Fight for the South China Sea: 2030

In the year 2030, tensions in the South China Sea are precariously close to reaching their breaking point. For decades, nations have laid competing claims in the region, citing territorial sovereignty, maritime rights, and freedom of navigation, among others. Despite many crisis prevention efforts and confidence building exercises over the years, stakeholders have not ceased to engage in artificial island building and military expansion. A diplomatic resolution seems all but impossible. With various cargo ships, fishing boats, oil rigs, and naval patrols traversing the area, it is only a matter of time before a minor incident pulls the pin from this sensitive area. The only question is, will this be limited to a few skirmishes in the Asia-Pacific, or are we about to witness the onset of World War III?