Age of military corporations. When Putin finished his political career, the western establishment sighed with relief and continued setting favorable world order on the planet. NATO adopted a policy of expansion, and for the next 15 years increases its contingent by more than half, opening dozens of new bases in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Concentration camps and prisons like Guantanamo appeared on all continents. Revolts sparked the Middle East, Eastern and Central Europe, African countries and other weak centers of civilization. Global epidemy of local conflicts has begun. NATO worked hard; wealthy nations strengthened their defenses.
All this required enormous military expenditures from both the NATO members and the opposition countries. The age of military corporations in the world economy has began. Pretty soon military corps became the main generators of global GDP.
Combat robotic systems were first demonstrated in Moscow at the military parade marking the 80th anniversary of the Victory in World War II. Russia has showed a high-effective, well-armed unmanned combat systems on the Armata platform, that created a furore on the international arms market. Just within few years all the world's manufacturers of military equipment began to design similar systems.
In 2027 the German "Krauss-Maffei" presented at Eurosatory unmanned tank "Leopard 4", which was immediately purchased by NATO in the amount of 600 items. In 2029 Elon Musk presented on DEFEXPO the walking combat bot "Fiddler", which had been pre-ordered by NATO and India. Lockheed Martin began to develop a lightly armed drones, Boeing - heavyly armed unmanned hoverplanes. GM in collaboration with Google and DARPA issued a series of unmanned armored mechas with laser equipment LaWS. Uralvagonzavod did not lagged behind them, developing robotic systems on the Titan and Armata platforms. Tupolev engaged in designing combat drones, and Kalashnikov invented universal weapons modules.
By the middle of the XXI century all armies of the world switched to combat bots, abandoning the direct human presence on the battlefield - completely in the spirit of democratic humanism.
Eurasian Military Union. Global expansion of NATO was a serious concern in many large countries. Russia began to build military bases in the Middle East and South America, China - in Asia and Africa, but in comparison with the scale of NATO it looked not serious. The World War III was going on the economic, political, legal, social, informational and military fronts, and Euro-Asian giants obviously lose there.
When in the Middle East Iran and UAE have fallen with the NATO support, and in Asia has began numerous wars between countries, patience of Russia and China is over and they set up a military coalition EMU (Eurasian Military Union), to which India acceded soon. Objective of this military structure was to ensure safety in the East Asian region - declaratively, opposition to NATO - on the fact. The budget of the organization came out more than the AIIB, but it managed to restrain expansion of destructive processes in Asia.
However, by mid-century NATO reigns supreme on the planet. In the 2055, after a loud political scandal involving the redistribution of the last oil fields on the planet, and the subsequent tectonic nuclear "retaliation" for disobedient China, EMU officially announced the fullscaled war with NATO.
xCoin (common name of virtual money) de facto become the main means of payment in the shadow sector of the world economy. All the markets of drugs, human organs, prostitution, weapons served by the xCoin. Black arms market, crowded by abandoned, confiscated, rebuild military equipment, has grown much in half a century. Drug dealers, terrorists and bandits took advantage of this, forming a private armies which not inferior in scale to armies of some countries. This has created a lot of problems to the world community as a whole, and to the Eurasian Military Union in particular.