Chrome in the Shadows
For five years a war between the powers of the 20th century raged in Europe. The war spread throughout the Balkans and to the boundary of Europe itself. The war stayed conventional as all the parties had to much to lose to risk escalation to nuclear weapons. The war ended with the Treaty of the Rhine Valley brought about by the upheaval caused by The Reaper Virus.
Even though NATO was prepared for the Russian’s to invade, they could not stage in Ukraine so their initial response was limited to air attacks. In the early morning hours of December 30th, T-90s crossed the border into Eastern Ukraine. Their advance is swift and they were outside Artemivsk before NATO responds.
NATO established air superiority quickly and is able to use their attack aircraft to halt the Russian advance. This buys the allies the time they need to bring their ground forces to bear.
The Middle Game
After the initial movements of the war, the sides maneuvered trying to get an advantage. During this phase skirmishes, special forces actions and other actors draw most of the Balkans into the conflict. Though supply lines leading to the fronts are attacked, the sides do not push attacks into Europe or Russia. Many believe this is because neither side wanted to escalate the war and provoke the use of weapons of mass destruction.
During the war the United States faced the same problem they did during World Wars I & II transporting and supplying ground forces on the European continent. The Russian attack submarine force was built to attack the conveys coming from America in attempt to disrupt the supply lines. The United States keenly aware of this developed equipment and tactics to combat this.
The Russian attack submarines prowled the Atlantic tracking and attacking the convoys. They have some success, but the American Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities proved formidable in protecting the convoys.
The US had spent money and time developing transport ships that could move the equipment at faster speeds while being able to on-load and off-load cargo and vehicles faster. These ships proved harder for Russian submarines to attack as the escort forces did not have to slow their speed as much allowing the convoys to cross the Atlantic faster.
During the war there were reports of strange soldiers and unexplained events. The US deploys Task Force Valkyrie to investigate the reports. They discover that many of the Eastern European legends have basis in fact and they spend much of the war dealing with these abominations. They determine someone or something is guiding the attacks, but they never find the source of the control.
In late 2019 both sides started having issues with their computer and communication systems. Initially these are seen as cyber attacks and the sides reacted as such. The issues increased and intensified until everything changed in May of 2020. The Reaper Virus shutdown the US air traffic control system causing several crashes. The sides finally realized they were dealing with something different and this lead to the Treaty of the Rhine Valley that ended the war in June of 2020.