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Background

Hitler's Aggression

Adolf Hitler is known as one of the, if not the most evil figures in recent history. Many psychologists suggest that Hitler's overly aggressive attitude and abusive personality was due to a mixture of several mental diseases, which would be treatable just 10 years after the outbreak of World War II. Hitler was known to have been erratic and violent, even among his Nazi collaborators, even having some of them executed by the end of the war.

Possible Mental Problems and Causes

First and foremost, Hitler suffered from extreme paranoid anxiety. Part of his paranoia stemmed from the fact that his father had severely beaten him and his brother during their childhoods, causing a startling amount of physical health problems. His physical problems led him to extreme measures to achieve his ambitions because he believed that if he didn't do so, he would die before he lived out his sick dream. The extreme stress this caused him to develop several personality disorders and aggression issues. It is also rumored that Hitler was physically inadequate in certain ways, possibly leading to something similar to a Napoleon complex or a superiority complex. The validity of these claims is of course disputed, but for the sake of this TL, I will assume them to be true.

Solutions

A mere 10 years after Hitler's death, drugs became available that were capable of treating Hitler's disorders and mental issues. Drugs such as benzodiazepine could have prevented Hitler's anxiety from getting the best of him, and possibly led to a drastically different future for his reich. This, combined with therapy sessions or similar activities, such as painting, may have dialed back Hitler's madness quite a bit. Not only would the "sickness" of his dream be reduced, but also the brutality with which he attempted to achieve it. In this TL, Hitler is less erratic, irrational, and abusive than he was in OTL, although the key parts of his dream (excluding the Holocaust) still exist.

Main POD's:

1935: Leo Sternbach discovers chlordiazepoxide by mistake while conducting an experiment, and it becomes a revolutionary drug capable of treating anxiety. This is the first benzodiazepine discovered.

August 28, 1939: Hitler suffers a serious panic attack during a meeting with his generals, only a few days before the scheduled invasion of Poland. The next day, Hitler's personal friends convince him to postpone the attack to take care of his health for the sake of the German people. The invasion is postponed until November 1. Hitler's personal physician urges him to see a psychiatrist, who prescribes him a dosage of chlordiazepoxide for his anxiety issues on September 6. His physician also urges him to resume his art as a means of relieving stress.

October 19, 1939: Following the Russian invasion of Poland, Hitler calls off his own invasion altogether after his medication begins to take effect. The medication lessens his hatred of Jews, although a strong resentment is still present.

Timeline of Major Events

  • Aug. 1, 1942: Great Britain declares war on Nazi Germany and bombs German airfields in the west half of the nation, prompting a declaration of war by the allies of each nation.
  • Sept. 14, 1942: After defeating the low countries, the Wehrmacht blitzkrieg reaches the heart of France after crushing its defensive forces, a mere two weeks after launching its invasion, bringing down one of the superpowers of the world in a shockingly quick amount of time. Adolf Hitler turns his attention toward Britain next.
  • Dec. 13, 1942: The Japanese Empire captures Australia after a bloody war, totally removing European influence from the Pacific.
  • Dec. 28, 1942: Great Britain surrenders to the Nazi war machine just a few days after the Knirschen Strategy was implemented and is forced to comply with the terms of the Treaty of Geneva, ending all resistance to Germany in Europe. Two days later, Canada is added to the United States to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Germans.
  • July 31, 1943: The war between America, Japan, and Germany ends in a peace agreement.
  • Jan. 26, 1944: The Americans emerge victorious in the Second Battle of the Atlantic, regaining access to the southern hemisphere.
  • July 9, 1944: The First Turkish-Saudi War ends in a partial victory for both sides, although the capture of the Muslim holy cities by Turkey is seen as much more important than any losses sustained by the Turks.
  • Oct. 13, 1944: America detonates its first nuclear weapon a few months after Germany.
  • Nov. 5, 1944: The Pacific Purge finally sees the end of the white race in Australia, which would become he nation of Minami in a few months.
  • Jan. 9, 1945: The nations of Mittelafrika and Sahara are created from German African colonies.
  • Jan. 1, 1950: Britain is freed from Nazi occupation and the British Union is born.
  • 1952: England secedes from the British Union after a short war, and Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun have a son named Dominik after getting married.
  • Mar. 5, 1953: Josef Stalin dies and is replaced with Nikita Kruschev.
  • 1968: China is divided into two nations by the UDN and Soviet Union, and Germany sends a man to the moon and back.
  • 1972: Adolf Hitler dies at 83 and Dominik Hitler becomes Führer.
  • 1984: Dominik Hitler has Yuri Andropov of Russia assassinated, marking the start of World War III when his plot is discovered.
  • Dec. 1, 1985: Germany invades the Soviet Union after pushing them out of their own country.
  • Nov. 22, 1989: Germany defeats the Soviet Union in the decisive Battle of Moscow and Mikhail Gorbachev is assassinated.
  • Jan. 1, 1990: England absorbs the British Union and the British Empire is reformed.
  • Aug 7, 1992: Dominik Hitler is assassinated in Berlin, and the much milder Helmut Kohl comes to power.
  • 1997: The Extraterrestrial Contact initiative is formed by the collaboration of NASA and the German Space Travel Administration.
  • 2003: The first Martian colony of New Brussels is established by the GSTA.
  • 2011: A collaborative German and Russian research group engineers a cure for skin, lung, and stomach cancer.

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