Red Alert 3 Fan Fiction: 1947 Picture

In planning my fan fiction, I created a series of maps to keep track of how the alternate history played out. EA conveniently left out much of what happened to the world in the Hitler-free, Einstein-free timeline that exists in Red Alert 3. As such, I took the liberty of coming up with my own timeline. This particular submission contains two maps of the world: the top map being a political map and the bottom one detailing alliances and the stances of neutral states.

We left off on the last map on a couple of cliffhangers. First of all, Mussolini led Italy to victory over Ethiopia and annexed the state. As for Poland, they invaded Germany. Since Germany had stuck to the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, their army was too small to pose much of a threat. As such, they asked the Soviet Union to assist, which they did. Marshal Mikhail Tukhachevsky led the Red Army's successful invasion of Poland and wiped the Second Polish Republic off the map. Thanks in part to his heroism in the war, Tukhachevsky managed to avoid being purged for the time being.

In 1936, the Spanish Civil War began. Volunteers from several states joined the ranks of the Republicans and Nationalists, though the two biggest contributors were Italy and the Soviet Union. However, the conflict quickly turned against the Nationalists when they kidnapped a Soviet diplomat and held him hostage. The Soviet Union responded by sending an entire corps into Spain under Tukhachevsky's command. Not willing to antagonize the Soviet Union, Italy pulled its forces out of the conflict. In 1938, the Spanish Civil War ended in a Republican victory.

Meanwhile, in 1937, Japan invaded China. Despite Allied and Soviet contributions to the Chinese war effort, Japan continued to seize victory after victory. In addition, Japanese probing of Soviet defenses led to Marshal Boris Shaposhnikov advising the deployment of several armies along the Soviet-Manchukuoan border and the construction of a larger navy in the Sea of Okhotsk. Stalin apporved the plan.

In 1938, following the end of the Spanish Civil War, Mussolini turned his attention eastward, invading Yugoslavia. The kingdom fell in a year, with Albania following suit. In response, the Allies issued an ultimatum to Italy, threatening war if another state was invaded.

In 1939, the Japanese government was overthrown in a coup d'état, led by a man of unknown origin and name who, upon coronation, adopted the name of Japan's mythological first Emperor, Kamuyamato Iwarebiko. Meanwhile, Allied attention was diverted from Italy when the Soviet Union began pressuring Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to become part of the Union.

In 1940, Chongqing fell. With occupation beginning to drain manpower, the new Emperor installed Wang Jingwei as a puppet dictator of the occupied parts of China. In Europe, war broke out again when the Soviet Union invaded Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The Allies declared war on the Soviet Union in response. The initial offensive into Germany showed promise when the Allies captured Nürnberg, but they failed to advance further and ultimately found themselves encircled.

Fearful of a Soviet invasion, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands remained neutral in the war, refusing military access to both Allied and Soviet troops. Since 1930, France had been building up a series of extensive fortifications along the borders with Germany and Italy, dubbed the Maginot Line. By the time the war had broken out, it was nearly impenetrable.

Following the Allied defeat at Nürnberg, the war developed into a stalemate, with the Allies unable to launch another successful incursion and the Soviet Union and Germany unwilling to attempt an assault on the Maginot Line. With the war raging to the north, Mussolini decided to take his chances and invade Greece--the Allies did not respond.

In 1941, China surrendered, many of its citizens fleeing to Mongolia, Tannu Tuva, and the Soviet Union. Due to the Allied focus on the Soviet Union and Germany, Japan, now formally renamed the Empire of the Rising Sun, invaded Tibet and French Indochina. With the war in Greece going well, Italy invaded Bulgaria.

In 1942, Bulgaria and Greece both fell to Italy, now renamed the Second Roman Empire. Meanwhile, the Empire of the Rising Sun invaded Siam and Burma, conquering both. However, rather than continue into India, the Empire stopped at Burma and instead turned its attention to the East Indies. Allied efforts to stop the Imperial invasion were futile.

In 1943, Indonesia was invaded. Fearing that accepting Allied assistance would involve war with the Soviet Union and Germany, the Netherlands fought (and lost) the war for Indonesia on their own, agreeing to cede their possessions in the East Indies before the end of the year. Portugal never formally ceded East Timor to the Empire, though it is almost universally recognized as Imperial territory now.

To avoid the risk of war with the Soviet Union, the Second Roman Empire signed a non-aggression pact that promised Bessarabia to the Soviet Union, the pact being known as the Ciano-Molotov Pact. In 1943, the Second Roman Empire invaded Romania and Hungary, giving Bessarabia to the Soviet Union, as promised. Meanwhile, with no progress in the war along the French-German border, the Allies attempted to open up a second front by marching troops through Scandinavia. The Soviet Union issued an ultimatum to Finland, Norway, and Sweden in response: deny the Allies military access, allow us military access, or be invaded. When all three states granted the Allies continued military access, the Soviet Union invaded Finland, dealing a devastating first strike. Norway and Sweden backed down and revoked the Allies' military access to their lands.

In December of 1943, the Empire of the Rising Sun invaded the Philippines. As a result, the United States declared war on the Empire, joining the Allies and declaring war on the Soviet Union and Germany. The American and Soviet Navies immediately mobilized, their first engagement resulting in a Soviet victory, although the long-run damage to either side was trivial.

In 1944, Finland was conquered by the Soviet Union. The Second Roman Empire finished its rampage by conquering Austria and Liechtenstein. Meanwhile, the Philippines had fallen to the Empire of the Rising Sun. Other Allied Pacific possessions gradually fell under Imperial control. In the summer, the Imperial Navy clashed violently with a combined British, French, and American fleet at the Midway Atoll. The battle proved a convenient diversion for the Soviet Union, as the Okhotsk Fleet managed to take the United States completely by surprise at Pearl Harbor, destroying most of the ships docked there. Upon receiving word of the attack the US Pacific Fleet withdrew from Midway to come to their main base's aid. The subsequent naval battle around the Hawaiian Islands resulted in a humiliating American defeat. To compound the embarrassment, the remaining Allied forces were defeated at Midway.

After the disaster in the Pacific Ocean, the Allies learned of a new Soviet secret weapon under development. Though they were unable to gain any information on what it did, they also learned that the Soviet Union was planning to launch an assault on the Maginot Line the following year.

In February of 1945, Soviet and German forces, assisted by the new Iron Curtain devices, broke through the Maginot Line at Mulhouse. The entire Line was overrun by the end of the month and France's fate in question. Meanwhile, the Empire of the Rising Sun invaded Hawaii, capturing the islands before year's end. Taking advantage of the victories and the new situation in Europe, the Empire proposed a peace treaty to the Allies. Due to the more pressing situation in Europe, the Allies disdainfully accepted. After the peace treaty was signed, the regions captured during the war and acquired through the peace treaty, in addition to the puppet states established in Manchukuo and China, were incorporated into the Empire.

Paris fell near the end of 1945, with the entirety of Metropolitan France under Soviet and German control by June of 1946. When a peace treaty proposed by the Soviet Union was rejected, Soviet and German aircraft commenced the attack on the last Allied stronghold in Europe: Great Britain. Czechoslovakia formally joined the war on the Soviet side following the initial bombing runs on southern England. The bombing runs initially focused on crippling Allied air power on the island, though strikes were also carried out against Allied naval bases. In November, word of a planned invasion of Britain got out.

In 1947, the final preparations for the invasion of Britain were made with the joint deployment of the Soviet Baltic Fleet and the German Volksmarine. Allied naval forces engaged them and were almost destroyed in the Battle of the Denmark Straits. With air power almost nonexistent and naval supremacy now in question, the Allies agreed to a peace treaty, recognizing the earlier partition of Poland, as well as Soviet control of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

The Allied defeat in World War II had another effect, though; in Africa and India, as well as in the Middle East, the people have begun demanding an end to foreign control over their lands. In no position to hold their colonial possessions after the disasters of the war, the Western powers have little choice but to either grant their possessions independence or wait for them to revolt and gain independence on their own. The year is 1947, and Western supremacy is in question...

DISCLAIMER: Though I have done some extensive research to create the alternate history for my story, I will concede that it is far from perfect, and that some, if not many, of the states' positions do not reflect their positions in the 1947 of the real world.

Also, I know several of the colors I have used look almost exactly the same, but I assure you there are subtle differences; I took each color directly from each state flag, and I can safely say that with the possible exception of the green present in the Iraqi, Persian, and Afghan flags, no two colors on this map are exactly the same.

I also apologize for not labeling each state. I would have labeled them, but there wasn't enough room to label the little ones like Luxembourg, and it didn't seem fair to the little states for me to just label the larger ones.

Furthermore, I know that the outcome of World War II in this timeline seems ridiculously unlikely. However, please keep in mind that it was a veritable miracle (though not a good miracle) that Hitler got as far as he did in the real world. What is likely to happen and what will happen are two entirely different situations.
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