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This article explores an alternate history in which America never fully recovers from the Great Depression of the 1930s, and begins to slide into chaos. As a result, an extreme Fascist government, led by the fictional President Alexander Cameron, takes power, and establishes a brutal dictatorship. Meanwhile, two new power blocs form: the United European Alliance, consisting of most of Europe, and the Eastern Federation, consisting of the Soviet Union, China, Japan, and most of central Asia and the far east.Eventually, the United States launches a full-scale invasion of Europe, intending to annex it, and initiates a Third World War that begins to spread across the world.
Rise of the Fascists, 1940s-1990s
By the end of WW2, America was in an extreme state. It had barely managed to defeat Japan by using the atomic bombs, and the war had reduced the once-strong American economy to shambles. Mass unemployment and bankruptcy was rife, and standards of living had plummeted dramatically. President Roosevelt was forced to recall all American soldiers from Europe to restore order, and crime organizations were beginning to take over entire cities.
In Europe, the Allied governments had been able to convince Stalin to leave all of Germany in their hands, in exchange for land in the Mediterranean. During this time, the Allies had difficulty in reconstructing the shattered urban centres of Eastern Europe, but with help from the Soviets, by 1950 Europe finally seemed to be recovering. To help increase the rate of reconstruction and economic recovery in the absence of American aid, Britain, France, Germany, and most of Western Europe banded together to form the United European Alliance, which was officially formed at the Unity Conference in London in 1954. The Houses of Parliament in London became the headquarters of the fledgling UEA. Most colonial territories of the member countries of the UEA became UEA territory, although the original owner of said territory was still allowed to govern it. As a result, UEA influence spread into Africa and Asia.
In Eastern Europe and the Far East, the Soviet Union had been gaining influence as China was taken control of by Mao Zedong and his revolutionaries in 1947. Korea also became part of the Soviet sphere of influence under the leadership of Kim Sung-il; with America unable to intervene due to its domestic problems, Korea was soon united under one leader. The Soviet government, taking note of the formation of the UEA, staged a conference in Pyongyang in 1959 with the Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and the Japanese leaders. Japan, though non-Communist, also took part in the conference, hoping for aid to repair its shattered economy. By 1960, the USSR announced the formation of the Eastern Federation, consisting of Russia, China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and most of Easten Europe. The world was now firmly split into two obvious power blocs which inevitably began to rival with each other, starting with a space race; the Federation managed to gain headway, launching Yuri Gagarin into space in 1961 and then landing the Japanese-made probe Yakato on the moon in 1963. The UEA responded with the ultimate trump card by landing British astronaut Jeffoery Brosnan on the moon in 1968. However, the Federation managed to stage a moon landing itself in 1970, landing Russian cosmonauts and Chinese taikonauts in a mission that was wildly trumpeted across the EF. With the space race now over, political tensions between the two blocs began to slowly but surely escalate, both powers initiating new weapons research programmes. The UEA began focusing on new forms of electronic warfare; the Federation on harnessing the power of seismic energy.
America, meanwhile, through all this time, had more or less descended into anarchy. The government still existed and elections still took place, but in some states law and order was non-existent. Civil unrest and conflict was rife, especially in the southern states, where racial separation had resulted in conflict between various ethnic groups. The government was forced to use the military to forcibly keep the peace in some states, but due to desertion and a lack of discipline in the army, the little peace that existed began to collapse. The American people were clearly using faith in their government; individuals were exploiting the constitution, corruption was rife in congress, and the president seemed to be completely incapable of doing anything. The UEA occasionally sent aid packages to America, but most of these packages were lost due to the inefficient and corrupt bureaucracy.
The situation in America stagnated through the seventies and into the eighties, and meanwhile the Cold War between the UEA and the Eastern Federation continued, with the two blocs almost going to war during the Creten Missile Crisis in 1984, where the Federation tried to place nuclear warheads in Crete. As the world watched these two alliances bite at each other, America seemed to have been all but forgotten as it continued to devolve into economic ruin and stagnation.
However, in 1990, something changed in America. A new party, the United American Nationalist Conservative Party, led by the charismatic Alexander Cameron, appeared, seemingly out of the blue. Funded seemingly by foreign and native businesses and corporations, the UANCP gained support both amongst the people and Congress, promising to eradicate the depression that had been destroying America since the 30s. The UNACP initiated a countrywide election campaign, pointing out how inefficient the government was and making a variety of promises, all in preparation for the 1993 election.
When the election came, the votes were cast. The UNACP gained an almost unanimous vote. President Alexander Cameron immediately began putting into effect promised party policies. Firstly, all individuals classified as 'un-American', ranging from immigrants, atheists, Communists, foreigners, and other minorities were arrested and sent to camps in Alaska, with Cameron stating that America's situation was their fault. A new Constitution was drawn up, forbidding other parties and elections, and promoting censorship. Cameron held vast rallies and speeches in Washington, justifying the changes, saying that they would make America strong. Mass propaganda campaigns were held all over the country as TV stations were taken control of by the government. The military gained extra attention, and was used to forcibly restore order to the southern states.