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Asia is now in an uneasy, but stable peace as the last of the conflicts come to a close, and without a divided Korea, there is no Korean War, and no North and South Korea. The entire Korean peninsula is united, capitalist, and on the U.S. side of the Iron Curtain - one of the few US-friendly Asian countries. In Europe, however, things are just getting started. Many people have no homes, no money, and no jobs. Communism is getting more and more popular, and Stalin continues to support Communists all around Europe. The UK, the hardest-hit country, starts turning toward the Communist Party there as a possible solution to their troubles. Countries all over mainland Europe follows the UK's example. McCarthy makes his speech about a list of possible Communist sympathizers and spies; with Soviet influence spreading like wildfire across the world, many people find this list to be believable. The Red Scare is definitely more real.
Mass strikes are occurring all ovr Europe. The situation begins to spill over into violence, and a repeat of India seems imminent. The US, still recovering, can only sit back and watch the chain of events. However, the USSR still doesn't want to provoke the US, and so sends very little aid to the Communists in Europe. The Asian Communists start to supply the European Communists. The USSR claims to have no part in this, but the US knows better.
The U.S. has finally recovered enough to send aid to the European governments, but it's too little, too late. Communist revolution sweeps across Europe, leaving only Iberia and Scandinavia untouched. With virtually no opposition, the communist revolution succeeds, as in India. 1952 will be known as "the year Europe fell." The European countries unite in the create a formal alliance with the USSR and Communist Asia. With that, Stalin goes ahead and annexes all of pre-1939 Poland, along with other areas.
With Dwight D. Eisenhower's "Domino Theory" proven true, the US searches for allies in untouched areas. The South American countries, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the remnants of NATO, containing several oil-rich areas, agree to ally with the US and try to stop Communism. The USSR develops and tests its first atomic bomb in a top secret location. Stalin dies, causing a brief power struggle in the USSR. The winner (TBA) seems a little trigger happy with this new technology. Proxy wars spring up throughout Africa and the Middle East as civil wars and postwar chaos are enhanced by the US/USSR alliance system.
The US is much more anti-communist (and, as a result, more conservative) than OTL and knows the USSR probably has the bomb by now. The US uses slightly more daring measures in proxy wars, like sabotaging Soviet supply lines on the battlefield, to ensure that Communism doesn't spread any farther. This sets the USSR on edge. With the help of Arabian oil, the US economy has recovered quickly and is now chugging along nicely, despite the political turmoil. Immigration to the US is at an all-time high because of the Communist revolutions, and the US sees no reason to deny these "poor victims" of "Communist cruelty" a "safe sanctuary" from "the chaos outside" - although most of the phrases in quotes are not sarcastic.
Outside the war zones of Africa and the Middle East, however, the world is fairly stable, after all the countries in the world (yes, all - the neutral countries are way too scared of the USSR to stay neutral) have fallen like dominoes to either the US or the USSR's sphere of influence, with the notable exception of Brazil. After seeing Brazil get a little antsy about being in the same alliance with Argentina, , the Soviets have tried to coax Brazil into their alliance. It looks like a game of tug-of-war to the rest of the world... which it is. Cuba begins to revolt, but the US quickly puts a stop to it.
In the ridiculous tug-of-war game between the US and USSR over Brazil, nothing seems to be changing. Suddenly, everything flips: Argentina, desiring the Falklands (under control of the UK government-in-exile) and seeing an opportunity to gain influence in South America, removes itself from the US sphere. The USSR loses the tug-of-war over Brazil, which immediately snaps back like a rubber band and joins the US club. Argentina begins drifting toward the Soviet sphere, although it is definitely anti-Communist. Now it looks like all of the Americas is capitalist, and only Argentina is not pro-American. The US has learned well from its mistakes and supplies the poorest Latin American countries with aid. The sides seem to be shaping up, much more quickly than OTL, as local alliances are split between the two hyperpowers.
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