In this timeline, the point of divergence is in 1923, when a German man named Erich Stalvek and his young son Ivan immigrate to the Soviet Union, instead of the United States, after the fall of the German economy. After they immigrate, Erich changes his last name and that of his sons to Stalvenov to hide their heritage. Ivan, growing quickly, found himself to love the Soviet Union. When he turned 18 in 1938, he enlisted for military service, rising through the ranks quickly. In 1944, he became a famous general, leading the Battle of Berlin with massive German casualties and minimal Soviet. After World War II, he became one of the main generals in the Soviet Union; his brilliant strategies earned him the nick name "Big Ivan". Brilliant strategies lead him to win many victories in the Korean War (although in the end, North Korea won). In 1953, General Secretary Joseph Stalin died; his heir was none other than Stalvenov, although he was only 30, he was a popular choice, and was greatly accepted as the best leader in the Soviet Union. He later married Maria Ishvania in 1956. In 1989 Reagan and Stalvenov agreed to end the fighting that presided during the Cold War in a stalemate, ending the violent proxy wars. Russia could not fight wars to establish communism, but Stalvenov was not yet ready to give up the fight.