In 2035, World War III broke out. The armies and enmities of the world had polarized between the west and the caliphate. The caliphate consisted of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Russia, Europe, Scandinavia and the Americas were the west. After five years of bloody fighting, the war ended with an armistice. Under the 2040 Concordat of Canada, the allies recognized the sovereignty of the caliphate while both sides allowed the exchange of refugees to their respective domains. With the exception of some border skirmishes by lone wolf bitter enders, peace took hold. The peace had to take hold not out of a global desire for peace but out of need to combine all resources against a more dire threat. The hybrids were exterminating humanity with the efficiency of insecticide on an ant nest.
World War IV had started.