When the 49 States led America out of the Second Great Depression, they found the British Commonwealth trying to stop a Chinese advance into Australia. They moved to help their old friends, and thereby took the first steps towards forming a new Western Alliance. They faced off in Indonesia, and tensions rose as the navy and air forces engaged each other in steadily more provocative “disagreements” over who owned which islands on the approaches to Australia. Then a Rogue AI defected to the AI Council with information that the last Rogue AI stronghold in Singapore was using the standoff to push humanity into a Third World War that would kill billions. The AI Council went public and the major human powers turned from each other to deal with the Rogue AI threat.