World War Two marked the beginning of the end of European colonialism.
As the industrial powers realigned themselves into Communist and
Capitalist factions, the less developed sections of the world began to
achieve a new unity.
over a century before World War Two, China had been at the mercy of
colonial interests, first British and then Japanese. In
1948 China was locked in a bitter civil war between Nationalist (pro-Western)
factions, and Communists under Mao Zedong (see photo). By this
time, the Communists controlled most of the country, and Soviet
advisors had arrived to help guide the new nation toward true Marxist
In game terms, China begins the game by partially supporting the Soviet
cause. This may include involvement in North Korea, but China's
limited industrial base prevents deployments beyond this limited area.
- The Arab League was founded to preserve Islamic
unity following freedom from French and British colonial interests in
the Middle East. This area of the world became increasing valuable
as the demand for their chief export, petroleum, exploded throughout
The Arab League begins the game favoring neither the Soviets or the
NATO alliance. However, their control of the strategic Suez Canal
provides reason enough for the combatants to remain on good terms with
Organization of American States:
- The Organization of American States (OAS) is
a loose confederation of countries in the Western Hemisphere. The
OAS provides its member nations with an opportunity to discuss economic
and cultural issues facing the group, and to bring unity to a group
of developing nations in Central and South America.
Because the United States is a member of the OAS, the group begins
the game favoring the US. This support is lukewarm, however,
as the group does not wholly trust its powerful neighbor to the north.