What would have happened if there was a 1997 UK vs China war over Hong Kong?
Say that UK refused to hand over Hong Kong to China in 1997. The queen declared war on China after peaceful resolutions failed.
US aided Britain by providing several aircraft carriers and submarines. The UK realized they were losing and decided that a nuclear missile strike on a Chinese naval port was the only option.
This crippled the Chinese navy and US air strikes damaged Chinese energy infrastructure heavily. This had escalated the war to a countervalue war, and China launched a secretly built cobalt salted 50 megaton missile strike on Los Angeles, and multiple cobalt salted smaller missile strikes on California’s central and imperial valley agricultural regions, and missile strikes destroyed San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, The Panama Canal, Portland, Seattle, Hilo, and Honolulu. This extreme damage led the us to authorize missile strikes on Beijing and Shanghai and all of china’s ports. China was badly damaged and ultimately surrendered and UK kept Hong Kong and the US gained Taiwan as a territory.
Smoke from burning cities led the early 2000s to have cooler weather and fewer hurricanes and more unseasonal cold weather.
How would this have impacted the world after the war where would the world be today? Would cold weather have caused a recession? Less tourism in colder climates more people moving to warmer climates? Would it have sped up rust belt decline? How would a UK with Hong Kong as a territory have fared better? How would an American Taiwan have fared?
Post cobalt bomb decontamination of California would likely be a trillion dollar project and valuable land in California would likely be worth decontaminating? Top layers of Soil would likely have been scraped off and buried in the deep ocean. Replacement soil from places like the Nevada desert would likely be imported to California to replace the contaminated soil.
Would cities like Orlando and Atlanta and Austin and New Orleans have likely become new homes for the movie tv and music industry. Would tech industry likely relocate and rebuild somewhere like Charlotte and San Antonio after San Fran was destroyed? The temp decline would likely lead more people to settle in Texas and the southeast and a temporary change in crops grown in these areas