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Peace World

Peace World


A Scene from One Germany

Publication information
Publisher Atomic Comics
Schedule Monthly issue
Format Ongoing series
Genre Alternate History, steampunk
Publication date January 2006 - Present
Number of issues 62 (as of March 2011)
Main character(s) N/A

Peace World is an alternate history and steampunk comic written by various authors. It is set in a world where Doomsday does not happen due to the fact that the Soviet Union collapsed because of Islamic insurrections, which later led to the fall of the remaining communist countries. The story describes the changes in Europe following the creation of the "European League" (an organization similar to the South American Confederation) and the decaying situation inside the United States of America.

Issues

  1. Soviet Divided: The issue describes how the Soviet Union is divided into 15 separate countries in 1980 after Islamist insurrections bring down the communist government. Doomsday is thus averted as the Soviet nuclear arsenal is dismantled by the United States and NATO to avoid it falling into the wrong hands. President of the United States Jimmy Carter declares at the end of the issue that "the world is finally at peace."
  2. Good Bye Communism!: The story shifts to Latin America where Fidel Castro's government is overthrown and the Salvadorian Civil War ends in 1982.
  3. One Germany: War breaks out in Europe when East Germany makes a desperate attempt to stave off collapse by launching an invasion of West Germany through the Fulda Gap in 1983 with the help of former Soviet military units who refused to stay loyal to the democratic Russia. The war ends in favor of the Western nations with the last scene showing NATO forces marching victoriously into Berlin.
  4. Capitalists to the East: With the fall of East Germany, the remaining communist governments of Eastern Europe collapse.
  5. Olympic Games: The 1984 Olympic Games are held in Los Angeles. Former communist nations still send teams and generally there is a feeling of optimism in the air about the future. Nevertheless, a few nasty incidents suggest that the United States might not have what it takes to lead the free world.
  6. Republic of China: Anti-Communist sentiment explodes into open revolt in China. Violent repression by the communist government does nothing to prevent the spreading of the revolt and a joint-international task force succeeds in installing a democratic government. Taiwan, however, refuses to unite with this new China and instead declares independence.
  7. People's Republic of Burma: In the year 1996, communism still has not been eradicated. Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea and North Korea stubbornly maintain their system of government. Meanwhile, Burma falls to a communist revolution.
  8. Peru: Communist insurgents, supplied covertly by the Communist states of East Asia, cause a civil war to break out in Peru. The United States unilaterally intervenes to prove to the rest of the world that they can handle matters in their own back yard. The US intervention turns out to be incredibly unpopular, both in Peru and back home. As the civil war drags on, protests spread across the United States along with acts of civil disobedience.
  9. European League: In response to the increasingly poor relations between the United States and Europe, the nations of Europe (including Russia) form the European League. This economic, military and political alliance threatens to replace the United States as the world's only superpower.
  10. Cold War, again...: In 1998, NATO disbands after the European nations leave. A new Cold War begins between the United States and Europe.
  11. Divided Latin America: Latin America takes sides in the Cold War between America and Europe. Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay openly ally with the European League in exchange for financial and military aid. Meanwhile, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil join with the United States and Canada to form the American Treaty Organization. The rest of South America remains neutral. The issue, however, focuses more on a border clash between Brazil and Uruguay that almost starts World War III.
  12. A Free South Africa, Part 1: South Africa becomes a pawn of the warring powers. The US courts the nation in an effort to gain control of its vast mineral resources. The European League in response supplies Zimbabwe, Bostwana and other border countries with advanced weaponry. Threatened, the South African government launches an attack on its neighbors.
  13. A Free South Africa, Part 2: Unable to fight a war on so many fronts against European armed African states and facing an open revolt back home, the Apartheid government collapses. Boers and Anglo-Africans immigrate in massive numbers to the United States. Meanwhile South Africa is renamed the Republic of Azania.
  14. Trouble Down Under: A communist insurgency spreads through Indonesia, while the Republic of China threatens to collapse under its own communist rebellion. With the United States and the European League distracted by their own squabbles, Australia decides it is time to go it alone and turns New Zealand and the other nations of the Pacific to stop the spread of communism and wipe it out once and for all.

Controversy

The comic is banned in Socialist Siberia and other communist countries due to its depiction of communism.

Trivia

  • Atomic comics also published a mini-series titled Atomic War: 1962, in which World War III happened in 1962 after the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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    Atomic War! 1962

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