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Götterdämmerung

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Decided to make a quick world-a map while in between working on other projects.

Diverging from our own world in 1940, this is a world where the Germans were not nearly so successful in their invasion of France. For one reason or another, a few good decisions kept the Nazis from overrunning France in 1940 and allowed the Franco-British forces to counterattack. Though they were not able to make Germany collapse right away, the Nazis were not long for the world. In the East, Stalin eventually decided to invade Germany on the pretense of freeing the rest of Poland and helping put the Nazis down. However, after months and months of fighting, Stalin met the Franco-Brits in near the middle of Germany, where they demanded Germany be freed rather than put under Soviet influence. Stalin was not willing to do so.

With a large army and powerful industry, the USSR quickly made it clear it would not be bullied as surprise attacks and huge offensives gradually pushed the Soviets' former allies back over the Rhine and toward France the Low Countries. It was only, at this point, that what might have been Soviet dominance of all of Europe was stopped when the United States dropped a nuclear weapon on the naval yards in Nagasaki, Japan. While Europe had burned, the United States had swept the Japanese aside in the Pacific and plowed into them in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Indochina. After the dropping of the bomb, the United States turned toward the USSR. With Soviet forces already in Korea, the United States made it clear that the war was to end with Western Europe still free or the US would be more than willing to show the USSR its new weapon. Stalin, ever the opportunist and shrewd politician, agreed to terms.

Germany was split into three states: the People's Republic of the Rhineland, the Soviet Republic of South Germany, and the Prussian People's Republic. The USSR has, ever since, made sure to keep the three separate and unable to bring the full might of the German people together. Scandinavia, which the Soviets had overrun on the pretense of "freeing" Norway and Denmark and accusing Sweden of selling valuable supplies to the Germans, was made into a single communist republic similar to Yugoslavia, though much more prosperous.

As the Communist World settled down after the Second World War to enjoy the fruits of its bounty, the rest of the world was thrown into chaos. France and the rest of "Free Europe" fell to far-right governments with fascist qualities due to the sheer shock of Soviet success. The fights over decolonization were far messier, with Africa prying itself away from anything to do with Europe while France, Italy, and Portugal fought brutal, failed wars to keep their colonies. The British Commonwealth at least fared somewhat better, letting most of their colonies go peaceably, though the London government damningly supported apartheid governments in South Africa, Rhodesia, and Kenya (which has since fallen) for far too long. The only real "success" of decolonization was in India, where the Indian Congress, after a very different start of the decade in the 1940s, eventually decided to make a go as a single dominion, then single nation. Balochistan and Kashmir were released amicably and some land given to Afghanistan as "repayment for imperialist British ambitions". The Indian Union, the world's largest Muslim and Hindu nation, has since been on the rise as modernists have since captured a majority of Parliamentary seats in every election. India's cottage industry and village mentality is slow to die, as the traditionalists are still a major political force, but the nation as a whole has greatly improved.

Though in theory the United States, the Commonwealth, and the European Common Defense League are all allied against Soviet incursions, great rifts lie between the blocs. Besides the Vietnam War in the mid-1960s, the United States has largely stayed out of overseas conflicts, preferring instead to remain quasi-isolationist and focus on its affairs in the Americas. Only in East Asia does the US have a real presence, and only that is mostly from the Second World War and Vietnam War. Though it has an economy rivaling the USSR (both are typically neck and neck for top spot), the USA is far from an interventionist that the USSR is, which angers the Western Europeans who see it as a "betrayal". As long as the US remains the democratic superpower, however, the Europeans won't say it too loud.

40 years after the fateful turn of events in France, the world is a different place. Africa and Asia are rapidly catching up in terms of quality of life and national power as nations there, free from European control and not wishing to be part of the Democratic-Communist game, seek to find their own paths. Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa vie for their own power blocs in Africa while India has created one of the most powerful economic blocs in the world that is likely to see it become a superpower by the end of the century. With such a diverse, multipolar world, it is hard to tell what lies ahead for the Earth as European power, particularly German, wanes and the rest of the world begins to rise.

4 comments:

  1. Nice scenario, but with a early nazi defeat...
    Ok, in spring 1940 nobody expected a quick victory in the west, not even Hitler and the OKH. Industrial production in Germany was planned for trench warefare.
    The french army was rotten by communist and nazi propaganda.
    And was the red army really ready for a big fight?
    Ok, the best scenario for a nazi defeat would be a french offensive in september 1939. It would ended with a military coup in Berlin.
    And in a victorious France we will not have a return to an front populaire election victory?

    And Austria and the Sudeten - not part of one of the 3 germanys? Slovakia not a independant country...

    A japanese attack without a german victory western europe...

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    1. When I said that the Nazis were defeated by a Franco-British offensive, I didn't mean right away. The Soviets and Western Allies, in this scenario, didn't meet in the middle of Germany until late in 1944; it took 4 long years to really knock out the German war machine. That was enough time for the French and British war machines to gear up but get overstrained and the Soviet War Machine (in our world the best army on Earth by 1945) to get powerful enough to throw the Western Allies back over the Rhine and into France by late 1945.

      Germany was simply caught in the middle and Stalin was planning to attack Germany pretty much from the start, so they were not going to be able to avoid being destroyed. And while France is victorious, yes, they are only saved by the British armies and the Americans threatening to nuke Moscow in 1945; not exactly something the French people can just ignore.

      Austria and the Sudetenland aren't part of Germany because Stalin wanted to not just punish Germany but make it a comparatively weak nation divided among itself that provided a buffer state between the USSR and Western Europe and was unable to rise up and challenge the USSR. Divide and conquer was a real thing. As for Slovakia...why would it be independent?

      As for a Japanese attack, while here it wasn't the exact same December 7 1941 attack as in our world, there's little to no chance Japan could have avoided drawing the United States into the conflict. They almost had, in fact, drawn America in by an attack on the USS Panay, an American gunboat in China, in 1937. Japan was constrained heavily by a lack of resources that were contained in colonial outposts in East Asia, particularly in British and American hands; the Japanese could choose to collapse or gamble and take the outposts, leading to war with America and eventual destruction.

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  2. I like the reference to Sitka. Chabon's Yiddish Policeman Union?

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    1. Yes indeed, I love that book to pieces. :D

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