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The decade of the 1940s was overshadowed by World War II, which was started by the Russians and Italians, and won by Germany.
During this decade, the term "chaos" emerges as a description for TTL's equivalent of the Third World, where the governments of countries change every few months and the borders every few years.
The world until 1950 - and what happened since 1940 in the countries not in WW2:
Winter 1946/47: Due to the ten dropped nukes, this winter is the coldest in decades. Germany with its wheat fields in North Atlantis and Argentinien makes big profits and can force many countries to become satellites. Still, the nuclear winter also frightens many Germans, despite censorship. The technocratic government uses the situation to proclaim that they'll stay in power until the major problems are solved.
April 1947: German general and technocrat Pistor states in the famous "Chaos speech" that most of the world has fallen into, well, chaos. Most of Atlantis outside Germany, India, Russia and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and especially Africa are officially considered Chaos - areas with unclear power structures, where the borders change every few years and the governments every few months, except for some stable islands. The German policy for these areas decided is: Only interfere to secure German economic interests, or to fight states in which governments have become Socialist or otherwise anti-German. This decision shows Germany's greatest problem after they won the war: Being the only superpower (outside China) on a planet they can't fully control.
October 1948: Under pressure from the victorious WW2 generals, the technocracy makes a new law that forces all technocrats to abdicate at the age of 70 - preventing the system from becoming sclerotic, as scientists will later find out.
May 1949: Sophie Stein starts writing for "Das Reich", one of the biggest serious newspapers of Germany. Soon she becomes one of the most engaged voices for the technocracy and against Socialism. Her articles are even used by the German propaganda machine.
July 1950: Sophie Stein publishes her first book about her radical-monetarist (=Capitalist) philosophy, called Veritism (TTL equivalent of Objectivism - there are some differences, Sophie Stein is more technocracy-friendly than Ayn Rand, and puts the emphasis a bit more on honesty, instead of pure truth).
Canada and Pacifics
August 1942: In the uranium-rich area in OTL Saskatchewan, Germans start (with the knowledge of the Canadian technocratic government) to research the weapon that will help them win the war: The Atomic Bomb.
March 1944: Germans test the first nuke at OTL Banks island.
1949: Canada renews its alliance with Germany; in addition, Germany guarantees the Canadian Commonwealth (its colonies in the Pacific).
1942: The Crown Prince who was visiting Nippon is killed by a Nipponese assassin. The occupation of the islands is worsened; again, many Nipponese flee.
1947: China makes an alliance with Choresm, which is liberated but feels threatened by the Russians.
February 1949: Germany decides to share their nuclear secrets with China, to make them agree that no other nation may get nuclear arms. Together, the two superpowers will exercise the necessary control in the next decades, with relative success.
June 1946: Italy becomes part of the Socialist Block. Germans are still occupied in Russia and can't interfere, only telling the remains of the famiglia "to help themselves". In the Apennin mountains, anti-Socialist resistance will last until the 1950s.
August 1946: All Italian officials are forced to become members of the Socialist Party of Italy.
April 1947: To the shock of the German technocracy, the Socialists test their first nuke in Lappland. The German plans to "roll back", or even destroy, the Socialist Block are scrapped. In Germany, the police starts looking for the Socialist sympathizers who told the Block the secret.
1948: Bad harvests cause scarcity of food in the Socialist Block. The Germans are blamed. The Red Pirates help a bit by smuggling food in.
1941: Germans who fled from the technocratic dictature to other Atlantean countries like California, Florida, Caroline or Louisiane now have to flee again from the Italian conquerors; they mostly go to Mexico, where they recollect at the university of Tenochtitlan (OTL Mexico City).
1944: After the defeat of the Italians in Atlantis, the technocracy became aware that German emigrants got some influence in Tenochtitlan. They contact the Mexican government and force them to return the emigrants; however, they are warned beforehand, and many of them can flee (mostly ending up in Braseal) or disappear.
Louisiane, Caroline are reconstituted. The French minorities have political power in both, despite that the Italians are more numerous.
1945: Nicaragua canal completely repaired; stays under German control.
1947: Braseal forced to accept the German brand of Christianity as a "respected religion" (before, there only were Braseal's Catholicism, and various kinds of Islam and Hinduism).
Russian / Eastern European Chaos
June 1945: In the liberated / re-conquered Balcan republics, Germany re-installs the economic union of said states with Germany.
1946-49: German occupation troops force the Russians to demontage most of their factories, effectively crippling their economy.
1947: One of the coldest winters in a long time kills more than a million Russians.
1949: When the Germans are sure that Gridenkov's system is destroyed, they leave Russia after putting new rulers in charge. The old Russia is broken into about a dozen independent states, ruled mostly by former officials who were willing to collaborate with the Germans. Some of them are lucky enough to be able to export resources like oil to Germany and China; others aren't.
1946: Germany and its allies "mop up" the Russian allies in the Indus area. The lands are divided among Germany's allies.
1947: After many of the Indian veterans return home, the voices for independence of the remaining German colonies become louder again. The technocratic government hesitates.
1948: In the Ganges valley, uprisings against German rule start again.
May 1949: Germany gives the area of (roughly) OTL Bihar independence, splitting the independence movements.
1946: Many African veterans who fought for the Germans return home, bringing knowledge from the more advanced world.
1947-50: The Kongo War. Several small states along the river engage in war.
1948: A WW2 veteran from the Tonga people makes himself king of the new "Zambezi kingdom".
1949: In OTL Liberia, a firm-like organization is founded that acts as an agent for African veterans who settled in Atlantis and want to marry women from their home.
Middle Eastern Chaos
November 1944: Berb uprising in Morocco finally put down.
1945: Germany starts to rebuild the reconquered oil wells at the Persian Gulf.
1946: Many Italian refugees arrive in Italian North Africa.
1948: The Socialist party of Greater Judea surprisingly loses its majority in the election. The main reason: Many Jews could earn some money during the rebuilding of the Middle East, or during the war, and aren't that much interested in Socialism anymore.
1948: Nisa earthquake destroys said city in Choresm. More than 200,000 dead people.
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