Friday, February 27, 2015

America’s paranoid war game fantasies about Putin’s Russia — The (information) war in Ukraine* — Medium

This map of Europe (below), appearing in the March/April 2015 issue of Modern War magazine (a publisher of military strategy games), purports to show “Putin’s vision of Europe for 2015.” Based on the compiled speeches, papers and offhand remarks of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his advisers, it’s the ultimate war gamer fantasy of how dangerous an aggressive an expansionist and imperialist Russian might become for Europe.

On the map, parts of Ukraine have been lopped off to create Donbas, Crimea and Novorossiya (“New Russia”). The Baltic states have been partitioned to make room for ethnic Russian states in Narva and Dvinsk. Transnistria appears as a separate nation-state. Georgia has been partitioned into Western Georgia and Kakheti, bookended on either side by “Russian Abkhazia” and the “Caucasus Emirates.” To make that possible, there’s a “heavily-patrolled autobahn-type highway” giving Russia a narrow corridor of access to the South Caucasus.

And consider all the other audacious changes on this map of Europe — Germany appears to have expanded significantly both eastward and westward; there’s a new “ghetto-like mini-state” called “Arab Piedmont” for Western Europe’s restive Muslim population; and England and Spain have been partitioned due to separatist movements in Scotland and Catalonia, respectively. Turkey has carved out part of Bulgaria to form “Turkish Burgas.” (Perhaps as compensation for partnering with Russia on a huge new gas deal?) Eastern Europe has become a mess of small states — Chelm, Galicia, Carpathian Rus, Bukovina and Bessarabia.

According to Gilberto Villahermosa, the author of the “Putin as Warlord” piece that accompanies the map in Modern War magazine, “The resurgence of Germany to its prewar 1939 borders in the east, and those of 1914 in the west, would be engineered as payoff to Berlin for letting all the other changes take place.” It’s another Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, this time engineered between Putin and Merkel! And we thought they didn’t like each other!

Complete story at - America’s paranoid war game fantasies about Putin’s Russia — The (information) war in Ukraine* — Medium


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