May - September 1940: One million Russian soldiers (disguised as civilians) are transported to Italia Nuova. At the same time, women, children and various institutions (research centers) are moved away from Russian and Italian border areas to safer ones.
October 1940: Unoccupied South Russia unites with Novorossiya forming the union of "Veliky y Novy Rossiya" (Old and New Russia). Gridenkov also has troops moving in. The German technocracy protests, gives Russia an ultimatum to leave the area.
November 1940: After the ultimatum ran out, Germany starts mobilizing, as do its allies. More troops from Atlantis and Argentinien are transported to Europe for the expected war, the troops along the Henrichlinie are put on alert. Due to the World War I doctrine, no one in Germany wants to start an attack, however; besides, the winter prevents an attack into Russia anyway. Neither side formally declares war.
In the occupied areas of South Russia, a partisan war starts.
February 16th, 1941: After three months of a "Fauler Krieg" (lazy / foul war), the Germans decide to take the initiative after Russian recon planes have crossed the border. Germany declares war. Greater Italy stays neutral. So does China, since the pact with Germany only says they have to help Germany in case of a Russian attack (and vice versa).
Situation at the beginning of the war
Europe: 60 millions
German Atlantis: 95 millions
Argentinien: 30 millions
(Sum: 240 millions)
African colonies: 20 millions
Indian colonies: 100 millions
(Sum: 360 millions)
Plus the other Balcan states (55 millions), which aren't that reliable allies though.
Core Italy: 50 millions
North Africa: 15 millions
North Atlantis: 45 millions - a good part are refugees from the former parts of the New Roman Empire, which are independent now, and from the German-occupied west.
South Atlantis: 25 millions
(Sum: 135 millions)
Novorossiya: 150 millions
South Russia, occupied by Germany: 50 millions
South Russia, free: 40 millions
(Sum: 190/240 million)
Politics during the war
February 23th, 1941: Russian short-range rockets hail down on Riga, Dorpat (Tartu) and other parts of NE Germany. Germans are shocked, although the psychological damage is worse than the physical one. The Germans will strike back with bomb attacks on Pskov, Smolensk, Kursk and other Russian cities.
April 4th, 1941: Russian partisans manage to kill the German general Uhrlau, who was responsible for the defense of the front north of Kiev.
April 8th, 1941: Completely unexpected, Russian tanks break through the German lines - not in the industrial area further east, as was expected, but west of the Dniepr, aiming towards Kiev. The new commander Wolfgang Henrich (son of the WW1 general and technocrat Wieland Henrich, who also thought up the Henrichlinie) is totally overburdened with the situation, has his troops move towards the little city of Chornobyl, to prevent the Russians taking Kiev.
April 16th, 1941: Greater Italy declares war on Germany, starts with an attack into German-occupied Slovenia. Troops which are already moving eastwards have to be redirected to the new southern front.
Italian rockets from the Chibcha province (OTL west Colombia) strike the Nicaragua canal, making it useless for the Germans.
April (Second half) 1941: The "Atlantean Vespers": Italians attack German troops and settlers in Montana (OTL East Colorado and West Kansas, Italian-settled but German-occupied). The number of German victims will exceed 100,000.
May 1941: After heavy fights with the German Gebirgstruppen, the Italians have taken Slovenia and are advancing into Croatia.
Concentrated Italian attacks in the Great Plains have pushed the Germans back into OTL South Dakota. Since the most experienced German troops are in Europe, or defending the capital Martinsburg (OTL Philadelphia), the Italians still advance.
Montana is liberated, the German troops there have fled into Texas.
The Russians have marched along the southern Bug river and now reach the Black Sea. The German occupation troops in the OTL East Ukraine are caught and also have the partisans in their back. They can only be supported via the sea.
June 1941: Although the Germans have stabilized the new East front and try some counter-attacks, they can't break through to the troops caught in the East. Wolfgang Henrich commits suicide on June 16th. (Insert joke here along the line of "at least he got THAT right" or "probably he needed some help for that too".) In fact, the pocket is shrinking, and Kiev, Charkov and the Donez area have been liberated by the Russians.
At the southern front, the Italians have conquered Zagreb and march through Slavonia (east Croatia). While the Balcan states officially have joined the war on Germany's side, they don't bother much to support Germany, being fed up with the Technocracy constantly interfering in their affairs.
The Italians in Atlantis have reached the Canadian border, splitting German Atlantis in two. The German government in fact advises Canada to stay neutral, since they fear a Russian invasion, and Canada is more useful if they stay neutral.
Caroline agrees to become a protectorate of Greater Italy.
July 1941: Croatia has capitulated and was occupied by the Italians, although the German navy still tries attacks on Dalmatia and Istria. The Hungarians battle the Italians in Voyvodina.
The German pocket has further shrunk, now along the line of (OTL) Nikolayev-Kirovograd-Dniepropetrovsk-Berdyansk. The Russians now have mobilized many new troops in the former German-occupied areas and start to attack in Volhynia, steadily advancing. In Atlantis, the Germans have stabilized the front along the Rockies (in the west) and the Red river (in the east). However, on July 19th, a coup topples the pro-German government of Louisiane, which switches to Greater Italy's side now, giving them access to the dockyards of Nouvelle Orleans.
Germany tries to contact its old allies, but Braseal has to fight with inner problems, the Muslim states and new states in Atlantis don't want to risk the wrath of Russia and Italy, and China also doesn't want another war after defeating Nippon.
August 1941: Serbia and Bosnia join the allies, start to fight against Germany. The Italians make first incursions onto Hungarian ground, take Pecs and Szeged. The Russians crush the Germans in the pocket west of the Dniepr, leaving them only Crimea and Taurida.
At the east front, the Russians have taken Odessa, threatening the Dacian states (OTL Romania).
In Atlantis, the Italians move south into Texas, where German troops are still around, and advance even faster.
Further South, Italian troops start marching from the Andes into Central Atlantis, aiming at the Nicaragua canal.
September 1941: Italy fights in the Hungarian Plain.
The Russians have taken Taurida, enclosing the Germans on Crimea, where they put up hell of a fight at Perekop. Further west, Russian troops have reached the Polish SE border.
In Atlantis, the Italians threaten to crush the German troops in Texas, after they've pushed through to the coast and destroyed the harbors.
October 1941: Increasing Russian attacks coming from Kerch and the fact that Italian ships have managed to block the Bosporus make the situation of the Germans on Crimea look even more bleak. Now however, the Germans get unexpected support: The Judeans claim they can save their troops.
The Italians have taken Debrecen, and the Russians have crossed the Carpathians. And now the full horror becomes visible for everyone in Germany: The threat that the Russians and Italians might come together and enclose all of Old Germany...
Further north, the Russians are advancing in Livonia and Littauen.
Although the situation in Texas doesn't look good, the German occupation troops can flee along the Rio Grande, led by a young officer who knows the area, going towards Kalifornien. Although this will cause some diplomatic trouble with Mexico, the troops are saved.
Central Atlantis has capitulated to the Italians.
November 1941: Despite fighting hard, the united German-Polish-Czech-Hungarian armies can't prevent the Russians and Italians to close the ring around Germany. Now the people there can only be supported via the Baltic - which entries are controlled by the Socialist Block, so practically, they're shut out from the world. And the winter is coming. Gridenkov states very confidently: "Now we've got Germany at the balls!"
Russia in the north has pushed the Germans behind the Memel/Nyemen river, and also threatens Poland. In the south, the Balcan states have made armistices with Russia and Italy or even joined them. German soldiers and advisors in these countries try to flee; some are saved by the German navy.
"The Help from the Holy Land": Judean diplomats bribe the right officials of the government of Trapezunt, so the latter agree to transfer the surviving German soldiers from Crimea through their land to Kurdistan, from where the Germans can go to Mesopotamia and their bases at the Persian Gulf. Although they have to give up their full equipment, the cadres of the German army are saved.
Italy forces Florida to accept their protectorate, occupy their harbors to build more ships. The Germans answer by landing on the keys.
December 1941: Crimea is evacuated, and afterwards occupied by Russia. After the German Black Sea fleet has brought the last soldiers to safe harbors, it's scuttled so the Russians can't use it.
United Russian and Italian armies have occupied all of Hungary and southern Slovakian lands. Further north, the Russians have pushed the Germans and Poles behind the Vistula. They start to shoot rockets on the industrial areas of Upper Silesia and Bohemia.
In Atlantis, the Germans have recovered from the first shock and collect their troops to start a coordinated attack in the Great Plains. In florida, they reach the Miami river.
Other events in 1941: Germany (and to some extent Canada too) let millions of men from the "Chaos" (the many new states in Atlantis, Africa and India) immigrate, to work in the arms industry, instead of the Germans who have to fight.
Along what will be later called the "forgotten front" in Argentinien, the Germans sometimes try to attack the Italians, who can easily defeat those attacks, having the Andes for defense. Sometimes the Italians try to invade the Argentinian plains, but are defeated either.
January 1942: Near the sleepy little city of Auschwitz, the Germans, Czechs and Poles deliver a last big battle against the advancing Russians. When the battle is over, more than 300,000 soldiers will have died. One horrified German officer speaks out in this situation: "Certainly this place has never seen such a massacre on any world, in any time."
In Atlantis, the Germans start to push back the Italians in OTL Minnesota and Montana/Wyoming.
February 1942: The Italians have reached the Inn and make Bohemia capitulate.
Russia conquers all of Germany east of the rivers Oder and Neiße.
March 1942: When the situation of Germany is hopeless, being outnumbered worse than 3:1 and lacking tanks and planes, the Russians standing at the doors of the capital and with the population exhausted by the hunger, the armies in European Germany capitulate on March 13th. Some units, however, keep on fighting. Most of them will be destroyed during the year, but some units can hold out in the Alps, the Black Forest and the Sudeten mountains.
Switzerland (which never was happy in the German technocracy) splits off again, but declares to fight on.
The Russians and Italians celebrate their victory, contact the German government in Martinsburg and ask for their capitulation. Their price: Germany has to agree that the two old empires of Russia and New Rome are restored, in the "full borders" (which means Russia including Poland, Bohemia and Prussia). To their surprise, the Germans refuse. The reason: Their winter offensive in Atlantis was successful, and they're driving the Italians back. In the long run, this could become dangerous for Italia Nuova, since German Atlantis has twice its population, despite their initial losses.
European Germany is lying on the ground, but the Germans in Atlantis and Argentinien are obviously alive and kicking. There's no easy solution visible for the allies: The Russians know too good from their defeats in the anti-Russian War and the first World War that an invasion crossing the ocean won't be that easy. Especially since the German navy is still standing strong and prevents any crossing. Gridenkov orders "the biggest fleet the Earth has ever seen" to be built, promising to "conquer Atlantis with our Floating Fortresses". At the moment, however, even the German Mediterranean fleet is still active and sometimes even can attack Italian harbors.
China starts to become suspicious at the Russians, so the latter have to station more troops along the Chinese border.
On March 23rd, Andalusia capitulates too and is incorporated into the Socialist Block. The king flees to Morocco.
April 1942: Russia declares war on the Finnish-Estonian republic, invades. They occupy the only Arctic harbor of the country Petsamo, overrun Estonia (except for the capital Tallinn), and also advance into Finland proper.
The Caucasus alliance of Georgia, Armenia and Trapezunt is forced to "invite" Russian occupation. When the Germans get news about this, they bombard Baku from their bases in Kurdistan. Gridenkov swears revenge.
The leaders of Italy discuss the next step. Since the Germans still control the two ends of the Mediterranean, they decide an attack into Algeria and Egypt. Meanwhile, they cross the Lech to invade Lower Switzerland.
In Atlantis, the Germans are battling the Italians for the Nakota lands. They also have conquered half of the Florida peninsula.
May 1942: The Finnish-Estonian republic has to capitulate and is annexed by Russia. Now the whole continent is divided between Russia, Greater Italy and the Socialist Block (and the first two's satellites on the Balcan).
Italian troops invade Algeria and Egypt. The latter is supported by German troops, but to no avail. At the end of the attacks, the Italians have reached the last defense line before Alexandria.
Germany contacts Mexico, one of the biggest states in Atlantis, to recruit Native Atlantean troops to fight the Italians.
June 1942: Battles in the Nile delta. Germany hastily starts to train the Egyptian army, and the Judeans even help.
Gridenkov has troops transported south, invades Kurdistan.
Italians take Stuttgart.
After winning the sea battle of Svalbard, Russian ships can break through the German lines, transport ~100,000 men to Italia Nuova.
July 1942: Algerian government capitulates. Alexandria has fallen, and Cairo is threatened.
Russian troops have reached Lake Van in Kurdistan. Gridenkov is envious about the new successes of the Italians. So he decides to attack Choresm, which was a Russian protectorate before the war.
Germany has taken control of its old territory in Atlantis. Now they start the counter-attack.
August 1942: Russian troops cross the Choresmian border.
After the conquest of Cairo, the Egyptian government gives up; now the Germans promise the Egyptians full political freedom for after the war and a lot more, collect the remaining troops again.
German troops in Gibraltar capitulate; the Socialist Block now rules the whole peninsula.
Italians control most of Lower Switzerland.
In Atlantis, the Italians manage to surprise the Germans again when they send troops through the "Empty Circle" (OTL Utah, Nevada) and harass the Germans in Kalifornien. It stays a minor diversion, though.
September 1942: Russian troops have reached the Judean border. The diplomatic relations of the Judeans with both Russia and Greater Italy are bad since they kicked out the Jews after lost WW1, but they stay neutral, and since the Judean army is well equipped and organized, both nations consider an attack on them as too costly. Instead, the Russians conquer all of Kurdistan, and the Italians reach the Suez canal. The German navy has to retreat to the western Mediterranean. Now Italy invades Morocco too.
In Choresm, the Russians have overrun the northern steppes and reached Lake Balkhash.
Germans start to advance in OTL Missouri, Kansas, Colorado; in the long run, this could turn out dangerous for the Italians, since they get most of their grain from there. The Germans control the full Florida peninsula and threaten Virginia (OTL Georgia).
Coming from Vorarlberg, the Italians cross the young Rhine, advance through the Swiss plains.
A Russian fleet crosses the Pacific and battles the Germans before the Kalifornian coast.
October 1942: Choresmians fight the Russians in the Karakal valley. Gridenkov order the troops in Kurdistan to prepare an attack on Baghdad.
In the Nile valley, the German and Egyptian loyalists have to retreat further.
In Central Atlantis, the Germans land troops and attack the Italians holding the Nicaragua canal.
Basel conquered by the Italians.
November 1942: Italian Alpini cross the Atlas mountains, besiege Fes.
German-Egyptian troops in the Nile valley march to the coast, where they're shipped and sent to Mesopotamia, where the Russians are attacking Baghdad. The Italians occupy Assuan.
The Russians are bombarding the fertile areas of Choresm along river Syrdarja.
After hard fights, the Germans now control Italia Nuova west of the Mississippi (although the Italians keep Texas, Louisiane).
December 1942: An Italian thrust in northern Morocco threatens Ceuta; German troops leave the Balearics, which are occupied by the Italians instead.
Russians have reached Lake Aral, encircled Baghdad.
In Atlantis, the Germans have taken the Italian part of OTL Illinois (the southern tip).
Other events in 1942: All three powers frantically work to develop rockets and bombers with wider ranges (5000 km and upwards). Neither is successful.
The Germans attack the harbors controlled by the Italians from their aircraft carriers, preventing the Italians from building a strong fleet.
The Russians start to dismantle German factories to rebuild them in Russia, as a revenge for the lost WW1. In the German and Polish cities at the Baltic, their citizens are forced to build ships for Russia. Since the Suez canal is destroyed, the Russian Black Sea fleet can't break through to the Atlantic or Red Sea.
The Germans have strengthened their army in Atlantis by allowing sixteen-year-olds to join the army and building up an army of black and Arab (ex-)slaves, who have some reasons to hate the Italians. They now control the coast of Virginia (OTL Georgia), so the state of Florida is mostly liberated again.
February 1943: Italians thrust through Morocco, reach the Atlantic at Kenitra.
Russians cross Syrdarja. They also move further south in Mesopotamia, aiming at Basra.
Germans start to attack in Texas.
Zürich, besieged by the Italians, capitulates.
March 1943: Ceuta capitulates, and Tangiers is close to. Germans prepare to give up the north of the country.
Russians have reached river Amudarja. Now the situation of Choresm is hopeless, they capitulate, and the whole country is occupied.
At Al-Amarah, German-Arab troops fight a last big battle successful against the Russians.
The Nicaragua canal is under German control again. The Italian troops north of it have to capitulate, being cut off.
April 1943: German head quarter in Anfa (OTL Casablanca) starts reorganizing the resistance of southern Morocco. They also start a propaganda sender in the city, calling Arabs to fight against the Italians. The Germans even start to recruit Africans from their former colonies.
The Russians in Mesopotamia start advancing again. Choresm is occupied, comes under a military government.
German troops in Texas have reached the Rio Grande in the west. They also cross the border from Florida to Caroline, Louisiane. Italia Nuova is now threatened from the north, south, west and the sea.
May 1943: Italians try to attack the German Azores, unsuccessful; however, they can transport many troops to Atlantis.
Basra is besieged by the Russians. News about some cruelties committed by the Russians in Mesopotamia reach the shahdom of Persia, which protests.
Italians fight Germans and Moroccans in Rabat.
After long fights, the Germans have reconquered the SE corner of Louisiane, but now face heavy resistance in Tenesi (OTL northern Alabama / Mississippi, Italian-settled).
Swiss government in Bern officially capitulates (while some Swiss still fight the Italians in the mountains).
June 1943: The Russians have taken Basra and Kuwait. The Germans do a "scorched earth" strategy, which includes destroying the oil wells. The Russians have to do a lot of work restoring them.
Russia and Greater Italy force the Rum-Seljuks to accept occupation of their biggest cities (Constantinople, Angora, Smyrna and all other harbors). The Russians take those cities in the north, the Italians those in the south.
Gridenkov attacks Persia, aiming at a restoration of the Russian rule in the south.
Rabat is under German control again. The first free African units arrive in Morocco.
Germans besiege Charlesbourg (OTL Charleston), the capital of Caroline.
Germans in Morocco have some disagreements with the Spaniards there (who form the majority of the population).
Texas is controlled by the Germans again.
Germans in Morocco push north again towards Tangiers.
September 1943: Russians take Kabul, complete conquest of the Persian border areas in the north and west.
Tangiers is German again, which prevents the Italians from breaking out from the Mediterranean.
Charlesbourg conquered by the Germans.
Winter begins unusually early in the northern hemisphere. Later, scientists will find out that the Germans setting fire to the oil wells of the Gulf are to be blamed for that.
Germans and Moroccans take Fes back.
Uprisings of the Tamazint Berbs in the Atlas Mountains, who form a "third party" in the local war.
December 1943: Russians take Masqat, concluding their conquest of the Gulf.
Germans reconquer Melilla.
In Atlantis, the Italians now only hold the delta, having lost all the land west of the Mississippi. And the Germans east of it are coming closer too.
Other events in 1943: Gridenkov decides to build a new capital (which will be named simply Rossiya) at the Urals, the European-Asian border, to represent both parts of Russia equally.
In early 1944, the situation is still undecided. In the Old World, Germany's reduced to Persia and its remaining Indian colonies in Asia, and Morocco and its African colonies on the black continent; but in Atlantis, they've managed to tip the scale in their favor. Still, everyone in Greater Italy and Unionist Russia believes that the Germans have to run out of power somewhen - after all, they only can continue the fight because they have hired hundreds of thousands of African, Arab, Indian and native Atlantean mercenaries.
Early 1944: Germany sends more ships from Atlantis into the Mediterranean. The battle between the "natural aircraft carrier" that's Italy and Germany's artificial aircraft carriers begins.
Russian desert troops conquer the desert in the NE of Persia. The conquest looks good on a map, but is mostly worthless, except for the fact that now all Persian cities can be bombed or shot with rockets.
January 1944: Germans conquer Oran. In Atlantis, they conquer the Mississippi delta, cut the Italians off from the Caribbean and take their oil wells.
Russia takes Kwatta, the one entryway to the Indian subcontinent.
After hard battles with many thousand dead, Russia also takes Peshawar, the second entryway to India. Germany tries to mobilize the various independent states in the Indus valley, but most don't want to fight Russia.
March 1944: Germans conquer Algiers.
Russians manage a complete breakthrough in Northern India. German troops flee, have to build up a new front some hundred miles east in Lahore. Some Indus valley states side with Russia.
March 10th, 1944: Supreme commander Conoli capitulates in Italia Nuova. The war on this continent is over. As soon as the German troops have recovered, they're shipped to North Africa.
April 1944: Germans cross the border between Algeria and Tunisia. They have entered Italian-speaking territory.
The situation in the Italian Andes becomes unbearable. The Italian minority fears an uprising of the Quechua and "mestizos", since the country is completely cut off from necessary food supply, and the stocks are running out. The ruling padrones contact Germany via Braseal, and after some negotiations, the technocracy accepts that Gaetano Riccobono (Cuzco) and Nicola Greco (Potosi) can keep their power, if they leave the war, secede from Greater Italy and sign a treaty that forbids a reunification of their two states with each other or other Italian-speaking states in the world. Now, the Germans and their allies rule the whole double continent of Atlantis.
Rusians start moving south in the Indus valley.
April 17th, 1944: First sea battle in the Adria. German aircraft carrier "Bernhard I" enters the sea.
May 1944: Germans conquer Tunis.
Russian troops coming from NW and NE unite in Sukkhur in the Indus valley.
June 1944: Germans manage to conquer the Balearic Islands from the air, with paratroopers. Taking the islands costs them many lives, however. The chances to use them for a landing in Italy, or another naval landing, have shrunk.
Russians besiege Hayderabad.
June 7th 1944: the first test of a German Atom Bomb. the yield is 20KT. the blast is explaned away as an Ammo Dump Explosion
June 18th, 1944: German paratroopers take Malta. Although successful, this attack weakens their paratrooper force even more, however.
June 26th, 1944: A single German plane flies towards the North Italian city of Verona. It drops a single bomb on the city - the first use of a nuclear bomb. Of the quarter million people in the city, 70,000 will die immediately, more than 80,000 more until the end of the year.
June 27th, 1944: Germany tells the Italians that they have some more nuclear bombs ready and won't hesitate to obliterate more Italian cities.
July 1944: Italy capitulates in Europe and North Africa. Germany has knocked out the first opponent.
Russians take Hayderabad and Lahore, threaten the Ganges valley.
Seljuks overwhelm their Italian occupationers.
Late 1944: Germany doesn't use nukes against Russia yet, fearing that they might retaliate against the civilians in the occupied part of Germany. This makes the Russians think (they're wrong) that the Germans only had one nuke to start with.
The more areas the Germans reconquer, the more atrocities become known (millions of Germans, Poles, Czechs, Hungarians and Slovaks were forced to work for the Russians, many in Russia proper; many German and other women were raped; and the Russians and Italians brutally retaliated against partisans). The public sphere, once they learn about this, is shocked, and the Technocratic propaganda can use this for their own spin.
July / August 1944: Germany occupies Egypt, Northern Africa, Italy. In Italian-occupied Germany and on the Balcans however, Russian troops disarm and replace the Italians. The Germans only can retake the Alps and Upper Switzerland, linking up with their partisans there who have held out throughout the years. In the southern half of Anatolia, the Seljuks take up arms and fight the advancing Russians.
The Punjab battles.
Free Seljuks declare war against the Russians who still occupy the northern half of their country.
September 1944: Austria, Slovenia, the Black Forest and Germany south of the Danube are liberated.
In Switzerland, the survivors of the short-lived independent Switzerland government (1942/43, we remember) are secretly put on trial for treason / secession and hanged. The Italians are made responsible for their deaths.
The Italian lands in North Africa are officially separated from the rest of Italy and forbidden to reunify.
October 1944: Germans push the Russians behind the Main river, march into Bohemia and Hungary.
In India, Germany has decided the Punjab battles for itself and slowly starts to drive the Russians back.
Germans attack the Russian occupation force of Gallipoli; Although the Russians defend well, the Seljuks uprising in their back make defense difficult.
Amritsar reconquered by the Germans and their Indian allies.
Gallipoli falls, German navy enters Marmara Sea.
December 1944: Germans reach the Baltic from the south. Now, only Poland and Prussia are Russian-occupied.
Germans reconquer Lahore.
Germans bombard Constantinople.
January 1945: Germans push the Russians behind the Vistula, also push northwards from the Carpathians.
Fresh German troops landed in the Indus delta march towards Russian-occupied Hayderabad.
Seljuks and Germans kick the Russians out of Constantinople.
February 1945: Poland and Herzogsberg (OTL Königsberg) liberated.
Hayderabad besieged, this time by Germans.
German navy enters the Black Sea.
March 1945: German troops reach the Dvina.
German navy has entered the Persian gulf, bombs the oilfields the Russians have tried to repair since they conquered them.
April 1945: All of pre-war Germany is liberated, and the technocrats decide that the time is ripe to start "Plan 10".
Germans conquer Rawalpindi.
April 22nd, 1945: A German nuke destroys Popovsk (OTL Chabarovsk). More than 150,000 dead people. A few German and Polish forced laborers are also among the victims, but the Technocracy sees them as collateral damage.
April 23rd, 1945: Germans nuke Murman (OTL Murmansk). There'll be more than 250,000 victims.
April 28th, 1945: Germans nuke Minsk.
May 1945: Russian dictator Gridenkov tries to suppress the whole tragic, claims the Germans had no more nukes, and Russian scientists were working successfully on their own nukes. Some local governors in the East, however, start to contact Germany with the help of their embassies in China.
Germany starts to roll back the Russian and their allies in the Indus valley.
May 15th, 1945: Germans nuke the city of Gridenkovsk (OTL Donezk, Ukraine - yes, it was renamed). If you ask: They used a plane coming from an aircraft carrier in the Black Sea. More than 500,000 people will die.
May 24th, 1945: The governors of the Pacific provinces capitulate to Germany, let the German troops march in. Gridenkov is mad at them, calls the Russians in the occupied areas to resist.
June 1945: Gridenkov has mobilized troops in the East to "fight the Germans and their allied traitors!"
After the German conquest of Sukkhur, Russian troops in the Indua valley are cut off.
German troops land on Crimea, declare the peninsula for independent.
June 4th, 1945: The Russian north-west splits off, akin to the Pacific areas. This gives the Germans Finland, too.
June 13th, 1945: After the Russians drive the Germans and their allies at the Baikal front back, the Germans send a plane north, and have Lenapetrovsk (near OTL Kirensk) nuked. The radioactivity will spread with the river further north.
June 21st, 1945: Novgorod (yes, former capital of Novgorod republic) falls.
June 25th: Germans nuke Tver. Now the central industrial area of Russia is threatened.
July 1945: The defeats on all fronts make some militaries think about making an end. Gridenkov is going more and more mad, claims that the Germans are "poisoning" the minds of the Russians with their secret weapons, and plans killing all the German forced laborers. Rumors say that he already had some captured Germans sacrificed to Chernobog.
Russian Indus army capitulates.
Seljuks overwhelm last Russian troops in their cities.
July 9th, 1945: Gridenkov is killed by the "generals' conspiracy". They and the Germans are glad and hope for an ende of the war. But since the biggest part of Russia still wasn't hit by the war, many governors, mayors and officers loyal to Gridenkov swear to continue the fight.
August 1945: Russians manage to stop the Germans at Peshawar and Kwatta.
Germans take Perekop, start advancing into the southern steppes.
In the East, Yenisseisk is taken by Germans. During the fights, the university of the city burns down; China protests against this "rape of a site of culture". Persians and Afghans are now at advantage against the confused Russian troops.
August 14th, 1945: Tula nuked.
August 26th, 1945: Nishni Novgorod nuked.
September 1945: Except for some fanatics, the Russians in Kurdistan, Mesopotamia, Persia and Afghanistan capitulate or flee further back.
September 5th, 1945: Voronezh nuked. Germans decide not to use any more nukes in the war.
October 1945: Russian troops leave the Transcaucus and Choresm. Order has pretty much broken down.
Late 1945: Germans march along the Russian railroads, topple pro-Gridenkov governors and replace them by their satellites. Every Russian province becomes an independent state.
November 1945: Socialist uprisings among the workers in the north Italian cities start. Germans bound in Russia are unable to interfere.
December 1945: Sofonisba Leoncavallo flees via Dalmatia, Croatia, Hungary to Germany, where she settles in the (European) capital of Dresden. Again, she takes on a different name, Sophie Stein. Soon, she starts writing against Socialism.
Early 1946: Socialist uprisings spread throughout Italy; weak German occupation troops retreat behind the Alps or to the Balcans and North Africa.
March 11th 1946: German troops have reached the Urals; World War 2 declared to be over.