Operation Shutdown

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2026--The US is no longer China’s main importer and the Beijing is calling back the entirety of its 10 trillion dollar loan in US Treasury Bonds.

Taiwan is on high alert as the ultimatum given by the Mainland for all foreign (US) ships to clear 200 nautical miles from Greater China’s shore expires in 8 hours.

The Republican lead Congress and Senate vote for a nationalization of The Federal Reserve. The US now faces its worse financial crises since its foundation 250 years earlier. Great Britain, which has now fully embraced the Eurozone can’t persuade its partners to bail out its former colony. Japan and unified Korea remain neutral as 90% their economies depend on the Chinese market. The Pakistan-India conflict and Russia's droughts/heat-waves concerns prevent these countries from intervening.

The US has one last shot: USCYBERCOM.

4 Star General Jouni Wilson, 48, Head of the United States Cyber Command has been called to the White House. The preliminary phases of Operation Shut Down (Operation Login & Operation Password) have been steadily deployed since 2012. California developed software which power routers and hubs controlling 80% of the world’s Internet traffic, are coded to overload and create irreparable hardware damage. OSD would mean halting all trade and the world would instantaneously “regress” to a pre-Internet era.

2 camps develop in the Situation Room:

One is in favor of implementing OSD immediately without warning so the US could retreat into “self-sustaining mode”.

The other is to expose the catastrophic consequences of OSD to all concerned countries and negotiate a settlement.

The main argument in favor of the first solution is that the US is no longer dependent on foreign energy resources as 50% of new vehicles now run on electricity produced domestically in Canada. The rest and other energy needs are fulfilled by exploitation of high sea platforms in the Beaufort Sea. William McKinley, 25th President of The United States, is being cited for his protectionist views.

Arguments against, include the continuation of US domination in military and software industries for a possible turn around of the current regression.

SOUTH CHINA SEA, EXTERIOR DECK, USS PALIN, 2026-07-04 2100Z

The sun is rising at the southern entrance of the Taiwan Straight. US Navy Commander Roger Pearl, 59, scans the horizon through a pair of 20th century binoculars. A contingent of more than 100 PLA Navy ships are deployed 22 nautical miles from the Cost of Taiwan. Lieutenant Pete Tran Huang, 61, views the interactive live satellite image of the area on his electronic pad.

Pearl
(still scanning)
No words from PACOM.

Tran Huang
No… The feeds now direct from The Situation Room…

Pearl
Well... Happy 4th of July.

Tran Huang Same to you Commander.

Pearl Guess we're first row for the fireworks.

Tran Huang (looking towards Taiwan) You think they'll resist?

Pearl Neah... PLAN will just will just dock in.

Tran Huang (looking back at his screen where all available Taiwan Navy ships form a symbolic territorial line, dangerously close to the Chinese "Armada") Wow.

Pearl No need for an incident this time... We're goin' home Pete.

Tran looks up again and scan the horizon. Pensive...

Tran Huang Right...