1939. The world is on the brink of war. Germany consolidates its power over continental Europe and demands the union of all German people. Japan, already invading China years ago, seeks to subdue the sleeping dragon. Much of the world suffers from the Great Depression. With economic, political, and military troubles plaguing the world, little attention was given to the stars above. It proved to be a fatal error as on one fateful day; August 2, 1939, human history would change forever. Thousands of asteroids ranging in size but ultimately not big enough to cause worldwide extinction or a total climate change fall into the Northern Hemisphere and the Atlantic Ocean, causing powerful tsunamis to batter the Eastern Seaboard and Western Europe, causing countries to collapse due to lack of communication. As the people of this world blow the dust and sweep the rubble, would history diverge greatly or stay the same?
An asteroid hits another asteroid causing a chain reaction. One asteroid breaks apart into thousands of significantly smaller pieces that speed towards Earth, and on August 2, 1939, the world changes, forever.
The Modern World
The world has pretty much recovered from the effects of the Iron Rain, but, as such with every world-changing event, it greatly steered history off its intended course.
For example, the superpowers in the world are far different than the ones in our timeline, with the Japanese Empire and its Greater Pacific Co-Prosperity Sphere being the foremost global power in the world, with its prominent members (Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Siam) holding a great deal of power over the world economy and politics. In the Americas, Mexico is the most influential country and often finds itself at odds with Texas and the remains of the United States on the west coast of North America. In South America, the re-unified Gran Colombia shows a sense of hostility against the most powerful country on the continent: Brazil. Across the Atlantic, France is the second superpower with its United States of Europe, comprised of mostly Western and Central European countries as well as all of the former Soviet countries on the continent excluding Russia itself
Ground Zero Day-August 2, 1939
Wave 1- 3:23 AM - 4:00 AM
1. Soviet Union (European Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) Roughly 500 asteroids have been reported to have hit the former Soviet Union. Moscow, Kiev and Minsk have taken multiple direct hits, taking an estimate of 20 million lives and the near-complete decapitation of the Soviet government. Leningrad has has taken seven hits, but mostly outside of the city's metropolitan area. Many other cities, including the Caucasus capitals, Stalingrad, and Sevastopol, plus multiple farms and industrial complexes have reportedly been hit with 250+ asteroids. Surviving forests experience forest fires.
2. Central Europe and Germany (Poland, Hungary, German Austria, Czechoslovakia) Nearly 400 asteroids, 300 of which hit Germany. Berlin, Vienna, Krakow, Lodz and Budapest all reported to have been hit by at least 25 asteroids. Nazi regime in Germany and Austria starts to immediately collapse following the destruction of the dictatorial government. Asteroids surprisingly failed to hit the Rhineland, the industrial heart of Germany. This will prove to be an important factor in the rise of France. Germany falls into chaos as the single-party government completely shatters. Austrian patriots manage to reclaim their country.
3. France, the Low Countries, and Switzerland. 12 asteroids hit relatively uninhabited locations in France, with the exception of the four asteroids that struck Marseilles and Dijon, raking 250 thousand lives. Seven asteroids hit the northern Netherlands, destroying the man-made dams and flooding the country in a matter of hours while four asteroids fall on Antwerp, Belgium. Only one asteroids hits Switzerland, and it lands on the Swiss Alps, causing parts of a mountain to break away and cause landslides/avalanches. Overall the area has been relatively safe with the exception of the Netherlands.
The first wave of asteroids that hit Earth, which ended on 4:00 AM, has been estimated to have taken 60 million lives. When Paris lost contact with Marseilles and Dijon, followed by the reports of massive explosions across the country, the French Armed Forces was ordered to mobilize. On 4:33 AM, France officially declared war on Germany as a million French troops, plus 2500 tanks and 1500 aircraft crossed the border into Germany