- 1 Divergence
- 2 Timeline
The Point of Divergence in Pislya Yalti is mainly that Britain stays an autocratic Imperial power. This being that after the Second World War, the Ideological war between nations was between the Imperialists and the Republicans. Though tensions between the Communists and the USA are there, they put aside their differences to face another threat.
- On March 17, Garibaldi proclaims the Federal Republic of Italy, with him as its first Prime Minister.
- Mussolini and his Socialist followers take power in the "March on Rome". He proclaims the Italian People's Republic.
Trotsky and the government embark on an industrialization program and collectivization of agriculture. Conflict breaks out with the peasants and the government is once again forced to compromise and allow some private enterprise with the New Economic Policy. Industry continues to be the economic priority.
Hitler seeks Soviet aid with the invasion of Poland. Trotsky turns the Germans down, but remains neutral after the invasion because of Western fears of the "Red Menace".
In early 1943, rumors about the Jewish concentration camps are confirmed when leaked information about them surfaces. Little by little, Germans begin to go against Hitler. Whole Nazi armies defect and join the Allies, such as the Wehrmacht and French Resistance hunting Vichy militia together. Although most of the SS, which is better trained and equipped, remains loyal, they are outnumbered. Hitler is assassinated in June, and the Third Reich falls. The world powers meet at a summit in Yalta, USSR to discuss the post-war world. The USSR would annex the Baltic countries, and Poland would be inducted into the Union (under certain circumstances). East Prussia would partitioned between the Polish SSR and the Lithuanian SSR, and Germany would be divided into 4 occupation zones, British, American, French, and Soviet, with plans to reunite the country in time. The occupation of the Iberian Peninsula would be divided as well, by the United States, Britain, and France. The United Nations would also reorganize the countries of Palestine and Jordan into the State of Israel, a safe haven for Jews to live. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland form the Union of Scandinavia.
The Council of Nations is founded.
With increasing tensions between the Imperials and the Republics, German occupation zones soon become their own countries. The United Imperial Kingdom reinvites Crown Prince Wilhelm to rule over the new Kingdom of Germany. The United States and French occupation zones are united to form the Federal Republic of Bavaria, led by the newly elected former Theodor Heuss, while on the Soviet side, the German Democratic Republic was established ruled by Wilhelm Pieck.
Truman makes a speech during a meeting of Soviet and American delegates. He states that Imperialism must not spread any further than it has. This, known as the "Truman Doctrine", was leaked out to the public, fueling tensions. Afterwards, an agreement was signed to create an alliance against imperialism known as the "Union of Republics", headed by the Sovieta Union and the United States.
In the Balkans, a civil war plagued Greece between the Imperials and the Communists. King George, determinant not to lose Greece, sends in British troops. Another civil war raged on, this time, in the Middle-East. Syrian Communists storm the capital of Damascus in December, and a bloody stalemate takes place.
Communists seize power in Syria by mid-January. The new Free Syrian Army, invades Lebanon, and incorporates it into the newly established Syrian Democratic Republic.
By mid-June, the full force of the British Imperial Army is taking it's toll on the Provisional Democratic Republic of Greece. Communists begin to retreat underground, some even giving up altogether. By November 17, the Civil War ends in an Imperial victory.
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland form the Union of Scandinavia, keeping the Monarchies constitutional, and declaring it's allegiance to the Union of Republics.
The Iberian Peninsula is facing the same situation as Germany. Portugal is restored, and the rest of the land of the American occupation zone is reformed into the Republic of Castile. The French would create the Republic of Catalonia, but insists it remain independent from Castile. The UIK would empower Muhammad Ibn La'Ahad in the new Sultanate of Al-Andalus. Major migration of Spaniards from Al-Andalus to Castile takes place, and Moroccans immigrating to the Sultanate.
A Coup erupts in France, empowering Philip Billard, a Conservative Right-Wing politician who supports the Commonwealth. France immediately withdraws from the Union of Republics, and joins the Commonwealth, propagandizing that the union was corrupt beyond belief, and that the former French president was a traitor to the French people. The Catalonian President denounces Billard.
France marches it's army into the Republic of Catalonia, deposing the government, and fully annexing all of the land into the Fourth French Republic.
Belgium continues to be threatened by the Commonwealth, coupled with the (relatively) recent coup of France, it finds itself with no friends in sight, and surrounded by Commonwealth countries. In May of this year, France, the Netherlands, and the Kingdom of Germany forcibly partition Belgium between the Language barriers of the nation, with Wallonia going to France, Flanders to the Netherlands, and the German-speaking parts of both regions falling under the King of Germany.
King Wilhelm of Germany dies, and his Second Son, Louis Ferdinand, takes his place.
The Algerian War for independence begins. Algeria declares its independence as the Republic of Algeria. For Paris, this is unacceptable, and so French troops plough through the border. Though unbeknownst to them, the United States and the Soviet Union have already trained and armed the rebels for a full year before the war. The Union-trained rebels have no problem taking on the French army, using guerilla tactis and having the homeland advantage.
Bulgaria joins the Socialist Federal Union of Yugoslavia.
Soviet-American relations blossom as new laws are created to allow both trade and travel within Union countries.
French troops withdraw from Algeria. The French President suffers a mental breakdown in his office the same day.
Turkish Communists win power of the country.
The United Imperial Kingdom gives Northern Ireland to the Kingdom of Ireland in exchange for their continued loyalty.
Unification talks between Bavaria and Austria break down as Communist Hardliners seize control of the country, and proclaim the Democratic Republic of Austria-Hungary. Trotsky secretly distrusts the leader, and urges Hungary to break off the union, but they refuse.
Canadians begin to rebel against King George and his iron fist rule over his colonies. Princess Elizabeth, who recently went against her father and moved to Canada, supports the rebellion.
King George dies. Princess Elizabeth, in exile on Canada, refuses to take the throne. When British Special Forces are sent to extract the Princess from Vancouver, she flees into the United States. Learning of this, President Eisenhower warns the Commonwealth that if any attempt is made to return the Princess back to Britain, it would mean war. Princess Margaret, Elizabeth's younger sibling, is coronated instead.
The Canadians are becoming restless. Riots in the streets forces Queen Margaret to send British troops into the streets of various Canadian cities and establish martial law until the riots are quelled. Though this only makes things worse, as Canadians begin to get violent, resulting in the death of nearly 30 British soldiers and the injury of hundreds of Canadian civilians.
Mao Zedong's heart gives out. China mourns at the loss of their beloved leader, and chaos ensues. Trotsky takes this opportunity, and marches his troops into Beijing. From then, the Uyghur SSR, Tibetan SSR, Manchu SSR, and Chinese SSR are created. Trotsky then "asks" Mongolia to join the Union as well. Fearful of the strength of the Soviets, Mongolia complies, and the Mongol SSR is created. From now until the turn of the century, Soviet culture is overtaking Chinese culture.
The Valentines Revolution takes place. In February, Canadian soldiers and protesters finally storm the parliament building in Ottawa, demanding that the British relinquish control of Canada. After the United States announced their support to the rebel cause, Queen Margaret decides to pull the British troops out, and grant Canada its independence. From there, the Kingdom of Canada is born, with Queen Elizabeth ruling as a constitutional monarch. They immediately leave the Commonwealth, and join the Union, simultaneously closing borders from the UIK and other Commonwealth countries.
Leon Trotsky dies. His successor, Boris Stanislav, takes power.
Queen Margaret, angry at the escape attempts from West Berlin to Central and even East Berlin, orders a wall to be constructed around the borders of West Berlin. The Soviets and Americans both condemn the wall.
Richard Nixon beats Democratic candidate Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. in the 1961 Presidential Election.
Che Guevara leads a revolution, and proclaims the People's Republic of Argentina. Chile is invaded by the Guevara regime and is incorporated into the new nation. In November, troops begin massing to invade the British Falklands.
The Imperial South Indochina invades it's northern neighbour. The Communist Government of North Indochina retaliates, but is caught off-guard by the brutal tactics of the Imperialists, so they employ some of their own. The Americans and British pledge neutrality in the conflict, but the Soviets arm and fund the Communists.
A major food crisis plagues the United Imperial Kingdom, civil unrest is leading to the Irish turning to armed revolt against the pro-British government, mobs of people rallying for the Irish to leave the Commonwealth and join the Union. Labour unions, funded by the Soviets, have begun walk-outs on mines across Great Britain. This causes labour shortages, and coupled with the food crisis, causes civil unrest.
The Czechoslovak Revolution of 1968 takes place. The Republic falls, and is succeeded by the Czech Republic and the Republic of Slovakia. The Czechs remain loyal allies to the Union, but Slovakia, newly independant, ordered all Union troops from her borders. Many believed that it would join the Commonwealth, but immediately following a press conference in May, the Slovak President denounced them as well.
Austria-Hungary, reborn after 40 years of separation in 1958, collapses once again amidst ethnic bickering. Unification talks between Austria and Bavaria reopen, with a referendum taking place on Christmas to vote on whether or not to unite with Bavaria to reunite with the territories lost after Yalta, while the Hungarian leadership opted to remain independent of any alliance.
President Nixon signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968 as well as the Voting Rights Act. This gives minorities in the United States equal rights.
Martin Luther King Jr. is shot, but survives. He is sent to the hospital, where he slips into a coma. He wakes up 2 months later, and continues to advocate for peace and equality.
Ronald Reagan wins the 1968 Presidential Election.
The Referendum of Christmas 1968 is a decisive "yes" vote, and Bavaria and Austria unite into the South German Federation.
Argentina begins their campaign to seize the Falklands, starting the Falklands War. The UIK is outraged, and orders a full-scale assault to gain their territory back. After a 2 month long skirmish, British Imperial Forces invade Argentina. The United States and the Soviet Union respond by blockading British trade routes. The blockade, now known as the Grain Embargo, takes its toll on Britain. In October, Britain calls off the assault.
By now, the Commonwealth is in bad shape. In light of the recent Grain Embargo imposed by the Americans and Soviets, Britain tries to become self-sufficient in food production, a goal that has made progress, but is far from complete. The Indochina war is still raging on. An Irish Republican Revolution took control, dismantled the Kingdom, and has withdrawn from the Commonwealth entirely, declaring non-allegiance.
- Robert Francis Kennedy wins the 1976 Presidential Election
- The Iranian Revolution occurs. The Imperial State of Iran falls and the People's Republic of Iran flourishes. The British embassy was stormed and it's occupants killed.
- The Commonwealth is at breaking point. The Netherlands is being pressured by Germany to unify with the Kingdom, but they continuously refuse. Queen Elizabeth of Canada has set up Canadian military bases in Ireland in light of recent threats made to the ally, making the UIK very paranoid. Ted Kennedy wins the presidential election, and will be inaugurated in January.
The Cold War reaches a climax. Irish-born Billy O'Shea assassinates Queen Margaret. In an act of pure revenge, British Imperial Forces plough through Irish defenses, and invade the island country. Canada was the first to respond, with some of it's forces already in Ireland. The United States mobilizes it's vast army, preparing to ship them off to war. The Soviet's military was already largely mobilized in light of the threats from India. Turkish military units overran Cyprus, and set their sights on Greece. The British Raj, although mobilized, isn't ordered to invade just yet. The Berlin Wall comes down when Soviet troops plough their tanks across it, unifying Berlin. The Bavarian Army and the DDR's National People's Army surround the Kingdom of Berlin but are caught off-guard by the ferocious Blitzkrieg of the Imperial German Army, a tactic first utilized by Hitler in WW2.
- Greece is invaded by the Turkish Democratic Republic. Turkish Special Forces seize Crete and launch an amphibious invasion into Peloponnese. The Soviets reach a stalemate in Germany, as Soviet Forces are diverted to Central Asia following the Indian invasion. Bavaria's capital of Munich is captured by French forces, and Italy steamrolls Tunisia and Libya. Canadian forces are beat back to the East Coast of Ireland while the United States is yet to deploy any forces in Europe. President Kennedy decides to attack Indonesia and Australia in the Pacific. This infuriates the rest of the Members of the Union. The Soviets begin to conscript and expect to have over 200,000,000 soldiers ready to fight in the next 3 months.
- Greece falls, and East Macedonia and Thrace is annexed by the Turks. A Communist government is set up in the nations.
- An object is spotted approaching Earth. It is identified as a craft of sort. As the craft approaches Earth, screens go blank, data streams cut out, and communications suddenly cease. Cell Phones are dropped and TV images go out. All of Earth's satellites fail, but optical and radio telescopes are still recieving information. Something has knocked out satellite communications. Militaries prepare for the worst as the craft