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Point of Difference: An Austro-Hungarian agent detects Black Hand activity where the Archduke will be driving in Austria Hungary. He orders gunners to scout for the terrorists, and they find all of the terrorists--Including Gavrilo Princip, and kills them. Therefore World War 1 did not happen as it did, Germany and its empire still exist, and there is still an Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungarian Empire. The Romanov Dynasty is also still going well in Russia. There was no Cold War either. 16 years later, there is what would be World War 2, called the Great War.
In February, Austria Hungary goes on the aggressive side after years of stability and growth, Austria Hungary invades Germany. The Russians, still in the Romanov Dynasty, consider this an act of aggression, as they have signed an alliance treaty with Germany, so the Russians send a quarter of their troops to live in the trenches, while holding off Ottoman Invasions. It seems to be going with the Russians and Germans when Austria-Hungary suddenly stops the attacks. All soldiers leave the trenches. Austria-Hungary then takes this small chance to head for Berlin. Meanwhile, it seems the Dutch empire, which have taken pity on the failing German Empire, conduct a three pronged attack in the Adrianic Sea, with Italian support. Bulgaria, which as acquired part of Romania along with Austria-Hungary takes up arms with the Austria-Hungarian Empire.
The war was pretty much a stalemate, except for an Austria-Hungary break-in at Munich in March. A strong Russian offensive into Central Austria-Hungary worried the general guiding the offensive into Germany, called Heutsberg van Oldug, and he decided it was time to retreat out of Germany. Germany took this spare time of about 2 months to do some research on a new weapon, which was a type of rocket that spewed out poisonous gas on contact. The Ottomans were still trying to break through the heavy Russian forces in the Caucasus Mountains, so Bulgaria asks them to join her and Austria-Hungary against Russia. The Ottomans decline, creating tension between them and Bulgaria. Italy has also become a real ally of Germany now, and for the Dutch, their 5th and 7th armies have been defeated, although the 6th army is successful and is heading for Belgrade by late November. Italian reinforcements come just in time to block a lock-in of the Dutch.
Meanwhile, a few planes in the German Air Force are shot down over Budapest, and knowing there is a threat from the air, the Austria-Hungarians decided to construct 5 anti-aircraft guns in all of their major cities. The Italian Navy has also started a rather large offensive into Bulgaria called Operation Caesar, after the famous Roman Emperor. The plan was to cut off supplies from the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary, and then start directly towards Sofia, and was planned to start in August. However, the Bulgarians had intercepted a radio wave message, and were ready. They were able to sink about 9 of the 25 Italian Ships before they were able to dock. Most of the soldiers on two of sunk boats were able to swim to shore and fight. The Ottoman Empire which had regained some strength in Arabia although not Europe got very heated about this. By December they had declared war against the Italians, but not the Italian Alliance. Also, the Dutch have been pushed out of Austria-Hungarian territory.
The Ottomans knew that using radio waves to send messages would be a bad idea so much, that they actually manually sent messages to their Generals instead. It planned that they secretly sail off of Gallipoli and across the Northern Coast of Africa. They would then arrive on Sicily and dig their way through the Italian Empire. A quarter of their ships would sail to Rome 4 days early to distract the Italians. This operation known as Operation Neptune would begin in mid April. And, it was actually very successful, the Ottomans were able to occupy Italy, in Sicily, and Southern Italy, as far as Tirana. But by July it had come to a stalemate because of German and Dutch support, who had also declared war on the Ottoman Empire. And in Munich, the Germans had pushed the Austria-Hungarians out of their territory, but then they had just started again in late October. The Germans decided that it would best to take their troops out of Italy to stop the Austria-Hungarians who were already advancing quickly and about to retake Munich. Which Russian support, it settled into a stalemate.
The Bulgarians, who had promptly defeated the Italians, sent massive offensives into Germany along with the exceptional effort of the Austria-Hungary Troops. With their teamwork, they were pushing their way towards Berlin. By April they were already just passing through Regensburg. The plan was to conquer all of Bavaria, and then advance through Saxony and into Berlin quickly using Blitzkrieg tactics to surround the city. Reinforcements would block attempts to close in on the waves of soldiers from behind. In July The Ottomans successfully broke through the Russian Caucasus Mountain Lines, and were heading straight for Volgograd. The Russians were able to halt them just 10 miles away from the city limit. However, the Ottoman Air Force was able to get a Bombing Raid in just before being shot down. It was not too much of a problem, and the Ottomans were being slowly pushed back by December.
In March, The Netherlands signed a treaty with Belgium (who had also grown in strength, though not enough to be much of a match) that would keep Free Trade with the Netherlands, and the Dutch knew would help in their war against Austria-Hungary. Angered, Austria Hungarians sent planes to scout over the North Sea and sink Belgian Merchant Ships. Belgian officials urged Austria-Hungary to stop attacking the small country. Austria-Hungary agreed, but they would only stop if Belgium stopped trading with the Netherlands. Enraged, Belgium declared war. On the other hand, The Netherlands, who were very happy with their new ally, sent a 12th of their troops to protect the Country. In June, Bulgarians sent a massive offensive into Moldova, part of the Russian Empire. The Ottomans, who were purposely acting weak, started to race towards Volgograd while Russian Forces flew back across the Country. The Ottomans were just starting to burn down and pillage Volgograd before the Russians stopped their siege and pushed them back again. Also, the Bulgarians were defeated with clever tactics, so Russia sent its 15th and 16th armies into Austria-Hungary. This gave the Germans to push the Austria-Hungarians back miles before the Russians were defeated in November.
In February, an attack led by Dutch and Belgian Generals was committed in the Adriatic Sea. Just days later, the Italians who have finally taken out all the Ottomans, joined in. The strong group of forces dug their way toward Belgrade. Italian reinforcements catch up to the group who have dug their way to Belgrade by June. One night in August, a huge fire bomb detonated in the night. It burned almost all of the troops to death and rest were shot when running. France, who had signed an alliance treaty with The Netherlands and an Anti-bomb Treaty with Austria-Hungary, declared war on the empire. At the same time, Austria-Hungary signed an alliance treaty with Spain and Portugal, bringing them into the Austria-Hungary Alliance. In October, the two countries had already started attacking each other, and the Italians sent their troops in an offensive called Operation Canary. It was planned to conquer Barcelona and then meet up with French forces and start towards Madrid.
In January, The Ottoman Empire conquered Crete. Though Greece did not declare war at that point, tensions rose. In February, Austria-Hungary quickly advanced towards Berlin, and Italy conquered Barcelona. Portugal sent troops to help fortify Madrid. By Early March, Austria-Hungary started to siege Berlin, and were able to advance through half of Berlin before being forced to turn back because of a Russo-Italian attack towards Vienna. Italy was able to get halfway before being forced to dig in. The Russians barely got anywhere before being ambushed by a mass of Bulgarian forces. In May, the Italians were advancing again with German and French support. In June, Madrid was saved, Italians were being slaughtered. Portugal and Spain sailed to the Anatolian Peninsula and The Ottomans agreed to do a triple attack on Italy, and that it would begin in November.
Portugal and Spain sent masses of forces towards Rome while Austria-Hungary continued to siege Berlin which about to have a turning point. Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire sent their forces into the failing Russia, although they were in for a surprise. Dutch and Belgian forces helped go on the defense with Italy. In April Berlin was almost burnt to the ground although Russia had pushed out enemy forces and was heading for Berlin. With the Russian support Germany pushed out the Austria-Hungarians from Berlin, out of Saxony and halfway across Bavaria. In July, Italy suffered Heavy losses. Spain had detonated a bomb in Rome and fires spread out across Rome although it was able to burn a couple enemy boats so a few soldiers were stranded and burned. In October, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire launched a four-pronged attack against Russia, although Germany blocked and ambushed one of the forces, and helped defeat a second. By December the Russians and Germans were pushing the offensive out of their territory.
In March, The German/Italian Alliance, knowing they could not win and in the end and that Rome and Berlin would be besieged, sent diplomats to write up agreements with the also failing Austro-Hungarian Alliance. They came to an agreement where the Ottoman Empire would give back all conquered land except for the Caucasus Mountains, and Bulgaria, Russia and Austria-Hungary would grant Romania independence. France and Spain would give each other back their territory. It was signed in May. The Great War was just coming to an end.
Aftermath of Great War: Space Race
Some countries weren't effected by the war. Greece had stayed neutral, which would in time bring it back to the world spotlight. Just months before the war ended, Greece invented the tank. At the same time, Britain took long-range ballistic missiles into existence. Germany and other countries soon caught up, while the USA, and Canada, took the Space race in to thought. In August Japan also took this idea of going into space seriously, and the two countries made for the stars. With nothing else to do, no economic depression, a period of world peace, and missiles and the tank invented, almost all countries set their goals to get to the stars first. This did not include most of the poorer African and Asian Countries, and only Brazil and Mexico took to the stars in Central and South America. Almost the whole world was going to the Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, and the whole Solar System. Greece, the USA, Canada, and Japan took the lead.
Riots strike the White House on February 24. The whole government is shut down for half a week, and one representative who thought he was a popular representative but who had lost almost all of his popularity. He tries to lead the riots away. He is simply carried away, no one knew what happened to him. Police eventually beat them back, after about half of them leaving within one or two days. Germany, France, and Britain seem to get a major advancement, with a plane which will travel to the outer atmosphere, and giving their future astronauts practice, as well as the mass-production of Hydrogen Fuel. Spain discovers rich Titanium reserves under its land.
Not much happened in the first part of the year, although Greece had terrorist attacks in November that seemed to be coming from Macedonia. Greece tries to ask the Macedonian government to stop the terrorist group before they strike in their own country, as well as their own. Greece simply sets up anti-aircraft guns near government, commercial, and scientific buildings and also monuments. Macedonia does nothing, thinking the Greeks were lying to them. Spain, The US, Canada, and the Ottoman Empire invent Hydrogen Fuel, Brazil not far behind. China also discovers now-valued Titanium. Japan focuses on manufactured parts
In May, Skopje suffers heavy losses from terrorists, and thinks they are Greek, because Greece seemed to be suspicious to their government when they asked them to search for terrorists. Macedonia invades Greece, forgetting about the Greek technological advancements. This war would not escalate into a second Great War, but Greece won by November Macedonia attacked Greece to ways, straight to Athens and a border invasion. Greece, however, sent a quarter of their troops to fortify Athens and rest went to head straight for Skopje. Greece has won by November, and Macedonia and Greece are united. The further brings Greece to the world spotlight.
Every able country invests in their Space Race, so on April 25, the US's Stock Market crashes, Britain and Greece following just two days later and France the day after that. On May 2, Germany's Market also crashes, but slowly recovers. China and Japan invest in their Titanium Research, and pull further ahead in the Space race. Russia finds a new fuel using Nitrogen and Hydrogen that is much more efficient, but its stock market crashes on 14th slowing it way down, and Spain's on the 16th. Portugal goes down on the 22nd. Japan's Neikei lingers on the edge, and it goes down on the 30th. China's fall on June 3rd, and whole world, dependent on those countries, starts to go down, starting with Brazil on the 25th, Mexico on the 28th, Australia and New Zealand on the 29th. In later June the world starts to stabilize, and Stock Markets slowly recover, Germany leading the way.
Some big events, but not very exciting. The African Countries unite into an African Counsel, and get onto a quick start in their Space race. In July, Germany and Britain recover with low unemployment rates. In August, France recovers and in September Greece and Spain do. In October the US, Brazil and Portugal start to recover, and the world's economy patches itself. In December, a Civil War breaks out in Russia, because of the government in St. Petersburg did not do anything about an a Middle Eastern terrorist attack. The Tsar calms everyone down by signing a document officially turning the country into a Constitutional Monarchy.
In March, Britain finds a way to make rocket fuel tanks with the titanium parts along with Manganese. The Hydrogen-Nitrogen mix burns most well in these tanks and propels the tanks about 1.3 times as fast then the spacecraft which Neil Armstrong in OTL traveled in. Britain takes the lead, but by August, most countries know about this new technology. Spaceship parts are almost complete. In December, a civil war in China ignites in just a few fiery days. Socialist forces try to overthrow the Nationalist Government (Which is rather good-willed to the people).
In January the Socialist Chinese capture the cities of Shanghai, and Hangzhou, but by February the Nationalists move in from the South, pushing the Socialists from Hangzhou. By February, though the Nationalists have already gotten into Shanghai, the Socialists have pushed West, East, and North, and have Hefei and Nanjing. They set up fronts, slowing down the powerful Nationalists, who respond by bombing a central Socialist Military Base in early March. With China in turmoil, in April Japan puts much effort into it's Space race. The country is done constructed its first rocket, and is working on finding ways to tube in oxygen that will stay in the spacecraft, as well as keeping Nitrogen levels high enough. Other countries are completing their own spacecraft, but America focuses on getting the engines to work up enough power to escape the atmosphere. In October, Nationalists in China swing in from the East and knock out the Socialists, who surrender in November. China has produced its first rocket.
On April, 23, 1948 at 3:49 PM, the first successful unmanned Spacecraft, from Japan was launched. It was called コスモス, Japanese for "Cosmos." Just weeks later two other countries launched theirs. Britain came is second, on May 9th, it was called "Wonderer." Britain launched another probe in November, called "Destination", which was the first probe carrying life, a dog, called Dorothy. Before that, though, on May 21st, Russia launched its first spacecraft, (Звезда обязательность, Russian for Star bound) was launched, and it did not only orbit the Earth, it also was flung into orbit around the moon after slingshotting around the Earth. By June 2nd America launched it's own probe, called "Uncharted," after the vastness of space. On August 24, Japan sent up its second probe, コンチネンタル, which means Continental it orbited the Earth three times before succesfully falling back to Earth on the Japanese coast. On September 11, Greece launched Σύμπαν (Greek for Universe) which orbited the Earth for three months and then fell in the Mediterranean Sea after falling back to Earth. As mentioned earlier, Britain launched Destination with Dorothy in it, who orbited for a day around the Earth before falling back to Britain where she was successfully rescued, though she was shaken up a lot and had bruises. On December 5, France launched an unmanned probe into space called "Voyageur." Voyageur has stayed in orbit for a long time, without turning into an ellipse like other probes. Thomas Dewey manages to defeat Harry Truman in the presidential election by just 10,000 votes.
Thomas Dewey is inaugrated. He vows that America will not fall behind in the Space race, and will do its best to accomplish that. The new prime minister in Britain, Alexander Vorchas, also tells the people that Britain will excel its expectations, stunning the other countries. It's the race for the moon. In February, China also launches its first probe into orbit, 远东航次, meaning Far Voyage. In April, Japan launches the first manned probe, Continental II which stayed in space for two days until returning back to Earth safely. The man inside the probe was the first ever in space, he was named Yushatali Verika, a 36 year old astronomer who taught astronomy at a Tokyo university. On June 14, America launches Moonlight, which is sent to orbit the moon for three days and then land. It is successful, but it fractures when it lands on the moon. Britain launched a third probe August 3, Revolution, which sent a man into orbit around the moon, and then was pulled into another spacecraft which return with the probe to Earth (called Firestorm).
In January, Africa launches its first spacecraft, manned, called New Age. They had before sent up some small probes to make sure their manned probe had worked, those were nameless. In May, Russia launched a second Space craft, which was manned, called "солнечная", which means Solar. It stayed in orbit around the Earth for four days before parachuting down to Earth. In October, France surprises the world by launched a manned mission to the moon, refléter, which means reflect, after the reflection of the sun's light off the moon. It landed on the moon successfully, and the astronauts, in brown suits and glass helmets collected rocks and dust from the moon. They planted the French flag firmly on the moon, which would inspire the French for generations to come. America was angered, and knew they had to be first to Mars. In November, America launches War, which orbits the planet Mars and takes many pictures of Mars which are sent back to Earth to be studied by Scientists. Spain joined the race, and on December 6, launched a manned mission to the Moon, after the astronauts collected samples of rocks and dust, and then return home to Spain with a few pictures, and no injuries. It was called Luna polvo, which means Moon dust.
In March, Greece launched Μακριά (Far off) into orbit around the moon. It doubled the number of photos War took of Mars, but this Far off took them on the moon. It also made maps for possibly space colonies. Then, in July, Britain puts an unmanned spacecraft on Mars, called Revolution II, which let off two rovers which took close-up pictures of the planet Mars. In November Japan launched Heavens, which orbits Venus and takes elevation maps of its surface and studies its atmosphere. They find it is very, very hot on Venus, and that no astronaut will be going there soon.
Germany's first mission is to put a satellite around Mercury to take photos and examine the land on Mercury. In February, the probe called Aureole, which means Corona, is launched, and successfully sends back photos and constructs and surface map of Mercury. In June, Italy puts a man on the moon in the probe linea dell'orizzonte (Skyline). They construct and small landing pad on the Moon for future missions. In September, Britain puts Revolution III into Venus, hoping it would stay long enough to take a few pictures to send back to the BNSA (British National Space Association) to study. It stays on Venus for about ten minutes, just enough to get the about of time the British scientists were hoping for. France sends Ombre, which means Shadow, to land on Mars's Ice caps. It sends pictures back the FUAA (French Union Astronomical Agency), and they find that there is ice as well as dry ice in Mars. Thomas Dewey is re-elected president
In April, Italy sends Skyline II to Mars, manned. The men have spacesuits with extra insulation, due to the -50 Fahrenheit temperature, they take some rocks and ice back to Earth where the Italian Space Agency takes a look at them and discovers some bacteria in a few of the rocks. They are alien life forms. NASA (Same as OTL) sends War II to the south pole of Mars, the astronauts find many more rocks, and investigate, they have the same bacteria as the ISA (Italian Space Agency) found with Skyline II.
Nothing Space-related happened. Some Social issues between countries escalate as Space race motivation increases. Africa and China quite the Space race and focus on their own issues.
American "Waxing" and British "Waning" double probes create bases on the Moon. They test Volcanic and Geological Activity on the Moon. Russia sends the orbiter Star bound II in orbit around the Gas Giant Jupiter. It mainly studies Weather and atmosphere topics on Jupiter. Japan sends トラベラー (Traveler) to Venus and Mercury, taking many photos at both before landing on Mercury and studying the surface.