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Here is the timeline of Command & Conquer: Generals, its expansion pack, Zero Hour, and its sequel, Generals 2.

Pre-GLA War

1914-1918 AD

  • World War I started by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrillo Princip, member of the Bosnian Youth movement, in Sarajevo.


  • World War II begins with Nazi Germany invasion of Poland. USA enters war after the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.


  • The People's Republic of China is proclaimed under Mao Zedong.


  • As Iraq invades and annexes Kuwait, USA allies with 33 other nations attacks the Iraqi forces, resulting in the Gulf War.
  • The Soviet Union collapses and splits into 15 republics with Russia being the largest.


  • September 11 - Planned by Osama bin Laiden, four al-Qaeda terrorist groups hijacks four planes resulting in two of the planes crashing in the World Trade Center Twin Towers , one in the Pentagon, and one in a field in Pennsylvania.
  • The war in Afghanistan begins with USA invading the nation in response to the September 11 attacks.


  • USA invades Iraq resulting in the overthrowing of Saddam Hussein's government.

Mid 2000's

  • The Global Liberation Army is formed. al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and other Islamic terrorist groups are presumably merged into the GLA.

Early 2013

  • The GLA invades the western part of China
  • During a military parade in Beijing, GLA suicide bombers bomb Beijing, starting the GLA War.

War against the GLA

First phase (Generals)

Second phase (Zero Hour)

Generals2logo The following is based on content cut from Generals 2 and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
Gen2 GLA logo summit

Logo of the restructured GLA

Between GLA War I and GLA War II


  • The Chinese sign a treaty with Europe forming the  Eurasian Unity League.
  • As a result of the military spending during the GLA War, China suffers an economic depression.


  • The EUL breaks up as a result of the economic crisis in China.
  • The European Union rises as a military superpower

2016-2017 (persumed, exact date unknown)

  • North and South Korea is unified under North Korea rule.
  • The Asian-Pacific Alliance is formed.

Late 2010's to Early 2020's

  • The GLA is restructured.

Second GLA War (Generals 2)

  • World leaders are mere seconds from signing a global treaty and bringing an end to war when a devastating terrorist attack rips through the peace conference, killing all in attendance.

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