Bilateral: Mercy

“Why don’t you hate him?” Someone had to ask. (They had every reason to, knowing what he did to her.) Japan had asked herself the same thing. Over and over again until self-doubt wormed through her brain like an infestation. A voice would say: Because you know you deserved it. She’d shut it up and…

Bilateral: Control

i’m bigger than my body i’m colder than this home i’m meaner than my demons i’m bigger than these bones It burned. Like vodka, like fire, like defeat. Was this death? Collapsed in the wreckage of her empire, she painted the snow beneath her hands red. Was this her blood?

Bilateral: Three

In that room they orchestrated the fall of Hitler’s empire. In that room they made a promise to kill for peace. In that room they sat side by side and said, “Ideological differences be damned, we have to destroy this evil before it destroys us.” Years passed. In that room they grew nostalgic. England said…

Bilateral: Chaos

  The Berlin Wall was crumbling. 27 years of strife brought on by two superpowers who would stop at nothing to dominate the world—even if that meant tearing another country apart. It was dissolving now. No, recovery wouldn’t be easy. No, things weren’t suddenly okay. No, the war wasn’t over. But this was a start. America…

Bilateral: Apex

Sweat formed on his brow as he stared into the faces of the most powerful countries on earth. To them, he was just spewing that tired, angry rhetoric. To him, he was challenging warlords. “I want to believe that the United Nations stands for peace, but I cannot. Reflected on every page of its history…

Bilateral: Reverence

It wasn’t rare that the United States and Russia had serious talks like this. It was rare, however, that they were both so quiet. They sat in tufted, red armchairs across from each other in a dark room. Neither of them had bothered to cut on a lamp as the hours slipped by. Two glasses of wine…

Bilateral: Anemoia

anemoi: nostalgia for a time you’ve never known The 2000 Joint Declaration was hailed as a breakthrough in peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and had been given a ringing endorsement by the United Nations. So why was South Korea unhappy? It was during a heavy silence, the kind that always hung in an empty…

Bilateral: Survive

Taiwan didn’t know Japan could box. Japan promised to teach her. When they sparred, Japan felt the brunt of Taiwan’s punches much harder than usual. There was a force behind the other’s strides–something beyond mere muscle power. When a fist crashed into Japan’s jaw she staggered backward to catch her breath. “Sorry,” Taiwan apologized quickly after she must…

Bilateral: Age

North Korea wasn’t sure how China got injured. He just knew that when he first spotted him at the military base where they were meeting, China was on the ground. “China?” North Korea called out, cautious at first to approach such a suspicious situation. When all he got was a groan in return, he ran over to…

Bilateral: Respect

North Korea didn’t hate India and India liked that because it was really easy to get on the North’s bad side and less easy to get on his good side. North Korea had always applauded India’s nuclear ambitions, and, according to the Korean, he needed a nuke buddy to replace “poor, foolish Iran.” That’s why they…