New York Times
The fate of the entire world was decided in the conference room of the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (MCMFA) yesterday evening. As China and the United States inched closer to an all-out war, the ministers in MCMFA were struggling to prevent a conflict that would have cost the lives of thousands, if not millions of soldiers and civilians alike.
The Panama Canal has always been a strategic goldmine, allowing hundreds of freighters and passenger vessels to pass through daily. Unfortunately, some of these ships belonged to the recently established, infamous, and widely feared drug cartel: Frontera Libre. This has led to much discussion among the delegates of MCMFA about tighter control measure surrounding the canal.
But last night, the ministers received even more shocking information. China had invaded the Panama Canal for its own use. When approached by the ministers, a representative told the committee that the national superpower was willing to go into a nuclear war with any nation daring to attack them over the canal.
In an appalling report from the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), it was revealed that an organization known as Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia (AGC), supported by numerous countries represented at the conference, had been acting as a middleman for information and arms between China and the Frontera Libre.
At the height of the scare, the United States and China found themselves playing an extremely dangerous game of chicken, with the lives of both of their citizens hanging in the balance, while the other ministers fought to find a diplomatic solution. Thankfully, the committee was able to pass Directive 7, which outlined a comprehensive plan to deal with the invasion, while risking as few lives as possible.
“We want to avoid a nuclear war.” Stated the minister of foreign affairs for the nation of Uruguay shortly after the reports arrived. This quote arrived among calls from other ministers to act against China militarily. The strongest supporter to instigate war with China? The United States, who’s minister was the only one to vote against the decision to grant China access to the canal, ending the standoff.
In an open statement, the minister from the United States had previously told the room “China is working as a terrorist organization.”
If the US had gathered an army to attack the Panama Canal, this would breach Panama’s sovereignty as a nation, and begin what could have been a long and bloody war with China. Because of Article 5 of the NATO treaty, if war had been launched between the US and China, all nations allied with the United States under NATO would be obligated to join the war on its side.
“The canal is open to all business; Chinese, American, European.” Spoke the minister of foreign affairs for Panama, an answer that seemingly satisfied the Chinese Representative. While the United States was clearly not satisfied with the diplomatic solution, there was some amount of celebration between the other ministers after the 14 to 1 vote officializing the diplomatic answer.
China was promised the ability to use the canal just as other nations were able to, even with the possibility of its smuggling of arms and supplies for Frontera Libre. In return, the citizens of the countries involved get to live a war-free life for another day.