Interesting post, although I don't agree with the outcomes (or players for that matter).
I don't think WW3 will be anything like the previous 2.
It will be fought through cyber-attacks, industrial espionage, covert ops, and economic terrorism.
Technically, one can say that it is currently being fought.
BUT, if an armed conventional conflict broke out, we would have to examine the current alliances around the world.
Primarily I think it would be NATO/EU + Australia vs SCO+CSTO
SADC would probably stay neutral as long as the can but eventually would side with NATO/EU and the PSC (AU) would be split or neutral.
I would predict the following MAJOR players
France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Holland, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel, South Korea, Australia, India, Brazil
China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan
and the following minor players
Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey*
, Japan, Georgia, Ukraine, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Mexico
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Armenia*
, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Iraq, Moldova,
Algeria, Lybia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Afghanistan, Syria
* Depending on the nature of the war, if religious, they may leave NATO considering their historical enemy of Greece, also a NATO member,
and Armenia (another historical enemy)
* Could flip to either side, depending on their historical enemy Turkey
Neutral countries: Switzerland, Cuba (it would be suicide if they sided against the US so they'll stay out of it), Finland, Serbia, Kosovo,
Bosnia/Herzegovina, Ireland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Sweden, Cyprus
I could go on about the AU and into more detail about the SADC but then this post would be ridiculously long LOL
edit on 15-4-2011 by
Konstantinos because: re-evaluation & footnotes