullify death being a release. At some point, the radiation made procreation impossible for a time. As a result, scientists invented a new type of nanotechnology which can bring its host back to life and repair all damage (including neural). As a result many soldiers will have died and come back and died again countless times. Eventually this nanotechnology spreads and infects the entire world. Permanent death is now a thing of the past would greatly reduce the incentive for peace even further. 
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Wow, that's quite an idea. Mind if I use that in the future? 
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sure! 
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epileptictrees Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
North Korea survives into the 41st century
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
It is best Korea. ;)
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WatcherInThePuddle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the most gloriously depressing thing I have ever seen. I love it.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Thanks, hopefully the rest of my work is sufficiently gloriously depressing. :p
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WatcherInThePuddle Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOO, LET THE PROLES SUFFER
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
I personally would rank this as less habitable than AAPA, as most people are basically dead or dying, and those who aren't are bound to be in that state soon.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I ranked AAPA lower because death isn't necessarily the worse thing that could happen to you there, and the amount of evil going on is orders of magnitude greater. 
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Makes sense. Also, if I had to live here and had unlimited resources, I would choose somewhere in the remote oceans. Hopefully hard to notice...
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Something like Rapture from Bioshock?
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Perhaps. Generally just something VERY far away from the action.
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Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got no.18 :D
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I don't have time to read this right now so expect another comment later but as of right now the cursory look over I did made me want to read it :P
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Looking forward to it. :)
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Eluxivo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
yeah i remember reading that post by following a tv-tropes link, never tought i would ever see an AH take on it.

gotta admit i had a "what the heck" reaction when reading comments of users planning an E.W of their own.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Heh, I wouldn't have the patience for that. Playing one game for a decade by accident is one thing, planning to do so is another.
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Eluxivo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
i wouldn't have the insensitiveness to start the suffering of countless (fictitious) people for ages to come; well at least not if it isn't a game's main objective of course...

ah well its good seeing a worst of all possible worlds once in a while (as along as it makes sense) makes me appreciate other works even more now that i know it's not dark enough.
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Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Interesting and disturbing. I read from you not long ago that AAPA was intended as a portrayal of the worst of possible worlds. I think this one gets pretty damn close.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I'd say AAPA easily has this scenario beat when it comes to scale, although here humanity is thoroughly screwed and stands a good chance of being wiped out if another cataclysm occurs.
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Goliath-Maps Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
This is cool. No, this is awesome. I loved the Eternal War when I first saw it, and I'm hoping to make my own campaign last until the 40th Century.(In Civ V).

I think you're missing #29 though...
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
29 is in what was once Indonesia.
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Goliath-Maps Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
But on the bottom, with the words, there is no description of 29.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Oh, whoops! It's the comment about the last of Earth's oil.
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Goliath-Maps Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I love #32 by the way!
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Artist
Post-apocalyptic Swiss, Irish, North Koreans, Japanese, even Filipinos? This world is weird...
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
The Am-Atu are genetically closer to China than Japan, but then again nobody left resembles their 20th century counterparts. The Eirlann have a good dose of black and Hispanic in them and the Tchviz have mixed with the Arabs after they emerged from their vaults.
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Artist
When will the Emperor of Man would rise? This resembled a WH scenario.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Yeah, I was inspired a bit by QuantumBranching's Age of Strife scenario: [link] but the chronologies for this scenario and 40K are way off.
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MTT3008 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
This reminds me of a book I've heard of, where all of mankind lives in moving / Swimming / even flying cities and the larger cities feed on the smaller ones. As far as I remember this book was written during the first years of the cold war, where nuclear weapons were still delivered with slow bombers, so the logic behind this was, that as soon as the target city would get knowledge of the start of the bombers they would drive somewhere else. Somehow a silly logic, since even a slow bomber would be faster than a moving city. ^^
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
The only way I could see that making sense is if the cities had effective anti-air, but that would negate the need for giving them movement....
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Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How the hell does Ireland survive?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
It was neutral during the Great Flame Deluge and started sending settlers to North America. It's these colonies that eventually became Eirlann.
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Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I've seen Ireland do nuttier things in AH scenarios :P
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
What was the cause of the Great Flame Deluge?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Someone in NORAD mistook a training program for an actual attack, at a time when Soviet-American relations were down the toilet.
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ah. So kind of like Doomsday 1983 only it is our side whose system screws up instead of theirs?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Yeah. The Kerguelen machines believe that the NATO computer did this on purpose to wipe out mankind and revere it as the first machine to rebel against humanity. They're wrong, but their story isn't totally made-up.
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I see. So you wanted the nuclear war to be an on-the-spot accident, not the result of a gradual escalation from a regional conflict?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
The PoD is in 1983, but it doesn't mean the war started then. The Great Flame Deluge was an accident, but Soviet-American relations were already in the toilet and there were regional wars in the Middle East.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I'm surprised that the Swiss exist alongside the North Koreans in this dark future.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
They're both mountainous countries that were relatively isolated, so they managed to dig in while the world destroyed itself over and over again.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I figured that much, though it's a little hard initially due to the distorted names.
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