Alternative History

The Soviet-American War (often called World War III) was a war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. It lasted from 1986-1990.

World Map 1982

The countries in blue are allied with the United States while the countries in red are allied with the USSR.

The Strait of Hormuz War[]

The Strait of Hormuz War was the main cause of the Soviet-American War. The war started when the United Arab Emirates invaded a group of disputed islands held by Iran. The war stopped the other Persian Gulf States from supplying oil to the West resulting in an international oil crisis. NATO made several attempts to assist their UAE allies in overthrowing the Iranian government in order to knock it out of the war but all attempts failed. A few countries such as the Soviet Union were able to sustain themselves because they had their own supplies of oil. The West knew that the Russians would take advantage of the situation and attempt to supply the west with oil in order to spread Communism. Negotiating wasn't an option, so the West decided to move eastward.

The War and its Aftermath[]


The Soviet occupation of Europe.


The USSR and its allies during the occupation of the Middle East.

In Early 1986 the armies of NATO marched through the Fulda Gap and began the advance toward Moscow. The Warsaw Pact was completely unprepared for this turn of events and lost most of its territory. NATO advanced all the way to Leningrad, but lost most of their forces when the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded. With nuclear fallout rapidly killing NATO forces the Soviets launched another advance that managed to retake the territory they lost and gain additional territory in the West.

With gas prices increasing due to the oil crisis the American people demanded that America directly confront the Soviet Union about the oil crisis. They got what they asked for. In the winter of 1988 the United States launched an all out invasion of the Soviet Union. The results of this invasion were similar to the NATO invasion. The Americans advanced as far as the Ural Mountains, but Russia's old ally, winter came and took a brutal toll on the American forces. Also from 1989 to 1990 Soviet citizens took up arms and used guerrilla tactics to drive out their American oppressors.

By 1990, with US and NATO forces surrendering Russia was a free nation once again, but that time was short lived. One year after the war ended the Soviet Union collapsed under the huge economic strain brought on by the Cold War.