|“|| Who knows what nightmares we have created...?|
- Dr. Gregor Zelinsky, after the Empire started to attack the USSR at the beginning of the war.
The War of the Three Powers, also known as World War III, was a world war that started in 1986, immediately after the "end" of the Post-war Crisis. With the Allies on the brink of victory and the defeat of the Soviet Union seemingly inevitable, Anatoly Cherdenko, a high-ranking member of the Soviet military, together with General Nikolai Krukov, travelled back in time using a time machine and killed Albert Einstein in 1927, before he invented much of the Allid technologies that led to their eventual victory. In the resulting new timeline, the Allies are on the brink of defeat and the Soviet Union is but steps away from conquering Europe.
However, not all changes were favorable to the Soviets. An unforeseen change was the rise of a technologically advanced and aggressive Japan, now known as the Empire of the Rising Sun. Emperor Yoshiro proclaimed that it is the Empire's divine destiny to rule the world, and launched a full-scale invasion of the Soviet Union, as most of their forces were tied up in the war with the Allies. Furthermore, the erasure of Einstein also erased the existence of nuclear weapons, meaning that the Soviet Union now faces a conventional war on two fronts.
On the other hand, the development of many Allied technologies originally invented by Einstein were merely delayed, and many of which entered the Allied arsenal in the later stages of the conflict. Most of these technological marvels were invented by the FutureTech Corporation, a military contractor based in Amsterdam. As a result, despite a string of losses at the start of the conflict, the Allies eventually turned the tide of the war and pushed the Soviets out of Europe completely. However, at this point, the Empire declared war on the Allies as well.
As the Empire now threatens both superpowers, the Allies and the Soviets formed a temporary alliance and neutralized the Imperial Floating fortress blockading the North Atlantic. However, the Soviets betrayed the Allies during the final assault on Tokyo Harbor by withholding reinforcements, while they secretly prepared to bombard major Allied cities using Kirov Airships in Cuba. When this plan was foiled, Cherdenko and Krukov concentrated all of their forces at Leningrad for a desperate last stand, and attempted to escape into space using a rocket concealed inside the Peter and Paul Fortress. However, the rocket was destroyed by the Allied forces before it could launch, and the two mad men were arrested by the Allies, ending the war.
|“|| Premier Cherdenko swarmed his forces all over the continent, forcing the Allies into retreat and surrendering Rome. Paris is also conquered by the Soviets as the European Allies were forced into pockets of resistance. Great Britain now stands as the last Allied nation in Europe, not yet kneeling under the Soviet Union as an armada of Soviet ships were spotted, crossing the English Channel.|
- BCN in Ride of the Red Menace at the beginning.
The European Allies were hard-pressed and in retreat before the relentless Soviet advance. Soviet General Nikolai Krukov intended to carry this momentum forward by invading Britain. With other Allied Commanders engaged, Field Marshall Robert Bingham was forced to turn to a Field Commander newly subordinated to him. Bingham ordered the Commander and former RAF pilot Giles Price to Brighton Beach, where they prevented the Soviets from establishing a beachhead on Britain. With the immediate threat to Britain repelled, the Allies could once focus on the continental fighting.
Many leaders from the EU had been forced to flee the encroaching battle zones. The Soviets captured them at their refuge in Cannes, France. On President Howard Ackerman's new suggestion, Bingham dispatched his new Commander and Warren Fuller to liberate the city and leaders. Special Agent Tanya infiltrated the port and destroyed the enemy's naval forces. The Allies will then complete their objectives, while the Soviets were disrupted. The liberation of Cannes coincided with a general Allied victory in France.
As the Allies completed their driving the Soviet forces out of France, Special Agent Tanya infiltrated enemy lines and located the Soviet headquarters for Western Europe in Heidelberg of Germany. She was later trapped in the town by heavy Soviet troop movements. The Field Commander and his partner, Lissette Hanley, were later deployed into the town from the river. As the Commander and Lissette built their forces up to attack the Soviet base garrisoned by Oleg, Tanya was later saved and joined the fray. Even with the Iron Curtain protecting the Soviet base, the commander was able to destroy it completely.
Unexpected Friends and Foes
|“|| Excellent work, Commander! I have no doubt that our coalition might be... successful?|
- Cherdenko, congratulating the Allied Commander at the end of The Unfathomable Fortress.
Despite a series of victories against the Soviet invaders, the Allied forces are exhausted after pushing the Red Army out of Europe. At this moment of weakness, the Empire of the Rising Sun revealed its plans of world domination to the world at large and decided to strike. Two Floating fortresses deployed to blockade the North Sea and the Straits of Gibraltar. The Field Marshall and Premier Cherdenko arranged a truce and had agreed to cooperate against the Empire. President Ackerman vehemently opposed any accommodation with the Soviet Union.
An Allied commander and Nikolai Moskvin were sent to recapture Gibraltar from the Empire. The assault was spearheaded by Special Agent Tanya and Natasha Volkova. The Allies recovered several Assault destroyers from the port.
With the fleet bolstered by the recaptured destroyers, the Allied Commander and his comrade, Zhana Agonskaya were deployed to the North Sea. Intelligence retrieved from a sunken Shogun battleship near the Floating fortress had revealed a weakness. It was reported that the Wave-Force triguns could be effectively disabled by destroying Radar boats providing targeting data. Special Agent Tanya and Natasha destroyed the pickets and cleared the way for a naval assault. The attackers penetrated the defenses and set the platform's power reactors to overload. The explosion destroyed the fortress and Cherdenko congratulated the Commander.
|“|| I'll contact the Soviets to see if they have already joined us to defeat the Empire of the Rising Sun at their headquarters in Tokyo.|
- Field Marshall Robert Bingham, saying to Special Agent Tanya about the Soviets and to help them defeat the Imperials.
A complication arose in the Allied headquarters. Making good on his previous objections, President Ackerman resolved to unilaterally break the Allied-Soviet ceasefire. A secret firebase at Mount Rushmore began preparations to fire an intercontinental laser at Moscow. The Allied and Soviet leaders became aware of the plan, when the Mount Rushmore facility targeted an Allied satellite relay system in the USSR. The heroic Commander and Warren Fuller scrambled to prevent Ackerman from giving the fire order. Special Agent Tanya disabled the base's secure communications link which left the President to have no choices, but to relocate to the base and give the orders personally. In the interim, the Allies destroyed the firebase. Finally the President was killed, before he could escape the area and cause further chaos.
The Allies' Resurgent
|“|| Sir, a top Soviet scientist has defected to Berlin. I think his name is...Doctor Gregor Zelinsky.|
- Eva McKenna telling Field Marshall Bingham about a Soviet scientist had just defected into Allied Germany.
Doctor Gregor Zelinsky defected to the Allies in Berlin and exposed Soviet treachery. Allied aerospace surveillance had detected some suspicious Soviet activity on Cuba. A covert team, led by the Field Commander and Giles Price, infiltrated Cuba and confirmed Zelinsky's assessment of Soviet activity. As Allied forces moved into the full extent of Soviet activity was revealed. Kirov Airships were covertly hangared beneath sports stadiums. The airships were armed with 50-megaton bombs and as the Allied attack began in earnest, they began launching against Allied cities. The Allies intercepted all of the launched airships and destroyed all of the launched facilities.
After destroying the invasion force in Cuba, the Allies launch The Moon Shall Never Have Them and teleport their forces to destroy Premier Cherdenko's launching fortress in Leningrad in order to stop him from fleeing to outer space, which, according to him, is the "only place not corrupted by capitalism". After the end of the war, Cherdenko and Krukov are placed in a Cryoprison for life in committing crimes against humanity. Meanwhile, Lt. Eva and Tanya had both asked the *Name Classified* out for a date.
|“|| There's only one place that wasn't corrupted by capitalism... SPACE!|
|“|| They won't wanna build up massive armies and invent new weapons of war.|
- Ackerman's successor
Meanwhile, Howard T. Ackerman, the maniacal and conservative President was killed in A Monument to Madness and replaced by the Vice-President who thanks the Commander for winning the war and hopes their former enemies (the USSR and the Empire) will happily embrace capitalism, consumerism and share the American dream together as its benefits will make them realize, to quote him "they won't wanna build up massive armies and invent new weapons of war".
|“|| My Emperor...I have failed you!|
- Kenji upon his death at Mt. Fuji by the Soviet Union.
|The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Red Alert 3 and contradicts canon sources.|
- The Shrike and the Thorn (possibly canonical, unconfirmed)
- Circus of Treachery (possibly canonical, unconfirmed)
- Taking Back Ice-Harbor (possibly canonical, unconfirmed)
- March of the Red Army (possibly canonical, unconfirmed)
- The Science of War (possibly canonical, unconfirmed)
- No Traitors Tomorrow
- To Tame a Living God (possibly canonical, unconfirmed)
- The Stone-Faced Witnesses
- Blight on the Big Apple
|The following is based on the Empire of the Rising Sun campaign for Red Alert 3 and contradicts canon sources.|
- The Death of Father Frost (possibly canonical, unconfirmed)
- To Conquer Shattered Spirits (possibly canonical, unconfirmed)
- Behold the Mighty Saint of Swords (implied to be at least partially canonical)
- Graveyard of a Foolish Fleet (possibly canonical, unconfirmed)
- Assault on the Black Tortoise(possibly canonical, unconfirmed)
- Rage of the Black Tortoise
- Barbarians at the Bay (possibly canonical, unconfirmed)
- Crumble Kremlin Crumble
- The Last Red Blossom Trembled