It all started with China. A new Chinese Primer took power in China. He started China on the path of imperialism. They annexed and expanded in Indochina and in N.Korea. Then as a result the powers of the United States and the European Union declared war on China. China got support from Russia who also got a new president. Russia invaded eastern Europe while the Chinese invaded Japan, S. Korea, the Philippines, and southern Alaska and Canada.
The Americans along with the Canadian military re-liberated the area. But, the American president also had opportunity in his hand. He annexed Canada into the new American Empire. This completely broke down relations with the European Union. The United Nations two weeks after, was disbanded.
The United States re-liberated Japan, the Philippines and the southern tip of S.Korea. Then, the countdown started. On August, 23rd 2011, a Chinese nuclear submarine was ordered by the Chinese defense computer to initiate full global destruction on the United States and the European Union. The sailors on board the submarine thought that the Americans and the European Union had nuked Russia and China. They launched there entire nuclear payload of 16, 35megaton bombs on the west coast of the United States and 3 major cities in Europe. What the crew hadn't realized was that the computer glitched so it gave the message in an incorrect way.
NORAD immediately reacted by launching 29 nuclear missiles at every single major city in China. The European Union also launched their nuclear missiles at China. Russia responded by attacking the US and the European Union. At the end of the day, the entire world was covered in darkness.
Selden is an island controlled by the Lindenhurst Empire. The colony wants to be independent and they don't want to be controlled by Lindenhurst anymore. One colonist said " The Chancellor can't boss us around forever. One day Selden is going to come out of the cradle." Selden does not like the way Lindenhurst is treating them. There are riots about Lindenhurst all over the island. Some soldiers are being beaten by colonists. This can break out to all out war.