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People's Republic of China (1983: Doomsday)

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People's Republic of China
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Northern Shanxi & Shaanxi, Southwest Inner Mongolia, Southern Gansu
Flag of the People's Republic of China National Emblem of the People's Republic of China (1983DD)
Flag Coat of Arms
DD83-Map of China Current Base
Location of PRC, People's Republic
(and largest city)
Other cities Tianshui
Language Mandarin Chinese
Religion Buddhism, Atheism
Government Single-party communist state
President Kang Wufei
Population 24,012,120 (2014 estimate) 
Established 1949
Currency Chinese Yuan (Renminbi)

The People's Republic of China is a state in East Asia. It is one of the few East Asian states that survived Doomsday, but also one of the most damaged. It was the rival of the Soviet Union in the leadership of communism and due to this rivalry was heavily struck by Soviet missiles on Doomsday.


China in 1983 was ruled in the mainland by the Chinese Communist Party. It had a turbulent history, and when its founder Mao Zedong died, there was a power struggle in which Deng Xiaoping, a moderate, won over the "Gang of Four" led by Mao's widow Mao Jiang Qing. Deng initiated reforms in the economy while keeping it communist, and he continued his country's belligerent stance toward the Soviet Union.


China was struck down by Soviet nuclear missiles at the time of Doomsday. The Chinese were caught surprised, their capital in Beijing reduced to a nuclear wasteland, and dozens of other cities. Only a few Chinese Politburo, National People's Congress, and government officials survived, alongside officials in the countryside; Deng was unable to escape in time from Beijing. The Chinese retaliated with their surviving nuclear weapons, but their targets in the Soviet Union were already destroyed by American nuclear weapons. The Chinese attempted to cripple the Nationalist movement in Taiwan with a single nuclear strike on Taiwan, but nevertheless the ROC eventually took control of former PRC lands. Chaos ensued as hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated to the countryside, and along with it, chaos, disease, and even armed clashes between surviving PLA units.

One of the major surviving cities was Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. Having not been hit by nuclear weapons and being in an area largely unaffected by fallout, with access to agricultural resources, and with its history as a communist stronghold, the remnants of the Chinese government convened in Taiyuan to establish a temporary capital. Martial law was declared in all of China but due to a lack of working communications equipment only those units capable of receiving and within range of older short range radio technology were able to heed the orders.


In the first few weeks, numerous military personnel reached the city proper, alongside a lot of people fleeing the crumbling areas of the country. The city was even attacked several times in the ensuing months by former elements of the PLA who had turned to raiding. These attacks would died down by the beginning of Spring 1984, as the raiders moved on to easier prey.

By that time, it was clear that no help would be coming from any other part of the PRC and that it had most likely ceased to exist anywhere else. Thus, the leaders of Taiyuan took it upon themselves to keep the PRC going. Control over the surrounding areas was increased, especially around areas of heavy industry and local farm areas.

Due to the large amount of people and relatively small amount of farms, several former factories were converted into indoor hydroponic farms with the roof areas turned into small community gardens. These gardens existed throughout the post-doomsday history and has became one of the most successful agricultural and environmental projects in history. This greatly boosted moral and allow the city to reach relative peace.


From the mid-eighties to the beginning of the 21st century, the country remained entirely isolated. During this time, the railway network was converted to support steam-engined trains once more, due to the huge supply of coal in the area.

They also managed to expand their nominal control to Inner Mongolia and, to a lesser extent, Shaanxi. The local cities and towns which were still populated started giving tribute to the PRC, in return for their protection. Trains made it easier for the PLA to achieve this and most raiding parties were pushed back even further into the inner parts of China.


During 2001, a scouting party from the USSR came across the PRC. Through initial confusion, a small scale conflict erupted, in which the numerically superior forces of the PRC drove the scouting party away. This, alongside Doomsday, would lead to several years of distrust and no contact between the two states, although smaller conflicts would continue in Inner Mongolia.

Two years later, in 2003, the PRC decided to investigate the ruins of Beijing, to see if anything useful could be scavenged, now that the radiation levels wouldn't kill people outright. During the journey to Beijing, they encountered another group of soldiers doing the same. This time, there would be no direct fighting, just icy talks, as the group came from the People's Kingdom of Jiangsu. Angered by their unwillingness to join the PRC, talks broke down between the two states. This changed in early 2012, when the PRC agreed to recognize the sovereignty of the country, as the leadership realized that, without Jiangsu's abundant food supplies, they would not be able to expand their influence in China. The leaders of both countries met and signed a trade agreement which helped the PRC greatly.

The nation also found out about the Republic of Gansu to the west, and in 2005 partially mobilised its army while debating whether to try to forcefully unite with the nation. In the end, it was deemed to be too much of a drain of resources and thus no invasion took place. However, the nation now knew for certain a large nation existed to its west.


With continuous supplies of food, the nation could now look to expand its influence once more in many regions of former China. The nation also looked to expand industry as well as its agricultural output - which it managed with the support of Jiangsu. Using Jiangsu, they announced their expansion to the coast and their aim to turn the area north of the city of Hekou into a port, which many believed was because of Siberia's invasion of the state of Imperial China. The move raised fears within the PRC that time was running out and that they had to act to increase their influence and save themselves.

The PRC also turned its attention to the state of Gansu, which it had spared previously as they did not have the resources to fight a long campaign against the state. Noting the change of government, the PRC quickly sent out diplomats to try to build links with the nation as well as pursue unification with the state. The PRC had been one of the main beneficiaries of the Communist Party of Gansu. Yet as the situation within Gansu got worse, the PRC were given the opening they desired and upon Gansu's request, they moved in soldiers to try to bring the situation under control. Only after enforcing martial law and putting in curfews did the PLA manage to bring peace within Gansu. The PRC convinced Gansu its soldiers were needed to help "rebuild and maintain security", using this as a front to gain more power within Gansu.

By winter, the People's Republic was running the nation of Gansu through the party members it had installed in Gansu's parliament. The nation had focused on a "hearts and minds" campaign, spewing out propaganda which stated they would be better under Communist control and they would not have to pay taxes to fund soldiers with the money coming straight back to farmers and workers. It worked, as the PRC began to gain more support within the populace and when the PRC delivered, it only served to increase their popularity. More of Gansu's budget was heading toward the agricultural sector due to the PRC taking responsibility for defending Gansu, allowing for more workers in the field and a greater amount of resources for the workers to work with.

By the new year, in 2014, the PRC announced its intention to unite with Gansu. By now the, largely puppet, government of Gansu agreed with the request and it was announced the nation would join with the PRC on the 14th of February. In what was deemed by many as the "Valentine's Union", the two nations united into a greater People's Republic of China. Almost immediately, this helped boost morale in the rest of the PRC and the government gained more confidence with their position within China. The PRC has focused turning the regions which made up Gansu into the agricultural heartland of the nation while most of the industry remains in the east. The government also increased the size of the armed forces following the unification as they were needed to patrol a greater area.

Government and Politics

Foreign Relations

Currently being a landlocked nation has severely hampered attempts to establish relations with nations outside of China. Some contact has been made with the Union of Sovereign Socialist Republics, with which it does have some ideological similarities, but past tensions and the PRC's claim to the nation's territory have resulted in tense relations, not to mention the old USSR's nuclear attack on the PRC. With its large collection of vassal states and the PLA mostly concerned with maintaining and expanding its influence around Taiyuan, the Communist party had ruled out an invasion of Jiangsu for its food resources.

It has heard of other surviving states both in China and in the world, but its location and unwillingness to maintain cordial relations with the USSR and Jiangsu had left them fairly isolated until recently when they officially recognized the government in Jiangsu and their current borders. A trade agreement was also signed between the two states, which will greatly help with the country's lack of an abundant food source.


The economy of the PRC is stable but still in a fragile state. Shanxi province was known for its heavy industry such as coal mining and metal processing, and those industries still exist, but on a smaller scale and mostly for stockpiling in anticipation of opening up export markets or re-establishing control of the rest of China. Agriculture has also seen a huge investment from the Communist party in order to meet the demand from the government. However the arid climate and dwindling water resources limits agriculture around Taiyuan. Important crops in Shanxi include wheat, maize, millet, legumes, and potatoes.

The nominally controlled areas of the PRC in Shaanxi and Inner Mongolia also provide textile (wool), coal mining, petrochemicals, electricity generation and produce building materials.


The command has around 300,000 personnel, consisting of three group armies (the 27th Army, 38th Army, and the 65th Army), two armoured divisions, one mechanised infantry division, five motorised divisions, one artillery division, three armoured, seven motorised infantry, four artillery, a total of five various anti-aircraft brigades, and one anti-tank regiment. The command is also augmented by the Capital Garrison, which consisted of the 1st and 3rd Capital Garrison Divisions (Police), which was later just given the name Capital Garrison, as many who were originally part of these formations died during Doomsday. The military is also home to the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) 1st Air Force Corps, the only Air Force unit, consisting of entirely surviving units, which are used sparingly, as fuel is rationed. Like the Air Force, the Ground Forces have problems with a lack of fuel. So although they maintain numerous armored vehicles, they are rarely used. However, with the discovery of a large oil field in the Gobi desert, the factories began developing and producing armored vehicles and aircraft once again.

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