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World War 1.5 by RvBOMally World War 1.5 by RvBOMally
On June 28th, 2014, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is assassinated by Ukranian nationalists during his visit to Donetsk. The Russian government immediately blamed Ukraine's government for conspiring with the nationalists to conduct the assassination, an allegation that would later turn out to be true, but used the assassination as an excuse to demand that Ukraine all but surrender its sovereignty to Russia. This led to a month of diplomatic crises, as alliances coalesced over fears of a third world war. The Chinese were concerned about Japan's remilitarization, while the Japanese were concerned about China's bold attempts to seize disputed ocean territory. The Russians and the Chinese moved closer together, fearing encirclement by the Western powers. 

On July 28th, the Russians declared war on Ukraine. In response, the European Union's member states declared war on Russia, but the United States remained neutral; it was the NATO member states that declared war on Russia, not the other way around. As a sign of solidarity with the Russians, the Chinese declared war on the European Union, and demanded that Japan stay neutral. The Japanese, knowing that the Chinese were more concerned about them than the European Union, began to mobilize. Chinese strategic planners knew that the Japanese could not be allowed to mobilize, as that would make their home islands nearly unassailable, and executed the "Xi-Liu-Fen" Plan: a military strike against South Korea with the aid of North Korea, thus providing a beachhead through which China could invade Japan. The invasion of South Korea prompted the United States to declare war on China, thus plunging most of the world into war. 

Fears of mutually assured destruction, the widespread presence of ABM systems and the belief that the war would be over soon kept the war conventional. Unfortunately, the war was not short. As the months dragged on, more and more countries joined the fray. Iran joined the so-called Eastern Powers in October of 2014, and India joined on the side of the Allies in 2015. Fighting spread all over the world: South Africa attacked pro-Chinese Zimbabwe on behalf of the Allies, Israel waged war against Egypt. The civil wars in Nigeria and Syria continued. The biggest front, by far, was the Asian Front. The Allies conducted several landings across the Chinese coast and Korea, but with the destruction of the most advanced weapons systems early in the war, fighting became dominated by ground forces. Neither the Allies nor the Chinese could muster the forces necessary to break through one anothers’ lines, so fighting became largely static. In Europe, the European Union was left to fend mostly for itself, and while the Russian Army was ill-equipped to fight the war, the EU was likewise. Both sides made few gains against one another. 

The tone of the war changed in 2017. European governments were overthrown by far-right nationalists that wanted peace with the Russians and the creation of a stronger, nationalist Europe. The European governments surrendered to the Eastern Powers, but this did not stop Europe from plunging into civil war between the loyalists and the so-called “White Army.” But what seemed like a final victory was snatched away from the Eastern Powers. Brazil joined the Allies after a Brazilian ship, the Portuguesa, was sunk by a Chinese submarine. Fearing Brazilian manpower, the Chinese attempted a bold offensive against the Allies, which failed. Brazilian forces started landing in China, pushing the Chinese back. Then, the population of the Eastern Powers revolted against the wartime governments. In Russia, the desperate government launched what remained of it aging nuclear arsenal at the United States. They succeeded in hitting a few military installations and Allied troop concentrations in China, but in return the Americans destroyed much of Russia’s military. The Russian state collapsed. This was slowly followed by the collapse of China. Tired of war, China’s people revolted against the military government, and soon a democratic government was put in place and negotiated a ceasefire with the Allies. On November 11, 2018, WWIII ended. 

It is now the year 2037. The world has just suffered from another great financial collapse, one that has led to suffering worldwide and the rise of radical politics. The United States remains the premier power in the world, leader of the Global Alliance (its replacement for NATO) and the other Allied powers. The Americans, along with the Japanese, maintain the order established at the end of WWIII. This is a difficult task, as the UN mandates remain undeveloped and violent, and new challengers to the current world order arise. South Africa has been taken over by its hypernationalist military, and is waging a war of expansion against Central Africa, despite the condemnation it has received from the UN. India, displeased with its share of the spoils after WWIII, has elected an ultranationalist government that seeks to recreate the Indian empires of old, at the expense of its neighbors. The totalitarian European Front remains an international pariah, its white supremacist and reactionary Christian ideology inspiring other far-right groups around the world to fight against the current order. And last, but certainly not least, the rise of the Dragon Party in China could easily lead to another world war. Led by a former Chinese colonel who was inspired by the teachings of Falun Gong, the Dragon Party believes that the Han Chinese are the destined masters of the world. Already, the Chinese are conducting mass persecutions of Muslims and Tibetans within their country, and there are clear signs that the Chinese are rebuilding their military in violation of post-WWIII treaties. They called World War III the war to end all wars, but now it seems that a fourth world war is brewing.
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Student Writer
Nice job on the map. but here are some other analogy ideas 

India=Russia: it would allow for a two front war for China, and both India and the Russian Empire are countries that are well developed, but still pretty far behind the rest of the world. the communist analog could be Hindu fundamentalists or Indian nationalists of some kind. 

Middle East=Balkans: the Ukraine=Serbia idea was a good idea, but the Middle east to me seems like a better Balkan analog, with Syria possibly being Serbia. 

EU= USA: it is one of the three main world powers of our modern day along with the USA and China, and because those two nations are analogs to Britain and Germany, it only makes since that the EU would be the USA
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Hayaba1 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 13, 2016
Does the Iranian navy operate the sole remaining SSN built by the PLAN (analogue to SMS Goeben/TDT Yavuz)?
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student Writer
what would the chinese lebensruam analog be? (the reasoning)
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Student Writer
is mexico supposed to be egypt?
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Student Writer
what would a Kaiserreich scenario look like for this world.
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Edited Jan 25, 2016  Student Writer
is the battle of the liu supposed to be the battle of the marne? Sejong=ypres? Pocheon=Somme? Wonju= Vimy Ridge? hormuz=gallipoli? 
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Student Writer
what would be this timelines equivalent to the Caucasus? 
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student Writer
how would the christmas truce work in this scenario
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Writer
is it alright if i make a few sequels to this? i will leave a link to this.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Go ahead.
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Student Writer
here is the final part metalheadjohn.deviantart.com/a…
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metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Writer
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student Writer
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Writer
Here is part 1 metalheadjohn.deviantart.com/a… part 2 will be out soon :)
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Student Writer
im guessing that the world war 4 equivalent of the north african front would be the middle eastern front.
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Edited Jan 6, 2016  Student Writer
based on the below comments, i have found the analogs: 
USA: Britain
Japan: France
Europe: USSR
China: Germany
Russia: Austria-Hungary
Turkestan: Czechoslovakia
Intermarium: Yugoslavia
Israel: Greece
Pakistan: Bulgaria
Brazil: USA
India: Italy
South Africa: Japan
Central Africa: China
Zimbabwe:  German Tsingtao
Iran: Turkey
Indonesia: Spain 
Somalia: Ethiophia
Argentina: Mexico
Siberia: Austria 
Revanchist Russia: Hungary
Vietnam: Romania 
Falkland: Hawaii/Pearl Habour
Hawaii: Channel Islands
Unificationist: Austrofascists
Britain: Finland
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metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Student Writer
possible conflicts of the cold war 2.0: Beijing blockade, Zimbabwe war, Beijing crisis, Argentinean/Uruguayan missile crisis, Oceania war (Vietnam war, i just thought Oceania would be an interesting place for an armed conflict),
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:iconhayaba1:
Hayaba1 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 4, 2016
Is Malaysia ruled by a nationalist regime, albeit one who thinks the Dragon Party and the Indians are too "mystical" and "pseudo-socialist" and is their dictator an economist as well?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
No.
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2016  Student Writer
so the totalitarian block of the cold war will be: Europe, Intermarium, Turkestan, North China,South Zimbabwe, Central Africa. what did i miss?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Nothing, really. 
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Student Writer
what would be the south african equivalent of the japanese kamikazes?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Suicide bombers? 
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Student Writer
would the capital of the HUE (holy union of europe) be berlin or brussels?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
The European Front's capital is Brussels. 
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Edited Dec 31, 2015  Student Writer
would Munich be the european stalingrad?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
Perhaps.
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Student Writer
so would the new cold war be between Nationalist Europe and Brazil?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Yes.
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Student Writer
wait, are you RvBOMally on alternate history.com?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
I sure am.
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:iconmetalheadjohn:
metalheadjohn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Student Writer
so, what would the ottomans be in this scenario
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Iran stands in for the Ottomans.
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:iconjeckl:
Jeckl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
So is Vladivostok more like Alsace or the Saar?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
The latter.
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Eheucaius17 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Awesome map. How do you make these and what software do you use? 
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
I use basemaps from AlternateHistory.com. These can be done in Paint, but I use Photoshop and Paint. 
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:iconhayaba1:
Hayaba1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Do some people refer to the rump Russia as "Muscovy"?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
A few do.
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Zomg420 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
How does the European Front function? I find it probably the most interesting "country" because it's a federation of extreme nationalists. In theory, such a thing shouldn't be possible. Is the Royal Family still in charge in Euro-UK, if so how does it handle Australia and Canada?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Their form of nationalism is more pan-European. The royal family has fled to Canada. 
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KuboCaskett Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student General Artist
I find the idea of Germany falling into far-rightism again unbelievable since the people are too enlightened to return to it, unless they like suffered a nuclear war or something. Also, I wonder what drove South Africa into "hypernationalism"? Aren't whites like the minority there or something?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
None of this should be believable. :p

Who says the whites are in charge? Hypernationalism knows no color. 
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KuboCaskett Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student General Artist
True, there was Imperial Japan which has a huge case of Hypernationalism (as well as some form of fascism). As for Germany, I wonder what brought them back into a far-right regime? I can't image the German people will be happy with the European Front.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
Most Germans have been cowed to submission by the rather brutal leadership of the EF. 
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KuboCaskett Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student General Artist
I hate to see what life is like in Eurofront ruled Germany, as well as what happened to the death camps in there and around Europe as well (especially Auschwitz, which is in Poland, which is under the EF). I would imagine some sort of underground resistance against the EF in Germany, like there was in the days of the Third Reich.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
I imagine there's a resistance in most of the EF member states, but the EF's government have become experts in terror. 
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:iconjeckl:
Jeckl Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
So the Eurofront is a large totalitarian state?


Also how do they deal with minorities? ( I assume badly)  
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Yes. And badly. 
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