Small changes can make a big difference. For Albert Einstein, changing his mind about his support for the United States "Manhattan Project" ruined his life. Regretting ever supporting such a monster of a weapon, he was prepared to do anything to stop it. The result being a terror campaign by Albert Einstein against the Nuclear program delaying it by years, and his execution for Treason in 1942. His death marks a martyrdom and creates a new ideology: "Militant Pacifism". Further afield, the Soviet Union and Imperial Japan are strengthened, and their cultural spheres impact modern society.
Point of Divergence
The PoD in this time line is the "Einstein-Szilárd" letter, sent on August 2nd 1939. Rather than continuing to support the Nuclear project in order to hurry its production, Einstein changes his mind and decides to write the letter attempting to stop the project. Obviously, the United States Government refused.
Einstein took offence to the complete disregard to his opinions, and after several letters (the later turning into angry accusations and slurs) Einstein gives up, and tries to forget about it. A few weeks later, he still cannot sit idle, and decides on a plan of action. At the same time, Einstein is approached by Edgar Taylor, a Militant with violent intentions. Einstein, possibly through guilt or radicalism decides he has to do something in order to prevent anyone getting Nuclear weapons. Using his status, friends, and some apology he is able to get access to some of the project's development under the guise of wanting to help out. He uses this time to stage a bomb attack, to eliminate the evidence of the project and hopefully prevent it from being restarted. He is then helped by a group of people Edgar has put together, and the group creates the underground organisation of Greenpeace.
The Attack and Aftermath
Einstein and his new found followers plan their attacks on several US research and military bases being used for the project's development, and time the co-ordination of all the bombs on the opening of the Office of Scientific Research and Development in December 1941. The attacks were a success, and halted the project's advancement; albeit with the deaths of dozens of military personnel, scientists and researchers. While Einstein and his group were efficient in planning their attacks, making an escape wasn't as successful. Einstein, Edgar and many others were caught quickly, and a raid on a Greenpeace safe house in February 1942 was more than enough to convict them all for treason. They were quickly convicted and sentenced to hang for treason, which was carried out on the 16th of May 1942.
Occupation of Germany
In Europe, the attacks in the United States were enough to delay the counter attack by Allied forces. D-Day operations are started on the 10th of August 1944. This delay also means the Soviet Union is able to advance Westwards albeit with heavier losses. The Battle of Berlin ends on the 3rd of May 1945. The running of post-war Germany is split between the Allied forces, with the Soviet Union controlling three fifths of Germany. France controls the rest, while the United States and United Kingdom share minimal control over the French part in a joint operation. Under this administration, many Nazi Personnel that tried to escape are captured and are given a choice: Face "Crimes against humanity", or allow themselves to be sold on a Global market for their services. The United States, Soviet Union; and despite the continuing war even Imperial Japan buy up most of the Nazi Military and Scientific community that chose a life of virtual slavery to work for foreign nations. For Germany itself, life under the occupation was hard and especially for those under Soviet administration.
Situation in Post-War Japan
The actions of Einstein destroyed any chance of the Nuclear bomb being used in the Second World War, resulting in its continuation until Imperial Japan's eventual surrender in February 11th 1947. With immediate effect, Japan was officially occupied by a Joint venture of Allied and Soviet forces similar to that of Germany. Unlike Germany however, Japan had a stronger autonomy of how its Government was run, to the point that it remained an "Empire". It rejected Republicanism suggested and pushed by the Allies, and likewise to any form of Communism from the Soviet Union. With political aggression, it had legally forced out its occupiers in 1961 to pursue its own Independence and spread its sphere of influence across East Asia in a different manner than it had tried previously with greater success.
See also: List of Wars
With the Soviet Union having a strong hold of Support in Europe, the United States and Western European countries were on the defensive. After World War 2 across the world many nations experienced some form of conflict. The weight of these wars leaned in many cases to the Soviet Union and its allies, leading to new left wing Governments replacing the old ways. Early changes include Greece in 1948, and later Afghanistan in 1991.
Effects on Zionism
With Einstein, a known supporter of Zionism executed for Treason, support for Zionism is questioned and leads to many anti-Semitic attacks. The United States is unable to support the Israeli declaration of nationhood at the end of British mandate of Palestine, and the newly fledged state struggles to get its foot in the ground. Recognition of Israel in the present day is limited, and is Ironically backed mainly by nations that were in the Axis powers during World War 2 including Germany, Imperial Japan, Spain and Italy. Migration to Israel of Jewish families is low due to a lack of job prospects, and many stay in Allied countries long after the war. Palestine on the other hand, has no recognition by any countries at all, and continues to have problems including bad job prospects, regular political and militant in-fighting and widespread malnutrition.
The Rise of Militant Pacifism
Einstein became a figure of hatred in the United States, but in other countries a minority chose to idolise him for what they saw as a righteous act of preventing dangerous weapons from existing. While even today, remnants of the original Green Peace organisation exist, other groups each with their preferred targets and ideologies grew. Red December was formed in 1954, with obvious far-left tendencies which target military outside of the Communist sphere of influence. GroundForce is an example of one with relatively higher than average support, often quoted as recognition of their acts of removing live munitions from conflict zones. However despite this, the organisation as do many of the others are typically banned either at a world wide level through the UN, or individually by independent sovereign states for their violent acts.
Situation in 2009
Topics of Nuclear Realisation
|Main Topics||Militant Pacifism - Delayed Nuclear Development - Nazi Personnel Sale - Zionist Failure - Japanisation|
|Nations||List of Nations (2009) - Spheres of Influence (2009) - United States - Soviet Union - Communist China - Imperial Japan|
|Blocs||NATO - Moscow Pact - Communist China Bloc - Japanese Bloc - "Bread and Butter" Report - United Nations|
|Timeline||Timeline of Events - List of Wars - December '41 Attacks - Cold War|
|Militant Pacifists||Albert Einstein - Edgar Taylor - Greenpeace - ATOM - Ground Force - Red December|