Point of Divergence
Hitler takes a lesson from Napoleon and does not invade Russia.
Rest of World War II
In OTL, for every Nazi soldier on the western front, there were three on the eastern front. The cancellation of Barbossa quadruples the amount of resistance the allies will meet. The D-Day invasion of Normandy was unsuccessful due to the quadrupling of Nazis. The allies were unable to take Saharan Hitler to surrender (that was actually the original plan before the Nazis surrendered) but this was easier said than done as claiming an airfield close enough to Germany was nearly impossible due to the German buildup. Denmark was chosen as the site from which to launch the atomic bombs from. Unfortunately, the assault to take Denmark proved to be a mistake as mines took out many of the ships and Denmark has stronger defenses than Norway. In addition to this, Germany has the time to develop Horton Ho 229, an early stealth aircraft. Taking fortress Europe proved to be impossible.
In July 1945, The United States and Great Britain sign an armistice with Nazi Germany and Italy ending the war in Europe. Churchill voiced his opposition to Nazi Europe and retired peacefully, Hitler had 6 years to live due to Parkinsons, and Roosevelt had six weeks. After the death of Adolf Hitler in 1951, Heinrich Himmler took his place. In OTL, Himmler was expelled from the party for trying to negotiate peace with the Allies so Karl Doenitz took his place.
The pacific war is unaffected resulting in the same outcome.
The US reverse engineers the I-400, a Japanese submarine which could carry up to three planes. In OTL, these were destroyed to keep it from soviet hands as a result of a technology-sharing treaty.
The palace of the soviets was slated to surpass the Empire State Building but was cancelled due to Operation: Barbossa.
In 1947, Hitler invaded Italy ten years after the treaty was made (it was set to expire ten years after its ratification) as well as Spain and Portugal a few months later. In 1949, Hitler invaded Switzerland and the Nazis tested their first atomic bomb in the Mediterranean sea.
The Cold War
The soviet union is weaker in this timeline without raw materials imported from the allies to fight the Nazis or captured Nazi scientists to brainstorm their space program. In 1949, the Nazis developed their first nuclear bomb starting a nuclear arms race between the free world and German proper.
The Soviet Union was not much of a threat due to its political problems which were resolved by a foreign enemy in OTL and the lack of nuclear research. However, China still goes Communist and the Korean war still happens.
The 26th Amendment of the US constitution was ratified in the aftermath of Roosevelt's death, preventing a president from running more than two terms. Heinrich Himmler was less aggressive than Hitler in his foreign policy though he shared a mutual hatred of the Jews. Joseph Stalin was General Secretary until 1952 and died in 1953. Nikita Khrushchev took over and was the general secretary when the Nazis took over the European half.
French Africa, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, and Tunisia were under Axis dominion. When Spain was conquered, the spanish sahara was integrated under Morocco's sovereignty. The Nazis occupied Northern Europe. The soviets retained their territory. The allies had the rest of Africa, the UK, and the US.
, the US, and the UK. Turkey did not join NATO because the Nazis were next door and the rest were neutral countries so it remained neutral. Gadafi was an ally of Germany as was Venezuela. Cuba still went Communist, though.
In 1961, the Nazis made their first manned spaceflight. Although the Nazis were ahead in the game, the Allies had decent espionage which allowed them to catch up such as French resistance. The Nazis beat America to the moon in 1969 and in 1973, launched the world's first space station (same design as Skylab).
Although the allies had an advantage in developing weapons first and having more uranium, the Nazis has better ballistic missile technology. Therefore, allied nuclear weapons had a much stronger blast radius to increase the odds of hitting the target. The Nazis also were the 1st to develop nuclear submarines. The Nazis did not have enough uranium to maintain a sufficient nuclear arsenal so they turned to plutonium.
The allies reversed engineered the I-400 allowing them to manufacture submarines which could retain planes. The Nazis held the upper hand in the air department with the Horton Ho229, the 1st stealth fighter. They also had the world's first jet fighters.
In 1945, the war in Europe ended with a stalemate immediately followed by a three-way cold war. In 1949, the Nazis tested their 1st atomic bomb in the Mediterranean Sea beginning the nuclear arms race. Adolf Hitler ruled Germany until 1951 when he died of Parkinsons, He listed Heinrich Himmler as his successor. Under Himmler, Nazi Germany was less warmongering but no less genocidal and racist.
Takeover of European Russia:
In 1955, Himmler threatened Soviet Russia with total destruction and demanded unconditional surrender along with launching an offensive. Naturally, Khrushchev saw this as a declaration of war and invaded Poland (annexed by Germany). The Nazis responded by launching a nuclear-tipped missile at Leningrad. Khrushchev refused to surrender so the Nazis launched another one at Kiev. On September 18 1955, Nikita Khrushchev officially announced the surrender of European Russia and his government fled to Siberia. In the aftermath, the Nazis placed heavy regulations to starve out 50 million Slavs and the rest would be enslaved for future German colonization. The statue of Lenin on the palace of soviets was demolished and replaced with a statue of Hitler and renamed the palace of Germania. Gorbachev and his family likely die as a result of Himmler's policies.
Non Proliferation Treaty:
In 1968, America, Great Britain, and Nazi Germany signed the nuclear non proliferation treaty. Although they continued to manufacture nukes after this, they promised to not promote nuclear proliferation and promote the peaceful use of nuclear technology instead.
In 1948, the state of Israel was formed. The US and UK have a much stronger relationship with the country than in OTL due to the Nazis' hatred of Jews. The Arab countries remained mostly neutral after independence. Iran was a democracy until the 1952 coup by the CIA which installed the shah as ruler under the fear of Nazism. Later in the 50s, the Baath parties of Iraq and Syria take over their respective countries aided by the Nazis. Both of these countries held close ties with Nazi Germany. Although the members of French Africa eventually became independent, they eventually became dictatorships who had strong ties with the Nazis.
The civil rights movement happens a decade early due to the fear of Nazism.
The Korean war still happened as China was Communist and the soviets still invaded Manchukuo (Japanese puppet state in China). As in OTL, this ends in a stalemate. The Vietnam war was a failure for America as Laos and Cambodia also became Communist.
John F. Kennedy was not assassinated as Lee Harvey Oswald was sympathetic toward Communism
Heinrich Himmler did not live forever, he was replaced by Woldemar Thielemann. He was born in the Weimar Republic before the rise of Hitler on August 1 1925. He was drafted into military service on August 1 1943. He started out as an officer then worked up to general over the years. He was colonel when the Nazis took over European Russia. He was in charge of a battalion operating in Stalingrad. Later, he gained Himmler's trust and became his right hand man. When he found out about the holocaust, he was horrified. In 1975 upon Himmler's death, he became the new Führer. Thielemann shut down the extermination programs though Jews, slavs, and poles were in no way equal to Aryans. However, he was more aggressive in foreign policy than his predecessor.
In 1979, the Iranian revolution occurs overthrowing the Shah and Iran became the theocracy that it is today. Khomeni (supreme leader of the new Irani government) also resented the Nazis because he saw them as an enemy to religion. In the Iran-Iraq war, the Nazis backed the Iraqis. The Nazis responded to the Iranian conquests with a bombing of the capital. They also deployed troops to hold back Iran's advances.
Woldemar Thielemann also overthrew the democratic government in Afghanistan and replaced it with a Nazi puppet government. Ronald Reagan sent aid to the mujaheddin which fought the Nazi occupation. In 1989, the Nazis withdrew and a few years later, down went the Fascist government in Afghanistan. The country fell into chaos just as in OTL.
Ronald Reagan was well known for criticizing the Nazis. In fact, he was assassinated late in 1984 by a Nazi sympathizer. In his wake, George H.W. Bush took office. Bush was tougher on the Nazis even though he was more moderate.
The 3rd Reich did not collapse in the 90s unlike the Soviet Union in OTL because that was the result of Gorbachev trying to make reforms while maintaining a central economy in addition to a coup. Instead of the feeling that Nazi Germany will collapse, there's the feeling that this will be a thousand year Reich. Internet access was definitely allowed but it was heavily censored.
In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait despite Germany's pleas not to. The US did not interfere due to Iraq's alliance with Nazi Germany.
9/11 and the war on terror:
On September 11 2001, terrorists hijacked airplanes which hit Nazi targets instead of allied targets. One plane hit the palace of Germania in Moscow, a second hit the Volkshalle, and a third was slated to hit a random building in Berlin but the passengers revolted and the plane crashed. The Palace of Germania saw the tower section fall and the rest of the structure was condemned beyond repair while Volkshalle suffered some damaged but was eventually restored. Since the mujaheddin were the precursors of al Qaeda, the group alleged to have carried out the attack, the Nazis accused the US of aiding the terrorists, a claim which they firmly denied.
The Nazis invaded Afghanistan once again to eliminate al Qaeda presence as well as other Islamic extremists. They toppled the Taliban government and replaced it with a fascist regime loyal to the fatherland. This government was actually more successful than the OTL government because the OTL US diverted resources to Iraq and the military was less organized.
In 2011, the Arab Spring happened starting in Tunisia and spread all over the middle east. The Kuwaitis began an independence movement and the Shiites and Kurds. The US and Iran backed the rebels while Germany backed Saddam, turning the conflict into a proxy war. In Syria, the Nazis remained neutral though Iran backed the government while the Arab League and allies backed the rebels. The Nazis also backed Gadaffi while the US backed the rebels leading to another proxy war. In 2013, Assad used chemical weapons and since Russia wasn't there to defend them, NATO invaded Syria and Assad fled to Iran.
Even though internet was heavily censored, the occupied territories of Nazi Germany couldn't be kept in the dark forever thanks to the deep web and leaked photos. This led to the second French revolution in 2014 in addition to Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, and Russia along with others. Because of this, the Nazis were forced to withdraw their support from Libya and Iraq to pacify the revolutions.
In 2015, Woldemar Thielemann dies of old age and is replaced by Günter Weigle, born in July 19 1962, being the first Führer to be born in Nazi Germany.
The United States is not much different except for being in a cold war with the Nazis. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is that Barach Obama is not president (he didn't even beat Hillary Clinton). This is because Iraq war resentment was one of the things which got him into office in addition to being more of a peacetime president. As a result, there is no Obama Care. Instead of Obama, John McCain is elected president. Another noticeable difference is that the World Trade Center is still standing.
In the Middle East, Gadaffi was overthrown in early 2015 and now the country is unstable. The new Syrian government is dealing with a Hezbollah insurgency due to discrimination against the previously ruling Shiites. In Iraq, the Shiites and Kuwaitis in the south and Kurds in the north are fighting Saddam Hussein with aid from the US and Iran. Iranian militias have assisted the rebels and for that, Saddam launched a chemical attack on Iran in mid 2015 leading to the 2nd Iran-Iraq war.
In Europe, Vichy France is war torn and the Nazis have launched many chemical attacks which have been criticized by the US and UK. If it weren't for the large Wehrmacht presence, Vichy France would have certainly fallen by now. Spain, Portugal and Norway are also experiencing civil war along with every other European country. The Balkans provide the least resistance to the Wehrmacht because the rebel groups are often fighting each other and the larger presence of <uslims makes way for al Qaeda and possibly other jihadist groups.
The cold war is still ongoing but one thing is for certain, this will not be a thousand year Reich.