The NATO-aligned forces and what western news stations were referring to as the "North Asian Bloc" clashed in the Himalayan Kashmir on November 3rd, which quickly saw intervention from Pakistan on the North-Asian side. An eruption of Chinese support from Laos, Cambodia and southern Vietnam followed on November 4th and 5th. Taiwan was invaded at night, only a few hours before the combined NATO navies reached the island. The Japanese island of Ryukyu was taken off-guard by a stealth, non-nuclear ICBM launch from a Chinese submarine - reported unauthorized, but without apology from the Chinese government. The Russians seized their chance to enforce claims in the west and joined with Belarus and pan-slavic nationalists to create a "United Slavia," that would stretch from the Adriatic to the Pacific Ocean. Several other nations joined one side or the other in only a few hours, proclaiming new claims on each others' territories, people or resources. On November 6th, 2029, surprise detonations of what a NATO press release called "nuclear suicide vessels" hit Tokyo, Melbourne and Honolulu. The attacks brought a cold silence on the entire world. The news had hardly broke when a dusty red phone in the Pentagon's lowest floor rang for the first time in 1983. Nuclear counter-measures and U.S. Space Force prototypes were given the go-ahead, echoed immediately in Australia, The U.K. and then other countries.