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Red Alert by RvBOMally Red Alert by RvBOMally
I'm tired of making maps. Now I'll get to posting them. This one should be familiar to everyone. The eastern German border was from one of B_Munro's maps. 

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A British soldier has an unarmed German in his sights. He hesitates to shoot him, but the soldier ignores his conscience. This is war, and that was the enemy. He pulls the trigger. The German falls. Private Henry Tandey had just killed an unarmed man, one Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler. Two months later, the Great War would end. 

But the Great War was not the last war in Europe, or indeed the world. The peace created by the Allies was unstable. But Germany, weak and divided, would not be the instigator of the next war. The next, big threat lay further east. 

Communism was on the march. In Italy, one of the victorious powers, a communist revolution overthrew the Italian king and created the People's Republic of Italy. Unrest in the former German and Austro-Hungarian empires pitted left and right against one another, destabilizing the new democratic governments there. France and Britain did nothing, for they feared another great war. In 1928, the stock market crashed in New York, bringing more destitution and chaos to the Western world. 

All of this was noted in Moscow. The Soviet Union, under the iron fist of Joseph Stalin, had cut itself off from the world under its 'socialism in one country' program. Now, with the capitalist West weak, feeble and the people on the march, Stalin thought of a plan for socialism in all countries. Communist victory in the Spanish Civil War further cemented Stalin's plans. 

The first target was Finland. The country was invaded in 1940, almost without warning. While the Finns put up a valiant resistance, they were eventually crushed by the Red Army. More importantly, the British and French did nothing but smuggle arms across the Norwegian border. Next to fall were the Baltic states, and with Poland and Germany bickering with one another, the British and French could not create a united front against the Soviet Union. The British did make an ultimatum to Stalin: he could go no further in Europe. For the next two years, the Soviets then focused their efforts on carving out a sphere of influence in China, at first in conflict with Japan but then later developing an understanding with Tokyo.

By 1943, the Red Army was a new force. Trained officers had replaced those purged by Stalin in the early years. Plans for the conquest of Europe, in conjunction with the Italians and a Japanese attack against Europe's colonial possessions, was established. And by 1943, the Red Army marched across the Polish borders, with orders not to stop until they reached the Pyrenees. The nations of Europe formed a new, united front against the Soviet juggernaut, but the Polish and eastern European armies were brushed aside. In the United States, the country remained divided on the issue of war against the Soviets, with many noting that there was nothing the Americans could do now that they dominated Eurasia. America did join the war in 1944, but with their economy in shambles and large-scale civil unrest, the Americans couldn't contribute as much as they'd like. The Allies had a more successful defense across the Rhine, but with the development of new and better tanks, and the true might of Soviet industry beginning to show in full force, the Allies fell. 

By 1946, Europe was red. In the East, Japan seized Europe's colonies, aided with Soviet resources. The Red Army seized the Middle East, giving them the oil they need to power their war machine. The American economy began to become a true war economy, but with Europe firmly under Soviet control, the costs of liberating the continent were too high for all but the most ardent anti-Soviets. In late 1947, the Soviets revealed to the world their newest invention: the atomic bomb, which was used against Tehran. Soon afterward, a ceasefire was reached with the Soviets. 

By the 1980s, the world remains divided into the three blocs formed at the Second Great War. The Allies, dominated by the United States, remain devoted to the destruction of the Soviet menace. While democratic, the Allied nations are very intolerant of any opinion that does not meet their definition of "democratic," with any pro-Soviet or pro-Japanese sentiments censored. Britain in particular is a very militaristic and nihilistic society, knowing that war would destroy their country but planning on remaining defiant to the end. American society has taken the opposite route: it is a society which focuses on the positive at all costs. Negativity about current affairs or a hypothetical war with the Soviets is frowned upon, and will lead to social ostracism and some legal sanction. 

The Soviet Union is a juggernaut, but a collapsing one. The death of Stalin created major instability as would-be successors jockeyed for power, and the end result was a troika of no-names that have let the various SSRs manage their own affairs. The Soviet Union is by no means democratic, with any anti-communist sentiment earning a man a one-way trip to Siberia, but it is the SSRs who are responsible for the day-to-day policing of their people. This has led to national rivalries within the Soviet Union, with some regions threatening to break away entirely. Italy, however, remains autocratic and centralized, which has led to violence from its Libyan and Ethiopian "fraternal socialist protectorates," who dislike the imposition of Italian culture and communism. 

The Japanese Empire's alliance with the Soviets ended as soon as the war did, and it has become opposed to both the Allies and the Soviets. Believing strongly that its "divine destiny" is now to dominate the entire world, the Japanese prepare for a global war on two fronts. The Emperor, theoretically sovereign, is but a figurehead for a fanatical military, one that believes in "civilizing" the Great East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, even as this causes unrest. Its allies, India and China, have been exempted for now, because their populations are too large to treat in such a manner, but both the Indians and the Chinese are looking for a way out of the GEACPS without committing themselves to either bloc. But economic ties keep them in, for both India and China are, de facto, ruled by Japan's zaibatsu. 

Technology continues to advance. While the brilliant Albert Einstein was killed during a riot instigated by the German Workers' Party before he could complete his work, many of his theories have become accepted throughout the world. Nuclear weapons are commonplace around the world, and each bloc has at least a hundred thousand nuclear warheads under its command. Jet aircraft are ubiquitous, while hovercrafts have become popular in Japan and even airships have made a comeback in the Soviet bloc. And the Allies, pioneers in laser technology, have started to place laser weapons on everything. Some Allied commanders believe that their new laser defense systems can negate the Soviet and Japanese nuclear arsenals, making them far more reckless than they ought to be.
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:iconhellerick:
Hellerick Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Looks like Orwell's 1984.

Was it intentional?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Somewhat. I recognized the similarity during the map making process.
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Midnight-Blue766 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
So do the Japanese attack Leningrad and Moscow in this version of the TL?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
No.
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Midnight-Blue766 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
I never understood what possessed the guys at EA to do that. I honestly swear they looked at a map of the USSR and read "Petropavlovsk" as "Leningrad".
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
The Japanese invading Leningrad was one of the "okay, not even psychic schoolgirls can solve this" moments in RA3. 
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YRPOtaku169 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Writer
OwO
I love you.
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:icontlhikan:
TLhikan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
But the Allies still have attack dolphins, right :P?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
They have scout dolphins.
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:iconmeloa789:
meloa789 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
A more realistic Red Alert.
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:iconrus-storm:
Rus-Storm Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect map!
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This version of America makes me think of like... Ba Sing Se from The Last Airbender. All happy and cheery yet coming down hard on people who are negative.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I wasn't thinking of that, actually. What I had in mind was, "what if America stayed in that idyllic yet stifling 1950s culture forever?"
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:iconwilji1090:
wilji1090 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So basically like Fallout minus McCarthy? :D
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Not at all! Fallout with two extra McCarthys. 
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:iconwilji1090:
wilji1090 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh boy. That's... well... hmn... actually it kind of makes me think of the Tranquility Lane simulator now. :o
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Perfect example, actually. 
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:iconwilji1090:
wilji1090 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I didn't need to sleep! :scared: 
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Razgriz2K9 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Plausible Red Alert scenario? *mashes the add to favorite button*
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I wouldn't say it's that plausible, but it doesn't involve time travel or David Hasselhoff. :p
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:iconrazgriz2k9:
Razgriz2K9 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Good enough for me anyway.
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ToixStory Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One hundred thousand nuclear warheads?! I'm not buying it. Otherwise, great very interesting scenario as always.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I had to make up for a lack of crazy tech with more nukes. :p
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can tell. :P I'm just pretty sure that keeping that many nukes would consume the economies of all three blocs, making them nuclear warheads with a country. Which is somewhat of an interesting concept in itself...
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Most of them are in storage. 
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:iconmrimperatorroma:
MrImperatorRoma Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist
YAY! I was right about there being a Red Alert map!
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Yep. But I'm not going to tell you which other one you got right. 
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:iconmrimperatorroma:
MrImperatorRoma Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Darn. Well it is pretty nice that I've recently reinstalled C&C the first decade and I'm greeted by this on my feed :P

Nice job btw. 
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FederalRepublic Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Note 12 is missing... Otherwise this looks pretty good, if you ignore the fact that, as RoyalPsycho pointed out, the Soviets are too overstretched and that they should probably spin off the French, German and Dutch SSRs as puppet states. I mean seriously, they screw with Russian domination A LOT (the same also applies for Iran, actually).
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I'll fix the map to put 12 in. 

As for the Soviet Union, it IS massively overstretched, and the entire system is unstable. Stalin's megalomania got the better of him and he forced the USSR to absorb almost all of its conquests. 
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Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Nice. The geopolitical situation reminds me a lot of "The Iron Dream".
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I must have been subconsciously thinking of that. :p
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RoyalPsycho Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I have a feeling that if those other 11 maps you previewed are anything like this then we are going to be so very very spoiled (the indulged kind) this summer.

I always enjoy a realistic take on the Red Alert universe and this one is fantastic in doing so. I take it from the Soviet Europe and the GEACPS that this is Red Alert 3 but without the silly-tech elements (minus the lasers).

Also. WOW that USSR is overstretched. They are not long for this world if they are that big, have a government made up of the leftovers of a series of coups and are so decentralised that certain SSRs participation is nominal at best.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
The only reason the USSR hasn't collapsed yet is because the various SSR leaders, the military, and the KGB still benefit from its continued existence. When the trough goes empty, expect the hogs to devour each other. 
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RoyalPsycho Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Eurasia in this world is going to be a horrible cesspit of corruption, pollution, violence and poverty when this USSR collapses. If this world is lucky the inevitable Soviet Civil War will not turn nuclear, or at least not civilization ending levels if it does.

Of course when the Soviets fall apart it will probably be open season for the Allies and the GEACPS. Maybe it will provide the impetus for some independence movements for China and India?

On a different note has Africa benefited from being part of the Allies?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Eurasia already is a horrible cesspit of corruption, pollution, violence and poverty. :p 

And toppling the Soviet juggernaut will spark a mad dash for the fate of Eurasia. It will get ugly, especially if China and India decide to break it off. 

Africa's under militarized apartheid-esque regimes. So, not really. 
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