Alright, to get to the main points, my story is modern-sci-fi POV, a war story told from one Private's point of view, and extends for around ten years (I'm not sure whether to do time lapses or write a whole epic. I have a detailed timeline for my overall setting that's over stretches 50 years, and my MChar is enlisted in the last 10 years or so. Here's an excerpt from my setting (Apologies if it's too long): ----------------------------------------------------------- 2017: The last American squadron exits Iraq, which is now a stable democracy and an unmatched organized military compared with it's surrounding countries. 2025: Iran, now an unstable nuclear power, is drastically losing influence in the region thanks to the prosperity of Iraq. In the midst of a near-civil war, Iran desperately assaults Saudi Arabia due to the wealth of natural resources there, and dare not touch Iraq, for it is now NATO protected. Saudi Arabia, a rich nuclear power, retaliates by firing a 8 nuclear missiles into Iranian cities, demolishing them. Unfortunately for S.A., Iran's Mutually Assured Destruction plan launches twice the amount of nuclear missile (16) onto S.A., with both capitals and leaders dead, along with 87% of each population killed. 2026: Now that Saudi Arabia and Iran is destroyed, their oil reserves are useless/unwanted. The largest oil producers are then Iraq, China, Canada, and Russia. Iraq is NATO exclusive in oil distribution, sparking anger in oil-needy countries. 2027: Russia, now regaining it's strength as a major power due to oil profit, expands for more oil-rich lands in eastern Europe. NATO members are quick to denounce Russia's actions, but the warnings are left ignored by Russia. Moving into Europe and Eurasia (Georgia, Turkey, Caspian and Black Seas), Russia shows a small but still present military force. NATO, not wanting to take a chance, blockades and boycott all Russian goods, including oil. 2028: With masses of oil but a sudden drop in customers, Russia boosts it's military machine- creating a new "Steel Curtain" between Russian Territories and the European Union. NATO, with growing pressure and even a majority of UN support, declares a military push-back of Russia. Russia does the same against NATO and seizes neutral European/Eurasian countries. 2029: China, North Korea, and other authoritarian Asian countries (Not South Korea and Japan, which are allies with NATO) feel disturbed, since Russia did not inform them of any invasion or military expansion in any form. To them, only one thing is the most probable- A Russian invasion of Asia. China, Myanmar, Vietnam, and North Korea form the Asian Defence and Welfare Organization (ADWO). 2030: With skirmishes in Europe, Russia shows aggressive force and desperately attempts to seize Asia as well by first taking Mongolia. The ADWO fights back and officially declares war on Russia while keeping a neutral stance with NATO and it's allies. World War Three historically starts on May 5th, 2030. 2031: The ADWO, purposely losing land to Russia (Which now has an abundance of people and resources), uses this as an excuse to invade South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. NATO, seeing it's allies getting taken down, declares war on the ADWO. There are now labeling changes. Russia and it's territorial allies (From Eastern Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Greece to Turkey, Northern Syria, to Kazakhstan and Mongolia) are now recognized as the Eurasian Welfare Front (EWF). The ADWO is now the United Asian Coalition (UAC), and NATO, since it's now inviting countries not from the North Atlantic, changes their name to the Global Treaty Organization (GTO). 2054: 25 years of fighting has brought the whole world split into three, with all sides exhausted. Riots have broken from the people, and each side has lost a majority of their original purpose. The planet is scratched and dented by weekly WMDs, and the loss of life nearly tops over 3 billion. While each government attempts to keep a strong front, economies are worse than the Plunges of '08-'10, and even military officials feel that the war has lost it's true causes and it's mostly useless to go on the same rhetoric. The world is bent on social collapse, with everyday riots, and a non-existent upper-class (Only upper-middle class, middle-class, and lower-class). Due to WW3, the Earth is dying environmentally and psychologically. Space warfare (Satellite launched kinetic rods and nukes) is used to the maximum, speeding up Earth's downward spiral. --------------------------- Again, sorry for the long list, but I just wanted to make a clear point. The story is officially told from POV at 2045, right in the middle of the war. My problem is that I don't want typical Scifi cliches, but a realistic tale in a realistic war. My MC is from a poor background, good education with scholarship, but was drafted into GTO (Future day NATO) when the war took a turn for the worse. Ideas, thoughts, advice or remarks are greatly appreciated.