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Inglourious Basterds by RvBOMally Inglourious Basterds by RvBOMally
A quick one: a map of Cold War-era Europe in the Inglourious Basterds universe. Hitler is killed just after D-Day but before Operation Bagration, and the follow-up government (made up of Valkyrie plotters and Wehrmacht opportunists) transfers practically all of its assets east. Germany unconditionally surrenders in early 1945 while the Soviets are still bogged down in Poland, and in the post-war settlement the Soviets get East Prussia and a chunk of Berlin (which they later give up after taking everything that isn't bolted down).

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- Tito liberated Yugoslavia on his own, but a more aggressive Stalin wasn't as willing to put up with his independent mindset. A Stalinist purge in the 1950s led to a major crisis that ended with Soviet tanks rolling in from Romania.

- Germany is still thoroughly denazified and the ruling junta was thrown out in favor of a democratic government. The German leadership didn't like this, but it was better than Soviet occupation.

- While Germany is united, there are permanent Allied military bases within its borders to prevent the Germans from starting another war. The numbers are significantly lower than in OTL, and German culture is less cosmopolitan. Currywurst doesn't exist ITTL, for example.

- The Holocaust was cut short, but millions still died. The Israeli population is higher, which has led to interesting things in the Middle East.

- As in OTL, Greece experienced a civil war in the late 40s and early 50s, which threatened to spark a war between the two powers. Luckily, that never happened.

- The Soviet bloc is more cohesive and the Soviets are more paranoid. The fear of war is much greater with a united Germany and a bigger Western bloc. Consequently, they have more nukes and are more willing to use them if the West rolls into Soviet territory.
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anycent Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Were the Germans expelled from prussia in this timeline?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
No. Local communists took over and Prussia here is like the OTL GDR. 
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Meryka Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
which programs use to create a map???
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
In this case, Paint. 
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Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Assuming this world is like Bruce's write-up off it (American's decide that their death-squad won't make them too popular with the Germans post-war and only give them credit for Hitler's assassination) then Israel will have a rather nice memorial for the Basterds :)
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Yeah, quite a few of the Basterds moved to Israel post-war because they had another fight to fight there, so they're also remembered as heroes for their part in the formation of the State of Israel.
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Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What about Stiglitz? Or has he been painted out of the picture?

Also Allah help Palestinians if the Israeli army decides to make brutalisation a key policy for their special forces squads!
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Stiglitz would be written out of history, since it's doubtful the Israelis would want to praise someone who hasn't played a direct role in founding the State of Israel, let alone a clearly sociopathic man who used to work for the Nazis.

As for brutalization, I doubt that would be a policy. I think the Israeli authorities would just look the other way while the ex-Basterds did their work.
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MTT3008 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Wait, so Austria here is part of NATO? Is that so becuase Hungary and Czechoslovakia are some sort of buffer zone between East and west?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Yes, Austria is part of NATO while Hungary and Czechoslovakia are neutral.
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