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The Alaskan Autonomous Territory
Автономная территория Аляска

Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Seward Peninsula, Baldwin Peninsula, St.Lawrence Island, Aleutian Islands
Flag of the Alaskan Autonomous Territory (Doomsday) Socialist Siberia COA (1983DD)
Flag Coat of Arms
Divided Alaska Revised
Location of Alaska
Capital Bethel
Largest city Bethel
Other cities Unalakleet, Hooper Bay, Kwigillingok, Gambell
Language
  official
 
Russian, English
  others several indigenous languages
Area about 467,000 km²
Population 20,000 (outside Free State of Alaska) 
Currency Ruble
The Alaskan Autonomous Territory (Russian: Автономная территория Аляска) is a part of the USSR located in the Western part of the former American state of Alaska. It was created after tense border skirmishes occurred between the USSR and Alaska in 1987.

History

Contact with the USSR

After Doomsday, the situation in Alaska was desperate. The nuclear bombs destroyed most of Alaska's military installations and larger cities, such as Anchorage and Fairbanks, and with them most military and political figures who could have taken control of the state. No contact was made with the mainland and remaining leaders were not sure how to proceed. However, help came from an unlikely benefactor in late April of 1984 - the remnants of the Soviet government, still surviving in Siberia, which would later be known as the Union of Sovereign Socialist Republics. Heated arguments erupted whether accepting help from them would be right, since no contact with any remnant of the United States was initiated. The debate proceeded on into late Fall until finally, seeing another winter approaching, Alaskans living on the coast surrounding the Bering Strait accepted aid. These parts of Alaska benefited greatly from this help and many Siberian nationals were sent to Alaska, some even deciding to stay, further strengthening ties between them. The rest of Alaska regarded those who accepted aid as traitors and ostracized them.

The APA

In 1987 contact was established with the American Provisional Government and they took over control of the government from Sitka. The APA was surprised that the Siberians offered aid, and even more surprised by the fact that some Alaskans had accepted it, seeing that the Siberians were still formally in a state of war with the USA. Relations were tense, as Siberian leaders continued to contribute aid to those willing to receive it. ANZUS pact members, Australia and New Zealand, stationed troops in Alaska to try and influence these parts to renounce Siberian aid. This greatly aggravated the USSR and a state of tense relations and continued border skirmishes happened throughout Alaska.

The Sitka Accord

Seeing that these small battles were not leading anywhere, leaders from both sides met in the Fall of 1987 and decided to formally end the attacks, as well as to formally end the Third World War. An agreement was made and formally ratified in early November. It was agreed that the Island of St. Lawrence, the Seward and Baldwin peninsulas, areas surrounding the town of Bethel and the western Aleutian Islands would fall under the protection of the Siberians, while the rest would be a part of the Free State of Alaska. Between them would be a demilitarized zone. The border and DMZ, after long and difficult negotiations, were drawn to follow the 160th meridian to the Yukon River, then the river to just below the village of Holy Cross, which is included in the demilitarized zone. From the Yukon, the border jogs over to the Kuskokwim, traces that river up a few miles, and follows the ridge of the Kilbuck Mountains to the coast at Cape Newenham. The Islands of the Four Mountains, part of the Aleutians, are also demilitarized. The DMZ was off-limits to both parties' armies. However, they were both obligated by the agreement to aid the people living there.

Becoming a part of the USSR

Seeing their unfavorable situation and fearing they would be left to their own devices, the Alaskans under Siberian control formally applied for membership in the USSR. There was some debate over what form they would take in the Union, but in 1991 it was agreed that they would form an Autonomous Territory in the Socialist Union, which limited their standing in the Union, causing some unrest among the population.

Today

DMZ-Alaska

the Alaskan Demilitarized Zone

The local USSR-authorities are now coping with a low-level insurgency that is plaguing the eastern parts of the AAT because of Russification measures and the strengthened government control in the territory. The insurgents are either demanding the (rather unrealistic) full recognition as a full Republic within the USSR or complete secession. Siberian authorities rejected both demands and plan to integrate the AAT into the RSFSR as Alaskan Autonomous Socialist Republic. Analysts suspect that the insurgents are funded by the ANZC, although the results are inconclusive and this suspicion has only caused a strained relationship. The ANZC has also demanded several times in the League of Nations that the Siberians relinquish control of the autonomous territory to the Free state of Alaska. The LoN has stepped in since early 2009 to administer the DMZ, ensuring peace in the region.

Economy

The economy of the Alaskan Autonomous Territory is primarily driven by the fishing of King Crabs and Halibut in the Bering Strait and various mining and energy-related activities.

Demographics

The majority of the population of the Territory is of Inuit or Inupiat descent. Almost all of the remainder is European in background, primarily of German ethnicity.

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