Kane and Einstein are Time Lords.Come on, somebody had to say it. The regeneration, the Chronosphere, the Timey-Wimey Ball, etc. The Time Lords are that alien civilization that the Scrin morbidly fears.
The Soviet attempt to kill Einstein prior to RA3 had even more unintended consequences than first evident - and these are completely serious.In short, we all know that our dear friends the Dirty Communists erased Einstein from the timestream at some point prior to RA3 in an effort to prevent his meddling and thus the colossal defeats of WWII-IV. Or DID they? Duper Hero Taisen We know that the technology they are using is a cousin of the stuff used to send people through space to other areas on the planet, and we KNOW that since time apparently reacts to these ripples only gradually (for instance, there is no report of Hitler returning), and we FURTHER have no definitive proof that the people effected are truly dead or removed from existence, what if they really AREN'T? Perhaps they are merely dumped in another time-stream through the Universal Membrane (or whatever the scientists in real life call it)? And what effects might THAT have on the world? We can safely say that Einstein must probably be feeling a good deal of regret now, given the fact that he set out to at the very least avert the Holocaust and failed miserably by opening the Jews (and pretty much everybody else East of Paris viewed as "counterrevolutionary) up to Stalin's "Red Terror" during their WWII, and REPEATED World Wars- each presumably more costly than the last with NO end in sight- while the FIRST WWII he created was costlier than THE historical WWII. As such, he might seek to undo "his abominations" and thus restore the time stream. How? Presume he somehow makes his way back to 1924, outside a particular prison in Germany, and at a crucial moment, kills a mirror-image of himself (in some way or another) attempting to "shake hands" with a certain newly-released ex-corporal, to whom he reacts by stating that that man was trying to prevent Hitler from meeting him by posing as him, and thus fulfilling their "glorious destiny" together. They were apparently meant to meet and align, and the new man has much to teach him... Anyway, since we know that somehow the various powers have the ability to "glance" through the membrane and examine alternate realities, and have knowledge of them, what if, suddenly, this one charismatic man with strange facial hair is seen ranting and raving to a bloodthirsty and fanatical crowd of zealots about restoring Germany and the threats of the Jews, the Communists, the West, etc..., and tells them of a great messiah that has come to lead Germany and the Aryan race to glory and victory, before telling them that "This is not a dream. I have met this man, this great and noble man, have shared in his dreams and nightmares, and have the GREAT HONOR of acting as his right hand man, just as you shall have the UNPRECEDENTED HONOR of serving him! I give you now that great man, that chosen person, your rightful Fuhrer, ALLLBEERRTTTT... NEUMANN!!!" And then the speaker yields the podium for a smaller, grey-haired, whiskered man with wild hair and a bushy mustache, standing in front of a massive flag. Cue drummers and fanatical German cheering. In short: Einstein seeks to undo the damage he has committed by saving Hitler and restarting the Third Reich (by taking the comparatively young and inexperienced Hitler under his wings and "teaching" him his whole ideology- which Einstein would know beforehand- and positioning himself as the new Fuhrer) under his leadership, promising to undo the wrongs of "Twenty Years Ago" (both Versailles- more or less- and his meddling in the timestream). As such, a fourth superpower (to match out the Western Allies, the USSR, and the Japanese Empire) rises, and through savage manipulation and fanatical aid abroad, the Fuhrer is able to build up a continent-spanning alliance (likely including Franco, Salazer, Chiang Kai Shek and/or the Japanese, possibly the Turks, and likely a few Latin American allies) to contest control with both the Western Allies and the Comintern, and Einstein slowly starts to loose it in some way with the crimes he orders in order to "put history back on track." Bonus points if the Fuhrer Einstein and this timeline's Einstein ever meet face to fact. where the (extreme Pacifist, fanatical postnationalist, and general rebel) OTL Einstein confronts his mirror copy with what he has done, and Furher Einstein gives him a Breaking Speech about what he has seen, and why he is doing it. Well, it's the only real thing I can think of at this point that could restore a semblance of seriousness to the RA continuum (let's count the themes: insanity, the morals of doing "what must be done for history", and Face-Heel Turn ), and allows further exploitation of the brand for that all-important cash. Have I gone insane yet?
There's more than one 'Kane'Magic Plastic Surgery.
Kane is ImmortalKane took a direct hit from a Global Defense Initiative orbital ion canon? No One Could Survive That.
Kane is one of the "other" aliens that created the Tacitus.The Scrin know of Kane, and Kane obviously knows of them - enough to be aware of their various sects, such as Reaper-17 and Traveler-59. Kane is also aware of the value of the Tacitus, which is an alien artifact created by beings similar to the Scrin, but notably different. Kane appears to be immortal, judging by how he seems to have not aged at all in fifty years, has survived being vaporized by ion cannons and impaled with a spear, may have been one of Joseph Stalin's advisors, and indicates he was around whent he Brotherhood was founded in "time immemorial." Most important of all, when Nod wins in Tiberian Sun, Kane appears to teleport away after the Tiberium missile launches. The inevitable conclusion? Kane isn't human. He looks human, he acts human, but he survives things humans simply shouldn't survive, and has knowledge of the Tacitus no human should.
Kane is Nyarlathotep.Similar to to the above theory. Kane may look human, but he knows things no human should know and is cabable of surviving things that would kill a mortal man ten times over. He also leads an evil semi-religious organisation and attempts to destroy the western civilisation, if not the entire human race. Nyarlathotep often appears in the form of a man, leading cults and working to bring about the end of mankind and possibly the whole world. Sounds similar, doesn't it? The reason Kane knows of the Scrin and of the Tacitus is because he is actually an avatar of a god as old as the universe and capable of travelling from world to world at whim (also explains the teleporting). Nyarlathotep has been appearing in the form of a man since the ancient times, so he could have founded the Brotherhood in "time immemorial". And being a god and all, getting impaled by a spear or vaporised by an ion cannon is just a slight inconvinience to him. Kane even shares the manipulative chessmaster ways of Nyarly.
Command and Conquer is set in the Old World of Darkness.Assuming a fusion setting (the Triat made the universe, possibly under the guidance of God. God made Angels Vampires etc and made man in his image, with reality warping powers-Mages.)The Garou Nation won against the insane Wyrm and Weaver. But Earth is skewed in their favour due to humanity. So an element of uncontrolled creation arrives to reset the balance-Tiberium. This warps the Mage's paradigm, and makes all sorts of cool things possible (sci-fi mutants, monsters, so on) and therefore reinforces both the Technocracy and Traditions. They can't just destroy tiberium, due to paradox, so try to manipulate it instead. The Technocrats are behind GDI-come on. A high-tech UN based response force which basically becomes the government. The techies have wanted a one-world-government since WW 2 at least. NOD is the creation of Caine, obviously. Gehenna is upset by tib so Caine wakes early and wipes out the Antediluvians, then turns the Sabbat into his pawns. The original Black Hand are destroyed but their name reused. The massive technological advances are due to the Technocracy adding to the paradigm as quickly as they can, Caine never dies because he's Caine, and is having plenty of fun (or maybe is limited by Lilith to stop him wiping out everything immediately). The Scrin are Deep Universe creatures related to the Tiberium entity, and have seen an opportunity to take Earth. It makes so much sense.
The Brotherhood of Nod is responsible for World War One.Kane has a fascination with Sarajevo, given that two of his major temples have been set up there. And the organization responsible for the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand was known as the Black Hand. Coincidence? Also their Light Tanks seem to be quite out-dated for Twenty Minutes into the Future technology. (C&C 1) Of course, it could just be excessive symbolism, just like everything else the Brotherhood does.
Kane is in fact Cain.Beyond the similarity in their names, Cain, like Kane, was immortal (he survived for seven generations). The Bible does record that Cain was killed by one of his descendents in a hunting accident, but Kane could survive that easily. Furthermore, there is a verse that says:
Both Red Alert and Red Alert 2 take place prior to Tiberian Dawn.Think about it. Einstein was alive during the events of Red Alert 2, while Tanya had aged very little. Red Alert 2 takes place in the 1960s, about a decade after Red Alert. In the canonical ending, the Allies won GWIII, and Russia went democratic. Kane, meanwhile, had gone underground. He may have even aided the Allies (after all, a Soviet- or Yuri-dominated world would make it harder for Nod to take control of Tiberium). He emerged only in 1995.
The Red Alert series takes place in an alternate continuity from the Tiberium series.And this alternate continuity will eventually be wiped out when one last misuse of the time machine unleashes the monster known as Kane...
Kane is the Immortal God-Emperor of Mankind.The setting's nice 'n grimdark, the obvious predecessors to Titans and Baneblades are running around, Tiberium is clearly infused with the Warp, and that's not even talking about Kane...
The "Tanya" from each game is not the same person, but a series of Super Soldier clones.
Overuse of the Chronosphere and similar tech is causing time, space, and canon to break down.
Yuriko Omega is Suzumiya Haruhi.
Tacitus is the database for Scrin Motherships
Earth's and Sun magnetic field compromises Scrin's technology for faster-than-light travel
Generals is what was happening in the world the events of Metal GearWhen one thinks about it, this makes some sense. First, let me state I have never played a game in the Metal Gear series, and am basing this on second-hand fluff. Due to some skillful playing, the Patriots organized the rise of China's might, in order to test out new tactics and weapons in the field. The US was already gearing up with a war against China, which was why, in a removed generals mission, the US destroyed a Chinese prototype jet. The Chinese were getting too advanced. The GLA, however, threw the plans into a loop, forcing the US to waste valuable resources to aid China. Then, once the Chinese had defeated the GLA, the Patriots decided to help the group regain ground, using the UN aid drops in isolated areas as a cover to get the terrorists more money. Eventually, the GLA had built up enough support to make a move on and destroy the Chinese and American garrisons at the Cosmodrome; a small sacrifice was nesscessary to destroy the Chinese presence and clear the way for US domination, knowing GLA splinters would survive, paving the way for Liquid Ocelot's PMC takeover in the Middle East.
The Tiberium, Red Alert, and General universes are all running parallel to each-other.Time split the moment Einstein shook Hitler's hand. Einstein's original chronosphere experiment took place in the Generals universe, nothing happened after he returned to the future and his considered the experiment a failure, scraping the design and eventually dying of old-age, fluctuations in the time-line then started appearing a few months before the start of the Second Gulf War. In the Red Alert universe Einstein was just regular (if exceedingly brilliant) scientist who just happened to stumble upon the same discovery as his counterpart while working to stop the Soviets and created a separate version of the chronosphere for military use. In the Tiberium universe the Soviets won the Great World War II, but were unable to maintain their holdings after their blitzkrieg across Europe, leading to GDI being formed in order to stop the constant fighting — they didn't get their act together in time before the Soviet Union totally collapsed, but the idea caught on and GDI was fully realized under the pretext of fighting terrorism.
Kane is really Adolf Hitler.Think about it, in Red Alert 1 we see both Einstein and Hitler being chronoshifted after shaking hands, but in Red Alert 3 we see Einstien disintegrate after Cherdenko shakes his hand. Thus, Hitler was never really killed at all, he was simply teleported into space and back in time, where he learned the secrets of cloning, conscience transference, and Magic Plastic Surgery. He then returned to Earth, probably before the unaltered WWI, and set up the Brotherhood of Nod, keeping everyone but CABAL (& later LEGION) in the dark about who he really was. Somewhere along the way he went beyond his ideals of racial purity and global domination, instead expanding his ideas to bringing about "the next evolution of mankind" and total universal domination.
Kane was manipulating CABAL during the events of Firestorm.During the Nod campaign of Firestorm, CABAL has the player assassinate Tratos. As a result, GDI is forced to enlist CABAL's help to decode the Tacitus, which Kane seems to have a heavy interest in claiming. In the Nod ending, we see Kane in one of the tubes that are presumably linked to CABAL's systems. It's not a stretch to assume that Kane created a plan behind the scenes to reclaim the Tacitus for his uses. Just in case things went awry (which they did), he would depend on GDI and/or any remaining Nod forces to fix everything.
The final Command & Conquer game will be a crossover.A massive Chronosphere disaster will create an altered version of the Red Alert 3 timeline where Tiberium exists. Nod emerges intact, absorbing mainland Asia, while Yuri (who had yet to emerge) will take over the Soviet Union and Western Europe. The Empire of the Rising Sun (now reduced to Japan and the Pacific Islands) will unite with the remnants of the Allies under Tanya's leadership. That's right - the final battle in the Command & Conquer series will be between Kane, Yuri, and Tanya.
Boris and Natasha are each other's alternate reality counterparts.There are exactly two differences betwen Boris from Yuri's Revenge and Natasha from Red Alert 3. One, Natasha is a girl. Two, Natasha can swim. Their combat abilities are identical. One of the "ripples" from eliminating Einstein caused Boris to be born a girl instead. Natasha learned to swim given the increased focus on naval warfare in the Red Alert 3 timeline. Their backstories, and especially families, are probably very similar.
The GDI and Nod war will temporarily ceaseIn C&C4 GDI and Nod will continue to fight each other over control of the planet until they form another uneasy alliance to destroy the Scrin invasion and steal the technology they both need to keep humanity alive, GDI to turn Earth back the way it was before Tiberium and Nod to colonize new planets with/as Tiberium based life, leaving GDI behind. With massive distance between them the war will just fade away for years while both sides progress down different technological paths, until the next time they meet and war flares up again.
An attempt to connect all the games together that was added to the main page instead of here where it would properly go.
Kane exists in both Red Alert 2 and Red Alert 3's timelines.He's simply manipulating everyone behind the scenes as he sees fit, and waiting for the proper time to step in with the Brotherhood of Nod. The alternate technology (versus the canon Tiberium timeline that branched off from the first Red Alert game) could make them deadlier than ever. Given Kane's tendency to have a complicated plan for just about every possible situation, the lack of Tiberium (for now) would only at the most slow him down. Remember, the Tiberium meteor only struck the earth in 1995 (Tiberian Dawn), which is years after both Red Alert 2 and 3 take place and likely can still occur in those timelines.
Earth will not be saved.Command & Conquer 4 is going to be the last game in the Tiberium saga. According to what little information has been released, the Earth will become completely uninhabitable in six years - presumably because the entire planet will be one big Red Zone. This suggests that the GDI's efforts to reclaim Yellow Zones have failed, and the Red Zones now cover over 50% of the planet's surface. Barring some serious Applied Phlebotinum, there's no way they're going to recover now. Kane's proposition is to help the GDI terraform Mars and evacuate the bulk of the human population there. His reasons could range from obtaining GDI assistance in defeating the Scrin, simply getting them out of the way so he can have Earth all to himself, or even genuine compassion.
Einstein wasn't trying to stop World War IIEinstein knew that there was no way to avoid a major war during the mid-20th century. Killing Hitler wouldn't stop Japan from waging war in the Pacific, for instance (which it didn't). The Soviet Union might try something (which it did). There might even be another German nationalist who would emerge and try to take revenge on the Allies (this didn't happen). Einstein never tried to stop the war. His goal was to prevent the Holocaust. In that respect, he succeeded.
Yuri is in fact a Brotherhood of Nod memberThe marks on Yuri's forehead are the hebrew letters "resh", "vav" and "yod". Since the Brotherhoood of Nod is the only faction in Command & Conquer that uses too much symbolism...
Kane's immortality is a Code, and Yuri's mind control is a Geass given to him by KaneThat would explain everything, although Kane is more like Lelouch than C.C.
Yuri is really Cain
Kane is JesusHe died several times to save you from GDI's effort to eradicate the transhuman future and rose again. Also, in Tiberian Dawn where the Ion Cannon strikes the Temple of Nod, he dies with his arms open... like a crucifixion.
The original ending of Tiberian Sun was to have EVA becoming a clone of CABAL in all but voice.There are many unused audio tracks in the game files for both EVA and CABAL, some of which have them saying the exact same things. While not Out of Character in the slightest for CABAL, having EVA say lines such as "Time to erase the human factor from this equation", "You have been marked for termination" and "Data received indicates that you are a threat, prepare for sterilization" seems as if EVA was originally intended to be either infected or otherwise turn against the GDI.
The Empire of Japan is a Yuri factionThere was no alternate ending: Red Alert 3 takes place directly after Yuri's Revenge, and BOTH allied and soviet canon. In the Allied canon, Yuri was imprisoned in a Psychic Isolation Chamber, which was invented by Einstein. Meanwhile, the Yuri in the Soviet Ending who time-traveled and got trapped in the dinosaur age isn't actually Yuri: that was Cherdenko, whom Lt. Zofia believed was Yuri. The reason why Cherdenko never ended up in the prehistoric age is because Dr. Zelinsky modified the Time Machine so much it prevented Lt. Zofia on hacking it. In Red Alert 3, Cherdenko time-traveled and eliminated Einstein, causing the Psychic Isolation Chamber to fade out of existence and free Yuri. This was the timeline ripple seen at the Allied ending of Yuri's Revenge. Cherdenko was now in control of the Soviets and Yuri, who was now freed, evacuated to Japan, mind-controlled the Emperor and combined his genius with Japanese nerdiness, creating the Empire of the Rising Sun and also Yuriko.
The Soviet Front was supposed to kill KaneDuring WWII, Kane was amongst the unfortunate many to die in the ill fated gas chambers (and thus, unable to make any sort of contingency plan). Without WWII's Holocaust, Kane had survived and until the day someone performs a firing squad order on Kane. he will continue to live on.
The GLA was created by ChinaThe GLA was created by China so that they would have an enemy to fight against, and make them into the world leading super power. Why else would they attack China for almost no reason at all, and how they could sneak into China so easily, and how they were able to get WMDs without being noticed. On the first mission China planned the whole terrorist attack to have a reason to fight back. Afterward they proceeded to wipe out the GLA from the places they were hiding in. The remaining GLA leaders, unaware that China created them, fought back and retaliated against their former master, but they made a mistake in attacking the USA. After the USA takes out one of their commanders, the few remaining ones return to China for help. China then decides to salvage this opportunity by providing the GLA with the weapons and intel they need to take out the USA. After they have been driven off China now decides they don't need them any more. They now proceed to eliminate the remaining GLA forces and kill off their leaders to ensure they don't give out any evidence that points back to them.
The GLA was created by America.Let's see... we have Central Asian mujahadeen freedom fighters valiantly struggling against an encroaching Communist superpower. The United States covertly sends aid in the form of weapons and training to help fight back and in turn, give said superpower a bloody nose. The mujahadeen are successful in repelling their invaders. Does this remind you of anything? Initially, the American intelligence and military community must have been giving each other high-fives and toasts as that nuclear bomb detonated in Beijing. At that point, the U.S. decided that the GLA had fulfilled its purpose and was content to let China pulverize them. Unfortunately for the U.S. (and just like in Real Life), the mujahads proved to be much more resilient than expected, regrouped, and ended up mounting an attack on the United States that killed thousands of Americans. In the end, the entire GLA gambit goes horribly wrong for the U.S. as their own creation destroys their European Command and unwittingly sets the stage for China to take over the world.
Kane really does talk to God.
Einstein never invented the Nuke, and the guy the Soviets erased from the timeline in Red Alert 3 wasn't EinsteinIt was the staff of the Manhattan Project, hence why there are no Nukes yet the Chronosphere remains.
Kane favors GDI over NodEverything Kane does ends in the benefit for both him and GDI. Kane's Evil Plan usually involves GDI doing his work for him, and making GDI look good since Tiberium Dawn. The only reason he made Nod is to act as cannon fodder, and to motivate GDI to work faster. Kane knows that GDI has everything needed to achieve his goals, the technology, resources, man power, everything. They are also more organized and discipline, compared to his fanatical followers who'll always fight each other for power and control when he's not around. By 4 he decided that he had enough of Nod's lack of progress in his schemes, and goes to GDI so he could reason with them and try to trick them into finishing his final plan much more efficiently compared to always having to deal with Nods inadequate capabilities.
The Scrin are using the Threshold Towers to create planet-sized Tiberium reactorsIn C&C4, the Scrin Threshold Tower is revealed to be a critical component of the Tiberium Control Network. The Tiberium Control Network is also stated to be able to harness Tiberium power even as it cleans the planet. This implies that the Threshold towers were originally intended to do something similar to the Tiberium Control Network - harness Tiberium power on a global scale - with the ability for faster than light travel emerging as a secondary benefit.
A future game will have Imperial Russia as a faction.Perhaps sick of all these wars, "someone" will go back in time to the early 20th century and bomb the Balkan peninsula to a crisp. I don't know who would do it though.
The Pacific War occurred similarly to how it did in our timeline.
LEGION stopped the Scrin invasion dead in its tracks.At the ending of Kane's Wrath, Kane appears to upload the contents of the Tacitus into LEGION and then sends him through Threshold 19. In fact, the Scrin message at the end of the cutscene actually states "Earth warpgate status active. Commencing Phase 2 invasion." Probably what happened was LEGION was warped right into the Scrin homeworld right as their massive invasion force was preparing to jump to Earth, and right as they did so, he used the information in the Tacitus to shut down the warpgate in the middle of the warp process and thus perform the most epic Portal Cut in C&C history. With such a massive army lost, the Scrin decided to put off any future thoughts of invasion.
C&C4 was a fevered hallucination.The 'plot' of C&C4 was actually a hallucination suffered by Mr Magic Eyeballs while undergoing his surgery, which is why it makes no damn sense.
C&C 3: Tiberium Wars's canonical ending has the Commander using the Liquid-T bomb in the final GDI mission.The intro cutscene to Tiberian Twilight is in 2062, and Tiberium is suddenly rapidly spreading again. The initial idea EA had for the cause of this was that the Scrin invasion had used so many Tiberium-based weapons and caused so much damage to the Blue Zones. However, since they stupidly decided to completely forget about said invasion in Twilight, the writers at EA never bothered to explain why Tiberium was spreading again. But, things make amazing sense if the Liquid-T bomb was used to destroy the Scrin Relay Node. After all, TWO Liquid-T explosions occurring so quickly after each other, in the same general area (southern/southeastern Europe)? That kind of thing was probably unheard of even by the Scrin. One can only imagine just how much havoc two L-T bombs detonating would have on the ecosystem of an already Tiberium infested planet. The result would likely accelerate Tiberium's spread and maybe even mutate it further to the point that GDI's sonic-based containment fields would be useless in halting its spread. Thus who needs Invasion when humanity will end up destroying himself anyway. Also makes for one hell of a Nice Job Breaking It, Hero if true.
The villain of the final Red Alert game will be... Adolf HitlerSomehow, Einstein's original removal of Hitler from the timeline will be undone. However, this will not erase all the other changes - it will merely catapult Nazi Germany into the now completely insane Red Alert setting. The Nazis will form a fourth faction (assuming the Empire of the Rising Sun is still around), with their own brand of insane technology. Oh, and Kane will pop over as well, creating the final showdown of Red Alert: Kane vs. Hitler vs. Yuri. AND THERE WILL BE HAM!
Generals is set in a timeline where the US did NOT invade Iraq in 2003Instead, they focused on Afghanistan, killing Bin Laden around 2005. Subsequent to this, the various Islamic terrorist groups merged into the Global Liberation Army. They brought down a bunch of governments in the Middle East, including Iraq, Kyrgyztan, and Tajikistan, and helped themselves to those nations' armories (hence the tanks and Scuds). Without the distraction of Iraq, the US was also able to bring military force to bear against Kim Jong-Il. The big difference between the Second Korean War and the Iraq War was that the US didn't get involved in the postwar occupation - the South Koreans did that. There was also a brief war between the US and China regarding Taiwan. It ended without too much bloodshed, but it explains why the US and China are reluctant to work together.
Director Boyle is The MoleConsider the following: The decision to leave the A-SAT network controls on Earth, concentrated in a single point of vulnerability at the Goddard Space Center, was (ostensibly) done for fiscal reasons. Now, somehow NOD learned of this weakness just in time for them to exploit it when all of the top echelons of GDI were aboard the G.D.S.S. Philadelphia, vulnerable to a decapitating nuclear strike should the A-SAT network fail for some reason. Yet here we have former financial director Boyle, who just happened to be conveniently stranded on Earth at the time of the attack. Of course, the ill-advised decision to fire the Ion Cannon on Temple Prime thus attracting the Scrin on Earth and making Kane go "Just as Planned", or let GDI use the Liquid Tiberium Bomb, was made by Boyle. Now connect the dots and see if they don't spell out T-R-A-I-T-O-R...
Some of the nations in Axis Powers Hetalia are actually the player characters in the Red Alert seriesConsider that the player seems to be immortal like Kane, given the nature of Hetalia, would this be the case, too!
Tanya is Havoc's mother. Ghoststalker is Havoc's (probably illegitimate) son.Badassery runs in the family.
Generals is set after the original, Pre-RA 3 Allied ending to Yuri's Revenge.From a technological standpoint, Real Life has proven that large complex machines like the Apocalypse/Overlord are utter failures - while Red Alert shows them to be much more powerful (and much more expensive) than a regular tank. As well, the Lasers in Generals are more refined, less power-consuming versions of the Prism tower of RA 2, adapted mainly for an anti-missile use similar to real life ARENA active defense - refined enough that a version of them could be mounted on a fast-moving turret that can be put on tanks (The Paladin), light vehicles (the Avenger), and even aircraft (Granger) without majorly affecting performance beyond survivability. Generals Patriots used by the USA are a cheaper refinement of the system used in RA 2 by the Allies for use against tanks as well. The lack of Red Alert-y technology can be explained by, for Teslas, Iron Curtains, Chronosphere and the MCV, the countries not being able to maintain them (as for the Chronosphere, it's because Einstein's dead and is the only one who knows how to operate it. Pre-fabricated building tech is also improved, hence why the MCV is also replaced by fast-construction Dozers that can spam many structures in one time anywhere compared to the MCV's one-by-one and in a restricted location). They fell into disuse and were too complex to bring back online, while Nukes proliferated and were refined by China, who completely stay out of Red Alert 2's war, save for unofficial mods which allows it to take up the reigns from the Soviets. The main reason that they didn't try to take on the world by 2020 was because they lacked the confidence to, and figured that the Allies - in particular, the United States - would be on edge from Russia and Yuri, so they simply wait, until the GLA gives them the excuse to go ahead, eventually leading to Communism's spread across the Eurasian landmass. It may not be the Soviet Union, but Stalin's dream of a communist union stretching from coast to coast is eventually realized. Mandatory Generals 2 Guessing: The third faction is a Communist remnant force (perhaps China proper) trying to restore their power. The "Treaty to end all wars" would have solidified their ability to take control of the rest of the world, and try and subdue the EU again. This is not only confirmed (while the faction isn't called China, but instead the APA), but it's clear that the Communist force takes a lot of cues from Stalin's forces - up to and including their basic tanks being double-barreled exactly like the Heavy Tanks of the Soviet Red Army.
Cybernetic technology use by Brotherhood of Nod is base on the one use by Soviet in Red Alert to make Volkov
The Chinese are stealing UN aid suppliesEvidence for this comes from the 1st GLA mission, in which there is a Chinese supply depot blocking a valley. If you destroy the depot and go into the valley, there are dozens of UN supply crates. This implies that either the Chinese are taking UN aid supplies and using them to fight the GLA, or (for a more moral alternative) that they were about to distribute these supplies to the locals when the GLA attacked.
Kane is using Earth as a weapon to fight the aliens.Kane is presumably a member of some other alien race fighting them, or possibly one of them. He disguised himself as a human to control Earth enough to get the aliens to invade early. He doesn't plan for Earth to win, only to weaken the aliens a little more in hopes that they'll eventually fail, or even to just slow them down a little so other planets can last a little longer. He cares about Earth, in the sense that he cares about all the planets the aliens are destroying, which is why he wants to stop them. He doesn't care about Earth in particular, and is perfectly willing to sacrifice it For The Greater Good. I have never played any of these games, and based all this off of plot synopses I've read, so sorry if it's obviously wrong to someone who has.
The Marauder tanks are part of a mercenary forceMaruader's have a different accent from the other GLA units, have to be contracted through General's Promotion, and rather than ranting about the cause, like other GLA vehicles and men, instead demand to know if it's going to be worth their while to do what you say. I suspect they're part of a PMC that discovered the technology to absorb scraps into their machines, and perhaps sold that tech to the GLA.
China is a Communist paradise in GeneralsThe Americans and the Chinese may not trust one another in Generals, but the Chinese are still treated as one of the "good guy" factions, and their dominance over Europe is shown to be something worth celebrating in Zero Hour. Whether as a result of differences in history (perhaps Mao was less of a headcase) or natural political evolution, China has become a genuinely benign Communist society. Their political clashes with the US have more to do with questions of who will have economic supremacy, as well as misunderstandings due to their very different, but ultimately complimentary systems.
RA 4 will use the Soviet/Empire ending as canonThe Allies reprimanding or disbanding Futuretech and leaving Japan and Russia will bite them in the ass. If you saw the Soviet ending, the advisor(whatever you call her) says that the Allies are making the same mistake of trusting them after stopping a "corrupt" organization. The failure to even bother helping the Empire repel the Soviets may cause them to build up a military, causing Allied forces to leave, also harming their reputation. Plus, the two endings show that the Allies are not holier-than-thou saint heroes. Plus, how could they not see the betrayal in their campaign. What might happen is this: RA 3 Uprising:
China will be the Big Bad for a later Command And Conquer Generals versionWith the infamous "track 9" and their seemingly carelessness about human life, it seems they wanted europe as damaged as possible, in order to weaken them before "saving" the west and preparing to conquer it, leaving the US to return with the strange tech they developed during those years in issolation, while chinese forces seem incapable of succeeding against the devastating new tech they find themselves matched against and fall back to china for a last stand, which is the final mission, Operation Dragonslayer where you raze down the Chinese Communist Party and the rest of Beijing, with the ending being of how china, now a collapsed nation is shown with GLA operatives stealing the nuclear weapons for the new war
Kane is actually Einstein, finally driven to insanity by the ChronosphereThe Timey-Wimey Ball made him Go Mad from the Revelation and assume the role of the Wandering Jew.
Kane fears the Chronosphere technologyIt's why he won't act directly in the Red Alert timeline. The Chronosphere would bypass his usual immortality, so he can never make himself a target. He has to rely on subtle manipulation and proxies to do his dirty work.
Kane was manipulating Hitler in the original timelineHitler first, and Stalin when Hitler no longer existed. Doesn't matter who was being manipulated, only that the war in Europe happen to further Kane's own goals.
The reason the Scrin haven't invaded Earth is because they're locked out of Threshold 19 and coming the long way.When Kane left through the tower in C&C 4, he corrupted the tower's systems so that the Scrin couldn't come in through it and GDI couldn't follow him (as a parting gift, of sorts). Without their shortcut through the Threshold, the Scrin had to take their invasion force the long way around at relativistic speeds.
The Campaigns of Generals 2 will lead to the discovery of a Bigger Bad...One who supplied both the EU and the GLA in their bid to take down the APA, and kicked back and watched the Mêlée à Trois tear up Europe, Africa and Asia, before moving in to take out the winning faction. The prime suspects are either the United States (hoping their "proxy wars" would give them an angle to restore their New World Order), or Russia (attempting to destabilize the Old World so they could reestablish a Soviet-era hegemony). There can be odds of both serving as a Big Bad Duumvirate, with the US supporting the EU (based on the US-derived EU forces), and Russia supporting the GLA (since their arsenal is directly stated to be beefed up by Soviet weaponry purchased on the black market), and entering the fray to either commit Chronic Backstabbing Disorder on their victorious client state, or to personally clean up where their client state failed.
The Red Guard originally got the name as an insult.Anyone who's familiar with modern Chinese history would be aware that the actual Red Guard in the 60s (named after the force that served as the prototype for Lenin's Red Army) screwed things up for China and had to be put down by the state. Its also one of the reasons why China banned the game. But, in the backstory and manual it is mentioned that before the game started China underwent a reform called the "Modern Way", which increased civil liberties and exports. Well, what if the old guard who saw all these changes decried such as a new era of Red Guard, believing that these kids were messing things up, but instead of taking them down the name actually stuck when they proved to be a worthy vanguard for China? Suddenly, the title makes sense and could even be said that this new 'Red Guard' had learned from the failures of the old. Now, would that explanation of gotten it unbanned in China? Probably not, but it's a theory that explains why it would be the basic unit for China.