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The Wolves of the Axis timeline is if there were major differences in World War II. The timeline spans from World War II and the Cold War.
World War II
Scholars argue World War II began in 1939. However, the conflicts that escalated to World War II are present in 1935.
1935: The National Socialist Party in Germany disregarded the treaty of Versailles, expanding her military force. Eastern Switzerland and Austria were annexed and incorporated into the German hold. Poland and Czechoslovakia attempted to fight back but they too were defeated. The Holocaust commenced with the extermination of the Jews and other “undesirables”.
1936: The Empire of Japan finally recovered from the Great Depression. However at this time, politicians seized power through assassinations and coup de taits. One coup did succeed in taking power. Japan was condemned around the world for taking Manchuria from the Chinese government without warning. This coup has saved the Empire from further condemnation. The Meiji Party, a group formed by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto took over the government. The new government immediately ceased hostilities towards China. This feat earned commendation from the United Kingdom, redeeming the Asian country from a fate close to a fall from grace.
By the time United States of America was about to recover, Republican candidate Charles Lindbergh has beaten Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt in the 1936 Presidential Election in a decisive victory. Lindbergh has made an isolationist America, staying neutral in most global affairs. Independence was promised to the Philippines by 1946.
1937: Italy was not safe from the time of change. King victor Emmanuel III was betrayed and executed by Benito Mussolini, leading to a civil war. The British Empire and Germany intervened in the war with Italy divided between the Capitalist South and the Fascist North. The surviving members of the Italian royal family escaped the country and were eventually sheltered by the Meiji Party. Mussolini was forced to resign by his German masters and was replaced with a more competent leader.
Spain was brought into a Civil War between the Republicans and the Nationalists. The Allies and the Axis gave support to the warring factions in order to gain support of their larger war. Though Francisco Franco’s forces won the war, Spain was too weak to participate so neutrality was declared to rebuild the infrastructure.
1938: The Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China turned to the favour of the former. Communist forces attempted to capture Peking but they were defeated and driven near the Soviet border and Western China. Manchurian forces participated in the war as well, aiding the Nationalists in fighting the Communist forces. Trust between Japan and China was slowly mending with financial support and medical aid so Nationalists forces can focus on the war and to keep the population loyal to the government.
1939: The Soviet Union showed her strength to the world by launching attacks on Eastern European countries. France once again retaliated but the strength of the Soviet forces were too much to bear. An alliance was signed between Germany and the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin suddenly died from natural causes and was replaced by Molotov.
Germany wanted a Fascist South America to gain support from. He sent diplomats to Brazil, Argentina and Chile to convince them to join the Fascist sphere of influence. Not wanting that, Japan gathered Peru, Colombia and Bolivia to form an alliance to keep German activity in check. The United States caught wind of the activities and ordered both Japan Germany to cease as it was a violation of the Monroe Doctrine. Both agreed to leave and Japan’s allies were left in the hands of United States while the Fascist regimes independently continued their relations with Germany.
With the extermination of Jews in Europe, the Jews that fled to Asia through the Soviet Union asked for Japanese help. Due to the distance, Japan was unable to take direct action but a new sanctuary was created in the form of the Republic of Jerusalem. The new country was formed in the Southern half of Sakhalin with the policy of permanent neutrality. Due to proximity to Japan, reinforcements can be sent if it was ever to be attacked.
1940: Britain initially stayed neutral during the early stages of the war. Germany saw Britain as an Aryan nation and wanted her to join the war against France. However, France was an invaluable ally and losing her would be a huge blow. Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister at the time justified German invasions as their attempt of reclaiming what they lost from the previous war. When the invasion of France began, Chamberlain declared war on Germany. When Chamberlain was taken out of office, Winston Churchill continued to lead Britain throughout the war.
The Fall of France to Germany was a shocking moment for the Allies. France was a country that prominent in the war and being defeated was a massive shock. A puppet government was placed in the city of Vichy and led by a Pro-German Flandin. Some refused to let their country fall to Fascism and formed the Free French Movement under the leadership of De Gaulle. The Free French forces drew and relied on soldiers from the Colonies that defected from the Vichy government. The French colonies in Western Africa were first to join the resistance and more joined during the war. Indochina was the last to join in 1944.
To destroy Free France, the German war effort concentrated on Africa, the continent where the majority of Free French Forces were located. As a result, Africa became a savage battlefield. The was not only fought by the Axis and Allies, as African warlords became mercenaries for either side or attack both. Erwin Rommel, the German commander of the theater was admired by the Axis and grudgingly some Allied officers in the theatre for his tactical expertise.
1941: When Soviet forces joined the battles in Western Europe, Japan declared war on the Soviet Union. A pre-emptive strike was carried out on Vladivostok by the Navy while the Army attacked from Manchukuo. The initial strike was favourable to the Japanese but Soviet reinforcements were what Japanese officers feared. The Siberian railway was bombed to delay Soviet reinforcements. When reinforcements did arrive Japanese forces were slowly losing ground in Vladivostok. Meanwhile, the Soviet Navy attacked Hakodate but the quick response of the Japanese reinforcements have decimated the Soviet Navy.
Taking advantage of the situation, Hitler authorised Operation Barbarossa. The non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union was broken and German forces struck the Soviet border in the speed of lightning. With the majority of the Soviet forces en route to the Far East, the Germans have mowed through to the Soviet homeland with ease. A ceasefire was agreed between the Soviet Union and Japan so the former can focus on fighting the Germans while the latter prepared for operations against the Axis.
In South America, the Axis-aligned countries launched the attack on American-backed countries. Due to the importance of the South American allies, General George Patton and a United States Marine Corps detachment was sent to help with the defence. The battles mainly took place in the Axis-aligned Ecuador and Pro-American Bolivia. The South American Theatre ended with the defeat of Ecuador and a cease-fire.
Meanwhile, there were three atomic weapons projects in the making. Japan, Britain and France gathered resources to start their project in an undisclosed facility in Canada. The American Manhattan Project took place in the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The German project was done in an underground laboratory under the Swiss Alps. All three projects have finished nearly simultaneously by 1944 with preparations made for their use.
1942: When Portugal joined the Axis, Allied forces instantly declared war. Britain and Free France attacked Portuguese forces through Lisbon. Japan assisted in the war by hitting the Asian colonies of Macau and East Timor. The Portuguese government surrendered and was occupied by Allied forces until the end of the war. The Portuguese Pacific holdings came under Japanese occupation.
The Soviet front became the largest battle in world history. Thousands of soldiers fought hundreds of tanks were rolled out and hundreds of planes soaring the sky. The Luftwaffe copied the bombing of rail-tracks to land a blow on Soviet logistics from the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Wehrmacht were forced to fight in the defensive every winter but fought on the offensive when the winter was over.
To prevent supplies from Asia reaching Europe, the German Kriegsmarine concentrated on destroying Allied vessels. The Kriegsmarine was not able to attack Allied vessels in the Pacific due to American forces keeping a constant watch on Axis-Aligned South American countries and the Imperial Japanese Navy escorting vessels. There were no naval engagements in the Pacific.
1943: The Mutual Cooperation Agreement was signed between Britain and Japan. The agreement gave Japanese assistance in the Atlantic Ocean. The First Fleet with the battleship Yamato was sent to London to assist the Royal Navy. The Air Service also trained with the Royal Air Force, trading each other’s skills for use back in their own theatres.
The Soviet front reached Leningrad, where the Germans met incredibly fierce resistance. Every Soviet men in the city bravely fought the invading Germans. Reinforcements poured in for both sides and the industry became important to continue or end the war.
1944: When the Communists in China were supplied by Germany through Afghanistan, the tide of the Chinese Civil War changed. Zhou Enlai took leader of the forces after the premature death of the original leader Mao Zedong. Enlai led his forces from the West back to Central China. He instigated rebellion in major cities to undermine the Nationalist war effort. Chiang Kai Shek and his families were forced into exile in his yacht after the war was lost. However, he was captured by Japanese vessels and imprisoned to prevent Japanese secrets from falling into the Chinese hands.
The Presidential elections in the United States have given the rise of a new party: “The Nationalist Party”. The party leaned to the far right and favoured the “America First Policy.” The elections ended with the Nationalist victory and the birth of a new major party in American politics. Lindbergh was now running for the third term, the longest running President.
1945: The day that shook the world. Moscow was burned to ashes. The Luftwaffe dropped a nuclear bomb on Moscow, killing thousands of soldiers and millions of civilians. The Soviet Union agreed to an unconditional surrender. Molotov committed suicide after announcing the surrender. After the Soviet surrender, Hitler ordered Ribbentrop to send the German offer of an honourable peace treaty to the Western Allies.
The news brought Churchill on his knees in front of the Parliament. “You maniacs! You blew it all up! God damn you! God damn you all to Hell!” was what everyone in the room heard. The British Broadcasting Corporation broadcasted the news of the destruction of the Soviet Union to Britons in the country. Australia, India and Malaya were the first colonies to receive the news from Britain and it was relayed on to other colonies
Lindbergh reacted to the news with the sudden change in policy, abandoning the “America First” he advocated. The American government took an Anti-Nazi stance. With the power balance now in favour of the Reich, America saw the importance of cooperating with powers that oppose the superpower.
The Prime Minister of Japan, Jisaburo Ozawa took the news as a failure of defeat Fascism. He resigned as Prime Minister. He announced former ambassador to Britain, Shigeru Yoshida as his successor. After ending his political life, he took the path of Nichiren Buddhism and spent the rest of his life studying the faith to atone for his failure to save millions of souls.
The signing of the peace treaty took place at Istanbul, Turkey. The leaders of each participating nation attended with the conditions of peace discussed.
The conditions of peace:
- UN Administration for the reconstruction of Portugal.
- Northern France under Free French control with Southern France remains under Vichy.
- Half of Paris is under Vichy control.
- Former Portuguese colonies will go to Free France while Asia goes to Japan.
At the second day of the conference, Churchill brought the idea of a successor to the dysfunctional League of Nations to prevent another catastrophic war. Like its predecessor, it administrated international law, security and economic development.The Charter of the United Nations was signed by all combatants from both sides. Britain, France and the Third Reich became the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
Post-World War II
The Middle East was not at peace. The Palestinian Mandate was forced to partition by the United States and the Free France. Since the formation of Israel, the rest of the Middle East was backed by the Third Reich allied with their common hatred of Jews. The United States have opened relations with Israel for an ally from the other side of the world against German-aligned Islamic states.
The UN peacekeeping force consisting of both Japanese and Chinese militaries oversaw the reconstruction of Portugal. To aid the stimulation of the battered European economy, Japanese corporations invested in Portugal along with South Italy. Military advisors from both countries trained the rebuilt Portuguese military but argued other their methods. The infighting prevented a competent local military and China withdrew from the mission altogether.
Germany continued building its infrastructure. Berlin was renamed Germania. The Wehrmacht was reorganised into the Reichswehr. Albert Speer was given reigns on building new monuments and buildings in a style reminiscent of the Antiquity. Eva Hitler gave birth to Aryan twins, Dieter and Dietrich with the former chosen to be Adolf’s successor. The Reichsbahn saw the possibility of incorporating the Russian Trans-Siberian Railroad to monopolise the transport through Russia.
Free France has been reorganised into the French Federation by de Gaulle, incorporating all of it’s colonies along with Dutch and Belgian colonies that lost their homeland. The formation of the Federation and the return of Northern France allowed the birth of a superpower that became the main opposition of the Third Reich’s policies and an ally to the United States.
Crown-Prince Umberto II, of the Italian royal family returned from exile to South Italy held a memorandum: Whether to bring the royal family back to Italy or Italy to become a republic. The memorandum caught huge attention in the country as it decided their future. The surviving members of the House of Savoy fled after the execution of King Victor Emmanuel, where they escaped to Japan and allowed to stay in Tokyo for the duration of the war. The public voted for the return of the House of Savoy to Italy. Umberto II moved to Naples and the government amended the constitution to become a constitutional monarchy. The bond between Japan and South Italy strengthened as a gratitude for providing refuge during the war. Emperor Hirohito attended the coronation that also marked the rebirth of the Kingdom of Italy with King Umberto II.
Refugees from the Soviet Union that fled under the fear of persecution numbered in millions. Manchukuo became a major sanctuary for the refugees due to the proximity to the Soviet Union. The refugees were given the choice of going to any country by Manchurian authorities and the popular choice have been the French Federation, Jerusalem and the United States. Soviet refugees became an uncommon sight in Tokyo and Sapporo as well.
Timeline of the Cold War:
- 1950-1953: Italian War: Fought between the Reich-backed North Italy and Western-backed South Italy. Ended in stalemate
- 1955: National Socialist Order formed.
- 1956: Western Economic Treaty Orgnisation formed.
- 1960: Olympic Games in Rome, North Italy. Largely boycotted by Western powers.
- 1961: Israeli-Palestinian Crisis: Brief skirmish. Ended with Anti-nuclear treaty signed by all sides.
- 1962: Chinese Border Crisis: China attempts to expand border by invading parts of India and Manchukuo. The Indian Army is pushed back with the Imperial Manchukuo Army brings the battle to a stalemate with Japanese support. China voluntarily withdraw it's forces.
- 1963: Assassination of US President Kennedy. Suspected killer is Lee Harvey Oswald but he was shot before a proper investigation can begin.
- 1964: Olympic Games in Tokyo allows Japan to showcase it's new technology that rivals the Germans.
- 1967: The Reich successfully sends it's first man on the Moon.
- 1969: Sino-German Split: Relations between the Reich and China sour, resulting in skirmishes in Southern former USSR, Outer Mongolia and Northern China.
- 1972: Munich Olympic Massacre: Japanese athletes killed by terrorists suspected to be SS agents. Various countries found counter-terrorist organisations to prevent a similar tragedy.
- Red Carnation War: Socialist revolutionary group known as the Red Carnation overthrows Japanese-backed Portuguese government.
- 1976: British Commonwealth formed.
- 1980-1985: German War on Kazakhstan: Germany launched an invasion of rebel territory Kazakhstan. As a result, Western Powers boycott Moscow Olympics and provided indirect support for Kazakh rebels. German forces ultimately withdraw.
- 1986-1989: Foreign policy on both sides focus on making peace.
- 1990: Reunification of France. Vichy France absorbed into French Federation.
Timeline of the Last Decade:
- 1995: China begins it's rise into prominence. China formed the alliance Socialist People's League to unite Socialist countries.
Timeline of the Turn of the Millennium: