When the survivors looked back on the millennial destruction they were able to identify the tipping point of the collapse. It appeared at the time, to just represent one more seething population that was growing exhausted from the Western manipulation of not only their economics but their culture, and as their violent spiral of revolt evolved.....a destructive tornado exploded. Violence beget violence as the destruction spread across the Middle East....engulfing even Western satellite spheres controlling the very life blood of commerce........OIL. Prices erupted into the stratosphere in a boiling cauldron of destruction....crushing the fragile recovery in the West. Europe collapsed quickly with China and the U.S. following. As the pain of exploding essential costs crushed the lower class a revolution of chaos and violence emerged in countries once thought immune to such dangers. Governments fell like dominoes not only in the Middle East but in Europe as the elite class scrambled for order in a World breaking down at every level.
The first Sovereign shots fired came from Japan and China as the new Japanese nationalism found an eager foe to settle old scores with. Many Far Eastern countries quickly joined in the conflict against Japan and South Korea as the Matrix watched closely from the West. Once the conflict appeared to be lost by Japan the West entered with a limited nuclear strike and the first limited global nuclear exchange ensued. After the first half a billion casualties a treaty was declared so the infrastructure damage could be assessed. With the damage from the EMP and satellite systems it took several weeks before the full extent could be tallied. During that time Russia stepped into the mix with the BRICS and the West was forced to make a major concession by conceding the dollar as the reserve currency. This forced a coup within the U.S. and the military took control with a puppet civilian government established and a constitutional convention was scheduled in a year.
Oil was now up to over $250/barrel and tariffs were now being established on most fronts as newly formed governments tried to re-establish civilian employment and support. Civil wars were being fought in several Eastern European and Baltic states along with regional conflicts in Southern Europe. Many of the cities across Europe were suffering from violent riots from immigrant populations that were suffering from raging unemployment and lack of social support as their economies collapsed. The lack of the dollar as a reserve currency resulted in the collapse of the Euro and now the PIIGS were reaching an extreme in poverty. All of these forces had merged into this cauldron from hell within 6 months from the breakdown in Egypt. No one could have seen it coming. Someone said it was just a complete collapse in confidence.