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What if the Nazis never came to power? Due to the delay of World War Two, the USSR was able to continue its military buildup as well as influence the course of several communist revolutions before staging an attack on the West.
Point of Divergence - October 7, 1916
- Corporal Adolf Hitler of the German Army was killed when he got struck by lightning. History proceeds relatively normal until the mid-twenties since Hitler was not around to attempt his first overthrow of the German government.
The October Revolution and Birth of the Soviet Union 1917-1922
- In 1917, the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin overthrew the Russian government and established a communist government. In 1922, Russia and several other states formed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Stalin's Rise to Power 1924-1927
- After Lenin's death in 1924, Stalin eventually won a power struggle against Trotsky, the latter of whom was sent into exile. Stalin then worked on industrialization of the USSR, bringing in a command economy as well as political repression.
Great Depression 1929-1951
- After the Stock Market Crash of 1929 led to the Great Depression, the economies of many nations around the world, including the United States, Germany, and several other nations plummeted. Despite the economic crisis, Stalin concentrated on his own country, including making sure his Five Year Plan went on schedule and building up the strength of the Red Army. During the mid-thirties, Stalin decided to begin a Great Purge of many of the Old Bolsheviks who fought in the October Revolution under the belief that they planned to overthrow him and kill him.
Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
- Spain had gone into a civil war in 1936. Mussolini's Fascist Italy sent aid to the Spanish Nationalists and Stalin's Soviet Union sent aid to the Spanish Republicans. In 1938, the Spanish Nationalists were facing defeat after defeat. The Italian Navy attempted to sink one of the Soviet convoys in hopes of buying their allies more time. Infuriated, Stalin declared a de facto state of war between the Soviet Union and the Kingdom of Italy. The Spanish Republicans officially won the civil war with the surrender of the Nationalists. Italy was forced to sign an armistice with the Soviet Union; they were forced to give up control of the Adriatic Islands over to Yugoslavia. In addition they were required to turn their East African holdings over to the Soviet Union though they were allowed to keep Libya.
German Revolution 1944-1945
- During the mid-forties, many European countries, mainly Germany, suffered greatly from the worsening Great Depression. In 1944, a bomb went off at the Reichstag, killing the German President, the Chancellor and much of the German Parliament. The explosion was quickly blamed on the unpopular German Workers' Party (DAP) which had already be deteriorating since the death of DAP Founder Anton Drexler in 1942. However there were those who believed that Stalin and his NKVD may have had something to do with the bombing. German communists supported by Stalin toppled the German government and seized control of much of the country by 1945.
Countdown to War 1946-1951
- Due to the Great Depression continuing well into the 40's, the Soviet Union takes advantage of the growing unrest to sponsor revolutions in Europe, Latin America, and other locations around the world. The Soviets make territorial demands from Poland and Finland. Using a policy of appeasement, the League of Nations allowed Stalin to annex parts of Poland and Finland in exchange for no further territorial demands. Stalin later recants and annexes all Poland and Finland. France and the United Kingdom forms a new alliance. Other non-communist European countries align with the French and British; even Fascist Italy under Mussolini joins the alliance.
World War Two 1951-1955
- The Second World War begun when the Soviet Union invaded France. Great Britain and the other few remaining free nations of Europe declared war on the Soviet Union. With the League of Nations distracted in defending Europe, the Japanese Empire seizes the opportunity to occupy French Indochina and gain an advantage over the Chinese. France along with the rest of mainland Europe fall by 1952. The United Kingdom stood alone; however that changed in 1953 when the Soviet Navy launched a devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, crippling the US Pacific Fleet. The United States responds by declaring war on the Soviet Union. Realizing that the entry of America into the war could undermine Soviet progress in Europe, Stalin orders Zhukov to lead the Red Army in an assault on the US West Coast to keep the Americans out of Europe. Great Britain fell by 1954; the Soviets needed only focus on the United States. However the United States proved to be a formidable foe. In addition to fighting the American military, the Red Army also had to contend with guerrilla attacks as well. It took nearly a year for the Soviets to be able to secure the West Coast. By then the Soviet death toll was high. Soviet military leaders concluded that invading the remainder of the United States, particularly the East Coast, would result in the death toll exceeding several million which would make any victory Pyrrhic. Stalin ordered that the Red Air Force use the latest addition to the Soviet arsenal; the atomic bomb. New York City and Chicago were obliterated by Stalin's new weapon. The Second World War ended the following month with President Truman signing America's unconditional surrender.
Great East Asian War 1960-1965
- The Soviet Union launched a full scale invasion of the Japanese Empire and China. However the two countries had plenty of time to prepare; the Chinese Nationalists and the Japanese Empire had set aside their differences during the Second World War due to the Soviet threat. After several months of losing ground to the Russians, the Japanese and Chinese were able to stage a massive counterattack, drive the Russians back to the border, and even stage attacks in the USSR itself. The war eventually locked into a stalemate which lasted for several years. After Soviet leader Vyacheslav Molotov was deposed by Khrushchev in 1964, the Soviet Union began to look for a peaceful settlement. In 1965, Khrushchev and Yamatoto negotiated a ceasefire between the Soviet Union and the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. A Demilitarized Zone was set up between the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere and the Union of Soviet Stalinist Republics according to where the current frontline was. As a result, both sides lost an equal amount of territory to the other.
Like Father, Like Son 1970
- In 1970, Khrushchev announced his retirement and appointed his son Leonid Khrushchev to take his place as CPSU Leader and Soviet Head-of-State. The Politburo made no objections to the hereditary-like appointment in this case mainly due to the fact that Leonid Khrushchev was a decorated war hero and had proven himself a natural leader during the Second World War.
America War 1966-1975
- Soviet counter-insurgency operations in the United States.
End of the United States of America July 4, 1976
- In order to prevent another conflict like the America War, the Soviet Union decides to step up its timetable to break apart the United States of America into several new countries.
Argentine Revolution 1982-1983:
- In 1982, a new organization gained influence with the pro-Soviet government of Argentina resulting in reforms being passed throughout the country. Eventually the Argentines pushed for an end to Soviet influence and that they be allowed to run their own affairs. Then later that year, Argentine forces seized control of Falkland Islands and wiped out the small Soviet garrison stationed there. The Soviet Union invaded and retake the Falkland Island only a month later. The following year, the Soviet Union, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, and Spain invaded Argentina and took control of the country. In order to prevent further rebellion, the Soviet leadership decided to unite all the puppet states in South America into the South American Soviet Republics. Technically the new country is independent, but the South American Premier has pledged his loyalty to Soviet leadership in Moscow.
August Coup 1991
- In August of 1991, Premier Mikhail Gorbachev overthrew Soviet Head of State Leonid Khrushchev, then attempted to dismantle the Stalinist system and withdraw from North America and Western Europe. However, Khrushchev and NKVD leader Vladimir Putin retook the Kremlin and arrested Gorbachev after only three days. In response to the attempted coup, most of the powers of the position of Premier was transferred over to the CPSU Leader and Soviet Head of State.
Baltic Uprisings 1991-1992
- Shortly after the arrest of former Premier Gorbachev and Khrushchev's return to power, the Baltic States demanded full independence as well as the release of Mikhail Gorbachev. In response, Khrushchev had Gorbachev publicly executed as an Enemy of the People, then ordered the Red Army to move into the Baltic States to restore order. The people resisted for several months however they were no match for the might of the Red Army, so the conflict all but ended by early 1992.
Chechen Wars 1994-2009
- In the early 1990's, anti-Soviet demonstrations broke out in the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Stalinist Republics. The people demanded more rights and increased sovereignty. However Soviet leader Leonid Khrushchev refused and ordered all economic aid to the province be cut off with the Red Army on standby to move in. This briefly reduced the problem however in mid-1994, the Georgian Soviet Stalinist Republic, which was also Stalin's birthplace, sided with the Chechen-Ingush ASSR. Realizing that this could lead to another internal conflict much like the failed Baltic States revolt, Khrushchev ordered the Red Army to prepare for combat operations. In late 1994, Soviet forces invaded the Chechen-Ingush ASSR and the Georgian SSR.