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No US in WWII by QuantumBranching No US in WWII by QuantumBranching
A world in which a US with no FDR was too concerned with internal matters to intervene in WWII: the fight in Europe dragged on untill a late 1945 peace of exhaustion. The war restarted in 1947 with the success of Tube Alloys (the British nuclear program), and the victors were unkind.

The Soviets expanded to the Rhine, and to make up in part for their horrendous losses some 30 million Germans and Austrians (not to mention Sudetenlanders) were exported east over the next decade to labor at repairing the damage they had done to Mother Russia. Few returned alive.

The British and French, facing a Soviet continent with limited nuke-producing capacities (and thanks to the rich supply of Soviet spies in the UK, it would not be long before the Soviets would have bombs of their own) formed the Anglo-French Union that had earlier been proposed in wartime.

The US, having straightened out its internal problems and feeling a bit embarrassed over letting things go to hell the way they had, created a quite generous aid program to help fix things in the battered old world. The surprising lack of gratitude shown by Eurasians, and their snarky "better late than never, I suppose" comments have remained a sore spot.

The Soviets, economically exhausted and with a male population even more shrunken than OTL, soon found themselves with increasing trouble holding onto the enormous empire they had gained, and although supporting third-world liberation movements, was generally less active abroad than in our world over the next couple decades.

Japan was divided into Australian and Soviet zones of occupation. Neither fared very well.

China still ended up going Red, a longer Japanese presence having pretty much finished off the Guomindang as a function institution. Fortunately, Mao ended up being killed in a Japanese bombing raid in 1946, so China avoided some of the more batshit insane events of OTL.

The Soviet Union followed a rather different path than in Our Timeline: the revival of Russian nationalism that took place OTL with some government encouragement during WWII took on a religious tone as Russians tried to reconcile themselves to human losses even more horrendous than in our world. Women also played a bigger part in politics than OTL due to the reduced pool of males.

The long-term result is the development of modern Russian Holy Socialism, in which Orthodox religiosity and socialist ideals and Russian third-rome nationalism join together in a rather heady brew with notions of Russia as a martyr nation that would be familiar to any OTL Serb: combined with the crushing costs of policing the huge empire, under Premier Irina Teffi it led in the 90s to a withdrawal from outlying areas and a reconsolidation of the Soviet empire in its more slavic, Orthodox core regions. Expansion of the Franco-British sphere has been limited to Bavaria-Wurtemberg and Denmark (where the Soviets retain control of the canal leading to the North Sea), the several other nations emerging from Soviet puppetdom have been neutralized, and have joined into a free-market union.

The most of important of these is the "Republic of saxonia", which due to major population movements under Stalin and his successors is roughly 40% German, 40% Slavic, and 20% everything under the Soviet sun. Mutliethnic, it represents a secular multinationalism no longer popular in the Soviet Union, while in turn its inhabitants have developed a sort of shaky nationalism of their own based partly on their dislike of the current Soviet regime.

There has been some talk of reunifying Bavaria-Wurtemberg and the Rhinelands republic, but given that BW has 2/3 the population of the Rhinelands, compared to the more like 1/4 ratio in our (horrendously expensive) German unification, this seems unlikely to happen.

Much of the Third World, as OTL, went left-wing in the aftermath of Colonialism, in spite of British and French efforts to create an all-Empire nationalism. In recent decades, a move back to capitalist economics has become increasingly notable as alienation from the evolution of Soviet society set in (not to mention the re-capitalization of China and increasing economic difficulties at home). Indonesia, nuclear-armed, belligerent and with an eye on Malaya, Brunei and the Philippines, is perhaps the most vigorous of the Socialist powers.

The British and French have been able to hold at least part of their Empires, and although economic recovery in Europe was slowed by the lack of the German economic motor, it has still handsomely outpaced the regimes to the east. India was lost from the start, admittedly, and increasing overtures to African blacks led to South Africa jumping the ship. Still, given the conservative and racist attitudes of this world's US and the menace of the Soviets, the Anglo-French Empire has been fairly successful in building international coalitions, and retains its postion as a major power.

Important allies include Brazil, which became closely tied to the British economy during WWII and has managed to avoid many OTL missteps, giving it by 2010 economic throw-weight comparable to France itself. Italy was nearly lost to Red revolution, but survived to revive as a third power-center in western Europe. Vietnam is a bit of a curious case: France being liberated rather later than OTL, rather more of Indochina was in the hands of rebel groups by the time the Japanese were removed, and the exhausted French largely gave up on restoring order forcibly: so Vietnam was independent by 1950. Unfortunately, without a long war to cement Vietnamese unity, political turmoil and civil war broke out: one faction came on top with Chinese help, but was sufficiently lacking in legitimacy that the south later broke away with Franco-British help...

The US is socially conservative, Very Capitalist (although with actual banking regulations :) ), at least as prone to religiosity as in our world and has never really got over the Race Thing: blacks are still segregated, although the government is actually spending some serious money nowadays to make the "equal" part of "seperate but equal" more than a bad joke (this has had some pleasant side effects in term of improved funding for poor white schools). It has a formidable navy and air force, but a small army, not having any Fulda Gaps to keep an eye on. The highway system is worse than OTL, but the railroads are doing much better. Competition for market share with the Anglo-French and their allies can be pretty razor-sharp at times.

The rise of liberal anti-racism and continued prevalence of "leftier" economics in Europe and the Empire (during the later stages of the war, Britain was doing a better job of being a Planned Economy than the Soviets were) has led to a fair degree of alienation from the "Liberal Block" nations: the continued near-impotence of Blacks on a national politcal stage means that the US can swallow being allied to a still racially hierarchical South Africa (it's white population somewhat swollen by exiles from Soviet Europe). It is also allied to China out of mutual hostility to the USSR (even sans Mao, there was a political split on the 60s which has only widened with time) and mutual profitability: although the 'coporatist' socialism of this world's China is a bit less capitalistic than OTLs "Communism with Chinese Characteristics" they are still interested very keenly in investments and exports.

US black nationalism is increasingly militant, and the "redeem Africa" movement has already had a success to point to, with the establishment of more-or-less stability in war-torn Liberia by a private army paid for by wealthy black private funds (much to the embarrassment of the US government).

In the early 2000s South Japan invaded the socialist north after a successful first strike against their nuclear facilities. A few million dead and wounded later, the Japanese nation is reunited under an only slightly fascist government. This worries the Koreans, a reforming Communist regime a bit nastier than OTL Vietnam (the Soviets "liberated" the place, and put someone more dependably pliable than Kim on the throne), which have remained carefully neutral since they broke with the USSR: the Chinese and the Soviets are unpleasant enough neighbors, but a reunited Japan as well? Perhaps it's time to revise this "neutrality" gig...

India is (loosely) allied to the Soviets, and politically turbulent: thanks the survival of Gandhi ATL, it is a looser federal structure than OTL, with more states and "special status" cases. Difficulties in center-periphery relations have recently led to calls for a constitutional convention, to rebuild the framework of the Indian nation into something more solid and efficient.

Africa is a bit less screwed up than in our world in a number of places, if a bit more so in a couple. Mozambique managed to negotiate independence sans falling into civil war, and although the same guy has been running the place for thirty years, he knowns enough to steal only so much of the countries income, so a moderate prosperity exists, unlike most of fragmented Angola. Backed firmly as a British ally, Selassie managed to stay on the throne, and his heirs have managed to actually extend the empire, and are the allies and protectors of the (mostly) Christian and Pagan south Sudan. Egypt, on the other hand, went Baathist, and although richer than OTL is a nasty-ass dictatorship. They have puppetized Yemen and north Sudan, and rule a sizeable chunk of the Middle East and North Africa. A nuclear weapons race has started between them and the other major bearer of the banner of Arab Union, the Arab Confederation.

There is no state of Israel, too few Jews surviving to escape Nazi Europe to push the independence movement over the top. Guilty about doing squat about the Holocaust, the British set aside some land for Jews in one of their less densely populated colonies: this attracted enough people that currently Herzland is about 70% Jewish, although that African minority remains a pain.

Tech is a bit less advanced than ours, with an even more damaged Europe and a less intense Cold War. There was no "Space Race" [1] as OTL, and the US was slower to expand higher education.

[1] Although the Anglo-French finally launched an "on the cheap" lunar mission last year. This as been denounced by the Soviets as picking the pockets of the working people for circuses (they really don't want to spend the money to duplicate it) and much angry talk in the US congress and senate re America falling behind western Europe technologically.
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oldgringo2001 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
The real weak point of this TL is the Anglo-French Union. The concept is only famous because it was in Churchill's memoirs, not the most meticulously accurate historical resource. The non-participation of the United States would have made France even weaker in 1940: No purchases of American aircraft because the Neutrality Act would have still been in force.

I think it would be more plausible to have a postwar France wracked by political turmoil, perhaps even a bit of civil war. That's not a big step at all considering how quickly the Fourth Republic fell apart. The French Empire falls away much as it did in OTL, but probably faster.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
It's a different on from the OTL one, which was meant to help continue the fight against Hitler and took place in wartime: this one is post-war, to help keep from being swallowed by the Soviets. France did fall as OTL, and the UK essentially pulled off a peace which gave them most of North Africa while the Germans were too bogged down in Russia to be able to raise any pointed objections. France was liberated by British Empire troops.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Interesting to see Japan going though a similar "capitalist South and Communist North" conflict that Korea and Vietnam went through in our world. Good to see the south winning for once though!
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33k7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Nazi Germany was building Me 262 Schwalbe in 1944 so the Soviets would not have had air superiority. Because in our reality British and American bombing campaigns had crippled German factories and I'm pretty sure Germany would've had a atomic bomb by 1946. But you didn't say the war stopped did Hitler die or something because many Germans wanted to kill all the Soviets so was there a coup d'état or a power struggle.

An without US aid in North Africa I'm pretty sure the war there would have last until 1943 and Italy would not have been invaded so I'm pretty sure that no invasion of France would have happened
so many more Germans could've gone to the Eastern front and a good 20,000 Germans that want to Norway would have went to help Finland

Second question what happened to the Japanese Empire without the US Pacific Fleet at home at Pearl Harbor. I am pretty sure Japan would have invaded Australia and India and possibly New Zealand so I'm pretty sure there that the war would have not ended until the year 1953 to 56 and was Nazi Germany in Japanese Empire allied.

Question three
did the US still have the Manhattan Project going on because I'm pretty sure that project started before the war did.

Question four
did FDR had a less progressive strategy for fixing the economy. And did they sell to allies and the axis alike for materials and weapons. An was there any military build up in the US and all during the war.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
1946 Atom bomb? Japanese invasion of India and Australia? 20,000 German troops being worth more than a fart in a hurricane? You are clearly suffering from Axis Inflation. Try going over to alternatehistory.com and put forth these views of Mighty German and Japan and they will cut them to pieces far more methodically than I could. :)
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33k7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Most of the people on alternate history.com would suck Lenin's Dick in a heartbeat. It's the exact opposite of what you called me called me mighty Germany and Japan. They're all communists over there. An can't stand it when people challenge their propaganda.

And I'm pretty sure Germany would've had the atomic bomb if the United States and Britain had bombed the Germany two pieces. If not they would most certainly would have had air superiority do to the fighter jets they produce. An I highly doubt Britain could have invaded Italy and then France. Churchill wanted to invade Greece after Italy to not France.

And remember southern France was on the Nazi side. The British would have had secured all of Africa before moving on to.

And remember the US and Britain supplied the Soviet Union with a lot of material when he entered the war.

nd another question how could have Britain fought two front war against Japan and Nazi Germany. mahatma Gandhi at the time was trying to break away from the British Empire and Britain had been fighting a war against Japan in Germany they would have enough men to maintain power in India.

So who would help Britain I'm pretty sure fascist movements in South America would have prevented Brazil Argentina in any other country from helping And plus most of the people in South America hate imperialism. And don't say the Soviets the Soviets were so preoccupied in the eastern front they couldn't focus their energy anywhere else. And with German factories producing weapons still
and still having airbases that they could send planes off of Russia would be losing hundreds of thousands of people trying to make their way into Germany. The Russian Air Force was not that good. Especially the Russian bomber.

And Japan was using chemical warfare on China mustard gas indiscriminate bombing campaign have you ever heard of the rape of Manchuria and pretty sure they would've done if to the rest of China Australia Indonesia New Zealand and India. An if Germany really got desperate they would have used chemical warfare against the Soviets and the Soviets would use against them. You have to remember one of Stalin's quotes here Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach. The Soviet army could have made to Berlin without the allied air bombing campaign against Germany. The super Fortress that did the majority of the bombing were from America. And we're made in America.

I'm not saying the Nazis and Japan would have won the war but I'm pretty damn sure it would've been a draw and fascism would still be a major government and it would've ended because both sides were financially broke not because of losing a battle.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Ok. You appear to be overly excitable and slightly demented, or possibly posting from an alternate universe (Most of the people on alternate history.com would suck Lenin's Dick in a heartbeat? Really?). So in the future, let's just agree to disagree. :bye:
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33k7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
agree
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All of this makes very sense... :) :roll:
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Is there supposed to be a "little" between very and sense? :)
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