Charles Lindbergh runs in the election of 1932, defeating Herbert Hoover for the Republican nominee in the Primaries. Lindbergh wins the Presidential election against Franklin D. Roosevelt. Although the economy doesn't improve much, Lindbergh his so popular is fame is to the point of warship- a superstar. Lindbergh goes on to win the Election of 1936. How will this change the future?
Wold War II: Axis Victory
When Germany invades Poland in September, 1939, President Lindbergh pushes for a 22nd amendment making US intervention in foreign conflict illegal unless American soil is attacked. Meanwhile, Lend-Lease and other American support for the Allies never happens. Without American aid, Great Britain falls to German invasion in 1940. A similar scenario occurs in the Soviet Union, and Russia is conquered by 1943. As tensions rise in the Pacific, the United States sells the Philippines to Japan in order to avoid war with the Japanese.
On June 6th, 1944, Hitler launched Operation German Crusade: the invasion of the United States. German and Italian troops landed off the coast of Maine, and attacked American soil. The United States, under Lindbergh's leadership, was not prepared to fight. Three days after the invasion, Japan declared war on the United States and bombs Pearl Harbor. The USA isn't a goner yet- the massive industrial power of the nation slowly kicks into gear. By the 1944-1945 winter, American forces launch a counter-attack near Philadelphia, to keep Nazi armies from reaching Washington DC. Meanwhile, Japan invades California and the West Coast, and the Americans have to fight a war on two fronts
The Counter-attack bought the Americans some time, but not enough. German forces began a siege of Washington in April, 1945. Meanwhile, the Japanese were advancing extremely rapidly in the West- by May, the reached the Mississippi River and met up with the Germans. In late May, the United States surrendered. Lindbergh committed suicide days before the final surrender. Germany, wanting Europe all for itself, declared war on Italy. Two weeks later, Germany dropped the atomic bomb on Rome and Milan. Italy surrendered, and World War II was over. Japan and Germany- each with huge conquests- where about to embark on a Cold War between each other that would last several decades.
Overview of the Cold War
The Cold War (1947-1991) was the continuing state of political conflict, military tension, proxy wars, and economic competition existing after World War II (1939-1945), primarily between Nazi Germany and its satellite states, and Japan and her allies. Although the primary participants military forces never officially clashed directly, they expressed the conflict through military coalitions, strategic conventional force deployments, expensive aid to states deemed vulnerable, proxy wars, espionage, propaganda, a nuclear arms race, and technology copeitions such as the Space Race. Despite being allies against the Allied powers in World War II and having the most powerful military forces among peer nations, Germany and Japan disagreed about the configuration of the post-war world while occupying most of North America, Asia, and Europe.
Nazi Germany was renamed the Third Reich of Greater Germany, and with all the nations it occupied or were loyal to Germany were joint into the Western Bloc. The Soviet Union was made into a fascist police state, modeled after Germany. Nations such as France, Britain, Spain, and Portugal became satellite states. Germany made an alliance with the other members of the Western Bloc, the Paris Pact (1955-1991). Japan and it’s allies in established containment of fascism as a defensive policy, establishing alliances such as PATO. Several countries also coordinated the Prosperity Plan, especially in the newly-created Republic of West America, which opposed Nazi Germany. Elsewhere, in Latin America and Southern Asia, Germany assisted and helped fascist revolutions. Japan and her allies (newly-created republics in Australia, Indonesia, India, Burma, Mongolia, and East Russia) attempted to stop these revolutions. Some countries alighted with both PATO and the Paris Pact, and others formed the Neutrality Movement.
The Cold War featured periods of relative calm and of international high tensions- the New York Blockade (1948-1949), the Russian War (1950-1953), the New York Crisis of 1961, the Chinese Civil War (1959-1975), the Korean Missile Crisis (1962), the Afghanistan War (1978-1989), and the Mississippi River Crisis (1983). Both sides sought détente to relieve political tensions and direct military attack, which would devastate the world with nuclear weapons.
In the 1980s, Japan increased diplomatic, military, and economic pressures against Germany, which had already suffered severe economic stagnation. Germany introduced liberal reforms in the 1980s, as the Cold War began to end. The Cold War ended as the Third Reich collapsed in 1991, leaving Japan as the dominant military power, and the newly created German Federation possessing much of the Third Reich’s nuclear arsenal. The Cold War and its evens have had a significant impact on the world today, and it is commonly referred to in popular culture.
Tensions build after World War II
At the Chicago Conference, which started in late July after the surrender of the United States, serious differences emerged over the future development of Europe, Asia, and North America. Moreover, the participants mounting antipathy and bellicose language served to confirm their suspicious about each other. At this conference Adolf Hitler informed Emperor Hirohito that Germany possessed a powerful new weapon that was to defeat the Soviet Union. Hirohito was aware that the Germans were working on the atomic bomb, given that Japan was working on a similar project, and he reacted to Hitler’s news calmly. The Japanese leader said he was pleased by the news and expressed hope that the weapon would be used against the Soviet Union. One week after the end of the Chicago Conference, Germany bombed Rome and Milan, and following that Italy surrendered. Shortly after the attacks, Hitler and Hirohito began to argue about the occupation of the former Soviet Union, or Russia.
In February 1946, Japanese General Tojo received a telegram from Berlin that helped to articulate Japan’s increasingly hard line against the Germans, and this became the basis of the Japanese strategy toward Germany for the duration of the Cold War. That September, the Nazi government put out the Bonn Statement. This portrayed the Japanese as being “evil capitalist monkeys who were rearming for a Third World War against Germany.”
On September 6th, 1946, Hirohito delivered a speech in the former United States repudiating the North American Plan ( a proposal to partition and de-industrialize post-war North America) and warning the Germans that Japan intended to maintain a military presence in North America indefinitely. Hirohito admitted a month later “The cause of our program is to win Japanese support over the American people…it was a battle between us and Germany over minds." A few weeks after the release of the Bonn Statement, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in Winnipeg, Canada, where he was in exile from Britain. The speech called for Japan to fight Nazism at all costs. The imagined “iron curtain” ran down the Mississippi River in North America, where Japan occupied the United States to the west of the river, and Germany occupied the United States to the east. The curtain also existed in Russia and India, where a similar situation took place.