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Anarchists Win Spanish Civil War

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In 1936, the variety of forces fighting Franco unified into one group; the United Front. By 1938, Franco and his fascists had been defeated and driven back to Spanish Morocco. Unfortunately, the different factions resumed fighting almost immediately, resulting in the division of Spain. Because of the outcome of the Spanish Civil War, World War II began a year earlier, while the United States remained neutral - fearful of the Anarchist presence in Spain; thus changing the world forever...

Timeline (1936-1947)

1936: The different factions of the Republicans all participate in a conference sponsored by the USSR, who expect the Communists to dominate. To the world's surprise, the Anarchists and Basque separatists gain equal say in the conference and the United Front is formed with a promise that the future of both Basque and the anarchist Catalonia will be determined at a later date. The United Front successfully forms a defense perimeter around Madrid and take control of the French border. The anarchists lead in the drive north and the Basque separatists successfully defend Catalonia.

1937: The United Front launches a full offensive south and west, securing Portugal's northern border and weakening the flow of soldiers from Portugal fighting for the Nationalists, Britain and France both join the Russians in supporting the Republicans, the Nationalists launch a final attack towards Madrid and are defeated decisively.

1938: The United Front captures Seville, the Nationalists retreat to Spanish Morocco and sue for peace. The League Of Nations, spurred on by Germany and Italy allow it to become an independent state. Germany invades Austria and Czechoslovakia; angry over its failure in Spain. In March, the German delegation to the League of Nations draws up a list of demands in order to restore peace in Europe. Poland and Lithuania agree to some of Hitler's demands: Poland agrees to return half of the corridor between Germany proper and East Prussia in exchange for a non-aggression treaty and Lithuania creates a commission to determine the fate of Memel. France, Luxembourg and Hungary all dismiss Germany's claims. In October, Germany invades both Poland and Lithuania and sends troops to the Rhine area. France and Britain declare war and begin amassing troops on the French border, while Russia announces that if Germany launches any more attacks in eastern Europe, they will go to war.

1939: Germany invades France and the low countries, half of the French and British army escape into southern France, though they are destroyed by Germany, besides 400,000 which escape to Spain and launch guerrilla campaigns in southern France. Russia declares war, but does not immediately act. In May, Germany invades Denmark and Norway in order to get bases for the invasions of Russia and Britain. Meanwhile, Spain has a second, short civil war in which the Spanish Communists invade the Anarchist and Basque-held territories and are defeated. A popular uprising in support of the Anarchists in formerly Fascist Spain propels a offensive that captures Madrid. In the peace treaty, the communists get most of the initial Republican territory in southern and central Spain excluding Madrid. the anarchists get Madrid and all of the Nationalist territory in the north and Madrid. Most of Catalonia becomes a independent state of Basque.

1940: Russia invades Poland, driving out a skeletal German army. The Luftwaffe launches an air campaign over England, which destroys the British air force. Germany invades Britain and captures London. Soon after, the Wehrmacht begins a "great march" east, they then launch a full offensive and drive the Russians out of Poland and the Baltic states. Russia, Britain (operating from the colonies) and the free provisional governments of other countries form a unified air force operating out of Spain. In November, Germany captures Moscow, but is prevented from advancing farther. They then launch attacks north and south, capturing Leningrad and Stalingrad.

1941: The Russians launch a counter-attack near Stalingrad and retake the city. They then entrap the German second army around Moscow and drive south towards Kiev. Despite their reverses in Russia and the defeat of Rommel's Afrika Corps near Cairo, the Germans nonetheless launch a campaign in Spain. They advance out of France and capture Madrid and parts of Catalonia, cutting the Communist, Anarchist and Basque armies in two. However, the anarchists launch a guerrilla campaign that cuts the German supply lines. In order to weaken the anarchist offensive the Germans send troops through Portugal in a two-pronged offensive.

1942: The Russians are repulsed near Kiev, but recapture Leningrad, the German offensive in Spain fails and the Anarchists launch a counter-attack which smashes the German puppet state. The Anarchists and Germans make a peace treaty that allows Madrid to become a separate city state. The communists and Germans continue fighting intermittently. The British recapture Tobruk in Africa.

1943: The Russians launch a full attack drive towards Warsaw and smash the German army, the Holocaust is revealed to the world by a British spy and the Anarchists join the allies. Mussolini and the newly formed Balkan League join the Allies and begin fighting against a vastly overstretched German army. At the same time, a virtually unopposed Japan finishes the conquest of the Chinese coast and launches an attack on Russia, slowing the westward offensive.

1944: The Russians renew their offensive, the Spanish invade France and in almost all of the theaters of the war, the Germans feel reverses. In June, an uprising in England drives the Germans out and the Balkan League armies reach the southern border of Germany. In November, the Free French movement captures Paris.

1945: The German army launches a coup against Hitler, they fight a short civil war against the SS corps, which ends when the army command is assassinated and replaced. The Russians and Spanish reach the German border; isolating Germany. However, when the allies attempt to advance farther they are blocked by surprisingly strong German resistance. The United States, hoping to gain some shared glory in the war joins the Allies.

1946: The Allies launch a full offensive just as it is discovered by spies that the Holocaust was an absolute failure in ridding Germany of Jews, because of infiltrations by anti-Nazi partisans. Popular uprisings against Hitler in Berlin weaken the German Reich, which collapses in December, ending the war in Europe.

1947: The Japanese end their war against the Russians and refrain from attacking the United States, they make peace with the Allies and begin to integrate their massive empire. Albert Einstein and other German scientists flee to Anarchist Spain with the secret of the atomic bomb.

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