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The Four Policemen: the Grand Alliance of 1945.

Henry A. Wallace

Succeeding FDR in 1945, Wallace continued FDR's policy of alliance with the Soviet Union. His strongly anti-imperialist policies led him into conflict with the Western European powers and closer alliance with the USSR. In 1952, Edgar Hoover and reactionary elements in the military attempted a coup d'etat that was put down with the help of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. In response to the attempted coup, a "White Scare" began during which Fascist elements in the country came under intense scrutiny. Senior members of the military, including George Patton and Douglas MacArthur, are placed under house arrest.

Josef Stalin

Following the victory in Europe, Stalin convinces Wallace not to accept any Japanese surrender that is not unconditional. Despite the nuclear attacks upon Japan, the Japanese military refuses any peace treaty that does not recognize the status of the Emperor. The USSR and USA launch a joint amphibious assault on Japan. Meanwhile, Stalin and Red Chinese forces wage a blitzkrieg campaign that wipes out Japanese forces in China and places Chiang Kai-shek in an isolated position.

Winston Churchill

Outraged by the decision to treat France as a defeated power instead of an ally and the plan for breaking apart the old European empire, Churchill attempts to create a commonwealth of nations that unites the Dutch, French and British Empires into a united force to preserve imperialism. However, after repeated defeats in Indonesia, Vietnam, Greece and Algeria, Churchill is forced to step down in 1953. Eden then wages a joint Commonwealth war against Egypt. Both the USA and USSR send peacekeepers to the Middle East to end the fighting, bringing the final humiliation to the Commonwealth. After 1956, the plan for a united Commonwealth of Nations is replaced by the plan of a European Union.

William Z. Foster

As leader of the "Communist Political Association", Foster resisted attempts to turn the CPA into a revolutionary organization or to restore the CPUSA. Instead, the CPA remains an ultra-patriotic organization committed to preserving the new world order. The CPA functions not as a political party, but as a focus of influence supporting both Democrats and Progressives and even some liberal Republicans. Foster plays a leading role in the "White Scare", organizing Red Minutemen to attack supposed Fascists.

Vyacheslav Molotov

Molotov succeeds Stalin in 1953. He quickly moves to have both Beria on the left and Khrushchev on the right executed. Together with General Marshall, he creates the Marshall-Molotov Plan which pledges aid to all European and Asian nations that agree to abandon imperialism. Churchill refuses the offer and so aid from both the USA and USSR pour into Eastern European nations, helping them bridge the gap with Western Europe. Molotov also helps negotiate The Treaty of Tokyo in 1957, which establishes a demilitarized and neutralist republic in Japan and ends imperialism in Asia. In 1956, the United States and Soviet Union unite their portions of Germany, creating a neutral Republic. The United Kingdom, however, insists that its portion of Germany is part of the Commonwealth. After the war in Egypt, however, the UK agrees to allow its part of Germany to be reunited.

Chiang Kai-shek

While initially supposed to be the leader of one of the Four Policemen, Chiang Kai-shek quickly found himself isolated due to the Soviet-Red Chinese blitzkrieg of 1945-1946. Not wanting to abandon an old ally, Wallace creates a personal empire for Chiang out of British Burma, French Indochina, and Japanese Thailand. In return for US recognition and aid to Red China, Molotov pressures Mao not to invade Kuomintang South Asia. However, despite lack of foreign aid, Ho Chi Minh is able to destroy the Kuomintang army at Dien Bien Phu. After defeats in Indochina and Malaysia, Chiang withdraws into Burma.

Mao Zedong

Following his victory in 1946, Mao attends the Tokyo Conference attended by Churchill, Wallace and Stalin in 1948. During this conference he agrees not to pursue Chiang into South Asia. In return, all treaty ports, including Hong Kong, are returned to China, and both the USA and USSR promise to send experts to aid in the first Five Year Plan. In addition, Korea and Indonesia are recognized within the Red Chinese orbit.

Harry Haywood

Following the 1948 nomination of Paul Robeson as Vice President of the Progressive Party, armed resistance takes place in the South, led by the Ku Klux Klan. Armed with weapons from Washington, Haywood leads an attempt to arm the blacks of the South for self-defense. The conditions in the South become so bad that United Nations peacekeepers are sent to supervise the 1948 elections. As Secretary of State Haywood opens an alliance with Fidel Castro and encourages the rise of progressives in the Latin America.

Liu Shaoqi

As President of New China, Liu leads China through the second Five Year Plan, during which Special Economic Zones are set up in the former treaty ports. In addition, he begins to allow market forces to work in some areas of agriculture. By 1964 it is predicted that New China's economy will be the largest in the world by the end of the century. Molotov makes extensive visits to China during the 1960s, and in 1966 gives instructions to Gosplan to begin allowing free markets in the grain areas and restore Lenin's New Economic Policy in industry.

Waldeck Rochet

As leader of the French Communist Party, Rochet worked to restore France's place in world affairs after the disasters of 1945 and 1956. Rochet worked to bring both France and the UK into the network of the new world order. In 1963 he helped bring about the Franco-British Union with himself as President. This was followed by the membership of Germany in 1967 and Italy in 1969, finally culminating with the 1970 revolution in Spain. After the overthrow of the aging Franco, Spain applied for membership in the union, thus creating the United States of Europe in 1976. With the combined weight of all of Western Europe and the abandonment of any remaining imperialist tendencies, the United States of Europe replaces the UK as the fourth policeman and once again gives Europe a powerful voice in world affairs.

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