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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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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Is there a European Union like OTL?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner 6 days ago
No.
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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
French Narcissism?
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:iconanycent:
anycent Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Were the Germans expelled from prussia in this timeline?
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:iconrvbomally:
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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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
In this case, Paint. 
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Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
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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:iconrvbomally:
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
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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:iconrvbomally:
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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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Yes, Austria is part of NATO while Hungary and Czechoslovakia are neutral.
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MTT3008 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Intersting. How did it come Austria did not become neutral aswell?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
The Americans wanted to have them on board to keep an eye on Yugoslavia.
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ZemplinTemplar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Which countries are the neutral ones in post-WWII Europe ?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, and a few of the microstates.
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:iconzemplintemplar:
ZemplinTemplar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Just as I suspected. Thanks for confirming that !
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AtomicIce Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
If Germany is on the losing side and Poland is on the winning side, why did Poland lose so much more territory? Doesn't make sense that Poland is punished more than Germany.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Germany surrendered earlier and the Western Allies wanted a stronger Germany to ward off the Soviets. The Soviets made a unilateral decision to take Polish territory, which was protested by the Western Allies and was one of the catalysts for TTL's Cold War. It didn't help that the Warsaw Uprising was much more successful, so the Soviets had to put down an anti-communist Polish government.
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AtomicIce Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Okay, that makes more sense. I do like how you don't have Germany divided up into occupation zones in this one.
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:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
soooo half of cyprus sank?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
It wasn't on the basemap for some reason.
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:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahahah
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NocturnalDarkness Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Eye-catching and interesting piece. :-)

Much as Germany looks better with Pomerania and Silesia, I think the Poles are going to be feeling more than a bit claustrophobic with the imposition of the Curzon Line. I expect riots, even if they're put down quickly.

I imagine Stalin will be hard at work 're-educating' East Prussia, forcibly altering the culture in myriad ways. Awful for the natives that opposed the war, one imagines.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Funny thing about Poland: TTL's Warsaw Uprising was more successful due to Germany being chaotic, and the Soviets had to set up a rival government. Crushing the non-communist Polish government drove a massive wedge between the Soviets and Western Allies.

Prussia is more culturally altered than OTL's East Germany, not to mention much poorer. Reunification, if it ever happens, will be a mess.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
This could have some peculiar changes by the 1990s.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Assuming the Soviet bloc collapses on schedule. ;)
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Yeah...or if the remaining Basterds decide to give Stalin and co. some of their "fine" treatment. ;)
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The Basterds should go to Russia and pay Stalin a little visit.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
While that would be awesome, it would probably start a nuclear war. The Basterds would more likely be sent to fight in proxy conflicts.
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Couldn't the Basterds have made the assassination look like an accident or have it appear connected with the Polish Resistance?

In any case, I'd imagine the Basterds working for the Mossad and fighting against the enemies of Israel.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Assuming this happens during the Cold War, that would be rather implausible if most of the Polish resistance is rotting in jail. It would lead to serious reprisals by the Soviets, though, and the West might not want to provoke instability in the east.

As for working for Israel, that makes sense. I suspect they'd spend most of their time hunting former Nazis, but Landa would be off-limits as he's known as the man who killed Hitler to the general public.
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I see. Maybe Landa could be the head of the Mossad?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
He's most likely retired on Nantucket Island. The records of him hunting Jews still exist, and while supporters would say this was done as part to maintain his cover his eligibility for any office within Israel would be highly controversial.
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oops...my bad. I didn't mean Landa. I meant to ask about Aldo Raine...did he become the head of the Mossad at some point?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
No, he'll stay with the Americans. The US government would want to keep a tight leash on a man like him (can't have him killing important ex-Nazis that are now working for the new German government), and they'll need him for operations during the Cold War.
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Fenn-O-maniC Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What happened to South Cuprys?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Either the basemap didn't have it or I accidentally deleted it. :/
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:iconfenn-o-manic:
Fenn-O-maniC Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. But ncie scenario anyway.
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Goliath-Maps Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
You've really been pumping out a tonne of maps lately. And good ones too, mind you.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I've been on winter break. Which, incidentally, ends tomorrow. :(
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:icongoliath-maps:
Goliath-Maps Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I've had to suffer through a whole week of school already this year....=(
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:iconxumarov:
Xumarov Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
What happened to Cyprus? It drowned?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Fully independent.
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:iconxumarov:
Xumarov Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
yeh i can see the northern part but the southern real side isnt present
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Oh, you're right. I used Wikipedia's basemap, so that's their fault. :P
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kclcmdr Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
What happen to Bulgaria? Align to the Sov or neutral ??
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
It's aligned with the Soviets. Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Switzerland, Finland, Ireland and Sweden are neutral.
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Kollateralschaden Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Wasn't the partition of Germany decided even before D-Day took place?
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