An alternate timeline by Althistorian 2005.
In January 1941, the Second World War is raging and Nazi Germany is going to invade the Soviet Union in June. Suddenly, on the 22th of January, African rebels under the command of the mysterious Commander X rebel against all the European colonizers of the continent at the same time.
The War Within a War
Treaty of Alexandria
The British realised they couldn't win against the rebels so they decided to negotiate a treaty with the rebels and signed a treaty on the 1st of March, 1941.
The terms of the treaty:
- All British territory in Africa will be ceded to the rebels (including dominions such as Egypt or South Africa).
- Britain will be invited to the peace negotiations between Italy and the rebels.
- Britain will pay 300,000 Pounds to the rebels in war reparations.
Treaty of Tripoli
In mid-April, Hitler ordered the Afrika Korps back from North Africa to help with Operation Barbarossa. With the most powerful German reinforcements gone, Mussolini agreed to negotiate a treaty with the rebels while getting angry at Hitler for pulling the Afrika Korps out, claiming they could've won against the rebels and the Allies had Hitler not pulled out the Afrika Korps and sent more reinforcements instead.
As promised in the Treaty of Alexandria, the British were invited to the conference, where Mussolini told Churchill about his anger at Hitler and his desire to end the war on his end, to aid the Allies after leaving the war or even switch sides altogether.
The terms of the treaty:
- All Italian territory in Africa will be handed over to the rebels.
- Italy will leave the war altogether.
- Italy will pay 500,000 Pounds to the rebels in war reparations.
The Beginning of The End
After getting angry at Mussolini for getting angry at him and then leaving the war, Hitler decided to vent his anger on the USSR by finally beginning Operation Barbarossa on 22 June 1941.
The Battle of Moscow
On September 20, 1941, the German forces had already reached Moscow due to assistance from the Afrika Korps. Soviet forces were tested to the limit as the German forces pounded at their defenses. On December 7, 1941, news came in that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor.
Aware that this would most certainly cause the Americans to join the war, Stalin called in all the troops guarding the border with Japan to help defend Moscow. On January 20, 1942, the Nazis finally retreated from Moscow, promising to come back but never being able to fulfill that promise ever again.
The Battle of Stalingrad
On August 25, 1942, the Nazis decided to attack Stalingrad in hopes of cutting off the Caucasus from the rest of the USSR and gaining control of vital railways and Caucasian oil.
After 165 days (five months and 12 days) of bitter fighting, a decisive Soviet victory was achieved on February 5, 1943, ending Operation Barbarossa in a massive failure.
Italian re-entry into the war on the Allied side
On March 5, 1943, Mussolini invited Hitler to Rome to discuss Italy's re-entry into the war - but on March 6, Hitler got a nasty surprise when he touched down. The Italian escort planes bombed his plane! Hitler and most of his crew survived, but with heavy injuries and no way to inform Berlin. Hitler tried to ask Mussolini what this course of action meant but was machine-gunned before he got the chance.
On March 9, Photos of Hitler's dead body were received by the German government, and on the following day, Germany and Italy declared war on each other, followed by the Italian invasions of Vichy France and German Austria. On March 15, the Anglo-Italian Pact of Titanium, named for the fact that titanium is stronger than steel and signed on February 25, 1943, was officially put into effect.
The Battle of Kursk
On June 20, Operation Citadel was activated and the Battle of Kursk started. After just one week of fighting, Operation Citadel failed and Operation Kutuzov started. Eventually, the German forces were defeated and were forced to retreat even farther.
Battle of the Atlantic
In August 1943, with the Eastern Front collapsing and the Italians taking over their Atlantic bases on the French west coast, the Germans turned to winning the Battle of the Atlantic as their last chance to win the war. However, without naval bases to operate from (when they retook their naval bases, the Italians would just reoccupy them after they left), the U-Boats ran out of fuel and surrendered to Allied submarines. By February 1944, the Germans had lost the Battle of the Atlantic.
With Italian forces already occupying France, Anglo-American troops landed easily. Thus, the Operation Overlord of this timeline was the invasion of western Germany. Meanwhile, Soviet troops were steamrolling German forces in the Baltics and Finnish forces in Finland. Operation Overlord would have to commence very fast or the Allies worried the Soviets would control all or most of Germany.
Italian troops had also invaded Bavaria, the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary, giving the Allies an added advantage in the south (Yugoslavia was not invaded because it was taken over by communist guerrillas led by Josip Broz Tito). On 6 June 1944, the Allies invaded Germany from west and south, encircling some German troops in the process. Italian troops advanced north after conquering Hungary and liberated western Poland, later fighting their way to Berlin in January 1945.
East Prussia was jointly occupied by Italy and the USSR, later to be split between Poland and the USSR. Romania had decided to switch sides along with Italy a few days after Operation Overlord commenced, in exchange for Transylvania and Bessarabia. The Titoist Communists in Yugoslavia liberated Bulgaria and Greece, so the Allies didn't have to liberate the Balkans.
The Siege of Berlin
In January 1945, Allied troops had surrounded Berlin and German troops in the east were repeatedly being defeated by the Soviets, who were focusing more on Finland now. The siege carried on, and in mid-March 1945, Germany surrendered.
During Operation Overlord, the USSR was steamrolling Finland. Then Sweden joined the war, and took Åland from Finland. A few days before the German surrender, Finland agreed to the Swedish and Soviet demands and switched sides.
The War After The War
After the war, Germany was split into a few occupation zones:
- Italy occupied Austria and Bavaria.
- Britain occupied northern Germany.
- America occupied eastern Germany.
- France occupied the rest of western Germany.
The USSR protested at not being given an occupation zone in Germany, but the Allies stood firm and the USSR backed down.
During Operation Overlord, Italy had occupied western Poland. Now that the war had ended, the Polish government-in-exile was ready to be reinstalled as the legitimate government of Poland. However, Mussolini was also ready to install a fascist puppet government in western Poland and Stalin was ready to install a communist puppet government in eastern Poland.
A tense three-sided debate began and it seemed a Third World War might break out right after the end of the second. Eventually, the Allies were forced to compromise and allow the two puppet governments to be installed.
In 1945, Swedish forces had liberated Norway. After the war, the Norwegian and Danish governments-in-exile both wanted to be reinstalled. But although Sweden agreed to let them return, they would only do so under the Kalmar Union. The two governments-in-exile tried to negotiate, but Sweden was uncompromising, instead promising prosperity for all Nordic peoples under the Kalmar Union. Later, Finland also decided to support the formation of the Kalmar Union. Eventually, after some peaceful discussion, the Kalmar Union was finally created.
After the war, Titoist forces were occupying most of the Balkans, with the exception of Italian Albania. Italy and Romania were fine with Titoist forces occupying the Balkans since Titoism was a different type of communism from Soviet communism, which eventually caused the USSR to denounce the Titoists as 'revisionists' and 'capitalist pigs'.
Italy and Romania were prepared to defend the Titoists if necessary, and war seemed about to break out. But the Western Allies and the African Federation intervened and forced the USSR to back down, telling them to be content with what they already had.
Major Incidents in Europe
Bavaria Crisis, 1948
In 1948, the Western Allies decided to reinstate Germany as a country and requested for Italy to contribute their zone to the new Germany, but Italy refused to give up Bavaria.
As the world buckled up for another war, the UN decided on a compromise wherein Italy would be able to keep the actual region of Bavaria as a puppet state but the rest of the Italian Zone would go to the newly formed Germany.
Portuguese and Spanish joining of the Fascist bloc, 1951
In 1951, Portugal and Spain shocked Europe by joining the Fascist bloc led by Italy. The situation got tense as sanctions were discussed to be imposed on the two Iberian nations. In the end, the UN agreed to allow Spain and Portugal to remain in the Fascist bloc as long as the age-old Anglo-Portuguese alliance wasn't broken. Spain and Portugal agreed and the crisis was solved.
Romanian Revolution, 1952
By 1952, ordinary Romanians were feeling a closer connection to the Titoists than the Italians. Although Antonescu claimed Italo-Romanian relations were preservable, the people couldn't take it any longer. On 23 October 1952, Bukharest was thrown into chaos as rebels wasted no time in raiding government buildings and killing Antonescu.
The following day, a Titoist government was installed and immediately announced the end of the Italo-Romanian alliance and the beginning of Titoist Romania. Italian troops were mobilized to invade Romania, but Yugoslavia reacted swiftly, threatening Italy with an interbloc war in the midst of Europe's already tense situation. Italy backed down, and the strength of the Fascist bloc was silently called into question.
Albania Crisis, 1954 - 1955
By 1954, most ordinary Albanians were sick and tired of Italian rule. They mostly supported Titoism and some of them secretly carried out negotiations with the Yugoslav government. On 14 March 1954, Albanian Titoists took control of Albania's capital, Tirana, and declared Albanian independence. Italy immediately mobilized troops to handle the situation.
Yugoslavia threatened to declare war on Italy, but Italy was determined not to back down this time. While Yugoslavia and Italy engaged each other in a staring contest, the capitalist bloc waited for the UN to pass a ruling on the case. Eventually, the UN decided the Albanian rebellion deserved a fair chance against Italy, so Yugoslavia was prohibited from using the entire Yugoslavian army against Italy on this matter but was allowed to aid the rebellion.
Italian troops landed on the Albanian coast and established a beachhead. Then the Yugoslavian navy blockaded the mouth of the Adriatic and Italy threatened to declare war on Yugoslavia, but then it turned out those battleships were flying Albanian flags, so Italy backed down from declaring war and attacked the battleships.
On 27 October, the battleships were cleared out, but the Italian beachhead had fallen. Italian forces rapidly reestablished the beachhead elsewhere, but with much higher casualties. By the dawn of 1955, Italian forces were still confined to that beachhead. The Italian people were now demanding an end to the war and the Fascist Blocs capital was now moved to Madrid just in case Italy were to have a revolution.
In March 1955, Italy had to break the stalemate fast or Albania would gain independence and Italy would possibly have a revolution. Italy had to cut off Albania's Yugoslav supply line to secure a victory. In May, Italian troops were sent to southern Albania to occupy and secure the Albanian-Yugoslav border. Albanian troops were diverted from the stalemated beachhead to prevent the Italian plan from succeeding, but the Italian troops sent to secure the border were also split from the beachhead, so the beachhead remained stalemated.
In August, with the nation close to revolution, Italian troops finally secured the entire Albanian-Yugoslav border. With their supply line now cut off, the Albanians were ordered to fight to the death while Yugoslavia attempted to supply them by air. The airlift only managed to bring in a few shipments before the Albanians were forced to surrender in late November.
After this, the Fascist Blocs capital remained in Madrid just in case Italy still broke out into revolution later on.
Italian Revolution and Civil War, 1958-1959
In 1958, the high amount of Italian casualties in World War 2 and the Albania Crisis, along with the Fascist bloc failure in the Romanian Revolution, came to a head as mass protests broke out all across Italy demanding Mussolini's resignation.
When Mussolini ordered the army to fire on the protesters, the army refused to fire because some of their own relatives were protesting. Mussolini was outraged and scolded the army. Now the army mutinied and joined the protesters on 31 May, 1958.
Fortunately for Mussolini, some troops remained loyal to him and apologized to him. Now the Italian Revolution was about to break into civil war as loyalist troops fired on rebel troops. The international community was shocked and the rest of the Fascist Bloc started arguing about matters such as how to send supplies between themselves if Italy became non-aligned or, even worse, Titoist.
On 17 July, the front lines were drawn and the real fighting began. The following day, the Albanians decided to rebel again, but without support from the other rebels. On 25 July, Albanian forces had easily occupied all of their homeland. They decided to try landing at Leuca eventually, but they decided to consolidate their positions first and expel all the Italian colonists except those loyal to them and the Titoist cause.
By the end of the year, Albanian plans to land at Leuca were shattered as the Sicily-Sardinia rebels occupied the area. With no way to establish a foothold in southern Italy, they decided to just leave the fighting and declare independence instead.
In 1959, the rebels planned a grand offensive to crush the Italian government once and for all. The rebels would drive to Rome and capture it. After capturing Rome, they would publicly execute Mussolini, whose execution would be broadcast to the loyalists. The loyalists were expected to surrender once they saw the execution of their leader.
After the grand offensive took place, everything went according to plan and the loyalists finally surrendered. Now the rebels had to decide what to do with Italy. But they started their new government by passing the first order of business: Italy would be non-aligned while the government got started. Meanwhile, Italy would also recognize Albania as a member of the Titoist Bloc.
Titoist-Communist War, 1963
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Titoist Bloc announced it would support the Capitalist Bloc in case of a Third World War. When a compromise was reached, Yugoslavia was disappointed but opposed the USSR more violently after this.
The USSR demanded the release of Soviet spies and Communist Party members in the Titoist Bloc's territory. Yugoslavia challenged the Soviets to come and take them. Khrushchev and the Politburo were enraged and declared war on 17 December 1962.
Yugoslavia decided to take advantage of the Sino-Soviet Split and asked China to declare war on the Soviet Union. Mao was more than willing and declared war without hesitation on 20 December.
Meanwhile, the Capitalist and Fascist Blocs watched with shock, interest, and excitement. Despite rooting for the Titoists and Chinese, they decided not to participate in the war in any way. On 17 February 1963, as the Russian winter started thawing, the Titoists and Chinese went on the offensive and captured Southern Siberia, the Kyrgyz and Tajik SSRs, part of the Kazakh SSR, a small part of the Uzbek SSR, the Moldovan SSR, most of the Ukrainian SSR, a small part of the Belarussian SSR and a small southeastern region of East Poland by 10 April.
Meanwhile, on 10 March, with the Titoists about to reach the border of East Poland, West Poland disobeyed Spain's order not to get involved and broke away from the Fascist Bloc to join the Titoist Bloc. On 27 March, Polish troops met with the other Titoists while capturing parts of the Belarussian and Lithuanian SSRs.
On 10 April, the Titoists launched a massive offensive to push into and defeat the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and Belarussian SSRs were history within five days and the Latvian and Estonian SSRs followed suit. In May, the Titoists decided to attack Stalingrad (now renamed Volgograd) and capture Caucasian oil. They knew this was dangerous considering Hitler had tried to do the exact same thing 20 years earlier and failed miserably, leading to his eventual defeat.
However, they also knew that Hitler's poor strategy and tactics contributed to his defeat more than anything. So they allowed retreat and didn't split forces into the Caucasus before starting the battle. Meanwhile, Chinese forces pushed further into the Uzbek, Tajik, and Kazakh SSRs and occupied eastern Siberia.
Throughout May, June, and July, all eyes were on the Battle of Volgograd. So far, it was the bloodiest battle of the war, just as it was one of the bloodiest battles of WW2. However, the Titoists eventually won. They were now free to occupy the Caucasus! The Georgian, Armenian, and Azerbaijani SSRs started evacuating hundreds of thousands of Soviet soldiers in an evacuation similar to Dunkirk.
In late August, with winter on the horizon, the Titoists and Chinese attempted one last push to end the war. Chinese forces obliterated the Kazakh, Uzbek, and Tajik SSRs while the Titoists drove to Moscow. In mid-September, the Capitalist Bloc gave the Kalmar Union permission to attack the USSR because Finland wanted Kola and Karelia.
In early October, the USSR was doomed. Chinese troops were approaching the Urals while the Titoists and the Kalmar Union were about to capture Moscow and Leningrad (St Petersburg), so they decided to use their nuclear weapons as a last resort. On 12 October, Chengdu was nuked. In response, China asked the Titoists to execute Khrushchev and the entire Politburo without a trial after the war. Mao also added that he wanted their deaths to be as slow and as painful as those of the people in Chengdu dying of radiation poisoning.
On 27 October, Moscow was captured. Leningrad was captured on October 29. Finally, on October 31, the USSR surrendered.
Treaty of Moscow
- Kola and Karelia will be ceded to the Kalmar Union.
- The Bessarabia region will be ceded to Romania.
- The Ukrainian, Latvian and Belarussian SSRs will gain independence as Titoist states.
- East Poland will be annexed by West Poland.
- West Poland switching sides from the Fascist Bloc to the Titoist Bloc is confirmed.
- West Poland will annex the Lithuanian SSR and the Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian SFSR.
- The Estonian SSR will be annexed by the Kalmar Union.
- The Georgian, Armenian, and Azerbaijani SSRs will gain independence and hold free elections.
- The Caucasus (excluding the aforementioned SSRs) will gain independence as a Titoist state.
- The Kazakh, Uzbek, Tajik, Kyrgyz and Turkmen SSRs, along with a part of Manchuria previously taken from China by the Tsarist Russian Empire, will be annexed by China.
- The remainder of the USSR (most of the Russian SFSR only) will become the Russian Federation and hold free elections.
- China will carry out the planned execution for Khrushchev and the Politburo.
Carnation Revolution, 1974
Portugal had been run by an authoritarian dictatorship (the Estado Novo, or "New State"), which was considered by many to be fascist, for over four decades. The events of the revolution effectively changed the government into a democracy, and produced enormous social, economic, territorial, demographic, and political changes in the country, after two years of a transitional period known as PREC (Processo Revolucionário Em Curso, or On-Going Revolutionary Process), characterized by social turmoil and power disputes between left- and right-wing political forces.
Despite repeated appeals by the revolutionaries, broadcast over the radio, asking the population to stay home, thousands of Portuguese descended on the streets, mixing with the military insurgents.
The military-led coup returned democracy to Portugal, ending the unpopular Colonial War in which thousands of Portuguese citizens had been conscripted into military service, and replacing the Estado Novo regime and its secret police which repressed elemental civil liberties and political freedoms. It started as a professional class protest of Portuguese Armed Forces captains against a decree law: the Dec Lei nº 353/73 of 1973.
A group of Portuguese low-ranking officers organised within the Armed Forces Movement (MFA – Movimento das Forças Armadas), including some who had been fighting the pro-independence guerrillas in the Portuguese empire's territories in Africa, and rose to overthrow the Estado Novo regime that had ruled Portugal since the 1930s. Portugal's new regime pledged itself to end the colonial wars and began negotiations with the African independence movements. By the end of 1974, Portuguese troops had been withdrawn from Portuguese Guinea and the latter had become a UN member state. This was followed by the independence of Cape Verde, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Angola in 1975. The Carnation Revolution in Portugal also led to Portugal's withdrawal from East Timor in south-east Asia. These events prompted a mass exodus of Portuguese citizens from Portugal's African territories (mostly from Angola and Mozambique), creating over a million Portuguese refugees — the retornados.
Although the regime's political police, PIDE, killed four people before surrendering, the revolution was unusual in that the revolutionaries did not use direct violence to achieve their goals. Holding red carnations (cravos in Portuguese), many people joined revolutionary soldiers on the streets of Lisbon, in apparent joy and audible euphoria. Red is a symbolic colour for socialism and communism, which were the main ideological tendencies of many anti-New State insurgents. It was the end of the Estado Novo, the longest-lived authoritarian regime in Western Europe, and the final dissolution of the Portuguese Empire. In the aftermath of the revolution a new constitution was drafted, censorship was formally prohibited, free speech was declared, political prisoners were released and the Portuguese overseas territories in Sub-Saharan Africa were immediately given their independence. East Timor was also offered independence, shortly before being invaded by Indonesia.(Copied from Wikipedia, because it took place the same way as in OTL.)
Religious War, 1979-1980
15 years of peace followed after the Titoist-Communist War. But in those 15 years, various religious groups had secretly planned to overthrow the Titoists and Communist China, with the support of Russia and the Kalmar Union.
In 1978, Russia had secured a deal to partially recreate the Soviet Union wherein Russia would regain all former Soviet territory in Eastern Europe (except Bessarabia, which Romania would keep), but only a portion of the former Kazakh SSR, while the rest of Central Asia would gain independence as West Turkestan. The Caucasian republics also agreed to join him.
China was carved up: Tibet and East Turkestan would gain independence as Buddhist and Muslim states respectively, while Manchuria would gain independence without having to cede back former Soviet territory. The rest of China would be given to the Kuomintang government-in-exile.
On 18 January 1979, the various religious groups revolted while Russia and the Kalmar Union declared war on China and the Titoist Bloc. The Religious Uprising started.At first, the Titoist and Chinese war machines seemed to have the advantage, but then the Fascist Bloc, which had remained silent for many years, made a deal with Russia, the rebels, and the Kalmar Union.According to the deal, the Fascist Bloc would gain control over Poland (excluding Lithuania and the Kaliningrad Oblast), Yugoslavia, Albania, and Greece, but in return, they would have to grant freedom of religion throughout their nations.
On 23 March, the Fascist Bloc declared war on the Titoist Bloc and staged a coup in Poland by way of Fascist Bloc-aligned politicians who had resented Poland breaking from the Fascist Bloc in 1963.
On 5 April, the Fascist war machine started steamrolling Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, and Hungary with help from Russia while the Kalmar Union advanced into China with help from Russia and Mongolia.
By 10 July, Belarus, Ukraine, and Latvia were under Fascist occupation, while Fascist forces were nearing Bucharest in Romania and Belgrade in Yugoslavia. Some Fascist troops were also entering Bulgaria. On 15 July, the Allies met in Stockholm to discuss a coup in Italy to bring it back into the Fascist Bloc.
As the year drew to an end, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania surrendered while the capital of the Titoist Bloc was being transferred to Athens. Fascist troops advanced into Albania at about the same time. In early 1980, West Turkestan gained independence and immediately started helping the Allied war effort. Meanwhile, Fascist troops took over Albania, leaving Greece as the last stand for the Titoists.
On 27 June, the Italian coup was launched and Italy joined the Fascist Bloc the following day, declaring war on the Titoists and China. In August, the Allies shifted more of their war effort to fight China, since Greece was a minor threat by now. Greece was defeated in mid-November.
In September, a major offensive was launched to finish off China for good. In October, Deng Xiaopeng offered to negotiate, so the Allies met him at Mukden, where the Japanese had begun the 1931 invasion of Manchuria so many years ago. Deng knew that he had to compromise as much as possible if he wanted to stop the Allied advance on Beijing without surrendering. And so, on 23 December 1980, China signed the Treaty of Mukden, ending the Religious War.
Treaty of Mukden
- China would recognize the independence of West Turkestan, East Turkestan, Tibet, and Manchuria.
- The Chinese Communist Party would accept the Kuomintang as the legitimate Chinese government, but would be allowed to contest fair elections.
- China would pay war reparations in installments of $500,000 for 20 years.
- China would grant freedom of religion.
The New War
After the end of the Religious War, tensions started running high between the Fascist and Capitalist Blocs. Religious groups complained that the Fascist Bloc wasn't allowing enough freedom of religion, e.g., not allowing religious officials to exit their countries to go to religious conferences. Bad relations between Bavaria and Germany didn't help either.
In 1979, Egypt, which had split from the African Federation in 1948 due to the African Federation refusing to intervene the Arab-Israeli Conflict, signed a peace treaty with Israel, angering the other Arab countries opposing Israel. The African Federation initially asked if Egypt wanted to rejoin it, but Egypt decided they could just be allies.
Meanwhile, in 1981, the Arab nations still opposing Israel created the Arab Bloc, raising tensions further in Europe and the Middle East. In response, Israel joined the Capitalist Bloc due to already being allied with the USA. In 1983, Egypt joined and started negotiations with the African Federation to bring them into the Capitalist Bloc. Cyprus joined the Capitalist Bloc in 1982.
In 1985, the African Federation joined the Capitalist Bloc. Soon protests and even riots, led by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, broke out in Libya. The African government tried to resolve the issue peacefully, but in April 1986, Gaddafi announced there would be no compromise and that their demands were simple: Either Libya gained independence as a member of the Arab Bloc, or the entire African Federation would join the Arab Bloc.
The African government threatened to fire on the protesters and rioters, but Gaddafi stood his ground. The same threats were repeatedly exchanged and a staring contest ensued. In January 1987, the African government blinked, and Libya gained independence. In March, Saudi Arabia caused foreign and domestic controversy by joining the Capitalist Bloc despite carrying the name 'Arabia'.
The Capitalist Bloc immediately took Saudi Arabia's side in the controversy while Kuwait also joined the Capitalist Bloc, but with less controversy due to the attention being on Saudi Arabia. The Fascist Bloc declared themselves neutral. In 1988, the Iran-Iraq War ended, which caused the Arab Bloc to become even further entrenched in the Saudi Arabia crisis.
On 2 August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, and the entire Capitalist Bloc, along with the UN, sent an ultimatum to Iraq: withdraw or face war. Saddam Hussein chose war. He was later joined by the rest of the Arab Bloc except Lebanon, who switched sides to the Capitalist Bloc. The Fascist Bloc declared neutrality in the conflict to avoid starting World War 3.
Destruction of the Arabs
Needless to say, the Arab Bloc was no match for the Capitalist Bloc which, except for Russia and the Kalmar Union, hadn't fought a single war since 1945. The full power of the Capitalist Bloc was thus unleashed against the Arab Bloc. Kuwait was rapidly liberated in the first few weeks of the war, and Jordan fell within months.
In the beginning of 1991, Libya, Syria, and Iraq were the only three members of the Arab Bloc still standing. Aware of their precarious position, they asked the Fascist Bloc to help them. The Fascists refused to join the losing side at first, but agreed to join in a few months when Iraq promised to cancel their debts.
End of Fascism
On 4 August 1991, the Fascist Bloc declared war on the Capitalist Bloc, despite having declared neutrality in the beginning of the war. Fortunately, the Capitalist Bloc was prepared for this eventuality. They swiftly launched multiple offensives to end the remainder of the Arab Bloc and Spain too. The Fascist Bloc's capital was transferred to Trieste and Spain surrendered.
The entire Arab Bloc was defeated and Allied troops were horrified to see death camps similar to Auschwitz built all over the Arab Bloc despite the Nazis already having done the exact same thing about 50 years ago. In March 1992, another grand offensive was launched to defeat Poland, Greece, Bavaria, and Czechoslovakia.
In just 11 months, the Allies defeated them all and Bavaria was annexed by Germany. In February 1993, the Allies launched another offensive to hopefully end the war and bring peace to the world. Although Iran and North Korea would have to be dealt with.
Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Albania were all defeated by the Capitalist war machine in ten months. Soon, Italy was the only nation standing between the world and world peace, except for Iran and North Korea. In 1994, the Allies launched the final offensive. Italy was invaded and surrendered faster than France did in 1940: 30 days, compared to France's 46 days.
The war was over now. Most members of the Fascist and Arab Blocs had their governments replaced, Libya was annexed by the African Federation, and Bavaria was annexed by Germany, but a treaty was made for Spain:
Treaty of Barcelona
- Spain would cede Galicia to Portugal.
- Spain would be split up into Catalonia, Basque, Anatolia, Leon, Aragon, and Castile.
- All the six individual countries would join the Capitalist Bloc and pay a total of one billion US dollars in war reparations to the other members.
- The six countries would be allowed to negotiate among themselves how much each of them would pay, but everyone would have to pay a minimum of one million dollars, and they could split the rest of the bill through negotiations.
With the Third World War over, the Global Democratic Alliance (a new alliance formed by the Capitalist Bloc to keep the peace) decided to start the 21st century with the unveiling of Pax Americana: American Peace. The world cheered as the UN announced a revolutionary disarmament program that would bring the world closer to peace than ever before.
However, in the shadows, Neo-Nazis, Neo-Communists, Neo-Fascists, and Islamist extremists came together to form an unlikely alliance against the Pax Americana. In the years to come, this alliance would challenge the power of the UN and world order. And as the world approached full disarmament, this alliance would rise up to challenge it.
Could the UN keep the peace? Or would the world be forced to remilitarize to face this new threat? Only time would tell...