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The German railroad car smuggling Lenin into St. Petersburg is intercepted by Tsarist forces, and Lenin is executed along with his compatriots. Without Lenin, the Communist rebellion in Russia never becomes organized enough to garner widespread support and falls apart. Tsar Nicholas II maintains his tenuous grasp on power long enough for the provisional government to bleed both Germany and his own country dry. Germany, having advanced across much of the Russian front but pressured from the western front sued for peace in 1917 on slightly more favorable terms. Battered and bloodied, Russia began to pick up the shattered remains of her once vast empire, slowly ceeding control to quasi-democratic elements within the country.
The western democracies meanwhile, relieved of the damage of the 1918 offensive, resumed their industrialized assent. Without the spiritual and logistical aid of the Soviet Union, socialist and communist movements in the west faltered. However, without the 'Red Menace', the general fear of communism began to subside.
In March of 1917, the German government agreed to a secret plan with Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. They would smuggle him from Switzerland to St. Petersburg in a special rail car in exchange for a promise to withdraw from the Great War should his Bolsheviks come to power. Unfortunately, Tsarist spies in Germany got wind of the plan and his car was intercepted outside of Riga. Lenin and his compatriots were executed by Russian agents.
Generalities of the timeline
The timeline is marked, most notably, by the absence of the Soviet Union, by the relative strength of Germany post-Armistice, and the widespread destruction of eastern Europe. Without the treaty of Brest-Litovsk, German forces could not be redeployed for the 1918 western offensive. Consequently non-European nations such as the United States saw little or no action.
Lacking the moral and organizational support of the Soviet political movement, Socialist oriented parties in the west turned elsewhere for support. With a newfound party in Europe, the process of industrialization began in earnest with the uneasy peace begins. A weak coalition of conservative aristocrats, liberal aristocrats, wealthy land owners, generals, and emerging industrial barons held sway over the new Russian Federation.
Meanwhile, a growing sense of parity occurred in the industrializing nations of the West as labor unions and trade guilds tried to advance their gains in an increasingly prosperous world.
The Treaty of Versailles
All the delegates of the victiorious allies met here. The Russian Federation and France agreed that Germany should pay very dearly for World War I. The plan of the French and Russians was to totally gut Germany and strip her of all military capabilities which would ruin Germany. That plan was vetoed by the United states and Britain who decided on reparations. They agreed that the kaiser could remain in power, but he would have to be a figurehead unlike the American President
The Russian Federation formed from the ashes of the Russian empire. The provisional president Vladimir Kersenya began a new economic policy to replace the stagnant feudal one.
Rosa Luxemborg's rise to Power
In the 1920s, Germany was plagued with hyper-inflation caused largely by exorbitant reparations demanded by the Allies. In this timeline, Rosa Luxemborg was not forced to carry out a revolution that was an expected failure, which was only done because many in her party were inspired by Lenin's Russian success. With the populace seeing the results of oppressive Capitalism, and not being part of the "Red Scare" that the rise of the USSR would later cause, they followed the Communist Party, which would win the Reichstag elections which geives the kaiser the idea to appoint Luxemborg as Chancellor to appease the German population. Luxemborg's Communism was far more democratic than Lenin's autocratic form or Stalin's dictatorial form. Plus, Germany being a capitalist and developed nation, with plenty of resources to redistribute made the change all the more desireable. Luxemborg's Communist model proved successful and improved the situation of Germany, but the rest of the West was wary, and began planning for war. Rosa would later die in a plane crash, after which A man by the name of Walter Ulbricht would take over. He starts collectivization and forced redistribution and decrees that germany is to become a one party state with him as Supreme chairman alongside forcing the German royal family into exile. A secret police called the Stasi is formed to whisk away "enemies of the people" in the night with their motto being Nacht Und Nebel (night and fog). Communist agents would foment trouble in European countries inciting riots across entire cities.
The Western Hegemon
As the Communists incite riots and revolutions across Europe, the Leaders of Italy, Spain, Britain and the confederation of Middle Eastern States (formed from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire) band together to form the Eurasian free Nations Coalition (or Coalition for short). The coalition announce economic sanctions on Germany which cause its economy to stall entirely as everyone suffers equally.
The Grand Purge
As a result of the sanctions and the crippled economy, Communist agents began seeking out Catholics and seizing their churches. In order to keep the public in the dark about these purges and death camps for "enemies of the people", all media outlets become state property and Germany's borders are sealed. Einstein is smuggled out by the Russians to work with Tesla and Edison on "Project Metal Mind".
The Second Great War
The camel's back was broke by the straw that was news of the purge leaking out to the rest of Europe giving the coalition justification for war on September 19 1941. ESU (European Socialist Union, or the communists) soldiers swarmed into Spain capturing it within weeks. General Franco (who stopped an earlier communist revolution in a counter coup) flees with the Spanish royal family to Rome. by February 1942, Britain suffered communist revolutions (Canada would be admitted to the USA under the controversial treaty of London which gave Canada to the United States should Britain fall) The turning point came when Russia and the USA entered the war on the Coalition side which turned the war swiftly in the coalition's favor.