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Seetee updated by QuantumBranching Seetee updated by QuantumBranching
A fairly random map, somewhat prompted by an old Jack Williamson story (for those who know him from Adam):

It's a world where, thanks to a delayed Soviet bomb project, no Korean war and the Guomindang winning in China, the US is less spooked by the Red Menace, and after some nasty disagreements re European colonial policy, ends up largely withdrawing into isolationism by the mid-50's, from which it would not really emerge until the 70s.

Western Europe survives, but its heavily militarized and poorer society eventually ends up taking a turn to the hard right: by the early 21st century western Europe is more closely integrated than our EC, but one of the things that unifies it is a distinctly racist conception of "Europeanness" which is a bit uncertain as to whether Slavs are really part of the Herrenvolk or not.

The USSR doesn't collapse, but it reaches economic crisis by the late 80s anyway, and has been pursuing painful two-steps-forward-one-step-backward reforms since the early 90's. By the late 90's Soviet forces had largely withdrawn from Eastern Europe and a three-way struggle for influence began that is still ongoing.

China is the fourth Big Power, and is 15-20 years ahead of OTL China in terms of economic development.
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codeamerica Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
So the US and Japan had fewer changes from OTL then the rest of the world?
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
Japan is similar to our world, although it's economic boom was a bit slower taking off (the sizeable injections of economic capital related to US involvement in Korea and Vietnam didn't happen): the US, although still the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave :), with no real cold war (although the 60's, with the Soviets developing ICBM capacities, were a bit nervous-making), no Vietnam, no big Middle East involvement, and rather more investment and involvement in Latin America than in our world has substantial political and social differences from our US, and a rather different outlook on the rest of the world.

Bruce
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codeamerica Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
And what are those differences between OTL US and this timeline's US?
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