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[WORK IN PROGRESS]
Murphy's law states that "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." This is the basis of this semi-WWII timeline. WWII, the most overused alternate timeline. Oh well, good to start with the most common.
Bold is a character I made up from thin air. Italics is a character or place I made loosely from reality.
World War I
Adolf Hitler is killed by a British sharpshooter while in the military. The sharpshooter has no idea how important the man he shot may have been.
President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt is assassinated by anti-capitalist Giuseppe Zangara. John N. Garner is sworn in as President.
President John N. Garner is elected for a second term after negating the Great Depression's effects on the US.
Without Hitler the Nazi Party never gains a strong foothold, and is eventually beaten by the KPD, AKA The Communist Party.
The Communist Party divides into the Marxist, Nationalist and Stalinist parties. Nationalist and Marxist parties are almost identical in amount of support. Stalinist party is insignificant. Ex-Nazi join Nationalist party.
Stalinist party is dissolved, members join either Marxist or Nationalist parties. Nationalist party elects Heinrich Himmler as Party President after the previous president is assassinated by unknown causes. It is observed by the Marxists that the ex-Nationalist Socialists and those they intimidated used their majority to elect Himmler.
(Up until this point, Soviet history was the same as OTL.) Due to Stalin's larger than OTL purges, the Soviet Union is severely weakened. USSR begins reconstructing.
Marxist Party loses public support after being blamed for assassinating the German Chancellor Kurt von Schleicher. Nationalist Party is now leaning considerably more Right Wing, though is still Communist.
Bavaria begins to cut ties with Austrian National Government.
John N. Garner is not elected a third time, and no law restricting presidents to two terms is made.
Republican Henry Horn and Democrat Ray D. Aider run against each other. Ray D. Aider is victorious and becomes President.
Nationalist Party manages to get overwhelming majority, with only 2 seats taken by the Social Democrats. Annexes Bavaria.
Bavaria declares Independence and is promptly annexed by a Nationalist Germany.
Remaining lead non-Nationalists are assassinated and the Nationalists formally take over Germany. The other Nations of Europe are worried and frightened, but as in OTL do not stop Germany's nationalist takeover.
Austria threatens Germany to return Bavaria to their possession.
Germany refuses Austria's demands and, to add insult to injury, formally annexes Austria.
Austria is annexed, all resistance killed by the Secret Police.
France mobilizes for a German attack.
USSR mobilizes to attack Poland while Europe is occupied with Germany.
Germany mobilizes in response to what it called "French threats".
British Isles (and Ireland)
Scotland revolts and Britain begins a war of re-annexation.
Stalin begins invasion of Poland at December 14th.
Germany makes an alliance with the USSR and grants the USSR all of Poland's Slavic dominated regions. Declares war on France.
France openly declares war on Germany. Nationalists use this as a reason to ban other parties.
The "War of Foreign Aggression" begins.
Ray D. Aider is re-elected president.
With the War of Foreign Aggression, or as many called it the Franco-German war, going on the military develops a highly classified weapon, the StG, or Assault Rifle.
France is in a stalemate with Germany, though Germany is generally on the offense.
Britain subdues Scotland and refuses both German and French calls for assistance, preferring to remain neutral.
Occupies and Annexes Poland.
Germany deploys the new StG and Tiger tank on June 5th and August 26th, respectively.
French resistance ceases and the Germans reach Paris November 18th using a tactic dubbed Blitzkrieg.
The War of Foreign Aggression, which replaced World War II, officially Ends.
German Influence Zone
Germany officially joins its territories together under the new name; The New Roman Empire. To crush all resistance, they invade Italy, Spain and Portugal on January 4th.
Italy falls on May 26th.
Spain falls on December 25th.
Portugal surrenders and joins the European Empire.
The New Roman Empire declares itself a new form of government, a combination of a Democracy and a Dictatorship.
- The Legislative branch is elected by the people and elects its own Prime Minister.
- The Executive branch is a Dictator, currently Himmler.
- The Judiciary branch is composed of only minor courts.
Stalin is worried about the Romans, and quickly musters his forces in anticipation of an attack. This includes the addition of the dreaded KV-1 tanks. This tank had a slight modification than in OTL, instead of having heavier armor the KV-1 had a much more advanced engine, allowing much faster speeds. This tank easily overtook most contemporary tanks in speed. It was even faster than the dreaded T-34, which could outpace most light tanks.
Republican George King is elected as President.
The New Roman Empire reaches a state of stability, with legislative government becoming the controllers of Domestic affairs, while the Executive branch controls all military and foreign affairs. Himmler is Dictator.
The United States develops the M14 Battle Rifle to replace the M1 Garand. The M14 has basically positive reviews from troops. It is extremely light weight, reliable, and fires a deadly 7.62mm bullet.
Stalin sends KV-1 scout tanks into Europe. This ignites hostilities.
The NRE's Army destroys the KV-1 tanks. Sends Tiger tanks in response. Himmler is sick.
The United States sends aircraft to monitor the USSR.
The USSR repels both the Tiger tanks and US aircraft.
Britain declares Ireland its territory.
Himmler dies. Without him committing the holocaust, the European world hails him as a hero. His cousin, Lucas Himmler, is made Dictator.
Stalin is sick. KV-1 tanks are sent in to eliminate the Tiger tanks. They succeed, though lose 2 tanks for every Tiger destroyed.
M15 is created to replace the BAR. It is a resounding success, becoming the world's best Automatic Rifle. It is the same weight as the M14, and has a fire rate of 600 RPM. The M14 is designated the Marksman Rifle, while the M15 is designated the General Infantry Rifle.
Vietnam peacefully turns into a Dictatorially Assisted Democracy, based off New Rome. The Legislative Branch is notable more powerful than the Executive, the opposite share of power than New Rome.
Democrat Rusty Brown is elected President. He is widely seen as the poor man's choice.
Lucas demands more Military power, pointing to the Russian's tanks and America's rifles as how the Europeans are outmatched. He is shown the secret StG assault rifle prototype and demands that it be finished and put in the front lines.
Stalin gets better. The KV series is scrapped, and the OT, or Охотник Тигра(Tiger Hunter), series is created. It is designed to combine the speed of the KV-1 with the armor of the Tiger. The idea is wonderful, but the outcome, the OT-1 is a terrible failure. It uses too much gas and would be a sitting duck if gas lines were cut for even a moment. The OT-1 is redesigned to be a powerful Anti-Tank Emplacement. It excels at this job.
The StG-54 is created. It is a huge success, having a longer range than the SMGs of the time but not nearly as powerful as the M15 of the US. In exchange, it shot at 900 RPM, making it roughly equal at medium range, inferior at long and superior at short.
A captured StG-54 is used to design the M16 Assault Rifle. The M16 proves itself inferior in almost every way to the M14 and M15, and is pulled from production. The remaining M16's are used as spare parts to develop the M2 Export Carbine, a weapon that is ineffective against even the lightest 1st world armor, but is accurate enough to dominated unarmored conflicts. Third World countries buy the M2 in large numbers.
Stalin dies. His successor is assassinated as a military coup happens and establishes a full-out dictatorship, though keeps the name USSR.
Lucas declares war on Russia, looking to expand his territories. He sends the Emperor tanks against the OT-1 and KV-1 tanks.
The USSR returns the declaration of war, and quickly demolishes the attacking Tiger Tanks.
The United States and Canada unite, giving the USA control of most of North America. Canada does not resist, as both countries see the issues in Europe as a warning.
The StG is deployed to frontline troops, over powering the outdated Russian weaponry.
The KV-1 tanks are failing at being destructive, as they are too easily destroyed. When the Romans reach the inner part of Russia, they begin to encounter the OT-1 emplacements in large numbers. The OT-1s lay waste to the Tigers, crushing their armor easily due to their 130mm HEAT shell.
The M14 and M15 are modified into more refined models, quickly becoming much more effective in cost, weight and management. The M14 is nicknamed the Persuader, and the M15 is nicknamed the Negotiator.
Denmark and Switzerland join the New Roman Empire.
The Roman armies get to Moscow. A secret weapon, the OT-2, appears on the side of the Russians and quickly changes the course of the war. The USSR is crippled, but will be able to finish this war. The Europeans go into a full-fledged retreat when faced against the combined might of the USSR's reserve forces and the new OT-2 Assault Base.
The United States begins making alliances with various countries, such as Egypt and Turkey. The US gives weapons aid and the M15 to these countries, while the countries give profitable trade agreements to the United States. The M15 takes over the position the OTL AK47 is in.