The United States:
Prior to an outbreak of the infection, the United States Military created a contingency plan in the case of a catastrophic event within the country. Codenamed “Operation: CODE BLACK”, the plan consisted of a total six steps. These are to ensure the survival of the nation and her citizens.
- EVALUATE the situation- see if the threat is great enough to enact the second step.
- SECURE all high ranking personnel from Whiskey-Hotel (The White House), Five (The Pentagon), and The Dome (Congress).
- CONFIRM that the situation at hand is dire before alarming the general public.
- ALARM and inform the general populous of the situation- order them to stock on food, water, and other necessities, keep a radio tuned for the Emergency Broadcast Frequency, and stay inside until further instructions are given.
- PROTECT the population and the United States borders using any branch of the military or police available- National Guard, USMC, Army, Airforce, and Navy are all to be on high alert during this time both at home and abroad.
- EVACUATE the civilian population to a predetermined location. From here, the quarantine area will be open for seven days- after that, the borders will be permanently closed and only reopened when the threat is fully neutralized; As dictated by the highest ranking personnel in command.
These steps- given the acronym “E.S.C.A.P.E.”- were finalized as of June 20th, 2011 by the Obama Administration in the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s assassination. This was due to a profound fear of a possible terrorist retaliation by Al Qaeda or another terrorist cell. The plan was namely aimed at a possible biological attack- although invasion, bombing, and general insurgency were considered as well during its creation. However, they could have never hoped to ever enact such an operation. Much less to do so a mere seven years later.
In the wake of the first reported outbreak of the virus in North Africa around June 5th, 2018, the United States was immediately involved. The CDC, as well as the Red Cross, were sent over to aid and research what was causing such a plague among the populous. After about three-four weeks of unsuccessful containment, the CDC expresses concern to the US about the exponential spreading of the virus North toward Europe and possibly to the rest of the Western World. After only two weeks of monitoring post-CDC pull out, the virus is reported across the world. Reaching from major numbers in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia, as well as handfuls of cases dotted around Spain, the UK, Germany, Australia, Brazil- and even some in the Coasts of the United States.
With this news, the US officially enacts “CODE BLACK”, with the first two steps being completed the day of. The EBS were activated a few days after. With this, the public is raged into an initial panic. Hysteria ensues across many major cities, with riots, looting, and chaos raging throughout. Martial Law is enacted nationally, and the military is called upon for stage five of the operation. By about 4 weeks post-CDC pullout, more and more reports of spreading infection from the East and West Coasts come in at an alarming pace.
The Executive Cabinet works on a position for a final defense against the hordes. Colorado is first considered, but reports that the waves had reached the Rockies, along with the general climate and geography of the state puts it out of the running soon after its consideration. Then the Carolinas are brought up for discussion- but with their weather and the infected closing in, they are quickly stricken out. Finally, a decision on the MidWest as the best choice for an evacuation point is made. Specifically, the states of North and South Dakota are considered the most ideal given the circumstances. Almost hours later, a panicked call from Winnipeg, Canada is received. The remaining parliament begs for assistance in the evacuation of the dwindling survivors. After some infighting, the US agrees to allow the Canadian borders to be opened, and the survivors pushed Southbound. Not an hour later, the order is given to begin full bug-out of all other holding points and to retreat into the Dakotas for reinforcement.
The EBS finally blares the message to go to the evacuation points as soon as possible, with highways backed up for miles with people begging to get through the checkpoints. A deadline is given at only one week- the “Last 168” as it would be known- for civilians to be able to enter the zone safely. After the deadline, all persons attempting to enter the states would be seen as “contaminated” and would be warned and- if not heeded- met with immediate deadly force. The only exceptions being that of authorized military personnel. When the “Last 168” were up, the two states went into full lockdown for several of the following weeks. The remaining members of the Executive Branch are kept in a little bunker at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for the foreseeable future, giving and receiving occasional information between itself and the QZ- nicknamed “KOTA”.
From here, the US Military is mostly within the lower 48 of the United States- with only a handful of surviving detachments scattered globally. The remaining active personnel is in and around “KOTA”, partaking in purely defensive and scouting operations in and around the region. Attempts both pre and post QZ of firebombing and carpet bombing of infected are attempted by the USAF but to little effect. Early on in the QZ’s life, the infection that forced its creation was nicknamed the “PHP”- AKA the “Pale Horse Plague”- from a military rumor that had circulated in the first few weeks.
When news hit Russia of the virus around early July, it had already reached into the Middle East and was creeping toward Eastern Europe and Asia. This gave the Russian Government only about four weeks before it spread into the hearts of Russia- Moscow, and St. Petersburg. Immediately the Kremlin was put on full lockdown as the military went to secure Moscow and St. Petersburg. Almost the entire military was directed to these cities with the exception of the Air Force and the Navy. The Navy was sent towards three main locations: The Gulf of Finland, The Mediterranean Sea, and The Black Sea. The Naval Forces were tasked with the protection of Russian borders at all costs- regardless of military or civilian casualties. The Air Force was meanwhile busy in South Russia. Here they made valiant attempts to firebomb the hordes of infected headed Northbound. There was some initial effect, however, the noise from the bombings only brought more and more infected North. After about a two weeks of ineffective bombings, orders were given to retreat back towards Moscow to prepare defensive measures.
About 3 weeks after the start of the defensive campaign, the infected reached the doors to the hearts of Russia. The military worked tirelessly to defend itself from the hordes- using small arms, explosives, tanks, firebombing, and anything else besides nuclear weapons that they possessed. For a handful of days, it worked- and the infected were kept at bay- but eventually, it all began to crumble. The ammo ran dry, the soldiers began to abandon their posts, and all hell broke loose. The outskirts of Moscow fell in a day. The main city only took two. And by that, only the very center of Moscow near the Kremlin was able to fully hold.
By this point, the infected had already set towards St. Petersburg. Due to this, a full-scale evacuation towards the Georgian border ensued. Thanks to this decision, about 1/4 of civilians were able to escape the horde- more than ever was expected. The majority of the ground-based military was shattered due to the lack of command structure after the fall of Moscow. Many took what they could and fled towards the Eastern wilds or to rumors of a safe haven in Finland. The Air Force was used as the main evacuation force towards the south, forcing a majority of Russia’s fighter planes/helicopters/other aircraft to be abandoned in the far North. With this, many took their aircraft and crew and deserted from South Russia in hopes of finding safety elsewhere. The Navy continues with their duties, but are dead in the water without orders from Moscow.
Back in Moscow, the Kremlin is in chaos. The shockwave of the event ripples throughout the higher-ups like a cold wind. Several officials commit suicide in the following days of the lockdown, or some try to sneak from the Kremlin and are shot for treason. Vladimir Putin attempts to rally his remaining generals to retake the city- but with so limited resources and low morale- nothing is done. So, with no orders and dwindling men and equipment, all branches of the Russian military besides the Navy are effectively in shambles or non-existent.
Soon after the evacuation of St. Petersburg, Chernarus is rumored to be a safe haven for survivors. This prompts a majority of the citizens of both Russia and Georgia to flee in mass to the small nation. By the time they reach it, however, Chernarus is in ruin. The infected reached within the cities- causing the infection to spread like wildfire. Over the local radio waves, a message is broadcasted telling the few survivors to head towards the island of Cyprus if possible- as it is the last remaining hope for the region. Of the millions who fled, an estimated ~80,000 people reach the island by the time they close their borders.
Now, Russia is a shell of its former self. It has become a lawless waste- comprised of only disease, hardship, and villainy. The fight for survival is harsh in most places, and banditry is common in the remains of cities and highways. Any sense of law or order has almost all but been abandoned as the natural law takes her place.
In the wake of the first reported outbreak of the virus in North Africa around June 5th, 2018, the United Kingdom began to worry. Keeping up to date via WHO and the CDC, they kept tabs on the infection and its progress throughout North Africa and the Middle East. As the infection crept closer and closer towards Western Europe, the UK had to make a decision- one that would lead to her downfall.
Only three weeks from the first reports of the outbreak, the UK completely closed the channel tunnel, along with the fact that it is a island with natural separation from the rest of the world, that means nobody in, nobody out. Ireland, surprisingly, did the same- agreeing with their grouchy old neighbor for a common interest and greater cause. Despite the recent events of “Brexit”, the people’s safety was valued above all political interests. So, Britain and Ireland united in their efforts to keep their islands secure from the hordes.
All military forces of the UK were recalled soon after the closing of all transport outside of the Island. All ground forces (both police and military) were told to control the population as best they can, as well as set up defensive measures around several major cities and points of interest. All active and reserve naval forces present in the country were deployed in order to secure the waters around the UK and Ireland from any possible intrusion of the isles. Also, famous train tunnel between France and the UK (also known as the “Chunnel” by some) was fully cut off and blocked from any use- civilian or otherwise.
With this new isolation, many felt a sense of safety from the chaos of the rest of the world. Many of the populous however, had friends and family left outside the borders due to the lockdown. Because of this, there were numerous attempts to smuggle people into the UK’s safety by way of sea, most of which were apprehended by the Royal Navy, but some inevitably slipped through. Returning many to the island that shouldn’t be there- several that were infected. Besides smuggling, all people could do was beg and plead to open the doors and accept their families into safety; but the United Kingdom was on full lockdown as to preserve the sanctuary they had created within the isles.
However, the spark of infected had already been lit. A spark that grew into a blazing flame almost overnight. Roughly four weeks since the borders were shut, the Southwestern port cities of the British Isle was overrun with infected. As they moved North, the military did their best to hold the border between Wales and England, attempting to militarize it in any fashion. Although, they were quickly overtaken despite their efforts. With this, the populations did their best to escape. Only a handful made it to the shores of either Ireland or France. However, this allowed the infection to transfer to a once-sterile Ireland. The military did their best, but Ireland too fell to the infected within less than a week.
All hope was not lost however. A small band of Royal Navy, Royal Marines, fishermen, and civilians managed to make it upon the small Isle of Man, and secured it into a rudimentary safe zone with help from the local residents. A few broadcasts were sent out, telling anyone that could manage to get to the Island within a two-week span to do so. After this time they would no longer be accepting any refugees, as to keep the people living there safe. By the end of the two weeks, the small population was secured and any sense of infection eradicated completely. From here, the isle thrives for the most part and many simply hunker down. The British that are native to the small island being awfully acceptive of the many masses. All in hopes to ride out the storm they had been plagued with.
When the CDC first reported the outbreak in June, WHO was immediately involved. WHO and the UN immediately moved in to aid with the relief effort. After only two weeks, the CDC pulled out of North Africa in order to work more heavily on R&D- allowing WHO and the UN to do their job with much more ease. After only about two weeks from that, the outbreak was out of hand. Hospitals were flooded with patients, and reports of infected attacks grew exponentially as days passed. By this point, a state of emergency was issued throughout the UN, WHO, as well as their sister organization NATO.
Soon, word of the infection spread just as rapidly as the infection did. With all three organizations helping governments with makeshift contingency plans as well as dropping relief to infected nations across Europe and Asia, as well as in Africa and the Middle East. By the time the US revealed their own contingency plan to the public, NATO and the UN told any nations that could manage to accept survivors into their countries to do so before closing their borders. Some notable known successes were: Switzerland, Paraguay, Finland, Cyprus, Nigeria, Cameroon, Parts of Japan (Shikoku, Okinawa, Kyushu, and Hokkaido), Victoria, Tasmania, and New Zealand’s Northern Island.
The UN kept many radio waves open, reporting areas that were believed to be safe so any survivors could retreat to them. Their HQ in Geneva was a refuge for many surviving politicians along with a mix of international military personnel and their equipment. NATO and WHO also took refuge with the UN in Geneva- assisting them in international communication and broadcasting to survivors globally with any news they could manage. Aerial relief was attempted a few times across Europe, but it was to no real use. Many of the drops fell into the infected territory. Also, two cargo planes were shot down by assumed para-military forces near Poland and Serbia. With these two losses, as well as a lack of fuel, becoming apparent- all drops were halted for the foreseeable future.
By about three months after the initial outbreak, the world was in ruin. The communication between QZs was very sparse. Serval nukes had been detonated in: the main island of Japan, Hong Kong, Beijing, North and South Korea, the entirety of South India, Taiwan, Istanbul, and the Panama Canal. This news prompted a small uproar from humanitarians in Geneva- though soon the phrase “desperate times call for desperate measures” sunk in as an unfortunate fact of the situation at hand.
Now, the combined forces- nicknamed “BLU”- stay in Geneva working towards a possible solution to the infection. However, this is to no avail by six months in. Occasional broadcasts are made out to the world, but most are brief and some don’t even reach beyond Europe’s borders. Also, all UN/NATO/WHO personnel outside of Geneva are considered MIA or KIA (if known to be dead) as of Four Months post-outbreak.
The Rest Of The World:
South America: It’s anarchy. Utterly fucked for the most part. Paraguay only barely survived due to help from cartels fleeing south and the resourcefulness of the native peoples. While it isn’t entirely safe, the geography allows for control over the borders and any attacks of infected are easily fought off due to their small numbers- moving in packs of only of ~30 at a time.
Africa: Local gangs and tribes band together to fend off the hordes of infected coming from the North and are able to control Nigeria and Cameroon with relative ease. Due to this, the locals banish any foreigners and whites South into South Africa as “punishment for centuries of crimes”. Here, the banished population receives help from Madagascar and a trade line is established once the country is regained from the infected for the most part. From here, the two neighboring QZs are at an unofficial war- though due to distance, neither come into conflict or even contact, very often.
Asia: Due to its hyper-dense population, Asia falls extremely quickly. India and China are the first to go. Southeast Asia follows soon after. When all seems lost, some nukes begin to fly from both the USA and China. China takes out Hong Kong, Beijing, most of South India, Taiwan, and Istanbul. The USA follows with taking out the main island of Japan, North and South Korea, and the Panama Canal. This wipes out huge numbers of infected- but the infected still persist and take over the continent.
Oceania, Australia, and New Zealand: Generally, Oceania is simply decimated. A lack of structure, as well as military power combined with small size(s), caused almost all infected islands to fall within days. Australia and New Zealand fair- compared to most places- quite well. Following with the UN, Australia manages to create the two QZ’s of Victoria and Tasmania. Brisbane was attempted, but the high population caused the infected to swarm and multiply at an unprecedented rate- causing the military and surviving population to flee South. New Zealand had attempted to completely isolate itself, but the infection got into the South Island early on. So, as the infected slowly spread North, the Northern Island was completely blocked off from the South. There, the remaining population and military survive well- although their intense isolation leads to a lowered morale for the nation as a whole.