In the Quality Universe, as elsewhere, the post-World War II "Cold War" kept Europe divided for decades, between the (mostly) democracies in the west and the (mostly) communist dictatorships in the east. During that time, several nations were able to remain independent and unaligned with either of the two world superpowers. Among these unaligned nations, a few were Fascist dictatorships, such as Portugal, Spain, and Viglandt. Other unaligned nations included Andorra, Austria, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, and others.
In 1954, with no apparent provocation, Viglandt attacked the neighboring democracy of Liberra, using an enormous, extremely powerful, flying weapon. The famous Blackhawk Squadron was able to destroy the incredible weapon, but not before a great deal of destruction was wreaked on Liberra's oil industry and arms production. The dictator of Viglandt remained in power after this war.