Alternative History
United Nations
الأمم المتحدة - 联合国 - Organisation des Nations unies - Организация Объединённых Наций - Naciones Unidas
Timeline: Scotland says "Yes"
OTL equivalent: United Nations
Coat of arms
HeadquartersNew York (International Territory)
Other cities Geneva, Nairobi, Vienna
Official languages Arabic - Chinese - English - French - Russian - Spanish
Type Intergovernmental organization
 -  Secretary-General António Guterres
 -  Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed
 -  General Assembly President Peter Thomson
 -  Economic and Social Council President Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava
 -  Security Council President Matthew Rycroft
 -  Upper house UN Security Council
 -  Lower house UN General Assembly
 -  UN Charter signed 26 June 1945 
 -  Charter Entered into force 24 October 1945 

The United Nations is an International Organisation promoting world-cooperation. It was set up in 1945 after its predecessor, the League of Nations, failed to prevent the Second World War. While at it's founding it had just 51 member states, it now has 194, with the recent addition of Scotland. It's headquarters are located in International Territory in New York City, with further offices in Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi.


The UN was founded on in 1945 by the victors of the Second World War, particularly the main allies who would later become the five permanent members of the Security Council (Republic of China, France, Soviet Union, United Kingdom and the United States. Through the next half of the century, the United Nations was involved in many Peacekeeping operations, though these were often stalled by the division between the United States and Soviet Union, meaning often only conflicts war from the Cold War were able to be affected, with the notable exception of the Korean War, witht the Security Council passing a resolution authorizing the US to repel the North Korean invasion of the South.

The 1960's saw decolonization, in part accelerating by the UN, with newly Independent states joining the UN; in 1960 alone 17 states joined the UN, 16 of which were in Africa. In 1971, with US oppositioon, the mainland communist People's Republic's of China jwas givent the Chinese seat on the Security Council, in place of the rump Republic of China which occupied Taiwan

After the Cold War and the fall of many communist states, the UN saw a massive increase in it's peacekeeping operations, and saw more co-operation.

Independence Movements

In mid-2014 Scotland votes the leave the United Kingdom, leaving almost a year later, when it took it's place at the UN General Assembly. At the same time, the Padanian region of North Italy, and has not yet made a formal applications to join the UN. With the Spanish Collapse Crisis, Catalonia and the Basque region raised up in an armed conflict agains the Spanish government. In late 2014, at Morocco's suggestion, the UN imposed economic sanctions against Spain until a peaceful resolution could be found.

The 2015 Partition of Belgium brought the states of Flanders and Brussels into the UN (Wallonia was absorbed into France ).


The UN is made up of 6 main organs. These are the:

  • UN General Assembly - Deliberate Assembly made up of all 198 member states - non-compulsorary decisions, budget
  • UN Secretariat - adminisatrative organ - headed by UN Secretary-General
  • International Court of Justice - Universal Court of International Law - sorts out disputes between countries
  • UN Security Council - International Security Issues - compulsory resolutions of 5 permanent members and 10 elected
  • UN Economic and Social Council - Global Economic and Social Affairs - Supports co-operation between states
  • UN Trusteeship Council - For administrating trust territories - currently inactive - responsible for the former Trust Territories, often former League of Nations mandates

UN Security Council

The Security Council's five permanent members, below, have the power to veto any substantive resolution; this allows a permanent member to block adoption of a resolution, but not to prevent or end debate

Country Regional Group Current State Representation Since Former State Representation
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svgChina Asia-Pacific Flag of the People's Republic of China.svgPeople's Republic of China 1971

Flag of the Republic of China.svgRepublic of China (1912–49) (on the Mainland)

Flag of the Republic of China.svgRepublic of China (1912–49) (on Taiwan)

Flag of France.svgFrance Western Europe and Others Flag of France.svgFrench Fifth Republic 1958

Flag of France.svgProvisional Government of the French Republic (1945-46)

Flag of France.svgFrench Fourth Republic (1946-58)

Flag of Russia.svgRussia Eastern Europe Flag of Russia.svgRussian Federation 1992 Flag of the Soviet Union.svgUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics
Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svgUnited Kingdom Western Europe and Others Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svgUnited Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland 2015 Flag of the United Kingdom.svgUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1945-2015)
Flag of the United States.svgUnited States Western Europe and Others Flag of the United States.svgUnited States of America 1945