Some good stuff Lord Iggy. Everything sounds pretty good, even if fictional - only thing I have reservations about is North Korea - Kim Jong Il knows better than to take on the US - if for some reason it decided to go on a suicidal mission to take on the US (maybe some secret alliance w/ Iran, Venezuela, or other anti-US nations), it would first do everything it could to take out South Korea and especially Japan. North Korea puts as much blame on things on Japan as it does on the US and has consistantly threatened it. A more likely situation would be a massive build up of military and nuclear forces in North Korea (perhaps in secret), leading Japan to revise its constitution to build its own military for self-defense (thus upsetting the balance of politics in Asia). Now toss in a volatile Taiwan in the mix and you'll pretty much only need to wait for one mishap or twitchy finger for a giant fireworks display to go off in East Asia. But yeah, I'd agree with most of your scenario though, it looks more likely that most of the action will be between the Middle East and Western nations - don't forget though, with the steady increase of Arabs and Muslims in much of Europe, if a situation was to break out, Europe might have to deal with riots worse than those of Paris this year.