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Greater Czechoslovakia by QuantumBranching Greater Czechoslovakia by QuantumBranching
Ok, this is one from a scenario in the "Alternate History Travel Guides", a now defunct alternate-history role-playing kinda thingy I have made some maps for before.

GREATER CZECHOSLOVAKIA EARTH


in this world the Czechs and the Poles managed to work out a compromise on their border disputes, and did not become enemies: as a result Poland stood by Czechoslovakia in 1938, and France was grudgingly forced to join in. Hitler foolishly refused to bow to AH convention and was not overthrown by a military coup, and did his very best to bring Germany down in ruins rather than surrender. The battered, bloody allies post-war dismembered Germany for good and all. A decade later there was a war with USSR, which was won by the British development of the atom bomb.

Unfortunately, Fascism survived in Spain, Italy, Romania, etc. and in fact underwent an energetic revival after the Soviet war. Nowadays an alliance of democracies (Czechs, British Commonwealth, Poles, Ukrainians, Indians, Brazilians, France, etc.) is gingerly feeling its way towards détente with a Fascist block led by a triumvirate of China, Russia, and Italy. Japan and its Asian allies – Thailand, Indonesia, etc. form a neutral, isolationist - if heavily armed - block along with the Low Countries and Scandinavia.

The US is also a bit isolated from world affairs, and rather more leftist than OTL (alas, also rather racist. Segregation was only eliminated in 2007). "Unofficial" segregation of schools, neighborhoods, etc. still exist, although to be fair the US government spends a fair amount of money on black schools and neighborhoods. (But then again, white people had a good deal of time to grow accustomed to the welfare state before minorities really began to get anything out of it) It has no love for the Fascists, but doesn't think much of the “corrupt Imperialist-capitalist system” of the "democracies". Government and big business are intertwined in complex ways, and the "giant corporation-jobs for life model" is still the dominant one, although international competitiveness is suffering.

China is suffering from violent rebellion in its western, Muslim territories. Italy rules over a restless Albania, Ethiopia, and an ethnically cleansed Libya. Germany was divided up between the Poles, Czechs, French, British, and an independent Greater Bavarian state: there is some talk now of reassembling the German state, although the Rhinelanders and Greater Hanover are actually fairly content with being respectively part of France and the UK. (Czech Silesia, Sudetenland and some other bits remain troublesome, as does Poland's Brandenburg Protectorate: the Czech state has undergone a name change to reflect the demographic reality)

Japan rules Korea, a big chunk of Siberia, and Taiwan, and has a protectorate over Manchuria. (Manchuria actually largely rules itself: the heir of Pu Yi is a much more King Log and a preferable choice to the Chinese Supreme Generalissimo - at least so far.) The Koreans are…troublesome. Russian managed to grab back lost areas in Central Asia and the South Caucuses while the Third Sino-Japanese War distracted people.

(It's a little unclear how Japan got through the 30s and 40s, although apparently they didn't get into a war with China, and did join the allies vs the USSR, which is where they picked up Mongolia and eastern Siberia).

Communism is on the rise again: Russia is plagued by communist movements (Socialism did not fall on its own in this TL, and the younger generation discount stories of the horrors of Stalinism as government propaganda). Burma has broken away from the Commonwealth under a radical leftist new government, Communists lead the struggle against Chinese rule in occupied Indochina, and a very odd Islamicist-Socialist regime rules Afghanistan and spreads wackiness into South and Central Asia in the wake of the Russian withdrawal. But the big success story for Communism is Mexican Marxism, which overthrew the pro-fascist Silver Shirts in the late 70’s, and since has gone on to unite all central America in a socialist union. No Stalinists, it is still a fairly repressive one-party state using massive state intervention to modernize the country, but it has made some fairly impressive gains in health, education, etc., and has inspired similar movements from Tibet to the Belgian Congo. It gets along OK with the socialistic US – indeed, the US is the main buyer of Mexican petroleum.

Africa is a mess – communistic revolts, failed attempts by the allied democracies to build true liberal-democratic societies, proxy wars, Fascist puppeteering: about the only bright spot is the fact that South Africa managed to avoid Apartheid and slowly and painfully make its way to a multiracial democracy.

Oddly enough, environmentalism is stronger than OTL – Fascism has a certain fascination with nature and the wild, and protection of the wilderness is more valued in Fascist lands than in ever was in the Communist ones OTL. (In spite of mutual hostilities, there is an actual international ban on whale hunting, for instance). Technology is roughly as OTL, although they are ahead in some fields. International tensions run high, and people worry about the Neutral Sphere, AKA the Union for Peace and Progress, which seems to be increasingly moving away from its noninterventionist attitudes under technocratic and nationalist governing parties, and beefing up their military capacity: lately there have been rumors of a new Japanese/Low Countries designed super-cavitating submarine that would make, say, the "Red October" look like crap.
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SoaringAven Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, this inspires me!!!!! XD IF you gave me a bit more info on the new European Borders, could I try making a map?
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themasteraccount Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Would the Sudetenland be in the same administrative district as Silesia since there is a significant German area?
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Hmm. Divide the Germans, or keep them in one bunch?
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OttoVonSuds Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
This is made of win.
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Deltax10 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
italy is much more succesfull in this timeline two. Heh, I like what 13 and 14 say. Is surimene part of the Luxemborg pact?
what happened to russia? and what exacly is rashidi?
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Suriname has a relationship with the Netherlands similar to French Guiana has with France in our world. Communist Russia was defeated, but the Europeans did a piss-poor job of establishing democracy there, and the place ended up going fascist a couple decades later. Rashid was a pious Pakistani Muslim which in our world never achieved much, but in this one wrote a very readable and popular book reconciling Islamic Fundamentalism and Marxism, which led to the development of a new religious/socialist movement he probably not would have approved of if it had come to power while he was still alive.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
It's strange to find a Poland that's also a nuclear power in alternate history.
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lamnay Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
They have a great deal of potential, it's just they've been Europe's punching bag for so long they haven't been able to realise it.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
All that's missing now is for Poland to go to space. ;)
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SoaringAven Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NU! Poland can no into space! O_O
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