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The "Cold War"
In this world, the USA, Russia and Japan are the main three world superpowers. Russia and Japan are bitter rivals, making the world divided into "blocs" similar to the First/Second/Third Worlds concept used during the Cold War, dividing the countries that are more aligned with Russia, the ones more aligned with Japan, and the neutral nations. Russia and Japan are also in a "cold war" type of situation, always trying to outdo each other. However, due to them both being capitalist, "country influencing" wasn't as prevalent as it was in the OTL Cold War. The conflict isn't ideological since the two countries are both capitalist; it is primarily due to historical tensions between the two superpowers. Along with this was the lack of "country influencing" similar to what happened during the OTL Cold War. It only really happened once, that being the Indo-Pakistani War; with Japan aiding Pakistan and Hyderabad and Russia aiding India and Kashmir & Jammu.
After World War II, Russia became a superpower after their huge role in World War II and stopping the German and Japanese forces, as well as kicking Communism out of Ukraine a few years later. After the war and Nagasaki and Hiroshima getting bombed, Japan got aid from numerous nations, including the US, Tibet and the Union of Baltic States. With all this aid, Japan grew to becoming a powerful nation. Despite having slightly more of a bias towards Russia, due to them both being Allies in WWII, the US usually acts as a "peacekeeper" between the two superpowers.
The countries in the Russian Bloc are:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- Sri Lanka
- Kashmir and Jammu
- South Africa
- Nile Republic
The countries in the Japanese Bloc are:
- Union of Baltic States
- Saudi Arabia
- Papua New Guinea
Due to 9/11 never happening, USA never combated all of the terrorist groups they did in our timeline, making terrorism much more prevalent in countries like Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. Each of these countries have gone to war against their respective terrorist groups, although not with too much success. Pakistan has been doing well against the Taliban, though, as they are a major ally of Japan. Groups like ISIS and the Taliban are much more threatening in this world, without the USA and numerous other nations going against them.
Situations by continent
The European nations are greatly divided between the two "blocs", both have multiple strong European nations on their side, with Germany, Ukraine, and the UOBS siding with Japan and the UK, France, and Poland siding with Russia. The EU has been trying to lessen the divide, though, which they have been somewhat successful at doing.
The situation in Asia vastly differs between the western and eastern sides of the continent. Numerous East Asian countries are extremely prosperous, such as China, Mongolia, Japan, and Korea. The western half, though, specifically the Middle Eastern nations, have been faring terribly in recent years. As 9/11 never happened in this timeline, neither did the War on Terror, giving the terrorists a great advantage as they don't have a superpower opposing them.
In Africa, not much has changed. The continent are several poor, impoverished nations like in our world, but for some of them (ex. Mozambique, Togo), things are getting better gradually due to support from Russia/Japan. Ethiopia is easily the most powerful country on the African continent. It is an economic giant, and is much more powerful than it is in our world, thanks to Russian aid.
Oceania has very few countries, like in our timeline. Due to this, most of their nations (specifically Hawaii) are rather isolated, predominantly using the resources within their borders. Most of them do have several allies though, such as Australia getting along well with the US and UK. New Zealand also has many allies as well.
North America is in a very good state, housing arguably the third most powerful nation outside of the two superpowers. Canada and Mexico are also major economic powers as well, but to a lesser extent.
In terms of strength, South America is best placed somewhere in the middle. Brazil and Argentina are both extremely strong economies, while countries like Bolivia and Paraguay are poor and rather impoverished. Brazil is a major world power, though, having a huge economy and large influence.