Formation and expansion of the IPFU (2015-22):
In 2015, Israel has de facto control over Palestine, which it overtook through continued creation of settlements and infiltration, among other things. Israel also controls the Golan Heights, which was overtaken upon the collapse of Assad’s regime in Syria.In late 2017, the Israeli-Palestinian Federal Union (IPFU) is formed, consisting of Israel (including Palestine and the Golan Heights), the Sinai Peninsula, Jordan and Lebanon. Jerusalem is made the federal capital. Hope of peace in the Middle East has started to grow with the creation of this federal state, the rise of Turkey as a major power, and the slight democratization and liberalization of Iranian society. A period of increased stability has begun. Mossad continues to exist as the national intelligence agency of the IPFU, and the military forces of the former countries are united, but there is a general over-representation of Jews and Christians. Upon the formation of the IPFU, the so-called Federal Transition Government (FTG) temporarily takes power, and the first democratic election is held in early 2018, with a new election being held every 5 years.
Annexation of Syria and demographics
In 2022, upon an agreement with Turkey and the local population, most of Syria (as well as Hatay) joins the IPFU, with the remains joining Turkey. A united Levant state has now been created. The ethno-religious composition of the IPFU is different from that of the former independent countries. Overall, Sunni Arabs form the majority, but there are also very large numbers of Jews/Israelis and Christian Arabs, while Shia Arabs constitute a minority. In recent years, Judaism and Christianity have gathered more and more followers, mainly due to the massive campaign by the Jewish and Christian organizations. Islam, on the other hand, has not managed to do this, and thus the percentage of Muslims is falling. There is also a rising birth rate among the more Orthodox Jews, and large groups of Jews and Christians have migrated to the IPFU, whereas many Muslims have moved out or, as some speculate, been driven out. Additionally, the Israelis have created large settlements (however legal) all around former Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Sinai, thus spreading out their population. Today, Israel, Sinai and the “East Bank” are dominated by Jews/Israelis, while Lebanon and large parts of Syria are dominated by Christians, and the rest of Syria and Jordan are dominated by Sunni Arabs. Now and then, a little unrest and violence erupts in the state, but the belief in peace is still there.
Great Middle Eastern Wars (2028-35):
The 2028 federal election ends with a major victory for Jewish and Christian politicians, and a Jewish-Christian coalition government is formed. The new president and PM are both from Israel, and there is not a single Muslim in the new government, unlike previous governments. Corruption and lobbyism is prevalent at the election, and political watchdogs criticize the democratic process. Throughout the year, the new government passes laws differentiating between ethnoreligious groups, and Muslims are generally lower in society than their Jewish and Christian counterparts.
By the start of 2029, Muslims form a (narrow) plurality in the IPFU, but the Jewish and Christian denominations are now so large that they together form a majority of the population. Israel, Sinai, Jordan and parts of Southern Syria are dominated by Jews, while Lebanon and parts of Southern and Western Syria are dominated by Christians, and the rest of Syria (central, north and east) is dominated by Muslims. In the last year, tensions have gone up and violence increased, causing doubt whether the peace will last. These tensions are mainly caused by the result of the 2028 federal election and the actions of the new Jewish-Christian government. People have also started using the term “Israeli Empire” as a synonym for the IPFU.
Beginning of the war
:In mid-2029, an unknown group of Islamic terrorists targets the Christian-dominated city of Damascus, killing 114 civilians and 3 police officers. Upon investigation by Mossad, it is revealed that the group has been trained in the South Iraq-region of the United Arab Kingdom (UAK) (covering the rest of the Arab Peninsula)., and that it has received funding from the government. The Armed Forces of the IPFU launches missiles towards the area in which the camp is allegedly located, causing the death of at least 14 people. The UAK, having denied any claims of involvement in the terrorist attack, considers what the IPFU has done an act of war. The world is shocked by the dramatic events, and Turkey urges the other countries in the Middle East to try not to further escalate the situation. Turkey is, at this point, the closest ally of the IPFU in the region, but their bonds are slowly breaking. Iran and Egypt both give a more hostile reaction and blame the IPFU for “shattering peace and stability” in the region.
In early 2030, the Great Middle Eastern War officially breaks out between the IPFU on one side, and the UAK on the other. Iran and Egypt, despite strongly speaking against the IPFU, both stay out of the war, and so does a worried Turkey. The IPFU pours troops into the deserted South Iraq-region and rushes forward with its superior technology, leaving the UAK forces unable to fend off the foreigners. The UAK fires missiles towards major cities in the country, such as Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beirut and Damascus, and in these cities, terrorist attacks also start to become increasingly frequent. A pro-UAK group emerges in Syria, described by Mossad as terrorists, and areas of Syria start to become targets of IPFU air strikes.
By mid-2031, the IPFU forces have reached the Persian Gulf coast and the Euphrates River, and are in full control of the UAK borders with Iran and Turkey. By the end of the year, a new border has been drawn up by the IPFU government, expanding the federation to include a large part of the northern UAK, including all of South Iraq and former Kuwait. An Orthodox Zionist group from Israel declares that “Yahweh’s wish of Eretz Israel has come true”. The IPFU government refuses to comment on the resulting accusations of “Zionist imperialism”. Now, a stalemate-like situation is reached in the northern Arab Peninsula as fighting takes place almost entirely in the hot, dry Arabian desert, and neither side is making major incisions into one another.
In early 2032, Egypt makes a massive mobilization of its troops at the border of the IPFU-controlled Sinai Peninsula, formerly Egyptian territory. After a month of rising tensions, Egypt officially declares war on the IPFU, and launches an invasion of Sinai while carrying out missile attacks and air strikes throughout the country. The IPFU deploys thousands of troops to the already well-guarded Sinai Peninsula, and orders them to enter Egypt and head for Cairo. At the same time, a large-scale bombing campaign is launched, targeting important sites throughout the country. Egypt is a great military power, and the Battles of Cairo and Alexandria are long and exhausting. In mid-2023, the IPFU declares victory in Cairo as the Egyptian Army is ordered to leave the city and the government relocates to another city. The IPFU troops now head south, and as year 2033 begins, the IPFU has captured all of Egypt east of the River Nile, and the rest of Egypt is in shambles as water supply is cut off. Through an alternate route, however, Egypt manages to receive water from its southern ally of Sudan.
Ending of the war:
In early 2033, at the federal election, the Jewish-Christian coalition wins another 5 years in power, but the PM, the head of government, now becomes an even more Orthodox Jewish politician. This very year, the name of the IPFU is officially changed to the Israeli Empire, thus confirming all previous accusations of “Zionist imperialism”. By now, Muslims are effectively a minority. During this year, the Israelian forces cross the River Nile and continue the invasion of Egypt, eventually forcing the country to surrender. Upon capture of these areas, the Israeli Empire drives out many Muslims from the occupied part of Egypt, whereas Coptic Christians are allowed to stay and not be harmed by Israeli forces. In the northern Arab Peninsula, the Israeli Empire makes progress and has managed to block several supply routes for the UAK forces. The stalemate is effectively over, and the war rages on. By the beginning of year 2034, the Israeli Empire has captured large parts of the northern UAK, and a new border is drawn up. With the threat of a nuclear attack in Riyadh, the UAK surrenders. The Great Middle Eastern War has ended.
In early 2034, the most Orthodox groups in the Israeli Empire dream of extending the empire all the way to the Tigris River, and controversial statements by government officials dramatically raise tensions with Iran and Turkey. The Tigris War, also called the Second Great Middle Eastern War, breaks out with the Israeli Empire on one side, and Iran, Turkey, various Central Asian countries and all sorts of terrorist groups on the other. Although the force faced by Israel is greater than ever before, the country does not hesitate to fulfil its dream. The country suffers major damage on its infrastructure and war machine during the long and exhausting conflict, but nevertheless, by early 2035, the Israeli forces have reached the Tigris River. Months later, Israel declares that its ultimate goal of capturing “the land assigned to us by Yahweh” has been reached, and that it has no desire to make further conquests. In late 2035, a treaty to end the war is signed in Geneva, Switzerland by the belligerents, but most Muslim nations, including Turkey, Iran, the UAK and Egypt, refuse to recognize the new borders of Israel.