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Crisis Averted by RvBOMally Crisis Averted by RvBOMally
Who says I can't make an optimistic scenario?

The PoD is 1914, when a certain would-be assassin decides to get lunch somewhere else. He misses his target, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and while Europe tumbles from one crisis to another, the great powers never get into a great war. Indeed, in this world, global war is a hypothetical dreamed of by novelists. In this world, Adolf Hitler was an obscure painter, Mao Zedong a university librarian, and Josef Stalin an alcoholic factory worker. This world has never known the iron fist of totalitarianism, the brutality of genocide or the fear of nuclear war. In this world, the twentieth century was an age of progress, not an age of terror.

This is not to say that the world hasn't had its share of misfortune. The dissolution of Austria-Hungary was a dirty affair, which saw the old Habsburg Empire reduced to a small German puppet. The Russian constitutional crisis of the 1920s forced the Tsar to abdicate and, for a while, it seemed that the Russian government would dissolve entirely were it not for the quick cooperation of Russia's liberals and military leaders. Poland only gained its independence after a string of protests and terror attacks in the 1930s forced the weak Russian government to let it go. In the East, the new Chinese republic and the Japanese Empire got into several small engagements, and when a Japanese-backed warlord attempted to create his own state in Manchuria war was almost assured. However, a joint Anglo-American mission prevented the two countries from going to war, and a Russo-Chinese defense pact dissuaded the Japanese from trying to make gains by the sword.

Decolonization was a period of intense soul-searching for the European powers, as the issue became a domestic one as left-leaning parties argued that the cost of maintaining the colonies outweighed the gain. Most of Europe’s colonies were granted independence peacefully, although the British were ousted in Egypt by a popular revolution. Exceptions to this rule were Italy, Spain and Portugal, who instead granted the locals of their colonies greater rights, representation and autonomy. Many of the old colonizers left leaders which they could trust and various concessions such as alliance treaties and the maintenance of old military bases. In exchange, the old colonial powers assisted their now-independent colonies in infrastructure development.

By 2014, the world is a quiet, if not entirely peaceful, place. The two greatest blocs are the British and the German-led European Community, and while both compete with one another on the global stage they more often than not work together against threats to world peace. Asia has been on the rise, although the formerly-dominant Japanese are being overtaken by the Chinese. The two countries have cooperated with one another against the Europeans during the late 20th century, although some fear that the growing rivalry may lead to war. The United States is the world’s single largest economy, but its military is restricted to operations in the Western Hemisphere; they would rather let the British and Germans be the policemen of the world. The Russians have recovered from their brief crisis in the 1930s and are doing much better than the Russia of our world, and their petroleum exports to Europe have helped fund Russia’s industrialization. The Ottomans, also unstable during the early 20th century, found their salvation in oil, and the Middle East is prosperous and peaceful. Indeed, the new skyscrapers growing out of the desert have become the envy of the world, and Baghdad even has an artificial ski resort.

The only real problem is Egypt, which has been under the rule of military dictators since its revolution in the 1960s. The Egyptians have tried to usurp European domination of the African continent, and have funded organizations devoted to the independence of Africa or wanton worldwide destruction, depending on who you ask. The Germans and British have debated an invasion of Egypt, but they have not done anything yet out of fear that they will start a war they cannot finish.

Technology is somewhat behind, resembling the 1990s of OTL. This is most apparent in aviation and electronics; portable computers are unheard of. Nuclear weapons have been developed, but have never been used in anger and no large nuclear arsenals exist. Indeed, the idea of having enough nuclear weapons to bring humanity to the brink of extinction is seen as absurd. Similarly, chemical and biological weapons exist, but nobody even thinks of using them. The population is about eight billion, and pollution is a big problem.
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:iconeheucaius17:
Eheucaius17 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
1) So I get how there was never a WWII or a cold war because there was never a WWI, but wouldn't there still have been a war on terror? 
2) Are the countries that are more lightly tinted with the Russian and American national colours puppet states or countries in association with Russia/America.
3) Did the civil rights movement happen earlier and more efficiently than OTL and is the American south more tollarant of minorities?
4) How totalitarian is Egypt exactly on a scale of 1 (being semi democratic) to 10 (being like North Korea level) and is it an Islamic theocracy or a secular military autocracy?
5) Is gay marriage legal in more countries than OTL if not worldwide?
6) Who is the current president of the USA, is it Obama or a different guy.
7) Are Australia and New Zealand a single unified country and how are they doing?
8) Is global warming a worse problem in this world and are people taking better precautions to make sure it is fixed?
9) Is South America richer than OTL and do they get along better with the US?
10) To what extent are aspects pop culture like movies, music, art, television and video games similar to their OTL counterparts. Since this is a utopia scenario, does this mean generally higher grade cinema, music that isn't all techno garbage, a revival of the arts, stuff on TV that is actually funny and better games?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner 1 day ago
1. No, it would have been butterflied away. The events leading to the War on Terror are necessarily affected by the events of the Cold War, and so forth. 
2. In association. 
3. Yes and yes.
4. 5.
6. It's a different guy. Obama doesn't exist, and neither do his parents. Again, butterfly effect. 
7. No, they're different countries. They're doing decently. 
8. It's about the same, and there's more cooperation on the issue. 
9. Yes and yes. 
10. It isn't exactly a utopia, and art isn't all "high class." They exist, but of course there's going to be mass media, some of which you may like, some of which you may not. There's really no reason for the media to be of one type to suit the tastes of a particular demographic. 
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:iconwill-of-the-spurr:
Will-of-the-spurr Featured By Owner 5 days ago
British Alliance System? so are they colonies or not?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner 5 days ago
They are no longer colonies. 
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:iconwill-of-the-spurr:
Will-of-the-spurr Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Damn!
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Hayaba1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  New Deviant
1. Is there still a Filipino identity still around or are they thoroughly Americanized?
2. Are there any possible "tension spots"?
3. What is the most powerful country in the world?
4. Has anybody landed on the moon?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
1. It's still around, although they are far more Americanized than OTL. 
2. The Balkans.
3. The United States.
4. The Germans and Americans have. 
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:iconhayaba1:
Hayaba1 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2015  New Deviant
1. Is the Filipino identity in this world similar to the Southern identity in the US OTL?
2. Would religious terrorists in this world be similar to Aum Shinrikyo?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
1. I suppose?
2. Maybe?
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:iconhubria:
Hubria Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
I knew you could make optimistic maps! Good job!

(and yes I know I'm extremely late to the party XD)
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
This seems like a real/istic Utopia; Calm & Passive

Avery jewel alternate history scenerio

How Antartica managed to left alone ?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Antarctica was left alone because it's a frozen wasteland that nobody really wants. 
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Edited May 1, 2015
I suggest the Resource searching Governments/Companies aren't advanced as OTL ?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
They have research stations there, but just as OTL nobody actually owns Antarctica. 
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Really logical.... But are there Research companies like OTL or Governments do that Job ?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Both.
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
İnteresting...  Japan emote 
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:iconnuclearinsanity:
Nuclearinsanity Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
On one hand, the closest we'll get to utopia. On the other hand, no internet memes. Pass.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
That's extremely painful to hear. 
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:iconnuclearinsanity:
Nuclearinsanity Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I was being facetious. They'll figure out the WWW soon enough. Then, with Pepe added to this, we will have true utopia.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
For you. 
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:iconeheucaius17:
Eheucaius17 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Who owns Palestine in this universe. Does Israel eventually form or is the holy land turned into some sort of international territory. Also, if the Ottoman Empire never broke up, does that mean that the Armenians have been completely eradicated, or did something work out? 
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Palestine has Jewish settlements, but there is no Jewish state. It's all Ottoman territory. Without WWI, the Armenian Genocide doesn't have an opportunity to happen. 
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Joseph20102011 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Is Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay economically, politically, and socially developed as Australia and Canada like in OTL pre 1914?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Yes.
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:iconmycutiemarkisagun:
mycutiemarkisagun Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Ah, but what about MEDICAL technology? WW1 was a quantum leap for medical care....
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
A bit behind, but developments later on helped catch things up to more or less 1990s level by the 2010s.
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:iconmach68:
Mach68 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I guess Finland didn't gain its independence. T_T
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Russian control over the area never faltered enough for an independence movement to gain traction. Finland does have a fair degree of autonomy within the Empire. 
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:iconakatsukirocket854:
AkatsukiRocket854 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Europe of the early 20th century was a powder keg, it needed a spark no matter how insignificant for the whole place to explode
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
I'm well aware. This is an intentionally implausible scenario looking at a world without WWI.
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:iconlowtuff:
Lowtuff Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Are the Philippines only one state? They're 91 million strong IOTL so I'd expect them to be divided. (the Muslims in the south would certainly like that) Perhaps tehy've experienced a demographic transition or the like?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
They're not one state and they have yet to experience a demographic transition.
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tomren Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why is Belgium split???
In any scenario(despite there differences) the Belgian people tend to stand united when dealing in international matters.
So what possible reason could there be for splitting Belgium in pieces.

I noticed that this is done in many alternate things... it still puzzles me why that is always the outcome.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
To be quite honest, it was just something I put in to make the map of Europe look more different. :p
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:icontomren:
tomren Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was not entirely directed at you personally.
I was just getting frustrated with the notion that Belgium has no chance of standing on it's own.

I do like your map, always wondered how things could turn out if something didn't happen or happened differently. :)
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Well, I do have a bad habit of splitting up Belgium. :p Normally because I'm wanking France and/or the environment is highly ethno-nationalistic. I'll be sure to mitigate that in the future. :)
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doliwaq Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Europe after WWI when Germany wins. Europe after WWI when Germany wins. But where is Ukraine? Austro-Hungary wants create Kingdom of Poland and Kingdom of Ukraine. King of Poland was to be Charles Stephen of Austria (house of Habsburg), and King of Ukraine was to be Wilhelm Franz of Austria (son of Charles Habsburg).
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
This is a world where WWI never happened, although I have planned on making a world where Germany won WWI.
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KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Kaiserreich  Here's one such world.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I'm familiar with it. Fun, but a little unrealistic. Here's my take on a CP victory. rvbomally.deviantart.com/art/M…
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:iconkingwillhamii:
KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
I see.
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:icondoliwaq:
doliwaq Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Oh, so ok.
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:iconmtt3008:
MTT3008 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
So no League of Nations or UN there? Do people think about creating some sort of international forum to deal with problems like polution and to prevent wars? Or is this impossible with the more conservative nations here?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
The dominant train of thought is that regional blocs are sufficient in dealing with international crises. A global organization would be needlessly cumbersome and ineffective.
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:iconmtt3008:
MTT3008 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Ah, so each continent for example has some sort of forum to deal with problems. Sounds legit. ^^
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:iconrayannina:
rayannina Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
No independent Jewish state, I see. How have European Jews fared since 1914? Are there still pogroms in Eastern Europe?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
The Jewish population in general is much higher because the Nazis never existed, and most of them live in either eastern Europe within the German sphere or the United States. There were pogroms during the most unstable years in Russia but those have stopped.
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is brilliant. Is something being done about the pollution. Will technology develop?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Green tech is being developed, and there have been calls for some international solution. However, there is no UN, so these international forums are organized individually.
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