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With much of the world fallen to Communist revolutions, the US has only a few capitalist allies, along with many governments-in-exile. However, the USSR actually had a smaller-than-expected role in the worldwide revolt. The situation in most countries went like this: the USSR would found a Communist Party, it would grow and feed off postwar chaos, then, if it hadn't taken control of the country by then, it would lead a coup. The potential icebreaker of less Soviet influence in Communist countries, however, is counterbalanced by the fact that proxy wars are much more engaged, although there are less of them. By now, the proxy wars have started to end. Much of Africa is capitalist and a US ally, as a result of being a government-in-exile. Decolonization was all but forgotten in the chaos of the early 1950s. Most of Eurasia is Soviet-dominated, but the Middle East and Arabia are US allies. Australia is a US ally also. The 1950s brought the US and the European countries closer together, and they all act as one on every decision. There is much less bickering, as "the free world must unite to face their Soviet foe."
The Soviets have been trying to coax Argentina toward Communism for two years now. The Argentine government has been unwilling to commit to full-out Communism, but the USSR is beginning to put pressure on them. Juan Domingo Perón, the much-loved President of Argentina, is happy with his mild form of Socialism, "Peronism." The people are in full support of whatever he does. Everyone seems stuck in indecision.
After the USSR tried to use light force to get rid of Perón, Argentina joins the U.S. side, forgetting its rivalry with Brazil. The USSR is shocked at this turn of events. It now has no foothold in the Americas, and the closest point from any Communist country to any point in the Americas is across the Bering Strait, cutting off Soviet expansion that doesn't provoke a war. As the last of the proxy wars come to an end, the U.S. is lucky in capturing and securing much land that hasn't already become Communist. Much of Africa is Capitalist, and only Iran (Persia) and Afghanistan in the Middle East become Communist. The American economy has yet to switch completely back to peacetime, and industry is soaring. The US launches the Vanguard TV3 satellite on August 12, 1957, starting the US-USSR Space Race. This shocks the USSR, which had made little progress in space technology, as the 1950s had re-prioritized the Soviet "to do" list. The Communist areas of the world, with a few exceptions, are not very industrial. This forces the USSR to rapidly industrialize - not a strength of any Communist country.
The civil rights issue in the U.S. has succeeded early, since racism was sort of scrapped when the USSR got all huge. The US knows the USSR has the bomb by now. The brief but brutal proxy wars have come to an end, and the world has entered a very high-tension but stable peace.
With the Space Race now in full swing, both sides are competing to come up with the best technology. However, the technology is not just limited to space. Some of the rocket booster systems can be used for weapons and (shhh) nukes. However, there are less nukes total, as both sides know far too well about the effects of atomic bombs. The whole world waits to see what will happen next.
During this time, more scientific breakthroughs happen. The Chinese end up in a dispute with the USSR and declare war. It lasts for a month, but has lasting effects on politics. The PRC decides to create a third alliance with its allies. The USSR now has a reason, but not the backup, with the public feeling an invasion unnecessary. In Iran a rebellion occurs. No, worse, a revolution. The Communist government is replaced by a monarchy/democracy. A particularly intense rebellion happens in Ukraine. It is beginning to die out by the end of the year, but it shows the USSR is weak. The USSR begins to retreat back into its shell, knowing that if it continues to expand, it will burst like an over inflated balloon.
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