Interwar Period (1920-1940)
The interwar period was a period of great change in the world; France became a Fascist Dictatorship, Russia changed from a Autocracy to a Constitutional Tsardom called the Russian Republic and the Austro-Hungarian empire reformed completely, becoming a loose Confederation of republics and duchy states. The Austro-Hungarian Confederation sold the Russian Republic the city of Krakow for 25,000,000 dollars. Poland becomes an autonomous region (although stays fully part of) of Russia in 1923. Fascist dictator Philippe Petain leads a huge rebellion in France and rises to power officially on June 2nd, 1925. The people of France come to love Petain as his ideas include "reconstructing the glory of France". This new Fascist France concerns the UK so much they decide to form the Anti Fascist Alliance (AFA) in 1927, the alliance includes the UK, Germany, Russia and Italy. Austria-Hungary is too unstable to join any alliance, but wholeheartedly supports the Anti Fascist Alliance. Switzerland joined the Anti Fascist Alliance in 1928, the first time in known history Switzerland didn't stay neutral. Nationalist Spain is born after the 1933 Spanish Civil War, in which France supports the Nationalists while the Anti Fascist Alliance as a whole supports the Republicans, but just a year later the Republicans surrendered. France and the Nationalist form the Axis Powers. The Republic of Canada joins the Anti Fascist Alliance independently as soon as the Nationalists win, the Dominions (Australia and New Zealand) are members as soon as the UK do to being parts of the British Empire. The USA joins the Anti Fascist Alliance in 1935 along with the now stable Austro-Hungarian Confederation. Spain invades and annexes Portugal in 1936, it takes just two weeks to annex; the Fascist Republic of Iberia is formed.
World War 2 (1940-1955)
The world's deadliest and most destructive conflict began when France invaded The Channel Islands on June 2nd, 1940. Britain demanded Petain unoccupy the islands but he flat out refused. Britain retook the islands by force a few days later leading to an official declaration of war by both parties (and, by extension, the two Alliances). A Greek rising leads to a Fascist Greece but it does not join the Axis. The many nations of the former Anti Fascist Alliance (now renamed to the old Allies) begin invasion plans on the Axis. Plans made by the Allies are put on hold as France swiftly takes Alsace-Lorraine from Germany, whose ruler, Kaiser Wilhelm III (OTL Wilhelm German Crown Prince, who had taken over when his father became ill), decides to use his father's tactic of Blitzkrieg (which over the years had been perfected) to stop the offensive into Germany. The tactic worked, but still over 25,000 German troops died in Alsace-Lorraine. The Empire's Royal Navy of Britain (as it had been renamed) successfully destroy most of France's naval capability and this makes a landing in Dunkerque possible, but the British know it will be costly. Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, British and Americans all come together in one huge invasion that consists of over 500,000 men, 22,500 tanks and over 5000 bombers. Even with all the men and weapons the Allies had at the shore, the losses piled up to over 100,000 men killed; but the Allies broke through the French defenses and took Dunkerque. Iberian and French troops arrive at Dunkerque as soon as news breaks. The French send over half their Military and Iberia sends 125,000 men as support to the French. The Battle of Dunkerque lasts over 1 month and ends with the Allied forces finally having to evacuate with over 350,000 deaths; but the Axis took losses too, in the form of over 275,000 men killed. This was the single bloodiest battle of the whole war and left Dunkerque as just rubble. German forces are halted near Metz and are progressively forced back into Alsace-Lorraine. The French launch a second invasion into Alsace-Lorraine, but are halted by German, Russian and Austro-Hungarian forces; although these forces can't really seem to make much ground on the French either. The war becomes a stalemate and neither side really makes much ground. The Allies won't try to launch another invasion, knowing how costly it probably will be. The only real battles at this point are small skirmishes or clashes along the German or Italian borders. The allies don't make any progress until December 1954, when all the Allied forces' troops come together into the largest army ever; 10,000,000 men. This amazingly huge army breaks through the French lines (with over 250,000 deaths however) and by February 1955 the Allies were approaching Paris. The allies surround Paris and France surrenders after the 2 week Battle of Paris. The Allies' armies split into separate armies again and they invaded Iberia, capturing Madrid and leading to the Second Treaty of Paris. The Second World War had ended. France becomes a Republic again, Spain becomes a Republic and both are occupied for 5 years by Allied nations; in addition, the French and Spanish must pay 1,000,000,000 dollars to the Allies and Portugal becomes independent again along with a new Catalonian Republic (Catalonians are revered for refusing to help Ibera, usually at the cost of their lives). World War 2 has ended, the world is a much different place. Only Greece remains Fascist, although Democratic ideas are in some parts of Greece's politics. Petain is found after the war dead by suicide.