My WIP is set 35 years after World War III (and 90 years from now). The nations of Earth are still fractured into three major groups: the Neutrals, the Allies (who form the Earth Alliance), and the Axis. Shortly after the War, the Allies made contact with an alien race, the Peridjinn, who help the Humans develop warp drive on the condition that the Axis Nations are allowed equal share of the knowledge and are able to put two representatives aboard the Allies' first warp-capable ship for the maiden voyage, to which the Allies reluctantly agreed. So right now, a cold war exists between the two factions. I'm trying to think of an alternative to Axis, which sounds too WWII. Eastern Coalition is the first thing that comes to mind, but that sounds too vague. Any ideas? The nations included are Russia, Japan, Korea (by this time North has swallowed up South), and I'm thinking of adding China and the rest of southeast Asia. Also, Norway, Iceland, Brazil, and Peru. I'm recycling the war backstory from a book I wrote 15 years ago. In that book, the cause of the war is rather lame--the main character and his friends violently intervene in a whaling operation, and that sparks the war. The whole point of the story was the end of whaling. For the revised version, I would have the main character's goal and the war not so connected, but still take place concurrently. Perhaps I could have the Allied Nations trying to enforce certain changes for better environmental management, and the Axis Nations feeling that such enforcement would undermine their rights.