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A major Spanish industrial Complex became engulfed by a raging fire that originated the short circuit of equipment in a textile factory on site. Due to the materials surrounding the area it reached gigantic propotions, never seen in Spanish history. After a few hours the fire managed to reach a chemical plant nearby, which caused an enormous explosion, shooting fire and chemicals across the entire estate which had sparked the loss of many firefighters. As a result, european efforts came together that saw firefighters and military units from the United Kingdom, Sweden and Portugal deploy to the region to support the Spanish Firefighters there. After months of continuous work, the fire was eventually extinguished with a final death count of 1,623 with 1,231 injured.
The Franco-Belgian War was a series of military incursions into French territory. Their objective was securing the coast and a foothold in the northeast cities of Calaise and Lille. The French was able to thwart all attempts by Belgium, resulting in a loss of ground control. They quickly obtained aerial supremacy and conducted sorties at the international airport in Brussels, resulting in civilian casaulties. The Netherlands sought to mediate an end to the conflict, with both parties invited to The Hague to establish peace negotiations.
With Sweden outgrowing their mainland, the government authorise 'Operation Molybdenum' with the view to extend their interests abroad. Whilst previously occupying Antarctica in writing, the decision was made to reinforce the claim with a military deployment to retain control of the continent. The decision was tainted as a logistical nightmare and deployment to the opposite side of the globe was ambitious but determination prevails, despite the governments of France, New Zealand and Australia expressing their own interests.
Saddam Hussein wages war against the coalition forces who defeated him in the Gulf war, almost five years earlier. Scorned and revengeful, he orders his forces to infiltrate the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom to commit terrorist attacks while mainland Iraq surround and forcibly take over coalition embassies in Baghdad. The international stage was quick to respond, but not before Iraq targets neighbouring countries, Kuwait and Syria. However, Saddam is met with heavy resistence and progress is slow. Hostilities worsen between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, as they offer nearby territory to the coalition for their ground assault.
In April of 1996, a devastating earthquake measured at 9.6 on the Richter Scale ripped into the bedrock of southern Chile. While Chile itself mostly suffered from the earthquake and not the tsunami that followed, the same can't be said for the rest of the Pacific. Some of the first islands to be impacted were hit by waves over 25 meters high while islands further out in the Pacific still had to face 10 meter-high waves. The Pitcairn Islands of the United Kingdom were the first to be hit, while islands along Russia's Pacific coast were the last to be hit by the primary waves. The most devastated places, though, were low-lying islands in French Micronesia whose government failed to quickly respond to their various requests for aid. In all, the nations affected included: the United Kingdom, France, the United States, New Zealand, Japan, and Russia.
Following substantial economic growth in Scandinavia the nations of Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway come together in Stockholm, for the first 'Scandinavia Summit' during which they discuss the development of the soon-to-be Nordic Council. Through much debate, negotiation and discussion the council is formed consisting of council chambers, a royal commission and five established committees with the sole objective for regional development and cooperation within the Nordic region. This was the foundation to a number of agreements, treaties and arrangements that were due to follow; one of the first alliances to be established entirely from membership deliberation.
The Global Assembly was formed as the successor to the United Nations. In 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution which mandated the Secretariat to begin preparations to implement sweeping reforms. The reforms aimed at simplifying the organisation, as well as removing the powers of the Security Council in order to offer all nations equal voting rights. The reforms aimed to institute three main institutions, namely: the Assembly where all member states have the right to submit, debate and vote on resolutions, the Secretariat would remain the administrative division responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organisation; and the Court where all entities and individuals have the right to have their case reviewed. The reforms were agreed upon with the ratification of the Charter of the Global Assembly, along with the Statutes for each of the institutions. On January 1st 1995 the United Nations ceased to exist and the Global Assembly became the primary intergovernmental organisation responsible for maintaining international peace and security and promoting international cooperation.