The dawn of the 21st century was supposed to be a time of prosperous growth and new beginnings for the world; an opportunity to bury the conflicts and scars of the past. It didn't take long to see just how futile this vision would be.
Many would argue that the events of September 11th, 2001 were the beginning of the end of the United Nations, although the reality of the world's history since has been defined by far more complicated than this one event.
For it was also in 2001 that a bold new era of human exploration began as nations begun establishing underwater "environments" around the world. These new environvments, or colonies, soon boomed with growth as vast economic prospects began to become apparent in the natural wealth of the sea. Commercial submarine freighters soon followed along with the first submarine shipping lanes.
Of course, such prosperous and rapid growth is seldom without its drawbacks.
As a consequence of this lucrative frontier of exploration and colonization, many nations also began ignoring the well-established Law of the Sea which was understandably counter-productive to their efforts of maritime expansion. "International Waters" soon became the territorial waters of nations like the United States, Great Britain and Japan as their fledgling colonies sprung from the sea floor. And it wasn't long after that many countries solidified their hold on these colonies by forming economic and military alliances called "Confederations", in the hopes of reaping the benefits of collaborative military operations and economic ties.
By 2004, oceanic territoriality between these fledgling confederations had flared to such a point that the United Nations viewed it as nothing less than a global crisis. An emergency session of the General Assembly held at the end of that year ended with the thunder of accusations across the floor... it was a grim telling of what was to follow...
In 2005, the UN had become so divided that it was no longer able to maintain its peacekeeping or humanitarian missions across the globe. Before long, UN troops pulled out of South Korea, Latvia and Bosnia... World War III started in the Baltic state of Latvia, and soon after grew to encompass Asia as North Korea detonated a nuclear weapon on the 38th Parallel and poured over the border in to the South, threatening not only Seoul, but also Japan. The United States responded swiftly, launching rapid counter strikes with the first of its operational Direct Action units of the "Objective Force" supported by Carrier Strike Groups in the South China Sea.
In 2006, the UN was officially dissolved, citing that it was no longer able to mediate the unprededented antagonism of the world's nations or the Confederations to which they had signed themselves.
in 2007, the war reached its bloody climax as China joined the conflict in a shock blitzkrieg strike against Taiwan. As Chinese soldiers landed on Taiwan's shores, Chinese Migs struck and sunk a lone American Supercarrier in the South China Sea - the USS Eisenhower CVN-69. The shock of losing one of their strike groups drove the Americans on to their back foot; not only were the United States fighting a war against North Korea, they were now fighting a war against China for the freedom of Taiwan.
World War III lasted five years spanning 2005 until 2010. Over twenty million people were killed (A great majority in Asia and Afria), and even the largest superpowers like the United States would feel its economic and social ramifications for decades to come. Through great sacrifice, the US was able to throw back the invasions of South Korea and Taiwan, but in doing so they had incured casualties not seen since World War II. Lacking the forces to further their war in to the borders of North Korea or China themselves, it quickly drew to a stalemate. The guns finally fell silent with the signing of the Reykjavik Peace Accords in Iceland, but many nations had been left decimated by the brutal conflict. Some countries had incured such punishment that it was almost equal to the ancient Roman campaign against Carthage - they had been all but wiped from the face of the planet.
The tiny upheaval known as the North Atlantic War which lasted from 2010 until 2012 was little more than an underscore to the hellish devastation that covered the globe.
The following seven years were an uneasy, nervous time of peace. Even countries that were once stalwart allies such as the United States and Britain had pointed their strategic arsenals at each other, and in 2017, this tension reached a boiling point once more...
The Mid-Atlantic ridge and the Livingston Trench were previously seen to the world's science community as a oceanographic wonder... In 2017 it was the site of what could have easily become nuclear armageddon. At the close of World War 3, the Livingston Trench was home to dozens, if not hundreds of undersea farming and mining communities and was known as one of the most lucrative prospects anywhere in the world. When two of these colonies were forced in to a territorial dispute, submarines from five of the eight major confederations of the world converged on the Livingston Trench, and warheads were armed. The Submarines had even gone so far as to ask their various commands for permission to launch... For three minutes, the world stood on the brink.
What followed the Livingston Trench Incident was a global mutual recognition of the evils that had settled over the world. A summit was held in Honolulu with members of all eight Confederations attending, and it ended on June 26th with the signing of the charter of the United Earth/Oceans Organization - a new United Nations.
NORPAC diplomat Andrea Dre was elected as the first Secretary General of the UEO during the first sitting of the General Assembly later that year in the UEO Capital of Honolulu, Hawaii - the same place it was ratified.
In 2018, the laws of the sea were restablished along with a new 200-mile limit of national influence... and a new era of human society began.
It is worth noting that the charter of the UEO begins with the words "We the people..." - The very same words that set forth the constitution of the United States of America. At its core, the UEO is a very simple principle; it is a commonwealth of nations united under one government for the specific purpose of mutual protection and economic benefit. Unlike the UN before it, the United Earth Oceans is actually recognised as being a nation in itself. It maintains its own military, its own government and has its own economy and currency. In 2018, the United Earth Oceans organization was the very definition of a "World Government" with all eight major Confederations being signed to the charter. These Confederations were;
- The North Pacific Confederaion (NORPAC) - The United States, Canada, Japan and its oceanic colonies
- The North Sea Confederation (NSC) - Great Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, Ireland and its oceanic colonies
- The North Atlantic Confederation (NAC) - Spain, Portugal, Greenland and its Oceanic conlonies
- South Pacific Confederation (SOPAC) - Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Ecuador and its oceanic colonies
- The Montagnard Confederation - Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma and its oceanic colonies
- The Russian Consortium (later the Free Market Confederation) - Russia and its oceanic colonies
- The New Australian Confederation - Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Solomons, Brunei, Nauru, New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and its oceanic colonies
- Mediterranean Confederation - Italy, Hungary, Austria, Yugoslavia and its oceanic colonies
For the first several years, the UEO worked tirelessly to help nations recover from the scars of World War III, although it was anything but a smooth road. In 2019, Secretary General Dre was impeached on a multitude of corruption charges, to be replaced by retired Vice Admiral William Noyce - a veteran of the Third World War and previously the Chief of UEO Naval Operations. Noyce would later step down to resume his place in the fleet for civilian diplomat Thomas McGath to take on the office of Secretary General in 2021.
The UEO was the principal organization charged with humanitarian aid, relief and peacekeeping operations around the world. By 2021, more Confederations had signed on to the UEO's charter as member nations including the East Asian Confederation (China, North Korea), the South American Confederation (Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and neighbours), the African Confederation (Northern Africa), the West Pacific Confederation (Malaysia, Philippines) along with the Central American, Baltic and Black Sea Confederations. At the height of its power in 2021, the UEO was a superpower that spanned six continents and wielded more influence and power than any individual nation on Earth.
The UEO's first trial by fire however, led to political disaster. in 2025, maritime colonization had become so rampant and widespread that the UEO was forced to repeal a colonial deregulation bill which recognised hundreds of colonies in international waters as sovereign states. The UEO military, unable to act in sovereign territory without causing an international incident, was suddenly presented with a nightmare wave of violence as Pirates, Mercenaries and Smugglers fying the flags of non-alligned states began preying on these fledgling nations at will. As a flipside of the same coin, this colonial deregulation bill placed hundreds of thousands of sqaure miles of undeveloped basin back on the commercial colonization market, and overnight, literally hundreds of new mining and residential colonies sprung from the sea floor.
Faced with such violence from unaligned Confederations and nations (most of them consisting of loose alliances between new sea floor colonies), the UEO responded by levying severe sanctions and trade embargos against these non-aligned states. The hard-line approach of 'gunboat diplomacy' did not sit well with many members of the UEO, and tensions once again rose.
Within weeks, several major confederations announced plans to either cut back their support of the UEO or withdraw their membership altogether unless measures were taken to aleviate the situation.
The UEO Navy - stretched precariously thin across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans - could do very little to stop the widespread violence in many of the colonies; Colonies that were supported and governed by member states of the UEO. If the UEO couldn't even protect its own members... what could it protect?
The Great Dissolution of the United Earth Oceans...
In 2025, many notable nations resigned their membership to the UEO, viewing it to be just as incapable and ineffectual as the UN before it. One of these resigning states was the New Australian Confederation, which had invested untold resources and effort in to establishing more colonies and economic prospects in the wake of the UEO's colonial deregulation act. Unable to turn to the UEO Military for support in defending these new claims, the New Australian Confederation began a military buildup not seen since the Cold War in an effort to defend her own borders. Between the vast economic and mining prospects they owned across the South Pacific, and a rapidly growing armed forces, there were those who saw the New Australian Confederation as being a very serious chance in the formation of another superpower. Of course, such notions went unheard by the UEO General Assembly, and for years... nothing would be done in response.
On January 27th 2026, The New Australian Confederation ratified a new charter with her immediate allies and neighbours that formed the Macronesian Alliance - a powerful coalition of South Pacific nations that were being adversely affected by the UEO's sanctions and inability to intervene in conflicts beyond its own borders. Electing Australian politician Alexander Bourne as President and combining their resources and economic powers, Macronesia quickly established a zero-tolerance policy on piracy and smuggling and swiftly responded to any military action against her colonies with near-overwhelming force. From the UEO's perspective, this was little more than a nation defending its sovereign interests abroad, and for a time, the UEO supported the Alliance in whatever way they could.
The Earth, circa 2041 following the strife of the 2020s and 3030s. (click here for high resolution map)
Macronesia and the Second Cold War...
Absolute power corrupts. While the UEO spent the next several years trying to recover from the fallout of the Great Dissolution, Macronesia only continued grow in both size and influence. In 2027, the UEO Navy, in an effort to remedy its inability to bring force to bear in rapid order established new doctrines which led to the foundation of Cape Cortez Fighter Academy on the very tip of the Baja Peninsula in the Central American Confederation - one of the few Confederations that had opted to join the organization since the Dissolution.
Subfighter forces were considerably more mobile than the larger fleet units, and represented a more rapid method of response from UEO forces abroard. Unfortuantely, it was not the UEO which had first made this realization. While subfighters had been in service to navies since the early 2020s, they were not widely recognised for their lethality and mobility until about 2030. Macronesia had beaten the UEO off the mark by almost 5 years. Since 2025, the New Australian Confederation had been producing the Lysander class subfighter in massive numbers, and were using them to frightening effect across their Pacific campaigns. By 2032, the UEO's folly would be felt heavily as the Alliance would outnumber their standing Spectre subfighter forces by nearly 4 to 1.
In 2030, Macronesia's dangerous expansion was finally answered by the UEO. The UEO took matters in to its own hands and waged a 4-month-long campaign of raids against the Alliance's northern borders in what they dubbed an "enforcement of the UEO demilitarized zone." UEO Subfighter forces operating from fleet carriers both above and below the waves struck at major Alliance military bases in the Solomon Islands and Tongan Islands in an effort to cripple their production facilities and bring an end to Macronesia's arms race.
At the time of the campaign, Macronesia was fighting with one arm tied behind her back as she was engaged in a major conflict with the Chaodai - what used to be the West Pacific and Montagnard Confederations. Fighting a war on two fronts, Macronesia could not hope to mount a sustained campaign without causing itself considerable harm. The outcome of Macronesia's war with the Chaodai is largely viewed by the world as a stalemate. Macronesia did not succeed in its goal to bring the Chaodai within the Alliance fold, although they did secure an alliance with the enigmatic Confederation that would continue for over a decade, making the Chaodai-Macronesian Alliance once of the most powerful mutual military agreements in the Pacific Ocean. The full extent of their military collaboration would no be known until 2041.
Forced to acknowledge that Macronesia would not back down under the growing, corrupt (some would argue 'insane') leadership of President Alexander Bourne, the United Earth Oceans was faced with an arms race that hadn't been seen by the world since the 1960s - a new Cold War. It was a prospect destined to put significant financial strain on the organization as it rushed to compete with Macronesia's ever-growing military influence. In 2032, the UEO was in such a poor political and economic state that some believed it would collapse within a year. Support for the organization was dwindling, and it was only a matter of luck that saved it from certain, total dissolution - they found what was for all intents and purposes the holy grail of naval power - the seaQuest DSV.
seaQuest had been missing for almost 10 years. No trace of the massive submarine was found, so when it was discovered (in very odd circumstances) in 2032, the UEO found itself with a tool it had desperately needed. More than a tool or a weapon; the seaQuest was a symbol both feared and revered by both sides. Technologically speaking, this submarine was still many years ahead of anything the Alliance could bring to bear, and it would buy the UEO the time it needed to regroup.
It was also in 2032 that the UEO came to blows with the Chaodai confederation. When Chaodai raiders struck at UEO shipping south of Japan and then overwhelmed and blockaded the NORPAC colony of New Los Angeles, the UEO began Operation Stormtide - a systematic campaign of submarine 'bombing' raids which, step by step, anihilated the Chaodai Confederation's forward and then rear supply bases. Within a space of three months, the UEO dismantled the Chaodai blockade of the colony without ever firing a shot at even one of the blockading cruisers. The overwhelming success of the campaign bolstered much needed support for the UEO and gave confidence to the Admiralty for its new subfighter forces. It would not, however, be the last time the UEO crossed swords with the Chaodai Confederation.
From 2032 until 2038, both the UEO and Macronesian Alliance ran rings around each other. An awkward, nervous silence covered the Pacific as the build up of forces continued, but the UEO was up to more than they would openly admit. In 2036, UEO Secretary General Arthur Dallinsley authorized the construction of the Atlantis class Deep Submergence Vehicles following 6 years of research and development in to advanced technologies for a new class of submarine to replace the ageing seaQuest DSV, some of which were born of space technologies from NASA. They would take 4 years to build, including the dock yards in Pearl Harbor and San Francisco needed to facilitate their delivery. Shrouded in absolute secrecy, no one outside the project knew of its existence. Even the intelligence services of Macronesia were unable to see through the web of lies and cover stories that had been created to protect the silence of the project. The exact financial cost of the program including R&D and construction is unknown. The DSX program had no budget, and it was allocated every available resource required to complete the giant submarines by a projected launch date of no later than 2041. Some suspect the project exceeded a cost of over one trillion US Dollars. How such a demonstrable black hole in a budget could be covered up is largely pinned on the black operations and intelligence services of the UEO's clandestine Section Seven.
A Prelude to War...
In 2038, the UEO once again found itself in a military engagement against the Chaodai Confederation. The neutral Challenger colony, located on the very edge of the Marianas Trench, is one of the largest submarine habitats in the world with a population exceeding 3 million. Sprawling for hundreds of square miles across the Marianas plain, the colony serves as a major port of trade within both the UEO and Macronesian Alliance. When Chaodai forces crossed the Colony's territorial borders and invaded in order to try and sway the balance of 'neutrality' to their favour, the UEO responded in force. Throughout most of the 2030s, the UEO's handling of crisis situations involving the Macronesian Alliance was diplomatic. On the rare ocassion that UEO submarines did fire on Macronesian forces, every effort was made in the wake of the event to prevent it from escalating to a full scale war. But the UEO made no such distinction with the Chaodai, and were only too prepared to respond with force. Demands for the withdrawal of Chaodai forces from the colony were flatly rebuked, and two weeks after the occupation began, 4 UEO Subcarrier Battlegroups including the Reverence, Constellation, Hancock and taskforce flagship Liberty commanded by Rear Admiral Mathew Simmons crossed the UEO border along with a massive UEO Marine expeditionary force tasked with liberating the Chaodai-held colony.
The Macronesian political response of course condemned the UEO for daring to level arms against a close ally. But even President Bourne was not willing to commit his Alliance to a war that the UEO was clearly willing and able to fight at the time, and within a month, the UEO fleet had totally routed the Chaodai forces holding the colony. Marines that forced their way on to the colony fought for nearly two weeks against some of the Chaodai's best troops. The Chaodai, showing a form of archaic tradition and discipline seen only in the Japanese during World War II fought to the bitter end, and the campaign is largely viewed as the trial by fire of the UEO Marine Corps in an amphibious action since its formal founding in 2031.
In 2040, the world was beginning to notice a change in the wind. Something was amiss in the air over San Francisco and Pearl Harbor. The world didn't know it, but the day of commissioning for the UEO's new flagships was drawing near and as personnel rosters and assignments were shifted back and forth through UEO Command, in addition to fleet registries and various other documentations, it became obvious that the UEO Navy was indeed preparing for something big.
Understandably, Macronesian Intelligence services crawled over the issue without rest, trying to pin down what it was that was being hidden. The UEO Fleet's activities had not changed much from how they had been over the last ten years and none of the Marine Divisions were being redeployed, virtually eliminating the possibility of invasion. Such activitiy had the Alliance security forces completely baffled, and the idea of vessels of this magnitude was simply too improbable to comprehend, let alone consider. The North Sea Confederation, a member state of the UEO, discovered the truth first merely two months before the launch date of the UEO Atlantis. Of course, it did not take much to convince the Europeans to stay quiet, and some Intelligence departments including MI6 even went so far as to aid UEO Naval Intelligence in keeping the cat in the bag.
Finally, on November 6th, 2040, the truth was revealled to a stunned world stage as a champagne bottle shattered in a hail of glass over the bow of the UEO Atlantis, Deep Submergence Vehicle 8100.
In Macronesia, President Bourne offered no comment, unable to believe that such a massive project could have eluded his intelligence services for so long. Ironically, the vessel designed as a deterrant to war with the Alliance was the catalyst that led to its declaration. As far as President Bourne could see, the Atlantis was little more than a demonstration of the fact that the longer he waited, the worse the situation would become for Macronesia...
On November 7th, the UEO Atlantis fired on and sunk four Alliance Orion class Attack Submarines, the UEO seaQuest 4600, venerable steward of the UEO was destroyed, and the UEO Naval Base of San Francisco was reduced to flames.
On November 11th, President Alexander Bourne delivered this speech;
"On the occasions where I have spoken to the citizens of this great Alliance, it is often to pause and reflect upon the great things that our nations have achieved.
But sometimes, it is not always the great things that define our history or our times. Over the past few days, we have witnessed turbulent and frightening examples of how the difference of opinion can lead to great tragedy. Difference of opinion; It is the defining cornerstone of democracy; the freedom of expression; that which makes us a civilized society. For many years, such differences have driven us to a fine line of uncertainty with the United Earth Oceans, all because they were unwilling to listen to that expression of freedom. On the seventh of this month, that line was finally crossed.
On the seventh of November, the United Earth Oceans flagship Atlantis DSV 8100 fired on and destroyed four Macronesian submarines in the cold waters of the northern Pacific. In no way had these vessels threatened the Atlantis, and in no way had they intruded on UEO waters. This inexcusable act of hostility was avoidable, and despite the grave nature of the incident, our questions to the highest levels of the UEO received no answer. This is not the first time such incidents have occurred. For nearly 10 years, we have stood on this precipice, looking out at an uncertain future. Yes… the shots had been fired many times before… But every time, Macronesia and the United Earth Oceans were willing to rise to the occasion and our differences were solved with diplomacy; and the open hand of friendship.
We have offered them this open hand once more, and we were answered with silence.
Several hours ago... we responded. Just hours ago, I conferred with the Chief Commanders of the Navy, Marine Corps, Airforce and Army. I listened to their recommendations, and a decision was reached. The missile attack on the UEO's San Francisco naval base on Tiburon Peninsula was a measured response... No longer will we sit by idly as the UEO dictates policy for millions of Macronesian citizens across the Pacific. No longer will the families of our servicemen and women have to receive letters explaining how their sons and daughters died for a cause that does not exist. And no longer... …will we listen to that silence within.
A line in the sand has been drawn.
In defence of Australia and her allies, and in defence of the Macronesian Alliance, it is with a sad heart that I ask the council to declare a state of war on the United Earth Oceans."
~President Alexander Bourne, November 11th, 2040 from the floor of the Macronesian House of Representatives
Conventional Long-form: United Earth Oceans Organization.
Conventional Short-form: United Earth Oceans
Federated Constitutional Democracy (Administrative Council)
Legislative branches include;
Tthe United Earth Oceans General Assembly
The United Earth Oceans Security Council
The United Earth Oceans High Court
As stated by the Preamble to the United Earth Oceans charter:
- to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which thrice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and;
- to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and;
- to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and;
- to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, and;
- to maintain territorial peace under and above the world's oceans.
The United Earth/Oceans treaty was signed on June 26th, 2016.
Constitutional (Governing) Member States:
United States of America, Canada, Japan (NORPAC)
Beneficiary Member States: United Kingdom, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Spain, French Republic, Greenland, Kingdom of Denmark, Republic of Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, (North Sea Confederation) Russian Federation, Jamaica, Democratic Republic of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Central American Confederation.
New Cape Quest, Florida U.S.A. (NORPAC)
Head of State:
Nathan Hale Bridger, Secretary General of the United Earth Oceans General Assembly and Security Council - Elected unanimously by the UEO following the official dismissal of Former Secretary General Arthur Dallinsley in December 2040.
Based on common international laws and regulations along with the basic judicial systems of member states.
Accepted currencies include UEO Credit, U.S. Dollar, Euro, Swiss Francs, British Pound. Operating assets largely classified due to number of member governments, but estimated to be in excess of 60 Trillion US Dollars.
- Primary organizations include: UEO Navy and Marine Corps, Air Forces Command, and Special Operations Command primarily outfitted for peacekeeping duty. "Army" forces typically drawn from detached National Guard forces of Member states.
- Primary Command Bases located in Hawaii, San Diego and New Cape Quest.
- Military Commands located in New Cape Quest (North America and Atlantic), Pearl Harbor (Pacific), London (Europe)
- Active forces exceed 4.5 Million.
Potential reserve forces drawn from member states exceed 20 Million.
- Annual gross military expenditure estimated to be approximately 975.5 Billion UEO Credits. (752.1 Billion USD, 624.3 Billion Euro) (2040)
- Standing fleet forces are estimated at 300 submarines including SSN, Cruiser, Carrier and DSV classes. Additional surface support forces limited to logistics and command functions limited to approximately 200 vessels. Production is maintained at approximately 30 vessels per year as standard with as many as 100 per year under wartime conditions.
- Primary Intelligence divisions include the Central Intelligence Agency (USA), MI6 (NSC) and Unified Military Intelligence Command (Includes UEO Naval Intelligence, Strategic Services and Army Intelligence)
- Other activities are conducted under Chapter VII of the UEO Charter which remains classified.
- The UEO Military is overseen by a council of Joint Chiefs with ranking members including Fleet Admiral Jonathan Riley, (CINCPAC) Fleet Admiral Travis Sinclair (COMLANTFLT) and Admiral Samuel Ezard (S7)
Secretary General Nathan Bridger is the defacto head of the UEO Security Council
North Pacific Confederation, North Sea Confederation, European Union.
The UEO has maintained intense economic sanctions and blockades over non-aligned nations and confederations since 2025 with the belief being that the Nations at the time were not governed by legitimate political parties. When many member nations of the UEO resigned their membership in the wake of this legislation, they too were affected by the sanctions and the UEO began to lose political stability, leading to what is referred to as a new cold war beginning in the year 2027. The UEO's unwillingness to repeal this legislation comes from the increased hostility of the Macronesian Alliance which is only held in check by these laws.
The resulting tensions led to open war in November of 2040 with political division within the UEO still unresolved.