The European Commonwealth was a political union of European states that existed before the Great War. In 2052, Europe was heavily dependent on oil imports from other countries. This dependency caused a great deal of economic and political instability, leading to the rise of right-wing parties and the fracturing of the Western coalition. The situation in Europe has become even more precarious since the Great War.
Moscow has been attempting to bring to power governments that are not committed to supporting Ukraine, while Italian families are faced with the difficult decision of whether to pay their electricity bill or buy food. Fortunately, Europe has been able to reduce its dependence on Russian natural gas by importing more from the United States and other sources. This has helped to fill up Europe's winter reserves, but the fate of Europe this winter will still depend on the severity of the weather. Adding to the tension in Europe is the recent bombing of a nuclear power plant in Ukraine by Russia.
This is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, and both countries have accused each other of increasing the risk of a nuclear accident.