Monday, June 1, 2015

The Dustbin of History

My latest map set in an alternate 1990s were among other things:

Following the assassination of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 the United States suffered a second civil war which ultimately tore the nation apart.  The Northeast became the communist United American Commune, the Mid-Atlantic and Upland South there about became a fascist military dictatorship, the black belt states became the socialist-leaning Republic of New Afrika and Texas is once again a republic with fascist leanings.  Something of a rump United States exists in the upper Mid-West, but it's been many years since elections were last held and its increasingly falling under socialist influences.  Meanwhile, most of the West Coast states were conquered by the Japanese during World War II.

Speaking of World War II, it dragged one for a few years longer, but ultimately ended in an Allied Victory, albeit with considerably more dead Soviets.  Following the war the Soviets were able to bargain for a bigger piece of the post-war pie thanks to their added contributions to the war effort.  Before long Germany, Greece, Turkey, Austria, Finland and large portions of Italy and France fell to Soviet occupation.  The nations of Western Europe banded together, but in a very Finlandization kind of way.

Meanwhile, the Japanese Empire emerged from the war stronger than ever.  Their East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere has become more of a Pan-Pacific Co-Prosperity Sphere with the addition of the American territories.  The Japanese are the primary rivals of the Soviets and have funded several right-wing juntas to combat Soviet expansionism.

Alaska is a bit of buffer territory between the Soviet Union and Japanese North America.  Over the years it has become homeland for the Jews.  Skirmishes with Native Alaskans and old settler Americans are still common occurrences, and the threat of invasion remains an ever present possibility.  Still, for many Jews having a place to call home make all of that worth it.

As decolonization moved forward during the 50s and 60s it created several new trading partners for the Soviets.  Prominent African socialists include the United States of Latin Africa and the East African Federation.  Destalinization occurred much more smoothly, Soviet republics were given greater autonomy and non-Russians were able to move up the ranks of allowed to ascend to positions of authority.  The Soviet Union also emphasis infrastructure and consumer goods; adding to the overall quality of life for the average citizen.

Meanwhile, Japan also experienced reforms and changes to its empire.  Japanese society began to liberalize and the rights of non-Japanese citizens were expanded.  Japan also focused on building up its infrastructure and consumer goods.  Japan lent aid to the right wing juntas of Brazil, Argentina and Chile after much of Latin America formed the Soviet sponsored Republic of Latin American Socialists.  Support was also provided to South Africa to counter the Soviet Union's African allies.

The lack of Israel has done wonder for Pan-Arabism.  Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq has formed the United Arab Republic.  The UAR was originally a close Soviet ally, but in recent years has begun to move away and form a Third Party power block.  Islam still plays a major role in daily life, but the UAR is much more laid back and liberal than in our world.

The few non-communist nations of Europe banded together into a European Union-esque organization.  However, as the years went on these nations failed to compete with the Soviet Union economically.  By the 1980s several popular fronts were established throughout Western Europe and communist governments were soon established.  Many of these now communist nations are now considering merging with the Soviet Union.  The British, Dutch and French governments have fled to their holdings in South America.

By the 1990s the Cold War is more or less over.  As far as the Western world is concerned the Soviet Union has emerged as the clear winner.  Communism is triumphant while democracy and capitalism have been sentenced to the dustbin of history.  Economist throughout the world are scratching their heads as to how the Soviets managed to solve their economic woes, but clearly they did something right.

Still, all isn't entirely lost.  The Japanese, and their sphere of influence still provide plenty of competition for the Soviets.  Slowly but surely the fascist nations are beginning to liberalize and granting more rights to their citizens.  Perhaps one day democracy will see a revival.  For now, everyone is looking towards the skies.  Following the Japanese victory in the Moon Race it is now Mars that is next great target.  Meanwhile, Soviet and Japanese orbital stations and lunar bases are being constructed with increasing frequency.

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