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- "What is this thread about?"
- This thread is about an alternative history of our world, which drastically changes during the period of WWII. In short, Germany manages to overtake USSR for a short period of time. The WWII escalates much more quickly, causing USSR to fall apart almost 35 years early after the end, leaving US to execute Marshall Plan over the entirety of Europe, not just the Western part of it. This is just a summary, you must read all of the text documenting the events of the said alternative history under this spoiler.
Time Line Alterations
[OTL: Original timeline. ATL: Alternate timeline.]
On Sunday, June 22, 1941, the German High Command initiated the military plan Operation Barbarossa. The operation put into action Nazi Germany’s ideological goal of conquering the western Soviet Union so as to repopulate it with Germans. The German Generalplan Ost aimed to use some of the conquered as slave labor for the Axis war effort and to acquire the oil reserves of the Caucasus and the agricultural resources of Soviet territories for the war effort. This would initiate the most extreme front of WW2, and in our timeline, over 5 million military casualties and millions more civilian ones.
However, this time around, things go a bit differently…
By the start of the war, ATL Hitler has become convinced by previous German experiences in WW1 that Germany cannot hope to defeat Russia on a war of equal terms. The assault must be swift and leave no time for sieges or attempts to hurt the morale of the enemy troops. The goal must be to secure the oil fields in the Caucuses and cut off major population centers without eradicating them (as opposed to the OTL plan of burning Leningrad to the ground). To achieve this goal, the 4th Panzer group is not recalled for a futile push to Moscow and is used in conjunction with ATL Finnish military advances to completely cut off Leningrad. The Spanish and Finnish forces are then used together to hold off the attempts of the Red Army to take back Leningrad and the tanks used are destroyed. The Finnish army is also successful in advancing down the eastern side of Lake Ladoga and puts pressure on the Red Army to defend Arkhangelsk, crucial for receiving British supplies.
The scramble to the north to defend Arkhangelsk and protect a seemingly inevitable attack on Moscow by the Red Army is directly ordered by Stalin himself, costing the defense of the South. However, he still does commit forces to defend Stalingrad at all costs. In a stroke of sanity, Hitler does order the entrapped 6th Army to attempt a breakout attack to escape the encircling Russian forces, and this works. The 6th Army is replenished by Waffen-SS troops operating in Ukraine and continues to advance down the Volga river towards Astrakhan, commencing a race on either side of the river with the Red Army that ends in a stalemate at Astrakhan. However, this accomplishes the strategic goal of Hitler to seize the Caucuses oil fields, which comes just in the nick of time to maintain the push. The situation seems dire, but the British have a plan.
Secret talks conducted with Grecian paramilitary and King Michael of Romania have brought forward a new plan: a daring invasion of German-held Ukraine and Crimea as well as a coup in the Iron Guard fascist dictatorship in Romania. The plan to invade Italy in 1943 is scrapped and a new plan is drawn up. Forces from Alexandria, Cyprus, and French Syria will link up and cross the Bosporus strait and invade. This is to be the largest deployment of Free French forces since North Africa and the first time the US will directly help in Europe. On September 9th, 1943, as the battle in Kursk neared a critical point, French, American, and British forces suddenly attacked in Ukraine and the Romanian government was toppled by elements of the army loyal to King Michael. The Romanian section of the Axis advance into Russia totally collapses.
As soon as word reaches Finland of the invasion of Ukraine, they send a diplomatic envoy to the Soviet Union. In exchange for the return of pre-Winter War borders, Finland will completely abandon their military alliance with Germany and send food to Leningrad under siege. To the shock of his advisors, Stalin rejects the offer.
This triggers a series of political struggles in the Soviet Union in the middle of a freaking war and culminates in the exile and murder of Stalin after being ousted from the government of the Soviet Union. The Finnish peace offer is quickly accepted, and the German army, despite almost reaching Moscow and capturing the Caucuses, is now forced to rapidly retreat to protect their flanks from the Americans and Romanians as well as an advancing Red Army. As the Americans push through Ukraine, however… they are beseeched by the long-forgotten Ukrainian nationalists to stop the Soviet Union from retaking Ukraine. At the same time, the exiled governments of Belarus, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia are clamoring to be allowed to return home as soon as the Germans are driven out of the Baltics. This presents a thorny situation to the allies. However, without the bargaining chip of winning the Eastern Front singlehandedly, the new Soviet government is unable to effectively retake control of Eastern Europe and a united front of American-Russian soldiers also eliminates the argument of needing buffer states between Russia and Germany.
D-Day still happens as planned, and in 1945 Allied forces reach Berlin from both sides, leaving a war-torn Europe in their wake. The Marshall Plan, constructed to give western European nations help recovering, is extended to all of Europe affected by the war in this timeline, including the former Soviet countries. This leads to further democratization and increasing adoption of capitalism in Russia. Notably, the retaliatory ethnic cleansing conducted by the Red Army against German civilians living in the East never happens (except for some cases) due to them being supported constantly by American soldiers who have strict orders not to retaliate as much as possible against civilians. This mostly-works, leading to a very different population make-up of Europe than what we have today. In addition, seeing first-hand the devastation of the Eastern Front convinces many American soldiers who fought there of the humanity present in all races.
Japan still gets nuked and still invents anime.
Now, the American economy is even more robust that previously thought possible thanks to them producing output for all of Europe instead of just half of it. In addition, the Korean War never happens and thus companies like General Motors and Lockheed Martin never have a reason to switch back to military production after WW2, curtailing much of the military industrial complex. Instead, the arms manufacturing companies switch to civilian goods, except for a few scandals involving fledgling independence movements in the colonies of former imperial powers.
These scandals create a diplomatic breakdown between the US-Russia-UK alliance and France, who under the leadership of Charles de Gaulle attempts to make his own way as he did historically. This backfires spectacularly when the US backs Vietnamese rebels fighting in French Indochina leading to France becoming bogged down in a guerrilla war that is quickly abandoned due to rising colonial independence movements. With the US refusing to back the UK and France in the Suez canal crisis, the empires of Europe begin to fray at the edges and then collapse.
However, not all is rosy in China. The incredible corruption and inefficiency of the nationalist government still allows the communists massive popular support and they sweep through most of the country. However, with American troops stationed in Vladivostok (originally to help protect a collapsed Red Army against Japanese invasion), the Nationalists flee to Manchuria instead of just Taiwan, leading to an even more intense stalemate between the two Chinas.
The Alternative World Map:
1)Separate Manchuria controlled by the nationalist Republic of China and a UN-controlled Beijing
2)Bigger Germany and smaller Poland
3)Huge Romania due to Moldova never being created by the Soviet Union
4)Still messy colonial borders
5)Finland still has pre-Winter War territories
Disclaimer: The Eastern Front of WW2 is a lot more complicated than what I described, so there will inevitably be some complications. The decolonization process is also not complete.
- “What does all of this have to do with Automation?”
- You see, the economics, the world situation and the new type of people opens a lot of possibilities to use and create vehicles that wouldn’t make sense in our world (i.e. Eastern European supercars, actually original Chinese or
North Korean cars, much more forgiving markets for 3rd world, winga dinga till the 80’s etc.)
- “Let’s assume I decided to make a car following this lore. Is this a challenge of sorts? Does it have any limitations?”
- No! Feel free to make any kinds the cars, trucks, motorcycles or something else that comes to your mind! Just make sure they can work and make sense in this beautiful alternative reality and, as usual, have fun!
I assume I'll be the first to follow this history. Say "Zdravstvuyte!" to SAC Horizon 1973!
|Engine||Horsepower||0-100||Top Speed||Fuel Consumption||Price|
|3.8L V8||180||9.78||227 km/h||15L/100 km||-|
Great thanks to my best friend Yakashama for making the lore actually make sense and to @CorsicaUnknown for help with CSS. Love ya, people.