Wargames: Joshua’s Nuclear War Scenarios 80-99

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Hard to believe that there were so many scenarios on that list. We’re up to 100 already. Wow.

  • GREENLAND DOMESTIC– This one is interesting. Greenland is Danish territory but hosted a number of important US military installations during the Cold War. It still does today, as a matter of fact. The population is very small too. The best spark I can think of is a Soviet backed insurrection that targets US bases there, especially the BMEWS radar site.

 

  • ICELAND HEAVY-Large scale air and naval combat between NATO and the Warsaw Pact for control of Iceland.

 

  • KENYA OPTION– During the Cold War Kenya was viewed as a strategic vanguard against communist influences from Ethiopia and Tanzania. A Soviet backed move against the nation could’ve backfired and led to escalation.

 

  • PACIFIC DEFENSE– Soviet or Chinese offensive in the Pacific resulting in a US and allied defense.

 

  • UGANDA MAXIMUM- The Ugandan Bush War boils over into a regional contest for control of East Africa.

 

  • THAI SUBVERSION– Vietnamese forces made limited incursions into Thailand in the late 70s and 80s. Compound that with an effort to stoke internal flames by Vietnam and/or the PRC, and the stage could be set for a major conflict.

 

  • ROMANIAN STRIKE– Ceausescu was a maverick. Either he lashes out, or the Soviets decide to intervene and remove him from power.

 

  • PAKISTAN SOVEREIGNTY– A situation where the survival of Pakistan is threatened. Internal insurrection, Indian invasion, or possibly a Soviet invasion out of Afghanistan.

 

  • AFGHAN MISDIRECTION– Basically, what the Soviets experienced during their time in Afghanistan.

 

  • ETHIOPIAN LOCAL– East Africa was a tinderbox in the late 70s and early 80s. Even after the Cold War, conflicts between Ethiopia and its neighbors continued.

 

  • ITALIAN TAKEOVER– The Communist Party enjoyed popularity in Italy. If they’d gained control through elections and demanded the removal of NATO forces from Italian soil, the situation could have escalated. NATO moves in, the Soviets move to support the communists and things go downhill quick.

 

  • VIETNAMESE INCIDENT– Border incident with China, tensions with Thailand.

 

  • ENGLISH PREEMPTIVE- They didn’t call Margaret Thatcher the “Iron Lady” for nothing. Perhaps the British received intelligence that the Russians were going to attack and decided to get their licks in first. That’s what pre-emption is all about, really.

 

  • DENMARK ALTERNATE– The Soviets move to capture Denmark using one of their secondary war plans instead of the primary one.

 

  • THAI CONFRONTATION-Similar to the previous Thailand-themed scenarios. Conflict with Vietnam and/or Myanmar.

 

  • TAIWAN SURPRISE– PRC invasion of Taiwan obtains strategic surprise.

 

  • BRAZILIAN STRIKE– Brazil strikes Argentina, Argentina hits back and suddenly South America is in flames.

 

  • VENEZUELA SUDDEN– Border clashes and tension with Columbia reach the boiling point. Out of the blue, Venezuela invades.

 

  • MAYLASIAN ALERT– Sino-Malay sectarian violence in Kuala Lumpur brings threats from the PRC. Malaysia goes on alert, China moves in ostensibly to ‘protect its citizens’ in Malaysia and before long the area is a cauldron.

 

  • ISRAEL DISCRETIONARY– Discreet Israeli action abroad (intelligence gathering, surgical strikes, commando raid) is unsuccessful. Israel is painted as the aggressor and the Arab world stands up to confront Tel Aviv.

 

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