Alternative History

An overview of the international politics of the post-Doomsday world.


A general trend for successful nations since Doomsday has been amalgamation. Those nations and powers that have thrived, have done so because they successfully came together to combine resources, manpower, ideas, and goals. In general (though not universally), states that did not enter into combinations in the post-Doomsday years were less able to grow and prosper and were more liable to fragmentation and disorder. These multi-national unions vary in form from economic alliances to fully integrated states.

In 1984, the first major post-DD national merger occurred as ANZUS nations (Australia, New Zealand, and the remnants of the USA) concluded a new treaty strengthening their relationship and laying the foundation for the future Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand. South America took a similar, though slower, course, also building up from existing alliances. The Andean Nations Pact became the Andean Union in 1990, which would form the core of the South American Confederation fourteen years later. In the same way, the Nordic Council was reworked and strengthened into the closer Nordic Union in 1990.

Other early unions were formed out of convenience or necessity, not based on earlier blocs or treaties. The Governing Committee for Samoa, established by the Samoa Island's two nations just months after Doomsday, was one of the first. Other early examples include the Celtic Alliance, preliminary agreements for which were made in 1984, to be made into a formal union in 1986; and the Guyana Cooperative, formed in response to threats from Venezuela. The East Caribbean Federation is the successful revival of an idea that had failed before Doomsday, but tried once again in 1987.

Multi-national unions and alliances, in order of foundation:


The converse of the above trend is that many nations fractured and fragmented in the years after 1983. Many national governments were simply destroyed with hardly a trace, so this fragmenting was hardly the choice of its citizens. But in many places, regional loyalties replaced national ones. Either the old national government was blamed for or strongly associated with the disasters of 1983, or it was simply seen as irrelevant in the changed world of the aftermath. The following is an incomplete list of states that consciously embraced a regional identity while rejecting the fomer nation.

Major global blocs and alliances

The world today can be divided into competing and often overlapping power blocs. The following three are generally recognized as the main global powers:

Australia-New Zealand and its associated states

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South American Bloc

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Socialist Bloc

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Regional alliances


Atlantic Defense Community

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  • Outside the three major alliance, probably the most prominent geopolitical bloc is called the Euro-Atlantic Fringe. This bloc's main formal institution is the Atlantic Defense Community, the successor to NATO. The countries in this region are the remnants of European countries, plus Canada, Tunisia, and the Rif-Republic, surviving on offshore Atlantic and Mediterranean islands. Though lacking in population and resources, the Euro-Atlantic nations have still a good supply of old military hardware and a great deal of diplomatic prestige. They have positioned themselves as the neutral balance between Australasia and South America. This was evident, for example, in the negotiations surrounding the establishment of the LoN. Though not a member of the ADC and well known for its neutral foreign policy, the Alpine Confederation may be considered part of this bloc. The RTA and Tonga, though based in the Pacific, have played a similar role in the past as neutral mediators. However, recently they have come into conflict with other nations such as Saguenay and Italy.

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GSU members within the Middle East

  • The Gulf States Union was formed in 1990 as a strengthened version of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an anticommunist union that dated to 1981. It was a response to two crises facing the Persian Gulf region: the collapse of the world petroleum trade and the threat of attack by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. The highly integrated union includes a free trade agreement, a common currency, and a combined military command called the Peninsula Shield. It is so close-knit, in fact, that it is represented in the League of Nations by a single delegation. It has continuously occupied parts of southern Iraq since that country's collapse in 1992.
  • The Iranian bloc: Iran has become a regional power with a network of client states. It props up these allies militarily and economically, while at the same time relying on their trade due to its relative isolation from the international community. The Iranian bloc is usually understood as the main geopolitical rival of the Gulf States Union today.


West African Union

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  • The West African Union, a close Nigeria-led West African alliance based on the so-called Adeyemist principles. It's the most influential bloc in Africa, and despite lacking the capacity of power projection they are respected by the other blocs due to the rapid development of its member states and the expansion of the union in recent years.

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  • The Confederation of Pennsylvanian States is a bloc of three eastern Pennsylvanian survivor states. It was established in early 2018 to improve economic integration and security ties between the nations in former Pennsylvania. An undeclared reason was increased territorial claims by the East American Alliance and Gettysburg in the southern part of the former state.

The Non-Aligned Movement

Reminiscent of the old "Third World", these nations have chosen to remain outside any existing bloc. On a practical level, these states do not comprise an actual alliance or bloc. The formal Non-Aligned Movement has not been revived. Mexico is probably the largest and wealthiest nation to have pursued a consistent policy of neutrality in the postwar world, making it a natural leader of any future movement.

Other regional organizations

  • ASEAN is an organization to promote economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members; protect the peace and stability of the region; and provide opportunities for member countries to discuss their differences peacefully.

UC members in the USA

UC members in Canada

Cultural and linguistic communities

As the shattered pieces of the world have begun to reconnect, certain nations have had a natural affinity based on shared culture and language. Some of these groupings have re-established formal organizations, while others exist more informally.


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  • The Anglosphere: The surviving English-speaking nations have naturally gravitated toward one another. That relationship may be strained at times, as with disagreements over events in Africa; but there remains the sense, both to English speakers and outsiders, that the Anglosphere comprises a family of nations, for better or for worse. The rise of a restored United States, meanwhile has opened up both old wounds and new opportunities. A number of organizations are rooted in Anglospheric unity. The ANZC itself unites the two main English-speaking countries of Oceania, and the Oceanic Organisation extends to a mostly English-speaking community of nations. Meanwhile the North American Union began as a union of the provisional United States and Canada and connects Anglophone states on both sides of the border. The Commonwealth of Nations aspires to re-create the old Commonwealth, connecting former parts of the British Empire around the globe.


  • The Lusosphere: Brazil is the clear leader among the Portuguese-speaking nations. In the 2010s, productive relations between Brazil and the Portuguese remnant led to the creation of the World Lusophone Community (CLM). The CLM has helped direct humanitarian aid to countries in need, with Brazil being by far the largest donor. It also sponsors programs of cultural exchange.

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Lawless Regions

Much of the world is still in a state of anarchy. In many former nations, competing states and warlords vie for control. China, the European parts of the USSR, and much of North America are good examples of this. In the postwar years, some stable central governments have emerged, for example the Municipal States of the Pacific which evolved into the Republic of Jefferson. Many regions, however, remain locked in brutal in-fighting.