Decades have passed since the Second World War ended with the failure of the Allied Invasion of Normandy. A triumphant Hitler declared victory over Europe, consolidating affiliated fascist governments into a strong political, economic, and defense union encompassing everything from the Atlantic Wall to the Urals. The German Reich, a superpower characterized by unrivaled efficiency, order, and sharp uniforms, continues to challenge the United States and its wartime allies for global supremacy in a new Cold War. In the east, only the Russians fight on in a bitter guerrilla war, though they've been unrecognizable ever since they renounced communism.
The United States, leader of a much toothier, more integrated United Nations, has absorbed much of the liquidated British Empire in the aftermath of global conflict. Reconstruction settlers in genocide-haunted Japan have displaced those few remaining Japanese as partisan resistance by religiously-devoted holdouts drags on (the "first wave" sto