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Cold War Intensification

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The Emperor scraps the Pearl Harbor strike plan, and invades the USSR instead, but Italy and Germany purposely attack the USA, pushing it on only the European front, causing an entirely different WWII and later Cold War. Apart from that, Turkey and Spain are earlier urged to join the Axis, although of course they are only minor powers.

1945-Japan's Soviet campaign is fought back viciously by the USSR, as their strong army pushes on both fronts and annexes Axis-friendly Turkey. The USA never attacks Japan, and continues its fighting in Europe. Germany, with its developed Luftwaffe, made a half-baked airstrike attempt on the US. It was fought back but not without some losses, in 1942. The US declared war soon on Germany and Italy. With the help of the other Allies, it has already scored a decisive victory in Europe and Africa, having retaken all of Africa and the Middle East (excluding Turkey and a few pockets of Turkish territory) in 1944 and launching devastating blows on Spain, which they decided to finish off first instead of Italy. They have liberated much of France and most think the war will end before 1947, with luck.

1946-The Soviets channel most power to Eastern Europe. Already, with Japanese forces in danger due to the cruel winter and their advances very much halted, the brunt of the Red Army has been sent to Eastern Europe. Most of Eastern Europe has been liberated and they launch a surprise attack against Italy, which is successful despite horrible losses. The USA nears the German border while Turkey surrenders. US forces move quickly to the Western Front. Since they expanded North not South, conflict in the Pacific is much milder, but the US Navy, due to the imploring of the other Allies, mobilises its Navy and Air Force against Japan, quite easily given that the Army was the principal development goal. Soviet troops simply deploy for a defensive campaign against Japan, as it looks as if they are no real threat. Spain also surrenders. In other news, Nationalists in China crush the Communists.

1947-Both Eastern and Western fronts push themselves towards the German border. The Red Army successfully liberates much of Italy, and Italy surrenders. Troops finally reach Berlin and Germany is officially liberated. Before he can kill himself Hitler is found by US troops. Japan is quickly conquered by the Red Army, despite heavy losses. Trials are held for the war criminals. In Asia India declares independence, but instead of two countries India and Pakistan are a single country. A Communist insurgency begins in Northeastern China.

1948-The postwar scene is debated by the Allies. It is obvious that Britain is the 'winner who has lost' and that the USSR and the USA will be the main powers. Confidential conferences are held. The Manhattan project, due to conventional successes, develops sluggishly. As a result the US does not have a nuclear hegemony-- in fact, no nation does. Nuclear annihilation cannot be used, therefore, to threaten the Soviets. The USSR gives a plan -- Eastern Europe (all of the Soviet republics, Poland, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Austria, Romania, Albania and Greece) will fall under Soviet influence. Stalin 'promises' they will be communist democracies (most deny there is such a thing). His diplomats also ask for Germany and Italy, where absolute communism will be imposed. Openly, they say free elections will be held. They also want US-influenced Turkey to be a buffer state and not an American satellite. In Asia, they push for a communist Korea and Japan. The US is willing to accept a Communist Eastern Europe but not Germany, Italy or Turkey. They propose another plan - partitioning Germany and Italy. The USSR is forced to comply-- the US was not too damaged by the war, and, with its troops in Europe, could start a second war. Soviet-influenced East Germany is rather small, but East Italy is very large in comparison to West Italy, and holds Rome and Milan. The USSR also accepts a pro-US Turkey. The US states that Japan must also be partitioned. The USSR allows a split into a Southern constitutional monarchy and enstates communism in only the North. Israel is established and survives an Arab-Israeli war.

1949- Stalin dies and Ahsderk Doschev, commander of a division in Moscow, stages a coup. He turns the Communist World into a Democratic Socialist World, increasing his popularity instantly. Among other things he pushes for political reforms, disbanding the Politburo and releasing political prisoners. Meanwhile, the Eastern European regimes have stabilised, as have the Korean and Japanese regimes. Doschev is, despite his liberal stand on internal politics, stern internationally, and begins a nuclear program based on information spies in America give him. He also sends troops into Eastern Europe. Enough diplomatic pressure is put on Finland so that it becomes a Soviet ally, as well. He improves relations with India.

1950-NATO is formed by the US. It organises Canada, UK, Portugal, Spain, Iceland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, France, Turkey, West Germany, Greece and West Italy to join. The US also sends troops into Western Europe in response to troop deployments. With the Manhattan Project operating for many years now, the atomic bomb is finally acquired by the US. In response to threats both conventional and nuclear, the USSR forms the Moscow Pact of all the Eastern European countries (including Finland) plus Korea and Japan.

1951-Soviet-Indian ties are strengthened and some believe India will soon join the Moscow Pact. The USSR builds allies in this region to combat Nationalist China. Afghanistan joins the Moscow Pact. The Greek Civil War is won by NATO. North Japan wages war, backed by Korea and USSR, against South Japan. American and Chinese forces are amongst the first the react. The French, British and other Western and pro-Western powers contribute troops. The USSR puts pressure on its Eastern European allies to make military commitments. This is one of the first proxy wars of the Cold War.

1952-Libya declares independence but is largely a Western ally. It joins NATO, the first African country to do so. The USSR rushes aid to it in hopes of wooing it, but without success. Meanwhile, in Japan, the war rages on. The USSR puts its war machine into action, preparing for total war. Nuclear tensions escalate as the world's two nuclear powers, the USA and the USSR, both draft attack plans on each other should the war take any turn. Doschev orders that the USSR must increase commitment, a much-lamented fact for casualties are heavy. He advocates a tactical nuclear strike in the event of a huge loss but no strategic nuclear assaults.

1953-More nations are pulled by the US into the Japanese War. Thus fighting is very intense. Meanwhile, the USSR government issues a one-month ultimatum for Tito of Yugoslavia to step down or face military intervention. During Summer, Yugoslavia leaves the Moscow Pact. Immediately, Albanian and Bulgarian based Soviet troops, with further Pact support, ride into Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia immediately joins NATO in hopes of military support. However, Belgrade is quickly seized by Moscow Pact forces in the 'Belgrade Summer Incident'. Tito and others are arrested and tried by the new regime in Yugoslavia. NATO protests, but since it is a new member no NATO countries talk of any military action against the USSR. In Japan, the tide has turned in the favour of the USSR. Not wishing to experience nuclear conflict, the USSR brokers a peace accord between the two nations. Both would return to their prior borders and both the Moscow Pact and NATO station troops in the two countries.

1954-The US forms SEATO in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Thailand, UK, US, France, Australia and New Zealand. China and South Japan join as observers. Indochina becomes independent, with Soviet support. Chinese, French, American and Commonwealth forces leave the area but USSR-Chinese relations worsen. Doschev orders battle plans drawn up for Soviet occupation of China. He wishes to fight a limited war resulting in a pro-Soviet state of some sort should things go to that stage. Troops are stationed in Indochina swiftly. Indonesia, too, declares independence and is rushed Soviet support.

1955-Insurgency in China reaches extreme levels of severity. Both the Nanking and Washington governments rush troops to stabilise the Northeast. The Soviet Union supports Mao's Communists, as do Korea and South Japan.

1956-Mongolia enters the Eurasian pact. Only now do the governments realize that economic warfare is effective. The Mutual Rebuilding Plan established in the GSTU. Universal Aid Bloc is created for Soviet allies. GSTU deploys troops in Greece, on account of Communist guerrillas creating trouble. A talk on non-sensitive issues like poverty, environmentalism and racism is held in the UN. Israeli-occupied land is returned to the Arabs in an UN session.

1957 - The GSTU boldly invades South Germany and North Italy from South Italy, North Germany and France, then Bulgaria from Greece, and finally southern China from Vietnam and Laos. Later that year, the United Central American Republic is invaded by Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and Cuba. In fear, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru join the United Central American Republic for protection. In central Europe, the Germans and Italians are taken by surprise, but brutal battles soon take place. While starting on land, Soviet bombers erupt in waves, blocking the GSTU advance, killing thousands. Switzerland and Austria become battlegrounds. Tank battles, mass dogfights, and infantry rushes are suddenly common in Switzerland and Austria. Only after seven months of the initial attack is Switzerland captured, but North Italy and South Germany are are captured in 6 weeks of fighting. Bulgaria is no man's land by the end of the year, but the United Central American Replubic has held its ground. Vietnam and Laos are driven back quickly by China. By this, "World War Three" begins.

1958-Now, Austria has become no man's land, and several large armies defeat Greece and Cyprus. The United Republic calls a truce with its aggressors. Two more fronts are now war-gripped as Iraq and Saudi now invade Turkey and Iran, and Norway now invades Finland and Sweden. Myanmar now signs the Eurasian Pact. Southwestern Iran and Southern Turkey are conquered, and the Soviets quickly defend that area. Sweden falls.

1959-Iraq conquered by joint Iranian/Turkish army. Saudi Arabia and many Middle East regimes surrender and some break away from the GSTU. Austria retaken. Italians and Germans rebel under harsh American rule. Finland falls. China conquers part of Vietnam and all of Laos. Thailand, political ally of the GSTU, makes a last stand. India continues neutrality policy. The GSTU re-invades the United Republic, but causes just a tie, although back-and-forth battles are fought in El Salvador, the Capital Region of the United Republic. Switzerland is no man's land.

1960- Belize falls. Switzerland retaken. Finland retaken. South German/North Italian campaign begins. Indonesia admitted into GSTU. Thailand surrenders. Southern Mexico taken. Israel begins invading Egypt. The war ends in Asia and on the Iraqi/Iranian/Turkish front and t Norway and the Pact sign a truce, thus ending the Scandinavian Front war.

1961- Belize retaken. Cuba taken. Eastern Brazil taken. Mexico and other Central American capitalisms sign a truce with the United Rep., the war ends at the American front. Part of North Italy and South Germany retaken.

1962- Occupied Brazil, occupied Mexico and occupied Cuba join the United Rep.. North Italy and South Germany retaken. Egypt taken. World War III ends with a decisive Soviet victory. 1,070,000 GSTU soldiers and 830,000 Soviet troops die, as well as a grand total of 10,700 civilians. Much of GSTU military is lost. The Cold War seems to tip towards the USSR now.

1963- American internal tensions mount. The liberals are now prepared to declare independence from the conservative government. They are urged on by the USSR. The GSTU is now cracked, with the praticly-thinking mainland Europe and ideological USA, UK and their allies each having their own mind. Control in the capitalist regions in central Europe is loosening. By 1963, immigration-to-socialism's rate is at a all time high and still dramatically rising. Some 5,450,000 have immigrated to socialisms in North Germany and South Italy. The fist H-Bomb is invented by the USSR. Men have already been launched to the Moon by the USSR. Orbital spacemen have been sent by the USA and A-Bombs are tested by the USA.

1964-The USA pratically falling apart. Economic and political warfare going on as usual. Immigration to socialism banned in GSTU countries. But there are still some 150,000 annual illegal immigrants. Nothing major this year.

1965-Northeastern states and Californian sphere of political influence declare independence as the Northen Eastern Liberal States and the Californian Alliance respectively. Various dependencies break free of America. Alaska is also upset by the growing "swing" nature of the government and declares independence as the Alaskan Empire.

1966-Hawaii declares independence as the Hawaiian Republic. The GSTU, recently a near-defunct group, disbands. Coups appear all over Europe as democratic socialists take power. Texas declares independence as the United Conservative Republic of Texas. A number of states are also hostile. A number of southern states, minus Florida, form the Conservative Union. Chaos in the USA.

1967-The USA disbands, leaving the USSR as the world superpower and democratic socialism the dominant ideology. Scattered defence all over the globe but they soon are stopped and reforms are made in those countries.

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