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This article describes an alternative reality where the western Allies of World War Two sided with Nazi Germany against the Soviet Union, rather than with the latter against the former, as in our reality. In the 1930s, as Germany begins re-armament and expands, the west, chiefly Great Britain and France, rather than maintain their commitments to defend democracy and contain German expansion, choose to side with the Germans, become their allies and consequently do not declare war on Germany following their invasion of Poland in 1939, but side with Germany in their war against the Soviet Union and gradually begin to accept German hegenomy in Europe. In this reality, Britain and France see the Soviet Union as a greater threat than Nazi Germany due to the apparent rise of socialism due to the Great Depression and consequently grow closer to Germany for their military protection. This gives rise to a sort of 'Western Axis' where the western democracies and the Axis powers unite, creating a German-centric European allliance of nations against the Soviet Union and their allies. As a result of the alliance, and growing fears of Communist revolution in their own countries, democratic governments begin to lean right ideologically, slowly abandonning democracy in favour of the authoritarian systems seen in Germany and Italy.
Germany was a major player among the Central Powers during World War One (1914-1918). After having capitulated at the end of the war, the Treaty of Versailles (1919) imposed harsh terms upon the German people, now represented by the Weimar Government since Kaiser Wilhelm II had abdicated and fled to the Netherlands. The new German government was now required by the victorious allies to pay a huge amount of reparations and forced to relinquish it's colonies to Great Britain and France. Losing the war destroyed Germany economically and took away her status as a major European power. The German army was now limited to 100,000 servicemen, essentially acting as a police force as it was ineffectual even as a defensive force, as shown in 1923 during the occupation of the coal rich Ruhr region by French and Belgian soldiers, Germany unable to expel the occupants. German Naval and Air forces were severely limited and were not to exceed their British/French counter-parts. In an effort to pay off the excessive reparations, Germany simply began to printing more money; this however, caused massive inflation and rendered the German Mark near worthless, only worsening the sitiuation.